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  1. Season 2041 Italy So, another year has passed and I'm still without a domestic job. Barcelona, the only half decent Spanish club job to come up, turned me down flat last summer, not even offering me an interview. World cup qualification progress was fairly straightforward, racking up easy wins against Macedonia, Slovenia and Northern Ireland. Albania are the other team in the group, so I'd fully expect qualification to be an absolute walk in the park. This year was all about the Confederations Cup, and making sure we built on our previous successes of the European Championships and World Cup. Our group contained Jamaica, Ivory Coast and Portugal. A 2-0 win over Jamaica was followed up by a 3-0 win over Ivory Coast, leaving us to play Portugal for top spot in the group. A 3-1 win meant we went on to face Argentina in the semi finals, with a growing level of expectation on our shoulders. For 45 minutes, Argentina absolutely battered us. And yet, thanks to a wonderful display by goalkeeper Marco Merolle, we went in 0-0 at the break. He had to produce the same level of performance in the second half, where at least we had a few chances of our own. Neither side could break the deadlock, and we went into extra time. On went 34 year old right winger Armando Su Sbenso, and within 12 minutes he had put us in front. Just before half time in extra time, veteran striker Denerval netted, and we held out for a 2-0 win and a final against Germany. Long time readers might be aware that we have faced Germany in both the final of the World Cup, and the final of the European Championships, with us winning 2-0 on both occasions. I was very fearful that they would have the upmost motivation to beat us as a result. I needn't have worried, as we raced into a 2 goal lead thanks to a Denerval double, and never looked back. They had a man sent off in stoppage time of the first half, and it wasn't long before Ibrahim Adamu had added a third. They pulled one back, but fantastic central midfielder Marco Greco thumped in a fourth, before substitute Francesco Carbone rubbed salt into the wound by adding a fifth just before the final whistle. A third international trophy, and another step closer to completing this challenge. My final act as Italy manager was a disappointing one, as we lost the final of the Uefa Nations League, ironically to Germany, 3-0. Absolutely no complaints, as we were awful from start to finish. I'm chalking this one up to the fact the players were probably still out celebrating the Confederations Cup win from a couple of days before. It is with a very heavy heart that I am now stepping down as Italy manager. With only one more international trophy to go, it is going to be a waiting game until a South American job comes up. Thankfully, a club job has finally come calling. I was headhunted for the Arsenal job, which was incredibly hard to turn down, but it wouldn't have helped me to complete this challenge. More on my new destination in my next update. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2035/36 Leverkusen 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2036/37 Shakhtar Donestsk 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2037/38 Unemployed 2038/39 Paris St Germain 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! League Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2039/40 Unemployed 2040/41 Unemployed Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! 2036 Unemployed 2037 Italy Failed to get out of UEFA Nations League group. About to start qualification for World Cup. 2038 Italy World Cup winners! 2039 Italy Finished top of UEFA Nations League group. European Championship qualifiers have started well. 2040 Italy European Championships winners! 2041 Italy Confederations Cup winners! Challenge Progress Club 9*/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine ((Shakhtar Donetsk) - doesn't count towards the challenge), France (PSG) 9/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk), France (PSG) 5/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham), Uefa Champions League (PSG) 0/1 club world championship - International 4/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035).European Championships (Italy 2040) 2/2 world tournaments - World Cup (Italy 2038), Confederations Cup (Italy 2041)
  2. Season 2040 Italy So, I am an idiot. A complete and utter idiot. After sweeping aside all before me last season with PSG, I resigned in the hope of getting a top job in Spain as part of the ensuing managerial merry-go-round. However, I completely forgot about the Club World Cup. To rub salt into the wounds, PSG won it at a canter. I'm still annoyed with myself. Qualification for the European Championships was secured, but we only finished second in our group, behind a rampant Scotland. No one ever remembers the qualification campaign, and it was all about what we could do in the summer. A routine 3-0 win over Armenia kicked us off, followed by a tough 1-1 draw with a very good Spain side. This put us in pole position in the group, yet we ended up finishing third after a truly woeful performance in our final group game against Romania, who thumped us 3-1. I thought we were out, but due to the expanded nature of the European Championships (thanks UEFA!) we somehow ended up in the last 16. Our performance levels didn't improve much in the last 16, but we mustered a 0-0 draw with Turkey and then squeezed through 3-2 on penalties to face Sweden in the quarter finals. Attacking midfielder Angelo Coppa put us in front, and our lead was doubled by Denerval, before Sweden pulled one back. Right winger Armando Su Sbenso sealed our place in the last four late on, where we would meet Spain for the second time in the tournament. Left winger and all round magician Pio Barone put us in front, only for Spain to equalise from the penalty spot less than five minutes later. Both sides went for it, but neither could find a breakthrough, and so we went to penalties... Spain went first and missed, and that was followed by 8 successful penalties. Up stepped substitute Enzo Anastasi to put us into the final. But no, he missed. Thankfully, it didn't prove decisive as Spain missed their next one, before Ivano Dominin slotted home to put us into the showpiece event. There, we would face old foes Germany. I was a little tense, after realising my mistake with PSG I don't think I could face another four year wait for a crack at this tournament on top of that. I needn't have worried, as we were brilliant. Denerval got the first in first half stoppage time, and Ibrahim Adamu sealed a 2-0 win late on, adding the European Championships to our World Cup win from two years ago! So what now? Firstly, I won't be making the PSG mistake again, and will be staying on as Italy manager to see if I can win the Confederations Cup next summer. I've really come to love this group of players, but there are some ageing legs in the squad, so a few tweaks might be needed over the next 12 months. Domestically, I'm just waiting for a good opportunity in Spain to arise. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2035/36 Leverkusen 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2036/37 Shakhtar Donestsk 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2037/38 Unemployed 2038/39 Paris St Germain 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! League Cup winners! Champions League winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! 2036 Unemployed 2037 Italy Failed to get out of UEFA Nations League group. About to start qualification for World Cup. 2038 Italy World Cup winners! 2039 Italy Finished top of UEFA Nations League group. European Championship qualifiers have started well. 2040 Italy European Championships winners! Challenge Progress Club 9*/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine ((Shakhtar Donetsk) - doesn't count towards the challenge), France (PSG) 9/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk), France (PSG) 5/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham), Uefa Champions League (PSG) 0/1 club world championship - International 4/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035).European Championships (Italy 2040) 1/2 world tournaments - World Cup (Italy 2038)
  3. Season 2038/39 Paris St Germain and Italy Well, I'll never have a season that straightforward (domestically at least) again! We won the league at an absolute canter, eventually finishing 20 points clear of surprise package Bastia. We scored 105 goals, and hit 4 or more in 12 games in the league. We hit Toulouse for 6 twice, and really cut the mustard in smashing 7 past Dijon. In short, we were completely unstoppable for most of the season in France. Not satisfied with taking the league title, we also added both domestic cups as well. Bastia were the only team who almost put paid to our domestic dominance, taking us to penalties in the League Cup quarter final after a thrilling 3-3 draw. My real quest this season was the Champions League. As long time readers may remember, I don't have a particularly good record in this competition. In my first completion, I won it almost by accident, and this time round I've not got remotely close. Things didn't start well with a tough group draw of Dortmund, Juventus and Rangers. One point from our opening two fixtures left us with an uphill battle, which wasn't helped by only taking 4 points from our double header with Rangers. A 3-0 defeat of Juventus, coupled with Rangers taking an unlikely point against Dortmund, meant we travelled to Germany knowing we had somehow qualified but had no chance of topping the group. Our first leg victory against Man Utd was our best performance of the season I think, winning 6-2 with hat tricks from both Pio Barone and Jon Gonzalez. The 3-1 defeat in the return leg wasn't great, but we went through to face Real Madrid. A tough 2-2 draw at home was followed up by a brilliant 3-1 win in the Bernabeu, and the chance to face Porto for a place in the final. A tense 1-1 draw set up an interesting second leg. We went 2-0 up, but two goals in the last five minutes meant stoppage time was extremely nervy. We saw it out and went on to face another Portugese side in the final in the shape of Benfica. A first minute goal by Jelle Bok was bookended by substitute Ricardo Merida's 92nd minute finish to seal the trophy and our fourth major win of the season. More importantly, I can finally cross the Champions League off my challenge list! There were so many fantastic performances throughout the season, but the whole of the back five were brilliant. In particular, Matias Hernandez kept 29 clean sheets, which is a great record. Igor Senin at right back averaged 7.47 across the season, but he wasn't the top defensive performer, as Alisson averaged a magnificent 7.61 from 28 starts. Utterly phenomenal, and he was my go to centre back for our big games. Where possible he was given a rest, because he was so integral to our defensive performance. However, it is the firepower available in this squad that separates it from the rest. Pio Barone (24 goals and 17 assists), Jon Gonzalez (23 and 25), Ricardo Merida (34 and 4) and Jelle Bok (32 and 19) were brilliant. Barone from the AML and Gonzalez from AMR were a constant threat to every side we faced. And then there was one left to conquer. I'm now on the lookout for a job in Spain. As I've got a while to go on the international front, I'm happy to bide my time for the right job to come up. I'm targeting a decent role after Euro 2040 currently. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2035/36 Leverkusen 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2036/37 Shakhtar Donestsk 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2037/38 Unemployed 2038/39 Paris St Germain 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! League Cup winners! Champions League winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! 2036 Unemployed 2037 Italy Failed to get out of UEFA Nations League group. About to start qualification for World Cup. 2038 Italy World Cup winners! 2039 Italy Finished top of UEFA Nations League group. European Championship qualifiers have started well. Challenge Progress Club 9*/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine ((Shakhtar Donetsk) - doesn't count towards the challenge), France (PSG) 9/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk), France (PSG) 5/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham), Uefa Champions League (PSG) 0/1 club world championship - International 3/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035) 1/2 world tournaments - World Cup (Italy 2038)
  4. Glad to see this thread is alive and well! I’m still going on my game, but real life has made it slow going. Domestically I’m not too far from finishing, but internationally it’s going to take a bit longer. I’m not buying 19 until I’m a double challenge completer! I’m still playing 17, which shows how long this save has taken me so far...
  5. @blackdevil - It does for me! To cut a long story short, I was a fair way into this challenge (for the second time - clearly glutton for punishment) when I got hit by the Copa Libertadores bug. It just stopped working. We had a big discussion about it at the time, and I said that I felt winning the Europa League and Champions League (in Europe) with different clubs was a fair compromise. I had to state what I was going to do before going any further.
  6. Season 2038 Italy After departing the Ukraine with a couple of trophies in the bag (getting through customs was interesting...) I couldn't manage to get another club job. This, strictly speaking, probably isn't accurate. I could've opted to join a plethora of clubs, but I'm being picky. I want a top French or Spanish team really. Back with Italy, and World Cup qualification was an absolute breeze. Eight wins from eight, and then it was time for our next crack at a trophy. Qualification meant I believed we had a great chance to go deep into this competition, and we headed to the USA with hopes high. We had been drawn with Argentina (the number one ranked team in the world, Egypt and Canada. Evidently, our game against La Abliceleste was going to decide who won the group, and that was up first. Things couldn't have started in worse fashion for us, as we were 1-0 down within 20 seconds. However, Pio Barone equalised before the break, before Denerval and Armando Su Sbenso found the net after half time to seal a 3-1 win. A 2-0 win over Egypt was followed up by a 4-0 win over Canada, and this put us through to face Sweden in the last 16. A second 4-0 win followed, with the three scorers from our opening game being joined by Francesco Carbone on the score sheet. Unfortunately, we lost Denerval to an injury for the rest of the tournament. Its hard when you lose your star striker, so we had to pray Carbone would hit the ground running. Pio Barone settled a tense quarter final win over Portugal, with our defence taking centre stage as we won 1-0. The semi final game against Holland was an absolute epic. 1-0 up at half time, courtesy of a Michele Pavan goal, we were 2-1 down ten minutes after the restart. Carbone levelled the game a minute later, before chance after chance went begging, for both sides. That man Barone stepped up again, and his goal was enough to see us through to the final, where Germany awaited. Carbone scored after fifteen seconds, a weird counterbalance to the way our World Cup campaign started. From then on, we never looked like losing. The defence weren't stretched, and Carbone added a second after 52 minutes, and we held on to lift the title! Now what? I'm staying on as Italy manager, with two more potential trophies to be won. I've now got two years to phase out those players who will be too old for the next championships, and bring through the new generation. Club-wise, I've finally landed a new job. But more on that in my next update... Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2035/36 Leverkusen 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2036/37 Shakhtar Donestsk 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2037/38 Unemployed Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! 2036 Unemployed 2037 Italy Failed to get out of UEFA Nations League group. About to start qualification for World Cup. 2038 Italy World Cup winners! Challenge Progress Club 8*/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine ((Shakhtar Donetsk) - doesn't count towards the challenge) 8/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 3/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035) 1/2 world tournaments - World Cup (Italy 2038)
  7. Season 2036/37 Shakhtar Donetsk and Italy Another season, another destination. This won't be a long update. I didn't get interviewed for the couple of decent jobs which came up in Spain, so made the decision to take the Shakhtar job with the sole aim of winning the FA Cup, and adding another trophy to my personal cabinet. If we could win the league as well, that would be great. Realistically, Europe was never going to be a target. We were the best team in the league, and we really should have had the title wrapped up comfortably. However, 1 point from three games meant that we needed a win on the last day of the season in order to ensure the title. Thankfully, a 4-0 victory over Metalurg was enough to seal the league title. Essentially, its a pointless trophy in terms of the challenge, but winning is never a bad thing for your reputation, right? Our cup run saw us defeat Zirka 3-0, Dynamo Kiev 3-2 (we took our foot of the gas at 3-0), and Chornomorets 5-0 in the semi final to set up a cup showdown with Kaparty, our closest challengers in the league. Loanee centre back Steve Saunders put us in front, before we were pegged back just after half time. Both sides had good chances during the rest of the second half, and it looked as if we were heading for extra time. However, Alexandr Blinov had other ideas, and he buried his chance in the 93rd minute to complete the double, and this time add a meaningful trophy to my challenge haul. Europe was Europe. Out in the group stages, and them absolutely spanked by Lyon over two legs in the Europa League. Internationally, I jumped at the chance to manage Italy. I've spent the first few games trying different players out. I've been brutal with some of the elder statesmen of the squad and shipped them out already if they realistically weren't going to be up to the standard needed for the World Cup in two years time. Qualification is due to start shortly, but the group looks fairly straightforward. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2035/36 Leverkusen 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2036/37 Shakhtar Donestsk 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! 2036 Unemployed 2037 Italy Failed to get out of UEFA Nations League group. About to start qualification for World Cup. Challenge Progress Club 8*/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine ((Shakhtar Donetsk) - doesn't count towards the challenge) 8/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen), Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 3/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035) 0/2 world tournaments -
  8. Season 2035/36 Bayer Leverkusen Its good to be back. After thinking long and hard about it, I decided to bid arrivederci to Turin and headed to Germany. Leverkusen had finished third last season, and the squad certainly looked like it had a solid enough base to think about competing for honours. Three players came in on free transfers before the season began in the shape of left back Eneias Pena, attacking central midfielder Rafael and left winger Jan Vodecky, the latter moving from Dortmund. Matteo Ierardi came in from Bayern for £12.25m to add some competition at centre back, and we were good to go. It was clear from very early on that Bayern were, as expected, the main opposition domestically. For most of the season it was neck and neck, with both of us spending time topping the league. A run of four draws in six games just after the winter break looked like it was going to ruin any chance we had of winning the league, but a 3-0 drubbing of our title rivals brought us back into the race a little. What happened from then on was pretty spectacular, in the sense that Bayern did the least Bayern-like thing ever and utterly capitulated in the run in. 0-0 draws with Wolfsburg, Weder Bremen and an already-relegated Hamburg meant they had gone from title certainties to it being all to play for on the last day of the season, as three successive 1-0 wins had brought us level on points. However, their goal difference was 6 better than ours, so we needed Munchengladbach to do us a favour and stop Bayern winning, and hope we had enough to beat Hoffenheim. We held up our end of the bargain, with a 2-0 victory. We were all glued to the radio / internet (delete as applicable), to hear that Munchengladbach had beaten Bayern 2-0, handing us the title! Completely unexpected, but its always nice to get one over on Bayern! The Champions League was a different story. I genuinely hate this competition, you know. I pretty much won it by accident the first time I completed this challenge, and it is already feeling like I'm going to need a huge stroke of luck somewhere along the line to win it this time around. We somehow got out of a tough group consisting of Spurs, Shakhtar and Ajax, finishing second on goal difference to Spurs. We met Benfica in the last 16, and an exciting tie ended with a 5-4 aggregate win for us, taking us into the quarter finals, and marking the furthest I've been in the competition on this save. And so we faced Bayern. Of all the teams, it had to be them. We lost the first leg 2-1 away, but our goal gave me faint hope going into the second leg that we could do this. We'd beaten them 3-0 at home in the league, and when we went 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go in the return leg, courtesy of an own goal, I started to think that maybe this was going to be my year. Alas, two Bayern goals in the last ten minutes, the winner coming in the 89th minute, knocked us out. Painful, but probably not undeserved over both legs. In the FA Cup, we had a fairly easy run to the last four, beating Berlin-Kopenick Dammfeld, Darmstadt and Hertha Berlin in the process. Bayern had already been knocked out, giving us a real shot at winning the cup. We went 1-0 up, before Bremen smashed in two in five minutes. Antoni Mora, a signing in January, knocked in the equaliser with three minutes to go, to take us into extra time. Substitute Danny Burchert came to the rescue, a quick-fire double sending us into the final to play Dortmund. In the final, they took the lead, before it became the Antonio Cordoba show. My god he's good. A perfect hat trick ensued, with Burchert adding a fourth to seal a memorable double, and potentially end my time in Germany rather quicker than I expected! The best two performers from this season were easily Antonio Cordoba, with 31 goals and 8 assists in 37 appearances. Had he not been injured for 8 weeks in the middle of the season, I think he might have got a minimum of 40 goals. Right winger Mohammed Al-Shammari was providing most of the chances for Cordoba, as he made 24 assists (as well as 6 goals). I don't think anyone else from this side would be anywhere near my ultimate challenge XI, but these two will certainly be in the conversation. So what next? This team isn't going to win the Champions League, so I'll need to head to pastures new once again. I don't have an international job currently, which is frustrating me. Its a European Championships summer, so I'm hoping for new job opportunities at both club and international level. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! 2035/36 Leverkusen 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! 2036 Unemployed Challenge Progress Club 8/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen) 7/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus), Germany (Leverkusen) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 3/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035) 0/2 world tournaments -
  9. I've finally managed to find a little bit of time to get my game going again. I'm determined that I'll complete this challenge before FM19 comes out. That's the aim. Glad to see that this thread is alive and well still though!
  10. Season 2034/35 Juventus and South Korea And so I returned to the Old Lady. In my first challenge, I ended up at Juventus for a while. This time around, I genuinely thought I'd try to manage different clubs as much as possible. This is now the second club I managed last time (Dungannon Swifts being the other), but it wasn't for want of trying. I applied to a few others, but only Juventus wanted me. Its been a strange season, really. My tactics normally see me scoring lots of goals, but defences not exactly being watertight, shall we say. That seemed to shift a little at West Ham, but at Juve its been incredible. We won the league at a canter, Roma being our closest rivals, but they finished 9 points adrift of us. We were phenomenal at both ends. Top scorers in the league with 74 is pretty good, but only conceding 18 along the way is fantastic (and 7 of those came in the last 6 games when the league had practically already been won). We had 27 clean sheets in the league, which has to be a first for me. We added the Italian Cup to our league title as well, with Quique Caamano netting the winner in a typical 1-0 final win over Palermo in the final. He was actually responsible for sending us to the final as well, scoring the goal which sent us through 4-3 on aggregate against AC Milan. However, it hadn't exactly been plain sailing up until that point, as we needed extra time to see off both Udinese and Fiorentina in the preceding rounds. Still, a domestic double is an excellent return for my first season in Turin! In terms of stand out players, its really difficult this season. Samuel Albersdorfer, our keeper, has to be mentioned, with 24 clean sheets in the league. However, the defence in front of him also deserve massive credit. All 8 defenders in my squad averaged over 7 for the season, and my four centre backs all averaged over 7.3. Hichem Yousfi was probably the best of an excellent bunch, with the centre back averaging 7.44. His main partner was Baba Taiwah, and both of them have made a strong case for inclusion in my all-time challenge XI. Quique Caamano also has to be discussed, with 33 goals in 35 appearances this season. An utterly clinical striker, and much needed, as no one else in the squad even got to double figures in terms of goals. As long-time readers will be aware, I've spent almost four years with South Korea, building up to taking them to this tournament. A group consisting of Singapore, Yemen and Qatar was easily navigated, as was the tie in the last 16 against Hong Kong, with a 5-0 win. Jordan were dispatched by the same scoreline in the quarter final to set up a semi final against holders Iran. A thoroughly professional job saw us take a 3-0 lead, and whilst they managed to pull one back, we were never in danger and went on to the final to face Saudi Arabia, who had somehow overcome Australia 2-0 in the other semi, after being smashed 6-1 in the group stages by the Aussies. Go figure. We took the lead in the final from a set piece, centre back Yool Young-Yul nodding home. Whilst we failed to add to our lead, we were in complete control until left back Shin Kyung-Il got a straight red, turning the tide of the game. The inevitable equaliser came 8 minutes from time, and it looked as if we were going into extra time. However, star striker Bang Hyun-Jin had other ideas, as he smashed in to finish off a quick counter attack, and finish off Saudi Arabia in the process. Its been a long four years, but for South Korea this was a first Asian Cup of Nations win since 1960, so I shouldn't moan too much! What's next? Well, internationally its time to say goodbye to South Korea, and look for a new challenge. It needs to be either a South American or European nation next. With the Copa America currently going on this summer, I'm hoping for some managerial casualties to give me some opportunities to move on. Domestically, I'm in a bit of a quandary. I think I'm probably only a couple of players short of being able to win the Champions League with Juventus, and the board have handed me £70m to spend. However, in a perfect world one of the top jobs in Spain, France or Germany would come up just now. The Barcelona job did, but I was turned down. If something comes up, I think I'll go, otherwise I'll be tinkering with the squad and going hell for leather for European glory. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! 2034/35 Juventus 1st League winners! FA Cup winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup 2035 South Korea Asian Cup of Nations winners! Challenge Progress Club 7/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus) 6/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham), Italy (Juventus) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 3/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027), Asian Cup of Nations (South Korea 2035) 0/2 world tournaments -
  11. World Cup 2034 South Korea I've already landed another club-job pre-world cup (more on that in my next update), but first I had to negotiate the small matter of the World Cup. This will be a short update. We lost our opening game to the Netherlands 3-2, after being 2-1 up at half time. They just had too much class for us in the second half. Where I could call upon players from the domestic Korean league off the bench, they were bringing on players from the best leagues around Europe. Brazil were up next, and we lost 4-2. To be honest, I felt this was a pretty credible result. We ended our World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Serbia. The big question was would that be enough to keep my job? I've spent three years building towards next year's Asian Cup of Nations, so to be sacked now would be absolutely gutting. Thankfully, the South Korean FA have decided that I'm the man to keep this team ticking over, so I'm still employed. Roll on the Asian Cup of Nations (is that what its called?) next year! Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Knocked out of the group stage of the World Cup Challenge Progress Club 6/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham) 5/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 2/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027) 0/2 world tournaments -
  12. Hi all. I hope I'm still welcome after pretty much falling off the face of the earth for several months. Unfortunately, real life has got in the way of playing FM for the past few months, but with things settling down again now, I decided it was time to come back to my save and try and join @pug 407 as a dual-challenge completer! Season 2033/34 West Ham United and South Korea As you can see, I decided to stay with West Ham and have a real crack at the league title. Early exits in both domestic cups didn't particularly bother me, as it meant that we could concentrate on the league and Europe. Unfortunately, a group of Fenerbache, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid proved a little too much for us, and we dropped down into the Europa League. After winning this competition last season, I chose to prioritise elsewhere and play my squad players for the rest of the campaign in Europe. Victories over Legia Warsaw, Fiorentina and Napoli pitted us against Dortmund in the semis. a 2-0 defeat away was followed up by an epic performance at home, where we raced into a 3-0 lead and looked to be going through to a second successive final, but Dortmund grabbed a goal in the final minute to cruelly deny us. In the league, I knew I had to sort out the defence if I was to have any chance whatsoever of improving upon last season's fifth place. Ray Willis and Amir Abdi both came in from Manchester (United and City respectively) to add real depth in the full back positions, but the decision to bring in Marcio Michel Minasi for £20m from Corinthians was vital. He averaged 7.58 in the league, which is pretty special for a centre back. His centre back partner, Caspar Gray, averaged 7.48, so the improvement in defence really was phenomenal. Last season we conceded 28 in our visits to the 'Big Six' of Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool. This season? We only conceded 21 in the league in the whole season. Goalkeeper Rikard Ingelsson kept 20 clean sheets, and has certainly played his way into my best challenge 11 for this career. So were we successful? We spent the season vying for top spot with Spurs, but when they beat us 2-1 in February to put themselves 7 points clear of us, I thought that was that. However, we slowly clawed the lead back, and we went into the final game with a chance of winning the title. We visited Chelsea, who had missed out on Champions League qualification, whilst Spurs visited Man Utd, who finished fourth. Because of our inferior goal difference, we were requiring Man Utd to do us a favour, and they duly delivered, smashing Spurs 3-0. We went 1-0 down on the half hour, before equalising through attacking midfielder Henrik Thelin with 25 minutes to go. It was clear Spurs were going to lose, so all we had to do was make sure we didn't let Chelsea score. We shut up shop, and tried to hit them on the break, but to no avail. Thankfully, they weren't able to get past our stubborn defence, and we'd sealed the league title! Internationally, after an easy East Asian Cup win, all eyes were on qualification for the World Cup. My main aim with South Korea has always been 2035's Asian Cup of Nations, but in order to still be in a job at that stage I knew I was going to have to qualify for the World Cup. This should've been straight forward, but two defeats to Australia and two careless draws with Japan meant we only finished third in the group, and faced a playoff with Jordan to qualify for another playoff against Chile to determine who would be heading to the World Cup. After finishing third in the group, the South Korean FA hauled me in for a meeting, and told me in no uncertain terms that they were unhappy with my performance. An unconvincing 7-5 aggregate victory over Jordan didn't exactly improve their faith in me, but a fantastic 4-2 aggregate victory over Chile, where we were 4-0 up with 20 minutes to go over the second leg, was enough to convince them to stick by me. We've been plunged into the Group of Death at the World Cup, however. I'm hoping they realise this and stick by me after our inevitable early exit. I'll be absolutely gutted if they give me the elbow after over three years of building work in preparation for next year's tournament. Fingers crossed I'll be updating that pretty soon though! I'm now hoping the World Cup sees some high profile international management casualties, so the managerial merry-go-round will begin and open up a prime vacancy at a big club in one of the other top four European leagues. Sidebar - Can I go back onto the active saves list on page one now @vikeologist? Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! 2033/34 West Ham 1st League winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2034 South Korea Qualified for World Cup Challenge Progress Club 6/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham) 5/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 2/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027) 0/2 world tournaments -
  13. Season 2032/33 West Ham United and South Korea We've had a pretty exciting season by West Ham's standards. After our FA Cup win last season, I played the reserves in both domestic cups. We were knocked out of the EFL cup by Southampton in round 4, but we reached the last four in our defence of the FA Cup, including beating Man City 2-1 in the quarter finals. However, we just couldn't get any further, losing 5-2 to Spurs at Wembley in the semi final, after extra time. The most frustrating aspect of it was that we were 2-1 up going into the last ten minutes of normal time. Ultimately, our long season started to catch up with us. We had a really good league campaign, and finished 5th, just outside the Champions League places, 2 points behind Spurs. We only have ourselves to blame, though. We absolutely bottled it in the run-in. With four games to go, we were 7 points clear of Spurs. Successive defeats to Middlesbrough, Swansea and Everton meant Spurs overtook us, and a last day win at West Brom wasn't enough in the end. There's room for improvement in this team, though. Across all domestic competitions, we have beaten Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs. The issue is, all of those wins came at home. In the away fixtures we lost 5-3 to Spurs, 3-2 to Man City, 6-1 to Man Utd, 5-1 to Arsenal, 5-3 to Liverpool and 4-0 to Chelsea. That's 28 goals conceded in 6 games. I'm clearly going to need to address that in the summer. However, the biggest success of our season came in the Europa League. A group of PSV, PAOK and Rubin Kazan was easily navigated, as was a potentially tricky last 32 tie with Villareal. Borussia Monchengladbach were up next, and we blew them away at times. A 5-3 away leg victory, with Mario Hrupec grabbing a hattrick, and Joe Shorrock grabbing a brace. A Santos Dominguez double was the highlight of the return leg, where we won 3-2. Roma were next up (the people doing the draw certainly didn't like us with this run!) and we were exceptional. A 2-0 home leg win was followed up by a 3-0 away leg victory in the Stadio Olimpico. Considering some of our domestic wins this season, it might come as a surprise to say this was my favourite win. We were in total control for 90 minutes, and 3-0 flattered them completely. Sporting were our semi-final opponents, and it was a tense affair over the two legs. Despite being outplayed at times in the first leg at home, we somehow grabbed a precious 2-1 lead to take to Lisbon. In the return leg, we started like a train, going 2-0 up inside ten minutes, with Santos Dominguez and centre back Caspar Gray, the same two goalscorers as the first leg, putting us in a commanding position. And then it suddenly fell apart. By the 48th minute, Sporting had scored 3, and the tie was on a knife edge. 4-4 on aggregate, with us ahead on away goals. We both had chances, but none were taken, and we found ourselves heading to Lille to play Schalke in the final. The deadlock was broken in the 43rd minute with yet another Caspar Gray goal. Unfortunately, it was past his own keeper, meaning we found ourselves 1-0 down at half time. We pushed forward, and with 20 minutes to go Mario Hrupec smashed in an equalizer. We continued going for it, but couldn't find a winner in normal time, meaning an extra 30 minutes were to be played. We continued to be the most likely to score, and with just 5 minutes to go before the dreaded penalty shoot out, Mario Hrupec stepped up, as he has done all season long, to poke in the winner at the near post, sending the travelling Hammers into raptures, and sealing the Europa League! Player-wise, new centre back Caspar Gray, a £12.5m signing from Spurs, had a good season, averaging 7.27. However, its my front three of AMR Santos Dominguez (22 goals and 12 assists), AML Joe Shorrock (24 goals and 21 assists) and striker Mario Hrupec (32 goals and 17 assists) who were responsible for our successes. Dominguez came in on a free from Real Madrid last summer, and has been phenomenal all season long. I can't believe I convinced him to come to West Ham. If he can produce like that again next season I'll be hard-pressed not to include him in my overall Challenge XI. The same can be said for the other two as well. So what now? Well, a transfer budget of just over £50m is tempting me to stay and have a real crack at the league. I'll need to sort out the defensive issues when we go away to the big sides, but if we can do that then we could go close. That said, if one of the big clubs abroad or in England came calling, I may leave. Internationally, its been much the same. We'll qualify for the World Cup, but my main aim is building towards an Asian Cup win in 2035. Club Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Dungannon 9th Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners 2018 Sligo Rovers 1st League winners! 2019 Tianjin 1st League winners! 2020 Tianjin 8th FA Cup winners! Champions League winners! 2021 Montreal 4th League (MLS Cup) winners! 2022 Montreal 1st Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL 2023 Montreal N/A NACL winners! 2023 Palmeiras 9th Brazilian Cup winners! 2024/25 Ajax 1st League winners! 2025/26 Unemployed 2026/27 Orlando Pirates 8th Took over with 10 games to go. 2027/28 Orlando Pirates 4th SA Knockout Cup winners! 2028/29 Orlando Pirates 2nd SA FA Cup winners! 2029/30 Orlando Pirates 1st League Winners! SA FA Cup winners! 2030 Orlando Pirates 1st Champions League winners! 2031 Unemployed 2031/32 Stoke 17th Left after two months five points clear of the drop zone 2031/32 West Ham 9th FA Cup winners! 2032/33 West Ham 5th Europa League winners! Country 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for the World Cup 2022 Ivory Coast World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations 2023 Ivory Coast African Cup of Nations winners! 2024 Unemployed 2025 USA Qualified for World Cup 2026 USA Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world 2027 USA North American Gold Cup winners! 2028 USA World Cup qualification is going well 2029 USA Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th) 2030 Unemployed 2031 South Korea East Asia Cup winners! 2032 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well 2033 South Korea Qualification for the World Cup is going well Challenge Progress Club 5/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates) 5/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates), England (West Ham) 4/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates), Europa League (West Ham) 0/1 club world championship - International 2/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027) 0/2 world tournaments -
  14. Out of interest, can anyone recommend an instant results skin? And can I add it to an existing save?
  15. @vikeologist - I think I might just win the Europa League at some point, regardless of who it's with. The condition I'll put on it is I won't count it if it's a team who was in the Champions League and dropped down after finishing third in the group stage. I've not started the group stage of the Europa League with West Ham yet anyway. I really hope the Copa Lib is sorted out for FM18, as this wouldn't be an issue then. It's a shame, as I really enjoyed my time in Brazil last year. I'm glad to see this thread still so active. I'm determined that I'm going to complete the challenge again this year, but obviously at a much slower rate than last year. Looking back, I got very, very lucky with some of the jobs I got. It definitely feels harder to get jobs on this year's edition though.
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