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End of Season Update - 2014/2015 - TuS Koblenz

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League:

Media Prediction - 18th

Actual Position - 4th - Graph

The league started off horribly for us, we had a total of 1 point after 4 games and we were rooted to the bottom of the table. Then form picked up, as we started scraping out a few wins and draws here and there in between some really superb performances leading to big wins. By the end of the first half of the season, we were clear of relegation danger and in 7th place. The second half of the season saw us keep up the good form, and as other teams at the top slipped up, we were able to attain and hold on to 4th place in the league for the last 8 games of the season. This sees us qualifying for the Champions League best placed playoffs for next season!

German Cup - Winners!

Route to the Final

The Final - Stunning way to win our first silverware :*)

Transfers

Main Players:

Patrice Millet

Denis Alibec

Simon Benson

Lubomir Le Giang

Frantisek Hasek

Previous Season Aims:

Do not get relegated - check

Do not sell Millet - check

4th round of the German Cup - check

Next Season Aims:

Do not sell Millet

Finish in the top 6 again

Semi-finals of the German Cup


Season | Club | League | Position | Comments
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2012/2013 | TuS Koblenz | German Third Division | 1st | Champions and Promoted!
2013/2014 | TuS Koblenz | German Second Division | 1st | Champions and Promoted!
2014/2015 | TuS Koblenz | German First Division | 4th | German Cup winners! Qualified for the Champions League!

I've arranged for these players to join the club next season, bringing a distinct English feel to the squad. Really excited for next season now.

Sharif Adbukadir

Tim Penfold

Steve Moore

Lucas Andersen - a 6.5m signing, by far my biggest signing so far. Expecting big things from this lad

Onwards and Upwards!

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great stuff mate... really flying through the challenge. given you've won something every season, the league title next season??? ;) wouldn't put it past you. like the look of Adbukadir and Penfold is a beast of a midfielder!

good luck next season.

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Thanks mate :thup: I've holidays now, so nothing else but FIFA and FM to do ;) League title maybe a bit too far for next season, as Bayern are immensely strong.

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Nice one on your first silverware el sid and qualifying for the Champions league.

Should have an update up in a bit myself.

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Thanks mate :thup: I've holidays now, so nothing else but FIFA and FM to do ;) League title maybe a bit too far for next season, as Bayern are immensely strong.

sounds like a great life!! :D i'm just basing my prediction on your previous success... i'll let you off with 2nd... ;)

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Been invited on a pre season tour of France because of the clubs high popularity in the country :cool:

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Ok, time for League Cup Part Deux!

Got past Porto on penalties in the semi-final to set up this date with Sporting in the final. Bring it!

Kick-off

2 mins - Sporting fire wide with the first chance of the match.

6 mins - Borodin swings over a corner but, under pressure from Krause the Sporting 'keeper claims it.

7 mins - After rolling the ball out to the full back Sporting surge forward, rounding my 'keeper only to slot it wide of the post. Massive let off!

12 mins - It's end to end stuff here as some nice build up on the edge of the box ends with Borodin firing a left-foot shot into the crowd.

17 mins - A spell of Sporting pressure leads to a corner. It's cleared by Krause, but not far enough, it's fired into the six yard box again. Semenov heads it clear, but it falls to a Sporting player again. The shot fizzes past the upright.

31 mins (Thanks el sid). Cabecinha launches his goal kick forward. Chrysanthou wins the ball, turns and feeds Henrique. He holds off a challenge fires in his shot, it's saved, but he gets the rebound first. Unfortunately it's a weak effort and their keeper takes control of the loose ball.

32 mins Another chance for Henrique. Favreau feeds Yurkin up the right flank. He knocks it past his man, squares it to Chrysanthou who in turns threads the ball through to Henrique. Again, however, his shot is easy to deal with

34 mins Thiago attacks up the left flank. He is chopped down by the Sporting right back. Free kick. He's being called over by the ref. What will the decision be...it's only a yellow.

35 mins - The set piece is knocked up the flank to Thiago again, he crosses the ball, Henrique is beaten in the air, but the header falls to Leclerc, he back tracks and is fouled by a Sporting player. This should be another yellow. Nope, just a telling off.

36 mins - A masterclass in turning attack into defence there. The free kick is knocked across the pitch. Borodin knocks it back to Semenov who plays it all the way back to Cabecinha, he clears it to Favreau whose touch is heavy and the ball is stolen by Sporting. Fortunately they waste the chance.

38 mins - The ball is given away in midfield. Sporting gather themselves. Feed a lovely ball through and they finish it well. 1-0 to Sporting.

41 mins - They are very close to adding a second immediately. Only a fine save from Cabecinha and an excellent last ditch tackle from Osses keeps them to just one goal.

43 mins - Sporting in control just before half time. They have yet another chance, again firing wide.

44 mins - And again. This time they blast the ball well over the bar.

45+1 mins - They have one final chance before half time. Trying to lob Cabecinha from the edge of the area. It drifts wide of the post.

Half time - I've had more of the ball, but they've had a lot of chances and have made one count. They will take a 1-0 lead into the second half.

Second half

51 mins - A great jinking run from Yurkin ends with some terrible decision making as he goes for goal himself rather than crossing to Henrique. A cross which would have left him with a simple tap in.

55 mins - Another poor bit of decision making. This time from Thiago on the left wing, he again goes himself rather than teeing up Chrysanthou. Poljak and Rodriguez come on to replace Yurkin and Leclerc.

56 mins - Chrysanthou sets up Henrique who fires over.

61 mins - Sporting stream forward once more. It's their turn to see a weak shot saved though. Still 1-0.

64 mins - Rodriguez is fouled in the Sporting half. Osses steps up and fires a long(ish) diagonal ball into the path of Poljak. A slightly heavy first touch takes him wide but he still gets a shot in. It flies past the Sporting 'keeper and into the net. 1-1

68 mins - Thiago surges up the left flank. He crosses the ball to an unmarked Poljak, he heads it goalwards but a decent save keeps Sporting level.

70 mins - Borodin flies into a 50-50 challenge winning the ball bravely, he feeds it forward to Chrysanthou who plays the ball round the corner to Henrique. He strikes the ball well but it's beaten away by the Sporting 'keeper. Strong spell this for Lusitania Acores.

83 mins - Chances at both ends illustrate the increasing openness of the game as both teams strive for a late winner.

86 mins - Dias replaces Thiago on the left wing.

90 mins - Dias, with fresh legs, up against a full-back already on a yellow card and starting to tire, surges forward. He puts a low ball into the six yard box. Henrique launches himself at the ball. Makes contact and bundles the ball in at the near post. 1-2 with just three minutes of time-added-on to go.

90+1 mins - Sporting burst forward. Favreau slides in, but misses the challenge. The ball is whipped across the box and knocked in at the far post. Sporting hit back immediately. 2-2

Full-time - After a dramatic final 3 minutes the game ends 2-2 and goes to penalties.

Penalty shoot out - Sporting to go first

Kovacevic (Sporting) SCORES 1-0

Rodriguez SCORES 1-1

Rubio (Sporting) SCORES 2-1

Chrysanthou SCORES 2-2

Gotsis (Sporting) SCORES 3-2

Henrique SCORES 3-3

Monteiro (Sporting) MISSES 3-3

Borodin SCORES 3-4

Carrico (Sporting) SCORES 4-4

Dias (to win it) SCORES! 4-5

Full time - Lusitania win 4-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Sporting. My first proper piece of silverware!

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Peña Sport FC season review 2019/20

League, Past Positions, Finances, transfers

League

The league was a great season for us as we were around the top all season. Despite Barcelona trying to throw the title away we couldn't get the league but there have been a lot of positives for us this season not least a 4-2 win over Real Madrid. Going forward we jut need to find a way to beat Barcelona to be able to win the league.

Europa League

Got seeded for the Fourth Qualifying round and as such avoided the likes of Liverpool and the other big guns in the tournament.

4th Qualifying round vs CFR Cluj - 5-1 Aggregate win - Scorers: (A) Roland, Dumont, (H) Cruz, Alvarez, Own Goal,

Group Stage

The group stage saw us drawn with Schalke, Sparta Prague and Genk. The opening game saw us head to Belgium to face Genk. A great performance from Legros and a goal from Alvarez gave us the win. The next game saw us welcome Schalke to San Francisco. Goals from Serderov and Koke (which was his first for the club) couldn't stop us succumbing to a 3-2 defeat. A trip to Sparta Prague was up next. A goal from Serderov was enough for us to come away with the win. Sparta then came to us in the return fixture, goals from Kverkvelia, Alvarez, Lopez and Roland gave us a 4-0 win. The return tie wiith Genk was the match where we could guarantee our continued participation in the tournament. A goal from Kverkvelia ensured our qualification meaning that the next game against Schalke had no pressure on it so with the group sewn up I decided to play some fringe players and give my young keeper Salz his european debut. A goal from Dumont ensured that even though we lost 4-1 we scored in every game during the group stage.

1st Knockout round Vs Tottenham Hotspur - 2-1 aggregate loss Scorers: (H) Cruz

A good run here for our first foray into continental football, it's a bit disappointing that we couldn't get the away goal at Spurs but that's football.

Spanish Super cup

Drawn against Real Madrid

1st Leg

2nd Leg

So a 4-3 aggregate loss which isn't the worst that could happen, we showed that we can compete with the big boys.

Cup

4th Round vs Ponferradina - 4-1 aggregate win Scorers: (A) Serderov, Kverkvelia, (H) Lopez (2)

5th Round vs Barcelona] - 4-3 aggregate loss Scorers: (H) Own Goal, Lopez, (A) Lopez

In a way I was glad to go out of the cup as it gave us a chance to actually get a full rest between league games.

Squad

GK's

Legros - had another good year and has been called up for France's Euro 2020 squad.

Salz - Only played in a couple of games including the 4-1 loss to Shalke but looked good between the sticks, it'll probably be another season before he's ready to reaally challenge Legros.

Defenders

Manangu - Was pretty costly but has proved to be worth it. Is in all probability a lot better than Nyanda who he replaced.

Kverkvelia - Proved he could start the whole season, was a mainstay and looked solid especially when partnered by Miguel.

Miguel - Signed from Deportivo in the summer, he went straight into the first team and played well.

Drachmann - Another good season from the Dane.

Duque - Played well when he came into the side but couldn't really push the three in front of him out of the way.

Fusaro - Played well as the 3rd central defender.

Felipe - Was decent when he came in for Manangu

Midfielders

Alvarez - The Columbian played well down the right and even had a few down the left

Allen - Once again bossed the midfield and was one of the first names on the teaam sheet.

Koke - Allen's partner, he played well but looked lost when Allen wasn't in the side through injury.

Roland - ha a pretty decentyear but needs to be looking over his shoulder for Del Rio.

Etxebarria - Once again anther decent wnough year for the midfielder.

Diego Puente - Didn't play a lot and is now making noise abut wanting more games. Is still decent enough for a squad player.

Dumont - Played well down the right and can give Alvarez a run for the first team squad.

Del Rio - May only be a back up but he is really pushing for the starting spot down the left.

Strikers

Cruz - Had a stand out year as the partner of Lopez up front. Also his 16 goals was enough to take home the Top Spanish Goalscorer award.

López - Played well and scored goals but spent the last couple of months of the season injured.

Serderov - Played fairly well before spending the last 4-5 months of the season out through injury.

Pérez Postigo - Didn't play a lot and is looking to leave, I will probably let him go.

Weuts - Played well enough when he came on but he's still mainly a back up.

Season     |  Division           | League Position  |   Copa Del Rey  |       Europe       |    Achievements
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2012/13    | 2nd Division B2     |      12th        |      N/A        |        N/A         |      Stayed up
2013/14    | 2nd Division B2     |      1st         |      N/A        |        N/A         |Champions and Promotion
2014/15    | Liga Adelante       |      12th        |     2nd RD      |        N/A         |      Stayed up
2015/16    | Liga Adelante       |      4th         |     4th RD      |        N/A         |      Playoffs
2016/17    | Liga Adelante       |      1st         |     5th RD      |        N/A         |Champions and Promotion
2017/18    |   Liga BBVA         |      11th        |  Quarter Final  |        N/A         |      Stayed up
2018/19    |   Liga BBVA         |      5th         |    Winners      |        N/A         |Cup winners and European qualification
2019/20    |   Liga BBVA         |      3rd         |     5th RD      |Europa league 1st KO|Champions League Qualification

The 100 Club

This section will be for those player who gain over 100 appearances and/or goals for the club while under my management. this is League and cup competitions.

Player               |   Apps   |     Goals     | Seasons between |     Note
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Javi Jimenez         |   101    |       3       |   2012-2015     |    Retired
Dolly Menga          |   135    |      60       |   2012-2016     |  sold by board
Igotz Garde          |   143    |      13       |  2012-Present   |    Retired
Kurt Weuts           |   265    |     101       |  2013-Present   |
Txitxo               |   108    |       2       |   2012-2016     |    Retired
Bidari               |   206    |      24       |  2013-Present   | Released on a free
Yeray Soto           |   108    |       0       |   2012-2016     |    Retired
Juanma               |   165    |       7       |   2012-2018     | Retired now a scout
Carlos Garde         |   152    |      10       |   2012-2017     |Wouldn't sign new contract
Jorgito              |   119    |      12       |   2014-2017     |Wouldn't sign new contract
Felipe               |   179    |       1       |  2014-Present   |
Nacho Gómez          |   119    |      13       |   2013-2017     |Wouldn't sign new contract      
Alejo Diego Puente   |   162    |      15       |  2013-Present   |
Nenê                 |   137    |      17       |   2014-2018     |Sold to Zenit for £6.25 million
Carl Allen           |   214    |      34       |  2015-Present   |
Sten Drachmann       |   205    |       0       |  2015-Present   |
Óscar Kortina        |   115    |      12       |  2012-Present   | 
Jérémy Roland        |   191    |      19       |  2015-Present   |
Mathias Legros       |   183    |       0       |  2016-Present   | 
Jean-Jacques Dumont  |   147    |      27       |  2016-Present   |
Ignacio Etxebarria   |   101    |       0       |  2012-Present   |
Antonio Pérez Postigo|   115    |      22       |  2016-Present   |

Previous Years

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

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Elgin City - 2012/13 – Season 1(Jimbowmanuk)

Media Prediction: 9th

Actual finish: 1st

Season Tickets: 147

Transfers

Managed to bring in some real talent for this level and they proved to be the catalysts to a great season in the Third Division

League

The board wanted us to consolidate our position but I knew with the squad at my disposal that a playoff spot was more than achievable, but the way the team played meant we were able to win the league.

Suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat in the opening game of the season but soon the team were firing on all cylinders and we won the league with 5 games to spare, scoring exactly 100 goals in the league

Fixtures 1

Fixtures 2

Scottish Cup

The board were expecting us to reach the 3rd round

We were drawn against fellow third division side Clyde, in the 2nd round, and made short work of them. Setting up a 3rd round match against non-league Nairn County which resulted in an easy 5-2 victory. Another non-league team in the form of Deveronvale in the 4th round had me thinking we could perhaps get a big payday match in the 5th round but we underestimated them and went down 4-3 and out of the cup.

League Challenge Cup

Board wanted us to learn from experience

The 1st round drew us against Second division side Cowdenbeath, who we were able to beat 3-1 at home and set up a 2nd round match against recently relegated St Johnstone who we managed to claw back a 2 goal deficit but unfortunately they scored in the last few minutes to knock us out 5-4

League Cup

Board wanted us to learn from experience

The 1st round drew us against St Johnstone, and despite taking the lead we were soundly beaten 4-1

Favoured 11

GK - Ryan Marshall, A bit of an average keeper who seems a bit suspect with long shots, looking to replace him in the summer

DR – Declan Beveridge, Solid enough season making 2 assists

DC – Zander Jack, good stopper who scored 3 times over the season

DC – Jamie Duff, the better of my 2 CB’s scored 14 goals set up 5 and picked up 7 MoM’s

DL – Antons Kurakins, Latvian defender who liked to get forward great pass % and set up 4 goals

MR – Fraser Keast, picked him up on a free and he repaid the faith by scoring 14 goals, and assisting 14 too.

MC – David Gold, injured a couple of times in the season but still managed 5 goals and 18 assists in his 33 appearances

MC – Thomas Bendiksen, Norwegian picked up on a free, he liked to get forward and had great passing all season

ML – Daniel Moore, only managed 34 games in the season, but did set up 19 goals

ST – Craig Gunn, the star striker of the team, played all 42 games of the season, scored 34 goals, and set up a further 18

ST – Marc Hughes, Irishman picked up on a free played 37 games scored 24 goals and set up 16

Season	League	Finish	Cups	Europe	Achievements	
2012/13	Third Division	1st	SC 4th round, LC 2nd Round, LCC 1st round	N/A	Promoted!!	

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Almondo - well done on making the CL - good luck next season.

PRDH - congratulations on winning the cup mate!

jimbowmanuk - well done on winning the title. time for the double next season... ;)

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this may be the chance for Dinamo Stavropol to push themselves into the Russian Premier Division!! 21 match unbeaten league run has us 2nd, 1 point off top spot...hopefully we can keep this incredible form going, or Krasnodar slip up at some point, i have everything crossed!!

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We're through to the group stages of the Champions League after beating Sporting CP 7-3 on aggregate in the playoffs :)

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this may be the chance for Dinamo Stavropol to push themselves into the Russian Premier Division!! 21 match unbeaten league run has us 2nd, 1 point off top spot...hopefully we can keep this incredible form going, or Krasnodar slip up at some point, i have everything crossed!!

Good luck mate!

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Wow! Sorry for not mentioning all of you guys one by one but boy we do have some serious progress :) People are starting to bring some silverwares to the trophy room and a few places in the CL already! If you are still messing in the lower leagues like me, keep your heads up! We'll catch up eventually!!

14-15 Pre-Season Summary for Anadolu Üsküdar

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Friendlies ---

Finances firstly. Those two friendlies broadcasted on TV granted us around €75K. The TV rights is enormous compared to our income level in the lower division. I have also managed to stay under the wage budget of €24K so things look good for now.

Transfers were better than I expected and maybe a bit focussed on the attacking end. 12 players in, 5 out in total. Only 6 of those 12 are in my 22 player senior squad. The rest was bought for future and maybe for the financial moves. Now to see 4 of those 6 senior players:

Phil Jones: The Welshman looks only a bit short of the ideal midfielder. His lack of mental stats when compared to his technical ones is the only thing keeping him away from the starting XI. Also the fact that team captain is playing in his position :)

Sidouine Oussou: The Benin starter does not look like your magnificent striker but his quickness and agility is what attracted me. Needs to gel with the team and I am pretty sure he'll keep beating that offside traps all year long!

Kerem Zorlu: Product of the famous Dardanel academy, he was touted as next Feyyaz Uçar when he signed. Grabbed himself an injury and now that next blabla mark is gone but at only 17 he looks tremendous!

Ryo Iwadate: Final foreign signing and I am glad I realised I was allowed to sign 3 players! 19 years of age, constant starter for Japan already and a very solid distribution of attributes. Also, I am not entirely sure if it will happen or not but his shirts might sell at Japan as well :cool:

We are expected to come dead last 18th but I am pretty optimistic of our survival chances. If only I manage to get these boys gel quicker, we might as well see a push for play offs, maybe.

EDIT: Just grabbed our first win in our very first First Division game against Bucaspor at home. Played in front of a huge 1K crowd, we managed to grab a goal in the middle of second half and hold onto it till 90+ to find the second on the counter. Anadolu has started their adventure with a solid 2-0 win!

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FC Mulhouse 2016/2017

1st in Ligue 2 (pred: 10th) | Transfers | Finances | Graph

The League

Took a while to get going, but after Christmas we hit some form and was bouncing about in the top 3 and pulled away in the last couple of matches to win the league. Promoted! Still conceding way to many goals for my liking.

The Cups (french cup | Coupe de la Ligue)

Not much to talk about in either competition.

The Squad (ratings)

Most important players

Yury Baymbetov and Ruben Hol scored most of our goals. Both wanted by other clubs, Yury by Lyon.

Antonio Siano and Nicola De Ambrogi was running the midfield.

Claudio Tagliani and Jacopo Galimberti held our defense together (most of the time)

Mostly I'm pleased that we had 20 different goal scorers. I'm disappointed that some matches our defense just broke down with schoolboy errors and certain players reacted badly when I fined them 2 weeks wages for their abysmal performances. Those players will not be here next season.

The Club

We had a take-over mid season. Nothing to talk about. Just a new name, no oil baron. Good news is we're in the top division obviously. Bad news is my board was forced to upgrade our stadium now that we're in Ligue 1 and it cost £7M. Not been given a loan yet either so we're well in red atm. Average attendance was 1720.

The Future

Depends on what my board plan to do with our finances. All players have at least one year left on their contracts anyways, so worst case I'm stuck with this bunch.

[b][u][color=Blue]CLUB HISTORY[/color][/u][/b]

[b]SEASON	LEAGUE	POS.	CdlL		FC		Europe		NOTES[/b]
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[b]12/13[/b]	FN	[url="http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv330/TommiHelm/FCMulhouse/s1tab.jpg"]5th[/url]	-		10th round	-		So close
[b]13/14[/b]	FN	[url="http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv330/TommiHelm/FCMulhouse/s2tab.jpg"]5th[/url]	-		10th round	-		...
[b]14/15[/b]	FN	[url="http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv330/TommiHelm/FCMulhouse/s3tab.jpg"]2nd[/url]	-		final lost	-		Promotion!!
[b]15/16[/b]	L2	[url="http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv330/TommiHelm/FCMulhouse/s4tab.jpg"]5th[/url]	1st round	7th round	-		...    
[b]16/17[/b]	L2	[url="http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv330/TommiHelm/FCMulhouse/s5tab.jpg"]1st[/url]	2nd round	9th round	-		Promoted
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L1 = Ligue 1 | L2 = Ligue 2 | FN = French National | CdlL = Coup de la League | FC = French Cup

[b][u][color=Blue]TROPHY CABINET[/color][/u][/b]

[b]French Ligue 2[/b] - [url="http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv330/TommiHelm/FCMulhouse/s5tab.jpg"]16/17[/url]

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well done on making Ligue 1 Ohanzee. good luck with getting a loan and some sensible finances next season. good luck keeping your squad together too. Baymbetov could be key for you next season if you can keep him.

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The dust has settled on another Lusitania Acores season. Have we managed to break into Portugal's top two and the Champions' League fortunes it heralds? Well, you'll just have to wait until I finish writing the season update...

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I will be taking a break from this challenge and my Città di Pontedera side. Will still be reading all of your updates, and I will even probably be back in here around christmas time. Good luck all of you!

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I will be taking a break from this challenge and my Città di Pontedera side. Will still be reading all of your updates, and I will even probably be back in here around christmas time. Good luck all of you!

sorry to hear that though fair enough. hope to see you back here soon!!

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Lusitânia Açores - 2019/20 - Season Summary

Finances

Key figure - £2,846,031 | Summary

Once more made a profit (especially nice since I spent £1.3m upgrading my youth facilites (an outlay that only got them up to basic). The profit came almost entirely from player sales. My position is very much that of selling club at the moment. Something I fear will continue until I can somehow creep into the Champions' League.

Transfers | 14 In (£575K), 8 Out (£3.1m)

A few surprise sales this year. Kozak departed after years of service and a couple of decent profits with free transfers leaving in seven-figure (just) deals. In terms of new arrivals they were once again mainly free transfers, we splashed the cash on a couple of players. A new right-winger who impressed in patches and a replacement left-back in January as neither pre-season signings looked up to the job.

League | Predicted 9th

League | Graph

A slightly worrying trend emerging here. In my breakthrough season I finished 3rd, then 4th and now 5th. I've still qualified for Europe but will have to go through an extra qualifying round next season.

Finally we did have a different league winner though. Porto had won the league every year since 2013, but this year it was taken by Benfica. A shock seeing as they seemed to have been falling away from the top two.

I'm not sure what the issue was, the squad was almost identical to the one I had last season, but it just didn't quite click this time out. I'm approaching a time for change I think. A couple of player's contracts are running down and they aren't willing to sign improved terms so it might be a case of cashing in and reinvesting, trying to inject some new blood.

Cup

Supertaça | Lost

Not sure how I qualified for this one, but qualify I did. Played Porto in the final and lost.

Taça de Portugal | 5th Round

After a few nice draws I got through to the 5th round without too much effort before, and you won't be surprised to hear this, I met Porto who beat me.

League Cup | Winners

Progressed to the semi-final with very little drama. Here I was drawn against Porto. With little hope I went into the game. It turned into an incredibly even game. We took the lead through a Steven Defour own goal. They equalised in the 56th minute and that was how it stayed. It went to penalties, a shootout we eventually won in sudden death.

With this win behind us we headed to the final, against Sporting, and, as reported above, we again emerged victorious after a penalty shootout.

Europe | Group Stage

Europe is something of a struggle at the moment due to the home grown player rules. I don't have a single Portuguese player in my squad which means I could only register 18 players. With injuries this often meant I was forced to field a fairly depleted squad. We got a couple of decent results but didn't make it out of the group stage.

Squad | Overview

Reminder: names in bold indicate first choice player, those italicised a player I consider an exciting prospect for the future

Goalkeepers

Cabecinha - Undisputed first choice once again. I'm starting to think I may need to replace him with a goalkeeper of true class.

Marcus - Joined as my number 2 (stop laughing at the back there) after Eugenio was sold.

Ali Emam - Homesick Egyptian goalkeeper. Has infuriated me this season. Complained of homesickness so gave him a month off, two days after he returned he complained again. I called him into the office told him once he got his head down and training he'd get over it. He didn't agree. I told him to pull himself together. He got stroppy. I suggested I'd bring in a compatriot. He decided that would only make it worse. I, reluctantly, told him he could leave. He replied that if I was unwilling to help he supposed he had to leave. Aggravating!

Defenders

Leandrinho - Once again the first choice right back, fighting off competition from Favreau.

Alexey Semenov - Strong season for the Russian, he's starting to get noticed by bigger clubs. Hopefully he won't have his head turned too much.

Tobias Grote - Brought in to replace Polegar who my chairman sold at the end of last season. He was unimpressive.

Fabio Raimondi - Part of my all Italian central defence back up.

Felix Krause - The German is another who is getting big interest. Not sure how long I can hold onto him, but he would be missed if we got rid.

Simone Molteni - Pretty decent back up to the established central defence pairing.

Mathieu Favreau - Didn't get much of a chance due to Leandrinho's form, but was part of the victorious League Cup team.

Christian Osses - Brought in during January when it became clear that Grote wasn't really good enough. Performed pretty well as he settled in a new country.

Midfielders

Eduard Borodin - Another good season, he's refusing to play ball on a new contract, may have to sell him soon. He'd be very hard to replace.

Philippe Derrien - French prospect from Clairefontaine. He's got potential and I think could do a decent job replacing Borodin should he have to.

Kristian Bidstrup - Potentially very exciting Danish midfielder. I can see him breaking into the first team in the next couple of seasons.

Thiago - Breakthrough season for the youngster. He performed very well on the left of the midfield.

Yuriy Yoznyuk - Still struggling to break into the first team.

Dirk Hentschel - Eventually emerged victorious in the battle for the right-wing berth. Chipping in with some very handy goals.

Igor Yurkin - Ended up as back up after he was beaten by Hentschel.

Dias - Lost his place to Thiago this season and, after refusing to sign a new contract, will be leaving at the end of the season. Has been a great asset to the club since he joined.

Jorge Rodríguez - Couldn't really decide whether Rodriguez or Leclerc was the first choice. I think Rodriguez may have just shaded it despite suffering a few injuries. He's been recognised by the Uruguayan national team as he received his first cap.

Raphaël Leclerc - Another Clairefontaine graduate. He played well when Rodriguez was injured.

Jorge Muñoz - I see bright things in his future. He needs to push his way into the squad soon. I'm not sure whether he'll be a creative midfielder or playmaking forward along the lines of Henrique.

Erik Jakus - Potentially exciting left winger. He'll get more playing time next season once Dias has left.

Forwards

Henrique - Refusing to sign a new contract and with teams sniffing around I may be forced to sell in order to not risk losing an important player for nothing. It would be a pity to have to get rid as he is a truly class player and has been a supreme servant to the team.

Ivan Poljak - Scored the goal that got me back into the League Cup final. Struggling for game time. He has talent just needs an extended run in the team.

Venizelos Chrysanthou - A slightly sketchy season for the Cypriot striker. He played superbly as ever but suffered a few injuries and got sent off a few times at the beginning of the season.

Jan Kessler - Exciting German striker. If he can get a tad quicker he has the attributes to score a bucketload of goals. Hopefully it'll be for me.

Aims for this season were...

1/ Continue to challenge at the right end of the table. Looking at 3rd-6th again. Check. Though we're getting less competitive.

2/ Sustained good results against the 'big three'. Not really.

3/ I'd like to get my hands on a proper cup. It looks like I'll have to get past Porto in one of them (I've beaten them once) or hope for a lucky draw. CHECK! I even had to get past Porto as predicted.

Aims for next season are...

1/ Push up again. I don't want to continue slowly slipping down the table. I'm looking at 3rd or 4th.

2/ Get out of the European Group Stages.

Story So Far...

Season		League			Position		Achievements
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2012/13		Second Division - South	12th			Avoided Relegation (just)
2013/14		Second Division - South 1st			Promoted!
2014/15		Second League		14th			Avoided Relegation
2015/16		Second League		2nd			Promoted!
2016/17		Premier League		13th			Avoided Relegation
2017/18		Premier League		3rd			Qualified for Europa League
2018/19		Premier League		4th			Europa League again
2019/20		Premier League		5th			Europa League again

Previous Updates

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

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Vikeologist, if you finish bottom of the third three times, you lose your league voting rights,

It's only if you finish bottom 5!!! times you get expelled into the amateur leagues.

Even then, its only if the other clubs vote you out, so I doubt S.I. bothered to put it in.

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Well done jimbowmanuk, you have a couple of players from the elgin city in my universe,

Bendiksen and Mitchell.

What do you think of the previous managers brilliant signing Lister?

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Well done jimbowmanuk, you have a couple of players from the elgin city in my universe,

Bendiksen and Mitchell.

What do you think of the previous managers brilliant signing Lister?

He played 2 games at the start of the season, after that he never played again, kept getting the message Should Lister be in the team 12% Yes - 86% No - 2% undecided so at least the fans were with me in my decision, the striker Marc Hughes proved to be miles ahead of him

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Man Utd, Porto and Copenhagen in the CL group :(

Ouch. Although I daresay my CL group will be as bad. In other news I just managed to get a 1-0 win over Real at the Bernabéu which was a first for us. Now I just need tofigure out how to beat Barcelona.

Edit: Yep I thought it would be a tough group - Arsenal, Werder Bremen and Dynamo Kyiv:(

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Right, brief update on my pre-season. It looks as if Henrique, Rodriguez and Borodin will all be leaving. Henrique's and Borodin's contracts are up at the end of the season and have totally impractical demands while Rodriguez kicked up a fuss about me rejecting a bid from Lazio.

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sounds like things are a little tough right now PRDH... i'd get rid i think and hope to find replacements if you can't give new contracts.

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sounds like things are a little tough right now PRDH... i'd get rid i think and hope to find replacements if you can't give new contracts.

Yeah, that's what I'm attempting. Henrique is off to Rubin for £4.9m, they've got a bargain I think, but it's a massive chunk of cash for me at the moment and much better than letting him leave for nothing. Borodin has gone for £1.5m, slightly less happy with this deal, but again it's better than nothing.

I should add here, just to put into context the upheaval this will be, that Henrique is my captain and Borodin my vice captain!

Rodriguez was all set to head off to Napoli for £5m but then got injured in training and failed his medical. Hopefully I'll be able to get the same sort of fee for him when he's fit again.

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He played 2 games at the start of the season, after that he never played again, kept getting the message Should Lister be in the team 12% Yes - 86% No - 2% undecided so at least the fans were with me in my decision, the striker Marc Hughes proved to be miles ahead of him

I managed.to pick a fight with him 2 days into his elgin career:

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b439/macshimidh/Elgin%20City/Listerterminated.png

:-)

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Yeah, that's what I'm attempting. Henrique is off to Rubin for £4.9m, they've got a bargain I think, but it's a massive chunk of cash for me at the moment and much better than letting him leave for nothing. Borodin has gone for £1.5m, slightly less happy with this deal, but again it's better than nothing.

I should add here, just to put into context the upheaval this will be, that Henrique is my captain and Borodin my vice captain!

Rodriguez was all set to head off to Napoli for £5m but then got injured in training and failed his medical. Hopefully I'll be able to get the same sort of fee for him when he's fit again.

Some big money made there i guess particularly with 12 months left on contract... good luck using that cash to replace them...

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Cheers rlipscombe! I've decided to replace from within the squad. Borodin to be replaced by Derrien and Henrique by Poljak (see above) and use the money for security and to improve the facilities.

Edit - So Rodriguez recovered from injury just in time to be sold before the end of the transfer window. He went for £4.4m in the end. Along with Henrique and Borodin leaving it's boosted the coffers considerably with a total of £11.25m coming through the doors.

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Ouch. Although I daresay my CL group will be as bad. In other news I just managed to get a 1-0 win over Real at the Bernabéu which was a first for us. Now I just need tofigure out how to beat Barcelona.

Edit: Yep I thought it would be a tough group - Arsenal, Werder Bremen and Dynamo Kyiv:(

I'm somehow top after 3 games in the group :D

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After completing the Gundo challenge I fancy something else now. I am really tempted to try and get Barakaldo, I know LLR has put a save up with them but I fancy doing with only Basque players after the first season so would I be be able to add that in the DB? It doesn't give any extra players at the beginning but going by previous saves with Bilbao it does get hard if they aren't loaded in the future. If I do do it and it would be allowed then there will be no other alterations to the DB, so basically it would be a large DB with Basque players totaling 13,000 players. I personally can't see myself getting an advantage out of it due to the limitations i'd be setting myself but i'd rather not assume and make the intentions known so it could be cleared either way:)

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I just wrote a lengthy post, full of excitement and information, but just before I posted it I decided it was unwise, that it would almost certainly anger the CSE gods and invoke the forum curse so I am, perhaps wisely, keeping schtum.

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Hmm... Either that was too much for the forum to resist, or it was just a case of an away game at Porto, but my unbeaten start to the season has come to an end.

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Dardanelspor A.S - Season 2019/20

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League Table|Championship Group

I finished this season on the 19th before going away so the report will be short. I'll just say we were a little lucky to make it into the Championship Group and then massively lucky to actually win it! 3 draws in the first 3 games and i thought it was over but then we beat Besiktas for ther first time in my time in charge, followed that up with an hammering of Trabzonspor (who like us overachieved to make it here) then we ended the season with a victory over Galatasaray and Trabzonspor beat Besiktas to hand us the top spot and a Champions League place (and i think the Turkish Title).

Transfers|Finances

Turkish Cup saw us actually try a little more this year and we managed to make it to the Q-Finals losing to Galatasaray.

Squad|Team Report

Season    Division     Pos   Turkish Cup     Notes
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2012/13   Second       2nd    Third Round    Promotion!
2013/14  First Div.    10th  Second Round    Mid-Table - Check!
2014/15  First Div.    8th    Third Rd.      Just below Playoffs
2015/16  First Div.    Top!  Second Round    Champions!!!
2016/17   Premier      5th    Fourth Rd.     Made it into Europe!! Somehow.
2017/18   Premier      4th    Fourth rd.     Champs Group.
2018/19   Premier      5th    Fourth rd.     Snuck into Europe via Fair Play!
2019/20   Premier      4th     Q-Final       Champions League!!!

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I haven't been in here much at all and practically haven't touched FM since my last update due to school and life in general. I don't think I'll be able to carry on with my save now, which is a shame as it was fun to play and share.

Congrats on the progress everybody has made. :thup:

After completing the Gundo challenge I fancy something else now. I am really tempted to try and get Barakaldo, I know LLR has put a save up with them but I fancy doing with only Basque players after the first season so would I be be able to add that in the DB? It doesn't give any extra players at the beginning but going by previous saves with Bilbao it does get hard if they aren't loaded in the future. If I do do it and it would be allowed then there will be no other alterations to the DB, so basically it would be a large DB with Basque players totaling 13,000 players. I personally can't see myself getting an advantage out of it due to the limitations i'd be setting myself but i'd rather not assume and make the intentions known so it could be cleared either way:)

It would be lovely if you did an all-Basque save with Barakaldo, which is exactly what I was doing until life took over. I'd definitely follow that. :thup: However, I'm not sure whether the people in the thread would approve of database changes.

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Congrats on the champions league brettney did you win the league or is the champions group more a formality?

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Congrats on the champions league brettney did you win the league or is the champions group more a formality?

Yeah it turns out i did pick up the League Title ... Find it a little strange though since i did in all reality finish 4th!?

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toonbalmy87, Romanista1994 thanks for the support:) i'd love to do it where I won't always be nicking Bilbao players all the time but the only realistic way of doing it would be to have Basque players loaded imo as Barakaldo won't always produce Basque regens (there would be some i'm sure, but it doesn't have the same strictness Bilbao do) as I said my intention would be to have only Basque players by the start of season 2, i'm not even that bothered about completing the challenge but it'd be a nice experiment to try. If LLR says no then fair enough i'll give it a go without them loaded. I've already holidayed with Basque loaded and just doing another one with them loaded.

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toonbalmy87, Romanista1994 thanks for the support:) i'd love to do it where I won't always be nicking Bilbao players all the time but the only realistic way of doing it would be to have Basque players loaded imo as Barakaldo won't always produce Basque regens (there would be some i'm sure, but it doesn't have the same strictness Bilbao do) as I said my intention would be to have only Basque players by the start of season 2, i'm not even that bothered about completing the challenge but it'd be a nice experiment to try. If LLR says no then fair enough i'll give it a go without them loaded. I've already holidayed with Basque loaded and just doing another one with them loaded.

For me, as one of LLr's deputys ( ;) ) i don't have a major problem with it considering you have mentioned it plus the uniqueness of the challenge. LLR should be around soon though for confirmation...

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It's all good by me Dexter, you have mentioned it before starting, and your challenge will be slightly unique as well, and I just tested it myself it doesn't load any more players, or if it does it is very slim numbers (<1k), go for it and good luck with the Challenge of Basque only.

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