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If You Count Your Chickens Before They've Hatched, They Won't Lay An Egg

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Looking very good so far.Hope you can keep it up.

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Give me a B...
B
Give me an A...
A
Give me a Y...
Y
Give me an E...
E
Give me a R...
R

What do you get?
Bayer Leverkusen. :)

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Great first half of the season. Going very well in the league.

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Looks like you starting to open up a good gap between you and the rest of the field. Guess Stuttgart will have to settle for 2nd then!

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[quote name='deltablue']Looking very comfortable.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='B.W.G']Looking very good so far.Hope you can keep it up.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='SRL88']Great first half of the season. Going very well in the league.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='rancer890']Looks like you starting to open up a good gap between you and the rest of the field. Guess Stuttgart will have to settle for 2nd then![/QUOTE]

Thanks, hopefully so! Actually, I do have a bit of a soft-spot for Stuttgart having visited there and toured the stadium. Doesn't mean that I'm going to let them overtake me though! :D

[quote name='Nobby_McDonald']Give me a B...BGive me an A...AGive me a Y...YGive me an E...EGive me a R...RWhat do you get?Bayer Leverkusen. :)[/QUOTE]

Sounds like you've got all the attributes to be a leading cheerleader, Nobby! :D

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Mexico: The Start Of The Road To France 2030[/U][/B][/SIZE]

Qualifying for the World Cup is a must for this proud nation, and there shouldn't be any excuses for failing to do so. Unfortunately, this squad is full of complacent, brain-dead morons who just expect to turn up and win. At times, despite their obvious high levels of skill, they find it almost impossible to string a series of passes together, let alone carve out any decent goalscoring chances. To be honest, I'm now at a loss about what to do with this team, and just hope we can bumble through qualification without too many embarrassing defeats along the way.

[SIZE=3][B][U]CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers 3rd Phase Group 1[/U][/B][/SIZE]

[U][B]Group 1[/B][/U]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2028/FIFAWorldCupCONCACAFQualifyingSectionOverview_Stages-1.png[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2028/MexicoFixtures_Fixtures-1.png[/IMG]

Really, we should have comfortably topped the group, but El Salvador are unstoppable at the moment! They're considerably higher than us in the world rankings too, so I can't be too disappointed that we only finished second. We still easily qualified for the next round though, where we'll have to finish ahead of the likes of USA and Honduras if we want to make it to the World Cup finals.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2028/MexicoHistory_BestEleven.png"]Team of the Year 2028[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2028/MexicoHistory_BestEleven-2.png"]Overall Best XI[/URL]

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[quote name='deltablue']El Salvador![/QUOTE]

[quote name='Nobby_McDonald']You lost to El Salvador. :D[/QUOTE]

I know! It's epically embarrassing! :o :D

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Leverkusen: Making Our Mark[/U][/B][/SIZE]

After having made such an encouraging start to our campaign, I was eager for this form to continue well into the New Year, so that we would remain in a position to contend for honours come the end of the season.

Unfortunately, off the field, things are starting to take a turn for the worse, as the club is running at a serious loss. Even with the Champions League TV revenue, things are looking bleak, so part of my summer project will be to reduce the wage bill, bringing it in line with the club's income totals. There's also a club takeover on the horizon too, as the chairman status is now set to 'will listen to offers'. Ideally, the new owner will pump a bit of money into the club's coffers, helping to alleviate the financial burden, and give me the opportunity to bring a few new faces in.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenBoardroom_Finances-2.png"]Finances[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenTransfers_History.png"]Transfer Summary[/URL]


[B][U]Bundesliga 2028/29 End of Season[/U][/B]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/1BundesligaOverview_Stages-2-1.png[/IMG]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/1BundesligaOverview_PastPositions.png"]Position Graph[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-1.png"]Fixtures 1[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-3-1.png"]Fixtures 2[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/GermanyOverview_SeasonSummary.png"]Season Summary[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/1BundesligaAwards_AwardWinners.png"]Elf des Jahres[/URL]

We maintained our stranglehold on the league through the winter months and well into the spring, securing the title with a couple of games to go. Being honest, it wasn't ever in a lot of doubt either, especially after strong showings against Dortmund and Schalke, which helped to consolidate our advantage over the chasing pack. Really, it's our goalscoring prowess that set us apart from the rest of the league, having averaged near-enough three goals a game, whilst remaining reasonably secure at the back too. There's still plenty of work to be done in preparation for next season, though, as I would like to improve our consistency and defensive organisation, but I would still imagine that we will be there or thereabouts again next time too.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenvFSVFrankfurtInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 5-3 FSV Frankfurt[/URL] - This eight-goal thriller was a fantastic game for the neutral! Our defending left a lot to be desired though.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenvDortmundInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 5-0 Dortmund[/URL] - Surely one of the most one sided six-pointers? A great win over our nearest challengers!
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/KlnvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Köln 0-4 Leverkusen[/URL] - Another derby-day victory. We won't have the pleasure next season, though, as Köln were relegated on the final day.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenvRBLeipzigInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 4-0 RB Leipzig[/URL] - Pure class from Hugo, netting a hat-trick on the way to another convincing win.


[B][U]UEFA Champions League 2028/29[/U][/B]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/UEFAChampionsLeagueOverview_Stages-3-1.png"]Group Stages (A-D)[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/UEFAChampionsLeagueOverview_Stages-4-1.png"]Group Stages (E-H)[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-4-1.png"]Fixtures[/URL]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/UEFAChampionsLeagueOverview_Stages-2-1.png[/IMG]

The knockout rounds were a bit of an anticlimax for us in this season's Champions League, having fallen foul at the first hurdle. To be fair, even if we had got past Atlético Madrid, I'm pretty sure Barcelona would have put us firmly back in our box. Currently, we're nowhere near good enough to be contending in the latter stages of this competition, and will need a much more resolute defence to stand even half a chance in the coming years.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenvAtMadridInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 2-2 At. Madrid[/URL] - We dominated the first leg, but still let a two goal lead slip. Disappointing.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/AtMadridvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]At. Madrid 5-2 Leverkusen[/URL] - At 2-2 it was looking good for extra-time, or even a shock victory. However, three goals in nine minutes put pay to any dreams we had of making it to the quarter-final.


[SIZE=3][URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/Bayer04LeverkusenSquad_Players.png"]Squad Overview[/URL][/SIZE]
Key Players: [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/HugoOverview_Attributes-2.png"]Hugo[/URL] (39 goals), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/SantosOverview_Attributes.png"]Santos[/URL] (22 assists), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/HilmiBilgiOverview_Attributes.png"]Hilmi Bilgiç[/URL] (13 assists), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/MarceloPrezOverview_Attributes.png"]Marcelo Pérez[/URL] (13 goals), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/ChoroOverview_Attributes-2.png"]Chorão[/URL]
Fans Player of the Year: Hugo
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenHistory_BestEleven.png"]Team of the Year[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202829/LeverkusenHistory_BestEleven-2.png"]Overall Best XI[/URL]

Hugo was undoubtedly the star of this year's show. Not only did he break the club's goalscoring record, he also broke the Bundesliga record for most goals in a season, too. Throw in the fact he was the leading marksman in the whole of Europe, and it's not difficult to comprehend how vital he was to the team. However, I really shouldn't overlook Santos, who also played a pivotal role in the team's success, earning him the accolade of German Footballer of the Year.

As I've said previously, the squad is probably the best in Germany, but it still doesn't feel like 'my team' yet. Ideally, I will be looking to have a bit of a clear out in the summer, and start rebuilding from the back. I'm not convinced that my two best centre-backs really cut the mustard at Champions League level, so could do with a natural born leader and organiser to galvanise the back four. Sure, the current defenders are good enough to contend with the majority of the Bundesliga's strike-forces, but if we're going to make progress in Europe, we're going to need personnel of a higher calibre. Whether I get the money I need to bring someone of that quality in, that's yet to be seen.


[B]Career Summary[/B]

[CODE]Season Team League Finish Cups
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2011/12 Unemployed
2012/13 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet South 3rd FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
2013/14 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet Premier 3rd FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
2014/15 Kingstonian npower League Two 16th FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
2015/16 Kingstonian npower League Two 17th** **Resigned 19/12/2015
Hull City npower League One 6th FA Cup 4th Round
2016/17 Hull City npower League One 1st FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
2017/18 Hull City npower Championship 2nd FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
2018/19 Fulham Barclays Premier League 5th FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
2019/20 Fulham Barclays Premier League 7th Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
2020/21 Fulham Barclays Premier League 8th** **Resigned 13/11/2020
Liverpool Barclays Premier League 6th Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
2021/22 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 3rd Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
2022/23 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
2023/24 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
2024/25 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 2nd Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
2025/26 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 4th N/A
Primera División Clausura 3rd Copa Argentina QF
2026/27 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 1st Copa Sudamericana SF
Primera División Clausura 3rd Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
2027/28 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 2nd Copa Sudamericana Winner
Primera División Clausura 1st Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
2028/29 Leverkusen Bundesliga 1st Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF[/CODE]

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Congrats on the title win,unlucky in the Champions League but at least you know what you have work on :D

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Tough beat in the Champions League, but its good to know where you stand and what you need to do. Domestic is good, now to concentration on Continental. :)

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AK mind sharing your tactical settings? NEVER got a 442 diamond to work properly!

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[quote name='jaycar']AK mind sharing your tactical settings? NEVER got a 442 diamond to work properly![/QUOTE]
I found the opposite, I got it working with pretty much the default settings. Mind you that was in Argentina, where the normal accepted rules of football are irrelevant because everyone spends 90 minutes attacking in every match.

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I like the 4-4-2 Diamond as well. Worked a treat for me in Germany with Hoffenheim. Check the Hoffenheim team thread out in the GPTG if you want to see mine.

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[quote name='B.W.G']Congrats on the title win,unlucky in the Champions League but at least you know what you have work on :D[/QUOTE] [quote name='cerud']Tough beat in the Champions League, but its good to know where you stand and what you need to do. Domestic is good, now to concentration on Continental. :)[/QUOTE] [quote name='Nobby_McDonald']Great start with [B]B[/B]ayer Leverkusen.[/QUOTE]Cheers guys :) I've signed a couple of cracking centre-backs in preparation for the new season. Hopefully, they'll be the foundations I need for an improved Champions League performance next time around.

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Solid work AK22. Hope all this winning this early won't get you bored with Leverkusen. :D

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[quote name='jaycar']AK mind sharing your tactical settings? NEVER got a 442 diamond to work properly![/QUOTE]

[quote name='SnakeXe']I found the opposite, I got it working with pretty much the default settings. Mind you that was in Argentina, where the normal accepted rules of football are irrelevant because everyone spends 90 minutes attacking in every match.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='SRL88']I like the 4-4-2 Diamond as well. Worked a treat for me in Germany with Hoffenheim. Check the Hoffenheim team thread out in the GPTG if you want to see mine.[/QUOTE]

With the right players, I've found a 4-4-2 diamond very effective.

Here's my current set-up at Leverkusen:

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenTactics_TeamInstructions.png[/IMG]

TBH, it's pretty basic, and in the main, the players have the default settings created from the tactics creator. From an attacking perspective, I encourage the two strikers to push the defence back, hence why they are both on attack duty, so that the space is created in 'the hole' for the playmaker (Santos) to thrive in. I also have the two front men swapping position, meaning that it is a more dynamic attack that can cause confusion in the opposition defence. The AMC's main duty is just to sit there and play the killer balls that the poacher can latch on to; I'm not overly interested in him bombing forward, as three central players in the box will tend to get in each others way.

Defensively, it's still a work in progress. Last season, I was disappointed by the amount of goals we shipped, three or four per game at times. Even with an anchor man protecting the centre-backs, we were susceptible to the counter-attack, and often struggled to regain possession when losing the ball high up the pitch. Part of this, I'm sure, was down to personnel, and with two new centre-backs joining the club in the summer, I'm feeling confident that we will be more resolute next season. I've also adjusted the mentality of the two centre backs, reverting from a stopper-cover combination to a defend-defend. Although this may put us more at risk from through balls from the midfield, I'm hoping that the defence will work in a more united cohesive unit.

One other point to note; even though the tactics above shows closing down on 'default', I will increase this to 'press more' throughout the course of the game. By doing this, I find it counter-balances the fact that we play with no natural central-midfielders, and at times, will need to minimise the amount of space available in the centre of the park.

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[quote name='rancer890']Solid work AK22. Hope all this winning this early won't get you bored with Leverkusen. :D[/QUOTE]

:D Thanks rancer. I'm looking at Champions League victory as the long term goal, and we're still a good couple of seasons off getting close to that, so I'll be sticking around for now!

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Thanks for that Ak, and you other lads that replied re the diamond, I'll have a good play see what happens. :-)

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[quote name='AK22']:D Thanks rancer. I'm looking at Champions League victory as the long term goal, and we're still a good couple of seasons off getting close to that, so I'll be sticking around for now![/QUOTE]

I'm about to stick money on it.

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Mexico: A Summer To Forget[/U][/B][/SIZE]

With the World Cup qualifying campaign not going 100% to plan, I was looking for a good showing from the side over the course of the two competitions we would be entered into this summer. In particular, due to the class of nations entered, the Confederation Cup would give us a good indication of what would be realistic expectations if we do secure our passage to the 2030 World Cup.


[SIZE=3][B][U]FIFA Confederations Cup 2029
[/U][/B][/SIZE]
[U][B]Group Stages[/B][/U]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/FIFAConfederationsCupOverview_Stages-1.png[/IMG]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/SpainvMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]Spain 1-1 Mexico[/URL] - Not a bad start by us. Spain aren't the all-dominant side they used to be, but it was still a solid point against tough opposition.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovItalyInformation_Overview.png"]Mexico 0-2 Italy[/URL] - This was a hugely demoralising 90 minutes; having dominated the game, Italy totally robbed the points off of us.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovChinaInformation_Overview.png"]Mexico 0-0 China[/URL] - Again we should have won, but just couldn't make the crucial breakthrough.

We definitely drew the short straw when the group stages were announced, having to face both Italy and Spain in the opening games. However, all three games were settled by very fine margins, and if we had had our shooting boots on, it was conceivable that we could have won at least two of the matches. Alas, it was, again, our lack of goals that signalled our demise, and saw us crash out in the group stages. The FA wanted us to reach the semi-final, so they're not too happy either!

[U][B]Knockout Rounds[/B][/U]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/FIFAConfederationsCupOverview_Stages-2-1.png"]Overview[/URL]

Surprisingly, both the European nations failed to reach the final, where China took a shock victory over Uruguay.



[SIZE=3][U][B]CONCACAF Gold Cup[/B][/U][/SIZE]

[U][B]Group Stages[/B][/U]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/CONCACAFGoldCupOverview_Stages-4-1.png[/IMG]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovCostaRicaInformation_Overview.png"]Mexico 0-1 Costa Rica[/URL] -Not the start I was hoping for. They had one shot all game, and of course, they scored from it! Grrr!
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/BermudavMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]Bermuda 0-5 Mexico[/URL] - It was as one-sided as the scoreline suggested. This is the type of performance we should be putting in every time.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovGuatemalaInformation_Overview.png"]Mexico 1-2 Guatemala[/URL] - Another shambles, made even worse by a final minute winner from our opposition.

[U][B]Knockout Rounds[/B][/U]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/CONCACAFGoldCupOverview_Stages-5-1.png[/IMG]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/UnitedStatesvMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]USA 0-1 Mexico[/URL] - We had to wait until extra-time to make the breakthrough, but we were still good value for the victory.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovGuatemalaInformation_Overview-3.png"]Mexico 0-1 Guatemala[/URL] - Seven players booked, and one sent off; we totally lost our cool in the semi-final, and found ourselves humbled by Guatemala once again.

I don't know what I'm more embarrassed about; the fact that we only just scraped through a routine group stage, or that we crashed out to Guatemala in the semi-final. Having been the favourites, and defending champions, our performance in this competition has been nothing short of totally unacceptable. Factor in our poor show in the Confeds Cup too, and I'm amazed that the Mexican FA haven't handed me my P45. Remarkably, I've got a stay of execution for now, and will need to see a huge improvement in the rest of the World Cup qualifying campaign if I'm going to remain in my position for too much longer. Not that I'm particularly confident of seeing that happen, as to be honest, I'm at a complete loss to explain why we've been so poor, and don't see any easy fixes that will show any immediate improvement.

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Ouch! Can't imagine the Mexican media are giving you an easy ride at the minute!

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[quote name='deltablue']I'm not getting my hopes up.[/QUOTE]

Ha, I wouldn't go putting money on it :D

[quote name='chile_paul']Ouch! Can't imagine the Mexican media are giving you an easy ride at the minute![/QUOTE]

It's pretty safe to say that I'm hardly 'Flavour of the Month' at the moment. I'm sure all will be forgiven if we make it to the World Cup, though ;)

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Leverkusen: Pre-Season 2029/30[/U][/B][/SIZE]

We were good last season, so I'm expecting another strong showing domestically this time around. The big project will be to make this club one of the best in Europe, and capable of challenging for Champions League honours in a few years time. Unfortunately, German sides haven't been particularly successful in recent continental competitions, with only Dortmund making a final appearance back in 2026. Due to this, there is the very prevalent threat of the Russian Prem'er Liga overtaking the Bundesliga and becoming the fifth best league in Europe, so it's not just down to us to improve our performances; the other German representatives also need to raise their game too.

[B][U]Board Expectations[/U][/B]

[B]Bundesliga:[/B] Challenge for the title
[B]UEFA Champions League[/B]: Reach the First Knockout Round
[B]DFB-Pokal[/B]: Not important
[B]DFL-Supercup[/B]: Not important

[B]Media Prediction[/B]: 1st

[B]Transfer Budget[/B]: £1.26m
[B]Wage Budget[/B]: £1.2m per week (currently spending £1.1m per week)


[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenTransfers_History.png"][B]Transfer Summary[/B][/URL]

[B]Key Signings[/B]: [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Leverkusen/202930/IvnHernndezOverview_Attributes.png"]Iván Hernández[/URL] (DC) £3m, [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Leverkusen/202930/DanielDladlaOverview_Attributes.png"]Daniel Dladla[/URL] (DC) £4m, [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12%20Career/Leverkusen/202930/BorisReutershahnOverview_Attributes.png"]Boris Reutershahn[/URL] (AMC) Free

I'm a bit disappointed by the meagre transfer budget allocated to me this season, so I've been unable to make as many signings as I would have liked. However, there was still enough to do a bit of wheeling-dealing, and I've prioritised the signing of a couple of centre-backs, who look the real deal, and will hopefully tighten the defence.

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A poor couple of tournaments with Mexico....especially with China getting through the group stage and being knocked out by Guatemala :confused:.

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[quote name='deltablue']Look like excellent deals.[/QUOTE]

Thanks delta. Given the lack of money available, I feel I've done a reasonable job bargain-hunting!

[quote name='Nobby_McDonald']Lost to Guatemala again. :D[/QUOTE]

[quote name='SRL88']A poor couple of tournaments with Mexico....especially with China getting through the group stage and being knocked out by Guatemala :confused:.[/QUOTE]

I really hate Guatemala!! Since taking over the Mexican national side, my record against them stands at played 4, lost 3, drawn 1. Terrible! :o

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So, I've had worse job offers...

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I did half consider it, but don't really want to be leaving Deutschland yet.

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Leverkusen: Keeping It Consistent[/U][/B][/SIZE]

After having such a strong first year at the club, it was important that we didn't become complacent this season, and lose our grip on the Bundesliga trophy. Obviously, I will be looking for a bit more progress in the Champions League this time around, but I still feel that the league is the main priority, and wouldn't want to sacrifice our domestic form for European glory. Tactically, it's still the same too, playing a 4-4-2 diamond in the majority of matches. Simply put; this worked last season, so I've got no reason to change things at this current moment in time.


[B][U]Bundesliga 2029/30 Winter Break
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[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-1.png"]Fixtures[/URL]

Not quite as convincing as this time last season, where we had a seven point advantage at the half way stage, but we've still done enough to be top of the tree at Christmas. Dortmund and Stuttgart both look capable of putting in a title challenge, and considering we've already dropped points against both teams this season, they could easily close the gap on us in the spring. Most surprisingly, is the demise of Bayern Munich, who find themselves down in seventh place, and twelve points off the pace. They're still comfortably the richest club in the land, so it's quite a shock that they can't put together a team that could challenge for the title.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvFreiburgInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 5-0 Freiburg[/URL] - What a way to start our title defence, with Hugo picking up from where he left off last season!
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvHoffenheimInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 5-0 Hoffenheim[/URL] - Another dominant performance, another Hugo hat-trick.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/StuttgartvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Stuttgart 4-0 Leverkusen[/URL] - We crashed back down to earth with this demoralising defeat to one of our challengers.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/WerderBremenvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Werder Bremen 1-4 Leverkusen[/URL] - Our best performance on the road so far.


[U][B]UEFA Champions League 2029/30 Group Stages (Group F)[/B][/U]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/UEFAChampionsLeagueOverview_Stages-1.png[/IMG]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-2-1.png"]Fixtures[/URL]

We were second seeds again, so I wasn't overly confident that we would top the group, especially with Man Utd being the top seeds. However, due to results between the two teams, we, somehow, managed to secure first place, and a tie against Arsenal in the next round.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvManUtdInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 3-1 Man Utd[/URL] - A great win over the top seeds, even though we weren't the better team on the day.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/ManUtdvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Man Utd 2-1 Leverkusen[/URL] - Possibly the dirtiest match I've seen; 14 bookings and two red cards!
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/BarivLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Bari 1-3 Leverkusen[/URL] - This looked a tricky game on paper, but in the end, it was a more than comfortable victory.

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Mexico: Meeting Expectations[/U][/B][/SIZE]

After our shocking summer, it was crucial that we completed the job in our World Cup qualifying campaign. I'm only just hanging on to my job by the skin of my teeth, so failing to qualify would surely be the final nail in my coffin. I've gone back to basics tactics wise, lining up with a bog standard 4-4-2. To be honest, performances can't get much worse.


[SIZE=3][B][U]FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Qualifiers 4th Phase

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Considering the precarious nature of my job status, you could say I was relieved to qualify as group winners! We still can't beat bloody Guatemala though, as they continue to be a constant thorn in our sides, being the only side that we dropped points against in the qualifying campaign. Asides from that, it's very much 'job done', so we can now look forward to a trip to France in the summer.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovUnitedStatesInformation_Overview.png"]Mexico 4-0 USA[/URL] - USA are pretty crap now, so it's no big surprise that we comfortably beat them by four goals.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/GuatemalavMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]Guatemala 1-0 Mexico[/URL] - Aargh! Why can't we beat them?! They totally bossed us too!
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/UnitedStatesvMexicoInformation_Overview-1.png"]USA 1-2 Mexico[/URL] - A solid away win against our rivals.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/MexicovGuatemalaInformation_Overview-1.png"]Mexico 2-2 Guatemala[/URL] - A huge crowd saw the most one-sided of matches to end in a 2-2 draw!

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/MexicoHistory_BestEleven.png"]Team of the Year 2029[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2029/MexicoHistory_BestEleven-2.png"]Best Overall XI[/URL]

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USA bottom? Excellent. And far better this time. You're half-forgiven.

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Why is USA so crappy in your save? :D (and Canada didn't make it to the Hex :()

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I love that in the screenshot for Hernandez he has reacted badly to a recent comment. Nice of you to make him welcome :D

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Looking very strong on both domestic and international fronts.Keep up the good work :thup:

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Looking good all over the place. That Man Utd. match was crazy with the number of cards!

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[quote name='deltablue']USA bottom? Excellent. And far better this time. You're half-forgiven.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='rancer890']Why is USA so crappy in your save? (and Canada didn't make it to the Hex :()[/QUOTE]

USA have been pathetic recently! I've even got the MLS loaded, so I would have expected them to stay as one of the CONCACAF powerhouses. They're down to 70th in the World Rankings now, just above Trinidad and Tobago!

Canada were in the same group as Guatemala and Honduras, and everyone knows that you can't beat Guatemala! :D

[quote name='Pooku']I love that in the screenshot for Hernandez he has reacted badly to a recent comment. Nice of you to make him welcome :D[/QUOTE]

Well, I like them to know who's boss from day one! There's no point bigging them up from the get-go!

[quote name='B.W.G']Looking very strong on both domestic and international fronts.Keep up the good work [/QUOTE]

[quote name='cerud']Looking good all over the place. That Man Utd. match was crazy with the number of cards![/QUOTE]

Cheers fellas! The Man Utd game was a bit of a bloodbath, but as it was such a pivotal game for both teams, I wouldn't have expected anything less. Anyway, it kept the referee busy!!

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Leverkusen: The Unexpected Successes[/U][/B][/SIZE]

With the improvement in the club's finance, this season, the board have agreed my requests to improve the training and youth facilities. They've also deemed it appropriate to expand the stadium by 5111 seats too, so next season we'll boast a capacity of 65000, the third highest in the division (behind Bayern Munich and Dortmund). All of this is extremely good news, and will help to ensure we continue to grow the stature of the club into one of the major forces in European football.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenBoardroom_Finances.png"]Finances[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenTransfers_History-2.png"]Transfer Summary[/URL]


[B][U]Bundesliga 2029/30 End of Season[/U][/B]

[IMG]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/1BundesligaOverview_Stages-2-1.png[/IMG]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/1BundesligaOverview_PastPositions.png"]Position Graph[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-1.png"]Fixtures 1[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-3-1.png"]Fixtures 2[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/GermanyOverview_SeasonSummary.png"]Season Summary[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/1BundesligaAwards_AwardWinners.png"]Elf des Jahres[/URL]

After having a three point advantage at the half way stage, I was delighted that we managed to extend this to nine with only a handful of games remaining. Dortmund gave us a good fight, but ultimately could not get close enough to us to put us under any severe pressure, meaning that we had the league title sewn up with two matches left to play.

We, perhaps, haven't been as pleasing on the eye as last season, having scored 16 less goals than the previous term, but we've definitely been good enough value for our success. Other positives for the season include our improved defence, as we haven't had as many high-scoring thrillers, and the fact we've been good at grinding out results from adverse positions. All-in-all, a very solid trophy-defending campaign.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/FreiburgvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Freiburg 1-4 Leverkusen[/URL] - Our first game after the break, and we continued where we left off.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/DortmundvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Dortmund 1-0 Leverkusen[/URL] - A tough six-pointer, where we were played off the park by our nearest challengers.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvGladbachInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 6-0 Gladbach[/URL] - One of the performances of the season. Hugo scored another hat-trick.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvStuttgartInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 3-2 Stuttgart[/URL] - A true battle of a match, which saw us take the lead twice, only to be pegged back within two minutes twice.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvWerderBremenInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 1-1 Werder Bremen[/URL] - This was the point that secured us the title with two more games left to play.


[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/DFB-PokalOverview_Stages-1.png"]DFB-Pokal[/URL] - I may have heavily rotated the team in the early rounds, but getting to the final certainly did enough to grab my attention to this competition. A full strength team took the field for the final against Gladbach, and with the help of extra-time, we lifted the trophy for the first time in twelve seasons. This certainly wasn't the highlight of our season, but was still a good accolade to achieve, and adds another winners medal to my increasingly collection.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/GladbachvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Gladbach 0-2 Leverkusen[/URL] - Gladbach missed a penalty, and their opportunity to pull off a shock victory. We punished them in extra-time, with Hugo scoring the crucial goals.


[B][U]UEFA Champions League 2029/30[/U][/B]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/UEFAChampionsLeagueOverview_Stages-3-1.png"]Group Stages (A-D)[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/UEFAChampionsLeagueOverview_Stages-4-1.png"]Group Stages (E-H)[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenFixtures_Fixtures-4-1.png"]Fixtures[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/UEFAChampionsLeagueAwards_AwardWinners.png"]Champions League Dream Team[/URL]

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What a unbelievable triumph this was, making it a treble-winning season!

I certainly didn't expect to make it all the way to the final, but after scraping past Arsenal in the First Knockout Round, I was quietly confident that we could at least make the final four. Celtic were a lot tougher than I expected, maybe I under-estimated them, but we were still comfortable winners over the two legs. This set up a mouth-watering semi-final against the great Barcelona, where we put in two top-drawer performances to pull off the shock of the season, and secure our place in the final.

Of course, I'd been to the final of the Champions League before. Twice, in fact, with Liverpool, and had lost them both, the latter time courtesy of an AC Milan victory, so I was determined to make it third time lucky and avenge my previous disappointments! We started the game slowly, and quickly found ourselves a goal down. However, seven magical minutes saw Santos score a brace, turning the tie on it's head. We held Milan off for the remaining 25 minutes, even seeing the game out with ten men, and lifted 'Big Ears' for the first time in the club's history.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/ArsenalvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Arsenal 1-1 Leverkusen[/URL] - A tough first leg, so I was delighted to go back to Germany level-pegging.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvArsenalInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 2-0 Arsenal[/URL] - Bit of a snatch 'n' grab, but a great result.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/CelticvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Celtic 1-1 Leverkusen[/URL] - Our trip to Scotland didn't quite go to plan, but having scored an early away goal, it was always likely that we would still go through.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenvBarcelonaInformation_Overview.png"]Leverkusen 2-0 Barcelona[/URL] - A confident first leg performance, putting us in a commanding position for the return match.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/BarcelonavLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]Barcelona 2-3 Leverkusen[/URL] - The shock of the season! Barcelona will feel hard done by, as we clinical took our chances when they came along.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/ACMilanvLeverkusenInformation_Overview.png"]AC Milan 1-2 Leverkusen[/URL] - Such an uncomfortable match to watch! Thankfully, Santos earned himself legendary status by scoring the goals that won the trophy.


[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/Bayer04LeverkusenSquad_Players.png"][SIZE=3]Squad Overview[/SIZE][/URL]
Key Players: [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/HugoOverview_Attributes.png"]Hugo[/URL] (37 goals), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/SantosOverview_Attributes.png"]Santos[/URL] (20 assists), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/ChoroOverview_Attributes.png"]Chorão[/URL] (Av R 7.41), [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LamaraMazariOverview_Attributes.png"]Lamari Mazari[/URL] (22 clean sheets)
Fans Player of the Year: Hugo
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenHistory_BestEleven.png"]Team of the Year[/URL] | [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Leverkusen/202930/LeverkusenHistory_BestEleven-2.png"]Overall Best XI[/URL]

Undoubtedly, the key to our success this season was the improvement to our defence, with the signings of Daniel Dladla and Iván Hernández being the two individuals that made the most amount of difference; it's really quite staggering that they only cost me a combined £7m! We've also had more than our fair share of good luck on the injury front too, as I've had the luxury of a full squad to choose from in the majority of matches, so we've been able to keep the team fresh and vitalised throughout the course of the season. I can honestly say that there was no point this season where I could validly had a small grumble about the players unavailable for selection.

Going forward, there's still areas I'd like to improve upon. As well as looking to strengthen the wide areas of fullbacks and midfield, I'm also looking to add another proven goalscorer to the ranks. I think we've become heavily reliant on Hugo to produce the goods on a week-by-week basis, and even though he's in the form of his life, his deputies just don't seem clinical enough to step in when needed. If he gets a long-term injury, it could possibly ruin our whole season.


[B]Career Summary[/B]

[CODE]Season Team League Finish Cups
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2011/12 Unemployed
2012/13 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet South 3rd FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
2013/14 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet Premier 3rd FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
2014/15 Kingstonian npower League Two 16th FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
2015/16 Kingstonian npower League Two 17th** **Resigned 19/12/2015
Hull City npower League One 6th FA Cup 4th Round
2016/17 Hull City npower League One 1st FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
2017/18 Hull City npower Championship 2nd FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
2018/19 Fulham Barclays Premier League 5th FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
2019/20 Fulham Barclays Premier League 7th Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
2020/21 Fulham Barclays Premier League 8th** **Resigned 13/11/2020
Liverpool Barclays Premier League 6th Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
2021/22 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 3rd Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
2022/23 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
2023/24 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
2024/25 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 2nd Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
2025/26 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 4th N/A
Primera División Clausura 3rd Copa Argentina QF
2026/27 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 1st Copa Sudamericana SF
Primera División Clausura 3rd Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
2027/28 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 2nd Copa Sudamericana Winner
Primera División Clausura 1st Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
2028/29 Leverkusen Bundesliga 1st Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
2029/30 Leverkusen Bundesliga 1st Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners[/CODE]

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Great treble given you were nowhere near the pokal or CL last year, so great winning jumps forward in both.

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Congrats on an amazing season :thup:

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Just read the whole thread. Looks like you've had a great career. I'd recommend leaving Germany soon. It's great fun to play there for a bit, but the Bundesliga is just too easy to win on FM. I'd suggest Italy as a far better challenge due to there being less money unless you fancy Spain (non Barca, Real, Valencia, Malaga, Atleti teams).

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Great seasons! Congrats on the Champions League as well as the dometic title.

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Cracking season mate.

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I've missed a lot, great work with Leverkusen! :thup:

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[quote name='deltablue']Great treble given you were nowhere near the pokal or CL last year, so great winning jumps forward in both.[/QUOTE]

I certainly didn't see it coming based on last season's performances! However, I'm concerned that we may have peaked now, and probably won't be able to match it again.

[quote name='B.W.G']Congrats on an amazing season :thup:[/QUOTE]

[quote name='cerud']Great seasons! Congrats on the Champions League as well as the dometic title.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='SRL88']Cracking season mate.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='HotChocolate']I've missed a lot, great work with Leverkusen! :thup:[/QUOTE]

Thanks chaps! It was a great season, unlikely to be repeated. I am delighted to have broken my Champions League hoodoo though :)

[quote name='Niebiescy']Just read the whole thread. Looks like you've had a great career. I'd recommend leaving Germany soon. It's great fun to play there for a bit, but the Bundesliga is just too easy to win on FM. I'd suggest Italy as a far better challenge due to there being less money unless you fancy Spain (non Barca, Real, Valencia, Malaga, Atleti teams).[/QUOTE]

Yeah, I tend to agree with you Niebiescy.

Even though I've still got another three seasons left to run on my current contract with Leverkusen, I'd be amazed if I see it out to the end. We're pretty dominant domestically now, so the main challenge this coming season will be to defend the Champions League trophy. Saying that, I do enjoy the German Leagues, with it's 34 games per season and only one cup competition, so I'm in no immediate rush to jump ship. However, when I do eventually leave Leverkusen, Spain and Italy are certainly on the radar for my next destination.

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[SIZE=3][B][U]Mexico: A Fortnight In Italy[/U][/B][/SIZE]

So, we finally made it to Italy 2030, virtually unscathed from our qualifying campaign. The FA wanted us to reach the second round, which was a pretty realistic expectation, but given our flaky previous performances, I couldn't take it for granted that we would get out of our group.

Fortunately, I was able to select the strongest possible squad, favouring the majority of players who helped secure our passage to the final.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/MexicoSquad_Players.png"]Squad Overview[/URL]


[SIZE=3][B][U]FIFA World Cup 2030

[/U][/B][/SIZE][B][U]Group Stages
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[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/MexicovColombiaInformation_Overview.png"]Mexico 0-0 Columbia[/URL] - Columbia are now one of the best teams in the world, so there was no shame in taking away just a point in our opening fixture.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/ChinavMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]China 1-1 Mexico[/URL] - The winners of the Confederations Cup were up next, and once again, a draw was a fair enough result.
[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/CroatiavMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]Croatia 2-3 Mexico[/URL] - A must win match, and that we did. Just. Omar Diaz scored a great hat-trick, which ensured we went through to the next round as group runners-up.

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A few shocks in the groups, with Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal and England all having shocking campaigns. Even France struggled to get through, having to rely on their slightly superior goal difference to advance to the next stage.


[U][B]Knockout Rounds[/B][/U]

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/ItalyvMexicoInformation_Overview.png"]Italy 2-0 Mexico[/URL] - If we had won the group, we would have got Tunisia. Unfortunately for us, we didn't, and had the tough ask of having to face the hosts. Italy were just too good for us, comfortably winning by two goals, and sending us packing back home.

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What a tournament! Not just to first ever African finalists, but also the first ever all-African final; Mali triumphed with a [URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/MalivCameroonInformation_Overview.png"]2-0 victory[/URL] over Cameroon.

[URL="http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee368/AKAK22/FM12 Career/Mexico/2030/FIFAWorldCupAwards_AwardWinners.png"]FIFA World Cup Dream Team[/URL]

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