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

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You make it look so easy.

Yeah, it has been pretty easy this season so far. However, I do expect a much tougher second half, especially with the fixture list the way it is. Although, if we can get to 85 points, I reckon we'll be there or thereabouts.

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You say you have not been tested by the chasing pack, yet you beat 2nd place 2-0 at home, 3rd place 2-0 at home and 4th place 5-1 away from home!

In short, stunning. :thup:

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Italy: Stumbling To The Euros

UEFA European Championships Qualifying Campaign 2034/35

With such a tricky group to contend with, I knew this qualifying campaign wouldn't be a cake-walk, but still expected us to qualify a lot more convincingly than we did. In fact, it went down to the final round of fixtures, where we had to hope that Switzerland would do us a favour against Northern Ireland; we did our part against Luxembourg, and thankfully for us, the Swiss helped us out by holding NI to a draw.

We've really struggled to find the net over the course of the eight games, meaning that we've dropped more points than I would have liked. Asides from the two defeats to France, goalless draws in Switzerland and Northern Ireland, proved how lacklustre we've been and what a struggle Portugal 2036 is likely to be if we don't take our chances.

I imagine I'm coming to the end of the road with this national team, and the Euros will be my last swansong with Italy. The squad is now starting to age, and there doesn't seem to be the talent coming through to replace the existing set-up, so it's now becoming difficult to select a squad that is capable of winning a tournament. If the Euros go well, I may have a change of heart, but for now, I'll just be looking to resolve our profligacy, tinkering with the formation a tad.

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France 2-1 Italy - An underwhelming performance against the group leaders.

Italy 0-1 France - We needed three points here, but, instead, suffered from a complete crisis of confidence.

Italy 2-0 Switzerland - Anything short of a win here would have been curtains, and would have left us with no chance of qualification.

Luxembourg 0-4 Italy - Going into the final round of fixtures, we needed to win and hope that Northern Ireland slipped up (which they did).

Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Team of the Year 2034 | Team of the Year 2035 | Overall Best XI

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And here's the draw for Euro 2036:

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Not a bad group, although Croatia are ranked eighth in the world, so I'm confident that we'll get into the knockout rounds.

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You say you have not been tested by the chasing pack, yet you beat 2nd place 2-0 at home, 3rd place 2-0 at home and 4th place 5-1 away from home!

In short, stunning. :thup:

Good point, well made! Perhaps, I'm just managing expectations! :p

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Croatia may be an interesting challenge.

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Doing superbly well with Genoa.Good luck in the Euros :thup:

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Quite a decent group for the Euro's.

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Thanks for the comments!

I'm still ploughing through the season, and should have an update soon. Unfortunately, I'm really busy at the moment, and any spare time I do get is currently being taken up by Euro 2012, which (so far) is shaping up to be one of the best tournaments I've watched :thup:

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So, with no Euro 2012 action tonight, it seems a good opportunity to get my thread up to date...

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Genoa CFC: No More Years Of Hurt

Even with £87m worth of debt, the day-to-day finances are looking more than acceptable now, and should allow me the luxury of a decent spending spree in the forthcoming summer transfer window. Once again, the board have been busy too, and have agreed to improve the training and youth facilities; this should put us right up there with the best once it has been completed. They've also negotiated some new lucrative sponsorship deals, which will bump up our income by about a handy £7m per season.

Finances | Transfer Summary

Serie A 2035/36 End of Season

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Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Season Summary | Miglior Squandra dell'Anno

After 112 years of pain, Genoa have finally, once again, become the Champions of Italy! It's been a tough season, though, where it could have quite easily gone one way or another, due to having the fierce competition of Fiorentina throughout.

Despite looking so comfortable at Christmas, our seven point advantage quickly evaporated in the new year, and come March, we had slipped down to second behind the resurgent Fiorentina. Thankfully, due to our other fixture commitments, we had a game in hand in our back pocket, which would put us top with a win. Helped by Fiorentina losing their penultimate game, we won the title with a game to spare, and finally got our hands on the Scudetto trophy!

Genoa 4-1 Roma - A big win against a side with a big budget.

Fiorentina 1-1 Genoa - One of the biggest matches of our season, and a credible point.

Genoa 0-1 Sampdoria - For the first time in a while, we actually lost the della Lanterna derby.

AC Milan 2-0 Genoa - This was the start of our mini-wobble, where we lost our rag a bit too.

Genoa 3-0 Torino - These three points, from our game in hand, put us top, and our destiny back in our own hands.

Genoa 3-0 Novara - The game that sealed the deal, and a top performance to boot!

TIM Cup

Fixtures

Just like London buses, if you wait long enough, two will come at once, as we added the Coppa Italia to the trophy cabinet in a historical league and cup double (ending a 99 year wait). Once again, Fiorentina found themselves as bridesmaids, having finished on the losing side of a close final.

Genoa 5-0 Sassuolo - A nice big quarter-final victory.

Fiorentina 0-1 Genoa - The final was pretty cagey, but we still did enough to edge it, and lift the trophy.

UEFA Champions League

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Fixtures

And we nearly made it three, with a spectacular Champions League campaign!

Having scraped through against Arsenal, we totally demolished Liverpool in the quarter-final- particularly uncomfortable viewing for a Liverpool fan to sit through! This set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Barcelona, where, as severe underdogs, it was always unlikely that we would progress any further. In fact, what happened next, was two very even legs, which could have quite easily gone our way on a different day.

Genoa 1-0 Arsenal - Another feisty game, which needed a penalty shoot-out to get us through.

Genoa 4-1 Liverpool - British opposition again, and we destroyed my favourite club!

Liverpool 0-1 Genoa - And we then won at Anfield too.

Genoa 1-2 Barcelona - We gave Barcelona a good go, and could feel slightly hard done by with the result.

Barcelona 3-1 Genoa - Once again, another fine effort, which on another day could have seen us reach the final.

Squad Overview

Key Players: Cristian Griffa (15 goals), Loris Decugis (13 goals), Eslin Van Wijk (11 goals), Subhash Sharma (10 goals, 15 assists), Michal Blad (14 assists), Javier Benavides (13 assists), Antonio Augusto Gomes (23 clean sheets), Edward Konieczny (AvR 7.22), Noureddine Yildirim (10 goals)

Fans Player of the Year: Javier Benavides

Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

Although we're still missing that lethal marksman, five players chipped in with 10+ goals each, which meant that we ended up as the league top-scorers! Unfortunately, neither of the five strikers seem capable of consistently finding the net, and will find form for only a couple of games before completely losing their shooting range. This wasn't too much of a problem this season, as the next taxi off the rank took their place, normally scoring a goal or two in the process, but there is still a need to find a clinical striker.

The rest of the squad remained as strong as ever, and will need very little improvement over the summer. That said, we could probably enhance our defensive ranks somewhat, and another centre-back may prove a prudent signing, if the opportunity presents itself.

Career Summary

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
2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
          Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners

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Congrats on the title again :) It's always nice to have goalscoring from multiple players; however, having that pivotal player is important too. Hope you find your striker.

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Great stuff AK. Congratulations on winning the league! :thup: Even better to see Sampdoria just miss out on the Champions League ;)

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Italy: A Trip To Remember

UEFA European Championship

Hosts: Portugal

Holders: Croatia

Odds: 6-4F France, 2-1 Germany, Spain, 5-2 Italy, 3-1 Netherlands, 5-1 England

Once again, we went into the tournament as one of the favourites. The FA expected a semi-final appearance, which seemed fairly realistic and definitely achievable.

Group Stages

Group B - Italy 2-0 Ireland - We really sprung out of the traps, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes of our opening fixture.

Group B - Denmark 0-1 Italy - A tougher second fixture, although we scored another early goal.

Group B - Croatia 0-0 Italy - This made it three clean sheets out of three, and ensured we topped the group, ahead of the defending champions.

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Not too many shocks in the group stages, although England did make very hard work of a fairly routine group.

Knockout Rounds

2nd Round - Israel 0-1 Italy - Not our finest hour, as we failed to register a shot on target and had to rely on an own goal to progress.

Quarter-Final - Italy 1-1 Norway - We probably could have won this in normal time, without risking a penalty shoot-out.

Semi-Final - Italy 1-0 France - Up next were the pre-tournament favourites. They were abysmal, but it still took us 88 minutes to find a breakthrough.

Final - Netherlands 1-2 Italy - The Netherlands are a top side, so we did extremely well to win the final and lift the trophy!

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What a fabulous tournament for my Italian side, ending a 70 year drought since they last won the Euros. It was a typically Italian performance throughout, which saw us only concede two goals over the course of the seven games we played. Fair enough, our matches weren't the most riveting to watch, and most neutrals would have fallen asleep after 20 minutes, but we did what mattered most, and ended the tournament as champions!

UEFA European Championship Dream Team 2036

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With the World Rankings (post Euro 2036) looking like this, I've decided to end my time as Italy manager. Six years with any nation is long enough, and it also seems a good time to bow out, considering our Euros success.

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And, here's my overall Italy record.

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I'm not in any rush to go back into international management, and would probably only consider an offer from Brazil or England now, if they came up.

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What a season for you! Another congratulations - this time for Italy becoming European champions. :thup:

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Congrats on the title again :) It's always nice to have goalscoring from multiple players; however, having that pivotal player is important too. Hope you find your striker.

Thanks cerud. I've been looking for three seasons now, though, so I'm not overly optimistic!!

Great stuff AK. Congratulations on winning the league! :thup: Even better to see Sampdoria just miss out on the Champions League ;)

Cheers Daz. Sampdoria have been much improved this season, but we're still very much the number side in Genova currently.

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What a season for you! Another congratulations - this time for Italy becoming European champions. :thup:

Thanks again, Daz- I'm now finally up to date with everything :o :D

However, I now have a bit of a quandary...

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They've been chasing me for quite a few seasons, and with me winning Serie A with Genoa a lot earlier than I anticipated, it has certainly caught my eye. I'm not normally one to join a massive European club, but the £532m transfer budget has definitely made me stop and stare for a bit!

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Only one option.

See you in Madrid. I dare you to blow that money and buy the best ten players in world football.

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Only one option.

See you in Madrid. I dare you to blow that money and buy the best ten players in world football.

This. It'll be fun. :D

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With that sort of money,you may be able to buy last years World XI :D

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Also, if you, er, run out of transfer budget, you can always adjust the wage budget as you have a pound or two in reserve there. :D

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Congrats on ending all those long waits in Italian football with the double for Genoa and the Euros for Italy. :thup:

Real madrid sounds tempting - I dare you to go there and build a squad of free transfers :p

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Great work winning the euros. Real Madrid is tempting, afterall, you've never managed in Spain.

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Thanks chaps- decision coming up shortly :)

On a side note, I think I've now got my money's worth from FM12...

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46 days :D

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It was a tough decision, as I was feeling very settled at Genoa. However, my head was seriously turned by the obscene amount of money offered by Real Madrid, and thinking realistically, it seems the right stage of my career to take on one of the elite clubs. I'm now 25 seasons into my save, so I feel I've earned the chance to manage a club the size of Madrid, and although the job will be highly pressurised, it gives me a great opportunity to add some more trophies to my CV.

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It's nice to be loved!

And here's my overall Genoa record:

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A good call. :thup: Best of luck in Madrid!

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Real Madrid Club de Fútbol: The Biggest Club In The World!

You all know about Real Madrid, don't ya? However, for those who have been living in an underground nuclear bunker since 1945, here's a brief snapshot of who they are.

Formed in 1902, Real Madrid are arguably the most successful club in the history of European football, having won the European Cup/Champions League 13 times (including four since 2011/12), in addition to 43 domestic title and 22 domestic cups. The club itself holds many long-standing rivalries, with the most notable being the fiercely competitive El Clásico against Barcelona, and the El Derbi madrileño against neighbours Atlético Madrid.

The origins of the club go back to when football was introduced to Madrid by the academics and students of a local university, which included graduates from Cambridge and Oxford. They founded Football Club Sky in 1897, playing their matches on Sunday morning. Three years later, it split into two clubs, leading to one of these clubs being named as Madrid FC in 1902. The Real was added to the name of the club in 1920, after being granted the royal title by King Alfonso XIII, also meaning that a crown could be added to the club's logo.

La Liga BBVA - 20 teams compete this tournament, playing each other twice on a round-robin basis. The team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned as champions, with teams 2nd-4th qualifying for the following season's Champions League competition. Teams finishing 5th-7th qualify for the Europa League (dependant on the Copa del Rey Winners), with the three bottom teams being relegated to Liga Adelante.

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Club Finances | Club Reputations

Only four different teams have won La Liga over the past 25 seasons, with biggest shock being Levante's third place finish in 2033.

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Copa del Rey - The early rounds are contested by the lower divisions in one-off games. Then when they are 32 teams remaining, all ties are played over two legs, except for the final, which is a one-off game played at a neutral venue.

Real Madrid: The State of Play

Facilities | Finances | Past Managers

Contract Length: 5 years | Wage: £62k per week

Transfer Budget: £532m | Wage Budget: £5m (currently spending £1.9m)

I've had a big increase in my salary, and been given a huge budget to play with. The board want me to win La Liga, and get to the final of the Champions League, so the pressures on to hit the ground running straightaway!

Squad Overview

Key Players: Alexander Tesarik, Giacomo Verdiani, Erion Guri, Sibusiso Tshabalala

Promising Youngsters: Furkan Tutcuoglu, Acacio Emeka

After my early assessment of the team, we're probably already good enough to be competitive right up at the top end of La Liga, which isn't that surprising considering we're the defending champions. That said, it is an ageing squad, with few exceptional youngsters on the ranks, so my main task will be building for the future. Of course, I've got the luxury of a lot of money to spend, so can go hard in the transfer market if needs be, but my main focus will be on securing the signatures of the finest youngsters my scouts can shortlist.

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A good call. :thup: Best of luck in Madrid!

Thanks DodgeeD- should be fun :)

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Good luck with Real, hopefully you don't have the same problems I had at Arsenal.

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Taking the helm at Real Madrid. This could get ugly...for other clubs ;)

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Cheers guys! All is good so far- we've made a cracking start! :)

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Brilliant thread so far interested to see how long it will take you to conquer the world with £532 mill to spend

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Brilliant thread so far interested to see how long it will take you to conquer the world with £532 mill to spend

Thanks buzz! I've only spent £39.5m so far... so I've got plenty to play with still :)

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Thanks buzz! I've only spent £39.5m so far... so I've got plenty to play with still :)

You are so disciplined compared to me. I spent £350m+ in the first six months at Barcelona, though only fair to say they were in the doldrums.

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Surprised to see Northern Ireland beat Germany in the Euros :eek:

Good luck with Real Madrid, not that you'll need it

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Real Madrid manager now,best of luck.Hopefully you can avoid dropping too many points as that may crank the pressure up.

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Like Real Madrid need you based off their past history :rolleyes:;).

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More importantly - how did Peru get to be second in the world rankings? And Argentina down in 22nd!!!

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And how is Burkina Faso so high???

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You are so disciplined compared to me. I spent £350m+ in the first six months at Barcelona, though only fair to say they were in the doldrums.

I just don't like to blow money for the sake of spending it! If someone's worth £20m+, and they're the best person I can buy, then I'll spend big, but usually, I'll way up a lot of factors (age, contract length, potential) before deciding to purchase anyone. I'm quite thrifty in real life too, so it's no surprise that this has transferred to my FM transfer negotiations!

Surprised to see Northern Ireland beat Germany in the Euros :eek:

Good luck with Real Madrid, not that you'll need it

Real Madrid manager now,best of luck.Hopefully you can avoid dropping too many points as that may crank the pressure up.

Thanks chaps.

Like Real Madrid need you based off their past history :rolleyes:;).

Yeah, they've been fairly successful over the past few season ;)

More importantly - how did Peru get to be second in the world rankings? And Argentina down in 22nd!!!

There's something odd about Peru's ranking, and quite possibly, could be a bug. They got to the QF of the Copa America in 2035, and the group stages of the World Cup in 2034, but asides from that, they've done nothing!

And how is Burkina Faso so high???

They came third in the 2035 African Cup of Nations, but not a lot else!

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Bloody hell 532M to spend?! Good luck with Real Madrid :thup:

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Looks like you need some CLs to really achieve anything

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