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Great season domestically, shame about the CL. Where do you think your going to head once your done with AC?

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Congrats on another league title,shame bout the other cups though.Was also interesting to see Zilina in the knockout stage,unlucky for them they got stuck against you :D

They'd have struggled whoever they got.

Another great league season with Milan, pity that the team couldn't do a bit more in the cups though

Yep, playing poorly at the start of the season cost us the first two which seemed to set the pattern, though obviously not so much anything in the league.

A magnificent career so far - I'ver never been past 2020 in any of my saves yet. :p

My record is 2053 on both 10 and 11, going to easily break that I think.

Four league titles in a row :) In hockey, we call that a dynasty. I'd say you're doing pretty good :thup:

Interesting, definitely a very strong dynasty here.

Great season domestically, shame about the CL. Where do you think your going to head once your done with AC?

Will still keep an eye on Brighton, I've been gradually been tipping towards wanting to leave for there in the past couple of years. Can't believe that 3 consecutive relegations saw the manager awarded a contract extention, and again after missing out on the playoffs. However the media prediction is still 1st so I'll probably be able to 'declare interest' again next year. Even if they do recover and that job is safe, will probably avoid a top club in favour of somewhere I can make good progress with, but that could cover clubs in quite a few different leagues, especially as before now it was all about the best career path to the top but now that's not an issue I can wait and choose whatever looks interesting.

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Again not much going on in the summer, aside from getting in a proper backup keeper, we also gotthis guy for the defence from Lyon to take the squad up to the optimum size of 22, and well balanced.

Piloto

Aug 2048

Milan 3-0 Inter (SC)

We started against Inter in the Super Cup. We were hit not just by injuries and a suspension but by the Olympics which left us with no one on the right. We easily adapted to playing narrow. Adriano gave us a 9th minute lead, followed by Helm in the 20th minute. Eweka had 2 goals disallowed in the first 10 minutes of the second half, though Kentsch gave us a 3rd on the hour mark.

Fiorentina 0-1 Milan (A)

The first league game was at Fiorentina, which I never looked forward to but at least we’d be getting that one out of the way. Lots of our previous encounter had been goalfests, but not this one. Clement was back from the Olympics and scored after 13 minutes. We could have got a second before half-time, and were a bit more on the defensive in the second half. The CL draw saw us face Dortmund for the 3rd year in a row (and we also played them in last year’s European Super Cup), Valencia and Copenhagen.

Sept 2048

Milan 4-0 Modena (A)

Modena were always going to be easy. Helm scored after 18 seconds, and Clement headed in a Rogerio free-kick in the 20th minute. Brighenti headed in a corner ater half an hour and the second half saw Rogerio finish it off with a well-earned goal in the 68th minute after an amazing performance. Richter hadn’t played since last year’s CWC final and must be feeling rather obsolete as the young Brazilian kept shining in his place.

Valencia 0-3 Milan (CL) 1,500th career match!

We went to Valencia in the opening CL game. It was also my 1,500th career match. It was pretty quiet until Rogerio set Helm up for the 21yr olds 100th Milan goal in the 28th minute. Brighenti added another in the 40th minute and Eweka made it 3-0 near the end.

Lazio 2-2 Milan (A)

We went to a Lazio side who had also won their first two league games. They took the lead after 18 minutes, but Helm equalized 10 minutes later. They quickly retook the lead but we pulled it back again from an Adriano header. We perhaps should have got a winner in the second half, but a run of 17 league wins in a row came to an end.

Milan 2-0 Torino(A)

Things were more comfortable against Torino, Adriano gave us the lead in the 3rd minute, but a big win didn’t come. We did get another goal in the 53rd minute from Clement at least, though also a red card for Helm.

Milan 4-0Carrarese (A)

We had shockingly lost against Carrarese last year and hoped to pay them back now. Terzi got a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes, with another disallowed a few minutes later Eweka soon got our 4th goal but we were hampered in our quest to get more by Terzi having to go off injured before half-time.

Milan 3-0 Dortmund (CL)

A Larsen header gave us a 18th minute lead against Dortmund. Helm was annoyed at his fine for that red card and channelled it into getting a goal early in the second half, a stunning Eweka strike finished them off with a couple of minutes left. He’s awesome like that.

League Table

Oct 2048

Catania 0-3 Milan (A)

Helm had an early goal disallowed at Catania, but he put that behind him when along with Eweka, we struck in the last 5 minutes of the first half to go 2-0 up. A Rogerio penalty made it three but Puncheon being man of the match suggested it was far from that comfortable.

Palermo 1-1 Milan (A)

We were up against it in a top of the table clash at Palermo, and after soaking up a lot of pressure we went behind in the 68th minute. After trying to come back, we did get a very late equalizer from Larsen.

Copenhagen 0-4 Milan (CL)

Copenhagen held firm when we went to Denmark in the 3rd CL game, at least in the 1st half. Terzi changed all that in the second half, bagging a hat-trick in the first 15 minutes. Eweka had a goal disallowed a few minutes later but did get a goal of his own after 75 minutes.

Milan 3-0 Chievo (A)

Terzi also starred against Chievo, except this time he only had to wait 6 minutes. He also scored on the hour mark, and once again Eweka took over to get a goal in the 68th minute.

Milan 2-0 Udinese (A)

Eweka took over goalscoring against Udinese, he had a shot deflected into the goal by an Udinese defender in the 16th minute, then got a goal of his own a couple of minutes later. We nearly had a third when Brighenti had a goal disallowed after an hour.

League Table

Nov 2048

Milan 8-0 Copenhagen (CL)

We hit Copenhagen with an own-goal after 10 minutes, and it ony got worse for them from that point. Eweka scored a few minutes later, and Pastor got a pair of goals to make it 4-0 after 22 minutes. Terzi scored just before half-time, and again a few minutes before in the end, making it 8-0 with goals from Larsen and Rogerio in the meantime. We were already group winners as well as qualified.

Siena 0-4 Milan (A)

Siena were supposedly title challengers, but we made a mockery of that when we went to Tuscany. Pastor scored after just over a minute, and Rogerio got another after 15 minutes. Terzi added his name to the scoresheet after almost an hour, and got another in stoppage time.

Milan 5-1 Parma (A)

Sebastiao and Eweka gave us a 2-0 lead after half an hour against Parma. They got a goal back early in the second half but Terzi quickly gave us another, and later goals from Larsen and Rogerio finished it off by the 70th minute.

Roma 2-1 Milan (A)

Things went very badly wrong at Roma when they too the lead in the 20th minute and scored another 6 minutes later. Things didn’t look much brighter even after the defence was reinforced, despite Eweka giving us hope by scoring just before half-time.

Milan 0-0 Juventus (A)

We hoped to bounce back against Juventus, who were having a poor season down in 12th so far. We certainly proved able to batter them, but had to settle for a really disappointing 0-0, losing top spot in the process.

Milan 3-1 Valencia (CL)

It took us a while to break through against Valencia, but we did so after 35 minutes from Pastor, who then set up Eweka a few minutes later, and the man who the fans call ‘the Emperor’ (or should anyway) got another in the 50th minute, again assisted by Pastor, and a late Valencia consolation barely registered.

Inter 2-2 Milan (A)

The first Milan derby of the season was an ‘away’ top of the table clash, with Inter 2 points ahead. Eweka gave us the lead in the 10th minute, but they quickly equalized and we had Schmeidel send off after 20 minutes. They didn’t take advantage as much as I feared, but still took the lead in the 72nd minute luckily Eweka was on hand to give us a point 5 minutes later.

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Decent start to the season, not your usual dominance domestically but your smashing the CL.

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A little more difficult this year. Those draws must get a little aggravating.

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Decent start to the season, not your usual dominance domestically but your smashing the CL.
A little more difficult this year. Those draws must get a little aggravating.

Not that difficult, when we first started winning titles things were pretty close going into the Christmas break but managed to pull away from January, so I wasn't worried and while it's not quite as good as the past couple of years, it's still good enough now, as I thought it would be. None of the draws had been that disappointing as they (and the Roma defeat) had been against strong/in-form sides and were infrequent enough not to be much of an issue.

As for the CL, we do seem to be able to consistently deliver, especially in the knockout rounds. Since Feyenoord knocked us out 4 years ago, last year's CSKA semi has been the only 2-legged tie we haven't won that comfortably, as we seem to easily win the majority of ties (and often both legs) even since our first appearances and that run to a surprising first CL title. It seems to bring out the best in us, and as we keep showing our best is something quite special indeed.

Dec 2048

Milan 2-1 Atalanta (A)

Clement got sent off after just 12 minutes again Atalanta. That wasn’t a massive problem, and we took the lead early in the second half from Bamba, but they equalized quickly. Terzi did give us the win in the 78th minute however.

Dortmund 1-1 Milan (CL)

We went to Dormund in the last CL group game. There was nothing to play for as we had both qualified and we would be top, which was just as well. They scored in the 4th minute, and we didn’t look like getting anything until they had another goal disallowed late in the game, which was quickly followed by Eweka giving us a barely-deserved equalizer. Feyernoord was a reasonable (though not easy) draw in the next round, especially considering we had Inter vs Bayern as a tie.

CL Group Table

Sampdoria 0-1 Milan (A)

We expected to go to Sampdoria and hammer them, but had a frustrating day in front of goal, including Terzi having a penalty saved after 20 minutes. We did at least get the win though a Pastor header after an hour.

Milan 5-2 Napoli (A)

Without the CWC this year, Napoli was the last game before Christmas. Things got worrying when they took the lead in the 23rd minute, but Hathaway equalized 10 minutes later, followed shortly by Helm giving us the lead. Bamba and Pastor made it 4-1 by the 58th minute. They got a second goal 5 minutes later, but Helm wrapped up a 5-2 win in the 73rd minute.

League Table

Jan 2049

Cagliari 1-6 Milan (A)

We had a new-year shock when we went behind in the 3rd minute at Cagliari. An own-goal levelled it just a few minutes later. Terzi had a goal disallowed just before the half-hour mark, but we still went wild in the last 15 minutes of the half with goals from Pastor, Eweka, Terzi, and another own-goal. Terzi got another goal in the 65th minute.

Milan 6-0 Pescara (A)

Things were even more straightforward against Pescara. Eweka scored in the 2nd minute and Terzi in the 20th. Eweka then went on to grab three more goals (amazingly taking him to just 13 in the league for the season, and 20 overall), and in stoppage time Hathaway gave us a 6th goal.

Milan 4-0 Udinese (CI)

Our first cup game was at Udinese. We got a rare Katsikas goal in the 2nd minute. Rogerio scored 20 minutes later, and the Brazilian starlet got another just before half-time, after Terzi made it 3-0.

Milan 3-1 Fiorentina (A)

Fiorentina was another match finished by half-time. Hathaway scored after half an hour, and though they equalized, a pair of Eweka goals, the second one being a penalty, gave us a 3-1 win.

Modena 0-2 Milan (A)

Modena were easily dispatched in front of their own fans thanks to Eweka, he scored in the 24th minute, and again after half an hour.

Inter 0-5 Milan (CI QF)

We had Inter ‘away’ in the cup, and after two disappointments in a row at this stage, we made amends this time. Larsen and Eweka gave us the lead in the first 25 minutes. They then had a player sent off, but it took a while to gain more ground. Terzi got a brace in 10 minutes early in the second half, and while they put up stiff resistance after that (even our defence got high 7 ratings at least), Eweka finished them off in the 86th minute.

Milan 1-1 Lazio (A)

Lazio was far tighter. They took the lead in the 8th minute, and Terzi equalized in the 25th, we perhaps just about had the better of things, but not enough, so a draw was reasonable.

League Table

Feb 2049

Torino 0-3 Milan (A)

Pastor converted a fantastic free-kick after 25 minutes at Torino. I hoped for more, and after they had a player sent off, Kentsch and Terzi each scored in the last 10 minutes.

Milan 3-0 Catania (A)

A suspension for Rogerio meant that Richter got his first start for over a year and he wasted no time in showing everyone what a talent he was. It took him less than a half to score again, doing so in the 42nd minute. Terzi added another in first-half stoppage time, and Kentsch finished the Sicilians off just before the hour mark.

Carrarese 0-3 Milan (A)

Eweka had been suspended against Catania, and took just 30 seconds in his return at Carrarese to score, and he got another 10 minutes later. Kentsch had a goal disallowed later in the half, but deservedly scored in the 59th minute, and they had a goal disallowed themselves late on which would have made little difference anyway.

Udinese 0-5 Milan (A)

Penalties were the order of the day at Udinese. Richter scored one in the 2nd minute, and Eweka converted another after 25 minutes. Kentsch gave us our first goal from open play just before half time, while Eweka and a Brighenti header finished Udinese off easily.

Feyenoord 3-1 Milan (CL KO)

The CL resumed when we went to Rotterdam to face Feyernoord. Pastor scored a great goal in the 7th minute, and we should have made it comfortable by half-time, but Eweka had a goal disallowed, we had a penalty claim rejected, and another rejected after they equalized. They quickly went 3-1 up in the second half, we finally got a penalty but missed it, and Eweka had another goal disallowed. We still should have had at least one more goal but it just wasn’t our day.

Milan 2-0 Palermo (A)

We had the chance to take a commanding lead in the league if we beat Palermo. Whether it was Rogerio or Richter on the left, the opposition were in trouble, the latter was very much enjoying stretching his footballing legs again, and gave us the lead in the 22nd minute. They had some good chances to equalize but otherwise we were all over them, and got a deserved second goal from Eweka in stoppage time. That took us 9 points clear of them with 11 games left.

League Table

Mar 2049

Chievo 0-0 Milan (A)

After Palermo, there wasn’t much steam left to go to Chievo, however we still should have had enough in the tank to finish them, instead settling for 0-0, and in fact Puncheon needed to make a very late save to stop them snatching a winner.

Milan 4-0 Siena (A)

Richter set up Pastor after 15 minutes against Siena, then got a goal of his own just before half-time. Pastor got another after an hour. Eweka went off injured and after huffing and puffing since coming on for him Helm sealed a 4-0 win at the end.

Milan 5-0 (6-3) Feyenoord (CL KO)

We had a tricky but manageable task in the home leg against Feyenoord, a 2-0 win would suffice. It took just 19 minutes for Helm to give us a 2-0 lead. Richter set Pastor up 10 minutes later. Brighenti made it 4-0 early in the second half, and Adriano got a late 5th. After the frustration of the away leg, it was great to see the response was turning on the quality in true Milan style, which we were especially good at in the CL. Juventus made for a tasty quarter-final tie, and if we won we’d likely have a rematch with Barcelona in the semis.

Parma 0-5 Milan (A)

Going to Parma was always going to be easy. Helm and Terzi scored after 15 and 30 minutes respectively. Helm scored again just before half-time and Terzi matched him with his own 2nd goal in the 78th minute. In stoppage time, Richter capped off yet another great supporting performance (Ozil has nothing on him) with a goal.

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Looking very good this season.Best of luck against Juventus.

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Looking very good this season.Best of luck against Juventus.

Already taken care of :D

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unlucky to miss out on another CL win, although I suppose if you're going to lose to anyone you want to lose to Barcelona. Looks like you've comfortably won yet another Serie A this season as well :thup:

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Going strong in the league, hope you can beat Barca too!
unlucky to miss out on another CL win, although I suppose if you're going to lose to anyone you want to lose to Barcelona. Looks like you've comfortably won yet another Serie A this season as well :thup:

Yep, just one game away from clinching it (5 to go), and amazingly Barca lost their quarter-final on away goals so I get Siena, who I've beaten 4-0 in both league games.

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Getting Siena in the semi-final is a huge stroke of luck! Just don't get too complacent ;)

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AC Milan....goalscoring machines :D.

We're slightly down in the past few years in terms of league goal totals, but still.

Getting Siena in the semi-final is a huge stroke of luck! Just don't get too complacent ;)

I guess it is, but Siena are there on merit, they weren't there for much longer when we had a go at them though.

Apr 2049

Milan 2-0 Roma (A)

We were at home to Roma, who we’d soon play in the cup semis hoping to do better than our earlier defeat in Rome. Sure enough, Helm gave us the lead in the 10th minute. He soon went off injured (and would be out for the rest of the season) but Terzi gave us another goal early in the second half.

Juventus 1-4 Milan (CL QF)

We then faced two consecutive away games to Juventus, the first being in the CL. In the past (usually with Ipswich), when I’ve had a good European run but doing poorly in the league, facing opponents from the same league often goes as badly as you’d expect the domestic encounter to be. Thankfully the same applied to Juventus. Pastor gave us the lead in the 1st minute, and goals from Richter and Terzi made it 3-0 with just 15 minutes played (of the away leg!) We easily should have had a 4th before the break, and at the start of the second half, Kentsch gave it to us. They got a goal back, and if it hadn’t been for another strong Puncheon performance they’d have closed it much more.

Juventus 0-3 Milan (A)

It wasn’t quite as easy in the league encounter. Kentsch gave is the lead after 15 minutes but it wasn’t until 15 from time that he gave us another, however Terzi gave us the same winning margin with 5 minutes left.

Milan 3-1 (7-2) Juventus (CL QF)

We were determined to finish them off for good in the home CL leg. Richter gave us the lead in the first minute, and his corner was headed in by Adriano in the 10th. It was a shame that there weren’t more goals until they got one back in the 82nd minute, but we did at least get another Adriano goal to make it 7-2 on aggregate, which was good enough for me. Surprisingly we didn’t have Barcelona in the semis, but Siena, who we had beaten 4-0 in both league games with Ajax or Lyon awaiting in the final.

Milan 5-0 Sampdoria (A)

Sampdoria were given a comfortable thumping at home. Terzi gave us the lead in the 3rd minute, followed by goals from Pastor and Brighenti before half-time. Kentsch scored in the 66th minute, and again at the end, as we were just a game away from the title.

Roma 3-1 Milan (CI SF)

We went to Roma for the first leg of the cup semis. They scored a penalty in the 4th minute, though Terzi equalized with one of our own in the 18th. A poor second half saw them take a 3-1 lead and comfortably keep it.

Milan 5-0 Inter (A)

We could clinch the league with a win over Inter. It was low-key for most of the game. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 7th minute, and they soon had a goal disallowed, however the later stages were anything but. Terzi scored in the 66th minute, and after an Inter own-goal, got two more to wrap up our 5th title with a 5-0 win.

Milan 4-0 Siena (CL SF)

We were confident going into the home leg against Siena. They were set up very ambitiously, but it did them no good at all. Terzi eventually scored in the 25 minute. Kentsch got a second just before half-time, and another later on. Richter had gone off injured in the first half, but that just inleashed Rogerio once more, and a few minutes after Kentsch’s second goal his free-kick was met by Adriano’s head as we beat them 4-0 for the 3rd time this season.

May 2049

Atalanta 2-2 Milan (A)

Before the away leg against Siena, we went to Atalanta. It looked reasonably comfortable when Larsen gave us the lead after 25 minutes, and Kentsch made it 2-0 after 50. However they came back to get a 2-2 draw.

Siena 0-3 (0-7) Milan (CL SF)

We decided to spare Siena a 4th 4-0 defeat of the season... just. Kentsch gave is the lead in the 4th minute. After they had a player sent off, Adriano made it 2-0 in the 36th minute. Kentsch made it 3 in the 69th minute, and it looked like we might get that 4th goal, but a 7-0 aggregate win set up a rematch of our first final 6 years ago against Lyon, and it was back in Lisbon (though Benfica’s ground, not the national stadium). If you believe in ‘home weighting’ we also had that for the first time since then as well.

Napoli 2-3 Milan (A)

Before the second leg against Roma, we went to Napoli. They took the lead in the 6th minute, but Terzi equalized in the 12th. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 37th minute but they equalized again before the break. We grabbed a win from Terzi in the 70th minute.

Milan 3-0 (4-3) Roma (CI SF)

We hoped to overcome the first-leg deficit against Roma. Eweka, taking advantage of Terzi being one of 3 suspensions, finally gave us the lead after 40 minutes, just after they had a player sent off. Kentsch made it 2-0 in the second half, and Eweka got the crucial goal in the 69th minute, just before another as disallowed. The final would be our 5th clash of the season against Juventus.

Milan 2-0 Cagliari (A)

The last home game of the season was against Cagliari. Surprisingly we failed to really dominate them. Richter had a goal disallowed in the 51st minute, but Kentsch eventually scored in the 77th minute, and Larsen gave us another in the last minute.

Pescara 1-2 Milan (A)

The final league game was at Pescara. It was an unspectacular finish. Eweka eventually gave us the lead in the 40th minute. Terzi made it 2-0 in the 68th minute, and as we chased a 110th league goal of the season, they got a consolation instead at the end.

Final League Table

Milan 4-1 Juventus (CI Final)

That left the 2 cup finals, starting with Juventus. Pastor gave us the lead in the 18th minute. They equalized with a penalty 10 minutes later, but quickly restored our lead. We looked shaky in a couple of areas but they failed to take advantage, and when we patched those up there was only going to be one winner. Katsikas converted a free-kick in the 52nd minute with Terzi finishing them off with a few minutes left.

Cup Final

Milan 3-1 Lyon (CL Final)

Attentions now turned to the big one against Lyon. Terzi had a goal disallowed after 6 minutes. He finally gave us the lead in the 32nd minute, but they quickly equalized. It was a pretty even game, but in the 71st minute Hathaway headed in a corner to give us a 2-1 lead, and in the 80th minute, Pastor wrapped it up.

CL Final

That makes it 4 out of 4 trophywise for the season (well, counting the super cup), in the club’s 150th year. Not as spectacular in the league as normal, but we had the cup after a few years, and we very much displayed our CL credentials. The Dortmund draw at the end of the group stage, and the first Feyenoord game we won every single game. The squad was at its best, the younger members were mostly well developed and the older ones still had a couple of years of peak left. Katsikas was almost 32, Terzi was the next oldest at 29 with Sebastiao close to that.

As far as my future is concerned, I’ve decided not to worry too much about when I should leave and enjoy this side. Plus there’s no point having personal bests (in this case 8 titles in a row, though I think I had more from specialised Bayern/Barca saves years ago) if I’ll never try to beat them. Plus this is very much my squad, my ‘Magnificent Milan’, so I’ll probably hold off leaving while I have most of them.

We are awesome. That is all.

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The Magical Milan

At Ipswich I had both the Golden Squad (FM09), just about the only other time I've won the big trophies with this regularity, and Silver Squad (FM11). My FM10 AIK team was the original 'Delta's Darlings' side. Even my FM12 Dortmund was 'La Grande Dortmund', and here I have another side destined for FM immortality. So instead of the usual squad stats screen here is that squad, though minus the backup keeper and Piloto who is still a fringe rookie. I've also included where I got them, at what ages, and how much so you can have a good idea what value I've got out of them.

Goal

Puncheon 4M from Middlesbrough at 17

Full Back

Ambrosi Youth-teamer, 17 when I arrived

Bamba 8.5M from Heerenveen at 19

Schmiedel 10M from Schalke at 17

Centre Back

Adriano 3.7M from Atletico Mineiro at 18

Brighenti 3.9M from Parma at 17

Hathaway 7M from Everton at 20

Sebastiao 6.5M from Anorthosi at 20

Centre Mid

Katsikas 9.5M from Everton at 20

Yildrim 12M from Feyenoord at 20

Larsen 4M from Nurnberg at 17

Matthews 7.5M from Red Star at 19

Wings

Clement 5M from PSG at 18

Pastor 1.5M from Marseille at 14

Richter 2.5M from Leverkusen at 18

Rogerio 2.7M from Gremio at 18

Forwards

Eweka 7M from Schalke at 20

Helm 6M from Bochum at 15

Kentsch 4M from Dortmund at 19

Terzi 16.5M from Juve Stabia at 19

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That's some amazing transfers. Nice job in the market and good training.

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Excellent season and some brilliant transfers made since you've taken over.You may call them Magnificent Milan,think I'll call them the Milan Marvels :D

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Another amazing trophy haul. Some great transfers in there too, especially your keeper.

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That's some amazing transfers. Nice job in the market and good training.
Excellent season and some brilliant transfers made since you've taken over.You may call them Magnificent Milan,think I'll call them the Milan Marvels :D
Another amazing trophy haul. Some great transfers in there too, especially your keeper.

Thanks guys, I knew that the whole U21 thing would really take flight at a big rich club where players would really flourish. Not really had much of a training master plan, a few players have had focussed training on a few weak key attributes, but otherwise it's down to a very strong coaching team and plenty of first-team football (which I have had backfire in the past in terms of team performances). In my previous experience I've seen a lot of young talent cost as much as a senior player (though wages have been very low at least early on) would, though still interesting the talent I've found (even before we were successful again) for relatively little in most cases, though not all, and I have passed up on a few I've seen that would be 15-20M or even more, but they're far fewer than I'd expect.

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Again just the one signing. Won't get much opportunity for a while as the '5th central defender' but soon Brighenti will be used as a centre mid when the Katsikas (now 32) declines or retires, which will open the door a lot more.

Navarro

Aug 2049

Milan 1-2 Juventus (SC)

We started against Juventus, and didn’t do too well. After 20 minutes we went behind, and conceded another goal before Kentsch gave us a very late consolation in what was our first home defeat in any competition since the super cup 2 years ago.

Milan 1-0 Lazio (A)

The first league game was against Lazio, and after a lot of huffing and puffing, Kentsch finally broke through after an hour, with another disallowed at the end.

Milan 3-0 Malaga (ESC)

Kentsch scored his 3rd goal in as many games after 15 minute against Malaga in the European Super Cup. Brighenti scored our first non-Kentsch goal of the season in the 54th minute, and Kentsch got another in the 67th minute.

Ternana 2-5 Milan (A)

Kentsch scored yet again to give us the lead in the 9th minute against Ternana, but they came back to have a shock 2-1 lead in the 33rd minute. Larsen equalized just before the break, and in the second half we showed them who was boss. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 63rd minute, Sebastiao got a 4th in the 79th minute, and Clement finished them off with a few minute left. That said they continued to attack strongly so didn’t take control a strongly as it may appear, the defence still having plenty to do. The CL gave us a comfortable draw with PSG, Shakhtar and Greek side Rodos.

Sept 2049

Juventus 2-3 Milan (A)

We had an early important trip to Juventus. They started strongly and Sebastiao was red-faced when he headed the ball past Puncheon in the 10th minute. We exchanged shots more but they soon got another goal. Kentsch got a goal back after half an hour. After a very long wait, Clement equalized in the 78th minute, and an own-goal in stoppage time gave us a hard-fought win.

Miilan 3-1 Shakhtar (CL)

We started our 4th CL defence against Shakhtar, and it was never going to be difficult. Kentsch kept up his goalscoring run in the 14th minute. 10 minutes later Larsen gave us another. Clement made it 3-0 in the second half, and Kentsch had another disallowed before they got a consolation.

Milan 3-1 Udinese (A)

Kentsch’s run ended against Udinese, but Brighenti scored in first-half stoppage time. Rogerio got another in the 56th minute, and Clement finished things off on the 75th before they got one of their own.

Atalanta 1-2 Milan (A)

Clement’s penalty in the 33rd minute gave us the lead at Atalanta. Rogerio then had a goal disallowed, but Kentsch gave us the second after 50 minutes. They got a goal in the 82nd minute and I was worried they’d mount a late comeback like last time but they didn’t.

Rodos 1-3 Milan (CL)

Kentsch gave us the lead after 25 minutes at Rodos. He got another a couple of minutes before half-time after an own-goal extended the lead. We hoped for more in the second half but ended up conceding a late Greek consolation.

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Oct 2049

Triestina 0-4 Milan (A)

We hadn’t really had any of our big wins this year, but a trip to Triestina was the best yet. Kentsch scored after 40 minutes, and completed a hat-trick by the 51st, with Clement also scoring in first-half stoppage time, and we easily had a couple more in us.

Milan 6-0 Catania (A)

Eweka shone for the first time against Catania. He gave us the lead with a penalty after 20 minutes, and quickly got another, from open play. Kentsch got his customary goal 10 minutes later, and in the second half Eweka completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute, with later goals from Clement and Larsen.

PSG 2-6 Milan (CL)

We went to PSG for the trickiest CL group game on paper. They scored in the 4th minute, but we immediately responded and were 2-1 after 10 minutes thanks to Kentsch and Eweka. The game turned when they had an equalizer disallowed, and after that their fight just collapsed. Kentsch got another goal in the 40th minute, and in the last 20 minutes Rogerio, Ambrosi and Eweka made it 6-1 before they finally got the second goal, far too late.

Napoli 1-3 Milan (A) 600th Milan Match!

A trip to Napoli was my 600th Milan game. It was a day to celebrate on the pitch as well. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 3rd minute, followed by Eweka after 15 minutes. We were very much on top, and though they did score in the 69th minute, Kentsch sealed a deserved 3-1 win.

Milan 1-0 Palermo (A)

Palermo were looking like challengers again this year, so when we played them it was a much closer game, however we finally broke through with a Pastor free-kick in the 58th minute, and that proved to be the decisive goal.

Roma 2-2 Milan (A)

Going to Roma was another potentially challenging game, but we took control thanks to Eweka who scored after 20 minutes and again from a penalty 5 minutes later. However they got a goal back in the 70th minute, followed by an equalizer, and they came very close to a winner as the prevented us making it 10 wins out of 10.

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On top and undefeated. Good start again :thup:

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On top and undefeated. Good start again :thup:

Best first half of a season yet.

Your team is simply beastly! :thup:

Oh very much so!

Nov 2049

Milan 8-0 PSG (CL)

PSG had been surprisingly poor in the CL, and looked like they’d fail to qualify, and we took them down easily. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 13th minute (unlucky for them). Rogerio got a little lucky in the 20th minute with a shot going in off the post. Pastor scored in the last minute of the half then set Eweka up in the 50th minute. Eweka scored again 5 minutes later and completed a hat-trick with a 66th minute penalty. He got a 4th with 10 minutes left and Kentsch wrapped up an 8-0 win in the 87th minute.

Milan 6-1 Inter (A)

We got back to winning ways in the league against Inter. Kentsch scored in the 20th minute, and restored the lead 12 minutes later after they equalized. It was all easy after that. Pastor made it 3-1 in the 57th minute. Kentsch completed a hat-trick 6 minutes later, and got a 4th after Eweka’s 74th minute goal.

Torino 1-5 Milan (A)

Torino away was just as routine. Eweka gave us the lead in the 22nd minute, then Sebastiao got a head on a Rogerio free-kick. They pulled one back but Eweka and Rogerio made it 4-1 by the hour mark, and in stoppage time Eweka completed a hat-trick.

Milan 2-0 Pescara (A)

Pescara was not as impressive but still comfortable. Helm gave us the lead in the 16th minute, and Sebastiao got the other 9 minutes later.

Shakhtar 0-4 Milan (CL)

Shakhtar still had a chance of taking top spot in the group, so we hoped to put them in their place when we went to the Ukraine. That we did with little difficulty. Eweka scored in the 7th minute, and shortly before half-time, Terzi scored within a minute of coming on. Eweka scored 2 goals in the middle of the second half to complete a hat-trick and a commanding win.

Chievo 0-1 Milan (A)

Chievo were often troublesome in Verona, this time was less so, but after Eweka’s 21st minute goal was disallowed, we only got just the one from Helm in the 39th minute.

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Dec 2049

Milan 3-0 Padova (A)

Padova were dispatched in rather boring fashion. Larsen gave us the lead in the 12th minute. Helm added another just before the break, and finally Pastor made it a 3-0 win in the 58th minute.

Milan 1-0 Siena (A)

Siena were the closest team to us (I’d hardly call them ‘challengers’), 7 points behind, and they were up next. After 3 4-0’s and a 3-0 win last season, they were rather tricker to take down this time, however we still had nearly all the pressure and Terzi finally gave us the deserved goal and win in the 82nd minute.

Milan 3-0 Rodos (CL)

It took us a while to get going against Rodos, however Kentsch got a brace in the first 16 minutes of the second half, and with 15 minutes left Pastor gave us the win we were more or less expecting. Zenit was a good draw in the next round.

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Carrarese 0-6 Milan (A)

We had a rather more flying start at Carrarese, with Kentsch giving us the lead in the first minute. The rest of the half was less so, but the first 5 minutes of the second saw Kentsch get another followed by an own-goal. Richter almost immediately gave us a 4th with Brighenti and Kentsch finishing off a 6-0 win after 66 minutes.

Milan 7-0 Okayama (CWC SF)

The Japanese of Okayama were our first CWC opponents. They weren’t as much of a cannon fodder side as earlier opponents at this level, however it was still that one sided. Kentsch scored in the 4th minute, and in the 18th just after Eweka had made it 2-0. Kentsch completed his hat-trick in the 25th minute, and Matthews made it 5-0 in the 33rd minute. They gifted us an own-goal in the 49th minute, but the only other goal was Kentsch’s 4th in the 76th minute.

Milan 3-0 New York (CWC Final)

We played New York in the final. On paper they were’t much better than the Japanese, but it was still a rather subdued final. Kentsch scored in the 9th minute. Eweka had a goal disallowed but managed to score after half an hour, and a penalty in the 69th minute gave him another.

CWC Final

Milan 2-0 Fiorentina (A)

We still had a league game before the break, against Fiorentina. There was a time when they were a side to be feared, but not any more. Their tormentor-in-chief Baldelli was still playing but now 34. Previous games had been hectic and goal-filled, this one had Brighenti giving us the lead in the 33rd minute, and an own-goal making it comfortable after about an hour as we went about the business of being quietly but consistently dominant.

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We don't get quite as many massive wins as we used to, but blimey are we consistent! After the Juventus super cup defeat we won every single game aside from the Roma draw. For once we got the recognition in the global awards. Eweka was World Player of the Year with Richter and Pastor 2nd and 3rd. Puncheon, Pastor and Eweka were in the world team of the year with Kentsch among the subs.

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Congrats on the Club World Cup! Top of all domestic clubs globally :)

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Well done on your last season! Your team is simply amazing, it awesome when you can build towards the future like that!

Great start to the season so far, hopefully you can retain you Champions League title :thup:

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Congrats on the Club World Cup! Top of all domestic clubs globally :)

It's a nice stroll before Christmas

Well done on all the lastest additions to your trophy cabinet!

I need a new house now.

Well done on your last season! Your team is simply amazing, it awesome when you can build towards the future like that!

Great start to the season so far, hopefully you can retain you Champions League title :thup:

That would be the main aim.

Great work in the Club World Cup, another trophy to add to your massive haul.

It's a bit easy really.

Walking to yet another league title.

Thats the thing, it's far too much of a walk.

Jan 2050

Cagliari 0-5 Milan (A)

We burnt off some mince pies at Cagliari. It helped that they had a player sent off in the 2nd minute. Kentsch got us going in the 17th minute. Eweka added another 20 minutes later, and a Richter penalty gave us a 3rd just before half-time. Our great Dane Larsen got a second half brace to finish them off 5-0, and they didn’t have a single shot.

Lazio 0-2 Milan (A)

Lazio were tricky at first in Rome, but Kentsch yet again delivered, scoring in the 29th minute, and again just after an hour, taking him to 38 goals in 25 games. We also set a new club record of 12 games without conceding.

Milan 4-1 Atalanta (CI)

We played Atalanta in the cup. They were reasonably tough to beat and had held us to quite a few draws recently. Richter’s penalty gave us the lead in the 55th minute, after we’d been battering from the start. An own goal extended it 8 minutes later, and Eweka made it 3-0 after 70 minutes. They broke Puncheon’s clean sheet run. With 5 minutes left an otherwise quiet Kentsch gave us a 4th.

Milan 9-0 Ternana (A)

Ternana didn’t put up the fight of last time. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 23rd minute. Brighenti scored in the 30th and a few minutes later Richter made it 3. Clement had a couple of assists and added a goal to that in the 37th minute. Eweka made it 5-0, with 5 different scorers, a minute into the second half, with another a couple of minutes later. Kentsch got 2 goals go complete a hat-trick before the hour mark, and Eweka completed his own hat-trick in the 71st minute.

Milan 3-1 Juventus (A)

We had Juventus at home and were very much on the back foot for over half the match, including surviving a disallowed Juventus goal early on. They did eventually take the lead at the beginning of the second half. Terzi equalized in the 57th minute, and we took control as Brighenti headed in a corner in the 75th minute, and Helm added a 3rd in stoppage time.

Milan 3-4 Roma (CI)

We were also at home to Roma in the cup. Unlike Juventus they got a early goal. Brighenti and Helm made it 2-1 after 25 minutes but they equalized a few minutes before the break. They took the lead a few minutes into the second half but when Helm equalized in the 66th minute we frantically chased a winner. Terzi had a goal disallowed, and we kept pushing but they regained control at the end. Puncheon kept them out a couple of times but couldn’t stop them getting a winner in the 5th minute of injury time.

Udinese 0-2 Milan (A)

We bounced back at Udinese in the league. A commanding performance saw us get goals from Matthews in the 6th minute, and Navarro (his first for the club having been in the side since Fiorentina) in the 59th.

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Feb 2050

Milan 4-1 Atalanta (A)

Atalanta were easily cast aside. Helm and Brighenti gave us a 2-0 lead by the 10th minute. They got a goal back in the 32nd minute after Richter had a goal disallowed, but Helm immediately got another, and an own-goal made it 4-1.

Padova 0-5 Milan (A)

Padova away was very comfortable indeed. Kentsch got the only goal of the first half in the 22nd minute. Helm got another in the 53rd, while Kentsch went on to complete a hat-trick (taking him to 45 goals this year) by te 72nd minute. In stoppage time, Brighenti gave us a 5th.

Zenit 2-5 Milan (CL KO)

Less comfortable was a mid-February trip to St Petersburg to play Zenit as the CL resumed. They team was rather less challenging then their weather. Helm gave us a 17th minute lead, and Kentsch made it 2-0 in the 30th. Navarro made it 3-0 in first half stoppage time. Richter made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute, but after that they actually started playing, getting 2 goals back, but Helm made it a comfortable 5-2 away leg victory at the end.

Milan 2-1 Triestina (A)

Triestina looked easy when Kentsch gave us the lead in the 6th minute. They equalized but we got a winner in first-half stoppage time in a most bizarre fashion. Clement took a penalty that hit the post but then went in off the Triestina goalkeeper.

Catania 2-2 Milan (A)

We were cruising at Catania. Kentsch gave us the lead in the 12th minute, followed by Helm in the 28th. However they fought back in the second half, with a pair of goals to make it 2-2, and we dropped league points for only the second time this season, though there was plenty of time and many chances to get a winner.

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Mar 2050

Milan 5-1 Napoli (A)

It looked like we’d draw again against Napoli. Helm gave us the lead in the 20th minute, but they equalized 15 minutes later. We took control in the second half with a pair of quick goals from Helm and Kentsch. The latter got his 50th goal of the season in the 70th minute, and Helm complete his hat-trick with a few minutes left.

Milan 6-2 (11-4) Zenit (CL KO)

We finished Zenit off in style. Kentsch and an own-goal gave us 2 goals in the fist 6 minutes. A sympathetic linesman flagged Brighenti’s goal offside in the 12th minute, but that was followed by a brace from Matthews (a sporting kangaroo they failed to tie down). They got a goal back in the 50th minute, and another after Helm made it 5-1 on the night, and Kentsch completed an 11-4 aggregate win in the 72nd minute. I hoped Everton would be a bit more of a challenge in the Quarter-final.

Palermo 0-2 Milan (A)

Palermo away was a comfortable game, though rather less spectacular. Adriano gave us the lead in the 7th minute, and Matthews gave us another in the 67th minute. Their goalkeeper was man of the match.

Milan 3-1 Roma (A)

It had come to the point when even a draw was something to be avenged, and we hoped do to that (as well as make up for the cup defeat) against Roma. They took the lead after 20 minutes. However by the 35th minute Richter and Helm had turned the tables and our 100th league goal of the season came courtesy of Kentsch in the second half.

Inter 2-1 Milan (A)

Helm gave us the lead ‘away’ to Inter in the 3rd minute. Adriano own-goaled in the 25th minute followed by a disallowed Helm goal, but in the second half they suddenly took control, and eventually got a winner in the 73rd minute, as we couldn’t quite go 60 games undefeated this time.

Milan 3-0 Everton (CL QF)

We had quite a few wins over Everton in Europe, and added another here. Clement gave us the lead in the 5th minute, but further goals didn’t come until Terzi came off the bench, extending the lead in the 70th minute, and getting another in the 85th.

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Even I was almost happy at Inter's winner. Perhaps a sign that I really need to seek something interesting soon? Awesome team or not, the lack of competition (of which I expected much better from Serie A over this length of time) is utterly pathetic. Before dropping points again at Catania I was thinking 'dominance is one thing but this is just ridiculous now'.

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Apr 2050

Milan 4-1 Torino (A(

My 1,600th career match was also a potential title-clinching one against Torino. Clement gave us the lead it the end of the first half, followed by Eweka in the 51st minute and Terzi just afterwards. They pulled a goal back but Eweka got his 2nd in stoppage time Sadly no title yet.

Everton 1-2 (1-5) Milan (CL QF)

Eweka calmly took Everton apart in the away leg. He scored in the 9th minute, and while it wasn’t another big win, he got a second in the 66th. He could have completed a hat-trick, but instead they scored a consolation in the 79th minute. Again we were denied a rematch with Barcelona, as they had been beaten by Chelsea who we’d face instead.

Pescara 1-3 Milan (A)

The title came at Pescara. The first was reasonably quiet aside from Adriano scoring in the 42nd minute. The second half saw some more chances for us, then a Pescara equalizer after an hour. They actually kept pushing and had a goal disallowed, but two Terzi goals in the last 5 minutes won it for us.

Milan 3-0 Chievo (A)

Chievo were a comfortable warm-up for our CL semi, or at least Eweka thought so, scoring in the 13th minute, again in the 42nd, and completing a hat-trick in the 85th.

Chelsea 3-2 Milan (CL SF)

We went to Chelsea for the first leg of the CL semi. They scored in the first minute, but Terzi equalized in the 32nd minute from a penalty. They retook the lead in the 63rd only for Hathaway to level it again, but we couldn’t hold it as they headed in a late corner.

Siena 1-1 Milan (A)

Before the second leg we went to Siena. Brighenti’s own goal gave them the lead in the 21st minute. Clement equalized 20 minutes later, and we mostly sat back afterwards.

Milan 4-2 (aet) (6-5) Chelsea (CL SF)

We hoped to make a 5th consecutive CL final but had a lot of work to do at home. We were on the back foot in the second half but Sebastiao scored to give us the lead after 40 minutes, which as things stood would take us through on away goals. Eweka extended the lead in the 65th minute and got another a few minutes later. It looked like we were cruising yet again at home, but Sebastiao gave them a goal with an own-goal in the 71st minute, and with 10 minutes left they levelled the tie. They were very lively in extra-time but Eweka put us into the final in the 110th minute, however they came very close to snatching it. Yet again we’d play an English team in blue, as we had a second final against Man City.

May 2050

Milan 5-0 Carrarese (A)

We started our warmup for the final against Carrarese, who were rather less challenging opponents. Eweka scored in the 19th minute, with Kentsch following on a couple of minutes later. Clement made it 3 in the 64th minute, and Kentsch got two more to finish them off.

Fiorentina 0-1 Milan (A)

Eweka had an early goal disallowed at Fiorentina, and without it we struggled to take control though he did give us the win in the 68th minute.

Milan 8-0 Cagliari (A)

The last league game was at home to Cagliari. It was a fittingly dominant end to the league season. Eweka scored in the 1st minute, followed by Kentsch in the 10th. Kentsch scored again in the 21st minute, followed by Brighenti who made it 4-0 in the first half-hour. The final 22 minutes saw Eweka and Kentsch get 2 goals each to make it 8-0 in the end.

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Milan 7-0 Man City (allegedly) (CL Final)

The same side faced Man City in Madrid hoping to beat them for a second time in the CL final, though hopefully more comfortably than last time. Clement gave us the lead in the 6th minute, we immeditately chased more, and the French winger set Eweka up in the 23rd minute. Kentsch made it 3-0 in the 33rd minute, and their threat had been very limited in the first-half. Things didn’t improve for them in the second half. Matthews made it 4 in the 52nd minute, and 10 minutes later Kentsch showed he could provide as well as score when he set up Eweka. Kentsch got his own second a couple of minutes later, and completed a hat-trick in the 80th minute. Take a bow guys, take a bow! It was no surprise that we locked out the top three places (Eweka, Kentsch, Clement) for CL Best Player.

CL Final

We may have been short on a couple of trophies but the big two were certainly won in style. No amount of style however could cover for the lack of competition, even the CL had been mostly routine for ages. It had been fun, and still was fun in places, since there were still some epic matches to be had, mostly in Europe. In order to better come to terms with leaving, I’ve decided to use next season as a ‘farewell tour’ of sorts, not just for me but for the players who I’d come all this way with, who would get selection preference to maximise the feeling of a last hurrah.

Katsikas was almost 33, Terzi had joined him in turning 30 with a few more reaching that point in each of the next few years, so while it would be far from the end of this team, it would be the beginning of the end for the core bunch of the last decade, though more for some than others, as Pastor was still only 24 and had been there a decade, so waiting for even a majority of them to age would be unrealistic. The phrase ‘one for the road’ doesn’t generally apply to league titles (or CL’s) but hopefully it will in this case. Hopefully it’ll be a final season to remember.

Squad Stats

Star player: Kentsch, an incredibly consistent goalscoring machine who beat Eweka's 'goals in a season' (all competitions only) record despite being mostly in the shadow of the other three.

Kentsch

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That's an absolute slaughtering of Man City!

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I didn't keep up for a while but you've taken Milan to another whole new level... to say the least. Can you do a quick recap, how many seasons you've managed Milan now and how many league titles, Champions Leagues?

I understand you wanting to get some success after all the hard work, starting a career from zero, all those years climbing the ranks with various clubs. But I sense you're starting to be a bit bored now? May I suggest a challenge if you want something difficult, if the domestic opposition is too soft then try taking on another italian rival and face your own godlike Milan. ;)

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Slaughtered the League and Champions League,that was absolutely incredible.Shame about the other two cups but I'm sure he fans will forgive you for beating City like that in the final.

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You should just buy a museum to house all these trophies.

Thats why I'm going soon, there soon won't be enough space in the city ;)

That's an absolute slaughtering of Man City!

I was as shocked as you are. Also hammered them (6-0) with Dortmund on FM12.

Simply too good! Hopefully next season will be the greatest in Milan history :thup:

The more trophies to go out on the better.

I didn't keep up for a while but you've taken Milan to another whole new level... to say the least. Can you do a quick recap, how many seasons you've managed Milan now and how many league titles, Champions Leagues?

I understand you wanting to get some success after all the hard work, starting a career from zero, all those years climbing the ranks with various clubs. But I sense you're starting to be a bit bored now? May I suggest a challenge if you want something difficult, if the domestic opposition is too soft then try taking on another italian rival and face your own godlike Milan. ;)

Its been 12 seasons, 6 titles (all in a row), and 5 CL's (including 4 of the last 5, and as losing finalists the other time). Will post a full honours list to recap when I leave. Interesting idea but a) I dislike managing in the same nation twice in a row, certainly the same league, b) my successor will very quickly dismantle the squad, and if he doesn't half the team will be past it in 2-3 years time anyway, and c) I'm looking for something a little more long term than taking another good Serie A side to the top again.

Incredible seasona again, no-one comes close to you.

It would be nice if they did once in a while.

Slaughtered the League and Champions League,that was absolutely incredible.Shame about the other two cups but I'm sure he fans will forgive you for beating City like that in the final.

I'm sure especially as the league ad CL dwarf the other competitions. But there's the problem. When even the CL is almost entirely that routine that's not a great sign. Don't get me wrong, I love winning loads of trophies (especially after such a long wait for both club and manager) and having a great side to remember like this, and another time might even continue for far longer, but as much as I partly don't want it to end, there's not that much joy in it any more. I've had plenty of fun anyway.

We even had a takeover in the summer, and the one time I get a new board providing loads of investment, I don't need it. Way to show up when I don't need them. They pumped in 450M when we already had more than that amount in the bank. Did decide to use a bit of it though to help them out in the future.

Diaga

Carmona

Bode

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450M investment after winning 4 Champions Leagues in 5 years. :D That's as pointless a bag of cash as there'll ever be.

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Well, that was easy! A serious amount of goals too! GD +103 :cool:

That's the first time we managed over 100 GD

450M investment after winning 4 Champions Leagues in 5 years. :D That's as pointless a bag of cash as there'll ever be.

Yep annoying really.

Some decent youngsters picked up there.
Some nice talented players there.

They're more for my successor than anything else.

Aug 2050

Milan 6-1 Juventus (SC)

We opened against Juventus in the Super cup again. The veterans would have their chance to shine much more this year and they got off to a great start. Terzi got 2 goals in the first 18 minutes, followed by Eweka a couple of minutes later. Larsen made it 4-0 in the 35th minute. Eweka got another after an hour, and Brighenti made it 6-0 with a couple of minutes left. They snatched a very late goal afterwards.

Inter 3-2 Milan (ESC)

We next had Inter in the European Super Cup. That didn’t go so well. They took the lead in the 15th mnute from a penalty, soon getting another. Pastor got a goal back before the break, but we weren’t having a good day, and they easily got a 3rd though Terzi made it close with 10 minutes left.

Siena 0-4 Milan (A)

Trips to Siena and Roma (then playing Palermo, though that was later moved) made for a reasonably challenging start to the league season. It was probably just as well that Siena was an opening day potential title decider, as if it was later it would be very anticlimactic. Pastor gave us the lead in the 10th minute, with Larsen rifling in another in the 62nd. We pushed on in the last half-hour with goals from Eweka and Hathaway.

The CL did throw up Feyenoord, who were the last team to knock us out of the CL before the final (admittedly 6 years ago) but had also beaten us 3-1 a couple of years ago, and while we hammered them in the second leg to overcome it, they had still been enough of a consistent challenge to be reasonably worthy opponents. However Sparta Prague and CSKA Sofia would be less impressive. It did make for a very red group though.

Bad news came as a short-term Terzi injury was followed by a broken leg that ruled the 30yr old out for half the season, denying him the chance to have pretty much an entire season to get an impressive goal tally, especially as giving players like him a special chance to shine was one of the points of this year.

Sept 2050

Roma 3-5 Milan (A)

We went behind in the 12th minute at Roma, but gradually got back into it. Richter and Eweka gave us a 2-1 lead after 35 minutes but they equalized a few minutes before half-time, and early in the second half a Larsen injury left us with 10 men. However we could potentially overcome anything, and Eweka restored the lead after an hour, with Hathaway and Kentsch making it 5-2 before they got one last goal.

Milan 5-2 Feyenoord (CL)

We went to Feyenoord to open the CL campaign. They took the lead after 5 minutes, again looking like a side that we didn’t walkover on a regular basis. However Kentsch and Richter had made it 2-1 by the 2nd minute, and we went on to go 3-1 up from Pastor, followed by two Hathaway headers before they got a stoppage time consolation.

Milan 5-0 Torino (A)

On paper it had been all tricky so far, which says it all about how far ahead we were on the pitch (mostly), and Torino was the first comfortable game. It took us a while to get going, a full 35 minutes before Pastor were giving us the lead. Brighenti extended it in the 56th minute, within 6 minutes he got another along with Eweka for 4-0, and the latter made it 5 in the 73rd minute.

Milan 6-0 Pescara (A)

Pastor was getting into the habit of giving us the lead, and he did so again after 5 minutes against Pescara. Katsikas and Brighenti made it 3-0 in between the 30th and 40th minutes. Eweka made it 4 in first half added time, getting another in the 57th minute before Pastor wrapped it up in the 68th minute.

Catania 0-2 Milan (A)

We hit a bit of a brick wall at Catania, even with a numerical advantage for pretty much all of the second half. However Pastor, despite carrying a knock, still did his ‘give us the lead’ thing in he 69th minute, and my youngest signing was followed on the scoresheet by the second youngest, Helm, in the 82nd minute.

Milan 7-0 CSKA Sofia (CL)

At home to CSKA Sofia the only question was ‘how many’? The first answer came from Hathaway in the 8th minute. It took a while for more to come. There was an own-goal in the 31st minute, Eweka scoring in the 40th, followed by another own goal. Their star forward had already been sent off, as if they weren’t making it easy enough for us. We responded by not trying that hard in the second half, taking until he 69th minute for Eweka to get the first of 2 goals in 5 minutes, and he got a 4th with a couple of minutes left.

League Table

Oct 2050

Udinese 0-0 Milan (A)

We were far more subdued at Udinese, not helped by poor finishing which meant dropped points.

Milan 4-1 Napoli (A)

Partly because of the Udinese draw, partly because of having a game in hand, Napoli were one of two sides ahead of us when we faced them. As usual we put a severe dent in any possible challenge. Eweka gave us the lead in the 17th minute, but though they levelled it after 25 we ran rampant afterwards. Helm restored the lead in the 37th minute, with a Clement penalty and a Hathaway header showing the finishing touch that they lacked (despite plenty of pressure themselves), taking us top and still with the game in hand over most of the league.

Sparta Prague 0-3 Milan (CL)

We were hoping for a bit of party in Prague, but Sparta had only conceded once in both games so far. Helm’s 9th minute goal looked like dealing their 3rd European defeat (all 1-0), though Katsikas had another disallowed, and Larsen earned himself a second yellow for protesting about it, but Helm added another with 8 minutes left, with enough time for one from Eweka.

Milan 3-0 Carrarese (A)

Eweka had a goal disallowed after 2 minutes against bottom side Carrarese but Helm finally struck in the 25th minute. Clement extended the lead a few minutes before the break and Helm got another in the 75th minute, coming close to a hat-trick.

Milan 5-1 Palermo (A)

The game in hand was used against Palermo, and yet again supposed challengers were taken apart. Eweka scored in the 4th minute, and a penalty allowed Helm to give us another after half an hour. Eweka got another before half time, and in the second half Clement made it 4-0, while after they pulled one back Helm scored again, then got sent off. 5

Padova 1-5 Milan (A)

We shockingly went behind early on at Padova, and they even kept on pushing, but they soon ran out of steam. Normal service was resumed after Kentsch equalized in the 19th minute. Eweka then got a hat-trick before Larsen made it 5-1 even before the first half was up.

League Table

Fish in a barrel so far, but while I have no doubts about the outcome of the season, a few November draws mean we're only level top at the moment so not running away with it early this time.

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Fish in a barrel indeed! That's quite a few goals per match there :thup:

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Fish in a barrel indeed! That's quite a few goals per match there :thup:

That sums up the Milan experience really.

Nov 2050

Milan 6-0 Sparta Prague (CL)

Sparta Prague were comfortably dealt with. Eweka scored in the 7th minute. Clement added to it in the 29th minute. In the middle of the second half we kicked into gear with another goal from Eweka, and goals from Kentsch, Richter and Helm.

Milan 3-2 Fiorentina (A)

Fiorentina offered a bit of excitement. Helm and Richter took us 2-0 up after 8 minutes, but they snatched a goal back at the start of the second half to liven things up. When Clement eventually made it 3-1 after 80 minutes they quickly got another but we still got the win.

Lazio 0-0 Milan (A)

We were disappointing in the first half at Lazio. We managed to turn the heat up later but couldn’t get a goal.

Milan 3-3 Juventus (A)

Kentsch gave us the lead in the 7th minute against Juventus, but we wouldn’t have a big win this time. They equalized after 20 minutes. Helm restored the lead 10 minutes later, but the levelled it again with a penalty just before the break. Helm gave us a 3rd goal in the 68th minute but they still snatched a point.

Inter 2-2 Milan (A)

Inter had proven a tough challenge recently, and in the ‘away’ derby it took a lot of effort to keep the score 0-0 in the first half. Goals from Kentsch and Eweka gave us control after 70 minutes, but it was still against the run of play and they broke through with two goals to give us a 3rd draw in a row.

Milan 1-0 Feyenoord (CL)

We bounced back to secure top spot in the CL group against Feyenoord, though after Eweka’s first minute goal we struggled to really take control.

Milan 7-1 Cosenza (A)

After three draws in a row, in between unimpressive wins (admittedly all against good opposition), we were able to fire again against promoted Cosenza. Schmeidel got things off the ground in the 19th minute. Kentsch made it 2-0 a few minutes later, followed by Eweka for 3-0. Sebastiao scored early in the second half, quickly followed by Brighenti. Puncheon took pity on Cosenza and put the ball in his own net, but after that Kentsch and Helm piled on the misery with a goal each.

Dec 2050

Milan 2-0 Bari (A)

Bari were another promoted team, but proved rather more resilient. Early in the second half, a Kentsch shot was deflected in for a goal at last, joined by a Richter effort in the 70th minute.

CSKA Sofia 0-5 Milan (CL)

We finished off in the CL in Sofia. We tore into them with a Kentsch hat-trick in the first half. Richter gave us another early in the second, and we were happy to leave it at that aside from a Pastor goal 5 minutes from time. Man Utd would be our next European opponents. I really wanted to win not just to make it three CL’s in a row, but because we were now level with Bayern with 12 wins and it would be even more of a sweet CL to bow out on for those reasons.

CL Group Table

Parma 0-1 Milan (A)

We went to Parma in the last league game of the year. They were surprisingly tough, and though we got the win from a Kentsch goal in the 62nd minute, we still had to rely on a late penalty save to preserve the points.

Milan 8-1 Coton Sport (CWC)

Coton Sport were our CWC opponents and for a laugh I decided to field an attacking lineup of two defenders, 5 attacking midfielders and 3 up front. And Bamba in goal. Perhaps that overcrowded the last third of the pitch as after 2 Kentsch goals in the first 5 minutes (immediately followed by conceding one), we didn’t get much else until he completed his hat-trick at the end of the half. He got a 4th in the 54th minute, before Eweka scored in the 66th (having earlier had one disallowed), and Kentsch got his 5th with 10 minutes left. Eweka then got 2 goals to complete his hat-trick.

Milan 1-0 Sao Paulo (CWC Final)

Normality was restored for the final against Sao Paulo, though after Eweka’s goal (a penalty at that) in the 23rd minute we failed to do anything with numerous chances, so it was a great relief that it was enough.

CWC Final

The awards were again fruitful, Clement succeeded Eweka (who was second) as world player of the year. They were joined by Richter and Puncheon in the world team of the year, with Pastor and Kentsch as subs.

League Table

Jan 2051

Milan 1-0 Chievo (A)

We played Chievo in the new year. Eweka scored in the 19th minute but for the most part we were lacking a certain something in the past couple of months, yet again pressure did not mean more goals we shoud have got, though Eweka did have another disallowed.

Milan 8-0 Cosenza (CI)

We faced Cosenza in the cup. They were easy at least. Rogerio scored in the 39th minute, but after that we were finally piling on the goals again. Eweka scored either side of half-time, with a hat-trick completed by the 50th minute. Hathaway made it 5-0 5 minutes later, with Clement and a Kentsch brace finishing them off.

Milan 6-0 Siena (A)

The second half of the season (for everyone else, we had a game in hand again) began against Siena. Clement gave us the lead in the 9th minute. They went down to 10 men which helped get more goals, Kentsch and Eweka before half time, and Clement completed a hat-trick with a second half brace. Matthews gave us a 6th in the 79th minute to finish things off.

Atalanta 0-2 Milan (A)

We went to Atalanta for a game in hand, with the chance to go 3 points clear for the first time in a while. We managed that comfortably. Sebastiao headed in a corner in the 19th minute. Eweka had what was either his 3rd disallowed goal in as many games or his 3rd in 4, but he got an assist for an own-goal in the 57th minute, as we finally broke the points deadlock with Palermo.

Palermo 0-6 Milan (A)

Having beaten them once, we then had to go to Sicily for a very key game. We were the better side at first, a pair of Eweka goals giving us a 2-0 lead at the break, but they seriously upped the pressure from the start of the second half, as our defensive qualities came to the fore. Suddenly the 57th minute came and Kentsch scored on the break. Within 6 minutes he got another, with Clement also scoring to make it 5-0! The game hadn’t completely been turned on its head. They still gave us some trouble, but Hathaway rounded off what was the closest 6-0 win I’ve ever had, having beaten them 5-1 earlier in the season, taking us 6 points ahead of them and Roma. This is why we have ruled Italy, and for the most part Europe for so long, we can do this to challengers on a consistent basis.

Milan 2-0 Catana (CI QF)

As it happened we had a shot at the Romans after our next cup game, against Catania, our most manageable Italian Cup quarter-final for some time. Navarro gave us the lead in the 10th minute. Thanks to a 57th minute Kentsch goal we easily breezed past them. Siena were a pretty good semi final draw as well.

Milan 4-2 Roma (A)

Roma weren’t much harder than Palermo. Clement showed why he was the reigning world player of the year when he gave us the lead in the 24th minute. Kentsch made it 2-0 after half an hour. Brighenti got a 3rd before half-time, and after 50 minutes Kentsch got another. They did have a late surge getting 2 goals in the last 20 minutes, preventing this from being another big win, but we had still taken them down comfortably enough.

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I don't think you did well enough in the CL group :lol:

Looks like you're on the way to another title :thup:

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You've managed to overcome a slight period of complacency and resumed the normal smashing everything in your path.

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Very impressive so far :D

It has indeed.

I don't think you did well enough in the CL group :lol:

Looks like you're on the way to another title :thup:

Yep, thats now in the bag at least.

Cracking season so far!

It's been a fitting one to go out on.

You've managed to overcome a slight period of complacency and resumed the normal smashing everything in your path.

Not so much complacency, more that we can't keep up our usual incredible pace all the time, usually it just means winning but unimpressively against weak sides, though in this case we faced some teams good enough to get something.

Feb 2051

Torino 2-2 Milan (A)

We were knocked off our stride a bit at Torino. Eweka returned from suspension to give us the lead in the 3rd minute, then Navarro extended it 10 minutes later. However late inbthe first half they got a goal back, which gave them the confidence to push on and eventually get an equalizer, and given how much they had fought for it I couldn’t begrudge them that.

Milan 7-0 Catania (A)

There were no such mistakes against Catania as we were sure to finish the game off early on. Eweka got us going in the 9th minute, followed by Helm a couple of minutes later. Within 12 minutes they both had another. Helm completed his hat-trick in the 28th minute, and got a 4th just after haf-time, with Eweka completing his own hat-trick with 10 minutes left.

Pescara 1-6 Milan (A)

We continued the goalscoring groove at Pescara. Helm opened things up in the 8th minute, followed by Navarro in the 12th. Richter and an own-goal made it 4-0 after half an hour. They quickly got a goal back, but Eweka scored a penalty to make it 5-1 in the 57th minute, followed just afterwards by Navarro’s second header as we won 6-1.

Carrarese 1-6 Milan (A)

We also went to Carrarese and tore into them. Helm and Clement put us 2-0 up after 7 minutes, but we seemed to stop after that. They got a goal back in the 29th minute and threatened to do what Torino did, but early in the second half we hit them with goals from Helm and Richter, the former getting two more goals (taking his tally to 4) to give us another 6-1.

Man Utd 1-1 Milan (CL KO)

The CL resumed with a trip to Man Utd. Eweka gave us the lead in the 15th minute, but they equalized a few minutes later. Larsen got sent off at the start of the second half, but we still pushed forwards and could have got another before they pushed us back hard, but we survived to get a reasonable result.

Milan 2-0 Udinese (A)

We marched on against Udinese, with Helm getting two first half goals to give us an unimpressive but reasonable win.

League Table

Mar 2051

Napoli 0-2 Milan (A)

Napoli wasn’t a trip I was looking forward to. They had an early goal disallowed, but we gradually were able to overcome them. Eweka gave us the lead in the 23rd minute, and while it wasn’t easy holding onto it, we made it safe with another Eweka goal 15 minutes from time.

Milan 9-0 Padova (A)

We warmed up for Man Utd by tearing Padova apart. Larsen took us 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes, with Helm and Hathaway making it 4-0 after 40. Larsen completed his hat-trick with a 50th minute penalty, and after 10 minute Sebastiao and Eweka decided to join the scoreboard. Helm finished them off with a goal and a penalty to give him a hat-trick, and the team a 9-0 win.

Milan 1-1 (p2-2) Man Utd (CL KO)

We hoped to finish Man Utd off at home but were kept quiet in the first half, and had plenty of pressure to resist in the second. We came out of our shell when a Hathaway own-goal gave them the lead in the 75th minute, and curiously it was another own goal that levelled the tie for us 10 minutes later. Extra time was mostly a matter of survival, though we nearly clinched it at the end, so it went to penalties. Puncheon saved their second penalty, but that was immediately followed by Clement missing our 3rd. However Puncheon also save their 4th, matching his two saves against Man City in the final 4 years ago, and Ambrosi made no mistake in scoring to send us through. They were our 4th consecutive English opponents in the knockouts, so it was relief to get Real Madrid next.

Fiorentina 3-2 Milan (A)

With an 8 point lead there was less pressure when we went to Fiorentina. They still had the power to make defences useless, scoring in the 1st minute, and the 8th, and it could have got a lot worse very quickly. We fought back in the second half thanks to a goal from Eweka in the 53rd minute, but the game seemed over when they got a 3rd after an hour. Terzi did pull it back again in the 72nd minute but we couldn’t quite get an equalizer. I wouldn’t miss Fiorentina, that’s for sure. Thankfully Palermo lost as well so it was still 8 points with that many games to go.

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Apr 2051

Milan 8-0 Lazio (A)

A tough month started agaist Lazio, but compared to the 0-0 last time, they were taken apart now. Eweka and Terzi were reunited and they each gave us a goal by the 15th minute, they both had hat-tricks after just 32 minutes. Matthews got in on the act in the 54th minute, before Terzi set Eweka up 15 minutes later.

Real Madrid 1-3 Milan (CL QF)

Next we went to Madrid for the first leg against Real. After the surprisingly tight Man Utd tie, we were back flowing this time. Matthews gave us the lead in the 35th minute, and Richter made it more comfortable at the start of the second half. They quickly got one back and looked good value for an equalizer but Richter’s second goal in the 77th minute gave us a strong advantage.

Juventus 0-1 Milan (A)

We also made comfortable work of going to Juventus. Terzi’s 1st minute goal promised more, but we still overcame a potential stumbling block, and survived Juve coming to life to hit us with many (not very good) chances.

Milan 3-1 (6-2) Real Madrid (CL QF)

We easily finished Madrid off at home. It took a while to get going, a corner led to an own-goal just before the break, and they equalized at the start of the second half, but Hathaway headed in another corner in the 60th minute, and 6 minutes later saw Terzi give us another 3-1 win. It was back to the English sides for the semi final as we’d play Liverpool, who had ended our first European run a decade ago. Barcelona or Atletico Madrid would await the winner in the final.

Milan 5-2 Inter (A)

My last Milan derby started badly when they took the lead in the 2nd minute. However we hadn’t lost a home league game for over 6 years and I certainly wasn’t going to do so to them. An own-goal levelled it in the 16th minute, soon followed by Richter giving us the lead, and Terzi making it 3-1 in the 33rd minute. They got another goal midway through the second half but in the last 10 minutes we finished them off with goals from Eweka and Clement.

Milan 3-0 Siena (CI SF)

We easily took care of Siena in the home leg of the cup semi final. Sebastiao gave us the lead in the 20th minute, we took control with Clements 50th minute penalty, soon followed by Kentsch making it 3-0. Matthews was sent off for the second game in a row (having received a straight red near the end of the Inter game) but we kept the 3-0 lead, giving us one foot in the final.

Cosenza 1-2 Milan (A)

I wasn’t too alarmed at going behind in the 10th minute at Cosenza, but I was that it stayed that way at half-time, against the league’s bottom side. Kentsch was brought on to save the day, and he eventually equalized in the 67th minute, with Eweka giving us the win with 10 minutes left.

Milan 0-3 Liverpool (CL SF)

We needed to buck up when we played Liverpool. Sadly we didn’t and they were comfortably 2-0 up after 30 minutes. They got a 3rd in the second half, and to top it all off we had a goal wrongly disallowed in the 77th minute. It looked like we were heading out. We did have the miracle of Manchester 5 years ago (see top of the page), but we were only 1 goal behind after the home leg, not 3.

Milan 5-0 Parma (A)

We could at least console ourselves with having clinched title number 7 against Parma. Eweka gave us the lead in the 26th minute, followed by Larsen a few minutes later. An own-goal made it 3-0 in the 65th minute, with another Eweka goal soon coming, and Terzi wrapping it up in the 81st minute.

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