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certainly plenty of money about in the U.A.E, especially from your chairman! congrats on the promotion, I am sure you can compete at a higher level with his continued investment :D

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Wow, best chairman I've seen.

Same, I've never had a chairman before with his generosity! It's a welcome change from barely having enough money to resign players :D

Great work in the league, shame about the youth intake!
Congrats on promotion,shame about the poor youth intake but wow at the generosity of your chairman,definitely one of the best I've seen.

Cheers fellas! I kind of expected the youth intake to be bad, but I was hoping for at least a couple of 3 star players or something. That was just shocking!

Your Chairman is like a grandpa spoiling his grandkids ;) Take it!! Congrats on promotion too

Like I'd do anything else :lol: Cheers!

certainly plenty of money about in the U.A.E, especially from your chairman! congrats on the promotion, I am sure you can compete at a higher level with his continued investment :D

Cheers Paul! Hopefully his money can propel us towards the top 4 and a Champions League berth next season!

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Al-Urooba May 2012

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Finished in top spot! Really was a just moment though, I thought we were going to choke it after the loss to Al-Dhafra. We will need to play better next season if we are to survive!

Player of the Month - Maurice Bassole

No one was spectacular this month, but Bassole got a goal and an assist to round off the season.

Al-Urooba End of Season 2011/12

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Thoughts

A brilliant first season in charge of Al-Urooba. Some ordinary performances, but overall it was a great season. Wasn't expecting promotion, let alone first place! Now that the spine of the team is in place, it will be easier to bring in new players.

Season Goals

Achieve a Mid Table Finish - Exceeded

Next Season Goals

- Survive Relegation

- Strengthen defence; bring in younger players

Career Summary

[center]Scarman Career

| Season |    Club   | Nation |    League   | Position | Accomplishments |
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| 2011/12| Al-Urooba |  UAE   | Divison One |   1st    |  Promotion      |
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Roll of Honour

England

| Season  |     EPL Winner    |  EPL Runner-Up  |  FA Cup Winner | FA Cup Runner-Up  |
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| 2011/12 | Manchester United | Manchester City |  Swansea City  |    Bristol City   |
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Spain

| Season  | La Liga Winner |  La Liga Runner-Up  | Copa del Rey Winner | Copa del Rey Runner-Up |
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| 2011/12 |  Real Madrid   |      Barcelona      |      Deportivo      |       Villarreal       |
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Italy

| Season  | Serie A Winner |  Serie A Runner-Up  |  TIM Cup Winner   | TIM Cup Runner-Up |
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| 2011/12 |   AC Milan     |   Internazionale    |  Internazionale   |     Cagliari      |
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Germany

| Season  | Bundesliga Winner  | Bundesliga Runner-Up | DFB-Pokal Winner | DFB-Pokal Runner-Up |
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| 2011/12 | FC Bayern Munchen  |  Borussia Dortmund   |   SC Freiburg    |  SV Werder Bremen   |
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France

| Season  |   Ligue 1 Winner   |  Ligue 1 Runner-Up  | Coupe de France Winner | Coupe de France Runner-Up |
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| 2011/12 | Olympique Lyonnais | Paris Saint-Germain |   Stade Brestois 29    |         OGC Nice          |
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Europe

| Season  | Champions League Winner |  Champions League Runner-Up  | Europa League Winner | Europa League Runner-Up |
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| 2011/12 |        Valencia         |        Internazionale        |   Bayer Leverkusen   |        AS Roma          |
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Rest of the World

| Year | AFC Champions League | CAF Champions League | CONCACAF Champions League | O-League | Copa Libertadroes |
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| 2011 |   Kashima Antlers    |       ES Tunis       |           N/A             |    N/A   |       N/A         |
| 2012 |    In Progress       |     In Progress      |        Monterrey          |    Ba    |    In Progress    |
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2012 OFC Nations Cup

Hosts - Fiji

Holders - New Zealand

Group Stage

Group A - New Zealand (7); Vanuatu (5); Fiji (4); New Caledonia (0).

Group B - Solomon Islands (9); Tahiti (3); Papua New Guinea (3); Samoa (3).

Semi Final

New Zealand p0 - 0 Tahiti

Vanuatu 0 - 2 Solomon Islands

Final

Solomon Islands 1 - 1p New Zealand

Awards

Best Player - Kosta Barbarouses (New Zealand)

Golden Boot - Craig Henderson; 3 goals (New Zealand)

What's that? The OFC Nations Cup isn't an important competition and has no bearing on international football? Oh well, I want to see how many times New Zealand actually loses this thing.

[center]OFC Nations Cup

|  Year  |    Hosts   |   Winners   |     Runners-Up      |
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|  2012  |    Fiji    | New Zealand |   Solomon Islands   |
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European Championships 2012

Hosts - Poland / Ukraine

Holders - Spain

Group Stage

Group A - Denmark (7); France (6); Russia (3); Ukraine (1).

Group B - Italy (7); Montenegro (4); Croatia (3); Poland (2).

Group C - England (6); Portugal (6); Spain (4); Greece (1).

Group D - Belgium (5); Germany (4); Sweden (3); Netherlands (2).

Quarter Final

Montenegro 0 - 1 Denmark

Italy 3 - 3p France

England 1 - 2 Germany

Belgium 0 - 2 Portugal

Semi Final

Denmark 0 - 2 Portugal

France 3 - 0 Germany

Final

Portugal 0 - 1 France

Awards

Best Player - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)

Golden Boot - Cristiano Ronaldo; 5 Goals (Portugal)

A win for France! Group C was the group of death, with Spain falling victim to Portugal and England. Netherlands finish bottom of their group, just like in real life.

[center]European Championship

|  Year  |          Hosts         |  Winners | Runners-Up |
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|  2012  |    Poland / Ukraine    |  France  |  Portugal  |
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Al-Urooba Pre-Season 2012/13

Starting the Pre-Season

At the beginning, I was blessed to again get some money from my chairman -

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That kick-started my pre-season, and from there I started signing players.

Transfers

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Alberto Ramirez (95K) - My first signing was the Mexican Ramirez. A very solid midfielder, and has the ability to play in multiple roles.

Bae Chun-Suk (20K) - A young Korean striker, very good signing for 20K, hoping he makes a big impression.

Emmanuel Mathias (Free) - Next up is a Togolese right back, with the ability to cover as a central defender if necessary.

Salah Adbul-Hameed (150K) - An experienced defender from Bahrain is my next signing, looks pretty solid.

Hasan Houri (250K) - Houri is a keeper from Iran who will slot straight into the first team role, making Jeremic the number 2.

Igor Lozo (26K) - Lozo isn't the best player, but was mainly brought in as cover.

Ali Shafiei (1.2mil) - I saw a news article saying I was chasing this kid, and straight away I realised I should be. 1.2mil is probably a bit too much for him, but he is young and has a bit of potential too.

Pre-Season Friendlies

Ajman 1 - 3 Al-Urooba (Jurandir da Silva, Paul Quasten, Bae Chun-Suk)

Al-Urooba 5 - 0 Al-Wasl (Mauricio (2), Mladan Jovancic, Bae Chun-Suk, Mariano Donda (og)

Not many friendlies this season, but we beat Ajman who were relegated last season, and thrashed Al-Wasl who are currently in the Pro-League. Good signs!

Season Ahead

Etisalat Pro-League | Emirates Cup

A new league, and a new cup! The Emirates Cup is played between the teams in the top league. It starts off with 2 groups of 6, and each team plays each other twice, making 10 group games. The top two qualify for the semis. We also don't go into the President's Cup until the 2nd Round. However, our odds don't bode well for the season!

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Anyone fancy a bet?

The First Games

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Al-Shabab finished 2nd, Emirates 7th and Baniyas 6th last season, making the opening month a very clear indicator of how we'll do. If we can match it with Al-Shabab, I'll know that I should avoid relegation. At the same time, matching it with Emirates and Baniyas will be great as it will mean we can finish mid table. Looking forward to the new season!

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Great work to win the league, that shafiei looks good but very over priced!

He was, but I had the money :D And after the tight spending before hand, I felt I could splash the cash on a youngster.

Bit of worrying news, my chairman wants to sell up shop. He already had one attempt but it fell through. He has said there might be a possibility for a future takeover though.

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Loved your Ruggell thread (particularly as I live in Switzerland), but this looks very exciting as well and I am fully supportive of a holiday! Great job on promotion and good luck staying up

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Great work getting promoted last season & good luck this :thup:.

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Some good signings made,hope you can survive any relegation battle.

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If you Chairman keeps throwing money at you like that, you may as well spent it.

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Loved your Ruggell thread (particularly as I live in Switzerland), but this looks very exciting as well and I am fully supportive of a holiday! Great job on promotion and good luck staying up

Cheers! Good to know people like my threads :D I think we will survive, but it is anyone's guess to how well we'll do in the league!

Great work getting promoted last season & good luck this :thup:.

Cheers SRL!

Some good signings made,hope you can survive any relegation battle.

Cheers B.W.G! I think we should survive, but it will all down to how the team gels this season.

Shafei could still amount to a reasonable signing.

I think he will, it will be interesting to see how he develops.

If you Chairman keeps throwing money at you like that, you may as well spent it.

Exactly my thought process :D

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Al-Urooba September 2012

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Emirates Cup Standings

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An interesting month to begin the season. The first two games we dominated, but just couldn't find the winner in. In the third game against Baniyas we went behind 3-1 at half time, before we showed a lot of characters to fight back for another draw. So decent start, but I'm hoping to start winning a few games.

Player of the Month - Salah Abdul-Hameed

A new signing starred with a goal and two man of the match performances from the centre of defence.

Looking Ahead

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A tough month ahead, with us playing last years winners Al-Ain twice in a row, plus 23rd richest club in the world Al-Jazira and last years league runner up Al-Shabab! Along with that, we play Al-Dhafra, who we beat twice last year, and Baniyas again. Hoping for two wins, and not to embarrass ourselves against the big boys.

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Al-Urooba October 2012

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Emirates Cup Standings

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A decent month. I got the two wins I was hoping for, though one of them was against Al-Jazira, a team I thought was going to thrash me. The loss to Baniyas was disappointing, as I felt we were the better team, and the draw to Al-Shabab should have ended in a win for us. I was happy with the Al-Ain results, as they are the best team in the league and I felt we matched them in terms of quality.

Player of the Month - Bae Chun-Suk

Scored 3 goals this month, including a double in our great win over Al-Jazira. Settling in nicely at the club.

Looking Ahead

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We play Al-Dhafra again, and Al-Shabab for the third time in three months! Other than that, it looks like a month I can take a few wins from. Hoping for 4 wins, including progression to the 3rd Round of the President's Cup.

Also got another 3.2mil donation made by the chairman to the club, love having all this money!

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Made a good start,lets hope you can stay out of trouble.

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Great start to a club predicted to finish in last place! :)

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Cheers fellas :D It has been a pretty good start, but there's still a while to go before I'll feel confident about not slipping up and heading down to the wrong end of the table!

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Good steady progress so far, albeit the money helps heh? :D Strange league to start a career in, but I guess it's a different challenge.

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Good steady progress so far, albeit the money helps heh? Strange league to start a career in, but I guess it's a different challenge.

Cheers! Yeah, starting in the UAE is definitely different to all the other careers on here, it's a relatively small league that will probably become one of the strongest in Asia in the next 10 or so years because of all the money haha

Al Urooba November 2012

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Emirates Cup Standings

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Not the best month, with only 1 win. We weren't really outclassed in our losses, but we just couldn't score.

Player of the Month - Issa Mohammed

No real stand out players this month, but Mohammed scored both goals in our only win of the month.

Looking Ahead

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Hoping to get at least 2 wins this month and a few draws. I think I'll need about 7 or 8 wins in total to survive the drop this season, so that's what I'll aim for.

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Al-Ain and Al-Shabab seem runaway leaders in the league, and the loss to Baniyas in the cup looks like it might be costly... Just turning one of your draws around would see you in the thick of it for the cup though! You should be able to take Baniyas in the return leg at home :thup:

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Still have time to turn it around.

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Al-Ain and Al-Shabab are definitely heads above the rest of the league. May take a couple years to build a squad that can meet up to them.

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Still early days yet, just need to watch out for those teams with games in hand.

Yeah, I'm pretty worried one of those teams will go on a decent streak and knock us into the relegation zone.

Al-Ain and Al-Shabab seem runaway leaders in the league, and the loss to Baniyas in the cup looks like it might be costly... Just turning one of your draws around would see you in the thick of it for the cup though! You should be able to take Baniyas in the return leg at home :thup:

Baniyas have surprised me, they seem to be the team I can't beat! I've been annoyed at my inability to put teams away, though I guess that will come with a better team!

Still have time to turn it around.

I'm pretty happy with mid table, so I'm just hoping to hold onto that :)

Al-Ain and Al-Shabab are definitely heads above the rest of the league. May take a couple years to build a squad that can meet up to them.

Yeah it'll take a while, I expected Al-Ain to do this well, but Al-Shabab have surprised (same with Al-Jazira, I guess money can't buy you instant success in FM). The UAE struggles on the continental stage though, so even if I manage to compete with them I'll be getting thrashed by the big boys of Asia.

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Al-Urooba December 2012

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Emirates Cup Standings

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Another pretty poor month, we've been knocked out of both the President's Cup and the Emirates Cup, so now we have only the league to focus on. We're starting to slip down the league table as well, but hopefully the win over Al-Dhafra was the star of a mini revival for the club, and we can go into next month stronger than before.

Player of the Month - Mauricio

Scored 4 goals and got an assists too. A pretty bad month by the club, by he played decently.

Looking Ahead

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The most important game is the one against Al-Sharjah. They are in the relegation zone, so a loss will see us creep towards them. A win will see us pull away. That's what we need at the moment - breathing space.

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Hang in there, and hope you get points in the next month and get some distance from the relegation zone.

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You should be fine to avoid relegation, which is always good for your first year in a new league.

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Hang in there, and hope you get points in the next month and get some distance from the relegation zone.
You should be fine to avoid relegation, which is always good for your first year in a new league.

Cheers fellas! It will be a tight end to the season, but I agree that we should be right.

Al-Urooba January 2013

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Player of the Month - Bae Chun-Suk

Scored 2 goals and set one up in a pretty good month for the club.

Transfers

Ali Lofti (Signed from Moghavemat Fars for 750k) - Rated with a lot of potential, signed from this Iranian youngster gold mine. Being tutored by one of our old heads with high determination.

Rahim Majidi (Signed from Moghavemat Fars for 750k) - Looks like a potential star of the future for Iran. I really think Iran in about 5-8 years will dominate Asia.

Also been looking to sign Peyman Taghavi from the same club. A lot of talented youth from Iran around, a few are being snapped up by Al-Ain and other clubs, but a lot are free game for us. Iran golden generation maybe?

Looking Ahead

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Great, next month sees us play Al-Ain again, and Al-Shabab and Al-Jazira. Going to be a tough month.

Edit - my chairman seems to be telling to buy, buy, buy!

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2013 African Cup of Nations

Hosts - South Africa

Holders - Ivory Coast

Group Stage

Group A - Tunisia (7); Guinea (4); Ghana (4); Egypt (1).

Group B - Cameroon (9); Mali (6); Botswana (3); Mozambique (0).

Group C - South Africa (6); Nigeria (4); Gambia (4); Togo (3).

Group D - Algeria (7); Ivory Coast (6); Senegal (2); Burkina Faso (1).

Quarter Final

Cameroon 6 - 1 Tunisia

South Africa 3 - 0 Mali

Nigeria p1 - 1 Algeria

Guinea 0 - 4 Ivory Coast

Semi Final

Ivory Coast 0 - 1 South Africa

Nigeria 0 - 2 Cameroon

Third Place Play-off

Ivory Coast 2 - 0 Nigeria

Final

Cameroon 1 - 0 South Africa

Awards

Best Player - Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)

Golden Boot - Samuel Eto'o; 7 goals (Cameroon)

Best Goalkeeper - Carlos Kameni (Cameroon)

Fair Play Award - Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa)

Cameroon come out on top in this African Cup of Nation, with hosts South Afrrica making it all the way to the final. Defending champs Ivory Coast come third, but the biggest surprise lies in group A, with Ghana and Egypt both failing to advance past the group stage.

[center]African Cup of Nations

|  Year  |           Hosts           |   Winners   |  Runners-Up  |  Third Place  |
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|  2012  | Equatorial Guinea / Gabon | Ivory Coast |   Cameroon   |     Mali      |
|  2013  |       South Africa        |  Cameroon   | South Africa |  Ivory Coast  |
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And....more Chairman money ;) You're a bit of a kept man, aren't you? ;)

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Plenty of space down to the bottom two - I still think you'll have too much for Baniyas, you just need a good win to break the spell

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Well done pulling away from the drop zone.
At least you've got some distance between you and relegation now.
Much better, the bottom two are rubbish.
Plenty of space down to the bottom two - I still think you'll have too much for Baniyas, you just need a good win to break the spell

Cheers fellas! I think I'll be safe now :)

And....more Chairman money You're a bit of a kept man, aren't you? ;)
I WANT YOUR BOARD!

Also, good job :thup:

The board is amazing :D I don't think Ill be leaving just yet, I think I'll mould Al-Urooba into a UAE force before I go, unless if I get an offer that's too tempting (which would be a Japanese job or Brisbane Roar)

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Al-Urooba February 2013

Monthly Results

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League Standings

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Emirates Cup Standings

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As I expected, it was a tough month. I managed to get a draw in the final Emirates Cup game, in which the result didn't matter for either me or Al-Ain, along with another draw against Al-Wahda, along with almost snatching points from Al-Jazira and Al-Shabab.

Player of the Month - Reginald Faria

Played pretty well this month. He's a pretty good backup, so I'm going to look to sign him for another season.

Looking Ahead

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Only 2 games this coming month, though I'll be looking to win the match against Al-Dhafra to get away from the relegation zone some more.

Also, a lot of the players I signed last season are retiring this season (5 of them, to be exact). In one of them, however, I think I've found my permanent Assistant! Issa Mohammed's judging stats could improve, but he is simply fantastic in all his other attributes.

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That Al-Dhafra is probably a must win for you to get some distance and avoid the nerve-racking end of the season trying to avoid the bottom 2.

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That Al-Dhafra is probably a must win for you to get some distance and avoid the nerve-racking end of the season trying to avoid the bottom 2.

Definitely, we need to win that game to secure top flight for another season.

I asked the board for another contract, they offered me a two year. It will be the last contract I accept off Al-Urooba, I will leave the club in June 2015.

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Only just above relegation but at least theres a decent points gap for now. You've got 2 years to make them into a force!

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Hope you can fight relegation off but you have two years to leave them in a good position.

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Safe and ready for next year. Time to build a giant!

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think you should be pretty safe this season, can't see you going down anyway. How long you planning on staying in the UAE? Doesn't look like the chairman's cash is running out any time soon!

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Only just above relegation but at least theres a decent points gap for now. You've got 2 years to make them into a force!
Hope you can fight relegation off but you have two years to leave them in a good position.

Cheers fellas! 2 years should be enugh to make them into a strong side I think. The only way I wouldn't leave the club after two years is if we qualified for the Champions League in the last season, I would want to manage them during that campaign.

Safe and ready for next year. Time to build a giant!

I hope so!

think you should be pretty safe this season, can't see you going down anyway. How long you planning on staying in the UAE? Doesn't look like the chairman's cash is running out any time soon!

I don't plan to stay here long term, I sorta want to get to Europe some time in the next few years. The chairman has been wanting to leave for a while, but has had two failed takeover bids. I'm hoping he doesn't leave though.

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