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Gonna try Xanthi again, £2000 :lol:

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All-in on staying again.

It's going to be a long time before Xanthi happen to have no manager - and they'll not be able to afford the compo.

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Congratulations to @ExeChris, @sjg11, @Chris22, @goktugerce, @andychar, @sherwinriga and the new leader @Lenzar who all correctly guessed that I would still be at Wolfsburg due to the Xanthi job not becoming available. 

 

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As much as I hate the idea of it, perhaps you need to consider counting EXeter?

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20 minutes ago, Lenzar said:

As much as I hate the idea of it, perhaps you need to consider counting EXeter?

 

I think have my heart set on Xanthi for now. It does seem to be taking a while, but I suppose there are far worse places to be stuck than a world class Wolfsburg team :D 

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Well this is certainly a bigger upgrade than last time! Ariel Gutierrez is an Argentine regen who is their top scorer of all time (maybe not for very long if Talajic sees out his career here). Seems like an awful lot of money to sort all this out but it will take us from 60,000 odd to 87,613 which is pretty good. It's understandable too as the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have Beckenbauer Park (108.5K) and Reus Arena (108.3K), whilst Schalke have the Otte Tibulski Park (85.7K) so they obviously want to be able to compete with them. It's perhaps a bit of a shame we couldn't go a bit bigger. 

As long as this doesn't get in the way of my transfer budgets (which it doesn't seem to have) then I'm not too fussed really :D

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July

 

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We once again beat Hertha Berlin in the German Super Cup final after losing to them in the German Cup. If only we could be this consistent against them in the German Cup!

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Season 45 (W)olfsburg

 

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It's always gonna be downhill if you win the Champions League one year and then don't retain it, but I think overall apart from the Montpellier nightmare we had a pretty good season. Obviously annoying to blow the German Cup to Hertha yet again, but any season where you win 4 trophies has to go down as a pretty good one. 

 

Squad part 1pt 2

 

GK - Miguel Garcia was ever reliable in goal.

DR - The experienced Evandro Leite slotted in as first choice this season, with his performances being consistent throughout the season.

DL - Ahmet Guler yet again showed how fit he is by playing the most games of anyone once again. He had another great season at LB. 

DC - Viktor Budai and Sam Lawrence spent another season together, with Budai impressing more than Lawrence this season. Budai may well leave this summer though as his contract is up next summer and he doesn't wish to renew. 

DM - Julian Clement was very good at DM again this year. 

MC - Vincenzo Vardel reclaimed his first choice slot since returning and he put in some very good performances throughout the year, with Nozomu Matsuura still doing well from the bench. 

AMR - Wolf Bruneel was fantastic again, as you'd expect from the World's Best Player. He ended the season with 25 assists, 11 goals and a whole host of clubs very interested in acquiring his services. 

AML - Maurice Gutzeit was even better than he was last season, with the tenacious German finishing the season with 36 goals and 19 assists. It is worth noting he did spend a fair few games upfront due to Talajic being injured sometimes.

CAM - Ruud Kant was extremely impressive in his debut Wolfsburg season, with many match winning performances coming from the 27 year old Dutchman, as well as 16 goals and 14 assists. 

ST - Ivan Talajic didn't quite live up to last year due to sustaining a few knocks and injuries now and then, but he still managed to end the season with 48 goals and 11 assists in 38 games, which is still monumentally impressive by anyone's standards.

History

 

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Season     Club                Division          Position      Achievements
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2014/15    Arsenal             Premier League    2nd           League Cup winners 
2015/16    Arsenal             Premier League    1st           Premier League winners
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2016/17    Borussia Dortmund   Bundesliga        3rd           German Cup & Europa League winners
2017/18    Borussia Dortmund   Bundesliga        2nd           Euro Super Cup & German Super Cup winners
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2017       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           Confederations Cup runners up 
2018       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           N/A
2019       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           African Cup of Nations winners 
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2018/19    Dinamo Moscow       Russian PL        2nd           Russian Cup winners
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2019/20    Everton             Premier League    2nd           N/A
2020/21    Everton             Premier League    7th           League Cup winners & Champions League runners up
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2020       France              N/A               N/A           N/A
2021       France              N/A               N/A           European Nations League winner
2022       France              N/A               N/A           World Cup winner
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2021/22    Getafe              La Liga           5th           Qualified for Europa League
2022/23    Getafe              La Liga           9th           Europa League semi finalists 
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2022       Holland             N/A               N/A           N/A
2023       Holland             N/A               N/A           N/A
2024       Holland             N/A               N/A           European Championship runners up
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2023/24    Ipswich Town        Championship      1st           Promoted as Champions  
2024/25    Ipswich Town        Premier League    13th          N/A
2025/26    Ipswich Town        Premier League    4th           N/A
2026/27    Ipswich Town        Premier League    4th           N/A
2027/28    Ipswich Town        Premier League    1st           Premier League & FA Cup winners
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2028/29    Juventus            Serie A           1st           Serie A, Italian Cup & Super Cup winners 
2029/30    Juventus            Serie A           1st           Serie A, Champions League, Italian Cup & Super Cup winners
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2030/31    Kuban               Russian PL        6th           Qualified for Europa League
2031/32    Kuban               Russian PL        7th           Left in November
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2031/32    Liverpool           Premier League    6th           Joined in November. FA Cup winners.
2032/33    Liverpool           Premier League    2nd           Europa League & Community Shield winners
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2033/34    Man United          Premier League    1st           Premier League, League Cup & Community Shield winners
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2034/35    NAC Breda           Eredivisie        3rd           Qualified for Europa League
2035/36    NAC Breda           Eredivisie        7th           Left in December
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2035/36    Olympiakos          Greek SL          3rd           Joined in December. Greek Cup winners & Qualified for CL.
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2036/37    Porto               Portuguese PL     1st           Portuguese PL & League Cup
2037/38    Porto               Portuguese PL     1st           Portuguese PL, FA Cup & Super Cup
2038/39    Porto               Portuguese PL     4th           Super Cup winners. Left in April. 
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2038/39    Q.P.R.              Premier League    19th          Relegated
2039/40    Q.P.R.              Championship      2nd           Promoted 
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2040/41    Rangers             Scottish PL       3rd           Scottish Cup & League Cup winners
2041/42    Rangers             Scottish PL       1st           Scottish PL winners 
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2040       Spain               N/A               N/A           N/A 
2041       Spain               N/A               N/A           N/A
2042       Spain               N/A               N/A           World Cup quarter finalists. Sacked. 
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2042/43    Toulouse            Ligue 1           4th           Qualified for Champions League
2043/44    Toulouse            Ligue 1           5th           Europa League semi finalists 
2044/45    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           Europa League winners
2045/46    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           Champions League & European Super Cup winners
2046/47    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           World Club Cup, European Super Cup and Coupe de la Ligue winners
2047/48    Toulouse            Ligue 1           1st           Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
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2042       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           N/A
2043       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           Gold Cup runners up
2044       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           N/A 
2045       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           Gold Cup winners
2046       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           World Cup Group Stage
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2043       U.S.A. Under 23s    N/A               N/A           Copa America Group Stage
2044       U.S.A. Under 23s    N/A               N/A           Olympic Games runners-up
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2048/49    Villarreal          La Liga           6th           Spanish Cup runners-up
2049/50    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Europa League winners
2050/51    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Spanish Cup runners up
2051/52    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Spanish Super Cup winners
2052/53    Villarreal          La Liga           1st           La Liga winners
2053/54    Villarreal          La Liga           2nd           Spanish Cup winners
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2054/55    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        2nd           German Super Cup winners
2055/56    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & German Cup winners
2056/57    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & German Super Cup winners
2057/58    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & Champions League winners
2058/59    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga, Club World Cup, Euro Super Cup & GER Super Cup winners
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Trophy Cabinet

World Cup                  x1 - 2022 (France)
Olympic Games Silver Medal x1 - 2044 (U.S.A. Under 23's)
African Cup of Nations     x1 - 2019 (Cameroon)
North American Gold Cup    x1 - 2045 (U.S.A.)
European Nations League    x1 - 2021 (France)

Champions League    x3 - 2029/30 (Juventus), 2045/46 (Toulouse), 2057/58 (Wolfsburg)
Europa League       x4 - 2016/17 (Borussia Dortmund), 2032/33 (Liverpool), 2044/45 (Toulouse), 2049/50 (Villarreal)
European Super Cup  x4 - 2017/18 (Borussia Dortmund), 2045/46, 2046/47 (Toulouse), 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)
World Club Cup      x2 - 2046/47 (Toulouse), 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)

Premier League    x3 - 2015/16 (Arsenal), 2027/28 (Ipswich), 2033/34 (Man United)
FA Cup            x2 - 2027/28 (Ipswich), 2031/32 (Liverpool) 
League Cup        x3 - 2014/15 (Arsenal), 2020/21 (Everton), 2033/34 (Man United)
Community Shield  x2 - 2032/33 (Liverpool), 2033/34 (Man United)   
Championship      x1 - 2023/24 (Ipswich) 

La Liga            x1 - 2052/53 (Villarreal) 
Spanish Cup        x1 - 2053/54 (Villarreal)
Spanish Super Cup  x1 - 2051/52 (Villarreal)

Ligue 1           x1 - 2047/48 (Toulouse)
Coupe de la Ligue x2 - 2046/47, 2047/48 (Toulouse)

Bundesliga        x4 - 2055/56, 2056/57, 2057/58, 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)
German Cup        x2 - 2016/17 (Borussia Dortmund), 2055/56 (Wolfsburg)
German Super Cup  x4 - 2017/18 (Borussia Dortmund), 2054/55, 2056/57, 2058/59 (Wolfsburg) 

Greek Cup   x1 - 2035/36 (Olympiakos)

Serie A           x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus)
Italian Cup       x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus)
Italian Super Cup x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus) 

Portuguese PL          x2 - 2036/37, 2037/38 (Porto)
Portuguese Cup         x1 - 2037/38 (Porto)
Portuguese League Cup  x1 - 3036/37 (Porto)
Portuguese Super Cup   x2 - 2037/38 (Porto), 2038/39 (Porto)

Russian Cup x1 - 2018/19 (Dinamo Moscow)

Scottish PL         x1 - 2041/42 (Rangers)
Scottish Cup        x1 - 2040/41 (Rangers)
Scottish League Cup x1 - 2040/41 (Rangers)
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4 minutes ago, goktugerce said:

You have to go for an unbeaten season in the league this time!

 

No pressure then? :D

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August

 

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A huge victory against Braunschweig in the 1st Round. 

 

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A decent enough start to the season, which included a rampant display against a hapless Bochum. We did unfortunately drop points at Hoffenheim though. 

 

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Still top tho!

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Oh also: 

 

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Kabongo is back in a job! League 1 ever presents Morecambe have been relegated to League 2, in their attempt to get back to League 1 they have appointed our very successful friend. I'm pretty sure this is actually the first time he's managed a League 2 side, which shows just how far his stock has fallen :D

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Who keeps giving Kabongo jobs? Honestly? He's a worse manager than me.

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27 minutes ago, Wavelberry said:

Who keeps giving Kabongo jobs? Honestly? He's a worse manager than me.

I thought following his Bolton sacking he'd be done for sure. But looks like Morecambe could be a last chance to do something with his managerial career. 

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Can I stick some of my BET-PH71 money on Morecambe being relegated??

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September

 

 

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A good 4-2 win against Shakhtar, who yes, we have been drawn with in the Group Stage once again. 

 

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Not too bad a group really. Roma will be a test though and getting top spot won't be easy. 

 

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Two decent victories this month but an awful loss against Augsburg means the unbeaten season dream is over before it really started. 

 

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We're now only top on goal difference, with both Bayern and Schalke chasing. 

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In absolutely shocking scenes we might finally have some good news coming out of Greece!!! 

 

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The newly promoted side, Ergotelis, have taken the Greek Super League by storm with the new boys taking an early lead. Xanthi trail by 6 points, albeit with a game in hand. 

 

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It looks like... 

 

 

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Kabongo to be sacked two weeks into February. Then to get a job as Dagenham's groundsman,

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In a real turn up for the books it actually looks like Everything's Coming up Kabongo too! 

 

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12 games in and his Morecambe side are in 2nd place and on course for an automatic promotion place! 

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Just out of interest, is there anything other than York for Y?

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6 minutes ago, Lenzar said:

Just out of interest, is there anything other than York for Y?

 

York, Yeovil and Yenisey. 

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Geez, how on earth are you still going on with this career. :D Top marks for perseverance. Z has been further away, keep pushing!

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October

 

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We've only gone and beaten Hertha Berlin in the German Cup! Now that they're out, surely nothing can stand in our way :D

 

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Two massive victories in the Champions League to put us into a great position. The win against Roma is especially important in our bid to top the group. 

 

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:cool:

 

 

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Not the best month in the league really. We struggled to draw with Gladbach and lose to Frankfurt after being ahead very early on :thdn:

 

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This puts us down to 3rd :mad:

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On 8/4/2016 at 10:22, noikeee said:

Geez, how on earth are you still going on with this career. :D Top marks for perseverance. Z has been further away, keep pushing!

 

Thanks! Shouldn't take thaaaat long once I finally get the Xanthi job. Who knows how long that will take though? :D

 

12 hours ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

What about Xamax in the Swiss league?

 

I'm hoping to get Xanth so I can cross off the Greek Super League from my list of league wins. I'd then only have Russia and Holland to win and I'd have won in all the leagues I originally loaded :cool:

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November

 

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Two absolutely huge victories in the Champions League, with the match against Roma especially being a big show of strength on the European stage. Shakhtar really fought hard and when they went 3-2 up I really thought that was it, but to come back and win 4-3 really does show just how good this team is. 

 

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:brock:

 

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A very positive month in the league slightly marred by a poor loss to Koln. We did absolutely smash Bayern though which was great. 

 

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Back on top  :cool:

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Are Neutchal Xamax eligible?

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December

 

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Stuttgart got smashed as we progress to the next round with no issue. 

 

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A meaningless match relatively speaking, but a nice win to secure 6 out of 6 for us in the Group Stage. 

 

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:hammer:

 

 

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Not the best month in the league. We couldn't capture the same smashing of Stuttgart that we did in the German Cup, whilst we could only manage a draw with Schalke. 

 

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Schalke are top... for now ;) 

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It's Christmas time and Kabongo and Morecambe are still on set for automatic promotion...just. 

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Still fancying a big post Christmas crash and he out the door.

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January

 

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A poor start to 2060, as Hertha Berlin get their revenge for knocking us out of the German Cup :mad: 

 

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We're down to 3rd /o/  /o\

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February

 

 

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Koln were no match for us as we smashed them 5-0 to proceed to the Semi Final. 

 

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A smashing victory in the Champions League, as Ruud Kant is the star of the show against his old side in Madrid. 

 

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It would've been a perfect month had we found winners at Greuther Furth and Bochum. 

 

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We're now 3 points behind both Schalke and Bayern :(

 

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March

 

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A 3-1 win against Real Madrid means we go through 7-1 on aggregate :cool: A relatively tough match against Aston Villa awaits us in the Quarter Final. 

 

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3 wins from 3 this month! 

 

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And we're back on top :hammer:

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Meanwhile in Morecambe... 

 

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It looks like Kabongo might have to navigate his way through the playoffs if he wants to go up with Morecambe :D

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April

 

 

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This wasn't an easy set of matches, but we picked up an important 2-1 win at Villa Park, with Talajic scoring two crucial away goals. Villa put us under a lot of pressure in the 2nd leg, but we held out for a 2-2 draw, with another two Talajic goals seeing us through to the Semi Final. We will face long time foes in Europe and the side who smashed us out of the Champions League last season, Montpellier, in what will be a hotly contested two legs. 

 

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A pretty good month which saw 3 victories and a crucial point away at Bayern. Bayern gave us a huge amount of problems in that match and Ruud Kant's equaliser in the 64th minute prevented us from losing a match which could have costed us the title. 

 

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It's ours to lose now, we have a winnable game against Stuttgart next, but the last game of the season is a huge game and potential title decider at home to Schalke. It is ours to lose at this point, but we've got German Cup Semi Final to worry about too, so it will certainly be a tense month. 

 

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It looks like great news for Kabongo though...

 

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With just 1 match to go, his Morecambe side are in 2nd place and all set for automatic promotion to League 1!

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May

 

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A huge win against Paderborn puts us into the German Cup final with Dusseldorf. Fingers crossed we can finally win it again. 

 

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So once again we came up massively short against Montpellier in the Champions League. In yet another first leg against them we got battered, failed to score an away goal and were as good as out without any kind of chance of bringing it back in the 2nd leg. 

We had to go all out in the 2nd leg much like last year (where we failed to even score 1 goal let alone anymore). It looked like the same thing would happen in the home leg this time but we managed to get a goal in the 26th minute after Vandel stuck in a sweetly chipped ball to Kant in the area who smashed it  home to make it 1-0. We went in at half-time with the score 1-0 which I was reasonably pleased with. There was no way we were getting back in the match and even if we did get another one or the 3rd we needed to level things up, if Montpellier got even 1 away goal we were ****ed, and since we were pushing forward heavily they were always going to equalise at some point. 

7 minutes into the 2nd half we intercepted a Montpellier attack and after a Kant pass to the right, Bruneel stuck in a scrappy scuffed cross on his left foot which Gutzeit met absolutely brilliantly, with the German's rifling shot smashing into the goal and making it 2-0. It was 2-0 and we were just 1 goal away from levelling the tie, but we just couldn't get that third goal. Every time we went forward we'd get intercepted or the attack would come to nothing. Talajic would get near the box every now and then but he just couldn't get a shot away which was really frustrating. 

Montpellier whipped in a corner in the 67th minute which our keeper, Garcia, collected without too much of a struggle. He smashed the ball up field to Talajic who took the ball down just inside Montpellier's half with an excellent first touch, before he sweeped past a hapless Montpellier defender as if he wasn't even there. He ran towards the Montpellier box but that same defender had got back and slightly knocked the ball behind Talajic, our star striker turned back to pick up the ball with his back to the goal, some 30 yards away from it. He turned very slightly with the ball and before he was even facing the goal he swung his right foot and smashed the ball out of frustration and desperation. The Montpellier keeper dived to try and keep it out but within a split second it had already flew into the top right hand corner of the net. 

This goal is/was possibly my favorite goal in the entire save. It might not be the best goal (though it was great) or the most important, but more for the sheer scale of it. I went into this 2nd leg with absolutely no expectations from it, even at 1-0 and 2-0 I didn't really have any hope for us to get back in the tie. It really didn't look like we were going to get a 3rd - so when this went in it really was a genuine shout "OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" out loud at your laptop moment. It was Talajic's 52nd goal of the season and possibly the goal that has taken him over Kabongo as being the greatest player I've ever managed. 

But the game, nor the tie, wasn't won yet. It was all set up for Montpellier to steal a late goal and break our hearts after the comeback of all comebacks and it came in the 88th minute, as a Montpellier player broker through our defence to meet a cross and head home. But it was ruled out for offside. A huge let-off and relief. And so it went to extra-time. 

A move started just 1 minute before the end of the first half, with substitute Matsuura in the middle of the oppositions half, he passed it sideways to Kant who dribbled past a defender to just outside the centre of their box before meeting Talajic inside it, Talajic cut inside across the goal with his right foot before absolutely smashing it home into the bottom right corner to make it 4-0 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate. 

There was still plenty of time for a Montpellier equaliser though. They looked to break from one of our free-kicks, but Matsurra intercepted and hit it out to Talajic who was on the right wing, he cut inside and hit in a fairly aimless cross with his left foot into the box, but this cross was absolutely hammered at by Wolf Bruneel who due to the keeper going for the cross almost had an open goal to aim at. He didn't miss. It was 5-0 on the night and we were through. 

 

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We will face Barcelona in the final, which will, of all places, be held at Wembley.

 

 

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Our penultimate league match came just 3 days after the 120 minutes of madness against Montpellier, with many of our players feeling quite tired and mentally exhausted. We went 2-0 down early on which was a bit of a shock to the system, but I think due to our massive comeback over the two legs with Montpellier I still always thought we would come back and win or draw against Stuttgart. Vandel's goal early in the 2nd half reasserted this - and even though it took until the 80th minute for Wolf Bruneel to make it 2-2, I still believed we'd go on and win it or at least hold onto the point, I never saw Stuttgart getting the 89th sucker punch winner that they got. It was a huge blow. 

 

But we went into the Schalke match on the final day knowing that all we had to do was win and we'd be champions again. Easy. It wasn't easy. Much like the Stuttgart game we went behind in the first half by 2 goals, but Ivan Talajic wasn't going to let our party be spoiled and in the 63rd minute he made it 2-1 and the comeback was on. We had half an hour to get 2 goals, win the match 3-2 and claim our 5th Bundesliga in a row. 

But the goals never came. 

 

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THE STREAK............................... IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

 

 

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Kabongo will in-fact have to win the playoffs if he wants his Morecambe side to go up :D

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German Cup Final

 

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My word this was a horrible match to watch :D We went 1-0 up from a penalty in the first half, but Dusseldorf came back to make it 2-1 and I thought were done for, until Gutzeit equalised extremely late on to take it to extra-time. It was a stalemate in the extra half hour and I was having Deja Vu of last season where we lost it on a shoot-out. Thankfully this time we didn't :brock:

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Kabongo and his Morecambe side had no problem getting past Colchester United in the Semi Final. They're going to Wembley for a winner takes all show down with Forest Green!

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Champions League final

 

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Champions League finals are never easy - this match at Wembley was much the same. It was a very even game for the most part, with neither side really dominating, but in games like this you hope your best players will come alive and pull off a MOTM performance to win you the game. Ivan Talajic did exactly that and his brace secured us with a massive win. We've now won 2 Champions League's in 3 years. 

 

:hammer:

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Just 2 days later at the very same location where we were crowned European champions, it was the turn of Morecambe and Paterne Kabongo to fight for promotion to League 1.

Could this be the turning point for Kabongo's managerial career?!

 

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Oh. Oh dear...

 

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:D

 

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Ah ha ha ha ha. I knew he couldn't stay in a job.  feel very vindicated. Wish I'd put some of my Bet PH71 money on it.

Edited by Wavelberry

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Whilst we're on the subject of BET-PH71 :brock:

 

BET-PH71:

Rules:

  • Every poster starts this thread with £10 to spend on BET-PH71.
  • You can only make one bet in each round.
  • You can use this money to bet on each different BET-PH71 when I move to a new club.
  • You can bet as much or as little as you like on each one.
  • If you select the winning club then you get the profit/winnings added to your overall total.
  • Once you go bust that's it - you're out!

 

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Koetzer           10              9            1        £264.00
goktugerce         3              3            0        £140.00
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Xanthi - 3/1 

Stay at Wolfsburg - 3/1

Edited by PaulHartman71

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