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And here's our first job!

Mthatha Bucks in the National First Division, the 2nd Tier of South Africa :)

It took me until April to get a job, and there is only 4 games left of the season, but the team is currently 4th (when predicted 14th) 3 points off 2nd to qualify for the playoffs, and 5 points off the top spot, so with a bit of luck we may go up. However with very little time to get used to my way of doing things, I don't hold too much hope, which may not necessarily be a bad thing as we don't want to go up too soon.

What worries me is the club is currently -£250k, so the finances are not looking good. Hope to use the club as a stepping stone onto a bigger South African club.

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Vikeologist's Ghana ACON 2021 Report 

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Until the last few matches Ghana had done very well under my management, qualifying easily for this ACON by winning our first 5 group matches. Recently though our form has been suspect, and we’ve only picked up 1 point from our first 2 World Cup qualifiers. The thing about managing an African nation is you usually play fairly weak nations until the major tournaments.

We look to have an easy group, albeit alongside 2nd ranked African nation Egypt, but that usually means that you get a tough next round. Anyway, the ACON is basically a lottery, and at least we have a ticket.

 

Group Stage

Spoiler

 

Vs Egypt 2-2 A decent start, and I thought we were unlucky not to win. On the other hand, our weak defence was shown up. Mind you, this result started to look a lot worse when Gabon won their first 2 matches, including against Egypt, and locked up one of the 2 qualifying spots. Gabon!?! Turns out they have a couple of really good midfielders.

Vs Guinea 2-1 We went a goal down, and I started to think that this tournament was about to turn into a complete fiasco. We pulled a goal back, but it took us until the 87th minute to get the winner with a long range swing of the boot. So much for this being an easy group.

Vs Gabon 3-0. A convincing victory. Egypt drew their last match so I think there’ll be a job vacancy there at the end of the tournament. Next up is DR Congo. If they live up to their world ranking, it will be a tough match, but their results in the group stage were pretty ropy.

 

 

Second Round

Spoiler

 

Vs DR Congo  4-5

At 3-1 up at halftime we were coasting and I was already preparing for the semi-final. However the team can’t defend and it all went to pieces.

 

Quarter Final (if applicable)

 

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Semi Final (if applicable)

 

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3rd Place Playoff (if applicable)

 

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Final (if applicable)

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After The Tournament

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Slightly disappointing, but Ghana really aren’t one of the best teams in the continent. It was just the best job I could get 2 years ago when my rep was far lower. I doubt I’ll be sacked, but I want to try to move on to a better nation anyway.

I’m in 2 minds though. My team is young. The oldest first teamer is 29, and then they’re all 27 or younger. I have a promising goalie and striker. I have no good defenders at all. One of my first XI in that position is more of a defensive midfielder, but there’s a couple of youths who potentially could be ok in that position in a couple of years time.

I was about to quit, but I think we may be a better prospect in 2 years, although if I don’t get sacked after the ACON, I probably will be when we fail to qualify for the World Cup. I'll pretty much have to win out the rest of the group.

Anyway, looking forward to my season with Uni de Chile. The team's much better. I doubt we'll win the Lib, but I should just be able to instant result through the league and cup, stomping on Colo Colo's dreams and making them sack another manager. Colo Colo are one of four teams in the world I'd never manage, and the other three are just because they're rivals of teams I support.

UPDATE - DR Congo won the ACON. Annoying. If we could just have held on to that 3-1 lead. Anyway, I wasn't sacked.

 

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2016/2017 Season Update

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Well, we got promoted! However I feel the press, fans and board have been a bit generous in their praise for me :D It was the previous manager who had exceeded expectations and got them in the position in the first place, I just saw them over the line in the last 4 league games and comfortably through the play offs.

We won 3 of our last games taking to the final game of the season where the title could've gone to us, Stellenbosch FC, or Black Leopards. Unfortunately we were playing Stellenbosch FC who beat us 2-1 at their place, the title went to Black Leopards, but we were still in the play offs with Stellenbosch and Golden Arrows from the league above.

We improved slightly on our final day defeat and drew 1-1 away to Stellenbosch in the first play off game, before a 2-0 win away to Golden Arrows, 1-0 at home to Stellenbosch and 2-0 at home to Golden Arrows again saw us comfortably promoted in the playoff league.

Unfortunately the club is still an absolute mess financially and there doesn't seem to be an awful lot I can do about it. A lot of contracts players were expiring, I allowed a lot of them to leave as they were in the reserves or just not good enough to be playing regularly, which should help with the wage bill. I resigned two of the star players from the season back on loan, top scorer Sidney Masana from Bloem Celtic, and Sphumuelele Mbulu from Orlando Pirates, and trying to bring in some more players on free transfers to bolster the squad.

We had to relocate to a different stadium as our old one didn't meet league requirements, however we had a huge average attendance of 303 last season so not sure how much of a difference that is going to make anyway.

Going to be a very tough season ahead for sure, but hopefully we can stay away from the relegation places, I can earn a coaching badge, and hopefully my reputation increase enough to get a bigger job.

Season   	Team    	    Position  	Notes and Achievements
16/17	 	Mthatha Bucks       3rd		Promoted to ABSA Premiership. Was only in charge for 4 league games and the playoffs. 

Challenge Progress

Club

0/10 top domestic leagues

0/10 domestic cups

0/5 club continental championships

0/1 club world championship

International

0/5 continental tournaments

0/2 world tournaments

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@Collzy - Good job securing promotion. Little tip for next season: you don't have to register u21s even if they're foreign in the league. My starting XI currently has 6 non-SA players in it, as I've brought in some u21foreigners on loan. You'll be surprised at the impact they can have on the squad.

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2017/2018 Season Update

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League

Unbelievable Jeff! I wasn't quite expecting a season like this! Maybe I overestimated the quality in the league, but we were predicted to finish rock bottom with odds of 1000/1 to win the league, but we only went and done it! I didn't think we were particularly great throughout the season, our defence often seemed shakey, we never really outclassed anyone, but the "big teams" in the league were all pretty awful this year, we just remained consistent throughout and pulled off a great victory. We were superb at home, but if we were going to slip up, it was our away form which was disappointing, this needs to improve next year as I can't see the other teams being so inconsistent next time around.

League Table

Fixtures/Results

Nedbank Cup

This was disappointing however in comparison to the league season. It started off well, albeit we had lower league opposition in every round up until the semi's, where we got Kaizer Chiefs, one of the teams I expected to put up a proper challenge for the league. Frankly, they destroyed us 4-0, we were awful, and that was the end of the cup run. Amazingly we were still named as the overachievers of the competition, presumably because of our low reputation (despite being top of the league at this point).

Cup Fixtures/Results

Conclusion

Overall, a highly successful season, defying the odds to win the league at first time of asking. Our finances are in a much better way now due to the success too, however annoyingly I still haven't got a coaching badge. Everytime I ask the board deny it either due to "financial reasons" or "my prescence is needed in training", quite frustrating.

Next season we will be in the African Champions League (whenever this starts), so I will be staying until then at least. With the league accomplished that will be my main aim going forward, however a cup victory would be nice too. I'm not sure I need much in the way of signings, the guys I bought in were all very good, as well as promoting a couple of youngsters who exceeded expectations. I will need to replace my loanees however, as their parent clubs do not want them out on loan again and would rather sell them, unfortunately they're asking for too much to make a permanent deal viable, so there are a few spaces in the squad available.

I would like to get an international job soon, just to boost my reputation a bit more, preferably an Asian team however there hasn't been any jobs going in my time in game. Hopefully be given the permission to start my badges soon too.

Onwards and upwards :)

 

Season   	Team    	    Position  	Notes and Achievements
16/17	 	Mthatha Bucks       3rd		Promoted to ABSA Premiership. Was only in charge for 4 league games and the playoffs. 
17/18		Mthatha Bucks	    1st		Winners of ABSA Premiership. Semi-final of Nedbank Cup. African CL qualification.

Challenge Progress

Club

1/10 top domestic leagues - (Mthatha Bucks, SA 2018)

0/10 domestic cups

0/5 club continental championships

0/1 club world championship

International

0/5 continental tournaments

0/2 world tournaments

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2032/33 Review - Juventus

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When I took over Juventus we had played 19 games and found ourselves in 7th but we were only 5 points from AC Milan who were top. We were also into the Knockout Rounds of the Europa League and in the 1st Round of the Italian Cup so lot's to play for. The squad was amazing so I knew we had a good chance of a few trophies!

Serie A - We went on one hell of a run losing only 1 games in the last 19 but a couple of rubbish draws at the end meant with 2 games left we sat 3 points behind Milan. In the next game we beat Torino 3-0 and AC lost to Inter 3-0 meaning we went into the final game level on points but 2nd due to our results against AC. Looking at the final game it was going to need a miracle to overtake them, we won our game but so did AC as they hammered Crotone. We had ended 2nd but overall the 2nd half of the season will brilliant and gives me hope for a title push next season.

Italian Cup - A really good run for us. We beat Torino in Round 1, Napoli in the Quarters and Lazio over 2 legs in the Semis. In the final we faced Genoa and we smashed them to claim the cup

Europa League - Another brilliant tournament. We smashed Brondby in KO Rd 1 10-3 over 2 legs. We scraped past St-Etienne 5-4 in KO Rd 2 then beat Leipzig 6-0 in the Quarters. In the semis we played BIlbao, it was goals galore! A 5-3 win in the home leg followed by a 4-2 win in the away leg got us through to the final where we played Man City. The toughest game so far, or so I thought! We started like a train scoring 2 early goals, the final score was 4-0 and we had lifted the Europa League (next stop the Champions League?!?)

In other news - IM STILL WAITING FOR AN INTERNATIONAL JOB!!!!!!!!!!! GGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRr

Season   Team   		 Position  Notes and Achievements
17/18	Thanda Royal Zulu	1st		South African 1st Division Champs
18/19	Thanda Royal Zulu	1st		South African Premier Division Champs
19/20	Thanda Royal Zulu	2nd 		SA Knockout Cup and Super 8 Winner
2021	Thanda Royal Zulu			African Champions League Winners
2022	Shanggang		1st		Chinese Super League, Chinese Cup and Asian Champions League Winners
23/24	Cruz Azul		4th/4th		Mexican Opening Stage and Mexican Cup Champions
24/25	Cruz Azul		1st/6th		Nothing Won!
26/27 	Monterray		1st/1st		Opening/Closing Stage Winner and NACL Winners
28/29 	Hibernian		4th		Nothing won
29/30	Hibernian		2nd		Scottish Cup Winners
30/31	San Lorenzo		1st		Argentina Premier Division Winners
31/32	San Lorenzo		1st		Argentina League and Cup Winners + Copa Sudamericana Winners
2032	San Lorenzo				Copa Libertadores Winners and Club World Champs
32/33	Juventus		2nd		Italian Cup and Europa League Winners

International
28-30	Ivory Coast		2029 ACON Winners

Challenge Progress

Club

4/10 top domestic leagues (South Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2019, China - Shanggang 2022, Mexico - Cruz Azul 2024, Argentina - San Lorenzo 2031)

6/10 domestic cups (South Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2020, China - Shanggang 2022, Mexico - Cruz Azul 2024, Scotland - Hibernian 2030, Argentina - San Lorenzo 2031, Juventus - Italy 2033)

4/5 club continental championships (Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2021, Asian - Shanggang 2022, North America - Monterray 2027, San Lorenzo - Argentina 2032)

1/1 club world championship - San Lorenzo 2032

International

1/5 continental tournaments (African Nations - Ivory Coast 2029)

0/2 world tournaments ()

 

 

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When does the African Champions League take place?

Looking at Sundowns previous fixtures, it seems to run from Feb-Oct time which 1) seems a ridiculous setup and 2) means I have to stay at this club longer than I kind of want to.

Got an issue where most my squads contracts expire in a years time (June next year) but most of them want around 6k a week wages now (which is about 6* at least the amount they're currently on). I could find I don't have a squad capable of winning it by the time it comes to the later knock outs.

May have to move onto a different South African club if the contract issues stays the same. :(

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@Collzy yeah the champions league runs Feb-Oct same as the Asian one. Means staying an extra few months/season. 

Bad news for me, my laptop crashed last night and wouldn't launch this morning, after a day of phone calls and trying everything I got it fixed, but had to delete my hard drive and reinstall my OS so lost everything on here (including my 10,000 word dissertation, which thankfully has already been and marked so shouldn't need again) meaning my 30 year youth only Dulwich save and my attempt of this challenge is gone (why oh why didn't I ever save to the cloud, even just at the d of each season?) I dunno what to do now, may start again but in another country/region. Will see how I feel tomorrow I think :( 

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A very quick update

I've eventually got an International job and it's a big one! The Italian coach retired after the 2033 Confed Cup and I have been offered the job

Currently 3rd in the World Rankings and top of their World Cup 2034 Qualifying Group (just).

I have a huge chance now of ticking off a couple of International comps with these

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@darren1983 Thanks, looks like I'll hang around in SA for a bit longer.

That's awful to hear about your laptop :( I've enjoyed reading your updates, it'd be a shame to lose you, especially as I'm just getting started!

@Cheekybananafm That's a great International job to get! Should be able to get the international comps. done and from my experience this year, Italy produce some fantastic newgens (defensively especially) which should make your task easier :)

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@Collzy South Africa can certainly be a pain in the arse. Not only will it take you that minimum season and a half to win the Champions League, but I think you only get one chance to register the players. Basically, if any of your players want to leave, get rid of them and replace them now, because you need to have a team that wants to stay for the whole CL when it starts. 

south Africa is essentially the 6th mandatory league. I mean, you don't have to win it, but you have to manage a S African team for at least 1 match, and it's the most frustrating one, but it's a rite of passage all of us have to endure.

@darren1983 Sorry to hear about the hard drive, but it wouldn't have helped you if you had saved the game on the cloud, because it often doesn't work. I suggest that everybody saves their games to an external (USB) drive at least once a season. Anyway, hope you start again, as I was enjoying you being part of this business we call show-off.

@Cheekybananafm Well done on your first piece of Italiaware. Hope it's the first of many.

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BIG UPDATE

Won the Spanish league and cup double with Barcelona, also finally top of the English managers Hall Of Fame.

Resigned from Barcelona and applied for the West Ham job, should get it with all of my success.

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Challenge Progress 
Club 
8/10 top domestic leagues - Northern Ireland, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, China, Brazil, Spain
6/10 domestic cups - JD Welsh Cup, Northern Irish Cup, English FA Cup, Coupe De France, Chinese FA Cup, Copa Del Rey
3/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League, Copa Libertarodes, UEFA Champions League
1/1 club world championship - Club World Championships
International 
4/5 continental tournaments - African Cup Of Nations, Asian Nations Cup, Copa America, European Championships
1/2 world tournaments - Confederations Cup

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Vikeologist's Universidad de Chile (and Nigeria) 2021 Report 

 

I stayed to see how we would do in the Libertadores. It didn’t look in our first game when we were thrashed by a Brazilian side, but things got much better from there on. Unfortunately we were knocked out in the quarter finals by Vitoria of Brazil on penalties after drawing 2 matches, both of which we probably should have won. Mind you, Boca have won the Lib 2 years in a row now, so maybe it’s not the Brazilian sides we should be worrying about.

I did apply to a few Brazilian clubs and didn’t even get an interview, but I’m happy to give it another shot with U de Chile anyway. It’s going to be tough though because of the leagues rules stipulating (amongst various other restrictions) that I can only have 5 foreigners over 21 (or 20) in the league, and 1 of my current young foreigners has just come of age.

Not that winning the league is a problem. I was worried when my 2 opening instant resulted league matches resulted in just 1 point, but it was actually a cakewalk. I completed my second league cup double in a row, once again beating Uni de Concepcion in the final. Next year don’t bother making the trip.

However, if my foreigners aren’t registered for the league, they might start getting restless.

Anyway, my team next year is unlikely to be significantly better, but I think we still have an outside shot at the Lib.

On the international side, I left Ghana for Nigeria. I don’t have to worry about being sacked if Nigeria don’t make the World Cup, as my Ghana side beat them in the previous round.

Top Goalscorer –  Munoz– 38  I needed a striker to play alongside my current top scorer Mora, and Munoz did the business.

 

Best Average Rating  Munoz 7.58.

 

Man of Match – Munoz – 10

 

MVP – It’s not a one man team, and last year’s MVP Romario is still the guy I’m envisaging for my challenge XI, but Munoz obviously helped.

Domestic
Season	Team					Position	Notes										Challenge Landmarks
2016	Dalian Yifang				7th		Took over for last 2 matches of the season
2017	Dalian Yifang				2nd		Promted to Chinese Super League
2018	Dalian Yifang				5th		Won FA Cup and therefore qualification to CL group stage. 			1st domestic cup
2019	Dalian Yifang				1st		Left with 3 matches left and the league already won.				1st domestic league
2019	U de Chile						Took over with 4 matches of season left, in 5th place and in Cup Q/F 
2020	U de Chile				1st		League / Cup Double								2nd domestic league and cup
2021	U de Chile				1st		Another league / cup double. Lib Q/F knocked out on penalties.


International
Year	Team					Achievements
2018	China U23				Asian Games
2019=20	Ghana	

Challenge Progress

Club
 2/10 top domestic leagues 			(China, Chile)
 2/10 domestic cups 				(China, Chile)			
 0/5 club continental championships 	
 0/1 club world championship

International
 0/5 continental tournaments 		
 0/2 world tournaments 

 

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Season 2029/2030

Orlando Pirates and USA

Much better. Much, much better.

We started the season in our customary way, losing to Kaizer Chiefs in the 'Be the coach' game, and following that up with a semi final loss in the Super 8 tournament. If I were the authorities I'd be looking at match fixing, its become that regular.

That said, we started the league on fire, only losing once (4-2 to Golden Arrows of all teams) in the first half of the season. We amassed 34 points by the halfway stage, which put us level with SuperSport Utd. We resumed with a defeat to Sundowns, and then won 7 on the bounce, before a horrible run of 3 points from 5 games. Fortunately, SuperSport Utd also had a dodgy spell, and so we found ourselves a single point clear of them with 2 games to go.

The first of those games? SuperSport Utd. Away. In the past three seasons, they've only lost 3 home league games. My silver lining was the fact that one of them was against me. Up steps Tshifiwa Mashishi and completely dominates the game. Firstly he puts us ahead with an absolute screamer, and then sent up Pablo Acosta to seal a memorable win, and, more importantly, the title!

Cup-wise, we meekly surrendered in the last 8 of the Knockout Cup, but my squad players were far more successful in the FA Cup. Stars of Africa, Black Leopards, Magesi FC and Jomo Cosmos were all beaten on our way to the final. Our opponents were obviously Kaizer Chiefs. They took the lead just before the half hour mark from the penalty spot, before we missed a penalty of our own before the break. 1-0 down, I changed a couple of things, and star striker Ashley April levelled the game with 20 minutes to go. As I have already won a cup in South Africa, I decided to go for broke, throwing on an extra striker. We both had chances, and then they hit the post in the last minute. That wasn't the end of the drama, as we broke, smashing a ball down the line before Lynden Gooch, in his final appearance before retirement, flashed a cross across the face of the goal, begging someone to finish it off. And finish it off April did, thumping the ball past the keeper and sparking scenes of jubilation! Is there anything better than a last minute winner to win a cup final against your local rivals?

However, whilst the trophy successes have been pleasing, this season was all about the Champions League. AS Tempete Mocaf were brushed aside 9-0 on aggregate, before a tough tie against Club Africain. winners of the Champions League only two years ago. A solid 2-0 home win was followed up by finding ourselves 2-0 down inside 20 minutes away. The game levelled out, before Pablo Acosta scored an 88th minute goal to put us through 3-2 on aggregate. I was expecting an easier tie in the third round, and we actually got TP Mazembe, the team who came runners up to Club Africain two years ago. A 3-2 win away from home in the first leg set us up perfectly, before finishing the job with a professional 2-0 win at home, putting us in the group stage (which obviously falls next season).

Jeffrey Khumalo, Fabricio Carlos and Tshifiwa Mashishi have all had excellent seasons. Centre back Khumalo averaged 7.51, and was a rock at the back. New signing Carlos pitched in with 8 goals and 12 assists in 20 games from AMR, and I've already spoken about the influence Mashishi has had. Its a strange one, as he forced his way into the side when Liam Jordan got injured, and made the AMC role his own.

What next? Well, the group stages of the Champions League! I'm also hoping to get back into international management soon. The World Cup is about to happen, so I'm hoping for some managerial casualties!

 

Club
Season        Team             Position      Notes and Achievements
2016/17      Dungannon     9th            Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners

2018            Sligo Rovers    1st             League winners!

2019            Tianjin              1st             League winners!

2020            Tianjin              8th            FA Cup winners! Champions League winners!

2021            Montreal         4th            League (MLS Cup) winners!

2022            Montreal         1st             Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL

2023            Montreal          N/A          NACL winners!

2023            Palmeiras        9th           Brazilian Cup winners!

2024/25      Ajax                  1st            League winners!

2025/26     Unemployed

2026/27     Orlando Pirates  8th      Took over with 10 games to go.

2027/28     Orlando Pirates  4th      SA Knockout Cup winners!

2028/29     Orlando Pirates   2nd    SA FA Cup winners!

2029/30     Orlando Pirates   1st     League Winners! SA FA Cup winners!

Country

2021           Ivory Coast         Qualified for the World Cup

2022           Ivory Coast         World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations

2023          Ivory Coast         African Cup of Nations winners!

2024          Unemployed

2025          USA                     Qualified for World Cup

2026          USA                     Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world

2027          USA                     North American Gold Cup winners!              

2028          USA                     World Cup qualification is going well

2029          USA                     Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th)

2030         Unemployed

Challenge Progress

Club

5/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates)

4/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates)

2/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact)

0/1 club world championship -

International

2/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027)

0/2 world tournaments -

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2018/19 Season

 

So after the miracle of getting the Norwich job while at Stevenage last season, I got them relegated from the Premier League with only a few games to go. Therefore the objective was getting straight back up from the Championship.

I'll firstly say that following the 2018 World Cup I got the Poland job. I've done alright there this season but only 2 games into the Euro 2020 qualifying round so not going to bang on too much about my progress with Poland. 

Back to Norwich......

2018/19 Season - Championship - Norwich City

I will start by saying I completely revamped the squad. The squad was pretty unbalanced with a lot of aging players on high wages and to be honest just a huge squad. I literally kept 2 players from the previous season, Louis Thompson and James Maddison. I sold £88 million worth of players and spend £45.5 million as well as slashing the wage bill by £450k a week. Something I like doing on Football Manager is being a bit of a Harry Redknapp-esque Wheeler Dealer (largely because the money in football at the moment is truly disturbing). My signing of the season was Adryan, at £3.1 million from Hangzhou, he got me 20 goals and 8 assists in 43 games, pretty good return for attacking midfielder. Also worth a mention was Silvan Widmer from Granada, I signed the right back for £4.2 million and he ended up with 6 goals, 4 assists from 26 games (Injury kept the appearances a little lower) and an average rating of 7.39. Now I have to fend off AC Milan who are after him.  

League

I smashed the league to be honest, we finished 1st place with 92 points, 15 points clear of play off's. It was a slow start however I think with all the revamp of the squad once it came together we were a force. 

League Cup

This was truly gutting. I got to the semi finals and drew Arsenal. It was quite an incredible 2 legged affair. We won the 1st leg at the Emirates 5-1. However lost the 2nd leg at Carrow Road 5-0. I was absolutely gutted and probably a little complacent with such a big lead going into the 2nd leg. We live and learn though. 

FA Cup

Nothing special about the FA Cup this year, I lost 3-1 to West Ham in the 5th round. 

 

Next season in the Premier League, I'm not going to make too many changes, I've already signed Chancel Mbemba, Ronaldo Viera and also Lovre Kalinic. Other than maybe a few young players I don't think I'll be signing  anyone else. Hopefully after a good start I may get a job offer. Will be hard leaving my beloved Norwich but I don't think I'm going to progress much with the challenge staying here. 

Season | Team             |Position | Notes and Acheivements
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2016/17| Stevenage        |10th     | Took over with 24 games left in 19th position
2017/18| Stevanage        |1st      | Left for Norwich job after 35 games
2017/18| Norwich          |18th     | Relegated
2018/19| Norwich          |1st      | CHAMPIONS!

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Job decisions are a lot easier to make if you win the damn champions leagues. I've been offered an interview with Jeonbuk (in Korea) and I need to go there at some point to pick up the champions league I left China without, but I also need the libertadores. No point winning more than 10 domestic leagues, so I'll stay, but I'll be fed up if I vike some of the champions leagues and end up short on leagues or cups.

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Season 24 – 2041/42 – Las Palmas / England

Las Palmas

We got it. The last club tropy. The Spanish cup. It was all plain sailing up to the final, as I avoided Barca, Real and Atletico, and no other team in Spain is much of a challenge over the two legs. Fittingly I faced my main nemesis Real in the final. We went 3-0 up at the break but they pegged it back to 3-2 and my center back David “not so” Smart decided to get himself sent off with 10 to go, but we held on. I completed the clean sweep with a thumping 100 points in the league, and by thumping Spurs 4-0 in the CL final.

Cup | League | CL 

England 2042 World Cup report

Here it is, crucial time again at a major international tournament, but maybe, just maybe we can get over the line this time. We are on a great run, undefeated since that World Cup final defeat 4 years ago, first in world rankings and favourites for the tournament. I hope I can win it this time as most of my first-teamers will be past their best or retired by the time the next world cup comes round.

Russia, Iran and Ivory Coast should make for a straightforward enough group.

Group stage

Spoiler

England 0 – 0 Russia

So much for the group being a walk in the park. We tried hard to break Russia down, but they put out one of those super-defensive tactics and we couldn’t get past it. We even almost conceded from a counter at the death.

Ivory Coast 0 -2 England. Goals: Pope x2

A decent win but our performance was definitely so-so. Have these lads decide to bottle it in the crucial tournament, England-style?

England 3 – 1 Iran. Goals: Flanagan, Bywater, Knowles

Finally hitting a bit of form. We ended up having the same points, goal difference and goals scored as Russia, but got second place in the group. Luckily Denmark somehow topped their group so we’re playing against them next.

The non-EU teams are getting knocked out left, right and center so there might be a few deja-vu matches against the strong European teams in the latter stages of this tournament.

Second round (if applicable)

Spoiler

England 3 – 1 Denmark. Goals: Meakin, Tierney x2

We actually went behind in the 11th minute, in what proved to be Denmark’s only shot on target in the match. 34-year world veteran Meakin equalised before a brace from Tierney, who spent his whole career at Watford, sealed the deal. Some unlikely heroes there. More may be on the way, as we face Scotland in the quarters.

Quarter final (if applicable)

Spoiler

Scotland 0 – 1 England. Goals: Crook.

My sincere apologies to @vikeologist for this. But it’s only a game, remember. It’s 2042, who knows, maybe by now Scotland has taken over England and England has taken over Scotland, English capital is Dundee and Scottish capital is Huddersfield, and who knows what else…

It was an unexpectedly tight game as the Scots nullified most of our threat, until my reserve fullback came up with a 20-yard screamer on the 76th minute to send us through. Old foes Spain are next.

Semi final (if applicable)

Spoiler

England 4 – 2 Spain a.e.t. Goals: Pope x2, Nicholson, Barry

Ok, my national rep must be seriously high because even Spain chose to play some hideous defensive 4-5-1 formation against us. Spain pegged us back twice with amazing solo goals, the last one especially annoying as it came in the 89th minute. But not to worry, we turned our dominance into goals and came through in extra time, avoiding the dreaded penalties. We play Italy in what I hope will be a third-time-lucky World Cup final for me.

Third place playoff (if applicable)

Spoiler

 

Final (if applicable)

Spoiler

England 1 -2 Italy. Goals: Swann

This is just so typical. Hopes dashed once again, in classic England style; not that I am exonerating myself either… Here we have Italy, ranked 11th in the world, not good but not great, a team we should easily beat. They play some weird 3-5-2 formation, something I hardly ever encountered and it’s a tough game. My leftback Cooper gives away a needless penalty, and we’re 1-0 down. We work hard and equalise, only for the antichrist Cooper to get himself sent off 4 minutes into the second half. Italy score the winner from a corner after a rebound, and nothing much else happens. So here we have it, looks like the World Cup is my bogey tournament and unfortunately it’s only every 4 years… Looks like I will be competing with @Fadedaf for the "masochist of the year" prize in this challenge.

 After the tournament

Spoiler

Other than throwing my laptop out of the window, I don’t have THAT many ideas. Applied for the Spain job but got rejected – maybe it’s that bug again which comes about if you apply a real names fix. Other available teams seem bereft of quality, so be sticking with good old England for the near future and see which prospects come through now that my good players are ageing and retiring.

Club Career:
		  
		Season     |   Team                |       Division      |   League  |        Cups          |   Notes & Achievements
		------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
		2016/17    |   Accrington          |  League 2 (ENG)     |   4       |        n/a           |   Took over in December (team in 20th), lost on penalties in playoff final
		2017/18    |   Accrington          |  League 2 (ENG)     |   1       |        n/a           |   Promotion; League 2 points record (104). Moved to Sheffield Utd at end of season
		2018/19    |   Sheffield Utd       |  Championship (ENG) |   1       |        n/a           |   Promoted
		2019/20    |   Sheffield Utd       |  Premiership (ENG)  |   7       |        semi          | 
		2021       |   Jeonnam             |  K League (KOR)     |   5       |        n/a           |   Joined when 10th in the league, after a one-year job search
		2022       |   Jeonnam             |  K League (KOR)     |   1       |        won           |   Domestic double   
		2023       |   Jeonnam             |  K League (KOR)     |   1       |    won ACL + cup     |   A historic quadruple
		2023/24    |   Ajax CT             |  South Afr Prem     |   9       |     won AfCL         |   A champions league win with an super-thin squad (joined in CL group stage)
		2024/25    |   Ajax CT             |  South Afr Prem     |   2       |     won FA cup       |    
		2025/26    |   Ajax CT             |  South Afr Prem     |   1       |    won CL + 2 cups   |   A quadruple of sorts
		2026/27    |   América (MEX)       |  Mexican 1st Div.   |   2       |     won Mex cup      |   Joined 2 games before play-offs. Lost in play-off final
		2027/28    |   América (MEX)       |  Mexican 1st Div.   |   1; 1    |     won NACL         |   Won closing and opening league + champ league
		2028       |   Fluminese           |  Brazil Ser. A      |   8       |         n/a          |   Joined 1/3 through the season. Qualified for Copa Lib.
		2029       |   Fluminese           |  Brazil Ser. A      |   1       |  won Copa Lib + CWC  |  
		2029/30    |   Valencia            |  La Liga            |   4       |         n/a          |   Joined with team in 10th, qualified for CL
		2030/31    |   Dortmund            |  Bundesliga         |   1       |    won Ger cup       |     Domestic double
		2031/32    |   Olympique Marseille |  Ligue 1            |   1       |  won FRA cups + CL   |     A quadruple
		2032/33    |   Napoli              |  Serie A            |   1       |       ITA cup        |     Domestic double
		2033       |   San Lorenzo         |  Primera Div.       |   n/a     |       semi           |     Joined for half a year hoping to win a cup, then left
		2034       |   Liverpool           |  Premiership        |   8       |     won both cups    |     Cup double (well, that's not really a double is it...)
		2034/35    |   Liverpool           |  Premiership        |   1       | won Europa + ENG cups|     A quintuple, if you count the Charity Shield
		2035/36    |   Benfica             |  Primeira Liga      |   1       | won 2x PRT cups      |     A domestic treble
		2038/39    |   Rostov              |  Premier Division   |   1       |     won RUS cup      |     A domestic double
		2039/40    |   Las Palmas          |  La Liga            |   3       |  semis; Europa win   |
		2040/41    |   Las Palmas          |  La Liga            |   1       |  runner-up; CL win   |
		2041/42    |   Las Palmas          |  La Liga            |   1       |  won cup & CL        |    A sextuple (? CWC, Cup, CL, League, ESP super cup, Euro super cup)				
			 
		International career:
		 
		Season     |   Team           |  Tournament    |   Notes & Achievements
		-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
		2018/19    |   Greece         |  Euro quals    |   Took over in Autumn
		2019/20    |   Greece         |  Euro          |   Quarter-finals; lost to France
		2021       |   Egypt          |  WC quals      |   Qualified by beating Nigeria in final group game
		2022       |   Egypt          |  WC            |   Quarter finals; lost to Poland on penalties
		2023       |   Egypt          |  ACON          |   Lost in semis (Ghana, extra time)
		2023/24    |   Jamaica        |  WC quals      |
		2024/25    |   Jamaica        |  Gold Cup      |   Winners!
		2026       |   Jamaica        |  World Cup     |   Group stage exit
		2027       |   South Korea    |  Asian Cup     |   Winners
		2028       |   Ivory Coast    |  ACON quals    |   Qualified
		2029       |   Ivory Coast    |  ACON          |   Winners
		2030       |   Ivory Coast    |  World Cup     |   Lost in semis
		2031       |   Brazil         |  Copa America  |   Winners
		2033       |   Brazil         |  Confed Cup    |   Winners
		2034       |   Brazil         |  World  Cup    |   Runners up
		2035       |   Spain          |  Euro quals    |   Qualified
		2036       |   Spain          |  Euros         |   Lost in quarters (Portugal on penalties), sacked
		2037       |   England        |  WC quals      |   Won Internaltional League
		2038       |   England        |  World Cup     |   Lost to Germany in the final
		2040       |   England        |  Euros         |   Winners
		2042       |   England        |  World Cup     |   Lost to Italy in the final				
		 
		Challenge Progress:
		  
		Club
		 10/10 top domestic leagues: KOR (Jeonnam), RSA (Ajax CT), MEX (Club América), BRA (Fluminese), DEU (Dortmund), FRA (Marseille), ITA (Napoli), ENG (Liverpool), PRT (Benfica), ESP (Las Palmas)
		 10/10 domestic cups: KOR (Jeonnam), RSA (Ajax CT), MEX (Club América), DEU (Dortmund), FRA (Marseille), ITA (Napoli), ENG (Liverpool), PRT (Benfica), RUS (Rostov), ESP (Las Palmas)
		 5/5 club continental championships: Asian CL (Jeonnam), African CL (Ajax CT), NACL (Club América), Copa Libertadores (Fluminese), Champ League (Marseille, Las Palmas)
		 1/1 club world championship: Jeonnam 2023, Fluminese 2029, Las Palmas 2041
		 
		International
		 5/5 continental tournaments: Gold Cup (Jamaica), Asian Cup (South Korea), ACON (Ivory Coast), Copa America (Brazil), Euros (England)
		 1/2 world tournaments: Conf Cup (Brazil)

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2033/34 Review - Juventus

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Serie A - After a brilliant run when I took over last season to finish us 2nd I knew we had a huge chance of winning the league this season. And so it was as we absolutely smashed everyone, an unbeaten season, only 5 draws in 38 games, 104 points, only 85 goals but only 18 conceded. We won the title with 7 games to spare. Amazing!

Italian Cup - Another cup win, our 2nd in a row. We were never troubled in any round and we beat Genoa 4-1 in the final.

Champions League - Poor, poor, poor! We had a group where I felt we could easily get out of. OM, Arsenal and CSKA Moskow. we managed to play absolutely shocking, winning only 1 games, drawing 3 and losing 2, we ended 3rd and dropped down to the Europa League.

Europa League - Our 3rd trophy of the season. We breezed through to the final beating Bordeaux (Rd 1), Fiorentina (Rd 2), Atletico Madrid (Quarters) and Wolfsburg (Semis), we then played Napoli in the final and beat them 4-1.

What next? - It would be amazing to stay here and win the Champions League but I need to keep moving and tick off some more of the European League titles, I'm sure I'll have another big job where I can have a chance of the Champions League at some point. So at the moment I won't quit but will apply for other jobs if and when they come up. Next up however is the 2034 World Cup with Italy!

 

Season   Team   		 Position  Notes and Achievements
17/18	Thanda Royal Zulu	1st		South African 1st Division Champs
18/19	Thanda Royal Zulu	1st		South African Premier Division Champs
19/20	Thanda Royal Zulu	2nd 		SA Knockout Cup and Super 8 Winner
2021	Thanda Royal Zulu			African Champions League Winners
2022	Shanggang		1st		Chinese Super League, Chinese Cup and Asian Champions League Winners
23/24	Cruz Azul		4th/4th		Mexican Opening Stage and Mexican Cup Champions
24/25	Cruz Azul		1st/6th		Nothing Won!
26/27 	Monterray		1st/1st		Opening/Closing Stage Winner and NACL Winners
28/29 	Hibernian		4th		Nothing won
29/30	Hibernian		2nd		Scottish Cup Winners
30/31	San Lorenzo		1st		Argentina Premier Division Winners
31/32	San Lorenzo		1st		Argentina League and Cup Winners + Copa Sudamericana Winners
2032	San Lorenzo				Copa Libertadores Winners and Club World Champs
32/33	Juventus		2nd		Italian Cup and Europa League Winners
33/34	Juventus		1st		Serie A, Italian Cup and Europa League Winners

International
28-30	Ivory Coast		2029 ACON Winners

Challenge Progress

Club

5/10 top domestic leagues (South Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2019, China - Shanggang 2022, Mexico - Cruz Azul 2024, Argentina - San Lorenzo 2031, Italy - Juventus  2034)

6/10 domestic cups (South Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2020, China - Shanggang 2022, Mexico - Cruz Azul 2024, Scotland - Hibernian 2030, Argentina - San Lorenzo 2031,Italy - Juventus  2033)

4/5 club continental championships (Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2021, Asian - Shanggang 2022, North America - Monterray 2027, San Lorenzo - Argentina 2032)

1/1 club world championship - San Lorenzo 2032

International

1/5 continental tournaments (African Nations - Ivory Coast 2029)

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2034 World Cup - Italy

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Here we go!

Group Stage - We had a pretty easy draw to be honest, Saudi Arabia were first up and it was an absolute kick in as we won the game 5-0, next up was Ukraine and again it was plain sailing as we ended up 2-0 winners. We had qualified with a game to spare so I rested some players in the Peru game, it was quite tight but we scored 2 late goals to win the game 2-0, 3 wins, 3 clean sheets but it was about to get a lot tougher.

Last 16 - As always when I play FM I seem to get a tough draw no matter how well I do in the Group Stage and this time was no different. We were in Group G and in H were Brazil and Spain, Brazil topped the group which meant we had the tough test of Spain. The game was cagey, it ended 0-0 and after extra time it went to penalties. Spain missed their first 2, we scored our first 2, Spain scored, we missed, Spain scored, we missed! 2-2 going into the final penalty. Spain MISSED!! Up stepped my main Striker Valter and he smashed it past the keeper to send us through!

Quarters - A much easier tie against Turkey, we scored early and were 2-0 up by half time, the final score was 4-1

Semis - Mexico had got past Holland in the round before so it was always going to be a tough test. Goals just before half time and right at the end of the game sent us through with a comfy 2-0 win.

Final - This is massive! The nerves are getting to me! The 2nd semi final had finished and Portugal had beaten France 2-0. Portugal are ranked 3rd in the World and had got past not only France but Brazil and Argentina as well, we are ranked 2nd so it was going to be a brilliant but incredibly tough game. Portugal scored early and they looked really good but just before half time to got back onto level terms. We came out in the 2nd half like a train and on 49 mins we scored to make it 2-1. Portugal came at us but we held out. The whistle blew and we had done it! WORLD CUP WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing, we only conceded 1 goal all tournament and bar the Spain game looked brilliant all the way until the final. Next up is the European Championships, lets hope I tick that one off as well!

 

Season   Team   		 Position  Notes and Achievements
17/18	Thanda Royal Zulu	1st		South African 1st Division Champs
18/19	Thanda Royal Zulu	1st		South African Premier Division Champs
19/20	Thanda Royal Zulu	2nd 		SA Knockout Cup and Super 8 Winner
2021	Thanda Royal Zulu			African Champions League Winners
2022	Shanggang		1st		Chinese Super League, Chinese Cup and Asian Champions League Winners
23/24	Cruz Azul		4th/4th		Mexican Opening Stage and Mexican Cup Champions
24/25	Cruz Azul		1st/6th		Nothing Won!
26/27 	Monterray		1st/1st		Opening/Closing Stage Winner and NACL Winners
28/29 	Hibernian		4th		Nothing won
29/30	Hibernian		2nd		Scottish Cup Winners
30/31	San Lorenzo		1st		Argentina Premier Division Winners
31/32	San Lorenzo		1st		Argentina League and Cup Winners + Copa Sudamericana Winners
2032	San Lorenzo				Copa Libertadores Winners and Club World Champs
32/33	Juventus		2nd		Italian Cup and Europa League Winners
33/34	Juventus		1st		Serie A, Italian Cup and Europa League Winners

International
28-30	Ivory Coast		2029 ACON Winners
33-		Italy			2034 World Cup Winners

Challenge Progress

Club

5/10 top domestic leagues (South Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2019, China - Shanggang 2022, Mexico - Cruz Azul 2024, Argentina - San Lorenzo 2031, Italy - Juventus  2034)

6/10 domestic cups (South Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2020, China - Shanggang 2022, Mexico - Cruz Azul 2024, Scotland - Hibernian 2030, Argentina - San Lorenzo 2031,Italy - Juventus  2033)

4/5 club continental championships (Africa - Thanda Royal Zulu 2021, Asian - Shanggang 2022, North America - Monterray 2027, San Lorenzo - Argentina 2032)

1/1 club world championship - San Lorenzo 2032

International

1/5 continental tournaments (African Nations - Ivory Coast 2029)

1/2 world tournaments - (World Cup - Italy 2034)

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@dkouv Gutted for you. I was rooting for you all the way, other than the second or two I saw you were playing Scotland, but I after that, I was team dkouv.

Fadedaf and yourself are certainly providing a scary story for anyone taking on this challenge. I'm going to have to introduce a Hall of Misery, but which of you could I put on top? Are you sure the two of you aren't reloading those finals until you lose? That's cheating!

@Cheekybananafm On a more settling note, you continue to roll on. so when you get your 5 big euro titles, you're going to have a 10th league to win, plus a few cups. Do you have a nation in mind, or are you just going to go for the nations with low hanging cups?

@YellowLittle Well done bouncing straight back up. Be interesting to see what (if any good) job interviews or offers you receive.

@numero uno gunner Good luck in the group stages, and well done picking up the league which hopefully augers well.

@Ronaldo Beckham Getting into the finishing straight (strait?) now. Is this the first FM challenge you've done?

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@vikeologistOnly need 4 cups so Germany, France, Spain and England league and cup double with make it 9 leagues and 10 cups. I was thinking last night about the 10th league, may re-add Scotland back as I had unfinished business only winning the cup with Hibs or maybe another British/Irish one. Really not sure yet!

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@vikeologist - Yes it is the first challenge I have ever done, I just want to finish it asap now as I have so many teams I want to start a fresh save with like AC Milan, Everton, Huddersfield etc.

Small Update

I took over as West Ham manager but could only manage 3rd place, 2nd place team Man United's manager left so I have applied for the job, hopefully I win the Premiership with Man United or West Ham and I can move on as I need to start winning trophies.

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I am baffled right now, so I was 1/5 favourite to take over Manchester United, I even got to the point of them asking me to suggest changes which 99% of the time means you got the job so I was excited to take over the club I support in real life for Man United to reject me a 2nd time in my career, they gave it to Zidane in the end, oh well I guess I will stick with West Ham for a 2nd year, I hope I pip Man Utd for the title now out of revenge for them rejecting me lol.

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Season 2030

Orlando Pirates and USA

It turns out that it was worth sticking around after all.

4 wins and 2 draws was enough to see us through the group stages of the Champions League as group winners. This was handy, as it meant that we avoided SuperSport Utd, who comfortably topped the other group. Instead, we faced Vita Club in the last four. After Mashisihi missed a penalty just before the half hour mark, I was under the impression it might be one of those games in the first leg away from home. However, he took it as a personal insult that his penalty had been saved, and put us ahead before half time. He then set up a second, which was disallowed for offside. At the hour mark, we were cruising. By full time, we lost 2-1. I still don't know how.

This only spurred Mashishi on, and in the second leg he made 2 and scored 2 as we brushed Vita Club aside 4-1, to set up the inevitable final against SuperSport Utd. Away from home in the first leg, it was a game of few chances, with Ashley April putting us ahead, before they levelled things up. 1-1 at half time became 1-1 at full time, and we came back home knowing a win, or even a 0-0 draw would be enough.

Alejandro Pena put us in front, before Mashishi smashed in a penalty, celebrating like Stuart Pearce at Euro 96 afterwards. 2-0 up, and looking comfortable, SuperSport then had a man sent off. Surely even we couldn't blow it from here? By the hour mark, they were level on the night, and ahead on away goals. I threw caution to the wind, and up stepped Pena again to fire home after some scrappy defending. They came at us in the last ten minutes, before we hit them on the counter through Fabricio Carlos to seal the Champions League!

Now I can finally leave South Africa, if I can land another job that is. However, I decided to have a crack at the Club World Cup before leaving, and a 4-1 win over ES Tunis in the quarter final set up a semi final against Flamengo. They were the better team, and despite missing a penalty, went in at half time 1-0 up thanks to a wonder strike from one of their midfielders. Fabricio Carlos equalised for us in the 53rd minute, but we weren't level for long before they scored again. And that was that.

I'm now looking for a new job both domestically and internationally. I'm leaving Orlando Pirates top of the league, four points clear with a game in hand. The squad I've built is good enough to win the league again. For me and this challenge, Europe will hopefully come calling now.

Club
Season        Team             Position      Notes and Achievements
2016/17      Dungannon     9th            Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners

2018            Sligo Rovers    1st             League winners!

2019            Tianjin              1st             League winners!

2020            Tianjin              8th            FA Cup winners! Champions League winners!

2021            Montreal         4th            League (MLS Cup) winners!

2022            Montreal         1st             Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL

2023            Montreal          N/A          NACL winners!

2023            Palmeiras        9th           Brazilian Cup winners!

2024/25      Ajax                  1st            League winners!

2025/26     Unemployed

2026/27     Orlando Pirates  8th      Took over with 10 games to go.

2027/28     Orlando Pirates  4th      SA Knockout Cup winners!

2028/29     Orlando Pirates   2nd    SA FA Cup winners!

2029/30     Orlando Pirates   1st     League Winners! SA FA Cup winners!

2030          Orlando Pirates    1st     Champions League winners!

Country

2021           Ivory Coast         Qualified for the World Cup

2022           Ivory Coast         World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations

2023          Ivory Coast         African Cup of Nations winners!

2024          Unemployed

2025          USA                     Qualified for World Cup

2026          USA                     Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world

2027          USA                     North American Gold Cup winners!              

2028          USA                     World Cup qualification is going well

2029          USA                     Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th)

2030         Unemployed

Challenge Progress

Club

5/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates)

4/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates)

3/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates)

0/1 club world championship -

International

2/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027)

0/2 world tournaments -

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On 05/08/2017 at 23:20, Collzy said:

@darren1983 Thanks, looks like I'll hang around in SA for a bit longer.

That's awful to hear about your laptop :( I've enjoyed reading your updates, it'd be a shame to lose you, especially as I'm just getting started!

 

On 06/08/2017 at 08:38, vikeologist said:

 

@darren1983 Sorry to hear about the hard drive, but it wouldn't have helped you if you had saved the game on the cloud, because it often doesn't work. I suggest that everybody saves their games to an external (USB) drive at least once a season. Anyway, hope you start again, as I was enjoying you being part of this business we call show-off.

 

On 06/08/2017 at 09:13, yugular said:

@darren1983 ouch :( 

Cheers guys, the laptop fully died on me again on Sunday, spent Monday trying to get it fixed but has to be taken to the apple store, got an appointment tomorrow afternoon so hopefully it'll be fixed and I can restart this challenge, have missed it this week :( 

Well done to everyone on their progress. 

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A very small update for you. I'm mid-way through the 34/35 season with Juve and I've quit. The reason? I applied for the Bayern, Chelsea and Man City jobs and all 3 times the board couldn't agree a compensation deal. There is no reason for me to stay and once again we are out of the Champions League so I'm cutting my losses and hope a decent job comes available

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NEW JOB!

It's taken until the end of the season but I've finally got a job and my god what a job it is!

I had the choice of 2. German Champions Schalke or French Champs PSG. I went with PSG mainly due to the fact I had more money to spend and feel I have a much better chance of winning the Champions League. This should be fun!!!

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Season 1 of my Fylde FC adventure is coming to an end.  I took over in around 20th position in October and went into the penultimate game away to leaders Boston who were one point ahead of me.  We lost one nil and as a result it's the play-offs for me.  Hope to get those played tonight and will update you as to how the season looked in full after that.  We've broken the league record for goals in a season but my main strikers are now injured, however my main back up finally broke his duck in the final game, so fingers crossed.

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Quick question - My reputation is now at 70% (and weirdly didn't increase after winning the African Champions League) and I'm getting turned down left, right and centre. Honestly, its ridiculous. What sort of jobs were people getting with reputations around 70%?

Just to give you some idea, I've been rejected by:

Bayern, Roma, Inter, Barcelona, Lyon, Monaco, Man City, Liverpool - I'd fully expect to be rejected by these clubs with a reputation at 70%, but threw an application in anyway.

CSKA Moscow, Sunderland, Swansea, Bordeaux, Koln, Hoffenheim, Villareal, Valencia, Hertha Berlin - I would've hoped to have at least got an interview at some of these.

Rangers, Dinamo Moscow, Celtic, Mainz - I thought I might land one of these jobs, but Rangers were the only one to even interview me!

 

What the hell am I doing wrong?

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@numero uno gunner I don't think reputation is as simple as that. When I had the IGE a couple of seasons ago, there's 2 reputations, domestic and world. Plus it always does weird stuff like going down when you win a trophy and then quit (because of the quitting). We often refer to our reputation percentages, but I don't think they guarantee much of anything. My rep's at 60% (might even have been higher at one point) and I still can't even get an interview with any of the top Brazilian teams.

I wonder to what extent out attributes (especially the hidden ones) affect our employment chances. 

 

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South Africa ACON 2053 Report

Here I am, back at it again with another ACON report. Will we underperform yet again and fail to win this horrible competition? probably. But for the first time I'm taking the same team to two consecutive ACONs so perhaps we can go one better than last time. I fear that we've peaked at the complete wrong time however, as we hit a record high 7th in the world ranking last year and were easily smashing decent european sides in friendlies such as Switzerland and the Czech Republic. pre-tournament we played just one friendly, a pretty scrappy 2-1 win over Zambia. We've drawn a pretty tough group with Nigeria, Ghana and Libya. Anyways here's how we went:

Group Stage

Spoiler

South Africa 3-0 Nigeria (goals from Sihlangu, Masilela, Nxele) A good start although this was closer than the scoreline would suggest.

South Africa 1-1 Ghana (goal from Dladla) probably should have won this one but a draw is not terrible. we took the lead through a great free kick from Dladla but couldn't hold on.

South Africa 2-1 Libya (goals from Nkala, Sihlangu) I rested a few players and we actually went behind but came back to win which means we've topped the group. On to DR Congo in the next round!

Quarter final (if applicable)

Spoiler

South Africa p0-0 DR Congo Well this was a bit lucky but we did deserve to win. My keeper Jousse managed to save their first 4 penalties in an incredible display to send us into a semi final against Egypt who I am pretty wary of.

Semi final (if applicable)

Spoiler

South Africa 2-3 Egypt (goals from Sithole, Masilela) We went ahead twice and were immediately pegged back both times. They scored again in the second half and that was that. An absolute nightmare of a game from my whole back 4 really let us down. Egypt do have a very good team but we could still have won this game

3rd place playoff (if applicable)

Spoiler

South Africa 5-2 Ghana (goals from Mokhele, Sihlangu, Motale, Dladla, Mlambo) instant resulted this but apparently we played pretty well.

Final (if applicable)

Spoiler

:/

Aftermath

Spoiler

Well another failure, that makes it 8 attempts now. On a positive note, this one wasn't as gutting as previous editions. I think I may have become desensitised to whatever this competition throws at me. I think i'll stay with South Africa for another 2 years and see how we go next time as 2nd and 3rd is not bad at all compared to some of my previous attempts. I'd be tempted by the Tunisia or Egypt jobs as they both seem to have very good teams but we shall see. I might even try a new formation next time as my 4-4-2 obviously does not do the job here. Anyone have any formation advice for African success?

 

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Season 2031

South Korea

I'm still searching for a club job, but have taken on the South Korea job in the meantime. I'm seeing this as a 4 year project, with the aim of winning the Asian Nations Cup in 2035. With that in mind, I've decided that anyone who isn't likely to be around in 4 years time isn't getting selected, even if they're currently the best player in that position.

Just a quick update really. We've just beaten China, Japan and North Korea comfortably enough to seal the East Asia Cup. Not exactly a career-defining trophy win, but its always a nice boost for team morale. This squad has a few really good players, so its going to be about building a team around them. We will qualify for the World Cup easily enough I imagine, so as long as I keep my job after the World Cup all should be good.

Now, if anyone wants to give me a club job, I'd be very, very grateful!

Club
Season        Team             Position      Notes and Achievements
2016/17      Dungannon     9th            Irish Cup winners, Mid-Ulster Cup winners

2018            Sligo Rovers    1st             League winners!

2019            Tianjin              1st             League winners!

2020            Tianjin              8th            FA Cup winners! Champions League winners!

2021            Montreal         4th            League (MLS Cup) winners!

2022            Montreal         1st             Won MLS Supporters' Shield, currently in last 8 of NACL

2023            Montreal          N/A          NACL winners!

2023            Palmeiras        9th           Brazilian Cup winners!

2024/25      Ajax                  1st            League winners!

2025/26     Unemployed

2026/27     Orlando Pirates  8th      Took over with 10 games to go.

2027/28     Orlando Pirates  4th      SA Knockout Cup winners!

2028/29     Orlando Pirates   2nd    SA FA Cup winners!

2029/30     Orlando Pirates   1st     League Winners! SA FA Cup winners!

2030          Orlando Pirates    1st     Champions League winners!

2031          Unemployed

Country

2021           Ivory Coast         Qualified for the World Cup

2022           Ivory Coast         World Cup quarter finalists. Quarter finalists in CHAN. Qualified for African Cup of Nations

2023          Ivory Coast         African Cup of Nations winners!

2024          Unemployed

2025          USA                     Qualified for World Cup

2026          USA                     Lost in World Cup Semi Final (finished 3rd). Upto 5th in the world

2027          USA                     North American Gold Cup winners!              

2028          USA                     World Cup qualification is going well

2029          USA                     Lost in Confederations Cup Semi Final (finished 4th)

2030         Unemployed

2031         South Korea       East Asia Cup winners!

Challenge Progress

Club

5/10 top domestic leagues - Republic of Ireland (Sligo), China (Tianjin), USA (Montreal), Netherlands (Ajax), South Africa (Orlando Pirates)

4/10 domestic cups - Northern Ireland (Dungannon), China (Tianjin), Brazil (Palmeiras), South Africa (Orlando Pirates)

3/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League (Tianjin), NACL (Montreal Impact), African Champions League (Orlando Pirates)

0/1 club world championship -

International

2/5 continental tournaments - African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2023), North American Gold Cup (USA 2027)

0/2 world tournaments -

 

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I've been away this week on holiday but I'm back home now and will post another update once this season has finished. It seems to have started very well :)

Well done to everyone on their progress!

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Season 2016/2017

AFC Fylde (Vanarama National League North)

So after missing out on top spot by one point we went in to the play-offs against Telford.  Following a 1-0 away win, I was concerned about the amount of missed chances in the first leg and was right to be as we folded in the home leg and went out 3-4 after extra time.  Even though I more than exceeded the expectations of escaping relegation after taking over in October in 20th position and finishing 2nd a point below the champions, I'm absolutely gutted.

Unsure as to stay and try a full season at Fylde or look for an escape route where possible. 

Club
Season        Team             Position      Notes and Achievements

2016/17       Fylde             2nd              N/A

**Update** I moved to Southend United in League Two on June 7th.  Hopefully the early change will give me enough time to mount a promotion bid despite the debt they have come down with.

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Decided to do this challenge. Was doing the San Marino one, but found out I couldn't manage the San Marino team because my settings weren't right. 

 

Anyway: I can use 'Susie real name fixes' right? They are database files, but only causes the game to use real names.

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Won the Premiership with West Ham

Challenge Progress 
Club 
9/10 top domestic leagues - Northern Ireland, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, China, Brazil, Spain, England
6/10 domestic cups - JD Welsh Cup, Northern Irish Cup, English FA Cup, Coupe De France, Chinese FA Cup, Copa Del Rey
3/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League, Copa Libertarodes, UEFA Champions League
1/1 club world championship - Club World Championships
International 
4/5 continental tournaments - African Cup Of Nations, Asian Nations Cup, Copa America, European Championships
1/2 world tournaments - Confederations Cup

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19 hours ago, picopowerr said:

Decided to do this challenge. Was doing the San Marino one, but found out I couldn't manage the San Marino team because my settings weren't right. 

 

Anyway: I can use 'Susie real name fixes' right? They are database files, but only causes the game to use real names.

Name fixes are fine, but it's always with keeping an eye on whether these files are causing any problems. I'm using one, and someone a few posts above mentioned a possible bug they cause with getting jobs, although getting new jobs is a pain for most of us, fixes or no.

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On that topic, I've finally landed a club job! It's the end of December, so thankfully a transfer window is about to open, as the squad is somewhat lacking in quality across the board. Right now though, a jobs a job!

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Won the World Cup with Italy

Challenge Progress 
Club 
9/10 top domestic leagues - Northern Ireland, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, China, Brazil, Spain, England
6/10 domestic cups - JD Welsh Cup, Northern Irish Cup, English FA Cup, Coupe De France, Chinese FA Cup, Copa Del Rey
3/5 club continental championships - Asian Champions League, Copa Libertarodes, UEFA Champions League
1/1 club world championship - Club World Championships
International 
4/5 continental tournaments - African Cup Of Nations, Asian Nations Cup, Copa America, European Championships
2/2 world tournaments - Confederations Cup,World Cup

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2018/2019 Season Review

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League

Dominance. We absolutely walked the league, a vast improvement on last year, mainly down to our away form improving hugely. We lost just the once all season, but the the thing I found most impressive was we won every home game, we really turned it into a fortress and made some of the "better" teams in the league look amateur. I didn't improve the squad an awful lot, mainly bought in a GK for the first team and the rest were squad options, but all the youngsters from the previous season were all a year older, had developed well, and really took to the challenge and propelled us to a higher level than the previous season. My top scorer with a superb 30 goals in all comp was a 17 year old who we got from our youth intake the previous season.

League Table

Fixtures/Results

Nedbank Cup

We also went that one stage further this year, managing to win the domestic cup of South Africa, getting our revenge against Kaizer Chiefs from the previous seasons final. It was a relatively simple run, with only our local rivals Chippa Utd giving us a problem on the way, a game which went to a nervy penalty shootout. The team held their nerve though and went on to win the competition, another trophy for the cabinet.

Fixtures/Results

Telkom Knockout Cup

At the time I couldn't remember if this counted towards the challenge, so I wasn't entirely bothered about if we won this. In hindsight it did count, but then didn't matter as we won the Nedbank Cup anyway. Regardless, we won it. I used this competition to give gametime to my "Second Team" and again it was relatively simple, however I suppose we were rather lucky in all our games, except the final, being at home, where we were invincible.

Fixtures/Results

MTN 8 Cup

This really was a trophy I didn't care about, I used my second team in every game to give them gametime and if we won it, great, if we didn't, oh well. It was the only trophy we didn't win this season however, losing in the final to Wits, who seemed to get the better of us more than any other team in the league. It wasn't the best run, we only won one game, but it was early in the season and I don't think the team were quite in full flow by then. Alas, it's not going to be giving me sleepless nights not winning this.

Fixtures/Results

Conclusion

Well it seems we're now the team to beat in South Africa, making a clean sweep of all the major trophies in South Africa and winning a "tremendous treble". How can we improve? Well, we probably can't. I have some players leaving on frees as they want too much for a new contract, who's replacements I have already sorted out, however this could effect me in the Continental Competition, which has started very well for us, we're currently in the group stage.

I was finally granted permission to do some coaching badges, finishing my National C Licence, and currently learning my National B Licence. The board also announced plans to build a new stadium, which due to our recent success, could be afforded straight from our own cash reserves without the need for a loan, which I thought was fanatastic, it increases our capacity by an extra 8000 or so fans. How close we will be to selling out though I don't know.

Also, I got my first international job! I am now the manager of Algeria as you can probably see in the screenshots above, they did awfully in the ACON, I applied, and they offered me a job immediately. The squad is a lot weaker than I expected though, so I will have a hard time having success with them I feel, but then, stranger things have happened.

I will obviously have to stay here until African Champions League is over at least, but I am just about ready to leave, so hopefully we can win it and I can move on to Asia.

Keep up the good work everyone :)

Season   	Team    	    Position  	Notes and Achievements
16/17	 	Mthatha Bucks       3rd		Promoted to ABSA Premiership. Was only in charge for 4 league games and the playoffs. 
17/18		Mthatha Bucks	    1st		Winners of ABSA Premiership. Semi-final of Nedbank Cup. African CL qualification.
18/19	        Mthatha Bucks	    1st		Winners of ABSA Premiership, winners of Nedbank Cup, winners of Telkom Knockout cup, group stage of African CL. New manager of Algeria. 

Challenge Progress

Club

1/10 top domestic leagues - (Mthatha Bucks, SA 2018)

1/10 domestic cups - (Mthatha Bucks, Nedbank Cup, 2019)

0/5 club continental championships

0/1 club world championship

International

0/5 continental tournaments

0/2 world tournaments

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Vikeologist's Universidad de Chile (and Nigeria) 2022 Report 

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Another league / cup double. (The third in a row). We were unbeaten in the league with 27 wins and 3 draws, and 2 of those draws were after we’d won the league with a massive 6 matches to go.

But I wasn’t here for the domestic trophies.

I honestly thought that we were going to win the Libertadores, especially after we won a tricky quarter final against Flamingo who at the time were top of the Brazilian league. Champions for the last 2 seasons, Boca, had been knocked out.

Our semi final was against Cruzeiro. We drew the first leg away from home 1-1, and we were set up for a final against Atlas,which I was pretty confident of winning.

However the referee in the second leg handed out 5 yellow cards to us, and then one of my guys picked up a second yellow and we were down to 10 men.

We were still ahead on away goals, and even a man down we went 1-0 ahead.

Then we had a second player sent off, so I went ultra-defensive, and we almost pulled it off till they scored a scrappy and fluky equaliser in the 87th minute.

I should have stuck with the ultra-defensive formation and taken my chances on a penalty shootout, but I swaped a defender for an attacker who was to be one of our penalty takers, and they scored a winner in the 2nd minute of extra time.

I’m so annoyed, but as some of you may know, when I completed the Ultimate Challenge the first time, I won the Libertadores in my second match in charge of Corinthians, (taking over in between the two legs of the final).

Also in the Dafuge-type S America small club to big, I won the Libertadores at the first attempt.

So, I guess this is my penance, struggling to win it with Rosario Central and now with UdC.

I can’t get a job in Brazil, but I really don’t want to manage there anyway, and my team really should win it next season.

Only 1 player seems very keen to leave, and hopefully I could just about replace him with another foreigner anyway.

 

Top Goalscorer –  Carlos Muñoz -34. Carlos is getting a bit long in the tooth, (33), and I had a lot of rotation amongst the strikers, so he only started 31 matches. So not a bad tally.

 

 

Best Average Rating  Munoz 7.75.

 

Man of Match – Munoz – 8

 

MVP – Again I have to bow to the numbers, even though my assistant manager rates him as the 14th best player at the club.

Domestic
Season	Team					Position	Notes										Challenge Landmarks
2016	Dalian Yifang				7th		Took over for last 2 matches of the season
2017	Dalian Yifang				2nd		Promted to Chinese Super League
2018	Dalian Yifang				5th		Won FA Cup and therefore qualification to CL group stage. 			1st domestic cup
2019	Dalian Yifang				1st		Left with 3 matches left and the league already won.				1st domestic league
2019	U de Chile						Took over with 4 matches of season left, in 5th place and in Cup Q/F 
2020	U de Chile				1st		League / Cup Double								2nd domestic league and cup
2021	U de Chile				1st		Another league / cup double. Lib Q/F knocked out on penalties.
2022	U de Chile				1st		And another double. Lost in Lib S/F extra time after having 2 players sent off.


International
Year	Team					Achievements
2018	China U23				Asian Games
2019-21	Ghana					Quit after losing in ACON Q/F
2021-	Nigeria					Qualified for ACON with perfect record.

Challenge Progress

Club
 2/10 top domestic leagues 			(China, Chile)
 2/10 domestic cups 				(China, Chile)			
 0/5 club continental championships 	
 0/1 club world championship

International
 0/5 continental tournaments 		
 0/2 world tournaments 

Anyway, I have something much more important coming up; the ACON with Nigeria. We won our qualifying matches (very easily), and we stand a good chance in the African lottery.

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Well.....I'm back! 

Laptop up and running, back to Africa I go (I did think about starting elsewhere, but will need to get Africa done so why not get it out the way nice and early?) taking over at Thanda Royal Zulu, currently 12th, 9 points off the playoffs but with over half a season to go. 

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