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Mini update - im on the board with my first achievement of this challenge and who would have thought it would be an international trophy!

After finishing the 2019 African Nations Cup, Senagal made light work of its competition all the way through to the final where they were up against Algeria - Schedule/Final winning the tournament for the first time ever.

 

Leagues           0 / 10

Cups                0 / 10

Continental     0 / 6

International   1 / 7 - African Nations (Senegal) 

 

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It's getting so close now I can almost reach out and touch it.... As an aside, never mind the Confederations Cup, it's the bloody AFCON that's been doing my head in on this.

 

I've only got the Copa America and the AFCON left to get, so I'm looking now for a club team that can be a real project, though I got turned down for the Brazil job which was highly frustrating. After being unemployed for a season and being turned(my reputation has taken a hit and is down to 75%, despite being 2nd on the all time HOF only to Tuchel....), I took up the England job after the Euros, and decided to run with them until the World Cup, and then hope a Brazil or high AFCON potential team became available. I was fortunate in that the Deportivo Toluca job came up after the Mexican Opening Stage, and I got the job of the reigning CONCACAF Champions League holders, and easily retained that title in the second half of the season, ticking that off the list. Then after a season unemployed at club level, I took England to the World Cup deciding that Keegan had the best idea, and I'd use my world class strike force to compensate for my awful defence.... A victorious run to the final saw me knock out Brazil in the second round and after beating Denmark in the final, I finally claimed the Brazil job as my own! Bring on the Copa America in 2048...

2 left to go...

Challenge Progress

Club

10/10 top domestic leagues - Singapore S-League 19/20 (Home Utd), K-League 2023,2024,2025 (Jeju), Portugal Liga NOS 26/27, 27/28 (Sporting Lisbon), Bundesliga 2029/30 (Bayern Munich), La Liga 2030/31 (Real Madrid), Argentinian Primera Division 2031/32 (River Plate), ABSA Premiership 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs), English Premier League 2036/37, 2038/39, 2039/40 (Wolves), Ligue 1 2041/42 (AS Monaco), Serie A 2042/43 (Juventus)

10/10 domestic cups - RHB Singapore Cup 18/19 (Home Utd), KFA Cup 2025 (Jeju), Taca de Portugal Placard 27/28 (Sporting), DFB-Pokal 28/29 (Bayern Munich), Copa Del Rey 2030/31 (Real Madrid), Nedbank Cup (SA) 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs), Toto KNVB Beker 2034/35 (Ajax), English FA Cup 2038/39 (Wolves), Coupe de France 2040/41 (AS Monaco), TIM Cup 2042/43 (Juventus)

5/5 club continental championships - AFC Champions League 2025 (Jeju), European Champions League 2028/29 (Bayern Munich) 2039/40 (Wolves) 2040/41, 2041/42 (AS Monaco), Copa Libertadores 2031/32 (River Plate), Orange CAF Champions League 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs), CONCACAF Champions League 2044/45 (Deportivo Toluca)

1/1 club world championship – 2029/2030 (Bayern Munich), 2031/32 (River Plate), 2041/42 (AS Monaco)

International 

3/5 continental tournaments – Euro 2028 (France), AFC Asian Cup 2034/35 (South Korea), CONCACAF Gold Cup 2039 (USA)

2/2 world tournaments – Confederations Cup 2029 (France), World Cup 2030 (France), 2046 (England)

 Other titles

New Paper League Cup 18/19, 19/20 (Home United)

AFC Cup 19/20 (Home United)

Hyundai A-League (Regular Season) 2020/21 (Melbourne Victory)

U23 Asian Games w/ South Korea 2022

U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2023

Taca de Liga Portugal 2027/28 (Sporting)

Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 27/28 (Sporting)

DFL Supercup 28/29 (Bayern Munich)

Supercopa de Espana 30/31 (Real Madrid)

Supercopa Argentina 2031/32 (River Plate)

Recopa Santander Sudamericana 2031/32 (River Plate)

Telkom Knockout 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs)

Orange CAF Super Cup 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs)

Be The Coach Challenge Cup 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs)

Johan Cruijff Schaal 2034/35 (Ajax)

English Charity Shield 2039/40 (Wolves)

English Carabao Cup 2039/40 (Wolves)

Trophee des Champions 2041/42 (AS Monaco)

UEFA Super Cup 2041/42 (AS Monaco)

Supercopa TIM 2042/43 (Juventus)

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1 minute ago, bjwphneb said:

How about adding in the nations league? I know you don't have to qualify for it like the confederations cup but you still have to win your group and then the two knockout matches as well. 

What do people think? It is a senior tournament.

There doesn't need to be 33 landmarks, though.

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3 hours ago, vikeologist said:

What do people think? It is a senior tournament.

There doesn't need to be 33 landmarks, though.

Personally, don't think so, because like you said earlier then you might as well add the African domestic comp.

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Yeah if we are going to add the nations league then we need to add each continents respective one. Would add to the length of the challenge which is long enough as it is. 

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Season 2019/2020

 

Not a great start for me, sacked as Alfreton manager at the end of 2019/2020 season, took over them sitting in 20th and it was a constant struggle to the end of the season, we finished 17th, ended up with a record of 5W 11D and 8L, the board were expecting a top half finish and we fell quite short, struggled to settle on a formation I was comfortable with, zero budget to bring in players and had to scrap around for loan players within the very limited budget Alfreton had (I still can't quite understand big clubs expecting 100% wages paid for players who are on a relative pittance but that's way it goes)

 

Wasn't out the game for long as I applied for and got the Spennymoor job in the same league, finished 12th and they seem to have a better calibre of player so fingers crossed I can have a more successful season.

 

Season   Team       Position    Notes and Achievements
19/20	 Alfreton   17th        Sacked

 

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University of Pretoria FC (AKA Tuks FC)

"I've reached the point I get nervous every time I hit 'continue'" update (2020-21 edition):

Just had a Cup QF and league match with one day in between. Had to pull from my reserves and youth squad to put together lineups for both, with heavy emphasis on the league match. Partly because league > cup, but also because the cup match was at home against a relegation side (that we were seconds from beating with reserves on the road in December). Just as I started to worry we'd end up having extra time (previous round vs Orlando Pirates went to ET and penalties, on late goals for them in each phase), but we capitalized on a late corner, then put it away on the counter. Followed that up with an unremarkable, but crucial, 1-0 road win against a mid-table side. For whatever reason, there is 2.5 weeks between our last match and next (cup semi final against TS Galaxy, still in NFD).  Somehow we've managed to hang around, overcome injuries, and be in the midst of an incredibly close 3-team title race.

Mamelodi Sundowns on 57; us and Orlando Pirates on 56. We currently have the edge on GD, but not much chance if it goes to GS. Mamelodi should be favored in the rest of their matches, except, maybe at Orlando, but they're still in the CAF Confederation Cup and have a tougher draw in the Nedbank Cup, so maybe they slip up due to match congestion. Obviously, we need Mamelodi to drop points to have any chance, but given our remaining schedule and track record on the road, we probably need a little extra help. Our defense gives us a chance against anyone, but scoring on the road has been our Achilles' heel all season.  

Gonna try to finish out the season tonight. Fingers crossed!

 

 

 

 

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University of Pretoria FC (AKA Tuks FC)

2020-2021 End-of-Season Review

It's June 1st and everyone is still flying high after what could only be described as a "dream season." Our FA Cup semifinal, and first two league matches in May went largely as expected, although, AmaZulu FC once again made things interesting. Despite being a relegation contender they played us more competitively than most.  They stole two points from us with a stoppage time equalizer in December, we took them back with one of our own in May. One thing I hadn't accounted for heading into the final month of the season, was our perceived toughest test for the league, SuperSport United, would play a fully rotated squad with 4th place secured in the second to last match of the season.  After an early goal, we squandered a penalty, and let them back in the game right before the break. A beautiful headed flick on from Nilor (our French TM) set a recently injured Julies in for the match winner halfway through the second half. Setting us up to play two matches for two trophies. 

Mamelodi Sundowns were, in some ways, victims of their own success. Ultimately, they won the CAF Confederations cup, but like their FA Cup semifinal three days earlier, it took extra time. That extra workload almost certainly played a factor in their 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates that followed. The only time they'd dropped points on the road previously was to us, in December, amidst similar match congestion. Perhaps demoralized, perhaps looking ahead to the FA Cup final, they lost again two weeks later. Eliminating them from contention. They were almost certainly the best team, but sometimes, that isn't enough. The Pirates, on the other hand, took care of business, setting things up for the title to be decided on matchday 30. But first...

FA Cup Final: Unfortunately, because of knocks and loan-in rules we were without our first-choice GK/LWB/RWB and Julies. We tried sitting back and catching them on the counter, without much success in the 1st half, but we kept them in striking distance, 1-0. Whatever chance we had didn't last long, as one of our CMs lost it, and picked up two quick yellows right after the break (second probably should have been straight red). They toyed with us a bit before making us pay with a second, at which point, we went into full 'roster management' mode. Ended 3-0. Easily could have been twice that. 

Matchday 30: We were at #6 Highlands Park, Orlando Pirates were at #5 Ajax CT (the other newly promoted side). We started incredibly flat, and only managed to escape the half 0-0 thanks to the crossbar (think we only had one shot, not on target). The other match was still 0-0. Fortunately, some halftime adjustments paid near immediate dividends as we countered a sloppy counter attempt of theirs, and Julies set Nilor through to calm our nerves. Nilor would tally another on a set piece, they'd pull one back, but when Ajax went up 1-0 at '72, it was all but over. In a match Orlando absolutely had to get something from to have a chance, they'd been completely stifled by Ajax CT's defense, only managing one shot on target.  We were Champions! But it felt cheapened, with how SuperSport didn't really "go for it" in such a crucial match in the title race because they had nothing to gain, especially considering they beat us in our house earlier in the season. In the final table, it didn't matter, but them taking something from that match drastically changes the dynamics of matchday 30. 

It's fair to say luck was on our side, but at the end of the day, we managed the pressure and match congestion at key moments better than our opponents. That's the what, now the how...

Defense: Soumahoro (from Mamelodi), Fielies, and Mlilo (our 3CBs from NFD) were joined by Bull (young CB picked up on a free from Ajax CT) and Kubheka (SK loaned in from Mamelodi). Best overall defensive record in the division, T-2 most clean sheets. Kept us in the league and Knockout Cup, without much goal scoring help early on. Soumahoro was once again a big threat on corners (4). 

Midfield: Largely interchangeable parts, without a clear cut hierarchy. Vital, but little room for glory. Almost certainly where we struggled against Mamelodi. Priority #1 for the offseason. 

Wingbacks: Williams (LWB) and Majadibodu (RWB, defacto captain) emerged as our first choice largely by being healthy. The former was acquired as an afterthought on deadline day largely because he could play on the left or right. The latter was a Mamelodi castaway, acquired on the cheap to fill a massive void. They run, a lot. Majadibodu provided the most goals/assists outside the front three with 4/5. 

Attack: A three-man striketeam, without much backup. Julies (originally a Mamelodi product), our #10 and MVP; Nilor, our fan-favorite TM, acquired on a free from Bordeaux; and Lepasa, our (insanely efficient) golden-boot winning poacher, acquired from Pirates. Those three combined for 40 goals, 21 assists. Their backups collectively accounted for...5 goals. Thankfully, they didn't miss much time and developed a strong chemistry incredibly quick. 

 

Club career

Season			Team		League	Cup(1)	Cup(2)		Notes
2019-20 RSA(2)		Tuks FC		2nd	N/A	N/A		Promotion via playoff
2020-21 RSA(1)		Tuks FC		1st	Final	Champs		Won league and league cup

 

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HIFK Fotboll - 2019 Report

Another year and another attempt at the Ultimate Challenge. As you may recall, I've made two previous attempts at this challenge. The first I was forced to end in no small part due to a corrupt save, and the second I called to a close because I started going years without getting a job offer.

This year I decided to use what I've learn from my two previous attempts in order to finally win the challenge. Something I have noticed this year is that it is especially easy to get a starting job at a relatively good level. As you've undoubtely noticed, I have began this year at HIFK Fotboll in the Finish first division. HIFK has a 2.5 stars in reputation, making them perhaps one of the most reputable clubs you can start at this year. In years past, it was hard enough to pick up a job at a one star level, thus, I believe this to probably be a bug, but a bug I will exploit nonetheless.

In my first year with HIFK, I guided the relegation-touted club to safety while also ensuring that they'd pay for the first of my many coaching badges. As with most clubs that players tend to begin with, HIFK is rapidly going into debt. At the beginning of my spell with them we had a bank account of roughly 500k, but at the end of the season we are scraping by with just over 20. I'm definitely worried about financial issues going into the new season, but as I learned in my second go around last year, if you leave clubs too rapidly, you stop getting job offers.

I'm planning to stick around at HIFK until a club higher up in the league sacks their manager, but we'll just have to see how that plan comes along. 

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2019         HIFK Fotboll     Finland         Veikkausliiga         9th                -             2nd Round               -             National C Badge
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Season       Country         Tournament         Finished         Others & Notes             
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                                                    CHALLENGE PROGRESS
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Club

 0/10  Top Domestic Leagues
 0/10  Top Domestic Cups
 0/5   Continentals Cups
 0/1   Club World Cup

International

 0/5   Continental Tournaments
 0/2   World Tournaments

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Season 2023 / 24 

Arbroath FC

After winning the AFCON in the summer I quickly resigned as their manager to focus of club football (but really there hasn't been any good international jobs appear apart from Mexico however they just finished the Gold Cup).

First season of Premiership football for Abroath with the task of staying in the division, I had loftier expectations given I was winning against top league teams last season. I loaned again 3 players which I brought in on loan last year along with a few more. Also bought my first permanent transfer for 50k smashing the previous record in the process.

Betford Cup   League - Stage League - Phase 1

Fantastic season in the end, pushing Celtic really hard until the second phase of the league.  We had a handy lead in first with 3 games of normal season left but decided to have our form slump in the most crucial part of the season, 3 draws against mid to lower end teams. That slump continued in the playoff stage and Celtic won their 13th league title in a row. 

We did add a trophy to the challenge winning the Betford Cup in style, we lost to Rangers in the semi of the Scottish cup.   As soon as we won the Betford cup, I was asked to be interviewed to two English premier league teams however both were in the relegation spots.   In preseason Leicester want to interview me so I have options.  Next year's funding is not as much as id like with Arbroath even though we're in the Champions League qualifying stage, we've been given 47k a week payroll which is he same as what Forrest is earning at Celtic for a week.

Leagues           0 / 10

Cups                1 / 10 - Betford Cup (Abroath)

Continental     0 / 6

International   1 / 7 - AFCON (Senegal)

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Dalian Yifang FC

2021

Unfortunately, my concerns regarding Tuks FC's board proved correct. I brought trophies and prize money, hoping that would translate to an infusion of transfer funds and/or a wage budget increase. Neither came. I asked to keep more of the incoming transfer funds (15% since I'd arrived). They refused. I asked them to reinvest in the club. They refused. I asked to boost staff salaries. They refused. We overachieved in 2020-21, so without a talent infusion, especially in the midfield, a regression was to be expected. The final straw was being unable to sign two surefire, first-choice midfielders, both available on free transfers, with reasonable wages. I selectively applied for positions all over the world. Orlando Pirates certainly would have been interesting, especially if I brought a couple key players with me, but alas, that was not in the cards. Instead, I'll have to figure out how to spend 100M+ after finishing out the 2021 season with Dalian Yifang FC. Already eliminated from the AFC CL. Won the first leg of the FA Cup Semi, but baring the unexpected, we'd be up against Guangzhou in the final if we hold on. Not liking our chances there. Top two is a virtual lock, and third isn't far from being one either, meaning we're liking competing with 6-7 clubs for the final AFC CL spot with 8 league matches to go. A couple key players were just coming off injury as I took over, and we've started 2-1-0 (including the cup semi), so looking good so far. 

 

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@CaesarXI Most of us have seemed to find it harder to get a first job. Could you check that your manager is 20 (or 19) and no quals/experience? Just in case.

Mind you, it does seem that 1 star teams are pretty much wat one can get for a first job, so you're probably fine.

@XuluBak Does Dalian Yifang have lots of money backing from Wanda in the game? 

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@vikeologist My current balance is 108M €. My income is almost entirely "sponsorship" and "other."  

This all seems ludicrous to me. I went from ~33k to 1.2M wage budget. In two weeks, I've "earned" almost as much as I did in 1.5 years at Tuks FC. I genuinely didn't want to make that jump, but I couldn't get an interview in Europe, Argentina, Mexico, or South Africa, even at clubs that were a clear step down, but I could get them in China. I looked at jumping to International for a brief stint, but the only openings were clubs already eliminated from WC qualifying and Mexico, which of course I'm not getting an interview for at this point. 

To @CaesarXI point, I think there's a bit of a manager supply-demand issue, that makes it disproportionately easy/difficult to get jobs in certain countries. However, I think there's something going on with the 'logic' determining when you're brought in for an interview. I saw this when I was running my tests in beta and saw it again this time around. I keep seeing 'the board is concerned with your track record for winning promotion' or 'surviving relegation' when they shouldn't apply to the club and/or my manager.  Also the lack of unsolicited offers seems weird, but maybe that's just a product of low adaptability. Never played with it this low before.

 

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Scott Williams 2022/23

End of Season Review

Club Atletico Union

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Superliga

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Oh Scott, what have you done? You had a good job, the fans loved you, the players respected you, continental football eveything was going great but it wasn't enough for you. 

Scott took over with the club in 20th place, 9 pts from safety having played 5 games of the second phase. On paper the squad was poor, on the pitch they were awful. The squad had an abundance of STs and RBs but was seriously lacking in central midfield. Scott took over after the main window ended meaning he could only sign players on free transfers, and couldnt sell any players on high wages. Nonetheless he brought in a couple of players to fill out the squad, crossed his fingers and hoped for the best.

It took Scott 5 games to get a point, 6 games for a Union player to score a goal (there was an OG in the first mathc) and 7 games before he saw his side win. Thankfully after those 7 games Union were no furhter adrift than when he took over and with the players starting to get used to his style and tactics, the team were ready to push on and try to stay in the division. 6 months earlier Scott's Unido needed to win the final game of the season against 4th to lift the title. Fast forward and his new side Union had to win against 12th in order to survive.

Final Game of the Season

Union came into the match on the back of a 2-1 deafeat to Boca Juniors, another game where Scott saw his side concede 4 penalties, 3 of which were missed. Union went 1-0 up after the GK rolled the ball straight to the Union ST and from then it was just a matter of when Boca Juniors were going to score their goals. Before that they went on a 5 game unbeaten run, the longest in 3 years, meaning confidence was somewhat high. Scott saw his side put the ball in the net on two occasions, both of which were offside and the teams went in all square at HT. On the hour mark Cataldi (CM) scored on his return from injury and then Martinez (CAM) made sure of the result making it 2-0. Unsurprisingly the team in 18th didn't beat Boca Juniors which meant Union were safe and Scott could concentrate on next season.

Next Season

Manager Profile | Finances

In the space of 6 months in charge the club made a loss of £1.5million. Players are earning too much and there doesn't seem to be any real source of income. All of this means a lot of players will have to be moved on. Star ST Dario Sandoval requested to leave, he was easily Scott's best player scoring 8 goals in the 15 games in charge. There are plenty of teams sniffing around and Scott will be hoping to balance the books with a fee in the region of £4million. With a budget of £260K only a 5% revenue percentage, Scott will have to be searching the free transfer and loan markets to improve his squad.

Personnel Career

Clubs Managed: 3
Trophies Won: 2
Manager of the Year: 1
2022 (Winner), 2020 (Runner up)

Career Earnings: £230K
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Club Career
																	
Season	NAT	Club		Division	Pos	Cup 1	Cup 2	Cont	CWC	Things to Note
2019		Unemployed					
2020	CHI	Nublense	Primera Div B	6th	R2	-	-	-	Playoff Winners, U19s Runners up in Div 1
2021	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	7th	R2	-	R1	-
2022	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	1st	Won	-	R1	-	Domestic Double
2022/23	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	17th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
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Challenge Progress
1/10 Leagues 	(Chile 2022)
1/10 Cups	(Chile 2022)
0/5 Continental
0/1 Worlds

Total 
2/33

 

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Scott Williams International Appointment

Honduras

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The 2023 Gold Cup is has come to a close and with many nations underperforming Scott got straight on the phone to apply. Panama and Honduras were the two nations interested in talking to Scott. Panama are ranked higher but their minimum expectation is to qualify for the semi final of the nations league. With mexico in their group that doesn't look likely.  Honduras have the two gold cup finalists in USA and Curacao to compete against and are ranked 59th in the world. 

 

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@vikeologist Yeah, you can see my manager stats in the screenshots. On a second purview, I think Finland might just be broken in the start of FM20. One of my more favorite youtubers, Loki Doki, also found it relatively easy to get a 2.5 star job in Finland with no coaching qualifications or experience.

But on the offhand, I did get plenty of clubs declining me that were relatively reputable but stated that "my stature in the game would have been sufficient for future goals" or something like that.

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HIFK Fotboll - 2020 Report

I am, surprisingly, really enjoying my time here at HIFK Fotboll. If I didn't know any better, I would say this is the start to the building of a nation challenge haha. As expected, finances plummeted, but unlike my finances, my performance the league skyrocketed. There were numerous times throughout the season where my team flirted with the idea of European football, but that idea was thoroughly squashed by the end of the year when fifteen point gap opened up between us and HJK at the top of the league. The team was a disappointment in the cup, but I wasn't much fussed about that in the first place.

The only goal I have going into my third year in Finland is to win the league, and I believe with the quality of players I have brought in to replace those leaving, it will be easily achievable. Here's hoping.

 

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2019         HIFK Fotboll     Finland         Veikkausliiga         9th                -             2nd Round               -             National C Badge
2020         HIFK Fotboll     Finland         Veikkausliiga         4th	               -             Group Stage             -             MOTS + Nat BA
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Club

 0/10  Top Domestic Leagues
 0/10  Top Domestic Cups
 0/5   Continentals Cups
 0/1   Club World Cup

International

 0/5   Continental Tournaments
 0/2   World Tournaments

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Mini update: after loading up some new leagues, there were a number of vacant positions and many interview offers came my way. Had interviews at Tottenham but they decided to go for a guy by the name of Pochettino who was at Bayern.  Applied and had an interview at the vacant Bayern job but was unsuccessful. Decided it was time to leave Arbroath who I had become fond of and potentially missed the only chance of winning the Scottish Premiership as I doubt I will return.  Anyhow, my last game in charge was at home to Monaco in preseason and won 2 - 0, great way to leave.

New Appointment

 

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Season 5 2023

Our 3rd club job of the challenge saw us take over a side sitting in 14th and without a win in 9 league games.

Competitions

CSL - League Table    Results 1    Results 2

We managed to stay up is as positive as I can be here. My first league game in charge was the 3-2 loss to Beijing Renhe and it took us another 2 games before we got the first league win of our reign. We played some good stuff at times, and were dreadful at others, in the end a 10th place finish was all we could expect from what is a pretty poor squad. 

CFA Cup - Results

Our first game in charge was a quarter final tie against Jiangsu Suning and a 2-1 first leg win had me thinking we might get through, only to lose the return 2-0 and bow out the cup. 

Playing Squad

Squad    Transfers    End Of Season Awards

The squad was bloated with high earning foreign players when I arrived, I think we had in total, in a league that has a foreign players in starting 11 rule. So the first thing was to ship out as many as i could, this was alot easier than I thought it would be. In the end I was even able to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic to bolster my attack. The squad still needs some major improvements if we are going to have any chance at challenging for honours. Most of the transfers were done by myself, and alot were young Chinese players who could potentially be key for us in a season or 2.  3 key men this season: 

Tao Qianglong - The versatile midfielder was signed in the mid season window and was a key part in our survival. Mainly played in CM, he scored and got 5 assists.

Xu Linpeng - The young LW was signed mid season and is developing into a really good little player. goals and assists.

Aleksandar Mitrovic -  My marquee signing adapted quickly and ended up with 12 goals and assist. I am hoping he can be the man to fire us up the table next season.

Next Season

Manager Profile

I have zero plans to move on from here just yet, the club has great finances and the board have agreed to upgrade everything you possibly can. With a hefty transfer budget, I am hoping we can turn this club into winners over the next couple of seasons. I have also just starter my Continental B coaching license.

 

Club Career

					Leagues		Cups	
Season	Nation	Division	Club		1st	2nd	1st	2nd	Cont.	CWC	Other Achievements
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2019/20	S Africa	NFD	TS Galaxy	3rd	n/a	2nd Rnd	n/a	n/a	n/a	Lost in Play Offs.
2020/21	S Africa	NFD	TS Galaxy	1st	n/a	Win	n/a	n/a	n/a	League Winners, NedBank Cup Winners.
2021/22	S Africa    	APL	M Sundowns	1st	n/a	Win	QF	SF	n/a	League and Cup Winners. Lost in CL SF.
2022/23	S Africa	APL	M Sundowns	4th	n/a	2nd Rnd	QF	Win	n/a	Champions League Winners
2023	China		CSL	Wuhan Zull	10th	n/a	QF	n/a	n/a	n/a	Appointed 08/06/2023




International Career

		Rank		Competitions
Year	Nation	Fifa	NL	World	Cont.	Conf.	Other Achivements
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2022	Nigeria	24th					Appointed on 25/15/2022
2023	Nigeria	11th	n/a	n/a	win		AFCON Winners



Challenge Progress

Club
1/10 Top Domestic Leagues		(S.Africa-ASBA Prem 21/22)
1/10 Top Domestic Cups		(S.Africa-NedBank Cup 20/21)
1/5 Continental Championshsips	(Africa 2023)
0/1 Club World Cups

International
1/5 Continental Championships	(AFCON 2023- NIgeria)
0/1  World Tournaments 

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Dalian Yifang FC

2021 End-of-Season Review

First (partial) season with Dalian Yifang is in the books. Pretty drastic change coming from the South African Premiership. Since I joined in August, I couldn't reshape my squad with transfers or rectify some highly questionable registration decisions, so we played most of our league matches down the stretch without a legitimate striker.  

I took over with us in 10th place with 10 matchdays remaining. I'd penciled Tianjin Yili FC in for 3rd place, as they had a 10 point cushion, leaving 4th place as our only realistic shot at a Champions League spot. We were only four points out, and with nearly half the league competing for that final CL spot, there were pivotal matches between contenders every week.  Fortunately, Carrasco returned from injury shortly after my arrival and Hamsik played like a younger version of himself, and Gueye could control the midfield against most teams, so we finished strong, putting us where I figured we'd need to be for fourth. An epic collapse from Tianjin Yili FC, gifted us third. No trophies, and considering the gap between Guangzhou and everyone else, I'm not sure how much hope there is to dethrone them, without some help, but at least we know what we're up against, and we secured our spot in the Champions League, without the burden of playoff rounds. 

A strong first leg against Beijing Guoan was enough to see us through to the FA cup final, where we inevitably met our fate against Guangzhou. We never looked like scoring against them. Talisca gave us problems, but the real difference was a gulf in class between our domestic talent. We have one Chinese national that might make their XI and another that might make the end of their bench. We have some quality youngsters, but they're not ready to be playing at that level yet. 

With 2021 in the books, we're looking forward. We've agreed to send Rondon to Brazil, Carrasco wants out, and may have to limit Hamsik to cup/CL competitions given his age. I've secured deals for Kevin Volland and Ante Rebic to fill the void going forward, and love their flexibility. I'm still looking to bring in a central playmaker. I've also made a concerted effort to significantly bolster our domestic talent, throughout the squad, and will continue to do so through the end of the window. 

Club Career

Season		Nation(tier)		Team			League		Cup(1)	Cup(2)	Cont.		Notes
2019-20 	RSA(2)			Tuks FC			2nd		N/A	N/A	N/A		Promotion via playoff
2020-21 	RSA(1)			Tuks FC			1st		Final	Champs	N/A		Won league and league cup
2021		China(1)		Dalian Yifang		3rd		Final	N/A	N/A		Qualified AFC CL


International Career



Challenge

Club
1/10 Top Domestic Leagues ('20 Telkom Knockout - Tuks FC)
1/10 Top Domestic Cups	('20-21 ABSA Premiership - Tuks FC)	
0/5 Continental Championshsips	
0/1 Club World Cups

International
0/5 Continental Championships	
0/1  World Tournaments 

 

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5 minutes ago, Super_Gord said:

Anyone else using FM20 and having a scandalous amount of disallowed goals in games? I've just had three disallowed in a game and lost 2-1, had to laugh or I was going to cry, just an oddity?

For offside? I've had games where I saw 2-3, but that's not a regular occurrence. I've seen some waived off that really shouldn't, which is frustrating, but happens, so consider it bad luck, and hope that if I'm creating the chances, the goals will come.

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9 minutes ago, XuluBak said:

For offside? I've had games where I saw 2-3, but that's not a regular occurrence. I've seen some waived off that really shouldn't, which is frustrating, but happens, so consider it bad luck, and hope that if I'm creating the chances, the goals will come.

Checking the match report all three were given as off sides, hard to gauge myself from the match engine, just gonna chalk it up as an unfortunate circumstance!

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1 hour ago, Super_Gord said:

Anyone else using FM20 and having a scandalous amount of disallowed goals in games? I've just had three disallowed in a game and lost 2-1, had to laugh or I was going to cry, just an oddity?

I don't know if its the match engine of just football in argentina but the number of penalties, red cards and dissalowed goals seems ridiculous 

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10 minutes ago, bjwphneb said:

I don't know if its the match engine of just football in argentina but the number of penalties, red cards and dissalowed goals seems ridiculous 

Given the antics shown in the Copa Libertadores final at the weekend I dread to think how bad it'd have to be to be ridiculous :lol:

On to a minor update, I've now got a job...can't remember where or who with...one sec while I load up the game to check...
Ah yes, Athletic Club Barnechea in Chile.  Don't think I've ever managed there before....I recall managing in Peru previously but not Chile.  I'm tempted to do a tour around the South American countries....

 

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16 minutes ago, bjwphneb said:

I don't know if its the match engine of just football in argentina but the number of penalties, red cards and dissalowed goals seems ridiculous 

There are definitely times where I'm left wondering, "how in the world is that a foul/penalty/red/etc.?" I think some of that can be attributed to graphical limitations. I mean, a tackle might look perfect, but maybe it was studs up and he caught the guy, and that's just not apparent from the ME. The situational element is what I struggled with a lot in FM19 (e.g., penalties on throw-ins to the edge of the box). I think that has gotten a little better. Still not perfect, but better.

Are there too many? I don't know. Sometimes it feels that way, but I'm sure there are fan bases that experience that IRL. Quantitatively, are there objectively too many? I suspect the answer is probably no, over a large enough sampling, but there are periods where it seems excessive.

 

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4 minutes ago, XuluBak said:

I'm left wondering, "how in the world is that a foul/penalty/red/etc.?"

That is a limitation in the match presentation which can be frustrating.  The only thing really is to keep an eye on the text commentary as well to hopefully gain some context for what you're seeing graphically.  Viewing it positively, it has been improving over time.

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4 minutes ago, XuluBak said:

There are definitely times where I'm left wondering, "how in the world is that a foul/penalty/red/etc.?" I think some of that can be attributed to graphical limitations. I mean, a tackle might look perfect, but maybe it was studs up and he caught the guy, and that's just not apparent from the ME. The situational element is what I struggled with a lot in FM19 (e.g., penalties on throw-ins to the edge of the box). I think that has gotten a little better. Still not perfect, but better.

Are there too many? I don't know. Sometimes it feels that way, but I'm sure there are fan bases that experience that IRL. Quantitatively, are there objectively too many? I suspect the answer is probably no, over a large enough sampling, but there periods where it seems excessive.

 

I think its just the nature in which they occur. I could play 7 matches without there being a penalty but then to make up for that there will be 7 in the next two matches 

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Admittedly my only sample is two half seasons with Man Utd but it's just like watching Man Utd in real life....aside from me signing some good players...  The penalty awards do seem to behave like buses but then I've also been surprised by Man Utd's real life penalty awards this season....if only they'd have put them all away....

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29 minutes ago, bjwphneb said:

I think its just the nature in which they occur. I could play 7 matches without there being a penalty but then to make up for that there will be 7 in the next two matches 

Yeah, that's a huge spike. I don't think I've seen anything that drastic in this save or throughout beta. So maybe it is a league/region specific thing. 

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HIFK Fotboll - 2021 Report

We've done it! We've won the league!

After three long years in the frigid Finnish wilderness, I have returned victorious with a title in hand. I managed to garner a convincing lead over the likes of HJK and KuPS which were constantly breathing down my neck. I couldn't do it alone, however. Players like Sebastian Dahlstrom and Roland Nzculy helped carry the team to glory. I didn't have much interest remaining in Finland after winning the league, so I packed my bags and prepared my Continental B licence for a not so long long journey to...

Norway!

I've taken my new job with the Eliteserium side Valerenga. Valerenga sacked their manager for finishing outside the top four and expect me rectify that by the end of the season. I don't expect it to be easy though. The Norwegian league can be quite competitive, and at the same time Valerenga is competing the Euro II Cup where the board expect me to at least qualify for the groupstage. We'll just have to see how it all pans out on the newest season of Damir's Adventure!

also I couldn't help myself and brought Dahlstrom with me to Norway. The guy is filthy, seriously. If you are ever in need of a good playmaker, look him up.

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Season       Team             Country            League           Position           FA Cup          League Cup         Champs League       Others & Notes       
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2019         HIFK Fotboll     Finland         Veikkausliiga         9th                -             2nd Round               -             National C Badge
2020         HIFK Fotboll     Finland         Veikkausliiga         4th	               -             Group Stage             -             MOTS + Nat BA
2021         HIFK Fotboll     Finland         Veikkausliiga         1st                -             Group Stage             -             Con CB
2022         Valerenga        Norway          Eliteserium           ??                 -             ??                      -             Play in Euro II
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Season       Country         Tournament         Finished         Others & Notes             
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                                                    CHALLENGE PROGRESS
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Club

 1/10  Top Domestic Leagues (Finland 2021)
 0/10  Top Domestic Cups
 0/5   Continentals Cups
 0/1   Club World Cup

International

 0/5   Continental Tournaments
 0/2   World Tournaments

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Season 6 2024

Competitions

Season Preview

CSL - League Table    Results 1    Results 2

After last seasons inconsistencies, I spent the summer reinforcing the squad, we needed to improve our domestic based players, and this was a long winded task. We managed to bring in nearly a whole new squad over the summer and I felt we was in with a chance of at least a top half finish. I overestimated our opponents massively. We started with a loss, but then picked up 8 wins and 1 draw to leave us top after 10 games. From then we just got better and better, eventually sealing the title with 3 games to spare. I knew we had a squad with good potential, but I didnt expect this to flourish so soon. With so much room to improve still, I think this team can go on and dominate domestically for a while to come.

CFA Cup - Results

We had a nice bit of luck in this years cup, being given a pretty easy route to the final. There we met Guangzhou Evergrande, a 2-2 away draw in the first leg and a 0-0 home result meant we had won a domestic double. 

Playing Squad

Squad    Transfers    End Of Season Awards

A busy summer as mentioned above meant we went into this season with a young but very high potential team, I never expected them to do so well in all honesty. I will be looking to see where I can improve the team further for the challenge of Continental football next season.  4 key men this season were:

Xu Linpeng - One of our first signings 18 months ago is easily one of our key men. 12 goals and 14 assist prove his worth to our side. Recently played his first games for China and should improve further.

Aleksandar Mitrovic -  The big man up top is doing exactly what he was signed to do...Score goals. 25 goals and 6 assists this season. 

Peter Etebo -  Part of my Nigeria team that won the AFCON, he was here when I arrived and is proving a vital cog in our machine. Can be played on the wing or through the middle with equal effect, 17 goals and 4 assists says it all.

Yao Weisheng -  I usually only mention 3 players but I couldnt leave this lad out. Was bought in mid season to add some depth to our midfield, but quickly made the number 10 position his own.  5 goals and 7 assists, he can be a key player for us next season.

Next Season

Manager Profile

The plan is to of course stay here and give the Champions League a good go. Beijing Gouan won the competition this season, and became the first Chinese side to do so since 2015. I am currently at 60% rep and studying for the continental A coaching badge and on the look out for a international job. After this summers EURO'S and Copa Americas, I applied for some top international jobs, but everyone but Bolivia rejected me. I turned that job down as they have won just 2 games since the start of the save and I dont want to damage what is a growing reputation. 

Club Career

					Leagues		Cups	
Season	Nation	Division	Club		1st	2nd	1st	2nd	Cont.	CWC	Other Achievements
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2019/20	S Africa	NFD	TS Galaxy	3rd	n/a	2nd Rnd	n/a	n/a	n/a	Lost in Play Offs.
2020/21	S Africa	NFD	TS Galaxy	1st	n/a	Win	n/a	n/a	n/a	League Winners, NedBank Cup Winners.
2021/22	S Africa    	APL	M Sundowns	1st	n/a	Win	QF	SF	n/a	League and Cup Winners. Lost in CL SF.
2022/23	S Africa	APL	M Sundowns	4th	n/a	2nd Rnd	QF	Win	n/a	Champions League Winners
2023	China		CSL	Wuhan Zull	10th	n/a	QF	n/a	n/a	n/a	Appointed 08/06/2023
2024	China		CSL	Wuhan Zull	1st	n/a	Win	n/a	n/a	n/a	League and Cup Double. 




International Career

		Rank		Competitions
Year	Nation	Fifa	NL	World	Cont.	Conf.	Other Achivements
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2022	Nigeria	24th					Appointed on 25/15/2022
2023	Nigeria	11th	n/a	n/a	win		AFCON Winners, resigned on 31/07/2023



Challenge Progress

Club
2/10 Top Domestic Leagues		(S.Africa-ASBA Prem 21/22, China - CSL 2024)
2/10 Top Domestic Cups		(S.Africa-NedBank Cup 20/21, China - CFA Cup 2024)
1/5 Continental Championshsips	(Africa 2023)
0/1 Club World Cups

International
1/5 Continental Championships	(AFCON 2023- NIgeria)
0/1  World Tournaments 

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Scott Williams 2023/24

End of Season Review

Club Atletico Union

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Competitions

Season Preview | Table | Graph | Results 1 2

If last season was bad the first half of this season was even worse for Scott. With one team less this year there were even less opportunities to earn survival. Bottom after phase 1, brilliant. After rejecting a contract from Porto in the summer, Sandoval finally left to mexico for £4.5mil. The board generously gave Scott £600K of that to spend meaning once again Scott had to wheel and deal in the mid season transfer window. Anyway somehow Union managed to survive again. And there really isn't much more to be said. Although I'm sure Scott did enjoy not needing to win on the final day of the season for once.

Union crashed out of the cup in R5 (the first playable round) after drawing Boca Juniors away.

Union

Squad | Transfers

The main issue Scott has is that the players available to sign on the cheap are not Superliga quality, so whilst the squad has a lot of potential the next couple of seasons for Union will be a struggle.

Next Season

Manager Profile | Finances

The squad needs another overhaul, there are players joining in the summer but the issues with finances aren't something that can be fixed in a short space of time with player sales and without the wage budget to manoeuver the best Scott can hope for is not getting relegated. With a year left on his contract Scott will be hoping to be able to find a new club this summer.

Personnel Career

Clubs Managed: 3
Nations Managed: 1
Trophies Won: 2
Manager of the Year: 1
2022 (Winner), 2020 (Runner up)

Career Earnings: £550K
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Club Career
																	
Season	NAT	Club		Division	Pos	Cup 1	Cup 2	Cont	CWC	Things to Note
2019		Unemployed					
2020	CHI	Nublense	Primera Div B	6th	R2	-	-	-	Playoff Winners, U19s Runners up in Div 1
2021	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	7th	R2	-	R1	-
2022	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	1st	Won	-	R1	-	Domestic Double
2022/23	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	17th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
2023/24	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	15th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
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Challenge Progress
1/10 Leagues 	(Chile 2022)
1/10 Cups	(Chile 2022)
0/5 Continental
0/1 Worlds

0/5 Continental 
0/1 Worlds

Total 
2/32

 

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Scott Williams 2023-2024

International Review

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Results 2023 | Ranking

Scott took over after the dissapointment of the Gold Cup looking to start his international journey in the Nations League. Unfortunately diving in at the deep end didn't go to plan as Honduras lost every game and got relegated down to Division B. Next up was Cuba in the 2025 Gold Cup qualifier.

Leg 1 | Leg 2

Ranked 146th in the world, Cuba shouldn't have been able to offer much to worry Scott's Honduras side. But of course that is not how football works. A first leg 1-0 away defeat in a game dominated by Honduras left many scracthing their heads. It took extra time but after a Noe Zaldivar header, Honduras booked their place in next years Gold Cup.

Personnel Career

Clubs Managed: 3
Nations Managed: 1
Trophies Won: 2
Manager of the Year: 1
2022 (Winner), 2020 (Runner up)

Career Earnings: £600K
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Club Career
																	
Season	NAT	Club		Division	Pos	Cup 1	Cup 2	Cont	CWC	Things to Note
2019		Unemployed					
2020	CHI	Nublense	Primera Div B	6th	R2	-	-	-	Playoff Winners, U19s Runners up in Div 1
2021	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	7th	R2	-	R1	-
2022	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	1st	Won	-	R1	-	Domestic Double
2022/23	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	17th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
2023/24	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	15th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
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International Career

Season	Nation		Rank	Continental	World Cup	Things to Note
2023	Honduras	67th	-		-		Relegated from Nations League
2024	Honduras	72nd	-		-		Qualfied for Gold Cup 2025
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Challenge Progress
1/10 Leagues 	(Chile 2022)
1/10 Cups	(Chile 2022)
0/5 Continental
0/1 Worlds

0/5 Continental 
0/1 Worlds

Total 
2/32

 

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On 23/11/2019 at 20:28, vikeologist said:

So, I think it's settled. 

Minus Confed Cup, nothing added.

Just reading here a few times.

What happened to the Confed Cup?

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24 minutes ago, TheEarl said:

Just reading here a few times.

What happened to the Confed Cup?

Wikipedia says its been scrapped due to the expansion of the club world cup. 

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Spennymoor Town

Season 2020/2021

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Much better season this time out at new club Spennymoor Town, better quality of players and more scope to bring players in, we were running the top side all the way but ended up finishing 4th after a calamitous end to the season, star striker Glen Taylor unexpectedly threw a wobbly and wanted to leave the club for a bigger team with about 8 games of the season left, morale in the playing squad plummeted and we didn't win any of our last 6 games, stumbled into what is a pretty rough playoff system in the National League North and lost in the semi final to Chorley 3-2 in extra time, despite being 2-1 with 4 minutes left to play.

 

Pretty gutting to be honest, tried a few times and tested the waters with available jobs in the league above me but got absolutely nowhere, really going to have to push on and get promoted next season or I might be languishing in the regional division for a while longer!

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3 hours ago, vikeologist said:

To be fair, the expanded Club World Cup might be a lot more difficult now. On the other hand, I suppose you get a lot more goes at it.

Yeah i was thinking about this earlier. Looking at it in game, 24 teams qualify including 8 European sides so its 100% gonna be more difficult than the previous format

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Athletic Club Barnechea
Chilean First Division B

 

My first job has seen me make a departure from recent attempts at this challenge and I've started in the Chilean 2nd tier instead of in China.
I joined Barnechea with them in 12th place out of 16 and with 3 league games left to play.  The division was so tight that everyone from 10th down was still mathematically in danger of being relegated.
My first three matches were against other relegation candidates and started with a home game and a surprising 6-0 win against Club de Deportes Melipilla.  We followed that up with an away trip to Club de Deportes Santa Cruz and came away with a 5-0 win.  Despite the overwhelmingly positive start there were signs that our defence wasn't up to scratch and that was shown away against the bottom team Club Deportivo Ñublense S.A.D.P. in the final match where we scraped a 3-2 win in an "entertaining for the neutral" kind of game.

I've not started any coaching badges yet, hopefully they'll allow that at some point going forward.


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


Seasons:

CLUB CAREER
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Season    NAT    Club            Division    1st    2nd    1st    2nd        Cont.        CWC    Other & Notes
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2019    CHI    Barnechea        1st Div B    9th                                Joined in 12th with 3 games left


INTERNATIONAL CAREER
            Rank        Cups
Year    Nation        FIFA    NL    World    Cont.    Conf.    Other & Notes

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Dalian Yifang FC

2022 End-of-Season Review

 

Money may not buy happiness, but it can definitely buy you trophies in China. The board afforded me a very, very generous war chest, and I wasn't about to not use it. One way or another, my stay in Dalian was likely to be a short one. In the winter window, I brought in Rebic, Volland, and Kang-In from Europe (~135M €), and a plethora of Chinese talent (~65M €)  to significantly upgrade our XI and depth. My plan was to operate primarily "control" matches from a 4312, then pull Volland/Rebic wide and shift to a 4231 when we needed to create more chances. I committed to having "extra" foreign players, realizing I was risking angering some players, but hoped that if I could avoid mutiny early, then I'd win everyone over with success.  

Chinese Super League:  For whatever reason, the board "didn't care" about the league this year. I set my priorities accordingly, and tried getting my tactics right. Suffice to say, it didn't work. We dropped points in four of our first six matches. I couldn't seem to find a good balance between going forward and defending. Fortunately, success in other competitions seemed to keep moral up and the board on my side. However, it was quite clear changes were necessary. Not only tactically, but one of Volland/Rebic had to be moved out in the summer. I switched to playing 433 (4141DM Wide) and 4231, depending on competition and matchup.  It worked. We didn't drop points again before the break, including a crucial home win against Guangzhou that kept them from pulling away. We lent Volland back the Bundesliga, and replaced Coates with a younger, left-footed Brazilian CB during the break. If it wasn't already, it didn't take after the race it became a two-horse race. Guangzhou won, we won. We won, Guangzhou won.  Neither side looked like faltering, until Beijing stole a point from them in late August. We now had a slight edge, but they still got a shot at us on their ground in a few weeks time. Surprisingly we were slight favorites when we met on matchday 26. We didn't have to win, but we couldn't afford to lose. We got off to a great start, and scored early, but couldn't put them away, and it nearly cost us the points, and likely the title race. We did just enough. Four league matchdays to go and we controlled our destiny, but the pressure would be on...or not. They managed to throw away a 2-1 lead, losing their next match, before ours even began.  We might have lost once, we weren't likely to lose twice. We clinched with a game to spare, which we used to rest everyone. 

AFC Champions League: We won our group easily, We left it until the second leg, but got by Ulsan (Korea) pretty comfortably to kick off the knockout rounds. Only to draw Guangzhou in the quarterfinals. Tried to minimize damage and hopefully catch them on the counter in the first. Achieved the former, not the latter: 0-0. The second leg couldn't have been better timed: we'd just demolished a mid-table CSL side 7-0 a few days before. Despite them taking an early lead, and us not matching until mid 2nd half, we were so dominant, it never felt like we weren't going to win. Their early goal would prove to be their only shot on target: 2-1.  I'd expected them to be our biggest hurdle, but not to meet them quite so early. The rest of the tourney proved somewhat anticlimactic and followed the same result pattern: road draw, comfortable home win. 

Chinese FA Cup: Through luck of the draw this was almost too easy. Beijing did our dirty work, knocking out Guangzhou a week after we dispatched them from the Champions League. Then we knocked Beijing out in the semis (once again: road draw, comfortable home victory). Our final hurdle of the season: SH Shenhua. Last place in CSL, relegated (so all their players were horribly demoralized), ended up winning more cup matches than league matches. This should be easy. Home leg was, again, comfortable: 3-0. Second leg, they score an early corner header. No biggie. We got this. Fairly dominant. Controlling possession, creating chances, but unfortunately, not goals. No biggie. We got this. They're not really threatening. 81st minute, another corner, another goal. Oh boy. I fully expected the equalizer, and them to finish off the unthinkable comeback in ET, until they had someone sent off for a second yellow on '91. We held on. I didn't really care. 

Final thoughts

We won the treble! And it was almost entirely unenjoyable. (Probably the least fun I've had in any season of FM to date). I knew pretty early on that I wanted to resign at the end of the season, and was just hoping, that if nothing else, I could collect the Champions League trophy.  I'm relieved to have it out of the way, but would have gladly given up the other two trophies to be out of China and into a 2nd/3rd tier side in Europe quicker. I applied for a few international jobs in 2022, hoping to make things more interesting, but no luck. Should be some openings after the WC. Really hoping to land something, interesting, in Europe. Despite success, this challenge hasn't gone at all how I'd hoped or expected. Going from Tuks to Dalian, without even being able to land a single interview in Europe, Argentina, or Mexico is ridiculous. To the point I considered restarting, but ultimately, I'd still need to complete Asia, and that'd likely lead down a similar path regardless.  Would rather just be done with it. Ugh. 

Club Career

Season		Nation		Team			League		Cup(1)	Cup(2)	Cont.	Notes
2019-20 	RSA(2)		Tuks FC			2nd		N/A	N/A	N/A	Promotion via playoff
2020-21 	RSA(1)		Tuks FC			1st		Final	Champs	N/A	Won league and league cup
2021		China(1)	Dalian Yifang		3rd		Final	N/A	N/A	Qualified AFC CL
2022		China(1)	Dalian Yifang		1st		Champ	N/A	Champ	League, cup, continental treble

International Career

N/A

Challenge

Club
2/10 Top Domestic Leagues ('20 Telkom Knockout - Tuks FC; '22 China FA Cup - Dalian Yifang)
2/10 Top Domestic Cups	('20-21 ABSA Premiership - Tuks FC; '22 CSL - Dalian Yifang)	
1/5 Continental Championshsips	('22 AFC Champions League - Dalian Yifang)
0/1 Club World Cups

International
0/5 Continental Championships	
0/1  World Tournaments 

 

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Spennymoor Town

Season 2021/22

League Table

 

Well that was loads better, absolutely romped the league, hit 103 points and finished 13 points ahead of second, swept most teams aside by three and four goal margins, signing of the season had to be Manasse Mampala ST, released by Everton and snapped up on a free, hit 28 goals in 41 games and was just too good for the National League North.

 

Really enjoyed managing Spennymoor Town but I need to kick on now and try and get a more established side in the league above, not sure resigning would be the move but I'm definitely on the hunt for something bigger.

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Season 7 2025

Competitions

Overview

CSL - League Table    Results 1    Results 2

I said after last seasons title win that we had over achieved, this season we had the type of season I expected last year. Taking into account my sole aim was to win the Champions league, we rested players for those games and this ultimately cost us. Luckily the boards gave us the aim of qualifying for the Champions league and we achieved this with a 4th placed finish. The bookmakers had us predicted in 5th so least they was almost right for once.

CFA Cup - Results

A good run to the final, but again rested players due to the Champions League games being 3 days after the final, this ended with us being spanked 6-1 over the two legs.

Asian Champions League - Results

The main aim of this season, and we managed to win the title at the first time of asking...just. Strong performances all the way until the semis, a 3-3 away result against Guangzhou Evergrande meant a 0-0 draw at home saw us into the final against Al- Hilal (ksa). Another draw away, this time 1-1 was followed by a 0-0 home result to see us crowned champions.

Playing Squad

Squad    End Of Season Awards    Transfers

I didnt bother making too many transfers this season as I thought the squad we had was strong enough. We are at the limit for foreign players, and the domestic talent to improve on what we already have is hard to come by. Most of the players have progressed well and the team has a good future ahead of it.  Three key men this season were:

Aleksandar Mitrovic -  The big Serbian was not as prolific as last season and picked up a fair few injuries this year, but came up with the big goals in the big games. 12 goals in 24 games.

Yao Weisheng - Has improved massively in the 18 months since we signed him. 7 goals and 7 assists this season.

Lee Seok -  The South Korean was signed this summer to add some extra class to the midfield and he didn't disappoint. 

Next Season

Manager Profile

Having won all that I need to win in Asia on the club front, I am more than likely going to resign from this job. I have the Mexico, Brazil and Argentina leagues loaded, and although no jobs are open at the moment, im sure some will pop up soon enough. My manager is at 65% reputation now and I am currently studying for the Continental Pro license. I am still on the lookout for another international job, and was really hoping the China or S Korea jobs popped up. I am finding it a lot harder to get a decent international job on this years edition of the game. 

Club Career

						Leagues		Cups	
Season	Nation	Division	Club		1st	2nd	1st	2nd	Cont.	CWC	Other Achievements
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2019/20	S Africa	NFD	TS Galaxy	3rd	n/a	R2	n/a	n/a	n/a	Lost in Play Offs.
2020/21	S Africa	NFD	TS Galaxy	1st	n/a	Win	n/a	n/a	n/a	League Winners, NedBank Cup Winners.
2021/22	S Africa    	APL	M Sundowns	1st	n/a	Win	QF	SF	n/a	League and Cup Winners. Lost in CL SF.
2022/23	S Africa	APL	M Sundowns	4th	n/a	R2	QF	Win	n/a	Champions League Winners
2023	China		CSL	Wuhan Zull	10th	n/a	QF	n/a	n/a	n/a	Appointed 08/06/2023
2024	China		CSL	Wuhan Zull	1st	n/a	Win	n/a	n/a	n/a	League and Cup Double. 
2025	China		CSL	Wuhan Zull	4th	n/a	R.U	n/a	Win	n/a	Champions League Winners. 




International Career

		Rank		Competitions
Year	Nation	Fifa	NL	World	Cont.	Conf.	Other Achivements
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2022	Nigeria	24th					Appointed on 25/15/2022
2023	Nigeria	11th	n/a	n/a	win		AFCON Winners



Challenge Progress

Club
2/10 Top Domestic Leagues		(S.Africa-ASBA Prem 21/22, China - CSL 2024)
2/10 Top Domestic Cups			(S.Africa-NedBank Cup 20/21, China - CFA Cup 2024)
2/5 Continental Championshsips		(Africa 2023, Asia 2025)
0/1 Club World Cups

International
1/5 Continental Championships		(AFCON 2023- NIgeria)
0/1  World Tournaments 

7/32

 

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Scott Williams July 2025 Update

Club Football

After another tough start to the season in Argentina with Union, and relegation looking like a certainty this time around Scott deicded that January was a good time to resign. After many months of searching for a new role in South America there was nothing right for him and so Scott decided to head back home to South Africa for a few years. Instead of going back to Cape Town, Scott has flown into Soweto to take the reigns at Kaizer Chiefs. Last year they finished outside continental qualification places and so with no other distractions Scott will be hoping to add another medal to his collection. 

International Football

Scott left his position at Honduras despite qualifying for the Gold Cup as after the Euros a lot of nations said goodbye to their managers. One of those nations was Russia, once again Scott's first port of call was the Nations League unfortunately thjey finished second to Denmark in Div B. Now he is halfway through World Cup qualifiers in a group with England and Denmark once again. It's a tough group and the FA expect qualification. After being unable to beat Denmark Scott will need to get a result against England to stand any chance of reaching next years finals.

Personnel Career

Clubs Managed: 4
Nations Managed: 2
Trophies Won: 2
Manager of the Year: 1
2022 (Winner), 2020 (Runner up)

Career Earnings: £850K
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Club Career
																	
Season	NAT	Club		Division	Pos	Cup 1	Cup 2	Cont	CWC	Things to Note
2019		Unemployed					
2020	CHI	Nublense	Primera Div B	6th	R2	-	-	-	Playoff Winners, U19s Runners up in Div 1
2021	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	7th	R2	-	R1	-
2022	CHI	Curico Unido	Primera Div	1st	Won	-	R1	-	Domestic Double
2022/23	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	17th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
2023/24	ARG	CA Union	Superliga	15th	R5	-	-	-	Avoided Relegation
2024/25	ARG	CA Union	Superliga						Resigned End of Phase 1
2025/26	RSA	Kaizer Chiefs	Asba Prem						
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International Career

Season	Nation		Rank	Continental	World Cup	Things to Note
2023	Honduras	67th	-		-		Relegated from Nations League
2024	Honduras	72rd	-		-		Qualfied for Gold Cup 2025
2024	Russia		42nd	-		-		2nd in NL Div B	
2025	Russia		39th						
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Challenge Progress
1/10 Leagues 	(Chile 2022)
1/10 Cups	(Chile 2022)
0/5 Continental
0/1 Worlds

0/5 Continental 
0/1 Worlds

Total 
2/32

 

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