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Lusitano Futebol Clube

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Lusitano Futebol Clube

Welcome to my new FM18 thread. I will be taking over Lusitano FC, a Portuguese club currently playing in the Campeonato de Portugal, the third tier. I had wanted to start a new career for a while now but I did not really know what to do. In the end I decided that it would be fun to manage in Portugal, since I have never really done that before. The choice of club here is pretty random, although I do like the logo.

This save is going to be a pretty straightforward one club save, where the aim will be to take the club to Champions League glory.

As far as player recruitment is concerned, I will limit myself somewhat, similar to what the plan was with my Tenerife save. I will allow myself to buy players, but only from certain nationalities. In the Tenerife save this was kinda vague, so for this career I have picked 15 countries to buy from. They are all smaller football nations and are picked because I like them or they are a Portuguese speaking nation.

They are:

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  • Andorra (Obviously)
  • Angola
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Cape Verde
  • Curacao
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kosovo
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malta
  • Mozambique
  • San Marino
  • Zanzibar

 

I will scout these nations and have a search filter for these nations so that it will be easy to keep track of the players with these nationalities. To make sure these nations even have players they are loaded in the database.

 As always I will also focus on the development of youth players from our own intake.

The club is a fully professional side, and at the start we are spending €500K p/a on wages (with a budget of 580K). There's a transfer budget of €1K.

The Portuguese third tier has some player rules:

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No actual foreign player limit, just the 12 players trained by a club in Portugal. Interestingly there aren't that many Portuguese players in my squad to start out with, a lot of foreigners (mostly from Brazil and Italy). Because of this limit and the fact that are actual too few of these at the club I will have to sign a few for the first season at least, probably loan players.

Enjoy the thread.

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Pre-Season 2017

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Not much possible yet, and while I had wanted to get rid of some awful players at the club that did not happen. The permanent transfer is a Cape Verdean midfielder, the loanees are Portuguese to get us to the 12 players trained in Portugal.

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Predicted to finish 7th in our sub-league of the Campeonato, which means a 36th place overall. There are 5 groups of 16 teams, the bottom 6 of each league gets relegated while the #1 qualifies for a tournament through which you can get promoted. So not too easy to get to the 2nd tier!

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Did pretty well in the friendlies, but most of the teams we faced are lower league.

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September 2017

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Well, a much better start than I had expected. Perfect in the league, but defeated in the second round of the cup. Since that was only what was expected of me in that competition it's not too bad.

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One of three teams that are on perfect runs so far in our group.

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Nice. I was wondering which Lusitano this was, as there's more than one club named Lusitano. ;) This one is based on the V ila Real de Santo António coastal town right next to the Spanish border in the Algarve, I drove past that the other week!

Good luck.

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15 minutes ago, noikeee said:

Nice. I was wondering which Lusitano this was, as there's more than one club named Lusitano. ;) This one is based on the V ila Real de Santo António coastal town right next to the Spanish border in the Algarve, I drove past that the other week!

Good luck.

It makes sense that there are more.  

Thank you for the information! 

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October 2017

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First loss in the league, but otherwise another good month.

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Still in first, since everyone else lost as well. 

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November 2017

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Well, we certainly are entertaining.

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Still in first but it looks like it's going to be a tense fight this season.

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4 minutes ago, JonasThern said:

The first logo is for Lusitano Vildemoinhos. Its a different club.

Good luck.

Ah, yeah, I see that you're right. I thought they were the same since they both say founded in 1916.

Thank you.

 

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December 2017

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Another okay month.

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Lost first position for now.

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Good luck mate..:thup:Do they have any connection with Andorran Lusitanos fc? 

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2 hours ago, Dexter_Morgan said:

Very tight up there. Good start

Cheers.

 

2 hours ago, Sheriff7 said:

Good luck mate..:thup:Do they have any connection with Andorran Lusitanos fc? 

Thank you, No they don't. I'm pretty sure Lusitan is just a way to refer to Portugal or Portuguese people, and the Andorran club is focussed on the Portuguese people living in Andorra. I found out on wikipedia the old Roman province which contained most of Portugal was called Lusitania. You can learn something new every day :)

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2 hours ago, MarcxD said:

Cheers.

 

Thank you, No they don't. I'm pretty sure Lusitan is just a way to refer to Portugal or Portuguese people, and the Andorran club is focussed on the Portuguese people living in Andorra. I found out on wikipedia the old Roman province which contained most of Portugal was called Lusitania. You can learn something new every day :)

You are right.

 

Should be more interesting if you have choose more country with portuguese language, like sao tome & principe and timor.

But only in Primeira Liga and Segunda Liga you will have capacity to buy players from these countries, but they will not have capacity to play in your squad.

 

Beware of Farense and nice game with Olhanense

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I love a good save in Portugal, and it looks like you're already having fun with it so far. Good luck!

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Doing a save in Portugal also so would be following this. Though you seem to be moving a lot faster, as I am spending over a week now just searching for players haha...

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10 hours ago, TH3 K1LL3R said:

You are right.

 

Should be more interesting if you have choose more country with portuguese language, like sao tome & principe and timor.

But only in Primeira Liga and Segunda Liga you will have capacity to buy players from these countries, but they will not have capacity to play in your squad.

 

Beware of Farense and nice game with Olhanense

Cheers, yeah I thought about adding all portuguese-speaking countries but I wanted to limit the amount so that it would be easy to keep track of them.

Thank you!

6 hours ago, oriole01 said:

I love a good save in Portugal, and it looks like you're already having fun with it so far. Good luck!

Yeah, enjoying it so far. Cheers!

3 hours ago, Muttley84 said:

Doing a save in Portugal also so would be following this. Though you seem to be moving a lot faster, as I am spending over a week now just searching for players haha...

Who are you managing?

My squad was already pretty stacked with players although I did not know how good they were for the level, just wanted to get going really.

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January 2018

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The month started well with a new contract.

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Three of the South Americans were let go.

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I got in a new Angolan winger, but otherwise it was really tough to get anyone in. We're leaking money and the board won't allow me to pay players more than 12.5K p/a so building the squad for next season might be interesting.

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Not really a great month.

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Down to third now, but all is still very close between the top 4. We are clearly the team with most goals scored but concede twice as much as our competitors.

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February 2018

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A much better month this time around, with an important win against Olhanense.

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In second now but Farense seems to be running away with things slightly, as @TH3 K1LL3R warned..

The transfer period actually continued until the end of February but I didn't do any further business.

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Youth Intake 2018

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I didn't expect anything since I hadn't even changed the HoYD and most of these are absolutely awful but it could've been worse.

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Certainly no world beater but could be allright for this level. When he gets to his peak I hope we'll be far beyond this level though.

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Pretty decent if he can grow a bit more than is expected of him now.

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March 2018

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I was pretty happy with the month, only 1 goal conceded as well.

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But Farense keeps winning everything so it all seems pretty pointless with 4 more games to go.

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April 2018

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Choke..... Farense did poorly this month, so if we won the game against 3rd placed Pinhalnovense we could've really made a push.

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But like this it means we dropped down to third, 2 points behind Farense and 1 behind Pinhalnovense......... who got a play-off spot as one of the 3 best #2's. 

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Hrrghhh... gotta hate those teams who shoot up the table without noticing.

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Season Review 2017-2018

A third place is not that bad in the first season, but when you look at what was possible it is a disappointing result.

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Just to make tht point Pinhalnovense went on to win the full Campeonato and are promoted. Farense was unable to do so.

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Some fantastic performances, but most of the best players were on loan, notably Pepo and Rigazzi.

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Pepo was named second best player of the season.

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As you can see most contracts will be ending so next season we'll have a very different looking squad. I will retain some of the loan players, now on permanent deals and of course I will look what will be possible elsewhere on the transfer market.

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Pre-Season 2018

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A lot of outgoings when you add the players whose contracts ended. A big sale in Contaldo, an italian prospect. I've got 50% future fee (also for Baldé) so a pretty good deal. Of the Incoming players some are of the 15 nations, most are Portuguese though, because of the match rules and player knowledge.

The team should be stronger than last year.

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Better predictions than last year, still not predicted to make the play-offs though. That will definitely be the goal.

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A remarkable pre-season, the assman arranged friendlies against much better opposition and remarkably we managed to beat Düsseldorf and Recreativo.

I'm confident for this season, should be a good one.

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August-September 2018

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A strong start in the league with a remarkable 5-0 win over Farense, but we lost in the first round of the cup. We were one of a number of teams who still went through to the second round, but we lost again.

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The Campeonato de Portugal went from 5 leagues of 16 to 4 leagues of 18. The top 2 qualify for play-offs now.

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October 2018

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Perfect month with three very convincing wins.

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In first, but two teams haven't lost yet.

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November 2018

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Another strong month although we couldn't keep the win streak going.

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In first, and a huge 9 point lead on 3rd placed Praiense.

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December 2018

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Unbeaten streak over but 12 points makes for another good month nonetheless.

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Going well for the title! Halfway there.

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January 2019

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Another very strong month even though we were kept to a draw by Farense.

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Huge 11 point lead now, the title should definitely be ours.

I didn't get any new players in, but I sold one player.

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February 2019

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I was getting a bit ahead of myself, will need to do better than this to get the title.

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6 points lead left, on Casa Pia now.

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Youth Intake 2019

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Well, a bunch of foreign nationalities including two Angolans, so that's good. But the quality not so much.

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Maybe? I guess?

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Hopefully a bit more growth than predicted, the only one with 1* CA anyway.

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March 2019

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Great start to the month by beating Casa Pia, too bad to lose further on.

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And definitely in first! Getting to the play-offs.

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April 2019

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Very poor start ot the month but a good closing month to the regular season nonetheless.

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In the end Olhanense is the other team going to the play-offs.

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Play-Offs

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First a club takeover took place,

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And I got another one-year extension.

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We went on to win the whole thing! Second tier coming up next season :)

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The u19s actually won their league as well.

 

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15 hours ago, kidthekid said:

Great job getting promoted after the heartbreak 

Thank you! 

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Season Review 2018-2019

A very good season which got me and my players a couple of awards:

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3rd in most assists for Luís Nogueira, a fantastic young winger certainly for the level

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He won the young player of the year. While the AML on loan got second.

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Young striker Zé Pedro got third in topscorer, a bit behind #1 though.

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5 of my players in the best eleven of the league, including almost the complete defense.

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I won the manager of the year.

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A little bit more rotation this year, while there were much less players under contract than last year. 

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With what's possible financially I'll be looking to strengthen the squad for the step up, but I am kinda in the dark how much a step up it's going to be. Probably quite a big one.

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Pre-Season 2019

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A new league means a different reality, we're predicted to finish bottom and get relegated. The bottom two get relegated so the goal realistically will be top 16. We got quite a bit higher budgets and a tv money package of 1.5M which should help with the finances.

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Last year's rising star Nogueira was sold, his limited fee was a bit low so I had to let him go for this amount. Incoming are a variety of players, the permanent transfers except for Pontes are from Angola, Cape Verde & Guinea-Bissau, while loanee Sualehe is from Mozambique. 

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The match rules for the league are quite different. At least 3 u23, easy enough, and now at least 3 players trained in portugal, quite a big drop from 12 in the third tier. We also now have a maximum squad size of 53(!) compared with the 30 last year.

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The friendlies went very well, including two games against foreign opposition. When we played HSV I only had about 15 players in the first team squad so almost keeping them to a draw was a fantastic result. The only disappointing thing really was to go out in the first game in the League Cup.

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August 2019

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A remarkable start in the league with a 5-1 over Trofense who had beaten us in July in the League cup, followed by a remarkable win over Sporting B thanks to two very late goals. The next two games quickly put an end to any illusion that this was going to be an easy season. Still though, 6 points is not too bad of a start.

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Mid-table, hopefully we can stay there.

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September 2019

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Wow, what a month!! Perfect, 3 league wins and a huge cup win. Crazy stuff..

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In the promotion spots :lol:

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Firmino won player of the month with some great performances, quite surprised to be honest that he's doing so well at this level.

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I got second in manager of the month.

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October 2019

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Another very good month in the league, disappointed to go out in the cup though, against third tier opposition.

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Still in second, it's remarkable to see how we scoe the most goals in the league by far.

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November 2019

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Only the 2 games this month, not the most convincing of performances but 4 points nonetheless keeps us up there.

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A lot of teams closely behind us so we'll have to keep up our form.

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December 2019

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A very strong month with a win over #1 Benfica B, but it crashed in the end with a huge loss at home to Porto B.

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Still in first though, and a big 7 points lead on Arouca (the 3rd non-B team) so we're looking good for promotion halfway through the season.

With everything going so well and the better financial position for the first time I asked for some improvements, which should come in steady from this point on...

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I also signed a new deal, and 

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I got third in manager of the month.

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January 2020

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I signed two players, and the first time I paid money for a new player. Both of these are from Luxembourg, another Luxembourger will join in the summer.

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A perfect January.

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In first now! Wow.

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Young rising star... Rosendo got player of the month while new arrival Carlson got third. 

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I got another manager of the month trophy as well.

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February 2020

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Except for a shocking 0-3 against Oliveirense another fantastic month, really going much better than I could've hoped for

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Really the only question is if we're going to win the thing, because promotion is pretty much sure. 10 more games to play, and a lead of 17 points (!!!) to Arouca, the 3rd best non-B team right now.

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Sporting B had a better month than us so no award this time around.

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