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40 minutes ago, Josep Mourinho said:

Was wondering if he might've changed something

Nope, not yet.  Still the same 4-2-2-2 formation, although I do tinker sometimes with the defined roles.  

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So my computer broke, which is why there hasn't been an update in a while.

I have a backup to this save at home which would erase the last two seasons (better than nothing), but the current problem is that home is a few thousand KMs away and I wont be getting back to late may!

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Nooooooooo! Unlucky.

Will you be able to start up a "mini-save" in the meantime?

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5 hours ago, numbas2 said:

Nooooooooo! Unlucky.

Will you be able to start up a "mini-save" in the meantime?

Lol I actually did - I have to get my FM fix.

I did the same concept - Create-a-Club but I replaced Bury so I can start in the League 2.  Then I did a crazy Create-a-Player (15 year old Striker) to start me off, lol.  

I'm not abandoning the save - I was thoroughly enjoying it.  I do have to wait to get back home to fire it up again.  My travel computer just stopped working, wouldn't turn on.  I got a new one, but no way of getting back the save because the backup is at home. 

 

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Long time lurker of this career, love long term saves so KUTGW.

As long as your hard drive isn't the faulty component it would be pretty easy to get your up-to-date save back. Taking the hard-drive out is usually a pretty simple task, and enclosures (so you can use it like a regular external hard drive) are pretty cheap from Amazon and the likes. Just a thought as it is something I have had to do in the past, wiring or battery problems always seem to kill my laptops before the hard drives fail.

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oh man this suckssssssssss

i've started myself a save in the lower leagues and i've started to have the utmost respect for what you are doing.

my save is going horribly since i reached the first league. only defeats, my players are **** and holy **** i'm annoyed :)

 

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On 17/04/2019 at 16:44, rngkmpf said:

Long time lurker of this career, love long term saves so KUTGW.

As long as your hard drive isn't the faulty component it would be pretty easy to get your up-to-date save back. Taking the hard-drive out is usually a pretty simple task, and enclosures (so you can use it like a regular external hard drive) are pretty cheap from Amazon and the likes. Just a thought as it is something I have had to do in the past, wiring or battery problems always seem to kill my laptops before the hard drives fail.

I'll have my IT guys look at it when I'm back home.  They have saved a hard drive for me before, so I should be able to do that.  Thanks for the suggestion!

 

On 18/04/2019 at 05:07, Marbah said:

oh man this suckssssssssss

i've started myself a save in the lower leagues and i've started to have the utmost respect for what you are doing.

my save is going horribly since i reached the first league. only defeats, my players are **** and holy **** i'm annoyed :)

 

It is difficult - literally 2-3 players came be the entire difference between struggling and succeeding.  The most frustrating thing for me is thinking I have a good/great Intake, and then the players just don't develop.  Hate that!

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For anyone interested, this is the Create-a-Player that I did for this temporary save I'm playing till I get home:

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Fantastic news!

Shame about losing the season, but at least you get to carry on without losing the whole lot.

This thread is pretty much the only reason I visit the forums these days btw, so please KUTGW ;)

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SEASON REVIEW 2043/2044

 

 

TEAM REVIEW

After two years of finishing in 5th and 7th, we dropped down to 9th Place in what I would consider a disappointing season.  Our defense was the 18th worst in the Premier League, and again we had to rely on our offense to carry us.  At this point, I have to draw the conclusion that our peak with the current team is a Europa League spot, at least until some of these youngsters develop, if they ever do.  We started the season relatively strong, but really started to falter at the end when Marques got hit with a couple of injuries that ruled him out of a few games.  I was so disappointed with our defense that I just decided to give some of the younger players extended runs, replacing Howell with Halsey from the U18 team and Smith with Diallo (who actually played well).  Overall, I felt we underachieved this season, and will be looking to bounce back.

 

In the Premier League, Chelsea won its 6th straight title, which is really a nod to the absolute beast of a player Mario Sano is.  The Portuguese midfielder earns a mind-boggling £625K per week, but this is a player who has won 7 Premier League and 2 Champions League titles in his 13 years with the club.  Manchester United (2nd) had their highest finish since winning the PL in 2034/35, led by Brazilian winger Assuerio and Mexican striker Bryan Valencia.  Last year’s runners-up Manchester City finished in 3rd Place, with Wolves shockingly capturing the last CL spot.  Behind them was Watford (5th), Tottenham (6th), and Arsenal (7th).

 

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KEY PLAYERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ricardo Marques (2030), 30 Years Old, Left Winger (104 Caps/47 Goals) – Career:  He might not be the best goalscorer in the history of the club, but he is now undisputedly the best player overall I the history of the club.  He had some injury issues at the end of the season, but still ended up playing in 33 Games, registering 15 Goals, 11 Assists, 5 PoMs, 1.15 TpG, 1.89 DpG, and 7.30 AR.  He is now 8 Games away from 500 League Games with the club, and at this point I don’t think there is any fear of him not being a one club player for his career.  He should be in the middle of his prime, so I expect some really good seasons from him coming up.  Rating: 8/10

 

 

DEFENSE

Giorgos Panagiotou (2035), 24 Years Old, Central Defender: For the 3rd time in his career, Panagiotou played in all 38 Games, registering 1.82 TpG, 80 Key Headers (5th in PL), 165 Interceptions (2nd in PL), 79% Headers Won, 54 Shots Blocked (2nd in PL), and 6.85 AR (down from 6.90 AR last year).  The numbers seem a bit hollow given that we were so bad defensively, but at least I can take solace that we do have some decent performers in our back-line that can be relied on.  He is only 24 years old despite having been our starter since 2035, so it is not out of the question that he shows a little bit more improvement in his attributes as he ages.  Rating: 6.5/10

 

 

MIDFIELD

Mick Muller (2037), 23 Years Old, Central Midfielder: Still trying to reach the form of his 2041/42 season (8 Goals, 7.16 AR), Muller did better this year than last.  In 36 Games, he registered 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 3.27 TpG, 81% Pass Ratio, 1.01 DpG, and 6.99 AR (up from 6.87 AR).  He might not be a big guy, but he is strong and tough (reminiscent of Roy Keane), and he is becoming more of a leader as every season passes.  He has great character, and he is the type of player we would love to have for his entire career – I can definitely see him becoming a captain or vice-captain somewhere down the line.  Rating: 7/10

 

Tom Craig (2038), 22 Years Old, Central Midfielder (2 Caps): I am really happy with the way Craig’s season turned out, as well has how he has developed as a player overall.  He played in all 38 Games, registering 13 Goals, 7 Assists, 4 PoMs, 76% Pass Ratio, 1.28 DpG, 48 Key Passes (1st in PL), 15 Chances Created (1st in PL), and 7.06 AR.  He was an offensive powerhouse, and given the stats, it would not be a stretch to say he was one of the most dangerous players going forward from the central midfield position.  As such, he earned his first Caps for England, a testament to his form this season.  I am looking forward to see his cap in terms of his potential and form in the next few seasons.  Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

ATTACK

Daniel Jackson (2035), 25 Years Old, Striker (6 Caps/1 Goal): He has now played exactly 300 League Games, scoring 132 Goals in that stretch.  This season, he played in all 38 Games, registering 13 Goals, 8 Assists, and 6.98 AR, which was down from 7.07 AR last season.  Like Muller, he has developed into a good leader, and although talent-wise he won’t ever be amongst the best in the league, he has been consistent, reliable, and durable throughout his career.  He is decent at everything, great at nothing, but as long as he keeps giving us the goals he does every season, that is all that is asked of him at this point.  Rating: 7/10

 

 

HOT PROSPECTS

Josh Peacock (2039), 21 Years Old, Right Winger: Lee Harrison might be the better player two/three years down the line, but it was Peacock who was the better (much better, actually) performer this year.  In 31 Games, he registered 8 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 PoMs, 1.46 TpG, 1.15 DpG, and 6.94 AR.  When he came through the Kafra Youth Academy a few years ago, he had the look of a world-beater at right wing, but obviously, he never developed the way I hoped.  That is not to say he isn’t a useful player, however, and he proved as much this season.  As long as Harrison cannot give consistent performances game in and game out, Peacock will continue to see significant playing time. 

 

Nathan Johnson (2039), 21 Years Old, Goalkeeper: Johnson completed his 3rd year as a starter, but he is still considered only Championship standard by my coaching staff.  That being said, they have noted that he could still see significant improvement in his attributes in the next few years, so I am hopeful.  He played in 38 Games for the second straight season, registering 1.92 Con/90 and 6.93 AR.  The U21 international falls in line with much of the other players at the club – decent at everything, great at nothing. Still, he has been solid for us, and if the back-line can play at an acceptable level, I have no doubt he will register 7.00+ AR.

 

Gary Barrett (2040), 20 Years Old, Right Defender: His form hasn’t suggested otherwise, but he is now considered a good Premier League right back by the accounts of my staff.  He did not have a good season, however – in 38 Games, he registered 2.12 TpG and 6.67 AR, which was down from 6.75 AR last season.  He really should be doing better at this point – he is still considered a “Wonderkid” by the media, and he has the attributes in all the right places.  We just need the form and consistency to come through now.   

 

Isaac Diallo (2041), 18 Years Old, Central Defender: His first year as a starter, Diallo impressed in a big way.  In 37 Appearances, he registered 3 Goals, 2 PoMs, 1.86 TpG, 14 Key Tackles (1st in PL), 73 Key Headers (8th in PL), 157 Interceptions (3rd in PL), 58 Shots Blocked (1st in PL), and 6.85 AR.  He is now labeled “Wonderkid”, and his development thus far has been fantastic.  He looks to be a better version of Panagiotou if he continues this pace of development, and he would certainly be amongst the most talented CDs in the PL in a few years. 

 

Danny Halsey (2041), 18 Years Old, Central Defender/Left Defender: Although he is naturally a CD, with Howell showing big signs of regression this year, I desperately attempted to fit him at left-back, and he did not do so bad.  He was the most talented player on the squad who had an idea of how to play the position, and so he made his debut in the middle of the season and never looked back.  In 24 Appearances, he registered 2.27 TpG and 6.75 AR, good enough for me to have some hope he will be able to do a decent job for us next season.  My staff have him ranked at 4/5 PA, and if he can live up to that, it would be a big boost for the team as we are woefully thin at the position. 

 

Junior Boumsong  (2042), 18 Years Old, Striker:  Living up to Demby is going to be a tall task for anyone, but Boumsong seems to have the talent and potential to do so.  He replaced the Kafra legend in the starting lineup this year, and although he struggled a lot of the games, he was still a pretty decent part of the offense that was the 2nd best in the Premier League.  He played in 24 Games (all Starts), registering 6 Goals, 5 Assists, and 6.75 AR – not terribly impressive numbers, but not horrible for someone who was a 17 year old for most of the season.  What was most impressive, however, was his incredible improvement ability wise – his attributes shot up this season, and if the same pace keeps up over the course of the next three years, we could have someone real special on our hands.

 

Tommy Brotherton (2042), 18 Years Old, Central Defender: I might have judged Brotherton too quick – I didn’t see much improvement in his ability last season, so I thought he would stagnant development-wise, but he surprised me.  He really came on this season despite limited playing time and has managed to work his way back into my sights.  I will look for additional playing time for him next year.

 

Samuel Opoku (2043), 17 Years Old, Left Winger: The talent is there, but he possibly has the biggest shoes to fill on the entire team as Marques’ understudy.  He actually managed to get some playing time because of Marques’ injury this season, playing in 9 Games and registering 1 Goal and 6.85 AR.  He showed good improvement in his attributes, but it is clear he will be a different type of player – while Marques is more of a striker/winger hybrid, Opoku is more of a traditional winger.  In any case, so far so good for this youngster. 

 

Lee Harrison (2043), 17 Years Old, Right Winger: The talent is there, and the playing time was definitely there, but the consistency was not – it is not something I am going to judge a 17 year old winger on obviously, especially as he is playing a position that has not been too much of a focal point in our offense the past couple of years.  Still, the potential here is immense – he has incredible pace and his other skills are coming together.  He is definitely one to watch.

 

 

IMPORTANT PLAYERS LEAVING/RETIRING

Terry Howell (71 Caps)Career: One of the most accomplished and greatest Kafra players of all-time (at least in this save), Howell was also England’s first choice left-back for most of the 2030s, winning the World Cup with his home nation in 2034.  He broke into the first team in 2027, making an immediate impact which in turn made him an immediate starter despite his young age.  In 2030/31, the season Kafra got promoted to the Premier League, Howell was hugely instrumental in that successful campaign, so much so that he ended up winning the Championship Young Player of the Year award.  His durability led him to never play less than 32 Games in a season during his time in the PL with Kafra, and – with this season being an exception – in 9 of his 13 seasons in the PL, he did not miss more than one game.  Overall, he appeared in 629 League Games for the club, registering 6.87 AR and 69 Assists, cementing his status as a legend for us. 

 

Dennis DuncanCareer: Duncan left the club in the middle of the season after being sold to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad for £7.25M, ending a tenure of 13 years with the club.  A starter at right wing from the beginning (he joined the first team in 2031), our first season in the Premier League was also Duncan’s first full season with the club.  From the mid to late 2030s, Duncan was actually one of the better right wingers in the PL, registering double digits in Assists in every season during the stretch except for one.  With the emergence of new prospects at his position, however, he saw his playing time decrease over the past two seasons, and a decision was made mutually between the club and the player to allow him to go and get guaranteed first team football elsewhere.  Overall, in 404 League Appearances, he registered 47 Goals, 105 Assists, and 6.94 AR for Kafra during his years here. 

 

 

YOUTH INTAKE

                                                                                        

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I am actually quite excited about this Intake – we might not have had any 4.5 or 5/5 prospects, but I think the three players listed above have potential to be real contributors to the team.  I am especially excited about O’Hare – I am still conflicted if I leave him in his natural position of CM, or switch him over to become a Right Winger. 

 

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YOUTH CLASS REVIEW

2042/43: Wingers Lee Harrison and Samuel Opoku are already making noise, and have already made their debuts and earning significant playing time.  They are looking like the only two prospects worth keeping an eye on, however, in this relatively shallow Intake.

 

2041/2042: Junior Boumsong looks like he could develop into a real special talent at the Striker position, and Tommy Brotherton remains an intriguing prospect at DC.  There are a few other prospects worth keeping an eye on (right-winger Andy Lovett and defender Eddie Pearson), as well.  TOP PLAYERS: Junior Boumsong, Tommy Brotherton

 

2040/2041: Isaac Diallo has clearly been the best player from the ’41 Youth Class, as he has already earned himself a starting spot on the squad. Danny Halsey is also looking like a good prospect at the DL/DC positions.  TOP PLAYERS: Isaac Diallo, Danny Halsey

 

2039/2040: Gary Barrett is the only prospect worth nothing so far, although he does look like could end up being a special player. TOP PLAYERS: Gary Barrett

 

2038/2039: Highlighted by our new starter at right-wing Josh Peacock and our No.2 GK Nathan Johnson, this Intake looks like it could give us a couple of good players. TOP PLAYERS: Josh Peacock, Nathan Johnson

 

2037/2038: For now the only stand-out prospect from this Intake is Tom Craig, who has become an England international.  The only other prospect of note is Sean Morrison, who gets a little bit of playing time as one of our back-up strikers.  TOP PLAYERS: Tom Craig

 

2036/2037: Mick Muller has been the shining prospect from the ’37 Youth Class, and the only real contributor.  TOP PLAYERS: Mick Muller

 

2035/2036: A deep Intake that unfortunately did not net us any real contributors.  The best of the bunch have been Keith Bamford, who was our starter at right-back from the late 2030s and early 2040s, and Tomas Rodrigues – the former has been deemed surplus to requirements and the latter has left the club. TOP PLAYERS: Keith Bamford, Tomas Rodrigues

 

2034/2035: Daniel Jackson has become the clear star of the ’35 Youth Class, which also delivered us our current starter at CD, Giorgos Panagiotou TOP PLAYERS: Giorgos Panagiotou, Daniel Jackson

 

2033/2034: A weak Intake which netted us no real contributors to the first team.  Dylan O’Keefe saw a bit of action, but he left the club.  TOP PLAYERS: Dylan O’Keefe

 

2032/2033: Taylor was our starting GK from the mid-2030s to the early 2040s before he was sold to Wolves in 2043 for £2.9M.  There are TOP PLAYERS: Aaron Taylor

 

2031/2032: A weak Intake, with the best prospect being Callum Foley, who served as our starter at CM for a couple of years but is no longer part of the team.  TOP PLAYERS: Callum Foley

 

2030/2031: Dennis Duncan is the only notable prospect in a relatively weak Intake, although did do well for us for a number of years.  Our starter at the right-wing position 2030s and early 2040s, he ended up leaving for more playing time in 2044 for £7.25M to Saudi club Al-Ittihad.  TOP PLAYERS: Dennis Duncan

 

2029/2030: The greatest player in Kafra’s history, Ricardo Marques, was produced by the ’30 Youth Class.  The World Cup 2034 Best  Young Player and the 2034 World U21 Footballer of the Year, Marques has been named the World Team of the Year 6 times (twice as starter), as well as the Kafra Player of the Year numerous times.  Josh Vincent also was an important member of the club from the early 2030s to the mid-2040s, spending most of those years as one of our starters at CM.  TOP PLAYERS: Ricardo Marques, Josh Vincent

 

2028/2029: The top two prospects from this Intake were Kwame Nartey and Ben Foyston, neither of which have a significant part to play with the team.  TOP PLAYERS: Kwame Nartey, Ben Foyston

 

2027/2028: The best player from the ’28 Youth Class is Curtis Slone, who is a three time Kafra Player of the Year, 2031 U21 World Footballer of the Year, and 2032 PL Top Goalscorer.  Steven Smith was a long time starter for the club in the 2030s and early 2040s at the CD position, while Dan Ellis career only really took off after he left the club in 2037, playing with Swansea and Fulham in the Premier League.  TOP PLAYERS: Curtis Slone, Steven Smith, Dan Ellis

 

2026/2027: The ’27 Youth Class produced a couple of club legends in Terry Howell and Dan Demby – the former was Kafra and England’s first choice left-back during the 2030s and early 2040s, winning the World Cup with his nation in 2034, while the latter was the Premier League Top Goalscorer twice as well as the European Golden Shoe winner.  Ryan Jones is the other notable player to come out of this class, having been the club’s starting left back in the late 2020s and early 2030s before being replaced by Howell. TOP PLAYERS: Terry Howell, Dan Demby, Ryan Jones

 

2025/2026: Jim Yuill was the first real talent the Kafra Youth Academy produced, and he has had a great career.  With Arsenal, he won the Europa League in 2035, before joining Malaga for £129M (!) in 2036, where he won the Spanish Primera Liga title 8 years in a row between 2037 and 2044 – he also made the Champions League Finals twice in 2040 and 2042, but Malaga lost both times, but his biggest prize has to be his World 2034 title with England.  The other two notables from this draft class are Louie Weir, who played right-back for the club from the late 2020s to mid-2030s, and John Cooper, who made 240 League Appearances and scored 41 Goals in his 10 years with the club from 2026 to 2035.  TOP PLAYERS: Jim YuillYuill CareerYuill Biography, John Cooper, Louie Weir

 

2024/2025:  The most notable player of note is Marcus Clarke, who was with PL club Southampton but retired at the age of 25 after being let go.  Clarke was a wasted talent – he was amongst the leading goalscorers at the tournament for England in the 2029 U20 World Cup.  Other notables are Adam Laing and Nelson Peres, who both had runs in the Kafra first team from the late 2020s to the mid 2030s.  TOP PLAYERS: Marcus Clarke, Adam Laing, Nelson Peres

 

2023/2024:  What initially was by far our strongest Intake has slowly eroded into an underachieving one – only Joseph Oliseh remains in the game, looking for a job as an Assistant Manager.  TOP PLAYERS: Jonathan Sheckleford, Joseph Oliseh, Gary Bowen, Mike Beverley, Roberto Santos

 

2022/2023: With Mike Rigby now having left the club, there is no one from this Intake that remains part of the first team.  While not the weakest Intake, the ’23 Youth Class has been perhaps the most disappointing and underachieving. TOP PLAYERS: Mike Rigby

 

2021/2022:  The ’22 Youth Class has a clear best player in GK Rhys Lalite, who was our starter throughout the 2020s and early 2030s. The other two noteworthy players are Kyle Connolly, who bounced around League 2 and League 1 before playing several seasons with Swindon,  and Anthony Garrard, who left the club in 2031 and is now the only player still in the game as a Director of Football at Rochdale.  TOP PLAYERS: Kyle Connolly, Rhys Lalite, Anthony Garrard

 

2020/2021: Widely considered our weakest Intake, no one from this Intake is still in the game.  Adam Burgon was the best player from the ’21 Youth Class, playing a few games for the club.  TOP PLAYERS: Adam Burgon

 

2019/2020: Sam Rodon is the only player of note from the ’20 Youth Class. He was one of the club’s most valuable players in the 2020s, playing at CM and appearing in 475 Games with a 6.86 AR. Niall Jackson was a back-up at the winger and striker positions from the early 2020s to the late 2020s, before joining Dorchester and retiring in 2030.  TOP PLAYERS: Sam Rodon

 

2018/19: Emmanuel Adu is the best player from our first youth class, playing his whole career in the lower professional leagues.  Olisema is the only other player of note from our first Youth Class, as he was a rotational defender for us in the early to mid 2020s.  TOP PLAYERS: Emmanuel Adu, Benjamin Olisema

 

 

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On ‎21‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 09:53, Mr Highbury said:

Fantastic news!

Shame about losing the season, but at least you get to carry on without losing the whole lot.

This thread is pretty much the only reason I visit the forums these days btw, so please KUTGW ;)

Thank you for the very high praise!

It took a little bit longer than expected (jet-lag, catching up with work, etc), but the new season review is up. 

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I love Muller, but £53M is hard to turn down, especially as our finances has stagnated a bit now.  Ill stay following his career. 

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Pleasant surprised to find this update after so long. Shocked about Muller though!

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23 hours ago, numbas2 said:

Pleasant surprised to find this update after so long. Shocked about Muller though!

Hey, thanks for reading! Yea, I was away from home for a couple of months and the computer I had on me died (along with the save, I thought).  My head of IT managed to salvage the HD from the computer, though, so I actually didn't end up missing any seasons.  I had a backup saved at home which I didn't have access too, but that was also one season back, so I just wanted to pull the file from the hard drive.

I was on the fence about selling Muller, but I figured I have Josh Vincent who could give me similar results, and my finances were pretty stagnant, so I figured why not! 

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SEASON REVIEW 2044/2045

 

 

TEAM REVIEW

This was our best season in the past few years, and Marques was an absolute beast – he was easily the best player in the PL this year and won every meaningful individual award that was available.  He set a PL record with 23 Assists, leading the way for our PL-best offense and going down in history as one the PL’s best players over the past 10-15 years.  Another just as important point was our much improved defense – we finished as the 14th best defense in the PL.  This is, obviously, not a great accomplishment, but given how bad we have been defensively, this felt like a real victory for me.  We just missed out on a Europa League spot, coming in 7th (3 points behind Tottenham), but I would definitely classify this season as a success and a good stepping stone to build on.

 

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KEY PLAYERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ricardo Marques (2030), 31 Years Old, Left Winger (113 Caps/50 Goals) – Career:  Although he has scored more goals in a season than this one, this was his best season in his career, without a doubt.  He set a Premier League record with 23 Assists (the 2nd most was 12 Assists by Assuerio of Man United), and led the league with 7.57 AR, Most Shots (183), Most Shots On Target (93), Key Passes (61), Chances Created (31 – 2nd highest was 17), 9 PoMs – in addition to his 18 Goals.  He swept all the awards, becoming the first player in Kafra history to be named the PL Footballer of the Year, PL Players’ Player of the Year, and also named to his 2nd PL Team of the Year.  Simply put, there was no stopping him.  GOAT.  Rating: 9.5/10

 

 

DEFENSE

Giorgos Panagiotou (2035), 25 Years Old, Central Defender:  Already with 360 League Games under his belt despite his young age, Panagiotou had potentially his finest season this year.  In 36 Games, he registered 2 Goals, 1 PoM, 1.43 TpG, 69 Key Headers (7th in PL), 143 Interceptions (1st in PL), 56 Shots Blocked (2nd in PL), and a career-high 6.95 AR.  He was a big part of our much-improved defense and can generally be considered our leader in the back after the departure of Terry Howell.  Since breaking into the first team from the Youth Academy in 2035, Panagiotou has never known anything but a place in the starting eleven.  At this point, even though he is only 25, I would consider him a club legend.  Rating: 7/10

 

Nathan Johnson (2039), 22 Years Old, Goalkeeper: I would be lying if I said he has developed the way I had hoped – he went from a potential 5/5 player to 3/5 PA one who is playing close to his potential.  In other words, his development stagnated and what we have now is a decently talented but otherwise unimpressive GK as our No.1.  Aaron Taylor, whom we sold in order to promote Johnson and aid his development, at this point remains a superior GK talent-wise, so its safe to say that trade didn’t work out how I wanted.  That being said, Johnson had a good season – in 35 Appearances, he registered career-bests of 1.69 Con/90 and 7.05 AR, easily his best numbers since becoming our starter 4 years ago.  Rating: 7/10

 

 

MIDFIELD

Tom Craig (2038), 23 Years Old, Central Midfielder (2 Caps): This was definitely step back for Craig after his great year last season, perhaps being affected by the same of his long-time partner at CM in Muller.  In 38 Appearances, he registered 4 Goals (down from 13), 6 Assists, and 6.84 AR (down from 7.06) – although it was not a bad season, he definitely has the potential to do so much better.  Rating: 6.5/10

 

 

ATTACK

Daniel Jackson (2035), 26 Years Old, Striker (7 Caps/1 Goal): Easily his finest season since his epic 2038/39 season, Jackson was at the forefront of our league-leading offense.  In 38 Appearances (3rd straight year he plays every game), he registered 22 Goals (3rd in PL), 8 Assists, 3 PoMs, 55% Shot Target, and 7.21 AR, which was his highest AR since 38/39.  He is now valued at just below £50M, and has actually developed into a pretty decent PL-level striker.  Overall, I would probably rank him as our 3rd most influential/Greatest striker in our history, after the legendary Lewis Hodges and Dan Demby.  Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

HOT PROSPECTS

Gary Barrett (2040), 21 Years Old, Right Defender: Although he is still nowhere near the level of form I would like him to be, he did show significant improvement this year.  In 38 Appearances, he registered 3 Assists, 1.92 TpG, and 6.79 AR, which was the highest mark he has registered in his career.  Talent-wise, he is unquestionably one of the best in the PL, but we need his form to also reach those high levels.  He continues to have bouts of inconsistent form, and his mistakes are still on the high side. Hopefully, he will be able to rectify these issues as he gets older and more mature. 

 

Isaac Diallo (2041), 19 Years Old, Central Defender: I am really liking what I am seeing from this youngster – in 37 Appearances, he registered 1.21 TpG, 70 Key Headers (6th in PL), 129 Interceptions (4th in PL), 58 Shots Blocked (1st in PL), and 6.90 AR, which was a career-high.  With a 3.5/5 CA and 5/5 PA, he is one of the highest rated players on the team by my staff, and I agree with their assessment.  He is classified as a “Wonderkid”, which is not surprising, and I don’t think he is far off from either an English or Ghanaian Cap.  He does not have any evident weaknesses – the only big thing my staff put as a weakness is poor technique, which doesn’t really matter as a “Stay back at all times” CD.  I hope his development continues as it has been – if that happens, we have a top-class CD on our hands. 

 

Danny Halsey (2041), 19 Years Old, Central Defender/Left Defender: Halsey is more suited to be our long term rotational CD as opposed to our starting LB, but we still don’t have any real prospects at the position, and this year’s Intake did not deliver us any, either.  In 37 Appearances, he registered 3.09 TpG and 6.75 AR, which was exactly what he gave us last season.  His strength is literally his strength and power, and he does have good pace and is strong in the air – his technical ability, however, is probably the worst of any starting player in the PL!

 

Junior Boumsong  (2042), 19 Years Old, Striker:  So there are two worrying things that happened this season – 1) he lost his “Wonderkid” title, and 2) his PA went down from 5/5 to 4.5/5.  For some reason, staff just aren’t quite as high on him as they were a year ago, despite Boumsong giving us a strong season.  In 30 Appearances, he registered 16 Goals, 3 Assists, 3 PoMs, 45% Shot Target, and 7.05 AR playing as a starting striker alongside Jackson.  His natural attacking ability is great, and he is getting stronger – the only thing I would want now is for him to develop a little more speed. 

 

Eddie Pearson (2042), 19 Years Old, Central Midfielder: After spending a year on loan at Derby in the Championship last season, he made his debut for us this year and did relatively well.  In 25 Appearances, he registered 4.30 TpG, 80% Pass Ratio, and 6.85 AR – he also showed good signs of improvement in his attributes which were encouraging.  Overall, Pearson’s potential is probably limited to being a useful rotational player, but we need players like that if we are to compete for the PL title. 

 

Tommy Brotherton (2042), 19 Years Old, Central Defender: Brotherton can play anywhere on the defensive line, which is probably the most important thing about his talents.  He made 21 Appearances this season, registering 2.34 TpG and 6.71 AR.  Encouragingly, his PA stayed 4.5/5, and given his improvement this year, he has become quite a talent.  With Diallo and Panagiotou infront of them, he isn’t going to be a starter (at least in the short term), but he is definitely the first choice off the bench anywhere down the backline. 

 

Samuel Opoku (2043), 18 Years Old, Left Winger: Very impressive stuff from the young left winger this season – 13 (5 Starts) Appearances, 2 Goals, 4 Assists, 2 PoMs, 1.00 TpG, 1.00 DpG, and 7.35 AR.  He filled in marvelously for Marques when needed and was an extremely hard worker in training, resulting in significant attribute improvements.  His pace is great and his technical abilities have shown good improvement – I have only optimistic hopes for this young player.

 

Lee Harrison (2043), 18 Years Old, Right Winger: Harrison ended the season as our official starting right-winger, replacing Josh Peacock and registering 6 Goals, 3 Assists, 1.19 TpG, 1.19 DpG, and 6.92 AR (huge improvement from 6.63 AR last season) in 28 Games.  Harrison was playing much better this season and the difference between him and Peacock was negligible, so I decided to speed up his development by giving him as much playing time as he could handle – thankfully, he responded positively and improved considerably in both attributes and form.

 

Solomon Okafor (2044), 17 Years Old, Central Defender: Potentially the best player in what is looking like a relatively weak Intake, even Okafor’s PA went down to 4/5 this season.  He has yet to make his debut, and he does have the look of a strong CD, but only time will tell how he develops. 

 

 

IMPORTANT PLAYERS LEAVING/RETIRING

Dan Demby ( Caps)Career: Although his contributions to the team have been minimal over the past two years, the 15 years prior to that have proven Demby to be one of the greatest players in Kafra history.  This is a player who has amassed 272 Goals, 118 Assists, and 7.15 AR in just under 600 League Games for the club – a player who has won the PL Top Goalscorer award twice in his career (2037 and 2042), twice been named to the PL Team of the Year, and the 2042 European Golden Shoe recipient.  Despite having a rough first few years (including his 2029/30 campaign, where he scored only 5 Goals in 38 Games), Demby rose and became our offense’s focal point throughout the 2030s and early 2040s.  A legend in every sense of the word. 

 

 

YOUTH INTAKE

                                                                                        

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I must admit I am very excited about Koenig – he is a pure Frenchman (no English nationality), so you know he must be special! I have Opoku already in line to be Marques replacement at the left wing position, so I have a decision to make – I can either have them both develop and see who turns out better, or I can experiment with Koenig at the Striker position.  He is the only real prospect I see – Gallacher could end up being useful if he develops really well, but he could also just as likely turn out to be a nothing more than a fringe player at best.

 

 

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SEASON REVIEW 2045/2046

 

 

TEAM REVIEW

We started the season off in the worst way imaginable, but by the time November rolled around, we were in Champions League contention and never looked back.  We finished in 3rd Place (even challenging eventual champions Man City at one point for the top) behind the two Manchester clubs, and I could not be prouder of the boys.  What really makes me happy is that fact the Marques (who recovered from his injury in time to feature in England’s World Cup squad) will finally get to experience Champions League football, even if he might be just past his prime.  We were led by our awesome offense, with Daniel Jackson becoming the PL’s Top Goalscorer and Tom Craig leading the league in assists, and despite our struggles defensively, we were just competent enough to comfortably qualify for our first Champions League campaign. 

 

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KEY PLAYERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ricardo Marques (2030), 32 Years Old, Left Winger (124 Caps/59 Goals) – Career: Not only is he Kafra’s GOAT (this version, at least), but he has also become one of England’s all-time greatest, as well.  Unfortunately for him, his season was cut short with a major hip injury that could have implications on the rest of his career as he enters the final stages of what has been a glorious one.  Despite missing the final few weeks of the season, he was still named Kafra’s Player of the Year for the 10th time, tying Lewis Hodges record for the most times won, and for the 4th consecutive year.  He had 28 Appearances, registering 13 Goals, 12 Assists, 8 PoMs, and 7.56 AR, tied for the second highest mark of his career, and his 14 Chances Created led the Premier League.  He will be ready for next season which will be his first participating in Champions League football, and I hope he will be able to maintain this level of football for a couple more years.  Rating: 9/10

 

 

DEFENSE

Giorgos Panagiotou (2035), 26 Years Old, Central Defender: This was the first season since Panagiotou became a starter that we had some sort of rotation system going at CD, and he responded with the best season of his career thus far.  In 35 Appearances, he registered 1.09 TpG, 95 Key Headers (2nd in PL), 153 Interceptions (3rd in PL), 83% Headers Won (10th in PL), 46 Shots Blocked (2nd in PL), and a career-high 7.03 AR – the first time he has crossed the 7.00 mark.  I couldn’t have asked for more, really – he was as consistent and solid as they came, rarely making mistakes and always in the right place at the right time.  Very proud of how he has turned out. Rating: 7.5/10

 

Nathan Johnson (2039), 23 Years Old, Goalkeeper: He is no longer developing in terms of ability and attributes, and my staff believe he is more suited for the Championship than the PL, but he has been relatively solid for us the past few years.  This season was no exception – in 38 Appearances, he registered 1.71 Con/90, 7 Clean Sheets, and 6.98 AR (actually down from 7.05).  Considering we took 3rd Place in the PL with him between the sticks, I would safely say he is not a liability for us, even though we could definitely use a better talent between the posts.  The team has none, however, and we don’t have any prospects that look like they could potentially unseat him, so it looks to be Johnson at least for the next few years, if not longer.  Rating: 7/10

 

Gary Barrett (2040), 22 Years Old, Right Defender (7 Caps): Barrett might just be our most talented defender when it comes to pure ability, but the right-back has yet to figure out how to consistently turn that into good form.  He did show some slight improvement this season again (38 Appearances, 1.83 TpG, 6.81 AR – up from 6.79), and his durability is without question top-notch (3 straight seasons of playing every game), but I just wish he can start performing up to his obvious abilities!  He has all the right tools, so I am hoping he figures it out and starts utilizing them properly.  I am obviously not the only one who thinks highly of his abilities, as he has now earned a few Caps for England, as well.  Rating: 6/10

 

 

MIDFIELD

Tom Craig (2038), 24 Years Old, Central Midfielder (2 Caps): Despite our best season ever, Craig was our only representative in the PL Team of the Year, but they are could have been no arguing with that.  In 36 Appearances, he registered 7 Goals, 16 Assists (1st in PL), 3 PoMs, 58 Key Passes (1st in PL), 10 Chances Created (12th in PL), and a career-high 7.16 AR.  Funnily enough, he was also the PL leader with 464.50 Kms Distance Covered! It was a generally outstanding season from him, and here’s my secret – I switched him into playing Advanced Playmaker this season, and it turned out great.  Really excited to see what he can do now that we’ve figured out how to bring out the best of him.  Rating: 7.5/10

 

Michael Boateng (2040), 23 Years Old, Central Midfielder (Ghana: 3 Caps): Every once in a while, you decide to give a player a chance that you previously didn’t consider and he ends up rocking it.  This was absolutely the case with Boateng – having sold Muller in the summer and with Vincent’s abilities starting to regress fast, I figured I’d start the season with Boateng alongside Craig and see how it went.  This was the result: 31 Games, 13 Goals, 3 PoMs, 4.94 TpG (1st in PL), 83% Pass Ratio, 1.24 DpG, 13.76 Kms/90 (1st in PL), 20 Shots Blocked (14th in PL), and 7.35 AR. Having spent last season in the Serie A with Palermo apparently helped him a lot, because he went from being an afterthought to becoming one of the most indispensable players on our team.  His abilities are unconventional for a CM – they are probably more suited for winger than the center of the pitch – but he has made it work, so much so that the Ghanaian national team came knocking and he is now a full-fledged international player.  Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

ATTACK

Daniel Jackson (2035), 26 Years Old, Striker (7 Caps/1 Goal): For the second time in his career, Jackson led the PL in scoring – the PL Top Goalscorer in 2039 and now in 2046, he netted 27 Goals in 34 Appearances to go along with his 4 PoMs and 7.38 AR (second only to his 38/39 season where he did 7.53 AR).  This was the 4th time in his career (and 2nd straight year) he has scored 20+ Goals, and after a run in the early 2040s where he was more frustrating than efficient, Jackson has now turned into a lethal force for us, one in which I expected him to be after his phenomenal 2038/39 season.  He has become Demby 2.0, which is a very good thing for us.  Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

HOT PROSPECTS

Isaac Diallo (2041), 20 Years Old, Central Defender: Despite a slight regression in form this season, my staff now have him rated at 5/5 PA, so they expect even bigger things from him in the future.  In 37 Games (his 3rd straight season playing that amount), he registered 1.71 TpG, 50 Shots Blocked (1st in PL), and 6.83 AR (down from 6.90).  It is not quite clear what led to his drop in form, but I am not looking too much into it – I believe he has a big bounce-back season in his for next year, and I have full faith in his abilities. 

 

Danny Halsey (2041), 20 Years Old, Central Defender/Left Defender: It is very obvious at this point that Halsey is not a left-back, nor should he be playing one.  However, he is the most talented player who can actually play the position on a team that is completely be-rift of talent at left-back.  In 36 Appearances, he registered 2 Assists, 2.80 TpG, and 6.83 AR (up from 6.75), so he didn’t do too bad.  Still, I am hoping the Youth Academy can deliver us a prospect at that position – I have been hoping for one for the past several years but nothing has come through yet. 

 

Junior Boumsong  (2042), 20 Years Old, Striker: It is still unclear to me how good Boumsong is going to actually be, but he has been our starter at striker alongside Jackson for the past two years, and he has done a decent job at it.  In 37 Appearances, he registered 15 Goals, 6 Assists, 80% Pass Ratio, 62% Shot Target (7th in PL), and 7.04 AR, which was his second straight season of 7.00+ AR.  He has shown great progress in his Technical and Attacking abilities, but his Physical and Speed abilities have stagnated, so he might’ve reached the peak in the latter two.  The encouraging part is that he has picked up the ‘Wonderkid’ description back up, as he had lost it last season, so perhaps the expectation is that he still has a good amount of progress in him. 

 

Tommy Brotherton (2042), 20 Years Old, Central Defender: He featured in 13 Games (10 Starts) this season, but he does deserve more than that based on his abilities.  He has great defensive instincts and doesn’t really have any flaws in his game.  His versality is also a great plus, although the few games where I played him as left-back, he struggled mightily.  Still, I need to figure some additional playing time for him. 

 

Samuel Opoku (2043), 19 Years Old, Left Winger: Our current left-winger of the future wasn’t in the form he was in last season, but he still delivered a pretty decent one.  In 20 Appearances (17 Starts), he registered 2 Goals, 10 Assists, 1.44 TpG, 1.13 DpG, and 6.95 AR (down significantly from 7.35).  Still, my staff are extremely high on him (5/5 PA), and he has earned himself a couple of U21 Caps thus far – in addition to all that, he continues to progress nicely in his abilities.  I’d like to see better Attacking skills, but he is still young and there is a lot of improvement to be had, hopefully. 

 

Lee Harrison (2043), 19 Years Old, Right Winger: Harrison is our youngest starter, and he just might be our best prospect under 21, as well.  He had a great season for such a young player – in 34 Appearances, he registered 10 Goals, 8 Assists, 3 PoMs, 1.85 TpG, 1.62 DpG, 13 Chances Created (2nd in PL), 32 Key Passes, and 7.22 AR (4th on the team).  His progress over the past three seasons has been fantastic – from 6.63 to 6.92 to 7.22.  I honestly don’t know why he isn’t regarded as a Wonderkid – his talent is obvious, and my staff have had him at 5/5 PA since he came out of the Youth Academy.  Unless something major happens, there is a very high likelihood that Harrison could become a great right-winger of international standards. 

 

Solomon Okafor (2044), 18 Years Old, Central Defender: He made his debut this year, playing 5 Games, and he did very well, registering 1.60 TpG and 7.18 AR.  The most impressive part of his season, however, is the progress he has shown in improving his abilities – he has really dedicated himself to improving and it is starting to show.  We are deep at the CD position, but if he keeps it up, Okafor could force himself into the reckoning. 

 

Michael Koenig (2044), 17 Years Old, Left Winger/Striker: It was discouraging when my staff reduced his PA from 5/5 to 4.5/5 as I really love this youngsters talent set.  He is my prototypical winger, and I can even see him contributing at the striker position.  He did not show the kind of progress in his attributes as I would have hoped, but he’s still extremely young.  He did not play bad when he was called upon, either – 12 Appearances (11 Starts), 3 Goals, 4 Assists, 82% Pass Ratio, and 6.75 AR.  Obviously, his AR shows he needs to be a lot more consistent in his form, but that is expected for a player his age.   

 

 

 

IMPORTANT PLAYERS LEAVING/RETIRING

Josh VincentCareer: One of the club’s legends, Vincent decided to bow out of the game at the relatively young of 32, beginning and finishing his career with the only club he has ever known.  He was an important member of the team all the way through – even in his last season, while he was no longer a starter, he still played in 30 Games.  He was solid in ever aspect of the game, although specialized in none, and was our starter at the CM position from the early 2030s until the mid-2040s.  He dealt with a major injury in 2037, but bounced back – in fact, from 2031/32 until the season he retired, he played in under 30 Games only twice.  Part of the generation that propped the team up from the Championship to respectable Premier League status, he finished his career with 519 League Games under his belt. 

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On 04/07/2019 at 12:58, Anderwalius said:

At last! Congratulations :)

Thanks! Currently fighting for a place in the Second Round - we got 2 more games to go (just split my battle with Roma, they beat me in Italy and I beat them in London). 

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