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End of Season update. May 2038.

League Table.

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League Graph

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Reserves League

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U19's League

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Facilities

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Finances.

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End of Season Awards

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Fans Player of the Season. (25a) Martínez (Bal) (2025) *.

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Goal of the Season. Miguel González (BAS) (Bal).

The goal itself is pretty underwhelming, until that is you see that it puts us 1-0 up against PSG.

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Signing of the Season. Miguel González (BAS) (Bal).

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Young Player of the Season. (34a) Merino (LHeart) (2034) *.

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Season review

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Squad Dynamics.

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Confidence review

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Retirement. May 2038.

I still have (19i) Zakaria. (F.Pro) at the club, (along with a few others), on a non-contract basis purely because of their personality and/or their determination levels. 

You know the save has been going a while when the 1st batch of youth intake players start to retire. 

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Marseille in for of our youngsters. Jun 2038.

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(37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) *.

I don't want to really sell any 5.0 PA players, but I am particularly keen not to sell a 5.0 centre-half. I know he hasn't even made his debut yet and is only 16 years old, but my best centre-backs are only 3.0 CA, (which is the main reason we are in Ligue 2 again), so this bloke is not going anywhere at the moment. 

He's got 2 more years on his contract and then an option for another 3 after that, so to be honest I would silly to let go of him now. 

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2 minutes ago, Winski said:

I hope you can keep him. What a great talent! 

I'm not sure he is to be honest. I've got quite a few like him. 

I've got 16x 5.0 PA players at the club, while at the same time I only have 1x 4.0 CA player in Miguel González (BAS) (Bal) and nothing higher than that. 

Looking at the list below, (33a) Ramírez. (Bal) (2033) * is probably our 1st choice starting centre-half and my plan is to pair him with (35b) Renault (Temp) * who is a left back who I am converting to centre-half. After these 2 I have (37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) * and (37f) Ángel López. (Res). I would love to sign an experienced captain to play alongside them in the starting line-up

To put things in perspective, if Miguel González (BAS) (Bal) is the best player at the club and is accurately rated at 4.0 CA, and we have all these players accurately rated at 5.0 PA, then things are looking very good indeed. The reality though is that some of these are likely to be not actually that good. 

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3 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Marseille in for of our youngsters. Jun 2038.

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(37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) *.

I don't want to really sell any 5.0 PA players, but I am particularly keen not to sell a 5.0 centre-half. I know he hasn't even made his debut yet and is only 16 years old, but my best centre-backs are only 3.0 CA, (which is the main reason we are in Ligue 2 again), so this bloke is not going anywhere at the moment. 

He's got 2 more years on his contract and then an option for another 3 after that, so to be honest I would silly to let go of him now. 

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After I had declined the deal, I decided to set an asking price for him, under which all bids would be auto-refused. I didn't really know what amount to set because I don't really know how good he is going to be, but I set the asking price at £5,000,000 and thought no more about it. 

Today we have received this bid. 

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£1.5M up front for a 16 year old who has only made 4 appearances for the Reserves is a LOT of money, but I have to remember that last year I was in Ligue 1 and hope to be back there again in the next couple of years. In that respect £1.5M probably isn't that much money, but I also have to remember that French Ligue 1 is not the same at all as the English Premier League in terms of financial rewards. If I can get close to £5M for absolutely anyone then I will probably accept it at the moment on the proviso that there are so nice sell-on fees involved.  

[Edit]

Monaco have joined the race for him.

They have also bid £1.5M for him despite me having the asking price set at £5M.

I'm thinking about sticking his valuation up to £10M, but lets's just see what happens as it is for the time being. 

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Monaco are back in for (37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) * and this time they are offering £1.9M

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Expectations. Jul 2038.

In a save such as this, you will never see me crank the expectations up. There is just no point for a few more quid. I pick the lowest option I can every single time. 

Under-promise and over-deliver is the mantra to be followed. 

What I say to the players and what I might personally want to achieve is completely different to this. This is just between me and the board. 

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Test. Jul 2038.

Although the likes of Athletic Bilbao pretend that they have a hard-coded Basque only rule, the reality is somewhat different. 

Cristian Ganea for example is still an Athletic Bilbao player now, but he was born in Romania and yet they still thought it ok to sign him. Their thinking is that because he had played for Basque clubs a minor, he was by their interpretation a "Basque player" and available to join the club. 

Bixente Lizarazu was a French Basque player who they signed in the 90's, but he was at least Basque, (albeit French-Basque). 

Aymeric Laporte on the other hand was also French, however this time he was not French-Basque but hailed from Agen. 

Antoine Griezmann has never been a Bilbao player, but there was a discussion regarding his eligibility to be signed by Bilbao before he joined Madrid, and the conclusion from the Academy Director was that his training from a young age at a Basque club made him a "Basque footballer".

The suggestion is that a player can sign for the club while he is still a minor, and that this will mean his "footballing education" will at least be part-based in the Basque region. 

With that in mind, I have found a test subject, Hervé Menard (Spirit), who was identified by my DoF as a transfer target, and I am signing him to see if he will be given Basque as a 2nd Nationality. 

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If I sign him and he doesn't gain Basque as a 2nd Nationality then I will of course not play him, but I have a feeling that he will be given Basque as a 2nd Nationality. This is not completely about this player in particular, but I want to know what the situation is going forward to see if this is an avenue open to me for future signings. 

He has signed, for a nominal fee of £30,000 and I will now see about his 2nd Nationality. 

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It hasn't worked and he still hasn't got Basque as a 2nd Nationality. 

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I think it works, but I think the player can only be 16 when he joins. Hervé Menard (Spirit) might be here, but he won't be playing.

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25 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I think it works, but I think the player can only be 16 when he joins. 

Yeah, its exactly that, if you're going to naturalise people you have to get them pretty quick after the youth intake. I'm thinking for my save that if they're trained in / born in a town near the edge of the Basque area I'll nab them. But Laporte really was Athletic just making an exception because he was really talented.

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Job offer number 20. Jul 2038.

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It's been a while since anyone approached me for any job, and a couple of months after we get relegated the French National team want to offer me a job! #Ridiculous

Jobs offered.

FC Metz while 10th in Ligue 2. Dec 2025.
Dijon while 20th in Ligue 1. Dec 2025.
Troyes while 17th in Ligue 1. Dec 2025.
AJ Auxerre while 11th in Ligue 1. Nov 2026.
Strasbourg while 20th in Ligue 1. Jan 2027.
EA Guingamp were 14th in Ligue 1. Jun 2028.
Stade Lavallois were 1st in Ligue 2. Jun 2028.
Lille while 12th in Ligue 2. Oct 2028.
FC Lorient while 6th in Ligue 2. May 2030.
Nancy while 20th in League 1. Jun 2030.
AC Ajaccio while 1st in League 2. Jun 2030.
FC Lorient(2) were 17th in Ligue 2. Jun 2031.
Stade Lavallois(2) while 17th in Ligue 2 in Aug 2031.
Nancy(2) while 6th in Ligue 2 in Dec 2031.
Italy National Team. Jul 2032.
Lille while 2nd in Ligue 2. Feb 2033.
Saint-Etienne finished 7th in Ligue 2. Jun 2033.
Italy National Team(2). Jul 2034.
RC Lens finished 15th in Ligue 1. Jun 2036
France National Team. Jul 2038.

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Protest Transfer? Jul 2038.

The board have accepted an offer from Monaco for (37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) * in the amount of £5.5M. It's only £1.1M up front but with add-ons that I can count it adds up to £5.3M + 40% of next sale profit. 

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I have the option to protest this deal, but as there is a 40% of next sale profit included I don't think I will. 

Is it annoying? Yeah, a little bit, but he hasn't ever featured for us so it's hard to miss someone that has never featured for you. 

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There is also another player that we have lost. 

(37b) Jon Jiménez (F.Det) * is 16 year old GK who I couldn't get to sign a full contract. 

While he was still on a youth contract, Rennes came in and sneaked him away from under us. He was a 5.0 player, but we have other options at GK so this isn't a disaster at all with the others players already signed down to long-term deals. 

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2 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I think it works, but I think the player can only be 16 when he joins. Hervé Menard (Spirit) might be here, but he won't be playing.

 

1 hour ago, zlatanera said:

Yeah, its exactly that, if you're going to naturalise people you have to get them pretty quick after the youth intake. I'm thinking for my save that if they're trained in / born in a town near the edge of the Basque area I'll nab them. But Laporte really was Athletic just making an exception because he was really talented.

It appears as if this isn't actually the case. 

My DoF found another player, (a centre-half this time), called Mathias Moulin (Bal) *. He was signed for a nominal fee of..... actually he seems to have been signed on a free with just £1,600 compensation.

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He's 16 years old and this seems like a great deal were it not for 1 little problem.....

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He's still not classed as Basque despite being signed as a 16 year old. 

I guess that I will have to sign a 14 or 15 year old and see if that works. 

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@Jimbokav1971 oh. I think maybe it only applies either for Spain’s Basque clubs signing 16 year olds, or any Basque club signing Spanish 16 year olds. Or only for Spanish Basque clubs signing Spanish 16 year olds which would really suck for you

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Gone. Aug 2038.

This is more than was originally offered and I'm not really sure why. We had bids in from Monaco first and then Marseille, but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't this big. I was initially happy with a total fee of £5M just so long as I also got a 40% profit clause on top. (As time goes on this will hopefully change to sale price rather than profit). This fee is £3M up front plus £1.5M over 12 months, £2M over 10 games, £1M after 10 games, £1M after 1 International appearance plus the 40%. I'm not sure that he will even make a Senior appearance for...... oh, this is Lyon and not Marseille. This is why it's a different value. I'm not sure he will ever make his debut for Lyon never mind about making an International appearance, but we still get a guaranteed £4.5M.

My only issue with this is that they are only adding £1M to our transfer budget. :( Other than that I think the deal is good for us and I would be delighted for him to do well at Lyon and make an impact on both the Senior side and International Team.

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Although it's stated above that only £1M would be added to our transfer budget, in fact £2.46M has been added to our budget.

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International call-ups. Aug 2038.

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(34b) Mikel Ochoa (Bal) *. 2 appearances for (FRA) U20's.

(35a) Iker (Bal) (2035) *. 6 appearances for (FRA) U20's including 1 assist. 10 appearances for (FRA) U19's including 4 assists and 1 goal.
(35b) Renault (Temp) *. No appearances.

(36c) Schmidt (F.Loyal) *. 1 appearance for (FRA) U19's.
(36e) Koldo (Det) *. 5 appearances for (FRA) U19's.

(37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) *. No appearances.

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Jun, Jul & Aug 2038.

Pre-season went as pre-season goes. 

After last season's debacle with 442 I haven't learnt my lesson and tried a new tactic this season again, this time a 4321 wide. We've lost 3 times in the league already, but the last win was a thumping 5-0 win over Red Star who were in Ligue 1 with us last season. 

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3 wins and 3 draws isn't great, but you have to remember that our expectations are only "Top Half Finish". So far we are doing exactly that. There has been more than a bit of fine-tuning going on with the new tactic, but the last victory suggests that we are on the right track at least. 

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2 minutes ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

Since when were reserve sides allowed above the 4th tier? That darn Qatari influence!

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I noticed that, (but only this season). Money talks as with everything. PSG get what they want, when they want, how they want. 

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International call-ups. Sep 2038.

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(34b) Mikel Ochoa (Bal) *. 2 appearances for (FRA) U20's.

(35a) Iker (Bal) (2035) *. 6 appearances for (FRA) U20's including 1 assist. 11 appearances for (FRA) U19's including 5 assists and 1 goal.
(35b) Renault (Temp) *. 1 appearance for (FRA) U20's.

(36b) Borja (F.Amb) *. No appearances.
(36c) Schmidt (F.Loyal) *. 1 appearance for (FRA) U19's.
(36e) Koldo (Det) *. 6 appearances for (FRA) U19's.

(37a) Théo (F.Amb) (2037) *. 1 appearance for (FRA) U19's.

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Sep 2038.

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We've scored 20 goals in 10 league games this season, (easy to work out that's 2 goals a game), and we are conceding less than 1 goal per game so things are looking rosy in that respect, but I'm a little concerned, (maybe not concerned but certainly interested), as to why everyone seems to be scoring apart from my strikers. 

Reta (ESP) (BAS) (F.Det) has cored 6 goals this season and 5 of those have been from the P(a) role as a lone striker, but no other strikers have scored when playing in a SC role. 

Goal-scoring GK #3 (36c) Schmidt (F.Loyal) * has scored 2 goals this season

(34a) Merino (LHeart) (2034) * has scored 4 goals from midfield.

 I really want more goals from the striking position though and I will be playing with roles and instructions in order to get that. 

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