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Career History

 

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Season      Club              League             Position            Achievements/Other
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2018/19     Arsenal           Premier League       4th               Europa League winners
2019/20     Arsenal           Premier League       2nd               Champions League winners
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2020/21     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
2021/22     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners
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2022/23     AS Roma           Serie A              3rd               Italian Cup runners-up
2023/24     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Cup winners
2024/25     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A winners
2025/26     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up
2026/27     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners
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2027/28     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              3rd               N/A
2028/29     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               N/A
2029/30     Altetico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               Champions League winners
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2030/31     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           6th               N/A
2031/32     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           5th               Europa League winners
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Trophy Cabinet

 

Champions League      x4 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid)
Europa League         x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Serie A               x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Cup           x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Super Cup     x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma)

Ligue 1               x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) 
Coupe de la Ligue     x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG)
Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG

 

Nations Completed

 

1. England - Arsenal 
2. France  - Paris SG
3. Italy   - AS Roma 
4. Spain   - Atletico Madrid

 

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Nations Remaining:

 

  1. Germany (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, RB Leipzig)
  2. Russia 
  3. Portugal (Porto, Benfica)
  4. Turkey
  5. Ukraine 
  6. Switzerland
  7. Greece
  8. Belgium 
  9. Austria
  10. Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord)
  11. Scotland (Celtic)
  12. Croatia 
  13. Serbia (Red Star)
  14. Bulgaria
  15. Romania (Steaua Bucharest)
  16. Denmark
  17. Poland
  18. Sweden
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Belarus
  21. Israel
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Hungary
  25. Norway 
  26. Iceland
  27. Finland
  28. Republic of Ireland
  29. Northern Ireland
  30. Wales

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PSG, now managed by Antonio Conte, came very close to retaining the Champions League, but it wasn't to be as Unai Emery's Man United side won out. Emery's had a really crazy career since I kicked him out of Arsenal a few days into his reign, since then he's managed Sevilla, Monaco, Koln, Inter, PSG, Roma and now Man United where he picks up a Champions League that could help him reach the Top 5 of the all time Hall of Fame by the time he retires. 

No real surprises elsewhere in the Champions League. 

Since we were actually in it this year I'll post the tree for the Europa League this year too: 

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Kasimpasa of Turkey reach the Quarter Final fairly interesting, as is Kyiv coming close to a Semi. Celtic also doing reasonably well for a Scottish club.

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Zenit retain the Russian title and the days of Spartak's domination are almost a distant memory. Lokomotiv Moscow doing extremely well to get 2nd, as they pip Krasnodar to 3rd. Rostov doing well too, with Spartak having to settle for 5th. Rubin's European campaign perhaps derailed them as they only finish 6th. 

 

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Porto retain without much trouble and it's the same Top 3 from last season. No real surprises except maybe Portimonense getting 5th. 

 

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Kayserispor have done it once again with this being their 4th title in a row now. This was possibly the closest they came to losing their grip on the crown, as Fenebache were top for much of the reason, but a late fight-back from Kayserispor meant they kept their crown. A very poor year from Galatasaray but they will take huge solace as it was there 2-2 draw at home to Fenerbache on the last day which kept their rivals from the title, as Kayserispor themselves could only draw at Genclerbirligi, who fun fact, are actually managed by Granit Xhaka. A Fener win would've won the title at Galatasaray's ground of all places, but they just couldn't deliver it. Kasimpasa finish 3rd to remain a European side, with Basakhesir and Besiktas also getting in that Top 5.

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A very quiet summer. Tin Mrmic was signed from Dinamo Zagreb for £30M in the only bit of business we did this summer, as after renewing a lot of contracts we weren't really left with much budget even with CL football. Although in fairness most of the time our budgets have come about from player sales etc so makes sense. 

 

Our Champions League group sees us yet again reunited with Zidane's Liverpool side, as well as Benfica and Fiorentina. Not an easy group, but I think we should be qualifying from it. 

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Mid-Season Update

 

European Super Cup

 

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My only other experience playing in this competition was as Arsenal in my 2nd season as I always leave after my sides win the CL, so it was cool to actually play in this and win it this year. An unexpected win against Emery's side, but a most welcome one.

 

German Cup

 

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Eichstatt were no problem, but Bayern gave us a hell of a game. Some extra-time drama though saw us knock out Eddie Howe's side. 

 

Bundesliga

 

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A tricky start to the season saw us lose at Schalke, then at home to Leipzig before we managed to rescue a late point at home to last year's surprise package Nurnberg. We picked ourselves up and managed to win 3 on the bounce against Leverkusen, Gladbach and Union Berlin. 

 

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A solid win against St Pauli before a loss to Bayern, but we picked up after that with a 2-1 win against Darmstadt and then a 4-0 demolition of a Borussia Dortmund side that have been absolutely woeful this season, so much so that Slaven Bilic has been sacked before Christmas. We also beat Hoffenheim, drew with Koln and then beat Stuttgart. 

 

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An exciting win in Berlin, then a fairly uninspiring point at home to Hamburger before good wins against Bremen and Frankfurt. 

 

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I'm actually somewhat bemused that we're top of the table. We've certainly been miles better than last season in the league, but especially after that poor start I would've never imagined we'd be top at the halfway stage in a million years. Albeit only on goal difference, but still very happy with that. Nurnberg so far keeping in the Top 4 even with CL football to worry about, whilst as I said before Dortmund having an absolute mare. Hoffenheim though, deary me, they've been on a bit of a downward spiral in recent seasons but to be bottom of the table at Christmas is unbelievable. They've just sacked Igor Denisov and hired in Steven Gerrard, maybe he can turn it around for them. 

 

Champions League

 

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We were poor against Liverpool but rescued a late point, then were given a huge boost when we scored late on again to sink Benfica in Portugal. Fiorentina were smashed up home and away, before another late goal got a draw at Anfield. We then beat Benfica in the last game to ensure we topped the group, which is a real achievement. 

 

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Disaster for Liverpool as they crash out and we go through with Benfica.

 

Unfortunately despite topping the group we weren't given an easy ride in the 1st knockout round, as we will have to play Manchester City next up. In fairness it was between City, Roma, Man United, Atletico, AC Milan and Napoli - so none of them were particularly easy games anyway. 

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Some departures in January. PSG came in hard for first choice left back, Xavi Candel and for that price I wasn't going to say no as he wasn't world class compared to left backs I've had before. I sold back-up players Pascal Tuasamu and Dieter Vlietinck for decent prices to Stuttgart and Dinamo, before Bayern activated a release clause for centre back Augusto Scabini. I didn't particularly want to sell, but can't argue that the price was more than reasonable. 

 

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Marian Geiger comes in to add depth to midfield after the departures of Vlietinck and Tuasumu, whilst Gianluca Gubinelli joins to be the new starting CB. Patrick Moro actually played for me as a back-up left back at Atletico, he was a good prospect but could never get first team football so went to Rubin. He made a name for himself now and it will come full circle as he joins me at Wolfsburg to be first choice left back for me this time. 

 

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End of Season Update

 

German Cup

 

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Pretty annoying to go out to Hoffenheim considering how **** they've been this season. 

 

Bundesliga

 

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RB Leipzig smashed us 3-0 in a key battle in the race for the title, before we drew with Schalke and then pulled off a thrilling late win in Nurnberg. We then beat Leverkusen 2-1, before losing to Gladbach. We then beat Union Berlin and St Pauli. 

 

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A very solid 2-1 win against Bayern Munich who have now sacked Eddie Howe, before a disappointing loss in Darmstadt. We got a bore draw with Dortmund, before another draw against Hoffenheim, then beat Koln 3-0 but lost 2-1 in Stuttgart. 

 

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A 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin, before two good wins against Hamburger and Bremen, then ending the season with a 0-0 at home to Frankfurt. 

 

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Bayern's reign of terror is over as Eddie Howe's big German adventure ends in misery. RB Leipzig under Pochettino win the first non-Bayern title for 8 seasons as he out performs me in another league. A big shout out to Gio Van Bronckhorst at Nurnberg who managed to get Top 4 again and pip us to 2nd. Bayern ended up keeping 4th at Stuttgart's expense. A very poor year for Dortmund and an absolute disaster for Hoffenheim who are shockingly relegated. 

 

Champions League

 

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A shame to go out so early in the Champions League, but Pep's side were far too strong for us. We're a decent side and proved that in the Europa League last season, but perhaps 2 or 3 seasons away from seriously competing at the top level. 

 

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Carsten Wrobel had a great year, with Rui Perreira, Sebastian Comte and Kensuke Tanno also worth a mention. 

 

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Posted (edited)

Career History

 

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Season      Club              League             Position            Achievements/Other
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2018/19     Arsenal           Premier League       4th               Europa League winners
2019/20     Arsenal           Premier League       2nd               Champions League winners
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2020/21     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
2021/22     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners
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2022/23     AS Roma           Serie A              3rd               Italian Cup runners-up
2023/24     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Cup winners
2024/25     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A winners
2025/26     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up
2026/27     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners
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2027/28     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              3rd               N/A
2028/29     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               N/A
2029/30     Altetico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               Champions League winners
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2030/31     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           6th               N/A
2031/32     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           5th               Europa League winners
2032/33     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           3rd               European Super Cup winners
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Trophy Cabinet

 

Champions League      x4 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid)
Europa League         x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg)
European Super Cup    x1 - 2032/33 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Serie A               x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Cup           x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Super Cup     x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma)

Ligue 1               x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) 
Coupe de la Ligue     x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG)
Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG

 

Nations Completed

 

1. England - Arsenal 
2. France  - Paris SG
3. Italy   - AS Roma 
4. Spain   - Atletico Madrid

 

Edited by PaulHartman71

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Nations Remaining

 

  1. Germany (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, RB Leipzig)
  2. Russia 
  3. Portugal (Porto, Benfica)
  4. Turkey
  5. Ukraine 
  6. Switzerland
  7. Greece
  8. Belgium 
  9. Austria
  10. Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord)
  11. Scotland (Celtic)
  12. Croatia 
  13. Serbia (Red Star)
  14. Bulgaria
  15. Romania (Steaua Bucharest)
  16. Denmark
  17. Poland
  18. Sweden
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Belarus
  21. Israel
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Hungary
  25. Norway 
  26. Iceland
  27. Finland
  28. Republic of Ireland
  29. Northern Ireland
  30. Wales

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I was very pleased to seen all PH71 final with Manuel Baum's Atletico wining too which is nice, love to see it. I think the only team other than Arsenal that I'd rather see win it would be Roma, who I think I remember just a bit more fondly than Atletico. Benfica did very well to reach the Quarter Final, with no other real surprises. 

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Krasnodar regain their title and they manage to go the entire season unbeaten. Fair play. Some effort. Zenit come 2nd with CSKA in 3rd. Spartak down there in 6th and nowhere near challenging these days. 

 

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Porto won the title last year unbeaten and came a game away from doing it again this year. They're really dominating Portugal at the minute, although Sporting Lisbon did sneak Benfica to 2nd. 

 

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Well it's finally over for Kayserispor and it's not Fener or Gala that have ended it, but Kasimpasa and in some style too! 30 wins from 34 and they absolutely bossed it this season, fair play to them as manager Danilo Perreira storms home to the title, which has now earned him a move to manage the dominant Porto in his home country. Galatasaray finish 2nd, with Kayserispor having to settle for 3rd. Bursaspor pull off a bit of a shock as they come from mid-table to 4th, with Fener settling for 5th. 

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Luis Luz was subject to a big bid from Man City which I accepted as that's crazy money for a right back who isn't world class and we bought for like £7M a few years back. Atletico met Sebastian Comte's release clause so he left, but tbf I would've definitely sold him for that price anyway, made like a £20M profit on him. Mitch Whyte wanted first team football which I couldn't give him so he left for Gladbach. 

 

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Despite our big incomings we didn't spend a massive amount after renewing a few contracts. 

Matis Pons is a central midfielder who I've had my eyes on for the best part of 5-6 years, but a deal has never happened before for various reasons. I finally ended up signing him this summer though and for a very good price from EA Guingamp. Milo Jonckheere is a very exciting young Belgian midfielder who was available on a bosman after refusing to renew his contract at Cercle Brugge, lots of clubs in Europe were after him so I was pleased to get such a good young talent for nothing. 

I promoted Fredrik Johansson to first choice RB so just signed a back-up player for that position. I also took a punt on a young Serbian striker Kemal Nikolic to act as back-up to Rui Perreira, with Mile Ponjevic another young Serbian signed as back-up CB. 

 

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As 3rd seeds you always dread the worst when they draw the lots of the Champions League Group Stage, but we've actually done well alright out of it. 

Porto, Marseille, Wolfsburg and Anderlecht. 

Not quite Europa League levels and Porto have clearly shown in their own league that they're not to be messed with, but when you look at Nurnberg who as 3rd seeds ended up with Real Madrid, Roma and Zenit... well I think we did alright :D 

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A good read, and an interesting challenge. Tell Santos to wear a thicker pair of socks in future :)

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On 25/05/2019 at 18:06, PaulHartman71 said:

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Out for 9 days with blisters?! Come on now :D 

It doesn't specify they are on his feet...

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On 25/05/2019 at 18:06, PaulHartman71 said:

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Out for 9 days with blisters?! Come on now :D 

Bloody wimp.

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Mid-Season update

 

German Cup

 

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No worries so far

 

Bundesliga

 

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A good start to the season with a 4-0 pasting of Hertha Berlin, before a decent draw at Bayern, then a win at home to Darmstadt. A frustrating loss at Koln despite taking the lead early on, before a 3-2 win against Stuttgart and a draw at Schalke. 

 

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We drew with St Pauli, before beating Mainz and a very impressive win against the champions RB Leipzig. We then barely drew with Augsburg before losing at home to Werder Bremen. We beat Leverkusen in an excting game, then Nurnberg, but lost in Dortmund. 

 

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A nice late winner to secure 3 points against Hamburger, before a 3-3 draw in Frankfurt and a 2-1 win at home to Gladbach. 

 

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Dortmund in pole position at the halfway mark, with us and Leipzig still in the running. Schalke doing very well as whilst they finished 6th last season they haven't been anywhere near Top 4 for about 15 years. St Pauli also having an incredible good season to be up there in 5th ahead of even Bayern. Bremen too doing well as they're a yo-yo side that rarely stay in the Bundesliga for more than 2 seasons. Leverkusen having a shocker, with Nurnberg right down there despite all they've done in the last few years. Stuttgart were 5th last season and semi-regularly qualify for Europe, but could be in real danger of going down this season. 

The Bundesliga does really remind me almost of the Championship, as outside of maybe the Top 1 or 2 spots, anyone else can seemingly finish anywhere as there's a real mix each season. Any given year 10-15 sides could make the Champions League or Europa, with about 10-12 sides in danger of going down if they go on a bad run. Nice to see. 

 

Champions League

 

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I'm very happy with how it went. Can't fault the lads. 

 

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Top of the group and we've ended up with Sporting Lisbon in the next round, which we have to be happy with given that we still could've got some very dangerous sides like Valencia, Roma, Liverpool and Bilbao. 

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Man United matched centre back Jesus Pascual's release clause, so we had to sign a new CB and got in Ivorian 24 year old Lassina Toure from Galatasaray. Who knows perhaps he is a son of Kolo or Yaya. He looks good though.

 

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End of Season Update

 

German Cup

 

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A decent win against Frankfurt, but Dortmund were too strong for us away from home. 

 

Bundesliga

 

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We kicked the new year off with a fabulous 3-0 win over Bayern, then won another 3 on the bounce against Hertha, Darmstadt and Koln. We then went on a bit of a slump as we drew with Stuttgart, Schalke and then lost to St Pauli. 

 

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We beat Mainz 2-1 then lost in Leipzig, before beating Augsburg and Werder Bremen. We then drew with Leverkusen, before securing a big win in Nurnberg. 

 

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A strong end to the season, with 3 wins from 4 including a win against title rivals Dortmund, but was it enough to stop Diego Simeone's Yellow and Black side from winning the league? 

 

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Not quite. Dortmund end up deserving winners ultimately finishing 10 points ahead of us. Our best finish in the league yet though, as we pip Leipzig to 2nd by 1 point. A huge year for St Pauli who pull off a huge upset to finish 4th. Bayern remain in the Champions League next season though courtesy of a penalty shoot-out Europa League win, which actually came against a Nurnberg side who drop out of Europe completely due to a poor league finish. Stuttgart amazingly go down despite finishing 5th last season. 

 

Champions League

 

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A 1-0 away win put us in the driving seat against Sporting Lisbon who were toothless upfront over the two legs. 

 

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We met City once again, now managed by Julian Nargelsmann, and they were once again far too strong for us and knocked us out at the QF stage this time. 

 

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Rui Perreira in good form once again up-front, with Tin Mrmic, Kensuke Tanno and Matis Pons all putting in sold seasons too. 

 

 

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Career History

 

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Season      Club              League             Position            Achievements/Other
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2018/19     Arsenal           Premier League       4th               Europa League winners
2019/20     Arsenal           Premier League       2nd               Champions League winners
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2020/21     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
2021/22     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners
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2022/23     AS Roma           Serie A              3rd               Italian Cup runners-up
2023/24     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Cup winners
2024/25     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A winners
2025/26     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up
2026/27     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners
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2027/28     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              3rd               N/A
2028/29     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               N/A
2029/30     Altetico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               Champions League winners
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2030/31     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           6th               N/A
2031/32     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           5th               Europa League winners
2032/33     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           3rd               European Super Cup winners
2033/34     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           2nd               N/A
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Trophy Cabinet

 

Champions League      x4 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid)
Europa League         x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg)
European Super Cup    x1 - 2032/33 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Serie A               x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Cup           x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Super Cup     x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma)

Ligue 1               x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) 
Coupe de la Ligue     x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG)
Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG

 

Nations Completed

 

1. England - Arsenal 
2. France  - Paris SG
3. Italy   - AS Roma 
4. Spain   - Atletico Madrid

 

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Nations Remaining

 

  1. Germany (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, RB Leipzig)
  2. Russia 
  3. Portugal (Porto, Benfica)
  4. Turkey
  5. Ukraine 
  6. Switzerland
  7. Greece
  8. Belgium 
  9. Austria
  10. Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord)
  11. Scotland (Celtic)
  12. Croatia 
  13. Serbia (Red Star)
  14. Bulgaria
  15. Romania (Steaua Bucharest)
  16. Denmark
  17. Poland
  18. Sweden
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Belarus
  21. Israel
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Hungary
  25. Norway 
  26. Iceland
  27. Finland
  28. Republic of Ireland
  29. Northern Ireland
  30. Wales

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I was quite gutted for my old side Roma as they lost in the final, but obviously when the team who knocked you out go on and win it then it does make you feel a bit better about going out to them. A big win for Julian Nagelsmann who I think if he wins the Euro Super Cup and Club World Cup should surely get a place on the Top 20 All Time HOF with me and some other top bods. 

Bilbao showing they're still a strong side and decent from Sporting Lisbon, Lyon, Porto and Ajax to make the knockout stages on paper. 

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It came down to results between teams, but Dominic Tedesco's Zenit side won their 3rd title in 4 years, just pipping Krasnodar to it. 5 other sides make it into Europe, including Arsenal Tula and Krylja Sovetov. A bad year for Lokomotiv Moscow who had been doing okay in recent times. 

 

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Benfica break Porto's 9 year dominance with their first title in 10 years, with Sporting Lisbon tailing behind in 3rd and the usual suspects taking the other European spots. 

 

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Kasimpasa show that last year was no fluke, as they win the title yet again albeit not in such bombastic fashion. Besiktas are a dark horse runner-up having not finished in the Top 3 for six years - they're actually managed by none other than Thierry Henry, who has been there for 4 years. Fener, Kayserispor and Gala round up the top 5. 

 

 

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We had about £30-40M budget and a load of wages that I didn't use in the season just gone as there wasn't a lot of talent in the market, which means after another season of CL football and some decent sales in the summer we were able to proper flex our muscles in the window this year. No messing about. No sentimentality. All business! Our best bet is poaching  clubs slightly smaller than us when they have top talent for sale, which fortunately for us there was quite a few opportunities to do that, unlike last year. 

 

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PSG met a release clause for our keeper and whilst he was good, I'm not sure he was worth £54M. Marian Geiger was a rotation attacking mid, whilst he was a great prospect he was unhappy not starting so I sold him for decent profit to Hertha Berlin. Matt Allen hasn't been a first team player for a season or so, but we still managed to get just under £30M for him from Zenit. Jose Catherine was the only other notable departure. 

 

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Dennis Gruttner and Christian Vogel the two marquee signings. They're both extremely talented young German attacking midfield players in their early 20s who are ready to do big things, under my leadership I hope they can do just that. Carlos Franco looks a very talented ready-made Portuguese central midfielder, with Jean-Jacques Perrin a very good right-back. Daniel Deckert is another talented prospect and will be rotation alongside Hanz Keizer. 

The two surprise signings are two very talented South American players we picked up for next to nothing. Fernando Coleoni is an unbelievable goalkeeper who was somehow plying his trade in Saudi Arabia (albeit on a king's wage), whilst Ariel Zacaria was somehow still stuck in Argentina in his mid 20's when he looks the type of CB who should've been signed up by someone 5 years ago. 

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It won't be long, then it will get harder as the nations get smaller...

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Mid-Season Update

 

German Cup

 

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No problems so far

 

Bundesliga

 

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A good start to the season with a win in Gladbach. We then went on a poor run with a draw at home to St Pauli, then a loss to newly promoted Hoffenheim. We then drew with Dortmund, before beating Koln away from home. 

 

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We beat Darmstadt before another disappointing loss, this time in Nurnberg, before beating Bremen but then losing again, really poorly this time to Hertha Berlin. We then got a point against Bayern, dropped points again against Hamburger before beating Frankfurt. 

 

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We lost to Schalke, then beat Leverkusen, drew with Leipzig and then beat Augsburg and Union Berlin. 

 

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We've already lost 4 games so far this season so should have no right to be in any title race, but to be far if we can get out of our inconsistent form we're only 5 points off of top. Hertha Berlin a surprise 2nd place, with just 3 points between 3rd and 8th place Bayern. A really crazy open league. 

 

Champions League

 

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A very kind group in the CL, especially still only being 2nd seeds, but you still have to win the games and thankfully we did just that. 

 

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Porto await us in the 1st Knockout Round. 

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End of Season Update

 

German Cup

 

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We always seem to get beat in the German Cup and this season was no different, with Hertha Berlin knocking us out. 

 

Bundesliga

 

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A pretty strong start to the new year with 5 wins from 6 games, with just a solitary loss to Dortmund away. 

 

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A 3-0 thrashing of Nurnberg, before a poor loss to Bremen. We got some revenge on Hertha by beating them 3-0 and then got a decent point away to Bayern. 

 

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We ended the season very strongly, with 6 wins from our last 7 games. In an open league like this to do that you have to have real strength of character, which isn't something we've always had in the last few seasons. We did get extremely lucky with a late equaliser in Leipzig. which proved to be unbelievably important in the grand scheme of things. 

 

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We ultimately win the league on goal difference, with that late goal against Leipzig sealing the title for us. I'm very happy to have done it, of course we spent a lot in the summer so you expect to be up there, but you still have to do it. Schalke get Top 4 for the first time in almost 20 years, whilst Bayern end up pipping Dortmund to 4th. Bayer Leverkusen will make it 5 teams in the CL as they won the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel's leadership. A bad year for Gladbach and Frankfurt as they both go down. 

 

Champions League

 

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Porto were no pushovers but never really looked like knocking us out. 

 

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I think this might be the first time in the entire save I've gone out on away goals. Pretty gutting as I think we've got a squad now to really push on and challenge for the CL, unfortunately came up against a very strong Real Madrid side who got 3 all important away goals unfortunately which cost us. 

 

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Denis Gruttner was a revelation and worth every penny of the big fee we paid for him. Vogel was very good too and will pay off that price tag in the years to come, but he wasn't world class to the extent of Gruttner. Ariel Zacaria had a few injury problems at CB, whilst Coleoni came in from Saudi Arabia and was a safe pair of hands for someone who has never played at elite level before. 

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Career History

 

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Season      Club              League             Position            Achievements/Other
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2018/19     Arsenal           Premier League       4th               Europa League winners
2019/20     Arsenal           Premier League       2nd               Champions League winners
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2020/21     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
2021/22     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners
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2022/23     AS Roma           Serie A              3rd               Italian Cup runners-up
2023/24     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Cup winners
2024/25     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A winners
2025/26     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up
2026/27     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners
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2027/28     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              3rd               N/A
2028/29     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               N/A
2029/30     Altetico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               Champions League winners
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2030/31     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           6th               N/A
2031/32     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           5th               Europa League winners
2032/33     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           3rd               European Super Cup winners
2033/34     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           2nd               N/A
2034/35     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           1st               Bundesliga winners
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Trophy Cabinet

 

Champions League      x4 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid)
Europa League         x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg)
European Super Cup    x1 - 2032/33 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Bundesliga            x1 - 2034/35 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Serie A               x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Cup           x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Super Cup     x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma)

Ligue 1               x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) 
Coupe de la Ligue     x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG)
Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG)

 

 

Nations Completed

 

1. England - Arsenal 
2. France  - Paris SG
3. Italy   - AS Roma 
4. Spain   - Atletico Madrid

 

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Nations Remaining

 

  1. Germany (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, RB Leipzig)
  2. Russia 
  3. Portugal (Porto, Benfica)
  4. Turkey
  5. Ukraine 
  6. Switzerland
  7. Greece
  8. Belgium 
  9. Austria
  10. Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord)
  11. Scotland (Celtic)
  12. Croatia 
  13. Serbia (Red Star)
  14. Bulgaria
  15. Romania (Steaua Bucharest)
  16. Denmark
  17. Poland
  18. Sweden
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Belarus
  21. Israel
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Hungary
  25. Norway 
  26. Iceland
  27. Finland
  28. Republic of Ireland
  29. Northern Ireland
  30. Wales

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It's another win for one of my old sides, as Manuel Baum's team beat Julian Nagelsmann's side on penalties in the final. Feyenoord reaching the knockout stages the real turn up for the books this season. 

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Zenit retain their title, with Krasnodar in 2nd again. Lokomotiv go from 9th to 3rd in an impressive season, whilst Spartak Moscow slump to 6th once again, with Arsenal Tula keeping their place in Europe. 

 

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A real shock in Portugal as Sporting Lisbon become the first side outside of Porto/Benfica to win the title in 33 years, when they last won it themselves. No real surprises elsewhere in Portugal. 

 

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They took 2 seasons off, but Kayserispor are back on top this season, with Kasimpasa having to settle for 2nd. Europa League for 5 other Turkish sides.

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It was another very big summer. Man City very unexpectedly met Ariel Zacaria's pretty high release clause/asking price right into the 2nd week of August. He was an extremely talented CB, possibly one of the best I've worked with, but to get that much for him when I'd only got him South America for £5M the season before was unreal. We also took big money for Italian CB, Gianluca Gubinelli as Man United unsettled him and he wanted to leave. I also let Patrick Moro leave for Man City for a decent price, he was good, but on huge wages and not irreplaceable by any means. Carsten Wrobel left the club after many years of good service, he'd been unhappy at being replaced in the starting 11 by the amazing young Gruttner. Kensuke Tanno, likewise was unhappy at playing 2nd fiddle after years of starting for us, so he was sold to Rubin. 

 

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3 of the incomings were just replacing the 2 CBs and LB that we lost, but I also added a new central midfielder and striker after Rui Perreira picked up a big injury in early pre-season. Spending huge money has not been something that I've tried to do to much at Wolfsburg, preferring to buy low, sell high, but we're a very good side now and since we have the money to spend I need to spend it to have a crack at the Champions League. 

 

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Joseba Larrazabal is a world class central midfield player who wanted out of Bayern and we were more than happy to meet his £82M release clause, mainly because we had money to burn, but he will be an excellent addition to the midfield. 

 

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Some may remember Robert Witham as a back-up left back I signed very young at Atletico. Well he's all grown up now and is a brilliant full back, perhaps over paid for him as £58M is too much for a full back, but Pep did it with City and it was worth it for him. He is better than Moro who he replaced too. 

 

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Benfica did not wish to sell their young Ecuadorian prospect, and you can see why we had to pay such big money to land him. He'll be a good addition. 

 

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Melvin Feller was transfer listed at Arsenal as he couldn't get the first team football that he wanted. We still had to pay a pretty penny to land him, but he should be a good partner for Salazar. 

 

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Rui Perreira picked up a 2 month injury in July which would put him out for the start of the season. I still had a sizeable budget left so I thought **** it I'll sign another striker. Francois scored 22 goals in 47 games across all competitions last season in a Gladbach side that went down, so he was available and I jumped at the chance to sign him. Look how strong and fast he is ffs, an absolute monster :D 

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Is it me or do all the newgens look like gods physically but not as good technically or mentally?

Ive not made it so far in any game. Do you still get a player say like Messi or KDB who may not be the strongest or quickest but amazing technically? 

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Based on the World Team of the Year/Player of the Year's etc these seem the best attacking midfield players in the game, featuring Perin and Pedro Diaz who have both played under me. To answer your question, well it does seem that more often than not that it does look like the game leans more towards physical stats than technical. 

 

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Mid-Season update

 

German Super Cup

 

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A nice 2-1 win to get the season off to a winning start with Vogel and Gruttner getting the goals. 

 

German Cup

 

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An earlier exit in the German Cup than even we're usually used to. 

 

Bundesliga

 

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The money we spent this summer was paid off early on as we dominated the early stages of the domestic season, with 8 straight wins from our first 8 games, including two tough trips to Bayern and Leipzig. 

 

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That run was never going to last, especially with a tough CL group and we soon fell, with a draw at home to Leverkusen before two straight losses to Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim. We then beat Hamburger away to get back on track. 

 

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A win against Mainz followed, before a draw in Bremen. We then showed we were still to be feared with a dominant win against Dortmund, but then Stuttgart shocked us to give us our 3rd loss of the season, before we won our last game of the calendar year 3-0 against Koln. 

 

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Despite our early dominance we're only 1 point clear of a resurgent Bayer Leverkusen, who were down in 12th last season, albeit with a Europa League win. Hertha Berlin are right up there too though, with Bayern lingering in 4th some way off, whilst RB Leipzig and Dortmund are miles away, with Dortmund 15 points behind. It once again shows what an open league the Bundesliga is. 

 

Champions League

 

Pretty funny given the nice groups we've had in the last few years, that the first time we're a 1st seed we wind up with Chelsea, as well as the side who knocked us out last season, Real Madrid. 

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We struggled a bit, with a late equaliser against Real Madrid and a come back from 3-0 down at Chelsea keeping us in the competition. We even had to go to Madrid and win on the final day, which in turn sent out Real Madrid themselves. 

 

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Despite ending up top of the group we've got a tricky game in the knockout stages with Barcelona, although I suppose it is worth noting Barcelona haven't reached a Champions League Final since the very first season of the save. Weirdly enough they're actually managed by Luis Enrique, who is in his 3rd stint as manager of the club. 

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End of Season

 

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Worth noting at this point that Denis Gruttner won the Balon D'or, which marks the first player I've actually had who has won the World Player of the Year award whilst I've been their manager. Mo Salah technically won it for performances made under me, as he won it 6 months after I left PSG after guiding them to the CL, but Gruttner is the first whilst I've still been at the helm. 

 

Bundesliga

 

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We got the new year off to a dull start with a 0-0 draw at home to Union Berlin, before two good wins against Augsburg and Bayern. We then lost at St Pauli and Nurnberg, before drawing at home to Leipzig. I did rotate for the Barcelona CL game tbf. 

 

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We then drew with Schalke after further rotation for the CL, before beating Darmstadt. That's when we went on a really poor run. Without giving away too many spoilers I did rotate again during that time, but it was only for 1 or 2 games, not enough to justify such awful league performances. 

 

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Not sure where that performance against Mainz came from, but Gruttner played a big role and showed why he's World Player of the Year. We then beat Bremen, before losing to Genaro Gattusso's Dortmund side in a huge game that had a big impact on our title challenge. We finished the season with 2 wins against Stuttgart and Koln. 

 

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Yes, you're seeing that right. Dortmund, who were 15 points behind us at Christmas have managed to win the league :D 

You have to go back 35 years to when Bayern won in 2000/01 for a Bundesliga champion to have secured as little or less points to win the title. A real indication of how even the competition is (or how much we blew it) that a team won it with just 64 points. Hertha Berlin do well to get 3rd, with Bayer Leverkusen doing well and taking 4th. An abysmal year for RB Leipzig as they miss out on Europe altogether, but my word, Bayern Munich :D Stuck in 11th place closer to relegation than the title. They'd genuinely been on a 7 year title streak when I arrive in Germany and I can't even really take much credit for dismantling them as a force either. 

 

Champions League

 

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The away tie was very dicey, quite difficult and as the game was coming to the end I was content to take a 0-0, but then substitute CB Lassina Toure came off the bench to head in from a corner to give us a huge away goal. We went 3-0 up in the home leg within 15 minutes, which put us 4-0 up on aggregate in the driving seat. I went very defensive after this and let Barcelona come at us, they got 2 goals, but on the 60th minute we got out fourth and killed any hope of a brilliant comeback. 

 

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We faced my old side who haven't managed to win the CL since I gave them the glory. Christian Vogel shocked them in the 3rd minute as he smashed one home from just outside the box, which totally killed them. We were 3-0 up before half-time and they never really looked like scoring. This pretty much killed the tie, but we did manage to go 4-1 down at one point, which meant we were only going through on away goals. Francois popped up with a cheeky tap-in just before the hour mark though to give us a 2nd away goal, at which point the tie was more or less dead. We then got 2 more on the counter as my old side fought to get back in the game. 

 

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It had to be Man City again. A side I have struggled with as Wolfsburg manager, but they have lost Julian Nagellsmann and are now managed by Pochettino, who himself as bested me many a time in this save. We got a solid 1-0 win at home, managing to keep them at bay which was very important in the 2nd leg. We were 2-1 down at half-time, with just away goals keeping us in the tie, we then made it 2-2 quickly into the half, but they grabbed two more goals to make it 4-2 on the night at which point they'd be going through. Luckily we had Gruttner to show them why he's the best player in the world and his 72nd minute strike meant we went through on away goals to reach the promise land of the final! 

 

Manuel Baum's Atletico Madrid side have been something of a force in the last few years. This marked their 3rd final in 4 years and the German was looking to make it 3 wins from 3 at Wembley... 

 

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It was nice to have a game against one of my old sides, but they had lots of dangerous players who I remembered from my time there. Furkan Atak, Claiton Alberto, Francisco Sanchez, Richard Bogarin, Douglas Starnley, Federico Boscolo and Jaime Orta, all signed by me were starting in the final, with good old Fatjon Kastrati on the bench. Pretty crazy that they're all still doing well for them in what is now 6 years on, but I guess it just shows how good a place I left them. 

Douglas Starnley scored many goals for me and I was on the receiving end this time as he blasted one home within 2 minutes of the start of the match. Milo Jonckheere, who was starting in place of the injured Christian Vogel popped up with an equaliser on the 20th minute and we were back in it. Yet 10 minutes later it was the turn of another one of my main attacking forces at Atletico, Jaime Orta, who scored a brilliant goal to put them 2-1 ahead. 

We had to re-group at half-time and my assistant must've given them a good talking to, as just minutes into the second half Maurice Francois equalised to make it 2-2. The game then became a lot more tense and tight and it was left to Dennis Gruttner to prove his worth on the biggest stage and he did just that, with his goal gifting us the win and the big prize of the Champions League trophy. 

A fantastic achievement against such a good squad. We've managed to get to a position where we've spent a lot of money too and have a great squad too, but I'm still very happy especially as we ended up blowing the league, which was in part due to rotation for the CL, but we did also mess up a few games just for being poor. Great stuff. 

 

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Denis Gruttner is the obvious stand-out, but Christian Vogel, Marco Salazar, Melvin Feller, Joseba Lazzarabal and Carlos Francois also deserving of praise. Maurice Francois came into a top level club having played for a side who went down last year and got enough goals for us to win the Champions League and did pretty well in the Bundesliga too. 

 

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Career History

 

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Season      Club              League             Position            Achievements/Other
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2018/19     Arsenal           Premier League       4th               Europa League winners
2019/20     Arsenal           Premier League       2nd               Champions League winners
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2020/21     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
2021/22     Paris SG          Ligue 1              1st               Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners
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2022/23     AS Roma           Serie A              3rd               Italian Cup runners-up
2023/24     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Cup winners
2024/25     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A winners
2025/26     AS Roma           Serie A              2nd               Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up
2026/27     AS Roma           Serie A              1st               Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners
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2027/28     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              3rd               N/A
2028/29     Atletico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               N/A
2029/30     Altetico Madrid   La Liga              2nd               Champions League winners
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2030/31     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           6th               N/A
2031/32     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           5th               Europa League winners
2032/33     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           3rd               European Super Cup winners
2033/34     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           2nd               N/A
2034/35     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           1st               Bundesliga winners
2035/36     VFL Wolfsburg     Bundesliga           2nd               German Super Cup & Champions League winners
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Trophy Cabinet

 

Champions League      x5 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid), 
                           2035/36 (VFL Wolfsburg)  

Europa League         x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg)

European Super Cup    x1 - 2032/33 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Bundesliga            x1 - 2034/35 (VFL Wolfsburg)
German Super Cup      x1 - 2035/36 (VFL Wolfsburg)

Serie A               x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Cup           x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma)
Italian Super Cup     x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma)

Ligue 1               x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) 
Coupe de la Ligue     x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG)
Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG)

 

Nations Completed

 

1. England - Arsenal 
2. France  - Paris SG
3. Italy   - AS Roma 
4. Spain   - Atletico Madrid
5. Germany - VFL Wolfsburg

 

Edited by PaulHartman71

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Nations Remaining

 

  1. Portugal (Porto, Benfica)
  2. Russia
  3. Turkey
  4. Ukraine 
  5. Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord)
  6. Belgium 
  7. Switzerland
  8. Denmark
  9. Austria
  10. Croatia 
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Scotland (Celtic)
  13. Norway 
  14. Sweden
  15. Serbia (Red Star)
  16. Romania (Steaua Bucharest)
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Poland
  19. Greece
  20. Slovenia
  21. Slovakia
  22. Israel
  23. Republic of Ireland
  24. Hungary
  25. Iceland
  26. Belarus
  27. Finland
  28. Wales
  29. Northern Ireland

 

If anyone pays heavy attention to this list you'll notice I've made quite drastic changes to the order. It is now based on the coefficients of each nation's clubs, before it was just based on a loose idea of the strength of teams/clubs in that region. Having looked at the difference in qualification places you get for each tier you are in the overall coefficients it makes much more sense to base it on that, so as of this season it looks like this. It's still not exact as I'll have 3 leagues loaded of eligible teams each summer after I "complete" a nation, so I'll always just go for the best club/option at the time. 

Ukraine will be the next league loaded though and will be in the game from the middle of the summer, with the German leagues obviously making way. 

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No massive surprises, but 5 German sides in the knockout stages shows the depth/strength of the league, albeit only us and Bayern actually made the knockout round tohugh. 

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Dominic Tedesco's Zenit side won their 3rd straight title, with Krasnodar again coming 2nd and Rubin in 3rd. Akhmat pulled off a surprise and won the Russian Cup, which robbed Arsenal Tula of a Europa league spot. Spartak finish 4th which is their highest finish for 5 years, which is mad considering how dominant they were at one point. 

 

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Benfica, who are somehow now managed by Diego Simeone, won their 2nd title in 3 years, which now leaves Porto in the peculiar situation of going 3 seasons without a title. This triggered manager Didier Deschamps to get the sack, with Porto opting for succesful Zenit manager Dominic Tedesco. Sporting Lisbon finish 3rd after last year's heroics, whilst Braga, Academica and Boavista get the remaining European spots. A bad year for Portimonense, who have been used to getting Europa - they've sacked their manager, Allegri (yes that Allegri) for it. 

 

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Kasimpasa are back on top in Turkey, with Kayserispor in 2nd. These two are now undeniably the dominant forces of Turkish football, with Fenerbache now having gone 9 years without a title. It's worse for Galatasaray, who have now gone 18 years without sitting on top of the Turkish throne. In terms of prospective jobs, unfortunately both Fenerbache and Besiktas, who would both pose interesting options, signed new managers in the middle of the season so don't have the manager position going. 

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Zenit are a clear standout after Tedesco getting snapped up by Benfica. If there was a good Portuguese club outside of Porto and Benfica (ideally Sporting Lisbon) then I'd opt for them - and if I'm honest I am still mildly tempting by Portimonense as the Portuguese league will be much easier due to it's more relaxed squad rules (Russia requires 5 of their own players starting each league game). If it was anyone but Zenit I would probably opt for Portimonense and build them up, but Zenit have such an immense starting position as a behemoth of Russia football (and that I would have to come back to Russia at some point anyway) that I might as well just go for them whilst they're available. 

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I was a bit bemused to only be offered a 1 year contract, but what can you do?! :D 

 

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We've got a pretty decent budget for any club, let alone a Russian club, so I hope we can have a big summer and look onward to retaining the Russian title and pushing forward in Europe. 

The main rules the Russian League has is that you have to have at least 5 Russian players in every starting lineup, although of course these rules don't apply to the Champions League. The Zenit philosophies seem to be heavily centred around bringing young players through the system (not sure this is something they focus on in real life atm) and they have state of the art facilities. 

There's some good young Russian players in the squad, but I will need to bring some more in. The main problem is that due to the lack of Russian talent kicking about it drives the price up, which for us, sure, is fine because we have a **** load of money. But if we're spending £20-25M on a Russian player from a lesser Russian club, whilst yes we're weakening them and getting a monopoly of talent to some extent, we're also giving them a **** load of money to go and reinvest in good foreign players :D 

I've got quite a few lads in the Euros this summer so I'll keep an eye on that to gauge roughly how good the Russian players are. Should also highlight any other potential good Russian players at other clubs too. 

Zenit have still won 5 of the last 6 titles though so I don't imagine I will have thaaaat much of a hard time in the league. 

Edited by PaulHartman71

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The challenge was already tough but now it gets tougher. Looking forward to this.

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14 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Where are you in the hall of fame now?

 

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Of the active managers on there: Pep (65), Conte (66), Emery (64), Manuel Baum (56), Zidane (63), Tuchel (62), Simeone (66), Me (50), Nagelsmann (48). 

I imagine that before they retire Baum and Nagelsmann will win enough to join me at the business end of the table. Pep probably stays top until one of us overtakes him at some point in the next 10-15 years. 

 

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23 hours ago, PaulHartman71 said:

"The main problem is that due to the lack of Russian talent kicking about it..." 

 

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