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15 hours ago, zlatanera said:

Any chance of screenshots of them both? I'm curious how they've developed, given that while AI is usually terrible at developing players, they'd presumably be nailed on starters for at least the past 4 seasons, albeit in a weak league. 




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Seems to have done ok on Marin, although I would have hoped he’d have better top-half mentals (decisions etc.). Hopefully you can maximise his potential then flog him to Madrid for €300m!

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Season 5 August


Good start to the season 4 wins from 4


Benfica and Porto keeping up with me though.

Of course my big aim for this season is to win the champions league


Well i'll need to do it the hard way, after a tough draw.

The league cup though gave me a good chance of progression


Seems August is over the transfer window is over, as said in the last update I did have one more player who I was working on..I actually brought in two.

Wilson Isidor- €3.3m from Monaco


The young French man comes in from Monaco for a nice low fee



Some good stats there that I'm hoping I can improve on.

The second signing was Dusko Pilipovic a Croatian wonderkid signing from Rijeka who i've sent back to for the season I paid €19M for him




Player of the month


Diogo Bras scored five goals and 3 assists during August so he deserves it.

Up next in September




My first post World Cup squad sees Braganca and Leao come in to the team with Luis and Rafa missing out due to injury and obviously the retirement of Ronaldo.

Bras was unlucky to miss out (by unlucky I mean I totally forgot to add him)


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Season 5 September


A great start in the Champions League, Marin tore Spurs apart bagging a hat trick and assisting the other.

I then lost to Guimaraes which was slightly annoying but of course it's still early and I have time to recover those dropped points later in the year.


Player of the month


Antonio Marin- he was superb this month, as mentioned his demolition job of Spurs was brilliant he also made his Croatia debut.

Up next in October


Two big games against Milan and of course my first Benfica clash of the season.


As for Portugal my first match after being crowned World Champions


And my first loss as national manager Griezmann doing the damage but lack defending from a corner seen Laporte win it at the death for the French.

After that I had a friendly with Argentina


A few of the younger lads got a run out here with Daniel Braganca getting his debut.

Up next in October


Denmark and France in the Nations League


The following is the squad I've picked, some injuries see the young Baro comes in to squad the Porto man is on loan at Torino and will get his chance to impress. The newly eligible Nikola Maras also comes in after declaring for Portugal after 7 years playing for Chaves and Braga. He has some decent mental stats so I'll be keen to see what he'll bring.




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Been a while....

October Season 5


The month went really well, a 7-1 humbling of Maritimo, followed by a 2-1 win for a young side in the Taca and a great 6-1 win over Milan, then my great record over Benfica continued, another young team beats Feirense 3-1 to all but put me through barring a 4 goal loss to Lusitania. A 1-1 draw with Milan sees me qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League (Not sure why the game was on the Saturday)

Player of the month has to be Andre Silva


8 goals during the month including hat tricks in the games against Maritimo and Milan.

The month of November sees me at home 4 times 


This is the current League table


A tough month for Benfica sees them drop to 4th albeit with a game in hand. Porto are unbeaten so far and could go top with their game in hand. 


It was a big month for the national team too, two must win games and they were thrillers


Silva continued his great form with the national team hitting another hat trick against Denmark

Next up was France and a chance of revenge


Same score as last time just this time in my favour. not going to lie I got very nervous when Griezmann scored in the 89th minute but I managed to hold on for a vital win.


The table currently stands like so. with France playing Denmark in the first round of fixtures I'll know exactly what I need when I visit Copenhagen after I play Italy in a friendly.


Some injuries and suspensions as well as as the friendly fixture beforehand gives me a chance to blood some new players into the squad


Djalo has done well whilst out on loan so deserves his chance.

Two potential new caps

Umaro Embalo


The youngster has broken into the Benfica first team this season and I'll be keen to see what he can do. 

Pedro Neto


He was a player I was interested in before I decided to go for Isidor, he moved to Juventus and has also done well. 

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Season 5 November


A great month 100% record if there was anything to be of annoyance it was that I needed extra time in the Taca but I'm through so that's all I care about.

Player of the month has to....

Antonio Marin


4 goals and 4 assists in November for the Croat.


Benfica continue to drop points so looks like it will be Porto who'll be my challenger this season.

They have two games in hand now but of course


I have the chance to push ahead of them midway through the month when I visit the Dragao.


In terms of the National Team it was a big month. 

First up for me was a friendly with the Italians


A disappointing loss but Embalo impressed when he came on scoring on his debut.


A big win fro the French left me needing to win by 4 clear goals in Copenhagen


Bras with his first international goal with 6 minutes left secured it for me


Putting me through to the Nations League Finals on goal difference.


Where the Italians will stand in my way of playing either Poland or Germany.

That will of course be in June next year in between qualification for Deutschland 2024 


I've been drawn into Group C with Estonia, Georgia, Northern Ireland and Turkey.

A group I'm confident of winning,   

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Season 5 December


Well December has put me on the back front a 3-2 loss to Porto has put them ahead of me


And with a game in hand.

I'm still very confident though that I can turn it around (maybe those 2 goals may come in handy)

The draw for the cups have all been nice


I think I can get by AS Monaco handily enough


Rio Ave in the semi finals of the League Cup with the potential of Porto or Maritimo in the final

As for the Taca


I'll admit that one could have been better

Here is the January fixtures


Of course the transfer window is open, tbh I don't think I really need anyone, a few may be sold though with Fabio Martins having become surplus and if I receive a €40m bid for Miguel Luis I'd be happy to let him go.

There is one player who is interesting me, who I could get on a free transfer. He will be asking for massive wages though, the question is would he justify them




Should I bring him home???


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Player of the month btw


Andre Silva

My main man he continues to bang them in 3 goals during the month put him on 23 for the season 5 short of his tally of last season, and only 11 short of what Bas Dost hit for me two years ago.

Can he beat it?

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Absolutely make that signing. If its in any way possible, you sign him. Then get him on your coaching staff when he retires.

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Season 5 January


Well the domestic treble dream is over after Braga beat me on penalties but I did beat Porto on penalties to win the League Cup

In terms of the league


Only Porto's better head 2 head record separates us, so the league title is still within my grasp.

Before I round up the Transfer business here is my fixtures for February





Mostly loans that Miguel Luis deal has €25M clause should he play 20 games.

I made nice profit on both Mavropanos and Fabio Martins so off they went.



First in was someone to replace the departing Mavro


For €13.25m from Napoli  

Zinho Vanhuesden



Still only 23 he still has room to grow some already great stats


Next in I was looking for someone to cover Marin on the left wing, no one really stood out until I checked the transfer list, returning to the club on loan until the end of the season from AS Monaco





He had two great years with Monaco but fell down the pecking order in the 3rd, he'll add great cover for Marin when needed.


Now for the big one, That's right in the summer returning to where it all started for him




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February Season 5


Very disappointing to drop points to Leixoes but happy with the 4-3 win away to Monaco in the Champions League


Porto had dropped points at home to Guimaraes so overall no real change in the table, I'm still 3 points behind them.


The month of March sees the second leg of the Monaco tie as well as the Lisbon Derby. Porto also play Benfica so I'll be hoping they can perhaps do me a favour there.

Player of the month for January (Sorry forgot to mention) and February


Diogo Bras

8 goals and 6 assists in the last two months he has become a superstar



Of course the month of March shall see me start the Euro 2024 Qualifiers


First up is Northern Ireland away followed by Estonia at home.

There is still two weeks until I need to finalise my squad but the following is the most likely due to some suspensions and injuries.


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March Season 5


What a month goals galore, That Monaco game 6-4!!!

It means I'm through to the quarter final of the Champions League


And I drew Arsenal

In the league as you can see I went through unbeaten and Benfica did me a big favour


Meaning the league table is like this at the moment


Breaking the 100 goal mark !!! (and still 7 games left)

Player of the month with 9 goals at club level, Andre Silva


He now has 41 goals this season and with at the least another 9 games (hopefully 12) who knows what he'll finish on.

April fixtures


There may of course be a Champions League Semi Final in there too.


As for the national team I started the Euro 2024 Qualifiers in style


Two big wins for me


Next up for me is the Nations League Finals

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Just a small update, I beat Arsenal so I'm now through to the Semi Final of the Champions League

Here is the draw


Rivals vs Rivals in both ties

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Season 5 April


Away goals to the rescue against Arsenal. As said above I drew Benfica in the Semi final a nice 2-1 win continues my great record against them


Note 4 of the 16 wins were over 2 legs.

In terms of the league my 100% record above and Porto dropping 4 points in April




Beat them and it's 5 in a row (I'm also hoping to score 9 more goals to break 100 GD)

Player of the month


Dani Olmo- the Croat has become the pivot of my attacking line and scored some vital goals during the month as well as setting up some of the chances which led to goals.

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One more thing to highlight, here are the nominations for Player of the year and Young Player of the year



Diogo Bras has to favorite for both IMO though Andre Silva will run him close for the main prize.

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Season 5 May

And the 5th season comes to an end.

I'm going to break it down into League and Champions League


So where I left off a win against Porto would see me win the league


It was not to be but Marin scored late to ensure we avoided defeat

Next up we had another chance to win it against Estoril


and we did not disappoint 5 IN A ROW!!!

Last up we had Nacional


A great way to finish the season

meaning the league finished like so


+100 goal difference

Now for the Champions League

I left off with the away leg to Benfica to play, I had a 2-1 lead going into the game so knew I could make no mistakes and tbh neither team did


A 0-0 draw seen us through to final for the second time in my 5 years at the club


Where Liverpool would await me.

Could I defy the odds and win the ultimate prize?


In short "no" , I was given a good hammering.

Despite this I'm still massively proud of the achievement to reach the final, hopefully next season could be my year.



Bras picks up the Player of the season as expected also young player of the season.


Andre Silva scored 46 goals during the season a brilliant  return, Braganca with 20 assists


Risto certainly put his foot in for the club this season.

Onto the 6th season now where we welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo



But first up for me is the Nations League Finals

Here is the squad I've picked


Potential new cap for Rafa Pereira he impressed during the season for Porto so deserves his chance.

I'll update on what happened in the Nations League in my Season 6 opener , where I will give an overview of what is sure to be a busy summer for me.



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Nations League

Before I go over the changes in my Sporting Team quick overview of the Nations League

First up was the semi final against Italy


Unfortunately the Italians proved too much for me in Extra Time and I'd have to settle for the 3rd/4th Place 


Where the Poles would await me after the Germans Put them to the sword


As did I in the 3rd/4th Playoff, Andre Silva and Diogo Jota both scoring two Tiago Dantas scoring his first goal, with Rafa Pereira making a dream debut with his first goal, Bruno Fernandes completing the scoring.

As for the Final


The Germans couldn't make home advantage count with Italy winning the Nations League Crown.





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Season 6 Pre-Season

So begins my 6th Season with Sporting. The aims for this year obviously look to continue my domestic dominance but the main aim is to go one step further in Europe and win the Champions League.

Here is my Pre-Season Results


A tour of South Korea was first up  some great wins and a good trip hopefully for Merchandising

Up next was the inaugural Aurélio Pereira Trophy, named in honour of the legendary scout.


Unfortunately I'd just fall short on penalties to Inter but an great test.

Two routine wins over Aston Villa and Standard followed before a final loss to RB Leipzig

Up next for the first month


The Supertaca and two more Friendlies with Hoffenheim and Milan before I start the league campaign.

So now onto Transfers


Stefan Ristovski €10M to Atletico Madrid


One I was a little sad to see go, but he wanted a new challenge with only a year left on his contract €10M was a good offer, he actually had a lot of admirers but chose to head to Spain. Best of luck to him.

Dimitar Mitrovski €10M to Aston Villa


The Macedonian attacking midfielder had spent the last 5 years out on loan, I was tempted to keep him but decided to field offers for him €10M was a good offer for him so off he went.

Renan Riberio €12M to Inter Milan


Another one I was sad to see go but like Risto he wanted a new challenge, his departure gives me the chance to blood in some of the keepers who had to spend the last few years on loan. Best of Luck to him too.

Miguel Luis €25M to Lille


One which was arranged should he play 20 games for Lille whilst on loan last term, he was a talent but never really pushed on, I will of course keep an eye on his progress hoping he can get gametime and improve.

Domingos Duarte- €48 to Blackburn


A move I thought too good to turn down . My captain for the last 3 seasons, he served the club with distinction, I wish him the best.

Other Transfers and Loans Out




Some of the above have clauses to buy, Xadas, Andre Sousa, Foyth for example. Others like Felix Correia, Duarte Valente, Marques and Plata go out for much needed game time which I can't promise 100%.


Kevin Mbabu -€22m from Liverpool


One from the transfer list, Kevin comes in after helping Liverpool triumph in the Champions League last year, At 28 he is at his peak great crossing ability and great pace, a welcome addition to the team and replacement for Risto.



Luca Pelligrini - €26M from Bologna


The Italian wingback comes in to give Ayrton Lucas competition on the left back position only 24 he has some great stats (I believe he was a wonderkid starting off). 26m was his buyout clause which I was happy to pay




Diogo Leite €25M from Porto


Whilst on international duty I noticed he had a €25M release fee and was surprised that he was interested to join me, after Domingos left I met the clause and brought him in from my title rivals. Only 24 so he has years ahead of him.



And now the big one, the one you've all been waiting for

Cristiano Ronaldo -Free Transfer from Juventus


That's right the main man Cristiano Ronaldo is back where it all began on a one year contract (with an option for another). At 38 his best years are behind him but he offers, a potential X factor when needed, stats wise he is still phenomenal , he may have lost his pace but those finishing stats.




There is one more  player who will be coming in too, just waiting to confirm it, I shall post a full squad list in the August Update

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Season 6 August


First month of the season down and another trophy in the Supertaca and an incredible start to the league season with 15 goals scored

As i said there was one more signing waiting to be approved 

Welcome to Sporting



One I'd tried for a few times but he was always looking for 100k a week wages. I seen him on transfer list (REQ) and had to go for him, thankfully he accepted lower wages this time.



He completes my squad for the season ahead.

Here is my Champions League Squad List for the 2023/24 season


The draw for the Champions League has been kind enough


Player of the month


Antonio Marin- the Croat has started the season in fine form with 4 goals

Of course with Duarte leaving I needed a new captain, it may have been easy to just give it to Ronaldo like my assistant said but I wanted to reward one of my best players from last season so my new captain .....


Daniel Bragança 

and also rewarded for last terms brilliance my new vice captain


Diogo Bras


The league so far


Schedule for September




In September I continue with the Euro 2024 qualifiers with Georgia and Turkey my next opponents

a few injuries to Domingos Duarte and Andre Silva , see a few changes


And potentially some new caps, Diogo Querios of Porto comes in for Duarte and Diogo Cardoso from Vit. Guimaraes (on loan from Benfica) come in after starting the season well.

You may also notice a new inclusion in the Goalkeeping department


After being a Benfica for over 7 years Mile Svilar has gained Portuguese Citizenship and I was able to convince him to switch allegiance from Belgium. At only 24 he could battle it out with Diogo Costa now to see who will take over from Lopes.



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