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JLa
23-07-12, 07:55 PM
See above: finished 7th in La Liga, jumped ship and was offered a job at Liverpool.

Yarixus
26-07-12, 07:32 AM
Having the game of my life, or atleast i'm hoping to have it.

I never ever ever managed to get a conference team play in the premier league. This time, my attempt will be Hereford. in 2003/04 they almost relegated (rank 19th) when i took charge i sold a few players and got a few new freebeez and loaned deals. My strategy is 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.

in 2004/05 we won the conference.
at this moment we played 3 games in the third league. 2 wins and 1 lost (3-4 lost).
Hoping on some good news in 38 games.

JLa
28-07-12, 04:34 PM
It's 2028, and I've decided to end this game. A career with a lot of ups and not that many downs:

2010-2019
Gloucester City (ENG)
- Conference North winners
- 2nd English Conference
- FL2 winners
- FL1 winners
- 2nd FLC
- Multiple winners EPL
- Winners FA cup, League cup, Charity Shield and Champions League through the years

2019-2021
Écija Balompié (SPA)
- D2B winners
- D2 winners
- 7th La Liga

2020-2022
Portugal
- World cup winners

2021-2022
Liverpool (ENG)
- EPL winners

2022-2024
England
- Confederations cup winner
- European championship winner

2024-2025
Reggina (ITA)
- Serie B winner

2025-2028
Baunatal (GER)
- Promotion from regional south division
- 3rd in second division
- 2nd in Bundesliga


820 games played
529 games won
154 drawn
137 lost

1513 goals scored
635 goals against

85 players bought (total value: 0. Free transfer youth players only)
30 players sold. (total value: £ 13,750,000)

/out

Coys
28-07-12, 04:52 PM
Did you play all of these? if so great effort :ok:

JLa
28-07-12, 05:00 PM
Yup, no holidaying. :)

Coys
28-07-12, 05:30 PM
Awesome :)

You must play a lot? how many leagues do you select and what DB size?

JLa
28-07-12, 05:59 PM
Recently I've been playing quite a few hours, yes (summer holiday + rain pouring down outside ...)

For this save I had selected the English, German, Italian and Spanish leagues, all divisions. Normal size DB, Tapanified DB from 2010 or something ..

BlazeRavenwolf
31-07-12, 09:28 AM
End of 4th Season (Jun 2005)

First Team

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1093/firstteam2005.png

Reserves

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8614/reserveteam2005.png

Tactics

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/143/tactic2005.png

Transfers

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/4716/transfers2005.png

NOTE: Regens
Filippo Lucchesi = Carlo Cudicini
Abdoulaye Yao = Didier Drogba
Lars Wimmer = Michael Ballack

Results

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/4593/results12005.png
http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/6976/results22005.png
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4286/results32005.png
http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/713/results42005.png
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/834/results52005.png

Table

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/5711/table2005.png

League Cup Final

http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/9426/leaguecupfinal22005.png
http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/7356/leaguecupfinal12005.png

FA Cup Final

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/1825/facupfinal12005.png
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/7995/facupfinal22005.png

Champions League Final

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/3700/championscupfinal12005.png
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4595/championscupfinal22005.png

Fans' Player of the Season

Danny Sturridge

Manager's Player of the Season

Danny Sturridge

Kowalinho
01-08-12, 02:24 PM
Barrow City Football Club, Vannes Olympique, VVV Venlo, SS Barletta Calcio, KS Cracovia Kraków, RFC Union La Calamine, Club Andorra, Victoria Koronowo and 1.FC Heidenheim 1846

2010 - 2045

Barrow:

Conference - Vice - 28/8/6 - 105/46 - 92 - 2010/11
Third Division - Winners - 42/4/0 - 146/45 - 130 - Season 2011/12
Second Division - Winners - 40/4/2 - 130/39 - 124 - Season 2012/13
First Division - Winners - 36/6/4 - 111/34 - 114 - Season 2013/14
Premiership - Winners - 25/7/6 - 70/27 - 82 - Season 2014/15
Premiership - Winners - 27/5/6 - 94/37 - 86 - Season 2015/16

Vans Trophy: Winners 2012, 2013
Charity Shield: Winners 2015
League Cup: Winners 2016, 2015 (2nd place)
FA Trophy: Winners 2011
Champions League: Winners 2016
Intercontinental Cup: Winners 2016 [/ quote]

Vannes Olympique Club

French Second Division - Winners - 27/6/5 - 94/42 - season 2016/2017
French First Division - Winners - 29/6/3 - 94/27 - 93 - Season 2017/2018
French First Division - Winners - 31/4/3 - 94-27 - 97 - Season 2018/2019
French First Division - Winners - 32/4/1 - 86/18 - 100 - Season 2019/2020


French Cup: 2016 (2nd place) 2020 (winner)
League Cup: 2018, 2019, 2020 (winner)
Champions Trophy: 2019, 2020 (winner)
European Super Cup: 2020 (winners)
Champions League: 2020 (winners)
Intercontinental Cup: 2020 (winners)


VVV-Venlo:

First Division - Winners - 30/4/0 - 100/14 - 94 - Season 2020/2021
Premier Division - Winners - 24/8/2 - 91/20 - 80 - Season 2021/2022
Premier Division - Winners - 33/1/0 - 103/19 - 100 - Season 2022/2023


Dutch Cup: 2020/21 - 3rd round
Dutch Cup: 2021/22 and 2022/23 - Master
European Super Cup: 2023 - Winner
Champions League: 2023 - Winners
World Championships - Winners of 2023

Barletta Calcio:

Serie A - Winners - Season 2026/27
Serie B - Winners - Season 2025/26
Serie C1 / B - Winners - Season 2024/25
Serie C2 / C - Winners - Season 2023/24

2026 Italian Cup: Winners
Italian Super Cup in 2026: Winners
Europa League 2026: Winners

Cracovia Krakow:

Second Division: - Winners - 2027/28
First Division: - Winners - 2028/29
First Division: - Winners - 2029/30

Polish Cup - Winners - Season 2028/29, 29/30 30/31
League Cup: Winners - Season 2028/29, 29/30 30/31

Champions League: Winners 2030, 2031
European Super Cup: Winners 2030, 2031
Intercontinental Cup: Winners 2030


RFC Union La Calamine:

Belgian Third Division - Winners - Season 2030/2031
Belgian Second Division - Winners - Season 2031/2032
Belgian Premier Division - Winners - Season 2032/2033
Belgian Premier Division - Winners - Season 2033/2034
Belgian Premier Division - Winners - Season 2034/2035

Belgian Cup - Winners - 2032
Belgian Cup - Winners - 2033
Belgian Cup - Winners - 2035
Belgian Cup - Winners - 2036

Europa League - Winners - 2033
Europa League - Winners - 2034

Champions League - Winners - 2035

Intercontinental Cup - Winners - 2035


Club Andorra:


Spanish Second Division B / 3 - Winners (Promotion) - Season 2035/37
Spanish Second Division - Winners - Season 2036/37
Spanish First Division - Winner - Season 2037/38
Spanish First Division - Winner - Season 2038/39

Spanish Cup - Winners - 2037

Europa League - Winners - 2038
Champions League - Winners - 2039


Victoria Koronowo:

Second Division - 13th place - 2040/41
Second Division - Champion - 2041/42
First Division - Champion - 2042/43
First Division - Champion - 2043/44

Polish League Cup - 2042 Vice
Polish League Cup - Champion 2043
Polish League Cup - runner 2044

Polish FA Cup - 2042 Vice
Polish FA Cup - Champion 2043
Polish FA Cup - Champion 2044

Polish Super Cup - Champion 2043, 2044, 2045

Champions League - Champion 2044
Champions League - Champion 2045
European Super Cup - Champion 2044
Intercontinental Cup - Champion 2044

1 FC Heidenheim 1846

German Regional - 2045/46
Representations:

Poland:

European Football Championship 2020: quarterfinal
FIFA World Cup 2022: Masters
Confederation Cup 2025: 3rd place

Luxembourg

WC Qualifications (EUR) 2038 - Promotion through the play-offs (1-0 and 2-2 with Bosnia)
FIFA World Cup 2038 - quarterfinals (defeat by Argentina)
Qualifications EC 2040 - Play-offs (defeat by Belgium)

Czech Republic:
European Football Championship 2044 (Norway) - quarterfinals


Current season: 2045/46

Profile manager:
http://i.imgur.com/lfWHV.png

technoir
01-08-12, 03:02 PM
I see that after my screenshots Heidenheim is becoming popular xD

Kowalinho
01-08-12, 04:16 PM
Yyyyyy no :P They were only avaible club in germany :P

JLa
03-08-12, 07:18 PM
Started another save, no restrictions in the buying & selling-department this time around. I started my career at the Irish club Sporting Fingal - three years later we lifted the Champions League trophy. I then resigned, and applied for a job at QPR. Got it. Won the FLC by a whole lot of points and are looking forward to winning the Premier League as well. But then what?

Kenny Dalglish's Smile
08-08-12, 07:33 PM
A tragic early death in a freak plastering incident

pablot
20-08-12, 05:21 PM
My current save:

East Stirling 2001-2007
Won 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Division titles along with 3 consecutive Premier divisions.
2 Challenge Cups, 4 League Cups and 4 Scottish Cups.
Uefa Cup- 3rd Round
Champs League- Semi-Finals

Bologna 2007- Present

4 consecutive Serie A titles
3 Italian cups
Champs League Winners 2011 (25 yard strike in 120th min of Extra Time beating Man City 3-2!! Finally my first Champs League win in the game!!)

Might move on now, will see what jobs are available, got plenty of leagues in the backgroung to choose from.

Chill
26-08-12, 03:40 AM
Started a new game yesterday and managed to take Peterborough to the Premiership, finishing 2nd behind Southampton. Surviving in the Premiership with the resources at hand is going to be a challenge though..

BlazeRavenwolf
30-08-12, 08:39 AM
OK I am starting a new game and I am going to attempt to take at team from the Conference to the Premiership, I want to do this as a return to the big time kinda thing, so my choice of teams is limited to either Grimsby Town (Old Division 1 1934 to 1948) or Luton Town (Old Division 1 - 1982 to 1992)

Luton seems to be the better option being as their time in the top division was post war and quite recent too

But what do you guys thing I should do

Fods
04-09-12, 02:42 AM
Wait for the new update...

MR2ONLY
04-09-12, 12:08 PM
I am now in year 2150!

I've only ever been with originally Arsenal, then my local team Colchester United and now with Scunthorpe. Been with Holland, Italy, Brazil but never won the World Cup!

I'll put a screen shot up when I get home from work of all the honours I have received :)

Dermotron
04-09-12, 12:11 PM
Have you gone on holiday mode much? Some save game :ok:

MR2ONLY
04-09-12, 07:29 PM
I went on holiday for about one season in all. I prefer playing the game instead of leaving it do what it does.

The save game is around 900mb!!!

There are obviously regenerated players in the game, but the ones that still stand out are Zlatlan Imbrahimovic, Ronaldo, Aguero & Higuain are all awesome. All regenerate from their lower leagues of their country so if you look hard enough they can be bought for pence!!

I was thinking I'd get bored but then I'll just change teams :)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i200/superredmr2/managerstats.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i200/superredmr2/messimoney.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i200/superredmr2/ronaldoregen.jpg

Ian MacNab
08-09-12, 02:13 PM
So...playing a Wrexham game for fun.

However, ground rules:
Must play whatever formation my assistant manager prefers (current manager 442) without wib-wobbing. Must also conform my players preferred position to where they play.

So a AMR must play out wide and as far up as feasible for good play. AMRC can play a little more centrally...

DL must play level with DCs...D/DML can play up further.

DMC must play at DM level...FC can play in either SC or AM level, etc.

It makes for some...'interesting' formations, particularly the assymetric ones. It also means my results are far from ideal.

Anyway, after finishing 3rd in the conference first season, as I tweaked my understanding of what happens when and where...we started season 2 some weeks back and kept getting ties...finally sorted out my goalkeepers issues (Mayebi is horribly inconsistent)...eventually flogged him off to Nottingham Forest and used loan goalkeepers for the rest of the campaign. We were down a dozen points at Christmas...managed to get on a great run, closed the game to two points before the final game of the season. We win, and Tamworth drops points, we are champions. We draw, and Tamworth loses, we are champions.

With 10 minutes to go, we lead Cambridge 1-0, and I check the league table, and Tamworth are drawing their opponent 2-2...we are champions on goal difference! All we have to do is survive the next ten minut...damn. Cambridge scored. Oh, and Tamworth scored to.

<shakes head>

All for naught. Tamworth wins and promotes with a four point advantage over us. Sigh, another year in the conference.

Ah well, finally won the FA Trophy (never won that competition before, always promoted too fast) and the Welsh Premier Cup (beating Swansea AND Cardiff).

On to the next season...should take me a few months, since I can only play a few games at a time.

ashton430
28-09-12, 11:56 AM
I will be playing in the Italian Leagues for a while before moving around a little bit. I am currently a few seasons in so I will post a updates to my present position before posting more in depth updates with screen shots.

Career Aims:
• Win Serie A
• Win Champions League
• Manage Fiorentina
• Create an all Italian side which conquers all
• Manage Italy to glory

I have decided on these aims to complete throughout my career.

I have started the game as an unemployed Italian Manager.

Another point to note is that I will only be using the tactics already on the game and I will not be editing the Wib/Wob aspect as it would make things to easy.

I will be using the original database but with a patch to update the date , I will still however have all of the original players in CM01/02 but they will just be older.

http://rlv.zcache.ca/italy_forza_azzurri_calcio_soccer_ball_flag_sports _sticker-p217527768823267773envb3_400.jpg

ashton430
28-09-12, 11:57 AM
2010/11 - Unemployed/ Treviso - C1/A

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRHFifMGQbFcBIYh_uMP4LkiSGhAfvAF MtUfU7Dv5f5v-Z92KJMx9tMUp8

I remained unemployed through the season until March at which stage Treviso lost their manager with them sitting just outside the C1/A playoffs. I applied and was given the job. The club were in a massive amount of debt and an old squad (this is a common theme when the patch is used). I decided to take them until the end of the season and then review the situation. We had 9 a few games left in the season and somehow managed to squeeze out a win in all but two of these. This was enough to put us into the playoffs.

In the playoffs we would first face a Lumezzane with the first leg being away from home. We won 6-0 and all but sealed our place in the final. The second leg was a bit of a let down as we drew 1-1. In the final we faced Pro Patria who squeezed into the playoffs on the last day. We lost 4-3 and we would have to face another season in the C1/A

Next Season

The club is in massive debt and I have a massive amount of players ever leaving or refusing to renew their deals in the summer. I have managed to sort out a few replacements but they are no way near good enough to replace what I am loosing. With no money it is really difficult to rebuild and with the board wanting promotion I am finding it tough.

A job may well come up in the off season with a massive club who have just come out of C2/A (IRL they are now in the Serie A, they had to drop all the way down to C2 due to financial difficulty) and their gaffer looks like he may be off to Serie A.

ashton430
28-09-12, 11:58 AM
2011/12 - Fiorentina - C1/A

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/ACF_Fiorentina_2.svg/140px-ACF_Fiorentina_2.svg.png

Pietro Vierchowod left the club after guiding them to promotion to join Atalanta. I applied and I was given the job, I had a massive budget for this level of £9,000,000 but I knew that all of this was not going to be spent. I was aware of them going bankrupt hence the position in C2/A (IRL they C2/A and skipped C1 and moved straight into Serie B). In the pre season I added some decent players to the squad perhaps most famous of those being Sully Muntari who had fallen out of favour with Udinese.

I began the season in decent enough fashion being in and around the play offs for the majority. I was not however scoring enough goals, this changed with the £500,000 signing of Daniel Hrcka Brondberg who came in from Lyn. In the second half of the season he scored 22 goals and I didnt loose a game on the way two the Italian Lower League double of the C1/A title and the Serie C Cup.

Next Season

Well as a new club in the league I suppose the first job would be to stay up, but with the form we shown in the latter part of last year the least I would expect is mid table. I would also love a Coppa Italia run, we have a decent group with C1/A side Verona and Serie B Side Ascoli. I have a few players on my radar to come in as I again am loosing a number of players who are retiring. I will have enough money to sort this out though this time.

ashton430
28-09-12, 11:59 AM
2012/13 - Fiorentina - Serie B

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/ACF_Fiorentina_2.svg/140px-ACF_Fiorentina_2.svg.png

This season was all about maintaing where we were. We started off with the Coppa Italia, this was a competition that I was really keen to do well in as I really wanted a little cup run. It was not to be as we lost our first game against Ascoli and despite beating the other teams in the group it was not enough to seal top spot and qualification, I was really gutted but I suppose now it would leave me to focus on the league.

Didnt we just do that, we started like a house on fire scoring for fun, after 15 games us and Lecce were clear at the top, and with the top four going up I was fairly confident. We continued all the way through the season winning and dropping the odd point here and there. Come the end of the season we finished 2nd 4 points behind Lecce. Lecce were truly the dominant side and we never really contended. We were up Fiorentina back were they belong.

Next Season

Well my aim was to manage Fiorentina and return them to where they should be, that is why they were on my career list of aims. I was not expecting to be given the chance so soon but I have. As for next season I am unsure, I feel like I have slightly cheated my way to the top by having such a big stadium and all the money. I have also bought a lot of foreign players and have struggled to have any Italians in the team, it has all just been a little too easy. As for next year who knows time will tell......

BlackyM
02-10-12, 11:28 PM
I'm letting my Asst. Coach to lead the games...it is more challenging for me to play that way...and much faster ;)

Somebody once asked me this "
so basically your using holiday mode"

Answer is...I don't use it when Im managing countries...and I used it only on match day...as soon as the match is played, I'm taking over the club...so before every match i go on holiday, as soon as match is done, i'm off holiday.

Because, when I manage a team...I win every single thing, every season...as you can see in seasons 2017-2020 when I managed National Team...



2010-2012
Croatian First Division

Club:
Osijek

Season 2010/2011

League - Winner (2nd Dinamo Zagreb)
Cup - Winner (v. Karlovac 3-0, 2-1)


Season 2011/2012

League - Winner (2nd Dinamo Zagreb)
Cup - Winner (v. Istra 0-0, 1-0)
Uefa Cup - Quarter Finals (v. Anzhi 0-1, 0-1)



Next Destination

2013 -2017
Seria A (Italy)

Club:
Parma (season before taking over they were 8th placed)


...2012/2013
Seria A - Winner (2nd Milan)
Cup - Quarter Finals (v. Juventus 0-3, 3-1 after extra time)
Intertoto Cup - 3rd round (v. Hajduk Split 0-4, 0-0)

...2013/2014
Seria A - 3rd Place (Winner Milan)
Cup - Quarter Finals (v. Triestina 2-1, 0-1..away goals)
Italian Super Cup - Winner (v. Napoli 4-1)

Champions League - 1st stage (3rd Place)...PSV, Dortmund, Atletico Madric
Uefa Cup - QuarterFinals (v. Ajax 1-2, 1-1)


...2014/2015
Seria A - Winner (2nd Milan)
Cup - Winner (v. Napoli 1-0, 2-2)

Champions League - 1st stage (3rd Place)...FC Bayern, Porto, CSKA
Uefa Cup - Winner (v. Bursaspor 3-0)


...2015/2016...
Seria A - Winner (2nd Inter)
Cup - Winner (v. Lazio 1-1, 3-1)
Italian Super Cup - 2nd (v. Napoli 0-3)

Champions League - Semifinals (v. Barcelona 0-0, 1-2)
European Super Cup - Winner (v. Man City 0-0 penalties)
World Club Championship - 3rd (v. Anzhi 1-0)


2016/2017
Seria A - Winner (2nd Milan)
Cup - Winner (v. Triestina 2-1, 2-1)
Italian Super Cup - Winner (v. Lazio 2-1)

Champions League - Finalist (v. Man City 1-2)


Next Destination - Italian National Team
(2017 - 2020)


Season 2017

Confederations Cup

Group Stage
- Tunisia 2-1
- Mexico 3-0
- Spain 2-2

SemiFinals
- Brazil 4-2

Finals
- South Korea 2-3




Season 2018


World Cup in Mexico

WINNER


Group Stage
- Croatia 3-1
- Austria 0-1
- Egypt 1-1

Knockout Stage
- Spain 3-1
- Turkey 2-1 (QuarterFinals)
- Brazil 2-0 (Semifinals)
- Portugal 4-0 (Finals)




Season 2020


European Championship in Switzerland

WINNER


Group Stage
- Switzerland 3-1
- Belgium 1-0
- Denmark 1-1

Knockout Stage
- Portugal 2-0 (Quarters)
- England 2-1 (Semis)
- Holland 3-1 (Finals)





OYMPIC GAMES in Mexico

FINALIST


Group Stage
- Mexico 1-0
- South Korea 3-0
- Russia 1-0

Knockout Stage
- Australia 1-0 (Quarters)
- Spain 2-0 (Semis)
- Argentina 2-5 (Red Card in 19th minute)


2019 - ?
Next Destination - England
Division - Northern Section

Club: Rochdale

Previously placed - 21st in Conference (relegated to Northern Section)


Season 2019/2020
Northern Section - Winner with 110 points (2nd Hyde)
FA Trophy - Winner (v. Barnet 1-0)
FA Cup - 5th Round (v. Leeds 0-2),



Season 2020/2021
Conference - Winner with 108 points (2nd Rushden)
FA Trophy - Winner (v. Oxford 4-1)
FA Cup - Quarterfinals (v. Newcastle 2-3)



Season 2021/2022
Third Division - Winner with 103 points (2nd Aldershot)
League Cup - 1st round (v. Middlesbrough 1-2)
FA Cup - 3rd round (v. Bolton 0-2)
Vans Trophy - North Final (v. Gateshead 2-1, 1-3)



Season 2022/2023
Second Divison - Winner with 123 Points (2nd. Exeter)
League Cup - Winner (vs. Sheffield Utd 3-1)
FA Cup - 5th round (v. West Ham 1-3)
Vans Trophy - Winner (v. Playmouth 2-1)

eskimos
04-10-12, 01:54 PM
I started @ Besiktas in Turkey and I won the championship in last round. I finished with the same no. of points like Galatasaray... but I won :D

This is the table:

439

I sold a lot of players (FGN) because I can use only 6 FGN in 1st eleven, so I sold: Hugo Almeida, Quaresma, McGregor, Hilbert, Escude and Drenthe (gained for all of them 25 milion) ...then I bought some turkish players from German clubs, like: Ensar Baykan, Aykut Ozer, Zafer Yelen, Tugrul Erat, and a polish striker Lukas Teodorczyck (all buyed with 11 milion). And I promoted some players from Reserve Team.

My squad:

440

eskimos
04-10-12, 02:02 PM
I play a 4-2-3-1 tactic, with 2 DMC and 3 MC
-------SC-------
---MC-MC-MC---
---DMC--DMC---
DL--DC---DC--DR
-------GK-------

Dermotron
04-10-12, 09:23 PM
Started job with Montpellier (mx DB, 20 leagues and lower leagues)

Season 1

1st season went ok. Finished 3rd behind moneybags PSG. Ibrahimovic tearing up Ligue 1.

Managed to land Juan Riquelme on a free and thought of using him as a creative MC with Belhanda as the number 10. Didn't really work out as the form of Marco Estrada in the MC position made him undroppable. Other signings included squad DC Abdel Lamanje. Would be a decent Ligue 2 player but not good enough to break into the team. Also signing Julio Cesar Furch from Olimpo. Doesn't count to the foreign player due to holding a German passport. 16 goal in 24 games was a decent return from a bargain £1m signing. The last of season one signings was Russian international left back Renat Yanbaev. £1.4m from Zenit was money well spent. Still struggling to adjust but performances say he's doing more than ok.

Done ok in Champions League. 2nd Phase group saw us draw Barcelona and Dortmund and I think we're quiet a bit away from getting through a group like that yet.

We did win some silverware though, 2 goals from Furch gave us a 2-1 win over the other moneybags in France, then Ligue 2 Monaco. Ranieri's reward for getting promoted, reaching a cup final (and Europe) was the chop.

Before the update of the season, we landed 3 top top youngsters. Future France internationals, Loris Nery and Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (both 975k each) and highly promising youngster Victor Wanyama from Celtic on a free.

There's a few more on the way on bosmans before the start of season 2

eskimos
05-10-12, 08:44 AM
I start the 2nd season @ Besiktas and I bought some players: Emrah Bassan, Onur Recep Kivrak, Aykut Akgun, Murat Ceylan, Emre Balak and Atila Turan (all for 14 mil.) and sold Mehmet Aurelio & Mehmet Akgun (received for them 725K).

In 3rd QR of UCL I eliminate Anorthosis (CYP) after 2-0 away and 3-0 at Inonu (so 5-0 agg.), then I finished 1st in Phase 1 Group, alongside Man City, Schalke & Benfica.:

442

And now I am in Phase 2 Group C, alongside: Man Utd, Juventus & Sporting Lisboa, and I have 1 point after 2 matches. I don't think I have a chance to qualify for quarter finals

443

I am 1st in Turkish Premier Division with 4 points ahead of 2nd place, Fenerbahce:

444


Edit: Now I sold Filip Holosko @ Sao Paulo for 9 mil.

Dermotron
05-10-12, 09:18 AM
I recommend trying to sign Alper Potuk ;)

eskimos
05-10-12, 09:22 AM
Now I finished the 2nd season @ Besiktas.

Summary:

I finished 3rd in phase 2 group C, with 4 points.

445

I sold Thomas Sivok for 10 mil. to Olympiakos.

I won Turkish FA Cup, 2-1 against Gaziantep.

446

I won Turkish Premier Division:

447

eskimos
05-10-12, 09:23 AM
I recommend trying to sign Alper Potuk ;)

I will do this, thanks for this tip.

His value is now 5.5 mil... I will try to buy him, I have 40 mil. funds for transfers.

eskimos
05-10-12, 09:32 AM
I recommend trying to sign Alper Potuk ;)

He costed me a lot of money, 19 mil., but he's mine now :D

Eskisehir rejected 5.5 mil, 7 mil, 9 mil, 11 mil, 15 mil, 17 mil. and accepted 19 mil.... half of my transfer budget. Now I will look for a DMC and a DC.

Dermotron
05-10-12, 09:35 AM
Not sure he's worth 19m :D

eskimos
05-10-12, 09:41 AM
I hope he does :D

But now I have a problem, some players contract expires at the end of this season and they don't want to sign a new contract, and I don't know what to do in this case...
A lot of young and good players will leave Besiktas... like M. Demirci, C. Gonen, Veli Kavlak, Tanju Kayhan, L. Teodorczyk...
I am devastated :(

eskimos
05-10-12, 09:49 AM
Should I put them on Transfer List? because they will leave for free in winter window...

Dermotron
05-10-12, 09:52 AM
If they wont sign and you can sell them before they go on a free transfer, yes do. If they are going to leave anyhow it's best to get some money

eskimos
05-10-12, 10:08 AM
I sold 4 players, now I bought Vasco's DC -> Dede for 8 mil. and I want to but Wallyson from Cruzeiro, he is FRC, to replace Teodorczyk's leave in attack.

Dermotron
05-10-12, 10:10 AM
Dede is an excellent signing :ok:

eskimos
05-10-12, 10:38 AM
I hope so.

Now, after 17 round in 3rd season I'm 1st with 9 points ahead 2nd place...

448

If you know some turkish players that are good, like Potuk, he's a great signing, because I'll lose Muhammed Demirci (he is very very good youngster).

I eliminated Anzhi in uefa cup: 4-0 away and 0-0 at home (on Inonu Stadi). I will meet Benfica in UEFA Cup 4th Round.

Jesus
10-10-12, 04:54 PM
Leicester City

Selected League: England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain

​Season One

Started a new career game with Leicester City with the aim of bringing Champions League glory to the club using a non-wib/wob 442 formation. I experimented with arrows and eventually decided that I'd just have my fullbacks pushing forward, the rest would be set using individual player instructions. I also tried to replicate 'real life' positions in the 442 with one of my strikers being a target man and the other a poacher, and in midfield I designated an anchor man and partnered him with a creative playmaker. My first signing was David Trezeguet who would play the role of target man. He was soon followed by another target man in the form of Frédéric Piquionne who was unhappy at West Ham. Eidur Gudjohnson came in as my creative midfielder and he would be partnered by new boy Owen Hargreaves. Madjid Bougherra, Jason Brown, Juan Olalla and Clark Robertson completed my wheeling and dealing.

Things progressed steadily throughout the season and I soon found myself locking horns with Derby County and Brighton at the top of the table in our big for supremecy. None of us were pulling away with the league title and it took until the final game of the season to decide the champion. Fortunately for me my players rallied well and I ended up winning the First Division by three points. The domestic cups were not as successful as I would have liked; however these weren't my priority. Following the season's success I signed youngster Ryan Mason from Tottenham and readied for season two..

Jesus
16-10-12, 06:35 PM
Leicester City

Selected League: England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain

​Season One

Started a new career game with Leicester City with the aim of bringing Champions League glory to the club using a non-wib/wob 442 formation. I experimented with arrows and eventually decided that I'd just have my fullbacks pushing forward, the rest would be set using individual player instructions. I also tried to replicate 'real life' positions in the 442 with one of my strikers being a target man and the other a poacher, and in midfield I designated an anchor man and partnered him with a creative playmaker. My first signing was David Trezeguet who would play the role of target man. He was soon followed by another target man in the form of Frédéric Piquionne who was unhappy at West Ham. Eidur Gudjohnson came in as my creative midfielder and he would be partnered by new boy Owen Hargreaves. Madjid Bougherra, Jason Brown, Juan Olalla and Clark Robertson completed my wheeling and dealing.

Things progressed steadily throughout the season and I soon found myself locking horns with Derby County and Brighton at the top of the table in our big for supremacy None of us were pulling away with the league title and it took until the final game of the season to decide the champion. Fortunately for me my players rallied well and I ended up winning the First Division by three points. The domestic cups were not as successful as I would have liked; however these weren't my priority. Following the season's success I signed youngster Ryan Mason from Tottenham and readied for season two..

Season Two

So on to the promised land and a tough season ahead of me in the Premier League. My wheeling and dealing didn't stop over the summer and I managed to grab a number of bargains that fit perfectly in to my 442 system. My goalkeepers and defence was my main priority as well as the wings of my midfield so I scoured around for some players that would fit the bill. The first signing of the summer was Left Back Danny Pugh from Leeds United who's versatility could provide a great option for the upcoming season (he could play in midfield as well as at centre back). Sergio Escudero joined soon after from Schalke 04 and I felt that he would add good competition for that left back role. Our promotion meant that we now had an increased reputation and a difficult challenge; as a result veterans Brad Friedel and Thomas Sorensen signed on the dotted line in order to strengthen my goalkeeper unit (both of which I signed on free transfers!). Giuseppe Vives, Ryan Harley, Emir Bajrami, Mak van Bommel and Ryan Giggs were added to my midfield unit in order to add depth and cover across my four man midfield. I would be rotating van Bommel with Owen Hargreaves whilst Ryan Giggs would make a perfect replacement for the aging Eidur Gudjohnsen. Bajrami and Harley fit the perfect mold for attacking, pacey wingers. My final signing of the summer was 21-year-old Joshua King who had been released by Manchester United. Such a bright prospect didn't go to waste and his signature soon inked the bottom of a Leicester City contract. Overall, I was incredibly happy with my £2.9million total spend.

I didn't expect much form the season to be honest, I felt that using a non-wib/wob 442 was going to be a cruel task considering the amount of talent the Premier League holds and that I'd end up getting punished for my mistakes. It was therefore to my surprise that we sat in a comfortable tenth position after ten games. This run of good form continued through the next ten games and we steadily held our place, much to the delight of the board. I was only half way through the season but I felt confident that we weren't going down any time soon. The players pushed on and to my surprise we sat in a magnificent seventh place with just eight games to go. My thoughts had started to turn to Europe at this point and I felt a solid eight game streak could really put us in the mix for one of the UEFA Cup places. I willed my players on and they continued to grind out result after result until the final game of the season where we pipped Sunderland to FOURTH place on goal difference. I couldn't have asked for more from the team and I was jubilated by such a more successful season. Oh yeah, and we also had a fantastic League Cup run which saw us beat Yeovil, Tottenham, Arsenal and Bristol City only for us to come undone in the semi-finals by Chelsea.

A special mention goes to Jermaine Beckford who made the role of 'Target Man' his own after an ageing Trezeguet suffered injury. His tally of 19 goals and 10 assists was enough to get him in the England squad at the age of 30 and he earned his first cap against France. Starlet Joshua King also deserves a mention after bagging 16 goals in just 26 appearances.

pm137
18-10-12, 07:36 PM
I fancied the opportunity to get Owen and Crouch back into the England Squad so started with Stoke. Alternated between the two in a 4-1-4-1 formation for the season. Crouch scored an impressive 12 goals from 13 starts with Owen getting 22 from 35. Problem with Stoke is they have too many decent strikers, Kenwyne Jones is quality too but tends to stay on the bench while Cameron Jerome doesnt even get a look in!

Owen is now a regular again for England with Crouch getting the occasional cap from the bench. Begovic has proved an excellent first choice keeper, I shipped out the ageing Sorensen and Nash and brought in Gomes as cover for a bargain 800k.

Upson fancied a move away after the first season and I wasn't going to complain now that he's 34. Managed to get Michael Dawson for 2.1m from Tottenham and he's formed a fantastic partnership with Shawcross at centre back. Two quality wingers already there in Pennant and Etherington with Nzonzi, Palacios and Adam in the centre. Also brought in Elliott Bennett from Norwich and he's looked like a bargain at only 1.6m as cover on either wing.

Finished first season in 5th and currently in 4th half a dozen games into second

Jesus
21-10-12, 05:23 PM
Season Two

So on to the promised land and a tough season ahead of me in the Premier League. My wheeling and dealing didn't stop over the summer and I managed to grab a number of bargains that fit perfectly in to my 442 system. My goalkeepers and defence was my main priority as well as the wings of my midfield so I scoured around for some players that would fit the bill. The first signing of the summer was Left Back Danny Pugh from Leeds United who's versatility could provide a great option for the upcoming season (he could play in midfield as well as at centre back). Sergio Escudero joined soon after from Schalke 04 and I felt that he would add good competition for that left back role. Our promotion meant that we now had an increased reputation and a difficult challenge; as a result veterans Brad Friedel and Thomas Sorensen signed on the dotted line in order to strengthen my goalkeeper unit (both of which I signed on free transfers!). Giuseppe Vives, Ryan Harley, Emir Bajrami, Mak van Bommel and Ryan Giggs were added to my midfield unit in order to add depth and cover across my four man midfield. I would be rotating van Bommel with Owen Hargreaves whilst Ryan Giggs would make a perfect replacement for the aging Eidur Gudjohnsen. Bajrami and Harley fit the perfect mold for attacking, pacey wingers. My final signing of the summer was 21-year-old Joshua King who had been released by Manchester United. Such a bright prospect didn't go to waste and his signature soon inked the bottom of a Leicester City contract. Overall, I was incredibly happy with my £2.9million total spend.

I didn't expect much form the season to be honest, I felt that using a non-wib/wob 442 was going to be a cruel task considering the amount of talent the Premier League holds and that I'd end up getting punished for my mistakes. It was therefore to my surprise that we sat in a comfortable tenth position after ten games. This run of good form continued through the next ten games and we steadily held our place, much to the delight of the board. I was only half way through the season but I felt confident that we weren't going down any time soon. The players pushed on and to my surprise we sat in a magnificent seventh place with just eight games to go. My thoughts had started to turn to Europe at this point and I felt a solid eight game streak could really put us in the mix for one of the UEFA Cup places. I willed my players on and they continued to grind out result after result until the final game of the season where we pipped Sunderland to FOURTH place on goal difference. I couldn't have asked for more from the team and I was jubilated by such a more successful season. Oh yeah, and we also had a fantastic League Cup run which saw us beat Yeovil, Tottenham, Arsenal and Bristol City only for us to come undone in the semi-finals by Chelsea.

A special mention goes to Jermaine Beckford who made the role of 'Target Man' his own after an ageing Trezeguet suffered injury. His tally of 19 goals and 10 assists was enough to get him in the England squad at the age of 30 and he earned his first cap against France. Starlet Joshua King also deserves a mention after bagging 16 goals in just 26 appearances.

Season Three

After finishing fourth in my first season in the Premier League I was feeling quietly confident that a few clever transfers could give me a chance of winning the Premier League. I delved in to the transfer market again armed with a budget of just under £10million and soon acquired the services of Kolo Touré (DRC), Brede Hangeland (DC), Hugo Rodallega (SC), Stephen Henderson (GK), Fabián Orellana (AM/FRL) and Lee Chung-Yong (AM/FR) for a grand total of £7million. I felt that I had covered all bases with my signings and went about my assault on the Premier League.

Things were looking good after ten games and we had settled in to fourth place. We continued to push on from here and by the 20th game of the season we were sitting top of the table. Teams around us were beginning to make mistakes and it wasn't long until we opened up a 13 point gap which ultimately led to us being crowned as Champions with four games of the season remaining. This thankfully meant I could concentrate on other areas..

Due to our superb finish the season before, we were entered in to the Champions League Third Qualifying round. I felt the Champions League was going to be a real test for us and the squad I had assembled over the summer didn't feel up to scratch to take on the likes of Dortmund, Barcelona and PSG. First we had to contend with RC Genk which saw us record two wins over the two legs to put us in a group with Dortmund, Monaco and Debrecen. The group was always going to be won by Dortmund who eventually recorded five our of six wins which left Monaco and ourselves to battle it out for second spot (Debrecen were the whipping boys). We managed to squeeze through by two points and were drawn in to a group consisting of Lyon, Werder Bremen and Zenit.

A strong performance in the second phase saw us finish second in the group and we were drawn against Juventus in the semi-finals. Juventus were dispatched with two solid wins and I had began to feel that we could do this as we progressed through to the semi-finals. Our semi-final opponents were Lyon who had beaten us twice in the second phase and so the odds were stacked against us. The lads produced a sterling performance in both legs which saw us record 1-0 and 2-0 wins to progress to the Champions League Final!

Our opponents for the final? Manchester City. By this point in the competition I had been using my second team for the league and as the final came around I had almost a full squad to choose from. My strongest lineup was picked (with the absence of Rodallega through injury, who was replaced by Jamie Vardy) and it was game on. It was a tense affair as both teams were afraid of conceding and at half time neither team had broke the deadlock. We continued to push in the second half and when Lahm clattered Beckford in the area there was only one choice for the referee; penalty. Jamie Vardy (Rodallega's replacement) stepped up to take the penalty, pressure on his shoulders, and smashed it past Joe Hart to gift us a 1-0 lead. We shut up shop after this and kept Manchester City at bay until the final whistle; we had done it, we were European Champions!

Psmith
22-10-12, 04:56 PM
Congratulations Jesus! Excellent read too :)

zuwairy
23-10-12, 04:49 AM
Hi guys I'm back playing after a 4 year long hiatus. Was playing for 1 month with the previous data update but today I've installed march 2012 and put a load of new backgrounds on my game.

So.... I am planning on starting a new save game. Any suggestions as to which teams I should manage? If any take my fancy I will come back and post my progress.

Many regards

has u play with september 2012 updated (latest updated)? try play in spain league or english premier league.. it's more challenging

Jesus
28-10-12, 09:13 PM
Season Three

After finishing fourth in my first season in the Premier League I was feeling quietly confident that a few clever transfers could give me a chance of winning the Premier League. I delved in to the transfer market again armed with a budget of just under £10million and soon acquired the services of Kolo Touré (DRC), Brede Hangeland (DC), Hugo Rodallega (SC), Stephen Henderson (GK), Fabián Orellana (AM/FRL) and Lee Chung-Yong (AM/FR) for a grand total of £7million. I felt that I had covered all bases with my signings and went about my assault on the Premier League.

Things were looking good after ten games and we had settled in to fourth place. We continued to push on from here and by the 20th game of the season we were sitting top of the table. Teams around us were beginning to make mistakes and it wasn't long until we opened up a 13 point gap which ultimately led to us being crowned as Champions with four games of the season remaining. This thankfully meant I could concentrate on other areas..

Due to our superb finish the season before, we were entered in to the Champions League Third Qualifying round. I felt the Champions League was going to be a real test for us and the squad I had assembled over the summer didn't feel up to scratch to take on the likes of Dortmund, Barcelona and PSG. First we had to contend with RC Genk which saw us record two wins over the two legs to put us in a group with Dortmund, Monaco and Debrecen. The group was always going to be won by Dortmund who eventually recorded five our of six wins which left Monaco and ourselves to battle it out for second spot (Debrecen were the whipping boys). We managed to squeeze through by two points and were drawn in to a group consisting of Lyon, Werder Bremen and Zenit.

A strong performance in the second phase saw us finish second in the group and we were drawn against Juventus in the semi-finals. Juventus were dispatched with two solid wins and I had began to feel that we could do this as we progressed through to the semi-finals. Our semi-final opponents were Lyon who had beaten us twice in the second phase and so the odds were stacked against us. The lads produced a sterling performance in both legs which saw us record 1-0 and 2-0 wins to progress to the Champions League Final!

Our opponents for the final? Manchester City. By this point in the competition I had been using my second team for the league and as the final came around I had almost a full squad to choose from. My strongest lineup was picked (with the absence of Rodallega through injury, who was replaced by Jamie Vardy) and it was game on. It was a tense affair as both teams were afraid of conceding and at half time neither team had broke the deadlock. We continued to push in the second half and when Lahm clattered Beckford in the area there was only one choice for the referee; penalty. Jamie Vardy (Rodallega's replacement) stepped up to take the penalty, pressure on his shoulders, and smashed it past Joe Hart to gift us a 1-0 lead. We shut up shop after this and kept Manchester City at bay until the final whistle; we had done it, we were European Champions!

Season Four

With my transfer fund more than doubling I decided to splash some cash and invest in some serious talent. First through the door was Sven Bender (DMC) from VfB Stuttgart who cost a hefty £7million. I felt he would fit perfectly in to the Leicester system, especially with van Bommel's shock retirement. Following soon after was Dimitar Berbatov (FC) who joined on a free after deciding not to sign another contract with Fulham. The spending didn't stop and Jetro Willems (DL) soon signed on the dotted line followed by Moussa Sissoko for £4.5million and £9million respectively. Rounding up the wheeling and dealing was 21-year-old Souleymane Coulibaly (SC) from Tottenham on a free transfer. The Ivory Coast youngster reminded me a lot of Didier Drogba and I feel he has a bright future ahead of him.

Before the season had even started I was offered three jobs, all in the same region. Celtic, Dundee and Inverness had all approached me about the job vacancies available, and, although the lure of taking a Scottish team to European glory was tempting, I graciously turned them down as I felt I still hadn't achieved everything with Leicester. First things first was the Charity Shield and it took a penalty shoot out to decide the winner; unfortunately it wasn't meant to be and Chelsea's penalty takers outweighed our own and we were defeated. This seemed to have a massive affect on the squad and the defence of our Premiership crown was slowly becoming a disaster after just ten games. We were 11th place and struggling to find any form, players were falling out with me and I felt like I had made a massive mistake in turning down that Celtic job. However, I was determined to build on my previous season's efforts and with a good string of results we were soon in 5th place after 20 games and looking dangerous. We continued to punish teams and soon sat atop of the Premier League after 30 games, but unlike last season there was no massive point difference and we were being pushed by the teams below us. It came down to the penultimate game of the season before we were crowned Champions for the second year in a row and I breathed a sigh of relief as the final game against 2nd place Manchester United didn't matter any more.

Our turbulent league form had taken it's toll on the squad and the cups were the last thing on my mind. We crashed out of the FA Cup in the fifth round to Newcastle and couldn't defeat Manchester United over two legs in the League Cup semi-final to leave us without any English silverware (minus the league of course).

Fortunately for us, we had the chance to win more silverware with fixtures in the Intercontinental Cup, Super Cup and Champions League still to play. The Intercontinental Cup was secured with a 4-1 demolition of Flamengo and this was followed by a 3-0 win over M'gladback in the Super Cup to secure two cups for the trophy cabinet. Our good fortune continued in Europe and we battled through Phase 1 and 2 of the Champions League to set up a quarter final clash with Dinamo Kiev. Kiev offered little resistance to us and a Hugo Rodallega hat-trick sunk them. We met Zenit in the semi-finals and after a tense 0-0 in the first leg everything was to play for in the second leg. A single goal from Berbatov put us through to give us a chance at defending our European crown against.. Barcelona. The final was a tense affair as neither team managed to hit the target in the first half. After rallying my team and delivering a speech that would make Mel Gibson cry, we soon found ourselves 1-0 down to a Santi Carzorla goal. I made a quick substitution as Beckford made way for Rodallega and it felt like it was now or never. Time seemed to slow down as I willed my team on and 16 minutes later Rodallega popped up to finish a cross from Orellana. Momentum shifted and my team pushed forward and the deadlock was broken five minutes later after a Coulibaly header from a Sissoko cross flew past Víctor Valdés. We were ahead and with less than ten minutes to play I instructed the lads to park the bus. Fifteen agonising minutes later, the final whistle blew and I had managed to repeat last season's achievement; we had defended our domestic and European crowns.

316'sRegen
29-10-12, 12:27 AM
When I look back now, the bright lights of Amsterdam Arena seem dull and distant.
It is only a couple of years but the Rotheram chapter of my career feels like a million years away now as I stand in the Stadio dei Marmi, Carrarese rounding up the new recruits for induction.

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Rags to Riches - the age old tale

The opinion at the time when I took over at Don Valley Stadium in 2010 was that things couldn't get much worse, the club was in the bottom tier of the football league, the fans of the club had not very high expectations so when we started putting a good run of form together a lot of that was attributed to me and the fans were great, very supportive.

Much later on, in the 2019/2020 season, which was to be my last at Rotheram, we had started poorly and some of the players were a bit disappointed, indeed some had even been murmuring about my ability to manage the club in the dressing room (i overheard a conversation but no need
to name names which players were involved) so it shows you that sometimes in football the players can be more fickle
than the supporters!

But there were some special players at Rotheram in my time there, I was lucky to work with some of the most dedicated, determined and skilled professionals in the game.
I do remember a huge doubt over my sanity when the legendary Falcao was allowed to leave in 2016, he had been our fans pick for player of the year the previous season and everyone was disappointed to see him leave. At this point I knew we had a more than competent replacement on the books for Falcao and Rotheram were not yet secure financially, at 29 years old i thought the £9.5 million Real Madrid were offering was likely to be the best deal we would ever get for the player, and everyone knows when Madrid come calling players find it hard to say no. So Falcao, our talisman was off to Spain where he was also impressive, winning the league and taking their fans player of the year each year he was there. Everyone at Don Valley stadium was happy for him and even rooted for Reading in the division 1 last year when he returned to our shores. Again football fans are a strange lot, all this adulation and the guy was only with us for 2 seasons :) I do understand this though, Falcao was more than a great player for us back then, he was the first "big name" player to don the Rotheram kit and at the time a signal to fans that we weren't in the top flight to make up the numbers, that we were there to mix it with the big boys!

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The player that I alluded to before that was waiting in the wings to take Falcao's place (and they were big shoes to fill) was the guy that
all the fans would now see as the club talisman. I'm talking of course about Michael Gregoritsch, who i first met as a 19 year old kid,
he was so small and frail looking that I wondered if my head scout had lost his marbles! Our scout had phoned me from the Hoffenheim reserve game while watching Michael and was more excited than I had ever heard him.

"Boss! Boss! We NEED this guy! I'll be watching him in his next few matches if I have to pay in myself, My full report will be emailed
tonight but I had to personally let you know this Gregoritsch is a must in your transfer agenda, TOP PRIORITY!"

With that the call ended and I went back to watching tele and thought no more of it. Perhaps el scouty had been on the cough medicine or something :lol:

When I met Michael as I said, he looked like a feeble little kid and I was uncertain about his chance in the rough and tumble of English football but he
was my favourite type of transfer, a free one :D and i thought why not? If he didn't work out we could always make a few quid anyway.
First day of training he showed us all how special he was though. Easily finding ways to outpace our defenders and trick them with drops of the shoulder
and so on. But the one thing about Michael was he knew where the net was, if he didn't score he would be angry with himself and on several
occasions i had to remind him that we won the match by 2 or 3 goals and he should be happy! Of course the rest is history as they say
and Michael is now a stalwart of the club, in the same vein that Le Tissier would be with Southampton. To think I could have overlooked him if the scout wasn't so forceful I cringe at the thought of that.

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More will follow soon :hi:

Psmith
29-10-12, 12:32 PM
Nice story Chris! Looking at Grergoritsch's first season I wonder why he couldn't keep that 1 goal a game average during his career at Rotherham...

Jesus
29-10-12, 01:57 PM
Good stuff Chris, looking forward to the installments beyond Rotherham :)

316'sRegen
29-10-12, 03:24 PM
Nice story Chris! Looking at Grergoritsch's first season I wonder why he couldn't keep that 1 goal a game average during his career at Rotherham...

At first he was the main striker, later on with midfielders adding more to the tally and formation changes, he wasn't needed to score so many. All in all he was my best signing though I would say.

316'sRegen
29-10-12, 04:44 PM
In the beginning - The steep climb

Of course there were a few other players that devoted their whole careers to the Rotheram cause and a couple in particular that surprised me in being able to compete in every single division including the Premier league.

Jason Taylor was the main player of this ilk, he developed a great footballing brain and was club captain until his retirement at the age of 33 but there were a few others that played in nearly if not all the divisions. The likes of Tony Harris, our first player from the youth setup when I had it introduced and an eventual full England player, Rod McDonald who was a mainstay in our defence in the early years, Jack Colback played in every division for the club as well before joining Real Salt Lake when he could no longer hold down a regular first team spot. Stephen Gleeson joined us in the Division 2 and had a good spell with the club, eventually leaving the same as Colback as he needed to be a first team regular.
Some of the players became angry when they could no longer hold down a spot but most were understanding that in the premier division and ultimately in the Champions League, there are no second chances and only the very top players can make it. The thing is that the way we came straight from the bottom to the top it was obvious there would be personnel changes but I was pleasantly surprised by a few of the players that made their jerseys their own in every division. Taylor scored the only goal in the playoff final that secured our premier league status.

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Homeland Bias?

Of course I always had a soft spot in my heart for the homeland. Anytime I could get a decent Northern Ireland player on board I snapped them up and in particular, James McClean was an excellent servant for the club. I was sad when he eventually had to leave but he was a true gent, thanking me for having faith in him and giving him the chance to shine on the big stage. It was another case of him not getting playing any more and he was 32 years old at the time, simply wanting to finish up his career playing every week instead of in our reserves. David Coulter was another that I signed, although his transfer was agreed during the 2018/19 season and by the time the window opened I had changed formations so he didn't really figure much in the first team. Daniel Kearns played a massive part in our rise, he was a regular on the right or left wing, when we played the 4411 formation. Kearns learned a lot from Ricardo Quaresma who was also a great servant to the club and helped a lot of the youngsters to realise their potential. Finally for Northern Ireland, Tony Ramsey was a hard battling midfielder, only really breaking into a regular first team spot in my final season with Rotheram, it's sad to see all that hard work reversed by the new manager as Ramsey hasn't really had a chance this season but I'm sure he will find a club soon that will value his commitment and gritty performances.

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The brightest young talent possibly on the world stage in my opinion still plays for Rotheram, the young Irishman Tom Walsh is a very special player and we knew this since he was 15 and playing for Coventry in the Division 2 at the time. We watched Tom for 2 whole seasons before making our move as he was getting regular starts for Coventry and we were happy to see him develop as a player before bringing him to the premier league for a bargain £1.3M. Rotheram now wouldn't accept less than £25M for the player and in my opinion they are right about that.

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So it was a fast climb from the doldrums to the premier league, but that was just the start for Rotheram.

more will follow soon :hi:

316'sRegen
29-10-12, 04:49 PM
Good stuff Chris, looking forward to the installments beyond Rotherham :)

For sure :ok: 10/11 years to cover with Rotheram though :P

316'sRegen
30-10-12, 01:57 AM
was playing a game with our resident portugeezers tonight.

They ridiculed my team selection

They scoffed at the bunker counter formation

Clay was the international manager, 5 years into the game, the european champions etc etc.

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sorry clay mate :D
it was funny though

ClayDatsusara
30-10-12, 02:39 PM
Nice way of complementing my Welcoming Point Offer!

316'sRegen
30-10-12, 10:27 PM
Glory Days - Building the Brand

Of course getting into the premiership is one thing, but you always want more, whilst a few of the players on our books were happy that they had made the big time and enjoyed basking in the premier league glory I wanted more for the club. I wanted us to be taking on the Real Madrids and Dortmunds of this world and that attitude would never get us there.

It has to be said as well that initially I faced some oppostion from the higher ups in the club regarding the tightness of the purse strings, there was never enough money to get the truly world class players and the first few years in the premier league we were relying on the prize money to keep the club afloat! Not an ideal scenario by any means so I decided to take action.

What I did almost landed me in a lot of trouble and certainly the English press gave me a hard time and always made references to Boycey from Only Fools & Horses in nearly every article about me from then on, you know, wheeler dealer this, Boycey wannabe that, it was rather infuriating and one reason I am happier now at Carrerese, the English media are a disgrace sometimes.

Anyway the genius move was to sign players that were coming to the end of their contracts and quickly re-sell them at a huge profit to put the club bank balance in the black and give me the freedom to sign the players we needed. So there were a few players that I may have been, lets call it "economical with the truth" with when they were agreeing to join Rotheram. They were signed mid season, and as soon as they were legally a Rotheram player they were listed and moved on.

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At the same time I was happy to move on any other players that were high value, as I've said most of my players were brought in for nothing so anything was a profit, but there were a few that I made big money on. Their reputations were better than the reality in my opinion and I cashed in to give the club financial security and continue the building of the "brand" that the chief exec. had been constantly on my back about. They wanted the club to be an internationally recognised name but this was a next to impossible task in my view, but we'll get into that more later.

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There was one player that I regret letting go, it all happened around the same time when the emphasis was financial security but Hong Chul went on to become one of the finest players in the division and I feel I may have been a bit hasty in accepting Man Utd's offer for him, even if it was again a tidy profit.

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I was renowned for making players realise their full potential and this meant a lot of young talent would be happy to join us anyway, one of the best examples of a player flourishing at Don Valley stadium was the spaniard Sergi Gomez, who joined in the 2013/14 season. He didn't make a great start to his Rotheram career and it was a steep learning curve for Sergi, the first season was poor for him if truth be told but I saw the potential there and he was still only 19. A season in the reserves and a season on loan to Birmingham did him the world of good and he then became the rock that the Rotheram defense was built on and took the captaincy from Taylor when he retired. Gomez also became a regular in the Spanish defense. There were a few other players that perhaps didn't shine elsewhere that found a home at Don Valley and became mainstays in the Rotheram team in this period:

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So when we hit the premier league in the 2013/2014 season it was kind of easier then than in the following seasons, teams seemed to underrate us and perhaps not do their homework as much as they would against other teams and we took some pretty impressive scalps in our first outing, we were very hard to beat at home but leaked a lot of goals at first, until Petr Cech was brought in after falling out with Chelsea boss Franck Rijkaard and contract talks breaking down. Cech was a great servant for the club and in the following years we conceded far less goals and improved our position every season. but in the initial season we were happy with just mixing it with the big boys and taking the occasional result, while as I said being tough and hard to beat at home. We finished up a respectable 9th position in the premier league in our first attempt. It was clear that this wouldn't be as simple as the previous climb up the leagues had been and we had found our level.

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2014/15 saw our first european outing albeit through the back door in the inter-toto cup. This cup whilst it's name is spoken with a snort of derision does have it's advantages. The team started the season with competitive games and we hit the ground running in gthe premier league because of this winning our first 5 games on the bounce until Fulham ended the 100% record. Teams were ready for us this time and it is true that the second season is far more testing than the first. Liverpool would have their revenge against us early in the season for embarrasing them last season and in what turned out to be a scrappy game where the defenses were on top, a sneaky goal on the half hour by Hyam won the game for them.

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Later in the season we drew Liverpool again in the 4th round of the UEFA Cup and it just so happened that our 2nd league match was sandwiched by the two legs of that fixture, we would be playing the scousers 3 times in a row!

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I was gutted at the end of the second leg but Berbatov and Morgan were unplayable that day and would have beaten any team that showed up there, two days later Man City comprehensively beat us in the FA Cup qtr final and our season had again fizzled out and we were looking to next year and the chance to begin anew. We finished in 6th place and were assured of European footabll again so all in all progress was being made. Some nice results as well but it seemed we were a team that could beat anyone on their day, but not maintain the consistency to really challenge.

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the final installment (of the Rotheram memoirs :D) will follow soon :hi:

Jesus
30-10-12, 10:50 PM
Superb, roll on Italy.

316'sRegen
31-10-12, 03:36 PM
The Final Chapter - Making History

2015/16 was a pretty uneventful season and pretty much more of the same, we were capable of toppling big teams, but came unstuck against what would be considered weaker opposition. The season started with 5 draws in a row :rolleyes: but that run was brought to an end unceremoniously in the Turk Telecom Arena:

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Our players were overawed by the size of the stadium and in all honesty some of them showed that they weren't cut out for this European lark. Handanovic was supposed to be Cech's replacement but he never quite got going at Rotherham. I did keep him there in the reserves though and Bonilla was brought in from Man City and ended up taking the jersey from Cech, only temporarily as it turned out in the long term. Cech was always a player we could rely on, a great big keeper and when he retired it was difficult to replace him. No silverware this season but entry to the UEFA Cup was again secured and there were a few good results once again, confidence was building within the squad and respect was building throughout the league for our style of play. You can see from the selected fixtures that we beat 3 big guns in a row mid season, but the season is more typified by the run in, you can see in these fixtures we completed the double over Man City in some style and beat Chelsea on the last day (!) but that the fixtures in between we dropped points at lesser opposition.

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If the previous season was somewhat humdrum, then 2016/17 was when it all seemed to click into place. ome of the young players were maturing into well rounded professionals and the team were well used to the style of play and each other's traits and nuances. Although again we aere UEFA Cup spot region of the table at the end of the premiership, we had a terrific season in Europe, taking the UEFA Cup trophy and Rotherham's first ever European trophy. Man City would have their revenge though, doing the double over us this season. This run of Man City's was to continue into the next season as they set the record for most games won in a row, between 4th march and 4th december 2017 they won an amazing 25 games in a row!

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2017/18 was the year we finally broke into the top four and qualified for the European Champions Cup. Getting eliminated early in the UEFA Cup by the impressive FC Bayern and being edged by Everton in the League cup and battered by Southampton in the FA Cup qtr final meant that we had to focus on the league position more than in previous years. We finished 3rd in the Premiership, the clubs highest ever finish and were about to taste the big time, playing in the top competition on the continent, there was a buzz about the ground and the good times were about to roll in. Sergi Gomez was the top player in the league that season with a Carling Opta (tm) rating of 7.88 for the season.

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2018/19: A lot of the haters say that we were lucky to meet Chelsea in the final and Man City in the quarter final, English teams who we could easily scout and indeed should have known everything about in the first place being that we played in the same division but I resent that and I think that perhaps there is a bit of jealousy that English clubs were dominating Europe in this period. It was a crazy thing that a team should win the Champions Cup in their first outing but people also forget that we won a pure knockout competition a couple of years before and that stood us in good stead to make our mark in Europe. It was the same sort of thing that we encountered in our first season in the premier league, with renowned teams looking down at us when they seen the fixture list, only to regret taking us lightly on the way off the pitch! The comments about English teams etc was a load of rubbish anyway as we had to beat Roma, and our 2nd group had Dortmund in it. The night in the Ratmat Gan (?) I was so proud of the lads and it is still the most amazing night of my career. The haters can talk all they want about English teams, at the end of the day we were the ones in the final and we were the team with our name engraved on the trophy :D

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We also bettered our league form and finished 2nd in the league, still unable to top the might of Manchester, this time the reds took the title, a massive 12 points ahead of Rotherham.


In 2019/20 in my final full season at the helm at Don Valley, I was fiercely determined to take the extra step and win the league for the club. There were murmurings in the press that we didn't have the quality or desire to make the breakthrough and take the title and I was adamant that we could prove them wrong. The opinion was that we had become a cup team, beating anyone in the world on our day but that consistency was key for the title and we didn't have that. This anti Rotherham press coverage seemed to have an adverse affect on the team and results were poor at the start of the season as we lost 3 of our first 6 matches and two against lower opposition, Blackburn and West Ham. While we kept up a modicum of form in Europe and managed to get through the first group phase, league form was up and down and we were mid table, something that the board were no longer happy with (5 years earlier considered an achievment). Some of the players also began to talk as I said earlier and there was a dejected feeling about the place. Change was needed and if I didn't provide it soon the change may have been the manager! So on the run up to Christmas I brought in a new formation to freshen things up with more attacking players but at the same time with 3 along the back line. We were overstocked on defenders and this would be a good way to get a few of them playing more often as well.

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The change was a great success and the wingbacks that had been somewhat restrained before now had the freedom to show their attacking prowess, Olsen in particular was immense but clyne was probably one of the most consistently good performers overall in the squad. Of course as they cover a lot of ground I had to have cover for them, with Fabio and some of the younger players getting more involved in the team at this point. It was like having a new team and the only defeats for the rest of the season were against the Manchester teams, meaning we finished up a respectable 6th position in the league. A good run in the FA Cups saw us beating Newcastle, Everton, Man City, QPR and Crystal Palace on the way to Wembley where we would meet Arsenal in the final:

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But the history that was created at the Amsterdam Arena will be hard to top as we beat Liverpool in the Champions Cup final, becoming the only team ever to win the competition in back to back campaigns. Gregoritsch's injury time winner sent the stadium into uproar and this was a great feeling for the player, who was used to playing against more modest crowds at Don Valley. Indeed that was the main reason of my departure from the club.

The board had been pushing "the brand" and trying to cash in on the success with higher ticket prices and merchandising deals etc, but they wouldn't listen to my pleas that 30,000 tickets at £25 makes us more money than 12,000 tickets at £47. The fans that made the journey from the Division 3 with me had seen the ticket prices multiply numerous times along the way and the crowds just weren't turning out as they should have been. Have a look at these big showcase matches and the attendances:
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I was reminded that I was to manage the team and keep my nose out of business matters and this hurt a bit, considering the success and ultimately wealth I had brought this once tiny club. With a heavy heart I tendered my resignation that summer and that was that. Everything stopped. My hiatus from football management was upon me and I didn't know what to do with myself. I couldn't help thinking of the younger players I had recently brought in or that I had a plan for in being the future of the club, although this was no longer my concern I felt bad that they may not now have the chance I promised them, and in most cases I was unfortunately proven correct:

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Cam F
01-11-12, 12:03 AM
WATP :lol:

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316'sRegen
01-11-12, 12:50 AM
On the road to redemption Cam :)

Cam F
01-11-12, 03:06 PM
On the road to redemption Cam :)

Sadly only in the gaming world :lol: :(

AMC
01-11-12, 07:32 PM
No Ramsdens Cup Cam? Pffft! :D

Epic stuff Chris, always annoyed me how the fans don't turn up for European games. Interested to see where you end up next.

BlazeRavenwolf
01-11-12, 07:36 PM
OK I am starting a new game with the Tapanified Patch, starting with my hometown side Northampton Town, going to try to win every thing in England and Europe before moving on to different country (Australia, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain & U.S.A loaded)

Only gonna sign players on free transfers or on loan

Lets see how this goes :lol:

Cam F
01-11-12, 08:33 PM
No Ramsdens Cup Cam? Pffft! :D

Epic stuff Chris, always annoyed me how the fans don't turn up for European games. Interested to see where you end up next.

Supergoalied & lost on pens :( don't even know if the oppo had an attempt on goal the fuckers :lol: suppose at least cm doesn't class it as a defeat.

It's my drinking game on the other pc so that's taken me since the update came out to complete a season, hence why my main drinking game of 0001 I have played 21 seasons in almost 4 years :)

Welshy
03-11-12, 09:37 PM
As with real life, not all managers can be title-winning tactical genius', managing the greatest clubs and the greatest players. For every glorified manager, there are thousands more managers working hard and striving to achieve goals in the lower league's around the world. I'm not saying I settle for mediocraty, but prefer said realistic style of managing, where success isn't measured on the amount of trophies you earn, but instead, how well you build a team, save clubs from relegation, tighten up finances, and put teams into positions where in the long term, they can then go on to achieve the aforementioned glory. This gives me greater pleasure when playing, and finally achieving those goals, than raping the game with a cheat tactic.

I started my current game with Leeds, with the hope of building a team strong enough to not only get promoted, but to secure their Premierleague status also. A tough first season saw me flirt with midtable for the most part, before a strong run towards the back end of the season saw me secure a playoff birth on the last day. Drawing Cardiff in the playoffs, I knew I had no chance. I didn't - Cardiff ran out 7-1 victors on aggregate. The playoff loss only added more heartache for the Leeds fans, who during an FA Cup run saw us knock out giants an Man City and Liverpool, only for us to blow it in the final against a monstrous Chelsea 4-1. In the offseason I brought in numerous players who I thought could improve the squad (David Templeton, Jack Barmby and Miles Addison to name a few). After a poor start, we started to go on a bit of a run and consolidate our chances of promotion with some great performances. Then OGC Nice came asking around February time. I felt that my time at Leeds had been well spent, afterall, I achieved everything I wanted to - to build a team which, in my opinion, could not only get promoted but stay there also.

OGC Nice were top of the pile in the French Second Division when I took over, with hopes of promotion. Again, the team I saw before me still needed alot of tinkering before it was ready for the top league. The first season ended dissappointingly, and we missed out on promotion by just a single point, finishing 4th. Dissappointing, but the first half season in charge allowed me to work out who was of good enough quality to stay, and who the deadwood was in the team. Our financial cicrumstances got better through weeding out the overpriced garbage, which then allowed me to bring in some quality signings (Olivier Giroud the highest profile of them for £4,000,000, alongside freeagent Raheem Sterling, Vujadin Savic and others). We started strongly, which thus infuriatingly brought unwanted attention from the vultures above. Starman Thimothee Kolodziejczak was sold for a cool £4,800,000, with midfield maestro Eric Bautheac departing for Sochaux for an unrejectable £6,000,000. However, these departures weren't enough to knock us off our stride, and with a few of weeks left, we secured promotion, the title officially being secured a week later. Promotion, a quality team and the financial security to make a real go of the top flight, my job had been done at Nice. I did think breifly of staying at Nice, but an opportunity came up which was too tempting not to take.

A depleted squad, ageing superstars now retired and nothing but a mess in terms of finance, the opportunity was enough to make any softcore CM0102 players flinch. It made me cum in my pants. No homo. The team were in the middle of the season, lying in the dire position of fourth. Fourth? That's not too bad I hear you cry. Well, not when there's only four teams in your 'division'. I was the new boss of L.A. Galaxy, with the ambition of rescuing a mess of a club, or 'franchise' if your retar, sorry, American. I genuinly went into the job with a three-or-so year plan. The first season, the one of which was currently being played, my goal was to sign players of which had the calibre to be influencial within the team (which believe me, if you've ever played in the American league, is fucking hard! #notinterestedinnegotiatingterms). The second season, avoid the wooden spoon and not finish bottom of the division ( and in turn potentially make the playoffs), continue to build a good squad, and a nice cup run wouldn't go amiss. The third season I wanted to win the MLS League with the team of superstars (by MLS standards) I had assembled. I started off okay, and throughout the season got progressively more average. I started bringing in quality (again, used loosely) players, and come the end of the season, fuck knows how*, I scraped a playoff place. What was more impressive is we also qualified for the 'Open Cup' final (imagine the FA Cup but with like a thousand less teams), by beating Columbus in the semi, meaning a clash with the 'mighty' Portland Timbers, no really, their name is actually Portland Timbers. What a dumb name. In the playoffs, we drew both legs against the New York Redbull. Extra-time I thought. Nope, instead we're treat to a a third leg decider. We scraped the game, went on to win the semi against Colorado, and drew Columbus in the final. Normally I hate glitches, but Superkeeper, you are a legend my friend! 22 Shots against us, no goals. 2 Shots by us, 1 goal! Need I really tell you that we then went on to beat the 'Timbers' 5-1 in the Open Cup final, and thus secure a memorable double? It was a great achievement for me personally, as it marked my first 'Top-Flight' league title and first Cup win aswell! What made it all the more impressive is that in just half a season, I achieved what I had set out to do in three!

*literally, I have no idea how - we finished bottom of the division and still qualified :confused:

The American league sucks balls, the team names are stupid and the format they use to settle games is fucking ridiculous - why the extra-time during a standard league game?, just call it a draw ya' muppets. Anyways, I felt no need to stick around having not only won everything their is to win, but more importantly, achieved everything which I wanted to achieve. I resigned not long after the cup win.

Now to find a job, and with the MLS only just concluding, it meant that the world's proper league's (aside from Russia, Brazil and basically every league that isn't the MLS) were in the full swing of things, thus meaning manager's were getting sacked left, right and centre - jobs becoming available. After a few months of collecting the in-game dole, I took the job up at Burnley, who were languishing rock-bottom of the Championship. It was one of those jobs that when you take it, you think fuck'sakes, should have waited for something better, but for the short term I decided to stick with Burnley, and atleast save them from relegation. I did so, and in the process finished 11th, with good signings coming in, for example Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Kolo Toure etc. Burnley wasn't for me though, I fancied a change from England, somewhere different, somewhere where I knew few players, few clubs and anything was a bit of a guess at first.

The Boca Juniors job came up, having finished only 5th in the Argentine Premierleague they sacked their manager. I thought, i'm having abit of that. Applied for the job, and what dya' know...I didn't get it. They instead employed the manager of San Martin de San Juan, Diego Cagna, who had just got them promoted from the Argentinian second division. I was intrigued - a small club going into a big league, poor finances, no decent players to name, no history (the aforementioned promotion as league winners being their first ever success). For me it was the perfect opportunity, a blank canvas, a team to build and a tough old struggle ahead.

What is it with all these stupid league formats? Argentina likes to split its top division in two - an opening and closing stage. Why? But anyways, I digress. My first pre-season saw us pull off some miracle free transfers, with the arrivals of Alexandr Kerzhakov, Billy Sharp, Matthew Kilgallon and a whole host of other foreign superstars. Unfortunatly for me, what I didn't realise was that the Argentinian League only allows four foreign players per match squad. Bollocks. With me still working out the best team, we languished near the bottom of the league, and finished 16th out of twenty in the opening stage. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much better, battling bravely against relegation was the chairman's optimistic look on the season. The closing stage, however, went a little better, and once I had worked out everything that needed to be worked out, we finished a commendable 10th. Even San Martin's star striked from previous seasons, Luis Carabajal (formerly scoring 20+ a season) managed to find his scoring boots in the close season, well, certainly compared to the opening stage where he scored none. Luis finished on a huge tally of two goals.

That brings me to this season, in the pre of which I made a huge transfer for the club, bringing in Argentine superstar Gabriel Heinze! I figured for someone of his quality and influence I would break the finiancial structure of the club and offer him a tasty signing-on-fee, to which he delightfully accepted. Unfortunatly for us, the cunt then decided to retire before the season had started. In other big news, the board increased the clubs modest home, Estadio del Bicentario, to 42682 from 20-odd thousand - and everyone involved with the club couldn't help but ask why, especially considering we struggled to fill it before the enlargenment! The season is still young as we stand, however, after 14 games played, we currently sit in 5th position! We now have a solid team, with some good quality (world-class compared to the MLS), and are looking at potentially a very successful future.

So that's just about brought us up to date with what's going on in my game. My first club Leeds won the Championship the season I left them, and have finished in the top half of every Premierleague season (9th, 9th and 6th), currently competing in the UEFA Cup. Nice are doing well in the French First Division, last season securing a Champions League spot after finishing 3rd. They finished 4th the season before that. LA Galaxy won the West Division last season, but lost in the playoff semi to Chicago, whom they also lost the Open Cup to just over a week later. Burnley finished 9th last season, however, they are currently sitting atop the Championship this season after 17 games.

And for the sake of it, here's a few stats:

Played: 277
Won: 146
Drawn: 59
Lost: 72
Goals For: 502
Goals Conceded:313
Players Bought: 46 (£15,500,000)
Players Sold: 39 (£26,500,000)
Argentinian Manager Reputation Ranking: 8th
World Manager Reputation Ranking: 320th.

Cheers for reading.

316'sRegen
04-11-12, 02:51 AM
outstanding welshy,

i totally agree with your ethos of starting at the lower clubs and making them known.

also love your journeyman attitude :ok:

looking forward to your next updates mate,

Great stuff :rockon:

Jesus
04-11-12, 05:44 PM
Class write up Welshy, love it.

You seem to be picking up jobs quite easily, is there a secret you're holding out on?

AMC
04-11-12, 05:47 PM
Great stuff Welshy, was gonna ask the same, been changing your nationality and CA/PA? Shame it's the only way to do it most of the time.

Welshy
04-11-12, 09:49 PM
Changing nationality only, haven't tinkered with the CA/PA. I know it's technically 'cheating', but to be honest, it's near on impossible to explore the game's leagues without doing so hence I have no reservations about it.

And cheers for the comments lads! :cool:

AMC
04-11-12, 09:51 PM
Not cheating at all, flaw in the game mate :ok:

Keep us updated on your progress.

316'sRegen
06-11-12, 07:47 PM
The 2nd coming - Steep climb revisited

So from November of 2020 til june of '21 I was jobless. And hating it. I applied for many jobs in France, Spain and Italy but was repeatedly turned down as I didn't have the reputation in their jurisdiction. It reminded me of the time David Platt was told he wasn't qualified enough to manage the Sampdoria youth team, but surely a back to back European Cup winner wouldn't have this problem? :rant:

Eventually I was offered a position at the stadio del marmi. In all honesty I had no knowledge whatsoever of Carrarese, but decided to go along anyway and visit the chairman, Domenico Scarpa. He was forthright and honest in his description of the job, telling me there was no money at all for players and that wages would also be tight but he also massaged my ego slightly saying that shouldn't be a problem for me and recalling my days of division 3 with Rotherham and how they had no budget either. After a bottle of red, I hastily agreed to sign on the line and I was the newest manager of Carrarese.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/stadio-carrarese-1.jpg

I got to work straight away and hired a few average coaches (no-one is interested in joining a rock bottom club with a 2K stadium capacity) and also was very busy sending out the scouts to round up any local youth players that may want to make a go of it in the Serie C. There were a few Bosmans and out of contract players as well and by the time the season started I was quite happy with the squad, we should be able to give it a go in this league.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/carrplyin.jpg

I used the Serie C cup to get a look at all the players and as such we didn't qualify from the group. It did however stand us in good stead for the league and we started well with a 3-0 win over Casale and a 2-1 Home win over Sacilese. Rimini would show us it wouldn't all be plain sailing though, beating us comfortably 3-1 at their ground. After a 3-0 win at home to Allesandria a disastrous run saw us lose 3 of 4 games, I was wondering if I had made a mistake in taking on this monumental task and after getting back from our 3-1 defeat at Cremonese I considered resigning from the job there and then. The next day I was in my office when an overweight slightly sweaty Italian man came ambling in.

"SCuzee....eeehh, you are Keeeng Billy, yes?"
"that's me, William King also known as King Billy"
"yes... sign pleese"

He presented me with a pen as if it was a baton of opportunity, little did either of us know that it was exactly that. I scrawled on the receipt of delivery sheet and thanked the sluggish oaf, who snatched his pen back (he seemed to be pretty proud of that thing) and slouched his way back out of the office, whistling loudly as he left.

I had thought that he would be leaving me my latest copy of backdoor bitches but this was a different package, in fact it was just a large envelope, no DVD case at all to be seen.
I hastily tore open the envelope and the first thing that stood out was the badge at the top of the paper.

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It was a contract offer from struggling Parma! It included a letter offering me their manager's job and a contract to be signed and brought by me personally to their stadium the next day. They were 18th in the table and in danger of dropping out of the league if they couldn't turn their season around. The intriguing part was that the Chairman, stated that he had been watching me lately and I didn't look happy at Carrerese. I didn't know what way to take this. Was he stalking me? Or was it just a hunch considering our recent results?
The last line of the letter read:
"This offer expires on the 26th October, after which we will deny all knowledge of any offer being made. Return the contract to Ennio Tardini by then as the ink it is written in will evaporate at midnight on said date"

At the same time I was thinking what a sneaky and strange bunch of lunatics these eye thias were, I was also checking the stadium capacity at Parma, :lol: which turned out to be 13,500. I was sold. Surely their team couldn't be that bad? I could go in, get them sorted and be in the Serie A in no time!

In hindsight it probably would have been better to tell the Carrerese board I was leaving. I heard through one of the players that Scarpa threw a TV out of the office window when he sawon Sports Centre that I had joined Parma. There were also a few shady characters hanging around our training sessions from time to time. This died away later for obvious reasons, we'll get to that soon.

Parma were in dire straits, lying 18th in the table. They had 3 coaches who weren't qualified to be David Platt's assistant at Sampdoria's youth team (!) and a lacklustre playing squad who were demoralised from taking beatings.
I change them up to my version of 352 for the remainder of the season and eked out enough results to finish 8th in the table, the board were happy enough with that for a rescue mission but advised me next year would need to be better, get out of the blocks from the start etc, etc.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/finaltable.jpg

The surprising thing was that despite the shaky start, Carrerese ended up winning the divison :eek: which is probably why the spooky goons didn't come round any more, maybe we will meet them one day in the Serie B.

316'sRegen
06-11-12, 09:37 PM
my tip for the future player is beginning to come true as well:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/walshplyplyaward.jpg

316'sRegen
07-11-12, 07:51 PM
At the end of last season it became clear that a few of the higher paid players weren't interested in taking a pay cut temporarily for the good of the club. These must have been the remnants of the days when the club was higher up the ladder in the Italian league and Gianni Pelliccia in particular was on £11K p/w, while the bulk of the squad were receiving around £700-800 p/w. Georgievski was a great defender for this level and Domenico Leonardi had put in some excellent performances in the midfield toward the end of the season, dragging the lads with him as he battled tooth and nail, a big part of our final position of8th. They were getting far too much pay though, and once they refused pay cuts (a few times :lol:)I reluctantly released all three of them and decided to look to the future and recruit a few younger players that were just keen to play. Pelliccia actually wanted to stay at the end and discussed terms with us again once he was released as a free agent but Cagliari were able to meet his £11K p/w wage that he had grown used to and to be fair he probably deserved to play in Serie b,you can see he certainly didn't let them down this season as well in his season report:

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There weren't a great deal of signings in at the start ofthe season,I was happy enough with the mix so I had just signed in a couple ofour loanees from the previous campaign and Bruno Keita had been brought on board for his dual abilities with playing and coaching. The formation was switched up for the new season to the classic 4-4-1-1 that was so successful in the early days at Don Valley.

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The season got underway at the Ennio Tardini as we hosted Pisa in the Serie C cup game and D'Agostino scored after only 3 minutes. The 10,000 fans in attendance could feel the energy and determination about the team and the crowd were louder than I had heard at any pooint last season, it was as if they could feel that the sleeping giant was awakening and this once great club's time in the mire was about to end. We went on tothump Pisa 4-0 with Moises de Santana playing excellent "in the hole" behind D'Agostino, a partnership that would be very fruitful in the coming months. Wewent on to win all of our group matches in the cup, progressing with ease. The last match was particularly impressive as we destroyed Montichiari 5-1 in their own back yard, Basin Al-Aquily our captain helping himself to a brace from the left wing.

A slight hiccup in our first league game saw us draw 2-2 at home with Lumezzane, however from the next match onwards the team was unstoppable and went on the longest winning streak, and thenthe longest streak without losing in the clubs modern history. We drew away at Vareggio on the 27th October and the run was finally halted away at Sudtirol as we lost 1-0 in a scrappy game.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/the%20parma%20years%20-%20winning%20the%20C/sequence.jpg

Unfortunately for us, success of this kind means that other clubs will come sniffing round to see what players you have :doh: A few ofour better players were spirited away to what they considered bigger clubs but in particular it was difficult to lose de Santana our brazilian whizzkid:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/the%20parma%20years%20-%20winning%20the%20C/santana.jpg

We continued our successful season and wrapped up the league title with 3 games to spare allowing us to rest players and focus on the Serie C cup, despatching Mezzocorona easily 4-1 on aggregate to set up the final against Guilanove from the other division of our league C1B. The first game, which was our home match, was a tense affair and neither team could break the deadlock, I must admit that at the end of the game I was slightly worried that they would be a tough team to topple at home, but my fears were to disappear after 2o minutes when Marchetti, who is becoming a decent striker for us broke the deadlock. The floodgates then opened and it was no contest in the end, we had lifted our second trophy in a month and restored some pride in the Parma fans.

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Of course there was the matter of the Serie C Super Cup, which I hadn't known existed. It pits the two respective winners of the divisions C1A/C1B against each other to decide the ultimate champion of the C1 league. Although our defence played quite well we were a spent force after all the celebrations that had gone on and Ternana were strictly business that day, dealing us a 2-0 defeat and ending the season with a whimper for the Parma lads. Overall though we had a great year and look forward to Serie B next season. The only thing that worries me is the prospect of visiting the Carrarese away dug out :D

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/the%20parma%20years%20-%20winning%20the%20C/supercuptoofar.jpg

At the end of the season our captain was also snapped up by Napoli, however it was good to see him get his chance and I couldn't complain about the £1M they paid for the player, it really helped us out in getting the club back on track financially. Here is a few players that were important in the campaign for us:

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D'Agostino got 22 goals this season while Marchetti got 17 from 18 starts and 8 appearances as sub, a great haul for the young striker who has recently signed a new contract for us. Peralta was the rock in defense getting a 7.82 rating for the season over 39 games and receiving the player of the season for the division and selected in the team of the year also.

Jesus
08-11-12, 12:04 AM
Cracking read Chris.

Welshy
08-11-12, 09:32 PM
Following on from my previous post, I was flying-high in the league with San Martin de San Juan, a small team competing against the riches of the larger Argentinian clubs. Come the end of the close-season, despite 'battle bravely against relegation' expectations, I drove the club up to an unprecedented 3rd in the Primera Division, just five points behind the victors Boca Juniors, who snatched the title in their last game against major rivals River Plate - a result which saw River's manager Hector Cuper get the sack. Naturally, I applied for the River job, not really expecting to hear anything back. See, I had wanted to build an empire with San Martin, hoping for them to become a genuine force in Argentinian football. However, when River surprisingly came calling and offered me the job, their facilities, finance, squad and history just couldn't be rejected. It was the first job opportunity I had recieved where my back wasn't against the wall. My first 'selfish' job so to speak. All my previous jobs were challenges within themselves, whether that was to improve the squad, finance etc, and success was to be measured on how well I had achieved those goals. When I went to River, I suddenly found myself at the top. You see, for clubs like River Plate, success is measured in trophies. I felt I had climbed the ladder, starting from near enough the bottom, working my way up to this moment: my first chance at a MAJOR club.

River Plate's playing squad was undoubtedly awesome, very little tinkering needed doing. The only addition I made in the break between the open and close season was that of my former captain at San Martin, Julio Buffarini. Interestingly, Buffarini had verbally lashed out at me in the media for substituting him whilst at San Martin, and i'm confident had the pay rise not been so lucrative, he might not have come. (NOTE: He has verbally lashed out at me a further three times during my spell at River, and is now transfer listed by request). The board expected me to achieve a respectable league position in the forthcoming close season. Talk about ambition. Our star striker Rogelio Funes Mori propelled us up the league, scoring atleast one goal in my first eleven games in charge! (14 in total). However, we seemed to run out of steam towards the back end of the season, and after back to back defeats - the first being 3-0 away to former club San Martin, followed up by an embarassing performance at home that saw us lose 1-0 to arch rivals Boca - our title dream was officially over. What made the loss to Boca worse is the fact that we were neck and neck for points at this point, us losing saw them take the initial 3 point lead, which then widened until they won their second Championship on the trot. I finished the season 2nd, becoming (probably) the first manager to finish 2nd with 2 different teams in the same season, behind the same champion. What finishing 2nd also ensured was our progress to the Copa Mercosur (or CONCACAF Champions Cup for those who remembered the ZoaZoa add on before they initialised a game) for next season.

The off-season was big in terms of arrivals/departures, as I now felt I knew my team well enough with regards to who was needed and who wasn't. In the preseason, no fewer than 9(!) youngsters were promoted from our academy for assessment. Now I either have the next generation of stars in my reserves, or my coaches are shit, because they all had 'good prospect' notes upon graduation. Other big arrivals were that of Javier Hernandez from Liverpool for my personal record transfer fee of £5,000,000 and a young skillful lad from Brazil. I normally wouldn't take a punt on young foreigners such as the one I did on this dude (Weverton Cardoso Ferreira, but I shortened it to Cardinho), however, Ronaldinho retired in the Summer, suddenly this guy pops up with a shit load of flair. Coincidence? I think not. Atleast I hope not. My other big signing was a young defender by the name Thiago Medeiros, signed for £1,300,000. Perhaps the biggest waste of money ever. He was absent from training three times, sent off twice and eventually went AWOL within 2 months of being signed. Not all the 2 week fines in the world could make him think otherwise, so I released him on a free. For a fucking ridiculous amount of compensation too, but he was making the team unhappy. The chairman was surprised by my decision. Moron.

Speaking of the season, it was, cliched I know, a rollercoaster. The cup competition we qualified for, the Copa Mercosur, was the highlight of an otherwise dimming Opening Stage season. We went unbeaten at the group stage, securing the only qualifiying birth after just 4 games, going unbeaten in the process. The quarter finals started much worse - we drew Univ. de Chile and they smashed us at their ground 3-0. Going into the second leg I had generally lost hope, and went for a rookie starting eleven, featuring a few of the newly graduated academy players, replacing the struggling 'first-team' players. Well what do you know, we rape the Chileans 6-0! Unbelievable Jeff. The semi's drew us up against Nacional of Uruguay, whom we sunk 2-0 on aggregate, many of the youngsters retaining their starting berths for the continental game. I stuck with the youngsters again in the final against fellow compatriots San Lorenzo. Perhaps the worst performance I had seen out of any games from any teams I have managed, we lost the Final First Leg 1-0. Doesn't sound too bad, until you realise we were playing against 8 men for just under an hour of the game! I fined three of them for poor performances. The Second Leg saw our opponents come to our stomping ground, El Monumental, and with me reverting back to my first-choice starting XII, we battered them, winning 3-0. I started celebrating wildly, only to realise, just like the stupid fucking North Americans, the South Americans also play a 'best out of 3' rule for their trophies instead of Away Goals or Extra-Time. In the Final Leg decider, we just scraped the win. Psyche, we demolished our opponents and won the game 4-1! This Copa Mercosur victory marked my first continental championship as a manager, and my second cup overall (after the MLS Open Cup, which doesn't really count since the MLS is a bag of shit).

As I said though, it was a rollercoaster Opening season, and despite our continental success, we could only finish a misley 8th in the league, to which the chairman wasn't too impressed, his appreciation for me sinking from 'very pleased' to 'generally satisfied'. I JUST WON YOU THE COPA MERCOSUR YOU UNGRATEFUL OLD BASTARD. The fans have also started to turn on me, their support for the team wavering. Mercenaries. So this is where I am now, awaiting the start of the 'Closing Stage' of the season. A little bit in limbo at the current moment, because despite the success achieved in the Copa Mercosur, the chairman is still unimpressed. Will he sack me? Doubt it. May have to start making some ultimatums just to see how serious he is.

In other news, former club San Martin finished 18th in the Closing stage last season, but weren't relegated due to some strange average points system that the Argentinian football league seems to incorporate. They then went on to finish 10th in the Opening Stage of this season. Lionel Messi last season broke his record for most goals in one season by scoring 85. He is currently sitting on 474 goals in 6-and-a-half in game seasons (351 games). In terms of where I am now compared to my last update, I have slipped in the Argentinian Managerial Rankings (by reputation) to 9th from 8th, but have risen in the world rankings to 184th from 320nd.

Thanks for reading :ok:

Jesus
08-11-12, 11:32 PM
Another good read Welshy :ok:

Coys
08-11-12, 11:35 PM
I wanted to read it, but it hurt my brain :(

316'sRegen
08-11-12, 11:48 PM
keep her lit Welshy :ok:

great stuff.

BlazeRavenwolf
12-11-12, 12:45 PM
OK first season done

First Team

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Transfers In

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Loans In

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Table

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JLa
12-11-12, 01:23 PM
Histon, promoted -> Bournemouth, promoted and league cup winners, -> WBA, went from 19th to finishing 4th in EPL. Aiming for the manager position in one of the top clubs. :)

316'sRegen
12-11-12, 02:08 PM
no choice really about free transfers in the first season or two, but can you keep it going the whole way topaz?

Good Luck :ok:

BlazeRavenwolf
12-11-12, 02:11 PM
I hope I can pick up some quality players on free transfer as we climb towards the Premiership

grifty
12-11-12, 08:15 PM
Has anyone noticed an already worrying lack of goals being scored after just 4 seasons in the latest update? The current top scorers are Man U with 58 after 32 games...

I managed to go and score 1 goal in 9 games. And my 4 strikers have 12 goals between them. It's thank to my 3 midfielders , who to be fair only have 16 that Im staying up this year.

I just find it so boring when the game goes like this.

Welshy
13-11-12, 12:22 AM
Going into the closing league season, I had renewed optimism for my team. The bedding in process of younger prospects proved to be a success, with many solid performances from the younger players, however, if the closing season was to be any kind of success, I knew I would have to keep the chairman happy and deliver him the Argentinian Clausera. With the fans also still uncertain of me, league success was, to quote Eminem, 'my only motherfucking option, failure's not'. It started promising, we went on a 6 match unbeaten run in at the start of the closing stage, with star-man Javier Hernandez firing on all cylinders and banging in the goals. Defeat away to Racing broke our run however, the loss being a humbling 5-2. This triggered a win-less run of four games, including another embarassing loss to Boca. As poor as it was, it evoked me to change the squad around a bit, keep things fresh and start to give a lot more playing time to the youngsters. It paid off, and towards the back end of the season we picked up scrappy wins with the odd good performance, driving us up to second in the league. The Title would be decided on the final day. All we had to do was defeat Tigre and hope Racing didn't win. Despite a jittery performance, we just about got over the line with a 2-1 victory. In the other game, leaders Racing were making mincemeat of Estudiantes, ripping them apart with a dazzling performance, leading them to believe they were unlucky to only be two up going into the final part of the game. We needed a miracle, but suddenly (and foolishly) became believers. Estudiantes first won and converted a penalty, and then equalised from virtually the restart. This was it, after nearly three seasons in Argentinian football, I was about to win my first domestic league championship! Cue Racing to break the River fans' and my heart, scoring the winner and title-clincher in injury time. Bastard. This was to be my third second placed finish in the Argentinian league, and still no elusive trophy. At least there was one positive to take away from the season - second place meaning I would qualify and get the chance to defend the Copa Mercosur which we currently claim.

The faith I had shown in my younger players towards the back end of the season seemed to pay off, and thus I accordingly re-payed them with decent contracts. It also provided me with a chance to sell on the older fringe players who were still commanding big transfer fee's and big wages, knowing the youngsters could match them in terms of performance. Gustavo Bou and Juan Martin Villar the biggest names to leave. With the help of my scouting system I also acquired some young Argentinian talents, and pulled off a major coup for the club when I managed to get former-Chelsea 50-goal per season man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on a free. With my balance of young determined players, experienced senior players and even the odd star providing the quality, I couldn't wait to get stuck into the new season, my aim being solely on the Argentinian Primera Division.

Due to my focus on the Primera Division, the Copa Mercosur was very much an after thought and provided the level of competitiveness and 'big-match' games my youngsters needed in order to prove themselves as first-team candidates. Despite my lack of thought for the cup, I managed to romp through to the quarter-finals, winning all six games group games (including a 6-1 win over Colo-Colo) in the process! Unfortunately, as was the case last season, our success and performance-levels in the Copa Mercosur couldn't be replicated in the league. It took us four games to get a victory, albeit a very sweet one over Boca (my first win in 6 attempts over them). With the supporters, the board (greedy bastard by the way - had £96,000,000 in the bank and could only afford to give me £6,500,000 for transfers.) and even me, the ultimate pessimistic, expecting so much for the season, just three wins in the opening eleven league games simply wasn't good enough, and after a 2-1 home loss to All Boys, my number was up. I was fired immediately after the game. Such a shame too because the young talent I was bedding in was reaching the stage of gelling an awesome team. Or atleast I thought so.

I decided for my next job, should I get one, that I should revisit my previous managerial ethics of taking a struggling club and helping it to become more stable and hopefully successful there after. Whilst chasing trophies with River was obviously fun, it wasn't the reason I got into managing. I searched around the world for realistic job vacancies but not much came up that interested me. After a few weeks of waiting, however, a perfect post came up. Struggling in the Second Division, Athletic Bilbao is a fading club. After being guided to relegation from La Liga by none other than Andres Villas-Boas last season, Bilbao has collapsed. Despite a 40,000 stadium and a reasonable amount of cash, they sold a lot of key players in the Summer who weren't happy playing in a league full of B teams. What this meant for Bilbao was the bare bones of a squad still shell-shocked from the plummet. What this meant for me was the opportunity to rebuild a squad and challenge for promotion back to the big time, as well as putting the Spanish linguistic skills I learnt in Argentina to the test...


PS, I highly recommend giving the Argentinian League a go if you fancy a change of pace from the 'more popular' leagues. Lots of young talent, a very unpredictable pool of teams and a bizarre league structure with wacky stipulations: it's a recipe for mayhem, but very fun mayhem. :loco:


(EDIT: Just come to realize Bilbao only allows players who have Basque heritage to play for them. Gheez, building a squad is going to be harder than I thought! Also, had a peek at the chairman's attributes. His 'patience' is rated at 1/20, meaning he is 'impatient' and 'expects instant results from his staff'. If I was a betting man, I would put my mortgage on me getting sacked within the first six months).

Fods
14-11-12, 07:13 AM
Some good reads in here, inspired to start a new game :ok:

442 Attacking with QPR (Sept 2012 update, Tapani 2.19, start 2012)

Jesus
15-11-12, 12:37 AM
Loving the write ups in here fellas :ok:

Coys
15-11-12, 12:54 AM
Some good reads in here, inspired to start a new game :ok:

442 Attacking with QPR (Sept 2012 update, Tapani 2.19, start 2012)

default tac?

Jesus
15-11-12, 01:18 AM
Season Four

With my transfer fund more than doubling I decided to splash some cash and invest in some serious talent. First through the door was Sven Bender (DMC) from VfB Stuttgart who cost a hefty £7million. I felt he would fit perfectly in to the Leicester system, especially with van Bommel's shock retirement. Following soon after was Dimitar Berbatov (FC) who joined on a free after deciding not to sign another contract with Fulham. The spending didn't stop and Jetro Willems (DL) soon signed on the dotted line followed by Moussa Sissoko for £4.5million and £9million respectively. Rounding up the wheeling and dealing was 21-year-old Souleymane Coulibaly (SC) from Tottenham on a free transfer. The Ivory Coast youngster reminded me a lot of Didier Drogba and I feel he has a bright future ahead of him.

Before the season had even started I was offered three jobs, all in the same region. Celtic, Dundee and Inverness had all approached me about the job vacancies available, and, although the lure of taking a Scottish team to European glory was tempting, I graciously turned them down as I felt I still hadn't achieved everything with Leicester. First things first was the Charity Shield and it took a penalty shoot out to decide the winner; unfortunately it wasn't meant to be and Chelsea's penalty takers outweighed our own and we were defeated. This seemed to have a massive affect on the squad and the defence of our Premiership crown was slowly becoming a disaster after just ten games. We were 11th place and struggling to find any form, players were falling out with me and I felt like I had made a massive mistake in turning down that Celtic job. However, I was determined to build on my previous season's efforts and with a good string of results we were soon in 5th place after 20 games and looking dangerous. We continued to punish teams and soon sat atop of the Premier League after 30 games, but unlike last season there was no massive point difference and we were being pushed by the teams below us. It came down to the penultimate game of the season before we were crowned Champions for the second year in a row and I breathed a sigh of relief as the final game against 2nd place Manchester United didn't matter any more.

Our turbulent league form had taken it's toll on the squad and the cups were the last thing on my mind. We crashed out of the FA Cup in the fifth round to Newcastle and couldn't defeat Manchester United over two legs in the League Cup semi-final to leave us without any English silverware (minus the league of course).

Fortunately for us, we had the chance to win more silverware with fixtures in the Intercontinental Cup, Super Cup and Champions League still to play. The Intercontinental Cup was secured with a 4-1 demolition of Flamengo and this was followed by a 3-0 win over M'gladback in the Super Cup to secure two cups for the trophy cabinet. Our good fortune continued in Europe and we battled through Phase 1 and 2 of the Champions League to set up a quarter final clash with Dinamo Kiev. Kiev offered little resistance to us and a Hugo Rodallega hat-trick sunk them. We met Zenit in the semi-finals and after a tense 0-0 in the first leg everything was to play for in the second leg. A single goal from Berbatov put us through to give us a chance at defending our European crown against.. Barcelona. The final was a tense affair as neither team managed to hit the target in the first half. After rallying my team and delivering a speech that would make Mel Gibson cry, we soon found ourselves 1-0 down to a Santi Carzorla goal. I made a quick substitution as Beckford made way for Rodallega and it felt like it was now or never. Time seemed to slow down as I willed my team on and 16 minutes later Rodallega popped up to finish a cross from Orellana. Momentum shifted and my team pushed forward and the deadlock was broken five minutes later after a Coulibaly header from a Sissoko cross flew past Víctor Valdés. We were ahead and with less than ten minutes to play I instructed the lads to park the bus. Fifteen agonising minutes later, the final whistle blew and I had managed to repeat last season's achievement; we had defended our domestic and European crowns.

Season Five

With last season's achievements and celebrations still clear in my head, I set about strengthening the squad that had tired over the previous season. Again I adopted my 'wheeling and dealing' mentality and despite some impressive players wanting to sign for us, their price tag put me off and I scouted further for bargains. First through the door was winger Matt Phillips who arrived from Dinamo Kiev for just £3million. He was soon followed by goalie Yann Sommer who would keep Kasper Schmeichel on his toes for a measly £2.3million. On the same day Charly Jnr Musonda signed his allegiance over to us from Chelsea for a hefty £8million. I felt the 19 year old had heaps of potential and I was excited to help him develop as a player. With Sven Bender falling out of favour with the board I moved quickly to not only sell him, but to replace him. In came Guida Fofana (DMC) for £4million and Emmanuel Frimpong (DMC) for £5million. Both players were young and hungry and I closed the books after these two signings were complete bringing my total spending to £22.5million.

Our first competitive fixture of the season was against Man City in the Charity Shield. An exciting game saw us come from 2-0 down to take it to penalties. Thankfully this time round we were the team with the shooting boots on and we won 3-1 on penalties. This was shortly followed by another clash with Brazilian side Flamengo in the Intercontinental Cup. The game was a closer affair this time round and Flamengo had definitely improved; however, they hadn't improved enough and we retained the cup with a 1-0 win. PSV were our next foreign opponents in the Super Cup and with us being holders already, I felt it was vital that we defended another cup. Coulibaly and Beckford sealed a 2-1 win for us and we had secured three pieces of silverware in the space of two weeks.

With the 'trivial' cups out of the way it was time to concentrate on our assault of the Premier League. We started positively and before we knew it we were sitting in our rightful place at the top of the league after just ten games. The wheeling and dealing had definitely come in handy and it made a massive impact on the league itself; we only slipped to second place twice in the space of 28 games and enjoyed a run of 22 games in first place. We were soon crowned champions and finished six points ahead of Arsenal. On reflection I was disappointed with the lack of competition from the Premier League, however I was joyous in the fact that we had made it three Premier League titles in a row.

Unfortunately for us, we suffered another domestic cup drought after crashing out of the League Cup 3rd Round to Blackburn and the FA Cup quarter finals to Manchester United. I was bitterly disappointed with this as I hadn't won anything within England other than the First Division and Premier League. It gave me renewed determination and my objectives for the following season were already formulated in my head.

On the continent we continued our dominance through the first group stage of the Champions League and racked up 14 points which included a 6-1 demolition of Anzhi Makhachkala and a 4-0 pummelling of Galatasaray. We replicated the same amount of points in the second group which also saw Milan and Valencia fall by the way side and out of the competition. This meant we were unbeaten so far in Europe and I had bags of confidence going in to the quarter final clash with Chelsea. The first leg of the quarter finals was a nervous affair and I was determined not to concede at home and give Chelsea the advantageous away goal. Thankfully we didn't concede; unfortunately we didn't score either. This meant that the second leg was all or nothing. I rested my first team up to the fixture, scouted Chelsea every game, spent hours going over tactics, made sure the team were up to scratch in training and made sure that I had the strongest possible eleven on the pitch. However, what I did not plan for was Kasper Schmeichel to get himself sent off in the 24th minute and hand Chelsea a penalty. Cavani cooly converted the opportunity and from then on it was an onslaught. We were lucky to only lose 1-0 and walking away from the match I felt bitter and disappointed. My ambitions of winnings a domestic cup diminished and I felt I needed to clear my head..

http://www.taxiclub.co.uk/tcimages/east_midlands_airport.jpg

316'sRegen
15-11-12, 03:08 AM
perhaps taken them as far as they can go?

Great write up, Lord :ok:

Fods
15-11-12, 08:54 AM
default tac?

Yeh mate, have ditched fodfod2cf :D

Jesus
15-11-12, 11:39 AM
Yeh mate, have ditched fodfod2cf :D

Glad to hear it mate, hoping for a good write up from you too.

316'sRegen
16-11-12, 05:39 AM
Movin' On Up 23/24
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So we were in the serie B and a new captain was required, having lost Al Aqily in the off season. I quickly signed in Aidan Hayward from Bristol City for £525K, my biggest signing so far for the club, indeed this was the first time there actually was ANY transfer funds made available to me! A few old heads were also brought in for coaching duties as well as playing, Chekhou Sow was to stay for a few years in the twighlight of his career Davit Kirkitadze was a decent inside forward until his shock retirement after only a season and Craig Cathcart wasn't able to make the grade as a player, so after a few poor performances, accepted a contract as a coach instead of the player/coach role.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/capo2.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/sowfull.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/keepdog.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/Barroso.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/Conficconi.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/cathcart.jpg

Del Guidice, who had been brought in the season before and impressed in the bit part role that he had played had now earned a first team spot. The lad was pure creativity, and all our attacks went through him all season, truly impressive season by him in the Serie B. Later he would fall away as he didn't really develop much further after this season, and a lot more is needed to shine in Serie A. Check out his achievements in the second tier though :D

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/delguidice.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/playOTY.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/DelGuidiceacheivment.jpg

The season itself started off slowly and it looked like it was going to be a hard slog as we won only 1 of our first 4 league matches. Draws with Lecco and Brescia were actually not bad results though, as they were in the running at the end of the season for promotion. We also progressed through our group of the Italian Cup easily enough, taking a major scalp in Chievo which pleased the board immensely. This built up a bit of momentum and belief in the squad and we carried it into the league with 3 wins on the bounce, including Sampdoria which again pleased the board. I was starting to feel at home in the Serie B and not so worried about the outlook for a successful season, a draw with giants Juventus in the league was a nice result as well before our next cup outing. Our cup run would end in round 2 however in a close fought two legged battle with Palermo. I was happy enough with that and knew that we weren't going to win the cup in our first attempt with this squad, all in all we hadn't embarrassed ourselves and we could now focus on the Serie B and getting promoted to the big league.

Return to del Marmi
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After the cup game the next fixture was the one that I had been dreading, the away fixture against my former club, Carrarese. I had since learned of their ties to the less law abiding citizens of the land and was quite apprehensive about going there. As I walked up the tunnel and on to the pitch towards the dugout, the home fans were throwing what looked like giant confetti for me. They were in rapturous mood shouting at the top of their lungs and I was actually touched by the welcome back they were giving me. I had misread the situation however, as when I sat down in the dugout one of the giant pieces of paper fell from my jacket pocket and I saw my own face staring back at me. The cheeky fuckers had printed up a bunch of 20 Euro notes with my face on them! The scout who was sitting in front of me leaned back and said:

Scout:"you know what they are saying boss, yes?"
Billy:"I havent a clue"
Scout:"Sell Out!" :D

And there I was waving back to them the whole way up to the bench like a fucking mug :lol:

The match itself was a no-contest affair. If it have of been a boxing match it would have been stopped I remember reading in our match day programme the next week :)
After the match Scarpa was waiting in the tunnel for me and invited me to the boardroom for a chat. With images of concrete shoes and suchlike in my head i reluctantly agreed to share a bottle of red with the chairman. He was surprisingly understanding about my rapid exodus from the del Marmi and said that he seen on the pitch that day why I had to move on. We arranged a pre season friendly for the next season in order to make them a few quid and I also agreed that they could get first refusal on any of our loan listed players. As I left the del Marmi that night a weight was lifted, I wasn't happy the way it ended there and it was great to be back on good terms with Scarpa, apart from the great wine he was able to get I now didn't jump at loud noises any more :lol:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/stylebeatsdirty.jpg

The Run In
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After this the team seemed to kick into high gear. Apart from 2 defeats back to back in early January, probably a hangover from holiday celebrations, we then didn't lose again until the last day of the season. The final day defeat wasn't that important as we had secured promotion a couple of weeks before, we ended up the season 2nd placed. Sadly, our friends at the del Marmi were going in the other direction :(

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/oneseasonwonder.jpg

A few players in team of the year as well this season but snubbed for manager of the year....who picks these awards? :rant:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/seriebselect.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/RDM.jpg

Next year would be tough though, we had took a few beats in this division and the Serie A would be a big step up in class from this, surely.

more will follow soon...

316'sRegen
16-11-12, 05:52 AM
The constant lure of England was always there as well, with several big teams offering me jobs that were totally unsolicited, my reputation must still be strong back there, or maybe the job hopping from Carrarese to Parma made news back home as well:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/Villa.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/Swans.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/Spurs.jpg

England went all the way that year and finally won a major international tournament. They are still talking about it in their newspapers now (i'm in the 2028 season at the minute in my save :D)

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/EuroFinal.jpg

This guy kept doing the business as well:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20Serie%20B/pelliccia.jpg

as did our irish hero, Tom Walsh:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/walsh2inarow.jpg

Jesus
16-11-12, 09:47 AM
Nice to see you're getting somewhere with Parma. How much spare money do the English clubs have!? Haha.

316'sRegen
16-11-12, 01:11 PM
Yeah, there's a load of cash there, and there's plenty more offers from the Prem to come :)
I'm nearly ready to move on from Parma now, France and Spain are running in game, so likely have to start at the bottom again :cool:

BlazeRavenwolf
16-11-12, 01:15 PM
Bloody game crashed on 24 October 2013 so going to start again using the live DB (perks of being updater :lol:)

BlazeRavenwolf
16-11-12, 02:07 PM
OK same restrictions but using DB as it is today (perk of being an updater :lol:), with English league in foreground & all other leagues in Background

Only but players on free transfer or bring them in on loan, I can only leave the club after winning the Premier League, FA Cup & League Cup or obviously getting sacked, With any new club I must start in the lowest possible league and make my way up from there and I must win the top league & cups in that country, restrictions stay the same all the way through

So this time starting in the English Conference with Forest Green Rovers

316'sRegen
16-11-12, 02:36 PM
good luck, you'll need it!

one of the other perks of updating is knowing the good free players and the short contract players as well as the ones whose club maybe doesn't know how good they are. :)

i enjoy the wheeling and dealing though when you get the club to the top flight, seeing Northampton or whatever buying a £10-15M player!

if you still have to sign frees/bosmans at that stage then Forest Green could end up richer than the Rothschilds :lol:

BlazeRavenwolf
16-11-12, 02:39 PM
yer gonna try to only get players in on free transfers or loan all through my career :lol:

Bern
16-11-12, 04:48 PM
The way I usually play the game is to start in the Conference North and take the team with the smallest stadium or least amount of players and try to turn them into an EPL champion and CL winner. But I sort of got bored of that so I came up with a new challenge:

At the end of each season I apply for ANY available job. My goal is to one day win the EPL and Champions League. For this challenge I loaded England, Scotland, Ireland and N.Ireland.

My first season was with Peterhead of the Scottish 3rd Division. I managed to finish 1st and gain promotion. As well as winning the Challenge Cup, League Cup and losing to Celtic in the FA Cup (which qualified the team for the UEFA Cup). After the last match was played I started to apply for all available jobs.

After having no success getting a new job in England or Scotland, Harland and Wolff Welders FC in N. Ireland gave me the job. This season was a bit more challenging as the team only had about 6 players signed. I did finish 1st and promote to the top division. The team won the Cup as well.

I'm currently in my 3rd season of this challenge, having been hired by Brechin of the 3rd Division in Scotland. I'm midway through the season having already won the Challenge Cup and still alive in both the League and FA Cups.

316'sRegen
16-11-12, 07:26 PM
the welders :lol:

i'd get on their team! :lol:

Fods
17-11-12, 05:11 AM
Glad to hear it mate, hoping for a good write up from you too.

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/9095/80444876.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/248/80444876.jpg/)

Cam F
17-11-12, 07:51 AM
Do u not have stadium pics for that new interface, hate playing cm unless a stadium at most grounds.

Welshy
18-11-12, 09:06 PM
I'm glad I didn't bet my mortgage on me getting the sack within six months, because that's exactly how long it took me to revive a struggling Bilbao and get them promoted back the La Liga in their first ever season outside of it. I'll be honest, Bilbao wasn't my favorite time managing. I thought I was able to cope with the stress of building a team composed solely of 'Basque' players. However, said task is much harder than it would first appear, as the only decent Basque talent anywhere in the world was already in my team, making signings very hard to come by. What's more, is the quality players I did possess were often eyed up by the teams in the higher division, and I had it all on trying to keep my stars until the end of the season. After a hit-and-miss start to life in the Basque country, my career their soared, going undefeated in the last nineteen matches, a club record! It went down to the wire, but my team held their nerve and we became Second Division champions on the last day of the season. I was loved by the club - chairman, supporters etc, however, the Basque players only rule was too much of a stumbling block for me to have any chance of developing on what I had already achieved at the club. I resigned with a heavy heart the morning after winning the league.



The constant lure of England was always there as well

Couldn't have put it better myself. Four years had passed since I last managed in England, saving Burnley being my last adventure there. I couldn't help but feel the time had come to return, and return a much better manager than I had left. After turning San Martin into a solid top-flight club, driving River to just goal difference away from the title and getting Bilbao back to the big time, winning my third league as a manager in the process, I felt I was now ready for the biggest league of them all. The Premierleague. The only Premiership job that was vacant at the time of leaving Bilbao was at Charlton Athletic, a now solid top-flight team for the last five years since 2015. I applied, but unfortunately came up short. They instead hired Keith Curle, a man who had just gotten Hull City promoted to the Premierleague by winning the Championship. Being the snake that I am, I applied for the Hull City job, and fortunately got offered it. I snatched the chairmans hands off. Back in the big time baby!

On paper, Hull's team were nothing special, captain Fabian Delph being the only 'outstanding' player. For some reason, however, looking at the Hull squad on my first day in charge, I had real optimism going forward. It was just one of those squads where you look at it and think that, for as average as it looks on paper, it possesses the right ingredients to achieve the goals you set almost instantaneously. It was a beautiful mix between old and young talent, with a great amount of balance between the number of players in each position, as well as a lovely amount of depth in both the first team and reserves. It just felt right. Speaking of goals, my aim with Hull was simple, keep them up and build on that to make them into a solid Premierleague outfit, such as the Charlton's, Fulham's and Brentford's (that's right, Brentford) of this world. The squad, as previously mentioned, didn't need a lot of work, however some quality here and there wouldn't go amiss. The chairman gave me a sumptious bit of cash to spend on said quality, with relegation battling very much an expectancy. The only new faces I brought in were those of Soulymane Coulibaly, who I had been chasing since my Leeds days, and Francisco Robledo, a stand-out star in the youngsters I brought through at River Plate.

The season, in theory, couldn't have been tougher, starting with Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham, all recent former Champions. Somehow, I managed to pick up 7 points from these games and amazingly sat in top spot of the Premiership after just three games! We outplayed Man City completely on the opening day, were unlucky to draw at Arsenal, who scored a late penalty, and then sneaked one of our own at the end of the match with Tottenham. Of course, my feet were staying firmly to the floor, and whilst we had battled well against the bigger teams and took a ludicrous amount of points, I knew it was a long season ahead. My tactics throughout the season changed from match to match, with me focusing all my research into the opponents tactics, and then coming up with a way to counteract them with mine (except from matches against teams I classed as 'fellow-strugglers'). The reason being is we, realistically, were one of the weakest teams in the Premiership, thus rather playing to our strengths, my method was to play to the opponents' weaknesses. Optimistic I know. It worked however, and by the halfway point in the season we were remarkably up to sixth! But I just can't resist...

The bloke who took over me when I left Leeds for Nice was Terry Butcher. Building on my foundations, he guided Leeds to promotion and secured their Premierleague status. He then took over at Spurs when AVB was sacked (who then was sacked from Bilbao, who I then rescued, small world, huh?). For what ever reason, with Spurs floundering in eleventh, Terry decided to resign as Spurs manager, leaving a team with some genuine world-class players (Leandro, Dzagoev, Boateng etc) and a fair amount of financial clout. Now, throughout this save I have often gone for realistic jobs with small goals. That was until River Plate, who despite being a huge team, wasn't quiet the 'big-time' feel I had hoped for. With the Spurs vacancy imminent, I just couldn't resist as they were truely a huge team, previously Premierleague Champions in 2014. Besides, after all the learning I have done abroad and the success I was having currently at Hull, I felt I had just about worked my way up to the top, and thus could prove myself at Tottenham to be the 'Superb' manager my reputation had befitted me. My last game in charge of Hull was ironically against Spurs, which resulted in a one-all draw, leaving us (Hull) eighth in the league with thirty-two points from twenty-three games. I left for London the very next day.

When you play against teams, you often notice their attacking players, as they are the ones who are having the most touches, flashes in commentary and scoring the goals against you. I find I hardly ever notice the defenders of the opposing team. I went to Tottenham thinking they had a strong squad. I was wrong. Whilst they did have a strong, some may say World-Class, attack/midfield, the defence had a lot to answer for. With only five first-team defenders, the best of whom being Corry Evans (says it all), my first task/short-term goal at Tottenham was to buy some defenders actually capable of competently defending in order to drive us up the league where on paper, our attack deserves to be. My long term goal at Tottenham? To continue and improve on the moderate success of recent years* and bring some silverware to White Hart Lane.

*Premierleague winners 2014, Champions League, Intercontinental Cup & Super Cup winners 2015, League Cup runner-ups 2016 and Champions League runners-up 2020.

This time a year ago I was at the pinnacle (there or there abouts) of Argentinian football management with River Plate. Three clubs later and I am now at the pinnacle (again, there or there abouts) of English football management. I know some would describe me as a mercenary, onto my ninth club in this, my ninth season, but all I have done is simply worked my way up the management ladder to the peak. Yes it's taken nine years and eight other clubs, but I really feel I can start a franchise with Spurs now, and there's not a lot that could tempt me away. Well, other than Barca, Real, a big Italian team, Bayern, a bigger English team, England, and any other major international job for the matter, hell, I bet even PSG could tempt me away :rolleyes: But other than that... :D. Speaking of River, they finally won the Argentinian League. Maybe they are better off without me then, huh. In terms of managerial rankings, I am now up to 83rd in the world and 7th in England. My managerial record currently sit on:


Leagues Won: 3
Cups Won: 2
Played: 432
Won: 233
Drawn: 87
Lost: 112
Goals For: 820
Goals Conceded: 508
Players Bought: 65 (£35,000,000)
Players Sold: 63 (£40,500,000)

Cheers for reading :ok:

316'sRegen
18-11-12, 09:08 PM
there's not a lot that could tempt me away. Well, other than Barca, Real, a big Italian team, Bayern, a bigger English team, England, and any other major international job for the matter

:rofl:


Great read again Welshy :ok:

Fods
18-11-12, 09:23 PM
Do u not have stadium pics for that new interface, hate playing cm unless a stadium at most grounds.

No mate, still using the old pack, not updated it for a while. U got a pack?

316'sRegen
19-11-12, 06:35 AM
The Promised Land

So we were back in the big league, ready to duke it out with the finest that Italy had to offer. I would quickly find out that we weren't up to the task with the bunch of second rate wannabes that had easily got through the lower divisions. It wasn't much help either that my previously mentioned new captain had used his release clause at the first opportunity and jumped ship back to England to play for the magpies :( Over the season a lot of the deadwood and "players" that didn't make the grade were jettisoned. Most of them got their chance and failed and that is the thing about this profession, you must be ruthless!

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/playerout.jpg

Not all bad news on the transfer front, however. With my usual fiscal responsibility (:D) I set about signing a mix of established players with experience at the top level (at least in their own respective countries) and a new wave of youth that could one day rise to the top of the Italian football pyramid. Some of the older lads have now retired, a couple of these were moved on but this was a decent season in the market for Parma, 7 of the guys you can see here are still in the first team today (27/28) and Maher is the captain.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/playerin.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/maher.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/komol.jpg

It was nice having at least some cash to spend, obviously we weren't on terms with the Milan's of this world but in our first season in the Serie A it would turn out to be Inter that would be our main rivals in the league. The board announced at the outset that battling bravely against relegation was their goal and that was indeed to be the case, but it was surprising to have Inter down there in the dogfight with us. We actually started well in the league, Winning 5 out of the first 6 games, beating Udinese and the current champions Bologna 4-1 in their own ground and Napoli 3-1 at home, the supporters and board were delighted, life was good. What got the better of us was the rigours of a whole season in the top flight, playing quality teams week in week out the older players became fatigued and injuries started to creep in. Some of the younger players had to be drafted into first team action sooner than I would have liked, and some of them were found wanting as I said before and had to be moved on.

After flying out of the blocks at the start of the campaign, teams got wise to Parma and learned how to deal with us, much better and quicker than was the case with Rotherham in England. Within 2 months of the league starting the italians had sussed our tactics, it took nearly 2 seasons in England! So from 13th Oct right up until after the winter break (11th Jan) we went without a win in the league, which sounds disastrous but in fact most of the games were drawn as you can see here:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/drawexperts.jpg

In the Italian cup it was the same again, we progressed far enough to make a few Euro out of it and didn't embarras ourselves but were beaten by a better team in the competition for the second year running. Even though Komol had a stinker on the day of the second leg, we looked set for penalties. Lazio were playing some great stuff but just couldn't get the killer move to break through and end the tie, until the 72nd minute when a strange goal saw our copes hopes vapourise. Our keeper kicked the ball out and it dropped to Coutinho, who just ran staright at goal and hammered it home. For all the fancy football they were playing to try and break us down this guy realised just running straight at us was the best way :lol:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/itacupexit.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/cupgoal.jpg

With no cups left to distract us we were focused now on survival in the top flight, we had become precariously close to the drop zone, languishing in 14th place just outside it. What worried me more was that Inter were 15th, actually in the relegation spots and I knew that a team like that could at any time put a little run together and zip above us if we kept up our current form. January was a terrible month with 3 losses against the bigger teams of Milan, Udinese and Lazio after our initial victory over Atalanta but it seemed that the teams already below us were just as poor and the positions in the table (at the bottom half anyway where we were) didn't change. Indeed the rest of the season was pretty much the same, we were outclassed when we played most of the teams in our first season in the top flight, and it was only by beating the teams around us and nicking a point here and there against the better teams along the way that we would survive. We were able to do this and at least keep pace with the relegation battle but it all seemed to point to A very important match to decide our fate at the end of the season, we had to play Inter at home with 3 games left, a victory here would more or less guarantee safety and another crack at Serie A next season.

The 13,500 at the Ennio Tardini sounded more like 30,000 that day and they were the 12th man all day long. In a fiercely competitive game, the lads rose to the challenge and were every part Inter's equal, in fact I would say we were much the better team that day but we just couldn't make the breakthrough. We had plenty of chances but the Inter keeper Piccinni was their best player that day (their only player if we're honest :P) and the lads, as well as the crowd, were becoming frustrated. Sow had been booked for a silly offense, kicking the ball away on the half hour but as the frustration crept in he squared up to one of their men, Valle, and the whole team rushed over and started the pushing and shoving handbags at 2 paces type situation. The ref I guess wanted to stamp his authority on the game and cut this all out so he showed Sow the second yellow and he was off! The crowd went bananas! Coins were flung at the ref and abusive chants rang around the stadium. In a strange way looking back I guess that sending off helped us. It's like the old Mourinho trick of making players believe that the whole world is against them, when the fans and the lads still on the pitch seen this as an injustice on them they rallied and only played better. On 64 mins justice was done when Owona finished off a classy move that involved Maher, Almqvist and himself to send the Tardini faithful into uproar once again. This is one of the matches that sticks out in my memory of Parma, even though it was a relegation dogfight type match it was a turning point for the club. We had outplayed one of the biggest teams in the history of the league and we had saved our top flight status, 13th was the final league position that year, with Inter actually surviving as well in 14th.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/therunin.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/beatingInter.jpg

In the close season the board finally listened to me and decided to add some extra capacity to the ground, I was pleased at this until the announcement came through that it was 3,000 extra seats. "What's the point?" I thought, but I held my tongue, remembering what happened at Rotherham and realising that it was only getting started with Parma and the board were obviously cautious seeing we only just survived this term.


As for Rotherham, they were still going strong, they made it to the Champions Cup final again, although a somewhat disappointing performance saw them come away with runner up medals this time.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/eclfinal.jpg

Our old friend Pelliccia was going from strength to strength though:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/pelicagain.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/pilicrecord.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/goldenboot.jpg

and of course the offers kept coming from England, all unsolicited and all politely refused (no matter how tempting)

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/richswans.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/returnoftheking.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/reddevils.jpg

The one job I did apply for I didn't get though: :(

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/parma%20survival%20season/barnsleymanager.jpg

I was determined that next year would be different, none of this languishing at the bottom of the table, we need to be challenging for honours (or at least UEFA Cup football)

more will follow soon... :hi:

Jesus
19-11-12, 02:13 PM
Great write ups lads, made for another cracking read on my dinner :ok:

Yarixus
22-11-12, 08:39 PM
Currently coaching KSK Maldegem from Belgium
playing at the Maurice Dewaele stadion (Cap: 2200, 500 seated)

Finished 12th in Third Division in my first season
Finished 1th in Third Division in my second season
Reached quaterfinals of the Belgium Cup in my second season
Cleared 2.4 m debt by selling tons of players
Finished 5th in Second Division in my third season
Am currently 9th in Second Division after 5 games this season, balance = 1.305.303 in the green but got poor players and two very young and unexperienced goalkeepers who tend to fuck up each game.
Due to part time contracts i manage to keep a steady profit
Am happy at the club but eager to move to a bigger club

JLa
23-11-12, 11:20 AM
Histon, promoted -> Bournemouth, promoted and league cup winners, -> WBA, went from 19th to finishing 4th in EPL. Aiming for the manager position in one of the top clubs. :)

WBA, won it all and got bored -> Chelsea, won nothing but two FA cups, but got bored anyway -> Livorno & Sweden, still kinda bored, perhaps I just need some time off from the game ...

Btw, that "super keeper" thing was REALLY annoying when playing as Chelsea. I usually had somewhere between 15 and 25 shots on goal in every match, my opponents usually had 2-5, but I still got six or seven more or less goalless draws (0-0, 1-1) in the league. My star striker managed 40-something goals over the season, when looking at all the shots he missed he should have had at least a hundred. Gotta love it.

AMC
23-11-12, 11:21 AM
Great to see this so active, well done guys!

batman
28-11-12, 08:08 AM
Just started a new game with the september update. Started a game in England, just so i could take over my club in norway, Vålerenga, half way through the season. Was surprised to see them at the bottom of the table.
Finnished the season mid table, with a 9-1-1 record, and are now cleaning up the squad for the next season, so i can win both the league and the cup.

Running the game with 19 leagues, 1 in foreground.
Aiming to winning all the domestic competitions in at least the biggest leagues (Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Spain and England)

JLa
28-11-12, 01:17 PM
Just started a new game with the september update. Started a game in England, just so i could take over my club in norway, Vålerenga, half way through the season. Was surprised to see them at the bottom of the table.

Sounds like Vålerenga :lol:

Ian MacNab
03-12-12, 02:26 AM
So...playing a Wrexham game for fun.

However, ground rules:
Must play whatever formation my assistant manager prefers (current manager 442) without wib-wobbing. Must also conform my players preferred position to where they play.

So a AMR must play out wide and as far up as feasible for good play. AMRC can play a little more centrally...

DL must play level with DCs...D/DML can play up further.

DMC must play at DM level...FC can play in either SC or AM level, etc.

It makes for some...'interesting' formations, particularly the assymetric ones. It also means my results are far from ideal.

Anyway, after finishing 3rd in the conference first season, as I tweaked my understanding of what happens when and where...we started season 2 some weeks back and kept getting ties...finally sorted out my goalkeepers issues (Mayebi is horribly inconsistent)...eventually flogged him off to Nottingham Forest and used loan goalkeepers for the rest of the campaign. We were down a dozen points at Christmas...managed to get on a great run, closed the game to two points before the final game of the season. We win, and Tamworth drops points, we are champions. We draw, and Tamworth loses, we are champions.

With 10 minutes to go, we lead Cambridge 1-0, and I check the league table, and Tamworth are drawing their opponent 2-2...we are champions on goal difference! All we have to do is survive the next ten minut...damn. Cambridge scored. Oh, and Tamworth scored to.

<shakes head>

All for naught. Tamworth wins and promotes with a four point advantage over us. Sigh, another year in the conference.

Ah well, finally won the FA Trophy (never won that competition before, always promoted too fast) and the Welsh Premier Cup (beating Swansea AND Cardiff).

On to the next season...should take me a few months, since I can only play a few games at a time.

In season 3, and we dominate the conference with 98 points.

ONWARD!

:D

Pokahontas
04-12-12, 03:35 PM
enjoying my 1st play in Croatia. Don't you just love those screens?
http://imageshack.us/a/img40/2061/cl1x.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img542/6679/36003620.png
after 2 miserable attempts in Europe

316'sRegen
04-12-12, 05:11 PM
nice pimpness on the champ screens :ok:

what backgrounds pack is that?

Pokahontas
04-12-12, 06:26 PM
I think i mixed 2 background packs, maybe 3. I've got babes set up to show in the Boardroom & The Museum (history section)

They're all from the forum... maybe some from the 00/01 install I had ages ago

Fods
05-12-12, 12:51 AM
Whats thew font mate?

Pokahontas
05-12-12, 02:50 PM
DENMARK REGULAR.

pretty cool to see players as wellhttp://imageshack.us/a/img217/3214/51375785.png
and read the news http://imageshack.us/a/img29/8687/newsqm.png but i think it is the menubar that really makes the difference, really crisp & professional. its all from the forum. big thanks to the members who shared it

Wots ur font in that calcio save, mate?

316'sRegen
05-12-12, 03:47 PM
i never installedany fonts, so either traditional or futuristic :lol:

Dermotron
05-12-12, 07:05 PM
Never strayed from Futuristic myself until finding this - http://www.champman0102.co.uk/downloads.php?do=file&id=121

Now 'need' it with every DB :D

Hamilton
05-12-12, 07:25 PM
Just started a new game, must been over a year or so since i played one.. Using the sep12 update.

Started with Genk, like i always do, using my own non-wib/wob 4-4-1-1 tactic.

Signed up Tom de Mul on a free, just for squad depth. Also signed two scouts.

Just played my first friendly at Herta, 0-0

AMC
05-12-12, 07:26 PM
Welcome back Hammy!

Hamilton
05-12-12, 07:28 PM
Thx!

To bad my post count is renewed, i'm looking like a newbie now :D

lord_cole
07-12-12, 08:36 PM
http://s10.postimage.org/bf0c7x4aw/Llanelli.jpg


End of fourth season with Llanelli in the Welsh league. Made it to the Champ League group stages latest.
I did also have Pogrebniak up front for a bit but he eventually reckoned he was too good for the Welsh league.

http://s17.postimage.org/oreeb34ez/pog.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/oreeb34ez/)

If someone could message me on how to make the thumb view bigger that would also be appreciated!

Dermotron
07-12-12, 08:44 PM
Use the image url and the image option in the tool bar here, as opposed to the url for the thumbnail on postimage.

Also untick 'retreive and reference locally' here

Hamilton
08-12-12, 01:13 PM
8 games in game

Genk - Lierse 2-2
Gent - Genk 1-1
Genk - Charleroi 1-1
Genk - Leuven 2-2
Uefa Cup Genk - Marseille 1-0
Kortrijk - Genk 2-2
Genk - Club Brugge 2-2
Uefa Cup Marseille - Genk 2-1

So, only standing 16th in league with 6 points out of 6 games.

On agg going a rounf further on in Uefa Cup tough..

Transfers In:
Tom de Mul Free
Milan Jovanovic Anderlecht £2,2M

Transfers Out:
Fabien Camus Saint-Ettienne £1,7M

Fods
08-12-12, 01:23 PM
Jurgen?

Hamilton
08-12-12, 01:31 PM
Yeah?

Fods
08-12-12, 02:03 PM
hello

Cam F
08-12-12, 02:23 PM
Is it me your looking for?

Hamilton
08-12-12, 02:37 PM
Next games

Waasland-Beveren - Genk 2-1
Westerlo - Genk 1-3
Genk - Kv Mechelen 4-2
Uefa Cup Genk - Maritimo 0-0
Mons - Genk 2-4
Genk - Zulte Waregem 3-1
Uefa Cup Maritimo - Genk 0-1
Bel Cup Genk - Oudenaarde 1-0
Anderlecht - Genk 2-3
Standard - Genk 3-4

Now in 4th spot, 3 points behind leader Anderlecht.

Need to play Heerenveen in 3rd round Uefa Cup.

Transfers In:
Eyong Enoh Ajax £750K

Pokahontas
08-12-12, 07:54 PM
After the croatian 5 years making Solin THE top club, a quick trip to Sweden (and oh, was that shit!)

Now in Poland, a bit disappointed... if there was one thing in Croatia that was weird was the fact that only the League was celebrated by supporters, but not the cup... NOW in Poland not even the League gets a celebration!!?

at least there's cash to burn in Legia Warszawa, and the newly appointed scouts have been working well, especially the one sent to Argentina
http://imageshack.us/a/img694/5433/20347762.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img845/9900/29008771.png

Pokahontas
09-12-12, 12:09 AM
END OF SEASON

a browse in the national sides came fruitful earlier, some of the best polish personnel being wasted in Turkey --> snatched straight away
http://imageshack.us/a/img405/6572/30572684.png


And a Tsigalk-ish youg'un spotted in my stint at Swedish lower leagues proved himself a great hand at clinching title & FA Cup
http://imageshack.us/a/img820/1557/35804684.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img832/8942/96463266.png


oh yeah, and the supporters came to the street to celebrate this time. Go figure!

Pokahontas
10-12-12, 01:31 PM
a few African Int. Jobs came available & an assessment of team quality revealed this african gem being paid peanuts in Turkey. Next Target!
http://imageshack.us/a/img836/650/37115266.png


on a crappy note, barely just over a year later and The Big Boyz are trying to hog my discovery
http://imageshack.us/a/img402/7869/bullyo.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img708/6220/86437163.png
Goddammit there's no loyalty anymore
I guess 10 M buy-out was not an overstatement. These mercenaries need contract renewed every 6 months or what :twitch:

every swinging dick in my squad seems to feel like a big fish in a small bowl. No fucken gratitude anymore

316'sRegen
10-12-12, 04:19 PM
on the bright side the transfer fees will be good for 10 more like him :D

Pokahontas
10-12-12, 05:45 PM
Quite the unexpected, I was thinking my team still had a lot of mash & bangers to eat,
but winning the CL after 2 years & a half is almost "a Mourinho"

the cherry on top is it is a feat no-ones achieved since Red Star in the 80's (i mean, an Eastern block team going all the way)

http://imageshack.us/a/img22/3151/47347355.png

including an epic semi 2nd leg at the Nou Camp
http://imageshack.us/a/img600/4461/clsemi.png
my keeper was sent off making penalty, the sub saves it & the game is won in a final offensive push at extra time


Feeling my time in Poland is over to the final stop in Russia (LOL, after that rant about Loyalty)... but the next dream is the WC with Ivory Coast
which fizzled out soon after, AS IT DOES
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/1717/94025940.png

Pokahontas
10-12-12, 06:12 PM
Quite excited with this save... finally it pays off to do well in Europe & Roberto Carlos is keen to work with me
http://imageshack.us/a/img717/4817/offerg.png


My only regret IS.... NOT passing the European Supercup
... IS NOT passing the Intercontinental Cup

BUT leaving just when i got the best player these poles will ever see in their green turfs
http://imageshack.us/a/img819/8886/gando1.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img534/820/gando.png

work to do now tho!

zenithclay
12-12-12, 11:35 AM
Just started a new career game on the Sept 12 db with Tapani patch 2.19 starting in 07 for a bit of randomness.... taken over the Republic of Ireland job to holiday a few seasons before I'll start to apply to be a club manager. Will post updates every season.

316'sRegen
12-12-12, 04:55 PM
aren't therea lot of young players running about then zenithclay?

great to see this thread buzzing again.

Pokahontas
12-12-12, 05:10 PM
I'm not one to get excited with this kind of thing but this time its special
right after the WC the vines brought the Dream Team of the Tournament
http://imageshack.us/a/img715/9203/32935053.png
- both goalkeepers I nourished into the high level scene at 19 & 17, respectively at club level & international level
- Taras Burlak was my defensive rock at Solin
- N'Gando was a young blood I gave a lot of caps in my Cameroon tenure & the most exciting transfer any of my managed clubs got in
- Bikoko had 1 cap (and was out of squad) before I made him Cameroon's main man
http://imageshack.us/a/img839/3553/nac2.png



Wots with the fans not celebrating?
http://imageshack.us/a/img694/9669/adeptos.png
I think it might have to do with League being in Background when the summer updates are done

zenithclay
12-12-12, 06:45 PM
Yeah, all 4 years younger. I don't know why i do it, just ive had problems before when i've made the date the current year.

EDIT: I was completely mistaken, every player is at they're correct age.

Pokahontas
13-12-12, 02:50 PM
Russia is weirding me out. League won in November, then no games until a week before April, & European competitions that I qualified for are played over 9 months after (??) LOL

i am playing my 8th and 9th fixture when Uefa cup & CL finals are decided....


Here's for an update on some old known faces
Remember that leftback scout spotted in argentina at 18? well, 21 yo now & the vines say Real Madrid were paying attention
http://imageshack.us/a/img507/7040/66760486.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img689/2447/49515293.png

After a meeting with the most senior members of the squad, it became apparent they felt a couple of big names should be brought into the project, to make it gain further dynamic & momentum.
a shallow analysis of the market and, bearing in mind the poor finances of the club, a decision was made to bring in a known face,
http://imageshack.us/a/img195/7007/dahls.png

a fetish player to the manager
http://imageshack.us/a/img594/4739/favesf.png
but the supporters backed this decision all the way
http://imageshack.us/a/img254/145/dahl1.png

Monkey the Chicken
13-12-12, 03:16 PM
Installed the game on my work computer (after getting the admin password from IT!) and have been playing it over the last week and a half (naughty, naughty!).

Using the latest database update (Sept) and Tapani 2.19 patch, I started a game with Wycombe Wanderers. Season 1, I won division 3 by 6 points, I've just finished season 2.

This is my formation:
601

Final Table - I lost my 2nd league game and improved a hell of a lot after that. One of my best ever seasons in terms of wins, goals scored and goals conceded considering the 4-4-2 formation.

602

Was quite happy with this!

603

Stats:




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Wycombe Wanderers - Sunday 6th May 2012
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Squad
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No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
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21 Ainsworth, Gareth AM R ENG 10.5.71 40 - - £1.2K 23.5.13 £18K
19 Angus, Calum D C ENG 15.4.84 28 - - £3.3K 13.6.15 £450K
15 Asafu-Adjaye, Ed D/DM R GHA 22.12.86 25 - - £1.2K 4.5.16 £190K
24 Babel, Ryan F LC NED 19.12.84 27 40 5 £6.25K 28.6.17 £1.2M
- Bossa, Francesco D C ITA 26.5.88 23 - - £1.1K 14.6.16 £210K
23 Caddis, Paul D/M R SCO 19.4.86 26 - - £1.8K 28.5.13 £220K
31 Carson, Scott GK ENG 3.9.83 28 4 - £5K 23.6.17 £1.2M
7 Cole, Larnell AM R ENG 9.3.91 21 - - £1.6K 24.6.17 £950K
8 Cooney, David F LC IRL 31.8.95 16 - - £210 27.6.15 £65K
6 Domingo, Nicolás Mario DM RC ARG 8.4.83 29 - - £3.1K 7.6.14 £180K
14 Dunne, Charles D L ENG 8.2.91 21 - - £475 30.6.13 £55K
- Edwards, Nick SW/D C ENG 8.2.91 21 - - £90 28.5.14 £35K
28 Gregory, Corey M C ENG 22.2.91 21 - - £400 6.5.14 £110K
- Heffernan, Gavin D/DM R IRL 10.11.95 16 - - £140 20.6.15 £50K
1 Ikeme, Carl GK NGA 8.6.84 27 - - £3.2K 1.5.13 £250K
32 Johnson, Jermaine AM R JAM 25.6.78 33 51 7 £3.9K 24.5.13 £80K
27 Larsson, Peter D C SWE 30.4.82 30 2 - £1.5K 21.5.13 £350K
29 Lasnik, Andreas AM L AUT 9.11.81 30 1 - £2.1K 5.5.13 £275K
17 Lewis, Stuart M C ENG 15.10.85 26 - - £5.5K 20.6.15 £800K
26 Morais, Junior S C ENG 3.7.93 18 - - £625 28.5.14 £550K
9 Morrissey, Danny S C IRL 13.12.91 20 - - £675 26.6.12 £325K
30 O'Grady, Chris F LC ENG 25.1.84 28 - - £3.9K 24.5.13 £400K
22 Ojo, Seyi M C ENG 6.6.93 18 - - £250 28.6.12 £1M
5 Perone, Bruno SW/D C BRA 6.7.85 26 - - £4.9K 3.6.14 £450K
4 Piccinni, Matteo D C ITA 6.3.84 28 - - £1.4K 3.5.16 £250K
- Pugh, Ian M C WAL 4.12.95 16 - - £230 28.6.15 £75K
- Radcliffe, Colin S C ENG 7.9.93 18 - - £150 Rolling £3K
25 Rensen, Sjoerd GK NED 18.4.81 31 - - £525 20.6.15 £35K
- Ribeiro, Luciano DM C POR 16.12.94 17 - - £1.6K 17.6.14 £60K
11 Sforzini, Ferdinando S C ITA 4.12.82 29 - - £3.1K 26.5.13 £1M
13 Smith, Phil GK ENG 14.12.77 34 - - £1.2K 15.5.13 £9K
18 Stewart, Anthony D LC ENG 18.9.90 21 - - £1.2K 25.5.13 £230K
33 Watts, Martin AM L ENG 12.8.87 24 - - £275 28.5.14 £5K
20 Wood, Sam D L ENG 9.8.84 27 - - £2.3K 17.5.15 £190K



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2011/2 Senior Club Stats
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No Name Apps Gls Con Pens Asts Yel Red MoM Av R
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21 Ainsworth, Gareth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
19 Angus, Calum 43 (3) 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 7.33
15 Asafu-Adjaye, Ed 56 0 0 0 7 5 0 1 7.23
24 Babel, Ryan 23 (7) 9 0 0 8 0 0 6 7.53
- Bossa, Francesco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
23 Caddis, Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
31 Carson, Scott 37 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 7.41
7 Cole, Larnell 59 13 0 0 11 2 0 4 7.34
8 Cooney, David 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
6 Domingo, Nicolás Mario 3 (7) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.80
14 Dunne, Charles - - - - - - - - ----
- Edwards, Nick - - - - - - - - ----
28 Gregory, Corey 3 (5) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.75
- Heffernan, Gavin - - - - - - - - ----
1 Ikeme, Carl 19 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 7.32
32 Johnson, Jermaine 2 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.33
27 Larsson, Peter 28 (2) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7.10
29 Lasnik, Andreas 40 (5) 7 0 0 10 2 0 5 7.49
17 Lewis, Stuart 54 3 0 0 19 1 0 5 7.46
26 Morais, Junior 31 (4) 14 0 0 9 0 0 4 7.60
9 Morrissey, Danny 48 (1) 30 0 0 2 1 0 5 7.57
30 O'Grady, Chris 2 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.67
22 Ojo, Seyi 56 (1) 27 0 7 (7) 11 3 0 8 7.56
5 Perone, Bruno 21 (2) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.78
4 Piccinni, Matteo 26 (1) 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7.30
- Pugh, Ian - - - - - - - - ----
- Radcliffe, Colin - - - - - - - - ----
25 Rensen, Sjoerd - - - - - - - - ----
- Ribeiro, Luciano - - - - - - - - ----
11 Sforzini, Ferdinando 28 (2) 12 0 2 (0) 2 1 0 3 7.40
13 Smith, Phil 3 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
18 Stewart, Anthony 57 0 0 0 3 9 0 0 7.25
33 Watts, Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
20 Wood, Sam 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7.00



================================================== ==============================================
2011/2 Transfers
================================================== ==============================================

Date Player In From Fee
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
9.6.11 Nicolás Mario Domingo Deportivo Cuenca £85K
21.6.11 Georgi Kinkladze Free Transfer Free
24.6.11 Gavin Heffernan Free Transfer Free
30.6.11 Bruno Perone Q.P.R. Bos
1.7.11 Ed Asafu-Adjaye Forest Green Bos
21.7.11 Luciano Ribeiro Free Transfer Free
24.7.11 Larnell Cole Man Utd £325K
1.8.11 Seyi Ojo Liverpool Loan
19.8.11 Francesco Bossa Free Transfer Free
29.8.11 Danny Morrissey Cagliari Loan
29.8.11 Ryan Babel Ajax £600K
24.9.11 Sjoerd Rensen Free Transfer Free
2.10.11 Ian Pugh Free Transfer Free
3.10.11 David Cooney Free Transfer Free
29.11.11 Scott Carson Free Transfer Free

Date Player Out To Fee
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
24.6.11 Jo Kuffour Released Free
3.7.11 Dennis Oli Charlton Bos
14.7.11 Chris Lines Luton £170K
26.7.11 Matt McClure Bournemouth £40K
3.9.11 Gary Doherty Gillingham £55K
17.9.11 Fabrizio Lasagna Bury £275K
18.2.12 Emmanuel Ighorae Leeds £375K
6.3.12 Jesse Kewley-Graham Leeds £14K
20.3.12 Danny Foster Hull £300K




================================================== ==============================================
2011/2 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
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20.7.11 Vigilant H Friendly 3:0 4310 Johnson, Perone, Sforzini
24.7.11 Scunthorpe A Friendly 1:1 5104 Morais
30.7.11 Norton & Stockton H Friendly 0:0 4341
13.8.11 Bournemouth A Second Division 3:0 9402 Cole, J.Morais 2
20.8.11 Leyton Orient H Second Division 2:3 6668 Sforzini, Lasnik
23.8.11 Middlesbrough H League Cup 1st Rnd 2:1 3236 Lewis, Ojo
27.8.11 Torquay A Second Division 2:1 5821 Morais, O'Grady
29.8.11 Carlisle H Second Division 2:1 5728 Cole, Morais
3.9.11 Notts Co A Second Division 4:0 9070 Morrissey 2, Ojo 2 (1 pen)
10.9.11 Bristol City H Second Division 2:0 10267 Morais, Ojo pen
14.9.11 Crawley A Second Division 2:1 4874 Ojo, Morrissey
17.9.11 Southend H Second Division 4:0 7482 Ojo, Morrissey 2, Morais
21.9.11 West Brom A League Cup 2nd Rnd 0:0 9061
24.9.11 Swindon A Second Division 0:0 14513
1.10.11 Preston H Second Division 3:0 8827 Morrissey 2, Sforzini
8.10.11 Peterborough A Second Division 1:1 8167 Ojo
15.10.11 Stevenage A Second Division 2:1 5174 Morrissey, Ojo pen
18.10.11 Portsmouth H Second Division 3:1 10243 Lasnik, Sforzini, Morrissey
22.10.11 Sheff Utd H Second Division 1:1 10280 Collins og
29.10.11 Walsall A Second Division 0:0 7819
5.11.11 Exeter A FA Cup 1st Rnd 3:0 8272 Lasnik, Lewis, Morrissey
12.11.11 Tranmere A Second Division 4:0 12240 Morrissey 3, Perone
19.11.11 Brentford H Second Division 2:1 8383 Ojo 2 pens
23.11.11 Ipswich H Second Division 5:0 8835 Ojo 4 (2 pens), Perone
26.11.11 Leyton Orient H FA Cup 2nd Rnd 2:0 3236 L.Cole, Morrissey
30.11.11 Yeovil H Second Division 0:0 8131
3.12.11 MK Dons H Second Division 4:0 8809 Ojo, Babel, Morrissey, Morais
10.12.11 Bournemouth H Second Division 2:2 7524 Morrissey, Ojo
17.12.11 Coventry H Second Division 1:0 9480 Cole
21.12.11 Morecambe A Second Division P-P -----
26.12.11 Leyton Orient A Second Division 4:1 9188 Ojo 2, Angus, Morrissey
28.12.11 Doncaster A Second Division 1:0 10857 Cole
31.12.11 Notts Co H Second Division 1:0 8651 Morrissey
4.1.12 Bristol City A Second Division 1:1 13970 Morrissey
7.1.12 Burnley H FA Cup 3rd Rnd 2:0 3533 Lasnik, Sforzini
14.1.12 Torquay H Second Division 3:0 7832 Ojo, Sforzini 2
17.1.12 Barnet H Vans Trophy South 2nd Rnd 3:0 2808 Sforzini 2, Morrissey
21.1.12 Carlisle A Second Division 1:0 12434 Lasnik
25.1.12 Morecambe A Second Division 2:0 5058 Morrissey, Cole
28.1.12 Aston Villa A FA Cup 4th Rnd 1:0 18879 Babel
4.2.12 Crawley H Second Division 3:0 7458 Cole, Ojo 2
7.2.12 Aldershot H Vans Trophy South Qtr Final 1:0 2824 Ojo
11.2.12 Southend A Second Division 3:0 11310 Morrissey 2, Ojo
18.2.12 Man City A FA Cup 5th Rnd 1:2 33513 Cole
21.2.12 Bristol Rovers H Vans Trophy South Semi Final 2:0 2928 Ojo, Sforzini
25.2.12 Peterborough H Second Division 3:2 8688 Cole 2, Morrissey
29.2.12 Swindon H Second Division 3:1 10235 Babel, Sforzini 2
3.3.12 Sheff Utd A Second Division 1:0 21088 Cole
6.3.12 Swindon H Vans Trophy South Final Leg 1 4:1 8906 Morais, Babel 3
10.3.12 Stevenage H Second Division 2:0 8235 Morais 2
13.3.12 Swindon A Vans Trophy South Final Leg 2 4:1 14465 Babel 2, Morais, Johnson
20.3.12 Portsmouth A Second Division 1:0 13811 Morrissey
24.3.12 Tranmere H Second Division 3:0 7576 Morais 2, Ojo
28.3.12 Ipswich A Second Division 2:0 21382 Morais, Angus
31.3.12 Brentford A Second Division 1:0 9012 Lasnik
4.4.12 Preston A Second Division 2:0 18982 Morrissey 2
7.4.12 Walsall H Second Division 1:1 5719 Lasnik
14.4.12 Yeovil A Second Division 1:0 9626 Ojo
16.4.12 Doncaster H Second Division 1:0 6538 Babel
22.4.12 York N Vans Trophy Final 2:0 27462 Sforzini, Cole
25.4.12 MK Dons A Second Division 2:0 19216 Cole, Lewis
28.4.12 Morecambe H Second Division 2:0 4880 Morrissey 2
6.5.12 Coventry A Second Division 2:2 19766 Ojo, Morrissey

Bern
13-12-12, 03:18 PM
Russia is weirding me out. League won in November, then no games until a week before April, & European competitions that I qualified for are played over 9 months after (??) LOL

i am playing my 8th and 9th fixture when Uefa cup & CL finals are decided....



That intersting. Are there any fitness issues?

Jesus
13-12-12, 08:14 PM
Pokahontus your manager name really disturbs me..

Grats on an excellent season MonkeytheChicken.

Pokahontas
13-12-12, 09:19 PM
That intersting. Are there any fitness issues? I am now in September, games every week June, July & August. The fitness is absolutely fine.

In Poland tho, the last few games were appalling every year
the season actually ends in June. But those last 3 games, they were all on 60's and 70's %
http://imageshack.us/a/img15/978/fitness.png




Pokahontus your manager name really disturbs me.. LOL, just a bit of take it easy kitchen/toilet humor

... in other frequencies, yet another of these type of news
1 year later
http://imageshack.us/a/img255/6636/yetanother.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img593/1914/90625245.png
8x the price. I wish i had some interest in that clubs profits

Bern
13-12-12, 09:23 PM
I am now in September, games every week June, July & August. The fitness is absolutely fine.

In Poland tho, the last few games were appalling every year


I was wondering about those European Cup games before the start of the season.

I assume fitness is fine in the middle of the season. Was wondering about playing in the Champions League or UEFA Cup while the league isn't playing.

Pokahontas
13-12-12, 09:31 PM
I'll tell you once I get there.... nov 2010 won the league... only sept 2011 starting the European cup I qualified for. Just played my first group game 2 - 2 away at chelsea. My scout said Szczepaniak was their real danger :lol:

Bern
13-12-12, 09:38 PM
I'll tell you once I get there.... nov 2010 won the league... only sept 2011 starting the European cup I qualified for. Just played my first group game 2 - 2 away at chelsea. My scout said Szczepaniak was their real danger :lol:

Thanks

Bern
13-12-12, 10:00 PM
Another crazy one I had managing in Italy: a team was relegated from Serie A to Serie B, and yet they still expanded the stadium.

Pokahontas
14-12-12, 07:53 PM
That intersting. Are there any fitness issues?hi dude, through the winter break all players were 100%. Most needed playing time, but internationals and U-21 were fine

european cup games at 15 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 Mar & 13 Mar before the league started. At the 21 feb game the starting XI only the keeper was 100% but all the others were 90-something -> the only issue really

Pokahontas
14-12-12, 10:13 PM
http://imageshack.us/a/img849/8449/resignx.png
Farty surprisingly resigned mid-league & announced in a Press Conference today he will retire from club football. Other soundbites included "a last shot at Glory in 2014 WC", "tiredness from the eastern european lifestyle", "wife & family decision", "more balanced lifestyle", "10 years of Club football", "2 years of Sunday Roasts to come", "the club is now in a financial position for a manager with the energy to bring in the young faces to aim at glory" and a message of hope for the club's future and eternal love for the supporters.

No coincidence to this fact SURELY the disappointment felt with the recent defeats in Finals
http://imageshack.us/a/img255/852/finalgj.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img832/2786/final1w.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img846/2645/resignb.png

Mourinho has always said finals are to be won, not played. ------ GODDAMM YOU!


This was a career that comprised:
http://imageshack.us/a/img145/2200/career.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img228/3802/careerx.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img442/3397/career2.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img27/2527/career1.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img33/6619/anzox.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img850/7235/career3.png

- 4 Years in financial poverty of Croatian Football until (until the final year) the Champions League doors opened wide and the flood of money was overwhelming for the clubs structure
- 1 year and a half of promotion failure in 2 insolvent lower league Swedish clubs
- tumultuous 2 years and a half in Poland, covered in personal hatreds & glory
- Rise of Anzhi as the football powerhouse their owners initially intended
- A succession of interesting African Int. Jobs inc. 2 frustrating WC Second Rounds
- 2 emotional Champions Cup finals lost

- Several staff dignified to get emotionally attached to


Final Considerations
This was a game I aimed at playing leagues I usually dismiss. I loaded Sweden, Croatia, Russia & Poland. (Only Poland I played before, back in the day.)

On one side, these leagues are very weak (average quality of players & the quality of the top players) starting with Croatia, which comes off as a challenge but ends up being easier... while at Croatia I was salivating at the prospect of the quality bump found in Poland & Russia. Well, they are better, but still the same situation - loads of clubs that play substandard players in their XI. Sweden was an utter disappointment (and a relief to get out), the players are shit and even tame ambition targets are absolutely out of the aim of lower league bankrupt clubs (even free agents!!!), not to mention how hard it is to shift those players already there, not to mention finding any grounds to pick a starting XI (LOL).

I thoroughly enjoyed it though. It made a different experience. I would recommend Russia over Poland as the names are easier to remember (that helps!), Croatian names can get quite confusing too! but the league has some fun to be had finding those mid-level gems that really become powerhouses at that league

Thanks for reading (& rumors are buzzing the name 'Farty' is bound to appear somewhere in the Turkish lowest tiers soon)

lord_cole
15-12-12, 02:12 AM
605605

Great name, shame he's rubbish.

316'sRegen
15-12-12, 07:14 PM
605605

Great name, shame he's rubbish.

Check this thread out :ok:

http://www.champman0102.co.uk/showthread.php?723-Funny-Regen-Names

316'sRegen
15-12-12, 07:18 PM
Great stuff Eggy Farty!

Did you resign or retire the manager? Any chance of a cheeky comeback?

Jesus
15-12-12, 07:40 PM
Please change your manager name Pokahontus. :lol:

Pokahontas
15-12-12, 07:50 PM
Great stuff Eggy Farty!

Did you resign or retire the manager? Any chance of a cheeky comeback? As of present I am still contracted by the Ivory Coast FA... news will follow suit

Pokahontas
15-12-12, 11:16 PM
The post-WC qualification African Kraze strikes again!
http://imageshack.us/a/img826/8834/nigeriad.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img211/7087/algeria.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img72/1241/senegalu.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img547/8853/safrica.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img255/2741/marocco.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img593/3640/ghanaa.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img39/661/cameroon.png

Most of which
http://imageshack.us/a/img705/4175/despedidos.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img402/334/qualificados.png

including a big change of heart from the Ivorian FA
http://imageshack.us/a/img11/2015/86758746.png

right after
http://imageshack.us/a/img585/586/quals.png

this means cold shouldering just 16 days after
http://imageshack.us/a/img842/768/39796187.png

Can Eggy survive the next few days?
http://imageshack.us/a/img717/4817/qual1.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img7/6718/asurvive1.png

ouhou - ouch!
http://imageshack.us/a/img138/3101/bohoh.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img96/378/cohoh2.png

oh dear
http://imageshack.us/a/img62/9489/dhowmuchlonger.png
How much longer??

still breathing
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/3767/e18egito.png

Pokahontas
16-12-12, 12:36 PM
The World Cup Dream is over!
a final push to victory over Sweden wasn't enough as France & Equador drew
http://imageshack.us/a/img28/2732/pushi.png
That GK sending off doing a penalty in the 1st game threw Ivorian aspirations down the toilet
http://imageshack.us/a/img826/920/94325997.png
In a press conference, Farty assumed full responsibility for picking the talented yet inexperienced GK as 1st option

Earlier in the year the Ivorian FA had been clear about expectations
http://imageshack.us/a/img809/1962/expectations1.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img834/9562/expectations.png


before the end of the WC a meaningless confidence update
http://imageshack.us/a/img526/1390/updatepa.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img248/3363/update1t.png


the vines bring in a Surprise, then the feared Assessment
http://imageshack.us/a/img27/9671/surprisekr.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img208/7402/assess.png
OH DEAR
http://imageshack.us/a/img833/1339/ohdearg.png

Tis the end of the World Cup & few FA's are in a friends making mood
As the post-WC sacking Kraze takes heed
http://imageshack.us/a/img600/8420/kraze.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img268/6624/kraze1.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/2448/kraze2.png

Can Eggy survive?
A few days later the rules are set
http://imageshack.us/a/img689/474/fewdays.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img820/552/fewdays1.png

And shortly after
http://imageshack.us/a/img593/9692/fewdaysupdate.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img818/2546/fewdaysupdate1.png
Well, it seems Ivory Coast still love Farty!

Redknapp69
16-12-12, 05:46 PM
Don't think I've written in here before so here goes!

Taken charge of my beloved Liverpool!

1st Season
========
Only player I brought in was Michael Ballack as some midfield backup (on a free). Only player to leave was Brad Jones - couldn't give him first team footie so accepted a decent offer of £1.4m


League Cup - played a weakened squad in 5th round and got knocked out :(
FA Cup - runners up - lost to Newcastle in final
League - WINNERS - brought Liverpool back where they should be at the top of the tree! :)


2nd Season
=========
Brought in Walter Samuel and Ryan Giggs on a free
The big summer signing was Marco Reus - £18.25m!
Due to my ineptness I didn't realise Jose Enrique had a buy out clause and Barcelona took full advantage as he went to them for £6.25m
In his place I got in Barca reject Adriano who is doing OK
Ballack left to go back to Germany for 70k
Downing was sold to Wolfsburg for £4.3m
Youngsters Bijev and Stephens also leave on the cheap



League Cup - Lost at HOME vs Derby County on penalties - FFS!
FA Cup - Lost in the semi final to Man City on penalties - FFS! (think we need to start practicing penalties here!)
Champions League - WINNERS – beat Zenit 1-0 in Final. That’s a league in 1st year and Champ League 2nd year – HAPPY DAYS!
League - unable to retain trophy as we put our weight behind Champions League - ended up coming 3rd



Start of season 3
=============
This is where I am at the moment.........so - a quick squad update

GK - Reina is number 1 and just signed Tom Heaton as backup – need a better backup than that!. Doni is being sold
DC - Skrtel top defender. Battling it out to partner him are Agger (not playing great), Coates (think he maybe first choice this year), Carragher will stay for a final year as he has been great when asked upon. Contemplating selling Samuel as he's on high wages. Wisdom and Kelly both progressing nicely. Wilson has an arranged transfer to Independiente
DR - Glen Johnson number 1 with Flanagan a very able 2nd choice
DL - Adriano was 1st choice but not great - backup is Agger or Robinson. Need to strengthen here – EDIT – Abidal just joined who will be number 1 for a year or 2. May flog Adriano now

DM - Lucas with Allen as backup if needed. Conor Coady also progressing well. Spearing finally just got sold!

MC - Gerrard 1st choice with Joe Allen. Joe Cole did well but on high wages so selling him
MC - Henderson doing very well and Shelvey (that I will give more game time to next year are both backups to Allen and Gerrard). Lampard just come in on a free to bolster options

AMR - Marco Reus is 1st choice with Raheem Sterling/Pacheco backup. Borini is not cutting the mustard out wide and only playing 1 up front and has just been sold for £9m. Am trying to get HULK who is unhappy but aint got enough cash yet
AML - Raheem Sterling is 1st choice with Suso/Pacheco back up - need to strengthen here as well

STR - SUAREZ (legend!) - backup is now the ever improving potential of Yesil and Morgan


On Transfer List
============
For love nor money can I get rid of Giggs/Carroll/Cole/Assaidi - could do with getting rid of these to bring in some much needed cash

I need to strengthen AML and have around £15m so will hopefully get someone in

Redknapp69
16-12-12, 06:39 PM
Have just signed Ashley Cole on a free (had to give him big wages and a big signing fee) and HULK for £22m!

Leandro also signed but couldn't get work permit :(

Carrol gone back to Newcastle for £5m, Joe Cole buggered off to France for couple of mil, and Adriano just about to be sold for £7.5m +25% next fee :)

Redknapp69
17-12-12, 01:03 AM
Pepe signed for around £9m

2nd in CL group on goal diff and about 3rd in league. Leaking some goals and Reina needs some good competition

merkezekrem
19-12-12, 04:30 PM
I'm doing as FUCK thank you!

Janis89
21-12-12, 08:28 AM
Gonna try to take a bottom\mediocre and try to end top 4 with my non wib wob 4-3-3 , will post pics underway.

Scooterfan
21-12-12, 11:05 AM
Going to start a new season with Southend United, playing 4-5-1 with a Freddy Eastwood leading the line and wingers/AMC being very important.

Not going to restrict myself, just keeping it realistic looking for bargains and cheap youth players.


Squad
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No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
- Assombalonga, Britt S C ENG 6.12.81 19 - - £0 1.1.02 £100K
23 Barker, Chris D LC ENG 2.3.69 32 - - £800 30.6.02 £45K
17 Bentley, Daniel GK ENG 1.1.82 19 - - £800 30.6.02 £16K
40 Benyon, Elliott S C ENG 29.8.76 24 - - £800 30.6.02 £170K
2 Clohessy, Sean D R ENG 12.12.75 25 - - £800 29.6.02 £210K
8 Corr, Barry S C ENG 2.4.74 27 - - £800 30.6.02 £110K
12 Coughlan, Graham D C IRL 18.11.63 37 - - £800 30.6.02 £10K
5 Cresswell, Ryan D C ENG 22.12.76 24 - - £800 30.6.03 £200K
10 Eastwood, Freddy S C WAL 29.10.72 28 11 4 £800 30.6.03 £400K
4 Hall, Ryan AM RLC ENG 4.1.77 24 - - £800 30.6.02 £180K
9 Harris, Neil S C ENG 12.7.66 35 - - £800 30.6.03 £28K
11 Hurst, Kevan AM RLC ENG 27.8.74 26 - - £800 1.7.03 £250K
18 Leonard, Ryan D/M RC ENG 24.5.81 20 - - £800 30.6.02 £190K
27 Martin, David AM L ENG 3.6.74 27 - - £800 29.6.02 £110K
6 Mohsni, Bilel D/S C TUN 21.7.76 24 - - £800 30.6.02 £230K
13 Paxman, Jack AM RLC ENG 20.7.83 17 - - £800 30.6.02 £30K
15 Phillips, Mark D C ENG 27.1.71 30 - - £800 30.6.03 £150K
16 Prosser, Luke D LC ENG 28.5.77 24 - - £800 30.6.02 £200K
21 Smith, Paul GK ENG 17.12.68 32 - - £800 1.7.03 £140K
25 Spicer, John M C ENG 13.9.72 28 - - £800 30.6.02 £150K
3 Straker, Anthony D/AM L GRN 23.9.77 23 3 - £800 30.6.03 £275K
22 Timlin, Michael M LC IRL 19.3.74 27 - - £800 29.6.02 £85K
7 Tomlin, Gavin F RC ENG 13.1.72 29 - - £800 30.6.02 £275K
30 Woodyard, Alex M C ENG 16.11.81 19 - - £800 20.6.07 £75K

Mohsni, Cresswell and Eastwood will be key to a solid backbone, Hurst can produce on his day and I will be looking to cash in on Tomlin as Assombolonga will be more than adequate to cover for Freddy!

Redknapp69
21-12-12, 11:22 AM
Why Southend Scoot?

Scooterfan
21-12-12, 11:28 AM
No idea, just thought of a random low league side with potential.

Janis89
21-12-12, 09:23 PM
http://www.sendspace.com/file/txm3gb

My Fulham save :)

BlazeRavenwolf
21-12-12, 10:57 PM
Gateshead

2001/02 Season:

English Conference Champions
FA Trophy Winners

2002/03 Season:

English Third Division Champions

2003/04 Season:

Currently Underway

Hamilton
21-12-12, 11:24 PM
Started earlier this week a game with Belgium, going to stay coach untill i get fired using my own tactic. If i get fired i'm not allowed to applay to any job offers, could be a long wait, we will see..

Using sep12, started game in 2010.

2010

Latvia - Belgium EC Q 0-5
Belgium - Norway EC Q 5-0
Italy - Belgium EC Q 0-2
Ireland - Belgium Friendly 0-3

2011

Belgium - Iceland EC Q 3-0
Belgium - Latvia EC Q 4-1
Belgium - Armenia Friendly 4-0
Norway - Belgium EC Q 0-3
Belgium - Italy EC Q 2-1
Iceland - Belgium EC Q 0-5
Montenegro - Belgium Friendly 0-4

2012

Belgium - Czech Rep Friendly 3-0
Belgium - Armenia Friendly 0-0
Belgium - Sweden EC Group 2-0
Belgium - Italy EC Group 1-0
Belgium - France Group EC 3-0
Belgium - Portugal EC Quarter 2-3 a.e.
Belgium - Cyprus WC Q 0-0
Latvia - Belgium WC Q 0-3
Belgium - Azerbaijan WC Q 1-0
Italy - Belgium WC Q 2-1
Belgium - Norway Friendly 3-0

2013

Bosnia - Belgium WC Q 0-3
Cyprus - Belgium WC Q 0-1
Norway - Belgium Friendly 1-5
Belgium - Latvia WC Q 4-1
Azerbijan - Belgium WC Q 0-4
Belgium - Italy WC Q 1-0
Belgium - Bosnia WC Q 4-1
Belgium - Yugoslavia WC PL-Off 1-0
Yugoslavia - Belgium WC PL-Off 1-1

2014

Belgium - Montenegro Friendly 1-1
Belgium - Poland Friendly 4-1
Belgium - Uruguay WC Group 4-0
Belgium - Ivory Coast WC Group 2-2
Belgium - Austria WC Group 3-0
Belgium - Australia WC 2nd R 3-0
Belgium - Tunesia WC Quarter 2-0
Belgium - Germany WC Semi 2-0
Belgium - France WC Final 4-5
Belgium - Slovenia EC Q 1-1
Croatia - Belgium EC Q 2-3
Belgium - Albania EC Q 4-2
Austria - Belgium Friendly 0-3

2015


Hungary - Belgium EC Q 0-1
Slovenia - Belgium EC Q 1-2
Belgium - Czech Rep Friendly 4-0
Belgium - Croatia EC Q 4-0
Albania - Belgium EC Q 0-3
Belgium - Hungary EC Q 1-0
Slovakia - Belgium Friendly 1-1

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
WC 2014: Runner-Up

Hamilton
22-12-12, 12:49 PM
2016

Belgium - Slovakia Friendly 2-0
Ireland - Belgium Friendly 0-3
Belgium - Sweden EC Group 2-3
Belgium - France EC Group 0-1
Belgium - Spain EC Group 0-0
Ukraine - Belgium WC Q 0-2
Belgium - Spain WC Q 1-0
Belgium - Andorra WC Q 5-0
Georgia - Belgium WC Q 0-3
Belgium - Norway Friendly 3-0

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
WC 2014: Runner-Up

Hamilton
23-12-12, 04:00 PM
2017

Belgium - Lithunia WC Q 2-0
Belgium - Ukraine WC Q 4-1
Belgium - Ireland Friendly 3-0
Spain - Belgium WC Q 1-3
Andorra - Belgium WC Q 0-6
Belgium - Georgia WC Q 5-0
Lithunia - Belgium WC Q 1-4

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
WC 2014: Runner-Up

Coys
23-12-12, 05:21 PM
What leagues you loaded for this mate?

Hamilton
23-12-12, 05:58 PM
Belgian
England
France
Germany
Holland
Italy
Portugal
Russia
Spain

I'm wondering if i'm ever getting fired :)

Coys
23-12-12, 06:05 PM
Max database? dont you get bored waiting for each game :P

Hamilton
23-12-12, 08:17 PM
Yeah max database, no not really, surfing around while i need to wait..

Hamilton
23-12-12, 10:24 PM
2018

Slovenia - Belgium Friendly 1-1
Ireland - Belgium Friendly 0-2
Belgium - Argentina WC Group 2-1
Belgium - Egypt WC Group 6-1
Belgium - Iraq WC Group 3-1
Belgium - Belarus WC 2nd Round 3-1
Belgium - Italy WC Quarter 0-1
Belgium - Latvia EC Q 2-0
Spain - Belgium EC Q 1-0
Belgium - Faroe Islands EC Q 4-0
Ecuador - Belgium Friendly 1-3

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
WC 2014: Runner-Up
WC 2018: Quarter Finals

316'sRegen
25-12-12, 12:17 AM
Shocker as King Billy has left Parma after only 4 seasons in the top flight.

more will follow soon :D

BlazeRavenwolf
25-12-12, 12:21 AM
Gateshead

2001/02 Season:

English Conference Champions
FA Trophy Winners

2002/03 Season:

English Third Division Champions

2003/04 Season:

Currently Underway

2003/04 Season:

English Second Division Champions

Hamilton
26-12-12, 03:09 PM
2019

Czech Rep - Belgium EC Q 0-3
Latvia - Belgium EC Q 1-4
Belgium - Slovakia Friendly 3-0
Belgium - Spain EC Q 1-1
Faroe Islands - Belgium EC Q 0-5
Belgium - Czech Rep EC Q 2-1
Belgium - Czech Rep Friendly 5-0

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
WC 2014: Runner-Up
WC 2018: Quarter Finals

Hamilton
26-12-12, 10:22 PM
2020

Belgium - Slovakia Friendly 5-0
Ireland - Belgium Friendly 0-2
Belgium - Switzerland EC Group 2-1
Belgium - England EC Group 2-0
Belgium - Holland EC Group 0-1
Belgium - Russia EC Quarter 1-0
Belgium - Germany EC Semi 0-1
Belgium - Norway WC Q 2-0
N. Ireland - Belgium WC Q 0-3
Belgium - Belarus WC Q 4-1
Holland - Belgium WC Q 0-3
Belgium - Armenia Friendly 7-0

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
EC 2020: Semi Final
WC 2014: Runner-Up
WC 2018: Quarter Finals

Hamilton
27-12-12, 08:43 PM
2021

Norway - Belgium WC Q 0-2
Belgium - Slovakia Friendly 4-0
Belgium - N Ireland WC Q 3-0
Belarus - Belgium WC Q 0-3
Belgium - Holland WC Q 1-2
Spain - Belgium Friendly 1-1

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
EC 2020: Semi Final
WC 2014: Runner-Up
WC 2018: Quarter Finals

Hamilton
27-12-12, 11:43 PM
2022

Ireland - Belgium Friendly 0-4
Belgium - Slovakia Friendly 4-0
Belgium - Senegal WC Group 3-0
Belgium - Uruguay WC Group 3-1
Belgium - Turkey WC Group 0-2
Belgium - Ireland WC 2nd r 1-0
Belgium - Spain WC Quarter 4-2
Belgium - Croatia WC Semi 2-0
Belgium - Chile WC Final 1-0

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh124/Villeneuve1997/Natsave/WC22_zps20a61636.jpg

Decided to resign, time for something new..

History

EC 2012: Quarter Finals
EC 2016: Group Stage
EC 2020: Semi Final
WC 2014: Runner-Up
WC 2018: Quarter Finals
WC 2022: World Champion

AMC
27-12-12, 11:46 PM
No better time to move on after the WC win mate, where to next though? Another international job or to club football?

Hamilton
27-12-12, 11:57 PM
Don't know really, just awaiting job offers..

Declined first offer from FC Dordrecht (1st division)

Hamilton
28-12-12, 12:06 AM
Accepted the MVV job offer, currently 2nd in Premier Division..

AMC
28-12-12, 12:07 AM
Best of luck mate.

Hamilton
28-12-12, 10:55 PM
2022-2023

End of my first season at MVV.

Took over in september the team was standing 2nd in the Eredivisie. With no money i only could bring in free players. From the 6 players that i gave a contract, 3 of them made it to the first team. The other 3 stayed in reserves cause they are still youngsters -20.

Norwegian Goalie Jacobson did a great job, conceding only 13 in 25 games. Giving him an average of 7.20

van der Roest from Brunei took his chances and played 27 games as mc. Scoring 5 and assisting 2.

French winger Grimaldi came in very late, still played 18 games. Scoring 3 and assisting 5.

All season was a 3-horse race between MVV, Ajax and PSV. Ajax and PSV had some lesser games in january and february so we got an advantage at that point. With only 4 draws and no losses after newyear we made sure they couldn't catch us anymore. Finished the season as champions (1st title MVV) with Ajax 9 points behind and PSV 10 points.

In the Dutch cup we had some easy games, but also two important wins on the road. In the second round a narrow win against FC Oss 2-3 and in the semi's the same score against PSV. The final was won with 2-0 from Sparta.

History

Belgium

WC 2014: Runner-Up
WC 2022: World Champion

MVV

Eredivisie: 2023
Dutch Cup: 2023

AMC
28-12-12, 10:56 PM
Great start mate, best of luck in europe next season!

Pokahontas
28-12-12, 11:33 PM
News from the Eastern Front

After the Cro, Pol, Swe & Rus save, the vaporous Farty appears now in Turkey's lowest tiers

Claiming total ignorance, Altay Izmir is the chosen club. It turns out Izmir is Turkey's 3rd biggest city with almost 3 Million neighbours & hosting 12 clubs.

on the one hand, Turkish names are quite confusing and that surely confuses any foreign manager (knowing which members of the squad are good or which scouted players I am following with intent it's quite hard)
on the other hand, turkish football seems to be a kind of free-for-all, all clubs being reluctant to sell players at fair prices & no clubs seem to take on the role of true minnows or even think about playing a secondary role

AMC
28-12-12, 11:34 PM
Best of luck mate, never managed in Turkey, must get round to it one day!

merkezekrem
29-12-12, 02:43 PM
Altay is a big clubwith lots of history. Altho Göztepe and Karşıyaka are the arch rivals in Izmir, Altay has the better history.

Mustafa Denizli, Former Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Turkey manager used to play for them and known for his direct goals from corners.

They have huge Izmir Ataturk stadium, so you should better get up the league quickly for a possible bankruptcy (sp?)

Best of luck :ok:

Pokahontas
29-12-12, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the kind replies.

(I knew nothing of these sort but now in better position to say) Turkey is a country of 70 Million souls. There are several big cities in Turkey. Ankara and Istanbul being the greatest.... but for instance, Trabzon has almost 2 million people and isn't one of the main cities according to this http://www.map-of-turkey.com/cities-map-turkey.htm (Lisbon, to say somewhere I know well has about 2 million also in its Greater Area and 2 clubs with 65000 & 50000 stadiums)

Turkish football is often seen (at least I did) as a kind of European lower middle class, there isn't a lot of money in it. On the other hand there are plenty of 15k and 20k seaters spread through the country. Izmir also hosts Bucaspor (I just lost a match to them!) and a total of 6 bigger teams. I can confirm Goztepe was the 1st team to refuse selling me players on rivalry grounds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0zmir#Sports

it is now April 2005 - Career Summary so Far
http://imageshack.us/a/img708/9678/turkiainicio.png

I set out to do things slightly different this time 'round. Tactic: Default 4-1-3-2 with no fiddling (Objective is to achieve glory through intelligent player acquisition mainly)
I also started by being controlled, instead of manic when it comes to team building. So 1st 2 seasons I played with a squad of 12/13 players & using the grey ones as backup... but
after this...
http://imageshack.us/a/img9/5116/2oano.png
... I changed my policy, being more aggressive, hiring players for the reserves, getting more free agents, bosmans & targetting the high profile available loans & plenty of them

1st season: [Tier 3] promotion, 1st place
2nd season: [Tier 2] failure, 4th place
3rd season: [Tier 2] promotion, 1st place
4th season: [Tier 1] currently playing

At barely over 2 years of save and a good surprise
http://imageshack.us/a/img534/3534/nor.png

They were bottom place in European qualifiers - my CA is 9 my PA is 61
current progress in WC qualifiers:
http://imageshack.us/a/img191/2901/norwv.png

316'sRegen
30-12-12, 06:28 AM
The faint whiff of egg is known worldwide :lol:

Pokahontas
01-01-13, 11:46 AM
Update from Turkey
4th season: [Tier 1] 3rd place, no honors, qualified for UEFA
5th Season ->
October
http://imageshack.us/a/img6/7879/caminhada.png

cementing this idea would halt Trabzonspor's (beginning of a) dinasty
http://imageshack.us/a/img594/1010/trabz2.png
January
http://imageshack.us/a/img841/2972/trabf.png
BIG NAIL in this arm wrestle match
few months laterFinally!!!
http://imageshack.us/a/img594/3166/finallyc.png

usually would be time for the Eggy whiff to move on, but the Altay supporters deserve all these love to be payed back in kind
[so there's gonna be extra work & homework done Scouting South America & Africa to build a proper World Class team for Izmir to enjoy]
UEFA Cup: Out on Round 4 to HSV [but taking big scalps AZ & Werder Bremen along the way]; Turkish Cup: Out on Round 4 [on penalties]


& on the Norway fronthttp://imageshack.us/a/img99/4296/norwaywise.png

... on the same day a declaration of intention for the future
http://imageshack.us/a/img132/6893/sameday.png

merkezekrem
01-01-13, 12:51 PM
:ok: well done

Pokahontas
02-01-13, 05:11 PM
Turkey Season 6
LeagueBefore the Season
Trabzonspor on a spending Spree to achieve their schizophrenic objective of Total Dominance
http://imageshack.us/a/img545/7714/6begginingb.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img191/9890/6beggininga.png

& high hopes for a big team (Fener), ignoring the previous year surprise champion
http://imageshack.us/a/img708/5797/6begginingc.png
End of Season http://imageshack.us/a/img255/1033/finalei.png
Champions [1st try]http://imageshack.us/a/img7/4593/championsae.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/6840/championsb.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img838/8183/championsc.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img138/7107/championsdi.png
Turkish Cuphttp://imageshack.us/a/img716/6403/finaltaca.png



& in the International front
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/4051/internationalp.png
Pretty ecstatic with this chance. Alexis with 28, Mauricio Isla, Lichnovsky, Carrasco, Rubio, Vargas, Medel, Arturo Vidal...

... and even more after this start [even if in a Friendly]
http://imageshack.us/a/img72/6928/1stfriendly.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img541/4401/internationalb.png

316'sRegen
04-01-13, 07:14 AM
25/26 season - Consolidation
---------------------------------

The meagre upgrade of the stadium and the narrow escape from immediate relegation were not what I had imagined for Parma. I wanted to return this once great club to it's former glory. The board and supporters were patient though and were happy with the progress that had been made so far, indeed the board showed their faith by allocating my biggest transfer budget to date. Obviously this was a pittance compared to the big guns but with the usual dedication to miserly fiscal dealings, a good crop of players was recruited for next to nothing:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/playersin.jpg

Edwards was a relatively unknown striker who I had promoted from the youth at Rotherham and hadn't really got a chance there in his previous few seasons so he was eager to join me at Ennio Tardini, Llompart was my usual style of wingback, strong and solid but with enough flair and skill to make the wing his own:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/edwards.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/llompart.jpg
these images are the players current attributes, some 2 seasons later

The rest of the guys here were strong physical players that would stop the leakage at the back and give us a platform to build on in the coming seasons, Foti was paticularly useful, a player in the mold of Moreno Torricelli who could play anwhere along the back line and was used in every position of the defense at some point in my time with Parma.

Of course the usual purge was also necessary for the older players and some of the less talented guys who hadn't made an impression and would be better off finding a smaller club that could guarantee them first team football, Bonilla didn't feature much in the team due to the emergence of Komol, so it was only fair to let him go (at a small profit of course :D) when Union came knocking:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/playersout.jpg

The Season
-------------

Chievo and Braga were invited to the upgraded Tardini for the first two friendlies of three and a seemingly instant partnership between Serge Owona and the newly acquired Tom Edwards clicked into place as we destroyed Chievo and easily overcame Braga in a 2-1 victory. The third and final friendly was with our old friend Scarpa and his Carrarese at their ground. The lads kind of instinctively knew not to batter my old club and a 1-0 victory was satisfactory to everyone, including Scarpa who as was now customary met me afterwards for a bottle of red. I left for home slightly worse for wear but looking forward to the season ahead and already convinced there would be no relegation dogfight this term. Scarpa wished me well and invited me to call on him if i ever needed a "favour". He made a strange twitching forced wink as he said "favour" and although we both knew what he was saying I still had the werewithall to mention a couple of young youth players that may need some first team football, accepting his offer without ever accepting it ;) It's a strange old place Italy, one must learn the codes of communication and how to read between the lines, and he seemed pleased that I had now learnt this :)

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/thefriendly.jpg

In the first two league matches of the season, Edwards continued to capture the imagination of the press as he bagged 4 in his first ever league match as we Won 5-2 (albeit against Pescara) and scored he opening goal and took the man of the match award in a 4-2 away win at Sampdoria. They say that strikers win matches but defenses win championships and the bunch of bruisers I had brought in were the main difference over the season, proving the old adage.

In over 60% of our matches in this season there would be under 2.5 goals, the odds for under 2.5 in any Parma match by the end of 25/26 was usually around 1/3 (although obviously managers can't place bets, so I only mention this as a measure of how we had shored up the rearguard) :lol:

A quick exit from the Italian Cup at the first hurdle against Reggiana was a blessing in disguise, much as the UEFA humbling had been at Don Valley, this allowed us a clear run at the league with no distractions. The Italians will be outraged by me saying this but in truth the whole Serie A lacked any real quality in the 25/26 season and even though we had as many draws as wins, by Christmas it was obvious that Parma were contenders for the Serie A crown! Palermo were our main rivals and as the season went on it was tit for tat, we would win one week with them dropping points while the next week the reverse would be true, a see saw momentum was forming and although in my opinion the league was devoid of a real world class team, it has to be said that it would have been a very entertaining season for the neutral. A great example of this was when we won 4 games in a row from the middle of Jan to the middle of Feb, opening up a 5 point lead on Palermo. The next 2 matches were against Lazio and Milan though (both away fixtures) and after losing both we were again a point behind in the table, as I said, gripping stuff for the neutral.

Milan home was the next fixture where we eked out a slender 1-0 victory, again propelling us on a 4 game win streak, which ended again abruptly with a 1-0 defeat away at Napoli. By now it was coming into April and I pressed home to the squad, particularly the defensive players that if we wanted to prevail in the title race we would have to give less away, it seemed that everything was so close against every team and we just needed to be more efficient. Less mistakes, work harder, never quit!

They responded with 3 draws in a row! Shocking stuff, I needed to act. Another team meeting was held and I asked the lads to forget my crazy ramblings in the previous ones. Just go for the kill. From the start. Every match. Attack, attack attack :D
Should have told them this from the start:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/therunin.jpg

But Palermo were keeping pace nicely and at the end of the season there was nothing between us:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/finaltable.jpg

now in England goal difference may decide the league (JESUS!) but in the Scuddetto we settle such affairs in a manly way as only the Italians would, A 2 leg Playoff :lol: (more betting opportunities you see)
I use sarcasm here but in fact this is the most exciting football tie I have ever been involved in, and that includes back to back European Champions Cup wins. CHECK IT OUT:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/playoffleg1official.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/playoffleg1.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/final2ndlegmrep.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/penaltykicks.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/champions.jpg

:hail::hail::hail::hail::hail::hail::hail::hail::h ail:

I could hardly believe we had achieved this in only our second season in the top flight, the board were delighted and the fans were ecstatic, only a few years ago we were in the bottom tier, now we were at the top of the Pyramid! Still only runner up for manager of the year though, when that news came out I immediately called Scarpa to see what could be done about this :redface:

Defenses do win leagues though:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/veterandefenders.jpg

Of course the English wanted me back, but I was not yet ready to leave Parma, there was still work to be done :)

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/wolvesgotrich.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/rotherhamagain.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/poolagain.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/Parma%20first%20title/manu2.jpg

more will follow soon :hi:

Pokahontas
04-01-13, 03:56 PM
In a huff of (wealth) boredom, Farty slams the door at Altay to try Ireland, N. Ireland or Greece. Soon enough Atromitos from the Greek Division B comes knocking

http://imageshack.us/a/img443/1258/atromitos.png
As soon as the contract is signed, Farty looks at his squad, the training grounds and the stadia & can't help feeling:

WTF WAS I THINKING!!??!!! as reality settles in

Breath deep. Calm down.
Pull sleeves back & start your dominance! (will you?)

Before a real start, a whiff of my high flying past/present whipped in a huge disappointment
http://imageshack.us/a/img213/9326/disappointment.png


But not all my lucky stars ran out as the Scout assigned to "Youth Players" brings in one of the best pearls ever to grace me hands tru this door, prob the best!
http://imageshack.us/a/img402/4281/29010507.png

At 16 years old, an impressive rock solid striker... his name not being that impressive I nicknamed him "Nestor", short of better suggestions


on the other hand, not a single free agent wanted to even speak to me, as my candy bag of £200 pw did not work any charms
this one being the biggest disappointment of not being able to consumate (what tends to leave a bloke upset)

http://imageshack.us/a/img59/9225/upset.png


at the end of the season, as the books are looking grimmer and grimmer
the Default 4-1-3-2 shows its reverse, as the defense leaks & leaks without quality to interpret the zonal marking system & the team form suffers for it, as does the end result

http://imageshack.us/a/img834/2305/greekb.png

& a disgraceful achievement in the form of division records (even if the positive record compensates)
http://imageshack.us/a/img194/1549/undesiredrecord.png

To think this is the same 4-1-3-2 that allowed for this
http://imageshack.us/a/img72/5087/didh.png

in the meantime, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AEGEAN SEA
my heritage carries on

http://imageshack.us/a/img849/8174/altayl.png

needless to say my ex-players gift-rained on me with mock and abuse in the form of endless texts & e-mails
:tsk:


Greece: Season 1: [Tier 2] 7th place
Chile: WC qual. - currently 3rd

merkezekrem
04-01-13, 04:29 PM
To Greece!? :rant:

What were you thinking! We'll be following your future career and laugh at every miserable chance we got!

HA!HA! 7th!

Pokahontas
04-01-13, 05:25 PM
7th is possibly the worst registry in a while... my excuse is there was barely any time to rig the market, the lack of money & even the loan market all the prime material had been taken... but its not good, no improvement after january either

316'sRegen
04-01-13, 07:37 PM
King Billy's next efforts will be at the lower end of the French pyramid.

Sacre Bleu!

AMC
04-01-13, 08:22 PM
Great stuff guys, regretting the move to Greece Poka? Chris what else can be said but heart stopping stuff, the relief you must have got when Giorgetti missed that pen must have been unbelievable, can't wait to see where you are off to in France, another fallen giant maybe?

316'sRegen
05-01-13, 11:11 AM
never heard of the team to be honest pal :lol:

really enjoying the game lately though,and this thread is class.

Getting into the country is usually the hard part, once i can earn a bit of rep a decent club in need of a bit of TLC will usually present itself :D

chateaubriand
05-01-13, 12:00 PM
Hi guys,

I'm currently halfway my first season with Conference side Wrexham. Building a team with one restriction: all players on the field should be Welsh.

Doing surprisingly well at the moment, actually. After 21 games, I'm leading the league by six points, with a game in hand on the second team. Unlike in my Cambridge story, I've managed to build a solid defence this time, which works wonders. West Ham and Aston Villa are already chasing goalie Chris Maxwell, yikes. I'm far too dependent on striker Ramon Calliste (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/529938-top-100-young-players-2001-where-are-they-now-nos90-81/page/5), though. I snapped him up on a free transfer, and he hasn't dissapointed, scoring a third of my goals in the league, and 24 goals out of 19 matches in all competitions.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/chateaubriand/calliste_zpsd7b3483f.jpg

The one downside is that I'm not doing too hot on the monetary front. Selling all my foreigners and some rubbish Welshman got me €1,7 million to fill the 1,5 million debt I inherited, but my gate receipts are still not covering my wage bill. I've got to find a way to lure more than 4000 supporters to my big ass 15500 seater stadium. Apparently dominating the league isn't the way.

Pokahontas
05-01-13, 12:42 PM
Hi AMC,
not exactly regretting. It's always a shock to move to a different country you've not played before (Zero knowledge of players, Zero players on your shortlist, new set of restrictions, competition structures you're not expecting...), let alone move from a club starting to leap for a Serious European challenge to one going lopsided buried in a lower division.

Main differences between Turkey and Greece: In Turkey there seems to be a wider pool of national players; Foreigners in Turkey (from across the board) have more quality; the "average to high quality" players are more complete in Turkey, in Greece the good players have really really high key atts but are missing depth and wealth of quality... in average.

To erase my disappointment from the year before it was necessary to work overtime through the Night and early hours of the morning ;)

Greece Season 2
A punch in the table was overdue!, as Farty thorn to shreds the contracts of 2 minions with aspirations of grandeur, that were nothing but "money suction cancers" at £7500 pw --- they were told to find a new employer ASAP, for a freebie if necessary

After several changes in staff, team form improved slightly for the first few months##
(ok stop there) one beautiful morning, was Farty in his Office exerting his abdominal vapors and twiddling his thumbs daydreaming of REVENGE, when a club official comes rushing in.... holdin' on (just) to his rainproof hat with an important message from the Board (Those Lazy Asses!)http://imageshack.us/a/img571/2658/boardsurprise.png

Ok, so they're quite happy with yours truly but have been conjuring ideas about the squad, Aeeeeeh!!! - lets see it then
http://imageshack.us/a/img42/4835/whoisu.png

a 16 yo unknown playing his 1st season for a shit club in Ukraine - I can't even scout! (hasn't played in Europe or at U-21 either) W-T-F!!!

after a couple of attempts, the scout is sent to see this marble (as i am wondering if the fat guy at the top heard it from a sheep, saw it the sky or could it be the "voices from the Earth"?) ---- couple of months later the report is beaten in Eggys desk
http://imageshack.us/a/img842/8353/lysenko.png

Ok then, so not too bad... but still, I'm left wondering how things are done in this fuckin# place... maybe it was an eastern prostitute whispering in the fat man's ears about her cousin back in the old country... WHO THE FUCK KNOWS!!


first few months##first few months## (slightly but nothing spectacular) then around the end of February the signs of something noteworthy started to appearhttp://imageshack.us/a/img204/8125/endoffebruarysigns.png

And a few weeks laterhttp://imageshack.us/a/img824/2885/sangname.png

:clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2: REVENGE is a sweet Gyros dish! :very_drunk:


Until the end of the Season there were a few focal points of pleasureIt's with delight that I help another club pulverize my 'Conceded' record :doggy:
http://imageshack.us/a/img707/72/revenge1v.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img204/7897/revengen.png

(and just like helping an old lady across the road) It's always a pleasure to help bury me guild fellows :doggy:
http://imageshack.us/a/img687/3914/enterrar.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/9703/enterrar1.png

And a shout to me fetish player: 'Nestor' --- (previously with a first 6 mths from Jan/Jun involving 2 goals in 10 games) --> Not that bad for a 17 yo in his second season!
http://imageshack.us/a/img854/4623/nestor.png


In the Greek Cup Final, facing Division A previous year champions
The result came short of the Dream
http://imageshack.us/a/img838/3494/gutted.png

Perhaps grounding the whole staff at the club and showing there's still work to be done!

Needless to say across the Aegean SeaI keep on getting plenty of .|. texts & emails
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/8370/texts.png

:rant::mad-new::mad-new: :Cry::Cry:

Before the new season starts, there's an International note: Pretty cool, for once lucky on penalties

http://imageshack.us/a/img10/5861/copaamrica.png

SUMMARY:Greece: Season 2 [Tier 2] - 1st place, Greek Cup Finalist
Int. level: Copa America winners, WC qual. still 3rd with 5 games to go

and the rules are set for the forthcoming season
http://imageshack.us/a/img21/7631/ahadofseason.png

316'sRegen
05-01-13, 03:12 PM
chateau - perhaps if you get promoted then you can attract some old players with a bit of reputation, that's sure to boost the crowds.

However, sadly some clubs just don't have the following no matter what you do (see Rotherham's woeful attendances even in the Champions Cup big games at home)

I remember the editor from cm9798, which was the last time I looked at an editor, it had fields for each club relating to the location, the support and the expected division or usual level of the club. It's likely the same in cm0102.

Raul
05-01-13, 06:16 PM
Just started at Bangor City in Wales, so far I am doing pretty good, managed to kick out of the 1st round of Uefa Cup Omonia Nicosia, but then I got absolutely kicked in the face by Metalist with a 11-1 aggregate score :)

chateaubriand
05-01-13, 08:20 PM
I remember the editor from cm9798, which was the last time I looked at an editor, it had fields for each club relating to the location, the support and the expected division or usual level of the club. It's likely the same in cm0102.

I checked it in CM explorer, and Wrexham appears to have a maximum attendance of 12,500. I'd be satisfied with that. Now I'm averaging about 2800, which is even less than the 3014 minimum described in the editor. But then again, I'm not employing superstars. Damn you, Birmingham, for stealing Jason Koumas away from me.

316'sRegen
05-01-13, 08:27 PM
the numbers may not mean the same number that they say, i remember someone posting lately about the prize money and that was also the case in that part of the editor.

316'sRegen
06-01-13, 12:07 PM
26/27 - Present: Mission Complete and Itchy Feet
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In the following season a playoff would not be required in order to clinch the league title, we were outright champions by 4 points at the end of the season. It was pretty much the same squad except for a couple of quality Ayrian players, Hannes Schneider and Sebastian Gunther as well as Tim West, another product of the Rotherham youth setup that wasn't being given a chance that I decided to take a punt on. There were a few other signings but they don't really deserve a mention as they were either sold on for a profit or simply didn't make the grade and are probably still languishing in the reserves.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/schneider.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/gunther.jpg

The main story of the 26/27 season was the petulance developed by Tom Edwards who decided he was homesick. That wasn't a big problem in itself as I didn't mind assessing the fixtures and giving him the odd break to return home for a couple of weeks when I could. It was when he failed to return after the annual winter break that the trouble started. Fines were dealt out, the player was transfer listed and the media also got involved which didn't help the situation. The hilarious thing was that there was more coverage in the English press than the Italian media, those bastards were still trying to stick their oar in from England. And they wonder why I have never returned there to manage. Ridiculous. :rant:

Worse still young West seemed to be influenced by this and he was also complaining that he wanted to return homeand that he had made a mistake in moving to italy, I was furious and let him know as much in a face to face meeting. In no uncertain terms he was told that not only was he going nowhere (6 year contract) but that he would not be playing in the first team until the next season because of his lack of maturity. He was still only 21 at the time. West did actually put in a good season the following year but as far as i know there are still ongoing problems with him.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/west.jpg

In Europe that season a wry smile crept accross my face as the draw for the European Cup was made; we were to meet Rotherham in the first group phase :party: The lads didn't let me down as we hosted my old team as we won 3-1 at home against them and in the away fixture it was nice to be back at my old stomping ground. The home fans were appreciative as well but unfortunately the attendance problems had not been sorted and it was a poor showing of 16,000 fans that night. A shame really that half the ground sits empty on these big occasions even after all these years for the board to realise and make a change to the pricing structure. As for the match, we were quite lucky to come away with a 1-1 draw, but it was enough to see us through to the next phase.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/rotherhamhome.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/rotherhamaway.jpg

We went on to eventually get to the Quarter Final stage, narrowly edged by a decent Chelsea team in a tight tie:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/chelseaaway.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/chelsealeg2.jpg

There was a manager of the year award to be had after winning the back to back titles, and Scarpa called me the day before the awards were announced to congratulate me on my success this time around :lol:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/moty.jpg

The back to back league successes allowed me to re-sign the legendary striker Pellicia, which was one of the objectives I had set myself when the player had to move on early in my tenure. He was delighted to be "back home" and the fans at Ennio Tardini celebrated the prodigal son's arrival with mucho gusto, as the player was not just another signing, but Gianni personified the clubs restoration to the big leagues and proved that we could attract the top players again. Remember that he had won player of the year and top goalscorer the previous season and there were a few clubs sniffing around trying to secure his signature. He had a decent 27/28 season and will likely finish up his playing career at Parma.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/pelicciacareer.jpg

As for the team, in 27/28 we finished 4th in the Serie A and won the Coppa Italia, beating rivals Brescia in the final (who we had been battling since the serie C days, they followed us up the divisions) goals from Edwards and Pellicia as well as an OG giving us a 3-0 lead to take into the second leg where 1-1 was enough to bring the famous trophy home. Serge Owona got our goal in the away leg, if we had a few more like him perhaps the European Champions Cup would have been a possibility as well, he was a model professional who wouldn't dream of going AWOL or throwing the toys from the pram over MY team selection :)
I have to say that the sense of entitlement of the players in Italy is ludicrous, this was the overarching theme of my time there. Even the least talented of player in the Italian league feels they have the right to pick the team and that they should play every week, in their favoured position and that they should also be paid top dollar wages. In the end this grinds you down over a few seasons and in truth at the time I left Parma at the end of the 27/28 season I was overjoyed to see the back of Italy :D Of course I look back fondly on my time there now but had I not left when I did there may have been a few players "disappeared" by our buddy Scarpa!

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/cupleg1.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/cupleg2.jpg


Conclusion
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I was happy that I had achieved the mission inthe restoration of Parma and at the end of the 27/28 season tendered my resignation to the board. They seemed to know it was coming and accepted it immediately (probably already had the next manager lined up! :)) and I was once again without a job. This time I didn't mind so much and I spent the summer on holiday in Hawiaii sipping cocktails and watching the European Championships on the bar's big screen tele. No-one even knew that the "soccer" was having a major tournament at first, but by the second round the locals and barstaff were all losing money on the book that I was running. (Italy taught me a lot of new skills) :rofl:

Here's a few vital statistics on the Parma career, showing that the targets were met:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/upgradedstadium.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/attendances.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/landmarks.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/leaving%20parma/serieArecord.jpg

more will follow soon :hi:

AMC
06-01-13, 12:44 PM
Awesome stuff Chris, European games always get a low attendance for some bizzare reason, annoys me as well.

Well done on restoring Parma back as one of Italy's top guns, look forward to hearing how you get on with (I guess :D) Pontivy :ok:

Pokahontas
06-01-13, 02:39 PM
... on the book that I was running. (Italy taught me a lot of new skills) :rofl: :hi: chapeau

more will follow soon Yes, soon please we can see there's already 2 seasons in the fold... really liked the touch of keeping in the 'special' relation with the old team :smokin:
The end of the previous season was The Bomb tho :tup:


Awesome stuff Chris, European games always get a low attendance for some bizzare reason, annoys me as well.It is rumoured Parma is a bit of a ghost town, 'cept for a Milk Factory.......

316'sRegen
06-01-13, 02:52 PM
Thanks AMC/Poka :ok:

Dortmund at home with Parma did attract 22,000 spectators (of a poss. 29,000) but the Rotherham attendances were shocking. I think it's to do with the locality, ie are there other big clubs geographically close to yours that would "own" the supporters. A minor blemish in our long term mistress can be overlooked i guess :D

Garde Saint-Ivy Pontivy, short name Pontivy :confused: first I ever heard of them tbh :lol:
yes they are my latest project, another 3,000 seater delapidated stadium and scrabbling through the freebie list, love it :love:

I have screenies for the first half of the season that I'll be writing up shortly, the last Parma one was a more concise effort containing 2 seasons so I could bring it right up to date with where I am now; beforehand I was writing about seasons that were long since played so I want to give it a go of writing as I play more or less.

Jesus
06-01-13, 04:42 PM
Just caught up with everyone, delighted to see this thread alive and kicking with some good story telling :)

Pokahontas
07-01-13, 01:24 AM
BIG, BIG UPDATE

As it's reaching 8 seasons of save, the initial plan of globetrotting the selected leagues
is taking a totally secondary role to the growing rivalry across the Aegean Sea ----- this save is getting a life of its own!
http://www.shaunscrackedcompass.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/map-of-greece-and-turkey.gif

from mythology to modern football -> this is more than a passion, it is an identity and the true meaning of life for millions of people
my scattered 'round the city mistresses started craze texting & facebook messaging -- them booty putting an end note of 'miss you much' OFC -- All Because:

http://www.yukselkisenkararsinay.org/images/biyografi/53.jpg
> this idiot-looking Pres. Sevenoglu has now payed for Huge Billboards across the city of Izmir mocking Eggy Farty in a campaign to attract supporters into the stadium (at their current prohibitive prices!) ---- THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS -- Aaaaaaargh!!

But I do not blame them as the results speak louder than anything
http://imageshack.us/a/img255/1605/europeansupercup.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/664/wcsemi.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img197/8044/clubwcfinal.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img405/9435/altayathome.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img202/6028/altayhistory.png

Even if 3 years later, 8 out of the 13 players used in the CL final we're my acquisitions & punts, I've got to give it to Mr. Sevenoglu -- he was able to hire a manager capable to keep the silverware flowing

Atromitos Season...

... started off slowly with an early exit from the cup
http://imageshack.us/a/img856/6941/cupv.png

just a few days after the favorite scout brings in good news in terms of youth
http://imageshack.us/a/img837/4436/goodnews.png
'guess not everything can go your way, wee boy


Around December, the press start gathering the pressure in an attemp to destabilize
http://imageshack.us/a/img827/9595/marcheson.png

The band really marches on tho, on the back of non-division finds, youngsters just starting (like 'Nestor') or Rejects from greener pastures
http://imageshack.us/a/img5/4623/nestor.png

inc. an U-21 star (with an identity complex) rivals PAOK didn't want, 1st on Loan, then for signature peanuts -----
http://www.ugodog.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/mutley1.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img33/8426/fotiadis1.png

after some praise building in March, a Greece A Team debut in style
http://imageshack.us/a/img825/8950/marchpress.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img812/5408/fotiadis.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img829/6492/fotiadis2.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img802/1737/fotiadis3.png

This really is one of the youngest teams I have ever managed


We keep on loving putting our profession colleagues under some serious trouble http://imageshack.us/a/img41/5237/bury.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img835/3952/bury1.png

When all is done and dusted tho, results are the 'end of' in this business
http://imageshack.us/a/img546/5696/drumroll.png

:hail::hail::hail::hail:That one day of the year its time to hit the bars 'as of old' & Rock On :very_drunk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji6xzxuDzbA
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_CoLN192XOvs/TAPRfnxj4FI/AAAAAAAAABI/-JsYhpQD_qo/s320/frank-lampard%20-%20fingers%20to%20sky.jpg The following days come down to a more cerebral analysis of the feat
http://imageshack.us/a/img9/8366/pointsrecord.png

The 4132 allowed for a interesting record this time 'round
http://imageshack.us/a/img442/5946/4132.png



The Greek are a warm people and their food is alright...
... But the constant interference of the overpowering figure of Herr Prezident is starting to worn Farty down
http://www.atromitosfc.gr/img/layout/presidents_team/spanosS.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img43/774/interference.png

& might mean Atromitos might have another manager presentation in the making
http://img.gboooo.com/images/news/ImageFile/AtromitosFC/583535_1.jpg

Since beating Altay as Nr 1 club in the World is the main Objective, Farty's Decision over the future will now lay with the supporters:
-> Option 1 - staying around Greece - (would imply public recognition) and therefore talk about World Class quality signs
-> Option 2 - staying at Atromitos - (would need fans love) and talk about best manager ever at the club
-> Option 3 - going back to Turkey - and beat Altay at their own ground would mean supporters are happy to celebrate success but not fussed about caressing Eggy's ego :[-(:

RRRLLLRRRLLL (drum roll) RRRLLLRRRLLLhttp://imageshack.us/a/img546/5696/drumroll.png

http://toolupforprofit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/drum-roll1.gif
http://imageshack.us/a/img843/3112/onlysing.png


On the International Front
Right after the Copa America there was a Confederations Cup to be dealt with... upon reaching the Final to face Japan, we proceeded to lose to a bloody golden goal.... to bloody Japan :twitch:
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/9071/goldengoal.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img255/9598/chilequal.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img802/3552/chilegoups.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img839/7308/chilerules.png

a few days into the WC start and we're into the first shocker
http://imageshack.us/a/img802/6505/brazilsacked.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img713/5021/brazilsacked1.png

Losing the 1st game to france didn't go down well :rofl:


There was no time to laugh tho, as what followed in yours truly own WC debut was:

SHOCK ~ HORROR
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/4193/shockhorror.png

To get out of jail it was imperative to defeat Argentinahttp://imageshack.us/a/img99/9715/chileargentina.png

Last game in group phase
http://imageshack.us/a/img15/585/chileaustria.png

And 'Who, But Who?' to clash against next, other than my friends - the turkish
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/1089/willplayturkey.pngTHE POWER of the Golden Goal surely inflicting much pain
http://imageshack.us/a/img51/5122/chileturkey.png

then a test with our fierce South America rivals, solved by closing down their main man James Rodriguez
http://imageshack.us/a/img827/1752/chilequarter.png

the Mighty Spain next to fight like Gladiators in this most Tense of semis, also solved by a blessed golden goal by one of my favored sons
http://imageshack.us/a/img689/1755/chilesemitense.png

and to face the Tactical Demigods of Italy, a tactical inspection was in order
as Eggy convinced THE TEAM they were lucky to slip unscathed through the elimination phase with their tedious 1 nils, their game plan... http://imageshack.us/a/img850/9833/italyformation.png

... will surely be crushed to pieces by our all-attacking goal machine, with no need for special marking or anything, just fluent football
http://imageshack.us/a/img526/1695/chiletactics.png http://imageshack.us/a/img545/121/wcfinal.png

And there it was, time to hit the Rum bottle, press play and BOOOOYAH!!
http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/song?q=Devil+Howling+%28At+the+World%29
http://www.ronaldo7.net/news/2012/cristiano-ronaldo-604-ronaldinho-pointing-his-fingers-to-the-sky-after-scoring-for-barcelona.jpg

Level of Addictedness: Relationship Warning! (all you stringed guys out there know this isn't far from truth)

& from previous save globettrotting eastern europe: Remember Breathing is Not Optional - Ouuuch!

316'sRegen
07-01-13, 07:51 AM
quality stuff again mate :ok:

Are you going to stick around then and see the young team mature?
I'm still unable to get the big international jobs yet, hopefully after the french project I'll be there.

316'sRegen
07-01-13, 10:33 AM
Sacre Bleu - Humble beginnings (again?) :lol:
------------------------------------------

As i sat in the "peach pit" just about to order my 3rd jug of sex on the beach it suddenly occurred to me that I was bored already. It had been just over a month since I had arrived in Hawiaii but already the songs from the terraces and the daily routine of the training ground were calling me back. When Aolani returned with my drinks i asked him if there was a phone availablefor customers and he handed me his mobile phone. (Aolani wasn't doing too well on the football betting, so he was happy to help out :)) I called my agent and advised him in a voicemail that I was back on the market, but that I wanted a fresh challenge. No Italian cry babies and no English teams, I was still unhappy with the English press and they weren't my biggest fan either. Perhaps one day I would return to the land where it all began but for now I wanted a new start. Hopefully a decent club in sunny spain would be available and willing, I was getting used to this sunny weather!

The next day the call came back that there were a few clubs in France interested and that he was in discussions as of now.

About a week and after some back and forward the only team left on the shortlist was GSI Pontivy. I didn't want to seem arrogant but the fact was that I had never heard of them! I agreed to meet with the chairman in any case, the itch that only football could scratch was becoming increasingly present with each passing day.

As we drove towards the destination I became increasingly worried that there was a distinct lack of civilisation out here! We were headed for the north west of france where Pontivy are based in a town (village?) of the same name. The driver was filling me in en route that the town actually means Ivy Bridge, a monk in the 7th century had built a bridge and barring Napoleon changing the nameof the town briefly it had been known as this ever since. It was a total backwater which I didn't mind so much, less distractions i thought, only football to concentrate on. I couldn't have been more right, apart from the bridge the town was named after there was a castle (what they call a castle anyway) and that was it!
Once I arrived, the memories of Carrarese came flooding back. It was the same size of stadium, although it was in better condition than the Italians place had been. Still, it was a lowly club and I just hoped that there wouldn't be any uppity backroom staff getting above their station with me. If all was well on that front, I knew I would join them. I needed to be back in the game and starting at the bottom had never bothered me in the past.

The badge was on a sign outside the ground, on a sign that looked kind of like a municipal park would have back home, cheaply made but functional and official looking:
http://www.weltfussballarchiv.com/images/logos/GSI_Pontivy.gif

A middle aged balding man was waiting at reception for me, he bade me "Bonjour", which I knew was hello and I reciprocated. Bad Move! The chap thought I was fluent and launched into an excited rant "en francais"! I stood dumbstruck and he quickly understood that he may as well be talking to the wall :D This was Pierre, the groundskeeper. He was to become my drinking buddy and French tutor at Pontivy but for now he simply made a gesture with his arm and said "bon. venir ce monsieur manière" I followed him, hoping that was what he meant.
Ihad guessed correct and he led me to what passed for a boardroom at Pontivy, it looked a bit like a large police interview room with plastic chairs andworn out tables, most of which had a short leg that caused the table to wobble. The tables had all been pushed together to the centre of the room and there were 6 older looking gents sitting around the table. A seat had been left for me which Pierre again made his gesture this time for me to sit.

It turned out that these 6 guys did various jobs for the club (finances/recruiting/admin etc) on a voluntary basis! There would be no problems over team control or taking the club in the direction I wanted to, in fact they were all apparently big fans :lol: I agreed a 2 year deal with Pontivy that day and they showed me around the stadium. I had to return the next day to meet the squad.
http://france.stades.free.fr/SITE/DISTRICTS/MORBIHAN/PONTIVY%20Municipal/pontivy_municipal2.JPGhttp://france.stades.free.fr/SITE/DISTRICTS/MORBIHAN/PONTIVY%20Municipal/pontivy_municipal1.JPG

I had Martin the admin volunteer print me out a squad list and it struck me straight away that at least 80% of the squad were over 30 years old, the team could do witha bit of youth to freshen it up. The next day I also discovered that there wasn't really a high level of talent in the existing squad, so I headed for the staffroom (yes the staffroom, I think the stadium used to be a school :D) to meet the coaches and scouts. This was just as depressing as a school staffroom as the staff sat about smoking and some of them drinking (heavily) :eek: It was clear to me that a complete overhaul of the staff was necessary, so I started there, hiring a few coaches and scouts to aid me in the revolution. A lot of "HR" meetings were required in the first couple of weeks to offload the old staff but once that was done and the training regime was implemented, it began to feel like a football club. Titi Camara joined as a coach and Federico Guisti thought he was joining as a player coach although after watching him play in the training matches I knew he would be a full time coach by the end of the season, he is still technically signed as a player but has never played :)

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/titicamara.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/giusticoaching.jpg

The playing staff needed sorting out next and i evaluated quickly a few players that were decent, keeping them in the first team, with the rest being informed they would be reserve team players, called upon only when needed. I had been promised 1.3 Million to sign players but had to outlay a lot of it in fees to entice players to join. Nevertheless I was happy with the team we managed to assemble over the summer. The only problem I could forsee was that it was exactly that,a team and not a squad. Here's the list of recruits:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/plyin.jpg

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/NTumpa.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/marcucci.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/hilbert.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/gerlach.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/couturier.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/aguilera.jpg

About a month after I took the reigns at Pontivy there was a young kid standing in the car park as I pulled up to the ground. He seemed to recognise my car and unzipped his sports bag, which looked ridiculously large over the back of this little kid. I was wondering what he was doing and after disengaging the engine found myself sitting watching to see what he would do next. The young man produced a football from his bag and proceeded to do keepy uppys, throwing in several variations that I had never seen before, catching the ball on his chin was a particularly impressive one and that was me sold! i got out of the car and grabbed my briefcase from the boot and simply said "OK Kid, follow me" He was sent to Martin to sign a contract and became our new striker :D

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/masattribute.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/masdebut.jpg

Progression and Austerity
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We started the season well and are currently challenging for promotion at the halfway point, but the squad is still a little on the old side for my liking. After splashing out all the clubs funds the contracts I am currently afforded are less than £500 per week, which would be fine if it weren't for the fact that a lot of the signings were only convinced to join on 1 year deals, meaning that if we don't sort something out it will be another rebuilding exercise at the outset of next season. Young Mas has been impressive for a sixteen year old and the signings have performed well, there were a few in the team at the start that have also shone given the opportunity:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/ageingsquad.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/lgtablehalfway.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/genest.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/mendylb.jpghttp://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/contractscrisis.jpg

One of my old players has also become a decent manager:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/hustonthemanager.jpg

and the press yet again thwarted my application for the national job back in Blighty:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g342/Chris_3_16/pontivy%20first%20season/englandagain.jpg

that's you up to date, more will follow soon :hi:

chateaubriand
07-01-13, 11:59 AM
Great stuff, Chris. Seeing such globetrotting already makes me regret I only chose the English and Welsh leagues for my Wrexham save.

Bern
07-01-13, 04:25 PM
Main differences between Turkey and Greece: In Turkey there seems to be a wider pool of national players; Foreigners in Turkey (from across the board) have more quality; the "average to high quality" players are more complete in Turkey, in Greece the good players have really really high key atts but are missing depth and wealth of quality... in average.

Turkey is an interesting country to manage in.

A few things I noticed:
-Teams below the top flight can only sign Turkish players. Makes for an interesting challange, particularly with an under manned squad.
-If you send your scouts out on a 'youth search', 90% of the players they find will be Croatian, with a handful of Greeks, and the odd player from Turkey.
-There does seem to be quite a bit of money going around. Vulture teams from the higher divisions are always trying to buy your better players.

Pokahontas
07-01-13, 04:30 PM
Pretty good, Chris. I can see you going all the way to the top on the back of those solid defenders, the creative midfielders will become useful for sure as well. Bonne chance!

chateaubriand
08-01-13, 02:57 PM
Hi guys,

The Welsh sealed the deal! We won the Conference league in my first season. On top of that, we had a fantastic run in the cup competitions. We got lucky in the FA Cup, avoiding Premiership teams till our 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the quarter final. The FA Trophy saw a dishonorable 2-0 defeat to non-division side Halifax, but we did manage to bring home the Vans Trophy and even stole the Welsh Premier Cup from Premiership side Swansea. To finish off a fantastic season, GK Chris Maxwell and MC's David Sherman and Jamie Tolley were rewarded with inclusion in the Conference Select team, whereas I won manager of the year. Calliste ended up scoring a crazy 45 goals out of 49 matches, what a beast.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/chateaubriand/conferenceyear_zps5d4b73b5.jpg

For our first season in the Third Division, the board expected a brave battle against relegation. That's... not quite what happened.

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We ended up dominating the Third Division, winning a record 14 games in a row, besting the competition with 116 points to Crewe Alexandra's 81. Our cup runs were less successful, however. Swansea had an early season revenge by knocking us out of the second round of the League cup, while Gillingham (2nd Rnd FA Cup) and Leicester (Vans Trophy Qtr Final) put an end to our other trophy hopes. We could have ended the season on a high note with another Premier Cup final on our home ground against Swansea, but they dominated us for a 0-2 defeat.

This season saw us lose some regulars from last year's Conference winning side. I just had to take the €1,5 million Southampton offered us for goaly Maxwell, especially since I had a talented youngster lined up with Daniel Lewis. Defenders Max Penk and Steve Thomassen had become surplus to requirements after I signed Jason Price (free) and Lloyd James (Bosman from Colchester), so I sold them to Morecambe and Fort Lauderdale for 27K each. In the January transfer window, Leeds matched MC Anthony Stephens' release clause with a 150K bid - I should have checked that - and my midfield was further weakened when I had to sell 30 year-old star player David Sherman (37 matches, 8 goals, 13 assists) to Bradford for 1 million. Luckily, the competion was already as good as finished by then.

Other new guns were 3 time internationals Andy Dorman (left winger, 475K from Crystal Palace) and Jake Cassidy (striker, free from Wolves) and striker Craig Davies (375K from Barnsley), who had 5 caps to his name. Dorman managed to get his act together midway through the season, but the other two kept struggling to find their form. Although they mostly played from the wings, they should to better than 21/3 (Cassidy) and 42/6 (Davies).

Nonetheless, I'm pretty stoked with the back-to-back competition wins. Last season's wonderboy Ramon Calliste missed the first three months of the season with a torn groin muscle, but 21-year old Andy Pasco, who had been deemed surplus to requirements last year, stepped to the plate, scoring 15 goals in his absence. He even finished as top scorer, with 27 goals out of 49 games, whereas Calliste only got to 24 goals out of 39 games. This year was very much a team effort, apparently, as Pasco and Calliste were the only ones picking up a personal prize, and none of my players were included in the D3 Select. Although someone did get a rather special mention.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/chateaubriand/speed_zps54a6ae9a.jpg

Anyway, time to get my team sorted out for next year's adventure in D2. I fear my swift rise might be halted there, as our current squad might lack the depth to compete with the likes of Portsmouth and Leicester. Especially as I haven't made any signings yet. I've got 2 million in my bank account, but the amount of interested Welsh players is shockingly low. Maybe I can manage a few bargains once I'm officially promoted. I'm still scouting for a star MC, and preferably a decent winger.

Any suggestions are welcome :)

Kenny Dalglish's Smile
08-01-13, 04:44 PM
I’m slowly enjoying a nice little game starting out with Napoli in Serie B on 3.9.68, setting out to recreate the success they enjoyed fleetingly at the end of the 80s with the Messi of his day, the Great Diego, dragging a good team to Serie A and European glory. Hopefully I’ll be able to build something a little bit more secure before moving on to a new challenge.

It’s a non-wibwob game, 442 but free to use arrows and change player instructions, but otherwise there are no special restrictions. Because Serie A is so strong on 3.9.68 not using wibwob should make it somewhat of a challenge, as opposed to most other leagues which can be pretty easily dominated after a season or 2. 442 is decent but not overpowered compared to say 451 or 4132. I like the idea of playing with 2 out and out forwards for a change. At first we played a flat 442 with mixed passing, but after half a season or so we started using short forward arrows on the wingers and a short passing game as a default. Mixed mentality all the way.

Season 1 is basically a case of get rid of a few players to generate a bit of income and make space in the squad for new faces (the team starts almost fully loaded). This didn’t prove too difficult and I signed a couple of players I know from other saves, and a couple of fresh faces for around £5m in total. If you play 3.9.68 you may discover a few good tips in this lot:

Andrey Karyaka: Russian AML from Krylja Sovetov, he is a bit random but usually turns out well enough, cheap at £500k and can also be obtained by UK teams, by the way, IF you buy him immediately. He never gets capped and loses his eligibility pretty quickly. If you are playing a lower half Premiership team, or a good team in Div 1, he is definitely good value so long as he doesn't start out with poor random stats like Determination 1 (it occasionally happens)
Espin: well-known Spanish SW/DLC freebie bargain.
Robert Tomaschek: Slovakian DMC and best free transfer in 3.9.68 apart from maybe Taribo? Only rarely hear him mentioned, though. Will be the main force in centre mid for the next 4-5 years, hopefully.
Sergiy Valyaev: He’s a nice technical AMRLC from Dnipro, and costs just over £1M. I quite often like to sign him if I have the money and no WP issues.
Ylber Aliu: A Macedonian SC on a free at the start and worth checking to see how his random stats came out, in this case they looked promising!
Simone Erba: Dirt cheap AM/FRLC from Pro Patria. I love stocking up on technical, versatile attacking midfielders… and being able to play at SC is just a bonus. Him and Valyaev are added to Ferrarese who starts in the Napoli squad while I wait until my main target Lamberto Zauli will be willing to leave Palermo - hopefully they don’t get promoted, so he will be cheap.
Helgi Danielsson: Icelandic AMC at Peterborough. My scouts 5 starred him, so in he came.
Lee Young-Pyo: Who can resist arguably the game’s best DL for so little money?

Otherwise the Napoli squad is strong and not particularly hard to get promoted at the first attempt, especially with 4 teams going up each year, there’s a lot of margin for error. They have 2 good keepers in Mancini and Storari, Baldini and Bonomi are DCs who could hold their own in Serie A most likely, and it is not too difficult to put out a good Serie B team from the rest. D’Angelo and Floro Flores might become something from the youth team.

Serie B was conquered with W28 D8 L2 and 3-1 goals for and against ratio. We were pushed quite hard by Sampdoria, while Palermo (boo! No cheap Zauli…) and Lecce also made it up. Serie A would require some reinforcements if we were to avoid a risk of relegation, but there are LOADS of bargains to be had in Italy at the end of season 1 as many players have non-promotion or relegation clauses. One surprise was that Brescia stayed up, however, which is quite rare, and means that Luca Toni doesn’t become available cheaply.

merkezekrem
08-01-13, 06:03 PM
http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/chateaubriand/conferenceyear_zps5d4b73b5.jpg


Thats one hell of a paint job :ok: :lol:

chateaubriand
08-01-13, 09:22 PM
I know, right :smokin:

Anyway, I managed to inject some quality into the squad after all. Brought in internationals Hal Robson-Kanu (7 caps, 700k, Reading), Lewis Price (8 caps, Bosman, Crystal Palace) and Sam Vokes (25 caps, 110K, Wolves). Left back Grant Basey joined us from Wolves for 675K (yeah, I splurged) and talented goalie Rhys Taylor was snapped up on a free from Chelsea. Gunning for promotion now, I guess.

Also, apparently the 2008 European Championships will be held in Scotland & Wales. I've got to find a way to take over the national job from Chris Coleman by that time.

Oh, and if this doesn't bring fans to the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium, I don't know what will.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/chateaubriand/giggs_zpsa4d549b9.jpg

316'sRegen
09-01-13, 09:12 AM
Nice touch with the Gary Speed tribute

Kenny Dalglish's Smile
09-01-13, 12:00 PM
Season Two
I received a fairly generous transfer budget in July, which meant that good players could come in to strengthen around the team. With only two competitions to take part in – the Serie A and the Coppa Italia - we wouldn’t need a huge squad, but the budget was not so great that we could afford the best players. Anyway, our reputation is still too low to attract players from the big teams – Roma, Juve, Lazio, the Milans, Parma… By the beginning of the league I’d managed to secure the following new signings, many of whom I recommend for pretty much any side in 3.9.68:

Espen Minde: A Norwegian AMFL from Tromso, I guess he is a random payer, but my scouts gave him top prospect status and his stats in the Norwegian league were very good for a 16 y.o.
Lamberto Zauli: Because Palermo were promoted alongside us I had to pay proper money to sign him, but £5m is still great value for a solid player who will also be the captain. Great technique, flair, just an all-round strong player. It seems that he is pretty much impossible to sign in season 1 – I loaded up new games with Man U, Juve and Bayern to test, but he always said he didn’t want to leave Palermo. If only he was a bit younger!
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/6993/zauli.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/zauli.jpg/)
Davide Possanzini: We all know who he is, right? Yes, it’s that winger from Catania with the £550k release clauses… VERY cheap for what you get.
Gianluca Comotto: Not quite sure how this D/DMR at Como has passed me by before, but with a £4.4m minimum fee clause he looked like a total bargain. I’ll definitely be taking a look at him in future games, and he is significantly cheaper than some like Zauri at Atalanta who I previously thought was the stand out right full in Serie A. When we signed him he was uncapped, the screenie is taken 2 years later.
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/6936/comotto.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/585/comotto.jpg/)

Paolo Suini: DMC from Gravellona, 24k and straight into the reserves. No-lose transfer, really. Might turn out OK.
Georgio Chiellini: At the time of 3.9.68 no one knew he would become a good player and he has a lot of random stats, but he looks OK in this game, and can be an adequate backup DL for a season or two. Most likely wouldn’t have noticed him but for how he turned out in reality, of course. 120k from Livorno.

That probably left us a bit light in attacking positions, but quite strong elsewhere. I didn’t want to blow my entire budget in one go, so I loaned this snarling red card machine from the Premier League.

Alan Smith: He’s a very good but not top class striker on 3.9.68 and after a good first half of the season I made the deal permanent for £5.5m.
Marco di Vaio: Unhappy at Juve come the winter break I used up the last reserves in the kitty to sign our first genuine top class player for £7m. Di Vaio and Smith would be my front two for basically the whole second half of the season.

No surprises that after signing some strong players we comfortably stayed in the division, with some notable wins over Juve, Inter and Roma at home. We started incredibly well, going 10-1-0 until we lost away against Brescia 3-0, but the fixtures had been kind and we had only played Roma at home out of the big boys in that time. Still, it gives the lie to the idea that 442 non-wibwob is a weak formation as there were 5 away wins in that run. The two teams we struggled against the most were AC and Lazio, with 1 draw and 3 league defeats, and Lazio also dumped us out of the Coppa Italia at the quarter final stage. The main difference with the top sides seemed to be the quality of the finishing of players like Shevchenko, Crespo, Trezeguet and so on. Finishing 3rd, with a record of W23 D5 L6 GF79 GA 37 was a great first effort, though! The goals for was a new record, so we were banging them in, just not consistently against the biggest sides.

With a Champion’s League qualifier to come we would hopefully be in a position starting from next season to add one or two quality players per year rather than strengthening across the squad like we did this year, both financially, and the reputation of the club. Needless to say the board were delighted.

2011-2012 Results
Serie A: Juventus beat Roma on penalties in the playoff decider
Premier League: Man Utd
La Liga: Real Madrid
Bundesliga: Bayern
Ligue Une: Lyon
A pretty standard early 3.9.68 set of results there!
Champion’s League: AC Milan beat Bayern on penalties
UEFA Cup: Parma beat Lazio…. on penalties. Basically, if you were an Italian side this season, you won things on penalties.
Germany beat France in that there EURO 2012. So much for tiki-taka in this alternative universe.

Trip
09-01-13, 01:32 PM
Always love reading 3.68 stories :) Alan Smith is actually among the 10 top-class strikers in 3.68 though. (High rep non-freaks I mean, of course.)

merkezekrem
09-01-13, 08:41 PM
If you ask me how I am doing, it's here:

http://www.champman0102.co.uk/showthread.php?263-Challenge-1-Yes-Kaiser!

;)

Pokahontas
11-01-13, 05:39 PM
"Hello, Hello, Hello! We Are The Ex-Presidents!.."

... oh wait, no we're not. -- what was i doing??

OH YEAH, There's a BIG BIG UPDATE for all you "How are you doing?" enthusiasts

The end of the previous season pointed out clearly to an exit back to Turkey
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perhaps the hatred wave generated in the tie against Turkey in the WC... perhaps fear of upsetting the hornets nest of footballing Colossus Altay... Truth Is: these clubs + a couple of other Turkish Premier League ones totally shunned out the possibility of acquiring the services of Farty#

#who wasn't ready himself to move back to Izmir, as much as the network of mistresses & easy shags are sorely missed, the environment in the city does not favor the winds of Eggy, nor would Eggy's ego allow him to pick up a team in this mold
http://imageshack.us/a/img28/125/temptingf.png
in the meantime...

There were signs of greek appeasement of Eggy's Delusional Ego Trip before the season was over
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inc. no pressure from the Board over the next 12 months exercise
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Lets not glorify this suppository tho: because Eggy had no serious interest shown from Turkey that has only worked to embitter his REVENGE thirst, either at Atromitos or possibly in the future another Athens club might come knocking, the end result is the same: THERE WILL BE BLOOD!
http://hdlogo.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/atromitos-athen-logo.png?w=500

FOR GREECE!! The real Kingdom Of The Kings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_wQw2sMBs

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New challenges, humble beginnings
Lets start with the important part (EUROPE!): Can Altay be Dethroned?

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Second Round Qualifying! Second Round Qualifying!!! :yell:

WHY?? W-T-F!
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Is this all the Greek Champion gets? Financial Fair Play my ass, mr. Platini
We curse to Hades, Monsieur Platini!!!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

HOLY SHIT:
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Fuck, FUCK! FFFFFFUUUUCK!!!!!!!! Blow me Monsieur Platini
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http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2012/9/21/1348233918250/Jose-Mourinho-trashed-a-d-008.jpg

UP YOURS Monsieur Platini! :dance1: Shove it where the sun don't shine!
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a fucking team that includes players such as:
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http://imageshack.us/a/img41/9823/chels2.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img694/769/chels1k.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img19/2779/cl6.png

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Earlier in the Year there we had met 'Gladbach, so there were valid reasons to go into this pretty confident
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http://images.inmagine.com/400nwm/iris/imagebrokerrm-019/ptg01062220.jpg

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http://www.crossfitbold.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/cry_baby.jpg

Huge disappointment as Nightmare becomes Reality [and Eggy wants to slip himself into the ground]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qdokHAlVEo

http://c257.r57.cf3.rackcdn.com/football_02_temp-1353576457-50adf009-620x348.jpg

So there is no battle with Altay this year :Cry:, so let's catch up on them
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Who are the new Kings of Europe then?
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Internal Season, Players, Club & Press
the plan for the season was based in No moves in the team, inc. no new contracts handed out to keep them thirsty for success & achievement [with the risk that a good european tour might make some of them think their newly acquired european status is too big for the status of the club]

the only purchase was Herr Prezident's fetish so we could pleasure him and keep him off our backs --- humiliating!, but it had to be done
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our scouting system keeps working overtime to provide the best youth
where our newly appointed scout...
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... brings in the best 16 year old yet!
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Super Cup

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http://www.c2com.up.pt/blog/quarto-arbitro/arquivos/Figo%20perto%20do%20Inter.gif

League
1st game confirms the President's punt - maybe the man understands about this after all! - who maybe, just maybe, is starting to get my respect
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curiously the last game of the campaign also shows off a strong Lysenko performance
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All the while, in March 13th - the day of my Birthdayhttp://imageshack.us/a/img836/434/supperterscelebrate.png

http://paddypowerblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/mourinho_dirtydancing1_pp.jpg?w=610

http://cdn.controlinveste.pt/Storage/JN/2011/big/ng1492892.jpg

After some hours giving love back to the supporters...http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/60367000/jpg/_60367641_ap_chelsea_fans.jpg

...Time to hit the bikers bars all night long... love their promiscuous girlfriends!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hezwn40ybYI

On the following day it is with a MASSIVE Headache (Both Heads!) that we enjoy the Achievements
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In a path almost photocopied from last year
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Greek Cup
Was a pretty boring affair until
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Well done Lads!
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:clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:: clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EanQblH9jU4


Some players have been very active
in October shit hit the walls
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in December more shit floods down the dressing room
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But there was no patience for blagging out to the press, that's a direct move into the reserves & then "OUT!"
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but not all was was bad newshttp://imageshack.us/a/img515/2112/plnestorrecordat19.png

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before the end of the season there was a chance to bring in a bit of brazilian flair http://imageshack.us/a/img687/4318/bra1a.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img6/4711/bra2.png

The Biggest contributors to the campaign wereWithout surprise
http://imageshack.us/a/img33/8377/big1e.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img90/2830/big2s.png

An inexperient free agent player found in a East Europe Search Assignment (who had 6 months with half a dozen games & no goals as adaptation time) and explodes Second Season
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/4049/big3s.png

+ the Clubs Fan's Favoured Son [for the second year in 3]
http://imageshack.us/a/img201/5207/bigclubprizeonder.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img32/570/big4.png

Atromitos is aloft stomping the Giants feet, in a clear 'David versus Goliath' in a Spartacus-like run of the oppressed against Mighty Rome, gaining the respect of the neutrals and most notably, of all the the anarchists, outkasts, revolucionaries & undesirables that spring like mushrooms around Athens these days. therefore it was decided in November it was necessary to do anything we can to accommodate our open wallet consumers :D
http://imageshack.us/a/img820/2591/novemberstadium.png

Some things never change
and this bloomin' interference doesn't seem to go away
http://imageshack.us/a/img545/774/interference.png


INT
As the golden generation of Chile isn't gonna last forever, there were attempts to back-stab [but failed]
http://imageshack.us/a/img22/5870/intjobs.png


CM is still giving me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whABKaaYkaM

merkezekrem
12-01-13, 07:04 PM
Spoiler Master!

316'sRegen
12-01-13, 07:32 PM
disappointing to see CM scout :P

I thought you were a good manager :rofl:

Pokahontas
15-01-13, 04:47 PM
1. Where did you see CM Scout?

2. I am not a good manager. I lose all the time... but I am relentless at searching for talent ("Youth Searches" every 6 mths, spy on next opponent, U-21's, League player Ratings tables, Loans, Trials, etc)

... maybe ur referring to Cm Explorer, I use it to keep track of my own CA/PA, and the other atts, i never edit them and they'r usually shit as u can see. (just helps keep track of career progress, jobs being offered and why!)

If I won all the time what u be the point in sharing & especially no point in spoilers :P

Suarez7
16-01-13, 08:18 PM
Just finished my first season havign come back to the game. A mate asked me to do a season with Swindon (his team) on ODB & made it to the playoffs (with a bit of help from Derm's 4132) but a daft sending off 10 mins into the playoff final did for my season so i'm looking at another season in Div 2 (League 1 in today's money!)

The board have finally given me some cash so i'm hoping to strengthen & look at auto ptomotion next season!!!

Kenny Dalglish's Smile
18-01-13, 02:54 PM
I’m running quite a lot of foreground leagues and a max. database for this game, so once I’m done at Napoli I will have any of the following as potential destinations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey. I run leagues foreground as I like the teams to employ new managers, and it seems like the outcomes of the competitions are a more realistic than background settings. I run max. database because I like lots of players, and lots of leagues so that the Asian Cup and other low rep. competitions get played out. Mostly we have lots of CPU power so why the hell not??

Anyway, there is still plenty of work to be done at the San Paolo, and the team was strengthened with the following new talent to continue our quest for Serie A glory:

Danielle De Vezze: MC from Reggiana on a free transfer. He is very determined and creative, but otherwise a functional midfielder and will likely only get a place on the bench most matches. He has a lot of 0s in the editor so it is likely that he usually won’t turn out to be a Serie A quality player.
Giuseppe Colucci: Another one of the very talented players available for low transfer fee after a season, this MRC from Modena is young and has the potential to become a very strong central midfielder. He will join a top league side in most countries after one season and is definitely worth to consider.

I wanted to sign the magnificently poodle-headed Fabriccio Coloccini from Atletico Madrid, but he chose Parma over us, so defensive options were strengthened with record signing

Gabriel Milito: One of the large number of talented young Argentine defenders on 3.9.68. At £12m he would be the big signing of the summer.
Maxwell: Joined on a free transfer in the January window from Ajax. A good player who would let Young-Pyo get a rest from time to time.

We have got a nice strong squad now, with cover in most positions. We continue to play a short passing 442 with no wibwob.
GK: *Mancini, *Storari
DL: Maxwell, Young-Pyo (he can also fill in at right back and centre midfield, but DL is his best position).
DR: Comotto, *Saber
DC: Milito, Espin, *Baldini
ML: Karyaka, Possanzini
MR: Zauli, Valyaev
MC: Tomaschek, De Vezze, Colucci, Danielsson
SC: Di Vaio, Smith, *Floro Flores, Aliu
* Player starts in the Napoli squad roster.

The season started with a 5-0 aggregate win over Lierse in the CL 3rd qualifying round, and we continued the good form into the league and group stages, going 17-4-0 in Serie A and straight 6 wins in the first CL group with Hajduk, Lyon and Bayern. That early league run featured a stunning comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Roma, despite having Alan Smith sent off in the first half. It would be the first of many mighty struggles with Roma during the season. The next would come in the Italian Cup semi-final. Farnerud scored very late in the home leg to give Roma a 1-0 advantage, and inflict out first defeat of the season on Jan 23. Going to the Stadio Olympico for the return leg we dominated the match and finally levelled the tie with a headed goal by Baldini in the 81st minute. But almost immediately from the restart Ayala piled a mad shot into our goal from 30 yards or more, Roma’s first and only shot of the entire match! We managed a couple more attempts in the last 10 minutes but Pelizzoli kept everything out, and Roma knocked us out of the Coppa 2-1 on aggregate. We had been the better side in each game, but they had maybe played the smarter game.

Having suffered our first setback of the season, we went into a bit of a slump. From going almost 30 games undefeated in all competitions we suddenly only won once and lost three times in the next five games, including defeat away against Inter and at home to Roma in the league, Zidane scoring from Roma’s first two shots on goal, and then defending well for the last hour. Our lead of 12 points with 13 to play in Serie A had become 8 points with 10 to play. It still seemed a healthy lead.

Meanwhile in Europe we had qualified from the second group stage of the Champion’s League after five games, and a win at home against Manchester United would knock them out of the competition. We’d grabbed a 1-0 win at Old Trafford (Possanzini scored on a breakaway from a United corner), and I was keen to not have to face them again later in the competition. I always like facing United in Europe after a few season of 3.9.68. They usually still have a strong team together and it is a good barometer of how my own side is evolving. Once you can beat the Uniteds, Bayerns and Barcas of the world you’re getting somewhere. A 2-0 home defeat was not what we were looking for, especially as we were struggling to deal with the pressure of leading Serie A. We were through to the quarter finals and would play…. Roma!

I reckoned we would win the league with five more wins, but they were becoming hard to achieve. We dominated against Atalanta, but drew 1-1, we lead for almost the entire game against Bologna, until Hussain scored a long range drive in the 94th minute to earn them a draw. Hussain had been a flop at Napoli, and was outraged when I transfer listed. He had hardly featured for Bologna either, but this was sweet revenge for him, scoring his only goal for the club before leaving for Argentina at the end of the season. Typical! Never mind, we could bounce back with a win against Como… only for an early red card to leave us battling for a 0-0. Lazio and Roma were chasing us hard, and a win at home against the Biancazzurri would almost see us home. They scored early and we eventually managed to get back to 1-1, but couldn’t find the winner. Roma came closer still…

Speaking of Roma, we couldn’t win in the league, but we hammered them 4-0 in the first leg of the CL quarter final, with Young-Pyo scoring a hat-trick from left back. When I was a kid I loved the goal scoring madness of Ronald Koeman for Holland and Barca, and Young-Pyo is my Koeman on 3.9.68. I really struggle to not sign him :D 14 goals from left back is an epic return, though, even if he takes penalties. A 0-1 defeat in Rome meant we advanced to the semi-final where we drew Manchester United. Maybe the last bad result in the second group would come back to haunt us.

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/3936/14goalsfromlb.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/14/14goalsfromlb.jpg/)


We finally found a win in Serie A, 1-0 at home against a tricky Lecce team, but another draw followed away in Milan, 0-0. We were yet to win a league game against them. Roma closed to 5 points behind with two to play. A win from our last two games would bring the league title to Napoli - Juventus and Verona away. Our record against Juventus was good, and we had never lost against Verona.

Meanwhile, the Champion’s League semi-final came around. The home leg was a very closely fought 0-0, not the worst result. We had won once already in Manchester this year, could we do it again? Goals from Zauli and Aliu said yes! We had reached the final at the first attempt, and would play Arsenal.

The league fixtures had piled up, and we would have to play Juventus and Verona with only a one day break between, hot on the heels of the second semi-final in Manchester. Several first team players needed to be rested for the trip to Juventus, but we swarmed all over them with Buffon performing heroics in the home goal, until in the 85th minute he brought down Aliu – Penalty! A goal almost certainly brings the league title to Naples. Regular taker Young-Pyo is amongst the rested players, and before I can change things Chiellini steps up to take the kick. It was on target… but Buffon saved it! We would have to take the point, enough to put us three points clear of Roma with one game to play. Get anything against Verona and we’d scrape over the finishing line.

We’d never lost against Verona – until now! Adailton scored just before half time, and despite having a strong side out, we couldn’t beat Pegolo in the home goal. Roma beat Juventus away having been 1-0 down to force the playoff decider, and our season would come down to an epic three game shoot out: Roma at home, Arsenal in the Champion’s League Final, and the league decider in Rome the following weekend. Choke? Or Glory?

Dermotron
18-01-13, 03:04 PM
No bids in for Assane N'Diaye yet KDS? :D

Kenny Dalglish's Smile
18-01-13, 04:17 PM
He's more of a 3.9.60 beast isn't he, Derm? For the record he's Captain at Dinamo Kiev on my game.

Jesus
21-01-13, 01:34 PM
Awesome write up KDS. KUTGW.

chateaubriand
22-01-13, 03:14 PM
Well, this is interesting.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/chateaubriand/caracciolo_zps7178f970.jpg

Apparently he's having too much fun playing in my Galway United reserve squad.

Darn Argentinians wanted to pay 1 million for him, too.

Suarez7
24-01-13, 10:44 PM
Just finished season 2 at Swindon (odb) & for the 2nd season running i finished the league in the playoffs!

1st up Luton who held me to a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road before we thumped them 4-1 in the return at the County Ground so on we went to Cardiff for the playoff final with M4 rivals Bristol City...

...In a tense encounter it was City who took the lead on 20 mins through Lee Peacock but the Town were level on 36 mins through the wonderfully named Danny Invincible who netted his 50th goal for the Robins & nine minutes later Swindon were 2-1 up when captain Keith O'Halloran was played in by Invincible and finished in the top corner!

The 2nd half was end to end stuff but neither team could find the net so Swindon got the promotion their performances deserved!!!

Next up Div 1 after a summer of rebuilding!!

adnams
27-01-13, 07:46 PM
I have started a new game on the ODB trying to take Bristol City from the second division to the premier league.

In my first season I started off slowly only winning two of my first ten league games but I pulled together and in the end we managed to finish third in the league, only a couple of points away from automatic promotion.

We we drawn against QPR in the play-off semi final. The first leg finished 2 a piece with QPR taking the lead twice and then us getting a goal back.

We were 2-0 up at half time in the second leg but then the got one back just after half time. We hit a third not long after and should have had the match won but they scored two late goal to finish the match 3-3.

Extra time beckoned and in the 116 minute QPR scored the winner leaving us to try again the following season.

Pokahontas
29-01-13, 11:38 PM
Happily putting in place my flat 442 when a challenge comes knocking.... 4 managers in 2 years and horrible seasons.
After the Board silliness it was not evident they would spot the best CV on offer
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/6065/22301904.png

It took them from PM to evening to give Eggy a chance to turn their club around :lol:

BlazeRavenwolf
05-02-13, 11:51 PM
OK I will give my first 3 season here then hopefully update more frequently

I have a game in which I am trying to take a club from the bottom league to the top and win the league & the cups, but I have set myself 2 restrictions,

1. I can only bring players in on free transfers, bosmans or on loan
2. I can only move on once I have won the top league title & all major cups in said country, or if I get sacked (which is quiet possible with my management :lol:)

I started with Pomigliano in Italian C2/C (Using September 2013 update, possibly a live DB, but not sure)

2001/02 - Pomigliano (2nd in C2/C, Promoted to C1/B via playoffs)
2002/03 - Pomigliano (16th in C1/B, Relegated to C2/C, after losing playouts)
2003/04 - Pomigliano (6th in C2/C)

That is upto date I will hopefully give a more detailed update after 2004/05 season (I am not good at creative writing so I will probably post some screenshots and a little writing)

Adieu, until the next time

Jokerjake7
06-02-13, 11:05 PM
This is in continuation of the RW Essen career I posted earler.

Soon after getting beat by Schalke I left for Bournemouth (bottom of Division 3) as RW Essen's finances were terrible. I was able to get into 2nd in Division 3 and in the last month had closed a big 12 point gap on leaders Swansea (I was 2nd already when it was this large) to just 3 points (keep in mind Swansea had only lost 1 match the entire season, and that was to me). Unfortunatly my first game of the month was a loss to Swansea thus ending any chance of winning the league but we got promotion.

The next season we won Division 2.

Division 1 was at first fairly straight forward as Bournemouth led for the first few months but them reality hit us. For most of the season we weree 5th after this and another dip in form saw us almost lose playoff qualification entirely. Everton were 2 points behind us in the final game (I wasn't palying them) but I went 1-0 down early on due to a pen (and my guy got sent off) while they went 1-0 ahead in their game. We equialised in the 60th minute but we needed to win to get into 6th. My best signing of that season (Maccarone, some striker I got on a free) scores in the 90th minute to send us to the playoffs. His goal was not as significant as I first thought however, as Everton had also conceeded a goal in the 90th minute meaning they finished 1-1, so a draw would have still have seen us in the playoffs.

We had failed to beat any of the teams that were also in the playoffs during the season so I wasn't optimistic, however we dealt with Man City fairly easily before beating West Ham in the final to secure promotion.

Our first season in the premier league was very good all things considered. Our cup form the entire time was terrible but whatevs, we were a strong mid table team however we had a problem with conceeding goals (my goalkeeper was crap). He had kept 1 cleen sheet of 2/3rds over the season (a 1-0 win over W.B.A). I don't know when I bought him my keeper who replaced this one, but the new guy whoI bought played 17 games, so this crap keeper played the rest. Our league position was mostly thanks to Calvin Zola (a good youngster bought from Newcastle for £1million when I was in D1) and David Villa. I had found a good young keeper at Nottingham Forest who I tried to buy however the board cancelled in due to it being to high of an offer. I would then draw them in a cup and lose on penalties (he saved all 3/4 if my memory serves me correctly and did well during the other 120 mins). I finally got him after three attempts and then we went on to gain 4 clean sheets in a row. The press praised him after these four games and he ended up with 17 games and 17 conceeded. His arrival improved our results dramatically as we nearly claimed a champions league spot.

Arsenal were 4th and I was 5th (1 point behind) and I played them in the last game. A victory would gaurentee me a champions league spot, anything else means I played in the uefa cup. We lost 1-0. SAF had retired at the beginning of this season and I had applied, however they gave the job to Rangers manager Alex Mcleish (who has won a grand total of 1 scottish league cup, and thats it). This annoyed me and I really wanted to humiliate them but they destroyed me at home. With about 6 games left I played Man Utd at Old Trafford and took great joy as David Villa scored a 90th minute winner at Old Trafford. This is where my hopefulness for the game aginst Arsenal came from.

Here is the keepers stats. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8450874375_288677ab45_c.jpg

So this brings us to my current season. I am in November and have just dumped PSG out of the Uefa cup in the 2nd round. I beat some Polish team in the first round fairly easily and then drew PSG. I lost 2-0 at home as my good keeper was suspended however won 3-1 away going though on away goals. I am also 4th in the league.

I also managed Cameroon for about a year. DId crap in the confederations cup, won the Africa cup of nations and then did terrible in the WC (knocked out at group stage). After the WC I resigned.

I have signed some defenders and also signed Wayne Rooney this season. This leaves only midfield where a great player is needed.

Pokahontas
12-02-13, 06:59 PM
Back On The Juice!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgoAz-mFIxE

:rockon:

Beginning of a new season... new dawn rising

a look at the task ahead
http://imageshack.us/a/img20/3092/uefacoeff.png
and a prompt decision is made
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/9725/45968695.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img543/5585/25846955.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img203/3152/25616248.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img515/3223/26964928.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img708/7850/86564243.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img94/2358/54265302.png
Thanks, but no thanks... looking to start from the bottomhttp://imageshack.us/a/img29/8459/54129584.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img5/1138/86290527.png
Massive task aheadBut despite having a job, Eggy's winds aren't settled yethttp://imageshack.us/a/img836/4550/44462639.pngAfter the 1st Official Game, a DEFEAT, Eggy Resigns amongs contestation among supporters claiming Farty's short-passing southern style is not fit for Eirelund

BYE BYE me Duck!!!

After a showerAnd auto-dig was left on searching for a job..... What do we find?

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http://imageshack.us/a/img5/8775/78237928.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img248/4923/46301055.png
After only 2 months in charge.... Oh dear, Oh dear
http://imageshack.us/a/img837/2985/45751672.pngThere was no way Eggy was gonna let himself be pushed around
http://imageshack.us/a/img268/7613/94116441.pnghttp://imageshack.us/a/img837/5517/83886092.png

after that Olympiakos job fizzled out... it was time to settle for a small club

ROCK OOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNXz6ZQOR7g

http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/elements/destination/history/jordan_jerash_roman_chariot_race.jpg

Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors,
Warriors, warriors, warriors, warriors... RIDE ON THE CHARIOTS!!!


:peace:

Kenny Dalglish's Smile
12-02-13, 09:05 PM
Indeed.

Jokerjake7
18-02-13, 10:06 AM
The 06/07 Bournemouth season is a very good season all things considered, unfortunately the ending really is disappointing because we fell just short of an amazing season.

We finish 2nd in the Premier league as Man Utd retain the English crown by a whopping 8 points. The disappointing thing is that both encounters against Man Utd we could've easily won but didn't (0-0 at home as Villa missed a penalty and 2-1 loss away as Forlan scored a 90th minute winner, right after we nearly scored one ourselves). These games were winnable but it wasn't to be. Coming 2ns is certainly a big achievement though, considering we ended up in 3 cup finals (the schedule was horrible).

The League cup ended in disappointment as Man City beat us 3-2 after extra time, despite going 2-0 up. I really though we would win after knocking out Man Utd in the semis but it wasn't to be. Similar disappointment in the Uefa Cup final as we have to play Hertha BSC away in the final (took place in their stadium and was classified as away) as we lost 2-0 to them, after knocking out Inter Milan in the semis.

The good news is we won the FA Cup. We got Division 1 side Bolton in the final but this didn't make things easy as they would score a 89th minute equalizer forcing extra time. Bournemouth would win 2-0 on pens (Collins saved 2 of the pens and the other 2 Bolton pens were off target, my first two scored while third missed).

My best defender is unhappy as I won;t allow him to move clubs, so he will likely need replacing. I also need a midfielder (I tried to sign Kaka after his relegation fee cause was activated but he joined Nantes instead, shortly after this I knocked em out of the Uefa cup, this made me laugh). Calvin Zola was solid again this year as he replaced Rooney who was injured for 11 months. He is still out for 6 and will likely need surgery as my physio has concerns over one of his ligaments.

Should I be able to get a good midfielder and possible replacement for the defender, I am confident that my team could win the league.

Jesus
18-02-13, 01:38 PM
Loving the updates Jake :ok: