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05-06-15, 11:55 AM
I've had an idea for a fresh CM challenge and I'll share the story here.

For those that are not aware Watford are run and owned by the same group that run and own Udinese and Grenada (The Pozzo family). Watford have achieved promotion this year largely with the help of loan players from Udinese like Angella, Abdi, Vydra etc. Now Watford are in the Premier League you can expect to see the Pozzo's using the extra cash from the huge Premier League TV deals etc not only to try and establish Watford in the Premier League but also to fund a Champions League push for Udinese in the long term.

I'm going to have a go at replicating this ownership model and distribution of resources by taking control of Watford, Udinese and Grenada. The aim will be to make these 3 sides the best in the business by moving bright young players around depending on where they will get the games to develop and handing cash around where it is needed. Obviously to do this I'll need the help of the save game editor and the odd bit of pawning to move the cash around which is not ideal and we'll have to gloss over the fact they would not be allowed in the same European competitions in real life but overall I think this could be an interesting game!

I'm using the April 2015 update and have updated promotion and relegation through the English leagues as Watford have now been promoted to the Premier League in real life.

Hopefully it sounds interesting to at least a few of you and will provide a little entertainment!

05-06-15, 01:31 PM
You might need to do some "tweeking" if you want to get loans between your clubs, but it does sound like an adventure.

05-06-15, 01:34 PM
Would have been interesting (and realistic!) to see you do this story with the same teams in Udinese and Watford.

I'll follow it either way though. Hopefully it'll work out for you as I think there are still limits in the number of loans that you can have in the squad (2) even with the Tapani Patch applied.

Perhaps transfers are the way forward where you can buy and rebuy players between clubs.

05-06-15, 02:00 PM
Yes I think it will mostly just be transfers between the clubs for the lowest amounts I can get away with. I've never used the save game editor before so I'm not too sure if I can just swap players around using that and just be realistic about saying it will be for 1 year or 2 years rather than keep moving them during a season? I think I'm right in saying only the amount of loans between domestic sides is limited to 2 so it wouldn't be cheating to work around it.

Thinking about it I will do it with the 3 actual sides from real life, it will stop me wanting to be bias towards Reading as well!

05-06-15, 05:08 PM
Sonuds interesting. I was thinking of a multi team save too but couldn't get the restrictions settled in my mind. You can move the money around by transfers also.

05-06-15, 05:41 PM
Sounds like it could be interesting if you can get the save game editor working :ok:

Baron Zbimg
05-06-15, 06:54 PM
Very cool idea. Looking forward to this.

08-06-15, 07:39 PM
Ahead of the new season Giampaolo Pozzo gives an interview to the English media as Watford prepare for their first Premier League game;

Q - With Watford now in the Premier League you are in the position of owning clubs in the top leagues in Spain, Italy and England. What do you see as a priority this season?

A - I think you can see from our transfer business this Summer that keeping Watford in the Premier League is an area we had focus on this Summer. Although Granada and Udinese will need investment in the future before they can realistically challenge towards the top of the league, the amount of money on offer from the Premier League means this is where we have invested this Summer. As well as bringing in some bright young players we have also managed to secure some proven quality at this level.

We hope all 3 teams can maintain their top flight status but this is a long term plan and whatever happens this season we are sure we can make all 3 sides the best in their respective countries.

Q - You have signed 16 year old English striker Kabongo Tshimanga from MK Dons for Granada, is the long term plan to bring him back to England?

A - Possibly but it is simply a case of seeing an exiting talent and for the moment have him developing with the club where he will have an opportunity to play. We believe alongside Isaac Success who is 18 years old we have 2 of the brightest young strikers in La Liga and we hope one day they will play Champions League football but for which club? time will tell. By bringing in Kabongo it meant we could also send El Aribi to Watford, he is an experienced international and we hope he can be key in keeping Watford in the Premier League.

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08-06-15, 08:36 PM
Good luck mate, Watford always seem to get taken over in my games on the latest DB, so fingers crossed it doesn't happen to you.

09-06-15, 09:07 AM
Nice start and some decent signings going on. It must be tough for you to work out which players to sign for which club :D

09-06-15, 02:28 PM
Interesting start, where does Udinese fit in all this though :)

11-06-15, 05:11 PM
Whirlwind Season for Pozzos sees Jubilation in London and Heartbreak in Udine

As we close in on the 2015/2016 season there is much to reflect on from the last campaign for the Pozzo family. In an interview at the start of the season Giampaolo Pozzo indicated that Watford's survival was a top priority for their strategy to eventually dominate in England, Italy and Spain.

In this regard they may eventually look back on this season as a huge success as Watford defied the pre-season odds and retained their Premier League status recording memorable victories of Manchester City and Manchester United in the process

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Granada also secured their La Liga status with a thrilling last day victory over Elche which saw them swap places in the table at the last hurdle!

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The highlight of the season in Spain for the Pozzos will have been the development of young Nigerian Forward Isaac Success with the 18 year old scoring 20 goals from 33 appearances.

It was heartbreak though for Udinese as they were tamely relegated from Serie A. In an interview with Italian TV Giampaolo Pozzo said 'We knew survival was the aim for all 3 of our clubs this season but this is tough to take. We have to look at the positives though, we had an ageing and under performing squad but a lot of work has gone into moving players out who needed to be moved on and we still have some exiting young players coming back to club such as Nico Lopez after loan spells and we're delighted that Antonio Di Natale has already pledged to stay and help us get back up, I'm confident we can do that and come back in much better shape moving forwards'

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It's clear that this is a long term project for the Pozzos as they have invested in expanding the capacity at both Vicarage Road and Friuli this Summer.

Meanwhile the bulk of the transfer budget at Grenada has been spent on English midfield prospect Will Hughes from Derby County. Granada will also be strengthened in goal as Anders Lindegaard moves to Spain after Watford took advantage of John Ruddy's relegation release clause at Norwich City. Granada Manager Jose Ramon Sandoval said 'We are delighted to bring in 2 quality players, with Hughes the owners recognise he is an exiting talent and maybe they could also have tried to sign him for Watford but we were very close to relegation this season and they have decided Granada needed an important player to come in, Will is very exited to have the chance to play in La Liga and develop his game and he also knows he could fulfil his dream to play in the Premier League one day by moving here.

After Daniel Tozer moved back to Parma following his loan Watford's key piece of business was a new DM and they have plugged that gap by brining in Oriol Romeu from Chelsea, Manager Quique Sanchez Flores will hope he can fulfil his obvious potential at Vicarage Road.

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It promises to be another exiting season for the Pozzo family and fans of their respective clubs!

12-06-15, 10:05 AM
I did wonder if the lack of information regarding your transfers at Udinese at the start of the season meant you gave them the least thought out of the three teams? Being relegated is a huge shock considering most would see Udinese as the biggest club of the three?

Is there something wrong with your images? The Watford ones are fine but the Italian league table isn't showing and there's overlap going on there and in the transfer images too.

Decent signings for Granada by the way, Lindegaard and Will Hughes will surely help the club do better than that close shave from relegation :ok:

12-06-15, 10:28 AM
I'm really struggling to get a tune out of Udinese to be honest, I thought they would be good enough to stay up at least so thought the money should go to Watford in the 1st season. Struggling with Udinese in Serie B now a little bit as well but they do have some very good players. It's a bit odd, I can count on one hand the number of times I've been relegated on this game but I'm sure it will all come good if I stick at it!

12-06-15, 10:38 AM
Let's hope you don't get sacked at Udinese :D

12-06-15, 07:40 PM
Didn't expect that. Udinese relagation :eek: What tactics are you using?

12-06-15, 11:56 PM
nice idea and will catch up on this :ok:

14-06-15, 04:48 PM
Udinese relegated again :doh: honestly never known anything like this in 15 years of playing this game, think I need to clear out the entire squad and start them again.

14-06-15, 07:30 PM
Ey, what?! Relegated from Serie B now?!

I'm seriously considering starting my own game on this now :lol:

14-06-15, 08:02 PM
Yep, it's like the game just hates Udinese :lol: pretty much every game they had the most shots, most tackles won most possession etc, most of the team have an ok average rating but just can't string any results together at all. Will do a proper update once I've finished the cull and brought them a new squad - Got some good free transfers coming in at Watford so will give Udinese a big budget for next season.

16-06-15, 08:14 AM
The Udinese form is mental. Down in the 3rd tier you can surely turn the form around and get the confidence to drive them back to Serie A. I am expecting a big clear out and lots of wheeling and dealing in the summer. Great work with Watford and Grenada

19-06-15, 03:55 PM
A busy Summer is drawing to a close for the Pozzo's!

After Udinese were shockingly relegated for the 2nd season running there was a massive overhaul of the playing squad. The owners have invested heavily for a club at this level in order to land some promising youngsters and some experienced heads to guide the club back where it belongs.

The deal the fans are particularly exited about sees a surprise move for France international Yann M'Vila. The 26 year old with 22 senior caps has endured a nightmare 2 season spell in Russia where he made only 7 appearances for Rubin Kazan and Dinamo Moscow. In an interview with France Football M'Vila said 'I just want to play games again, it is a step down but Udinese are a big club and I'm still young enough to hopefully play in Serie A with the club in the future.'

Udinese Ins and Outs

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After Watford secured another season in the Premier League it is clear they are starting to attract a higher calibre of player as the club managed to secure an impressive haul of free transfers beating off competition from sides all over the world.

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Thousands of Granada fans gathered at the Nuevo Los Carmenes to welcome Brazil international Leandro Damiao to the club. The forward of 19 caps endured a frustrating time at Fiorentina but the Grenada fans believe the 26 year old can find his best form in Spain. The club also welcome back Jeison Murillo, just 1 season after selling to Inter Milan for 6m the Columbia international defender returns for just 2m after failing to break into the Inter 1st team.

With key players Will Hughes and Isaac Success expressing a wish to further their careers last season Granada need to progress in order to keep hold of their best players.

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21-06-15, 09:49 AM
Give us more info about the leagues maybe?

22-06-15, 10:55 AM
Plenty of moves going on.

Agree with merk, it would be nice to have a recap on each team's season and how the players have got on.

22-06-15, 09:40 PM
Season 3 Review;

Cup Glory for Watford!

The Pozzo's celebrated thier first trophy win thanks to a leage cup victory for Watford who also made the FA cup final.

In the league cup The Hornets punished an under strength Man Utd side in the final who had obviously prioritised the Champions League Quarter final just 3 days later. The Watford fans wont care a bit though as they celebrate their first win and the prospect of European football next season!

There was nearly an amazing cup double but the FA Cup final was lost to Chelsea.

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In the league a challenge for the top half faded as the fixtures piled up but the fans will note that once again some top sides were defeated home and away and better form against the bottom half sides would see big progress.

The Pozzo's will be delighted with the impact made by free transfer Salomon Rondon and also movers from Udinese Coeff and Torje who were 2 of only a handful of players to take any credit from the last 2 seasons in Italy. It proved a correct decision to allow them to play in the Premier League rather than Italy's 3rd tier.

With the signing of free agent Robin Van Persie after his release from Manchester United already confirmed the future looks bright as Watford take on Europe next season.

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Udinese Promoted!

Udinese will make an immediate return to Serie B after comfortably taking the C1/A title.

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The star man was a rejuvenated Colin Kazim-Richards who bagged an impressive 39 goals from 41 appearances. The Turkish international had failed to impress at Watford and was deemed surplus to requirements at Vicarage road but proved a point to his critics by tearing up Italy's 3rd tier. He is now determined to do the same next season and lead Udinese back to Serie A.

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Pain in Spain

Is it 2 steps forwards and 1 back though for the Pozzo's as Granada were relegated. With star players Will Hughes and Isaac Success demanding moves and even going on strike, ageing players and new youngsters alike not performing the Spaniards were unable to retain their top flight status. It is expected that Hughes and Success will get their wish to move and will be given the opportunity to play in Europe with Watford next season.

Last seasons big signing Leandro Damaio as well as other key players James Wilson, Ryo Myaichi and John Cordoba have been told they are going nowhere and are expected to regain promotion next season.

Asked how he saw a season of contrasts Giampaolo Pozzo told Sky Italia 'overall we are happy with the season, Watford have won a trophy and will play in Europe next season so they have made great progress from being favourites for relegation 3 years ago. They have signed Robin Van Persie for next season so that shows you the power Watford now has which will help our long term goals. Promotion for Udinese this year was vital and we have a strong squad to challenge again next season, if we can get Udinese into Serie A next season we should be in a very strong position both financially and in terms of having players already who can make an impact in Serie A. Relegation for Granada is sad but we understand we took some risks with players into the club and it is difficult when they have no B team, if we cannot move some players out it is difficult to bring new players in. We will keep key players at the club and continue to try and give exiting young players their chance at the club.'

22-06-15, 10:29 PM
Good to see Torje doing well, I had him on a save with Chelsea but he never quite got a chance in the first team.

I like the write-up of the season :ok:

23-06-15, 09:09 AM
Nice summary for each club, cheers loyal_royal1.

Watford - Superb season, almost a double, what a feat that could have been for the club. Getting some decent players in there, looks like you've got an eye for a bargain.

Udinese - Success at last, albeit in the 3rd tier :D Good to see that the club are back on the right track again.

Granada - Shocked to see them relegated after they seemed to be improving. The signings you'd made there seemed good enough to me to stay in the top tier. Hope they don't get relegated again and can go straight back up.

12 months time, let's hope all 3 are back in the top tier!

23-06-15, 09:42 AM
Wot from champions to 16th?

23-06-15, 12:56 PM
Granada was annoying but all the best players just turned and all want out, Will Hughes went AWOL from October for the rest of the season :doh: and Isaac Success just stoped scoring goals. Leandro Diaimo seems a bit of a dud on this database, good profile but not producing the goods. It's tricky with them as they promote a load of B team players every year and they are forced onto your wage bill and 1st team sqaud but none of them have been much good so far and no one wants to buy any of them. As Watford keep improving some very good players will start to not get games for them then the idea of the game can really start, moving them on to help where they are needed and will get games until all 3 clubs are strong enough to compete. Must admit it's harder than I expected I never get relegated :redface: maybe could have gone for a database I know better so I could have made good initial signings for all 3 clubs but oh well it will all come good I'm sure!

23-06-15, 01:51 PM
All those players from Granada and Udinese's reserve teams will be because they have over 50 players on the books IRL and we created reserve teams for them with future transfers. You can always cancel some of the future transfers if you don't think they're any good.

23-06-15, 02:01 PM
Ah I see! Trouble at Granada especially is so many of them are fgn so you can't use them all even if you wanted to and can't 'relegate to reserves' to see how they get on. Some of the Udinese ones are looking pretty good.

24-06-15, 09:45 AM
I think that the struggles with Grenada and Udinese add to the story. The players that you have look good enough for both to get back into the top flight, if you can just get them to produce the goods.

looking forward to next season already. It must take a fair time to play a season, with 3 lots of fixtures to play out.

03-07-15, 03:36 PM
about 1/3 trough season 4 and the big boys are starting to take notice of Watford, after a storming start Arsenal and Manchester United have met the release clauses of Piatti and Rondon respectively. Will the Hornets be able to continue their impressive form after the loss of 2 key players?

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Asked about how his side would cope manager Sanchez Flores said 'it is a big loss but they were both signed on free transfers and had lots of offers so we had no choice but to agree to release clauses if we wanted to sign the players. They have helped us win a trophy and to play in Europe this season so they have done a fantastic job and made the club a lot of money. It is up to the rest of the squad who will now play more games to help us continue to challenge this season'

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Meanwhile in Italy after a poor start Udinese have now won 7 games in a row and are climbing a very tight Serie B table

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Granada are sitting comfortably in mid table in Spain's second tier and are not out of the promotion race yet sitting 8 points off the last promotion spot currently.

Could the Pozzo's have Udinese back in Serie A, Watford in the Champions League and plenty of money to play with come the end of the season???

03-07-15, 04:49 PM
Looking good for Watford. Losing those two will surely be a blow though? I reckon you'll finish about 8th.

Udinese to go all the way for me :ok:

Granada to get into the playoffs but fail!

05-07-15, 08:13 PM
Granada Promoted at 1st Attempt!

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Granada will make an immediate return to La Liga after securing 2nd place in Spain's 2nd tier. After a solid if unspectacular first half of the season the side got it together when it mattered and stormed their way up the table to secure promotion inside the final weeks smashing in 95 goals in the process.

Without doubt the success story of the season was the relationship between Serbian starlet Karisic with 24 assists and youth product Isaac Success with 32 goals. After such a disappointing season last year the young Nigerian, now 22 rose to the challenge of getting a promising career back on track and can now boast 76 goals from 130 appearances for the club despite only managing 3 goals last season!

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A key result along the way and a game that typified a season in which you could never quite predict which Granada would show up at times was a 4-3 last gasp home win against bottom side Girona.

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Watford to take on Europe's Elite!

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The Pozzo's will see a club in their control in the Champions League for the first time next season after Watford defied the odds to finish 2nd in the Premier League. Despite losing Rondon and Piatti mid way through the season the Hornet's put together a real squad effort to continue their blistering form throughout the campaign.

Robin Van Persie showed he's not finished yet scoring 19 goals in 33 appearances in his debut season. Fellow new recruits Will Hughes, who moved from sister club Grenada and Andre Wisdom also had impressive seasons and in many ways plugged the weaknesses of last season.

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The UEFA Cup run came to end at the quarter final stage to Fiorentina, having managed to turn around a 2-1 home leg defeat in the space of 7 minutes away in Florence heartbreak still followed and the Italian side went trough 5-3 on aggregate and ultimately on to win the trophy defeating Napoli 2-0 in the final.
The run still included some memorable moments for the Pozzo's and the Watford fans including a thumping 4-0 home win vs Standard Liege.

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The Pozzo's have already moved quickly to strengthen for a Champions League campaign securing the signature of Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht for 3 million.

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Improving Udinese to build on the positives

In Italy it was a season of ups and downs for Udinese who after a poor start surged to the top of the table but ultimately fell short of successive promotions.

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The Pozzo's will feel that they are not far off a Serie A return but with Granada back in La Liga and Watford facing a Champions League campaign where should their resources be focused and should any of the Pozzo playing staff elsewhere be drafted in to help with a promotion push?

05-07-15, 08:25 PM
So a strong squad and quite a lot of money at Watford now, what do other people think the Pozzo's should do? Throw money at Udinese and keep the Watford squad largely as it is? Throw money at trying to get Granada straight into Europe? Van Persie to finish his career in Italy or Spain and invest in a younger star striker for Watford? Could Isaac Success push Watford on?

Why not have a look at the squad stats above and let me know what you think ;)

05-07-15, 10:58 PM
Good to see Torje doing well, I had him on a save with Chelsea but he never quite got a chance in the first team.

I like the write-up of the season :ok:

He's getting better and better!

06-07-15, 10:10 AM
I like that layout, much easier and better detail. Thanks! :ok:

Didn't realise there were no playoffs in Spain so I would have been wrong with my prediction :D Well done on getting promoted and great season for Watford too. I thought Udinese would have the best season of the three clubs so surprised to see them tail away. Got a feeling they'll run away with it next season now though!

I reckon you need a couple of big name players at Watford to stay up there and just a few steady signings for Granada with the aim of keeping them in the top flight for next season. Udinese need the biggest help, time to get them back to the top tier where they belong!

06-07-15, 05:14 PM
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06-07-15, 05:17 PM
I know I already mentioned that signing but thought I would give the authentic report look a go, looks ok, think I will do more of that kind of thing!

Mark - I agree I think Udinese need a bit of a push, if they could go up and Watford finish in Europe again it could start to get very interesting. I'm half tempted to send Van Persie as he is quite old and won't be able to play twice a week but not sure if that's a bit too unrealistic.

06-07-15, 11:10 PM
I think the priority should be consolidating Watford's position as a CL club - that'll allow you to bring in top-class players, then you can move existing players from Watford on to one of the other clubs.

It would be good to keep Grenada up too though, if possible... Immediate European football for Grenada is probably too difficult without sacrificing something from one of the other clubs, I reckon consolidation should be the aim there :ok:

07-07-15, 11:51 AM
Get van Persie over there. You'll need Success to really step up if he goes though.

Nice work on the article :ok:

07-07-15, 05:08 PM
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07-07-15, 05:13 PM
Excellent stuff :ok:

I like this style you've come up with now. Very detailed and informative on the big buys.

I can't decide which team has made the best signings, some great investments going on across all three clubs!

07-07-15, 05:15 PM
Cheers, looking forward to playing the season and reporting on some actual results now!

07-07-15, 10:58 PM
I've signed Mitrovic a bunch of times recently and he always scores an absolute hatful (I do tend to play him as a lone striker though), hope he can do well for you!

12-07-15, 04:54 PM
Anything can happen at half way stage!

Going into the new year of season 4 and anything can happen for all 3 of our Pozzo clubs.

Watford currently sit in 8th place in the Premier League but just 4 points off 2nd spot as they look to qualify for the Champions League again. The Hornets have come through a tough Christmas fixture list which included a thrilling 4:3 home win vs 3rd placed WBA, a 2-2 draw away at Liverpool and a crucial 1-0 away win at 5th placed Manchester City. A Defeat at home to run away leaders Chelsea completed the holiday fixtures but 7 points from a crucial 4 games against the teams at the top have kept Watford well in the top 4 race.

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In the Champions League Watford comfortably made it through the 1st group stage and sit with 3 points from 6 in Phase 2 going into the Winter break.

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With a League Cup semi-final coming up against WBA it's still all to play for for the Hornets!

In Spain it's certainly value for money watching Granada as their 15 games have produced 62 goals, the season so far typified by a 5-5 draw away to Malaga.

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In a tight table the team look to be finding their feet back in La Liga and glass half full fans will still be looking at a possible top half finish. If vetran Van Persie who has 7 goals from 14 games can stay fit you have to feel the side will at least consolidate and stay up this season.

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In Italy Udinese's host of new signings, including a deadline day deal for veteran out of contract Frank Ribery, have not instantly found their feet but are still very much in the promotion race lying in 10th place in Serie B 6 points off the 3rd promotion place. 7 draws from the opening 18 games have been a frustration but the side have shown what they are capable of in recent weeks with a 3-2 cup win vs Juventus and a win by the same score against promotion rivals Cagliari.

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The Pozzo's have made a mid season investment to bring in English striker Tom Chamberlain who boasts an impressive record in the lower leagues, he has made a promising start so can he be the difference in the 2nd half of the season?

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13-07-15, 11:02 AM
Watford - Not bad in the league, well done on getting through Phase 1 in the CL. Phase 2 looks tough, you'll do well to get through that one as well :ok:

Granada - Looks very tight down there! At least the fans are being entertained :D Hope you get a run of form together, consolidation is key!

Udinese - What a signing in Ribery. That team really is too good to be in Serie B so I'm surprised they're not around the top. A big gamble in Chamberlain, I think I had him in a save game at Accrington and he wasn't a regular for me. I do like a rags to riches story though so fingers crossed :ok:

13-07-15, 01:15 PM
7th Place for Watford but Progress on and off the Pitch Continues

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Watford eventually finished the season in 7th Place in the Premier League after a poor run of results in the final weeks. An incredibly tight race for Champions League places saw Arsenal and Man City time their runs to perfection while Man Utd hung on in the end after looking shakey at times. In the Champions League itself the side bowed out at the 2nd group stage missing out to eventual finalists Juventus and a Messi inspired PSG.

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There are plenty of positives to take though with last Summer's big new signings Mitrovic (23 goals 8 assists) Volland (27 goals 11 assists) and Tielemans (6 goals 12 assists) all hitting the ground running. Perhaps surprisingly it was Konstantinos Mitroglou though who walked away with Player of the Year bagging 26 goals as he stepped into the starting place left by Robin Van Persie. The Greek striker, who was signed from Fulham for 2.5 million as Watford embarked on their return season to the Premier League 4 years ago has now scored 84 goals in 199 games for the club and has gained cult hero status with the Watford fans.

Off the pitch the Pozzo's have invested again in the stadium as fans sold out Vicarage Road week after week and the ground will now hold 32500 and boast new corporate facilities from next season as work goes on over the Summer.

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Early new recruits for the Hornets include the Bosman signings of Dejan Lovren from Liverpool and Ronny Lopes from WBA. Lovren has been a rock for Liverpool at the back and should strengthen perhaps the weakest area of this Watford side while Ronny Lopes who was key in WBA's impressive 6th place finish and League Cup win last season will provide much needed cover for Gabriel Torje on the right side of midfield, an area that was exposed as lacking depth last campaign, as well as being able to step into a forward role if required. 26 year old Striker Michalis Papadopoulos also joins from Olympiacos having scored 59 goals in 52 appearances for the club.

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Granada get ready for Europe!

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The Pozzo's will 2 clubs in the Europa League next season after Granada managed an impressive 6th place finish on their return to La Liga.

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Summer signings Robin Van Persie and Branislav Ivanovic were key in the campaign and fans will hope they keep going at this level for at least one more year.

In a very tight table which at one point saw Granada climb from 13th to 6th on the back of a single win in game week 30 the side managed to address early defensive issues while continuing to score freely. The result of the campaign undoubtedly was the 2-0 home win over Real Madrid, a result which effectively ended Madrid's title chances.

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With a European campaign to come the squad will need strengthening and the Pozzo's may look at the success Van Persie, Bassong, McGugan and Mason have had in Spain after moving from Watford and think the likes of Troy Deeney and Tom Caroll could also benefit as Watford continue to attract some top signings.

Udinese Show Glimpses of What Could Have Been

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Although they came closer than last season in terms of points Udinese's expensively assembled squad failed to gain promotion again finishing 8th in Serie B, 5 points shy of the last promotion spot. Despite all of last Summer's recruits averaging over 7 and the club ending as the leagues joint top scorers the side did not quite get enough points on the board.

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The Pozzo's have indicated they will not be spending huge sums on transfer fees again this season as they feel the recruits from last Summer have not been a total failure and a few tweaks to the side should be enough next campaign. They have however moved to snap up free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Napoli

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Can the Swedish superstar strike a promotion winning partnership with English prospect Tom Chamberlain who scored 24 goals in 26 games after joining mid way through last season?

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Also joining for next season is former Sunderland and Fiorentina centre back Mobido Diakite who will be aiming to firm things up at the back for the next campaign after averaging 7.48 for Trapani last season.

Will the Pozzo's be happy with their early Summer business and stick with the playing resources they now have or do they have a few aces up their sleeve still for any of their clubs?

13-07-15, 02:12 PM
Bloody hell, great signing for Watford in Lovren. Watford is certainly a place to be right now :ok:

What a turn around for Granada after a slow start. I missed that you'd signed Ivanovic as well, nice! Wonder if Granada will play Watford next season :D

Udinese are a jinx, aren't they?! Just can't get them to play well. Hope Zlatan gets the job done next season and nice to see Chamberlain doing so well.

13-07-15, 02:36 PM
Yep Lovren decided to leave Liverpool and surprisingly wasn't on much money with them so I was able to offer an improved deal and the next season had not rolled over so was technically still a Champions League club :)

Ivanovic was signed just before the start of the season, he was on a rolling contract all Summer with Chelsea so wouldn't move then they finally released him.

Udinese are crazy, so many goals and decent player ratings but just not winning enough games, I think once they are up we have the basis of a strong team already though!

13-07-15, 03:16 PM
I'm amazed that Udinese have not made it back to the big time yet. I do wonder about the policy of signing a big name veteran every year. It clearly hasn't been working, so should they try for a more athletic, youthful squad ?

Congrats to both Watford and Grenada. Particularly the spaniards as it is tough to break into the top 6 there.

13-07-15, 05:29 PM
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13-07-15, 05:34 PM
Was not expecting either of those guys to accept but great news, should have a couple of good years in them yet at 33 and 34. Thought they might get Iniesta as well but he chose Leeds!

13-07-15, 10:22 PM
With Mitrovic, Volland, Mitroglou and now Papadopoulos, the Watford squad seems a bit top-heavy - what formation are you playing?

13-07-15, 11:08 PM
With Mitrovic, Volland, Mitroglou and now Papadopoulos, the Watford squad seems a bit top-heavy - what formation are you playing?

3-5-2 - Mitrovic and Papadopoulos up top with Volland ACM, Mitroglou off the bench and when any of the other 3 need a rest. Volland is also cover for left mid. Deeney and Moses have moved to Granada so everyone is playing regularly.

13-07-15, 11:12 PM
I'm amazed that Udinese have not made it back to the big time yet. I do wonder about the policy of signing a big name veteran every year. It clearly hasn't been working, so should they try for a more athletic, youthful squad ?

Congrats to both Watford and Grenada. Particularly the spaniards as it is tough to break into the top 6 there.

Udinese have been frustrating but hopefully they will move on quickly like Granada did after coming back up! Couldn't resist a season of Zlatan, usually I would go down the youthfull route but it's been hard to attract players. I have a great short list if we can get up :)

14-07-15, 10:10 AM
Do you play the same formation across the three teams?

Nice signings, by the way! They may be veterans now but surely they still have the stamina to contribute something vital to the season ahead?

14-07-15, 12:01 PM
Do you play the same formation across the three teams?

Nice signings, by the way! They may be veterans now but surely they still have the stamina to contribute something vital to the season ahead?

I am playing the same with all 3 now but have not been all the way through. Watford and Granada I was playing 5-4-1 early on and I've tried everything I've ever had any success with at Udinese. 3-5-2 is the formation I always work towards having a squad to perform with as it's always ended up with success in the end, and it produces lots of goals along the way :)

14-07-15, 04:31 PM
A New Year With Plenty to Cheer!

So it's now 1st January 2020 and we are mid way through season 6 of the Pozzo's mission to control Italy, Spain and England's top clubs.

In Watford it's been a solid first half of the campaign with the side currently 3rd in the Premier League having won the last 5 conceding just 1 goal!

New striker Papadopoulos has stepped up to the challenge of playing in a bigger league and has not slowed down his goalscoring pace having hit 33 goals from 32 games so far!

Another star performer has been academy product Isaac Fitzpatrick. The 21 year old CB is currently averaging 7.53 from 33 games having impressed last season on loan at Forest Green who incredibly came 3rd in The Championship.

The side have shown great resilience so far and have snatched vital points in the last minute away at Arsenal and Manchester United as well as coming through a scare in the UEFA Cup when they were reduced to 10 men at 0-0 with half an hour to play in Bucharest with the home side needing just a 1-0 win to progress on away goals. The side hung on and eventually scored a break away goal in the last minute to progress.

Can the Hornets go on and reclaim a Champions League place and perhaps win another trophy to add to the League Cup success 3 years ago?

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In Italy Udinese are around where they need to be, currently 4th in Serie B with a game in hand. The reason for the game in hand is an excellent cup run in which the side won 3/3 in the lower league group stage before knocking out Serie A sides Chievo and AC Milan!

Vetran Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored some big goals and Tom Chamberlain looks to be proving himself as a genuine prospect for the top of the game having hit 17 goals in 19 games so far, that's now 41 goals in 45 games for the club in total.

Deadline day free transfer signing Yaya Toure is also providing great experience in midfield while Colin Kazim-Richards has been impressive again with 14 goals in 19 games, that's 80 goals in 131 games now for the Turkish attacker.

The last game before the Xmas break was a thumping 6-1 home win to give fans hope that this will finally be the year Udinese get back to the top flight.

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Granada fans were made to wait to see Rooney and Ronaldo play together as both suffered injury while on August International duty but the side have still made a good start to the season and sit in 5th place. Wins over Barca and a stunning comeback away from home from 2-0 down against fellow top 4 hopefuls Atletico Madrid have been a highlight. The side also remain in the UEFA cup and a meeting with sister club Watford is still possible after a very tough draw against Wolfsburg was overcome on penalties after 2 tense matches with the Germans.

The club were forced to sell young Serbian Karasic to Espanyol for 10 million after the winger refused to sign a new deal which expired at the end of the season but Victor Moses who had lost his place in the Watford side to new signing Allen Halilovic has joined to take his place on the left wing.

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14-07-15, 05:31 PM
Going strong with all 3 clubs!

Nice to see Udinese a bit closer up there for a change, Sassuolo look too far ahead though.

14-07-15, 11:27 PM
Solid all round, all three clubs need a decent run to trouble the top though. Halilovic and Romeu are decent players at Watford.

15-07-15, 08:59 AM
Going strong with all 3 clubs!

Nice to see Udinese a bit closer up there for a change, Sassuolo look too far ahead though.

Maybe but I'd bite your hand off just for 3rd and an end to their madness!

Solid all round, all three clubs need a decent run to trouble the top though. Halilovic and Romeu are decent players at Watford.

Chelsea are a machine, they look good for 5 in a row with all their games in hand but hopefully we can get 2nd for the 2nd time in 3 years at Watford. Zaragoza are a suprise leader so hopefully Granada can catch them but small matter of Barca and Madrid still! Romeu was an early signing, he's proved to be a bargain! Halilovic does look a great prospect :)

16-07-15, 09:39 PM
Season 6 Results!

So did Udinese finally make it back to Serie A? Well this is how the table looked with 10 games to go....

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Very tight but with Udinese scoring plenty of goals with Kazim-Richards and Chamberlain leading the scoring charts surely they would bag enough wins to get over the line right??

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After 5 seasons in the wilderness Udinese will take on the big boys once more next season. It looked like it could be another tale of woe as from a strong position the side lost 3 games in a row seemingly self destructing with own goals, red cards and last minute brain farts. However after some very strong words from the management team and a personal dressing down by Giampaolo Pozzo himself the side got them selves together and stormed trough the final 4 games to take 2nd place.

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The players celebrated with their fans as they celebrated promotion and also said an emotional goodbye to perhaps the only hero of the past 5 years Colin Kazim-Richards who has decided to leave the club having scored 97 goals in 4 seasons at the club winning 2 promotions.

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At Granada the club were looking for perhaps a tilt at the Champions League places after securing the signings of Rooney and Ronaldo but with a UEFA Cup campaign to contend with as well it proved difficult to get the duo paired up in every game and Ronaldo in particular had his share of knocks over the season as the side came 6th for the 2nd year running. The UEFA cup run came to an end at the 4th round stage and a tie with sister club Watford never materialised.

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At Watford the aim was a run in Europe and to regain a place in the Champions League.

It looked like the UEFA Cup run had come to a tame end after a 4-1 defeat away from home at PSV who were languishing in 7th place in Holland. If the guys underestimated their opponents they certainly got themselves up for the 2nd leg which proved to be a famous night under the lights at Vicarage Road.

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Next up was Granada's conquerors Verona in the Semi-Final who were swept away in style to leave an all English final vs Spurs to look forward to.

Before that there was a job to do in the league and Watford secured 2nd place to automatically qualify for the group stages of next season's Champions League. It was a campaign to remember for new boy Papadopoulos who bagged the League's Player of the Year award after bagging 34 Premier League goals and 57 in all competitions.

In a proud moment for the club's coaching staff academy graduate Isaac Fitzpatrick also walked away with the Young Player of the Year award after making a CB position his own this season.

Volland and Mitrovic joined the duo in the Team of the Year.

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So on the UEFA Cup final and a chance for Watford and the Pozzo family's first European trophy.......

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A solid 2-0 win to secure a triumph Watford's fans could scarcely believe and the players returned home to packed streets and a hero's welcome!

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and these are the men that will go down in the club's history....

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So with 1 club in the Champions League, one in the Europa league and 1 making a top flight return where should the Pozzo's be investing next season? With Watford bagging 25 million in prize money for a 2nd place finish and European win and Granada selling Serbian Karasic to Espanyol for 10 million mid season they certainly have something to think about.

17-07-15, 10:18 AM
Glory at last for the Pozzo's! Well done on the UEFA Cup win with Watford. It looks like you've got things sorted in England now as Watford are always up there. Some way behind the champions though, hopefully it'll be a lot closer next year.

6th not bad at all with Granada. Spain is notoriously difficult to crack, a few more signings and possibly younger legs and you can do it :ok: Rooney and Ronaldo look to have played well enough when available though!

Udinese - At last! Nothing is ever easy though re: that bad run of 3 defeats! Glad you got over the finishing line in the end. Look forwards to seeing how you get on in Serie A!

17-07-15, 01:50 PM
I'd call that a successful season all round! I reckon the investment for next year ought to go to Grenada mainly - let's keep Udinese up and keep Watford in the CL places, but see if Grenada can push on into the top four in Spain!

17-07-15, 03:03 PM
Glory at last for the Pozzo's! Well done on the UEFA Cup win with Watford. It looks like you've got things sorted in England now as Watford are always up there. Some way behind the champions though, hopefully it'll be a lot closer next year.

6th not bad at all with Granada. Spain is notoriously difficult to crack, a few more signings and possibly younger legs and you can do it :ok: Rooney and Ronaldo look to have played well enough when available though!

Udinese - At last! Nothing is ever easy though re: that bad run of 3 defeats! Glad you got over the finishing line in the end. Look forwards to seeing how you get on in Serie A!

Hope to get closer Chelsea, they have an ageing squad now so they will need to do some good business in the near future, Udinese were never going to do it the easy way were they!

I'd call that a successful season all round! I reckon the investment for next year ought to go to Grenada mainly - let's keep Udinese up and keep Watford in the CL places, but see if Grenada can push on into the top four in Spain!

Would be nice to push Granada on especially with a player like Ronaldo to build around for a couple more years at least. I have no confidence in the current Udinese squad at all though and John Ruddy is leaving Watford so need a new keeper - will need to scout well this Summer :)

19-07-15, 11:55 AM
Summer Transfer Round-Up


In the transfer market it's been quiet for Watford. With John Ruddy leaving for Lazio a new number was essential though and Mignolet is the man to come in.

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On the pitch Champions League Winners Barcelona were the opponents in the Super Cup. Watford contributed to an entertaining game with the 2 men who were on target in the UEFA Cup Final finding the net again but a Suarez inspired Barca were too good on the night.

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The Hornet's will meet Barca again this Winter as they have been dealt a tough draw in the FIFA Club World Championships.

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Watford will be looking to get plenty of points on the board before they set off as they will likely have 3-5 games in hand come January depending on how they progress in the League Cup.


Granada enjoyed a productive Summer strengthening their squad with some established quality while not breaking the bank

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The Spaniards made it safely through the Intertoto Cup to take their place in the UEFA Cup once more. They now face a tough start in LaLiga where they face 3 last season's top 4 in the first 3 matches!

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At Udinese the Pozzo's have made the most of Watford's success last season and have spent heavily on a Serie A return and will be hoping they have found a perfect match of youth and experience.

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So this the squad looking to push Udinese on to catch up with their Sister clubs in Spain and England.

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20-07-15, 09:37 AM
Plenty of deals going on! Udinese looking good indeed, some impressive signings there.

Good to see Granada have made it into the UEFA Cup, some good results there in the Inter-Toto.

Small changes to Watford then, hope you've got the squad depth for the Club World Championship!

27-07-15, 07:49 PM
How's it going loyal_royal1? Been reading this one at work all week :)

28-07-15, 03:58 PM
How's it going loyal_royal1? Been reading this one at work all week :)

Nice to see! I'm a couple of months into the new season so will do an update soon but just moved house so not had a session for week or so :)

Baron Zbimg
28-07-15, 07:22 PM
Just caught up on this, and wow things improved since the last time I checked :) I think you were right to strengthen the Udinese squad but I'm a bit disappointed by the total lack of investment in the Watford squad. A nice run in the CL is still possible but unlikely. Looking forward to seeing how it ends up.

29-07-15, 10:51 AM
Just caught up on this, and wow things improved since the last time I checked :) I think you were right to strengthen the Udinese squad but I'm a bit disappointed by the total lack of investment in the Watford squad. A nice run in the CL is still possible but unlikely. Looking forward to seeing how it ends up.

It takes a seriously good and often expensive player to improve Watford now :) I did try and sign a few players for them but they went elswhere. There has been 1 big addition I managed to get in a few games into the season but I'll save it for a proper update shortly! There is a little bot of money left which hopefully will be boosted by Champs Lge and World Champs so I'm on the look out, there are going to be a crazy amount of fixtures in Dec/Jan.

30-07-15, 02:47 PM
Season 7 Update - 1/3 in - Solid Foundations!


After what can best be described as a patchy start Udinese look to be finding their feet back in Serie A as the side settles and the manager gets a feeling for his best 11 after a Summer of strong recruitment.

The side have now taken 7 points from the last 3 games including an encouraging home win over Napoli who just could not cope with Udinese's pacey attacking style as 3 players got themselves sent off!

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The season started with a 3-5-2 formation but with the wingers failing to deliver and the goals flying in the side have switched to a narrow 3-5-2 with Yaya Toure and Anders Pereria coming into the side.

Record signing Divok Origi has made a solid start with 6 goals in 13 games while young Brazilian De Oliveira Filho has ousted veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the starting line up after impressing off the bench several times. The Summer signing who scored 26 goals in Serie B last season now has 5 goals to his name.

The star performer of the last 2 years Tom Chamberlain struggled to find his feet at the higher level and failed to score in the first 9 games but has hit 4 in the last 3. We can probably forgive the 24 year old English striker for taking some time to adjust to life in Italy's top flight considering his arrival in Italy via Pickering Town and Accrington Stanley.

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Granada are well in the mix in Spain and may even reflect on a missed opportunity to build an early lead in La Liga. Despite defeats to Barcelona and Real Madrid by the odd goal the side sit just 1 point from the top of the table. Highlights have included wins over current leaders Valencia and serial top 4 side Atletico Madrid. It could be argued at this stage that the 6 point lead over Atletico is more significant than the gap to the top as Granada look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

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Just as in Udine the Pozzo's have to be happy with their Summer investment in Spain as Sigurdsson, Mikel, Alves, Coeff and Bakalli have all made good contributions.

As well as that 22 Nigerian forward Chima Agbo looks to be developing into a quality player having been bought as back-up from Groningen in Holland for 475k 2 years ago.

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Illichevets of Ukraine and CFR Cluj of Romania have been dispatched in the UEFA Cup but a 1-2 deficit will need to be overturned when Bordeaux visit Spain. Considering 5 players were unavailable for the 1st leg due to International duty things could be worse there!

Fans will be praying Ronaldo can stay fit this time around and a season around the top of the league can be maintained.

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In England again the Pozzo's have a side who sit just 1 point from the top of the league. Watford had lead the way from the start right through to the last round of fixtures where a defeat to Chelsea saw the side aiming for 7 titles in a row take the lead.

In the Champions League the 1st group phase was safely negotiated largely thanks to crucial home wins vs Zenit (3-0) and Galatasaray (1-0)

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After a disappointing home defeat to Porto in match day 1 of Phase 2 Watford may well need a win against holders Barcelona if they are to progress but Sampdoria have already showed it is possible!

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The Hornets now travel to Barca in their next match before flying to France for the World Championships. Fans will be hoping Chelsea drop points while they are away to set up a thrilling chase as their side come back to a number of games in hand.

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With Mignolet being the only signing of the Summer the Pozzo's had promised a small amount funds were available should the right player become available as the season progressed and they were true to their word when news broke of a surprise transfer request in Spain...

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It promises to be an action packed middle 3rd of the season which could see Watford crowned club World Champions and foundations built for the Pozzo's best season yet!

30-07-15, 02:52 PM
Nice update, good to see all 3 teams doing well.

Great signing for Watford in Benzema, hope he can still play for you in Europe?

Ronaldo looks in good form for Granada, does he still get injured a lot?

Udinese not doing the best but coping OK from the looks of it. At least Chamberlain is still performing well even if he hasn't been getting enough goals.

30-07-15, 03:04 PM
Nice update, good to see all 3 teams doing well.

Great signing for Watford in Benzema, hope he can still play for you in Europe?

Ronaldo looks in good form for Granada, does he still get injured a lot?

Udinese not doing the best but coping OK from the looks of it. At least Chamberlain is still performing well even if he hasn't been getting enough goals.

Benzema won't be able to play in Europe but he will be able to help us get Mitrovic and Papadopoulos paired up fit and firing for the remaining 5 games there :)

I think Udinese will pick up now the formation has changed and the best 11 is clearer

Ronaldo hasn't been injured yet this season so hopefully last year was blip for him!

30-07-15, 11:20 PM
Benzema's a good signing, he should still have a year or two left in him!

Granada are doing well considering they've already played Barca, Real, Athletico and Valencia :ok:

31-07-15, 01:13 PM
Benzema's a good signing, he should still have a year or two left in him!

Granada are doing well considering they've already played Barca, Real, Athletico and Valencia :ok:

I've only got this deep into this db once before but seem to remember Benzema was class right to his retirement so hopefully a good couple of years yet!

Granada right up there, drew and lost against 2 of the current bottom 5 so could even have been top, Real and Barca already look to be dropping more points than previous years so hopefully that continues!

05-08-15, 03:07 PM
Mid Season Update - Season 7


In the last update Watford were about to face a huge Champions League clash away to Barcelona before jetting off to the World Championships...

In the Champions league clash a vital point was collected in a thrilling 4-4 draw with the current holders. With Barca losing their first game in the group there could later be an opportunity to dump them out of the competition in the return at Vicarage Road.

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Just a week later the sides met again in the 2nd match of the World Club Championships. With both sides winning their opening games it was likely the winner would progress to the semi-final. It looked like Watford were going to put their name on the global map when they went 2-0 up after 31 minutes but the Barca front 3 then ran riot and grabbed a goal each as a 3-2 comeback win was completed.

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Perhaps suffering a hangover from that defeat Watford also lost their final game 2-0 to the only 2 shots on target faced in the match and the World Championship dream was over for the Pozzos. The tournament was won by a Messi inspired PSG who beat Barcelona in the final.

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While Watford were away Chelsea recorded 2 wins and a 0-0 draw against Manchester City which left Watford 8 points behind with 3 games in hand on their return.

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As players around the world entered the final 6 months of their contract Sanches Flores handed over his wish list to the Pozzos to strengthen a squad being pushed to its limits and they duly delivered announcing pre contract agreements with 3 players who will join ahead of next season while an audacious bid to steal Chelsea's star striker Dominic Solanke is ongoing as he continues to reject offers from Stamford Bridge. Due to his age a 10 million compensation payment would be due to Chelsea at this stage.

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The signing of Goretzka in particular has fans exited as the centre midfielder who has shone in Germany for the last few years chose Watford over a host of clubs from around the world.

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As well league games to catch up on Watford also had a League Cup Quarter Final and FA Cup fourth round tie to contend with on their return to domestic action and both ties had plenty of incident.

In the League Cup a 0-2 deficit was overturned in a thrilling 2nd half to set up a semi-final tie with Charlton Athletic and real chance to get to another Wembley Final.

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In the FA Cup, again the Hornets found themselves 2-0 down, away to League 1 Rochdale this time, but a triple substitution lead to goals from all 3 of the men sent to rescue the match!

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The goal from Mitroglou in that game was his 100th for the club since joining from Fulham for just 2.5 million right at the beginning of our Pozzo journey. The Greek striker now going down as an all time great and cult hero at the club.

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Around the cup games 5 wins from 7 games was recorded in the league with the defeats coming in tough games vs Spurs and Man City. This leaves Watford now 7 points behind Chelsea but still with 2 games in hand and Chelsea still to visit Vicarage Road. The Pozzos will be hoping for a maximum return on the next 5 games before the resumption of the Champions League campaign.

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In Spain Granada have kept up their good start. They suffered a disappointing exit in the UEFA cup as they failed to turn around a first leg deficit against Bordeaux, a real sense of injustice as the club felt the game should never have gone ahead given the number of players on International duty.

The plus side is there is now a free run at La Liga as the club look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time. Both Madrid clubs seem clearly rattled by Granada's presence at the top of the league and both clubs have spent heavily in December to try and maintain the status quo

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After 20 games the side are still just a point from the top of the league. The opportunity to go top in the last game was squandered in a home defeat to Atletico Madrid and the side will have to go a few games without a suspended Ronaldo after he got himself sent off for pushing and an injured Mikel who twisted his ankle. Barcelona trail by 7 points but still have 5 games in hand having gone to the final of the World Championships.

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Having had a Winter break Udinese have only played a handful of games since the last update but those games have gone very well, including wins over both Milan sides and the side is now climbing the Serie A table.

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The Pozzos are also continuing to work hard behind the scenes to secure quality free transfers for both Udinese and Granada!

05-08-15, 04:43 PM
Great scenes going on at Watford apart from the World Club Championships. A 10M compensation package, that's a whopper :eek:

Nice to see Granada coping well, shame about that defeat.

Udinese slowly establishing themselves in Serie A again.

11-08-15, 12:00 PM
Great scenes going on at Watford apart from the World Club Championships. A 10M compensation package, that's a whopper :eek:

Sure is but he's a hell of a player, he's leaving on a bosman but wont sign a pre contract as he's 'happy with his role at Chelsea' will have to fight for him when he actually leaves!

11-08-15, 02:00 PM
Season 7 - End of Season Update


After the last update Watford were still fighting on 4 fronts after coming from 0-2 down in both cups to progress and securing what could be a crucial 4-4 draw in the Camp Nou in the Champions League..

First up next was a League cup semi-final with Charlton where a strong side was fielded in the first leg in the hope some players could be rested in the second with so many fixtures still to play, the side delivered in an emphatic 4-0 win and a couple of weeks later the fringe players plus Benzema who was ineligible for the next game in the Champions League made sure of another trip to Wembley

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In the league there were some dropped points against Everton at home and Spurs away while Chelsea were keeping a tough pace at the top, as the Champions League returned Watford were 8 points behind in the league but still with 3 games in hand

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Chelsea looked to boost their title bid by re-signing striker Diego Costa - bad news for Watford in the League but perhaps good news that Costa would not be lining up for Sampdoria in the 2 Champions League games to play against them.

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After Leicester were beaten 4-1 in the FA Cup 5th round the competition was beginning to look winnable, with a League cup final already in the bag Watford fans were beginning to feel they were creeping up on something special this season

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It was a memorable European night at Vicarage Road next as Sampdoria were beaten 5-2 with a MoM performance for Halilovic who scored twice and laid on the other 3 gaols for Mitrovic, Volland and Papadopoulos. In the return the game finished 2-2 to set up a crucial away trip to Porto in the next round. Barcelona had also recovered from taking 1 point from the first 2 games to leave the group wide open.

Before that Porto game Wolves were beaten 3-0 at home and Swindon Town 2-0 to keep the pressure on in the league and an FA Cup Semi Final to look forward to.

So on to the Porto game and nerves were high as defeat would leave Watford's destiny potentially out of their hands and with Barcelona in the final match.
The fans need not have worried though as Porto were blown away in an astonishing first 24 minutes. The manager might have been concerned at how Porto were given hope in the game but a 5-3 win saw Watford needing a point in the final game to progress or a win to top the group.

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Incredibly that final game vs Barca also finished in a 5-3 win - Watford FC the great entertainers of Europe with 38 goals in their 6 2nd stage games!

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Back to the league and Swansea were beaten 3-0 at home and Charlton beaten 5-0 away as the Hornets went into the League cup final in great form, would this be the first of 4 trophies in the cabinet?

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Sadly not as Arsenal, inspired by their goalkeeper took the trophy after an extra time winner from Jordan Henderson. Extra time with no reward at the end was tough to take for Watford who had Bayern Munich in just 3 days time before an FA Cup semi-final in 6 days time.

The first leg of the Champions League Semi-final was lost 1-0 away in Munich to give a chance of a turnaround at home but after scoring so many goals so far would the failure to score an away goal prove costly?

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Sadly so as Mario Gotze's opener in the return left a mountain to climb, despite getting 2-1 in front Watford were always open to the killer goal as they chased number 3 and Thomas Muller dealt the hammer blow to the Champions League dream

On the bright side Newcastle were beaten in the FA Cup Semi final to give a second chance at Wembley glory, this time Liverpool would stand in the way in the final.

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Between the League Cup final and the 2nd leg vs Bayen Munich Watford played 7 games in 17 days, not an ideal time to travel to Man Utd and Arsenal and unfortunately crucial points were dropped in the league.

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Chelsea were winning game after game. In the end they put together a 12 game winning run to take the title with Watford still 2 games behind.

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On the plus side Chelsea wrapping up the league early meant Watford were able to give players a badly needed rest ahead of the FA Cup Final, surely such a memorable season for the club could not end without a single trophy?

The Watford fans descended on Wembley again praying for their first ever FA Cup win

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So the season had a happy ending with a 3-0 win and a second trophies in consecutive seasons. A day to remember in particular for academy graduate Isaac Fitzpatrick, scoring in an FA Cup final for his boyhood club.

Watford player stats

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So Granada were looking to secure Champions League football for the first time with an outside shot of the title.

Unfortunately the defeat at the end of the last update to top 4 rivals Atletico Madrid was followed up by a defeats against Sevilla and then Barcelona, allowing the top 8 to close up and a top 4 place no longer looking so sure.

Thankfully the side bounced back and recorded routine wins against Alves 1-0 and Jean 5-1 before a crucial game against Valencia

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The game was won 2-0 thanks to goals from Bakkali and a collectors item from John Obi Mikel.

That win was followed by a 5-2 home win vs Ponferradina with a brace each for Rooney and Agbo before the side somehow made it 5 wins in a row in the next match away to Malaga despite going down to 9 men.

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It was 6 in a row after a home win 2-0 vs Sociedad next but any new talk of a title push was put out in the next match, a 1-0 away defeat to Real Madrid thanks to an early James Rodriguez strike.

It really was all about securing a top 4 finish after that and the side did the job to secure Champions League football for the first time - Malaga left cursing that defeat and missed pen to the 9 men earlier in the season!

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A new home to Champions League football!

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Granada Player Stats

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It was steady as she goes for Udinese in their first season back in Serie A last time.

A great run of form of 5 wins and a draw in 6 games sparked talk of a run for Europe as Divok Origi was beginning to match match the top strikers in the league.

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A 3-1 win over Inter Milan made that talk turn into a real possibility and talk was turning from 'Europe' into 'Champions League'!

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As the season wore on quality in depth was an issue though as a couple of injuries and suspensions hit and Udinese were not quite able to keep up that form and eventually finished in 10th position.

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However the Pozzo's can reflect at another season of progress at what has been their problem area and in Divok Origi they have brought one of the top strikers back into form.

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Udinese player stats

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So again a Summer of tough choices for the Pozzo's - A Granada squad needing some depth for a Champions League campaign, Watford so close to something special but will it cost too much at this stage to sign the 1 or 2 marque signings they perhaps need and Udinese fans will be demanding the club do not stand still in mid table. Where should the money go and which players should the Pozzos look to move around?

11-08-15, 09:59 PM
Unlucky with Watford - how did the league finish up? If a real star who would make a big difference to Watford becomes available then I'd say go for it, otherwise I think the aim should be to get Champions League football again for Granada and try to push Udinese into Europe :ok:

12-08-15, 11:36 AM
Unlucky with Watford - how did the league finish up? If a real star who would make a big difference to Watford becomes available then I'd say go for it, otherwise I think the aim should be to get Champions League football again for Granada and try to push Udinese into Europe :ok:

Yeah shame it fell away but still a first FA Cup win and first Champions League 1/4 final. Finished 4th in the end but played reserves resting people for the FA Cup final.

I've just realised Granada have not actually qualified for the Champions League as Italy have taken over Spain in the coefficiants from this season :cry: still at least that's an extra spot for Udinese to go for!

12-08-15, 12:47 PM
Ouch, that sucks for Granada! Got to make sure you get through CL qualifying with Watford now :ok:

12-08-15, 03:11 PM
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Baron Zbimg
12-08-15, 03:27 PM
Improvements everywhere, Watford is one of the Top teams in Europe now.
I think you should focus on Udinese's depth and building a team capable of dealing with CL in Granada.
Also some aging players need replacements. Disappointed season for Toure, incredible one for Hallilovic and Papadopoulos.

Edit : just a bit late ...

12-08-15, 03:42 PM
Improvements everywhere, Watford is one of the Top teams in Europe now.
I think you should focus on Udinese's depth and building a team capable of dealing with CL in Granada.
Also some aging players need replacements. Disappointed season for Toure, incredible one for Hallilovic and Papadopoulos.

Edit : just a bit late ...

Pretty much done what you said though :ok:

Baron Zbimg
12-08-15, 04:09 PM
Nice signings everywhere !

12-08-15, 07:32 PM

What's Bentaleb like that far into the game? :)

13-08-15, 03:14 PM

What's Bentaleb like that far into the game? :)

Very good! he's averaged over 7 in every season so far for Tottenham, consistent Premier League player. He's still only 26 so should be a good asset for Watford.

13-08-15, 03:15 PM
Season 8 - August - September

Charity Shield

So FA Cup winners kicked off the season in the Chairty Shield with Deli Ali, Zakaria Bakalli and Virgil Van Dijk given their first start for The Hornets.
With Watford looking to end Chelsea's run of 8 Premier League titles they were hoping to land an early psychological advantage.
The game turned out to be one for the record books as a 12 goal thriller was played out at Wembley. Despite Chelsea taking a 3-0 lead inside 15 minutes Watford turned the game around and came out on the right end of a 7-5 win at Wembley! A day to forget for Chelsea number 1 Coutouis!

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On the opening weekend of the League seasons Watford travelled to Birmingham City and got off to a flyer largely thanks to a Mitrovic hat-trick, the result rounded off nicely with a first goal for Deli Ali.

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In Italy Udinese kicked off their campaign with a 3-2 away win with new boys Mitroglou and Moreno netting debut goals.

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Granada were unable to make it a full set on day 1 but another debut goal came from Andy Polo.

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In the Champions League Watford took a 2-0 lead back to Vicarage Road and won by the same score line to make it safely through to the group stages. The manager gave a chance to academy product Will Armstrong up front and the 19 year old delivered with a brace.

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The draw for the first round looked to be straight forward enough and you would expect a battle for the top spot with Italian side Sampdoria who Watford out qualified in the second stage last season.

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Back to league action and Udinese's first home game was a tough test against Roma who look to be one of the favourites for the title. In a close game the Romans came out on top depsite having to see out the game with 10 men.

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Watford however made it 2 out of 2 and 9 goals in 2 games as they recorded another away win to Forest Green with Goretzka scoring his first goal for the club, he and Deli Ali were making an immediate impact on the first 11.

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Granada bagged their first win in match 2 in a 3-2 win over Numancia. It looked lik frustration could rein after a 2-0 lead was blown and old boy Miyaichi scored but Coeff kept his nerve to bag a late penalty winner. After Wayne Rooney was forced of after just 7 minutes new signing Tankovic came on and produced a 10/10 performance.

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Watford faced their 3rd away match in a row next and kept up an unbeaten start with a 1-1 draw away to Swansea.

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Match 3 for Udinese was another tricky one away to Lazio and they paid the price for a sluggish start in a 2-1 defeat, another goal for the consistent Origi the positive from the game.

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Match 3 for Granada saw them blow a series of leads in the match to eventually lose 6-4 in a game to forget for Diego Alves, the goalkeepers form is a real concern a the start of the season for both club and country, is the 36 year old past it?

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The first group game in the Champions League saw many of the fringe players given a chance with Manchester United coming to town next in the league and they delivered with a comfortable 2-0 home win to kick off the campaign.

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Despite a clear week for many of the first team they fell to a dissapointing defeat in that Utd game but perhaps it just wast Watfords day as a MoM performance from Utd Keeper Mike Williamson and an own goal from usually reliable Lovren saw the Red Devils take home all 3 points.

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The Italian Cup 1st round 1st leg was next for Udinese and Origi continued his scoring run alongside a goal for 21 year old French CB Dembele who is now averaging 8 from the first 4 games and attracting some bids from rival clubs which were dismissed out of hand.

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That mid-week tie was followed up by a decent point in the league against a very strong Sampdoria side, showing the way to Watford for the upcoming Champions League clash.

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Granada had also played 2 matches this gameweek and kicked off their UEFA Cup campaign with a tricky tie against Olympiakos. The side managed what could be a crucial away goal but will be dissapointed by conceding a last minute winner, Chima Agbo just can't stop scoring!

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Unfortunatley a 3rd defeat in a row followed in the league, suddenly the next game against Deportivo was looking huge already.

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Match day 2 in the Champions League saw Watford travel to Italy and take a 3-2 win in Sampdoria to leave them in control of the group, Lovren making some amends for his own goal against Man Utd scoring a crucial goal. A knock to Hallalovic ahead of a trip to Arsenal was a blow however.

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In that trip to Arsenal a 2-0 goal lead was thrown away in a 2nd consecutive league defeat. Arsenal had made a poor start in the league and manager Steve Bruce was coming under some pressure having spent over 60 million in the Summer including the 30 million purcahse of Paul Pogba. He would have been mighty relieved to see 3 of his new recruits rescue the game .

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Granada delivered in their next game against Deportivo with a 3-0 win and a goal for 18 year old Kayal. This was more like the Granada of the last 2 seasons though an injury to Tankovic is a blow as the 5.5 million Summer buy has been one of the better performers so far.

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Granada rounded off September with an emphatic 5-2 win to progress in the UEFA Cup, another goal for Kayal and Wayne Rooney stepping in for Tankovic with an important goal.

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Watford rounded off the month with a 3-0 win to make it 3 from 3 in the Champions League. Ronny Lopes and Tielemans making the most of a chance to start the game.

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So at the end of September Watford sit in 5th place with Man Utd leading the way with maximum points. Chelsea have lost one of their 4 games and are playing catch up as Champions League holders having played in the UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup. They will also travel to the World Championships this year and Watford will hope to build a big lead on them in the coming months just as Chelsea did to them last season.

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Granada sit in 12th place in a tight looking LaLiga table so far and despite a shakey start can console themselves knowing they are well in touch with the usual candidates for the top spots with Real Madrid even way down in 16th place!

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Udinese sit 10th with 4 points from 4 games having alreay played Lazio who are 4/4 and title candidates Roma and Sampdoria.

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13-08-15, 05:20 PM
Season 8 - October

After back to back defeats to Man Utd and Arsenal Watford needed to get back to winning ways in October and they kicked off the month with a home win vs QPR which saw a second goal of the season for DM Oriol Romeu, his record in 7 seasons so far is 4 so well on target to beat that already. A sending off for Andre Wisdom will give a chance to Van Dijk or Moreno in the upcoming games.

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Udinese kicked off the month with another draw in a bad tempered affair away to Genoa, Mitroglou continuing a good start to the season.

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Granada faced their bogey team next and again failed to beat Jean stealing a point in the last minute through Chima Agbo. A sending off for Ronaldo not what the side needs at the moment.

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Watford made it 2 wins from 2 in the month at home to Southampton in a nervy game which saw goal machine Papadopolous steal the points late on for the side who played most of the game with 10 men. Another sending off at CB a sour note as Lovren and Wisdom will now miss 2 of the same fixtures.

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2 of the Summer's new recruits did the business for Granada next in an important home win vs Malaga who finished 5th last season. A 3rd sending off in 3 Pozzo games though with CB Murillo seeing red!

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Udinese's 2nd match of the month saw another sending off but this time only for the opposition as a point was taken from the San Siro vs Milan with Edin Dzeko scoring his first goal for Udinese.

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With German superstar Max Meyer in the ranks WBA is always a tricky fixture but Watford came through it next with a solid 3-0 win to make it 3/3 for October.

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The Hornets travelled to Norway after that and fell to a suprise defeat with yet another sending off, this time for Simon Mingolet. Sub kepper Dave Richards came on and saved the penalty that lead to the sending off but Watford could not avoid defeat. The silver linings were a first goal for Santi Mina and the prospect of the Norweigans possibly qualifying ahead of Sampdoria.

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Granada were also in European action as they took a 1-0 lead in their UEFA Cup 2nd round tie.

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Match 3 of the month for Udinese saw an emphatic 4-0 home win but injuries for Torje and Dembele will be a concern.

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That win was follwed up by comfortable progress in the cup for Udinese and a first goal of the season for Tom Chamberlain as Origi was rested.

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Watford recovered from their Champions League defeat to secure a 1-0 win vs Liverpool, a 4th league win in a row. Kevin Volland looks to be back to his best after failing to score as many goals as usual last season.

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Granada face a Real Madrid side enduring a shocking start to the season next and it looked gloomy after Siem De Jong put the away side in front on 64 minutes but Tankovic produced another match saving performance with a brace to secure a massive win.

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Despite defeat in the last game Watford again fielded a fringe side for the Champions League and Santa Mina and Tielamans made the most of that each bagging their 2nd goal of the season in a solid away win. Victory against Sampdoria in the final game could see the Italians out of the competition.

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The Hornets rounded off the month in the Premier League with a 5th straight win over Preston, Mitrovic and Volland continuing great goal scoring form as Papadopolous edures a vary rare dry spell (by his standrads anyway!)

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After beating Real Madrid Granada travelled to the Camp Nou in high spirits but came away with a 2-0 defeat to the defending champions. Another mixed month in Spain.

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A tricky start to the season continued for Udinese away to Napoli and again the Pozzos saw their side suffer a 2-0 defeat.

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So at the end of October Watford are up to 3rd 5 points behind Man Utd who at least dropped 3 points this month but contiue their impressive start. Chelsea remain in touch ahead of their hectic Winter schedule. Arsenal were the big movers now back in a more familiar position towards the top of the table.

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In Spain Granada remain further down the table than they would like but still just 2 points from 4th place. Barcelona already looking like Champions in waiting continuing their 100% start.

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Udinese lie in 10th place at the end of October but again had some tough fixtures in the month - they have played 6 of the 9 teams above them and as fate would have it play the remaing 3 of those current top 9 (Juventus, Inter, Fiorentina) in the next 3 fixtures!

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15-08-15, 05:36 PM
Just caught up after a week away! Lots to get through! Good to see the style of writing has changed so there's a lot more detail now.

Great season for Watford, gutted you missed out on CL for Granada after all. Slow starts for them though along with Udinese. Watford looking OK though.

Baron Zbimg
15-08-15, 06:10 PM
Awesome reports, I also love the format. I have a feeling It may be the year for Watford ...

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17-08-15, 01:54 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys, thought it was worth more detail now we are a bit further in, it does take a while but if the readers like it I'll stick with it :)

18-08-15, 04:43 PM
Season 8 - November

Watford began the month in League Cup action having been beaten finalists last season. This years campaign was ended much sooner though as a strong Everton side won 3-1 to send the 2017 winners out.

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Udinese began a run of 3 tough fixtures by beating league leaders Juventus courtesy of a stunning last 2 minutes in which the home side scored 3 goals, clearly veterans Dzeko and Iniesta having no trouble getting through 90 minutes!

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Granada made it 3/3 for the Pozzos in the opening round of November fixtures by cruising past Excelsior in the UEFA Cup, a hat-trick for goal machine Chima Agbo who drew praise from the media as his great form continues.

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Watford recovered from their cup exit to take a comfortable 3 points in the next league game away to Hull, 6 wins in a row now and another goal for Romeu, now just 1 off matching his best of 4 in a season as he seems to be rellishing the new competition for places in centre mid this season.

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The Hornets followed up the weekend win by thumping Sampdoria in the final Phase 1 Champions League game but it wasn't enough to send the Italians out as they just progressed on head to head records.

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Granada managed an important home win in their first league game of the month beating Celta 2-0, an all to rare routine home win.

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The Pozzos 100% record for the month ended in Udine next in a 1-3 defeat to Inter Milan, Origi again finding the net but Pjanic ran the show and took the 3 points.

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Watford learned their opponents for Phase 2 of the Champions Leage ahead of thier next game and will be happy enough with the outcome as they avoided all the big hitters.

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The winning run came to an end in the leage though as Charlton battled to a 1-1 draw despite an early Mitrovic opener.

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Granada also drew their next game 1-1 away to Valencia despite playing 80 minutes against 9 men! A real missed opportunity to win against the high flyers who held on after taking a lead despite their numerical disadvantage.

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Udinese left themselves a mountain to climb in the Italian Cup next losing 3-0 away to the current league leaders Sampdoria.

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The Italians recovered from that though to secure an eye catching win away at Fiorentina, Summer signing Simone Ganz turning in his first MoM display. Udinese have now played every other current top half side with less than 1/3 of the season played. Can they put a run together against the bottom half sides and push the top 6?

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Granada had to put the disspointment of failing to beat 9 men behind them quickly as they travelled to Liverpool in the UEFA Cup 3rd round next. Chima Agbo hit his second hat-trick of the season as a stunning 5-2 victory was secured.

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That victory may have come at a cost in the league though as it was followed up with a home defeat in the league to finish of November.

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So Granada finish November in 9th place in an open table, barring Barcelona lots of points dropped by all the usual contenders for the top places.

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Watford finished the month by first getting off to a winning start in Phase 2 of the Champions League

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and then putting the Charlton draw in the league behind them by thumping Manchester City 5-1 in a thrilling second half having gone in 1-0 behind.

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That left Watford in 2nd place at the end of the month, still with some ground to make up on Manchester United but well in the race and ahead of Chelsea with the same number of games played.

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Udinese will feel they maybe failed to convert the 3 points gained in Florence by only drawing 1-1 in a winnable home game to finish their month.

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That draw leaving the Italians in 9th place at the end of November, still well in touch with the European places.

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Baron Zbimg
18-08-15, 07:32 PM
Granada and Udinese seem to be capable of the best but are very inconsistent, though Granada probably has a better team. I think Watford should focus on the CL this season.
Awesome update again !

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19-08-15, 09:22 AM
Watford going strong domestically and in CL! Hope Man Utd start losing a few games though to give you some hope of a title.

Agbo looking great for Granada, what a bargain buy :ok: Not going great in the league though, hope you find some consistency.

Udinese trailing some way. A European spot would be a great achievement, get them back in Europe again.

19-08-15, 07:40 PM
Granada and Udinese seem to be capable of the best but are very inconsistent, though Granada probably has a better team. I think Watford should focus on the CL this season.
Awesome update again !

Spot on about Udinese and Granada, but then again their sides have some very good players and some pretty average or ageing players at the moment so maybe to be expected! A great chance to win the group with Watford and get a decent QF draw hopefully.

Watford going strong domestically and in CL! Hope Man Utd start losing a few games though to give you some hope of a title.

Agbo looking great for Granada, what a bargain buy :ok: Not going great in the league though, hope you find some consistency.

Udinese trailing some way. A European spot would be a great achievement, get them back in Europe again.

I can't see Utd staying up there, us and Chelsea have much better teams.

I do fear Granada missed the boat last season as Rooney and Ronaldo have really dropped off this season for consistency but the new boys along with Agbo are doing well so maybe just the one season of transition and back up there next year with some decent buys.

20-08-15, 12:22 PM
Season 8 - December

Granada kicked off December by finishing the job against Liverpool in the UEFA cup, a brace for Agbo to add to his hat-trick at Anfield and another goal from midfield for Tankovic.

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That progress was followed by a defeat in the league though to struggling Sporting Gijon.

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Watford also kicked off the month in European action and came away with a point from what is on paper the toughest game in the group, having been 2-0 up though it was a missed opportunity to take control of the group and look to qualify early.

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The Hornets were more focused in the following league game however and came away from a tricky away day with 3 points and a clean sheet.

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Udinese made a poor start to the month losing away to Parma, the Italians will hope for a positive result in the 1 remaining league game before taking their Winter break.

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Granada secured another home win in their next game, CB Coeff making it 2 goals in 2 games alongside 3 goals from midfield as Agbo failed to find the net for an astonishing 2 games in a row!

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Watford faced an Everton side who had won at Vicarage Road earlier in the season in the League Cup and with the familiar face of Will Hughes in their midfield. There was to be no repeat of the defeat this time as a 3-1 win was secured despite a goal for the returning Hughes.

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In Italy Udinese's exit from the cup was confirmed but the side showed a battling spirit and even had a glimmer of hope when they took a 3-1 lead at the break to make it 3-4 on aggregate but Sampdoria got the job done early in the 2nd half with a killer goal on 52 minutes.

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Udinese may have taken some confidence from the win on the night in that cup game though and they repeated a 3-2 win in the next league game thanks to more goals from Origi and Ganz. Serie A now takes it's Winter break until January.

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Ahead of their next game Granada announced a new deal for Christiano Ronaldo. The former world player of the year has not been in his best form this season but the Pozzos agreed to a new 3 year deal for the Portugese superstar to remain in Spain.

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Ronaldo was rested for the next game along with a few others as the side travelled to second division Marbella in the Spanish Cup but is was the usual suspects grabbing the goals in a 4-1 win.

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Unfortunately another defeat in the league followed the cup win at a Zaragoza side looking for a European finish with both Madrid sides also enduring a poor season so far.

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Back in England Watford made it 4 in a row in the league with a home win vs Stoke despite Lovren being sent off for the 2nd time this season. Bakkali added a goal to his bucket load of assists so far.

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It was 5 in a row just a few days later and another brace for Papadopoulos as Forest Green were brushed aside 4-1.

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Granada had 2 games left to turn a poor month around and bagged an away point in the first thanks to an Agbo equaliser away to Getafe

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That was followed up by a defeat, again away from home to Real Betis.

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Watford finished a busy month with 2 games in 3 days, the first away to Wolves saw a dramatic stoppage time winner from Kevin Volland to take all 3 points and make it 6 league wins in a row.

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and it was just as well those late extra points were won as defeat came in the final game of Decmber away to Stoke City. The side battled back from behind twice but failed to hang on for a result as the home side, looking for a top 7 finish took the points.

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So 5 wins out of 6 in the month sees Watford still in 2nd place in the League but the gap to Manchester United has been cut and a win in their game in hand will see the Hornets just 1 point back. Chelsea who were in World Championship action this month will have it all to do on their return as they sit 15 off the pace meaning they will need to win all of their 5 games in hand to catch up, is their run of titles to end at 7?

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Udinese only took 3 points in the month but still the table looked better for them going into the Winter break in Italy as they sit still in 9th place but now just 2 points from the top 6.

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In Spain the La Liga table is starting to look worrying for Granada as they slip to 14th place and 5 points above the drop zone however the gap to 7th place is the smaller at somehow still just 4 points.

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20-08-15, 12:53 PM
Agbo has certainly set a high standard if it's astonishing for him to go two games without scoring :D

Forest Green in the Premiership?! Tom Riddle has worked his magic already then :D

Watford looking very strong. Granada just can't get a run going.

20-08-15, 01:45 PM
Agbo has certainly set a high standard if it's astonishing for him to go two games without scoring :D

Forest Green in the Premiership?! Tom Riddle has worked his magic already then :D

Watford looking very strong. Granada just can't get a run going.

I think I commented earlier in the story that it was amazing Forest Green had finished 3rd in the Championship when someone joined them but they won the league the next season, just stayed up last season and look good this season in mid-table. Tom Riddle may have picked one of the DBs favourite teams :)

20-08-15, 01:51 PM
Season 8 - January

Watford were first up January with a new years day fixture vs Swansea City, their 3rd game in 7 days and the last thing the side needed was to play an hour with 10 men but that's what they faced after Van Dijk saw red. Under such circumstances a win is a win and the 3 points were taken thanks to a Bakkali winner.

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Udinese retuned from their Winter break and picked up where they left off with a home win, another goal for Origi to go with a goal each for former Watford favourites Torje and Mitroglou.

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For Granada the new year began with cup action and they continued their great cup form with a 4-1 win. Rooney has lost his place in the side to Tankovic this season but he took his chance of a start with a brace.

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That was follwed up at the weekend with a tough game away to Atletico, Rooney given a chance to build on his cup goals but forced off injured after just 37 minutes. The game was lost 2-1 and a chance to reduce the gap to the opposition to a point lost.

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Watford faced a key game next against 3rd place Tottenham but got off to a nightmare start going 2-0 down after just 19 minutes. Goretzka pulled a goal back but the game ended in defeat. Watford have been able to put winning runs together after dropped points so far this season and they will need to do so again.

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After such a busy period a home game vs Accrington in the FA Cup gave the chance to rest players and Bentaleb and Santi Mina in particular took their chance to impress grabbing a goal each in a 4-2 win to send the holders through to round 4.

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Granada also secured another cup win taking a 1-0 lead in the 1st leg of their 3rd round tie.

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That was followed up at the weekend with a point away from home in the league, the rot stopped but wins needed soon!

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Udinese made it 2/2 in the month as they were again at home and took 3 points from bottom side Chievo with Simone Ganz returning from injury with a brace.
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Watford, looking to bounce back from defeat at White Hart Lane secured an impressive 4-1 win away at Southampton and could even afford to miss a penalty.

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The second leg of Granada's Spanish cup tie came around quickly next and they progress with another 1-0 win, having made a bright start to his Granada career 18 year old Kayal had not scored for a few months so everyone involved was pleased to see him back on the score sheet. Tom Carroll, in for the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson was forced off injured himself though leaving numbers in CM light.

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Despite being forced to play 2 DMs in the middle in the next game Granada made enough chances to come away with a much needed leage win thanks to 2 from Chima Agbo.

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Watford also secured a home win that weekend vs Birmingham City, Bakkali in a good spell of goal scoring form and Romeu equalling his PB of 4 goals from the DM position.

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Udinese made it a Pozzo treble for the week in the league with a 2-0 win as they again played at home, 4 wins in a row now for the Italian side.

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Despite having a clear week between games for the first time a long time Watford again opted for a 2nd string side in the FA Cup, this time against Championship side Burnley. Santi Mina once again made the most of a start but in the end Sanchez Flores might have been better off getting the job done as his side now face a replay after a 1-1 draw.

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If Udinese were to complete a 100% month they would have to win away at fellow European hopefulls Roma but a tough task was failed as Daniel Sturridge came out on top vs Divok Origi in the battle of the former Liverpool strike partnership.

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Granada failed to build on their win last time out in their final game of the month losing 1-0 away to Numancia.

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Unlike the end of December table the end of January table probaly gives a fair refelction of the season so far in Spain as the top 8 pulled away from the rest. Granada fans left hoping now for European and Cup success before rebuilding for a new league campaign. The Pozzos already busy assessing the options for the playing staff as contracts around the world run into their final months.

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3 wins out of 4 in the month for Udinese served only to keep them in touch with the UEFA Cup spots as the top sides start setting a brisk pace, the gap back to the lower half of the league growing.

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The hope at the start of the month for Watford was that they could finish off eating up the significant lead Manchester Utd had built early on and they acheived that aim as the Red Devils had consecutive poor months but it's Tottenham who are top of the table after taking maximum points in January to make it 7 wins in a row including victories over Watford and Chelsea.

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20-08-15, 01:58 PM
That defeat to Spurs could be crucial, you'd be top now!

Nice to see Udinese have improved, unlucky to end the month with a first defeat to Roma.

Granada still not getting much consistency, going strong in the cup though.

20-08-15, 03:32 PM
Do you physically manage all three or run the saves and dip in to carry out transfers through a save editor? Enjoying the three-fronted aspect. In my game England, Wales and Ireland got to semis of Euro 16. Imagine that with your three in the CL!

20-08-15, 10:53 PM
The Premiership looks like it will be a thriller this year, especially if Chelsea win their games in hand!

24-08-15, 10:11 AM
That defeat to Spurs could be crucial, you'd be top now!

Nice to see Udinese have improved, unlucky to end the month with a first defeat to Roma.

Granada still not getting much consistency, going strong in the cup though.

Yeah shame about the Spurs result but at least they also beat Chelsea who I think are still the team to beat!

Do you physically manage all three or run the saves and dip in to carry out transfers through a save editor? Enjoying the three-fronted aspect. In my game England, Wales and Ireland got to semis of Euro 16. Imagine that with your three in the CL!

I manage all 3 fully. Would love a Pozzo Champions League final, hopefully we're not too far away from 2 out of 3 at least being in it.

The Premiership looks like it will be a thriller this year, especially if Chelsea win their games in hand!

It's getting to the time of year Chelsea seem to become unbeatable but hopefully we can keep ahead of them, final game is Chelsea away so would be nice to have a lead going into that!

24-08-15, 12:02 PM
Season 8 - February

February began with cup action for Granada and a tough tie against Atletico Madrid, the match ended in a 3-1 defeat but the away goal gives some hope for the 2nd leg.

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Granada follwed that up in the league by recording a much needed home win with goals from CB Dominguez and Andy Polo on target from the wing again.

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The month began for Watford with a crucial home match against title rivals Chelsea. A win would see the Hornets 9 points clear of Mourinho's men with Chelsea having 2 games in hand. Sadly instead we now see Chelsea just 3 points behind Watford after they took the points from Vicarage Road thanks to Hazard and youngster Nathan Yates.
21 year old Yate's goal was his 14th of the season but he had declared himself unhappy at Stamford Bridge and was refusing to renew a contract expiring this Summer. The Pozzos decided to act on this opportunity and a bid of just 400k was accepted so the Cheslea academy product moves to Watford immediately.

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Udinese began the month looking to bounce back from defeat vs Roma last time out a point was gained against the other Roman side Lazio despite having to come back from a goal down with 10 men.

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The Italian's were also active in the transfer market but this time the Pozzo's were cashing in on a player. Abdallah Gomaa was a bit of a low cost gamble when he was signed from Parma for 1.8 million in the Summer and after making 4 underwhelming appearances a bid of 3 million from Al Khor of Qatar was too good to turn down.

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Watford recovered from defeat against Chelsea in their next game as WBA were beaten 4-0.
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A few days later the cup replay with Burnley was negotiated safely with a 2-1 win.

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Granada's cup campign was ended though as they failed to turn around a 3-1 defecit in the 2nd leg vs Atletico.

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The Spanish side then travelled to Deportivo and took another point thanks to a goal from James Wilson in a rare start for the English striker.

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Watford were straight back into FA Cup action and again lower league opposition were beaten again thanks to Papadopolous and Volland. The holders through to the Quarter Final.

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Udinese faced title hopefulls Sampdoria next and twice took the lead away from home despite going down to 10 men again, this time after just 6 minutes but the favourites took the points in the end with a 3-2 win.

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The Italian side got themselves back on track in their next game though with a 3-0 home win.

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That same weekend Granada left it late to secure a 3-2 home win against Jaen turning the match around in the final 10 minutes to make it 7 points out of 9 for the month.

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For Watford the Champions League was back but they made what looked like a straigt forward group interesting by losing at home to Basel in a scrappy bad tempered game.

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There was no weekend fixture for the Hornets so a week later they travelled to Switzerland looking to get back on track but amazingly fell to defeat again leaving themselves under massive pressure in the final 2 group games.

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Udinese rounded off a poor month with a 3-1 defeat away to Inter, failing to make anything of the early lead provided by Origi.
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Granada also ended the month in defeat away to Malaga.

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And it looked like being defeat for all 3 sides to finish the month when Arsenal took a 2-0 lead at Vicarage Road but a sending off for Leno cost the Gunners the match as Papadopolous converted the penalty that lead to the sending off and then Mitrovic stole a point with a few minutes left. A great result for Chelsea and Tottenham.

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Season 8 - March

March began with more dropped points to a title rival for Watford in defeat away to Manchester United, the Hornets record against the other top teams this season has been poor and they will have to continue to be near perfect against the rest to maintain a title challenge from here.

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Just a few days later it was the FA Cup Quarter Final and a tough tie away to Stoke was won late on thanks to Karim Benzema.

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For Granada the UEFA Cup was back and after dumping out Liverpool in the last round Feyenoord were the next opponents. The Spanish side fell to a very dissapointing 3-0 defeat in which ill discipline cost them. A second sending off and what should be a killer 3rd goal coming in the 90th minute to the fury of the coaching staff.

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The side failed to really make it up to their home fans the follwing weekend taking just a point thanks to a missed penalty from the away side.

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Udinese began the month by taking a point against AC Milan.

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Watford had left themselves needing a win in Poland in their next Champions League game and again it was Benzema who kept them in a competition with the only goal of the game for the 2nd match running.

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Meanwhile Granada's exit from Europe was confirmed.

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That before weekend defeat at Real Madrid.

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Back in Italy Udinese bagged their first win of the month with an away win thanks to Dzeko and Origi.

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Watford again enjoyed a clear week between Champions League ties as Dortmund visited in the final group game, a win for the Germans would see Watford out. It looked to be a straight forward night as Papadopolous and Mitrovic put Watford 2-0 up after just 18 mintues but the German side battled back in the 2nd half to make it 2-2 on 49 minutes and needing just 1 more goal. However it was Benzema for the 3rd game running who bagged the winner to see his side through to the Quarter Finals.

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That progress in Europe was follwed up with a thumping 7-1 away win at Preston in the Premier League.

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Udinese's match that weekend rather less entertaining.....

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While Granada took a good point against run away leaders Barcelona.

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Just a few days later Watford faced their 3rd game in a week away at Liverpool and again they were rampant hitting another 5 goals.

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Granada were also in midweek league action and also took 3 points despite once again finishing a game with 9 men!

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The final matches in the month first saw Granada make it 3 unbeaten with a point on the road to Celta Vigo

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Udinese suffered defeat at joint leaders Juventus.....

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And Watford capped off the month with another big away win, that's 3 in a row scoring 16 goals in the process.

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So at the end of March the Serie A table has Udinese in 10th place and still in with a shot of European football next season, the gap back to 11th place now 8 points so a very solid top half finish at least very nearly in the bag already.

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In Spain Granada sit in 11th place after an improved if not spectacular couple of months, the prospect of a shock relegation put to bed but the gap looks too big for a 3rd consecutive European finish, a real shame as the points total for a top 3 finish looks set to be low.

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The Premier League table is still topped by Tottenham however Chelsea are on an ominous run of 8 straight wins and with their games in hand are now favourites to take an 8th title in a row. Watford travel to Chelsea on the last day however so still have a great chance of taking it to the wire. Could smashing those 16 goals in the last 3 games end up proving crucial?

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24-08-15, 12:08 PM
Blimey, plenty of games in March!

I thought there was a bad run of games there in the middle of the month for all 3 teams but you seem to have steadied the ship again.

Watford - Great stuff in the CL. Chelsea are in a good position though.
Granada - Shame to be out of Europe already, could have done with a good run.
Udinese - Steady stuff so far, hopefully you're on course for a top half finish.

24-08-15, 05:17 PM
Season 8 - April

So into the final striaght of the season and for Watford in particular every game is massive.

The Hornets began April with a soild 2-0 home win against Newcastle, 4 wins in a row now in the league.

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Udinese had less success opening up the month with a home defeat.

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Granada lost their little unbeaten run to Champions League chasing Valencia

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Next for Watford was a huge Champions League Quarter Final clash with Manchester United with the 1st Leg at Old Trafford. It looked like an uphill task as Utd took a 2-0 lead after just 24 minutes but heads did not drop and Sanchez Flores men bagged 2 away goals. There was some dissapointment as a last minute 3rd was conceded however the Hornets go back to Vicarage Road well in the tie.

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The following weekend the FA Cup holders booked their place in this years final with a win over Arsenal, Karim Benzema with another crucial cup goal.

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Championship side Crystal Palace will be the opponents in the final as they defied the odds to not only beat Chelsea in their Semi-final but do so from 3-0 down.

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Granada also won that weekend away at Almeria, Tankovic with another great display. The Swede has been a shining light in a dissapointing season for Granada and their fans will be hoping for equally good signings this coming Summer.

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Udinese suffered their 2nd defeat in a row as their season looks in danger of burning out in mid table.

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Watford faced a midweek Premier League game away at Charlton next and goal machine Papadopolous saved the day in the final quarter of the game after Charlie Austin had given the hosts the lead. 5 in a row now to keep title hopes alive.

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A few days later and Hull were the visitors to Vicarage Road, Watford again fell behind and as the clock ticked to 90 minutes it felt like maybe the first nail was to be hammered into the title coffin, however the hosts refused to give it up and stunningly scored 2 goals in stoppage time to take the 3 points, somehow it was now 6 league wins in a row.

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Udinese got themselves together after their succesive defeats as they beat Parma 3-0, another goal for Simone Ganz who is beginning to show some consistent form and making his partnership with Origi look a very strong one.

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Granada made it a Pozzo hat-trick for the weekend as they won 3-0, a second brace in 2 games for Tankovic.

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Next up was the Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg for Watford, needing to overturn a 3-2 deficit. After scapping through the last 2 league games Watford fans may have been worried if the energy levels would be there playing for the 4th midweek in a row and with memories of past seasons coming apart in the later stages but this is a stronger, deeper Watford squad this season and the side proved they had plenty in the tank smashing Utd 5-0 to progress to their first ever Champions League Semi-Final.

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Their opponents in the Semi-Final will be Barcelona and their meetings last season are anything to go by it could be a thrilling tie as their 4 matches produced 27 goals.

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On to the weekend and Granada made it 3 wins in a row in a 3-1 win.

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Udinese again showed inconsistency as they were beaten.

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After the high of their Champions League win Watford completely lost their heads in their next match against title rivals Tottenham as they lost 4-1 and finished the game with 8 men. It would now take a collapse from both Spurs and Chelsea for Watford to take the title.

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As Chelsea won in mid-week to make it 12 wins in a row and take a big lead at the top Watford rested a few players ahead of the Champions League Semi final in their game away to Everton, their 8th fixture of the month. Once again Santi Mina made the most of a start but the game was lost in the final minute.

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Season 8 - May

Granada began their run-in with a 4th straight win, their best run of the season with a 2-0 win.

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Udinese also looked to finish strongly with a 1-0 home win thanks to Edin Dzeko.

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Watford's first game in May was their Champions League Semi-Final against Barca. Meetings between the 2 last season had been goal fests and Barcelona at least kept up that tradition hitting 3 away goals but sadly without reply from the home side.

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The following weekend Granada made it 5 in a row with a 1-0 home win, some promise for next season or could they even steal an Intertoto Cup spot at the death in La Liga?

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In the Premier League Wolves were the victims as Watford took out their European frustrations.

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Udinese also secured another league win away from home, Dzeko continuing his great form which could earn him another year with the club.

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The semi-final 2nd leg was next for Watford and just for a moment the impossible seemed possible as they took a 2-0 lead in the Camp Nou after 20 minutes. If the Spanish Giants were coasting though that certainly woke them up and they went on to win on the night as Watford were forced to throw bodies forward. A best ever European campaign for Watford the silver lining in defeat.

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Just 3 days later the Hornets had to pick themselves up and defend their FA Cup at Wembley against Crystal Palace.

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Youri Tielemans received a controversial striaght red card after just 5 minutes for pushing Palace midfielder Aaron Khul but the 10 men of Watford were still dominating the game and drawing a string of saves from the Palace keeper.

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In the end the quality told and the season's top scorers Volland and Papadopolous secured the win before a late Palace consoloation goal leaving the sea of yellow fans at Wembley celebrating a 2nd FA Cup in a row.

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Granada were in League action against Sevilla and their winning run came to an end.

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The next day the Pozzo's watched on with their FA Cup hangovers as Udinese finished their Serie A campaign with a 3rd straight win to finish on 52 points in 10th place.

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Granada finished off their season with a bore 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish side finish the season in 11th place but that run of 5 wins at the back end of the season will be the positve the Pozzos draw on as the points total in the end was much more respectable than it looked like being at the turn of the year.

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Watford finished their season by giving a guard of honour to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before Mourinho's side finished off the season with another win. Another remarkable 2nd half of the season to give Chelsea their 8th title in a row.

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Watford though will take encouragement in managing their best ever points total in a season where they also recorded their best ever Champions League campaign and retained their FA Cup, the 3rd season in a row silverware has been secured.

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Barcelona went on to win the Champions League, giving Spain back it's 4th Champions League spot!

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Watford end of Season Stats

Papadopolous has again been the star man for Watford bagging 46 goals and earning his 3rd Watford fans player of the year and his second Players Player of the Year in England.
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He joins 4 of his team mates in the Premier League Team of the Year

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Hallalovic again tops the assists with 26 but he's had real competition this season from Bakalli who finished on 23.
Academy product Will Armstrong impressed in the 9 appearances he made and the Pozzos may look at getting him some extra game time next season while Ronny Lopes looks to maybe have run his Watford race after several seasons as back-up on the right wing.

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Udinese end of season stats

For Udinese the stars have been at either ends of the pitch.
In goal Simone Scuffet has developed into a world class keeper. The 25 year old has been a constant in the Pozzos Udinese, playing through the succesive relegations to Serie C1A and the road back again. His performances this season have earned him a call up to the Italy World Cup Squad despite not having been called up before.

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Origi hit 19 goals this season and has been a real success since his 9 million move from Liverpool, however the Belgian has refused all season to listen to new contract offers as he enters his final year. In the end the Pozzos made the descision to cash in quickly and look to invest in the squad for next season. A tidy profit on a player who has helped Udinese establish temselves firmly back in the top flight. He leaves as the fans player of the year for the second time in his 2 seasons at the club.

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The other mention goes to young French CB Jacques Dembele. The 22 year old bought for 1 million 2 Summers ago joins Scuffet in the Serie A team of the year.

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Granada end of season stats

For Granada, in Chima Agbo they now have one of the hottest striking properties in the World with the Nigerian scoring 29 times and averaging 8 per game. Amazingly this still wasn't enough to make the La Liga team of the year but he did walk away with the Granada fans player of the year.

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Gorenc-Stankovic, Tankovic, Dominguez and Polo have all had good debut seasons while it's the end of the road for James Wilson, Tommy Hoban, Leandro Damiao and Wayne Rooney.

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So again Watford have bagged in excess of 30 million in prize money this season while Udinese have plenty of cash in the bank with the Origi sale. The bank balance at Granada is far more modest but will the Pozzos give them another cash injection? Will they move to get star assets Scuffet and Agbo on the Champions League stage with Watford? All in all they have around 60 million sat in their clubs accounts and they face tough choices on how it should be spent.

24-08-15, 07:49 PM
I've been reading this since the beginning so apologies if I should no the answer to this: do you use the editor to move money around or just buy players from the teams you manage to spread the cash out? Or do you just run them as three separate businesses?

Love it btw

24-08-15, 09:01 PM
I've been reading this since the beginning so apologies if I should no the answer to this: do you use the editor to move money around or just buy players from the teams you manage to spread the cash out? Or do you just run them as three separate businesses?

Love it btw

I do transfers between clubs using young players mostly but don't mention it in the updates, just say how much money there is in total to spend. Last Summer Bakalli moved from Granada to Watford for 15 million though as he was just what Watford needed and Granada had no money at all so an example of how you can use a club not doing as well to try out players who might go on to play for the best team while giving the other club money to go and find another gem (might have done so with Tankovic!). Hopefully they will all be as good as each other eventually though and will compete between each other for the worlds best players!

In real life Watford paid a reported 11 million to Udinese for Matej Vydra this Summer despite him failing in the Premier League with WBA and Sanchez Flores clearly not being a fan of him, he's not played a single minute this season and is not even making the bench, they are looking to loan him out to another Championship club. Clearly this transfer for such a big fee was just a means of Udinese getting a piece of Watford's new Premier League TV money.

25-08-15, 10:24 AM
Watford - Congrats on retaining the FA Cup! Unlucky in the league and CL, it's going to be hard to push Barca and Chelsea all the way.

Udinese - Average season so it's going to be hard to keep players like Origi. He'll be a big loss. There's a lot of unhappy players in the squad there, aren't there?! Goalkeeper looks to be a class act.

Granada - Same as above. Not a lot of great quality in this squad. Rooney's time hasn't been great really. Fresh blood needed?

26-08-15, 12:35 PM
Summer 2022 - Buidling for Season 9

The Summer began with a descision somewhat taken out of the Pozzos hands. German interntional Max Meyer was a shock sigining for WBA 4 years ago and with performances declining year on year for the Baggies it was only a matter of time before they would have to cash in on their star asset. Everton moved quickly to land their man for 17 million.

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The toffees now boasting Will Hughes, Julian Draxler, Max Meyer and Ross Barkley in their midfield - or would there be scope for a mover out of Goodison Park as the Summer progressed?

On June 15th Watford welcomed 2 bosman signings they had tied up earlier in the year as 20 year old Dutch striker Wim Jonker joined from Dutch side Saprta having scored 14 in 14 games last season.

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Also reporting for pre-season was 32 year old centre back Tom Beugelsdijk from Twente who is signed as direct replacement for Hector Moreno with the 34 year old agreeing another 1 year deal with the Pozzos but this year to play in Spain with Granada.

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Last Summer Dutch AMC Davey Klassen moved from Watford to Udinese in the hope of more first team football. That didn't quite materialise in Italy but with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson both leaving Granada on frees at the end of last season the Spanish side are in need of options in Klassens position and the Dutchman also agreed to make the move to spain.

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With Chima Agbo having scored 58 goals in the last 2 seasons and Karim Benzema not getting any younger there was plenty of speculation around that the Nigerian would make the move to Watford, in the footsteps of Bakalli last Summer, while others felt it was inevetable that he would replace Origi at Udinese however the Pozzos moved to put these rumours to bed and Agbo penned a new 6 year deal with the Spanish club.

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Having completed the 'in house' deals they wanted to tie up early it was time for the Pozzos to sit down with their 3 managers and discuss their outside targets so descisions could be made about where to invest their cash. Ahead of thier meeting with the Watford boss they were thrown a curve ball when Liverpool placed a bid of 10.25 million for Nabli Bentaleb. The Algerian made 13 appearances last season having signed on a free from Tottehnam. With fellow arrivals Deli Ali and Leon Goretzka having made a bigger impact at the club in the CM position Sanchez Flores agreed to leave the ball in the Pozzos court and the descision was made to take the 10.25 million profit.

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As season tiket sales began to roll in and the new season's TV deals were paid out the Pozzos were now sat on a war chest in excess of 70 million. As an eye catching deal was done between Manchester Utd and Chelsea there was a sense of urgency and the Pozzos took away their respective shortlists and began making bids.......

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26-08-15, 02:16 PM
Big names being signed elsewhere, hope there's some strengthening to do yet for the three teams.

Looks like you're reaching the point in the game where the regens start to take over a little bit. Never my favourite time!

Baron Zbimg
26-08-15, 06:33 PM
Awesome update once again.
I guess we'll see plenty of cash spending in the next update :)

Agbo at Granada, good thing.
Have you tried playing with Papadopoulos alone upfront at Watford ? He would be a machine.

Edit : he already is

27-08-15, 03:07 PM
Big names being signed elsewhere, hope there's some strengthening to do yet for the three teams.

Looks like you're reaching the point in the game where the regens start to take over a little bit. Never my favourite time!

Well you can see now there has been some strengthening :) not done as much at Granada as I hoped but it's been tough to get the players in I've short listed for them. I don't want to blow their money on rubbish so we'll see how it goes for them.

There are some regens about now but still plenty of current players with plenty left in them I hope!

Awesome update once again.
I guess we'll see plenty of cash spending in the next update :)

Agbo at Granada, good thing.
Have you tried playing with Papadopoulos alone upfront at Watford ? He would be a machine.

Edit : he already is

Well you can see your answer on the cash below :) still a good amount to play with though.

I've never played 1 up front I like having several strikers in my squad, can't really complain about 50 goals a season from Papa :lol:

27-08-15, 03:14 PM
Summer 2022 - Buidling for Season 9 Continued

On July 7th The Pozzos called a press conference in Udinese, specualtion had been riffe for the past week that certain deals had been done as players were spotted at the clubs training ground and it was expected that the lack of official news out of the club was to facilitate a mass unveiling.
Giampaolo Pozzo took to the table alongside his manager and announced the arrival of 6 new signings for a combined 21.6 million.

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Timo Werner - Forward - Right, left, Centre

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Juan Cavallaro - Attacking Midfield - Right, Centre

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Samuel Castillejo - Attacking Midfiled - Left

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Emanuel Mammana - Defender - Centre

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James Ward-Prowse - Attacking Midfield - Right, Centre

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After introducing his new signings Pozzo was asked if that would be the end of Udinese's business for the Summer.
'I could not say for sure. It is is difficult to say right now becuase we are working hard to secure players for Watford FC, how succesful we are there will dictate what money there is or maybe which players could join from Watford, we have to wait and see.'

News of those comments broke in England and speculation began about who Watford may be targetting, who out there could finally take the side over he line in the Premier League?

In the World Cup final Watford's Ronny Lopes looked like he was about to go down in history as the man that won Portugal it's first World Cup as he scored a brace to put his side 2-0 up but it was Scuffet's Italy who secured a historic comeback in the last 20 minutes to lift the Trophpy. Despite being uncapped before the tournament Scuffet played every game and drew the attention of clubs around the world, would he demand a move away from Udinese to play Champions League football?

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As the days passed pessimism was begining to set in amongst the Watford fans as Manchester United continued to splash the cash, were they bagging all Watford's targets?

Man Utd ins Summer 2022

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Meanwhile over in Spain Granada welcomed 3 new signings to add to the deals for Hector Moreno and Davey Klassen.

Ruben Sobrino - Striker

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Guyon Phillips - Striker

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Allesandro Florenzi - Attacking Midfiled - Right, Centre

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A few days later news began to break of a deal being done in Watford, would this be deal to take the Hornets to the next level?

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The move was soon confirmed and Messi was unveiled at Vicarage Road in front of thousands of Watford fans and the big news wasn't over for them as the Messi deal was followed up by the announcement that a World Cup winner was also joining the ranks.

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The deal to take Scuffet to Watford was agreed between the Pozzos and the player during the World Cup however the announcement was delayed as negotiations continued to take Simon Mignolet in the other direction.

The 34 year old Belgian International had a succesful 2 years at Watford and came 3rd in last seasons European Goalkeeper of the year however the Pozzos saw the need to give Scuffet Champions League football, although Udinese fans were dissapointed to see one of their star players and academy products leave the club they still gathered outside the ground to welcome Mignolet to the club in recognition that they will still have a world class keeper in the coming season.

During the announcment of the Scuffet/Mignolet deal Giampaolo Pozzo declared that they were happy with their Summer's dealings. 'We feel all 3 clubs are stronger than last season. In the end we have not spent the money we were prepared to do but we are happy with the deals we have done. If a situation arises in the coming months that we feel can help us we can look at it. In the past we spent our budet all in the Summer but now we are in a position we can react to the market all year if we need to.'

Season 9 August -

Watford began the new season in Champions League qualifying and new man Messi began his Watford career in style with a brace in a 5-1 win.

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A few days later Watford were back at Wembley looking to defend their Charity Sheild against Chelsea. For the second year running the Hornets lifted the trophy.

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The follwing week Watford were the first team in league action as they opened up their campaign with a 4-0 win against WBA.

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Michalis Papadopolous brace in that game saw him take a club record from his countryman Mitroglou.

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In the return leg of the Champions League Qualifying Watford played a second string side being 5-1 up and the job was completed comfortably, Wim Jonker grabbing a goal on his debut for the club.

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In the draw for the 1st group phase Watford should be confident of progression however the presence of Qarabag of Azerbaijan could mean they will not be able to rely on Shalke and Zenit dropping points against the 4th seed of the group. A double defeat such as that suffered against Basel last season will not be an option here.

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It was not until the final week of August that Granada and Udinese kicked off their campaigns. For Granada the season began in defeat at home to Las Palmas as the away side scored twice in the final minutes to snatch the points, including a goal for debutant Sergio Aguero who joined from Real Madrid in the Summer.

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Udinese got off to a better start as they secured an away win. A debut goal for Timo Werner, looking to fill the boots of Divok Origi and another for the ever reliable Mitriglou.

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Watford rounded the month with victory over last season's runners up Tottenham. A big early 3 points in a fixture that was lost last season.

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Season 9 - September

The international break meant it was the 11th September for the next round of matches and Granada suffered their 2nd defeat.

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While Udinese recorded their second win, that's 5 in a row now including the end of last season. A first goal for the club for Summer signing Cavallaro from the right wing and a goal for de Olieira in from the cold after not making an appearance up front last season.

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Watford also kept up their 100% start with another home win vs Middlesboro.

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That was followed up with defeat in their opening Champions League game in Germany however.

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The next weekend Udinese impressed as they won 4-0 on the road at Atalanta.

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Granada got their first win next and other new signing bagged a first goal for their club as Florenzi opened his account.

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Watford's first away game of the Premier League season ended in a draw away at Cardiff who were making a good start follwoing promotion.

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The Hornets then got back on track in the Champions League beating Zenit.

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While Udinese had a midweek league fixture and made it 4/4. New CB Mammana scoring his first goal for the club and Mitroglou continuing his impressive start to the season.

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Udinese faced their toughest game so far next but they passed the test in style to make it 5/5 so far in Serie A and take the early leadership of the table. James Ward-Prowse scoring his first goal from midfield.

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Granada also faced a tough fixture and battled well but ultimately fell to defeat against Atletico who went top with the win.

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Watford were back at home next and made it 4 wins out of 5 with a 1-0 win.

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They then travelled out to Azerbaijan in the Champions League and delivered the tumping they were expected to hand to Qarabag to finish off September.

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27-08-15, 03:26 PM
Love the big name signings :)

27-08-15, 03:32 PM
Wow, that's some team at Watford now and probably just what you need with other teams strengthening as well.

Udinese look like a good outfit now, strong start to the season too!

Granada don't seem to have had most of the investment. Looks like they're the team that are hunting for bargains as far as new signings are concerned.

27-08-15, 04:53 PM
Love the big name signings :)

Only the best are good enough for Watford now :dance:

Wow, that's some team at Watford now and probably just what you need with other teams strengthening as well.

Udinese look like a good outfit now, strong start to the season too!

Granada don't seem to have had most of the investment. Looks like they're the team that are hunting for bargains as far as new signings are concerned.

There were better players wanting to join Udinese than Granada so with them both finishing in mid table last season Udinese got the most cash on that basis. At least they are making the most of it so far! Hopefully Granada can bag a couple of good players in a couple of months when transfer requests start to come in.

27-08-15, 05:32 PM
Season 9 - October

Watford kicked off October with an entertaining 3-2 win away at Southampton, a fixture that has tripped Watford up a few times over recent years.

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Udinese also started the month with another win away to Chievo, the Summer signings really looking promising as Ward-Prowse, Werner and Cavallaro all bagged more goals.

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Granada gained a solid point at home to a Sevilla side who look strong again this season.

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Watford faced a mid-week league game next and came within seconds of losing their unbeaten start to the season. When Allan made it 3-2 on 90 minutes it looked like Watford had thrown away a lead to lose the game but the wild celebrations in St James Park caused the Newcastle players to loose focus and Halilovic danced through the Newcastle backiline from midfield to rescue a point.

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At the weekend Man City were dispatched 2-0 to maintain the 100% home record in the Premier League.

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In Italy Udinese were beginning to make headlines as they hit 4 on the road again to make it 6 wins out of 6. Samuel Castillejo had been the only Summer signing yet to score but the left winger made up for that in style hitting all 4 goals.

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Granada sadly continued their poor start with another defeat.

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In the Champions League Watford put another 5 past Qarabag

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But then fell to their first league defeat of the season away to Everton.

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That weekend Udinese looked on course to make it 7/7 when they went 2-0 up at home but they were bought back down to earth a little as Sassulou battled back to end their 100% start.

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And it was heartbreak for Granada as a good away point turned to defeat in stoppage time away at Zaragoza.

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Watford then suffered back to back defeats as they lost at home to Shalke. The Hornets will now need a result in Russia against Zenit to progress.

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Into the final weekend of the month and Granada produced a big result against Valencia to take a much needed 3 points that keeps them out of the bottom 3 and looking up again.

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While Watford secured another big home win against Arsenal. A win for the Gunners would have seen them 5 points clear at the top but the win for Watford sees them take the lead by a point with a game in hand. Despite spending 80 million in the Summer on the likes of Oscar and Varane Manchester United sit 8 points off the pace.

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In Italy eyes were on Udinese to see how they would react to dropping their first points of the season but they got back to winning ways against Fiorentina to keep the leadership of Serie A.

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Baron Zbimg
27-08-15, 06:27 PM
Incredible change of fortune at Udinese. What a start. Granada definitely needs a boost.

27-08-15, 06:55 PM
Do you use the same formation across all three teams? If not, why not? :)

27-08-15, 11:03 PM
Udinese are flying, can they keep it up? Granada really struggling though - no goals for Agbo yet?

Looks like there will be another scrap for the title in England, although Watford should be right in amongst it.

28-08-15, 09:32 AM
Had a good feeling about Udinese this season after all those big signings. Great to see them on top!

Granada definitely struggling without the quality investment. Let's hope you do get some new blood in.

28-08-15, 11:33 AM
Incredible change of fortune at Udinese. What a start. Granada definitely needs a boost.

Not getting too ahead myself but it would be crazy if the first title came from the club that were relegated in seasons 1 and 2!

Do you use the same formation across all three teams? If not, why not? :)

Yep 3-5-2 attacking at all 3, means I can tell easily whether players will do a good job moving from one to the other.

Udinese are flying, can they keep it up? Granada really struggling though - no goals for Agbo yet?

Looks like there will be another scrap for the title in England, although Watford should be right in amongst it.

Hope Udinese can keep it up but Sampdoria and Juventus have great teams, if we could get them into Europe and attract the top players that would be great.

Agbo having a very quiet season, hopefully he can fire Granada up the table, no reason he shouldn't be doing as well as the last 2 years.

Watford have thier best chance yet I think but just waiting for Chelsea to sring their annual 15 odd wins in a row together.

Had a good feeling about Udinese this season after all those big signings. Great to see them on top!

Granada definitely struggling without the quality investment. Let's hope you do get some new blood in.

All the signings doing a great job, some real bargains. I'd had them all shortlsited for a while but suddenly they were all looking to move clubs.

Granada are underperforming, their team isn't too bad so hopefully they can put a good few months together.

28-08-15, 12:49 PM
Season 9 - November

November began for Watford with progress in the League Cup, a second string seeing off QPR at home.
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Udinese began the month with a real test of their top of the table credentials away to Juventus. A thrilling match ending 3-3 thanks to a last minute Mitroglou goal.

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Granada follwed up their Valencia win by picking up a clean sheet and a point on the road.

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At the weekend Watford played QPR again and again came out on top thanks to a Messi winner in a game to forget after QPR defended deep after being reduced to 10 men after 10 minutes

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Udinese's 2nd match of the month was a 2-1 win over a Milan side having a poor season though injuries to Ganz and Cavallaro will be a test of Udinese's depth.

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The injury to Ganz a personal blow to the striker as he had been set to join up with the Italy squad for the first time despite being in the worst form of his career so far. The power of being seen at the top of the table!

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In the Champions League Watford left themselves needing to avoid defeat in Russia against Zenit to progress but they made a tricky job look easy with a 2-0 win.

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That was followed up at the weekend with a home win in the league.

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While Udinese suffered defeat away at Sampdoria in the cup, the consolation being Sampdoria away is perhaps the toughest fixture on the calandar.

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In Spain Granada made it 3 clean sheets in a row as they thumped Jean 4-0 at home, Chima Agbo scoring again and vowing to get back to his best form.

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For some reason Watford played in the Champions League on a Friday night next and they got their Phase 2 group underway with a point in Turkey at Galatasary.

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The next day in Spain Granada kept their 4th clean sheet in a row and this time bagged a goal as well on the road to take the 3 points and 3 wins and a draw in the last 4 matches.

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Into the last week in November and Udinese face 2 matches in quick succession, in the first they put their defeat in the cup behind them with a 3-0 away win.

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and a few days later faced Sampdoria again, this time managing a draw in the Italian Cup but not enough as they exit the competition.

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Udinese retain the leadership of Serie A then largely thanks to that last minute goal in Turin. It's an impressive pace at the top in Italy with a clutch of clubs also making good starts.

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Watford also still had 2 more games to negotiate and also began by winning 3-0 away against 10 men, taking 3 league points away from Swansea.

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That win leaves Watford 4 points clear at the top with a game in hand on second place Tottenham, Chelsea will be 3 points back should they win their 2 games in hand. Man Utd have again splashed the cash as they seemingly try to build an entire new team. That's 130 million spent at Old Trafford since the end of last season.

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The Hornets then made it 2 draws from their 2 Phase 2 games in the Champions League against Anderlecht with Mitrovic scoring against his former side.

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In Spain Granada finished off the month with another win at home.

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Much improved form sees Granada into the top half of the table.

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28-08-15, 01:12 PM
Granada have found some form now! :ok:

Going well across all 3 teams at the minute, hope it continues!

I think Ganz was a freebie in my recent game, I should have snapped him up :D

30-08-15, 11:41 PM
Good results all round! Looks like a manageable Phase 2 CL group for Watford, but they need to record a win soon. Shame Udinese got such a tough draw so early in the Cup though.

01-09-15, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the comments and 'thanks' guys! I've already played December now so lets just crack on and tell you what happened!

Season 9 - December

At the begininning of December Watford announced a new deal for Oriol Romeu. The Spanish DM was one of the first players through the door at the start of the Pozzo journey and has been an absolute bargain making 335 appearances for Watford so far. Romeu has seen increased competition for his place in the last couple of years but will remain a key member of the squad for a couple more years at least.

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The announcement of that new contract was made ahaead of Watford's home game with Forest Green where a 3-1 lead was lost to leave with a 3-3 draw against the leagues surprise package. In what is a busy month a shame to drop early points.

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The next day Udinese lost heavily at home to Lazio who close the gap to the hosts to just 2 points with their win.

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Granada kept up their good run of form with a superb away win at Real Madrid!

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After losng a 3-1 lead in their last match Watford dropped more points the following week away to Stoke who take a shock lead of the table with the win. 31 year old Danny Ings has been a revelation at Stoke the last 2 years having had several poor years at Aston Villa.

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Udinese looked to recover from their home defeat on the road at Verona and showed good spirit to battle back from 2-0 down to take a point.

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Granada converted their win in Madrid with a home win against Real Betis, Tankovic the match winner again.

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and a few days later it was another home win in the Spanish Cup 1st round.

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Watford were also in cup action and players were rested for a trip to Old Trafford in the League Cup, this before Manchester United come to Vicarage Road in a few days time in the Premier League. A turgid 0-0 in normal time became defeat in extra-time after a brace from a Utd youngster McFarlane.

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In the league match the big hitters were back in the side as Watford secured a massive 3 points at home to get back on track in the title race.

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For Udinese it was a successive 2-2 draw from being 2-0 behind in their last match before the Winter break.

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Granada's weekend saw their unbeaten run come to an end in a narrow defeat at the Camp Nou.

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In a busy month in England Watford were playing mid-week again, this time away to Chelsea. After seeing off one of their title rivals Man Utd 4-0 in the last game the Hornets went into the game confident of making a statement to 8 titles in a row Chelsea.

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Oh dear!

An incredibly tough run of fixtures saw a visit to last years runners up next and a point was taken, the positives of the fact that's 4 points from Spurs vs 0 last season is taken.

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Granada were also in Boxing Day action and put the defeat to Barcelona behind them to get straight back on track.

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Incredibly Watford still faced another 2 matches before the month and the year was out.

2 days after the Tottenham game the team travelled to Hull City and got the 3 points they badly needed, a couple of injuries no suprise with this schedule.

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and on New Years Eve the players ensured they sent their fans off partying on the back of succesive wins as Newcastle were swept aside.

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So a tough month of 7 fixtures for Watford includng some of the toughest matches in the Calandar. At the end of all that those 6 points in the last few days sees the Hornets top of the table at the turn of the year but Chelsea who had ground to make up could now take that lead with a win in their game in hand, the Pozzos surely have to be happy though to retain the lead having just played 4 of the 5 clubs immediately below them, 3 of those away from home.

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In Italy Udinese have dropped to 5th but just 3 points off the top in a winless month.

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While Granada had another good month and are now up to 8th. If only they had not had such a poor start but Europe firmly back on the fans minds.

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With the Pozzos having stated in the Summer their were funds this time around to react to the market during the season will they give any of their sides a push towards their aims with a new signing or 2 for the 2nd half of the season?

01-09-15, 07:38 PM
Mixed month, Granada going well but Udinese coming off the boil a bit. Tankovic is on fire in Spain!

Baron Zbimg
01-09-15, 11:37 PM
Udinese crashing down, with the Lazio game starting the negative spiral. With all of the clubs in good position and plenty of cash in the bank, you should definitely aim for additions in all 3 clubs.

02-09-15, 09:59 AM
I thought you'd lost it with Watford there with a horrendous start to the month - Shocked to see you're top :D

Improving a bit for Granada, hope they can finish in the top half.

Not great results for Udinese but the Serie A title is not out of reach?

02-09-15, 03:20 PM
Mixed month, Granada going well but Udinese coming off the boil a bit. Tankovic is on fire in Spain!

Loving Tankovic, love a good ACM!

Udinese crashing down, with the Lazio game starting the negative spiral. With all of the clubs in good position and plenty of cash in the bank, you should definitely aim for additions in all 3 clubs.

I was a bit concerned that Udinese didn't have more of a lead from such an amazing start but still good foundations to take a Champions League push to the end. There wasn't quite enough cash for all 3 but some action below :)

I thought you'd lost it with Watford there with a horrendous start to the month - Shocked to see you're top :D

Improving a bit for Granada, hope they can finish in the top half.

Not great results for Udinese but the Serie A title is not out of reach?

It was looking grim before those 2 wins at the end for Watford coupled with a Chelsea loss, will be disappointed if they don't take it to the end from here.

Granada hopeful of Europe, tight table and Intertoto goes down to 9th I think.

02-09-15, 03:26 PM
Season 9 - January

Granada began the new year with a clean sheet and a point away from home on new years day.

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and a few days later they drew blanks again as they suffered a schock defeat on penalties in the Spanish Cup.

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While Watford also played that midweek and failed to recover from having GK Scuffet sent off early on in their first game of the year in a defeat to WBA.

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After going on a bit of wobble before the Winter break Udinese came back and earned a very good point away at Sampdoria, 3 desmonds in a row in Italy.

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At the weekend Watford recovered from their loss to WBA to progress in the FA Cup as the look to win it for the 3rd year in a row.

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Granada also recovered from their cup exit as they secured another 3 points in La Liga.

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A few days later Watford faced a Wednesday game again as their punishing Winter Schedule continued and it was another loss at Anfield.

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At the weekend it was Liverpool again as the return fixture was played in succession and this time the match ended 1-1.

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Ahead of their next match Udinese announced a new recruit as Luka Djordjevic joins from Zenit to boost the options in any of the attacking positions in the side.

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And the Montenegran made his debut as a sub in yet another draw for the Italian side.

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Granada though won again!

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After a clear midweek all 3 teams played thier next match the following Sunday and Granada's unbeaten leage run was ended as Sergio Aguero did the damage against them late on for the 2nd time this season, it was all looking so good after Agbo opened the scoring on 72 minutes.

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In Italy Udinese ended their run of 4 draws with a thumping home win as Trapani were put away in the first 20 minutes.

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For Watford it was the first of what have become a series of must win games if they are not to let Chelsea run away with a 9th straight title and they showed they have not given up hope yet as they battled to a late win away at Middlesbrough.

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The final matches of January saw Udinese secure another big win, this time away at Latina, Mitroglou enjoying some of the best form of his career.

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Granada finished off the month with an exiting 3-3 draw at home but having been 3-1 up some disappointment at taking just 1 point from what could have been 6 in the last 2 games.

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While Watford made sure not to slip up against Forest Green again as they had in the league and secured a 5-1 win in the FA Cup 4th Round to again bag 2 wins at the month to keep their season alive.

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Season 9 February -

Into February and Udinese again announced a new sigining ahead of their next match as James Rodiguez was presented to the media and announced ambitions to take Udinese into the Champions League.

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The Columbian watched on as his team mates secured a 3rd succesive win.

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Watford began the month also with a 3rd win in a row.

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While in Spain Granada took all 3 points from a 9 goal thriller!

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It was back to England for the next match as Monday Night Football saw a superb 3-0 away win for Watford at Manchester City.

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But the following weekend they failed to make it 5 out of 5 in a draw at home to Cardiff which saw a repeat of the stoppage time scenes seen at Newcaslte earlier in the season as Cardiff took the lead but then lost their heads as Messi waltzed through the defence to steal a point.

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Granada fell to defeat in their next match, a tricky home game vs Atletico.

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The Champions League was back for Watford next and they have plently of work to do in their group after suffereing defeat away in Holland to AZ.

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But that was follwed up at the weekend with a comprehensive win in the FA Cup as the holders reached another quarter final.

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The next day Granada were beaten away thanks to ill discipline as the team fell apart followin the sendings off of Agbo and Dominguez after a mass brawl on 65 minutes triggered by a scuffle in the penalty area as the players waited for a free kick to be delivered.

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And the same evening Udinese lost to the same scoreline having battled back to 2-2 from 2-0 behind.

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Back in the Champions League Watford secured a must win game by taking their revenge on AZ - another 4-2 game.

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And at the weekend the Pozzos saw their 4th 4-2 in a row as Watford won by the same scoreline again in the Premier League to end February.

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Udinese finished their month yet a another desmond 2-2 after looking good for the points in the San Siro with a 2-0 lead at half time.

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Granada slipped to a 3rd straight defeat and need to be careful their season does not slip into a midtable slumber.

So as we move into the run-in the Premier League table sees Watford now 8 points behind Chelsea but for the second season running Chelsea will be the opposition on the final day, this time at Vicarage Road so it's a minimum 5 points to be made up in the next 9 games to set up a potential last day decider.

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In Serie A the outside title shot looks to have gone for Udinese but Champions League football still on the radar and UEFA Cup football nearly in the bag already.

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In La Liga, 4 defeats in a row have damaged Granada's Granada's Champions League hopes but they are still just 6 points back, admittedly with several teams to catch. A UEFA Cup or perhaps Intertoto Cup spot still very much in reach.

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03-09-15, 01:43 PM
It's all slipping away for Watford and Udinese! James was a great signing but it doesn't look as though Udinese won a game after he joined. Gutted, not exactly the right impact you wanted!

Good to see Granada have improved though.

03-09-15, 01:57 PM
It's all slipping away for Watford and Udinese! James was a great signing but it doesn't look as though Udinese won a game after he joined. Gutted, not exactly the right impact you wanted!

Good to see Granada have improved though.

I played the end of the season last night so wont comment when I know the answers for sure but all will be revealed shortly :)

03-09-15, 04:31 PM
Season 9 - March

So re-cap, In the Premier League Watford need to make up 5 points on Chelsea in the next 9 games to set up a decider at Vicarage Road on the last day.
March got off as it needed to with a win, 4-0 vs QPR

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Granada lost again and need to get back on track quickly to push for a European spot.

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Udinese began the month with a 1st goal for James and a thrilling last 2 minutes as they took a home win.

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In the Champions League Watford made it back to back home wins to take a strong position to qualify for the Quarter Finals. Deli Ali and Santi Mina again proving reliable players to bring in as Messi and Goretzka were rested.

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And that rest for Messi saw him come out firing against Arsenal at the weekend in the FA Cup Quarter Final to send the holders through a tough tie. Ali sadly coming off the bench and picking up a knock.

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In Spain Agbo was on the scoresheet again as Granada took a draw from Valencia.

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While Udinese won again on the road.

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Watford lost their final group game in the Champions League but scraped through to the Quarter Finals, they will need to perform much better in the knock-out stages then they have done in the 2 groups. The first task will be PSG in the Quarter Finals as Messi faces his old club.

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And was Messi himself who was the key man in another crucial 3 points in the follwing league match.

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Udinese were the victims of a striking master-class in their next match

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While Granada are hopefully out of their little slump after a 4-1 home win.

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With a 2 week international break that was it for March and the tables look like this:

Granada will still be hoping for a late push for the top 6

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Udinese look like finishing in the UEFA Cup places baring a collapse from Napoli and Roma with 8 games left in Italy.

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While Watford despite only playing 2 league games in the month have already made up the 5 points they needed to get within striking distance of Chelsea as the holders drew 1-1 at home to Southampton before losing 1-0 away to Man City as well as crashing out of the Champions League by losing their final group match against Espanyol in a horror month for Mourinho's men. Are the wheels coming off at Stamford Bridge?

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Season 9 - April

Granada kicked off April with a good away win, Kayal being given a start ahead of Ronaldo after bagging a hat-trick for Israel in the International break and making the most of the opportunity.

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While Watford's month got off to a frustrating start as they could only take a point despite totally domiating against Everton with Papadopolous missing a penalty. The kind of freak they really can't afford right now.

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Udinese lost away at 3rd placed Napoli to surely end their outside chance of Champions League football.

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Next for Watford was the Champions League Quarter Final 1st leg away at PSG and a draw with an away goal not a bad result with Messi scoring on his return to Paris.

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Udinese also played in mid-week and produced a stunning 5-1 win against Juventus.

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and at the weekend Papadopolous put that missed penalty behind him by putting in a stunning performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, Watford off to Wembley yet again!

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In Spain Granada made it 3 wins in a row

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While Udinese failed to follow up on that Juventus win as they fell to an an injury hampered defeat at home.

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The fixtures coming thick and fast again for Watford and they returned to the scene of their FA Cup Quarter final win the next Wednesday night and came away with another win. After the Everton draw this was a tough match to have become must win but job done.

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and at the weekend The Hornets converted that away win by seeing off Hull at home as most of the first 11 were rested ahead of the PSG return.

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Udinese look almost certian to finish 5th now but they had the chance to affect the title race in their next match and did so as they took a point from Lazio, thus handing the advantage to Sampdoria at the top.

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Granada did what only 1 other side had managed to do all season against Ponferradina - lose the match!

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Onto the Champions League quarter final 2nd leg and a home win for Watford would see them into the semi-final for the second year running. Arsenal also hosted Chelsea on a night that would have a massive impact on Watford's season whatever the results.

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Bring on Manchester United who Watford beat in the Quarter Finals last season!

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At the weekend Udinese stole the 3 points thanks to another James goal. The Columbian looks to have found his feet after a slow start.

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Granada were without Ronaldo, Sigurdsson and Tankovic for the visit of Real Madrid and in the end the quality taken out of the side showed.

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Watford were given some light relief by being the Monday night game and they made no mistake against Forest Green to take advantage of the points dropped by Chelsea against Arsenal. Back on track for a last day decider!

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Into the final matches of April and Udinese recorded an impressive away win at Inter Milan as they look to take good momentum into next season.

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Granada put the Madrid defeat behind them with a good away win as well

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While Watford played their 8th match of a memorable month which sees them into the FA Cup Final, the Champions League Semi-Final and with a great chance of taking the Premier League title. It could yet come down to goal difference though so those two late Swansea strikes a bit of a blow.

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So Premier League as it stands

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La Liga

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Serie A
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Will May bring victory or despair as Watford try and close out the Treble? Manchester United will have a big say as the Hornets will face The Red Devils 4 matches in a row in the Champions League Semis, the Premier League and the FA Cup Final.

03-09-15, 04:36 PM
Blimey, some improvement there for all 3 teams really. Good going :ok:

Watford looking in a great position, can't slip up now though!

Granada have done so well to turn the season around after that slow start. Hope they can make it into 6th.

Still disappointed about Udinese as they were close to the top at one stage. Still, it's an improvement on previous years so hope you get a strong finish there.

03-09-15, 07:11 PM
4 games against United in a row!

I was going to comment that Messi may be past it at 35 but he has been proving me wrong this season.
Would like to put it to the Pozzo's that Timo Werner is Messi's natural successor at Vicarage Road though.
Seems a natural replacement.

04-09-15, 12:07 AM
I second that - Werner always in and amongst the goals!

08-09-15, 05:00 PM
Season 9 - May

So May began for Watford with the 1st of 4 matches in a row vs Manchester United as they try and close out the treble. The first was the Champions Semi-Final 1st leg at Old Trafford and a narrow defeat which keeps the tie alive. Watford hammered Utd at Vicarage Road in the league but would they curse the absence of the away goal?

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A few days later it was back to Old Trafford again in the league with Watford not in a position to drop any points. The Hornets were handed a major boost in the match when the Utd keeper was sent of after 4 mins giving away a penalty in the process and went on to secure a huge 3 points.

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The win came at a cost though as Romeu and Messi picked up injuries, the Spaniard missing the rest of the season now and Messi sure to miss all except possibly a Champions League Final but even that would look doubtful.
The follwoing Wednesday and match 3 in the Champions League return. This time it was Utd who made the dream start when Oscar scored his 2nd goal of the tie meaning Watford now had to win by 2 clear goals, could they recover and book their place in the final without the injured Messi?

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Incredible scenes as 2 goals in stoppage time from Mitrovic and Papadopolous sent the Watford fans in to raptures!
It would be Barcelona in the final who look beatable this season after a poor league campaign

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The 4th and final Utd game was the FA Cup Final as Watford looked to lift the trophy for the 3rd year running, the fans starting to feel the Cup is Watford property!

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So could the Hornets deliver at Wembley again?

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Yes they could! 3 FA Cups in a row and Watford have, in the space of a week over 4 matches, ended Man Utd's season and set themselves up to possibly emulate the historic treble Utd themselves acheived in 1999

After the Cup final Watford prepared themselves for a home match with Stoke where a win would set-up a final day winner takes all title decider with Chelsea on the final day.

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Job done but the goal difference advantage is with Chelsea going into the final day leaving Watford needing the win.

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Could Watford end Chelsea's run of 8 titles in a row and finaly deliver the Pozzos their first domestic league title?

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Yes! Santi Mina with the winner and wild celebrations at the final whistle as Watford were corwned champions of England!

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So onto the big one!

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Lionel Messi had not made it back in time to face his former club in the final as Watford faced a Barcelona side looking to retain the trophy and continue a run of 4 years where either they or Chelsea have been crowned Champions of Europe.

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Watford win the Treble! Halalovic, the man who scored the opener UEFA Cup final 3 years ago delivers on the big stage again and Simone Scuffet, the man who was brought through the Udinese ranks is man of the match for the Pozzos in a European final. He was later awarded European Goalkeeper of the year.

And return home to a heroes welcome

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The men who will go down in Watford history

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In Italy Udinese finished a solid 5th to secure European football next season

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And Granada will join them in the UEFA Cup after continuing their superb end of season form to take 7th place, thanks to a Real Madrid cup win enough for Europe.

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And there, due to technical issues is where the story ends. Unfortunately the game keeps crashing on 20.06.2023 which it turns out is a common issue with the latest patch if France is selected.

Not a bad way to go out though as the Pozzos finish with the English and European Champions in Watford who also delivered a League Cup, 3 FA Cups and a UEFA Cup. To go with that both Udinese and Granada are in Europe.

And in Quique Sanchez Flores the top rated manager in the world!

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Baron Zbimg
08-09-15, 05:17 PM
Really unfortunate that it crashes as I'd have loved this to go on forever :) Awesome achievement for Watford and really great great story overall. Congrats to you and definitely Hall of Fame in my opinion.

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08-09-15, 05:43 PM
Really unfortunate that it crashes as I'd have loved this to go on forever :) Awesome achievement for Watford and really great great story overall. Congrats to you and definitely Hall of Fame in my opinion.

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Thanks for the comments and for following. I was hoping to get all 3 to win the league in the same season but that ending softens the blow a bit! Reckon I could do it now I know the DB, pretty sure I wouldn't lead Udinese to back to back relegations anyway :rofl:

08-09-15, 05:45 PM
Awwww man. Gutted the game crashes. Any way one of the editors could sort the problem out?!

Especially annoying as you weren't even playing in France!

Congratulations on the achievements at the end :)

08-09-15, 06:40 PM
Noooooooooooo! Gutted for you, loyal_royal1 :(

Sadly, that is why I never used to play with the Tapani patch until recently and even then, I only select one league at a time unless I'm doing a challenge where more leagues are required.

Well... At least you can say that it ended in good fashion! A memorable treble for Watford and the first time you've won the Champions League. You could say that it is mission accomplished?

08-09-15, 06:53 PM
Thanks guys, seems others have had the same issue on the exact same date so not sure there is much can be done.

Mission accomplished in that The Pozzos have the best side in Europe and nice that Scuffet was so key in the final season. With only one club he would have been overlooked I think and never made it.

Shame there was never any rivalry in Europe between the clubs and they didn't all win something but hey maybe it would have been a boring story if it all went that well :)

Thanks again for following I enjoyed it and will do something else if I can think of an interesting idea, but first I'm going to have a save with Reading now I know the DB! doing 3 clubs was quite time consuming so maybe 1 club with more time for the story telling some time :)

08-09-15, 08:34 PM
Fair enough, give yourself a break and play a fun game for a bit. I tend to do that in between starting a new story :ok:

08-09-15, 10:53 PM
Devastated to hear that the game is crashing, but delighted for you that you managed to win the Champions League before the crash! What a way to go out! :D

18-09-15, 02:31 PM
As said above, gutting that the game is done for!

But what an ending. Personally think that that is a better finish than all three winning ther domestic titles.

Will almost certainly go across to the Hall of Fame.
Will leave here for a while so anyone else still reading can finish doing so.