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    End of Season Update

    Final League Table





    A disappointing 3rd place all things considered. The 0-0 draw with leaders HSV on matchday 16 (my third game in charge) was the start of a 12 match unbeaten run, which included 7 consecutive wins. This meant that with 7 games to go, we were just 2 points behind HSV. I felt confident that we could overtake them in that time, but we then lost our next two games, meaning that HSV were 6 points clear. Both ourselves and HSV won our next three, so we went into the penultimate game needing to beat HSV at their place to take it to the final day. The 1-1 draw we got was decent, but not enough to stop HSV claiming their 3rd title in 4 seasons. The 0-2 defeat we suffered at Leverkusen on the final day, meant that we had to settle for 3rd place.





    Europa League

    Wins over Eupen, Palermo, and Krylja Sovetov meant that we progressed to the semi-final. We were drawn against AC Milan, and lost the first leg 1-3 in Italy. However, in the second leg, we smashed them 5-0 to reach the final. We played Turkish side Goztepe in the final in Copenhagen, and beat them comfortably 2-0.





    This was Dortmund's second success in this competition.





    Dortmund have done well in Europe in this save.





    This win was good for my reputation too, and I was briefly in this position.





    Next Season

    They'll be plenty of arrivals and departures this summer, to give us the best chance of challenging for the title next season. HSV will be tough to overcome, and with their strong defence, lost just two league games this season. They were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi finals by my old club Kayserispor last season, and reached the final the previous season.

    Inexplicably, after our 5-0 win over AC Milan in the Europa League Semi Final, several members of the squad stated that they had 'lost confidence in their manager's ability'. Now we've reached the end of the season, they no longer feel this way, but I'm not having it. They're all going on the transfer list. Four of them were players that I signed in January, and one of them is Jakub Kucharski, who was with me at Kayserispor. He's been excellent since he came into the side, but I'm not having players that could turn on me.

    I'll provide a transfer update before the start of next season.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Transfer Update

    We're about to kick off the start of the new season with a Champions League Qualifier 1st Leg at Ludogorets. I've been busy again in the transfer market, offloading 18 players, (including 4 of the traitors that I mentioned in my previous post) bringing in around 188M. I've spent around 129M on these 13 players.











    Carlos Palacios was with me at Club Brugge and Akhmat Grozny, and will hopefully provide plenty of assists from the left hand side with his high crossing and dribbling attributes.

    This is the fifth time I've signed Giacomo Perego, (Oostende, Club Brugge, Kayserispor, Twente) and the third time I've signed him in the last two years! A tackling machine with that Positioning attribute.

    Marcio Moreira dos Santos has been a regular in the Goztepe side that has been so successful in this save. He is Brazil's first choice keeper. Hopefully he'll be an upgrade, and do well for us. There wasn't another keeper available that had similar attributes for Handling, Agility, and Reflexes.

    I'm hopeful that we can knock HSV off their perch this season.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Mid Season Update

    Transfers

    I've added just two players in the winter transfer window. Callum Hudson-Odoi did well for me at Kayserispor. He eventually fell out of favour there, so I snapped him up for 5.75M. Seems like a bargain considering his high Jumping, Off The Ball, and Finishing attributes. Joaquin Matosas did well for me at FC Twente. When Utrecht activated his 2M buy out clause, I decided to get involved, and that fee is a bargain considering his age and Positioning attribute.






    DFB-Pokal (German Cup)

    We're into the semis after easing past Rostock, Dusseldorf, Monchengladbach, and Hannover 96.


    European Super Cup

    A solid 1-0 win over Barcelona confirms my belief that we can have a successful season both at home and in europe.




    It's also done my rep no harm either.




    Champions League


    We eased past the Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the qualifying round, and were drawn in a group with Barcelona, Galatasary, and Rangers. Galatasary and Rangers were both beaten home and away, and we drew both games with Barcelona to win the group. We're currently top of our second phase group which contains Atletico Madrid, Fenerbahce, and my previous employer, Club Brugge.


    World Club Cup

    We won our group with wins over Tigres (Mexico), Copa Libertadores Champions, Santa Cruz (Brazil), and a draw with Moghreb Tetou (Morroco). We then played Moghreb Tetou in the semis, and beat them 2-0 to reach the final against the Brazilians, Joinville, who reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, and got to this final by putting Barcelona out on penalties.




    This comfortable win means that Dortmund are World Champions for the first time in their history.




    League

    This is how the title race is looking just over halfway through the season.




    As you can see it's going brilliantly. We're top scorers, and have been ruthlessly solid defensively. A ten point lead over champions HSV at this stage is excellent. We go to HSV in our next game in what is a championship six pointer. A win for us gives us a thirteen point lead, and HSV a mountain to climb. A defeat for us closes the gap to just seven points with fourteen games left to play. I'll be happy with a draw.

    This win over 3rd placed Bayern (who had won their previous six league games) shows how dominant we've been.








    My Man of the Match made an incredible 18 dribbles!




    Even though his dribbling attribute is nothing special




    My next update will be at the end of the season. We've played 39 games in all competitions so far, and have yet to be beaten, and we didn't concede a single goal in the first 15 of those games.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029
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    End of Season Update

    League

    Our next game after my last update was away to HSV. We won the game comfortably 3-0 with 9 shots to their 1, and went thirteen points clear. Below is the final league table showing Dortmund as champions, which is their first title in 9 seasons.




    We wasn't as formidable in the final third of the season, and lost our first game in all competitions 1-2 at Frankfurt on Matchday 24. However, we finished 17 points clear of HSV, are joint top scorers, have the best defence, and broke the points record for Bundesliga champions in this save. (Not IRL though)

    I'm delighted to pick up my 10th letter, by using the flat 352 formation at home, and the 352 Attacking formation away from home. This is my first title in this save with a club from one of europe's top five leagues. (The Bundesliga is in fact the highest ranked league). I've been able to fulfil a personal challenge of mine which was to win a top title playing a formation that contains wingers, a strike duo, three at the back, and no-one in the DMC role.

    It was very much a squad effort this season, but I've picked out two players who have made the biggest impact.





    Moreira dos Santos may have cost 24M but he was worth every penny. He was the best keeper in the division, made important saves, and helped make a great defence into an even greater defence. As you can see, he conceded just 5 goals in his 27 games, which means that between them, the other keepers at the club conceded twice as many goals in just seven games.















    Phil Mkhize proved to be a surprise star of the squad. He cost just 100K from Santos (RSA), and was the complete midfielder, scoring high on Average Rating, Man of the Match, Goals, Assists, and Average Tackles per Game.

    DFB Pokal

    We beat Leverkusen in the semi final, but Frankfurt proved to be a bogey team for us, and we were prevented from winning the double when we were defeated 0-1 in the final.

    Champions League

    We won our second phase group with a game to spare, then eased past Man. Utd in the quarter finals 6-2 on aggregate. We then came up against Barcelona again. The spanish giants had won the last six La Liga titles, and the last three European Cups. Earlier this season we beat them in the European Super Cup, and drew both of our first phase group stage games against them in this tournament. We got a good 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp, but were defeated 0-1 at home, enabling Barcelona to reach their fourth successive final which they won by beating HSV on penalties.

    The Future

    There are a couple of jobs that I'm interested in where the manager is very insecure. Gary Rowett at QPR who have just finished in 14th place in the Premier League, and Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid who are currently in 8th place with one game to go. Also, the managers at Barcelona and Galatasaray are both 64 years old, so those jobs will probably come up this summer.

    I'll keep you posted.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    New Job Update




    Gary Rowett and Zinedine Zidane are clinging on to their respective jobs at QPR and Real Madrid, and neither of the Barcelona or Galatasary managers have retired yet, so when Eduardo Baptista retired, the Man City job came up, which I applied for, and have accepted.

    City have been nowhere near as good in this save as they have been IRL. After a couple of 2nd place finishes, they steadily declined into mid table. They flirted with relegation in 2031 and 2032 by finishing 17th both seasons, then improved last season by finishing 11th.

    City are still a rich club though. They have 776M in the bank, though that's just a fraction of the 4.5B that I left Dortmund with. However, 739M of City's fortune is available to me for transfers, and the annual wage bill is currently 105M compared to the 200M transfer fund that was available at Dortmund, and the 78M wage bill.

    Arsenal and Tottenham have been the top 2 for the last four seasons, so I'm not expecting to win the title in my first season, but hopefully in my second or third.

    I'll update with transfer news before the start of the season.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Transfer Update

    The season is about to kick off, and I've offloaded 9 players so far, bringing in around 41M, and I've added to the two players that were signed a couple of weeks before I joined by signing 13 players at a cost of 55M.





    7 of the 13 were signed from my previous two clubs, Dortmund and FC Twente, so I've gone with familiarity. The 13 are 2 keepers, 6 centre backs, 2 DMCs, an AMC, a winger, and a striker. I'm hoping to bring at least four more players in before the transfer window closes.

    I'm expecting to finish somewhere between 3rd and 6th place. Anything lower than 6th will be disappointing. I think it will be hard to break into the top 2. Signing all those centre backs shows that I intend to continue using the 352 formations that have served me well in this save.

    I'll next update at the end of the winter transfer window, unless anything significant happens before then.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Update

    So the league table looks like this.





    A slender lead at the top of the table. I spent a further 127M on 4 players at the end of the summer transfer window, which has helped us to become title contenders, but the board annoyed me by vetoing a deal for this player.





    He would have cost 62M, which is a lot of money, but I think that City could have had many good seasons out of him, and potentially sold him at a profit. To be fair, I'd spent 182M in that window, though I had recouped 48M, and City could easily afford him.

    Then this happened.





    I then tried to offer my captain a new contract, but the club wanted him to take a pay cut, so I requested that the wage bill be increased. My request was declined, so after I issued no fewer than three ultimatums, this happened.





    So I applied for the vacant QPR job.





    I'll be honest. If the QPR job hadn't come up, I'd have carried on at City and looked to improve the squad further, and I daresay that City will have pulled away from Arsenal and won the league, so for the third time in this save, I've passed up the chance to add another letter (I previously left Lamia to go to Xanthi, and was headhunted by Dortmund whilst at Twente), but Q is one of the most difficult letters to get, and I said at the beginning of the save that I want to get the tricky letters out of the way early doors.




    As you can see, QPR are currently in 14th place, 10 points clear of the relegation positions, and with a good chance of finishing in the top half of the table. The club have 449M in the bank, and 413M of that is available to me for transfers, so this seems like a good time to take this job, as the club is established in the Premier League, and financially rich. The way I see it, I have two transfer windows to build a title winning side, plus a third window to add any finishing touches needed, so hopefully QPR will be champions in 2035.

    I'll give a brief update at the end of this transfer window.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Definitely the right move going to QPR, very difficult letter and in a good position to be able to win soon-ish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegster View Post
    Definitely the right move going to QPR, very difficult letter and in a good position to be able to win soon-ish.
    Yeah, there should be other opportunities to get M later in the save. When I was at Estudiantes, Quilmes came up, but it would have meant dropping down a division, plus Estudiantes had a good lead at the top of the table, so I stuck with them. Regretted it though, as like you say, Q is a difficult letter.

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    Update

    My first game in charge as QPR manager was a trip to Tottenham. A tough test, as the North London giants have finished as runners up 6 times in the past 7 seasons. Making what I felt was the best use of the players that I had available, we lined up with the flat 442 formation. We took a 1-0 lead, but ended up losing 1-3.

    Six days later, my first home game in charge was against Shrewsbury, who incredibly are holding their own in the Premier League. I switched to the flat 352 formation that has worked well for me, and we spanked them 4-0.

    Transfer news





    I spent around 62M on these 14 players. This includes 1 goalie, 3 centre backs, 2 right wingers, 3 left wingers, 1 attacking midfielder, and 4 strikers. 7 of these players have played under me previously. I've offloaded 13 players, bringing in 6.25M. This has mostly involved releasing young players from their contracts early, as I had 47 players in the squad initially.

    Although the squad has greatly improved enough for me to feel that we can comfortably finish in the top half of the table, I will need to do more wheeling and dealing in the summer to turn us into title contenders next season.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    End of Season Update




    As you can see, my previous club Man. City coped well with losing me by appointing Gary Rowett (who I replaced at QPR), who after a sticky start, led them to their first title in this save.

    After QPR's 1-3 defeat at Tottenham in my first game in charge, we then won 9 and drew 1 of our next 10 games, which included 8 clean sheets, using the flat 352 formation. This suggested that we would definitely be title contenders next season, though 2 wins, 1 draw, and 2 defeats in our final 5 games suggests there is still work to do.

    Overall we played 16, won 11, drew 2, and lost 3, so picked up 35 points. Over a 38 game season, this equates to 83 points which is 1 more than what Man. City got this season.

    At the time of writing, I have six players arriving (subject to work permits) this summer. This will hopefully improve us enough to win the title next season. There should be plenty of incoming and outgoing transfer business this summer, and hopefully our 7th place finish will mean that we'll be in the Europa League next season.

    My next update will be at the end of the summer transfer window.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Early Season Update

    Transfers

    I've offloaded 15 players, bringing in around 65M, and signed the 13 players below at a cost of 181M. This includes 1 keeper, 4 centre backs, 4 central midfielders, 1 attacking midfielder. 1 left winger, and 2 strikers. 8 of the 13 have played under me previously, and 6 of them have come directly from my previous club Man. City. I'll go into a little detail about my last 2 signings.








    I first signed Loris Bruno for Man. City from little Italian club Monopoli for just 300k. I initially signed him as cover/competition, but he got into the side early on, and didn't look back. He provided a goal or assist in roughly every 1 and a half games, and had the best tackles per game ratio in the league for a midfielder by the time City sacked me. A little more than a year later, I've smashed QPR's transfer record by paying City 51M for his services.

    Less than four weeks later, I smashed the record again, by shelling out 70M to Barnsley for Evan Brennan. I'm hoping that his creativity will mean plenty of assists.


    Early season form

    In Europa League Qualifying we overcame Basaksehir, Frankfurt, and Clermont, to set up a 2nd round clash with the Macedonians, Vardar.

    We've not had a very good start in the league, with a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, and a 0-1 defeat at Tottenham, but I'm hopeful that the signings that I've made will get us on course to challenge for the title.

    My next update will be at the end of the January transfer window.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    Mid Season Update

    Latest League Table




    As you can see, we're challenging for the title with 14 games to go. This hasn't always been the case though. After 15 games, we had only managed to score 16 goals, giving us the worst goal scoring record in the division. We were just outside the top 6, around 10 points behind Arsenal, and looking nothing like title contenders.

    I addressed this by abandoning the flat 352 formation, and switched to the attacking 352. This has worked well, we've scored 22 in the last 9 games, and closed the gap on Arsenal to just 1 point. Hopefully we can sustain this form.


    Domestic Cups

    Shrewsbury put us out in the 3rd round of the League Cup, and we will play Derby in a 4th round replay in the FA Cup.


    Europa League

    We've overcome Vardar, Apollon Smyrnis, and Osmanlispor to reach the last 16 of this competition where we will meet Silkeborg.


    Transfer News.

    There's been 4 departures in this winter window, bringing in around 90M, and 1 arrival, which is a promising young centre back from my previous club Man. City.


    My next update will be at the end of the season.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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    You're doing more than okay now, but what happened to Manchester City after you left them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrkh View Post
    You're doing more than okay now, but what happened to Manchester City after you left them?
    I was replaced at Man. City by Gary Rowett, who had been sacked by QPR. City went on to win the title, but he didn't fancy a lot of the players who did well for me, so I've managed to buy a lot of them, and they've slipped away quite a bit this season.

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    End of Season Update

    FA Cup

    After getting past Derby in the 4th round replay, we beat Accrington in the 5th round before being knocked out by West Brom in the quarter final. West Brom went on to get beaten in the final by my previous club Man.City.

    Europa League

    We got past Silkeborg, then Charleroi to reach the semi finals, where we were beaten by eventual winners Swansea.

    League

    Here is the final league table.





    We managed to sustain the good form we had shown since switching to the 352 Attacking formation, and with the form of all the teams around us crumbling in the final third of the season, we clinched a first ever Premier League title for QPR with 3 games to spare. Our defence remained the strongest in the division, and we went from having one of the lowest goal scoring records earlier in the season to the second best.

    Key Players

    In no particular order, these three players were our most important this season.








    Davor Alispahic was already at the club when I arrived. He was first choice keeper, and club captain. This continued until the start of this season, when one of my new signings took over between the sticks. However, Alispahic returned to the side when my new signing got injured, and showed impressive consistency to keep his place, and lead us to the title as captain, whilst having the second highest average rating for a keeper.

    Mamadou Fofana was an important player for me at both Dortmund and Man. City, so I had no qualms about paying 6.25M to bring him to QPR. He was vice captain, and was up amongst the best defenders for his tackles-per-game ratio.

    Felice Lazzari was a fringe player for me at City, and cost me just 2.3M. He also was amongst the best for his tackles-per-game ratio.


    The Future

    My decision to engineer my sacking from Man. City has been vindicated by this success. Q is my eleventh letter, and is one of the trickiest to achieve, as QPR are obviously not considered to be one of the glamorous clubs in English football. I spent around 243M over the three transfer windows that I was in charge, and recouped around 171M, so my net spend was about 72M.

    I decided to engineer my departure from QPR. I issued two ultimatums before the club agreed to increase the stadium capacity, another ultimatum meant that they increased the wage bill, but an ultimatum to increase the transfer budget was too much for the club to bear, so I was on my way.




    I can't see finding another job being a problem with this World Rep.




    I was right to think this when this job came up.




    Milan are obviously a massive glamorous club, and have won the last two Scudettos under Andre Villas-Boas, who left to become manager of La Liga side Eibar. La Liga is the highest ranked league, and Serie A is 5th, which goes some way to explaining this surprise move. The EPL incidentally is 3rd. Hopefully I'll just need to make a few tweaks to the squad, and I'm looking forward to an early chance to have another crack at the letter M.

    My next update will be at the end of the August transfer window,


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
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  30. #342

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    Early Season Update

    Approach to the Milan job

    As you can see below, Milan have been Serie A champions for the past two seasons.




    Both of these titles were won with Andre Villas-Boas in charge. With this in mind, I've decided not to change things too much in terms of overhauling the squad to suit the 352 formations that I've mostly been using throughout this save.

    Instead I've looked at the formations that AVB used - a variation of the 451 Norway that has various diagonal arrows coming infield, and the 4213 that looks similar to the original default 433 formation with the ball.

    As I'm only using default tactics, I've looked at the squad that I've inherited, and have decided that to begin with, I will use the 433 formation, and see how things go.

    I originally planned to just make a few tweaks to the squad, but I want to give myself the best chance of Milan retaining the title, so have signed these 9 players at a cost of around 295M




    This includes 1 keeper, 1 left back, 3 centre backs, 2 central midfielders, an attacking midfielder, and a striker. 5 of these players have played under me previously. As you can see I've splashed out big money on Abdoulaye Mbengue, who I first signed for Dortmund on a free transfer.




    We've had a good start, coming from behind to beat last season's Serie A runners up, and Coppa Italia winners Juventus 2-1 in the Supercoppa, and in our only league game so far, we came away from Udinese with a 2-0 win with Mbengue scoring both goals.

    My next update will be at the end of the January transfer window.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  32. #343

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    After so long simming the game waiting for a team to accept my job application I took over JS Hercules in the Second Division of Finland, Relatively good squad for the league and with some tweaks to the starting 11 made it quite comfortably from 3rd to 1st in the 7 games I've been in charge.

    Will now look to build a good enough side to compete in the Finnish first division next year. What I quite like about this league it it is very small and short. Can attract good enough players from other leagues.

    Obviously the second division is not the first league in Finland so it doesn't count, but I think this is the best way to get a top league club champions, Will see where we are in 30 games time.

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    Mid Season Update

    Coppa Italia & Champions League

    After knocking out Carpi and Napoli, we face Juventus in a two legged Coppa Italia semi final.

    In europe we won our first phase group which contained Fenerbahce, Ufa, and Partizan Belgrade. We're currently 2nd in a group that contains Fortuna Dusseldorf, Tottenham, and one of my previous clubs Zenit St. Petersburg.

    League





    As you can see it's going brilliantly. 21 wins out of 22, top scorers, and best defence. We've won each of our last 14 league games. Even if our form dips to something like just under 2 points on average per game, Juventus and/or Napoli would have to go on an incredible run, which I just can't see happening.

    We started the season playing several games using the 433 formation as planned. Injuries forced me to switch to the flat 352, which worked well for several games, then more injuries and suspension meant that I went with the game's 4132 which has also worked really well.

    Transfer News





    I've added 4 more players in this window to improve the depth of the squad so that hopefully we can also have a good chance in the Champions League. A right back, a centre back who I first signed for FC Twente, and a couple of AMLRCs.

    My next update will be at the end of the season


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  36. #345

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    Make Mine A Treble!!!








    League

    We won the league with 6 games to spare, achieved 104 points (which is just 2 points less than the record that Juventus set in this save in 2019), were top scorers, and had the best defence.

    We continued with the game's 4132 formation, then with the condition of my first choice full backs dropping due to small gaps between fixtures, we briefly switched to the 352 Attacking formation that has worked so well for me in this save, before returning to 4132 for the Champions League Final.


    Key Players


    Benjamin Ludwig






    The club bought Ludwig from Hoffenheim 9 years ago when he was just 17 years old. He'd been the club's first choice keeper for the past 5 seasons when I arrived. I was concerned by him having just 2 for Jumping, but was encouraged by his high attributes for Handling, Anticipation, Bravery, and Reflexes. As he had been a regular in a title winning side in 3 of the past 5 seasons I decided to stick with him. This proved to be correct, as he was one of the most consistent keepers in the division, made some important saves at times, and proved himself to be a big game player by being Man of the Match in both the Coppa Italia Final and the Champions League Final.


    Alberto Ramos






    The club paid 113M to Alaves for Ramos 2 years before I arrived. He had been a regular in both of the title winning seasons before I arrived, so I went with him despite my reservations about him, due to having just 5 for Determination. This didn't turn out to be a problem, and Ramos had the highest average rating for a defender in the division.

    Shunta Ota








    Ota arrived at the club at the same time as Ramos, when the club paid Roma 36M for his services. He had only really been a squad player in these past 2 seasons, and he started the season on the bench for me. However, once I switched to the 352 formation, I played him on the right hand side (despite him being left footed) and he provided 5 assists in 5 games. He wasn't so prolific with the assists when I switched to 4132, where he played on the right of one of the three advanced midfielders. After we wrapped up the title I gave him 4 games as the advanced midfielder in the game's 433 formation, and he scored 2 goals and provided 4 assists.


    Abdoulaye Mbengue










    My record signing from my former club was a goal machine during the first half of the season. I rested him for most of the final third of the season, but he still managed to finish as one of the leading goal scorers in the division, have the highest average rating, and win the most Man of the Match awards.


    Coppa Italia

    We beat Juventus 6-1 on aggregate in the semi final to set up a Milano derby in the final against mid table Inter. We won a close game on penalties to give the club it's first ever double, as we had wrapped up the Scudetto a few weeks before. Despite this the board couldn't resist a sly dig.




    Champions League

    We won our 2nd Group Phase, with Tottenham finishing as runners up. We squeezed past Benfica 1-0 on aggregate in the quarter final, then met Tottenham again in the semi final. We won the first leg comfortably 3-0 at home, then lost 1-2 at White Hart Lane to reach the final with a 4-2 aggregate scoreline.

    The other semi final was between two of my former clubs, Borussia Dortmund and QPR. Dortmund squeezed through, so my Milan side lined up against several of the players that I had signed for the club that I left 3 seasons ago. We dominated the first half, but went in 0-0 at half time. The second half was much more even, but neither side could break the deadlock. Eventually in extra time the two attacking midfielders that I signed in January to help us have an impact in Europe combined to give us the lead. Ludwig made some important saves to keep Dortmund at bay, and we held on to turn the double into a treble, which was also Milan's first Champions League win since their real life one in 2007.


    Conclusion

    When I arrived at the club, they were already back to back Scudetto winners, so I decided to continue with what my predecessor Andre Villas-Boas did well, and evolve the club gradually. This worked well, and I was pleased with how different formations worked, as the 352 formations that I had mostly used previously had been so successful. Something else that surprised me, and has made me reconsider some of my previous beliefs about this game is how certain players did well despite not having certain attributes that I consider important, such as Determination, and in the case of Benjamin Ludwig, Jumping. Having left footed right wingers and right footed left backs hasn't been a problem either. These are things for me to be mindful of in the remainder of this save, and future saves.

    The Future

    I've applied for the vacant post at another European giant, Barcelona, so I'll keep you posted.



    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    M: Milan - Italian Serie A 2035/36
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  38. #346

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    New Job Update




    So I accepted the Barcelona job despite the small amount of money available for transfers. The club has around 200M in the bank, and just 4.3M is available for transfers. I asked for more, which they agreed to, and they stated that extra funds would be made available to me immediately, but my transfer budget is still the same.

    Not a problem, as I've lined up several bargains ahead of the summer transfer window opening. Anyway, after the mid June update, suddenly my transfer budget shot up to 185M, which will be useful if there's any more signings to be made.

    The Barcelona job had been vacant for a whole year, after Luis Enrique retired. They appointed a new manager of the B team, who is shown as Manager on the General Info page for the main team. Since I've taken the job it looks like Barcelona has two managers, but the other guy doesn't have any control over first team matters.








    Barcelona have been a dominant force in this save. They finished 3rd last season but have won 8 of the last 10 La Liga titles, and have won the Champions League 6 times in the past 14 seasons.






    I'm surprised that they have such a comparatively small amount of money, but last season they splashed out 300M on just 4 players, only to slip out of the top 2 in La Liga.

    There are some good players at the club, especially up front. They were fourth top scorers last season, but only had the eighth best defensive record. I'll be focussing on improving us defensively, and hopefully the club will be La Liga champions again in a years time. Malaga won the league with just 74 points last season, so hopefully we'll hit the ground running at the start of the season, and build up a nice big points cushion as soon as possible.

    I'm not sure at this stage what formation we'll line up with for our first two games, which will be Champions League qualifiers, but I'll probably change the formation throughout the season to suit the players that I have available, like I did at Milan last season.

    My next update will be when the summer transfer window closes.





    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    M: Milan - Italian Serie A 2035/36
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  40. #347

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    Early Season Update

    Transfer News

    I offloaded 8 players, bringing in 54M. Unfortunately, 1 of them was a Spanish international defender going to Arsenal that had been arranged before my arrival. I've brought in 11 players, (1 Keeper, 1 Right Back, 1 Left Back whose deal had been arranged before I arrived, 5 Centre Backs, 2 Defensive Midfielders, and an Attacking right sided central Midfielder. Perhaps if I'd waited for the TV and Season Ticket money to come in I could have got better players. This means that my signings look at bit uninspiring. The only player that cost more than 1.1M was Alejandro Almagro for 24M. I did the deal that took him to Estudiantes, but left the club before he arrived, I then paid 5M to take him to Man. City where he did well for me in the short time that I was there. I gave him his debut in our Champions League Play Off against Dusseldorf, but he broke his leg in the first half, and will be out till December!






    Champions League

    So Dusseldorf in the Play Off was always going to be tricky, and so it proved. The first leg was away from home, and I lined up with the 352 Attacking formation. We lost Almagro through injury, had a player sent off, and were beaten 0-2, which meant that we had it all to do at the Nou Camp.

    I went with the 4132 formation that worked well for me at Milan. We went in 1-0 at half time, threw everything at them in the second half, and our persistence paid off when we got the second goal in injury time to make it 2-2 on aggregate, and force extra time. We couldn't find the goal to win the match, so it came down to a penalty shoot out, that we lost, which means we will be competing in the Europa League this season.



    My next update will be at the end of the winter transfer window.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    M: Milan - Italian Serie A 2035/36
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  42. #348

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    Mid Season Update

    Europa League & Copa Del Rey

    We're through to the last 16 of the Europa League by getting aggregate wins over the Moldovans Milsami Orhei (7-0), my old club PAOK (5-0), and Osmanlispor (2-0). We're also into the Quarter Finals of the Copa Del Rey after getting past Valladolid, Cordoba, and Villarreal.


    League




    As you can see we have a commanding lead at the top of the table just over halfway through the season. We won each of our first 5 games using the 4132 formation, lost at Sevilla, then won the next 7 where due to injury problems, I switched to the game's 451 formation. We then had a blip where we drew 2 and lost 1, so switched back to 4132, and now we've won 4 of our last 5. For our latest game, I went with the 352 Attacking.

    Defensively we've been excellent, and the new players have given us some solidity. We're not exactly blowing teams away though, so I've used the winter transfer window to improve the squad.


    Transfers

    I freed up some space in the squad by offloading 4 players, bringing in 42M. I've spent just over 114M on four players. A young right back, a young centre back, a creative midfielder, and a skilful attacking midfielder. Hopefully these signings will help us to push on, win La Liga with a bit to spare, and maybe win a treble.




    My next update will be at the end of the season.


    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    M: Milan - Italian Serie A 2035/36
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  44. #349

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    Champions



    I picked up my 13th letter with 5 games to spare, after a 5 match winning streak helped by reverting back to 4132 from the 352 formations. We had the joint 4th best goal scoring record, and by far the best defence. We were by no means world beaters, and nowhere near as good as my AC Milan side from the previous season, but we were far better than everyone else in La Liga. Here are a few of the key players from this season.


    Antonio Capogna






    Italy's first choice keeper had been bought by the club 4 seasons ago for 94M from Man Utd. He'd been captain the previous season, and I was happy for things to stay that way. He was very reliable this season, and had the joint best average rating for a keeper in La Liga.

    David Krug & Alejandro Almagro








    Both defenders were an important reason why we were so solid, and both were high up on the list for average tackles per game. Almagro was with me at Man. City, and cost the club 24M, whilst Krug cost just 100K from a German club called Jena.


    Cristian Ruiz







    Ruiz was bought by the club 3 seasons before my arrival for 48.5M from Rayo. The Spanish international averaged a goal or assist every other game, and was at his best when I played him on the left of the 3 in the 4132 formation.


    David Grigoryan







    I bought the Armenian in the winter transfer window for 45M from Panathinaikos to improve our attacking options. He had an immediate impact averaging a goal or assist almost every game, and was immense when I played him on the right hand side of the 3 in the 4132 formation.


    Europa League & Copa Del Rey







    We did well to get to both finals, but fell at the final hurdle on both occasions. We were unlucky against Bayern, and poor against Eibar (managed by AVB).


    The Future





    I issued two admittedly, unreasonable ultimatums to the club to increase a stadium that already holds 117000, so myself and Barcelona parted company.

    I was headhunted for this job.





    Then applied for the following job, but turned it down when offered.





    But accepted this job that I also applied for.





    In real life, this of course would never happen, but the reason that I've returned to the Turkish Super Lig after managing the two glamour pusses that are Barcelona and AC Milan is to attempt to obtain what I feel is the tricky letter Y.

    Y. Malatyaspor are a reasonable sized club in Turkey with a stadium that holds just over 27000. They've spent most of this save in the second tier, but my predecessor got them promoted a year ago, and last season they finished 11th before he retired. The squad seems okay at my first glance, and there's 16M for me to improve it.

    This seems like a good time to come to this club, as someone else might get them relegated. If I'm successful here, it will hopefully mean that I can avoid going to Japan, as I was thinking that Yokohoma FM would be the most likely alternative.


    I'm not sure when my next update will be, as I'm thinking about having a little break from this save, and starting a new one. I do plan to come back to it though.






    A: Akhmat Grozny - Russian Premier League 2027
    B: Barcelona - Spanish La Liga 2036/37
    C: Club Brugge - First Division A 2026/27
    D: Dortmund - German Bundesliga 2032/33
    E: Estudiantes - Argentina Superliga (Closing Stage) 2029/30
    K: Kayserispor - Turkish Super Lig 2030/31
    M: Milan - Italian Serie A 2035/36
    O: Oostende - First Division A 2025/26
    P: PAOK - Greek Superleague 2023/24
    Q: QPR - English Premier League 2034/35
    S: Skive - Danish Superliga 2018/19
    X: Xanthi - Greek Superleague 2021/22
    Z: Zenit St. Petersburg - Russian Premier League 2029

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  46. #350

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    Just catching up with your posts on this page Libertine, just read up to you winning the league with Dortmund, just 14 goals conceded in 47 games for your keeper is class and helped you win them trophies.

    A great job in Man City next too, plenty of money for you to spend to strengthen the squad which is needed given they haven't been challenging for the title for a number of years, I'm sure you're the man to change that though

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