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    I will have a try with this exciting challenge! Someone finished it with non wib wob?

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    I doubt any one finished non wib wob

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    Our first season in the top flight has come to an end. Can't really complain, although I want to complain anyway! We hit the ground running and were top for quite some time, but our form started dropping around Christmas and by April it was non-existant. We kept dropping points right, left and centre to all sorts of rubbish, and eventually finished 4th.



    I had my hopes up for the UEFA cup, but playing a final when everyone's out of form ... no good. We clinged on to a 1-0 lead for over an hour, but football is a game of 90 minutes and the Germans always win. Schalke equalised in the 92th minute and of course won the penalty shootout.



    The less said about the Spanish cup the better. 2nd round.

    Where do we go from here? 2 million in the bank doesn't help much. I splashed 1.8 million on a striker before this season and he didn't perform at all (15 starts, 22 subs, 9 goals). Need another one but buying sub-standard players is always a lottery. Can't really afford to mess up again, especially as I can't offload anyone! It's crazy, I've had players listed for a year and there has been absolutely no interest what so ever.

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    OK my turn to give this a go...Have a quick question, how do I see the league tables from previous seasons? i.e. I want to see the Segunda B and playoff tables from the year before, as I forgot to take a screenshot of these.

    Adopted a 4-1-2-2-1 tactic from a previous saved game, that in turn I think is a modified version of a tactic I downloaded somewhere, could possibly have originally been Iodine CF if I remember correctly.

    First season, can see the goals and points for the first stage of the Segunda B league here: https://postimg.cc/image/6m17itpzx/ (91 goals)

    Play-off results: https://postimg.cc/image/qfdbblnz1/ (18 goals)

    Total league goals: 109 = 109 points

    Promotion = 100 points

    Season 1 total points: 209
    Last edited by au; 09-07-18 at 09:44 PM. Reason: Updated screenshots

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    You can't see full tables from previous seasons, under your club history and competitions you can pull up how you did in cups and what place you finished in the league along with W/D/L, GS, GC and pts.

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    At the end of the first season, annoyingly lost my two physios, leaving me with no physio at the club...As there were no Basque physios interested, played the whole of the 2nd season without a physio. Much like Arsenal do every year.

    Pretty successful in the league: https://postimg.cc/image/5juddxuvr/ (119 goals)

    Semis in the cup: https://postimg.cc/image/589knevul/

    Total league goals: 119 = 119 points

    Segunda winner = 200 points

    Cup semis = 100 points

    Season 1 total: 209

    Season 2 total: 419

    Overall total after 2 seasons: 628 points
    Last edited by au; 09-07-18 at 09:51 PM. Reason: Updated screenshots

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    Jla the exact same thing happened to me! was flying high until Christmas then started getting smashed lost about 10 in 15 games at one point

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    Season 4

    I had £3m to spend and I had some realistic targets that would improve the squad …. Then the bloody idiotic board spent £2.5m of MY MONEY on expanding the stadium. Plans ripped up.

    Fortunately I got key target Peru Nolaskoain from feeder club Atletico Bilbao for a second season on loan, along with José García and Miguel Olivide. A 4th midfielder came on loan from Peña Deportivo. I still had a few more targets, so I looked at who I could ship out and managed to get a bit of money for Txema Pan (£1.6m), David Martin (£1.2m) and 3 others, so I was back in business. 4 bosmans, (including EnekoCapilla) plus a player/coach goalkeeper and 4 that I paid money for, completed the transfer activity.

    As I said on the season 3 update, I would be looking at the tactics and my first effort was one that I had been playing about with but never used. It was a mashup between Mourinho-Play (the best defence in the OTL) with Evolution, (the best attack in the OTL)



    To an extent it worked, 3 wins from 3 and no goals conceded, but the wingers and forward midfielders were knackered after an hour, so it was not sustainable, especially when the pitches got heavy. I decided to fight fire with fire and reverted to a more conventional 4-1-4-1. What followed was the most boring season ever. A rock solid defence made us incredibly hard to break down and we recorded a string of low scoring wins and draws. We were miles clear of the pack, ut never looked like catching eventual winners Leganés. The final league table is slightly flattering as we had a 6-0 win in our penultimate game and Leganés lost 3 of their last 4 games.



    There was a flutter of transfer activity in January when I got 2 bids of £1m for my keeper Jon Ander Serantes. Since I thought my backup keeper was just as good, I negotiated that upto £1.2m, which allowed me to bring in a Bosnian/Basque striker, Kenan Kodro, from Mainz, for £600k and that in turn allowed Ito to leave. He hadn't cut it since we got promoted.

    The Copa del Rey campaign was short and sweet. We got past Almería 2-1 only to draw Real Madrid. They fielded a full strength side and demolished us 3-0 (Casemiro, Dybala, Bale)

    Kodro top scored with 14 from 13 starts and will be key for next season. Capilla added 10, but the best average rating, for a second season, went to keeper Aitor Navarro, a Bosman signing at the start of my 2nd season.

    And so to La Liga. Survival is the only aim, and replacing the 4 loanee players about all that I can hope for. I have plenty to spend, but I expect that the board will again up the capacity to wipe that out, and I have no more dead-wood to sell.
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    Season 4 come to an end, and there has been absolutely no progress. Another 4th. Actually we did worse than last year, but apparently so did everybody else so we still finished 4th.



    Qualified for Champions League, but was knocked out from the first group stage (Bayern, CSKA, Rosenborg and ourselves). We would have qualified for group stage 2 if we had defeated Rosenborg in the last match, but as always we struggled to score and it finished 0-0. Bayern and CSKA on to the next round, we got to play UEFA and was hammered by someone. Can't remember.

    Got a bit more money in the bank now, but quality Basque players are so friggin' expensive. I will need to empty my bank account to sign any one of them, it's only a matter of deciding who to bring in. I think I'm gonna look for a midfielder. We got Mikel San Jose this year, he was immense.

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    Mid-season update for season #5



    Maybe this will be our year?

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    End season 5. We couldn't quite do it this year either, Real Madrid are a tough nut to crack! We did significantly better than last year though. We even won some unexpected silverware!

    League table:



    ... but we showed we are certainly no pushovers! Turan (Barca) was sent off at 86 after a rough challenge on our left back. The very same left back who drilled in the winner in the last minute. Hah!



    The trophy cabinet at Lasesarre doesn't need expansion quite yet. Not half bad for an all-Basque side though!



    My proudest moment as Barakaldo manager. Bayern had 0 shots in this game. None! While we had 13.



    Final score: can't be arsed.

    Thanks challenge team, really enjoyed this! All hail Barakaldo!

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    Early doors, but Barakaldo fans are getting excited

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    Season 5

    My one and only attempt at La Liga and money is not an issue. Despite the board increasing the stadium capacity again, the TV money gave me a whopping £11m to spend. The problem though is finding anyone willing to come for our maximum £6k per week wages.

    Firstly, 2 departures. Xabier Aizpuru looked good on paper but failed to deliver. He went to Bilbao for just short of £1m. Markel Etxeberria headed to Tenerife for £425k. Along with the 4 departing loan players, and a retirement, there were quite a few vacancies.

    José García decided to make his loan from Bilbao permanent and I picked up 3 Iñigos … Córdoba, a winger from Las Pamas, Ruiz de Galarreta a midfielder also from Las Palmas and Vincente, a forward from Caudal who had been on loan a couple of seasons ago. I also found a backup defensive midfielder

    The opening fixtures were a joke. Atlético Madrid (H), Sevilla (A), Barcelona (H) and Athletic Bilbao (A). No chance …. but we get 7 points, that would have been 8 if Thiago hadn't scored an injury time winner for Barca ! Amazingly we were up with the leaders and stayed on their tails with some great results against the lesser teams. We even went top for 24 hours following a 5-1 thrashing of Oviedo.

    But it couldn't last and those narrow wins turned into draws, while the draws turned into narrow defeats. Nobody put more than 2 past us all season, but we dropped into the bottom half, only for a good run of 7 points from our last 4 games to lift us upto a very respectable 7th placed finish.



    Scoring goals was the problem. None of my strikers bagged more than 4, and my top scorers were both midfielders. Best player was again my keeper. Aitor Navarro is a must buy for anyone attempting this.

    The Copa del Rey has to be a missed opportunity. El Ejido, Girona, Valladolid and UCAM Murcia are all from the lower tiers. We then avoided Valencia and only had to beat Segunda B side Villanovensa for a place in the final. They scored twice in the first 5 mins of the away leg then parked the bus. We should have taken them at home, but a red card each in the 3rd minute wrecked the plans, and we were reduced to 9 after just half an hour. They bagged an away goal from their only attack and heads went down after that.

    A very good challenge and a great reminder of a misspent youth going back to one of the clubs I had managed many years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

    Points

    Season 1 50 + 66 = 116
    Season 2 100 + 89 = 189
    Season 3 100 + 50 = 150
    Season 4 100 + 69 = 169
    Season 5 100 + 48 = 148

    Total = 772

    I'll get some screen shots and put them in the results
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