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    The Return of the Prodigal Sons



    The Return of the Prodigal Sons

    I suppose you could say it started in January of this year when Robin van Persie returned to his boyhood club after an absence of almost fourteen years during which time he played for Arsenal, Manchester United and, finally, for Fenerbahçe.


    The prodigal son might have been 34 years old already, with his hair beginning to gray, but he was still as keen as any 18-year-old out there on the soccer field and obviously Van Persie still has far superior skills!

    In those five months he did not get much game time but he had no difficulty finding the net and three months later Feyenoord won the Dutch Cup by beating AZ (3-0) with Van Persie scoring the second goal.

    The fans were delirious but they wanted more 'fresh blood' to compete for the title, what with both Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven having strengthened their already impressive squads with several big name signings. However, there was little or no transfer money available. So things looked rather bleak, until the news was announced that Jordy Clasie would also return to De Kuip! Feyenoord had signed the 27-year-old midfielder on loan from Southampton!


    So when that unexpected phone call came, I did not hesitate for a moment! The circle had been completed!

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    Another Samsami adventure ... Here we go !

    Will you be looking to bring back some of the other old boys ?
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    It seems a bit bad that you'll be putting Gio van Bronckhorst out of a job when he had two spells as a Feyenoord player - fancy dipping into the editor and making him your assistant? That would mean making Jean-Paul van Gastel and Denny Landzaat (both also played for Feyenoord) normal coaches. Both assistant coaches irl but presumably only one of them is assistant on the game. Other coaching staff seem expendable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by riise View Post
    It seems a bit bad that you'll be putting Gio van Bronckhorst out of a job when he had two spells as a Feyenoord player - fancy dipping into the editor and making him your assistant? That would mean making Jean-Paul van Gastel and Denny Landzaat (both also played for Feyenoord) normal coaches. Both assistant coaches irl but presumably only one of them is assistant on the game. Other coaching staff seem expendable!
    Thanks! Sounds like a plan!

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    Another Samsami adventure ... Here we go !

    Will you be looking to bring back some of the other old boys ?
    Yes, that is the general idea. Feyenoord will not attract many big names. Unless Mauro Di Bari shows up!

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    I'm guessing you're using harder AI tactics like in your last stories? Or are you going non wibwob for a change?

    Hopefully I can follow this one, but can't make any promises. Good luck anyway!
    Go check out my YouTube channel with lots of CM 01-02 related video's!

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    Will follow - can you get that CL that was so close last time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Will follow - can you get that CL that was so close last time?
    That's where it all began, yes. With that unlucky CL final.

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    The circle is to be completed

    So this is where I will end a career which has already spanned a period of no less than 25 years!

    Five years with Feyenoord which led to three League titles and two Dutch cups although those five years eventually ended with a bit of an anti-climax and a bitter disappointment for many, including Jordy Clasie...



    Five years
    with Tottenham Hotspur which resulted in two League titles and an FA Cup and which included that most most bizarre match of all against Chelsea in the Champions League Quarter Final...
    Spoiler!

    But the ultimate success came in the fifth year, thanks partly to Jordy Clasie - and with a little help from the referee...



    Six years
    with Southampton which resulted in the League title in the fourth year and in that spectacular sixth year when Southampton failed to win the title again but shocked the football world by winning the Champions League in a match where they defied the odds when FC Bayern had the upper-hand but missed composure.





    And finally, nine years with Blackburn Rovers when we first gained promotion from the EFL Championship and then went on to win two EFL Cups and the Europa League before we finally won the Premier League in the seventh year, thanks to a Di Bari hat-trick in that final all-deciding match of the season.

    And after a very brief and unsuccessful spell with Allegri as manager, on the very last day of the seventh season we won our second Premier League title by demolishing none other than Chelsea at Stamford Bridge!


    And now it ends where it all started, in Rotterdam!

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    Samsami is like Sam Allardyce - he'll be back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Samsami is like Sam Allardyce - he'll be back!
    Granted, at least he was also the manager of Blackburn Rovers.

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    Open Day 2018

    On the Annual Open Day, when the helicopter landed in De Kuip, there were precious few new signings, just as the fans had been told already. The problem is that the fans always hope for a surprise only it did not happen this time.



    So the 2018-2019 squad is more or less the same as the previous season when Feyenoord ended in a very disappointing 4th position with a horrible seventeen-point gap between Eredivisie winners PSV and Feyenoord! Ajax were the runners-up and AZ ended in third place.
    Spoiler!

    In fact, it's only because Feyenoord happened to win the Dutch Cup that the 2017-2018 season hadn't been a total failure. And all of that barely a year after winning that elusive title - for the first time since 1999 (!) with Leo Beenhakker.

    So no 'fresh blood' and no transfer money as the Board were quick to point out when they told me what they expected of me and of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who - as it well known by now - will stay on as co-manager.



    At least Robin van Persie has decided not to retire just yet. The now 35-year-old wants to have an impact one more season after winning the Cup with Feyenoord, but with failing so miserably in the League.


    And, of course, there is that other prodigal son who has returned to the Kuip. Jordy Clasie is back for at least one year, on loan from Southampton!


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    Organising this open day was a lot of work. These guys better make it worth my while!

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    On the face of it a big job to do!

    But we have confidence in Samsami

    Is 4th CL or Europa League?

    How are the finances?

    What's stadium size again?

    Good youth players?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    On the face of it a big job to do!

    But we have confidence in Samsami

    Is 4th CL or Europa League?

    How are the finances?

    What's stadium size again?

    Good youth players?
    4th place is Europa League and there is virtually no money for transfers. The only good thing is De Kuip. The stadium's original capacity was 64,000. In 1949, it was expanded to 69,000, and in 1994 it was converted to a 51,117-seat all-seater.

    As to the youth players, they are our only hope for the time being.

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    I can see there being plenty of youth talent. Unless CMCZ slashed them all?

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    And so the season is about to start


    As last season's Cup winners we will start the 2018-2119 season with an away friendly against SC Amiens before we will play PSV, the reigning champions, in the Johan Cruijff Schaal.

    As usual that game will be played in Eindhoven so PSV will have a definite advantage.



    Nevertheless, this is the opportunity to win silverware just before the season will officially start. And we shall have to play AZ away first, so it will not an easy start for us!



    But we will begin the season in the northern city of Amiens in the Hauts-de-France region with the familiar Feyenoord squad, with the addition only of Jordy Clasie, who is on loan from Southampton.



    Now, of course, we do have several talented youngsters, but they shall all have to prove themselves first before they will get an opportunity to show their skills in the first team. It is Giovanni van Bronckhorst's task to help them become better players.
    Spoiler!


    Now when it come to our first team, a lot will depend on Van Persie and on Nicolai Jörgensen this season.
    Spoiler!


    As to our goalkeepers, we will start with Kenneth Vermeer, who is the most experienced of our goalkeepers, and with Justin Bijlow as backup. Bijlow is the most talented of our young goalkeepers, but obviously he still lacks experience.
    Spoiler!

    So as we prepare for the season, this is the formation we will be using against SC Amiens with Dylan Vente replacing the injured Nicolai Jörgensen.


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    • What instructions?
    • Wib wobbing?
    • Never knew RVP was so strong and could jump so well
    • RVP out wide – has he the legs for that now? Berghuis getting rave reviews IRL – be interesting to see how he goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    • What instructions?
    • Wib wobbing?
    • Never knew RVP was so strong and could jump so well
    • RVP out wide – has he the legs for that now? Berghuis getting rave reviews IRL – be interesting to see how he goes
    Right now were are just trying things out. One thing is that Van Persie may not be able to play the full ninety minutes. We may have to use a formation with Jørgensen as striker and Van Persie as number 10 or we may use the wingers formation with Sam Larsson and Steven Berghuis as wingers and Van Persie as striker as long as Jørgensen is injured. There are plenty of options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I predict an easy season ahead.
    I don't. Our squad needs fresh blood and there is no transfer money available. The talented youngsters need time to develop into key players and that takes time.

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    A disappointing pre-season friendly


    We had expected more after all that training, but the match in Amiens in front of less than 5,500 fans ended in a disappointing goalless draw.



    And what's more, we could easily have lost the game if it had not been for Vermeer who denied Amiens' forwards more than once.

    Of course we had to play without Jørgensen and although Vente was eager to impress the staff, he is still young and inexperienced.

    Van Persie played well as did Clasie and Berghuis, but Sam Larsson seemed a bit rusty when he replaced Van Persie in the second half.
    Spoiler!

    Now while it all depends on Jørgensen and Van Persie for goals a lot will also depend on our wingers.


    Steven Berghuis is arguably our best winger and he can certainly make a difference but he also sometimes has off-days. Nevertheless, last season he scored no less than 18 goals in 31 Eredivisie appearances!
    Spoiler!



    Sam Larsson made 14 Eredivisie appearances last season but he scored just three goals. Somehow he never managed to show his class in the same way as he did with Heerenveen, before he joined Feyenoord.
    Spoiler!

    So the big question is: Will our attacking line of Larsson, Van Persie, Jørgensen and Berghuis deliver? Or shall we have to look at replacing them at the end of this season?

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    Hmm, not the best of games there but hopefully just a case of the players getting match fit first and foremost.

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