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4 wins in a row?

Unheard of. And where are PSG?
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trunky wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 8:56 am 4 wins in a row?

Unheard of. And where are PSG?
The tide is changing, mate. They have lost some of their top players.

Having said that, they have only played five league games so they have three games in hand over you.
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Between injuries and suspensions I suspect October will be very similiar to September results wise.

Congrats on a fine month trunky
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Now we are all showing some teeth!

Some great results for us and then a shock loss stops us maybe topping the table)

Pedri injured AGAIN - must have some lovely injury proneness in back end

Feels like a positive update for the majority - nice one!
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Kanai certainly has our number. Think I’ll draft his tactics coach next.
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Dermotron wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 9:24 am Between injuries and suspensions I suspect October will be very similiar to September results wise.

Congrats on a fine month trunky
First season average league position was around 10th-12th place.
Second season was between 8th and 9th place.
We're now around 5th place average and the top teams are beginning to implode as they lost so many star players.

The top teams in the Netherlands and Croatia haven't lost many star players, though, so they tend to stay at the top in their respective countries.
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Looks like everybody made some huge steps this season, and I feel confident about a first Trillionaire Champion in Croatia this season!
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AJ wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 10:24 am Kanai certainly has our number. Think I’ll draft his tactics coach next.
Not too sure about this, it feels like Croatia (and neighbouring countries) are running out of good players. Though I refuse to give up on my principles 🥲
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October 2025 - League games

In which more of our clubs establish themselves in the top of their respective league tables...


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In the Premier League Luke's Luton Town won their home games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and against Leicester City with some difficulty, while narrowly losing their away game at Newcastle United.

So not an easy month, but Luton collected six points from their three league games and have moved up five places in the table to ninth.

Having said that, the Premier League table is as tight as anything at the moment and with Messi showing his age and Valverde dramatically underperforming (see spoiler) Luton shall have to do all they can to stay at this level.

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Meanwhile, marimo's Sheffield Utd continued their excellent run by holding Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium and demolishing ten-man Crystal Palace with Phil Foden - back from AWOL - scoring a fine hat-trick.

Clearly it's good for marimo's club to have a player like Phil Foden, who is setting a fine example for the talented, young lads at Sheffield!


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Nevertheless, the following week Sheffield were held to stalemate by Huddersfield in an encounter which was marred by red cards...

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So Sheffield are hard to beat this season and they very nearly also survived the League Cup Third Round at home against Chelsea in a match which went to penalty shootouts.

Ironically, though, it was Phil Foden who missed the fifth penalty so that Sheffield were eliminated by Chelsea.


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This means that both of our Premier League sides have now been eliminated from the League Cup - which may actually be a good thing as both teams really need to focus on the league right now.






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In Spain Dermotron's Granada - without their injured goalkeeper André Ferreira who will be out for another four months - did what they had to do.

Just like Luton Town in the Premier League, Granada won both of their home games, but they lost their away game, against Rayo Vallecano. And so Granada collected six points from nine to move up one place in the table.

Also, Granada's home wins were more convincing than Luton's home wins. And the La Liga table isn't nearly as tight as the Premier League table...

Granada's owner must be really worried, though. The club doesn't have a third goalkeeper, so if 35-year-old Marc Martínez would also pick up an injury or be suspended...

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For some reason, our two teams in the German Bundesliga are doing remarkably well when compared with our teams in England and in Spain. One wouldn't expect this in a strong league like the Bundesliga.

Redders' FC Köln had a good October run despite Pedri's absence because of injury. Köln were held to a 2-2 draw by Borussia Dortmund, who scored a late equaliser, but they convincingly won both of their away games against sides residing near the bottom of the table.

Pedri is currently being treated for his injury, but everyone else is fit and available and having relatively weak opponents obviously helps, too.

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And Evesham's Mainz also collected seven points, only they had to play four games instead of three.

Mainz impressed with a thumping away win at newly-promoted Elversberg and also at home against ten-man Heidenheim, but they lost their away game at Leverkusen and were held to stalemate by Stuttgart.

By the way, Mainz have some quality players in addition to their more recently drafted star players as you can see in the spoiler. Two of them are already well into their thirties, though.

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So both of our German teams are currently in the title race with Köln actually leading the pack, although RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg have one or two games in hand over Köln and Mainz.


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At the beginning of this month FC Köln also eliminated Second Bundesliga side FC Magdeburg from the DfB-Pokal Second Round while Mainz defeated SSV Jahn Regensburg, another Second Bundesliga side, to also qualify for the DfB-Pokal Third Round...

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In France all eyes are on trunky's Lorient who had won all four of their September games and moved up to second place in the Ligue 1 table.

October was a much more challenging month for trunky's lads, though.

On 14th October they had to play top side OGC Nice at home and they drew the game thanks to a late equaliser scored by their 19-year-old central midfielder Eli Junior Kroupy, one of the talented youngsters from Mainz own youth academy, who often plays alongside Luca Di Maggio.

But Lorient lost their next game, away at third-placed Stade de Reims and trunky's young side were held to a 2-2 draw by AS Monaco in their final October game.

By the way, Lorient's young star players are doing quite well, although 17-year-old central defender Jorthy Mokio and also Di Maggio are still struggling to find their form.

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In the Netherlands KKM's Excelsior are having a remarkably good third season.

Now in October Excelsior had to play a whopping six league games and after winning their first two games against Heracles and RKC - both of them home games - KKM's lads began to falter a bit.

Excelsior needed a late penalty to draw their away game at NEC Nijmegen and they also drew their next two games before losing to Feyenoord at De Kuip.

Nevertheless, Excelsior an excellent team. Only 26-year-old Alessandro Bastoni is clearly underperforming as central defender.

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Meanwhile, Spectral's Vitesse - without the AWOL Kaiky Fernandes in their ranks - had a very challenging month. Kaiky being Vitesse's only world class defender and the club also not having drafted a goalkeeper yet makes their defence rather vulnerable.

After an unfortunate home loss to Sparta Rotterdam Vitesse bounced back and demolished FC Utrecht at home, but not surprisingly they lost their next two away games against top sides Feyenoord Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven. And Vitesse only managed to draw their final game of the month against Heracles, mainly because of their leaky defence.

So Vitesse really miss Kaiky as they conceded ten goals in their five October league games. Having said that, their remaining star players are performing well enough for them.

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And then, finally, in Croatia Kanai's Gorica began the month with a very narrow cup win at NK Krk.

Gorica had to play almost the entire game with ten men after their central midfielder Mateo Kovačić was sent off for punching Ivan Krizmanic. And when I say 'punching' that is an understatement...


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So this meant that Gorica had to play their four October league games without their central midfielder and Luka Modrić was likely to get more game time.

On 14th October Gorica defeated ten-man Rudes, with Modrić still on the bench. A week later they demolished Opatija with Modrić playing for 55 minutes and when they played Orijent next Modric played the full 90 minutes and he actually scored the opening goal.

Gorica rested Modric in their midweek game at home against Jarun, which they also won so that with twelve points from four league games - plus the cup win - October was a near-perfect month for Kanai's side.

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The same can not be said of AJ's Slaven Belupo who began the month with a thumping cup win at Nogometni klub Nehaj.

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However, their league games did not go well. Slaven drew their away game at Osijek (3-3) and lost at home to Hajduk Split, dropping five precious points, before ending the month by demolishing ten-man NK Opatija with Haaland scoring no less than four goals!

All in all, an erratic month for AJ's side, who must be wondering why their new goalkeeper is not delivering as they had been hoping and expecting...

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So these were the October league games. There were four Europa League games as well in October, but I will report on those tomorrow.
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marimo and Luke-ton both doing well in the top 10.
Dermo's doing good without his no.1.
Great month for Redders, top of the table congratz, Mainz dropping too many points for me.
Trunky doing well, KKM doing well but the top 2 have 2 games in hand, Spectral very surprisingly having a bad season.
Croatia boys both doing superb, title looks on the way for Kanai or AJ.
Cheers for the write-up samsami.
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Arse month.
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Does feel like the title is there to be won in Croatia

Evesham and I halfway in points to being safe from relegation!

Happy with the start we made though and both progress in cup

Boys in the other leaguyes deffo giving it some this year - feels like something is brewing....
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trunky wrote: Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:46 pmArse month.
i shouldn't complain if I were you. You're in fifth position, mate!

Two years in a row you ended in 14th place and your youngsters are flnow delivering. But you played the league leaders and the runners-up.
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Redknapp69 wrote: Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:49 pm Does feel like the title is there to be won in Croatia

Evesham and I halfway in points to being safe from relegation!

Happy with the start we made though and both progress in cup

Boys in the other leagues deffo giving it some this year - feels like something is brewing....
Fully agree. Something is brewing.

But why do you say you're safe from relegation :lol:
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evesham wrote: Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:09 am Spectral very surprisingly having a bad season...
They haven't drafted a goalkeeper yet and they drafted only one defender (Kaiky) who is currently AWOL....
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Impressive performances all round! Especially impressed with Trunky’s kids, can see them turning into a world class team in a few seasons. Feeling hopefull about my own chances this season as well, though Haaland’s form is scary 🤔
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October 2025 - Europa League games

October was a good month for most of our teams as far as league games are concerned, but how did our three remaining teams do in Europe?

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On 16th October the three trillionaire teams who had reached the Europa League Third Round played their first leg and for Dermotron's Granada this was the home game against Man City.

Now The Citizens have lost quite a few of their star players, but this doesn't necessarily mean that they are no longer a force to be reckoned with.

With the support of the crowd Mainz were the attacking team but there were no goals in the first half and twelve minutes into the second half Jack Grealish scored the opening goal for the visitors.

Fortunately for Granada, they have Dusan Vlahovic who scored the late equaliser. Vlahovic who was too quick for Callum Doyle and picked his spot inside the near post so that the match ended in a 1-1 draw. But will a draw be enough?


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Also on 16th of October evesham's Mainz played their away game against Fenerbahçe SK and despite the fact that soon after Bellingham's early opener Nuno Mendes had to go off injured, Mainz showed teeth with Karim Onisiwo bagging a brace.

Clearly, Mainz have matured and this win must have boosted their morale and have given them hope for their European campaign.


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So that leaves AJ's Slaven Belupo who are beginning to realise that they have a somewhat unreliable goalkeeper. One who plays quite well one week, but has a bad day at the office the next week.

As it is, Slaven played well enough to defeat Lazio, but Labrovic's poor performance between the sticks means that they have to fear the worst as they travel to Italy.

Having said that, the win over Lazio is still very much a result to be proud of.


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The return games were played on 30th October and Granada - who needed to score at least one goal - played so well at the Etihad that the hosts were under quite some pressure for long periods of the game.

And they must have thought back of Haaland's days because their own striker duo Ricardo Pepi and Julián Alvarez appeared to be quite toothless when they countered.

Nevertheless, Man City's defence did the job and the match looked to end in stalemate.

That is to say, until the final match minute when Alvarez fired a shot at goal and Martínez could only parry the ball so that Kian Breckin had a chance with a tap-in.

And so Breckin scored the last-gasp goal that clinched their place in the Europa League Round of 32...


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That same evening Mainz comfortably defeated Fenerbahçe (3-0) at the MEWA Arena to win 6-1 on aggregate. Another superb performance by evesham's lads!


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And Slaven Belupo played a great first half at Lazio, only the match was decided three minutes into the second half when Riccardo Orsolini completely out-jumped Kimmich - who seemed rooted to the spot - and scored a powerful header.

As Johan Cruyff once said, Italians can't beat you, but you can lose against them.

Lazio parked the bus after that opening goal and they won the encounter by the narrowest of margins to advance to the next round on away goals.


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Wow - incredible effort from all

Eevsham takes us forward then

Ridiculous effort from Derm and AJ oh so unlucky

This Trillionaire chinks a champagne glass for your efforts
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very pleased we progressed, super effort from AJ and Dermo vs 2 tough teams, unlucky to go out.
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Very well doen by all! Shame to be leaving the Europa League, but you can hold your heads high! And of course congrats to Evesham!
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November 2025

In which some of our teams are having a shocker of a month...


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In the Premier League the table is so incredibly tight that it's not unusual to move several places up or down in the table after each game and Luke's Luton Town, who lost to Liverpool and Man Utd, but managed to defeat Arsenal, dropped five places in the table this month.

More importantly, though, Luton had one of their key players transfer listed at his own request. The club issued a plain statement that doesn't say much, but there have undoubtedly been conflicts and showdown talks...

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A challenging month for Luton Town then and because marimo's Sheffield Utd also had a disappointing month, with losses to West Ham and Brighton & Hove Albion, they also dropped three places in the table.

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All in all, not a very good month for our two Premier League teams, but as I said, two wins in a row can make a lot of difference...


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In Spain Dermotron's Granada played some excellent games, including a shock win over runners-up Atlético Madrid and away against sixth-placed Valencia.

However, they also dropped points in games you'd expect them to win. Their 35-year-old backup goalkeeper doesn't always have safe hands and André Ferreira will be out for three more months.

Nevertheless, Granada moved up two places to fifth in the La Liga table.

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And in the German Bundesliga Redders' FC Köln won their first two November games, but after losing their third game at home to fourth-placed RB Leipzig they began to falter and so they ended up collecting 'just' eight points from fifteen.

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Köln remain in the title race, though, and so do evesham's Mainz who had an excellent month, losing only their first game against FC Bayern.

Mainz won all four of their remaining games and so they leapfrogged their rivals to grab first place, although Leipzig still have a couple of games in hand over them.

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There were cup games to be played as well in Germany and on the 26th November FC Köln were somewhat unexpectedly eliminated from the DFB-Pokal Round of Sixteen by fifth-placed VfB Stuttgart at the RheinEnergie Stadium, while ten-man Mainz needed extra time against SV Darmstadt to get through to the next phase.


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In France trunky's Lorient began the month with two good league wins and with Camarda scoring a hat-trick against Strasbourg.

However, two weeks later ten-man Lorient were crushed at home by Paris SG and they also lost their next game at league leaders Olympique de Marseille with Camarda having to go off injured.

Camarda's injury is obviously a major setback for trunky's side, but for now, with six points from twelve Lorient remain in fifth place in the League 1 table.

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In the Netherlands both Excelsior and Vitesse quite comfortably won their KNVB Second Round games to qualify for the Third Round.


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And both of our teams also did very well in their league games with KKM's Excelsior collecting no less than nine points from twelve, losing only their away game at AZ Alkmaar.

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And Spectral's Vitesse even managed to win all four of their league games to move up four places in the Eredivisie table to fifth. And they're still without a decent defender.

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So it would seem that our teams in the Netherlands are getting very close to winning the league, if not this year than perhaps the next.

As it is, some of the top teams still have a game or two in hand over them, though.


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Now in Croatia our teams were already looking to dominate the table last month, but November was not a good month for them.

Both of our teams are having to deal with injury problems and Gorica's central midfielder Mateo Kovačić was still banned for all of Gorica's November games as well.

And so on 3rd November Kanai's Gorica were eliminated from the Hrvatski Kup Second Round by a strong Dinamo Zagreb side, while AJ's Slaven Belupo defeated NK Jarun Zagreb to qualify for the Third Round thanks to Erling Haaland's four goals.


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However, after their cup win Slaven are facing a new crisis after fresh injury problems to two of their stars!


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Now without Kovačić and Pulisic Kanai's Gorica struggled in their league games as well. They still managed to defeat Solin, but lost their second league game of the month at Dinamo Zagreb and with Baturina being sent off for headbutting Lukas Kacavenda Gorica dropped points at home to Lokomotiva Zagreb as well. And it that game Mrzljak was sent off for punching Matko Babic in the face!

And to make matters even worse, in their final November game at Vukovar'91 Kanai's side had their goalkeeper sent off and because the hosts converted the penalty that match also ended in a disappointing 2-2 draw.

So with three red cards and just five points from twelve Gorica had a shocker of a month as they dropped two places in the table to third,,,

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Now AJ's Slaven Belupo also had a dismal month, collecting just seven points from fifteen.

After winning their first two league games, Slaven also lost to league leaders Dinamo Zagreb and with their new goalkeeper having another bad day at the office, they drew their next game (3-3) at Istra 1961.


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And things got even worse in their final November game when two of Slaven's players were sent off and they were demolished (5-0) by Lokomotiva Zagreb.

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And this means that as we move into December no less than four of Slaven's star players are either injured or suspended.


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And, of course, while our two teams were having a shock month Dinamo Zagreb won all four of their November games. How quickly the tide can change!


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The only good news for AJ's Slaven Belupo is that on 19th November they won their Hrvastski Kup Quarter Final game at Lokomotiva Zagreb and so Slaven actually qualified for the Semi Final, collecting 25 achievement points - if that's any consolation to their frustrated club owner....


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But to end on a positive note, there was one Europa League game as well this month and on the 20th November evesham's Mainz defeated Sparta Rotterdam away from home thanks to Nelson Weiper's brace, including his last-minute goal!


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Shocker of a month in Croatia! Looks like everyone else is trucking shopping nicely though. Thanks and KUTPW Samsani!
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Mad stuff in Croatia!

Few critical injuries elsewhere

Not the best month for us but that will always happen - let's hope to improve next month but we have a game in hand to jointly top the league I guess

Getting to a key poit of the season now!
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My my, madness all around. We were better off without a GK apparently. At least we are one step closer to winning anything.
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wúnderbar (apart from Bellingham)
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