The Trillionaire Invasion of Europe (Part 3)

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AJ wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 1:38 pm My my, madness all around. We were better off without a GK apparently. At least we are one step closer to winning anything.
Just added all of your 25 precious points to the table in the Achievement Points thread.
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Wow… painfull reality check 😅 still enough time left to recover, but it would be nice to have a complete Squad soon 🤷🏻‍♂️
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At least Modric is getting enough game time😄
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The player draft will be open until Friday evening: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=6217

Six of you have already submitted player lists, so that's great!
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Win some, lose some...new formation time as this one is very open!
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December 2025

In which our clubs end the calendar year and the transfer window is about to open...


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In the Premier League Luke's Luton Town had an excellent month. That is to say, despite a very shaky start to the month, Luton collected more points in December than any other trillionaire side by winning their final three league games of the calendar year.

And three wins in a row make a huge difference in the Premier League. In fact, Luton actually moved up a whopping six places in the table to eighth!

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It wasn't quite such a good month for marimo's Sheffield Utd. It almost seems as if marimo's youngsters are beginning to run out of steam.

Nevertheless, they showed their skill by holding both Tottenham and Chelsea to a 1-1 draw. But they should have done better against some of the weaker sides. The difference between a draw and a win is too big.

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Still, Luton and Sheffield are now in 8th and 9th position in the Premier League table while last season they ended in 12th and 15th place, so that's real progress for you.


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In Spain Dermotron's Granada had a challenging month. They did well to defeat Sevilla away from home, but they lost their next game at home against third-placed Real Sociedad and ended the calendar year with another loss against Real Madrid at the Santiago Benabéu Stadium.

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Also, Granada's 35-year-old backup goalkeeper, who is currently replacing their injured first goalkeeper, has decided to retire at the end of the season...


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Now Granada ended in sixth place last season, so they shall need a really good second half of the season this year to make any progress.


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In Germany Redders' FC Köln had to play some really tough opponents, including Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.

And to be honest, Köln dropped took many points in December by drawing two of those six-pointers and losing at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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The same can be said of evesham's Mainz who began the month by narrowly losing at league leaders RB Leipzig. By the way, Mainz had to play the six-pointer without the injured Bellingham.

Mainz also lost their away game at Borussia Mönchengladbach, before winning their final game of the calendar year against Elversberg.

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So not a good month for our German teams, perhaps, but Mainz ended in 9th place last season, so they have still made excellent progress. Köln are now in 5th place, which is two places up from last season.


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Now Mainz also eliminated Dortmund from the DFB-Pokal Quarter Final - with ten men and after penalty shootouts! They must have been practising!


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This means that Mainz have reached the DFB-Pokal Semi Final and have been awarded 75 points - with more to follow if they can beat their next opponents as well. But this won't be easy....


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In France trunky's Lorient - without the injured Francesco Camarda - collected seven points from their five December games, dropping points against Lyon, Lille and Nantes.

Their owner should still be very happy with their first half of the season, though, especially after having ended in 14th place for two years in a row!

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In the Netherlands KKM's Excelsior also seem to be running out of steam, collecting just four points from their four league games.

Of course, they had to play both Ajax and PSV away from home and they also had to play rivals Vitesse in an exciting encounter which ended in a 2-2 draw.

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With six points from their five games Spectral's Vitesse - still without Kaiky - had a decent month. They just concede too many goals, though, with their vulnerable defence.

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But just after Christmas - and just before the January transfer window opens - there was some good news for Spectral's club!


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Now both of our Dutch teams continue to make progress, because last season they ended in seventh and ninth place, respectively.


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In Croatia our two teams have not recovered yet from last month's ordeal. Kanai's Gorica should not be too unhappy with five points from nine, especially because they had to play both hajduk Split and Rijeka, but it is not enough to stay in the title race.

Fortunately for them, though, there is the long winter break now so that injuries will have the time to heal.

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And AJ's Slaven Belupo - who have even more serious injury problems to deal with - lost at Vukovar '91 but managed to defeat Rijeka at home.

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This means that for the third year in a row our teams are in third and fourth place in the table. Only this time they still have the second half of the season to try and make any progress.


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Fortunately I can once more end my write-up on a positive note, because evesham's Mainz not only reached the Semi Final of the domestic cup, but they also defeated Sparta Rotterdam in the Europa League Round of 16. That is to say, on aggregate.

To be honest, it wasn't easy, but it's job done for our only remaining side in Europe!


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Isn't that the second time this season that Salah has scored a last minute equaliser against me? Still, I think 7 points from 4 games wasn't a bad return.
And nice to see Mainz still keeping up the European run.
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kevinkeegansmullet wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 8:43 am Isn't that the second time this season that Salah has scored a last minute equaliser against me? Still, I think 7 points from 4 games wasn't a bad return.
And nice to see Mainz still keeping up the European run.
Earlier in the season the match ended in a 1-1 draw but no late goal by Salah.

By the way, it's only 4 points from 4 games. I accidentally included a late November game in the spoiler. In December you lost at both Ajax and PSV. It's corrected now.
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Disappointed to lose to close table rivals.

Fingers crossed Camarda is fit soon and the new formation works.
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January 2026 Player Draft

The draft results are in early so I'll let you know now so that you can decide on your tactic and lineup for the second half of this third season.

Because everyone seems to have their own strategy of drafting players there is not much competition for particular players. Everyone once again gets their first-choice player!

A couple of remarkable choices this time.

For a change trunky drafted the already ageing Adam Bakoune - who will turn 20 in February. Bakoune is Lorient's seventh-youngest player, to be precise.

Kanai went for another inverted winger. The right-footed Cristian Pulisic is already banging them in as Gorica's left winger and they have now drafted the left-footed Dejan Kulusekvski to play as their right winger!

Dermotron's Granada got themselves a quality goalkeeper in Giorgi Mamardashvili. A wise choice as they currently only have one fit goalkeeper and he's decided to retire at the end of the season!

And Sheffield Utd have signed yet another young central defender. Sheffield now have Foden (26), Barcola (23), Fresneda (21), Ugochikwu (21), Restes (20), Belocian (20), Hato (19) and Mosconi (18).

Here's the full list of newly-drafted players. You will find your lineup in your personal thread. The transfer window will also open today.


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Disaster of a December
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Dermotron wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 1:59 pm Disaster of a December
I feel ya ............ :(
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Very happy with the draft as always, but once again dropping points left and right in the league…
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Kanai wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 8:21 pm Very happy with the draft as always, but once again dropping points left and right in the league…
At least you and AJ have a long break now. All the injured players should be fit and available to play again on 21st February, when the league starts again.
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samsami wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 8:28 pm
Kanai wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 8:21 pm Very happy with the draft as always, but once again dropping points left and right in the league…
At least you and AJ have a long break now. All the injured players should be fit and available to play again on 21st February, when the league starts again.
I sure hope so. I don’t pay them millions to set on a bench. If we had a bench…
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January 2026

In which most of our teams - although not all of them - are taking off for the important second half of our third season...


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In the Premier League and in the Spanish La Liga there is no winter break. Instead, our teams had to play four or five league games plus an additional cup game - or even two!

Now the most important league game was played on 1st January when Luke's Luton Town played marimo's Sheffield Utd at Bramall Lane and marimo's youngsters surprised everyone by demolishing their far more experienced rivals!


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However, Luton managed to put that unexpected thrashing at the hands of Sheffield behind them and - despite red cards for Rüdiger and Valverde - they won their next two league games against Brighton and Nottingham Forest.

So Luton recovered well from their New Year's Day humiliation and with ten points from fifteen Luke's lads actually had a very decent month.

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Now after their superb win over Luton marimo's Sheffield dropped points at Wolverhamption Wanderers and - not surprisingly - also at Liverpool.

In fact, Sheffield did quite surprisingly well to hold the league leaders to stalemate at Anfield and with nine points from fifteen they remain in the top 10.

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Now on 3rd January Luke's Luton Town had already defeated Forest Green (5-3) in the FA Cup Third Round, but three weeks later they had to play Man City in the Fourth Round at the Etihad Stadium.

And as was to be expected, the Cityzens proved to a be a bit too strong for Luke's side, who can now start focussing on the league.

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And also on 24th January, marimo's Sheffield Utd, who had defeated Leeds United (2-0) in the FA Cup Third Round, were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers in the Fourth Round so that a replay will have to be scheduled...

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In Spain Dermotron's Granada also had an extremely congested January fixture list.

Now Dermotron's side had a slow start to the new calendar year, with a goalless draw at home against Girona - so at least a clean sheet on their new Georgian goalkeeper's debut - followed by a 1-1 home draw with ten men against Osasuna.

But Granada won their remaining two league games in style to collect eight points from twelve.

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And on 11th January Granada also had to play Celta de Vigo in the Copa del Rey Second Round. A match which Dermotron's side also comfortably won...


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However, ten days later already Granada played Albacete Balompié in the next round at the Carlos Belmonte Stadium and although they looked to win this encounter as well, Javi Hernández managed to score the last-gasp equaliser so the match went to extra time.

And just when everyone was expecting a penalty shootout, Josué Dorrio scored the shock goal to eliminate Granada from the Copa Del Rey Round of 32...


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Sometimes in football it's a matter of concentration and of not underestimating you opponent. Albacete scored all three of their goals just before the whistle was blown, at the end of the first half, at the end of the second half and at the end of extra time...






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In Germany our teams only had to play two league games and Redders' FC Köln comfortably defeated Paderborn but Rodri was sent off in that match and without Rodri FC Köln narrowly lost their next game at fourth-placed Stuttgart...

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Meanwhile, evesham's Mainz had no difficulty winning both of their league games against Freiburg and Paderborn.

The problem for Mainz is that Bruno Guimarães picked up an injury in training towards the very end of January.

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Meanwhile, in France trunky's Lorient must have mixed feelings. They did well to defeat ten-man Toulouse but ten days later Lorient had a bad day at the office and they were thrashed by Stade Rennais...

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But at least on 24th January Lorient managed to eliminate fifth-placed Stade Brestois from the Coupe de France Round of 64.


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Now in the Netherlands there were no January league games, but there was the KNVB Cup Third Round and both KKM's Excelsior and Spectral's Vitesse absolutely demolished their respective Eredivisie opponents!


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So both of our Dutch sides reached the KNVB Cup Quarter Final this third season along with the likes of Feyenoord, PSV and AZ - but unlike Ajax Amsterdam!


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In Croatia there is the long winter break, which lasts until 21st February. However, this does not mean that there is no football news.

First of all, early this month Kanai's Gorica had the worst possible news about their brand new right winger...


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And a little later towards the end of the month AJ's Slaven Belupo had similar news, and also about their right winger...


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Now this meant that both clubs had to act very swiftly if they wanted to replace their AWOL players before the transfer window closes. And act swiftly is exactly what AJ's Slaven Belupo did!

The club decided to release Saka and they promptly signed Real Madrid's Rodrygo Silva de Goes to replace their right winger just before the transfer window closes tonight.

Kanai's Gorica, on the other hand, decided to offer their inverted right winger Kulusevski a new and improved contract...

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Can we complain about the ref in the Albacete game? :D

Seems to be a decent improvement overall having a good goalkeeper
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Dermotron wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 10:02 am Can we complain about the ref in the Albacete game? :D

Seems to be a decent improvement overall having a good goalkeeper
About the added-on time? I think you may have a point there :lol:
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Jeez - 1 win and 1 loss - need to re-gain momentum
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Redknapp69 wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 1:18 pm Jeez - 1 win and 1 loss - need to re-gain momentum
In Croatia they are still on holiday. In England they are struggling with congested fixture lists....
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February 2026 - League games

In which all ten of our trillionaire-owned clubs are still in the race for a European place in the five different leagues...


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In the Premier League Luke's Luton Town - without their injured central defender Gabriel Magalhães - defeated Brentford, but they lost to fourth-placed Chelsea and to league leaders Liverpool, which indicates that Luton still have a way to go.

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Now marimo's Sheffield Utd had a good month. They actually held runners-up Man Utd to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and won their next two games before suffering a home loss against West Ham United.

So Sheffield played one more game than Luton this month and for the time being they are actually a place ahead of their rivals in the table.

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In Spain Dermotron's Granada - without their injured central midfielder Bruno Guimarães - continued their recent good run by holding league leaders FC Barcelona to an excellent 1-1 draw at Camp Nou!

And because Granada went on to defeat both Deportivo Alavés and Real Zaragoza they collected seven points from nine to move up a place in the table to ninth.

However, Granada will have to play probably all of their remaining games of the season without Lamine Yamal, who suffered a torn groin muscle in their win over Real Zaragoza...

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In the Bundeliga evesham's Mainz began the month with an away game against their main rivals at the RheinEnergie Stadium and they were beaten by their hosts in a tight game with Darwin Núñez scoring the late deciding goal in front of a crowd of almost 49,000!


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Mainz comfortably won their next two games despite Hakimi's injury, but their final February game at Borussia Dortmund ended in stalemate with both teams ending the encounter with ten men.

Still, seven points from twelve is a decent enough result for Mainz.

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Redders' FC Köln also collected seven points this month. Köln drew one of their games and lost at home to league leaders FC Bayern, who had no less than four players go off injured but they won the match nonetheless.

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In France trunky's Lorient had a challenging month, but they remained undefeated. However, their games against fifth-placed Brest, third-placed Lens and seventh-placed Nice all ended in a draw.

Lorient did manage to defeat sixth-placed Reims, though.

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In the Netherlands KKM's Excelsior had an excellent month, but in their first February game their defensive central midfielder Malo Gusto suffered a broken leg which means he will be out for the remainder of the season....


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Nevertheless, Excelsior managed to collect ten points from twelve this month. only dropping points at Sparta Rotterdam. And in that particular match Gabriel Martinelli picked up an injury so that he will be out for about a month as well now.

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And with six points from twelve Spectral's Vitesse had a decent month, considering the fact that they had to play both Ajax and PSV, who are still well ahead of them in the Eredivisie table.

Vitesse won their other two games, though, both of them away games.

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In Croatia the league also finally started again and league leaders Dinamo Zagreb seemed a bit rusty and they drew both of their away games.

However, our two teams could not fully capitalise on the opportunity.

Kanai's Gorica - without the suspended Baturina and the AWOL Kulusevski - only narrowly won their away game at NK Jarun Zagreb, thanks to a late goal scored by Mitrovic, who replaced Kulusevski as right winger.

Gorica were held to a 3-3 draw by Cibalia, though, before winning their third game away against NK Varaždin. And that was only because Šeško scored a last-gasp goal.

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And AJ's Slaven Belupo were held to a 1-1 draw at runners-up Hajduk Split.

Slaven did win their next two games, though, with their latest signing Rodrygo scoring both his first and his second goal for the club.

And let's not forget Erling Haaland, who scored a whopping six goals in those three games.

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So this concludes my February write-up. There were league games as well and there was also one European game this month, but I will report on those tomorrow...
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I think my physios need to be more old school if they diagnose a month off for a twisted ankle. Shame about Malo Gusto too, there goes my draft pick for the rest of the season. Still, a good month and nice to reach the heights of 3rd!
What on earth is going on in Croatia though? I would expect AJ and Kanai to be dominating by now.
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Good to see Mainz's Bruno Guimaraes absense isn't affecting our LaLiga performances 👀

Yamal's injury is big blow. It's probably the only position that the original Granada side had cover for though.
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kevinkeegansmullet wrote: Tue Jul 16, 2024 8:35 am What on earth is going on in Croatia though? I would expect AJ and Kanai to be dominating by now.
That is mystery to me!
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The traditional top sides have been having way too good and way too consistent seasons. Very weird indeed.

I say any achievement in Croatia should be rewarded double points!
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