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Flying through the trophies lately, I think you might finish before I do. :) Roughly half way there now. More fantastic signings, with the Beninian looking like the pick of the bunch.

A nice mix of comfortable title wins, nail biters and near misses. Best of luck in China. Never managed there myself but I know you're not allowed many foreigners (about four or five). You'll therefore need to choose them wisely and this will probably be the deciding factor with the quality of Chinese players so low.
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Cheers CMA!

I think things might slow down a bit now as I've got 10 cups in a row to bag. Always a bit of a lottery but at least a few of them are in good European leagues.

You're absolutely right about choosing wisely. The foreigners in your squad need to be your best players by quite some distance.

In China you are allowed 3 foreigners in the match day squad. When I started, I checked every team in the CSL and about half had 4 in the squad, so I assumed that was the max overall.

I got rid of a GK but my new Iranian striker was not permitted to join. Another team recruited a new foreigner taking their total up to 4. In the next window I sold a DC, new striker still not allowed. I checked the whole squad in GKEditor to make sure there were no ghost players or anything. Gave a Ghanaian, with 6 years in China, dual citizenship! Recruited a super new Spanish rookie DMC but the striker now playing hard to get over wages.

So currently at 2 foreigners - will see what happens in the next window *massive eyeroll*

Edit: Also checked Nick's patcher. Nothing China specific as far as I can see just a brute force "Remove foreigner restrictions for all" patch.
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GFRay wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 9:06 pm
GFRay wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 5:41 pm Had a very long break from the game, but have recently started playing again and I'm having a lot of fun. So I decided to do a little special save game with my forever favourite team on ODB: Doncaster Rovers. The goal is to win as much prizes as I can within 10 seasons, but here's the twist. I can't actively list players to sell so I can only sell when a team bids on my players. And I can only buy/sign as much players as I'm selling each season. Looking forward to see what we can do in 10 seasons.
10 games in and off to a flying start :D

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2 goals against in 10 games sure is a few.
My record is 12 over a 34 game season in the Serie A.
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You are playing in de conference, why dont you take off a midfielder and add a striker or amc?
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he seems to be doing ok 10 from 10 ;)
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Theov wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 5:11 pm
GFRay wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 9:06 pm
GFRay wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 5:41 pm Had a very long break from the game, but have recently started playing again and I'm having a lot of fun. So I decided to do a little special save game with my forever favourite team on ODB: Doncaster Rovers. The goal is to win as much prizes as I can within 10 seasons, but here's the twist. I can't actively list players to sell so I can only sell when a team bids on my players. And I can only buy/sign as much players as I'm selling each season. Looking forward to see what we can do in 10 seasons.
10 games in and off to a flying start :D

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2 goals against in 10 games sure is a few.
My record is 12 over a 34 game season in the Serie A.
Update?
You are playing in de conference, why dont you take off a midfielder and add a striker or amc?
I'm using my non wibwob Fibonacci tactic which has been perfected by me in full play over many seasons with many different teams. It's simply the one and only tactic I want to play. It's so defensively strong and still scores loads.

Sadly however, my save game got corrupted due to my game crashing towards the end of the season. Had an old install from 2 years back so that wasn't working for me. I was 36-4-0 at that point with 2 games left to play, but I can't be arsed to start over again.. I hate that. So I'm going to install the Oktober 2023 update tonight and give that one a go to see how my Fibonacci works on it.
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New Sir Bobby Robson Story update out and a return to a former club, https://www.champman0102.net/viewtopic. ... 16#p108816
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ODB - Stoke - Season 1

Haven't played CM just for the fun of it for a while. Decided to start with the ODB and play with my own team, Stoke. They have a big squad for the Second Division and some quality players such as Peter Hoekstra, Brynjar Bjorn Gunnarsson and Rikhadur Dadason but the wages within the squad can bleed you dry. That turned out to be the case as I signed only two players, both defensive midfielders (Hugo Gonzalez and Paulo Pereira) on a free as backup for James O'Connor on a free.

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The squad also really lacks wingers so I brought in Willem Korsten (ML - Spurs) and David Collis (AMR - Charlton) on loan, but neither made a real impact.

I decided to give all players a chance before reviewing the squad in the New Year, placing quite a few players on the list. Doing so was quite timely as we'd started to dip into debt. Five players were moved on - Christopher Swift (FC), Matthew Bullock (MRL), Brian Wilson (DC), Kris Commons (D/AML) and Ben Foster (GK), raising only £575K.

The season itself didn't start so great, probably due to the policy of giving all players a chance to start with. My job came under threat a few times, but we put together a run of games to ultimately go from 19th and finish in the playoffs.

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We gave Tranmere a 6-1 aggregate hiding to get into the final but faced Bristol City, who'd beaten us both times in the league. We did force the game into extra-time but a 117th minute winner meant we didn't even get to the lottery of penalties! Quite disappointing but the money from that has again kept us out of debt. I'm just hoping now that we can sell a few more players, add some TV money and actually bring in some decent players!

This was ultimately the most selected XI. Not great ratings from the defence as usual for me! The tactic is just a non-wib-wob 4-5-1 that I have used since like 2008, when I used it for Chelsea in the days where they had Duff and Robben the wings :D

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O'Connor was superb but Hoekstra and Dadason were the fan favourites. Hoekstra got 10 goals and 8 assists which isn't a lot for a long season but had quite a few injuries. So I'll go with Dadason as the main man, scoring a whopping 27 league goals but finished 2nd in the league charts (Luke Beckett scoring 32!).

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And here's the season summary in old school print mode if you're interested!
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Just eight days after completing the job at Sport Recife, I was on the move once again. My world reputation was still high enough to land pretty much any job I wanted, so naturally I joined Lurgan Celtic in the Northern Irish Championship, who were returning after four years in non-league. I had won the treble with Vicenza just a year earlier! Now down to the final 40 trophies, my priority was to get the last of the remaining crap leagues out of the way sooner rather than later and it doesn't get much lower in quality than this. I took over with just ten players on the books, with two departing within days. Of the remaining eight, I was expecting a load of garbage and I wasn't disappointed. Then again, you only need players of the required standard for the level you're playing at, which for the Northern Irish second tier is anyone under the age of 105 with two legs and a pulse.

There were plenty of arrivals on free transfers (the board refused to allocate any transfer funds, although the club was slightly in the black until the wage bill wrecked it) and a handful of loans. I liked the look of the midfield, although I had concerns over other areas. It didn't matter, as after taking just four points from our opening three fixtures, everything clicked into place. 18 straight victories followed, as we scored for fun, while everyone else was as horrendous as each other. It quickly became a case of when and not if and the answer was 9th February, with nine games still to play. It was Lurgan's first ever trophy, while it also brought up two personal milestones. First, it was my 100th domestic trophy but it also means that half of the 26 fully playable countries are now complete. I won't be sorry to see the back of Northern Ireland.

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As expected, the midfield stole the show, with Max Maynard and Jeffrey de Wit being the standouts, while young French centre back Patrick Doumbia was also an outstanding capture for this level.
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I feared that hanging around in such a poor league could eat away at my reputation, so I resigned immediately after sealing the title but was back in business just two weeks later. Like both of my previous spells in Northern Ireland with Ards and Armagh, my Lurgan tenure was followed by moving to a club in the sunnier climes of Brazil, purely coincidental of course! On this occasion, I was heading to Gremio Audax for a tilt at the Campeonato Paulista. They may not be one of the most heralded clubs in the region but they have risen from obscurity to establish themselves as a strong side in recent years, regularly competing at the right end of Serie A, while they were also state champions last year. There were plenty of good players on the books but I added a few of my own to increase the squad depth, which would be important with us also in the Copa Libertadores. There would be no third triumph in that competition for me, as our run was ended at the semi final stage by former club Fluminense (bloody penalties again)! The Libertadores was always second fiddle to the state championship. The first round of fixtures took place shortly before my arrival and Audax could only draw against Paulista but under my guidance, we won our final 14 games to top the standings at the end of the regular season.

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To the playoffs and both games against Sao Paulo were competitive but we edged the away leg 1-0 and a 1-1 draw at home was enough to advance to the final. Palmeiras looked tough on paper but within a quarter of an hour of the home leg, we were 3-0 up and that was that. The remaining 165 minutes of the tie saw no further goals as we cruised to victory. The Paulista was the one remaining state championship that I thought might prove to be a bit of a challenge, so this was very anti-climactic.

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Just two state championships to claim now (Norte and Nordeste) but hopefully not for a while as I'm getting a little sick of Brazil. For now, I'll try and knock off some more low-rated competitions.

Meanwhile on the international scene, the first year of the reign in Spain was rather uneventful. Being World Cup holders meant we were not required to go through qualifying, so it was just a handful of friendlies. In the summer of 2077, just before the season kicked off with Lurgan, I would get my first taste of competitive action at the Confederations Cup. It was a slow start as we were held by both European champions Greece and Cameroon but we recovered to beat hosts (for the group stage) Russia 3-1 to progress alongside the Greeks. Five points was only good enough for second place, so that meant a very tough semi final against Brazil. As expected, it was keenly contested but we had the best of it. The goal looked destined not to come, until the 115th minute when midfielder Alberto Castell struck for us to send us into the final, which would be a rematch against Greece. The extra time had taken a lot out of us, so that meant several changes to the starting line up. Thankfully this Spanish squad has quality and depth in abundance and this time, Greece could not live with us. In only his second cap, my former Vicenza striker (for a few months before I got rid of him) Aimar Aguza netted a hat-trick to pave way for a comfortable victory, although Greece managed a late consolation. My third Confederations Cup title.

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Winning my first tournament in charge of Spain is certainly a positive sign but there will be bigger tests to come. Our frienly results have been OK so far, although a few have been against lowly opposition. In one of them, we thrashed Andorra 8-0, which I'm 99.99% certain equals my biggest ever win on Champman*, with eight different scorers to boot.
*Not including my early days when I'd occasionally take charge of the opposition and make them play “experimental” tactics with everyone out wide and no goalkeeper. I think my record using that method is about 42-0.

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This summer we head to Egypt in a bid to defend the World Cup title won under the previous manager and the draw has been reasonably kind to us, pitting us against Croatia, South Korea and Costa Rica. I'm only here to win the Euros, having won the World Cup with France 12 years ago, so I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing tournament with no pressure.

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ODB - Stoke - Season 2

My first save on the ODB is over! I had high hopes for this season, raising money from a number of sales (+Dean Gibbs and Gary White sold at the back end of the first season) to reinvest in the team:

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The new signings came in (+Mika Nurmela signed at the back end of last season).

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The players did OK but we just couldn't seem to get results, even when playing well! After 15 games, we sat 18th with just 2 wins but 9 draws! So we'd only lost 4 games but I'd forgotten about harsh the Stoke board are on the ODB, so they were moaning pretty early on. Just 4 games after an excellent derby win, I was sacked!

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I became champion of the EPL with Forest Green (conference).
But I'm still in a 14800 seater stadium - so I want to expand.

Saved the game, gave an ultimatum, but the board didn't want to budge. So I gave a second ultimatum and they agreed to expand the stadium.
There's 80M in the bank and money coming in.

Why are they so hesitant on expanding the damn stadium?

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Congratulations on the Premier League title.

Check the editor, perhaps 14,800 is the stadium's limit?
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@Mark - Are you carrying on with this save? You should go to Port Vale next, that'll show 'em :lol:

@Theov - Bravo on the PL title. I've never given the board an ultimatum so don't know how common the communications by fax are but it doesn't sound too healthy!
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Jack Stein wrote: Tue Apr 09, 2024 1:39 pm @Theov - Bravo on the PL title. I've never given the board an ultimatum so don't know how common the communications by fax are but it doesn't sound too healthy!
The only faxes I have ever sent were when I worked in pharmaceutics.
I dont know the how manieth ultimatum it was but I know it can sour the relationship wt board. They were 'delighted' so I had some wiggle room.
I hope 14800 isnt the max. I just started the new season so it will take a while - stadiums are only upgraded in the offseason, arent they?
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CMAdventurer wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 3:22 pm Flying through the trophies lately, I think you might finish before I do. :) Roughly half way there now. More fantastic signings, with the Beninian looking like the pick of the bunch.

A nice mix of comfortable title wins, nail biters and near misses. Best of luck in China. Never managed there myself but I know you're not allowed many foreigners (about four or five). You'll therefore need to choose them wisely and this will probably be the deciding factor with the quality of Chinese players so low.
I am always amused to see Chinese names pop up in the PL or Serie A. Their names are actually reversed. In Chinese, the family name goes first, then the given name.
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ODB - 1.FC Koln - Season 1

So after failing at Stoke in less than 18 months, I've started a new save at 1.FC Koln, simply because they're the first team in the editor that are manageable. Based in the top flight in Germany, I expect it to be an incredibly tough season as they don't have a lot of money. It certainly looked like it'd be that way too after a 5:0 opening defeat to HSV! But 7 wins in a row took us up to 2nd and we by and large stayed up there for the majority of the season, even topping the table with 8 games left. At that point, we'd beaten both Kaiserlautern and St. Pauli 6:2 and were full of confident. But then we had to play Leverkusen and then FC Bayern, who were 2nd and 3rd, both very close behind us. We lost 3:5 and 0:1. Despite then winning the next three games, we then drew the final two and ended up in third place. What a season though, to finish just four points behind FC Bayern is some going.

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I signed no-one and sold no-one as very much like at Stoke, I opted to give everyone a chance first though we didn't have any cash to spend anyway. Special mention to Markus Kreuz for 10 goals from left-wing, though he did land himself with a 7 match ban at that crucial stage at the end of the season. Sinkala and Reeb were also fantastic, both playing in defensive midfield and central midfield, despite being defensive minded as there were no natural centre midfielders in the squad. The star man for me is a surprise name though, a Malawi striker who bagged not only bagged 17 goals but also made 11 too!

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What's next? Well, we have European football but this squad will surely need some investment to compete there and to achieve anything domestically as well. I do have a feeling it won't be as close against Bayern next season!

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No  Name                       Position(s)  Nat  Born      Age  Caps Gls  Wages     Expires   Value
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32  Arveladze, Archil          F C          GEO  22.2.73   29   36   5    £12.75K   30.6.03   £4.8M     
12  Bade, Alexander            GK           GER  25.8.70   31   -    -    £4.1K     30.6.03   £775K     
6   Balitsch, Hanno            DM RC        GER  2.1.81    21   -    -    £5.75K    30.6.04   £2.6M     
18  Baranek, Miroslav          AM/F RC      CZE  1.11.73   28   16   2    £15.25K   30.6.03   £5.75M    
38  Bulajic, Spasoje           D/DM RC      SVN  24.11.75  26   19   1    £7.75K    30.6.03   £875K     
20  Chitsulo, Daniel           S C          MWI  7.3.78    24   -    -    £7.5K     30.6.03   £4.9M     
5   Cichon, Thomas             SW/D C       GER  9.7.76    25   -    -    £8.5K     30.6.03   £3.2M     
16  Cullmann, Carsten          D/DM RC      GER  5.3.76    26   -    -    £15.5K    30.6.04   £1.9M     
-   Donkov, Georgi             S C          BGR  2.6.70    31   16   3    £11.5K    28.6.04   £1.4M     
-   Dworrak, Markus            F LC         GER  23.1.78   24   -    -    £6K       30.6.03   £1.4M     
26  Dziwior, Janosch           D/DM LC      POL  19.9.74   27   6    -    £12.25K   28.6.07   £3.2M     
42  Federico, Giovanni         S C          ITA  4.10.80   21   -    -    £550      28.6.06   £1.5M     
49  Kaba, Bashia               D/DM RLC     GUI  17.7.81   20   -    -    £700      30.6.03   £425K     
37  Keller, Jens               D/DM LC      GER  24.11.70  31   -    -    £9.5K     30.6.03   £1.3M     
11  Kreuz, Markus              AM L         GER  29.4.77   25   -    -    £14K      30.6.03   £6.5M     
31  Kurth, Markus              S C          GER  30.7.73   28   -    -    £10.25K   30.6.03   £2.2M     
2   Kutz, Alexander            D/DM R       GER  17.2.79   23   -    -    £450      30.6.03   £725K     
4   Lottner, Dirk              SW/AM LC     GER  4.3.72    30   -    -    £13.5K    30.6.04   £3.2M     
7   Ouedraogo, Alassane        AM/F R       BFA  7.9.80    21   10   2    £1.7K     30.6.03   £1.8M     
9   Pivaljevic, Darko          S C          YUG  18.2.75   27   5    2    £10.25K   30.6.03   £2.3M     
1   Pröll, Markus              GK           GER  28.8.79   22   -    -    £13K      30.6.03   £1.7M     
28  Reeb, Jörg                 DM RC        GER  6.1.72    30   -    -    £11K      30.6.04   £4.6M     
10  Reich, Marco               F RC         GER  30.12.77  24   3    -    £12K      30.6.04   £6.5M     
13  Scherz, Matthias           D/AM R       GER  14.12.71  30   -    -    £12.75K   30.6.04   £2.4M     
27  Sichone, Moses             D RC         ZAM  31.5.77   24   35   -    £8.25K    30.6.04   £3.7M     
17  Sinkala, Andrew            DM C         ZAM  18.6.79   22   16   -    £8.25K    30.6.04   £4.5M     
23  Sokolov, Vjatsheslav       GK           RUS  21.12.78  23   -    -    £1.7K     30.6.03   £700K     
39  Springer, Christian        DM L         GER  15.7.71   30   -    -    £10.25K   28.6.04   £1.9M     
21  Timm, Christian            F RLC        GER  27.2.79   23   -    -    £13.75K   30.6.04   £6.5M     
15  Voigt, Alexander           D/DM LC      GER  13.4.78   24   -    -    £8.5K     28.6.06   £3.9M     


 
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No  Name                       Apps     Gls    Con    Pens     Asts   Yel    Red    MoM    Av R
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32  Arveladze, Archil          22 (6)   11     0      2 (2)    2      1      0      2      7.36   
12  Bade, Alexander            1        0      5      0        0      0      0      0      5.00   
6   Balitsch, Hanno            17 (9)   8      0      1 (1)    2      0      0      2      7.23   
18  Baranek, Miroslav          16 (12)  5      0      0        7      0      0      1      7.18   
38  Bulajic, Spasoje           19 (4)   3      0      0        2      3      0      0      6.70   
20  Chitsulo, Daniel           29 (1)   17     0      0        11     2      0      5      7.97   
5   Cichon, Thomas             36       2      0      0        2      5      0      1      7.06   
16  Cullmann, Carsten          0 (1)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.00   
-   Donkov, Georgi             -        -      -      -        -      -      -      -      ----   
-   Dworrak, Markus            14 (7)   7      0      0        5      0      0      0      6.95   
26  Dziwior, Janosch           34 (2)   2      0      0        3      5      0      1      7.19   
42  Federico, Giovanni         2        1      0      1 (1)    1      0      0      1      7.50   
49  Kaba, Bashia               3 (4)    0      0      0        1      2      0      0      6.14   
37  Keller, Jens               9 (6)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.60   
11  Kreuz, Markus              24       10     0      0        5      6      1      1      7.79   
31  Kurth, Markus              0 (1)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      7.00   
2   Kutz, Alexander            7 (2)    0      0      0        1      2      0      0      6.56   
4   Lottner, Dirk              8 (8)    0      0      0        2      3      0      0      6.63   
7   Ouedraogo, Alassane        1 (2)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.33   
9   Pivaljevic, Darko          6 (1)    3      0      0        1      0      0      0      7.57   
1   Pröll, Markus              20 (1)   0      24     0        0      0      0      1      7.19   
28  Reeb, Jörg                 36       8      0      0        9      9      0      3      7.53   
10  Reich, Marco               31 (5)   6      0      0        4      3      0      2      7.31   
13  Scherz, Matthias           18 (3)   0      0      0        1      3      0      0      7.05   
27  Sichone, Moses             13       0      0      0        2      0      0      0      7.31   
17  Sinkala, Andrew            20 (3)   6      0      0        7      3      0      1      7.57   
23  Sokolov, Vjatsheslav       16       0      14     0        0      0      0      1      7.13   
39  Springer, Christian        1 (4)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.60   
21  Timm, Christian            17 (3)   6      0      0        2      2      0      0      7.20   
15  Voigt, Alexander           1        0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.00   


 
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11.9.01   Vladimir Dremov            Neman Grodno               £9K       

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7.7.01    1.FC Bocholt                A   Friendly                        3:0    7480    Ouedraogo, Reeb, Donkov
12.7.01   Aachen                      H   Friendly                        3:0    13255   Chitsulo 2, Kaba pen
17.7.01   AA Gent               BEL   A   Friendly                        1:1    1801    Pivaljevic
22.7.01   1860 München                H   Friendly                        4:0    13236   Kreuz, Springer, Reich, Kaba pen
28.7.01   HSV                         A   First Division                  0:5    45132   
4.8.01    Wolfsburg                   A   First Division                  2:0    21064   Chitsulo, Timm
12.8.01   1860 München                H   First Division                  5:1    36704   Reeb 3, Chitsulo 2
19.8.01   Rostock                     H   First Division                  2:0    37103   Balitsch 2
25.8.01   Fortuna Köln                A   German Cup 1st Rnd              2:0    5280    Kreuz, Federico pen
8.9.01    Dortmund                    H   First Division                  2:2    39057   Chitsulo, Sinkala
15.9.01   VfB Stuttgart               A   First Division                  3:0    23531   Bulajic, Chitsulo, Balitsch
22.9.01   Werder Bremen               H   First Division                  2:0    38844   Reich, Kreuz
30.9.01   Kaiserslautern              A   First Division                  2:0    38241   Kreuz, Bulajic
3.10.01   Schalke 04                  A   First Division                  1:3    56617   Balitsch
10.10.01  SVW Mannheim                A   German Cup 2nd Rnd              4:2    6748    Reeb, Dziwior, Arveladze, Kreuz
14.10.01  St. Pauli                   H   First Division                  5:2    38062   Balitsch pen, Reich 2, Chitsulo, Baranek
20.10.01  Leverkusen                  A   First Division                  2:3    25020   Balitsch, Baranek
28.10.01  FC Bayern                   H   First Division                  1:1    40944   Balitsch
4.11.01   Nürnberg                    A   First Division                  1:1    26380   Kreuz
10.11.01  M'gladbach                  H   First Division                  1:0    41914   Chitsulo
17.11.01  SC Freiburg                 A   First Division                  1:1    24952   Pivaljevic
24.11.01  1860 München                A   First Division                  4:0    25752   Kreuz, Baranek, Reich, Sinkala
28.11.01  Frankfurt                   A   German Cup 3rd Rnd              1:3    25116   Arveladze
1.12.01   Cottbus                     A   First Division                  2:0    21038   Chitsulo, Baranek
9.12.01   Hertha BSC                  H   First Division                  3:1    39095   Sinkala, Cichon, Pivaljevic
12.12.01  Wolfsburg                   H   First Division                  3:0    37407   Arveladze, Sinkala, Pivaljevic
15.12.01  VfB Stuttgart               H   First Division                  3:0    38997   Reeb, Kreuz, Chitsulo
26.1.02   Rostock                     A   First Division                  2:0    21477   Chitsulo, Baranek
2.2.02    HSV                         H   First Division                  3:2    39083   Kreuz, Sinkala, Arveladze
9.2.02    Dortmund                    A   First Division                  1:3    63927   Kreuz
16.2.02   Schalke 04                  H   First Division                  1:0    39088   Reich
24.2.02   Werder Bremen               A   First Division                  3:0    32389   Chitsulo 2, Dziwior
2.3.02    Kaiserslautern              H   First Division                  6:2    41236   Reeb, Chitsulo 2, Timm, Arveladze 2
10.3.02   St. Pauli                   A   First Division                  6:2    20507   Arveladze 3 (1 pen), Timm 2, Balitsch
17.3.02   Leverkusen                  H   First Division                  3:5    40603   Arveladze, Reeb, Chitsulo
30.3.02   FC Bayern                   A   First Division                  0:1    57498   
6.4.02    Nürnberg                    H   First Division                  3:0    38012   Cichon, Reeb, Arveladze pen
13.4.02   M'gladbach                  A   First Division                  3:1    34491   Bulajic, Timm, Reich
21.4.02   SC Freiburg                 H   First Division                  3:0    38141   Sinkala, Chitsulo, Kreuz
27.4.02   Hertha BSC                  A   First Division                  1:1    39748   Chitsulo
4.5.02    Cottbus                     H   First Division                  1:1    38681   Timm
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I like on the latest update, the Milan colours are red background and black writing, the opposite of usual and takes me back to Champ Man Italia in 94 & 95 :)

It reminds me of the days of only 3 foreigners and how tough a restriction that is, nigh on impossible these days? It would be something to try and work towards though and some challenge when you struggle to do more than a season on each save usually 😫

Milan have 30 'foreigners' and 15 Italian players on the April '24 update, any restrictions 1st season won't apply. From season 2 (if I haven't quit by then) I'd like to try and work towards an eventual target of 3 foreigners in the match day squad and maybe a total of 6 in the whole squad 😮 Might take some time and perhaps bringing it down in multiples of 3 each season is realistic, lots of good players will have to go with tough decisions on which non Italian players need to stay.

I'll document that if it works and also on a side note; young Mr Francesco Camarda. He made his 1st team debut IRL on 25/11/23 at 15 years 260 days to become the youngest ever Serie A player. I'll try and hang fire until he turns 16 in game on 10/3/2024, then who knows what he could go on to achieve?

Club: AC Milan, Season; 1 - 2023/24, Non Italians/Italians; 30/15, Restrictions; none.
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ODB - 1.FC Koln - Season 2

After a dream first season at 1.FC Koln in finishing 3rd, our Summer business was crucial as I was worried that I'd overachieved in my first season. We brought in 12 players to boost the squad in preparation for the surprise Champions League campaign. I thought Bolano, Akonnor, Kalou and Safronov were potentially key players.

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Just seven players were moved on, and two of them were key players from the first season that I didn't particularly want to sell. But with a year left on their deals, I felt we had to cash in on Miroslav Baranek (5 goals, 7 assists) and Markus Kreuz (10 goals, 5 assists). The head ruled the heart there as although they were regulars, it made sense to sell them and raise more cash to bring in signings.

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The season started with the German League Cup, where we'd beaten Schalke 04 but lost to FC Bayern in the Semi Final. Then we defeated Sigma Olomuc in the qualifiers to get into the Champions Cup proper, where we'd played Deportivo, PAO and Dnirpo. The European adventure was amazing, losing our opening game to the Spanish team but going on to win 2 and draw 3 to qualify for the next phase.

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Our league start though was poor, winning just one of our first 10 league games yet only losing twice as we drew the other 8 which left us us in the relegation spots. Thankfully, we finally started winning games, going 8 unbeaten to climb up to 7th.

In the meantime, our Phase 2 campaign was disastrous. Drawing Man Utd, Barcelona and Milan was always a tough ask though having a player sent off in three of the six group games made it even tougher!

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Those group games came at a time where we started losing form again in the league, despite climbing up to 7th. Nobody was standing out and taking games by the scruff of the neck as we actually lost 9 games in a row. That was enough for the grumbling to start amongst the fans, quickly forgetting last season and although we picked up with a win over VfB Stuttgart, we lost a 2:0 lead against Cottbus and I was fired the next day, with the club in 10th place.

So for the second job in a row, I was sacked in my second season without getting to finish it. The stats tell the story though, as we were poor offensively, and drew too many games. Markus Kurth came to the fore for us, scoring 17 but only Akonnor and Giovanni Federico came close to him with just 8. Akonnor had the most assists too, with 9 despite 43 appearances by the time I was fired.

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So yeah, I think I was the victim of poor disciplinary and injuries, with the squad not quite equipped for the heavy fixture schedule of the Champions Cup. Plus, there was definitely an element of over-expectation after finishing 3rd, whereas perhaps selling both Baranek and Kreuz wasn't wise?

Let's see where we end up now for my third save on the ODB.
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The World Cup was well underway by the time I'd secured my latest trophy with Audax. With it being held in Egypt, switching between there and Brazil might have been a problem in the past but luckily this is 2078 and modern technology made it possible for me to routinely teleport between the two countries. With the Spanish FA demanding that we retain the Jules Rimet Trophy, it was just as well. At least the group stage was negotiated without any drama, taking maximum points against Croatia (2-0), South Korea (1-0) and Costa Rica (6-1). By now, I had departed Audax, so could give the knockout stages my full attention. In the Round of 16, Iberian rivals Portugal gave us a good game but we scraped through 2-1, with right back Jorge Etxeberria being the unlikely match winner four minutes from time. Etxeberria was on the scoresheet again against Italy, as this time we recorded a convincing 3-1 victory to progress to the semi final. That set up a reunion with France, two years after I ditched them following an early exit from Euro 76. I was dreading the prospect of losing and looking very silly. Forward Alex Martin handed us the perfect start but it was cancelled out just minutes into the second half. Into extra time we went and last year's Confederations Cup final hat-trick hero Aimar Aguza's 97th minute strike sent us through to the final.

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Unbelievably, we were the first holders to make the final since Brazil in 1998 – 80 years ago! It just so happened that Brazil (another former side) would be our opponents and they had been in red hot form throughout the tournament. They were fast out of the blocks here too as within 90 seconds, our defence was caught flat-footed, which allowed Lima to pick his spot from a low cross and hand us the worst possible start. It took us a while to recover from our semi final exertions and eventually it became a more even game. However, we were not at our brilliant best and Brazil saw out the game to become world champions for the seventh time. 116 years and counting now since any side has retained the World Cup!

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We didn't quite land the trophy the FA had demanded but they cut me some slack and now it's on to the main target of Euro 2080. Five wins out of five so far in qualifying and we should have little trouble in making it to the main tournament.

I waited until the end of the World Cup to find a new home at club level. There was nothing appealing in the job vacancies section, so it was time to try something new and head to the Welsh league for the first time, except the league isn't playable. There are, however three cups to target. With Wales not being a playable league, teams don't hire AI managers, so after the original managers retire, you can apply for any job at any time. Rather than allow myself a free reign over who to manage, I decided to introduce some randomness.

- Of the 32 teams who take part in the Welsh Cup (the same 32 every year), plus Llanelli who only contest the Premier Cup, I will choose four at random after each summer update and will be allowed to take any of them.
- Once a team is selected as an option, they will not be eligible to be drawn for the next two seasons.
- I must join a club between the summer update and their first domestic game of the season, so no waiting for a team to reach a final and giving myself an easy run.

Of the four clubs drawn this year, two of them compete in all three cups every year. I passed on Carmarthen in favour of Bala Town, who I thought had a slightly better squad. There was no money to spend and most free agents were demanding salaries that were out of our league, so I was largely reliant on loans to fill out the squad. There were no world beaters but I felt we should be a match for most teams in Wales.

First on the agenda was the League Cup. It starts with groups of three, where teams play each other home and away. With only the top side guaranteed to advance, there was little room for error and we won our first three to qualify with a game to spare, before a reserve side was beaten by Barry.

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A tough quarter final at Carmarthen followed. We went 2-0 ahead before a late rally from the hosts saw them pull one back in the closing minutes but we held on for victory. Another away tie at Aberystwyth for a place in the final. We weren't at our best but still looked like the most likely winners. It was heading for extra time until we were hit by a sucker punch right at the death. There was no time to respond and the first chance of silverware had gone.

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The Premier Cup was next and we were flawless in the group stage.

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We saw off Conwy Borough 3-1 in the quarter finals and were given a further boost as TNS – winners of this competition in eight of the last nine years - crashed out and would not be making it nine in ten. What a chance we had now and Connah's Quay were swatted aside 3-0 on aggregate to book our place in the final.

Meanwhile, we had also made progress in the Welsh Cup, beating Cwmbran Town, Chepstow, Newtown and TNS (after extra time) to set up a final clash with Llandudno, one week before the final of the Premier Cup. We were dealt an early setback, losing our keeper through injury which would also sideline him for the final the following week but it didn't affect us in this game. Llandudno rarely threatened, as we took the initiative from the start. Two goals in a minute from our strike force of Paul Wilson and Ryan Gillan (both had really good seasons) finally rewarded our dominance with the interval looming and Wilson added a third early in the second half to seal a comfortable win and my first Welsh trophy.

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Could we make it two trophies in a week? Not if opponents Aberystwyth had their way and having already ended our hopes in one competition, they were certainly not to be taken for granted. Just like the Welsh Cup final, we were the dominant side but it took until just before the hour for the breakthrough to arrive from an unlikely source in Danish defender Kasper Jørgensen. That was certainly a relief but the second would just not come and even when you're so far on top, at 1-0, you're always vulnerable. Aberystwyth made us pay a minute from time and from nowhere, we had to win the cup all over again. It almost got worse minutes into extra time as our opponents again had the ball in our net but the offside flag came to our rescue. We quickly reasserted our authority and a minute before the interval, Wilson volleyed us back in front and this time there was no fightback from Aberystwyth. Much closer than it should have been but we could celebrate in the end.

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My first experience managing a club without a league and it was certainly interesting. Easy to fly through a season in no time once you get going. I'll settle for two trophies at the first attempt and will most likely stay here for another season in a bid to add the League Cup to the cabinet.

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Twelve new faces came through the door at Bala in the summer of 2079, all on Bosmans. Well actually, only eight were new and the remaining four had impressed on loan last season and their deals were made permanent. Our Welsh Cup triumph had earned us a place in the Europa League. In the First Round, we recovered superbly from a first leg loss to CSKA Sofia to progress 5-2 on aggregate but Deportivo next up looked like a no-hoper. We battled bravely at Riazor to hold them to just 1-0, which was a very respectable result. What do you think happened next?

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That has to rank among my greatest ever Champman results and performances, as we played them off the park. Our reward was another Spanish side in Elche. In Spain, we came away with an excellent 1-1 draw and that away goal proved to be crucial as the second leg finished 0-0, meaning we had claimed another unbelievable scalp! Genoa were up next and again we were away for the first leg. After we weathered an early storm, the home side were reduced to ten men and we took advantage, with Jordan Morrison's goal giving us a real chance of upsetting the odds once again. Sadly it was not enough as the Italians levelled the aggregate score ten minutes before half time in the return. We were still having a good go and extra time was the very least our efforts deserved. In the dying seconds, this was snatched away from us as Kvesic scored for Genoa and we crashed out in heartbreaking fashion. What a ride it was, though and we had put Bala on the map. Meanwhile, Genoa's manager departed two days later for Deportivo, who were clearly impressed with his ability to mastermind a European victory against the might of Bala Town, something his predecessor lacked.

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With the fun stuff over and done with, there was the serious business of the League Cup, the one trophy we failed to win last season. The group stage saw us face Aberystwyth (our conquerors in the semi final) and Haverfordwest and we won all four to progress to the quarter final.

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Aberystwyth were out of the way, or so I thought but they also advanced as one of the best runners-up and we would face them away from home again. They've never been easy opponents and they had their moments this time but we were good value for our 3-1 win and we beat ten-man Newtown by the same scoreline to send us through to the final, which would be played in the new year.

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Review of the decade – 2070s:
Just 12 trophies to show for my efforts, a considerable drop from the 20 achieved in the 2060s but there was no shortage of drama and excitement. The decade got off to a slow start, collecting just two trophies in the first four years, the first year being wasted by faffing about in Norway to no avail, before spending nearly three years at Hammarby. There, the league was won unbeaten at the first time of asking but the cup took three attempts to land. Since then, progress has been smoother, with three Brazilian state championships ticked off with Londrina (where I finally added the Copa do Brasil), Sport Recife and Audax. Northern Ireland was the only country to be completed in the 70's, thanks to a very easy spell at Lurgan Celtic, while two of the three Welsh cups have been knocked off with Bala, with the third hopefully imminent. The undoubted highlight of the decade was my two-year stint with Vicenza, leading them to a maiden Serie A title and the top two domestic cups, as well as my second Champions League success. There have also been memorable European runs with Hammarby and of course Bala this season.

On the international scene, there has been no progress in terms of trophies added, as I failed twice in the European Championships with France (quarter final and group stage exits), before moving to Spain. Here, I have at least managed to win a third Confederations Cup and also come close to a second World Cup. With three chances to knock off the Euros in the 2080s, hopefully it won't be long before I can move on to the Copa America.


My first chance of a trophy in the new decade would come just ten days in and in the very first match. Our miraculous European run had completely wiped out the club's debts and given me a healthy transfer budget of around £2.5 million. I spent £475k in bringing in six new players, who would hopefully only be needed for one game. Standing in our way were TNS, who were the most consistent side in Wales prior to my arrival and they also had home advantage. This would be no gimme and the hosts were never out of it. A 27th minute strike from Jacob Beck, one of the new boys, edged us ahead and that proved to be enough to land the League Cup and complete Wales. 120 trophies on the board now, just 35 to go.

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The timing was perfect as within hours, I was flying to Sweden to begin my next job. It was goodbye Bala and hello Bele, or Bele Barkarby to give you their full name. Bele have just been promoted to the regional leagues and with Sweden hard to break into, I'm as good as committed to winning the bottom two tiers back to back to polish off another country. Whether I'll go all the way with Bele or jump ship at some point remains to be seen.

In other news, Spain have qualified for Euro 2080 in Denmark and Sweden with eight wins out of eight and the draw will be made next month.

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Hey! Realise a lot of people post long form on this thread (something I’d like to do at some point) but I’m just gonna post a short(ish) précis of where I’m currently at in the game.

Played this wondrous thing of ours for about 20 years, since maybe 6 months after it came out, but am only now enjoying my longest ever save (always used to give out after about 20 years, mainly in the pre-Nick’s patcher days when the freakish nature of the regens used to piss me off a bit).

Started in 2023, most leagues loaded, Nick’s most recent patcher, 2020 March Update tactics (for some reason, I find this to be the most satisfying level of difficulty), no Wibwob.

My first job was at NK Rudes in Croatia, perhaps only the 4th or 5th biggest club in Zagreb, let alone Croatia as a whole. Spent a fabulous 12 years there, my longest stint at a club by some distance (I always get itchy feet when I become too successful somewhere). Became Champions League group stage regulars after about 5/6 years and regularly battled it out with Dinamo and Hadjuk for the league title in unfailingly tense and enthralling contests. Especially challenging because of the strict foreign player limits in Croatia (only 4 allowed in the squad per se IIRC), something I carried over into my subsequent jobs as a self-imposed rule (my squads have to have a majority of home-grown players). Crowning achievement was a Europa League final appearance against Union Berlin. We finished as runners-up, losing agonisingly on penalties, but it was a game we should have won after Union were reduced to 9 men. That defeat was perhaps the most painful of my entire save so far.

Feeling as though I’d achieved everything I could at Rudes (and having had a tremendously good time in the process), I decided, with a heavy heart, that it was finally time to move on and test myself in another league. For some reason, I was particularly drawn to managing in Argentina (partly because I’d never had a decent spell there, partly because the nature of the league system intrigued me) and who should be looking for a new coach but none other than continental giants River Plate, languishing in mid-table after years of under-achievement and harbouring a squad of dubious quality. I jumped at the chance and tangoed my way over to Buenos Aires.

Instigated a major rebuild at River immediately (they had a humungous budget and I must have signed about 15 players before the season kicked off) but missed out on the last day in both the opening and closing stages (Talleres, who I don’t think had ever won a stage before, thwarted me on both occasions). The champagne could finally be popped the season after though as we won both stages, on the final day again in both instances IIRC (I think this had only happened once or twice in the entire history of the league prior to us and Talleres doing it in back-to-back campaigns). From then on, we began to win the league more comfortably and added a Copa Libertadores for good measure (on penalties, after inexplicably surrendering a 3-0 first-leg lead against Huracán), not to mention 3 or 4 Copa Sudamericanas. Spent 3 full seasons at River before opting for a move back to Europe to consolidate my reputation there (and also because it was becoming too easy). Had fun in Latin America (the tight title fights in the firsts four stages were particularly gripping) and loved bringing through several fantastic Argentinian internationals but, overall, it didn’t really compare to Rudes. However, I’d restored the venerable name of one of the continent’s most famous clubs and, for that reason and the others mentioned, I look back on my time there fondly.

I whittled my next destination down to about 3 or 4 countries and, taking leave of my rational faculties, traded the heat and vibrancy of Argentina for the bleak, frozen winters of Russia. CSKA Moscow were the fallen giants of choice on this occasion, edging out Dinamo in my preferences by virtue of having a slightly better squad (transfer funds were at a premium in both cases). Spent a brisk 18 months in the Russian capital but still managed to secure a league and cup double in that time. Cut my time short there due to the fact that Russian clubs weren’t eligible for entry into any form of European competition. I presumed this was part of the update, that they were barred due to the war in Ukraine as per real life, but other Russian clubs appeared in the Europa League in subsequent seasons so I inferred that it must have been something to do with the co-efficient. Seems so odd, though, that they didn’t even get entered into the qualifying rounds when I was there. In summary, this was perhaps the least interesting episode of my globetrotting managerial career. League was won fairly easily and wasn’t really sure where else I could go with the job.

Will post more of my history tomorrow (up to about 2038/39 here; for context, I’m currently in 2065).
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The Bele squad that I inherited had just six players, while the club's finances were bleak (pretty standard for Sweden). With around two months to recruit new players, this wasn't too much of a problem and we soon had a squad that could probably compete for the title, given the lowly standard. We got off to an absolute flyer, winning our first eight, with 26 goals scored and just two conceded, both penalties. And then it was time for a break, which was perfect timing, as it allowed me to focus on Spain for Euro 2080, held jointly in Denmark and Sweden. Prior to the World Cup two years ago, the Spanish FA “expected” us to win the tournament. After we were beaten in the final, they toned down their expectations ever so slightly this time.

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I was certainly hoping to win it, after failing twice with England and four times with France previously. Russia and Serbia were certainly not games we could take for granted but first, I would face my second reunion with France since ditching them four years ago. It was a very tight game with little goalmouth action but we took our only two chances of note in the second half to get off to the perfect start. A 1-0 win over Russia secured qualification and top spot with a game to spare (not that the game recognised it). That allowed me to ring the changes for the Serbia game and tell the players to take it easy but we were still too good for them, recording a 2-0 win, to complete the group stage with three wins and no goals conceded. Meanwhile, France lost to Russia to crash out at the group stage again.

Italy would be a tough quarter final but it started well with us on the front foot and Joan Mandia handing us a 25th minute lead. Disaster struck two minutes before half time, as right back Etxeberria picked up a second yellow card and the resulting free kick led to an equaliser for the Italians. We were still having a go and you wouldn't have know we were a man light but Italy looked to have won it late on, until Alex Martin earned extra time for the ten men with the last kick of normal time. Holding out for penalties was a good effort in the circumstances but given my record, it wasn't a prospect I was relishing. And with good reason, as a roller coaster of a shootout saw Italy progress 3-2 and end our hopes. On a personal note, I make that six shootout defeats in a row now with various teams, how English can you get?

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Seven attempts at this competition now and only once have I got beyond the quarter finals. Given the calibre of teams I've managed, that is hugely disappointing to say the least. I feel we were unlucky on this occasion but the FA still made their displeasure clear. I was granted a stay of execution, so it was on to World Cup qualifying. We'll have another shot at the Euros in four years but first, I'm going to need a good World Cup to stay in charge until then.

Back to the day job in Sweden and we picked up from where we left off after the break to comfortably top the northern region. A final day defeat to Sundsvall with a second string side made it look closer than it was.

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But the job was only half done. No winner is recognised on the history page, so I'll have to invent my own criteria. No way am I winning all six regions individually, so to win the league, I must achieve promotion and have a better record in the regular season than the other two promoted sides. We did have the best record of the six sides entering the playoffs, just about. We were handed the worst possible draw against Karlberg, unbeaten in the regular season and only behind us on goal difference. The first leg on their patch was an evenly-matched contest, with us taking a first half lead through Jordanian winger and player of the season Abdulmalik Al-Kuwaykibi. It looked as though we might have a lead to take back home but it all went horribly wrong in the final 20 minutes, with the hosts netting three times to leave us facing an uphill battle.

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We came out of the traps flying and two quick fire goals midway through the first half meant we were heading up on away goals as it stood. However, we knew Karlberg were no mugs and they showed the level of resilience you'd expect of a team unbeaten until this point. Right on half time, they scored to heap the pressure back on us. We still looked more than capable of finding another goal that would force extra time and we threw everything at Karlberg. Finally the goal did come very late on... for the visitors and that was that. No title or even a promotion for us this year, despite all of our previous good work. At least we didn't get promoted without winning the league.

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Another year in this crappy league beckons, yay!
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I really wish I had the commitment to do one of those types of saves and stick with anything long term.

Currently on the most recent update and Milan and have made it all the way to... Jan 1st 2024 😫 Of course have neglected it as had another idea for a save. Wycombe's new owner is Kazakhstani billionaire Mikheil Lomtadze, who wants them to have world class academies in both England and Kazakhstan.

I mean it's the natural progression for a save idea isn't it? From Milan and the fact the background/foreground colours are the same as ingame of 30 years ago to Wycombe and building a team of Kazakh regens 🤪
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