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KarlPilkington wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:14 pm I've started something I know I'll never complete because I don't think it's actually possible, but will keep me occupied when I get a spare hour or so each day. Scottish leagues only, no relegation from the bottom tier. Odb with nicks patcher applied. The aim is to win every competition with every team in Scotland. So league 2, league 1, championship, premiership, Scottish Cup, league Cup, challenge Cup, Europa league, champions league, European super Cup. With every team. I've done the math and there's 42 teams and 10 available trophies for each, so by the end of this I hope to amass 420 trophies at least, I've already won a couple of them multiple times with the same team so it will be far more than that if I see it though.

I haven't 'completed' a team yet and am 14 years in, so it'll be a long one. Have won the prem with Partick, St Johnstone and Hibs, also won the Europa with Partick and have been around the block already winning various lower leagues with various clubs. Most recently I spent 5 seasons at Airdrie where I sailed through the lower leagues but failed in the prem and cups. Obviously I'm relying heavily on the big boys (old firm, hearts, etc) falling drastically as the years go on so I get a chance to manage them at league 2 level. It will likely never happen.
I posted this over a year ago (there's actually 12 available trophies for each club, not 10) and have been persisting with this save on and off throughout the past year. Might go into more detail if I ever get the time but basically I'm now 50 seasons in (2051) and managing my 18th club, dropping back down to League Two with Albion Rovers, and have just had the most insane season I've had yet.

After somehow persuading this guy to join me in League Two

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We absolutely obliterated everyone in the league (forget about the cups). Now I'm used to winning in this save but have never had a season where my team's scored at least 3 goals in literally every game. we hit multiple 6s, 7s and even an 8, a 9 and finished the season with a 10-4 win to leave the table looking like this

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183 goals scored is by a mile the most I've ever managed. It's extremely hard to find decent keepers and defenders at this level which I'm guessing is down to only having the Scottish leagues loaded, but still.

Anyway here is a brief overview of how the save is going. I still haven't taken a team from league two all the way to champions league but as you can see I've won a lot with a lot of clubs and spent a lot of money doing so.

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Bhutania 2035 : Increasing production

January 2035

To summarize :

Bhutan FIFA rank : 162th (-23 places) with 181,64 (-95,11 pts)

Transport United Rep : 1416 (+49 pts)

Bhutan is sliding down the ranking as expected, while Transport United is accumulating reputation after a year of decrease. No doubt shifting partners for friendlies played a role in this change. And there are enough small clubs in Ireland to shift at will when needed.

I had a small hope Bhutan would play the Asian Cup but no (but Syria and Yemen will). We'll have to wait until late March to play against Taipei for what will (not) be a tremendous game for sure.

March 2035

Thunderclap in the little world of Bhutanese football : Bourhan Mohamed decided to retire from professionnal play. And probably amateur too. He was our most capped player with 36 selections, scored just once, and was one of our most devoted tackler (2,17/match) and head player (1,89/match). His regen is pure shit. One slot to reassign.

On a side note, MIPK signed Sydorenko to unlock his coaching abilities. They are poor, the guy being mostly a physio. And he wanted a new challenge as soon as he landed in Finland, so I put him ont the transfert list instantaneously.

And now, the big moment :

Chinese Taipei vs Bhutan

I had no aspiration for this game apart from giving is first cap to Pawan Bhutia, which was made even easier when Centurion suffered an injury without a warning message. We had a terrible first half. The changes I made during the pause seemed to have a positive effect as we took the lead, but in the end our opponents logically won the game, even with an horrible 1/6 for tackling. Keller and Hugo Duncan did their best but the rest of the team wasn't in the mood today.
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Well, let's just forget this one, because we'll soon start the real stuff.

April 2035

Seven. Seven new faces will join the Bhutan's side this year. Seven players with potential... ahem... more potential than usual, which is still a thing because we were short in potential anyway. All the deals are already arranged from Transport United to MIPK. And three of them suddenly have MIPK listed as their favorite club. They still have no idea about the aim of my project, poor fools.

July 2035

I told you about the men who received their fresh Bhutanese passport. It's time to introduce them :
Laishram Haokip comes from India, next side of the frontier, and his goalkeeping potential is 104
Xin Sun potential is annouced at 105
Federico Vazquez will play somewhere in the midfield, a sector where we lacked « talent », and his PA is just of 100
Seong-su Mun fled from North Korea, but not before playing for his former nation at U21 level, because his PA is 113, nice !
Nathan Martinez is by far the best catch of the batch as he has a PA of 133
Alessandro Andrade da Silva could be a tactical choice in the middle, and is potential is of 100 too
And Lalchhuanawma Dias is another Indian with an impronounceable name, with a PA of... wait, what the... PA 55 ? An intruder ! How did he pass through the selection ?
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We are improving, even if not spectacularly. At least we can say Bhutan can attract players who seemed out of reach when I started my experiment. Those new faces are mostly bland, but let's wait for regens with better physical attibutes and better training ('cause you know, training in Bhutan is just about playing the same Irish counterparts again and again under piles of fresh snow).

Speaking of regens, Thinley Rasel is still at large, or something like that, in an Bhutanese amateur club, contract less, but unwilling to move away at the moment. It's amusing to see I can nick world class youngsters to MIPK in front of any high profile European team, but fail to attract a slightly better than usual Bhutanese. He doesn't even want to negociate !

Next step : giving each member of the new pack his first cap for Bhutan of course and conclude their bhutanisation. And to Kosuke Mori too as I forgot him on the bench for more than a year. The next game will come in less than two months, against... the Gambia. Joy !

All those new players are giving me an headache : there are 34 men in MIPK first team, and I don't see how to get rid of the surplus. And you understand what kind of surplus I'm speaking of : they are important members of MIPK national team.

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When I say we are growing in importance... Oh, he finally signed for Silkeborg. No idea why more than ten clubs were suddenly chasing him. No idea abour so many things in fact. His skills are not than great.

I have another thing to point : remember Ballyfermot, the Irish team Transport United faced twice a week for years and went from amateur to semi-pro status ? Now they are selected to play in the domestic cup :
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August 2035

I was scouting Bhutanese regens with GK editor, browsing the tables without success as one of them was missing. Then I understood he was morphed from an under 22 mediocre Bhutanese footballer to a 50 years old Welsh scout working for Cardiff Met. That's not a little change. He's the first guy to escape my claws.

Another good show by MIPK which will make it to the CL groups one more time. We did beat Genk, with Lucas Nunez scoring one goal (most of my strikers were injured, we were just lucky he aimed well).

September 2035

The Gambia vs Bhutan

I would never imagined we'll play a friendly against The Gambia, a nation about which I have nothing to say... ah, their Irish coach had been sacked, then choosen again to manage them less than two weeks later. I have nothing to say about my team too except I sent the whole pack of neo-Bhutanese on the pitch to give them the second nationality they are begging for (I don't even need to lash for this as they are litterally doing everything to please me which I still believe is inconceivable). In fact I had so many people to turn Bhutanese that I didn't find a place for superstar Hugo Duncan, so he started on the bench. It wasn't a so boring game (3 goals scored still) but judging the ratings, no one tried to shine today.
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November 2035

MIPK, without much surprise, won the league. We had a little slackening after five years in a row over 100 scored goals. Too many players to rotate didn't help to stay consistent, at last when we talk about the attack. Still I'm not going to complain as we stay unbeaten two seasons in a row. We won our eleventh Finnish cup too.
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With 13 experiments in the team it was the first time MIPK could field a 100% Bhutanese approved starting 11 for every CL groups games. It didn't go very well...
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I hope this will give them some experience. I won't post their yearly performances as it means absolutely nothing when you make them play with future world stars againg Finnish teams. Only two of them gave me satisfaction in Champions League : Lucas Nunez up front, and Denys Shutkov who tackled tirelessly and won... half his challenges ? Not that bad. On the other side, Laishram Haokip made a poor impression by escaping training after less than a week in Finland ; and Nathan Martinez was injured more than half of the time. I extended their contract because we'll play the WC qual next year ; I want to keep my protegees fit.

Thinley Rasel won't sign at MIPK. While he kept saying he felt good in Bhutan, he agreed – in my back – a contract from Huy, third Belgian level. I'm not very pleased by his move. I'll try to snatch him later as I think he'll get upset in Belgium sooner or later.

December 2035

The year ends with another stadium expansion in Finland. I asked for it, the board turned me down, then finally decided to raise the bar over 21000 places (we absolutely don't need all that stuff, that about 15000 empty seats... sorry we don't even have so much seats), while rejecting better training facilities (which are usually always handy isn't it).

Lohoca Justo accepted to join us as player/staff in July. I think it's rather important to unveil my Bhutaneses non-playing attributes. Some of them could even turn physios or managers ?

The WC quals will be played next year. I'll make some loosely focus about our forces, and (absence of) chances to qualify, before entering 2036.
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The 62 year old manager of Knokke didn't resign, so no quick trophy for me, but after a few months of waiting I did at least get a job in the Belgian top division, at Oostende (obviously located in the western part of the country, on the coast). They were far down on the table with no hope of winning the league and were also out of the cup, but I figured it would be a good starting point for winning something next season and then get the super cup at the start of the 2092/93 season. The league season went reasonably well, with UEFA Cup qualification as a nice bonus.

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I won't get to play European football with Oostende this time around, however, because Knokke's manager who didn't retire last summer did so this year, and I successfully applied to be his successor. While they didn't win the league this season (Berchem did), they cme second and were in the cup final (against Berchem), so they'll play in the super cup (against Berchem) again. A few friendlies to get to know my squad a little and then hopefully I'll only need one game before searching for a new job (iirc the AI won't hire you if you've been at a job for less than half a year so I guess I'll resign once there's an interesting job at the next destination league).

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I started a game with Sassari Torres in Serie C1/B 3.9.68. I read yesterday on Wikipedia that they never played higher that Serie C. Well, I got them promoted to Serie B in our first season. I also read that they went bankrupt twice in real life since then. That seems about right, I was happy went the board injected 500k of new found, only to find out that we are still 600k in the hole. It still early July 2002 but I have no idea how we will survive in Serie B. I might apply for the job in Napoli.
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Bhutania 2036-1 : Who are we now ?

As the Asian WC quals will be played this year and the pool of Bhutanese players at my disposal has changed a lot since I started this affair, I thought it was a good time to bother the reader with my reflections about the team I'm going to field for the competition. At least when it will start in March because after April I'll get some fodder to add to the actual list of 62 players... players, mmm... possibilities... eventualities... erm... odd names assemblies with attributes... bah, you know what I'm talking about right ? Those players will have to be fit in March, so I need to prioritise those who are playing outside Asia, where the off season falls right in the same period (but at the same time I want to dispose of « adequate backups » where I'm lacking physical attributes). I moved away those who are without a team for too long too.

So here's the winners :
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Matt Keller turned 35 recently and is only the second goalkeeper for Adelaide but at the same time he had always been consistent in his performances. I suppose he'll retire fast in the middle of the quals ; the other goalies can take his place without problem if needed.
Our defense is still our weak point and Adam Wynne can't do much about this state while showing some interesting physical skills (he only lacks height) and lots of determination. Andres Centurion will return on the right side, having left Argentina to hide in Colombia where he is playing regularly, as I don't have a better option (Jordan Duncan is just too irregular now). Denys Shutkov is the sole player with enough skills and experience to stay unmovable while Mateus Carius is recalled reluctantly : I really dont like his incredibly high pass coupled to creativity skills, but I have to admit he's not that bad on the paper and for his team.
The middle had been entirely reshuffled. Xin Sun, while by no way exceptional, will take the left flank in the wait of someone better took over the position. Pawan Bhutia has handy dribbling skills he never showed until now. Alessandro Andrade da Silva will be the pillar of the team and I expect a lot from him despite his defensive profile ; he should at least weight on the middle of the pitch with his tremendous tackles, strenght and determination attributes. Federico Vazquez is the fourth man of the pack, being more complete than his usual Bhutanese counterparts.
The forwards duo is unsurprising : Lucas Nunez had a very satisfying season in Finland, winning a local award, and looks good enough for duty along our national treasure Hugo Duncan whose performances in Germany (the second league level, have no dreams for more !) are absolutely encouraging ; moreover, I hope his creativity will shift the ball toward him rather than Mateus Carius.
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The rest of the team is a mix between not good enough players to be reliable (the erratic Jordan Duncan, the too short and nice Kosuke Mori, the too young Thinley Rasel, the too selfish Seong-su Mun, the too shy Nathan Martinez, the too average Lalchhuanawma Dias) and 100% certified Bhutanese lads who can impose their physical presence while not knowing a single thing about football. Needless to say it's still too soon to imagine reaching the WC final stages in South America, but we start to see some interesting profiles increasing our ranks. Once again, we can wait for better looking regens and more important for better trained guys. So there is still room for improvement.
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3.9.60 - 1.FC Koln (Season 1)

Had a problem with my original save, so I've had to start afresh. For those who don't know, I've decided to go back to the original database, managing the first playable team that shows up in the editor which is Germany's 1.FC Koln. They have some decent players but not a lot of money, so we listed a few players to try and raise some cash which didn't really work out as we only sold one player, goalkeeper Alexander Bade who joined Hertha BSC for £3.7M halfway through the season, despite a rating of 7.63 in 16 games (conceded 18).

With the lack of money, we bought just three players. Two left backs in Christophe Delmotte (Lyon - £425K) and Jacob Lekgetho (Lokomotiv Moscow - £300K) and a DRC in Stephan Passlack (1860 Munchen - £325K). The sale of Bade had some at a time where I was desperately trying to sign a third goalkeeper and some natural central midfielders shortly before the German transfer window closed but we failed to do any business.

Was that a factor in our collapse towards the end of the season, having actually topped the table for 11 games in a row before dropping to 4th and ultimately finishing 3rd. We'd lost just twice in 18 games (inc. a fine 4:2 win over Bayern) before the Winter break kicked in, returning to win just 5 of our last 14 games, 4 of which came right at the very end of the season. A huge turning point was the 5:3 defeat to Dortmund, where we'd led 3:1 before conceding 3 in the last 5 minutes! A similar story happened at Bayern where despite the goalkeeper Sokolov being sent off after 19 minutes, we nearly took home a point until a 90th minute own goal from Lekgetho! Still, we had a strong end to the season to finish a respectable 3rd.

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The most selected XI can be seen below. Despite being one of the more valuable players, Christian Timm didn't really get a good run and our best players were Marco Reich, Markus Kreuz, Miroslav Baranek and Jorg Reeb. They're definitely permanent fixtures in the midfield so it's just elsewhere that we need to focus on.

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I'm hoping we'll get a bit of cash in the bank now to bring in a goalkeeper, another left-back, three centre midfielders and three more attacking midfielders to increase the squad depth. Two players will definitely be moving on, strikers Georgi Donkov (despite being a regular, scoring 14 in 31) and Giovanni Federico as they're out of contract. They won't be replaced as we've got another 3 strikers on the books and I'm hoping Markus Kurth will start to make a name of himself.
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Back on 3.9.68 and taken over at... JUVENTUS

My idea probably won't work but basically am going to try and do as badly as possible without getting the sack. Can I gradually decrease the clubs rep from the starting max of 10,000 and also decrease the boards expectations from wanting the Serie A title?

Playing 4-4-2 should help but if it starts going too badly, can always use a better formation to steady the ship. All the top stars need to go, especially the high earners and will be replaced by lesser quality players. This all needs to be done gradually so as to not arouse suspicion that I'm actually a saboteur :shock:
The aim would be to spend the 2006-07 season in Serie B but without any of the real life scandal of the time.

That might be a tad optimistic as it's only 4 seasons to get relegated, it might take longer but I wonder if the same manager could take the most successful Italian club all the way down the leagues?

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Vèrkûh wrote: Fri Feb 24, 2023 11:09 am
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Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Feb 15, 2023 4:52 pm

Despite the risks of moving to a club with even more ambitions, I couldn't resist the offer I received without sending in an application form first. It took me less than five seasons to add some trophies to my personal track record: Dutch Premier Division (2x), Dutch Cup (2x), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Championship. I should have known that wasn't going to be enough...

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Next stop: Denmark! Two of twelve teams in the Premier Division go down and with a dozen games still to play, Skjold were sitting eleventh. Obviously, my task was to keep them up. My first full season in charge has only just begun and out of the blue the opportunity arises to swap a new relegation battle for the Qualifying Phase of the European Champions Cup :shock:

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Of course it was an honour to be able to make this step up. After surviving the qualifying round, we had the chance to add another five players to the already decided European squad. That probably helped a bit to reach the Final of the European Champions Cup. We weren't that dominant in the Dutch Premier Division and couldn't even make it to the tournament proper in the next season. With ten games to go and six points behind the leaders, my time was up once more...

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Kevin wrote: Wed Mar 08, 2023 7:42 pm Back on 3.9.68 and taken over at... JUVENTUS

My idea probably won't work but basically am going to try and do as badly as possible without getting the sack. Can I gradually decrease the clubs rep from the starting max of 10,000 and also decrease the boards expectations from wanting the Serie A title?

Playing 4-4-2 should help but if it starts going too badly, can always use a better formation to steady the ship. All the top stars need to go, especially the high earners and will be replaced by lesser quality players. This all needs to be done gradually so as to not arouse suspicion that I'm actually a saboteur :shock:
The aim would be to spend the 2006-07 season in Serie B but without any of the real life scandal of the time.

That might be a tad optimistic as it's only 4 seasons to get relegated, it might take longer but I wonder if the same manager could take the most successful Italian club all the way down the leagues?

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Soon, I'll join you on this mission.
I might use Inter (as they are rivals of my favorite team, AC).
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Theov wrote: Fri Mar 10, 2023 5:28 pm Soon, I'll join you on this mission.
I might use Inter (as they are rivals of my favorite team, AC).
Good choice, I could never take this approach with AC Milan as I like them too.

Season 1 is in the books and breaking news... I still have my job! :phew:
It was a close run thing as we went on a few bad runs and the board kept flipping between just pleased with my performance and only being satisfied with it.
In the end we limped to 6th in Serie A and were never in the conversation for a title challenge at any stage, so maybe it was my cup runs that saved me? (We won the Supercup at the start before going on runs to the finals of both the Coppa Italia and Champions Cup where we lost to super Roma and Man Utd). Still amazed though that our Serie A performance hasn't put the mockers on the save already.

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Juventus' club reputation has come down from 10,000 to 9,728 which is good.

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The 4 players on 100k plus a week who I had it in for were Buffon, Thuram, Nedved and Del Piero.
Gianluigi Buffon sealed his own fate by not believing (even as an 'indispensable to the club' player) that the club could meet his demands, no problem son - on the transfer list you go! He would be off to Deportivo at the end of the season for 20m plus 25% of the next fee.
Marcos had come in mid season from Palmeiras on a free to challenge for minutes and also be my new #1 after Buffon.

Thuram and Del Piero still have their futures up in the air but Nedved did want a new contract so I settled on bringing his wage down from 120k to my absolute squad limit of 100k and he signed on for a few more years. I do love me a challenge of reducing the wage bill and I've got it down from 1.3 to 1.1m so far. Probably more problems ahead though as a few others want new contracts and they're on big money but below 100k a week.

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The only other squad changes were OUTS: Paulo Montero (wanted a new challenge/sold to Schalke) and Ciro Ferrara (released early at 36 as I was fed up of the media cussing his poor performances). INS: Andrea Pirlo for 3.2m as I couldn't resist Milan always letting him go (he hardly played but will in Season 2).

The board expect another realistic championship challenge which is disappointing, I might have to try and finish in the top 4 if they ever become less than satisfied with me. The most fun thing is/will be slowly changing the squad which I hope I have lots of time to do :)
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Have been stuck in the conference for 3 seasons, most recent season ended in missing out on promotion by 1 point. Few games before the end of the season, lost 2-1 against Forest Green in the most FM way to lose a game
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You deserve much better than that @ChaosClive, hope you get out of the Conference soon.
ChaosClive wrote: Wed Mar 15, 2023 11:34 am Have been stuck in the conference for 3 seasons, most recent season ended in missing out on promotion by 1 point. Few games before the end of the season, lost 2-1 against Forest Green in the most FM way to lose a game
Whizzed through my 2nd season at Juve.

The board wanted a realistic championship challenge and once again (playing default 4-4-2 with the odd 4-1-3-2); I spectacularly failed to deliver.
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They couldn't make their mind up regarding my performance as it ranged from satisfied to delighted. Their assessment of the fans opinion also ranged from enthusiastic support waning to building a rapport with them!

We found ourselves in the Italian Super Cup again, apparently finishing runners up in the Italian Cup trumps Inter finishing runners up in Serie A to double winners Roma. Roma won the game and also knocked us out in the Italian Cup semi's, Aston Villa did for us as early as the 3rd round in the UEFA Cup.

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My best yet .. Playing the 41311_norgebus.tct

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The stay at Knokke was as short as I had hoped, and another trophy was secured even if not in a very convincing manner.
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After this game it was time to resign and have some time off while browsing job adverts, before it was time to head off to Italy, to the valleys at the southern slopes of the Alps and Dro. In a lucky coincidence, the two next trophies were doable with the same team in the same season, as the final of the Serie C supercup between the group winners are a few days after the Serie C Cup final.

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With 2 more trophies in the bag it's time to head north to Finland and win the top division there. Unfortunately there's no jobs at the moment and I seem to recall jobs there being fairly scarce so it night take a while to get one.
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3.9.60 - 1.FC Koln (Season 2)

After an amazing maiden season where we finished 3rd to make it into the Champions Cup, we headed into a second season on the back of some investment in the squad where we had lacked depth.

Four players headed out first, two strikers who were out of contract anyway (Giovanni Federico - Nuova Acri & Georgi Donkov - Dortmund) and defenders Moses Sichone (Schalke 04 - £2.9M) and Spasoje Bulajic (Werder Bremen - £1.8M).

I had targeted eight players to fill out the squad, including natural central midfielders as a priority. These arrived in the shape of Jorge Bolano (Parma - £1.9M), Nastja Ceh (Club Brugge - £1.7M) and Omar Belbey (Montpellier - £1.7M). We also signed goalkeeper Ian Walker (Leicester - £1.4M), left-back Vasilis Borbokis (PAOK - Bosman), two left wingers in Padelis Konstantinidis (PAOK - Bosman) and Loukas Karadimos (PAOK - £425K) and an FRC in Sebastian Helbig (Cottbus - Bosman).

With the squad now set, pre-season was mixed before we crashed out of the League Cup straight away. But we fared better in Europe, defeating Rosenborg to qualify for Phase 1 where we managed to finish 2nd in a group containing Roma, Feyenoord and Dinamo. Phase 2 proved too hard though, as we ended bottom against Lazio, Real Madrid and Porto.

In the league though, we were nowhere near challenging as we were in the first season, ultimately finishing 7th in a very below par season where we only reached 6th once and never dropped below 11th. So exciting!

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The consistency wasn't quite there across the squad, where the star players from last season weren't really anywhere to be seen as Jorge Bolano was clearly the best player of the season with a whopping 26 goals from midfield. Markus Kurth took his chances this year, with 16 goals in 25 starts but lost his place in the second half of the season.

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I'm hoping it'll be a case of quality over quantity now as we have 7 players out of contracts who'll be moving on, so hopefully we can bring in better players as well as reviewing the squad.
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My first ever time playing this game, gone for 22/23 DB with Man Utd,

want to figure tactics etc myself, and won't be usuing wibwob(disabled it on nicks patch)

so far lost 1 won 1, and my tactics are probably terrible, playing a 433 2 different version in 2 different games,
first game I realised my tackling was on hard and got 2 reds. lost 4-0 to liverpool LOL!!

2nd game was a win 1-0

sold 3 players - phil jones -2.5M mason greenwood 15M and Antony Martial 30M

currently only got 1 player Adama Troare for 6M -

need more signings, guess I will update on that after TM closes, and also how I'm doing in the league. etc
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Welcome to the cult, 1KrazyMofo!
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Kevin wrote: Wed Mar 15, 2023 2:17 pm You deserve much better than that @ChaosClive, hope you get out of the Conference soon.
ChaosClive wrote: Wed Mar 15, 2023 11:34 am Have been stuck in the conference for 3 seasons, most recent season ended in missing out on promotion by 1 point. Few games before the end of the season, lost 2-1 against Forest Green in the most FM way to lose a game
Whizzed through my 2nd season at Juve.

The board wanted a realistic championship challenge and once again (playing default 4-4-2 with the odd 4-1-3-2); I spectacularly failed to deliver.
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They couldn't make their mind up regarding my performance as it ranged from satisfied to delighted. Their assessment of the fans opinion also ranged from enthusiastic support waning to building a rapport with them!

We found ourselves in the Italian Super Cup again, apparently finishing runners up in the Italian Cup trumps Inter finishing runners up in Serie A to double winners Roma. Roma won the game and also knocked us out in the Italian Cup semi's, Aston Villa did for us as early as the 3rd round in the UEFA Cup.

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Great stuff. How many time would you have to finish in the sub top in order to safely end up mid table??

Also. Do you just play as good as possible, and just dont imprive the squad, or do you sometimes put your left back in at right winger, etc, just to lose a game?
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I've won everything again this season with Milan.
Only at the beginning of the season, there was a stretch where I didn't win some games - which made Inter lead the league for a few months.

My side quests are now to get younger, as Nesta, Samuel, Totti, Buffon and Kaladze are on the wrong side of 30.
And I want to sell some players - so basically everyone who's 28 or over and I get a good offer for is available for sale.
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Theov wrote: Sun Apr 02, 2023 9:30 am
Kevin wrote: Wed Mar 15, 2023 2:17 pm You deserve much better than that @ChaosClive, hope you get out of the Conference soon.
ChaosClive wrote: Wed Mar 15, 2023 11:34 am Have been stuck in the conference for 3 seasons, most recent season ended in missing out on promotion by 1 point. Few games before the end of the season, lost 2-1 against Forest Green in the most FM way to lose a game
Whizzed through my 2nd season at Juve.

The board wanted a realistic championship challenge and once again (playing default 4-4-2 with the odd 4-1-3-2); I spectacularly failed to deliver.
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They couldn't make their mind up regarding my performance as it ranged from satisfied to delighted. Their assessment of the fans opinion also ranged from enthusiastic support waning to building a rapport with them!

We found ourselves in the Italian Super Cup again, apparently finishing runners up in the Italian Cup trumps Inter finishing runners up in Serie A to double winners Roma. Roma won the game and also knocked us out in the Italian Cup semi's, Aston Villa did for us as early as the 3rd round in the UEFA Cup.

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Great stuff. How many time would you have to finish in the sub top in order to safely end up mid table??

Also. Do you just play as good as possible, and just dont imprive the squad, or do you sometimes put your left back in at right winger, etc, just to lose a game?
It went a bit weird in the end, I should have stuck with it but gave up after 5 seasons.

Finished between 5th and 8th every season but the board seemed ok despite every season wanting a championship challenge.

I maybe did things to try and lose games but it was playing younger players who weren't great for prolonged periods of time. Franz Bertin was my starting RB at the end with Thuram gone, Kovalenko was number 9 but he actually outscored Trezeguet who he essentially replaced.

I've had about ten failed saves/ideas since this one haha. I'm currently on October 22 update and Chelsea, purposely buying noone that they have on their mad spree and instead will be bringing back ex players.
i.e. Tammy Abraham upfront or if I play 2 strikers, Ike Ugbo anyone? 😀

Your commitment to Milan is impressive Theov, Baresi and Maldini would be proud!
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It went a bit weird in the end, I should have stuck with it but gave up after 5 seasons.

Finished between 5th and 8th every season but the board seemed ok despite every season wanting a championship challenge.

I maybe did things to try and lose games but it was playing younger players who weren't great for prolonged periods of time. Franz Bertin was my starting RB at the end with Thuram gone, Kovalenko was number 9 but he actually outscored Trezeguet who he essentially replaced.

I've had about ten failed saves/ideas since this one haha. I'm currently on October 22 update and Chelsea, purposely buying noone that they have on their mad spree and instead will be bringing back ex players.
i.e. Tammy Abraham upfront or if I play 2 strikers, Ike Ugbo anyone? 😀

Your commitment to Milan is impressive Theov, Baresi and Maldini would be proud!
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Thank you!

So the board never really change their expectations??
I started with Inter but after one and a half season I though "I am just trying to win enough not to get fired, which means re-doing the last few games to see what league position is the lowest acceptable.
But if they dont lower expectations, theres not really a challenge.

As for Milan.
Yeah, some people get bored after winning it all, but when I start, winning the Champions [s]Cup[/s] League is not the goal. Building a team that can win it 3 times in a row is.

And then I give myself side-quests.
From youth i have a dislike towards Ajax, so when I saw them finish in the lower mid table, I decided to give the 3 teams finishing above them and the 3 teams finishing below them 20M.
(By buying token players for a 20M first cap clause. I am also the coach of Holland, so they would trigger with the first Holland friendly match.)
Injecting 20M into every direct competetor could push Ajax just a little bit more towards relegation. Which is now, somehow my secondary goal.
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3.9.60 - 1.FC Koln (Season 3)

Following the high of a 3rd place in season 1, we were disappointed to finish 7th and preparations for the third season saw the biggest turnover of players yet at the club. Heading out on Bosmans were Alexander Kutz (D/DMR - Winterthur), Alassane Ouedraogo (AM/FR - Lucerne), Markus Dworrak (FLC - Aachen), Bashia Kaba (D/DMRLC - Celle), Darko Pivaljevic (SC - Uerdingen) and Daniel Chitsulo (SC - Karlsruhe), as well as Vjatsheslav Sokolov (GK - released). We also sold Vasilis Borbokis (DL - PAOK - £450K), Thomas Cichon (SW/DC - Lubeck - £2.1M), Jacob Lekgotho (DL - Maribor - £1.1M), Padelis Konstatinidis (AML - Nurnberg - £4.2M), Andrew Sinkala (DMC - Kaiserslautern - £1.5M), Stephan Passlack (D/DMR - Reutlingen - £825K) and Matthias Scherz (D/MR - Schalke 04 - £1.6M). 14 players heading out in total, and a profit for the four players that I'd signed of my own too (Borbokis - 450K, Lekgetho - 800K, Passlack - 500K and Konstantininidis - 4.2M) which is always pleasing!

So who did we bring in? I like bargain hunting so 9 players came in for free - Fernando Couto (D/DMC - Lazio), Nikos Froussos (SC - PAOK), Paulo Sergio (FRC - FC Bayern), Bixente Lizarazu (D/DML - FC Bayern), Christian Gyan (DR - Feyenoord), Peter Ofori-Quaye (SC - Olympiacos), Filippo Cristante (DRC - Piacenza), Yassine Abdeelaoui (AML - Free) and Christopher Wreh (SC - St. Mirren). Four players cost a very small fee - Sotiris Liberopoulos (GK - AEK - £350K), Alejandro Escalona (DL - River - £375K), Ulrich van Gobbel (D/DMR - Feyenoord - £575K) and Armando (DR - Atletico Madrid - £150K).

I was quite happy with some of the signings. Despite their age, I hoped Sergio, Couto and Lizarazu would play a part in getting us back up the table whereas Ofori-Quaye and Escalona looked like good prospects for the future.

The league campaign started slowly, dropping down to 15th but forcing our way back up to 5th after 6 games. But similarly to last year, we struggled to maintain enough consistency to move beyond there and ultimately finished 7th once more despite a late run of 7 games unbeaten that had briefly seen us move to 6th before Leverkusen overtook us.


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Ofori-Quayle was certainly the bargain signing having fired in 27 goals in 37 starts with Froussos also chipping in with 10. But the goals dried up in the rest of the team with only Jorge Bolano managing double figures but his 11 was a huge drop from the 26 in his debut season. Marko Reich did get 9 so it was good to see him get back into regular action but probably not a lot of others to really shout about. Couto was a influential player but I was disappointed with Lizarazu and Sergio who I'd expected to get more game time. Sergio will be retiring this Summer along with Couto which is a blow and Delmotte who is out of contract anyway. I don't expect us to sign many players this time as we move on to season 4.


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At least we were able to compete in Europe again, having enjoyed our adventure to the 2nd Phase of the Champions Cup last season. We did have to go through the Inter-Toto Cup where we made easy work of Salzburg, FC Jokerit and Neftochimik. The draws were probably quite favourable in the UEFA Cup, defeating Belshina, Hibs, AEK before meeting Lyon in the 4th Round and eliminating them on penalties and then beating Heerenveen 4:1 on aggregate. The Semi Final took us to Inter where we lost 4:2 but only after Hanno Balitsch had been sent off with 17 minutes to go, after which Inter scored twice. The home tie saw Paulo Sergio score but it wasn't enough to get us to the Final.

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The summer of 2061 was a chance for Mexico to compete against the big boys at the Confederations Cup. It was my first participation in this tournament since leading Brazil to glory 20 years earlier. Despite having already won it, I was taking it very seriously with reputation points up for grabs, ahead of next year's World Cup. We opened up against the Dutch in Rotterdam and I felt this game was the key to our chances of progressing from a tough group. We played them off the park, winning 3-0 and it didn't flatter us, and we had a dream start. We then beat Mali by the same scoreline to leave us almost through but not quite. With such a tight schedule, I gambled on a second string side against Argentina, knowing a heavy defeat could still see us eliminated. We again acquitted ourselves well and were only beaten by a late goal. Despite this, we still topped the group, with the top three all finishing on six points.

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Before the semi final, there was the small matter of the Johan Cruijff Schaal, the last trophy in the Netherlands that I needed. It was a busy summer at Heerenveen, with plenty of new faces, but would they gel in time? Standing in our way were Oss, who had won their maiden title last season and had a very strong side. They showed why as they swarmed all over us from the start and threatened to blow us away. An hour in, we trailed 2-0 and had barely laid a glove on them. We went more direct in desperation and it unsettled the champions. Out of nowhere we were back at 2-2 with 20 minutes still remaining. We were still second best but held out for extra time and then penalties. Both teams scored their first three before the pressure was too much from Oss midfielder Mitchell Krul, who found row Z with his effort. Defender van der Meer put us ahead, meaning Oss had to score to remain in contention. Our Cameroonian goalkeeper Amban's performance on the day had got us into this position so it's appropriate that he had the final word, making the save that sealed it. We were fortunate but I've been on the other side enough times not to care. That's now ten countries completed.

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No time for me to celebrate though, as on the same day, I had a Confederations Cup semi final to play. Inevitably we were up against England, who were useless at tournaments during my eight years with them but then decided to win the World Cup as soon as I left. I was understandably fired up for this one and that transferred to the players. We made my home country look like anything but world champions and it was as if I were back in charge of them. We comfortably led 2-0 at the break. England pulled one back just past the hour but never looked capable of finding an equaliser. We were through to the final and I had never been so happy to see England lose before.

Spain beat Argentina to join us in the final. Despite our fine performances so far, they were still strong favourites to lift the trophy. They hit us with two goals in the first 18 minutes and it looked like a formality from there. Surprisingly, they eased off and we quickly grew in confidence, creating numerous chances, but it remained 2-0 well into the latter stages. We needed something miraculous, so step forward the Moreno brothers. Jesus gave us hope with 12 minutes remaining and with time running out, we won a penalty. Jesus's elder brother Francisco held his nerve and remarkably, we were level. There was still time for Guillermo Rivas to be sent off in normal time for a stupid kick, leaving us a man light. Seven minutes into extra time, Moreno jnr limped off and we were out of subs, leaving us with just nine. Somehow we held out for penalties. Rosa missed Spain's third penalty, while we scored all five to win the trophy in dramatic fashion. My first international trophy in 14 years, shame it wasn't one I still needed to win, but it was certainly a handy boost to my world reputation. It was incredible how I'd won two trophies just three days apart and that the finals were virtual carbon copies of each other.

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Once my heart rate had recovered from all this drama, it was time to consider my future at club level. Ideally I'd be ditching Mexico in the next year or two, despite their heroics, and moving to a big nation. If I were to leave Heerenveen, I'd have to be careful with my next move. For now, I would be staying to hopefully win more trophies. We were in the Europa League, a trophy I needed to win, so that would be the priority. We breezed past Dinamo Bucharest and Huy of Belgium, before suffering a very disappointing exit to Hajduk Split at the last 32 stage. We couldn't convert our dominance into goals, while they only had three shots on goal over the 180 minutes, and scored with all of them!

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The league went rather better, with us being very strong defensively. There were a few 1-0 wins in there but we had a healthy lead by mid-January.

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Unfortunately, my reputation was in rapid decline since the Confederations Cup victory. Winning the Eredivisie would give it a boost but I was worried I'd lose more by staying in the Netherlands for much longer. It was time to jump ship, so I crossed the border to become manager of Hamburg for the second time, 37 years after my very brief first spell in charge, which lasted just three games. They become the third club I've managed twice, after Perth Glory and Flamengo. I would get another shot at winning the Europa League this season, as Hamburg had scraped into the last 16. They had been German champions for two seasons running so I knew they had a strong side, although it's fair to say they were seriously underperforming in the league, while they were also out of the cup.

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I didn't have time to make wholesale changes, not that I felt I needed to, so I brought in just three quality players before the transfer window shut. 15 points off the summit with 16 to play and double figures behind a few other teams, a third straight title was surely out of the question. With five league games to play before European action resumed, I wanted to use them to build up some confidence. I was confident we would climb the table quickly but wasn't prepared for what was about to follow. Five wins in a row with some excellent performances rocketed us up to seventh. Everyone else wobbled, meaning that incredibly, we were just seven points off the top, with eleven still to play. We were now fighting on two fronts. Our winning run just went on and on, as we continued to close in on the teams above us. A dramatic late 4-3 win at Mainz on match day 29 took us top with five to play, incredible! We then brushed St. Pauli aside in the derby before snatching another last gasp winner at Köln to make it 13 victories in a row, a new Bundesliga record since the start of this save. Winning late away from home was becoming a habit and that is the hallmark of champions. Three games left and we were in pole position.

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Our run-in was tough, as we hosted Nürnberg next in what was billed as a title decider. Two early goals put us in control but the visitors had their chances too and pulled one back with 16 minutes left to set up a nervy finish. We weathered the storm and added two late goals of our own. 4-1 was certainly flattering but it left us on the brink of an extraordinary title, which was sealed with an emphatic 3-0 win at Freiburg. A much-changed team then beat Rostock on the final day, as we closed the season out with a remarkable 16 consecutive victories. I could never have envisaged this when taking over four months earlier.

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Of course, the trophy I initially came to win was the Europa League and Real Sociedad in the last 16 promised to be a stern test. I was not disappointed. A topsy-turvy home leg was locked at 2-2 until we found two stoppage time goals to give us a decent lead to take to Spain but with two away goals, Sociedad were not out of it. Twice they took the lead on the night to leave them just one goal away from advancing on away goals but we just about held on for a nerve-shredding 5-4 aggregate victory. Things got more straightforward from there as Eindhoven (5-1) and Amiens SC (5-0) were brushed aside and we were into the final.

Our opponents were an in-form Reading side, who had deadly Mexican striker Francisco Moreno for us to deal with. The final took place just four days after wrapping up the league and was held in Vienna on the same ground where I won the Champions League with Sporting 17 years previously. Was this an omen? A half volley by midfielder Rafael Menger after 14 minutes was the difference at half time, in an otherwise tight opening 45 minutes. In the second half, we put on an exhibition performance, with three more unanswered goals and we won the double in style. Moreno was virtually anonymous, probably because I threatened to drop him from the World Cup squad if he scored.

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An astonishing season overall, which has lifted my world reputation up to 22nd. On to the World Cup with Mexico in the summer, which we qualified for with ease. We will face England again, as well as France and Uzbekistan. Lovely!

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Mexico headed to the 2062 World Cup with relatively low expectations, with an unkind draw leaving us in a group with France and world champions England. First up, minnows Uzbekistan and it was vital that we got three points on the board. We ran out comfortable 4-1 winners, while both teams were reduced to ten men in the opening half hour. England and France drew their clash, so one more victory would do it for us. France next and former Sivasspor winger Miguel Bernal gave us a dream start but after that, it was backs to the wall. France piled on the pressure and Sergio Ponce had one of the best games of his career in our goal. He made several superb saves and thanks to him, we had a famous win and had qualified with a game to spare. Just my home country to face and we knew a draw would be good enough to win the group, while England needed a draw to be certain of joining us in the knockout stages. Group B concluded before our group, so we knew that if we won the group, we would face a very dangerous Portugal side, who have a great recent tournament record, if not, it would be Belgium, who are not as good as they once were. Despite making numerous changes and taking it easy, we still dominated and led 1-0 well into the latter stages. Time for some more “tinkering”, with everyone including the keeper playing out wide. Two late goals for England sent them top, with us relegated to second and the French being sent for an early bath!

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With our first choice XI and more conventional tactics restored for the Belgium game, we turned on the style and deservedly won 2-0. Facing the hosts Spain next was a daunting prospect, with them desperate to avenge their dramatic Confederations Cup final defeat to us last year. Like in that final, they were fast out of the blocks and went 2-0 up very quickly. We were soon handed a lifeline when their right back picked up a second yellow card but they were still too good. Spain added a third just before half time and it was game over. Like four years ago, we bowed out at the quarter final stage but given the calibre of opposition we faced, we could return home with our heads held high. My decision to avoid Portugal in the last 16 appears to have been a shrewd one, as they went on to win the competition.

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The Spain defeat turned out to be my last match in charge of Mexico. With the top three international tournaments still to win, it was time to move to a bigger nation. I've enjoyed my time in charge of Mexico, probably my favourite international spell so far. We performed well at tournaments, unlike the bottle jobs England were during my eight years with them. However, I always felt we weren't quite good enough to be serious contenders for the big trophies, despite our Confederations Cup triumph. First to sack their manager were France after their failure to qualify from our group, followed shortly by Brazil who suffered a shock penalty shootout defeat to Japan in the Second Round. Unfortunately, I had to edit my nationality to stand a chance of being offered them but needs must. I applied and was offered both on the same day. I agonised over the decision for some time and eventually opted for France. I thought the Euros would be more difficult to win than the Copa America, so wanted to get them out of the way first, while I've also already managed Brazil. During the World Cup, I was mindful that an early exit for the French could lead to them looking for a new manager, so that was also part of my reasoning for letting England through. No one said I had to maintain my integrity to succeed at this challenge! I'm a little unconvinced by the French defence and there are a few players the wrong side of 30 but they are one of the top teams in both Europe and the world, so let's hope I can finally land one of the big ones soon.

Hamburg's unlikely Bundesliga title last season had earnt us a place in this season's Supercup, where we would face league runners-up and cup winners Nürnberg. It was a game we dominated but couldn't make the breakthrough in normal time. Five minutes from time, Nürnberg had defender “Big Bad” Wolff sent off for a professional foul and we capitalised in extra time. First Italian centre back and summer signing Giorgio Biondi headed us in front just four minutes in and January's big signing Chris Adams struck to seal another trophy ten minutes later.

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In the European Super Cup, we were up against European champions and former club Besiktas. I won this trophy with Sporting and did so again with Hamburg with a thrilling 4-2 victory, where we led 2-0 at the interval, were pegged back to 2-2, before hitting them with two late goals. I still need to win the cup to complete Germany but rather than go for it this season, I resigned immediately after the trophy presentation, having won 26 out of 27 games in charge during my second spell with the club. Having landed a top national side, I now desperately want to get rid of some crappy leagues and leave Germany open in case I need to restore my reputation at some point in the future. Just under three weeks later, I had managerial position number 100 and was heading for the Superettan (Swedish second tier) with Djurgården. With nine league games to go, the summit was in sight, although the title race was wide open.

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The transfer window was closed, so I had to make do with a squad that had some decent enough players for this level but was very unbalanced. Lots of central midfielders, all MC's and no left back. We would have to face all five of the rest of the top six, as well as the bottom three before the end of the season. We got off to a flyer, smashing Gothenburg 4-1 and Elfsborg 4-0. Two more wins and a draw from our next three took us top, a point clear of Rosengård, ahead of a top of the table clash at their place. We went down 2-1 to hand the initiative back to them with just three games remaining. Rosengård did not drop another point, while our misery was compounded by losing to bottom club GAIS on the final day to drop into the playoff place behind Eskilstuna.

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I resigned at the final whistle as I couldn't be arsed with the playoff and the club was in financial disarray. With few job prospects in winter leagues right now, I might use this opportunity to make some headway in Scandinavia. Let's wait and see.

My France reign has begun solidly enough, with four wins out of four so far in Euro qualifying, leaving us in a very strong position. When we were 3-0 up against Belarus with ten minutes left, I decided to give a seasoned campaigner a run out.

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I've been monitoring Sidibe for a while and he's been supposedly retiring at the end of the season for ages. I couldn't resist the temptation and it may not be the last time he represents his country.

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