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2014 Peely's Travelling Goal Machine - A 1K Challenge

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Season 2 - Onwards and Upwards

 

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Season 1 had seen Origi make a good start to his journey, but he needed to do even better in his second season if he wanted to stay on track for the challenge.

 

I decided that another assist machine was needed and my key signing for the season was Nicusor Stanciu: a bargain at £4 million. I also brought in Tomas Rincon to firm up the midfield. There were others, including a familiar looking, young Welsh midfielder with an eye for the ladies, but I struggle to recall the details.

 

Season Highlights

 

I know I won the Dutch Super Cup, but I can't seem to track down a picture.

 

The Group stages of the Champion's League were a walk in the park:

 

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Boosh!

 

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And again.

 

Sadly my dreams of glory came to an end at the Quarter Final stage:

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Yet again I endured a penalty nightmare in the Dutch Cup, but this time I didn't make it as far as the final.

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Not as dominant as last year, but a win is a win.

 

Origi

 

Origi kept his best performance for the last game of the season:

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Blammo!

 

And this is how he looked:

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Monster, monster.

 

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Stanciu helped out no end:

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Me

 

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A great second season from Origi, helped a bit by the six goals on the last day. Slightly disappointing from a club perspective, but not too bad.

 

The problem with managing in the Netherlands is that the top clubs can't keep their greedy little hands off your players. No bids for Origi yet, but I fear that it's only a matter of time. I've no idea how he'll react if I start rejecting offers from big clubs, but if he starts getting itchy feet I'll have to start thinking about a change of job. I'll need to get my rep up so that I have a decent chance of landing a job at the sort of club that could keep Divock happy.

 

As always, I'll be grateful for any comments.

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That was my 4-1-1-3-1, which seems to work quite well in an easy league, but results like that are sadly quite rare.

 

Should be another update this evening :)

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Season 3

 

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Origi had a great second season, but that only put pressure on him to top it in his third.

 

Season Highlights

 

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Origi snatches victory in the last minute of the game.

 

 

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More disappointment in the Duth Cup. I'll win it one day.

 

 

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I got further than ever before in the Champions League, but once again Juventus crush my dreams.

 

 

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Easy.

 

Origi

 

I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of his stats. They'd improved a bit, but looked pretty similar to last season.

 

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Me

 

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Still only national reputation. I'm insulted.

 

Origi didn't do quite as well as last season, but a very decent performance, nonetheless.

 

I got my first bid for Origi at the end of the season and he wasn't too happy when I rejected it. I think we're friends again now, but I fear this is a sign of things to come. I need to start looking for a new home for the two of us: somewhere with lots of money.

 

Progress

 

Games Played: 123

Goals Scored: 188

Goals Required: 812

 

Please leave your comments: they make me feel warm and fuzzy.

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Well on track, good luck in your job hunt :)

 

Thanks. Fingers crossed I can find something suitable before he gets restless.

 

Not like last season.but you already make monster

 

He certainly is a bit of a beast :)

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Awesome mate, will be interesting to see where you end up :D

 

Indeed. I think there are already relatively few clubs that could be relied on to have enough money to buy Origi, so let's hope that one of those ditches their manager soon. Of course, I'm not sure I have the reputation to get a job at a really big club yet, so I'd better start winning a bit more at club level.

 

very nice season, this will be a walk in the park :)

 

Thanks. Let's hope so :)

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Season 4

 

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The third season was good, but there was still room for improvement.

 

Most of my transfer activity was pretty unremarkable: a handful of promising youngsters that seemd to have appeared out of nowhere, but I did make one big signing. Pacey French wingback Sebastien Corchia joined Ajax from FC Sochaux-Montbe for the princely sum of £13.5 million. It was money well spent.

 

Season Highlights

 

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The standard Dutch Super Cup victory, complete with obligatory goal from Origi.

 

 

The Dutch Cup provided some thrills and spills:

 

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Goal pie!

 

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Observe the timing of the goals. That was a stressful match.

 

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At last the pretty is mine. Mine!

 

 

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Disaster in the Champion's League.

 

 

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Rock solid.

 

Origi

 

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Very tasty.

 

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King of the world at just 21.

 

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The Ajax youngsters clean up at the awards.

 

Part of the credit for Origi's performance had to go to Corchia:

 

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Nice.

 

Me

 

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I've gone all continental.

 

A nice pick up in form for Origi and, Champion's League aside, a good season all round. I'm glad my reputation has gone up a bit, since I had yet another offer for Origi in the summer following this season. He didn't kick up a fuss when I rejected it this time, but I can't rely on his loyalty forever.

 

Progress

 

Games Played: 163

Goals Scored: 263

Goals Required: 737

 

The Bernard Voorhoof Challenge

 

International Goals: 15/30

Goals scored in World Cup: 0/2*

Goals scored at club level: 263/350

 

*To be honest I didn't pay attention at Origi's first World Cup, so he may already have achieved this...

 

All feedback and comments will be gratefully received.

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Good results from a youngster. Personally I'd offer him 5 year contracts every year until he demands more than you can pay. Even if he does kick up a fuss about rejecting offers, I reckon he's score more unhappy I'm holland than he would if he was elsewhere and happy. And if he finally rejects new offers but still has 4 years left while he's in his prime, he'll still tear holland up.

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Thanks for all the comments. I hope to have another update for you this evening.

I've used a couple of tactics so far, one for the first and fourth and another for the second and third. I'll add them to the update, but to be honest I'm not particularly happy with them. They do quite well against the weak opposition in the Dutch league, but don't fair so well against decent teams.

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Apologies for the lack of an update last night. I was absolutely knackered and couldn't summon up the energy. I should get the update done tonight, but until then, here's a quick run down of my tactics:

 

The two tactics I used were:

 

  • Season 1 and 4 - my 4-2-1-3 - the most successful version had a DLM and an MC in midfield, but was otherwise the same as in 2013.

 

  • Seasons 1 and 4 - a 4-1-1-3-1 that looked a bit like this:

GK

 

Wbk    CTR     CTR     Wbk

 

DLM

 

BWM

 

Wng          APM          Wng

 

Pcr

 

Attacking

Mixed

Pressing

Offside Trap on

Normal tackling

 

The 4-1-1-3-1 was more reliable in general, but wasn't quite as free-scoring in the league. The 4-2-1-3 scored loads in the league, but didn't do so well against decent sides.

 

Season five required an altogether different tactic, but I'll cover that when the time comes.

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Strangely enough, my AMCs never tend to be all that prolific. I also feel a little uneasy if there's a gap between midfield and attack that has nobody in it :)

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Season 5 - Parting is such sweet sorrow

 

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I have a feeling this update will be a touch controversial. Suffice to say, I found a job at a big club just before the January transfer window. I'd been offered jobs before, but they never had enough cash to ensure that I could bring Origi with me. When a rich club finally came knocking it wasn't necessarily the one I would have chosen, but I was ready for a change of scenery and took the plunge. Before I get on to that, however, here's a run down of my last few month's with Ajax:

 

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How dare they win my cup!

 

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18 goals and only five for Origi. Shabby.

 

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I left Ajax in a commanding position at the top of the league.

 

And here's how Origi was doing when I said my goodbyes:

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Storming!

 

You've probably guessed my destination already:

 

 

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Sorry Ash :P

 

I wasted no time in signing Origi, much to the joy of the fans:

 

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One goal in three games since I left Ajax. He ,must have been pining for me.

 

United had fared badly since Sir Alex left. Moyes hadn't lasted long and his replacement, Jurgen Klopp, hadn't been much better. When I joined them they were ninth in the table and even the most die hard fans had to admit that there was no hope of wining the league. They were however, still in the Champions' Cup, the FA Cup and the Capitol One Cup, so there was plenty to play for.

 

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Origi's debut.

 

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Curses.

 

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The Belgian Boy Wonder brings home the bacon.

 

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Origi was inelegible, but I finally claimed the ultimate proze in European football without him.

 

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All things considered I'm happy with that.

 

Here's how Origi coped with the challenges of an eventful season:

 

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Balls of solid gold!

 

And this is me:

 

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World class!

 

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A predictably mediocre season from Origi scoring wise. A lot of you may think I'm mad to move to the EPL and you may well be right, but I was keen to move around in this career and I still have the option of moving upwards to Spain if one of the big two ditch their manager.

 

Origi is unlikely to score anything like as much in the Premier League, but he's still young and the much larger number of games may help to compensate for a lower goal to game ratio.

 

Progress

 

Games Played: 209

Goals Scored: 322*

Goals Required: 678

 

The Bernard Voorhoof Challenge

 

International Goals: 16/30

Goals scored in World Cup: 0/2

Goals scored at club level: 322/350

 

*I've subtracted the one goal scored between me leaving Ajax and Origi comeing to United.

 

Looks like the Voorhoof target for club goals will be surpassed next season, but still a long way to go on the other targets. I'm staring to regret the World Cup goal target. It would be terribly easy to fail that one.

 

So, an eventful season. Your comments (and abuse ;) ) are always welcome.

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