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So along with @Harish and @M4cc4n4 I will also be attempting @Risheek's Sir Alex Ferguson Challenge details of which can be found on the link below.

 

So first I needed to choose my team and with Hearts, Ross County and Aberdeen all ready chosen I wanted a team who had the chance to qualify for the Euro league so I chose...

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The Mighty Inverness CT as my team to get me through the Scottish leg of the Challenge so here we go.

Inverness CT

Season 1

So here we are at Inverness and after a quick look at a pretty large squad and not a particularly big budget I decided to only bring in a few loan players to help out.

Transfers

So here's the players I brought in and the ones i sold (mostly because they were all moaning about play time so come the January window they were out the door)

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Brought In Rashaan Fernandes from Feyenoord as a good W/IF option who I've used in the past and Marcus Rashford from Man U as an AP/PCR option as well I wanted to see how good he can be in the game both arrived at the beginning of the season then brought in Anass Achahbar also from Feyenoord in the January window due to all three of my main striker suffering bouts of Injury

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Players out as stated were just the unhappy buggers who weren't playing 

League

So our first season in Scotland and could we bring home the league title for a good start to the season?

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Why yes we did and we did it in style with 7 games to go in the season and finishing 23 points clear of Celtic.  The team preformed very well with my loan signings all producing (Rashford probably the least productive)

Cups

So our first league title in the bag can we produce some cup magic as well.  We had both domestic cups to aim for and....

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We claim both cups with an extra time winner in the League cup but rout Ross County in the Scottish cup in a cracking first season in the Scottish league

Europe 

Now as I said one of the main reasons for choosing Inverness was they had a shot to qualify for the Euro league, here's how we got on there 

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Sadly we didn't qualify this year winning our first round qualifier over both legs against Litex but AS Saint-Etienne were too good in the first leg and we just couldn't manage a strong enough comeback.

But winning the league means another chance at Europe next season

Fixtures 

Here's our full season fixture list

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Got some great results here notably beating Celtic 3 times and drawing the other 2 also a great 6-0 win against Dundee United, also some lucky results relying on Penalty shootout against Rangers in the League Cup and an extra time winner against Dundee United in the League Cup Final

Player Stats 

Here's how my boys did this year

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No one really standing out but a lot of good players playing well (Achahbar finished his loan spell early due to Injury but scored 10 in 10 so a decent signing also had a weird message when he went back saying he enjoyed playing at this level, but he's £3.2M so no chance of signing him)

Season Awards

And some end of season awards to add to a great year for Inverness CT

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My AP Vincent claiming 2nd spot in the POTY award plus Fernandes winning the YPOTY and I claim my first MOTY award to go along with my 6 MOTM awards

So that's 

1 X League Title 

1 X League Cup

1 X Scottish Cup

So onto season 2 and hopefully another great season  

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18 minutes ago, Real_Random said:

Nice start mate. Unlucky with the Euro cup but you're now qualified for the champs league which is a great prospect. Good luck

Cheers dude, season 2 has started well and I've made it through two rounds of qualification to reach the playoffs so hopefully make the UCL, but if i make it and fall out of the group is that it or do i end up in the Euro League?

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23 minutes ago, Taff said:

Cheers dude, season 2 has started well and I've made it through two rounds of qualification to reach the playoffs so hopefully make the UCL, but if i make it and fall out of the group is that it or do i end up in the Euro League?

If you finish 3rd in the Champions league group stage you go to Round of 32 in the Europa League

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22 minutes ago, Real_Random said:

If you finish 3rd in the Champions league group stage you go to Round of 32 in the Europa League

OK so just need to make it through the playoffs and hope I manage at least 3rd in the group stages fingers crossed

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Well there goes that plan, I've made it through to the Champions league group stage yeah!!!!

Been drawn with Arsenal, AS Monaco and Bayern :O

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2 minutes ago, Taff said:

Well there goes that plan, I've made it through to the Champions league group stage yeah!!!!

Been drawn with Arsenal, AS Monaco and Bayern :O

Oh a group of Death. That scuppers your plans unless you can perform a miracle :D

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43 minutes ago, Risheek said:

Going good mate, that's a hard group. I thought mine was hard, yours is unbelievable. It's ok, you'll do it

Going well so far 1-1 draw with Arsenal beat AS Monaco 1-0 and managed to beat Bayern 2-1 so at the top of the table at the moment 

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3 hours ago, Taff said:

Cheers dude, season 2 has started well and I've made it through two rounds of qualification to reach the playoffs so hopefully make the UCL, but if i make it and fall out of the group is that it or do i end up in the Euro League?

Actually,even losing the playoffs will guarantee you a Europa spot,but you have gotten into UCL so good luck m8

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54 minutes ago, Taff said:

Going well so far 1-1 draw with Arsenal beat AS Monaco 1-0 and managed to beat Bayern 2-1 so at the top of the table at the moment 

Well if you can defend and have some Wingers and Fowards with pace you can counter attack and maybe clinch a Playoff place!

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Inverness CT

Season 2

And we're back and another season in the Scottish league and could season 2 bring us as much joy as season 1

Warning this is a long ass post :D

Transfers

Well we had a slightly bigger budget this year but no matter who I tried to sign (free agents lower league player ect) no one wanted to sign they either rejected a contract or their club didn't want to sell. I did manage one signing (who turned out to be useless) so it was back to the loan market (and even this proved tricky)

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Brought In Benzia from LOSC (until I let him go in January due to poor performances and a serious fitness issue) Caccarelli and Nana were strong additions to my IF and CM positions and I replaced Benzia with Ollier who was a good find.  My one signing Jagt was useless every time he played (which wasn't often) 

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Some deadwood going out

League

So onto the season and having won the league last season could the mighty Inverness repeat their fortune....

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A second league title and again winning with plenty of time to go (which is good as we seemed to fall off towards the end of the year) but a good 16 point gap and only 3 losses (the draws killed me)

Cups

So we managed both domestic cups last year and we were hoping to complete the double again this year

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We start well winning the League cup thrashing Heats 4-1

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But sadly the double is beyond us this year with Celtic narrowly beating us 

Europe

So after winning the league last season we made it to the champions league playoffs could we manage a better campaign in Europe this year

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We start very well making it to the group stages after squeezing past Rudar in the Qualifying round and smashing Slovan Bratislava in the playoff.

So we're in the group stages and I'm realistic and hoping to finish third in the group to get into the Europa league, then this happens 

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Look at that group Arsenal, AS Monaco and Bayern I will admit I didn't fancy our chances but a first run of games sees us draw 1-1 with Arsenal beat AS Monaco 1-0 and somehow beat Bayern 2-1, then it changed and we lost to Arsenal and Bayern but managed a draw with Monaco and with the other results we finish the group

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In 2nd place going through to the knockout round (was kind of hoping to go to the Europa league but what an achievement for my little boys from Scotland).  So onto the first round and I thought why not it's possible as long as we don't get someone like...

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OH COME ON BARCELONA REALLY!!!!

so we have to face one of the biggest clubs in the world in the first round, lets get this over with

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Hang on did we just beat Barcelona on away goals thanks to a 2-1 win in the first round GET IN

Next we face the mighty FCP and lose 1-0 in the first leg could we rally with our new found confidence 

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You beautiful Scottish gems a cracking second leg and we are though to the Semi's (were like the Wales of Club teams)

Now we face the big boys of Inter Milan, could our luck hold out we manage a 1-1 draw in the first leg can they do it

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for the second time the away goal sway's it and INVERNESS CT are into the Champions league Final (I'm proud of these boys no matter what but could the fairy tale have a happy ending against Chelsea 

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WE DID IT!!!!!! European Champions Inverness are the European Champions (Ollier is the new GOD of Scotland)

so amazingly, unbelievably we manage to go all the way in the Champions League and are crowned champions

Fixtures

Here's our full fixture list and as I said earlier way to many draws this season (not all bad I can cope with the European ones)

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Player Stats

Here's how my boys did this year

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A good season for my regular players but Ollier and Ceccarelli knocked it out of the park (will be looking for them again next season)

Season Awards

And finally some end of season awards 

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As expected Ceccarelli claimed the POTY award and I claim yet another MOTY award as well as 4 MOTM awards

So what a season shame about the Scottish cup but winning the Champions League more than makes up for it

Our tally now stands at

2 X League Titles

1 X Scottish Cups

2 X League Cups

1 X European Cup

Just another league title and domestic cup and if we can claim both next season I'll have an extra season to play in England

Thanks for sticking with it (I warned you it was a long post)

See you next season 

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20 minutes ago, M4cc4n4 said:

Seems to be going brilliant for you, the extra season shouldnt be a problem for you though.
@Taff

Here's hoping, managed to snag Zlat's regen this season so hopefully will work wonders

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Just now, Taff said:

Here's hoping, managed to snag Zlat's regen this season so hopefully will work wonders

Yeah, Mine has really stepped up for me as has my wee belgium Winger.

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36 minutes ago, Taff said:

I'm looking for a good right IF but no joy might have to raid the loan market again

Cant really think of anyone, but Julien Ngoy plays brilliantly for me as a winger.

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Nice going mate, but just wanted to make it clear. You have to win the Euro Cup, not the UCL. If you have that misconception, just read the rules and you'll know why I had to change it :) 

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23 minutes ago, Risheek said:

Nice going mate, but just wanted to make it clear. You have to win the Euro Cup, not the UCL. If you have that misconception, just read the rules and you'll know why I had to change it :) 

Oh bugger?

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22 minutes ago, Risheek said:

Nice going mate, but just wanted to make it clear. You have to win the Euro Cup, not the UCL. If you have that misconception, just read the rules and you'll know why I had to change it :) 

Yes Risheek you are right,that's a mistake that everyone might make but still you have posted Europa or UCL in the first post ,if you change that,it could be more clear to everyone.

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22 minutes ago, Harish said:

Yes Risheek you are right,that's a mistake that everyone might make but still you have posted Europa or UCL in the first post ,if you change that,it could be more clear to everyone.

Oh god. I remember doing that. Sorry guys, I think it wasn't saved or smthg 

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10 minutes ago, Risheek said:

Oh god. I remember doing that. Sorry guys, I think it wasn't saved or smthg 

No problem,hope you have changed it now.

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3 hours ago, Taff said:

I'm looking for a good right IF but no joy might have to raid the loan market again

He had said so, just on a lower Post.

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1 hour ago, Taff said:

But how do you get into the Europa league just hope I come in third?

2nd or  win the Cups, or Come 3rd kn group or Lose in Qualifier Playoff 

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Wow that is crazy, winning the ucl is not enough despite the fact it said in the original post it was allowed. Fair play @taff smashing it as usual.

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1 hour ago, Mikee1984 said:

Wow that is crazy, winning the ucl is not enough despite the fact it said in the original post it was allowed. Fair play @taff smashing it as usual.

Like I said I'm sorry, but I found out at a later date, so what can I do?

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@Risheek I understand wanting to keep the challenge as close to real life but because there's now two European competitions I would think winning either would be good enough.

But it is your challenge and I will stick to the rules

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