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Career Vibe Community A-Z Challenge: Season 4 Results

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Welcome to the Vibe Community Save A-Z Challenge

This is the career thread for the community save challenge which can be found here. The challenge and all other rules can be found there. Please note that there are still some places available and if you wish to participate then please sign up in that thread so we can keep this one purely for posting our season updates and subsequent discussions.

The Challenge

The challenge is an A-Z challenge and each season the member who’s turn it is will have to sign a goal scorer and assister who’s surnames (can be first name on tricky letters) begin with the letters for that season. So season 1 is the A and B season then season 2 C and D and so on....

When you have the save you may manage the club how you see fit and buy and sell whichever players you wish and your season score is striker goals + midfielder assists from the two players you sign.

Order of Play

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Season 1 A and B: @Ian

Season 2 C and D @Krenzar

Season 3 E and F: @Rob

Season 4 G and H: @Woody

Season 5 I and J: @Deji

Season 6 K and L: @smoggy90

Season 7 M and N: @Kanegan

Season 8: O and P: @HashtagTatica

Season 9 Q and R: @Mr Tree

Season 10 S and T: @Bluemar

Season 11 U and V: @Titjes

Season 12 W and X: @Lord Danish

Season 13 Y and Z:

Ok so let’s make a start shall we?

Season One

As I’m taking charge of the opening season I get to choose which club we are going to manage.

So who have I gone with?

Club

Tottenham Hotspur

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We decided we wanted to manage a top English club with Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs and Spurs being the ideal candidates. I had the ultimate decision with playing the first season and originally I was going to be selfish and go with Liverpool but once I realised I was about three decades too late to be able to use the two John’s in Aldridge and Barnes as my player choices I scrapped it and went with Spurs.

Players Choices

A: Lautaro Acosta (Assists)

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I signed him for just £3.5m and whilst he’s not fantastic I was intrigued by him as I can’t say I’ve ever came across him on the game. This could turn out to be a horrible decision but I kind of had to go cheap here as my next choice cost a fortune.

B: Andrea Belotti (Goals)

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It took £66m to sign him from Torino which might sound really high but when you factor in the low cost of my assister it balances out not too bad. He’s an established player so I’m hoping he does well as I can’t be sure with having never used him before.

So that’s my player choices and now I’ll have to make a few decisions in terms of the squad as a few will have to go to make way for new signings as the budget is almost totally used with my duo.

Anyway, wish me luck and I should be back in a couple of days with my end of season update.

Thanks for reading and any comments are greatly appreciated.

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Good luck Ian. No pressure, and by ‘no pressure’ I actually mean ‘loads of pressure and don’t let the community down.’

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Can’t believe Belotti is still only 24 as it feels like he has been around for ever.

Good luck and whatever you do don’t get sacked!

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28 minutes ago, Rob said:

Good luck Ian. No pressure, and by ‘no pressure’ I actually mean ‘loads of pressure and don’t let the community down.’

Thank you Rob, I’ll try not to let everyone down.

12 minutes ago, Foxy said:

Can’t believe Belotti is still only 24 as it feels like he has been around for ever.

Good luck and whatever you do don’t get sacked!

I know I was surprised too and also thought he’d have more international caps than that.

What a disaster it would be if I did indeed get the dreaded sack.😂 

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Good luck @Ian, make the community proud.

Which database and which leagues have been loaded for the save?

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34 minutes ago, Titjes said:

Good luck @Ian, make the community proud.

Which database and which leagues have been loaded for the save?

I will try my best and if I can bring in a few good young players for the future then I’ll be happy with that. 

I’ve loaded England, Portugal, France and Italy on the February database. 

Portugal was loaded as you often get the occasional player with x as first letter of surname but Holland might’ve also been a good choice for z players. Never mind it’s done now so hopefully there will be some options towards the end for the tricky letters. 

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Oh bloody hell, spurs?! I withdraw ;)

Got belotti in my Roma save and he is indeed excellent - good luck with him!

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1 hour ago, Mr Tree said:

Oh bloody hell, spurs?! I withdraw ;)

Got belotti in my Roma save and he is indeed excellent - good luck with him!

Yes he’s a player I’ve always liked but haven’t had the chance to use so this is that chance. 

I’ve started the season now. Pre season didn’t go as I’d planned as there’s a few players I had trouble shifting mainly due to wages I think but hopefully the squad is in decent enough shape.

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Nice choices lad. Belotti's a cracking choice and to be honest never used the other chap

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10 hours ago, Woody said:

Nice choices lad. Belotti's a cracking choice and to be honest never used the other chap

I don’t think I’ve came across the other guy before either Woody but he has some half decent attributes and really cheap.

8 hours ago, Krenzar said:

Hope you do well to give me a big transfer budget 😉

Well you’ll just have to wait to find out.😉

I’m at Christmas already so should finish the season tonight with the update posted tomorrow afternoon.

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Great idea but a) don’t know how to transfer save files and b) if I ever manage spurs I don’t think I would want to live on this earth anymore

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1 hour ago, Gunners Rishi said:

Great idea but a) don’t know how to transfer save files and b) if I ever manage spurs I don’t think I would want to live on this earth anymore

Haha same with the spurs thing but I’m just gonna have to make do. I guess if I do bad I’ll atleast be able to blame it on managing the spurs 

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2 hours ago, Gunners Rishi said:

Great idea but a) don’t know how to transfer save files and b) if I ever manage spurs I don’t think I would want to live on this earth anymore

 

1 hour ago, Krenzar said:

Haha same with the spurs thing but I’m just gonna have to make do. I guess if I do bad I’ll atleast be able to blame it on managing the spurs

Yeah, Spurs.. 😒

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2 hours ago, Krenzar said:

Haha same with the spurs thing but I’m just gonna have to make do. I guess if I do bad I’ll atleast be able to blame it on managing the spurs 

True...

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I’m in

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1 hour ago, Gunners Rishi said:

True...

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I’m in

Is that you putting yourself forward for the next available season?

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Can’t believe you picked Spurs. What a naff team. JOKES!!!! BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD SPURS WOOOHAAAA!!!!

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Good luck @Ian. Haven't used either of these lads, but have thought about them both at various points. Kudos for choosing players you're not familiar with!

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11 hours ago, Ian said:

Is that you putting yourself forward for the next available season?

Yes but first but could someone please tell me how to extract and give save files?

edit: looking forward to y and z... hopefully I have some weird sounding regens available by then

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11 hours ago, Rob said:

Can’t believe you picked Spurs. What a naff team. JOKES!!!! BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD SPURS WOOOHAAAA!!!!

Me quietly crying as I have nothing to respond to this blasphemy as everything bad spurs did last season, we did it even worse

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4 minutes ago, Gunners Rishi said:

Yes but first but could someone please tell me how to extract and give save files?

edit: looking forward to y and z... hopefully I have some weird sounding regens available by then

I see you’re on iOS by your profile so have you got access to a pc or laptop as you need that to get to the file?

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12 minutes ago, Ian said:

I see you’re on iOS by your profile so have you got access to a pc or laptop as you need that to get to the file?

Sadly not so I suppose that rules me out then Ian...

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3 minutes ago, Gunners Rishi said:

Sadly not so I suppose that rules me out then Ian...

Unfortunately it does as you can’t get to the save files any other way on iOS.🙁 

Hopefully the developers can create something built in to the game at some point to make it easier to send game files.

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2 hours ago, Gunners Rishi said:

Sadly not so I suppose that rules me out then Ian...

Any excuse not to manage Spurs eh!!!

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3 hours ago, Foxy said:

Any excuse not to manage Spurs eh!!!

😉 

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5 hours ago, Ian said:

Unfortunately it does as you can’t get to the save files any other way on iOS.🙁 

Hopefully the developers can create something built in to the game at some point to make it easier to send game files.

IKR. I’ve always seen iOS as superior but it does lack in areas

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Season One - Results

Hello Vibe,

Welcome to the season one review of this vibe a-z community challenge. As I revealed a couple of days ago the chosen team for this challenge was Tottenham Hotspur and my chosen A and B players for season one were winger Lautaro Acosta and centre forward Andrea Belotti so let’s see how they and the team got on.

Transfers

As I spent nearly the whole transfer budget on my two challengers we were left in a position where we had to wheel and deal to improve the rest of the squad. One of the great things about managing a top top team like Spurs is that they have such a lot of great players already at the club so you don’t necessarily have to make loads of transfers anyway. I did want to bring in a few younger players for the future and tried to shift a few of the players I didn’t fancy whilst also keeping in mind that this is a community challenge and other players might have their heart set on using a few current players so balance was required.

So these are the incoming transfers apart from my two challengers with the majority arriving in pre season and just one or two in January. 

  • Tanguy Ndombele (Central Midfielder) - A top young midfielder who was my main priority as he’s class.
  • Rolando Mandragora (Central Midfielder) - Another great midfielder who I’ve used many a time. He actually arrived in January as we couldn’t quite raise the funds pre season.
  • Claud Adjapong (Wing Back) - A tidy right footed wing back who can play on either side.
  • Weston McKennie (Central Midfield) - Another young midfielder and one I’ve used on a few saves. He’s a great all round player who usually develops great physical attributes. 
  • Issa Diop (Central Defender) - Bought in January after the sale of Sanchez to bolster our numbers in defence. I didn’t want to sell Sanchez but Barca came in with a big bid and I thought I could use some of the fee to improve the squad.
  • Alphonso Davies (Left Winger) - He’s a young prospect who looks like he’s going to turn into a great player. 
  • Alex Telles (Left Wing Back) - Fantastic wing back who won’t let you down.
  • Cristian Pavón (Winger) - Just had to sign this lad as he usually turns into a beast of a player. 
  • Scott McKenna (Central Defender) - After the sale of Sanchez I decided to go with the highly reliable Scott McKenna who is always great value for money. 
  • Yuri Ribeiro (Left Wing Back) - He was signed as a back up left wing back as we’d ended up short there. He seems steady. 

I shipped a few players out but I’d like to think I kept most of the great younger player at the club. Sanchez was a tricky one as he’s young and class but the offer was too good to turn down especially as you can often find cheap reliable centre backs.

Full list of all transfers below.

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League Cup

We had no real trouble in early rounds in this competition until we were taken to penalties by Fulham in the quarter final. We came through that but the semi final draw was worrying as we were drawn against the Mighty Reds of Liverpool. I wasn’t confident and that proved correct as they sent us packing at Anfield in a 2-0 first leg defeat with big Divock getting a goal. It was harsh really as we were more than worthy of a goal but it kind of felt as if that was it for us in this competition. The second leg was a similar game but this time it was us that got the two goals as Belotti netted a brace which forced penalties and lady luck shone on us as we won the shootout to give us a trip to Wembley to face Chelsea in the final. 

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Final

It was never going to be an easy game against Chelsea and that proved to be the case as we couldn’t get going in the first half. Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a goal for them fairly early which seemed to wake us up and we dominated from there on in but couldn’t get that all important equaliser so we will have to wait for our first trophy I’m afraid. 

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FA Cup

The early rounds were routine until we again faced Liverpool at Anfield in the sixth round and again I wasn’t overly confident if I’m honest. I should’ve had more faith as we were by far the better side with Belotti scoring both goals in a 2-1 win with Acosta assisting both of them. 

Spoiler

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Semi Final

We were drawn against North London rivals Arsenal in the semi final and I fancied it as we are much the better side these days. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get going and a Harry Kane stoppage time goal wasn’t enough as they went on the score the winner during extra time.

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League

We can finally celebrate something as we won the league and were rather dominant too in only losing two games and drawing seven. We’d have liked more goals but that can often be tricky in first seasons. We came through the early season well in only losing one game against Manchester United at Old Trafford and once we hit the mid way point of the season I was confident we could win it. A home defeat to Fulham at the end of January was the only time I was overly concerned but we put that behind us and ran home comfortable winners.

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Champions League

It’s safe to say we didn’t start off the group stage very well as we lost the opening two games. One of them was away to Hoffenheim which as bad as it was can be accepted with it being away but the Juventus home defeat that followed had me wondering if we’d even be able to make third and the Europa place. We managed to fight back as I got my rotation right and won four on the spin to take second place. The final game against Juventus had no meaning as both of our positions were gaurenteed so I played reserves and kids thinking we’d take a hammering. Didn’t plan out like that and my 1kc hero Troy Parrott scored the only goal in a famous win.

Spoiler

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Semi Final

We had no real problems in the knockout rounds and ended up meeting our group stage foes Juventus in the semi. We played well enough in the away leg but just couldn’t get that often important away goal which was a shame as I felt it was in us. They only scored one goal though so we still had a good chance going into the second leg. I wasn’t happy with the fact we had two league games sandwiches between the two legs but we didn’t let that get to us as we dominated them in the return game and two penalties from Belotti were enough to send us to the final where we’d face Atletico Madrid. 

Spoiler

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Final

I was happy to face these in the final and I don’t mean any disrespect there as they are a great side but one I’d fancy us to beat. We were the better side throughout and how fitting it was that Acosta and Belotti scored the two goals in a 2-1 victory to win us the big one.

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Players

Lautaro Acosta

Acosta had a decent season with 30 assists in 44 games which I’m happy with as my target was only mid twenties. He did suffer a month long layoff too in which he missed most of December.

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Andrea Belotti

Belotti scored 49 goals in 52 games and I’m fine with that too as it is the first season where it can often be tricky to get a lot of goals. 

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Player attributes and notable matches

You can see Belotti has improved a little bit during the season which I wasn’t expecting. I suppose he was only 24 when we signed him so he must’ve had a bit of development left in him.

Spoiler

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Manager

Spoiler

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Fixtures

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Stats

Spoiler

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Conclusion

Well that’s the first season and I’m more than happy enough with it as we managed to win the league and champions league which is great for our development. I’ve actually left the club with no budget and slightly over on wages but Toby Alderweireld is leaving shortly after the season switch over as he had a £25m release clause which Dortmund exploited so there should be a decent enough budget available for season two.

I’ll pass the save over to @Foxy now who will then distribute it to @Krenzar who’s taking over for season two I believe. The save slot will be slot 4.

A-Z Challenge

Season 1- Ian

A: Lautaro Acosta (Assists) 30

B: Andrea Belotti (Goals) 49 - Total: 79

Thanks for reading and all comments are greatly appreciated.

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That was a very un Spurs like transfer window 😮

All in all a really good season I think especially with two trophies in the cabinet and what looks like the basis of a good squad as well. Then factor in some great performances from the two main men and I would call this a successful start.

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14 minutes ago, Foxy said:

That was a very un Spurs like transfer window 😮

All in all a really good season I think especially with two trophies in the cabinet and what looks like the basis of a good squad as well. Then factor in some great performances from the two main men and I would call this a successful start.

Thank you Foxy, I wanted to bring in a few new faces but didn’t want to personalise it too much as others might play differently. I rarely play with an AMC but Eriksen and Alli are still there who can so there’s a lot of options in the squad which is nice.

15 minutes ago, Rob said:

Standard well and truly set. Fantastic first season.

Thank you Rob, I was very happy with Acosta as I wasn’t expecting him to get as many assists as that especially as he missed a month through injury. I’ll keep an eye out for him if I’m ever on a tight budget at the beginning of a save that’s for sure.

16 minutes ago, Kanegan said:

Good way to start this mate. That was a nice first season.

Cheers Kane, hopefully I’ve left the squad in decent shape for others. 

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