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Career Park Ji-Sung challenge (Season 3)


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The Challenge

Start a career at PSV. Sign a new 'Ji-Sung'. Replicate his achievements first in the Netherlands, then England. 

The player (s) 

On the hunt for my new Ji-Sung, I found a couple of other Koreans who would be good additions to the squad, and will be joining the main man on his journey. 

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I don't have the screenshot from when they were first purchased, but this is at the end of the first season. Woo-yeong is my main man, and he's being retrained at central and attacking midfield. The fullbacks were both absolute bargains, and have been excellent performers for me. 

Season one

Transfers

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As you can see, we paid a bit over the odds for Woo-yeong, but 50k for Dong-Il will be one of the steals of fmm21. We had to turn down a bid from Leeds for 10m already! Other than that, we brought in loan players on permanent deals, and let players go if a good offer came through. 

Results

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So we took home the league in relative comfort, won the Dutch cup, and went far in the europa league. Woo-yeong did well, giving us a good return for a central midfielder, although Dong-Il Lee scored the best goal of the season, a 55 yard shot when he saw the keeper off his line. 

Progress

Eredivise 2/2

KNVB Cup 1/1

Dutch Super Cup 2/1

Premier League 1/4

League Cup 0/3

Community Shield 0/4

Champion's League 0/1

World Club Cup 0/1

FA Cup 1/0

Season 2 sneak peek

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The Super Cup result does not bode well for the rest of the Netherlands. 

 

 

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Season 2

Transfers

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Confirmations of transfers I had agreed last season, plus selling Malen for 70m in January and a defender in the summer, and a another Korean who has good sweeper keeper stats and was dirt cheap. 

Results

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We did a number on the league like no one in Dutch history, recorded a famous win against Liverpool in the CL quarters, and should have beaten a Real Madrid side who spent 670m (!) in the summer window, but they scored with every single shot they took (2). Just a bad day at the office against Ajax in the cup, luckily we filled our cup requirement last season. 

The main man

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Woo-yeong hit very similar numbers to last season, while Kim improved a lot and became a real threat bombing down the flank, and logged 10 assists from open play while being second choice! 

 

The future

I was offered the Netherlands job in April, but turned it down to stay focused on the club career. The season has just ended, and I'm going to start sniffing around England for my next move. Predictions are welcome! 

Edit: The academy just squeezed out maybe the best 16 y/o I've ever seen!

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Really curious what team you will take over. Hopefully you don't make the wrong decision like me and choose Crystal Palace :) 

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21 minutes ago, Lavi said:

Really curious what team you will take over. Hopefully you don't make the wrong decision like me and choose Crystal Palace :) 

Maybe United? But it will be hard as you need to wait unit the job come in

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The New Job

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Poch was at United, and while he was listed as Very Insecure, the board stuck with him. The Chelsea job opened up, but there are few teams I dislike more, so when Everton offered me the reigns with 100m to spend and only expecting European qualification, I decided to take it. The squad had a ridiculous number of players who are going to retire soon (5), which means their legs are gone and no one else wants them, in addition to a fair few other mediocre guys pushing 30. On the bright side, wages are mostly under control, and the club culture is professional, loyal, determined - everything you could want. There is a good core of players at the team including some good ball playing defenders, and some talented attackers like Calvert-Lewin, Moise Keane, etc. To fill in the aging midfield and non-existant/awful full backs, I raided my old club. 

Transfers

 

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Three players were signed before I arrived, with 6 of the 7 I brought in coming straight from PSV (Mendes is the other - no left backs at the club!?) 

You'll notice only two of our Koreans have come over. We hit multiple problems trying to bring in Kim Tae-hwan. First, PSV understandably had no interest in selling. Once he was unsettled and we had agreed on a price, the work permit got us. So we'll keep tracking him and hopefully after a few international breaks he'll get a cap and a permit. 

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Season Outlook

We are unbeaten so far, playing okay, but not spectacular while the lads adjust to the new system. Wolves have an incredible squad right now and have won their first 6 in a row, scoring 17 and conceding 2, so the title might not be reasonable this year. We are creating chances, but the Everton squad like to shoot from distance considerably more often than my PSV midfield did, so we'll need to make some adjustments as we go. Finishing needs work. 

 

Oh, and we won another Dutch Supercup before the switch to Merseyside, so I'll add that to the original post. 

An Aside

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If you guys haven't used one this year, the bargain hunter scouts are on fire. I know they're tough to find, but this guy has been flooding my inbox with 4-5 star potential teens who are transfer listed (seriously, 2 or 3 new ones every week). 

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Season 3 Results

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We didn't have nearly as good of a defensive record as in the Netherlands, but we were scoring for fun in the premier league, with different players going on hot streaks at different times.

United made a good decision to stick with Pochettino, they were close on our heels for much of the season, but no European competition or extra midweek games really helped us. Our form already dropped a bit during the Asian cup that took 3 players away for a month, so I'll need to freshen up the squad to manage a CL run next season. 

We won the FA cup, even though it's not a part of the challenge, and recorded our first league victory. And Moise Kean is never going near another penalty! 

 

The Boys 

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Jeong had a great return for a central midfielder in his first season in the prem, especially since he was taken off set pieces due to Everton having a few specialists. Our fullbacks both had good solid seasons, with Lee being very reliable defensively, and Kim a big attacking threat I used against smaller teams. 

 

Squad issues

I've finally managed to get rid of James, and a couple of the pensioners retired, which has been great for making space in the squad. We are very deep in defense and up front, but I'll be looking for another defensive midfielder, and someone to hopefully transition away from Pickford this season, since he's very slow and doesn't fit the sweeper role I want between the bars. Hopefully being a popular captain doesn't make the transition too tough! 

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And that officially concludes this attempt of the park Ji-Sung challenge, as I have accidentally saved over the file with portsmouth. 

 

Thanks everyone for keeping up with me, hopefully I'll learn my lesson and keep two copies of any challenge I am currently working on! 

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Oh my!! I am really envious of you. Too bad about the save though. At the pace you were going you could easily finished the challenge in a couple more years

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Hard lines, it was going really well too.

I’m wondering if you’re using the quote when you could be using the spoiler. Maybe not but if so then just do what you are doing now but click on the icon I circled in the image below instead of the one next to it.

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Good luck at Pompey. 

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