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Career "Park Ji-Sung Challenge 2021" - Manjus/Seung-Woo Lee


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Welcome once again,

I came across this challenge back in 2019 and regrettably never finished it. Its about time I give it another crack as I always enjoyed the premise. I haven't checked to see if @Kanegan, or anybody for that matter, is attempting this one yet, but hopefully I'll do the challenge proud and actually see it through to completion.

Edit: Just noticed @kylieboi88 is also attempting this with a different player thankfully... a little competition I guess...

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If you're not aware of this challenge, the details are as follows:

Challenge Set-Up:

  • Load up Netherlands and England and any other two leagues of your choice and start your career with PSV.
  • You must sign a Korean midfielder who will be your new "Ji-Sung"
  • At PSV you must win atleast 2x Eredivise, 1x KNVB Cup and 1x Dutch Super Cup.
  • Move onto England and take charge of any Premier League club (Man U if you want to make it authentic) and bring the Korean with you. 
  • In England, you must win at least 4x Premier League, 3x Carabao Cup, 4x Community Shield, 1x Champions League and 1x World Club Championship 

Bonus:

  • Take charge of the S.Korean National team and score more than 13 international goals by your new "Ji-Sung"
  • Try to win the "Ballon d'Or"
  • Better Korean's best finish of 4th at the world cup.

Rules:

  • Own Formations only
  • Only SI databases.
  • No unlockables unless earned on the save
  • No use of any editor
  • Evidence is required via screenshot, I’d suggest posting a career for all of Vibe to follow
  • No Cheating - Reloading to avoid injuries counts as cheating

I reckon it's gonna be quite different to the 2019 season but there's some good players in this PSV team and there's a bit of money in the kitty to bolster up...

Season 1:

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- An ex-Barcelona academy player, Seung-Woo Lee is about to emulate the South Korean hero, Park Ji-sung. Moving to PSV at the same age as Park Ji-sung will hopefully give Seung-Woo Lee the confidence he needs to hit the ground running and obtain an equal amount, or perhaps even more honours than the former South Korean legend.

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- After 5 years in the academy and then another unsuccessful year with the Barcelona B team, Lee moved to Verona (Italy) and then Sint-Truiden (Belgium). He now arrives at PSV with dreams of becoming the next Park Ji-sung. Although initially trained as a forward/winger the new PSV manager has other plans for him.

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- "Start as you mean to go on." His manager tells him after his debut game/goal.

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- Breaking into the Euro group stages, the team looks forward to the opponents drafted and become quietly confident of making it into the knockout stages.

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- League form is positive, but the games are mostly 1/2-0 wins with plenty of possession and hard work from the back four. Lee is the focal point for goal scoring but takes the pressure in his stride. PSV sit comfortably in second and wait for Ajax to slip up.

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- We worked hard in Europe, but when you come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and the other amazing talent at Juventus then you really have to have all the luck on your side and this year wasn't meant to be.

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- With the disappointment of dropping out of Europe behind us, we re-doubled our efforts and completed the first half of the domestic double. No cup final goal for Lee but getting that first trophy puts him on the path that Park once forged.

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- Winning the Dutch Cup kept morale high and pushed the team on till the end of the season. The last handful of games proved to be worrying as Ajax kept right along side us until the last 3 games when they crumbled away and our consistency bore fruit. Another cup added to the cabinet.

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- As you can see, our fans have to get used to the fact that we don't play to score goals. You would have to go quite far down the table to find teams with less goals than us. The question is, do you want goals or silverware? The in-game stats insinuate that the games are enjoyable, but having 3/4 draws in a row can sometimes test the patience of the fans. Lets see if they can get on board with the new PSV.

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- PSV reviews it's most played players of the season.

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- Lee has learnt some valuable lessons during his first year at PSV and will be hoping to improve in the many years to come. Hopefully in England too?

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- Lee has completely redefined himself at PSV and will be hoping this is the turnaround his career needed. I guess it helps when your manager is really encouraging and pushy.

Current PSV trophy cabinet:

  • Super Cup x0
  • Eredivisie x1
  • Dutch Cup x1

Current Premier League Club trophy cabinet:

  • Community Shield x0
  • World Club Championship x0
  • League Cup x0
  • Premier League x0
  • Champions League x0
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Mate, you need to attempt this with a midfielder. Just noticed that your guy has green in striker position.

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42 minutes ago, Kanegan said:

Mate, you need to attempt this with a midfielder. Just noticed that your guy has green in striker position.

I've retrained him to play as an  Attacking Midfielder (Shadow Striker)... and then not play in the forward position. Thought that'd be okay? I mean he's still technically able to play in midfield (dark green) and he's listed as AM LC/ST, just needs training to be proficient..?

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Best of luck of luck with your save I will be following this. 

I am now in England on the second half of the challenge

Keep well 

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4 hours ago, RichD said:

Good luck mate! Look forward to seeing how you get on 😁

Thanks. Knowing people are watching will hopefully keep me driving on to the end of the career.

4 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Good luck. That’s some nice choice of player.

Ex-Barca player so hopefully there's some talent in the boy.

21 minutes ago, kylieboi88 said:

Best of luck of luck with your save I will be following this. 

I am now in England on the second half of the challenge

Keep well 

Let's see if Kanegan let's me use him first. 😂

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9 hours ago, Manjus said:

I've retrained him to play as an  Attacking Midfielder (Shadow Striker)... and then not play in the forward position. Thought that'd be okay? I mean he's still technically able to play in midfield (dark green) and he's listed as AM LC/ST, just needs training to be proficient..?

Technically he should not have green in striking position at start of the save but since you are playing him as AMC and since Vibers here have no problem with the player, I will allow this one. Good luck. 

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9 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Technically he should not have green in striking position at start of the save but since you are playing him as AMC and since Vibers here have no problem with the player, I will allow this one. Good luck. 

Thanks @Kanegan! I'd hate to restart after lucking my way to a domestic double in the first season. There's a picture of my intended formation now in the first post as evidence of his retraining :)

31 minutes ago, Lavi said:

Good luck on the challenge! will be waiting for an update :) 

Nice to know people are interested. Now i just need to make it entertaining.

 

- Pictures added to first post for season one results. Will write an accompanying post in a bit.

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10 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Technically he should not have green in striking position at start of the save but since you are playing him as AMC and since Vibers here have no problem with the player, I will allow this one. Good luck. 

I'm of the opinion that as long as he is not played as a striker and we take Manjus on his word I don't have an issue with it. 

Its great to see players trying out challenges and id hate for him to have to restart and potentially lose interest in the save. 

Its a great save idea and one I have enjoyed for at least the last 3 years on different releases. 

Keep us updated Manjus 

I will be updating mine soon as I have just finished season 3 and season 4.

Thanks for sharing!

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51 minutes ago, kylieboi88 said:

I'm of the opinion that as long as he is not played as a striker and we take Manjus on his word I don't have an issue with it. 

Its great to see players trying out challenges and id hate for him to have to restart and potentially lose interest in the save. 

Its a great save idea and one I have enjoyed for at least the last 3 years on different releases. 

Keep us updated Manjus 

I will be updating mine soon as I have just finished season 3 and season 4.

Thanks for sharing!

I can post the odd game every now and then to show formations used etc if need be. The shadow striker seems to be working almost like a regular forward position anyway :)

season 3/4 already? You’re absolutely storming through it.

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20 minutes ago, Manjus said:

I can post the odd game every now and then to show formations used etc if need be. The shadow striker seems to be working almost like a regular forward position anyway :)

season 3/4 already? You’re absolutely storming through it.

I've been off work on holiday this week but I also got pinged by that track and trace app so having to isolate aswell - no different really as we in lockdown anyway. 

Managed to get through the seasons whilst re watching Game Of Thrones lol

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On 09/01/2021 at 20:14, Manjus said:

Nice to know people are interested. Now i just need to make it entertaining.

I'm sure you will have fun. Personally I lost interest in my Park Ji Sung save after I got busy with my life and couldn't play for like 2 weeks straight, but I will be keeping an eye out for your posts

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On 09/01/2021 at 13:04, kylieboi88 said:

I've been off work on holiday this week but I also got pinged by that track and trace app so having to isolate aswell - no different really as we in lockdown anyway. 

Managed to get through the seasons whilst re watching Game Of Thrones lol

Woo! Lockdown! 🤔 I'm one of the ones who get to work through it this time... I think a lot of people are cracking out the box-sets. You've made a good choice.

23 hours ago, Lavi said:

I'm sure you will have fun. Personally I lost interest in my Park Ji Sung save after I got busy with my life and couldn't play for like 2 weeks straight, but I will be keeping an eye out for your posts

That's what happened to me during my first attempt in 2019. This time I WILL do better.

 Season 2:

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- Heading into the second season with PSV I decided to tweak the roles a little bit in an attempt to grab some more goals/wins.

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- So the role tweaking didn't give the desired result in our first match, but we held strong in the shootout and who knows, with time, these new ideas might produce some improved results.

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- Lee scored a hat-trick in the match following the Super Cup and a few weeks later he hit another brace. If he carries on like this he might move to a better club before I have the chance to bring him to England.

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- Overall I am happy with my formation and the in game statistics. Above is generally how we look every game. We just need to improve our abilities in that final third. Crosses aren't accurate enough and those taking shots need to be a bit more clinical. I put this down to inexperienced players for now and will hope to see much more improvement in England.

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- I mean, these results seem pretty dire/boring for a team in the highest echelon of European football, but you know what? We're into the knockouts and we could have just a good a chance as anyone.

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- PSV once again putting the strength of this formation to good use. We were dominating for many parts of the game and managed to snatch a goal and keep a clean sheet.

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- The celebrations were short lived. We couldn't hold on to the game and although we weren't hammered we were once again let down by our ineffectiveness in front of goal. Sure, we could work a striker into this team, but it seems likely that Lee just can't put the ball into the back of the net. At 24 he still has the best years ahead of him. Plus, I'm stubborn and like my formation. Boring football and silverware forever!

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- Winning the Dutch Cup for a second time was great, but it did bring some unexpected news...

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- Poor Arteta. He gets a rough ride at Arsenal, gets booted from the manager job, moves to Holland to redefine himself and ends up facing a dominant PSV. Chin-up!

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- Honestly Leeds I would love to manage your club, but it's just a shade to early for me to be thinking about moving. Can you wait a few months..?

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- Feyenoord were sitting pretty at the top almost from the start of the season, but the ever grinding PSV slowly but surely crept to the top with their consistent play style and eventually took first place, and the title, for a second year running.

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- Much like PSV, Seung-Woo Lee is looking very consistent across the board. He's no superstar but he works hard and makes sure that all elements of his game are not found wanting... well, except maybe his finishing, but I won't tell him that, I'm sure he knows.

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- Hampered by two injuries this year, Lee hasn't played as much as his debut PSV season but, he achieved a good tally of goals and I can't help but wonder, if he'd had another 16 games, how many goals would he of got?

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- I think I make this point every other paragraph, but yeah, my formation isn't about the goals apparently. But I get results. I'm just glad the fans and tabloids aren't real because I reckon i'd be granted the title of "Mr. Boring"! 😂 1 lose and 10 conceeded? I'll take that over Feyenoords league table spread.

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- Congrats on that shiny Golden Boot!

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- We were robbed!

Trophy Cabinet:

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PSV trophy cabinet:

  • Super Cup x1
  • Eredivisie x2
  • Dutch Cup x2

Premier League Club trophy cabinet:

  • Community Shield x0
  • World Club Championship x0
  • League Cup x0
  • Premier League x0
  • Champions League x0

 

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