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Career Rob tries Badge 09: Borussia Babes - The End


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The challenge, created by @Scratch, is here:

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I’m not going to come up with a title as juvenile or scandalous as that DickyD fella. No, mine is sensible. But seeing as he has thrown his hat in the ring and committed to an attempt I thought I will be part of the Borussia Babes Brotherhood and do the same.

My player is a certified Vibe legend: someone who used to be the apple of everyone’s eye before being tossed to the side as the likes of Haaland, Esposito, and Badji fluttered their eyelashes like hairy-arm-pitted German frauleins.

Joining Reyna, Bellingham, Sancho, and Haaland in hopefully scoring and assisting plenty I re-introduce to you Alexander the Great:

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Here is a little hint of how we are getting on:

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Exciting times ahead! Thanks for reading! 

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2 minutes ago, RichD said:

Pffft what a terrible title!

Awesome player choice though, what a talent he is. Shame about the Haaland injury👎🏻
 

Good luck mate 😁

You don’t actually mean any of that besides the first line. 

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Just now, Rob said:

You don’t actually mean any of that besides the first line. 

I promise that Haaland injury didn’t bring a smile to my face 🤥

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Isak is an absolute beast again on this year's version. 

I have a list of saves I want to do this year and a Sociadad TT with their current attackers is high on the to do list just because Isak is my ideal forward. 

 

Unlucky with EH, hopefully the others will make up for missing him. 

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Nice choice Rob, and good luck with this. Shame about the injury, but I'm sure it's only a minor hiccup. I hope you beat Rich!

EDIT: Not gonna say which one I posted first:

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10 hours ago, billy2shots said:

Isak is an absolute beast again on this year's version. 

I have a list of saves I want to do this year and a Sociadad TT with their current attackers is high on the to do list just because Isak is my ideal forward. 

 

Unlucky with EH, hopefully the others will make up for missing him. 

That would make a really interesting career. I couldn’t believe how good he still looked so young. Look forward to seeing it.

9 hours ago, Ian said:

A nice player choice. Best of luck. 

Cheers Ian. It is that yellow on AMC that I liked. Adds a few options.

9 hours ago, FuddledFox said:

Good choice of player but I have a problem with this...

as there is only one of them.

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I feel like I owe both you and Mitro an apology. Sorry.

8 hours ago, Woody said:

Nice blast from the past choice mate. Good luck.

Cheers Woodster. 

5 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Great choice Robert. Shame about Haaland injury but he’ll catch up quickly.

Thanks Sandwich. Hilariously, he wasn’t the only one.

2 hours ago, Scratch said:

Nice choice Rob, and good luck with this. Shame about the injury, but I'm sure it's only a minor hiccup. I hope you beat Rich!

EDIT: Not gonna say which one I posted first:

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Thanks mate. Absolutely lovely challenge this. Takes quite a bit of planning.

2 hours ago, Titjes said:

Good Luck 😀

Thank you Big Tits.

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50 minutes ago, smoggy90 said:

Great choice of player mate, and I'm sure Haaland will soon bounce back from that injury

Thanks Smog. Whether he bounces back and remains at the club is another thing...

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Season 01

Wow, that was a journey. Injuries, ups, downs, and a colossal transfer mess-up.

Transfers

I had a fairly good idea of how I wanted to play and which players to sign, so it was just a case of trying to clear out the players I didn’t want anymore and sign players where I could. 

Isak was obviously the main signing. Goretzka is a monster. I felt we needed a better goalkeeper so Unai Simon joined.

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The Start

We set off like a rocket, with the first game looking like a contribution to the Gundogan challenge (it wasn’t, except for another good drubbing in November).

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That looks ok, right? It’s a tactic that is good at focussing in four roles, so I tend to rotate the boys through the roles. Which is fine, until your star striker gets an injury...

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...and then your next best player gets an injury at pretty much the exact same time...

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...-and then just for a laugh one of your youngsters gets an injury, cos the game wouldn’t want you to benefit from being able to try and maximise their scoring whilst the two big boys are injured.

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Team Performance

There are points in this challenge for winning the Champions League. I felt like we had a strong enough team once the boys were all fit.

However, FMM and PSG had different ideas.

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39 shots against 10. We lose 5-4 on aggregate. They had five shots on target and all were goals.

The benchmark of reaching the Champions League final will have to wait until season two...hopefully.

We did win the League, which completes that benchmark, and also grabbed the Cup.

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Player Performance

This challenge has benchmarks for the players: 30 goals or assists across the two seasons. Then when the sixth youngster joins they need to get 15 in season two. This is how Reyna, Bellingham, Sancho, and Isak did in season one:

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Reyna is pretty much there. Jude needs a bit more work. The other two nailed it.

‘Where is Haaland in that screenshot?’ I hear you ask. Well, I’ve been doing my Pedri 500/500 career for a while and apply a ‘don’t update the game’ rule whenever I do a long career. So my version of Dortmund has a buy -out clause for young Erling. The stupid Goons, of all teams, took advantage of this.

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I guess the allure of playing in front of no fans even when lockdown lifts was too much for him. This is what he achieved in season one:

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Benchmark passed for him too.

Sooooo, I have made a decision that if I can’t sign him back in the summer then I won’t continue... so it all relies on my transfer acumen. However, he isn’t going to cost £69m anymore...and his wages are a lot higher. Plus it’ll take up a lot of my budget when I need it to buy my next wonderkid and strengthen the squad enough to get to the Champs League final.

I am a plonker.

Thanks for reading! 

 

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Awesome signings there Rupert, very impressive and I can picture in my head how you’re playing.

PSG are like that mate, smash and grab, very frustrating.

The boys done great though and I’m sure this will be a huge score providing you get the Viking back.

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What a crazy season. 😂

Still, very good from your "chosen ones". Hopefully you get Haaland back. Would be a shame for you to have to start again but might be worth it if it limits who you can buy as a 6th wonderkid. 

Great effort though, pal. 👍

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A very nice season especially after those horrible injuries all at once. The CL target is the one that concerns me the most with this challenge as I’ve found you can never take that competition as a given in the early years especially. Just have to play on and hope for the best.

Good luck for season two.

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1 hour ago, Rich said:

Awesome signings there Rupert, very impressive and I can picture in my head how you’re playing.

PSG are like that mate, smash and grab, very frustrating.

The boys done great though and I’m sure this will be a huge score providing you get the Viking back.

Thanks Rich. I would love to know what you think I am doing - send a PM.

51 minutes ago, Dai_ said:

What a crazy season. 😂

Still, very good from your "chosen ones". Hopefully you get Haaland back. Would be a shame for you to have to start again but might be worth it if it limits who you can buy as a 6th wonderkid. 

Great effort though, pal. 👍

Hopefully he returns. But it’s a really fun challenge and I am already thinking of things I’d change for next time. So many different permutations of what to do. I genuinely think this is my favourite Badge.

37 minutes ago, Ian said:

A very nice season especially after those horrible injuries all at once. The CL target is the one that concerns me the most with this challenge as I’ve found you can never take that competition as a given in the early years especially. Just have to play on and hope for the best.

Good luck for season two.

Thank you Ian. 100% agree on the CL. It’s a real kicker as all it takes is a stitch up or a couple of injuries at the key time and you are out, even if you’ve nailed a great player score. All about balance I guess.

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Great job mate, especially given the injuries etc. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the scores look relatively high to me! Isak was a good choice obviously.

I'm thinking the individual benchmarks won't be much of a problem for most people, but maybe the CL final will be. Hope you get Haaland back and smash the second season.

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9 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Great score Robert. Haaland situation was very unlucky. Go take your gun and force him to come back.

I would if I owned one! That’s some sage advice, haha. Thanks though.

8 hours ago, Scratch said:

Great job mate, especially given the injuries etc. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the scores look relatively high to me! Isak was a good choice obviously.

I'm thinking the individual benchmarks won't be much of a problem for most people, but maybe the CL final will be. Hope you get Haaland back and smash the second season.

Thanks mate. The CL final was your idea and I’m cursing you for it! Haha. 

As for scores, I’m usually fairly decent with assists so I am hoping it’s a good one. It’ll at least be a decent benchmark for folk to start with, providing I can get Haaland and do well in the CL. 

4 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Bonkers going mate. Haaland leaving is a fucking jeopardy. Hope you get him back. 

Thanks. It’s my own fault though 🤷‍♂️

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Season 02 - Haaland Update

It took me until next the end of the transfer window, selling players, and frantically moving the budgets around to balance wages and sign-on fee, but he has rejoined:

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He cost £140m, 50% sell-on, and Hateboer. His wages are now huge, my transfer budget is hammered, and I’ve lost one of my starting players!

Textbook stuff! Watch and learn kids. 

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Horrible injuries. the game has a knack of bombarding you will long term ones all in a row.

Despite this you had a great 1st season and i'm gla you managed to sacrifice you're budget to resign Haaland 👍

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10 minutes ago, Rich said:

Gutted you managed to get him back.

Who are you? 

9 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

Oh my that’s such a huge fee 😂. Excited to see how this goes

Huge. Distressing. Thanks though.

1 minute ago, Woody said:

Horrible injuries. the game has a knack of bombarding you will long term ones all in a row.

Despite this you had a great 1st season and i'm gla you managed to sacrifice you're budget to resign Haaland 👍

Cheers Woodster. Going to give it a go?

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Season 02 - Player Reveal

Due to availability, finances, and players who would actually sign for me, I ended up going for my fourth option (I know!)... who also happened to be someone I wanted to test out. 
 

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Harvey Elliot, my assist hero from last years’ Warriors save, has joined us.

Thanks for reading! 

 

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