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Career Tree in Ireland, S19 - a big twist!

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· Posted (edited)

Right you are @Paul186- and thanks for the support, as always! 

 

Season Nine

Vieira burst through this season to form the three-man wing rotation alongside Santos and Sweeney... But then i got a €15m bid for him, and €10m for Santos, plus €13m for my 21yo 4th-choice Czech midfielder, and another €3m for Pratley, who had dropped to 4th in the striker rotation.

I guess what I'm trying to say is we're now freakin' loaded. None of these losses really hurt me on the pitch (maybe the occasional step-back for two steps forward), and we finally got another Training facilities upgrade (and Youth) this year, plus our new stadium has already been expanded twice up to 55k capacity now. 

All my players' values have jumped too, so whereas i once remember the thrill of having a €1m player, now most of the first-team regulars are in the €10m region. 

And we're far from finished. This year saw us reach the Champions League quarter-final for the first time ever, stunning Liverpool...

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...before falling valiantly to Inter:

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I finally bothered to look and saw that the rankings (understandably) get updated between the finals and the start of the new campaign - and as predicted last time, a few more points sent us flying up (8 places overall!)...

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And this will be further boosted (slightly) as TWO of my colleagues advanced past one round of Euro Cup II Qualifying:

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Derry weren't far from joining them, either...

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Over in the new Champs League campaign, unfortunately we were given yet another brutal draw to contend with (after battling through 3 rounds of qualifying again), with rematches against Barcelona and Liverpool 😮

But we won all our home games and got a point in Ukraine to qualify with a game to spare, which was fortunate because our keeper missed the last game at Anfield with a stubbed finger(!!), and i don't have a quality backup at the moment, just an aging competent and a young hopeful...

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RB Leipzig await us in the next round in February...

 

Domestically we had a couple of blips as we juggled the squad and fit new players in, but nothing too drastic...

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My only loss is my new Personal Best on @Rob's "Being FMMed" leaderboard, with a 21-2 shot count ending in a 0-2 defeat to Shamrock. And a skeleton crew shipped a late equaliser at already-relegated St Pat's on the last day to stop us breaking the 100pt barrier. The loss in the Leinster Senior Cup was just weird, but fair play to Bohs (whose manager in the game for a long time now has been one of my favourite ever Brentford players, Hermann Hreidarsson).

Btw i was wrong before, @DIRECTFX- i thought my Affiliates can't get promoted, but i didn't realise they had playoffs in the Irish First Division, which is why my boys missed out previously. Top two this time, although Drogheda then lost in the playoffs, but Cabinteely will join us next year. I wonder if I'll be able to loan more players to them now - my fringe players refuse Affiliate loans, which is a bit annoying (they should do as they're told!), so i can only send teenagers out (Cabinteely got promoted by themselves, i didn't help much!).

 

Player of the Season

Our best performers for the season:

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Tommy's attributes didn't get much further, but he's quite a beast already. Pelissier at the bottom is a winger who i use as reserve right-back, cos he's not quite good enough to be a winger for me... i just accepted a €17m bid for him, and he turned down the move saying he'd find it hard to leave :)

But i haven't spotlighted Sweeney yet - he was a Gold youth and he's developed pretty nicely:

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Hopefully we can push him a little further, but a 20 pace, 19 dribbling, 18 movement wide-man who can pass, cross and shoot seems useful :)

 

Thanks for reading! 

Edited by Mr Tree

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Getting close mate in CC 😆

I hate it when you get those games you batter teams and still lose. 

Sweeney is a beast fella....but would you sell if a huge offer came in?

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another good season and you seem to be improving the other Irish teams slightly as well with them progreesing a round now.

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· Posted (edited)

Many thanks @Paul186and @Woody - Sweeney being Irish and us now being rich, I'm definitely going to try and resist offers, but unfortunately a couple of players had rough seasons this year after i turned down bids, so it's going to be a tricky balance....

 

Season Ten

We made further progress in Europe... meaning yes, we reached the Champions League semi-final for the first time 😮

Because we absolutely smashed it in the quarters...

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Alas, Chelsea were able to keep us at bay to stop us getting any further :(

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But still, a massive boost for our ranking:

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Yep, half the Irish league now get Euro qualification! 

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Two of my draws there came in that inevitable period i have every season now where i have to catch up all my league games, playing every other day, even during international breaks. It's a bit stupid, although fortunately it doesn't matter much, but a 100% season is gonna be tough to achieve. 

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how my Irish friends get on next season. There were some small signs of progress this year, with Dundalk coming close (ish) to reaching the Euro Cup II group stage:

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Shamrock advanced past one round too...

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But Derry were useless:

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As for my new Champions League campaign, we drew Ludgorets of Bulgaria, who keen readers may remember defeated me humiliatingly one season (i think it was sthg like i won 4-1 away before losing 0-4 at home). So the boys were fired up!!

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We repeated the feat at Legia Warsaw in the next round too! And then we coasted through our group:

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Man Utd to come in the last 16...

Confirmation of my domestic clean sweep:

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And my manager profile, after 10 seasons:

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Btw 1: the Affiliate / promotion plot thickened, with my affiliate Cabinteely getting promotion last season and then saying...

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Btw 2: there was a World Cup, i missed getting a screenshot, but this sounds.... intense!

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Player of the Season

Sorted by goals, cos having a 50-goal striker, two 30-goal strikers and a winger scoring 25 seemed noteworthy :)1791043587_Screenshot_20210417-203030_FM21Mobile.thumb.jpg.afadca45e54244f540edd89226200ee9.jpg

But actually, it's the rock-solid defensive counterpoint to that potent strikeforce that demands attention here - this lad has burst through impressively in the last two seasons, somehow racking up 66 games this year! 

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I think going another step further in the CL will be tricky this time, especially with my main man Ampadu demanding to be "set free" and sulking about staying. We'll see! Thanks for reading :)

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Great work tree, unlucky against Chelsea, hopefully can go all the way next season!

would like to see what hand looks like, he seems to be scoring non stop!

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Great season and looking at the ratings another good season and you could shoot up the rankings.

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12 hours ago, Albionic said:

Great work tree, unlucky against Chelsea, hopefully can go all the way next season!

would like to see what hand looks like, he seems to be scoring non stop!

Ah yeah, i meant to say he wasn't much, but not bad of course, esp for 5k a week :)

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I meant to point out my two left-backs too, Kipre and Wilkie, combining for 17 goals - both set-piece experts. Very useful! 

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· Posted (edited)

Many thanks for the kind words @Albionic, @Paul186, @smoggy90 and Professor @broodje kip - always highly appreciated! 

 

Season Eleven

Cut to the headline - we got a step further in Europe. But only half-a-step. As in, we were 10 minutes away from reaching the Champions League Final...

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We were holding a new club record 72-game unbeaten run, but I'd have loved to have one more...

Gutted. Barca went on to win the final 6-4 after extra time, btw 😮

Also btw, we slaughtered Man U in the last 16 :)

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I accepted a €30m bid for 30yo Ampadu, who is great but good money for an aging player... but he said no:

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Got a problem with my star Irish right-back Kiely though, cos he wants a big signing bonus but despite me being loaded, i can't give him much. He slumped a bit but fortunately performances picked up again. 

On to the new european campaign and i was curious to see how my colleagues got on... They didn't win a single round, despite now having a few bites at the cherry :(

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Derry and Cabinteely both useless in Euro Cup II too. 

But back-to-back semis meant our coefficient kept climbing:

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Top 12 looks attainable, but it gets tricky from there - Greece seem to have a better score than me in the last two seasons, so we'll need more to be able to overtake them. 

I'm still curious enough to see how far i can do it "alone" - not many would but let's see how far i can get. Really enjoying it though and i think it'd be fun to do next year too, changing clubs 3 or 4 times...

We have a nice solid team now, so a group of Benfica and Inter didn't hold much fear...

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Decky Hand missed a glorious chance in injury time in Milan to extend a juicy winning run, and they promptly went up the other end and scored. But we ended in style, beating Benfica 8-1 at home in our last game of the season. Liverpool await in the last 16.

Smashed it domestically, obv, with our first 100% season:

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Player of the Season

Squad overview:

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Talbot sulked a bit and hasn't pushed on, so Spajic overtook him. Shields is our main penalty-taker, probably about 75% success, we do get quite a few. But he's a decent little player (signed for €1k domestically a few years ago).

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Love those red arrows :( Maybe just cos i took the screenshot in our offseason break...

Btw we had to say goodbye to Joey Hodge, who played such a big part in our rise, including being club captain in his early 20's. He got overtaken by all the other talent at the club, but i noticed at the end that I'd inadvertently got him to a nice round 400 games :)

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Thanks for reading! 

Edited by Mr Tree

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and another good season, how long before you win the champions league or will you do it before the ESL takes over

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Congrats on the 100% domestic season . 
Just amazing how far you have gotten the league up the rankings. Looks like Hodge had a great run for you from the beginning. Wonder if all the Irish talent you got translate to a good run for national team ?? 
 

I get confused in the league rankings why it seems some ranks the spots don’t go by following the coefficients? Seems some leagues get more or less spots randomly it’s the red and blue colors when outside top 10 and inside top 10 think it’s green and blue you will notice they don’t follow like they should . For Example look at your last post here and see rankings shows you are 15th and Switzerland (red) is ahead of you at 14th but you got more teams 2-1-2 (5)vs 1-0-3 (4)? Same with Belgium (blue) 13th 2-1-2 (5) and Turkey (red) 12th only 1-0-3 (4). Biggest one is Portugal (blue) 6th place but only have 2-1-2 (5) but Russia (green) 7th has more teams 3-1-2 (6) . Just wonder if you will run into any problems or know why rankings and amount of teams in Europe skip a few rankings ? Like you hit 12th but  get less teams than 13th rank league .
 

Just interested as you fly up the board you climbing so fast think need the other teams now to do something at least in the Euro Cup II .. Will you stay at Shelbourne no matter what or hop to a few others since club is solid now ? 

 

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Thanks for your comments lads, I'll come back to them when i can.....

I can't believe what I've just seen. I knew this might not be the best year for me - i check the Dynamics just at the start of each season, i don't care much, but i saw this...

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With Shieldsy (highlighted above) a major drag on both the top two lines. I could've sold but i didn't want to, so he stormed out of training after being denied a dream move to Wolves, i gave him a new contract so he chilled, then i fined someone else for being a dick and now he's sulking cos of that. 

So his form has dropped and he was benched for the CL second leg, where a topsy-turvy game with Liverpool ended like this.....

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Sorry, i should've recorded their winner for your entertainment, but i couldn't actually manage it (couldn't see through my tears) - in the 6th minute of 4 minutes injury time, my right back rolled it back to the keeper... who took a heavy touch, straight to their striker :(

So no improvement this year, indeed quite a dent on my score. 

This current generation were fading a bit, so i scouted and recruited heavily this winter (my reserve team is full now!), so hopefully we come back stronger before not too long. Proper gutted though! 

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So, I've just about calmed down and got over that brutal CL exit now... 

Thanks to @Richand @Paul186for your support, always appreciated! (another treat coming for you Rich!)

@StuartMyes as my wife says, I'm very unadventurous 🤔 my formation seems to work well and i get nervous when i make a tweak, so i swiftly revert back to Old Reliable. 

@DIRECTFXa few questions, I'll try to knock em down - the Irish team is about 50% shelbourne now, kinda makes sense that i get a lot of the retiring Irish regens... (my facilities are maxed out now). I noticed they beat France 4-1 in qualifying, but they went out in the first round of the Euros, so i haven't turned them into world-beaters (yet).

I think the ranking discrepancy (Ireland having 2 champs league spots while leagues above me have only one) must be because there's some additional weight to my runs in the Champs League - that's the only logical explanation i can think of. And yes, planning to do 30yrs at Shels and see how far we get - might do a version of this next season where i jump around Ireland instead, but I'm curious to see how far this approach can go for now. 

 

Season Twelve

So just the last 16 of the Champions League this year. I ended up selling Shields for a disappointing €15m cos he kept sulking and being useless, and i have hundreds of other wingers. I sold Spajic for €40m too cos he was whinging. 

Our successes led to this though:

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Me DIRECT to the group stage, big help with fixture congestion. 2nd place with a good chance (and Euro Cup group stage if they lose). 3rd place with a direct playoff for Europa League (and a spot in Euro Cup II group stage if they lose). And later entries for 4th and 5th. We're on the up!

They all lost, of course they did, they're fecking useless. But at least Shamrock and Dundalk got to play until December for the first time:

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Both of them with one-off bizarre wins. Better than nothing, anyway! Although Dundalk nearly ended up relegating themselves in the process:

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4 draws for me, all in the first half of the season, where we were a little bit wobbly. Imperious in the second half of the season:

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Got all the domestic cups too, of course:

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Just hope we can maintain it... Another tough draw with Chelsea to come in next season's CL Last 16...

 

Player of the Season 

Quick overview:

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Just turned down €60m for Kenny, but Kiely wants wages that i (apparently) can't afford now so he's demanding a "new challenge" :( they've been playing alright so I'm not too bothered. 

Kipre has become a favourite - he is in charge of all my set-pieces now, a great source of goals:

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Thanks for reading! 

Edited by Mr Tree

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Cheers @geordiekrispy!

Alas, after 10yrs of steady progression ending with back-to-back Champions League semifinal defeats, we now have back-to-back away-goal defeats in the first knockout round. This one a particular shitter after being 4-1 up versus a Chelsea team with Donnarumma, Foden and Whoreland. Unfortunately I'm struggling to bring through quality centre-mids, and my first-choice two were injured and suspended, which probably weakened me just enough :(

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So the eventual s13 update will be a bit subdued (unless something noteworthy comes up!) - obviously I'm gonna smash it domestically in the meantime. Thanks for reading :)

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Cheers @Paul186 :)

Season Thirteen

Another unbeaten season in the Irish league and won all the cups too, and we went 100% through a champs league group of P$G, Milan and Shakhtar... Napoli await in February. 

Couldn't be bothered screenshotting any of that. I sold Ampadu (32, for €12m), Kiely and Thalhammer to shake things up a bit, with half the first team showing exclamation marks at one point. Unfortunately the Irish league does hold them back a bit (see below) :

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Got an "owe you one" message but my facilities are maxed-out and i don't fill my 55k stadium, so i asked for more wage budget, cos i keep being asked for exorbitant signing bonuses by these bastards. It helped, a bit. I locked my star German keeper up long-term, then he whined again when i told someone else off, sigh. 

So here's the basic first XI, but of course only 10 fit on a page, so i left off the young CB replacement for Ampadu...

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But the wages are getting a bit crazy:

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Btw they are all 20-25, pretty nice. Talbot was top scorer but he is the main contributor to me getting an F for the top two lines on the Dynamics report, so I'll sell him if i get a good offer! 

I think I've shown a few of the main ones by now, so here's Ofori, pretty decent:

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We also got our first mention here, which was quite a shock :)

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For the challenge, not much progress:

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And my colleagues lost at every single opportunity this season too, although due to some quirk/bug, Derry went straight through to the Europa League group stages... fat lot of good it did them...

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Btw i refuse to loan to these two teams after they sent me back more than one unused starlet. Once maybe, twice unacceptable...

Here's hoping that the squad refresh will stand us in good stead for the Champs League knockout stages. Thanks for reading! 

Edited by Mr Tree

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Never fear @Paul186- even after making another €70m by selling our emerging centre-back and one of our many shit-hot young wingers, we had enough to do this...

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(that was a tough one, we went 2 down at home before turning it around :) )

And in a classic final...

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Hopefully the first of many!

Will be interesting to see the effect this has on my ranking...

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Well done tree, a well deserved first CL title! Be interested in seeing what reputation Shelbourne currently are, and 37 assists for Kipre last season was immense!

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2 hours ago, Albionic said:

Well done tree, a well deserved first CL title! Be interested in seeing what reputation Shelbourne currently are, and 37 assists for Kipre last season was immense!

Cheers mate (and to @Paul186too!) - just checked, we are 4-star now :)

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Well, after having lost this in a tab for a month, I finally found it and read the lot of it. Looks like I came on board just in time for the first UCL win! 😄

Really great work and great persistence building to that, especially each time there was a knockback. Can't believe how good some of those players are by the way. Only a matter of time until one of them actually wins World Footballer of the Year. I ended up getting my lot to win it regularly, but they only cracked the world team of the year once or twice in another of those FMM inconsistencies. 

Anyway, I regret reading this, as I'll be looking for a new career shortly and now I'm thinking Ireland! Been meaning to play Cork for the longest time (visited there once and half the town has the same surname as me, so I guess it's my ancestral home?). Who knows if I will or not though, but I've really enjoyed reading this either way.

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3 hours ago, Scratch said:

Anyway, I regret reading this, as I'll be looking for a new career shortly and now I'm thinking Ireland! Been meaning to play Cork for the longest time (visited there once and half the town has the same surname as me, so I guess it's my ancestral home?). Who knows if I will or not though, but I've really enjoyed reading this either way.

Actually... I just started a save and it didn't take long for me to frustrated as heck with budget limitations and everyone wanting a release clause etc. That first season must have been tough - much respect to you @Mr Tree

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10 hours ago, Scratch said:

Actually... I just started a save and it didn't take long for me to frustrated as heck with budget limitations and everyone wanting a release clause etc. That first season must have been tough - much respect to you @Mr Tree

It's definitely a change to being able to buy anyone and everyone.

But you can still trawl the free agents, and find that gem. Which makes it more satisfying when they do well.

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1 hour ago, geordiekrispy said:

It's definitely a change to being able to buy anyone and everyone.

But you can still trawl the free agents, and find that gem. Which makes it more satisfying when they do well.

Yeah, and I was sort of looking forward to that, but got frustrated too easily by things. Both not having enough budget to add many free agents and not being able to sell players for significant values, but also things like not being able to afford to upgrade the facilities or let staff take assessment. I'd have to really be in the mood for all that (and sometimes I am, but not yesterday). And to make it worse my old long ball tactic didn't seem to work at all. So I ditched it...

But anyway, sorry Mr Tree for discussing this in your thread!

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Not at all, @Scratch- i appreciate the kind words and the time taken to look over it all. At the start, yep, it's very much just about levelling up - i just gave it a little look yesterday and i saw that my first "player of the season" was a free-agent pickup after six months who i then immediately flipped for good money at the end of the season. You have to be in the mood for it, sure, but i much prefer building up talent than just taking over a top team. 

 

Season Fourteen

As mentioned above, we are the Champions of Europe! 

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We did not win the European Super Cup... i promised my young Irish reserve keepers that they could play in Cup games, then i missed one by mistake, so i said "alright, you can play in the Super Cup then, it's a cup game anyway and who really gives a f"... and then with 8mins to go, young defender rolls it to young keeper, who stuffs it up so Man City go 3-2 up, ending our club-record unbeaten run at 92. Well done, Noel...

Worth noting my affiliate Cork got promoted - Scratch mentioned on another thread, this trick of loaning your players to the affiliate before they terminate affiliation, I've done that now :) i forget about it last year when Drogheda came up, but then i asked for another new affiliate and they gave me Leyton Orient, with the opportunity to go to England a bit more attractive for some of my lads too :)

The CL success hasn't immediately translated into higher rankings:

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I don't know or care how it's worked out, sustained success is the only way to get it up... 8th looks achievable, not sure about getting any higher but we'll see :)

My friends didn't help at all - Shamrock and Derry both conceded 8 in the Euro Cup II qualifiers (and needless to say, they didn't score 9). UCD gave PSV a go but lost, and Dundalk won 2-1 in Ireland before losing 2-0 in Warsaw to Legia. And neither made much impact in the consolation-prize group stage:

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Player of the Season

Really spreading the goals around :)

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Those lads are all 23-26 btw, apart from young winger Crowe, who's 20. Also worth mentioning that we played 68 games this season, but the squad is in such good shape now that i just play whoever is 100% - plenty of rest :)

I'll spotlight one of the lads at the end there, midfield maestro Stuart Nelson, who shares a name with a (not especially popular) Brentford keeper from 15yrs ago... In the game, my boy has developed nicely since being signed from Bournemouth for €250k as an 18yo...

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Every year, i click this link expecting to see this, and finally it's there...

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(we'd only been getting 5 or 6 up til now)

And finally, two on the podium this year:

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Thanks for reading! 

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