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Ian

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  1. Never seen anything like this before on the forum.
  2. Yeah, very frustrating but hopefully he can get back up to the heights of his earlier days. He isn’t terrific really looking at him and you’d almost call him a brilliant squad player for a top top team. It’s all of those blues though I guess and if some of those 13 and 14’s were to turn to green then he’d look a lot better.
  3. Thank you Dai, I enjoyed playing it too. Thanks Rich, I’ve enjoyed it. The moving club thing is nothing earth shattering here really as we kind of just moved in a somewhat expected way but it is a new thing for me and it did make a change. Thank you Stuart, I’m going to try and do a bit of a summary as a post over the weekend and then another one for the tactic as I’ve had a few requests. I don’t personally think the tactic is that great so I’ve no problem posting it. Cheers Mr Sandwich, thank you, I’ll take that as a compliment. Thanks Aortic, I’ve had my eye on him for a save for a while and this was the one that came to me in the end. It’s turned out to be pretty good, so I’ve got no complaints and it’ll be interesting to see what king of career Ianis has in real life.
  4. Ian

    English football

    I don’t particularly mind the physical side of the game but there are limits and I want the bad fouls punished. I can’t say I’ve got any real problem with teams trying to use physicality to try and gain an advantage. Again, I want the bad fouls punished but I’d also expect my team to be prepared for that kind of battle. I mean, every game is different and I kind of like that.
  5. Season 21 As I mentioned earlier, we are heading towards the finish line here as just after his 42nd birthday Ianis decided he’d had enough. I asked him to reconsider but he was adamant that this was his time, so he’ll retire either at the end of this season or a year later at the end of his current deal. I had been keeping an eye on his contract page and it always looked like he’d sign again, so I was tempted a few times to extend him but just thought I’d hold off and see what would happen as he got towards the end of his deal. Obviously now it’s in my mind that I could’ve extended him at the beginning of this season and we may have got another four seasons after this one, which I’d have been happy enough to play out. On the other hand, I’m happy enough with this as at least it’s going to be a clean finish. A very strong season for the team but it didn’t really feel like it as we seemed to get a lot of injuries and often a couple out from same position at the same time. Players from other positions then have to cover and then you’re short in their positions which isn’t ideal. Thankfully we coped with it all ok. I decided to play Hagi in the Champions League final as I thought I may as well as it may well be his last. It was fairytale stuff as he scored opening goal and assisted another as we beat Barcelona fairly comfortably. I even kept him on for the full game and he just about managed to see the final whistle. It was evident from early on that Hagi just wasn’t quite as prolific but he was still assisting really well and ended up with 33 for the season, which is his best yet at Galatasaray. His 22 goal total was well down compared to recent seasons but the total contributions was still over one per game and I can’t really ask for much more than that. I have replays on and do watch a few and did notice this season there were a fair few times he’d shoot straight to the keeper who’d save it only for the striker to follow it up and score. So that’s an assist for Hagi where in years gone by I’m thinking the original shot would’ve just been flying in more times than not. Season 22 I got to the end of the season with the Club World Cup just about to start, so obviously I was fairly keen to move over to the new season and see whether Hagi would still be available. He was available for the first match and put up a good show with a goal and an assist. Second match arrived and he was still there. Again, he very much produced with a goal and an assist. He was still available for the third match and unfortunately that’s where our run ended as Spurs knocked us out. At this stage, it was looking like he was going to play out the whole of the last year of his deal, so we had to get the squad ready for the season. I prepared the squad with a couple of new signings and then it came! So, I guess this is the end but I’ll be back later with one last update to round things up. Ianis Hagi Rangers Season 01: 55 goals and 43 assists in 50 games Season 02: 46 goals and 45 assists in 51 games Season 03: 17 goals and 20 assists in 21 games Rangers Total: 118 goals and 108 assists in 122 games Villarreal Season 03: 31 goals and 29 assists in 32 games Season 04: 34 goals and 22 assists in 44 games Villarreal Total: 65 goals and 51 assists in 76 games Inter Milan Season 05: 40 goals and 48 assists in 49 games Season 06: 38 goals and 32 assists in 37 games Season 07: 42 goals and 44 assists in 53 games Season 08: 48 goals and 43 assists in 52 games Season 09: 42 goals and 47 assists in 54 games Season 10: 36 goals and 51 assists in 51 games Season 11: 39 goals and 48 assists in 54 games Season 12: 27 goals and 43 assists in 38 games Season 13: 50 goals and 26 assists in 55 games Season 14: 32 goals and 31 assists in 49 games Season 15: 31 goals and 31 assists in 47 games Season 16: 37 goals and 24 assists in 45 games Season 17: 32 goals and 30 assists in 47 games Season 18: 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games Inter Milan Total: 495 goals and 499 assists in 633 games Galatasaray Season 18: 36 goals and 26 assists in 49 games Season 19: 33 goals and 26 assists in 48 games Season 20: 41 goals and 28 assists in 47 games Season 21: 22 goals and 33 assists in 48 games Season 22: 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games Galatasaray Total: 134 goals and 115 assists in 195 games Grand Total: 812 goals and 773 assists, which equals 1,585 contributions in 1,170 games Thank you.
  6. Thank you Dai, I’m happy enough with it. Thanks Rich, we’ve reached the end and I’ll be uploading it soon. It’s been a nice save this. Cheers Scratch, yeah I’m pretty sure he was about late 30’s when he was still playing for Romania and I’m fairly certain he played internationally more or less right up until he retired. I think it could be really good with the two legged cup rounds being great opportunities to get some big wins in. I’m convinced that the league was just 18 teams previously but now it’s 20 and I think that may just be because of Covid. Not sure if they’re going to eventually drop it back to 18 again but they haven’t for the new season irl. They’re still going with the five sub rule this year too so no idea what is going on, maybe they’re going to keep the five subs until they get the league back down to 18 teams. Guess we’ll see but I may have been a bit harsh on SI to just call the subs thing a bug. If it does become permanent and the league stays at 20 teams then it’ll be a great league for goalscoring challenges going forward. I think the moving around thing helped me here and once I got to Galatasaray for the finale it was easy enough to play out. I suppose it helps if the player is still doing somewhat ok and he was here.
  7. Season 20 I’m back with another update and this one won’t be so long as it turned out to be pretty similar to the previous season. We lost out to Celtic in the European Super Cup but won everything else. I was left in a similar position to last year going into the Champions League final with having to decide whether to play Hagi or not. The decision was made for me this time though as he picked up a small injury in the week building up to the game. This was the highlight game for Ianis. I’ve already posted it in the comments earlier but thought I’d put it in the update also as he may not hit anything like this again. Ianis ended up with 41 goals and 28 assists this year so even a slight improvement on his previous return so obviously I’m happy with that. Not really much more to add really, so I won’t. We’re closing in on the end of this now as early into the next season Hagi has decided he’d had enough and announced his retirement. I did ask him to reconsider but he’s adamant and I can’t say I blame him. Not sure if this means he’ll retire at the end of the current season or at the end of his deal which would mean another further season but regardless, we’ll be done shortly. Ironically at this exact stage he’s on exactly 750 assists which means we’ve hit the 1.5k split. Score Ianis Hagi Rangers Season 01: 55 goals and 43 assists in 50 games Season 02: 46 goals and 45 assists in 51 games Season 03: 17 goals and 20 assists in 21 games Rangers Total: 118 goals and 108 assists in 122 games Villarreal Season 03: 31 goals and 29 assists in 32 games Season 04: 34 goals and 22 assists in 44 games Villarreal Total: 65 goals and 51 assists in 76 games Inter Milan Season 05: 40 goals and 48 assists in 49 games Season 06: 38 goals and 32 assists in 37 games Season 07: 42 goals and 44 assists in 53 games Season 08: 48 goals and 43 assists in 52 games Season 09: 42 goals and 47 assists in 54 games Season 10: 36 goals and 51 assists in 51 games Season 11: 39 goals and 48 assists in 54 games Season 12: 27 goals and 43 assists in 38 games Season 13: 50 goals and 26 assists in 55 games Season 14: 32 goals and 31 assists in 49 games Season 15: 31 goals and 31 assists in 47 games Season 16: 37 goals and 24 assists in 45 games Season 17: 32 goals and 30 assists in 47 games Season 18: 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games Inter Milan Total: 495 goals and 499 assists in 633 games Galatasaray Season 18: 36 goals and 26 assists in 49 games Season 19: 33 goals and 26 assists in 48 games Season 20: 41 goals and 28 assists in 47 games Galatasaray Total: 110 goals and 80 assists in 144 games Grand Total: 788 goals and 738 assists in 975 games Thank you.
  8. Thank you, it is a very good league and the cup competition is nice as you get two legged rounds all the way to the final. You often get a really poor team in the first couple of rounds and playing them twice gives you more chance of at least getting a big return in one of the games. There’s a bit of a bug in this league this year too as the five substitute rule stays throughout. It really helps with keeping everyone really fresh and I suppose it’s a bit controversial here with it being a challenge but I’m not too fussed as I’m not really concerned about leaderboards atm. Plus it’s not my fault anyway. Thanks Broodje, he’s certainly doing better than I was expecting.
  9. Ian

    English football

    Susan believe that if he’s dislocated it and they’ve managed to get it back in without any ligament damage then he should be able to make a full recovery.
  10. Ian

    English football

    I was listening on the radio so haven’t seen it but they did say that Salah went over and had to cover his eyes. I know nothing about dislocated ankles but I know with shoulders it can mean you’re never 100% again and at a very high risk of suffering further dislocations. Obviously the ankle has to take weight much more often than the shoulder but on the other hand that could lead to it getting a better blood supply so just have to hope he can recover ok. He is really young too which must surely give him a good chance.
  11. A frustrating season with those injuries. I hate those seasons where the player gets multiple injuries the most, would much prefer him to just get one really long injury and be done with it. Still a very nice season though and he’s certainly well on course.
  12. Thanks Rich, hopefully he can keep things like this for a few more seasons. If he’s around the 20 mark for both then there’s enough there to kind of make it worthwhile. Thank you Dai, the European success surprised me too especially after we lost the first match against Inter. We went two down early on against PSG in the first leg of the semi and I thought that that would be that but no we managed to come back. I mentioned earlier liking the league here and the cup schedule in particular and here’s a prime example. Their team was largely filled with greyed out players and this was one of their defenders to give you an idea of the sort of quality we’re looking at.
  13. Season 19 As you may have seen further up, we had a successful European campaign as we went all the way to the Champions League final where we beat Spurs to claim the trophy. If we managed to do that then you’re probably thinking that we’d have also done well domestically, well you’re about to find out if that was indeed the case as I’m here with the full season update. I think this will be the last time I put the transfer shots up as it just isn’t interesting in the slightest now with all of the players being regens. I did mention last time that we had a good few older players, so the plan here was to slightly rectify that which we did. We do still have a few older players on high wages though that I just couldn’t offload but we managed to build a nice squad so those players would surely not even be required and were basically just sitting in the reserves. Most of them are out of contract at the end of this season so that’ll free up a bit of cash next year getting them off the books. Anyway, I was very happy with the window as we built a squad with pretty much exactly two players for each position and usually two similar quality players too, so I felt we were very strong. This was the team sheet going into the European final, I thought I’d show it as it shows the perfect relationship lines for this system. Obviously, it takes a little while to get to this level when you make a lot of changes to the personnel and things can often be a bit mixed in terms of form until you get there. I find the lines between the wide players are especially important with this particular system. Anyway, I only showed this as this is usually my concern every season early on if we’ve made a lot of changes like I did this season and you’re just hoping you can get to the level like this without too many issues with form. Unfortunately the match screens are all messed up again with the wrong stats and scorers which is slightly annoying so I’ve just decided to just show the fixtures here to give you an idea of how the season went. We started really well and then all of a sudden hit a poor spell which included losing two league games in a row. I was a bit concerned at this stage to be honest and I was kind of thinking that perhaps having Hagi in the team was going to be too much of a hindrance. Luckily things got better and those three early defeats in a row turned out to be the only defeats of the season so we can’t ask for more than that. We won both domestic cups too which means we’ve won all of the domestic trophies on offer here which isn’t much but is a nice little side challenge completed. If this match screen thing is going to be the norm going forward then I think I’ll start taking more live shots to kind of get around it. I do like this league though I have to say. It’s two legged rounds all the way to the final of the main cup and you often get a poor team in some of the earlier rounds which offers a good chance to rack up a few goals. With having a successful European campaign we now have a few players valued rather highly including our best striker below. He’s valued at £93m and it’s got me thinking that if I start getting massive offers coming in for some of our players I’m going to be very tempted to take them. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in that regard. Hagi did well again with a return not too dissimilar to last year with 33 goals and 26 assists. Hopefully he can keep going long enough to hit the 1.5k 50/50 as that is certainly looking doable. He’s not doing very well in the tougher European games so I think I’ll prioritise the domestic games for him from now on as it’s a struggle to keep his fitness up. Score Ianis Hagi Rangers Season 01: 55 goals and 43 assists in 50 games Season 02: 46 goals and 45 assists in 51 games Season 03: 17 goals and 20 assists in 21 games Rangers Total: 118 goals and 108 assists in 122 games Villarreal Season 03: 31 goals and 29 assists in 32 games Season 04: 34 goals and 22 assists in 44 games Villarreal Total: 65 goals and 51 assists in 76 games Inter Milan Season 05: 40 goals and 48 assists in 49 games Season 06: 38 goals and 32 assists in 37 games Season 07: 42 goals and 44 assists in 53 games Season 08: 48 goals and 43 assists in 52 games Season 09: 42 goals and 47 assists in 54 games Season 10: 36 goals and 51 assists in 51 games Season 11: 39 goals and 48 assists in 54 games Season 12: 27 goals and 43 assists in 38 games Season 13: 50 goals and 26 assists in 55 games Season 14: 32 goals and 31 assists in 49 games Season 15: 31 goals and 31 assists in 47 games Season 16: 37 goals and 24 assists in 45 games Season 17: 32 goals and 30 assists in 47 games Season 18: 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games Inter Milan Total: 495 goals and 499 assists in 633 games Galatasaray Season 18: 36 goals and 26 assists in 49 games Season 19: 33 goals and 26 assists in 48 games Galatasaray Total: 69 goals and 52 assists in 97 games Grand Total: 747 goals and 710 assists in 928 games Thank you.
  14. Off he went and his replacement made his mark almost instantly as he got us back in front. He assisted another goal late on which more or less confirmed us as the victors. Happy days. I’ll be back with the full season update tomorrow.
  15. I decided to go with Hagi from the off. It’s half time and I’m going to have to take him off here as they’ve been slightly the better side even though we took the lead.
  16. A quick mini update. We’ve managed to reach the Champions League final and it’s Spurs who we’ll face off against. If you remember they beat us in the third tier European final last year, not only that but we played them in our CL group stage this season so there’s a bit of a back story. We got the better of them in the group stage as we beat them twice and won the group but of course that doesn’t mean we’re all set to just turn up and win the final as that’s not how things work. It was nice to also draw our former club Inter Milan and it was honours even as far as that battle went with 1-0 being the scoreline in both games. Hagi didn’t produce in either game though so no point showing the games really. We best Benfica, Man Utd and PSG on route to the final which I’ll be playing shortly. I’m just debating whether to play Hagi to be honest, he’s at 92% condition and not tired so very much available but he is a slight hindrance at this stage so it’s not a straightforward decision. I’ll take the dog out, then play it out and will be back with the update.
  17. Thanks Rich, yes hopefully he can at least contribute enough to keep it from becoming very frustrating. Thank you Rob, it could hardly have gone much better really so I’m happy enough.
  18. Ronaldo is in for me. Just felt like I couldn’t not go for him having thought about it as I’d be left very annoyed if he produced and I hadn’t put him in. I’d set up with him in mind and he is the highest valued striker so there’ll be options there to change him out later if required. I’m not putting him as my captain though.
  19. He’s pretty much smashing it at this stage. He’s not perfect by any means but he has the basic attributes so should remain decent throughout his peak years I’d expect.
  20. Thank you Stuart, yeah he’s getting pretty rough now but I suppose the good thing is that he’s not chasing anything. I mean, I have looked at it and perhaps he could hit 750 of each but I can’t see how he could hit say 1k of each. Ultimately, it’s just a relaxed play out from here and I will go for as long as he wants to. Cheers Woody, he’s still doing well and hopefully he can still do half decent going forward. I just want to win all of the domestic trophies here, then we’re done and it’ll just be playing him out from there.
  21. Season 18 - Galatasaray As soon as I took over I had a quick look at the squad and it was largely mixed as although there were plenty of decent players, there was also plenty of deadwood that I’d ideally prefer to offload. We were very much pushed for time with the season literally about to start so it was a bit of a challenge in trying to put together a decent team for the season. Here are the transfers which aren’t very interesting as we’re well into regen territory but I thought I’d at least show them with it being the first season here. Some were made before I arrived but we did manage to bring in a few players and I was happy after the window ended as I felt we’d very much managed to improve the squad. Some of the better players already here were kind of getting on a bit and I even bought a few older players as I felt we needed to play a bit for now to try and hit the ground running, so we’ll have a bit of work on our hands over the next few years as we try to gradually rebuild. We were in the third tier European competition and the qualification rounds for that started straight away with us playing a very poor team. We were still rebuilding as we arrived at the first league fixture and it was intriguing as you just want to get an idea of where you’re at. It wasn’t great as we drew 0-0. The thing where the scores are off and the display is wrong on some games has happened this season which I’ve put down to too much happening. We started at Inter in the CWC and ended up in a different league and it looks like it’s too much for the game to handle and things have gone off. Anyway, in this game the stats have been flipped as it was surely us with 20 odd shots and hardly any on target. Things improved and we were going well in all competitions until we hit a bit of a poor spell around February time, culminating with us going out of the cup and also denting our title chances as we were neck and neck with Besiktas at this stage. We weathered it and went on a great run and basically overpowered them to claim the title which we were very happy with. Europe went well too as we didn’t play any good teams until the final to be honest. The semi was against Fenerbache who only ended up finishing fifth in our league which kind of tells the story. Unfortunately Spurs were too much for us in the final and these stats aren’t from the same game I don’t think as it was a pretty even game if I remember correctly. Anyway, it was slightly annoying to lose here as it would’ve been nice to have won this competition as we may never get the chance to play in it again. I’ve put this game down as the highlight, purely because Hagi showed he’s still somewhat got it and it was near the end of the season too which gives us confidence going forward. Ianis ended up with 36 goals and 26 assists in all competitions which I was very happy with. He was doing well in Europe right from the off but it took awhile for him to get going in the league. It was a bit concerning at the time but he ended up doing well so it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on next season as we should be in a higher quality European comp. Score Ianis Hagi Rangers Season 01: 55 goals and 43 assists in 50 games Season 02: 46 goals and 45 assists in 51 games Season 03: 17 goals and 20 assists in 21 games Rangers Total: 118 goals and 108 assists in 122 games Villarreal Season 03: 31 goals and 29 assists in 32 games Season 04: 34 goals and 22 assists in 44 games Villarreal Total: 65 goals and 51 assists in 76 games Inter Milan Season 05: 40 goals and 48 assists in 49 games Season 06: 38 goals and 32 assists in 37 games Season 07: 42 goals and 44 assists in 53 games Season 08: 48 goals and 43 assists in 52 games Season 09: 42 goals and 47 assists in 54 games Season 10: 36 goals and 51 assists in 51 games Season 11: 39 goals and 48 assists in 54 games Season 12: 27 goals and 43 assists in 38 games Season 13: 50 goals and 26 assists in 55 games Season 14: 32 goals and 31 assists in 49 games Season 15: 31 goals and 31 assists in 47 games Season 16: 37 goals and 24 assists in 45 games Season 17: 32 goals and 30 assists in 47 games Season 18: 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games Inter Milan Total: 495 goals and 499 assists in 633 games Galatasaray Season 18: 36 goals and 26 assists in 49 games Grand Total: 714 goals and 684 assists in 880 games Thank you.
  22. It’s still a great return especially given that he’s still young. The stat dropping thing is annoying and gets to me too.
  23. Very much amazing. He just never seems to have an off day.
  24. I’m familiar with the player but that’s as far as it goes as I don’t recall ever using him. He looks good though and he’s started very well indeed. I always think with this challenge that if he ends up with fairly close returns for both goals and assists it makes it difficult to justify making changes. The worry is always there that you could improve one aspect but ruin the other and it gives you a bit of a headache. Anyway, a very nice start.
  25. Thank you Dai, it is and I’m glad now that I decided to carry on a few seasons back. Thanks Rich, hopefully there’s still a little bit left in him. As long as having him in the team isn’t a massive hindrance and he can at least contribute something then I’ll be happy enough. Cheers Scratch, it’s just what I wanted so I’m pretty happy with it. I mean we’ve managed to manage a team in each of the loaded leagues and to finish up at his favourite club is perfect when it comes to what we wanted to do. Thank you Leeds, he’s still doing well and hopefully he’s still got a little left. It’s very much relaxed now as we aren’t looking for massive returns but just to be able to contribute a bit. Cheers Woody, it certainly is dream stuff. It was the way I was hoping things would go with us starting out at a Rangers, having spells in Italy and Spain in the middle and then finishing up at Galatasaray. Can’t really ask for more really and glad I kept going as it wouldn’t have felt quite right leaving it a few seasons back. Thank you Smoggy, hopefully he can keep going for a few seasons so we can at least try to win all of the domestic trophies on offer here. After that, I’ll be happy to finish at any time but I’ll go for as long as he wants to.
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