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    Rob reacted to samhardy in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Europa League Matchday 3 24th October 2019 Gateshead v Partizan - Att: 11,411 International Stadium, Gateshead Line-ups
    Gateshead: Eastwood, Bennett, Sibbick, Isherwood, Harvie, Paton (c), Adshead, Thomson, Bates, Redmond, Hinchcliffe.
    Partizan: Kljajic, Miletic, Markovic, Valiente, Tanasijevic, Ilic (c), Zjdelar, Pantic, Tosic, Derlek, Nikolic.
    Here’s a quick reminder as to how the group is set up going into this double header against Partizan:

     
    Well what a fucking huge game in store here between hosts Gateshead and Serbian outfit Partizan who came into this on the back of defeat to Zenit. Gateshead knew they couldn’t lose this match otherwise it’d almost be Goodnight Vienna but a win would be fantastic with the away leg to come the following game week.
    Another cracking atmosphere greeted the players as they made their way onto the playing surface, including a few hundred Serbians making more than the most of their time in the North East of England. The stewards were definitely going to have their hands full this evening.
    The referee’s whistle was greeted by a smoke bomb launching from the away section however there wasn’t much explosive happening on the pitch in the early exchanges as the defences were very much on top. The two sides were playing a similar system and were cancelling each other out, and it was the type of game where you know that the odd set piece is going to be crucial especially considering Partizan have a load of big fuckers at the back.
    Before you knew it 20 minutes had passed and the only excitement so far had been the linesman snapping his hamstring on the sidelines and having to be replaced by the fourth official. You get the feeling Partizan were content with the way it was panning out though as they knew it was up to Gateshead to force the issue this evening, especially since the liveliest player on the pitch was looking to be Serbia international Zoran Tosic. Paul Paton went in full pelt on him near the sideline on the right, earning a yellow card for his troubles and conceding a free kick in a dangerous position. Tosic swung in a menacing delivery which Jake Eastwood was forced to punch clear, it fell to Partizan captain Sasa Ilic on the edge of the box who took a touch and fired a shot just wide of the post.
    It took 35 minutes for the hosts to have their first shot at goal. A rare defensive mix up from the visitors saw Ben Hinchcliffe pounce on the ball and run forward before sending it wide to Devonte Redmond who cut inside, and although his shot didn’t trouble the keeper it at least encouraged the home faithful and they responded with a roar of encouragement.
    But, just before the break disaster struck for Gateshead. Partizan had a couple of corners, the first was headed behind for another, and the second was headed away by Toby Sibbick but straight back to Tosic taking the corner. The ball came back in to the back post and Gateshead had switched off, allowing full back Strahinja Tanasijevic to ghost in and nod in at the far post. Bedlam ensued in the away end as the players started giving it large in front of the Gateshead fans with hands to ears and shush gestures riling the home supporters. There’s never a good time to concede but right before the break is arguably one of the worst times, especially with what turned out to be the last kick of the half.

    Half Time - Gateshead 0-1 Partizan: Tanasijevic 45+1
    The Gateshead players emerged early for the second half with the words from manager Sam still ringing in their ears. They knew they needed to get something from this game and if they were going to do so they needed to be considerably better than what they were in the opening 45.
    No changes at the break but whatever was said in the home dressing room had clearly made some sort of impact as they enjoyed a bit of a purple patch at the start of the second half. First Daniel Adshead stung the palms of Filip Kljajic in the Partizan goal, and the introduction of Kai Brunker 10 minutes into the second half nearly paid immediate dividends as he looped a header from Connor Thomson’s cross back across goal and onto the top of the net.
    But the clock soon ticked past the hour mark and the Serbians were still holding firm. This was an ideal situation for them as they’d been solid all night and they knew it could only take one good counter attack to kill their opponents off. And they did get that opportunity 5 minutes later. Alfie Bates lost possession in a promising position and Partizan broke with real pace for the first time of the night. Tosic was again at the heart of it as he set Nemanja Nikolic clean through with a defence splitting ball. Eastwood raced out to close the space, but Nikolic unleashed his shot. Much to Gateshead’s relief it was a low shot that was stopped by Eastwood’s foot and out for a corner. A big save from the keeper that might have just kept Gateshead in this match and looking at the bigger picture, the tournament.
    Despite missing that glorious chance, Partizan were still more than happy to sit on their one goal lead. They were shithousing masterfully with players going down injured despite nothing being wrong with them every 5 minutes and them breaking up the flow of the game was restricting Gateshead’s opportunities to few and far between. Adshead and Daniel Harvie both fired over from outside the box and Partizan were looking more and more comfortable with 5 minutes of the 90 to play.
    Gateshead won a corner not long after and this time it was the visitors’ turn to switch off. Jake Bennett swung the corner in from the right and centre back Thomas Isherwood rose like a salmon, headed it into the ground and goalscorer Tanasijevic made a real hash of it on the line and in it went! What a moment for Gateshead, out of nowhere you have to say and a real lifeline in the Europa League. Surely they couldn’t go on and win the game now?

    There might only have been 2 minutes left but Gateshead had the wind right up their sails now. The crowd were roaring them forward at every opportunity and for the first time in the game, Partizan’s defenders looked nervous. Every cross into the box was looking dangerous and Partizan were penned in, and when the board went up showing 5 minutes of stoppage time there was yet more encouragement.
    2 minutes in to the allotted 5 and Gateshead won another corner. Bennett took it again, it was a bit deeper this time but Isherwood yet again got his head to it and it fell nicely to Hinchcliffe to strike it!! But last season’s FA Cup hero couldn’t sort his feet out and an army of Partizan defenders recovered to block the shot and clear the ball. There was a speculative effort from Daniel Harvie in the last minute of time added on, this troubled nothing but the spectators in round about Row R nearly went out the stadium to be honest. It was at that point the fans knew the final whistle was imminent and as soon as Armin Derlek took a throw in from just in front of the dugouts the whistle came.
    You get the feeling this was a better point for Partizan than it was for Gateshead but that late Isherwood header keeps them in the group. These two will renew acquaintances in Serbia next group match.
    Full Time - Gateshead 1-1 Partizan: Isherwood 86; Tanasijevic 45+1
    Zenit and Slavia played out a stunning 3 all draw in Russia which saw the visitors come back from 3-1 down with 15 minutes to play. It looks like Zenit will still be topping the group though but that second spot is wide open however with Zenit away to follow it's likely that Gateshead will have to go to Belgrade and get the win to have any real chance.

    Next update will see the return fixture in Serbia.
  2. Funny
    Rob got a reaction from Baddar in I want to install my face in the game. What to do?   
    I can’t believe your passing is only 19. Terrible.
  3. Funny
    Rob got a reaction from Baddar in I want to install my face in the game. What to do?   
    I can’t believe your passing is only 19. Terrible.
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    Rob reacted to DutchTony in I want to install my face in the game. What to do?   
    I can't believe your squad status is 'Backup'.
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    Rob reacted to danovic78 in The Fabled Number 10 Shirt: A Juventus Challenge   
    The Fabled Number 10 Shirt: A Juventus Challenge

    THE NUMBER 10 SHIRT IS SACRED IN FOOTBALL. It’s a number that carries much pressure and weight given its tradition and the players who have worn it in the past. That is no truer than at Juventus, a club with over a century of history. The legendary Italian side, winners of 33 Scudetti titles and a two-time European champion, has featured some of the world’s best players who have donned that legendary shirt.
    No less than three Balon d’Or winners have worn it in addition to a host of Italian and international stars. When attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala was given that number last summer ahead of the start of the Serie A season, the Argentine wrote on Instagram that he knew how important it is to the club and its fans.
    “When they asked me to change numbers, I stopped and thought about whether it was a good idea to leave number 21 that has been for me – as it will still be for the national team – a number that I care for very much and that has helped me win lots of trophies and was also worn by top players such as Zidane and Pirlo,” he wrote. “But the number 10 is a special shirt and an honour to wear it, brings with it lots of responsibility and a great link to a club like Juventus Football Club and its history. It has been on the shoulders of so many champions: Omar Sivorí, Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, Carlos Tevez, Paul Pogba. For me, wearing the 10 shirt isn’t just a dream since I was a child, but something that will allow me to want to win every game, in every competition and for every trophy.”
    https://thesefootballtimes.co/2018/01/09/from-savory-to-dybala-juventus-and-the-fabled-number-10-shirt/
    RULES
    Load up Italy and any other countries you like. Become manager of Juventus. You must first buy in an Irish Attacking Midfielder to start the challenge, the new "Brady" and first Number 10. You have one season with each nominated Number 10 before they are demoted or Sold, never to play first team football again. You must follow the list below to sign a new Number 10 each season from country of birth , these players must be bought in at the start of each season. Liam Brady - IRELAND Michel Platini  - FRANCE Roberto Baggio - ITALY Alessandro Del Piero - ITALY Carlos Tevez - ARGENTINA  Paul Pogba - FRANCE Paulo Dybala - ARGENTINA Each season your Number 10's goals and assists will become your total. In total, 7 seasons with 7 players to post the highest combined total of goals and assists. Usual other rules apply. No Regens allowed LEADERBOARD
    1. @Rob - 494 - Career
    2. @mulama - 484 points - Career
    3. @1759 - 452 points - Career
    4. @danovic78 - 225 points
  6. Funny
    Rob got a reaction from Baddar in I want to install my face in the game. What to do?   
    I can’t believe your passing is only 19. Terrible.
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    Rob got a reaction from 1759 in 1759: The Amateur Challenge; Queen’s Park; Season 8   
    Iain Watt ❤️ He could be a beast!
  8. Funny
    Rob got a reaction from Baddar in I want to install my face in the game. What to do?   
    I can’t believe your passing is only 19. Terrible.
  9. Funny
    Rob reacted to Ashez in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    "What you doing love?"
     "Oh just taking a picture of dinner to get reviewed by some football nerds"
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    Rob got a reaction from Nucleus in Rob tries the Fabled Number Ten - Final Results   
    Fabled Number Ten - Final Results
    And here it is: our final season. 410 points to date. 75 needed to get top of the leaderboard. Daniel Mancini in the bag as our new Fabled Number Ten.
    Firstly, transfers. Mancini joined is for £7m from Bordeaux. Now, I had quite a bit of money in the bank and as it was my last season I decided to spend it all... so I signed Mbappe.

    Adouyev and pretty much any squad player I no longer wanted left. AA made is a tidy profit too.
    The European Super Cup was our first final, which we won by beating Arsenal 3-0. Mancini got a couple of assists.

    Mancini then got a horrible 3 weeks injury, which I really could have done without. Thankfully ten of those days were during international week.

    In December we had the CWC, where we utterly spanked Okayama 8-2.

    Mancini scored one and got plenty of assists.
    Next up was the Italian Super Cup, besting Lazio 3-0 with a brace from Dybala and a goal from Mancini.

    We absolutely marched through the Champions Cup group and drew Barcelona in the first knockout round. After a naff 3-1 loss in the first leg we were heading for extra time after reversing that score in the second leg...

    ...but a late penalty from Guedes knocked us out. The loss of the CWC and Super Cup next season obviously didn’t affect us, but the loss of five potential games in this season certainly wasn’t going to help.
    It did, however, pretty much mean we only have one game a week, which meant I could let Mancini play 90 mins each game.
    We won the Italian Cup 4-1, registering another final victory over Lazio.

    Then this happened three weeks from the end of the season.

    A month out. It looks terrible, but only really meant three or four games missed.
    We did win the league again. 

    We registered 130 league goals and lost only once, which pleases me. I tend to only really look at the league table at the end of the season and the 100 goal difference pleased an OCD element of my personality.
    So, how did Mancini do? Here’s how he looked:

    Now worth £29m but nothing really improved attribute-wise.
    As for his stat performance he played 48 games, scoring 37 and assisting a whopping 47. This gives him a score of 84 and a contribution of 1.75.

    Season 1: Irish. Jeff Hendrick. 1.43/g. 53 points
    Season 2: French. Olivier Ntcham. 1.56/g. 89 points.
    Season 3: Italian. Nicolo Zaniolo. 1.17/g. 62 points.
    Season 4: Italian. Dmitri Bisoli. 67. 1.18/g
    Season 5: Argentinian. Maximilliano Meza. 1.44/g. 69 points.
    Season 6: French. Amir Adouyev. 1.56/g. 70 points.
    Season 7: Argentinian. Daniel Mancini. 1.75/g. 84 points.
    494 points total. 
    (71 pts/plr avg) 
    Ntcham ended up with the most points, but Mancini was the best performing. 
    @danovic78 please can you add me to the leaderboard?
    Thanks to everyone for their comments and support.
     
     
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    Rob got a reaction from Nucleus in Rob tries the Fabled Number Ten - Final Results   
    Fabled Number Ten - Final Results
    And here it is: our final season. 410 points to date. 75 needed to get top of the leaderboard. Daniel Mancini in the bag as our new Fabled Number Ten.
    Firstly, transfers. Mancini joined is for £7m from Bordeaux. Now, I had quite a bit of money in the bank and as it was my last season I decided to spend it all... so I signed Mbappe.

    Adouyev and pretty much any squad player I no longer wanted left. AA made is a tidy profit too.
    The European Super Cup was our first final, which we won by beating Arsenal 3-0. Mancini got a couple of assists.

    Mancini then got a horrible 3 weeks injury, which I really could have done without. Thankfully ten of those days were during international week.

    In December we had the CWC, where we utterly spanked Okayama 8-2.

    Mancini scored one and got plenty of assists.
    Next up was the Italian Super Cup, besting Lazio 3-0 with a brace from Dybala and a goal from Mancini.

    We absolutely marched through the Champions Cup group and drew Barcelona in the first knockout round. After a naff 3-1 loss in the first leg we were heading for extra time after reversing that score in the second leg...

    ...but a late penalty from Guedes knocked us out. The loss of the CWC and Super Cup next season obviously didn’t affect us, but the loss of five potential games in this season certainly wasn’t going to help.
    It did, however, pretty much mean we only have one game a week, which meant I could let Mancini play 90 mins each game.
    We won the Italian Cup 4-1, registering another final victory over Lazio.

    Then this happened three weeks from the end of the season.

    A month out. It looks terrible, but only really meant three or four games missed.
    We did win the league again. 

    We registered 130 league goals and lost only once, which pleases me. I tend to only really look at the league table at the end of the season and the 100 goal difference pleased an OCD element of my personality.
    So, how did Mancini do? Here’s how he looked:

    Now worth £29m but nothing really improved attribute-wise.
    As for his stat performance he played 48 games, scoring 37 and assisting a whopping 47. This gives him a score of 84 and a contribution of 1.75.

    Season 1: Irish. Jeff Hendrick. 1.43/g. 53 points
    Season 2: French. Olivier Ntcham. 1.56/g. 89 points.
    Season 3: Italian. Nicolo Zaniolo. 1.17/g. 62 points.
    Season 4: Italian. Dmitri Bisoli. 67. 1.18/g
    Season 5: Argentinian. Maximilliano Meza. 1.44/g. 69 points.
    Season 6: French. Amir Adouyev. 1.56/g. 70 points.
    Season 7: Argentinian. Daniel Mancini. 1.75/g. 84 points.
    494 points total. 
    (71 pts/plr avg) 
    Ntcham ended up with the most points, but Mancini was the best performing. 
    @danovic78 please can you add me to the leaderboard?
    Thanks to everyone for their comments and support.
     
     
  12. Happy
    Rob got a reaction from 1759 in 1759: The Amateur Challenge; Queen’s Park; Season 8   
    Boom! And there it is: the Champions Cup. Brilliant. Well done! 
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    Rob got a reaction from DutchTony in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    That’s worth ten bonus points surely?
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    Rob reacted to samhardy in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Might just about get him into the positive numbers this week.
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    Rob reacted to samhardy in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Week 6 - Challenge
    Slow Starters
    We arrive at the penultimate week of this year's VPL and it's such a tight table that every result has something riding on it. We're sticking with the inspiration from real football theme however I have been waiting to unleash this one again all tournament long and this is the last opportunity to do so. This is an edited version of one of last year's toughest challenges "Slow Starters" so everyone will have a run for their money this week.
                                           
    Last year this challenge was based around Benevento, who had just 0 points after 15 games of the Serie A season, but since they were obviously relegated it's Chievo you will be tasked to improve the fortunes of this year.
    The Flying Donkeys had already suffered a nightmare start to the season but it got worse in mid-September when they were handed a points deduction for "accounting irregularities". As things stand today they are rooted to the bottom of the table, with just one solitary win to show for their efforts.
    The Challenge
    This is actually quite a straightforward one this week, but that doesn't make it easy. Quite the opposite actually. It's a half season challenge, lasting the first 19 games of the Serie A season so plenty of time for Tony to get sacked. You will be managing Chievo but make sure you load Italy only when booting up the save.
    You will then create a tactic but there's hardly any restrictions to this. The only requirement is that it contains a goalkeeper, central defender, central midfielder and central striker.
    The core of your team will then be built up of 3 of the large number of 15 year olds found on the database when loading Italy only. You can choose 1 of the 4 core positions (GK, DC, MC, ST) to not be affected but the other 3 core positions have to be filled with one of the 15 year olds you sign. For example you choose to use a striker already at the club, you can but then a 15 year old will need to play in goal, at centre back and in centre midfield. They must play every game and you can sign backups if you wish. The rest of the team can consist of any players that are already at the club.
    Points System (First 19 League Games)
    League Points +/- Goal Difference
    Clarifications
    Take control of Chievo and load Italy only. Create a tactic that contains all 4 of the "core positions". Choose one of the "core positions" you don't want to be affected. Buy or play a 15 year old in the other 3 positions for the duration of the challenge. You can use any 15 year olds that are already at the club. No other transfers allowed apart from challenge related ones. You must use players who are already at the club to make up the rest of your team. The players and backups you sign must be 15 at the time of buying but they can turn 16 after you sign them. No starting with the 15 year olds and subbing them off after a minute - if there's any suspicion you'll be asked to submit your save for inspection. Cup games don't count towards points. No coaching badges. Either database Deadline - Wednesday, 20th March 11:59PM GMT
    Rules And Screenshots Required
     
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    Rob got a reaction from Nucleus in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Diablo! In all it’s glory!
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    Rob reacted to Ashez in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Please don't buy a ticket 😛😂
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    Rob got a reaction from samhardy in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Again, that is your opinion. I’m drawn to FMM as it helps me unwind and is not too realistic or difficult. A lot of people on here are the same.
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    Rob reacted to Nucleus in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Speak for yourself! 😛
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    Rob got a reaction from Woody in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Stop stating opinion as fact and then trying to reinforce it by stating it again. As a means of debate it fails miserably and makes you look dictatorial. Read some of the other people in this thread for examples of well-balanced and reasoned debate.
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    Rob got a reaction from samhardy in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Again, that is your opinion. I’m drawn to FMM as it helps me unwind and is not too realistic or difficult. A lot of people on here are the same.
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    Rob got a reaction from samhardy in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Again, that is your opinion. I’m drawn to FMM as it helps me unwind and is not too realistic or difficult. A lot of people on here are the same.
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    Rob got a reaction from samhardy in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Again, that is your opinion. I’m drawn to FMM as it helps me unwind and is not too realistic or difficult. A lot of people on here are the same.
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    Rob got a reaction from Ashez in FMM19 General Discussion   
    @Ashez - bloody brilliant
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    Rob got a reaction from Jack in FMM19 General Discussion   
    Because that’s what I like? My favourite racing game is Mario Kart yet I have never thrown a red shell at anyone on a motorway. It is escapism for me.
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