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  1. Solid going, the season is warming up now.
  2. He looks a great prospect indeed! Stunning start.
  3. The Elkeson Chinese Super League Challenge The Maranhão region, in north-eastern Brazil, isn’t as glamorous as other major hubs of the country, neither has one of the greatest and industrious centres. It’s a green region, which has its main (and natural) resource in its wonderful trees, covering the land overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Coelho Neto is a little town of that area, so far away from China, Shanghai and its well-known fame. However, Coelho Neto is the place where everything started for Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso, who unwillingly became a football pioneer. His short-term trip away from Brazil would soon become permanent and give him a glory that he maybe would have never earned in his homeland. In winter 2012, Chinese Super League is becoming relevant and Guangzhou Evergrande have just won the 2nd title in a row. Furthermore, the Chinese league is luring several big players, like Barrios, Kanouté and Drogba. At the same time, many players are moving from Brasileirão to CSL. Elkeson accepts the offer from Guangzhou for €5,7m: a big cheque, but there is also another news to tell. In his last months at Botafogo – given the departures of Herrera and Abreu –, Elkeson started playing as lone striker, tried in that position by manager Oswaldo de Oliveira. A position he’ll keep with Evergrande: it’ll be the turning point of his career, since Elkeson begins his experience in China with 10 goals in his first five matches. More than Chinese Super League titles (Guangzhou are ruling the league from 2011), the Brazilian forward impressed for his crucial role in the two continental triumphs: Elkeson has never won the MVP award, neither in 2013 nor in 2015, but he has been fundamental to lift two AFC Champions League titles. The first saw him score two of the three goals needed to overcome FC Seoul for the away-goals rule. Two years later, Elkeson took the scene, scoring another net to defeat Al-Ahli at Tianhe Stadium after 180’. To squad’s silverwares, we have to add personal ones: 24 goals scored in AFC Champions League (4th all-time), the record of goals by a foreign player in Chinese Super League (plus two top-scorer titles), the best player award given to him by Chinese Football Association in 2014, the 100 goal-mark reached in all Chinese competitions. Can you fire Elkeson to set a new all time Super League scoring total? Challenge Rules Load up China and any other countries you like. Take charge of Shanghai Shanggang or another Chinese club and sign Elkeson. He is currently on 88 league goals (*https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/elkeson/profil/spieler/103588) The challenge is simple, set a new Super League goalscoring total before he retires. Own formations only. No unlockables, edited databases, or use of any of the editors. Evidence is required, I'd suggest posting a career thread for us to follow. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating!! Leaderboard
  4. The Ernst Happel Challenge Ernst Franz Hermann Happel was an Austrian football player and coach. He is regarded as one of the most successful managers ever, winning both league and domestic cup titles in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria as well as winning the European Cup twice, the first in 1970 and the second in 1983, and a runners-up medal at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He was the first of the five managers to have won the European Cup with two different clubs, Carlo Ancelotti, Ottmar Hitzfeld, José Mourinho and Jupp Heynckes being the other four. He is also one of six managers – along with José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Giovanni Trapattoni, Tomislav Ivic and Eric Gerets – to have won domestic league championships in at least four different countries. After retiring as a player, Happel went on to become one of the greatest coaches of all-time. He won the league title in four different countries. He also took two different clubs to gold in the European Champions' Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) and the Netherlands to second place in the 1978 World Cup. His first club was ADO Den Haag in 1962, with whom he won the Dutch Cup in 1968. After Den Haag he coached Feyenoord, with whom he won the European Cup (defeated Glasgow Celtic in the final) and the Intercontinental Cup in 1970, and the Dutch championship in 1971. At the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Happel was coach of the Dutch national team and reached the final against the Argentine national team. Always a man of few words, Happel's pre-match pep talk is said to have consisted of just one sentence: "Gentlemen, two points." The Dutch, however, lost the final 3-1 in extra time. During his career as coach, Happel worked for several clubs, including Sevilla, Club Brugge (winning the Belgian Championship title several times) and Hamburger SV (1981–1987, German champions in 1982 and 1983, German Cup winner 1987). In 1983, he won the European Cup again, 13 years after the triumph with Feyenoord, this time with Hamburger SV, defeating Juventus in the final. He is one of five coaches in the history of the European Cup to win the title with two different clubs, the others being Ottmar Hitzfeld, who won with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich; José Mourinho, who won with Porto and Inter Milan; Jupp Heynckes, who won with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich; and Carlo Ancelotti, who won with Milan and Real Madrid. In 1987, Happel returned to Austria as coach of Swarovski Tirol. With the club, he won the Austrian Championship title twice (1989 and 1990) before becoming coach of the Austria national team in 1992. Challenge Rules Load up Holland, Belgium, German and one other country if you like. Take charge of any Dutch club (ADO Den Haag if you want to be authentic) In Holland you must win at least 3 Cups and 1 League title with two different clubs before you can move to a Belgian club. In Belgium you must win at least 3 league titles and 3 cups with two different clubs before you can move to a German club. In Germany you must win 2 league titles and 2 cups before you have completed the challenge. BONUS: Do better than Happel's runner-up spot in the World Cup with the Dutch National Side. Own formations only. No unlockables, edited databases, or use of any of the editors. Evidence is required, I'd suggest posting a career thread for us to follow. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating!! Leaderboard
  5. Thanks mate, it was a nice challenge. Really enjoyed scouting for different players with some surprising results. Hope more people try this one out.
  6. Will defiantly go for it, I am preferring the shorter challenges this year but this a little bit of planning. Might look for a lesser league and club and try with so lower ranked players.
  7. Some big hitters in here. Werner is flying! Will defiantly try this one as I had a failed attempt last year, think I didn't get the balance of players right.
  8. danovic78

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    Marvellous Marv! 8 in one game.
  9. So here is the third and final update from my FirePower Challenge. Stage 7 - United Kingdom: Buy 2 UK PP. Transfer budget = €46M So we headed back to the UK to see who we could pick a decent budget and I decided to do a merseyside double and picked up DCL and Harry Wilson for a reasonable amount with a player thrown in. Both looked at their peak so I expected a decent return. These lads didn't disappoint. Wilson was the star, from his forward INF position he created and scored for fun amassing 44 points for me with DCL more of the focal point and chipping in 46 points, with 36 goals in just 28 games. The Brits never let you down! 90 points in total. Stage 8 - China: Buy 3 Chinese PP. Transfer budget = €155M With an insane budget I was ready to splash the cash but sadly there was very little to spend the dough on from a Chinese point of view. I did the best I could, although one of players cost just €55k! 😲 The main issue I had here was keeping these lads fit! I struggled to get them all on the pitch at the same time. Yunig, as expected top scored with 39 points, next was Liangming with 38 points and the injury prone Yuhao with just 15 points. A very disappointing total of 92 points. I was really looking for 100 plus here but sadly it was not meant to be. Stage 9 - Russia: Buy 3 Russian PP. Transfer budget = €95M We headed east now to the super power that is Russia to try and make up for some lost points. Another triple swoop was needed here. Golovin was a no brainer really here with Kokorin and Miranchuk providing the power up front. What a disaster! With a reduced number of games because of the World Cup in Qatar it was going to be tough but Golovin and Kokorin was on the physio the whole time, I only got 17 games out of the two of them! 😭 Miranchuk did better and top scored with 26 points, Golovin grabbed 12 points and Kokorin just 10 points. A very poor 48 points. Ouch! Stage 10 - USA: Buy 3 American PP. Transfer budget = €585M The final stage now, heading west to the US of A. A massive budget and we needed a massive total! Of course we had to sign Pulisic, with Sargent and Weah Jr making up the three. Big transfers fees but there was plenty in the bank for this one. So the main issue I had was that I couldn't get the best out of Pulisic, I tried a variety of the postions but he just didnt excel for him. Sargent was the outsatnding player here and top scored with a whopping 52 points, next was Weah Jr with 32 points and Pulisic with a bad 25 points. Giving me a final total of 109 points So that was it a great challenge all in all, you will need to have luck on your side with injuries for this one as with so little games for each stage and one serious injury and it sets you right back. Total Score - 607 points! A decent really I think with a few bad stages that really cost me Not quite unseating @BatiGoal(can you add me to the leaderboard) but it will be tough to the beat. Thanks for reading.
  10. He still looks amazing at 32, no stopping him now!
  11. This is one tough challenge, gonna be a long road to the 1,500 goals!
  12. danovic78

    DJ Woody’s Record Store

    @Woody Most assists in one game? New Category?
  13. Das ist Deutschland: The Trilogy Challenge Simple concept here, three clubs, three challenges, three seasons. One final score! Hamburg '79 - Mächtig Maus In Kevin Keegan’s three seasons in the Bundesliga he managed to win the Ballon d’Or twice, play in the European Cup final against Nottingham Forest and release a top-10 smash hit Keegan’s second season in Hamburg started with a 3-0 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach, at the time one of Europe’s best sides. Keegan missed a penalty but the win was an indicator of what was to come. Thrashings of defending champions Koln, as well as Hertha BSC, Schalke, Dortmund and Fortuna Düsseldorf would follow, and by the time HSV beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in December, their title credentials were clear. In the New Year, Keegan cut loose. He was instrumental during the run-in, scoring 11 goals in the last 12 games of the season, combining wonderfully with Hrubesch and Magath. From 10 March to 9 June the team did not lose a match, almost three months undefeated. When they finally succumbed to Bayern in the final round of the season, HSV were already Bundesliga champions. Keegan, who had been integral to the drive, had made himself a legend in Germany. He won the Ballon d’Or again that year and the HSV fans christened him Mächtig Maus (Mighty Mouse). The day of the Bayern defeat, his first single, Head Over Heels in Love, was released. Hamburg, it seemed, had fallen in love with Keegan, as it had with the young English musicians who had recorded their first single in the city all those years before. Can you find a new Mächtig Maus? We find Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V. back down in 2. Bundesliga but still with a decent squad. Rick van Drongelen at the back, the experienced Lewis Holtby in Midfield and the wonderkid Jann-Fiete Arp up front. Can you find the right mix and formation to get the best from your Mächtig Maus? You have a decent €28m budget too. Challenge Rules 1. Load up Germany and any other countries and take charge of Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V. 2. You must sign an English Advanced Playmaker/Striker to be your new Mächtig Maus. Other transfers are allowed. 3. The challenge will last just one season 4. Your score will be the total goals and assists scored by your Mächtig Maus plus league points and goal difference. 50 Bonus points for a league title. 5. Own formations only 6. No unlockables, edited databases, or use of any of the editors 7. Evidence is required, I'd suggest posting a career thread for us to follow. 8. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating. Stuttgart 97' - Magisches Dreieck They combined high effectiveness with great football art: In the Bundesliga season 1996/97 it was coined Fredi Bobic, Giovane Elber and Krassimir Balakov at VfB Stuttgart the concept of "magic triangle". The glorious three delighted fans and experts with their attacking play. In the attack Bobic and Elber whirled while Balakov created the magic. Although Bobic could not defend his title as top scorer from the previous season successfully. But with 78 goals that season, the Swabians recorded the best goal scoring in the league. Bobic (19) and Elber (17) scored almost half of all VfB goals. To end it was not enough for Stuttgart, finishing only in fourth place, compensation brought for the third triumph in the DFB Cup. With 2: 0 VfB win in the final against the former regional league Energie Cottbus. Elber scored twice - it was his farewell present at the same time as he joining Bayern Munich for the following season, it was the end of the "magic triangle". Can you create a new Magisches Dreieck? Challenge Rules 1. Load up Germany and any other countries and take charge of Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V. 2. You must sign a Brazilian Striker, German Striker and a Bulkan* Attacking Midfielder to be your new Magisches Dreieck (*due to low numbers of Bulgarian players I will open up other countries here so they are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). Other transfers are allowed. 3. The challenge will last just one season. 4. Your score will be the total number of league goals and assists scored by your Magisches Dreieck plus league points and goal difference. 50 Bonus points for a league title. 5. Own formations only. 6. No unlockables, edited databases, or use of any of the editors 7. Evidence is required, I'd suggest posting a career thread for us to follow. 8. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating. Wolfsburg '09 - Die Wölfe When Wolfsburg won their first ever Bundesliga title in 2009, it surprised almost everyone. Most surprising of all was that their star striker that season was Grafite. Since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, there have been few more unlikely champions than VfL Wolfsburg. Having first won promotion to the top flight in the late nineties, they have never been the Bundesliga’s most fashionable club, nor its most extravagant, nor successful. Prior to the 2008-09 season, the closest they had come to winning major silverware was when they finished as runners-up in the DFB-Pokal in 1995. In his joint role as head coach and director of football, Felix Magath also brought in a spate of new players, most notably hard-working midfielder Christian Gentner, industrious holding player Josué, arch creator Zvjezdan Misimovic, and strikers Edin Džeko and Grafite. Džeko and Grafite in particular proved to be among the canniest acquisitions in the history of German football, bought from Czech club Teplice and Le Mans of Ligue 1 for around €4m and €5.6m respectively. While Džeko was an up-and-coming talent whose 26 league goals that season cemented his burgeoning reputation, Grafite’s goalscoring heroics were rather more unexpected. Having first earned professional terms in his early twenties, Grafite was coming up to 30 by the time he joined Wolfsburg. His most prolific season previously had been with São Paulo in 2004, when he had scored 22 goals in all competitions. Where Grafite’s 28 league goals that campaign came from, then, remains something of a beautiful mystery. Can you find another dynamic duo to fire Die Wölfe to glory? Challenge Rules 1. Load up Germany and any other countries and take charge of Vfl Wolfsburg. 2. You must sign a Brazilian Striker and a Bulkan* Striker to be your new Dynamic Duo (*due to low numbers of Bosnian players I will open up other countries here so they are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). Other transfers are allowed. 3. The challenge will last just one season. 4. Your score will be the total number of league goals and assists scored by your Dynamic Duo plus league points and goal difference. 50 Bonus points for a league title. 5. Own formations only. 6. No unlockables, edited databases, or use of any of the editors 7. Evidence is required, I'd suggest posting a career thread for us to follow. 8. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating. Leaderboard Hamburg '79 - Stuttgart 97 - Wolfsburg '09 - Trilogy -
  14. All updated now, excellent score and Number 1....for now! 1️⃣
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