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  1. Newcastle United: The Entertainers Challenge 1992 - 1998 Kevin Keegan had spent the last seven years living in Spain, but when Sir John Hall – who was on the verge of taking over the club – asked him to become the manager of Newcastle United on a short-term contract, the lure of a return to Tyneside was too strong to ignore. The Magpies were nearly bankrupt, faced relegation from the Second Division – never before had they slipped to the third tier of English football – and St. James’ Park had been neglected. Newcastle needed a saviour in their centenary year. Keegan’s mere presence lifted the supporters, just as it had done when he arrived as a player, and it clearly had an effect of the players too as they narrowly avoided the drop on the final day of the season. Having finished 20th in the second tier, Keegan and Sir John joined forces to spark a stunning turnaround, with the Magpies starting off the 1992/93 campaign with a remarkable eleven straight wins.Entering the Premier League in its second season, Keegan brought in new players and Newcastle firmly established themselves with an impressive third-place finish. What's more, they were playing fantastic football - characterised by flowing attacks, incisive passing moves and majestic wing play. In the summer of 1995, more firepower and flair were added, with the likes of Les Ferdinand and David Ginola arriving. Warren Barton joined as a marauding full-back, Peter Beardsley returned for a second spell and Philippe Albert and Darren Peacock bolstered the backline. Newcastle quickly became known as the 'Entertainers’ – most football fans’ second-favourite team. And in 1995/96, they so nearly won the Premier League title. In January 1996, United were 12 points clear at the top of the table but a dip in form, allied with Manchester United’s relentless form under Alex Ferguson (later Sir Alex), saw that cut and eventually Keegan’s side were pipped into second. A 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield - still regarded by many as the greatest game of football in the Premier League era - was particularly pivotal, as was a 2-1 defeat to Blackburn, when two late goals from Geordie Graham Fenton proved costly. Rather than lick their wounds, Newcastle signalled their intentions by breaking the world transfer record to sign local hero Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers for £15m. It would prove to be money well spent. Keegan left midway through the following season – although only after a never-to-be-forgotten 5-0 win against Manchester United, with Philippe Albert's sensational chip over Peter Schmeichel completing the scoring. The Magpies finished second again under Kenny Dalglish, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time after a shift in qualification criteria. Though the Scotsman oversaw a change to a more conservative style, Newcastle still had their moments of magic under Dalglish. He led United to another iconic win in September 1997, when Faustino Asprilla's hat-trick saw the Magpies defeat Barcelona 3-2 in their opening Champions League group game at a packed St. James' Park. Dalglish also took the club to its first cup final in 22 years, though Arsenal prevailed at Wembley in the FA Cup in 1998. Another big name, Ruud Gullit, was the club’s next manager and the former AC Milan star promised to bring “sexy football” to Tyneside. He led Newcastle to a second successive FA Cup final but they were beaten by Manchester United, who went on to complete an unprecedented treble. Results in the Premier League, however, were not as alluring as the Dutchman had hoped and after a 13-placed finish, a high-profile spat with senior players would herald a change just five games into the 1999/00 season. Can you take the Magpies to the next level? The Rules: Load England and any other countries you wish. Take control of Newcastle United. To join the entertainers, you must sign (or use currently at club) a Belgium central defender, French attacking midfielder and an English/Colombian Striker. You have 6 seasons to rack up as many points from the below points system. Usual other rules apply Scoring System: Premier League: 1st – 25 points 2nd – 20 points Top 4 – 15 points 5 - 6th - 10 points 7-8th – 5 points 9th - 15th – -10 points 15th - 17th – -20 points Relegated - -50 points Sacked: -25 points (and the challenge is over) FA Cup: Winner - 25 points Runner Up - 20 points Semi Finalist - 15 points Quarter Final - 10 points Fourth or Fifth Round Exit - 0 points Third Round Exit - -10 points League Cup: Winner - 25 points Runner Up - 20 points Semi Finalist - 15 points Quarter Final - 10 points Fourth or Fifth Round Exit - 0 points Third Round Exit - -10 points Community Shield: Winners – 25 points Runners Up - 20 points Champions League: Winners – 50 points Runners Up - 25 points Semi Finalist - 20 points Quarter Finalist - 10 points Knockout Rounds - 5 points Group stage - 0 points Europa League: Winners – 50 points Runners Up - 25 points Semi Finalist - 20 points Quarter Finalist - 10 points Knockout Rounds - 5 points Group stage - 0 points European Super Cup: Winners – 25 points Runners Up - 20 points FIFA World Club Cup: Winners – 25 points Runners Up - 20 points BONUS: Win Premier League Manager of the year – 5 points Premier League Player of the year - 5 points Premier League Top Goalscorer - 5 points Add up your Belgium defenders appearances, French midfielders assists and your English/Colombian strikers goals per season. 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  2. The Sir Bobby Robson Challenge It was Diego Maradona's notorious "hand of God" that eliminated England from the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico – but it was the manager Bobby Robson who had taken them there, advancing one step further to the semi-finals four years later in Italy, only to lose to Germany on penalties. Although widely lampooned and vilified by the press for his perceived inadequacies, Robson, was the man who brought the national side closer than any other to a repeat of their 1966 glory. In the summer 1967, he had his first management experience in Canada with the Vancouver Royals, but after six months he returned to Fulham as manager. The club was in a trough and he was dismissed after only 10 months, moving on to find fame with Ipswich Town. Robson's years at Portman Road were marked by two distinct periods. Initially, Ipswich played the kind of long-ball game at that time espoused by Liverpool. But Robson changed to a more deliberate and intricate style after he had signed two fine Dutch midfield players, Frans Thijssen and Arnold Mühren. These two, with their technical ability and passing skills, imposed a quite different pattern on the team, which proceeded to win the FA Cup in 1978, beating Arsenal 1-0, and the Uefa cup in 1981, beating AZ Alkmaar 5-4 on aggregate. Mühren, however, would later write scathingly of Robson and his alleged tactical ingenuousness. Robson took over as England manager in July 1982, replacing Ron Greenwood. The so-called senior international committee plainly saw his as the face that fitted, yet it was well known, not least among the press, that he had what might euphemistically be called a hectic romantic life, the facts of which would not be laid bare until just before the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Robson joined PSV Eindhoven in 1990, and in spite of much criticism by Dutch journalists and even his own players, he still contrived to win the domestic championship twice. However, he was sacked two years later. This was followed by a move to Portugal, where he did well with Sporting Lisbon, until, when things briefly went against them, he was dismissed, only to be taken on immediately by their rivals Porto, with whom he proceeded to win the league championship twice and the cup once. In 1996, at the age of 63, he at last was given the plum of plums, the managership of Barcelona, twice offered to him in his Ipswich days and twice turned down. There he rebuilt the team, signed the marvellous young Brazilian striker Ronaldo, whom he had previously appointed at PSV, and embarked upon a new adventure, leading to the Spanish cup, the Spanish super cup and the European cup winners' cup in a single season before he was kicked upstairs. His success at the Catalan club led to him being voted European manager of the year in 1997. In the middle of the 1999-2000 season, by now in his late 60s, Robson finally achieved a long-held ambition when he became manager of the team he had supported as a boy, Newcastle United. It was a club in turmoil, the consequence of the abrasive management of the Dutchman Ruud Gullit, who had fallen out with their most talismanic player, the centre-forward Alan Shearer. Robson quickly restored tranquillity and morale, and turned the previously disastrous season around. Two years later he was knighted for his services to football. In August 2004, after five years in command, he was summarily dismissed by the Magpies' controversial chairman, Freddie Shepherd. In truth, his position had been rendered untenable when, at the start of the season, Shepherd announced that his contract would not be renewed when the season ended. Can you follow in the great man's footsteps? The Challenge Load England, Holland, Portugal and Spain. Start at Fulham. Phase 1 - England (max 2 clubs) - You must win at least one FA Cup and a European Trophy. Phase 2 - Holland - Win 2 titles and a National Cup. Phase 3 - Portugal (max 2 club) - Win 2 titles and 2 National Cups. Phase 4 - Spain - Win 2 National Cups and One European Trophy. Phase 5 - Holland - Win what you can in just one season before heading to England. Phase 6 - Head back to England to finish your career. BONUS - Sign a Brazilian teenage striker when in Holland and then sign him again in Spain. BONUS - Take control of England and win the World Cup. The Rules: No preferences/unlockables. No uses of text changes, save editor or IGE at all. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating. SI databases only No Myclub or created player Own formations only. Leaderboard
  3. Career Citizen Kane: A 1K Challenge

    Sensational form! Ziyech has always been very good when I have started a Ajax save but soon wants away and gets snapped up by a bigger club.
  4. Challenges The 1000 Goal Challenge

    What took you so long??? I shall wait till you finish the career before adding you to the leader board.
  5. Career Les Parisiens and The Rooster

    Love the Zlatometer!
  6. The Calendar Year Scoring Challenge On Sunday December 9th 2012, Lionel Messi broke Gerd Müller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year with his 85th and 86th goals in a win against Real Betis. There was much praise for the Argentine star's breaking the world record. But it appears the achievement Messi owns could be a mirage. It was reported Zambia's Football Association would contest Messi's title of the most goals scored in a calendar year. In the eyes of the Zambian FA, legendary striker Godfrey Chitalu scored 107 goals in 1972, the same year Müller set his supposed record with Bayern Munich. In his career, Chitalu was an accomplished goal scorer. He scored one of Zambia's two goals during the 1980 Moscow Olympics and was also a leading player on the Copper Bullet national squad, which reached the 1974 African Cup of Nations final. Chialu remained in football after his retirement and was the manager of the golden generation of Zambian footballers who passed away in the 1993 Liberville plane crash. The claims made by the Zambian FA raised eyebrows throughout football circles, especially considering Zambia has never said anything about this supposed record over the last 40 years. Can you settle the record by setting a brand new goal scoring target? The Rules Load up any countries you wish and take control of any club. The challenge begins on 1st January and finishes on 31st December. Use a striker to score as many goals during that period for club and country (Friendlies excluded) Goals will only count at International Level if you are the manager. Screenshots are required for proof. No preferences/unlockables. No uses of text changes, save editor or IGE at all. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating. Own formations only. SI databases only No Myclub or created players Leaderboard
  7. Just in the 80's, very poor indeed....
  8. Still lots of time to get things just right and he is still years away from being in his prime. Keep the faith!
  9. Thanks, just trying to keep some interesting ideas coming... No worries, nice couple of picks there and hope they can produce the goods. Is Wilson not injury prone? I seem to remember using his a while back and that was one of his traits?
  10. The English Kings of Monaco Challenge Few English players have had the natural grace, elegance and ability that Glenn Hoddle possessed. In the 1980’s Hoddle was practically untouchable in terms of his influence and talent for both Tottenham and England. In 1987 though he decided to leave England and join Monaco. He had an immediate impact in the French principality and helped guide Arsene Wenger’s team to the 1988 French championship. Unfortunately his time in France was cut short due to a knee injury but recently Hoddle has revealed how important his time at Monaco was and how Wenger greatly influenced his managerial career. Glenn Hoddle wasn’t the only Englishman at Monaco. He was joined by former Coventry and Portsmouth striker Mark Hateley, who had already been abroad with AC Milan. Hateley joined from the Italian giants having played just 66 games over the course of three seasons. He only lasted until 1990 in France and played just 59 times but did manage to grab 22 goals. He was then lured to Scotland with Rangers where he scored 87 goals in 165 games for the Glaswegian team. The Rules Load up France and any other countries you wish. Take control of AS Monaco. You must sign an English Attacking Midfielder and Striker. You have three seasons to score as many points as possible. The total goals scored by your striker and assists by your midfielder will be added to your total. Usual other rules, no cheating, own formations, no reloading etc... This challenge could used as a side challenge if you wanted to pick a young striker and go for a 1k and also a midfielder who could set a high score on the Assist challenge also. Scoring system: Ligue 1: 1st – 25 points 2nd – 20 points Top 4 – 15 points 5 - 6th - 10 points 7-8th – 5 points 9th - 15th – -10 points 15th - 17th – -20 points Relegated - -50 points Sacked: -25 points (and the challenge is over) French Cup: Winner - 25 points Runner Up - 20 points Semi Finalist - 15 points Quarter Final - 10 points Other Rounds - 0 points Coupe de la Ligue: Winner - 25 points Runner Up - 20 points Semi Finalist - 15 points Quarter Final - 10 points Other Rounds - 0 points Trophée des Champions: Winners – 10 points Runners Up - 5 points Champions League: Winners – 50 points Runners Up - 25 points Semi Finalist - 20 points Quarter Finalist - 10 points Knockout Rounds - 5 points Group stage - 0 points Europa League: Winners – 50 points Runners Up - 25 points Semi Finalist - 20 points Quarter Finalist - 10 points Knockout Rounds - 5 points Group stage - 0 points European Super Cup: Winners – 25 points Runners Up - 20 points FIFA World Club Cup: Winners – 25 points Runners Up - 20 points BONUS: Win French Manager of the year – 5 points French Player of the year - 5 points French Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer - 5 points Leaderboard - Total Points
  11. Massive error, ridiculous really. We have signed good premier league players but Koeman's tactics are beyond belief at times. I'm sure Gylfi Sigurðsson doesn't fancy playing left midfield all season, what a waste!
  12. Any excuse to get a picture of the mighty toffees in....We would probably do better with our Under 23 team than our first team!
  13. The Premier League 2 Challenge Premier League 2 is a new competition that replaced the Under-21 Premier League from 2016/17, with a greater focus on technicality, physicality and intensity to bring players as close to first-team experience as possible. The age limit for players has risen from Under-21 to Under-23. Can you bring glory to a Premier League side using the Premier League 2 rules? The Rules Load up England and any other three countries and take charge of any Premier League side. (You can do this in other countries if you like but as this is a Premier League 2 challenge we start in England) You must sell or demote any players over the age of 23 but your squad can contain a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to three ‘over-age’ outfield players but no more. Players must be 23 or under on the first game of the league season. At the end of the season you must sell or demote any players that are now aged 24. Win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and a European Trophy to complete the Challenge. To finish a clean sweep rinse and repeat in the three other countries you have selected in this Challenge. The usual other malarkey, no editing the game or saving and reloading and such. Leaderboard
  14. Staying injury free then I am sure it should be easy for this guy!
  15. Good going, decent return for a teenager. He does need a bit of penalty practice though! It does take time to build up a decent squad with Celtic with my experience and I went the same way as you in buying young South American talent that you can develop and then sell on if required for a huge profit. You do have to sometimes upset the squad to try and keep the peace.
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