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  • #31
    I have trouble staying with one team. I keep restarting. I've only finished one season and that was with United, I came in first but I quit because it was too easy...now I wish I hadn't since I want to play the Champions League......

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    • #32
      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      Hello friends. here is the story of my fourth season in borrusia dortmund.

      i had a great season, i was leading the league, the scored were great and the atmosphire was amazing.
      one thing that started to concern me was the money. from week to week it started to decline, and i dont know why.
      i have only bought one player this season (lucas podolsky) and the budjet shouldnt decline that much.
      anyway, the season was about to end, i was leading the league and the champions league final stages were on comming.
      in the quarter final i got juventus.
      first game i lost 1:0 at the delle alpi.
      in the second game i was down 1:0 but then woke up and won 3:1 with an amazingly beutiful goal of alberto gilardino from 16 meters to the far uppewr post and in.

      in the quarter final i got chelsea.
      a double victory of 1:0 got me into the semi final.

      deportivo la curuna...the first game at my home, full and crazy house, my team went into this game with all its might...we won them 5:0!!!
      the next game at their home was just for the protocol and we won it as well, 3:1.
      the final...
      Borrusia Dortmund against Liverpool.
      after last years defeat in the final, against lyon in penelties, i promised to myself that this year i am not going to lose.

      everything was ready for the final to begin...what tension, what excitment. my players were ready to eat the ball for winning the cup after last years loss.

      but then, i got a minus in the bank and got fired.
      i could not believe this was the end. so pathetic.
      shock.

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      • #33
        Tough luck asisoni. 06 is a race to the next transfer market, so u can somehow make amends and sell players to get morre money
        Proud after victory...Loyal after defeat!

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        • #34
          I'm in my fourth season overall.

          First season, I came in second in Portugal with Boavista.
          Second season, I won the MLS with San Jose.
          Third season, I stayed at San Jose and had a 100% record, winning the league and the cup.

          Now I am at Manchester United, which has been gutted.

          When I arrived at the club, I was surprised to see many familiar faces, but not the ones who I expected.

          GK: Howard
          RB: Bisconti (23 year old right back)
          CB: Silvestre
          CB: O'Shea
          LB: Heinze
          RM: Ronaldo (c)
          CM: Fletcher
          CM: Park
          LM: Richardson
          ST: van Nistelrooy
          ST: Solskjaer

          -Ferdinand has been sold to Blackburn
          -Van der Sar has retired
          -Rooney has been sold to... VASCO DA GAMA
          -Neville has retired
          -Keane has retired (he's not at Celtic...)

          So while players like Ferdinand and Rooney have been sold, players like Fortune have been kept at the club.

          My first order of business was to get some depth in the midfield. At the time of my arrival, Gavin Rae was my first substitute in the center of the midfield. In his 30's, and not strong at all, he was only used in desperate situations. A young player, Taylor Hansen, was in his early 20's and had failed to develop into a good player. He was easily the weakest player at the club. Another failing of the scouts was Pelijinovac, a center back with poor marking and horrible pace. Overall, the club was in bad shape, although it was manageable.

          My first order of business was sending a scout out to search for a midfielder. I ended up signing two: Paulo Gavilan, a strong-futured defensive midfielder, and Carlos Torres, a young right midfielder. Both of these players were cheap, and had good potential. Torres, obviously, was never going to break into the first team over Ronaldo, but he has proven to be a good backup. Gavilan has also proven to be decent in the midfield, although I have opted to use Smith and Fletcher in the center of the park for now.

          My first match was against Inter, in a qualification match for the Champions League. I won the first leg 2-0, and lost the second 2-1, to go through.

          The league started off well. I got off to a flying start, winning the first seven matches against some midtable clubs, before a 2-2 draw in the Manchester derby. I bounced back with a 5-0 drubbing of West Ham, all the while qualifying from the Champions League with I continued my winning ways with a comeback win against Liverpool, and then went on to establish a lead of a few points in the table. Since then, things have balanced out due to some key injuries (Ruud, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Park, O'Shea).

          United were knocked out of the League Cup in the quarterfinals at the hands of Everton, but are still in the English Cup.

          In January, I bought Ferdinand back from Blackburn to solidifiy the defense. Also, I bought a young Argentine center back named Roberto Fabian Crespo from Santos. Since then, he has proven himself worthy of a starting role alongside Ferdinand. Rae, Hansen, and Pelijinovac were all sold.

          League Table: (Pts, W, D, L)
          Manchester United: 62 19-5-5
          Chelsea: 62 19-5-5
          Liverpool: 56 16-8-5
          Fulham: 15-11-3
          Blackburn: 46 12-10-7
          Tottenham: 46 14-4-11
          Newcastle: 43 11-10-8
          Villa: 43 10-13-6
          Birmingham: 42 10-12-7
          Arsenal: 40 11-7-11
          ......

          Goalscorers:
          Saha: 38
          Ruud: 31
          Fletcher: 14
          Smith: 7
          Rossi: 4
          Solskjaer: 4
          Gavilan: 2
          Ronaldo: 1
          Torres: 1
          Ferdinand: 1
          Bisconti: 1

          Starting XI:

          Formation: Flat 4-4-2

          GK: Howard
          RB: Brown
          CB: Ferdinand
          CB: Crespo
          LB: Heinze (c)
          RM: Ronaldo
          CM: Smith
          CM: Fletcher
          LM: Park
          ST: van Nistelrooy
          ST: Saha

          Substitutes:
          CB/LB/CM: O'Shea
          RB: Bisconti
          CDM: Gavilan
          RM: Torres
          ST/LM: Rossi

          Let's go Korea!




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          • #35
            League Playoffs

            Had not seen where any of you guys had been playing in the lower English leagues...so you might not be able to help. Right now I'm in my first season and have Blackpool solidly in at fifth in the first division...but looks like I could only get as high as second before the end of the season. In English football on the lower levels, spots three through six playoff for the remaining promotion spot. Does anybody know if those playoffs are in this game? If not...I'll have to have a great run in to get top three without getting my butt fired!

            By the way...got the game just a couple of weeks ago and have not been able to stop playing it...gameplay is great...especially with Ock's or Billy's gameplay...and the career mode is a step up over last year's. Keeping the money coming in is challenging...and I like it.

            Cheers,
            Mutiger
            "Oedipus, as you know, is the tragic Greek king who killed his father and married his mother — a sequence of events that seldom turns out well."


            -NBC commentator Bob Costas' summation of Oedipus Rex during coverage of the Olympic opening ceremonies.

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            • #36
              Right now I'm Hercules CF from the Spanish Segunda. Started off badly and was languishing in 21st place, when the board gave me 2000 pts, which was enough to buy a decent striker. Now my fortunes have turned and I'm up to 9th!

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              • #37
                Lower English Division Teams

                My first season I managed Benfica and was fired after 8 games with a 6-1-1 record. For my second season I was with QPR. We finished second on the league and was promoted. There was no playoff to get into the Premiership.

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                • #38
                  Season 4: Manchester United (first year in charge)

                  Match Day 38: The clouds rolled in over Stamford Bridge, perhaps foreshadowing the emotions of whoever came up short in this massive match. Chelsea, who knocked United out of the League Cup Semifinals in a penalty shootout, stood second in the table on 76 points. One spot ahead of them, the Red Devils shared the same 76 points. With both teams at 23-7-7, only a victory would do for Chelsea, while a draw would do nicely for United. Of course, a win would be the best way to end a good league campaign. However, the league was not in the bag yet, with many key injuries forcing United to play squad players in the starting lineup. In the prior match against Villa, Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a damaged metatarsal, and was set to be out for a couple of weeks. Earlier in the season, league-leader Louis Saha went down with spasms in the lower back. His return will be an untimely one, just five days after the Chelsea match. Also, first-choice midfielder Alan Smith suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage, and won't be back for a few more months.

                  Chelsea's main scoring threats marked their trade in the midfield. Frank Lampard and Joe Cole scored 25 and 24 goals, respectively. Robben and Essien both hit 14 on the season, while Damien Duff and striker Hernan Crespo had scored 12. Shaun Wright-Phillips was an ever-present threat, and the back four of Gallas, Del Horno, Terry, and Ferreira had accumulated a total of 8 goals between themselves, with an extra 2 from Carvalho. Petr Cech has established himself as one of the leading keepers in the world, miles above Tim Howard.

                  Manchester United Lineup:

                  GK: Tim Howard - 83
                  RB: Wes Brown - 83
                  CB: Rio Ferdinand - 93
                  CB: Roberto Fabian Crespo - 93
                  LB: Gabriel Heinze (c) - 86
                  RM: Carlos Torres - 77
                  CM: Darren Fletcher - 80
                  CDM: Paulo Gavilan - 73
                  LM: Park Ji Sung - 83
                  ST: Ruud van Nistelrooy - 95
                  ST: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 82

                  Substitutes:
                  CB/LB/CM: John O'Shea - 84
                  CB/LB: Mikael Silvestre - 81
                  RB: Jelle Bisconti - 77
                  LM/CM: Kieran Richardson - 82
                  ST: Guissepe Rossi - 69
                  ----
                  Chelsea Lineup:
                  GK: Petr Cech - 98
                  RB: Paulo Ferreira - 81
                  CB: John Terry - 90
                  CB: William Gallas - 85
                  LB: Asier del Horno - 80
                  CM: Ricardo Carvalho - 85
                  CM: Frank Lampard - 86
                  CM: Joe Cole - 86
                  RF: Damian Duff - 85
                  LF: Arjen Robben - 91
                  ST: Hernan Crespo - 86

                  This match will most certainly decide the outcome of the league. One thing is for certain, however. The Shield match will be between Chelsea and Manchester United.

                  It was Manchester United who enjoyed, but did not prosper from, early pressure. Two good chances in the first ten minutes forced fine saves from Cech, and a Fletcher header glanced narrowly over the far side of the net. Gavilan, in the 22nd minute, had a crack from 20 yards out, but the ball ended up sailing well wide. A few minutes later, Park Ji Sung picked up the ball from an overhit cross and lashed one that flew by the far post. The remainder of the half was primarily a midfield battle, with some nasty tackles flying between Essien and Gavilan. When it seemed that the half would end scoreless, Chelsea won a corner. The ball was whipped in by Robben, and met by the head of Essien. The ball beat Howard easily, but it was Heinze who was able to clear the ball off the line, resulting in the halftime whistle blowing.

                  The second half started off with little action. A tame shot from Park flew into the hands of Cech, but neither keeper had to touch the ball for quite some time. Then, in the 65th minute, Robben got hold of the ball on the left flank and sent in a high, looping cross to the penalty spot. Hernan Crespo was able to rise above Ferdinand, and drilled a skipping header past Tim Howard towards the bottom corner, and past the sliding Wes Brown. 1-0 Chelsea. If the score remained the same, the Blues would have the league to add to their English Cup.

                  Facing an uphill battle, United switched to a more attacking style of play, utilizing the wings more often. Immediately, it paid divedends. Solskjaer held the ball up 30 yards from goal, and played a support pass to Park, and then ran down the flank to receive a give-and-go ball. From near the touchline, Solskjaer whipped in a fierce cross towards van Nistelrooy. The Dutchman was able to outmuscle Asier del Horno, and unleashed a wicked first time volley. The shot seemed to be heading to the near post, where Cech was positioned, but at the six yard box, an unlikely anti-hero John Terry gave the ball the deflection that it needed to put the ball between Cech's legs. Just like that, United hit back in the 72nd minute. 1-1. United now held the league title, so long as they could fight off any late heroics from Chelsea. Earlier in the play, the right winger Torres took a knock, and was replaced by John O'Shea after the goal.

                  United did not intend to sit back and simply weather the storm. After a few minutes of good Chelsea pressure that saw Hernan Crespo cleanly tackled by Roberto Crespo just outside the box on a last ditch effort, the ball was cleared out to van Nistelrooy, who held the ball up and played a ball back to Gavilan. The Paraguayan midfield anchor then sprayed the ball down the right wing to the world's laziest utility player, John O'Shea. O'Shea ran unopposed down the flank and played a good short ball to van Nistelrooy, who turned off of Del Horno at the corner of the penalty area. From a decent enough angle, Ruud dispatched a good left footed shot towards the far post from around 15 yards out. The ball looked to be going in, but Cech stretched brilliantly to push the ball away. A great save, but not enough. The ball fell to the opposite corner of the six yard box, just feet from Solskjaer. The 37 year old won the ball and hit a hard drive to the near post of the empty net. Game over, surely there is no way Chelsea could come back to win when behind 2-1. But wait, Cech somehow scrambles to his feet and pulls off an even more astonishing and unorthodox save with the inside of his right forearm, this time putting the rebound to William Gallas who cleared the ball to safety. Game on, once again. Chelsea seemed invigorated by Cech's performance, and immediately stepped their game up. However, the United back four, and Gavilan, were up for the task. Gavilan blocked two Lampard perimeter shots within seconds of each other, and Roberto Fabian Crespo sacrificed a yellow card to take down Hernan Crespo near the half line to ensure that his fellow Argentine would not be allowed a breakaway on Tim Howard. It was in the 88th minute that Chelsea saw hope. Lampard played a nice give and go with Essien, and the Ghana international used his momentum to get past Ferdinand for a chance to win the game - and more importantly, the league. The midfielder hit a low shot that grazed Tim Howard's torso, and bounced towards the line with much of its original pace negated. It neared the line, until the captain, Gabriel Heinze, charged towards the ball and cleared it into the stands.

                  On the ensuing throw, Wes Brown was content to pick up a yellow card on a tackle near the corner flag, as Arjen Robben was about to hit a cross into the box. The Lampard free kick was headed away by Ferdinand, and hit up to Gavilan. He quickly played the ball to Solskjaer, who held the ball up until he spotted Gavilan making a run past him. With a nice stepover and a clever nutmegging backheel, Solskjaer played Gavilan into the corner, where he proceeded to shield the ball from two Chelsea players. He was finally fouled by Terry, and the free kick was played short for possession, with Gavilan again holding the ball up, this time winning a corner. Park was the recipient of the short ball, and after a few seconds of shielding, the whistle blew, much to the dismay of the blue crowd at Stamford Bridge.

                  The Sun: Champions! May 8, 2010

                  Manchester United ensured itself of a FA Premier League title today after playing the last game of the season. The club has dominated the season and has won fans across the country with its attractive, offensive style. Thousans of supporters cheered players and waved flags. "Champions! Champions!" they chanted. "We worked very hard for this. We've believed for a long time that we could take the league this season, and through hard work we've done it."
                  Last edited by barthez4; 03-02-2006, 02:47:AM.

                  Let's go Korea!




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                  • #39
                    Lower League Playoffs

                    Hi Guys...

                    Barth...nice writing man!

                    I did find out that yes, there are playoffs in the English lower divisions. I came in fourth during the league 1 regular season with Blackpool in a very close race with about six other teams. The Tangerines won on the last day and there were wild celebrations going on on the field...so I thought something might be up. Indeed, when I advanced the game, the headline in the newspaper was "Playoffs Get Underway". Met up with fifth place Barnsley Town in the semi final...lost the home leg 0-1...but got two own goals (?!?) at Barnsley to pip the tie. The final matched Blackpool with sixth place Rotherham who had upset the number three team (can't remember who that was at the mo.) The only disappointment here was that the game was played in my home stadium...not the Millenium as it should be. It was a tight defensive struggle...only had five shots on goal all game (I usually get at least 12)...but in the 87th minute I finally got one of my three strikers free down the wing...and swung in the cross that Keighan Parker headed up over the goalie from close range...a 1-0 win and the League Playoff Cup. Good on field celebrations this year I might add.

                    My sponsor "Stimorol...the gum that only sounds like a banned substance" had a big tournament incentive in my contract...so I've had a lot of money to go shopping with ahead of my first season in the championship...but I have found that the transfer market is woefully barren. It sucks that you can only bid on the slim pickings the computer gives you. Can you not go out on your own and bid players from other teams? My scout did give me a good pick up when I was able to sign Marcus Shopp for my midfield.

                    Anyways...I have 5 points from my first three games in the new season...beating Norwich there, and drawing (Oh so many draws) the last two games with Fulham (yep, they're down) and Ipswich. My team chemistry is really going up now...approaching 60 as I have hung on to most of my best players from last season.

                    Hope some of this helps...look forward to reading more career mode happenings as they happen.

                    Cheers,
                    mutiger
                    "Oedipus, as you know, is the tragic Greek king who killed his father and married his mother — a sequence of events that seldom turns out well."


                    -NBC commentator Bob Costas' summation of Oedipus Rex during coverage of the Olympic opening ceremonies.

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                    • #40
                      Season Four: Manchester United

                      Wednesday, May 11, 2010

                      Just three days after the "triumphant" draw at Stamford Bridge, it was time Manchester United's biggest test of the season. Forget Chelsea, they were in the past. Forget the defeats to Bolton and Everton to be knocked out of the two domestic cups. It was time for the second leg of the Champions League Semi-Final, against AC Milan. The first match took place at Old Trafford, and the Italians came out strong with a 2-0 victory; goals from Seedorf and Shevchenko came in the second half. Now it was the second leg, at San Siro, and it would be a huge hill to climb for United.

                      Due to injuries, United were forced to field a team weaker than they would have liked. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Louis Saha, and Alan Smith all on the injury list, it was a lineup similar to the one that had drawn against Chelsea. However, Park Ji Sung was fatigued and replaced by Kieran Richardson at left midfield.

                      Manchester United Lineup:

                      GK: Tim Howard - 84
                      RB: Wes Brown - 83
                      CB: Rio Ferdinand - 93
                      CB: Roberto Fabian Crespo - 93
                      LB: Gabriel Heinze (c) - 86
                      RM: Carlos Torres - 77
                      CM: Darren Fletcher - 80
                      CDM: Paulo Gavilan - 74
                      LM: Kieran Richardson - 82
                      ST: Ruud van Nistelrooy - 95
                      ST: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 83

                      Substitutes:

                      GK: Francisco Bravo - 65
                      CB/LB/CM: John O'Shea - 84
                      CB/LB: Mikael Silvestre - 81
                      RB: Jelli Bisconti - 77
                      CAM/LM/RM: Park Ji Sung - 84
                      ST: Guissepe Rossi - 69
                      ST: Louis Saha - INJURED

                      The Milan side were especially strong in the midfield, but their 3 man defense (3-1-4-2 formation) was weak in comparison to previous years. They still had Nesta remaining strong, but Kaladze was faltering in his age. The San Siro was packed and glowing with red smoke as Shevchenko received the ball on the kickoff. Game on.

                      The first stages of the game saw little goalscoring action, but an abundance of hard work in the midfield, with Fletcher and Gavilan mixing it up with the likes of Gattuso and Kaka. The ball was frequently won back by the team that had just given it up, and it seemed that the game would never truly find a flow, until the 32nd minute when Gavilan's sliding tackle on Nesta poked the ball through to Solskjaer, who hit the ball on the half-volley, forcing a good save - and hold - from Gelson. As the United midfield was pushed up, Gelson's long throw to Gattuso caught United outnumbered, and the situation became even more dangerous when Kaka received the ball with Shevchenko running between Ferdinand and Roberto Fabian Crespo. The ball was chipped over Ferdinand, and Shevchenko received the ball, but Crespo was able to outmuscle the Ukrainien and play a ball back to Howard, who found Heinze down the left side. Heinze then played a lovely switch over to the right winger Torres. Torres tore down the line and let in a nice cross between Nesta and Kaladze. Neither defender took the initiative, and Ruud van Nistelrooy was able to chest the ball down and volley past Gelson on the near post. 1-0, United. Things were looking better for the Red Devils, but they still had another goal to score just to level the score. The game slowed down even more after the goal, and it was 2-1 to Milan's advantage with just one half left to play.

                      The second half was completely opposite from the first. Milan took it to United, forcing a few good saves from Howard, and Kaka struck the post on a 20 yard free kick. At the 60th minute, Wes Brown got caught out of position and Clarence Seedorf was allowed room to shoot, and shoot he can. He unleashed a hard shot from the perimeter which had very little swerve, striking the post and finding the net to draw the match level. With only half an hour left, United needed two goals to advance to the finals, and they were also faced with the task of keeping Milan out.

                      Milan were content to play the ball around United, but it was in the 72nd minute when Darren Fletcher intercepted a Gattuso pass and chipped a long lob over the head of Torres. The right winger only had one man to beat, and he did so with a cheeky stepover. Bearing down on goal, he was about 10 yards out when he spotted Gelson off of his line, and chipped the ball over his head, but to his dismay the ball hit the crossbar. The chance seemed to be over, but the ball grazed the bottom of the bar and dropped into the net! 2-1 Manchester United, but 3-2 Milan in the longrun. After the goal, Jelli Bisconti was brought on in place of Wes Brown at right back. The young defender was eager to win the ball back, but perhaps a little too eager, as he clattered in on Shevchenko within minutes of arriving on the pitch. Despite his greatest protests, Urs Maier produced the red card, and Bisconti was off; United were left with ten! United now employed a 3-4-2 formation, with Crespo, Ferdinand, and Heinze at the back, all playing as center backs. This was no time to take a striker off!

                      Kaka hit his free kick dipping over the wall, but Howard was able to hold on to the ball with ease. He powered a kick up to Solskjaer, who laid the ball off for Fletcher. The Scot then played a throughball which, by luck, got through Kaladze. Van Nistelrooy took off to win the ball, while Nesta did his best to keep up. However, it was evident that the Dutchman would win the ball, and Nesta pulled him down a few yards outside of the box. Freekick, and a yellow card for Nesta. Up stepped van Nistelrooy to take the shot, facing a formidable five man wall. He took one last breath, and made his run up to the ball. Striking it hard and low, the ball came close to hitting the first man in the wall, but it bent itself around the near side of the wall, and swerved back on frame. Could it be?!?! Yes! The ball strikes the inside of the near post and bounces into the side netting on the far side! The goal came in the 85th minute, and it was 3-1 United; they were through on away goals!

                      Not content to give up, Milan stepped up their game in the closing minutes but the midfield pairing of Gavilan and Fletcher, along with the back three, put themselves about to ensure that United would play in the finals. Tackles crunching in the midfield, the whistle finally blew, and against conventional wisdom, Manchester United were through to the finals.

                      Let's go Korea!




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                      • #41
                        Season Four: Manchester United

                        May 26, 2010

                        Just over two weeks ago, Manchester United came from behind to topple AC Milan in the second leg of the Champions League Semi-Finals. The reward: a spot in the finals, a spot to prove that England produced good football. But who would be United's opponent? Benfica? No, no. They were defeated by Liverpool. Yes, it would be an all-English Final, a testament to the achievements of English football. United fared well against their rivals in the league, and the English Cup, but that was with the aid of players like Alan Smith and Cristiano Ronaldo. United would not have their services this time; however, Louis Saha returned from injury to claim his starting role once again. The French striker, who scored 44 goals so far, would hope to see the team that stuck by him for so many seasons lift the cup at the end of 90 minutes. His fellow Frenchman, Djibril Cisse, had other plans in mind. Cisse hit 39 on the year, and his strike partner Fernando Morientes hit 36. How would this final with so many great goalscorers turn out? A fastpaced goalfest, or a slow, one goal affair?

                        Manchester United Lineup:

                        GK: Tim Howard - 84
                        RB: Wes Brown - 83
                        CB: Rio Ferdinand - 93
                        CB: Roberto Fabian Crespo - 93
                        LB: Gabriel Heinze (c) - 86
                        RM: Carlos Torres - 77
                        CDM: Paulo Gavilan - 74
                        CAM: Darren Fletcher - 80
                        LM: Kieran Richardson - 82
                        ST: Ruud van Nistelrooy - 95
                        ST: Louis Saha - 88

                        Substitutes:

                        GK: Francisco Bravo - 65
                        CB/LB/CM: John O'Shea - 84
                        CB/LB: Mikael Silvestre - 81
                        RB: Jelli Bisconti - 77
                        CAM/LM/RM: Park Ji Sung - 84
                        ST: Guissepe Rossi - 69
                        ST: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 83



                        Liverpool Lineup:

                        GK: Pepe Reina
                        RB: Josemi Gonzalez
                        CB: Jamie Carragher
                        CB: Huusko
                        LB: Djimi Traore
                        RM: Luis Garcia
                        CM: Steven Gerrard
                        CM: Xabi Alonso
                        LM: John Arne Riise
                        ST: Fernando Morientes
                        ST: Djibril Cisse

                        The match started off with Liverpool attacking right away, but they were stifled by Gavilan, who was playing deeper in the midfield to allow Fletcher more attacking freedom. In the 15th minute, Gavilan went on a mazy run past Alonso and Gerrard, striking a speculative shot from 30 yards. Reina did not move as he knew that the ball was sent wide, but the ball swerved, and just narrowly missed the top corner of the net. Five minutes later, Cisse won a corner kick, and Gerrard lobbed a high ball into the box. Howard came for the ball, but missed, allowing Morientes to head towards an open goal. But his composure failed him, and he headed high over the net. Howard and United dodged their first bullet of the game. That miss proved costly however, when in the 25th minute, when van Nistelrooy played the ball outside to Torres, who then sent in a whipped cross. The ball sailed over the heads of Saha, Huusko, and Carragher, but Kieran Richardson was able to pick up the ball, and blast a volley towards the far side. It appeared to be sailing wide, until Jamie Carragher stepped in front of it, and the touch off of his arm sent the ball into the net! 1-0 United, midway through the first half.

                        The pace was stepped up by both sides after the opening goal, with a lot of good end to end play, ultimately resulting in good saves from both Reina and Howard. In the 45th minute, Alonso played a lovely ball through to Cisse, who was breaking around the midway line, and he had the potential to beat Heinze, the last man back, but the whistle blew for half time.

                        In the second half, Liverpool looked the stronger of the sides. The team adorned in red created chance after chance, but were kept out by Howard, Crespo, and Gavilan. At the 60 minute mark, Park was brought in to replace Richardson, the goalscorer, who picked up a knock after a hard tackle from Josemi. His presence was felt immediately. Playing a throw-in with Fletcher, Park darted down the flank and had the ball played to him. He sent in a cross that Reina was able to punch clear, but the rebound fell to a late-running Saha, who struck the ball on the half-volley into the upper corner! 2-0 United, and they had insurance!

                        All the while, an intense midfield battle was being won by Gerrard and Alonso, who were able to beat, but not expose, Gavilan and Fletcher. Liverpool enjoyed much of the possession, but created few chances from the center of the park. The game was drawing to an end, and the hardworking Riise broke down the left side and played in a cross to Fernando Morientes. The striker chested the ball down and played a clever turn around Brown, and struck the ball to the far post. Howard got a deflection with his arm, but directed the ball into the center of the net. 2-1 United, but in the 84th minute, Liverpool fans held their breath!

                        United had been caught sleeping, and were punished. Now could they rekindle the passion and desire that had given them the initial lead? It was a question of devotion and mentality: would they sit back and weather the storm, hoping to avoid magic from Cisse, Morientes, or Gerrard, who all had an abundance of skill, or would they take the game into their own hands and see out the final minutes? It would be the latter. Gavilan and Fletcher contributed much of the effort, possessing the ball and winning it when it was lost. Park Ji Sung held the ball up near the corner flag, winning a brace of corner kicks. It was Roberto Fabian Crespo who had the last touch of the game, a booming ball in stoppage time that sent the ball back into the depth of Liverpool’s territory. Nielsen finally blew the whistle, and United had done it! A European and League double in 2010 saw Manchester United – a club with a history rich with success – get back to their winning ways that had so frustratingly eluded them in the first decade of the new millennium.

                        The Sun: Fantastic! May 26, 2010

                        Manchester United brought home the Champions League trophy after their cup final win. “That was incredible fun, everything worked perfectly. I can’t explain how I’m feeling right now, this is definitely the greatest moment in my career. We haven’t given up and we have played a perfect match. Our players can be proud of their performance. It may take 20 years for people to realize what we have accomplished here tonight, as success has been such an integral part of United’s past, and I hope that this night will allow the club to reenter a period of similar fortune.”



                        Leading Goalscorers:

                        Louis Saha – 45
                        Ruud van Nistelrooy – 41
                        Fletcher – 16
                        Smith – 7
                        Rossi – 5
                        Gavilan – 5
                        Solskjaer – 4
                        Torres – 3
                        Ronaldo – 2
                        Ferdinand – 1
                        Crespo – 1
                        Bisconti – 1


                        Manager Stats:

                        2005-2006: Boavista - 67 points (19-10-5) - 2nd place
                        2006-2007: San Jose Earthquake - 70 points (21-7-5) - 1st place - MLS Open Cup Winners
                        2007-2008: San Jose Earthquake - 99 points (33-0-0) - 1st place - MLS Open Cup Winners
                        2008-2009: Manchester United - 77 points (23-8-7) - 1st place - UEFA Champions League Winners

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                        Season 5: Manchester United

                        The Sun: Ready for New Challenge August 1, 2010

                        FA Premier League starts today. The club and the fans are expection a lot from the coming season. “It’s all about the growth of the team, and if we achieve union in the team, we’ll go far. There’s everything to win here. We’ve learnt from last season and this year should be our best yet.”

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                          Bathez what difficulty do you play on, and do you use any gameplay patches?

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by gamerguy350
                            Bathez what difficulty do you play on, and do you use any gameplay patches?
                            World Class, and I don't have any patches, considering that I use the PS2 version.




                            Season Five: Manchester United

                            Community Shield: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

                            This repeat of the last Premiership match of the previous season had a lot in store for both sides. Which of the two immediate Champions League qualifiers was the better team? Chelsea had a score to settle, after seeing their league hopes ended on the last day of their season by the Red Devils. The prize at stake meant little to most players, but the match meant the world to both sides.

                            Manchester United Lineup:

                            GK: Howard
                            RB: Brown
                            CB: Ferdinand
                            CB: Crespo
                            LB: Heinze (c)
                            CDM: Gavilan
                            RM: Ronaldo
                            LM: Richardson
                            CAM: Park
                            ST: van Nistelrooy
                            ST: Saha

                            Substitutes:

                            CB/LB/CM: O'Shea
                            RB: Bisconti
                            CM: Fletcher
                            RM: Torres
                            ST/CDM: Smith


                            Chelsea Lineup:

                            GK: Cech
                            RB: Ferreira
                            CB: Terry
                            CB: Gallas
                            LB: Del Horno
                            CM: Essien
                            CM: Lampard
                            CM: Cole
                            RF: Duff
                            LF: Robben
                            ST: G. Crespo


                            Chelsea kicked the ball off, and the match was under way. Chelsea looked a better side than the one that placed a narrow second in the previous season. Their ball movement and possession of the ball was impeccable, often dominating the game for lengthy spells that drew some nasty United tackles. Kieran Richardson was the first to get his name taken, as he slid in hard on Ferreira, resulting in the right back limping off injured to be replaced by Carvalho. With Chelsea's depth, this injury did little to slow them down. The Blues - adorned in blue - attacked the red side from the flank, with Duff sending in a cross met by the head of Lampard. Howard was able to knock the ball down with his arm, but the rebound fell to the young Argentine striker, Crespo (not Hernan). Crespo took a touch to bring the ball to him, and struck it from inside the six yard box. But it was Roberto Fabian Crespo who had the last laugh, as he ran himself in front of the ball and headed the ball off the line, where it was cleared by Richardson. What a scare, but what a play from United's Crespo. It would not be the last time that Crespo proved his worth.

                            In the 43rd minute, United won a corner, and Ronaldo stepped out to take it. He sent the ball in, and it was once again Crespo who was able to get his head on the ball. This time, however, he sent it towards the goal, and into the net! 1-0 United, and a good chance to take home the first silverware of the season!

                            The match came to the break, and was resumed in similar fashion, with United often going without the ball for long periods. However, the champions were able to keep Chelsea's chances to a minimum, only allowing two shots on target, both from Michael Essien. On the second of those shots, the ball was held by Howard, who tossed the ball out to Richardson on the left side. After taking a touch, he lofted the ball 30 yards down the field and to the center of the pitch. Ruud van Nistelrooy, who had been unusually quiet for the entirity of the match, raced on with William Gallas as they muscled and fought for the ball. van Nistelrooy won the race, and was promptly tackled by a backtracking Asier del Horno. Red card! With only 10 minutes left, it seemed that the match was over. Park Ji Sung was moved to the left wing, while Fletcher replaced Richardson to play in the attacking midfield spot. Torres walked onto the pitch, exchanging highfives with an exiting Cristiano Ronaldo.

                            Fletcher's presence in the midfield was felt immediately. He did not have the pace that Park had, but he was able to play many solid through balls that exploited the 3 backs of Chelsea, who were now operating with a 3 man defense and a packed midfield. However, he made one crucial mistake in the 90th minute. Content to waste time, he held the ball up and proceeded to hit a long ball back to Rio Ferdinand. The ball sailed over Ferdinand's head, and the England defender was caught flat-footed as Chelsea's Crespo flew past him to latch onto the ball. He was nearing the edge of the box when a red shirt came flying into the picture, taking the ball off of the striker's foot, and calmly distributing it back to Howard for a clearance. Who else could it be but Roberto Fabian Crespo? His intervention proved to be the last significant event of the match, and United had their silverware! A goal, a last man saving tackle, and a goal-line clearance saw the young Argentine center back receive the Man of the Match. It was clear that the player had immense talent; he was miles above everybody else on the pitch.

                            Key Stats:

                            6 bookings (United: Richardson, Brown, Gavilan, Saha) (Chelsea: Essien, Lampard)
                            1 sending off (Chelsea: Del Horno)
                            14 fouls (Manchester United 8, Chelsea 6)
                            Possession: Chelsea 59% - 41% Manchester United

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                            English Premier League: Week 1

                            August 14, 2010

                            West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Manchester United

                            A goal from South Korean midfielder Park Ji Sung saw the Red Devils open up their campaign - and away fixture list - with a win. The scoreline flattered Albion, who were saved time after time by a heroic Chris Kirkland.


                            The Sun: A Great move August 14, 2010

                            Javier Mascherano has agreed to sign a contract with Manchester United. "I want to send a clear message to the Manchester United fans," he said. "Have faith in me because I'm coming here to win things. It is true that I had other offers, but playing for Manchester United has been a longheld dream and I want to win more trophies here. I'm here to give everything and will be battling away right from the start, trying to earn a spot in the team." Mascherano's signing brings about a sigh of relief for United fans, who have endured many years of a less than incredible midfield, due in part to a lack of market ambition from Sir Alex Ferguson.


                            Transfer News:

                            John O'Shea joins Aston Villa.

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                            English Premier League: Week 2
                            Manchester United 2 - 1 Liverpool
                            It was new-boy Javier Mascherano's day in the United limelight, but Louis Saha was the United hero as the Red Devils won a massive early match over their most heated rivals, Liverpool. The first goal came from a Ronaldo cross, as the French striker took it on the bounce and slotted it past Reina. His second came in the 70th minute, as he dribbled around Carragher and proceeded to do the same around Reina, slotting coolly into the net from a tough angle. Minutes later, Liverpool center back Huusko was sent off for a tackle on Saha. However, the Reds were not content to back off, and Steven Gerrard provided some magic with a curling shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net. With only minutes to play, Djibril Cisse almost leveled the scores with a shot that grazed the post and went wide. This proved to be the last attack of the game, one that saw Mascherano - wearing the number 16 kit - make his mark.


                            European Super Cup:
                            Manchester United - Valencia
                            Park Ji Sung started off the scoring with a 36th minute header on a corner kick that was won by a good save off of the South Korean's initial shot. Just before half, Park, operating behind the two strikers, played Ruud van Nistelrooy through on goal, where he was brought down hard by Edu. The ex-Arsenal man was sent down the tunnel before half-time, and Valencia were down a man.

                            The second half saw United dominate down the entire pitch. In the 56th minute, van Nistelrooy was brought down 25 yards out from net by the Che defender, Reyes. The Spaniard received a yellow card, but that was not all the trouble for Valencia. Van Nistelrooy stepped up to take the kick from a decent enough angle, and curled it over the wall into the upper corner on the far side, pushing against the side netting! 2-0 to the Champions League winners, and a seemingly impossible task at hand for the UEFA Cup winners.

                            Indeed, it was impossible for Valencia, despite having 5 good goalscoring chances. The Spanish side were stifled time and time again by Tim Howard, who took the pressure off while United had let down in the second half. New midfield star Javier Mascherano got the last touch on the ball, a perfectly timed crunching tackle on Aimar that sent the ball askew, and the whistle sounded throughout the arena. Early on in the season, United had their second piece of silverware for the year.


                            English Premier League: Week 3
                            Arsenal 0 - 1 Manchester United
                            United, dressed in blue, set out to gain all three points against another strong rival. Arsenal, in their first season without legend Thierry Henry, were not faring so well in the league after two matches, sitting in 13th as opposed to United's 6th. Arsenal created some decent chances, all stemming from the wings, but each cross was denied by the defensive triangle of Ferdinand, Crespo, and Mascherano. Saha, Park, and van Nistelrooy all had shots denied by fine saves, and Portugese winger Cristiano Ronaldo saw his shot glance off the crossbar, and go into the stands. It was not until the 84th minute when the playmaker Park slid a ball between the legs of Lauren, to send Saha in to score his third of the season. The match was to end 1-0 United, bringing them to a 100% 9 points, placing them in 3rd.





                            Transfer News: August 31, 2010
                            Two last-minute deals were made involving Manchester United as the transfer window came to a close.

                            The first was a particularly sad one for many United fans, as the once hot-prospect Guissepe Rossi was sold to Wolverhampton. American-Italian Rossi was once the starlet of United's reserve team, but due to a limited amount of first team exposure, never developed into the player that he could have been.

                            On a more positive note, the use of Park Ji Sung in an attacking midfield position meant that the only left midfielder was Kieran Richardson, another player who failed to become as great as he could, although he is a useful squad player. In response to this weakness, Mitar Stefanovic was signed. Stefanovic, a 21-year old Serbia and Montenegro international, has blinding pace, incredible dribbling skills, can move the ball well, can strike the ball with great power and accuracy, and to top it all off, he is a great tackler.



                            English Premier League: Week 4
                            Manchester United 1 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

                            Mitar Stefanovic stepped onto the pitch at Old Trafford, sporting the number 11 kit, ready to take on Bolton Wanderers. It is an odd cooincidence that many years ago, it was the young Portugese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his United debut against Bolton. Would the young Serbian have a similar future? If Stefanovic could live up to his potential, then he could make his name among the greatest at United, as a somewhat late replacement for Ryan Giggs. Bolton came to play, and introduced Mitar to the Premier League with crunching tackles and fast pace, both of which he could utilise just as well as anyone. As the game progressed, Stefanovic saw less of the ball, although his spurts of possession caused the Bolton defense all sorts of problems, having to deal with well-placed crosses and lengthy runs. However, neither side could make the breakthrough. It was nearing the end of the match when Park Ji Sung played a one-two ball through to Ruud van Nistelrooy at the top of the penalty area, for the Dutchman to slide into the lower corner. His strike would prove to be enough to nudge United past Bolton. Stefanovic impressed, but still has much more to offer.


                            September 14, Carling Cup - Round 2
                            Rotherham 0 - 1 Manchester United

                            What should have been a nothing game for United nearly turned into the first fiasco of the season. Fielding a weak side, the Red Devils dressed in blue, with midfield playmaker Park Ji Sung wearing the armband. The South Korean put in a captain's performance, but even his best passes saw Saha and Smith denied by Rotherham's heroic keeper. In the 86th minute, the Rotherham home crowd were cheering wildly awaiting the final whistle, with the score nil-nil, when the skipper received a ball inside a congested penalty area from Kieran Richardson, and proceeded to hit the ball between two defenders, and around the helpless keeper. 1-0 United, and humiliation was avoided.
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                            • #44
                              Team: Real Madrid Castilla 'B' (Spanish 2nd Division)
                              Record: 7 - 2 - 1 (3rd Place)
                              Starting Line-up:

                              --------------C.Sanchez-------------
                              -Aguilera---Arbeloa--Ruben---L.Felipe- *Aguilera = Me*
                              ---------------De la Red-------------
                              -----Balboa---------------D.Leon----
                              ---------------J.Garcia--------------
                              ----------Soldado--Jurado-----------

                              I'll give a COMPLETE update as soon as I sign some players...

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by ronnifan9
                                Team: Real Madrid Castilla 'B' (Spanish 2nd Division)
                                Record: 7 - 2 - 1 (3rd Place)
                                Starting Line-up:

                                --------------C.Sanchez-------------
                                -Aguilera---Arbeloa--Ruben---L.Felipe- *Aguilera = Me*
                                ---------------De la Red-------------
                                -----Balboa---------------D.Leon----
                                ---------------J.Garcia--------------
                                ----------Soldado--Jurado-----------

                                I'll give a COMPLETE update as soon as I sign some players...

                                I loved having De la Red on my team at San Jose. He was my captain.




                                In my second season at Manchester United, my wage bill crept up on me and despite topping the table and being alive in all cup competitions, I was fired from the job. I took up the job at Fulham, where there are many experienced EPL players such as Boa Morte, Bocanegra, Malbranque, Rosenior, Zat Knight, Claus Jensen and Papa Bouba Diop. No signings were made, as I felt that the team had enough depth and talent to do well in the table. The board wanted me to finish in the top half of the table, mimicking the desires of my sponsor.

                                -----------------Deinoff-----------------
                                ----------------------------------------
                                Rosenior--Hendrickson--Knight--Bocanegra
                                -----------------------------------------
                                ------------------Diop-------------------
                                -----------------------------------------
                                Malbranque---------------------Boa Morte
                                -----------------------------------------
                                -----------------Jensen------------------
                                -----------------------------------------
                                --------------Rolfe---Lovell--------------

                                Substitutes:
                                CB: Rehman
                                LB: Kim
                                DM: Rothen
                                RM: Ambrose
                                ST: Oliveira

                                Reserves:
                                GK: Drobny
                                LB: Hengbart
                                CB: Ifil
                                DM: Brighi
                                ST: Corvia
                                ST: Grubisic


                                In the second match of the season, Bocanegra went down with an injury that will keep him out until February. Kim is now the starting left back, with Hengbart on the bench.

                                Fulham started off the season at Stamford Bridge, with an impressive 2-0 win over the Blues, with Paulo Ferreira being sent off with 10 minutes to go.

                                The next match of relevance was against my old club, Manchester United. The 38 year old Solskjaer got United ahead in the first half, but two goals from Rolfe exacted my "revenge" on the club that dispatched my services last season. The young striker Sjanic caused many problems, but couldn't beat Deinoff. Sjanic is only 18 but already tipped to replace Ruud van Nistelrooy, who retired last season.

                                Other important matches:

                                Derby 1 - 6 Fulham: The 23 year old striker Oliveira got his first start of the season in mid-September in this League Cup draw, and impressed with a 4 goal display.

                                Arsenal 1 - 0 Fulham: This London derby match was won by an early goal from Robin van Persie. Fulham dominated the remainder of the match, but were unable to put one in the back of the net.

                                Manchester United 2 - 3 Fulham: This League Cup match saw Sjanic and Cristiano Ronaldo score in the early stages of the second half, but goals from Diop, Boa Morte and a brilliant crack from Rolfe provided the second win over United of the season.

                                Liverpool 0 - 5 Fulham: Anfield was not a happy place for Liverpool supporters as 4 Fulham players netted, with Malbranque hitting two.


                                League Table (as of December 11):

                                Team (Games, Points)
                                Fulham (18, 46)
                                Manchester United (18, 43)
                                Birmingham (18, 40)
                                Tottenham (18, 39)
                                Chelsea (18, 38)
                                Arsenal (18, 35)
                                Manchester City (18, 30)
                                Liverpool (18, 27)
                                Everton (18, 24)
                                Crystal Palace (18, 20)


                                Scoring Leaders:

                                Rolfe, Fulham: 17
                                Lampard, Chelsea: 17
                                Lovell, Fulham: 15
                                Henry, Arsenal: 13
                                Vassell, Manchester City: 13
                                Oliveira, Fulham: 12
                                Cisse, Liverpool: 11
                                Sjanic, Manchester United: 11
                                Kozluk, Everton: 11
                                Essien, Chelsea: 11

                                Let's go Korea!




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