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Old 03-02-2006, 09:58:PM   #40
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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.
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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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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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Record: 7 - 2 - 1 (3rd Place)
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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*
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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-----------------
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Rosenior--Hendrickson--Knight--Bocanegra
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------------------Diop-------------------
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Malbranque---------------------Boa Morte
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-----------------Jensen------------------
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--------------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
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At my fourth year season at Lincoln City, i've been battling four years to get to the Premier League, first season was great, a 40-6-0, my team was this
GKchoa
DF:Bridge,Jihai,Beltran,Salcido
MD:Cole,Tommassi,Rothen,Morales
FW:Keane,Delgado
SUB:Bravo,O'grady,Perez,T. Rooney,J. Ruddy,Kerr,Hoseth,Song,Davenport,Flamini and another guy
End of the Season
At the beggining of the 2nd Season i sold Beltran,Song,Kerr,Flamini and Ruddy
I buy J. S. Park,Kallstrom,Lescott and Koji Nakata
I won the EFA, the FA Cup, the Carling Cup and of Course the FL One Cup, with a
43-3-0,very easy but at the same time it served to unite my squad even more
My Strating XI was:
GKchoa
DF:Bridge,Nakata,Salcido and Lescott
MD:Kallstrom,J.S. Park,Rothen and J. Cole
FW:Keane,Delgado
SUB:T. Rooney,Bravo,Hoseth,Perez,Jihai,O'grady,Davenport, Morales and the other guy
End of the 2nd Season
At the thrid season i lost my first league match against Swansea City 2-0, i lend J.S. Park and another guy, and i receive a guy called Gallato from the Vitoria, i sold T. Rooney, and buy O'Shea,Parker,Kim (GK) and i search and returned Kerr to my squad.
Great Season 39-5-1, i won again the EFA, FA, Carling, Communitty Shield and the Super EFA Cup.
My Starting XI
GKchoa
DF'Shea,Bridge,Salcido and Lescott
MD:J. Cole,Rothen,Kallstrom and Parker
FWelgado and Keane
SUB:Bravo,O'grady,Kim,Kerr,Davenport,Morales,Jihai ,Hoseth,Perez,Nakata and Gallato
End of the thrid season
Finally i get it to the top, the premier league, after 3 years of work, injuries and more
I'm in the middle of the season, 66 points, 6 more than Chelsea, Gallato returned to Vitoria,Park returned as well as the another guy, i sold Jihai and another guy and Kim in the midseason transfermarket, i lend Bravo and Park, i buy Ewerthon, Defoe,Carragher and a youngster from Morroco.
Cole suffered an injury in October and he's still injured 'till March, Keane is also injured
'till March, hard season with close mathches, last minute ties and big defense mistakes.
Starting XI
GKchoa
DF:Carragher,O'Shea,Salcido and Bridge
MD:Morales,Kallstrom,Rothen and Perez
FWelgado or Ewerthon and Defoe
Kerr,Hoseth,O'grady,Nakata,Davenport,Lescott,Parke r,Cole (IN),Keane (IN) and guy from Morroco
24th Feb. still in the top, lot of injuries, lot of mistakes, next year hope to be in Champions and for the 6th Year in going to Newcastle or PSG
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I'm in my 7th season with Leeds now.. I play in the hardest difficulty and have turned them in to a 5 star team.. I've won everything there is to be won and my squad is full of really decent, younger players... I'm quite happy with the Leeds United i've built for myself

And just to add a bit of authenticity to it all, i played around with the managers' head before i started and imported a picture of David Batty in there... I've got the whole 'Former club man returns to save us from the wilderness' thing going.. It's good fun..



My current squad IS..

-------------- P.Robinson
F.Albeda - L.King - V.Kompany - D.Harding
---- S.Derry - X. Alonso - S.Pearson
---------- N.Reo-Coker (c)
-------- A. Smith - O. Martins

SUBS B.Hangeland, P.Jagielka, B.Schwiensteiger, F.Fabregas, D.Kuyt

RESERVES Z.Berbatov, S.Carson, D.Bent, N.Hunt, G.Caldwell, P.Myner

Albeda, Myner, & Berbatov are all 80+ FIFA generated players, and for some reason Derry and Harding have turned in to 90+ players...
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In my first season with Fulham, after being sacked by Manchester United for funding reasons, the Cottagers took home the Premiership trophy and the Carling Cup.

The first trophy of my Fulham career came in the Carling Cup, against the Reds of Liverpool. Both teams fielded decent enough sides, but injuries to Bocanegra, Rolfe, and Malbranque meant that not everyone would be celebrating or crying quite so hard at the end of the day. January signings Theo Walcot and Iker Reyes were on the bench, allowing the younger players who got Fulham to the final to play the match. Darren Ambrose was on the right wing while Denis Rothen played as the defensive midfielder. The last time these two met, Fulham won by a score of 5-0, but this match would be enthralling for both sets of supporters. The aging John Arne Riise was lucky to avoid giving away a penalty on a double handball from a corner kick, and more lucky to see a long drive on the opposite end of the pitch bounce off of a Fulham shin and direct into the net to put the Scousers up by one in the first half. In the second half, Rothen was assigned to man-mark Djibril Cisse, who caused many problems and hit the post twice in the first half. While Rothen did well in man-to-man situations, he was constantly outpaced off the ball, and in the 60th minute was replaced by Iker Reyes. The hard tackling Spaniard introduced himself to Steven Gerrard with a sublime tackle, and was able to pick up the ball and distribute to Claus Jensen. From there, Jensen dribbled past a defender and hit a curling effort from 18 yards. The ball seemed to hang in the air for hours until it struck the post! Fulham fans were in dismay until the ball bounced to Oliveira who calmly collected and nutmegged a defender with his shot into the net as an equalizer. From that moment, the 72nd minute, it was all Fulham. Darren Ambrose proved his worth with a brilliant run to beat two men before chipping gracefully over Pepe Reina to take the lead, and the substitute Iker Reyes hit a stoppate time free kick that clipped a Liverpool head and bounced in. 3-1 Fulham, and Fulham had their first trophy under my management.

The Premiership was won on the last day of the season, in a gutsy 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur, one of the few teams to oust Fulham earlier in the season. Chelsea had the opportunity to reestablish their dominance by winning on the last day, but lost 2-1 to Everton at the Bridge, to end their season with 93 points. Starting the day with 91 points following a poor run of form in the home stretch, a win was a necessity to capture the title after topping the table for the majority of the season. It was the captain, Luis Boa Morte who shone brightly against Spurs, with two first half goals, one from a 30 yard free kick, and an excellent independent effort. The defensive anchor Iker Reyes hit a scorcher from some distance, and the young striker Oliveira showed his composure while shrugging off two defenders and slotting the ball in off the far post. Oliveira made his debut against Derby in September and introduced himself with 4 goals, but struggled to find consistency as a substitute. However, he found a starting role in the second half of the season. Eddie Rolfe, in February, was leading the league in scoring by a great margin, but was unlucky to suffer a broken collarbone against Rotherham in the FA Cup, after netting a brace. He was surpassed in the scoring department by teammate Steve Lovell, and by a few other players including Frank Lampard and Djibril Cisse. He finished 6th in scoring despite missing every match from mid-February on. Lovell won the Golden Boot with 47 goals, and Oliveira finished the campaign with an impressive 20.

The final match of the season was the FA Cup Final, against Sheffield United. The Blades had a solid midfielder in Timo Buck, a highly regarded German who was the ideal replacement for Michael Ballack in the German squad. Despite Buck's best efforts, Sheffield could not halt the pressure of a Fulham side including, in his first game back from injury, Eddie Rolfe, and other new stars such as Theo Walcot and Iker Reyes. However, noone, not even Rolfe could beat Garry Paddy in net for the Blades, despite 16 good shots from 20 good chances. Paddy was again the hero in extra time, when he made the play of the game. Reyes dispatched a free kick on the edge of the box, and hit a hard ball with some swerve, seemingly labeled for a Fulham Domestic Treble, but somehow Paddy made the leap to the post and pushed it off the upright. All seemed worthless for him when it fell to Claus Jensen, but the midfielder stood in amazement as his shot at an empty net was pushed aside by a desperate and exhausted Paddy. A defender received the ball and went to clear it, but kicked it into the shin of Walcot, who flicked a backheel to Reyes who had another go. This time, it hit the arm of a defender. Penalty! It was Boa Morte, the skipper, who would take the kick. He hit a laser beam to the top right corner, and all seemed won for Fulham until Paddy made a late reaction dive and pushed it away! Time ran down and it went to penalties!

Round || Sheffield--------Fulham
---1--//--GOAL!----------GOAL!
---2--\\--SAVE!----------SAVE!
---3--//--GOAL!----------SAVE!
---4--\\--MISS!----------GOAL!

Round 5: Timo Buck stepped up for the Blades, with the opportunity to give his underdog side the lead and the steps towards the FA Cup presentation shrine. One deep breath later, he was making his run up and hitting the ball - right down the center! In goal, Deinoff looked bemused as he dove to his right, watching the ball float into the middle of the net. GOAL!

It was all on the 23 year old, Theo Walcot. Disbanded from the Arsenal side that paid an 8 digit number for his services so many years ago, Fulham snatched him up from free agency. Why Arsenal let him go for free, nobody knows, as he is now one of the league's top wingers. But history aside, he had one more kick left in this match to determine whether his name would be printed in fame or infamy. Three steps left, now two, now one, and BANG, Walcot hits the ball hard to his left. Paddy, who shone so brightly throughout the entire match, prolonged his form and dove low to his right, pushing the ball aside! Before anyone could analyze the situation at hand, the league winners and Carling Cup winners being upset by the Championship's Sheffield United, Paddy was celebrating with his teammates, and Timo Buck was jumping in jubilation. 11 heads were hung low just some meters away, and they were wearing the red of Fulham.

However, the season in general was a success. I disbanded some of the extra players who had little future at the club, primarily two surplus strikers. I took a team that had no participation or aspirations of European competition and outlasted - albeit with some luck - a solid Chelsea side and a brilliant Manchester United side. I won another trophy, one that has significance for a club of Fulham's size, to prove that the league wasn't a one-off. I was unlucky to not win the most prestigious domestic cup in the world, thanks only to an unbeatable goalkeeper. Success is good.
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Old 29-03-2006, 01:34:PM   #50
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guys can we see the group standings of the champions league in manager mode....i can only see the fixtures&results page??
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Yes on the UEFA Group Stage Stats, it's in the stats options
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just thought i might say...
real betis is a good team that canwin itall with the right players (i am in my 4th season with my last one being champion and winning the uefa cup)

i also recommend signign these players for any team at some time in your career:
ricardo vaz te (bolton)
tiago targino (guimaraes)
cesc fabregas (arsenal)
ricardo oliveira (betis)
cicinho (sao paulo)
joaquin, probably the best of the whole game (betis)
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