I have to say, I was lucky (although it wasn't unexpected, seeing as my nationality is Portuguese) to get a Portuguese team; Portugal's leagues are quite easy and when you're one of the big three getting European silverware is very attainable because you just stroll by opposition in the national league. Being a smaller team isn't that hard as well because, although you're bound to get 5-0 results against the top 3, if you manage to draw or even win against the likes of Braga, Guimar„es and Nacional, then you can reach high spots, like I did.
So.. A LOT has happened and I haven't been bothered to update you guys. Shame I know, you live for this. Here's a summary of what's happened!
So, two years have passed (or rather, I finished the season where I went to the Europa League and then did another). I didn't get to the group phase of the Europa League which was a shame, but not surprising. That season, I finished 7th (a spot away from Europe), but managed to get my first piece of silverware!
Yes, courtesy of the Big Three who insisted on fielding weaker sides against me, I won the Portuguese Cup! I was ecstatic when I realized I was going to Europe due to winning the Cup, but apparently that doesn't happen anymore. F*ck.
So, I started another season at Aves after spending the summer trying to find another club; again no luck. So last season started and the team got another revamp, and the league was a little harder:
Alas, my knock-out competition skills were rewarded once again, when I met Porto in the Cup final, again!
YEEEEEEES Leto again, what a legend!!
Meanwhile, I gave up my Costa Rica spot for a much closer to home Portugal U-21 team!
So I'm "renowned as a bit of a cup specialist", and then a funny thing happened. I got two offers!
One, from Dinamo Bucharest:
And another, from city-rivals Rapid!
Now, obviously Dinamo have history and tradition on their sides, but the thing is, Rapid have qualified for Europe next season, plus they have more money. So...
So.. A LOT has happened and I haven't been bothered to update you guys. Shame I know, you live for this.
Air... Oxygen... I can... finally... breathe again!!! It's funny, because I also thought multiple times ''Ehh, what the heck, I can't be bothered to post an update on Soccergaming'', but then I felt like I needed at least a couple of witnesses to make my FM challenge worth my while and for it not to feel like a TOTAL waste of time... hehe.
Anyway... Well done winning back-to-back Cups! Do you think you can win the Romanian title with Rapid in your first season? I checked Wikipedia and IRL they only won it three times in their entire history.
Haha I checked both teams out in Wikipedia. I knew Dinamo had more history but I had no clue it was such a difference; and yes I intend to get some silverware in two seasons. I signed a three-year contract, let's see where it takes me. The Romanian League is 16th while the Portuguese is 10th, but I guess winning or being 2nd in the 16th is better than being 9th in the 10th, right? Plus is a new challenge as I've never managed in Eastern Europe!
I had a game a few FM versions back with Steaua and I'll tell you this: Romanian teams have potential to be really good (although not good enough to win the CL unless you get a tremendous run of luck), and the league is really easy (at least for the top few teams, Rapid being one of them). Good luck, I have a feeling this could springboard you into one of the Big 4 leagues, which should then put you 1 more club jump from being at a team that could win the CL.
Thomas Muller: "We're not careless or arrogant. We're dominant'
Indeed, I've already snatched my first piece of silverware!
Got a bit lucky, I like to call it effective The tactic is still being worked on, but it's ambitious, too:
The goal right now is to do the best I can this season and hopefully until next season win the league, and get a good run in Europe! Because after all, the big picture here is to be great in the Continental Competitions.