Ligue Match #17 – Away vs Ajaccio – I begin defensively. Lerager is back. I start Besnard.
Besnard to De Preville, goal, 88th minute
Gomes to Besnard, goal, 92nd minute
We win 2-0. MOM is Besnard
One of our former tranfees has 50 appearances and we get 1.7 mill from them
Ligue Match #18 – Home vs Nice – I begin controlling. Natcho and De Preville are starting for my cards. They are currently manager less after he left for another gig.
Rob Holding to Besnard, goal, IFK, 5th minute
Besnard grabs the ball in the corner, crosses to Slimani, and he scores in the 11th minute.
De Preville to Gomes, goal, 36th
We hold and win 3-0!
As you can see we were near them statistically with shots. MOM was Besnard. Another shut out!
Coupe de la Ligue 4th Round – Home vs Auxerre – I begin controlling. My carded folks are back. I leave in Besnard.
Besnard to Slimani on a counter in the 31st
They score on an IFK in the 36th
Gomes to Slimani in the 43rd
Besnard to Slimani, goal, 49th – that’s his hattrick.
Besnard to Mehmedi two minutes later
We win 4-1. MOM is Slimani.
Ligue Match #19 – Away vs Havre – I begin defensively. This is Lerager’s 125th appearance for us.
Mehmedi grabs an intercepted pass and long shots it past the keeper. 43rd minute
They score in the 58th
Solanke to Besnard on a counter, 85th minute.
We win 2-1! MOM is Mehmedi.
Wanna see the table after the half way point?
Done deal! As you can see a lot of folks have 18 games around us and some have 20 so the table is inconsistent. But there you are!
Ligue Match #20 – Home vs PSG – Are you ready for woodshed part two? We lost to them 2-0 on the road. Can I steal points form them at home like I did with OM? Let’s find out!
Them in the 61st minute
Otavio is sent off in the 65th
We lose 0-1.
I issue Otavio a warning
My team needs better card control
Dec 29th is here
What I need to compete against the heavies in the Ligue are 11 of my GKs Moreira. He is he best player on my team and isn’t even close to anyone save …. Nielsen. If I had that then I could have a shot. DC Nielsen has gotten to the place he’s now a 4.5 star rating and getting better. I need Nielsens and Moreiras. Gomes and Holding are good rocks as well. Besnard is good as well. But anyone else is subject to replacement as I need to improve my talent to a Moreira/Nielsen level of quality.
Are there any players looking for a new home in six months time that are one or the other?
Not at that level. I scout some others
I take a look elsewhere. I purchased Nielsen for 3.5 mill from Brondby. Can I find another for the Winter window? I send out scouts.
I offer Kamenik for loan. He needs more first team starts and he has been outplayed by the locals here and was my worst playing addition. I overpromoted him.
What about Kotora?
Nope. Bruno is it and he’s worth way too much.
I have won the Slovakian Head Coach of the Year!
I accept an offer for a fullback on our B Squad.
I am losing Natcho, Cristian and Sankhare among other backups I loaned out.
I find a DC from Portugal who blows away Isimit-Mirin and make an offer rafter his contract expires. I make an offer Joao Luis for 3 years and 25k/week
I make an offer to a 16 year old Belgium potential but raw wonderkid DC Tobe Peeters from Lierse.
I make an enquiry for 20 year old Tomas Machacek over at Nottingham Forest who may be a bit of a grower as well as a decent shower.
A player on our reserves who plays for Reunion won African Young Footballer of the Year! His name is Nicholas Niobe. I send him congrats!
I have my board inject more cash into our transfer kitty and I make a 7.5 mill offer for Machacek.
We agree to a 1.8 mill deal for Tobe Peeters.
2nd – Cup vs Stade Montois
12th – Home vs Guingamp, Qf Coupe de la Ligue
15th – Away vs Angers
19th – Home vs AS Monaco
22nd – Home vs Montpelier
29th – Away vs AS Saint-Etienne
Good training – Guillet, Dupuy, Nielsen
The transfer window opens
Neymar won Ligue Player of the Year
I make a 5 year first team offer for Machacek.
Who is free that I may wanna bring in?
French Cup 9th round, Away vs Stade Montois – I begin countering.
Gomes feeds Besnard for goal in the 20th
Besnard crosses to Slimani for goal in the 66th
We win 2-0. MOM is Besnard.
I swap Solanke for Slimani and give him a deep forward role. Let’s see if Solanke and Besnard will play well together for a few starts.
Wanna see the Fortuna after 19 games?
I though you might! Nitra is in first over the big bad by 8 points.
We have signed Tobe Peeters!
Here he is! He’s is awesomely powerful and my scouts love him a lot. He’s a great future DC
Luis Joao will be joining us next year!
We beat out four teams for Machacek! He’ll join us in 6 months.
QF Coupe de la Ligue – Home vs Guingamp = I begin controlling. Will my changes to my Strikers result in damage? Otavio is back from his card.
Solanke to Jankovic, 3rd minute. Let’s kick this thang off!
Jankovic to Gomes, goal in the 7th minute. Let’s REALLY kick this thang off!
Them in the 47th off a counter
Weah crosses to Besnard in the 53rd minute
De Preville to Solanke, goal, in the 66th minute
We hold and win 4-1. MOM is on their team
We draw PSG in the next round. Ah well!
Ligue Game #21 – Away vs Angers -I begin countering. Our foe has 3-6-1 and is outnumbering our midfield!
0-0 Draw. MOM is Rob Holding
Ligue Game #22 – Home vs Monaco – I begin countering. We gotta get through Courtois…
Them 27th minute
Solanke feeds Besnard in the 53rd. We scored too soon here they come!
We hold and tie 1-1!!!
Good job! Our defense held them to one score. MOM is Otavio!
Ligue Game #23 – Home vs Montpelier – I begin controlling.
In the 50th minute off a corner kick by Besnard DC Nielsen finds goal.
We win 1-0. Not as dominating as I’d like but I’ll take any win. MOM is Nielsen
Isimit Mirin will be out the next match due to cards. Axel Tuanzebe will start for him.
Couple de Ligue Semis – Away vs PSG. I begin defending….
Them in the 28th minute
Them in the 66th
We lose 0-2. MOM is Neymar
We get 1.21 mill for making it this far!
Ligue Game #24 – Away vs Saint-Etienne. Isimit-Mirin is back at DC. I begin countering.
Jankovic to Gomes, long shot, in the 13th
Them in the 43rd
Jankovic to Besnard, goal, 48th minute
We hold and win 2-1. MOM is Jankovic
The last transfer day is here!
Villareal offered 8 mill for Axel Tuanzebe…
No thanks! If you offered Joe Lacroix, yes
We offer a new contract to him still rotation but increasing his pay 6k week
I loan Kamenik to Rennes
The deadline passes
2nd – Cup Away vs Lorient
5th – Home vs RC Lens
8th – Away vs Lorient
12th – Home vs Rennes
19th – Away vs Lille
26th – Home vs Toulouse
Good training – Besnard, Solanke, Dupuy
10th Round Cup, Away vs Lorient – I begin countering.
Gomes crosses to Besnard, goal, 56th
Jankovic to Solanke, goal, 71st.
Them in the 80th off a DFK
Them in the 86th
Natcho to Solanke, goal, extra time
We hold and win 3-2. Wanna see?
Axel Tuanzebe signs his new deal.
Ligue Game #25 – Home vs RC Lens. I begin controlling. They are #16 which means we’ll struggle against them rather than rain goals…
In the 70th Natcho scores from a Gomes assist.
And that’s it! MOM is Holding. Like I said, we’d struggle. We play up to the good teams and down the to the not-good ones.
I hand out rests
The Bordeaux record for shuts out is 14, which our new GK has tied!
I accept a 3.8 mill off from Lokomotiva Moscow for Lacroix. He would be my 6th DC next year and I would be looking to move him anyway. Might as well do it a month or three early.
Ligue Game #26 – Away vs Lorient – We begin countering.
Besnard to Solanke on a counter in the 6th minute
We hold and win 1-0. Again. MOM is Solanke
Our GK has broken our record for shut outs!
We get 2 mill from an old transfer sell on fee
Ligue Game #27 – Home vs Rennes – They are 17th so I begin controlling. We’ll struggle again.
They get a red card in the 48th
Holding to Mehmedi in the 60th on a counter for goal
Natcho to Nielsen off a corner in the 73rd for goal
We win 2-0. MOM is Mehmedi.
Solanke is injured for two weeks and Slimani will start
Lerager is back from his injury and will replace Natcho
Another shut out!
We have sold Lacroix
Ligue Game #28 – Away vs LOSC – We begin countering against the #13 team.
Them off an IFK in the 17th minute
They have a PK in the 48th but we block it
Them in the 77th
We lose 1-2
Mehmedi has too many cards…
That loss drops us to 4th.
Solanke is back from his injury.
Ligue Game #29 – Home vs Toulouse – This is our rival and are 19th in the league. They beat us away when we gave up a PK and red card early. We have to keep our 11 here today. I begin controlling
They give us an OG in the 78th off a Weah cross.
We win 1-0. Another shut out!
1st, Cup vs Martigues
6th Away vs OM
12th – Home vs Caen
18th – Away vs Nantes
Good training – Nielsen, Antwi, Dupuy
French Cup, 11th Round – Away vs Martigues – I begin countering. Mehmedi is back from his card.
Besnard, 18th, called offsides
Otavio to Mehmedi, long shot, 28th minute – I already have 14 shots to their 1
Besnard leaps onto a rebound and scores in the 41st
Solanke another solo score in the 53rd
Jankovic PK in the 64th
We win 4-0. MOM is Jankovic. Wanna see what’s likely my most dominant win thus far?
Here you are. Another shut out!
We made it to the quarter finals!
Our youth have arrived! I take a look and sign some great players, including DC Mickeal Chauvin with a great top end.
Ligue Game #30 – Away vs OM – Ready for woodshed time? I begin defensively. We defeated them at home. Can we steal points away? Let’s find out!
They score in the 13th minute called offsides.
They score in the 87th
They score extra time at the 92nd
We lose 2-0.
Here’s the table!
As you can see we are in 4th right now but ten points above 5th with 8 games to go! That would give us the EURO that we need.
Otavio reached the yellow card limit.
Ligue Game #31 – Home vs Caen – I begin controlling. Natcho is playing for Otavio.
Besnard drives and crosses to Solanke in the 7th minute
Them in the 33rd
Jankovic to Solanke on a counter, goal in the 48th
Gomes to Besnard, 90th minute
We hold and win 3-1. MOM is Besnard.
Otavio is back from cardage.
Ligue Game #32 – Away vs Nantes. I begin defensively today. They are sitting at 7th and I respect them too much to run countering out there.
Them in the 8th
Own Goal by Holding in the 53rd
Game. We lose 0-2.
The international break begins – we have 19 called away
5th Home vs LOSC, QF Cup
10th – Home vs Guingamp
15t – Away vs OL
23rd – Home vs Ajaccio
30th – Away vs Nice
Good training – Pires, Gauthier, Dupuy
PSG Defeated Monaco 3-1 to win the Coupe de la Ligue
Quarter Final LOSC Cup – I begin standard.
Mehmedi feeds Besnard for goal in the 16th minute
Gomes feeds a ball through two defenders to Besnard in the 24th minute for goal
Jankovic crosses to Solanke for goal in the 29th
We win 3-0. MOM is Besnard.
We are through to the semis!
We get some cool cash!
Ligue Game #33 – Home vs Guingamp – I begin standard for this one as well. I start Axel for a carded Isimit-Mirin.
Besnard is fed by Mehmedi in the 27th
Nacho kicks a PK in the 78th
Jankovic to Asano in the 85th. That’s his first goal of the season
MOM is Besnard
Ligue Game #34 – Away vs OL – I begin defensively. Woodshed time? Isimat-Mirin is back.
Solanke to Besnard on a counter, 44th minute.
Them in the 93rd minute.
We tie 1-1. I’ll take it! We had 9 shots to their 28
We draw PSG in the Semis, again. Away again.
Here’s Nitra after 28 games. They are very much in the driver’s seat of the Fortuna.
PSG have won the Ligue 1 before we play the 35th match.
Ligue Game #35 – Home vs Ajaccio – I begin standard.
0-0 tie! That was actually exciting there was a lot of back and forth.
We gotta stop dropping points to folks like that!
French Cup Semi Final Away vs PSG – Woodshed time! I begin defensively.
Them in the 18th
HALF – We have the same number of shots as they do, we just need to sink them
We score off a IFK in the 55th minute. Isimit-Mirin to Solanke.
Them in the 67th
We lose 1-2. Close!
Our GK is in the running for GK of the Year voting.
Ligue Game #36 – Away vs Nice - I begin countering.
Besnard feeds Mehmedi on an IFK for goal in the 20th minute
Jankovic to Solanke, long shot, in the 55th
Besnard sinks a DFK in the 67th and that is his 2nd DFK on target today
We hold and win 3-0. Another shutout. MOM is Besnard.
We have qualified for the EURO!
8th – Away vs AS Monaco
14th – Home vs Strasbourg
Good training – Gros, Zouaghi, Boumsong
We won Goal of the Month!
Toulouse is relegated
With two games left we are locked into at least 4th, but we are three points behind OL at 3rd although they have a game in hand. We’d need at least 4 point from Monaco and Strasbourg and three losses by OL to go over them.
The extra game is on the 4th with PSG, a likely loss. PSG win 3-1. There goes their extra game, now just three points.
OL are playing PSG again this week. Another possible loss.
Ligue Game #37 – Away vs AS Monaco – We played them well at home. Can we get at least a tie today? I begin defensively obviously. Can we break through Courtois again? Besnard has a nasty shot on goal at the 1:06 mark turned away easily by the big bad.
We tie them 0-0! That was boring. Another shut out! Now did OL lose?
Yes they did, so now we have 2 points between us heading into the final week and a win by us over Strasbourg and a loss by them against away against Montpelier will give us a #3 spot and a Champions slot!
OL have been bad form over the last few games with only one win against Saint-Étienne in the last 8 games so this is feasible.
I have calls up for the World Cup
Asano is injured
Ligue Game #38 – Home vs #7 Strasbourg. I begin standard. I don’t wanna make any mistakes, I just wanna win. This is Holding’s 100th game for the club.
Them in the 29th
Us in the 31st off an OG. I’ll take it!
HALF – We have 10 shots to their 5
We tie 1-1. MOM is on their team.
As you can see we finished 4th and OL won. This is a rise of four spots from 8th last year when I took over and gets a qualification to the EURO. We did well all season and had good form and we finished with 9 losses on the year.
Overall we played up to OL, AS Monaco and OM but only average against PSG not getting blown out but not getting a point against them in four tries.
We played down to teams like Toulouse, and Ajaccio among others.
We were the Cardiac Kings
My Goals –
My Goals for Bordeaux
1. Get them back to EURO this year in year one. COMPLETED Year One
2. Do some damage in the EURO.
3. Get them high enough to qualify for the Champion’s League.
4. Win Ligue 1
5. Win a Cup
We scored 48 goals which was 8th most, and allowed 27 which was 3rd best. AS Monaco led with 24 goals allowed.
MOM – Besnard was 4th with 9 MOM. Solanke was next on our team with 4.
Distance Covered – Gomes was 2nd, Mehmedi was 11th
Average Rating – Besnard was 14th with 7.18
Headers Won – Holding was 6th with 238
Goals – Besnard was 13th with 11 and he tied Solanke.
Avg Minutes Per Goal – Besnard was 9th
Shots – Besnard was 7th
Shots on Target – Besnard was 6th, Solanke was 8th
On Target % - Solanke was 7th
Pass Completion -Otavio was 5th
Cross Completion Ratio – Slimani was 4th, Gomes was 5th
Dribbles/Game – Besnard was 7th
Tackles/Game – Otavio was 14th
Mistakes – Mehmedi, 2nd, with 83
Key Headers – Isimit-Mirin 3rd with 69; Holding 12th
Picks – Holding 9th
Headers Won % - Holding 2nd, Nielsen 4th
Shots blocked – Holding 1st!
Goals Allowed – Moreira was 2nd with 27
Shutouts – Moreira was 3rd with 19
Saves held – Moreira was 2nd with 79
Saves Parried – Moreira was 1st with 45
Roster for next year
GK Moreira – 4 on a scale of 3. Cannot be more locked in than this guy! He was great across the board! He had more saves than Courtois in either category. By most metrics, only Courtois out played him.
DC Holding - 2. He played well and I am going to make him my captain but he’s also the weakest of my starters next year. But I like where his stats are at and I am happy to run him out there next year. He’s my Milanovic- the worst by look and the best by play.
DC Nielsen – 3. Wonderkid locked in. He can be inconsistent at times, and thus only a 3.
DC Itimit-Mirin 0 – Already replaced
DMC Otavio – 1 – Looking for replacement actively but won’t force it
MC Lerager – 0 – Same as Itimit-Mirin I have already replaced him. I put him on rotation as well as the DC.
ML Mehmedi – 1- Played out of position and cannot run Winger like I want. Too many mistakes.
MR Jankovic – 0 – Played out of position and never attacked the flank but played more like an inside winger, which I don’t want. Actively looking for replacement.
AMC Andre Gomes – 2. Locked in for now.
ST Solanke – 2 – Didn’t play as well as I wanted to with Slimani but had a solid relationship with my wonderkid ST. If I could find a stud target man like Djuric that can feed Besnard then I’d be happy but it’s not a priority.
ST Besnard – 4. Out of 3.
I offer a first team contract to Besnard for twice as much money and another year. He’s grown into my best player.
As you can see…
Compare that to last year when I signed him!
I need more of Besnard and Moreira please!
Nitra won the Fortuna and that’s their third victory in a row!
Besnard is called up for the France senior squad for their World Cup games, as is Moreira, and Nielsen.
Wanna see my new Czech Wonderkid now?
Here’s Machacek! I will start him at MC and he can grow into his role like Nielsen and Besnard did
Awesome my budget and transfer kitty have risen!
Besnard signs his new deal!
My scouts have, again, found Ross Ferguson
One of our coaches announces his retirement
Here are our season awards! Besnard was obviously their favorite everything.
I hold a team meeting – EURO again!
I get better training facilities from our leader
PSG defeat Nantes 3-1 to win the French Cup
Besnard and Moreira set team records for most MOM and most shuts out.
We made a profit of 14.95 mill this year
Asano is back from his injury
Nielsen won Ligue Most Promising Player and I congratulate him.
Otavio has gained French citizenship! Lerager too!
I get a big big big offer for Moreira. 25 mill from Tottenham. Nope!
Here’s a 10.5 mill offer for Holding
I look to see if any others are coming free that may wanna swing my way?
What about transfer listed?
Huh I may have found another French wonderkid this one playing the AMC spot. 19 years old and plays for Brest. I make an offer.
We agree to 4.5 mill.
We are past the June 10th window for internal moves so he’ll arrive now
I am considering an 8 mill offer from OL for Axel Tuanzebe as he’ll be my 5th DC. I accept I can find another DC his level. I can use the money for transferring.
Here he is! Donovan Marchi! Expect me to run him as a rotation option for MC and AMC at first, and then give him Andre Gomes’s starts near the end of the year or next year.
I need a new backup GK and I make an enquiry to a Brazilian project. I make an offer. Watford are too high and I reject it.
I make an enquiry for a nice young French DC I can grow as my new 5th player but I am rejected by Havre, hard. They wanna start with 107 Mill and work down. He was likely a wonderkid…
We have moved up 4 places to the 58th club in Europe.
Serbia, Albania, and Montenegro have joined the EU!
My coach retires. I make a offer to a Belgian one to replace him
Our coach arrives!
I sell Tuanzebe and get 4 mill back in the kitty.
Have I found my new DMC. He’s Austrian and clearly a wonderkid. He plays for Stuttgart. We negotiate him for 11 mill….that’s all but 4 mill of my budget…
Do I wanna make the deal?
I scout him up. Name of Stefan Bell.
I offer a hot prospect deal to an Austrian.
Relegated – Toulouse, Caen, Angers
I agree to the deal with my Austrian
I accept a 3 mill offer for Otavio
I name Holding my captain and Moreira my Vice.
Otavio heads out and we get 1.5 mill back so we have 5.5 mill in the kitty.
Our squad is back. Let’s get EURO again!
I given Nielsen as week off as he is dead tired.
June 30th is here.
We lose 19 players.
Who is leaving this next year? Gomes and Holding are good. The rest? I’m fine with them heading out.
I still need an ML and MR.
I scout to see if anyone came free I wanna grab.
I need a rotational guy who can play a lot of spaces so I make an offer to Jens Toornstra.
I search up some wingers on both sides.
I make a 2.5 mill offer for Ramiro Cano who’s raw (for this level) wonderkid.
9th – Friendly vs Slavia Prague
15th – Home vs Plzen
23rd – Home vs Dukla Prague
Luis Joao is here!
Take a look at this stud and that great jump/head and other stats. He is great technically, mentally, and physically. Welcome to the club! We signed him from Chaves in Portugal. He’s another 4 star rating dude! He is with Portugal now in the World Cup as a starter for them at DC.
Here’s my other major acquisition Stefan Bell! I’ll be running him out there at DMC which is one of my best roles out there. Enjoy him! He’s technically, mentally, and physically gifted.
On the 2nd I sign my rotation offer from the 30th
This is Jens! I have the 33 year old Dutch player for two years on a rotation deal. I adore that he can play pretty much any middle role from MR to ML to AMC to MC to DMC.
I confirm my expectations for the year.
I accept a 7.5 mill offer for Asano
I sell him and get 3 mill back in my transfer kitty.
I have to increase my offer to 4.5 mill for my guy but he signs on the 8th.
Here he is! We signed him from Villareal and he’s on the cheaper side of life. He needs development but some starts and subs should help him out. I’ll start him on the MR side of things for Jankovic and see what happens. He’s lethal in passing
I am unable to find another winger I can bring in.
Now it’s time to look for my 5th DC
My goal is to find someone with a hot prospect role who won’t demand play or starts.
No one free who is willing to come to us is good enough to be my 5th one. Can I sign someone?
What about Kotora?
Benfica want a starting negotiation of 72 mill.
I scout some
In the mean time I promote my top reserve DC Aurélien Tchouameni to my main squad. He;s more of a DMC but he’ll be okay in an emergency.
I loan Weah
Friendly vs Slavia Prague – We win 2-1
My Portuguese players are back from the World Cup
Friendly vs Plzen – We win 2-0.
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