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Basque-ing in Bilbao

  1. Basque-ing in Bilbao

    Kris Stuart Arrives In Bilbao
    I arrive in Bilbao after Marcelo Bielsa quit due to him insisting that Athletic change their recruiting policy of only signing Basque players. I take the job and see that the club as several young talented players and are also due to move into a new stadium in a few years. Will the players take to an unknown Scot who doesn't speak the language? Will I be able to break the stranglehold of the two giants in Spain? Lets hope so....

    To find favour amongst the supporters I bring in club icons Joseba Etxeberria, Julen Guerrero and Ismael Urzaiz to help me out. I also bring in Santi Denia to assist me. Player wise I single out Cesar Azpilicueta, Natxo Monreal and Stephane Ruffier as long term transfer targets and am going for youth in this window.

    Players In
    Alvaro Vadillo (£8m from Real Betis)
    Benat (£4m from Real Betis)
    Saul (£1.4m from Atletico Madrid)
    Alex Serrano (£1.3m from Sporting)
    Jorge Espericueta (£1.2m from Tigres)
    Alejandro Roy (£900k from Zaragoza)
    Alberto Ruiz (£900k from Malaga)

    The board agreed to give me some extra cash so I was delighted to get Vadillo. I also found a gem in Espericueta who is Mexican but has Basque nationality. Leaving the club was Aiter Ocio and Koikili.

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  2. looks good. It defiantly will be hard with Bilbao with only being able to basque but should be good to watch to see what happens

  3. August - September
    Was going to do a 3 month update but have so many fixtures in October I will do a 2 monthly one for now


    A solid start after negotiating my way through a tricky Europa League tie I got rewarded with an easy group. Good to see Llorente scoring. With me playing with just one up front I need him to perform.

    Europa League Qualifying Round 1st Leg
    Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Sochaux
    Llorente, Susaeta

    Europa League Qualifying Round 2nd Leg
    Sochaux 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
    Muniain, Llorente

    Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Rayo Vallecano
    De Marcos, Llorente, Movilla (og)

    Europa League Draw
    BATE Borisov
    Karpaty Lviv

    Player of the Month


    An excellent month with plenty of goals. Fantastic results away to Malaga and Braga and for some reason my centre half Mikel San Jose wants to outshine my lone striker Fernando Llorente (albeit being helped that he is my penalty taker)!

    Espanyol 2-2 Athletic Bilbao
    De Marcos, Muniain

    Europa League Group B
    Braga 1-4 Athletic Bilbao
    Herrera, Muniain 3

    Athletic Bilbao 5-0 Real Betis
    Llorente 3(1pen), Susaeta, San Jose

    Malaga 1-4 Athletic Bilbao
    San Jose 2, De Marcos, Susaeta

    Athletic Bilbao 3-0 Villarreal
    San Jose 2 (2pens), Llorente

    Europa League Group B
    Athletic Bilbao 3-2 Karpaty Lviv
    Llorente, Vadillo, Benat

    Basque-ing in Bilbao-athletic-club-tactics_-team-instructions-.png

    Player of the Month

    (that is not me beside him i should point out!)
    Last edited by KLIPPYBO; 21/03/2012 at 02:40 PM.
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  4. its good try to put in screenshots mate

  5. Yeah my laptop is playing up a bit but will try and make it look nicer.

  6. October

    Overall a mixed month. Losing the derby to two late goals against Sociedad was tough to take but bounced back with 3 straight league wins including a 4-2 win away to struggling Valencia. An under strength side struggled against lowly Alaves in the cup.

    With about a quarter of the season gone Barcelona and Real Madrid have won every game. Real Madrid even won one match 10-0! Sevilla won their first 7 games before getting thrashed 6-0 by Barcelona. Bilbao are 4th and have already opened up a 6pt gap ahead of 5th place side Atletico Madrid.

    I don't know what San Jose is on - scoring a hat-trick without any penalties and I don't have a special corner tactic set either!

    (Internationally Scotland somehow beat Spain 1-0)

    Real Sociedad 3-2 Athletic Bilbao
    Susaeta, Iturraspe

    Athletic Bilbao 5-0 Osasuna
    Muniain, San Jose 3, Herrera

    Europa League Group B
    Athletic Bilbao 5-1 BATE Borisov
    Llorente, Herrera, Muniain, Toquero, Ekiza

    Valencia 2-4 Athletic Bilbao
    Muniain 2, Benat, Llorente

    Copa Del Rey 4th Round 1st Leg
    Alaves 1-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Sporting Gijon 0-2 Athletic Bilbao
    Susaeta, Llorente

    Player of the Month

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    Last edited by KLIPPYBO; 21/03/2012 at 05:35 PM.

  7. November
    • Rafa Benitez returns to Valencia
    • Bilbao Ath. sack manager Ziganda
    • Bielsa takes charge of Hercules
    • Sevilla hammer Racing Santander 7-0
    • Iker Muniain out for over a month
    Good month! Comfortable wins in Europe and in the domestic cup plus a game in which we played Barcelona off the park inflicting their first defeat of the season. Unfortunately losing to Sevilla put us further behind them. Indiscipline reigned as we went down to ten men 3 times this month.

    Europa League Group B
    BATE Borisov 1-3 Athletic Bilbao
    David Lopez, Ekiza, De Marcos

    Athletic Bilbao 3-0 Barcelona
    Amorebieta, Herrera, Susaeta

    Copa del Rey 4th Round 2nd Leg
    Athletic Bilbao 4-0 Alaves
    Ruiz de Galarreta, Toquero, Gurpegi, Iturraspe

    Sevilla 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Athletic Bilbao 3-0 Atletico Madrid
    Susaeta, Ekiza, Llorente (pen)

    Athletic Bilbao 3-2 Granada
    Susaeta, Llorente, David Lopez

    Europa League Group B
    Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Braga
    Ekiza, Benat

    Player of the Month

  8. your tactic is Raikan's AMC?

  9. Quote Originally Posted by ambrex View Post
    your tactic is Raikan's AMC?
    Don't know! Lol. If it is it is 100% coincidental - not that I would be ashamed of using someone elses tactic! When I first got fm 12 I went my beloved Newcastle and played the same formation but with 2 defensive midfielders (Cabaye/Tiote) and then after a season or two I pushed the CM's further up. I have just stuck with it since as it seems to work.



    • Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona
    • Barcelona win Club World Cup
    Another very good month. Lots of goals scored and the only disappointment being my backup side losing away in the Ukraine. Having topped the group I draw German side Hannover in the next round of the Europa League.

    Mallorca 0-4 Athletic Bilbao

    Amorebieta, Llorente, Herrera, San Jose (pen)

    Athletic Bilbao 4-3 Racing Santander
    Mainz (og), Llorente, San Jose 2(1pen)

    Europa League Group B
    Karpaty Lviv 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Athletic Bilbao 3-0 Real Zaragoza
    Muniain 3(1pen)

    Copa del Rey 5th Round 1st Leg
    Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Espanyol

    Player of the Month

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