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  1. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
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    S.D. Eibar - The Minnows Amongst the Big Boys



    S.D. EIBAR

    This summer S.D. Eibar won their 2nd successive promotion to incredibly gain promotion to Liga BBVA for the first time to play against the might of Barcelona, Real Madrid and the rest.

    However due to a crazy rule in Spanish football, despite not having any debt, they faced relegation to the 3rd tier unless they could raise $1.7m as they didnt bring in enough cash basically compared to the rest of Liga Adelante. What followed was a campaign, helped by former players Xabi Alonso and David Silva, to raise the cash and they were successful so they can now sit at the table with the big boys.

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    CLUB INFO

    Year Founded - 1940
    Stadium - Ipurua
    Capacity - 5,250
    Nickname - Armeros (The Gunners)

    Eibar dont even have a B team so its u19s ( we start off with no u19 players) or the first team only. The stadium and facilities are extremely poor for this level. There is little to no finances to work with also.

    Oh and they are a club from the Basque region in Spain and while they dont have any fierce rivalries or derby games there will obviously be an edge to matches against Athletic, Real Sociedad and Osasuna.


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    The squad is as you might imagine pretty thin on the ground of actual quality as they heavily relied on parent side Real Sociedad for some loan players. Angel is a decent striker and they have also recently signed Borja Ekiza from Athletic Bilbao and Manu Del Moral from Sevilla.
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    THE AIMS

    I think I have finally found a story, and a club which I can stick with for a considerable period of time (apart from Bilbao of course) as the story I started with Newcastle was just too easy. This has the challenge of taking a tiny club with little finances and facilities but also has the appeal of being in amongst the big boys.

    It will be a challenge because I know for a fact that I wont win the title any time soon. I am going to have to work the transfer market by picking up bargains, sell high and hopefully get enough cash in to improve the facilities and obviously expand the stadium!

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    SEASON LIGA BBVA COPA DEL REY SUPER CUP CHAMPIONS LEAGUE EUROPA LEAGUE EURO SUPER CUP CLUB WORLD CUP
    2013-14 5th 4th R - - - - -
    2014-15 3rd QF - - WINNERS - -
    2015-16 3rd WINNERS - QF - RUNNERS UP -
    2016-17 3rd WINNERS RUNNERS UP 1st ROUND - - -
    2017-18 - -




    Last edited by KLIPPYBO; 29/08/2014 at 11:00 PM.

  2. S.D. Eibar - The Minnows Amongst the Big Boys

    Good luck, I will follow.


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  3. Will definitely be following this.

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    PRE-SEASON

    I came into the club and quickly realised (unsurprisingly) that both off the pitch and on the pitch, we needed a major overhaul but how to do that with so little cash??

    Fortunately, when I asked the board they gave me $5m of a transfer budget which is still a tiny amount if you consider that wages come out of that too. The board did agree also to improve training facilities, improve junior coaching (despite not having any u19s) and youth facilities.

    So basically I have pretty much bankrupted the club within a week of arrival which means if we dont stay up we will plummet.

    Here is who I managed to bring in.

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    PLAYERS IN

    I have only signed one player for a fee so far and that is former Chelsea midfielder, Sergio Tejera, from Espanyol for $1.5m. Although he isnt a natural AMC I am going to play him there and hopefully his set piece skills will provide some goals for us.
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    I signed 4 players on free transfers who will play a big part if we are to survive this season. The honour of being my first ever signing is Konstantin Vassiljev who was previously in Russia with Amkar. He will be first choice in central midfield.
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    Possibly my biggest signing was Stephane Mbia who was previously at QPR. He will have a big role to play this season and will form a central defensive partnership with Ekiza.
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    Former Bayern Munich defender Christian Lell was signed from Levante. He will be my new right back.
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    Mohammed Tchite
    was brought in to give cover to Angel up front after he was released by Standard Liege. I dont think I have ever had a player from Rwanda before!!!!
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    Finally Ryo Miyaichi was brought in on loan from Arsenal to give me some cover in the wide areas.
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    PLAYERS OUT

    Any sellable assets that I have - I need to keep although I did sell veteran club captain Txema Anibarro to Guadalajara for a whopping $13,500.

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    STAFF IN

    I made some great improvements here. Angel Vales is my new assistant manager, Juan Jose Lasuen is my new goalkeeper coach, Albert Benaiges has been brought in as my new head of youth development (awaiting the youth intake lol) and David Rincon is my U19 manager.

    Others have been brought in but they are the main ones.

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    MY FIRST XI

    So here it is. I have $1m left to spend but it is unlikely that I will make any major changes.

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    JAIME (GK)

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    ABRAHAM (LB) - EKIZA (CB) - MBIA (CB) - LELL (RB)

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    VASSILJEV (CM) - DANI GARCIA (CM)

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    NIETO (LW) - TEJERA (AMC) - DEL MORAL (RW)

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    ANGEL (ST)


    Abraham is on loan from Zaragoza. I have high hopes for Nieto as he was previously at Barcelona. If we suffer a number of injuries we will very definately struggle. We only have 6 players valued over $1m!!!!

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    AIMS FOR THE SEASON

    The board wanted me to avoid relegation and while I accept that I couldnt resist the extra $200,000 transfer budget and $25,000 wage budget so I said we would finish mid-table.

    If we can finish between 10th and 14th, get a decent run in the cup and maybe beat one of the big boys -I extend that to Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Malaga, Elche, Cordoba..................... lol - I will be happy.


  5. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    AUGUST

    Real Sociedad 1 (Granero 3)
    Eibar 1 (Nieto 27)

    An excellent start to the campaign as we faced our feeder, and fellow Basque side, Real Sociedad. Granero struck from long range early on and I feared the worst but Nieto levelled and we managed to hold on.


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    Eibar 4 (Tejera 44, 48, Bouzon og55, Angel 86)
    Cordoba 1 (Caballero 18)

    This could be our best moment of the season so I am going to milk it. Tejera was excellent on his debut and netted twice while Angel also got his first goal for the club.


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    Almeria 1 (Zongo 80)
    Eibar 2 (Ono 81, Errasti 90)

    When Almeria scored against the run of play I was furious but we bounced back and scored two in the final 10 minutes to win the game.


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    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    R. Soc 1-1 Jaime Lell* Mbia Ekiza Abraham Dani Garcia Vassiljev Del Moral Nieto Lara Angel Tchite, Lillo, Errasti
    Cord 4-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Errasti Vassiljev Del Moral Nieto Tejera* 2 Angel Lillo, Dani Garcia, Raul Navas
    Almeria 2-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Errasti Vassiljev Del Moral Nieto Ono* Angel Miyaichi, Tchite

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    SUMMARY


    We have had a fantastic start to the season. We drew with Real Sociedad away which was a magnificent result and followed that up with a 4-1 win over fellow newcomers Cordoba. Almeria were then beaten 2-1 with 2 late goals which see's us near the top of the table.

    To be fair, Sociedad aside, the fixtures were quite kind. We will no doubt come unstuck when we face the big boys!!!

    I added 2 new players to the squad. Maxim Bordachev came in from BATE Borisov for $250,000 while Yuji Ono came in on loan from Standard Liege and got the man of the match award and a goal on his debut.
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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    DANI NIETO
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    LIGA BBVA TABLE AND LEADING TRANSFERS
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    SEPTEMBER

    Eibar 2 (Abraham 57, Tchite 65)
    Rayo Vallecano 2 (Manucho 45, Aquino 48)

    I went into this game thinking this would be one of our easier matches of the season but Rayo have not a bad side and I am delighted to get a point after being 0-2 down. Abraham's goal was a fluke as his cross bounced past the Rayo keeper.


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    Copa del Rey 2nd Round
    Albacete 1 (Navarro 60)
    Eibar 3 (Tchite 17, Nieto 21, Mbia 45)

    We are easily through to the 3rd round where Alcorcon await.


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    Getafe 2 (Lell og9, Lafita 13)
    Eibar 2 (Valera og6, Vazquez og77)
    We got lucky, extremely lucky here. We were quite poor and the one great chance we created was wasted by Angel who is struggling at this level. Still a good point though.

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    Eibar 3 (Angel 15, 34, Ekiza 74)

    Granada 1 (Jona 36)

    Another fantastic victory as Angel finally shows some form. Now for a run of tough games...........


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    Athletic Bilbao 3 (San Jose 37pen, Sola 68, Muniain 90)

    Eibar 2 (Del Moral 28, Ekiza 45)

    Our first defeat of the season.

    We were so close to another great point but Muniain struck in stoppage time to deny us. They had 2 goals disallowed which made the scoreline a lot closer than it could have been. Ekiza scored against his old club.


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    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Rayo 2-2 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Tejera Vassiljev Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Raul Navas, Tchite, Errasti
    Alb 3-1 Javier Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Errasti Dani Garcia Del Moral Nieto Ono* Tchite Boveda, Miyaichi, Lara
    Get 2-2 Javier Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Tejera Vassiljev Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Lara, Errasti
    Gran 3-1 Javier Boveda Mbia Ekiza Abraham Tejera Errasti Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel* 2 Lara, Tchite, Dani Garcia
    Ath 2-3 Javier Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Errasti Vassiljev Del Moral Nieto Tejera Tchite Miyaichi, Dani Garcia, Arruabarrena


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    SUMMARY


    Our excellent start to the season continued this month as we maintained our good form in the league and also progressed in the Copa del Rey. We did lose our first game away to rivals Bilbao but obviously I will never be upset at losing to them!!!

    For all our good work I feel dark days are ahead as next month we face Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla!!!!!

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    BORJA EKIZA

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    LIGA BBVA
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    OCTOBER

    Eibar 4 (Tchite 29, Tejera 33, 80, Ekiza 48)
    Espanyol 3 (Luque 25, Lanzarote 71, Javi Lopez 90)

    This was a massive result bearing in mind the upcoming fixtures. In the lead up to the game the Espanyol manager feared that Sergio Tejera would come back to haunt them and he sure did as he scored twice and assisted two also.

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    Real Madrid 5 (Ronaldo 15, 64, Benzema 67, 69, Di Maria 77)
    Eibar 2 (Angel 35, Del Moral 71)

    We were well beaten here but this was a strange game. We fell behind and then Angel had an equaliser disallowed before immediately firing us level. We then had Ekiza sent-off but we were doing fine.

    Then Pepe got sent-off for them on the hour mark and peversley everything went tits up!!! We conceded 3 goals in 5 minutes and just collapsed. They even had a last minute goal disallowed.


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    Copa del Rey 3rd Round
    Alcorcon 0
    Eibar 4 (Del Moral 13, 60, 76pen, Lara 53)

    Through we go with a very convincing victort. Manu Del Moral scored 3 and assisted the other.


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    Eibar 0
    Valencia 1 (Postiga 10)

    Our first defeat at home and it was a harsh one as we played quite well and had a late Nieto equaliser disallowed.


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    Sevilla 3 (Aspas 21, 51, Iborra 25)
    Eibar 3 (Ekiza 62, 85, Tejera 65)

    WHAT A COMEBACK!!!! After an hour we were gone, but somehow we battled back and amazingly got level. We almost won it when Del Moral had a header cleared off the line.


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    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Esp 4-3 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Del Moral Nieto Tejera* 2 Tchite Miyaichi, Raul Navas
    R. Mad 2-5 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Dani Garcia Errasti Del Moral Nieto Tejera Angel Raul Navas, Bordachev
    Alc 4-0 Jaime Lell Raul Navas Ekiza Bordachev Dani Garcia Errasti Del Moral* 3 Miyaichi Lara Tchite Capa, Arruabarrena, Albentosa
    Val 0-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Bordachev Abraham* Vassiljev Tejera Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Tchite
    Sev 3-3 Jaime Lell Ekiza* 2 Bordachev Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Del Moral Nieto Tejera Angel Lillo, Tchite

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    SUMMARY


    This month saw us lose a couple of times but there was no disgrace in that as the defeats came against Real Madrid and Valencia. Valencia are the side who we will play in the next round of the Copa del Rey.

    We are currently sitting in 8th place and we could go either way. To be honest I think European qualification is a long way off and judging by the performances of my signings, relegation shouldnt be an issue either!

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    MANU DEL MORAL

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    LIGA BBVA
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    NOVEMBER

    Elche 0
    Eibar 1 (Ekiza 29)

    This was a tough match. We took the lead through Ekiza but he got sent-off early in the 2nd half but we managed to hold on.

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    Eibar 1 (Del Moral 8)
    Malaga 1 (Luis Alberto 27)

    A decent point. Malaga had a 2nd half goal disallowed fortunately.


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    Eibar 1 (Angel 28)

    Celta Vigo 0

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    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Elche 1-0 Jaime Lell Mbia* Ekiza
    SO
    Abraham Errasti Dani Garcia Miyaichi Nieto Ono Angel Bordachev, Lara
    Malaga 1-1 Jaime Boveda Mbia Bordachev Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Dani Garcia, Tchite
    Celta Vigo 1-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Bordachev* Vassiljev Errasti Del Moral Nieto Tejera Angel Dani Garcia, Raul Navas

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    SUMMARY

    This was a pretty good month. We only had 3 games but we didnt lose any and although the goals dried up a bit our defence did a fine job on the whole.

    Ourselves and Cordoba (helped by ex-Newcastle striker Xisco's 15 goals so far) have really surprised the division and we are ahead of much bigger clubs like Athletic, Sevilla and Valencia.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    STEPHANE MBIA

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    LIGA BBVA
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  9. Good story so far, just one thing though, aren't Bilbao in the Basque region considering they can only sign Basque players?

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    DECEMBER

    Eibar 2 (Nieto 53, Bordachev 73)
    Villarreal 1 (Perez 90)

    We leapfrog Villarreal here with this win and move up to 5th place.

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    Copa del Rey 4th Round 1st Leg

    Valencia 1 (Feghouli 78)
    Eibar 0

    Just like in our league encounter, we didnt deserve to lose but lose we did. We are still in with a chance though I suppose.

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    Eibar 0

    Barcelona 1 (Messi 1)

    Barca arrive at the Ipurua!!!

    I am proud of my players here despite losing. I expected a heavy defeat but although we didnt trouble the Barca goal we performed admirably and defended well.


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    Copa del Rey 4th Round 2nd Leg

    Eibar 1 (Del Moral 85)
    Valencia 1 (Piatti 53)
    (Valencia win 2-1 on aggregate)

    When Piatti scored it was all over but at least Del Moral's wondergoal made us avoid defeat. Nieto got injured and is out for 3 months.


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    Deportivo La Coruna 1 (Lucas 64pen)
    Eibar 1 (Vassiljev 6)

    We were lucky to escape with a point here so I am pretty pleased to come away with one!


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    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Vill 2-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Bordachev Abraham Vassiljev Dani Garcia Del Moral Nieto Tejera Angel Tchite
    Val 0-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Miyaichi, Tchite
    Barc 0-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Errasti, Tchite
    Val 1-1 Jaime Lell Mbia* Ekiza Abraham Errasti Tejera Del Moral Nieto Ono Angel Miyaichi, Bordachev
    Dep 1-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev* Errasti Del Moral Lara Ono Angel Tchite, Bordachev, Boveda

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    SUMMARY

    This was a very tough month as we really struggled. Whether teams are beginning to work us out or whether it is just one of those sticky patches I dont know. Having said that we did have some very tough matches - none tougher than against Barcelona.

    We end the calendar year in 7th place though - I would gladly take that at the end of the campaign!!!!

    I need to strengthen during the next window that is for sure. Attacking midfielders are required urgently!!!!!!!

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    KONSTANTIN VASSILJEV
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    LIGA BBVA
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  11. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebirdboi View Post
    Good story so far, just one thing though, aren't Bilbao in the Basque region considering they can only sign Basque players?
    yeah. as are Real Sociedad and Osasuna

  12. How the hell are you 4th!? This game seems like a walk in the park for you!


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  13. Glad you have found a game you are happy to stick with. Looking all nice right now. Look forward to seeing what attackers you bring in.

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    JANUARY

    Atletico Madrid 3 (Leo 3, 5, Juanfran 19)
    Eibar 1 (Abraham 12)

    We were given a thrashing here and I am just pleased that we made it respectable.

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    Eibar 1 (Lara 53)

    Levante 0

    Back to winning ways at last!!!


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    Cordoba 3 (Xisco 63, 69, 89)
    Eibar 1 (Bouzon og1)

    I dont know what happened here. We were fairly comfortable but then Xisco tore us apart. That said we had a late equaliser disallowed just before they scored their 3rd.


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    Eibar 1 (Keko 55)
    Real Sociedad 1 (Castro 38)

    This is a great point against the side currently lying 3rd in the table.

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    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Atl M 1-3 Jaime Lell Bordachev Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Angel Lara Tejera Tchite Capa
    Lev 1-0 Jaime Boveda Bordachev Ekiza* Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Angel Miyaichi Tejera Tchite Lara, Capa
    Cord 1-3 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Tejera Angel Lara, Tchite
    R. Soc 1-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Valle* Angel Bordachev, Tchite

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    SUMMARY

    We just scraped through this month as we won once, got a decent draw and were thrashed twice. The problem is a lack of goals as in our last 11 games in all competitions we have scored just 10 times!!!! Angel has only scored 5 goals this season which is just not good enough.

    I did sign 3 new players. Firstly I brought in a new right winger in the shape and form of Keko from Catania for $450,000.
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    I then spent $500,000 on a new attacking midfielder called Jonatan Valle.
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    Finally my director of football brought in Ulises Davila from Chelsea on loan. As a result I have cancelled the loan of Ryo Miyaichi.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    ABRAHAM

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    LIGA BBVA
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  15. Never thought I'd see the day Xisco outscored Messi + Ronaldo.

  16. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
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    FEBRUARY

    Eibar 3 (Keko 68, Davila 86, Valle 89)
    Almeria 0

    Not only did we win but we also scored three times!!!!! Keko and Valle has been impressive since signing and Davila got a debut goal here.


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    Rayo Vallecano 0
    Eibar 2 (Keko 40, Davila 56)

    Another win with another clean sheet and a couple of goals to boot!!! My 3 new signings once again shone. Keko and Davila scored while Valle assisted them both.

    Tejera got injured and is out for 6-7 weeks.


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    Granada 4 (Rochina 35, 38, Machis 48, Piti 89)
    Eibar 2 (Vassiljev 49, Del Moral 62)

    This is a disappointing result as I felt we could get a point here. Keko had a goal disallowed.


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    Eibar 1 (Keko 40)
    Getafe 2 (Vazquez 17, Diego Castro 28)

    I so hoped to win this as Getafe are one of the teams just above us but defensive errors cost us dearly. We had our left back sent-off for the 2nd game in a row which didnt help.


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    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Alm 3-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Raul Navas Bordachev Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Valle Davila* Ono
    Rayo 2-0 Jaime Lell Mbia* Bordachev Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Errasti, Angel, Lara
    Gran 2-4 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Ono, Boveda, Angel
    Get 1-2 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Bordachev Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Boveda

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    SUMMARY

    This month started brilliantly but ended horribly as we lost two games I felt we could have got something out of before the matches. That said I feel that my new signings have made an impact and we certainly look more dangerous going forward.

    We are currently lying in 7th place which is good but we have a tough run of fixtures coming up so we could drop further. 6th place would make us qualify for the Europa League but that isnt going to happen.

    We got Belgian side Charleroi as a feeder club.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    KEKO
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    LIGA BBVA

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    MARCH

    Eibar 3 (Davila 17, 23. Etxeita og43)
    Athletic Bilbao 0

    Normally I would be waxing lyrical about this victory but I cant celebrate a win against Athletic Bilbao.


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    Espanyol 2 (Sergio Garcia 6, 73)
    Eibar 3 (Ekiza 1, Davila 27, Bordachev 90)

    Another great win. I was delighted when I saw Bordachev's free-kick fly into the top corner. Nieto made his comeback from injury here.


    --

    Eibar 0
    Real Madrid 4 (Bale 21, 46, Ronaldo 26, 61)

    MEH!!!!

    --

    Valencia 2 (Piatti 88, 90)
    Eibar 3 (Diego Alves og2, Davila 15, Nieto 77)

    Piatti's 2 late goals took the shine off this fantastic victory but it is a great victory anyway.


    --

    Eibar 1 (Vassiljev 39pen)
    Sevilla 1 (Aspas 29)

    A decent point but we had a winner disallowed annoyingly.


    --

    Malaga 1 (Anderson 11)
    Eibar 2 (Davila 69, Ekiza 72)

    This win rounds off the month perfectly. Jonatan Valle missed a first half penalty for us.


    --

    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Ath 3-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Boveda Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila* 2 Ono
    Esp 3-2 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Bordachev Dani Garcia Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Lara, Lillo, Nieto
    Real M. 0-4 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Bordachev Vassiljev Dani Garcia Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Ono, Nieto, Angel
    Val 3-2 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Nieto, Ono
    Sev 1-1 Jaime Boveda Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Ono, Nieto, Angel
    Malaga 2-1 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza* Abraham Tejera Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Dani Garcia, Nieto, Ono

    --

    SUMMARY


    This was our best month so far as we had some really tough fixtures and we applied ourselves very well indeed and managed to win 13 out of a possible 18 points.

    This run has made us catch up on Real Sociedad and if we can manage to leapfrog them and finish in 6th place we will be in Europe next season but that is a dream to be honest.

    Unfortunately due to Bilbao being in the Copa del Rey final, the 7th placed side wont gain entry into the Europa League.

    The youth intake was ok for a club our size and with the facilities that we have. I got a decent CM in but I doubt we shall see him play in the first team anytime soon. I signed up 7 or 8 new recruits just so my u19 side has a competitive team next year!!!

    --

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    ULISES DAVILA
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    LIGA BBVA
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  18. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    APRIL

    Celta Vigo 0
    Eibar 1 (Vassiljev 12)

    --

    Eibar 4 (Del Moral 4, Davila 51, 80, Keko 79)
    Elche 0

    Elche are doomed and they didnt trouble us here one bit.


    --

    Villarreal 0
    Eibar 0

    If we won here we would have gone level with Villarreal but alas it was not to be.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Bordachev 79, Angel 90)
    Deportivo La Coruna 0

    WE MOVE UP INTO 4TH PLACE!!!!! Christ on a bike - even Angel managed to score!!!!


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Celta Vigo 1-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev* Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Davila Ono, Nieto
    Elche 4-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Valle Davila* 2 Bordachev
    Vill 0-0 Jaime Lell Bordachev* Ekiza Abraham Vassiljev Errasti Keko Del Moral Valle Angel Dani Garcia, Tchite, Nieto
    DLC 2-0 Jaime Lell Bordachev* Mbia Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Ono Davila Angel, Nieto

    --

    SUMMARY

    Who would have thought that with 3 games left we are in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League??? We had a great month and didnt concede once as we performed brilliantly.

    So can we finish 4th?? Our next game is at home against Atletico Madrid so if we win that I think its ours. Then we face Barcelona before coming up against struggling Levante.

    Wish me luck!!!

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    MAXIM BORDACHEV
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    LIGA BBVA
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  19. How the hell do you manage it

  20. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    MAY

    Eibar 0
    Atletico Madrid 3 (Mandzukic 20, 35, 58)

    This was a huge game for us and we bottled it completely. We never even troubled Atletico as Mandzukic scored 3 and had 1 chalked off.


    --

    Barcelona 5 (Messi 2pen, Deulofeu 15, 81, Suarez 28, 38)
    Eibar 2 (Davila 31, Angel 72)

    Defeat was expected and thats what we got. Del Moral had a goal disallowed but that wouldnt have changed the outcome.

    Champions League football is no more while we need to beat Levante to be sure of Europa League football.

    --

    Levante 0

    Eibar 3 (Keko 14, Del Moral 22, Davila 24)

    WE QUALIFY FOR EUROPE!!!!!!!!

    What an achievement!!!! My players didnt bottle it this time as we ran amock in the first half.

    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Atl M 0-3 Jaime Lell Mbia Bordachev Boveda Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Ono Davila Angel, Nieto, Raul Navas
    Barc 2-5 Jaime Lell Raul Navas Bordachev Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Keko Del Moral Ono Davila Nieto, Angel, Errasti
    Lev 3-0 Jaime Lell Ekiza Bordachev Abraham Vassiljev Tejera Keko* Del Moral Ono Davila Nieto, Angel, Dani Garcia


    --

    SUMMARY


    A mixed bag this month. We threw away the chance of Champions League football when we got thrashed by Atletico Madrid and then Barcelona but we did manage to beat relegated Levante to secure Europa League football.

    An end of season post is to follow.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    ULISES DAVILA

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  21. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    END OF SEASON POST

    So season number one is over and what a great season it was. It had its ups and downs but to quickly summarise it I would have to say that we started brilliantly, were awful in the middle but after strengthening in January we finished strongly which all in all secured a place in Europe!!!!

    Now while I am delighted to be in Europe it does cause me many problems. With the loan players returning (Abraham, Davila and Ono), the lack of funds in general and with my squad basically lacking in quality I have some major work to do.

    Added to that I dont have 4 players home grown by the club for European competition so I am going to have to sign some duds just to register a squad!!!!!!

    Anywho thats for the future. Regarding my squad, whileas a collective they excelled, individually there were few successes. Mbia and Ekiza were great at the back and Bordachev excelled when called upon. Tejera did ok while Keko was immense when he was signed and we would not have got close to Europe if my DoF hadnt have brought in Davila.

    Angel was extremely disappointing. As was Lell and basically everyone else in the squad lol.

    --

    FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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    (Xisco finished top scorer with 32 goals to claim the Golden Boot)

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    FIRST TEAM SQUAD
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    MY PLAYER OF THE SEASON
    BORJA EKIZA

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    (I didnt have any young players to have a young player award lol)

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    AROUND EUROPE


    I finished the season while at my Grans and forgot to take screenies and cant be arsed backtracking lol. I do know however that somehow Lyon got relegated in France while Man City beat Bayern to win the Champions League and Man Utd beat Everton to win the Europa League.

    --

    PRE-SEASON PLANS


    Strengthen, strengthen, strengthen and strengthen some more. But how to do that effectively with only $8m of a transfer budget? I will have my work cut out methinks.


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  22. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    PRE-SEASON

    I was an extremely busy boy this summer as I brought in no fewer than 10 players for just over $5m. I feel I have strengthened my squad enough to be genuine contenders for a Europa League finish but by no means are we Champions League quality - even if we only just missed out last year.

    I did add to my backroom staff as Gary Neville, Damien Commoli, Leandre Griffit, Erik Larsen, Gerd Muller and Gian Nicola Bisciotti joined the club.

    So onto the newcomers..............

    --

    PLAYERS IN


    My most expensive signing and by far and away my best signing is Alvaro Vadillo from Real Betis for a bargain $2.7m. He is the first player who I feel will still be with me in 3 or 4 years time and will be played on the LW.
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    Next up is Sergio Escudero who came in from Getafe for $900,000 and will be my new LB.
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    I spent $625,000 on Ximo from Almeria and he will battle it out with Lell to be my RB while also providing cover in the centre of defence. Also from Almeria came Mauro Dos Santos who will also provide cover in centre defence.
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    Raul Rusescu came in from Sevilla for $575,000 and will be my new striker.
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    Frederik Ronnow
    came in for a bargain $275,000 (his release fee) from AC Horsens and his value immediately shot up to his release clause with us!!! He is my new keeper.
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    I brought in one great looking regen from Germany for $49,500 when I brought in Jusuf Cosic.
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    I got Ayoze Perez in on loan from Newcastle and Hervin Ongenda on loan from PSG. Ayoze will start as my AMC while Ongenda is signed as cover.
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    Finally I brought in this useless idiot just so he can be registered in Europe as a player home trained by the club.
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    PLAYERS OUT


    Eneko Boveda was sold to Numancia for $190,000 and I released Lara, Arrieti and Karreji while the loan deals of Ono, Davila and Abraham were ended.

    --

    SUMMARY


    I have a fairly young team but a team that should be challenging in the top half. I made a mistake and forgot to negotiate a future fee for Ongenda and Ayoze Perez but hey ho.

    This is my planned first XI........

    Ronnow

    Escudero - Ekiza - Mbia - Lell/Ximo

    Kassiljev - Tejera

    Vadillo (LW) - Ayoze Perez - Keko (RW)

    Rusescu


    --

    ELSEWHERE


    England won the World Cup

    Bilbao sold Muniain to Monaco for $37m!!!!!!!!!!!



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  23. Death Ball's Avatar Death Ball
    Modern Day Legend
    TOP TEXT: They gave me eleven worms for fishing
    IMAGE: KILPPYBO
    BOTTOM TEXT: So I won the Champions League in the first season

  24. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    AUGUST

    Malaga 0
    Eibar 3 (Keko 40, Angel 45, 61)

    A great start to the season albeit lady luck smiled upon us as Malaga had 2 goals disallowed in the first half. Angel scoring twice was a nice surprise considering how useless he was last year.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Dos Santos 38, Keko 51)
    Celta Vigo 2 (Fernandez 7, 83)

    We avoided defeat which was good but I kinda expected a victory here to tell the truth.


    --

    Valencia 0
    Eibar 2 (Keko 31, Ongenda 72)

    WOW!!!!!

    This victory was amazing as I went to quick and submitted my team before I could pick Ekiza and Ayoze Perez. In the end we won 2-0 thanks to some superb finishing and a penalty save from veteran keeper Jaime.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Mal 3-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ayoze Perez Angel* 2 Dos Santos, Ongenda, Valle
    Celta Vigo 2-2 Jaime Lell Mbia Dos Santos Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Valle Angel Bordachev, Ongenda
    Val 2-0 Jaime Lell Mbia Dos Santos Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Valle* Angel Bordachev, Ongenda


    --

    SUMMARY

    This season is the 75th anniversary of this fine club and if we continue the way we have started then it is going to be a great season!!! We got 2 great away victories which made up for the disappointing home draw against Celta Vigo.

    In the Europa League we have been drawn against FC Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Kiev and Botev Plovdiv. I would like to think we will qualify from this group.

    The board gave me an extra $5m just before deadline day so I managed to bring in a new player. I was looking for a central midfielder but failed to bring one in as I pulled out of a deal to sign Andre Martins from Sporting Lisbon.

    I did however sign Ruben Garcia from Levante for a bargain $1.3m. I had eyes on him earlier in the summer but was quoted $8m so to get him so cheap is extremely pleasing. He will compete with Vadillo, Ayoze Perez and Keko for a starting slot.
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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    KEKO

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    LIGA BBVA
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  25. Nice singings mate or as Neville would say "unbelievable Klippy!!!". Anyway good luck!


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  26. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    SEPTEMBER

    Eibar 1 (Vadillo 78)
    Deportivo La Coruna 0

    A decent win as I gave debuts to Ronnow and Ruben Garcia while Ongenda made his first start.


    --

    UEFA Europa League Group H
    Botev (Plovdiv) 0
    Eibar 1 (Ruben Garcia 80)

    Check me out - resting players for league games no less!!! My backups got the job done here but it wasnt very convincing.


    --

    Sevilla 3 (Vitolo 11, Gameiro 19, 34pen)
    Eibar 1 (Tejera 73)

    We were awful here and were lucky not to lose by a lot more. Rusescu made his debut against his old club.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Keko 7, 84)

    Getafe 0

    Thats better!!! Keko has started the season well and I may have to offer him a new contract as his current one has a $2.3m release clause!!!


    --

    Atletico Madrid 2 (Eto'o 16, 39)

    Eibar 2 (Mbia 49, Tejera 66)

    A great comeback!!! We were ra ragged in the 1st half but in the 2nd we battled back and Tejera scored a stunning long range equaliser.


    --

    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    DLC 1-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero* Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ayoze Perez Ongenda Ruben Garcia, Angel
    Botev 1-0 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos* Bordachev Escudero Dani Garcia Errasti Nieto Ruben Garcia Valle Ongenda Angel, I.Flano
    Sev 1-3 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ayoze Perez Rusescu Ruben Garcia, Bordachev, Ongenda
    Get 2-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko* 2 Vadillo Ayoze Perez Rusescu Angel
    Atl M 2-2 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ayoze Perez Rusescu Ongenda, Ximo


    --

    SUMMARY

    A decent month. We won the games that we were expected to win, got a great draw away to Atletico Madrid and got beat heavily by Sevilla.

    We have a good chance to kick on over the next month or two as we have a decent run of fixtures. It is at the end of the season where things are more difficult as we face Real, Barca and Athletic in our last 4 games!

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    SERGIO TEJERA
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    LIGA BBVA
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  27. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    OCTOBER

    UEFA Europa League Group H

    Eibar 3 (Ekiza 21, Ruben Garcia 51, Selin og88)
    Dynamo Kiev 5 (Belhanda 5, 61, 90, Bezus 59, Mbokani 67)

    I dont know what happened here. We were 2-1 up and had a goal disallowed and then we just collapsed. Ongenda even missed a late penalty.


    --

    Eibar 1 (Mbia 56)
    Espanyol 0

    --

    Rayo Vallecano 0
    Eibar 0

    This is our 6th clean sheet in our 9th league game this season.


    --

    UEFA Europa League Group H
    FC Red Bull Salzburg 1 (Nielsen 79)
    Eibar 4 (Vadillo 12, 48, 80, Ruben Garcia 66)

    A very impressive victory that sees us move onto 6pts alongside Kiev and Salzburg.


    --

    Eibar 3 (Ruben Garcia 56, Keko 75, Rusescu 87)
    Real Sociedad 0

    Our 2nd half performance here was a joy to behold and Rusescu finally got off the mark. Another clean sheet in the league too!


    --

    Sporting Gijon 3 (Mandi 12, Isma 60, Guerrero 62)

    Eibar 0

    I was not expecting this score. A horror show.

    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Kiev 3-5 Ronnow Ximo Mbia Ekiza Escudero Dani Garcia Errasti Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Angel Ongenda
    Esp 1-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia* Ekiza Bordachev Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ayoze Perez Rusescu Angel, Valle, Ruben Garcia
    Rayo 0-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ayoze Perez
    RBS 4-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo* 3 Ruben Garcia Rusescu Dos Santos, Valle
    R. Soc 3-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Valle Keko* Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ximo, Dani Garcia
    Gijon 0-3 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu

    --

    SUMMARY

    A decent month but the first and last games are best forgotten. We end the month challenging at the top of the table and in a decent position in our Europa League group so I cant grumble about how we are progressing.

    I can however grumble about my summer signing, Rusescu. He has been poor and with Ongenda not ready and Angel not up to it I may need to strengthen up front in January and find someone to score a few goals like Davila did last season.

    I dropped Ayoze Perez during the month as he wasnt performing and Ruben Garcia has come in and done very vell.

    --

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    RUBEN GARCIA
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  28. Brilliant read this mate, looking forward to the next update :-)

  29. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    NOVEMBER

    Eibar 3 (Roberto og25, Rusescu 61pen, Ruben Garcia 77)
    Granada 2 (Oar 2, Finnbogason 14)

    A great comeback but even when we went 2 down I thought we were doing ok as we had already struck the woodwork 3 times and did so again afterwards.


    --

    UEFA Europa League Group H

    Eibar 2 (Valle 3, Ongenda 66)
    FC Red Bull Salzburg 1 (Schaub 13)

    I rested my first teamers here and my backups did the job. Ayoze Perez got 2 assists and Angel had a goal disallowed.


    --

    Eibar 5 (Rusescu 6, 12, 14, 42, Tejera 56)
    Recreativo 2 (Gallegos 43, 66)

    Rusescu amazingly missed a penalty inbetween his 1st and 2nd goals. An incredible invdividual performance against the leagues whipping boys.


    --

    Numancia 1 (Julio Alvarez 63)

    Eibar 3 (Errasti 3, Tejera 49, Rusescu 55)

    Numancia are the surprise package of the season and didnt deserve to lose so convincingly as they had 2 goals disallowed. That said, we had 1 chalked off.

    Tejera scored a screamer of a free-kick for the 2nd game in a row.


    --

    UEFA Europa League Group H
    Eibar 3 (Bordachev 53, Ongenda 73pen, Ayoze Perez 88)
    BOTEV (Plovdiv) 1 (Grigorov 23)

    This win secures our qualification into the next stage. Ayoze Perez scored his 1st goal for us and had 1 disallowed.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Ruben Garcia 47, Ekiza 86)

    Villarreal 1 (Stracqualursi 33)

    For the 3rd time this month we win after falling behind.

    --

    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Gran 3-2 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia* Rusescu Errasti, Ayoze Perez
    RBS 2-1 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos Ekiza* Bordachev Errasti Dani Garcia Ayoze Perez Nieto Valle Angel Ongenda, Capa, Escudero
    Rec 5-2 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu* 4 Ayoze Perez
    Num 3-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo Ayoze Perez Rusescu* Valle
    Botev 3-1 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos Ekiza Bordachev* Errasti Dani Garcia Ayoze Perez Nieto Valle Angel Ongenda, M.Flano, I.Flano
    Vill 2-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ongenda, Ayoze Perez


    --

    SUMMARY

    6 games, 6 wins, a perfect month!!!! We somehow are sitting 2nd in the league, sandwiched between Real and Barca and are right in the frame for a Champions League spot. Some may say a title challenge but we are yet to play the big two and we are nowhere near their level yet.

    In the Europa League we have qualified and to top the group we need to beat Dynamo Kiev.

    Raul Rusescu finally found his scoring touch as he netted 6 times. He was ably supported by my creative midfielders in Tejera, Keko, Ruben Garcia and Vadillo.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    RAUL RUSESCU

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  30. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    DECEMBER

    Copa del Rey 4th Round 1st Leg
    Guijuelo 2 (Laborda 42, Ballesteros 89)
    Eibar 3 (Angel 12, Ayoze Perez 13, Valle 20)

    --

    UEFA Europa League Group H

    Dynamo Kiev 4 (Khacheridi 5, Tanase 9, Kranjcar 27, Lyulka 32)
    Eibar 4 (Ongenda 15, Angel 21, 78, Ekiza 82)

    A crazy game but not enough to finish top. We certainly never know when we are beaten!!!

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    Eibar 1 (Vadillo 30)

    Barcelona 6 (Neymar 5pen, Messi 31, 66, 76, Yarmolenko 36, 47)

    We were given a hiding here but we should have scored 3 or 4 as we hit the woodwork a few times and missed some sitters. Ximo had a shocker with a rating of 3.8. A fine awaits.


    --

    Copa del Rey 4th Round 2nd Leg

    Eibar 2 (Ayoze Perez 8, Dos Santos 31)
    Guijuelo 0
    (Eibar win 5-2 on aggregate)

    Cosic made his debut here - he looks as though he will be a great player.


    --

    Real Madrid 1 (Ronaldo 90)
    Eibar 2 (Vassiljev 29, Vadillo 43)

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Guij 3-2 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos Ekiza Bordachev Errasti Dani Garcia Ayoze Perez Nieto Valle* Angel Ongenda, Capa, Lillo
    Kiev 4-4 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos Ekiza Bordachev Errasti Dani Garcia Ayoze Perez Nieto Ongenda Angel* 2 Capa
    Barc 1-6 Ronnow Ximo Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Errasti Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Bordachev, Ayoze Perez, Dani Garcia
    Guij 2-0 Ronnow I.Flano Dos Santos Mbia Bordachev Errasti Cosic Ayoze Perez Nieto Valle* Angel Ongenda
    Real M. 2-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev* Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Dos Santos, Ongenda, Errasti

    --

    SUMMARY

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On the field our disappointments against Kiev and Barca were well and truly forgotten about when we defeated Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

    We were also given some kind draws in the cups as Cordoba will be our opponents in the Copa del Rey and in the Europa League we will face Hoffenheim.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    JONATAN VALLE
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    LIGA BBVA

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  31. good performance

  32. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    JANUARY

    Athletic Bilbao 2 (Benat 25, Rico 57)
    Eibar 4 (Ruben Garcia 21, 53, Rusescu 34, 73pen)

    A fantastic result and a fantastic performance but I still feel dirty.


    --

    Copa del Rey 5th Round 1st Leg
    Eibar 6 (Rusescu 1, 28, 54pen, Vadillo 13, Ekiza 17, Ruben Garcia 62)
    Cordoba 0

    We are on fire just now. Cordoba are in the top flight remember so this is a great result.


    --

    Eibar 3 (Vadillo 13, Deivid og88, Ongenda 90)
    Cordoba 0

    A nice win but it could have been closer. Xisco had a one disallowed and missed several easy chances.


    --

    Copa del Rey 5th Round 2nd Leg

    Cordoba 4 (Billiat 9, 11, Fidel 45, Xisco 46)
    Eibar 1 (Bordachev 89)
    (Eibar win 7-4 on aggregate)

    I wasnt bothered about losing but this is not acceptable. 10-4 on aggregate to us over the three games though.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Vadillo 24, Tejera 56)
    Malaga 1 (Soto 3)

    To win without my 2 centre backs is a great achievement.


    --

    Copa del Rey QF 1st Leg

    Eibar 2 (Escudero 33, Rusescu 38)
    Atletico Madrid 2 (Mandzukic 12, Martinez 20)

    For the 2nd time this season we make a 2 goal comeback against Atletico Madrid.


    --

    Eibar 1 (Ekiza 59)

    Valencia 1 (Alcacer 38)

    On one hand I am happy but given our recent form a draw at home is disappointing.


    --

    Copa del Rey QF 2nd Leg

    Atletico Madrid 4 (Martinez 21, Mandzukic 36, Godin 49, Miranda 68pen)
    Eibar 3 (Ruben Garcia 62, Nieto 71, Vadillo 90)
    (Atletico Madrid win 6-5 on aggregate)

    A spirited comeback but it was just not enough. Atletico Madrid seem to be my bogey team. We were missing a few players so this was a good effort.


    --

    Celta Vigo 2 (Nolito 43, Hernandez 65)
    Eibar 6 (Nieto 11, 30, 42, 74, Ruben Garcia 29, Rusescu 58pen)

    What a result!!!! I always thought Nieto had potential but I admit he has slipped from my radar this season but he jumped right back into the picture here!!!!!!


    --


    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Ath 4-2 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo* Ruben Garcia 2 Rusescu 2 Nieto, Ximo
    Cord 6-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu* 3 -
    Cord 3-0 Ronnow Lell* Mbia Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Ayoze Perez Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ongenda, Dani Garcia
    Cord 1-4 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos Ekiza Bordachev Errasti Dani Garcia Ayoze Perez Nieto Valle Angel Ongenda, Capa, Lillo
    Malaga 2-1 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Bordachev Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia* Rusescu Ayoze Perez, Dani Garcia
    Atl M. 2-2 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ayoze Perez
    Val 1-1 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Ekiza* Escudero Errasti Valle Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ximo, Angel, Ayoze Perez
    Atl M. 3-4 Ronnow Ximo Dos Santos Ekiza Bordachev Cosic Tejera Ayoze Perez Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu
    Nieto, Ongenda, Angel
    Celta Vigo 6-2 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Bordachev Escudero Errasti Tejera Ayoze Perez Nieto* 4 Ruben Garcia Rusescu Dani Garcia


    --

    SUMMARY


    This month was very successful . We managed to get some great results in the league and cup although we just came unstuck against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

    It looks likely that we will qualify for the Champions League and that is what is urgently needed if we are to truly expand. I can strengthen the playing staff on a small budget but we need the stadium expanded (rremember our capacity is only 5,250) as well as all the facilities improved if we are to give it a proper go.

    On transfer deadline day I sold backup midfielder Dani Garcia to Malaga for $1m but to replace him in the squad I brought in Yoann Gourcuff from Lyon on loan for $700,000.
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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    ALVARO VADILLO

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    LIGA BBVA
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  33. Nice signing and some great results.


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  34. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    FEBRUARY

    Deportivo La Coruna 0
    Eibar 2 (Ayoze Perez 6, Vadillo 40)

    A very good away win. We should have scored 5 or 6 with the amount of chances that we created.

    --

    Getafe 0
    Eibar 2 (Angel 48, Vassiljev 89)

    I gave Angel a rare start in the league here and he responded by scoring twice although one was disallowed.


    --

    UEFA Europa League 1st Round 1st Leg

    Eibar 3 (Ruben Garcia 12, Ayoze Perez 77, Mbia 88)
    TSG Hoffenheim 1 (Inui 47)

    Another convincing performance. It could have been more as Ruben Garcia had a goal disallowed.

    --

    Eibar 1 (Vassiljev 48)
    Sevilla 4 (Curro 2, Bacca 12, 40, Carrico 37pen)

    I dont know where this performance and result came from. Sure I was missing a few players but we were awful.


    --

    UEFA Europa League 1st Round 2nd Leg
    TSG Hoffenheim 3 (Salihovic 9, 30, Szalai 17)
    Eibar 4 (Rusescu 28pen, Tejera 57, Escudero 67, Keko 69)
    (Eibar win 7-4 on aggregate)

    On the 48th minute my keeper, Ronnow, saved a Salihovic penalty and that moment changed the game, along with the red card that they got 5min later! From then on we dominated.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    DLC 2-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza* Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Ayoze Perez Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Vassiljev, Angel
    Get 2-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero* Gourcuff Vassiljev Ayoze Perez Vadillo Ruben Garcia Angel Cosic
    Hoff 3-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Gourcuff Errasti Keko* Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ayoze Perez, Ongenda, Valle
    Sev 1-4 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Bordachev Vassiljev Tejera Nieto Vadillo Ayoze Perez Rusescu Cosic, Ongenda, Ximo
    Hoff 4-3 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero* Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Gourcuff Rusescu Dos Santos, Ayoze Perez, Valle


    --

    SUMMARY

    Apart from the horror show against Sevilla this was a good month and we end it with a chance (albeit highly unlikely) of the title. We are also through to the 2nd round of the Europa League where we will play FC Kobenhavn.

    Next month will see the youth intake and a load of games both at home and abroad so we shall see how my players will cope with the extra demands.

    --

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    SERGIO ESCUDERO
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    LIGA BBVA
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  35. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    MARCH

    Eibar 4 (Vadillo 11, Rusescu 25, 63, Keko 82)
    Atletico Madrid 1 (Leo 81)

    A magnificent performance against a side that usually rips us apart. This puts us 9pts clear of Atletico and 14 clear of 5th place which means Champions League football will surely be ours for next season.

    --

    Espanyol 1 (Fernando Bob 70)
    Eibar 2 (Gourcuff 16, 88)

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    UEFA Europa League 2nd Round 1st Leg
    Eibar 3 (Rusescu 26, 81, Vadillo 84)
    FC Kobenhavn 2 (Gislason 6, Nilsson 59)

    I forgot to do a team talk before the game and we were struggling but in the end we managed to nick the win.


    --

    Eibar 4 (Rusescu 19, Ruben Garcia 26, 36, Ekiza 28)

    Rayo Vallecano 2 (Ze Castro 13, Bergdich 80)

    We were terrible for the 1st 15min but then we kicked into gear and were superb.

    --

    UEFA Europa 2nd Round 2nd Leg

    FC Kobenhavn 2 (Adi 1, 6pen)
    Eibar 3 (Dos Santos 46, Rusescu 59, 68pen)
    (Eibar win 6-4 on aggregate)

    A fantastic comeback!!!

    --

    Eibar 2 (Vadillo 51, Ruben Garcia 60)

    Sporting Gijon 3 (Scepovic 26, 50, Ivan Hernandez 45)

    AAAGGGGHHHH!!!! Sporting do the double over us and both times we have been on a great run of form and then they bring us back down to earth.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Atl M. 4-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Gourcuff Rusescu* 2 Cosic
    Esp 2-1 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Gourcuff* 2 Rusescu Cosic, Angel, Ayoze Perez
    Kob 3-2 Ronnow Lell Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Vassiljev Tejera Keko Vadillo Gourcuff Rusescu* 2 Ximo, Bordachev, Errasti
    Rayo 4-2 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia* 2 Rusescu Cosic
    Kob 3-2 Ronnow Lell Mbia Dos Santos Bordachev Vassiljev Tejera Keko Nieto Ayoze Perez Rusescu 2 I.Flano
    Gijon 2-3 Ronnow Lell Mbia Ekiza Escudero Gourcuff Vassiljev Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ximo, Valle, Ayoze Perez

    --

    SUMMARY

    A good month. We won all our games except from the last match against Sporting Gijon but I suppose after you have beaten Atletico Madrid 4-1 you can take that. Any slim hopes of the title is pretty much gone as we are 6pts off the top but 3rd place is assured.

    One worrying aspect is the fact that my usual rock solid defence has been dodgy as we are conceding far too many goals.

    In the Europa League we will renew acquaintances with Dynamo Kiev. They had the better of us in the group stage but this time I will be playing my strongest side so we shall see if that changes things.

    I got 1 great looking prospect in the youth intake. Alvaro Yanguas has been promoted straight into the first team squad and along with Cosic will get some sub appearances to try and aid his development while also playing for the U19s.
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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    RAUL RUSESCU

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    LIGA BBVA
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  36. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    APRIL

    Real Sociedad 1 (Canales 73)
    Eibar 2 (Keko 53, Ruben Garcia 88)

    A hard fought win but Sociedad had a last minute goal disallowed fortunately.


    --

    UEFA Europa League QF 1st Leg

    Dynamo Kiev 2 (Tremoulinas 41, Tanase 80)
    Eibar 3 (Tejera 15, Rusescu 26, 37)

    I am happy with this result even if I am annoyed at conceding the laste goal. Yanguas came off the bench to make his debut.



    --

    Recreativo 0
    Eibar 1 (Gourcuff 41)

    Gourcuff's stunning long range strike won the game for us here.


    --

    UEFA Europa League QF 2nd Leg
    Eibar 2 (Rusescu 21, Mbia 34)
    Dynamo Kiev 2 (Bezus 25pen, 66pen)
    (Eibar win 5-4 on aggregate)

    This match makes it 25 goals in 4 games between us and Dynamo Kiev this season.

    Eibar are in a European semi-final!!!!!


    --

    Eibar 1 (Nieto 8)
    Numancia 1 (Enrich 86)

    Very disappointing.

    --

    Granada 4 (Javi Ros 3pen, 32pen, 79pen, Assulin 48)
    Eibar 1 (Dos Santos 90)

    FUCKING PATHETIC!!!!!!!

    The only good news here is that despite the defeat we have qualified for next seasons Champions League.

    --

    Villarreal 1 (Moreno 53)
    Eibar 3 (Rusescu 24, Ruben Garcia 70, 76pen)

    How we won this with the side I put out, with their fitness levels as they are and after our thumping against Granada, I dont know. Ruben Garcia had a 3rd goal disallowed.


    --

    UEFA Europa League SF 1st Leg

    Eibar 3 (Rusescu 16, 39, Vadillo 65)
    Fiorentina 1 (Daprela 89)

    I am delighted that we have 1 foot in the final but I am so annoyed at conceding such a late away goal.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    R. Soc 2-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera* Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ongenda, Ximo
    Kiev 3-2 Ronnow Lell Mbia Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu* 2 Yanguas
    Rec 1-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff * Cosic Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Ongenda, Ayoze Perez
    Kiev 2-2 Ronnow Ximo Mbia
    SO
    Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Yanguas, Bordachev, Vassiljev
    Num 1-1 Ronnow Lell Mbia Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Ayoze Perez Nieto Ruben Garcia* Rusescu Bordachev, Errasti, Valle
    Gran 1-4 Ronnow Ximo Mbia Dos Santos Bordachev Vassiljev Cosic Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Yanguas, Errasti, Angel
    Vill 3-1 Ronnow Lillo Lell Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Nieto Ruben Garcia* 2 Rusescu Ayoze Perez, Errasti, Capa
    Fior 3-1 Ronnow Lell Bordachev Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Vadillo* Ruben Garcia Rusescu 2 Vassiljev

    --

    SUMMARY

    We werent at our best this month but we just about got by. We secured Champions League football and are ahead in the Europa League semi-final but the heavy defeat to Granada still leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

    Going into the final month of the season my focus is on trying to win the Europa League but with the holders, Man Utd, 2-0 up in their semi, it will be very tough to do so.

    I signed a 16y/o CB on a free transfer who looks to be a decent prospect.
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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    RUBEN GARCIA
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    LIGA BBVA
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  37. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    MAY

    Eibar 0
    Real Madrid 4 (Ronaldo 50, 52, Benzema 61, 72)

    I accept this defeat as I rested my first picks for the next game so we never had a chance.


    --

    UEFA Europa League SF 2nd Leg

    Fiorentina 0
    Eibar 2 (Keko 20, Mbia 85)
    (Eibar win 5-1 on aggregate)

    I am delighted with this win. I expected us to lose or maybe draw but never did I think that we would win 2-0. Man Utd, the holders, will be our opponents in the final.

    --

    Barcelona 3 (Neymar 61, Messi 74, 81)
    Eibar 0

    MEH!!! Even with a full strength team we would probably have got beat so I decided to rest my players for the final.


    --

    UEFA Europa League Final
    Eibar 1 (Keko 28)
    Manchester United 0


    WE DID IT!!!!!!!!

    I cant quite believe it. We were pummelled by Man Utd here (26 shots to 7) and my keeper, Ronnow, got the man of the match award as he single handedly kept United at bay.

    This has to go down as one of my greatest achievements in FM.



    --

    Eibar 2 (Ruben Garcia 21, Vadillo 64)
    Athletic Bilbao 0

    A good win but as ever I am not happy at beating Bilbao. I gave Cosic and Yanguas a start here and Cosic got an assist.

    --

    Cordoba 3 (Xisco 23, Pedro Lopez 52pen, Fran Cruz 67)
    Eibar 3 (Ruben Garcia 33, Rusescu 45, 65)

    An entertaining final game of the season which saw Yoann Gourcuff get sent-off.


    --

    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Real M. 0-4 Ronnow Ximo Mbia Lell Bordachev Vassiljev Errasti Ayoze Perez Nieto Valle Angel Escudero, Capa, Ruben Garcia
    Fior 2-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia* Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Vassiljev, Angel
    Barc 0-3 Ronnow Ximo Mbia Bordachev Lillo Vassiljev Errasti Nieto Valle Ongenda Angel Ruben Garcia, Escudero, Gourcuff
    Man Utd 1-0 Ronnow* Lell Ekiza Dos Santos Escudero Gourcuff Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu Vassiljev
    Ath 2-0 Ronnow Lell Mbia Yanguas Escudero Gourcuff Cosic Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia* Rusescu Ayoze Perez
    Cord 3-3 Ronnow Lell Mbia Yanguas Escudero Gourcuff Cosic Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Rusescu* 2 Ximo, Dos Santos, Ayoze Perez


    --

    SUMMARY


    Results wise as a whole this month was poor but I dont care as we won the Europa League and thats all that matters. I rested my team for the matches against Real and Barca so I expected to lose them so we were fresh for the final against Man Utd.

    In the end it worked a treat but it took a great performance from my keeper for us to win the trophy. We were also helped by the fact that Man Utd fielded a weakened side against us but hey ho we win they lose!!!

    An end of season post is to follow.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    STEPHANE MBIA
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  38. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    END OF SEASON POST


    This season marked the clubs 75 year anniversary and it was a special year on the field too. We got a record finish in the league of 3rd place which of course guarantees Champions League football for next season and also got to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and of course we won the Europa League!

    In the league we did well and are at the level that my side should be. We just lack consistency as every so often a horror performance and result creeps in. We scored nearly 30 goals less and conceded 30 goals more than Real and Barca so we wont get near those 2 until that is sorted. That said we were right up there until the final couple of months of the season.

    The Copa del Rey was ok. There was no shame in going out to Atletico Madrid and we pushed them all the way over the 2 legs.

    In the Europa League we were fantastic as we lost only 1 of our 17 games. We scored 41 goals in the competition as my players took to the European stage like a duck to water. Going into the tournament I thought a run to the quarters would be decent so to win it is a fantastic achievement.

    We did benefit from a kind draw and really only came up against much better opposition when we reached the final and we managed to fluke the win.

    Squad wise I was fairly happy overall. I have some exciting young players now both in the first team and waiting in the wings. My bargain summer signings Ronnow, Ruben Garcia and Vadillo were superb while Rusescu scored a ton of goals after a very slow start.

    Ximo had a nightmare of a season and must do better but he is a backup so not too fussed.

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    FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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    FIRST TEAM SQUAD

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    MY PLAYER OF THE SEASON
    RUBEN GARCIA

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    MY YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON
    ALVARO VADILLO

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    HONOURS

    Most Improved Club
    Spanish Young Player of the Year - Ruben Garcia
    Liga BBVA Team of the Year - Ruben Garcia
    Manager of the Year

  39. Quote Originally Posted by KLIPPYBO View Post
    Mohammed Tchite was brought in to give cover to Angel up front after he was released by Standard Liege. I dont think I have ever had a player from Rwanda before!!!!
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    Rather obscure..

    Almost as obscure as a boy from Qatar with 5 star potential for a top European Club that i found on my save..

  40. Also, on the topic of your Europa League win i hope you were singing the European Song

  41. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    PRE-SEASON POST

    I went into the summer determined to strengthen the squad but at the same time keep an eye out for young players for the future. I also went in with the plan of buying players rather than getting 3 or 4 on loan and I think I have done that.

    I was given a budget of $17m which I felt was decent enough. I have a tight wage structure in place with the highest paid player being on $29,000 a week so I had to choose my targets carefully and I couldnt get some others like Dzeko who signed for Valencia on a free transfer but is on $85k a week!!!

    Here is who I signed...........

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    PLAYERS IN

    My biggest signing was Mats Moller Daehli from Cardiff City for $5.5m. I have seen him turn into a great player before and he will no doubt excel here. His natural position is as a MC but I think I will play him further forward.
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    I brought in a new RB in the shape of Patric. The Brazilian came in for a fee of $2.4m and he will be an important player for us.
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    The other 3 permanent signings for the first team were brought in on the cheap. Roberto Rosales came in from Malaga for $675,000 and will provide cover in at RB. John Guidetti was brought in from Man City on a free transfer while Ruben Rochina came in from Granada on a free.
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    My only loan signing was to bring in Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.
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    These 3 regens came in from FC Nordsjaelland for a total of $850,000.
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    And these two came in for a total of $1.5m.
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    PLAYERS OUT

    I fell out with Stephane Mbia and he went to West Brom for $2.3m. He played 76 times and scored 6 goals for us. Ximo left for Sporting Gijon for $1.5m after his poor season which made us nearly a $1m profit.

    Angel (54 games/13 goals) was sold to Cordoba for $775,000 and Christian Lell (84 apps) was sold to Hertha Berlin for $500,000. Lell was let go quite cheaply but he was over 30 and he gave away about 50 penalties last season and he was on a big wage so it was time for him to go.

    Jaime and Lillo were released and out on loan went summer signing Boudzoumou and Valle.

    Obviously my loanees from last season are gone too.

    --

    SUMMARY


    There are some big changes both positionally and in the actual players themselves. Vadillo played LW last season but will be in his preferred RW position this season. Ruben Garcia was my AMC last term but will play in his favoured AML slot. 17y/o Cosic will start in my central midfield.

    Ronnow

    Escudero - Ekiza - Zouma - Patric

    Cosic - Tejera

    Ruben Garcia (LW) - Moller Daehli - Vadillo (RW)

    Guidetti


    Here is a screenie of Cosic..........
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    The target for the season is to get a bit closer to the big two in the league. In the Champions League I would take going out in the group stage to give us a chance to reclaim the Europa League, depending on the draw of course!!!
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  42. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    AUGUST

    Eibar 1 (Guidetti 45)
    Real Madrid 3 (Modric 3, 21, Benzema 60)

    Not a good start to the season but it wasnt exactly the easiest fixture we could have had!


    --

    Osasuna 0
    Eibar 5 (Guidetti 13, Ruben Garcia 45, 88, Moller Daehli 47, Rusescu 84)

    We bounce back with a great win over Osasuna here. Moller Daehli got a debut goal.

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    UEFA European Super Cup
    Eibar 4 (Vadillo 56, Guidetti 63, Cosic 77, Moller Daehli 94)
    Arsenal 4 (Giroud 20, Oxlade-Chamberlain 26, Berardi 90, 91)
    (AET Arsenal win 4-3 on penalties)

    This was some match!!! We went 2 down and were out of it and even had a Guidetti goal disallowed before we stormed back to lead 3-2 going into stoppage time but we got pegged back. We traded goals in extra-time and we even had the advantage in the penalty shoot-out but Cosic and Moller Daehli missed to give the cup to Arsenal.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Dos Santos 9, Keko 37)
    Deportivo La Coruna 0


    We were without several players here so this was a good win.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Real M 1-3 Ronnow Patric Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Keko Vadillo Ruben Garcia Guidetti Rochina, Errasti, Rosales
    Osas 5-0 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia* 2 Moller Daehli Guidetti Errasti, Keko, Rusescu
    Arse 4-4 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Keko, Errasti, Rochina
    DLC 2-0 Ronnow Patric Dos Santos* Ekiza Bordachev Vassiljev Errasti Keko Ruben Garcia Rochina Guidetti Yanguas, Bach, Nieto

    --

    SUMMARY

    This was a tough start to the season and we did ok. We lost to Real Madrid but won our other 2 league games and we took Arsenal to penalties in the European Super Cup.

    In the Champions League we have been given an awkward group as we have been drawn against Juventus, Stuttgart and Galatasaray.

    On deadline day I signed 3 new players, one for the first team squad, one for the youth team squad and one who has already been loaned out.........
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    Andrija Milina came in from GNK Dinamo for $750,000 and he will provide cover for CM while he develops into a top player. Brian Larsen was brought in for $850,000 and takes my Danish contingent to 4 while Jaka Zvipelj was signed from Maribor for $825,000 takes my Slovenian contingent up to 2 and he has gone out on loan to Rayo Vallecano.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    JOHN GUIDETTI
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  43. Nice signings and a good start, well done.


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  44. Man you are really good at this game.. You always use the same tactic in your stories or just the formation?

  45. Here's hoping the top two have a little slip up and you can take advantage of that. Looking forward to seeing how it goes in the Champions League.

  46. Great story mate keep it up!

  47. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    SEPTEMBER

    Granada 1 (Bravo 56)
    Eibar 3 (Ekiza 32, Moller Daehli 39, Guidetti 45)

    A very good away performance.

    --

    UEFA Champions League Group H
    Eibar 4 (Moller Daehli 3, Ruben Garcia 9, Vadillo 64, Guidetti 69)
    Galatasaray 1 (Umut Bulut 45)


    This was an excellent debut in the Champions League for us. We dominated throughout and deserved the victory.


    --

    Eibar 3 (Vadillo 8, 67, Guidetti 65)
    Malaga 1 (Anderson 38)

    Another good win and performance. We didnt miss Moller Daehli at all as Rochina came in and got 2 assists which made him pick up the MoM award.


    --

    Real Betis 0

    Eibar 3 (Keko 22, 38, Ekiza 90)

    Vadillo couldnt face his old side but his replacement, Keko, came in and scored twice.


    --

    Cordoba 4 (Xisco 29, Timor 35, 88, Fidel 37)
    Eibar 4 (Guidetti 28, 86, Keko 33, Vadillo 46)

    An entertaining match but I am very annoyed at conceding such a late equaliser.


    --

    UEFA Champions League Group H

    VfB Stuttgart 3 (da Costa 9, Maxim 45, Ibisevic 75)
    Eibar 2 (Ruben Garcia 24, Rusescu 81)

    This is kinda disappointing as I thought we could get the better of them. Both sides had a goal disallowed.


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    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Gran 3-1 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera* Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Milina
    Gala 4-1 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli* Guidetti Milina, Rusescu, Rochina
    Malaga 3-1 Ronnow Patric Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo 2 Ruben Garcia Rochina* Guidetti Nieto, Milina
    Real Betis 3-0 Ronnow Patric Bordachev Ekiza Escudero Milina Tejera Keko* 2 Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Nieto, Vassiljev
    Cord 4-4 Ronnow Patric Zouma Dos Santos Escudero Cosic Tejera Keko Ruben Garcia Vadillo* Guidetti 2 Rochina, Milina
    Stutt 2-3 Ronnow Patric Zouma Dos Santos Escudero Milina Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia* Moller Daehli Guidetti Rusescu, Errasti, Keko

    --

    SUMMARY

    Goals galore this month as we scored 19 in 6 games which is pretty decent but what isnt decent is conceding 10!!!! The month was fairly successful though with the only slip up coming against Stuttgart in the Champions League.

    (I found out today that Eibar signed Derek Boateng in real life - he would have been great for me in the first two seasons!!!!!)


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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    ALVARO VADILLO
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    LIGA BBVA
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  48. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    OCTOBER

    Barcelona 2 (Suarez 43, Messi 60)
    Eibar 0

    MEH!!!! We will beat them one day............


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    Eibar 3 (Moller Daehli 4, Cabrera og43, Guidetti 49)
    Elche 1 (Herrera 83)

    After two defeats in a row it was vital that we won this one as the next one wont be easy..............


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    UEFA Champions League Group H
    Eibar 2 (Guidetti 11, Moller Daehli 13)
    Juventus 2 (Pogba 16, Ferreyra 41)

    While I am obviously happy with a point I am annoyed that we threw away a 2 goal lead.

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    Eibar 1 (Guidetti 47)
    Celta Vigo 0

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    Sporting Gijon 0
    Eibar 2 (Vadillo 42, Rusescu 84)

    Sporting did the double over us last season so we were out of revenge and duly got it. Vadillo scored a stunning volley for the first.


    --

    Atletico Madrid 1 (Martinez 57)

    Eibar 1 (Rusescu 82)

    We played really well here and couldnt convert our chances until Rusescu saved us late on.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Barc 0-2 Ronnow Patric Zouma Dos Santos Bordachev Milina Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Rusescu, Rochina, Rosales
    Elche 3-1 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Milina* Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Rochina
    Juve 2-2 Ronnow Patric Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Milina Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Yanguas, Errasti
    Celta Vigo 1-0 Ronnow* Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Rochina, Yanguas
    Gijon 2-0 Ronnow Patric Yanguas Bordachev Escudero Cosic Milina Vadillo* Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Bach, Rusescu
    Atl M 1-1 Ronnow Rosales Zouma Ekiza Bordachev Milina Tejera Keko Ruben Garcia Rochina Guidetti Nieto, Yanguas, Rusescu

    --

    SUMMARY


    A decent month. We lost to Barcelona but got good draws against Juventus and Atletico Madrid plus a revenge victory over Sporting Gijon. Already the top 4 are threatening to break away and we are right in the mix.

    In the Copa del Rey we have been drawn against the only non-league side left in the cup, Avila.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    FREDERIK RONNOW
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    LIGA BBVA
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  49. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    NOVEMBER

    UEFA Champions League Group H
    Juventus 2 (Ferreyra 38, 55)
    Eibar 0

    I didnt expect a win here but unfortunately Stuttgart won so we are 3pts behind them which is worrying. Maybe a return to the Europa League is on!!


    --

    Eibar 1 (Guidetti 61)
    Valencia 1 (Stindl 83)

    A decent point as we were down to 10 men for a big chunk of the match. It was frustrating but understandable that we conceded late on.


    --

    Eibar 3 (Tejera 15, Moller Daehli 64, Gabriel og66)
    Getafe 1 (Diego Castro 43)

    Ruben Garcia had a goal disallowed which was a shame.

    --

    UEFA Champions League Group H

    Galatasaray 1 (Umut Bulut 18)
    Eibar 2 (Guidetti 13, Rochina 81)


    Rochina's late goal keeps us in with a chance of qualifying as Stuttgart beat Juventus. This means we have to beat Stuttgart to qualify for the knockout stages.


    --

    Sevilla 4 (Cisse 15, 52, Bacca 75, 82)
    Eibar 2 (Guidetti 37, 49)

    I am so pissed off at this score as we committed suicide with 3 awful defensive errors that cost us 3 goals.


    --

    LINEUPS

    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Juve 0-2 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Rusescu, Errasti
    Val 1-1 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza* Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Milina, Yanguas, Keko
    Get 3-1 Ronnow Patric Dos Santos Ekiza Escudero Milina Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli* Guidetti Rusescu, Keko, Yanguas
    Gala 2-1 Ronnow Patric* Zouma Ekiza Escudero Errasti Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti Rochina, Vassiljev
    Sev 2-4 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti 2 Rochina, Dos Santos

    --

    SUMMARY


    A mixed month was had here as we won 2 and lost 2 with a draw thrown in for good measure. The defeat against Sevilla was not on though as my defence had a day off with short back passes and missing easy clearances etc.

    It is due to performances and mistakes like that that we are not realistically challenging for the title so until I can get a few world class players in the same will keep happening I fear.

    We have a huge game against Stuttgart next month. A win will keep us in the Champions League and we would collect all the extra money that goes with that but a draw or a defeat lets us fight to retain the Europa League which is not a bad backup option.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    JOHN GUIDETTI
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  50. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend


    DECEMBER

    Copa del Rey 4th Round 1st Leg
    Avila 1 (Lazaro 43)
    Eibar 4 (Rusescu 10, 32, Yanguas 24, Bordachev 58)

    A win as expected but I am disappointed as Nieto had 2 goals disallowed.


    --

    UEFA Champions League Group H

    Eibar 3 (Moller Daehli 34, 39, Ruben Garcia 71)
    VfB Stuttgart 2 (Elm 31, Ibisevic 74)


    We go through - but only just on goal difference as we had the same results head to head and conceded the same amount of goals but we scored 2 goals more.


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    Real Sociedad 3 (Alvaro 15, Agirretxe 38, 40)
    Eibar 2 (Guidetti 26, 48)

    I hoped for at least a draw here but it was not to be. Thats 2 defeats on the trot in the league now.


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    Copa del Rey 4th Round 2nd Leg

    Eibar 2 (Rusescu 4, Rochina 61)
    Avila 1 (Lazaro 41)
    (Eibar win 6-2 on aggregate)

    I expected a much bigger win but hey-ho.


    --

    Eibar 2 (Keko 43, Guidetti 49)
    Athletic Bilbao 0

    I would have much rather have lost to Bilbao and beat Sociedad. Never mind.


    --

    LINEUPS
    OPP RES GK RB CB CB LB CM CM AMR AML AMC ST SUBS
    Avila 4-1 Ronnow Rosales Yanguas Dos Santos Bordachev Errasti Vassiljev Keko Nieto Rochina Rusescu* 2 Capa
    Stutt 3-2 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli* 2 Guidetti Errasti
    R. Soc 2-3 Ronnow Patric Zouma Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Vadillo Ruben Garcia Moller Daehli Guidetti 2 Errasti, Keko, Rochina
    Avila 2-1 Ronnow Rosales Yanguas Dos Santos Bordachev Cosic Errasti Keko Nieto Rochina* Rusescu Capa
    Ath 2-0 Ronnow Patric Zouma* Ekiza Escudero Cosic Tejera Keko Vadillo Moller Daehli Guidetti Rochina

    --

    SUMMARY

    This time last year we were heavily involved in the title race but this season we are nowhere near it which is disappointing. We did not bad this month. Although we lost to Real Sociedad we did beat Bilbao, progressed in the Copa del Rey and more importantly progressed in the Champions League by beating Stuttgart.

    In the cup draws we will play Everton in the Champions League and Sporting Gijon in the Copa del Rey so I am happy with those ties.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH
    JOHN GUIDETTI

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    LIGA BBVA
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