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    TOULOUSE SCRAPING BARGAIN BASEMENT
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    Toulouse have spent a large part of the summer scraping the bargain basement following their €16m purchase of Thomas Hudson, with each player being placed on the transfer list at their respective clubs

    First brought in was Julian Rainford, brought in from Arsenal for €4.9m

    Rainford, 24, came through the ranks at Arsenal, but, like so many, never made a league appearance for the Gunners

    The midfielder instead spent time on loan at Huddersfield, Aston Villa, Brighton, Norwich and Celtic, making a combined 161 league appearances
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    Also brought in was Ilie Mora, who joins Toulouse from Barcelona for a fee of €2m

    Mora, like Rainford, never made an appearance for his former club, instead spending time on loan at Deportivo Alaves, Malaga and Real Valladolid. Making a combined 146 league appearances
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    Next on the list is fellow Massimo Arena, who's joined from fellow French side Paris Saint-Germain for €1.8m

    Arena, 24, joined PSG as a teenager from Pescara Calcio for €4m and made 18 league appearances for the Parisians

    The Italian goalkeeper, however, fell out of favour at Emery Park and has now joined Toulouse for a reduced fee
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    Last but not least is Jaap Boere, who's joined from Manchester United for €4.2m

    Toulouse's transfer window has been the story of the failed wonderkid and Boere is no different, having a huge around of hype since joining Spart Rotterdam for €9m from Willhelm II as an 18 year old

    The teen scored 47 goals in 71 league games for the club which earned him his big move to United, but he never made a league appearance for the Red Devils
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  2. That keeper looks class. All good players tbf
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Sammuthegreat View Post
    That keeper looks class. All good players tbf
    Fun part of playing as a smaller team is you get all the big clubs cast offs for cheap

  4. Agreed. I've made club legends of plenty of United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal rejects.
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by Sammuthegreat View Post
    Agreed. I've made club legends of plenty of United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal rejects.
    Its the way to go

    I signed a 18/19 year old regen centre back on a free from Man City for Birmingham on FM2014, went on to make 100s of appearances and captain the side to the PL as well as Wales, there's not much more satisfying than that

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    FOURNIER JOINS GOAL-FRIENDLY TOULOUSE
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    Right winger Jean-Jacques Fournier has joined Toulouse on a season long loan deal from Middlesbrough as Les Pitchouns look to strengthen their squad

    Fournier joined Boro from Fenerbahce for €18.75m in January of 2037 following his release from AS Monaco, for whom he never made a league appearance

    Instead the 30 year old, who's made 115 Premier League appearances for Boro, spent a total of 7 seasons out on loan at Sochaux-Montbeliard, Stade Rennais (twice), Cordoba, Sevilla, Stuttgart and Montpellier, racking up 1184 league appearances across 4 separate divisions
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    Fournier has joined a free flowing Toulouse side who've scored 9 goals in their opening 5 games despite facing Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille

    Toulouse opened the season with a 2-0 win at home to Dijon, before beating Le Havre away from home. Toulouse also let a two goal lead slip at home to Marseille in a 3-3 draw before losing 3-0 to PSG and 3-1 to Stade Rennais
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  7. SEPTEMBER
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    The squad is set now, onwards!

    LIGUE 1
    Toulouse 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Tarin 48, Rainford, Hudson (Guerrero 58), Felip, Rougerie, Boere (McPolin 58)

    My first local derby and we didn't deserve to lose but Tarin screwed us over

    LIGUE 1
    Montpellier HSC 4-2 Toulouse
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona 36, Hudson 77, Guerrero, Felip (Fournier 70), Rainford (Tran 36), Rougerie, Boere

    We like goals... and red cards

    LIGUE 1
    Toulouse 5-2 EA Guingamp
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Tran, Mora, Tarin, Guerrero, Fournier, Rainford, Legros (Rougerie 72), Boere

    Our first win in 5 games and what a win it was! A switch to 4-2-3-1, 5 goals and no red cards! We're learning

    LIGUE 1
    AS Nancy 2-2 Toulouse
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Rainford (McPolin 78), Guerrero, Fournier (Felip 59), Hudson, Legros (Rougerie 59), Boere

    Jaap has arrived!

    LEAGUE TABLE
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    A poor start to the month, but it improved
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  8. OCTOBER
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    My first cup game this month. Yay.

    LIGUE 1
    Toulouse 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais
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    Arena, Nicolas, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Rainford, Guerrero (McPolin 64), Fournier, Hudson, Legros, Boere

    Their superior quality allowed them to edge us out in a very tight game

    LIGUE 1
    Troyes AC 2-5 Toulouse
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora (Guerin 45), Carmona, Rainford, Guerrero, Fournier, Hudson (McPolin 79), Legros, Boere

    Goals, goals, goals!

    LIGUE 1
    Touloues 0-1 Lille OSC
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Guerin, Alvarez, Rainford (McPolin 74), Guerrero, Fournier, Hudson, Legros, Boere

    Hawkins and Hibs old boy George Field putting us to the sword

    COUPE DE LA LIGUE THIRD ROUND
    Toulouse 0-0 Angers SCO
    Toulouse win 3-1 on penalties
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Rainford (Tarin 56), Guerrero, Fournier, Hudson, Legros, Boere

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooring

    LEAGUE TABLE
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    We're doing ok
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  9. NOVEMBER
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    We just have to stay up

    LIGUE 1
    Sochaux-Montbeilard 1-1 Toulouse
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Rainford (McPolin 81), Guerrero (Tarin 66), Fournier, Hudson, Legros, Boere

    A solid away draw

    LIGUE 1
    Toulouse 2-1 Gazelec Ajaccio
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Rainford (Tarin 76), Guerrero, Fournier, Hudson, Legros, Boere (McPolin 76)

    The ground is looking fuller by the week, except the weeks we aren't playing, of course

    LIGUE 1
    FC Lorient 2-0 Toulouse
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Tarin, Guerrero, Fournier, Hudson (Serrano 57), Legros (Rougerie 75), Boere (McPolin 75)

    We didn't deserve to lose

    LIGUE 1
    Toulouse 0-0 SC Bastia
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    Arena, Okeke, Nkoudou, Mora, Carmona, Rainford, Guerrero (Tarin 61), Fournier, Hudson, Legros, Boere (McPolin 75)
    Deserved to win

    LEAGUE TABLE
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    Strong and stable
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    TOULOUSE END 2041 ON A LOW
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    Tolouse have ended 2041 with a loss despite a strong start to the festive period

    Toulouse started the month with a last minute draw with AS Saint-Etienne, with American defender Jeff Tran coring a 92nd minute equaliser before losing to AS Monaco 3-1 despite a positive showing

    Toulouse followed this up with back-to-back wins with a Jaap Boere brace defeating FC Metz bfeore a 1-0 Coupe de le Ligue victory at Troyes AC

    However Toulouse lost their last game of the month 3-2 at home to Le Havre
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  11. JANUARY TRANSFERS
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    We're out of Coupe de la Ligue, through into the Coupe de France 10th Round and in mid table. Boring. We sold Fran Felip for €8.5m to finance these.

    JOHNNY BYRNE - LOAN - MANCHESTER CITY
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    The left back has come in because our previous left back wasn't good enough

    JOAO MAGALHAES - €300,000 - FC NANTES
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    My Director of Football signed him

    MOUSTAPHA N'DIAYE - €1.5m - AJ AUXERRE
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    Real Madrid wanted N'Diaye so we swooped in early to secure our first wonderkid
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  12. The joys of French youth intakes...
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  13. Very nice. Also the joys of youth intakes at clubs of a slightly lesser reputation - all three of those players could actually be key players for Toulouse, whereas at a PSG or a Bayern they might only ever make squad players.

    Need to get that Cissé kid some tutoring to raise his Determination...
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    TOULOUSE'S STUNNING CUP RUN CONTINUES
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    Toulouse returned to the French homeland from the isle of Corsica victorious having dispatched SC Bastia 4-0 in the Coupe de France Quarter Final

    Les Pitchouns have stunned the competition by reaching the semi final, where they will face Paris Saint-Germain, with the outsiders displaying incredible form of late, beating FC Metz 4-0 in he previous round

    Toulouse beat Sochaux-Montbeillard 2-0 and Gazelec Ajaccio 3-1 preceeding the match and are on the up in both league and cup fixtures

  15. Quote Originally Posted by TheLuckDuck View Post
    This is my first FM17 story following my FM16 story on this website With My Little Pick and Shovel - A Cardiff City Story (Cheeky plug). This will be a journeyman save, I don't do these often so this will probably end badly.
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    A year and a bit later and I've received a very similar e-mail from Bristol University. Anyone know if the Loughgall job's available?
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