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  1. SAF: Journeyman

    SIR ALEX FERGUSON: HIS CAREER
    ^The Original Thread^

    After achieving everything I could during my career copying the managerial path of Sir Alex Ferguson (everything except breaking Ryan Giggs' all time appearance record!), I will set off now on a journeyman career with no set path for my future. However, I will look to stick to some broad challenges that I may or may not:


    • The Champions League Challenge
    • The Pentagon Challenge (COMPLETED 2091)
    • A Youth Academy Challenge
    • Top the Hall of Fame on every continent
    • English Hero Challenge (bottom to top division - ideally with Salford or FC United)
    • A-Z Challenge (win a trophy with a team beginning with A, then B and so
    • The English League Challenge - manage all 92 English league sides from the 2017/18 season
    • The Premier League Challenge - win the EPL with every club that has played in it.
    • The Ultimate FM Challenge - win every league and cup available



    Keeping the same manager profile and save we begin in 2063...

    Updates here:
    UCL Challenge - Steaua Bucharest - 2064
    UCL Challenge - Steaua Bucharest - 2065
    UCL Challenge - Steaua Bucharest - 2066
    2066 WORLD CUP
    UCL Challenge - Steaua Bucharest - 2067
    2067 INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
    UCL Challenge - Steaua Bucharest - 2068
    Return to Aberdeen - 2069
    UCL Challenge - Marseille - 2070
    UCL Challenge - Marseille - 2071
    UCL Challenge - Marseille - 2072
    UCL Challenge - Marseille - 2073
    UCL Challenge - Marseille - 2074
    UCL Challenge - Hamburg - 2075
    UCL Challenge - Hamburg - 2076
    UCL Challenge - Hamburg - 2077
    UCL/Academy Challenge - Ajax - 2078
    UCL/Academy Challenge - Ajax - 2079
    UCL/Academy Challenge - Ajax - 2080
    UCL/Academy Challenge - Ajax - 2081
    UCL/Academy Challenge - Ajax - 2082
    UCL/Academy Challenge - Ajax - 2083
    Pentagon Challenge - Ajax CT - 2084
    Pentagon Challenge - Ajax CT - 2085
    Pentagon Challenge - Ajax CT - 2086
    Pentagon Challenge - Guangzhou - 2087
    Pentagon Challenge - Guangzhou - 2088
    Pentagon Challenge - Club America - 2089
    Pentagon Challenge - Club America - 2090
    Pentagon Challenge - River Plate - 2090
    Pentagon Challenge - River Plate - 2091
    UCL Challenge - Dortmund - 2093
    UCL Challenge - Dortmund - 2094
    UCL Challenge - Inter Milan - 2095
    UCL Challenge - Inter Milan - 2096
    UCL Challenge - Juventus - 2097
    UCL Challenge - Bayern Munich - 2098
    UCL Challenge - Bayern Munich - 2099
    UCL Challenge - Hamburg - 2100
    UCL Challenge - Hamburg - 2101

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  2. I will begin the next chapter of this career by taking at stab at the Champions League challenge created by Klippybo and Stonecold a few seasons back

    His recent thread best describes the challenge and give us the lovely table below..

    THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHALLENGE


    BADGE
    NAME
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    YEARS WON
    POINTS FOR WIN

    Real Madrid
    12
    1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017
    5

    Barcelona
    5
    1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
    5

    Bayern Munich
    5
    1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013
    5

    Manchester United
    3
    1968, 1999, 2008
    5

    Juventus
    2
    1985, 1996
    5

    Chelsea
    1
    2012
    5

    Liverpool
    5
    1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005
    10
    AC Milan
    7
    1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
    10

    Inter Milan
    3
    1964, 1965, 2010
    10

    Borussia Dortmund
    1
    1997
    10
    FC Porto
    2
    1987, 2004
    15

    Benfica
    2
    1961, 1962
    15

    Ajax
    4
    1971, 1972, 1973, 1995
    15

    PSV Eindhoven
    1
    1988
    20

    Marseille
    1
    1993
    20
    Celtic
    1
    1967
    25

    Hamburg
    1
    1983
    25

    Feyenoord
    1
    1970
    25

    Aston Villa
    1
    1982
    30

    Nottingham Forest
    2
    1979, 1980
    35

    Red Star Belgrade
    1
    1991
    40

    Steaua Bucharest
    1
    1986
    50


    I'n not really interested in the scoring part, just trying to win it with as many previous winners as possible.

    Obviously I've already won it with Man Utd, 22 times (and 4 with Aberdeen) so that is Utd ticked off the list.

    I added a few new leagues to my game and after turning down the likes of Roma, Napoli and West Brom(!) only one previous winner had a vacant managerial post...



    Steaua Bucharest

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    We begin at the bottom!
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  3. Not sure what is going on here but we have some top class players at Steaua
    (Maybe a bug on FM Touch when adding new leagues later in the game)

    These guys are way too good for the Romanian league and we aren't the only club to have a sprinkling of top class talent.

    Steve Gauthier - I would have snapped him up immediately if I was still at Man Utd.

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  4. To win the Champions League we first must be in it!

    UCL Qualifying

    Qual 2


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    Qual 3

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    Playoff

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    Ok even I think that was ridiculous!

    I know we inherited a sprinkling of top class talent in the squad. I added a couple of centre backs and some youthful depth to the squad but to breeze through qualifying like that is making me think the add/remove league feature is broken somehow.
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  5. GROUP OF DEATH??

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  6. Wow, those players looks ridiculous for Romanian league standards...

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Dokara View Post
    Wow, those players looks ridiculous for Romanian league standards...
    Yea it must be a bug, though the league is ranked 12th in Europe

    Below are some of the other club's talent

     

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  8. Your so far into the save though that the leagues can move up in that time and create awesome players, Man City start striker in my save is Romanian and from your club!SAF: Journeyman-screenshot-211-.png
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  9. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE 2063/64

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    The supposed Group of Death... We breezed through and were on for a 100% record until the final group game against Juventus brought us back down to earth. However to top this group is a remarkable achievement and very unexpected so early into the Steaua adventure

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  10. As fate would have it...

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  11. RETURNING LEGEND PRODUCES A SMASH AND GRAB

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    United are still at the top of the English pile but the gap has been closed already!

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  12. UCL QUARTER FINALS

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    The journey continues as we eliminate another English side.

    All eyes on Aberdeen for a possible semi final clash??

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  13. It hasn't taken long to dismantle my legacy at Utd..

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    Off the pace in the league and out of all the cup competitions

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  14. UCL SEMI FINAL

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    I was shocked when I managed to take Aberdeen to a UCL Final but Steaua Bucharest!! Deary me.

    The greatest manager in the history of the English games dispatches of Man Utd, Everton and Arsenal en route to a very unexpected Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid..

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    ..in Madrid's own stadium!
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  15. UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 2064


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    We find ourselves in the UCL final at the first time of asking and the first time since 1989.

    We face Real Madrid in their home stadium.

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    If we didn't have bad luck we would have had no luck in a final to forget.

    Our two wingbacks got themselves sent off inside 3 minutes of each other. However we managed to bag a 91st minute equaliser to force extra time.

    Our joy was short lived though as our keeper got injured in the 4th minute of added time and we had already made all 3 subs!! One of our strikers went into goal but couldn't do anything as Real Madrid ran away with it in extra time against 8 men and no goalkeeper

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  16. F***, that was unlucky...
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  17. So unlucky in the champions league, but you did amazing to go so far!
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    We started off the domestic season quite poorly as we prioritised the UCL qualifying games over the early league fixtures. In fact we were 6th for a brief period. However the squad settled down and we began rising up the table to eventually claim the title, as well as the Romanian Cup (two trophies off the Ultimate FM Challenge of winning every competition)

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    Much more importantly our journey to the UCL final has boosted the country's coefficients and will we soon have an automatic Group Stage spot.

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  19. As I expected it didn't take long for the bigger clubs in the bigger leagues to come calling for the Romanian league star players.

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    We lose our goalkeeper as well as our star man, Steve Gauthier, after a host of clubs meet his £17m release clause.

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    The quality of players available to replace our sales are not close to as good as the players we inherited so last season could well have been the best shot at winning the UCL for the next few years

    __________________

    A Third Scottish Stint

    I return as Scotland manager to target some international trophies. I took France to runners up in the International League but we got beat in the second of Euro 2064 by Ireland despite being utterly dominant.

    I have learnt now not to become the international manager of a league that isn't loaded or has a significant amount of international players available. Ghana had 14 players for the ACN, France had more available players but about 90% were aged 33+

    Scotland have over 150 available players, most playing in the loaded English Premier League. I will add the Scottish league to increase the players available as well to keep an eye on Celtic who I will manage at some point as part of the Champions League challenge.

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  20. UCL Qualifying 2064/65

    Next season we have an automatic Group Stage spot. If we do well this season in qualifying we should hopefully keep that automatic spot for a few years (or the remainder of my stay in Romania)

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    We enter this year at the Playoff stage and easily dispatch of Slovan Bratislava to reach the Group Stage for the second successive year.

    And for the second year we get a horrible group..

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  21. UCL Group Stage 2064/65

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    Unlike last year we have a VERY slow start with 3 draws. We should have hammered Porto and PSV at home but for some poor finishing from our new look strikeforce having been forced to sell last year's lot after their impressive seasons.

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    The goals finally came. Two draws with Bayern is good for the future but we exceptionally lucky against Porto with two late late goals securing our passage through to the next round.

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  22. FIRST KNOCKOUT ROUND 2064/65

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    In between the two legs I notch up 100 games for Steaua already

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  23. UCL QUARTER FINAL 2064/65

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    That was much easier than expected against a good Inter side!

    Good to see Man Utd back in the grove after last season's wobbles.

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    UCL SEMI FINAL 2064/65

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    Two late goals in the first leg gave us hope of a second Final in a row however ill discipline cost us again in the second as left back Sergio sees red in the 50th minute and City score 3 against the 10 men to set up an All-Manchester Final.

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  24. I will set a 5 year limit on winning the Champions League with each club.

    I can always call back later in the game as the list get smaller.

    I added the Scottish league and the Celtic and Aberdeen jobs are available.

    I need Celtic for the UCL Challenge but I would also one day like to go back to Aberdeen, return them to the top of European football and get a new stadium named after me if possible (making it two after Utd' SAF Park)
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  25. How's the lad doing at Man Utd? Still DOF?

  26. You'll also need a rejuvenation machine at some point

  27. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    How's the lad doing at Man Utd? Still DOF?
    Yea still there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt G View Post
    You'll also need a rejuvenation machine at some point
    In previous FMs you stop ageing at 100

  28. We won the Super Cup to add to the FM trophy list and secured another league title. We did get knocked out of the Romanian Cup at the quarter final stage however.

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    Our run to the UCL semi finals has further boosted the standing of the Romanian league and we now have two automatic spots in the Group Stage soon

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  29. UCL GROUP STAGE 2065/66

    After a runners up and semi final finish could it be argued that we are now one of the established team in Europe??

    We get the easiest of our three UCL group draws.


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    I thought we had blew it after Matchday Three when we lost at home to PSV. However we soon avenged that defeat and sealed qualification with a narrow win at home to Benfica. Victory over Stoke in the final game sealed top spot.

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  30. UCL FIRST KNOCKOUT ROUND

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    A red card in the first leg was worrying but we grabbed a late winner and cruised through the second leg.
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    Quarter Finals

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    Nothing to see here except the dismantling of long term rivals Liverpool!
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    SEMI FINALS

    I avoided returning to former clubs Utd or Aberdeen in the semis but got Man City. City have been in 5 of the last 7 finals however.


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    All to play for in the second leg as we hold City to a goalless draw.


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    1-0 to Steaua!!

    A third final in three years for one of Europe's former greats. Can we go one better and win it this time against the club that built a stadium to mark my great achievements with them?


  31. UCL FINAL 2066

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    Another heartbreaking final lose. This time we were much the better side despite falling behind early to a Conner Robertson strike. I brought Connor to Utd when I was there and he has developed into one of the best strikers in the world, as expected. He is Scottish and will be part of my team as we head off to the World Cup 2066. He better not make eye contact after this!

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    We clean up at home. Soon about to enter season 4 at Steaua. I have set myself a 5 year minimum term at each club in the Champions League Challenge so we will see how it develops over the next two seasons.

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  32. WORLD CUP 2066

    100 years on from England's famous win. I'm sure they will love to mark the occasion with another title.

    I am here with Scotland and will do my best to stop them.

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    SCOTLAND WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!!!
    !!

    The quest for an international trophy is over in unlikely fashion as we win every game at the 2066 WC.

    Add that to the hall of fame and the Ultimate FM Trophy Challenge.

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  33. Holy crap - winning the World Cup with Scotland?

  34. Great to see you still playing ILL!

    I remember that I had great success myself with tactics you were testing/playing. What are you playing these days?

    I'll keep following this story, hope you can win the UCL next season instead of being unlucky all the time!

  35. Well done on lifting the WC. Surely the Champions League has to arrive within the next 2 seasons!

  36. Quote Originally Posted by Matt G View Post
    Holy crap - winning the World Cup with Scotland?
    Ah they have some great players these days including my two former Man Utd players and were high in the rankings even before I took over.

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  37. Quote Originally Posted by JoOSTAR View Post
    Great to see you still playing ILL!

    I remember that I had great success myself with tactics you were testing/playing. What are you playing these days?

    I'll keep following this story, hope you can win the UCL next season instead of being unlucky all the time!
    Cheers.

    Only buy Football Manager now after the last update.

    Been using this from the being of 18.3.

    Only change the defensive line (drop deeper if slow defenders) or remove offside trap (if defenders are crap).

    Strikers, defenders and wingbacks = pace pace pace

    ¬FM18.3.0KnapASH343P104.fmf

  38. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Well done on lifting the WC. Surely the Champions League has to arrive within the next 2 seasons!
    Hope so! Big clubs looking at most of my top talent but getting difficult to replace them with equal quality

  39. UCL 2066/67

    Season 4 at Steaua Bucharest.


    Group Stage

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    The groups have started to ease after a terrible couple of draw when I first joined. Our only defeat was away to Inter. Elsewhere we put 8 past Basel and 10 past Lyon and avenged the Inter defeat with a 3-0 home win.

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    First Knockout Round

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    A tough draw to begin the knockout rounds but we soon had it wrapped up in the second leg

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    Quarter Finals

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    A 2-2 draw away from home can never really be a bad result in the UCL...

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    ... except when you draw the home leg 4-4, thanks to two late goals.

    After two finals and a semi final in the first three years this is a bitter pill to swallow and has led me to consider my position at the club.



  40. MUFC VACANCY!!

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    Just as I'm pondering my future at Steaua, Utd part ways with my successor after a trophyless season and a 3rd place finish in the league.

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    Too soon for me to return but the job does go to my old assistant manager at Utd, Stuart McKenzie

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  41. SCOTLAND

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    As if winning the 2066 World Cup wasn't perfect enough, we ended the year with a perfect 100% win record..

    That led us to the European League semi final...

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    INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FINAL


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    We beat Spain in the World Cup final and repeated the feat in the International League final to claim a second international cup (and add another new trophy to the cabinet).

    We played the entire second half with 10 and we desperately hanging on before claiming an unlikely penalty shootout win.

    That has picked me up after the UCL disappointment with Steaua last season and has geared me up for one last go at Champions League triumph with the 1986 winners!

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  43. I have achieved a lot with this manager but this is a first..

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    Qualifying for Europe in November!

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    We are in a title race that's for sure. No surprise that Viitorul are the only other Romanian team to do well in Europe meaning more prize money and better players
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  44. UCL 2067/68

    I considered leaving in the summer after losing in the UCL Quarter Finals 6-6 on away goals to Chelsea. However I eventually decided to stay one more season at Steaua and have a fifth and final attempt at winning the UCL with them, after losing two finals, a semi final and a quarter final.

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    Group Stage

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    A perfect group stage. I could even rest some players towards the end of it. Results included a 1-0 win in Milan followed by a 5-1 thrashing of the Italian giants in Bucharest.

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    First Knockout Round

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    Six-time winners Liverpool was my 'reward' for topping the group. We stole a 2-1 away win with some heroic defending and saw out a fairly comfortable 2-0 second leg win to set up another trip to England this time to face Arsenal.

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    Quarter Final

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    We lost at this stage last season to English opposition that nearly made me resign but no such worries this time as two injury time goals sealed a 3-0 win in the 1st leg and progress to another semi final.

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    SEMI FINAL

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    SMASH AND GRAB in the first leg with a goal on the counter attack against mega-rich PSG. The second leg was a much more expansive affair as we led 3-0 at one point to seal another final spot.

    Third time lucky perhaps!?!


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  45. UCL FINAL 2068

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    Of course it had to be against my former club..

    They beat us two years ago in the Final. Time for revenge??

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    CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 men Steaua Bucharest do it and a fully deserved victory even with the red card.

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    __________________

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  46. THEY SAY NEVER GO BACK...


    As I left Steaua the first jobs to become available were West Ham, Man City and Arsenal. None suited the Champions League challenge.

    The Man City job went to the PSG manager.

    The PSG job went to the Aberdeen manager.

    The Aberdeen job went to a former Aberdeen manager...

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    I won something like 12 titles in a row at Aberdeen.

    The club has won every league title since then!

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    The sole purpose of returning to Aberdeen is to try to get a new stadium named after me making it two in the UK after Old Trafford was sold and replaced by the Sir Alex Ferguson Park.

    To do that we must return Aberdeen to the top of European football and improve the bank balance significantly along the way...


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  47. What an idiot...

    I return to Aberdeen to get a new stadium named after me but they ALREADY have a new stadium being built!!!

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  48. ANOTHER FIRST

    SACKED!!!


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    Two years on from winning the World Cup I am sacked as Scotland manager after a surprise second round defeat to Switzerland.

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    Yes we should have done better but to sack me was ridiculous.

    That was Scotland's first defeat in over 3 years and I was boasting 90%+ win ratio!

    As it happens after building the Romanian league into one of the best in Europe over my 5 years there the national team went on to win Euro 68

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  49. So I returned to Aberdeen under false pretences. They gave me a two year contract. The new stadium is three years away. I'll complete at least one season of my contract and then keep an eye out for my next challenge

    Meanwhile at Aberdeen it is as if I never left...

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  50. The two main challenges for this part of the career:

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