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    87+ got a reaction from Basnandez in 87+   
    Thanks guys i have enjoyed my time battling against you both and will miss the banter too The fact I never managed to win a league title in either division shows how tough a GW it is as I have had a squad that should have done better. Maybe Im just a crap manager lol. I might well return one day for another stint and will check in for sure to see how things are going and who's winning what
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    87+ got a reaction from Basnandez in 87+   
    Congratulations to Rochdale and the promoted teams
    IMPORTANT NEWS
    As of yesterday I am no longer the GW owner. I released the GW so that Tranmere of Wrexham can take over the reigns. Tranmere has kindly stepped forward to take over the running of the GW. He has been in the GW since the beginning and knows this GW as well as anyone (myself included) He has helped police the GW on numerous occasions bringing to my attention a rule break when he has spotted it first so is on the ball for knowing what to do. I have given him the 87+ forum password so that he can use this account to be able to edit things so no function of the GW has been lost.
    Unfortunately my love of SM has faded in recent years and I feel it is my time to leave the game completely. I was planning on staying one more season whilst Tranmere settles in to it but I know he will be fine running it and I don't want to run up a huge debt on my club before then leaving. So with that in mind I will be leaving before the new season starts. Thankyou all for participating in the GW and supporting it over the years and I hope you will continue to carry on supporting Tramere going forwards. His word is law now so please respect his descisions.
    Monkeyshuffl
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    87+ got a reaction from lunastorta in The New Forum Layout   
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    87+ reacted to Tino in 87+   
    We beat Muangthong 2-1. Besic and Bruno were the goalscorers.
    The sad news are that we finally get a 87 rated player, Kevin Wimmer. (
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    87+ got a reaction from muallan in 87+   
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    lol and my GK got MOTM. Unexpected result away from home against a better team on paper and one of the favourites for the title.
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    SEASON 13 PREVIEW
    DIVISION 1
    Rochdale
    Strength: Current champions having won their first title in dramatic fashion last year after a really consistent campaign. Registered the second best attacking and defencive records in the league. They have star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. Bernardo Silva was the surprise package last season, winning the golden boot netting 11 goals from midfield! They also have depth so look out for them in the cup.
    Weakness: High expectations after last season, can they produce their good form again ? Lots of teams have found themselves champions one year, but relegated the next. In order to avoid this they should be looking to bring in a quality goalkeeper.
    Division 1 Titles: 1 Division 2 Titles: 1 (1 Runner up)
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 0
    Barcelona B
    Strength: Their manager Gozzy. Against all the odds Barcelona not only avoided relegation last year but were 10 minutes away from being crowned champions! They managed this with a rock solid defence by conceding only 15 goals, fewer than any other team in both divisions!
    Weakness: They continue to be the weakest team in the division at the moment. No real star players, makes it look hard for them on paper at least. Last years runners up have hugely over-achieved punching way above their weight and they will have to do exactly that again this season to avoid relegation!
    Division 1 Titles: 0 (1) Division 2 Titles: 0
    Cup Titles: 0 (1) Charity Shield Titles: 0
    Wrexham
    Strength: A very strong side with 4 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks that lost the title by 3 points last season finishing 3rd. Last years cup runners up have the biggest squad with 250+ players and their squad value is over 400m. Should be seen as one of the favourites for the Cup and they also have the ability to chalenge for the title!
    Weakness: With so many players, their training ground is beginning to look like an airport and the word is that this has afffected their team spirit! Losing player of the year and their top scorer Fekir, was a big blow for them! Could do with a top CB.
    Division 1 Titles: 1(1) Division 2 Titles: 1(1)
    Cup Titles: 2(3) Charity Shield Titles: 1(2)
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a very impressive supporting cast. They were a delight to watch last season scoring for fun a division record 42 goals! A main candidate not only for the title but for the cup also due to their depth and history in the competition having won it 3 times!
    Weakness: Squad wise not much, word has it that they are in debt though. But as the seasons go on, the pressure from the fans and the board must get bigger for that much anticipated 1st league title, can Monkeyshuffl deliver what the fans have been asking for for so long ? Last year their defence was what let them down, conceding far too many goals!
    Division 1 Titles: 0(2) Division 2 Titles: 0
    Cup Titles: 3(1) Charity Shield Titles: 2(1)
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: Four star players with a rating of 86 and good support for them also. Without a doubt they remain a big name in this GW and should be looking with the players available to them to get back to title winning ways after a mediocre season.
    Weakness: They could do with more quality defenders as most of their top players are either midfielders or strikers! Not very consistent last season, they will need to address this in order to challenge for the top spot!
    Division 1 Titles: 2 Division 2 Titles: 2(1)
    Cup Titles: 1 Charity Shield Titles: 1(2)
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star player Dybala with Kranevitter and Romagnoli alonside him! Manager KJKJ now has a first full season under his belt and will be looking to push on from last season when he kept them up by goal difference to the expense of Jahn Regensburg.
    Weakness: They must be seen as one of the favourites to go down alongside Barcelona B. They lost half of their games last season. Losing Kane didn't help their already weak squad which is in need of general strengthening in order to give them hope of surviving!
    Division 1 Titles: 0(2) Division 2 Titles: 0
    Cup Titles: 1(1) Charity Shield Titles: 0(1)
    Como
    Strength: Division 2 champions having scored more goals than anybody else (45) last season with a great home record of 8-1-0. Many have anticipated their arrival for a few seasons to the big stage but for one reason or another that came a bit late. But it seems that they are here to stay now! They have the best starting XI with 6 star players with a rating of 86 including division 2 player of the year Arnold, plus good support. Backed by lots of people as potential title winners!
    Weakness: Lots of hype around them but pulling of a title winning season in Division 2 is one thing, doing it in Division 1 is another. The only area on the field that they could improve is their GK but not a major problem.
    Division 1 Titles: 1(1) Division 2 Titles: 2
    Cup Titles: 1 Charity Shield Titles: 2
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt for the team that finished Division 2 runners up last season. They had the best defence, conceding only 24 goals and they will want to use this in their advantage again this time around. Looked more comfortable away from home!
    Weakness: Apart from their star men, not much support in a division with not a lot of differences between teams. This means they could find themselves in trouble fighting relegation especially if they don't find a better gk or a striker to partner Henriquez.
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 0(3)
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 0
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: A strong core of 8 85-rated players that will carry the weight of Varazdin who finished 3rd in division 2 last season! A big squad with lots pf potential who can be dangerous in the cup competition. Mid table is for sure achievable, with reserved hope of even more.
    Weakness: Curiously their goal dif. was -2 even though they finished so high in the table. They look as though they are the biq question mark of the division. With a few more quality players they can be a match for anyone on their day, but if they get some injuries or suspensions they may well be finding themselves looking over their backs at the relegation zone.
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 0(1)
    Cup Titles: 1 Charity Shield Titles: 1
    Crewe
    Strength: A very late arrival for Crewe in division 1 as on the final day they leapfrogged Willem by goal difference to get into the play offs, where they beat Doncaster to achieve promotion. Star players Locadia and Casteels with a few more decent players. The 2nd best defence in Division 2 last season.
    Weakness: They have the smallest squad in the GW and this is beggining to show as they find themselves short of depth with few quality players outside their starting XI. This could cost them as it will be difficult to compete on two fronts. Avoiding relegation should be their main target.
    Division 1 Titles: 1(2) Division 2 Titles: 0
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 1
    DIVISION 2
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: The unlucky team of division 1 last season going down on goal difference. Star player Santos and a few good players to support him. They have a new manager who will be eager to make a name for himself.
    Weakness: They need strengthening if they are going to challenge for promotion. Strikers and full backs are main priorities for them! Let in the most goals in Division 1 last season.
    Division 1 Titles: 0(1) Division 2 Titles: 0
    Cup Titles: 1 Charity Shield Titles: 0(1)
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Mason, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support. After winning the division 1 title 2 times in a row, they find themselves relegated by 1 point. Expected to go straight back up and fight for the 1st place.
    Weakness: Scored the fewest goals in the gw (19) which is why they got relegated. Are their best days behind them ? Momentum clearly isn't in their favour but their manager will have his first full season at the helm to try and turn things around!
    Division 1 Titles: 2(1) Division 2 Titles: 1(1)
    Cup Titles: 0(1) Charity Shield Titles: 1(1)
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some support. Relegated from division 1 they will feel that they belong there and not in Division 2.
    Weakness: A weak squad that suffered the most defeats in the GW last season (11 in 18 games) and conceded the most goals in Division 1. They have got a liability in goal and need to get someone of real quality to replace him otherwise promotion will be difficult.
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 1
    Cup Titles: 1(2) Charity Shield Titles: 0(1)
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too but they somehow managed to get relegated. One of the favourites for the Division 2 title and a quick return to the top flight
    Weakness: It was a big shock that they got relegated, only managing 2 wins and gathering a very poor 12 points with a home record of 0-2-7. Fingers are being pointed in the direction of manager Noisy and he must handle the criticism in order to keep control of the dressing room. A better gk and another option at cb could be useful.
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 1(1)
    Cup Titles: 0(1) Charity Shield Titles: 0
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: Last years cup winners. An impressive five star players with a 86 rating to call upon. Lost the play off final and find themselves in Division 2 for another year. It looks like their wait won't last much longer though as the seem more suited for Division 1. Title contenders.
    Weakness: They must be low on confidence after such a cruel end to the season. Well known for underachieving in recent years, they managed to turn that around in the cup, now its time to do so in the league!
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 0(1)
    Cup Titles: 1 Charity Shield Titles: 0
    Willem II
    Strength: They have star player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Didn't get a shot at the play offs only due to goal difference and will be looking to go one better this time around!
    Weakness: Could do with more firepower up front in order to achieve promotion. More stability will be another goal that they will try to achieve this season as last year they won and lost the same amount of games.
    Division 1 Titles: 1 Division 2 Titles: 1(1)
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 1
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and a few more good players. They also have Division 2 player of the year Etoundi. A big club in the gw history that only finished 3 points away from the play offs, scoring the 2nd most goals in the division along the way (37). They have a new manager that brings new hope to the club in order to achieve promotion. Lots of funds to spend if needed.
    Weakness: The team is in transition after losing their manager who was with them from the start of the gw so it will be a tough change for them. Top of the list if they are going to achieve automatic promotion must be a top quality gk and a bit more depth!
    Division 1 Titles: 3(1) Division 2 Titles: 1
    Cup Titles: 0(1) Charity Shield Titles: 1(2)
    Furth
    Strength: 3 star players and very good support that finished only 1 win away from the play offs last season. Should be strong in both competitions as they have good depth to cope with them. One of the teams that should be challenging for the title.
    Weakness: A good team for division 2 on paper but they lost the most games out of anyone else in that division last year so it seems that things aren't so simple. The reason for that might be their bad defensive performances conceding 40 goals, the 2nd most in the gw!
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 1
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 0
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star player Gomez but not much support. They finished second to last in the previous season which means expectations aren't that high, something that might just work in their favour.
    Weakness: Their squad doesn't look the best and they could struggle if they don't recruit new talent fast. Promotion might be a tough task as last year they were poor away from home and conceded more goals than any other team (42). Losing Mitrovic was a blow to their plans.
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles: 0
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 0
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players, 3 of them defenders. A strong starting eleven that looks more suited for division 1. If fit then they can push for promotion.
    Weakness: Finished last and confidence must be low at the camp. They could improve their goalkeeping position and also need more depth as they have the smallest squad in the division.
    Division 1 Titles: 0 Division 2 Titles:0(1)
    Cup Titles: 0 Charity Shield Titles: 0
    And finally just for a bit more fun we have brought you some odds by William Hill:
    Division 1 Outright Winners:
    Liverpool de Montevideo 5/1
    Como 5/1
    Wrexham 15/2
    Guaratingueta 10/1
    Rochdale 10/1
    Division 2 Outright Winners
    Rayo Vallecano 5/1
    Siena 6/1
    Doncaster 7/1
    Greuther Furth 10/1
    Lugano 12/1
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    87+ got a reaction from Soccahappy in 87+   
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    87+ reacted to M.E.W in 87+   
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    Hello to everyone. I wish to have fun with you guys, And thanks monkeyshuffl for giving me this opportunity to join in.
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    87+ got a reaction from argala in Current Multiplayer Problems & Solutions   
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    That's the problem. Do something!!!
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    87+ reacted to scrooll in 87+   
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    Thanks for the warm welcome it nice to comeback at this GW,took over Rayo which had some great seasons with the their old manager but now are in trouble in the relegation battle.Have a large squad from 105 players but will reduce them after selling around 20 of them,also played my first game with the team and get my first win after 2-1 win over Barca B(goals from Te Vrede,Gayle) after the win we are still in relegation zone but it's have enough time to take out from there
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    87+ got a reaction from New Dawn Fades in SUPERNAG - NDF's Criminally Underrated SoccerManager Players   
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    :(:eek:
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    87+ got a reaction from pedrooliveira in where's Noisy?   
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    I'd like to put my name down for this GW.
    The rules on the OP look confusing but from what I can make out it sounds a bit like hide and seek
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    87+ got a reaction from sirmarkhughes in where's Noisy?   
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    I'd like to put my name down for this GW.
    The rules on the OP look confusing but from what I can make out it sounds a bit like hide and seek
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    87+ got a reaction from muallan in 87+   
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    SEASON 12 PREVIEW
    Below is my rambling Season preview for the upcoming season. As always its just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously Its not up to Stato's (Tranmere) quality of previews as I think his factual analysis is more interesting but its better than nothing. It took me ages so I hope you all enjoy it
    DIVISION 1
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support to make up an eleven. The Current and two times defending Champions will fancy their chances of making it 3 on the spin to set a new GW record. Confidence will be high and their guiding light manager chR Ristos is still at the helm so big things will be expected agin from them.
    Weakness: No team has ever managed to take the title 3 times in a row and with 1 or 2 recent player losses they might also find it a step to far. Beyond the starting 11 their strength starts to diminish and could do with some higher rated reinforcements soon to face a long season ahead.
    Wrexham
    Strength: An embarrassment of riches with no less than 5 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks too its unlikely they will ever put a weak side out in both league and cup. The best squad depth in the GW with nearly 200 players. In Tranmere they have the manager who has assembled such a formidable force and one who knows how to win the title too. Favourites for the league and possibly the cup.
    Weakness: Despite such strength they struggled last season and only made a late push which granted them survival in the league. Is the manager losing his touch? They will want to get wins under their belt quickly as numerous players could be on there way out of the club. Player wise not a lot as they recently had the best ever team the GW has known!
    Barcelona B
    Strength: No star players and a weak squad overall. They one big hope is the manager. Somehow against all the odds Gozzy not only didn't finish bottom of division 2 last season but somehow got them promoted.
    Weakness: They are without doubt the weakest team in the GW at the moment and how they are in Div 1 is either witchcraft or divine intervention. Poor previous management by several past managers had left the club with a lot to do and some of their best players were sold last season to help the rebuild. Little has come through yet to boost the club and a very tough season lies ahead for them. Strengthening in every department will be a priority and fans will continue to fear more of their best players might make way before things start to get better. Staying up would be some achievement.
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star players Dybala and Kane. New manager KJ KJ has recently been appointed and fans will hope that he is active in the transfer market as they have one of the smallest squads. They have gone close to winning the past two seasons and will be hoping they can go that extra step this season.
    Weakness: They have lost their previous manager who was able to extract performances from them that few would have believed. The squad is generally weak and they will be hoping for some players to develop fast if they are to keep the good times going at the club. Despite recent past heights scaled they are one of the favourites to get relegated and avoiding that again should be seen as success.
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some OK support. They survived relegation last season and will be looking to build on that this time around. Manager Phil Cook has been at the club a long time now so knows the challenge ahead and knows he is capable of keeping them up again.
    Weakness: One of the weaker squads in the division and with an 80 rated GK between the sticks they look likely to ship plenty of goals. A GK on loan should be a big priority for them. Its a big ask for Tallo to fire in enough goals to keep them up this season and he will need others chipping in too. They may have 90 players in the squad but thats still not a huge squad in this GW and should look to strengthen for the future sooner rather than later. A few risers could save them this season but a good start will be vital.
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: Star player Santos and a few good players in support including a good GK. Manager Jim Garvock has a full season under his belt now and a successful one at that. Promotion was achieved last term and this season survival will be the main goal as they look to try to establish themselves as a regular Division 1 club. A relatively small squad but recent strides have been made to strengthen the squad for the future which will give their fans hope of more success to come.
    Weakness: Coming up via the playoffs is never going to be easy the next season and they could fall victim like many before them who end up going straight back down. They have a team capable of scrapping in the top flight but goals or lack of them could become a concern. Schahin looks their best bet to fire them to safety but worryingly only managed 4 goals last season. If any player is going to keep them up it will be their GK Vagner. Further strengthening to the squad should remain a priority.
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a strong supporting cast. A squad depth that is only second to Wrexhams. They won the cup for a record third time last season and were in the title race again so know how to compete on both fronts. A quality GK in Guzman means they are always in with a chance.
    Weakness: The manager? Despite a quality side he has never managed to land a division title in either division. Has their chance gone? They were one of the top teams about but others have not only closed the gap but arguably overtaken them. Cartabia won't hang around for much longer and Buyuk the clubs best striker is clearly inept at scoring with 19 goals in 69 appearances. Wages are a constant thorn in the clubs side with them being 40m in debt last term. It has been cleared but fans know this won't last for long and more good players will have to leave. Could get dragged into the relegation fight before long.
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too. They won Division 2 last season and will fancy there chances at having a real crack at winning Div 1 this time round. The omens are good for clubs winning Division 2 then Division 1 the next season with several teams achieving it so expectations will be rightly high. Under their previous manager they had lost their way a little and were drifting downwards but since Noisy's return they have come of age and look ready to take Division 1 by storm as they look to land their first top tier title. Experienced manager Noisy has won the title before when he deserted Siena and led Crewe to the title.
    Weakness: What they would give to have a good GK? They are up there with Wrexham as favourites to win the league but could fall just short due to not having a quality GK. They will be playing Kevin Keegan style football of trying to win the game 5-4 but surely it can't always work out well? Despite recent success fan unrest is growing as they start to demand why the club is being stingy with the purse strings when it is thought that they have 50m stashed away. Fan distrust remains among the diehards of the club with the memory of Noisy abandoning them for his own personal glory still etched in their minds. It will take more than winning the division 2 title to win over the doubters!
    Rochdale
    Strength: Star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. They avoided relegation last season and might finally being losing the YOYO tag! They have the depth to compete on both fronts and are ones to look out for in the cup. Challenging for the title is not out of the question and worrying about relegation should be someone else's problem this season.
    Weakness: For all the talent on the pitch they too lack a quality GK. This won't help their title aspirations and should they find themselves in the bottom 4 come the end of the season we know which player will be getting a kicking from the rest.
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: For star players and good support for them also. After hitting rock bottom in Division 2 they have picked themselves up and found there way back up to the top flight. Two time Division 1 manager Rilo believes he still has the team capable of winning the title again with many of the championship winning sides still there. With a well rounded team they have the potential to make it 3 title wins and will be expected to be there abouts come the end of the season.
    Weakness: Have the sleeping giants finally woken up or are they sleep walking there way back to division 2? They lack quality in depth so will struggle to make much impression in the cup and will be hoping for few absentees. Doping allegations still surround the club and there was even a rumour that they could be stripped of their titles because of it!
    DIVISION 2
    Willem II
    Strength: Star Player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Where there is a good GK there is hope and they have a good GK. They also have a strong defensive unit and from that manager footie will be hoping to create a stable platform to launch them back to the big time. Promotion is definitely a possibility and something they should be aiming for.
    Weakness: Whilst they look solid at the back its going forward they have concerns over. Do they have the fire power to sustain a promotion push? It looks dicey. Strengthening of the squad is needed especially in attack but that will take time and time isn't looking to friendly right now.
    Crewe
    Strength: Star players Locadia and Casteels along with a few decent players. They have a top class GK in Casteels keeping the goals out one end and a top class striker the other end in Locadia to bang them in. In the players in between pull their weight they can look forward to a successful season ahead and will be dissappointed if they don't secure promotion come the end of the campaign.
    Weakness: They look light in numbers having one of the smallest squads in the GW and badly need to invest in the future before their stars move on. They started life as one of the powerhouse's of the GW and went on to win the div 1 title some seasons ago. They even have only been relegated once in the GW's history but that fact betrays the truth that they have fallen far from grace and have been stuck playing lower tier football for some time now. Last season a new manager brought new hope and optimism around the club but the fans patience will only last so long. Manager Xavier Fernandez is expected to deliver this season!
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and the odd good player. In Derley they have a player capable of banging in the goals need to get them back to where they want to be, but their biggest asset is 3 times Division 1 Champion's manager Soccahappy. He knows more than anyone what is needed to win at the highest level and will be eager to show his mad skills off once more.
    Weakness: They fell through the trap door again last season and head first at that. The former giant of the GW has been cut down to size in recent seasons and if they don't turn things around soon their won't be any body alive able to remember their glory days! Always rumoured to have a sizeable war chest the fans will be demanding the manager throws his cheque book at the problem. Losing star player Adrian in goal last season was a huge blow and one that could take them seasons to recover from. It will take a huge effort for them to get promoted with a playoff spot their best hope.
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Gomez and a couple of other good players. New manager Gizb took over towards the end of last season after their only ever manager D B walked out of his managers office and was never seen again. Muathong are quietly confident they have made the right appointment and see his tenure as a long term project rather than a quick fix. The cheque book has been opened already and fans wait in anticipation of more new faces arriving in the coming weeks. Should be aiming for a playoff place.
    Weakness: A club that has found life hard over the seasons and has rarely ventured into top flight football and when they did a swift return ensued. Its unlikely there will be a quick fix to turn their fortunes around so strengthening of the squad should be their priority with a quality GK at the top of the list followed by their defensive unit. Playoffs are probably the best they can hope for but even that will be a tough ask.
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt with decent support. In Ian Donegan they have a manager who is very experienced and knows what he must to move the club forward. Fans are excited by the raft of new players that have come through the doors in recent weeks and have high hopes for the future. With this forward planning success can only be just around the corner. Should be looking for an automatic promotion place and will be dissappointed with anything less. A crack at the div 2 title is not out of the question.
    Weakness: They are a work in progress rather than the finished article and with weakness' like Darlow in goal it will be a bumpy road to get to where their heading. Like many continued strengthening is a must for the future but who will score them their goals today?
    Como
    Strength: They have an impressive six players rated 86 and strong depth with a host of 85's. Manager Muallan will be in charge for his third campaign this season and will be looking to make a real statement to the rest of the GW let alone his division. They have one of the best teams in the GW and look a dead cert for the Division 2 title.
    Weakness: Much of what they have got was there last season, If they couldn't pull it together last time around who's to say everything will click this time. Despite having such a wealth of talent at the club their a chilies heal is their GK. Balgradean is by no means a stinker in goal but tests on his last seasons GK gloves suggest they were 78% teflon and 12% tears.
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players and decent support. Experienced manager Huddo has 4 star players to call upon and this gives them a great chance at aiming high this season. The have to be considered a title threat and promotion with this many star players has to be seen as a minimum. A small squad should mean there is money in the bank to invest.
    Weakness: Like many in the second division they too have a suspect GK. He's not ready for action but he's all they've got. To have 4 star players is incredible considering they only have 48 players in total and a recruitment drive looks pressing. A few rises and they could be a force to be reckoned with but a few enforced sales and they would be left with a seriously understrength side even for division 2. Likely to flirt with failure as much as success.
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: Two star players in Mario and Mbemba and a decent squad. bill pol has built a great squad with huge depth and potential that includes many youth internationals and this can only bode well for the future. They have been somewhat starved of success so far with only 1 cup win to show for a large outlay but on closer inspection they look like they are a club who will start to make more of a noise very soon. A title push may be to much of an ask but automatic promotion is a real possibility. They have a good side at the moment but the real strength of the club is how they are set up for the future.
    Weakness: They have been threatening to break through as a real force for a while now but but still the fans wait. Patience from the fans will be wearing thin as they start to demand the good work off of the pitch is matched by results on it!
    Furth
    Strength: Three star players and strong support also leaves them looking as a contender for the title with promotion a minimum objective. They should make a cup run also with decent strength in depth to call upon.
    Weakness: They currently have no manager though negotiations are believed to be taking place with a candidate. They will not want to start the season rudderless or it could have a huge impact on their end of season standing. Numerous players are unhappy at the club and again this is something a manager is vital to have to sort out.
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: An impressive five star players to call upon with some good support too. A new manager (Tino) has been appointed for this season so fans should be optimistic that past failings will not be repeated. They not only have the talent to get promoted they should be pushing all the way in the title race. This looks the perfect opportunity for manager Tino to look good as they can't do much worse
    Weakness: Probably the GW's biggest under achievers. It doesn't so much as rain it pours. They have been stuck in a never ending winter of footballing discontent that some locals now refer to as the Doncaster Ice age. When you look at the strength of their side and in seasons gone past you have to wonder how they are not doing a lot better than what they are. On paper they look easily good enough to play at the highest level but in reality they tend to find themselves trying to not finishing last in division 2. Surely another season of failure can't unfold before them?
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    SEASON 12 PREVIEW
    Below is my rambling Season preview for the upcoming season. As always its just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously Its not up to Stato's (Tranmere) quality of previews as I think his factual analysis is more interesting but its better than nothing. It took me ages so I hope you all enjoy it
    DIVISION 1
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support to make up an eleven. The Current and two times defending Champions will fancy their chances of making it 3 on the spin to set a new GW record. Confidence will be high and their guiding light manager chR Ristos is still at the helm so big things will be expected agin from them.
    Weakness: No team has ever managed to take the title 3 times in a row and with 1 or 2 recent player losses they might also find it a step to far. Beyond the starting 11 their strength starts to diminish and could do with some higher rated reinforcements soon to face a long season ahead.
    Wrexham
    Strength: An embarrassment of riches with no less than 5 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks too its unlikely they will ever put a weak side out in both league and cup. The best squad depth in the GW with nearly 200 players. In Tranmere they have the manager who has assembled such a formidable force and one who knows how to win the title too. Favourites for the league and possibly the cup.
    Weakness: Despite such strength they struggled last season and only made a late push which granted them survival in the league. Is the manager losing his touch? They will want to get wins under their belt quickly as numerous players could be on there way out of the club. Player wise not a lot as they recently had the best ever team the GW has known!
    Barcelona B
    Strength: No star players and a weak squad overall. They one big hope is the manager. Somehow against all the odds Gozzy not only didn't finish bottom of division 2 last season but somehow got them promoted.
    Weakness: They are without doubt the weakest team in the GW at the moment and how they are in Div 1 is either witchcraft or divine intervention. Poor previous management by several past managers had left the club with a lot to do and some of their best players were sold last season to help the rebuild. Little has come through yet to boost the club and a very tough season lies ahead for them. Strengthening in every department will be a priority and fans will continue to fear more of their best players might make way before things start to get better. Staying up would be some achievement.
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star players Dybala and Kane. New manager KJ KJ has recently been appointed and fans will hope that he is active in the transfer market as they have one of the smallest squads. They have gone close to winning the past two seasons and will be hoping they can go that extra step this season.
    Weakness: They have lost their previous manager who was able to extract performances from them that few would have believed. The squad is generally weak and they will be hoping for some players to develop fast if they are to keep the good times going at the club. Despite recent past heights scaled they are one of the favourites to get relegated and avoiding that again should be seen as success.
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some OK support. They survived relegation last season and will be looking to build on that this time around. Manager Phil Cook has been at the club a long time now so knows the challenge ahead and knows he is capable of keeping them up again.
    Weakness: One of the weaker squads in the division and with an 80 rated GK between the sticks they look likely to ship plenty of goals. A GK on loan should be a big priority for them. Its a big ask for Tallo to fire in enough goals to keep them up this season and he will need others chipping in too. They may have 90 players in the squad but thats still not a huge squad in this GW and should look to strengthen for the future sooner rather than later. A few risers could save them this season but a good start will be vital.
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: Star player Santos and a few good players in support including a good GK. Manager Jim Garvock has a full season under his belt now and a successful one at that. Promotion was achieved last term and this season survival will be the main goal as they look to try to establish themselves as a regular Division 1 club. A relatively small squad but recent strides have been made to strengthen the squad for the future which will give their fans hope of more success to come.
    Weakness: Coming up via the playoffs is never going to be easy the next season and they could fall victim like many before them who end up going straight back down. They have a team capable of scrapping in the top flight but goals or lack of them could become a concern. Schahin looks their best bet to fire them to safety but worryingly only managed 4 goals last season. If any player is going to keep them up it will be their GK Vagner. Further strengthening to the squad should remain a priority.
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a strong supporting cast. A squad depth that is only second to Wrexhams. They won the cup for a record third time last season and were in the title race again so know how to compete on both fronts. A quality GK in Guzman means they are always in with a chance.
    Weakness: The manager? Despite a quality side he has never managed to land a division title in either division. Has their chance gone? They were one of the top teams about but others have not only closed the gap but arguably overtaken them. Cartabia won't hang around for much longer and Buyuk the clubs best striker is clearly inept at scoring with 19 goals in 69 appearances. Wages are a constant thorn in the clubs side with them being 40m in debt last term. It has been cleared but fans know this won't last for long and more good players will have to leave. Could get dragged into the relegation fight before long.
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too. They won Division 2 last season and will fancy there chances at having a real crack at winning Div 1 this time round. The omens are good for clubs winning Division 2 then Division 1 the next season with several teams achieving it so expectations will be rightly high. Under their previous manager they had lost their way a little and were drifting downwards but since Noisy's return they have come of age and look ready to take Division 1 by storm as they look to land their first top tier title. Experienced manager Noisy has won the title before when he deserted Siena and led Crewe to the title.
    Weakness: What they would give to have a good GK? They are up there with Wrexham as favourites to win the league but could fall just short due to not having a quality GK. They will be playing Kevin Keegan style football of trying to win the game 5-4 but surely it can't always work out well? Despite recent success fan unrest is growing as they start to demand why the club is being stingy with the purse strings when it is thought that they have 50m stashed away. Fan distrust remains among the diehards of the club with the memory of Noisy abandoning them for his own personal glory still etched in their minds. It will take more than winning the division 2 title to win over the doubters!
    Rochdale
    Strength: Star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. They avoided relegation last season and might finally being losing the YOYO tag! They have the depth to compete on both fronts and are ones to look out for in the cup. Challenging for the title is not out of the question and worrying about relegation should be someone else's problem this season.
    Weakness: For all the talent on the pitch they too lack a quality GK. This won't help their title aspirations and should they find themselves in the bottom 4 come the end of the season we know which player will be getting a kicking from the rest.
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: For star players and good support for them also. After hitting rock bottom in Division 2 they have picked themselves up and found there way back up to the top flight. Two time Division 1 manager Rilo believes he still has the team capable of winning the title again with many of the championship winning sides still there. With a well rounded team they have the potential to make it 3 title wins and will be expected to be there abouts come the end of the season.
    Weakness: Have the sleeping giants finally woken up or are they sleep walking there way back to division 2? They lack quality in depth so will struggle to make much impression in the cup and will be hoping for few absentees. Doping allegations still surround the club and there was even a rumour that they could be stripped of their titles because of it!
    DIVISION 2
    Willem II
    Strength: Star Player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Where there is a good GK there is hope and they have a good GK. They also have a strong defensive unit and from that manager footie will be hoping to create a stable platform to launch them back to the big time. Promotion is definitely a possibility and something they should be aiming for.
    Weakness: Whilst they look solid at the back its going forward they have concerns over. Do they have the fire power to sustain a promotion push? It looks dicey. Strengthening of the squad is needed especially in attack but that will take time and time isn't looking to friendly right now.
    Crewe
    Strength: Star players Locadia and Casteels along with a few decent players. They have a top class GK in Casteels keeping the goals out one end and a top class striker the other end in Locadia to bang them in. In the players in between pull their weight they can look forward to a successful season ahead and will be dissappointed if they don't secure promotion come the end of the campaign.
    Weakness: They look light in numbers having one of the smallest squads in the GW and badly need to invest in the future before their stars move on. They started life as one of the powerhouse's of the GW and went on to win the div 1 title some seasons ago. They even have only been relegated once in the GW's history but that fact betrays the truth that they have fallen far from grace and have been stuck playing lower tier football for some time now. Last season a new manager brought new hope and optimism around the club but the fans patience will only last so long. Manager Xavier Fernandez is expected to deliver this season!
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and the odd good player. In Derley they have a player capable of banging in the goals need to get them back to where they want to be, but their biggest asset is 3 times Division 1 Champion's manager Soccahappy. He knows more than anyone what is needed to win at the highest level and will be eager to show his mad skills off once more.
    Weakness: They fell through the trap door again last season and head first at that. The former giant of the GW has been cut down to size in recent seasons and if they don't turn things around soon their won't be any body alive able to remember their glory days! Always rumoured to have a sizeable war chest the fans will be demanding the manager throws his cheque book at the problem. Losing star player Adrian in goal last season was a huge blow and one that could take them seasons to recover from. It will take a huge effort for them to get promoted with a playoff spot their best hope.
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Gomez and a couple of other good players. New manager Gizb took over towards the end of last season after their only ever manager D B walked out of his managers office and was never seen again. Muathong are quietly confident they have made the right appointment and see his tenure as a long term project rather than a quick fix. The cheque book has been opened already and fans wait in anticipation of more new faces arriving in the coming weeks. Should be aiming for a playoff place.
    Weakness: A club that has found life hard over the seasons and has rarely ventured into top flight football and when they did a swift return ensued. Its unlikely there will be a quick fix to turn their fortunes around so strengthening of the squad should be their priority with a quality GK at the top of the list followed by their defensive unit. Playoffs are probably the best they can hope for but even that will be a tough ask.
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt with decent support. In Ian Donegan they have a manager who is very experienced and knows what he must to move the club forward. Fans are excited by the raft of new players that have come through the doors in recent weeks and have high hopes for the future. With this forward planning success can only be just around the corner. Should be looking for an automatic promotion place and will be dissappointed with anything less. A crack at the div 2 title is not out of the question.
    Weakness: They are a work in progress rather than the finished article and with weakness' like Darlow in goal it will be a bumpy road to get to where their heading. Like many continued strengthening is a must for the future but who will score them their goals today?
    Como
    Strength: They have an impressive six players rated 86 and strong depth with a host of 85's. Manager Muallan will be in charge for his third campaign this season and will be looking to make a real statement to the rest of the GW let alone his division. They have one of the best teams in the GW and look a dead cert for the Division 2 title.
    Weakness: Much of what they have got was there last season, If they couldn't pull it together last time around who's to say everything will click this time. Despite having such a wealth of talent at the club their a chilies heal is their GK. Balgradean is by no means a stinker in goal but tests on his last seasons GK gloves suggest they were 78% teflon and 12% tears.
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players and decent support. Experienced manager Huddo has 4 star players to call upon and this gives them a great chance at aiming high this season. The have to be considered a title threat and promotion with this many star players has to be seen as a minimum. A small squad should mean there is money in the bank to invest.
    Weakness: Like many in the second division they too have a suspect GK. He's not ready for action but he's all they've got. To have 4 star players is incredible considering they only have 48 players in total and a recruitment drive looks pressing. A few rises and they could be a force to be reckoned with but a few enforced sales and they would be left with a seriously understrength side even for division 2. Likely to flirt with failure as much as success.
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: Two star players in Mario and Mbemba and a decent squad. bill pol has built a great squad with huge depth and potential that includes many youth internationals and this can only bode well for the future. They have been somewhat starved of success so far with only 1 cup win to show for a large outlay but on closer inspection they look like they are a club who will start to make more of a noise very soon. A title push may be to much of an ask but automatic promotion is a real possibility. They have a good side at the moment but the real strength of the club is how they are set up for the future.
    Weakness: They have been threatening to break through as a real force for a while now but but still the fans wait. Patience from the fans will be wearing thin as they start to demand the good work off of the pitch is matched by results on it!
    Furth
    Strength: Three star players and strong support also leaves them looking as a contender for the title with promotion a minimum objective. They should make a cup run also with decent strength in depth to call upon.
    Weakness: They currently have no manager though negotiations are believed to be taking place with a candidate. They will not want to start the season rudderless or it could have a huge impact on their end of season standing. Numerous players are unhappy at the club and again this is something a manager is vital to have to sort out.
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: An impressive five star players to call upon with some good support too. A new manager (Tino) has been appointed for this season so fans should be optimistic that past failings will not be repeated. They not only have the talent to get promoted they should be pushing all the way in the title race. This looks the perfect opportunity for manager Tino to look good as they can't do much worse
    Weakness: Probably the GW's biggest under achievers. It doesn't so much as rain it pours. They have been stuck in a never ending winter of footballing discontent that some locals now refer to as the Doncaster Ice age. When you look at the strength of their side and in seasons gone past you have to wonder how they are not doing a lot better than what they are. On paper they look easily good enough to play at the highest level but in reality they tend to find themselves trying to not finishing last in division 2. Surely another season of failure can't unfold before them?
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    SEASON 12 PREVIEW
    Below is my rambling Season preview for the upcoming season. As always its just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously Its not up to Stato's (Tranmere) quality of previews as I think his factual analysis is more interesting but its better than nothing. It took me ages so I hope you all enjoy it
    DIVISION 1
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support to make up an eleven. The Current and two times defending Champions will fancy their chances of making it 3 on the spin to set a new GW record. Confidence will be high and their guiding light manager chR Ristos is still at the helm so big things will be expected agin from them.
    Weakness: No team has ever managed to take the title 3 times in a row and with 1 or 2 recent player losses they might also find it a step to far. Beyond the starting 11 their strength starts to diminish and could do with some higher rated reinforcements soon to face a long season ahead.
    Wrexham
    Strength: An embarrassment of riches with no less than 5 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks too its unlikely they will ever put a weak side out in both league and cup. The best squad depth in the GW with nearly 200 players. In Tranmere they have the manager who has assembled such a formidable force and one who knows how to win the title too. Favourites for the league and possibly the cup.
    Weakness: Despite such strength they struggled last season and only made a late push which granted them survival in the league. Is the manager losing his touch? They will want to get wins under their belt quickly as numerous players could be on there way out of the club. Player wise not a lot as they recently had the best ever team the GW has known!
    Barcelona B
    Strength: No star players and a weak squad overall. They one big hope is the manager. Somehow against all the odds Gozzy not only didn't finish bottom of division 2 last season but somehow got them promoted.
    Weakness: They are without doubt the weakest team in the GW at the moment and how they are in Div 1 is either witchcraft or divine intervention. Poor previous management by several past managers had left the club with a lot to do and some of their best players were sold last season to help the rebuild. Little has come through yet to boost the club and a very tough season lies ahead for them. Strengthening in every department will be a priority and fans will continue to fear more of their best players might make way before things start to get better. Staying up would be some achievement.
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star players Dybala and Kane. New manager KJ KJ has recently been appointed and fans will hope that he is active in the transfer market as they have one of the smallest squads. They have gone close to winning the past two seasons and will be hoping they can go that extra step this season.
    Weakness: They have lost their previous manager who was able to extract performances from them that few would have believed. The squad is generally weak and they will be hoping for some players to develop fast if they are to keep the good times going at the club. Despite recent past heights scaled they are one of the favourites to get relegated and avoiding that again should be seen as success.
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some OK support. They survived relegation last season and will be looking to build on that this time around. Manager Phil Cook has been at the club a long time now so knows the challenge ahead and knows he is capable of keeping them up again.
    Weakness: One of the weaker squads in the division and with an 80 rated GK between the sticks they look likely to ship plenty of goals. A GK on loan should be a big priority for them. Its a big ask for Tallo to fire in enough goals to keep them up this season and he will need others chipping in too. They may have 90 players in the squad but thats still not a huge squad in this GW and should look to strengthen for the future sooner rather than later. A few risers could save them this season but a good start will be vital.
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: Star player Santos and a few good players in support including a good GK. Manager Jim Garvock has a full season under his belt now and a successful one at that. Promotion was achieved last term and this season survival will be the main goal as they look to try to establish themselves as a regular Division 1 club. A relatively small squad but recent strides have been made to strengthen the squad for the future which will give their fans hope of more success to come.
    Weakness: Coming up via the playoffs is never going to be easy the next season and they could fall victim like many before them who end up going straight back down. They have a team capable of scrapping in the top flight but goals or lack of them could become a concern. Schahin looks their best bet to fire them to safety but worryingly only managed 4 goals last season. If any player is going to keep them up it will be their GK Vagner. Further strengthening to the squad should remain a priority.
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a strong supporting cast. A squad depth that is only second to Wrexhams. They won the cup for a record third time last season and were in the title race again so know how to compete on both fronts. A quality GK in Guzman means they are always in with a chance.
    Weakness: The manager? Despite a quality side he has never managed to land a division title in either division. Has their chance gone? They were one of the top teams about but others have not only closed the gap but arguably overtaken them. Cartabia won't hang around for much longer and Buyuk the clubs best striker is clearly inept at scoring with 19 goals in 69 appearances. Wages are a constant thorn in the clubs side with them being 40m in debt last term. It has been cleared but fans know this won't last for long and more good players will have to leave. Could get dragged into the relegation fight before long.
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too. They won Division 2 last season and will fancy there chances at having a real crack at winning Div 1 this time round. The omens are good for clubs winning Division 2 then Division 1 the next season with several teams achieving it so expectations will be rightly high. Under their previous manager they had lost their way a little and were drifting downwards but since Noisy's return they have come of age and look ready to take Division 1 by storm as they look to land their first top tier title. Experienced manager Noisy has won the title before when he deserted Siena and led Crewe to the title.
    Weakness: What they would give to have a good GK? They are up there with Wrexham as favourites to win the league but could fall just short due to not having a quality GK. They will be playing Kevin Keegan style football of trying to win the game 5-4 but surely it can't always work out well? Despite recent success fan unrest is growing as they start to demand why the club is being stingy with the purse strings when it is thought that they have 50m stashed away. Fan distrust remains among the diehards of the club with the memory of Noisy abandoning them for his own personal glory still etched in their minds. It will take more than winning the division 2 title to win over the doubters!
    Rochdale
    Strength: Star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. They avoided relegation last season and might finally being losing the YOYO tag! They have the depth to compete on both fronts and are ones to look out for in the cup. Challenging for the title is not out of the question and worrying about relegation should be someone else's problem this season.
    Weakness: For all the talent on the pitch they too lack a quality GK. This won't help their title aspirations and should they find themselves in the bottom 4 come the end of the season we know which player will be getting a kicking from the rest.
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: For star players and good support for them also. After hitting rock bottom in Division 2 they have picked themselves up and found there way back up to the top flight. Two time Division 1 manager Rilo believes he still has the team capable of winning the title again with many of the championship winning sides still there. With a well rounded team they have the potential to make it 3 title wins and will be expected to be there abouts come the end of the season.
    Weakness: Have the sleeping giants finally woken up or are they sleep walking there way back to division 2? They lack quality in depth so will struggle to make much impression in the cup and will be hoping for few absentees. Doping allegations still surround the club and there was even a rumour that they could be stripped of their titles because of it!
    DIVISION 2
    Willem II
    Strength: Star Player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Where there is a good GK there is hope and they have a good GK. They also have a strong defensive unit and from that manager footie will be hoping to create a stable platform to launch them back to the big time. Promotion is definitely a possibility and something they should be aiming for.
    Weakness: Whilst they look solid at the back its going forward they have concerns over. Do they have the fire power to sustain a promotion push? It looks dicey. Strengthening of the squad is needed especially in attack but that will take time and time isn't looking to friendly right now.
    Crewe
    Strength: Star players Locadia and Casteels along with a few decent players. They have a top class GK in Casteels keeping the goals out one end and a top class striker the other end in Locadia to bang them in. In the players in between pull their weight they can look forward to a successful season ahead and will be dissappointed if they don't secure promotion come the end of the campaign.
    Weakness: They look light in numbers having one of the smallest squads in the GW and badly need to invest in the future before their stars move on. They started life as one of the powerhouse's of the GW and went on to win the div 1 title some seasons ago. They even have only been relegated once in the GW's history but that fact betrays the truth that they have fallen far from grace and have been stuck playing lower tier football for some time now. Last season a new manager brought new hope and optimism around the club but the fans patience will only last so long. Manager Xavier Fernandez is expected to deliver this season!
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and the odd good player. In Derley they have a player capable of banging in the goals need to get them back to where they want to be, but their biggest asset is 3 times Division 1 Champion's manager Soccahappy. He knows more than anyone what is needed to win at the highest level and will be eager to show his mad skills off once more.
    Weakness: They fell through the trap door again last season and head first at that. The former giant of the GW has been cut down to size in recent seasons and if they don't turn things around soon their won't be any body alive able to remember their glory days! Always rumoured to have a sizeable war chest the fans will be demanding the manager throws his cheque book at the problem. Losing star player Adrian in goal last season was a huge blow and one that could take them seasons to recover from. It will take a huge effort for them to get promoted with a playoff spot their best hope.
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Gomez and a couple of other good players. New manager Gizb took over towards the end of last season after their only ever manager D B walked out of his managers office and was never seen again. Muathong are quietly confident they have made the right appointment and see his tenure as a long term project rather than a quick fix. The cheque book has been opened already and fans wait in anticipation of more new faces arriving in the coming weeks. Should be aiming for a playoff place.
    Weakness: A club that has found life hard over the seasons and has rarely ventured into top flight football and when they did a swift return ensued. Its unlikely there will be a quick fix to turn their fortunes around so strengthening of the squad should be their priority with a quality GK at the top of the list followed by their defensive unit. Playoffs are probably the best they can hope for but even that will be a tough ask.
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt with decent support. In Ian Donegan they have a manager who is very experienced and knows what he must to move the club forward. Fans are excited by the raft of new players that have come through the doors in recent weeks and have high hopes for the future. With this forward planning success can only be just around the corner. Should be looking for an automatic promotion place and will be dissappointed with anything less. A crack at the div 2 title is not out of the question.
    Weakness: They are a work in progress rather than the finished article and with weakness' like Darlow in goal it will be a bumpy road to get to where their heading. Like many continued strengthening is a must for the future but who will score them their goals today?
    Como
    Strength: They have an impressive six players rated 86 and strong depth with a host of 85's. Manager Muallan will be in charge for his third campaign this season and will be looking to make a real statement to the rest of the GW let alone his division. They have one of the best teams in the GW and look a dead cert for the Division 2 title.
    Weakness: Much of what they have got was there last season, If they couldn't pull it together last time around who's to say everything will click this time. Despite having such a wealth of talent at the club their a chilies heal is their GK. Balgradean is by no means a stinker in goal but tests on his last seasons GK gloves suggest they were 78% teflon and 12% tears.
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players and decent support. Experienced manager Huddo has 4 star players to call upon and this gives them a great chance at aiming high this season. The have to be considered a title threat and promotion with this many star players has to be seen as a minimum. A small squad should mean there is money in the bank to invest.
    Weakness: Like many in the second division they too have a suspect GK. He's not ready for action but he's all they've got. To have 4 star players is incredible considering they only have 48 players in total and a recruitment drive looks pressing. A few rises and they could be a force to be reckoned with but a few enforced sales and they would be left with a seriously understrength side even for division 2. Likely to flirt with failure as much as success.
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: Two star players in Mario and Mbemba and a decent squad. bill pol has built a great squad with huge depth and potential that includes many youth internationals and this can only bode well for the future. They have been somewhat starved of success so far with only 1 cup win to show for a large outlay but on closer inspection they look like they are a club who will start to make more of a noise very soon. A title push may be to much of an ask but automatic promotion is a real possibility. They have a good side at the moment but the real strength of the club is how they are set up for the future.
    Weakness: They have been threatening to break through as a real force for a while now but but still the fans wait. Patience from the fans will be wearing thin as they start to demand the good work off of the pitch is matched by results on it!
    Furth
    Strength: Three star players and strong support also leaves them looking as a contender for the title with promotion a minimum objective. They should make a cup run also with decent strength in depth to call upon.
    Weakness: They currently have no manager though negotiations are believed to be taking place with a candidate. They will not want to start the season rudderless or it could have a huge impact on their end of season standing. Numerous players are unhappy at the club and again this is something a manager is vital to have to sort out.
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: An impressive five star players to call upon with some good support too. A new manager (Tino) has been appointed for this season so fans should be optimistic that past failings will not be repeated. They not only have the talent to get promoted they should be pushing all the way in the title race. This looks the perfect opportunity for manager Tino to look good as they can't do much worse
    Weakness: Probably the GW's biggest under achievers. It doesn't so much as rain it pours. They have been stuck in a never ending winter of footballing discontent that some locals now refer to as the Doncaster Ice age. When you look at the strength of their side and in seasons gone past you have to wonder how they are not doing a lot better than what they are. On paper they look easily good enough to play at the highest level but in reality they tend to find themselves trying to not finishing last in division 2. Surely another season of failure can't unfold before them?
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    SEASON 12 PREVIEW
    Below is my rambling Season preview for the upcoming season. As always its just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously Its not up to Stato's (Tranmere) quality of previews as I think his factual analysis is more interesting but its better than nothing. It took me ages so I hope you all enjoy it
    DIVISION 1
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support to make up an eleven. The Current and two times defending Champions will fancy their chances of making it 3 on the spin to set a new GW record. Confidence will be high and their guiding light manager chR Ristos is still at the helm so big things will be expected agin from them.
    Weakness: No team has ever managed to take the title 3 times in a row and with 1 or 2 recent player losses they might also find it a step to far. Beyond the starting 11 their strength starts to diminish and could do with some higher rated reinforcements soon to face a long season ahead.
    Wrexham
    Strength: An embarrassment of riches with no less than 5 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks too its unlikely they will ever put a weak side out in both league and cup. The best squad depth in the GW with nearly 200 players. In Tranmere they have the manager who has assembled such a formidable force and one who knows how to win the title too. Favourites for the league and possibly the cup.
    Weakness: Despite such strength they struggled last season and only made a late push which granted them survival in the league. Is the manager losing his touch? They will want to get wins under their belt quickly as numerous players could be on there way out of the club. Player wise not a lot as they recently had the best ever team the GW has known!
    Barcelona B
    Strength: No star players and a weak squad overall. They one big hope is the manager. Somehow against all the odds Gozzy not only didn't finish bottom of division 2 last season but somehow got them promoted.
    Weakness: They are without doubt the weakest team in the GW at the moment and how they are in Div 1 is either witchcraft or divine intervention. Poor previous management by several past managers had left the club with a lot to do and some of their best players were sold last season to help the rebuild. Little has come through yet to boost the club and a very tough season lies ahead for them. Strengthening in every department will be a priority and fans will continue to fear more of their best players might make way before things start to get better. Staying up would be some achievement.
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star players Dybala and Kane. New manager KJ KJ has recently been appointed and fans will hope that he is active in the transfer market as they have one of the smallest squads. They have gone close to winning the past two seasons and will be hoping they can go that extra step this season.
    Weakness: They have lost their previous manager who was able to extract performances from them that few would have believed. The squad is generally weak and they will be hoping for some players to develop fast if they are to keep the good times going at the club. Despite recent past heights scaled they are one of the favourites to get relegated and avoiding that again should be seen as success.
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some OK support. They survived relegation last season and will be looking to build on that this time around. Manager Phil Cook has been at the club a long time now so knows the challenge ahead and knows he is capable of keeping them up again.
    Weakness: One of the weaker squads in the division and with an 80 rated GK between the sticks they look likely to ship plenty of goals. A GK on loan should be a big priority for them. Its a big ask for Tallo to fire in enough goals to keep them up this season and he will need others chipping in too. They may have 90 players in the squad but thats still not a huge squad in this GW and should look to strengthen for the future sooner rather than later. A few risers could save them this season but a good start will be vital.
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: Star player Santos and a few good players in support including a good GK. Manager Jim Garvock has a full season under his belt now and a successful one at that. Promotion was achieved last term and this season survival will be the main goal as they look to try to establish themselves as a regular Division 1 club. A relatively small squad but recent strides have been made to strengthen the squad for the future which will give their fans hope of more success to come.
    Weakness: Coming up via the playoffs is never going to be easy the next season and they could fall victim like many before them who end up going straight back down. They have a team capable of scrapping in the top flight but goals or lack of them could become a concern. Schahin looks their best bet to fire them to safety but worryingly only managed 4 goals last season. If any player is going to keep them up it will be their GK Vagner. Further strengthening to the squad should remain a priority.
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a strong supporting cast. A squad depth that is only second to Wrexhams. They won the cup for a record third time last season and were in the title race again so know how to compete on both fronts. A quality GK in Guzman means they are always in with a chance.
    Weakness: The manager? Despite a quality side he has never managed to land a division title in either division. Has their chance gone? They were one of the top teams about but others have not only closed the gap but arguably overtaken them. Cartabia won't hang around for much longer and Buyuk the clubs best striker is clearly inept at scoring with 19 goals in 69 appearances. Wages are a constant thorn in the clubs side with them being 40m in debt last term. It has been cleared but fans know this won't last for long and more good players will have to leave. Could get dragged into the relegation fight before long.
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too. They won Division 2 last season and will fancy there chances at having a real crack at winning Div 1 this time round. The omens are good for clubs winning Division 2 then Division 1 the next season with several teams achieving it so expectations will be rightly high. Under their previous manager they had lost their way a little and were drifting downwards but since Noisy's return they have come of age and look ready to take Division 1 by storm as they look to land their first top tier title. Experienced manager Noisy has won the title before when he deserted Siena and led Crewe to the title.
    Weakness: What they would give to have a good GK? They are up there with Wrexham as favourites to win the league but could fall just short due to not having a quality GK. They will be playing Kevin Keegan style football of trying to win the game 5-4 but surely it can't always work out well? Despite recent success fan unrest is growing as they start to demand why the club is being stingy with the purse strings when it is thought that they have 50m stashed away. Fan distrust remains among the diehards of the club with the memory of Noisy abandoning them for his own personal glory still etched in their minds. It will take more than winning the division 2 title to win over the doubters!
    Rochdale
    Strength: Star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. They avoided relegation last season and might finally being losing the YOYO tag! They have the depth to compete on both fronts and are ones to look out for in the cup. Challenging for the title is not out of the question and worrying about relegation should be someone else's problem this season.
    Weakness: For all the talent on the pitch they too lack a quality GK. This won't help their title aspirations and should they find themselves in the bottom 4 come the end of the season we know which player will be getting a kicking from the rest.
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: For star players and good support for them also. After hitting rock bottom in Division 2 they have picked themselves up and found there way back up to the top flight. Two time Division 1 manager Rilo believes he still has the team capable of winning the title again with many of the championship winning sides still there. With a well rounded team they have the potential to make it 3 title wins and will be expected to be there abouts come the end of the season.
    Weakness: Have the sleeping giants finally woken up or are they sleep walking there way back to division 2? They lack quality in depth so will struggle to make much impression in the cup and will be hoping for few absentees. Doping allegations still surround the club and there was even a rumour that they could be stripped of their titles because of it!
    DIVISION 2
    Willem II
    Strength: Star Player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Where there is a good GK there is hope and they have a good GK. They also have a strong defensive unit and from that manager footie will be hoping to create a stable platform to launch them back to the big time. Promotion is definitely a possibility and something they should be aiming for.
    Weakness: Whilst they look solid at the back its going forward they have concerns over. Do they have the fire power to sustain a promotion push? It looks dicey. Strengthening of the squad is needed especially in attack but that will take time and time isn't looking to friendly right now.
    Crewe
    Strength: Star players Locadia and Casteels along with a few decent players. They have a top class GK in Casteels keeping the goals out one end and a top class striker the other end in Locadia to bang them in. In the players in between pull their weight they can look forward to a successful season ahead and will be dissappointed if they don't secure promotion come the end of the campaign.
    Weakness: They look light in numbers having one of the smallest squads in the GW and badly need to invest in the future before their stars move on. They started life as one of the powerhouse's of the GW and went on to win the div 1 title some seasons ago. They even have only been relegated once in the GW's history but that fact betrays the truth that they have fallen far from grace and have been stuck playing lower tier football for some time now. Last season a new manager brought new hope and optimism around the club but the fans patience will only last so long. Manager Xavier Fernandez is expected to deliver this season!
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and the odd good player. In Derley they have a player capable of banging in the goals need to get them back to where they want to be, but their biggest asset is 3 times Division 1 Champion's manager Soccahappy. He knows more than anyone what is needed to win at the highest level and will be eager to show his mad skills off once more.
    Weakness: They fell through the trap door again last season and head first at that. The former giant of the GW has been cut down to size in recent seasons and if they don't turn things around soon their won't be any body alive able to remember their glory days! Always rumoured to have a sizeable war chest the fans will be demanding the manager throws his cheque book at the problem. Losing star player Adrian in goal last season was a huge blow and one that could take them seasons to recover from. It will take a huge effort for them to get promoted with a playoff spot their best hope.
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Gomez and a couple of other good players. New manager Gizb took over towards the end of last season after their only ever manager D B walked out of his managers office and was never seen again. Muathong are quietly confident they have made the right appointment and see his tenure as a long term project rather than a quick fix. The cheque book has been opened already and fans wait in anticipation of more new faces arriving in the coming weeks. Should be aiming for a playoff place.
    Weakness: A club that has found life hard over the seasons and has rarely ventured into top flight football and when they did a swift return ensued. Its unlikely there will be a quick fix to turn their fortunes around so strengthening of the squad should be their priority with a quality GK at the top of the list followed by their defensive unit. Playoffs are probably the best they can hope for but even that will be a tough ask.
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt with decent support. In Ian Donegan they have a manager who is very experienced and knows what he must to move the club forward. Fans are excited by the raft of new players that have come through the doors in recent weeks and have high hopes for the future. With this forward planning success can only be just around the corner. Should be looking for an automatic promotion place and will be dissappointed with anything less. A crack at the div 2 title is not out of the question.
    Weakness: They are a work in progress rather than the finished article and with weakness' like Darlow in goal it will be a bumpy road to get to where their heading. Like many continued strengthening is a must for the future but who will score them their goals today?
    Como
    Strength: They have an impressive six players rated 86 and strong depth with a host of 85's. Manager Muallan will be in charge for his third campaign this season and will be looking to make a real statement to the rest of the GW let alone his division. They have one of the best teams in the GW and look a dead cert for the Division 2 title.
    Weakness: Much of what they have got was there last season, If they couldn't pull it together last time around who's to say everything will click this time. Despite having such a wealth of talent at the club their a chilies heal is their GK. Balgradean is by no means a stinker in goal but tests on his last seasons GK gloves suggest they were 78% teflon and 12% tears.
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players and decent support. Experienced manager Huddo has 4 star players to call upon and this gives them a great chance at aiming high this season. The have to be considered a title threat and promotion with this many star players has to be seen as a minimum. A small squad should mean there is money in the bank to invest.
    Weakness: Like many in the second division they too have a suspect GK. He's not ready for action but he's all they've got. To have 4 star players is incredible considering they only have 48 players in total and a recruitment drive looks pressing. A few rises and they could be a force to be reckoned with but a few enforced sales and they would be left with a seriously understrength side even for division 2. Likely to flirt with failure as much as success.
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: Two star players in Mario and Mbemba and a decent squad. bill pol has built a great squad with huge depth and potential that includes many youth internationals and this can only bode well for the future. They have been somewhat starved of success so far with only 1 cup win to show for a large outlay but on closer inspection they look like they are a club who will start to make more of a noise very soon. A title push may be to much of an ask but automatic promotion is a real possibility. They have a good side at the moment but the real strength of the club is how they are set up for the future.
    Weakness: They have been threatening to break through as a real force for a while now but but still the fans wait. Patience from the fans will be wearing thin as they start to demand the good work off of the pitch is matched by results on it!
    Furth
    Strength: Three star players and strong support also leaves them looking as a contender for the title with promotion a minimum objective. They should make a cup run also with decent strength in depth to call upon.
    Weakness: They currently have no manager though negotiations are believed to be taking place with a candidate. They will not want to start the season rudderless or it could have a huge impact on their end of season standing. Numerous players are unhappy at the club and again this is something a manager is vital to have to sort out.
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: An impressive five star players to call upon with some good support too. A new manager (Tino) has been appointed for this season so fans should be optimistic that past failings will not be repeated. They not only have the talent to get promoted they should be pushing all the way in the title race. This looks the perfect opportunity for manager Tino to look good as they can't do much worse
    Weakness: Probably the GW's biggest under achievers. It doesn't so much as rain it pours. They have been stuck in a never ending winter of footballing discontent that some locals now refer to as the Doncaster Ice age. When you look at the strength of their side and in seasons gone past you have to wonder how they are not doing a lot better than what they are. On paper they look easily good enough to play at the highest level but in reality they tend to find themselves trying to not finishing last in division 2. Surely another season of failure can't unfold before them?
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    SEASON 12 PREVIEW
    Below is my rambling Season preview for the upcoming season. As always its just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously Its not up to Stato's (Tranmere) quality of previews as I think his factual analysis is more interesting but its better than nothing. It took me ages so I hope you all enjoy it
    DIVISION 1
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support to make up an eleven. The Current and two times defending Champions will fancy their chances of making it 3 on the spin to set a new GW record. Confidence will be high and their guiding light manager chR Ristos is still at the helm so big things will be expected agin from them.
    Weakness: No team has ever managed to take the title 3 times in a row and with 1 or 2 recent player losses they might also find it a step to far. Beyond the starting 11 their strength starts to diminish and could do with some higher rated reinforcements soon to face a long season ahead.
    Wrexham
    Strength: An embarrassment of riches with no less than 5 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks too its unlikely they will ever put a weak side out in both league and cup. The best squad depth in the GW with nearly 200 players. In Tranmere they have the manager who has assembled such a formidable force and one who knows how to win the title too. Favourites for the league and possibly the cup.
    Weakness: Despite such strength they struggled last season and only made a late push which granted them survival in the league. Is the manager losing his touch? They will want to get wins under their belt quickly as numerous players could be on there way out of the club. Player wise not a lot as they recently had the best ever team the GW has known!
    Barcelona B
    Strength: No star players and a weak squad overall. They one big hope is the manager. Somehow against all the odds Gozzy not only didn't finish bottom of division 2 last season but somehow got them promoted.
    Weakness: They are without doubt the weakest team in the GW at the moment and how they are in Div 1 is either witchcraft or divine intervention. Poor previous management by several past managers had left the club with a lot to do and some of their best players were sold last season to help the rebuild. Little has come through yet to boost the club and a very tough season lies ahead for them. Strengthening in every department will be a priority and fans will continue to fear more of their best players might make way before things start to get better. Staying up would be some achievement.
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star players Dybala and Kane. New manager KJ KJ has recently been appointed and fans will hope that he is active in the transfer market as they have one of the smallest squads. They have gone close to winning the past two seasons and will be hoping they can go that extra step this season.
    Weakness: They have lost their previous manager who was able to extract performances from them that few would have believed. The squad is generally weak and they will be hoping for some players to develop fast if they are to keep the good times going at the club. Despite recent past heights scaled they are one of the favourites to get relegated and avoiding that again should be seen as success.
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some OK support. They survived relegation last season and will be looking to build on that this time around. Manager Phil Cook has been at the club a long time now so knows the challenge ahead and knows he is capable of keeping them up again.
    Weakness: One of the weaker squads in the division and with an 80 rated GK between the sticks they look likely to ship plenty of goals. A GK on loan should be a big priority for them. Its a big ask for Tallo to fire in enough goals to keep them up this season and he will need others chipping in too. They may have 90 players in the squad but thats still not a huge squad in this GW and should look to strengthen for the future sooner rather than later. A few risers could save them this season but a good start will be vital.
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: Star player Santos and a few good players in support including a good GK. Manager Jim Garvock has a full season under his belt now and a successful one at that. Promotion was achieved last term and this season survival will be the main goal as they look to try to establish themselves as a regular Division 1 club. A relatively small squad but recent strides have been made to strengthen the squad for the future which will give their fans hope of more success to come.
    Weakness: Coming up via the playoffs is never going to be easy the next season and they could fall victim like many before them who end up going straight back down. They have a team capable of scrapping in the top flight but goals or lack of them could become a concern. Schahin looks their best bet to fire them to safety but worryingly only managed 4 goals last season. If any player is going to keep them up it will be their GK Vagner. Further strengthening to the squad should remain a priority.
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a strong supporting cast. A squad depth that is only second to Wrexhams. They won the cup for a record third time last season and were in the title race again so know how to compete on both fronts. A quality GK in Guzman means they are always in with a chance.
    Weakness: The manager? Despite a quality side he has never managed to land a division title in either division. Has their chance gone? They were one of the top teams about but others have not only closed the gap but arguably overtaken them. Cartabia won't hang around for much longer and Buyuk the clubs best striker is clearly inept at scoring with 19 goals in 69 appearances. Wages are a constant thorn in the clubs side with them being 40m in debt last term. It has been cleared but fans know this won't last for long and more good players will have to leave. Could get dragged into the relegation fight before long.
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too. They won Division 2 last season and will fancy there chances at having a real crack at winning Div 1 this time round. The omens are good for clubs winning Division 2 then Division 1 the next season with several teams achieving it so expectations will be rightly high. Under their previous manager they had lost their way a little and were drifting downwards but since Noisy's return they have come of age and look ready to take Division 1 by storm as they look to land their first top tier title. Experienced manager Noisy has won the title before when he deserted Siena and led Crewe to the title.
    Weakness: What they would give to have a good GK? They are up there with Wrexham as favourites to win the league but could fall just short due to not having a quality GK. They will be playing Kevin Keegan style football of trying to win the game 5-4 but surely it can't always work out well? Despite recent success fan unrest is growing as they start to demand why the club is being stingy with the purse strings when it is thought that they have 50m stashed away. Fan distrust remains among the diehards of the club with the memory of Noisy abandoning them for his own personal glory still etched in their minds. It will take more than winning the division 2 title to win over the doubters!
    Rochdale
    Strength: Star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. They avoided relegation last season and might finally being losing the YOYO tag! They have the depth to compete on both fronts and are ones to look out for in the cup. Challenging for the title is not out of the question and worrying about relegation should be someone else's problem this season.
    Weakness: For all the talent on the pitch they too lack a quality GK. This won't help their title aspirations and should they find themselves in the bottom 4 come the end of the season we know which player will be getting a kicking from the rest.
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: For star players and good support for them also. After hitting rock bottom in Division 2 they have picked themselves up and found there way back up to the top flight. Two time Division 1 manager Rilo believes he still has the team capable of winning the title again with many of the championship winning sides still there. With a well rounded team they have the potential to make it 3 title wins and will be expected to be there abouts come the end of the season.
    Weakness: Have the sleeping giants finally woken up or are they sleep walking there way back to division 2? They lack quality in depth so will struggle to make much impression in the cup and will be hoping for few absentees. Doping allegations still surround the club and there was even a rumour that they could be stripped of their titles because of it!
    DIVISION 2
    Willem II
    Strength: Star Player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Where there is a good GK there is hope and they have a good GK. They also have a strong defensive unit and from that manager footie will be hoping to create a stable platform to launch them back to the big time. Promotion is definitely a possibility and something they should be aiming for.
    Weakness: Whilst they look solid at the back its going forward they have concerns over. Do they have the fire power to sustain a promotion push? It looks dicey. Strengthening of the squad is needed especially in attack but that will take time and time isn't looking to friendly right now.
    Crewe
    Strength: Star players Locadia and Casteels along with a few decent players. They have a top class GK in Casteels keeping the goals out one end and a top class striker the other end in Locadia to bang them in. In the players in between pull their weight they can look forward to a successful season ahead and will be dissappointed if they don't secure promotion come the end of the campaign.
    Weakness: They look light in numbers having one of the smallest squads in the GW and badly need to invest in the future before their stars move on. They started life as one of the powerhouse's of the GW and went on to win the div 1 title some seasons ago. They even have only been relegated once in the GW's history but that fact betrays the truth that they have fallen far from grace and have been stuck playing lower tier football for some time now. Last season a new manager brought new hope and optimism around the club but the fans patience will only last so long. Manager Xavier Fernandez is expected to deliver this season!
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and the odd good player. In Derley they have a player capable of banging in the goals need to get them back to where they want to be, but their biggest asset is 3 times Division 1 Champion's manager Soccahappy. He knows more than anyone what is needed to win at the highest level and will be eager to show his mad skills off once more.
    Weakness: They fell through the trap door again last season and head first at that. The former giant of the GW has been cut down to size in recent seasons and if they don't turn things around soon their won't be any body alive able to remember their glory days! Always rumoured to have a sizeable war chest the fans will be demanding the manager throws his cheque book at the problem. Losing star player Adrian in goal last season was a huge blow and one that could take them seasons to recover from. It will take a huge effort for them to get promoted with a playoff spot their best hope.
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Gomez and a couple of other good players. New manager Gizb took over towards the end of last season after their only ever manager D B walked out of his managers office and was never seen again. Muathong are quietly confident they have made the right appointment and see his tenure as a long term project rather than a quick fix. The cheque book has been opened already and fans wait in anticipation of more new faces arriving in the coming weeks. Should be aiming for a playoff place.
    Weakness: A club that has found life hard over the seasons and has rarely ventured into top flight football and when they did a swift return ensued. Its unlikely there will be a quick fix to turn their fortunes around so strengthening of the squad should be their priority with a quality GK at the top of the list followed by their defensive unit. Playoffs are probably the best they can hope for but even that will be a tough ask.
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt with decent support. In Ian Donegan they have a manager who is very experienced and knows what he must to move the club forward. Fans are excited by the raft of new players that have come through the doors in recent weeks and have high hopes for the future. With this forward planning success can only be just around the corner. Should be looking for an automatic promotion place and will be dissappointed with anything less. A crack at the div 2 title is not out of the question.
    Weakness: They are a work in progress rather than the finished article and with weakness' like Darlow in goal it will be a bumpy road to get to where their heading. Like many continued strengthening is a must for the future but who will score them their goals today?
    Como
    Strength: They have an impressive six players rated 86 and strong depth with a host of 85's. Manager Muallan will be in charge for his third campaign this season and will be looking to make a real statement to the rest of the GW let alone his division. They have one of the best teams in the GW and look a dead cert for the Division 2 title.
    Weakness: Much of what they have got was there last season, If they couldn't pull it together last time around who's to say everything will click this time. Despite having such a wealth of talent at the club their a chilies heal is their GK. Balgradean is by no means a stinker in goal but tests on his last seasons GK gloves suggest they were 78% teflon and 12% tears.
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players and decent support. Experienced manager Huddo has 4 star players to call upon and this gives them a great chance at aiming high this season. The have to be considered a title threat and promotion with this many star players has to be seen as a minimum. A small squad should mean there is money in the bank to invest.
    Weakness: Like many in the second division they too have a suspect GK. He's not ready for action but he's all they've got. To have 4 star players is incredible considering they only have 48 players in total and a recruitment drive looks pressing. A few rises and they could be a force to be reckoned with but a few enforced sales and they would be left with a seriously understrength side even for division 2. Likely to flirt with failure as much as success.
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: Two star players in Mario and Mbemba and a decent squad. bill pol has built a great squad with huge depth and potential that includes many youth internationals and this can only bode well for the future. They have been somewhat starved of success so far with only 1 cup win to show for a large outlay but on closer inspection they look like they are a club who will start to make more of a noise very soon. A title push may be to much of an ask but automatic promotion is a real possibility. They have a good side at the moment but the real strength of the club is how they are set up for the future.
    Weakness: They have been threatening to break through as a real force for a while now but but still the fans wait. Patience from the fans will be wearing thin as they start to demand the good work off of the pitch is matched by results on it!
    Furth
    Strength: Three star players and strong support also leaves them looking as a contender for the title with promotion a minimum objective. They should make a cup run also with decent strength in depth to call upon.
    Weakness: They currently have no manager though negotiations are believed to be taking place with a candidate. They will not want to start the season rudderless or it could have a huge impact on their end of season standing. Numerous players are unhappy at the club and again this is something a manager is vital to have to sort out.
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: An impressive five star players to call upon with some good support too. A new manager (Tino) has been appointed for this season so fans should be optimistic that past failings will not be repeated. They not only have the talent to get promoted they should be pushing all the way in the title race. This looks the perfect opportunity for manager Tino to look good as they can't do much worse
    Weakness: Probably the GW's biggest under achievers. It doesn't so much as rain it pours. They have been stuck in a never ending winter of footballing discontent that some locals now refer to as the Doncaster Ice age. When you look at the strength of their side and in seasons gone past you have to wonder how they are not doing a lot better than what they are. On paper they look easily good enough to play at the highest level but in reality they tend to find themselves trying to not finishing last in division 2. Surely another season of failure can't unfold before them?
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    SEASON 12 PREVIEW
    Below is my rambling Season preview for the upcoming season. As always its just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously Its not up to Stato's (Tranmere) quality of previews as I think his factual analysis is more interesting but its better than nothing. It took me ages so I hope you all enjoy it
    DIVISION 1
    Rayo Vallecano
    Strength: Star players Sanson, Boetius and Jonny as well as strong support to make up an eleven. The Current and two times defending Champions will fancy their chances of making it 3 on the spin to set a new GW record. Confidence will be high and their guiding light manager chR Ristos is still at the helm so big things will be expected agin from them.
    Weakness: No team has ever managed to take the title 3 times in a row and with 1 or 2 recent player losses they might also find it a step to far. Beyond the starting 11 their strength starts to diminish and could do with some higher rated reinforcements soon to face a long season ahead.
    Wrexham
    Strength: An embarrassment of riches with no less than 5 players rated 86 and with so many 85's in their ranks too its unlikely they will ever put a weak side out in both league and cup. The best squad depth in the GW with nearly 200 players. In Tranmere they have the manager who has assembled such a formidable force and one who knows how to win the title too. Favourites for the league and possibly the cup.
    Weakness: Despite such strength they struggled last season and only made a late push which granted them survival in the league. Is the manager losing his touch? They will want to get wins under their belt quickly as numerous players could be on there way out of the club. Player wise not a lot as they recently had the best ever team the GW has known!
    Barcelona B
    Strength: No star players and a weak squad overall. They one big hope is the manager. Somehow against all the odds Gozzy not only didn't finish bottom of division 2 last season but somehow got them promoted.
    Weakness: They are without doubt the weakest team in the GW at the moment and how they are in Div 1 is either witchcraft or divine intervention. Poor previous management by several past managers had left the club with a lot to do and some of their best players were sold last season to help the rebuild. Little has come through yet to boost the club and a very tough season lies ahead for them. Strengthening in every department will be a priority and fans will continue to fear more of their best players might make way before things start to get better. Staying up would be some achievement.
    FC Nordsjaelland
    Strength: Star players Dybala and Kane. New manager KJ KJ has recently been appointed and fans will hope that he is active in the transfer market as they have one of the smallest squads. They have gone close to winning the past two seasons and will be hoping they can go that extra step this season.
    Weakness: They have lost their previous manager who was able to extract performances from them that few would have believed. The squad is generally weak and they will be hoping for some players to develop fast if they are to keep the good times going at the club. Despite recent past heights scaled they are one of the favourites to get relegated and avoiding that again should be seen as success.
    Zalaergeszegi TE
    Strength: Star man Casco and some OK support. They survived relegation last season and will be looking to build on that this time around. Manager Phil Cook has been at the club a long time now so knows the challenge ahead and knows he is capable of keeping them up again.
    Weakness: One of the weaker squads in the division and with an 80 rated GK between the sticks they look likely to ship plenty of goals. A GK on loan should be a big priority for them. Its a big ask for Tallo to fire in enough goals to keep them up this season and he will need others chipping in too. They may have 90 players in the squad but thats still not a huge squad in this GW and should look to strengthen for the future sooner rather than later. A few risers could save them this season but a good start will be vital.
    Jahn Regensburg
    Strength: Star player Santos and a few good players in support including a good GK. Manager Jim Garvock has a full season under his belt now and a successful one at that. Promotion was achieved last term and this season survival will be the main goal as they look to try to establish themselves as a regular Division 1 club. A relatively small squad but recent strides have been made to strengthen the squad for the future which will give their fans hope of more success to come.
    Weakness: Coming up via the playoffs is never going to be easy the next season and they could fall victim like many before them who end up going straight back down. They have a team capable of scrapping in the top flight but goals or lack of them could become a concern. Schahin looks their best bet to fire them to safety but worryingly only managed 4 goals last season. If any player is going to keep them up it will be their GK Vagner. Further strengthening to the squad should remain a priority.
    Liverpool De Montevideo
    Strength: Star players Cartabia, Jefferson and Guzman and a strong supporting cast. A squad depth that is only second to Wrexhams. They won the cup for a record third time last season and were in the title race again so know how to compete on both fronts. A quality GK in Guzman means they are always in with a chance.
    Weakness: The manager? Despite a quality side he has never managed to land a division title in either division. Has their chance gone? They were one of the top teams about but others have not only closed the gap but arguably overtaken them. Cartabia won't hang around for much longer and Buyuk the clubs best striker is clearly inept at scoring with 19 goals in 69 appearances. Wages are a constant thorn in the clubs side with them being 40m in debt last term. It has been cleared but fans know this won't last for long and more good players will have to leave. Could get dragged into the relegation fight before long.
    AC Siena
    Strength: No less than 6 star players in their ranks and some quality support too. They won Division 2 last season and will fancy there chances at having a real crack at winning Div 1 this time round. The omens are good for clubs winning Division 2 then Division 1 the next season with several teams achieving it so expectations will be rightly high. Under their previous manager they had lost their way a little and were drifting downwards but since Noisy's return they have come of age and look ready to take Division 1 by storm as they look to land their first top tier title. Experienced manager Noisy has won the title before when he deserted Siena and led Crewe to the title.
    Weakness: What they would give to have a good GK? They are up there with Wrexham as favourites to win the league but could fall just short due to not having a quality GK. They will be playing Kevin Keegan style football of trying to win the game 5-4 but surely it can't always work out well? Despite recent success fan unrest is growing as they start to demand why the club is being stingy with the purse strings when it is thought that they have 50m stashed away. Fan distrust remains among the diehards of the club with the memory of Noisy abandoning them for his own personal glory still etched in their minds. It will take more than winning the division 2 title to win over the doubters!
    Rochdale
    Strength: Star players Berahino, Ramalho and Stones along with good support. They avoided relegation last season and might finally being losing the YOYO tag! They have the depth to compete on both fronts and are ones to look out for in the cup. Challenging for the title is not out of the question and worrying about relegation should be someone else's problem this season.
    Weakness: For all the talent on the pitch they too lack a quality GK. This won't help their title aspirations and should they find themselves in the bottom 4 come the end of the season we know which player will be getting a kicking from the rest.
    Guaratingueta
    Strength: For star players and good support for them also. After hitting rock bottom in Division 2 they have picked themselves up and found there way back up to the top flight. Two time Division 1 manager Rilo believes he still has the team capable of winning the title again with many of the championship winning sides still there. With a well rounded team they have the potential to make it 3 title wins and will be expected to be there abouts come the end of the season.
    Weakness: Have the sleeping giants finally woken up or are they sleep walking there way back to division 2? They lack quality in depth so will struggle to make much impression in the cup and will be hoping for few absentees. Doping allegations still surround the club and there was even a rumour that they could be stripped of their titles because of it!
    DIVISION 2
    Willem II
    Strength: Star Player Jose Gimenez and decent support. Where there is a good GK there is hope and they have a good GK. They also have a strong defensive unit and from that manager footie will be hoping to create a stable platform to launch them back to the big time. Promotion is definitely a possibility and something they should be aiming for.
    Weakness: Whilst they look solid at the back its going forward they have concerns over. Do they have the fire power to sustain a promotion push? It looks dicey. Strengthening of the squad is needed especially in attack but that will take time and time isn't looking to friendly right now.
    Crewe
    Strength: Star players Locadia and Casteels along with a few decent players. They have a top class GK in Casteels keeping the goals out one end and a top class striker the other end in Locadia to bang them in. In the players in between pull their weight they can look forward to a successful season ahead and will be dissappointed if they don't secure promotion come the end of the campaign.
    Weakness: They look light in numbers having one of the smallest squads in the GW and badly need to invest in the future before their stars move on. They started life as one of the powerhouse's of the GW and went on to win the div 1 title some seasons ago. They even have only been relegated once in the GW's history but that fact betrays the truth that they have fallen far from grace and have been stuck playing lower tier football for some time now. Last season a new manager brought new hope and optimism around the club but the fans patience will only last so long. Manager Xavier Fernandez is expected to deliver this season!
    FC Lugano
    Strength: Star player Derley and the odd good player. In Derley they have a player capable of banging in the goals need to get them back to where they want to be, but their biggest asset is 3 times Division 1 Champion's manager Soccahappy. He knows more than anyone what is needed to win at the highest level and will be eager to show his mad skills off once more.
    Weakness: They fell through the trap door again last season and head first at that. The former giant of the GW has been cut down to size in recent seasons and if they don't turn things around soon their won't be any body alive able to remember their glory days! Always rumoured to have a sizeable war chest the fans will be demanding the manager throws his cheque book at the problem. Losing star player Adrian in goal last season was a huge blow and one that could take them seasons to recover from. It will take a huge effort for them to get promoted with a playoff spot their best hope.
    Muangthong United
    Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Gomez and a couple of other good players. New manager Gizb took over towards the end of last season after their only ever manager D B walked out of his managers office and was never seen again. Muathong are quietly confident they have made the right appointment and see his tenure as a long term project rather than a quick fix. The cheque book has been opened already and fans wait in anticipation of more new faces arriving in the coming weeks. Should be aiming for a playoff place.
    Weakness: A club that has found life hard over the seasons and has rarely ventured into top flight football and when they did a swift return ensued. Its unlikely there will be a quick fix to turn their fortunes around so strengthening of the squad should be their priority with a quality GK at the top of the list followed by their defensive unit. Playoffs are probably the best they can hope for but even that will be a tough ask.
    Stade Brestois
    Strength: Star players Vilhena and Vogt with decent support. In Ian Donegan they have a manager who is very experienced and knows what he must to move the club forward. Fans are excited by the raft of new players that have come through the doors in recent weeks and have high hopes for the future. With this forward planning success can only be just around the corner. Should be looking for an automatic promotion place and will be dissappointed with anything less. A crack at the div 2 title is not out of the question.
    Weakness: They are a work in progress rather than the finished article and with weakness' like Darlow in goal it will be a bumpy road to get to where their heading. Like many continued strengthening is a must for the future but who will score them their goals today?
    Como
    Strength: They have an impressive six players rated 86 and strong depth with a host of 85's. Manager Muallan will be in charge for his third campaign this season and will be looking to make a real statement to the rest of the GW let alone his division. They have one of the best teams in the GW and look a dead cert for the Division 2 title.
    Weakness: Much of what they have got was there last season, If they couldn't pull it together last time around who's to say everything will click this time. Despite having such a wealth of talent at the club their a chilies heal is their GK. Balgradean is by no means a stinker in goal but tests on his last seasons GK gloves suggest they were 78% teflon and 12% tears.
    UD Logrones
    Strength: 4 star players and decent support. Experienced manager Huddo has 4 star players to call upon and this gives them a great chance at aiming high this season. The have to be considered a title threat and promotion with this many star players has to be seen as a minimum. A small squad should mean there is money in the bank to invest.
    Weakness: Like many in the second division they too have a suspect GK. He's not ready for action but he's all they've got. To have 4 star players is incredible considering they only have 48 players in total and a recruitment drive looks pressing. A few rises and they could be a force to be reckoned with but a few enforced sales and they would be left with a seriously understrength side even for division 2. Likely to flirt with failure as much as success.
    NK Varazdin
    Strength: Two star players in Mario and Mbemba and a decent squad. bill pol has built a great squad with huge depth and potential that includes many youth internationals and this can only bode well for the future. They have been somewhat starved of success so far with only 1 cup win to show for a large outlay but on closer inspection they look like they are a club who will start to make more of a noise very soon. A title push may be to much of an ask but automatic promotion is a real possibility. They have a good side at the moment but the real strength of the club is how they are set up for the future.
    Weakness: They have been threatening to break through as a real force for a while now but but still the fans wait. Patience from the fans will be wearing thin as they start to demand the good work off of the pitch is matched by results on it!
    Furth
    Strength: Three star players and strong support also leaves them looking as a contender for the title with promotion a minimum objective. They should make a cup run also with decent strength in depth to call upon.
    Weakness: They currently have no manager though negotiations are believed to be taking place with a candidate. They will not want to start the season rudderless or it could have a huge impact on their end of season standing. Numerous players are unhappy at the club and again this is something a manager is vital to have to sort out.
    Doncaster Rovers
    Strength: An impressive five star players to call upon with some good support too. A new manager (Tino) has been appointed for this season so fans should be optimistic that past failings will not be repeated. They not only have the talent to get promoted they should be pushing all the way in the title race. This looks the perfect opportunity for manager Tino to look good as they can't do much worse
    Weakness: Probably the GW's biggest under achievers. It doesn't so much as rain it pours. They have been stuck in a never ending winter of footballing discontent that some locals now refer to as the Doncaster Ice age. When you look at the strength of their side and in seasons gone past you have to wonder how they are not doing a lot better than what they are. On paper they look easily good enough to play at the highest level but in reality they tend to find themselves trying to not finishing last in division 2. Surely another season of failure can't unfold before them?
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    Well we sneaked promotion to the top division by the playoffs. Looking forward to the new season to see what I can do in the top division. My team is definitely not the best team in the league but they showed great spirit last season.
    Roll on and let battle commence.
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    Is my chairman crazy??
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    I agree, will soon have been in the GW 2 years, it's what keeps me going on SM.
    The Guaratingueta squad are really looking forward to this season, we are looking to match FC Lugano's record of 3 Division 1 titles (and stop Rayo Vallecano getting the hat trick ). The chairman doesn't seem to have much faith though as the club announced "This season your Chairman expects you to qualify for a SMFA competition".
    We have virtually the same first team that won Division 1 twice, we lost CB Oliviera to Sporting but Rolan (GW's record goal scorer) and Sakho rose to 86.
    We feel we are a bit short of defensive cover but if we can stay away from injuries, I expect us to challenge for the title. We have a lot of attacking talent at our disposal, so this season we will play a more attacking game.
    Good luck to all.
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    No new nominees from Stade Brestois. Most of my long serving players have left so no one troubling the hounours board for a while yet.
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    FC Lugano Promoted 2 Relegated 2
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