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  1. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Added my season review at Liverpool, quite an eventful season, so a lot to write about
  2. Re: EC2933 Reporting Thread Liverpool: A season in review Manager Glory Days holds Play Off Trophy after winning 5-1 over Hull City Final League Position: 3rd Liverpool captain Pepe Reina thought that while Liverpool’s promotion was a surprise to some, the Reds were brimming with confidence coming into the finals series “We were confident that we could do it (get promoted), we all knew that if we did our jobs and played as a team we would gain promotion, the boss gave us that belief at the start of the season and although we didn’t always play well, we held a strong belief in our abilities”. Funny what a season of change does to provide an upbeat perspective. Last season Liverpool were confined to mid table mediocrity under the disastrous reign of Jesse Roach who oversaw not only a 9th place finish but the relegation of one of the most prestigious clubs in England. The appointment of Glory Days was seen as a master stroke by Fenway Sport Group with his experience at promoting big clubs, pragmatism and building clubs around a philosophy. Although most would deem Liverpool’s promotion into the Premier League as Glory Day’s greatest achievement this season, it was the rebuilding of the defence and solidarity of the back that was a greater highlight. Manager Glory Days had the job of rebuilding an aging defence which was seen to ‘creaking and leaking’ a number of crucial goals last season. Lowering the average age of the defence was a priority for Glory Days and he made a number of key acquisitions in the summer to help rebuild the defence. An astute transfer was swapping former Liverpool hero Fernando Torres for Portuguese left back Fabio Coentrao, the dealing was met with much distaste however Liverpool were struggling to find a suitable left full back as the aging Moretti and Capedevila weren’t doing the job anymore and Coentrao has proven to be a good acquisition as the season has worn on. High Point of the season: Play off final: Liverpool 5 Hull City 1 When the final whistle was blown, a dream was finally realised by Liverpool. Promotion which was once a thing of optimism and conjecture was a reality for many millions of fans of Liverpool. Jubilation and relief flushed the face of supporters who had been on a roller coaster since they guaranteed a play-off place towards the final quarter of the season. A brace to Andres Guardado and Pirmin Schwegler along with RVP’s free kick finish sealed their promotion and in such emphatic fashion which suggests that the Reds may be headed for more than safety from relegation. Low point of the season: English Cup round 3: Ipswich Town 1 Liverpool 0 A shock loss in the cup when it just wasn’t Liverpool’s night. Player of the season and Golden Boot: Robin Van Persie The headline transfer coming into Liverpool after the arrival of manager Glory Days, Robin Van Persie came with the fan fare associated with a world class player however there were noticeable questions about the Dutchman’s mentality and ability to score goals. Added to that there were the departures of Fernando Torres, Frank Ribery and Daniel Sturridge who supplied 14 goals throughout the season. However, Robin Van Persie has realised his potential at Liverpool by grabbing not only the player of the season but also the golden boot (16 goals). The importance of Van Persie cannot be simply explained statistically but by his impact on his team mates “RVP is world class player and the team is worser off when we don’t have him in the team” commented central defender Martin Caceres. His impact on scoring in the biggest occasions such as both play off matches has endeared him to the fans as much as to his manager “Robin is one of those special enigmatic players in the world game. There may have been detractors at the start of the season but now there can be no doubt, he is world class” Fan’s player of the season: Martin Caceres A survivor of the Glory Days’ overhaul of Liverpool’s defensive unit, the Uruguayan International has quickly become ‘the rock’ along with fellow central defence partner Jean Kana-Biyik. Prior to Glory Days arrival, Caceres was used mostly as a left back but Glory Days shifted him to centre half and it has proven an inspired piece of management. Since then, Liverpool had recorded the second lowest total of goals conceded in Division two, Caceres has emerged as a leader in the team and things are looking up for the Merseyside club. Surprise Packet of the season: Albin Ekdal Little was known about Albin Ekdal when he arrived at Anfield as a part of $14 million deal which saw Claudio Marchisio move to the Blue side of Merseyside. Most supporters considered Ekdal as a dead weight for the transfer of Marchisio to Everton however Ekdal has shown to be an important cog in the Liverpool machine on their way to promotion. Underperformances from initial central midfield pairing of Raul Meireles and Maroaune Felliani left the door ajar for Ekdal who had had impressive showings in their cup side and his eye for goal in a dead ball situations resulting in 9 goals for the Swedish International making him an integral part of the starting XI. His performances in the first team have been so remarkable that it has kept the likes of Felliani out of the side and some supporters have even suggested that if he had performed at this level at the start of the season he could have potentially taken the Player of the season.
  3. Re: Russian and Ukraine Player Analysis Hey was wondering whether Denis or Denys Garmash could get a rise from his 87 rating and whether Taras Mykhalyk is in for a potential rise as well. I don't watch Ukranian football so any input would be appreciated
  4. Re: PORTUGAL – 1st and 2nd Division extensive thread - Discussion Thread Hi everyone, Just wondering what your thoughts are on Jeffren Suarez of Sporting? Does he have a chance of a rise or staying at current rating?
  5. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Liverpool is ready to hear offers for Jefferson Farfan W/F 91, Gabriel Obertan W/F 86, Frank Beria 88 Def and Soritis Ninis AM/W 87, interested in getting a 88+ striker or 87+ CM , feel free to PM me or put in a bid
  6. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN As mentioned before, my report on our promotion success into Premier League http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=60950&page=47
  7. Re: EC2933 Reporting Thread Glory Days masterminds Red’s return to summit Liverpool players celebrate their promotion back into the Premier League Liverpool F.C. has exceeded all expectations to seal their Premier League status by beating Hull City 5-1 in the English Championship play-off at Wembley this morning. The Reds gained their promotion thanks to goals from Andres Guardado (2), Pirmin Schwegler (2) and Robin Van Persie (1) while Hull City’s Andre Ayew replied with one goal of their own. The victory capped off a stupendous run of 12 games unbeaten (11 wins) for Liverpool and Reds manager has added another impressive notch to his career by gaining Premier League for Liverpool in the first time of asking and his third promotion of his team in four seasons. The story of Liverpool’s success may have started at the end of last season when Fenway Sports Group relieved Jesse Roach of his post and went in search of a manager who would give their success not only in the short term but in the long term as well. Manager Glory Days seemed a natural fit for the club and rebuilt the side from the ground up in order to make them into a genuine promotion contending side. Glory Days: “It all went according to plan” Although the main story would be Glory Days’ master plan to gain promotion for Liverpool, a less covered story of the play-offs is the rise of the supposed ‘fringe players’ into genuine first team players under Glory Days. Manager Glory Days has a reputation of taking unappreciated players from other teams and transforming them into a solid football team and Liverpool was nothing different No doubt praise should be heaped on the players who scored a staggering 9 goals in the two play-off matches and only conceded 2 goals but manager Glory Days has moulded a strong side that has unappreciated and underused players overachieving and giving them an opportunity to perform at the highest level, an apt example was 2 goal hero Mexican winger Andres Guardado who was voted by as the “Player of the Play-offs” ahead of fellow team-mate Robin Van Persie. High praise but well deserved as he played a pivotal role on the left flank, being a constant terror with his pace, dribbling and accuracy of pass grabbing 3 goals in the process. Manager Glory Days went as far to say that it was Liverpool’s highest priority to get Guardado match fit for the final After joining Liverpool from Aston Villa in season 5, Guardado was dubbed a back up by most managers and played behind the likes of Frank Ribery and Jefferson Farfan however under manager Glory Days; the Mexican international experienced a new lease on life. After the departure of Ribery to Manchester City, many in the media questioned whether Guardado had the talent to succeed at the highest level yet manager Glory Days never had any doubts and he had repaid his manager’s faith in him by having his best ever season at Liverpool with 4 goals and 7 assists in 22 matches and proving that Glory Days had unearthed another “diamond in the rough” The gleaming smile across manager Glory Days’ face during the post match press conference says it all, as he was both excited and relieved that his side had been promoted and his players with a belief of success instilled by him had exceeded many people’s expectations for Liverpool football club, many supporters wonder what else is in store for the Reds as they return to the top flight of English Football.
  8. Re: English Championship 5579 - Discussion Thread Hi everyone, I've taken over Bristol Rovers and I have quite a job on my hands with an unfit team but I'm up for the challenge! Hope everyone is a great festive season
  9. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN On the Liverpool transfer front Although Bosingwa won the RB position battle with Uchida, he's real life performances suggest that he may be in line for a drop from 90. Pleased with the business done as Zabaleta has been a regular under Mancini's Man City line up and has been a player I have admired and will compete with Uchida (his place to lose) for the RB spot
  10. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Liverpool wins play-off final to be promoted into Premier League! Liverpool 5 Hull City 1 Liverpool have done it!! The Reds gained promotion to the Premier League thanks to a 5-1 win over Hull City at Wembley and at the first time of asking. What a great pre-Christmas present to get!! Commiserations to Hull City manager David Kelly who worked so hard throughout the season to get the Tigers to the play off final. Guardado and Schwegler both grabbed braces while RVP got the MOTM gong as well as a goal for his troubles The game was a microcosm of Liverpool's season, when we conceded a penalty as a result of RVP's handball inside the penalty area, captain Pepe Reina stepped up and lead by example by saving the spot kick and inspiring the Pool boys to step up their game. Guardado gave Liverpool the early lead with a stunning dribble and goal from an impossible angle but the Red's lead was extinguished through Ayew in the 23rd minute. RVP was the man again and was truly Liverpool's best player this season with a free kick effort which returned us back into the lead. But I thought that the match reflected the impact of the fringe players who came earned their spots and showed that they cud step up with Guardado getting his second and a double from Schwegler which sealed the result for us. I couldn't be prouder of the players out there and I achieved something which I didn't expect as my first season as manager of Liverpool...PROMOTION!! There will be a season end report as well as a special report on our surprise promotion!
  11. Re: Turkish Database - Ask me anything Hey all, Was wondering how Adrian Mierzejewski is doing at Trabzonspor? and if he deserves a rise from 86? Cheers
  12. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Liverpool 4 Burnley 0 Liverpool progress to the play off final thanks to a 4-0 thumping of Burnley, my condolences to the Burnley manager. Never did I expect a performance of this magnitude from my side. RVP grabbed a brace while Guardado and Ekdal contributed with a goal of their own. Guardado gave us the lead within 2 minutes and we were leading 2-0 inside 5 minutes thanks to RVP's finish. Ekdal slotted in our third to give us a very strong 3-0 lead going into half time and who else but Van Persie sealed a famous victory by slotting in a spot kick in the final minute of the match to give us a 4-0 win. Pleased as punch to be going into the final at Wembley but there is still work to be done as we still have a strong Hull City who beat Cardiff 4-3 in the corresponding fixture. A big congrats is in order for a back 4 who played out of their skin to contain Kiessling and Walcott with Caceres and Kana-Biyik dominating the centre of defence. So close to promotion to the Premier League that we can taste it...
  13. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Liverpool 1 Cardiff City 0 Liverpool finished off the season with a 1-0 victory over long term bogey side Cardiff City. It wasn't until Farfan's 85th minute winner that gave us the 3 points. Unfortunately Farfan picked up a minor injury and would be out of the running for the play-off match. We finished third for the season in Division 2, very good for my first season in charge and our play-off match will be against Burnley. I know that both managers want the win badly, so it will be interesting who goes into the play-off final! In other news: Has been doing well for Aston Villa in real life recently and hopefully an attacking option in the near future.
  14. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Sheffield United 0 Liverpool 2 Liverpool win without RVP! The fringe players did themselves proud over a tough unmanaged Sheffield United, Julian Schieber and Raul Meireles getting the goals. Figured that I would rest a few players with the play-offs coming thick and fast, giving the fringe players an opportunity to shine. Farfan, Cambiasso and Meireles didn't hurt their chances in getting into first XI when the business part of the season starts. Sub Ait Fana fed Schieber the ball for the first goal, promising stuff for a young player that I had a Leeds who has made his way to Liverpool. While Meireles put the result beyond doubt when he scored just inside the post, assisted by Farfan (Meireles has been quite brilliant from the bench since his dropping from the first XI but will have a strong chance to make the team against Felliani and Farfan who although has had limited starts due to RVP's form but has made an impact whenever needed) Unfortunately Schwegler and Felliani have picked up 5 yellow cards so they will miss the final game of the regular season. Next up is Cardiff City who are a real test as they will be a play off side
  15. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Congrats Grotolo for your triumph in the Premier League' date=' you've both dominated Division 2 and Division 1 which isn't an easy feat to achieve. Well done mate [b'] Liverpool 2 Burnley 1 [/b] Liverpool have won an important game against Burnley, Swedish surprise packet Ekdal started things off, giving us the lead then Kiessling equalised but Guardado scored the winner and helped us get the 3 points. Next up is Sheffield United
  16. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Congrats Ben for your achievement Chesterfield 5 Shrope 3 A tactical change for my Chesterfield side and it resulted in a change to the Tottenham mentality (doesn't matter how many they score as long as we score one more) Italian Alberto Paloschi and Hugo Rodallega both scored a brace while enigmatic Torbinsky returned to form with a goal and solid performance. Seems like the chemistry between Paloschi and Rodellega is working but there is still a ways to go. Climbed to the dizzying heights of 15th, definitely been a season of ups and downs for Chesterfield Next up is that Brazilian outfit out there in Stockport
  17. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Burton Albion 4 Chesterfield 1 A very, very bad day at the office for Chesterfield, full credit to Burton Albion they took us to the cleaners today. Even with 2 sending offs, we didn't show up today and we were never a chance of getting back into the game. Jeffren scored his second consecutive goal off the bench but Torbinsky had another shocking game and it really showed with our whole performance. Next up is Shrope
  18. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Carlisle United 1 Liverpool 2 Liverpool pulled off quite a result over newly promoted Carlisle United, in the reverse fixture it was a 2-2 draw however in this instance, we were able to get away with all three points. Talismanic striker RVP scored to give the Reds the lead in the 11th minute, Carlisle equalised through Almedia from a spot kick but maligned striker Jefferson Farfan came off the bench and scored the all important winner for us. This result lifts us to 4th but with 3 games to go and Millwall looking like have a pretty easy run till the end of the season, I'm consigned to think that play-offs is the best that Liverpool can do for this season. Although something of interest, we do meet 2 of the 3 teams in play off positions in our final 3 matches which will be an interesting test. In rare transfer news Beat out Everton in order to get a promising French defender. His versatility to in all the positions at the back will no doubt be an asset not only for this season but for future seasons to come. Sad to see Liverpool legend Jaime Carragher go but he may come back to Anfield in some capacity. Next up will be 6ht placed Burnley
  19. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Chesterfield 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 Our second loss on the trot confines Chesterfield to end any shock promotion hopes this season. Heskey fired in a powerful header, Okazaki and Naismith made sure the result was going to the seagulls with a goal for each. New boy Jeffren scored off the bench to give a glimmer of hope to the Spirites but it wasn't to be. Rodallega came in for the suspended/injured Paloschi and didn't help his cause by having an anonymous performance and a red card to go along with it. Although our promotion push is effectively over, we still aim to improve on last season's finish of 13th, i think that it's an achievable goal. Eremenko's time at Chesterfield this season has come to an end. I would like to thank the Liverpool manager for helping my team when there was an injury crisis and in the subsequent promotion bid. He made a real impression on the Chesterfield faithful by scoring 3 goals in his first 2 appearance for the club since then he has given solid performances Next up is Burton Albion
  20. Re: EC2933 Discussion Thread- VACANCIES SO JOIN THE FUN Birmingham 2 Liverpool 3 Liverpool won the 'must win' game with a 5 goal thriller over Birmingham City at St Andrews. These encounters are usually dire matches with maybe an odd goal on either side to win the game however this wasn't the case. The roller coaster started with Roux scoring in the 13th minute, Fabio Coentrao equalised in the 36th minute with only his second goal of the season. Blues fullback Walker made a foraging run to give Birmingham the lead again at half time. A change in tactics, resulted in Ekdal scoring a long range scorcher to put things on level terms then the man of the moment Robin Van Persie gave us all the points with a sublime placed shot past the keeper. Not the usual route of the game but I don't mind as long as we got the result, we move up one to 4th with a 4 point gap separating 2nd and 4th. Its going down to the wire with 5 games left to play and all we can do is keep winning. Next up is Stockport
  21. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Tranmere Rovers 1 Chesterfield 0 Prior to the match, the two best form teams in the Division met and although we lost this game, I was proud of the effort that the players made, especially playing away against the league leaders. Congrats to Mr. Active for the victory but it was an enthralling match throughout. Made a few changes with captain Mykhalyk coming back to the centre of defence and Manitias replacing De Silvestri due to fitness issues. Although we created more shots on target, I thought Ryzhikov was a beast in front of goal and for our best efforts, he was more than equal to it. However, we lost Paloschi to suspension for a match but I think that the injury may keep him out for longer than that. On the bright side, we have Ait Fana returning from injury and De Silvestri will come back into the starting XI Next up is Brighton and Hove Albion
  22. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread More transfer news at Chesterfield: Pleased to get Matic into our team, since we were short of players in the heart of the defence. I was keeping an eye on Matic on how he would do since the departure of Javi Garcia to Manchester City and varying reports in the media indicate that he is doing pretty well, so much so that Benfica are going to offer Matic a new contract and a larger release clause. The beauty of Matic is that he can play CM, DM or a holding role like Arteta at Arsenal. With the new restrictions on loan signings by SM, I felt that we needed another central midfielder. A good trade especially for Cristoforo who was a make-weight player in order to complete the deal for Sigurdsson to Northampton Town
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