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Ian Eltringham

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  1. Re: Gold Championship 100 Match Reports | Transfers Toulouse FC Took over as manager of Toulouse on March 11th and have made a dream start to my career so far. In my 10 league games in charge I've won 9 and drawn 1. This fantastic form has propelled us up the league table into 3rd place giving us a real chance of SMFA Cup qualification or even the league title if we're really lucky. Our next league game couldn't be bigger as we take on league leaders Lille who are just 4 points ahead of us. If we win that then who knows what could happen. My record at the club isn't unblemished though as we had to go through the humiliation of being knocked out of the French Cup by Clermont Foot. We've made just the two signings since I arrived at the club. Sebastien Corchia We had a space in the squad that urgently needed filling in the right back position. I found Corchia available but several clubs had him short listed so I wasn't confident that I'd get him. I made the maximum bid that I could which was £8.8M and to my surprise that was enough to secure his services from Le Mans. He'll provide cover at right back until he improves. Blerim Dzemaili After the signing of Corchia we were able to raise enough funds to fill the only other problem position in the squad. This time in central midfield. Dzemaili was the best player available so we signed him from Hoffenheim for £8.4M. He'll provide decent cover in the central and defensive midfield positions.
  2. Re: Gold Championship 110: Match Report/Transfer Gossip Thread VfB Stuttgart Took over as manager of Stuttgart on March 11th with the club struggling just above the relegation zone. Our league form has improved since then and we have now climbed up to 10th place with 18 games gone. I'd really like us to finish 7th but the league is very competitive. On my arrival I promoted Julian Schieber to the first team and since then he has been a revelation scoring 7 goals in 8 games. If he can continue this form we'll have a real chance of finishing in the SMFA positions. I have made 4 signings since joining Stuttgart. Deivson Fabio The Brazilian was signed from Le Mans for £8.7M and is now our first choice goalkeeper. He's played 7 times for us and done reasonably well so far. Fabio was the best goalkeeper available at the time. I'll probably keep my eye out for another goalkeeper come the end of the season. Either a new number 1 or an improver. Tomislav Dujmovic Signed just a few days ago from Lokomotiv Moskva for £6.7M. The Croation International will provide better quality cover for Christian Trasch at defensive midfield. Georges Manjeck has now been relegated to the reserves and is available for loan. Francesco Bardi The Italian U21 international was signed as a free agent for £338K. Highly regarded in Italy the 19 year old goalkeeper is a player for the future. Uros Cosic Another signing for the future and one I'm very pleased with. Cosic came to Stuttgart as a free agent for a fee of £785K. He has a huge reputation as one of the brightest central defensive prospects in world football. Has been compared to Vidic, if he turns out half as I good I'll be happy.
  3. Re: Gold Championship 116 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip thread Sao Paulo FC Took over as manager of Sao Paolo on March 11th and so far things have been fantastic. We are currently top of the league after 10 games although we're not up against any real competition. In the Champions Cup we got extremely lucky by being drawn in a very easy group against Lanús, Büyüksehir and Dynamo Kyiv. Qualification to the knockout stages is almost inevitable after winning our first 3 group matches. Some work has also been done to strengthen the squad with 6 players joining the club. Yevhen Konoplyanka The hugely talented Ukranian was signed as a future first teamer from Dynamo Kyiv for £6.7M. Takes his place in the youth squad for now but should see a promotion to the first team squad very soon. Already a regular for the Ukranian national team. Wasn't intending to buy a youth player but when I saw he was available I had to sign him and at the price we paid he'll be a very good investment. Ezequiel Munoz A great young defender with potential to improve and has been building a strong reputation in Italy. Will provide cover for first choice center backs Joao Miranda and Miguel Flano until he improves. Munoz was signed from Boca Juniors for £9M. Marco Amelia Signed from Genoa for £6.8M as our new number two. Decent price for an 88 rated goalkeeper and will provide decent cover for Rogerio Ceni. Marvin Martin We smashed our transfer record by signing this kid for £18.2M from Boca Juniors but I really like him. Has a great future and should move to a bigger club in the summer. Should be a decent investment even for the price we paid. He'll have to compete with Souza Fabricio and Enzo Perez for a place in midfield alongside star man Anderson Hernanes. Youssef El-Arabi I don't think I've ever seen this guy play but he's been doing the business in France this season. Another player who has been linked with a move to a bigger club in the summer. Young, talented and came at the decent price of £7.7M from SM Caen. Will start his career at Sao Paolo as our first choice right winger. Johan Elmander We signed the Swedish International from Club America for £7M. He's had a great season at Bolton so when I saw he was available I wasted no time in bringing him to Sao Paolo. As the best striker we have in the squad he'll lead our attack and I expect to see a decent goal tally from him come the end of the season. He had a good start by scoring on his debut against Corinthians.
  4. Re: Official GC132 Discussions/Transfers/Reports Thread Lille OSC I took over as manager of Lille on March 11th and although the club still had their star players Hazard, Mavuba, Rami, Gervinho, Sow etc the squad was very unfit and struggling in the league. Since my arrival fitness levels have returned to normal and our league form has improved with us climbing up to 7th just inside the SMFA Shield places. Our target will be to at least finish in this position come the end of the season. There were some holes in the squad that urgently needed filling so 3 important signings were secured on March 14th. Marvin Compper The German central defender was signed from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for £6.8M. Compper's main job will be to provide cover for Rami and Chedjou but his versatility could also come in useful as he can also cover at left back. Stuart Holden Seen Holden a lot for Bolton this season and what's not to like. Terrific player but a real shame he got injured so badly. I paid a lot for his services, £9.4M from Swindon Town but I think he'll be at Lille for a few seasons so should be worth the investment. Will provide cover in central midfield. Kevin Constant Another player who I signed because I like what I've seen. Definatley has ability and has been linked with a big move in the summer. Signed from Chievo for £7.9M and like Holden will provide the cover we need in central midfield.
  5. Re: Available Teams, No Job Offers! (GC Teams Only!) Decent Udinese in GC88 8 x 89 (incl. Kolarov, Isla, Asamoah) 5 x 88 (inc. Lukaku) Squad Value: £198.3M Currently 8th in division 1 after 4 games but the season is young so good time to join
  6. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Three bids accepted for Kyle Walker but each of us had the sense p/e players. Recalled David Wheater to offer in the deal along with Mbola but I think both Arsenal and Aston Villa probably have me beat. My bet is that he's on his way to Villa. Wheater will go back on the loan list if he stays.
  7. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread GC6: RC Lens After recently failing in bidding wars against several clubs for Sebastien Bassong and Pedro Geromel RC Lens complete the signing of Martin Skrtel from Crvena Zvezda for £25.8M. Absolutely delighted that we secured his services but I'm surprised we only had to beat one other club in Maccabi Haifa. Martin Skrtel will now partner Joris Mathijsen in the center of a very capable looking defence.
  8. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Manchester United bounce back from their humiliation in Florence with a 3-0 victory against Arsenal. Hero of the night was man of the match Michael Carrick who scored a superb hattrick Move back to the top of the league but we'll have to travel to Italy and beat Roma if we want to stay there for more than one turn this time.
  9. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Welcome mate and good luck
  10. Re: Gold Championship 19 Match Report and Transfer News Spartak Moskva I took a gamble in bringing Edwin Van der Saar to Spartak for £12M in the hope that he doesn't get the dreaded Rtd before season 8 begins. This could be the most expensive transfer in history costing us a whopping £4M per game for his 94 rated services if things goes wrong If I do keep Van der Saar for season 8 then I'll be all smiles Don't mind spending that much on a player of his quality as a short term signing so long as I get him for a whole season. I looked at the dates but I ain't sure. Might be close call.
  11. Re: World Championship 10000 available jobs thread AZ Alkmaar Decent squad to start with the likes of Romero and Schaars. Take Control
  12. Re: Gold Championship 115 Match Reports / Transfers Thread Olympique de Marseille I've had a decent start to my career at Marseille since joining the club on March 10th. The season has started well enough so far as we find ourselves 5th place in the league after 9 games and 4 points away from league leaders Lyon. I have strengthend the squad with some new additions over the last month. Davide Astori The talented Italian central defender was signed from Panathinaikos for £8M and will provide extra cover for the first choice defensive partnership of Stephane M'bia and Souleymane Diawara. With Andrea Ranocchia and Milan Bisevac also in the squad and Phil Jones out on loan this area of our squad is very strong. I don't see us needing to sign another central defender for a long time. Francisco Chica The versatile Spanish fullback was signed from Espanyol for £7.5M. Not my first choice but he was the best option available at the time. Will provide cover for our first choice right back Renat Yanbaev but I'll be looking to improve this position in the future. Mendes Elias We signed the Brazilian international midfielder from Corinthians for £13M. Had to pay a high price as we had competition for the players signature. A squad player for now providing cover at DM and CM but hopefully he can improve in the near future. Radja Nainggolan Signed the promising young Belgian on March 13th from Cagliari for £8.7M. Like Elias he'll provide cover at CM for now but he has great potential to improve further and could push himself into our first choice XI in the not to distant future. Marinato Guilherme The young Brazilian goalkeeper is our most recent acquisition and was signed from Krylia Sovetov for £6.8M. Comes in as our new number 2 under Steve Mandanda. I don't expect him to push for a first team place anytime soon but it's nice to sign a number 2 who should see some imrpovements over the next few seasons. Guilherme's arrival relegates Maksym Koval back to the youth squad where he's now available for loan.
  13. Re: Gold Championship 81 The Everton manager accepted the job offer.
  14. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread Another decent night Was maybe expecting more defeats as I've recently taken on clubs in the old GC's but they performed ok overall. Tonights Results P27 W18 D7 L2 F55 A20 GD+35 Had some good wins but the result I'm most pleased about was in GC100 with Toulouse. We beat umanaged Sochaux 4-0 to keep us in the race for a SMFA Champions Cup place. The victory moved us up to 3rd with 5 games remaining. We've even got a slim chance for the title now with league leaders Lille losing 1-0 against PSG. The gap has now closed to just 6 points. I thinks it's going to be an exciting race. I was also pleased with Zenit getting a point in GC104 against 2nd placed CSKA Moskva as the result keeps us 9 points clear at the top with 7 games left. The most dissappointing result of the night came with Panathinaikos in GC67. We've had a slow start to the season when considering the quality of our squad compared to the other teams in the league. Tonight we had a chance to kick start our season by beating top of the table Anorthosis but we could only manage a 1-1 draw.
  15. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Not too shocked but 5-1 hurts
  16. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Manchester United 1 Bayern Munchen 0 We came away with the 3 points in what was a very close match. We coped well without Wayne Rooney with his replacement on the right wing Antonio Valencia scoring the winning goal. Top of divison 1 now thanks to Ajax. Next we play bottom of the table Fiorentina. We haven't had a great record against struggling teams over the two seasons. Hoping we don't slip up in Florence where they beat us comfortably last season.
  17. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread Crazy good results for me last night especially by my low standards Played: 20 Won: 16 Drew: 4 Lost: 0 Won my first game for Barcelona in GC51 beating Xerex 3-0. Gave some unhappy players some game time. The win moved us up to 10th on the final league match of the season which should be enough for a place in the SMFA Shield.
  18. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Manchester United drawn against Bayern Munchen in the SMFA Cup 1st Round. Will be tough but I'm looking forward to that one. Somewhat of a rehersal for what's to come as we meet eachother in the league tonight.
  19. Re: Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread Not since about 2am GC51 Barcelona Looking to make some small changes to the squad so if anyone is interested in discussing possible deals please get in touch. Some defenders would be nice Highest priority is a 90+ LB and RB. If anyone can sort me out there then I'm sure we can come to some agreement relatively quickly. Also on the look out for at least 1 central defender 88+. Preferably a player with some future potential here. Can trade out the likes of Diego Milito, Fernando Lllorente, Joe Cole, Andrei Arshavin, Ribas Diego, Lucas Cigriani, Arturo Vidal, Angelo Palombo, Lucho Gonzalez, Seydou Keita and Anthony Reveillere.
  20. Re: World Championship 10000 Discussion thread Been a lot of disabled game worlds this week Playing Man City tonight for the 3rd time this season. Beat them twice already but really looking forward to see how we do in tonights match with a weakened starting XI and slightly tweaked tactics. Vidic, Evra and Anderson replaced with Evans, O'Shea and Wilshere. Tactically we've gone for a slow passing game rather than our usual high tempo. Not sure if Man City have sprung a surprise on us with any tactical changes but in all honesty this game doesn't matter too much apart from the bragging rights as we've both already qualified from our SMFA Group.
  21. Re: The Official Tottenham Hotspur Thread Good luck to your lads tonight. Fingers crossed they can do some damage. Great game for the neutrals though... can't wait
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