Challenges Taff Attempts the WWT (Wine World Tour)

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So after seeing @Real_Random attempt this I also fancied a go so I loaded my chosen leagues Australia, Italy, France and Portugal

So starting in Australia I needed a team and with absouluty no knowlenge of the teams, players etc I decided that since a close friend of mine had moved to Melbourne a few years back it's seemed only right to go with them (then realised there are two teams in Melbourne) so I took a quick gander at the squads before settling on....

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Melbourne City and after a quick check on the squad I found a young Australian Striker to get me my 100 goals

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This young buck is Braedyn Crowley and his stats are nothing to write home about but 15 shooting and decisions means he's my only real option for the job (although his stamina is something to be concerned about so i stuck him on Fitness training straight away)

So our team and striker are chosen lets crack on with seasons 1-3

Season 1

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So with next to no money available I went straight to the free agents market to try and find some players who could give the squad a boost

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Only three signings and all free agents:

Diakite was a very decent CD who could boss the back line, Carr and Ferreira were excellent options who could play across the defence and midfield where needed

So not used to the league set up our first competative game was in the FFA cup against some lower ranked team so i put the squad together set the tactic and off we went..

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Crowley netting 3 in the opening game and I jump for joy thinking this will be a cake walk

Well I was a bit over optimistic but we did have a great first season

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We go on to win the FFA cup...

 

and the league (Australia has a regular season and a league finals so when I saw this)

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I thought great we've won the league, but then I check our fixtures and were playing in the league semi finals but I went with it and two games later we get this message

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A brace from Crowley seals the league for certain this time

Here's the full season fixture list

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Not to bad but struggled with losses and draws early on but thankfully found some good form at the end of the season

Braedyn Crowley

So how did the main man do in our first season together, well he had a great start

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Netting in his first 13 games but then his form dipped and then this happens

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So we lost him for two months and by the time he came back the season was wrapping up but he did OK

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Some slight improvement in his stats and he managed to score 26 in 25 so pretty decent but a slower start than I was hoping (how the hell @Real_Random got off to such a flyer I'll never know)

So we push on to season 2 and hope to put a much bigger dent in the total

Season 2

Onto our second season at Melbourne City and we have a little bit more to spend this season so I go out and splurge...

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My three sigings all proved valuable assents to the team especially the young Belgian Trompet who worked his socks off all season in the midfield, Augusto was a winger brought in to add width while Kamari was a great RB/LB option.  Then came three more free agents, a new GK in Ben Chrifia, a CD in Poscoliero and a good AP option in Austin then just a few graduates to help depth

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Lots of older players going out along with the graduates who failed to make the cut

So we crack on with the season and go to have a longer season thanks to our inclusion in the Asian Champions League

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We start by retaining the FFA cup thanks to my two strikers

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We finish the regular season top of the table and once again move on to the League finals

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Where we go on to beat Perth and claim our second league title

here's the full season fixture list

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A bad spell in NOV/DEC but we play our way through, also making it out of the group stages and into the quarter finals of the Asian Champions league (which runs into next season, I'm so confused)

Braedyn Crowley

So hopping to keep Crowley fit and scoring this year how did he do..

Well he stayed fit with no major injuries and played more games...

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But only netted 12 more goals in 16 extra games but that's OK, that leaves us with 36 left to get and hopefully another season and we can move on from Australia

 

Season 3

Well after two great seasons winning the FFA cup and League twice I was suddenly in demand

Spoiler

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Plenty of job offers rolling in over the year, but I still had a job to do...

So I had very limited funds this year after having to offer pretty much 3/4 of the squad new contracts so it was back into the free agent pool

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Ibini was brought in as a backup striker and Cobo as a replacement LB, the rest more graduates to fill the ranks 

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Just more of the OLD!!!!!!!!! guard going out the door

So as said earlier the Asian Champions League crosses over into this season and we ended last season making it through to the quarter finals, and we continued our good run all the way to the Final(s) (over two legs)

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We go on to win the final 5-1 over the two legs and add yet another bit of impressive silverwear to the Melbourne City trophy case, but this also meant we were entered into the Club World Championship, where we cruised through the semi finals and faced a Chievo side who had managed to knock out European Champions Roma so I wasn't counting our chickens but...

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We take our chances and walk away as World Club Champions

Back home we also complete another double

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Taking care of business in the FFA cup and finish top of the league, but there's no screen shots as I was not present at the finals

Here's the fixture list

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This is where my time with Melbourne City ends as in the Semi Finals Crowley scores that all important 36th goal and completes his 100 (it was touch and go as his good form got him called up to the National side and he missed around 8 games almost costing us) 

So I hand in my resignation and start looking overseas for a new job

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Braedyn Crowley

Just to prove that he did indeed finish 

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Exactly 100 goals so thank you Crowley but it's time I moved on

See you on the Flip Side

Edited by Taff

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Solid start man, stage 1 completed, bring on Europe! Can't wait to see the rest, team- and player-wise. That's the fun part for us readers seeing what teams and players are presented next :)

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Congrats for the beginning ! Like BG, eager to see which team will pick you, or which team you'll pick ;-)

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1 minute ago, Gonzolito said:

Congrats for the beginning ! Like BG, eager to see which team will pick you, or which team you'll pick ;-)

 

 

27 minutes ago, BatiGoal said:

Solid start man, stage 1 completed, bring on Europe! Can't wait to see the rest, team- and player-wise. That's the fun part for us readers seeing what teams and players are presented next :)

Cheers for the support guys hopefully I can get a bit more done now that I'm back in Europe 

I think I'll stick to the format and complete each leg before posting an update, rather than updating each season 

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Fantastic start :) 

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Great start mate any particular country you aim to tackle next?

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14 minutes ago, Ashez said:

Fantastic start :) 

Cheers dude, but I'm just glad this isn't a H2H otherwise @Real_Random would be slaughtering me

 

5 minutes ago, Jack said:

Great start mate any particular country you aim to tackle next?

I've already moved as I've lost so much time I just applied for any (decent) jobs there were and I lucked out I'll update asap

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Great start mate. Can't wait to see your time in Europe. Very interesting player choice, I personally would've gone with a bigger name but fantastic job nonetheless.KIU. Also Maclaren in real life was the top scoring Australian last year which might be why he scores so much in game.

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I just didn't have the budget to bring anyone else in and I didn't want to waste to much time researching the other teams with Australian Strikers although the lad i brought in on a free transfer "Ibini" was a great looking striker who's loaned out by Sydney in the first season, but If i had a chance he would have been a better choice as he was killing it every time Crowley went on INT duties

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12 minutes ago, Taff said:

I just didn't have the budget to bring anyone else in and I didn't want to waste to much time researching the other teams with Australian Strikers although the lad i brought in on a free transfer "Ibini" was a great looking striker who's loaned out by Sydney in the first season, but If i had a chance he would have been a better choice as he was killing it every time Crowley went on INT duties

Bernie Ibini, the striker we used for our FMHVibe International Goals Challenge few years ago, was a really nice striker back then, nice memories. Great going as well, KIU.

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1 hour ago, Kun Aguero said:

Bernie Ibini, the striker we used for our FMHVibe International Goals Challenge few years ago, was a really nice striker back then, nice memories. Great going as well, KIU.

Oh yes, remember following that one. Ibini. Catchy name. Where has the time gone? :O

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9 hours ago, Taff said:

I just didn't have the budget to bring anyone else in and I didn't want to waste to much time researching the other teams with Australian Strikers although the lad i brought in on a free transfer "Ibini" was a great looking striker who's loaned out by Sydney in the first season, but If i had a chance he would have been a better choice as he was killing it every time Crowley went on INT duties

Fair enough, that is actually the reason I chose Brisbane because they had a nice combo of wage and transfer, unfortunately Melbourne City don't have much transfer budget due to Tim Cahill who takes 39 000 a week and you can't shift him so he ends up taking up all your money. Btw you did a great job with an unknown striker. I had personally never heard of him and he is nowhere near the Melbourne City first team irl. I agree that it is so hard to buy players in the A-League but sometimes I think it is rigged like that because irl A-League teams can only sign free agents. Ibini would've been a fantastic choice unfortunately you probably couldn't have afforded the transfer fee but could've paid his wage easily. Keep up the great work 

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14 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Fair enough, that is actually the reason I chose Brisbane because they had a nice combo of wage and transfer, unfortunately Melbourne City don't have much transfer budget due to Tim Cahill who takes 39 000 a week and you can't shift him so he ends up taking up all your money. Btw you did a great job with an unknown striker. I had personally never heard of him and he is nowhere near the Melbourne City first team irl. I agree that it is so hard to buy players in the A-League but sometimes I think it is rigged like that because irl A-League teams can only sign free agents. Ibini would've been a fantastic choice unfortunately you probably couldn't have afforded the transfer fee but could've paid his wage easily. Keep up the great work 

Cheers dude, I did OK took a bit to long for my liking but I got through and have also completed my next leg which I will be posting shortly 

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Hi guys and I'm back with the completed update of my next leg in the WWT challenge so without further ado lets move on.

So I had completed the Australian leg of the journey nearing the end of the season and had the chance to jump straight into a team in one of my chosen leagues, so I took the plunge and found myself....

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In Italy and joined the mighty Napoli to continue my journey, I joined with one game to go in the regular season so I simply waited till the new season started and dove straight in.

Searching thorugh my squad I found myself a good looking Italian striker and decided to stick with him rather than go trolling through the transfer markets, and the chosen striker is none other than (pause for effect)

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Manolo Gabbidini (That's right I'd never heard of him either) but he has some decent looking stats and greens in Shooting, Movement and Stamina were all I needed to see, so with my striker already in the team and a very handsome transfer budget from the board I decided to go and bring in some players for squad improvement, as most of the team were either really young or really old

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And boy I went big spending almost £140M, but they all played their parts well (except Consigli who was just a half decent young GK prospect)

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Hysaj was a half decent RB but i had brought in Henrichs who was way better so when I got offered almost £30M I took it, the rest were older players out of contract or graduates I deemed not useful 

So with our transfer business done and our striker ready we get the season underway. 

Season 4

Into our first season and I told the board we would claim a Euro Cup spot (wasn't sure how we would fare agaisnt the Italian Giants of Juventus, Inter, AC Milan or Roma but we did OK

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We go on to win the Seria A and with a nice 9 point cushion and a very decent GF/GA ratio too

Then the season got even better

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We make it all the way to the Italian Cup Final and thanks to a single goal in the first minute of the game we take that home as well

Here's the full season fixtures

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A pretty solid season all things considered

Now the main focus is how well the striker did

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Some improvements in his stats with greens now in Crossing, Dribbling and Decisions but his Stamina has dropped a point, but how did he do

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50 goals in 44 games, again no where near @Real_Random but a good start 1/2 way there

Now onto season 5 and hopefully he can grab the remaining 50

Season 5

So straight in I didn't get that many screen shots this season, but I'll share what I have

We start the season off with a bang

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Maybe bang is a strong word but we beat Lazio once again and claim the Italian Supercup this time thanks to an very late extra time winner courtesy of Insigne

We then go on to claim our second league title 

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Winning with 6 games to go and another solid season at either end of the pitch scoring 85 and only conceding 16

We also had Champions League football this year, we start in the groups where we are drawn against some big names in Barcelona and SLB and then Celtic (sorry to any Celtic fans)

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Unfortunately we then draw Real Madrid in the first round, we were confident having beaten Barcelona twice during the group stages but we weren't good enough

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Lost out after loosing the first leg 3-2 and being unable to grab a second goal at home

But we ploughed on and.....

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Gabbiadini grabs his 100th goal and ends my time in Itlay (hence the shortage of screen shots), here's how his stats look at the end of the second season

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Pretty much the same except for an improvement in his technique 

He did OK though

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Claiming the WPOTY so not all bad

I play 2-3 more games while I wait for a Job in either France or Portugal but then one comes up I apply, I get accepted and I go

So that's two portions down but it's taken way too long, 5 seasons so I really need to pick up the pace

See you on the flip side

 

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I'm loving this challenge. I really like seeing players I've not really heard of before.

Good working doing Italy in 2 seasons, would have been frustrating to go over a season and get the 100 a few games in. Now you can do a full preseason with your next team and hit the ground running!

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5 minutes ago, Joewins said:

I'm loving this challenge. I really like seeing players I've not really heard of before.

Good working doing Italy in 2 seasons, would have been frustrating to go over a season and get the 100 a few games in. Now you can do a full preseason with your next team and hit the ground running!

I was a bit on edge towards the end as he went a few games without scoring and I thought I might have to run onto next season but having the European games helped a lot

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Wow, doing it in Italy in just two season is crazy ! Congrats ! I think I've never reached 50 goals in a single season with a single player except with Barbosa in FMH16 ^^

I just started this challenge on my own, but well, I'm not as fast as you guys can be. No offense, but atm Australian wine tastes bitter to me ><

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7 minutes ago, Gonzolito said:

Wow, doing it in Italy in just two season is crazy ! Congrats ! I think I've never reached 50 goals in a single season with a single player except with Barbosa in FMH16 ^^

I just started this challenge on my own, but well, I'm not as fast as you guys can be. No offense, but atm Australian wine tastes bitter to me ><

Trust me dude it is worth the bitterness to get to the sweet taste of victory, Australia was always going to be the tough one as very few (apart form @Real_Random) have any knowledge of the league, but this challenge and the one buy @liam1872 are great because it makes people step out of their comfort zones to try something new, rather than the same old top leagues/teams

 

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You're speeding through this challenge. Great work doing it in 2 seasons. That's kind of the aim but by no means an easy feat. Looking forward to the next wine country :)

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47 minutes ago, BatiGoal said:

You're speeding through this challenge. Great work doing it in 2 seasons. That's kind of the aim but by no means an easy feat. Looking forward to the next wine country :)

Cheers dude, I was lucky just can't seem to hit those high numbers but I'm happy with the progress so far

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Just caught up mate. You did a fantastic job. I can't wait to see your next season. KIU

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16 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Just caught up mate. You did a fantastic job. I can't wait to see your next season. KIU

Cheers RR I've actually already completed my third country and am working on my 4th but will have to wait till Wednesday to post as my computers down and I find it takes forever to update from my phone but hopefully I'll have the whole thing wrapped up by then 

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