Career A Defender's Story: 250+ Goals

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37 minutes ago, Ashez said:

Spot on, I'd say this is 98% Bati's tie. Only reason it's not 100% is due to a gimmicky formations and how the OME does like to screw you, even then though I don't recall hardly ever losing to Germany. 

The final however will be some match to call! The regen power of both countries is outstanding. 

Yeah the final will be a tough tie but I'm confident in @BatiGoal's ability to kick butt

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3 hours ago, scratch99 said:

Doing well mate! Hope you win the World Cup - you're so close!!! :)

Thanks mate, update tonight..

1 hour ago, Jack.Holt said:

I'm loving this career, @BatiGoal. No idea how you do it (well, some idea as I'm reading this thread!) but you're doing really well. Not sure I'd do much more than shove a player on pens if it was me! :laugh:

Thanks. Before I embarked on this journey I didn't think I could get 10+ goals a season but it's not so hard apparently :)

1 hour ago, Taff said:

It's crazy because they are always winning the WC or EC but as soon as I've played them in the past they have been a cake walk

7-0 to @BatiGoal

That's what's happened to me as well but looks like the German players aren't as weak as they used to be. Won't say too much until tonight's update but I can tell there won't be a 6th consecutive clean sheet..

51 minutes ago, Ashez said:

Spot on, I'd say this is 98% Bati's tie. Only reason it's not 100% is due to a gimmicky formations and how the OME does like to screw you, even then though I don't recall hardly ever losing to Germany. 

The final however will be some match to call! The regen power of both countries is outstanding. 

I had a look at the other two semi finalists and they look pretty good. Especially Argentina with a 32yo Dybala up front with a regen.. 

I remember now why I don't play ITN careers often..nerve-wrecking man!!

Thanks for the support everyone.

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World Cup 2026

Semi-Finals

Germany Vs. Holland

England Vs. Argentina

 

Germany - Holland: Match Report

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Chance for HOLLAND

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GOAL!!! The first attack of this semi final and it's Langeler who heads it home after a fantastic Bazoer free kick.

Chance for HOLLAND

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Bazoer comes close to his 3rd ITN goal but his free kick goes inches over the bar. It remains 0-1.

Chance for GERMANY

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First time the Dutch goalkeeper is put to the test and he saves a decent Nieper shot from outside the box.

Chance for HOLLAND

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Dutch striker Langeler with an enormous chance to put Germany in serious trouble but the Heerenveen hero misses power.

Chance for GERMANY

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A great effort from Meyer but it's once again v.Rhijn who prevents Germany from finding an equalizer.

Chance for HOLLAND

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Another powerful Bazoer free kick but he misses the target for a second time. Good effort tho from the Benfica man.

Chance for HOLLAND

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GOAL!!! 2min into the second half and it's the sub Viergever who shoves the ball into the near corner after Langeler's assist.

Chance for GERMANY

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0-2 down Germany need to get back into the game but v.Rhijn's having none of it.

Chance for GERMANY

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GOAL!!! 1-2 and Germany are back into the game. Terrible defending from the Dutch side and Bender takes full advantage.

Chance for GERMANY

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What an opportunity to make it 2-2 but Bazoer stands in Leno's way to give v.Rhijn an easy save and send the Dutch to the WC Final.

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Oh yes, we're in the final. Very decent performance from the lads and gotta give credit to GK v.Rhijn for his brilliant saves. Bazoer failed to score in this one but he had a great game helping on both ends of the pitch. So who are we playing in the WC final?

 

England Vs. Argentina

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So it's the Argentinians who beat the English by the narrowest of margins to set up a Holland - Argentina World Cup Final.

 

The Line-ups

Holland

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The 5-2-2-1 has proven very solid so BatiGoal is taking no chances and sticking with his 5-def formation which has been getting BPD Bazoer the needed goals.

 

Argentina

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Now this is a very interesting defensive line-up from the Argentinians as well and BatiGoal had the following to say: "I'm definitely smelling my chances here. First I gotta say that their striker partnership is scary for any worldclass defender. Dybala at 32 is a real powerhouse and his buddy Insua as deadly a poacher as they come. But I see chances on the left. Clearly the right side is defensive-minded with a FB + WM but the left flank can definitely become exposed when you look at the WB + W combination and specifically Peruzzi who's starting the match at 70%. On top of that he's got Diaz, a BWM on left centre to his side, which will leave their left side exposed with lots of space for me to exploit. If that wasn't enough there's also 2 BPDs playing in centre back so it's a defensive line-up with "too many" att.minded roles on the left. So my tactics are going to be to try to exploit Argentina's left side by playing through my right and making sure I continue to do that intensively throughout the game".

 

Holland - Argentina: Match Report

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Here we go.. I was quite nervous for this one tbh but I really feel good about my tactics. Let's take full advantage of the weak spot and hit their left flank hard. We go balanced as they're coming out att.minded so a little caution but our attacks go via our right flank.

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Chance for ARGENTINA

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A quick start from Argentina as expected but it's our top GK v.Rhijn who holds on firmly to prevent a terrible start to the final.

Chance for HOLLAND

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A Langeler header but it goes well over the Argentina goal.

Chance for HOLLAND

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A great build-up over the right from El Ghazi but Rulli saves Langeler's shot. It remains all square.

Chance for HOLLAND

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Another great attack over what's becoming more apparent Argentina's weakened left side but Langeler misses a sitter. 0-0.

Chance for HOLLAND

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GOAL!!! 1-0. A deserved goal from the Dutch and they're in the lead in this one-sided final.

Chance for HOLLAND

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Bazoer almost made it 2-0 just before half-time but his free kick goes just wide. Argentina need to come up with answers during the break or they'll be smashed.

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Tea.

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Keep doing what we're doing. Despite just being 1-0 up we're creating a fair amount of chances and Argentina are forced to waste all their energy on defensive duties. So we're subbing the right flank players for fresh legs. Vilhena's got blistering 20 pace and a fresh right FB for support. Viergever is a great AP so his energy will be a good asset too in the final 45min. Tactics remain the same. All out attack over our right flank.

Chance for HOLLAND

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GOAL!!! Not as many chances as we'd hoped for but at last we seal it deep into the second half. And it's the sub Vilhena who uses his pace to go past his man and hit the ball in the far corner. Absolutely fantastic performance from the guys.

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I'm overjoyed with the World Cup win :) Champagne and cigars for the lads.

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I have to say that was a very welcome distraction to my regular career. It cost me a bit of time and energy to post an extensive report on the World Cup but I enjoyed it. Plus it refreshed my motivation to continue my Benfica career and the challenge to score goals with Bazoer. So can't wait to have a go it this again and post my progress in season 11. And it wasn't all for nothing as Bazoer scored 2 goals in the World Cup and upped his tally from 144 to 146 goals. It's a small bump but all these bits add greatly in the end.

 

Progress

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Comments, Love, Support Welcome. Thanks!

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Congrats! 

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Good win mate, liked the match report style of updating, maybe you could do it for things like the Champions League final/ crucial games. Bazoer is almost there now, push him over the line!

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@Ashez Thanks biggie!

@mcandrew003 yeah I was thinking about maybe giving more detailed match reports on some of the more crucial games. Just to add a bit of variety into these careers. Thanks mate.

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Congratulations on the first Dutch World Cup! Should've gone to you guys in 1974 and 2010. But at least in this one you got revenge on the 78' Final! Let's see some more, and thanks for the detailed explanations.

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Thanks @canhoto if I manage to keep the Holland job I will probably get to play 1 more WC during this career. Half the current squad is 30+ so it'll be interesting  to see how the squad looks like in 2030.

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Great going dude, two tight games but a great result for Holland and for you

KIU

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1 hour ago, Taff said:

Great going dude, two tight games but a great result for Holland and for you

KIU

Thanks. It's not my preferred formation as I would much rather go with a 3-def formation, 3-5-2 variant for example and get a much prettier looking scoreline, but I gotta get Bazoer the goals and other formations just aren't as effective. I miss my TKO :laugh:

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Great going, so close to the 150 mark!

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41 minutes ago, danovic78 said:

Great going, so close to the 150 mark!

150 will get Bazoer a gold Lamborghini. 200 a statue in front of the stadium ;)

 

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250 a national holiday in Holland will be dedicated to the Legend of Bazoer

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5 hours ago, Taff said:

250 a national holiday in Holland will be dedicated to the Legend of Bazoer

Bazoer Day :D who knows, he started season 11 with 6 gls / 6 games. Incredible start..but that won't last surely.

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Finally a world cup triumph for Oranje! Great going BG.

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9 minutes ago, Mr.Manager said:

Finally a world cup triumph for Oranje! Great going BG.

Yeah 'bout time, thanks.

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Congrats on winning the World Cup! Epic! :)

Also, I loved the different update style you've used here. I think that worked pretty well (at least, I enjoyed it!).

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3 hours ago, scratch99 said:

Congrats on winning the World Cup! Epic! :)

Also, I loved the different update style you've used here. I think that worked pretty well (at least, I enjoyed it!).

Thanks, and great to hear you liked the new approach. Maybe I'll use it for some of the bigger games. This is once again a career I need to play until the player decides to retire..can't do too many of these back to back lol.. I'm definitely going for a few shorter challenges once Bazoer's become a legend on Vibe :)

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44 minutes ago, BatiGoal said:

Thanks, and great to hear you liked the new approach. Maybe I'll use it for some of the bigger games. This is once again a career I need to play until the player decides to retire..can't do too many of these back to back lol.. I'm definitely going for a few shorter challenges once Bazoer's become a legend on Vibe :)

That's one reason I'm rocking the one season only challenges at the moment. I have another 1KC planned, but just not quite ready to commit! :D

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Season 11

After the successful World Cup in Mexico 2026, where Bazoer managed to score 2 goals and lead the Dutch to their first ever WC win, it was back to Benfica and continue the challenge to score goals with our BPD. Let's get straight to it then..

 

Revamp

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I wasn't particularly happy selling nearly my entire defence but it was necessary. Grimaldo, Semedo, Lindelof all 32 going for 33 and I managed to negotiate a pretty price so it was an easy call. Along with a few other 30+ players this revamp was always going to happen at some point as Bazoer is 29/30 at the end of this season and still a good few seasons away from ending this challenge. We need fresh blood in the squad and we got the perfect players in Gestede, Westermann, Adler and Semedo among others.

  • Total sales: Approx. 199M
  • Total buys: Approx. 205M

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How's that for some controlled business dealings. Total sold 616M. Total bought 616M. No wonder my financial control is 20 :)

 

 

The Games

Holland Goals

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I never count on these but any extra INT goals are more than welcome. That's an extra 2gls for BPD Bazoer this season.

 

Bazoer Braces

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Love seeing these braces on the scoreboard. Love 'em. He's done this incredible feat every single season. Amazing!

 

Easy Cup Games

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Gotta love those easy cup games. No mercy for the opponent, none. Just go out and give it 100% every time.

 

Derby Games

How could I play a challenge in Portugal with my beloved Benfica and not mention the incredible derby matches versus our city rivals Sporting CP. These are the games the Benfica players live for. These are the days where injuries simply do not matter. They want to play. They want to win. They want to beat their green and white adversaries no matter what.. The Rivalry.. The Passion.. The Intensity.. The History.. The Blood.. The Tears.. The Heart.. The Victory.. for these moments players need no motivation, no pep-talk, no guidance they walk onto the pitch as gladiators and are prepared to fight till the death for their fans, their manager, their colors, their club.. It's Benfica vs Sporting, Sporting vs Benfica, The Lions vs The Eagles, The Eagles vs The lions..

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I love these derby games. Absolutely love them every time, no matter how long the career goes on and no matter how often we get to play them or what competition it is we're fighting in. Friendly, Cup game, final, league game, we want to win every single one of our encounters. We played Sporting CP 4 times this season and won all 4 of them hard-fought games. The ultimate victory was of course in San Siro for the Champions League trophy. Absolutely delighted for the club, the players and the fans that they were there to witness the historical night. Unforgettable derby games which will forever be remembered long after the day my players and I seperate our ways..

 

Bazoer's Form

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Bazoer had by far his best start of any season scoring as much as 10 goals in 15 games. I thought I was in for something truly special but a goal-drought followed of approx 20 games and nothing I could do about it. No free kicks that went in, no penalties, no headers from corners, just a struggling BPD trying to get his goals in but sometimes things just don't work out despite getting good performances in for the team. In all a pretty good season for our guy.

 

Bazoer Goals

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I'm very happy with his return. 16 goals in all club competitions + 2 INT goals for Holland makes 18 goals this season. That's a beautiful amount which brings his new total to 164 goals. It's the big 200 we're aiming for and I'm really hopeful we're going to get there before our hero retires. And maybe..big fat maybe..maybe we'll even get to Ronald Koeman's record of 253 goals. MAYBE!

 

 

Progress

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Thanks for reading! Support, Comments, Encouragements Welcome.

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BG's killing it! Well done mate, how old is Bazoer at this point?

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Brilliant effort as ever. I wonder how many assists Koeman managed in his career...?

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26 minutes ago, mcandrew003 said:

BG's killing it! Well done mate, how old is Bazoer at this point?

Thanks mate. Bazoer is 30yo. I'm hoping for another 3-4 solid seasons and we'll see where it ends from there.

26 minutes ago, Mr.Manager said:

Brilliant effort as ever. I wonder how many assists Koeman managed in his career...?

Yeah I might need to check that. Maybe I can beat his assist record :) thanks mate.

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Another fantastic season for the man who will surely go on to be the Prime minister of Holland and will be allowed to rule for the next 50 years

ALL HAIL BAZOER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@Taff :laugh: cheers mate!

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Fantastic to see him back to his best! 

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6 hours ago, Ashez said:

Fantastic to see him back to his best! 

Thanks. He did slightly better tho as there were still two Eur.Qual. matches to be played in June and he scored in one of them. So that's 19 gls for the season.

Wasn't sure if those games weren't counted for this or next season (I know I should've known :) will update tonight.

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Remainder of Season 11..

I haven't managed Int. teams in a while so I forgot there were still two Euro Qual. games to be played for Holland in June. He scored in 1 of them so his season 11 total gets a little bump to 18 19 (16 club goals + 3 INT goals). Bazoer's total is therefore 164 165.

 

Holland Goal

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Season 11 Total

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Season 12

(up next..)

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Season 12 sneak peak..

 

If this first competitive game of season 12 is any indication of what's awaiting me in the coming campaign then I'm in for some ride.

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Let me set the stage for you here. It's our competitive season-opener for season 12. A Euro. Super Cup match vs Chelsea. We've just come back from 0-2 down after having Guidolin sent off for a reckless challenge in the 11th min. That's nearly the entire match playing with 10 men and then to come back to 2-2 is awesome from the lads. That's the fighting spirit I want to see in all of my teams regardless the outcome and regardless the game. We win or we die trying. However.. then the unthinkable happened..

 

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First in-game injury I've had to my GK in 12 seasons and with 3 subs out of the way already I'm left with very few options to turn things around and complete the ultimate comeback. Yes, we're in deep chocolate at the moment with my GK out injured we're playing 9 men at the moment...and being forced to play an outfield player in goal will make it 11 Chelsea players vs 8.5 of mine.

I did place one of my defs in goal but thought ah wth he'll be a sitting duck between the posts and he's better served in his best spot. I just keep the injured GK where he is and make the best of it. An injured Vilela is still better than any of my players of which none have even the slightest talent in goal. 84th min... hope I can make it to ET..

 

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I made it. Now what? Not sure why this felt as a win as I'm still in deep trouble needing to play another 30min with 9 vs 11. 8.5 vs 11 rather as when I popped the formation I noticed the AI "force-swapped" my injured GK with my RB. Hmm..seemed to me he was injured but still on the pitch so keeping him in goal seemed like the least terrible optionfor us. AI swapping the two would indicate he's not on the pitch and any other player (my RB in this case) takes his place instead. Well..whatever the AI's reasoning I guess.

 

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Looks terrible. Dunno how I'm going to make anything out of this game at this point. My hands are tied and with no options left the best we can do is hope for the best. Only Mother Luck can smile upon us now.. Let's play the first 15min of ET.

 

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Yes, feels yet again like a win scraping it thru to ET halftime but there's still another 15 grueling minutes left to play with a heavily weakened Benfica side. And we're struggling to keep Chelsea from scoring a third and probable winner. It's theirs to lose now..

 

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Quick look at the tactics..I hate this sight.. so I swapped it back to a few more green dots. I'm surprised to see my lads in such a great shape at this point in the game. Not sure why I never bothered to tweak Horta's role. I guess it was a combination of having my full focus on the GK situation and hoping he'd pick up his game at some later stage in the game.

 

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Won't make any difference as the AI will probably revert it back to what it was the moment I hit 'resume'. This just feels better. I'm probably the least superstitious person you'll ever meet but at this point I'm willing to believe in all sorts of supernatural casualities. Higher powers, magic, witchcraft, I'm your guy.

On second thought.. just as I was about to hit the 'resume' button the 5 previous shoot-out losses flashed through my mind. I suck at shoot-outs. We suck bad. Having those painful memories in mind playing that bright red dot in goal on top of our dreadful shoot-out run.. what are the chances we're making it out alive? Zero. A shoot-out is a certain loss so we'll need to try and win this game before it gets to that point. I know it's stupid but let's just go for a Hail Mary attempt ..all or nothing in those final 900 seconds.. FB->WB.. despite the probable gaping hole on the right flank.. CD->BPD.. yes against my nature we got 2 BPDs at the back.. AML moves forward to his natural ST spot.. Tackling->committed... Passing->Direct.. Flanks are distorted so Focus->Center.. Mentality->Attacking Hail Mary baby.. let's do it!!

 

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Yes! :D How we've managed to win this is beyond me. Funniest part is probably all the effort that went into trying to win this "Who Cares Cup" lol. Yes, it's a game that doesn't really matter but the way we've won it makes it kinda special. Once you get back to 2-2 after being reduced to 10 men it gives you that motivation to try and win it. And it's a great confidence boost to everyone that we're in for a great season. We're sending out a message. FEAR US! We're hungry and coming to win everything in all competitions!

 

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The FB replacement GK actually made it MoM. Rating 10. I'm pretty sure that won't happen ever again. Fluke but we'll take it!

 

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Bring on season 12!!

 

 

Season 12

(up next..)

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What a ride!!!!!!!!!!!

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