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

Spoiler

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

Spoiler

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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