Career Cockers Takes On The Latin Europe Challenge **failed**

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Cheers guys, I can't believe how much it takes out of you, the concentration to succeed, I'm like a child with a new toy knowing I've completed another stage, wow if this is tense now, I'll either be a alcoholic or divorced by Stage 4 lol

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Patience paid off in the end, he looks like Eto'o regen I think?

Good luck in Portugal, you should find that league easier with the right player.

 

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Thanks @danovic78, just being patient before I purchase the right man.

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So the journey continues...

I've purchased my man from thousands (well about 5 I could afford at the time) plus I need a couple other players, goalkeeper especially as there is only 1 and he is 37 and currently injured, not a good start.

The player - Paolo Correa

More to follow...

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Paolo Correa

Kicked off the season well, his stats were very good for the budget I had, plus I needed a few other key players, so my budget wasn't exactly exhaustible.

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So why him, I always look for Pace, Stamina and Aerial in all my strikers, and if they have good technique they usually prove to be players I can improve more and more as they get older, so his stats for the £7.5 mil I paid looked a good buy.

My first season ended with some success, if I can continue the same way in Season 2 on a full season, then who knows, this guy has it all.

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My first success as the new manager, followed by...

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So not bad start to this campaign, but how did my star player do in the short time with me:

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Not bad return, if we can play a 50+ season, then this guy could excel the required amount if I can keep him injury free.

End of Season Stats

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He's looking really good in the short time I have had him, he's young and got the potential to grow in all areas.

Season 2 and beyond will be the big challenge.

 

 

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I like the player, you can definitely do it next season , go for it mate!

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Thanks @mcandrew003 i hope he continues to fulfill the goal tally i need.

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Hi guys, firstly thanks to all those reading and supporting, this is a truly fun challenge.

Season 2 Update...

I kicked off my first full season with a few players added to help strengthen my squad, Correa is being put to the task of scoring 60+ goals to make sure I get to Stage 4.

Started really well taking a good lead in the Portuguese Premier League which gives me a good feeling that I can reach the goal tally I require, whether it's a single guy doing it still up for debate, but he's doing well.

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Yes 27 goals in 27 games plus his tally so far earned him World Player of the Year, Wow, what a start!!

So my second season so far looks promising...

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13 games played without a loss and only conceding 7 goals, and the tally of my guy is very good (no spoiler here), but then I spoke to soon...

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Yes he's out for a month, this is a massive loss for me as he is really on form, my reserve striker is holding his own, but this doesn't help me with my goal tally , just hope Correa comes back stronger and on fire again. To be continued...

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Season 2 finished

Not what I was hoping for my record was a little away from the needed goal rate, a couple of weeks injuries and many games where we had full control but just couldn't finish, well try try again.

Finishing season tally, a little shy of 57 needed. Damn...

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Did ok domestically though, so my reputation can only get better for that big Spain job eventually.

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So with that we also won the league easily, can't believe I had no losses until the last 5 games where I lost 2 games, wtf?

Final league

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So I'll move on to Season 3 with the same striker hoping I can keep him injury free to complete the full season with a goal tally of 60+ hopefully

to be continued...

 

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Second tries usually go much better with matured player, improved team, tweaked tactics.. You got this!

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Season 3 

What a season, where do I start...

Begins with my first cup win, this could be a good season, but can it be a winning season pushing me forward to Stage 4.

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I didn't purchase or sell anybody, I knew my team was covered in all areas, the younger guys would even be maturing to help me push for my goal, or goals in this case.

Paolo Correa was a little shy last season, could he better himself with a goal tally beyond 57, he's got it in him definitely, so his season starts well, a few games in he gets World Player of the Year for the second time..

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His goals rack up more and more, the team are on fire in every way, we lost the first league game, which was a shock, but from there it was full throttle ahead not loosing a single league game again all season, we pushed for more glory, gaining a couple more trophies along the way...

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Second trophy came in the shape of the Club World Championship...

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Third cup, what a season winning the Portuguese League Cup again...

We continue to win, and win big, beating everyone we face, even Arsenal, Bayern and then Liverpool...

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It was a flurry of goals being scored by the whole team, their play was beyond belief to a point that I thought nothing could beat us, so next was the Taca cup...IMG_0396.thumb.PNG.a22a5c0d0e7b42c4b075971f99f13898.PNG

By this stage I forgot how many cups we had won, the league was in our hands long before the end...

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We still had 5 games not including the other cup games, can we really go in from here and continue to dominate, somebody must put me in my place, Arsenal came next at their place, certainly this must be the end to our winning streak, oh no, it rolls on and on and on until...

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Another cup, this has to be the best so far, 2 & 1/2 seasons in and I've basically won everything, but you ask did I win the Stage...

Hold on...

By this stage it is now last day, Liverpool in the Champions Cup, my guy is on 56, you are kidding you say, no 56 needing 2 for me to move on up to the elite Stage 4...

we score in the 54 minute, but it's not Correa, helppppppp

we are now at 1-1, we score again yyyeeesss Correa get one, but is that it, the winning goal and the end to my attempt...

Liverpool score in the 80 minute taking us to extra time, I'm biting my nails by this stage, Correa is at 73% fitness, so F...ing what, he young, keep going...

First half of extra kicks off, we have chances whooooo, but nothing, is this the end, it can't be, he must get a penalty or something...

104 we score again, come on, it's not him, my mouth is so dry, this is killing me...

aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh 116 minute, Correa scores, he's done it 58 goals to beat Iba's record, everyone in the room is looking at me as I run round the room like a kid opening a Christmas present whilst tears trickle down my face, is it real...

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Not only does he score his 58th goal of the season he has cemented the Champions Cup to add to all other cups, what a season, phew...

His goal,tally then...

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Someone please pinch me, have I really reached the dizzy heights of Stage 4.

Final League, not bad can I say...

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Still a little annoyed loosing the first game, but eh...

The team was awesome, my season was complete when we scooped the top awards..

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Well guys thanks for reading and wish me luck for the next Stage, hopefully I won't wait to long for the dream job in Spain...

to be continued...

 

 

 

 

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Do I wait, or do I take a chance if A.Bilbao comes up? What do you think...

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Bilbao will be tough, depends how challenging you want it to be!

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Bilbao would be a really nice experience for sure but not sure you'll be able to hit 80x with this team.. maybe try and move to La Liga until a better club comes along? Goodluck mate!

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Looking really good :)! Best of luck!

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Another Season completed with Sporting waiting for the right job...

I will simply show the results rather story tell as we know I am only waiting for the right Spanish job...

Paolo Correa

What a season for this guy, he's on fire, and he spent nearly 2 months injured in total...

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But oh my can he score, I was hoping he would reach the magic 80 so I know in myself I can actually get a guy to do it, as I said it's a shame he picked up a couple of injuries otherwise...

Trophy Cabinet so far

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Final League Standings

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Apologies for the amount of pictures, but, didn't realise, yes I lost on penalties my first game in the Euro Super Cup, but I didn't actually loose during the 90 minutes, so i actually spent a WHOLE season without a single loss...

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That has to be good record doesn't it???

Still waiting for one of the big clubs, currently Barcelona are V.Insecure (come on!!)

to be continued...

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Well it's official, I've entered Stage 4

Ok it's not exactly the one I wanted but didn't want another season in Portugal, so I've taken the plunge and took on...

Malaga

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They are currently lying 9th in the league...

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So my First Season will probably building a team to take on the mammoth task, plus finding a striker capable of scored 80 goals to put me on the elusive leader board.

So the man for the job is no other than...

Simon Hard

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So why him, 

Shooting 17 - can sure find the net

Pace 19 - probably out run any defender

Stamina 17 - needed so he can last the game to the bitter end

Aerial 13 - I look for this as most with a high rate score plenty from corners

Strength 19 - can push people off himself and again good strength when up for corners and free kicks

So according to the database he came alive in 2022/2023 season and I'm in year 2030 so just to cover myself, he isn't a regent as much as I can tell, can anybody confirm from his history and stats please...

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to be continued...

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Dude does his history go below the 15/16 season if not he's a regen and you can't use him

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Mate but if he went beyond 15/16 season he would be 30 years plus now, so how do I buy players that are new, those that come from the youths sides?

 

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4 hours ago, Cockers2505 said:

Mate but if he went beyond 15/16 season he would be 30 years plus now, so how do I buy players that are new, those that come from the youths sides?

 

Ideally you would end up in stage 4 after about 10 seasons so all the 16-18yo from the DB at the start of the season are at their peak. It should give you a good selection of quality players but the challenge is getting to Spain around 2026/2027 and not much after.

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Ok @BatiGoal so my challenge is basically over as most of the players from my database are going to be most likely Regens, bummer, so I need to start again is my only real answer, oh well it was good why it lasted...

Thanks mate, maybe ill try again :-(

Anybody else reading this, thanks for the words of support, but I think unless I can find a real gem who is around 30(ish) with a history from 15/16 season then I'm screwed

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Unlucky mate, a good run, you'll smash it next time ;)

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Cheers @mcandrew003, it was my first attempt at any challenge or career, so I know what the rules are, I know what I need to do, and in the type of timelines required, not down completely because it has been a good experience, and it can only prompt me to go again but better, I've not give up yet.

to be continued...

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42 minutes ago, Cockers2505 said:

Cheers @mcandrew003, it was my first attempt at any challenge or career, so I know what the rules are, I know what I need to do, and in the type of timelines required, not down completely because it has been a good experience, and it can only prompt me to go again but better, I've not give up yet.

to be continued...

You don't wanna know how many challenges I've failed :) great learning experiences, mate. Nothing lost, just enjoy the ride and make sure you don't repeat your mistakes. If you manage to do that soon enough there won't be a challenge left you can't complete. Looking forward to your next one.

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Its possible for you mate! I found great ones in my UK challenge and im in further years than you :)! You can get Dybala maybe?

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Alexander Isak is 16 at the start of the game which would make him 31, doable? Possibly! He's one of the brightest wonderkids out there atm 

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Have you used Porto's Rui Pedro or Benfica's Ze Gomes?

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Thanks guys but I used to many seasons in France where I should of been a little more patient for a bigger club, I'm going to start again but come back stronger and wiser this time, look out for my new adventure, I'll post it once I get it up and running, cheers

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Look forward to it mate! I'm in France atm with a massive rebuild on my hands, over half the squad just don't cut it, also haven't picked my main man yet ?

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Just read through this and it was an enjoyable read, very unfortunate with the ending though mate. As Anders said it is worth checking if any real players are available still, but if you want to start again I understand that. As Bati said careers are meant to be failed from time to time, I've had some right horror stories this year alone haha. 

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