Short success in the World Cup 2010 (Part 2 of 3) Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

Managing an international team alone may get quite boring. Lucky enough I got my Saints by my side. Anyway, managing an international team is totally different. In my case, Ivory Coast was a total different team from the Saints. They got brilliant players but very shallow national talent pool. Still, I was glad that there wasn’t a single injury with my team, only before the world cup.

Ivory Coast were drawn with teams of Netherlands (My favourite international team), Belgium and Colombia. First game was with Netherlands. They scored first through Van Persie. Drogba fought back and scored. Then after that, Dirk Kuyt got sent off for his elbow tackle. From there, we went to hyper mode. Drogba gotten his second and third and eventually Ivory Coast gotten four! Brilliant win by Ivory Coast. The other two games was only draws but good enough to finish tops of the group!

Then, we were drawn with England in the second round. I was hoping to win them after knowing what IC can do. Anyway, I was also hoping that England will be jinxed with the penalty curse. But I was totally wrong. Even though England dominated about 60% of the match, they couldn’t score. IC got some great chance but goes begging. Then it all falls to the penalties. All went in except one. Emerse Fae ballooned his shot and England won the game. CURSE THOSE LITTLE ******! Fans were amazed that IC have gotten to the second round but were disappointed that they lost to England. Lucky chaps.

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Fast-forward to safety —> Sunday, Oct 19 2008 

I just finish the 09/10 season, finishing 13th in position. Middlesborough, Derby and Fulham got relegated. So, now I’ll be eyeing Stewart Downing :D! Anyway, we scored fairly well and conceded alot of goals, about 70 I think, just less than Fulham. So, we did what the media think we shouldn’t. They thought we were getting last place but man, thats too cold for Saints. So, I’m just waiting for my transfer chest to come in to get some better players, Martin Galvan and Stewart Downing to name a few.

While waiting for my treasure chest to arrive, I am managing Ivory Coast through the 2010 World Cup. I used VMs latest tactic. It’s been long since I used that since I tried experimenting my own with the Saints. So, the first match was against Holland which was favourites to win it. IC has brilliant players but the Goalkeeper is at a Ligue 2 standard but still quite useful since the defense is solid! Anyway, I fielded players like Kalou, Eboue, Toure and obviously, Didier Drogba a.k.a Deadly Drog. We were playing quite good in the first half. Persie scored first in the first quater. Then the turn-around happen, Kuyt got red-carded for elbowing Toure. From then, IV dominated the game. Drogba scored 3 including one very delicious shot from 25 yards out and there was another goal from another IV player. So, it ended 4-1 in favour IV! First win of my International campaign. Anyway I gonna just update on my international campaign and leave my transfers until the start of the EPL season.

Sorry about the no pics. Didn’t have time to do so X:

P.S For FM 2009, I’ve been thinking to go to France. Try something new. Metz is on my mind right now but lets just have a poll. The result will be a secret. Hehe.

Going afloat in the Premiership Monday, Oct 13 2008 

Things are going great in the premiership. Ever since I changed my formation from VM’s 4-1-2-2-1 to a 4-1-3-2 similar to a 4-4-2 formation. Seems like Saints love playing through both flanks. It did wonders with the goals but quite okay to my defense since Saints is the leakiest team in the Premiership.

Still, I managed to draw and win games. The great form started in January. As you all know, January is the Winter transfers and yes, I did buy a player. Actually I wanted to buy a defender but a striker was good enough. Martin Galvan was on my mind but I didn’t have the money to buy him, he only cost $1.2m. Hehe. Now my transfer funds is zero, zilch, kosong, nil. Anyway the player which I bought is….

EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI

The guy which Chelsea wanted to buy in reality. Well, he is doing wonders for me. Snapped him up from Napoli for $4.5 million as he requested to be transfered out. Wow, he want to go to Saints in FM but he don’t want to go to Chelsea in reality. So, he got good stats. I find his speed really helpful. He’s like the 2007/2008 Fraizer Campbell.

He’s in brilliant form recently. Scoring almost every single game!

Also, Serin Diop did well partnering him, when Bouazza was on African Cup duty. Weird though, Serin Diop is rated as a Coca-cola league 1 player by the staff. Seem to prove everyone wrong! Serin Diop and Lavezzi both grabbed the young player of the month and the player of the month respectively on January.

One of the best matches so far was Chelsea versus Saints. We lost to them twice, 5-1 and 4-2. I thought we were going to make a 3-3, going with the pattern, but it didn’t happen. We actually trashed them 5-2!

Chelsea fielded a reserve-side of players. They seem to be underestimating Saints. Anyway the match started well, with Bouazza equalising for us. It’s been 10 hours of competitive football since he scored! Then, during half time, I decided to change a little bit. Using a target-man, passing the ball on foot, I gotten better chances. Lavezzi’s goal made me jump. The stupid thing is A.Davies keeps making penalties and he did one in this game. Goal to Chelsea. Unbelievable comback by Saints. We managed to score 3 more past Petr Cech. Lavezzi got the man-of-the-match and a 10-rating. Just brilliant work by the Saints.

Aside from the glory, I got another job as Ivory Coast manager. So I gonna test my skills in the International Stage. Really excited managing a team with the likes of Didier Drogba, Eboue and Kalou. Sad to say, they don’t even have a suitable goalkeeper among their star-studded players. The team got only 1 and he’s getting older. The others are young but don’t seem to have the potential. Hope we get something good in this.

Also, I was testing out my power by going around with the coaches and ask to help to manage Ivory Coast with me. Then there was a slight glitch. Arsene Wenger just turned 4-years-old! Congratulations!