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Where I try to win all of the Continental tournaments available

How was the month of February went for our team as we start to hit into the end of the season.

So after a slow start to the month in the Football Championship with the 3-3 match against Team Wellington, we only just scraped through to the Semi Finals after we won on penalties to Canterbury United. Then two wins over Wanderers S.C. and Hawke's Bay. The game saw what would some would say a goal of the year contender. The link to that game is here.

That means with a quarter of the matches to go we hold an eight-point lead which we shouldn't lose from here but strangers things have happened on this save so far with really two players in George Lloyd and Michael van Noort probably be the best players from the youths.

Stats for this season from across the league

We also have the youth come into our team with what I say a ok section but not the best by far.

A possible backup keeper for our main keeper after I leave the club with the One on ones and Reflexes being really good for us.

A good player for this divison and maybe might get into the main squad if injuries do occur from the other main players.

So as we head into the OFC Champions League how far have we got and can we seal this season before we head to the O-League.

Possibly not after we lost to Southern in the opening match before making it through to the final of the Chatham Cup after a 5-2 win over Hibiscus Coast. Two more victories over Canterbury United and WaiBOP United gives us at least some hope of staying in the lead.

Three matches left for us this season and with a six point lead, you would think the title is now ours for the taking but until it certain I am not saying it's officially ours.

Our opponents for the Chatham Cup final is Team Wellington which we have defeated three from three this season.

The draw for the OFC Champions League group stage and I think we should easily get through to the Semis with this draw.
What has happened in the OFC Champions League to get us to the final.

By the looks of this fixture we had an easy trip to the final with the only challenge being Amicale who was also in Auckland City group (Auckland won the group).

I need to check this but surely the Tongan team that got through to the semis started out in the preliminary round as a development country entry. So making it this far into the competition is a brilliant job for them.

The semi-final results and you can see that its an all New Zealand matchup again this season.

The only thing is that I feel like we are the underdogs for this match as our last win was way back in 2018 in the Chatham Cup final. We won 1-0 that day and hopefully luck can be on our side.

Just stats from the competition so far.
Long time since I updated but not to be forgotten this is the OFC Champions League final

The starting lineup for the match and we stick with a classic 4-4-2 while Auckland gone for a 4-1-2-3.

11' - Here the Auckland team had the ball and we couldn't break their forward line with Turchetta scoring the opening goal. 1-0 to Auckland City.

44' - We kept our team in hope as we defended our life, hoping for something in return with an equaliser. It didn't happen as on the 44th minute we went 2-0 down.

51' - After our half-time talk, I thought it was time to change up our focus and go for attacking. Sure enough Tony Foy got a goal to get one back and the chances of winning matches had gone up. 2-1 still to Auckland City.

54' - Once again luck was on our side when we were given a penalty which Vincent Kumar slotted in. The score now being two all with 36 minutes to play.

61' - Al-Oaisher had a shocker of a throw as he tried to get the ball out. The only problem was that he kicked it to one of our players and soon Jeremy Buswell scored to gives us the lead. 3-2 to Waitakere.

85' - After the drama of Auckland scoring one back, Fuimaona got us back in the lead and with six minutes to go I was wondering could we possible on with the score 4-3 to Waitakere.

The answer was yes we did as I can tick off the first part of the hexagon challenge after seven years of trying as we defeated them 4-3

Our last remaining games to end the season and we do have chances of getting these trophies.
So with one title complete, do we get the trifecta of trophies.

For the NZFC, we have finished in first place with the sealer being the match against Auckland City where we won the match 3-1 to almost be a certain trophy.

We also are Chatham Cup champions after we defeated Team Wellington 5-3 in a what some would say a crazy match but another trophy to put in the bag as we will leave New Zealand.

The stats from the 2020/21 season with Tony Foy I assume will be the POTY.

Like I said earlier, I will be leaving New Zealand to head back to my home country in Australia with Western Sydney offering me an interview which I gladly accepted and will be heading there . It was either that job or a job over in Mexico which offered me the job. After the Mexican job went to another manager, the choice for me was made with me heading to Western Sydney.
That is right we have gone across the Tasman to Australia with the Western Sydney Wanderers offering me a job as the manager. This job opportunity could be good stepping stone into Asia. That is until I check the results from the team

I don't like that form with only twice being in the finals over this whole career so I see why their might of been three managers before me.

This season for the team wasn't the best either with them finishing 9th out of the 10 with only Melbourne City (my favorite team) doing worse. But looking at full table a possible chance to get into the finals is easily there.

The FFA Cup isn't much better with really the only good performances being in the last two years where they have made the final eight and four.

The squad is good but the real problem is the fact that I have two keepers who are in their 30s with my top player not being far behind.




The final news from this is my former team is upgrading their stadium by a further 2250 seats and why did they have to do after I leave.
So our first couple of months as manager of the Wanderers, I wonder how it went.

The youth of 2021-22 has come with really only really three players probably going to make the cut there. The only problem was none of those was left defenders which is what I needed not this.

I know it was a long pre-season but it did involve two rounds of the FFA Cup which we won against fellow A-League squads. Before that we headed to New Zealand for a pre-season tour and it wasn't a good tour for us with the only draw against Canterbury. But the positive is that we are taking on non-NPL side West Wallsend which we should win.

Just the progression from my side of the draw and I think we had a much tougher time getting to this stage compared to our opponents.

Quiet window for me this season with four going in and out of the squad.

This player I think will defintly aid in our attack as part of the international quota as he is a current international. Also with potential to go up to five stars and a two year deal hopefully we can keep this guy for the long run

Don't ask what I was doing when I tried to go with this guy, my weakness was D (L) so instead of buying one player which was the plan, I instead bought two.

Here is the other player from Italy.

Then looking for a backup to M (L) spot I then spot this free agent who was part of the Wellington Phoenix but once again using 1 of our international quotas, he snapped up him as well.
So a long time since I have updated this challenge and it was an alright month for me
So a good month for me with wins over teams that should we easily defeat. Despite struggling against Sydney FC I was surprised that we did get the draw in the Sydney derby but a lost to the defending champions before that.

Of course, we are too early in the season but with us only two points behind the leaders in Melbourne Victory. With it being so early in the season, anything can and probably will happen.

This was just the FFA Cup draw that we got with us needing to take on Wellington Phoenix in the Semi Finals. In the other one, Brisbane Strikers take on Melbourne Victory.
So as we hit 1/3 of the season, how is my team going for the moment.

Another mix month for our team with us being 3-2-1 with the matches this month. We were lucky with two of our games against the Melbourne teams as we got a late winner in both of them to record victories. The draws against Brisbane and Perth we really should of won as we dominated against Perth but couldn't finish and Brisbane Roar, our defense was leaky but not our attack.

So this keep us in 3rd place on the table with the big surprise being Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC who both teams only scoring three points from four games. The Newcastle Jets yet again jump to the top of the table after the first third and I think will be tough competition to take them down.

Just stats from the first nine games


So two months has gone through and could we stay in for a spot at the finals, let's see

So this patch of form hasn't really been what I would like with a 4-3-1 record over the past two months. In the games against Adelaide and Newcastle, we conceded the goals straight after we score. But the best victory of the four has to be the Sydney derby with us winning 2-1 in what I would call a fluke game.

The FFA Cup game though has to be 2nd with a crazy penalty shoot-out which lasted for 32 penalties and the nerves of a penalty shoot-out would favour us today as we took out our first title in Australia and for the Wanderers, their first trophy in FFA Cup history.

The standings after 16 matches and no real changes from last check except for the Central Coast Mariners who only two draws from seven matches to see them fall down the list to 8th position with Wellington replacing them in the top 6. In terms of our security in the top 6, we have a six-point advantage over 7th place Adelaide but I'm not going to be comfortable as we still have 10 rounds to go.

Now going through my news feed, I saw this article pop up and my thought was "Oh no, what has Australian football done" as we had a Confederations Cup spot which is ok to say the least. Especially when you go to the next image

We are currently 18th in Asia and we are the last ranked team in terms of qualifying through to Asian Champions League and I thought well this is the fall of Australia football. I thought well let's check the Asian Champions League see who Newcastle have in the first round

They weren't there and in fact, I saw Sydney FC in the third round of East qualifying instead of where they should be and that is the first round. So a little bit confused on that front.

EDIT: I think it goes last seasons ranking so that explain why we had Sydney FC competing in the third round of qualifying.

As I breeze through the month of February, the team starting to go south instead of north.

This month wasn't a good month for me at all with only the one league victory against Adelaide United at the end of the month. But there was some what ifs as we struggled against Perth Glory away from home and we couldn't finish Melbourne Victory off despite having a two-goal lead.

The league table is starting to shape up with only seven matches left of the regular season and despite us having a four point advantage over 7th place Central Coast, I do not feel like we are out of the woods quite yet especially if we have a bad run.

My current lineup at the moment with the Direct Passing, Work into Box and Work to the Flanks.

Our finances are in need of help with us being in the red and starting to look like it could be heading that way.

So as we hit the final two months of the regular season, does our team qualify through to the finals.

After a less than impressive start against Newcastle where we just lost 1-0, we won five out of the last six games of the regular season to end up on a high with 24 goals scored during that little period including a 5-1 win over Perth and a 9-0 win over Sydney.

The game against Sydney also saw a few match records fall in the A-League which I was happy about. Also a few player records as well that was taken for the season to add to the list.

The match report from the game and quite clearly one sided there.
Oh the stats from the game and I feel sorry for Milan Vrbesic with that 2.3 rating

So with that good form in the end part of the season, we finished in second which meant we get a week off after Newcastle lost their final game against Melbourne City to lose the week off.

This now means we are qualified for a semi-final where we will take on Wellington which we have defeated earlier in the season. So hopefully we can claim a spot in the Grand Final before taking out the title.
Can our take the A-League title or will we fail at the last hurdle.

The answer was we fell at the first hurdle with use losing to Wellington Phoenix in the Semi Finals of the knockout stage. In the end it was Melbourne Victory who would take out the trophy.

Just some stats from the whole season as a whole.
So as we start on pre-season what happened throughout the season review
So the player of the year votes have been completed and Blake Ricciuto wins the Player of the Year award for Western Sydney with Ryan Downer and Luis Miguel Quintanilla coming 2nd and 3rd.

Best Eleven for this season and I think it was a good team that I reckon would defeat any opponent on a given day.

Three more players have been added to the Overall Best Eleven with Ryan Downer making it into the first 11 while Luis Miguel Quintanilla and Carl Munn got in as substitutes for our squad.

World Cup review and the first three groups didn't really see any shocks with probably the biggest elimination being Mexico as they got knocked out in the Group Stage. Other than that, all is good on that front.

The big news from this section is that Ukraine who is currently ranked 7th in the World has been knocked out in the Group Stage with only a point being scored for them against Ukraine.

You are seeing that correctly, Australia finished on top of Group H with three straight wins and all I can say is you beauty and especially when we defeated Brazil by a single goal in the opening game. Of course watch we crash out in the next round.
So as we start to prepare for the tenth season of my career. Here is how pre-season went for my team.

Other than the lost to Wellington Phoenix, I can say that it was a good pre-season for our team with wins in all matches bar two. But I do feel like the worry is that with us leaking a goal here and there against the lower teams it might be problems when we do start.

Looking at the transfer window and I feel like I might have let too many players go on loan which might be an issue for me in future matches. But onward to the transfers.

The first transfer was a brilliant take for me as Dario Vldsovic was on a free and will go straight into my lineup but where will be the next question or that front.

Four and a half thousand dollars for this kid in South Melbourne and with good stats for me, I think there is a chance we might be seeing a lot from him this season.

A one for the future and we need to work on him to try and get him good.

This player I think will definitely aid in our leadership and can be our speedster in the team.

The odds for the season and we are predicted to finish in third place which could be a reasonable place for us.

@Dan Thanks for those nice words and I think some people feel like the hexagon challenge is gone and replacing that is the youth challenge which I have seen pop up recently.

Another month and with the transfer window shut let's see how it went down.

Talk about having a mixed month with our team not having any going really right as we seem to be struggling for goals this season compared to the previous season.

Here we go again with us needing to chase the pack down to get into the top two this season from where we are currently. Plus with our team being six full points behind the leaders we need everything to go right.

We brought this guy as he had five-star potential and with a little bit of training he can easily fill our right midfield shoes if I stay here of course.

More offers have come for me in which I have to decline as I want to run my contract out with Western Sydney before moving on.

As I end it here, I might as well give you the 2022 World Cup knockout stage results and Argentina took out the title after they defeated France 2-1 in the final.

EDIT: The results were 2-0 vs. Central Coast, 0-1 vs. Brisbane, 1-3 vs. Newcastle, 4-1 vs. Perth and 0-1 vs. Newcastle.
Its a challenge I have never got into properly because of my strong dislike for America and the rules, I've just never got my head around it. Perhaps thats a career of FM18 sorted.
@Dan So true on that. That is if we can get even to North America at this rate. Anyway time for the November update.
Another mixed month for us as we got two good wins against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC and the feeling of going 4 from 4 was up there. That was until we met Wellington at home and we got smashed 5-0 with five completely different goalscorers and I feel like we can not match up to the teams currently on top as we would lose 2-1 to Adelaide United.

So getting close to a third of the season complete and the biggest shock has to be Sydney FC down on the bottom of the table with only five points to their name with Wellington being the team that like season is going to be a real threat for us. But with Wellington not being able to compete in the AFC Champions League then maybe we might need a whole of luck to survive.

Here is the problem and Sotirio got injured for two months so I had to switch tactics as I like to play him and Quintanilla as my attackers in a 4-4-2 combination which I play. But with him out and Vldosvic covering the midfield aid it does mean we really only have one striker on our books.

The game against Adelaide United with the same style that I played with my 4-4-2.
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