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Time for another crack at this.

Discussion
Still can't believe this career is ongoing. Wish you the best of luck at Boca Juniors (Gib) @DNZY.
Glad you're back in a club, good luck at Boca!
Fino alla fine
@Dan @KEZ_7 @Shedender @bcsaulJ - Appreciate the love in the comments lads, support like this is what keeps me inspired with this career.

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SEASON EXPECTATIONS

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Objectively simple, win win win. Preseason favourites count for nothing based on experience, in fact only weighs more pressure on us to skin the felines who didn't need to buy a whole new team in the transfer window. The cup road might win me over with fans if all else fails and can help me unlock a new nation in the challenge. Pepe Reyes cup? Mickey mouse.

PEPE REYES CUP

DRAW

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Speaking of aforementioned Mickey mouse cup, our first experience of Lynx at their best. First in the bag?

FINAL

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Swear I'm cursed when it comes to cup finals. Most of the pressure was built in Lynx territory, created more chances than them but in truth neither side deserved to win it over a painful two hours, even when Lynx were reduced to ten. Penalty shootouts never end well in Football Manager, doubly so if your keeper saves the first two spot kicks. Tremouroux, Gough and Peña all failed to close the deal against John Akuffu to let the pendulum swing in Lynx's favour.

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First sell out of the season to witness my first failure.

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Cursed image. Hull won't even recall him and have to continue paying his wages, selfish pricks.

GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 1


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Game one and already getting screwed over. Kept Europa in the pocket for 99% of the game with six half chances and the visitors going down to ten men. What do we do? Give away a cheap pen and fall behind. Responded quickly, countered a Europa free kick to the God himself Federico Vitali - commanding run from the half way line, cuts inside, deliciously curls into the top corner, thank you very much. Papers over the cracks though.

MATCHDAY 2

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How this only ended 2-0, I do not know. Laid base camp in Olympique's half in their own backyard, Vitali singlehandedly demolishing the forgotten champs of three seasons ago. The Italian hobbled off at half time, not one of my other strikers were on the same level of finishing, fluffed a good four or five sitters. Vast improvement from the first match.

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I mean one positive to take away from this month was Vitali's beaut against Europa winning goal of the month.

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NEW SIGNING

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Robert Godfrey - GK - unattached free agent

Best wishes to Ryan Webb on his recovery to the bench, think I've struck oil here. Contributed a lot to Fulham last season on loan from Arsenal before his release and we've somehow snapped him up on a free. Looks absolutely flawless for this league, nearly everything in green and literally has God in his surname. Absolute coup.

MATCHDAY 3

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Boys, boys, boys, what have you done? This was almost a banker at home to winless St Josephs, Lua-Lua obviously didn't receive the memo. Great link up play between Fitzgerald and Luke Brennan to deservedly lead. Finishing really let us down, Fitzy in particular snatching at opportunities. Les Hardy had a goal chalked off for a foul in the box. Everything was set in place to throw our dominance away, cue Lua-lua escaping his marker and powerdrilling home at Godfrey's near post. Shambles.

MATCHDAY 4

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Chuffed with a point here, given we played with a man down for the guts of an hour. Brennan nearly gave us an early lead before Lynx gradually showed why they're the dominant force again in Gibraltar. Sergi Castro waltzed in and tucked one under Godfrey followed up by two quick yellows for right back Vershawn Austin to end a miserable half. Second half gameplan was to galvanise and hope RNG could bring us salvation; both prayers were answered when Lynx got shirty in the box and conceded a soft penalty. Given our penalty woes in the Pepe Reyes cup, seeing Luke Brennan convert was a huge relief. Totally got away with one here.

MATCHDAY 5

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Closed out October with a win, an unconvincing win at that. Vitali's finishing was anything but nervy, mugged EP's centre backs off on both occasions - also worth noting the first was assisted by a floater from goalkeeper Godfrey. Being absent all game, one hopeful Europa Point ball was missed aerially and left punished by José Luis Rey. Shots galore, poor returns. Vitali carrying us for the most part.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Looks fine for what it is, three draws though? Not good enough. Vitali already adapting to life in Gibraltar, Brennan looking decent too whereas a lot of my other strikers seem to be co-dependent, can barely finish a bowl of cereal.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Already four points off Lynx only five games in, Gibraltar Phoenix occupying second and looking dangerous. Injuries to blame? Get excuses in early and all that?
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Starting with lighter news, French attacking midfielder Stéphane Leclerc declared for Gibraltar and grabbed his first cap. At age 30.

GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 6


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Another game we should have killed off easily, instead winning by the bare minimum. Brazilian Tremouroux opened his account with a strong header in the opening five minutes. Mons Calpe didn't threaten Godfrey too much, apart from a shot from range which he could do nothing about to make the game 1-1. Changed to a two striker format lately and it seems Vitali and Brennan have built up good chemistry as the Italian squared to the Englishman to restore our advantage. Leclerc squandered a big chance in the first half, had a goal disallowed in the second.

MATCHDAY 7

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Now I can see why Gibraltar Phoenix are wildcards for the title race. They debunked our entire gameplan and gave us no passage to their final third. Somehow managed to allow a bang average striker Carlos Tur head a ball like Ibrahimovic. And 1-0 was being kind, Phoenix could have had four or five if not for Robert Godfrey saving our skin. Car crash performance.

MATCHDAY 8

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This is what I'd love to see week in, week out. All round complete destruction of Lincoln who came out of the traps fierce then folded like a deck chair. Vitali, Johnston, Fitzgerald and Tremouroux piled misery (to my enjoyment) on my former employers' faces. Has beens of the league.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Given that we played away thrice in a row, six points is acceptable. Still slamming them about the Gib Phoenix game, was just so spineless at times. Anyways, game recognises game.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Despite our defeat, we've cut the gap to 3 points and leap into second. Cannons now lie third whom we face next.

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More tekkers as Liam Fitzgerald scooped Goal of the Month for November with his strike at Lincoln Red Imps.
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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 9


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Cannons have conceded fewer goals than anyone in the division, I wonder why? Such anti-football, playing ultra defensive but to our disappointment it worked. What's even more disappointing is that Cannons had the best chance of the game, luckily Flavinho's header was scooped off the line by Alex Gamble. Poor, poor game.

MATCHDAY 10

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Time to rethink tactics, we're so feeble defending on the wings. Fell behind so early on and Europa could've easily been out of sight by the break. Undeservedly, we equalised late in the game thanks to a beautiful through ball from Tremouroux to Vitali and escape with a draw. In fact, we nearly robbed Europa of all the points but Les Hardy was unable to pull the trigger just 2 yards out. Fading rapidly.

MATCHDAY 11

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Slight improvement, very slight. Comfortably complacent at times and Olympique had themselves to blame for missing two sitters. Trinidad & Tobago international Adrien David was unmarked from a corner to smash in as the first half wound down. Penalty takers may also need a rethink after Adam Gough hit a pathetic spot kick straight at the keeper, failing to give us some breathing space. At least it's a positive scoreline to end the calendar year. Lots to reflect going into 2062.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Boca have the squad to dispatch teams like these, not carelessly drop points to them. Olympique win also looked unspectacular.

LEAGUE TABLE

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We return to the league at home to Lynx needing all three points otherwise it may already be curtains, Lynx seeming impenetrable right now. Need to look over our shoulders to the overachieving Cannons who continue to grind out results.
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Lynx doesn't give up, don't do it yourself either! Keep it up
Fino alla fine
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TRANSFERS

OUT


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Didn't bring anyone new in, instead saw two offloaded for some much needed first team experience. Adam Gough's finishing has been shocking in the time he's grabbed first team minutes, bit of 'fight or flight 'out at struggling Olympique should do the trick. Silvio Shehi heads back to Germany with 2.Bundesliga side Sandhausen.

GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 12


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Welp, there's our season over. We only have ourselves to blame, our defending from set pieces was an embarrassment. For Christ's sake we allowed their centre back Yeboah score twice. Credit where credit is due, we fought back to equalise twice with Alonso bagging his first and half time sub Luke Brennan finished wonderfully to peg Lynx back immediately after retaking the lead. We knew what was coming...flicked header from near post to back post with Korean winger Jeon-Sung Min with the freedom of Asia to plant his header in. Just hand them the title while we're at it.

MATCHDAY 13

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Responded proactively, finishing Joseph's off pretty easily. Early own goal and a routine Vitali execution the only true highlights in an otherwise scrappy game. Winning ugly is the method from here on in.

MATCHDAY 14

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Definitely on the right trajectory anyways, Europa Point never really troubled bar a shot against the upright. A goalkeeping howler had us queuing up to tap into an empty net, Tomeu Alonso the goal recipient. Twas a tale of two penalties in the second half; first one was a pathetic attempt by Liam Fitzgerald who literally aimed for the keeper's chest, moments later left back Alex Gamble took responsibility for the second and put Fitzy to shame with an emphatic finish.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Consistent getting two per game, however the game that actually counted was misery of our own making. Tomeu Alonso making a strong case for more first team football, linking nicely with Tremouroux and are adding so much more flair to the midfield, two goals also helping matters.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Gap was eight after the defeat but ended the month six behind Lynx. Over halfway through and haven't lost a single game, unless they collapse like the Golden Gate Bridge I see no way to reel it back other than our final meeting with them in March. Europa are in red hot form too and have competition for second spot.
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Great to see this still going! Very costly defeat to Lynx... I'm with you hoping for a miracle!
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
@r96Skinner - We certainly need a miracle to turn it around...Lynx are bloody fast on the wings and are tearing things up.

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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 15


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Horrendous game to witness despite the win. A derby game which produced nothing of quality for the first 80 minutes, except the ref being inundated with cynical fouls and yellow cards. A late penalty gave us the opportunity to smash and grab, Liam Fitzgerald didn’t screw it up and went for power. Vitali mopped up in injury time with Mons Calpe committing too many bodies forward. On a roll now.

MATCHDAY 16

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Revenge was sweet, inversing the scoreline to our previous encounter. Liam Fitzgerald looked so switched on all game; dangerous, creative, slightly selfish but headed home with unstoppable force. Gibraltar Phoenix looked nothing like threat from last time, our wing back galvanised the defence and aerially had no troubles.

MATCHDAY 17

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Another win, another clean sheet, another two fingers up at my former employers. Tomeu Alonso really settling into this team now, striking from distance put out Lincoln’s flame before it even ignited. A niggling injury forced Liam Fitzy off at half time, his replacement Luke Brennan wrapped the game up and bask in the limelight. Glad our strikers are no longer being handheld by Vitali.

MATCHDAY 18

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Oh look, it’s anti-football Cannons again. No highlights, only boredom. Excuse me while I stick my face in a red hot iron.

GIBRALTAR ROCK CUP

QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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Tricky draw away from home to Gibraltar Phoenix in the Rock Cup, perhaps our last stab at silverware.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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The Lynx defeat has certainly kick started our confidence, near perfect month for us. Six unbeaten, six clean sheets, a sense of unity has returned.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Lynx were finally outscored by Europa to lose their first game of the league, however it makes little difference to the deficit at the top. Away to them next month, it’s make or break for sure. At least top three looks almost certain.

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At last I get long overdue praise for my work in this godforsaken country.
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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 19


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#1400NotOut. Not sure what game GibFootballTalk were watching? Europa were poor, while we finished more clinically. Vitali is an ice cold finisher at the age of 33 to break into double figures, rounding the keeper first and held off two defenders to hammer in the second. Sadly our clean sheet run ended with a near post header by Di Marchi from a corner to cut our lead, but had enough experience to see it out.

MATCHDAY 20

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This was a game we simply could not drop points in, Murphy's Law reared its ugly head. Olympique looked reinvigorated under their new interim manager and started strongly, failing to close down Brian Ward who curled into the top corner. Luke Brennan equalised with a sumptuous finish on a break, but smeared himself soon after with a penalty miss (good save tbf) to go in level at half time. Ran dry on ideas in the second half, almost losing it in injury time if not for a Godfrey save. Next up, Lynx...

MATCHDAY 21

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Didn't deserve this. Lynx keeper turned into David De Gea overnight, performing a treble save of clear cut chances to deny us a deserved lead. Instead, a second half capitulation ended any hope of a title race. A superb Vargas free kick, a Castro penalty and Taylor ghosting past a nonexistent defence ensconced Lynx with what is now a ten point lead. Cruel on us really.

GIBRALTAR ROCK CUP

QUARTER FINAL


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Quality over quantity books us a semi final spot. Our counter attacking was lethal, reeling Gib Phoenix in and Vitali choreographing the plays, synchronising beautifully with Brennan for a fine goal from range, then laid the foundations for midfield magnificence with Camilleri setting Tremouroux through. Phoenix nabbed one back from a corner, but Vitali and Brennan linked in again to cast them aside.

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Bad news for Leclerc as he'll miss the semi.

SEMI FINAL DRAW

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Ooooh mates! Probably the daftest name for a derby.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A month that slowly degraded in league results. Vitali was brilliant to be honest, the midfield are flowing like a stream, defensively sturdy but it still doesn't seem good enough to take down Lynx.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Game over, give them the title already. It's all about reserving second place now.
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