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A tour across the Americas in search of redemption for the also-rans

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Bit of context before I get into it. This is most definitely going to be the last career I post on here, as I want to stick to it as for many reasons, my last few haven’t gone so well. Let’s take a look.

The real career of To Madeira. This was to be my main FM20 save, but since updating to the newest patch my laptops fans have gone into over drive mode, and makes the game unplayable. Genuinely sad as I thought 20 was really good.
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Beating Mourinho. My main FM19 save, that came to a screeching halt half way through season 7, where the game wouldn’t let me play a Europa League game. After restarting another FM19 save, British and Irish Steel challenge I was met with a fixture bug that didn’t generate new fixtures in season 6. Gutted.

Spain HOF .Back to the journey,man A couple of short lived FM19 saves, I just couldn’t get into them, so they got canned.

The Flying Scotsman My most recent FM17 save. Due to 20 coming out, despite me saying I wouldn’t get it, I caved and got 20. Since then a new laptop has come my way, but I haven’t transferred this save over. I had actually done around 8 or so more seasons since the last update on that thread, so I may go back to it and continue posting on there.

Take me on a journey,man A great 10 season career I had, still have the file so I may come back to this.

I’ve got absolutely zero interest in touching 19 again due to game breaking bugs, and 20 just doesn’t like my new laptop.

Now that’s out of the way, I’m back to the best FM game there is, FM17. If you check out @DNZY Climbing Jacobs ladder thread, I intend to keep this FM17 thread going for as long as I can. I did actually start this challenge on 19, found here.

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I take zero credit for the idea behind this save, I have added some 'extras' into it though. The idea came from some great reads from a user over on the SI Forums. The threads are about the 'nearly men' of football, as in the runners up of the Champions Leagues as he takes those teams and attempts to win the Champions League with them. He's done it in Europe a couple of times and his current thread is a great read, however my thread takes place in North & South America.

The Copa Libertadores is the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League and since it's inception the Libertadores has seen many winners from the South American teams, and more recently Mexican sides. It has also seen 11 (up until FM17) teams get to the final but come up short. The CONCACAF Champions League is the North American version of our Champions League, it used to be in a cup format before changing to mimic our own version and has been dominated by Mexican teams, with 6 (playable) teams getting to the final and leaving as the losing side. I am including teams from the previous format of the CONCACAF Champions League for this challenge.

This thread is about those teams who have got to the final and ended up losing and haven't won it since.

I'm only using leagues that come with the 'vanilla' version of the game, so no added leagues. Due to this, there are some teams that I can't manage, such as teams from Ecuador, Paraguay and all North American countries not named Mexico or the USA. The reason for this is I've not had much luck using databases created in the editor, that's not a knock against the guys using their own time to make them, it's just I've not been that lucky and encountered game breaking issues.

At the start of the game, 16 teams have got to the final of the Copa Libertadores and have won it. The following 11 playable teams have got to the final of the Copa Libertadores and failed to win it:

1985, 1986, 1987, 1996 America de Cali (Colombia)
1978, 1999 Deportivo Cali (Colombia)
1981, 1982 Cobreloa (Chile)
1988, 1992 Newell's Old Boys (Argentina)
1972 Universitaro de Deportes (Peru)
1975 Union Espanola (Chile)
1993 Universidad Catolica (Chile)
1997 Sporting Cristal (Peru)
2002 Sao Caetano (Brazil)
2005 Atletico Paranaense (Brazil)
2008 Fluminense (Brazil)

Also at the start of the game, 17 teams have got to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League final and won it. The below 6 teams have got to the CONCACAF Champions League final and left as the losing team:

1978 Leones Negros (Mexico) This final was cancelled in real life, and the game doesn't acknowledge they have won it, so that's why Leones are eligible
1993 Club Leon (Mexico)
2002, 2003 Morelia (Mexico)
2011 Real Salt Lake (USA)
2012, 2013 Santos Laguna (Mexico)
2015 Montreal Impact (USA)
2016, 2017 Tigres UANL (Mexico) Won by AI in game
2018 New York Red Bulls - became eligible in game

The aim for this save is to win the competition the above teams failed to win. If any of the above teams win the Libertadores or CONCACAF Champions League in the game, they are removed form the challenge. Likewise if any other team, as in not listed above gets to the final of any of the competitions and fails to win it, they become eligible if they are from a playable league. I had intended to include the Copa Sudamericana (South American EUROPA League) as well, however that would bring the eligible teams at the start up to 29, and no way I'd manage to get all those in.

As a 'bonus' challenge, in it's current format the CONCACAF Gold Cup (since 1991) has seen Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica & Panama got to the final only to lose. I will include those nations in the game set up to make sure I can manage them. Likewise if any other North American nation becomes eligible they will be included if they are playable. The South American equivalent the Copa America there are no eligible teams as all who had got to a final have also won it. Ecuador & Venezuela haven't got to a final in real life, however if they do in game, they become eligible.

1991 - Honduras
2002 - Costa Rica - Won by AI in-game
2005 - Panama - Won by AI in game
2015 - Jamaica
2017 - El Salvador - Became eligible in-game

COPA America
2019 - Venezuela - Became eligible in-game

The only set in stone rules for this save is if I win the Libertadores or CONCACAF Champions League with a team I must leave that team. I am allowing myself to leave a team at my own free will but ONLY to an eligible team or nation. There are a total of 17 eligible club teams at the start of the game and I would expect some of those to win the competition in game and others to become eligible. I'll be as realistic as possible, I probably won't even manage all of these teams but I'll give it a good go.

Now for all of my saves I like realism to be a part of it, so with that in mind the lowest rep eligible and playable team from the start is Cobreloa in Chile's second division, who start the game at 2 stars. I always start my saves unemployed with Sunday league rep, but as Cobreloa are a semi decent sized club, I am allowing myself to start at the lowest rep club playable from the start. That club is Guaratinguetá in Brazil's third division, Serie C. I'm also starting the save in June 2016. For the purpose of the challenge, I can only leave this club to an eligible team from above.

So I think 1 of 2 things will happen, I'll either stay at Guaratinguetá long enough to get some decent rep and move to an eligible club, or I'll get sacked and hope either the Panama job comes up, or Sao Caetano get promoted in game and they need a manager. Actually on Sao Caetano, they start in the lower division, and would need 2 promotions to be playable. I think they may be the team I might have trouble with managing.

I will aim to get posts up at the very least once a week. Join me on my journey for redemption.

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Good luck mate, you've had some lengthy careers with us here on the forums, hopefully this'll be another one.
Great to see your return! It'll be cool to see North/South America getting some attention on here.
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Good luck mate, you've had some lengthy careers with us here on the forums, hopefully this'll be another one.


Cheers mate.
Great to see your return! It'll be cool to see North/South America getting some attention on here.


I'm certainly back on here after some time away, and I'd had a look around the forums here and elsewhere and there is a lack of North and South America saves. Thanks for following as always dude
FM17 is definitely the best around, haven’t been feeling 18 or 19 and I’m sure 20 is not much of an improvement.

Also thanks for the shoutout, best of luck!
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Long-time since we've had a North/South America save so I'm looking forward to this one!

Love your careers, they are usually always long-term ones as well so I'll get invested in it! Best of luck mate!
FM17 is definitely the best around, haven’t been feeling 18 or 19 and I’m sure 20 is not much of an improvement.

Also thanks for the shoutout, best of luck!


Can't argue with you on that mate, 17 just plays so much smoother than the newer releases.
Long-time since we've had a North/South America save so I'm looking forward to this one!

Love your careers, they are usually always long-term ones as well so I'll get invested in it! Best of luck mate!


Thanks for the support man, glad to have you on board.
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Here is the start of the journey, as Pavon Aurelio (thanks Brazilian name generator) sets off on a quest to bring success to a host of teams that couldn’t get the job done.

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As noted above, I am starting in Serie C in Brazil, the third division. This is a small club based in Sao Paulo, they’ve won nothing and the aim is to simply stay in the division. Curiously, they haven't played any fixtures in the Sao Paulo state championship, maybe they don't qualify for it? Not sure.

As I started the game in June, there have already been 11 games played, with my new club winning 1, and drawing and losing 5, to bring their total points to a staggering 8, which has them sitting in the dizzy heights of 8th in Group B

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So 7 games left to save the club from relegation. An achievable task I think. The first thing I notice is the transfer window is open, so in come some free transfer reinforcements. First in is experienced center half Will Antwi on a free, followed by up and coming center half Marcao on loan from Santo Andre

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Complimenting those 2 is my new assistant manager Neeskens (great name!) Pereira da Silva, as the club has 1 member of staff on it’s books, me!

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With 2 new defenders coming in, we kicked off my first game in charge with a credible 0-0 draw against Juventude who really bossed the game, this is despite having a man sent off in the 11th minute and then another red card late on. We were lucky to get a point really.

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The scale of the task at hand was no more apparent than after our next game, an absolute mauling at the hands of Ypiranga, as we went down 3-0.

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From here, I decide we need to really get some players in, and make moves for defensive midfielder Lucas from Sao Bernardo, forward Laerte from Palmeiras, full backs Leonardo and Guga from Avai, all on loan until the end of the season.

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With these new players, I’m confident we can pick up some points in the next 5 games to seal our survival.

I am really hoping we do survive, as the challenge will be that much harder to complete if I don't survive, as I only want this club to be the only non-eligible club I manage in the challenge. I don't think the lowest rep and eligible side other than Guaratingueta, the Panama national team will take me on, and unless a low rep team gets all the way to the Gold Cup final and loses, someone like Barbados or Bermuda (who are both 1 star), then this challenge won't get off the ground if I don't stay up.

Next update will be our final set of games, if we survive, and any other business.

Thanks for reading!
This'll be a tough ask saving them! but just one good run of results and it'll be fine!
This'll be a tough ask saving them! but just one good run of results and it'll be fine!


I do love a challenge though, but if I don't survive, then the challenge is going to be that much harder to complete. Fingers crossed. Glad to have you on board
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With 5 games to go to seal our Serie C survival, and 4 new players coming into the side to give us the best chance, I’m quietly confident we can do it. With an abundance of central midfielders, we line up with a 4-1-3-2 formation

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The new signings and set up paid off in a way as we held current 9th placed side Macae to a 0-0 draw.

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Considering we’ve got 4 new players and a slightly new setup, a draw is a welcomed result as they really bossed the game.

But how bad must Mogi Mirim be, or were we just that good? 21 shots to their solitary single shot on target, and a hat trick for loan signing Laerte in his first start. If this is what the team can do, survival is only a matter of time surely? Not only that, but it was the teams first win in 6 too

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September kicked off with more wins to make it 3 from 3. A resounding 3-1 away win over Tombense with young striker Mario getting himself a hat trick, followed up with a 2-1 home win over Boa Esporte which sealed our place in Serie C for next season

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Now that survival is secured, and the challenge can continue, we let our hair down so to speak in our final game of the season, as we succumbed to a 2-0 away loss to Portuguesa who had their own survival confirmed in this win. I did rotate the team a little, but all loan signings played, so I can’t be too upset at this loss

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So at the end of a very short 6 months, we secured survival with a game to go, and finished a respectable 7th in Group B of Serie C, and 7 points off a play off place. We were also given the overachievers award

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With that, the challenge can continue on and I can concentrate on building up some rep of my own to hopefully get taken on by 1 of the eligible clubs. Until then however it’s a case of not only matching this seasons 7th placed finish, but beating it next season.

I think with a full pre season and some serious squad building I can better this seasons finish, I kind of need to if the lowest rep league club Cobreloa are going to take me on, or even if I go into 1 of the eligible North American national sides.

Not sure where this challenge will take me next, but I’m excited to find out.

On a separate note, there is a new team to add to the tracker. As the CONCACAF Champions league for 2015/16 was underway when the game started, the game simulated the results and in the final Tigres UANL of Mexico came runners up losing to Club America of Mexico, and as they haven't won it before, they are now eligible. The opening post and tracker have been updated.

Next update will be the start of the new season and any other business.

Thanks for reading.

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Career progress:
2016 | Guaratingueta (Brazil) Finished 7th Serie C


Nicely done avoiding relegation!
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I was slightly concerned going into the last few games, but those back to back to back wins really helped us out.
Nicely done avoiding relegation!


Cheers mate, onto the next season
Only a short update to cover the start of a new season, so with last seasons wobbly form in mind, I get some players recruited to give me the best chance of at least finishing 7th.

First in is attacking midfielder Carlos Martinez

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Followed by experienced forward Aldo Jamud

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Laerte wouldn’t sign up for another loan, so I went on got Yuri on loan to replace him, and to partner new boy Jamud up top

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Complimenting those attack minded players is center midfielder Gabriel Mello, also on loan. Are you seeing a trend here? This club has no money so I’m relying on the loan and free transfers market to bolster the team

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In this season preview, we’re expected to finish 10th, out of 10. No pressure then.

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3 days before the new season starts, we’re greeted with this news

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So he gets injured through wear and tear? I’m unsure as to how, our club isn’t in any State Championship, and we’ve had training set to medium. Well I can’t lie I am disappointed, so it’s to the transfer market for a striker.

Which didn’t take long, as we get experienced Peruvian center forward Miguel Carrillo in on a free to replace Jamud

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So with a new set of players coming in, we’re playing Ypiranga away in the first game, a team we got thumped 3-0 by in my seconed game last season. A win here would do wonders for our chances of a good season.

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Short and sweet, but next update will be the first few months of the new season.

Thanks for reading.

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May - June 2017 Season update.


Just to point out, for whatever reason we’re not in the Sao Paulo state championship, not sure why, and because of that our season starts in May.

Once again however, the CONCACAF Champions League has finished, and for a second season in a row TIGRES UNAL came runners up

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Our first game of the new campaign was a good one, a resounding 4-2 away win, with new boy Carillo getting a debut goal, and Yuri grabbing a brace on his first appearance

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This was followed up with a 2-0 win in our first home game of the new season

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We were brought right back down to Earth with an absolute poor performance away to Gurani. Nothing to say on this apart from just forget it an move on

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Helping our goal difference out, we smashed 6 past Vila Nova before succumbing to another poor away showing against Luverdense

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Rounding out our first month of the new season was a 1 all draw at home to Migi Mirim and a good 4-0 home win over Cellandia to bring our first 7 games to a 4-2-1 record, and sees us sitting nicely in second place in Serie C Group B

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July – August 2017

Starting July off is confirmation the upcoming World Cup is going to be held in Morocco

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Back to back draws preceded a home win over Ypiranga to give us a nice little 5 game unbeaten run

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CONCACAF Gold Cup


The Gold Cup has been running and it’s looking good for the challenge

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The USA & Canada aren’t eligible as they have both won this competition before, Panama are already eligible, but El Salvador aren’t yet, unless they get to the final and lose.

So how did the semi final go:

Panama beat the Canadians to progress to their second ever final, can they win it this time around?

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Now this is interesting!

Did the USA take El Salvador lightly? Either way, with them getting to the final, either they’ll become eligible or Panama will stay eligible for the challenge.


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Definitely going to be keeping an eye on the progress of the Gold Cup.

Back to our own season, and back to back 1-0 games now as we managed a win over Portugesa and suffered a loss to Gurani, to leave us with 6 games to go and still sat in second place in Group B

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To close out this update, how did the final of the Gold Cup go?

Well well, Panama win it and El Salvador now become eligible in place of Panama*. I’ll update the tracker and opening post.

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Next update will be our final 6 league games, if we get to the playoffs and anything else of note. Thanks for reading.

*I didn't get a screenshot of the news item, but I will see if there is when I get back on the game later.



Nice form, keeping up with Guarani despite the losses to them. As for the state championship, maybe it's because Guaratingueta are in the second tier of it and only the top tier is playable; so you have to wait until the game promotes them? 100% guess on my part.
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Nice form, keeping up with Guarani despite the losses to them. As for the state championship, maybe it's because Guaratingueta are in the second tier of it and only the top tier is playable; so you have to wait until the game promotes them? 100% guess on my part.


Cheers mate, I thought that about the state championship, but looking at the Sao Paulo state, there are teams in Serie D and the Brazilian lower division in that, as well as others like the Bahia state there are unplayable teams in that. Not moaning, as teams in the state championships along with league and Brazilian FA cup games, tend to play the better part of 70 games a season which makes playing as Brazilian teams a slog at times.
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August – November 2017


With only 6 games left to go in the season, can we take advantage and finish in the top 4, earning ourselves a play off place?

The fallout from the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup saw the Honduras manager sacked, and as they are eligible, I apply for the job. Doubt I’ll get it but why not try

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We start the first of our final 6 games with a great 4-2 away win over Vila Nova in a match we dominated from the first whistle. We then recorded another 2 victories in a row, 4-1 against Luverdense and a 2-0 win against Mogi Mirim, which confirms we will be competing in the play offs! A fantastic achievement if I do say so.

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A bit of squad rotation saw us scrape a 0-0 with Cellandia before disposing Juventude 2-0 at home, and seeing off Oestse 4-2 away to see us finish 1st in Group B and heading into the play offs in some good form

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Serie C Play-offs


It’s a bit weird how the play offs work in Brazil. The quarter final is played between 4 teams from both groups, and whoever wins those games are promoted to Serie B, but the winners then play a semi final and final to determine the overall winner of Serie C. So if we just win our next game over 2 legs against Cuiaba Esporte, we’ll be promoted to Serie B, which will do my rep no harm whatsoever.

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The first of 2 of the biggest games of the season now, and we started off well. A cross from the left came in from full back Pirao and Yuri got his head on it to guide it past the keeper after 10 minutes. Shortly after Pirao was given a straight red, meaning we had to play nearly 70 minutes with 10 men. We held on until half time, and after some changes to formation and players, we kept them at bay, and actually had some half chances in the second. The break through for us came when a clearance found Yuri just inside their half, and as they were on the attack he broke free of the last man to leave him 1 on 1 with the keeper, and buried the ball home to give us a 2-0 lead heading into the return leg.

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The return leg, and the game if we win means we’re promoted, wasn’t so cut and dry. The stats tell you an even game, but really our keeper had a lot of work to do, and our forwards left their shooting boots at home. We conceded early in the second half but clung on for dear life for the rest of the game. We managed to hold on to the 1-0 scoreline meaning we won the game over 2 legs 2-1 to seal our passage to the semi final, as well as the big prize of promotion to Serie B.

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The playoffs determine who is the outright winner of Serie C, and spoiler alert, it’s not us. We succumbed to a loss on penalties, after playing out 2 0-0 draws in the 2 legs.

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Now I’m not too disheartened at losing in the semi final, we’re promoted to Serie B after all, but any loss on penalties really grinds me.

With that out of the way, Guarani actually win the playoffs and they were the best team throughout this season.

End of season award stuff now as Yuri wins our player and the leagues player of the season, and yours truly is awarded manager of the season for Serie C

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Just like that, my first full season in charge has resulted in us gaining promotion to Serie B. It’s going to be that much harder next season, but with a few decent signings, and some results along the way, who knows we may just stay up. It’s going to do my rep absolutely no harm this promotion and if I am to get a job at an eligible side, the lowest rep team now being the El Salvador national side, then staying up is priority number one. I also accept a new contract heading into the off season

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In a strange sort of way, I’m concerned that I’m doing a challenge, as I’m really enjoying my time here at Guaratingueta. But I’m here for 1 reason and 1 reason only and that is to build up some rep and take over an eligible side to really kick this challenge off. It's definitely some rep that I need, as Honduras turn me down. I wasn't expecting to get that job just yet, so I need some wins next season to really help me in my goal to bring success to the nearly men.

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Next update will be the off season, the build up to my new season and any other business.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Career progress:
2016 | Guaratingueta (Brazil) Finished 7th Serie C
2017 | Guaratingueta (Brazil) Finished 2nd Serie C, promoted
Great work getting promotion! Obviously a shame you couldn't go further in the play-offs, penalties always a frustrating way to lose, but that's a good first climb upwards in your challenge.
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Great work getting promotion! Obviously a shame you couldn't go further in the play-offs, penalties always a frustrating way to lose, but that's a good first climb upwards in your challenge.


Cheers man, bit gutting to not go up as champs, or even get to the final, but we're going up and that's the main thing!
Guaratinguetá, it’s not you, it’s me. I’m sorry.

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Step one done! onwards and upwards dude
That's a hell of a turn around at Guaratinguetá!! Well done on getting them promoted!

Now to turn your attention to your actual challenge! Best of luck with Cobreloa! I'm sure you'll work wonders with them!
Step one done! onwards and upwards dude


Cheers man, looking forward to the next step
That's a hell of a turn around at Guaratinguetá!! Well done on getting them promoted!

Now to turn your attention to your actual challenge! Best of luck with Cobreloa! I'm sure you'll work wonders with them!


Thanks for the kind words man, I'm actually very surprised how well it went this first full season at Guarantingueta, but that's certainly helped me get the Cobreloa job!
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Well this is unexpected. The lowest rep eligible team from the start of the game sacked their manager after finishing a disappointing 13th in the league, and I applied straight away. I didn’t think I’d even get an interview never mind the job itself, but here we are, and the challenge can start properly now.

I’m going to be realistic here, I very much doubt I’m winning, or even qualifying for the COPA Libertadores with Cobreloa any time soon, so for now the main and only objective is getting out of the Primera Division B and into the Primera Division first and foremost. From there I think I will see how things pan out, I’m not against leaving Cobreloa for another eligible team and coming back, as I don’t really want to be at this (or any) club too long or overstay my welcome in the hopes they become the first team I win the Copa with.

Corbeloa are currently in the second division in Chile, the Primera B. They’ve won the top division 9 times over the course of their history, as well as the cup once and as we know they’ve been runners up in the Copa Libertadores twice in 1981 & 1982. That graph doesn't make for good reading as it's been on a downward slide for a while.

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The aim is simple, get promoted. From there we’ll see how it goes. I decide to bring in a familiar face to help us, as Yuri comes in on loan from Bahia who helped us win promotion with 14 goals in 19 league games last season.

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Looking through the reports and advice from the staff here, they say the clubs best formation is a 4-2-1-3 set up, so that’s how we’re lining up this season

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The season preview has us finishing 8th. For me this is not too encouraging, but at least they're not expecting us to finish bottom. I over achieved at Guaratingueta, can I do the same at Cobreloa?

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As I said above, if I get promoted this season which is the aim, then I doubt we’re going to be challenging at the top end of the league for a Copa Libertadores spot within a couple of seasons after this one, but you never know. But without either a good finish in the top division, or without a cup win or 2, I doubt I’m going to be getting another job at 1 of the other eligible teams, unless the El Salvador job comes up, or another nation becomes available. It’s going to be fun progressing though.

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On the COPA Libertadores, this had finished just before I took over at Cobreloa

Godoy Cruz of Argentina got to their first ever final, and Fluminense of Brazil, who are already eligible, got to the final of 2017. If Godoy lost they become eligible in place of Fluminense.

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Over the 2 legs, it was Godoy Cruz who prevailed, meaning Fluminense are still eligible

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Next update will be the first couple of months of the new season and we’ll check up on the CONCACAF Champions League.

Thanks for reading.
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