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So despite finishing seventh @DNZY you somehow remain in a job? How?
When's the deadline for this again?
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

When's the deadline for this again?

You have until 8pm next Sunday.
July is a busy, hot month!

This could be close.

Good job I'm broke this week. Missus will have to Netflix and chill on her own.
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Ross's Season One


Transfer History
http://i.imgur.com/93CVTcX.png

First transfer window only really involved selling Hernandez (Big mistake) and bringing in Guidetti as a replacement and Gunter as back up for Wendell, sold Jedvaj to Everton as wasn't playing and decided to take the money. Same story in January with Bellarabi, loaned in Lingard to add a bit of depth on the flanks.

Brought in Gnabry as his minimum release was £7m seemed too good to turn down, also brought in Mammama and Sturaro as cover on loan, Alario was purchased on deadline day and had such high hopes, but not really performed as well as I'd hoped.

http://i.imgur.com/3VEGn4i.png
http://i.imgur.com/d1VmZMR.png
http://i.imgur.com/CkR4Kn1.png

Second in the league, like a few posts I've read from season one, Bayern were just far too strong and consistent, second place went right down to the wire, and we were lucky Schalke lost to Ingolstadt on the last day. The issue for me was only 55 goals scored, 28 conceded was good overall though.

http://i.imgur.com/7z6m4ti.png

German cup winners, relatively lucky in the draw, were incredibly lucky to beat Bayern in the final.

http://i.imgur.com/WRriPp9.png

Pretty good performance in Europe, this time Bayern turned the tables on us and were quite fortunate - unlucky after winning 1-0 away in the first leg of the quarters.

http://i.imgur.com/SaqZr0x.png

Won manager of the year - expected Ancellotti to take it but happy with that and the season overall, need to add a bit more depth and quality to stand a chance of challenging Bayern next season.

Overall Points

League Finish - 2nd - 15 points
German Cup - Winners - 25 points
Champions League - QF's - 10 points
Win Manager Of The Year - 5 points

Beat BMG x 2 - 10 Points
Beat Koln x 1 - 5 points
Beat Bayern x 2 - 10 points

Overall Season Total - 80 points.

Apologies if this is rather long winded, fairly new to the site.

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If I'm correct and haven't missed anyones posts, which I don't think I have. We've currently only got four people that have completed this stage of the tour whilst we had 14 people complete part one. How many people are still playing through this stop? You've obviously got five days to get it completed and posted by 8pm Sunday 23rd.

The current people that have registered their two seasons are:

@Dan - 160 points
@Viktor Bragi Brynjarsson - 135 points
@Shedender - 110 points
@chokosc - 25 points
I'm in April season two! Should be done before the deadline @Dan
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Well finally got first season completed and it went better than I hoped, think I am converted to a Leverkusen fan now!!!

We managed to win the league, in the end we ran away with it a bit as Bayern complete fell away at the end of the season, although the did win the Champions League & Cup. We were defensively solid all season with Leno impressive in goals and Hernandez banging in the goals especially in the first half of the season. We had a dodgy spell after the winter break where Bayern knocked us off the top but it lasted only a week and we fought back strong. 2 wins over Bayern were without doubt the highlight of the season especially the first win at home as we played most the game with 10 men. After all the player revolts at Sunderland, this squad was pretty easy to manage - although I did do a lot of rotation. Sold Volland off to Bayern for around £14million - he hardly kicked a ball anyway and the only other player I had problems with - Dragovic (no matter what FM i play he is always brutal for me) was sent packing on loan to Juventus during the winter break. Boschilia was signed on a season long loan and was amazing until he got injured in January - he won the golden boy award with Bailey also up for it.

Cup: After struggling to win our first game 2-1 with 2 goals from the new boy Boschilia we then got the worst possible draw away to Bayern. We lost 1-0 and our cup run ended early.

Europe: We drew Paris, Sporting & Red Bull Salzburg. Crazy close group as Paris (who we beat & drew with), Sporting (who beat us and drew with us) and ourselves all finishing with 11 points and we made it through in second place. Next up A.Madrid and out we went losing 2-0 at home and 3-2 away.

Ended up with manager of the year which was a bonus.

Will post screen shots tonight
Should easily get it done @Suffolk Seasider well done.

Make sure you post screenshots and your points rundown/tally later @perfect79 going to be tight to get the second season finished in time!
Points for season = 55
25 for winning league
5 for reaching 1st knock-out round of champions league
10 for beating Bayern twice
5 for beating Koln once
5 for beating BMG once
5 for manager of the year
Season 2, January for me at the moment. Should get in for the deadline!
I'm currently in March season two should have my save done by tomorrow
Decided to go and finish it today given I had a free afternoon so here goes -

Ross's Season Two


Transfer History
http://i.imgur.com/5mF2lDI.png

Berardi - High hopes, signed purely because the board handed me additional funds and wanted to spend, panic buy, overall poor.
Milinkovic-Savic - Bargain!! Up there with Brandt as our best player this season - 14 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.
Ings and Campbell were bought for depth and both had good seasons and nailed down first team places, both surprising me.

Mbappe had an up and down season, Vallejo on loan was excellent and formed a great partnership at the heart of the defence with Tah.

League Results/Table
http://i.imgur.com/M2HHp4h.png
http://i.imgur.com/p3M82lm.png
http://i.imgur.com/mW2JPci.png

Overall very inconsistent - Finishing third behind a too good again Bayern and Dortmund, played much better than season one too, bridged the gap on Munich to 12 points this season but not good enough in the long run. A bit disappointed given we done a league double over them, scored more goals than last season, went more attacking this time around, didn't work out as I'd hoped.

German Cup
http://i.imgur.com/Fw5vD5p.png

Winners again!! The highlight beating Dortmund 4-1 in the third round which is also the stage that Bayern fell at, was pretty confident after this we would retain the cup.

Super Cup
http://i.imgur.com/pZNrXjv.png

Won on penalties.

Champions League
http://i.imgur.com/Y9v3MUF.png

A blessing with our group, being tied with Spartak Moscow, Olympiakos and BATE, straightforward 5/6 wins, but to go out in the last 16 against Valencia was shocking, we were awful and they fully merited the victory.

Manager of the year this time I wasn't even in the running as expected given our poor domestic form.
http://i.imgur.com/xa5bjjN.png

Brandt claimed the player of the year - surprising as up until December he was average at best but came alive with a hat trick in the home win against Bayern.

Really enjoyable yet frustrating challenge, will be starting my own Leverkusen save - of course playing it a little different with time on my side.

Overall Season Two Point Outcome:

League Finish - 3rd - 15 points
German Cup - Winners - 25 points
Champions League - Last 16 - 5 points
German Super Cup Winners - 10 points

Beat Bayern x2 - 10 points
Beat BMG x1 - 5 points
Beat Koln x2 - 10 points

Julian Brandt - Player Of The Year - 5 points

Seaon 1 Points - 80
Season 2 Points - 85
Total Challenge Points - 165

Best of luck to everyone who is still completing the challenge






Most points that anyone completed has managed to pick up so far @Ross Gibson so well done!
Most points that anyone completed has managed to pick up so far @Ross Gibson so well done!

Thanks mate, surprised as was disappointed with the second season. Looking forward to the next one.
How many people are still playing through this stop? You've obviously got five days to get it completed and posted by 8pm Sunday 23rd.


I'm in March of season 2 so should be posted tomorrow!
If I'm correct and haven't missed anyones posts, which I don't think I have. We've currently only got four people that have completed this stage of the tour whilst we had 14 people complete part one. How many people are still playing through this stop? You've obviously got five days to get it completed and posted by 8pm Sunday 23rd.

The current people that have registered their two seasons are:

@Dan - 160 points
@Viktor Bragi Brynjarsson - 135 points
@Shedender - 110 points
@chokosc - 25 points


Currently in Feb on the second season, it will be done by Saturday latest!
Right, second season done! Got to make this a quick roundup!

Transfers:

http://i.imgur.com/3HG3J1v.png

A fair bit of movement both ways. South America was my main hunting ground and didn't manage to shift all the dead wood I'd like to.

League:

http://i.imgur.com/VQRHBX2.png

Some good thumpings in there. Especially the one against Dortmund!

http://i.imgur.com/bfSAe1Y.png

Saw us win the league title! Bayern were awful at the start of the season, until they sacked Ancellotti. After that they begin their inevitable climb up the table, robbing Dortmund of second but thankfully the season finished before they could catch us!

Super Cup:

http://i.imgur.com/Ub42jAN.png

Just to highlight how bad Bayern were at the start of the second season, we beat them in the super cup! Only thing Hernandez did for us really.

German Cup:

http://i.imgur.com/tsaKDyN.png

We mastered extra time to go all the way in the cup and take it home!

Champions League:

http://i.imgur.com/8LnDa10.png

Another first knockout round knock out for us as Real Madrid just proved too powerful.

Manager of the season!

http://i.imgur.com/Ap3WUQn.png

They loved me! Unfortunately my players did not get any individual awards or recognition though. Not even Bailey or Pratto featured in the top 3! Schurlle at Dortmund took the prize this year.

Season 2 points tally:
Bundesliga - winner = 25 points
German Cup - winner = 25 points
German Super Cup - winner = 10 points
Champs League - 1st KO = 5 points
Manager of the year = 5 points
Bayern x 3 (2 league, 1 super cup) = 15 points
Koln x 2 (1 league, 1 cup) = 10 points
BMG x 2 (2 league) = 10 points

Season 2 total: 105 points

Season 1 total: 55 points

Overall total: 160 points!

I've really enjoyed this! Worried a bit about if I'd finish but just about got away with it. Really will consider visiting the German leagues in the next instalment of FM.

Good luck to those still playing!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Good stint @Suffolk Seasider superb second season and takes you second of the six that have completed this leg of the challenge and currently takes you second in the overall leaderboard! I'll update the leaderboard now!

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Season 2
Transfers

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/Leverkusen%20S2%20-%20Transfers_zps5bcet5dy.png

Quite a lot of turnover, copied a lot of people in getting Loftus-Cheek on loan, though he didn't really feature and was sent back in January. Sergio Roberto was a bit of a gamble but I'd say it paid off as he started most of our games and was pretty much the stand-out performer across the season. Soares got a tidy number of goals too. Zeca managed to break his leg in his 4th or 5th game and didn't return until the New Year.

I wasn't planning any January business but the Kampl offer came out of nowhere and as it's a short term challenge I thought I'd take it in order to bring in some quality/experience and try to chase down Bayern's 8 point lead at Christmas. Volland kicked off on the last day of the window, he'd been disappointing for me so I thought I'd be heartless and just do it

DFB Pokal

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/S2%20-%20DFB_zpsetu5eata.png

Disappointing again, this season worst than last - 0pts

Champions League

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/Leverkusen%20-%20S2%20-%20CL_zpswuclizaa.png

Exited at the same stage - 5 pts

League

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/Leverkusen%20S2%20-%20First%20Half%20Res_zpsbklobv57.png
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/Leverkusen%20S2%20-%20Second%20Half%20Res_zpsuy6avouj.png

My fixture draw was tough, giving me 4 huge games straight away, obviously repeating it after the break too. In general, it wasn't too bad of a season, particularly after the winter break, but really didn't show any improvement from the one before, if anything we got worse! Rivalry points earned: Bayern - 0pts, BMG - 5pts, Koln - 10pts

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/Leverkusen%20S2%20-%20Table_zpsyeu9zmqh.png

Final Points
Season 1 = 45pts
DFB = 0pts
CL = 5pts
League = 15pts
Rivalry = 15pts

Total: 80pts

Looking forward to Round 3 and hopefully a better score!
Ryan9s Attempt - The Leverkusen Curse (Season 2)

http://i.imgur.com/uDQj6no.png

I kept the transfer pretty tame compared to some people, not wanting to overhaul the squad too much, as we had a fairly successful first season. Obviously Toprak left for £10.15 million, followed by Leon Baily for £5.75 million (£8 million) to RBL. The other main leaver from the club was Julian Baumgartlinger to Inter for £7.5 million.
Coming in we saw 2 main deals. Matija Nastasic for £15 million from Bundesliga rivals Schalke, along with Javier Pastore from PSG, a fine coup for us costing £14.25 million. Yaya Toure and Fernando Torres also joined us, both on a free, just to add some back up to the squad.

http://i.imgur.com/SuPEF4F.png

Next up, lets look at the Super Cup. A victory over last seasons Bundesliga champions FC Bayern. We went into know we could beat them, but we went a step further than that and trounced them! A huge 4-0 result to lift the silverware.

http://i.imgur.com/kVmrP1t.png
http://i.imgur.com/VBuz4qs.png

Onto the league campaign! We got off to a good start, not losing in our opening 6 matches, winning 4 and drawing 2 of those. Then it went downhill, rather quickly. Several losses started to creep in, and our morale was getting low. A run where we couldn't string 2 wins together really knocked us for the rest of the season. Something we never really recovered too well from. The second half of our season was better, however, it wasn't good enough to see us match last seasons successes. We fell 13 points short of last seasons points tally. Pretty disappointing to say the least.

http://i.imgur.com/FfIr8tx.png?1

The poor runs of results were always going to leave it tough to get a decent finish. There was no title fight for us like the previous year. Infact, we were fighting to hold onto 3rd place.Dortmund ended up champions, 3 points ahead of Bayern, before 9 point gap between Bayen and ourselves. Another top 4 finish was not a terrible result though, but we know we could've gone a lot further.

http://i.imgur.com/Z7l8w5U.png

The German Cup saw us easily through the first 2 rounds, beating Wurzburg 3-0 and then Bielefeld 2-0. From there it got a bit tougher. A 3-2 win over Bremen in the 3rd round kept us in the cup. Hamburg were our quarter final opponents, who we beat 3-2 after extra time toset up a tie vs Wolfsburg in the semi final. We were denied a final appearance by a 90th minute equalizer, as we battled away with 10 men due to an injury after our subs had been used. Into extra time we went, and we just didn't have it in us to beat the hosts. We went 2 down before grabbing a consolation goal to finish 4-3.

http://i.imgur.com/T6rzG59.png

We faced a tough Champions League group, after being drawn with Barcelona, Inter and Feyenoord. We opened with a 2-0 defeat to Feyernoord, before beating Inter in Germany 2-1 to get our first points. Next up, Barcelona visited us. A close game, but we blew a 2-0 lead to end up losing 3-2. 3 big points wasted! The return leg went as horribly as possible Aranguiz got sent off in the 9th minute, before we went on to lose 8-1 to the Spanish giants, with Luis Suarez scoring all 8! We recovered from the to beat Feyenoord 4-2 at home and Inter 1-0 in Italy. We finished 2nd, and earned ourselves a very tough tie vs Real Madrid. A positive goalless draw at home in the first leg gave us hope that we could snatch the tie with an away goal. But it wasn't to be. The 2nd leg ended in a 5-1 defeat, and that was the end of the road for us in Europe this season.


Points Breakdown

Bundesliga - 3rd = 15 Points
German Cup - Semi Final = 15 Points
German Super Cup - Winners! - 10 Points
Champions League - First Knockout Round = 5 Points
Beat Bayern - 2 = 10 Points
Beat Koln - 2 = 10 Points
Beat BMG - 1 = 5 Points
Challenge Total = 70 Points

Season 1 - 55 Points
Season 2 - 70 Points
The Leverkusen Curse Total - 125 Points!
Season 2 complete. I never play with bigger teams in the game, however I really enjoyed this challenge. I had a team coming along and im sure if I carried on I would win the league and eventually become a dominant team in Europe. Here is my results.


Transfers
I kept leaking goals at the back, what was really annoying. I didnt have to much money to start, however a few sales of unhappy players, including Bailey, generated enough money to buy Dijk, who turned out to be a decent signing for me. Lozano, what a player! South American POTY, and become 4 1/2 star rating, with a new assist record in one season.

http://i.imgur.com/whL3cVl.jpg


Results
I started average, knocked out the cup early, out the European Champions Cup to Arsenal in the 1st round, gave me time to concentrate on the leg. I was top, until I lost to Freiburg, and you will see the outcome!

http://i.imgur.com/emueRbl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/evP6Wnj.jpg

German Cup 3rd Round - 5 points.
Champions Cup 1st Round - 5 points
German Super Cup Runners Up - 5 points.

Rivals:
BMG beat twice - 10 points.
Koln beat twice - 10 points.
Bayern couldn't beat - 0 points.



League
2nd. What a kick in the teeth. Sooooo close, yet so far. Freiburg loss near the end put me second and I just couldn't catch Bayern after.

http://i.imgur.com/wY6q4XZ.jpg

League Finish - Top 4 - 15 points.


Manager Of The Year
No even in for a shout of runner up this year. Pretty understandable to be fair.

I think overall I went to much on trying to win the league what then scored me less points overall. Great challenge though, bring on challenge 3!
Top 4 finish - 15 points.
German Cup 3rd Round - 5 points.
Champions Cup 1st Round - 5 points.
German Super Cup Runners Up - 5 points.
Rival results - 20 points.

Total - 50 points.



With season 1 earning me 70 points and season 2 earning me 50 points, I have a grand total of....

120 points.
Well done on completing this leg of the tour @Ryan9 @KEZ_7 and @adamwenn100

I have added your scores to the leader board for stop two and the overall leaderboard. Please go check they are correct, I believe they are. All making moves into positive points and climbing the table nicely
Is the third leg announced today? Could always use a jump start of a weekend to get into it myself! Just like we did for this one.
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Umm I hope not as I've not even thought of leg three yet

However I will see if I can master something up later
Yeah would be good to get a jump if we can, I might even give leg 1 a go to see how I would have done!
I'll try sort something tonight fellas for those that want it. Looks Like its a wet weekend down here anyway so won't have anything better to do over the weekend! I've got a couple smaller ideas so will piece it together and try post it later this evening.
I'll try sort something tonight fellas for those that want it. Looks Like its a wet weekend down here anyway so won't have anything better to do over the weekend! I've got a couple smaller ideas so will piece it together and try post it later this evening.


I've just got weeding to do so please anything to distract me from that!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

I've just got weeding to do so please anything to distract me from that!

Dear god, this man needs help @Dan

Great if it's up there, no pressure if not! Looking forward to seeing what your creativity brings
I've just got weeding to do so please anything to distract me from that!

Dear god, this man needs help @Dan

Great if it's up there, no pressure if not! Looking forward to seeing what your creativity brings

Don't panic, the weeding isn't being done this weekend! I've figured out stage 3 of the tour, I've just got to run the normal sim through the season to check everything over as its a league I'm not too familiar with and then it'll be posted some point around 9pm I imagine! It'll be a cracker, looking at being a 1 or 2 season challenge again.
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