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Champions!! Great season, what's next then?
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Been struggling to get back into this since the release date of 2020 was announced

I'm the opposite, I'm not looking forward to 20 as much as I think I should, think due to game breaking glitches I had in 19 has put me completely off, hopefully the demo will draw me in, but I'm still loving 17.
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Congrats on the double! Moving up nicely in your career. Interested to see your next decision.

Thanks for the support as always man, think if I do leave Albirex I'm going to stay in Asia, but either way hopefully some more competition wins.

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Albirex Niigata season update

To start this update off we’ve got the small matter of the World Cup final to discuss, and it was Germany that won it after a 3-1 win over Belguim.



In our season we had the Starhub League cup start, and we kicked off with an incredible 6-1 win over warriors, a 2-0 win over Tampines before rounding out Group B with a poor 2-0 loss to Home United. The loss wasn’t the best result but we had qualified from the group by that point.


We’re drawn against DPMM in the semi final, a game we should win




Or not. Dreams of a triple win are over, and we now concentrate on the League and Singaporean cup

In a surprising end to the cup my former team, despite their troubles this season actually won the League cup, so I’m happy for them.



In the semi final first leg we more or less booked our place in the final with a 3-0 away win over Warriors, only a catastrophic showing in the return leg will stop us getting in the final.


Before that second leg we had a league game against Home United in which we drew 1 all. Not bad considering I rested the majority of the team to keep them fresh for the cup.

The first leg result proved decisive as we drew our second game in a row 1 all, but we’re in the final of the cup.



Where we’ll play DPMM, who knocked us out of the league cup, revenge is certainly on my mind.


With only 5 games to go in the league, we absolutely spanked my former team Hougang 5-0 before beating Warriors 1-0, the red card they got certainly helped us.



On the same day as that win away at Warriors, I was greeted with this result


Not only did Hougang get probably their best result of the season, but it helped me out in a big way. As that result put the league title out of reach for second placed Tampines and ensured that the trophy came here to me at Albirex.





So that’s mission objective completed. I came here with 1 goal in mind and it’s been wrapped up with 3 games to go. Those 3 games ended with a win over Geylang, a loss to Balestier and a final day humiliation 2-0 home loss to DPMM. Not the best way to end but that means DPMM have beaten us in the last 3 games we’ve played, and we’ve got the cup final against them coming up, and I do not want to lost to them again.


Before the cup final, confirmation of our final league position of first with 48 points, right winger Motoda getting player of the year.


Now before the game I’d already made my mind up that I am going to be leaving Albirex. I came here for the league title and the league title is what I got this year. I’ve already won both of the cups with Hougang, so winning it again whilst it would be good, it won’t be the end of the world if DPMM do turn us over. With that said, I am going to give everything, as always to win this game.




Do we end on a high, or a sour note?






The highest of highs, as I complete a remarkable double of the League and Cup in my first, and only season at Albirex. I won’t go into much detail, but it wasn’t plain sailing as both teams went all out for the win, but we managed a break through in extra time to seal the win and the cup.

Now I had decided that I was going to leave Albirex after this game, however after seeing this cup final and how I’ve actually had fun with this team, I am going reconsider staying.

Next update will be end of season stuff and the next steps in the career, if I stay at Albirex or if I leave. Thanks for reading.

Career progress:
2016 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 7th, League Cup winners
2017 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 2nd in the league, Singapore cup winners
2018 | Albirex Niigata -- (Singapore) Finished 1st in the league, Singaporean Cup winners
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Just started to read this save and I am definitely going to be following this save for a while. I think what you should do with your budget, depending on how much money you have is to spend at least half of it on a good player instead of spreading out a few million dollar deals within a 20m budget. If you can get that extra marquee spark, hopefully that helps you to start matching the levels of bigger teams.

This is what I tend to do when I'm not at a 'big' club, and seeing as How Ludogorets in this save have what I'd call a stable team, 1 leading transfer a season would be about right
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FM throws those kind of games at you every now and then mate, you just go again, keep it up
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Champions League this time around not going too well mate, just a case of damage limitations and concentrate on the league?
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Just catching up with your story, the end of last season must have been frustrating - looking much better going into the end of this season with your new team though. Good luck, keep it up for that final push mate!

Thanks man, glad to have you here following
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Looking good! Thought Balestier Khalsa were becoming a bogey team for you, luckily that second leg puts that idea to bed!

Cheers mate, Balesiter seem to step up when they play us. Am still confident tho
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Albirex Niigata season update

As the season in Singapore runs from February to November, and it's the end of May, we'll take a look at the European Leagues that have just finished to see who won each.

First up Atletico made it back to back La Liga titles


Man City made sure the Premier League trophy went back to Manchester, this time to the blue side as United won it last season


Somewhat surprising in Italy as Napoli won Serie A with Juventus finishing 4th and 14 points off top spot


Another surprising result, this time in France with Monaco winning Ligue 1 on goal difference


Also slightly surprising is the Russian Premier league isn’t going to Moscow or Saint Petersburg, as Rubin Kazan won the league


No surprises in Germany or Portugal as Bayern & Benfica won their leagues, again



Which brings us to Scotland. Last season was a big surprise as Hearts of all teams won the SPL, this season surprising absolutely no one Celtic won the league, however it’s the bottom of the league that I am interested in


Motherwell were flirting with relegation all season and managed to finish in the relegation play off places. Luckily for them they managed to win the play off game to live to fight another day. Hopefully for Motherwell this season is just a blip and not a sign of things to come



In our own season, May kicks off with confirmation my replacement at Hougang isn’t enjoying the best of times at my former club. I could see this coming a mile away, it’s a shame they couldn’t do much about it.



Our form continues with a good win over Geylang International, before a poor result at home to Balesiter preceded a great away win over DPMM




Confirmation of Warriors season going from bad to worse as well as they sack their manager, the same manager that won the league last season with them.


Singapore cup quarter final first leg now as we didn’t show up with our finishing boots on at all and went down 2-0 away to Balesiter. The saving grace is that there’s a second leg to play


It was in the second leg where we really showed our mental toughness. Going in at half time we had managed to go in at 2-0, meaning the next 45 minutes were key to us as we’re now drawing 2 all in the tie


Second half was much like the first in that we scored 2 unanswered goals, meaning we’re through to the semi final, where we’ll play Warriors.




This second leg in the cup has got me thinking that my decision to come here was the right one, and I genuinely think we're going on to win at least 1 of the League or Singaporean Cup.

To finish off July we smashed Tampines Rovers 4-1 to finish on top of the league with 38 points




With 7 games left to go in the league, it's our to lose. I can't see us going on a 7 game losing streak now and the title is within touching distance.

Next update will be the final set of games for this season, thanks for reading.

Career progress:
2016 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 7th, League Cup winners
2017 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 2nd in the league, Singapore cup winners
2018 | Albirex Niigata -- (Singapore) In progress

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5pt lead! Nice of Pablo Rodriguez to help you out too!

Yeah going well, a nice little cushion early on always helps. I'm a bit surprised by him joining Geylang though, he refused a new contract at Hougang but Geylang aren't exactly a top team, but we'll see how he gets on
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Albirex Niigata season update

If there was any doubt in my mind if leaving a stable role in Hougang for Albirex, these first 2 games proved my decision right. Absolutely dominating Tampines Rovers, despite only managing 1 goal and exploiting Hougang’s weaknesses despite a red card, I know this team can at the very least challenge for a top 2 spot.




Complacency seemed to be the issue against Home United, but after an aggressive team talk and some rotation in the line up, defending champs Warriors felt the full wrath of our desire to be as dominant as possible.



We rounded out the first month of my reign with a draw at home to Young Lions, we could’ve and probably should’ve scored more but we end the month second in the league but plenty of time to improve where we can.




March came and went in a flash as we recorded 2 wins, and a loss to keep in second place, 2 points behind Home United who have 2 games in hand and have won all 6 of their games.



It’s not panic stations time yet, there’s still plenty of games to go to make up ground on Home United. We assert our dominance in April with wins over DPMM and my former team Hougang United, and on the same day Home United lose their first game of the season, going down 3-2 away to Tampines Rovers which helps us move into top spot for now





I didn’t realise but after leaving Hougang, last season tops scorer Pablo Rodriguez signs for Geylang International and helps them win 2-1 away at Home United to keep them in second and us top of the league after 10 games. It’s now on us to make sure we stay there.



Before we play Home United we manage a 2-1 away win over Young Lions to keep the good work so far going.


As the match preview says we’re overwhelming favourites to win the game


And win the game we do, however it wasn’t all plain sailing. Despite having many shots on goal, we only converted one of them, and Home United did look threatening throughout the game. Still, a win is a win and against second place helps us in maintaining our dominance.


We end April with a 1 all draw against the champions Warriors, and this means we finish the month unbeaten and top of the league by 5 points.




The one thing I’ve noticed is that this side has a lot of shots, we dominate games but we’re not exactly very clinical in front of goal. We could easily win by 5 goals in every game if our finishing was better, whilst not a cause for concern just yet, it’s something I’m going to keep an eye going into the next few months of the season. If we’re really going to dominate and take the league by storm, converting as many of our chances as possible is going to be key.

Next update will cover May to July’s games, any news in the world of football and anything else of note.

Thanks for reading.

Career progress:
2016 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 7th, League Cup winners
2017 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 2nd in the league, Singapore cup winners
2018 | Albirex Niigata -- (Singapore) In progress

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Board wanting the double, pressure is on! I'm confident you can get that league title, though Warriors will likely run you all the way; despite the bookmakers odds.

Cheers man, Warriors have it all to play for so we won't take them lightly. The bookies have made us favourites for a reason, so hopefully we can live up to it
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Anyone know why the season's feature on here doesn't show cup wins, only league wins and relegations? Any chance of it being updated to show he cup wins?

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Progression in Singapore


So here I am, Albirex Niigata, formerly Singapore’s highest rep team. A short half hour or so drive from Hougang's stadium to my new home of Jurong East Stadium.








A team that struggled last season and finished, for them a disappointing third in the S League, 9 points behind me and my Hougang side, and a staggering 13 points behind winners Warriors. Joining me on this second leg of the journey is my assistant manager Jim Love, along with the rest of my backroom staff Steven Thompson, Kyle Wells, Andy McKenzie, Marc O’Connor and Paul Spencer.

As shown, for a team that was supposed to be challenging for the title, they lost a lot of games last season, so the thing I address is the defence. Now as Albirex are a satellite team of Albirex in Japan, the club can only sign Japanese players. Not too much of an issue as really, no disrespect to any other Asian players but Japanese players are the stand outs in Asian football. There are a few good South Koreans, but Japanese players tend to be better overall.

First in the door are center halves Tommy Stokes (half Australian) and promoted from the youth setup Tara Yokoyama. For this league I expect them to be good players. Stokes isn’t the tallest especially for a center half, but his quickness and tackling should make up for that.





Complimenting them is a new goalkeeper in the form of Guilherme Hasegawa. He will start most games and I am looking for him to really shore up the defence



We were then given the news that DPMM are now the country’s highest rep team, despite Warriors winning back to back league titles. This club has gone down in the rankings, but my good showing over 18 months in Hougang hasn’t seen them rise at all



Season review now and my main man Pablo Rodriguez was top scorer, Plazibat had the most assists and Rodriguez had the highest average rating. Despite this, I am happy with my leaving Hougang, and just to justify it to myself Hougang didn’t agree contracts with those 2 players, as well as letting 6 other first teamers and Matthew Tay (reserve keeper) leave. Without those players I think they will struggle, however the players had seemingly made their mind up long ago and wouldn’t negotiate a new deal with me.



We’re drawn with Warriors, Tampines and Home United in the League Cup. Can we win it, who knows? Our first league fixture is against Tampines so we’ll be looking for a win there as well as being made favourites to win the league.






I finally arrive at my first game for Albirex, and I’m looking for a good performance early on to let the other teams know that I’m here for 1 thing and 1 thing only, and that is the league title. I felt we had no chance of getting it in Hougang, but here it’s different. Here I can tell I’m going to win it, and I’m not looking back. Hougang was a good opportunity and experience to land me this job, and from here who knows. But this season it’s all about me getting that league title. This club are favourites for the league for a reason, and I’m here to make sure that happens.



Next update will be the first few rounds of games at my new club, see how Hougang get on without me in their first few games and any other business.

Thanks for reading.

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Echo what GreenFront said, annoying to lose the league especially with it being so tight but well done on the cup success

Cheers man, am sure next season will go a good one.
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Good free kick there,always nice seeing a special goal from a new signing. Looking good in the league early on too.
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Good going so far, shout out to that 5 all game with West Brom tho! Bet you were fuming at losing that match, apart from that going well man.
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Good update, finishing mid table is respectable after just getting promoted, it's about building on it. Keep it up.
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Well done on winning the cup but losing the league like this must be disappointing :\.Good luck in your next adventure with Albirex mate !

Cheers for the kind words man. Glad to have you on board.
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The Knockbreda game didnt save ffs

Unfortunate mate, hope the win comes again though, fingers crossed
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Unlucky with the league, but great to get the other cup on your way out. I'm sure you'll do even better with Albirex.

Cheers mate, I remember Journeyman doing well with Albirex, I'm here for 1 thing and 1 thing only and that is the S League. You'll see in the next post how many players Hougang released, so I think going to Albirex is my best chance of getting that league won.
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Winning back-to-back Singaporean League Cups isn't for everybody...
I'd personally stay with Hougang so you have a chance of getting continental football, as Albirex are ineligible, but completely your decision of course - it would be a step up in reputation, as you say.

Thanks for the words mate, glad to have Journeyman following

I know Albirex are ineligible for the Champions League, but I'm not targeting continental football at the minute. I want to build up a bit of rep and get a good team together, maybe not in Singapore but somewhere to really tackle continental football.
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Hougang United season update


With the business end of the season coming up we finished the month of September off with a loss to Young Lions in a pretty disappointing showing. We’re sitting top of the league on goal difference though so in the last 4 games, it’s all to play for.



Something I didn’t pick up on, but 4 days ago the man Kedah chose over me didn’t manage to keep them in the Super League as they got relegated, and today Sarawak joined them. Maybe a blessing in disguise that I didn’t get offered the job at Kedah?



With the league title in touching distance, we opened the door for Warriors as we went down 1-0 away to Balesiter in a game we dominated, after going behind early on and absolutely battering them, we just couldn’t take 1 of our many chances.


Next up were Albirex, who we beat 2-0. Not only was this a good victory for Hougang to keep the pressure on Warriors at the top of the league, it also put me in the shop window, as straight after the game I was invited to an interview with the Albirex chairman


I attend the interview, and I want this job. Even if we win the league and the cup, I think going there will bolster my chances of getting a bigger job further down the line, plus with the budget they have I’ll be able to use that to really challenge for and dominate the league. I wait and see.



Finishing off October we beat Home Untied 2-0 in a preview of the upcoming cup final, to leave us with 1 game to go, and we’re 1 point behind defending champions Warriors



During the interview with Albirex, I said I wanted to take over at the end of the season, that way I can finish this season as best as I can, and with that in mind they came back with an offer



So the deal is done and dusted, I’m leaving Hougang for pastures new in a few weeks time. Before then though we’ve got DPMM and Barry Ferguson at home and if we win and Warriors don’t then we become champions of Singapore. If not then we will finish a very respectable second. So how did the final game of the S League season go:


Ahh well, it just wasn’t meant to be for me in my final league game as Huangang manager. I’m disappointed not to win the league as we were right in the game up until the red card, however this team were bottom of the league last season and to finish second just 1 year later is a pretty big accomplishment.




End of season awards and Plazibat is given the player of the year award, and a young player by the name of Kazkui Ishida gets young player of the year. I’ll be hoping despite Albirex’s poor season his form continues as I take over.



So I find myself at my final game as Huangang manager, and it’s a second cup final for me as we take on Home United in the Singapore Cup.


A win here would certainly be great as I could leave on an even bigger high and hopefully take this momentum into my new job.





The cup final really was one sided as it was effectively over after only 21 minutes. Of our 12 shots in the game, 3 were on target, 3 were clear cut chances and all 3 were goals. After that we sat back and let them come onto us, we soaked up the pressure and never looked like conceding at all. A perfect way to win a cup final, and a fitting way to end my time as Hougang Untied manager.





Before I officially go over to Albirex, the clubs best 11 is announced, along with confirmation that Pablo Rodriguez is the fans player of the year, and Plazibat’s goal against Balesiter is given goal of the season




The clubs moment to forget is the final day defeat to DPMM, ending our chance of winning the league. I’m also now on the favoured personnel list at Hougang United



And with that, I am now leaving my first managerial position as I leave Hougang United after a 7th & 2nd place finish, as well as winning the League and FA Cups during my 18 months here. It’s time to move on and I do feel the time is right to leave. The attraction to Albirex is that they’ve got a good budget to play with, and they can only sign Japanese players which is going to make me prove my worth as a manager. Onwards and upwards.

Next update will be the first few weeks of my new job, new signings and any other business.

Career progress:
2016 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 7th, League Cup winners
2017 | Houngang United -- (Singapore) Finished 2nd in the league, Singapore cup winners

Thanks for reading.

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Well Ajax just showed us how to play when you are behind We had our chances with the penalty but unlucky.We've won everything in Bulgaria so the only goal is the European tournaments right now for the new season,and thank you for following the story mate !

No worries, always love a good FM story. Hopefully the next time you play Ajax you'll get the better of them.
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I'm all for Stadia being used for FM, but the added graphics increase the immersion for me. I don't like using teams where I don't have a badge for, and I doubt that graphics are going to be able to be used, so if I do get Stadia I'll probably only use teams that are licenced.
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Gutting way to end the nations league man, I'm not a fan of the head to head rule, should always be points then goal difference.

What's next now then, a return to club management?
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Northern Ireland is relentless sometimes with the amount of games there is due to the 4 cups or however many it is, makes for a fun save though. Plenty of time to pick up some more points.
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Just read the last 2 posts and when I saw that meeting request to discuss your future I genuinely thought you were going to be sacked, FM has a habit of throwing a spanner in the works some times.

Looking good this new season, keep it up.
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Unlucky getting knocked out by Ajax, but winning a treble certainly makes up for it.
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