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Pre-Season 2019 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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New job. El Tanque Sisley have given me another crack at Uruguayan second tier football, as I was hoping for better than what happened with Sud América. This time I have a full pre-season to put my stamp on this team.
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Game 1: El Tanque Sisley (URU) vs. Almirante Brown (ARG) (Friendly)

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Thoughts: Tricky first test against a decent Argentine outfit, who deserved to win despite the scoreline flattering them a little bit.

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Game 2: Basáñez (URU) vs. El Tanque Sisley (URU) (Friendly)

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Thoughts: This is a match we should've won, instead we let a lower division club take the victory; though we were the better team.

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Game 3: El Tanque Sisley (URU) vs. UAI Urquiza (ARG) (Friendly)

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Thoughts: Another opponent from Argentina, who also beat us after a quickfire double in the second half. Harsh defeat.

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Game 4: Libertad (URU) vs. El Tanque Sisley (URU) (Friendly)

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Thoughts: A late collapse costs us a friendly win, just like against UAI Urquiza. Frustrating.

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Game 5: Independiente (URU) vs. El Tanque Sisley (URU) (Friendly)

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Thoughts: Victory, at last. Ironically, we were the ones who scored late goals to get the bragging rights.

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Recap: Not the most promising pre-season, but I'd say performances were a tad better than the results suggest. I was also tinkering every game with tactics, as this team wasn't really set for any immediate tactic so had to test a few things out. I've stuck with a defensive tactic, seemed to help in the final few friendlies but the acid test will come in our opening league fixture against Miramar Misiones.

Us and Miramar Misiones are two of the fourteen teams taking part in the Segunda División for 2019, very interesting to see four-time Primera División champion Danubio as a competitor this year after they were relegated from the top-flight in 2018. It's hard to predict what will happen, I'm expecting a relegation battle all season long but we will see.

Off the pitch, I've made a number of signings. I also planned another, which would've seen me reunite with one Diego Forlán. However, despite agreeing everything on the morning (around 8am, acc. to game) of deadline day, the deal somehow didn't manage to go through by midnight. Ridiculous. I've managed to sign him on a pre-contract, but he now wont join until July - missing over half the season. I bet he'll get injured at some point when joining too!

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Below you can see the transfer overview, yet to be determined if I've made good signings or not. Also there is the board expectations (avoid the drop) and the club's history.


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Thanks for reading!

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Next: March 2019 Round-up
Job Tally: 2
2018 | Sud América (URU/2)
2019- | El Tanque Sisley (URU/2)
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Award Tally: 0
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Shame to have to go through the play-offs having been in the top three for so long, but arguably a more exciting way to go up if you do. Wish you luck!
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Welcome! More stories shared, the better! Best of luck!
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February 2019 Round-up:

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A busy February awaited, six games were slated to be played. Our CAF Champions League campaign reached matchdays three and four as we looked to strength our grip of Group A, while we faced two Premier Soccer League fixtures to keep hold of top spot domestically. The FA Cup also comes in to play, fellow PSL team Maritzburg United were drawn against us. Busy times!
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Game 1: Saoura (ALG) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 2: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. African All-Stars (RSA) (Friendly)

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Game 3: Al-Hilal (SDN) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 4: Free State Stars (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 5: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Maritzburg United (RSA) (FA Cup)

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Game 6: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Maritzburg United (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Yet again, a fantastic month for us! Six encounters, six victories! The first allowed us to make it three wins from three in Group A in the CAF Champions League, defeating Algerian team Saoura by a single goal in Béchar; which took us to within one point from advancing from the group. An expected 5-1 friendly win followed, prior to a key Champions League match - Al-Hilal away. Three points were secured in some style, we went four goals ahead which guareenteed the points and subsequent advancement from Group A - conceding two late goals didn't dampen our spirits, delighted to get through to the quarter-finals! Tougher ties await. A week after our continental high, we returned to league action for the first time since December 2018. In our absence, a few of our rivals had played a league match which means we were/still are a game behind everyone else so dropped off top spot.

However, our fine form continued as we beat Free State Stars on the road after goals from Paseka Mako and Innocent Maela - a very strong performance. That cannot be said about our next match though, as we narrowly scraped past Maritzburg United in the FA Cup. Admittedly I did rotate my entire team, starting with players who had barely featured this season alongside one or two youngsters. Even so, the performance was very poor and Maritzburg deserved wholeheartedly to progress, but thankfully we got the luck and went through on penalties. Days later, we actually faced Maritzburg Utd again - in the Premier Soccer League. This time, it was roles reversed as our returning stars dominated the fixture and secured a strong 2-0 win; despite leaving it somewhat late.

Things are looking bright. As I said, we have been knocked off the top in the PSL but through no fault of our own - current leaders Cape Town City have played a game more. Champions League and FA Cup progression secured, we've been drawn with (in-game) non-league side Super Eagles in the latter, which gives us a tremendous chance of advancing. We remain in three competitions, as we aim to add to our trophy collection having already won the Top 8 Cup earlier this season.

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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

Next Post: March 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 1
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)

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That's quite a tricky Champions League group, doing very well to be top after four games. Hopefully you can qualify.
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Domination! Champions League will be fun, if you decide to stay of course.
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Glad you've got yourself a new job so soon.

That goal is insane, by the way

Haha, it turned a would be infuriating moment into quite an amusing one. Cerro Largo's manager must be Mr. Guardiola in disguise!

Hopefully this second job goes better than the first! Good luck man

Indeed! I'm hoping the pre-season will help, then I can use the 'joined mid-season' excuse for Sud América!
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Best of luck with Sydney FC! I enjoy watching the A-League on TV in real life, so will be following this with interest!
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Job Search:

After getting sacked by Sud América, I went in search for job number two of this Journeyman save. I had no thoughts on where I wanted to end up in North/South America, but I just went with the flow and applied for the jobs I saw fit. Here's how it went.
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Interview 1: Universitario Popayán (COL)

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Interview 2: Deportes Valdivia (CHI)

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Interviews 3 & 4: Rocha (URU) & El Tanque Sisley (URU)

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I am the new manager of El Tanque Sisley! I have returned to the Uruguayan Segunda División. I hadn't planned to, but after struggling to get any real interest from elsewhere and actually thinking it through, I was interested in going back.

El Tanque Sisley are a really interesting club to take over. They are newly promoted* from the Segunda División Amateur (tier three), but were in the Primera División as recently as 2017. How? you may ask. Well, in 2017 (in real life) they finished off fourth bottom, level on points with, of all teams, Sud América so went into a relegation play-off to see who would be relegated. El Tanque Sisley won and survived the drop, but at the beginning of 2018 (again, real life), they were demoted to the second division for 2019 due to outstanding debt. I assume that's what FM has done, though their reputation is the same as Rocha (newly promoted) *so FM may see them as a promoted team rather than a relegated one.

As I mentioned, I kinda wanted to avoid this league due to the average points table, but after thinking it through I decided to return as I'll have a full pre-season to build with; rather than joining perilously in mid-season like with my former club. So, Uruguay - take two!

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Above you can see the embryonic league table and fixture list, as well as the squad and my manager profile behind the spoilers. Work to do, but I'm looking forward to this; a new job always brings excitement.
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Thanks for reading!

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Next: Pre-season 2019 Round-up

Job Tally: 2
2018 | Sud América (URU/2)
2019- | El Tanque Sisley (URU/2)
Trophy Tally: 0
Award Tally: 0
Promotion/Relegation Tally: 0/1


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Wounded for ya mate. However as you were expecting it I guess you can't be too disappointed. On to the next one though, looking forward to where you'll end up

Definitely helped, the downs make the ups more enjoyable anyway!
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Big win over Widzew! Keep it going!
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September 2018 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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With relegation, and subsequent sacking, all but confirmed, I headed into September with Sud América with just pride to play for.
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Game 1: Sud América (URU) vs. Cerro Largo (URU) (Segunda División)

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Thoughts: No words for this, the match recap does the job.

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Recap: There we go, glad to get out of there to be brutally honest.

After all that, I was sacked for failing to reach a points target - which was set by the past president, with the new president explicitly stating he was only going to judge from when the he took over (i.e. no points target) - yet, he sacked me for the points target.

Can we just take a moment to see that Cerro Largo match though, that ending was just tremendous. You'd never know I was on "very defensive" throughout the whole of that, including Cerro's third goal which can be seen below - gotta love that "very defensive" defending... as well as Cerro turning into Barcelona with the instant one-touch passing!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrcd0xsPtk
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Oh well, that's the downside of playing with the bottom end clubs - it really shows off FM's iffy side. All part of the 'fun'.

The game, for some reason, isn't awarding the relegation to me on my manager profile, but I'll still add it here. I think as it was an average points table, the game can't work out when a team is relegated? Who knows.

Onto job number two! Thanks for reading!
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Next: Job Search

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2018 | Sud América (URU)
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Thanks mate, yes I'm. Enjoying it more than any save I've had in years now.

, btw you images aren't working anymore - they were when I last left a comment but not now.
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Total points: 5 (beat that!)
Gained points for: USOC semi-final, one win over rivals DC United and NY Red Bulls.
Lost points for: Conference position and supporters' shield position

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(Misc) Did get a new contract at one point!

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(Misc) Transfers. Alan Gordon scored on his debut, thought he'd be an inspired signing - wasn't.

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Thoughts: Frustrating due to form, but overall fun to do - it's the taking part that counts
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Good to see this! Wish you well!
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Joining myself in getting knocked out of the cup in the semi-finals!
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Going great! Johor tend to be a difficult team to face, from my experience at least. Keep it up!
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January 2019 Round-up:

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January was CAF Champions League month. Our group in Africa's main club competition was drawn on 5 January, pitting us against Al-Hilal (Sudan), Petro de Luanda (Angola) and Saoura (Algeria). We faced our opening two fixtures, facing a trip to Angola and a hosting of the Sudanese club. A friendly was also scheduled to a fill a gap.
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Game 1: Petro de Luanda (ANG) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 2: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Al-Hilal (SDN) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 3: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Moretele Gunners (RSA) (Friendly)

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Happy opening month of 2019. As mentioned, our Champions League run continued and we head into February with two wins out of two. Petro de Luanda were dismantled with ease on matchday one, a clinical six-goal victory was achieved. That was followed with a win over, I'd say, our biggest competitors in Group A - Al-Hilal. Xola Mlambo scored for us in a 1-0 win, but the scoreline flatters our visitors as we were dominant and didn't even allow them a shot. We're the only team in our group with back-to-backs victories. Another four goals and a third clean sheet of January followed in a home friendly win over Moretele Gunners.

The Premier Soccer League returns mid-February, no-one else has played either so we remain 1st - which is where we sit in the Champions League. Very pleased! Our FA Cup first round opponents are now known, we'll face fellow PSL side Maritzburg United; we have actually signed a player from them in the January market, which can be seen below.

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One thing to share.

A: Transfers! Our one and only new signing was Siphesihle Ndlovu, who has been one of the players of the season so far with Maritzburg and is just 22 years old. Loads of players departed, eight men to be precise - all were just squad players who kicked up a fuss to leave:
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Despite the rough end to last season, it was still a very promising campaign. Hopefully you can build on it!
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Times are looking bleak man! Need a run of form

All but done with only two games left. Looking forward to getting out!
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Kind Champions League group indeed. As tongey mentioned, nice to see Pereira playing - I like the guy in real life, deserves more minutes from Mourinho.
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It begins. Best of luck!
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August 2018 Round-up:

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Back to normality. August sees the return of regular competitive action, with four vital Segunda División fixtures with Uruguay's Sud América. Our last league match went very well, beating Villa Española thanks to a brace from Diego Forlán - who then mysteriously got injured days later. That was rough, but I still had belief in my other new signings. Anyway, here's how August went:
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Game 1: Oriental (URU) vs. Sud América (URU) (Segunda División)

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Thoughts: Best possible start! Huge three points over relegation rivals Oriental, Alexis Rodríguez converting two penalties; some fortune for us, at last.

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Game 2: Sud América (URU) vs. Deportivo Maldonado (URU) (Segunda División)

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Thoughts: Ah. Good work immediately undone, critical defeat to our other competitor in avoiding the drop.

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Game 3: Juventud (URU) vs. Sud América (URU) (Segunda División)

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Thoughts: Job search all but scheduled, an expected defeat to promotion chasing Juventud despite, as you can see, us dominating them. One of them games.

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Game 4: Sud América (URU) vs. Villa Teresa (URU) (Segunda División)

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Thoughts: Forlán got his first goal back from injury to put us ahead, but it was meaningless as we subsequently lost all three points; despite facing ten men for forty-five minutes, a red card you genuinely wouldn't have noticed if it didn't show it to you - nothing changed at all.

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Recap: Relegation is a certainty now. We aren't officially down according to the game but it's all but done with just two fixtures remaining. Off field it has been dreadful too, as shown below.

A true miracle is needed if we are to survive.

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Two things to share.

A: Squad dynamics continue to be silly. After that Oriental victory (which equaled two straight wins for the first time under me), the players set three (!) meetings to discuss poor performance in the days that followed. Yet, in this current three match losing streak - not a word from them...

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B: While with the board, it was somewhat roles reversed. I mentioned last time about job security, well that actually improved prior to the Oriental match. They, rightly, stayed quiet around the Oriental but have since pipped up in the aforementioned losing run. A board meeting was scheduled, ending with me having to promise 11pts from the next 5 games - that's despite only having two games left. I'm likely to fail their target anyway.
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C: We've had board elections, with Victoriano Almeida replacing Vicente Celio as president. Almeida immediately states the new board will only judge me from when they took over, which was after the Villa Teresa fixture. Yet, my past promise with the old president is still active according to the game and the board confidence is identical. Gotta love that. At least he didn't sack me, I guess.
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Cool little save you've got, always nice to beat a former team in a final!
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Compared to the other, this one goes from aft. Keep going

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December 2018 Round-up:

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We had a bumper set of fixtures for December 2018, five Premier Soccer League fixtures were scheduled alongside one CAF Champions League match which was likely to be extended to two more due to our nine-goal lead in our CAF CL tie with Benin club Tonnerre.
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Game 1: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Highlands Park (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 2: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Tonnerre (BEN) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 3: Black Leopards (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 4: SuperSport United (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 5: Ittihad Tanger (MAR) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 6: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Kaizer Chiefs (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 7: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Ittihad Tanger (MAR) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 8: AmaZulu (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Top of the league and through in the Champions League. I can't ask for more than that! A really enjoyable month of football with Orlando Pirates. That's despite December actually starting poor, as we drew with mid-table Highlands Park; they were 0-2 up so we done well to take a point. We completed our demolition of Beninese team Tonnerre by beating them 9-0 again, even with our complete reserve team we didn't suffer any trouble whatsoever; a resounding 18-0 aggregate win. That set up a tie in the following round against Morocco's Ittihad Tanger.

Before we faced the Moroccans, we had two massive Premier Soccer League encounters over Black Leopards and SuperSport United; both on the road. We passed both tests with flying colours, winning 0-1 and 0-2 respectively; Xola Mlambo coming up with two goals, he was frozen out by myself at the start of the season as I wasn't convinced by him but has knuckled down and, after getting his chance recently, become a key member of my first eleven - fair play to that man! After the PSL win double, we prepared for Ittihad Tanger in the first leg of the first round of the Champions League. We returned home from the Stade Ibn Batouta with a convincing 0-3 victory, Thamsanqa Gabuza coming up big with a brace. Great win.

Days later came the big Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs, one that ended in a 1-1 draw which felt disappointing at the time but looking back it was probably a good point. Then arrived the second leg in continental competition versus Ittihad Tanger. I rested my squad like last time out, which showed as we somewhat laboured to a low-scoring tie. I wasn't fussed though, progression was all I wanted. I believe that means we are through to the group stages, which are apparently set for January? Not heard anything yet, though. December ended in the best possible way: we beat AmaZulu away from home to go top of the PSL table, thanks to other results. I think it's the first time we've been top.

It's our goal to keep ourselves in first place. It is now the 'winter break', no PSL games set until February 2019; though my next post may be sooner depending on the aforementioned Champions League situation. Looking good!

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One thing to share.

A: We are currently on a twelve match undefeated streak, which is apparently a new record for Orlando Pirates:
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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

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Good start, even if the month ended a little disappointingly. Nice way of showing the first two matches btw, works if you have any notable matches.
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Shame about Forlan' injury so soon after scoring two on his debut too! A good month tho, hopefully that'll up hold now.

Must do as our next two games are huge, both Oriental and Maldonado are directly above us in the average points table. Nervy times!
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