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Oct 30, 12 at 4:01am ^re: Career Mode Updates
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Wigan Shock the Kop
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Liverpool 0-3 Wigan
Premier League minnows, Wigan Athletic pulled off the shock of the weekend by taking all 3 points against Liverpool at Anfield, scoring 3 goals and keeping a clean sheet in the process. Goals from, Aruna Kone, Franco Di Santo and James McArthur ensured them of the win. The floodgates wer open for the visitors, with some woeful defending from Liverpool at times. Daniel Agger had a nightmare today and was at fault for Kone's goal, hitting a simple square pass short to Glen Johnson allowing the Wigan forward to get in and calmly finish to put Wigan into the lead. A weak clearance from Jack Robinson after a corner fell to the feet of Di Santo on the edge of the box who smashed the ball through a crowded 6 yard box into the bottom corner, to give Wigan a 2-0 lead at the break. A stern talking to by the manager would have been the order of the day at half time for Liverpool, and whatever he said seemed to have worked with the reds piling men forward. Ali Al Habsi was excellent in goal today and kept the reds at bay throughout the second half, twice denying, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard. Wigan hit on the counter though for the third and tied the 3 points up. Horrible day for D4N.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Al Habsi
"We wer all over the place in the first half. Defensively, i just couldn't comprehend some of the elementary style mistakes we made. I said what needed to be said at half time, but with us chasing the game we needed to press them high up the field, leaving us sparse at the back. There goal keeper was top draw today but it was us being adventurous to get back in it that cost us the third goal. We will be working hard again in training on Monday no doubt about it."
Europa League - Group Stage
Liverpool 2-0 Bordeaux....'Dani Pacheco, 'Shelvey
Liverpool's younger generation continued there 100% record in Group D tonight with a comprehensive victory over French side, Bordeaux. Jordan Henderson had the arm band for tonight's fixture and played a part in both goals. Henderson was in the 'Gerrard' role just behind the strikers, a role in which he flourished. The number 14 provided the defense splitting pass for Pacheco to open the scoring after 15 minutes. Liverpool made light work of their opponents in the first half and ended the first half in front with a far superior possession percentage to that of their opponents. The second goal came just shy of the hour mark after Suso crossed in a corner toward the far post, where Henderson was waiting. Unselfishly Henderson headed back towards the penalty spot where Shelvey scuffed an effort goal wards. The ball crept it's way in and Lucas was just in front of the line of the shot from Shelvey, there was a question of offside, or whether the goal was Shelvey's or Lucas' but replays show the latter was onside and didn't touch the ball. It finished 2-0 at Anfield.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Henderson
"We played some good progressive football tonight. This competition is a brilliant opportunity for the younger players, and with 3 games played with 3 wins, they are taking their chance well, and still top of the group of course. So we are on course to qualify for the next round."
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Fulham 2-2 Liverpool....'Sterling, 'Gaitan
Back in the Premier League now and despite a brilliant start to the league campaign, Liverpool have only managed 1 win in their last 5 Premier League games. The reds had a fantastic start to the season with consecutive wins against, Man United, Newcastle, Spurs and Chelsea. Defeat to Aston Villa and a win followed against Cardiff City but, draws against Norwich, Arsenal and Fulham today have meant that the reds have slipped down the table somewhat. D4N will see this game as 2 points dropped today as he saw his side surrender a two goal advantage. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring after 22 minutes with a brilliant individual effort. Just before the break Nico Gaitan doubled that lead after pouncing on a loose ball, just inside the area and the reds looked the real deal with a 2-0 lead at the break. Fulham sat back for the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half but rocked the reds in the last 5 minutes with 2 quick fire goals from Dimitar Berbatov. 2-2 it finished.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Agger
"It feels like we have lost the game today. The manor in which we threw away the lead was disappointing to say the least. I keep saying it time and again, we need to be alert for the entire game and we wer right up until the last stage of the game where it has ultimately cost us the 3 points."
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Oct 30, 12 at 4:10am ^re: Career Mode Updates
Ouch, 3-0 loss to Wigan at home....
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Oct 31, 12 at 1:37am ^re: Career Mode Updates
Lewandowski & Dzagoev
Summer recruits, Robert Lewandowski and Alan Dzagoev sat down with LFCTV today for the first time since joining the club. Here is a taster of what was said in the interview.
LFCTV: Both of you joined over the course of the summer, in very different situations, Alan, your transfer was a very long, drawn out process over the course of a few weeks. Whereas Robert, your transfer happened in a matter of hours, but how did you both react to the news at LFC wer interested in you?
Dzagoev: "I had learned of the interest 12 months prior to when Liverpool came back in for me. My agent explained in the previous summer that D4N had expressed an interest in signing me, but at the time the club refused and wanted to keep me. I was excited at the prospect at playing in the premier league, at such a big club like Liverpool and thankfully the manager returned for me, this summer and I'm here now."
Lewandowski: "It was a little different for me, on August 30th i was a Dortmund player, with no chance of a transfer anywhere, and i fully expected to be there for the duration. But on deadline day it all changed and i was at Liverpool. I had heard of Andy Carroll's move to Real Madrid but didn't really expect D4N to come in for me. It was a shock at first i have to admit but i am happy i'm here at one of the biggest clubs in Europe it's a dream come true."
LFCTV: How have you both settled in to life at Liverpool, and how are you finding the Premier League?
Dzagoev: "It's a very nice city and everyone has been most welcoming. My family have settled in quicker than i may have expected as well. I didn't expect the league to be as quick and physical as it is and in the first few games i did struggle at times. The Arsenal game gave me great confidence as i feel i played up to a good standard and hopefully that will continue."
Lewandowski: "Im still on the hunt for a home at the moment so my family are still in Germany as we didn't have any time to prepare, but the players and staff at Liverpool have made it easier for me. I've not really had the chance to go into the city yet because Ive been so busy but once I'm settled i will be doing that. As for the English league, it's very similar to the German league in the physical side of things but in the English league there are a lot more speedy players and technically very good players. It's a difficult league with very good players, but i want to test myself against players of that calibre so I'm enjoying it.".
LFCTV: Finally, where do you see the manager taking Liverpool this season?
Dzagoev: "We started well in the league, and we are unbeaten in Europe at the moment so we have laid down a marker in that respect, the manager has his own ideas and we all love training everyday. We know we are a good side and hopefully we can get back in amongst the hunt for silverware."
Lewandowski: "Yeah just to echo what Alan just said really, we know we are a good team and the main aim is to get back into Europe, but with the players we have here there is no reason we can't challenge at the top. Everyone saw what we can do in the first 5 games we just need to regain that form and prolong it."
Hopefully the new lads can make a big impact this season and the reds can push on in the league, only time will tell.
D4N Pondors Australia future
Liverpool and Australia head coach D4N is said to be considering his post as Australia's manager, Sky sources understand. The punishing schedule of balancing both jobs is said to be taking it's toll on D4N with transatlantic flights taking place each time Australia play. The highlight so far for D4N's career as an international manager, was the recent 2-1 win over Spain. It is thought that D4N still has an interest in International management, but would prefer to take over a European team as it would be easier to juggle the job with his Liverpool commitments.
This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.
Sterling and Robinson up for PFA young player of the year award
Liverpool youngsters, Raheem Sterling and Jack Robinson have been shortlisted for the Professional Footballers Assosiation (PFA) young player of the year award. Both Sterling and Robinson have turned the heads of their Liverpool boss, D4N and England manager, Roy Hodgson. They have both been included in the national team in two different squads but as of yet are still to earn there first caps. Both though, have seemed to have earned a place in the Liverpool team, with Robinson currently keeping Jose Enrique out the team and Sterling has taken David Villa's position.
Here is the shortlist for the PFA young player of the year:
1. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, (Arsenal)
2. Daniel Sturridge, (Chelsea)
3. Kyle Walker, (Tottenham Hotspur)
4. Danny Welbeck, (Manchester United)
5. Raheem Sterling, (Liverpool)
6. Jack Robinson, (Liverpool)
7. Adam Llana, (Southampton)
8. Danny Rose, (Sunderland)
Liverpool are the only club to have two players on the shortlist and manager, D4N spoke of his delight for the two players included.
"It's a fantastic achievement for the both of them. They are both very level headed and talented footballers. This accolade wont hurt there confidence, but i know both lads well and they are far from arrogant. In fact they still seem a little star struck in training with the likes of Gerrard, Suarez and Reina every day. But it proves they are on the right track, all they need to do is keep working hard for the team and they wont go far wrong."
The winner of the award will be announced in exactly one months time at Wembley where the ceremony for the PFA player of the year awards will take place.
Since taking over the post as Australia head coach in November last year D4N has taken charge of a total of 84 games for both Liverpool (where he was appointed in July 2011) and Australia, here we take a look at his record in all competitions.
So out of D4N's 84 games he has won, 52, lost, 23, and drawn 16. Scoring a total of 134 goals in the process.
Congratulations, Jack Robinson
Last night 19 year old Jack Robinson received the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Young Player of the year award. The Liverpool full back pipped the likes of, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, (Arsenal),
Daniel Sturridge, (Chelsea), Kyle Walker, (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Welbeck, (Manchester United),
Adam Llana, (Southampton), Danny Rose, (Sunderland) and fellow Liverpool youth star, Raheem Sterling for the gong. Robinson has firmly placed himself in D4N's starting 11 in recent times and has been a revelation towards the end of last season and has been a main stay in the team so far this term, keeping the likes of Jose Enrique out of the team.
"It's a brilliant night for Jack. When you think about it he only broke into the first team at the end of the season before i took over as manager, he's come a long way. He's a first team regular for us and certainly a star for England in the future. Not only that though, look at some of the players he's beat to the prize. He can take a lot of confidence from that as well." - Liverpool boss, D4N
Jack Robinson himself could not hide his surprise at getting the award and vowed to continue working as hard as possible.
"Im still in a state of shock to be honest with you. When i first heard i was on the shortlist it was an honour but i never thought i would have been stood here, having won the award. I thought the calibre of players on the list, 7 of them would be above me to win it but i'm over the moon and this is a fantastic achievement on a personal level but my main focus is on trying to keep my place in helping the team, so hopefully i can keep doing what i'm doing."
25. Pepe Reina - Since being bought to the club by Rafa Benitez from Villareal in 2005, Pepe Reina has been the 1st choice goal keeper ever since. He is widely regarded as one of the best goal keepers in the Premier League and is currently a main stay in the Liverpool team under D4N.
1. Brad Jones - Signed from Middlesbrough in August 2012 for £2,300,000, Brad has been in the shadow of Pepe Reina for large parts of his time at Liverpool. With opportunities limited. But since D4N's appointment in July 2011, the new manager has not been afraid to rotate the team including the goal keeper position, enabling more time for Brad to show what he can do. Jones is also part of D4N's Australia squad.
42. Peter Gulacsi - Since his deadline day arrival in the summer of 2008, the 22 year old Hungarian has been a reserve player for most of his time on Merseyside. D4N has given the young keeper a chance though and he has made 5 first team appearances since D4N's appointment, more than he as under any previous managers.
2. Glen Johnson - Liverpool and England first choice right back. The experienced defender also provides an attacking threat to opposing teams as Fulham found out last season when he scored two goals in the space of 5 minutes. D4N has always shown faith in our number 2.
3. Jose Enrique - The Spaniard was a recruit of the Kenny Daglish return, and was one of the first names on the team sheet until the emergence of local lad, Jack Robinson. In recent times he's struggled for opportunities as Robinson has made a real claim for his position.
5. Daniel Agger - Possibly one of Europe's if not the World's best centre halves, it is understandable why teams such as, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG have expressed an interest in Agger. He is currently part of the spine of the team, along with Martin Skrtel and can become the strongest central defensive partnerships in the league.
16. Sebastian Coates - The young defender won the 2010 Urgauyan young footballer of the year and has tremendous potential. D4N has said in the past that Coates and Wisdom are the future of Liverpool at the heart of defence and have proved a formidable partnership whilst playing together in each of the Europa League games this season.
34. Martin Kelly - Seen as the eventual successor to Glen Johnson's place in the team, the England Under 21 international is a very accomplished defender, and some have mentioned him in the same mould as Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, a versatile defender. Kelly gives D4N that added depth in the defensive roles.
37. Martin Skrtel - Or Martin 'hurt-all' as Liverpool fans call him, is an old fashioned battering ram of a defender. His intimidating frame and dominating presence strike fear into opposing forwards and is never 1 to shy away from a challenge. Along with Dan Agger a very solid defender for Liverpool Football Club.
38. John Flanagan - Another product of Liverpool's Kirby Academy, John Flanagan was offered the chance to gain some first team experience out on loan but refused to try his luck at Liverpool. That sums up John's whole attitude. He's a die hard red and is determined to play for this club, and the Europa League has gave him that chance this season.
47. Andre Wisdom - At 19 years of age and a product of the academy Wisdom is another home grown talent on the Liverpool books. He has a strong physical presence at such a young age, and is very good at commanding his defenders. A future Liverpool star no doubt.
49. Jack Robinson - One of Liverpool's shining lights this season. The 2013 PFA young player of the year has quickly established himself in the first team under D4N. He's approaching 20 years of age and can be very proud of his career so far, an England call up wont be too far away.
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Nov 3, 12 at 2:39pm ^re: Career Mode Updates
SS. LAZIO 2014-15
SEASON FINALE & REVIEW
2014-15 was a big season for Fabio Galletti. The media and fans alike were impressed by the side he had put together over just 3 years in charge, but with a net spend of €45m in his time at the club, it was time to pull out results. A 3rd placed finish in 2013-14 had brought Champions' League football for the first time since 2004, but still no trophies, the last being the Copa Nazionale in 2009.
With Lazio at risk of running at significant losses, the pressure was on Galletti to reap results, and prize money, or else lose his job. An impressive run to 2nd place in the Serie A, culminating in a dramatic last-day battle for the title with eventual winners Juventus, was a start, but two finals could make or break the season for the Italian manager.
INTER 1-2(aet) LAZIO
15:00, Sunday 19th May 2015
Lazio won their first trophy under Fabio Galletti with an extra time win over Inter.
In the end it took 120 minutes to separate these two sides. Lazio gripped the game early on and tried to dictate the tempo, taking the lead through Neymar after 25 minutes. After half time, Inter changed tactics and battled back to score a deserved 88th minute equaliser.
Extra time was a tense affair, neither side wishing to be left open, but in the end it took one crucial lapse from Inter's Alvaro Periera, playing Adryan onside to go through and win the game after 115 minutes.
For Inter, there was little solace to be taken from their 4th placed Serie A finish, and the defeat capped off a tough season for everyone at the club. For Lazio, it was a job half done, as a flight to the Imtech Arena in Germany awaited for the Champions' League final.
MANCHESTER CITY 2-3(aet) LAZIO
19:45, Saturday 25th May 2015
Michele Camporese's 120th minute header secured Lazio a shock win in the Champions' League final.
With City the surefire favourites before kick off, many questioned Galletti's decision to start Mauro Zarate ahead of top goalscorer Neymar up front.
Manchester City took the lead just before half time through Mario Balotelli, forcing the biancazzurri manager's hand into bringing on Neymar, who instantly changed the game with his 42nd goal of the season across all competitions, a record bested this season only by Lionel Messi (51) and Real Madrid's Luca Romanó (44).
The Brazilian had an unquestionable impact on the tide of the game and soon Lazio looked set to seal victory as Joao Moutinho calmly finished after Neymar's jinking run down the left flank. Despite the change in emphasis, City continued to look dangerous, and it was no surprise when they did snatch an equaliser, Balotelli once again the man responsible, chipping Marchetti after a Samir Nasri pass laid Lazio's defence bare.
Extra time was dramatic, end to end stuff as both sides threw everything they had into the game, to avoid the luck-of-the-draw penalty shootout which seemed so inevitable as Cristian Pasquato stepped in to take a 120th minute corner. The cross was bound for Joe Hart's near post and the England international goalkeeper set himself for an easy catch, surely thinking ahead to the penalty shootout.
Nobody picked up Michele Camporese's charging run onto the ball, connecting with a header at almost a full sprint. Nobody could believe it as the header flew into the goal, sealing an historic Champions' League win with just seconds remaining.
"Lana, look! He thinks he's people!"
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Nov 4, 12 at 11:27pm ^re: Career Mode Updates
D4N Steps down as Australia head coach
In the last hour, the Australian Football Federation has confirmed that Liverpool Manager, D4N has resigned as their national team's head coach. The news comes after just 10 games in charge of the socceroos, and just over 12 months in the job, recording 5 wins, 4 defeats and 1 draw under D4N. Following the breaking news LFCTV managed to get a word on the reasons for our manager's resignation.
"It's nothing against the team, the players or Australia as a nation for that matter, for me stepping down. What people tend to forget is i am the Manager of Liverpool Football Club and my commitment first and foremost is to Liverpool. The differences in time after consecutive transatlantic flights take it out of you physically. Australia have a terrific bunch of players who can achieve great things and i have to admit I've loved my brief experience as an International manager. This is not me giving up on international management, id love to get back into it at some stage, but maybe a European team next time. My main aim continues to be Liverpool though and we have a tough few games coming up with Swansea at home next."
Only time will tell whether or not D4N will resume international management at some point, but we can't take anything away from his commitment to Liverpool.
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Liverpool 2-1 Swansea....'Gaitan, 'Agger
The last time Liverpool wer here in the Premier League, they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic, but the reds wer back to winning ways in their famous old stadium today. Nico Gaitan opened up the scoring after just 4 minutes, ghosting in at the far post, being cleverly picked out by Raheem Sterling. The studs on his right boot guided the ball past the Vorm. Liverpool wer still in control in the second half despite, Danny Graham's equaliser on the stroke of half time, and it wasn't long before the pressure would tell. Luis Suarez, forced Vorm into making a save and from the subsequent Nuri Sahin corner, Daniel Agger leaped well and guided the ball into the far corner after the swans leave a post unmanned. It finished 2-1 at Anfield.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Johnson
"Glad of the win today, i think we pressed them well through out and deserved the three points. I think it is important to put your stamp on the game as early as possible and we did that today with the goal from Nico (Gaitan) after 4 minutes. I have to say though when they got one back just before the break we thought it was gonna be another one of those days, but we kept our cool and carried on with the task at hand, which i feel shows a lot of character from the lads."
Europa League - Group Stage
Vålerenga 0-1 Liverpool....'Suso
D4N continued his youth plan in the Europa League away at Vålerenga today and after 4 games now the young reds remain unbeaten with a 100% record in the competition. 19 year old, Spaniard, Suso the man with the single goal that separates the two sides. Jonjo Shelvey picked up a loose ball after Lucas retained possession. Suso was in a wide position on the right and Shelvey gave him the ball. The Spaniard came infield and managed to get a shot away through a sea of blue shirts into the bottom corner. Vålerenga stepped it up from then on and Liverpool had to defend their lead. The centre back pairing of Andre Wisdom and Sebastian Coates kept the home side at bay and the reds saw the game out to the final whistle. Another win in Europe for D4N's men.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Wisdom
"We are well on track to qualify now. I think a win and a draw or even a defeat would see us qualify as group winners, but we can't afford to get carried away. We've got 2 games left away at Bordeaux and FC Luzern at Anfield in the final game. We just need to maintain our form and ensure we finish top of the group."
Andre Wisdom was brilliant in the heart of the back four today, he has a long future ahead of him.
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Liverpool 2-2 Birmingham....'Suarez x2
It was an uncharacteristic display from the reds at Anfield today going 2 goals down before Luis Suarez grabbed a brace to earn Liverpool a point against a side in Birmingham City who had just regained its Premier League status. The reds looked slow in the opening stages and after just 2 minutes Peter Løvenkrands shocked the home crowd by putting the visitors into the lead. Half an hour later and the score was still 1-0, Liverpool got caught in possession high up the pitch and a quick counter from Birmingham eventually got them their second. Anfield silenced as their beloved reds wer trailing by 2 goals at home. The reds came out for the second half after a stern talking to from D4N and a brace from Suarez eventually earned Liverpool a point. Liverpool wer unable to find the winner though and D4N will be disappointed with his sides 1st half showing today.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Suarez
"Its games like these that really frustrate me. We looked slow at times in the first half, it looked as if they had just got out of bed. We shouldn't be chasing games at home, no matter who the competition is. Luckily Luis (Suarez) broke his duck and scored 2 to get us a point."
THIS IS MY LAST EVER UPDATE .... I DID THESE UPDATES AT WRK AND HAVE TODAY BEEN MADE REDUNDANT .... Its been a pleasure!!
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Nov 19, 12 at 8:48am ^re: Career Mode Updates
This thread is already dead and it's not even December, shame.
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Nov 20, 12 at 3:32am ^re: Career Mode Updates
I brushed up on the history of the club to appease the chairman before presenting to him my plea, highlighting the desire to surpass the success of the club during the 1980's and reiterating my eagerness to prove myself as I heralded myself as a perfectionist; of having the ability of devoting my time so passionately towards something, until I know everything about it, just like I can do with people and players. I can understand and read people, assessing them, identifying their strengths and weaknesses and using this to my advantage. I can take your average Joe footballer and motivate and inspire him into becoming a better player, and also take the cockiest, most arrogant individual realise he's no better than the rest of the players in his team.
The question was whether the impression I left was sizable compared to the others.
Several minutes passed as the tension became unbearable, not a single word was said between the men before Mr. Wycherley's secretary entered the room as she stood before the three men before informed:
'Daniel Erickson, come this way'...
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Nov 22, 12 at 7:28pm ^re: Career Mode Updates
League one new-boys Shrewsbury Town announce 34 year old Daniel Erickson will be appointed manager in preparation for the up and coming 2012/2012 season. Many fans and those alike questioned Shrewsbury's motives, branding it an 'insult to the ambitions of the club' appointing a manager of no previous professional managerial experience, with the name 'Daniel Erickson' being a first to nearly all. More shockingly however, was his appointment over club legend Graham Turner, who resigned last season due to health problems, expected to overcome the challenge of Erickson and Weir to be reappointed, but with Wycherley opting for youth and determination over experience, this was not the case..
At an interview at the Greenhous Meadows, Erickson released a statement to dismiss the fears of the supporters: 'Like you, I support football - I live and breathe football. I understand your concerns about my appointment, and I can relate; who wants a completely unknown manager taking charge during one of the clubs most promising times. But I don't want to hinder your ambitions, because mind stand higher. I will devote the whole of time and efforts into this opportunity, as I feel as passionate towards the team and their results as all of you.' and when questioned on his age, Erickson was quick to deter the skeptics: ' I know the young age concerns many of you - as the lack of experience, but I am passionate and hungry to deliver, and with new ideas comes new opportunity - I see that for all facets of the club, as I grow as a manager, the club will grow also. I am ready, and I will prove to all and deliver. But this won't just happen overnight; I aim high, but within reason, so I understand this won't be just a short term process, this will be a long term journey.'
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Nov 23, 12 at 6:27pm ^re: Career Mode Updates
It'd been a week since Erickson's arrival, as the team started training straight away with Erickson working tirelessly on developing relationships with players in groups and as individuals.The preseason friendly's coming-up stood as a pivotal factor in establishing the team before the start of the league season, as Erickson was handed the task of finishing mid-table by chairman,Wycherley. Erickson used this past week to assess the players abilities, as he attempts to improve the squad and utilize formations and tactics to develop the team.
As the team trained, Erickson used a small notepad to write ideas and notes on training, tactics, players and so forth as a source of information.
Chris Weale, 30 and Joe Anyon, 25
Experienced goalkeeper Weale firmly established first-choice keeper. Solid overall, with young Joe Anyon backing him up who isn't bad, with good reflexes, but will never meet my ambition. As Weale ages, Anoy is needed to be called upon more often - a possible replacement would be nice but not necessary.
The center of defense is capably occupied, with Hector standing out more so than the others as Welshman Darren Jones will compete with young Conor Goldson and Reuben Hazel for a starting position. Jermaine Grandison has impressive me immensely, showing great athleticism with his strength and speed - right back, can play centrally; Micah Richards esque.
Joe Jacobson is equally as good as Jermaine, possibly with a better touch and footballing mind. Concerns arise as to the cover - necessary for more depth,
The midfield and attacking minded players I've inherited took an important role in why I was so passionate about getting this role. There is an abundance of young talent with outstanding potential in the midfield and attacking areas. Key goal is obtaining trust to allow them to grow.
Centrally adequate, all 4 players who can play center midfield: Richards, Summerfield, Purdie Hall. All-round players, little difference in playing styles. Improvement and changes are required in this area in search of players who are either attacking or defensively minded as the 4 who currently occupy the position offer the same.
Ryan Taylor assessment: The most gifted and threatening player at the club who plays on the ring midfield/wing. - develop to play on the left, to cut in. Lionel Messi esque, who needs more confidence in front of goal. Needs to become more than a 1 dimensional threat on the right. Impressive skill. Aaron WIldig stands as his backup and fills in when Taylor is injured.
Mark Wright appears to be first choice starter on the left of midfield, as he boasts impressive speed and confidence on the ball. Ageing, the 30 year old is in need of capable backups, as Paul Parry is a sizable replacement from the bench, but not a long term success.
The attack I've acquired at Shrewbury are quite interchangeable in regards to who can start, offering a number of different options in attack. 6'4 Giant, Marvin Morgan towers over most in the league, A controversial character, holding up and distributing the ball is monstrous in the lower league as he is an imminent threat to any team. Tom Bradshaw is an alternate choice to monstrous Marvin, Tommy has received praise from critics, comparing him to Manchester United striker, Javi Hernandez and the comparisons aren't too far off, Work on his clinical finishing, as he often opts to pass or dribble than shoot.
Terry Cornell equates to a valuable squad player - a solid player in attack, quite average in all attributes but is able to pop up with a goal. Unfortunately will become a surplass to requirements once improvements are made to the attack.
As insight is being given as to the tactical approach Erickson will be basing him team upon, the new ideas being implemented epitomizes the innovation of Erickson, exciting the fans as he reverts from the 'classic 4-4-2' formation. The formation preferred by Erickson, is that of a 3-5-2 formation, as the team utilizes 3 zonal marking central backs, The use of 2 defensive midfielders will assist in defense, or can be altered as more centrally minded midfielders and will be key in starting attacks and setting the pace of the game. Most optimally used with 1 physically imposing player in assistance with a deeper lying midfielder creative midfielder for base support in defense and offense, A third centrally deployed player will be used as the attacking midfielder, whose role is primarily supporting the attack, being a key distributor of the ball, with options being presented for him by players whenever he has the ball. The wide players in the formation will be the left and ride sided midfielders. These players will create width for attacks and supporting the center back closest to him. These two players are able to attack, but pressure is always on them to not become a liability in defense, as the team can be susceptible to counter attacks if they are out of position. In attacking positions, they are responsible for providing crosses and creativity from the attacking flanks. This leaves the strikers primarily responsible for scoring goals. The partnership of Bradshaw and Morgan completes the 'big man, little man' duo, as Morgan bullies the opponents defense, using his power to create and score goals, with Bradshaw, the quick and agile player that uses his dribbling skills to create space for himself and others. Previously, Bradshaw was responsible for creating goals, but with persistence and training, the clinical striker could be the result.
The team's offensive play will be dependent on a pass-and-move style of football, with attacks starting rapidly, transitioning and supporting as a team. Short passes will be played between the defense and midfield, utilizing the 5 man midfield with play central to the central attacking midfielder and two supporting midfielders behind him. Once in a promising position, when in possession, the attacking or two defensive midfielders will look for the run on the flank, as diagonal balls will be played through for them to play it to the striker or cut in. In a situation when the attacking midfielder is beyond the midfielders and is in possession, the two strikers can position themselves for the 'one-two', receiving the balls and playing it back to the attacking midfielder or partnered striker and run off the defender, creating an opportunity for goal.
Is Erickson's hard work paying off?
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Nov 26, 12 at 8:22am ^re: Career Mode Updates
Everton - Career Mode Season 2
Season In Review 2013/14
Difficultly - Legendary
League Position: 4th
FA Cup: 1st Rd
League Cup: 3rd Rd
Europa League: Semi-final
GK: C. Gordon
RB: M. De Sciglio
CB: P. Jagielka (C)
CB: L. Caldirola
LB: L. Baines
RDM: D. Gibson
LDM: M. Fellaini
RAM: S. Coleman
CAM: K. Mirallas
LAM: M. Pjanic
CF: F. Torres
GK: B. Amos
CB: S. Distin
LB: L. Garbutt
CM: C. Adam
CM: J. McEachran
CAM: N. MacDonald
ST: B. Sigurdarson
In (Summer): F. Torres (CF, Chelsea, £18.5m), B. Amos (GK, Man Utd. £0.6m), C. Adam (CM, Stoke, £4.3m), B. Sigurdarson (ST, Wolves, £2.3m plus J. Mucha), J. McEachran (CM, Chelsea, £5m), N. MacDonald (CAM, free), S. Lewington (GK, Youth Team), F. Moncur (RM, Youth Team), M. Bell (LM, Youth Team)
In (January): C. Demspey (CM, Spurs, £8.5m)
Out (Summer). M. Kelly, J. Lundstram, B. McLaughlin (all loans), P. Neville, M. Springthorpe (contracts not renewed), J. Mucha (part exchange), Adrian (Juventus, £20m), A. Vellios (Blackburn (£1.8m), T. Hibbert (Blackburn, £0.9m), L. Osman (Aston Villa, £2.3m)
Out (January): None
Top Scorer: F. Torres (32 league goals, 37 in all competitions)
Season highs: Liverpool 1 Everton 4 (league), Everton 4 Napoli 2 (Europa League QF agg. score), Everton 5 West Ham 0 (league cup 1st rd), Everton 2 Chelsea 0 (league)
Season lows: Everton 0 Liverpool 3 (league), Stoke City 4 Everton 0 (FA Cup 1st Rd), Tottenham 6 Everton 1 (Europa League SF agg. score)
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Nov 27, 12 at 2:59am ^re: Career Mode Updates
L. Salomon Appointed for Gazelec
Following the absence of a manager at Ligue 2 side 'Gazelec Ajaccio', 26 year old Ludolf Salomon, previous boss at a Third-Division Norwegian team, SK Vard Haugesund has signed a two year contract with the French team. Shortly after his announced assignment, he was present at a press conference for his new club.
When asked his prospects and aims for the club, which pundits believe will likely end mid-table, he responded positively.
"I believe we can get promoted this season." He began. "Our players are capable of getting us to Ligue 1. Not only that, but I plan to get some youth in to the team and maybe some experience to boost our chance." The Cup was brought up shortly after, as in past years Ajaccio have done much better than expected silverware-wise. "At the moment it is hard to say-" the Norwegian began.
"My main aim at the moment, of course, is the League. I want my players to be fully fit, and that may mean playing weaker teams for Cup games. I still think we'll be able to go far." Salomon bade his farewells and left for his first training session shortly afterwards.
Transfer Rumors teased by Salomon
With the Transfer window opening and plans beginning for the new boss at Ajaccio, fans can't help but wonder what the Norwegian has in store during the market. Several rumors have been circulating around, including the unhappiness of forward Jean-Jaques Mandrichi, who is tipped to be up for sale. As one of the most influential players on the team, it is likely that if he does go, a new striker will be required as a replacement.
This replacement could be latest rumor Niklas Bärkroth. The Swedish frontman is currently warming the bench at IFK Göteborg, and has publicly expressed his wishes to play first-team, be it at Göteborg or elsewhere. At this time it is unknown if the club have connections with him, but it appears that Salomon is targeting the forward with experience in the Scandinavian leagues.
The weakest area of the field at Ajaccio is arguably the defense, the lack of a great left-back could significantly affect the season ahead, and it seems that Salomon realizes this, several defenders are thought to be under his eye. The most likely of these is perhaps Dutch Chelsea reserve, Nathan Ake. While his wages could prove to be quite high, his potential argues that he is worth it.
In other news, Salomon lead his team out on to the field today in a friendly against FSV Frankfurt where he took home an extensive win of 4-1. Nicolas Verdier brought home a hattrick with two exceptional diving headers and a finesse shot in the top right corner whilst reserve Yoan Benyahya was given a chance to play and delivered, giving Ajaccio their fourth goal. Bordeaux manager, Francis Gillot, told press in a recent conference that "Ludolf (Salomon) looks like a great manager. I met him recently and I can tell that he will be a successful manager, I wish him the best of luck."
Exceptional Game and New Signing
Ajaccio hosted EA Guingamp for their opening game this season after a moderately successful pre-season. Guingamp pulled ahead early in the game, which was no surprise to most, as they were tipped to win the league match. EA outplayed Ajaccio for most of the first half before new manager Salomon called out tactics for the last of the first 45 minutes.
Verdier grabbed a tap-in nearing the end of the first half, ending a consecutive forty minuets of bad play from the home side, yet the celebrations were short lived as seconds before the half-time whistle blew the opposition pulled ahead from a counter attack, the fans going straight from happiness to stress.
As the players were crammed in to the changing rooms they were most likely given an inspirational speech from Salomon as as soon as they began the second half, they looked like a different side. It was attack after attack for them continuously, yet they could just not get it in the back of the net, the opposition's Goalkeeper pulling off some astounding saves.
As all seemed lost, on 89 minutes, super-sub Yoan Benyahya equalized with a simple yet elegant strike, leaving fans and officials alike expecting the sides to grab 1 point apiece, yet Salomon kept them guessing, as in the third of four minuets in to extra time, Verdier grabbed the win with an exquisite volley prompting roaring cheers from the supporters as well as Ludolf Salomon who had taken his first win with the club.
That afternoon, Niklas Bärkroth, rumored striker buy for the club, was seen having a medical at the club. The following morning it was announced that he had been purchased and was now part of the club's starting eleven, taking the number-8 shirt. The fee was undisclosed, but believed to be less than £300,000.
Salomon announced that he plans to make Niklas' debut in the away game at Nimes Olympique in a few days time, where he hopes to grab his second win.
Great Start for Ajaccio
After winning his first three games, a press-conference was called for Ludolf Salomon and his squad. When asked why he thought how well his team had been doing so far, and how they would continue their form he answered quite calmly. "The reason we're playing so well is simple. We have great players in positions that will compliment their play-style doing things that will help us score and defend to our best abilities."
Salomon has led Ajaccio to snatch a 3-2 victory against Guingamp in the league as well as a away victory of 1-2 at Nimes. This was followed by a hugely successful win against Chateauroux where Gazelec, the underdogs, kept possession and ruled the game 2-5.
New signing N. Bärkroth appeared at the conference. After scoring 3 goals in 2 games, he has become somewhat of a fan favorite, appearing on supporters shirts everywhere. When questioned how he was finding life in France, he replied full of eagerness. "At first I was unsure about moving all the way from Sweden to France, but I knew that it would be really nice here. I'm feeling really positive about the season ahead and I'm hoping that I can help this club get to Ligue 1!"
Top scorer for the club, Nicolas Verdier has 4 goals in all compertition. After staying in the first eleven for the first three games, he believes he has established himself there, moving up from the bench last year. "Last season I was a substitute, and saw little action. If I continue at this rate, I'll be very happy. I am glad that Ludolf (Salomon) has decided to put me up there, without him, I don't think the club would be doing half as well."
The coming weeks excite the club's supporters, who believe that Salomon can lead them to finish high in the league, many going as far as promotion. To say the least, Gazelec, who were previously a candidate for relegation, certainly have much higher hopes.
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Nov 27, 12 at 7:50am ^re: Career Mode Updates
Transfer Window Closes as Ajaccio form continues
Salomon had reportedly been focusing on the transfer window the past few days as august drew to an end. After an overachieving start to the season, Salomon is predicting a high finish. Currently sitting at fifth, a point below third-place Dijon, this vision may become a reality if he can stack up some points in the coming matches. After it's first 2 league wins, Gazelec suffered two defeats on the trot, but reclaimed a top 5 spot in their fifth game.
Two days before the close of the window, Ajaccio marched on to their pitch to face Toulouse who were expected to deliver, and deliver well. Throughout the match little happened, the amount of on-target shots shared between the two sides amounted up to six, and ninety minutes passed without a single goal. Both keepers performed out of their skins, and stopped the opposition from grabbing the lead. As the game was delved in to extra-time, Salomon ordered his men to go on the counter attack. After a free-kick in their half, the ball was knocked up and scored a beauty. The game ended with Ajaccio the winners 1-0.
In an interview after the game, Alain Casanova, Toulouse manager, spoke his mind on Gazalec. "I felt we played well, and that we didn't lose because we played badly, but because they played well. I knew they were in good form, but I didn't expect that." When asked how they would do in the cup, he responded with his best wishes. "I think they could be the dark horse in the cup. I didn't expect them to beat us, but they were better than us today. I wish Salomon the best in his campaign and I hope he brings them success."
With all of Augusts games out of the way, the club began to direct their efforts on transfers for the following 48 hours. Over the last few weeks, captain Louis Poggi has expressed his unhappiness at the club. He told press that "I have nothing against anyone here at Ajaccio, it's just I want to move on for personal reasons." Poggi, arguably the best player on the team, privately requested a transfer on the day of the Toulouse game. Salomon accepted his plea, and the following day Poggi relocated to Roda JC for an undisclosed fee.
In need of a replacement for the captain, Salomon began the search for a new right-back- where Poggi was playing at the time of his captaincy. After being unable to find a suitable replacement, Salomon shifted center-back Bocognano to play in Poggi's position and signed free-agent Gabriel Achilier who he plans to replace as captain. "I am very happy to be working with Gabriel, he is an excellent player and will surely improve our team tenfold." Filippi, Achilier's new Center-back partner commented in an interview.
Mere hours before the window closed, Salomon made a quick deal, the third transfer that would take a place in his first team. Lacking a reliable center-mid, he looked to Birmingham City's youth Brice Ntambwe, who he assigned the middle of the pitch to. With the transfer window closed, Salomon announced that he had pulled off every signing he had wanted, and had spent his money, in his eyes, wisely, telling fans that Ajaccio still has a plentiful bank.
Christmas passes with Gazelec in the top spot
After 18 games, Salomon faces the transfer window in a completley different way to how he did several months ago in July. He has brought Gazelec to the number one spot after 15 games. The club currently holds an impressive 18 Goal DIfference, however, AS Monaco, who are third in the league, have pipped them with +21. Salomon has pulled through a win in fifteen of his games, losing only 2 and drawing once.
The squad were knocked out of the cup in an irregular bad game, which they dusted off and move on from. Salomon looked at their defeat in a positive light. "Now that we've been knocked out, we can fully focus on the league and promotion, as I've already said, that's my goal for this season. Cups can wait for next year."
With the transfer window opening after the new year, fans speculate how and if Salomon will improve the first eleven, as at the current time, the defence seems to be lacking. Star defender Ibrahim Rachidi, reaching the veteran age of 32, has announced that his homesickness is affecting him to the extent he would like a transfer in January. The defender's recent form has left him out of the starting team, so the decision was not too complicated for Salomon. Rachidi will most likely leave Gazelec in the winter transfer window.
Current right-back Amor Kehiha isn't delivering to the team's standards, and to most pundits and fans is known to be the weakest member of the first-team squad. He is perhaps the first player to be knocked off his perch this winter as Salomon begins his search.
Nathan Ake rumors persist, as it is believed Salomon still has his eye on the 17-year-old Dutchman. Ake, currently at Chelsea, is stuck in the reserves, not having played a single official game for his club and seemingly not in plans to play any for the remainder of the season, so he may be looking for an opportunity to play first-team for a team of lower-caliber.
In an interview on Boxing day, Salomon let out some of his plans and beliefs. "I think each and every player in Gaz has exceeded themselves so far. I am proud of all of them, and I think they have grown as players and people, and I hope I can help them become true Ligue 1 players and beyond." When asked about Nathan Ake, he confirmed his interest. "I was considering making an offer in the summer, but now that we're losing Ibrahim I'll definitely be signing a defender this winter- he could be that defender."
Salomon and the team were seen with ex-player Louis Poggi on new years eve, celebrating together a great season and greener pastures for Poggi, dispelling rumors that Poggi left through dislike of a club member. Homesick Rachidi also attended the dinner, but afterwards announced why he wanted to leave. "I am really missing home. I think as my career is drawing to a close, I'd like for me and my family to live properly. I respect Salomon and consider him as a friend, as well as the rest of the squad and backroom staff at Gaz. It'll be sad to see them go, but, in the long run, I' doing it for my family, that's what matters."
After a private party ending in the early hours of 2013, Salomon was seen returning home with a satisfied look on his face.
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Nov 27, 12 at 1:35pm ^re: Career Mode Updates
Salomon earns cash then spills
Three days in to January, Rachidi was seen in Dundee, rumors were sparked that he was trialing for a club there, but they faded away and it was assumed he was just on holiday. However, three days later, Dundee FC announced that they had successfully signed him for around £50,000. Salomon visited him the next day to give him his best wishes.
A week in to the window, a surprise transfer hit home. Bärkroth, an established first-teamer who had only been at Gazalec for half a season, received a barrage of offers. It seem an internet rumor that he was unhappy had manifested and now, the striker was being hunted by five clubs. Salomon announced that this rumor was not true after consulting Bärkroth. However, he received an offer for one million, which he accepted.
Bärkroth signed a contract with AC Arles, moving there two days later. He told Arles press that the move was a shock, but he was not displeased with Salomon's decisions. "He is a great manager and friend. He asked me and had a long discussing before accepting the offer, but I knew it would benefit both of us, so I agreed to move here." When Salomon was asked about the transfer, he seemed a little solemn. "I wanted to keep him, that's the truth. I had plans for him. It's just one million is nothing to just let fly-by idly. I knew I could get a host of players for one million that could do more for the club than just one."
The following match, coincidentally, was against AC Arles. The match was an exiting one, Ajaccio making attack after attack, in the end creating twenty-two on target shots, but only one was buried in the back of the net. Arles, who made five on target shots, scored two of them, Bärkroth taking home one of them, making it the second time that he had scored on a club debut this season. Salomon praised his performance after the game. "I'm glad he hasn't gone to waste. He is a magnificent player and I am glad he has chemistry with Arles. He can be their star." Salomon was seen speaking with the Swiss forward after the match at a local pub.
In the days after the game, rumors about Ake rekindled. A rumor also arrived that Ake's fellow Chelsea reserve, Lucas Piazon could be making a move to the club, but Piazon, in an interview, said that he had not heard anything about it. Two other strikers were rumored to be moving to Ajaccio, Lyon sub Yassine Benzia and Odense Boldklub frontman Rasmus Falk Jensen.
The next few days would bring in Yassine Benzia, the replacement for Bärkroth. He was interviewed after his first training session a day later. "I feel like I'd rather be playing here- in a rising club that'll be up there with the greats in a few seasons in the first team rather than an already established team on the bench. I want to be part of the club when it becomes great, I want to be part of it's history. I am sure if I stayed with Lyon I could have become a first-teamer after a couple of season, but coming here, I can be part of it's starting eleven the entire time- and who knows, Gaz could be the new Lyon in 2015."
Benzia's statement will be put to a test in the next round of Coupe Nationale for Ajaccio will be pitted against Lyon, and as they prepare for it, fans woes arise that a first-team center back is not present to replace Rachidi. Is Salomon still bidding for Ake, or is he looking elsewhere for the new full-back?
Salamanders tame the Lion
Fans have taken a liking to Salomon in recent times, and have began nicknaming the club 'the Salamanders'. They marched on to the field against Lyon as the massive underdog. Lyon ruled the match throughout the first sixty minuets before substitute M. Seymand chipped the keeper to equalize. Despite the game being level, Lyon were still expected to pull through in the end.
In the closing minutes, it looked as if extra time would be the answer, but in a astoundingly good 90+2 minute goal, Ntambwe skilled passed the last defender and drove the ball in to the top-right corner, making every single Gazelec fan leap out their seat and cheer as loud as they could. Ntambwe celebrated taking his club through to the round of 16 in one of the biggest wins for Ajaccio in recent years.
After a barrage of short-term injuries the next few games proved tough for Ajaccio. Perhaps the most important of the injuries was Nicolas Verdier, who so far this season has performed incredibly well. Early in the second half of the Lyon game he tore his hamstring and had to be taken off. He was given approximately a month and a half out of action.
Gazelec managed to steal a 3-2 win in the Coupe Nationale round of 16 against Stade Brest, taking them to the Quater finals where they are to face LOSC Lille, perhaps their most challenging opponent yet, and if they were to conquer them, they would have a real shot at taking home the cup, only clubs like OM and Toulouse, who the Salamanders have already beaten, standing in their way.
In the closing 48 hours Salomon kept his fans guessing, selling Laifa for around £80,000 and buying Raphael Guerrerio, a young left-back who may establish himself within the team in the coming months. Following Verdier's injury, Salomon picked up free transfer Josepmir Ballon to play in the center of the field. The board confirmed at 3 AM on the 1st of February that the last transfer made was Ballon and that no other changes were made.
Salamanders' declare most successful season in recent History
Ajaccio fans are extatic at the performance of Salomonder and his elite squad this season. "Ludolf has transformed the club completley." Says Gazelec president François Tagliaglioli. "He has taken what was a second division side that was in risk of relegation with mediocre players in to a club that looks like it will be successful in the coming years."
Not only has Ajaccio remained in top spot for the last few months, save a two-game bad patch in February where main rivals for the title, Auxerre, took the lead, but the red and blues also are aiming for a once far-fetched wish- taking home the Coupe Nacionale after what some consider one of the greatest matches of all time- a 5-6 win against OM in the semi-finals.
In the first forty five minutes, OM cleaned up, taking three goals for their own, a hat trick from Amalfitano. Salomon told an interviewer after the match that "We weren't playing badly- it's just they were playing exceptional, mainly Amalfitano. What a talent." OM's performance continued in to the second half, where they scored a fourth and earned a penalty through keeper Maury's mistake. They planted it, up 5 goals and almost confirmed a place in the final.
Idriss Saadi was no man to sit back and watch his club fall in one of their most successful campaigns and headed a ball in to the net from a cross. He was applauded for his efforts, but many thought the game was lost, some fans were seen leaving the stadium. Saadi fought on, taking a second goal at 70', single handedly slinking past three defenders and chipping the ball in.
They had a mountain to climb, 20 minutes to score three goals. Possible, but improbable. Benzia would be the man to deliver. Saadi, deservedly the man of the match would chip the ball to the ex-Lyon forward who would direct a powerful volley that would slam off the crossbar in to the back of the net. As injury time neared, Saadi managed to pull of a run that provided him a tap-in, giving him a hattrick and rekindling the club's hopes, the score 5-5.
With two minutes of stoppage remaining, the remaining fans roaring them on, yet they believed extra-time loomed, they would not expect what happened next. Benzia skilled passed the last man and hammered it towards the goal, the ball punched away by Mandanda, but the ball flew in to an Ajaccio man's control- Saadi. After keeping it in control he slid the ball to the left side of their goal before cheering in celebration.
Fan's of Ajaccio await the end of the season, hopes to take not one, but two trophies home. No matter how unlikely it seemed last June, it seems to be growing ever more realistic as weeks pass. Can Salomon beat Toulouse, the very same team he knocked out of the League cup at the start of the season, and perhaps more importantly, will he hold on to a promotion spot?
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Nov 28, 12 at 11:57am ^re: Career Mode Updates
'Unbelievably good' Season draws to an end
Gazelec Ajaccio fans will be absolutely ecstatic with the results over the last month, Starting with the final of the Coupe Nationale, where they face an uncertain Toulouse, a side they had already faced and defeated in a cup tie this season. Surely enough, the game was close, the decided an 80 minute goal from Verdier which brought the game to 1-2, crowning the Salamanders as champions, the "First of many trophies", according to center-mid Brice Ntambwe.
Not only that, but the team had suffered two losses in a row, knocking them in to second in the league which continued until their second last game. Despite being in first place in their last game, they required a win. Only one point ahead of Auxerre and two the better of Monaco, whos goal difference was greater than the Salamanders, they could drop two places in their last game. Either way they were confirmed promotion, but now, it was just a decider between who would take the title- Ajaccio, the leaders for most of the season, the favorites to win, Auxerre, the on-off top team who would have to beat Ajaccio to win, or Monaco, who could win the league on goal difference if the Ajaccio game was drawn.
Suspense grew as Auxerre entered the Gazelec pitch in the final game of the season, fans hoping to end their spectacular season with another cup in hand. In the end it was somewhat of an anti-climax, the game ending 2-1 with Ajaccio the best team for most of the game, Auxerre scoring their first and last shot. The players cheered and celebrate throughout the streets with fans, grasping the title of 'Ligue 2 Champions'.
That same afternoon, Salomon announced he plans to continue his job at Gazelec for the 2013-14 season, wanting to keep Ajaccio in the top division and build them prospects for the future. When asked what he would do after that season he replied with a vague answer. "At this time I am unsure if I'll continue in to the 14-15 season. I love this club already, and if I can continue helping it, I'd like to, but I cannot promise I will always serve it well., but will try my best, certainly. As all fans know, just because we're champions doesn't mean we are automatically saved from relegation next year.
When questioned about his team's performance this season, Mr. Salomon gave the answer expected by most. "They have been truly wonderful. People say they have overachieved and that they are just in good form. They hare wrong. Their temporary form has manifested in to class. Form doesn't last for a season. I'd like to thank every one of them, from first team defender to reserve goalkeeper. They all contributed, and all have claims to the trophy. I'm glad I could just tag along while they did the hard work. This season has been Unbelievably good."
Salomon reassures Salamander fans that new job won't affect priorities
Last night Salomon told Ajaccio fans that he had accepted a job to manage the international team of Finland, this brought mixed reactions as many fans believed it would disrupt his managerial priorities in the newly promoted team. "I assure you that Ajaccio will continue to be my main concern. Managing Finland will be much less regular, and I am sure I can handle both. I believe I owe it to the people of Scandinavia to do something like this."
END OF SEASON REPORT
N. Bärkroth £250,000 (Sold)
G. Achilier FREE
B. Ntambwe £175,000
Y. Benzia £675,000
R. Guerreiro £275,000
J. Ballon FREE
J. Mandrichi £190,000
L. Poggi £375,00
I. Rachidi £40,000
N. Bärkroth £1M
N. Laifa £100,000
Ligue 2 Table:
1-Gazelec Ajaccio (79)
2- AS Monaco (77)
3- AJ Auxerre (75)
4- FC Nantes (67)
5- AC Arles (66)
6- Le Mans FC(65)
7- Dijon FCO (64)
8- Le Havre (60)
9- SM Caen (58)
10- CS Sedan (56)
11- Angers SCO (51)
12- Nimes Olympique (47)
13- RC Lens (46)
14- Stade Lavallois (44)
15- Clermont Foot (42)
16- EA Guingamp (35)
17- LB Chateauroux (34)
18- Tours FC (32)
19- FC Istres (26)
20- Cham. Niortais (15)
1- Saadi (18) -Gazelec Ajaccio
2- Toure (16) -AS Monaco
3- Bourgeois (15) -AJ Auxerre
4- Diallo (14) -CS Sedan
1- Saadi (11) -Gazelec Ajaccio
2- Bourgeois (8) -AJ Auxerre
3- Barkorth (7) -AC Arles
4- Verdier (7) -Gazelec Ajaccio
Ajaccio Player of the Year:
"What a fantastic player. Most goals in the league, as well as most assists. He is only in on loan, and most expected him to not even play regularly for us- a team that was predicted to finish mid-table. I am disappointed that we cannot keep him for longer, because if we could he'd remain first team. I wish him the best of luck in his future." -Ludolf Salomon
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