Worldwide Mystery Tour: Chungju Hummel – 2013 Pre-Season

November 8, 2012 Posted by TheZiggy

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In my last post, we finished the 2012 season, in 4th position, and were defeated in the semi final of the playoffs. The significance of that semi final was unknown at the time, but it stopped us gaining promotion to the K-League, something I didn’t know was in operation.

My aim for the new season is to again be in the playoff positions, a spot six spot, and then reach the final of the playoffs, which I believe will seal promotion. After last season, the board are quite rightly expecting that we will make the playoffs again. It is not worth chosing a higher expectation, as this gives me plenty of scope to improve the team, without adding undue pressure. (more…)

Worldwide Mystery Tour: Chungju Hummel – 2012 To End Of Season

November 5, 2012 Posted by TheZiggy

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As you will remember, I started my world tour by heading to South Korea, to manage Chungju Hummel in the N-League, the second tier of their system. On my arrival the team sat 9th in the table, out of 14 teams. My task from the board was to make sure we finished mid-table, but I had ambitious plans of my own to add more quality to the team, and push for a playoff spot in the top 6. One of the toughest aspects of this league, are the yellow card rules, which are a 1 match ban after 3, and another ban for each additional pair. However, the substitutes bench allows for 9 players, which I have enjoyed, as it allows for a lot of options; although only 3 can be used in a match.

The new players arrived over the course of the first couple of matches, but seemed to almost instantly begin performing. My only problem player wise was one of the midfielders already at the team, Kim Min, who wanted to leave, just a couple of days before the end of the transfer window, but I managed to stall any offers coming in, and promised him that he could leave at the end of the season. Although he wasn’t totally happy about this, I couldn’t afford to let someone of his quality go at this point, but he soon got his head down. (more…)

Worldwide Mystery Tour: The Journey Begins (July 2012)

November 3, 2012 Posted by TheZiggy

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For the purposes of this story, I will be taking on the alias of Ziggy Stardust. This is not just a nod in the direction of my love for early David Bowie music; some years back I used to own a cockatiel who was named after the Bowie alter-ego, and has since stuck as an internet nickname. Now to get the show on the road.

It’s a hot July day in 2012, just turned 43, an ex-Sunday League player, of moderate ability. My only real asset as a player is a very strong right foot, with which I scored a couple of spectacular goals from midfield, but all too often the ball would spin away harmlessly into the stands or even beyond. After a number of knee problems, it is time to hang the boots up, and seek other adventures. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, but I made a momentous decision, to go into football management. Lacking the reputation and standing within the English Football system the sensible option is pack up house and home, and travel the world, attempting to build a reputation worth speaking of. (more…)

June 2019: Champions League Finale – The Story Ends

November 2, 2012 Posted by TheZiggy

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As I was hoping, the final post of the Torquay story sees us playing one last game, that being a rematch between the Champions League Finalists of last season. We will face Olympique de Marseille again, this time the final being played at the snappily named, Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Türk Telekom Arena.

In the previous post, we had completed the domestic season, with another victory in the FA Cup Final, and rounding off the league season with yet more victories, displaying our dominance on the domestic arena. After the match report, the season summary of how the players performed will be shown. (more…)

May 2019: Completing The Domestic Season In Style

October 30, 2012 Posted by TheZiggy

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Sorry it’s taken a while for this update, but I’ve been busy with work, and also rather immersed in doing some tests with Football Manager 13 Beta. We begin May sitting 15 points clear of Man City in 2nd place, having already secured the Premier League title for the 4th season in a row. This will allow us to concentrate on the Champions League and also the FA Cup Final.

We are scheduled for 6 matches, in which we will travel to Germany, to take on FC Bayern in the 2nd leg of our Champions League Semi Final, and also take on Bolton in the FA Cup Final. We also have 4 league matches, which comprise a trip to Wigan, the other 3 being home games against Portsmouth, Hull and to finish the domestic season Chelsea. If we beat Bayern in the Champions League, the Final is due to be played in June, so should we make it there, that will be presented a special story ending post. 
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April 2019: Completing The Premier League Title Stroll

October 19, 2012 Posted by TheZiggy

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At the start of the month we sit at the top of the league with a huge 15 point margin over Man City, with Arsenal a point further behind. With the just 8 matches left, we are all but certain to retain the title this month.

This month we have 7 matches scheduled, with us facing Dortmund in both legs of our Champions League Quarter Final. We also have another trip to Wembley where we will take on Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi Final. The other matches are in the league, with us facing Newcastle and Liverpool at home, and trips to take on Man City and Norwich. There are certainly some tricky matches, and I’m sure the lads will be looking to avenge the defeat we suffered in December at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.
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