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    FC Basel

    By The Bad Guy

    So I decided to start a new game managing Basel who were runners up in the Swiss Super League last season after previously winning the Swiss Super League for the previous eight seasons.  Last season was a sore one for FCB not winning any silverware at all and having to look on as Young Boys won the league and FC Zurich won the Swiss Cup.  Manager Raphael Wicky was sacked early on this season and replaced with Marcel Koller but that is real life and not relevant to this game. I decided to download a tactic from FM Scout (https://www.fmscout.com/c-fm19-tactics.html) that uses three defensive midfielders because that is the area of the park where Basel are strongest.  Yes, it's cheating but I don't have the time or patience to develop my own.   Basel do have a pretty strong squad with DMs obviously being the strongest area but I did still add to the squad with Marek Suchy (a centre half) and Ricky van Wolfswinkel moving to St. Etienne and PSV respectively Oliver Custodio, another defensive midfielder was brought in from rivals Luzern and Divock Origi from Liverpool on loan were the most significant signings although Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji and Ivorian Assane Gnoukouri (again another defensive midfielder) brought in on frees were also for the first team squad.  Pre-season went well and everything seemed to be set up nicely for the opening game which was at home against Champions Young Boys at St. Jakob Park.  However after only three minutes right winger Aldo Kalulu was red carded for a horrific challenge putting the Rotblau up against it from the get go.  Then to add insult to injury left winger Dimitri Oberlin decided to lunge at his opponent in the Basel penalty box in the 24th minute giving away a spot kick that was duly dispatched.  Divick Origi scored his debut goal in the 38th minute to give the home fans some hope and the half time score was 1-1. However Origi's goal was to be a false dawn as Sanogo scored the winner for Young Boys in the 49th with a good effort from range.  A disappointing start but it was to get better as since then FCB have been undefeated in all competitions (Swiss Super League, Swiss Cup and Champions League) and sit atop the Swiss League after knocking Lugano off the summit and have qualified for the group stage of the Champions League having defeated Sturm Graz, Spartak Moscow, and Ajax.  The group stage will be a good test after drawing Barcelona, Inter and PSV. This is how the Swiss League stands after the transfer window shut on the 1st September This blog will be updated as and when I can with my progress.  I will try and cater for all requests, screenshots, YouTube videos of highlights etc so if there is anything you want to see just ask.
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  • Paradox

    How To Become A Blogger for ThePars.Club

    By Paradox

    Becoming a blogger for the ThePars.Club is easy - we actively encourage ALL Pars fans to submit articles on any topic which they want to write about. However, we are also keen to protect the credibility of the forum, and so, before you can submit your first blog post, you will be required to have a secondary "Blogger" membership grouping applied to your profile. To do this, simply contact the Admin Team, telling us what you intend to blog about, and we can add the additional group to your existing profile. This does not give you any additional permissions, other than the ability to post blogs to the site. Blog posts are subject to the same rules as the rest of the forum.
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Season 2018-19; Episode eight: April and May recap

https://www.mixcloud.com/TN10Y/season-201819-episode-eight-april-and-may-recap/ Gary and Michael Wood look at Steve Clark's appointment as Scotland manager, Neil Lennon becoming Celtic manager, the lols that Dundee United continue to give us and why being a Pars fan is not rosy. Blog: https://Thatsnevertenyards.wordpress.com/
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DAFC_Mike

DAFC_Mike

 

Scotland v Kazakhstan preview

Gary and Michael Wood get excited about Scotland potentially qualifying for a major tournament. Blog: https://Thatsnevertenyards.wordpress.com/ Contact Us: TN10Yards@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TN10Y/
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DAFC_Mike

DAFC_Mike

 

Post winter break

After a successful winter break domestic business resumed at the start of February with a 2-0 win over bogey team Young Boys to reclaim top spot and that was followed up (after comfortably defeating Rapid Vienna in a friendly) with a good 3-0 win at Neuchatel before Grasshoppers beat us 1-0 at Letzigrund.  Taulant Xhaka was the hero as the first leg of the first knockout round of the Champions League against Liverpool ended with a 1-0 win over Liverpool.  There was to be no European hangover this time as the next game against Luzern saw the Rotblau emerge as 3-1 victors. Zurich were then dispatched 3 to 0 before the month ended with a 2-0 win against Thun in the Swiss Cup. Interesting happenings elsewhere though... March was a poor month results wise.  A 1-0 reversal away to Thun set the tone for the month before Liverpool convincingly overturned the first leg deficit with a 4-0 win at Anfield.  Despite defeating Lugano 1-0 Young Boys beating Thun 4-0 meant that they overtook us on goal difference.  The last match before the international break saw St. Gallen leave St. Jakob Park with a 1-0 victory so to increase morale in the squad I arranged some friendlies against small teams during the break which seems to have had a positive effect as bottom club Sion were then defeated 2-0 April began with me getting offered a new 2 year contract which I gladly accepted First match of April was away to Young Boys which was a must win if we had aspirations of winning the league and after going 1 down we raced into a 3-1 lead before Young Boys pulled one back making it a nervy finish but Basel held on for the win.  A comfortable home win over Neuchatel was next before Grasshoppers were destroyed in a 4-0 victory in which Basel were 1-0 up before Grasshoppers had even touched the ball. Basel then had a good 3-1 win at Luzern which was followed by defeating Grasshoppers 1-0 in the Swiss Cup semi final to set up a meeting with Young Boys in the final.  The final match of the month saw Zurich leave empty handed after losing 2-1 and Young Boy only drawing with Lugano opened up a 4 point gap at the top Basel began the month of May by beating Lugano 3-0   The replacement Dunfermline manager?  Be careful what you wish for...

The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy

 

October to December

October was a difficult month beginning with a 2-0 home defeat in the Champions League to Barcelona, then Young Boys inflicted our second league defeat of the season winning 1-0.  With confidence seemingly low I organised a few friendlies with local sides and feeder side Osaka to try and build some confidence.  The convincing friendly wins didn't carry on to the league however and Grasshoppers left St Jakob Park with a 3-1 victory in our next game.  A late PSV equaliser denied Basel their first Champions League group stage victory and that was followed up with an insipid 0-0 draw with Neuchatel Xamax.  A cup win over Schaffhausen saw the team back to winning ways.   November began with Zurich being the visitors to St. Jakob Park and the RotBlau defeated their rivals 2-1 before going to Eindhoven and putting in one of the best performances of the season defeating the Dutch team 5-0.    Inconsistency struck again in the next match losing 1-0 to Luzern courtesy of a goalkeeping howler from Jonas Omlin.  A trip to Lugano saw Basel leave with a 3-1 victory before drawing 1-1 with Inter which meant there would be European football at St.Jakob Park after Christmas but the last group matches would decide  which competition.  Assuming that Basel don't create any upset in the Nou Camp a draw in the Inter PSV game would put Basel in the First Knockout round of the Champions League.  PSV or Inter winning would send Basel into the Europa League.   December opened with a good 2-0 win at home to Thun and Grasshoppers surprise win at Young Boys sent Basel back to the top of the table having fell from the summit after the draw against Neuchatel then came a 2-1 win against Sion who have been disappointing in the league and the match led to Sion dismissing their manager ex Basel player Murat Yakin.  Then came the match at the Nou Camp.  A Lionel Messi free kick put the Catalans ahead but then centre half Eder Alvarez Balanta equalised to make the half time score 1-1 and in the second half Samuele Campo blasted in a great shot and after some great defensive work the game ended 2-1 to Basel making Inter's 6-1 thrashing of PSV irrelevant in terms of the Champions League for them. Once again there seemed to a hangover after playing a European match as St. Gallen took full advantage and won 2-1 and top spot was again relinquished just before the winter break but my transfer budget has just been bumped up to £35 million after only having £900,000 available to spend.  Next league game is against Young Boys who have won 2 out of two against FCB so far and is probably a must win... League table going into winter break Current form    

The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy

 

September 2018 Basel

The 4-2 win over Lugano to send Basel top was followed by a comprehensive 4-0 win away to Echallens in the Swiss Cup.  We then opened our Champions League campaign away to Inter who were 3-1 up at half time.  After a heads gone at half time from me unsettled striker Albian Ajeti (more about him soon) came off the bench to replace a strangely out of sorts Divock Origi.  Ajeti had been whining about not getting a game so I told him to prove himself.  He bagged himself two goals as Basel left the Giuseppe Meazza with a 3-3 draw.  It did stop the winning run but I couldn't be too unhappy.   A younger side defeated Thun 2-0 away with young centre half Ylber Lokaj netting his first senior goal.  With the games coming thick and fast the wins over Sion and St. Gallen were less impressive and we were thankful for Divock Origi who so far has scored 20 goals in 18 games which is the reason Albian Ajeti has been limited to appearances from the bench.  Got sick of him complaining so offered him out on a free transfer and he currently has nine offers but there are thirty five clubs interested so it might take a while to be resolved although he has made it clear he wants to go to Newcastle  

The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy

 

FC Basel

So I decided to start a new game managing Basel who were runners up in the Swiss Super League last season after previously winning the Swiss Super League for the previous eight seasons.  Last season was a sore one for FCB not winning any silverware at all and having to look on as Young Boys won the league and FC Zurich won the Swiss Cup.  Manager Raphael Wicky was sacked early on this season and replaced with Marcel Koller but that is real life and not relevant to this game. I decided to download a tactic from FM Scout (https://www.fmscout.com/c-fm19-tactics.html) that uses three defensive midfielders because that is the area of the park where Basel are strongest.  Yes, it's cheating but I don't have the time or patience to develop my own.   Basel do have a pretty strong squad with DMs obviously being the strongest area but I did still add to the squad with Marek Suchy (a centre half) and Ricky van Wolfswinkel moving to St. Etienne and PSV respectively Oliver Custodio, another defensive midfielder was brought in from rivals Luzern and Divock Origi from Liverpool on loan were the most significant signings although Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji and Ivorian Assane Gnoukouri (again another defensive midfielder) brought in on frees were also for the first team squad.  Pre-season went well and everything seemed to be set up nicely for the opening game which was at home against Champions Young Boys at St. Jakob Park.  However after only three minutes right winger Aldo Kalulu was red carded for a horrific challenge putting the Rotblau up against it from the get go.  Then to add insult to injury left winger Dimitri Oberlin decided to lunge at his opponent in the Basel penalty box in the 24th minute giving away a spot kick that was duly dispatched.  Divick Origi scored his debut goal in the 38th minute to give the home fans some hope and the half time score was 1-1. However Origi's goal was to be a false dawn as Sanogo scored the winner for Young Boys in the 49th with a good effort from range.  A disappointing start but it was to get better as since then FCB have been undefeated in all competitions (Swiss Super League, Swiss Cup and Champions League) and sit atop the Swiss League after knocking Lugano off the summit and have qualified for the group stage of the Champions League having defeated Sturm Graz, Spartak Moscow, and Ajax.  The group stage will be a good test after drawing Barcelona, Inter and PSV. This is how the Swiss League stands after the transfer window shut on the 1st September This blog will be updated as and when I can with my progress.  I will try and cater for all requests, screenshots, YouTube videos of highlights etc so if there is anything you want to see just ask.

The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy

 

Season 2018/19; Episode Two: August recap

Listen here:    Running Order: Defensive woes (01:00)
Formation tinkering (10:30)
Malauary Martin (17:10)
Robbie Muirhead (21:50)
League From (25:00)
Managerial Changes (37:30). Next planned episode: 22nd October. Blog: https://Thatsnevertenyards.wordpress.com/ Contact Us: TN10Yards@gmail.com
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DAFC_Mike

DAFC_Mike

 

Season 2018/19; Episode One: Championship Preview

Listen here:  Running order: Partick Thistle (00:55)
Ross County (05:30)
Dundee United (11:20)
Dunfermline Athletic (19:15)
Inverness Caledonian Thistle (27:20)
Queen of the South (32:30)
Greenock Morton (36:50)
Falkirk (42:35)
Ayr United (50:15)
Alloa Athletic (56:00)
Disparity between full and part time teams (59:45) Next planned episode: 22nd October. Blog: https://Thatsnevertenyards.wordpress.com/ Contact Us: TN10Yards@gmail.com
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