Welcome home is painted on the edges of a large banner that as Racing Club de Avellaneda’s club badge on it to welcome the arrival of Racing’s new manager Diego Milito. This will be the former Racing Club’s forwards first shot at management and a large crowd of journalists have assembled at the club’s press conference to hear what the 38 year old Milito has to say. “Diego this must be a proud moment for you”? A nervous looking Milito takes a sip of water before answering, “yes I can’t express how pleased I am to have been given the chance at a club which has played a big part in my life and that is close to my heart, first of all I would like to thank the supporters of the club for welcoming me home and I would like nothing more to be able to bring some silverware to the club in return for this warm welcome, but first we have to build a solid foundation that will allow us to be competitive for years to come”.
Racing Club de Avellaneda or simply Racing Club are an Argentinian football club based in Avellaneda which is part of Greater Buenos Aires and will be a main feature of this blog for the duration of FM18. Racing play their home games in the Estadio Juan Domingo Peron also known has El Cilindro which as a capacity of 55,389 and is well known for its fantastic atmosphere and tika tape reception. The clubs nickname is La Academia (The Academy). Racing are one of the big five (Cinco Grandes) teams in Argentina along with Boca Juniors, River Plate, Independiente and San Lorenzo. They have won the Primera Division title 17 times and the Copa Libertadores on 1 occasion (South American equivalent to the Champions League).
Welcome to my latest post looking back at my Botafogo save. If you have read my earlier posts you will know that we managed to pull off a domestic double by winning the Brazilian Cup and then the League title. So to the latest season and the board have raised their expectations, they want us to win both the state championship and Brasiliero and reach the Semi Finals of both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Brasil. Now that’s a considerable hike in expectations especially the Copa Libertadores however I had every confidence in the squad that I had at my disposal with just 2 players leaving the club during the break, Bruno Silva went to Fenerbahce and Airton joined Santos. I brought 2 players in on loan as cover both Leandro (AM) and Luis Henrique (CF) both with options to buy but I did not excersise that clause with both players playing very little as the season panned out.
Welcome to my second post about Botafogo, has you can see from the title Botafogo went on to win a fantastic double in my first season in charge which I did not expect but as the season went on we gained momentum and started to believe we were title candidates. We kicked the Campeonato Brasiliero off with a fantastic 2-0 win away at our Rio based rivals Fluminense with goals from Sassa, and Luis Ricardo in a game which we certainly hit the ground running. Our next game was a mouth-watering home clash with São Paulo which we trailed 0-2 at half time which was a fair reflection on the first period. I changed things around a little at the break including the formation reverting to a 3412 which sempt to work from the restart with us putting our guests on the back foot which we got our reward for courtesy of a brace from Walter Montillo an half time substitute playing has an Attacking Midfielder behind our front two, Montillo’s goals earned us a point and a 2-2 draw against one of the fancied sides at the start of the season.
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas or you may know them as Botafogo FC, a Brazilian football club based in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I have spent a lot of time this last FM release watching footage of Botafogo from years gone by none less so from their golden age of the 1960’s which saw the club having 5 players which was the backbone to Brazils’ 1962 World Cup winning squad, they were Nilton Santos (the worlds first wing back), Didi, Mario Zagallo, Amarildo and last but not least the remarkable Garrincha who was born with 2 bowed legs in fact one was shorter than the other but this didn’t stop him becoming one of the greatest players of all time. But it was not just these 5 that caught my eye there are many more Jairzinho, Quarentinha, Carvalho Leite, Helenio De Freitas and Gerson to name a few. Now it’s 2022 and we are….. hang on a minute I have not told you about the previous years have I ?
Welcome to my season two round up with Wolves. If you read my season one round up you will know that we won promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship, and if you are wondering about the title of this post, well you will have to read on. The board wanted us to avoid relegation from the Premier League and gave me a transfer budget of £9m in the summer and then £17m in December ready for the winter transfer window. I agreed to the avoid relegation option even though in my mind I never thought that we would be involved in a battle at the wrong end of the table come the end of the season but I don’t see no point in putting pressure on yourself in your first season back in the big time.
Welcome to Molineux the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, I am on a 17 day holiday from work so I have loaded the laptop up with FM and headed South for a coastal relaxation with a trip to Amsterdam in between to watch Ajax against Groningen. Now I never really thought that I would write anything about this save but whilst I have got in to it I am enjoying it and thought that I would write a few lines about it whilst keeping it nice and brief so here it is. The database I am using is from sortitoutsi with all the latest transfers included.