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The Nearly Men

A story of redemption
Started on 28 June 2019 by JT
Latest Reply on 8 September 2019 by TheLFCFan
 

So firstly this post does not signal the end of my Cracovia adventure as that is still going strong in my 7th season with a nice little victory in my first group game of the Champions League. This instead is a 2nd adventure to go alongside it.

What is this adventure? Well it is a story of redemption. A story as old as time itself. First we should understand the definition of the word

the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil
So how does all of this relate to Football Manager? Well for a select group of teams they got to the holy land of the Champions League final and almost became Champions of Europe for the first time. However, they all slipped at the final hurdle and never got their hands on the title. For these teams they blew their biggest moment, their chance to rule Europe and they have never got to right that wrong.

With a new addition this year to the list, it feels like the right time to try and take these former finalists one step further and lift the Champions League trophy for the first time and to right the wrongs they faced previously. So the clubs in question are

Atletico Madrid (1974, 2014,2016)
Reims (1956, 1959)
Valencia (2000, 2001)
Fiorentina (1957)
Eintracht Frankfurt (1960)
Partizan Belgrade (1966)
Panathinaikos (1971)
Leeds United (1975)
Saint Etienne (1976)
Borussia Gladbach (1977)
Club Brugge (1978)
Malmo FF (1979)
Roma (1984)
Sampdoria (1992)
Bayer Leverkusen (2002)
Monaco (2004)
Arsenal (2006)
Tottenham (2019)

So the aim of the save is to take as many of these teams to Champions League glory in what is essentially a Journeyman save. I can only manage clubs that are on this list but of course this list can change and adapt as the seasons role on. If the AI takes one of these clubs to glory they are exempt from the challenge but if a new club gets to the final for the first time and loses they are a newly eligible club.

The first question is where do i start?
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