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Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer

The journey of minnows Oriental Lisbon.
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Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-05-03 20:57
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013

Clube Oriental de Lisboa

Who are Clube Oriental de Lisboa? Well, the thing is, you probably don't know - and I doubt many others would, too. Languishing in the backwaters of Portuguese football in the National Championship - G, the club is pretty much unheard of outside of it's hometown Lisbon.

Oriental, as they are more commonly known as, are of semi-professional status and have a local reputation. They play their home games at the Campo Engenheiro Carlos Salema which can hold around 8,500 spectators.

Vitor Paulo Martins de Souza

Vitor Martins, as he is more commonly known as, is an aspiring, 36-year old manager who spent the majority of his playing days in the lower reaches of Portugal's football league. After attaining his UEFA Continental Pro License he set about becoming a name known to the rest of the footballing world. Tactically astute, mentally sharp - he may not be a household name now, but he will be in a few years time.

Goals And Targets

Here is a list of goals and targets I have set myself for the save.

    On The Field

  • Win Promotion from the National Championship - G
  • Win Championship Playoff
  • Win Promotion from the Second League
  • Consolidate Primera Liga position
  • Reach The Final of the League Cup
  • Reach The Final of the Taça de Portugal
  • Qualify for the Europa League
  • Qualify For The Champions League
  • Win the League Cup
  • Win the Taça de Portugal
  • Win The Primeira Liga
  • Win The Europa League
  • Win The Champions League
  • Become Manager of Portugal

  • Off The Field

  • Make Oriental Professional
  • Do this with a maximum of four foreigners on the pitch (subject to change)
  • Captain must be Portuguese
  • Currently: Hugo Grilo
  • Build State of the Art Youth/Training Facilities
  • Stadium of 60k capacity Currently: 8.5k
  • Produce the next big thing in Portuguese football
  • Become the greatest team in Lisbon

Index & Credits

OUT OF CHARACTER: Credit to Pauker, we wouldn't be hear without him as he helped me get that golden 75% off voucher and also to Nick for making a modernised banner for the story. Enjoy!
This post was edited by Walter (2014-07-15 07:57, 4 years ago)
Jer's avatar Group Jer 2014-05-03 20:59
yt 3609 posts 558 likes joined Dec 16, 2012
kthxbai. Predicted to finish 1st.. obvs you'll win!
LFC's avatar LFC 2014-05-03 20:59
00 1504 posts 125 likes joined Jul 19, 2013
So excited for this, hopefully it will be even better than the last one! Good luck!
Josh_MU's avatar Group Josh_MU 2014-05-03 21:06
gb 2147 posts 250 likes joined Dec 08, 2013
:o A Walter story?! We are in for a treat! Good luck man! :)
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TVDLC123's avatar TVDLC123 2014-05-03 21:08
00 604 posts 59 likes joined Jul 27, 2013
Good luck, I am looking forward to this story, to see how Syrup fares in Lisbon (if its anywhere near as good as last time, he wont have any problems) :P
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Justice's avatar Group Justice 2014-05-03 21:10
00 5504 posts 684 likes joined Feb 11, 2013
Good luck, I'm excited about this! :)
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-05-03 21:13
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013
Pauker it won't be that easy ;)

LFC Thank you

Josh Thanks :)

TV It aint Syrup anymore!! :)) And thank you too

Justice Thanks Justice
Jamesg237's avatar Group Jamesg237 2014-05-03 21:42
00 2267 posts 224 likes joined Aug 07, 2012
Good luck. An interesting choice of club that I have never heard of.
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-05-03 21:58
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013

The Real Thing

I sat on my chair on the balcony overlooking the crystal clear water of the sea, a slight breeze brushing against me. It wasn't too hot yet it wasn't too cold either, it was a perfect place to take a break.

The sound of waves crashing against the shoreline was relaxing and the white exterior of the hotel made this break all the more better. Sometimes, it is best to take a rest - football can be tough work. I was only a youth coach - yes, but if you are in my business, you'll know what I mean.

It wasn't that I didn't love football, it was that sometimes that love for it took all your energy away, this was just how you recuperated. Despite being a youth team coach for my hometown team Vitoria Setubal.. I sometimes took this opportunity to get a little Football Manager under my belt.

I remember my last holiday FM save, a successful one with Oriental Lisbon. I didn't go all the way, something I deeply regret, but it was a save I enjoyed thoroughly.

Suddenly, the door clicked open and then shut again. It was my friend, Paulo. "Hey Vitor," he said. "I just went to do some swimming, the water is beautiful." Paulo had a big grin on his face, he was always like that.

"I will come down later," I started, "But this book is really interesting." I heard my phone ring but I didn't recognise the number. I answered, anyway, and listened. It was a man on the other end.

"Hello, is this Vitor Martins?," the man quizzed. I told him it was, and he was quick and precise in what he said, but he did say made me speachless.

"Hi Mr. Martins, I'm Jose Nabais and I am the chairman of Oriental Lisbon - a little football club in the National Championship - G. You may or may not have heard of them... but the point is I've heard great things of you and was wondering if you'd come down for an interview tomorrow at 12:30?"

I was gobsmacked, Paulo looked at me trying to get something out of me. "Yes, that is fine. I will be there. May I ask what job you are actually offering me?"

"Vitor - I want you to be the manager of my team!" he exclaimed before laughing and saying good bye. I wasn't laughing however, I was in shock.

"What?!" Paulo asked.

"I just got offered the manager's job at Oriental Lisbon..." I explained, the whole scenario seeming almost unreal.

"Oh my goodness! This is great!! Just remember, it isn't any football manager game," he winked.

"Oh I know," I started. "This is the real thing."
Jer's avatar Group Jer 2014-05-03 22:12
yt 3609 posts 558 likes joined Dec 16, 2012
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-05-04 00:16
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013
Jamesg Hopefully you will know them all too well by the end.

Pauker :))
Neal's avatar Group Neal 2014-05-04 03:52
us 3404 posts 401 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
And so it begins. I hope this will be as successful as your first Oriental story!
CarlosV96's avatar Group CarlosV96 2014-05-04 03:53
ca 174 posts 7 likes joined Jul 24, 2013
Dear god your original Oriental story pulled my heartstrings, here's why:
- My grandfather played for Oriental in the 50s.
- He recently passed away.
- I didn't even know FM had the Portuguese third tier. I immediately went and downloaded FM after reading your last Oriental journey in all of its glory.
- The story is so. damn. good.

Cheers mate. I know you'll do great things with Oriental!

I'm about to launch my own Portuguese third tier challenge :)
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Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-05-04 04:35
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013
Nealao Mate I want it to be even better! Thanks for the comment.

CarlosV Wow, I never knew that, that's amazing! :O Thanks for the great comment and I'll be sure to follow your journey in the Portuguese third tier as well!
edu1878's avatar Group edu1878 2014-05-04 07:00
au 576 posts 85 likes joined Sep 23, 2011
Where have I seen this before?

You are reading "Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer".

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