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Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer

The journey of minnows Oriental Lisbon.
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Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-06-09 20:37
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013

Martins' Player Of The Season



Vitor Martins' PoTS:
We can all look back on this season and be extremely proud of ourselves. The whole team played thoroughly well and for many it was their first ever season of being a pro footballer - a huge step forward for them.

I know you the fans voted Hugo Grilo as your fan of the season, and I can confirm that I share your belief and have voted him as the club's Player of the Season!

Hugo has been captain since I first took the reins at this magical club and has worked wonders. His leadership qualities have been instrumental in keeping us on track and his defending has been pivotal in a host of games. He's even managed to snag a few goals of his own from set pieces.

All I can say is, Hugo has been a vital part of this Oriental team and I know the fans and the rest of the team would just like to congratulate him on this award and for his service to the club.

He's been a fantastic leader in these past two seasons, and we're looking forward to more from the center back's game as we head into another league season hopefully even better than the last. Hugo not only has been all of these things above - he still is!

Hugo and the lads are raring to go next season, and hopefully we can replicate last year's form, and maybe even go above and beyond that. Força Oriental!
This post was edited by Walter (2014-06-09 21:53, 4 years ago)
Josh_MU's avatar Group Josh_MU 2014-06-09 20:41
gb 2147 posts 250 likes joined Dec 08, 2013
He's been class for you this season! And congratulations on 300 replies! :-)
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pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue 2014-06-09 20:52
gb 2650 posts 297 likes joined Oct 08, 2013
Glad to see Grilo had such a great season!
Congrats on 300 replies, this has been a brilliant story so far and I can't wait for Season Three to get underway :D
Neal's avatar Group Neal 2014-06-09 21:19
us 3404 posts 401 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
An amazing season for you, finishing 5th off of the back of promotion is spectacular! I love this story, also Hugo Grilo LAD ;)
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-06-09 21:48
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013
Josh_MU Thanks Josh :D

Pompey He may not be in the limelight, but he was the star :D thanks mate!

Nealão Thanks buddy! Hugo... GRILOOO! :D
Jer's avatar Group Jer 2014-06-09 23:41
yt 3609 posts 558 likes joined Dec 16, 2012
So, one day is over and thank God I can comment again. Next year will be your year, right ;)? xD Fantastic updates
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-06-09 23:58
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013
2014-06-10 11:41#179439 Pauker : So, one day is over and thank God I can comment again. Next year will be your year, right ;)? xD Fantastic updates

Looool :)) Thanks mate!
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-06-10 09:42
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013

Will He Stay Or Will He Go?



Boavista and Fátima came calling towards the end of last season, but now, there was a new club in the look out for a new manager - Trofense. It seemed they wanted me to be their new manager after a highly disappointing end to the season.

Six straight losses was relegation form, and chairman Paulo Melro has obviously seen enough and the former manager was out. Their board was quick to choose who they wanted to go forward with - and that was me.

I was invited to an interview by the chairman, Melro, and he talked me through the same things as what the Boavista and Fátima. He talked to me about philosophies, wage budget, transfer budget and a whole range of other important things.

He was willing to give me the same wage budget as what I have here at Oriental, with a small transfer budget. The board didn't really have any philosophies they were dead set on but they seemed to prefer direct football.

The interview had only lasted half an hour, I hadn't given much detail to any answer and the whole time it felt like "just another job offer". Not that I get many, but Melro hadn't done anything to really impress me.

Still, Trofense had potential, a squad to work with and it was an interesting challenge. They were a more established side than my current one and I felt that there could definitely be a potential first division team in there.

The interview came to a close, and Melro asked me simply: "So, do you want it... the job?" I sat and thought for a second. My mind was made up, and I gave a two word answer only.
Josh_MU's avatar Group Josh_MU 2014-06-10 09:43
gb 2147 posts 250 likes joined Dec 08, 2013
Is the two word answer: "F**k you?"
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Bantams's avatar Group Bantams 2014-06-10 09:48
gb 234 posts 29 likes joined Dec 30, 2013
That cliffhanger though! :P

Hopefully it started with F and ended in off though, come to far with Oriental to leave them Walt!
No1VillaFan's avatar Group No1VillaFan 2014-06-10 12:06
00 3706 posts 280 likes joined Feb 20, 2013
i think you said yes please
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue 2014-06-10 20:38
gb 2650 posts 297 likes joined Oct 08, 2013
Very nice update and cliff hanger!
Surely there is no way your going to leave though :P
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-06-10 20:51
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013
Josh_MU loool Vitor Martins is a reserved man, I'm not sure he'd say that xD

Bantams I have gone very far with Oriental, but is it time for change? :/

Jason interesting :P

pompey You never know ;) Thanks.
Walter's avatar Group Walter 2014-06-10 20:53
pt 3321 posts 511 likes joined Apr 12, 2013

Rebuilding & Reshaping



I left you all with a (hopefully) dramatic cliffhanger last update. We've approached the new season and it's time to rebuild and get ready for it - but which club for? I can confirm, that those two words I said to Melro were: "No thanks." This means I'm gearing up for my third season at Oriental!!

For the first time in my career at the helm here, I was given a transfer budget! And to top it off, the wage budget I got was dramatically increased, meaning the chairman had given me the backing to go for a shot at finishing in the top half.



Transfers In


In order to better our season of last we needed to make the necessary transfer signings and get rid of deadwood that was filling our wage budget. We've been floating in the red for a while now but we've still just about got enough to get these deals through.

We actually got down to business very early, as I looked to tie up deals well before preseason to allow the acquisitions to settle in to the club and life of Portugal and also to integrate easily with their new teammates.

André Sousa - MC


André Sousa arrives from Moreirense on a free transfer. The 24 year old was part of the side relegated, but I still believe he's more than adequate for this league. His passing, dribbling and leadership were all factors in me buying him. Plus, he still has time to develop at his age.

Pedro Monteiro - ST


The second signing of the window was the purchase of youngster Pedro Monteiro, again on a free deal from lower league outfit Candal. Since he was on amateur terms, we easily snapped him up on a two year deal. Monteiro, despite being only 16, possesses a thoroughly professional personality and it won't be long before he becomes an even better player!

Lorenzo Finotti - DC


Italian centre back Lorenzo Finotti is another signing for the future. The 18 year old didn't cost a penny and his wages aren't too extreme, either. Finotti has the makings of a very solid centre back in the future. His strengths are definitely his height, strength and decision making, but he lacks the positioning and technique, as well as composure, to be the finished product just yet.

Francisco Ramos - DM


Signed from FCP B, Francisco Ramos is another quality transfer on our behalf. At only a mere 20 years of age, Francisco has a long way to go in the game, yet he already displays the attributes of a solid player already. His wages may be a tiny bit accessive for the role he will play, but I'm sure he can develop into a key player in the next season or two!

Iago - DM


Brazilian defensive midfielder Iago is a another fantastic capture for us as a club and a player that has all the makings to be a top quality investment for the club. Yet another transfer that took away nothing from our transfer budget, this could well prove to be quite the bargain. Iago possess many quality attributes, but his marking is a worry. If we can improve that, and build up a bit more muscle, he could well be one of our key men here at the club.

Abdellah Daouadji - AML


Abdellah Daouadji, our new Algerian winger/striker, was picked up on yet another free transfer and he looks the goods. He possesses great technical attributes for his tender age of 19. What I like best about him is his team work, and how he is more than happy to give the ball to someone else with a better chance. On the negative side, he's not very physically or mentally ready to be our first team winger or striker and he's on high wages.

Cedric Omoigui - AML


A near mirror image of our signing above, Cedric Omoigui echoes our fellow Algerian winger/striker in the fact that he's left footed only and possesses great technicals, possibly better than Abdellah himself. Omoigui was never going to come cheap. He was in the B team at Spanish team Mallorca, so the high wages he earns was going to be a certainty. Despite this, I'm also certain he can put those wages to good use!

Rayro - DL


We nearly went a whole window without spending a cent of our transfer budget! Rayro, an experienced Brazilian left back, arrives from ABC at the price of £6.75k, a fairly cheap deal and one that doesn't do our finances much harm. Rayro is an excellent leader and possess great fundamental attributes. For our first every paid transfer, let's hope he lives up to the price tag!

Transfers Out



I'm highly pleased to say, our transfer window dealings were done in astonishing fashion. All the players that did leave left only a day before all our new signings were confirmed as Oriental players. To get the business done so quick is a credit to the players coming in themselves, and the management team here.

I feel I must go through the departures, however, as there were some big losses. I made a bold decision in letting Tiago Mota to leave on a free. The reasons were that Mota was getting on, nearing 30, and he just didn't have the same effect anymore. We needed some fresh legs.

Sergio Mendonça also departed the club, as his contract ended. The midfielder can be extremely proud of his service for the club, but at 33 we needed someone new and Iago and Francisco Ramos have come in to fill his shoes.

We will dearly miss those guys, as they played a pivotal role in sealing the third division title. Careca and Raúl both leave the club after disappointing seasons.

The window is not over yet, so there is no point adding a at the moment. I need a proper replacement for Tiago Mota, however, and so we will most likely only look to sign one, maybe two more players in the remaining weeks of the window.

Let's hope the signings can fit in and gel well with the remaining squad and we can push on for another successful season!

Next Up...
Preseason 2015-16!
This post was edited by Walter (2014-06-13 00:09, 4 years ago)
Josh_MU's avatar Group Josh_MU 2014-06-10 20:56
gb 2147 posts 250 likes joined Dec 08, 2013
Damn, those signings! Monteiro looks awesome!
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