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The Pentagon Challenge

Around the World in Thirty Years
Started on 15 June 2014 by CarlosV96
Latest Reply on 24 June 2014 by CarlosV96
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Chinese Founder Under Hapless Hargreaves at Asian Games

Five games, four losses. Just two goals scored.

It's fair to say that Owen Hargreaves' latest journey into Asia has failed, and to say that it failed miserably would potentially be the understatement of 2014.

After back-to-back 5:0 defeats in pre-tournament exhibition play, Hargreaves' Chinese Under-23 side looked somewhat decent against minnows Hong Kong in their opening game of the 2014 Asian Summer Games Football Tournament, dominating from start to finish and only missing out on a victory due to an injury time screamer from Hong Kong's captain.

"Then it well and truly all went to shit," said Hargreaves in an uncensored, exclusive interview with BBC Sport. "This game is frustrating, and I'm frustrated. I'm at a loss for words. We were soundly beaten by a team of starving Communist pigs," he said, referring to his side's 3:1 defeat in their second match against lowly Vietnam.

Hargreaves sent his squad out in a comical 4-6-0 for their final group match against powerhouse Japan, knowing they would need a victory. Instead, his side were outshot 12-0, and dropped a decisive decision 2-nil, bowing out of what really was a sub-par group with little more than a whimper.

"Yes, it's disappointing, but the players were poor, the coaching staff I had under me was poor. Football in Asia is just an absolute joke, and I am confident when I say I will not be returning to Asia anytime soon," scathed the former England international towards the end of the full-length interview.

One thing is for sure- at age 33, and unable to return to the beautiful game as a player due to multiple, crippling knee injuries, Hargreaves needs to find a niche in management if he wants to remain involved with the game.

"I'd love to have him here, as a scout or something," commented Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side's 5-1 defeat at Stoke on the weekend. "He could probably teach my players how to play through the niggling injuries- flash them some scars, tell them some horror stories. Then maybe, just maybe, my players would show up!"

Thus far in his brief, forgettable managerial career, Hargreaves has managed East Bengal F.C. and Sime Darby F.C., of India and Malaysia respectively, without any success, at the club level, and the Chinese Under-23s and Indian Under-21s at the international level. In nine matches at the international level, Hargreaves has yet to record a victory- with five losses and four draws to his name.

A prospect, a decent midfielder for England, but surely not a manager!

Next Update- Contemplation...
November 11th, 2014

Hargreaves Dead at 33
Hargreaves in his younger days, representing England

Former England international Owen Hargreaves was killed in a car crash on the A-5 highway just outside of London yesterday evening, when his car veered off of the road before smashing into a concrete barrier and colliding with a tractor-trailer.

The sudden passing of the former Manchester United man saw a massive outpouring of support for his wife, Angelica, and young daughter, Kate, with thousands upon thousands of United supporters filing solemnly into Old Trafford for an early-morning vigil today after the news of his passing broke.

Hargreaves, a native of Calgary, Canada, appeared 42 times for England at the senior level, and won the Champions League in 2000-01.

"While Owen never quite fit in during his time at Old Trafford, he was a pleasure to manage and always brought a compete level that was amongst the highest I've ever seen," said former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in his recently-published autobiography. "He was a wonderful talent when he was with Bayern Munich, and it's a crying shame both of his knees gave out."

Hargreaves had most recently traipsed around Asia, managing various teams in exotic locales such as Malaysia and India. He most recently managed the Chinese Under-23 side to a disappointing 0-1-2 record at the Asian Summer Games.

"Owen was a great professional, teammate, and friend- his loss will be felt by all of those who knew him, played alongside and against him, and enjoyed his football on the pitch," said Hargreaves' former teammate at Bayern Munich, Croatian international Ivica Olic, summing up the general feeling today.

There will be a public grieving ceremony at QPR's Loftus Road ground in London tomorrow afternoon, where football fans in the thousands are expected to turn out to say goodbye to the former England international.

:O What?!? What is happening Carlos?!

Also, just letting you know I fixed a bit of your coding on the update before this one, as it was mucking up the thread. :)
@Walter Thanks a bunch!

Unfortunately, due to me being shite at FM and the Pentagon Challenge in particular, I had to end Owen's journey.

However, I'm on summer vacation now, and I'm hoping to start a long LLM sometime this week :)

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