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Stoke City and Pursuit Of The World Cup

After the departure of Mark Hughes. The chairman has appointed an unproven rookie manager.
Started on 30 July 2014 by basham97
Latest Reply on 1 September 2014 by basham97
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Crouch... key player? :O
Good update mate, looks like Champions League secured then?
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March-May Report

What a finale to my first season at Stoke City! We have won both domestic cups - Capital One and the FA Cup. Magnificent performances and dedication from the players, made this happen. It's truly a phenomenal start to a long and successful career at Stoke.

Completed Fixtures


Obviously the big victories was over Manchester United in the Capital One Cup final and Everton in the FA Cup final. A particular highlight would be a huge 5-1 victory over falling Liverpool, which ultimately lead to the departure of Brendan Rodgers. A thrilling encounter against Manchester City with a 3-3 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Key Player


The Regista of the team has improved significantly and really shown how important he is to the squad. 84% pass completion is the highest in the first-team category. The previous season, he got 2 assists and scored a lousy 6.80 average rating. This season is a big step-up and shows he is willing to improve.

Season Stats
Appearances - 30
Goals - 0
Assists - 8
Player Of The Match - 1
Average Rating - 7.04


League


The season is complete and this is the final table. This is truly surprising. The top 2 teams - Chelsea and Manchester United dominated, it was between these two on who would be the winner of the Premier League this season. However, the relegated teams are surprising to me. Swansea, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers find themselves in the Sky Bet Championship next season.
Awesome end to the season! Congrats on your top 4 finish and double :) Looking forward to next season.
A great season for your side, incredible achievements with top 4 and won two cups. I liked the updates as well.
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2014/15 Award Ceremony
After an electrifying season, we have rewards and trophies that will be given to the exceptional individuals of the season. The rewards will include Golden Boot, Golden Glove, Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Manger Of The Year and Team Of The Year.

Golden Boot

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Robin Van Persie has been key to the success of Manchester United this season. Netting a strong 27 goals in 32 appearances. The runner up was joint Papiss Cisse and Eden Hazard, both netting 19 goals. In third place was Peter Crouch, scoring 18 goals.

Golden Glove

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David De Gea has edged out Wojciech Szczesny in clean sheets this season, taking home 18 clean sheets out of a possible 34. Szczesny, on the other hand, played more games with 37 appearances with 17 clean sheets. In third place, Petr Cech from Chelsea kept the goal from being disturbed 15 times out a possible 27.

Player Of The Year

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Eden Hazard was a very key player in the success of Chelsea this season. The left midfielder is now valued £44 million and was a contender for World Player Of The Year in December. Eden Hazard was complete this season, netting 19 goals, assisting 18 times and securing player-of-the-match 6 times. He has a 71% pass completion which is very impressive due to the fact that he is an attacking player. Hazard won 30/38 games leaving him with a win record of 78%.

Young Player Of The Year

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At only 22 years old, Brazilian attacking-midfielder Oscar has secured Premier League's Young Player Of The Year. Oscar securing 6 player of the matches. Oscar scoring on 15 different occasions in 33 appearances. Oscar assisted many goals at an exceptional 12 and averaged a 7.33 rating throughout the season.

Manager Of The Year

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The genius of Manchester United - Louis van Gaal. After a disappointing previous season under David Moyes, Manchester United has truly exceeded expectations with finishing as champions of the Premier League. The world-class manager has a perfectionist attitude and that what lead him to the top spot of the league.

Team Of The Year

What a great season. Sad to not see you as winner of manager of the year, but good to see Crouchy in the team of the year. Next season will be great.
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Transfers




After a good pre-season, touring multiple countries to increase popularity and t-shirt sales. I wanted to get a feel on how it's going to be like, now participating in the Champions League, having lots of games back-to-back and getting my players into a good fitness. I also purchased a few players to keep squad rotation fresh.

Peter Odemwingie (Free)
Marc Wilson (Free)
Ben Glasgow (Free)
Adam Thomas (Free)
James Campbell (Free)
Dale Eve (Free)
Jack Nardiello (Free)
Cameron Jerome (Loan)
Dinoatan Teixeria (Loan)
Charlie Adam (1M)
Phil Bardsley (1.2M)
Mame Diouf (2.9M)
Andy Wilkinson (4.1M)
Marko Arnautovic (10M)
Steven N'Zonzi (12M)

Eder Alvarez Balanta (6M)
Michy Batshuayi (7.5M)
Gino Peruzzi (9.25M)
Aleksander Mitrovic (11.75M)
Decent pre-season and great transfers, I'm interested to see how your signings perform, especially Balanta and Mitrovic. Great update!
Some really good signings, good to see you kept Crouch.
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August Report
August has been very satisfactory, so it should be in all honesty. The players have to adjust to more matches due to the addition of Champions League football. Ultimately, the more competitions the harder it will be. The league will most likely suffer, but there is nothing I can really do about that.

Completed Fixtures


Defeating Manchester United again, except on penalties to secure the English Community Shield. However shortly after, we actually lose to Manchester United 2-1 in the opening of the league. Our debut into Champions League football, will be remembered as we completely stomped on A.C. Milan 7-1 on aggregate to advance into the group stages.

Key Player


Signing this potential world-class striker is already paying off. He excelled in the pre-season and he is carrying that pre-season momentum into the competitive games, and I'm looking forward to seeing the best out of Michy Batshuayi this season. He has ultimately taken the place of Peter Crouch, the reasons for this is because Peter is getting old unfortunately and he will be used as a backup. Hopefully, Crouch can "past the torch" to Michy.

Season Stats
Appearances - 6
Goals - 4
Assists - 1
Player Of The Match - 1
Average Rating - 7.33


League


Looking at the table, it's all over the place and it's not looking familiar at all. I believe that the clubs are still trying to gell in the new transfers, still getting the fitness back and trying to get tactics familiar to the squad of players again.
What an entrance into Europe!
Not actually tried Batshuayi in this game so it will be interesting to see how he performs
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September-November Report
This was not great, at all. We are not meeting expectations and this is the first report in which I am not happy with the performances. Obviously we are still adjusting to the additional matches, however it's still not an excuse anymore. August and pre-season should have been enough time for the players to adjust to the added pressure and fitness levels.

Completed Fixtures


Our dominance in the Champions League group stages, particularly against Valencia, defeating the side 5-1 was great highlight. An embarrassing defeat to Tottenham (losing in the 120' minute) in a competition we destroyed teams like Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal last year, in the Capital One. One thing I noticed, is that we are slightly starting to get rhythm towards the end of the month, which could lead to brighter results in the upcoming months.

Key Player


What a signing, truly. This player has been key in attacking and defending play. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in the Manchester City game (for 4-6 weeks). It's truly upsetting that we now, have to live without a great player for almost 2 months. However, I have signed veteran right defender - Anthony Reveillere as a backup defender in case, these unfortunate circumstances occur again in the future.

Season Stats
Appearances - 16
Goals - 2
Assists - 3
Player Of The Match - 0
Average Rating - 7.42


League


The league is disappointing, although it's the start, we shouldn't be in 7th place. Minimum of 5th in my eyes. Liverpool are really at the bottom and could possibly be relegated this season if things don't improve under new manager - Antonino Conte. Everton and Arsenal are suffering this season also, and Southampton are really excelling shooting into 4th place.
I agree with you. You shouldn't have drawn Burnley or losing to Newcastle. Spurs seems to be a dark horse for your team, but Batshuayi is excellent with 9 goals in this updates.
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