2015-08-11 17:13#218257Tallery :
Mid table is a pretty good place to be rn, here's to next seasons improvement!
Yes it is. With another successful Premier League season under our belt, the finances continue to grow which will allow us to bring in higher quality players on bigger wages and for bigger fees, which is what we need.
Following another successful Premier League season, we looked to invest another large sum of money in to improving our squad once again, and we brought in some fantastic players. Aaron Lewis joined from Swansea on a free transfer, and he would eventually prove to be a top class player. Jamaal Lascelles from Reading was another fantastic acquisition while it was the signings of Santiago Hernández, Raif Husic and Demarai Gray that gave the team some much-needed top class quality. There were no real notable departures, and we didn't make much on sales.
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Poor starts to the season have appeared to become the hallmark of Whitehawk in the Premier League but come October, the team had gelled together and began to perform excellently. Fantastic form in January and February saw us collect a high number of victories, and victories against Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal over the course of the season proved our class. However, we recorded our annual heavy defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea, which did hurt.
FIFTH PLACE?!?! I was certainly delighted with our improvement from the previous season but I never dreamed of finishing fifth! While the gap between ourselves and fourth-place Liverpool was quite considerable, we certainly finished in a very respectable position, and one which would see us qualify for the UEFA Europa League next season, our first expedition in to European football! To say I was delighted with this season would be an understatement.
Our exciting FA Cup run sadly came to an end in the semi-finals, at the hands of Chelsea. We were simply outclassed and the scoreline reflected that. I am delighted with the progress made in this competition, and to play at Wembley is always an honour.
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We enjoyed dominant victories over Bolton and Sheffield United but a late Ross Barkley goal was not enough to keep us in as Fulham out-mustered us.
We had finally made the move to our new 21,350 seater stadium and it proved to be a great boost for the club as fans poured in every match day to view their idols. In other news, the arrival of Jamaal Lascelles prompted Prince William to pass on the captaincy rights from Velthuizen to the English defender, and Lascelles would go on to be a rather successful captain for The Hawks.
Liverpool were champions of Europe once more, but it was not Brendan Rodgers who lifted the trophy. Offered the opportunity to manage Barcelona just a day before the UEFA Champions League final was to take place, Rodgers opted to leave for the Catalan club, and interim manager Colin Pascoe was the man to lift the most coveted club trophy in the world. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg won the UEFA Europa League in an all-German final as it took them extra time to defeat Dortmund. The FIFA Ballon d'Or award changed hands once more as German star Julian Draxler was named the best player in the world.
After finishing in a highly unanticipated fifth position and booking ourselves a place in the UEFA Europa League, we needed to bring in top players who could perform on the big stage. A big money move for Sergio Álvarez, who would later go on to be a World Cup winner, signaled our intent. International superstars Agostinho Ribeiro and Ryan Gauld arrived cheaply from Seattle and Chelsea respectively, while Gabriel Watson joined our youth squad as a potential star of the future. A few senior players made way for fresher, and higher quality talent, and star player Junior Stanislas was unfortunately on the way out.
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The added European games certainly put pressure on the squad's fitness and resolve and this showed as we enjoyed a rather patchy beginning to the season. However, once we had settled in to our new routine, sparkling runs of form followed and victories over the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Newcastle glittered in another promising league campaign. This was perhaps the first season where we did not suffer a heavy defeat and that shows remarkable progress.
We finished in sixth place, one below last season but still impressive none-the-less. European football took it's toll but we still finished in a fantastic position for a relatively new Premier League side.
UEFA Europa League
Our debut season in Europe was a remarkably successful one as we clawed our way past tricky opposition to win the Europa League! It took two own-goals in the final for us to claim victory over a much stronger Zenit outfit but we have won a seriously major competition, and passage to the UEFA Champions League group stage next season. What a fantastic season in Europe for us!
We enjoyed a second successive impressive FA Cup campaign as we reached the sixth round but fell short in a replay against the giants Manchester City.
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The Chelsea curse continues....
Facilities upgraded.... Nothing much at all.
The 2024 European Football Championship was an exciting one and saw reigning world champions France defeat Russia in the final. Manchester City defeated Brendan Rodgers' Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final, while it was City's Domenico Berardi who claimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Walter, yeah it was an incredible and unforgettable way to win the final! Jer, you have no idea, I had a bucket to collect my sweat Yes that final was indeed a crazy game with many twists and turns, the derby aspect to it undoubtedly intensified it!