Season 2024/2025: Entire Season
With Champions League football to look forward to for the first time, money was there to be spent and we invested it very wisely. Argentine defenders Marcos Lanzini and Juan Caballero joined from Santos and Monaco respectively, the latter smashing our record fee spent on a signing (£22.5M). Both players were seasoned internationals and held quite the reputation, they would change our defence from being mediocre to being stable and consistent. Two more experienced internationals joined in the form of Gabriel Barbosa and Ruud Doorn. Barbosa was the bigger name and was capable of playing in attacking midfield as well as up front, while Doorn (Dutch international) was a natural striker with the capability of performing effectively out wide. All four of these signings were top class, with the first two being world class. Barbosa and Doorn weren't far of being world class, and proved to be very influential in seasons to come. Dino Slavica and Vicente Díez were two sixteen year olds with plenty of potential. With a lack of depth in the left back position, Slavica would be cover for Aaron Lewis, while Díez would feature in a few games in defensive midfield that season, his natural position. Branco van den Boomen and Giuseppe Prestia headed the departures as their time at Whitehawk came to an end.
UEFA Super Cup
Winning the UEFA Europa League last term placed in the UEFA Super Cup final against Manchester City. We performed well, to our credit, and scored through new signing Gabriel Barbosa and set-piece specialist Ross Barkley. However, our two goals were not enough as Manchester City scored four and deservedly won the competition. While it was disappointing to loss, it was a great experience for us to play such a prestigious match and to be competing against the big teams in Europe, even if Manchester City were our domestic rivals.
Barclays Premier League
Our new signings inspired some great form and by the turn of the year, we had recorded just one defeat in the league. We would go on to lose three more games that season but collected an incredible amount of victories which saw us make a serious challenge for the title. We proved our worth against the big teams and a 5-2 victory over Manchester City, with Ruud Doorn scoring a hat-trick, was our highlight of the league campaign. Victories over the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal gave our fans plenty to cheer about as we earned a reputation of playing an extremely attractive attacking brand of football. Santiago Hernández
bagged 30 league goals for us this season which was very pleasing, but not enough for him to win the Golden Boot.
Our incredible league season saw us finish on an unbelievable 86 points. EIGHTY-SIX POINTS! Yet, despite this tally, we finished third behind the two giants of Manchester. I was absolutely delighted with where we finished the league season and alongside the two Manchester clubs, we were miles above everybody else. Notice Tottenham Hotspur getting relegated, LOL.
UEFA Champions League
Our debut Champions League season was a disappointing one as we crashed out from the group stages, finishing fourth with just one victory to our name. To our credit, we drew AC Milan and Monaco and performed well against these two giants. Hopefully the next season would prove to be more rewarding for us on the big stage.
This season proved to be very rewarding for us in the FA Cup as we put down some solid form and ploughed our way through Liverpool and Manchester United (with the aid of extra time) to reach the final. Reading would be our final obstacle and while we were huge favourites on paper, this was our first FA Cup final and Reading showed their experience. In a tough contest, it was a Ryan Gauld strike which separated us and gave us our second trophy in as many seasons. What a fantastic season for us!
Capital One Cup
Oh look, it's Chelsea in the Capital One Cup......again.
Expanded the stadium by a couple of thousand seats, not much else....
Following the 2024 European Championships, the Spain and Italy jobs became available, both of which were offered to me. I decided to take n the role of Spain coach until the 2026 World Cup in order to gain some respect among international coaches, and have a crack at some more silverware. We easily cruised to first place in our National League group, seeing as move to the A leagues for the next series. We also played four games in our World Cup qualifying group. We recorded comfortable wins over Switzerland, Albania, Liechtenstein and Estonia to put us in a strong place to qualify. Whitehawk star Santiago Hernández scored an incredible 7 goals in those four games.
Manchester City star Rik Van Loon claimed the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award, with team-mate Domenico Berardi in second place. The Belgian has risen to fame since joining in a £42M move from FC Barcelona back in 2020 and looks destined to become one of the all-time greats of world football. John Stones was the only English player in the FIFA World Dream Team, while Real Madrid playmaker Christian Eriksen was a surprise inclusion. London was buzzing as Chelsea earned victory in the UEFA Europa League after defeating PSG in a memorable final.