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The Royal Redemption

A tale of drama, hypocrisy and controversy, but most importantly; the journey of a football manager
Started on 18 October 2014 by Justice
Latest Reply on 31 October 2015 by Live For FM
Jack, it is in 2031 :P
Walter, yes let's continue to adore Hippolyte <3
SooruSooru, I'll have you know my record vs Liverpool is very good ;)

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

It was that time of the year again. Time to find out who we would spend six fixtures playing in the group rounds of the UEFA Champions League. We were the the top seeds which put us in to Pot 1 for this draw. We wondered where we would travel. Greece or Russia? France or Bulgaria? Spain or Ukraine? So many potential opponents, who would we face?

We were drawn in to Group E. The first team drawn in to our group was VfL Wolfsburg of Germany. They had enjoyed some very successful seasons recently, winning the Bundesliga in 2024/2025, 2026/2027 and 2029/2030. Having finished in second place last season to FC Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg qualified directly to the group stages. Key players included Croatian international Tomislav Erceg and German central defender Erdal Keles. Former Whitehawk winger Riccardo Blini was of course part of their squad, following a £29.5M in the summer just gone by. They were a difficult team to draw and could turn out to be quite a threat!

From Pot 3, we got Scottish champions Celtic. After some successful European campaigns, Scottish champions were guaranteed automatic qualification to the group stages. Celtic won the league last season, but Hearts had won it the two previous seasons before. Since 2012, Celtic had won sixteen of a possible twenty league titles. Hearts (x2), Rangers and Dundee United were the other winners. Key players in the Celtic squad included Scottish midfielder Gary Ross and Alex Ferguson (lol, just a namesake), as well as Paraguayan striker Juan Sanabria (94 international caps). They could prove to be tricky opponents.

From Pot 4, our final opponent was Napoli of Italy. After the 2013/2014 season, Napoli went in to free-fall and languished in Italian mid-table obscurity for many years. That was until Jess Thorup (Danish) took over in 2025. They began to crawl up the table with each passing season and have finished second in the last two, behind Juventus both times. They still had some top players including Italian striker Renan, Serbian right-back Milos Stankovic and attacking midfielder Adrián Siounandan of France. We knew that Italy was never an easy place to travel and we had to be on our best form when we made the trip to Naples.

Shame there's not many new surprising names in there, but seems like a tough group - especially Wolfsburg and Celtic!
Jack, Yeah there's not many shocking names, maybe Steau & Maribor at most :O
Tough group for the others in it, we have enough quality in our squad to be able to walk it :P

Season Eighteen: August


3-1 Win vs Manchester United (N), Community Shield - 09/08/2031
Hippolyte Chabbert scores as Whitehawk lift the Community Shield trophy
In the opening game of the English season, we faced Manchester United at Wembley. Matt Ursell missed a penalty in the first half, where we dominated play. We opened the scoring through Miodrag Kostic and Hippolyte Chabbert made it 2-0 to us. Louis Kay got one back for Man Utd but Matt Ursell found the net from the spot on his second attempt and we won the game, along with our first piece of silverware of the season.
Albert Wetzel (Whitehawk) - 8.8/10

3-0 Win vs Manchester City (N), UEFA Super Cup - 12/08/2031
Hippolyte Chabbert scored twice as Whitehawk won the Super Cup against Manchester City
Three days later, we faced Manchester City in Denmark. We should have been a lot more tired than them yet that didn't show. We dominated the game from start to finish and they may have had one decent opportunity to score, while we created countless. Chabbert opened the scoring with a powerful drive. Wetzel scored our second before half-time, and Chabbert completed the scoring with a rebound just before the hour mark. A second trophy in as many games!
Hippolyte Chabbert (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

7-0 Win vs Anderlecht (H), Friendly - 17/08/2031
Miodrag Kostic scores in our final friendly of the summer
I organised this match to make sure absolutely everybody in our squad was match fit ahead of the start of the league campaign. We dominated the game and won very comfortably. A hat-trick from Stephen Murray and a brace from Miodrag Kostic from either wing typified our performance; excellent. It's also worth noting that we conceded ZERO shots. The squad looked ready to kick on and secure another league title.
Stephen Murray (Whitehawk) - 9.7/10

1-0 Win vs Blackburn (A), Barclays Premier League - 23/08/2031
Miodrag Kostic scored the only goal of the game as Whitehawk won their opening league game
This was a game where the scoreline well and truly did not reflect the performance. We battered them! We had 22 shots on target, hit the woodwork once and created 3 clear cut chances in all. If it wasn't for Blackburn's goalkeeper Ian Taylor, it could have been a rugby scoreline. Kostic scored the only goal of the game after Chabbert set him up, but we really should have won by more.
Ian Taylor (Blackburn) - 9.3/10

3-0 Win vs Arsenal (H), Barclays Premier League - 30/08/2031
Stephen Murray slots home as Whitehawk stroll to victory over Arsenal
It was our return to competitive football at the Whitehawk Stadium that brought a fantastic atmosphere. The players soaked it in and performed outstandingly. Chippolyte Chabbert got his name on the scoresheet once again, scoring within 12 minutes with a superb volley. We continued to press for a second and Bismark Nyarko slid Murray in for our second of the match, and Kostic rounded it all off with ten minutes to go. Could it have gone any better?
Miodrag Kostic (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

Player Of The Month

Our #7 was on top form this month, banging in goals and creating many chances too. For some reason, the Super Cup game didn't count as an official game but in the other 3 games Miodrag did play, he scored 3 and assisted 3. He's been deployed mostly on the right wing but he has come on as a striker too. He's a club icon and is on fast becoming a legend.

Miodrag Kostic's Season Stats
Appearances: 3
Goals: 3
Assists: 3
MotM Awards: 1

Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0

Shots On Target Ratio: 75%
Dribbles Per Game: 9.75
Pass Completion Ratio: 83%
Fouls Committed: 0
Fouls Against: 8

Average Rating: 8.50

Barclays Premier League

We sit second on goal difference. Only five teams have won the opening two games and only three are yet to concede, we fit in to both of those categories. We will look to keep our 100% record and concede as little as possible as the season progresses.

September Fixtures

We open our account for the month with a trip to Terry Arena to face Fabian Johnson's Chelsea. Three days later we travel to play Wolfsburg in the Champions League. After that we host Villa in the league before travelling to Charlton in the Capital One Cup. A trip to Southampton before a home game vs Napoli closes the month. The game against Wolfsburg may prove to be our trickiest. It's a European travel just three days after we play Chelsea, and we are yet to discover if we pick up any injuries from international duty. But I am looking for a 100% record, and I'll accept nothing else as good.

Big game against Chelsea next, bigger challenge of the month. Pull through that and I reckon you're in for a very good month. Good start as well!
Nice addition with the gifs. Solid month overall, but it's nothing less than I expected ;)

Season Eighteen: Transfer Overview

With the end of August came the end of the transfer window, and it's time to round up the transfers which we made, along with the transfers made by other Premier League clubs. We spent a little bit of money this window, but not too much, and we brought in a fortune in player sales. Now, let's look at what has happened!

Youngsters Amoroso, Samuel Hamilton and Foguete all joined the club for a combined fee of £26.75M. Amoroso and Foguete were both Brazilian DMs aged 18, the former would join our senior squad while the latter would go out on loan to become a key player at Valencia for the season. Samuel Hamilton (16) joined for a huge fee from Manchester City, and the central defender joined our U18s.

As for departures, there were a few of them. Malte Kohn (DL) joined league rivals Manchester United for £30M. Carlos Serna (MC) and Riccardo Blini (AMR) joined Real Madrid and Wolfsburg respectively, for a combined fee of £54.5M. The only other sale was Harry Robinson (DR) to Brighton for £1M. He joined us a few years ago from TNS for £10k as a youngster, spending the last few seasons out on loan. I'm pleased to have made a profit and to have made him a better player. Other than that, we loaned out a lot of players.

Now it's time to look at the Premier League transfers. Funnily enough, our three big sales occupied the three biggest fees of any transfer in the Premier League, while our purchase of Samuel Hamilton occupied fourth place on that list. Arsenal and Chelsea were the only other clubs involved in transfers of fees of £10M or more, and we'll look at the three transfers which fit that category.

Florian Charbonnier (22) joined Arsenal from Fiorentina for a fee of £17M. The Belgian left winger joined the Italian club back in 2026 from Anderlecht for £19.75M and since made 104 Serie A appearances, a very impressive tally for a player so young. Charbonnier has 25 Belgium caps to date and is certainly a player to watch. His pace and skill on the ball, combined with his set-piece and shooting ability, make him a threat to any defence in the world, and he has the flair and intelligence to back it up. Some have already labelled him as "the next Eden Hazard", and you can certainly see why!

Next on the list is Robert Amodeo. The 22 year old Italian left winger joined Chelsea from Portuguese giants Benfica in a £11.75M fee. His career so far has been fairly decent, having played 118 senior appearances for a mix of clubs. His main strengths are his pace and dribbling abilities, but that is all he is limited too. While he could prove to be a top player for Chelsea in the future, he won't win them trophies.

Guy Addo rounds up the trio. The Ukrainian right winger (28) joined Chelsea from Zorya in Ukraine for £11.5M. Now, truth be told, I haven't a f*cking clue as to why he's so good. According to my game, he's only been playing professional football since 2029 for Zorya, and that would make him 26 then. I know for a fact that before that, he was a free agent for a long long while but even I didn't pick him up because I was skeptical over whether he'd actually perform well. Well, it turns out he has. He has 2 Ukraine caps already and is a very well-rounded player. Maybe I should have signed him and sold him on for a mega profit, my bad!

Pacato Fee Would Break Record

Manchester United manager Josep "Pep" Guardiola has today slammed Whitehawk's chances of signing Pacato, having already rejected a number of bids for the Brazilian defender. Following a summer which lacked much transfer activity, Manchester United have set a price tag for Pacato which would break the current world transfer record.

Whitehawk manager Prince William worked with Brazilian Pacato in the summer's Copa America as the Englishman lead the side to glory, winning every single game on their way. The manager's interest in the player grew after several high-class performances and less than a week after the South American competition had ended, Whitehawk had lodged a £35M bid for Pacato.

Manchester United rejected this without hesitation, only for Whitehawk to continue to return. Sky sources understand that Whitehawk had made four more bids in an attempt to sign the player, with the final one totalling £65M. However, Manchester United stood firm and demanded more for their prized defender.

Pep Guardiola spoke of his desire to keep Pacato at the club, quoting Whitehawk a "record-breaking fee" for the player. The sixty year-old Spaniard has been in charge at United for three years now, following spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Spain, Schalke, Torino, Marseille, Sampdoria, Porto and Bayern Munich again. Having won more than his fair share of titles, his desire to keep Pacato was certainly influential in the club's rejection of Whitehawk's offers.

Pep Guardiola: "We have received several offers from Whitehawk for Pacato, our defender. They were very substantial offers but we have rejected all of them. Pacato is a player we want to keep at the club. He is a very important player for us and knows how to play the Manchester United way. He is loved by the fans and by the players and is part of our family. It was a no-brained to say no to Whitehawk. We are in a strong financial position where we can chose to reject offers like those we received so that we can keep quality players in our squad.

Pacato is the best right back in the world, without a doubt. He has shown that in his last few years at the club and for his country too. He was a big part of Brazil's winning squad this summer and is much coveted by clubs around Europe. He has been a very important player for us; I know he has played over two hundred league games for this club. He provides a lot in defence and going forward and is one of my favourite players. Whitehawk would have to break the current world transfer record of £85M to take him away from us!"

Season 2031/2032: September


5-3 Win vs Chelsea (Away), Barclays Premier League - 13/09/2031
Pattinama scored his first two goals of the season in the eight-goal game at Terry Arena
This was one of the most frustratingly open games we've played in for a long time. Early goals from Pattinama and Chabbert gave us an early two-goal lead but Chelsea halved our advantage through Danilo Riveros. Miodrag Kostic scored our third of the game, before Killian Moreau pulled back another back for Chelsea, all before the 35th minute. Chelsea's Patrik Sklenar was sent off minutes later, opening the game up even more. Pattinama scored his second, and our fourth, of the game two minutes in to the second half, and Chabbert got on to the end of a Pattinama cross on the 50th minute to head us in to a 5-2 lead. Moreau claimed his second of the game with minutes to go, but it proved to be no more than consolation.
Christiaan Pattinama (Whitehawk) - 9.4/10

5-1 Win vs VfL Wolfsburg (A), UEFA Champions League Group E - 17/09/2031
Stephen Murray scored the pick of the goals in Germany as Whitehawk scored 5 again
An early goal by Wolfsburg's Brazilian attacking midfielder Mosquito unsettled Whitehawk with just minutes on the clock. However, left winger Stephen Murray rifled in a well-placed effort to equalise after twenty minutes. A penalty goal from Matt Ursell, a header from Albert Wetzel and skillful finish from Hippolyte Chabbert, following a dribble which saw him beat three in the box, gave Whitehawk a fantastic 4-1 lead at half-time. Dennis Seifert got on the end of a Vicente Díez flick-on from a corner to score the only goal of the second half, and seal an impressive win in Germany for Whitehawk.
Stephen Murray (Whitehawk) - 9.3/10

5-0 Win vs Aston Villa (H), Barclays Premier League - 20/09/2031
Dino Slavica's half-volley in the first minute set the tone for another goal-fest
Left-back Dino Slavica opened his account for the season with a thunderous half-volley in the first minute. Christiaan Pattinama doubled Whitehawk's lead from a set-piece routine. Miodrag Kostic's first-half hat-trick put a shine on a very happy day at the Whitehawk Stadium for the hosts.
Miodrag Kostic (Whitehawk) - 9.7/10

6-2 Win vs Charlton (A), Capital One Cup 3rd Round - 23/09/2031
Pattinama scored six as Whitehawk cruised past Charlton
It was a game where South African goalkeeper Bernard Sethlodi made his debut, and did not impress. While he is inexperienced, he failed to keep out two relatively feeble shots which gave Charlton two goals. If it wasn't for the very excellent Christiaan Pattinama, who became the first Whitehawk player to score six goals in a single competitive fixture, it could have been a very different story. It's fair to say that Sethlodi shall never again don the Whitehawk shirt, having been relegated to the U21s. You may say this is harsh considering he played just one game, but I have high standards, and these standards win trophies.
Christiaan Pattinama (Whitehawk) - 10/10

4-1 Win vs Southampton (A), Barclays Premier League - 27/09/2031
Pattinama proved once again how much of a threat he is with two ell executed goals
Sami Hyppia's Southampton side had become a real force in recent years, and they took the lead in style early on. Sean Howard breached our back four with considerable ease and rifled a shot past Elorrieta to give Southampton a first-half lead. A well-worked short corner routine saw Pattinama fire home an exquisite volley from inside the six yard box to level the game before half-time, and he doubled his tally when he went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, with only one outcome. Adílson Francisco volleyed home a Vicente Acosta cross to double our advantage, and Pattinama's attempted overhead kick took a major deflection off of Filip Schreier and went in to give Whitehawk a comfortable victory.
Christiaan Pattinama (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

4-0 Win vs Napoli (H), UEFA Champions League Group E - 30/09/2031
Pattinama was always going to be the star of the show, and he collected yet another brace
Christiaan Pattinama was our star of the month and he ended the month on a high, with two first-half goals putting us in a very comfortable position at half-time. Miodrag Kostic got his name on the scoresheet with a powerful left-foot drive from just inside the box, and Matt Ursell rounded up the proceedings when he picked up a rebound before beating Mazzone at the near post.
Christiaan Pattinama (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

Player Of The Month

A thirteen goal month meant Christiaan Pattinama was our best player. Having not scored a single goal in August, he was expected to step up and improve, and he certainly did! He rocked every team we played against, and was always a threat. His creative ability and his shooting skills were on show for the world to see.

Christiaan Patinama's Season Stats:
Appearances: 9
Goals: 13
Assists: 4
MotM Awards: 4

Shots On Target Ratio: 58%
Pass Completion Ratio: 80%
Dribbles Per Game: 6.90
Tackles Per Game: 1.19

Fouls Committed: 2
Fouls Against: 21

Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0

Average Rating: 8.24

Barclays Premier League

Five games played, five games won. We have 15 points, and two more than second place Manchester United. We've conceded too many goals for my liking, and will need to improve defensively. Our attacking record, especially thanks to Pattinama, has been nothing short of fantastic. We want another unbeaten season and that's our objective for this campaign.

UEFA Champions League

I forgot to upload a screenshot of the group table, sorry! I can tell you though that after those two games, we lead the group.

October Fixtures

We face one of our main title rivals in the form of Manchester City next month. Not too many big games to be played, although we do travel to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Champions League. As per usual, I expect nothing less than a 100% win record.

Lots and lots and lots of goals
Walter, there's plenty more to come ;)
man! that is some month!
Infrared, we're just getting started!

Season 2031/2032: October


4-0 Win vs Manchester City (H), Barclays Premier League - 04/10/2031
Fernando Olivera volleys home Pattinama's cushioned header
We started October with a bang as we faced Manchester City in our first real title test of the season. Ten minutes in and we had already scored through left-back Fernando Olivera. Pattinama cushioned a header down from a corner for the Argentine to power home a majestic volley over the head of the Manchester City goalkeeper. Our second goal came from another corner, as Emmanuel Acuna rose highest to plant a header in to the top corner, giving us a two goal cushion just before half-time. It was never going to be a proper title clash without Pattinama and Chabbert both getting on the scoresheet, and they certainly did in the second half. Vicente Díez' disguised pass from the half-way line set Pattinama through on goal, and he sent the keeper the wrong way with a shimmy before scoring our third of the game. Pattinama later sent his strike partner Chabbert through on goal, and he sealed a fantastic victory for us. A relatively simple victory in a match we dominated.
Christiaan Pattinama (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

3-1 Win vs Liverpool (A), Barclays Premier League - 18/10/2031
Stephen Murray was the star of the show at Anfield as he scored twice for Whitehawk
The game after international matches saw many of our players weak, tired or exhausted. I fielded a mixed line-up, but it was a regular who impressed the most; English wonderkid Stephen Murray. The winger opened the scoring with a flicked header at the near post following a spell of pressure. Hippolyte Chabbert popped up out of nowhere and curled a shot from outside the box in to the goal, and Murray gave us a three goal lead at half-time with a fantastic first-time effort from outside the box which rocketed in to the far top corner. Micky Merris scored a consolation goal for Liverpool in the second half, but that was all they could muster.
Stephen Murray (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

3-1 Win vs Celtic (A), UEFA Champions League - 21/10/2031
Albert Wetzel scored a corker from range as Whitehawk brushed Celtic aside in Glasgow
Celtic Park is known for it's fantastic atmosphere, and the Glaswegian club's fanbase provided no disappointment when Whitehawk traveled north. It was a tense affair early on in the game, with no side creating many chances in and around the penalty area. Indeed the first goal did come from outside the penalty, and quite a distance from the penalty area too. Whitehawk captain Albert Wetzel picked up the ball and from thirty yards out, powered a shot which nestled in the top corner of the goal, giving his side the lead. Minutes later, Stephen Murray played an excellent ball to put Chabbert through on goal and the Frenchman made no mistake, rolling the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. With seventeen minutes to go, Juan Sanabria scored a brilliant front-post header to put Celtic back in the tie, Dennis Seifert put the game to bed in the final minute of regulation time when a rebound fell to him inside the box.
Albert Wetzel (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

3-0 Win vs Sunderland (H), Barclays Premier League - 26/10/2031
Hippolyte Chabbert was on target as Whitehawk sailed past Sunderland
Following our mid-week triumph in Scotland, we returned to domestic football and won comfortably against Sunderland. Dennis Seifert scored from a corner before Chabbert executed a deft finish to double our lead. A volley from Christiaan Pattinama sealed the win and saw us keep our 100% record.
Matt Ursell (Whitehawk) - 8.7/10

4-1 Win vs Southampton (A), Capital One Cup 4th Round - 29/10/2031
Lucas Echegaray was among the scorers as Whitehawk progressed in the cup
Another game, another victory. Stephen Murray scored in the second minute when he weaved his way past two Southampton defenders before rolling the ball in to the back of the net. Premier League veteran Jason Chase leveled the game twenty minutes later with a well-taken strike from the edge of the area. Whitehawk burst in to life in the second half as good link-up play between Murray and Chabbert saw a chance carved out for youngster Lucas Echegaray, which he took well. Goals from Christiaan Pattinama and Hippolyte Chabbert sealed yet another victory.
Hippolyte Chabbert (Whitehawk) - 8.7/10

Player Of The Month

It was inevitable that Hippolyte Chabbert would eventually claim this. The French striker had been in fantastic form, as per usual, and had proved that he could play for the very best. With twelve goals to his name already this season, he was expected to hit some very impressive heights once more.

Hippolyte Chabbert's Season Stats: Appearances: 13
Goals: 12
Assists: 8
MotM Awards: 2

Shots On Target Ratio: 62%
Pass Completion Ratio: 79%
Dribbles Per Game: 4.53
Tackles Per Game: 0.73

Fouls Committed: 4
Fouls Against: 27

Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0

Average Rating: 8.17

Barclays Premier League

Eight games in, and we have eight wins. We have built a four point advantage over Manchester United, and we expect to see it increase considerably. I won the Manager Of The Month award once more, while Micky Merris of Liverpool and Benjamin Searle of Arsenal claimed the Player Of The Month and Young Player Of The Month awards.

UEFA Champions League

Comfortably on top after three games, with Wolfsburg in second. Should be an easy qualification process now.

Next Month Fixtures

Standard fixtures, nothing overly exciting unfortunately.

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