Our reputation as a football club had continued to soar in the previous year. Despite slipping up in the league and conceding defeat in the title chase in the final few weeks, we claimed our second UEFA Champions League title, and we were looking to win our third. We were targeting challenges on every single front, and we were determined to win our league title back.
Whitehawk Spent Over £100M In Massive Squad Overhaul
A number of players were sold on raise finances and create squad space for incoming players. Cian O'Connor (ST) and Conor Coady (MC) left to Heart of Midlothian for a combined fee of £4.65M, while the sales of Tyrone Mings (DL), Ville Paananen (AML) and Andri Steingrímsson (ST) earned £8.5M. Thomas Delaney (MC) and Neal Maupay (ST) left for £500K and £5M respectively, and Luciano Cabral (AMC) cost Bologna £700K.
There were a number of notable sales, most notably as club captain Andrea Punzi (DC) decided it was time to move on and left to Rotherham United for £4.7M. Club hero Jermie Boga (AMR/C) departed for £5.5M, and former first team regular Jamaal Lascelles (DC) brought the club £850K. The largest sales were that of Jeff Reine-Adelaide (AMR/L) and Jeisson Vargas (AMR/L), who left for Everton (£19M) and SL Benfica (£30M) respectively.
The squad required a number of players who would compete for starting positions, or provide very good cover. Lewis Cook (MC), Brahim Díaz (AMR/L/C) and Sergi Samper (MC) were brought in from Premier League sides for a combined fee of £20.5M, potentially rising to £23.75M. Riccardo Mansueto (DC), João Félix (AMR/L/C) and Jérôme Onguéné (DC) came in from ACF Fiorentina, Olympique Lyonnais and SL Benfica for a combined £43.25M.
A high number of youth players were signed for the future, but there was one other major signing. Norwegian superstar Martin Ødegaard (AMR/L/C) arrived from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £37.5M, potentially rising to £40M. The attacking midfielder was set to play a major part in Whitehawk's season.
I was very happy with the business made by the football club. while the vast majority of players brought in were not top class players, there was certainly enough quality brought in to enhance our chances of winning silverware.
UEFA Super Cup
Whitehawk Came Out On Top In Five Goal Thriller
It was a very frantic final, as both teams played out of their skin to win. We took the lead early on as Jason Coffey scored a deft finish. Sergej Milinkovic Savic equalised for Chelsea minutes later, but we scored twice in the second half to assert our position in the game. Chelsea could only muster one more goal, as we claimed the UEFA Super Cup for a third consecutive season.
FIFA Club World Cup
Whitehawk Proved Too Strong As They Retained Club World Cup Title
We used two completely different starting elevens in both games as we marched to 2-0 victories on both occasions. Neither of our opponents could muster a challenging attack on us, as our defensive prowess shone. We took our chances in attack, and deservedly won the trophy.
Whitehawk Remained Unbeaten Throughout The Entire League Season
It was, by far, our best league campaign yet. We were completely unbeatable, as seen by our record, and we triumphed over every single team at some stage throughout the season. A grand total of thirty wins was almost as impressive as our zero defeats.
We conceded just seven goals throughout the entire league campaign, twenty-three goals less than our closest challenger, Manchester United. Our goal scoring was not overly great, however, as we recorded just the sixth best goal scoring record (63).
Our biggest victory of the season came in a 6-1 thumping of Aston Villa in March, while we recorded a league double against José Mourinho's Manchester United (3-1 & 2-0).
Whitehawk Earned A Premier League Record 98 Points
Manchester City and Manchester United finished second and third respectively. Arsenal narrowly claimed fourth spot, and the final Champions League spot, while West Ham and Stoke claimed fifth and sixth, earning passage to the Europa League. Cardiff City, Aston Villa and West Brom were all relegated to the Championship.
UEFA Champions League
Whitehawk Remained Unbeaten In Third Consecutive CL Campaign
We were handed a group which contained RSC Anderlecht of Belgium, France's Olympique Lyonnais, and Spanish giants Real Madrid. We won five of our games in this group, drawing the other against Real Madrid.
The second round saw us face German side Schalke. A Jason Coffey hat trick inspired a 4-1 away win, and a 3-1 victory at home in the second leg saw us progress. Away goals divided us and Barcelona in the quarter final, and it took away goals for us to claim victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the semi final.
FC Bayern Munich would stand in our way in the final at the Stade Orange Vélodrome, and they proved stern opposition. Die Bayern took the lead in the fifteenth minute through Lautaro Martínez, forcing us to chase the game for the remainder. With twenty minutes to go, Gradimir Lucic and Anton Nyman both scored within a minute for us to take the lead in dramatic fashion, and we held out to claim the title.
Whitehawk Defeated Manchester City On Penalties In The Final
We faced much lesser opposition in the opening rounds in the form of Tranmere Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. Neither Newcastle United or Sunderland could deny us passage to the semi final, where Cardiff City were surprise opponents. In a hard-fought game, we just scraped through to the final.
The final against Manchester City was hard-fought. It ground out in to a penalty shootout, where we were eventually victors.
Whitehawk Claimed Their First Ever EFL Cup Title
Leicester City were no match for us in the third round, while Wrexham suffered at the hands of our second-string team. Crystal Palace proved no competition in the quarter final. We suffered defeat in the first leg of the semi final against Manchester City, but we claimed victory courtesy of a strong second leg.
We would face José Mourinho's Manchester United in the final. Manchester United twice took the lead, but we fought back to equalise on two occasions, drawing the game out to extra time. Substitute Juan Antonio Fernández scored the winning goal of the game to help us claim our first ever EFL Cup title.
Whitehawk Football Club
Whitehawk's Defenders Were On Top Form Throughout The Season
was, once again, the star of the season for us. Following Andrea Punzi's departure in the summer, Lacy was appointed as the new captain of Whitehawk Football Club, and he fulfilled his duties with aplomb over the course of the season. He was tremendous in a back line which held strong throughout the season, leading us to title glory on many fronts.
Arsenal Claimed Their Third UEFA Europa League Title
It was a competition to remember for Arsenal, as Slaven Bilic's side marched to Europa League success. The victory meant they would gain automatic qualification to the group stages of the next season's UEFA Champions League.
FC Bayern Munich's Reinhold Stoll was the winner of both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Manchester United's Facundo Colidio and Manchester City's Damir Sipus settled for second and third in the awards, respectively.
Ryan Ferguson's Message
"We can be very proud of what we achieved this season. Champions of England, Europe and the world, now that's what I call amazing! We were victorious in every single competition we played in, and that's all anybody could possibly ask for.
It will be difficult, but we hope to complete a similar feat next season. There will be a few new signings to watch out for, and we hope they can make as great an impact as the signings of this season."
, thank you very much!
, now I'm no geologist, but England is no island
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