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World Cup Mania: The US' Road to Brazil 2014 (and beyond)

Started on 16 June 2013 by shylax
Latest Reply on 27 June 2013 by shylax
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United States
Copa America 2016 Groups Drawn

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Group A
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Honduras

Group B
Bolivia
Chile
Mexico Under 23s (What, does the senior team not have time for that?)
Paraguay

Group C
Argentina
Costa Rica
Jamaica
Peru

Group D
Ecuador
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela

AS Monaco
October 2015

Matches

Evian TG FC 2 - 2 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 2 - 0 Montpellier HSC

Friendly
AS Monaco 2 - 0 AS Monaco Reserves

Transfers and Other News

September 30: Free agent goalkeeper Sunda Kasongo signs with AS Monaco

Standings

I know it sounds dumb, but in this sport you have to keep winning, there is no safety net of a playoff. The pressure is greatest when you're on top of the table. Only one point ahead but with a game in hand, it's ever important to keep knocking off opponents.
Uruguay might be tough competition but otherwise you should be able to qualify with ease for the knockout stages. Good results with Monaco as well, tough draw against Evian though.
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AS Monaco
November 2015

Matches

AS Monaco 3 - 0 Girondins Bordeaux

ESTAC Troyes 1 - 1 AS Monaco

Stade Brestois 0 - 2 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 2 - 0 Stade Rennais

Paris Saint-Germain 0 - 0 AS Monaco

Transfers and Other News

November 1: Sunda Kosango moves to AS Aries-Avignon on loan until the end of the season
November 14: Yann Sommer strained his groin during training while on international duty for Switzerland, he will be out for 3 weeks

Standings

Still first, and we had a draw against PSG that took points off the table for them while keeping us in front. Lucas Ocampos has been great, I got Almamy Toure back, and the back four is incredibly hard to break down. I thought Saphir Taider's red card was unfair, but Wuytens can take up the slack for one game. If we can stay in first at the end of 2015, it's all downhill from there.

That back line helped Loic Jeanson to two clean sheets against two very good teams, Jeanson did his part, and I can tell he will be a very fine goalkeeper for us in the future, but for now Yann Sommer is ready to come back and he will be our first-choice goalkeeper until he breaks down.

AS Monaco
December 2015

Matches

AS Monaco 3 - 1 Stade de Raims

AS Monaco 3 - 2 Olympique Lyonnais

LOSC Lille 1 - 1 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 3 - 0 SC Bastia

Transfers and Other News



Standings

Still first, and PSG is still hot on our tail. PSG, OM, and OL likely will be able to conduct more business in the winter transfer season. I would like to unload Bradley and Estigarribia, he hasn't come back right from the injury, and Bradley can't crack the roster. Mario Suarez is coming in, I think he can give the club a boost.

My goal for the winter transfer period:
- Sign a quality AML.

Lucas Ocampos Honored at Year's End

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AS Monaco's Lucas Ocampos has taken two very prestigious football honors at year's end, with the Argentinian striker winning both the European Golden Boy and French Foreign Football player of the year. In the 2015 calendar year he scored 27 goals in 37 appearances, and with 17 goals in 19 league games for AS Monaco, he is the leading goalscorer in Ligue 1 as the league turns the bend into 2016.

AS Monaco
January 2016

Matches

Junior 0 - 2 AS Monaco (Friendly)

Toulouse FC 2 - 3 AS Monaco (Coupe de France Ninth Round)

AS Saint-Etienne 2 - 2 AS Monaco

Evian TG FC 0 - 1 AS Monaco (Coupe de France Tenth Round)

AS Monaco 1 - 1 OGC Nice

AS Nancy-Lorraine 3 - 3 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 1 - 1 Toulouse FC

Transfers and Other News

In
5 million:

5.25 million:

7.75 million:

Injuries
January 31: Eliaquim Mangala suffered broken ribs against Toulouse and will be out 4 weeks.

Standings

Despite having a terrible month (by AS Monaco standards), we're still in first, but the margin is cut to 1 point, and our margin of error is nil. We really need Lucas Ocampos back.
Ouch, 3 draws in a row :O Still top of the league though, keep it up! :D
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Some awesome results for Monaco and a few good signings that will provide great depth to the squad! Ocampos is doing excellent for you and I suggest you go for someone like Bernard or Iker Munian if you have the money and if not go for Tom Ince. He will be quality for a couple of years til you can afford a player like Bernard!

AS Monaco
February 2016

Matches

FC Lorient 0 - 2 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 1 - 1 FC Sochaux-Montbe

OM 2 - 2 AS Monaco

Lyon-Duchere AS 0 - 2 AS Monaco (Coupe de France Round of 16)

AS Monaco 3 - 2 Evian TG FC

Montpellier HSC 1 - 2 AS Monaco

Transfers and Other News



Injuries
February 17: Almamy Toure suffered torn knee ligaments in the match against Lyon-Duchere AS and will be out 2-3 months

Standings

We're 3 points clear of 1st, but we are struggling to regain our form. There are 10 matches left in Ligue 1 and we need to win them. Draws are unacceptable.

AS Monaco
March 2016

Matches

Olympique Lyonnais 0 - 2 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 2 - 0 ESTAC Troyes

Girondins Bordeaux 0 - 1 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 2 - 0 SC Bastia (Coupe de France Quarterfinal)

AS Monaco 1 - 0 Stade Brestois

Transfers and Other News

March 13: Fode Koita injured in a training match and will be out 4 weeks.

Standings

We're 4 points ahead of LOSC Lille, and 6 ahead of Paris-Saint Germain, but PSG have a game in hand. There are only 6 fixtures left for us, including 6 pointers against LOSC Lille and Paris Saint-Germain. The fixtures are tough, but we need to be tougher.

AS Monaco Advance to French Cup Final

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AS Monaco defeated LOSC Lille 2-1 in extra time at Ground Stade Lille Metropole to advance to the Coupe de France final, played on April 30, 2016 at Stade de France. Lucas Ocampos's goal in the 120th minute broke his goal drought and gave Monaco the victory. AS Monaco's opponent in the final will be Paris Saint-Germain, who also defeated their opponent, OGC Nice, 2-1 in extra time away from home. Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco have battled twice in the final before, AS Monaco defeated PSG 1-0 in the 1985 Final at Parc des Princes, and Paris defeated Monaco 1-0 after extra time in the 2010 Final.

Limior said after the game, "It's a thrill to make it to the Coupe de France Final, and I'm expecting my squad to take it home. I want us to do the double this year, we've got a good shot at winning Ligue 1, I also want this. I'm tired of people snubbing Monaco due to our lack of reputation, I think we can be one of the best clubs in the world."

AS Monaco
April/May 2016

Matches

Stade Rennais 0 - 0 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 0 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain

LOSC Lille 1 - 2 (a.e.t.) AS Monaco (Coupe de France Semi Final

Stade de Raims 1 - 3 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 1 - 1 LOSC Lille

AS Monaco 0 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain (Coupe de France Final)

SC Bastia 1 - 3 AS Monaco

AS Monaco 0 - 3 AJ Auxerre

Transfers and Other News

April 9: Mohammed Abu suffered a broken leg and will be out 5-6 months.

Standings

WE DID IT! MONACO ARE LIGUE 1 CHAMPIONS!

Monaco End Ligue 1 Drought

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Monaco manager Nathan Limior thought the door had closed on his team and that Paris Saint-Germain were sure to win the trophy, but he had an assistant keep on top of the score, and Limior was shocked to learn that PSG was struggling against Stade Rennais. Monaco saw the door of opportunity creak open a bit and pushed it open, destroying AJ Auxerre 3-0 in the season finale. PSG drew with Stade Rennais 2-2. Rennais on the strength of Mevlut Erdinc's two goals, and PSG saving a loss only on a Pastore strike and an own goal by Rennais. The fans at Stade Louis II certainly knew what was going on, and the crowd whipped into a frenzy as the final whistle sounded, ensuring Monaco's victory that day and in the Ligue 1 competition.

Nathan Limior was almost crying as his team was presented with L'Hexagoal amidst much pomp and circumstance. He said to the frenzied crowd in passable French, "I didn't think we'd ever make it here, to this moment. It took a miracle for us to win it, and Stade Rennais gave us that miracle. Thank you for supporting us, and I need you to continue supporting us next season, and support us when we compete in the Champions League. Once again, thank you all! Thank you, Dmitry [Rybolovlev], for hiring me and having faith in me to take care of this storied club. And most of all, thank you, players on the pitch, who made this happen. You struggled a lot, but you also overcame a lot, and I'm proud of you!"

This is Monaco's 8th league victory, and their first since 2000, ending a 16 year drought, and being the first time Monaco was rewarded with the new trophy, L'Hexagoal. Monaco were champions in 1961, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2000, and now 2016.
Congratulations! You truly did snatch victory from the jaws of defeat :D
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