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Nathan Limior Takes on Everton and the Premier League

Started on 6 July 2013 by shylax
Latest Reply on 1 September 2013 by Walter
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October 2021

Stoke 1 - 3 Everton
Once again, Everton fall behind early, but their class shines through and they secure a dominant victory. Vaclav Houdek's early goal cast doubt, but Ricardo Gomez equalized just before halftime. Rob Reddy provided the boost needed to give Everton a halftime lead. Stoke fell into a deeper hole when Ander Herrera got a straight red for a vicious foul. George Green cut inside to score a nice goal late.
Player of the Match: Armand Mbock (Everton)

Everton 3 - 1 West Ham
Everton came out on fire, with Paride Lucaselli heading in a free kick to give them the lead. Loic Hourcade had a nice goal to double up. James Tomkins pulled one back on the counterattack, but Ademir got wide open for an easy goal to seal it.
Player of the Match: Ricardo Gomez (Everton)

Champions League Group Stage
Everton 3 - 0 Real Madrid
Loic Hourcade made a run from deep, fired an accurate shot from just inside the top of the box, and just like that, the rout was on. Willy van der Putten added a brace, and despite Real Madrid's attack-minded formation, it could not get a single shot on target.
Player of the Match: Willy van der Putten (Everton)
Injury Update: George Green's injury was just a bruised shin, he'll miss about 5-6 days.

- FC Vaslui drew with Anderlecht 1-1 at home, giving Anderlecht a slim 1 point margin over Real Madrid with 3 matches to play in the group stage.

Everton 3 - 0 Norwich
Norwich had no match for the combined class of Everton. Armand Mbock had a great performance, with two assists, but it was Willy van der Putten who set up the first goal, getting wide open on a long ball, cutting into the box from the right wing, dancing effortlessly around two defenders, passing to Mbock who slid it over for Gomez for the easy poach. Gomez scored again on a corner kick from Mbock, and Everton's third goal came when Tarek Said cleaned up Gomez's missed header off a corner kick.
Player of the Match: Armand Mbock (Everton)

Capital One Cup 4th Round
Everton 2 - 0 Southampton
Everton had a good time getting players open in the box as Edilson and Ademir scored goals to give Everton an easy win.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)

- Everton will travel to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal in the Capital One Cup Quarterfinal.

- Reading manager Gordon Greer has been sacked. Michael Appleton is the bookies' favorite to be his replacement.

Hull 0 - 1 Everton
Everton struggled with Hull's packing the box, and scored their only goal on a questionable penalty call against Chris Llewellyn, but that's what they get for packing the box. Hull tried to equalize late, but couldn't get it done, and Everton escape with yet another win.
Player of the Match: Tarek Said (Everton)




Premier League Table

So far, Manchester United is only 2 points behind, and we're still in play for invincible seasons, it'll be interesting to see who blinks first.


Barclays Player of the Month: Ricardo Gomez (winner)
Barclays Young Player of the Month: Abdelghani Yahiaoui (on loan at Fulham, winner), Loic Hourcade (2nd)
Barclays Manager of the Month: Nathan Limior (winner)

Champions League Group Stage

Qualification should be confirmed soon, and we have a good shot at winning the group, especially if we beat Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu.
Brilliant month but it all pales in comparison to your brilliant win over Real Madrid. Fantastic, I see some trophies this year :)
What a month - and especially the Real result. Keep it up and like Neal said, I can definitely see more trophies coming to Everton this season :D

November 2021

Champions League Group Stage
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Everton
Pal Sortevik couldn't hang on to the ball, or this might have been a scoreless draw. Cristiano Ronaldo's shot was too powerful for him to catch, leaving Angelo Henriquez the easy rebound and goal. Everton had some chances, and couldn't make them count. Ademir was forced off the field due to injury late in the match.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)
Injury Update: Ademir fractured his wrist and will miss 5-6 weeks.

- Michael Appleton has left West Brom to take the Reading job.

West Brom 1 - 2 Everton
West Brom almost pulled off a smash and grab, scoring an early goal and then defending the rest of the way. Everton were forced to use two substitutions early when Gomez and VDP were injured and forced to go off the field, showing a bit of resourcefulness, Limior slotted Gabbiadini as a poaching striker and George Green in behind him as a AMC - Advanced Playmaker in a 3-1-2-3-1 formation, but nothing was happening until 10 minutes left, when Limior threw everyone forward to try to save the unbeaten streak in the Premier League. First, Loic Hourcade scored an 85th minute goal. Then, on Mbock's free kick, Michal Petras cleared the ball away with a diving header, except it was into his own net, giving Everton the fluke (but very appreciated) victory, proving that is indeed better to be lucky than good.
Player of the Match: Claudio Yacob (West Brom)
Injury Update: Van der Putten suffered a dead leg and will be out 2-3 days, but more seriously, Ricardo Gomez suffered a torn calf muscle and will miss 3-4 months. Combine it with Ademir's injury and Everton's strikeforce suddenly looks very short.

- In a further blow to Everton's squad, Baby suffered a sports hernia in training and will miss 4-5 weeks. Also, Rob Reddy suffered a bruised thigh on Ireland duty, but thankfully he'll be out only a week.

- Alan Pardew has left Leeds for the West Brom job.

Everton 4 - 3 Liverpool
The first Merseyside Derby in 2 years is being deemed by the media as an instant classic as Liverpool fought hard to be the first to put a Premier League loss on Everton, but Everton persevered and eventually won. Ramon Ahlinvi was a relevation as the substitute AMC, coming in immediately and scoring two goals.
Player of the Match: Ramon Ahlinvi (Everton)
Injury Update: Paride Lucaselli suffered broken ribs and will miss 3-4 weeks. Juan Jesus had to close the game as a defender for Everton.

- Goodison Park's expansion has completed, it seats 50,000 fans now!

Champions League Group Stage
Everton 1 - 0 FC Vaslui
The scoreline should have been so much higher, but Vaslui's goalkeeper was in amazing form. Thankfully, Juan Jesus got the ball in the logjam of a post-corner kick and powered it through for the victory.
Player of the Match: Nik Dashev (FC Vaslui)

- Everton have qualified for the Champions League Knockout Stages.

- Laurent Blanc leaves Liverpool to manage Sporting CP.

Everton 4 - 0 Fulham
Everton used their free kicks to their advantage, with Hourcade heading in one, and Serge Ribes scoring directly off one. Van der Putten added two goals for a blowout victory over the surprise package in the Premier League.

Capital One Cup Quarterfinal
Arsenal 0 - 1 Everton
With both sides taking shots but being unable to put it in the net, it looked like it would be going into extra time. However, van der Putten's shot bounced off the keeper. VDP went to shoot again and Fanouris Kolyvas went to clear it, and it bounced off Kolyvas into the goal for an own goal.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)
Injury Update: Armand Mbock suffered a concussion and will return in 5-6 days.




Premier League Table

New month, same story. We won't lose, and neither will Manchester United.


Barclays Young Player of the Month: Abdelghani Yahiaoui (on loan at Fulham, winner), Vicente Molinos (2nd)
Barclays Manager of the Month: Nathan Limior (2nd)

Champions League Group Stage

We've confirmed qualification, and Real Madrid should be joining us in the Knockout Stages.
Great to see you qualified from your CL Group! You just keep on winning in the league unfortunately so do United. Anyway, keep the form up and the you'll be favourites for the title :D


We're right in the thick of things, and there's still plenty of soccer left to go. Chivas being 2nd in the standings shows how realistic FM is. :P

You think Chivas 2nd is unrealistic? In my Villa save Arsenal came 17th in my First Season, then got relegated the next :e
More great wins, shame you couldn't do the double over Real, but if this was the knockout stages you'd have gone through on aggregate anyway! Good to see the Merseyside Derby back with a bang :P

December 2021

- Everton have drawn Leeds in the Capital One Cup Semifinal.

Arsenal 0 - 2 Everton
A more dominant effort by Everton this time. Both teams tried to control the flow of play with fouls, but it was Loic Hourcade who made Ryan Shawcross look like a fool for his first goal, then VDP doubled the lead, playing very nicely off the ball and getting open to receive the ball and poach one from close range.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)

- Luciano Spalletti has been sacked as Tottenham manager. Igor Pamic is the favorite to take the job.

- The upgrade to Everton's youth facilities has been completed.

- Eddie Howe has left Southampton to manage Liverpool.

Champions League Group Stage
Anderlecht 1 - 1 Everton
With Real Madrid almost assured of a huge victory over FC Vaslui, this match was meaningless, but Anderlecht didn't give up on their chances so easily. Everton scored in the first minute when Ricardo Suarez weakly headed the ball backwards but it didn't clear the goal line, George Green got to it and rounded the keeper for the easy goal. Djamel Hamzaoui received a great cross and equalized, but neither team could get the winner.
Player of the Match: Esteban Canova (Anderlecht)

- As expected, Real Madrid defeated FC Vaslui 4-0. Everton wins the group with 13 points, Real Madrid is the other qualifier with 12 points.

- Stoke have sacked Juan Manuel Lillo. Anderlecht manager Michele Serena is the bookies' favorite to take the job.

Reading 0 - 2 Everton
Everton got off to a hot start, with VDP scoring a header off a cross from Loic Hourcade, but they couldn't seem to get into a higher gear. Limior reportedly had an uncharastically mediocre teamtalk about resisting complacency, with half the team angered and the other half motivated. Still, they soundly defeated Reading, with Rob Reddy getting into space in the box and finishing from close range to put it out of reach.
Player of the Match: Tim Irving (Everton)

- Michele Serena has taken the Tottenham Hotsput job.

- Manchester City defeated Corinthians 3-2 to win the FIFA Club World Cup. Former Everton player Hernan Ramirez took the Golden Ball.

- Former Arsenal player Mikel Arteta is the new manager of Xerez.

Manchester City 2 - 1 Everton
Thomas Muller scored to open things off in the first half. Manchester City had a 1-0 lead at halftime, and midfielder Will Hughes doubled up with a close range finish. Loic Hourcade pulled one back for Everton, and Limior pushed everyone up to try to get the equalizer, but Everton ran out of time and their unbeaten streak in the Premier League snapped at 38 games. In addition, Manchester United is now first in the league.
Player of the Match: Oskar Hiljemark (Manchester City)

- Southampton have hired Juan Manuel Lillo as their new manager.

Champions League Round of 16
AS Monaco - Manchester United
Real Madrid - Arsenal
Olympiakos - Paris Saint-Germain
Napoli - Barcelona
Leverkusen - Valencia
Bayern Munich - OM
PSV - Manchester City
Fenerbahce - Everton

Everton 2 - 1 Southampton
Manolo Gabbiadini and George Green got Everton off to a hot start, carrying them to a 2-0 halftime lead. Bahebeck pulled one back for Southampton, but that was all the attack they could muster.
Player of the Match: George Green (Everton)
Injury Update: Mattia Visani suffered a sprained ankle and will miss 4-5 weeks.

- With Arsenal's 2-0 defeat of Manchester City at Old Trafford earlier in the day, Everton is back on top of the table.

- Roy Keane has left West Ham to take the Stoke position. Gordon Greer has been announced as the new West Ham manager.

Everton 3 - 0 Derby
Everton had a slim halftime lead on an Armand Mbock, and it took until the second half for Everton to demolish Derby. Baby was the supersub, scoring a brace in the last 10 minutes, aided by great crosses from Hourcade and Molinos. His first goal, he powered in one the first time from the top of the box. Derby looked like they would get back in it when Molinos fouled former Toffee Pedro inside the box, but Pedro missed the penalty and Baby scored again soon after.
Player of the Match: Baby (Everton)

Leicester 1 - 4 Everton
Everton put on a dominating performance, their goalscoring ability was just no match for Leicester, they pulled back after going down 2-0, but Ademir and VDP were just too much for them.
Player of the Match: Willy van der Putten (Everton)


- We have agreed to sign Marcin Arteniuk at the end of his contract. He can play AMC and AMR, although I'd like to flip him over and make him an AML since he's right footed. He can also be slotted into the advanced playmaker role.


Premier League Table

52 points and still only 2 points ahead of Manchester United, and City is making a move, too. We'll have to be at our best to win the title. We have some loanees coming back, giving us more options in midfield, and we don't really need much in the transfer market, only a true inside forward on the left side to rotate with Hourcade. Gabbiadini is not that guy, and Hamsik is too old.


FIFA Ballon d'Or: Ricardo Gomez (winner)
World Soccer Magazine World Player of the Year: Ricardo Gomez (winner)
FIFA World XI of the Year: Ricardo Gomez (first team), Willy van der Putten (substitute)
AFC Young Player of the Year: Li Gong (winner)
French Footballer of the Year: Armand Mbock (winner)
Argentinian Footballer of the Year: Ricardo Gomez (winner)
Belgian Golden Boot: Edilson (3rd, with Anderlecht)
CAF Defender of the Year: Tarek Said (3rd)
Barclays Young Player of the Month: Vicente Molinos (winner), Loic Hourcade (2nd)

Champions League Group Stage

Of course, we win the group, and Real Madrid also secure qualification.
Keep going and the title will be yours! Also nice work on the qualification!

Story On Hold

Unfortunately, just as I was about to post an update, I heard a pop from my laptop charger and it stopped charging my computer. I unplugged the charger and the power brick had a weird smell and was very hot. I've ordered another one, but it'll take a while to get here. The laptop is unharmed, so the story WILL continue, but it will be on hold.
BACK THIS SAVE UP ON AN EXTERNAL HARD-DRIVE! We don't want to lose this!
Akash is right (for once) keeping this save going is a MUST. Hope to see the story back soon :)

January 2022

Wolverhampton 0 - 1 Everton
Wolves gave Everton a hard time, they weren't much of a scoring threat, but did everything to keep Everton out of their net. Everton had to use two subs at halftime due to VDP's knock and Antonio Rogerio's ineffectiveness. Late in the game, Gabbiadini cracked a free kick off the woodwork. Paride Lucaselli and Danny Batth rushed to get to it, but Batth knocked it into his own net by mistake.
Player of the Match: Danny Batth (Wolverhampton)

Capital One Cup Semifinal
First Leg: Leeds 0 - 3 Everton
George Green opened the door for Gabbiadini to score two goals, first, on a cross, second, by bouncing a shot off the keeper that Gabbiadini got to first. Ademir scored off a corner kick, and that capped off a wonderful second half of football for Everton.
Player of the Match: Manolo Gabbiadini (Everton)
Injury Update: Rob Reddy twisted his ankle and will miss 3 weeks.

Everton 7 - 0 Bolton
Everton is 1st in the league, and they played like it. Bolton is 20th in the league, and they played like it. Two Everton players enjoyed hat tricks, VDP scored 4 goals, while Baby got 3.
Player of the Match: Willy van der Putten (Everton)
Injury Update: Juan Jesus suffered a bruised thigh and will miss 9-11 days.

FA Cup 3rd Round
Aston Villa 1 - 3 Everton
The Revolução Brasileira was in full effect, with Pituca getting two assists and Ademir bagging two goals, to get an easy victory for Everton.
Player of the Match: Pituca (Everton)

Everton 1 - 0 Manchester United
I can already hear Jose Mourinho being angry in the post-match presser after losing when VDP converted a penalty that Simon Stancic conceded in the 80th minute.
Player of the Match: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

- One of the great last names has left the Premier League for now, as Chelsea has sacked manager Leonid Slutsky due to poor run of form. Marcel Desailly is the bookies' favorite to take the job.

- One piece of fallout is Bruma's request to be transfer listed. Chelsea have complied with the request.

Capital One Cup Semifinal
Second Leg: Everton 2 (5) - 0 (0) Leeds
With already such a big lead, they just needed to hold serve, and with a comical own goal by Leeds and a great late goal by Gabbiadini, they added a little to the margin as well. I wanted to play Ronaldo here, but he's cup tied.
Player of the Match: Manolo Gabbiadini (Everton)
Injury Update: Vladan Berisavac broke his arm and will miss 5-6 weeks.

- Marcel Desailly has left Paris Saint-Germain for Chelsea.

- Newcastle defeated Manchester United 2-0 to earn the other spot in the Capital One Cup final.

FA Cup 4th Round
Reading 1 - 0 Everton
Bad luck and poor finishing conspire to send Everton out of the FA Cup way too early.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)

Chelsea 1 - 2 Everton
Baby got Everton off to a flyer, it took him two tries to send it home off of VDP's cross, but he got it. At the start of the second half, VDP scored to double the lead. Paride Lucaselli got his 2nd yellow soon after and we had to put a defensive midfielder at center back. Chelsea pulled one back, but that's all we could do and we were happy to get out of there with a victory.
Player of the Match: Willy van der Putten (Everton)

- Paris Saint-Germain approached Nathan Limior to take the manager job but Limior refused. They offered a lesser salary.

Newcastle 0 - 0 Everton
We played better but just couldn't find the net, so frustrating.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)

Transfer Deadline Day
- Everton sells Rodrigao to Gladbach for 4.9 million. We wanted to keep him, but he was unhappy at the club and with 13 pace, adequate for a top level defender but defenders in my system need to be pacier.
- Carlo Ancelotti leaves Real Madrid to take the Paris Saint-Germain job.
- Manchester United sell Viktor Fischer to Real Madrid for 19.5 million. Fischer cost Manchester United 190K per match.
- Southampton sign Shinji Kagawa.
- Everton sell Moi Gomez to Real Sporting for free.


- Rui Santos from Sporting CP for 16 million. We're glad to beat pretty much everyone else in Europe for him. He's a right footed AML and will be perfect to rotate with Hourcade.
- Everton is proud to announce the signing of one of the game's all-time greatest players ever, Cristiano Ronaldo. He's not as young as he used to be but he's still feeling spry and has plenty to teach the young'uns.

- Paco (goalkeeper) on a season-long loan to Corinthians, while we keep Karandreas for training and backup duties.
- Isaac Yeboah on loan to Malaga for development.
- Li Gong on loan to Tottenham for development.

Premier League Table

Our lead opened up slightly, 3 points ahead of Man U, instead of 2.


Barclays Player of the Month: Vicente Molinos (3rd)
Barclays Young Player of the Month: Vicente Molinos (winner), loaned player Abdelghani Yahiaoui (2nd), Edilson (3rd)
Barclays Manager of the Month: Nathan Limior (2nd)

February 2022

Everton 3 - 0 Tottenham
What a display by Everton! One thing about the new skin I use is how it displays player stats during the game, I was amazed to see Pal Sortevik only attempting about 15-20 passes, and Mattia Visani attempting about 150 (with almost all completed, of course), it shows how high we win the ball up the field and how much we control the ball. It's nice having players who can make tackles and interceptions.
Player of the Match: Willy van der Putten (Everton)

Everton 3 - 0 Stoke
Tarek Said's early goal prevented Everton fans from panicking as the team placed its heavy boot on Stoke, stifling their opportunities. Ademir and Rob Reddy made the scoreline almost as dominating as the statline.
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)
Injury Update: Edilson suffered strained knee ligaments and will miss 5-6 weeks, a tough blow since he's a very creative player and not bad attacking the goal himself.

- Tarek Said suffered a twisted knee in training and will miss 3 weeks.

Capital One Cup Final
Everton 2 - 0 Newcastle
And with that, we complete an invincible Capital One Cup! 11 goals scored and 0 conceded throughout the tournament!
Player of the Match: Vicente Molinos (Everton)

Champions League Round of 16
First Leg: Fenerbahce 0 - 2 Everton
Another confident victory for Everton, one where setpieces were a big factor as Gomez scored quickly, heading in a corner kick, then George Green curled in a free kick late to double the lead.
Player of the Match: Juan Jesus (Everton)

West Ham 0 - 4 Everton
It took a half, but West Ham finally broke, allowing four goals, the best of which when VDP dispossessed a defender from almost his own touch line and passed it to Ademir for the easy score.
Player of the Match: Willy van der Putten (Everton)


- Freiburg's Alois Weber agreed to join Everton at the end of his current contract. He's a fast player who can pass, so he fits well in my midfield.


Premier League Table

8 point lead, but Manchester United has a game in hand, and they'll probably use it to cut it down to 5, but our lead is still widening!


Barclays Player of the Month: Willy van der Putten (Everton)
Barclays Young Player of the Month: Vicente Molinos (winner), Ademir (2nd), Tim Irving (3rd)
Barclays Manager of the Month: Nathan Limior (winner)

A Modest Proposal

"Meet me at at the Brookwell Cafe at 10 am," the e-mail said. The e-mail was from [email protected], so naturally, I perked up.

The Brookwell Cafe was in a well-to-do part of Liverpool, where executives tended to get their early morning caffeine shot and enjoyed some piece and quiet. I stepped in, and it had an old-fashioned type of decor, very English. I wasn't really much of a coffee person so I just sat down and waited, since it was only a few minutes until the scheduled time.

Senor Florentino Perez walks into the cafe, even with his immense power in the world of football, the other patrons don't really notice him. I wave over to him and he sits down at the table, across from me.

"Good morning...Mr. Limior, isn't it?," Perez asked.

"It's definitely good to meet you, sir. It was wonderful to leave your team without a shot on goal earlier this season, Mr. Perez, and we'll be happy to do it again." I boasted.

"Now, now, I don't think it's good of you to brag, but I do like your spirit. By the way, I've heard our former player Juan Jesus is doing well with your club."

"Yes, definitely. I wonder how you managed to let him go?"

"Well, people make mistakes, but Real Madrid has no time for mistakes."

Suddenly, a waitress pops up. She seemed to be in her early 20s, brunette, very peppy. Other men might have looked longingly at her, but there were important matters to discuss. "Hello, gentlemen? Would you like some coffee?"

"Make mine black," Perez barked. "Do you guys have any iced coffee?" I looked puzzically at her. "An iced frappuccino sounds nice."

"Sure, we do!" she beamed. "I'll go get them for you!"

"Iced coffee, are you serious?" Perez looked at me with a bit of disdain.

"I'm from the South. We ice tea. I've made that mistake before, asking for iced tea in England, they looked at me like some type of monster."

"Anyway, why I am here to talk to you, Mr. Limior. Real Madrid is a giant, but it is a wounded giant. You, of all people, know this. There are great expectations, and our manager left for Paris Saint-Germain. Paris Saint-Germain! We are in first, but we've had poor league performance as of late, and we're only in first on goal differential."

"You want me to take the Real Madrid job?!"

"Sirs, here's your coffees." She handed Perez the black coffee and me the iced frappuccino. I immediately begin sipping it. "Thank you, ma'am," I uttered, sheepishly.

"You have great power in the futbol world. Look what you did with Everton! I need a man with that kind of drive, foresight, and tactical knowledge. You've invented a system that has revolutionalized the football world. I remember hearing about you when you were in America, you've certainly come a long way." He takes a sip of the coffee. "To come to Europe and become the first American-born manager to win the Premier League and the Europa League. With the giant Real Madrid machine behind you, you'd be unstoppable!"

"I already am unstoppable," I retorted.

"Yes, but you're living in Liverpool. Why waste your life in England, with boring food and boring women, when you could live in Madrid. The government will hook you up with a tax break, I'm sure. You know how Spanish women are, and Madrid is a MUCH more interesting city."

"Definitely. How much are you offering me?" I asked. Perez retorted, "I'll give you 90,000 pounds a year."

"I make 92,000 at Everton."

Perez snorted. "Like I said, I'm sure the Spanish government would hook you up..."

"Can you give me until the end of the season to decide? I can't abandon Everton in the middle of the season, that would be incredibly disloyal..."

"I need you now, Mr. Limior!"


"I'm sorry, I can't do that. Real Madrid is very appealing, but I'm in the middle of making Everton into a giant. Have you seen how rich we are? I made Everton rich, with my mastery of the transfer market. My Spanish is rusty, too. I'm sorry, I must go."

With that, I walk away from a life-changing offer, but I do it with my head held up high and with a smile on my face.

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