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Hello my friends, it’s time for Dorchester‘s European debut! As I promised yesterday I have a fresh update to the story ready to go and it covers the first three months of the new season! We had no less than 15 new players joining the club during the summer transfer window so you can imagine that I was extremely curious to see them in action. So the introduction is over, let’s get on to the actual games!

Our Premier League opening game was at home with Everton, they were predicted to finish 9th. By the way, it’s the first season ever when we were not predicted to finish last, the media expected us to finish 11th! Back to the game, it was an absolute cracker! Everton took the lead after just two minutes with a free kick header but then my striking duo stepped up and turned the game around. Liam Parker scored twice and Craig Carlisle also found the back of the net but we had to thank new goalkeeper David De Gea for holding on to that lead at half time, he pulled off a string of stunning saves. Everton managed to get back into the game with another free kick header on the hour mark but Parker was unstoppable, he was brought down inside the penalty area and his mate Carlisle converted the penalty. It was a fantastic end-to-end game, very spectacular and I was quite pleased with the win. Our defense had to improve though, we allowed our opponents to create too many chances.

Next up, our Europa League debut! We had to travel to Sweden for the first leg of the play-off round against AIK Stockholm, I was hoping for a good result to take into the home leg. We enjoyed a good first half and missed a couple of chances before Craig Carlisle headed in a pinpoint cross from Anderson. Our opponents could have leveled the game just after the break when they hit the crossbar but we were in control and Fran Merida wrapped it up two minutes from time when he stormed into the penalty area and thumped it in. I was delighted with the result which almost guaranteed a place into the group stage.

The second leg was just five days later and given the 2-0 advantage I decided to field an almost completely different starting eleven. Striker Christian Stuani was the man of the match this time, he scored the opening goal just 55 seconds into the game and then added a second one to his tally on 17 minutes. Sean Scannell got on the score sheet himself despite being employed as a right midfielder, he fired in a beautiful shot from an acute angle. Brazilian Rafael Coelho celebrated his debut with a fine goal, he dribbled past a defender, then rounded the keeper and pushed the ball in. The crowd enjoyed a spectacular performance from my lads and I was pleased to have reached the Europa League group stage.

Back to the Premier League, our last game of the month was a tough one, away at Manchester City. We got off to a fantastic start, our aggressive approach paid off as we won the back in the opposition half, then it was quickly passed to Rafael Coelho who fired it straight into the top corner from the edge of the area! We were in the lead and I’m pleased to say that the game was fairly quiet until half time, Man City were unable to get past our defense. Things changed a bit after the break, the Citizens were showing more determination and David De Gea had to show a couple of great stops to keep us ahead. He wasn’t able to stop Robinho though, the Brazilian leveled the game with a great strike but my own Brazilian, Rafael Coelho, ha a great chance to score the winning goal but unfortunately he failed to find the net. However, it was a good result and a fairly confident performance.

The Europa League groups were drawn before the end of the month and we were not very lucky as we had to meet former Champions League winners FC Porto, German side Hoffenheim and Czech minnows Brno. In theory we had to battle against Hoffenheim for the second place but we’ll see more about that later on. Go to the next page to see what we did in September.

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  1. ravenie

    October 17, 2010 at 15:58

    That striker isn’t half bad. Great start to the season Johnny. Unlucky against Arsenal though! Keep up the good job.

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 16:55

      Thanks Ravenie. By the way, I noticed that your comment is the 8,000th comment ever posted on this website! :)

  2. rab carr

    October 17, 2010 at 16:33

    great start to the season johnny good luck next month with those tough opponents first signing for my celtic team in FM11 is liam parker lol the guy seems amazingg :-)

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 16:57

      Thanks mate. I’m afraid you won’t be able to sign Parker though, he is not a “real” player but a computer generated player, a so-called “regen”.

  3. rab carr

    October 17, 2010 at 18:09

    awwww really,, what about fran merida? and see this romanian team that you may be managing in FM 11 does it not scare you a little that you may be managing a team just sooooo unheard of? a mean am not saying a scottish league team may be amazing for you but surely gotta be better than universtitea croivoa or somethin lol

    • Jean Paul Borg

      October 17, 2010 at 18:20

      Fran Merida is a real-life player currently playing for Atletico Madrid, I wouldn’t sign him if you won’t have top training staff.

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 21:15

      It’s easy to spot regens just by looking at the profile pictures: real players have real pictures, regens have computer generated faces. About Craiova, I guess they should be more famous than Cowdenbeath for example but that’s not the point. The point is that it’s the team that I loved since I was a child and secondly I can’t really be afraid of something that happens inside a computer ;) By the way, you can check out a brief history of the club here, the team did reach the semi finals of the UEFA Cup at some point…

  4. Jean Paul Borg

    October 17, 2010 at 18:22

    Great start Johnny, you have Mutu in the Romanian squad, can’t believe he takes drugs, what a fag. You have done great so far, I am excited for you on the prospect of Liam Parker! Did he regen in your academy or did you scout him out?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 21:08

      Thanks Jean Paul. Parker was bought from Manchester United, the youth lads that came into my squad were all worthless during the six seasons so far. Mutu is still banned for another month due to use of illegal substances, a drug to lose weight to be precise. I’m quite curious to see him in action again but I admit that I never liked him too much.

  5. Darren Smith

    October 17, 2010 at 18:49

    Wow that Romanian regan is amazing!! Though you do have a gem of your own in Parker, hopefully he will play a big part in your season. I wouldn’t worry too much about the draws and losses as you played some tough opposition. Hopefully the next few months will see you catch up with the top four. Goodluck mate

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 21:05

      Thanks Darren, I hope that Parker won’t be sold by the board during the winter though…

  6. hils

    October 17, 2010 at 19:17

    Wow that Romanian regan is immense!!!!!!!!!!! You have a good chance in the Europa league and premier league!!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In my Newcastle save i came 9th in the premier league!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (How good is Marco Borriello and Eyal Golasa in your game because in mine they are beasts)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 21:05

      Thanks Hils. Golasa and Borriello are good players in my game too. Well done on finishing 9th, that’s a good foundation to build upon next season.

  7. Sears

    October 17, 2010 at 19:20

    Hi Johnny,
    that’s a good start to the season. I think you can chaallenge for a champions league spot, if not the title. The Romanian regen is a good player, really good. Liam Parker is a wonderful player, pity this will be your last season on FM10 :-(

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 21:03

      Thanks a lot Sears. Who knows, maybe I’ll manage to sneak in another quick season just before FM 2011 ;)

  8. Jack

    October 17, 2010 at 19:53

    I can’t believe Parker hasn’t been called up to the England squad yet. Thats a good start to the season there Johnny, I think it will take some very good form to get top 4 though, however the A.I teams don’t normally carry on their form. Johnny would it be possible in your next post to show some pictures of the coaches page? Just so we can see the standard of your 1st team and youth staff? Oh and at my friend ‘rab carr’, the whole point in managing Universitatea Craiova is to improve the standard and reputation of the Romanian league, in order to test out the dynamic league reputation feature, which is new to FM11. The Scottish league already attracts fairly big names and produces some good talents, especially in comparison to the Romanian league (no offence Johnny :P), therefore the challenge would be easier.

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 21:02

      Thanks Jack, I will post those screen shots in the next update. I have no youth staff though as I always released all the players from the youth intake since they were totally worthless. I have 20 coaches, all of them working with the first team players. The Scottish league should have higher reputation than the Romanian one but not nearly as good as Spain, England or Italy so it would be a tough challenge too, maybe even tougher than the Romanian league since I will have to face strong sides like Celtic and Rangers who are a class above the rest.

  9. Kevin

    October 17, 2010 at 20:13

    Hi Johnny
    Not a whole lot I can add as I’m way down the list of respondee’s :)
    Very decent start in the EPL and showing some fine form too in the Europa League. Parker for England!!
    Hope you’re enjoying the Bucuresti derby!

    • Johnny Karp

      October 17, 2010 at 20:59

      Thanks Kevin, Parker is a star in the Under 21s but he has not been called up for the big team yet. By the way, Stuart Pearce is managing England in 2015, that could well happen in real life as well. About the Bucharest derby, it has been a fairly good match but I care more about Craiova’s game tomorrow ;)

      • Johnny Karp

        October 18, 2010 at 05:43

        We do need that win but I’d be happy with a draw too, not too many teams can win away at Brasov.

      • Kevin

        October 18, 2010 at 10:08

        Pearce or Redknapp would suit me fine in real life.

  10. Johnny Karp

    October 17, 2010 at 21:06

    Thanks Radu. That regen could well be the best Romanian player ever, even better than Hagi!

  11. Lye

    October 19, 2010 at 01:21

    Hi Johnny,

    What a great start. I am already way down the comments. Just two words from me well done. I believe there is something to cheer about for your team this season but too bad it’s the last. Good luck mate.

    • Johnny Karp

      October 19, 2010 at 10:11

      Thanks Lye, I guess we should make it a memorable season then :)

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