Rangers: Road to the UEFA Europa League Final 2020

Road to the UEFA Europa League Final 2020

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Foreword

Two successful domestic seasons have passed following the move from TSG Hoffenheim to my boyhood club – Glasgow Rangers.

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My initial remit was to stabilize the club, build a strong group of Scottish nationals, with the view to developing and nurturing a starting eleven, born-and-bred within a 30-mile radius of Ibrox Stadium.

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How I prepare for a Champions League final

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Introduction

When it comes to a game of the magnitude of a Champions League final, arguably the biggest fixture outside of the World Cup final, I tend to put a bit more effort into my preparations. Rather than wholly rely on my scout reports, I will also watch a couple of my oppositions recent matches.

We had a week to prepare, having finished the season with an emphatic 5-1 home win against Real Madrid to complete an invincible domestic season.

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FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXVIII | 2034-2037

Three years later. Three virtual seasons were played in the Football Manager 2017 save with Reading FC. Many new young our own players made it from youth to the first team and some of them are already our key players and they deserve some attention. If you’re still interested in this save you can read about everything that happened during the last three years. 

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FM17 | Near Post Corner Kick Routine

If you played Football Manager 2015 or 2016 you probably know there were a lot of goals thanks to Near Post Corner Kick routine. It was very effective to put there your best header and also a player with good off the ball movement attribute and strength guy and he has done the rest. 

As I created some routines during the Football Manager I decided to try this once again too.

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FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXVII | 2032-2034

Hello, everyone, we have passed another two seasons in the virtual world of Reading FC. If you remember it right we won our 10th Champions League trophy in a row at the end of the last update. That was at the end of the 2031/2032 season. It was a major success but we were very good in next two seasons as well. Let’s take a look.

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A Tactical Blueprint for the 3-5-2. Rebuilding Barcelona in the process.

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Introduction

Coming to Barcelona from AEK for the 2021/22 season would turn out to be a bit of an eye-opener for me. Having seldom managed in the higher echelons of world football, it was a shock when my first signing commanded a signing-on fee equal to the annual transfer budget Dimitris Melissanidis would have generally afforded me at AEK Athens. As it transpired, the Spanish wing-back Grimaldo would be my only signing of the summer.

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Fredensborg – Season 4 drips to an end!

It’s been a fabulous first season in the Superliga but the last 10 games were drawn out into a disappointing end. A very quick recap of the remaining 3 months in Denmark.

On the results front my school report would say ‘Tries very hard but more needed to reach the next step in his education’.

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FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXVI | Ten times in a row

Give me one! Give me two! Give me three!…Give me ten! The 2031/2032 season is over and trust or not Reading FC won the Champions League for the tenth times in a row. Achievement? As FMSamo like to say “Ridiculous!”

Despite I wrote in the previous posts I will cover more than one season to enjoy the save I decided to write about this season separately because I think the tenth Champions League trophy in a row is an amazing record and huge achievement.

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