End of Season 1 update
Here's how our first season in Iceland played. As you know we were generated FH and were very lucky in that. So were we able to win the league and thus complete Iceland in one season? Let's find out.
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The squad is solid, good depth in most areas and it's on this basis alone that separates our squad from the rest of the league. A few stars in there to gave me a lot of confidence to take on the league!
This tactic may look complicated on the outset, but believe me when I say it's far simpler. It's basically a 4-2-3-1 but inverted. This allows for more fluidity and draws opposition players slightly out of position which if moved at high tempo is very effective.
Icelandic Community Shield
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A crushing victory to start in Iceland and win my first trophy as a manager.
Icelandic League Cup
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As the league is the main focus in this save, I will most likely be playing rotated sides to save players for the league. However, this competition took place before the league season started so I mostly used the strongest lineup as an extra pre-season. Nevertheless, we dropped a few points here so did we have secure enough to qualify for the knockout?
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Just about enough! We moved into the top 2 on the final game. This gave us another chance to win more silverware! So did we achieve it?
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Not quite. We lost in the final which was poor as I felt by this point we'd kicked into good form. Regardless, the board felt this competition was not important.
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As above stated, we choose to rotate in the cup competitions to preserve players for the league. We were slightly unlucky to draw a Premier Division club when we could've got a club far worse. The board were slightly p*ssed but let's see how the league went down.
Iceland Premier Division
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Excellent league results. We smashed the league pretty much the whole way through. The title was clearly won. But by how much?
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At an absolute canter! Iceland has been breezed through, and what fun it was too! If this is how each nation will go then I can't wait!
By the time the Champions League rolled around, the league was going so well that I decided to just go for it. Let's see how we got on!
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Crazy! The first tie saw us play a team from the Faroe Islands. Simple enough, we rested players and qualified with ease regardless. However, when we drew Viktoria Plzen, a regular European outfit with far superior players to ours, I was sure this was the end. How wrong was I? We were incredible and unstoppable at times. The final qualifier we were extremely fortunate to draw a Swedish team, when we could've drawn the likes of Manchester City or Celtic. We weren't excellent, but amazingly we qualified for the group stage.
Unfortunately, after just 1 group stage game played (a 2-0 defeat to Sevilla), we'll be resigning as per the rules before seeing the campaign out. In spite of that, it was awesome to be the first manager to take an Icelandic club to the Champions League group stage.
Bronze: 'Floki' - The young Icelandic striker was red hot until breaking his leg half way through the season. I have no doubts he would have won Gold without his injury yet 18 goals in 25 games deserves being in the top 3.
Silver: Jeremy Serwy - The leading assister in the league was electric down the win and an absolute devil on set-pieces. 7 goals and 14 assists made him well worth the silver.
Gold: Þórarinn Valdimarsson - The team's vice-captain was very similar to Serwy. Both finished with 7 goals and 14 assists. However, where the winger stood out was his versatility to drop into left-back when needed and perform excellently. He finished with the league's second highest average rating through sheer consistence brilliance.
Iceland was an absolute ball! A perfect starting place for this challenge. I'm feeling really invigorated to press on with this challenge. And so with Iceland complete, a new nation must take it place among the 5. The country randomly generated was Israel. This means my next destination will be in either England, Finland, France, Israel or Sweden.
Thanks to all who will take a chance and click on this. If you are willing, please spare a moment to write a comment with what you like and what needs improving so I can learn and deliver better content. Till the next update!