Hello and welcome to the next post in my European Alphabet Challenge story. In this post, I will show you the final results of the season, where we finished and also a small update once more on my time as Mexico manager. Let’s begin with the results however for the Croatian First League:
We had a terrific end to the season and only lost twice in the remaining games. We won the vast majority of them, and only drew 4 as well. This meant that we had a very strong chance in the title race. Our final 3 games were poor results, however this was because I was testing young players and giving them a chance. My one reason for this was:
We won the league! We were favourites and the board were very happy with me for doing so, following 2 seasons of 2nd placed finishes. I returned the silverware back to Dinamo Zagreb and I was thanked gratefully. Hajduk came 2nd, while Slaven Belupo defied all the odds to finish 3rd, granting them some European action next season. Istra were relegated.
Winning the title didn’t only mean that I had another trophy ticked off my list, as it entered me for the Croatian Super Cup, (CSC), which was to be played in the pre-season of the 2021-22 season. We would face the Croatian Cup winners, Rijeka. Here’s how it went:
We won the CSC by some margin! A terrific 5-2 win saw us lift the CSC once again, meaning that along with my title win during the season, and my Croatian Cup victory with RNK Split, I can leave Croatia!
My League Rating: To be honest, I actually think Croatia is a decent league to manage in, not as good as Belgium, but miles ahead of Bulgaria.
In the way of awards, there was only 1 in our favour:
Lucas Kummer won the ‘Top Goalscorer’ award in his first season in Croatia. Not bad for a young striker with a £4m move under his belt already. Unfortunately I will not be managing him anymore unless I bring him with me to another nation, as I did with Peres, but like some of my other favourite players along the save, (Niccolai, Baumgartel, Schneider, Kiko Baya, Peres, etc.), I will be subscribed to them indefinitely so I can see where they go.
Here are the player stats:
As you can see, the player stats this season have been littered with Dinamo Zagreb players. The only negative thing is not having a player in the ‘Most Player of the Match’ awards. That would’ve meant we had at least one player in each of these tables.
In my last Mexico update, I showed you how we got on in the World Cup (NAM) Qualifiers. We had a break from that as we entered the North American Gold Cup competition. Here’s how we did:
We cruised to the competition final and beat Canada 3-2 in the final. I was really happy to have my first piece of International silverware, but the competition for the trophy was poor, very poor.
I will update you when I have a new club in…… Czech Republic!!!!!!
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