Sempre Vitória | Season Five | Two

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is over and it’s finally time to get back to domestic and continental football. Brazil won the tournament, beating a very talented Dutch side 4-0 in the final, while Portugal finished 3rd. 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo finished top scorer in the tournament with eight goals and then bowed out of international football.

Enough about that though. The first part of the season went well for us, some have predicted that we’ll go on to win the league for the first time. Will we? I’m not sure but read on to find out how the transfer window and our matches across January went.

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Sempre Vitória | Season Five | One

It was a summer of squad overhaul. I didn’t plan on losing Branco and García so it’ll be interesting to see how we get on without them and how the young players making the step up from the B team cope with Primeira Liga football.

With the 2022 World Cup to navigate around it’s a busy start to the 2022/23 season. Read on as I serve up the first portion.

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Sempre Vitória | Season Five | Preseason

If you need a short summary of my fourth season at Vitória, we finished 3rd in the Primeira Liga and won the Taca de Portugal, Taca da Liga and Supertaca. Our first foray into the Champions League was a story of almost but not good enough. We picked up a couple of wins but ultimately crashed out in 4th place in a group that contained PSG, Spurs and Schalke.

If you want a bit more of a detailed look at season four, here’s the story of the season in stats. Get yourself caught up and then read on to see how we’re shaping up ahead of season five.


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Sempre Vitória | Season Four Review

Regression isn’t usually a positive. It is for me though in the context of my fourth season in charge of Vitória on FM19.

We slipped a league position to 3rd and were three points away from our total from the previous season too. We could have won a domestic quadruple, taking home the Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal, Taca da Liga and Supertaca. It was only a domestic cup treble we had to settle for in the end. Coming up short in the league once again.

The league remains elusive and I’m fine with that. The challenge that Benfica and Porto pose along with Sporting and Braga, coupled with some of the incredibly promising young talent that we’ve got coming through at the club, keeps me coming back to the game.

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Sempre Vitória | Season Four | Three

At the end of January we were sitting 2nd in the league and in a title battle with Benfica and Porto, os novos Três Grandes. A poor run had seen a resurgent Sporting fall away while AVB’s Braga are still plugging away and are never too far behind. We slipped up in the final weeks of the season last time out, could we go one better than our 2nd place finish and win the league?

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Sempre Vitória | Os Pequenos Conquistadores

As I move into the business end of my fourth season in charge of Vitória, I had a thought that I’ve been pretty lax at sharing and showing off some of the promising young players at the club.

A few were mentioned in the Vitória development pathway post but I’ve usually waited until they’ve made it to the first team as in my head this is when they’ve merited their chance to be shown off. However, I’m now throwing that out of the window and would like to introduce you to a selection of Os Pequenos Conquistadores, the little conquerors.

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Sempre Vitória | Season Four | Two

We’ve reached the point of the season where the games come thick and fast. There’s eight to play in December and then a potential seven in January. Recovery days will be essential for the squad.

There’s only one pre-arranged piece of first team transfer business to go through and right now I’ve no firm plans to dive in and spend our, just topped up by the board, £18m transfer budget. That could change though if the right player became available.

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Mezzala on FM19 | Mez Que Un Role

Football Manager 2018 saw the Mezzala role introduced to the game. It had gained some traction in the non-FM world due to the performances of Ángel di María for Real Madrid in what was dubbed as the central winger role but when researching I found that it’s been part of the Italian football vernacular for years.

When the role appeared alongside the Carrilero and Segundo Volante I vowed never to use them. Never heard of them. Far too hipster for me. FM doesn’t really need them. Fast forward to FM19 and I’ve now crossed two of them off the list. The Carrilero appeared in my first tactical attempt and now the Mezzala is key to how we play. So important that it’s merited it’s own blog post analysing the role in my system.

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