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March


Fixtures
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Ross County pulled a late comeback from 2-0 down ending the latest winning run at under 10. Pathetic. Less pathetic was beating Rangers in the Scottish Cup.


SPL
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Rangers and Celtic are a point apart in the race for 2nd while we missed our first chance to win the league against Ross County who along with Dundee Utd and St Mirren have secured the top 6. St Johnstone still showing signs of life at the bottom. but the playoff spot is any game.


Champions League
Last 16

1st Leg
RB Leipzig 1-2 Aberdeen

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2nd Leg
Aberdeen 2-0 RB Leipzig
Aberdeen win 4-1 on agg

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Won both games with relative ease but never dominated.


Quarter Final Draw
Real Madrid vs Aberdeen
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A Repeat of finals past


Scotland
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2 Friendly wins​
 
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April


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We won the title with an away win against St Mirren and started to rotate the team but kept on winning. We also set up a Scottish Cup Final with Celtic after we both won our semi-finals 4-0


SPL
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Rangers and Celtic end another month split by 1 point and 2nd place will be decided by the championship group. Dundee Utd look set for 4th place. Queens Park has made a great run but not quite enough to hit the top 6. St Johnstone looks doomed and it's probably between Kilmarnock and Hearts for the playoff spot.


Champions League Quarter Finals

1st Leg
Real Madrid 1-2 Aberdeen
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We had to come from behind and win a tight game


2nd Leg
Aberdeen 3-0 Real Madrid
Aberdeen win 5-1 on Agg
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Not Troubles in the 2nd leg and were in the Semi-Finals. Have to thank the 3 former dons who played for Madrid with the highest player rating among the three being only 6.1


Draw
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Where Juventus await​
 
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May


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We enjoy an unbeaten season as we are the first side to overcome the 9 in a row curse to win our 10th title in a row


SPL
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MacIver did manage to lead the league in goals, assists, and ave rating


Scottish Cup Final
Celtic 0-5 Aberdeen
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A dull 1st half turned into a dominating 2nd half and the domestic treble is done


Champions League Semi Final

1st Leg
Aberdeen 4-0 Juventus
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The tie is basically over already

2nd Leg
Juventus 1-3 Aberdeen
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Aberdeen win 7-1 on Agg



One of our most dominating scores of the save. Man City will be our biggest test in the final
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Champions League Final 2042


From Wembley
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Aberdeen Vs Man City

As Aberdeen tries and makes it 4 Champions Leagues in a row and 6 in total Man City is still looking for their 2nd. This is their first final appearance since 2023/24 almost 20 years ago.


Aberdeen 2-1 Man City
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We are only the 2nd team to win 4 Champions Leagues in a row. This will go down as the MacIver final with his two goals being the difference​
 
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Alfie Bavidge
The Greatest Don has retired
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I really struggled with how to do this post so decided to combine the 3 ideas i had. Review his career, post the top 3 moments and list the overall accomplishments


Career Review

Part 1 Teen Prodigy
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Highlighted on day 1 as my 4th striker behind Duk, Miovski, and the underrated Christian Ramirez/ I was quoted to say he was the best Dons prospect since Ryan Fraser who i want to hold onto for the whole save. Two giant ticks

He quickly got his career off with a bang scoring his first league goal to become Aberdeen's youngest ever scorer. He went on to score 4 on that day.
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During a great 2nd season he was called up by Scotland for the March friendlies where he marked his debut with a goal while being the lead scorer in the league.

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By the 4th Season Bavidge was the best Scottish player in my eyes at least hitting 38 goals. Sadly he and Aberdeen were still a bit behind Celtic and their best striker in the save Santiago Gimenez who was outscoring him and keeping Celtic atop the tree.


Part 2 Superstardom
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By the late 20s, Bavidge was now finally Scotland's lead scorer while regularly winning the Golden Boot and scoring goals regularly in the big Champions League games. After 1 season of indicative behavior in 203 at his peak he signed on for a 7 year deal 4 (+3 extension) and immediately rewarded us with the goals that won the league title scoring 51 in total.
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A year later he broke the all-time scoring record for Scotland with goal 44 taking him past the mighty Che Adams. He set the bar at 105 by the end of his 140 cap career Also

He then had his season of important goals. Scoring 9 Decisive goals in 1 goal wins as we regained the league title from Celtic
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Followed up with a tight title defence and our first Champions League win Of Course Bavidge scored the winner during the best statistical season in his career. At 29 this was Bavidges peak
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Part 3. The Hungry 30s
Bavidge started his 30s with the worst season of his career and my play of a decade of Bavdge & MacIver was in jeopardy immediately.

The Scots did have 1 glorious season together before Bavidge had 18 months of injuries that knocked his career and by the time he was fit again he was 4th choice and by the end, he was the 7th best striker in the squad by the end of this season.

With no interest in a nonplaying role this is the end of Alfie Bavidge
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Top 3 moments

3rd

Kilmarnock 4 goals in season 1

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In our first season i had high hopes of having a career player in Bavidge but when he scored 4 goals at hardly 16 years of age got me properly excited. In real life that was over 14 months ago


2nd
2031 SPL title winning goals vs Rangers in the final game at Pittodrie.

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This was the season of Bavidge winners. Scored a 90th minute winner over Celtic and in the game before this the only goal vs Hearts among several others. As amazing as this moment was now that i look back this was the start of the 10 in row run.


1st
Winning goal for our 1st Champions League.

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Im not sure how this could have been any better. Liverpool had ruined several Champions League campaigns and that's who we met in our first final. It looked like we were about to lose it till we scored in the 90th minute to force extra time where Bavidge's 115th minute goal secured us a historic Champions League title.



Trophies
Champions League *6
Uefa Super Cup *5
SPL *15
Scottish Cup *14
Scottish League Cup *11
UEFA Nations League 2039 (Scotland)

Achievements
SPL Player of the Season *6
Scottish Player of the Year *6
European Golden Shoe *4
European Golden Boy 2024
Champions League Player of the Year 2033/34


18 consecutive seasons of double digit league goals​
 
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End of Season 20


SPL - Winner
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That was our best domestic season. We did fall 2 points short of our best total with that 2nd draw but scoring 150 goals and only letting in 11 i doubt will be repeated. Celtic spent almost the whole season behind Rangers but niped back ahead of them after the split taking a deserved 2nd place. Dundee Utd were on their own in 4th place clear best of the rest but not up with the old firm. St Mirren & Ross County filled the rest of the top 6. Queens Park finished the season strongest of the bottom teams while Hearts finished above Hibs in the league but as you see Hibs had the better season with Ayr just behind them. Kilmarnock fell away as the season went on and St Johnstone got VERY close to saving themselves and immediately went back down to the Championship after 1 season for their 5th relegation in the save. Inverness returns to the top flight after 6 seasons in the championship


Playoffs
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Kilmarnock again retained their space in the top flight with an extra time double from Flores denied Dundee.


Managers
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St Mirren took former Millwall player Billy Mitchell from Kilmarnock and the team's fortunes showed how good he may be. Regen reject Millar Tarran was sacked by Hibs who tempter Romanian Adrian Mutu back into management to take charge of his 5th SPL team. For the 2nd season in a row, both Edinburgh teams change managers with Hearts appointing Ben Gofrey to his 4th SPL post.


Europe
Hibs
Were the stars of the season of the other SPL clubs beating Bournemouth in the Europa Conference final
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Celtic had another good Champions League season getting to the last 16
Rangers fell a round earlier to Dortmund
Dundee Utd Was stuck in the Europa League but matched last season's Champions League performance with a knock-out phase elimination
St Mirren Fell at the qualifying stage for the Europa Conference frustratingly on penalties


Champions League Final
Real Madrid 1-4 Aberdeen

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Squad Review


Goalkeeper
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Finally, i have a season with a great balance. It won't last for long with Lawrie being a decent prospect and Scottish but for now, i am happy to role with Ajayi as No1 and the 19-year-old Lawrie as the backup.


Defense
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The change on the wings gave mixed results. Nicu was more solid than the previous right back but teenager Myles Langton may be better. Tremble was a letdown and I'll need to choose between him and Lucas Amado. In the middle we had 3 in the squad capable of starting and Quintana the back up was by far the best of the 3 with some youth still out on loan.


Midfield
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Our midfield was outstanding with only Alvarez under 7.43. Tough call to make here with that poor season and Martinez away to turn 32 and like at center back the backup Jimenez is more than good enough to start too. Alvarez would bring in a ridiculous fee but he's really really good. Lots of youngsters in the u18s got appearances and i expect quite a few of them to play for us in the future.

Attack
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MacIver had the season of seasons. Again i have a tough decision to make with a position. Dujakovic and Soumah both had an incredibly impressive season. Which one starts in 2042/43? Mark Craig & Fox Anderson are both promising prospects from the u18s. Alfie Bavidge gets his own post.


Players for life
300+ Appearances

Bradley Cummings - DC
P574 G28
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Ramiro Martinez - MC
P316 G63
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Final Update
Alfie Bavidge - ATT

P870 G615
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Went out with a bang. Only had one start and he scored 3 times

Andy MacIver - ATT
P330 G324
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He should have more goals than games by this update next year.


Rankings

Club Ranking - 1st
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Another Champions League extends our lead at the top


National League - 6th
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Remain 6th despite winning 3/4 European trophies England and Germany still outscored us to get the 2 extra CL spots


National Team ranking - 10th
Pre World cup
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Awards

Player of the Year

Andy MacIver
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Young Player of the Year
Marko Dujakovic
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Top Scorer
Andy MacIver

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Team of the Year
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World Cup 2042


Scotland Squad

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A very nice squad. Well balanced with quality players in each phase of the team. The one major loss is long term Left back Owen Munroe of Manchester United who would be the 3rd-5th best player in the squad. Massive downgrade to the next man up. This squad is probably in its prime but only 1 starking player, the keeper of over 30 so we have the next Euros with this bunch and maybe the 2046 world cup.


Warm Up Games
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Made sure to take it easy and rotate hard


Group E
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Well, we made it out of the group but only after i had to recover from a complete and total mental breakdown after losing 3-2 to Congo. Thankfully we put on a normal display to thrash Peru who then beat Congo so we all draw on 3pts but our goal difference has us on top. No major shocks in the other groups


Second Round
Colombia 0-1 Scotland
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We were not impressive but kept our 1st clean sheet since William Wallace was running around and thanks to the early goal that was enough to put us through.


Big shock here with China beating France. We get Italy in the net round.
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Last 16
Scotland 3-2 Italy
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Our first game against a major nation and the players are knackered already. We raced into a 2 goal lead in the first half hour but Italy pulled one back we had a 2-goal lead again before half time. Italy dominated the 2nd half but only managed to pull one back but it wasn't enough to deny Scotland a place in the Quarter final.

Only one shock as Germany is out, Not a shock on recent real-life form though
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Some big games. Then there's Scotland vs. the USA


Quarter Finals
USA 0-1 Scotland
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We win the battle of the lowest-ranked fixtures. We had the lead and it was all going great made even better when USA went down to 10 men. Brazil stand between Scotland and a World Cup final

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Semi Final
Scotland 1-3 Brazil
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We had some lucky breaks to get here but they all went the other way. 2 Red cards although we were already a goal down when it all started going wrong.

Turkey and Argentina put on a more extreme version of the game of the century which went Turkeys' way.


3rd Place Playoff
Argentian 2-1 Scotland
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Well, we finished with 9 men and got a consolation. a proud fighting end to an amazing run


Final
Brazil 2-3 Turkey
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Wow so we won't even be the story of the tournament as Turkey wins a stunning 1st World Cup

At least Scotland walked away with 1 reward from this amazing run
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Season 21
Aberdeen 2042



The Dons won a 4th Champions League and a 3rd domestic treble in a row. last season was a summer of change and 12 months on we didn't sell a single starting player while only losing squad players to sales 90% of them were planned


Squad


Goalkeepers
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No change between the sticks. Lawrie took a hit in his future potential after looking good in a dozen appearances last season.

Defense
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The rebuilt back 4 did well. Nicu will continue to build his value before making way for Langton. Both starting center backs and the main backup are now in their late 20s and ready to give more playing time to Quintana, Casares & McDougall. Would like to have sold at least one of Cummings regular partners but no bis at all came in. Amado is promoted to starting Left back and Tremble is still failing to attract a bid over £20m but with no suitable replacements coming through he stays another year.

Midfield
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The best starting 4 we've ever had returns but like the defense, it is very heavy on players in their late 20s. Ockmonek and Trawally or Calder are the major hopes for the wings

Strikers
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The one position in the team we could leave settled for the next decade is upfront. MacIver is the greatest. Soumah outplayed Dujkovic last season and will get the start for this season. Fox Andersson and Mark Craig are the top prospects coming through the u18s


Transfer Window


SPL
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Celtic were the only other side to spend over £10m on a player and pulled in a huge profit through the window majorly trimming the squad. St Mirren made a fantastic sale in Oscar Menah for £11m. The overriding thought from this image is the upside of buying 20+ youngsters per window. This has majorly slowed down as spending hours a day trying to sell them off and manage loans is not the most fun thing to do. It's coming at a cost as the average age of the squad is well into the 20s


Aberdeen

In
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This is the weirdest window you'll see me do. Every single player went back to their clubs on loan. Including the £85m man, i have no good reason for buying. Was thinking about the long-term of the left wing and there was a shortlisted 5* prospects in case my youths don't work out and suddenly I'd bidded £85m and signed him up. To make it even worse I had already signed another left winger in Duran.
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Out
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Welcome to the £227m list of "Who the flock is that guy" Sundsvag was the only player that made it to solid backup Acosta is a great keeper but it came down to him or Ajay and Acosta was the only one that saw bids come in for him. I do worry Rosado and Choi will become class defenders. Oscar Benito was one of the best prospects i had but has not developed at all in 4 seasons.
 
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August


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We make an amazing start. Beating Ranges 6-0 is the sign we mean business. 36/36 wins this is the season?


SPL
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Champions League Draw
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Super Cup
Watford 1-3 Aberdeen
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6 Former Dons lined up in the Watford Squad explaining why their rise has happened.


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The very strange anomaly of this match was the stadium. The Bobby Charlton stadium was built in Southampton for some reason in 2024 and hosted its first match nearly 20 years later. No club is designated to the stadium​
 
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September


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We see off Celtic and our at the time closest rivals Hibs. We demolish Ross County and beat Queens Park in the cups


SPL
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Champions League
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We get our title defence underway by easily seeing off Chelsea


Scotland
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We took the lead 3 times combined for less than 10 minutes. Thankfully Scott scored the winner before our major humbling to Spain with all the goals coming from Dons or former Dons​
 
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