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Trying To Win (with) The Pools - A Hartlepool United Story

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FEBRUARY

Hartlepool United 1 (Connors 10)
Swansea City 0

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UEFA Champions League 1st Round 1st Leg
AS Monaco 0
Hartlepool United 1 (Connors 54)

We did what was required of us here.

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FA Cup 5th Round

Hartlepool United 1 (Khellaf 40)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0


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Hull City Tigers 0

Hartlepool United 1 (Connors 47)

Whats with all the 1-0 victories????? Pedrinho got sent-off here and will miss the upcoming cup final.

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Capital One Cup Final

Norwich City 0
Hartlepool United 3 (James 10, Connors 33, 54)

The Championship side never had a chance here. Once again Luke James starred in a cup final as is his habit and we now have our hands on every competition possible.


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Everton 1 (McManaman 81)
Hartlepool United 3 (Connors 4, Marcelinho 16, Rugg 90)


A nice away victory that moves us 8pts clear at the top.

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Sunderland 1 (Fletcher 77)

Hartlepool United 3 (Chalobah 5, Khellaf 29, Connors 33)


Always nice to beat Sunderland!!!!!

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LINEUPS
OPP
RES
GK
RB
CB
CB
LB
CM
CM
AMR
AML
AMC
ST
SUBS
Swan1-0CamachoMarcelinho
AldereteChalobahArmstrongTuckerPedrinhoJamesMalaraKhellafConnorsVergara, Damasio
Mon1-0CamachoMarcelinhoAldereteChalobahShawTucker
PedrinhoJamesMalara
KhellafConnorsArmstrong
Wolves1-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete*
Mahon
Armstrong
Tucker
Newsome
James
Bangoura
Khellaf
Connors
Vergara, Hancox, Kopric
Hull1-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete*
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Bangoura
Khellaf
Connors
Newsome, Tucker
Nor3-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Tucker
James
Malara
Khellaf
Connors* 2
Armstrong, Mahon, Rugg
Ever3-1
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Tucker*
Pedrinho
Dimosthenous
Malara
Pagni
Connors
Vergara, Rugg, Armstrong
Sun3-1
Camacho
Damasio
Mahon
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Malara
Khellaf*
Connors
Vergara, Rugg, Bangoura

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH
JAKE CONNORS
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SUMMARY


Another trophy is added to the haul. That makes it 20 trophies won so far!!!!! We didnt start the month to fluently and just scraped the results required but we finished the month off with better performances.

So into next month and the plans for next season begin to mould when the youth intake happens. At the moment I have no plans to sign anyone and no real plans to sell any players in the first team squad! lol

As an aside - Lee Armstrong got his first cap for England while Mariano Vergara got capped by Argentina.

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DENMARK


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Albania 0
Denmark 3 (Helenius 27, 70, Abajaz og30)


 
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MARCH


UEFA Champions League 1st Round 2nd Leg

Hartlepool United 2 (Pagni 20, 56)
AS Monaco 0
(Hartlepool United win 3-0 on aggregate)

Safely through to the quarter-finals.


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FA Cup QF

Hartlepool United 2 (James 18pen, Connors 68)
Arsenal 0

We were excellent here and fully deserved the win. Luke James also missed a penalty.

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Hartlepool United 1 (James 13)

Tottenham Hotspur 0

A solid win which was helped by Camacho saving a penalty. He has been immense this season.

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Hartlepool United 1 (Connors 68)
Manchester City 1 (Volland 47)

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UEFA Champions League QF 1st Leg
Hartlepool United 0
Juventus 0

This was a battle between 2 evenly matched teams. Going to be tough to go through.


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LINEUPS

OPP
RES
GK
RB
CB
CB
LB
CM
CM
AMR
AML
AMC
ST
SUBS
Mon
2-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Mahon
Armstrong
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Malara
Khellaf
Pagni* 2
Dimosthenous
Ars
2-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz*
Pedrinho
James
Malara
Pagni
Connors
Damasio
Spurs
1-0
Camacho
Damasio
Alderete
Chalobah*
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Malara
Khellaf
Connors
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Man City
1-1
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Malara
Khellaf
Connors
Newsome
Juv
0-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Tucker
Pedrinho
James
Malara
Khellaf
Connors
Mahon, Pagni, Newsome

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH
AGUSTIN CAMACHO

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SUMMARY


Not many games this month but the 5 we did play were huge. We progressed in Europe and in the FA Cup and maintain our lead at the top of the table.

Regarding the youth intake there was 1 decent player called Paul Grimes but it will be a year or two before he will make any sort of impact and to follow in the footsteps of Armstrong and Rugg.

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The best player I have ever seen in Scotland - Brian Laudrup (and I hate Rangers lol)

DENMARK

FIFA World Cup Quals Group 2


Denmark 4 (Fischer 19, 67, 90, Okore 47)
Faroe Islands 1 (Djurhuus 15)


We got a bit of a shock here but recovered well and also had a goal chalked off. Still only 3rd in the group though........

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APRIL


Chelsea 2 (Lewandowski 2, Praet 18)
Hartlepool United 1 (Vergara 52)

Disappointing but its not the end of the world. Junior returned to the side and missed a penalty which would have drawn us level.


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UEFA Champions League QF 2nd Leg

Juventus 1 (Fierro 10)
Hartlepool United 2 (Khellaf 25, Chalobah 59)

(Hartlepool United win 2-1 on aggregate)


I am delighted with this win. After we drew at home I thought we were going out but we produced a magnificent performance to win this.

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FA Cup SF

Hartlepool United 2 (Mahon 79, Pagni 86)
Wigan Athletic 1 (Dicko 90)


I risked it by playing my backups but having said that my 2nd XI could challenge for the title I feel so it wasnt really a risk lol


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Hartlepool United 3 (James 84, Pagni 90, Junior 90+2)

Stoke City 1 (Rhodes 32)

Just looking at the times of the goals scored tells you only half the story as they went down to 10 men on 35min and then we had 2 players sent-off before we scored our 3 late goals!!


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Queens Park Rangers 1 (Freeman 41)
Hartlepool United 3 (Junior 4, 6, Pagni 33)

A nice win. Luke James had a goal disallowed too!

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UEFA Champions League SF 1st Leg

Hartlepool United 2 (Connors 43, Junior 52pen)
Chelsea 0

A fantastic win this which should see us through into the final. We hardly gave Chelsea a kick!

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Hartlepool United 1 (Vergara 72)

Hull City Tigers 0

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UEFA Champions League SF 2nd Leg

Chelsea 0
Hartlepool United 1 (Mahon 56)
(Hartlepool United win 3-0 on aggregate)

LOL - we were terrible here and barely troubled the Chelsea goal. Camacho saved an early penalty and continued to keep them out.


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LINEUPS

OPP
RES
GK
RB
CB
CB
LB
CM
CM
AMR
AML
AMC
ST
SUBS
Chel
1-2
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Junior
Vergara
Connors
Mahon, Newsome
Juv
2-1
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Vergara
James
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Malara, Pagni
Wigan
2-1
Camacho
Damasio
Kopric
Mahon*
Armstrong
Tucker
Vergara
Dimosthenous
Malara
Pagni
Rugg
Bangoura, Hancox, Silva
Stoke
3-1
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Newsome*
James
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Mahon, Pagni
QPR
3-1
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Armstrong
Schwartz
Newsome
James
Junior* 2
Khellaf
Pagni
Tucker, Rugg, Damasio
Chel
2-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz*
Pedrinho
James
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Pagni, Damasio
Hull
1-0
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Chalobah*
Shaw
Tucker
Pedrinho
Dimosthenous
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Damasio, Vergara
Chel
1-0
Camacho
Damasio
Mahon*
Schwartz
Armstrong
Tucker
Pedrinho
James
Junior
Vergara
Connors
Rugg, Kopric, Dimosthenous

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH
NATHANIEL CHALOBAH
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SUMMARY


The penultimate month of the season saw us make it to both the FA Cup and Champions League finals where we will play Man City and Man Utd. We are also 1 win away from securing the title so next month could be extremely successful.

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(Jeffs infamous rant)

MAY

West Ham United 0
Hartlepool United 1 (Rugg 90)

CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!

We are, for the first time, in the running for having the least goals conceded so hopefully my backups will see us over the line in that respect. (We have conceded the same as Chelsea)

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Hartlepool United 2 (Newsome 46, Silva 81)
Chelsea 1 (Lewandowski 66pen)

Fantastic - and we have now of course conceded 1 less than Chelsea.

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FA Cup Final

Machester City 0
Hartlepool United 2 (Chalobah 70, Junior 83)

WE RETAIN THE FA CUP!!!!

We played City off the park here and Junior even missed a penalty. It helped once again that all my players were rested for the final. We have now won it 4 times out of the last 5.


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Hartlepool United 2 (Malara 37, Mahon 63)
Southampton 1 (Reinholdsen 55)

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Hartlepool United 1 (Samassi 84)

Liverpool 0

This rounds up the league campaign quite nicely. Even better - we conceded the least amount of goals.

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UEFA Champions League Final

Manchester United 1 (Zuniga 54)
Hartlepool United 2 (Connors 90, Junior 111)
AET

UNBELIEVABLE JEFF!!!!!!!!!

We had Schwartz sent-off in the first half and battled away but it looked as though they had nicked it until Connors struck in the last minute. Then Pedrinho got sent-off and we were down to 9 men but Junior popped up with the winner amazingly!!

Thats 3 times in a row..........

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LINEUPS

OPP
RES
GK
RB
CB
CB
LB
CM
CM
AMR
AML
AMC
ST
SUBS
WHU
1-0
Camacho
Damasio
Alderete*
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Rugg, Tucker, Dimosthenous
Chel
2-1
Camacho
Damasio
Mahon
Kopric
Armstrong
Tucker
Newsome*
Dimosthenous
Malara
Pagni
Rugg
Hodzic, Silva, Hancox
Man City
2-0
Camacho
Damasio
Alderete*
Chalobah
Shaw
Schwartz
Pedrinho
James
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Armstrong, Rugg, Tucker
South
2-1
Camacho
Damasio
Mahon*
Kopric
Armstrong
Tucker
Soto
Dimosthenous
Malara
Vergara
Pagni
Abbes, Silva, Samassi
Liv
1-0
Camacho
Damasio
Mahon
Kopric*
Armstrong
Tucker
Silva
Dimosthenous
Malara
Vergara
Pagni
Abbes, Hughes, Samassi
Man Utd
2-1
Camacho
Marcelinho
Alderete
Schwartz
Shaw
Tucker
Pedrinho
James
Junior
Khellaf
Connors
Armstrong, Rugg, Damasio

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH
NICOLAS ALDERETE
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SUMMARY


A great way to end the season as we won every game and collected 3 trophies. However the miraculous Champions League win overshadows the league and FA Cup achievements.

Once again we benefited from having the privelege of being able to rest our players for the cup finals and that proved to be key both in player performance and fitness compared to our rivals.

END OF SEASON POST TO FOLLOW




 
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Would be nice to see you move internationally to England if the oppurtunity arises to see if you can develop the english team and get them to have the same success as Hartlepool?
 
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Would be nice to see you move internationally to England if the oppurtunity arises to see if you can develop the english team and get them to have the same success as Hartlepool?
In my experience England NEVER appoint a Scottish manager. Just like Germany only appoint a German. Could be wrong mind you as De Boer is the current England manager.

I am looking for a country to be for 5-6 years.

Would be longer but FM14 is out in a month!!!!
 
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I am simply in awe at how many times you get players sent off and do not lose
 
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END OF SEASON POST

7 competitions entered and 7 trophies won - BUT I AM NOT HAPPY!!!!!

Why? We should be scoring far more goals and I also feel that my central midfielders should contribute far more in terms of goals. Sure we won every competition but there is room for improvement as we could go a season unbeaten I feel.

Individually I have to praise Camacho in goal and Alderete at CB and they were key to us having the best defensive record in the league. Junior also impressed when he wasnt injured. On the other side Dimosthenous and Pedrinho never scored and Khellaf was nowhere near as good as last season.

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FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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FIRST TEAM SQUAD

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PLAYER OF THE SEASON
NICOLAS ALDERETE

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U21 PLAYER OF THE SEASON
AGUSTIN CAMACHO

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AWARDS


Players Team of the Year - N.Alderete (A.Camacho, N.Chalobah, J.Connors)
UEFA Champions League Best Player - E.Mahon
UEFA Champions League Dream Team - A.Camacho, N.Alderete, E.Mahon, Marcelinho, K.Khellaf, A.Malara, J.Connors
African Footballer of the Year - K.Khellaf
African Midfielder of the Year - K.Khellaf
Broadcasters Footballer of the Year - K.Khellaf
World Team of the Year - (N.Chalobah, Junior)

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OTHER NEWS

I cancel the link with Dunfermline Athletic

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DENMARK

FIFA World Cup Quals Group 2


Denmark 4 (Fischer 30, Cornelius 68, 74, Sorensen 70)

Spain 0


WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!

To be fair their side is quite poor considering they are Spain.

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Friendly

Georgia 0
Denmark 5 (Cornelius 9pen, 38, 47pen, 58, G.Jensen 10)



 
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PRE-SEASON

A very quiet summer was had here. I am pretty much at the stage where I was with Bilbao - I sign youngsters to slowly take over from the first team players and I sell a player or two every year to make some money.

So without further ado let me introduce you to my future (maybe)......

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PLAYERS IN


My only signings were these 4. The keeper is my new backup one and the others are just hot prospects. Gursoy Bulut was my most expensive at ?4m and the others cost a total of ?2.75m.

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PLAYERS OUT

The major departure was Andrea Malara (95/19) who left to join Roma for ?16.5m (signed on a free) while I received an astronomical fee for Diego Antelo as Ajax also stumped up ?16.5m for the young Bolivian.

Darren Holden (300/7) left to join Wolves for ?2.8m and therefore leaves Luke James as my only player to be with me from the very beginning.

Marius Schoneberg left for ?800K while I received loan fees for Kean, Milani, Vujic, Compton, Southern and I also loaned out a few others.

 
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Any idea what team you might be for FM14? Just curious. :)


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