3. A-Z of Football – Arsenal (97/98) – We’re gonna win the league (cup)

So here’s the story from A-Z…Liavinco is making great progress with Arsenal but can he cap it off with some glory?

Part 3 of the first journey, and it is really hitting me how long this will take! I am actually looking forward to this. Not a lot actually happened in January if I am honest with you. We made the League Cup Semi Finals, so there is potentially a chance for me to move on a little sooner than expected. Few transfers going ahead too, such as;

Jorg Albertz swaps Glasgow for Turin

Rui Costa making big moves for big money. He will ply his trade at Nou Camp
Another Portuguese player joining a Spanish giant, as Helder moves to Madrid
Did NOT see this one coming, as Ferrara swaps Turin for Milan….Shocking loyalty
A more realistic one this time

Also, something else I feel quite interesting. There have been 6 manager of the months so far, and all 6 months have had a different manager winning the award. Of course, there are 2 from Newcastle, but in terms of personnel it is good to see!

Another big signing for Manchester United as the lesser talented, but albeit still talented, Brian Laudrup makes his move to Old Trafford

Serie A then see’s a change. A managerial genius is surprisingly sacked from his role at Parma! Only big things in his future surely, I wonder where he ends up?

Oh, ok. Well welcome to the premiership a little bit early Mr Ancelotti!

Obviously having made this game winning a trophy before moving on, my main aim of success will be in either of the cup competitions. I have indeed made the League Cup Semi’s where I face Liverpool over 2 legs, a tough draw. However, an easier draw in the FA Cup. Wonder who I might face in the next round?

Fuck. However, following on from that, a resounding 3-0 victory over Liverpool at least gets me to the league cup final. I could be moving on after just 1 season, which is what I am hopeful about! 1 problem…Man Utd stand in our way.

We then hit a bit of bad form, including this loss…Hoping we can make up for that in the next leg. Would really help enhance my reputation for future roles!

It seems that the former England manager has found himself a new role aswell. Bit of a step down, I’d think…

We seem to have hit our worst form to date. Trezeguet isn’t scoring at all, Ian Wright has been injured, and it is really starting to show. In fact, we are no longer top of the table either. Maybe a change of tactics is on the cards, and going back to my trusty 4-2-3-1.

Back to 4-2-3-1, and some instant success! We manage to dispatch Parma in the UEFA Cup, and further continue the legacy

A CM legend is on the move, as always. Emile Heskey leaving Leicester and heading to Loftus Road

Next up….It’s time. It is time for the league cup final, and my first potential trophy as a manager. If I win this, I can start applying for “B” teams and move on with the challenge. If not, it will hinge on the UEFA Cup or Premier League, which will be a hell of a lot harder to win.

We take on the giants, Manchester United. CM bids us as the away team, and although played at Wembley, I always feel that being on the right hand side of the screen leaves us at a disadvantage!

All of this disappears however as Gary Neville decides to help me out, and scores an own goal. Cheers Gaz. We manage to hold on, and it confirms that my time at Highbury can now come to an end! I won’t be resigning however, I will await further jobs to come up.

This also helps towards my first manager of the month award!

And that is the end of this chapter. Chapter 4 will follow, and will I find myself a new club? Who knows. I leave you with the current league table, and the top scorer

If any of you are interested in my twitch, where I play FIFA predominantly, you can catch me at twitch.tv/Liavinco. Come and join the rage!

Whatever happened to: Jorg Albertz

The first transfer in this update was Jorg Albertz.

Albertz became a huge favourite with the Rangers fans, but after the departure of manager Walter Smith in June 1998, he was frequently left out of the starting line-up by the incoming Dick Advocaat. Despite this, he also won league championship medals in 1999 and 2000.

He returned to Hamburg in 2001. Despite the hype of his return, he was unable to live up to the hopes that people had on his shoulders, and before the beginning of season 2002–03 he transferred to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. He initially gained success with them when he won the 2003 league title. Unfortunately in 2003 the Chinese Football Association would revoke the league title after it was discovered the Shenhua General manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to give favourable decisions to Shenhua in games that season.

Having had a moderately successful spell in China, Albertz moved back to Germany in 2004, his re-initiation into the German game coming with Greuther Fürth. On the receiving end of many injuries, he switched to Fortuna Düsseldorf once again, where he retired at the end of the 2006–07 season.

On 11 March 2008, Albertz confirmed he was training with Clyde with a view to a short-term move, to help out Clyde manager and former Rangers teammate John Brown. Albertz signed for Clyde on 14 March 2008. He made his debut the following day, scoring a trademark free kick in a 1–1 draw with Stirling Albion. He scored Clyde’s winning goal with another free kick in an important 2–1 victory over St Johnstone on 25 March, to lift Clyde out of the relegation play-off zone. After helping Clyde stay in the Scottish First Division via the playoffs, Albertz went into retirement once again, after making eight appearances for the club, scoring twice.

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