Building Brazil – Part 11: Laelson, talisma

Rob’s Brazilian experiment has taken Uniao Madeira into Europe…and back out again. Can they push on for domestic glory as season 4 heats up? Catch up with part 10 here.

In part one our European adventure was prematurely ended due to a CM conspiracy however our league form was recovering slightly and we now only have the Taca and the league to concentrate on so hopefully we can continue improving and secure a second season of European football.

First game up and we are away to Varzim who play at a stadium of the same name. It’s a positive start to the this update and Laelson is scoring again. For all the frustration this save idea has caused finding this random Brazilian guy who actually seems quite good has been brilliant. One of the things I love about this game is the random players in the database who get generated, it really makes you feel like you have found a hidden gem.

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Our Portuguese reputation has increased enough that we are entered straight into the third round of the Taca, with league rivals Beira Mar (sea view) our opponents.

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Back to the league and our talisman (talisma) Laelson scores again, we’ve got a little run developing, two wins on the bounce and four victories and a draw in the last five games when you look back to part ten.

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I make another sale, Maga-sarus was average at best so over £1 million is good value.

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Our first game in December is a real test, away to Porto, it is a close match but our clinical finishing makes all the difference. It wasn’t as one sided as the scoreline suggests.

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It’s Taca taco time next and Beira Mar are no match for us in this rich vein of form. Laelson with another brace. I need to win a trophy just for him.

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The quarter final draw sees us face the winner of Sporting and Felgueiras. I know who I would prefer.

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Another league victory follows, young Bebeto gets a couple, he hasn’t been as prolific as I was hoping he might be, his stats suggest he is a perfect fit for the formation and direct style.

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Bugi has had enough of this nonsense and wants to go and play in Serie A, Roma and Juve are keen but I’m not selling yet. I want max value for him and he is really good. It seems Zenga’s regen is a must buy if you need a solid cheap keeper.

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It is a real test next in the league as we host Benfica. As if to prove how good he is Bugi get MOM and keeps us in the game as we earn a point a hard fought point.

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Obviously Sporting win their third round Taca tie so we travel to Lisbon.

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Everton come calling for our left winger Da Silva, he is really good but his strength and stamina are so low that I can’t turn down the £3.5 million. Especially when we have Leonidas waiting in the wings.

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New years eve, our final game of 2000 and Leonidas repays my faith in him as we finish the year with a bang. E.Claudio is starting to show some potential too.

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December really has been good to us, Robson however doesn’t agree. If you’re not with us you’re against us Robbo.

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I put the profits towards another unknown with good stats and a solid sounding name. Will he be the next Laelson?

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The first game of 2001 is our local derby, Laelson puts us in front and E.Claud and Leonidas do the rest.

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That game was the halfway point in the season and we have come back strong, 2nd place and Champions league football are achievable but Benfica seem to be running away with the league. Bugi is really coming through in goal, we have only conceded 10 goals. We’ve never been a defensive powerhouse before so it feels a little strange.

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Off to the coast next and new boy Vieira opens his account as we cruise to an early 2-0 lead and then relax into another clean sheet.

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Our great form has continued into the new year and the lad Laelson is at it again. Jefferson made it tough but we battled to a victory.

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The last game of January is away to Alverca, we concede however we score four, Euclides de Claudio is coming into his own on the inside right and H. da Silva da Costa (Rai) is playing great through the middle.

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Of course he is, it is a tough blow, he is averaging over 7.50 and has made that centre mid position his own. He will be missed.

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Next up Espinho and new boy Vieira gets a perfect (I like to think it was) hat-trick.

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The final game of this update and we travel to the Bessa to face Boavista. Unfortunately we are woeful and 0:0 at half time really flatters us. Boavista take advantage of Bugi being sent off and our impotence in front of goal to run out worthy winners.

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What a record to hold! It is a disappointing end to a brilliant middle third of the season but when I look at the table I can’t be upset. We are profiting from Porto being below par but with 12 games left to go second place is still on the table.

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Join me next week for part twelve, I can’t wait, it’s the first time since season one that things seem to be falling into place as a breeze of positivity blows through Madeira.

You can follow Rob on Twitter @Taitanator 

Building Brazil – Part 10: A Europa Acena

It’s time for season 4 of Rob’s Brazilian challenge. He set out to make an all Brazilian team to storm the Portugese league and…it’s sort of worked out. Catch up with part 9 here.

Season four starts early for us, we have such a low reputation that we have to play in the UEFA Preliminary round on July 26th. Oh and as usual I am struggling to attract players and the ones that do want to come aren’t prepared to be paid the £800 p/w that the board have capped my wages at. This save is frustrating and enjoyable in equal measure not to worry we are on a europa acena (European adventure) to Malta and the Naxxer Lions.

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The squad is a bit low in numbers and because I’m starting so earlier nobody I sign can play in Europe until the quarter finals, which I am optimistically hoping we reach.

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Rai – not interested

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Joel – not interested

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Nene – wants to leave

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Bebeto – says no

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I just wanted to show how hard I am trying to actually sign some Brazilians so that you empathises with all the non Brazilian signings I’m going to make in a minute. Before that though, it is the end of July and Naxxer are here. European football in Madeira! It is safe to say they were not great.

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Told you, I have no idea who Keates is but Craib is Gary McCallister.

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The second leg in Malta is just a formality and despite theses stats, the result was a little bit shocking.

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Doesn’t matter though, we are through and the next stop on our great adventure is…

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Portugal. Vitoria Secrets finished 5th last year but somehow they didn’t need to go through a preliminary qualifier!

I sell Carlos because he’s 33 and doesn’t play so £190k seems a good price.

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Then, something amazing happens. Word travels back to Brazil about trips to Malta and suddenly they all come running, well sort of.

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The squad is assembled ready for the UEFA cup first round and guess what, loanees don’t seem to get cup tied, amazing.

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It’s a tight affair away to Vitoria but Da Silva comes up trumps and we take a strong victory and away goal into the second leg.

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At this point they all start asking to leave again, I’m going to stop putting in pictures, just assume they all want to leave, it’s easier. I also add a young Italian as midfield cover and John Lukic’s son Nigel as keeper cover. Onto the season opener hosting Beira Mar and all our hard work in europe means we are slow and tired and therefore lose, not the best of starts.

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Two days later and it’s clear we were saving ourselves for big game. Bring on round two and £250k prize money.

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The second round sees us face TSV Munich 1860.

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As we move through the gears in europe the domestic front sees us stall. We lose at home for the second game in a row and we were bad, really really bad, the two goals were undeserved.

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Away to Estrela next and we dominate but cannot score, it ends 0-0 and we have one point from nine, not the start I was looking for. European football has proved an unwelcome distraction we clearly can’t concentrate on two competitions at the same time. We follow up that 0-0 with another against Espinho, they don’t even have a shot on target but we can’t take advantage, I’m starting to worry.

We have our UEFA tie against Munich next and I don’t fancy our chances however we are fantastic, we play them off the park and lose 2-3, they had five shots on target we had eleven, it’s unjust but with two away goals I’m confident we can still make it through.

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Uh oh this is not good news

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This week’s league game is against Boavista at home and it’s another 0-0 draw. After five games we are 15th one place above the relegation zone, Sporting Lisbon are doing even worse than us though so they sack Carlos Manuel just in time for our league match next.

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It’s just what we need and after they miss a penalty early on we make them pay in the second half. The win takes us up to 12th, few.

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We host TSV Munich next so this victory and the two away goals are just what we need to overturn the deficit. But then disaster, I don’t know what has happened, well I do but just can’t believe it.

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I sold Carlos and got a couple of free transfer keepers as backup but since the cup started so early they are both cup tied and Bugi is suspended. The game though can generate a player when this happens but they generate me H Filipe a FUCKING left back, this is BULLSHIT. I’m sorry for swearing but a non keeper in goal is disastrous, you concede pretty much every shot! Edinaldo Peu gets the nod and we give it a really good go but ultimately we lose after extra time. I almost believed at 3-1 up but Becker did us in with his second goal.

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After that result I go on tilt and sell Nene to Braga because he isn’t scoring and the money is too good to turn down.

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We go back to the league and another 0-0 away to Belenenses, scoring used to be our thing in the league. There is a little ray of hope though, He’s back.

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Even though Laelson doesn’t play just having him back makes all difference against Braga, we finally score and win.

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Next up we travel to Vit. Setubal and it’s another win. I was so happy when Joel scored, I was resigned to another 0-0 draw, I think the tide maybe turning.

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The final game of this long and eventful update and we face Academica at the Barreiros. It’s another game that we dominate only to concede a late goal that stops us taking all three points. Some games we just seem to concede a goal every time they hit the target. Young Zenga is still a little inconsistent it seems.

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Our up and down performances leave us in 7th place but with two thirds of the season left to play hopefully we can secure European football for a second season.

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See you next week for more of this bizarre adventure.

You can follow Rob on Twitter @Taitanator

Building Brazil – Part 9: What is a ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿX?

It’s the end of another season for Rob Tait and his Portugese adventure. His all Brazilian side is on the cusp of European qualification but can they get it done? Catch up with part 8 here.

We finished the last update with 12 league games remaining and a potential UEFA cup place in our sights. My first order of business is to sell Marquinhos, I feel a little bad, he helped me out of league two and was pretty good last year but Nene is better and third choice Robson looks handy to I take the £250,000. The clubs financial position is awful and this small fee will take the pressure off for a week or so.

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It does seem that any time we sell a player the team respond with a poor performance and ultimately a defeat, since we face Lisbon next that was probably going to happen anyway so when we come back from 0-2 down I can barely believe it, just as I start to think we could snatch a winner the game game senses my optimism and allows Assis to finish us of with 15 minutes left. I think the very unlikely 2nd place is off the cards now.

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As is the case we bounce back in emphatic style the following week away to Salgueiros and although we conceded two goals the result was never in doubt. Despite the win tragedy strikes in the final five minutes and Laelson is rhino charged by and angry Salgueiros defender while running down the clock. This is heart in mouth time, especially after the recent sales of Savio and Marquinhos.

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WTF, that is not good, is this what happens when they get a career ender? I’ve never seen this before and I’m scared.

The player screen doesn’t help, as you can see he has scored 21 in 27 games, this is bad, really bad.

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I check again a week later and am relieved but also nervous. I once had a game where Jon Dahl Tomasson got an injury and his period out just kept rising instead of going down and I’m worried this is going to happen to little Jose. Even if it doesn’t 9 months without him will feel like a lifetime.

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The next game is a blur, AC and Jefferson take their frustrations out on Farense in a game that we somehow manage to win. I could really do without suspensions at this crucial stage in the season. I can’t do another season where nobody wants to join me, I need Europen football!

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We are on song again the week before all the suspensions kick in and dismantle a poor Leiria side. Maybe we will be alright without Laelson (I’ve never written a sentence with less confidence).

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This sort of behaviour is really starting to piss me off, I’ve made these boys, nobody else gave them a chance and now just as we lie of the precipice of making the dream a reality and playing in Europe. No Nene, No, NO NOOOO!!!!

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The suspensions begin and we have travelled to Espinho the home of our ex Brazilian international Savio. In the most even of games we of course lose and who else but flippin Savio pops up with the crucial goals.

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Things go from bad to worse with the next two pieces of news.

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Well that’s the my keeper gone. Even if he wanted to play for us, which he doesn’t £775,000 is £775,000 more than I can afford. I better start researching New Zenga’s heritage, looks like he will be with us a while longer. A small piece of good news though, Laelson is slowly recovering. I’ve never been more relieved.

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The suspensions continue to take their toll and even though we can still score AC is being missed in defense as we concede five in the next two games. Even more annoying is the fact we were ahead both times but couldn’t hang it’s four points dropped.

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To make matters even worse the Peu injury is for a month. He is our captain and has been one of the best players this season. I really don’t need this now. I’m scared to check the league table but I know I have to.

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Five games left and 3rd is still doable, just look at the against column though, 51, 51! The final five games start well though as we beat 6th place Vit. G 1-0 a result that just isn’t in our arsenal.

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We stay 5th after this one, four games left and Benfica and Vit. S are only one point ahead. Loanee Henrique is an angry young man, I can only assume it is the responsibility of having to fill Rai’s shoes. Oh and of course we get another suspension, just to help out.

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Oh goodie our next game is away to Benfica, a real six pointer. AC, back from suspension goes down injured in the 7th minute (seriously the game hates me at the moment) and when they go 0-1 ahead I’m dejected, head in hands. But then a ray of hope Robson gets an equaliser, then three minutes later Nene puts us ahead. I spend the next 16 virtual minutes with my fingers over my eyes. I take it back, this is a just and fair game, I will never doubt it’s wisdom again.

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Three games to go and we are third again two points clear of fourth but with AC out for two weeks Peu, the leader that he is climbs off his death bed to help with that final push. Shit, we are hosting Porto next. No unexpected victories this week.

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Down to fifth again a point off third and two games to go. I’ve never felt so nervous about a final two games and all we are going for is third but I’m not sure how many teams get European spots so I really want third to guarantee my place. AC is back for the next game and we are getting close to full strength for the final two. Away to Felgueiras first, we smashed them in league two but since our promotions they are a bit of a bogey side. Fortunately Nene gets a couple before they score to make the last 16 minutes another nervous affair.

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Back up to third again, one point in between fourth and fifth. The final game is a local derby with Maritimo. We get off to the best of starts with Jefferson scoring after a minute however despite dominating it is still only 1-0 at the end of the half.

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That’s it, we made it. I feel like we have stumbled through the last 12 games but this is an amazing result. We are in Europe next year and surely now we can attract some young regens, plus, maybe we can get rid of some of these big club release clauses and everyone might stop asking to leave.

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It’s a whopping £330k which actually I didn’t want as I was hoping to get into the red and receive another healthy investment in the off season.

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The end of year awards roll by and there is limited recognition for this amazing feat of mine. Jardel topped the scoring charts with 28 and I can’t help feel that Laelson would have been close to that without the injury. Never mind, he is on the mend and Europe beckons, better hope this glitch I’ve been banking on actually works. A small positive is Mini Zenga gets the young player award, Zenga had a Brazilian great grandmother didn’t he.

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Join me for season four to find out how we strengthen in the off season and prepare for UEFA cup football.

You can follow Rob on Twitter @Taitanator

Building Brazil – Part 8: Can’t defend won’t defend

Rob is still plugging away in Portugal. His team of all Brazilians are starting to make progress though and, if they ever stop asking to leave, might be getting somewhere with Uniao. Catch up with part 7 here.

Part one finished with Uniao Madeira 3rd in the league after 11 games, however we have conceded a lot of goals, especially in the second half of games and for that reason Carlos is out and Ange Bug (Zenga) is in. This player tactical move makes an immediate impact as we lose 0-2, without even hitting the target, not sure Ange is to blame for that though.

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Bet they were thrilled!

Not to worry the Taca is backa with round three and for once we don’t throw away a 3-0 half time lead.

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It will be one of two Vitoria’s in the quarters and we are only two wins from the final, I don’t want to get excited about this, but I am.

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Vitoria G in the quarters then but before that we have some league fixtures to attend to. Benfica visit the Barreiros and despite playing them off the park it ends in a goalless draw, I didn’t realise we had one of those in our repertoire

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Three days before Christmas we travel to Vit. G’s to see what it will be like in the cup, the answer is hopefully not like this, that’s two games without a goal. I assume we have already wound down for Christmas.

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Boxing day really isn’t the best time for a tempermental team like us to be tested with an away trip to Porto and it looks like it will be back to back defeats until Nene pops up in the 88th minute to rescue a draw. It wasn’t deserved but so what.

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Hoping to get ourselves back on track after what has been a poor holiday period up until now we host Felgueiras. This time we are unlucky and concede a 90th minute equaliser, I am learning to take the rough with the smooth with this adventure but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

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We are away to local rivals Maritimo on the 9th of January, the halfway point in the season. Even though we play at the same stadium their capacity is 18,000 whereas ours is 14,000, strange. We dominate the game and 2-1 flatters them, we are so leaky at the back, they scored with their only shot on target.

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A big gap has opened up between 2nd and 3rd, we are best of the rest behind Porto and Lisbon but 3rd to 7th is only 2 points so it is tight. I really want a european place and with Laelson and Nene we have quite the strike partnership developing, 13 apiece at the halfway stage.

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A week later and we are taken to school by Academica’s keeper, he can save shots and ours can’t. It’s just one of those games, we didn’t play badly, you might even say we were the better team although the history books will say otherwise.

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The board aren’t happy and suddenly we are in 6th place two points off 2nd place. Leonidas and Da Silva decide it is all getting too much. Normally I would tell these guys to do one but they are both quite good and I can’t sign anyone else so… REQUEST DENIED.

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It’s another Sunday at the Barreiros, which, based on our defensive frailties is rather ironic considering it means barriers. To help prove this point we go 3:1 up by half time and despite them only having five shots on target in 90 minutes we concede three, fortunately we score six.

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In an inspired piece of business and about six months after buying him I’m fed up with Savio. He has once again flattered to deceive and I swear this is the last time I ever buy this guy. It probably won’t.

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Even though he wasn’t getting a game his presence was clearly missed and the team down tools against Alverca, we manage to get two shots on target and are punished accordingly.

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For once we play badly and win, Belenenses didn’t really deserve to lose this but Laelson is a beast.

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Two days later and is Taca time, we face Vit. guimaraes in the quarter final, I really feel like this is our chance to claim a trophy and increase our reputation, especially in Brazil where the Taca is a huge competition (it could be). Laelson bangs one in in the first minute and I just know it’s our day. Unfortunately it couldn’t have been less of our day, we peaked after a minute and it was downhill from there. Da Silva gave me a small glimmer of hope, maybe we could get an unlikely draw but his goal was nothing more than a consolation goal.

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The final game of the update is away to Braga, to really highlight how our awesome flair but incredible inconsistency we play them of the park. Braga weren’t helped by Sergio Abreu’s sending off but we were always winning this game. Good of Nene to get back in the goals, he has been a bit quiet in the last few games.

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Two thirds of the way through the season and we are in the European places, top scorers and top conceders!! I really can’t complain and the up and down nature of our performances is both infuriating and entertaining in equal measure.

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Join us next we to see if we can stay with Benfica, I’m not sure we are going to catch Lisbon or Porto especially with our defensive frailties a third place finish is maybe do-able. In all honesty a UEFA cup place is all I really want, something to get so of the bigger name regens through the door.

You can follow Rob on Twitter @Taitanator

Building Brazil – Part 7: Consistently inconsistent

Anybody reason for Season 3? Rob Tait has been steadily building a team of Brazilians to compete in Portugal. Will this be the start of something big? Catch up with part 6 here.

Welcome back to season 3. Last year we finished 8th in our first season in the Primeira Divisao. A good start, even the board said so, however things were not all rosy at Brazil Base 2.0. Inexplicably Wood Utd do not have a high reputation in world football so we can’t attract any real talent and we are lacking funds, all this can be summed up in the following negotiations.

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Julio Cesar’s love child Wlad follows suit, even the young ones don’t think much of us.

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1999 was the year of the Wlad in Brazil, Wlad Reg is on £10,000 a week. He is a regen of some DMC, he must be good as evidenced by his unwillingness to join our merry band. All this negativity has pushed me over the edge and in a fit of rage I sign.

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I’ve bought him before and been unimpressed but a) I’m desperate b) He might thrive as the alpha fish in the little Brazilian pond and c) I’m really really desperate. So desperate in fact that I have to sign Walter Zenga’s regen as keeper cover (Free transfer) and this lad also free as DMC cover. I know they don’t hail from the land of Samba but quite frankly I don’t care right now, this idea is floundering.

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A mini bonus occurs just before the season begins when a couple of young guys take a holiday to Madeira at the beginning of August only to lose their passports so they agree to stay to help our for the season.

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It’s Rai and Branco reborn. This is the squad that will take on the top flight of Portuguese football in the third year of our adventure.

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The season opener is against Academica we are the hosts and I’ll be lining up like this, our starting 11 contains 9 Brazilians and two Portuguese players, Carlos – GK and Vieira Frederico – DR.

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Well oh my, I don’t know what I was getting all upset about, excluding the first four minutes this was the perfect game and the perfect start. da Costa introduces himself with a brace and Laelson doesn’t need any introductions.

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That’s it then, blog over, it won’t get any better than this.

Obviously I didn’t stop there, after the first match of the season I’m thinking we can win the league, maybe we can.

Game 2 is away to Estrela Amadora and check this out. Even Savio gets on the score sheet, big fish small pond I knew he would be alright.

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I’m happy, the team are happy, what a start to the season, we are flying, all they needed was a little time to bed in and get accustomed to their new home.

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Seriously dude, are you joking, what is your problem…….. NO. Unfortunately Mega Da Stupid Head spreads his dissatisfaction around the dressing room and sweet innocent Laelson gets caught up in all this mess.

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I really don’t understand why they have picked now, after an excellent start to the season to decide that they want to leave, get signed by a “Bigger” club and never play a game ever again! To remedy this potential disaster I go out and panic sign Robson. At least his stats look good.

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It doesn’t help though our home match against Alverca is a dull affair that ends 0-0. We had a fair few chances but are woefully inaccurate.

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The next game is worse, this time our poor shooting accuracy means we concede a soft goal and end up on the end of a 0-1 defeat to Belenenses.

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Coming up next is Braga, they are a fairly decent side and so I’m a little worried. The result and the game tell two different stories, it looks like a solid 3-1 victory for us however of the 15 shots we have only four are on target, plus they scored an own goal. I’ll take the win, hopefully it will boost moral but we seem to have gone back to our inconsistent best. It’s gonna be a long season.

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Let’s put all this negativity behind us, up next is the first round of the Taca. A good cup run will boost our reputation and then these lads will change their mind. We travel to second division opponents Penafiel. After 69 minutes we are cruising to 3-0 victory, the wonderful Nene has scored a hat trick. We make hard work of the last 20 minutes though and sneak through 3-2.

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A nice 2nd round tie on the 8th November, can’t say the same about our next league match, away to Sporting Lisbon.

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It was a shock, we were 0-1 down only to come back and snatch a late win Nene and Rai “reborn” with the vital goals. It was a close game and could have gone either way, a draw would have been fair but I’m not complaining.

I feel like the best way to describe this team that I’ve assembled is flamboyant but temperamental and this couldn’t be more evident than in our next result. A home tie against Salgueiros should present little problem for a side that has just gone toe to toe with the second best team in the league and won, and for 65 minutes it didn’t. 3-0 up at half time and cruising, we concede three goals in nine minutes and only to score a late winner and then hold on for the final nine minutes to avoid an embarrassing draw.

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Seriously guys, why do you want to leave? We are building something special here.

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All this unrest is affecting our focus and for a team that is already unpredictable at best I need less drama not more. Farense take advantage winning an even contest, they only had 5 shots on target. I’m starting to worry about Carlos.

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In typical style we come back strong against Leiria, da Costa (Rai) has been an excellent loan acquisition, I hope they don’t recall him.

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We must be doing something right as I am awarded a little trophy at the end of the month.

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Unfortunately receiving this award, being 3rd in the league and having the same colours as Brazil are not enough to convince young Guto (Romario) that he should sign for us. This struggle to sign any of the young regens is getting me a little down.

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Round two of the Taca takes my mind off the growing challenge of signing good players. This is the first time that Laelson and Nene have scored in the same match, I’ve dropped Savio, once again he seems wildly inconsistent, even more so than the rest of these jokers and I’m left wondering why I thought it would be any different this time.

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Another nice tie for the 3rd round, little bit of a run developing here, I feel like we are an excellent cup team we just have to be peaking at the right times and we can beat anyone on our day.

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In the league though these guys are going to send me to an early grave, we are 3-0 up again at half time and again we try really hard to throw it away. Da Silva will be out for a month which is a shame as he is probably our best player.

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Our inability to play 90 minutes of football finally catches up with us against Vit. Setubal, we couldn’t get away with it forever but it is still annoying especially when we were 2-0 up at half time and we scored in the 85th minute to make it 4-3 only to concede a minute later.

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I decide that this must be Carlos’ fault, he is out and young Walter Zenger Mk2 is in, he’s not Brazilian but neither was Carlos, hopefully he will be good, he does look it and at some point I’ll sell him for millions.

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Well that is 11 games in the league and time to call it a day for this update. Come back next week to see how young Ange Bug does in goal, he’s a developing talent so I’m a little worried but he is also the future and maybe even a way to make some money.

League wise I couldn’t really ask for much more and if we can keep this up european qualification is on the cards and that might even attract some players. I’ll leave you with the league table.

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Building Brazil – Part 6: Jogador de grande nome

What did he say about a big gnome? Rob Tait is here with the end of season 2 of his Portugese adventure with Uniao Madeira. His all Brazilian squad have been a mix of Brazil and Norwich so far, but how will season two end? Catch up with part 5 here.

Welcome back to the final third of the season, 12 games to see how high we can go after this crazy first season in the top flight. At the end of the last update we had just won three in a row against top five opposition and I was high as a CM kite. The first game of the update and Leca come to the Barreiros, a close games but we take the three points.

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Our winning run has not gone unnoticed and want away Brazilian international Antonio Carlos is interested in joining little old Uniao. I still haven’t spent that money the board gave me at the beginning of the season and this guy is a “jogador de grande nome” (big name player) so I just have to do it, also I wronged him on my Roma save and promised I would make it up to him.

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Antonio’s arrival immediately unsettles the whole team including centre back partner Peu and just like that our little resurgence is over.

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Or is it? We have developed some bounce back ability, this Nene might be a bit of a find. Every unknown Brazilian I sign is a bit of a shot in the dark but he seems to be doing it at the moment.

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We then beat Varzim away in another game where I can’t believe they scored two goals.

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Before dispatching Academica, competition for his starting place brings the best out of Marquinhos who bags a hat-trick.

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That’s 7 wins from the last eight games and everyone is starting to believe we belong in the top flight. Which is why away to Vit. Setubal we lose 0-1 after conceding a 77th minute penalty, that was one of the two shots they had on target the whole game!!!!

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After that game hosting Sporting Lisbon was always going to be tough and it was, they are still a way ahead of us.

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Confidence is gone, we are about as resilient as cheese cracker so when derby day rolls around the following week we do nothing but wallow in our own self pity against Maritimo.

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The Easter break can’t come soon enough for us. A couple of weeks off to think about resurrection and all that. It works though as we win the next three games, scoring 13 and conceding only 2.

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Those three wins leave us in 8th. Our final game is at home to Benfica, we have 53 points and a long shot at 6th if we win but we could drop to 9th if we lose.

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The season is finished off in style with a 2-0 win against Benfica, Laelson nets his 20th of the season and Nene adds another. Results go against us though and it is 8th place after all with Porto crowned champions.

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We have been infuriating and also a little unlucky this year but in the end 8th is pretty good going I think. I’m not really sure where to go from here though. I need a little bit more quality for those close games but I also need to make some money as our finances are consistently precarious. I will worry about all this another day. For now here are some season stats to round off the year.

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Helcinho still getting it done, he has been good.
Da Silva and Leonidas are both good left wingers, it is a shame they can’t both play, maybe Leonidas can play wingback.
Laelson got better as the year went on and 20 goals is a good return, hopefully he will kick on.
Nene was a good signing towards the end and some of those 7 goals were vital.
Marquinhos was a bit hot and cold, he might have reached his peak.
Peu and and Antonio Carlos will hopefully gel next year, Antonio needs a full season before judgment as he has made a slow-ish start.
Centre mid and the full backs are my areas of concern.

The annual awards see a Radek Bejbl get the European Footballer award, no team or individual awards for Madeira United. DMC Sergio Duarte retires and I won’t be going after his regen he peaked in Division 2 and Jefferson isn’t too bad. Dunga might even retire soon as well.

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I’m going to do some serious cost analysis and marketing in the close season we need to expand the Uniao Madeira brand in order to afford and attract the better Brazilian players. Until next week…

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Building Brazil – Part 5: A vida é uma montanha russa

My Portugese is coming on well thanks to Rob Tait. One phrase a week is all I need. This week, Rob sets about trying to get Uniao back on track with their team full of Brazilians. Is second season syndrome still biting hard? Catch up with part 4 here.

Hi all, part one all ended a little bit negatively last week, we lost three in a row and the board couldn’t make up their mind if they were delighted or expected better. I think I was expecting too much from the lads so I’m going to calm down a bit and not let the pressure get to me. I’ve told the boys of an ancient proverb “a vida e uma montanha russa (life is a roller coaster) and we’ve just gotta ride it. With the wise words of Ronan Keating ringing in their ears we travel to Lisbon.

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