Since the last post, season two has come to a shuddering finish, with a very interesting end of season run-in.
Our final league position was 7th, one more win could have seen us finish 4th, and grab a UEFA Champions League spot for next season, in such a stark contrast to what’s going on in the real world right now, there will be a champions league next season, and the season did come to a natural conclusion, club training grounds are also fully stocked with Pasta and Rice in the pixelised FIFA world.
Overall it was a satisfactory season, meeting the board’s objectives and securing another year on my managerial contract, Standout player was CF Andre Kramaric, who weighed in with an impressive 23 goals for the seasonto finish runner up in the top goal scorers charts, youth promotee Jason Lokilo (RM) also forged his way into the side with a series of impressive performances belying his 19 yrs.
Last time round I mentioned we had reached the KO stages of the Europa League, where we faced Portugese giants Benfica, we drew 1-1 at home and demolished them 4-0 away from home to go through, we then beat Marseille and Hoffenheim to reach the final, we woud be contesting our first ever trophy (not counting the pre-season tournament win) against PSV Eindhoven of Holland, to be played at West Ham’s iconic London Stadium.
Below is the full match of the Europa League final, from start to end, if you can’t be bothered to watch, then a summary is after the jump.
So, disappointly we lost the final 2-1, after that dubious Red card against the AI I fancied our chances of coming back from 1-0 down, and we did, but then an equally dubious Red card against us, and a totally nothing penalty awarded to PSV in the 85th minute sealed our fate, it wasn’t to be, so close yet so far.
Of course if we had won, we would have gone into the Champions League next season, but as it stands, with only a 7th place finish, no European football for the eagles in 2021/22.
We have thre new players set to join, all signed on a free, who will significantly bolster the squad, with our scouts also looking at several other possible options, so we should be stronger and more prepared for a proper tilt at the UCL places next season, we have the Audi Cup coming up pre-season so will be a good testing ground for these new players and for a few promising youth academy players to make their mark.
There is so much to like in FIFA 20, especially with the PC mods, but one standout feature is the dribbling. When playing PES 20 it was extremely frustrating to dribble as it felt that the game had been designed with the bias solely on the defense, dribbling was often pointless, with inertia, foot planting momentum etc all largely ignored and defenders just able to barge into you and auto-take the ball, not so in FIFA 20.
You often see goal videos on Youtube of ‘kids’ scoring flicked up overhead sombreoro style goals from 50 yards after doing 14 stepovers, a rabona, a rainbow flick and a drag back, all very unrealistic, but thats online for you, at the core, FIFA 20 dribbling is superb and you can wave magic with the right players, right decisions and right control inputs purely just by using the LS alone, no streetfigher style button combos or RS flicks needed, just the Left stick and subtle presses of the sprint button, glorious, and all feels very intuitive.
Here is one example of many where choosing to dribble in the right moments and pure LS control works beautifully:
The way Lokilo gets the ball, drives down the wing, jinking and feinting, and dribbles into the box drawing a foul and earning a penalty.
So season 3 is underway, new players arriving, new objectives, a new GFX mod for pitch turfs and an improved sweeping broadcast camera, brand new kits, and a brand new custom match ball, and new pitchside animated adboards, Game On!
End of season 2 goal highlights: