It’s done. After 4 seasons in Division 2, I’ve won promotion to the Premier League. It’s a huge relief. I always get a buzz from promotion in Master League—a feeling that the game has now really started.
Last year in PES2010, promotion took me 7 seasons. But the first few seasons in that game were spent getting to grips with an all-new Master League. It took me ages to suss out the new transfer system and the finances. I don’t think PES2011 is necessarily easier than PES2010. It’s more that I didn’t really need any time to adapt this year.
Needless to say, I’m pleased to be out of Division 2 and finally up there with the big boys in the Premier League. It’s only been just over a month since PES2011 came out, but it feels like a lot longer. I feel as if I’ve been toiling in Division 2 for many weeks.
Here’s the final Division 2 table—I really did only just make it:
Thos four teams below me really frightened me at the death, as I will relate. Stoke City were the very definition of runaway leaders. I started the season like a freight train myself, but hit a few speed bumps in mid-season, and I stumbled over the finishing line in the end.
It seemed that the game pretty much shut me down for the last 10 matches of the season. That’s what it felt like. I’d been coasting: scoring freely, and winning matches without having to try very hard at all. Then suddenly I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t get any kind of result, without monumental effort, stubbornness, and sheer luck.
I think I took about 8 points from my last 20 points. I scored only a few—Schwarz finished as top scorer again, and made the Best Eleven again, but he did little or nothing in that tough final quarter of the season.
I also had Animan in the Best Eleven, a justified inclusion after an impressive debut season from the Youth team. I’ve found him better than Palmieri was.
Going into the final match I was in 3rd place on 56 points. I needed to win to ensure promotion. The two teams below me were on 53 points and had better goal difference. I felt that if I lost, one of them would certainly win, and that’d be it. I would miss out on promotion in humiliating fashion, after all but declaring myself home and hosed earlier this week…
And I lost my match, against AEK Athens, 0-1. It was away from home, and it was tough, but I more than held my own for most of it. Their goal was an absolute joke.
But then at the final whistle, my players celebrated and I knew that neither of the other teams in contention had won, and that I was promoted. I was relieved. Today’s post would have been a very tough one to write if things had gone the other way.
Isn’t it amazing how often Master League contrives to put the human player in that kind of position? The game wants an exciting last match of the season, and what the game wants, it gets. But this isn’t the right kind of post for me to be churlish about things.
The promotion hasn’t done me a great deal of good, team rating-wise, but I’m moving in the right direction:
The game still sees me as D2 fodder. Maybe I’ll go up a few ratings when the imminent transfer Void flips over into next season, and the game re-evaluates me as a Premier League team.
I’m in the Premier League! It’ll be my first experience of playing in an Option File-created top flight of English football. Even though the likes of Bayern Munich and other interlopers will be coming and going as the seasons pass, it’s still going to be special.
I’m looking forward to it all, needless to say. The eternal quest for the Treble starts now.
On Monday there’ll be a slight interlude, with a special one-off kind of post. I need this interlude in order to do some ‘schoolwork’. I’m doing an Open University degree and I have an important assignment to complete. Well, I’ll have to actually start it before I can complete it…
So, in order to get this thing done, I’m sacrificing my morning PES sessions for the next four days. This is an extraordinary measure for me to take, but a necessary one. I’ve procrastinated on this assignment almost to the brink. It’s due on Tuesday.
Monday’s post will be a Season 4 goals compilation video. All this season I’ve recorded every single goal I’ve scored in every match. That’s a total of 48 goals now, and I’ve put them all together into an 8-minute video. It makes for interesting viewing, in a number of ways.
And then, on Wednesday, season 5 will begin.