And then there were three trophies. Just after the start of season 11, I added the UEFA Supercup to my haul. I beat Paris St Germain 4-2 in the one-off match.
I’m surprised it’s not taken more seriously in real life, the Supercup. I certainly took it very seriously. I was delighted with the win.
Here’s a few clips of the action—but first comes a debut league goal from my new striker, Tomas Brolin. After that opener, to the Supercup, where Saviola nets a beauty of a laces shot from 20 yards. That goal made it 4-2 with a minute left and eased the pressure.
If I seem to be exulting in my recent success, it’s because I am.
Regular readers will know what tribulations I’ve been through to get to this point. I’m such an average player, that not even bringing in a shedload of Classic players 5 seasons ago brought me any success. I had to knuckle down and work hard to get somewhere.
All those seasons of hurt now bring a proportionate amount of glee.
That is a new Home kit my team are wearing above. For inspiration I’ve gone back to a couple of seasons ago, and the very similar striped kit that I wore in season 9.
On the right you can see it modelled by Barnes and Brolin. More on them later.
My new Away kit arrives courtesy of a helpful commenter, Paul, whose PESUltra site could well be your first port of call for random editing files by October.
Everybody, it seems, has heard of Lady Godiva, The Specials, er, and that lady who threw the cat in the bin a few years ago. Some might have heard of Philip Larkin (who was not from Hull, okay?).
Coventry City’s brown away kit from the 1970s is somewhere between Lady G and The Specials when it comes to fame/infamy.
And I’ve decided to adopt it as my new, permanent Away kit, for the duration of this entire career, however long that may be. I’ll even stick with that long-redundant Talbot logo.
It’s a shame there’s no way to extend the shirt stripes down the front of the shorts, as the original memorably had it, but I think this is as close as can be got in this day and age.
Be sure to make your own random/bizarre/disturbing requests for one-off kits and stadia and players on Paul’s special webpage. (Scroll down to the bottom to get to the web-form.)
That player wearing the Away kit is one Enzo Scifo, who is no more. I sold him, for £15m. He wasn’t doing it for me. I also sold Rivaldo (£17m), because he’s 34 now and fading.
My biggest sale, however, and one that I literally agonised about overnight, was that of Marco van Basten. I sold him to Barcelona for a whopping £58m.
Why? Because he had a pretty poor season last season. Because, at 29 and down to 93OVR, he’s not going to get much better now. Because I’ve got other shit-hot strikers—Forlan, Saviola, Mancini, and now Brolin and Ronaldo(!)—who are all better.
Van Basten was pretty much just a turn-and-shoot merchant. Such goals are valuable, but PES2012 favours strikers who are small and nippy, a bit trickier and more mobile than van Basten ever was.
All in all, it made sound sense to get rid of van Basten. But I still didn’t like it.
I thought about it overnight. I actually woke up in the morning with the thought fully formed in my head that selling van Basten now was the right thing to do. He was just in the way. I’ve moved on in PES2012. He was good for his time, but his time is past.
And so I did the deal. Van Basten is no more. I was in shock for a few matches afterward. Had I really just done that? Oh yes.
On the right you see my full squad for season 11. The players with green exclamation mark bubbles are all new. In total, 9 are Classic players. (Forlan, Saviola, Cannavaro, and Reyes are all Regens.)
It’s a lower proportion of Classics than in recent seasons, and it’s only going to get lower as they age further.
I also sold D. Bulthuis, my veteran left back who was one of my first high-value signings, way back when.
I released Camacho, who’d slipped to 76OVR and didn’t have any takers.
My new signings are all, in their own way, a bit special. Agostini is a 19-year-old left back. Brolin is, well, Brolin. He’s already come good, as today’s clip shows him scoring a striker’s header in his league debut, at home against Brighton. ( I won 3-2. I was rusty and conceded two soft goals late on.)
And yes—that is Brazilian Ronaldo. He’s 29, the same age as van Basten. But he’s 99OVR and he’s got all the tricks in the book. He’s like a super-van Basten.
So far I’ve only scored with Ronaldo in a Training Match. He’s been unfit or out of form for other matches.
I could do with a proper DMF (still looking) and maybe one less CB. I’ll see what’s happening in January. I’ve got £100m in the kitty.
With a squad like this, playing on Professional, I fancy my chances of a Treble, I really do.
Let’s see if I can pull it off.
Club ranking is up to 13th—just above my Supercup opponents.
John Barnes won the UEFA Footballer of the Year. I’ll be interested to see who collects the World Footballer of the Year. If Andy Carroll can win it, as he did a few seasons ago, anything’s possible.