The Treble is secured. Ol’ Big Ears up there is being held aloft by the muscular left arm of Captain Coynborough (video below).
I felt from the start of this season—my 8th in Master League on PES2013—that I would win the Treble. And so it’s turned out.
I clinched the League with one match to spare, confounding my pre-run-in prediction that the game would take me all the way to the last fixture.
It was against Villa, a strange match where I had 25 shots on goal, 15 of them on target. The match ended 0-0, ridiculously. I was sure the last-match scenario would come to pass.
But no. Man City, it turned out, could only draw their game. My players clebrated on the final whistle. I watched (and filmed) the generic jumping-about celebration with some quiet pride. PES2013 has rarely been an easy game for me.
The final table—pardon the glow of my night lamp at the bottom:
The individual League player awards saw PES’s strange love of the side-back surface again.
My unassuming RB, Paccini (another Golden Default), scooped the Player of the Season title.
And a bonus there for Niellendner fans: Assist Leader. I’m still not a Niellendner fan myself. That shooting! *Shudder*
Mata as top scorer is, I suppose, a fair reflection of the real player’s current scoring prowess. But I’m sorry to have missed out on that crown with my regular front 3 (Mehmeti, Minandinho, Wroughllen), who have all been great in their own ways.
Team of the Season:
Next the Cup Final, against Liverpool. Another tough match that was 0-0 all the way and threatening extra time until I scored a strange, flukey goal. (The goal is in the short video below.) Regular readers with long memories might be reminded of the goal that I scored to win the League title in my last Treble—all those years ago on PES2010. A nice spot of symmetry.
FA Cup Team of the Tournament—Jacomorac has played at DMF for the past four seasons, so I don’t know what he’s doing at CB here.:
Player awards here were more my style.
Mehmeti scooped something called ‘Most Valuable Player’ (sigh). And getting top scorer was very fitting.
I could argue that Mehmeti has been my single most reliable, consistent performer up front for the past five or six seasons. Probably my best buy of the whole career.
Finally came the struggle against Manchester City for the Champions League. The final was slightly spoiled by being against another team from my domestic league. I’d have preferred to face an Inter or a Real, for atmosphere’s sake.
I went 2-0 up by half-time. I was cruising. Midway through the second half, for no reason, totally against the run of play, and against all reason and logic, Man City clawed me back to 2-2. The goals were… interesting. I won’t spoil the celebratory note I’m trying to strike by describing them. Suffice to say that my thoughts rhymed with ‘crypting’.
I got the winner in the dying minutes. A Mehmeti special.
And so Coynborough got to lift another trophy, his third in quick succession. Except this was the only one I actually got to see him lift. Because of Konami’s stupid licensing laws.
Here’s a compilation video of celebrations, featuring one unusual goal.
In order, you may see: 1) Post-League title celebrations. 2) The flukey goal that won me the FA Cup. 3) Post-FA Cup celebrations. And finally 4) Captain Coynborough lifting the European Champions Cup (as all of us of a certain age will always call that trophy).
The post-season formalities were not concluded. I was expecting to see post-Champions League Team of the Season and player awards screens. Nothing. Did I click through them, or are they missing somehow when you win that Cup?
And so ends at least this phase of PES2013. I may have given the impression last time that I’m walking away from PES2013. Not so, actually. My intentions towards FIFA are honourable, but history suggests that it won’t last. Not with a viable, playable PES at my back. PES2013, for all its faults, is certainly viable and playable.
So this is not goodbye to PES2013. It’s au revoir.
I’ll be back as usual on Friday with… who knows what?
I don’t fancy plunging straight into FIFA13 (and I haven’t got time to anyway). I’ll surprise you. It’ll be footy-game-related, don’t worry.