Welcome to another experiment here at Dictate the Game, a slightly different one from our normal ones as we sim the top 5 major European leagues for the 2018-19 season, and we will see whether there will be shocks, upsets or will it be another boring old season where the the favourites yet again?
Football has provided us with some amazing memories, from the infamous “AGUEROOOOOOO!!!!” in 2012 to “The fans are on the pitch, they think it’s all over…it is now!” in the 1966 World Cup Final, but it has also provided us with some amazing stadiums from Wembley Stadium to Emirates Stadium in England to Camp Nou to the Bernabeu in Spain.
Here are the top 10 from my Football Bucket List, in no particular order.
Welcome back to Mega Project – and today is the end! Mason has some big news, which you will find out below. Today we hear from the local newspaper and a letter from Mason himself.
The year is 2021, and after leading New York Red Bulls to 5 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters Shield, it is safe to say my tenure has been successful, but the core of my team is starting to age. For example, Aurelien Collin was a vital part of my defence until 2019 season, but he has now retired. Likewise, Felipe and Luke Hyam (who I signed from Ipswich in the 2016 season) are starting to decline as footballers, therefore I decided instead of risking the clubs’ future (we are only staying in the black through sales of youngesters), that I had to adapt my tactics to fit these aging players into the time.
Bradley Wright-Phillips arrived in Harrison, NJ in 2013 as he signed for the New York Red Bulls, and he hasn’t looked back since. Winning his first trophy with the club, just seven games into his Red Bulls career – then adding to it two years later. The question is, is BWP the goat for the New York Red Bulls?
Whilst I was playing with Dom, Ryan and Toby for an upcoming series (keep an eye out for it!), two of the players got deductions, and this got me thinking what would happen if all teams got a 17 point deduction for financial mismanagement, therefore I have used the FM17 Editor to play out this scenario. Will the big teams still manage to win the league? Who will be relegated?
28th April 1962 – Portman Road – Ipswich Town win the First Division at the first attempt under Sir Alf Ramsey, with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa
6th May 1978 – Old Wembley Stadium – Roger Osborne wins the FA Cup for Ipswich Town, their first trophy since winning the league title in 1962, and to this date, this achievement is said to the towns “proudest moment”, and when the town felt most proud of itself.
20th May 1981 – Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam – Ipswich Town lift the UEFA Cup, with a 5-4 win on aggregate over AZ. Dutch player, Frans Thijssen, scored two over the two legs.
2nd May 1992 – Portman Road – Ipswich Town win promotion to the newly formed Premier League after winning the league title under the leadership of John Lyall.
29th May 2000 – Old Wembley Stadium – Ipswich Town win promotion to the Premier League, under George Burley. Ipswich win 4-2 over Barnsley.
19 May 2001 – Pride Park – Ipswich Town finish fifth in their first season in the Premier League, with a 1-1 draw against Derby, allowing them to play in next seasons’ UEFA Cup.
Whilst watching back the highlights of New York Red Bulls versus Toronto FC, I thought, I wonder what the all time XI would be, so here is Dictate the Game’s New York Red Bulls All Time XI:
The MLS is one of very few leagues that decides the winner of the league with play offs. Yes, you read that right. The winner of the MLS is decided like other American sports, using the Play-Off system. This means that a team can scrap into the play offs and then win the league. Should the MLS scrap the play offs?