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Stade de Reims / Ivory Coast – 2040/41 Season Review

This season was all about proving that last year was not a fluke. That we belong in Ligue 1. That we belong in Europe.

That we can maintain a challenge on both fronts.

Sure, we could lose ourselves in recriminations over our exit from the Europa League, to an inferior Everton side. But that would miss the point entiretly.

It isn’t about “this” year. It never was.

It is about where we are going. About where we will be. The things we will accomplish if we can A more impatient man would be heartbroken. But we know that we’ve come much further this year anyone would have expected.

And the best is yet to come.

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Another tremendous year. We continued to revamp the squad, even though we would be fighting on two fronts, and still managed to improve our position in Ligue 1.

This squad isn’t ready for a full-frontal assault on the Champions League just yet. I do think that it is only a matter of time, though. 2-3 years, and we’ll be more than capable of winning it. We do need a new shadow striker, though — Clement‘s loan is over, and Soumahoro just isn’t developing into a goal-scorer. (I’ve got an idea, but it will probably cost me more than I’m willing to spend.)

One thing I’m really excited about, is that the Board has decided to build a new stadium. Keep in mind, this is relatively soon after they rejected my request for a new stadium…but I won’t complain. It’s still early doors, so who knows if it will happen and — if it does happen — when it will be completed.

Goals for 2041/42:   Win our 4th straight Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast, and qualify for the World Cup. Not embarrass ourselves in the Champions League. Secure a top 3 finish in Ligue 1, and thus qualify for the 2042/43 Champions League. Continue investing in our facilities, to ensure long-term success.

Squad | League Overview | Transfers

Finances | Income | Expenditure

Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2

European Review

In the Champions League, Julian Nagelsmann’s Gladbach beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, 2-nil.

Champions League: Overview | Knockout Rounds

In the Europa League, Baptiste Santamaria’s Everton beat Quim Ramon’s Rennes, 1-nil.

Europa League: Overview | Knockout Rounds

In the Europa Conference League, Ferro’s Fiorentina beat Joao Nunes’ IFK Norrkoping, 1-nil.

Europa Conf. League: Overview | Knockout Rounds

In the active leagues, Ognjen Vranjes’ Aston Villa won their 3rd straight Premier League title. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus reclaimed the Serie A title. Miguel Cardoso’s Sevilla won their 4th straight La Liga title, the 7th time in 9 years that neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid have won the title. Julian Nagelsmann’s Gladbach successfully defended their Bundesliga title, their 9th in 12 years. Baba Toure’s Club Brugge won their 5th straight Belgian title, their 12th in 15 years. Nestor el Maestro’s Panathinaikos won their 17th straight SuperLeague title. Matthias Kaltenbach’s Partizan won their 9th straight title. Finally, Ogryte IS knocked off IFK Norrkoping for the 2040 Allsvenskan title, their first since 1985…while Malmo FF once again failed to promote from the 2040 Superettan, consigning them to a 3rd straight year in the 2nd tier.

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