Hi guys and welcome again to a new episode of the Journeyman! In this episode we will be continuing the story about my first (and probably most successful) journeyman save I have played in Football Manager. Missed the two earlier parts? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 before you continue reading.
Okay, so back where we left off. For those of you that didn’t read my last episode, I decided to leave Boca Juniors after a successful spell winning the Copa Libertadores and two Argentinian league titles. After the win in the Copa Libertadores I was also appointed as the new Brazil boss, immediately winning the Copa America. So, I had been busy and South America and was now ready to return to Europe to make my mark there.
As I was preparing with Boca Juniors for the Clausura in Argentina, I received the news that Manchester United were interested in my services. After I showed interest, they offered me a job and I accepted a three year contract at Old Trafford.
The situation was quite difficult with United having a badly overpaid squad full of foreigners. In the Premier League United was sitting in 9th place when I stepped in. During my first few months in Manchester, I made my mark.. In the first game I coached, we won the League Cup, beating Stoke City on penalties.
That would not be the only success we would get that season. In the league we managed to finish in seventh place, 21 points behind champions Everton. Our biggest success came in the Champions League. We beat Borussia Dortmund 4-1 in the second round, then beating Manchester City 3-2 in the quarters. In the semi-finals we would face Italian club Genoa, who we were not able to beat over two games. We managed to go trough an away goals, with a 2-2 draw in Italy and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
We would be facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final and I did not have any high hopes of the game. Bayern were far superior to our side and we would be lucky not to lose by a big margin. However, we fought them bravely and neither team was able to get a quick goal. Until the 87th minute my newgen striker Imdat Cakmak scored a penalty which would hand us victory in the Champions League! After the Copa Libertadores I also managed to win Europe’s biggest club competition! Weirdly enough I don’t have a screenshot of the final…
My time at Manchester United did not last that long after those successful first 6 months. While I invested big money in the summer, the squad proved to be difficult to motivate and after a series of bad results, I decided to terminate my contract in January 2025.
A new chapter in my career came quickly as less than a week after I left United, I signed a contract at Borussia Dortmund. Also, a difficult squad to manage, but with more potential than the one I had at Manchester. Just like I did in Manchester, I immediately made my mark in Dortmund by winning the German Cup. Unfortunately we missed Champions League after we finished in fourth place. But, since we were 9th when I took over, 4th wasn’t that bad.
In my second season with Dortmund we fought for the title right to the last day of the season. But, a series of bad results made us finish in third place, which would be enough to reach the group stages of the Champions League. In Europe we lost in the Europa League semi-finals to Valencia (4-2).
That season would be my last season as Dortmund manager in this journeyman. Not that I decided to leave the club, but because of the release of Football Manager 2011. However, I had one last big success to celebrate and that would be with the Brazilian national team.
World Cup 2026 – Brazil
My second World Cup in my career after the awful tournament with Ivory Coast. This time I would be leading one of the major contenders for the title: Brazil. The draw put us in Group D together with Russia, Iran and Morocco. An easy group to win.
First up we beat Russia 2-0 and then beat Morocco 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round. The third game would be goalless draw against Iran, but we played with a B-squad.
In the second round would we beat Portugal 4-0, with my main striker Paulo Matos scoring a hat-trick. The quarter finals would see us face Belgium, a team that would not give us any problems: 3-0. We made it into the semi-finals!
In the semi-final we would face our biggest rivals: Argentina. That game would prove to be a lot more difficult for us and we needed a big second half to beat them. After 7 minutes Argentina scored the 1-0 and I feared we would not be able to pull back. But a aggressive speech at half time changed our fortunes. After 57 minutes we equalised and in the 73rd we would score the 2-1 which would give us the victory and a spot in the final.
Brazil – Germany
We made it to the final and would face Germany. Both teams were evenly matched and it proved to be a very difficult game. Football fans all over the world would be a little disappointed as neither team would really excel. There were three goals in the game, all of them scored in the first 30 minutes of the game.
We opened the score after 10 minutes of play, with the Germans pulling level on 23 minutes. We then had the biggest moment of my journeyman career when Oscar (not the Chelsea one) scored the 2-1 after only 27 minutes. In the remainder of the game neither team would score a goal and that meant that Brazil had won the World Cup with me as their head coach! We won the World Cup!!
What an amazing feeling to lift the (virtual) World Cup with Brazil and win the biggest possible trophy in world football! I still get a little goosebumps when I look back at this game and I still get a big smile on my face when I see the result of this game!
I could have and maybe should have continued this game after the release of Football Manager 2011, but I decided to end my game and my story after winning the World Cup, focusing on FM11. A bad choice? Maybe.. this could have been an even more awesome journeyman…
And with this I am ending Part 3 of the first journeyman inside my Journeyman story at FMInside.net. In the next episode I will be talking about the way how I set up my game, the manager I created and I will be discussing the tactics that I will be focusing on during my game with FM18. So, thank you for following my story again and I hope to see you next time! If you have any feedback or questions, feel free to add a comment below!