Aaaaand so I'm back, from outer space, you just walked in to find me here, with that haappy look upon my face...
Well, I know those aren't the lyrics, but you should know before starting to read this comeback post, that there's nothing that could erase the smile from my face.
Be warned, this is an over-the-top, incredibly happy post.
Also, sorry for the lack of a midseason post or posting in general. I've been pretty busy at work and with NBA 2K and Madden coming out, my fantasy ultimate team, myteam squads and myplayers have dominated the gaming hours.
English Premier League
The main objective, after winning the Europa League last season was to try and challenge for the Premier League title. It was a big objective, maybe a bit too big for a club our size, but I was confident we could at least try it.
With that in mind, we had a great start, with 17 points from the first 7 games, including a big win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But then, a bit of a cold spell, saw us mix 3 wins with 3 losses in the next 6 games, including big losses at Manchester against City and on the Racecourse against ManU.
The middle part of the season was brilliant, and we caught fire at times, with a 12-3-2 record, and those 39 points won on those 17 games, put us atop the table, with a healthy 7 point lead over ManU. That great run, saw us win two important games a 2-0 win over Manchester City and a huge come-from-behind 6-3 win over Arsenal in a game that had us 0-2 before 5 minutes of play.
So, with 8 games to go and 7 points clear of United, we had a big make-or-break game against the Red Devils at Old Trafford, which could end up sealing the title for us, but it didn't as Mourinho's side outplayed us and with a brace from Gabigol beat us 1-3, to narrow the gap to 4 points.
We won our next 5 games, against Norwich, Bournemouth, Stoke, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, and as United also won their 5 games, the 4-point gap remained with 2 games to go, meaning we just needed another win to grant us our first Premier League title in history.
We went to Emirates and faced Arsenal in the first of those two Championship Games, and blew it, losing 0-4 against the Gunners, being completely dominated by them. ManU won their game, and narrowed the gap to just 1 point. We had used our savings account and there was no margin for error.
We faced Sunderland and Mourinho kept talking them up on the press for them to "play to their best" and "help United win the title" (as if anyone in their sane minds would want that) and United faced Middlesbrough. We just needed to win, if we did that, the title was ours...
YES! Our first English Premier League title comes 11 seasons into the save, after enduring promotions and pennyless management. At last, the glory is ours. But wait, there's even more...
UEFA Champions League
Our first foray into Champions League football came just a year after our European debut saw us win the UEFA Europa League in a brilliant campaign last season. As UEL winners, we qualified directly into the UCL group phase, despite ending up as 4th in last season's Premier League. We landed in a tough group, alongside Roma, FC Bayern and Lechia. With some luck, I figured we could sneak into the Knockouts, but my real objective was to get into the UEL again and defend the title.
We kicked off the group, with a hard earned draw in Rome, a lucky 2-2, as we were dominated by the Italians. We then came home and smashed Bayern 4-1 in a brilliant game. After two wins over Lechia, a narrow 1-0 at Poland and then 4-1 at home, we were leading the group and getting into the knockouts was not only possible, but expected. We avenged the heavy draw in Rome, beating the Italians 2-1 at home and then closed out a brilliant group phase, beating Bayern at their own home, 3-0, to qualify for the knockouts as the best first placed team (I know it's not that important...)
We played Woflsburg in the first knockout round and I was fairly confident of beating them, as I dominated Bayern in both our games in the group. The first game in Germany was farily easy, but we only managed a narrow 1-0 win. Back in Wales, we put ourselves up by two goals early, but then got a bit relaxed and conceded two, meaning a single goal from Wolfsburg eliminated us. Fortunately we made it through, on a 3-2 aggregate.
In Quarter-Finals we faced PSG and I was confident it'd be the end of our run. At that time, we were amidst a big fixture congestion, between the League and the FA Cup as well, but we traveled to Paris with all hopes and got a brilliant 2-0 win. In Wrexham, we managed to be professional and got a 3-1 win to send them back to Paris empty-handed after a 5-1 aggregate result.
Semifinals and we faced Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid. In Madrid, it was a narrow game, without much action on the boxes and mostly a halfcourt slow paced game. It ended up 0-0 and I didn't like it, as a single goal from Atlético in the return, would be very harmful. We played brilliantly at home, and managed to win 2-1, to end the series with a 2-1 aggregate win. They scored at '87, making the last minutes of the game absolutely gut-wrenching.
Our second consecutive European final saw us face Benfica, in paper not the hardest of draws, but they had defeated Bayern, Real Madrid and Dortmund on their way to the Final, so we weren't overconfident as well.
We played a brilliant game, and before 10 minutes were two goals up. In the end a big 3-0 win saw us get our second European title, our first UCL and secure a Double for the season!
We kicked off the season in the European Super Cup, losing 3-5 against Manchester City and then in the League Cup, beat Rotherham 5-1 in the 3rd Round only to fall in the 4th Round against West Brom on penalties, after a 2-2 draw.
In the FA Cup, we debuted in the 3rd Round and beat Championship's champions Watford 3-1. We then faced League Two side Yeovil and narrowly beat them 1-0.
Our draw luck kept still as we then faced another Championship side, Fullham and thoroughly beat them 4-0 to advance to the 6th Round. And again, the luck kept with us, as yet another Championship side awaited us there, Hull. Against them it was a tough game, and we only managed to get through on penalties, after our backup keeper Cristián Gómez stopped three shots.
And then, our luck ended, as we had to face Manchester City in the Semifinals. But we were a different team by then, confidence flowing and football running. Before 20 minutes, we were three goals up and had had 5 clear chances. The game ended with a resounding 5-0 win and the pass to the FA Cup Final.
In the Final, we faced Southampton, and again we were brilliant, scoring four goals before the 15th minute mark. Another big 5-0 win and we completed the Treble, winning the League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League!!!
As you expect, after all of this reading, it was an amazing season for us, both as a whole and individually. Picking the best 3 players of the team was hard, and from the starting 11, at least 7-8 could feature in a top-3 list. Anyways, here's the top of the tops.
3.- Enrico Tettamanti: The budding Italian had his best season so far, improving on his great 2025-26. This season of consolidation, saw him become a full time starter on the Italian NT, even playing out of position due to need, and develop into the goalscoring threat we always envisioned, scoring a total of 19 goals in the season, including friendlies and international games, including a few decisive goals in the Champions League campaign. Tettamanti played in 46 games (all started), scoring 13 goals and added 7 assists, with a 7.41 average rating.
2.- Andrzej Kaminski: Kaminski evolved from a young wonderkid, to the world's best right winger in a few seasons in the club. He's pacy, creative and strong, manages to score goals and create for other, he's just the complete package. The best piece of transfer we've made on this save, the Polish Flyer cost us a measly €3M back in 2024-25. He shined in the right midfielder position, with liberty to get into the box and finish plays, for the first time he scored in double digits. Kaminski played 57 games (all started), scoring 12 goals and had 17 assists, with a 7.41 rating.
1.- Boris Bartel: Our leader, Boris Bartel is not only the team's captain, but also a symbol of this squad. He's not the one with the most individual quality, but if we make a statue outside of the new stadium, without a shed of doubt it'll be of Bartel, whom I can't believe still hasn't made it to the German National Team, despite being crowned Europe's Top Marksman for a second season in a row. Just 25, he still has a ton of years to get into the NT, but granted the brilliant pair of seasons he's had, I'd guess he'd make it already. Bartel played 58 games (56 started), scoring 43 goals and had 15 assists, with a 7.48 rating.
Honourable Mention: Jerónimo González (49 games, 33 goals, 18 assists, 7.39 rating), Cheikh Sarr (41 games, 13 goals, 8 assists, 7.20 rating), Frank Kraaibeek (56 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, 7.18 rating), Andrey Bubnov (59 games, 5 goals, 3 assists, 7.17 rating), David Herrera (49 games, 7.15 rating), Byron Guerrero (28 games, 12 goals, 10 assists, 7.13 rating), Paul Vickers (57 games, 1 goal, 17 assists, 7.13 rating), Harold Romero (52 games, 68 goals conceded, 18 clean sheets, 7.04 rating).
- Absolutely brilliant season, no other way to summarize it. The Board is obviously delighted with the work done, and have decided a few things. First, we will move in July to the 42,100 capacity Wrexham Community Stadium, which we bought from the City with our own funds, plus a 10-year stadium sponsorship deal. This is great news, as we were limited to a 28,000 stadium in the past couple of seasons. The stadium will be re-branded as "Jones Arena" (whateverthehell that means). The Board also improved the Recruitment Network, now at Extensive, which adds to our already impressive Superb Youth and Training Facilities and Exceptional Junior Coaching.
- Success on the pitch, obviously brings success in the bank accounts, as we have €218M in the bank, after shareholders cut, taxes and before sponsors. The club is valued at €1B for the first time ever.
- There's interest for a lot of players, and a few (Tettmanti, Guerrero, Wadé) have been a bit bitter that offers have been rejected. We're European Champions now, so unless a team pays what the player is valued (by us) I won't let them go. PSG offered around €70M for Tettamanti, and he's worth at least double that (even more if you ask me), the Italian is angry, hopefully a pay bump soothes him.
Rollercoaster of a season. Truly there's not much left to achieve here, so I'll keep this going for another season waiting for FM18 to come out and to try and win the last things left, the UEFA Super Cup, the Community Shield and the Club World Cup. Cheers!