FA Post Job Vacancy After Jol Quits Role

The FA have announced that Martin Jol has resigned from his position as England manager, having taken England to the World Cup quarter-finals this year. England were the only nation in Russia to win all three of their group matches, before they went on to beat Ghana in the last sixteen ahead of an extra-time defeat to Spain.

The 62-year old Dutchman has decided to hang up his keys to the dugout for good, and retire from the game. He was appointed as successor to Brendan Rodgers following his sacking after England’s dismal showing at Euro 2016.

Luis Enrique is already considered by many within the game as the most likely person for the vacancy, though there is likely to be strong interest from several candidates who will see the job as an ideal opportunity to enhance their reputations.

Managers on the Move: International Changes

Former Lyon, Rangers and PSG manager Paul Le Guen has been announced as the new head coach of France, replacing Didier Deschamps who resigned following a disappointing World Cup. Le Guen leaves Oman after seven years, having most recently guided them to qualification for next year’s Asian Cup.

Elsewhere over the last week there have been new appointments for Kim Eun-Joong (South Korea), Michel Preud’homme (Saudi Arabia), Dan Walker (USA), Elvis Scoria (Croatia), and Sergio Almaguer (Mexico).

At club level, Marcelino has left Schalke after two seasons to take charge at Porto.

Post-World Cup: Heads Roll Across the Globe

FIFA have confirmed that ten nations who appeared at this summer’s World Cup have parted ways with their head coaches following the conclusion of the tournament. The most high-profile names on the list are Didier Deschamps who leaves the French set-up after six years in charge after their Round of 16 defeat by Brazil, and Jürgen Klinsmann who has stepped-down as United States head coach after seven years.

One coach who won’t be available for any of the newly-vacated roles is Vitor Pereira who has taken over the reins at Bayern Munich following eight years at Porto. He replaces André Villas-Boas who moved to Real Madrid last week after Jorge Jesus’s retirement.

Nation           Former Manager      Hired       WC18 Finish
CROATIA          Igor Stimac         Jul 2012    Group Stage
FRANCE           Didier Deschamps    Jul 2012    Last 16
IVORY COAST      Sabri Lamouchi      May 2012    Last 16
MEXICO           JM de la Torre      Oct 2010    Group Stage
MOROCCO          Rachid Taoussi      Sep 2012    Group Stage
SAUDI ARABIA     Frank Rijkaard      Jun 2011    Group Stage
SERBIA           Sinisa Mihaljovic   May 2012    Group Stage
SLOVAKIA         Stanislav Griga     Apr 2012    Group Stage
SOUTH KOREA      Choi Kang-Hee       Dec 2011    Quarter-Final
UNITED STATES    Jürgen Klinsmann    Jul 2011    Group Stage

Uruguay Beat Hosts In Toulon Tournament Final

Uruguay have won the Tournoi Maurice Revello – more commonly known as the Toulon Tournament – the invitational competition held annually in Provence, southern France, for Under-20 international teams.

In their first-ever appearance at the tournament, Uruguay beat Australia (2-0) and Paraguay (4-0) before drawing two-apiece with France to top their group. Norway awaited in the semis, and Uruguay comfortably won 4-1 despite being behind inside a minute. The other semi saw hosts France beat the Netherlands on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Uruguay took the lead in the 13th minute when Danilo Vicente lofted a ball out wide to the left from the centre circle towards Defensor Sporting winger Álvaro de Armas. His sublime first touch allowed him to wrong-foot the right-back and cut inside the box, Arjen Robben style, before drilling low past the French ‘keeper.

A second goal came in the 38th minute when Walter Demarco sent Sebastián Peña clear down the right wing. He reached the goal-line and sent the ball across the six-yard box where Leonardo Fernández of Rampla Juniors had the simplest of finishes at the far post.

Despite France testing Juan Cáceres six times in the Uruguay goal, de Armas nearly made it three on the hour-mark when he hit the crossbar with an audacious 40-yard lob as the hosts fell asleep at a goal-kick. Les Bleus had no answer in the remaining half-hour, and Uruguay went on to lift the trophy.

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands won the third-place playoff against Norway courtesy of a single goal from Heracles centre-back Henk Koeman midway through the first-half.

Uruguay’s Julio Amado (Rampla Juniors) was voted player of the tournament, while French pair Joseph Bako (Stade Rennais) and Ludovic Autret (Monaco) were named top scorer and best goalkeeper respectively.

                TOULON TOURNAMENT 2018: FINAL
                 FRANCE U20  0 - 2  URUGUAY U20
                                    de Armas 13
                                    Fernández 38
                                                   Att: 2,624
       Stade Mayol, Toulon. Dry 18°C. Referee: D.Gomes

Catch-Up: Y Is For… Youth Tournaments

Here we go! The final part of our catch-up series covering all the important news from three simulated seasons from June 2015 until now. There’s no entry for Z, so we’ll finish with ‘Y’ which is for Youth. We’ll take a look at the 2016 Olympics, 2017 U20 World Cup, and three years of the Toulon Tournament.

Argentina lifted their third Olympic Games title in four editions, with a win over hosts Brazil in August 2016. The 2004 and 2008 champions were able to call on Lionel Messi, Javier Pastore, and Sergio Agüero as their overage players for the U23 tournament, and it was a brace from the latter that won them gold.

Their campaign began with a 2-1 win over Denmark, followed by a 5-0 thumping of group whipping boys Fiji. They then beat Australia 2-0 to set-up a Quarter-Final against Nigeria, which they won 2-1. Cameroon were beaten 2-0 in the Semis, before Agüero’s brace won gold against Brazil with a 2-1 win.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Istanbul*

 Group A                    Group B
  1. Argentina   9 pts       1. France          9 pts
  2. Australia   6 pts       2. Nigeria         6 pts
  3. Denmark     3 pts       3. Japan           3 pts
  4. Fiji        0 pts       4. United States   0 pts

 Group C                    Group D
  1. Colombia    9 pts       1. Mexico          9 pts
  2. Brazil      6 pts       2. Cameroon        4 pts
  3. Ghana       3 pts       3. Italy           3 pts
  4. China       0 pts       4. Kuwait          1 pt

    Nigeria 1 - 2 Argentina
   Colombia 1 - 2 Cameroon
     France 3 - 0 Australia
     Brazil 1 - 1 Mexico (8 - 7 penalties)

  Argentina 2 - 0 Cameroon
     Brazil 2 - 0 France

 Bronze Medal Match (3rd Playoff)
     France 2 - 1 Cameroon (aet)

 Gold Medal Match (Final)
     Brazil 1 - 2 Argentina

Portugal won the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup held in England, being the first European winners of the tournament since Spain in 1999. It was Portugal’s third time lifting the trophy after back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1991. Argentina would win their seventh title in 2017 (held in Switzerland) to move one clear of Brazil in the all-time records. Both finals finished 2-2 and went to penalties.

The annual invitational U21 youth tournament in Provence often features gifted youngsters who go on to make names for themselves at a senior level. Argentina became the first team to reach three consecutive finals since France made four in a row (2004-07, winning all four).

This year’s final will take place on Friday 15 June between France and Uruguay. The third-place playoff will be between Norway and Netherlands. France and Uruguay were in the same group and drew 2-2 with the South American side topping the group after wins over Poland and Australia.

France beat Netherlands on penalties in their semi-final, with Uruguay beating Norway 4-1.

 2015:  Italy 0 - 2 Argentina
 2016: Mexico 1 - 2 Argentina
 2017: France 1 - 0 Argentina
 2018: France v. Uruguay

RTFM is returning after a hiatus since we resigned as manager of Borussia Dortmund at the end of June 2015. The three seasons since then have been fully simulated in the original FM13 save, right up to the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Our daily news will return on 15 June 2018, with regular blog posts between now and then to highlight what’s happened in our absence.
NB: The entirety of RTFM is being played on Football Manager 2013. Regen players will have ® after their names to indicate this. Be aware that changes to competition rules since the summer of 2012 will not have been implemented in our save (e.g. UEL winners do not automatically qualify for the UCL), and this includes any new clubs or franchises, though we will endeavour to report on correct/current competition titles.
* The announcement of Tokyo as the “real” 2020 Olympic Games host was made in September 2013, almost a year after the release of FM13. Our save has scheduled the 2020 games as being held in Turkey.
We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.


World Cup Squads: Scotland, Tartan Army

Appearing at their first FIFA World Cup in 20 years, Scotland are the lowest-ranked (37th) nation from Europe according to the FIFA World Rankings who came through qualifying for the tournament, despite winning their group ahead of the Netherlands. They will face Colombia, Mexico, and Croatia in Group H, beginning Wednesday 20th.


 MANAGER: Malky Mackay
  RECORD: Played 21 Won 15 Draw 2 Lost 4 For 56 Against 21

 GOALKEEPERS                    CLUB              CAPS   GOALS
  1. David Marshall             Cardiff            47      0
 13. Robbie Thomson             Hull                0      0
 14. Cammy Bell                 Watford             1      0

  2. Iain Keith®                Ipswich             3      0
  3. Lee Wallace                West Brom          51      2
  4. Christophe Berra           Wolverhampton      82      2
  5. Danny Wilson               Arsenal            55      2
 15. Grant Hanley               Aston Villa        49      0
 17. Russell Martin             Stoke City         66      4
 20. Murray Wallace             Leicester          12      0
 22. Steven Saunders            Rangers            16      0

  6. James McArthur             Burnley            60     10
  7. Scott Robinson             Wolverhampton      44      5
  8. James Forrest              Celtic             36      9
 12. Andrew Black               Newcastle           4      0
 18. James Morrison             Getafe             54      4
 19. Liam Bridcutt              Hearts             49      0
 21. Ryan Gauld                 QPR                 5      0
 23. Robert Snodgrass           Dynamo Kyiv        26      6

  9. Jordan Rhodes              Blackburn          61     41
 10. Callum Paterson            Hearts              6      1
 11. Ian Morrison®              Celtic              6      5
 16. Steven Fletcher            Sunderland         52     32

RTFM has returned after a three year hiatus. Our FM13 save has been fully simulated from May 2015 until June 2018, and our unique daily posting style has now resumed. We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.