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Q.P.R. Story Retrospective

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 02:41 PM PDT

QPR Bears

These nice-looking bears are my symbols of the story start. Remember I specified the targets and principles of the story?

It was the 6-season plan. Then I wanted to stop managing Q.P.R. but you, dear readers voted to continue managing the club. For the next 3 seasons I changed everything: tactics, squad, managing approach. But didn't manage reach newly set targets.

You can track all tournaments' results season by season:

QPR story results


Now let's get deeper into the story to recall its brightest moments!

Season 1

Supersonic tacticsI am introduced to Queens Park Rangers squad. I feel it's quite weak to hold on in the Premier League. I can only single out Alejandro Faurlin, Shaun Write-Phillips, and Armand Traore. All other guys including odious Joey Barton didn't look impressive for me.

The squad strength was increased by transfer campaign aimed mostly to young talents. Marco Verratti, Yaya Sanogo, Lucas Digne joined Q.P.R. Andreas Hinkel and Marco Materazzi diluted their young company with experience.

I was experimenting with different tactics and the start was not so good. But then in the middle of the season Supersonic Tactics was built by me! It proved to be the most outstanding tactical approach I've ever used. Quick wide passing and fast speeds formed basis of the approach.

Younes Kaboul, Andreas Bjelland, Arne Friedrich moved to Q.P.R. during winter transfer window to resolve a problem of bad defence.

The season 1 was not successful at all resulting in difficult survival at the 17th position.

Supersonic tactics was great but not for the current players. There were many slow guys who simply could not perform well in that special way.


Season 2

Squad revolution for the sake of Supersonic tactical approach! Several excellent footballers joined The Rangers:

- Oscar

- David Ospina

- Sulley Muntari

- Ivelin Popov

- Alberto Paloschi

- Jay Rodriguez

I wasn't careful with spent transfer money and club balance went into $-17M debt.

As a result Q.P.R. had been playing better and better. We got the first large wins including 4:3 away victory at Old Trafford. In the end we had an excitingly unpredictable battle for the Europa League places with Arsenal and Aston Villa. The outcome was the best for my club: the 5th line in the table! I was even awarded as The Manager of the Season!


Season 3

After the success of the previous season I had to prepare for Europa League participation. $21.5M had been spent on wonderkid Alvaro Vadillo who didn't meet my expectations in the end. Decent Craig Cathcart and future 16 years old defence leader Bernard Holt joined The Rangers as well.

It had been going fine during 2 thirds of the season. After 26 PL fixtures Q.P.R. was at the 5th table line just in 4 points from leading Chelsea. But later on it turned out we are not ready for the ending saturated match schedule. A row of failures in Premier League brought Q.P.R. back to the 7th position.

Nonetheless, it would be a great season if Q.P.R. managed to cope with Ajax in Europa League final. 25 shots against 4 shots from Ajax resulted in poor 1:1 draw and penalties. All my 3 players didn't score! It was unlucky strike #1.

Unlucky strike 1


Season 4

Gary Cahill - $24M, Ognjen Vukojevic - $15M, Denys Garmash - $19M, these guys are 3 big signings before the season. I risked and overspent money getting some accusing but fair comments in the blog.

My second attempt to win Europa League failed at the early stage of group round. Napoli and Koln suddenly get my club out of the tournament. Premier League results were also disappointing: the 9th table position. It was the first serious crisis for Queens Park Rangers in my story.

Additional squad analysis and winter clearance sale helped team to get back to consistent mood and qualify to the Champions League from the 3rd line being above Manchester United in the table. Ivelin Popov and Ognjen Vukojevic were key players for this success.


Season 5

Future Champions league debut made me to perform the 2nd squad revolution with huge amount of transfers. Almost 20 players of main and reserve teams left Q.P.R. 15 newcomers came instead.

Versatile Sime Vrsaljko, talented regen wonderkid Samir Breinburg, strong anchor man Mohamed Diame, playmaker Chris Brunt… It was another risky transfer campaign from me as Q.P.R. manager.

The season results:

- Quarterfinal loss to Barcelona in CL which is good result however.

- Title competition with Man City of Mourinho in 9 fixtures turned into the 3rd place with 78 points in my baggage.

One of set targets was failed. The point #3 in my expectations was about winning Premier League in 5 seasons…


Season 6

It became a story deadline. I felt I should win either Premier League or Champions League after all. But it didn't happen.

Numerous transfers which I consider as a mistake now changed the squad of Rangers. James Rodriguez, Theo Walcott, Sami Khedira, Marc-Andre ter Stegen… Only the first and the last of them proved their value. It didn't allow to pretend on CL places after the season's half. In desperation I even decided to spent huge amount of money on Daniel Bazan, the best player who was ready to play for Q.P.R:


Champions League semi-final against arch-rival Chelsea. Drama. Tragedy. My Q.P.R. won the first away game with 2:0 score and was already in the Final in mind. But hat-trick of Romelu Lukaku in the reply match stroke out all our hopes…

That post came out under name Season 6 drama. Is Q.P.R. story over?


My expectations after 6 seasons are not achieved


I was feeling myself so awfully that wanted to stop the story. Therefore the poll questioning whether I should continue managing Q.P.R. was arranged. Here are the results:

poll results


Season 7

It began with a total squad review and another squad revolution: $173M for sold players and $143M on newcomers.

Record $42M were spent on the world class centre back Mats Hummels:

Mats Hummels

Then I created a new Fluidity tactics with 3 centre forwards that got me really excited.

Logical slippage at the season start transformed into a confident run with large amount of scored goals. I felt Europa League trophy is nearly in my hands but mad 0:6 semi-final loss to weaker Koln… well, it was a total devastation.

Among season pros are: the 4th Premier League position, feeling that tactics works, Carlos Fierro scored 36 goals


Season 8

Previous season was some kind of total tuning up. New tactical approach, new players… Before that season evolutional squad changes were provided by me. Several prospective youngsters and Zargo Toure were brought to the squad.

In short, it was the best season in the story. For instance, take a look at the start: 9 wins in the starting 9 Premier League matches.

And we almost became PL champions loosing it by goal difference to Manchester City. It was unlucky strike #2.

PL misery


Season 9

The last part of the story which was interrupted for my 2-week vacation. During winter transfer window I bought several top class Latin American players, mostly from Brazil.

Arsenal got into great winning streak for a title, and Q.P.R. was unable to catch up the Gunners. So the main accent was made on Champions League Cup. But again and again we failed at quarter-final stage. Lady lack joked over me once more.

Former Q.P.R. player Oscar buried all my hopes in the tournament after 3:2 win in the first match. Unlucky strike #3.

Well, at least Queens Park Rangers won FA Cup in the very end of the story.



Here is the Overall Best Eleven.


I have also created 2 rankings of players.

Best Q.P.R. players

1. Carlos Fierro (ST).

2. Bernard Holt (DC).

3. Ivelin Popov (AML/AMR).

4. Douglas Costa (AML/ST).

5. Jay Rodriguez (ST).

6. Ognjen Vukojevic (DMC).


My transfer mistakes

1. Alvaro Vadillo.

2. Sami Khedira.

3. Denys Garmash.

4. Michael Kightly.

5. Theo Walcott.


Several historical season records

Goalscorers  Assists

Man of the match  Fans player of the year


My profile as Q.P.R. manager

QPR manager


So here it is. A long retrospective which made me typing keyboard for almost 4 hours…

But I am still excited to blog for you :)

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Download Q.P.R. story file

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 01:19 AM PDT

Here is the link for you:

Q.P.R. story save (zipped)

Pay attention that I have archived the file with Zip. So you should unzip it before copying to games subfolder.

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FM 2013 Release Date

Posted: 27 Sep 2012 09:22 PM PDT

Miles Jacobson has announced Football Manager 2013 Release Date:

November, 2nd at 00:01 GMT

FM 2013 Release Date

This year Sport Interactive Games studio celebrates 20 years anniversary of Football Manager series. This is the reason why they decided to present special reward to people who pre-order FM 2013 from any of participating retailers. So if you pre-order, you will get FM 2013 beta version 2 weeks upfront (October, 19th).

The beta version will have several features:

- Full, Classic, Challenge modes includes while Network mode disabled.

- FM 2013 beta version will be playable until November 5th. Then it should be replaced by the final game.

- Games saved in beta will be completely compatible with the full version.


I congratulate everybody with this exciting information about Football Manager 2013! Can't wait the release, and hope that you too!

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

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FA Cup and the 3rd position with 85 points

Posted: 25 Sep 2012 10:49 PM PDT

Hello dear readers,

At last season 9 is completed, and we can take a look at its results.

Latest matches

Champions League fatal quarterfinal against Lyon was already described by me in the previous QPR post:

How Oscar buried his former club in the Champions League

This is why I am not going to discuss it anymore and want to write some words about national tournaments.

Premier League

As you see the latest Premier League matches turned into series of 8 consecutive wins.  My defence managed to concede 1 goal only in all those games. But it was too late…:( Arsenal and Manchester United showed great consistency in gaining points as well. Therefore 85 resulting points by Q.P.R. are not enough for even grabbing the 2nd position in the league this season.

Interesting that last season's champions Man City is at the 5th line only.

Final table


FA Cup

In spite of another unlucky outcome in Premier League and Champions League, my team managed to win FA Cup. We had a weak opponent in the final at Wembley. Sheffield United represents an average club from Championship in my game. However my players created problems for themselves due to low shot accuracy. Just 5 shots on target with so large advantaged we had! It came out we had to participate in penalties where excellent concentration helped to escape inaccuracy.

FA Cup

On our way to this trophy we beat Chelsea.

FA Cup matches


If we take a look at the whole FA Cup history, we see it's the 2nd trophy for Queens Park Rangers. It looks like a small but significant achievement because only Arsenal managed to take it twice in Football Manager 2012.

FA Cup winners


Q.P.R. players



I am happy with my current squad and the way they performed during the last part of the season. Newcomers Hermes and Jader became essential for Q.P.R. almost immediately. Moreover, Hermes completed the season with the highest average rating in the team - 7.31.

The best Q.P.R. player in this season is again Carlos Fierro. 36 goals and 11 assists in 43(4) matches. What else should be taken as an argument? Yes, he is MVP (most valuable player). Just look, how much stable Fierro was in the Premier League during the last 3 seasons:

Fierro in PL


Q.P.R. story is over

Perhaps it's sad but all things in life come to an end. I will not have enough time to play another season till FM 2013 demo release which I predict to happen in 1 month. So I stop managing Q.P.R. with the excellent squad that might win Premier League and Champions League in the next season at last…

Unluckily, after all I have only 3 trophies - 2 FA Cups and 1 League Cup - after 9 seasons. There were several chances to win CL and PL but I didn't seize them. Sometimes of course, lady luck was against Q.P.R.

Q.P.R. story achievements

The story is over…


What's next?

Surely, I have some plans till Football Manager 2013 release.

First of all, I would like to make a retrospective post about Q.P.R. and the brightest moments of the story. After that I am going to share my FM 2012 save file for those of you who wants to continue managing my Queens Park Rangers. Then it would be great to look back farther and compare results of the Q.P.R. story with the previous ones I had in FM 2011, 2010, 2009, etc.

Later on I will start two-round poll. You, my dear readers, will choose a FM 2013 club for me. The voting algorithm is going to be quite simple:

- First round: Choose nation to start.

- Second round: Vote for club from chosen nation.

And of course I am still following the latest Football Manager 2013 videos and news from Miles Jacobson & Co. My impressions of them will be published either in this blog or

The last but not least. I am going to upgrade design of True Football Manager blog to make it more readable and faster for you my friends.


Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy