FIFA 13 Career Mode, Episode 2

Back from a wedding and resurrected from the depths of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, Napoleon Bonaparte gets back on the pitch and continues his own path of destruction towards to the Ligue 1 Championship and a place in the Champions League.

ACA 1 – Valenciennes FC 2

After starting out with a 1-0 lead 6 minutes into the game, Valenciennes scores two unlikely goals 4 minutes apart right before the half.  The first goal a header off of free kick that just went over the goalkeeper’s head. The second one more of a headscratcher really on the defense.  The right back trying to clear the ball out of his zone kicks it right into the 18 yard box where Aboubakar, the striker for Valenciennes, gets a head on it before the goalie can make a play and it goes right into the net.  Valenciennes would play a tough defense the rest of the game and unfortunately ACA go home with zero points for this first time this season.

ACA 2 – Toulouse 0

With Murgu away on International duty, the young striker Delort comes in and takes his place hoping to make his mark on Ligue 1.  Two powerful strikes by Eduardo and newcomer Delort were all that were needed as Ajaccio took the first game of the Coupe de Ligue against Toulouse.  The victory in the first round gives my team additional funds.  How much you ask. A whopping 75,000.  Oh what can I buy. A Xavi, an Iniesta, a Messi.  More like a nice big bag of Hersheys kisses.

Not going under the radar is the stellar play of Carl Medjani and Sajamary Diarra.  Their play has been stellar and they have been the men who are probably the first names on Bonaparte’s team sheet.  The manager has been ebullient in his praise for both of these players recently.

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

The biggest tranfers of the season so far have been Mario Balotelli to FC Barcelona for 34 million Euros.  Kaiseke Honda has taken his talents out of Russia and signed a 15 million euro transfer to play in La Liga with Athletico Madrid.

ACA – OL

Before the match with Olympique Lyon Bonaparte took the time to praise midfielder Michel Bastos. He considers the 29 year old from Brazil a dangerous weapon.  “We always study the good players, even if it’s just to admire them.  Michel Bastos is definitely worth studying.”  Well Napoleon did something right in this game because Bastos, along with what seemed to be the rest of OL, were held in check.  A pretty lackluster where the only scoring came through on a rebound shot by Cavlli in the 54th minute.  Damien Tiberi after the game says, “I’ve got to get more playing time boss, I’m frustrated when I’m not picked.”

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FIFA 13 Career Mode, Episode 1

What a start for Napoleon (ed note: Who? Follow from the beginning here)! But Napoleon will be the first one to tell you that it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.  With a miniscule budget of only 1.5 million Euros, AC Ajcaccio are so far undefeated 3 games into the season.  After various attempts at signing some low-level prospects in hopes of bolstering up his team, Napoleon was forced to stay with his current squad and work with what he had.  What’s he have? Not what, but who: an unhappy striker name Andrei Murgu.  He is a Romanian born talent who has jumped all around Serie A before landing with Ajaccio prior to the 2012 season.  Napoleon thought it would be best to unload some aging talent in hopes  of acquiring younger players for the future.  This upset the 33-year-old striker and although his form is OK he is not the happiest as the season gets underway.  Having recapped the major storylines so far let’s get to the action.  Followed by each game summary will be a short (unfortunately really short) video of the goal highlight.  Since EA only allows 5 videos at a time these will be available until the next update.

GAME 1 – Ajaccio pull away with a narrow 1-0 victory over OGC Nice after a nice right footed shot from the right side of the box by the Mali native Sigamary Diarra. ACA 1 – OGC 0

GAME 2 – Sigamary Diarra scores early to put Ajaccio on the board.  What looks like to be huge early upset and a nice statement game for Ajaccio, PSG silence the home crowd with a late goal by Guillaume Hoarau in the final minutes to tie the game at 1-1.  Both teams go home with a point but Napoleon is surely disappointed knowing that he was minutes away from going home with all three points. ACA 1 – PSG 1

GAME 3 – A thrilling game where Ajaccio answered each time Evian scored. The final goal being a killer left footed shot in the upper 90’s by Frederic Sammaritano.  With a final score of 2-2 Ajaccio remain undefeated in the opening three games of the season and currently rank 5th.  ACA 2 – ETG 2

Coming up on the Ajaccio schedule is an away game at Valenciennes FC followed by the opening round of the Coupe de Ligue, which is a knockout tournament involving the top three tiers of French football. The first opponents are Toulouse FC.  Be sure to check back next week for all the latest updates as Napoleon tries to avoid relegation and keep Ajaccio in a tight battle for the Ligue 1 crown.