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Season Seven – In Europe’s Elite

Thanks to our continual progression, this would be our first season with the big boys in the Champions League (European Champions Cup). It’s a real turning point in terms of our finances as this is a glorious opportunity to bank some serious cash and prepare for the our next step.


On The Pitch

Footballing updates will be brief as I’m concentrating more on developing the club with a more holistic approach.

First Division

Another fantastic season with an incredible 2nd placed finish this time! That run of nine wins in the first ten matches was key to our final position. Three wins out of our four fixtures with Barcelona/Real Madrid was a particular highlight for me.

Spanish Cup

Another Quarter Final exit for us this season but I’m starting to feel we can make a real go of this – I really want to secure a top flight trophy.

Europe

Well, this was simply amazing! 10 points was enough to secure us the place of winners in a difficult grouping! Arsenal in the next round was a step too far for us but the European money gained will be invaluable going forward.


Recruitment and Player Development

We made some excellent moves pre-season, once again utilising the free agent market to snap up Adrien Silva. With an eye on squad depth we signed midfielders Gilton (Santos) for £8.75m, Rafael Leao (Sporting) for £2.6m and Alessandro Bizzari (Newcastle) on a 2-year loan. We decided against making any moves in January a decision that was ultimately vindicated by our final league position.

Remy Cabella was beginning to feel homesick so we granted his move out (Nimes) for £450k. Aaron Ramsey wasn’t quite the game changer we had hoped for and we were happy to offload him for £2.5m (Levante). Goalkeeper Magnus Mar Petursson was loaned out (Koln) at the beginning of the season but recalled in January following the £3.3m sale of troublemaker Jens Ahrbecker (Lyon). Callum Gribbin was also loaned out for the year (Granada) along with defender Klaas Bergsma (Gijon) who was another one recalled due to the sale of Joao Palhinha for £4.5m (Porto) in January. Finding first team appearances hard to come by, Nicolas Schiappacasse was sent out on loan (Udinese) in January for the remainder of the season.

Five players from the youth intake were granted professional contracts and they were all Mallorca natives. Goalkeeper Fernando Munoz (Palma), defensive midfielder Tomeu (Llucmajor), central midfielder Xisco Verdejo (Palma), winger Biel Martinez (Soller) and striker Xisco Villar (Marratxi).

Jaume Riera continued his first team role as the problems with Jens Ahrbecker continued. Biel was displaced from his position at right back by another youth graduate Ousmane Sow (Season Five). Fernando Garcia continued to provide cover at left back and Ernest’s starring role on the right wing could not be stopped as he entered double figures for both goals and assists.


Financial Outlook and Club Development Progress

Finances

Some finances may seem out of timing but I complete all financial sums using the ‘last season’ column on the Finances tab so that should explain any late/missing amounts (which may come in the following season’s accounts).

A monumental boost in income through our ECC participation – seen both through prize and television money. Gate receipts also significantly increasing.

Despite beign active in the transfer window once again we managed to keep our expenditure respectable resulting in a significant profit this season. A welcome boost to our transfer coffers for next season’s challenge!

Facilities

Training Facilities: 4.5 stars – Superb

Youth Facilities: 4 stars – Excellent

Youth Recruitment: Extensive

Junior Coaching: Exceptional

Corporate Facilities: Average

Club Standing

Reputation: 4 stars – Continental

Finances: 5 stars – Rich – Account Balance: £87,758,868 (at 30/06/2024)

Estimated Value: £193 million

European Club Rankings: 43rd


End of Season Stats

Most apperances: Adrien Silva – 47(1) appearances

Top Goalscorer: Jiri Gabriel – 18 goals (16 League, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 ECC)

Most Assists: Jiri Gabriel – 15 assists (13 League, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 ECC)

Clean Sheets: Jaume Riera – 9 clean sheets (8 League, 1 Spanish Cup)

Highest Average Rating: Jiri Gabriel – 7.57 average rating

Jiri Gabriel was again named the Spanish League Young Player of the Year but also picked up the Spanish League Player of the Year this season too.