Welcome back to the Aswijan Assignment, a Football Manager 2020 save in the fictional country of Aswijan – using a database created by @Chilled_Moose.
Khaliza Unidi have just wrapped up a second successive Liga Regale title and reached the final of the Champions League for the first time. So it’s time to reflect on an exciting season in Khaliza.
I thought we’d start this season reflection with an overview of the squad that has made Khaliza Unidi defending champions, so you can see just how good this young squad is. I’ve sorted them by the order in which I pick them, and included some of the relevant young prospects from our youth teams.
Meet the double champs
Goalkeepers: Julian Frontzeck, Rune Azevedo and Matheusao
Right-backs: Goncalo Serra and Silvan Hefti
Left-backs: Wilfrid Ganim and Arthur Zagré
Centre backs: Hugo Vandevelde, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Adam Hemmingsen, Nicolas Verdier and Jiri Soucek
Holding midfielders: Gustavo Assuncao and Bahri Parlak
Central midfielders: Ilaix Moriba and Yacine Adli
Right wingers: Calvin Stengs, Adli, Faatih Vukojevic and Adalardo Ariztia
Attacking midfielders: Ulrich Awono and Ladislav Brezina
Left wingers: Thaaqib Solar, Stefano Gatto, D’Ambrósio Balkan and Matteo Zanini
Strikers: Francisco José, Gustavo Collado, Vukojevic and Priamo Bourdon
Khaliza key performers
A bizarre stat for a league-winning and Champions League final side is that our top scorer only got 13 goals all season. Awono got 13 in 36 appearances in all competitions, followed by Francisco José on 12 in 18 since joining in January and playing as a makeshift striker.
They were followed by Solar, Moriba and Stengs on 11 goals each. Backup striker Collado, who began the season as first-choice, scored 9 goals in 33 appearances which clearly isn’t good enough.
Creativity wise, Adli was surprisingly our top assister with 19 – surprising given that he only started 26 games but did make 24 substitute appearances. He was followed by Stengs on 14 and Awono on 11. Serra got 9 assists from right-back, then Solar got 7, Moriba had 6, and Gustavo Assuncao and backup left-back Zagré – who actually started more games than first-choice Wilfrid Ganim – both got 5.
But Moriba was our top performer with an average rating of 7.55 from 39 appearances, followed by Francisco José on 7.46, Stengs on 7.32 and Serra and Adli on 7.31. All of our regular outfield players averaged at least a 7 this season.
Moriba took home the fans’ player of the season award with 57% of the vote, followed by Stengs (26%) and a surprising choice of Zagadou (11%). Vandevelde was signing of the season and Moriba was also young player of the season.
And we had 7 players named in the Liga Regale team Quip de la Temprad (team of the year).
We also had three players in the Champions League Dream Team, with the rest dominated by Inter. Strangely, Serra, Vandevelde and Zagadou were the top three defenders of the season award despite two of them not being in the dream team.
Liga Regale team stats
Our tally of 71 goals was the most in Liga Regale – 3 more than Aswijan Malikiy – and we had the best defence with only 18 conceded – 4 less than Marrador FC.
We also created more chances than any team in the league with 110, 3 more than Aswijan Siti and 5 more than Malikiy. Plus, we had the most shots on target of 327 – 20 more than Siti – fourth-best shot conversation rate of 10% and join-most dribbles of 19 per match.
We kept a league-high 20 clean sheets, which means we didn’t concede more than once in any match all season (we conceded 14 from the other 14 matches). We also made the least tackles of 689 and made the second-least fouls of just 259, which led to the second-least bookings of 33 (less than 1 per match) and zero red cards.
However, we only had the 15th best possession in the league, which won’t please my board’s demand for possession football. And we completed the least passes with 10,583, which was nearly half that of SCM’s 20,018
Liga Regale player stats
We didn’t get anywhere near the league’s top scorer, which was Manouza striker Kenard Seif with 19 goals. Collado, Awono and Stengs were all joint 12th on 8 goals.
Adli had the second-most assists in the league with 10, which was well behind the tally of Malikiy’s wonderkid Kerekes Akpinar, who also bagged 14 goals. He’s pretty special.
Moriba had the league’s second-highest average rating of 7.49, only bettered by Akpinar’s 7.61, and Stengs was 7th on 7.27.
Very strangely, none of our players were in the top 20 player of the match awards, meaning none of them got more than 3 in the league! And no-one else did much at all in terms of key stats, which makes me think the title win was very much a team effort.
Join us next time as we move into the 2025/26 campaign looking to defend our title as champions of Aswijan for the second time. And I’m expecting a much tougher challenge from Aswijan Malikiy, who’ve just sacked their manager of 12 years.
I hope you’re enjoying reading about our adventures in the fictional nation of Aswijan. If you have any questions or want more info on specific players in the squad, just let me know in the comments or get in touch on Twitter.