Welcome back to the Aswijan Assignment, a Football Manager 2020 save in the fictional country of Aswijan – using a database created by @Chilled_Moose.
After seven seasons in Aswijan, we’ve just led Khaliza Unidi to a third successive Liga Regale title and become the fictional nation’s first Champions of Europe.
Our successes this season were very much down to the superb achievements of our incredibly talented attacking midfielder Ulrich Awono. But plenty of players had chipped in with goals, assists and huge performances throughout the record-breaking season.
Key Khaliza performers
There’s only one place to begin this, Ulrich Awono. As mentioned in the previous post, this kid is just outstandingly good. He racked up 40 goals and 16 assists in 47 appearances in all competitions at an average rating of 7.76. And in the league, he scored 28 goals and claimed 10 assists in 30 matches at a 7.83 average rating. Just ridiculous!
Francisco José scored an impressive 25 goals in all comeptitions, followed by Gustavo Collado and star midfielder Ilaix Moriba – who, if it wasn’t for Awono, I’d be raving just as much about – with 18. Calvin Stengs scored 14 and centre-back Hugo Vandevelde chipped in with 8.
From a creativity perspective, midfielder Yacine Adli topped the charts with 21 assists followed with an impressive 19 from Stengs. Right-back Goncalo Serra got 12 and Collado got 8, Francisco José created 7 goals followed by Moriba and backup left-winger Stefano Gatto with 6.
Moriba was hugely impressive with a ridiculous 7.60 average rating from 47 appearances – only bettered, of course, by Awono – while his midfield partner Adli averaged 7.53 from 52 matches. And that justifies my decision to ditch the holding midfielder and play both Adli and Moriba in playmaking roles.
Other top performers were Stengs on 7.48, Francisco José and Vandevelde on 7.44 – which is ridiculous for a centre-back! Full-backs Serra and Gabriel Fersino also impressed with 7.37 and 7.31 average ratings respectively. In total, 13 of our players had ratings of above 7.
Again, there’s only one place to start here. Awono broke the Liga Regale goalscoring and player of the match records and took a clean sweep of the league’s player of the season, top goalscorer and young player of the season awards.
Julian Frontzeck also won Tendor di la Temprad (goalkeeper of the year) and I won Trenor di la Temprad (manager of the year) for the 3rd year in a row. While 10 of our players were named in the Liga Regale Quip di la Temprad (team of the year), with the only non-Khaliza player being Aswijan Siti’s Dinko Atchison.
Liga Regale team stats
Our tally of 89 goals was the best in Liga Regale, beating the 84 scored by runners-up Aswijan Siti. And that was way clear of the 3rd-highest tally of Hamjar’s 59.
We had the 2nd-best cross completion ratio of 25%, completed the 3rd-most crosses, had the most shots on target (361), created the second-most chances (114) and third-best conversion rate (11%). We also scored the most goals from direct free-kicks (6), indirect free-kicks (12) and penalties (12), and third-most goals from corners (8).
Our goals conceded tally of 18 was easily the best in the league, 10 less than any other team. We also only conceded twice from corners, twice from indirect free-kicks, and kept a league-high 21 clean sheets – which was 5 more than any other side.
And we had by far the least yellow cards in the league with just 35 and 0 reds for the second season in a row.
Liga Regale player stats
Awono obviously topped the goals tally with Francisco José in 4th on 17 and Moriba in 6th place with 13. Awono also had by far the most shots in the league with a total of 154 and the most shots on target of 96. And he scored the most penalties in the league with 8 out of the 10 he took hitting the back of the net.
Awono also had the best average rating of 7.83 and 9 of our players were in the top 14 best average ratings in the league, including Moriba in 3rd place on 7.62.
Stengs and Adli had the second-most assists in the league with 12, which was only bettered by Berche 08’s Bryan Gil’s tally of 14. Awono and Serra had the 6th-most assists with 10.
Interestingly, Adli and Moriba had the most key passes in the entire league with 91 and 78 respectively. And that very much supports my decision to use two playmakers in midfield! However, Stengs created the most chances with 23 and Adli the join 4th-most of 16.
Frontzeck kept the most clean sheets in the league with 20 from 31 appearances and only conceded 15.
Khaliza of course became the first Aswijan team to win the Champions League, but Hamjar also won the Europa Conference League by defeating Roma in the final. While Real Madrid won the Europa League by beating Atletico Madrid in the final.
Our success has also seen our finances soar with the bank balance now over the £500 million mark for the first time, largely thanks to a big increase in commercial income. While the European success saw Khaliza Unidi surge to become the 8th most reputable team in the world.
As mentioned in the last post, I think our success of wrapping up the Champions League brings this fictional Football Manager story to an end. I’ve really enjoyed the journey but we have achieved everything possible in Aswijan club football – so I think it’s time for a new challenge.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following our story with Zagora Athletik and Khaliza Unidi and I’d encourage you to download the database and give it a go for yourself. That said, I will keep this save and, at some point, I’ll try fast-forwarding it ahead to see how Khaliza and our players fare in the future.
Rest assured, there’s plenty more content to come. That includes my ongoing Journeyman save in which we’ve just been given the sack by Valencia then enjoyed some international football with the USA and Denmark before I reveal our third club side (spoiler – it’s in Italy) in tomorrow’s blog post.
And, I’ve got an idea for a new save that will take me to a new league and should provide the opportunity for plenty of content. So please do continue reading the posts and I hope you enjoy these Football Manager adventures!