FM Experiment | European Super League | Part 5: A Frightening Strikeforce

Vélez Sarsfield had made light work of progressing through the lower reaches of the fictional European Super League database which was, effectively, a global super league. But their rewards for significant cup and league success in season 3 were game- and club-changing finances.

Winning the Next Level Cup saw us bag around £400m in prize funds while winning the league won another £100m. That saw us finish the season with an outrageous £886m in the bank.

With that extra cashflow, I targeted the permanent signings of last season’s stars. Top priority was obviously key man Endrick, who only agreed to join after we’d secured promotion and signed for the pre-agreed £60m rising to £90m and on £140k a week. Next up was Mathys Tel, for whom we paid Bayern the optional fee of £45m, before agreeing a £40m deal with Leipzig for midfielder Ilaix Moriba. Just as I thought we were done with attackers, I received a news item that Lyon had been relegated. That meant Youssoufa Moukouko, who they’d just signed for £73m from Dortmund, was available for just £53m, so we jumped at the chance.

Those signings had to be balanced out by sales, including Franco Díaz to Cruz Azul for £30.5m, Arsen Zakharyan to Racing for £23m, Josha Vagnoman to Strasbourg for £16.5m, Niklas Dorr to Krasnodar for £9m

That gave us a little more wiggle room to strengthen the defence. I made Josko Gvardiol my number one priority and agreed a new club-record £87m deal with Leipzig. We strengthened at right-back by signing Devyne Rensch for £40.5m from Ajax and added another centre-back option by bringing in Joao Fonseca for £30m from Benfica. We also added a bit of midfield support by signing Assan Ouédraogo for £25m from Schalke. That took the summer transfer dealings to £386m of signings and £124m of sales, making us the biggest spending club in the world by £170m from Sporting’s £210m! Later in the season we lost centre-back Juan Manuel Villalba for £12m but replaced him with wonderkid Nathan Ferrer for £65m from Caen.

I’d promised Endrick and Moukoko star player status so had to shoehorn them both into the team. So with that in mind, I decided to go for it with a positive 4-2-4 approach, which looks like this:

Into The Super League

We entered the Super League in European Super League One. The top 5 in the 16-team league go into the Super League Champions Playoff, the bottom 2 go down and 11th to 14th go into relegation playoffs. We’re tipped to finish 10th with odds of 100/1 to win it and the board only expect us to avoid relegation. Real Madrid are favourites at 2/5 followed by Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Lazio, River Plate and Porto.

We began life in the top tier in style as Moukoko scored inside 7 minutes, Endrick bagged a hat-trick and a Nicolás Garoyalde penalty and Moriba wrapped up a 6-0 opening-day drubbing of Flamengo. That was backed up with a solid 2-2 at River and a 4-2 win over West Ham with braces from Moukoko and Endrick, who are looking like a frightening strikeforce. But then we got hammered 4-1 at Roma, and the leaky defence is a slight concern.

I addressed the defensive concerns by dropping one midfielder into a holding role and it worked fairly well as a Moriba brace inspired a 3-2 win over Atlético then Moukouko, Roony Bardghji and Moriba led a 3-1 win at Leeds. We then drew 3 in a row, including Endrick scoring both in a 2-2 at Juventus, but beat Olympiakos to move into an impressive 3rd-place after 10 games.

A rare Mateo Seoane goal, just his 3rd in 85 league appearances, opened the scoring at home to Porto and Moukoko nicked a 2-1 win with both Endrick and Tel out injured. Then, after 4 cup games in 8 days (see below) we visited Real Madrid and were a little unlucky to lose a thriller 4-3.

But we kicked into good form, including exciting homegrown midfielder Eduardo Bauzá scoring his first two senior goals in a 2-1 win over Club Brugge, making him the youngest scorer in Super League One history. A rotated team somehow beat leaders River Plate, who were presumably also exhausted from cup exploits, 5-2 then Endrick took over. He scored successive braces in a draw at Flamengo then defeat at West Ham but hit ultimate form as he scored five in a wild 6-4 win at home to Leeds.

Endrick had a rare dip in form but recovered it with a brace in a 3-1 win at Porto and another in a 3-3 at Lazio before a Moukoko hat-trick led a 5-3 win over Juventus. As you may be able to tell, Vélez matches involved lots and lots of goals! But it was working as that win over Juve secured our place in the top 5 with 4 games remaining.

We again came close to upsetting Madrid, only losing 3-2 to a 93rd-minute winner. But we nicked 3rd-place off Roma on the final day with a 5-0 victory over Club Brugge thanks to a Moukoko brace and Endrick hat-trick. We finished as the top scorers in the league, plundering 84 in 30 but worryingly conceded 51, which was more than relegated Independiente!

Endrick was again easily top scorer in the league with a ridiculous 37 in 27, which was 14 more than nearest challenger Dusan Vlahovic, and topped the average rating chart with a 7.81. Bardghji got the most assists with 14 and Moriba was again second to Endrick in average ratings with 7.55.

More Big-Money Cup Competitions

Just like last season, the Super League has several cup competitions with big money up for grabs. The Super Cup kicked off with an eight-team group. It began with the toughest test possible, a trip to Santiago Bernabéu and a 5-1 thumping, but we won at Al-Ahly and back-to-back Endrick hat-tricks inspired 5-1 thumpings of Club América and Hannover to seal qualification with 2 games remaining.

That sent us into knockout rounds and a very rare Nicolás Garayalde goal nicked a 1-0 over Bournemouth then Endrick, Tel and Moriba earned a 3-2 win over PSV. The quarter-final saw things get tougher as we travelled to Inter Milan and, for a change, defended well then nicked a late winner through Moukoko. We then faced PSG, who’ve built a ridiculous team, in the semi and did well to draw 1-1 but lost 4-1 after extra time.

We also took part in the Wonder League and started better as an Endrick brace led a 2-1 first-round win at Wolfsburg, which bagged a cool £60m! However, the reward was a group phase that saw games take place two days after Super Cup and league games and a group with Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton. I had to fully rotate and we lost all 6 games.

Super League Champions Playoff

The draw for the Super League Champions Playoff pitted us against a familiar rival in River Plate. Endrick was suspended but we nicked a 1-1 to go to extra-time then the other star striker Moukoko scored a late winner to send us through 3-2. Next up was another team from our league as Roma defeated Man City. Endrick returned but worryingly got injured after half an hour. But his teammates rallied and Moukoko and Moriba strikes earned a 2-1 win to send us to the semis.

That injury turned out to be relatively serious as Endrick suffered a fractured toe, which ruled him out of the semi-final against Dortmund, who beat Liverpool. That saw Tel move up front with Ouédraogo taking his place on the left. We started well as the front two combined twice in four minutes. We made sure of it straight from the second-half kick-off as Ouédraogo sent Tel through for his second 20 seconds into the half. Dortmund came back into it but we held on to win 3-1 and reach the Final.

The Final, unsurprisingly, saw us take on Man UFC, who defeated Inter in the semi and have built an interesting team that includes Romelu Lukaku. Endrick was kind of back fit so we risked him on the bench and stuck with the same team. We again started well as Roony crossed for Moukoko to open the scoring, but UFC levelled with a nonsense penalty. That was their only shot on target in the first half as we dominated but couldn’t score again. And a terrible second half meant extra time.

I decided to take a risk on Endrick and, in no surprise to anyone it worked. We kicked off the second half, goalkeeper Dennis Seimen hoofed the ball over the top and Endrick got in behind and cheekily lobbed Ilan Meslier. We went on the defensive and held on for a huge and fully deserved 2-1 victory.

That meant Vélez Sarsfield won the European Super League!!

Endrick Is The Greatest Player In The World!

Endrick’s ridiculous form of 53 goals in 39 games in 2025 saw him win FIFA Best Men’s Player and FIFA FIFPro Player of the Year ahead of Haaland and Camavinga. He then won Best Player in Europe and the European Golden Shoe, as well as European Golden Boy and NxGn 2026, in which Fonseca came 2nd, Ferrer 7th, Ouédraogo 9th and Uruguayan winger Jose Luis Pena 27th.

Endrick’s Super League winning goal was his 50th of the season in just 40 matches, with 7 assists and a 7.72 average rating. His strike partner Moukoko scored 20 and got 15 assists and Roony got a club-high 21 assists and 8 goals. Tel got 15 assists and 8 goals and Moriba got 11 goals and 8 assists with an impressive 7.47 average rating.

This team is an absolute joke with the wonderkid strikeforce of Endrick, Moukoko, Tel and Bardghji very difficult for most defences to handle. But could we strengthen and defend the Super League title?

We’ll do one more episode in this fictional database to conclude the experiment next Wednesday!


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