A fourth successive Apertura stage title saw Envigado establish their dominance in Colombian football. Robinho Lazaró had led his fully homegrown team to three successive titles, seven of the last eight and ten of the last 13.
Wonderkid Factory | Part 29 | Four In A Row
After 15 years in charge of Colombian wonderkid factory Envigado FC, Robinho Lazaró had proven that focusing on youth development alone can deliver success. In that time, Lazaró hadn't spent a single penny on new players but brought in an incredible £92m by selling 131 players.
FM Experiment | FM Retro 98/99 | Part 4: Real-Life Newgens Join Hammers Revolution
Trebor Mahtal led his exciting West Ham wonderkids to back-to-back titles led by the exceptional Ronaldinho and Hidetoshi Nakata in 2025. And more exciting times were in store for Irons fans.
Wonderkid Factory | Part 28 | Goalscoring Records Smashed
Robinho Lazaró spent two weeks between league stages celebrating becoming the greatest Colombian ever to try his hand at football management. But his attention swiftly switched to targeting a league stage double and Copa Libertadores progression.
Wonderkid Factory | Part 27 | Greatest Colombian Manager Ever
Robinho Lazaró was proving that transfers weren't everything in the beautiful game. He'd relied on Envigado FC's prodigious youth development to continually churn out new starlets that had won 10 league stage titles.
FM Experiment | FM Retro 98/99 | Part 3: Big Name Signings
Trebor Mahtal led West Ham United to their first-ever league title in just his second season in charge led by future superstar Ronaldinho and a team that had been wholly rebuilt from the one he inherited.
Wonderkid Factory | Part 26 | Borrero Smashes League Goals Record
Envigado FC had well and truly established themselves as the best team in Colombia by sealing four consecutive league stage titles. But competing with the very best in South America looked a step too far for Robinho Lazaró's side.
Wonderkid Factory | Part 25 | Record-Breaking Acevedo
Envigado FC celebrated a second Liga BetPlay Apertura and Finalización double in the 2033 season as an exciting generation of players really hit their stride. The challenge now was for Robinho Lazaró to try and keep hold of his top talents.
FM Experiment | FM Retro 98/99 | Part 2: Ronaldinho At West Ham
The start of 1999 saw an exciting new name join West Ham United, as Mahtal beat the likes of Milan and Juventus to the signature of Ronaldinho for £2.3m from Gremio.
Wonderkid Factory | Part 24 | Copa Libertadores Excitement
Robinho Lazaró had assembled the best squad he'd worked with in his 12 years as Envigado FC anager. Going into the second half of the 2033 campaign, the club had won six of the last eight Liga BetPlay Dimayor titles, reached the least eight league stage finals and was seeking a fifth successive Finalización victory.