Dice Football

DF: Matchday 2 Results

After the opening set of Dice Football fixtures produced four draws, 10 teams headed into their second games eager to secure their first victory of the season.

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Dice Football

DF: Matchday 1 Results

The opening matchday of Dice Football saw 14 goals scored in six matches. Thankfully for many of the fans that turned out, there wasn’t an even spread so some got to see some actual football; and others weren’t so lucky.

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Dice Football

DF: Matchday 1 & 2 Preview


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Dice Football

Welcome to Dice Football

 
To begin, the first season of Dice Football will contain 12 teams with the bottom two teams being relegated. If the league is successful, there is scope to introduce a second division for Season 2.

The league will run on a European League structure and scoring (2 games vs each opponent, home and away / 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss). The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared League Champion (should points be level, a playoff will determine vital positions, not goal difference). The lowest two teams will be relegated.

When fixtures are posted (approximately once every 7-10 days), players will have roughly two/three days to submit a strategy for their match(es) (best to do it via DM @diceftbl or comment on the post).

The following are the 12 teams set to compete in the first season of the Dice Football.

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Dice Football

Want to play Dice Fantasy Football?

 
Dice Football is a fantasy football league with results determined by a system of dice-rolling run by me. All teams and players are fictional and you get to control them.

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Interesting

Shooting when inside the penalty area is probably a good thing

 

interesting

adjective
arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention.

I am filing this under something that I found interesting and didn’t quite have room for on social media. It’s far from an exact science, and I don’t think I’m even presenting this with any sort of attempted analysis but I thought it was worth sharing.

It of course stands to reason that the more a team shoots from inside the opposition area (closer to goal) and can stop their opponent from doing so in their own penalty box (force them further from goal) – they are likely to do well over a league season and win plenty of points; and the suggestion from the numbers backs that up.

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Follow the Ball – A Reflection

 
When 2016 started I had grand plans to watch more football. Born from a place of good, I wanted to reconnect with the beautiful game and find my love for watching the sport again – away from the hullabaloo that I am all too often allow myself to get caught up in.

The idea was simple. Pick a team, watch their match and then whoever won that game, watch that team’s next match.

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Football Manager

#IBWM100 on Football Manager – Season Five with Ajax


 
Yes, that is Ajax and Belgium wonderkid Van Van Tung.

It’s been a few months. A few glorious months of revelling in the glory of being a Champions League winner with an Ajax team filled with members of the IBWM100; and if you are reading this – then it is safe to say that I’m back to keep things going and ideally, establish this team as a great side of European football. With Football Manager 2017 looming and the new #IBWM100 soon to be on the way, I want to bring this story to an end as soon as possible.

You may have already enjoyed the first four seasons of this story. If not, they can be found here – Season One – 2015/16, Season Two – 2016/17 and Season Three – 2017/18 and Season Four – 2018/19. Feel free to take some time to go back and read through them as I sign players from a list of only 100 and try to turn them into European giants.

If you aren’t all that bothered about catching up then all you need to know is this. Using only the In Bed With Maradona list of 100 Young Players to watch in 2016 and whatever youth products are churned out of the Ajax system, I am attempting to conquer Europe. In season’s one, two and three, we struggled but everything fell nicely into place last year and we went all the way in Europe’s premier competition. However with an average age in the squad somewhere around 23 I couldn’t help but feel I wanted more from the team. To put that into actual goals, a couple of Champions League victories; mostly so that my legacy as a giant of the game can be cemented

It is all ego that is fuelling me now and as such – we’re back for Season Five. With a nod to Iain Macintosh over on The Set Pieces, I’ll be guiding you through the 2019/20 season month-by-month.

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Follow the Ball – Game 18: Lyon vs Nice

 
With only a few weeks left in the season, Lyon taking on the fourth placed team in Ligue 1 is not a nice scenario (see what I did there?). Though both teams are heading into this match in decent form (Nice have won four and lost of their last six, Lyon have won and drawn one), I just don’t think I can trust Nice to see out the season and take me into Europe at the beginning of next term.

Lyon are my best bet and I’m plugging for them to see the job through.

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Follow the Ball – Game 17: Montpellier vs Lyon

 
The first time that I started to get ahead of myself and look towards the end of the season with the same winning team in charge of Follow the Ball, I was flicking through Paris Saint-Germain’s league fixtures and reckoning that they could go untroubled. I was rewarded with a victory for Lyon in the next game and tried to tell myself I wouldn’t do it again.

As you’d expect – I haven’t learned my lesson.

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