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Going Up

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After a rough debut in season 8, the Norwegian head coach Kristian Qvart still has the trust of the Hellas Verona board. Working his magic with a self picked team based on Norwegian players, this season has looked nothing like the last one.
With a pretty good season ending and a little luck, Hellas Verona escaped relegation in close, dramatic fashion added some controversy. Surviving their first season in Pro Evo Network with the smallest of margins, finishing just before PEN veterans Alexselva and Fertetoprioni, Hellas Verona and Kristian were ready for another season in Division 1.
In Division 1 it is a short way from relegation to promotion. Last season Hellas Verona felt they had been underachieving; the goal for season 9 was to stay away from the relegation zone and fight for a place in the playoffs for the Premiership. Some quality players had left the division, but new ones had entered, and through the season it grew to 20 competitors. Which ment 38 tough matches versus different players and playstyles with no free points for the taking.
There were some changes in the team before and during season 9, even so, the manager tried to keep a certain stability. Quality players such as Moutinho and Coentrao was given to the BOD for Norwegians. Top scorers and match deciders such as Muniain and Guerrero left during the season, but the new signings worked well with the team, and the changes didn’t make a too big an impact on Hellas Verona’s game plan. 
The big deciders in the team this year were:
  • Brede Hangeland; due to retirement he was acquired quite cheaply and only cost 100k/centimeter (10m PENce). Probably the best DC I could ask for.
  • Håvard Nordtveit; a fierce defensive midfielder, even with silly blue arrows from a silly German rating system he owned the centre of the pitch.
  • Yann Sommer; a fantastic keeper that saved a LOT of points over the season, a great “no fuzz goalkeeper”. 9 clean sheets this season.
  • The left back position was for long an uncertainty before little big Jetro Willems settled and proved his worth with fantastic deliveries into the box. Meanwhile Omar Elabdellaoui flip-flapped his way up the right hand side.
  • Team hocus pocus: Zaha and McGeady, creating havoc when turned on.
After 4 rounds Hellas Verona had 7 points and actually more points than half of season 8, and looking to shut relegation talk off already. Running through the season Kristian’s chosen ones steadily won points without smashing anyone or showing anything spectacular, just some tidy football with an average team. There were of course some hiccups and on late, dark nights Kristian shed a tear when thinking of the batterings he got from Brizzle and Niko during the season. 
As others stumbled, bottled or just lost it and missed out on points. Hellas Verona kept going and won Division 1, season 9 by 7 points.
Thanks to everyone in Playstations Division 1 for a great season and good luck & have fun whatever division you are playing in PES 2017.
No one remembers second place.
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