I am back and it is time for the season six finale of Generation Guimaraes. This will be a big episode as my side have their hand in four competitions as I look to win as much as possible, to nail down our position as the dominating team in Portugal…move over Porto.
In the last instalment #6.2, we found ourselves within a title fight with Porto and Famalicao with the top three looking very close. In Europe, my team were sent packing to the Europa League after a poor Champions League group stage campaign. On top of that, my side remain in both domestic cup competitions.
The Save Aims & Rules
With how I want this save to work, I need to be mindful of the squad season on season. As there is a lot of emphasis on the youth setup as these players will shape the first team in seasons to come. Here are the aims and rules to give some context of what I’m trying to pull off here.
- Squad average age must be a maximum of 23 every season.
- Disrupt the Top 3 and become a top team in Portugal (Porto, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon). PASSED
- Win the club’s first league title. PASSED
- Win the club’s first European title.
- Win a domestic treble (League, Cup, Supercup or League Cup) or a European treble (League, Cup, European Cup) PASSED
If the average age is over 23, then I MUST RESIGN FROM MY POSITION!
Youth Intake 2026/27
This year’s intake was somehow rated 4.5 stars and as an ‘excellent intake’ however, with no elite talents I found it all very underwhelming. The players signed have been included but 9 trialists were all let go.
Winter Transfer Window 2026/27
Compared to usual, our outs were very quiet but some first teamers either left or secured their futures elsewhere via the pre-contract route.
Now you would’ve seen that Reece Devine was sold to Burnley for £1.2m, this came after he agreed a pre-contract with them. Rejecting our offer as he had his sights set on the Premier League, I decide to move on Devine early as I saw no need in keeping him.
Number 1 goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki signed a pre-contract with Celtic, again rejecting our contract renewal. Majecki was difficult in negotiations earlier in the season and it was clear he wanted to go. Celtic didn’t want him in this window but I have sent him to the U23s as I only want to work with players who want to be here.
Only other notable exit was young striker Diogo Rodrigues, who has joined OGC Nice on loan. This is purely for game time purposes before coming into the first team next season.
Players in blue are first team signings, with the others being Director of Football signings. With Radoslaw Majecki’s exit, a new number one was bought in Filip Jorgensen from Rayo Vallecano £2.5m. A bargain price for a very talented goalkeeper, I’m hope Jorgensen will be as solid as Majecki was.
Then there was the replacement for Reece Devine, in Italian full back Riccardo Calafiori who was signed from Juventus for £4.7m. I like the look of Calafiori, very good wing back attributes and will give good competition to Francisco Ortega.
Luis Campos signed young promising goalkeeper Julian Zapata on a free from Millionarios F.C, I sent Campos to get the deal done for this player. Campos then signed defender He Zezhou from Ac. Viseu for an initial £25.5k (£68k) before completing a deadline day deal for winger Joao Marques from Rio Ave for an initial £22k (£54k).
Primeira Liga 2026/27
January – March 2027
E-LEC-TRIC!! Unbelievable form from the boys as we dominate all the way through these three months, only dropping 2 points in the process! It saw us complete a double over Benfica (2-1, 3-0) who are resurgent in the league and also picking up a big 3-0 win over Porto as well. Famalicao were also dismissed in the 2-1 win as my side really assert themselves in the title race.
There was three big score lines as well with the dismantling’s of Academica (5-1), Lusitania Lourosa (6-0) & Rio Ave (6-0). This is definitely title winning form!
Vitoria SC take control in the league opening up a six point gap going into the final four games. Safe to say at this point, it is all in our hands.
Another important victory over Famalicao (3-0), before points dropped against Varzim (1-1). This gave Porto a chance to step closer however, they also dropped two points meaning if we won our next game, it would all be over at the start of May…
VITORIA GUIMARAES RETAIN THE TITLE – PRIMEIRA LIGA CHAMPIONS 2026/27!!!
The 5-0 dismantling of Santa Clara allowed us to win the title in style and what a great achievement for the youngest squad I’ve had during my time here, once we got going we have been unstoppable.
The season was finished off with one last win which meant one thing in terms of the league…
Not only do my side win the title, they go invincible throughout the season not losing a single game! Safe to say, my team are really in their prime and It’s great to see how dangerous we look.
Although, it’s good to see the big three being disrupted some more with Famalicao securing Champions League football and Boavista claiming a Europa Conference place. It’s great to see the league more open for in the race for European places.
Europa League Knockout Stage 2026/27
Into the knockout rounds and as stated last time out, FC Kobenhavn are our first opponents since coming into the competion.
After overcoming FC Kobenhavn rather convincingly – 5-0 on aggregate but our journey came to a painful stop when facing RB Leipzig. A home leg that brought a 2-1 loss didn’t go to plan but in the away leg, we were leading until the 76th minute and then Andre Silva put us to the sword sealing a late winner. A 5-3 loss on aggregate sent us packing in Europe once again.
RB Leipzig did go on to win the competition but that second leg we could’ve taken them to extra time, a late crumbling was our downfall however. European competition seems a step too far now as our budgets just aren’t strong enough to compete with the teams we face.
Liga de Taça
It was semi final action against Academica as we chase a crazy four in a row in this competition.
A somewhat rotated side grabs the 2-1 win, which set the scene for a final against Sporting who again, have a new manager at this stage of the season. Who came out better though?
FOUR IN A ROW! – VITORIA GUIMARAES ARE LIGA DE TAÇA CHAMPIONS 2026/27!!!
After a tense match, it was a penalties win but there’s a bit of a story behind it. In this competition, you must start two Portuguese U21s and for us that has been Ye Silong & Diogo Rodrigues. Before his loan exit, Rodrigues was injured meaning goalkeeper Antonio Meneses had to step up after a failed loan spell in Germany. Meneses only goes and wins the shoot out for us after saving three Sporting penalties! What a day for the lad!
In general, we ran the game but didn’t put our chances away and after our young ‘keepers heroics, its was a 3-2 win on penalties (1-1 AET).
Taça de Portugal
Picking it back up in the quarter finals, Estrela da Amadora SAD from Liga 2 were our opponents.
A comfortable win over Estrela da Amadora SAD (2-0) saw a double leg semi-final against Sporting. The first leg was a poor 0-0 draw before a whirlwind ending to the second leg. At 1-1, Sporting took the lead in the 73rd minute before James Krangar replied, it was then scenes when wonderkid Jordi Toril slams home the winner at 3-2! This meant a final date with Porto!
VITORIA GUIMARAES ARE TAÇA DE PORTUGAL CHAMPIONS 2026/27!!!
Someone stop us! Super sub Martim Neto grabbed a rare double to hand us the win but again it’s clear where the direction of play was in the match. Only the second time we’ve won this trophy but it feels great to capture again.
This means all Portuguese trophies have been captured, giving us a domestic quadruple!
End of Season Review 2026/27
An unbelievable season as we essentially complete Portugal domestically, but the club’s domination didn’t stop there as the B team end up doing something special as well.
They’ve only gone and won Liga 2 which is the tier below! Outstanding stuff as they take the title in only their second season within that division. The only shame for them is, they can’t be promoted due to the senior team’s top division status but nonetheless, what a great achievement for the young and upcoming players.
Kicking off my top three from the season is young winger Jordi Toril. I’ve chased this man for a couple of seasons and I was hoping he would deliver…and that he more than did! 21 goals and 15 assists from the right wing and he’s only going to get better with his already impressive attributes. A listed wonderkid though, will the big boys come calling?
Next is young striker Marcos Aurelio. Arriving in January 2026, Aurelio took a good few months to settle in but in his first full season he has turned into a beast up front. Clinical, composed and a match winner, his exploits have dislodged the ever present Samuele Mulattieri from his starting spot. 23 goals for the Brazilian and there is definitely more to come from this one.
Lastly, I’ve gone in a different direction with this choice. It’s not stats based or that but it’s more about adaptation after the squad’s lack of midfielders due to players leaving or long term injuries. Martim Neto is the guy I’m talking about, usually a playmaker but after Onana’s loan exit and Semedo’s 4-5 month injury lay off, Neto stepped up and covered ball winning midfielder position beautifully and then covered Almeida when he was injured. A very trustworthy player who has definitely pushed himself up the pecking order.
Well right now, I feel like I’ve done everything possible within the Portuguese club football set up and I’m not too fussed about the national hall of fame. One thing is left, a European trophy. With the generally low budget to allow us to compete in Europe, I have a decision to make on the future of the project but I can confirm there will be a season 7 of this save!
I will be taking a short break to take part in the FM Library succession save, where the aim is to win the Champions League equivalent in each continent! It should work in my favour that it’s currently set in Portugal with Famalicao so really my experience should come in handy! I will be updating the twitter thread for it so keep your eyes peeled.
Thank you all for reading as always, it’s been an unreal season here and I’ll be back with season 7 in the near future. Take care all.