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Diamond in the Rough
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Diamond in the Rough | By Mresuperstar
Pro Cycling Manager 2018 & Football Manager 2018 Story

There comes a time when every athlete makes a decision about their future.
Some come to the realization they aren't good enough and move on.
Others, like me, are told to give up one sport to focus on another.

Cycling or Football? Why not both.

Biography

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Marcus Diamond

Birthday: November 21, 1999
Birthplace: Canvey Island, England
Nationalities: England, Great Britian
~ Scotland (Mother)
~ Nigeria (Grandfather)
Height: 6'0" (183cms)
Weight: 185lbs (84kgs)




Backstory

I grew up a Tottenham supporter because of my father. Nearly every Saturday on game day we traveled into the city to see the Hotspurs play at White Hart Lane. The roar of the crowd sucked me in at a young age.

But then my father passed away in a freak accident doing construction work. I was 12 and was left to be the man of the house. My mother has been doing her best to support us — my younger sister Alison and I — but times have been hard.

I earned my GCSE this past year, and I'll be turning 18 in a few months. I had aspiration to go to a University, but we just don't have the money.

I've been working odd jobs here and there, but the only thing I've truly been good at is sports. I've recently joined a summer league football team to meet new friends and keep my legs fresh. But, that's not the only sport I love.

After my father passed away, I started to ride my bicycle to White Hart Lane and beg for tickets outside of the stadium. Some days I got lucky and was able to scalp tickets for a profit and see the game. Other times I trekked the six-hour round trip to be scolded at and left with nothing.

It didn't really hit me that a path in cycling was even an option until the Tour de France rolled through London in 2014. That inspired me to really start training.

I worked my way up through the amateur cycling ranks, much to the dismay of family and friends who thought I was wasting my time on a stupid hobby.

Well, the joke is on them. London-based JLT Condor invited me to a prospect camp with a handful of other amateurs this weekend. But, to at least keep my mother happy, I also signed up for a preseason free agent camp later in the week to perhaps make a lower tier football team in the area.

Who says I can't play both sports?
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Marcus Diamond (born 21 November 1999) is an English born footballer, who currently plays for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie and the Nigeria national football team. He is also a professional cyclist with the Dutch Pro Tour team SEG Racing Academy. Diamond grew up in Canvey Island, England.

Football Overview

SeasonClubLeagueGoalsAssistsRating
2017-18 Canvey Island F.C.8th (70pts)116.84
2018-19 Witham Town3rd (86pts)5137.51
2019 Limerick F.C.DNP------
2020 AFC Hornchurch^10th (69pts)*737.68
2020 Limerick F.C.5th (50pts)*526.99
2021 Limerick F.C.4th (56pts)*336.86
2021-22 Helmond Sport8th (57pts)467.00
2021-22 FeyenoordDNP------
2021-22 Helmond Sport^8th (57pts)247.00
2022-23 Feyenoord2nd (74pts)346.96
Totals (Club) | 181 appearances, 30 goals, 36 assists, 7.11 rating.
Totals (International) | 13 appearances, 2 goals, 7 assists.
* Not with the team for the full season ^ On loan

The Early Years
(2017-2022)

Diamond made his first-team football debut with his hometown team of Canvey Island on August 19, 2017, in an Isthmain League First Division North match against Norwich United.

He scored his first professional goal on December 2, 2017, against Potters Bar on a 25-yard, first-time strike off a free kick layoff by Jake Forster-Caskey.

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Diamond's first career goal is a screamer from 25 yards out.

After scoring one goal and picking up one assist in 31 games with Canvey Island in the 2017-18 season, Diamond transferred to rival club Witham with teammate Ryan Charles for more money and a guaranteed one-year contract.

Diamond scored his debut goal with Witham on September 25, 2018, against Potters Bar.

Witham narrowly lost out on promotion, finishing third behind Coggeshall and Canvey Island in the 2018-19 league standings. Diamond led the league with the highest average game rating (7.51). In 36 league games, Diamond scored five goals and passed off 13 assists.

Diamond signed a two-year deal with Limerick F.C. in the offseason to play in the highest tier of the Irish SSE Airtricity League.

He was loaned out to AFC Hornchurch — back in the Isthmain League First Division North — prior to the start of the Limerick season and scored a debut goal with his new team on January 25, 2020. He played in 13 matches, scoring seven goals and providing three assists before being recalled to Limerick F.C.

In his debut game with Limerick F.C., Diamond poached a 90th minute equalizer goal against Galway United. During the 2020 season with Limerick, he slotted in five goals and provided two assists in 17 games.

Diamond played in one more league game during the 2021 season, but had a rough year with only three goals and three assists. In his final game with the club, Limerick F.C. won the Irish Munster Senior Cup.

Playing for his fifth team in four years, Diamond moved to the Netherlands to join Helmond Sport for the 2021-22 season in the second-tier Jupiler League. He scored six minutes into his debut match against Jong Ajax.

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Diamond scores on his international debut with Nigeria.

Diamond made his first international start with Nigeria on Nov. 12, 2021, in a pivotal World Cup qualifier contest against South Africa. He scored the game-winning goal in the 34th minute to lift Nigeria to the World Cup for a seventh time.

On Deadline Day on January 31, 2022, Feyenoord came to an agreement with Helmond Sport to buy Diamond for 950,000 pounds plus midfielder Mo el Hankouri. While Diamond signed a two-year extension, Feyenoord loaned him back to Helmond Sport to complete the 2021-22 season.

Helmond Sport finished eighth in the league standings and lost 2-1 on aggregate to Fortuna Sittard in the first round of the playoffs. Before joining Feyenoord, Diamond made his first World Cup appearance with Nigeria over the summer.

The Rising Star
(2022-Currently)

The 2022 World Cup was hosted by China after Qatar was stripped of hosting duties. Nigeria opened the tournament with its first game against China at the Guangdong Olympic Stadium. In a historic showing, Nigeria won 6-3 with Diamond breaking the World Cup record with four assists in the game.

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Diamond's record-breaking fourth assist against China at the World Cup.

Diamond added two more assists in a 2-1 upset win over 10-man Belgium in the second game of the World Cup to secure Nigeria's place in the Round of 16. Nigeria topped the group with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

The historic run of the Super Eagles ended when Nigeria lost 3-0 to Portugal in the Round of 16. Diamond finished with the most assists (6) in the tournament — one assist shy of tying Pelé's record from the 1970 World Cup.

Diamond's senior team debut with Feyenoord featured an assist in a 4-2 win over FC Utrecht to claim the Johan Cruyff Shield. Diamond then recorded his first goal and added another assist in a 4-2 win over the Go Ahead Eagles during Match Day #2 of the 2022-23 Eredivisie season.

Feyenoord defeated Ajax 2-1 to win the KNVB Beker Cup. They scored a cup-record 25 goals in six knockout games. Diamond picked up two of those goals. Ajax got the last laugh, however, winning the league by two points.

Trophy Cabinet

Spoiler
YearAchievement
2019Witham Supporters' Player of the Year
2020Irish Premier Division Team of the Week (x2)
2021Irish Munster Senior Cup Champion
2021-22Jupiler League Team of the Week (x5)
2022World Cup Record — Most Assists Single Game (4)
2022World Cup Leader — Most Assists In Tournament (6)
2022Johan Cruyff Shield Champion
2022-23Eredivisie Team of the Week (x3)
2022-23KNVB Beker Cup Champion

Cycling Overview

SeasonTeamCQ PointsWinsYellow
2018 JLT Condor (CT)548th (68pts)00 Days
2019 JLT Condor (CT)252nd (237pts)20 Days
2020 INM (PCT)151st (425pts)10 Days
2021 EvoPro Racing (CT)135th (443pts)41 Days
2022 SEG Racing Academy (PCT)25th (1,110pts)54 Days
2023 SEG Racing Academy (PT)TBD20 Days
Totals (Club) | 14 Career Wins, 5 Days In Yellow, 0 Grand Tours.
Totals (International) | 0 NC RR, 0 NC ITT, 0 WC RR, 0 WC ITT.

The Early Years
(2017-2021)

Diamond made his debut for JLT Condor cycling team on February 18, 2018, at the GP Laguna Porec and finished 22nd. He only raced in 31 race days in his inaugural season with JLT Condor, mostly due to a couple of injuries with a gashed leg and fractured wrist. His best finish was a fourth place a the Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen, and he also took 15th at the Great Britain TT National Championships.

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Diamond celebrates after winning his first career race in Belgium.

Diamond picked up his first career victory in his second season with JLT Condor at the Memorial Philippe van Coningsloo on June 4, 2019. He powered away from the peloton and used late cobble section to distance himself for a solo victory.

A strong September showing in 2019 saw a 19-year-old Diamond finish fifth overall in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, claim his second one-day race win at the Int. Raiffeisen Grand Prix and a second place in the Gooikse Pijl.

Diamond signed a two-year contract with Aqua Blue Sport through the 2020 and 2021 cycling season. Aqua Blue Sport dropped its sponsorship prior to the 2020 season and was picked up by INM, an Irish media company.

The 2020 Czech Cycling Tour saw Diamond win his first stage with his new team. He also won the green jersey and finished eighth overall.

INM folded after relegation following the 2020 season. The team sponsorship was picked up by Irish based EvoPro Racing.

After a handful of close calls, Diamond rode away on the cobbles for a Stage 2 victory at the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux. He finished the four-day tour in third overall after a questionable timing gap decision. Later in the month, Diamond also finished third overall at the Circuit des Ardennes International.

Diamond was the best young cyclist at the 2021 Tour de Yorkshire.

A heroic effort saw Diamond crash and still pick up his fifth career victory at the I.W.T. Jong Maar Moedig in June of 2021, beating out teammate Lionel Taminiaux. A month later in Canada, he sprinted to victory again at the White Spot/Delta Road Race — Diamond's first win not on European soil.

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Diamond stands on top of the podium after winning the 2021 Czech Cycling Tour.

His first yellow jersey and stage race win followed in August of 2021 at the Czech Cycling Tour. He also won the youth competition.

Closing out the season and ending his time with EvoPro Racing, Diamond had a sub-par showing at the Great Britain National Championships (18th RR, 23rd TT) and the World RR Championship (47th) held in Italy.

The Rising Star
(2022-Currently)

Diamond signed a one-year contract with SEG Racing Academy for the 2022 season, which featured a massive shakeup in the peloton with the introduction of new technology to allow the UCI World Tour to become a co-ed sport.

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Diamond slips away on the Tienne du Dragon descent to win the 2022 Grand Prix Cerami.

He finally picked up his first win of the 2022 season with a solo attack on the cobblestones in Stage 3 of the Baloise Belgium Tour. He also won the youth jersey in the tour and, earlier in month, grabbed the white jersey on home soil at the Tour de Yorkshire. A second win followed two months later with a calculated attack on the cobbled Tienne du Dragon climb to win the Grand Prix Cerami in Belgium.

At the 2022 Road Race National Championships, Diamond settled for eight place.

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Diamond wins Stage 4 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, and goes on to win the GC.

Diamond then dominated the his home Tour of Britain. Following a Stage 4 victory, Diamond slipped into yellow and held the race lead for the final four stages. That included second place finishes on Stage 7 and Stage 8. He took first place in the general classification, youth competition and was on the best team.

A little over two weeks later, Diamond took 17th at the World RR Championships held on a mountainous course in Austria. The SEG Racing Academy was granted promotion to the Pro Tour for the 2023 season.

The start of the 2023 campaign featured plenty of drama at the Santos Tour Down Under. Diamond finished 5th overall (1st youth) after pushing the tempo following a crash on Stage 3 and overly aggressive racing to win Stage 4.

Trophy Cabinet

Spoiler
Win#YearAchievementEvent
12019One-Day Race WinMemorial Philippe van Coningsloo
22019One-Day Race WinInt. Raiffeisen Grand Prix
32020Stage WinCzech Cycling Tour
2020Green JerseyCzech Cycling Tour
42021Stage WinTriptyque des Monts et Chateaux
2021Youth JerseyTour de Yorkshire
52021One-Day Race WinI.W.T. Jong Maar Moedig
62021One-Day Race WinWhite Spot/Delta Road Race
72021Stage Race WinCzech Cycling Tour
2021Youth JerseyCzech Cycling Tour
2022Youth JerseyVuelta a Castilla y Leon
2022Youth JerseyTour de Yorkshire
82022Stage WinBaloise Belgium Tour
2022Youth JerseyBaloise Belgium Tour
92022One-Day Race WinGrand Prix Cerami
2022Youth JerseyCzech Cycling Tour
102022Stage WinArctic Race of Norway
2022Youth JerseyArctic Race of Norway
112022Stage Race WinOVO Energy Tour of Britain
122022Stage WinOVO Energy Tour of Britain
2022Youth JerseyOVO Energy Tour of Britain
132023Stage WinSantos Tour Down Under
2023Youth JerseySantos Tour Down Under
142023One-Day Race WinDwars door West-Vlaanderen

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Basic Information

This three-day camp is designed to evaluate cycling talent.

Cyclists start out at the very bottom and must prove their capabilities to our scouts over the next few days. We have roster spots to fill next year, so impress us and perhaps a professional cycling contract is on the horizon.

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Training Camp - Day 1
*Community Growth Development*

Help discover Marcus Diamond and develop his cycling attributes.

Spoiler
- Each member gets 3.0 points to spread however they like over the 13 attributes listed above. One post per member.
- Stats work on a decimal system starting at 55.0.
- Stats are bumped up in PCM when they hit that number, ex. 55.9 = 55 in-game, and 61.4 = 61 stat in-game.
- The decimal numbers will remain hidden.
- There is a threshold for each stat when more points are needed to increase that stat. It's start off on a 1-to-1 scale where 1 point equals 1 stat upgrade. However, the scales get exponentially further and further apart the closer that stat gets to the maximum of 85. The increasing scale will also remain a mystery.

Comment below to provide stat upgrades. Make sure to stop by the next two days as well to see how Marcus is progressing and provide more input.
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Let's lay some groundwork:

+ 2,0 Flat
+ 0,5 Resistance
+ 0,5 Hills
(if I understood the decimal thing correctly)

 
jseadog1
You totally took an idea I had been drafting for months to do a baseball and cycling story :lol: You beat me to it! I was fairly close to putting it in action!

1.0 = Mountain
0.5 = Hills
0.5 = Acceleration
1.0 = Stamina

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redordead
This looks exciting love the format. C'mon Marcus get in there!! Grin

1.0 = Mountain
1.0 = Hills
1.0 = Resistance
 
Aquarius97
Great to see you back in the story section! Banana

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Acceleration = 2.1
Cobble = 0.3
Flat = 0.2
Resistance = 0.2
Recovery = 0.2

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Nice one!

1.0 Acceleration
1.0 Mountain
1.0 Recovery
 
jandal7
2.0 Resistance
1.0 Cobblestones

Love the look of this Mre, very excited Grin
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Nice Wink

0.5 = Prologue
0.5 = Mountain
1.0 = Time-trail
1.0 = Downhill
 
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Training Camp - Day 1 Results

We all looked at each other, eyeing up our competition. I'd had never been in such a hostile, cut-throat environment before. We were all here for one reason: outshine each other and prove we belonged here.

I noticed right away that I had clear size advantage over everyone else. While that would have been a huge bonus on the pitch, on the tarmac it's mostly seen as a hindrance to be lugging around my weight.

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Overall, I think I had an average day. Could have been better and could have been worse. Right in the middle of the pack. Hopefully, I can stand out more tomorrow.

Evaluation

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Training Camp - Day 2
*Community Growth Development*

Help discover Marcus Diamond and develop his cycling attributes.

Spoiler
- Each member gets 3.0 points to spread however they like over the 13 attributes listed above. One post per member.
- Stats work on a decimal system starting at 55.0.
- Stats are bumped up in PCM when they hit that number, ex. 55.9 = 55 in-game, and 61.4 = 61 stat in-game.
- The decimal numbers will remain hidden.
- There is a threshold for each stat when more points are needed to increase that stat. It's start off on a 1-to-1 scale where 1 point equals 1 stat upgrade. However, the scales get exponentially further and further apart the closer that stat gets to the maximum of 85. The increasing scale will also remain a mystery.
- Comment below to provide stat upgrades

Progession Potential: If two stats reach 60 after the second day of training camp, Marcus Diamond won't be cut from the camp a day early.

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Flat +2
Resistance +1
 
Tamijo
Training Camp - Day 2
0.5 = Prologue
0.5 = Mountain
1.0 = Time-trail
0.5 = acceleration
0.5 = Hill
 
Aquarius97
Going crazy Pfft

Acceleration = 3.0
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1 - MTN
1 - HIL
1 - STA

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cio93
Stamina +1.5
Flat +1.0
Cobbles +0.5
 
redordead
Training Camp - Day 2
1.0 = Mountain
1.0 = Hill
1.0 = Recovery
 
jandal7
Resistance 2.0
Cobbles 0.5
Hill 0.5
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[CX] Listerijns & Kiwis

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viking90
1.5 acceleration
1.5 fighter
 
sutty68
1.0 - Mountain
1.0 - Hill
1.0 - Stamina

Good luck with this by the way Cool
 
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