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    Excellent first season there Icelander. I'm having the same finances problem in Croatia, kept a gap below the wage budget but from the first month it is clear we're going to end up the season in the red, possibly somewhere between 100K and 200K euros. The difference is that you already have a plan to get over it which is to be promoted, whereas from my first matches it looks like I'm going to struggle big time not to get relegated! Also most of my team is old guys on 2-year contracts (everyone refused to sign for 1 season only) so I'm not sure there's potential to improve next year unless I start paying even more players!

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    Know the feeling! I cut some deadwood after the season. Well, I say cut some deadwood but the only players who had expiring contracts were players who weren't playing for me. Quite a handy situation. Now I've looked into loaning players in, trying to keep the wages down a bit, even though I know that will bloody well fail as usual

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    Now that I'm allowed to manage at international level, Holland approached me and I accepted, their last manager was sacked even though they came top of their world cup qualifying group. My 1st 2 games are against Tunisia and South Africa. Lets hope I don't lose

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    Hah, what a great start to the second season

    First I forget that I didn't have an assman when the first season's friendlies were made so my current assman isn't set to arrange friendlies. I notice this 10 days before my first match, hastily arrange a couple of friendlies and go unfit into the first match which is away in the cup.

    5 minutes gone, my loanee winger/striker is sent off for kicking an opponent and we are 1-0 down at half time. We don't manage a single shot on target throughout the game and are out of the cup

    That puts a real dampener on my expectations for the season

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    Welsh Premiership - 2019/20

    Tranfers: The only signing was Natan Collins, an English striker from Brockenhurst. He was on a trial at Llanelli, they dismissed him, so we took him under our wing. I hope he becomes bitter of our rivals and destroys them throughout the years BWAHAHAHA

    - Won our fifth league overall as a club (all under my management), and the fourth in a row. This year, it was a bit easier. Llanelli was the only one who kind of gave us a bit of a run for our money. Nothing too concerning though. We finished the overall season without a loss in our last 24 games. Lee Barnard retired from professional football by scoring twice in the 2-3 win at Llanelli, what a way to say goodbye. He is now part of our staff.

    - We also broke Llanelli's record of most points in one season; form 73 to 78. Bam.

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    Loosemores Cup
    - We beat Barry Town, Cwmbran, and Haverdfordwest (8-4 on aggregate) to get to the final, which we won by beating Bangor 4-3 on overtime, on a game that was very entertaining for the thousand fans which saw us.

    Welsh Cup
    - This was the one that we wanted the most, since we have never won it before. We beat Cwmbran again on the first round, TNS in the second round, and went over to the semifinal by beating Barry Town 3-0. Bangor suffered again by losing to us in final stage; we won on penalties after the 2-2 score, to go onto the final. Aberyswyth, not even on European playoffs, counted on the final to the Euro Cup. We did win the Cup on a 2-0 score, which was one of my favorite moments of my career. We officially have all the silverware we could possibly have in Wales.

    Champions League

    - Albanian BESA was in theory a weak rival (all grays). We tied 1-1 over there, and took the score home expecting to get through without much trouble. In a game that caused me to replace my South African goalkeeper for Bridges the rest of the season, the Albanians score five goals in four shooting attempts, and we lost 3-5. It was a frustrating and unbelievable game.

    In other news

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    - Angeli continues to rip it and was top scorer with 32 goals, 24 in league. The young Collins started his Afan career with 18 goals in all competitions, and also being lead assistant with 17, the perfect complement for Angeli.

    - I am now the second best manager to ever manage in Wales, with a mere one league title away from Llanelli's manager. Andy Legg has one more league title than I do, the same Wales Cups, but I have one more Loosemores Cup

    - Scottish Kerr was player of the year from the midfield. Young Niang was young player of the year. We have now dominated these two awards for three years in a row. Eight players were named in the team of the year, and I was of course manager of the same.

    - Season passes - 33, same than last year.
    - Attendance - 160 in average, 2 more than last year.
    - Club's value - Ł2m - Ł600k more than last year.
    - Match/Season ticket - Ł7/Ł55 - Ł+1.5/2 more than last year.
    - The league is...58 places up, to 177th, still one star, but 20 spots short of one and a half!
    - The club is now 306th.

    - Aims for next season:
    1. To win our fifth league in a row and to take over Andy Legg's spot as best manager ever in Wales.
    2. To, for the third year in a row, have a TNS manager sacked after playing with us
    3. It is crucial to at least go through one CL round so, in case of losing, we can go to the Euro Cup rounds.
    4. Have the board finally improving our mediocre, mediocre young facilities already.


    2011/12 - Welsh Premiership - 9th 39p - 4th round Welsh Cup - Loosemores Cup Champions!
    2012/13 - Welsh Premiership - 6th 44p - QF Welsh Cup - QF Loosemores Cup - Manager of the Year!?!
    2013/14 - Welsh Premiership - 1st 70p - Semis Welsh Cup - QF Loosemores Cup - Manager of the Year!
    2014/15 - Welsh Premiership - 2nd 61p - 3rd Round Welsh Cup - QF Loosemores Cup
    2015/16 - Welsh Premiership - 2nd 65p - Finalist Welsh Cup - Finalist Loosemores Cup - Manager of the Year...yay.
    2016/17 - Welsh Premiership - 1st 61p - 4th Round Welsh Cup - QF Loosemores Cup - Manager of the Year
    2017/18 - Welsh Premiership - 1st 65p - QF Welsh Cup - 1st round Loosemores Cup - Manager of the Year
    2018/19 - Welsh Premiership - 1st 68p - QF Welsh Cup - Final Loosemores Cup
    2019/20 - Welsh Premiership - 1st 78p - Welsh Cup Winner! - Loosemores Cup Winner! - Manager of the Year!

    PS: And the CL round rival is...BATE Borisov. The team which beat us on away goals tow years ago, when Angeli got injured after 15 minutes in the second league. It's revenge time.
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    Lower Maze FC - Season 2013/14 - Northern Irish First Division
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    A season much better than expected. We early on got some good points, and almost keept Carrick's pace for a while. After a while we were some points clear of the other teams and could concentrate on getting enough points to make sure they couldn't catch us since Carrick were running away. Defensivly we were rock solid and were the team in the league who conceded the fewest goals. However we did have some problems scoring enough, so we won loads of games 1-0. Still we managed a surprising promotion and are in the top flight next season, although it might be hard to stay there. We are gonne need a revamp of the squad if we are going to have a snowballs chance in hell to stay up. Some players might have the potential to do a good job though, like Martin Donnelly and Curtis Allen.

    In the cups we finally had some success as we won two of them. The first final of the season we lost, however. In the Northern Irish League Cup we lost the final to Donegal Celtic. We got our first trophy in the Northern Irish Intermediate Cup when we beat Dungannon Reserves in the final. The success was copied in the last final of the season when we won the Mid Ulster Cup after beating Amargh United in the final on pens. In the final cup of the season we lost out to Larne in the quarter finals.

    Still no increase in seasontickets, and not much increase in average attendance, which means finances are going steady downhill. Hopefully, we might get some more people to watch us to help out our finances, otherwise we got a serious problem.

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    2011/12   Second      8th        42          27          N/A      N/A      Avoided Relegation
    2012/13   Second      2nd        59          27          N/A      N/A      Promotion
    2013/14   First       2nd        45          27          N/A      N/A      Promotion, 2 cup victories

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    Chronicles of the unluckiest manager in the world, chapter I don't know which number anymore:

    So we have BATE again in the CL round; we win the first leg home. 1-0.

    We go onto the second leg. Two days before, two starting defenders injured for a couple of months.

    The game starts. We hit the post in the first minute. We miss a penalty in the first twenty minutes.

    They score. Angeli scores, and we're 1-1. They need two goals.

    They score one without shooting, they score the 3-1 on the 85th minutes. Own goal.

    That is all.

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    I am on holiday now. I decided to do this in Wales

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    Season 3 - Salthill Devon - Irish Premier Division - 3rd




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    I knew that we needed an overhaul of our squad to avoid another struggle so I did just that in the transfer market, the likes of Almeida and Russell were the success stories. Flood was a dissapointment as he banged them in for Bohemians.

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    John Russell

    Some much needed creativity in the middle, was also deadly from set pieces.

    Rafael Cretaro

    A flying winger who likes to cut in and score a few himself, quite good in the hair for his height too.

    Mauro Almeida

    Might seem that our scouts have been working further afield but he was already playing in Ireland, very solid centre back..

    Shamrock were quite comfortabley better than us so I think we could do with a few more big signings, already clinched a massive signing with former Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara coming in to bolster our midfield

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    The extended version of this thread is now live, if you feel like playing in one of the other European leagues that requires a custom league head on over to the extended version. Enjoy your small club to big club adventures anywhere in Europe, so long as its small

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    Made a reasonable start after 7 games of the season sitting midtable, but in every press conference after a game i get asked about my decision to leave out several key players. All my key players were in the squad picked or injured, its just beginning to annoy me, anyone else had this problem?

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    Going to take a break from this save. I want to do some of the others challenges but none the less my Bridgend save is backed up and I will keep track of everyones progress

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    Lolwut? Only something like this could possibly save my club. Currently sitting 15th after 12 games played - 13th is the place we need, it's 4 points above in the table...

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    A very strange choice for the tycoon to make :P

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    Ok i'm starting in Ireland with Tralee Dynamos.

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    Well now, after that ridiculous start to the season we are on the straight and narrow. 9 games into the league season and we are leading the table, scoring quite a few goals and not conceding that many. Slight tactical tweaks are really giving the desired effect and everything's rosy so far. My main striker, who scored 9 in 24 league games last season, has now scored 9 in 9 On the down side, the Brazilian I brought in to share the load with him has not performed at all and is resigned to the subs bench, goalless so far.

    One rule I want to ask you guys if you know anything about: The Greek second division has a limit of 2 non-EU players in the starting line-up. I have 2 in the first 11, one on the bench. I can't bring the one off the bench unless I take one of the other 2 off as I get a message about only being able to have 2 in the starting line-up. Is this like this in real life or is this a bug?

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    Bohemians Prague – Season Review 2017/2018



    For the first time ever, we had a quiet summer and made zero signings as I trusted the youthful squad that I have built up over the past few seasons. It almost all came together and we looked excellent going into the winter break.

    League – Another 3rd place finish is an excellent result but we really should have won the league. We were unstoppable in the first half of the year but the winter break came at the wrong time for us and we lost all momentum. Two consecutive defeats after the break put the brakes on our title bid and from then on it was a case of massive inconsistencies in performance from game to game. Still, we have met the board’s expectations which is the key here.

    Europe – The second qualifying round wasn’t where I expected to start but that’s where the bigwigs put us so we travelled to Macedonia and won both legs. A similar story in the third round set up a tie against Sturm Graz. Somehow we managed an away win and drew the return leg and moved onto the big stage. In the group we had an excellent start with an away win in Aachen and we were extremely unlucky to lose against Braga. We got a point out of the two games with Villa and then drew with Aachen in a game we should have won. It was essentially all over by the time we travelled to Braga and they dominated us from start to finish. However, we did okay in our first European outing and we shocked Europe by even qualifying for the group. Villa went on to lose the final so to even get close to them is a sign that we deserve to be here.

    Players – The season came to a grinding halt in the latter stages as we lost several key players to injury and we couldn’t cope without them. This has taught me a few things about the squad though so improvements will be made. Michal Hubnik is proving to get better with age but 18 of his 21 goals were scored before the winter break and before his breakdown to poor morale. Mitrovic looks to be capable of stepping up and scored well in the latter stages of the season and is one to keep an eye on next year. I’ll have to find a suitable partner for him as we are running low in that department. Former hero Elton is almost running on empty but still scored 11 in 34 games and has been rewarded with another one year extension.

    Next season – We’ll bulk up the squad wherever possible, I’ve been looking for a goalkeeper for two years now but can’t find anyone better then my mediocre options. It’ll be another three months of fending off the big guns from our star youth players so the fun and games await once more.

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    2011/2012     Druhá Liga        11th      3rd Round       N/A             N/A
    2012/2013     Druhá Liga        2nd       2nd Round       N/A             Promoted
    2013/2014     Gambrinus Liga    6th       Final           N/A             N/A
    2014/2015     Gambrinus Liga    5th       4th Round       N/A             N/A
    2015/2016     Gambrinus Liga    5th       2nd Round       N/A             N/A
    2016/2017     Gambrinus Liga    3rd       4th Round       N/A             Qualified for Euro Cup
    2017/2018     Gambrinus Liga    3rd       Semi Final      EC Group Stage  Qualified for Euro Cup

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    Tomaldinho-another good season in the Czech Republic, hope you continue to improve in Europe

    Charlo116- Welcome to the challenge and good luck in Ireland

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    This is going to be an absolute nerve killer of a season /o\ 18 games of 34 played and this is how it stands at the top:

    1. Niki Volou - 38 points, 39/19 for/con
    2. Larisa - 36 points, 38/17 for/con
    3. Giannina - 36 points, 33/19 for/con
    4. Panionios - 35 points, 30/21 for/con

    We've scored in (iirc) 20 games running which tells you a lot about the progress my tactics have made. Lost only 2 games in the league this season, unfortunately one was against Giannina and we only drew the home game against Larisa. The players I've got in on loan are doing okay, even though only one of the five actually holds a regular first team spot.

    Amazing how many more games one plays in a session when things are going well

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    Thanks B.W.G., we've failed in Europe this time around as we didn't get a lucky draw in the final qualifying stage. I'll have to do better in the league to ensure we get a seeding next year. Good luck in Scotland, I'll hopefully be following you into that thread before too long

    Good luck in the second half of the season, Icelander83... I am sure you're nerves will survive if you keep up that scoring record

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    No doubt, having two players who I'm very confident will score at least one goal in a game is very relaxing The fact that I'm no longer playing a very defensive tactic and hoping for a goal from individuals but rather playing more positive football and creating team goals also does wonders for me

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    Quick update on Skjetten and their progress!

    After clinching promotion to the first division we had what can only be described as a stunner! Champions and promotion to the top flight. More details to follow .......

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    Playing in Prague, yet struggling to settle in England? Is this a known bug?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomaldinho View Post
    Playing in Prague, yet struggling to settle in England? Is this a known bug?

    No wonder he's having trouble

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    I can't believe it. I swear I did nothing to trigger this, no editors, nothing.



    Unfortunately this comes after the transfer window had closed! I'm in desperate need of new players, we need to recover a 7 points disadvantage if we're to stay up and keep going in the challenge. Actually I'm not even sure if I can be a part of this challenge anymore, because once (if) I can spend the money it's not going to be any difficult from here onwards. But I might become the first guy here to ever get relegated with a billionaire backing the club in FM.

    And to top it off, despite having 29 millions in the bank the board won't let me increase my wage budget over the previous 23k/month... what the hell?
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    I really hope you make up the deficit noikee, it would be really interesting to see how you progress with a billionaire on board.

    As for my own problem, I got rid of the trouble maker who was struggling to settle in England despite playing in Prague. Surprisingly he agreed to go out on loan to Brno which is a horrible industrial town to the south of he country. I can say from experience that it does have a nice McDonald's though

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    Thanks B.W.G, i've completed what was a promising pre-season which included a 3-2 win over Leeds and a 4-1 win over Limerick FC who finished 3rd last season in the Irish First Division. We might be headed for a decent run in our first season which i've been told by my chairman to put a lot of effort into as its the clubs 50th season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackje View Post
    The extended version of this thread is now live, if you feel like playing in one of the other European leagues that requires a custom league head on over to the extended version. Enjoy your small club to big club adventures anywhere in Europe, so long as its small
    I'll abandon my NI save for this.

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    I've started with Bridgend.
    Will post a screenshot later.
    Last edited by Kazpeer; 25-11-2010 at 17:30. Reason: New team instead of Afan Lido.

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    Good luck Kazpeer with Bridgend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomaldinho View Post
    I really hope you make up the deficit noikee, it would be really interesting to see how you progress with a billionaire on board.

    As for my own problem, I got rid of the trouble maker who was struggling to settle in England despite playing in Prague. Surprisingly he agreed to go out on loan to Brno which is a horrible industrial town to the south of he country. I can say from experience that it does have a nice McDonald's though
    Strange, my cousin lives in Brno and he quite likes it there. Then again he spends most of his free-time travelling out of town...

    As for the progress with a billionaire, thanks for the good luck wishes but it's not going to happen as I'm going down. Update later today or tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxslow View Post
    Good luck Kazpeer with Bridgend.
    Nice, all he posts is the name of the team and you still manage to get it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Nice, all he posts is the name of the team and you still manage to get it wrong.
    No, i did start with Afan Lido but i changed my mind and wanted to start with Bridgend

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    Oops. Your post hadn't changed here, this is some weird forum software!

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    All I want to say is

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    NK Granicar Zupanja - 2.HNL (Croatian First Division) - 2011/2012 Season review

    Pre-season

    The team left over to me at the beginning of the season was utterly appaling and there was barely no-one I could use apart from striker Milan Djuric and midfielder Ivan Breskic. As such I had to hit the transfer market and basically buy a whole squad, luckily I had all the freedom in the world for it as my initial salaries total was zero. We had a fairly promising pre-season while these new signings kept arriving, the handicap from having the team yet to gel was unnoticeable, and I was confident this would be the humble beginning of a glorious career at the helm of Granicar.

    A disastrous beginning

    However a horrible 4-0 defeat at the hands of Suhopolje(!) in my debut competitive match would set the tone for the season: it would be a disaster. We did initially try to fight back in the following matches, but developed a really strange and frustrating tendency for grabbing 2 or 3 goal leads and then throwing them away. It'd happen an incredible 5 or 6 times throughout the year and this 4-4 thriller against Hrvatski Dragovoljac back in September is the perfect example. The team felt it badly, dived into a pit of really poor morale, started losing lots of matches in a row and arrived to the winter break with a mere 6 points in 15 games.

    Granicar Zupanja, the new Manchester City?

    By the winter however there were some very big news: the interest of the eccentric danish businessman Rasmus Pedersen to the club. While the arrival of a millionaire could only be good news, it almost didn't benefit me. The club set a transfer embargo during the whole January transfer window so I could only hit the market after Pedersen took over in February - by then only free agents could be signed. And then incredibly Pedersen made me keep the full 29 millions he invested in the club's bank account, apparently they're going to be of better use after the club falls back into the abyss of unplayable divisions? To be fair he did make the club professional and improve all facilities, plus the upper limit for a player's salary went way up so I just ignored the wage budget and signed some ambitious players anyway.

    Unsuccesful fightback

    But all this still wasn't good enough. The 2nd half of the season was so similar to the 1st: a good run in the friendlies to build confidence, some promising first few matches but always throwing leads away, and the whole team succumbed to poor morale. Right at the end we did score 2 unlikely wins, one of them at the home of title challengers and cup finalists Inter Zapresic. That was enough to beat Suhopolje to the penultimate place in the league (the team that hammered us back in the first match!), and give us some hope for a crazy miracle, but a heavy 3-0 defeat at the hands of Slaven Belupo sealed our fate with one game to go.

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    Preliminary round - 1-0 (H) vs BSK
    1st round - 0-2 (H) vs Karlovac

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    Best eleven

    GK - Tomislav Pelin - One of my best February signings, represented a boost over the dodgy Goran Boromisa but still made little difference.

    DR - Nikola Matas - A very frustrating player. At the beginning I expected him to be one of my stars, however had horrible morale all season long and I couldn't bench him because the alternatives were even worse.

    DC - Duje Spalj - Scored an amazing 35 metres free-kick in the pre-season, but couldn't repeat it in the league. Was fairly consistent all year long though.

    DC - Aladin Bahtijar - My only international. Was a nice February signing but arrived too late.

    DL - Vjeran Skol - My only loanee was just barely better than the aging slow Dario Dabac for the place. Was disappointing as I never saw him put his attacking skills to use, which was what I got him for.

    DMC - Marko Kartelo - Another February signing. Class player but DMC is probably the least important position in my tactic.

    MR - Mato Simunovic - The lesser evil of a series of terrible choices for this position. Arrived in February and never left the team just so I could avoid using Matas or Pavlicic as MRs.

    MC - Marko Basic - Yet another February signing. Represented a theoretical boost over Breskic but while the average rating confirmed it, 0 goals and 0 assists was quite underwhelming.

    ML - David Dujanic - My best player in the first half of the season, either as MC or ML, but got himself into poor morale sooner than the rest of the team after the winter break.

    ST - Marko Djuric - The bosnian star struggled on his own until Gajtkowski arrived to pair him up upfront. Unfortunately he then soon got injured for 4 weeks, at the most crucial time of the season.

    ST - Krzysztof Gajtkowski - Poor morale and a tendency to be booked and suspended hampered what was otherwise our best player since he arrived in February.

    The future

    Well this sure taught me not to jinx my career with ramblings about future european domination. Seems like I severely underestimated the quality of the opponents in this league, and how bad my tactics were. I can't believe that the same tactical system that utterly dominated Serie C2 in Italy for me, now failed this badly in Croatia...

    But I'm not giving up yet. My pride is hurt and I want a second chance: I'll take on another club next season and restart the challenge there (am I allowed to take a club that was originally playable in the first season???). And then I'll wait for Granicar to be promoted back - sure it's not going to be as interesting as progressing under the helm of a billionaire, but having a club with a billionaire as a rival is going to be fun either way!

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    Sorry to hear you got relegated noikeee. Out of the clubs that have been promoted you are only allowed to be manager of a club that has never been in a playable league.

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    Very unlucky noikeee, having looked through your screenshots it appears you put together a nice collection of players but perhaps it was too little, too late by then.

    If you do continue on with the same save it would be interesting to see how Granicar progress with their billionaire, could make for a fun battle later in the game

    As for your friend in Brno, I am sure it is lovely really. Just not any of the parts I saw

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    Coming to the end of my second season with Norwegian outfit Brodd and its looking good. I will post the end of season report later on today.

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    Any chance of promotion Gundo?

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    Oxslow - Northern Ireland - Desertmartin - Season 5


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    I signed 2 strikers in the summer that were 5* current ability. With them up front I was banging them in for fun. Even without them I think I would have done well in the league, but with the help of them I won the league. The only bad thing was that I lost a fortune with out any Setanta Cup or Europa league this season.

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    2011/12    12th Championship 2    None
    2012/13    9th  Championship 2    None
    2013/14    10th Championship 2    Intermediate Cup, Irish Cup Winners
    2014/15    1st  Championship 2    Setanta Cup Winners, Championship 2 Champions
    2015/16    1st  Championship 1    Irish Cup Winners, Championship 1 Champions

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    To try and get some better players in defence and probably a new GK. If I can manage that a bit of mid table obscurity would be nice. I would like to do well in the Europa League and the Setanta Cup so I can get my finances back on track.

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    Oxslow - Northern Ireland - Desertmartin - Season 6


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    I went out of the cups quite early on except the Setanta Cup. I must admit playing the Irish teams full of gray players is probably to easy for the amount of money that is involved. Basicly I was good attacking and rubbish in defence.

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    2011/12    12th Championship 2    None
    2012/13    9th  Championship 2    None
    2013/14    10th Championship 2    Intermediate Cup, Irish Cup Winners
    2014/15    1st  Championship 2    Setanta Cup Winners, Championship 2 Champions
    2015/16    1st  Championship 1    Irish Cup Winners, Championship 1 Champions
    2016/17    4th  Premiership       Setanta Cup Winners

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    To not let in so many goals simple! Even though I finished 4th only the team that was relegated let in more goals.
    Last edited by Oxslow; 26-11-2010 at 16:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxslow View Post
    Any chance of promotion Gundo?
    Hopefully, although could of done without losing my star striker to injury for 4 months!

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    I hope you can get Brodd IL promoted without your star striker.

    Edit: In my game Linfield has turned pro and they are now buying players left right and centre. I might not be winning the league for a while.
    Last edited by Oxslow; 26-11-2010 at 16:43. Reason: to avoid double post

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    Despite leaking goals 4th is an excellent result for a first season in the Premiership Oxslow

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    Bohemians Prague – Season Review 2018/2019



    We started off with five consecutive wins and zero conceded but everything ground to a halt with a heavy loss in Europe coupled with a defeat to Sparta Prague 36 hours later. It has to be a bug that these league games aren’t moved from a Saturday to a Sunday or Monday night as there are plenty of other fixtures on these days. The entire squad dropped in morale to very poor and we went on a run of 5 without a win in the league and went out in the cup to a team rated 50/1 outsiders to beat us. This didn’t exactly help pick up morale. However, the perfect pick me up was a single goal victory against a team about to sack their coach and they did just that. And then we followed it up with another single goal victory and our unlucky opponents also lost their coach This picked things up and we finished the winter season in the European spots.

    Our bright prospect Karel Stano finally engineered his move away after telling the club he would be seeing his contract run down. I felt that we may as well try and get some money for him and offered him out at the end of November. No less than 34 clubs including PSV, Feyenoord, Wolves, West Brom, Wolfsburg, Standard Liege and Auxerre came looking for a bargain. I tried to sell him to a club we’d never meet in the future and he found himself on the way to Catania of Serie A fame for the princely sum of Ł2.4 million, quite a lot considering the club’s biggest ever transfer out was Ł80k and ironically the highest fee I had received whilst at the club was a Ł50k loan out fee for Stano himself which had resulted in him leading his adopted team to the league title.

    League – We had a storming second half to the year and even though we dropped some easy points a 2nd placed finish is a brilliant result. We scored more and conceded less than the champions so the argument could be put that we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Villagra came in on the last day of the transfer window for a bargain Ł5k and scored 6 in 12 helping to keep us afloat. Tecl was the real star striker who we got on a free and scored almost a goal a game so was utterly reliable.

    Europe – We started proceedings in the 3rd qualifying round this year and dominated a minnow from the East. Next up we weren’t so lucky and faced Club Brugge, but we managed a plucky 2-2 draw at home. A 3-1 loss away is where our painful run started but the fans were still pleased we’d even showed up. No money spinning group stage this year then.

    Players – With the announcement that our star defender Karel Stano would be seeing his contract out and leaving on a bosman ringing in my ears, it was panic stations. Not to mention that my star striker of the last three years hated my assistant manager which led to a flurry of players entering the office telling me they were unhappy with the situation. Naturally, I ignored everything and concentrated on on-field matters hoping they’d go away and play quietly. I was also offered a 16 year old Brazilian kid who I decided to waste 500k on, considerably more than my previous biggest signing of 65k. Probably a bad call but I just couldn’t help myself.

    Next season – We are tantalisingly close to overtaking Austria in the coefficients which would give us 15th place in the rankings which means 2 Champions League places and a direct place in the Euro Cup 4th qualifying round. Unfortunately a second division side won the Czech Cup so probably won’t help us much but the gauntlet has been laid down.

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    2011/2012     Druhá Liga          11th      3rd Round       N/A              N/A
    2012/2013     Druhá Liga          2nd       2nd Round       N/A              Promoted
    2013/2014     Gambrinus Liga      6th       Final           N/A              N/A
    2014/2015     Gambrinus Liga      5th       4th Round       N/A              N/A
    2015/2016     Gambrinus Liga      5th       2nd Round       N/A              N/A
    2016/2017     Gambrinus Liga      3rd       4th Round       N/A              Qualified for Euro Cup
    2017/2018     Gambrinus Liga      3rd       Semi Final      EC Group Stage   Qualified for Euro Cup
    2018/2019     Gambrinus Liga      2nd       2nd Round       EC 4th Quali.    Qualified for Euro Cup

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    Gundo - Brodd IL 2.divisjon Avd.3 End of season report 2012





    Promotion was achieved then in my second season at Brodd and now I'm out of the bottom rung of Norwegian football I feel my challenge will really get going - it's always a struggle getting out of any one of for 2nd divisjon groups with only one place available for promotion. Winning the title by 7 points was fairly straight forward in the end despite injuries and suspensions mounting up in the final games. We only progressed one round in the Cupen after an impressive win over Adeccoligaen Byrne, we were however suitably dispatched by Tippeligaen outfit Odd Grenland in the next round.

    Having lost experienced target man Rune Lange the clubs top scorer through retirement at the end of my first season, replacing him with quality was key. In Geir André Herrem a quality replacement was found and with his pace and finishing power he notched 14 goals in 18 league games.

    Attacking Midfielder Henning Rugland played a key role on the left wing/forward after he was retrained to play in that position, only because we had no other options in that position other than inexperienced youth team players, it turned out to be a masterstroke anyway.

    Petter Glesnes was the main breakthrough from the youth team. He looks promising, has great physical attributes and with a bit of improvement in other areas (mainly finishing), he could could turn out to be a decent player in the coming seasons.

    Tippeligaen 41st down to 43rd in the Rankings.

    Next season at the Midjord Stadion - Survival will be the order of the day and improving what promising youngsters I have got for the future.

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    2011     5th   2.divisjon Avd.3    Cupen 2nd Rnd   N/A           N/A          None
    2012     1st   2.divisjon Avd.3    Cupen 2nd Rnd   N/A           N/A          Promotion!
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    Geri André Herrem looks like a seriously class player, he could go all the way to the top division with you as your quick striker.

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    He could, shame about his anticipation and low work rate though, still with that pace and finishing...

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    Congrats Gundo, you'll be firing up the leagues and catching me up!

    Good luck my friend in the First Division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomaldinho View Post
    Very unlucky noikeee, having looked through your screenshots it appears you put together a nice collection of players but perhaps it was too little, too late by then.

    If you do continue on with the same save it would be interesting to see how Granicar progress with their billionaire, could make for a fun battle later in the game

    As for your friend in Brno, I am sure it is lovely really. Just not any of the parts I saw
    You're right, I shouldn't have gone down with that team. However the level of the croatian second division caught me by surprise, it's much higher than you'd expect. The star players of most clubs have 11 to 14 for all their key attributes. I guess it was a combination of strong opponents + the quality signings only arriving late to my squad + something wrong either with my tactics or motivation or some other subtle planning decisions I failed at.

    Oxslow: That's some proper progress in Northern Ireland. Did you do something in particular that you felt got you out of those slow first few years?

    Tomaldinho: Think that was a good call on the brazilian kid, prepare yourself that the brazilian kids sometimes stagnate before hitting 18 when you buy them ahead of time, so his profile might still look the same when he arrives to Prague, but he looks like a very good investment for the future.

    Gundo: Good job on the promotion.

    Now back to my problems, I ehhhhh... ****ed up and broke a rule. I thought I could sign any croatians even if he was playing in a country I couldn't scout. Can I still continue if I release him on a free, he hasn't played any competitive matches yet?

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    Thanks Tomaldinho. Hopegully you can go 1 better in the league next year.

    Gundo it looks like you won the league quite easily in the end. Well done.

    noikeee I think it was down to 3 things mainly.
    1, I have finaly made a formation that is working quite well for me.(I am still not 100% happy with it.)
    2, I got an Assistant Manager with high Determination, Man Management and Motivating and get him to go to the press confrences and normaly take his advice on team talks. This really seams to of helped with moral.
    3, Changing less players. Which helped the blending and squad harmony.

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    R Sprimont Comblain Sport 2013/2014 review

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    We did okay, scoring plenty, conceding a bit to many. We never were in danger of relegating, but never really challenged for promotion either.


    Cup
    Cups still suck. I got knocked out in the 4th round by 3rd division Oudenaarde.

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    Player of the season: Jan De Langhe, 14 goals and 10 assists.

    Next season
    A few key signing, mainly defenders, should provide me with a squad that can challenge for a playoff position.

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    11/12    9th   3rd Division B      6th round       N/A           N/A          None
    12/13    3rd   3rd Division B      5th round       N/A           N/A          Promotion/Manager of the year
    13/14    9th   2nd Division	   4th round       N/A	         N/A	      None

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    Cseedorf a bit unlucky on final position in the league considering your G.D.

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    Indeed. We tend to dominate a lot of games at home and score plenty, but have trouble doing so away. I'm still experimenting with tactics a bit to solve that.

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    Season 4 - Salthill Devon - Irish Premier Division - 1st




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    Quite a lot of changes again for us in the transfer market, especially halfway through the season when I realised I should be concentrating on younger players that can help us in the future rather than old successful players from the likes of Bohemians and Shamrock. In the end it was quite an easy title and we really started to dominate after a switch to 4-4-2. We also reached the final of the All Ireland Cup and our run in the Euro Cup was pretty short. Thrashed Maltese side Flora before being harshly dumped out by Partizan Belgrade.

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    Jamie O'Hara

    Massive signing for a club of our size and he was probably the best player in the league, completely dominated our midfield.

    Grzegorz Kmiec

    Picked this young pole up halfway through the season after basically scouting everyone I could find in the U21 teams of Eastern European nations, looks to be a great find and that goalscorer we really needed.

    Dan Cunningham

    Released by Bohemians so we picked him up, solid player on the left but really found form when I gave him a chance up front in a 4-4-2.

    Next season will be a lot tougher, already had to totally rebuild our staffing structure after accidently allowing all of their contracts to run down Also lost nearly all our experienced players on frees and with the Irish season starting at an unusual time I'm struggling to find replacements. Think it might be difficult to retain the title

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    anyone know where I can find that link which tells you the dates each country produces newgens?

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    Just finished my first season in Hungary and have been offered the chance to form a new 2nd team. Great new feature and may be useful to give my reserves a game.

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    does anyone know the reset date for Holland?

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    Wow, keep up the good work guys

    I have been impressed with the updates and the progress being made

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    NK Olimpija Osijek - 2.HNL (Croatian First Division) - 2012/2013 Season review

    Pre-season

    I had a poor experience at Granicar, but wasn't going to let that bring me down. It was time to find a new challenge and from the 3 promoted teams, Olimpija, Rastane and Segesta, the later already had a manager. Had to choose between Olimpija and Rastane and went with the Osijek-based purple team since they were theoretically slightly stronger and richer. The wage budget of 52k€/month was nice and I'd never use more than half of it.

    But it was basically in the same state I had found Granicar the previous year, meaning I had to buy a whole new team. I did just that and brought in 26 players - plus another 3 would join me through the year. Goalkeeper Marko Sarlija and striker Bosko Stupic looked particularly exceptional and I was confident I wouldn't repeat the stunt I pulled off the previous year with Granicar, the whole getting relegated thing. Unfortunately there was a little misunderstanding when I signed a player I wasn't allowed to by the challenge's rules (I couldn't scout him) so I then decided to free transfer him before he played any matches. Nobody complained yet, so I hope it's ok?

    First half of the championship

    I made a bit of a tactical revolution, dropping my deep creative 4-1-3-2 for a more practical 4-3-3/4-5-1 variant with 2 defensive midfielders and 2 very attacking wingers. In the beginning it didn't work out that well, with 3 points in the first 5 games but I knew I had faced some of the strongest teams in the league, and in theory the following games would be easier. And they were. The team picked up the pace particularly after a wonderful 3-2 victory at Rastane with Sucic deciding it on the 96th minute. We were however never too clear from the relegation zone, had some disappointing results later on, and went into the winter break in the 12th spot, barely above the red line with 14 points from 15 games.

    Improvements and survival

    After the break another few poor results against the top teams bumped us into the danger zone, despite the encouraging signings of defenders Marin Con and Ivan Cosic. However I had noticed that we were sometimes scoring a few late winners and generally playing better when I used my B-plan tactic, a very attacking 4-4-2/4-2-4 with AMLs/AMRs. I decided sticking to it as my plan A and immediately got some results - a 3-1 beating of the eventual champions Imotski being the highlight. We held on after that and probably secured our place here for next year when we beat HASK 1-0 with 3 games to go, but it was only confirmed mathematically with an entertaining 4-2 victory over Segesta on the penultimate match. The final game was particularly amusing - we beat Croatia Sesvete 1-0 away and that got them relegated... through an 89th minute own-goal. Ouch.

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    League: 11th (League Table) (Progress)

    Cup:
    We didn't play in the cup. I have no idea why, maybe a bug?

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    Best eleven

    GK - Marko Sarlija - Brought in as a superstar with monster wages and he lived up to the expectations, if we consider goalkeepers never get high average ratings. Saved us lots of times and only commited one bad mistake all year with a crazy run out of goal that got him lobbed.

    DR - Ivan Cosic - March signing Cosic didn't get too much time to play, but when he did he was solid. Bit too prone to getting himself booked.

    DC - Toni Golem - Only arrived in November but impressed immediately with a goal on debut. Dangerous going forward on corners, got himself 4 goals.

    DC - Marin Con - Arrived in March together with Cosic and never left the first eleven. 3 man of the match performances confirm his quality.

    DL - Tomislav Sedmak - Did a decent if somewhat unspectacular job on the left all year long.

    MC - Roko Mislov - Started as a DC, moved to DMC as Golem and Con arrived, and ended the year as the defensive-minded MC as I changed the tactics. Played better than I expected for his relatively modest skills.

    MC - Slavko Blagojevic - I decided to give him the place after the winter break to the detriment of Ivan Begovic, and he did a better job although not fully impressive.

    AMR - Mate Sucic - A surprisingly good season from this left-footed inside forward as he ended up as my team's top goalscorer never having played as a striker. Always headed home Acimovic's crosses from the other wing.

    AML - Igor Acimovic - The finding of the season, what a star! My staff initially thought he was crap on the left but I stuck with him there all season long and he made 13 assists. Even improved on his weak area (pace) through hard work on training. Won the Young Player of the Year award.

    SC - Ivan Lisnic - Injured through most of the early part of the year, and poor when he was fit, substantially improved his performances later on when played as part of a two strikers lineup.

    SC - Bosko Stupic - A massive disappointment as he failed to score a single goal until the winter break, the 2nd choice Drazen Jelic wasn't any good neither. Strangely scored 4 in the final 5 matches and got himself a player of the month award.

    Plan for next season

    Doing the math, things are not looking bad. We got 22 points after the winter break, which means that if we can emulate this performance all year we'd end with 44, that'd be just enough for a top half finish. So that's what I'm aiming for, in fact I think the squad's far too good not to acheive that. However the finances are a massive black hole of debt, we lost 414K€ this year and are now 385K€ in the red. That's fairly worrying, as I'm not sure how are we supposed to pay this. Yet the board are delighted with my control of the wage budget, go figure.

    As for Granicar, I don't know yet if they're going to get promoted back. They hired Luciano Spinosi as a manager (italian who was in charge of Roma, Juventus and Milan in the 70s/80s), and expanded the stadium capacity to 5000.

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    2011/12    2.HNL - 15th     1st round    ---                Relegated; tycoon takes over but too late
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    NK Olimpija Osijek
    2012/13    2.HNL - 11th     ---          ---                Avoided relegation
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    Budafok Hungarian 2nd Division East 2011/12

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    The club had turned semi-pro from amateur when they were promoted. I gave contacts to those likely to be first teamers and left the rest as amateur saving me money. I started off losing a few games and went out of the cup in the first Rd to a lower league club. However the team picked up and went into the midseason break with 33 points from 19 games. I was in 6th and only 5 points from the top with promotion a possibility with success built on a strong defence and 1-0 wins.
    After the mid season break my defence collapsed and my strikers didn't score, i picked up just 1 win and 7 points from 11 games to finish well down the table.

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    On paper the players already at the club looked decent so a few freebies were brought in mostly to act as backup. The lack of an outstanding player was the difference in the season with no player standing out. The strikers were particually poor with my top scorer having just 5 league goals.



    Aims for next season:

    Try to get some players on FT contracts which will be difficult as my wage budget has been halved so i am now over it having been way under. I am only 16K in the red.

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    I like the name of your team.

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    I did want to save all of my progress until the end of season update but I'm so giddy about this result. Probably my best ever scorline on any version of football manager ever against Madrid

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    Well done Starting in Wales, Afan Lido will be my team and instead of me making a new manager, they offered my current one the job

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    Two Afan Lido managers then Good start mate.

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    Season 5 - Salthill Devon - Irish Premier Division - 1st All Ireland Cup Winners




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    My team amazed me this season as I really thought it would be a struggle for us, signed a lot of players on loan just because we lacked the numbers but the likes of Fabricio went on to be key players, got some cracking young talent in now and the victory over Madrid shows we arent too far off being a very good side. Our staff situation looks a lot better too, I'm hoping foreign staff means better foreign players coming to our radar. Getting to the group stages in our 1st Champions League season was beyond our wildest dreams. It was tough to get rid of Salzburg but we did it: http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3.../Salzburg1.jpg http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3.../Salzburg2.jpg

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    Kevin Coleman

    Our best player, he is absolutely amazing. So solid and very much good enough for the Champions League

    Fabricio

    Loan signing led the line superbly for us, far too good for our league and right now he has no intention of joining us on a permanent basis.

    Dan Cunningham

    Another amazing year for the former Bohemians man, as well as being a goalscorer he creates chances for his team mates.

    Again more of our old Irish players will be allowed to go which will again leave us with a thin squad, might have to delve into the loan market yet again. We were quite lucky to get to the group stages this year so I hope we can repeat that luck next season.

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    noikeee - Congrats on the survival and goodluck for the new season.

    TAoD - Another good season and a fantastic result against Real Madrid.

    Welcome to the challenge AdamFitz and dj clark boy. Although I am disappointed your both Afan Lido, guess theres no love for Bridgend

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    Lower Maze FC - Season 2014/15 - Northern Irish Carling Premiership
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    A truely great first season in the top flight! We had a great start and were in fact top of the league early on. However we soon met reallity and lost some tight matches we could have won, but all in all we delivered way above expected. We won all three cups we entered this season and filled up our trophycabinet. In the Co-Operative League cup we met Portadown in the final and thumped them 3-0. The second cupvictory was the Rushmere Shopping Centre Mid-Ulster Cup where we won 2-1 over Armagh. The best vicory was still the JJB Sports Northern Irish Cup where we met Coleraine in the final. Out topscorer Glenn Carson scored after just 3 minuttes and gave us a great start, but Coleraine equalized just after the break. However veteran striker Paul Brown showed a glimmer of magic and scored what turned out to be the winning goal after 59 minuttes to make it 2-1. A perfect finish for him, since he will retire this summer. We are going into Europe next season, where the Europa League await us when we start in the 2nd round.

    We actually won a couple of awards this season. Glenn Carson became top goalscorer in the premiership this season while Shauin McMinn was awarded Young Player of the Year. I became manager of the year, a nice award.

    Financially, we are still struggling. We are more than Ł250k in red and I can't see the trend changing, unless we get a major income from Europe next season. I'm below 50% of our wage budget, and still we are losing money. Still we had an increase in season tickets this season aswell as an increase in average attendance so we might make some more money next year if the trend continues.

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    2011/12   Second          8th        42          27          N/A      N/A      Avoided Relegation
    2012/13   Second          2nd        59          27          N/A      N/A      Promotion
    2013/14   First           2nd        45          27          N/A      N/A      Promotion, 2 cup victories
    2014/15   Premiership     4th        56          43          N/A      N/A      Qualified for europ, 3 cup victories

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    Art of Drowning, how's the league reputation doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamFitz View Post
    Art of Drowning, how's the league reputation doing?
    It's 2 star

    Is there a way to find out where it ranks?

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    Ah not too bad, and wouldn't know mate, sorry.

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    Afan Lido - 2011/12 Season

    I don't want to say much about this season so I'm just going to show the League Table.

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    2011/12   Welsh Premier League    11th        Avoided relegation

    Last edited by AdamFitz; 28-11-2010 at 23:08.

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    so my second season just finnishd this were i finnished http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/i...n_Stages-1.png onto season three just got new contract from the board yeah! onto 2013 2014 season now

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    Good seasons in Wales guys....keep it up

    TAoD - If you click on world then scroll down to competitions, it will show all competitions ranked in order then in bottom left corner where it says world, click and select Europe which will show all European comps in ranked order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Art of Drowning View Post
    It's 2 star

    Is there a way to find out where it ranks?
    World>Nations>Europe

    And then click on the Competitions tab and you'll see a list of all European club competitions ranked in a list with their star ratings.

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    Loaded up my first game on FM11 yesterday evening. Decided to try out the Belgian territory.

    Picked a club named KRC Gent in the Belgian 3rd div A.

    Will upload profile picture etc. later on.

    Can't wait to see what the dynamic league reputation will do on a long term game.
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    Dunloy 2015/16 Season Update - Northern Irish First Premier Division - Marky Mark!

    2011/12 - Second Division - 2nd, Promotion!
    2012/13 - First Division - 1st, Winners of Intermediate, Steel & Sons Cup - Promotion!
    2013/14 - Premier Division - 1st, Winners of League, Irish Cup - Premier Division Champions!
    2014/15 - Premier Division - 3rd, 4th in Champions League Group Stage, Winners of League Cup, Irish Cup

    2015/16 - Premier Division - 1st, 4th in Europa League Group Stage, Winners of All-Ireland Cup, Irish Cup, Co-An Shield - Premier Division Champions!
    38 Pld, 24 Won, 9 Drn, 5 Lst, 79 For, 41 Ag, +38 GD, 81 Pts

    League / Domestic Cups: After coming 3rd last season, I was determined to win back my League title of 2 seasons back, and went into the transfer marker looking to strengthen my squad, and I was amazed with the quality of players I could sign after making the CL group stages last season (and now being professional) - in fact for the first time I signed players who had agents! I signed 17 players in all at a total cost of $1.2M. Also, after having way too many draws last season, I went for a more attacking formation - I was either going to win or lose!

    After a slow season my new signings started paying off, and whilst I had a very unlucky run of injuries, I still managed to take out the Premiership, 4 points clear of 2nd (and 21 points clear of 3rd). I also took out 3 of the 4 domestic cups on offer, only mising out on the League Cup.

    2016 League Table and Graph

    Europe: Despite wining back my domestic title, it was now clearly all about my performance in Europe, and once again I had to prove myself in the qualifying stages before I got to the Group stage, this time in the Europa League. The qualifying rounds went as follows:

    2nd Qual Rd v Nyiregyhaza (Hungary): 2-0 (H), 3-2 (A)
    3rd Qual Rd v PAOK (Greece): 2-2 (H), 3-0 (A)
    4th Qual Rd v FC Twente (Holland): 1-2 (A), 1-0 (H)

    Due to an injury time winner against FC Twente, I managed to scrape in to the Europa group stages on the away goals rule, and was hoping for more than the 2 points I managed in the CL group stage last season. I was up against Liverpool, Zaragoza and Standard - not an easy group, but it could be a lot worse.

    Home wins against Zaragoza (3-2) and Standard (3-0), as well as an away 1-1 draw with Liverpool got me a respectable 7 points, but that was only good enough for 3rd... still, and improvement on last season (although last season was in the Champions League against much stronger opposition).

    2016 Europa Group Stage

    Star Players / Team Summary

    The Fans Player of the season, as well as the Northern Irish signing of the season was free agent, ex West Brom striker, 22 year old Englishman Paul Jarrett.

    Paul Jarrett: No standout Technical or Mental attributes, but his Physical stats were enough to dominate the Premier Division, and he managed 27 goals, 17 assists, and 7 MoM at 7.41 from 46 games - not bad for his first season!

    Almost as impresive as Jarrett's debut season was another free striker I poached from England, this time 21 year old Stuart Govier from Aston Villa - he was voted the 2nd best Northern Irish signing of the season, and made the perfect strike partner!

    Stuart Govier: Whilst his physical attributes aren't as good as those of Jarrett, he actually has half decent technical attributes, and it allowed him to rack up 24 goals, 9 assits and 5 MoM at 7.36 from 40 games - still not sure how he missed out on Fan's Player of the Year, but he get's my unofficial Best U21 Player award

    Also, I managed to get Youth Facilities, as well as improved Training Facilities, so I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of youngsters I get through next season, as well as another crack at the Champions League, hopefully I can reach the Group stage again and this time manage more than 2 points!

    2016 Seasonal Best XI and Overall Best XI

    New Club Records
    Biggest Win: 5-0 v Bangor (H) Premier Division 2/1/2016
    Highest Scoring Game: 6-2 v Dungannon (N) Irish Cup Semi Final 6/4/2016
    Top Goalscorer: Paul Jarrett - 27
    Highest Average Rating: Paul Jarrett - 7.41 (46 apps)
    Most League Apps for Club: Joseph Raffertty - 112
    Highest Transfer Fee Paid: $600,000 (Craig Buck from Linfield - 1/1/2016)
    Total Transfer Spending: $1,200,000

    Total Steam Achievements: 35 / 86
    New Steam Achievements this season: Cup Streak, Record Signing, Thumping, Do the Double, Loyalty Card, Best in the Business

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    Lots of people doing this in the british islands it seems... although it's definitely a bigger challenge in terms of european football, I don't really find it as attractive as starting in a half-decent championship and having a few other solid teams to play domestically - and possibly dragging them up as you find success in Europe and increase league reputation.

    Any of you got to experience this side-effect and affected any of your irish/welsh/northern irish opponents to become half-decent sides?

    Blackmama: Good luck in Belgium, is that club related to the Gent side that plays in the premier belgian division and in Europe?

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    @Marky Mark!

    Mini FMRTE ?

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    Think I've blundered in the transfer market for the new season, signed far too many average players just to fill the squad up and have actually wasted some cash on **** players. Also can't find a goalkeeper after losing last seasons on loan Brazilian.

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    I've decided to start this challenge over. After finally getting to Europe my chariman kills me. Last season I had Ł5k per week, but this season he cuts it to Ł2,5k per week. That means I'm just about double before the summer begins and I need to strenghten us......

    So I've started over again, this time in Austria. So please welcome the new manager of Donawitzer Sportverein Leoben. Profile. Sunday League was grayed out, so I had to go with Automatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlo116 View Post
    World>Nations>Europe

    And then click on the Competitions tab and you'll see a list of all European club competitions ranked in a list with their star ratings.
    97th

    Previously 67th

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Lots of people doing this in the british islands it seems... although it's definitely a bigger challenge in terms of european football, I don't really find it as attractive as starting in a half-decent championship and having a few other solid teams to play domestically - and possibly dragging them up as you find success in Europe and increase league reputation.

    Any of you got to experience this side-effect and affected any of your irish/welsh/northern irish opponents to become half-decent sides?

    Blackmama: Good luck in Belgium, is that club related to the Gent side that plays in the premier belgian division and in Europe?
    Shamrock always battle us all of the way it seems, any players that I go for teams like Shamrock and Bohemians want them too.

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    I finished my first season, i'll post an update tomorrow as my internet is capped atm. I'm finding it hard to sign good players at the start of the second season, there don't seem to be any quality left midfielders who want to sign for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Blackmama: Good luck in Belgium, is that club related to the Gent side that plays in the premier belgian division and in Europe?
    I guess they must be located near each other as Gent in the Pro League is listed as my rivals. Will be fun when I beat them

    14 days into my new job a take over is on the news - I hope they let me keep my job.

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    2010/11     Second Division South Gotaland                     11th      N/A       N/A              N/A             N/A
    2011/12     Second Division South Gotaland                      5th      N/A       N/A              N/A             N/A
    2012/13     Second Division South Gotaland                      5th      N/A       N/A              N/A             N/A
    Not much happened in my 3rd season. After finishing 5th I thought it would be correct to push on for that top spot. How wrong I was in the end. I was in last place until just after halfway in the season and struggling. Struggling so much I went back to FML for a week or so! I ended up switching a tactic I had around and letting the Assistant Manager control all team talks. This worked and we pushed on to 5th place in the end.

    No-one in my squad deserves any praise by posting details here. My hope is that my end of season form now runs into the start of the season. In Sweden we play 22 games. To go up it seems you need 42 points. It should not be this hard to get that but it evidently is!

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    I'm gonna be running this challenge alongside my rancer890 challenge save, starting in Iceland and managing Völsungur

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    Getting sick to death of Crash Dumps, only seem to happen when I'm on a good run. A good job I save every fortnight but it's really starting to get on my nerves.

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    Afan Lido - 2012/13 Season


    Again, the less said about this season the better. Finding it very hard to find good quality players and to drag myself up the table. Looking to improve the finances so I can have better youth players coming through. If there is one positive, it's that we took 7 points more from this season than we did from last. Here's the League Table.

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    2011/12   Welsh Premier League    11th        Avoided relegation
    2012/13   Welsh Premier League    11th        7 points better off


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    I know what you mean The Art of Drowning I went 6 seasons without a crash then I get 4 in a season

    You are flying through the season AdamFitz. I hope you improved like I did. I really struggled for the first few seasons in this challenge.
    Last edited by Oxslow; 30-11-2010 at 21:31.

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    Yeah mate I've been FMing all day with the snow

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    I'd suggest setting up a few friendly leagues during pre season against the best teams it suggests. Can raise decent money there, that and checking out released English youth players is a good idea.

    Just got another crash dump, had just lost 3-0 at Shamrock though

    edit: holidayed it this time and lost 3-2, I'll take it.

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    I agree with the English player thing. I only have 1 player from N.I and 18 English also 1 Irish and 1 Scottish. Not bad for a N.I team.

    edit: Just noticed this was my 1 000th post
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    Oxslow - Northern Ireland - Desertmartin - Season 7


    Season Review
    A great season that came down to the last game of the season and if I lost I would finish 2nd or 3rd but I won . Now I have completed 1/2 of the challenge so now I have qualified for the Champions league Which is the hard part of the challenge.

    Squad
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    Career Overview
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    2011/12    12th Championship 2    None
    2012/13    9th  Championship 2    None
    2013/14    10th Championship 2    Intermediate Cup, Irish Cup Winners
    2014/15    1st  Championship 2    Setanta Cup Winners, Championship 2 Champions
    2015/16    1st  Championship 1    Irish Cup Winners, Championship 1 Champions
    2016/17    4th  Premiership       Setanta Cup Winners
    2017/18    1st  Premiership       Co-operative Cup, Setanta Cup Winners, Premiership Champions

    Next Season
    To get a slightly larger squad without destroying the wage budget. I don't think I will be able to do that much in Europe, but I hope I can make a bit of money.

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