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    Gundo - Sola Fotball - Season Review 2017

    Adeccoligaen Final Positon.

    Promotion was secured on the last day with a convincing 2-0 home win over HamKam. During the season we battled hard for much of the year, but struggled for form as the end drew closer. While Storvik's form dipped massively, due to tiredness, his involvement in the Norwegian U21's the main contributing factor for this. He got so bad form wise, that I actually dropped him for the final home game despite it being a must win. Still need a scorer, I was never convinced with Larson at any point. Tippeligaen here we come!!

    The Players
    Godwin Bossman got injured in our final pre-season friendly with a broken leg and missed the first five months. He did return to play a crucial part in the final third though, including a fine strike in that crucial last match.
    Jonas Olsen don't know what happened with this guy? Completely lost it and will be released unfortunately.
    Sindre Fossan; Another disappointment, will remain at the club as back up, I think he'll start all our cup games next year.
    Alexander Stølås the captain disappointed hugely and his attributes had never recovered from the broken foot he sustained the previous year.
    Daniel Storvik the boy wonder had an excellent campaign, the creative spark and he also finally signed a new three year deal after months of frustrating negotiations.
    Espen Maldal, had to release this fan favourite halfway through the season to balance the books. He had only made two appearances at that point and wasn't in my future plans.
    Winger Kristian Brix also had a fine season.

    Also a season that with a Board takeover and when it finally happened a 2.6m loan followed!

    Average attendance: 1022 up from 896 last season.

    Next season: Survival.



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    Season  |       League       |  Position  |    Europe       |  Cup     | Achievement|Top Scorer      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
    2012    |  2.divisjon Avd.3  |    9th     |        -        | 2nd Round|            | Ørjan Nesvik (5)    
    2013    |  2.divisjon Avd.3  |    5th     |        -        | 3rd Round|            | Rikard Lindroos (9)   
    2014    |  2.divisjon Avd.3  |    1st     |        -        | 3rd Round| Promotion! | Jonas Olsen (16)  
    2015    |  Adeccoligaen      |    5th     |        -        | 1st Round|            | Alexander Stølås (9) 
    2016    |  Adeccoligaen      |    5th     |        -        | 3rd Round|            | Espen Maldal (9) 
    2017    |  Adeccoligaen      |    2nd     |       -         | 3rd Round|            | Nicolai Larson (13)


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    Time to give Gundos a real good go. Was going to do it with Stryn in Norway, but instead, I've gone to Northern Ireland.

    Your new manager of Lower Maze, Jordan Swinburn

    Done what I did for the Dafuge Challenge. Here is a steam group for this challenge, containing chat!
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    Not chosen a side yet, or definitely 110% a country, but league reset for Republic of Ireland appears to be 2nd Jan this year. So saving on 1st Jan for reloading.

    Looks like both leagues are expanding between 2011 and 2012, so glad I chose 2011 as the start season as this way i get 4 teams to chose from per reload!

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    Had a power night last night and managed to finish an entire season. That being said, when you only have 4000 players loaded, the game runs at lightning pace. It also helps playing non-stop till 5 in the morning. Completely forgot about updating, so here's quite a belated, and pretty short update. They're usually a hell of a lot more detailed.

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    Not a bad first season if you ask me, considering the surprising difficulty of this league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swinburn View Post
    Had a power night last night and managed to finish an entire season. That being said, when you only have 4000 players loaded, the game runs at lightning pace. It also helps playing non-stop till 5 in the morning. Completely forgot about updating, so here's quite a belated, and pretty short update. They're usually a hell of a lot more detailed.

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    Not a bad first season if you ask me, considering the surprising difficulty of this league.
    Ignore all of this. I just realised I'm running a small db. I thought 4000 was quite small. Stupid tit I am. Restarting. Cheers Gilbster for letting me know :P

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    Presenting the new manager of Tandragee in Northern Ireland. I'm hoping this will be the start of a long and sucessful career with them, however anyone that has seen me attmempt this challenge will know, it usually takes about 2-3 attempts before i get going so who knows!

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    Good Luck in N.Ireland all, good to see more people starting there.

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    Right, back with a large db!

    Please welcome the new manager of Dromara Village, or as I'm calling them, The Village People.

    Club rule, we have to stay at the local YMCA for away games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbster View Post
    Presenting the new manager of Tandragee in Northern Ireland. I'm hoping this will be the start of a long and sucessful career with them, however anyone that has seen me attmempt this challenge will know, it usually takes about 2-3 attempts before i get going so who knows!
    Well I predicted multiple attempts and I was relegated in the first season of Tandragee which may be a good things as I couldnt spell them anyway. Back to the drawing board and will be back wtih a new team later!

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    (I'm going to have a bit of fun with my updates for this, so just roll with it )

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    Championship 2 Shock As Village People Top Chart
    By Clarence Levanski

    Dromara Village have shocked the entirety of Championship 2 after reaching the top of the league after 7 games. The Villagers went to first after beating Armagh 2-1 at Holm Park. After the game, Dromara manager Jordan Swinburn said the following...

    After our shaky start to the season, I told the lads that there was no need to feel down. I told them to pick themselves up from the ground and we went to Killymoon and proved there was no need to be unhappy. It's fair to say that after that game, we had a good run of results and we're doing a lot better than anyone expected.
    Dromara's great start to the season has been the work of Swinburn's excellent defence for a recently promoted side. They have the third best defence in the league so far, strengthened by Swinburn's inspired signings of Romanian full back Silviu Ursu and young goalkeeper Conor Devlin. The signing of Ursu's Romanian counterpart, Ionut Achim, has been another great addition to the squad. If Swinburn can keep up the good work, Dromara could continue to be the surprise package of this season's Championship 2.

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    (As I said, just roll with it )

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    Loving the update Swinburn.

    Given its your fault that I appear to be attempting Northern Ireland, I have decided to take charge of one of the sides I know you wanted (because I am nice like that). - For everyone else we both chat while playing in the steam chat groups set up for this and dafuges challenge, so join us!

    As a result introducing the new manager of University of Ulster Coleraine (UUC for short, as I'm not typing the full name ever!) and lovingly nicknamed The Students.
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    Season so far has been 2 wins and some draws and more losses so not too hopeful of my survival chances this time round
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    Gundo! Big congrats with the promotion. And I am really impressed that you have done it with so many domestic/nordic players.

    Good luck in Tippeligaen. Hope you will manage to stay up.

    An welcome to Gilbster and Swinburn. Best of luck in your conquest for that big european trophy.

    As for me and my Tollnes save, we are now top of Tippeligaen, 9 games left. It is nerve wrecking, our main rivals, Viking and Rosenborg, are two and three points behind. So we can't afford any slip-ups,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton View Post
    Gundo! Big congrats with the promotion. And I am really impressed that you have done it with so many domestic/nordic players.

    Good luck in Tippeligaen. Hope you will manage to stay up.

    An welcome to Gilbster and Swinburn. Best of luck in your conquest for that big european trophy.

    As for me and my Tollnes save, we are now top of Tippeligaen, 9 games left. It is nerve wrecking, our main rivals, Viking and Rosenborg, are two and three points behind. So we can't afford any slip-ups,
    Cheers Taunton. Hopefully Viking don't pip you to the Title!

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    UUC - Northern Ireland - 2nd Division - 2012/13 End of Season Update


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    First thing I did when joining UUC was hire myself some staff. Not that impressed with the quality of staff on offer but any are better than none. Next thing I did was look for any interested foreign players that I could trial. As a result I have signed some quality looking Bulgarians and also some other young players of nationalities. Some with current ability and a few with huge potential figuring you never know. And I know from experience that in Northern Ireland you end up with a revolving door of players that you try and sell for good profits to work on finances to get up to professional level, so may as well start in the first season!


    My only aim for the season was survival, and we did manage to achieve that and smash it by finishing 6th. Our performances in the cups dont need to be mentioned. I generally wont mention cups unless we get to semis at least, as with the amount you could end up playing in Norhtern Ireland, it could be an update dedicated to meaningless cups otherwise!

    Also survived a board takeover within the frist months of my management, which is a relief but it has given me the sort of board that veto signings if it means breaking the wage budget, and I dont like chairmen like that.

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    Improve on 6th
    Get more quality youngsters that arent Northern Irish!
    Perhaps sign a 2nd scout to look at exactly same players as the first one!
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    Keeping in tradition with my 'creative updates', roll with it

    @OfficialDVFC: Unbelievable result against Linfield. Shame about those two late goals from them to take it to a replay.
    @OfficialDVFC: Still, 2-2 against the winners of the Premier Division can't be complained at. Away in the replay, it's going to be tough. UP THE VILLAGERS!
    @OfficialDVFC: Wait, the end of that last tweet sounded wrong. GO VILLAGERS!
    @OfficialDVFC: 2-0 loss to Linfield. It was always going to be hard. But from the cup to the league, and we're still 1st! 6 points clear! Amazing season.

    (In order to avoid double post)

    Dromara Village sign young talent
    Championship 2 side pick up various youngsters after trial week

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    Dromara Village, currently top of the Northern Irish Championship 2, have announced the signings of various young talent from across the globe.

    The signings have come after the club held a trial week in which manager Jordan Swinburn invited a plethora of youngsters. These signings include 18 year old Albanian goalkeeper Paul Michel, the Latvian duo of 17 year old winger Aleksandrs Grigorjevsand 18 year old defender Pavels Vasiljevs, 17 year old Spanish attacker José Gregorio, 16 year old Latvian winger Jurjis Kopca and the Icelandic duo of 16 year old winger Aron Gunnarson and 17 year old attacker Ármann Pétur Sigurdsson. The club have also announced the signing of 17 year old Tahitian defender Tony Wabéalo, who will join in February of next year. The club are said to be signing more of the trialists, with some currently unconfirmed. Sky sources believe one of these unconfirmed signings to be Wallisian Dimitri Malonga.

    Swinburn's side are no strangers to young talent. The Dromara first team squad contains 17 year old Romanian duo Silviu Ursu and Ionut Achim, as well as 21 year old goalkeeper Conor Devlin. On the subject of the recent signings, Swinburn said that he is elated with the signings and that many of them will find a place in the squad immediately.
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    UUC - Northern Ireland 2nd Division - 2013/14

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    Let me preface this update by saying yes I tend to play seasons fast, I dont have a life and yeah this is my second season update today!

    It was a tough season in some respects as I struggled until about February to get many quality players in. I got a few in here and there but for most of the season, the base of the squad was around the same as last season. That being said we did make some great signings including a 16 year old hungarian goalie who is my current first choice.

    Cups were awful again, we cant be lower ranked sides.

    In the league we were there or thereabouts all season, It was a very close league campaign and depending on results any of 4 teams could have been the winners on the last day of the season. Unforunately we threw away the opportunity and messed up our run in, and ended up 6th for the 2nd season running. I suppose this is at least confirming we are a second division side. Hopefully we can make a bit more of a push next season.

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    Season 2013-14 Update

    If I've learnt one thing from this season, it's this: 'Score more than them' does not work in the Slovenian League. With our consistent inability to keep it tight at the back, a total of 50 league goals were conceded over 27 matches. In short, it's nowhere near good enough when compared to eventual league champions Interblock, who only let 15 past them all season. Of course, my tactic this season promised goals, and our team provided a fair few too. Scoring 56 did give us a positive goal difference, and also the tag of top scorers in the league but ultimately, it counted for nothing because of our leaky defence.

    A season that promised so much at times, amounted to nothing more and nothing less than what we achieved last year. Another 8th place in the table, with, as I expected, the two teams who came up last year returning to Third Division football.

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    Results were very inconsistent this season, which meant we rarely climbed or dropped in the table. 7th and even higher looked possible at times, but with our downturn in form coinciding with Bela Krajina's upturn, at the very end of the season, we slumped back to eighth. The board seem to think that as a result, I've only just managed to survive relegation, while clearly, there is a substantial gap to Izola.
    Our total of 36 points, 7 more that last year, shows good improvement, but considering Izola and Odranci offered very little threat, it's not much of an achievement. Still, another 7 points next year and we'd be looking at a top half finish.

    4 signings in January this time, and an attempt to switch to a formation with four at the back. Given that before the window, there was not a single player capable of playing left back, and no natural right back, I did what I could to find anyone decent to give me a more solid defence. Can't say it worked, to be honest. Struggled to find any full backs willing to come to the club, so ended up signing two sub-standard players, and didn't bother playing them. The right back, Gregor Ceglaj, has now left the club. He did make one appearance along with Dejan Kos, my left back, but that didn't go very well.

    My other two signings didn't exactly hit the ground running. In the first two games after the winter break, both Igor Radetic and Tim Ceh managed to sidelined themselves for a number of weeks. I'm interested to see how Ceh will progress next season. He looks more like a sprinter than a striker, but if he doesn't manage to provide goals, I'm sure I can get a decent sum of money for him.

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    Player of the season: Matic Seferovic - Bossed the midfield in a number of games, and added the odd goal here and there. The main attraction though is his tally of 11 assists in all competitions, a great effort from him. I'm disappointed I didn't nab a screenshot of him when I signed him last July.

    Top Goalscorer: Mitja Barboric - If I didn't notice him last season, I couln't fail to this time around. His ability to put away goals grabbed my attention this year, and with 13 goals, he's been a key player this season.

    Player to note: Miran Cavnik - I'm not entirely sure where he's popped up from, but the eighteen-year-old is definitely one to watch. He was given his chance in the first team this year, and 7 goals is nothing to complain about. A good prospect.

    A few things to finish with:
    Finances
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    Cup Run

    A pretty good effort in the cup. We managed to knock out Koper, who finished mid-table in the First Division. We couldn't do it against Celje, though, who went on to finish 2nd in the top divison too.

    Next season: I would like to find myself somewhere in the top half, but my main aim is to concede less than 35 goals. Provided we keep scoring ourselves ^_^

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    13/14   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |  Quarter Final  | Highest Scorers  |  Mitja Barboric (13)        
    12/13   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |        -        |     Survival     |  Mitja Barboric (7)

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    Sindre Fossan just got on the score sheet in a 1-2 home defeat against the team to beat in the Tippeligaen Rosenborg, he is the only player that's been with me from day one.

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    NK Krka Novo Mesto


    There is very little to talk about in the way of transfers at the end of August 2014. Just three free transfers came in this year, and again, they were lower league players whose contracts ran out.
    After what you might call a spectacular failure in trying to make a 4-in-defence formation work, I have signed right-back Darko Babic to give it another go. Couldn't find another left-back worth signing, so Dejan Kos will hope to impress after being the worst player on the pitch in my 5-1 loss to Interblock last season.
    This season, I am moving Dejan Kern out of the centre back position I've been making him play, and allowing him to play what I call the Cheick Tioté role, his favoured position. As a replacement, Ivan Filipovic will partner my regular defender Zan Cankar, which, I hope, will make for a sturdy defence this campaign.
    Another striker came in, Nace Kosmac, simply to provide options up front, should injuries or bad form come about.
    After the opening day, no other movement occurred within the club, apart from my release of Nebojsa Karamarkovic, after his contract expired in June. Four other players were deemed surplus to requirements, so were allowed to leave.

    Summer Transfers, 2014
    Squad

    Finally, a decent formation that gives us some chance of keeping the other team out. Hopefully the strength of my attacking players will keep the goals coming, and we might make some progress up the table.
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    Three league games in, and things are looking promising. We've taken 9 points, scored four, and have conceded none. The only other team yet to concede are the team relegated from the First League, so it is nearly something to shout about. Top of the league going into September, but we have a tough game against Aluminij next.
    Our cup dream was cut short early, with a visit from top division Nafta. A 2-1 defeat is respectable, but with the winner being a 90+3 minute penalty, it was frustrating to say the least.

    Looking forward to the next update, hopefully I'll have some success to report on.

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    (Although this update was just done, I've already gone into December in my new season)

    Dromara Village: Season Review
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    Last Updated: June 19, 2013 10:51

    Dromara Village surprised followers of the Championship 2 as they won the league after only being promoted the season before.

    Club Info | Table | Position Graph | Squad (1) (2) | Confidence | Finances | Transfers (1) (2)

    Dromara Village will be part of the Championship 1 as of next season after winning the league with a game to go, beating Queens University to the title. The Villagers were only promoted last season but manager Jordan Swinburn managed to take the side straight to the top. Key players included Dylan Cobb, Silviu Ursu, Ionut Achim and top scorer Wayne Lorrimer.

    Swinburn was quoted as saying that the promotion was completely down to the fantastic performances of the players and the young signings late in the season. He continued to say that he hopes the players can continue the good work in the new season.

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    UUC - Northern Ireland 2014/15 End of Season Update

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    Cups were ok, got to Quarter final of the league cup where we lost to Linfield, and knocked out a few First Div clubs out of the varying cups. While this was going on for first half of season we were unbeaten in the league, unfortunately that never lasts and ultimately it was ours to lose. However we did hold on just about and last day of season we were named Champions. Promotion is ours.

    Impressed we got promoted with a 17 year old goalie, and a bunch of other youngsters. Didnt make major transfers but those I did have all been really useful.

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    Stop losing to non league sides in cups on a regular basis

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    2012/13   Second Div  6th
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    2014/15   Second Div  1st     Champions and Promoted. League Cup Quarters

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    Well on done on your promotions Swinburn and Gilbster.

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    Thanks Gundo. Hows your season with Sola going?

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    THE FUTURE IS NOW

    Vurogj's Belgian mission | Sprimont | Belgian Pro League | 2015-16 Season



    League : 9th | Progress chart | Fixtures
    Euro Places playoff : Semi-finals | Fixtures
    Belgian Cup : Semi-finals

    Transfer report

    I'm fairly pleased with myself, I managed to reduce the squad size this season, and resist the temptation to bloat the squad even more with the players out there my scouts keep drooling over. We are now good enough to attract players touted as "the next" whoever, with Mazari (dual nationality Belgian/Algerian) being talked about as the next Emile Mpenza. That would suit me fine, I liked Mpenza as a player. I like Mazari when he's playing too, and not injured. None of the other incoming transfers are really stars (yet), just solid Pro League squad talent. Maybe if I try spending money I'll get a star...

    Ghiles Mazari

    Season report

    Overall, a good season, but a testing one.
    The Belgian Super Cup was up first, and we took it a little more seriously than Anderlecht to score a 1-0 win. They didn't have a single shot on target the whole game.
    The less said about Europe the better, we drew Fiorentina in the 4th qualifying round and got spanked 3-0 and 4-0 to leave early.
    In the league, a lack of talent really showed in the early stages of the season, our first win not coming until the 7th game, and future wins being sporadic enough to surprise people. Westerlo and Lokeren both sacked their managers after defeats to us, which provided some needed light relief. Obviously 12.1.1 came in during this season, and if I'm honest, I think it helped me a little. As a manager I've got a cup and league win, which I think impressed the free transfers I've built the team on. We certainly picked up after christmas, and but for a horrible run of injuries to my attackers ; 6 of the 8 squad members who can play ST spent parts of Mar-May injured ; in the later stages of the season, we could have pushed for 7th or 8th.
    As for defending our Belgian Cup, it went smoothly enough, until an absolute horror show trying to defend a 3-1 first league lead in the semi-final against Brugge, a 1-4 defeat, knocked out and filing it away as "one of those days" is about all I can do with that.

    Squad report

    Much the same as last season, DC and MC need the most work, my first choices in the other positions are certainly adequate. MC will be getting a HUGE boost in the summer, as for some unimaginable reason, Barcelona let this guy's contract run down, and I've lured him to come join us. He is hailed as the next Lionel Messi.

    Vicente Munoz

    Short term plan from last season

    "Stay up. Build a Professional club. Easy." The staying up was indeed easy, the building a Pro club is taking time. Facilities are still sub standard for my liking, and the youth system is years away from being good enough.

    Short term plan for next season

    Top 6, if only to avoid much of the late season confusion. Belgian playoffs make no sense to me.

    Other news

    The board have decided we need undersoil heating, so I'm ground sharing with Hasselt until next March. Hasselt? Didn't think I'd need google maps in one of these, but apparently Hasselt is 66km away, and you drive through the centre of Liege to get there. They have a 10k stadium (twice my current size), but no undersoil heating. Meanwhile, a mere 30km away, is Seraing's home ground, a massive 14000 capacity (again with no undersoil heating). Also note that Belgium has a (small) winter break, and I've only seen three games in this career so far called off for cold weather. The £2.5M this is costing us is nicely offset by the £2.5M league prize money, but I had better plans for that money.

    Belgium in the world

    Another poor showing from Belgian clubs in Europe as we chase Ukraine for an extra European place, but at least Shakhtar only came third in their Champions League group. What? They went on to win the Europa League? Beating Galatasaray in the final? And Turkey are right behind Belgium in the coefficients? Ouch.

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    2012-13	3A   1st    4th  N/A       N/A	     Promoted as champions     19th             11th
    2013-14	2    3rd    6th  N/A       N/A	     2nd in promotion playoff  16th             10th
    2014-15	2    2nd    WON  N/A       N/A       Promoted through playoff  14th             10th
    2015-16 1    9th    S/F  N/A       4th Qual                            11th             10th
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbster View Post
    Thanks Gundo. Hows your season with Sola going?
    After a decent start it has started to fade and we are now in an almighty relegation battle. Hopefully we will have enough to survive...

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    Dromara Village: Season Review
    Dromara Village supporters celebrate another great season
    Last Updated: June 19, 2014 18:17

    Dromara Village cause consecutive shocks as they once again get promoted.

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    Dromara Village shocked Northern Ireland again as they won the league on the final day of the season. Jordan Swinburn's Villagers were only promoted the season before, gaining consecutive promotions. Key players included top scorer Pall Sigurdsson, José Gregorio, Denver Gage and Aron Gunnarsson.

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    2012/13         Championship 2        1st               Promoted - Champions 
    2013/14         Championship 1        1st               Promoted - Champions
    Last edited by Swinburn; 24-12-2011 at 18:16.

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    Congrats on back to back promotions Swinburn. I'll catch you up again if its the last thing I do!

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    Cheers Gundo (previous promotion) and Gilbster (recent one)! I imagine I'll be struggling in the Premier League for a few years yet, especially with my transfer ideology for this game. Taking huge risks using the guys I have.

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    I definitely approve of your spend no money policy Swinburn, but how do you manage with squad unity/tactic cohesion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vurogj View Post
    I definitely approve of your spend no money policy Swinburn, but how do you manage with squad unity/tactic cohesion?
    I had a few unhappy guys, who if they start dropping morale, are released. I'm quite cutthroat. As for tactics, they're fairly good with them. I stick to either 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1.

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    UUC - First Division 2015/16 End of Season Update


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    Brill first season in the first division. At times I thought relegation was possible and since its a short season and a close division, we ended up finishing 4th, 1 point away from the promotion playoff place, which is something to build on.

    Merry christmas everyone!

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    2012/13   Second Div  6th
    2013/14   Second Div  6th
    2014/15   Second Div  1st     Champions and Promoted. League Cup Quarters
    2015/16   First Div   4th

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    Taunton - Tollnes - Season review - 2021 - Norwegian Premier division

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    Best league placing ever. We were in front when we went into the last third of the season. But Rosenborg refused to drop points, and after all I am happy with second place and our first shot at Europe.

    Still no major trophies, but I feel that we are near something good now. Hopefully we can get a good run in Europe, and earn some money along the way.

    I also was voted manager of the year.



    Best player and top scorer: Tomasz Frankowski, Did best in the first half, and lost his place in the second. But managed to chip in a lot of goals and was our best player overall. Great striker. Repeated this feat from last year.

    Economy: Solid. Second place meant more prize money. We also had a take over attempt that failed.

    Key: This season (Last season)

    Wage budget: Nkr 285.000 p/w (157.500 Nkr p/w)

    Transfer budget: 15 mill. Nkr p/w (14 mill. Nkr p/w)

    (For pounds, just divide the number with ten)

    Av. attendance: 3663 (2988)

    Players in: 9 (18)

    Players out: 12 ( 10 )

    Aim for next year is to knock Rosenborg off their perch.

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    2012   | 2. div   |    11th   | 1.rnd   |    N/A     |  Issa Ibrahim Malam     (9)          
    2013   | 2. div   |     9th   | 1.rnd   |    N/A     |  Torstein Mjønner      (10)
    2014   | 2. div   |     6th   | 1.rnd   |    N/A     |  Thomas Larsen         (12)
    2015   | 2. div   |     1st   | 2.rnd   |    N/A     |  Atli Heimisson        (12)
    2016   | 1. div   |     4th   | 4.rnd   |    N/A     |  Bryan Morel           (22)
    2017   | 1. div   |     4th   | Q-final |    N/A     |  Bryan Morel           (21)
    2018   | 1. div   |     1st   | 4.rnd   |    N/A     |  Michael Mortensen     (21)
    2019   |  Prem.   |     6th   | Q-final |    N/A     |  Michael Mortensen     (17)
    2020   |  Prem.   |    12th   | 3.rnd   |    N/A     |  Tomasz Frankowski     (11)
    2021   |  Prem.   |    2nd    | Q-final |    N/A     |  Tomasz Frankowski     (19)
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    Well done Taunton, great finish. I have a feeling Rosenborg will be my nemesis again when I get close to challenging also.

    Good luck next year.

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    Biscotti's Belgian Adventure | RFC Liége | Belgian Pro League | 2015/16 Season


    League: 9th | Past Positions (Predicted 14th)
    Belgian Cup: 7th Round (0-2 vs. Standard)

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    I was offered a considerably bigger wage budget than I expected, and as a result I brought in quite a few more players than I was intending. Thanks to our solid enough league campaign we managed to finish profitable, but honestly I was hoping to do a little better after we had a great start to the season. For next year I'll be looking to maintain roughly the same wage expenditure but push the team higher up the table.

    The squad

    GK: Arnar Pétursson
    DL: Jean-Christophe Roger
    DR: Michaël Jonckheere
    DC: Fazli Kocabaş
    DC: Altin Pëlleshi
    MC: Jore Trompet
    MC: Julien Villard
    AML: Carlos
    AMR: Diogo Cunha
    ST: Ali Sobhy
    ST: Mario Spehar

    Nobody really had a season of brilliance. In fact, the best I can say is that most of my starting players played to a satisfactory level. There are going to be quite a number of changes over the summer, though. Some for financial reasons (Spehar, Villard) and some because I'm not entirely happy with the level of performance versus their wage (Roger). I do have to be careful with any new signings though, as I'm still playing right along the edge of the home-grown rules.

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    2012/13	3rd Div A	1st		6th round	N/A		N/A			15th
    2013/14	2nd League	4th		5th Round	N/A		N/A			17th
    2014/15	2nd League	1st		6th Round	N/A		N/A			13th
    2015/16	Pro League	9th		7th Round	N/A		N/A			18th

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    UUC - Northern Ireland First Division 2016/17

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    Impressive season, I was signing players throughout it, although the Czech goalie I really really want, has had his transfer vetoed 3 times so far just because it will break my wage budget too much. Will keep persisting and hopefully the board will relent. Amazingly there are more players wanting to come to me this season, and have even got a pair of leading premier division central defenders in, that will be fantastic for next season.

    Really happy with not only promotion but also winning the division by a margin. Hopefully the promotion wage rises wont bankrupt me completely and I'll have some budget left for getting players in. All I want from the next season is survival. Once I get established in the Northern Irish Prem then I can work on total domination!

    Career So Far


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    2012/13   Second Div  6th
    2013/14   Second Div  6th
    2014/15   Second Div  1st     Champions and Promoted. League Cup Quarters
    2015/16   First Div   4th
    2016/17   First Div   1st     Champions and Promoted.
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    Welcome back the thread Biscotti, good to see a fellow Belgian adventurer again. I agree about the HG rules, I've just started bumping against the limit in my second Pro League season as well. How is your youth setup looking. Any potential first teamers coming through?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vurogj View Post
    Welcome back the thread Biscotti, good to see a fellow Belgian adventurer again. I agree about the HG rules, I've just started bumping against the limit in my second Pro League season as well. How is your youth setup looking. Any potential first teamers coming through?
    No, not had much at all come through yet. Facilities are still really poor and with finances only just on the mend it'll be a while before I can afford to invest. In all honesty, I've not been away from the thread - still reading updates most days - I've just not been playing very quickly and not felt I'd be contributing much to post some perfunctory congratulations.

    That being said, it's good to see lots of progress being made.

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    NK Krka Novo Mesto


    Season 2014-15 Update

    This season could not have been any more contrasting with the last one. From having one of the weakest defences in the league, we now boast the tightest defence in Slovenia. My target of conceding less than 35 goals was easily achieved, with a back four who regularly played together all season. Only conceding 17 goals meant we could regularly pick up points, and it didn't stop us from scoring either, with a total of 48 league goals.

    This effective combination of attack and defence resulted in Krka becoming the season's overachievers, and a finishing position of 1st. To be quite honest, it seemed likely after about 15 games, but I could never tell if we were about to return to our old ways. Still, we sealed the title with 3 games to spare, but I was sure of the title about 6 games from the end, when we had a 12 point lead.

    || Table | Graph ||

    I can't say much else after that, it speaks for itself really. Our early disappointment in the cup was more than made up for by winning the title.

    Nothing to talk about regarding January transfers. I didn't feel the need for any, with the league performance up to then.
    We have signed Stevan Bajic in the first few days of this summer window, a Serbian free agent who looks promising. I think the squad will need refining quite a bit for football in the First League, but with the club in a poor financial state, I doubt there will be money to spend this year. I will scour the free transfer market for anything available, but I'm not too optimistic for next season.

    || Transfers ||

    The board have announced an upgrade to our stadium, which will be completed some time in March next year. For now, we move to Sportni park Ivancna Gorica, a 5000 all-seater. Considering we have an average attendance of about 70, I see little point. Apparently the upgrade is to conform with league regulations, and 1000 seats will be added taking our capacity to 2500, I think.

    || Facilities ||

    Player of the season: Matic Seferovic - Another top quality season from him, he provided 11 assists and 5 goals. He wasn't my highest rated player, but that person comes next...

    Top Goalscorer: Tim Ceh - This lad isn't just a sprinter after all. He was brilliant in the goals department, and nabbed an average rating of 7.26. His 15 goals were invaluable this season, and he looks like a great capture. May it continue for many years.

    And finally...

    Finances
    Confidence

    Next season: Simple. All I want is to somehow avoid relegation. To stay out of the relegation playoff would be a bonus too, because I wouldn't fancy play Aluminij, Gorica or anyone in the Second Division in a one-game shoutout for top division football. 8th place is what I want.

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    14/15   |  Slovenian Second League  |   1st/10   |    -     |    1st Round    | Promoted as Champions | Tim Ceh (15)
    13/14   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |  Quarter Final  |    Highest Scorers    | Mitja Barboric (13)        
    12/13   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |        -        |        Survival       | Mitja Barboric (7)
    (Apologies for the taskbar at the bottom, my new laptop doesn't seem to do print screen when FM is in full screen mode)

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    (Two updates here. Hectic few days, so I played whenever I could, forgetting to update. You'll have to excuse the first update, it'll be a bit less detailed considering I stupidly forgot some screenshots before playing another full season. It wasn't very exciting anyway, whereas update two is.)

    Dromara Village: Season Review
    Dromara Village avoid relegation
    Last Updated: June 19, 2015 07:12

    Dromara Village supporters celebrate surprising survival.

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    2012/13         Championship 2        1st               Promoted - Champions 
    2013/14         Championship 1        1st               Promoted - Champions
    2014/15         Premiership           11th              Avoided Relegation

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    Dromara Village: Season Review
    Dromara Village do double
    Last Updated: June 19, 2016 18:17

    Dromara Village supporters are celebrating after the club won both the league, League Cup and County Antrim Shield.

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    Key Player: Valdiney

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    2012/13         Championship 2        1st               Promoted - Champions 
    2013/14         Championship 1        1st               Promoted - Champions
    2014/15         Premiership           11th              Avoided Relegation
    2015/16         Premiership           1st               Champions, League Cup Winners, County Antrim Shield Winners
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    (Apologies for the triple post, but I hate things looking cluttered)

    Dromara Village, The Ultimate Underdog
    By Clarence Levanski

    Ever since Jordan Swinburn took over at Dromara Village since they entered the Championship 2 in 2012, the club has done nothing but cause a storm in Northern Ireland. From the word go, Swinburn took Dromara to the Premiership in consecutive seasons on the proverbial 'shoestring budget'. Not a penny has been spent at Dromara, yet the transfers have been in their masses, both incoming and outgoing. Swinburn quickly brought an array of young talent from all over the globe to the club, at one point signing players from San Marino, Andorra and Liechenstein. However, despite the old phrase of "you can't win anything with kids", Swinburn proved that you can if they're talented enough. Fast forward to 2016, Dromara's second Premiership season. Completely written off from the start, the team proved the nation and indeed the footballing world wrong, winning 2 cups and the league. This feat was achieved due to the fantastic work of players such as Valdiney, Hegarty and El Omari. But the big news was that Dromara Village were to enter the Champions League, and this is where the real story begins.

    To begin their Champions League journey, Dromara were faced with the challenge of beating Rapid Wien. Having made two signings at this point, both of which missed the registration date by a day, Swinburn was relying on the players who had served him so well in their stunning previous season. I'll admit, I for one expected Dromara to be completely outclassed. I didn't think they had a chance, and then the following happened. Rapid Wien went to the small village of Dromara and the tiny team in County Down, with a population of under 600, and were held to a 1-1 draw. This in itself was a shocker, let alone what happened next. Dromara travelled to Austria and did what I thought impossible, won 3-1.

    So, the villagers progressed to the next round. Much like the Village People, surely a one hit wonder, right? Wrong! Dromara shocked once again, albeit this time, by away goals. Dromara faced Legia, and drew 2-2 away, and 0-0 at home. The plucky Northern Irish side had made it to the Champions Playoff of the Champions League. Partizan came next. You could look back and maybe be forgiven for favouring Dromara against Rapid Wien and Legia, but against Partizan, I don't think anyone would bet against them losing. But, if you did, you may very well be a rich, rich person. Dromara pulled off yet another shock. They went to Belgrade and held Partizan to a 0-0 draw. In the return leg at home, they stunned the Serbs with a 1-0 win.

    With that win, Dromara Village entered the Champions League group stages. Read that again. Dromara Village, yes, Village. You know your local pub team? Well imagine them playing in the Champions League, and that's effectively what you have here. But alas, the group stage draw loomed. Dromara supporters knew that this would probably be the biggest moment the club will ever see. So, when the draw did come, Dromara fans were swept with a wave of both excitement and a feeling of disaster. Lyon, Bayern Munich and Zenit. No group was going to be easy, but this was possibly one of the worst possible ones. There's more chance of Fergie retiring, Arsenal winning the Premier League, Celtic and Rangers joining the Premier League, Fernando Torres scoring 30 in a season, Barcelona getting relegated, a season in Italy without sackings or match fixing scandals, Basel winning the Champions League and England winning the World Cup... all in one season, than Dromara getting third, let alone through to the last 16, regardless of who they were drawn with.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see them actually do it. They've won me over like no other club has before. I think they've won most football fans over. They are the ultimate underdog, and that's why people love them. But when was the last time you saw this big of an underdog get to the later stages of the Champions League? When was the last time you saw an underdog of this nature even in the Europa League? They've done nothing but shock me, so you never know with Swinburn's side, but it's going to take a miracle for them to do anything in that group.

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    Congrats Swinburn, Europe already after 4 seasons thats gonna be fun.

    edit: Having now seen the info wordy post, wow, Congrats on getting to the Champions League group stage. If nothing else you must be one of the richest clubs in Northen Ireland and this will definitely help raise the rep of Northern Ireland especially if you can repeat it again next season!
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    UUC - Northern Ireland Premier Div - 2017/18

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    Pretty good first Premier Division season, managed to finish in 6th and was never in danger of relegation. I seem to be signing players faster than I can play them but a lot are accepting amateur contracts so at least they dont cost anything to remove or pay or anything. If the get poached then never mind.

    Career So Far


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    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a      n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a      n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a      n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a      n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a      n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a      n/a

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    THE FUTURE IS NOW

    Vurogj's Belgian mission | Sprimont | Belgian Pro League | 2016-17 Season



    League : 1st | Progress chart | Fixtures
    Chapionship playoff : Winner | Fixtures
    Belgian Cup : Final

    Transfer report

    Relatively quiet for a change, just moving a few players out who weren't developing fast enough and loaning out a few to our feeder club (of which I now have two, hopefully they prove useful). As far as incoming players go, I mentioned Munoz in my last update, and he was almost as good as promised, not at MC as I'd hoped (of which more later), but at AMR which he made his own. He's no longer the new Messi, now the media say he's the new Xavi. Strange. Pasca came in on a free when I hit an injury crisis at DC, and proved useful enough for me to let Wantens go in January. The two January signings are very long term ideas, being potential first teamers, but more importantly having the personality of "Model Professional". Borup also has 20 Determination, I can't wait until he's eligible to tutor people.

    Johan Borup

    Season Report

    Also known as "the year when it all clicked". A tough away win at Standard set the scene, and the increased squad Determination I've been working towards really helped us, no more so than in the December match against Anderlecht when we threw away a 2 goal lead, only to secure a 3-2 win in the 94th minute. We didn't lose until January, and going into the Championship playoffs, I was really feeling confident.
    Football has a funny way of kicking you in the teeth.
    An inexplicable and abject run of form followed, that dropped us to third in April, and then Anderlecht (who are now my favourite non-Sprimont team) coughed up two cheap goals in the first five minutes on the way to a 5-0 half time lead and win. Confidence restored, we cruised through to our first ever title. Sprimont will be entering the Champions League at the group stages next year!
    As for the cup, we had a bit of a scare against second division Namur, but were otherwise untroubled until the final where Brugge (who are not my favourite non-Sprimont team) turned us over for the second successive year in the cup.

    Squad Report

    The perennial MC troubles were averted by Eduardo and Bayrakci starting to realise their long held promise. Without ever really looking good, or playing well, they got the job done. Similarly at DC, where Pasca joined with Neubauer and Bouwhuis to just do enough. Ghiles Mazari is the obvious star though, his 34 league goals leaving him 11 ahead of his nearest rival. Leeds are sniffing around him. Good luck lads. This doesn't mean I'm not strengthening though, with a handy looking Tunisian who can cover both MC and DC, Ikbal Bahri, coming in the summer.
    There are two concerns, one is the home grown status of the squad, although that will be helped by the 4 that earn HG status this summer (both MCs among them), and the other is contract dates. Bayrakci, Eduardo and Mazari's all expire next summer. Better get those sorted ASAP.

    Ghiles Mazari
    Ikbal Bahri

    Short term plan from last season

    "Top 6." Done.

    Short term plan for next season

    Facilities. I've already started on the training facilities, but Champions League means pots of cash, so how about I actually get prepared to take Belgium over. Stay at the top end of the table would be nice too.

    Other news

    The undersoil heating at Sprimont Stadium was completed in March, and we moved back home (shame really, I was loving the gate receipts from a 10k base), to find the builders had converted most of the ground to seating as well. We now have the most expensive matchday tickets in Belgium.

    Stadium work completed

    **Update**
    Stadium expansion a go go, 2692 more seats going in in the next 5 months, very handy. Sadly the £3M this is costing means the board are cancelling the training upgrade. On balance, I'll take the extra seats thanks.

    Stadium expansion

    **Facepalm update**

    TWO HOURS after cancelling the training upgrade, we get the £4M prize money for winning the League. Sometimes, this game...

    Belgium in the world

    Another poor year, Brugge scoring nul point in their Champions League group, and Shakhtar keeping Ukraine ticking along nicely. Turkey overtook us as well.


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    2012-13 3A   1st    4th    N/A       N/A       Promoted as champions     19th             11th
    2013-14 2    3rd    6th    N/A       N/A       2nd in promotion playoff  16th             10th
    2014-15 2    2nd    WON    N/A       N/A       Promoted through playoff  14th             10th
    2015-16 1    9th    S/F    N/A       4th Qual                            11th             10th
    2016-17 1    1st    Final  N/A       N/A       Champions!                10th             11th

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    Nice one on the league win Vurogj! Shame about your facepalm-worthy board though.

    Good luck in the Champions League.

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    The National team did brilliantly to qualify from this group.


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    That is then followed by a win over Chile on penalties in the second phase and then this (WOW).

    Look at the shot count!


    They eventually went down 1-4 to Argentina in the semi's, but what a run!
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    Hello All!

    I never done a challenge before and thought that I'd give this a try! I've always had a thing for the Belgian Leagues so am going to give it a go. So you are now looking at the new manager for K berchem Sport 2004. I hope I've done everything right, but if I haven't someone let me know and i'll start again doing it properly.

    The club expect a top half finish and the media prdict a respectable 7th position, so I'm hoping for a solid season! Hopefully this is the start to a long career save!!
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    You've got an extra http:// on the end of your link, which breaks it, but otherwise, looks good.

    I almost chose Berchem when I started my challenge, as they play in yellow (the colour of the Mighty 'Orns), but was put off by the predicted position being mid-table (I wasn't confident). I've had another look at my initial save and they look pretty good, nice big stadium which will help long term. Good luck!

    EDIT : Adding in for the benefit of Gundo. I never actually confirmed I this, even though I kept the saves, but Belgium's confirmed reset date is 29th June. Save on 28th if you want to spam for different teams by playing the next day a few times.
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    Thanks for that, I've changed the link now so that it works! The reason I chose them was becasue of the decent sized stadium, and because I wanted to ease myself into the game as I've never really managed at this low a level before!

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    Dromara Village: Season Review
    Dromara Village have record breaking season
    Last Updated: June 19, 2017 10:30

    Dromara Village supporters are celebrating after the club won the league, Irish Cup and All Ireland Cup, and progressed to the group stages of the Champions League and 1st Knockout Round of the Europa League.

    Club Info | Transfers (1) (2) | Squad (1) (2) (3) | Table | Position Graph | Champions League Group Standings | Cup Fixtures (1) (2) | Confidence | Finances

    Key Player: Carlinhos

    Season Overview
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    2012/13         Championship 2        1st               Promoted - Champions 
    2013/14         Championship 1        1st               Promoted - Champions
    2014/15         Premiership           11th              Avoided Relegation
    2015/16         Premiership           1st               Champions, League Cup Winners, County Antrim Shield Winners
    2016/17         Premiership           1st               Champions, Irish Cup Winners, All-Ireland Cup Winners, Champions League Groups (3rd),
                                                            Europa League 1st Knockout Round
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    UUC - Northern Ireland Prem - 2018/19 End of Season Update

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    Much improved season, for a small part of it I honestly thought 1st place was within our grasps, but turns out drawing too many games is not a good thing. Ah well happy enough with 3rd. Linfield are in a class of their own, but that probably because they are professional. We need to start building our finances to go pro somehow.

    We made it to the semis of both the Irish and League cups this season, but what surprised me was being entered into the All Ireland Cuip. If being entered was surprising beating some rep of ireland teams and getting to the final was even more surprising. And then beating my arch rivals Linfield in the final, well thats just satisfying!

    Well we are qualified for the Euro Cup, not 100% sure which qualifying round we are starting in, I just want to get past at least 1 round before falling to an embarassing loss.

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    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a      n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a      n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a      n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a      n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a      n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a      n/a
    2018/19   Premier Div  3rd   65      SF          SF           n/a      n/a       All Ireland Cup Winners. Qual for Euro Cup

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    Bannon stunner secures Dromara victory
    Dromara Village defeat Molde in Champions Playoff first leg
    Last Updated: August 23, 2017 11:02

    Dromara Village won the first leg of their Champions Playoff tie against Molde after Jon Bannon ensured a 2-0 win with a stunning goal.



    In the post match interview, manager Jordan Swinburn joked about the strike.

    If I'm honest with you, I've always thought Jon was more likely to score in our net than he was our opponents. So when he hit that, my jaw dropped. It reminds me of the time Nigel de Jong finally scored for Man City. Nobody thought he would ever score, and then he went and scored a 25 yarder. The entire squad, management and fans were shocked. Same thing here. Wouldn't mind a few more like it though!
    Dromara face Molde in the second leg in Norway next week and will be hoping for a repeat of this result.

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    Nice going Gilbster, 3rd place is a good achievement. Sure, it's a shame about the draws but getting Europa League first may very well be beneficial for you. You can build a side ready for the Champions League next season

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    Good luck for your seecond leg Swinburn. And congrats on another fantastic season.

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    Sorry to be off-topic but what settings do you have the matches on? Have always wanted to give one of these challenges a go but my games take so slow to progress, over 24 hours to complete a season in game time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado View Post
    Sorry to be off-topic but what settings do you have the matches on? Have always wanted to give one of these challenges a go but my games take so slow to progress, over 24 hours to complete a season in game time.
    I tend to put league games on fastest speed, and then when it comes to cups and Europe, I put em on normal. Some people would say 24 hours a season is actually pretty good.

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    @SkySportsNews: Underdogs Dromara Village draw Marseille, Dortmund and CSKA Moscow in the Champions League groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vurogj View Post
    EDIT : Adding in for the benefit of Gundo. I never actually confirmed I this, even though I kept the saves, but Belgium's confirmed reset date is 29th June. Save on 28th if you want to spam for different teams by playing the next day a few times.
    Cheers vurogj.

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    SV Schwechat - start of 5th season 2016/17

    We again dominated in Austria, won league and cup, scored 107 goals in 36 matches with goal diff +60, but can not reach CL. And got one problem, some stupid situation... have 8M€ for transfers but -3k p/m at wage budget and can't buy noone because i can give only 12k for salary and budget adjustment is locked- i can't move slider. I bought 1 player for 1M and gave him 62k p/m wage and forgot that 1 player has "match highest earner" (before he had 28k p/m) and i went red and can not sell him even for free. Hope we'll get lucky on drow for CL this year (last year i lost against AC Milan), still only 2000 seats (8000capacity).

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    Season Team          League       Position Cup         Europe        Achievements
    12/13  SV Schwechat  1. Liga      1th/10   2nd Round   N/A           Promotion!   
    13/14  SV Schwechat  BundesLiga   1st/10   Winners!    N/A           Champions League next year
    14/15  SV Schwechat  Bundesliga   1st/10   SemiFinal   CL group stage
    15/16  SV Schwechat  Bundesliga   1st/10   Winners!    CL playoff/Euro cup through group stage
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    UUC - Northern Ireland - 2019/20

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    We were drawn against Volyn in the 2nd Qualifying round for the EURO Cup. Unforunately it didnt last long as we lost 4-2 on aggregate. Lets hope future European adventures last a bit longer or this will take forever!

    Anyway we had a bit of a better season than last year but Linfield are in a class of their own. They are beatable but they are far more consistent than any other team. Distillery were causing us issues too.

    Finances are still in the red, so could really do with getting at some point to a Euro cup group stage to get them sorted out a bit.

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    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a      n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a      n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a      n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a      n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a      n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a      n/a
    2018/19   Premier Div  3rd   65      SF          SF           n/a      n/a       All Ireland Cup Winners. 
    2019/20   Premier Div  2nd   69      winner      SF           2nd Q              Irish Cup Winner

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    Gundo - Sola Fotball - Season Review 2018

    Tippeligaen Final Positon.

    This season was a frustrating one and one which I expected to struggle in. Failure to strengthen the team at the start was the main reason in my eyes, decent quality players just weren't interested in joining us. That and the self imposed Nordic players only rule, hit us hard. Going into the final game, a win over Molde would have been enough if my relegation rivals slipped up aswel. They did slip up, but so did we, eventually losing 1-2. On a positive note Sindre Fossan's commitment to the cause is worthy of a special mention, the ambitious winger never gave up hope and battled right to last, he valiantly grabbed our only goal in the final fixture away at Molde, a tidy effort that clipped in off the post. One moment that sticks in my mind though was his strike against the reigning Tippeliga champions Rosenborg, we eventually went on to lose the game 1-2 at the Sola Stadium. Relegated!!

    The Players
    Godwin Bossman again a season of injuries for the bossman, but when he did play he was the star player by a mile.
    Sindre Fossan; despite his below average attributes he led by example Fossan's Sola History.
    Daniel Storvik hugely under performed and the injury prone playmaker sat out a big chunk of the season.
    Nicolai Larsen did better than I had expected and finished club joint top scorer with Bossman.
    Espen Maldal, re-signed this ageing centre back from hødd as I'll sign him up as a coach shortly.


    The 2018 season saw the board announce plans for a new 9440 all-seater stadium to the tune of 8.5 million!! It will be ready hopefully in time for our return to the top tier in January 2020.

    Average attendance: 5,143 but much of the season was played at the 19,000 capacity Stavanger Stadion..

    Next season: Promotion and build for the future.


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    2012    |  2.divisjon Avd.3  |    9th     |        -        | 2nd Round|            | Ørjan Nesvik (5)     
    2013    |  2.divisjon Avd.3  |    5th     |        -        | 3rd Round|            | Rikard Lindroos (9)    
    2014    |  2.divisjon Avd.3  |    1st     |        -        | 3rd Round| Promotion! | Jonas Olsen (16)   
    2015    |  Adeccoligaen      |    5th     |        -        | 1st Round|            | Alexander Stølås (9)  
    2016    |  Adeccoligaen      |    5th     |        -        | 3rd Round|            | Espen Maldal (9)  
    2017    |  Adeccoligaen      |    2nd     |        -        | 3rd Round|            | Nicolai Larson (13)
    2018    |  Tippeligaen       |    15th    |        -        | 2rd Round| Relegated! | Nicolai Larson & Godwin Bossman (8)
    Follow my progress on twitter.
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    Sola board just announced the club is to turn professional with immediate effect and have given me a transfer budget of 1.2 million! Looks like I'm getting getting a nice portion of that bank loan.

    If this had of happened the start of last season, I think it would have almost certainly saved us.

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    And Tollnes have won the cup! 7-0 against Asker from 1. division.

    I am delighted. Our first major trophy!

    When it comes to the league? Sitting top, two points, two games to go. Rosenborg refuses to drop points, so I am sure I need to win both. But we are qualified for the CL, and won the cup, so this is a great season!

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    Since i haven't been able to find an enjoyable game on FM for a while,i have decided to give a go at this challenge.My new club is:


    The mighty(or not so mighty) Oslo City FC! After i saw them get promoted,i googled them and found this on wikipeedia.
    The club has also gotten some media attention because of its special style of play and his team have a great deal players with multi-cultural background

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUtdFan View Post
    Since i haven't been able to find an enjoyable game on FM for a while,i have decided to give a go at this challenge.My new club is:


    The mighty(or not so mighty) Oslo City FC! After i saw them get promoted,i googled them and found this on wikipeedia.

    Good luck. This club has the potential to be big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundo View Post
    Sola board just announced the club is to turn professional with immediate effect and have given me a transfer budget of 1.2 million! Looks like I'm getting getting a nice portion of that bank loan.

    If this had of happened the start of last season, I think it would have almost certainly saved us.
    Congrats on going pro! When we turned pro, it wasn't in place till the end of the season but I got a transfer budget of about 6m thanks to Champions League stuff. It's a lovely moment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton View Post
    And Tollnes have won the cup! 7-0 against Asker from 1. division.

    I am delighted. Our first major trophy!

    When it comes to the league? Sitting top, two points, two games to go. Rosenborg refuses to drop points, so I am sure I need to win both. But we are qualified for the CL, and won the cup, so this is a great season!
    Always great to win your first trophy Taunton, well done, good luck in the Title race.



    Originally Posted by ManUtdFan

    Since i haven't been able to find an enjoyable game on FM for a while,i have decided to give a go at this challenge.My new club is:

    The mighty(or not so mighty) Oslo City FC! After i saw them get promoted,i googled them and found this on wikipeedia. The club has also gotten some media attention because of its special style of play and his team have a great deal players with multi-cultural background

    Good luck with Oslo, great potential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swinburn View Post
    Congrats on going pro! When we turned pro, it wasn't in place till the end of the season but I got a transfer budget of about 6m thanks to Champions League stuff. It's a lovely moment!
    Cheers Swinburn, It was nice. Doubt I'll spend any of that money this season though.

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    UUC - 2020/21 Northern Irish Prem Division

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    What a difference a season makes. We squeezed past Apollon 6-3 on aggregate only to lose 9-5 on aggregate to Everton in the Euro cup qualifying rounds, which was an improvement.

    In the league we suddenly decided that winning games consistently and by large margins was a fun thing to do, and as a result we have finally broken through linfields dominance and won the title. We get to get thrashed in the Champions League qualifiers next season.

    We also won the All Ireland cup again this season, much to the surprise of the board who dont rate the competition, and our reserves side won the Intermediate cup. Always nice when your reserves earn a bit of money for the club without you noticing!

    Career So Far


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    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a         n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a         n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a         n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a         n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a         n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a         n/a
    2018/19   Premier Div  3rd   65      SF          SF           n/a         n/a       All Ireland Cup Winners. 
    2019/20   Premier Div  2nd   69      winner      SF           EC 2nd Q    0.850     Irish Cup Winner
    2020/21   Premier Div  1st   85      QF          SF           EC 3rd Q              Champions. All Ireland Cup Winners

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    I should have a seasonal update tonight/tomorrow morning, but just wanted to share the panic that my chairman is "willing to listen to offers" for Sprimont. A local businessman has already failed at one takeover attempt. I hope I get lucky.

    Great work on your first top flight title Gilbster, wishing you many more.

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    Oslo City FC - Season Review 2012


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    Didn't really know what to expect from this season,but my main priority was not to get relegated.Our start was amazing as we lost just 2 of our first 10 games(won the other 8 games),so i was quietly hoping,that maybe we can get promoted,but that wasn't ment to be.A few bad streaks saw us drop deeper in the standings and further behind eventual winners Tromsdalen.In the cup we lost to eventual winners Molde 0:3 at home in the 2nd round.Overall though i am pleased with our season and hopefully next season we can get promoted.

    Best Players
    Lassana Soares - If this lad can continue playing like this,the future is bright for our team.Best player.
    Stian Colberg - Provided some vital assists down the right wing for us,best pick up this season for me.
    Ilias El-Hafedi - Probably our best player,can play at both wings and as a striker,hoping for a bigger contribution next season.
    Eivind Austbø - Partnered Soares quite well,probably will be Soares' partner next season also.

    Players' stats


    Goals for next season: Challenging for promotion again and improving the finances


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    2012    |  2.divisjon Avd.4  |    2nd     |        -        | 2nd Round|            | Lassana Soares (21)
    Oh no , my game crashed and i never made a backup , rookie mistake.Really gutted and now i have to choose a new country.Any reccomendations ?
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    UUC - Premier Division Northern Ireland - 2021/22 End of Season Update

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    In no particular order the key things that happened this season:

    UUC lost in final of All Ireland Cup to our old nemesis Linfield
    UUC won in final of League Cup for first time ever
    UUC get enough finances that board have said we can turn pro for start of next season
    UUC cant beat Linfield in league, and we end up losing our title back to them by 7 points. Both of our teams are in a class above the rest of the field.
    UUC sold a couple of players to Linfield for our biggest sales figures to help for the push to turn pro
    UUC had to play 3 games in 3 days at start of march, and lost in 5th round of Irish cup as a result
    UUC had massive fixture congestion for last 3 months of season, so amazed I hung onto 2nd place

    UUC went on a rampage in Europe!!!!

    So we started in the Champions League 2nd Qualifying round and were drawn against BATE. We beat them 7-5 on agg. In the next round we get Slovan Bratislava and we beat them 6-2 on agg. In the last of the Champions League qualifying rounds we get Maccabi Haifa. They are far far better than the norhern irish minnows and thrash us 6-2 on aggregate. This gives us a lovely paycheque for the champions league of over £1 mill and put us into the group stage of the Euro cup instead. If you want to lose any round it was this one, group stages either way!

    Europa League Group Table - Leverkusen thrashed us but we got a draw and win against both Tottenham and Young Boys to squeeze 2nd place in a tough group to get us into the knockout rounds. First time we have been in a group stage and we get past it!

    1st Knockout Round:
    1st leg: UUC 3-1 Malaga
    2nd leg: Malaga 4-2 UUC - UUC through on away goals

    2nd Knockout Round:
    1st Leg: Monaco 3-1 UUC
    2nd Leg UUC 2-1 Monaco, so a narrow aggregate loss, if only they hadnt scored a consolation goal and we would have gone through. What an amazing season of european football

    Aim:
    Europa league group stage if possible
    Get my title back
    Work out what to do with massive squad when we turn pro and start begging for more scouting range

    Career So Far


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    Season    Division     Pos   Points  Irish Cup   League Cup   Europe                    Coeff     Achievments
    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a                       n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a                       n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a                       n/a
    2018/19   Premier Div  3rd   65      SF          SF           n/a                       n/a       All Ireland Cup Winners. 
    2019/20   Premier Div  2nd   69      Winner      SF           EC 2nd Q                  0.850     Irish Cup Winner
    2020/21   Premier Div  1st   85      QF          SF           EC 3rd Q                  1.174     Champions. All Ireland Cup Winners
    2021/22   Premier Div  2nd   88      5th R       Winner       ECC 4th Q, EC 2nd Knock             League Cup Winners. AIC Runner Up.

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    THE FUTURE IS NOW

    Vurogj's Belgian mission | Sprimont | Belgian Pro League | 2017-18 Season



    League : 1st | Progress chart | Fixtures
    Championship playoff : Winner | Fixtures
    Belgian Cup : Semi-finals
    Champions League : 3rd in Group Stage | Fixtures
    Europa League : Quarter Finals

    Transfer report

    Oh look, I have a feeder club, and no idea what the Belgian loan rules are. Suffice to say, a lot of those loanees didn't get any games. I need to work on my loaning/youth policy it seems. I also spent money for the first time ever, on a youth DL who won't be near the first team for a while, but is a model professional, and will qualify as home grown in three years. Largely though, I was filling holes in the squad. Bertram can play anywhere across the back, Peel covers both wings and up front, but the prize buy was Cissokho, on a free from PSG. Having a dedicated AML made a big difference this year.

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    Season report

    League first, and it was a breeze. We won the title with 4 games to spare, mainly as the other teams in the championship group all beat each other. At the point we secured the title, the next 5 teams were split by one point.
    The Belgian Cup became a victim of a lack of depth in defence, and the pesky home grown rules. I had to play unfit players in both legs, and Charleroi deserved their away goals win, but I'm not overly concerned about that competition.
    Now for the fun stuff : Europe.
    As champions, we entered at the group stage (but seeded 4th obviously), and with three teams left to draw, I was staring at two horror groups. Man City, Valencia and AC Milan in one, with Barcelona, Roma and Porto in the other. I got (relatively) lucky though, and drew OM, Bayern and Zenit, which I fancied we could get third in. A surprisingly dull 1-0 win at home to Zenit gave us a chance, and after a thrilling and hilarious 4-7 defeat at Bayern's Allianz-Arena, we toughed out third place by not being as bad as Zenit. Into the Europa League we go...
    The Europa League draw was another of football's little jokes, giving us both a Turkish and Ukrainian team to play as I start the long quest to drag Belgium's coefficient up. Both teams we ripped apart at home, and clung on in the away leg. Sadly in the Quarter Final against Benfica, Johan Borup hauled down Nelson Oliviera on the edge of the box for a first half straight red, and we got murdered in the second half. Two goals in the last ten minutes at the Estadio da Luz only meant we failed on away goals rather than aggregate.

    Squad report

    It looks okay from here, certainly good enough to bully the domestic scene, but yikes, that's a lot of "Wnt" icons on the left. Doing well in Europe means more clubs are aware of us and our players now I guess. Solid ratings all round, except for the goalkeepers, which I know is the no. 1 area I have to attend to in the summer (especially as I already have 6 players coming in on frees for other positions). Home growns is still a slight issue, and no relief in sight. Contracts isn't a major worry, but Alejandro Rotundo has been grumbling about bigger clubs all year, and I might be forced into taking a big cash prize for him.
    Some awards success to mention, Ghiles Mazari got the European Golden Boot last year, after I'd posted the update, and Mlungisi Morfou picked up African Striker of the Year. Mazari is in the provisional Belgian World Cup squad. Finally, having equalled Guillaume Legros' goals record from 4 years ago last season, Mazari broke it in style this year. Well done lad. Legros of course has now retired, but I kept my promise to keep him on the staff, and he's now a 1st team coach. With his departure, our oldest scorer went from 34 last season, to 23 this time round.

    Ghiles Mazari
    Mlungisi Morfou
    Guillaume Legros

    Short term plan from last season

    "Facilities." Well, some progress here at least. Junior coaching, youth recruitment and youth facilities all saw improvements this season, and the board are currently working on the training facility upgrade they cancelled last year. This doesn't mean I'm not constantly asking for more of everything, especially as we are at 97% attendance this season.

    Short term plan for next season

    Not really a plan as much as a wish. Get past the group stages, and/or get a domestic double.

    Other news

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, our Chairman is willing to listen to offers. Bit of a shame really, I've liked him, he put money in to cover running costs in the lower leages, and hasn't said no to facility improvements often enough to annoy me. A local businessman has made one attempt at buying us, but failed.
    On a personal note, I have entered the Belgium hall of fame, the first foreign born manager since Ernst Happel to do so.

    Belgium in the world

    I've done my part, beating Turks and Ukrainians, but Standard, Genk and Anderlecht all failed in their Europa League groups. In isolation, Belgium were 7th this year, but 16/17 was a dreadful year, and until that stain is gone, we are likely to be stuck around 10th/11th as a nation.

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    Season	Div  Place  Cup    C.League    Europa    Other                     Pro League rank  Belgium coeff. Sprimont coeff.
    2012-13 3A   1st    4th    N/A         N/A       Promoted as champions     19th             11th           N/A
    2013-14 2    3rd    6th    N/A         N/A       2nd in promotion playoff  16th             10th           N/A
    2014-15 2    2nd    WON    N/A         N/A       Promoted through playoff  14th             10th           N/A
    2015-16 1    9th    S/F    N/A         4th Qual                            11th             10th           N/A
    2016-17 1    1st    Final  N/A         N/A       Champions!                10th             11th           N/A
    2017-18 1    1st    S/F    3rd in grp  Q/F                                 14th             11th           180th

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    Heh, people posting while I proofread my own. Excellent European run Gilbster, and well done on joining the pro ranks! Onwards and upwards now.

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    As well as turning Pro, I have been given the ability to scout the entire world. So thank you board, of course as is always the case I find, when turning pro there is nowhere near enough wage budget for at least 1 season to deal with all the improved contracts so will only let players that I really want to keep go pro initially.

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    Season 2015-16 Update

    'Scuse the lack of a summer transfer update from last August, I ended up continuing past the window and then just decided not to post one. But here's a summary of how our first season in top flight Slovenian football went:

    Bit rubbish.

    Something seemed to be missing in the first half of the season. We found it incredibly difficult to pick up points wherever we went, and I think it might have been down to the players not quite gelling in time. A huge overhaul of the squad last summer meant we emerged from August with arguably better players, but a worse team. Anyway, for a while at least, we kept Kalcer Radomjle behind us. It didn't last forever though. Once we hit bottom, there was no coming back. Despite our incredible run at the end of the season, it was not enough to escape relegation, and even Radomjle managed to sneak above Mura 05, leaving them in the relegation playoff.
    That set of results meant that the final 7 games brought us 17 points. The 29 games that came before produced a mere 16. Relegation had already been confirmed before that run, so it didn't mean a lot.

    Note how close it is at the top - Olimpija knock Maribor off their perch, after the latter won the previous three seasons.

    || Table | Graph ||

    Since no transfer update came, here's a run down of the squad as it looks at the moment. It really is a very different team to the one that last competed in the Second League.

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    GK - Jasmin Dizdarevic - A free transfer from August, in to replace a keeper who's annoyed me for some time now.
    DR - Janez Zupancic - Got this man in during October last year, ending my lengthy search for some decent full backs.
    DCR - Zan Cankar - With me from the start, sadly he will leave in just a few days. He's been a good player for us.
    DCL - Ivan Filipovic - Signed two years ago, good defender, will continue to play for a few years at least.
    DL - Dusan Pribyl - Another capture from October of 2015. My assistant is very keen on this youngster, tipping him to become a leading First Div full back.
    DMCR - Marko Kovjenic - This 23 year old came in last July, and has been decent.
    DMCL - Giga Gogitidze - A young midfielder, and a pretty good talent. He also gets the award for my favourite name in the team.
    MC - Dusan Novak - This boy is a very good player, and is still young. I'm hoping for big things in the future from him.
    STCR - Goran Zinic - I have to admit, this 20 year old isn't one of my favourite players. He doesn't seem to play well, but he gets amongst the goals. So he plays.
    STC - Roman Leschenko - A January signing, and probably my favourite player in the squad. I'm not entirely sure why, but he is one who can only get better.
    STCL - Gregor Sculac - Got this guy on deadline day last year, and he's had a steady season. Nothing spectacular, but no-one was this season.

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    9 players in that squad were not here this time last year. A season of complete overhaul has amounted to nothing much. Our new all-seater stadium and a Professional status is all we can take from our experience in the top flight, but I am hoping that a year of team-building in the Second League will allow us to come back next year a lot stronger. And older. That starting 11 has an average age of 22.5.

    || Transfers | Finances | Confidence ||

    It's Euro 2016 time, and Slovenia managed to draw a group with Germany, Poland and Czech Republic. A close group, and Slovenia missed out on goals scored. But the handy new Euro format meant they progressed to the round of 16, where they faced Poland..... Again. A shootout win means Slovenia will now face Norway in the quarter finals. Exciting times.
    England, meanwhile, face Ireland in a last-8 that contains three home nations, the other being Northern Ireland.

    To finish off, a quick point about coefficients. Slovenia continue to move up the coefficient table, and they're now looking pretty secure around the 23rd - 24th mark. Maribor have so far failed to get through a Europa League group, having always been eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers. This year sees the turn of Olimpija. Lets hope they can keep winning games.

    Next season: Win the league to come straight back up.

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    15/16   |   Slovenian First League  |  10th/10   |    -     |    2nd Round    |       Relegated       | Miran Cavnik (11)
    14/15   |  Slovenian Second League  |   1st/10   |    -     |    1st Round    | Promoted as Champions | Tim Ceh (15)
    13/14   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |  Quarter Final  |    Highest Scorers    | Mitja Barboric (13)        
    12/13   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |        -        |        Survival       | Mitja Barboric (7)

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    Dromara Village: Season Review
    Dromara Village have near perfect season
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    Dromara Village supporters are celebrating a fantastic season that included winning the league, Irish Cup, League Cup, All-Ireland Cup and reaching the Champions League 1st Knockout Round.

    Club Info | Transfers (1) (2) | Squad (1) (2) (3) | Table | Position Graph | Champions League Group Standings | Cup Fixtures (1) (2) | Confidence | Finances

    Key Player: Martin Flottman

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    2012/13         Championship 2        1st               Promoted - Champions 
    2013/14         Championship 1        1st               Promoted - Champions
    2014/15         Premiership           11th              Avoided Relegation
    2015/16         Premiership           1st               Champions, League Cup Winners, County Antrim Shield Winners
    2016/17         Premiership           1st               Champions, Irish Cup Winners, All-Ireland Cup Winners, Champions League Groups (3rd),
                                                            Europa League 1st Knockout Round
    2017/18         Premiership           1st               Champions, Irish Cup Winners, All-Ireland Cup Winners, League Cup Winners, 
                                                            Champions League 1st Knockout Round
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    Dromara Village dominate in Northern Ireland
    Last Updated: June 19, 2019 06:46

    Dromara Village capped off yet another fantastic season by winning everything possible in Ireland, and progressing to the semi finals of the Europa League after getting 3rd in the Champions League groups.

    Transfers | Squad (1) (2) (3) | Table | Champions League Group Standings | Cup Fixtures (1) (2) (3) | Confidence | Finances

    Key Player: Zine El Abidine Berbache

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    2012/13         Championship 2        1st               Promoted - Champions 
    2013/14         Championship 1        1st               Promoted - Champions
    2014/15         Premiership           11th              Avoided Relegation
    2015/16         Premiership           1st               Champions, League Cup Winners, County Antrim Shield Winners
    2016/17         Premiership           1st               Champions, Irish Cup Winners, All-Ireland Cup Winners, Champions League Groups (3rd),
                                                            Europa League 1st Knockout Round
    2017/18         Premiership           1st               Champions, Irish Cup Winners, All-Ireland Cup Winners, League Cup Winners, 
                                                            Champions League 1st Knockout Round
    2018/19         Premiership           1st               Champions, Irish Cup Winners, All-Ireland Cup Winners, League Cup Winners, 
                                                            County Antrim Shield Winners, Champions League Groups (3rd), 
                                                            Europa League Semi Finalists
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    Excellent work Swinburn, any chance of a look at Chris Hegarty's profile/career stats please? He seems to be playing an enormous number of games for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vurogj View Post
    Excellent work Swinburn, any chance of a look at Chris Hegarty's profile/career stats please? He seems to be playing an enormous number of games for you.
    He sure has. Very fit and consistent player Hegarty has been over the years. The career stats don't even show how many games he's played in total. In the 5/6 years he's been at the club, he's played 290 games in all competitions, 180 in the league. His injury record is great, with only 3 in his time at Dromara (6 weeks for a broken arm, a day for a cold and 12 days for a sprained wrist). Until this season, he's been the only non-regen player in the squad for a long long time. My only concern is that he's wanting to move to a bigger club and those 'bigger clubs' (we're Champions League consistently!) are coming in, such as Racing. I'm grooming new defender Richard Hendry as his replacement, giving Chris less and less games over time.

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    Okay, Premier League Newcastle United just signed my fourth choice goalkeeper. That's promising for my other ones!

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    UUC - 2022/23 End of Season Update

    Table | Finance | Transfers | Top Scorer | Player of the Year

    Students win the quadruple! - League, League Cup, Irish Cup and All Irish Cup!!!

    With a season like that I think the move to professional was justified. However European qualifiers came too soon into the seaosn and although we were seeded for the first 2 qualifying rounds, we lost big time to Stade Rennais in the 4th qualifying round. Ah well back to champions league qualifiers for next season.

    I have managed to get the board to agree to upgrade the training facilites which is useful, and being able to scout the whole world is fantastic. Just need to get in more and better staff, and wrap up some mroe pro contracts for my players.

    I could do with signing a better back up keeper and ideally a better striker for next season, otherwise I'm currently very happy with the squad. That being said I will continue to search for improvements as I find the talent, and then Linfield poaches it!

    Career So Far


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    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a                       n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a                       n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a                       n/a
    2018/19   Premier Div  3rd   65      SF          SF           n/a                       n/a       All Ireland Cup Winners. 
    2019/20   Premier Div  2nd   69      Winner      SF           EC 2nd Q                  0.850     Irish Cup Winner
    2020/21   Premier Div  1st   85      QF          SF           EC 3rd Q                  1.174     Champions. All Ireland Cup Winners
    2021/22   Premier Div  2nd   88      QF          Winner       ECC 4th Q, EC 2nd Knock   10.925    League Cup Winners. AIC Runner Up.
    2022/23   Premier Div  1st   101     Winner      Winner       EC 4th Q                            Domestic Quadruple

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    on holiday in Israel will post when get my team

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    Season 2016-17 Update

    Relegation last year meant we returned to Second League football, and it wasn't the walk in the park I was hoping for. Mura 05 lost their relegation playoff at the end of last year, meaning they too were relegated. That made for a more difficult season and Mura 05 went on to win the title. It became clear that the playoff was all I could hope for, but it was not to be. A very disappointing 4th in the league leaves me to trawl through yet another season in this division, and the future is not looking bright.
    Already, three of my best players have been poached after refusing to sign new deals. I fear that next season, with us staying in the division, my long list of expiring players will also want to leave, and I'll be back to square one.

    But for now, let us focus on the 16/17 season. We started quite well, with 9 wins from our first 12 league games. But it all went downhill after that, and with the smallest squad I've had during the entire game, international call-ups, injuries and suspensions took their toll. A very disappointing end to the league campaign.

    || Table | Graph ||

    On the other hand, there was the cup. The joys of the cup. During our cup run, we faced three First League sides, as well as Mura 05. Not easy. The 1st round saw us put up against Aluminij, one of my least favourite teams to play against. A nice 3-2 win saw us through, though. The 2nd round drew us with Nafta, First League regulars. This one went to penalties, but we triumphed 7-6 with new signing Jan Pahor scoring the winning penalty. Mura 05 came in the quarter finals. They always have been a very difficult team, but at their place we won 2-1, and then 3-1 in the return leg. Quite a shock, at the time.
    And then we move on to the Semis. Interblock were the only thing between us and the final, and we again played the first leg away. Sadly, we could only manage a 2-1 defeat. It left things all to play for back at Portoval, though. However, 4 days before the second leg, we faced the very same team at home in the league. A 3-0 loss filled the camp with pessimism, and when the day finally came around, I wasn't expecting much.
    I've learnt my lesson now though. Krka romped to a 7-0 victory over Interblock, seeing us into the final of the Slovenian Cup, 8-2 on aggregate.

    And who would now stand in our way? Our opponents came in the shape of Koper, a top division side. In fact, they are now known as Slovenian champions. So, lowly Krka had no chance in this game.

    Oops.

    With that, we look forward to the prospect of Europa League next season. But I honestly don't think we're ready. I won't be doing Slovenia's coefficient any favours by playing in Europe, put it that way. Hopefully we can attract some good players in the summer to prepare us.

    || Cup run ||

    Last summer saw virtually no activity in the transfer market; I only signed a reserve keeper and sold who was my backup at the time. Also, Zan Cankar was replaced before the window started by Jan Pahor, above. Apart from that, the squad remained unchanged.
    Our only right-back got injured during a game in September, so I tried to find anyone capable of playing there in his place for the next few games. Enter Aleksander Zukic, signed just hours before the game, who only went and scored on his debut.
    We are looking stronger financially. The board, who I'm quite fond of, provided a number of cash injections throughout the season to keep us steady, and we actually made a profit this season. My only annoyance is that they still refuse to let my scouts venture further than Eastern Europe and Croatia. Surely the prospect of European football will convince them?

    || Transfers | Finances | Confidence ||

    Player of the season: Goran Zinic - I can't give this to anyone else. 21 goals in all competitions is brilliant, and despite my dislike for him last season, I can't help but admire him now.
    Top Goalscorer: Goran Zinic - His 21 goals were unmatched. Tim Ceh gave it a good go with 14, but Zinic was unstoppable.
    Pick of the season: Giga Gogitidze - Still loving the name, and he's not bad at football either. Unfortunately, he will leave in a day or two, after refusing to even discuss a contract.

    Slovenia didn't manage to get a team to the Europa League group stage this year, so our coefficients took a hit. We slip to 24th.

    Next season: Promotion is a must. I need to try to hang on to every one of my players at the moment, otherwise I'll be going into the First League in no better a position than two years ago. In Europe, I'd like to win a game. And get some money.

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    16/17   |  Slovenian Second League  |   4th/10   |    -     |     Winners     |          Cup          | Goran Zinic (21)
    15/16   |  Slovenian First League   |   10th/10  |    -     |    2nd Round    |       Relegated       | Miran Cavnik (11)
    14/15   |  Slovenian Second League  |   1st/10   |    -     |    1st Round    | Promoted as Champions | Tim Ceh (15)
    13/14   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |  Quarter Final  |    Highest Scorers    | Mitja Barboric (13)        
    12/13   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |        -        |        Survival       | Mitja Barboric (7)

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    Just a quickie to give people a laugh at both me and one of my players. I mentioned Alejandro Rotundo's grumblings about wanting to play for a bigger club, and with less than a year on his contract, he steadfastly refused to even let his agent sit down with me. I decided enough was enough, and offered him out for £5 Million (his value at the time was about £1.5M, not bad for a player in his last year). Sure enough, a whole bunch of teams (26 altogether) came a calling, the vast majority bidding... £2.1 Million. Strange, so I looked closer. Ooops, guess who left a foreign club minimum fee release clause in Rotundo's contract? (This is where you laugh at me). Rotundo had a choice to make, and what a choice he made. In his determination to better himself and fly at the highest pinnacle of his talent, he opted for... Standard Liege.
    The Standard that came 5th and 2nd behind us in the last two seasons, that haven't only won one Champions League match in the last 5 years (against Vitoria Plizen), that haven't made a Belgian Cup final since my career started. Sure, they have a higher reputation than Sprimont (they are 2nd in Belgium, we are 4th), but really Alejandro, that was very dumb indeed, and I will enjoy making you suffer torment every time we play you.

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    Our first foray into Europe has been cut short, when we were drawn against SK Rapid Wien in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. We flew to Austria for the first leg, where we nabbed a crucial away goal, after being awarded a penalty late on. Rapid Wien equalised though, soon after and we came back to Portoval the following week for the return leg. Unfortunately, our squad is looking pretty weak at the moment, and injuries to good players did not help. 2-1 was the score in the home fixture, putting Wien through, 3-2 on aggregate. They have gone on to make the group stages. Maribor, the most reputable Slovenian club, have also reached that stage, giving Slovenia's coefficient a nice boost. They will face Sporting Lisbon, Celtic and Standard in their group.

    One other point to make is that I have already added to my trophy cabinet, with a good Super Cup victory over Koper, 3-2 AET. No prize money there, but I did take 147K from the Europa League, as well as a record gate receipt of 9K. Joyous times.
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    Default K Berchem Sport 2004 - 2012/13 End of Season Review

    As my first attempt managing a lower league team I didn't really know what to expect. Berchem, who were returning to Third Division A for the first time since the 08/09 season having been languishing in the lower leagues were predicted a modest 7th by the media. With a decent sized stadium, and financial security, I felt that I could achieve this, maybe even greater things.
    I've never actually played with attribute masking on (Sorry!) as I like to search for players myself, I did find it hard to rely on my scouts and to get them searching for players! But I feel like I signed some decent players, with a personal first of having no transfer budget to spend, but a decent wage allowance.

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    As for the season itself, it was a very inconsistant season, with the only consistancy coming towards the end of the season when Berchem were on their worst run of form! I finished a respectable 3rd place, but then lost 6-3 on aggregate on the promotion play-offs, which I was pretty disappointed at. However by this time, my squads morale was shot to pieces and I didn't know what to do to get it back. probably didn't help that I was tinkering and trying to find something that worked that could have pushed us that little bit further and got promotion!

    Final Table | Positions | (Most) Results, just to highlight the bad run of form at the end! | Confidence

    My best signing (And top Goalscorer) would have to be Dieter Meulenyzer, who without his goals and 7 assists, we might not have done as well!
    honourable mention has to go to Nicolas Birti, who was my most consistant performer at rb, and a solid penalty taker!

    Overall, I'm happy with my first season with Berchem, hopefully they are with me too! Although it was frustrating when we were on that awful run of form towards the end of the season. Next season I'm going to be pushing for promotion again, hopefully with a better goalkeeper, and some creativity and pace on the wings to help out!!

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    Taunton - Tollnes - Season review - 2022 - Norwegian Premier division

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    That was agonizingly close. Us and Rosenborg were far better than the rest, but Rosenborg outscored us for the title. It seems that they will be my nemesis in this game, and I don't know how to get past them. I can't rely on the other teams in the league, because they drop points against Rosenborg every time.

    But, none the less, a very good season. We are qualified for the Champions league, and we won the cup!

    The cup is big in Norway, and it is every boy's big dream to lift the cup at Ullevaal stadium. Our first major trophy. That tasted good.

    The squad is getting better and better, and I have invested in some norwegian talent that I hope will flourish in the next seasons.

    We crashed out of Europa league against AZ from Holland, but we dominated both games. It was a matter of inexperience that made us go out. I am optimistic that we can do better next season. And hopefully make some money along the way.

    I also won manager of the year again.



    Best player and top scorer: Tomasz Frankowski, just getting better and better. Broke the club record this year and have signed a new contract. A very important player for us.

    Economy: Good. But I hope we can get more income so we can afford some much needed upgrades to our facilities.

    Key: This season (Last season)

    Wage budget: Nkr 475.000 p/w (285.000 Nkr p/w)

    Transfer budget: 17 mill. Nkr p/w (15 mill. Nkr p/w)

    (For pounds, just divide the number with ten)

    Av. attendance: 4260 (3663)

    Players in: 9 (9)

    Players out: 4 ( 12 )

    Aim for next year is to finally get our hands on that league trophy.

    (EL = Europa league.)

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    2012   | 2. div   |    11th   | 1.rnd   |    N/A     |  Issa Ibrahim Malam     (9)          
    2013   | 2. div   |     9th   | 1.rnd   |    N/A     |  Torstein Mjønner      (10)
    2014   | 2. div   |     6th   | 1.rnd   |    N/A     |  Thomas Larsen         (12)
    2015   | 2. div   |     1st   | 2.rnd   |    N/A     |  Atli Heimisson        (12)
    2016   | 1. div   |     4th   | 4.rnd   |    N/A     |  Bryan Morel           (22)
    2017   | 1. div   |     4th   | Q-final |    N/A     |  Bryan Morel           (21)
    2018   | 1. div   |     1st   | 4.rnd   |    N/A     |  Michael Mortensen     (21)
    2019   |  Prem.   |     6th   | Q-final |    N/A     |  Michael Mortensen     (17)
    2020   |  Prem.   |    12th   | 3.rnd   |    N/A     |  Tomasz Frankowski     (11)
    2021   |  Prem.   |    2nd    | Q-final |    N/A     |  Tomasz Frankowski     (19)
    2022   |  Prem.   |    2nd    | Winners | EL  3. rnd |  Tomasz Frankowski     (24)
    Last edited by Taunton; 03-01-2012 at 11:45.

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    Agonizing is the right word, Taunton. Good luck next season.

    I've managed to tie down the majority of my players for another year or two, but I still have 6 players who refuse to enter talks, or ask for terms that are way above what my board will allow. A contract has been offered to Miran Cavnik, the only player left who has been with me from the start. He's still got years left in him, too. A minor upside is that I receive £120,000 compensation if he agrees to move to Mura 05, but to be honest, I'd rather keep him at the club.
    I can't afford to lose Goran Zinic, either. His goals keep us near the top of the table and we would miss him a lot. No contract offers in yet for him, but when they do, I'm not sure if I qualify for compensation, given that his agent refuses to discuss terms.
    My left-back, Dusan Pribyl would also be missed, he's a solid defender and he's looking bright for the future.

    That relegation has really done its damage to the club. Hoping I can hold on to as many of those players as possible, but it isn't looking good.

    Update: I've lost all three of them. They all agreed contracts elsewhere and will leave in July. Cavnik is the only player I get compensation for, but £120,000 is a sizeable sum.

    This had led to me taking a different approach to finding players. Could I clarify that, if an agent offers me their client in an attempt to find him a club, I may sign him without needing a scout report? Like this? It's just I've done a few now, and it would be a little awkward if I wasn't meant to.
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    Ooh, first offer of the game:


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    Always a killer this, I've had some tempting ones in the past.

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    I've been following this thread for a while and decided to give it a go. My country of choice was Norway and after two reloads i found a club with a likable name.



    Oslo City FC


    We play in the Second Division Group 4 of Norwegian football.
    The home games are played at Furuset Kunstgress, which has synthetic surface - old and hard. So other teams won't love coming there I guess.

    This team has got some media attention in Norway in recent years, as it is a team of immigrants from Africa that has progressed swiftly from Level 8 to the Third Division. They have also gotten some attention for their special way of playing.

    This is a very interesting read about the club.

    I will focus on keeping the African heritage of the club alive and mostly buy Africans, although there may be some Norwegian players involved as well.

    Looking forward to this

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    Taunton congrats with the cupen win, awesome comp to win. Frankowski looks decent, is he likely to hang around, what is his personality ect.


    Good luck dj.

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    Cheers, maisonjaune. Hope you will get promoted, even with the setbacks. When it comes to signing players that you are being offered, I think irl managers do both. Some listen to and trust the agent, others will scout or have the player on a trial. So I think it is up to you. But it can be a gamble if you haven't scouted the player.

    dj clark boy, good luck in Croatia. Hope you are at the sunny coast.

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    Can you use both the 'players of nationality' and 'players based in nation' or is it just with 'players of nationality' ?

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    UUC - 2023/24 Northern Irish Prem Division

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    The Students win the quadruple for the second season running - League, League Cup, Irish Cup and All Irish Cup

    During the season I requested a new stadium, and have been told we can move in, in june 2026 to a 2050 all seater stadium, much better than our 500 capacity stadidum.
    Our training facility upgrade was completed
    I have a revolving door of players, some come in, others want to leave, I keep winnning in the league so not too bothered yet!

    In Europe we beat Derry City, Ullisses and then Sparta Prague to make it to the Champion league group stage for the first time. We were drawn into a group with Marseille, Inter Milan and Rangers, and I'm glad to say all the score lines were respectable and we did beat Rangers 2-1 at home. If we had managed at least a draw at Ibrox we would have gone into the Euro cup, but that wasnt to be this season. But respectable scorelines is encouraging.

    Next season I want to get to ideally CL groups again and if not EURO Cup groups.
    Career So Far


    Code:
    
    Season    Division     Pos   Points  Irish Cup   League Cup   Europe                    Coeff     Achievments
    2012/13   Second Div   6th   44      2nd R       1st R        n/a                       n/a
    2013/14   Second Div   6th   48      3rd R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a
    2014/15   Second Div   1st   61      2nd R       QF           n/a                       n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2015/16   First Div    4th   43      3rd R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a
    2016/17   First Div    1st   52      5th R       2nd R        n/a                       n/a       Champions and Promoted. 
    2017/18   Premier Div  6th   51      QF          QF           n/a                       n/a
    2018/19   Premier Div  3rd   65      SF          SF           n/a                       n/a       All Ireland Cup Winners. 
    2019/20   Premier Div  2nd   69      Winner      SF           EC 2nd Q                  0.850     Irish Cup Winner
    2020/21   Premier Div  1st   85      QF          SF           EC 3rd Q                  1.174     Champions. All Ireland Cup Winners
    2021/22   Premier Div  2nd   88      QF          Winner       ECC 4th Q, EC 2nd Knock   10.925    League Cup Winners. AIC Runner Up.
    2022/23   Premier Div  1st   101     Winner      Winner       EC 4th Q                  14.799    Domestic Quadruple
    2023/24   Premier Div  1st   98      Winner      Winner       ECL Group Stage                     Domestic Quadruple

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    NK Krka Novo Mesto


    Season 2017-18 Update

    Wow, what a season. Excuse me if this update is on the chunky side, but there is a fair bit to report on.

    As I mentioned earlier, the season kicked off with the Slovenian Super Cup, back in mid-July. A victory after extra time gave us a nice confidence boost heading into the campaign. After several more friendlies, the third qualifying round for the Europa League came around, but after drawing in Austria, we could not hold out against SK Rapid Wien, and succumbed to them 3-2 on aggregate. The £147K prize money gave the bank a nice boost, however.

    The league began late in August, and we made a promising start, going unbeaten in 5 matches. Similar good runs followed, interspersed with the odd loss. At the winter break it seemed that Aluminij and Interblock would be too strong to overcome, and I would be destined for yet another season in Second League football. Losing to Aluminij just before the break did not help our chances. But as the season got going again, we hit good form, but annoyingly drew against both Interblock and Aluminij in the final round of fixtures. Recently relegated Aluminij proved too difficult to catch, so we could only hope for the playoff. Interblock dropped enough points for us to get ahead of them, and we secured the 2nd place spot we needed to give us a slight chance of promotion.
    Our opponents in the playoff would be Rudar Velenje, and our history against them gave us no indication of who might triumph, with 5 points apiece. But before we could set about achieving promotion, we had other things to deal with...

    Another good cup run saw us quickly progress through the early stages, where we were given easier teams than last year to play against. Non-league Kamnik and Zavrc came in the second round and quarter finals, after we'd beaten Interblock 2-0 in round 1.
    The semi-final was a different prospect, though. Olimpija, First League champions from a few years ago would aim to take our title away from us, but two tidy 1-0 victories saw us through to a consecutive cup final. The game would be played four days after the final league fixture, and just three before our playoff first leg. Goalkeeper Jasmin Dizdarevic was recalled from international duty for this run of games.

    I don't recall ever shouting at my computer before today, but when you're 2-1 up against Celje in the final of the cup, with 3 minutes added on at the end, and they have the cheek to go and score at 93:23, I simply exploded. For one thing, that's just heart-breaking, and another, extra time was the last thing I needed with an important playoff in a few days. Extra time ended 2-2, and my nerves were truly tested in the shootout that followed. We would take kicks first, and when we missed our fourth, it seemed all over. But Celje too missed their 4th penalty, and after both scoring again, sudden death ensued. Penalty number 6 was missed for us, but our keeper saved the very next penalty, to keep the shootout going. The 8th set of penalties saw us score and Celje miss, which meant we took the cup home for the second year running.
    Cue celebrations.

    And then we took the trip to Rudar Velenje, where, after going 1-0 down, an 80th minute own goal gave us a good draw to take back to Portoval. It didn't make much difference in the end, after we crushed them 5-1 at home. That means we will get First League football again next season.
    Cue celebrations.

    An incredibly long and difficult season, which spanned from 15th July to 12th June, but we've come through with a lot to show for ourselves. John Mason has now entered the Hall of Fame, the only foreign manager in the Slovenia table.

    || Table | Graph | Cup run ||

    There were too many transfers this season for me to report on fully; they were mostly youngsters I bought to bulk up the squad, without too much expense. Here are some of the significant ones:

    Octavio Castelblanco - A Colombian midfielder who was offered to me by his agent. He looks decent, and has performed well with the few chances he's had.
    Roberto Acosta - Signed this lad to give Octavio a friend to talk to, after he had to go back to Colombia twice 'cause he couldn't settle. Uruguayan striker, hasn't impressed me too much so far.
    Mircea Mariş - A midfielder from Romania, he looks ... Determined.

    My defence is starting to look wobbly again, I will hope to strengthen in the summer.

    || Transfers ||

    Player of the season: Miran Cavnik - He bows out of the club after a fantastic season. A total of 17 goals and 9 assists makes him one of our all time greats, and he's only 22. He is the last player to have been at the club since before I took over.

    Top goalscorer: Goran Zinic - Another young player who will now leave, but with 24 goals this season, he leaves us as a hero. He will take some replacing.

    Player to note: Roman Simonov - This right winger is looking promising, and has performed well in the 4 starts he's made for the club. Unfortunately, our current formation doesn't accomodate his position, and I, being stubborn, am unlikely to change it. I might just sell him off for money at some point.

    Another profit this season, and the board couldn't be happier with how things have went. I have become a club Icon this season, which of course brought a tear to the eye.

    || Finances | Confidence | Club Information ||

    Next season: Stay up. Get to the fourth qualifying round of the Europa League.

    Code:
    Season  |          League           |  Position  |  Europe  |       Cup       |       Achievement     | Top Scorer   
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    17/18   |  Slovenian Second League  |   2nd/10   | EL 3rd Q |     Winners     |   Promoted, Cup win   | Goran Zinic (24)
    16/17   |  Slovenian Second League  |   4th/10   |    -     |     Winners     |          Cup          | Goran Zinic (21)
    15/16   |  Slovenian First League   |   10th/10  |    -     |    2nd Round    |       Relegated       | Miran Cavnik (11)
    14/15   |  Slovenian Second League  |   1st/10   |    -     |    1st Round    | Promoted as Champions | Tim Ceh (15)
    13/14   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |  Quarter Final  |    Highest Scorers    | Mitja Barboric (13)
    12/13   |  Slovenian Second League  |   8th/10   |    -     |        -        |        Survival       | Mitja Barboric (7)

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