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    Quote Originally Posted by RocheBag View Post
    A milestone for Fjaroabyggo! After 19 years, Fjarobyggo have finally made the group stage of the Champions League!! Along with that comes our first Champions League win, a dominating 2-0 performance against Zenit. The ~8M pounds worth of prize money will go a long way toward helping complete this challenge
    Wow! That is really great news. Hope this is the first of many CL-appearances. Who are you up against?

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    Congrats RocheBag, welcome to where the big money is

    2 updates in 2 days, I'm spoiling you here...

    FK Macva Sabac - 2024/25 End of Season Update - Super League
    Progressing ever so gradually...

    League
    (Positions) : Finally some domestic competition. A Victor Valdes-led consortium took over Red Star a good 3 years ago, and now they have joined the party of completely outclassing the rest of the league. For most of the campaign, the gap was around 3 points; but they faded towards the end of the season giving us a deceiving looking gap by the end. Bad news on the unbeaten front though, as after 79 games we finally lost at home to Proleter. This also ended our rather ridiculous streak of 93 league games scoring at least once.

    Cup
    : Got rather lucky this time around, needing penalties in a very poor game early on. Also managed to somehow get away without playing my strongest side in either leg of the Semi-Final either. The final itself though was a formality.

    Champions League
    : Finally a group that I could do well in; AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Panathinaikos. Winning the opening game in Milan 3-0 set the tone, even though they countered on us expertly to knick a win at our place. Top of the group without many troubles.

    We even got lucky in the 1st knock-out, finding easily the worst side left in CSKA Moscow. A simple 3-0 win in Moscow made sure I could rest some players for the second leg, which finished 2-2 an thus going through 5-2 on aggregate.

    The Quarters however saw us get the reigning champions Real Madrid, who had just pummelled Bayern Munich 7-0 at the Bernabéu to go through. The first leg was a Stankovic show; somehow keeping all but a Hazard thunderbolt out to make the return leg a half manageable task. The second leg though was much of the same, except this time we managed to get one goal via a penalty late on. 2-1 overall did not show the superiority that Madrid had over the 2 legs though.

    Squad
    (1)(2) and Transfers
    : A little time here to look at 3 Macva legends who left throughout the course of the season; first Tanic, then Nesic and finally captain Tolic departred all for decent amounts. Filipovic for those who can't remember is a Macva-academy graduate, but left for Cukaricki a few years ago. Nothing like taking away a potential rival's best domestic player is there? ;)

    Player of the Season
    (who has NOT won it before...) : Igor Petrovic - MC

    Looking back over my history, it's almost amazing that he hasn't won this beforehand. Scored more goals this season alone for me than he has in 50+ internationals is impressive enough.

    Finances
    : Decent amount, just below even without counting dividends and transfer income. It'll do I suppose...

    Other Stuff
    : A selection of other events that have happened this season.

    After a barren season last year, the Under-19s came back with a double of their own, winning both the league and cup final fairly easily. As an added bonus, the Reserves league title was won for only the 2nd time too.

    2025 Champions League Final: Inter Milan 2-3 Chelsea (aet). Inter got revenge on last year by beating Madrid on pens in the Semis, but couldn't find a repeat performance in the final. First time since Valencia in 2000 and 2001 that a team has lost the final twice.

    2025 Europa League Final: Benfica 1-0 Roma. No repeat performance here for the Italian side.

    Only 10 Macva players included for the 2025 Euro U-21 Championships, I'm slipping a bit. Once again Serbia qualified from their group, behind Germany but ahead of Portugal and the hosts Poland. Once again, they were knocked out in the Semi Finals; this time by the Italians. It's the 3rd time a row the Serbs have failed at this stage. In the final, Germany beat Italy 2-1.

    2025 African Cup of Nations: Mali 1-5 Morocco. Reigning champions Algeria finished in 3rd whereas hosts Angola failed to make it out of the group stages.

    2025 Confederations Cup: Argentina 4-1 Netherlands. Algeria (in as 2023 ACoN winners) beat France on penalties into 3rd. Hosts Mexico (and so 2026 WC hosts) failed to get out of the Argentina and Netherlands group.

    History
    2012-13: FL - 5th
    2013-14: FL - 2nd
    2014-15: SL - 5th
    2015-16: SL - 2nd
    2016-17: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, EL Semis
    2017-18: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2018-19: SL - 1st, CL Groups, EL Last 16
    2019-20: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2020-21: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2021-22: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2022-23: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Semis
    2023-24: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Last 16
    2024-25: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton View Post
    Wow! That is really great news. Hope this is the first of many CL-appearances. Who are you up against?
    Thanks guys!

    I was drawn into a group with Chelsea, AC Milan, and Zenit. The win was the last of the 6 matches, with me losing the first 5, but keeping all the scores close, even Milan and Chelsea away.

    The turning point of this save was when I sold my superstar youth pull for 2.3M two seasons ago, that provided the cash to finally turn Professional, and get in some good players. I'm now the dominant force in Iceland, winning 31 domestic matches in a row, and have since qualified for the Champions League group stage again. About to do the draw now

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    And congrats on completing the challenge Taunton! It seemed almost impossible when I started but seeing you do it gives me a bit of hope

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    Congratulations to everyone here, Tauton especially, you could tell from the updates you got attached to the club.

    I did it last year and its one of the best feelings to get in FM.

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    Of course, having this guy doesn't hurt either


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    Congrats Taunton! A Great effort! You too RocheBag, that Hannesson looks immense for the Icelandic Leagues! How is he not capped more yet though?

    My Hungarian dream is over, I'm afraid. In an attempt to clean up my saves (as I run incremental saves on a weekly autosave), I inadvertantly deleted the wrong file, thus losing the save... Serves me right for deleting all files at once rather than one by one...

    But have no fear, I will be back shortly, I just might change leagues as I wasn't really connecting with Hungary. Any ideas on a relatively simple (to understand, not easy ;)) league system, in particular one where the season is short? Preferably one where no-one else is playing?

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    So after a break thanks to Mass Effect 3 I am back

    Austria Salzburg – Premier Division 2015/16 – Season 4

    So after finishing last season in a comfortable 7th place but in the red the hopes for this season were again to avoid relegation and I was again to do it with no money. The bookies gave us odds of 150-1 whilst the media predicted we would finish 9th in the league, personally I was hoping to make a run at getting into Europe as some of my players are starting to get itchy feet.

    Transfers - new signings were limited to to promising youngsters for free, though £75K was spend on a promising Hungarian Winger Debreczeni which might have been a mistake as he can not settle and has been away twice already. Sales wise various squad players and youngsters were loaned out whilst wantaway Striker Bodul was sold for a record £220K to a First Division side, before German Midfielder left for newly promoted LASK for £700K - he was refusing to sign a new contract and the money was too good to turn down.

    FA Cup - Not sure how but we somehow managed to win the FA Cup, knocking out moneybags Mattersburg in the 3rd round was shock but not as big as our Semi-Final win over Austria Wien where we somehow won with just 9 men - it was a cagey affair with neither of us able to fashion clear chances but things started to go wrong in the second half as first my leftback Muller was forced off and then his replacement Delgado got sent off leaving me with a DM at left back and one man upfront but with Wien unable to find a way through it went to extra-time where Winger Rezic promptly got injured and with all my subs made I was forced to play extra-time with 9 very tired men, I was forced to move my strikers out wide and hope for pens as all we could really do was run the clock out by punting hopeful long balls and hoping we didn't conceed, however one long ball resulted in Zimmerman tackling the last Wien defender and rounding the keeper to slot the ball home to give us the most unlikely of leads that we somehow managed to hang onto to set up a place in the Final against Sturm Graz.

    Before the final we were given some good news and some bad news - Spanish Striker Emilio was finally back from injury however Keeper Zach would miss out after picking up an injury the week before, I also made a bold move in putting 16yo Academy prospect Kovac on the bench as my centre-back cover - as my other centre-backs were tired and hadn't exactly impressed in the 9-1 maulling we'd just suffered at Red Bull (I sacrificed the league game for the cup - resting anyone who was going to play in the Final, however with injuries and players on international duty I played whoever I was left with which wasn't much).

    It turned out putting Kovac on the bench was a masterstroke as after 22mins centre-back Unger went off injured and on came Kovac who opened the scoring in the 29th minute being the first to get his head on a corner (not a bad time to score your first goal) and then in the second half he was bundled over from a corner and midfielder Bergmann cooly slotted home the resulting penalty, whilst in Goal understudy Progelhof put in a fine performance pulling off some good saves, this also means we'll be in the Europa League next season Not that the board were impressed.

    Table - we finished in a rather disappointing 7th place again this season we spend most of the season in 6th place fighting for 5th but at the tail end I concentrated on the cup with allowed Wacker to overtake us, the problem is the top five teams have vast more resources transfers and wages wise and whilst we can match them in one off games I don't have the squad to do it through the whole season.

    Squad

    Keeper Daniel Zach returned from his loan in Portugal muck improved and after a slow start has now made the #1 jersey his wiht some good performances, though Florian Progelhof did well when required and hopefully they push each other on.

    In defence we had some more new faces that helped to make us more solid, at right back was Spanish youngster Oscar Sesma who had been released by R. Madrid whilst on the left was German Sven Muller who'd been released by Stuttgart. In the centre of defence Andreas Unger and Johannes Nordstrom have started to form a strong partnership helped by the fact that Nordstrom stayed injury free this season and has started to get his pace back, providing cover were Fabio Strauss the only original Salzburg squad member left, new signing Yaw Oppong who arrived on a free from Leverkusen and academy prospect Horst Kovac who looks like he is going to be a quality player.

    In midfield Manuel Schuttelkopf was in good form down the right as was Jorge Ortega on the left however he is getting itchy feet and wants to move to a bigger club hopefully european football will encourage him to stay next season otherwise I'll have to cash in on him, providing cover was Croatian Ivan Rezic.

    In the middle of the field playing the defensive role was new signing Dieter Bergmann who had an excellenet season and ensured we didn't miss Kapsa, in the playmaker role I again rotated between Julian Hobel and Markus Klotz.

    Upfront Rexhe Bytyci was in good form whilst Emilio had a mixed season not helped by injuries nor the fact that he demanded a transfer however I have no desire to sell him to a domestic side and he'll need to wait for a foreign to come in for him. Providing cover was German Jurgen Zimmermann who put in some good performances and a Turkish youngster Fuat Gokkaya who is the first player I have with the Promising tag who will hopefully replace the wantaway Emilio long term - he did start the season off with a bang when he played for the injured Emilio however he hasn't scored since October.

    Best XI - Spot on for I think the first time ever.

    Academy wise it was a dissapointing season with just DM Aladin Handzic worth promoting and he is only 3 star.

    Awards - I pick up two manager of the year awards (not sure why we need two?) and we are named the best team in the league.

    Reputation - The cup win see's our reputation rise to the 7th best in the country, whilst the league drops down to 19th behind the Scottish and Spanish Cups. Whilst Coefficients wise we stay in 14th - we need to get above Belguim in 12th to get a Champions League group spot.

    The biggest news was the fact that the board finally got planning permission to build us a new stadium with a capacity of 18,000 that is only bettered by Red Bull and LASK which should finally see us able to compete with the big boys, however the loan repayments of £150K a month will cripple me for the next two seasons.

    Apart from the loan repayments our finances are looking good - player sales took us out of the red, whilst the cup run brought in some more money and some bumper new kit sponsors replacing the £80K and £10K sponsors with £340K and £180K I also now have five parent clubs bringing in £400K a year.

    So the plan for next season is to hopefully enjoy our European adventure hopefully we'll get to the group stage luckly we only have the one qualifying round to get through and also manage to qualify again next season, the biggest thing will be to make sure the loan repayments don't cripple the club.


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    2012/13        First Division             1st           Champions - Promoted          14 (2/3)
    2013/14        Premier Division           6th                                         13 (2/3)
    2014/15        Premier Division           7th                                         14 (2/3)
    2015/16        Premier Division           7th           FA Cup Winners                14 (2/3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocheBag View Post
    And congrats on completing the challenge Taunton! It seemed almost impossible when I started but seeing you do it gives me a bit of hope
    Thank you. Just hang in there. When you get a foothold in Europe you will have lots to build upon.

    Quote Originally Posted by La Furia Roja View Post
    Congratulations to everyone here, Tauton especially, you could tell from the updates you got attached to the club.

    I did it last year and its one of the best feelings to get in FM.
    Thank you. Yes it was special, and I got attached. Still am. The club is also from the area where my grandfather grew up, so that makes it extra special.

    Quote Originally Posted by RocheBag View Post
    Of course, having this guy doesn't hurt either

    Great player. And the best of all, he is icelandic. I struggled big time to find good domestic players.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chutney132 View Post
    Congrats Taunton! A Great effort! You too RocheBag, that Hannesson looks immense for the Icelandic Leagues! How is he not capped more yet though?

    My Hungarian dream is over, I'm afraid. In an attempt to clean up my saves (as I run incremental saves on a weekly autosave), I inadvertantly deleted the wrong file, thus losing the save... Serves me right for deleting all files at once rather than one by one...

    But have no fear, I will be back shortly, I just might change leagues as I wasn't really connecting with Hungary. Any ideas on a relatively simple (to understand, not easy ;)) league system, in particular one where the season is short? Preferably one where no-one else is playing?
    Thanks. And sorry to hear about your save. I will reccomend Norway, of course, really straight forward league. Belgium is nice because of the foreigner rule, but the play off system is a bit complicated. I also always enjoy playing in Wales, but that will give you some challenge.

    Looking forward to see your progress no matter what you choose.

    michaeltmurrayuk: Good to have you back. Congrats with the cup, and good luck in Europe. Great update!

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    Well Fjaroabyggo's second foray into Europe was much more successful than the first. A couple of scrappy draws against Athletico Madrid at home, and PSG away, set the table for this result:



    Add a home draw vs Chelsea (without the services of superstar Hilmar Hannesson even), and Fjaroabyggo finish third, marking our first knockout stage (albeit Europa League) appearance, and only missing out on second in the Group by 1 point. Things are looking up in Iceland.

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    Austria Salzburg - Europa League Update

    Salzburg were to make their second European debut (it seems we inherited the pre-Red Bull sides history after Red Bull bought the original Salzburg side, which means we are credited for being runners-up in the Europa League back in 1994 who lost to Inter Milan) with a trip to Croatia to face Dinamo who looking at their history have won the Croatian League every season since 2006 (and went one better than us by winning the Euorpa League back in 1967) and have dropped out of the Champions League into the Europa League each season so far, so not the easiest of ties but there are worse sides in the draw.

    However it didn't take us long to make an impression with Emilio scoring after 3 minutes and it was clear we were the better side as we ended the game with a comfortable 3-1 lead to bring back to Austria.

    In the Second Leg we didn't get off to the best of starts as an error from Unger allowed Dinamo to open the scoring, however Ortega brought us level on the night with a long range effort before a Bergmann pen put us ahead on the night aswell, before Emilio took over and scored an insane six goals in 20 mins - his fourth was the best as he robbed the ball from Dinamo from the kickoff ran through their team and slotted the ball past their Keeper, and if going in 8-1 down at half time wasn't bad enough they were again reduced to 10 men, in the second half we let our foot off and could only grab one more to make it 9-1 on the night though Emilio did manage to get two more goals ruled out for offside, and I wouldn't have minded another goal so we could banish the Red Bull result from our history.

    In the group stage we were made the lowest seeds and got a group containing Udinese, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla and to make matters worse Emilio injured himself and would be ruled out for the entire group stage so he wouldn't be adding to his tally.

    First up was a home game against Udinese where we came away with a creditable 1-1 draw, next we went to Moscow and returned home with a 0-0 draw that actually left us second in the group, next up was a double header against Sevilla who out matched us but could only win 2-0 thanks to some fine saves from my Keeper Zach, in the return game we put in a better performance however Keeper Zach managed to fumble two free-kicks into his own goal to leave us with another 2-0 defeat.

    Next up was a trip to Italy and despite a strong showing our finishing again let us down as we eventually fell 3-1. The final game was at home to Moscow and with us out and this result just determining who finished last I fielded a largely second string side as the league was now more important, however they did me proud as we recorded a 4-1 win to secure third place and with Sevilla getting full points we were only two points behind Udinese in the end.

    All we need to do now is requalify next season, and at the half-way point the league has again split - we are currently fifth 13 points clear of 7th placed LASK, eight behind second placed Austria Wien but 17 behind leaders Red Bull who are walking away with the league thankfully the top four get into Europe.

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    After three months away from the game, I'm happy to present the next chapter of my challenge in Slovenia .....


    NK Krka Novo Mesto

    Season 2021-22 Update

    Progress is slow, but sure. This season saw us edge ever closer to the top spot in the Slovenian League, finishing only 3 points behind leaders Maribor. It was a close thing about 6 games from the end, but we hit bad form at the wrong time and couldn't recover to nick the title.
    Incredibly, this season was our sixth consecutive cup final appearance. We got back to winning ways this time, with a tidy 4-0 win over Celje, after an excellent semi-final defeat of Maribor, the holders. Winning the cup doesn't really give us anything useful, because our league finish qualifies us nicely for Europe next year anyway.

    Which brings us to Europe this year. It seems that not wishing for group stages is the way to go, because we battled through the third and 4th qualifying rounds of the Europa League, and secured our place in Group A. It would be contested with Napoli, Rangers and Werder Bremen. Hopes were obviously low, and we travelled to Naples for the first of six group games. A shock 2-0 win for Krka put a smile on everyone at the club's face, and we welcomed Werder Bremen to Portoval in high spirits. Amazingly, we managed the same scoreline again, with 2 different goalscorers giving us 6 points out of 6.
    Rangers proved to be an entirely different prospect. Despite the fact they'd only collected a single point from their first two matches, they triumphed 2-1 at our home ground. The return fixture proved equally unfruitful, as we went down 4-1 to change the complexion of the group entirely.
    We entered the final two games placed third, with Napoli and Rangers just one point ahead of us, both on 7. Napoli came to Slovenia looking to hold on to top spot in the group, but it was us who held on for a 1-1 draw. Rangers took all three points in their game, leaving Bremen rock bottom, but us needing to win, and hope Rangers didn't lose.

    Neither of those things happened. Werder Bremen romped to a 5-1 victory over us, and Napoli beat the Glasgow side, giving us a disappointing, but promising 3rd place finish.

    || Table | Graph | Cup run | Europe ||

    Defensive strengthening was on my mind last summer, and in total I signed 4 defenders during the window, three of whom were free transfers. Add to that a new first-choice keeper and our defence was looking hopefully a bit more solid. Andrei Constantin, Vitaliy Lytvynenko, Fabinho, Patrice Michel and Vlastimil Homola were the 5 acquisitions in that particular transfer window. Add to that Jakub Novak in January and we have just about too many defenders to put on a pitch.
    Plenty players left on frees, Mitja Plahuta being the most significant. Ladislav Adamek was poached by a Qatari club, adding a cool £1.1m to our bank. Nenê sadly was also taken from us; he returned to Brazil. Forward Dejan Mihaljovic signed for us on the final day of the January window, wrapping up a busy year of deals.

    || Transfers | Squad ||

    Player of the season: Babacar Camara - Once again, this lad performed. 14 goals and 17 assists gave him an average rating of 7.66 over his 47 starts, and he collected eleven MotMs on his way. Top stuff.

    Top Goalscorer: Mauro - Eclipsed everyone else this season. A new record goalscorer by some distance, Mauro's 33 goals make him a key player to hold on to. As if that wasn't enough, try 24 assists on top of that. Just unbeatable.

    One to watch: Patrice Michel - Potentially a top defender, and as he is French, he qualifies for the EU National rule in place in the Slovenian League. An important player now and in the future.

    || Finances | Boardroom | Confidence ||

    Our pitch has just been relaid, and the club's youth facilities are on the up. Slowly building the club into contenders, but I think I will still be on this challenge for a good few years yet.

    Slovenian clubs had a superb year in Europe, with Maribor actually getting through their group, and also the First Knockout Round. Slovenia push up to 16th, just one place behind an elusive 2nd Champions League spot.

    Next season: Progress in both league and Europe. I don't know what else to ask for.

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    || 21/22   |  Slovenian First League   |   2nd/10   |EL Grp 3rd|     Winners     |  Europa League Groups | Mauro (33)          ||  
    || 20/21   |  Slovenian First League   |   2nd/10   | EL 3rd Q |    Runners-up   |           -           | Filip Pospisil (16!)||
    || 19/20   |  Slovenian First League   |   3rd/10   | EL 3rd Q |    Runners-up   |           -           | Mitja Plahuta (25)  ||
    || 18/19   |  Slovenian First League   |   3rd/10   | EL 3rd Q |    Runners-up   |           -           | Gregor Sculac (24)  ||
    || 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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    Nice to see you back michael and maison, and good luck in Europe to both of you.

    FK Macva Sabac - 2025/26 End of Season Update - Super League

    League
    (Positions) : 10 in a row! A return to normal this year after last season's hard fought win. Took the lead early on, and never looked like in any trouble to concede it. A 4-1 win over Red Star before Christmas basically put a gap between us that never closed back within 5 points. Partizan, backed by a Brazilian tycoon, finally managed to finish 2nd for the first time in 12 years.

    Cup
    : After knowing that if I were to get far in both cup and Europe, the fixture pile-up would be immense, I decided to play mainly youth with one or two senior players to see how well they managed. Sneaked through one game, and almost got through another against a side that went on to finish 5th in the league. Not too bad of an effort though; might continue this selection policy next year too.

    Champions League
    : After getting a nice group last year, I wasn't expecting the same fortune twice in a row. Not to be disappointed, we drew ourselves with Valencia and runners-up for the last 2 years Inter alongside Olympiakos. Draws in Milan and then at home to Valencia put me in a strong position to qualify, especially as Inter also only managed a draw in Greece. After doing the double quite easily over the Greek side, we went into our home game against the Italians knowing a win would secure top spot in the group. However, we lost due to a idiotic 92nd minute goal, meaning we had to go to the Mestalla and avoid defeat to qualify at all. Luckily we sneaked out with a 2-1 win, securing us 2nd in a tight group.

    The 'luck' didn't stop there for us though; as in the last 16 we drew ourselves with the reigning champions Chelsea. We were fortunate to get away with a 1-1 draw at home, but we were never in contention at the Bridge; losing 2-0 and 3-1 overall.

    It seems to me that we're on the 2nd level of teams in Europe, not good enough to consistently beat the top sides, but good enough to progress to the knock-out rounds year on year...

    Squad
    (1)(2) and Transfers
    : Not much change in the approach, trying to use academy players when I can. Peric being the exception; after handing in his transfer request at Partizan in early October we somehow won the race to sign him ahead of all the big teams from Portugal, Russia and Germany. He's took a bit of time getting used to our system, but I'm expecting big things from him next season.

    Player of the Season
    (who has NOT won it before...;)) : Ivan Damjanovic - ST

    Eagle eye spotters would've noticed that he's already moved on to CSKA Moscow in the summer, but only since he's felt that he's done all he can achieve at the club. Being part of a 3 striker rotation has limited his chances somewhat so I don't blame his decision to wanting to move on.

    Finances
    : We paid an obscene amount of tax this season, no idea why (perhaps the amount of transfer income the year before?), so naturally after making a loss of £9m beforehand the shareholders took another £11m for themselves...

    Other Stuff
    : A selection of other events that have happened this season.

    My Under-19s won the league once again, but got knocked out of the cup at the Quarter-Final stage. Also, the Reserves won the title for the 2nd year in a row.

    2026 Champions League Final: Inter Milan 0-3 Man United. Congratulations Internazionale, you are the first team in CL history to lose 3 finals in a row. At least they now lead the UEFA coefficients list Also in the knock-out rounds, we had probably the best/worst (depending on your point of view) penalty shootout in the history of penalty shootouts between Fenerbache and Barcelona.

    2026 Europa League Final: Sevilla 1-0 FC Porto. Porto's run to the final went through Bayern Munich, Bordeaux, Roma and Man City so a little bit harsh that they didn't go on to win the final.

    We had 16 players in the preliminary squad for the 2026 World Cup in Mexico, of which 14 got chosen. Serbia started off the tournament well, qualifying top of their group which contained the top ranked side in the world (Argentina). However, a poor showing in the 2nd round saw them get knocked-out by Russia 1-0.

    The fairytale story of this world cup though were the Algerians. After drawing their opening game with Brazil, the hammered Croatia and Australia to come top of the group. In the 2nd round, they knocked out holders Netherlands 1-0 and in the Quarters dispatched the Argentines 1-0 also. In the semi-finals they came across the Germans, and despite taking them to a penalty shootout managed to come through it 4-3.

    In the final, they faced Portugal; who won the World Cup back in 2018. Unfortunately all good stories have to come to an end eventually, and a 90+3 minute winner by Carlos Oliveira secured a 1-0 win for the Portuguese.

    History
    2012-13: FL - 5th
    2013-14: FL - 2nd
    2014-15: SL - 5th
    2015-16: SL - 2nd
    2016-17: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, EL Semis
    2017-18: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2018-19: SL - 1st, CL Groups, EL Last 16
    2019-20: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2020-21: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2021-22: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2022-23: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Semis
    2023-24: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Last 16
    2024-25: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters
    2025-26: SL - 1st, CL Last 16

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    Have wanted to try this challenge in Sweden for some time and think I might well give it a shot on FM12!

    Just want to clarify something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gundo View Post
    -You are free to use a Large, Medium or Small a database and [/FONT]you are permitted to load all players from your chosen nation however No additional players from any other nation should be loaded.
    Does this mean the 'players based in nation' option or is it 'players of nationality'. Maybe even both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Have wanted to try this challenge in Sweden for some time and think I might well give it a shot on FM12!

    Just want to clarify something.

    Does this mean the 'players based in nation' option or is it 'players of nationality'. Maybe even both?

    I think it is all players from your chosen nation.

    Good luck, by the way.

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    OK, so I've decided to give this challenge a go. And yes, I've been boring and gone for Norway like a few others, but I've never managed there and wanted as many tiers to climb in the league system as possible so it sounded a good choice. This is my profile and Voss FK are my club.

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    Default Drøbak/Frogn pre-season 2012

    I completed this back in FM2007, but haven't tried it since. However, thanks to an inept board and a horrible transfer policy, my hometown team of Drøbak/Frogn currently languishes in the Norwegian third division. That means that I can manage the team I once played for in Gundo's challenge!

    Manager Profile

    In the early nineties, Drøbak/Frogn regularly challenged for promotion to Tippeligaen, but the club has fallen on hard times. My hometown is also somewhat famous for trying to claim that Santa Claus lives there (didn't really work), and for sinking German battleship Blücher during WWII.

    FM claims that Seiersten Stadion has a capacity of 5000. As you can tell, this might be a slight exaggeration. 300 seats sounds about right, though.

    Predicted 13th out of 14. Transfer budget of 12K, wages 4K. I bravely told the board that we can avoid relegation.

    Now, off to find some staff.
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    Austria Salzburg – Premier Division 2016/17 – Season 5

    So after winning the FA Cup last season and qualifying for Europe, the board expected a mid-table finish (no idea what that means in a 10 team league?) and whilst they gave me some moeny for transfers they neglected to give me any money for wages, whilst the bookies gave us odds of 33-1 and oddly thought we might go down? and the media predicted we'd finish 8th.

    Transfers - I continued to pick up cheap youngsters with potential, including a Danish born Turkish Centre-back Tuna Bektas who becomes the second player I have to get the promising tag. Saleswise I loaned out various youngsters and sold off various unneeded squad players, whilst Winger Jorge Ortega was sold to Spanish side Sporting for a record £3.4m (though I did have to give ~£1m to his previous club) his contract was expiring and with him wanting a move to a bigger club he wouldn't sign a new contract so I was forced to sell him as European football wasn't enough to keep him at the club.

    Europa League

    Salzburg were to make their second European debut (it seems we inherited the pre-Red Bull sides history after Red Bull bought the original Salzburg side, which means we are credited for being runners-up in the Europa League back in 1994 who lost to Inter Milan) with a trip to Croatia to face Dinamo who looking at their history have won the Croatian League every season since 2006 (and went one better than us by winning the Euorpa League back in 1967) and have dropped out of the Champions League into the Europa League each season so far, so not the easiest of ties but there are worse sides in the draw.

    However it didn't take us long to make an impression with Emilio scoring after 3 minutes and it was clear we were the better side as we ended the game with a comfortable 3-1 lead to bring back to Austria.

    In the Second Leg we didn't get off to the best of starts as an error from Unger allowed Dinamo to open the scoring, however Ortega brought us level on the night with a long range effort before a Bergmann pen put us ahead on the night aswell, before Emilio took over and scored an insane six goals in 20 mins - his fourth was the best as he robbed the ball from Dinamo from the kickoff ran through their team and slotted the ball past their Keeper, and if going in 8-1 down at half time wasn't bad enough they were again reduced to 10 men, in the second half we let our foot off and could only grab one more to make it 9-1 on the night though Emilio did manage to get two more goals ruled out for offside, and I wouldn't have minded another goal so we could banish the Red Bull result from our history.

    In the group stage we were made the lowest seeds and got a group containing Udinese, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla and to make matters worse Emilio injured himself and would be ruled out for the entire group stage so he wouldn't be adding to his tally.

    First up was a home game against Udinese where we came away with a creditable 1-1 draw, next we went to Moscow and returned home with a 0-0 draw that actually left us second in the group, next up was a double header against Sevilla who out matched us but could only win 2-0 thanks to some fine saves from my Keeper Zach, in the return game we put in a better performance however Keeper Zach managed to fumble two free-kicks into his own goal to leave us with another 2-0 defeat.

    Next up was a trip to Italy and despite a strong showing our finishing again let us down as we eventually fell 3-1. The final game was at home to Moscow and with us out and this result just determining who finished last I fielded a largely second string side as the league was now more important, however they did me proud as we recorded a 4-1 win to secure third place and with Sevilla getting full points we were only two points behind Udinese in the end.

    FA Cup - Our defence of the FA Cup didn't go well as Sturm Graz got revenge on us with a Third Round win.

    League Table - We secured ourselves a rather excellent 4th place finish, we even managed to make Red Bull wait another week to claim the title after we stuffed them 5-1 to get some revenge. Whilst the final game of the season was a tense occasion as we faced Mattersburg with at the time the last Europe spot up for grabs - we were three points and two goals clear of moneybags Mattersburg so a two goal defeat would see them leapfrog us into the last European spot, however we held out for a 1-1 draw in a tense game that a few days proved meaningless as Austria Wien won the FA Cup on pens (interestingly one of my loanes missed the last pen to give Wien the cup) granting Mattersburg a european place aswell.

    POS Graph - a strong finish to the season thanks to a lack of cup/european games and players returning from injury saw us snatch a European place, our excellent home record helped aswell, salary and spending wise we are still outmatched but Emilio and Bytyci listed in the top player stats for the league.

    Squad - Europe and injuries took their toll on my side this season

    In Goal Daniel Zach had a good season and has cemented his place as #1 however I have a couple of promising youth keepers who will hopefully push him further.

    In defence Oscar Sesma was in good form at right back, covering him was Academy prospect Reinhard Schneider who proved a capable understudy, on the left German Sven Muller was in equally good form and covering him was highly rated English youngster Andy Baddeley who'd been released by Arsenal. At centre-back Andreas Unger and Johannes Nordstrom had formed a solid partnership which resulted in Unger being the first player I've had to be called up and capped for the Austrian National side, however it wasn't to last as Nordstrom randomly demanded a move to a bigger club and found him dropped for Academy youngster Sascha Mazur who slowly grew into the role.

    In midfield Manuel Schuttelkopf had a mixed season on the right, whilst on the left youngster Jens Vogler replaced the outgoing Ortega and he had an excellent season ensuring that we didn't miss Ortega.

    In the centre of midfield Dieter Bergmann had an excellent season, with Spanish youngster Josu Martinez providing cover who had been picked up on a free from Athletic, in the playmaker role Markus Klotz claimed the position as his own with some solid performances with Julian Hobel providing cover.

    Upfront Rexhe Bytyci had his best season yet grabbing a record 14 assists and getting named in the Team of the Season (or Round as it seems to be called?), Emilio also had an excellent season he seemed to be spurned on by missing the Europa League Group stage through injury and upon his return from injury in the second half of the season was unstoppable, even more surprising was that he changed his tune about leaving the club and signed a new 4 year contract and now lists us as one of his favourite clubs. Covering for the injured Emilio was promising Turkish Striker Fuat Gokkaya who had an excellent season, and to provide support I brought in Brazilian Cristiano for a bargain £20K who didn't have the best of starts thanks to home sickness and injury aswell as the fact that I'm retraining him as a Striker. I also had a Swedish Striker Linus Hallenius on trial who chipped in with nine goals but his wage demands were way more than I could offer.

    Academy wise I was given Mike Spies who has a 5 star potential the only problem being he can only play as an AMC which means I have to make the decision on whether to retrain him into a Striker or a Midfielder.

    Best XI - About right as Emilio only makes the bench due to less appearances.

    Overall XI - Unger, Nordstrom, Bergman and Ortega all get added.

    Finances are looking healthy though thats thanks to player sales, we just need to survive the next season as once our new stadium is here we should be fine.

    Home Screen

    Rankings - the Austrian Premier Division moves up one place to 18 whilst the FA Cup stays at 22nd, but somehow the Scottish Cup climbs above the Dutch League. Whilst we drop down to 8th in Austria.

    Co-Efficients wise it was a good season as Austria moves back upto 13th and is just one place away from an automatic Champions League Group Spot, it helped that LASK managed to sneak into Europe through the fairplay league.

    So the plan for next season is hopefully reach the Europa League Group stages again and requalify for Europe before moving into our new stadium.

    Career Overview
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    Season          League                League Finish     Achievements             Europe   Euro Ranking Austria (UCL/EL)
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    2012/13        First Division             1st           Champions - Promoted                   14 (2/3)
    2013/14        Premier Division           6th                                                  13 (2/3)
    2014/15        Premier Division           7th                                                  14 (2/3)
    2015/16        Premier Division           7th           FA Cup Winners                         14 (2/3)
    2016/17        Premier Division           4th                                     EL GS        13 (2/3)

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    Default Drøbak/Frogn - Fair Play-ligaen avdeling 1 - 2012

    The board expected a brave fight against relegation, while the media predicted us going down in 13th. We did better, finishing in a respectable 8th. We were never in any danger of going down, even though we spent most of the season hovering just over the relegation zone. This was due to the rubbishness of Stabæk in Tippeligaen, which meant that everyone knew that because of league rules, Stabæk 2 would go down. Since Pors and Nesodden were terrible, we could relax a bit.

    All is not well, however. I went a little crazy with signings, while at the same time failing to unload players. We now have 30 players on the books, and that is clearly too much. As a result, finances suffered. The club is 159K in the red, which means that I need to have a yard sale. I'm expecting to sell/relase 15 players or thereabouts. Then I will try to sign a few new ones, and maybe get by with a squad of 18-20 players.

    We did absolutely nothing in the cup, crashing out to Notodden in the first round.

    Best players:

    Fabien Vidalon: A rock in central defence, and top goal scorer. Would have struggled without him. He is 36, so not a man for the future. Will keep him for another season.

    Andreas Granerud: My first signing, and the only one who can be called an immediate success. Provided 10 assists from his defensive midfield position. Can probably do a job for a couple of seasons, even if we go up.

    Mammadou Diagne Latyr: Best striker, but then again, the others were rubbish. He only got going towards the end of the season, and scored 5 of his total 9 goals in the final three matches. Probable first choice next season, but needs to improve.

    Future plans:
    Do better at home. We were third in the league on away form, behind only Rosenborg 2 and Stabæk 2. If all games were played away, we would have gone up. At home we were 12th. Only Pors and Nesodden were worse. If all games were at home, we could have gone down. Clearly something that needs fixing if we are to be a great team.

    We also need a new goalie. I brought in two this season, and they were both terrible. The amount of long shots let in were quite frankly ridiculous.

    In other news, former Arsenal striker Kaba Diawara plays in my division. That is a career gone properly wrong right there.

    Onwards to 2013. Hoping to do a bit better, consolidate and build for promotion in 2014, while not going bankrupt.

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    Union Royale Namur - Gert Fontaine - haze.13


    Gert Fontaine has been announced as the new manager of Union Royale Namur as they prepare for the clubs return to the Belgian Third Division (A) following a year in the wilderness after a disappointing 2010/11 season that saw the club relegated from the Third Division.

    I'm a late starter but keen to get into this challenge. Great to see some success already by some other posters! I have played quite a way ahead so I will try to get some updates coming soon.

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    Another strong season there michael, hope you can get out of your EL group this season.

    Solid start there Alexani. I think keeping your finances in check is one of the key areas at the start of these challenges, so hopefully you can get them under control next season.

    Welcome aboard haze.13, looking forward to reading your updates

    FK Macva Sabac - 2026/27 End of Season Update - Super League
    Now press repeat...

    League
    (Positions) : Number 11 in the bag here fairly comfortably. An early draw away to Partizan the only blemish, and we even managed to secure a 100% home record for the first time. Add to that a +100 GD and I'm running out of domestic objectives I'd quite like to achieve. The obvious one left is 100% season and then catching (and passing) Partizan's record of 13 titles.

    Cup
    : Pretty comfortable here too. It's saying something that are hardest game of the run was at home to a non-league team. Destroying Red Star in the final is always fun to do.

    Champions League
    : For the 2nd year in a row we got Inter as the top seeds in our group, this time joined by Shakhtar and Zurich. After losing a tight game in Milan, we flew through the next 3 games against the weaker sides (including a 4-0 demolition of Shakhtar). This left us just needing a win from the last games to qualify, whilst if we managed to win out, we'd get top spot in the group. We did the hard part by comprehensively beating Inter 3-0 at home, but then inexplicably drew 0-0 in Donestk to once again finish 2nd in the group. This was the chance to finish top of a hard group, and we kinda threw it away on the last day.

    That draw on the last day was to prove costly, as for the 2nd time in a row we got Chelsea in the last 16. Once again we drew the home leg 1-1, and again we were outplayed in the away leg, this time just losing by the odd goal. Still no progress here this season.

    Once again, next season we'll be top of the 2nd seeds. As long as we avoid Inter and Chelsea, we might finish top of the group for a change...

    Squad
    (1)(2) and Transfers
    : Time to bid adieu to a few more legends; those being Petrovic, Vilotic and Zeljko. The sale of Zeljko did allow the emergence of Starcanin into the first team; whilst Damjanovic being sold did allow someone else to come in...

    Player of the Season
    (who has NOT won it before...) : Borko Djurovic - ST

    Oh yes, he's THAT good. I have a feeling Jonathan Dickson's (of old Red Star fame) record of 39 goals in a league season may be under threat if I play this kid for 75% of the games. Almost staggered he hasn't been given a full international cap, surely it's just a matter of time.

    Finances
    : Less tax this year = Nice profit before transfers and dividends are even taken into account. I think I may keep a running total of how much these shareholders have taken out of the club, it must be around £100m by now.

    Other Stuff
    : A selection of other events that have happened this season.

    My Under-19s were pipped on the last day of the season (forgot to get the screen cap for that one), but were entered into the NextGen Series (or the FM equivalent any ways). A hard looking group for my youngsters, I'm just happy they won a game to be honest. Also, the Reserves won the title for a 3rd year in a row, this time just on GD.

    2027 Champions League Final: Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid. No Inter Milan in the final is a shock, no English sides in the final 4 is an even bigger one. Madrid are now the #1 ranked side in Europe, so bets on us getting them in the groups have now shortened considerably.

    2027 Europa League Final: Atletico Madrid 0-1 Sevilla. Back-to-back ELs for Sevilla, and their 3rd in 5 years. The Spanish do have a good depth of teams it seems.

    For the first time in a long while, Serbia did not qualify for the 2027 Euro U-21 Championships, hosted in Germany this time around. Portugal continued the senior side's winning mentality, beating Italy 3-1 after extra time in the final; the 2nd time in a row the Italians have lost in the final.

    The Copa America was hosted by Uruguay, however the hosts failed to get out of the group stages. Mexico were the shock winners of the tournament, beating Brazil on penalties in the final. The main surprise package however were Ecuador, who drew with Brazil in the groups and managed to secure 3rd place beating Chile in the play-off.

    This completed an unique double for Mexico, after earlier in the summer securing the Gold Cup; beating Costa Rica in the final 4-0. The USA continued their tradition of semi-final appearences, once again being knocked out by the Mexicans.

    South Africa hosted the African Cup of Nations, and went on to win the whole thing beating Ghana 2-0 in the final. Algeria, less than a year after their World Cup heroics, lost out in the Quarters 1-0 to the hosts and eventual champions.

    Bahrain were the hosts of the Asian Cup this year, and were only just edged out in the group stages by Japan on goals scored. Previous champions South Korea retained their title, but only after beating Uzbekistan on a penalty shoot-out. South Korea went through the whole tournament only conceding one goal before the final shoot-out also.

    History
    2012-13: FL - 5th
    2013-14: FL - 2nd
    2014-15: SL - 5th
    2015-16: SL - 2nd
    2016-17: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, EL Semis
    2017-18: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2018-19: SL - 1st, CL Groups, EL Last 16
    2019-20: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2020-21: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2021-22: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2022-23: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Semis
    2023-24: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Last 16
    2024-25: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters
    2025-26: SL - 1st, CL Last 16
    2026-27: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16

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    I've decided to give this another go after having an enjoyable game in FM08, was Afturelding and made it as far as finishing 3rd in CL groups and then the Euro cup semis. Going with Iceland again as they have very short seasons. ;)

    So I started the game in Iceland in 2012 and holidayed for a season and the same two teams got promoted each time I reloaded, so unfortunately no Afturelding this time.

    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs


    Berty Bassett takes over the managers position at Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs (commonly known as HK for obvious reasons). Judging by the finances it looks like I have a fair bit of lee-way to spend on wages / have a transfer budget.

    The team were in the premier division as recently as 2008 but two relegations since meant they were a second division side, but after promotion back to the first division I hope to fulfill their potential to become a big club.

    HK play in the Kópavogsvöllur owned by premier division side Breiðablik, who are also understandably our fierce rivals.

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    We are doing remarkably well in a tough Europa league group and actually look like qaulifying! Full Europa League report to come.

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    Chutney132 returns with Serbia...

    Well after a few weeks away, I'm back to try again with FK Partizan Bumbarevo Brdo in the Prva Liga Srbija. Predicted to come 14th (of 16) and with a ground boasting a mind-blowing 300 "All Seater" capacity, this could be difficult..

    As a side note, you may notice I'm using a Serbian Alias on this save, in honour of a legendary Striker from my Banbury United (Dafuges Challenge) team on FM10. If this is an issue (as I see in the rules that we should use our actual nationalities) let me know and I'll start again as myself.

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    I'm also pleased to see some newer players as well, maybe we can battle together for next to complete, given as the 'veterans' are WAY ahead of us at this stage...

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    Austria Salzburg – Premier Division 2017/18 – Season 6

    After finishing in an impressive fourth place last season the board expected a mid-table finish but again declined to give me any extra money for wages. The Media predicted we'd drop down to sixth whilst the bookies predicted the same with odds of 10-1. We were also given some good news when Mattersburgs tycoon pulled his support.

    Transfers - A bit of the Ortega money was spend on some youngsters and I signed a couple of released youngsters, aswell as accepting free loanes from my parent teams. Saleswise I got rid of various unneeded squad players, though I'm slightly annoyed we only got £140K for Nordstrom despite demanding a move to a bigger side no one was interested in him.

    Europa League - We started in the Third Qualifying Round this season with a trip to Bosnia to face Borac who we dominated and returned home with a comfortable 3-1 lead, the return leg was as one sided as last season but a 2-0 win was enough to see us through where we would face Portuguese side Braga without Emilio as he picked up an injury that would rule him out of both legs. The first leg in Portugal went horribly wrong as we just didn't turn up and were crushed 5-1 however we did claim an away goal so a 4-0 win in the Second Leg would see us through, in the second leg we did half of the job scoring four goals however we also conceeded four goals which ended our European Adventure for this season.

    FA Cup - We comfortably made our way to the FA Cup final to face Wacker, however in the final we just couldn't score and Wacker hit us with a sucker punch scoring in the last minute to consign us to defeat (annoyingly they'd recently done the same to us in the league).

    Table - Out of nowhere we walked the league this season thanks to a 20 game unbeaten run and three of those defeats came away in the last six games as we limped over the line, and intrestingly it was our home form that let us down this season as we drew eight home games but only lost the one. We got off to a good start beating Red Bull in the opening game and then in an early encounter thrashed Mattersburg 5-1 to send us top of the league where we stayed for most of the season with Mattersburg on our heels, and as a nice twist we would again face Mattersburg on the final day in what was looking like being the title decider enough so that it was moved to be live on TV however Austria Wien again made the game moot as we faced them in the last to last game and we crushed them 4-2 to win the league with a game to go. It did help that Red Bull (who managed to snatch third place at the death) and Austria Wien the normal challenges both had poor seasons. Whilst at the bottom it was a fight between the two Lustenau sides with Austria dropping down on the last day on Goal Difference. Our attacking player won it for us this season as we only failed to score in three league games whilst keeping 11 clean sheets.

    For a change the board were impressed with the title whilst the fans made me an Icon.

    Squad - Excellent performances all round this season.

    Daniel Zach continued in goal and he was in fine form so nearly averaging a rating above 7 (which seems nearly impossible for a keeper), however his position is under threat from Promising Slovenian Marjan Zver who'd been poached for £90K last season from Gorica, and he is already better than Zach but he is a bit young to be thrown in front of my shaky defence fulltime.

    In defence Oscar Sesma had a solid season at right back whilst Reinhard Schneider who came from my Academy was a capable understudy. On the left Sven Muller put in some good performances and is being pushed hard by his understudy Andy Baddeley.

    In the centre of defence I actually had some decisions to make for a change the initial plan was to continue with former Academy player Sascha Mazur and Andreas Unger as my main pairing, however Mazur picked up an injury in pre-season and Malian Cheick Amala Diarra was given a chance and he took it, with all three of them having good seasons.

    On the Wings Manuel Schuttelkopf had a good season on the right and was covered by Hungarian Szabolcs Debreczeni, whilst on the left Jens Vogler's season was disrupted by injuries which gave Geman youngster Nils Paulus who'd been released by Stuttgart a chance to impress.

    In the centre of Midfield Dieter Bergmann had an good season in the defensive role, partnering him was the equally impressive Markus Klotz who has made the playmaker role his own now, though promising youngster Mike Spies put in a some good performances.

    Upfront Emilio was unstoppable grabbing 36 goals in just 32 games breaking pretty much every record going (apart from the Premier Goals Record as some guy from the 70's scored 41 goals once) and winning every award - he became our alltime Record GoalScorer beating the previous record of 75, his tally of 31 league goals and 36 overall goals were also season records (beating the records he'd previously set) as were his man of the match awards and average rating. He also won Austrian Striker of the Year, Player of the Year, Player of the Season, Top Scorer, was named in the Team of the Year with Unger and most impressively he won the European Golden Boot! Whilst also becoming a Salzburg Legend. Thankfully winning the league kept him happy however his reputation has shot up to Continental so I don't know how much longer I'll be able to keep him for, on the plus side his value is finally shooting up so he won't be going cheaply. His understudy Faut Gokkaya also had a good season. In the support role Rexhe Bytyci had another good season, however his place is under threat by Brazilian Cristiano who was in good form after settling in and even managed to break Bytyci's assist record grabbing 15 assists.

    Best XI - I'd agree with that.

    We also picked up a couple of Academy players this season Striker Christoph Kalinowski and Midfielder Dennis Schmidt who both have four star potential.

    Finances - We lost money badly this season, however we moved into our new Stadium on time so provided people turn up we should be set for the near future.

    Reputation - Winning the league boosted our reputation though only to sixth place, whilst Europe wise we moved up 181 places to 151st. Whilst our reputation increased it wasn't good news for Austrian as the Premier Division dropped down to 21st below the Swiss, Serbian, and Romanian leagues. Co-efficient wise we stayed in 13th and we are due to overtake Greece for the season afterwards that would give us an automatic place in the Group Stages of the Champions League.

    One worry for the future is that my chairman spent the entire season trying to sell the club, which is a shame because this one has been nicely supportive and handsoff.

    So the plan for next season is to try and keep hold of my better players (though everyone apart from Bergmann has a replacement who can step in, provided I don't lose too many players) retain the title and make it to the Champions League Group Stages - which will be easy enough as it appears due to Chelsea winning the Champions League we have been entered into the Group Stage automatically,


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    2012/13        First Division             1st        Champions - Promoted                           14 (2/3)
    2013/14        Premier Division           6th                                                       13 (2/3)
    2014/15        Premier Division           7th                                                       14 (2/3)
    2015/16        Premier Division           7th        FA Cup Winners                                 14 (2/3)
    2016/17        Premier Division           4th                                 EL GS                 13 (2/3)
    2017/18        Premier Division           1st        Champions                EL Q4                 13 (2/3)

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    Great to see new people in this thread, I do read all of you guys' efforts, and like comparing methods and results.

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    Union Royale Namur - Gert Fontaine - Season 1 (2012/13)


    June 8, 2013 - In a small room somewhere in Namur, Belgium

    Please slap your hands together for the manager of Les Merles - the mighty Blackbirds - Gert Fontaine!


    (A pleasing and somewhat enthusiastic applause from the fifty or so people in the room dies down to a quiet murmur...)

    Gert, on the conclusion of your first season in Namur what is the overwhelming feeling for you?

    Well, I am pleased. It has been a great season for us and one in which I have learned much, I have learned to coach, I have learned to believe in my players and above all I have learned that I have much more to learn.

    Yes, yes. Now the big question, the contract? Where are things standing as we speak?

    Ah, now. Okay, I think it is okay to speak about this now that the play-offs have concluded. Despite much speculation in the local papers I am pleased to announce that I have signed a contract extension for a further twelve months and I look forward with great pleasure to the new season as I continue in the role of manager at this great football club!

    (Fontaine raises his hands to the humble audience seeking affirmation, he receives it in the form of a rapturous applause, well as rapturous as fifty people can be!)

    Excellent news Gert! Congratulations, of course we all new you would sign on. Now I should hand over the microphone for our season review in the eyes of Les Merles manager for this season and next, Gert - Fontaine!

    Okay, thank you Franck. It is an honor to present my first season review at the club and I will conclude the review with the announcement of the Union Royale Namur Player of the Season.

    It was fantastic to make the play-offs in our first season back in the Third Division and as all that are present here tonight will attest it was a shame to fall just two matches from promotion. It is certainly something that we will strive for next season. With only one club gaining direct promotion to the Second Division the play-offs are a more realistic option for next season, however with a bit of luck, who knows? We may be fighting for top spot come next May.

    To finish 4th in the table with 19 wins from a 34 match season was a great result considering we had 24 new players at the club after seeing 12 players depart in the summer. With one win and three losses from our first four games we started slowly, however it was not long that we found some rhythm. Playing a 4-5-1/4-3-3 for most matches Thomas Weydisch made an immediate impact on the wing, demonstrating his class from the first training session. Undoubtedly our strength was at the back with our captain and rock in defence the Brazilian Renan Filipe leading by example, Jonas at right-back was sensational on loan from KV Kortrijk - and as we know will sign permanently over the summer - and when young Adama joined over the winter break our goal keeping requirements were more than covered. I doubt that any of us expected the 21 year old Ivorian to command the position quite like he did over the second half of the season.

    So all in all a really solid start for me at the club and I think we have plenty to look forward to for next season.

    Finally I would like to announce that the Union Royale Namur Player of the Season is one player that left nothing behind every time he stood on the pitch, he was a leader, he was your leader - none other than - your Captain, Renan Filipe.

    (Renan Filipe joins Fontaine on stage to a generous applause.)

    Congratulations Renan. Do you have anything to say?

    It is a surprise, a pleasure. What more can I say? Umm, I look forward to next season very much when we win the league!

    Thankyou Renan, err Franck, here you go.

    Thankyou Gert, once more congratulations Renan Filipe! Goodnight all, I look forward to seeing you all here this time next season. Bye now.


    Season 1 Information
    UR Namur Squad 2012/13
    Belgian Third Division A - 4th
    Belgian Cup - 3rd Round
    Player of the Season - Renan Filipe
    Top Scorer (League) - Thomas Weydisch (10 goals)
    Most Assists (League) - Michael van Veen (8 assists)
    Wages: 6000 euros
    Balance: -72000 euros
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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2013 season summary


    Our first competitive matches were in the Upper league cup, in which groups of 8 play each other once. We actually had a fair crack at it, finishing 3rd on goals scored. Technically we were a minute from qualifying as Fylkir scored a last minute winner against us, meaning if we held on we would have finished top on GD.

    We managed to get to the cup 4th round where we were unlucky to lose on penalties to eventual winners IBV.

    I realised a little while into the season we would go on to rely mostly on agents offering out of contract players from abroad, and I took advantage of the situation bringing them on trial before deciding whether to offer contracts. We actually made a disasterous start to the league campaign gaining only a single point from our first three matches, but managed to come back from the dead to snatch second place in the last match of the season.

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    Our player of the season was Paco van Moorsel who was the first freebie to come in.

    One to watch is Bjarni Gíslason who came through our youth setup last season.

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    WD on winning the league and good luck in the champions league michael and good first seasons there alexani and haze.13.

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    Welcome back Chutney, nice to see someone else joining me in Serbia As a side note; on my game Partizan (BB) - as they come up in game - have only managed to spend 2 seasons in the 2nd tier before getting relegated again, I'm sure you can beat that no problem.

    Gundo, good to hear you've got a chance of progressing in Europe. Can't wait for the full report now ;)

    Excellent first season there berty, Gíslason looks like he could become a quality player too.

    Congrats on the title michael, the money you get from CL participation will surely help build up the club as well as your new stadium.

    And a nice solid start there haze, hopefully with a more settled squad you can make a push for promotion next year. I really like the format of your report too.

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    Due to the short seasons I'm behind on my updates, hope to do a few short summaries soon. I'm getting very frustrated though, determined to do well though, seeing as people have completed this challenge from Northern Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetram View Post
    Welcome back Chutney, nice to see someone else joining me in Serbia As a side note; on my game Partizan (BB) - as they come up in game - have only managed to spend 2 seasons in the 2nd tier before getting relegated again, I'm sure you can beat that no problem.
    Perhaps Not.

    Ah well. We'll try again...

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    Right, Serbia take 2...

    I've resurfaced at Cukaricki, a much larger team and yet predicted to come dead last...

    (you may note I have played a little as them as I forgot to take a Screenshot when I took over, hope this isn't an issue)

    Quick question midgetram, how long does it take for the Serbian League system to settle down? Its changed every season so far.
    2011 - Prem was 2 down, First Division was 2 up, 4 down (reducing from 18 to 16 teams)
    2012 - Prem same as above, First Division was 2 up, 4 down (but it was marked as 3 down ALL season until after the final day - I'm glad I was already down by then or that'd would have been annoying)
    2013 - There's now a Promotion playoff between 3rd bottom in the Prem and 3rd in the First Division...

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    Unlucky chutney, Cukaricki are an well established PL side on my game so hope you do better this time around

    It stays the same from 2013 onwards on mine, as this is how it's supposed to happen IRL too (as mentioned here). The reason its 4 down in the First League is that there are 4 regional divisions below the First Division (1 team from each region getting promoted), although I agree its annoying that only 3 are marked as down until the final day (despite the league rules saying 4 down all the way).

    Also, I wouldn't worry about the promotion play-off between the top 2 divisions, it's almost pointless as I don't think I've ever seen a First Division club be within 2 goals on aggregate; for example last season it was 9-0 on agg to the top division side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetram View Post
    Unlucky chutney, Cukaricki are an well established PL side on my game so hope you do better this time around
    Thanks for that explanation midgetram. I have actually won more games as Cukaricki in the first 6 of the season than I did in the 23 I had in charge of Partizan (BB) last year - and that was after losing the opening 2! I'm sure I've heard of them before, although probably from a random Europa League opponent on a previous save, as they don't appear to have any history of note. What really appealed to me was they are already professional...

    Also, how do I qualify for the Cup? Partizan (BB) actually lost in the final in their promotion year (2011-12), but then I was never entered, and no entry again this year with Cukaricki. I assume its done on finishing position, or its random. One of the other promoted sides actually won the Cup last year, so I could have started the save in the Europa League , but that felt a little wrong, and not in keeping with the spirit of the Challenge (even though technically its acceptable)...
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    I'm not sure if it's a bug or not, but promoted sides into the First League do not play in the cup at all for that season but you will the following years afterwards. Also, the sides that are promoted into the top division enter at the same time as the First League sides.

    I'm guessing it's because the first draw you see is the 2nd preliminary round and so team allocation is done on where you are the season before (due to the late reset date that Serbia has), but I'm happy for someone to tell me it's something different if they know.

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    Chutney132's Serbian Adventure - Take II

    Cukaricki
    Season 1 - 2013/14

    Prva Liga Srbija -
    Champions! Promoted!
    Wow! What a Season! After the debacle at Partizan (BB) last year, I never saw this coming. We only hit top spot on the final day, and whilst always there or thereabouts I was never confident of a strong finish, as my teams traditionally fall apart late on...

    Player of the Season (both in my eyes and those of the fans) - Nemanja Josipovic - 23 Appearances, 3 Goals, 13 Assists, 5 MOMs and an Average Rating of 7.15 was a great return for the 24 year old, and he's been signed to a new two year deal as well, which I'm hoping to extend this summer.

    Code:
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    2012-13    Prva Liga Srbija    15th (of 16)    Didn’t Enter    Sacked after 23 Games
    
    Cukaricki
    2013-14    Prva Liga Srbija    1st (of 16)      Didn’t Enter    Champions! Promoted!
    Plans for next Season:
    1) Survive - obviously. I don't believe my team is cut out for the Jelen SuperLiga, but I am WAY below my Wage Budget (Im using about 18% of it!), so hopefully I can use some of that to attract some better quality players
    2) Plan for Long Term - even if I go down, I want to make sure this club is better positioned at the end of the year than when it started, so I will be focusing on improving both on and off the field

    Final Thoughts:
    What a Season! Really happy to have won promotion so quickly, but I am worried it will be too soon, as I didn't exactly set the Division alight... But I'm looking forward to it!

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    Congrats chutney; for a tip for the top league, just make sure you get caught adrift early on. There's usually a large group fighting for that 2nd relegation spot and if you can be in that (or above) at the winter break you should be fine with astute January signings.

    Josipovic looks like a good player to base the side around too

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    Chutney132's Serbian Adventure - Take II

    Cukaricki
    Season 2 - 2014/15

    Jelen SuperLiga -
    12th. Survival!
    If last season was a Wow!, this one is definitely a phew... As season of many ups and downs, culminating in a 1-0 win over relgated Mladost on the final day securing safety. My personal 'Game of the Season' was this one, which came at the end of a long winless run (1 win in last 14 games), which really kick started our recovery. I'm pretty sure there are those who would claim the game 'cheats' if they were Hajduk Kula after that one (they had a goal disallowed too!)...

    Lav Kupa - Out in Second Qualifying Round vs Novi Sad (Prva Liga Srbija) 1-3 AET - Not a very impressive debut, losing to a team I beat home and away without conceding a goal last year. But to be honest, I have no interest in this competition until I am established in the top flight.

    Player of the Season (both in my eyes and those of the fans) - Nemanja Josipovic - 29 Appearances, 2 Goals, 7 Assists and an Average Rating of 6.82 wasn't as good as last year, but when most of my team averaged less than 6.50 he was head and shoulders above. He's resigned until 2018 too now, so I'm hoping he'll run the midfield for a few more years yet.

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    Partizan (BB)
    2012-13    Prva Liga Srbija    15th (of 16)    Didn’t Enter    Sacked after 23 Games
    
    Cukaricki
    2013-14    Prva Liga Srbija    1st (of 16)      Didn’t Enter    Champions! Promoted!
    2014-15    Jelen SuperLiga    12th (of 16)      2nd Qual Rnd          Survival!
    Plans for next Season:
    1) Keep progressing. I'm happy enough with the side, and I have a couple of good signings (or so I and the scouts think) coming in July, so here's hoping it'll be a little less stressful this time around. That being said, I'm happy to have a few dogfights if it means the team matures to the required standard. I'd really like to blood some youngsters, but no-one that promising has come through yet, and I don't have the money to improve the facilities yet. I've always found Serbia to be a great source of talent on previous saves, so here's hoping...
    2) SCORE SOME GOALS!!! - 23 goals scored in 30 games (25 in 32 in all comps) is not good enough. Must do better. I mixed it between a rigid, balanced and fluid formation this year and none improved the scoring rate, so I think better players are needed.

    Final Thoughts:
    A really stressful, but ultimately rewarding, season. I thoroughly enjoyed the fight (although a couple of 5-0s and a 6-0 weren't too enjoyable ) and I'm up for another this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetram View Post
    Congrats chutney; for a tip for the top league, just make sure you get caught adrift early on. There's usually a large group fighting for that 2nd relegation spot and if you can be in that (or above) at the winter break you should be fine with astute January signings.

    Josipovic looks like a good player to base the side around too
    Thanks midgetram. As you can see above, I just about managed it this year, but I'm still a long way shy of chasing you down... ;)

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2014 season summary


    We did well in the group stage of the Upper League Cup, pipping KR to the top spot, but they also qualified and we got drawn together in the semis. They absolutely hammered us 5-1, as they turned out to be our bogey team this season.

    Very disappointed in the cup to go out in the first hurdle losing to first division side Leiknir, allowed us to concentrate on the league at least.

    It was a very up and down season in the league, though we were never top we were in the top 4 for the second half of the season and only lost the title by 3 points, but finished 4th. We were left rueing 2 heavy defeats to KR, a heavy home loss to surprise champions IBV (we beat them away), and many silly draws. All in all we could have easily won the league but it wasn't to be and we actually missed out on Europe on goal difference.

    League table - Graph

    Our player of the season was Paco van Moorsel again who is fast becoming a fans favourite at the club.

    Squad - Nobody really stood out as the average ratings all look pretty mediocre.

    Finances - Not bad, I'm also well below the wage budget meaning I can get in any of those trialists the agents throw at me.

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      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round | Overachievers

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    Unlucky with the sacking Chutney 132, but very good progress with Cukaricki since then.

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2015 season summary


    We managed to win all seven games in the Upper League Cup group stage, although we did have a relatively easy group, managing to avoid KR and Valur. We got an easier draw in the semis than last year and beat Keflavik 2-0. The final was a much tougher affair as we lost 3-1 to Valur, who would turn out to be this years bogey team.

    Much better in the cup this year, as we actually negotiated a tough first couple of rounds, beating last years champions IBV and KR, both away. Putting those teams out meant I had a pretty clear run to the final where we faced Vikingur. Match stats, we didn't play all that well but had plenty of chances and finally made the breakthrough in the 91st minute, our first trophy.

    A poor start to the season saw us win only one of our first four matches, including a home defeat to Valur which would prove crucial. Despite coming back well after that, we could easily have won the league again as our only other defeat came at home to surprise package Stjarnan which was very poor. In the end we finished 2 points behind Valur, but a 2nd place finish and a first venture into Europe is good enough.

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    Players of the season -
    Stefan Junker - Icelandic player of the season, excellent player who we'll struggle to keep hold of I think.
    Taer Nassar - The scorer of the cup final winner and 9 goals in the league, great in the air.

    Player of the season - We actually got a clean sweep in the Icelandic player of the season, strange choice that Winkler is above Nassar in second. No consolation for losing the league title though.

    squad - A much better season overall, with all the first team apart from the keeper over 7 average rating. Our German defender Paul Untch is wanted by a host of ok German sides (ie Karlsruhe), with him wanting to move to a bigger club I'll have to sell.

    finances - Around 150k down from last season but still well within wage budget, and playing in Europe should help out a bit.

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      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   | Euro Qualification

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    Congrats on surviving chutney, how settled is your squad at the moment? I always finds it takes a couple years to find players that work well together.

    And also well done on the cup win berty, let's hope you get a kind draw in Europe this season.

    FK Macva Sabac - 2027/28 End of Season Update - Super League
    Same old, same old...

    League
    (Positions) : Numero 12 was a bit harder than the previous couple, due to Red Star have a blistering start to the season, getting to Christmas with a 100% record, whereas we dropped points in a mad game at Rad. However in the new year, they regressed massively allowing us to ease over the line in the end. We even humiliated them on the day we won the title too, and then Partizan went on a 6 match winning run to pip them to the 2nd CL spot as well.

    Cup
    : Lead a pretty charmed life in the competition this year. Never really showed up against Partizan but went through on pens, and dominated in the Semis against Red Star without killing either leg off. The final though was a different story. Due to international call-ups, we had a fairly inexperienced side playing against mid-table Sindjelic. No matter though, dominating from start to finish in a 4-1 victory. That's 8 domestic cups to add to out 12 league titles now for those who are counting.

    Champions League
    : Oh hello Internazionale, so good to see you again. Paired with them for a 3rd year in a row, you know the story by now. 2nd in the group behind Inter, no real drama this time around.

    However, this time we managed to avoid Chelsea in the last 16, instead getting paired with last-year's EL runners-up Atletico Madrid. Frankly, I would've preferred the English side. 1-1 draw at home (as per usual) and a 1 goal defeat away (as per usual) sent us out at the last 16 stage (as per usual).

    Squad
    (1)(2) and Transfers
    : Slowly getting towards an all club-grown squad here, not sure whether that's impressive or stupid. Lukovic managed to get a lot of playing time this year due to big injuries to Djurovic and Bajic, yet all 3 were taken to the Euros by Serbia, and so eventually broke the club record for league goals, which was previously held by Vilotic.

    Player of the Season
    (who has NOT won it before...;)) : Slavisa Kamberovic - AML

    4 years in the first team now, and has an overall average rating in the league of 7.90. Maybe not the best player attribute wise in the squad, but probably one of the few very consistent performers I have in the bigger games.

    Finances
    : £10m loss on the year before dividends and transfers taken into account. Paid £15m in tax this year (goodness knows why), so overall not doing too bad again.

    Other Stuff
    : A selection of other events that have happened this season.

    My Under-19s finished well behind Vojvodina in the league yet still comfortably 2nd, whereas the Reserves were pipped into 3rd this time around.

    2028 Champions League Final: Atletico Madrid 1-1p FC Porto (Porto win 2-3 on pens). So the team that knocks me out still gets to the final, at least we can say that. 2nd final defeat in a row for Atletico after losing the EL one last year.

    2028 Europa League Final: Man City 3-0 Roma. This was strong this year, with the QF line-up being; Man City-CSKA Moscow, Sevilla-Roma, Juventus-Bordeaux, Arsenal-AC Milan.

    The 2028 European Championships were held in England this time, and shocks were made right from the off. World Cup holders Portugal failed to get out of their group, whereas Cyprus emerged from the Group of Death alongside Germany and Italy but crucially ahead of Belgium. Albania also qualified for the 2nd round ahead of Sweden in their group.

    Serbia, with 13 Macva players (and 8 ex-players) coasted through the group stage with 3 wins out of 3 and easily went past Cyprus in the last 16. In the Quarters, they managed to hold on with 10 men to beat surprise package Denmark on penalties - where also the Dutch won a shootout knocking out the holders France.

    A 2-0 win over Croatia in the Semi-Finals set up a match-up in the final with Spain. The final itself was a tight affair, but in the 2nd half Djurovic and then Basic in injury time secured a 2-0 win for Serbia. So essentially I've provided a winning team for the national side before they do it at club level.

    In the Oceanic Nations Cup the Solomon Islands beat Samoa 1-0 in the final. New Zealand finished bottom of their group behind the two finalists and Fiji.

    Also, I know its a known bug but it's nice to see that SI predict an American takeover of North Africa in the late 2020s

    History
    2012-13: FL - 5th
    2013-14: FL - 2nd
    2014-15: SL - 5th
    2015-16: SL - 2nd
    2016-17: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, EL Semis
    2017-18: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2018-19: SL - 1st, CL Groups, EL Last 16
    2019-20: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2020-21: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2021-22: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2022-23: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Semis
    2023-24: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Last 16
    2024-25: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters
    2025-26: SL - 1st, CL Last 16
    2026-27: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2027-28: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16

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    Well done midgetram, absolutely dominating domestically, need that final push to progress further in the CL though, good luck.

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2016 season summary


    Went through the Upper League Cup group stage unbeaten with a couple of disappointing draws. We got drawn against Valur in the Semi-Finals, but was disappointed to lose 2-1.

    We had an easy run to the Semi-Finals in the cup, but in a poor display lost out to Breidablik 1-0.

    Our first season in European competition didn't go too badly, I would have been happy to get through one round before starting and we did exactly that. We were drawn against Hungarian side Debrecen in the Euro Cup 2nd qualifying round, and we only just squeaked through in the end after a 2-1 home win and 3-1 down in the second leg to equalise on aggregate in the last few minutes to go through on away goals. We were drawn against Portuguese side Maritimo in the 3rd qualifying, while it was a difficult tie, I thought we may have an outside chance because they're not a huge club, though we lost 1-0 in both legs to go out 2-0.

    I guess at the start of the season we would have taken 52 points in the league which smashed the points record, but somehow due to KR's improvement we lost the title on goal difference. It was entirely our own fault though as we had it won after a great season only to lose our final match at home to IBV who finished 7th, meaning a KR win would literally hand them the title on a plate, which they did. A very disappointing end to a good season.



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    Player of the season -
    Flemming Kuhn - Record signing who cost us £220k, but I think it will be worth it.

    Best XI
    Squad

    Finances - Up from last season despite spending £220k on Kuhn, mainly due to selling star defender Untch to Karlsruhe for £725k.

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     Season | League - Position |   ULC  |  Cup      |      Europe         |    Achievements
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      2013  | D1 - 2nd          | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd         | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying |
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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2017 season summary


    The Upper League Cup was very disappointing this year as we tried a new formation, but in a very evenly grouped table we missed out by a point, but 12 points from 7 matches is poor and we didn't deserve to go through. KR also missed out as Njardvik finished top on only 13 points.

    We had another relatively easy run to the Semi-Finals in the cup, but again missed out in the semis, this time to FH 2-1.

    We had an easier first tie in Europe this season, being drawn against Albanian side Flamurtari, and we didn't disappoint winning both matches 2-0. A nice draw for the 3rd qualifying would have been nice but we got Spanish giants Villareal, the aim then was to keep the scores respectable. I think we did that, losing 2-0 away and only 3-2 at home to go out 5-2 on aggregate.

    Yet again in the league we got 52 points with an identical record to last season, but this time we won the title by a single point from KR, who else. I'm disappointed with the way we played through much of the season as we had four 1-0 wins in the last 8 matches, so we literally crawled over the line. It's a start though and we're crowned champions for the first time.

    League table - Graph

    Players of the season -
    Flemming Kuhn - Another good season from the versatile Danish player.
    Taer Nassar - Top scorer in all competitions, which isn't much to shout about because he only got 13.
    Sylvain Hoy - A player who has been with us since 2014, but this was his best season by far.

    Seasons best XI
    Overall best XI


    Squad

    Team report

    Finances - Up again, though we didn't sell anybody, probably mainly due to Euro money then.

    In other news: Noticed this in the board confidence screen, the board are actually planning a new stadium, which is nice considering we don't own the one we play in currently.

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      2013  | D1 - 2nd          | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd         | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | 
      2017  | PRM - 1st         | Groups | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | Champions

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    David Clark becomes new manager of Greek second division side Apollon .


    so i took over the club this was a season where we were expected to fight off relegation in end we managed to stay well clear of relegation.

    league table
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    transfers made few but not a lot.



    squad in work in progress


    Petros Konteonmy rock in middle of the pack solid season.



    Labros Chaniotistop scorer class.


    Dimitris Diamantis one creative players in my squad

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    2011/12 holiday season
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    Great work berty1978 on completing the domestic part of the challenge so quickly! And I thought I ran through the seasons quickly!

    Well done continuing the domestic dominance midgetram, I think I'm a way off that yet, Partizan and Red Star are far too strong at the moment... I haven't got the game running at the moment so not sure about how the team is gelling, although I would imagine the high turnover of players I have had recently will have negatively affected this. I also have quite a few players who want to leave to get first-team football.

    And welcome to the challenge dj clark boy, Greece could be an interesting challenge as its a tough league domestically, a lot of strong sides in the top flight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chutney132 View Post
    Great work berty1978 on completing the domestic part of the challenge so quickly! And I thought I ran through the seasons quickly!

    Well done continuing the domestic dominance midgetram, I think I'm a way off that yet, Partizan and Red Star are far too strong at the moment... I haven't got the game running at the moment so not sure about how the team is gelling, although I would imagine the high turnover of players I have had recently will have negatively affected this. I also have quite a few players who want to leave to get first-team football.

    And welcome to the challenge dj clark boy, Greece could be an interesting challenge as its a tough league domestically, a lot of strong sides in the top flight.
    thanks bud cheers enjoying it so far

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    so i took over the club last season where we were expected to fight off relegation in end we managed to stay well clear of relegation so this season was about trying to rebuild the squad .

    league table
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    transfers made few but not a lot.



    squad in work in progress


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    Christos Kalantzistop scorer class.






    Petros KonteonSolid season from him



    Labros Chaniotisgot few goals in haveing good partnership with Christos.


    Career Overview
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    2011/12 holiday season
    2012/13 Apollon  Greek National B Division        12 
    2013/14   Apollon  Greek National B Division   11

    next season

    few more buys and should hopefully push for promtion

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    Thanks Chutney132, the seasons are quick so I run through them pretty quickly. Luckily the missus likes reading, so she's happy doing that while I play FM and watch the Euros.

    Good start dj clark boy, you're not too far off pushing for a promotion spot. Is there a play-off system there as the 4th placed team went up rather than 3rd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berty1978 View Post
    Thanks Chutney132, the seasons are quick so I run through them pretty quickly. Luckily the missus likes reading, so she's happy doing that while I play FM and watch the Euros.
    Same here! She doesn't even mind me waffling about it to her either (although she does have a tendancy of saying 'are you winning?' the moment before I concede... )

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    berty1978*
    this is the for rules for Greece

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2018 season summary


    Upper League Cup: We were much better in the Upper League cup this season, winning 6 of 7 group games, only a draw at Valur stopping a 100% record. We also scored 21 goals and only conceeded 1, in the draw at Valur. We strolled past Vikingur in the Semi-final beating them 5-1. We were against my arch nemesis KR in the final and in a poor match all round we sneaked past them on penalties.
    The final

    We also won the Champions Cup

    Icelandic Cup:Poor again in the cup as we only managed to get through one round before getting a tough tie at Valur but it was a poor display as we lost 2-0.

    Europe:What can I say, unbelievable, I would have been happy getting past a round and then going out and having another crack in the Euro cup. We got a tricky Qual.2 tie against Hungarian champions Debrecen and after drawing the home leg 0-0 I wasn't too confident, however an excellent 2-1 win in Hungary saw us through. We'll surely go out in Qual.3 as we drew FC Copenhagen, somehow we produced a stunning display to win 2-0 in Denmark, though in the second leg they turned up and actually took us to extra time before we scored twice in ET to go through 4-2 on aggregate. This meant we were in the final playoff for the group stages, we were drawn against Polish champions Lech, my plan was to try and shut them out as much as possible. We sneaked a 1-0 home win and went behind in Poland only to equalise meaning they had to score twice to go through, but in a historic night for Icelandic football we held on to the draw to win 2-1 overall.

    We probably got about the toughest group we could get, with Bayern, Lyon and Atletico Madrid in our group. Not too much to say here as apart from an 8-1 loss at Bayern we managed to keep the scores pretty respectable and we finished with 6 losses, scoring just the 1 and conceeding 19. The best result was away at Lyon as we were minutes from a 0-0 draw when they scored a very late winner. Final table

    League:Amazingly this is the third season running we gained 52 points in the league with 4 draws and 2 losses. This time though we beat KR to the title by 4 points, with the matches between us being shared, losing at KR and beating them at home. Our only other loss was at home to IA Akraness, the fact it was played 2 days after our first ever CL group game against Atletico Madrid didn't help, so I will forgive my players this shock loss, didn't matter anyway.

    League table - Graph

    Players of the season:
    Flemming Kuhn - Another good season from Mr. consistant.
    Guido Grotsch - Excellent commanding centre back, who also gets his fair share of goals, all from headers of course.
    Bjarni Gíslason - His best season yet for our youth product, sadly though he got a long term injury in the last match before the CL group games started, I'm not sure he has a future at the club as I look to improve the squad.

    Seasons best XI
    Overall best XI
    Squad

    Finances - No prizes for guessing we're now extremely wealthy for an Icelandic club.

    In other news: Exciting times ahead for the club as firstly the board agreed to upgrade the training facilities and also because of our financial position had the option to turn professional. The board initially rejected but a bit of pushing and they agreed. So as of 2019 we are now professional, and we can scout the whole world.

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      2013  | D1 - 2nd          | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd         | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | 
      2017  | PRM - 1st         | Groups | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | Champions
      2018  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| 4th round | CL Group stage - 4th| CL Group stage
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    Chutney132's Serbian Adventure - Take II

    Cukaricki
    Season 3 - 2015/16

    Jelen SuperLiga -
    4th!!! Europa League Qualification!!! Record League Finish!!!
    Ridiculous. Absolutely Ridiculous. The team were brilliant all year, massively overachieving, including home wins over Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) and Partizan! Still don't score any goals, but shoring up the defence has greatly helped.

    Lav Kupa - Out in Second Round vs Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) on pens after 0-0 draw (A) - Really solid performance against a far superior side, but getting this over early doors was still priority, as at the time I was still terrified of that trapdoor...

    Player of the Season (both in my eyes and those of the fans) - Dusan Deket. A new hero for the faithful. He's actually been here since before I took over, but this year he came of age. 32 Appearances, 5 Goals, 7 MOMs (a new club record) and an Average Rating of 7.13 were major reasons why we conceded far less this year than last.

    Honourable mention for Nemanja Josipovic, who actually (In my eyes at least) had his best year for the club this year. 27 Appearances, 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 2 MOMs and an Average Rating of 7.00 was mainly due to me playing him in a more attacking role in midfield, as I tried in vain to increase our scoring rate.

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    2012-13    Prva Liga Srbija    15th (of 16)    Didn’t Enter    Sacked after 23 Games
    
    Cukaricki
    2013-14    Prva Liga Srbija    1st (of 16)      Didn’t Enter    Champions! Promoted!
    2014-15    Jelen SuperLiga    12th (of 16)      2nd Qual Rnd          Survival! 
    2015-16    Jelen SuperLiga      4th (of 16)      2nd Rnd         Europa Qual! Record Finish!
    Plans for next Season:
    1) IMPROVE FINANCES. This is a BIG issue now. I've got £186k in the bank, but if you consider in the last week I have been given 1.2m in sponsorship and chairman loans, thats a concern. Hopefully a (albeit brief) European Campaign will help here.
    2) Keep progressing. I seriously doubt our ability to maintain any form of Title Challenge, despite the fact that only Partizan, Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) and Vojvodina seem to be miles better than us, I fear the financial restraints will inhibit us this year.

    Final Thoughts:
    A wonderful season, capped off with the shock (there's no other word for it) of Europa Qualification, sees Cukaricki venture into the unknown next year, and I'm more than looking forward to it!

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    My imageshack is playing up, so I'll upload the images from my season tomorrow.

    Well done berty1978 on reaching the Champions League group stage! Results aren't (that ;)) important at the moment, just get the experience and get that all important money. Never has the phrase 'Its the taking part that counts' been more apt that in the early years of this challenge!

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2019 season summary


    Upper League Cup: We strolled into the Upper league cup final, winning all seven group games and beating Keflavik 5-2 in the Semis. The final was against our rivals KR (who else), and in a tense match as always the score was 1-1 after 90 minutes, but after an excellent extra time where we scored three times we won the ULC again.

    We also won the champions cup again.

    Icelandic Cup:Better this season, where we scored 16 goals in the first three rounds to make the semis. We were drawn against KR, and in a poor display we were thumped 4-1, we had a number of players on international duty, but that's no excuse really.

    Europe:After reaching the group stages last season there was some sort of expectation, however we still had to get through three qualifying rounds again. Luckily after last season we were seeded for the Qual.2 round, and were given what should be an easy draw against Faroese side B36, we didn't disappoint as we went through 11-0 on aggregate. We were seeded again for the Qual.3, and came up against Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia, in a nervy first leg we sneaked a 1-0 home win, but needen't have worried as we won the return leg 3-0. We were not seeded for the last qualifying round and got drawn against FC Copenhagen for the second time in two seasons. After a disasterous first leg we lost 2-0 and I thought it was the Eur groups for us, but then this happened in the second leg, amazing.

    We were in the bottom seeds again for the group draw, and got Paris SG, Juventus and Sparta Prague, I was targeting to get some points off Sparta Prague for sure. We got an unexpected draw at Juve in our first group match, and that maybe gave me some false optimism. We pretty much got hammered against Paris SG and the home match against Juve, but two good displays against Sparta Prague, including an excellent 6-1 home win saw us finish 3rd and qualify for the Euro knockout stage. Final table. We were drawn against Greek side Olympiakos with the home leg first, this will be covered in next seasons report.

    League:We pretty much strolled the league, I was disappointed to lose four matches, but for some reason FH did the double over us, and we also got our obligitory loss at KR, the only other defeat was the final match when we had long won the title. We did well to score 70 goals too, most coming in the first half of the season when we weren't concentrating on European football. Third title in a row.

    League table - Graph

    Players of the season:
    Flemming Kuhn - Giving him a mention as it looks like his last season because he won't sign a new contract, and he also gained his first Icelandic cap after becoming a citizen (takes 7 years in Iceland).
    Georges Kante - Unfortunately another player who won't sign a contract, hence why he's still only on £100pw. Plenty of interest in the goalkeeper as I'll look to cash in on him.
    Guido Grotsch - Plenty of interest in the centre back but I'll look to keep him as he's happy and got 4 years on his contract. Another excellent season with a few goals to boot.
    Andy Deegan - After being able to scout the world I sent a scout to the Asian Nations cup and Deegan was the stand out recommendation, signed him for £80k from Aussie club Blacktown City. Was absolutely immense in the right back position and still only 19, star for the future.
    Enrico Weiβ - I've had Weiβ in the team for the last couple of seasons, but made his breakthrough this season as I ditched the narrow formation to play with wingers. Was excellent on the left wing, as he's got pace and dribbling skills and scores a few goals too.
    Johannes Kirschbaum - Came into the first team after Gislassons injury effectively ruined his career, and never looked back. Scored 28 goals in all competitions, could and should have been a lot more as he had a disappointing end to the season. Not sure if I really rate him to take us to the next level as we look to improve in the CL.
    Jostein Andersen - Did well last season playing as an AMC, but really made the breakthrough as I moved him up as a striker, an excellent return of 33 goals in all competitions proved this. Already interest being shown, mainly from English clubs.

    Seasons best XI
    Overall best XI
    Team report

    Finances - After turning professional we're making huge losses on a month to month basis, but are in a fine financial position due to making the CL groups again. I don't think the bank loan will cripple us as we can almost pay it off here and now.

    In other news: The board have finally officially announced the plans for the new stadium. It's named after the only legend listed on the clubs info page, I'm now an icon so probably a few seasons too soon to be named after me, boo. The board are also continuing to allow upgrading of the training and youth facilities, and we also now have excellent junior coaching.

    Finally, if anyone is interested:
    We're up to 209th in the European club rankings.
    Iceland is currently 30th in the nation coefficients, slow progress as we're the only side to ever get anywhere in Europe.
    Icelandic Premier league up to 80th in the competition rankings.

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      2013  | D1 - 2nd          | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd         | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | 
      2017  | PRM - 1st         | Groups | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | Champions
      2018  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| 4th round | CL Group stage - 4th| CL Group stage
      2019  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| Semis     | CL groups - 3rd     | Euro Cup knockout

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    Well done on qualifying for Europe Chutney132, the first big step, hopefully you can get through a round or two.

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    Union Royale Namur - Gert Fontaine - Season 2 (2013/14)



    Friday 6th June 2014 – Namur Expo Function Room (this time in a slightly larger room)

    We may not be champions but we are up! It was a long hard road, fifty-one matches in all, but it has all been worth while!

    (A rapturous applause from those present explodes across the packed function room)

    Thankyou, thankyou. I am very proud of the team that stands up here before you tonight, this season is their doing. I have been fortunate to have the support of the board in building this team and the players have returned my faith ten fold through this season’s performance. We are very proud to be elevated to the Second Division and we will fight to continue to grow this club. It is overdue that a club from Namur be represented in the Belgian First Division, now we are within reach of our first goal, we can go up again and we plan to give it a real shake!

    That’s great Gert. How well can this team compete next season in the Second Division? What I’m saying is will you need to sign more players again next season?

    There will have to be some new faces next season, but the nucleus of this team will remain. We are good enough as it is, but we will build because we can. This season it has been well documented that we have changed the way we play football, our squad needs to reflect that, we are playing with wingbacks instead of fullbacks and wing-forwards, we need more central players and less wide players, so our squad will evolve again next season as necessary.

    Who were your standouts this season?

    Well obvuously Bryan was fantastic up front, Evans Kondogbia played serviceably as his strike partner. Once more the skipper Renan was a rock at the heart of our defence and young Adama was very solid in goals over a long and demanding season.

    That all sounds good Gert. Now there weren’t many people in Namur that had heard of Bryan Verboom before this season, he has certainly caught our attention now. What did you know of the young man prior to signing him?

    Look Franck, the thing is my scout had been watching Bryan playing for Anderlecht’s youth team and we knew what he could do against those his age, he was a prodigious striker throughout his academy years but we weren’t sure how he would step up to first team football. When Anderlecht chose not to offer him a professional contract we jumped at the opportunity to sign him, I am not surprised how well he has done – after all – we played an attacking brand of football this season so who wouldn’t want to be playing as a striker in our team.

    At just twenty-two do you think Verboom can remain at the club or are bigger clubs already circling?

    I honestly think Bryan will stay with the club for the three years that remain on his contract at the very least, he is a man of his word and he has firmly assured me that he wants to be part of Les Merles as we move forward. Don’t mistake me, he is a driven young man - reminds me of myself at that age, with a little more talent perhaps - but he wants this club to be successful and this season was just the first step.

    On that note we should welcome our 2013/14 Player of the Season… In I’m sure no surprise to you all I am proud to announce that first year player and leading goalscorer Bryan Verboom is your Les Merles Player of the Year!

    (A generous and warm applause filters up to the front of the room as the laconic Bryan Verboom joins Franck and Gert at the front of the room)

    Congratulations Bryan. What a season for the club and for you personally of course! Here the microphone is yours…

    Thankyou Gert. It is you that I thank the most, I have been given a great opportunity at this club and am proud to call it my club. I feel that I have been always capable of this and now I have had the opportunity I can repay your faith in me, so thankyou boss. Now I am only looking forward, I am excited to be playing in the Second Division next season and look forward to being part of this great club as we grow together.

    (The Celebrations continued into the night in Namur as supporters, players and the coaching staff dreamed of bigger and better things)


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    UR Namur Squad 2013/14
    Third Division A League Table
    Fixtures 1 Fixtures 2
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    Bryan “Boom” Verboom
    Adama Outtara
    Evans Kondogbia
    Renan Filipe

    Belgian Third Division A – 2nd(Promoted to Second Division)
    Belgian Cup – 5th Round
    Player of the Season – Bryan Verboom
    Top Scorer (League) – Bryan Verboom (24)
    Most Assists (League) – Bryan Verboom/Thomas Weydisch (10)
    Wages: 6800 euros
    Balance: -211000 euros

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    Well done on promotion haze.13, good season from the boom and nice update.

    As for me, this just doesn't happen. Update to come.

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2020 season summary



    results1, results2, results3

    Upper League Cup: We got KR in our Upper League Cup group and we managed to win 6 and draw at KR to go through as winners. We beat Valur in the semi-final, and managed to avoid KR in the final for a change as we beat IBV 3-0 to win the competition again.

    We also won the champions cup with a comprehensive victory over KR, again.

    Icelandic Cup:We had an excellent run in the cup, winning the first two rounds 6-0 and 9-0, and then winning at FH in the quarters (FH had beaten us in the league so was some revenge). We absolutely thrashed Valur 6-0 in the semis, the first time we had beaten them by this sort of margin in a competitive match. We avoided KR again in the final as we beat Keflavik 5-2 to finally lift the cup for the first time in 5 seasons.

    Europe:First of all we had a Euro Cup knockout round to play, against Olympiakos. We were unlucky in the first leg to only come away with a 1-1 draw at home, meaning we had it all to do. But the second leg was something else, we were outplayed for most of it, but after going 1-0 down we were much better and deserved to take it to extra time. As I was preparing for penalties they scored a winner in the 119th minute. Match.

    We easily dispatched Derry City 11-1 on aggregate in the CL 2.Qual round, and played Debrecen again in the next round and we just sneaked through in the end after a poor 3-2 home win but won 1-0 in Hungary. We were drawn against Red Star to make the group stage again, and after an excellent 2-0 win in Serbia we struggled a bit at home but got a 2-2 draw in the end to go through 4-2.

    This season we were third seeds for the group draw, meaning we would get one supposedly weaker team. We came out in Paris SG and Inter's group and the final team to be drawn were Olympiakos, who knocked us out in the Euro cup so some sort of revenge would be nice. We started with a 3-0 defeat in Paris, followed by a much better 3-1 win at home to Olympiakos. Then came the matches against Inter, while I was thinking just to stay ahead of Olympiakos to finish 3rd again what followed was amazing. I was more than happy with a 2-2 draw at home to Inter after going ahead twice actually, this then followed, an absolutely staggering 1-0 win in Milan. We then lost 3-1 at home to Paris SG, but we were still hanging on in 2nd place. We were level on points with Inter but a better head to head meant we were currently in the qualifying position. Simple, win in Greece and we were through, basically match or better Inters result. We never do things the easy way and we were hammered in Greece but keeping an eye elsewhere I knew Paris SG were winning and they held on to win all 6 of their matches. Final table, we absolutely squeaked through, I'll admit we were lucky to go through on 7 points but winning at Inter I think we deserve it. Got a plum draw against last seasons overall winners Real Madrid.

    League:Only lost once in the league, not against KR but at FH, and only by a single goal so disappointed not to go unbeaten, that will come I'm sure.

    League table - Graph

    Players of the season:
    Osvaldo Fernandez - After being forced to sell Kante, Fernandez came up as a replacement, doesn't matter that he is non-EU as Kante wasn't either so had a slot free. Was immense in his first season, including a man of the match 8.3 rating at Inter.
    Guido Grotsch - Another excellent season and scored 10 goals in all competitions, the sort of central defender you want.
    Ricardo Grecco - Looks an excellent prospect, signed for £1.5m it was a bit of a gamble but I hope it pays off. Had a good first season.
    Enrico Weiβ - Another outstanding season on the left wing from Weiβ, got more than his fair share of assists as well as goals.
    Emanuel Peroni - Not to be outdone, it was an excellent season on the right wing for the ex right-back Peroni.
    Jostein Andersen - What a season from the Norwegian international, 43 goals in 43 appearances, and a formidable partnership with Sabban.
    Esteban Sabban - Took a risk as we smashed the transfer record paying £2.8m for Sabban, and it has paid off already as he is our first player to score more goals than appearances with 44 goals in 42 matches played.

    Seasons best XI
    Overall best XI
    Squad
    Team report

    Finances - Selling a couple of players and making the CL groups again means we're very secure financially, and the board are continuing to accept my requests to improve the facilities.

    In other news: We have moved into our new stadium. I haven't set up any home friendlies, so the first team we play in the new stadium is Real Madrid, absolutely brilliant.

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      2013  | D1 - 2nd          | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd         | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | 
      2017  | PRM - 1st         | Groups | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | Champions
      2018  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| 4th round | CL Group stage - 4th| CL Group stage
      2019  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| Semis     | CL groups - 3rd     | Euro Cup knockout
      2020  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| Winners   | CL groups - 2nd     | CL knockout

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    Been away for a while, nice to see some fresh challengers here.

    Berty1978: Great progress in Iceland. Fantastic win against Inter.

    haze13: Welcome. Good luck in Belgium.

    Chutney132: Nice to see that you didn't give up. Looking good now.

    midgetram: I really, really hope that you win that champions league trophy now. You really deserve it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berty1978 View Post
    Well done on qualifying for Europe Chutney132, the first big step, hopefully you can get through a round or two.
    Cheers berty1978, and well done on that Inter game! We did alright, got through against San Marinese opposition in the Second Qualifying Round, but then threw away a 2-0 halftime lead at home to Galatasaray in the first leg (lost 2-3) to go out 4-3 on aggregate. Would have been happy with it if it hadn't been for that first leg collapse...

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton View Post
    Chutney132: Nice to see that you didn't give up. Looking good now.
    Thanks Taunton. I'd be lying if I said that the thought of quitting didn't cross my mind after the first season, but I am really happy I didn't!
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    Nice to see lots of updates this past week

    Berty, you're flying through the seasons now. Nice to see you've got the domestic domination almost sorted too now, I find it makes it easier to concentrate on European games if you know you can win most of the league games fairly comfortably.

    Welcome dj clark boy, not sure if anyone has done Greece so far. Be interesting to see how dominant the top sides are in the Premier Division since I've never seen anyone bar a few teams qualify for the CL in my save from there.

    Good job getting Europe this season Chutney. I think from experience regarding finances, try not and match the wages of the big sides quite yet; not unless you have the attendances to match it. Remember that the top two have easily over 20,000+ attending their games and so can afford to almost spend their way out of trouble if they have to.

    Congrats on the promotion haze.13, Verboom looks like a quality prospect too. Hopefully you can get into the top division soon.

    Taunton
    , I'm just hoping it's a matter of time. If the majority of the squad is good enough to win the Euros for the national side, we should be able to luck our way to a CL tile too ;)

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    And now, time for the next update in the mammoth game.

    FK Macva Sabac - 2028/29 End of Season Update - Super League
    Football is a cruel, cruel game...

    League
    (Positions) : 2 draws from the first 2 games made me fear that this would be a bit of a pain to get this season. But then we went on a 100% record up to the end of March pretty much sealed the deal once again. So that's 13 titles in a row, tied with Partizan for the most titles since the independence of Serbia.

    Cup
    : When the hardest game of a cup run is away to a non-league side, you know it's a pretty easy run. Hammering Red Star in the final is always a fun way to win a competition.

    Champions League
    : Right, this year's main aim (as for the past few years of course) was to at least make progress this season. An initial group of FC Porto, Fiorentina and Rangers gave us a real opportunity to get top spot in the group stage. However, we inexplicably drew our first 3 games which put is in a must-win scenario for the remainder of the games just to qualify. Luckily we managed to do this, including a 2-1 win over Porto (who did win the competition last season), and so once again got 2nd in the group.

    In the last 16, we were incredibly lucky; avoiding Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, but still managed to draw AC Milan. A poor first hour in the home leg was turned around by the introduction of Galic (more on him later) and managed to somehow secure a 3-2 home win. Travelling to Milan with a slender lead, we set out to get a goal and sit back for the rest of the game. Gaining a 2-0 lead (including a debut goal for Spasojevic) was great, and we were never in any real trouble and progressed 5-2 on aggregate.

    In the Quarters however, we couldn't avoid one of the big 4 [Madrid, Inter, Chelsea, Barcelona] and travelled to Catalunya to try and get a decent result to take home with us. I never expected to get a 1-0 smash-and-grab win, which put us in with a real chance of reaching our first semi-final. In the home leg, it was a lot more open than I would've liked, but with a 83rd minute equaliser; Stanic had seemed to have put us through. But there was still more drama to come as up steps a 32 year old squad player for Barcelona to score in added time (90+3') to send them through on away goals. To say I was slightly gutted was an understatement.

    We're due a bucket load of luck in this now after the draws we've had and how close we came this season shows we can do it, but I fear time is running out with this squad as if they can't win the CL here there's plenty of big-name European clubs that'll take them.

    Squad
    (1)(2) and Transfers
    : With the retirements of Katai and Lekovic - as well as the selling of Jankovic (to Kyiv) and Mladenovic (to Spartak Moscow) which for some reason was put in last year's history - meant that the 25 man squad has now 24 players that are club-grown. Might be a cause for my stagnation in Europe, but I don't want to move away from my 'project' now. Lukovic was finally sold to give Spasojevic more 1st team opportunities, and 13 goals in 12 starts is a pretty good way to back up the decision.

    Player of the Season
    (who has NOT won it before...;)) : Zeljko Galic - AMC

    Not to self: DO NOT SELL THIS GUY. Had to be done, you just don't find a guy with these attributes at such an early age. Internazionale have already bidded £10m this summer to try and tempt him away, which was soundly rejected.

    Finances
    : Pretty much broke-even when transfers and dividends are not taken into account. Think that's what the bare minimum should be each season. New scale means it's hard to see the variations now though.

    Other Stuff
    : A selection of other events that have happened this season.

    The Under-19s got their league back, smashing the total goal scoring record in the process. This game that secured the title shows the striker potential I have already coming through.

    2029 Champions League Final: Chelsea 0-1 Barcelona. Nice to see that our defeat was to the new champions, there's always that little consolation. In the Semis though, both Lyon and Benfica had leads after the 1st legs over the eventual finalists; means I could've probably got the final had Barca not cruelly sent me out.

    2029 Europa League Final: Zenit 0-3 Spartak Moscow. Both Russian sides beat German opponents in the Semis, Leverkusen and Stuttgart respectively.

    After the victorious Euros campaign, the national manager decided to leave the post; and the obvious choice to lead the national side was myself. Annoyingly. due to the challenge rules, I had to decline the offer though The new manager has done a decent job, falling behind early in the World Cup Qualifying group but had a very good summer in the Confederations Cup.

    Being drawn in the same group as hosts Italy, World Cup winners Portugal and South Korea, they managed to top the group with 7 points; only drawing against Italy in an inspired Italian defensive display. In the Semis, they disposed of South Africa quite easily (who had edged out Brazil in the groups) before playing Italy again in the final. A 2-1 win over the hosts gave us another good tournament experience, and if we qualify (which we should) we should be one of the main contenders for the World Cup next year.

    The Euro U-21 Championships also happened this year in Portugal. However, Serbia failed in the playoff round of qualifying to England 6-1 on aggregate; meaning a second consecutive failing to qualify. In the tournament itself England won the final 3-2 over France after only squeezing through their group containing France, Spain and Portugal on goals scored.

    The African Cup of Nations also took place in the beginning of the year, with Ghana edging out Algeria on penalties in the final. Hosts Egypt won the 3rd place playoff against Nigeria whilst holders South Africa failed to get out of the group stages, behind Algeria and Tunisia.

    History
    2012-13: FL - 5th
    2013-14: FL - 2nd
    2014-15: SL - 5th
    2015-16: SL - 2nd
    2016-17: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, EL Semis
    2017-18: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2018-19: SL - 1st, CL Groups, EL Last 16
    2019-20: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2020-21: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2021-22: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2022-23: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Semis
    2023-24: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Last 16
    2024-25: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters
    2025-26: SL - 1st, CL Last 16
    2026-27: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2027-28: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2028-29: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters

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    Epic season midgetram, such a shame you went out like that to Barcelona, had you won that you would have fancied to beat any of the other teams there.

    I'm going to juggle between this and my French game now (see other thread ;)), just to mix things up a bit so I don't get too bored of one save.

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    Great googly moogly midgetram, Galic is inSANE. I would trade my Francisco Fernandez (who regular thread readers will recognise) for Galic in a heartbeat.

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    have just been relegated no ill be trying this again this time in Croatia

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    Another great year midgetram, and that Galic is amazing. One of the best 21 year olds I've seen across the board... Don't suppose you remember how he was rated by coaches when he appeared? Any fears that the Chairman will sell over your head?

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    I agree with the insanity of Galic vurogj, it's just a bit of a shame that Stanic (the 2nd choice behind him) bitches a lot if he isn't starting around 50% of the games . That's why his substitute appearances are so high for this season.

    Chutney
    , I believe he was 4.5 star PA when he came through at 15 (though that is just a guess, I've never seen a 5 star PA guy come through), so I played him most cup games and unimportant league games at the end of the season as soon as I could. As for selling him over my head, I've had bids for Djurovic at around the £20m mark being auto-rejected so unless it's for stupid money I think it'll be fine, and to be fair for stupid money I would consider selling him too.

    Unlucky dj clark boy, hope Croatia works out better for you this time.

    Berty, good luck in your France save (but not too well that it stops you playing this one more ;)). I always want to try the Big-Euro one, but this one always takes too long for me to complete and so never get round to it.

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    Norrtälje is a locality and the seat of Norrtälje Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden with 17,275 inhabitants in 2010.
    Norrtälje traces its history to 1219, when the location was first mentioned as Tälje. After some time, the name officially became Norrtälje, to separate it from the other Tälje in the province, Södertälje. The city arms were created as an upside down anchor as early as 1622 when the charter was granted.
    In 1719 large parts of the central town that was built in wood was burnt down by Russian plunders. The new stone church wasn't finished until 1726, and it was another 4 years before the city hall was completed.
    Norrtälje had a railway station on the narrow gauge Roslagsbanan 1884-1969. It is now served by SL buses as a part of the public transport in Stockholm system.
    Norrtälje has a first class industrial heritage in the Pythagoras Mechanical Workshop Museum, based in the premises of a former hot bulb engine factory.


    BKV play at the Norrtalje Sportcentrum, with a capacity of 5000 (1000 seated)



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    I'm back again after a break from LLM, some of you may remember I completed the challenge on the first patch with YF Juventus in Switzerland, this time I have decided that Belarus is the nation for me. I was going to do a file that would let me play as RUOR due to their facilities but I decided that would be too easy, so here I am



    Zvezda-BGU 2012 Season


    First off the usual screenshots

    History

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    I decided to take on Zvezda as they are a relatively new club with little history which appealed to me as I have the challenge of making my own with them.

    Predicted 16th with only one or 2 players of any talent I quickly placed an advert for all jobs so I could get scouts to help improve the squad as I have no knowledge of the nation really bar one or two players.

    With their recommendations I acted pretty quickly signing 12 new players who actually looked too good for this level, the pick of them being Sashcheka who I was very lucky to get unchallenged.

    The season went a lot better than I expected as we ended it as champions, whilst we hardly walked away with the title we was pretty comfortable from September onwards. The contributions of my signings warranted some of the high wages as they in the main put in good performances over the course of the season. The low point was being knocked straight out of the cup in the second round, though we probably didn't have the strength in depth to have a prolonged campaign in that anyway.

    For the new season I have managed to sign three new players who will improve the squad dramatically, I did have quite a few targets but finances meant I couldn't get them all, however the three I have brought in should have a big hand in keeping us up and with the scouting range increased now I may be able to find a few more as the season goes on.

    Rakhmanov offers some quality in midfield and I was pleased to get him. The next two players however are something else.

    Frimpong

    Acevedo

    I was really shocked that the agent of either came along and offered them once I seen them when they came in on trail, but both look superb for a club our size and with some tough negotiating I manged to get them full time, I don't expect to keep either for long but i'll make the most of them.

    We move back in to our 1,300 capacity stadium in August which should help a little with our finances as we have been losing about £20k a month

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    hey all have done this challenge in the past. was wondering is it possible to do it in the irish league as I know that the bottom team in league first division doesnt get relegated. is there a dataase i can use to alow the bottom team to be relegated?

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    Good luck CMHarrogate and Dexter_Morgan.

    incubusking, I didn't know that was the case, I'd say holiday a season and take control of who finished bottom in the first division. I don't think altering the database is allowed in this challenge so I'm sure you can do it that way.

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2021 season summary



    results1, results2, results3

    Upper League Cup: We sailed through our Upper League Cup again with 7 wins out of 7. A 3-0 win over Stjarnan in the Semis set up another final against KR. Again we beat them to win the competition.

    We also won the champions cup with another 3-1 win over KR.

    Icelandic Cup:We had a bit of a scrappy run in the cup, only beating first division KA 3-1 in the 3rd round to start with. A narrow 1-0 win against Valur in the fourth round was followed by wins against Njardvik and Fram meaning yet again we had a final against KR. We got a narrow win to win the cup again.

    Europe:It was fitting the first match in our brand new all seater stadium was against European giants Real Madrid, I obviously had no hope and would just have been pleased with a few goal loss rather than a spanking. However somehow we managed to hold them to a 2-2 draw obviously in front of a capacity crowd after going 2-0 behind, but surely in the second leg we would get absolutely thumped. This was not the case again as we went out 2-1 on the night and a very respectable 4-3 on aggregate.

    The start of the next Champions League campaign went of to a decent start beating Linfield 7-0 on aggregate. We were drawn against Croatian side Hadjuk in the 3rd.Qual round, and we should have beaten them quite easily considering the results we got last season but in a nightmare first leg we lost 3-0 away, we created enough chances but the defending was shocking. We couldn't turn it round in the second leg despite our best efforts, despite dominating the game we only managed to find one goal to go out 3-1 on aggregate. This meant an entry to the Euro Cup, and not even the group stage yet as we had to get through a tough qualifying round against Vitesse, lucky we upped our game a bit and got a 1-0 away win and despite them making a dramatic comeback in the second leg we won 5-3 on aggregate.

    We got a tough group with Russian side Rubin, Galatasaray and Austria Wien. After a 1-0 home loss against Rubin and draws at both other teams we had 2 points from 3 games and it wasn't looking good. Somehow we found another gear and won the remaining three games, scoring 10 and only conceeding 1 in the process, and winning the group. However our luck didn't improve as we got an incredibly tough draw against Zenit in the first knockout.

    League:We finally went through a season unbeaten, not only that but we won every match. The closest match was at Selfoss as it was 0-0 going into injury time only for us to grab a 93rd minute winner, the biggest wins as usual came at the start of the season as we ran out of steam a bit towards the end.

    League table - Graph

    Players of the season:
    Guido Grotsch - Immense in central defence again and scoring 14 goals too.
    Enrico Weiβ - He is now wanted by a host of top German clubs not surprisingly.
    Emanuel Peroni - Peroni had an excellent season but wants to move to a bigger club, will probably have to cash in on him soon.
    Jostein Andersen - Scored 43 goals in 43 appearances again.
    Mate Novacic - This guy looks the part, will probably become even better than Grotsch.
    Ingimar Haraldsson - Finally an Icelandic player comes good, not a product of our academy, but signed for 120k from IA as I look to sign any good Icelandic prospects ASAP in their careers.
    Adilio Weibolt - Broke the transfer record

    Seasons best XI
    Overall best XI
    Squad
    Team report

    Finances - Having not made the CL group stages we missed out on millions (and spending £3m on Weibolt) is shown by the fact the finances have gone down quite drastically this season.

    In other news: We now have top training facilities. And more news at the end of the season as the board agree to upgrade again.

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      2013  | D1 - 2nd          | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th         | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd         | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd         | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | 
      2017  | PRM - 1st         | Groups | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | Champions
      2018  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| 4th round | CL Group stage - 4th| CL Group stage
      2019  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| Semis     | CL groups - 3rd     | Euro Cup knockout
      2020  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| Winners   | CL groups - 2nd     | CL knockout
      2021  | PRM - 1st         | Winners| Winners   | EC Groups - 1st     | Won every domestic match

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    Cheers berty and well done on winning every league match.


    Zvezda-BGU 2013 Season

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    Acevedo

    Cup (knocked out in 3rd round)

    It's been a while since i've had a season as hard as that on FM, which actually has me enjoying this save more than any in a while because I know I can't just go out and get a team full of foreign regens to help me along. As you can see in the screenshot Acevedo practically kept us up single handedly. If I have one criticism it is that he lacks pace otherwise he'd have been a perfect poacher.

    After a good start to the season where we picked up 3 wins and a draw in our first 6 games we had a horrible run of not winning for 12 matches and had a couple of 4 and 5 goal hammerings I was beginning to think we could go down. It wasn't that we were terrible in that time, just that it was obvious the squad was not good enough to handle injuries and suspensions. My first choice 11 often gave even the big clubs a tough game. Luckily for the last 10 games we managed a run that only seen us lose once, which was the final game of the season and we finished a decent enough eighth place which i'd have been more than happy with back at the start of the season.

    Finances during the year prevented us getting a few free agents in the summer transfer window, so I finished the season with the same squad that started it, but I had more or less picked out the players I wanted for this season well in advance and managed to get 4 of the 6 Belarussian players I targeted.

    Khatkevic

    Levitskiy

    Tagil

    Vitus

    All improve us dramatically even if they don't look much. The full backs and goalkeeper especially were needed badly as we were poor in those areas.

    My other 2 signings came from agents offering out

    Essien is more a rotation signing as I can't expect to be lucky with Acevedo having another injury free season.

    Pulkin on the other hand is probably now the best player at the club and will be important for us.

    Surprisingly I had 2 regens come through that may actually turn out to be of use

    Lukhvich

    Kuznetsov

    Both are 5 star potential, which mightn't be that great amongst this group of players but if they turn out to be an improvement then that's all that matters.

    The board has decided to double our capacity which is a bit handy but with ticket prices only being 80p and a season ticket being £5 it won't make much difference really

    Aims for this season is to obviously do better than last in terms of league position, but I would like a bit of a cup run too this year, we was lucky to go through the 2nd round against a non league club even which was worrying.

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    2012   | First League    | 1st       | 2nd Round | N/A
    2013   | Highest League  | 8th       | 3rd Round | N/A

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    Good first season there Dexter, with season tickets costing £5 and the expansion costing £650k, I make that 130,000 season tickets or 812,500 matchday tickets needed to break even, a good deal I think.

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    As of next season there will be two clubs entered into the CL qualifying stages from Iceland, though we're still the only team to get anywhere so it's all down to us. ;)

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    Cheers berty. Yeah makes no sense at all to me BATE are actually cheaper for matchday tickets at 60p but their season tickets are £8.10p

    Well the start of this season is a lot better than most of last season, we are still struggling to keep clean sheets but we've only let more than 1 in twice so far so it is a slight improvement.

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    Alright just holidays a season and to my surprise the league format changed and 4 teams were promoted to the first division. Decided to manage Cherry Orchard who are one of Ireland's better known non league clubs they have trained a number of Irish players such as Andy Reid and Glenn Whelan. Anyway my goal for the season was to consolidate my position in the league, with only one relegation spot. I am confident of achieving this so far I have signed a mix of semi pros and amateurs to the club. Only problem with this league is the fact that there is 48 games a season which is a bit much imo :S

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    Zvezda-BGU 2014 Season

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    Well I can hardly believe it myself, we were never far off BATE or Dinamo Minsk but going in to 30th game of the season we were looking at 3rd place as BATE were 3 points ahead of us and Dinamo 4 points but BATE lost and Dinamo drew whilst we won arguably the hardest game we had left awat to Gomel, that left the table looking like this with 3 games left to play. What I didn't realise right up until matchday 31 was that BATE and Dinamo still had to play each other and all of a sudden the result changed the shape of the title completely to leave all 3 teams on 65 points.

    Going in to the penultimate game of the season Dinamo lost for the 2nd game in a row to leave them all but mathematically out of it because of ours and BATE's superior goal difference.

    Going in to half time on the final day everything was going fine with us winning 2-0 at home to Mogilev and BATE were drawing their game but for some reason we had a collapse in the 2nd half and Mogilev got the game back to 2-2 in the 76th minute whilst BATE had taken the lead in thier game moments earlier. A nervous finish is not the word as I thought we had blown our chance (though I never expected to be anywhere this position at the start of the season so I should have expected a blip ) and our game went in to 4 minutes added on time and we never looked like scoring then out of nowhere literally a second or 2 before our game finished BATE had conceded an equaliser which gave us the title.

    I'm still a bit shocked by it now, it's been a while since I have won a title like that and we certainly over achieved, though the additions we made were certainly a big help as a lot of the mistakes we were making in defence last season were cut out, though far from perfect.

    As you can see from the finances screen we are in a bad way. I have only been able to sign Patoski for next season and have lost out on all my other free targets because we couldn't offer them the wages. I have targets I could sign if I had money but nobody really good enough for free who is from Belarus. This is worrying because my attacking line is aging, I need another DM and i'm still not happy with the full backs or keeper even though they were a big improvement on last years team.

    Sorry for the long post I'll add any other transfers (if any) on another post.

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    2013   | Highest League  | 8th       | 3rd Round | N/A
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    Well done Dexter, you got through that part of the challenge quickly.

    As for me, will have next update coming soon, including this:
    Holy mother of God, unfortunately my other CB (Grotsch) won't sign a new contract so will have to sell him too, if I get anything near that amount I will be happy.

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    Ha, wish I could get £1M for one of players at the minute

    I've won it too early if anything, my squad is aging and no money to replace anyone, the usual case of players wanting to move on (even though nobody wants them ) my facilities are a state, i'm expected by the board to at least get a Europa place. It's a bloody mess Just hoping I can get at least a winnable CL tie, so at the worst I can a bit of money from that and a crack at the Europa for a bit extra. Looking at BATE's run last year they had a pretty easy first 2 ties and lost the last CL tie and went in to the Europa so there is a little hope, but we all know it never works out that way.

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    Wow great progress Dexter. Hope you have a kind CL draw, the money could help your finances a lot.

    £19.75m for a defender berty?!?! I think that matches the highest fee I've received for my magic Serbians. I'll have an update up myself some time this evening/early morning, including a long European campaign once again ;)

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    Bwahahahahahahahahaha, Novacic has snubbed SLB (would post screenie but photobuckets down), means we miss out on almost £20m but keep our star player for the time being (has 2 more years on his contract).

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    Quote Originally Posted by berty1978 View Post
    Bwahahahahahahahahaha, Novacic has snubbed SLB (would post screenie but photobuckets down), means we miss out on almost £20m but keep our star player for the time being (has 2 more years on his contract).
    Lucky you some of mine are trying to use every excuse under the sun to leave right now.

    If photobucket was up and running I'd have more to write here...

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    Zvezda-BGU 2015 Season

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    Cup 2014/15 4th Round(2015/16 4th round tie played next season)

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    Puklin


    Another great season for us, in fact it went better than expected with the qualification to the group stages of the CL whilst trying to keep in touch with Dinamo Minsk at the top of the table. I decided the only way to cope with the amount of games was to risk losing league points and go for it in Europe for at least the first game in every tie and see how that went before making the choice between league or Europe for 2nd leg ties. As luck would have it in rounds 2 and 3 we had enough of a lead where I could play reserves in the 2nd legs but the game against Sparta Prague was a different story. At half time we were 4-1 down and looking out of it, but we managed to claw a bit of a lifeline. I debated for a bit whether it would be too much of a lead for us to realistically turn around and if I should concentrate on the league and write the tie off and how my gamble to play reserves in the league and the first team in the second leg paid off.

    The reason I was concerned about the league was we only had a 3 point lead over Minsk and my results around European ties, especially before first legs was far from great. Of course that was because I was playing 2 completely different sides in the games but luckily Dinamo Minsk only managed a point lead over us in that period.

    As you can see the group stages were a disaster The sole point picked up at home to Ajax, but that was a bonus in my view, getting there was my main concern. Unfortunately with those funds the board gave in to neither my facilities upgrade or my transfer money request, I did get the youth coaching increased though. What is frustrating about my 2 requests being refused is my board decided to waste money on another 1000 seats which are next to useless.

    They did give me £2M to spend in the pre season though and I paid out cash for my first three players

    Kulchiy Report

    Gerasimets Report

    Our record signing Parechin who I had been trailing for almost a year from RUOR. With these three I am pretty happy with our depth in attacking positions and though I would like one more DM we should be fine for the season unless my other target becomes available for cheaper.

    My final signing was Matveenko on a Bosman, he can play FB, WB, wide midfield and wing on either side which is something that couldn't be ignored, though I want him to play RB in the main.

    I'm pretty glad I got to do those deals early as the chairman is willing to listen to offers, I don't think I could cope with another summer of trying to fit below par players in the team for certain games as I don't think with the age of some of them i'd have been able to get away with it again anyway

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    2012   | First League    | 1st       | 2nd Round | N/A
    2013   | Highest League  | 8th       | 3rd Round | N/A
    2014   | Highest League  | 1st       | 4th Round | N/A
    2015   | Highest League  | 1st       | N/A       | CL Knockout
    Apologies for the long post, was going to explain my CL qualification yesterday but as others have said photobucket was playing up and I felt it was easier to explain it with pictures

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    No need to apologise for the length of post Dexter, a little more detail helps me (and possibly others) get more involved in the story you are building. Same for the other guys who are doing the challenge, share more, it's great to read.

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    Great progress, Dexter. Impressive second leg gamble that really paid off.
    Hope the uefa rankings have improved a bit so the way to the CL gets a bit easier next year.

    Puklin seems as a great player. KUTGW!

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    Cheers Taunton and vurogj. The Highest league has gone up to 33rd in the rankings from 49th, it wasn't enough to improve CL places or start a round later but it was enough to move participants in the Europa a later start in the competition. I was also seeded this time in my first two CL qualifiers.

    We've had a brilliant start to the new season running away with the league which gives us a lot of breathing space for CL games unlike last year. Gerasimets, Kulchiy, Parechin and Matveenko have all fitted in better than I expected for their first season. I forgot to add the screenshots of the 2 youngsters I shown 2 seasons back that came through our youth academy, Lukhvich and Kuznetsov both had about 25 games each last season and have improved well (and even more this season) Kuznetsov is now playing almost every game as he seems to constantly perform unlike Frimpong and Moukakounou.

    I finally grew tired of Acevedo's refusal to sign a new contract for an affordable amount and with a year and half left on his current one I reluctantly sold him to Granada for £3M plus 15% of any future fee. It was a shame to let him go after over 100 goals in his 3 and half years but I couldn't risk losing him for nothing or even too much of a lower fee.

    Frimpong has also gone for £10k, I am actually sure he was worth a lot more than that but his moaning was getting too much so I let him go.

    What those departures have allowed me to do is add to the squad

    Pedersen was signed on a free before I let Acevedo go, I actually think if I can work on his composure his extra bit of pace may be even more of a goal threat.

    Sepiashvili is a £250k signing and is the final piece in the DM position I was looking for.

    Sliwinski is Frimpong's improved replacement costing £14k compensation. His pace is the only thing that worries me a little but I am working on that.

    Hardzeichuk is a £90k signing from Gomel, he will be my first choice left back.

    The shake up of the squad over the last 2 windows has made us a lot more competitive I feel, certainly in the league we can afford a few injuries now. I am hoping the fact that we've mainly brought in youth with good potential will help us grow a bit in Europe, more from next season than this.

    We have quite a few contracts running out at the end of the season and thankfully the new signings mean I can let them all go. I aim to get one more domestic AM/Winger, CB and we are desperately in need of a better goalkeeper because Khatkevich always seems to have an error in him.

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    A bit later than planned, but here it is.

    FK Macva Sabac - 2029/30 End of Season Update - Super League
    Backwards once again...

    League
    (Positions) : Easy as you like once again. The defeat was against Rad once again :mad: last 2 league defeats have been against them. 14 titles in a row now, making us the record holders for most league titles now.

    Cup
    : Cruised to the final once again, but this time due to basically the entire team being called up for internationals or missing through injury I had to play a full youth side against Red Star. So a 5-1 hammering occurred, but I can't really complain too much about that since we were playing against a pretty much full strength Red Star side.

    As a side note, that win over Smederevo (who were 5th at the time) is a record win for the club in all competitions...

    Champions League
    : 2nd seeds once again in the group stage draw, and we were drawn with Internazionale - naturally - alongside CSKA Moscow (who hammered Shakhtar in qualifying 9-1) and FC Kobenhavn. A easy win against the Danes was then followed up with 2 dire performances at home to both CSKA and Inter. This put us in a precarious position and another defeat (1-0 in Milan) put us in a do-or-die situation in the last 2 games. Win both and we qualify, drop points and we would fall back into the Europa League. A 3-0 win over Kobnhavn was the easy game, but in Moscow we could only manage a 2-2 draw, pushing us down to 3rd in the group and into the Europa League after the winter break.

    Europa League
    : So dropping down into this for the first time in 7 years, I wanted a minimum semi final appearance, as this is where we progressed to in that campaign. By being (somehow) the 2nd best team to drop down from the CL, we were seeded for the last 32 draw and got a favourable tie as a result against Turkish side Trabzonspor. Both legs were fairly comfortable, winning 3-0 in Turkey and 4-1 at home to progress 7-1 on aggregate.

    In the last 16, we were paired with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, who we incidentally played 7 years ago in our last EL run. We won then and this time was no different, winning 5-2 in the Ukrainian capital and powering to a 4-1 win at home. A 9-3 aggregate win put us in the Quarters where the sides we could face were; Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Fenerbahce, Lazio, Manchester City, Olympique Marseille and Sporting Lisbon.

    With our luck with Euro draws I wasn't expecting anyone other than Madrid or Man City, so imagine my surprise when we got Fenerbache instead . We took full advantage of this, winning 5-0 in the home leg and cruising to a 2-0 win in Turkey putting is into our 3rd EL semi final (after being there in 2017 and 2023). In the Semis, we managed to get Dortmund (who were probably the weakest side out of the 3 alternatives), but our 100% record in the competition ended with a frustrating 0-0 in Germany. Not to be defeated though, we eventually got the breakthrough in the home tie; finishing with a 2-0 win on the night and overall.

    So, in 2030 we managed to get to our first European final. Not the main one I admit, but a good experience nonetheless. We played a Manchester City side who included our record-appearance holder Slobodan Violtic, albeit he is being used a bench player for them. We dominated the final from start to finish, but somehow were never actually in the lead for any period of time; Altino Wasler (the Swiss national keeper) getting MoM with a 9.2 rating was the only player who kept us at bay for the entire game meaning that what in most games would be a comfortable win ended up as a bitterly disappointing 2-1 defeat.

    Worryingly, I think we may have used up our Euro luck for the next century with our EL draws; so I'll put a bet on getting Inter in the CL groups for the foreseeable future.

    Squad
    (1)(2) and Transfers
    : Siljak left us after a good 7 years in the first team, although this was somehow put on last year's transfers list, whereas Stanic and Saric were complaining too much for their own good and thus shipped out. Every outfield player apart from the fullbacks scored at some point this season, pretty sure that's a good thing in a way

    Player of the Season
    (who has NOT won it before...) : Milomir Starcanin - GK

    Pretty much the best goalkeeper that I've seen Serbia produce; just unluckily he's behind Zeljko (our former GK from years ago) in the queue in the national side. He's been pushing for a move now for a year and a bit, but I think after a season of keeping clean sheets in over 50% of the games he started is good enough to be considered for this for once.

    Finances
    : I don't like this new scale, you can't tell differences between a £190m balance and a £175m balance... The shareholders (who lets face it have done bugger all) decided to take only just over £10m this year for their "hard work".

    Other Stuff
    : A selection of other events that have happened this season.

    The Under-19s won their 2nd league title in a row, and their 8th overall. Once again we score goals for fun but need the defence shaping a little bit.

    2030 Champions League Final: Manchester United 2-0 Arsenal. 3 English sides in the last 4, just like old times. AC Milan were the other side in the Semis.

    It was World Cup year this time around, and with it being held in Europe - Italy to be precise - I was expecting Serbia to perform well. The squad in the end included 17 Macva players and 6 Ex-Macva players (I'll let you do the math about how many others there are ;)) In the group stages, they comfortably won all their group games against Cameroon, Saudi Arabia and Belarus (who qualified ahead of the Netherlands for the tournament). In the 2nd round, they beat another African side in Morocco 2-0 before having to play the Dutch in the Quarters.

    The underlying theme of this tournament was shocks, shocks and more shocks. Holders Portugal went out in the group stages, as did the previous runners-up Algeria and France (runners-up in Qatar). Top ranked sides such as Brazil (7th), Germany (2nd) and Denmark (4th) all went out in the 2nd round too, by which stage only Serbia, Spain and Netherlands were the only top-10 sides left in the last 8.

    So in the Quarters, as Serbia comfortably won against the Dutch, and with Spain in the other half of the draw; the final looked set in stone. This was before the surprise packages of all surprise packages decided to crash the party once again.

    Nigeria (yes another African side) had already led a charmed life in this tournament, nonetheless only getting in the first place on away goals in the African qualifiers. In the groups, they lost the opening game to Spain but then thrashed Australia and edged out Belgium to get into the 2nd round, where they played the hosts Italy. Not to be finished, they had the audacity to beat the hosts on a penalty shoot-out at the San Siro and used that momentum to beat Colombia in the last 8.

    So back to the Semis, where the surprising Nigerians played Serbia and despite going down to 10-men early, they managed to pull off another upset, winning 3-2 due to 91st minute winner by Isaac Odita who ironically scored 1 goal all season last year for Partizan Belgrade. So the final was to be a repeat of the opening Group B game with Spain playing Nigeria. This time though, the result was always going to be different. An early red card for the Spanish MC Iván didn't stop an early Spain goal, but that was as good as it got for them, with the Super Eagles dominating for the most of the game. Despite equalising before HT, they couldn't get the decisive 2nd goal; until a penalty (and a fairly debatable one at that) was given for Nigeria to pretty much seal the win. Arsenal's Emmanuel Cole slotted it home, creating history as Nigeria became the first African side to win the World Cup; winning the final 2-1.

    Serbia's record shows that they hammered Paraguay to get 3rd spot and actually extend their lead at the top of the World Rankings.

    History
    2012-13: FL - 5th
    2013-14: FL - 2nd
    2014-15: SL - 5th
    2015-16: SL - 2nd
    2016-17: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, EL Semis
    2017-18: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2018-19: SL - 1st, CL Groups, EL Last 16
    2019-20: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2020-21: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Last 32
    2021-22: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2022-23: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Groups, EL Semis
    2023-24: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Last 16
    2024-25: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters
    2025-26: SL - 1st, CL Last 16
    2026-27: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2027-28: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Last 16
    2028-29: SL - 1st, Cup Winners, CL Quarters
    2029-30: SL - 1st, Cup Runners-Up, CL Groups, EL Runners-Up

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    Zvezda-BGU 2016 Season

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    Knocked out of Europa First Knockout 8-0 agg by Spurs ()

    Super Cup Winners


    There's a lack of screenshots because I forgot to take them due to getting so engrossed in the save so apologies for that

    Another decent season for us though I was a bit disappointed with Europe because Metalist were there for the taking in both games against them and we let leads slip late in both, we also let in a last minute goal at home to Atletico. It still wouldn't have been enough to keep us in the CL after christmas but it would have been nice to have the extra points on the board and the bit extra cash but I guess it wasn't to be this time around around. Spurs hammered us in the Europa and it could have been more so no complaints there.

    In addition to the signings made in my last post the pre season saw us bring in Dzmitry Rekish in on a free and Tsykunov will join in the July window for £160k. Also in comes Dvorak who is Puklin's replacement who went to BATE for £1M +15% of next sale because with 10 months left on his contract he wouldn't sign a new one and I didn't want to take the risk of losing him for free. Usually I wouldn't sell to a rival but I kind of don't want the save to go stale domestically, as my Club Brugge save before this one got too easy and don't want the same happening here as it's going to take a while to get a mostly Belorussian side capable of winning the CL.

    Pedersen was in superb form for us last year, scoring 35 goals in 26 games and I am hoping he can do the same this year.

    Our board takeover was completed and for a while I was left to wonder if I still had a job (after all i'd done in a short time already ) But in addition to the training upgrade I already had arranged I got this message plus a 4th boost to the youth coaching to now give us exceptional coaching. They also decided to put just under 1,000 new seats in which will take us to roughly 4,500 when done. Now I have managed to keep my job I am quite pleased with this takeover, the chairman seems to want the club to do well and gave me £13M to spend as well so obviously whilst not a sugar daddy type he is willing to put money earnt by the club back in to it

    Aims for this season.

    Youth Recruitment Network Increased

    Training/Youth Facilities Increased

    Group Stage of CL again, with at least a win this time.

    New goalkeeper, CB and a DM, possibly full backs too as these are where we are at our weakest, especially with Pulkin's departure.

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    2012   | First League    | 1st       | 2nd Round | N/A
    2013   | Highest League  | 8th       | 3rd Round | N/A
    2014   | Highest League  | 1st       | 4th Round | N/A
    2015   | Highest League  | 1st       | Semi Final| CL Group
    2016   | Highest League  | 1st       | N/A       | CL Group/Europa 1st Knockout

    Well done on your first European final midgetram, hopefully better luck next time
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    Unlucky against Man City in that EL final midgetram, would have been nice to get that first European trophy.
    Well done on getting into those CL group stages dexter.

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    Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - 2022 season summary



    Domestic Cups: We sailed through the ULC group stage, and even beat Keflavik 6-0 in the Semi-finals, but the final was much tougher as we scraped past Valur 1-0. The Champions Cup was a comfortable 4-1 victory over FH.
    Quite an easy run to the Cup final where we beat surprise finalists Stjarnan 5-0, it was probably the first season we didn't meet KR in any final.

    Cup results

    League: After winning every match last season I went for goals, after getting 49 in the first half of the season there was still an outside chance of the 100, but it wasn't to be as we ended up with 85. While concentrating on scoring goals I forgot KR and Valur away were still tricky fixtures and got a bit complacent.

    League results 1
    League results 2

    League table - Graph

    Europe: Our first task was the tricky tie against Zenit, we matched them pretty evenly I thought over the two legs but disappointingly lost each leg 2-1. As it happens Zenit made it all the way to the final where they lost 4-0 to Liverpool

    Luckily we got an easy run to the group stage this time round, beating Maltese side Marsaxlokk 13-0 on aggregate to start with, wins over Dinamo Tblisi and Kalmar followed. We were seeded fourth this time and got a tough draw with AC Milan, Paris SG and Panathinaikos. We managed to get the wins over Panathinaikos, including an emphatic 4-0 home win. The rest of the games were close, with us managing to get a home draw against Milan, but meant we finished third and the Euro knockout again. Of all the teams we could have drawn we got Real Madrid.
    Group table

    European results

    Players of the season:
    Guido Grotsch - Unfortunately won't sign another contract as we can't offer enough, will try and get as much as possible.
    Enrico Weiβ - Same as Grotsch, contract runs out next season.
    Esteban Sabban - 40 goals and 20 assists for Sabban in an excellent season for the Argentinian.
    Jostein Andersen - Again the main striker and with playing three up front scoring 53 in 41 is impressive.
    Mate Novacic - Formed a great defensive partnership with Grotsch, plenty of big clubs after him already, still only 19.
    Nicklas Madsen - Madsen really made his breakthrough this season, rated really highly by the coaches.
    Johannes Kirschbaum - Made a comeback this season with playing three strikers, and performed well.

    Seasons best XI
    Overall best XI
    Squad
    Team report

    Finances - With the stadium expansion, training and youth facilities all being upgraded it's no surprise our finances haven't gone up since last season, still well in the black though.
    Why I insist on a 50% sell on clause.

    In other news: A bit out of the blue but in addition to the facilities being upgraded they announced the stadium expansion plans, unfortunately will not be ready for the Real Madrid tie.

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      2013  | D1 - 2nd   | Groups | 4th round |                     | Promotion
      2014  | PRM - 4th  | Semis  | 3rd round |                     | Overachievers
      2015  | PRM - 2nd  | Final  | Winners   |                     | Euro Qualification
      2016  | PRM - 2nd  | Semis  | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | 
      2017  | PRM - 1st  | Groups | Semis     | EC - 3rd qualifying | Champions
      2018  | PRM - 1st  | Winners| 4th round | CL Group stage - 4th| CL Group stage
      2019  | PRM - 1st  | Winners| Semis     | CL Groups - 3rd     | Euro Cup knockout
      2020  | PRM - 1st  | Winners| Winners   | CL Groups - 2nd     | CL knockout
      2021  | PRM - 1st  | Winners| Winners   | EC Groups - 1st     | Won every domestic match
      2022  | PRM - 1st  | Winners| Winners   | CL Groups - 3rd     |

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    Well I'm still trudging along, I don't have much time to play lately, but I'm doing alright. Massive problems coming up though, I'm currently in October, sitting 3rd in my Champions League group. But contracts in Iceland end in November, and I'm losing about half my team before my next CL game, because I can't afford any of them.

    This is what I mean:



    This is my usual Starting 11 and subs. The players with yellow boxes around them are the ones I will lose before my next match. I have some good backups, but almost all my star players are gone. We'll see what happens.

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    That's bad luck RocheBag, is there no way to increase the wage budget at all to keep at least some of them?

    Another league title berty just keep plugging away in Europe, you'll get some kind draws eventually.

    Congrats on getting 3rd in the CL groups Dexter, and I did notice the edit ;) - I make my posts extra long just to make sure that people have to read it all

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    best of luck Manku.

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