They're historically counted as the same thing all the way back to the old Div 2, only French Chelsea fans mocking people with 'how many Premier Leagues have your side won?' just before their 2005 triumph (when they were just on 1 title, the same or less than a lot of other sides) think different with that sort of thing, or was that just my experience?
Yes they are counted as the same and if I'd have said English Level 2 then that's correct, I was just being pedantic and meaning Championship as in npower/Coca-Cola Championship not Nationwide Division 1.
Or the Second Division.
END OF SEASON UPDATE 2018-19
Yes! I have broken into the top 4 and I will play in the Champions League next year, massive achievement! In the end we rather easily avoided Liverpool in 5th place by 7 points, which was down to some massive results against Man Utd and Tottenham in the run in. Andras Nagy was the top scorer in the league with 26 goals and his contribution was key to our success. Our defensive record was good but not as good as in previous seasons which is mainly because I had an injury crisis at CB with Shawcross, Huth and Situ missing all at once. However, this makes this seasons success all the more sweeter.
PLAYER STATS | TEAM STATS
CHAMPIONS: Arsenal (81pts)
RELEGATED: Cardiff (34pts), Derby (33pts), Wigan (25pts)
Our assault on the Europe League didn’t go very well for the umpteenth time round. We easily got through the first round with relative ease beating Stuttgart 5-2 on aggregate, winning the away leg 3-0 which boded well for the next round. We came up against Sporting in this round and beat them 2-1 at home, Nagy and Wilson with the goals. The next leg didn’t get off to a great start with Sporting taking the lead in the first minute. We equalised though and we were looking good until the 80th minute – they scored sending the tie into extra time. The extended period passed and the scores were left tied, penalties it was. Nagy stepped up to take our second penalty, unusually missing. This left us behind for the rest of the shootout and we deservedly got knocked out.
FINAL: Benfica 1-2 Schalke
As mentioned in the earlier update, going far in this competition was never on the cards due to the stress it puts on the squad.
FINAL: Everton 2-2 Swindon (P)
I didn’t want to go far in this comp either so I played all the youngsters. To my surprise we made it into the fifth round, finally bowing out to Derby 1-0 in the replay.
FINAL: Arsenal 2-0 Swindon
Andras Nagy – There’s no doubt this has been his best season so far, he scored 40 goals in all competitions. The great thing is, he’s still getting better.
Ryan Shawcross – Despite his injury and 3 match suspension he was excellent in defence yet again.
Fabian Delph – An average rating of 7.35, again he was an integral part of the team.
Jose Peixoto – The youngster will definitely be one of my best players for Stoke and in the limited amount of appearances he made.
Another good season at The Potters but it will take a massive effort next season to be able to build on it. Next season I will need a new centre-back and probably another centre-mid and striker to partner Nagy. Piric and Heinze did okay this season but didn’t exactly light up the league. I might even need to change my tactics to keep the other teams on their toes.
AROUND THE WORLD
La Liga: Villareal
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich
Serie A: AC Milan
Champions League: Arsenal 2-1 Olympique Marseille
Europa League: Benfica 1-2 Schalke
Congrats on breaking into the Champions League!
Peixoto looks like he's going to be an immense player if he gets enough first team experience!
Well done on the Champions League qualification. Excellent results against Man Utd and Liverpool in the run-in too
Stoke in the Champions League.
Swindon in both cup finals.
Congrats on making the top four. Getting two players in the Prem XI is pretty good too.
You're arriving now.
Woo! Yeah! Great work hursty
Surprised to see Swindon Town got to both finals Congrats on 4th spot finish in the league
What's up here? Finally got there and now dead???
I've been busy recently and when I got playing decided to start skip too far ahead for the first update but I have some free time today...
I was in the Champions League this season so I really needed to add some quality to the squad and that means spending some serious money. First on my list was a new, quality centre back to replace Huth and I found the perfect player, Gaston Pizzo (19M). As you can see though, he wasn’t cheap. A new striker was another player needed and I opted for Brazilian, Marquinhos (11.5M), another big money signing to partner Nagy up front. Then finally, my cheapest signing of the season John Ruddy (FREE) coming in as a backup keeper for Begovic.
Amidst all the spending I needed to get rid of some players so departing were Tonci Piric (6.5M), Mauro Formica (3.1M) and several reserve players leaving on frees.
I’m hoping for another good season in the PL this year and things have got off to a reasonably good start in the 9 games that I have played. Two losses, both at home then only downfalls so far but I do not like losing at the Britannia!
Now that I’m actually in the CL, I realised how tough it was going to be looking at the quality of the teams that haven’t even qualified for the group stage yet. My fears came true when we drew Sevilla in the Best Place Playoff, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and this is how it went.
Sevilla – 1 Taras Stepanenko 21’
Stoke – 1 Pierrick Cros OG 76’
Stoke – 1 Marc Wilson 59’, Chris Smalling (Sent Off) 70’
Sevilla – 0 Taras Stepanenko (Penalty Miss) 72’
What a result this was for Stoke City FC as a whole, we will make our first foray into the Champions League Group Stages! But it won’t be easy, look at who we’ve drawn.
3 games in and this is how the group is looking at the moment.
So a decent start all round in both the league and Champions League and it bodes well for the future. I won’t be getting too far ahead of myself though because football is ugly sometimes, especially in Europe as the Europa has shown me.
In other news my stadium was upgraded again to almost 50,000 seats – showing I’m definitely on the up!
Not a bad start at all.
Welcome back Hursty Good start to the season too!
Good to hear and see all of this
Not too bad a group.
Stoke are there and that's what matters. How hard the group is is secondary. Just get through!
Stoke still flying high then. Good luck with rest of the campaign
MID SEASON UPDATE 2019-20
This season has been a shambles so far and a far cry from last seasons brilliant effort. We currently sit in 9th place but despite that we’re only 4 points from 4th place Arsenal. We really have been terrible at home, our decent away record the only plus point. Nagy being injured for a month didn’t help our cause as well as him not being able to find the same goal scoring form, with only 9 in the league so far. Things have been going so terribly that I’ve had to change to a new tactic, a 4-2-2-2 with two wide attacking wingers and in the short term it seems to be working.
We had a tough group but I still expected us to qualify for the last 16 and in our first foray into CL football we did just that. Pulling off some magnificent results along the way, such as the 3-0 away win against Shakhtar. We came 2nd in the group and that means we’ll face Inter Milan on the 25th February at The Britannia.
Throughout this whole competition I’ve played a second string side, with fringe players and several youngsters getting starts. To my surprise we made it all the way into the semi-finals against Sunderland and I stuck by my second team, drawing the first leg 0-0. The second leg didn’t go too well though, we lost 7-2 and were completely overwhelmed by Sunderland.
After the season I’ve had so far you’d forgive me if I’d have cleaned out half the team but I resisted that urge. The only player I did sell was Younousse Sankare, who has been a massive disappointment since signing so I did well to get 3.9M for him. Upon getting rid of him I bought a young striker/winger who my scouts had given a 5 star potential but from looking at his attributes I didn’t really see where this 5 star potential was coming from. Despite this, I took a gamble and spent 3.6M on him and I’m really intrigued to see how he develops.
Andras Nagy – Even though he’s not been as lethal as last season, he’s still got 16 in 24 starts. Hopefully he can pick up some more goals along the way.
Ryan Shawcross – At 32 he’s getting on slightly but is still England’s best centre back and a Stoke legend.
Marquinhos – A new signing at the Britannia this season but he has settled in well adding some much needed goals to the side.
Jose Peixoto – He is now labelled a wonderkid and is definitely living up to that name tag.
Wow, Inter's a massive tie.
I'm still struggling this season ffs!
Nice work getting through the group.
Champions League 1st Knockout RoundWith the 1st leg at home I need to put myself into a good position with a victory, if I’m to have any chance at the San Siro. Recently I had been playing a wide 4-4-2 with more attacking wingers but I went back to my more solid 4-1-2-1-2, in order to pack the midfield. Inter playing a very attacking 4-2-3-1, with the likes of attacking midfielder, Sergio who signed from WBA for 20M. They certainly had a wealth of world class players at their disposal.
1st Leg – Stoke City VS Inter Milan
Stoke City – A Begovic, G Pizzo, J Peixoto, R Shawcross(C), C Smalling, R Elm, F Delph, D Heinze, Marquinhos, A Nagy.
(J Rudd, D Situ, L Wallace, M Mayer, M Serrano, J Staszewski, G Knezevic)
Inter Milan – E Zelazny, E Velasco, J Janda, A Nemec, N Pignatale, B Matuidi, R Jenssen(C), Suso, Sergio, G Ramirez, L Damiao.
(Y Thuram, O Mora, L Macaluso, J Dos Santos, A Paloschi, G Rivolta, C Illari)
Stoke City – 2
D Heinze 9’
A Nagy 32’
Inter Milan – 1
L Damiao 22’
Things got off to a brilliant start when John Flecks replacement, Heinze fired in to the bottom corner from 25 yards out after a good spell of passing. Although we got the early goal it was Inter that provided most of the highlights and that included a headed goal from Leandro Damiao, off of a well worked set piece. Their equaliser prompted us to take control of the game and we were soon back in front, a beautiful weighted pass from Marquinhos sent Nagy into the 18 yard box and we all know he doesn’t miss from there. 2-1 Stoke at half time.
The second half was a much drabber affair with Inter making several fouls to hinder our dominance. The game finished 2-1 and I must say I am quite happy with that result although the away goal may cause us some problems in the future but a lead is a lead!
Come on Stoke!
I hear Delilah in the San Siro...
Champions League 1st Knockout Round
2nd Leg – Inter Milan VS Stoke City
The San Siro
Taking a 2-1 lead into the San Siro is better than I expected but Inter have an away goal that will stand them in good stead. I will use a 5-3-2 counter attacking formation for this leg either hoping to hold the lead or catch a few goals on the counter. Inter line up with their usual attacking formation and will be hoping to make home advantage count.
Inter Milan – E Zelazny, M Benatia, A Nemec, J Janda, G Silva, B Matuidi, R Jenssen (C), Suso, Sergio, G Ramirez, L Damiao.
(Y Thuram, A Paloschi, C Ilari, L Macaluso, S Privat, J Dos Santos, N Pignatale)
Stoke City – A Begovic, G Pizzo, J Peixoto, C Smalling, R Shawcross (C), D Situ, M Wilson, F Delph, R Elm, A Nagy, Marquinhos.
(J Ruddy, R Huth, M Mayer, J Fleck, D Sykes, D Heinze, G Knezevic)
The game kicked off in expected fashion, both teams working hard to get control of the ball. This hard work created the first chance of the night, with Nagy getting put through and forcing the first save of the game. 18 minutes in and it was Inter who took the lead with an amazing solo goal from Sergio, making his way through the Stoke defence with ease. Inter 1-0 Stoke. However, Inter’s joy was short lived when Delph rocketed one into the bottom corner from 30 yards out, cancelling out Inter’s away goal in the process. Inter 1-1 Stoke. Next came a very controversial call from the referee, he awarded Inter a very soft penalty from an apparent push from Shawcross. Damiao stepped up and slotted the penalty away with ease. Inter 2-1 Stoke. The game was now tied across the two legs and the atmosphere was electric. As Inter pushed forward from a corner they left themselves susceptible at the back and a quickly cleared ball up towards Nagy beat the last defender and Nagy was left one on one with the keeper. He kept his cool to send the away fans into raptures. Inter 2-2 Stoke. HALF-TIME.
After an exhilarating half Inter had all the work to do if they were to go through into the next round, needing 2 goals. And from the outset they pulled the first goal out of the bag with Damiao volley, as he was unmarked at the back post. Inter 3-2 Stoke. Stoke were looking as if they were going to hold onto this score up until the 68th minute when that man, Damiao got his hat-trick with an easy goal. Inter 4-2 Stoke. Stoke were behind in the tie now and pushed on for that one goal that would send them through on away goals. Another shocking decision from the referee was about to made though. He had given Inter a second penalty when Delph shoved Ramirez in the back and no awards for guessing who scored this one. Damiao stepped up and scored his 4th goal of the night and all but sent Inter into the next round. Inter 5-2 Stoke. Now stoke needed 2 goals in the last 10 minutes which was very unlikely. That was the way the game ended and Stoke were eliminated despite a valiant effort and some dodgy refereeing decisions.
Inter Milan – 5
L Damiao P24’ 48’ 64’ P71’
Stoke City - 2
F Delph 21’
A Nagy 38’
Football is a cruel, cruel game.
That's a painful way to go out.
HURST AXED AFTER 9 YEARS AT THE HELMThe latest news today has rocked the footballing world, with popular manager Liam Hurst axed from Britannia Stadium.
In Hurst’s final game against Arsenal the board were speculating over the sacking but no one thought it would actually happen. A 3-0 loss that consigned Stoke to an unusually low 10th in the league and was the final game of Hurst’s extensive reign.
On first glance, yes 10th was a poor finish for a Stoke side on the up but he had given so much to get them there. Even in the 2019/20 season, Stoke made it through a tough group in the Champions League (yes, Champions League, The Potters first ever time in it) putting up a good fight against an Inter side who eventually went on into the semi-finals before losing to Real Madrid 7-6 on aggregate. Hurst also took his side into his 3rd Carling Cup semi-final, whilst he played a weakened team in the FA Cup to focus on Champions League duty.
Premier League Table
Stoke City Results
We managed to grab Hurst himself on his exit from the training ground, here’s what he had to say.
“I’m very disappointed, fair enough we’ve had a poor season but if you look at where we’ve come from and to out stature now I’ve done a decent job. We were not ready to be world beaters yet but if I’d have had more time, I’m sure we could’ve been. I hope Keith Humphries doesn’t embarrass himself by bringing in someone who does worse. Good luck to whoever does come in.”
Here are a few words from people involved with Hurst.
“I’m truly shocked and feel for Hurst, one bad season these days and you’re gone. He’s done so much for the club from so little.” Marcelo Bielsa - Arsenal Manager
“I will miss him, he’s been a father figure for me ever since I came to England and I have blossomed under him.” Andras Nagy – Stoke City
“Whoever comes in after him, they have a lot to live up to.” Robert Huth – Stoke City
“I think I speak for all the young players he has brought to this club, Hurst was like a second father, he was a great role model.” Jose Peixoto – Stoke City
“I’m lost for words, I mean we had a bad season but he has done so much for the club.” Ryan Shawcross – Stoke City Captain
Tweets from fans.
@dave_scfc: What a manager we have lost, took us into the Champions League and now he’s gone. #humphriesout #hurstsacked
@potterfan: Good riddance to him, we should be expecting Europe these days. #hurstsacked
@Andy_Robinson: This is what’s wrong with sport nowadays, too many knee jerk decisions. #hurstsacked
Several members of Hurst’s coaching team also left Stoke, his sacking causing a mass exodus. Those that left include, David Preece his right hand man, Kevin Keen, Richard Beale, Ronnie Sinclair and Oliver Bartlett.
It’s clear to see the angst among the fans, fellow managers and especially the playing group. Most seemed to have looked at the bigger picture and realise Hurst is the man for the job but the people making the decisions don’t. Clearly the poor run in from Hurst’s side pushed the board over boiling point and they were left with no other option than to sack Hurst.
Who knows where Hurst will go now? And how are Stoke going to do without their former manager?
Code:Days at Club: 3239 Number of Awards: 6 Career Earnings: 15.5M Players Bought: 49 Amount Spent: 99M Highest Fee: 19M Players Sold: 24 Amount Received: 55M Highest Received: 9.75M Games Played: 474 Won: 226 Lost: 140 Drawn: 108 Goals For: 780 Against: 552 Difference: 228 Percentage: 47%
Wow. Shocking. That sucks.
unlucky! are you going elsewhere or starting again
@Nobby_McDonald Clearly Peter Coates is no longer chairman.
I have no idea what I'm going to do next, journeyman career within this career after retiring my manager, new separate journeyman or just continue this save and see where I end up next.
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Ungrateful *****. Did a great job to get them into the CL. Small blip to finish in 10th doesnt deserve a sacking.
If it was me I would continue with this save. See where you land next.
Hmmm thing is I'm edging more towards a new journeyman career, argh why'd I have to get sacked.
You have to continue with this save and not stop untill you beat Stoke 5-0 on there own ground (your ground!!!)
So continue it is then?
Teams that are available and the jobs I'm favourite for are marked with an 'F'.
Levante (Spain) - Liga Adelante F
Osasuna (Spain) - Liga Adelante
Rayo (Spain) - La Liga
Deportivo (Spain) - La Liga F
Newcastle (England) - Premier League F
Sunderland (England) - Premier League F
Bologna (Italy) - Serie B
Lazio (Italy) - Serie B F
Parma (Italy) - Serie A F
Inter Milan (Italy) – Serie A
Livorno (Italy) - Serie A F
Schalke (Germany) – Bundesliga
Kaiserslauten (Germany) - Bundesliga F
FC Nantes (France) – Ligue 1
FC Sochaux Montbe (France) – Ligue 1
Lemans FC (France) – Ligue 1
Ajax (Netherlands) - Eredivisie F
Feyenoord (Netherlands) - Eredivisie F
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This is were the game lets us down a tad. A long serving manager who brought the club up to extraordinary heights and then had a bad league season would not be sacked.
Took my time dwelling over things and now those teams in the above post have all got managers ffs.
dwellers get nothing in life hursty lol
Its a shame taking Lazio out of serie B back to the top in Italy would of been a nice little challenge
Yeah I know, no jobs now.
Nigel Adkins has just sold Nagy to At. Madrid for 10M, wtf.
EDIT: Oh and Gaston Pizzo for 22.5M to Barca.
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Everton have just offered me the job at the start of November, I'll save and sleep on it.
Hopefully by then I will also have decided if I want to continue with this game.
Wow, tough sacking. I'd carry on with the save, but maybe have a break from the Premier League for a while. Parma or Deportivo would be good challenges
They did what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hurst Italy BoundAfter a few months out of management Hurst has just recently signed a 3 year contract with Serie A club, Atalanta.
Following Hurst’s unexpected departure from Stoke City at the end of last season, Hurst has surprised the press by expanding his horizons into Italy. He takes over a club currently struggling in the Serie A in 15th place, a long way from last seasons 3rd place finish. This meant that they would also participate in this seasons Champions League, however, they are all but out of it with only 3 points in a group consisting of Borussia Dortmund (12pts), Man City (9pts) and FC Groningen (0pts).
Serie A Table
Here’s a few words from Hurst that have been posted on Atalanta’s website.
“How do you feel about this opportunity?” Jianni Brusco asked.
“Well, I had several job offers over the Summer but none of them really appealed to me, so I just dwelled on things. Then, Atalanta approached and I thought, ‘Why not?’ The league is of a very high standard and so is the club, highlighted in their participation in the Champions League this season. I’m really looking forward to the time ahead of me, it feels right here.” Hurst responded.
“Are there any players that have caught your eye upon arrival?”
“I think that the whole squad has the potential to go a long way but yes, certainly there are a few standout players as there is with any team. The likes of Federico Nicoletti and Alessandro, it’s definitely a very large, talented squad.”
Atalanta are going to be a tough challenge for Hurst, they have a large squad and Hurst is in a country where he’s never managed before. Will he be able to overcome the language and cultural barrier or will the Serie A get the better of him?
Atalanta – November 2020
Well a perfect start to my career at Atalanta with 3 wins from 3 and 12 goals scored. Our most impressive win the 4-2 comeback victory over Fiorentina, with two goals from speedster Vorgucic. We also won a champions league game this month which means if we can beat Man City in the final game by a score better than 3-1, we will progress through to the first knockout round. It may seem as if this has been an easy start but I have had my problems with many players wanting to leave because of the large squad. And it’s a large squad that has no full backs! I’ve had a central defender at right back and a central midfielder in the left back spot, Rui who you can see has scored 2 goals from free kicks.
Player of the Month: Miodrag Vorgucic
Good luck in Italy.
Atalanta - December 2020
After such a good first month in charge you would forgive me for thinking we’d continue that form into December. Disappointingly we didn’t and that meant we couldn’t push on from the lowly 12th position we sit in at the moment. In the Champions League, we unfortunately only drew 1-1 with Man City so now we’ll play in the Europa League. We will play Scottish side, Rangers in the first knockout round. There is one positive I can take from this month, it’s the January transfer window which will give me a chance to get rid of the surplus players and hopefully bring in some quality in the full back positions.
Player of the Month: Stefano Mauti
I think you made the right decision moving abroad. Good luck with Atalanta.
Ah, la bella paese. (Is that close?)
Good Luck in Italy
Atalanta – January 2021
January was a busy month for us and it started off quite well with a battling display against league leaders Napoli. Then up came Cagliari and we despatched of them with relative ease, Vorgucic scoring 4 second half goals. Our form then dwindled out with a lucky penalty victory in the TIM Cup, then 4 games without a win, including a 2-1 loss against Inter sending us out of the cup. January also brought with it the transfer window and I wasn’t as busy as expected. Only 2 players arrived, Ato Njoku and Karlo Cop who was the previous managers signing. Njoko comes in as a right back but I don’t expect him to light up the league. Departing were three fringe players, David Araujo (3.8M), Ricardo Capelli (1M) and Mauro Vigorito (FREE). Come the end of the season expect a larger turnover of players as many leave on frees and I have a lot more time to bring in players.
Player of the Month: Luis Uribe
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Atalanta – February 2021Player of the Month: Rui
Europa League Draw
Yet another disappointing month in the league with only 2 wins from 4 but surprisingly one of those wins coming against league leaders Inter Milan. The Europa League provided some better news with a 4-1 aggregate win over Rangers. After losing the first leg 1-0 we responded magnificently at home, smashing 4 past them, which since I have joined is the 7th time we have scored four or more goals! Valencia are our next opposition in the Europa and the Spanish side will pose a tough challenge to us.
That is one hell of a competitive Europa League, AC Milan vs Bayern, Villarreal vs Marseille and who could forget Galatasaray vs Besiktas!
I've always felt it's stronger then people give it credit for, especially in FM.
Atalanta – March 2021
Europa League Draw
An unbeaten month in and what a month it was Europe wise! We managed to beat Valencia 9-2 on aggregate, a team that I expected a very tough game from but we completely outclassed them. A first leg away victory of 5-0, Vorgucic grabbing a crucial hat-trick, truly dominating the Spanish sides defence. We didn’t take our foot off the gas in the second leg either, out playing them for a second time with a 4-2 win and another Vorgucic hat-trick. That meant 6 goals for him in two legs of football! With that emphatic victory we now will play Ajax in the quarter finals. Domestic wise we struggled but still managed to pull off a good win over Nocerina but couldn’t capitalise against the other weaker sides.
Player of the Month: Miodrag Vorgucic
Can probably beat Ajax as well.
Atalanta – End of Season Update 2020/21
The final months of the season didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. We bowed out to Ajax in the Europa League 1-0 on aggregate, after scrapping a 0-0 draw away from home in the first leg as we simply could not score. This meant that from now until the end of the season we had nothing to play for and we just crawled across the finish line with no real notable results. Despite my best efforts since taking over we didn’t really improve on the previous managers results. Next season I will be harshly judged on my performances, therefore the clear out begins now.
In the end Inter Milan ran away with the league even when Napoli held pole position for so long throughout the season. The top 7 were the usual suspects minus ourselves of course, we were clearly the most underachieving club in the league.
With the large squad that I have you’d there to be a solid 11 first team players that I could rely on to go out and put in a good showing. Unfortunately this is not to be and I can safely say that there are only 7 players that deserve to be a part of this club. The rest were inconsistent, unreliable and lacked the winning mentality that I’m after. If we are to improve next season we are going to need; a centre back, full backs, wingers, central midfielders and a striker to compliment Vorgucic up front.
Miodrag Vorgucic – Easily my best player this season, he scored 22 in the league and 30 in all competitions making him my top goal scorer by a fair bit. He was key in many of my emphatic victories.
Federico Nicoletti – When I arrived I found it unusual that this 24 year old was my captain and he showed why this was so, consistently putting in good performances from the centre of the park.
Jacob Zerbo – One of many Africans in the Serie A, he is a towering centre back and will be integral next season.
Player of the Season – Finances – Game of the Season
Europa League – Champions League
Premier League – Bundesliga – Ligue 1 – La Liga
Borussia Dortmund took home the Champions League with a penalty shoot-out victory over Barcelona. Dennis Heinze, my former striker at Stoke who arrived at Dortmund over the summer for 13M, scoring Dortmund’s goal and a penalty to help Dortmund to their magnificent victory in Europe. The Europa League was taken home by Marseille, clinching a 2-1 win in extra time against Bundesliga winners, Bayern Munich.
My former club Stoke returned back to the Champions League spots, finishing 4th in the league after Neil Adkins first year in charge. Adkins basically got rid of my whole strike force I had brought in over the years, to his credit this seemed to work. Marquinhos left to Man Utd for 21.5M in January, Nagy to At. Madrid for a shocking 9M and as previously mentioned Heinze for 13M. Adkins also cashed in on Gaston Pizzo, who I had bought for 19.5M the previous season, Barcelona buying him for 3 million extra at 22.5M. Oh and not to mention John Fleck leaving to Bolton for a measly 1.7M, where he had an amazing season receiving an AR of 7.42 and took Bolton from a relegation candidate to a solid mid table side.
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Not bad considering when you took over. Shame you lost a tight affair against Ajax.
Atalanta – Season Preview 2021/22
I was looking to make some big moves in the transfer window and I was expecting a fair bit of activity. Although up to now, I’m not sure if I’m completely satisfied with the movements so far. Most of the deals aren’t big money signings and that’s mainly because they are young with bags of potential, according to my scouts anyway. There were also several youngsters with no futures at the club that left on frees, which will give me more time to focus on the better players. The players that I did sell were always on the way out from the moment the previous season was complete, they simply had no future at the club. Juanpe was aging, failing to perform and you could say that for most of the players, Rausch, Puncec, Jantscher and Candreva. Bojan also left on a free, never realising his potential from his Barca days.
A young eastern European centre back who has a lot of potential but will be loaned out as soon as possible to gain some valuable experience.
The 25 year old can play all along the back line but will be mostly played on the right and will most likely be my first choice right back, performance permitting.
This is the player that I am most excited by, a young 19 year old Brazilian centre back/midfielder who looks to have the determination to become an amazing player in whatever role I choose him to play. He comes to club on the back of International success, winning the U20 World Cup, defeating Italy 1-0 in the final.
Another exciting young player making his way into the club, Bektas will provide more options out wide and judging from recent reports he well may be a starter.
It’s that same old cliché with me, I don’t know if I’ve improved the squad enough for us to make a push up the league. Have I invested too much in youth and not improved the first 11 at all? I’ll be looking to key players such as Nicoletti and Vorgucic to prove me otherwise and there might even be a surprise package.
My first pre-season in charge of the club and I had arranged for us to play some very tough sides, including my former team Stoke. We looked poor in most games though and it has left me questioning my tactics but I will stick with them for the first few games of the season. However, this part of the season is about building up fitness, right?
Media Prediction: 10th
Board Prediction: Top Half
Managers Prediction: 8th
Title Odds: 150-1
Title Favourites: AC Milan
Relegation Favourites: Benevento, Bologna, SS Lazio
Hurst Resigns from Atalanta
In a dramatic turn of events Hurst has chosen to end his spell at Serie A side, Atalanta. Hurst had become increasingly frustrated at his sides lack of consistency and will now be looking for his next management opportunity.
At the time of Hurst’s departure, Atalanta found themselves in 8th with 24 points after 18 games, considerably better than last terms showing. However, Atalanta have still been disappointing and despite being in 8th are only 9 points clear of relegation and well off a European spot.
Here is a press release from Liam Hurst himself;
“It was time for me to leave Atalanta. I’ve been with the club for over a year now but have still seen no signs of progression from the team. The players have been lacklustre all season and it is only damaging my reputation within football – sometimes you just have to look at the players. Don’t get me wrong there are some very good players at the club but some don’t have the heart and drive to play to this level. I had players coming into my office asking to be played more often but when they did they were rubbish, the likes of Cop and Maghnagi. I have no problem mentioning these names they have tarnished my name with their shoddy performances, as I will theirs.”
Clearly a very angry Hurst expressing his views on the situation but where will he end up next? Surely it’s time for him to start winning something? Rumour has it that he wants to make his way back to England but this time dropping down into the Championship to build his reputation further.
Code:Year Club League Pos. Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 11/12 Stoke City Premier League 12th Europa League Qtr Final 12/13 Stoke City Premier League 7th Carling Cup Qtr Final 13/14 Stoke City Premier League 12th - 14/15 Stoke City Premier League 8th Carling Cup Qtr Final, FA Cup Winners 15/16 Stoke City Premier League 7th - 16/17 Stoke City Premier League 5th FA Cup Runner-Up 17/18 Stoke City Premier League 5th Carling Cup Runner-Up 18/19 Stoke City Premier League 4th - 19/20 Stoke City Premier League 10th Carling Cup Semi Final, Champions League 1st KO *SACKED* 20/21 Atalanta Serie A 9th TIM Cup Qtr Final, Europa League Qtr Final 21/22 Atalanta Serie A 8th* Resigned in 8th
Becoming a bit of a surprise wanderer I see.
And Nigel Adkins got sacked from Stoke about a month before me because he was coming 13th in the league.
Deco is now manager there.
HB Koge – Season Preview 22/23
HB Koge is my new home in football, as I embark on a mouth-watering challenge in the Danish Superliga. This is the first time I have managed outside of the top 6 countries in any FM and it is sure to be one hell of a challenge.
HB Koge have just been promoted to the Superliga last season and it is my job to keep them up and away from relegation this season. The league itself it overjoyed at the prospect of such a well know manager as myself has made the trip over to Denmark.
Name: Herfolb Boldklub Koge
Stadium: SEAS – NVE Park
Capacity: 8000 (3440 Seated)
Recruitment: Fairly Basic
After such a short time with the team I haven’t been fully able to analyse all the players. Therefore, I am going into my first game, just 4 days after joining the club, almost blind. First impressions are that the squad is aging and will need a lot of youth players to come in over the seasons in order to build. There are no youth players at the club that can come in and do a job so I will mostly be relying on the transfer market for the foreseeable future. Mikkel Albrechtsen, Marcel Rmer and Adeola Runsewe are the stand outs in the squad but the two Danish players are on the bigger clubs radars.
Transfer Budget: 104K
Wage Budget: 10.94K p/w
As I have only been here a short time though the scouting knowledge is poor and any players that are available in my opinion are not going to make the squad any better. It doesn’t help that I’ve got a minimalist budget to work with at a semi-professional club.
Media Prediction: 12th
Board: Avoid Relegation
Denmark after Stoke and Serie A! You're turning into me!
Interesting move and one which I will be interesting to follow.
I think someone split some beer on your pitch! Good luck
It makes a bit of sense. Smaller nations have a gentler difficulty curve so he probably has a far better chance of grabbing a trophy or 2 there than challenging the big guns in Italy. Would have made a bit more sense had it not been a relegation battling team though, but who am I to judge career moves as a little strange
I thought I could win something in Denmark. But then I wanted a challenge there so for some reason went for the worst side in the league!
HB Koge – Winter Update 2022/23
I knew this was going to be a challenge but I didn’t expect is to be this tough. We started off the season reasonably well with some good victories over superior opposition but it was when we hit the big boys that the problems started. Two successive games against Brondby and FC Midtjylland began the run of 11 games without a win in the league. In some of these games we led by two and even three goals only to be pegged back and succumb to a draw. It was to my surprise that the last match before the winter break, against FC Midtjylland, resulted in a 1-0 victory. The winter break couldn’t come soon enough, I need to strengthen my side and build their morale up for the last 15 games of the season. Stefan Hansen has been my best player, if only for his scrappy goals from corners.
Even when the pre-season transfer window was open I didn’t have any options available to me, no one wants to come on loan to me and any players I do want to sign will not accept part-time contracts. This meant that recruitment was poor and my only option as the season progressed were to sign players under 21 who need not be registered for the league. I went down this route and signed players who could do a job but because of their young age I might be able to make a bit of money on them. My only money signing of this part of the season was Nigerian, Jude Ozokwo a 23 year old striker. He started the season well before getting injured which has since kept him out of action. Wim Schreuder came in on a free and the Dutch player has been disappointing since he arrived but has some potential, however as with most of these free signings it is always going to be a gamble. Joshua Denge and Lee Cable have only just arrived so I hope they can help keep us away from relegation.
I have never been a part of a Winter break in FM so this is very new to me. One thing that I need to press on with though is improving the quality of the squad, even if it’s just that one player that can help me avoid relegation. Several friendlies will be arranged to keep the players ticking over and hopefully build some morale in the team, that’s what you do in a winter break right? They all don’t just **** off on holiday?
Getting relegated won't increase his reputation.
HB Koge – Season Review 2022/23
We survived relegation by the skin of our teeth even without winning one of our last 6 games. It still came down to the last day though, AC Horsens needing a win to survive and it looked as if they would win leading 1-0 for most of the game, only to be clawed back by Brondby, 2-1. As you can tell it was a very tough season for me but an exciting one at that! Next season I’m hoping that the board will turn the club professional which will hugely benefit the squad. We spend 600K a year on wages whilst the top spending side spends 9M per annum and if we want to progress as a club we need to close that gap to at least give us a fighting chance. In fact none of the current squad I’m spending the wages on are good enough for this league in my opinion.
Even with the additions of Patrick Jorgensen, Markku Sovalainen, Evgeni Panayotov and Alexander Soderquist we couldn’t stave any further away from the relegation places. And these signing were more panic signings than anything else, in a desperate attempt to save my season.
Stefan Hansen – The centre back was solid if nothing else but is approaching 35 now so next season may well be his last.
Jan Budtz – He’s the only real quality we’ve got in centre mid and even then he isn’t good enough for this league.
Lee Rochester Sorensen – When he would play, he would score but would also get injured pretty much every game.
Next season it is going to be imperative to our survival that the club turns professional. However, the current chairman is looking to sell the club and we have just had one failed takeover attempt. Without this I feel that the club will just be left behind and will struggle to stay up next year but we will see how things pan out. Instead of turning professional the board decided that we need undersoil heating and therefore spent 500K on it, I wish they would have just given me that amount for some better players. But to do that I am going to sell some of the young players I took on during the season and some of them have values approaching 1M which will help me massively.
Premier League – Bundesliga – Serie A – Eredivisie – Swiss Premier – La Liga
Champions League – Europa League
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Brilliant work on survival .
Not the most comfortable one though.
HB Koge – Season Preview 2023/24
With a wage budget and transfer budget of a minimal amount, it is quite hard to attract players of a high calibre to the club. I had to release a great deal of players to free up some money and in the coming month Panayotov and Schreuder will leave for a combined total of around 1.5M, which will stand us in good stead. The squad has been slimmed down massively but still needs investment in some areas.
A young German defensive midfielder arrived on a free and will slot right into my new 4-1-2-1-2 formation. He’s only 20 and hopefully he’ll develop into a great player and perhaps, if needed, he can be sold at a later date to make me some more money.
Another defensive midfielder who will share the role with Hornig. Antwi is a Ghanaian former U21’s player who will be looking to make it further in his career.
This striker will provide back up to my strike force and maybe even push for a start but I’m not expecting any immediate fireworks.
The squad is a small one and needs to be improved massively if I am to have a successful season in the Superliga. I am going to need a left back, centre back, goalkeeper and even another striker in order for us to push on in the league. This is harder than it looks though because the pool of players available to me is quite poor, whereas all the best players are plying their trade up with the top clubs in Denmark.
Media Prediction: 12th
Board Prediction: Avoid Relegation
Managers Prediction: 9th
Title Odds: 1000-1
Title Favourites: FC Kobenhavn
Relegation Favourites: HB Koge, Silkeborg
Wage Budget: 13, 829K p/w
Transfer Budget: 320K
HB Koge – July
We began our season up against last seasons 4th place side, so it was expected to be a tough game. Despite that we dominated proceedings and took a comfortable 2-0 lead into half time, the worst score line to manoeuvre your team talk around, in my opinion. Fortunately, we held onto the 2-0 lead and got a brilliant victory in the bag. Next came AGF, who are considerably worse than OB but somehow we lost to them 1-0 on our own turn, a disappointing first game for our home fans.
Transfer wise, Mladen Cosic came into the club on the back of a trial after being released by German giants, Bayern Munich. He is young but should do a job in the centre of defence.
Could be much better this year.
Charlton won the League Cup?
No sorry, they won the FA cup in 2013.
HB Koge – August 2023
Again we started off the month with a win but it was all downhill from there and we even managed to struggle against a lower league side in the cup. A great 3-1 victory against AaB, including a brace from veteran Stefan Hansen was the only positive from this month. 3 straight losses followed and that was in line with an injury to Hansen which clearly weakened the side. I was hoping that we would build up our morale with a big cup win but that was not to be with a scrappy 1-0 win over a very poor team.
The performances of this month made me question the squad even more than usual so I quickly leapt into the transfer market, just before it was about to close. Coming in was Yusif Bakir (5K), an attacking mid who I appreciated more than my scouts did. Nicolai Leth-Nielsen, a player that I must have been scouting for around 10 months now so I knew that he would fit the bill. Two Belgian youngsters came into the side too; Raf Van de Velde (FREE) and Wim de Bruycker (FREE) both have 5 stars for potential and already are of a reasonable ability. If they don’t succeed here though, I can always sell them for a profit much like I did with Schrueder and Panayotov who made me 1.4M this month.
A massive plus for this month is that the board have finally agreed to go professional, well at the end of this year that is. I really could have done with this news last year! Although it does bode well for the future as I am enjoying my time at HB Koge!
Plenty of time left yet.