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    Great start to your league season, and all the best in Europa! Doing very well internationally too by the looks of things! Have you had any Swiss players come through your ranks?

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    Well done on qualifying!

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    Other than Zimmermann, are there any non-Ruggell players in your national first team squad? Which clubs are they at?

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    Great job on getting Liechtenstein into the Euros!! Is this their first time in that competition?

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    Congrats on the remarkable achievement.Good luck in the Euro Championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Great start to your league season, and all the best in Europa! Doing very well internationally too by the looks of things! Have you had any Swiss players come through your ranks?
    I've had 20 intakes, and still haven't seen any dual nation players yet It has to do with my Youth Recruitment being so poor, so I'm really looking forward to improve it soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Well done on qualifying!
    Cheers mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrar_XX View Post
    Other than Zimmermann, are there any non-Ruggell players in your national first team squad? Which clubs are they at?
    Yeah, Karl-Heinz Heinrich started at the club and moved to West ham a couple of seasons back. Also, our captain Hendrik Bachmann started his career at Vaduz and now plays for Cagliari in Italy. Other than that, the bulk of the teams in Ruggell players (though I can't say for how much longer, seeing some of them are attracting interest from other clubs. Oliver Hopp, for instance, is wanted by Braga)

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Great job on getting Liechtenstein into the Euros!! Is this their first time in that competition?
    Thanks mate! Definitely is their first appearance in a major tournament, and hopefully it won't be the last

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Congrats on the remarkable achievement.Good luck in the Euro Championship.
    Cheers mate!

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    Cracking job qualifying from that group .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    I've had 20 intakes, and still haven't seen any dual nation players yet It has to do with my Youth Recruitment being so poor, so I'm really looking forward to improve it soon.
    Oh I see! How come you haven't been able to upgrade it? I assume you have upgraded the other areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Cracking job qualifying from that group .
    Cheers SRL!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Oh I see! How come you haven't been able to upgrade it? I assume you have upgraded the other areas?
    I have no idea, I guess my reputation isn't high enough. Which is strange now, considering we are the 7th most reputable side in Switzerland, and we've been in Europe for a number of seasons now. Maybe the board isn't ambitious enough? I've been able to upgrade every other area (Youth twice, Training will start for the 2nd time at the end of this season, and Junior Coaching is at it's maximum), Youth Recruitment seems to be the one everyone has trouble with!


    Anyway, Euro 2032 groups have been drawn.

    Group A

    - Czech Republic
    - Northern Ireland
    - Romania
    - Russia

    Group B

    - Germany
    - Italy
    - Sweden
    - Wales

    Group C

    - Belgium (Hosts)
    - Croatia
    - Denmark
    - Liechtenstein

    Group D

    - Austria
    - France
    - Netherlands
    - Switzerland

    Group E

    - Poland
    - Scotland
    - Spain
    - Turkey

    Group F

    - England (Holders)
    - Norway
    - Portugal
    - Serbia

    It could have been worse. A lot worse. 2nd seed helped us out a lot, as that probably helped us avoid some major nations. Belgium will be tough, as will Croatia and Denmark, but it's a pretty even group to be honest, and one I'm confident that we can qualify from if the team plays to their potential. Group B is the group of death, with Germany, Italy and Wales all being major players on the world stage. Groups D and F will be interesting to see if any of the smaller nations can upset France/Netherlands or England/Portugal respectively. Group A should be Czech Republic and Russia's, while Group E should be Spain and Turkey's.

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    That isnt actually a bad group in all fairness. Yeah its going to be tough, but it could have been a LOT worse.

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    Given that this is Liechtenstein's 1st show in a while, getting a few points out of matches will be good. That is better than other groups, but still tough to qualify from.

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    Looks good, all things considered.

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    The most important thing I would say is to just get some experience and as other people have said get some points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    That isnt actually a bad group in all fairness. Yeah its going to be tough, but it could have been a LOT worse.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Looks good, all things considered.
    Agreed, the fact I missed the big nations like Spain, Germany, England, Italy and such really will help us.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Given that this is Liechtenstein's 1st show in a while, getting a few points out of matches will be good. That is better than other groups, but still tough to qualify from.
    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    The most important thing I would say is to just get some experience and as other people have said get some points.
    Yeah it will be tough, but I'm still confident of qualifying for the knockouts. That will probably be it, but I think that's a realistic achievement. Then again, who knows how we'll perform. We actually didn't beat Slovenia during qualifying (1 draw and a loss), but beat Germany to get through. That just shows we are completely unpredictable.

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    FC Ruggell October - December Review



    October 2031


    Bit of a mixed month. We got thrashed by Galatasaray and Roma in the Europa League, but managed to beat Basel. However that was soured with a loss to St Gallen and a draw to Sion, as well as needing extra time to beat 3rd tier FC Ticino.

    November 2031


    November seemed to resume the poor form, drawing with Aarau before being absolutely thrashed again by Roma and Young Boys. However, the international break seemed to revitalise us as we defeated Xamax 5-0. We slumped back down after this, needing extra time again in the Swiss Cup, this time to Challenge league side Servette, before losing to Zurich.

    December 2031


    December was a bit more positive, despite draws to Karpaty and Luzern. We beat Zurich and thrashed Galatasaray with Schneider showing even at 31 years of age, he can still compete with the best. We almost snuck a point against Young Boys, but they scored in the 89th minute. Finally, we bested Liechtenstein club Eschen/Mauren in the Cup 2-1 on New Years Eve.

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    The drop in form seemed to co-inside with qualification for the Euros, but it looks like the team is slowly working back into form. Young Boys and Zurich are untouchable again, but I'm hoping to hold onto third spot. Really, the only thing separating us from them is quality defenders. Hopp and Bender are fantastic centre backs, but so many goals are conceded from wide positions because our full backs are pretty bad.

    Europa League Group


    If we had managed to pick up the points from the Karpaty game, we would have been on equal points with Galatasaray, but ultimately would have lost out because they scored 5 at our place, while we only scored 4 at theirs. Still, a great performance in a really tough group.

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    Liechtenstein 2031 Review



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    What to say? We have finally qualified for an international tournament!! Slovenia were probably the better side, not losing to us, but we managed to take 3 points from Germany, and take maximum points from Greece, something they failed to do. A fantastic year, marred by only two losses, have shot us to 25th in the end of year rankings, after reaching a high of 21st!

    U21

    Manager | Fixtures | Qualification Group

    Only a couple of wins, a minor improvement from last season.

    U19

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    No wins, and I pulled the wrong qualification group screenshot. Doesn't take much imagination to figure out where they finished though.

    Code:

    Liechtenstein World Rankings |Season | Points | World Rank | Difference | |------------------------------------------| |Start | - | 119 | - | |2011 | 184 | 145 | -26 | |2012 | 103 | 185 | -40 | |2013 | 161 | 137 | +48 | |2014 | 72 | 187 | -50 | |2015 | 49 | 202 | -15 | |2016 | 66 | 197 | +5 | |2017 | 26 | 206 | -9 | |2018 | 15 | 208 | -2 | |2019 | 37 | 205 | +3 | |2020 | 15 | 208 | -3 | |2021 | 34 | 203 | +5 | |2022 | 27 | 204 | -1 | |2023 | 45 | 204 | 0 | |2024 | 65 | 198 | +6 | |2025 | 65 | 195 | +3 | |2026 | 98 | 177 | +18 | |2027 | 334 | 91 | +86 | |2028 | 476 | 58 | +33 | |2029 | 648 | 43 | +15 | |2030 | 623 | 41 | +2 | |2031 | 841 | 25 | +16 | --------------------------------------------


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    The difference between 2nd and 3rd place will be tough to crack. An issue of money?

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    Pretty much, Young Boys have finsihed first and made Champions League football 9 out of the past 10 seasons, while Zurich have finished 2nd and gotten Champions League football 7 out of the past 10, so they can afford to buy in whoever they want (Young Boys spent 32mil last transfer window!). If I wanted to, I could dithc the whole Youth Only policy and bring in the players I need (pretty much just defenders), but I've made it so far using it that it'd be stupid to stop now!

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    You maybe third but outside the big two,you can be considered as the best of the rest

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    Wow. Top 2 are miles ahead of the rest.

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    Just caught up and an epic read... Reminds me of the Tord game from Sweden! Really doing wonders with the national team, but the gap to top the league is seeming huge to bridge.

    I think once you get that youth recruitment up though, you can start to really get some good young players in.

    Have any players retired and gone on to the backroom staff?

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    Liechtenstein 5 - 1 Australia - How could you?!? What's Australia's squad like?

    You're doing really well with such a small nation! Good luck at the Euros

    I'm sure you'll crack the top two in the league eventually!

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    Got plenty of catching up to the big 2.

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    Catching up with the other two will give you something to work towards! Keep the faith!!

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    You are not more than a few seasons away of reaching the top two I would think. Here's to Liechtenstein making further headway in world football!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    You maybe third but outside the big two,you can be considered as the best of the rest
    I hope this doesn't jinx me for the rest of the season 3rd and 6th are only separated by 3 points, o a few slip ups could see us no where near anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Wow. Top 2 are miles ahead of the rest.
    I know, it's a bit disheartening seeing them sign 20-30mil worth of players each season. Still, I think if we can improve the defence, we'll be in with a shot of breaking them down.

    Quote Originally Posted by leonavich View Post
    Just caught up and an epic read... Reminds me of the Tord game from Sweden! Really doing wonders with the national team, but the gap to top the league is seeming huge to bridge.

    I think once you get that youth recruitment up though, you can start to really get some good young players in.

    Have any players retired and gone on to the backroom staff?
    Not mine personally, I tend to let go of the players I didn't need from the lower divisions due to a lack of money, so I missed out on them. Some players should start retiring soon though. I do have a couple of Swiss regens on my team, I think they got loaded into the game in their mid 20's though. Im glad you're enjoying it, I hope I can one day get over the line and break the top 2!

    Quote Originally Posted by Adelaidean View Post
    Liechtenstein 5 - 1 Australia - How could you?!? What's Australia's squad like?

    You're doing really well with such a small nation! Good luck at the Euros

    I'm sure you'll crack the top two in the league eventually!
    To be fair, it was 2-1 until the final 5 minutes, then Zimmermann turned on the lights and scored 2 and set up another 1. I was a bit disappointed we (the Aussies) couldn't put up more of a fight! The Australian squad is looking pretty similar to what is know, except for the fact there's only about 12 or so actual regens. There's a couple of players in the middle nations throughout Europe like Russia, Holland and such, a few in the Middle-East and a superstar in England playing for Man City.

    Cheers! I hope I can do it soon as well!

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Got plenty of catching up to the big 2.
    Sure have, it'll probably take a number of seasons though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Catching up with the other two will give you something to work towards! Keep the faith!!
    The faith is gonna be kept! It's gonna be hard, but I'll get there eventually.

    Quote Originally Posted by leonavich View Post
    You are not more than a few seasons away of reaching the top two I would think. Here's to Liechtenstein making further headway in world football!
    Maybe a bit more than that, most of my current crop have reached their potential, and I've only got a few good youngsters coming through.

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    FC Ruggell Youth Intake 2032


    Johannes Bender - YP22 (Coach Report) - We seem to be rolling out the best strikers in Liechtenstein. Another player that looks like a superstar in the making, already labelled a promising striker. I would trade him for a couple of decent fullbacks.

    Michael Kramer - A decent looking keeper, I'll have to wait and see how he develops before I pass judgement though.

    Ruggell U18's 2 - 3 Youth Candidates

    So all in all, better than last season, but we're still not getting the players I want. Also, this coming league update is going to be pretty disappointing. Still got most of March to go, but... well it's been pretty horrendous.

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    Two decent looking players there. At this rate Liechtenstein will have the world's best strikeforce!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    To be fair, it was 2-1 until the final 5 minutes, then Zimmermann turned on the lights and scored 2 and set up another 1. I was a bit disappointed we (the Aussies) couldn't put up more of a fight! The Australian squad is looking pretty similar to what is know, except for the fact there's only about 12 or so actual regens. There's a couple of players in the middle nations throughout Europe like Russia, Holland and such, a few in the Middle-East and a superstar in England playing for Man City.
    Any chance of a screenshot of the superstar's attributes and history? I never seem to find any world-class Australian regens!

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    Yeah, I'm blessed at the moment! Schneider, Bachmann (Cagliari), Zimmermann, Thimo Herzog (Basel), Ziereis, Bernd Bender, Johannes Bender, Alfons Wolff and a few others that are pretty decent as well!

    Shane Bodo - History

    Probably the best midfielder in Australia's history! Bit of a weird career progression for him, but oh well. Also, Australia's won only one Asian Cup, that was the 2027 one hosted by Bahrain.



    Getting pretty close to that 1000th game now!

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    Nice landmark there .

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    Those two intakes don't look half bad I always like to see a keeper come through, they generally take the longest to peak so need to get them training from the off. Which positions are you in most need of?

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    Definitely right and left backs, in a severe shortage of quality there. Actually, I only have 1 left back, but he generally spends half the season on the sidelines injured. Right back has a few more options, but there more suited to the lower tiers. Some backup in the centre of defence and maybe another central mid would be nice too, but full backs is the most urgent need.

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    FC Ruggell February - March Review



    February 2032


    Pretty bad month by the club, starting off with a loss to Grasshoppers. I thought we were back on track with the draw to Basel, but St Gallen also destroyed us to really push back our claim for the top 3.

    March 2032


    March was a bit better than February, but it started just as bad when we lost to Luzern on penalties in the Swiss Cup quarter finals. Young Boys compounded the loss by thrashing us 3-0, before we recovered by beating Aarau 2-0. 3 more wins later, and we were back on the cusp of the top 3. The win over Zurich was particularly great, as it also singled Johannes Bender first ever goal for the club. However, we clipped up on the final day of March, losing to Sion 2-1, as Basel beat Young Boys. This leaves us 4 adrift of 4th place, and 6 of retaining our 3rd place of last season.

    League Standings


    Nine games to go, I will aim for 3rd place, but I think holding onto 5th will be a more likely accomplishment this season. It will all come down to how we perform against Basel and Sion in the coming months. I'm getting more and more pumped for Euro 2032, really hoping to post some shock results against the bigger nations!


    In news around the globe, Sebastian Zimmermann just scored a double in Arsenal's 3-0 Europa League quarter final 1st leg win over Girondins Bordeaux.
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    God dam,I jinxed it!Looks like you have a suitable replacement for Zimmermann in the near future,hope he turns to be a star.

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    Tough couple months there. With 9 (??) games to go I reckon you can still push for 3rd.

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    A push for 3rd would be a good achievement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    God dam,I jinxed it!Looks like you have a suitable replacement for Zimmermann in the near future,hope he turns to be a star.
    Same, it'll be good to have another Zimmermann come through. It might help bridge the gap between the top 2.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Tough couple months there. With 9 (??) games to go I reckon you can still push for 3rd.
    Yeah, 9 games left from there, but now I only have a couple left, and I can only finish 4th or 5th now. Sion's in 4th on 53 points, while we're on 51 points. Basel secured 3rd place with a few rounds to spare, while Young Boys and Zurich are having a really enthralling battle for the title.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    A push for 3rd would be a good achievement.
    I think it's going to be a bit beyond us this season unfortunately


    I decided to for the first time watch a game that didn't involve my team - the 2032 Europa League final between Arsenal and Bayern Munich. All I can say is that Zimmermann has got the touch with Arsenal as well, he scored a goal and had another disallowed for offside as Arsenal won 2-1. Great stuff there, putting Liechtenstein on the map.


    Liechtenstein Euro 2032 Preliminary Squad Announcement



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    | Player | Club | Position | Age | Caps | Goals | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Steffen Braun | Etoile-Carouge | GK | 30 | 0 | 0 | | Ralf Beckmann | Yverdon | GK | 27 | 1 | 0 | | Fritz Breu | Ruggell | GK | 25 | 48 | 0 | | Arvid Keller | Ruggell | D(R) | 31 | 26 | 1 | | Jochen Lang | Ruggell | D(RC) | 29 | 59 | 2 | | David Jansen | Vaduz | D(RLC) | 25 | 31 | 0 | | Wolfgang Herzog | Ruggell | D(RC) | 19 | 8 | 0 | | Florian Fehr | Ruggell | D(RC);DM;M(RC) | 30 | 54 | 0 | | Laurent Legrand | Ruggell | D(C) | 27 | 6 | 0 | | Kai Arndt | Ruggell | D(C) | 28 | 47 | 1 | | Phillipp Bender | Ruggell | D(C) | 23 | 39 | 1 | | Oliver Hopp | Ruggell | D(C) | 21 | 32 | 0 | | Kristof Schwarz | Vaduz | D(C) | 20 | 0 | 0 | | Ulrich Hirsch | Ruggell | D(C);DM;M(C) | 23 | 1 | 0 | | Sebastian Alder | Ruggell | D(C);DM;M(C) | 23 | 15 | 0 | | Horst Lange | Ruggell | D(C);DM;M(C) | 18 | 0 | 0 | | Maximlian Reichel | Ruggell | D(L);M(L) | 25 | 53 | 1 | | Ernst Jung | Ruggell | DM;M(C) | 27 | 56 | 1 | | Karl-Heinz Heinrichs | West Ham | DM;M(C) | 26 | 55 | 5 | | Dennis Hofmann | Ruggell | M(C) | 26 | 50 | 3 | | Christoph Frick | Ruggell | M(C) | 23 | 37 | 1 | | Georg Schweinsteiger | Ruggell | M/AM(RC) | 20 | 9 | 1 | | Thimo Herzog | Basel | M/AM(RC);ST | 22 | 32 | 4 | | Jerome Richter | Vaduz | AM(R);ST | 25 | 3 | 0 | | Sebastian Schneider | Ruggell | AM(L);ST | 31 | 78 | 22 | | Sebastian Zimmermann | Arsenal | AM(L);ST | 22 | 35 | 49 | | Alfons Wolff | Ruggell | AM(L);ST | 20 | 11 | 5 | | Hendrik Bachmann | Cagliari | AM(C);ST | 27 | 62 | 45 | | Stefan Ziereis | Ruggell | ST | 24 | 36 | 3 | | Bernd Bender | Ruggell | ST | 20 | 1 | 0 | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Got friendlies planned against Costa Rica and Poland to prepare the team for the Euros. Still a couple of games left in the Ruggell season, but with Euro 2032 just around the corner, I'm starting to get excited! Most of the players are Ruggell players, but with Vaduz and the rest of the clubs producing little to no talent, it's hard to not be biased.

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    Before the Season Review, a couple of news items came through that I'm really happy about!

    First off, a stadium expansion. Granted, it's only standing room, but it should increase revenue over the Swiss Season -



    As well as this, another training expansion.


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    FC Ruggell April - May/End of Season Review



    April


    Good month, but we screwed up the two more important games, the losses to Sion and Basel really hurt us in the end. Thrashing Aarau was pretty satisfying though.

    May


    We began this month with a bang, then went out with a fizzle. We really should have beaten Luzern - if we had of, we would have come 4th. In the end though, it was a tough run in, facing both Young Boys and Zurich. We had respectable losses to both clubs, and almost stole the title away from Zurich if it wasn't for a late winner.

    League Standings


    Zurich have ended their 14 season title drought, defeating us on the final day when Young Boys slumped to a draw to secure it. Finishing 5th is a good achievement, seeing how much we relied on Zimmermann the past few seasons. Hopefully I'll be able to improve from here and push for the top 3 again.

    Squad | Club Info | Facilities | Transfers | Finances


    Before the money was taken away for the upgrades, we had close to 15mil. Still a very healthy bank balance at the moment, all thanks to Zimmermann's sale.

    Youth Prospects


    Arvid Keller YP6 - Played a fair few games, but was completely outclassed.

    Sebastian Schneider YP7 - Absolute superstar! 51 goals in 47 games, we are going to miss him greatly when he eventually hangs up the boots. Hopefully that won't be for a few more seasons yet.

    Florian Fehr YP8 - Had a bit of a bad run with injury this season, and as such didn't feature much.

    Jochen Lang YP9 - Played a lot, but was outclassed the majority of the time.

    Kai Arndt YP10 - Didn't get many games in at all.

    Ernst Jung YP11 - Another great season, rarely misses a beat.

    Maximilian Reichel YP12 - Pretty good season all round, chipped in 13 assists.

    Stefan Ziereis YP13 - Really fired towards the end of the season, just needs a bit more consistency. That should come if the injuries lay off.

    Dennis Hofmann YP16 - Another good season with a few assists.

    Phillipp Bender YP17 - Solid, but tends to make silly errors.

    Oliver Hopp YP18 - Great season, one of our best. Might end up leaving us soon though, he is wanted around Europe.

    Alfons Wolff YP19 - Decent season, was fairly inconsistent though.

    Wolfgang Herzog YP20 - Not really developing like I'd hope, despite playing a number of games.

    Bernd Bender YP21 - Consistency is again the key with another striker. Still young and learning though.

    Johannes Bender YP22 - Played a few games and chipped in a goal and an assist. Not a bad start to his career.

    Ruggell Abroad


    Karl-Heinz Heinrichs - Decent season in West Ham's midfield, a vital player for the club.

    Sebastian Zimmermann - Didn't get many in the league, but was instrumental in Arsenal's successful Europa League campaign, scoring a goal in the final.

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    FC Ruggell Season by Season | Seasons | Tier | Division | Position | Schweizer Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2011/12 | 6th | 3L Ostschweizer Fussballverband Gr.2 | 1st | 1st Round | | 2012/13 | 5th | 3L Ostschweizer Fussballverband Gr.2 | 1st | 4th Round | | 2013/14 | 4th | 2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4 | 5th | 4th Round | | 2014/15 | 4th | 2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4 | 7th | 1st Round | | 2015/16 | 4th | 2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4 | 3rd | 1st Round | | 2016/17 | 4th | 2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4 | 2nd | 5th Round | | 2017/18 | 4th | 2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4 | 2nd | 6th Round | | 2018/19 | 4th | 2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4 | 1st | 1st Round | | 2019/20 | 3rd | 1. Liga Gruppe 3 | 5th | 5th Round | | 2020/21 | 3rd | 1. Liga Gruppe 3 | 5th | 4th Round | | 2021/22 | 3rd | 1. Liga Gruppe 3 | 2nd | 5th Round | | 2022/23 | 3rd | 1. Liga Gruppe 3 | 2nd | Runners Up | | 2023/24 | 3rd | 1. Liga Gruppe 3 | 3rd | 5th Round | | 2024/25 | 3rd | 1. Liga Gruppe 3 | 1st | 5th Round | | 2025/26 | 2nd | Challenge League | 1st | 3rd Round | | 2026/27 | 1st | Axpo Super League | 10th | Quarter Final | | 2027/28 | 2nd | Challenge League | 1st | 3rd Round | | 2028/29 | 1st | Axpo Super League | 7th | Quarter Final | | 2029/30 | 1st | Axpo Super League | 7th | Winners | | 2030/31 | 1st | Axpo Super League | 3rd | Runners Up | | 2031/32 | 1st | Axpo Super League | 5th | Quarter Final | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    FC Ruggell's European Adventures | Season | Europa League | Club Co-Efficent | Club Ranking | Nation Co-fficent | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2026/27| 3rd Qual. Round | 8.259 | 214th | 11.000 | | 2027/28| 4th in Group G | 14.699 | 146th | 19.500 | | 2028/29| 4th Qual. Round | 15.499 | 135th | 21.000 | | 2029/30| 2nd Knockout | 31.478 | 69th | 38.500 | | 2030/31| 3rd in Group B | 38.998 | 57th | 47.500 | | 2031/32| 3rd in Group B | 46.598 | 47th | 55.500 | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    Liechtenstein Euro 2032 Preparation



    Friendlies

    From the offset, I knew I wasn't going to be playing Zimmermann in any of the warm up games. He is too valuable to loss to an injury in a friendly. Even with weakened sides, however, I won both games.

    Liechtenstein 3 - 2 Costa Rica


    A good performance, we went 3-1 up before half time. I switched around the majority of the team after the break and conceded 1 goal, but still held out for the win.

    Liechtenstein 1 - 0 Poland


    This game was better in my opinion, as it showed we are capable of grinding out a win when up against a fairly strong side. We went ahead in the first half, but from there it was all Poland. We were lucky they got a player sent off, otherwise they probably would have equalised.

    The Final Squad

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    | Player | Club | Position | Age | Caps | Goals | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Steffen Braun | Etoile-Carouge | GK | 30 | 0 | 0 | | Ralf Beckmann | Yverdon | GK | 27 | 1 | 0 | | Fritz Breu | Ruggell | GK | 25 | 50 | 0 | | Jochen Lang | Ruggell | D(RC) | 29 | 61 | 2 | | David Jansen | Vaduz | D(RLC) | 25 | 32 | 0 | | Florian Fehr | Ruggell | D(RC);DM;M(RC) | 30 | 56 | 0 | | Laurent Legrand | Ruggell | D(C) | 27 | 8 | 0 | | Kai Arndt | Ruggell | D(C) | 28 | 47 | 1 | | Phillipp Bender | Ruggell | D(C) | 23 | 41 | 1 | | Oliver Hopp | Ruggell | D(C) | 21 | 34 | 0 | | Sebastian Alder | Ruggell | D(C);DM;M(C) | 23 | 15 | 0 | | Maximlian Reichel | Ruggell | D(L);M(L) | 25 | 55 | 1 | | Ernst Jung | Ruggell | DM;M(C) | 27 | 57 | 1 | | Karl-Heinz Heinrichs | West Ham | DM;M(C) | 26 | 57 | 5 | | Dennis Hofmann | Ruggell | M(C) | 26 | 52 | 3 | | Christoph Frick | Ruggell | M(C) | 23 | 37 | 1 | | Georg Schweinsteiger | Ruggell | M/AM(RC) | 20 | 11 | 1 | | Thimo Herzog | Basel | M/AM(RC);ST | 22 | 34 | 4 | | Sebastian Schneider | Ruggell | AM(L);ST | 31 | 80 | 22 | | Sebastian Zimmermann | Arsenal | AM(L);ST | 22 | 35 | 49 | | Alfons Wolff | Ruggell | AM(L);ST | 20 | 13 | 6 | | Hendrik Bachmann | Cagliari | AM(C);ST | 27 | 64 | 46 | | Stefan Ziereis | Ruggell | ST | 24 | 38 | 4 | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Late News

    Midfielder Christoph Frick has suffered a fractured arm in the lead in the the European Championship. Frick, a key member of the Liechtenstein squad, will miss 4-5 weeks due to this injury, ruling him out of the group stage. The earliest he could see a return would be the Second round, should Liechtenstein reach that stage, but it is thought July and the Quarter Finals would be a more realistic time period for Frick to recover. No replacement can be called up.
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    Congrats on a good position in the league. Finding a good replacement for Zimmerman must be a priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Congrats on a good position in the league. Finding a good replacement for Zimmerman must be a priority.
    Cheers! I'm not too sure about that actually, I have a feeling the rest of the strikers can step up soon. Most of them are young and developing, but should be good after a bit more experience. I think the priority is improving the defence, we lost a lot of games last season due to some dodgy defending.

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    Poorly timed Frick injury.

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    Decent league position to finish in, hopefully you can push on again next season. Best of luck next season and in Europe! Oliver Hopp looks very good

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    Good start to life without Zimmermann and hopefully your latest products can step up to the plate sooner rather then later.

    Nice build up for the Euros,hopefully you can show you are competitive against the bigger nations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Poorly timed Frick injury.
    It was Fricken bad timing

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Decent league position to finish in, hopefully you can push on again next season. Best of luck next season and in Europe! Oliver Hopp looks very good
    Cheers mate! Hopp is a fantastic defender, I think he'd fit into any team to be honest.

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good start to life without Zimmermann and hopefully your latest products can step up to the plate sooner rather then later.

    Nice build up for the Euros,hopefully you can show you are competitive against the bigger nations.
    Cheers B.W.G! We've been pretty lucky so far in the Euros. We've avoided all the big nations, and you'll see soon where we currently are

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    Liechtenstein European Championship Campaign... So Far



    Group Stage

    Liechtenstein 3 - 1 Belgium


    Brilliant start to the campaign, with Zimmermann nabbing a double against the Host Nation. I thought they were going to come back late when they scored in the 80th minute, but Bachmann put it beyond doubt.

    Denmark 1 - 4 Liechtenstein


    Next up were Denmark, and Zimmermann was on fire again, getting a hat trick! We went 4-0 up just after the break and relaxed a little, letting the Danes peg one back. That would be all though, as we all but secured our place in the next round.

    Liechtenstein 2 - 2 Croatia



    Croatia were the team I was not looking forward to playing in this group, and to be perfectly honest, we are lucky we have a superstar in Sebastian Zimmermann to pull us out of games like this. They may have never had the lead, but they deserved this win much more than us.


    We finished top of our group, and therefore had a pretty easy tie in the next round. The shock exit from this stage were France, finishing bottom of a group with Holland, Switzerland and Austria. Some things, like French capitulations, just never seem to change.

    Second Round


    Austria 0 - 2 Liechtenstein



    We avoided the big nations again this round, and had a pretty good tie against Austria! Zimmermann and Schneider both scored after the break to deliver us the win, and a quarter final appearance!

    Quarter Final


    We are just so lucky! Czech Republic are our next team, and while they certainly will not be easy compared to our other opponents (currently 9th in the world), I prefer them over England, Netherlands, Italy, etc. We will face the winner of Portugal/Germany next round if we advance, so are luck will eventually run out.

    Zimmermann has been fantastic for us, scoring 8 of our 11 goals and winning man of the match in all 4 games!

    The bad news for the Quarter though is that our captain Hendrik Bachmann will be missing thanks to an injury...

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    What a run in Euros, just amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodesire View Post
    What a run in Euros, just amazing!
    We were helped by the draw, avoiding all the big nations, but unfortunately it's over now

    Liechtenstein Euro 2032 Quarter Final



    Liechtenstein 1 - 2 Czech Republic



    The Czech's were just too strong for us. I was hoping Zimmermann might send us into extra time, but they played us off the park.


    Regardless of that result, fantastic run, I'm really happy with the performance! Quarter Finals is just amazing.

    Full Euro 2032 round up to come shortly.

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    European Championship 2032 Review



    Hosts - Belgium

    Holders - England

    Group Stage

    Group A - Romania (7); Czech Republic (7); Russia (3); N. Ireland (0).
    Group B - Germany (6); Italy (4); Wales (4); Sweden (3).
    Group C - Liechtenstein (7); Belgium (6); Croatia (4); Denmark (0).
    Group D - Switzerland (5); Netherlands (5); Austria (4); France (1).
    Group E - Spain (7); Scotland (4); Poland (3); Turkey (2).
    Group F - Portugal (7); Serbia (7); England (3); Norway (0).

    Second Round

    Italy 2 - 0 Romania
    Serbia 2 - 0 Spain
    Wales 1 - 2e Germany
    Croatia 1 - 3 Portugal
    Scotland 0 - 2 Czech Republic
    Austria 0 - 2 Liechtenstein
    England 1 - 0 Switzerland
    Belgium 0 - 1 Netherlands

    Quarter Final

    Italy 0 - 2 Serbia
    Portugal e1 - 0 Germany
    Liechtenstein 1 - 2 Czech Republic
    Netherlands 1 - 1p England

    Semi Final

    Serbia 1 - 2 England
    Portugal 0 - 1 Czech Republic

    Final

    England 1 - 1p Czech Republic

    Awards

    Best Player - Sebastian Zimmermann (Liechtenstein)

    Golden Boot - Sebastian Zimmermann; 9 Goals (Liechtenstein)

    Dream Team -

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    |        Player        | Position |     Nation     |
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    | Steven Klijn         |    GK    | Netherlands    |
    | Lubomir Michalek     |    DR    | Czech Republic |
    | Tiago Lopes          |    DL    | Portugal       |
    | Antonio Lorge        |    DC    | Portugal       |
    | Tonnir Berghuis      |    DC    | Netherlands    |
    | Mitchell Broughton   |    MR    | England        |
    | Vladimir Prochazka   |    ML    | Czech Republic |
    | Dennis Hofmann       |    MC    | Liechtenstein  |
    | Dan Zapletal         |    MC    | Czech Republic |
    | Sebastian Zimmermann |    ST    | Liechtenstein  |
    | Pedro Ferreira       |    ST    | Portugal       |
    ----------------------------------------------------
    | Fritz Breu           |   Sub    | Liechtenstein  |
    | Fabio Carlos         |   Sub    | Portugal       |
    | Stanoje Cvetkovic    |   Sub    | Serbia         |
    | Catalin Sabau        |   Sub    | Romania        |
    | Hendrik Bachmann     |   Sub    | Liechtenstein  |
    | Jorge Martins        |   Sub    | Portugal       |
    | Guido Paone          |   Sub    | Italy          |
    | Michael Mucha        |   Sub    | Czech Republic |
    | Jiri Vyborny         |   Sub    | Czech Republic |
    | Marek Plasil         |   Sub    | Czech Republic |
    | Lazar Aleksic        |   Sub    | Serbia         |
    | Dennie de Graaf      |   Sub    | Netherlands    |
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    We lost to the eventual winners, that makes we even more happy with our performance Potential World Player of the Year for Zimmermann after winning player of the tournament and golden boot?

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    That was a brilliant run in the tournament.No shame in losing to the Winners but I'm more surprised at seeing England in the final after their group stage performance

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    Excellent Euro run, very impressive. And losing to the eventual winners is no bad feat! Zimmerman is a great striker, how did Arsenal do this season? Although I'm pretty sure WPY is down to mostly reputation .

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    Zimmerman must be building up quite a rep throughout europe with those stats

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    That was a very good run.

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    That's an amazing European run for you! Definitely made others step up and take notice.

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    Looking at what you're doing & following your posts you are doing fantastic fair play not sure if could do do it, but would love to give it a shot but can't get the file. Teh file I download is only small 200kb so I know its not that. I'm not sure of where to save it. Thanks.

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    Good run of form in Europe! League form was good but unlucky, missing that boost of Europe but it may enable you to do better in the league next year.
    Either way, can't wait for the update!

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    This thread is a really inspiring read!
    I found it a few days ago and think it's an amazing challenge you've set yourself!

    I'm currently playing a save where I start unemployed as a former Sunday League footballer. I took over Boston Utd of the Blue Square North in December who were running in 12th but predicted 2nd.
    I'm doing okay with them; after a shaky (bad) start have clawed up to 6th just outside the playoffs in March. Although I realised reading your thread that I probably should try focusing on training a bit more. This is an area that I have typically ignored in previous saves, so I really don't know where to begin. Would you have any tips for people like me when it comes to training players and helping them to fulfil they're potential?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    What a cracking run you had in the European Championship .

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    That was a brilliant run in the tournament.No shame in losing to the Winners but I'm more surprised at seeing England in the final after their group stage performance
    Cheers! It was a bit of an interesting final to be honest, England didn't do so well in a pretty even group, but Czech Republic didn't even top their group, one of the easiest in the competition! I was a little surprised to be honest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Excellent Euro run, very impressive. And losing to the eventual winners is no bad feat! Zimmerman is a great striker, how did Arsenal do this season? Although I'm pretty sure WPY is down to mostly reputation .
    I was hoping since his move to Arsenal and with the awards he has received, his rep would be high enough to be considered I don't have the English leagues loaded, but Arsenal did win the Europa League, with Zimmermann scoring in the final!

    Quote Originally Posted by buzz2k7 View Post
    Zimmerman must be building up quite a rep throughout europe with those stats
    Rated as a World class Explosive striker, his biography starts off with FC Ruggell legend Sebastian Zimmermann is truly one of the world football's superstars

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    That was a very good run.
    Cheers mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    That's an amazing European run for you! Definitely made others step up and take notice.
    Indeed, I think we announced ourselves on the world stage Even if we didn't play (and beat) a major nation.

    Quote Originally Posted by mickey rooney View Post
    Looking at what you're doing & following your posts you are doing fantastic fair play not sure if could do do it, but would love to give it a shot but can't get the file. Teh file I download is only small 200kb so I know its not that. I'm not sure of where to save it. Thanks.
    The file should go in the Editor Data folder (Go to My Documents - Sports Interactive - Football Manager 2012 - Editor Data).

    Quote Originally Posted by leonavich View Post
    Good run of form in Europe! League form was good but unlucky, missing that boost of Europe but it may enable you to do better in the league next year.
    Either way, can't wait for the update!
    Cheers mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by pash1987 View Post
    This thread is a really inspiring read!
    I found it a few days ago and think it's an amazing challenge you've set yourself!

    I'm currently playing a save where I start unemployed as a former Sunday League footballer. I took over Boston Utd of the Blue Square North in December who were running in 12th but predicted 2nd.
    I'm doing okay with them; after a shaky (bad) start have clawed up to 6th just outside the playoffs in March. Although I realised reading your thread that I probably should try focusing on training a bit more. This is an area that I have typically ignored in previous saves, so I really don't know where to begin. Would you have any tips for people like me when it comes to training players and helping them to fulfil they're potential?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Creating training schedules is one area I have next to no idea about to be honest, I generally download a set to help me. The only advice I really can give is to make sure your players get plenty of game time. I'm pretty sure that training schedules just define which atttributes will improve as the player progresses, so if you figure out which areas you want your players to improve in, you should be able to create schedules to help give an attribute spread.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    What a cracking run you had in the European Championship .
    Cheers mate!



    I'm going to be honest here, I haven't even thought about playing Football Manager for a couple of weeks now. Life's just been busy (and I got re-addicted to Borderlands, but that's another matter entirely). Anyway, I'm not sure how many season's I'll actually get through before FM13 comes out (and I plan to start a new save from the get go with that, as next year will be extremely busy and I will need to get my FM fix before it!) I'm just basically saying that I might not get Liechtenstein to a World Cup final before embarking on my first FM13 save (which, by the way, will NOT be a youth challenge, I've had enough youth with this save for a while!)

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    amazing run in the European Championship. Really enjoying this epic career thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Heath View Post
    amazing run in the European Championship. Really enjoying this epic career thread.
    Cheers mate!


    Started playing the save occasionally, made it through to the last week of August at the moment. My life should start to ease up soon, so we can all get back into the Liechtenstein action

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    Looking forward to your updates again .

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    Well, came into work this morning nice and early and thought I will have a little look at SI whilst having my first coffee. 4 hours later and I have just finished reading this from start to finish. Not yet picked up one file of papers at work, well done mate this is great, a brilliant way for me to use my early morning start.

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    So, uh, you'll never guess what's back.

    FC Ruggell 2032/33 July - September Review



    July 2032


    We started the season with a couple of relatively easy Europa League games, besting Bosnian side Sarajevo and Bulgarian side Litex. The league was a different story however, as we lost to Zurich before drawing St Gallen, to start the season with a single point.

    August 2032


    Our league hardships continued into August, with Basel beginning the month by destroying us 1-4. Sion also kept us win less with a 1-1 draw. However, we were able to shape up slightly for the rest of the month, picking up 2 wins a loss from the remaining 3 games. Europe was solid for us, advancing to the group stage once again.

    September 2032


    September was a strange month. When we won, we won big. Really big. However, none of those games came in the Super League, so we were left again without a win for the month, losing out to Xamax and Zurich once again.

    League Standings



    2nd last is not the best way to begin the new season! We've shwon that we do have talent, beating current top spot Young Boys 2-0, but the rest of our games in the league have been pretty bad. If we can somehow capture our European form for the league, we could easily finish top half.

    Europa League Group


    2 wins from 2 leaves us top of the group. We'll have a tough time with Palermo, but I feel we can advance from this group.


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    Ok, so it's been a while since I updated this (little bit of an understatement there). Basically, I had a few things go wrong for my family and I at the end of last year, and FM was the last thing on my mind. Then, I started university at the beginning of this year. Now that I've transitioned well into this year, the urge to play FM came back! Picked the game back up about a month ago. After a few seasons in Brazil (really fun league, highly recommend it), I finally opened up this save for the first time in around to a year. Turns out I was already halfway through September when I left it. Hopefully I'll be able to stick with this for a little while now! I lost a few of my files relating to this thread (player total games/goals and stuff to that effect), but I should be able to get back into this whole updating thing.
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    Great to see this back, was one of my favourite threads to read! Good luck with the season, I'm sure your league form will pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave. View Post
    Great to see this back, was one of my favourite threads to read! Good luck with the season, I'm sure your league form will pick up.
    Cheers man! Good to be playing this game again as well. Really enjoying it!

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    FC Ruggell 2032/33 October - December Review



    October 2032


    October was a brilliantly month for us, as we began to have a resurgence. 3 wins in 4 games in the league, and a fantastic win over Palermo in Europe gave us immense confidence of progressing in the Europa League. Schneider is just as brilliantly as when I left, the veteran notching up 8 goals in 6 games.

    November 2032


    November was a bit of a reality check for us. Palermo paid us back for a win over them by thrashing us 4-1 in Italy. IN the league, we suffered 3 losses in 4, a reverse of October. Our losses to Thun and Aarau were particularly tough to swallow, as we should be beating these teams.

    December 2032


    Thankfully, we ended the year well, with no losses in December. We secured top spot in our group in Europe, as well as getting revenge against Thun to push us to 5th on the table.

    League Standings


    This season is really showing our defensive frailties. This is further compounded by the fact our star centre back Oliver Hopp is wanted all over Europe, by AC Milan, Juventus, Malaga and Everton. I hope we manage to get a good defensive youth intake soon before this problem gets worse.

    Europa League Group

    Europa League Knockout Phase


    We get top spot, but we probably won't go much further. Juventus is one of the toughest teams to play against. If we manage to get a miracle win over Juventus however, we should get to the quarter finals, as our potential teams in the 2nd round are relatively weak.

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    Liechtenstein 2032 Review



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    Fantastic year for Liechtenstein, with our quarter final appearance at the Euros getting us to a high of 15th on the world rankings. Our world cup qualification isn't going as great as I would have hoped, but I'm confident of getting 2nd by the end of it.

    U21

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    No wins, I guess it's due to me poaching all the great players for the national teams!

    U19

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    Same as the U21's, not much of a chance against the strong youth nations.

    Code:

    Liechtenstein World Rankings |Season | Points | World Rank | Difference | |------------------------------------------| |Start | - | 119 | - | |2011 | 184 | 145 | -26 | |2012 | 103 | 185 | -40 | |2013 | 161 | 137 | +48 | |2014 | 72 | 187 | -50 | |2015 | 49 | 202 | -15 | |2016 | 66 | 197 | +5 | |2017 | 26 | 206 | -9 | |2018 | 15 | 208 | -2 | |2019 | 37 | 205 | +3 | |2020 | 15 | 208 | -3 | |2021 | 34 | 203 | +5 | |2022 | 27 | 204 | -1 | |2023 | 45 | 204 | 0 | |2024 | 65 | 198 | +6 | |2025 | 65 | 195 | +3 | |2026 | 98 | 177 | +18 | |2027 | 334 | 91 | +86 | |2028 | 476 | 58 | +33 | |2029 | 648 | 43 | +15 | |2030 | 623 | 41 | +2 | |2031 | 841 | 25 | +16 | |2032 | 978 | 22 | +3 | --------------------------------------------


  71. #671
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    Nice save. Keep it up, youth only! (temptation, I know)

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    Been secretly hoping this would come back for a long while. Part of my own inspiration!

    I hope Hopp stays at Ruggell and fights the temptation for Italian football.

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    Wow. I really enjoyed this as well back in the day.

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    Good to see this back,hopefully you can keep hold of Hopp and keep to at least mid-table!

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