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    FC Ruggell April - May/End of Season Review

    April 2027



    With relegation all but assured for Ruggell, the Liechtenstein club vowed t give it's fans some enjoyment out of the season by playing entertaining football for the remainder of the season. It almost began perfectly, as they took the lead early against Sion, before succumbing to a fight back and losing 2-1. However, they managed a draw out of their next game, 1-1 to Aarau, before losing two straight games by 2 goals to nil, firstly to Young Boys and then to St Gallen. However, the club would pick up their 3rd win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Luzern. The joy from this game was short lived, however, as Zurich battered them in the next game to win 3-0. With a 14 point buffer between Luzern and last placed Ruggell, one more loss would confirm what everyone knew was inevitable, and Basel put the final nail in the coffin with a 3-1 win, confirming Ruggell's relegation from the Super League.

    May 2027



    With relegation confirmed, the Liechtenstein continued to battle on to try and pick up some more points from the season. They almost got a shock win over St Gallen. After conceding 2 early goals, the Liechtenstein club fought back to lead 3-2 just after the break, before St Gallen scored another 2 to win an entertaining match 4-3. Xamax would continue the string of losses by defeating the club 2-1. However, Ruggell would be able to pick up points from the remaining games, holding Grasshoppers to a 1-1 draw, and Aarau to 2-2.



    As I completely expected at the beginning of the season, relegation! We were much better in the second half of the season, but all in all, we were outclassed on a regular basis. The club has retained it's professional status, so hopefully that and the experience that comes with playing at the highest level available will prove invaluable next time we come back up.

    Squad | Club Info | Facilities | Finances | Transfers

    Finances are in decent shape after all the leagues I organised. Will take a massive hit this coming season though, as I won't get the 4.6mil of TV revenue.

    Youth Prospects


    Arvid Keller (YP6) - Spent most of the season injured, and as such declined massively. When he played, he was exposed a lot. Really isn't cut out for this level, but the best we have at the moment.

    Sebastian Schneider (YP7) - For a team that finished bottom, Schneider played his heart out. I'm convinced if the other players on the team played with anywhere near the amount of passion he played with, we would have survived. Finished 4th in the leagues goal scoring charts, which is great considering he missed 6 of the last 7 games through injury. Who knows where he would have come in that department is he played.

    Florian Fehr (YP8) - Oh wait! Fehr did play with the same amount of passion. For me, he was our player of the season (Despite that honour going to Jung this year, finally breaking Schneider hold on the title of Fans' Player of the Year). He was simply fantastic in the midfield, and chipped in a few vital goals as well.

    Jochen Lang (YP9) - His worst season so far, simply couldn't cut it at that level.

    Kai Arndt (YP10) - Started off pretty poorly, but was starting to find form when he tore his hamstring. Came back later in the season and by then it was too late for him to make a difference.

    Ernst Jung (YP11) - Probably one of my better players, but that isn't really saying much. Not his best season by a long shot. Still, I believe he has the ability to make it in the Super League.

    Maximilian Reichel (YP12) - Played alright, and chipped in 6 assists, but ultimately was exposed time and time again in defence.

    Stefan Ziereis (YP13) - Saw some pretty big improvement in his attributes early in the season, but then got injured on a regular basis. Generally only about a week at a time, but it was enough to stifil form and progress.

    Sebastian Zimmermann (YP14) - Played better towards the end of the season, and ultimately improved a fair bit.

    Karl-Heinz Heinrichs (YP15) - Had a decent season, but not up to his usual standards. Another player that should have made the step up but didn't deliver this season.

    Dennis Hofmann (YP16) - He was alright, but sometimes a bit of a liability. His physical attributes aren't the best and because of that he was found out in the Super League.

    Phillipp Bender (YP17) - Had a pretty poor season, but it will only serve to inspire him to improve. Looking like he will be a key player for years to come.

    Oliver Hopp (YP18) - Didn't play badly in the games he played, but got sent off in his 3rd appearance! A bit of a mixed start for the lad.

    Alfons Wolff (YP19) - Add another to the growing list of strikers that score in their run on début.


    Last bits of news, Monaco from France randomly announced a link with us at the season close. Also, this season we play Drogheda Utd from Ireland in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Europa League.

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    FC Ruggell Season by Season |Season | Tier | Position | Swiss Cup | What Happened? | |---------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12 | 6th | 1st | 1st Round | Promotion! | |2012/13 | 5th | 1st | 4th Round | Promotion!! | |2013/14 | 4th | 5th | 4th Round | Nothing | |2014/15 | 4th | 7th | 1st Round | Nothing | |2015/16 | 4th | 3rd | 1st Round | Nothing | |2016/17 | 4th | 2nd | 5th Round | Nothing | |2017/18 | 4th | 2nd | 6th Round | Nothing | |2018/19 | 4th | 1st | 1st Round | Promotion!!! | |2019/20 | 3rd | 5th | 5th Round | IAC Semis | |2020/21 | 3rd | 5th | 4th Round | Consolidation | |2021/22 | 3rd | 2nd | 5th Round | IAC Semis | |2022/23 | 3rd | 2nd | Runners Up | Swiss Cup Finalist| |2023/24 | 3rd | 3rd | 5th Round | Nothing but draws | |2024/25 | 3rd | 1st | 5th Round | Promotion!!!! | |2025/26 | 2nd | 1st | 3rd Round | Promotion!!!!! | |2026/27 | 1st | 10th | Last 8 | Relegation :( | -----------------------------------------------------------------

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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 | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    FBK Kaunas; Kaunas - Lithuania (Won 1-0; Won 2-0 on agg)
    C.S. Maritimo; Funchal - Portugal (Drew 0-0; Lost 0-1 on agg)

    Finally, I leave you with the current standing in Group A of the qualification for Euro 2028.



    If only we beat Iceland in our first game! Granted, we probably won't beat either Wales or Germany as they are 13th and 4th in the world respectively. Still puts us in great stead for our next lot of qualification. Maybe World Cup 2030 is a possibility?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Ouch, tough lesson.
    Yeah, this season has been incredibly tough. Hopefully it will improve us for next time

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    The national side are doing alright though.

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    They are doing pretty good, up to 88th in the world! Something clicked the past couple of matches, the team is starting to flow better now. The 8-1 loss to Germany still stings a lot though.

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    You have Liechtenstein up to 88th? Wow, not bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    You have Liechtenstein up to 88th? Wow, not bad!
    Cheers cerud! Winning three consectutive games against teams higher than us pushed us up. I believe Poland were 52nd in the world when we beat them, and Finland and Iceland were in the 110's (can't remember the exact position)


    I was just looking at my players information pages, and I found something that is pretty awesome if it means what I think it means.. Sebastian Zimmermann has been labelled a "promising striker". Doesn't that mean he has massive potential, or does it just mean he's close on fulfilling his potential already? Here is his current attribute page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Cheers cerud! Winning three consectutive games against teams higher than us pushed us up. I believe Poland were 52nd in the world when we beat them, and Finland and Iceland were in the 110's (can't remember the exact position)


    I was just looking at my players information pages, and I found something that is pretty awesome if it means what I think it means.. Sebastian Zimmermann has been labelled a "promising striker". Doesn't that mean he has massive potential, or does it just mean he's close on fulfilling his potential already? Here is his current attribute page.
    I'm guessing it means he has massive potential from those stats. Get him training his off the ball, dribbling and composure and you will have a world beater right there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post

    I was just looking at my players information pages, and I found something that is pretty awesome if it means what I think it means.. Sebastian Zimmermann has been labelled a "promising striker". Doesn't that mean he has massive potential, or does it just mean he's close on fulfilling his potential already? Here is his current attribute page.
    I think promising means he has a PA of at least 140 and is under 21 which is still very big in terms of swiss football i would think. Mind you players are only described as promising if the club rep is high enough so some of your other players could have been promising in previous years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ri916 View Post
    I'm guessing it means he has massive potential from those stats. Get him training his off the ball, dribbling and composure and you will have a world beater right there!
    A Liechtenstein world beater, who would have thoguht it? Even if he doesn't become the next Messi, I'm sure Real Madrid or someone would sign him for the novelty if he existed in real life haha

    Quote Originally Posted by Thebaker View Post
    I think promising means he has a PA of at least 140 and is under 21 which is still very big in terms of swiss football i would think. Mind you players are only described as promising if the club rep is high enough so some of your other players could have been promising in previous years.
    That's around Championship quality, right? If so, then yeah that would be around the best players in the Super League! I hope he can fulfil his potential, although I don't want another team to come through and sign him... It's a hard choice sometimes.


    Anyway, check out this goal he just scored for us against Lausanne. We ended up winning the game 4-0... and they are meant to be title challengers? He has been sensational so far this season, scoring 11 goals in 8 games! In fact, the only game he didn't score in was the only game we haven't won yet. He has 2 hat tricks, including one against a team in the Europa League that was pretty damn special (I still don't quite believe we knocked them out!). Anyway, I'll put an update up about Ruggell's Europa League adventure when I lose to FC Twente in the 4th Qualifying Round



    Something about the name Sebastian is overpowered in my game
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post

    That's around Championship quality, right? If so, then yeah that would be around the best players in the Super League! I hope he can fulfil his potential, although I don't want another team to come through and sign him... It's a hard choice sometimes.
    i think top end championship level and that would be the minimum, could be messi level
    Looking at him he would among the best in the league as his stats show his ca must be pretty high already as he has decent pace and acceleration which take up a lot.
    Really good work with the national side, has it been down to schneider and zimmerman?

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    FC Ruggell's Not-So-Short-Lived Europa League Campaign


    2nd Qualifying Round

    Drogheda United 2 - 5 FC Ruggell

    This year our first opponents in the competition would be Drogheda United of Ireland. The game was fantastic, with a 5-2 away win virtually securing the tie for us. Ziereis scored a hat trick, with Zimmermann and Hofmann also chipping in goals.

    FC Ruggell 1 - 0 Drogheda United

    The home win wasn't as great as the away game, but it was enough. A lone Zimmermann goal saw us win 1-0, and 6-2 on aggregate. Our opponents in the next round would be Olympiakos from Greece, and I figured it was going to be another exit from the competition.

    FC Ruggell progress 6-2 on aggregate.

    3rd Qualifying Round

    Olympiakos 1 - 2 FC Ruggell

    We travelled to Greece in the first game, expecting a hammering by arguably the nations most famous side. Instead, an even game played out. Ziereis and Zimmermann both scored to give us an amazing 2-1 away win. Suddenly, the Greek giants didn't scare me as much.

    FC Ruggell 6 - 4 Olympiakos

    All that confidence I had of progressing went out the window in the first 6 minutes of the return game. They went up 2-0 (though Schneider did miss a penalty) and looked like running away with it. It looked as though Olympiakos weren't content of falling into our play style this time, and came out with a point to prove. Instead of accepting defeat though, I threw on Zimmermann to join Ziereis and Schneider up front, and suddenly it was game on. Schneider got back a goal n the half hour, and then disaster struck for Olympiakos when defender Charalabos Komiotis was sent off for elbowing Zimmermann. Zimmermann recovered from the rough treatment to score against a 10 man Olympiakos, and we went into the break at 2-2.

    Olympiakos weren't done though, and came out after the break fired up to score and make it 3-2. That would be enough for the Greek side to go through on away goal. 3 minutes later, though Ziereis cancelled out the advantage to give us the lead. It stayed that way for a long time, until the 73rd minute, were Olympiakos scored to give them the away goals lead again. But Schneider would score to make it 4-4, before Zimmermann scored 2 late goals to put the game out of reach, and to net his 2nd hat trick of the campaign.

    I think if their defender hadn't had a Joey Barton moment, they would have won. We simply exploited the extra space made available. Even though they were able to fight back and lead a few times, it was always going to tell in the end. It simply was an unbelievable game. Seriously, I don't believe it. Maybe the Super League was more beneficial us than I imagined. Also, in real life if a player from a lowly club scored a hat trick against one of the greatest Greek clubs of all time, wouldn't you think that would raise interest in the lad? I'm pretty sure that Panathinaikos and AEK would come looking for his signature so he could replicate that for them. Or maybe Olympiakos themselves would come for him. Or maybe a lower team from a bigger league would suddenly be interested, and want to develop him themselves.

    Anyway, here are the 10 goals



    FC Ruggell progress 8-3 on aggregate.

    4th Qualifying Round

    FC Twente 1 - 4 FC Ruggell

    I knew our luck would have to run out eventually, and when we drew FC Twente in the 4th round, I figured this was the time. The first half was a cagey opening, with the home side looking to have a slight advantage. Our woes were compounded by Arvid Keller being sent off for a terrible sliding challenge. The game didn't open up until the second half though, where Twente opened the scoring. However, Zimmermann sparked an immense comeback, scoring 2 and setting one up for an amazing 4-1 win! I don't know how we keep doing it, Olympaikos I could somewhat understand because of half their team being greyed-out players. But Twente? Most of their team were actual regens! I don't know how we did it.

    FC Ruggell 2 - 1 FC Twente

    I was confident of going through, and that confidence just rose when Twente scored an own goal. However, they equalised before the break, leaving me apprehensive about whenever or not they would fight back. However, Schneider scored after the break to give us an unassailable lead, and try as they might, Twente couldn't break us down again.

    FC Ruggell progress 6-2 on aggregate.


    There's our group. INteresting that we play Zurich, one of the Swiss teams we have a better record against. However, looking through Trabzonspor and Standard's line up, there is too much quality there for me to even think about gaining a point. Unlike TOlympaikos, whose team was primaly made up of greyed-out players, and FC Twente's, who had a couple of them, these two teams have nothing but good looking regens. To be honest though, I don't care about gaining points. This enough is an acheivement that will go down in the history of the club. The last time a Liechtenstein club made the group stages of the Europa League was Vaduz back in the 2021/22 season (they were also in the Challenge League). Still actually can't believe those games.


    Also, given our position on the World Rankings, Liechtenstein were allotted 4th seed in the World Cup qualification groups.


    Pretty good group if I say so myself! Kazakhstan, Georgia and Estonia should be easily beaten, while Turkey should dominate the group. Just down to whether or not we can beat Switzerland, and maybe we can draw an easy team in the 2nd place playoffs.

    Lastly, just wow. I honestly don't know how that just happened. Perhaps spending a lot of time reading Cleon's posts in the tactic forum paid off and I understand how to read the game and make the right tactical choices better now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebaker View Post
    i think top end championship level and that would be the minimum, could be messi level
    Looking at him he would among the best in the league as his stats show his ca must be pretty high already as he has decent pace and acceleration which take up a lot.
    Really good work with the national side, has it been down to schneider and zimmerman?
    No actually, Zimmermann only just made his debut against Latvia in a friendly. He did score on in the match though. It's mainly been done to Schneider and a striker from Vaduz whose has been immense. Hendrik Bachmann is his name, a 23 year old regen who is already the captain of the national side.

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    Going well in Europe.

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    I'm taking the credit

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    It's great to see both of your squads doing well! Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Going well in Europe.
    Bit of an understatement

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    It's great to see both of your squads doing well! Congrats.
    Cheers cerud!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleon View Post
    I'm taking the credit
    Your stuff has been unbelievably helpful mate! I had an idea of how to implement tactic before this save, but after reading your stuff it has just grown, I think I can read the game better now, thanks

    Just thought you might be interested in this example from my latest game away to Standard Liege, I noticed early that my DML was being dragged out of position a fair bit (Shown Here, circled in red, the x shows where I would have liked him to be). Luckily nothing came of that, but from there, I reduced his closing down to the first notch of "Own Area" and reduced his mentality a bit for good measure. From there, Standard couldn't break us down. They still completely outplayed us, but they couldn't score. In fact, they had 11 shots and no clear cut chances. The move also worked for us in attack as well, with Fehr starting the move that led to the only goal of the game.

    Fig 1 - From the though in, you can see Fehr in complete open space. Circled in black in the defender I believe should have been marking him, and probably would have if he was up the field a bit more (not up as far as usual, probably down to the mentality change). Cirlced in white is my CMR, who makes a great run when Fehr receives the ball. Fehr receiving the ball draws their circled defender out, allowing the rest of the play to take place.

    Fig2 - Here Hofmann has made the run, and Black has been drawn out. Green, the guy orignally marking Hofmann is also drawn to the ball (pretty poor discipline there) instead of maintaining his marking. The yellow circle represents the space left by Black being drawn out to confront Fehr, and that's where Heinrichs is going to move to.

    Fig 3 - Black and Green and again drawn to the ball and neglecting the other threats. Hofmann in white could theoretically make the run into the box (He doesn't end up doing so). However, Zimmermann could make the purple run. This puts Standard's defender in two minds - either way, it will be a clear chance for us, the defender marking Zimmermann is on the wrong side to effectively challenge from that distance. IN the end, Blue runs out at Heinrichs, who slips the ball in behind for Zimmermann to be one-on-one with the goalie.

    Fig 4 - From there, it's a simple finish. Another remarkable win for us in our first Europa League group game.

    Still basically learning to respond to the game, but I really liked how this one played out for me.

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    FC Ruggell PreSeason/July - September Review

    PreSeason 2027

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    July 2027



    As already shown, Ruggell began the year in spectacular fashion in the Europa League, while also picking apart Schaffhausen in the league 5-1. A total of 13 goals in 4 matches set the tone for a remarkable opening to the season.

    August 2027



    Ruggell suffered a small hiccup against Witherthur, drawing 2-2, before rampaging through August. Notable wins include 6-4 over Olympiakos, 4-1 over FC twente and 4-0 over Lausanne. A massive 25 goals were scored in 8 games, shooting Ruggell into the favourites for automatic promotion. They would just have to maintain the rage.

    September 2027



    September began by thrashing Leventina in the cup, before suffering another draw, this time to Servette FC 3-3. An international break followed, and the players seemed to come back focused despite being thrashed by Wales and Germany. Standard were beaten 1-0 in Belgium, but it came at the price of Heinrich for 2 weeks and Breu for 1. It proved telling, as they went down to Brienne in 3-2 in the league in Ruggell's first loss of the season, before St Gallen knocked them out of the cup in an even game, 1-0 the score there. Tuggenn also handed them another blow, holding them to a scoreless draw. The month ended in spectacular fashion though, keeping their perfect record in the Europa League by beating Zurich 1-0.



    Europa League Group

    Well, something had to suffer for our Europe form to continue, and it looks like our league form has taken a massive hit due to fatigue. Still early days and we've got two games in hand against the bottom clubs, but really want to be promoted this season. I think if I did we would survive next year. Zimmermann and Schneider have been lethal, and Ziereis as well before he was injured. Zimmermann has 20 goals in 19 games, Schneider has 11 in 19 and Ziereis has 7 in 8. I think a reason why our form took a hit that month was due to my keeper Breu and YP15 Heinrichs getting injured against Standard. Breu returned against Tuggenn, and we didn't concede, and then Heinrichs returned against Zurich, and we won. I suppose it helps that Heinrichs has 11 assists in 13 games.

    Hopefully we will see improve now that the hectic opening months are over.


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    It's a shame you've dropped points in the league, but honestly I'd pick an extended run in the Europa League over a title challenge. However I guess Vaduz being promoted would kill your chances of European football for a couple years, so get your act together domestically

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    Quote Originally Posted by arinceo View Post
    It's a shame you've dropped points in the league, but honestly I'd pick an extended run in the Europa League over a title challenge. However I guess Vaduz being promoted would kill your chances of European football for a couple years, so get your act together domestically
    That's what I'm worried about, I don't want to miss out on Europe for seasons minimum! That would be terrible, so I just gotta beat Vaduz




    Have to feel sorry for the Vaduz keeper here, cost them a point! Well, 6 points behind with 2 games in hand against the bottom clubs now!

    Bad news from that game though, Schneider twisted his ankle and is out for 5 weeks Good news is that Ziereis is almost back from his injury!
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    Just read through all of this in one sitting and it's one of the most exciting threads I have read keep on going with this, as I like to read about other people succeeding because I never can in FM. How do you sort out your tactics so well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austinho View Post
    Just read through all of this in one sitting and it's one of the most exciting threads I have read keep on going with this, as I like to read about other people succeeding because I never can in FM. How do you sort out your tactics so well?
    Thanks Austinho, really appreciate the praise My tactic has basically been built around the side I've been given - I've never received great wingers in my youth intakes, so it's been narrow since my 4 seasons, with the full backs acting as wingers. Currently got the formation set up as a 4-2-2-2. Basically the 4 at the back keep a hold of possession, with the full backs springing forwards when there's a gap. They along with my 2 DM provide stability, and as such have defensive mentalities and rarely run forward.

    The two central mids are slightly different. My MCR acts as a link between the defense and the strikers, while my MCl is best described as a pivot, receiving the ball regularly to pass it around.

    My two strikers are set up as Target Man and Poacher with Attacking aduties. However, they aren't true Target Man and Poacher, I just find the basic instructions are close to how I want them to play. Schneider makes the runs of a poacher and has greater creative freedom as a target man, while Zimmermann tracks back a bit in defence, but rarely helps in the lead up play of an attack, except maybe receiving the ball at the start and passing it on to either of my midfielders.

    But It all comes down to the team you build, finding out your strong points and playing to them.. Read Cleon's posts in the Tactic's forum, they really helped me

    And don't worry, I'm going to continue with this until FM13 comes out at least, maybe longer depending on how much that game tempts me into buying

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    Thank you very much for your advice. After reading some of Cleon's posts I am already enlightened and it's great to see how you personally chose your tactics. Thanks very much! Keep up the good work

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    Still a lot of time to move back up the table. You're close point-wise. Congrats on the Europa League too!

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    A lot to catch up on,congrats on promotion and the performances with Liechtenstein (good luck in the group!).A relegation is never good to see but hope you can come back from it stronger then ever and hopefully Vaduz will mess up this season.

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    Not your best season dometically. Have Vaduz ever been promoted?

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    Still can pounce for promotion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Still a lot of time to move back up the table. You're close point-wise. Congrats on the Europa League too!
    Cheers cerud! It realy just looked like a lot because we still had catch up games, but hopefully we'll win promotion!

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    A lot to catch up on,congrats on promotion and the performances with Liechtenstein (good luck in the group!).A relegation is never good to see but hope you can come back from it stronger then ever and hopefully Vaduz will mess up this season.
    Cheers! Vaduz have messed up a fair bit now thankfully, so we're back in prime position.

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    Not your best season dometically. Have Vaduz ever been promoted?
    Hang on, 1 loss in 8 games is bad? But in all seriousness, we should have been better in a lot of games. Last time Vaduz were in the Super League was the 2019/20 season - back in our first season in the 3rd tier!

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Still can pounce for promotion.
    Cheers deltablue! When you factor in us winning the games in hand, it's a really close table.

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    FC Ruggell October - December Review

    October 2027



    Ruggell were 9 points off top spot coming into October, and needed to pick up maximum points from the month to regain top spot. Things started perfectly though, as the defeated Vaduz 2-1, before destroying Schotz 3-0. The wins came to a halt though, as Kriens held them to a 0-0 draw. This was followed by the clubs 3rd game in the groups of the Europa League. Trabzonspor were too good though, running out 3-1 victors. Ruggell returned to the league with vengeance though, defeating Breitenrain 2-1 and Stade Nyonnais 3-1 To put them back on top of the league.

    November 2027



    November started with a trip to Turkey for the Liechtenstein club, and again Ruggell were second best, going down 1-0. The club looked tired in their next performance, with Eschen/Mauren holding them to a home 1-1 draw. Ruggell would rediscover their form though, picking up three consecutive 2-1 victories to finish the month 5 points clear at the top of the league, defeating Lugano, Schaffhausen and Winterthur.

    December 2027



    Ruggell knew if they were to progress from the groups stages of the Europa League, they would need to win their next games. However,, Standard proved too much for the Liechtenstein club, running out 2-0 winners. Ruggell continued their dominance in the league though, defeating Breitenrain and Yverdon 2-0. The year ended for them in the Europa League, needing both maximum points from Zurich and for Trabzonspor not to lose to Standard to go through to the groups. Ruggell got neither though, as they failed to even get a shot at goal all game, as Zurich won 2-0, while Standard also defeated Trabzonspor. In the end, Zurich qualified in top position, with Trabzonspor going through as well.



    So we can't have the best of both worlds! Finished in 4th place in our Europa League group, but it as an unbelievable achievement to come as close as we did! Back in the saddle in the league though, looking strong for promotion. Zimmermann already has 33 goals in the season, so barring a major injury, will eclipse Schneider's record of 38 goals in a season (but to be fair, Zimmermann has played far more games)


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    Liechtenstein 2027 Review


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    Easily the nations best ever performance over a year, going to a record high of 84th in the rankings! Finishing 4th in the groups was also a fantastic achievement, though the matches against Wales and Germany show we are still a long way from the best teams in the world.

    U21

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    Not even a single win. Not that I can blame them though, I keep poaching all the top talent for the senior side I'd say that it will take a few seasons for the youth sides to be where they were a few years back, challenging for top spot in groups.

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    Manager | Fixtures | Qualification Group

    A few wins against low class opposition, but same as above for the U19's, it will be a few years before things get back on track for them.

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

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    Now that the games are matched up and even, you've really pulled ahead! Too bad on the Europa League, but great to see promotion as a real possibility again.

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    Good to see back on top of the league and competition from other liechtenstein clubs.
    Surprised to see Zurich in your Europa group since they are both counted as swiss in the game, in fact there no reason i can see why you can't be entered in the CL should you reach it, i'm not sure how the game knew you were liechtenstein to assign you the europa spot

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Now that the games are matched up and even, you've really pulled ahead! Too bad on the Europa League, but great to see promotion as a real possibility again.
    Cheers cerud! I would have liked to keep going in Europe, but it just got too much for the team unfortunately.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thebaker View Post
    Good to see back on top of the league and competition from other liechtenstein clubs.
    Surprised to see Zurich in your Europa group since they are both counted as swiss in the game, in fact there no reason i can see why you can't be entered in the CL should you reach it, i'm not sure how the game knew you were liechtenstein to assign you the europa spot
    I'm still hoping that if I finish in the top two in the Super League I will qualify as a Swiss team, and the second best Liechtenstein club will get the Europa League spot. I can only assume that the game knew because our Stadium is located in Liechtenstein.

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    Going well in the league,shame about the Europa league but hopefully it has bought some extra income in.As for Lichtenstein,Euro 2044 winners....calling it now

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    Top work getting back up to speed in the league.

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    Great Job, promotion is certainly yours if you don't have a Man Utd-esque and to the season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Going well in the league,shame about the Europa league but hopefully it has bought some extra income in.As for Lichtenstein,Euro 2044 winners....calling it now
    2044? Please, I'd say 2040 at the latest

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Top work getting back up to speed in the league.
    Cheers, it seemed that the fixture congestion was just too much for us at the beginning of the season.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Great Job, promotion is certainly yours if you don't have a Man Utd-esque and to the season!
    I don't plan on it, but you never know. Makes it more interesting now that our closest rivals are now Eschen/Mauren, so it could be a case of two Liechtenstein clubs being promoted this season. That would be something special!

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    FC Ruggell 2028 Youth Intake


    Wolfgang Herzog - YP20 (Coach Report) - Decent looking defender, though would have preferred him to be more a right back than a central back.

    Bernd Bender - YP21 (Coach Report) - Another decent looking striker, but I don't really need him at this stage. Really need full backs, not strikers! Still looks like he could develop into something special.


    Georg Schweinsteiger - Primarily a winger, so might not feature much, but still has decent potential so I'll keep him around for the time being.

    Youth Candidates 4 - 0 Ruggell U18's

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    FC Ruggell MidSeason/February - March Review

    MidSeason 2028

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    Standard midseason to gain some much needed money, as we are currently losing about 500k a month! Some promising results in there for next season, but I'm still not sure if we'd be good enough to survive next season as well

    February 2028



    Ruggell resumed the season with a game to Lausanne. Schneider managed to break his 13 hour goal drought, but it wasn't enough as the Liechtenstein club were held to a 1-1 draw.

    March 2028



    Ruggell got back into their winning ways with a home game to Schotz. Zimmermann brought his goal tally to 35 for the season as Ruggell fired home for a 3-1 victory. Next game was a bit more difficult though, as Le Mont LS pressured Ruggell off the ball enough to hold to another 1-1 draw. The Liechtenstein club did manage to exact revenge on Bienne, the only club to have beaten them in the league this season, winning 2-0 in front of their home fans.



    We dropped a point in our advantage, but we are still holding a strong lead. Next few games will be tough, as we play Servette and Vaduz away from home. That is followed by Tuggen and Kriens at home, before travelling to Lugano. Stade Nyonnais will be our final opponents at the Gemeindesportplatz before we move to Ruggell Stadium next season, before rounding out the season away to Eschen/Mauren. If we drop enough points, that could potentially be the game that decides the title. I'm hoping to take out the title early though.


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    I think you'll take it comfortably.

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    Here's hoping for you to have no pressure in your last game in your stadium!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I think you'll take it comfortably.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Here's hoping for you to have no pressure in your last game in your stadium!!
    Cheers fellas!


    The Ruggell Review

    10th May 2028

    Promising striker Sebastian Zimmermann has signed a 2 year extension to his contract with Ruggell Football Club. The highly rated teen striker is believed to be earning a salary of $1,400 a week, resulting in a yearly wage of $71,000, running until 2033. A statement issued by the club read "We are pleased to retain Sebastian's services until 2033. We believe that he will attract the attention of more reputable clubs in the coming years, so it is in the clubs best interest to keep him on a long term deal."

    In other news, it is believed that talks to extend the contract of Ruggell midfielder Karl-Heinz Heinrichs have broken down after the clubs management failed to reach an agreed wage with his agent. Heinrichs still has another 3 seasons remaining on his contract at the Liechtenstein club, but has been attracting the interest of Super League club Aarau in recent weeks.


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    Still a decent point lead Should be fine.

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    FC Ruggell April - May/End of Season Review

    April 2028



    Ruggell took a 6 point lead into the end of the season, looking to win promotion with time to spare before the season was up. That lead was cut to 4 following a 1-1 draw with Servette. However, they retook a 6 point lead by thrashing Vaduz 4-2, before moving 9 points clear with a 1-0 win over Tuggen. However, Kriens inflicted Ruggell's first home loss of the season and reduced their lead to 8, moving into the final month of the season.

    May 2028



    Ruggell only needed one more win to secure top spot. However, they were denied winning the trophy on their own terms, with Eschen/Mauren slipping up and losing giving Ruggell the title before they had even kicked a ball for the month. This, coupled with the loss the previous week, took the wind out of Liechtenstein club's sails, as they limped into the Super League with two 0-0 draws and a 1-0 loss.



    Our chances of survival next season greatly increased with Servette's promotion! I'm hoping to get 9th place at least, maybe even 8th to avoid the playout. Anyway, fantastic season and I'm hoping to back up with survival next season.

    Squad | Club Info | Facilities | Finances | Transfers

    Not our best financial situation, only kept afloat due to the 1.3mil prize money for winning the league. Hopefully it will improve next season because of the new stadium.

    Youth Prospects


    Arvid Keller (YP6) - Not up to scratch any more, only got games due to injuries.

    Sebastian Schneider (YP7) - Not as many goals this season, but that was due to him taking a step back and setting more up for the new gaurd, Zimmermann.

    Florian Fehr (YP8) - Another fantastic season in the middle of the pitch.

    Jochen Lang (YP9) - Played most of the season on the flank. Probably not Super League quality, but still decent enough.

    Kai Arndt (YP10) - Leads from the back. Not our best central back any more, but still vital to the squad.

    Ernst Jung (YP11) - Fantastic stuff by the defensive mid.

    Maximilian Reichel (YP12) - Was playing fantastically, with 10 assists, before injuring himself in the middle of the season to put him out for the rest of the season.

    Stefan Ziereis (YP13) - With Zimmermann and Schneider holding the two striker spots, Ziereis only got the rare start. Still played pretty well and got 12 goals in total.

    Sebastian Zimmermann (YP14) - Fantastic season, with 37 goals. Didn't break any of Schneider's records, but probably would have if he didn't get injured before the final 4 games.

    Karl-Heinz Heinrichs (YP15) - 18 assists shows how valuable he was.

    Dennis Hofmann (YP16) - 11 assists and played really well in the centre of the pitch.

    Phillipp Bender (YP17) - Probably our best central defender, currently getting tutored by Arndt to increase his determination.

    Oliver Hopp (YP18) - Tutored by Arndt this season to increase determination. Rated as a Promising Centre-Back!!!

    Alfons Wolff (YP19) - Got a few games and improved a bit.

    Wolfgang Herzog (YP20) - Too early to tell how he'll develop.

    Bernd Bender (YP21) - Too early to tell, but looks to be developing already.

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    FC Ruggell Season by Season |Season | Tier | Position | Swiss Cup | What Happened? | |---------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12 | 6th | 1st | 1st Round | Promotion! | |2012/13 | 5th | 1st | 4th Round | Promotion!! | |2013/14 | 4th | 5th | 4th Round | Nothing | |2014/15 | 4th | 7th | 1st Round | Nothing | |2015/16 | 4th | 3rd | 1st Round | Nothing | |2016/17 | 4th | 2nd | 5th Round | Nothing | |2017/18 | 4th | 2nd | 6th Round | Nothing | |2018/19 | 4th | 1st | 1st Round | Promotion!!! | |2019/20 | 3rd | 5th | 5th Round | IAC Semis | |2020/21 | 3rd | 5th | 4th Round | Consolidation | |2021/22 | 3rd | 2nd | 5th Round | IAC Semis | |2022/23 | 3rd | 2nd | Runners Up | Swiss Cup Finalist| |2023/24 | 3rd | 3rd | 5th Round | Nothing but draws | |2024/25 | 3rd | 1st | 5th Round | Promotion!!!! | |2025/26 | 2nd | 1st | 3rd Round | Promotion!!!!! | |2026/27 | 1st | 10th | Last 8 | Relegation :( | |2027/28 | 2nd | 1st | 3rd Round | Promotion!!!!! | -----------------------------------------------------------------

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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 | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    2026/27
    
    FBK Kaunas; Kaunas - Lithuania (Won 1-0; Won 2-0 on agg)
    C.S. Maritimo; Funchal - Portugal (Drew 0-0; Lost 0-1 on agg)
    
    2027/28
    
    Drogheda Utd; Drogehda - Ireland (Won 5-2; Won 6-2 on agg)
    Olympiakos; Piraeus - Greece (Won 2-1; Won 8-5 on agg)
    FC Twente; Enschede - Netherlands (Won 4-1; Won 6-2 on agg)
    Standard Liege; Liege - Belgium (Won 1-0; Lost 2-0 at home)
    FC Zurich; Zurich - Switzerland (Lost 2-0; Won 1-0 at home)
    Trabzonspor; Trabzon - Turkey (Lost 1-0; Lost 3-1 at home)
    Finally - Relocation Complete

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    UEFA European Championship 2028


    Hosts - England
    Holders - France

    Group Stage

    Group A - Russia (7); France (5); Belgium (3); Bosnia & Herzegovina (1)
    Group B - Spain (9); Romania (4); Scotland (2); Bulgaria (1)
    Group C - Serbia (7); Turkey (5); Germany (4); Sweden (0)
    Group D - England (9); Portugal (4); Greece (4); Switzerland (0)
    Group E - Netherlands (9); Slovakia (6); Wales (3); Denmark (0)
    Group F - Italy (7); Czech Republic (6); Croatia (4); Georgia (0)

    Second Round

    Romania 1 - 0 Russia
    Netherlands 1 - 1p Czech Republic
    Spain 2 - 1 Germany
    Italy 2 - 0 Greece
    Slovakia 0 - 3 France
    Serbia 1 - 2 Wales
    England 3 - 1 Croatia
    Turkey 0 - 2 Portugal

    Quarter Final

    Romania 1 - 2 Czech Republic
    Italy 1 - 2 Spain
    Wales 1 - 1p France
    Portugal 0 - 4 England

    Semi Final

    Czech Republic 0 - 2 England
    Spain 1 - 0 France

    Final

    England 4 - 0 Spain

    Best Player - Mitchell Broughton (England)
    Golden Boot - Mitchell Broughton; 8 goals (England)


    So England win the tournament on their own turf, and in style as well. Some pretty uneven groups there, with 4 of the 6 bottom nations getting no points, and the other two only getting 1.
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    Great stuff, promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt, congratulations! Nice to see a couple of other Liechtensteiner clubs in the top half of the table with you.

    And wow, England, that's a convincing win. Broughton looks some player.

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    Yay, well done on bouncing back.

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    Great job on Promotion, and next season survival could happen with Servette up there with you!!

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    Congrats on bouncing back.I hope next season will see you survive but that should be possible with Servette being there with you.

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    Congrats on moving back up to the top league! Hopefully, you can now solidify a position up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave. View Post
    Great stuff, promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt, congratulations! Nice to see a couple of other Liechtensteiner clubs in the top half of the table with you.

    And wow, England, that's a convincing win. Broughton looks some player.
    Cheers Dave! England's win took me by surprise as well, they won every game they played and scored 19 goals in total in the tournament.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Yay, well done on bouncing back.
    Cheers fella!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Great job on Promotion, and next season survival could happen with Servette up there with you!!
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Congrats on bouncing back.I hope next season will see you survive but that should be possible with Servette being there with you.

    Yeah, I'm hoping that Servette will be found out in the Super League this season. I went from conceding 21 goals to 75 when I made the jump. They let in 51 goals this season, so going by my experience they could very well concede close to 150 if they're not careful haha

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Congrats on moving back up to the top league! Hopefully, you can now solidify a position up there.
    Cheers cerud!


    Also, after Zimmermann and Hopp, Bernd Bender is my third "Promising -insertpositionhere-". The future is looking bright for Liechtenstein!
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    The start of a new era here at Ruggell. A 3-1 victory over Bulgarian side Beroe opens the newly built Ruggell stadium, in a game of goals and drama. Unfortunately, it wasn't at capacity for us as only 1131 of the stadium 4525 capacity are actual seats, so that's all we can have at a European game. Our first league game against Servette should fill the stadium a bit more.

    Next round we play Koper from Slovenia in a tie that should see us through to the 4th Qualifying Round.




    There we are, first league game at the new stadium. Another win, so far so good at Ruggell Stadium! ON another note, what is Jung's problem? Two red cards in 2 games 3 days apart... if he wasn't a key member of the squad I'd probably sack him. Alas, I cannot sign a new anchor man, so he will have to do No quite a sell out, but still a very good crowd of over 4000!
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    Nice to see a new era kick off with wins in Europe and the League.As for Jung,maybe he is a bit too keen when going in for challenges.

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    Good start to life in the new stadium & grabbing a win over the other side that were promoted can only be good for your survival chances.

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    Fine Jung's ass! But at least a good start so far

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    Looks like Superleague life will go better this time, as long as Jung completes the occasional game

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Nice to see a new era kick off with wins in Europe and the League.As for Jung,maybe he is a bit too keen when going in for challenges.
    Just a bit over excited I think, the awe of the new stadium must have been too much

    Quote Originally Posted by Razer82 View Post
    Good start to life in the new stadium & grabbing a win over the other side that were promoted can only be good for your survival chances.
    Cheers, unfortunately ffor me Servette have since beaten Thun Who currently have 0 points) and Xamax who beat us 4-1 at the start of the season. Still in 9th though, so not n automatic relegation yet!

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Fine Jung's ass! But at least a good start so far
    He got fined, I woould never let him get away with that

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Looks like Superleague life will go better this time, as long as Jung completes the occasional game
    Funnily enough, before those two games he had only received 2 other red cards in his career, one of them at national level. I think he'll come back to his senses

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    FC Ruggell Europa League Campaign

    2nd Qualifying Round

    Beroe 0 - 3 FC Ruggell

    We began Europe with a trip to Bulgaria. Despite dominating the game, it wasn't until Ziereis came off the bench in the 68th minute that we started to look threatening. He proceded to score a hat trick to help us to a 3-0 away win.

    FC Ruggell 3 - 1 Beroe

    After the dominating away win, we returned to Ruggell for our very first game at the new stadium. We kicked off our new era in style, with a 3-1 win to take out the tie and progress.

    FC Ruggell progress 6-1 on aggregate.

    3rd Qualifying Round

    FC Ruggell 1 - 1 Koper

    After drawing Slovenian team Koper in the 3rd round, I had high hopes about progressing to the 4th. However, we slipped up at home to draw 1-1, gifting them a vital away goal.

    Koper 2 - 3e FC Ruggell

    Afer conceding at home, we knew we had to score to progress. However, things looked bleak when we went behind again. However, Zimmermann scored late in the game to send it to extra time. Zimmermann scored 1 minute into the 1st period, and from there I knew we would win. Koper equalised late on, but Zimmermann added his thrd a minute later.

    FC Ruggell progress e4-3 on aggregate.

    4th Qualifying Round

    Metalist 0 - 1 FC Ruggell

    Drawing a strong Ukraine side, I was apprehensive about progressing to the groups. However, when Zimemrnann scored late in the game to give us an away win, I was suddenly anticipating another bout in the group stage.

    FC Ruggell 0 - 2 Metalist

    However, those hopes were dashed on the return to Liechtenstein, as we went down 2-0 in front of our home fans.

    Metalist progress 2-1 on aggregate.


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    Tough to go our just before the group stages, but still a good showing.

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    That must've been very close. Unlucky on not making it into the group stages.
    Was it your first defeat at Ruggell stadium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Tough to go our just before the group stages, but still a good showing.
    Cheers, it was a bit disappointing seeing how well we did in the Ukraine.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    That must've been very close. Unlucky on not making it into the group stages.
    Was it your first defeat at Ruggell stadium?
    It was, They destroyed us early in the game but after they they scored the first goal, we played them off the park. We should have scored at least one ourselves but they ended up scoring on the counter.
    Nah, our first loss at home was to Sion 1-0.


    Also, the save is starting to lag massively again, not sure why. Last time it did it is was because the laptop wasn't identifying the power point it was plugged into to, but that isn't the case this time. Hopefully it won't effect me massively.
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    FC Ruggell PreSeason/July - September Review

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    Ruggell's 2028/29 season began with a trip to Bulgaria in the Europa League, taking out a 3-0 victory as they looked to secure group stage football for a second season running. However, it was in the Super League that they were looking to impress and stay in the top tier for another season. Xamax inflicted an early defeat however, taking out a 4-1 win. However, the Ruggell Stadium was than officially opened in the 2nd leg of their Europa League tie with Beroe, where they won 3-1. They followed this up with a 2-0 win over Servette in the league before ending the month two draws, firstly to Koper 1-1 in the Europa League, before taking a point from Zurich in the league.

    August 2028



    August promised to continue to be the busiest month of the calendar year for Ruggell, with 8 games in total. It began with an extra time win over Koper to progress in Europe, before the Liechtenstein club slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Sion. They followed this up with a 2-0 win over St. Margrethen in the cup before slumping to a 2-0 loss to Basel. Ruggell then travelled to the Ukraine where they faced Metalist in the Europa League. They won 1-0. However, any feeling of elation was cut short as they lost the remaining games that month, 2-0 to St. Gallen and 2-1 to Grasshoppers in the league, as well as crashing out of Europe with a 2-0 home loss to Metalist.
    September 2028



    After crashing out of Europe, Ruggell's schedule got a lot shorter. It seemed to benefit the Liechtenstein club greatly, as they only lost 1 of the 5 games the following month. It began with a trip to Bern to play Young Boys. The home side went up 3-0 before a late fight back saw Ruggell pullthe scoreline back to 3-2. However, the rest of the month went well. There net game was a cup tie to Willisau, where braces from Ziereis and Frick helped the team to a 8-0 thrashing. Xamax followed, and a much better display from the Liechtenstein club this tim around saw them draw 2-2, before destroying another club in the cup, this time beating Balerna 4-0. Ruggell finished the month with a 2-0 win over 3-1 win over Thun to push them into 8th spot.



    Much improved performances from the club. After the Metalist game I switched to a 3 man offence to counter the lack of goals the club was scoring, and it has seemed to work after a bit of tinkering from the Grasshoppers and Young Boys games. Hopefully we can keep 8th spot over the course of the season, it is vital we don't get sucked into the playouts, or worse, automatic relegation.


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    Still a tough fight but much better.

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    Basel in 7th

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Basel in 7th
    They have a game in hand which would take them to 4th if they won to be fair.

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    A very close battle between the bottom 3.

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    Very close battle at the bottom and hopefully you can come out on top.

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    Go go Ruggell! Survive!

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    Doing better than last time Hang on and you can consolidate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Still a tough fight but much better.
    Cheers delta, we're still a long way off being close to the top teams in the league, but I'm happy with the improvement!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Basel in 7th
    Quote Originally Posted by ManUTactician247 View Post
    They have a game in hand which would take them to 4th if they won to be fair.
    Pretty much what ManU said, although besides the league win in my first year in the Super League, Basel haven't really had much success in my save. Two leagues last decade and a couple of cups, but are generally a 4th/5th placed side. Besides, in such a small league, there really isn't much room for error. A couple of dropped points good see you miss the top half.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    A very close battle between the bottom 3.
    Indeed, it was what I was looking for this season. I thought I would need all the help I could get to survive.

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Very close battle at the bottom and hopefully you can come out on top.
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Doing better than last time Hang on and you can consolidate.
    Cheers! We've actually had a really good November which saw us thrash Thun 5-0, and pick up wins over Grasshoppers and St. Gallen. Other than that and another win over Servette, it's been nothing but losses against the best teams in the league. That year of relegation really did help us it would seem

    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    In ruggell we believe!!
    Cheers fellas

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    FC Ruggell October - November Review

    October 2028



    After a promising month, Ruggell looked ahead to October with both hope and despair. On one hand, a win over Servette would see them shoot away from the drop zone. ON the other, they would be playing 3 of the best teams in the league in Sion, Zurich and Basel. Things started off well for the Liechtenstein club though, as they ran out 2-0 winners over away to Servette, before Zurich inflicted the inevitable loss. This was followed by an inspired performance by Ziereis in the cup, as he cored 5 goals in Ruggell's 6-0 thrashing of Challenge League side Breitenrain. However, they couldn't take ths form into the league, as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Sion and a 4-2 loss to Basel.

    November 2028



    November on the other hand was a completely different month for Ruggell. Things started off well as they defeated St. Gallen 3-0, before Ziereis continued his run of hot form to put away Grasshoppers 4-1. This was followed by a 6-2 thrashing of Entlebuch in the Swiss Cup, the 3rd tier side just not good enough. The best result of the month however was the 5-0 thrashing of Thun, with Ziereis grabbing another hat trick.

    December 2028



    After a fantastic November, Ruggell were handed a rude shock as they were completely outclassed by Young Boys. If it wasn't for poor finishing o the day, the final score would have been much more than 1-0. This was followed by a win over Aarau in the cup, which wasn't always going to plan. An early 1-0 lead by Aarau was kept for most of the game, before Ziereis equalised in the 81st minute. Three minutes later, the striker had his second, before Ruggell put the result beyond doubt in the 5th minute of injury time through Heinrichs.



    Absolutely stunning month in November, didn't expect any of those wins. Ziereis has finally started to fire in goals like I expected of him when he came through to youth system. Zimmermann hasn't been at top form this season though, I can only imagine the score lines if he had been firing as well. We've pulled away pretty successfully, so I might aim for 5th place and get a Europe spot through the Swiss league, giving Vaduz the Liechtenstein spot back. If that fails, I might get somewhere in the cup, as we play another Challenge League side in the way of Lugano, who we beat last season. Might even get another Cup Final appearance! All in all, fantastic season so far, would have never imagined some of those wins! Young Boys Sion, Zurich and Basel are still a long way ahead of us though.


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    Liechtenstein 2028 Review


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    A fantastic year that sees us end it top of our qualification group! A win over Turkey along with thrashing Kazakhstan and Estonia see us lead, while the disappointing friendly losses and the loss to Georgia don't scream immediate cause for concern, though I would have liked the wins. We never seem to do as good in friendlies anyway. We got to a record 54th in the World Rankings, before dropping off a few places due to the friendly losses in November.

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    Another pretty poor year with no wins for the U21's.

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    Absymal year, but seeing that I've been taking all of the promising youth for the senior side, it will be a few years before the U21's and U19's start performing well again.

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

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    Great November there. You even have positive GD now. Keep it up.

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    Doing well with Lienchenstein too.

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    Looking very good now.

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    Nice to see you pulling away from the relegation zone,excellent start to the qualification group with Liechtenstein as well.Keep up the good work

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    Great to see Liechtenstein almost to a top 50 ranking Great season as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    Great November there. You even have positive GD now. Keep it up.
    It was a pretty crazy month, keeping it up though has proved troublesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Great job with Ruggell, just remember not to choke!!
    Doing well with Lienchenstein too.
    Cheers! Liechtenstein has really surprised me, especially the Turkey game. As for Ruggell, it feels like it's getting a bit harder to breath now

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Looking very good now.
    Cheers deltablue!

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Nice to see you pulling away from the relegation zone,excellent start to the qualification group with Liechtenstein as well.Keep up the good work
    We've been pulled back into the fight unfortunately, but I'm still confident of surviving

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Great to see Liechtenstein almost to a top 50 ranking Great season as well.
    Cheer cerud! Since then we drew with Azerbaijan () in a friendly, before destroying Switzerland 4-1, so next time the rankings get released we should crack the 50!

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    FC Ruggell 2029 Youth Intake


    Hans-Werner Cordes - The only decent player to come through this year, but not really up to standard. Might make a decent back up, but our striking stocks are pretty full as it is.

    Ruggell U18's 2 - 0 Youth Candidates

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    FC Ruggell Mid Season/February - March Review

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    After a great first half of the year, Ruggell were looking to pick up that form and ride it into a top 5 finish. However, Xamax proved a tough barrier in their first game of the year, defeating them 3-1. Next up was a home game to Servette, and everything seemed to come back together with a 4-1 thrashing of the Geneva based club. However, Zurich would defeat them 5 days later 2-0 to give Ruggell only 3 points from 3 games in 2029.

    March 2029



    With a tough start in hand, Ruggell were looking to regain some form when they played Challenge League side Lugano in the Swiss Cup. However, even with the home crowd, the Liechtenstein club couldn't match their opponents intensity and were knocked out of the cup with a 4-3 loss. This kicked off a poor month for the Liechtenstein club, following up this with consecutive 2-0 losses, first to Sion and then to St. Gallen, before picking up their first points of the month by holding Grasshoppers to a 1-1 draw. Young Boys would prove too much for Ruggell though, as the reigning Champions won 3-1. Ruggell closed out the month with draws to give them some positive, with Thun and Xamax both held to 1-1 draws.



    Well, the main thing is that I'm outside the drop zone. It's been a pretty rubbish few month. I'm especially disappointed with the loss in the cup, as I felt it was a pretty good year for us to win it. Zimmermann is looking like he is gaining some form, so hopefully he will keep us above relegation this season. We will play Servette and Thun again, so hopefully we can pick up wins from those game to secure safety.


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    Too close for my liking,hope you survive as you really do deserve it after this season.

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    Great work and excellent progress with club and country, will be following your progress. Interesting to see other Liechtenstein clubs in higher divisions, with Eschen/Mauren the next placed club last season.

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    Tough month, but you're hanging on; that's the main thing for right now.

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    It's gonna be an exiting end to the season.

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    Still battling strongly. Hopefully you can stay clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Too close for my liking,hope you survive as you really do deserve it after this season.
    Cheers BWG, we will be playing Super League football next season after managing to turn around the winless run late April and have a really good May

    Quote Originally Posted by berty1978 View Post
    Great work and excellent progress with club and country, will be following your progress. Interesting to see other Liechtenstein clubs in higher divisions, with Eschen/Mauren the next placed club last season.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Ruggell, Vaduz and Eschen/Mauren in the Super League in a few years time, Vaduz got themselves promoted this season so it's just down to Eschen now.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Tough month, but you're hanging on; that's the main thing for right now.
    Hanigng on by a thread, we dropped to 2 points outside at one stage but luckily held on to it

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    It's gonna be an exiting end to the season.
    It was a very exciting season at both ends of the table - Zurich at one stage had a 3 point lead with 2 games in hand. They effectively did a Manchester United and gave Young Boys top spot on goal difference with one game to go. Go and speculate who won the league while I go write up the update

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    FC Ruggell April - May/End of Season Review

    April 2029



    Ruggell were slipping down the table at the wrong end of the season, and were looking to return to winning form against Servette. However, Servette were looking to gain an advantage on the the Liechtenstein club. An even match ended in a 2-2 draw, before Ruggell welcomed top placed Zurich to their home stadium. Despite leading 1-0, then 2-1, Ruggell gave Zurich a 3-2 lead. But with only a few minutes lef ton the clock, Alfons Wolff struck home to even the scoreline and give Ruggell a vital 3-3 draw. Next up were former parent club Sion, and they proved too strong as they won 1-0 in a game they dominated. Basel were next, and they also dominated Ruggell to win 4-1 and stretch their winless run to 12 games. 4 days later though, a different Ruggell side turned up to play Basel again. Zimmermann opened the scoring, before Basel equalised. However, with 5 minutes on the clock, Ruggell legend Sebastian Schneider struck home with what would be one of his most important goals of his career to snap Ruggell's winless run and turn their season back around.

    May 2029



    Ruggell suddenly knew how to in again, and Zimmermann put on a master class performance with 4 goals against St. Gallen. 3 days later, Grasshoppers brought them back to Earth with a 3-2 win, before Young Boys underestimated the Liechtenstein club and lost 3-2. By now, survival was secured, and Ruggell celebrated in style against Thun in the final game of the season, with Zimmermann scoring 4 and setting up 2 as they thrashed Thun 7-2.



    After February/March, I really didn't expect 7th place. But that was a sensational end to the season! Can scarcely believe how much Zimmermann destroyed in May. In fact, he scored 16 goals in his last 13 to go from only 3 goals in the league to 2nd place on the scoring charts. Where were all season, Sebastian???

    Zurich come 2nd for the 6th time in 8 season! They haven't won a league title for 11 season now. Young Boys continue their recent dominance with their 7th title in 8 season, their 20th overall. Meanwhile, Vaduz won promotion, so for the first time in history, 1/5 of the top tier in Switzerland will be made up of Liechtenstein clubs!

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    Arvid Keller (YP6) - Limited appearances, simply not good enough for the club any more. If it wasn't for his wage (which I'm at fault for, damn yearly increases), I'd keep him in the squad for sentimental purposes, but unless it changes in 2 seasons, I'm not in a financial position to do that.

    Sebastian Schneider (YP7) - Great season from Ruggell's Captain Fantastic, his goal against Basel pretty much saved us from relegation. I don't think we could have turned it around without him.

    Florian Fehr (YP8) - Pretty good season, he's the team's Mr. Dependable.

    Jochen Lang (YP9) - Some probable with him that I have with Keller, he simply isn't cut out for this level. Gave away a lot of possession.

    Kai Arndt (YP10) - Lost favour during the season in favour of the young pairing of Bender and Hopp, but forced his way back into the first 11 after some pretty dodgy performances in March and April by the two.

    Ernst Jung (YP11) - Besides the two red cards at the beginning of the season, had a good year.

    Maximilian Reichel (YP12) - Again, I don't think this guy is quite cut out for the big league, but had a decent year despite that.

    Stefan Ziereis (YP13) - Began the year on fire, but ultimately faded in the back end of the season.

    Sebastian Zimmermann (YP14) - What else can I say? He is fantastic, and is currently wanted by Young Boys, St Gallen and RB Salzburg from Austria. Going to be a long transfer window if interest doesn't die down. Finished the season with a perfect 10 rating against Thun.

    Karl-Heinz Heinrichs (YP15) - Had a pretty good year, and has the ability to fill multiple roles in the squad.

    Dennis Hofmann (YP16) - Didn't really impress me this season, but I feel he has the ability to turn that around.

    Phillipp Bender (YP17) - Matured into a really solid defender this season, but played pretty poorly during our winless run.

    Oliver Hopp (YP18) - Improved beyond sight this season, and forced Arndt out of the centre back role as well.

    Alfons Wolff (YP19) - Started a few game, and made a bit of a contribution.

    Wolfgang Herzog (YP20) - Only started 3 cup games, but is young enough to improve over the coming seasons to stake his claim for a squad spot.

    Bernd Bender (YP21) - Played a few games and chipped in a few goals, still young and learning though.

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    FC Ruggell Season by Season |Season | Tier | Position | Swiss Cup | What Happened? | |---------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12 | 6th | 1st | 1st Round | Promotion! | |2012/13 | 5th | 1st | 4th Round | Promotion!! | |2013/14 | 4th | 5th | 4th Round | Nothing | |2014/15 | 4th | 7th | 1st Round | Nothing | |2015/16 | 4th | 3rd | 1st Round | Nothing | |2016/17 | 4th | 2nd | 5th Round | Nothing | |2017/18 | 4th | 2nd | 6th Round | Nothing | |2018/19 | 4th | 1st | 1st Round | Promotion!!! | |2019/20 | 3rd | 5th | 5th Round | IAC Semis | |2020/21 | 3rd | 5th | 4th Round | Consolidation | |2021/22 | 3rd | 2nd | 5th Round | IAC Semis | |2022/23 | 3rd | 2nd | Runners Up | Swiss Cup Finalist| |2023/24 | 3rd | 3rd | 5th Round | Nothing but draws | |2024/25 | 3rd | 1st | 5th Round | Promotion!!!! | |2025/26 | 2nd | 1st | 3rd Round | Promotion!!!!! | |2026/27 | 1st | 10th | Last 8 | Relegation :( | |2027/28 | 2nd | 1st | 3rd Round | Promotion!!!!! | |2028/29 | 1st | 7th | Last 8 | Survival!! | -----------------------------------------------------------------

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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 | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    European Travelling Book 2026/27 FBK Kaunas; Kaunas - Lithuania (Won 1-0; Won 2-0 on agg) C.S. Maritimo; Funchal - Portugal (Drew 0-0; Lost 0-1 on agg) 2027/28 Drogheda Utd; Drogehda - Ireland (Won 5-2; Won 6-2 on agg) Olympiakos; Piraeus - Greece (Won 2-1; Won 8-5 on agg) FC Twente; Enschede - Netherlands (Won 4-1; Won 6-2 on agg) Standard Liege; Liege - Belgium (Won 1-0; Lost 2-0 at home) FC Zurich; Zurich - Switzerland (Lost 2-0; Won 1-0 at home) Trabzonspor; Trabzon - Turkey (Lost 1-0; Lost 3-1 at home) 2028/29 Beroe; Stara Zagora - Bulgaria (Won 3-0; Won 6-1 on agg) Koper; Koper - Slovenia (Won 3-2; Won 4-3 on agg) Metalist; Kharkiv - Ukraine (Won 1-0; Lost 2-1 on agg)


    Finally, I've resigned a vast majority of this team until 2034, including Schneider, Jung, Bender, Hopp, Arndt, Ziereis and my goalkeeper Breu. Zimmermann is on a contract until 2033, so I didn't see the point of increasing his contract by a season, although I might consider it at the end of this coming season. If not then, I'll extend it at the end of next season. Heinrichs' agent continues to be an idiot, and doesn't find my offer of $4300 a week good enough to even start off negotiations, even though that would make him the second highest paid n the squad, behind Schneider.
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    Congrats on Surviving,hope you can build on the experience and get better.

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    Great stuff surviving this time.

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    It's a good season. Hope you can build on it and see if you can finish midtable.

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    Great job on survival Your 1st time up here hopefully had prepared you

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    nice work mate, is Liechenstein clubs are involved in Switzerland ?
    I've always a target in my mind to take Liechtenstein or San Marino ( National teams ) for big tournaments, and to do that, i need their leagues, is that 6th tier for Switzerland would be helpful ?

    and can you give me a picture for your best players in National team ?

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    Survival . Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Congrats on Surviving,hope you can build on the experience and get better.
    Cheers! I'm hoping for a top 6 finish so I can take advantage of Switzerland new European qualificaiton spot

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Great stuff surviving this time.
    Cheers mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    It's a good season. Hope you can build on it and see if you can finish midtable.
    Cheers rancer! That's what I'm aiming for this season, good thing that mid table is Europe in Switzerland

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Great job on survival Your 1st time up here hopefully had prepared you
    Thanks cerud! Definitely did help me, the players gained a lot from the experience, and going pro was an added bonus last time. I think Zimmermann is one of the examples from that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spurs_Q8 View Post
    nice work mate, is Liechenstein clubs are involved in Switzerland ?
    I've always a target in my mind to take Liechtenstein or San Marino ( National teams ) for big tournaments, and to do that, i need their leagues, is that 6th tier for Switzerland would be helpful ?

    and can you give me a picture for your best players in National team ?
    Thanks! The Liechtenstein teams are in the Switzerland league structure, because they don't have their own national league. Here is the link for the 6th tier, but you can take over Vaduz with he default Switzerland league. Vaduz are the biggest club in Switzerland so it woulld be easier trying to improve the national team with them.

    My best players are Sebastian Zimmermann, Sebastian Schneider, Karl-Heinz Heinrichs, Ernst Jung and Phillipp Bender. Their pictures are in the previous update

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    Survival. Well done.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Congrats on survival!!
    Cheers fellas


    Haven't really done much of the new season, have only player 3 games into the league campaign. Defeated Grasshoppers and Vaduz, but also managed to beat Young Boys 1-0 as well! So it's been a surprisingly good start. In Europe, I defeated a team from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Latvia before being drawn with Dnipro fro Ukraine, so I don't think I'll reach the groups this season either (unless if I grab a nice upset win). Anyway, I am thinking of having a break from this save after the end of this season (at the end of this season because there's still a chance of Liechtenstein being in the 2030 World Cup). The save's just becoming a bit stale and I need a change of scenery. But that won't be until the end of this season so don't worry for the moment haha

    Also currently in the process of a board takeover. Nothing special, just rumoured to be a promotion from within, but hopefully new owners will come in and upgrade facilities and such.
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    FC Ruggell's Europa League Qualification Campaign

    2nd Qualifying Round


    Travnik 1- 6 Ruggell

    Our first game in this season's campaign was in Bosnia, and we didn't disappoint the travelling fans with a 6-1 thrashing to set us up nicely for the home tie.

    Ruggell 0 - 0 Travnik

    For some reason, we couldn't score in the return leg, and were held to a scoreless draw. Still, we progressed rather easily.

    Ruggell progress 6-1 on aggregate.

    3rd Qualifying Round


    Ruggell 2 - 0 Ventspils

    Our next game was against Latvian side Ventspils, where we defeated them 2-0 at home thanks to contributions from Schneider and Zimmermann.

    Ventspils 1 - 2 Ruggell

    We won the leg in Latvia as well thanks to goals from Wolff and Bernd Bender, as we fielded a slightly weaker team to give some experience to players.

    Ruggell progress 4-1 on aggregate.

    4th Qualifying Round


    Ruggell 4 - 1 Dnipro

    I wasn't confident coming into this game, as Zimmermann had been out for a couple of weeks due to injury and as such didn't have as much match practice as I would have liked him to have, but the brilliant young striker managed to score another hat trick and put us in a great position for the group stages.

    Dnipro 0 - 1 Ruggell

    We wrapped things up with a great 1-0 win in the Ukraine thanks to Zimmermann's class again, and progressed through to the groups for the 2nd time in the clubs history.

    Ruggell progress 5-1 on aggregate.

    Group B


    I'm pretty confident about my group this time, I feel I can beat Steaua, and grab a result from AZ Alkmaar. Spartak will probably beat us, but I feel that on our day we could grab a point or even a win at home. Still, we avoided some really strong teams like Man City, Leverkusen, Sevilla and Tottenham.

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    Perhaps it's my Canadian showing through...I know Spartak and AZ...where is Steaua from?

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    Romania

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    I would love if you beat Steaua, even though I'm Romanian. ) Well done getting past Dnipro, which is usually a really strong team.

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    I am sorry for Ventspils

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