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    Cracking effort in the Gold Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Terrific stuff mate. It looks like the return game in Moscow against CSKA could be crucial...
    Cheers, DazRTaylor. That match is our 2nd last of the season. Should be a good one!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Who lost to Ural

    And nice job keeping your 4 point lead.
    Ural beat Dimano Bryansk who aren't doing too well themselves.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Lokomotiv have gone a bit off the rails.
    Yeah...not sure what's going on there.

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    In a good position to finish it off,best of luck against CSKA as that will more then likely be the title decider.
    Cheers, BWG Like I said, the 2nd last match will be a good one!

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    Top 2 at least should be assured be assured this season
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    Great work so far, looks like CL football next year is almost certain.
    I'm aiming for the CL. I need the prize money!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Cracking effort in the Gold Cup.
    Thanks, Nobby_McDonnald. Just wish I could have completed.

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    December 2013 Update



    FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga


    Bit of a different monthly update as the SOGAZ Prem'er Liga takes a break until March 2014. However, we still have the Europa League!

    UEFA Europa League

    Tying Salzburg was a bit of a let down, but I believe the boys were just tired over the busy fall. We rebounded nicely against Amiens in a dominant win.


    UEFA Europa League Group Standings


    We finish a couple of points behind Olympiacos. That draw against Salzburg hurt us, but nonetheless, we still qualify and move on to the knockout stages.

    UEFA Europa League Knockout Draws


    We've drawn the German club, Schalke, for our 1st Knockout match. The draw could have been nicer to us, but we'll just have to make do. The match won't happen until the end of February 2014, so he are now in a 2 month lull. A few friendlies and the change to heal all wounds before the league's home stretch.
    Last edited by cerud; 11-07-2012 at 18:28.

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    2013 Global Review


    Domestic Clubs

    Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro

    2013 - 1st São Paulo, 2nd Grêmio, 3rd Atlético Mineiro, Relegated Santo André, Sport Recife, Cortiba, Nautico
    2012 - 1st Palmeiras, 2nd São Paulo, 3rd Atlético Paranaense, Relegated Portuguesa, Santos, Ponte Preta, Goiás
    2011 - 1st São Paulo, 2nd Flamengo, 3rd Santos, Relegated Vasco, Aval, Ceará, América (MG)

    Barclays Premier League

    2012-2013 - 1st Man Utd, 2nd Arsenal, 3rd Man City, Relegated Sunderland, Stoke, Wolves
    2011-2012 - 1st Man City, 2nd Man Utd, 3rd Arsenal, Relegated Aston Villa, Everton, Wigan

    Serie A TIM

    2012-2013 - 1st AC Milan, 2nd Inter, 3rd Juventus, Relegated Siena, Bologna, Crotone
    2011-2012 - 1st Inter, 2nd Napoli, 3rd AC Milan, Relegated Parma, Catania, Cesena

    Liga BBVA

    2012-2013 - 1st Barcelona, 2nd Real Madrid, 3rd Valencia, Relegated Zaragoza, Elche, Córdoba
    2011-2012 - 1st Real Madrid, 2nd Barcelona, 3rd Athletic, Relegated Rayo, Mallorca, Betis

    1. Bundesliga

    2012-2013 - 1st FC Bayern, 2nd Dortmund, 3rd Wolfsburg, Relegated 1860 München, Hannover, St. Pauli
    2011-2012 - 1st Wolfsburg, 2nd Stuttgart, 3rd Bayern Leverkusen, Relegated Augsburg, Hoffenheim

    Ligue 1 Orange

    2012-2013 - 1st Lyon, 2nd Lille, 3rd Monaco, Relegated Troyes, Nancy, Lorient
    2011-2012 - 1st Lyon, 2nd Lille, 3rd Marseille, Relegated Sochaux, Brest, Montpellier

    SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

    2012-2013 - 1st Spartak Moscow, 2nd CKSA Moscow, 3rd Lokomotiv Moscow, Relegated Shinnik, KamAZ
    2011-2012 - 1st CKSA Moscow, 2nd Zenit, 3rd Rubin, Relegated Krylia Sovetov, Volga NN, Tom, Spartak Nalchik

    American/Canadian Major League Soccer

    2012 - Winners Colorado, Runners Up Real Salt Lake
    2011 - Winners Seattle, Runners Up New York

    Domestic Cups

    Carling Cup

    2012-2013 - Winners Everton, Runner Up Fulham
    2011-2012 - Winners Tottenham, Runner Up Liverpool

    The FA Cup with Budweiser

    2012-2013 - Winners Everton, Runner Up Blackburn
    2011-2012 - Winners Fulham, Runner Up Arsenal

    TIM Cup

    2012-2013 - Winners Cagliari, Runner Up Lazio
    2011-2012 - Winners AC Milan, Runner Up Roma

    Copa del Ray

    2012-2013 - Winners At. Madrid, Runner Up Athletic
    2011-2012 - Winners Real Sociedad, Runner Up Osasuna

    DFB-Pokal

    2012-2013 - Winners Gladbach, Runner Up Schalke
    2011-2012 - Winners Stuttgart, Runner Up Cottbus

    Coupe de la Ligue

    2012-2013 - Winners Dijon, Runner Up Marseille
    2011-2012 - Winners Toulouse, Runner Up Nice

    Rambler Kobuk Rossii

    2012-2013 - Winners Lokomotiv Moscow, Runner Up Chernomorets (RUS)
    2011-2012 - Volga NN Toulouse, Runner Up Rubin

    Nutrlite Canadian Championship

    2013 - Winners Montreal Impact, Runners Up Toronto FC
    2012 - Winners Toronto FC, Runners Up Montreal Impact
    2011 - Winners FC Edmonton, Runners Up Montreal Impact

    Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

    2013 - Winners Portland, Runners Up Columbus
    2012 - Winners Los Angeles, Runners Up Chivas USA
    2011 - Winners FC Dallas, Runners Up Atlanta Silverbacks

    Continental Cups

    Domestic UEFA Champions League

    2012-2013 - Winners Man Utd, Runners Up Barcelona
    2011-2012 - Winners Real Madrid, Runners Up FC Bayern

    UEFA Europa League

    2012-2013 - Winners Benfica, Runners Up Fiorentina
    2011-2012 - Winners Sporting CP, Runners Up Dortmund

    Copa Santander Libertadores

    2013 - Winners Racing Club, Runners Up Grêmio
    2012 - Winners Boca, Runners Up São Paulo

    Copa Bridgestone Sudamericana

    2013 - Winners Botafogo, Runners Up Boca
    2012 - Winners Godoy Cruz, Runners Up Corinthians
    2011 - Winners Vélez, Runners Up Flamengo

    CONCACAF Champions League

    2012-2013 - Winners Chivas, Runners Up América (MEX)
    2011-2012 - Winners Monterrey, Runners Up Los Angeles

    Domestic International Cups

    FIFA Club World Cup

    2013 - Winners Man Utd, Runners Up Antlers
    2012 - Winners Real Madrid, Runners Up Monterrey
    2011 - Winners Barcelona, Runners Up Santos

    National Competitions

    African Cup of Nations

    2013 - Winners Ivory Coast, Runners Up Senegal
    2012 - Winners Morocco, Runners Up Tunisia

    UEFA European Championship

    2012 - Winners Italy, Runners Up France

    CONCACAF Gold Cup

    2013 - Winners Mexico, Runners Up Costa Rica

    OFC Nations Cup

    2012 - Winners Samoa, Runners Up New Zealand

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    Santo Andre relegated

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    Great going in both league and Europe League - think you have the squad to win both? At least foreigners are no obstacle in Europe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Santo Andre relegated
    Yeah...although I did poach their star striker...

    Quote Originally Posted by Akkarin View Post
    Great going in both league and Europe League - think you have the squad to win both? At least foreigners are no obstacle in Europe....
    I hope I can. I'm confident about the league. Europa will depend greatly on who our competition is, I guess. I also have a few injuries to deal with.

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    January-February 2014 Update



    FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga


    Friendlies

    Our winter break gave us some time to play a few friendlies, rest some players, and heal some injuries.

    Russia - Lower Division - Lokomotive Abakan - won 9-0
    Russia - Lower Division - ChGPI Grozny - won 12-0
    Russia - Prem'er Liga - Zenit St. Petersburg - won 6-0
    Russia - Prem'er Liga - Kuban Krasnodar - won 4-0
    Czech Republic - Gambrinus Liga - SK Dymano České Budějovice - won 7-1
    USA - MLS - New York Red Bulls - won 5-1

    UEFA Europa League

    This was expected to be a tight affair with Schalke succeeding. I think we showed Europe that were'not done yet. The first match was great, including a goal for Alzáte, a new transfer on his first match. He came off the bench with 20 minutes to go for his first senior goal ever anywhere. The second match was not difficult. We won with a good run from André who sped by all on a brilliant individual effort.


    UEFA Europa League 2nd Knockout Draws


    Transfers

    Luis Alzáte - M/AM R - Alzáte joined us at the opening of the transfer window from Colombian club, Medellin on a free transfer. He was impressive in the friendlies and came off the bench in the first Schalke game for his 1st goal. He's already a $6M rated player.

    Managerial Thoughts

    The season starts up again right away. We'll have to deal with a busy schedule as we also have the Europa League and the Rambler Kubok Rossii Cup all to go. I believe we can win the league and I wouldn't mind the Russian cup as well. As for the Europa League, one round at a time.
    Last edited by cerud; 12-07-2012 at 22:45.

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    10 February 2014



    Kerimov Looking to Leave Anji


    In a stunning announcement, Kerimov, Chairman of Anji Makhachkala, has stated his intention to step down. While no reason has been offered, it is expected the club continuing financial woes are to blame. Anji currently sit in 1st in the Russian Prem'er Liga. They are also involved in the Europa League and Kubok Rossii.


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    decent run so far in the EL, hopefully Kerimov stepping down doesn't royally **** you over financially!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulHartman71 View Post
    decent run so far in the EL, hopefully Kerimov stepping down doesn't royally **** you over financially!
    I'm already there... crazy loans payments, and losing about $5M a month. I think the new Chairman's first order of business may be to fire me!

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    2014 Youth Candidates



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    Youth Candidates


    I actually got a couple decent strikers in the mix. They'll go nicely in my non-existant youth squad.

    Mikhail Gusev - AM RL, ST - Gusev has some decent physical stats for the 15 year old. Hopefull he can improve the rest.

    Sergey Martazanov - ST - Apparently an aerial master! No pace, so that's a little annoying, but if he can improve some, he is a likely contender for at least a backup spot in a few years.

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    Two nice results against Schalke .

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    Good results against Schalke but Lille looks a tough draw in what appears to be a very tough competition to win this season.Hopefully anyone who takes over has a bit of money to help with the finances.

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    I'm sure you need more than 'a bit'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Two nice results against Schalke .
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good results against Schalke but Lille looks a tough draw in what appears to be a very tough competition to win this season.Hopefully anyone who takes over has a bit of money to help with the finances.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I'm sure you need more than 'a bit'.
    Well, takeover completed. This club is screwed...

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    25 March 2014



    Said Abdulaev Takes Over as Chairman of Anji


    Former director Said Abdulaev is welcoming his new role as Chairman of Anji. However, in speaking to media earlier today, he remarked on the financial situation that is plaguing the club.

    "We have much to do at Anji. A business cannot function when it is losing this much money each and every month. Something must be done." -Chairman Abdulaev

    The move has left financial experts puzzled. In an odd first order of business, Abdulaev has cancelled all links with other clubs, including one with England's Tottenham Hotspur, which was bringing money into the club. He has also balanced the current financial siutation with a new $33M bank loan. This now increases Anji's total loan debt to $160M with monthly payments estimated around $930K.

    One analyst exclaimed, "Did Abdulave learn about fiscal responsibility from the Lehman Brothers?!?!"

    In other news, current manager Cerud has been asked to remain at his job. No managerial changes are imminent.






    Yeah, so this new Chairman isn't a savior. He's a power hungry village idiot. I may just finish the season and look for a new job. This club is a one way ticket to bankruptcy.

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    March 2014 Update



    FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga


    SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

    A triumphant return to the league. This was pretty much the only good thing of this month. Spartak Moscow gave us a few problems, but other than that, this was us playing our game against easier opposition. We should have won all these matches and we did. Simple as that.


    Rambler Kubok Rossii and UEFA Europa League

    Both the Kubok Rossii and the Europa League kind of need to be described together because their matches were so close to each other. Going into the first match against Lille in the Europa League, we looked good...until my starting goalkeeper injuried himself in training and was ruled out for 10 days. That spanned the entirety of these 3 matches. On top of this, my backup goalkeeper was not registered for the Europa League because of the limitations of homegrown players. I had to use a 16 year old prospect in net.

    To the match. Our goalkeeper couldn't match up. On top of that Lille injured both my top strikers, Eto'o and André in the first 14 minutes. I was also awarded 9 yellow cards and 1 red (a record for me!). Even the end match report talked about the bias of the referee. I just don't have luck in big games and refs, I guess.

    The Kubok Rossii meant I could use my backup goalkeeper, but I didn't have my two best strikers. In fact, out of my three strkers, one was healthy. On a normal day, Krasnodar should be easy to beat. They dominated us.

    The return match with Lille was better. We had Eto'o back, albeit not ready for a full match. We made it close, but were unable to get the final goal to send it to extra time.

    So basically between the 13 and 24 of March 2014, we exited the Europa League, the Kubok Rossii, and got a new Chairman that made a deal that would have made Shylock in the Merchant of Venice sit down and cry.


    The Standings


    At least we're doing great in the league! We have qualified for the Champions League and look to solidify our top spot sometime next month. However, I am having serious doubts about staying another year. Yes, we have made the Champions League, but the impending wage cuts will mean I will have no players to play in it. I'll finish this season and then re-evaluate.

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    Probably a good idea to get out soon, especially on a high.

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    irl they'd probably end up doing a Rangers

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Probably a good idea to get out soon, especially on a high.
    Cheers, deltablue. I'm thinking the same thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulHartman71 View Post
    irl they'd probably end up doing a Rangers
    If they're lucky!

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    April 2014 Update



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    SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

    The loss to Zenit put off the inevitable. We ended up winning the league with a win against Ural. So, with 3 matches left to go, we are finished as the champions of the Prem'er Liga!


    The Standings


    I had thought that it would end up in a bit of a fight to the finish between us and CSKA Moscow. However, CSKA has fallen hard, giving away matches for free to other clubs. Rubin have moved comfortably ahead of them with 3 matches to go. As for me, I'm strongly considering a move away in the off-season. I have no idea where, so long as they are financially viable.

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    16 May 2014



    Cerud Reaches 200 Matches on Final Game of Season


    The upcoming match against Rubin will mark Cerud's 200 game as a manager. So far, his career has seen him in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Russia. However, rumours have been circulating that this eventful match may also be his final match with Anji. It has been well publicized that Cerud and newly appointed Chairman Abdulaev disagree on the future of the club. Both have denied any damaged relationship and have pledged to continue along with Anji's title winning season.


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    2013-2014 Season in Review



    FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

    1st Place - League Title Winners


    The League

    Standings | Past Positions | Fixtures - It was a very good year in the league. We ended up winning with a large point lead, 12 points. Other clubs didn't manage the home stretch as well as we did. We had our own problems, but they were in other competitions and not the league. This also awarded us $10M in prize money, always an asset.

    The Cups

    Rambler Kubok Rossii - We disappointed in this competition to only make the quarter finals. Our Board wanted at least a semi final finish.

    UEFA Europa League - We did better in the Europa League; however, injuries and registration issues with our goalkeepers hurt us in the end.

    The Stats

    Goals Scored - 82 (1st in league)
    Goals Conceded - 25 (2nd in league)
    Average Attendance - 22 105 (5th in league)

    The Players

    Squad | Transfers - The squad is good and will last for a while, but they cost too much. It will definitely need some trimming from foreign players and a few lower cost domestic Russians brought in.

    Hosny - DM, M LC - Our Egyptian midfielder is wanted by several other clubs. He led our club in assists in all competitions and contributed goals as well.

    Carlos André - ST - André came from my former club, Santo André. I was hoping that he would continue to dominate in front of the net and he didn't disappoint. He only played a part of the season, but was 2nd in goals only behind Eto'o/

    Samuel Eto'o - AM L, ST - Team leader in goals and a dominant presence on the pitch. I was lucky to be able to resign him, especially for the wage cuts that he agreed to.

    The Backroom

    Finances - Well, we were horrible and now we're flush! The Board just injected $21.5M, which helps. However, they have also lowered our wage budget for next year, meaning I have to cut $9M worth of wages out of the squad.

    Facilities - They're upgrading the youth facilities. The move to the new stadium in still a few years off, but I'm not sure why they thought they needed it anyway.

    The AwardsThe Goals Revisited
    • Hire Staff - Achieved.
    • Achieve a top 4 finish - Achieved and won the league!
    • Make 1st Knockout Round of Europa League - Achieved. Made the 2nd Round.
    • Make a profit - Achieved? Will help, I guess...
    Plans for Next Season

    Honestly, I don't know right now. The club now has $70M in the bank, but they will lose about $6M each month. With the ticket prices at a mere $5.20, there is no logical way to lower the wage budget unless I have only two players and a backroom staff of just me. It may be time to move on, but if the Board is willing to bankrupt themselves for the sake of the club....no idea what to do.
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    A fantastic season, but probably best to get out sooner than later; the future looks very bleak under the new chairman/village idiot!

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    I'd be tempted to have a crack at the CL, but when a club is leaking that much money it makes the job virtually impossible.

    See how far you get then chuck it once you're out

    GL in whatever you decide

    Congrats on the League title btw

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    Congratulations on the title win

    Now you can leave!

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    Great, now run!

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    Difficult. Depends how you think you'll do in the ECL. If you think you can get to quarter final or better, the revenue generated might just plug the gap, but you'll have to do that year after year. I wouldn't quit, but would apply for a new job if one comes up.

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    If I was you I'd get the hell out of there as soon as possible

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    Great season! Anji seems like a sinking ship, but I wouldn't leave just yet. Just see how you do in the CL this season, and if a better job comes up take it then!

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    I'd have a crack at the Champions League then leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    A fantastic season, but probably best to get out sooner than later; the future looks very bleak under the new chairman/village idiot!
    Quote Originally Posted by ron6632 View Post
    I'd be tempted to have a crack at the CL, but when a club is leaking that much money it makes the job virtually impossible.

    See how far you get then chuck it once you're out

    GL in whatever you decide

    Congrats on the League title btw
    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Congratulations on the title win

    Now you can leave!
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Great, now run!
    Quote Originally Posted by Northernpilgrim View Post
    Difficult. Depends how you think you'll do in the ECL. If you think you can get to quarter final or better, the revenue generated might just plug the gap, but you'll have to do that year after year. I wouldn't quit, but would apply for a new job if one comes up.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaulHartman71 View Post
    If I was you I'd get the hell out of there as soon as possible
    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Great season! Anji seems like a sinking ship, but I wouldn't leave just yet. Just see how you do in the CL this season, and if a better job comes up take it then!
    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    I'd have a crack at the Champions League then leave.
    Hmmm...kind of a split decision here. Well, there's no jobs available to really spark me, so I'll go on for now. But I will be watching the job market closely.

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    29 May 2014



    Cerud Leaves Anji on a High


    We saw it coming. No one can deny otherwise. Canadian-born manager Cerud, in a press conference today in Moscow, confirmed his exit with Anji. It has been well publicized in Russian media that Cerud was unhappy with several moves by Said Abdulaev, the club's new chairman and while the club is on financially stable grounds at the moment, the impending need to cut players and staff was a main source of contention between Chair and former manager. Speaking to media, Cerud stated,

    "Anji offered me my first opportunity to manage in Europe and I won't forget that success that we brought to this club. However, success requires more than a single season. I wish all the best to whomever takes the reigns at Anji."

    It is rumoured that under his breath, Cerud further said, "They will need it."


    This was not an easy decision. I know that I could have stayed and probably won another league title and possibly a decent run in the Champions League before I really had to start worrying and begin to dismantle the club. But that's not what I want. I want a club that I can manage effectively and to have a Chairman that understands his job. That's wasn't going to happen here. And so, I move on. No idea where I'll end up, but I won't be just sitting on my ass for long!


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    To rule the football world! But first, lunch.

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    They wont ever have a manager to the standards of you again .

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    Congrats on winning the league,you deserve better then to be on a sinking ship.

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    Well done on winning the Russian League.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    They wont ever have a manager to the standards of you again .
    Thanks, SRL88! Nicer words have never been spoken

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
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    Yep. No one wants to go under. There's no point in it.

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    Thanks, Nobby!

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    1 June 2014



    Cerud Garnering Interest in the Netherlands


    It seems as though Cerud won't be out of a job for long. The Canadian manager has emerged as the early frontrunner to take over sc Heerenveen after the sacking of Fred Rutten. Cerud stated that managing in the Netherlands for such a respectable club is exactly the kind of challenge that he was looking for.

    "Heerenveen has been a well managed club, both on the pitch and by their Board. It's about time that they brought in some silverware to go along with their success in the Eredivisie. To be attached to such a club is an honour and a challenge that I would definitely consider."


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    6 June 2014



    sc Heerenveen and Cerud Reach Agreement


    Today, sc Heerenveen Chairman Robert Veenstra welcomed Cerud as the new manager of the Dutch club. Cerud spoke to media at a joint press conference, where he reiterated his enthusiam for working in the Netherlands, paying special attention to the quality of the squad in place, the financial prudence of the club's Board and Directors, and the legacy to the club in general.

    "I have great respect for sc Heerenveen and look forward to bringing success to the club. When I look at the club, I see one that has always been on the cusp of being something great. I can tell they all want it. They have tasted Champions League football and are desperate to get back there one day. However, that also means domestic success. The KNVB Beker Cup has been won before and it can be again. So too can the Eredivisie."

    Cerud will meet with the current backroom staff later today.



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


    I have signed a two year contract at $425 000/year. It's a significant pay cut from what I was making at Anji, but the viability of the club won out in the end. I am now at a club that I believe is on sound footing and will give me a place from where I can better grow my reputation.

    About the Club

    sc Heerenveen was founded in 1920. After playing in regional and lower national football for decades, they finally won promotion to the Eredivisie for the first time in 1990. They were the first Frisian club to ever reach this height in Dutch football. Relegation came quick and saw them drop back down only to fight back and rejoin the top flight again in 1993.

    From here on, they began to build as an Eredivisie club. Their highest even finish came in 2000 with a 2nd place finish and a spot in the UEFA Champions League. In 2009, they won their first and only major trophy, the KNVB Cup, the main domestic cup in the Netherlands.

    The Stats

    Year Founded: 1920
    Status: Professional
    Reputation: National
    Nickname: ---
    Fierce Rivals: SC Cambuur
    Other Rivals: FC Groningen

    The Stadium - Abe Lenstra Stadium

    Location: Heerenveen
    Year Built: 1994
    Capacity: 26 100 all-seater
    Owner/Rent: sc Heerenveen

    Facilities

    Corporate: Average
    Training: Top
    Youth: Average
    Junior Coaching: Average
    Youth Recruitment: Above Average

    A decent setup. I'm happy that there is a good youth setup as I hope to be able to bring in domestic youth into the first team eventually. There are already a few prospects that have possibilities. In looking at last year's attendance's, the club may need to look at expanding the capacity or a new stadium in the near future.

    Here is the Abe Lenstra Stadium.

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    Nice move, probably the best decision to move from Anji in the end. Where did Heerenveen finish last season?

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    Dutch love .

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    Good tradition of youth there.

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    Good luck with Heerenveen!

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    Best of luck at Heerenveen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Nice move, probably the best decision to move from Anji in the end. Where did Heerenveen finish last season?
    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Dutch love .
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good tradition of youth there.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Good luck with Heerenveen!
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Best of luck at Heerenveen
    Thanks all! And Scarman, they finished last season in 12th place. They look like a mid-range squad right now, but there's good pieces to begin with.

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    I leave Holland for Russia, you leave Russia for Holland, nice twist there! Good luck with Heerenveen, hopefully you find just as much success as you did in Russia, but with more financial stability!

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    Nice cameo in Russia.

    Heerenveen has potential - could go a long way

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulHartman71 View Post
    I leave Holland for Russia, you leave Russia for Holland, nice twist there! Good luck with Heerenveen, hopefully you find just as much success as you did in Russia, but with more financial stability!
    Interesting indeed Yeah, my Anji Chairman had the financial understanding of a 3 year old in remedial school. Time for a move.

    Quote Originally Posted by ron6632 View Post
    Nice cameo in Russia.

    Heerenveen has potential - could go a long way
    Here's hoping!

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    2014-2015 Pre-Season



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


    The Stats

    Eredivisie: Achieve a respectable league position

    Media Prediction: 9th of 18
    Betsson Title Odds: 200-1

    Wage Budget: $14 011 296
    Currently Spending: $11 765 895 ($2 245 401 cap space available)
    Transfer Budget: $3 000 478

    Main Kit Sponsorship: $2 120 608 (expires 2015)
    Additional Kit Sponsor: $222 000 (expires 2015)
    TV Rights: $3.45M

    Average Ticket Price: $29.90
    Average Season Ticket Price: $406
    Season Ticket Holders: 17 899
    Estimated Value: $30M

    National Club Ranking in Netherlands: 7th

    Goals
    • Qualify for European Places Playoff.
    • Make Quarter Finals of KnVB Bekker Cup.
    • Make a profit.
    I've tried to be financially prudent, not going after every player that I want and trying to work within the budgets that have been set. So far, so good. The squad is coming aloso nicely. I was also able to get rid of the majoirty of reserve players who would never have a hope in playing first squad football. The Board initially only wanted a midtable finish, but I believe that we can and must push for more. We need to expect more from ourselves, which is why I want to make the European Places Playoff. That's at least an 8th place finish.
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    13 July 2014



    Spain Wins Consecutive World Cups!


    It took penalties to make it final, but Spain have triumphed in winning their second FIFA World Cup in a row. A concerted effort by Fernando Liorente gave Spain all the firepower they required; however, Argentina did not go easily into the dark. The Spanish striker also won a spot on the Dream Team.

    The next World Cup will be held in Russia in 2018.

    FIFA World Cup 2014


    Group A: Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Romania
    Group B: Colombia, Italy, Russia, Honduras
    Group C: England, Argentina, Denmark, Morocco
    Group D: Ghana, France, Sweden, Saudi Arabia
    Group E: Spain, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea
    Group F: Slovenia, Uruguay, United States, Uzbekistan
    Group G: Belgium Australia, Chile, Senegal
    Group H: Germany, Japan, Paraguay, Bosnia & Herzegovina


    Both the Italian and French managers have resigned from their duties. It looks like no one has been fired.
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    2014-2015 End of Pre-Season



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


    The Matches

    Netherlands - Jupiler League - FC Volendam - tied 1-1
    Netherlands - Lower League - GVC Wageningen - won 5-0
    Netherlands - Jupiler League - NAC Breda - won 3-1
    Belgium - Jupiler Pro League - R Standard de Liège - lost 1-2
    Belarus - Vyssshaya Liga - BATE Borisov - won 5-1
    Netherlands - Eredivisie - FC Oss - won 3-0

    The Players

    Squad | Transfers - We made a few changes, mainly bringing in strength up front in strikers and depth in defense. The difference transfers also netted us approximately $600K.

    Thomas Kaminski - GK - I wasn't expecting to sign a new goalkeeper. I was figuring that I'd use the guy I had now. However, Kaminski is younger and much better. I was also able to sell my former keeper for more money than Kaminski cost.

    José Contreras - D/WB/M RL - Contreras recently played his last three seasons with FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie as a starter. I needed a leftback and he's our guy. He was solid for FC Utrecht and I was happy to get him on a free.

    Cayfano Latupeirissa - ST - Latupeirissa was my first signing for the club. He comes from 2. Bundesliga's Paderborn, where he was underused. I can assume you that he will be much more effective with us.

    Pre-Season Thoughts

    The pre-season went well. Most of the other teams we played were close to our calibre, either a little lower or little higher. I was happy with solid wins against BATE and FC Oss. The loss to Standard was disappointing, but we have quickly become tactically sound and are well prepared for the Eredivisie.

    I'm also happy with the squad as it stands. I expect a couple potential moves in January, but nothing substantial. I think was have a squad that can push up the table. Now to do it.
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    England falling at the Quaters again I see .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    England falling at the Quaters again I see .
    Yep True to form!

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    August 2014 Update



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    Eredivisie

    This is still going to be a tough league. I was happy to bounce with with a good win after our loss to AZ. Our main problem, as was in Brazil, is defense. However, half of our goals against came from the one match. I'm hoping that once we get into the season a few months, things will settle down a bit.


    The Standings


    It's still very early, but we're on the right trach. I'm hoping for at least an 8th place finish in order to qualify for the playoffs at the end. However, the better we do now, the better our chances for European football will be next year.
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    Expected you to go somewhere bigger than Heerenveen.

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    Great work in Russia while I was gone! (Does your new team have hearts in its crest? O.o)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Expected you to go somewhere bigger than Heerenveen.
    I don't think my reputation is high enough yet. I was attached to a few job in France's Ligue 1, but when I stated an interest, they laughed me off. sc Heerenveen came calling and so did the Kaizer Cheifs in South Africa and a club from Israel. This was the best choice. Also, I wanted a club with sound financial backing. This club knows how to be practical; whereas Anji didn't. It may not be the biggest club I could have gone to, but I can still grow something here, get them their first title and hopefully more before I move on to bigger and better

    Quote Originally Posted by cswalk08 View Post
    Great work in Russia while I was gone! (Does your new team have hearts in its crest? O.o)
    I prefer to think of them as little beans

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    September 2014 Update



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


    Eredivisie

    It was a short month, only two league matches in total due to international commitments. However, we won two cleansheet performances and have begun our move towards a strong position. We are still in the hunt for more too; just because we are higher than 8th place doesn't mean we only want to hold onto what we got. We will push for more.


    KNVB Beker Cup

    Our first match in the KNVB was another good performance, ensuring that we were not scored on in the entire month of September in all competitions. Almere City is a Jupiler League team, a league below us.


    The Standings


    We are still in 6th place, but are maintaining a close proximity to the higher clubs. It will difficult to break into that group. They are strong. We also haven't played any of them yet, so I don't really know what to expect.

    We have also received our expectations from the Board for the KNVB Beker Cup.

    KNVB Beker Cup: Reach the Quarter Finals
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    Decent start in the Netherlands, might take a few seasons to break down Ajax and the other big clubs at the top though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Decent start in the Netherlands, might take a few seasons to break down Ajax and the other big clubs at the top though.
    Yeah, I just found that out with PSV... Ouch.

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    18 October 2014



    Cerud Making a Name for Himself in Netherlands


    Not even half a season into his first campaign, and Cerud has already attracted the interest of other well known Dutch clubs. Alex Pastoor has been fired by AZ and Cerud is the first name on Chairman Erwin Drost's list as a replacement. However, given sc Heerenveen's record as of late, Cerud may wish to stay where he is.


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    October 2014 Update



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    Eredivisie

    Well, it began as a good month. However, PSV put brought us back down to reality. We have been progressing up the table, but we were no match for the defending title champions. We didn't play well, but it probably wouldn't have mattered as they took the match to us right from the beginning. To call it a bloodbath is being nice. We were slaughtered by a much better club.


    KNVB Beker Cup

    Unfortunately, our match against PSV was immediately followed by our next KNVB match. It took us 30 minutes of extra time to finally put down Telstar, a team that we should be winning against easily. Hopefully, morale is at least improved from the win.


    The Standings


    Regardless of that humbling loss, we have moved into 2nd place in the standings, albeit tied with PSV. This next month will be difficult though as we face Ajax and Vitesse in back to back matches. I'd take ties in each, just to maintain morale, hopefully eke out a win in one of them. Crazy that those 6 goals scored against us by PSV are almost half of the total against us.
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    Good start to life in the Netherlands,looks like Ajax will be a tough nut to crack.

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    Nice start in Holland.

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    I'd certainly stay.

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    Very encouraging start in the Never-Netherlands. I'd definitely stick the season out

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    Good luck in Netherlands. I rather wait till Ajax or PSV come calling tho.

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    Above all expectations so far. Only 3 points between you and 6th, though! Tight table at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good start to life in the Netherlands,looks like Ajax will be a tough nut to crack.
    Yeah, Ajax is heads above everyone else.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Nice start in Holland.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I'd certainly stay.
    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Very encouraging start in the Never-Netherlands. I'd definitely stick the season out
    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    Good luck in Netherlands. I rather wait till Ajax or PSV come calling tho.
    I'll staying for the season for sure unless an unbelieveable offer comes. I doubt that there will be any actual offers out of the blue though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Above all expectations so far. Only 3 points between you and 6th, though! Tight table at the moment.
    Well...it's changed some now

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    November 2014 Update



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    Eredivisie

    This has been one of the more odd months of my football career. We began with Vitesse. By the 15th minute, I was down to 9 men on the pitch due to 5 injuries. I even had to substitute two players at the same time from injury, which I've never been forced to do before. Unfortunately, one of those injured was my starting goalkeeper, now out with a broken finger for 6-7 weeks.

    We were able to handle Feyenoord, but Ajax destroyed us. We looked as though we were in awe of them. They were up 3-0 by the 7th minute. Didn't help that my backup goalkeeper is only rated at one star. Then, at the end of the match, I told one of my defenders that I was unhappy with his efforts, given that he ended with a 4.7 rating. Instantly, my entire squad was listed as "seems confused". Confused!?!? This players has an own goal and gave up another one on a horrible pass. So, I decided that a team meeting was in order. I stated that I was happy how we had been doing, but I felt we could do even better. This was based on 3 losses in 5 matches. That didn't go over well, with one of my players calling the meeting "a waste of time". I'm really not endearing myself here.

    We ended on a positive note with two wins, but the responses of my squad to me is making me wonder if I made the wrong decision in coming here.


    The Standings


    We're stilling 3rd place, understandably behind Ajax and PSV. The season is almost half done and I am happy with the record we have. I'm not sure how we can crack those two higher teams. I've tried to encourage my Board to expand out stadium as we are selling out most matches. However, they don't believe that it's necessary. I'll keep trying as the option is offered, because we could really use the added gate receipts.
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    Finishing 3rd behind Ajax and PSV is certainly no disgrace, and has to represent a successful first season. Take the 5 goal hammering from Ajax out of the equation, and your goal record is comparable to theirs too. It looks from the outside as though you are very close, and perhaps just one big signing away from breaking the top two apart. I know the season's not done yet, but I don't think you're very far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernpilgrim View Post
    Finishing 3rd behind Ajax and PSV is certainly no disgrace, and has to represent a successful first season. Take the 5 goal hammering from Ajax out of the equation, and your goal record is comparable to theirs too. It looks from the outside as though you are very close, and perhaps just one big signing away from breaking the top two apart. I know the season's not done yet, but I don't think you're very far away.
    Thanks, Northernpilgrim I'm happy enough to only have Ajax and PSV ahead of me as they are strong teams and spend more than I do. A couple of the richer teams outspend me on wages over 4 to 1! I'm hopin gto bring in an experienced striker and centreback. The squad I have is good, but without any franchise players. I also need some experience to help with training.

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    1 December 2014



    sc Heerenveen Commit to Youth


    Both Chairman Veenstra and club manager Cerud were on hand today to discuss a new youth initiative. The club has announced a $6.25M upgrade to their youth facilities as well as a renewed effort to their junior program. Cerud has been quoted before stating a commitment to local youth development in order to grow the club.




    The youth facilities are currently listed as Average and upgrading will begin once the season is completed. Junior coaching has gone from Average to Good.

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    30 December 2014



    Cerud Named Russian Manager of the Year


    For those who remember Anji's dominant Prem'er Liga victory last year will remember who led them there. Canadian manager Cerud has been named Russian Manager of the Year for his efforts.

    "I'm happy to accept this award. My time in Russia was punctuated, but I enjoyed my time and the fact that we were able to reward the fans for it. This award is only possible because of the achievements of the club"


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    December 2014 Update



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    Eredivisie

    A good month for us to get back on track. We should have won the FC Oss match, but a tie still gave us 7 of a possible 9 points.


    KNVB Beker Cup

    We jumped to a very early lead and were looking good to hold on. However, 7 yellow cards and 1 red card later, that lead went away and we just couldn't hold on. We were very undisciplined and unfortunately deserved to lose.


    The Standings


    We're one match past the halfway mark and sitting in 4th Place, only 1 point behind 2nd place Vitesse. I was aiming for a top 8 finish at the beginning of the season; however, I'd now enjoy a top 3 finish. Our progression through the first half tells me that it is possible. I am looking for a couple players in the upcoming transfer window, ideally a centreback and striker. Hopefully, I can find what I'm looking for.

    We also have a bit of a break until 20 January 2015. So, a few friendlies will keep us fit until then.
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    Ajax look a bit to strong for everyone.

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    Congrats on the Manager of the Year award for your time at Anji.With a bit of luck you could claim 2nd,Ajax look too strong for everyone else.

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    Top 4 should definitely be the aim, you've kept up well with PSV and Vitesse so far so I expect that to be the case come end of the season .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Ajax look a bit to strong for everyone.
    Yeah, Ajax is the dominant club for sure. At least they knocked me down a notch.

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Congrats on the Manager of the Year award for your time at Anji.With a bit of luck you could claim 2nd,Ajax look too strong for everyone else.
    Thanks, BWG! A 2nd place finish would be absolutely amazing. But I agree that it is very possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Top 4 should definitely be the aim, you've kept up well with PSV and Vitesse so far so I expect that to be the case come end of the season .
    Me too!

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    January 2015 Update



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


    Eredivisie

    We started the new year with a great win against AZ. Our new striker, Torghelle, also got a goal on his debut and set up a couple more. However, he ended up fracturing his arm in the second match and is now out for 5 weeks. As Kurt Vonnegut would say, "So it goes..."


    Transfers

    I wanted a centreback and striker and I got them.

    Jerry Akaminko - D RC - Akaminko was recently with FC Midjylland in the Danish Superligaen. I paid $1.4M for him, a bit more than I wanted, but he's still young and is able to mentor.

    Sándor Torghelle - ST - He's older at 32, but still very good for this league. He's spent several years in Hungary with Videoton, but he was looking to move up and probably find a place to retire. He was cheap at $170K, can mentor, and once his fractured arm heals, he'll be ready to go.

    The Standings


    Still in 4th place. This will be a tough group to break into as all of these clubs have strong records. All I need is one win against these clubs and that would push me ahead to them. I will at least get a chance in February as we play Ajax. Either elation or humiliation, not sure which.
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    Top 4 would be a great achievement for this season, still a while to go though, and you could easily break into the top 2!

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    Pulling away from the chasing pack nicely . As Scarman said, top 4 would be great.

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    Going Nicely,hope you can keep the pressure up and nice to see you pulling away from 5th.

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    Going well, seems you have no problem scoring goals. Just need to keep a tighter ship at the back and you'll rocket up the table!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Top 4 would be a great achievement for this season, still a while to go though, and you could easily break into the top 2!
    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Pulling away from the chasing pack nicely . As Scarman said, top 4 would be great.
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    Going Nicely,hope you can keep the pressure up and nice to see you pulling away from 5th.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Going well, seems you have no problem scoring goals. Just need to keep a tighter ship at the back and you'll rocket up the table!
    Yeah, I top 4 finish would be a good achievement. I'd love to push into the top 3, but that is a tough group to break into. I'm happy that we have a cushion between us and 5th place as we still have to play the likes of Ajax again. I'm hoping we do better than before.

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    28 February 2015



    Greece Wants Gerud


    Aris have sacked Giannis Papakostas and Chairman Vasilis Tsavalos has publically named sc Heerenveen manager Cerud as his desired replacement to lift the club out from their current slump. However, it is unlikely that Cerud is willing to leave as his Dutch club is performing well in their table.


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    February 2015 Update



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


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    We beat Ajax!!! And then lost to AGOVV in a match that we should have won. Definitely a Jekyll and Hyde month.


    The Standings


    We have moved within 6 points to top spot. I think Mikal was right; we are letting in too many goals. Our new centreback is working well, but we may need to look at bringing in some support on the back end. If cut out a few more goals against, that could be the difference we need.
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    15 March 2015



    Russian Interest in Cerud Lingers


    The troubles of Lokomotiv Moscow and Terek Grozny have led to firings of their respective managers. Cerud, former manager of Anji, has been named as a prospective candidate for both positions. Cerud has tactfully remained noncommital, likely due to his former ties with Anji. sc Heerenveen maintains a good position in the Dutch table and it is likely that Cerud will remain where he is.




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    2015 Youth Candidates



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie


    Youth Candidates


    Not really the best of intakes. There is a midfielder, Marco Evers, but he'll need a bit of work. I also have a Dutch Canadian in the group!

    Marco Evers - M C - Decent physical stats for a 15 year old, but he's still going to need a lot of work.

    Roberto Hattrell - DM, M C - Yeah...home nation advantage ain't gonna to help this fella.
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    March 2015 Update



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    Our record was enough to keep us in the hunt for those top spots, but the real bonus was in getting back-to-back wins against PSV and Vitesse. The PSV match was great to watch. We played them to the outside where they weren't able to get any decent shots. Everything was long range and easily handled. In the offensive end, we were strong in the box and our strikers performed well when they had their chances. The Vitesse match was a little lucky as we snuck one off an indirect free kick, but I'll take wins any way they come.


    The Standings


    With those two wins against PSV and Vitesse, we have moved into 3rd place and have a 4 point cushion over Vitesse. Ajax and PSV are the only two ahead of us. Ajax are still holding onto their 6 point lead on us, so they will be hard to bring down with only 5 matches left to go in the season. However, overtaking PSV is still possible. I'm pretty sure that we've played most of the more difficult clubs already, but some of the lower table clubs have given us problems. Every match will count.
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    Brilliant month there, just what was needed. Nice to see all those clean sheets as well, means you can get those 1-0 wins at this late stage in the season. Third should be the aim now! If two teams are level does it go down to goal difference?

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    Great month, hopefully you'll be able to keep 3rd!

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    Looking good for a successful season. Top three will be a great result!

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    Going right down to the wire.No matter what happens,you've done brilliantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Brilliant month there, just what was needed. Nice to see all those clean sheets as well, means you can get those 1-0 wins at this late stage in the season. Third should be the aim now! If two teams are level does it go down to goal difference?
    Thanks, Mikal. The clean sheets were nice to see too. Hopefully, we can bring those into the 1st half of the season now too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Great month, hopefully you'll be able to keep 3rd!
    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Looking good for a successful season. Top three will be a great result!
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Going right down to the wire.No matter what happens,you've done brilliantly.
    3rd Place is the goal now. I believe that it should be possible as Vitesse has fallen hard in the past while. I don't think they've won a game in the last 5.

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    April 2015 Update



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    Another good month that keeps us in the run for European football next season. The Feyenoord match was great to watch. We were up by 4 goals before they even registered their first shot. However, we got a little lazy in the end and they got a couple back.


    The Standings


    We are only 3 points behind the two league leaders! If only we had won a couple of our ties or losses, this could be a very different season. Still, we are guaranteed a 3rd Place finish in the league with 1 more match to play. We also have the European Places Playoff after this. I'm not sure how that works just yet, so we'll see. The top 8 teams go up for this playoff. Not sure how it works.
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    2014-2015 Season in Review



    sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie

    3rd Place - Qualified for UEFA Europa League 4th Qualifying Round


    The League

    Standings | Past Positions | Fixtures - A 3rd Place finish is a great achievement for the club. Looking back through our fixtures, there were only two matches that we were completely outclassed in, our first matches against Ajax and PSV. In the second half of the season, we beat both of them showing that it is possible. Our point total is hopeful as well as we were only 3 points behind the champions, Ajax. I think that will a little help, next year could be very good for us.

    The Cups

    KNVB Beker Cup - We didn't do as well as expected. It was even a lower club that took us out. However, it was during a minor crisis moment for the club. I think that these matter have been resolved and we should be better in the coming season.

    The Stats

    Goals Scored: 83 (2nd in league)
    Goals Conceded:(38 (4th in league)
    Average Attendance: 25 946 (4th in league)

    The Players

    Squad | Transfers - As I was not part of the club when Beckers was brought in yet, I ended up making a small profit in transfers this year, around $1M. There were a few players of note this year.

    Thomas Kaminski - GK - In 28 league matches, half ended in clean sheets. This young goalkeeper has a bright future here.

    Rodrigo Alborno - M/AM L - A loanee from our parent club, Inter, Alborno lead the squad in assists and chipped more than a good share of goals as well.

    Michael Chacón - AM C, ST - Our young striker has started well. A tally of 14 goals in 16 league matches will mean he should see increased time next year.

    Luca Magnini - AM RLC, ST - Our second loanee from Inter, but wow do I wish he was a permanent signing. He broke every goal record this is to break, club and league. He has a bright future wherever he ends up. Hopefully, I may be able to sign him for real in a couple years.

    The Backroom

    Finances - We lost about $3M this year, but the qualification of the Europa League next year should see us recoup some back.

    Faciilities - I bug our Board every chance I get for them to expand the stadium, but nothing works. We sell out most matches and have a general capacity of 99%. I did, however, get them to agree to a youth upgrade.

    The AwardsThe Goals Revisited
    • Qualify for Europa League - Achieved. We had a great year and make automatic qualification.
    • Make Quarter Finals of KNVB Cup - Failed. Just missed out.
    • Make a profit - Failed. Hopefully next year.
    Plans for Next Season

    I'm still planning of sticking around with sc Heerenveen. This means that we need to look at improving the squad for the Europa League, but I also don't want to reinvent it as they are working well. We will lose Magnani though because he is a loanee. Hopefully, I can grab him again for another year. I'd also like to perform better in the league, break into the top 2.
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    Congrats on 3rd and other than the cup, a very good season in all. A nice platform to take into the next season, and like you said, a couple of additions to cope with the extended fixture list would be ideal.

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    Been a while since I've been around here due to one thing or another but it looks like things are still going well here cerud . A steady season as Mikal says apart from the cup. Hopefully you can push on next season and have some success in Europe too.

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