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Widzew Lodz (FM20)

Season 2 (2021-22) - Youth Intake Preview

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So, it looks like we have some decent prospects coming through in this intake but nothing too special.  We are in need of a CM, as our only decent one is turning 31 this season.  Our two best players are our ML and MR, with an average age of just 20, so the abundance of new wingers is not something we're really in need of.  Maybe one or two can be retrained as AMC, CF or DR (fingers crossed).

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Merthyr Town FC - Season 2023/24

Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances

Consistently inconsistent all season. Hovering just above the relegation zone. The bottom teams had better seasons than previous years, so we were nervously looking over our shoulders all season. Chopping and changing playing style probably didn't help, but struggled to find a decent basis. Ended the season with an ultra-direct 4-2-4, but haven't got any decent target men in the squad. Somehow beat Vanarama National League side Barnet in the third qualifying round of the FA cup, losing to Wrexham, also Vanorama National, in the first round. It did help the finances slightly, but would've liked a bigger opponent.  Only managed two wins against one of the relegated teams, 1 win and 1 loss against the three others. 

Performer of the season was Absalom again. Team performance otherwise was so-so, but Jamie Richards 23a surprisingly top goal scorer without much development in the last year. No others from the 23-generation established in the team yet. The same players from the 22-generation still regulars in the side, with also Ifan Williams 22e becoming a regular. On a worrying note, a coach rated my best player, Joel Harvey, as "having the potential to be a Vanarama National League North player". I think we might be punching way above our weight, and the bookies seem to agree on that...

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Youth intake preview and intake didn't exactly light up the globe. Steve Long 24aMax Tipp 24b and Jack French 24c my current favorites. Forgot about the goalkeeper Simon Bassett 24j when ranking prospects, but he seems like he might become my first choice 'keeper in a few years time. Now all three youth squads are filled up, I guess it's time to start being more ruthless when giving out contracts. Still a lot of undesirable personalities in the squad.

There was no development on the facilities from last season.

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SEASON 22-23 - VANARAMA LEAGUE NORTH

Well, after we sold our star player the only way was ... down:

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The last game was deciding whether we would play play-offs or not. Which we did, only to lose immediately to Tamworth.

With 70 goals conceded our defense record is as bad as last year, with 85 goals made (vs 103 last year) the drop in quality up front is obvious. And no good strikers in sight.

The craziest game was a 3-3 draw against Guiseley where their GK fumbled the ball after jumping to grab it after a long throw and another long throw grabbed by their GK only to then quickly kick out the ball against our striker and seeing the ball disappear in the net :D 

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Cups

As the cup games were still played with Kian Smith in our squad, we did well. Even better than last year. We reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup where we were trounced 3-0 to Bradford City.

FA Trophy saw us advancing as far as 5th round, which was one of the first games without Kian Smith and we lost 3-2 to Morecambe. 

Youth Development

There were no funds this season to improve Youth Facilities but Junior Coaching as well Youth Recruitment got improved again and as posted before, it shows.

48 players in our roster now, more than enough and from next season on, I might decide to not sign all youth prospects... I have a feeling the money making of it won't be worth it.

Future Plans

It was a tough decision selling Kian Smith. Keeping him at bay might have given us a shot at promotion. Then again, our youth prospects needs time to grow and they better do it at an adequate level. Next season will be a season of consolidation, aiming for a mid-table finish while introducing as many youngsters as possible without burning them out. I might start instant resulting games too to go even quicker through seasons as my play time is limited. I hope it doesn't affect player evolution?

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12 minutes ago, Cheez3y said:

@XaW

It finally happend!

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I usually see it as a sign of a good youth system. At least someone thinks your players are looking promising! Not that you'd want your players to be poached!

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26 minutes ago, Padders said:

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Season Review 2046/47

The unluckiest manager in the world contiunes

Sitting 3rd from December until end of April where we decided to win 2 out of the last 8 games, with 5 draws

Final game of the season, miss out on automatic promotion and finishing  4th, as Grimsby beat the league winners (MK Dons) with a 93rd minute winner!!!

So play offs it is, win Semi Final 3-1 to Stockport but lose final 1-0 to Charlton! GUTTED!!

Having a new stadium built, named after one of my ex players! A massive 5,005 capacity! Wiped out all my money in the bank and board cancelled improvement in training facilities.

Sold my start goal keeper pre season, Mark Freeman to Derby. Board accepted offer £1.1m and wouldn't renegotiate 

 

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I won't even try to pronounce that stadium name :D

Hang in there, better times are coming... I hope...

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My PC broke down a couple a weeks ago and I lost my save with Real Jaen. I have now got it fixed and will restart with the same team. I'm not to sad to be honest, it felt like I was treading water and was thinking about restarting anyway.

 

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I've played through a season already and will give a update as soon as I get the time.

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Is anyone managing in Portugal? It seems a bit confusing as to which teams you are allowed to take over. I believe it's any teams that have been promoted to the 'Campeonato de Portugal' league ( any group) which would be good as Padroenese are promoted to that level and have great facilities and exceptional coaching. W

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8 hours ago, janesy20 said:

Is anyone managing in Portugal? It seems a bit confusing as to which teams you are allowed to take over. I believe it's any teams that have been promoted to the 'Campeonato de Portugal' league ( any group) which would be good as Padroenese are promoted to that level and have great facilities and exceptional coaching. W

I think it is called district or something; u  have to pick a team like Belenenses etc. 

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@JAwtunes Nice to see you in Poland! I think you should update your post in FM20 topic tho to don't confuse other users. FM21 is on but that does't mean that others don't read that part of forum :)

My copy will be in next 2 days and will go with Yate Town or Peterborough Sports if I will generate them on day xD

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8 hours ago, janesy20 said:

Is anyone managing in Portugal? It seems a bit confusing as to which teams you are allowed to take over. I believe it's any teams that have been promoted to the 'Campeonato de Portugal' league ( any group) which would be good as Padroenese are promoted to that level and have great facilities and exceptional coaching. W

The post by @darren1983near the bottom of page 5 shows the rules in place for Portugal.

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@Steveh171 The way I understand this is that if you upgrade facilities that will allow your players to get their max PA while playing in your team after they change contract from junior to senior. I think as well that helps more for players that don't play in first 11. 

Upgrating youth will help you to get better quality intake that means that even if they are not so good some clubs in game will think about them as good players to take as they are young and have some potential and abilities. That will let you develop your Club.

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23 minutes ago, Sn00gle said:

@Steveh171 The way I understand this is that if you upgrade facilities that will allow your players to get their max PA while playing in your team after they change contract from junior to senior. I think as well that helps more for players that don't play in first 11. 

Upgrating youth will help you to get better quality intake that means that even if they are not so good some clubs in game will think about them as good players to take as they are young and have some potential and abilities. That will let you develop your Club.

Yeah I thought training facilities would be the way. I'm maxed on our junior coaching / recruitment so.

Thanks for confirming my thoughts!

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51 minutes ago, Steveh171 said:

Out of interest do you guys upgrade training facilities first or youth? 

Lost my best remaining forward (again) but as were in serie B I managed to get 3.9m which massively helps!

The training facilities are used for ALL players you can see at your club. Both senior and U18s use the training facilities. The youth facilities are used by newgens who are not generated yet ONLY. We had that confirmed by SI:

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The training facilities available for Juniors (only).
Does NOT apply to visible players already at the club. All visible players currently at the club use Training Facilities regardless of age.

So I tend to look at how my current squad, and current facilities, are when I decide to go for youth or training facilities. If I get high potential, but low ability, then I go training to help them reach it. If I feel that potential is lacking, then I go for youth facilities. Still, any upgrade is a good upgrade though. So it's not like you are doing it wrong by choosing one of the other anyway.

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End of Season Review

Season 2025/26

SV Babberich

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League Table - The league was tight throughout the season and there was no outstanding side.  We went top after the penultimate match before blowing it and only drawing the last game of the season.

League Fixtures 1 & 2 - We were inconsistent until the New Year, when everything seemed to click and we went on a long winning run.  Drawing the last game proved to be key as we dropped to the runners up spot.

Pre Season Friendlies - A much better pre season with just the one defeat.

Mid Season Friendlies - As usual, we played three games and the only loss was against second tier outfit Excelsior.

Squad - They are getting better.  Are they good enough for promotion next season?

Squad Dynamics - I am pleased with this as the players continue to gel.

Transfers In - None.

Transfers Out - Just the one departure, as managed to hold on to most of our players.

Youth Candidates - Despite the best preview to date, I was slightly underwhelmed by this group of players, though Frank Jager YP26A65 has gone straight into the first team squad.

Finances - We are still losing money and I still have absolutely no idea how to improve them.

Key Players

Olivier van Brakel YP23B18 - An excellent season from the goalkeeper, who won points on his own.

Kyran Arends YP24I41 - Another stellar campaign from the striker, scoring 26 goals in his 23 appearances.

Milo den Uil YP23I25 - A solid season from the central midfielder, as he dominated certain games.

Daniël Leiwakabessy YP25B50 - A poor campaign from the defensive midfielder yet as a player, he improved considerably.

Tom Zandvliet YP23A17 - A decent enough season from the central defender, though he is capable of even more.

Next Season

After finishing second this season, the obvious goal is to top the division and finally escape the sixth tier.

Personal Coaching Data

Season     Reputation            Qualifications       Att   Def   Fit   GkD   GkH   GkS   Tac   Tec   Men   WWY   Ada   Det   PlK   YoK   LoD   MaM   Mot
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At start   Minimal   (0.25*)     None                   1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     4     1     1     1     4     1     1     1
2021/22    Minimal = (0.25*) =   None =                 4 ↑   4 ↑   1 =   2 ↑   1 =   1 =   4 ↑   4 ↑   4 ↑   4 =   1 =   4 ↑   4 ↑   5 ↑   1 =   4 ↑   5 ↑
2022/23    Minimal = (0.25*) =   None =                 5 ↑   5 ↑   3 ↑   2 =   1 =   1 =   5 ↑   5 ↑   5 ↑   4 =   1 =   5 ↑   5 ↑   5 =   1 =   5 ↑   6 ↑
2023/24    Minimal = (0.75*) ↑   National B ↑↑          8 ↑   8 ↑   5 ↑   2 =   1 =   3 ↑   8 ↑   8 ↑   7 ↑   4 =   1 =   7 ↑   8 ↑   7 ↑   7 ↑   8 ↑   9 ↑
2024/25    Minimal = (0.50*) ↓   National B =           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   3 =   8 =   8 =   7 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  10 ↑  10 ↑   9 =
2025/26    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National B =           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 ↑   8 =   8 =   7 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  10 =  11 ↑  10 ↑

Club Facilities

Season     Training Facilities  Youth Facilities  Corporate Facilities  Junior Coaching  Youth Recruitment  Club Reputation
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At Start   Poor                 Poor              Fairly basic          Basic            Limited            Local   (0.50*)
2021/22    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average ↑↑       Basic ↑            Local = (0.50*) =
2022/23    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic ↑     Local = (0.50*) =
2023/24    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2024/25    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2026/26    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =

Season Record

Season     Played     Won     Drawn     Lost     Goals For     Goals Against     Goal Difference
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2021/22      26        15        3        8          43              25                 +18
2022/23      26        18        5        3          76              36                 +40
2023/24      26        11        5       10          35              36                  -1
2024/25      26        12        8        6          55              38                 +17
2025/26      26        13        8        5          54              24                 +30

Overall Career Record

After Season   Played     Won     Drawn     Lost     Goals For     Goals Against     Goal Difference     Time At Club
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2021/22          26        15        3        8          43              25                 +18              327 days
2022/23          52        33        8       11         119              61                 +58              693 days
2023/24          78        44       13       21         154              97                 +57            1,061 days
2024/25         104        56       21       27         209             135                 +74            1,426 days
2025/26         130        69       29       32         263             159                +104            1.789 days

Trophy Haul

Season     Competition Won
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2021/22    Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2
2022/23    Tweede Klasse Zondag I

Trophy Cabinet

League Titles
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1 x Tweede Klasse Zondag I (2022/23)
1 x Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2 (2021/22)


Cup Competition Victories
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Career Overview

Season     Champions League    Europa League    Europa Conference League             League                             Position     TOTO KNVB Beker                    Achievements
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2021/22           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2          1st             N/a                          Promoted as champions.
2022/23           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Tweede Klasse Zondag I                1st ↑           N/a =                        Promoted as champions.
2023/24           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                8th ↑           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.
2024/25           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                6th ↑           N/a =                        Comfortable top half finish.
2025/26           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                2nd ↑           N/a =                        Runners up.

Record Number of Appearances (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                    Cumulative Number of Appearances
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2021/22    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                      4
2022/23    Tim de Jong YP22E5                       29
2023/24    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     53
2024/25    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     78
2025/26    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     95

Record Goal Scorer (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                          Cumulative Number of Goals
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2021/22    Jean Bosco Nzeyimana YP22H8                  1
2022/23    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2023/24    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2024/25    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2025/26    Kyren Arends YP24I41                        55

Record Number of Assists (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                        Cumulative Number of Assists
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2021/22    Mazen Al-Khatib YP22N14                     1
           Koen Wolters YP22K11                        1
           Tim de Jong YP22E5                          1
           Jean Bosco Nzeyimana YP22H8                 1
2022/23    Koen Wolters YP22K11                       10
2023/24    Koen Wolters YP22K11                       11
2024/25    Mitchell Boeve YP23L28                     13
2025/26    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      20

Record Number of Clean Sheets (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                    Cumulative Number of Clean Sheets
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2021/22    No one                                     0
2022/23    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                 1
2023/24    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                 6
2024/25    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                15
2025/26    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                25

 

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, JLAB said:

That's one way to announce your growth. Especially if it means that you've now got one of the biggest stadiums in the country.

Yea, this will be the biggest now.

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Vikeologist's 9th Folkestone Intake Report

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First impression. Some good players. No very good players, and really that’s the problem. Once I sign some of these, I will have a squad of nearly 50 mediocre players.

The biggest problem is the positions. I don’t think I’ve ever had a good natural left winger. Any left winger or central defender with much CA or even PA would contend for first team action straight away. My top 2 prospects are a striker and a goalkeeper, of whom I’ve had a lot of regens.

The player with the most CA is a right back, so I could move my existing right back over to central defence for the rest of his career at the start of next season. My 3rd choice central defender is a now 37 year old legacy player.

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Michael Morgan 9a – A striker with not much CA, so he has some developing to do before getting any first team chances.

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Dominic Clarke 9b – Instantly becomes my 8th best goalkeeping option (and the 9th is a kid in this intake I’m not going to offer a contract to). Like the other 6 regens between him and starting, he may eventually become the guy, but I had a goalkeeper in my first intake Jack Solly 1e, and he’s almost certain to take over when my legacy starter (who’s still only 32) eventually croaks.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Sn00gle said:

@JAwtunes Nice to see you in Poland! I think you should update your post in FM20 topic tho to don't confuse other users. FM21 is on but that does't mean that others don't read that part of forum :)

My copy will be in next 2 days and will go with Yate Town or Peterborough Sports if I will generate them on day xD

Thanks, it's my first time in Poland so still getting used to the long winter breaks!

@darren1983@XaW you both mentioned to me and others (back in mid-Dec) that FM20 players can post updates on their save games here (this is as per the guidance in the intro post):

"This is the new incarnation of the Youth Academy Challenge started by ri916 and continued by Braumiller before I picked it up, from now on rather than having a thread only for the current version of the game, this thread will also play host to people that are starting on older versions."

I have been adding FM20 to the headers of my posts to avoid confusion but can switch to the FM20 thread instead if that's preferable.  Just looking for confirmation.

Thanks.

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Didn't really establish a connection with Taranto FC, so I'm in for a new challenge.

 

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Transfers

France doesn't seem to be a popular destination here, wonder why. I did however chose a French side: CS Sedan, a former Ligue 1 club that even won the Coupe de France in 1956 & 1961. It actually makes me quite nostalgic as one of my very first FIFA careers ever was with Les Sangliers, back when they were a Ligue 2 side.

One transfer before my arrival, a very bad right back. Although we only have one at our club, I decided to terminate his contract immediately. We have a well-equipped squad to begin with, even a full U19 side. One of the perks of having the 4th tier as viewable in FM, I guess:

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Welcome Italo-Algerian manager Bova:

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Hope we can establish something here, looking forward to our first season!

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13 minutes ago, JAwtunes said:

Thanks, it's my first time in Poland so still getting used to the long winter breaks!

@darren1983@XaW you both mentioned to me and others (back in mid-Dec) that FM20 players can post updates on their save games here (this is as per the guidance in the intro post):

"This is the new incarnation of the Youth Academy Challenge started by ri916 and continued by Braumiller before I picked it up, from now on rather than having a thread only for the current version of the game, this thread will also play host to people that are starting on older versions."

I have been adding FM20 to the headers of my posts to avoid confusion but can switch to the FM20 thread instead if that's preferable.  Just looking for confirmation.

Thanks.

I'm fine with fm20 being posted here, you're tagging fm20 is fine for me, this thread is way more active than last years one obviously so I'm good with you carrying on as you are mate.

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Vikeologist's 5th Folkestone Intake Review

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Looking back over my notes, I thought at the time it was the best intake up to that point.

Steve Marshall 5a – A central midfielder who’s racked up plenty of appearances from the bench, but even though he still has potential, he still has a lot of players ahead of him. According to my spreadsheet, not in my top 10 central midfielders.

Basically for all his potential, he’s not improving, and he’s almost certainly not going to make it. I’m just keeping him around for no reason.

Robert Davies 5b – My back up left back. My starter isn’t all that good, but he’s better than Davies. I give Davies the occasional start, but my best chance of winning is with the legacy guy. Davies is another one who just hasn’t improved.

Rowan O'Hara 5c – He’s no better than Marshall or Davies. He is however a central defender, and thus has been my starter since the start of this season. By far the worst player in my first choice XI, and has actually gone downhill this season despite the first team experience.  As I said above, the wise move would probably be to drop him to the sub’s bench and move my right back into the centre, but probably not till next season.

Jordan Buxton 5d – My starter on the right wing. At first that was because of having no other good options, but he has developed a bit and beat off his competition. Could still get a lot better.

Josh Waters 5e – One of the hoard of promising goalkeepers who never plays. Well, he’s supposedly my GK3, so he does play a bit for the U18s, but according to my spreadsheet, he’s not up to much. I would love to be able to get a team to take him on loan, or offer me anything at all for him.

Micheal Babangida 5g – Another central defender. Quite possibly better than O’Hara, but by all accounts with less potential. I gave him plenty of stats, and he wasn’t any worse than O’Hara. Here’s their comparison. 2 very small circles.

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There’s a 7th regen still with us, Pete Oxlade-Chamberlain. God knows why I offered him a contract. I can’t afford to cut him loose yet. Oh wait, I do know why. He’s on a non-contract and has a good personality useful for mentoring.

So 7 players still with us, (for the moment), which is a lot, but frankly only 1 good player, which given that 2 of them are starters is unfortunate.

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Nooit Gedacht - Season 2023-2024 - 7th Division

Predicted: 6th

Final position: 1th and Champions

 

Our first season in the 7th Tier, and from the start of the season we were in the top-3. During the first 20 games it was a battle between 3 teams, but from that game on Deurne were losing some points, and were out of the title race. With 2 games to go, we were second, only 1 game behind the leaders SO Soest. The second last game was against them, so everything was still in our hands, but needed a win to have the advantage during the last game. Nothing happend during the first half. Half way the second half Soest took the lead, and at that moment they were champions. In the 72th minute we finally scored 1-1. After that we had a lot of chances, but couldn't score the winning goal, until the last minute of the game. We had a last chance and scored the winning goal. Unbelievable!!! We took the 1th place and had 2 points and a much better goal difference. We only needed a draw to be champions, but of course I wanted to win. The last game was very nervous but we won the game 2-1 and were champions again.

 

Games 1

Games 2

Cup: Still no cup games

 

Youth intake: The preview was good and again they promised a ST. And the actual intake didn't disappoint. Our best prospect was a much needed ST.

Paul Dietvorst (YP3a): ST, already our best player. Straight into the first 11, and scored in every game at least once.

Hamza Can (YP3b): DL/DC

Henk Leferink (YP3c): GK, will be first choise next season.

 

Transfers: None

 

Finances: In red

 

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1 hour ago, Armeniar said:

Didn't really establish a connection with Taranto FC, so I'm in for a new challenge.

 

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Transfers

France doesn't seem to be a popular destination here, wonder why. I did however chose a French side: CS Sedan, a former Ligue 1 club that even won the Coupe de France in 1956 & 1961. It actually makes me quite nostalgic as one of my very first FIFA careers ever was with Les Sangliers, back when they were a Ligue 2 side.

One transfer before my arrival, a very bad right back. Although we only have one at our club, I decided to terminate his contract immediately. We have a well-equipped squad to begin with, even a full U19 side. One of the perks of having the 4th tier as viewable in FM, I guess:

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Welcome Italo-Algerian manager Bova:

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Hope we can establish something here, looking forward to our first season!

Good luck in France!  I was between AC Sedan and SC Toulon and took the latter at the end.  Will follow your progress :)

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This season has so far been a nightmare.  I have lost five of the last six games and received the call for a dreaded meeting.

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I promised better results within a month and promptly won away to the league leaders.  I would be gutted if I am sacked.

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31 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

This season has so far been a nightmare.  I have lost five of the last six games and received the call for a dreaded meeting.

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I promised better results within a month and promptly won away to the league leaders.  I would be gutted if I am sacked.

Fingers crossed.

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End of Season Review

Season 2026/27

SV Babberich

SV Babberich - Wikipedia

League Table - We regressed significantly after last season and we were nowhere near a promotion challenge.

League Fixtures 1 & 2 - We won our first three games and hopes were high.  We then fell off a cliff and I was close to being sacked, before we recovered our form and finished in the top half of the table.  We actually won eight of our last ten league games.

Pre Season Friendlies - We started off poorly, but got better as pre season went on.

Mid Season Friendlies - Three games, one win, one draw and a loss.

Squad - Maybe my players are not as good as I thought.  Some serious under performers here.

Squad Dynamics - Good enough, though apparently not good enough as we were very poor this season.

Transfers In - None.

Transfers Out - None.

Youth Candidates - An awful intake this year with Peter van Dijk YP27F86 being the only player of note.

Finances - Our bank balance continues to go from bad to worse.

Key Players

Olivier van Brakel YP23B18 - Not as good a season from our goalkeeper, which contributed to a poor season for the club.

Kyren Arends YP24I41 - More heroics from our goal machine.

Tom Zandvliet YP23A17 - Proved to be our best defender this season.

Giovanni Welles YP24J42 - The central midfielder established himself as a first team player this season and proved to be invaluable.

Ayoub Jamal YP24L44 - Left winger who really came into his own at times this season.

Next Season

All I want is some sort of consistency.

Personal Coaching Data

Season     Reputation            Qualifications       Att   Def   Fit   GkD   GkH   GkS   Tac   Tec   Men   WWY   Ada   Det   PlK   YoK   LoD   MaM   Mot
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At start   Minimal   (0.25*)     None                   1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     4     1     1     1     4     1     1     1
2021/22    Minimal = (0.25*) =   None =                 4 ↑   4 ↑   1 =   2 ↑   1 =   1 =   4 ↑   4 ↑   4 ↑   4 =   1 =   4 ↑   4 ↑   5 ↑   1 =   4 ↑   5 ↑
2022/23    Minimal = (0.25*) =   None =                 5 ↑   5 ↑   3 ↑   2 =   1 =   1 =   5 ↑   5 ↑   5 ↑   4 =   1 =   5 ↑   5 ↑   5 =   1 =   5 ↑   6 ↑
2023/24    Minimal = (0.75*) ↑   National B ↑↑          8 ↑   8 ↑   5 ↑   2 =   1 =   3 ↑   8 ↑   8 ↑   7 ↑   4 =   1 =   7 ↑   8 ↑   7 ↑   7 ↑   8 ↑   9 ↑
2024/25    Minimal = (0.50*) ↓   National B =           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   3 =   8 =   8 =   7 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  10 ↑  10 ↑   9 =
2025/26    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National B =           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 ↑   8 =   8 =   7 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  10 =  11 ↑  10 ↑
2026/27    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National A ↑           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 =   9 ↑   8 =   8 ↑   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  11 ↑  13 ↑  11 ↑

Club Facilities

Season     Training Facilities  Youth Facilities  Corporate Facilities  Junior Coaching  Youth Recruitment  Club Reputation
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At Start   Poor                 Poor              Fairly basic          Basic            Limited            Local   (0.50*)
2021/22    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average ↑↑       Basic ↑            Local = (0.50*) =
2022/23    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic ↑     Local = (0.50*) =
2023/24    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2024/25    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2025/26    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2026/27    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =

Season Record

Season     Played     Won     Drawn     Lost     Goals For     Goals Against     Goal Difference
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22      26        15        3        8          43              25                 +18
2022/23      26        18        5        3          76              36                 +40
2023/24      26        11        5       10          35              36                  -1
2024/25      26        12        8        6          55              38                 +17
2025/26      26        13        8        5          54              24                 +30
2026/27      26        14        1       11          56              46                 +10

Overall Career Record

After Season   Played     Won     Drawn     Lost     Goals For     Goals Against     Goal Difference     Time At Club
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22          26        15        3        8          43              25                 +18              327 days
2022/23          52        33        8       11         119              61                 +58              693 days
2023/24          78        44       13       21         154              97                 +57            1,061 days
2024/25         104        56       21       27         209             135                 +74            1,426 days
2025/26         130        69       29       32         263             159                +104            1,789 days
2026/27         156        83       30       43         319             205                +114            2,153 days

Trophy Haul

Season     Competition Won
--------------------------
2021/22    Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2
2022/23    Tweede Klasse Zondag I

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League Titles
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1 x Tweede Klasse Zondag I (2022/23)
1 x Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2 (2021/22)


Cup Competition Victories
-------------------------

Career Overview

Season     Champions League    Europa League    Europa Conference League             League                             Position     TOTO KNVB Beker                    Achievements
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2          1st             N/a                          Promoted as champions.
2022/23           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Tweede Klasse Zondag I                1st ↑           N/a =                        Promoted as champions.
2023/24           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                8th ↑           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.
2024/25           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                6th ↑           N/a =                        Comfortable top half finish.
2025/26           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                2nd ↑           N/a =                        Runners up.
2026/27           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                5th ↓           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.

Record Number of Appearances (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                    Cumulative Number of Appearances
---------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                      4
2022/23    Tim de Jong YP22E5                       29
2023/24    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     53
2024/25    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     78
2025/26    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     95
2026/27    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18              109

Record Goal Scorer (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                          Cumulative Number of Goals
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2021/22    Jean Bosco Nzeyimana YP22H8                  1
2022/23    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2023/24    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2024/25    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2025/26    Kyren Arends YP24I41                        55
2026/27    Kyren Arends YP24I41                        81

Record Number of Assists (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                        Cumulative Number of Assists
---------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22    Mazen Al-Khatib YP22N14                     1
           Koen Wolters YP22K11                        1
           Tim de Jong YP22E5                          1
           Jean Bosco Nzeyimana YP22H8                 1
2022/23    Koen Wolters YP22K11                       10
2023/24    Koen Wolters YP22K11                       11
2024/25    Mitchell Boeve YP23L28                     13
2025/26    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      20
2026/27    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      30

Record Number of Clean Sheets (Players From The Academy Only)

Season     Player                    Cumulative Number of Clean Sheets
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2021/22    No one                                     0
2022/23    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                 1
2023/24    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                 6
2024/25    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                15
2025/26    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                25
2026/27    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                30

 

 

 

 

 

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FC United of Manchester ; season 2029/30

Errea is named new technical sponsor of FC United of Manchester!

League Table ; 5th place was a 1 place improvement on last year, but more importantly I came through the playoffs to win promotion to the Football League. I am very glad to be waving goodbye to the Conference after 8 years at that level. 

Squad ; All my best players signed up long term and looking forward to the challenge of League Two. 

Starting 11 ; Francis stood out with 27 goals after missing most of the previous season through injury.

Transfers ; The Graham transfer was covered in my last update, so nothing of note aside from that.

Youth Candidates ; I changed my HOYD which was maybe a bit of a gamble. Seems to be a decent intake with the ones highlighted are the ones I have kept.

Next season expectations ; Unsurprisingly it's fight bravely against relegation for the first year in League Two.

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End of Season Review

Season 2026/27

SV Babberich

SV Babberich - Wikipedia

League Table - We regressed significantly after last season and we were nowhere near a promotion challenge.

League Fixtures 1 & 2 - We won our first three games and hopes were high.  We then fell off a cliff and I was close to being sacked, before we recovered our form and finished in the top half of the table.  We actually won eight of our last ten league games.

Pre Season Friendlies - We started off poorly, but got better as pre season went on.

Mid Season Friendlies - Three games, one win, one draw and a loss.

Squad - Maybe my players are not as good as I thought.  Some serious under performers here.

Squad Dynamics - Good enough, though apparently not good enough as we were very poor this season.

Transfers In - None.

Transfers Out - None.

Youth Candidates - An awful intake this year with Peter van Dijk YP27F86 being the only player of note.

Finances - Our bank balance continues to go from bad to worse.

Key Players

Olivier van Brakel YP23B18 - Not as good a season from our goalkeeper, which contributed to a poor season for the club.

Kyren Arends YP24I41 - More heroics from our goal machine.

Tom Zandvliet YP23A17 - Proved to be our best defender this season.

Giovanni Welles YP24J42 - The central midfielder established himself as a first team player this season and proved to be invaluable.

Ayoub Jamal YP24L44 - Left winger who really came into his own at times this season.

Next Season

After finishing second this season, the obvious goal is to top the division and finally escape the sixth tier.

Personal Coaching Data


Season     Reputation            Qualifications       Att   Def   Fit   GkD   GkH   GkS   Tac   Tec   Men   WWY   Ada   Det   PlK   YoK   LoD   MaM   Mot
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At start   Minimal   (0.25*)     None                   1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     4     1     1     1     4     1     1     1
2021/22    Minimal = (0.25*) =   None =                 4 ↑   4 ↑   1 =   2 ↑   1 =   1 =   4 ↑   4 ↑   4 ↑   4 =   1 =   4 ↑   4 ↑   5 ↑   1 =   4 ↑   5 ↑
2022/23    Minimal = (0.25*) =   None =                 5 ↑   5 ↑   3 ↑   2 =   1 =   1 =   5 ↑   5 ↑   5 ↑   4 =   1 =   5 ↑   5 ↑   5 =   1 =   5 ↑   6 ↑
2023/24    Minimal = (0.75*) ↑   National B ↑↑          8 ↑   8 ↑   5 ↑   2 =   1 =   3 ↑   8 ↑   8 ↑   7 ↑   4 =   1 =   7 ↑   8 ↑   7 ↑   7 ↑   8 ↑   9 ↑
2024/25    Minimal = (0.50*) ↓   National B =           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   3 =   8 =   8 =   7 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  10 ↑  10 ↑   9 =
2025/26    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National B =           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 ↑   8 =   8 =   7 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  10 =  11 ↑  10 ↑
2026/27    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National A ↑           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 =   9 ↑   8 =   8 ↑   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  11 ↑  13 ↑  11 ↑

Club Facilities


Season     Training Facilities  Youth Facilities  Corporate Facilities  Junior Coaching  Youth Recruitment  Club Reputation
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At Start   Poor                 Poor              Fairly basic          Basic            Limited            Local   (0.50*)
2021/22    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average ↑↑       Basic ↑            Local = (0.50*) =
2022/23    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic ↑     Local = (0.50*) =
2023/24    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2024/25    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2025/26    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2026/27    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =

Season Record


Season     Played     Won     Drawn     Lost     Goals For     Goals Against     Goal Difference
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22      26        15        3        8          43              25                 +18
2022/23      26        18        5        3          76              36                 +40
2023/24      26        11        5       10          35              36                  -1
2024/25      26        12        8        6          55              38                 +17
2025/26      26        13        8        5          54              24                 +30
2026/27      26        14        1       11          56              46                 +10

Overall Career Record


After Season   Played     Won     Drawn     Lost     Goals For     Goals Against     Goal Difference     Time At Club
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22          26        15        3        8          43              25                 +18              327 days
2022/23          52        33        8       11         119              61                 +58              693 days
2023/24          78        44       13       21         154              97                 +57            1,061 days
2024/25         104        56       21       27         209             135                 +74            1,426 days
2025/26         130        69       29       32         263             159                +104            1,789 days
2026/27         156        83       30       43         319             205                +114            2,153 days

Trophy Haul


Season     Competition Won
--------------------------
2021/22    Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2
2022/23    Tweede Klasse Zondag I

Trophy Cabinet


League Titles
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1 x Tweede Klasse Zondag I (2022/23)
1 x Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2 (2021/22)


Cup Competition Victories
-------------------------

Career Overview


Season     Champions League    Europa League    Europa Conference League             League                             Position     TOTO KNVB Beker                    Achievements
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Derde Klasse Zondag C West 2          1st             N/a                          Promoted as champions.
2022/23           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Tweede Klasse Zondag I                1st ↑           N/a =                        Promoted as champions.
2023/24           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                8th ↑           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.
2024/25           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                6th ↑           N/a =                        Comfortable top half finish.
2025/26           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                2nd ↑           N/a =                        Runners up.
2026/27           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                5th ↓           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.

Record Number of Appearances (Players From The Academy Only)


Season     Player                    Cumulative Number of Appearances
---------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                      4
2022/23    Tim de Jong YP22E5                       29
2023/24    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     53
2024/25    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     78
2025/26    Arno ter Haar YP22B2                     95
2026/27    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18              109

Record Goal Scorer (Players From The Academy Only)


Season     Player                          Cumulative Number of Goals
---------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22    Jean Bosco Nzeyimana YP22H8                  1
2022/23    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2023/24    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2024/25    Tim de Jong YP22E5                          32
2025/26    Kyren Arends YP24I41                        55
2026/27    Kyren Arends YP24I41                        81

Record Number of Assists (Players From The Academy Only)


Season     Player                        Cumulative Number of Assists
---------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22    Mazen Al-Khatib YP22N14                     1
           Koen Wolters YP22K11                        1
           Tim de Jong YP22E5                          1
           Jean Bosco Nzeyimana YP22H8                 1
2022/23    Koen Wolters YP22K11                       10
2023/24    Koen Wolters YP22K11                       11
2024/25    Mitchell Boeve YP23L28                     13
2025/26    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      20
2026/27    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      30

Record Number of Clean Sheets (Players From The Academy Only)


Season     Player                    Cumulative Number of Clean Sheets
----------------------------------------------------------------------
2021/22    No one                                     0
2022/23    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                 1
2023/24    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                 6
2024/25    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                15
2025/26    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                25
2026/27    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                30

 

 

 

 

 

Seems that the 6th Tier is a big step up. You're not giving me much hope for next season. ;)

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