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4 minutes ago, DJ Sir Matthew said:

@darren1983 correct me if I'm wrong but both are eligible right?

I know I'm not Darren, but I think the rule we agreed on is that the lowest tier needs to have relegation. The only exception is if the league is so small that you are unlikely to reach the top, at that point take over the team that finished last in the lowest tier possible.

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4 minutes ago, XaW said:

I know I'm not Darren, but I think the rule we agreed on is that the lowest tier needs to have relegation. The only exception is if the league is so small that you are unlikely to reach the top, at that point take over the team that finished last in the lowest tier possible.

You're close enough to Darren for me ;) 

With "lowest tier needs to have relegation" do you mean relegation into a playable league? For example (if I'm not mistaken, don't have game at hand right now) Peru only has 1 playable league and while there is relegation, it goes into a 'non-playable' league.

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13 minutes ago, DJ Sir Matthew said:

You're close enough to Darren for me ;) 

With "lowest tier needs to have relegation" do you mean relegation into a playable league? For example (if I'm not mistaken, don't have game at hand right now) Peru only has 1 playable league and while there is relegation, it goes into a 'non-playable' league.

Close enough for me too :D 

Basically there needs to be at least 2 playable divisions really, so 1 league even with relegation wouldn't really work.

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14 minutes ago, DJ Sir Matthew said:

You're close enough to Darren for me ;) 

With "lowest tier needs to have relegation" do you mean relegation into a playable league? For example (if I'm not mistaken, don't have game at hand right now) Peru only has 1 playable league and while there is relegation, it goes into a 'non-playable' league.

No, relegation from the lowest playable tier into non-league is what the country needs to have. Then take over a newly promoted one into said lower league.

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End Of Season Review 2025 - Eliteserien (1st tier)

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Media Prediction

A solid 2000-1.

 

Coaching Badges: Cont. B Licence -> Cont. A Licence

Youth Recruitment: Good -> Excellent + Excellent -> Exceptional

Junior Coaching: Excellent -> Exceptional

 

 

Transfers: Part 1 + Part 2

Cleaned up the reserves and U19.

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Only one regen retired so far, the rest is still active.

 

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2025 Part 1 + 2025 Part 2

A lot of players got their debuts.

 

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Games:

Braathens Cup

We made it into the quarter finals.

League Part 1 + League Part 2

 

 

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Top 5 Regens:

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And now a special shout out to our captain, which will hand up his boots.

He is such a wierd player, I guess he was a striker and the played CB.

He learned to play in the midfiield for us, which we were pretty meh in the early parts of this save. (*hust* ignore the 1 marking^^)

Thank you Ben!

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Lets pray that we can go professional.

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9 hours ago, JAwtunes said:

@OlivierLThis looks interesting. What is Dna?

I'm guessing the green personalities and MH styles are the best ones. I treat Evasive/Unflappable MH style as positive as it tends to hide good professionalism (based on FM20).  I have dropped an example below for two of the combos above.

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For me the DNA for my system and squad selection is: 

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Good - neutral - bad personalties and media handling for me :

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6 minutes ago, v1n1akabozo said:

I guess i'm missing something.

I have a youth player with 'Unambitious' personality and i placed him with 2 seniors that are 'Fairly Professional' in the same unit. It's been a year and a half and he's still with the starting personality.

Fairly professionals can have very low ambition, so it's not really that unexpected.

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1 minute ago, XaW said:

AFC Rushden & Diamonds - Wikipedia

AFC Rushden & Diamonds Season 2036/37 review

Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances

Another solid season where we finished mid table. Slowly improving, I guess, but I hope to push for a spot in Europe soon.

The preview was promising as usual, and intake was pretty decent. Reiss Scally 37a is rated as the best one.

In the FA Cup we lost to Chelsea in the 3rd round.

In the EFL Cup we beat Havant & Waterlooville, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth before losing to Liverpool in the Quarter final.

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Why did the attendance fall off?  Stand closed due to a stadium expansion?

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Just now, keeper#1 said:

Why did the attendance fall off?  Stand closed due to a stadium expansion?

We moved back into our new stadium. We had rented a bigger one last season. I updated a bit now.

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La Roda CF

Season 2 (22/23) Spanish Segunda Division Pro B

Facilities | Transfers | Season Preview | Board Expectations

As you can see from the season preview and board expectations, we are fully expected to go down again this season and to be honest I am inclined to agree. Our squad is not particularly great in comparison to the rest of the league. Hopefully we are able to pull of remaining in the league though. I do worry about the longevity viability of this save though. We are burning through cash something awful and with no regular income and very low attendances I am worried about our ability to upgrade our facilities and make progress for the team.

Tactic

We have changed system to a 433 this season, I feel we need to have that holding midfielder in there to steady our ship. I have chosen to give a starting berth to both our full backs from the intake last year in the hope they can make some progression because the alternatives are also not great.

Pre-Season Friendlies

I was a little concerned after the first 3 games. Yes, they were 2 wins and a draw but we played teams who are currently in unplayable leagues and should have been far more comfortable than we actually were. After a small tweak in our tactic the performances and results became better and our friendlies ended with a win of LaLiga2 side Almeria.

National Coaching B

Despite our current financial situation the board did allow me to start studying for my next coaching badge, at least something.

 

Wish me luck, I think we need a huge dose of it to remain in the league!

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So been away for a few weeks finishing up stuff with work but now I'm off until the 11th so hopefully get a few seasons in before heading back to work finished my first season with the Kids

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ACS Kids Tâmpa Braşov - Season 2021/22

Youth intake - Cristi Tita YP22A Ciprian Rus YP22B Marius Burlacu YP22C

League - Predicted to finish rock bottom we had a okay start picking up a 4 wins in the first 5 games. However the joy was short lived losing the next 4 in a row and only picking up 3 wins in the remaining 14 games we dropped down the league finishing 14th. Drawn in the Liga II Relegation Group A. Our Form was great we lost 1 game winning 3 and drawing 2 we survived relegation finishing 2nd in the group.

Liga II Relegation Groups - Liga II ScheduleLiga II Relegation Group A Schedule

Cupa Romaniei - Knocked out at the first try against lower league opposition 

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Squad - Tactic - Transfers (One Transfer pre arranged) - Finances - Best 11 -  The Accolades 2 - Commercial  - New Contract -  Coaching Course - Runner Up Manager of the Year - Overall Best 11

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36 minutes ago, vikeologist said:

Are you going to keep Ruffier in case your AssMan is correct? I mean, he won't take up much room. 

I offered a youth contract to all until Ruffier.  I need squad depth at the moment, and some have good personalities.   Also my squad is an aging squad, so I need backups anyway. I know I might be throwing money down the drain but if they can develop to a 2 star CA, they can be a good backup until the next intake.  Not too sure what to do, never had such a bad intake and in need of players

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23 hours ago, sc91 said:

Looking for a bit of clarification on rules as with a new computer en route and a pending lockdown I'll be aiming to get stuck into something new.

How does the divisional start work, for example, my club of choice would be Barking, would I load the tier above them and then repeat till they gain the necessary promotion to be eligible?

Also I see a few nicknames, I am to assume this was fixed? 

Quick bump, @XaW

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1 hour ago, vikeologist said:

Are you going to keep Ruffier in case your AssMan is correct? I mean, he won't take up much room. 

That is Ruffier for you!  Good personality but attributes still lacking.  I think I can get him to an Advanced Forward, though Nat Fitness not the best

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46 minutes ago, sc91 said:

Quick bump, @XaW

40 minutes ago, jmonfu said:

Nicknames as regards to Set Nickname for Player?  If that is no it was not fixed

What he said. A bit of a pain, but it's not game breaking. I do hope SI fixes it for the next version though...

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Youth Intake 2026

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With all the changes thats goin on, I take this mediocre intake.

We got better personalities, but the quality is not that good.

Sadly the better our recruitment gets, the less nations pop in.

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We got our 2nd player from Africa with Morocco.

North America get of the checklist with USA (sadly born in Oslo), now we need some from Australia.

Also we got our 2nd Icelandic player, which is also good.

 

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26 minutes ago, XaW said:

What he said. A bit of a pain, but it's not game breaking. I do hope SI fixes it for the next version though...

I nickname them now after copy pasting everything from my view to excell . I'll rank them in my excell (overall rating) and rename them in excel. after that i start copy pasting everything.

it is a bit of pain but if u have two screens or something, it goes really fast.

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End of Season Review

Season 2028/29

SV Babberich

SV Babberich - Wikipedia

League Table - We were top with five games to go and once again, we blew it and finished runners up, missing out on promotion by just one point.

League Fixtures 1 & 2 - Once more we went off like a train, though Heino kept pace with us throughout the season.  We hit a three game sticky patch towards the end of the season and the loss away to Heino, who eventually won the title, proved decisive.

Pre Season Friendlies - Seven games were played and just the one defeat which was pleasing.

Squad - I have a good core of players, I just need the fringe players to develop and be in a position to challenge those above them.

Squad Dynamics - Very good as you would expect.

Transfers In - None.

Transfers Out - None.

Youth Candidates - Our worst intake to date and I didn't sign any of them.  Ray Schorea YP29A113 was supposed to be the player with the most potential.

Finances - We need a takeover or something to get rid of this ever growing negative bank balance.

Key Players

Olivier van Brakel YP23B18 - A far more consistent season from the goalkeeper.

Kyren Arends YP24I41 - He is still the main man up front, but he had his poorest season to date.

Ervin Sanches YP24D36 - An excellent season from the right winger.

Milo den Uil YP23I25 - The central midfielder made a welcome return to form this campaign.

Ayoub Jamal YP24L44 - The left winger compliments Sanches, who plays on the right wing, nicely.

Next Season

Promotion.  Please let us be promoted.  Please?

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 ↑
2026/27    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National A ↑           8 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 =   9 ↑   8 =   8 ↑   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  11 ↑  13 ↑  11 ↑
2027/28    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National A =           9 ↑   8 =   5 =   2 =   1 =   4 =   9 =   8 =   8 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  11 =  14 ↑  11 =
2028/29    Minimal = (0.50*) =   National A =           9 =   8 =   5 =   2 =   2 ↑   5 ↑   9 =   8 =   8 =   4 =   1 =   7 =   8 =   7 =  11 =  15 ↑  12 ↑

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*) =
2025/26    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2026/27    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2027/28    Poor =               Poor =            Fairly basic =        Average =        Fairly basic =     Local = (0.50*) =
2028/29    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
2026/27      26        14        1       11          56              46                 +10
2027/28      26        13        3       10          50              36                 +14
2028/29      26        16        7        3          62              33                 +29

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
2026/27         156        83       30       43         319             205                +114            2,153 days
2027/28         182        96       33       53         369             241                +128            2,517 days
2028/29         208       112       40       56         431             274                +157            2,881 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.
2026/27           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                5th ↓           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.
2027/28           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                6th ↓           N/a =                        Mid table mediocrity.
2028/29           N/a               N/a                    N/a                       Eerste Klasse Zondag E                2nd ↑           N/a =                        Missed out on protion by one point.

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
2026/27    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18              109
2027/28    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18              135
2028/29    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18              161

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
2027/28    Kyren Arends YP24I41                       100
2028/29    Kyren Arends YP24I41                       115

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
2026/27    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      30
2027/28    Song Chang-Oh YP23J26                      31
2028/29    Ervin Sanches YP24D36                      33

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
2027/28    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                35
2028/29    Olivier van Brakel YP23B18                42

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm feeling a bit tired of playing in England, so I'm going to put that on wait for a while. I've just started something new, but I'm going to play a season before I post about it, just to see if I like it.

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2 hours ago, OlivierL said:

I nickname them now after copy pasting everything from my view to excell . I'll rank them in my excell (overall rating) and rename them in excel. after that i start copy pasting everything.

it is a bit of pain but if u have two screens or something, it goes really fast.

Can’t you just copy their name in game from the bar at the top, and then paste it?

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Well then, my youth intake turned out to be rather promising. The amount of players that are already 1/5 stars in current ability, which for some of my weaker positions in the team is already the same amount of ability in the best players in their roles.

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James Barbini is the most exciting player in terms of current ability, even if his personality leaves me with work to do. In regards to current ability, he's already my best right-back in the side at the end of just 15, which is rather concerning in itself.

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We seem to love left-backs it seems. Sarnelli might not be the best player in the world, but given that our best left-back has been disappointing, I think I'll take this guy, even if Sarnelli is right footed. His 20 determination is pretty nice though.

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Hey look! Another good centre-back! He's not perfect, but his potential makes me excited, as does his current technical and physical abilities. The fact that only his flair,determination and free-kick taking are under 5 ability is pretty exciting. Lets make him more ambitious and determined, shall we?

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Another striker who I feel can fit my preferred roles of a deep-lying forwards and pressing forward. He needs some work in some areas, his determination and personality being some of them, but he might be keeping us busy for a while.

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Another goalkeeper, we have three of them who can replace Narduzzo in the future now. It leaves me feeling rather excited. Given that Narduzzo is now 32 and that Sarpong is already our 5th best goalkeeper in the side, we can plan ahead with him. Shame his personality is so causal though.

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Widzew Lodz (FM20)

Season 2 (2021-22) - Review

On the pitch

Starting 11

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PKO Ekstraklasa – 1st. The polish top division features 16 teams with a regular season of 30 games, before the top and bottom 8 teams split into championship and relegation groups.  We managed to secure a fifth national title for Widzew, the first since 1997.  Our league form was patchy, starting extremely well before crashing in the second half of the season.  However, we did manage to pick up for our last 10 or so games and went into the championship group with a 4 point lead, eventually winning by 8 points.  

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Polish cup – 1st Round. As defending champions I was hoping to be able to put up some sort of fight in the cup.  Clearly fielding a rotated team for our one and only tie in the cup was an error.  We were held to a 1-1 draw by lower league opposition and went out on penalties - the board were not happy.

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UEFA Europa Conference League – 4th qualifying round. Our success in the Polish Cup last year meant we qualified for the Europe Conference League.  We didn't manage to make it to the group stages but we played very well in our tie with Everton, only losing out on away goals.  Our performances against Everton were very encouraging, particularly when considering they fielded near full strength sides, but Everton just managed to create a few more clear-cut and half chances.

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First leg

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Second leg

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Off the pitch

The board allowed me to complete more coaching badges during this season and sanctioned improvements to the training facilities.  Disappointingly though, there has been no option to request increased academy coaching or recruitment spend.  Our attendance was ~17.5k, putting us fourth highest in the league.

During the season we suffered a few fairly significant injuries, the biggest being that suffered by our eventual player of the season (despite missing the final third of the season) M Mozdzen, a 31 CM who plays as our playmaker.  Mozdzen was comfortably our best CM at the start of the season, but a hip injury (which will keep him out for 4-5 months in total) has already resulted in massive drops in attributes across the board.  We have a real shortage of decent CMs and I can only see Mozdzen declining further next season.  We will be praying to the youth intake gods for a CM next season :)

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Player of the season

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We have some positive news regarding our 2021 youth intake (i.e. last season's intake).  One player in particular, M Klepczarek, is showing real promise and is starting to force his way into the first team.  M Klepczarek looks like a very capable CD and has already made 9 league starts at the age of 17.  Our most improved player from the 2021 intake is Jakub Budzinski, a striker who... cant shoot.  I am hoping he may be able to replace Mozdzen in the centre of our midfield in a few seasons, but certainly has a way to go to get anywhere near the level of pre-injury stricken Mozdzen.

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Most improved from 2021 intake

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Summary

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Never saw anyone since my start in this challenge in Polish league with such amazing 2 seasons and great intake since start of this game even with Widzew which is ofc the best club you can manage in Poland ;)

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23 minutes ago, Sn00gle said:

Never saw anyone since my start in this challenge in Polish league with such amazing 2 seasons and great intake since start of this game even with Widzew which is ofc the best club you can manage in Poland ;)

Not just in Poland..................anywhere!  Pretty damn good to finish top in consecutive seasons, we have the next Mourinho :)

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1 hour ago, XaW said:

I'm feeling a bit tired of playing in England, so I'm going to put that on wait for a while. I've just started something new, but I'm going to play a season before I post about it, just to see if I like it.

So I'm having a go in Andorra now, and it's fun so far, even if I took over a really poor team.

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The team FS Massana finshed bottom of the 2nd tier, so I think I have big job ahead of me!

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49 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

Andorra is a lot of fun @XaWMassanna have a decent academy by Andorran standards so hope you continue to enjoy it.

I'm having a blast so far! But I can't seem to understand why this team did so poor last season. So far I'm all winning.

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And the season preview have us as favourites as well!

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Anyway, I doubt it'll help much in the long run. Andorra is not exactly a powerhouse in European football anyway, so this is meant to be a long term save, even if the seasons themselves will go fast. Hopefully I'll get the intake soon, so I will see what I have to work with!

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Merthyr Town FC - Season 2025/26

Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances

Safely in mid table position again, but struggling to find any positive development. Have a feeling a sturdier base tactic might help, but lacking central midfielders to increase the numbers in that area. Again gone a bit more possession oriented, and seemed to work alright for parts of the season. Set both undefeated streak record, and defeats in a row record this season. Our main man Joel Harvey was injured for 3 months this season, which didn't help. Scored 20 less goals this season, but conceded 20 less as well. 

Goalkeeper Absalom again best performer, Camden Duncan still scoring the most goals. Some players haven't developed any further this season, and are likely to have reached their potential. Since the finances are really dire now, we're culling the squad. This involves some risks to get the wages down. That means Absalom is not getting a new contract, and Simon Basset 24j becomes my first choice GK. His shot stopping is better than Absalom anyways, so think it should work out fine. Risking not renewing the contract of Ryan Richards 22c despite him being a regular at left back. His development has stalled completely the last two years, and I believe Jack French 24c and Tom Stonehouse 22m can step up. Sion Hall 23g really stepped up this season, to stake a claim for the right fullback slot.

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The youth preview promised a striker, and the youth intake provided Corey Evans 26a. Jamie Davey 26b also has decent current ability. Avoided bad personalities this time unless I saw too much potential, and ended up signing 8 of them. A couple were signed purely because of personality, but some I think can make it into the first team in a few seasons, with reasonable spread of attributes.

In general we're not seeing any development so far. But there was a slight development in club vision , with the board now wanting to develop players using the youth system. That good development is offset by the "repair the club's financial damage" further down though. I worry we might be stuck down here for quite a few more years unless we start producing some better quality talents. 

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2 hours ago, KrvakForLife said:

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It was founded on September 9, 2014 in the city of Almada in the Setúbal district of WSports Seven in China, being the first country equipped to play in Portugal.1 2 It is affiliated with the Setúbal Football Association and is registered in the Portuguese Football Federation com or number 5669. Our first years started playing in the district leagues, 3 at the time of 2019/20 for being a district championship and we won the promotion to the Championship of Portugal, being their first participation in the national tournament.

 

(And it is part of the club's culture to hire Chinese players, so it will be funnier to try not to get fired.)

 

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This team is not eligible.

Also you need to holiday one season.

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