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[FM21] A right Royal mess. Scandinavian Journeyman save starting in Faroe Islands. Very biased towards Youth Development. Possibly 100% #YouthOnly


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1 hour ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Enjoying reading this as love Faroe Island saves myself, but always, always, I end up with a crash about 10 season in... :(

Thanks. :thup: A 10 year save is just scratching the surface for me. I really want to go deep into this one. Not just in terms of the Faroe Islands, but also moving onto other Scandi Nations. 

I've been thinking about leaving recently, but only for another Faroese club, but when I compare the facilities at other clubs to our own I think it would take longer to get their facilities up to my level than it would take me to overhaul them by staying here, so at the moment the plan is to stay where I am, (unless I get an attractive offer). 

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While the 3 Pro clubs are the obvious choices, I wonder if FC Suðuroy might actually be the best fit. It will take a minimum of 4 years to get another clubs Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment to our level, and because of the set-up at these clubs, (they can just come in and poach the best players at any of the Semi-Pro clubs), why would they bother investing in their own system? 

I look back and see what I did with Wales in FM20 and to a lesser extent Gibraltar in FM20, and although I think the scope for long-term development is significantly greater here than in Gibraltar, the starting point is so much lower. We're into season 9 now and I haven't started improving the Faroe Islands yet. We still haven't played in the Royal League never mind about Europe proper, and we seem a long way away from turning Pro, (although things can snowball quite quickly). This is Season 9 and when I look forward in the save I see Season 15 as a bit of a marker. I want to be at a Pro club, playing in Europe and the Royal League, (whether that's here or at 1 of the existing Pro clubs), and from there we will just see where the save takes us. Do I have to overhaul either/both of HB and/or Víkingur before moving on? The truth is that the decision isn't down to me. If I start getting job offers from abroad before then, I think I will have to consider them. This isn't about "winning" everything at 1 Nation before moving on. This is a proper Journeyman save and I have to remember that. I think things should look a little different by Season 15.  (I hope so anyway). 

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1 hour ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Enjoying reading this as love Faroe Island saves myself, but always, always, I end up with a crash about 10 season in... :(

I think I've only had a couple of crashes during this save. Had another the very 1st time I pressed continue after responding to your post. 

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The Faroe Islands national team. Feb 2028

I'm not going to bore you with their results over the last decade or so until I get a player in the squad who is still at our club, but because (23a) Petur Baldvinsson * has gained his 1st Cap, (he's now at HB), I thought I would give you a brief glimpse of how their squad is made up and where the players were produced. 

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HB are obviously dominating things with 9 players and then come next with 4, NSÍ have 2, Víkingur have 2 and B36 have 1. 

We have 3 players playing in Denmark. 

Sonni Nattestad HG came through our Academy but is now playing in Saudi and is about to retire. 

We also have 1 player playing in Portugal.

The challenge is to try and get the high PA of some of our players converted into high enough CA that they are selected at Senior International level. 

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Pillaged in pre-season. :( Mar 2028.

We've lost 5 players in pre-season and 4 of them have gone to the 3 Pro clubs. 

They seem to have realised that we are just pumping out quality Newgens and are just picking off whoever they like the look of. 

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(26g) Jóhan Joensen was 1st choice GK last season but wasn't going to be this season. We seem to be producing some excellent GK's. 

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(25f) Eli Vang was 1st choice last season, but he really wasn't great and wasn't going to be a starter this season. Despite that, he's still a significant loss. With players suspended after just 2 yellow cards, there is going to be a lot of rotation. 

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(27a) Aron Hansen * was going to be our 1st choice GK and he has left without even playing a game for us. Gutted isn't the word. 

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(26i) Jón Olsen was 1 of our best players and it's frustrating that he has gone to another Semi-Pro team but they have been able to offer him a proper contract with a weekly wage, (when I can't). That he is the 2nd central midfielder to go just makes it worse. 

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(27g) Trygvi Danielsen leaving is perhaps the one that hurts me most. You might remember that I mentioned him in the season summary because despite coming through the intake ranked 7th by PA, I liked the look of him and expected him to play a key role as better players were nabbed by the Pro clubs. Well they nabbed him too, making it 3 central midfielders lost during pre-season. 

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So in summary we have lost 2 GK's and 3 central midfielders. It means that we only have 2 GK's left at the club to play for 2 teams. If they are called up for Int duty I might not have a choice but to withdraw them. I wonder if I should go and re-sign some of the poorer quality GK's that I have released recently..... except that there are none. They have all retired or are at other clubs. 

Before we lost these 5 players I felt pretty positive about getting promoted this season. Now..... not so much. :(

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11 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

18 players called up for Int duty. Jun 2028

The 2 GK's at the club are not actually called up, (because they are 19 and 20), and not good enough for the U21's it seems. 

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Well this wasn't quite how I planned on losing our unbeaten record. Hopefully it will be different once we are in the Betrideildin. Maybe we aren't expected to have so many Internationals outside of the top tier. (Any chance of a draw?)

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17 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

18 players called up for Int duty. Jun 2028

The 2 GK's at the club are not actually called up, (because they are 19 and 20), and not good enough for the U21's it seems. 

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2 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

 

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Well this wasn't quite how I planned on losing our unbeaten record. Hopefully it will be different once we are in the Betrideildin. Maybe we aren't expected to have so many Internationals outside of the top tier. (Any chance of a draw?)

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Wow. :eek:

Would you believe that (22a) John Joensen * saved us with another hat-trick to make it 15 goals in his last 9 games! :D :applause:

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Season 9 Miðvágs Bóltfelag (MB) Faroe Islands 2nd Tier

Youth Candidates Preview. I always want a playmaker, (or a central midfielder of any type really), but is it greedy asking for 2x GK's if I don't care if they are any good? 

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Youth Intake. The preview suggested a GK, a DC and an MC. 

PA suggests that we got a GK, 2x DC and 3x MC's.

CA suggests that we got a DR, a DC, a SC, a MC and a ML. 

I still expect to lose players, to the 3 Pro clubs at least and to the more established Semi-Pro clubs, but however it is that the Semi-Pro clubs are generating money, (maybe finances are much better in the Betrideildin or maybe the European/Royal League money is a significant contributing factor), I expect us to do the same too. We have lost a lot of players already this season, (the season isn't over yet), and I expect to lose more before the season ticks over, but at least once we are at the top table then it will remove some of the smaller Semi-Pro clubs nicking players off us. We've already finished ahead of 1 of the Pro clubs this season in 07 Vestur so they don't hold any threat to us, but the 2 big-boys are going to prove a tougher nut to crack. I personally think that finishing 3rd behind them next season isn't completely unrealistic. 

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(28a) Áki Poulsen is going to be good. He's going to be very good. But the chances are that he's not going to be very good for us, (at least not for very long). I fully expect someone to come in for him before he plays a single game for us. If we manage to hold onto him for part of the 1st season then brilliant, but either way he won't be here for long. 

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(28b) Aron Olsen is a central midfielder who I would love to keep at the club, but the reality is that he will probably leave too pretty quickly. 

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(28c) Allan Kjærbo will be brilliant for us, (if he stays), but again, it's probably unlikely. 

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I'm desperate for (28e) Hugin Mouritsen to stay. Not because he is amazing, (he's not), but simply because we only have 2 GK's at the club at the moment and desperately need more in terms of numbers  

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If I had to pick just 1 player based on CA rather than PA, then I think I would go for (28m) Sámal Jákup Olsen. His finishing (16), composure (11), anticipation (12) and off the ball (12), are all good, (remember this is Faroe Islands), and if I can just work on his physicals then he could be very good indeed. What I really need is a DLF though. All I ever seem to produce are Poachers. 

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Faroese 1st Division. (2nd Tier). For the 2nd successive season we lose out to a B Team. I'm a little peeved, but at the same time what was most important was just getting to the Betrideildin.

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Faroese 2nd Division. (3rd Tier). Our B Team were unable to retain the 2nd Div title, but did enough to gain promotion again. 

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Løgmanssteypið (Cup). Once again we didn't get to play in the Cup. Does anyone have any Faroese knowledge who could explain why? Is this a database issue or a real issue? 

Squad by Appearances

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(22a) John Joensen * was the only outfield player to play all 27 games, and was rewarded with 31 goals. He's only missed 1 game in the last 4 seasons. 

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Summary. I'm delighted to get promoted, but at the same time annoyed that we missed out on a title opportunity again. How well we can do next season is going to be largely determined by how many players get pilfered from us, but no matter how many players we lose I don't expect us to be in a relegation scrap. 

Records

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Facilities

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Finances

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Transfers

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(26g) Jóhan Joensen was 1st choice GK last season but wasn't going to be this season. We seem to be producing some excellent GK's. 

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(25f) Eli Vang was 1st choice last season, but he really wasn't great and wasn't going to be a starter this season. Despite that, he's still a significant loss. With players suspended after just 2 yellow cards, there is going to be a lot of rotation. 

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(27a) Aron Hansen * was going to be our 1st choice GK and he has left without even playing a game for us. Gutted isn't the word. 

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(26i) Jón Olsen was 1 of our best players and it's frustrating that he has gone to another Semi-Pro team but they have been able to offer him a proper contract with a weekly wage, (when I can't). That he is the 2nd central midfielder to go just makes it worse. 

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(27g) Trygvi Danielsen leaving is perhaps the one that hurts me most. You might remember that I mentioned him in the season summary because despite coming through the intake ranked 7th by PA, I liked the look of him and expected him to play a key role as better players were nabbed by the Pro clubs. Well they nabbed him too, making it 3 central midfielders lost during pre-season. 

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(27h) Andrias Jakobsen is more defensive than an attacking threat. We will miss him more next season than this season I think. 

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(26d) Ári Frederiksberg also left meaning that we lost our complete right hand side during the Winter window. We were never the same after these 2 players left. We were unbeaten before this and lost 3 games after. 

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5 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Løgmanssteypið (Cup). Once again we didn't get to play in the Cup. Does anyone have any Faroese knowledge who could explain why? Is this a database issue or a real issue? 

 

I think it's a DB issue related to the II and III teams in the lower leagues.  I'd check back the seasons and see if they all have the same number of rounds as I think one of my saves, some seasons missed a round or had less teams in the first round. 

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Proper contracts available! :eek: Jan 2029

I need to be a little careful about who I offer a contract to though. This offer below is for (25a) Jógvan Djurhuus * who is currently at AB (FRO). If we keep a player for 2 years and then just lose him on a free afterwards then it's not cost-effective to sign them to a contract. I'm going to have to think about this. This offer here has a cost to us over 2 years of £26,000 + £775 + £2,700 (if he plays in all games), so it's a total initial cost of £29,475. I can't afford to offer this type of contract to many players. :herman:

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This is for a very good player who can basically demand what he wants. I have been able to offer 3+2 contracts to some of my own players at much smaller wages. 

Things have just got interesting. :cool:

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Season 10 Miðvágs Bóltfelag (MB) Faroe Islands 1st Tier

Youth Candidates Preview. 

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Youth Intake.

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(29a) Hans Hansen has a stoknin PA at 137, and we needed another GK despite the fact that there are 3 other GK's at other Betrideildin clubs that we have produced. 

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Betrideildin. (1st Tier)

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Faroese 1st Division. (2nd Tier). It's interesting that the B Team have found it so much easier than the 1st Team following in their footsteps a season later. 

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Løgmanssteypið (Cup). We were in the Cup at least, (although not for long as we were drawn against HB). 

It appears as if all the Betrideildin clubs are entered in the 1st Round and then the other places are selected randomly by 3x Div 1 clubs, 2x Div 2 clubs and 1x Div 1 club. I agree with @Pompeyboyzso have contacted the Editor to let him know. 

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Squad by Appearances

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Summary. We finished our 1st season 6th in the top flight which is ok, but we really tailed off in the 2nd half of the season. It could and should have been so much better. We lost 8 of the last 11 games, falling out of contention in the race for a European spot in the process. Possibly the most pleasing aspect of the season was the ease with which our B Team overcame HB B Team in the 1st Division. The intake was great in terms of PA, but actually a little underwhelming in terms of CA. On the plus side, the fact that we can now offer termed contracts makes an enormous difference to us and while 2+1 contracts are now common, I've even managed to secure a few 3+2 contracts. 

The target for next season has to be Europe and ideally we would also turn Pro. I think that might have to wait until we play in Europe a few times though, so maybe the season after. 

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Records

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Facilities

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Finances

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Transfers. The 1st 3 players that left did so before we were able to offer termed contracts. The last was an error on my part. 

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(28a) Áki Poulsen * left on a free without playing a single game for the 1st Team, (as expected). He was just too good and we couldn't tie him down to a contract at that stage. 

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(26f) Leivur Eyðsteinsson was a 2nd centre-half lost in the same season, (as always seems to be the way). He's probably better in terms of CA, bit won't quite have the PA. We did at least get 2 seasons out of him before he left. 

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(27f) Bárður Nolsøe 6'0" had a bit of a TM look about him, (despite his modest height), and I was interested to see how I could adapt him to play in our more conservative right hand striker role. 

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(26c) Hørður Djurhuus was a big loss. He looks a terrific player. Because he was more about CA then PA, his personality was less of an issue. 

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(25a) Jógvan Djurhuus * was a player who I managed to re-sign on a free, (paying a fee in Iceland is very rare). He's a decent player already and did well for us this season, but I think I signed him based on PA. He's (25a) which means he came through ranked #1 by PA, but I could only sign him to a 2 year deal and we're paying him £200pw, (less than the £250pw he was asking but still), and I think that's too much, (in hindsight), for his CA. I think we are effectively paying for PA that we will never see. I think I will have to be careful about that moving forward. It might be different when we are playing in Europe, but for the time being we can't afford this type of extravagance. 

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20 players called up for Int duty. Nov 2029

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8 of the recent intake have already been called up for Int duty and (29a) Hans Hansen * has gone straight into the U21's aged 16. 

I can recall players from the U18's and U19's and it's these that have cause me problems in the past. As we progress, these players should be in the B Team rather than the 1st Team so it should become less of an issue. It's only such an issue now because our best players are still young teenagers. 

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Reputation. Jan 2030

Still only Regional after our 1st season in the Betrideildin. 

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To put things in perspective, this is what we're up against in terms of reputation. I have included 07 Vestur because they are the 3rd Pro club, but I wonder for how much longer as their reputation has taken a dive after 7 relegations in 9 years.  

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Season 11 Miðvágs Bóltfelag (MB) Faroe Islands 1st Tier

Youth Candidates Preview. 

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Youth Intake. It's not a great intake. It's not rubbish, but it doesn't have quite the upper PA levels of recent intakes. 

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Betrideildin. (1st Tier). We finished 6th again and if I'm honest I think we under-performed a little. Our goal difference was 1 goal better, but our points total is 5 points fewer/ 

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Faroese 1st Division. (2nd Tier). We didn't manage to retain the title that the B Team won last season.

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Løgmanssteypið (Cup).

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Squad by Appearances

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Summary. We're doing ok, but I think I have possibly looked too much at future in terms of potential than concentrating on the here and now. We need to concentrate more on CA and moving up the table. 

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Records.

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Facilities

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Finances

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Transfers.

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Outs

(28k) Ingi Petersen never featured for our 1st Team prior to leaving, but has made a rapid transition to regular in the Betrideildin.

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(26o) Jákup Andrias Poulsen. performed well for the B Team, but is not good enough for the 1st Team. 

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(25j) Jákup Rasmussen. has featured in our 1st Team, but had dropped down the rankings in recent seasons. 

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(27k) Jóhan Joensen. 

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(27o) Martin Jacobsen.

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(26b) Allan Langgaard had a good season for us last year but refused to negotiate a new contract and has joined big boys HB

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(27j) Tummas Hansen was a player I liked as back-up initially, but he is not getting a look-in and only featured occasionally for the B Team so I was happy to let him move on. I doubt he will improve enough, but if he does I can always bring him back. 

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Ins

(24e) Áki Andreassen was signed because I was so keen to bring players back to the club that I failed to consider if he would deserve a place in the 1st Team. 

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(26c) Hørður Djurhuus was signed largely because I realised that I hadn't yet paid a fee for a player in FM and had an achievement to trigger. He has featured for us, but not performed well.

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1st player called up to Senior Int squad. Oct 2031

18yo (29a) Hans Hansen * has been called up to the senior side after collecting 6 U21 Caps. He didn't come on, (as Norway won 4-1).

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We have other products of our Academy in the Senior NT squad, but the other 2 players only received recognition after they moved on to other clubs. 

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(23a) Petur Baldvinsson * was the 1st Academy product to be capped and at the moment he's at the biggest Faroese club, (HB), and already looking for a move abroad. He's getting paid £1,600 pw at Pro club HB.

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(26a) John Johannesen * is at his 4th club and although Víkingur are not a Pro club, they are still paying him £650 pw. To put that in perspective, we only have 4 players earning more than £55 pw and nobody earning more than £190 pw. 

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Season 12 Miðvágs Bóltfelag (MB) Faroe Islands 1st Tier

Youth Candidates Preview. 

 

Youth Intake. While this initially appears a relatively poor intake, (and it is by normal standards), I quite like it. Although the PA's on show are not what I might have hoped for, I have to change my mindset a little. PA won't actually do me any good. Instead I need to concentrate on CA. I need to concentrate on the here and now and getting into Europe, generating some more income, improving our Facilities further and maybe then we will give our younger players the time they need to develop. For a start there are 2 FGN Nationalities, (albeit that 1 of them is a 2nd Nationality), and I love getting foreigners through the intake. Not really sure why as it's a little at odds with what I try to do in most saves. 

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The above is the intake ranked by PA as normal, but now let's rank it again, this time by CA. 

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There are a few things that jump out at me for different reasons. 

  • We have 2 GK's in the intake. I hadn't realised that until I ranked the intake by CA. The top CA player who has a relatively low PA, but also the lowest CA player who has a relatively high PA. Interesting I think you would agree. In recent years we have produced some great GK's but many of them have been nicked and we only had 2 left at the club at 1 point, so having 1 with good CA and another that might take longer to develop is good for the club.
  • Ranking players by appearances in the 1st Team squad, the top 11 players have a CA of 44+ with no exceptions. I think that puts the top 4 players in this intake in contention for a 1st Team squad position, ignoring the fact that 1 player has a transfer arranged to leave and another 2 are out of contract. Only 4 of these "top 11" players are teenagers, so that effectively gives this batch of players approx 4 years in order to "catch up". Up until this season I have been selecting players based largely on PA rather than CA, (we need to play them to improve them), and there is no doubt that this has cost us in terms of performances and results. 

Betrideildin. (1st Tier). We finished 6th again for the 3rd successive season, but we earned 6 more points and our goal difference was +3 compared to last season. 

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Faroese 1st Division. (2nd Tier). The B Team were a fair bit off the pace this season and I'm not really sure why. 

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Løgmanssteypið (Cup). I don't think that we have beaten either HB or in the league, and we haven't got close in the Cup either. 

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Squad by Appearances. The thing that jumps out here is the poor performances of left back (24c) Rói Hansen who is the 1st player in a LONG time who has averaged under 6.00 over the course of a full season for me, (except it seems for last season and the same player which I didn't notice). 

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Summary. I think it's interesting to look at the red above and wonder what makes (24c) Rói Hansen so poor. Granted he's rubbish, but most of our players are rubbish, so what makes him so particularly poor? Well it's probably his lack of physical ability which is poorer than our average player. Comparing him to (28g) Kristian Jørgensen, he also seems to have poorer passing stats and also hasn't been as creative. In short he has done nothing well. 

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(28g) Kristian Jørgensen is the other left back in the 1st team. 

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Records.

Facilities. No change. 

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Finances

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Transfers.

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Decision time. May 2032

We've lost 6 games in a row and 7 in 9 since the start of the season. 

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Next up we have an away game at ÍF who are the only team below us in the league with just 1 point from 8 league games, (and a loss to B68 in the Cup). 

Anything other than a win for us and I will resign. :eek:

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Potentially big transfer. Aug 2032

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(29a) Hans Hansen * only had just over 1 year left on his contract. While my usual style has been to just let the contract run down and the player leave on a free, (because the money generated in a sale to another Faroese club just isn't worth it), it's a completely different matter once Brondby IF became interested. The biggest transfer received by an Faroese club in this save was £10,750 before this, (although HB paid £46,500 & £27,000 to Icelandic clubs for incoming transfers), so it's pretty decent to almost double the existing record. 

The £20k is neither here nor there, and nor are the other clauses EXCEPT, the 50% sake. I will keep an eye on him and see how he develops. (I have a feeling I might not be here to benefit from the future windfall though). 

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Season 12 Miðvágs Bóltfelag (MB) Faroe Islands 1st Tier

Youth Candidates Preview. 

 

Youth Intake. While this initially appears a relatively poor intake, (and it is by normal standards), I quite like it. Although the PA's on show are not what I might have hoped for, I have to change my mindset a little. PA won't actually do me any good. Instead I need to concentrate on CA. I need to concentrate on the here and now and getting into Europe, generating some more income, improving our Facilities further and maybe then we will give our younger players the time they need to develop. For a start there are 2 FGN Nationalities, (albeit that 1 of them is a 2nd Nationality), and I love getting foreigners through the intake. Not really sure why as it's a little at odds with what I try to do in most saves. 

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The above is the intake ranked by PA as normal, but now let's rank it again, this time by CA. 

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There are a few things that jump out at me for different reasons. 

  • We have 2 GK's in the intake. I hadn't realised that until I ranked the intake by CA. The top CA player who has a relatively low PA, but also the lowest CA player who has a relatively high PA. Interesting I think you would agree. In recent years we have produced some great GK's but many of them have been nicked and we only had 2 left at the club at 1 point, so having 1 with good CA and another that might take longer to develop is good for the club.
  • Ranking players by appearances in the 1st Team squad, the top 11 players have a CA of 44+ with no exceptions. I think that puts the top 4 players in this intake in contention for a 1st Team squad position, ignoring the fact that 1 player has a transfer arranged to leave and another 2 are out of contract. Only 4 of these "top 11" players are teenagers, so that effectively gives this batch of players approx 4 years in order to "catch up". Up until this season I have been selecting players based largely on PA rather than CA, (we need to play them to improve them), and there is no doubt that this has cost us in terms of performances and results. 

Betrideildin. (1st Tier). We finished 6th again for the 3rd successive season, but we earned 6 more points and our goal difference was +3 compared to last season. 

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Faroese 1st Division. (2nd Tier). The B Team were a fair bit off the pace this season and I'm not really sure why. 

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Løgmanssteypið (Cup). I don't think that we have beaten either HB or in the league, and we haven't got close in the Cup either. 

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Squad by Appearances. The thing that jumps out here is the poor performances of left back (24c) Rói Hansen who is the 1st player in a LONG time who has averaged under 6.00 over the course of a full season for me, (except it seems for last season and the same player which I didn't notice). 

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Summary. I think it's interesting to look at the red above and wonder what makes (24c) Rói Hansen so poor. Granted he's rubbish, but most of our players are rubbish, so what makes him so particularly poor? Well it's probably his lack of physical ability which is poorer than our average player. Comparing him to (28g) Kristian Jørgensen, he also seems to have poorer passing stats and also hasn't been as creative. In short he has done nothing well. 

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(28g) Kristian Jørgensen is the other left back in the 1st team. 

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Records.

Facilities. No change. 

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Finances

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Transfers.

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The poor performance of Roi Hansen may be due to the current bug with player ratings? It seems some things like key tackles aren't registering at all, meaning if your defenders aren't doing other things the ratings are particularly low. There's a few posts in general forum and also in the bugs forum about it. I've noticed it with my LB and RB in particular, where I've had a record winning season and only conceded 12 goals all year yet their average ratings are very low despite good statistics.

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Season 13 Miðvágs Bóltfelag (MB) Faroe Islands 1st Tier

Youth Candidates Preview. 

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Youth Intake. No FGN players this season,  and not amazing in terms of PA, but pretty decent CA's coming through so I'm happy with that. 

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(32a) Gunnar Thomassen looks like he could be a fine addition to the squad. :thup:

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Betrideildin. (1st Tier)

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Faroese 1st Division. (2nd Tier)

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Løgmanssteypið (Cup)

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Summary. We got off to an awful start and were 2nd bottom after about 10 games and had we not won away to IF I would have resigned on the spot. As it happened we won,  and then went on a decent little run, (culminating in a 7-0 demolition of FC Suðuroy), but I think the damage had already been done and my feelings for the job has soured somewhat. Don't get me wrong, the Faroe Islands structure is great and it would be a really terrific challenge to get my teeth into if this was going to be a 1-club save, (I really mean that by the way), but the problem is that this is meant to be a journeyman save and I think that in the short term at least I had taken MB as far as I could while sticking within the #YouthOnly parameters. I could have chosen to start signing players produced elsewhere, but this was my 1st job. It was where I was creating my profile and telling the World, (ok Iceland then), who I was and what I was about. It just didn't feel right to start signing players just to tick a box. The other option of course was that I could hold on and await a job offer from the likes of HB and KI, but they have somehow just finished 4th and 5th this season, (absolutely astonishing :eek:), and perhaps explains a little why we have been struggling. The way I see it I have a few different options. 

  1. Plough on here and hope that I can break into Europe and continue playing Youth Only. 
  2. Continue here but look to jump ship and move to 1 of the 3 Pro clubs in the Faroe Islands. 
  3. Look to move abroad and tailor my management style to whatever is best for my new club. 
  4. Stay at MB but start bringing in players that aren't a product of our Academy. (I've already decided I'm not doing that). 

Records.

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Facilities. No change. 

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Finances

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Transfers.

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Being a veteran of Faroes saves, I can say that you need that bit of luck to get into Europe before you can realistically start to challenge Ki and HB.

I have never done youth only and so had the luxury of signing players from outside the club(and I loved to take MB to the top too), but even for me it was tough to break through.....but once you do, it seems to be easy to repeat. 

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5 hours ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Being a veteran of Faroes saves, I can say that you need that bit of luck to get into Europe before you can realistically start to challenge Ki and HB.

I have never done youth only and so had the luxury of signing players from outside the club(and I loved to take MB to the top too), but even for me it was tough to break through.....but once you do, it seems to be easy to repeat. 

I'm astonished by the harsh disciplinary rules. :eek:

It's 1 suspension after 2 bookings and then another suspension for every subsequent booking. Is that right?

In fact, it just seems to be a suspension after every booking and it's killing us! :lol:

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I think that's what the editor does by default when the creator of the file forgets to select the right disciplinary rules. Might be wrong though.

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New job

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I thought I might have needed to start again in the Icelandic 3rd or even 4th tier, but thankfully there was a club with decent facilities in the Icelandic 2nd tier who seem to like the look of my Youth Only strategy so far. My plan is to continue with Youth Only here, (because it's a good fit for the club), but I haven't seen the squad yet and it's possible that I might have to sign players in the 1st season to make us competitive, (but I hope not). 

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This shows you that our facilities are decent, but also that we don't have any money. We are obviously still Semi-Pro too. 

We finished 9th of 12 last season, (before I arrived). 

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This is everyone we have at the club. 

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We have a transfer budget of £960 which isn't even enough to buy a player in Faroe Islands, never mind about Iceland, however we do have a significant wage budget available. 

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I don't really care about not having much of a transfer budget, but I could probably go and but 10 decent players from Faroe Islands for £10k, so with over £4k pw wage budget available, I might be able to move things around to give us a tiny bit more cash to spend. I don't really want to sign players, but I feel I have to to ensure that we don't get relegated. 

Our reputation shows us to have the 19th highest in Iceland. The other thing it shows is that my beloved HK were relegated from the Úrvalsdeild last season so we will play against them this season. (Yes, there is absolutely no doubt that I would join them given the chance). 

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The 2 promoted clubs are favourites to go down again and by the looks of it we should be safe even without signing new players. On that note I have decided to go back to MB and sign 2 of their players, (so far), with the idea being that while they are not HG at club here, they certainly are HG at a club I was managing. 

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1st Transfer window. Feb 2033

I signed 2 of my old players in GK (27a) Aron Hansen * and midfielder (28b) Aron Olsen, but I also signed 5 of last seasons youth intake at MB who hadn't been signed by the club by me because the club wouldn't make any signings and the AI decided not to bother. 

Players from the Faroe Islands are classed as FGN surprisingly. I incorrectly assumed that the Faroe Islands were part of the EU but it seems that they aren't. I've looked at the rules and we can only have 3 non-EU players in the playing XI, but I think once the youngsters have been here for 3 years they will be classed as HG at club and will be exempt, but I don't think we are likely to need them by then so.... think I have wasted my time with the youngsters really. 

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(27a) Aron Hansen * will be our starting GK. He never actually made a single appearance for me at MB, but I liked him enough to hive him an * after his name. 

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(28b) Aron Olsen was a regular for me at MB over the last 2 seasons and will be a regular for me here too. 

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9 hours ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Being a veteran of Faroes saves, I can say that you need that bit of luck to get into Europe before you can realistically start to challenge Ki and HB.

I have never done youth only and so had the luxury of signing players from outside the club(and I loved to take MB to the top too), but even for me it was tough to break through.....but once you do, it seems to be easy to repeat. 

I'm going to revisit the Faroe Islands as a Youth Only save on it's own. I loved it. It's actually quite challenging with 4 tiers because of the mix of Amateur, Semi-Pro and of course the 3 big Pro clubs. I had done 10 seasons without really thinking about it, but I don't want to waste too long in 1 Nation when it seemed realistic that I might be offered another job elsewhere. 

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Icelandic League Cup. Group A. Mar 2033

I don't remember the leagues being this big before, but I tend to not take too much notice of this "trophy", because it's little more than a pre-season get-together. 

We were smashed by Fylkir, but then managed to beat Stjarnan & Víkingur who are both Úrvalsdeild, (top tier), clubs. In the end I was peeved not to win the league never mind about not even finish 2nd, but like I said this is a proper Micky Mouse competition that should only be viewed as a grouping of pre-season friendlies. 

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Season 14. Ungmennafélagið Afturelding. Iceland. First Division

Intake preview

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Youth Intake

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(33h) Guðmundur Ágústsson appears to be the best player at the club, (by CA). 

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(33f) Helgi Sigurðsson is the player that stands out to me though. 

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Icelandic 1st Division. I'm still stunned that we weren't promoted. We were 2nd all season. :eek:

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Squad by Appearances

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Finances

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Summary. We only lost 1 of our opening 18 league games, but completely bottled it at the business end of the season and we lost 3 and draw 2 of the last 5 games of the season. :( We still finished 4th, just 2 points off promotion, but it's honestly shameful that we were not promoted this season. HK finished above us, but still missed out on promotion, and that's the Icelandic job I really want. I was hoping that we would get promoted and they wouldn't, and then they would sack their manager and appoint me. Unfortunately it didn't work out like that. 

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19 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I'm astonished by the harsh disciplinary rules. :eek:

It's 1 suspension after 2 bookings and then another suspension for every subsequent booking. Is that right?

In fact, it just seems to be a suspension after every booking and it's killing us! :lol:

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When I used Timos Faroe Island file last year, I had to edit the disciplinary rules to ease up a little after the first season I played to make it more fair. Used the English league as a template.

14 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I'm going to revisit the Faroe Islands as a Youth Only save on it's own. I loved it. It's actually quite challenging with 4 tiers because of the mix of Amateur, Semi-Pro and of course the 3 big Pro clubs. I had done 10 seasons without really thinking about it, but I don't want to waste too long in 1 Nation when it seemed realistic that I might be offered another job elsewhere. 

When you do go long term and finally make that breakthrough, it does feel good. 

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Just managed to find the rules

4 YC = 1 match ban, 3 YC after that = another 1 match ban, 2 YC after that = another 1 match ban, 2 YC after that = 2 match ban and then each YC after is a 1 match ban.  RC is a 2 match ban

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1 minute ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Just managed to find the rules

4 YC = 1 match ban, 3 YC after that = another 1 match ban, 2 YC after that = another 1 match ban, 2 YC after that = 2 match ban and then each YC after is a 1 match ban.  RC is a 2 match ban

I have contacted Timo, but will pass this on to him. Thanks. :thup:

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1 minute ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I have contacted Timo, but will pass this on to him. Thanks. :thup:

I've put it on his forum thread too :thup:

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Season 15. Ungmennafélagið Afturelding. Iceland. First Division

Intake preview

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Youth Intake

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(34a) Jóhann Þór Theodórsson was the highest ranked player by PA, but we all know that means very little. 

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(34c) Jón Jóhannsson is the player that caught my eye though. 

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Icelandic 1st Division

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Turned Pro. As a result of gaining promotion, the board decided that we should turn Pro. The fact that we have done so while £266k in the red at the bank is a little surprising but I'm not complaining. 

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Squad by Appearances

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Finances

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Facilities

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Summary. Promotion was never in doubt this season and we duly delivered. I was keeping an eye on the HK job, but obviously not well enough because there was a new Manager appointed when I wasn't looking. The new bloke has won 3, drawn 5 and lost 2, so the jury is still out. I still aim to take over there if I can. Even if it means dropping down a level. 

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14 minutes ago, deez0r said:

Getting some decent defensive minded players in there. Sigurdsson especially I like the look off. 

Yeah, he really caught my eye but his poor determination is restricting his development I think. 

It's not been great at all so far. 

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This club got me out of Faroe Islands and then got me to the top Tier in Iceland, but I'm actually thinking of jumping ship. I am obviously keen on the HK job, but I missed them sacking their 1st manager and then just when I thought the 2nd Manager might be getting sacked, (8 games without a win), they only went and won 6 on the bounce! :mad:

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I might have to move to somewhere else at this rate. :rolleyes:

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Season 16. Ungmennafélagið Afturelding. Iceland. Úrvalsdeild

Intake preview

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Youth Intake

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Icelandic Úrvalsdeild

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League Cup

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Squad by Appearances

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Finances

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Facilities

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Summary. We avoided relegation comfortably, but it all felt a little bit of a struggle. Not a struggle in terms of avoiding relegation, but a struggle in competing against the better teams in the league. We were competing against teams with players so much better than ours and this was just about the best we could hope for. Again, I could stay here and slowly improve them, but that isn't what this save is about. We've spent 3 years here, got promoted, turned pro, stayed up and I think that's enough. 

I don't know where we are off to yet. I don't think that things are over in Iceland and I wouldn't even rule out a return to the Faroe Islands at some point, (if approached by 1 of the Pro clubs), but I also wouldn't rule out a trip abroad if an interesting offer comes my way. Either way, I'm looking for work again. 

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Records.

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Success is relative. Oct 2035.

I personally think that I have done ok in the save so far, but the trophy cabinet does not back that up with just 2 league titles and 2 more promotions to my name. No cup successes either, but on the plus side I haven't been relegated yet either. 

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I've often thought about doing a save where the idea is just to become as fluent in as many languages as possible, and who knows how this might turn out. We've so far learned Faroese, and Icelandic..

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More good news is that we have a positive goal difference. (Just). 

I personally think that a win % of 41% is pretty decent when you look at the size of clubs I have been managing. 

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Options. Oct 2035

There are 9 jobs available right now, but the only 1 that interests me is the Stjarnan role. I think I could get European football after just 1 season there and I also haven't managed in the Royal League yet. I would really like to start moving in those sort of circles before too long. 

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Nov 2035.

I went completely Youth Only at MB and then relented and signed a few players at Afturelding. While I will obviously be looking develop young players here at Stjarnan, I will actively be looking to sign players. I might even look to raid my old clubs with the £129k transfer kitty. We might need to offload some players 1st though. 

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Senior squad. There are 3x 5.0 players here, (and 2 more in the U19 squad), and that's always a decent sign. 

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Skúli Eggert Hansen seems to be the star of the show both in terms of CA and PA. He looks like he might just be rather excellent. He has 2 years on his contract so I immediately signed him to a 4 year deal. I expect him to score at better than a goal a game this season. 

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Finances. I must admit I wasn't expecting to be £1M in the red to start with. :(

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Facilities

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Good luck. Hansen looks a smasher. Always nice to come in and your best player is a 21 year old who you have immediately tied down for 4 years!

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