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You lost to Chelsea....just remember you are still overachieving.....and your "Goal Machine" didn't score.

If you keep this up you will dethrone Ajax as the best Dutch team and if you ever get a youth team going....

 

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9 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

You lost to Chelsea....just remember you are still overachieving.....and your "Goal Machine" didn't score.

If you keep this up you will dethrone Ajax as the best Dutch team and if you ever get a youth team going....

 

Thank you! You´re right. I´ve calmed down now and by now I realize we achieved some great things :)

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Season Summary

 

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64 goals in a season! AVR of 7.62Arp broke all the records last season. A pity he turned 30 already. Let´s hope he still has 2-3 years on this level. Milovanovic had a great first full season for us. Gabrijelic is becoming better and better. And WTF: He made 16 assists last season, 2nd best in our team! Rambert still shows his assist quality every season. New signing Burkhardt will leave as will Petrillo. The team will have a different face next season.

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Transfer Time

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Right back Petrillo left for Frankfurt on a free (not pictured), but otherwise none of the big names are leaving us. And loans, loans, loans...

 

Kacper Bieszczad

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Look who´s back! And now permanently! I never forgot how good he was when we had him on loan here for half a season some time ago. I wanted a reliable backup keeper and that´s exactly what he is. We pay 8M to Amiens.

 

Aaron Rabe

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The 21 year old German right back. He already got 13 U21 caps for Germany. He comes as a replacement for Petrillo and with his physical attributes he can already match his predecessor. 4.6M go to Dynamo Dresden.

 

Miguel Montano

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19 year old Colombian left winger as a backup for RambertMillionarios get 1.6M. Dribbling, Technique, Pace, Acceleration & Agility (all 16) are his best attributes.

 

Aminu Lawal

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The central midfield comes on a free after his contract at Aston Villa ran out. Very physical player who can also dribble a bit.

 

Salim Najah

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Our 20 year old academy product finally gets the chance to prove himself. After loans at Telstar, Amiens Troyes I think the central defender is ready to show what he can do in our first team.

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

 

Goalkeepers

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Milovanovic. I am glad to have Bieszczad back as a backup. Babel somehow never gets to show what he can.

 

Defenders

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Rabe instead of Petrillo. And Najah to learn and prosper.

 

Midfielders

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The 2 new wingers are keen to show what they can do on the pitch.

 

Attackers

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Arp & Skoglund. Combined 81 goals last season.

 

 

Key Players

 

Leonardo Luiz

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The left side of the pitch belongs to him.

 

Andre Song

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Running the midfield.

 

Fiete Arp

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Scoring the goals.

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Green Inferno

 

RESULTS

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Yes. That´s the way I like it. Flawless pre-season, flawless Johan Cruijff Schaal, flawless league matches. Looking forward to a good season now. And Arp got goals again after 5 matches.

 

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I like that group personally.

 

EREDIVISIE

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Not really a surprise after that green inferno.

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Green Inferno Part II

 

RESULTS

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This was Tomas Ramberts month. Our winger has been the decisive man in 3 of 4 matches during this time and most importantly against rivals PSV where he scored the winner early on.

One day later:

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EREDIVISIE

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Good to see the others fall back.

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2 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

Injuries....always when a player is in top form!

Keep the form going....because once you lose it it is hard to get back.....my current season is a good example....

Exactly... I fear that as well having seen what happens to you...

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Green Inferno Part III

 

RESULTS

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There it is, our first defeat. But not in the league! We lose away to a dominating Dortmund side in the Champions League as expected. But after that we keep on winning, even without Rambert.

 

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Looking good despite the defeat.

 

EREDIVISIE

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Still only 6 points ahead.

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Green Inferno Part IV

 

RESULTS

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Rambert is back. And it shows. We win every match this month. We secure qualification from the group stage in the CL as well. Thanks to Rambert, again.

 

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We are through to the knockout round.

 

EREDIVISIE

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We extended our lead to 8 points.

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Running Out Of Steam

 

RESULTS

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We are yet to lose a game in the league despite our declining form. The second part of the month saw us draw & lose finally. After we lost at home to BVB, we were not able to earn a win again. PSV jinxed us out of the KNVB Beker as well and we could not even win at home to Sparta! I hope our dip of form will be countered by the winter break.

 

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Dortmund win the group.

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We will play Atletico Madrid in the first knockout round. Not something you look forward to.

 

EREDIVISIE

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7 points still, but they got a game in hand.

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Happy New Year

 

RESULTS

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Finally back to our winning ways! It was about time. Then again ADO and Heracles were neither tough opposition nor hard to beat. Come February and better opponents to really test us.

 

EREDIVISIE

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And it´s only 4 points now.

 

TRANSFER NEWS

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The Chinese came over and asked us for almost every player of our team. We sold 2 players and only because the money was right. Bit sad to see Arps partner Skoglund go, but he wanted a new challenge anyway and 13.5M for him are quite something. Fernandez never settled and we are happy to get that much money for him. But of course we needed a replacement for Skoglund now...

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...And in came veteran striker Borja Mayoral from Bologna for 650K. The 33 year old former Spain international offers a lot of experience and still makes a good target man. He only gets a 1 year contract.

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We sign 2 more players, a  talented left defender (Poepon) and a talented striker (Tae-Hyun) but those get loaned out immediately to get some match practice to further their development.

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Implosion

 

RESULTS

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We implode. Now it comes to haunt us that our team consists only of 20 players. First, we lost away against Ajax which can of course happen. Then, after defeating a harmless Vitesse team, we had to play without a left defender by trade, because Mohammad and Luiz were both injured and got hammered by AZ. Then the thugs of Atletico came to visit and exploited the open spaces in our very attacking tactic. We are out of Europe thats for sure. Looks like the downward spiral has begun as Song, Rambert and still Luiz are out injured now.  Without Arp we would be nowhere. I have come to a decision. But I won´t tell until the time is right.

 

EREDIVISIE

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PSV are relentless and they have overtaken us now.

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25 minutes ago, Hootieleece said:

That is why I rotate and keep my team at about 27-28 players even if we are inconsistent. Injuries.....

Well it worked nicely in the past, but I guess I had it coming some day...

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Full Throttle

 

RESULTS

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This looks better. If there wasn´t the last game. We really should have scored at least 3 goals against Heerenveen but their keeper was unbeatable. Days like this, I know. We predictably go out against superior Atletico but it´s fine to see Arp picking up his high scoring average again.

 

EREDIVISIE

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5 games to go and only one point separates us.

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Pacing On

 

RESULTS

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Thats what we needed. 3 convincing wins to keep the pressure on PSV and eventually they slipped up. Now on for 2 more games!

 

EREDIVISIE

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Back on top. 2 points, 2 games.

 

NEWS

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An underwhelming Youth Intake again.

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Season Summary

 

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Milovanovic and Arp did play every game of the season, thats also an achievement! Scoring 44 goals in as many games is, too. Gabrijelic finally won his first caps for Croatia, Rambert declared himself eligible to play for Holland and Arp still has not been invited to the national team of Germany. All in all, another great season for PEC Zwolle!

 

 

More important news to follow soon.

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End Of The Road

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This is it. After spending 12 seasons at PEC Zwolle the time has finally come to say goodbye. I had a fantastic time here and made experiences most can only dream of in football. But now is not the time to be sad or melancholic, it is time to take a look at what we have achieved in the last 12 seasons:

  • We won the Eredivisie 5 times
  • We won the KNVB Beker 2 times
  • Fiete Arp won the Top Scorer award times
  • We made it to the Europa League final but lost to Chelsea

 

A look at the club in general and how much the setup has improved during that time:

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The club records page:

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The finances:

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What else is there to say? After spending the last decade in europe, I think the time has come to set the sights to a different continent: Australia. I will be applying for a club in the A-League.

What happens there will be depicted here in this thread, the name of the thread will be changed a little for that reason. And I will always have a look at what happens at PEC Zwolle.

 

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So, see you in Australia soon!

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  • Carambau changed the title to [FM21] Down Underdogs In Brisbane ... formerly known as Underdog Football In Holland

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A New Beginning

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Here we are in Australia. I jumped at the chance to become Brisbane Roar manager and accepted the 3 year contract they offered me. Season starts in December. It is a lot of time until then as it is the end of July right now so enough opportunities to look at the squad, evaluate it and find out which players we need to bring in to make this a success story here.

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