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Great start! Taking benfica out to make the group stage. Hopefully you can beat PSG. good start with the green parties. Just need to hope Ajax has a couple of red parties throughout the season 

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15 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Great start! Taking benfica out to make the group stage. Hopefully you can beat PSG. good start with the green parties. Just need to hope Ajax has a couple of red parties throughout the season 

Thanks :) I have a better feeling of being able to beat PSG than when the group draw was made... that would be an amazing achievement. Let´s hope we can perform! I find Feyenoord stronger than Ajax this season but we will see... 

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Not Quite

 

RESULTS

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Could have been a fantastic month. But PSG cruelly showed us that they are a world class team and we have a long way to go if we want to reach their heights. 

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We had qualified until the 95th minute came... One last corner (stoppage time was supposed to be only FOUR minutes!) and then the ball hit Chirila and made it unstoppable for our goalie. **** happens I guess. Better luck next time. Blah blah blah.

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Third. We will go to the Europa League and play Everton.

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We took all our wrath out on our next opponent. Bad luck for Ajax.

 

EREDIVISIE

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We´re still behind them.

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Happy New Year

 

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A very good start to the year. 3 matches in january, 3 wins. And we beat Ajax AGAIN.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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Top of the table!

 

TRANSFER NEWS

Eiting was bought for 6M by Sparta PragueNkosi has been sold to Heerenveen for 775K and Crystal Palace bought Ashimeru for 3.2M. We had to bring in a replacement.

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Robert Hansson (23) joins for 4,7M from AGF from Denmark. The central midfielder is very quick and has a great work rate (17).

 

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European Heartbreak Goes On

 

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Aaaaand...we are out of Europe completely for this season! Everton narrowly beat us over 2 legs. Whatever, we got time to concentrate on the domestic competitions now. Which by the way are looking quite good at the moment. Top of the Eredivisie and in the quarter finals of the KNVB Beker. Could be worse indeed.

 

EREDIVISIE

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3 points ahead of our ex-bogey team.

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Gotta Have Faith

 

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March was a very good month as we won all of our games. The hardest of them was the game against NAC in the KNVB Beker quarter final, where I decided to play the second string team and we needed extra time to progress. After all a very pleasing month.

 

EREDIVISIE

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With 6 points ahead, we gotta have faith...

 

NEWS

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Not the best Youth Intake we´ve had.

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Champions!!!

 

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We have done it! PEC Zwolle are the Champions of the Netherlands! Who cares that we lost the KNVB Beker semi final against PSV? Champions!!!

 

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Fiete Arp wins the Eredivisie golden boot for the 3rd time!

 

EREDIVISIE

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Behold the Champions!

 

EURO 2028

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England retain their 2024 EURO title.

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Great Job! :hammer:

 

Arp is a "Goal Machine" but needs to knock a few more in to become Eduardo Pires! (but at least he is a real player)

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2 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

Great Job! :hammer:

 

Arp is a "Goal Machine" but needs to knock a few more in to become Eduardo Pires! (but at least he is a real player)

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Mason Greenwood :lol:

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5 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Congratulations on the title win :applause: you’ll soon be ARPING on about the champions league :lol::brock:

Thanks mate :D

3 hours ago, deltablue said:

Excellent!

Thank you :)

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Season Summary

 

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Van der Pol is slowly catching up to LeticaMohammad and Leonardo Luiz made a great leap in their development last season as well. Dantas set a new assists record with 22Rambert and Parilla had nice double-doubles as had player of the year Fiete Arp.

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Transfer Time

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No bis departures this season. Just a few players we did not need anymore had to go. The rest are loans to develop the youngsters.

 

Jefferson Sierra

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19 year old central midfielder from Colombia. We pay 2.4M to Atletico Nacional. Great First Touch (16) and Technique (15). He could learn from Dantas.

 

Ritchie Geurtsen

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The 23 year old Dutch playmaker impressed me at Heerenveen last season. We pay 12.5M to sign him. Vision (16), Decisions (17) and his first touch (16) make him a great prospect.

 

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Here We Go Again

 

Goalkeepers

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Letica and Van der Pol are basically on the same level, but experience speaks for Letica.

 

Defenders

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Leonardo Luiz and Fredrik Mohammad both developed very nicely in the last season. Great to see the crop get into bloom. Gabrijelic is growing fast as well.

 

Midfielders

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I think we have a great midfield. And now Geurtsen and Sierra joined.

 

Attackers

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Skoglund played the role as Target Man perfectly last season. 

 

 

Key Players

 

Florin Chirila

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Security at the back.

 

Andre Song

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Running the midfield.

 

Fiete Arp

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Scoring the goals.

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3...2...1...

 

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A great pre-season and we finally beat PSV in the Johan Cruijff Schaal! The league starts rather well but then we draw at home to the underdogs Willem II and lose heavily to the heavyweights Feyenoord. The month comes to a close with a convincing 4-0 trashing of Vitesse.

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Hello again, PSG ...

 

EREDIVISIE

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Up there again.

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Famous Words

 

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We beat the once mighty Ajax 4-1 and it was after this game that my ass man, asked about Arps great performance with 2 goals, said the famous sentence "I wouldn´t swap him for anyone, not even Mason Grreenwood". Then we lose to PSG but its okay given it was the away game and we scored a vital goal. Sparta seem strong again this season so a draw is not too bad for us. A must-win against Heracles followed a massive 2-1 home victory against Benfica.

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After 2 games...

 

EREDIVISIE

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PSV march on and we follow.

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(Not So) Golden October

 

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Great start but then 2 disappointing defeats against admittedly strong opposition. Leipzig were all over us at home and the same happened in Eindhoven 5 days later. Luckily we were able to recover and score a vital 1-0 win at AZ to keep us going.

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Everyone can still qualify.

 

EREDIVISIE

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PSV still march on.

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Gifted Goals

 

RESULTS

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Disappointment at the beginning of the month as we lose our CL game against Leipzig but it didnt come unexpected. Next was a game no fan will easily forget: We scored 8 goals against newly promoted N.E.C. and Gift Rooi walked away as the Player of the match with the ball after scoring 4 (!) goals. He took advantage of Arp being sidelined for some days and excelled in Arps position up front as poacher. This gave us confidence and the following games were won without great effort. Then NAC visited us and we only managed a draw... but its ok the lads were just tired I guess.

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A match to remember.

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If we win against Benfica and Leipzig beat PSG we will qualify as 2nd in the group.

 

EREDIVISIE

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We overtake PSVNAC having a good season.

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Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold

 

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Oui! We did it! We did our job and defeated Benfica at home and Leipzig were so kind to defeat PSG. Which means were are through to the next round of the Champions League! All in all a great month for us, if you don´t look to closely at those 2 draws at the end...

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Here were are. Tiny PEC Zwolle qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League!

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One of the hardest draws.

 

EREDIVISIE

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PSV overtake us again.

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Cool Breeze

 

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January didn´t start well as we were beaten by old school Ajax in the KNVB Beker. We made up for it by scoring 9 goals in the 2 remaining league matches.

 

EREDIVISIE

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Feyenoord had a game in hand and they made the most of it.

 

TRANSFER NEWS

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A lot of departures in the January transfer window! Munoz was upset he didn´t get as many games as he expected and made noises about it in the dressing room so off he went. Hansson was more diplomatic and agreed to a loan to get more playing time. Youngster Maier and Reserve team striker Kuppers also went out on loan. Then PSV came in with an offer for our keeper Erik van der Pol. He definitely wanted to leave so I let him and we got nice 6M for him. Now we of course had to bring in another keeper to challenge Letica

 

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So we brought in 23 year old Serbian national team keeper Dalibor Milovanovic from Liverpool for 14.75M. That´s a lot of money for us but we were able to divide in into 3 instalments. Turns out he is way better than the aging Letica already and will be our new number one with immediate effect. 

 

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Well one is the sure in your save,your affiliate clubs always have a bad end in their season.:D

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Fresh February

 

RESULTS

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An almost perfect month. But i can´t fault my player for drawing against Juventus. Arp & Skoglund seem to click more and more as a pairing up front.

 

EREDIVISIE

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Feyenoord fall back and we march on.

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Goals, Goals, Goals

 

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We were never going to win the tie against juventus, so I am not too disappointed. We scored 2 goals there so thats fine for me. The rest of the month are 3 wins in 3 league games. Get in!

 

EREDIVISIE

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The gap is seven points now. And only 5 games to go.

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On 10/04/2021 at 11:08, deltablue said:

It's looking good for another title.

Yeah, we have to finish them off now :)

On 10/04/2021 at 12:26, Sheriff7 said:

Excellent!:applause:

Thanks :)

On 11/04/2021 at 09:17, SixPointer said:

Good results in the UCL group and I feel there will be another title party in zwolle

Getting nearer to that feeling as well... :) 

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Oops, We Did It Again

 

RESULTS

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We secured the title already before that Heerenveen game.

 

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Fiete Arp wins the Eredivisie golden boot for the 4th time!

 

EREDIVISIE

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Here are the Champions, 8 points ahead!

 

 

NEWS

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Almost forgot the Youth Intake. It was nothing special.

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Season Summary

 

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Milovanovic was planned to become our new first choice keeper, but he got injured in February and veteran Letica had to cover for him for the rest of the season. But new he is fit again and ready to be our number one. Our defence made a big step forward as a unit. Parilla had another double-double and Arp became Top Scorer of  the Eredivisie once more.

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Transfer Time

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Zimmermann was let go because he would not keep quiet on the subject of joining a bigger club. Letica left after he noticed he wouldnt be our first choice keeper anymore.

 

Alvaro Fernandez

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The Real Madrid academy product (26) joins from Sevilla for 3.6M after stints at Manchester United, Preston North End and Celta Vigo. A very technical (15) left defender with good acceleration (15) and pace (16). 

 

Paul Brandes

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The 22 year old German right winger joins from Fortuna Düsseldorf  for a fee of 5M. He already has 12 U21 caps for Germany. His Technique (18) is outstanding and he can really dribble (15).

 

 

Julian Burkhardt

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22 year old Colombian central midfielder who already got 2 caps for his country. Tackling (15), Determination (17) , Bravery (17), Balance (16), Stamina (16) all help him being a good Ball Winning Midfielder. 5.5M go to Stade Brestois.

 

Matteo Festa

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Originally planned as a backup Target Man up front, the 19 year old Italian striker can also play as a central defender! His physical attributes prove that. We pay 1.9M to Genoa.

 

Milenko Menting

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We needed a 3rd keeper as Letica left so we called him up from our Reserve Team. Good reflexes (14). But thats about it.

 

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

 

Goalkeepers

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Letica is history. Let´s hope Milovanovic does not get injured often.

 

Defenders

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Leonardo Luiz has a good backup in Fernandez now. Festa is a striker, usually.

 

Midfielders

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Geurtsen´s at the wheel! The quality in our midfield seems to have declined a bit.

 

Attackers

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Festa is missing here, but he can also play in attack. But Skoglund is playing well with Arp atm, so why change that?

 

 

Key Players

 

Florin Chirila

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Security at the back.

 

Andre Song

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Running the midfield.

 

Fiete Arp

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Scoring the goals.

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First Things First

 

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A great pre-season and we also beat Feyenoord in the Johan Cruijff Schaal! The league starts rather well but then we lose at home to the underdogs Groningen in a strange game which has their keeper as the man of the match. Then we trash Feyenoord 4-1.

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Looks better than our recent draws in the CL.

 

EREDIVISIE

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Early birds.

 

NEWS

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Our stadium expansion is finally finished and we can now host 31.844 fans in our home games.

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Winning Like Champions

 

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What a way to defeat Stade Rennais! Arp is on fire and makes short work of them. Ok, 2 goals came in stoppage time, but still...

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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We go top.

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Goals Galore

 

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Another 5-1 win for us in the Champions League! And again a hattrick by Arp. Man City however are too strong for us. And also...Utrecht!?! We lose 4-5 in a spectacular but also strange game where every shot was a goal. This time 3 goals from Arp were not enough.

 

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Looking good at half time.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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We lose the top spot but who cares after 11 games anyway?

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3 minutes ago, SixPointer said:

Flying start!! Before I can even congratulate on the league win. ARP has the keys to the city now for sure! He must be breaking records if he keeps this is up! 
 

loving your new header for the updates :brock:

Thanks mate :) Arp is unbelievable and somehow keeps getting better every season. I wonder when he stops doing that :D

Yeah it was time to get "professional" with this career update, so I made a fancy header, glad you like it :) 

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Breaking The Waves

 

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In the league we march on with Arp scoring 5 goals in 3 matches. But our form in the Champions League has declined a lot. We first lose against Manchester City which can of course happen and was also expected but the we lose to Stade Rennais AT HOME - at team that we trashed 5-1 in their own stadium! This makes qualifying from the group on our own impossible. We have to rely on City beating Rennes.

 

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Not looking good with one game to go.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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Here we are again. At least in the league.

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Breaking Our Hearts

 

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Wonderful month one might say, if you don´t mind the Ajax result. We do our job in the Champions League and defeat Partizan 5-0. And Man City do what? They play their reserve team and DRAW with Rennes and we are out and will play in the Europa League now! Football bloody hell!

 

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Thank you, Man City.

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For this.

 

EREDIVISIE

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We are on top with NAC hot on our heels.

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New Years Day

 

RESULTS

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Happy new year! 3 games, 3 wins. Really happy. And Arp just cannot stop scoring this season.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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4 points ahead, but Feyenoord got 1 game in hand.

 

 

TRANSFER NEWS

 

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Both Parilla and Dantas have left us. Parilla wanted to move to a bigger club and Dantas was unhappy about getting fewer playing time. So they went and we collected the money. But our team is of course weakened now.

 

Roberto Ramos

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We sign the 21 year old right winger talent from Real Madrid academy for 775K. He is a long-term transfer hopefully.

 

Joaquin

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Another right winger, this time we pay 3.9M to Wolfsburg. A fast player with good technique, he could make at least a decent replacement for Parilla.

 

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Nice Draw

 

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A great 3-3 in Zwolle follows a 2-1 in Vigo. We were very lucky there - new signing Joaquin showed his worth already. Sadly, in the KNVB Beker we lose to PSV after penalties. 

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Thats Nice.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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2 points ahead still.

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Nice To Beat You

 

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A loss against PSV starts the month but then we steady ourselves. We even beat Nice away after drawing at home. Next, please.

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Another French Team. Stronger this time, I guess.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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2 points ahead still. They are relentless.

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Iron Like A Lyon 

 

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We could be happy that we reached the semi finals of the Europa League but the loss against Ajax got us into some trouble in the league.

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Napoli. This is gonna be hard.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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We drop down to 2nd position after the defeat against damn Ajax. 2 games to go.

 

NEWS

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Not a very good Youth Intake this year.

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A Near Miss

 

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We won the Eredivisie. But we lost the Europa League final. I know I shouldnt be sad or angry but somehow I am both right now. I guess I will appreciate our great performance in some days. Arp only scored one goal this month. And that was a penalty.

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It was over after the red card.

 

 

EREDIVISIE

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At least some consolation.

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His best season for us so far.

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