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August 2026:Regular Season: "Snatching mediocrity from the jaws of victory"

Manager's Thoughts

The defense is a shambles and has been since the second half of last season. Last season we did so well because Boris Gall and his understudy Trusa scored 50 goals between them. Well Gall has gone missing and hasn't scored yet this season and our goal scoring is what covered up our deficiencies in defense. We just don't have the offensive punch we used to have. I don't know how long this will last..... 

Schedule

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Highlights

The month began with a match versus Zlate Moravce at the Cermel. Ordinarily I would play the "benchwarmers" and expect victory!

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We were favored mostly because we were above them in the table and at home.....but our state of play has been not good and I hope for better play.

This is a MUST Win!

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Absolutely Tragic! We played the worst team in the league down to ten men and only got a draw.....

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The Analysts raged almost as much as I did after the game as it took them scoring to shock us out of our stupor!

The reward for beating the Greeks would be a Serbian Team I think!

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The following Thursday night saw us host Panathinaikos in Kosice at the Cermel....I was hoping for a better outing!

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The Greeks thought this was in the bag and were put on the back foot almost immediately by Adam Varga, who was man of the Match!  

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Adam's Two Goals and the good defense played showed a glimpse of what we could be....

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The Analysts were ecstatic with how well our defense played.....I mostly thought it was because the Greeks thought they could beat us by showing up.

After the European Night the Cermel got ready for the First Slovan Bratislava match of the Season....."Slovan *****" chants could be heard from our supporters....

even though they currently top the League!

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If the team plays like they did against the Greeks we have a chance....

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The Slovan Manager ridiculed me for having a Slovak only Transfer Policy!

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We started off well and both sides played hard in an even match, but SB's game tyer in stoppage time hurt....

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We were the better team, but just can't seem to get that extra goal or stop the opposition from scoring at in opportune times!

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I don't think so....

The team headed to Athens not expecting a warm welcome....

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Panathinaikos decided to use 4-4-1-1 to give us less room to run riot in their box, but made them much more predictable and easier to defend. Neither team was able to get an upper-hand  and a draw suited us just fine.

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Just loving that sweet European Money....

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The Analysts report showed that it was an even match and a draw was a decent result.

After the trip to Athens we headed to Zilina....and in an attempt to get us scoring goals I decided to use a 3-4-3

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It was a massacre.....I will not be using the 3-4-3 against them in the future!

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and the media is beginning to get on our case......

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The players weren't happy with my press statements, but they did some extra running at practice the next day!

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Yes it was a tactical blunder, but our defense hasn't been good since the second-half of last season.....

We had to pick ourselves up and play against a Serb Team for Europa Conference League Group Stage....

$3.43M Dollars up for Grabs!

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We were underdogs but I hoped to get a lead like we did against the Greeks!

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The Serbs played us tough, but on the whole neither team really tried to win, but we probably should have left with a 1-0 lead, but it just wasn't met to be.

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Boris Gall has all but disappeared....we need his Goal scoring and quickly.

We then headed to Dubnica another "tablepropper" to right our ship against.....

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We were favored which shows how bad Dubnica were....

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I was asked about tactics and said that good defense is a priority!

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Dubnica gave us everything they had but we did just enough to get a result.....a few more would have been nice....

All Kosice wants to know! Where in the World is Boris Gall?

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At least we were able to get the Media off our backs.....for now!

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Analysis shows that is was closer than it needed to be......

It was now off to Serbia! A draw or win would see us in the Group Stage of the Europa Conference League!

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After our lackluster effort at the Cermel I wasn't hopeful, but stranger things have happened....

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It was a nervy affair, but Adam Varga is the man of the moment so far....securing us the Bag!

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They were the better team and had more chances......but ladyluck smiled on us!

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We Are in the Group Stage again! If we do well great if we go out we did our job already. Time to concentrate on the league!

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We have a slight chance if we split with Slovan Liberec and beat down the Lithuainians....BMG are in a different class.....

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I am not prioritizing the tournament any further this season....since our league position is bad already!

Speaking of which, we headed home to play Michalovce at the Cermel.

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We were favored mostly because we were at home.....

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I had to take some questions about new signings that are struggling!

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another match where the opposition went down to ten men, but this time we finished the Job!

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It was a late goal but it was a Freekick so there was a good chance!

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We were the better team, but there is still room for improvement!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Peter Horvath

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even though it hasn't been the best season defensively as a unit. Horvath has stood out.

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Tomas Filipiak's late strike that rescued the Zlate Moravce match was a worldly!

Analysts Report

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The scoring is there even with Gall MIA. The Defense is a shambles and is constant state of worry.

Management Report

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The Jury is still out on this season we now definitely have the bankroll to absorb a bad season, but will I keep my job?

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Tough update.  So much 1-1/0-0!  So tough when those little things that went your way suddenly aren't and it goes from three points to one or none. 

Boris should get back to being Boris, unless he's getting old now?  Feel like it's still early, but sometimes players just fall off cliffs...

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3 hours ago, 13th Man said:

Tough update.  So much 1-1/0-0!  So tough when those little things that went your way suddenly aren't and it goes from three points to one or none. 

Boris should get back to being Boris, unless he's getting old now?  Feel like it's still early, but sometimes players just fall off cliffs...

Boris is 32 y.o.! ,but he all of as sudden forgets how to score or get open after roughly 125 goals in 5 years.....seems a little unrealistic.

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11 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

Boris is 32 y.o.! ,but he all of as sudden forgets how to score or get open after roughly 125 goals in 5 years.....seems a little unrealistic.

Uhm, not necesarilly, bad streaks of form can happen to anyone. Have you tried giving him a vacation by leaving him out couple of weeks? That works sometimes if criticism doesnt.

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40 minutes ago, Muttley84 said:

Uhm, not necesarilly, bad streaks of form can happen to anyone. Have you tried giving him a vacation by leaving him out couple of weeks? That works sometimes if criticism doesnt.

I will try that.....problem is I am sort of in need of results.....

 

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FC Kosice

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September 2026:Regular Season: "Angst in the Dugout"

Manager's Thoughts

The Team's struggles continue and I am now beginning to tinker and rotate looking for a "Winning Formula" and that is not helping the team find form. I am beginning to second guess myself and begin to wonder if Boris Gall's exceptional scoring hid ALL of our problems. He might be the winning formula if he can find his groove again! Otherwise this month was not worth playing.....

 Schedule

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Highlights

The month of September started of with an International Break that saw two of our CB's return to the U-21's!

The rest of the team remained in Kosice as I continued to tinker with roles and TI's to help our offense. The Second week before the Trnava match was dedicated to Set-Pieces.

The Trnava match would see us go on the road against a team worse than us in the standings.....

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In the Pre-match press conference I tried to show faith in the team with thoughts that we had turned it around....

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That faith was slightly misplaced.....

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We didn't lose.....but that doesn't change that we keep throwing points away!

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According to the analysts this is one we should have won.....

Then we had to start thinking about a trip to Germany......I didn't think we had a chance against the BMG in our current form and I decided to play the "Second String"

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He could have warned us about the whole team.....

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He was only excited about the thrashing his team was about to give us....

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Much like when we played Man U last season BMG's players just danced around us and passed an scored at will.....

and the Referee didn't make things any better and earned his 4.7 rating!

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I put the best face on it I could....but it really hurt. I expected to lose but not like that!

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Yes it was a record and not one to be proud of!

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Analysis shows at best the match would have been a 3-1 loss.....

After the Disaster in Gladbach we headed home to play an overachieving Pohronie team.....They were preseason relegation favorites, but some how they are in 5th place.

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We would be playing at the Cermel so I felt rather confident that this would be a "bounce back" match!

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I had said we would be able to put them in their place....and their manager took umbrage with it! I was trying to play mind games with my own team to get them firing on all cylinders after the BMG "Massacre".

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It came back to bite me in the ***! But we actually didn't deserve to lose and I can say I was FMed!

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Yes our loss at the Cermel is noteworthy....we almost never lose at home!

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Analysis shows it was an even match until their late goal.....from a penalty!

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Our poor play is having an effect on the attendance numbers.....We all need to do better!

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It was another winnable game, but with our form It is was a little dicey......

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We tried and failed to score yet again.....Enquiring fans want to know where is Boris?

It was our goalie that saved our bacon though!

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The Captain has spoken.....He will do better!

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Analysis shows that the match was even but we were a little better and more thrown away points!

Due to our European Schedule we hadn't played our Slovak Cup Match yet, but we found out who our opponent would be if we win!

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Rim Sobota was a lower League team we shouldn't have too much trouble against so I decided to send out the "Benchwarmers"

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Pacinda keeps talking about players on others teams I wish he would criticize some of ours instead!

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Both Kosice teams would be in action tonight....but I expect that we will fare better!

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We played well on the offensive end but were still a little slipshod on defense and still need some work. I have to salute Rim Sobota, they gave us all we could handle even if the Media thinks otherwise!

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I brought Boris on as a Super Sub just so he would have a chance to score again and it WORKED!

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He played well, but is still a little ways from being in the starting lineup.

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After getting burned by shooting off my mouth against Pohronie I decided against saying anything!

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The Analysts were bullish about our win, but I was concerned about the goals we gave up to an inferior team!

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Skalica is next up and I am actually going to prioritize the Slovak FA Cup as our way back to Europe this season.....

The Next Month Starts off with two big matches before the International Break!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Daniel Gaspar

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The Playmaker has had his role changed to IW-A but he is still among the most productive players on the team. He is our Set-Piece Specialist!

Analysts Report

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Shooting failed us this month and the Defense is still a shambles.....

Management Report

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October 2026:Regular Season: We are the Normal"

Manager's Thoughts

I still have misgiving and am perplexed by our terrible start, but after some tinkering  with roles the team seems to be playing better. I think we have dug ourselves too deep a hole in the League, but we have a chance in both Europe and the Slovak FA Cup. The answer to my prayers happened my buddy Boris found his goal scoring groove again and that is a major reason for the turn-around!

Schedule

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Highlights

October would start off with two tough games and then we would have the International Break.

The first was European Night versus Czech Club Slovan Liberec.....

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The visitors were favored but if we played to our potential, we would have a chance of winning!

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Former Player keeps us chasing ghosts!

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We played well and really weren't challenged by the Czech Team we were playing.....if we had played like this all season we would be in a much better place in the League!

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According to our Analysts we weren't that good....I disagree and so does the scoreboard!

Just Three days after the Slovan Liberec match the team had to lay AS Trencin.

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The trip to Trencin is never easy, but a win do our fortunes a world of good. 

During the Presser I was asked about signing some player I never heard of.....and didn't people notice that we mostly used our own Youth players....

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We were lucky in many ways but also this was one of our best performances this year.

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We made the Highlight Shows....maybe we can forget about the first three months of the season....but the table doesn't.

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The analysts showed me that neither team played well but that we did come out on top!

I personally thought we played well....but what do I know right....How many Trophies have the Performance Analyst hoisted?

After that match was the International Break, Two of our 3 CB's were on International duty and weren't able to enjoy a lighter training schedule for once...The up turn in our fortunes had me decide to lessen training to two blocks a day....

Our Next Match would be a test Dunjska Streda....

Like Trencin, Streda is a tough place to play and was not exactly the right place to go to off a break....

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Of course the defending champs were favored, but I hoped that we would continue our good play and surprise them....

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Of course I fear another defeat with the team in a fragile state, I was afraid of losing badly....it might ruin the season.

 and continue our slump!

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We started well and took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Vesely fired Streda up at halftme and they played like men with their hair on fire during the second half. Two quick goals gave them the lead. A late goal by Boris gave us what I hoped would salvage a draw, but it wasn't meant to be when their Captain scored the Winner on 85 minutes.

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I would be pleased if my boys came back too....

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Analysis shows we didn't play as well as it looked on the scoreboard.....these guys need to get away from the computer screens and actually watch the games!

After the trip to Dun. Streda we had a trip to Skalica for the Slovak FA Cup....

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I'm glad that Pacinda is interested in the team....is this his way of begging for a job?

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I said I would rest Marek Vaclav and I actually rested most of the "First XI" for the game....

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The "Benchwarmers" had enough about them to see us through against determined opposition....

but Boris was the difference!

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I am very glad that he is finding form again.....

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I was happy for the supporters that we still had the chance to win a trophy and a European Place!

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According to the Analysts it was another "Lucky" win....

as a reward we would play Ruzomberok next:

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This will be a teat that needs the "First XI"

Suduva came to town and I started the "First XI"

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even though we should have no trouble with the Lithuainians!

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We played like the teams of old! (Last couple Years) Suduva was completely outclassed.

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The Analysts were pleased with our football for once!

After the match with Suduva we then hosted Ruzomberok at the Cermel....

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The guests were favored, but like I always say never overlook a home underdog!

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I wanted to remind the team that we needed to continue this streak and we need to work hard to achieve that!

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It wasn't a pretty game but we got a late goal and get the win!

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More highlights that must mean were playing well right?

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and of course I complimented the other manager admitted we deserved our late goal!

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Another close match goes our way....the Performance analysts are currently reprogramming their software!

We then had to play close rivals Zlate Moravce on the Final day of the month.....

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The match was a hard fought affair that was marred by abysmal refereeing!

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The match was stolen by this guy! with a last minute penalty...

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The analysts weren't incensed as I was about the refereeing....

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because their program told them told them the other team played better.....but a scored penalty is worth 1.00 xG!

After the match I received a note that the Training Facilities had been upgraded.

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League Table

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Player of the Month

Adam Varga

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The TM played the best football during the month providing both goals and assists!

Analysts Report

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Both offense and defense improved, but there is a long way to go to repair the damage!

Management Report

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9 hours ago, 13th Man said:

Good turn around, there are often dicey spells, but it seems like Kosice is pulling themselves back out of the hole

I was beginning to wonder....if it wasn't going to end well.....

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November/December 2026: Regular Season : "Climbing the table"

Manager's Thoughts

The team continued its improved performance this month and made good progress toward securing European Football by winning in the Slovak FA Cup. I am going to focus on that competition as our ticket to Europe, just in case we don't play well in the final four games before the split and get involved in relegation fight. I think we are good enough to top that table if necessarry but I am hedging my bets.

Schedule

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Highlights

The Month of November started with a trip to Ruzomberok for Slvak FA Cup Match.

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We were on a high and the hosts were slumping.....

I played a half rotated team led by Boris Gall!

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He continued his form scoring a Hat-Trick and leading the team to victory!

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He is definitely finding his groove again!

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I was happy with the win, but I wasn't going to make any pronouncements that would follow us the rest of the season. So I used the cliche "one game at a time"

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The Analysts were happy, but I was concerned about the goals we gave up!

We were to play Inter Bratislava another fallen giant.....that isn't even in organized Slovakian Football next in the Slovak FA Cup!

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After the trip to Ruzomberok we had to travel to Lithuania to play in the Europa Conference League.

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We were favored and I decided to play the Benchwarmers against the slumping team.

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This was an important match if we wanted any chance of continuing in the tournament!

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The rotated team played well and we took advantage of another slumping team.....

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The analysts were happy with the football we played.

The Slovakian Champions Dun Streda must not be taking Europe seriously....as they are almost eliminated from the Europa League already!

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With a tough group of Leeds, OL, RB Salzburg.

The team then returned home to play a hot Zilina at the Cermel.

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As we got ready for the game rumors swirled that I would leave Kosice for Russia.....I had to reiterate my commitment to FC Kosice!

The match against Zilina would be the last before and International Break.....

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According to the Press and the bookies we were Home Underdogs!

This was based on our table position and our early form....

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Of course I will rotate this is the third match in a week!

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Petrus, the Zilina Manager, is just jealous that he doesn't have better Slovakian Players!

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He is just playing mind games....lol!

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and the Board and Supporters love that I am not leaving! Better keep winning though.....

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and that is just what we did! Goals by Varga and Daniel Gaspar!

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Just a very bitter man....

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Highlight Match especially since the War of Words about our Transfer Policy!

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Gaspar's role has been changed from WP-A to IW-A and he is prospering!

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Analysis shows that the match was close, but Gaspar's late goal propelled us to Victory!

The team then went on International Break that meant two out of our three young Starting CB's would see action and add to their match fatigue.

The rest of the team worked on their Set-Pieces....and hung out with the Manager on Sunday Evening!

This was all in preparation for a Slovan Bratislava match!

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The trip to the capital is never a fun one for us unless we win......

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The use of the tired players on International Duty was brought up. I am always happy to see my players represent the country. I just wish they could get some time off as well!

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The match was a tight affair we started well, but had a hard time getting off another shot....Slovan played hard, but we were able to deny them victory.

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The Analysts said we were lucky to draw, but I don't totally agree. Our Goalie was the "Man"! stopping 9 shots!

After the Slovan Bratislava match we were hosting BMG from Germany.....

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This would be the biggest crowd yet !

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BMG is slumping but have more than enough to beat us badly.....

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Of course we lost....any of their Goal scorers make more in wages than our entire team!

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Unfortunately in this match we lost two players.....

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Analysis shows that we didn't play well.....

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Biggest Attendance the Stadium was 95% full and the Hotels and Bars around the Stadium thank the German Tourists for their money!

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Slovakia has a tough group for European Qualifying with France and Croatia among the teams!

The last match of the month was against Dubnica......

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The table proppers came to the Cermel and were served a dish of "Revenge"!

It was a beat down.....

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Analysis shows how dominant we were.

As I have said earlier that I had tinkered with roles in the Formation.....

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The main differences are that the MR is now an IW-A instead of a WP-A.....and the DM is now a DLP-D instead of BWM-D these roles suit the players better and play has improved.

League Table

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Analysts Report (November)

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Management Report (November)

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The team is setting up well in the bankroll department and the board is satisfied after our early season slump that we have turned it around.

Highlights (December)

The first match of December was the last league match before Midseason Break!

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It was a trip to Michalovce...a match we should win.....if we play to our ability!

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Matej Trusa our newest Forward is still an injury doubt which means Boris gets more time on the pitch.....

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The match was a bore draw as both teams seemed more interested in going through the motions and hurting each other than winning!

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The Analysts said we were lucky, but neither team really deserved a win.....

The last match before Midseason Break was a trip to the Czech Republic with Qualification for the Knockout Round on the Line!

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Erik Pacinda was still worried about the opposition!

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Yes, we would mark him and make life difficult for him!

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Of Course I want the team to play better than the last match.....I'm here to win!

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We went down early, but fought hard for a deserved win!

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Analysts weren't as happy with our play as I was....we won and are in the Knockout Round!

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The team then went on Vacation until December 26th!

 

League Table (Midseason)

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The team is now in the top half of the table we will have to win 3 of the remaining four before the Split to assure our survival.

Player of the Month 

Robert Valach

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Boris and Daniel Gaspar get the plaudits, but this young defender has anchored a backline that has settled into good young back three. He is a Star and will probably be leaving FC Kosice in a few year's!

 

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29 minutes ago, SixPointer said:

Can’t be tempted to join the Moscow powerhouse? I’ve been thinking Russia for FM22 so been doing some research due to the fact I work so much now and never get to play 😞

In the real world my avatar probably would be....but if it were to happen in this save. I think Matus wants to move west rather than east!

I was thinking of Russia for mine as well but that could change since I am not going to start the save till next June!

 

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Interesting new tactical tweak!  The IW should start wider so will keep the width more than a wide playmaker and won't be a ball magnet in the same way, while your DLP can be a great asset in recycling possession from the deep center of the pitch.  Results looking much better!

Feel you on Russia though.  Seems like unfinished business still at Kosice.  Maybe someday, but not quite yet.  Speaking of which - when does your school work start up again?  It's coming right up for me, with prep starting next week.  You mentioned not wanting to do write ups during the school year, so does this mean the Kosice story might be nearing a conclusion in some way?

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4 hours ago, 13th Man said:

Interesting new tactical tweak!  The IW should start wider so will keep the width more than a wide playmaker and won't be a ball magnet in the same way, while your DLP can be a great asset in recycling possession from the deep center of the pitch.  Results looking much better!

Feel you on Russia though.  Seems like unfinished business still at Kosice.  Maybe someday, but not quite yet.  Speaking of which - when does your school work start up again?  It's coming right up for me, with prep starting next week.  You mentioned not wanting to do write ups during the school year, so does this mean the Kosice story might be nearing a conclusion in some way?

Sometimes it is just better to play using the players BEST role and work around that....which is why I have a TM-S instead of a DLF-S as well....Adam Varga is an Olivier Giroud Type instead of good shooting AMC.

This was supposed to be a one club save.....and probably will be. I am just about hitting the ceiling of what can be done with a Slovak only Transfer Policy.

As for keeping this going and work. School Starts on the 31rst. Professional Development on the 24th. I will be taking a break starting Tuesday for about 10 days because I am going off the grid on vacation.

Once I get back I will update more infrequently and with less detail, because of time and this Career will probably end about the time FM22 comes out.

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December 2026/January 2027: Midseason Break/2nd Preseason

Manager's Thoughts

The second Preseason is a chance to see where we are as a team. I like to "Barnstorm" around Europe and play everyone and anyone for a payday. It also allows me to gauge where we need tweaking tactically. This season was difficult as we just aren't as concise in the final third. I think this is due to our reputation going up and more and more teams including bigger teams denying us space by "parking the bus".

 

 

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Highlights (December)

The Midseason break is here and not much is happening.....but we find out who our next Europa Conference League Opponent is!

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Dynamo Kyiv is the biggest team in Ukraine. They will provide a formidable challenge.

The Youth Intake preview was next.....

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3-4 decent players in positions we are already strong in! More Members for the CB and GK Conveyor belts!

This is a little late but I wanted Everyone know England has now won the last Three World Cups!

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As 2nd Preseason began and our First String Striker gets injured and will miss it.

Midseason Report

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The Team is in the upper half but must remain vigilant because non of our players except Fabini are really playing well.

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Even with all of our bad play this season we are in second place in conceded goals. Now if we could find a way to score more!

Analysts Report (December)

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The defense is getting better but still has a way to go!

Management Report (December)

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Gotta love that sweet European Cash!

Highlights (January)

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The window has opened but unless I can find Slovakian Upgrades willing to work for low wages I am not buying!

Analysts Report (January)

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Management Report

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The team lost money due to all the travel during the 2nd Preseason!

Player of the Preseason

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Another of the young Star CB's produced by the Team......probably will be hard to keep as well!

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6 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

Sometimes it is just better to play using the players BEST role and work around that....which is why I have a TM-S instead of a DLF-S as well....Adam Varga is an Olivier Giroud Type instead of good shooting AMC.

This was supposed to be a one club save.....and probably will be. I am just about hitting the ceiling of what can be done with a Slovak only Transfer Policy.

As for keeping this going and work. School Starts on the 31rst. Professional Development on the 24th. I will be taking a break starting Tuesday for about 10 days because I am going off the grid on vacation.

Once I get back I will update more infrequently and with less detail, because of time and this Career will probably end about the time FM22 comes out.

Got you. My school work is starting a week from Monday, so I’m hoping to finish out the season before then and switch to the more standard quarterly write ups rather than monthly detailed as well.  Glad to hear the Kosice story won’t be ending with the start of the school year

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2 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Young centre back looks phenomenal!

I have triplets aged 17, 19, 20 that are all about the same and are NOW the starting Back three. Valach and Horvath are Slovakian U-21's!

I'm hoping they stay long enough to get capped at the Senior Level while playing for us! It would be a vindication of our Transfer Policy.

 

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1 hour ago, Hootieleece said:

I have triplets aged 17, 19, 20 that are all about the same and are NOW the starting Back three. Valach and Horvath are Slovakian U-21's!

I'm hoping they stay long enough to get capped at the Senior Level while playing for us! It would be a vindication of our Transfer Policy.

 

It’s already testament! Bilbao effect would take centuries to fully establish in the level of league you play in. So it’s already been a success as of now 

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February 2027:Regular Season: "Finding our level"

Manager's Thoughts

The team continued playing its uninspired attempts to breakdown buses. Fortunately the team is playing better defensively since I have decided to start the "Triplets" on our back line. Going forward we will try and win the Slovak FA Cup or the European Playoff to return to Europe, because a European place (top 2 or 3) is out of the question with our current form.

Schedule

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Highlights

The ongoing saga of will he or won't he re-sign was ended when our Goalie Fabini decided to head for the desert sands of the Middle East!

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We had offered a contract, but our wages were considerably less. ($73k/year)

and yes the rumors swirling were true we were looking on upgrading our central midfield next season....

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The month began with our Biannual beatdown of our cross city rivals Lokomotiva Kosice.

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Like most of our opponents they parked the bus and fouled us to not allow us to score as many as we would have liked!

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As one can see it was basically half field offensive practice.....

and the Myslovic rumors were true.....

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I paid a pretty penny but this 2nd preseason has convinced me that the team needs better players and the only way to do that is spend some of the money.

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Also I will probably be signing some current players to new contracts (Defensive Triplets) in the coming months as well.

Again the rumormongers are wrong.....

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I have no real interest in Italian players.....

The first match of the resumption of the season was against relegation threatened Trnava

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This would be a good game to ease us back into the grind and help us ensure a top half finish!

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The match started of well, but like many of our recent matches we were unable to get a second that would make it a comfortable outing.

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But we are able to keep our run of form in the league going!

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I was asked about Fabini's departure after the season and I think Pancik the Backup will step up!

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The Analysis shows we won the game barely!

While the game was going on I was working the phones as GM, because I was looking for a scoring threat....to help breakdown team that defend deep!

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and with the new player coming in I decided that an U-19 that would never make the team could be sold....

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While all that transfer activity was going on the team prepared for a trip to Kiev, Ukraine.

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I was not really interested in going farther in the Europa Conference league and our current form suggested to me that even our Starting XI would have a hard time beating the Ukrainian Giants.

So I played the "Benchwarmers"

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The result was predictable and was made worse due to a Red Card by DM Marek Bodo just before halftime.

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I had no problem with any "War of Words" the media was trying to create.....I knew that this would be the probable outcome.....

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The Analysts show how completely we were outplayed by the Ukrainians!

The team then had to come home and travel to Pohonrie for a league match. The newly promoted team embarrassed us at the Cermel so we wanted to return the favor!

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I was a little more cautious this time around and remembered my dictum about Home underdogs!

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New signing Martin Torok scored a goal and the play of the triplets made sure Pohonrie had very few chances....

We probably should have scored more, but a win is a win.

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Always good to see a new signing slot right into the team!

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The current streak is causing fans to forget about the beginning of the season slump! Even though that is only good enough to meet expectations!

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Analysis shows another great defensive performance by the "Triplets"

The next match was the second leg against Dynamo Kyiv at the Cermel.....

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Since I had nothing to lose in this match I decided to switch things up and play a flat 3-4-3!

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It was going to be another "European Night" beloved by the Kosice Chamber of Commerce.

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The pundits agreed and I did also that we would have a hard time winning, but we would play the game nonetheless.

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We played hard, but the Ukrainians were just better.....

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The Media were appreciative of our effort in the Europa Conference League.

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more cash for the bank account.....

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And a record to be proud of ! Lol!:brock:

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The analysts show that the match unfolded just like there programs predicted!

After the European disappointment, the team was to host AS Trencin at the Cermel to end the month.

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Trencin was favored, but if we play our best we could get a creditable result!

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The opposing manager tried to say that our reversion to more defensive tactics was a bad thing....It lead to us winning! You play to win the Game! 

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It was a very even game. We took and early 2-0 lead, but were immediately pegged back. After Halftime Trencin upped the pressure and finally broke us down!

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The tale of the tape shows we didn't play our best.....

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The unbeaten Streak is now over! Hopefully we can start another one!

The last day of the month was also the last day of the Slovakian Transfer Window.

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We were the biggest spenders, but most of our rivals were selling their players to foreign buyers!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Peter Horvath

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The "triplets" led our defense this month and he was the best of the bunch.

Management Report

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March 2027:Regular Season: "Maybe Next Year"

Manager's Thoughts

I am thinking that my concentration on Europe hurt the team for this season, but it will help the team in the long run. The team needs a tactical re-think after the teams reputation has caught up to us with even big teams wary of giving us space behind their defensive line mostly by spreading the team much more....and pressing us further back. I am thinking of returning to a back four. If I stay with the back three I may borrow some ideas from Norway as a way to find space in the final third, but that is for the future right now I have a season to finish as well as possible and a small chance at a ticket to Europe!

Schedule

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Highlights

March was going to be a short month with four fixtures in three weeks followed by an International Break.

The month would start off with a trip to Bratislava to play Fallen Giants Inter Bratislava.....They have fallen so hard they aren't even playing organized football on FM....except Slovak FA Cup!

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Everyone expects us to win this one comfortably...what could possibly go wrong!

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We were FM'ed

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Ruthless is overstatement ridiculously lucky is more like it.....Their goalie played like Donnarumma/Neuer/De Gea combined,

Their two goals came from ludicrously deflected balls that looked like intended passes and almost NEVER happen for us.

The first was a worldly but the second was a clearance by our DM that bounced off their player into the net....that was when I knew we weren't going to win!

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Even the analysts were at a loss to explain what happened!

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For one night this was the best Goalie in the world!

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To say I was less than happy with the performance was an understatement!

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Well at this point all we can do is lace up our boots and try again!

The final match before league split was against Nitra who was in 6th place.....

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The trip to Nitra wouldn't be easy based on our current form....

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I want to breakout of this poor run....I want the players to play better!

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It was a terrible game with us lacking penetrating runs in the final third.....but at least we didn't lose!

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We will find a new GK....eventually, but for right now Fabini is ours!

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As one can tell from the xG this match was like watching Paint DRY!

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Shortly after the game news came that Middle Easterners were ready to buy out Horvath's contract!

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He had a minimum release clause and the amount offered would be the most ever for a FC Kosice Player....

I offered him a new contract, but knew I was fighting a losing battle......

and as we got ready for the Championship Bracket Play.....we were hit by the injury bug.

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Sokol is our DM and is now out for a month....at least he will only miss two-three starts.

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and the backup GK will miss a few reps in practice....

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And Peter Horvath the best of the "Triplets" is off to the desert!

Our Championship Bracket play started just a few days later with us scrambling to reset the defense.....

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Unfortunately we would start with the Defending Champion and League Leader Dunjska Streda!

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I acknowledge taking on Dun Streda is tough.....

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After failing in the Europa Conference League there were no Slovakian Teams left in European Competition.....obviously we must all raise our level to win these types of competitions.

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It was a tough hard fought game....the team snatched victory from the jaws of a Draw in the last minutes!

but the hero was Fabini, who stood on his head in goal denying Dun. Streda's scoring opportunities.

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Just like they were perplexed that we lost the Inter Bratislava game, The analysts are at a loss to explain this win!

We headed back home buoyed by the last minute victory to host AS Trencin at the Cermel.....

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The visitors were set as the favorites, but always be wary of the Home Underdog!

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We are working hard to end our fruitless forays into the final third!

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another last minute victory! The boys are gonna give me a heart attack this way.....swinging from anger to joy quickly!

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The win made all the highlights shows in Slovakia!

The Analysts were quick heading out on a mini-break due to the international break and forgot to file an analysis of the AS Trencin match....

Youth Intake Day

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Marek Farkas

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Martin Kmet

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Stefam Pavuk

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Patrik Toth

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These are the four best players in the intake. I will not be holding my breath, I figure none will make the first team.

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and we got out cash from Fiorentina....

League Table

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Player of the Month

Robert Valach

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Analysts Report

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Management Report

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April 2027:Regular Season: "More than this..."

Manager's Thoughts

Whatever thought I had of the team shaking off its offensive slump this season went out the window. We have a chance to reach Europe but it will take winning a 3 game playoff and we just aren't playing that well. We want a team that is better than this in the final third.....if we just scored goals equal to our xG we might be winning the League!

Since we are scoring 1.5-2 goals less than our xG every month. That is about 12 goals that might have earned us points!

Schedule

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Highlights

The month to come would tell if we really were contenders or pretenders for a trip to Europe.  I think the latter, but don't tell anyone! With ONLY four fixtures it was not a busy month.

The First match of the month was against Zilina for some reason my assistant forgot to screenshot the preview, but it is safe to say that we were underdogs going into an away game.

The Zilina Coach also hit out at our Slovak-only Transfer Policy....

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I disagree, but that is obvious since I put it in place!

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It was a slow start and we just ran out of time for a comeback!

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The analysts weren't as impressed with our effort.

On the General Management front, I went a head and extended the contracts of most of the Support Staff....

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Even though I will probably be changing Formations the Assman stays!

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Another Triplet wanted a new deal and his Agent put in another Release Clause.

The next game would see us host Nitra at the Cermel.....

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Both team were in less than stellar form and we were favored because of "Home Field" Advantage!

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The Manager Merry-Go-Round at Slovan Bratislava keeps losing riders....and they haven't called me since I turned them down 5 years ago...

The game was little better than the last against Nitra....

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but at least we won after taking an early lead!

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A win is a win.....

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The analysts were happier than I was....I mostly wondered why we could score more often....

The next match was against League Leaders and Defending Champion Dunjska Streda who were set to visit Fortress Kosice!

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The visitors were favored, but I will always back my team....

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The Media really were digging for stories this week.....not a chance the way we are playing.....

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We fought hard and Boris Gall turned back the clock to lead the team, but it wasn't enough!

and yes were on course to be the worst we have been since we got promoted 4rth!

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The analysis shows that the team was in the game and on another day might have taken it!

The last match of the month would see us host the Slumping Slovan Bratislava.

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Slovan is thought to be better even though they just got a new coach, but that is why you play the game! to determine a winner and a loser!

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and 95 minutes on the pitch couldn't separate these teams.....we were lucky in that an early SB goal was disallowed.

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as our Ultras chant "Slovan Sucks"! 

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The Analysts agree with my assessment that we were lucky to draw the match!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Jan Molcan

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The newest member from our CD Production Line showed his quality in this month's matches which earned him a new contract!

Analysts Report

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The defense has improved since the beginning of the season but the shooting has become significantly worse.

Management Report

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The teams bank balance is positive and will remain so to give us time to re-tool the team next season.

Thanks for Reading!

 

 

 

 

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Just want all my loyal readers to know. I am going on vacation and away from FM for about 10 days. I'm going to a place that doesn't have internet connectivity for me. I was trying to finish the season and post it before I left. Unfortunately I was unable to. I will return to this thread on or around the 22nd of August.

I plan on playing the next season even though the updates will be simpler and more irregular. I will still try to do them a month at a time, but with less screenshots. I intend to keep this going until FM22 comes out.

 

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15 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

Just want all my loyal readers to know. I am going on vacation and away from FM for about 10 days. I'm going to a place that doesn't have internet connectivity for me. I was trying to finish the season and post it before I left. Unfortunately I was unable to. I will return to this thread on or around the 22nd of August.

I plan on playing the next season even though the updates will be simpler and more irregular. I will still try to do them a month at a time, but with less screenshots. I intend to keep this going until FM22 comes out.

 

Enjoy your vacation!  It'll give you a minute to consider how to take Kosice to the next level.  Okay, hopefully you do some non FM related fun and all that too...

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I am back from my isolation from the internet and will update in the next few days.

 

After this update, the pace of updates and there formatting will change. (to a less is more format)

Mostly because the school year starts August 31th.

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On 21/08/2021 at 20:08, Hootieleece said:

I am back from my isolation from the internet and will update in the next few days.

 

After this update, the pace of updates and there formatting will change. (to a less is more format)

Mostly because the school year starts August 31th.

Good times, hope you enjoyed your off the grid time!

As @SixPointer mentioned, seems like work is taking its toll on many of us! Updates are slowing to a crawl!

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11 hours ago, 13th Man said:

Good times, hope you enjoyed your off the grid time!

As @SixPointer mentioned, seems like work is taking its toll on many of us! Updates are slowing to a crawl!

The world is getting back to normal so work returns. I’ve worked the whole pandemic fortunately, on longer rotations albeit so I’ve not had my usual 6/3. Which usually meant 3 full weeks of FM while the wife was at work 🤣 so am looking forward to normality 🤣

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May 2027:Regular Season: "Almost good enough"

Manager's Thoughts

The team continued its uneven form winning some games and losing others. The biggest take away is that the team is lacking penetration and really can't score against "Parked Buses". The defense has gotten better, but I think a lot of that has to do with the play of Matej Fabini. A GK I am sorry to see go.....but I wasn't prepared to pay a premium for.

Next season will probably see me try to find a way to get more scoring on the counterattack again and I might even decide to abandon the three at the back formations.

 

Schedule

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Highlights

The month of May started off with a trip to AS Trencin. The team also needed to play better if it was to return to Europe.

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The Team is not in a bad place but our chances for a European place will probably need to win the Playoff. We aren't playing well enough to claim a spot through League Position.

Trencin was favored mostly because of our disjointed play of late.....

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The vaunted FC Kosice defense could stop Patrik Cerny.....and that was the difference in the game!

In the presser after the game Matus held forth on many topics....

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The Star of the game will probably leave AS Trencin!

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and I tried to help my relationship with a player by standing by him.

The analysts were less than impressed with our performance.....

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The team must do better if we are to reach Europe.....

The next match was against Nitra the worst team in the Championship Division!

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Here's how they were projected to lineup.....

Unfortunately our GK Fabini would miss the match!

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The bookies and media were predicting a FC Kosice Victory!

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Nitra would be playing for pride while we still had a slight chance.....for Europe!

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The game was awful....we lost focus in the second half after a good first half, but our lack of penetration is killing us!

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Another less than impressive performance via xG!

The next match would be against MSK Zilina and a "War of Words" broke out....as I was beginning to feel the pressure.....

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I continue to standby my players!

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The Zilina coach was happy that I seemed to be affected by his "Mind Games"

But the boys showed I was better at it than he was with a terrific performance!

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A Great performance in the First Half and we didn't lose focus after halftime!

The After game Pressers had lots of fodder for the Newsies!

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I don't mind "Mind Games" when they result in victory!

The analysts were less impressed than the fans and the media with our performance....

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according to them we were lucky!

The next match was a trip to visit the hated Slovan Bratislava....in a crucial 6-pointer!

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Another game where the presser was trying to start a "War of Words".....is this what happens when you aren't playing well!

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The Slovan Bratislava Managerial Merry-Go-Round has found another victim!

The game was a different matter.....

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The match was hard fought, but we played like we were capable of.....for once!

unfortunately it was the last day of the season!

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according to the analysts we were lucky again!

our 4rth place finish qualified us for a European Place Playoff as the Top Seed!

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The game was against 7th placed Michalovce

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and the Playoff would bring out the fans!

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The bookies and Media were not giving us a good chance, but we would need to be careful because of our slumping form!

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another game another Press Conference.....

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I tried to play a few mind games.....

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and it didn't work.....we lacked penetration again.....

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It was awful.....only one shot on goal!

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and the fans called me out!

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I saluted the performance of an opposing player that made the difference in the game!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Robert Valach

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Seasonal Analysts Report

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even though we had spotty form and our offense seemed to desert us at times we actually outperformed yet again!

Board Meeting

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The objectives for next season don't get relegated....I think I can do that!

The Board decided to waste our surplus....on a new stadium even though we aren't selling out our current stadium!

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Squad Dynamics

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The Team is remarkably together even though it was a tumultuous season!

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In other news The Europa Conference League Final was held....

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Jesse Marsch the American wins a trophy!

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This is why European places are important! The MONEY!

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and we were the biggest overachievers in the midst of one of our most miserable seasons in a while!

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Adam Varga our TM got mentioned as a top goalscorer in the Tournament!

Management Report

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The teams performance is a lowlight and must be turned around.....I am thinking of rethinking my formation and tactics to do so.....

The bank balance is in a good place but the board wants to squander it!

Next Season will make or break this save!

Thanks for Reading!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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2026-2027 Season Review

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and now the Marketing department will show the end of season review!

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Not many players joined the team....Michael Rusnak played the most and Martin Torok was brought in at great cost to help a flagging offense. The jury is still out on both.

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Peter Horvath and his record breaking Transfer Fee was the player we probably miss the most......

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The board and Fans were disappointed in the 4rth place finish that also saw us miss out on Europe!

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Our Europa Conference League play was good and the loss to Dynamo Kyiv was to be expected!

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The teams play was less than desired in the Slovak FA Cup as well....

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The win against League Champion Dunjska Streda was the highlight of the season!

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We stuck with our 3-1-4-2 DM through thick and thin...might need to change going forward!

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Boris Gall has become a team Legend! 133 Goals in 202 appearances, but Martin Torok is poised to take his place in the lineup!

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Many of the best players ever to play for the club are still with the team!

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Four players from that memorable first season are still with us!

Boris Gall leading the way even though the Captain will see his playing time decrease in the coming season!

Thanks for Reading!

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June-July 2027:Offseason/Preseason: "The Song Remains the Same"

Manager's Thoughts

After the struggles in form last season. I took some time away from soccer to think. I realized that the team wasn't as bad as my perception of it was and that a tactical rethink wasn't necessarily needed. That being said if we continue to struggle that is in the cards. The team brought in some better players with it new found wealth, but our Slovak only policy is hurting us in the depth department. 

The Preseason went well overall and the new players are fitting in to our style of play. I expect the team to play well and probably make Europe, but I will try to remember to temper my expectations just in case we need a tactical rethink.

Schedule

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Highlights

The offseason saw me working the phones to bring more scoring and overall more talent to the squad. This included another young Forward to compete with Adam Varga.

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This player is now the crown jewel of the FC Kosice Team!

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I see him as a DLF unless we can up his pace.....

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The Financials came next the team is in a good place, but will need to reach Europe this season to keep the team in the black now that the Board wants to build a Stadium!

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The Board set budgets way in the excess of what I am willing to spend just because we have $10M in the bank.

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I added another player for Depth Purposes.....

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He will trained as a defensive winger to replace Marek Vaclav. His Height and Pace make him a better option than the current backup.

Even though we are now the 3rd biggest team in Slovakia....our Academy Prodigies still get their heads turned!

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I have overall been relatively happy with our Youth it has provided the team with at least 4 members of the Starting XI.

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The Slovak Super League is still improving, and it is mostly our European Tournament play giving the league respect!

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As Always the Slovak Super League starts in July thus making long runs in Europe hard.....and this year we don't have that worry!

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Instead we had to worry about injuries to key players.....that would be setbacks to their match fitness going into the season.

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Like I said earlier the 3rd best team in Slovakia!

We have come a long way baby! in Seven years.....

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I had thought about sacking our HYOD but decided that he had provided about half the starting XI....that he should keep his job!

If the tweaks to our formations don't work this season the team might change formations to more nearly align with his preferences.

(4-3-3 DM Wide and 5-3-2 WB)

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The Teams Schedule was released....

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Our first five games are winnable....with the trip to Slovan Bratislava being the most difficult!

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The media reviewed last season.....we played the best match against the biggest underachiever!

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The board wanted to pay the Head Performance Analyst more if necessary....why not!

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and provided a reasonable objective for the season....even though I am hoping for Europe if possible!

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Brought in another Central Midfielder for competition for places.....

Transfers

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The New Faces

Michal Kovac

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Jaroslav Urban

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Milan Oravec

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Roman Marosi

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Tibor Horvath

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The new most expensive player we have ever had....will be a DLF with Adam Varga coming off the bench as a TM like Olivier Giroud!

Patrik Mylosivic

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This player was brought into upgrade our Central Midfield and provide us with another threat to help breakdown parked buses!

Tactics

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I had thought about trying a wholesale rethink of our tactics with new formations, but the short preseason led me to decide that I only needed to tweak the TI's and roles.

We did come in 4rth even with our struggles so we must have been doing something right!

Management Report

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In a good position, but we MUST make Europe again if we are to take this team forward.

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July 2027:Regular Season: "Turning the beat around"

Manager's Thoughts

The team looked good in Preseason and the first matches were all winnable with the Slovan Bratislava opener being the toughest match. This season I am determined to be less wedded to the 3-1-4-2 that has brought us success and use my more offensive tactics as necessary. This was done in each of the matches this month. Leading to victory. On a down note the team seems to be suffering from an abnormal number of injuries but that is alleviated by a large squad. I am carrying 28 players this year.

Schedule

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Highlights

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The Preseason media guide estimates us as a lower midtable team that has a chance to get sucked into relegation battle if we are not careful. I believe if we play like we are capable of both offensively and defensively (stop letting in last minute goals) we have a chance for Europe. We are actually helped by not having any European matches this season to distract us.

 

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What I had feared came to pass, Valach attracted foreign attention that was willing to pay his transfer fee....

The team then found out who we would be playing in the First round of the Slovak FA Cup.

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The new backup GK is injured.....

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The team was an underdog going into the game with Slovan. Matus decided that the 3-1-4-2 was appropriate to counter Slovan's 4-2-3-1 Wide.

mostly because a DM could help negate and AMC.

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The team got off to a wonder start but Slovan's GK had a wonderful time stopping us from scoring more!

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What Matus feared had come to pass.....

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but there was no way the team could compete with that kind of wage!

$544K/year for a "Fringe Player"!

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So I worked the phones and found a ready made replacement!

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The next match came and it was against Senica....Matus decided that as a Visitor he would continue to use the more defensively minded 3-1-4-2.

It was a relatively even affair even after the team lost Myslovic to injury just before halftime. the even play continued until late in the game when Senica scored in the 80th minute. Matus then unleashed the team and they went forward with purpose and scored two goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!

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Myslovic's injury will hurt us since he was to be our new featured playmaker!

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The Analysts showed that we deserved our win in that we were the better team!

The last match of the month was to be held at the Cermel....

Matus decided on using his 3-4-3 Formation to pin the 4-4-2 we would face....

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It wasn't pretty, but we won and on another day would have scored many more....we had their goal under siege and it was GK excellence that stopped us from scoring!

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Analysis shows that we were again playing excellent football and dominated the game.

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another game another injury.....

League Table

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Analysts Report

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We are playing good defense, but our shooting needs to get better if we are going to challenge for the title!

Players of the Month

Martin Torok

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The AF is coming into his own....leading the line.

Michal Rusnak

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This Giant has been the anchor of a good defense!

Management Report

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Had to spend money to bring in players so we could challenge for Europe....I wasn't expecting anyone coming for Valach this season and had to scramble for a replacement and probably overpaid!

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The team is in good shape dynamically the leadership is stable and everyone is in a good mood because we are winning!

Thanks for Reading!

 

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2 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Great start in the league. 
 

what’s the new centre backs attributes like 

These are the Current Starters:

DCR-Jan Moclan

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DCM (middle)-Michal Rusnak

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DCL-Adrian Straka: The replacement for Robert Valach

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The Backups

DCM- David Hambalek-The Star from the Academy

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DCL-R (Either or)

Tomas Filipiak

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Marek Bodo (A BWM DM that can if necessary play DC)

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This is actually a decent back three.....the Backups can fill in.....but we cant count on them for long stretches. 

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August 2027:Regular Season: "T-R-O-U-B-L-E"

Manager's Thoughts

The team started the month off well, but the lack of continuity in the lineup and the fact that we played a few better teams showed that the team is not humming on all cylinders in spite of the 5 game winning streak that came to an abrupt halt when we played the defending champions. As long as we keep beating up on the cellar dwellers and win at home against our rivals the team should be in a good place at the end of the season maybe even Europe!

Schedule

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Highlights

As August began the following Scouting suggestion came across my desk.....

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don't they know there is know way we could afford this player Now!

The Pohonrie game was first on the docket in August and it was a game that I intended to play on the front foot with a 3-4-1-2 that I "Borrowed" from French and Norwegian Football...

The opponents were to play a 4-3-3 DM Wide and the Trequarista would give the DM the "Run Around" hopefully.

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This was the fan Reaction to our convincing victory!

but there is a down note in that our Starting AF is down for a month!

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The Media Reaction was a little more staid....but impressive!

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The Analysis shows how dominating we were over the newly promoted team!

Look at the heat map of average positions....We were camped out around their box!

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After the victory against Pohronie we had Trnava next and were expected to be tough opponents. I decided on playing my Traditional 3-1-4-2 versus their 4-2-3-1 Wide in their tiny stadium (93x98).

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The change worked using some of the backup Forwards.....Adam Varga and Matej Trusa!

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The Media were aware of our play and that also meant that the players would be reading their press clipping heading into a match with the Champions Dunjska Streda.

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According to the Analysts we were lucky.....that doesn't bode well.....

With all the buzz around the club and the need to spend more time tactically coaching I decided to delegate some of my General Manager (Director of Football) Activities.

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He is mostly to deal with the youth team and organize loans, but I still have FINAL say on all transfers and signings!

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and the hero of the Trnava game is out because the Young Backup DC is over eager in training!

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Getting really upset over all the players we are getting poached this is the third one this season!

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I sold this player because I didn't see any need for him in the first team.....

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and of course our new star DC will miss the Dunjska Streda game...!

adding to an impressive list of players under physio care!

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It was to be the biggest game in Slovakian Football with a Sunday night Primetime match!

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The Champs were favored even with their form and they would play a 4-2-3-1 Wide that I would counter with the 3-1-4-2 to help counter the AMC.

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The Dunjska Streda manager tried some mind games before the match and they worked!

as we lost 2-0 and played like an amateurish side especially on defense!

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The champs put us under pressure the whole game and basically did us like we did Pohronie!

Just look at our average positions!

The final Match of the Month was to be against Michalovce at the Cermel!

We were favored and I decided to start with the 3-4-3 against them.

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The match was a wild affair and a mid game switch from 3-4-3 to 3-4-1-2 is what allowed us back into the match and allowed us to comeback and get a draw!

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The Analysis shows that we played on the backfoot for most of the game and that it was our second half change to the 3-4-1-2 that saved us!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Michal Rusnak

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even though is wasn't the best month defensively Rusnak was instrumental in converting sure losses to wins and a draw!

He will probably be promoted to Captain next season!

Analysts Report

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Defense worsened but is still good and shooting improved!

Management Report

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Everything is ok in FC Kosice. The bank balance is missing that European money and the team is a little down because of the last two matches.

Thanks for Reading!

 

 

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Glad to have you back! It’s been a nuts week at work so I missed a whole chunk, but the new season looks promising. You were always hobbling yourself a bit with the homegrown rules, but that’s the fun of the challenge and you’re trends are still in the right direction (even with the previous year’s blip).

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I have played further....but the team is back in a rough patch and my interest in the save is fading a bit. I will post the latest months eventually, but I am not sure I really want to  continue this save. Mostly because limits I set are making the game harder than necessary. This is because without success in Europe, Slovakia is a backwater and playing is a real grind. What with work having started up again I feel that I don't have the time really try and rectify the situation. I am like a rotisserie (Fantasy) player lately just buying players and hoping it works....

I had a great time with this save and learned a lot that will help in saves going forward.  I have some wonderful Ideas for a save during the Summer of 22! (I might even try a journeyman as myself!)

I would also like to thank all of the readers like @13th Man @SixPointerand any others I have missed for giving advice and making comments that helped make me continue this save as long as I have.

 

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October 2027:Regular Season: "Three Steps behind"

Manager's Thoughts

Yes we are still in second place in the league, but the cracks are showing. This month's wins and draw were due to stupendous effort by the GK. That can't last forever and even with it we are still 2 points behind the League Leader and they have a game in hand.

Schedule

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Highlights

The loss against Dunjska Streda and the draw versus Michalovce led to Matus deciding he could use some depth in his defense. So he decided to look through Fiorentina's youngsters for a likely candidate.

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He wont arrive until the second half of the season and should well with the other starting CB's.

The International Break gave us plenty of time to get ready for the next match and this is what we were to face.

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Banska Bystrica is a newly promoted team and even though we are playing away. I expect to win.

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They are in worse form and probably over their heads.

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This is my projected lineup and how I want to play.

and for laughs I just found out the Manager Pohronie has the same name!

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A little bit of difference in our resume's, I bet that Pohronie's directors thought I was applying!

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The match versus was over almost before it began thanks to Adam Varga!

The First half was good for us and the second could have been better if it didn't turn into a rugby match!

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I decided to keep this academy grad around as an Emergency GK! He hopefully won't get a lot of playing time!

The next match was in the Slovak FA Cup and it was a visit to minnow!

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The team would play the 3-4-1-2 as I was disrespecting the opponent again while also giving the "Backups" some game time!

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Boris looked like Boris again.....for one shining moment!

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This was a comprehensive victory over an overmatched team!

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The next match wouldn't be as easy.....even though Trencin has been slumping. They are one of our "Bogey Teams"!

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But we would play our 3-4-1-2 against them as well....

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The match was postponed and will now be played on a short week which doesn't favor us.

On to Zilina! that is the mantra!

The Slovakian Transfer Window Closed!

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Dunjska Streda decided to blow some of its European money on a CB....

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A young Slovakian International who played in Serie A.....player's like this are what I want for FC Kosice, but we just can't afford wages like that!

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We also found who we would face next in the Slovak FA Cup!

Our next match is against Zilina....a tough opponent!

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This is how we will setup. Playing our most defensive formation.

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This is a crucial 6-Pointer in the Regular Season and the race for Europe! and we are underdogs because we are the away team.

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It was a close game and could have easily gone the other way......

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The Goalie saved us!

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We were the worse team even though we ended up scoring more goals!

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AS Trencin was the next game and we would use the 3-4-1-2 as originally planned  but with some different players.....

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This would be a close match as AS Trencin seems to be coming out of their slump.....

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It was just one of those games we just couldn't find the net.....and our cause wasn't helped by a red card!

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Even though we went down to ten men we actually played better than AS Trencin.....we will probably miss those 3 points at the end of the season!

The Nitra match is next and is actually played in October!

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Another Six-Pointer! in the race for Europe!

We are home underdogs!

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Another big game and another terrible performance ...with us going down to ten men, but miraculously saving a draw!

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As one can see by analysis we were awful especially when we down to ten men!

League Table

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Player of the Month

Andrej Pancik

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The Goalie has been the difference between victory and defeat this month on more than one occasion!

Analysis Report

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Both defense and shooting are looking good.....

Management Report

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Thanks for Reading!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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42 minutes ago, Sheriff7 said:

Τough results,sometimes in fm your players just forget how to play football.:rolleyes:

Very True! I also hate when the best jumping team forgets to jump for crosses...

1 hour ago, karanhsingh said:

Long time! Just caught up with this. Glad to see you still flying the flag in Eastern Europe. That said will you be continuing or moving onto a new adventure? 

I am still playing and have more screenshots I need to comment on, but I am unsure of when this will officially end.....I am falling out of love with the save due to the grind and running out of time to play and write so this maybe the end. 

As for future plans I don't think I will get into Career Updates until next June with FM22! (School is out) As for where in the world I will play I have several Ideas, but might just do an old fashioned journeyman save.

 

With all that said I will still lurk and comment on careers on this forum.

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I am not going to add in depth monthly updates any more, but here is a look at what the team is doing now that we are far from the glare of the forum. LOL!:cool:

 

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As you can see we aren't quite as bad as my complaining leads one to believe...it is mostly Matus's Ego that I am channeling! No real problems except against the other title challengers except the AS Trencin game.

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Here is the League Table: 4rth place after the first half of the season going into the Championship Playoff isn't bad, but looking at our past performance against the competition Europe isn't assured.

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And this is the reason for the decent season an heir to Boris's Throne as the "Goal Machine" currently leading the League in Goals!

 

PS. Going forward I will probably do something like this on a monthly basis so you can keep up with the progress of Slovakia's Favorite Team!

 

 

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There does come a time in every save where you’re just done…The Slovak only thing certainly gives you an extra challenge when it’s not a country producing top footballers regularly and the only way to make money is Europe!

I surprisingly found myself done with one save only weeks out from a CL final. I’d been really into the save and suddenly I was just done. (Part of that was some savescuming I think, and what brought me to my Livorno save…)

Whatever way you go, I’ll keep following until the end!

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