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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Oct 2025

M:tel Premijer Liga. We're creating chances but just not taking them. We're still within striking distance of the top 3, but another month like this and we won't be. My old club TOŠK are above us in he league and have a game in hand. I know we have better players and we need to be doing better. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Dec 2025

M:tel Premijer Liga. 2 more wins make it 6 on the bounce in the league and we're within striking distance of the top 2.

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Bosnian Cup.

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Youth Intake preview. I'm hopeful that this should be significant better than we were getting at TOŠK, but good exactly remains to be seen. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Jan & Feb 2026

M:tel Premijer Liga. 2 more wins in the league take us to 8 on the bounce and we are now only behind leaders Borac (BL) on goal difference, (although it is 8 goals).

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Bosnian Cup. This was a really good win against one of the top teams in the Country who also happen to be big rivals. HUGE result. :applause:

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Jan Transfer window

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After the board sold 2 players from under me for £1.45M, I thought I would invest some of the money back into the squad, (as I fully expect them to sell more). 

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2 hours ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Kovacevic looks tasty and you snatched him from your league rivals too :applause:

Yeah. Borac (BL) finished 4th last season, (we just pipped them to 3rd with TOŠK), so they have no European income this season. It sort of makes sense to target the teams that are not playing in Europe because they won't be getting that additional income. The fact that they are doing so well this season probably has a lot to do with the fact that they can concentrate on domestic games too. 

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Youth Intake day. Mar 2026

I have never seen this before. :eek:

I have been at a club that has had 1 extra player in the intake, (via poaching). I have even been at a club who have had 2 extra players in the intake, (via poaching). I have never been at a club who have had an intake of 19 (3 extra), never mind about 20 players, (4 extra players who were poached from elsewhere). 

I didn't see the poached messages come through, but it's possible they came through during my tenure, (although it's equally possible they came through before my arrival). I will keep an eye out for these messages in future. It's nice to be on the flip side of the poaching coin for a change. 

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(26a) Jelovac (BIH) * is the 1st of the "poached" players and also top of the list by PA. He's short for a centre-half at 5'11, but I would expect him to grow a little anyway. Ignoring Det, his attributes look great for a 16 year old and I'm really hopeful that he will be good. 

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(26c) Alagic (BIH) is the 2nd of the "poached" quartet. We don't use a CAM so the choice is central midfielder or DLF. I think he appears more suited to centre-mid, but I'm also aware that his weakest area is his physicality. Maybe he would be better as a DLF but I think I'm going to stick with CM and stick him on a B2B training regime. 

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(26i) Žilić-Ladjevic (BIH) is the 3rd of the poached players. He looks more like a CM than a DLP, but he's wrong-footed for that. We will see how he develops but I think it unlikely he breaks into our senior squad. 

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(26o) Dzafic (BIH) is the 4th "poached" player and looks decent. Needs to work on his physicals but not awful. 

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(26b) Claes (BIH) (BEL) is the only non-"poached" player worth of a mention. Perfect for my left-sided poacher role. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Mar 2026.

M:tel Premijer Liga. The loss to Radnik came as a result of our GK missing a penalty. :( He's now scored 6 of 9 taken this season at 66.66%.

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Bosnian Cup.

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I've been reading this over a couple of days and it's clear you've been getting more and more into the save! Good stuff so far,  will be following! 

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48 minutes ago, Jtomsett11 said:

I've been reading this over a couple of days and it's clear you've been getting more and more into the save! Good stuff so far,  will be following! 

Yeah, thanks, I am. :thup:

There is nothing like a bit of absence to make the heart grow fonder. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Apr 2026.

M:tel Premijer Liga. We're just 1 point behind leaders Sarajevo with 4 games left to play. 

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Bosnian Cup. The scorelines might be narrow, but I can tell you the games weren't at all. As dominant 1-0's as you will see. 

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Records.

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. May 2026.

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar. I was hoping that Sarajevo would drop points on the run-in, and although they did, we also dropped points with 2 draws. Even had we won against Krupa, (as we should have), then the last day draw away to Borac (BL) meant that we would have still trailed Sarajevo by 1 pt. They are worthy winners so well done them. :applause:

We lost 1 and drew 4 of the last 19 games, (winning 14), so it certainly suggests that the problem was in the opening 14 games where we lost 5 and drew 3, (winning only 6).

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Bosnian Cup. We had never won the Bosnian Cup before, so it was good to get both my 1st silverware for the club, but also the 1st time they had won the Cup in their history. 

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Actually the trophy cabinet just hasn't been updated yet because we have won it before, in 2007/08.

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Bosnian Hall of Fame

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Season Summary. HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. May 2026.

M:tel Premijer Liga.

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Bosnian Cup

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Squad by appearances

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4.0 CA players. When 2 of your 4 best players, (by CA), are teenagers, you know the future is looking decent. 

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5.0 PA players. 8x 5.0 players is decent at any time. When you consider that 5 of then are teenagers, as above, the future looks decent. 

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Transfers.

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Records.

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Finances

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Facilities

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Today I managed to persuade El Presidente to upgrade not just the Youth Recruitment but also the Junior Coaching so although they are in the pipeline they won't have been updated on the following graphic. 

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The following chart, (supplied by @GreenTriangle), shows us that Youth Recruitment with be up to level 17/18 and Junior Coaching will be up to level 17/18/19.

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Reputation. HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Jun 2026

This is key when it comes to poaching. I really want to get to the top of this list asap because it might have a big impact. We poached 4 players before last season's intake and I have been keeping an eye out for more since then but noticed nothing so far. 

It's interesting to note that 1 of the best player through our last intake was poached from NK Široki Brijeg and they have risen above us in the rankings again so we won't be poaching any of their players this season. 

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In terms of how close things are, these are the actual reputation points. 

5,295 Sarajevo
5,031 NK Široki Brijeg
5,011 HŠK Zrinjski Mostar

We won the Cup and finished 2nd to Sarajevo in the league, so I'm guessing that NK Široki Brijeg jumped ahead of us based on their performances in Europe? 

Yes it is, they got to the Group Stage of the Euro Conference. 

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They finished 4th in an all-Balkan Group, but they did ok. 

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Summer Transfer window closed. Jul 2026

We sold players to the tune of £1.9M last season, but at the same time invested in new players with £975,000 of that. 

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The Summer window has closed for this season and we have already sold players to the tune of £1.9M this season, but this time we have spent absolutely nothing on incoming players, (although we have signed 2 players on a free). 

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Brkić (BIH) SRB) SELL made 28(1) appearances in the league last season and did ok, but he's 26 and wanted a big pay rise that I didn't want to pay. He's already worth £1.1M at his new club so they got a good deal, but I was just happy to get something from him because I just couldn't afford his wages and in any case we had other similar options who were cheaper and have better long term potential.

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Maksimović (BIH) (SRB) is 26 and couldn't get in the team last season. It seemed sensible to get him off the wage bill and get a little something for him at the same time. 

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Parađina (SRB) was really good for us on the right flank last season, but we needed to bring in some cash and as a FGN player on the wrong side of 25 he was a prime candidate. 

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Fintić (CRO) SELL played quite a few games for us last season, but again he is FGN and over 25 so I was happy to move him on. 

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Vipotnik (SVN) was our main goal threat last season and finished with 16 goals from 25(4) league appearances, but he again was a FGN player on the wrong side of 25 so I decided to cash in on his good season and move him on. 

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Sivac (BIH) (SRB) Stays Back was a bit of a strange one in that he played really well for us and could play at right back or further forward on the right, and although he had (SRB) as a 2nd Nationality, was primarily (BIH). The problem is that although he was happy to renew is contract, he wanted loads of money and just wouldn't budge and the fact that he's getting £306,000 per year in wages in Turkey indicates what he though he was worth, (although he was asking for less than half that from us). It was stiill too much at this stage of the save and I decided to offload him and bring in a little cash at the same time. It's worth pointing out that despite my dislike for the "stays back at all times PPM", he actually ventured forward pretty well in both the full back and right wing positions. It really surprised me how much he got forward actually. 

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Finances. You would think that we would be quids in after flogging £1.9M worth of players in 1 window, but actually we we're still overdrawn at the bank until the last deal went through. 

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The board have given me a budget of £1.1M, (that I have now boosted to £2M), but I really don't plan on spending much of this at all if I can help it. We have lots of young players at the club with potential and I really want to invest some game-time in them to try and boost our long-term finances. At the end of this season I will hopefully start to sell some of our younger HG players, and the idea is that the fees from this, (plus sell-on fees from them), will start to generate the income that will allow the club to move forward. 

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We have 14 players at the club who currently have 5.0 PA and the sooner I start investing some game-time in these players, the sooner they will start deserving to be selected on merit. It might  be tough to get the balance right while attempting to qualify for the Group Stage in Europe and also winning the league for the 2nd time in 9 years. 

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Poached. Jul 2056.

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What's a little interesting here is that we poached a player from Široki Brijeg last season and now they have got their revenge. 

I have received some info from @GreenTrianglesince my last post about players being posted, and he has kindly provided me with the following picture that he has gained from using the editor. 

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His suggestion is that I'm over-estimating the PA of these poached players because the above graphic determines within what category the PA will fall, (based on the PA star rating). The more eagle-eyed among you might well notice that there are only 19 sections shown in the above graphic, (and we split the PA up into 20 sections because 5 stars, multiplied by 2 because half stars are used and then multiplied by 2 again because we have both silver and gold stars = 5x2=10x2=20). His quite reasonable explanation for the lack of the 20th section is simply because players with a PA of less than 20 can't be generated, (but surely they would go into the 19th section 0-20 anyway? Maybe I've missed something there because that doesn't sound right but it did during our conversation). 

When I did this before in FM20, I can't remember who it was who discovered that splitting it equally into 20 sections, adding the player to the specified star section and then boosting him up 1 section was more accurate than the original estimate, but I can't remember who it was, (sorry). I explained that this seemed pretty accurate in FM20, but admitted that I hadn't tested it in FM21 so was happy to take other opinions on board, (especially backed up by someone's use of the editor). 

has anyone got any experience of this in FM21 and in particular how it has changed since FM20? (It is possible that I/we were wrong and this was never accurate in FM20, but I seem to remember checking it and thought it was just about nailed on over many many many examples).

If we look at the above graphic again.... and then use the above graphic to try and predict the PA, I wonder how different it is? 

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3.5 silver 71-80 but the new way gives us 51-80, (so both could be right). 
4.5 silver 91-100 but the new way gives us 70-100, (so again both could be right).
4.0 silver 81-90 but the new way gives us 60-90, (so again both could be right).
3.5 silver 71-80 but the new way gives us 50-80, (so again both could be right). 
4.0 silver 81-90 but the new way gives us 50-80, (so again both could be right). 
5.0 silver 101-110 but the new way gives us 80-110, (so again both could be right). 

You know what I've noticed.... There is a crossover on the templates used in the editor. 

4. 10-40 isn't fine. We've already given 0-20 to 2. and 20-30 to 3. so 4. needs to be 30-40 which again brings it in line with our basic manual workings. 
3. 0-30 isn't fine. We've already given 0-20 to section 2. so I think this needs to be reduced from 0-30 to 20-30, (which interestingly brings it in line with our basic manual workings).
2. 0-20 is fine. 

Because I have moved clubs, I didn't check the last intake to see if any of the poached players from....
 

 

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Updated Summer Transfer window. Jul 2026

This wasn't what I had in mind. I actually wanted him to go. :lol:

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And this certainly wasn't the plan. :seagull:

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On the plus side £1.7M is a LOT of money and I love that we get 40% profit too, but he's our best player, he's 18, is a product of our Academy and I have him signed to a 4+1 contract. 

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Thank God for that. :cool:

What's quite interesting is that the same poaching event happens with identical info. 

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It's very similar to the 1st run-through and the only out-going transfer that's missing is Vipotnik (SVN) who has a few clubs currently in for him and which will hopefully go through shortly, (even though the window is closed). 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. July 2026

M:tel Premijer Liga.

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Euro Conference. When I saw that we had drawn Polish opposition I was a little worried, but we saw them off pretty comfortably. 

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Records

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Transfers.

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I tried to Protest this and then negotiate it, but nothing worked. :rolleyes:

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Aug 2026.

M:tel Premijer Liga. We've largely been in decent form, but with selling so many good players, we're struggling a little with depth when we have to play 7 league games and 2 European games in 27 days which equals a game every 3 days. With so many young players playing, it's no surprise that we occasionally under-perform. 

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Euro Conference. The damage was done in the 1s leg when we should have won convincingly but still somehow came away with a 2-0 loss. El Presidente wanted us to get to the 4th Qualifying Round so he's not happy, but that's what you get when you sell our best player from under me after I'm already generating income by selling players. What makes it worse is because (23) Avdic (BIH) * left outside of the window, I can't recall his replacement from his loan move so it's left us really short at left back. 

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Transfers. This was a real blow but the money is good. It's hard to complain and the real issue isn't the transfer itself, but our inability to recall any of the left backs we have out on loan. Because this deal was completed outside the domestic transfer window, I think we are left with just 1 senior left back and 1 Youth left back until January, unless I can sign someone on a free or possibly bring in a FGN player. 

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Finances.

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Facilities. We've got a few quid in the bank so I thought I would chance my arm with the facilities but no luck. :thdn:

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Sept 2026

M:tel Premijer Liga. We go from 9 games last month to just 3 this month and it suits us as we win all 3 comfortably. The 6 goal spanking of defending Champions Sarajevo, (who were unbeaten at the time), was particularly pleasing. 

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3 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

Avdic looks really good! Pity you lost him but I suppose he would soon be too good for the league.

I would have been more gutted had he come through the Academy while I was here. Luckily he was already at the club when I joined so there is less attachment. 

We currently have 12 players at the club with 5.0 PA, 8 of whom are products of our Academy. 

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If I had to show you 1 player it would be (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) * who was a bit of a problem player when I joined the club because I couldn't work out where to play him. He was a CAM who could play at MC and I don't think he had much ability at all as a striker. He's now playing the DLF role and doing quite well. He's got a 2+1 contract and with that in mind I think I'm going to try and extend it. He is happy to sign a new contract but wants a min fee release clause of £925k and won't let me put an expiry date in so I have withdrawn from negotiations. 

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While (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) * is the player I like, the player who's performances demand recognition is Ibric (BIH) ***. (The reason for 3 *'s by the way is that I really liked his scout report and he was my top priority signing last season and the only player I spent significant money on). The problem was again though that I wasn't sure where to play him. I knew(hoped) he would be good, but now I had to play him to get the best out of his development. I decided that I would train him as my DLF and that he probably wouldn't feature very often at all in the 1st half of the season and maybe only occasionally in the 2nd half of the season. I ask the Ass Man to pick the team occasionally, (and then change it), and I noticed that twice he had Ibric (BIH) *** selected on the right flank as an IW(s). Yes I know that I have said many times that I hate anything inverted, but I changed things last season because it just wasn't working. His performances have been a revelation and he has scored 5 goals and created 2 assists. I'm not sure what's making him successful, but I would hazard a guess at technique, off the ball and flair. I'm hoping that as the rest of his game develops he really kicks on. I'm not sure the MR will be the best slot for him long term, (either as a W(s) or a IW(s), but I do look at him and wonder if he could be the next Thomas Müller. I've never used a RMD(a) before.....

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37 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

I love the long shots and flair on Vukrimovic!

Although Ibric being just 16 could end up being the better player. I can see why you are excited about these guys.

Yeah. Long shots and Flair look decent, but I also like his First Touch, Technique and Vision. When you add in that his dribbling, decisions & passing are all 12+ then it all creates quite an interesting package for (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) *. I think he is probably being restricted by his lack of physicality at the moment and I would really like to see that improve. 

Ibric (BIH) *** is so raw at the moment that I'm really not sure what to make of him. I'm astonished by his performances so far but when I really look at him I see so many similarities to (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) *. The problem is that I don't know if DLF(s) gets the best out of him either. :confused:

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Oct 2026

M:tel Premijer Liga. It's interesting that Sarajevo had won 6 and drawn 1 of their opening 7 league games, but after getting battered 6-0 by us last month, their confidence and form has taken a battering to such an extent that they have only won 2 of their next 6 games, (although are unbeaten). 4 draws still loses them 8 points though and sees us top the table by 5 points. 

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Of more concern to me is our results against my old club TOŠK. They battered us 5-1 in my 1st game against them and although we won the next 2 games 1-0, they have since won the last 2 fixtures. 

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Jojić (SRB) 6'1" * is one of the few players that I spent proper money on and I really like the look of him. He's already contributed 3 goals this season and I wonder how they might increase if I can get his heading attribute up a few points. 

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25 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Yeah. Long shots and Flair look decent, but I also like his First Touch, Technique and Vision. When you add in that his dribbling, decisions & passing are all 12+ then it all creates quite an interesting package for (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) *. I think he is probably being restricted by his lack of physicality at the moment and I would really like to see that improve. 

Ibric (BIH) *** is so raw at the moment that I'm really not sure what to make of him. I'm astonished by his performances so far but when I really look at him I see so many similarities to (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) *. The problem is that I don't know if DLF(s) gets the best out of him either. :confused:

I saw Ibric as more of an AP dictating the tempo from midfield TBH. But could be groomed the way you want him to actually.

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4 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

I saw Ibric as more of an AP dictating the tempo from midfield TBH. But could be groomed the way you want him to actually.

The problem with developing an AP is that I don't use one, and the closest role that I do use is DLP and while both are playmaking roles, I think there are significant differences. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Nov 2026

M:tel Premijer Liga. It's no mystery to work out what's happening here. We've stopped scoring. :( a Narrow loss to big rivals Široki Brijeg is fair enough when you don't score, but conceding 2 goals at home to bottom of the table Kozara is just not acceptable. The problem is that our #1 poacher who should be our main goal threat, hasn't scored in 2 months and his substitute has only scored once during that time. 

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Bosnian Cup. No problems scoring in the Cup.

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Milan (BIH) (SRB) has started the season as 1st choice in the left striker role, (Poacher), and you can see straight away that he is not as good as some of the other players you have seen. He's done ok, scoring 8 goals in 18 league appearances, but that's not the return you need if you want to win the league. 

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Kovačević (BIH) (SRB) * is 2nd choice, and to be honest he looks better. I'm not sure what I was looking at when I decided who was 1st choice at the beginning of the season. Maybe Kovačević (BIH) (SRB) * was a late arrival? No, he was here last season and has only score 1 goal in 1(15) league appearances this season. I think I will be swapping them round and starting him on the left, despite the fact that he looks more like a DLF than a P. Needs must!

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Our 3rd option on the left as a Poacher is Valjan (CRO) who I have just got in on trial. The coach report is a bit basic at the moment and the scouting report is no-existent, so we will have to see what he's like in a couple of weeks. I might just sign him and hope for the best.......

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The 4th and final option as Poacher is (26b) Claes (BIH) (BEL) who obviously came through the intake last season. Although he hasn't featured in the league yet, he did score on his debut in the Cup. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Dec 2026

M:tel Premijer Liga. After 2 wins and a loss last month, a win and a draw is progress this month, but we're still not firing properly. We look better going forward but not good enough. 16 year old Ibric (BIH) *** had missed the last 8 games before coming back and getting injured again in the win against Sloboda Tuzla, but I'm not completely sure that his absence is linked to our form, (but it certainly seems that way at the moment).

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Jan 2027

January Transfer window. We're being absolutely decimated by El Presidente. He keeps accepting bids above my head. :( I've brought in 4 players to cover the gaps in the squad and try to get us through to the end of the season in a European place, but 3 of them have been loans and the 4th is a free transfer! 

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(24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) * is the latest player to be sold and although I knew it was coming, I was hoping that it might not happen for another year. It brings the total income from player sales to £4.7M this season and unfortunately there appears to be more to come. 

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I turned down a bid of £975,000 from Široki Brijeg for Stevanović (SRB), (he is currently 1 of 2 GK's that I rotate when they concede a goal), and in hindsight I wonder if I had accepted it then would El Presidente still have sold (24) Vukmirović (BIH) (SRB) *? The main reason that I rejected the deal wasn't because I wasn't prepared to sell, (I was), but because it was to a big rival and I wanted them to pay £1M+ if they were going to get him. 

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Kovačević (BIH) (SRB) * is an 18 year old striker who is just starting to break into the 1st team. El Presidente once again involved himself in a transfer and accepted a bid of £450,000 rising to £600,000. Thankfully though negotiations broke down between buying club and player. 

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(22) Dedic (BIH) 5'10" * is an 20 year old midfielder who has featured regularly from the bench this season. El Presidente accepted a bid of £425,000 but again negotiations broke down. 

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There are also many other bids of up to £500k that we have managed to refuse with no interference from El Presidente

In terms of the players who came in......

Valjan (CRO) was signed on a free in order to bolster our attacking options. He's maybe not the player who will score us goals to win us the title, but he does improve us. 

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Repić (CRO) * has come in as our long-overdue left back. He's only in on loan but I love his physicality and we will look at the situation again at the end of the season. 

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Ivekovic (CRO) has come in on the opposite full back position and will strengthen us. Again he's only a loan as I look to give our younger players the opportunity to develop and stake a claim for a spot next season. 

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Perković (CRO) has come in on the right flank to support 16 year old Ibric (BIH) *** who has missed 11 of the last 16 games with different injuries. Once again he's only a loan because I have players who will develop we this position.

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Finances. After selling £4.7M worth of players this season, (and only spending a modest £29,500), we now have £1.1M in the bank but a transfer fund of £2.7M. There is absolutely no way I'm spending £2.7M on players, but I might be willing to splash a little cash if I can find the right player or players. 

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We're also spending approx. 64% of our wage budget, so there is plenty of wiggle-room there too. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Feb 2027.

M:tel Premijer Liga. We are in awful form in the league. That's 1 win in 7. How we are even in contention is astonishing. :(

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Bosnian Cup. We keep winning in the Cup though.

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Transfers. I'm afraid that El Presidente is at it again. 

(22) Dedic (BIH) 5'10" * is a player that I don't particularly mind selling, but I'm pretty sure that I would have got more for him had we waited until the end of the season and I just don't see the point in the board getting involved in a deal that only brings in £350k when we have £1.1M in the bank. :confused: I'm completely on board with regards to selling players to find the club, but they are selling the wrong players at the wrong time at the wrong price. :(

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1 hour ago, Hootieleece said:

That's why I detest Boards.....

I often seem to be pretty lucky with hoards. 

I had a great board at TOŠK, but it seems be the opposite now. The sooner we have a board takeover the better I think.

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I'm perfectly fine with the concept of boards being able to make pre-emptive decisions about transfers; it's the lack of options for dealing with this that is frustrating. 

You've got the ones who'll agree to cancel a deal, only to accept a lower offer the next day. The ones who treat your squad like a pound shop having a closing down sale. And the ones who accept a flat £500k offer for a player where you could get £10m easily.

 

It'd be nice for that sort of thing to come up when you apply for a job. Or, if you've got a good relationship with a former manager, maybe they could let you know your potential employers are a bunch of arseholes. 

At the moment it's just a 'this is gonna hurt' moment whenever a bid comes in.

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Youth Intake day. Mar 2027

I've really tried to keep a close look-out for poached messages and in particular poached messages of players that we're poaching from other clubs. Despite seeing none of these messages since the last intake, we have 5 (FIVE) extra players in the intake, (who have been poached from other clubs), bringing the total number to 21. It's possible that we have received the messages and I've just missed them, but I really have tried to keep an eye out so not completely sure what's going on here  Any thoughts? :confused:

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Let's have a look at the 5 incoming poached players 1st. 

(27e) Jeremić (BIH) came from FK Podrinje Janja who are in the 2nd tier. 

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(27f) Trajković (BIH) came from FK Krupa who are in the M:tel Premijer Liga.

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(27m) Ilinković (BIH) Liga came from FK Budućnost who are in the 2nd tier. 

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(27p) Primorac (BIH) came from NK Zvijezda in the 2nd tier. 

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NK Zvijezda came from big rivals our big rivals NK Široki Brijeg. We must have jumped above them again in terms of reputation because last season they were able to poach one of our players, (because their reputation was slightly higher than ours last season).

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(27a) Köhler (BIH) (GER) * sits top of the PA pile but doesn't look great to be honest. Physically pretty poor with a really poor personality.

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(27b) Music (BIH) * is the best player rated by CA. 

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7 minutes ago, turnip said:

I'm perfectly fine with the concept of boards being able to make pre-emptive decisions about transfers; it's the lack of options for dealing with this that is frustrating. 

You've got the ones who'll agree to cancel a deal, only to accept a lower offer the next day. The ones who treat your squad like a pound shop having a closing down sale. And the ones who accept a flat £500k offer for a player where you could get £10m easily.

 

It'd be nice for that sort of thing to come up when you apply for a job. Or, if you've got a good relationship with a former manager, maybe they could let you know your potential employers are a bunch of arseholes. 

At the moment it's just a 'this is gonna hurt' moment whenever a bid comes in.

Yeah, that's a fair point. The AI needs to be improved in this are and it needs to be more nuanced. It's fine the board screwing you over, but it needs to be a character trait rather than "a bit random" which is what it seems like at the moment. My usual strategy is to just build up quite an impressive bank balance as quickly as possible, leaving a £20M surplus sitting there in order to keep the board away. Obviously that's easier said than done in smaller Nations, but the general principle still stands hence why I'm reluctant to spend much of the transfer budget available. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Mar 2027

M:tel Premijer Liga. We've had a torrid time in the league recently so 3 wins from 3 were much needed and means that we are still within touching distance of the top 2. 

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Bosnian Cup. We progress to the Semi's as we look to retain the Bosnian Cup as defending Champions. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. Apr 2027.

M:tel Premijer Liga. We're just about guaranteed 3rd now, but also unlikely to finish higher. No strikers on the scoresheet again this month. :rolleyes:

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Bosnian Cup. I'm starting to really dislike Široki Brijeg.

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2 minutes ago, -Jef- said:

How do you know who is poached and who is not?

It's on the very 1st page when the Youth Intake is announced. It tells you which club the player originates from. 

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As far as I'm aware the only 2 ways for a player to come through your intake from another club are via poaching, and if we was at an Affiliate. 

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Is it possible these poaches were done prior to you joining?

I went back to your time at TOSK and you never saw any of the ones poached from you turn up.  Have you checked for them again to see if they are here and how long it took?

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50 minutes ago, -Jef- said:

I don't have that view. huh

Shall try to poke around when new intake comes. Thanks

It's the basic view that I have just expanded a little. 

This is what it looks like initially. 

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Then you click on the message itself and the player list can be scrolled. 

So initially you get this. 

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And then scroll down and add this. 

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And then scroll down and add this. 

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I think that's everyone. So the info is there. You just have to work for it a little. :thup:

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51 minutes ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Is it possible these poaches were done prior to you joining?

I went back to your time at TOSK and you never saw any of the ones poached from you turn up.  Have you checked for them again to see if they are here and how long it took?

That's a very good point. Of course they were done before I arrived. :idiot:

I keep meaning to go back and look at the TOŠK players that might have comer through. (Thanks for the reminder). :thup:

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1 hour ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Is it possible these poaches were done prior to you joining?

I went back to your time at TOSK and you never saw any of the ones poached from you turn up.  Have you checked for them again to see if they are here and how long it took?

They STILL haven't come through. 

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March 2023 intake

Jul 2023. Jure Filipovic. (There have been 4 intakes since this player was poached). 
Jul 2023. Adnan Sabanadzovic. (There have been 4 intakes since this player was poached). 
Jul 2023. Samir Sejdovic. (There have been 4 intakes since this player was poached). 

March 2024 intake

Mar 2024. Armin Alic, (I'm not positive that he was poached after the intake, but I think he was). (There have been 3 intakes since this player was poached). 

Mar 2025 intake

Jun 2025. Muris Obuca. (There have been 2 intakes since this player was poached). 

Mar 2026 intake

Jul 2026. Izudin Subotic. (There have been 1 intake since this player was poached). 

Mar 2027 intake

 

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8 minutes ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Are you searching by name or actually checking the respective teams intakes in the transfer history?

Checking by name, on the Transfers in filter by Youth Intake. 

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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia. May 2027.

HŠK Zrinjski Mostar. We finished the season just 2 points behind Sarajevo and 1 point behind Široki Brijeg. I wonder had I splashed the cash and signed a striker rather than relying on what we had, then might that have scored the goals to win us the league? Probably. Ah well, we live and learn. Our strikers have been awful most of the season and only the emergence of 16 year old (26b) Claes (BIH) (BEL), (who scored 7 goals in 14 appearances), in the 2nd half of the season. 

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Our strikers ranked by CA show that (26b) Claes (BIH) (BEL) is now ranked 2nd of the strikers. 

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(26b) Claes (BIH) (BEL) is developing rather nicely and he will surely start next season as our 1st choice poacher. 

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Kovačević (BIH) (SRB) * had a simply awful season and it appears that the DLF role doesn't suit him at all. 1 goal and 0 assists in 11(17) league appearances is basically why we have finished 3rd rather than been Champions. He was thrown into the role when El Presidente sold our 1st choice DLF, but it just didn't work at all. How a player with the "Tries killer balls often", can create 0 assists in a season is quite beyond me. Anyway, he obviously can't play as a DLF.

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Milan (BIH) (SRB) was the player who I dropped for the poor performance of the strikers, but it would seem that I was a little harsh and 11 goals and 4 assists from 21(4) appearances suggest that while he certainly wasn't flying, he was certainly doing better than his strike partner Milan (BIH) (SRB) who is the player I would have dropped if only I had another DLF. 

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This shows the preferred roles of our strikers, and shows that we simply don't have another DLF. 

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