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Summer Transfer window. Jul 2031

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There were no big sales, but I did eventually start investing in some new players. 

*** Nica (ROU) (SCO) was a really significant signing and I can't believe my luck. He had a min fee release clause of £875k and preferred to play for us rather than stay in Scotland. He was my #1 target and to be honest I was sure something would scupper the deal right up to the point he arrived. He's really rather good and is only at 3.5 CA of 5.0 PA.

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I took a bit of a punt on Larie (ROM) because he had 5.0 PA and cost only £200,000. He's dropped to 4.5 PA but could still be decent business. 

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Vuk (SVN) * cost slightly more at £450k but I like the look of him and at 5.0 PA and 17 years old he could still be a good signing. He needs to develop physically but I love some of his mentals. The fact that he's Romanian means that he is another option as 1 of our (ROM) U21  slots. 

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I carried on selling when the season ticked over to 2031/32.

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Knežević (SRB) SELL was a great player for me at Zrinjski  and a decent player here, but he's 29 and it sensible to offload him and bring in some cash. £1.3M very much well received. 

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Sárközi (ROM) (HUN) SELL is a decent player, but he was better playing inverted on the right than wide on the left and I had better options there. £1.2M to add to the kitty. 

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Albu (ROM) SELL is 30 and it made sense to cash in on him while we could. He had a good season, (much better than I expected), but £500k for a 30 year old was too good to turn down. 

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Hoxha (KVX) SELL did well for us, but what I had somehow overlooked was the fact that he had that PPM that I hate for non-TM strikers, (plays with his back to goal). Once I realised he had the PPM, it didn't really matter how well he did or how much money we got for him because he was leaving one way or another. That we got £1.1M for him is just a bonus. 

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Lesko (SVK) MR SELL went for £1.6M + £500k after 50 league appearances. It seemed a good deal as it was going through and then just before it was finalised he went and scored a hat-trick in our 2nd league game of the season and I wondered if I hadn't just made an awful mistake. He's immediately worth £3.5M after moving to Turkey, so I think I have also sold too cheaply. :(

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There were a few players brought in, but nobody for a significant fee. 

*** Vicedomini (ALB)(ITA) 6'3" is a 5.0 PA player and although he has an Italian name, (and 2nd Nationality), his primary Nationality is Albanian

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Oancea (ROU) was signed as part of a part-exchange deal. I can't remember the last time I did one of these, (5 real life years maybe), but the selling club approached me saying they wanted (29) Tudor. (ROU) and were willing to swap direct for Oancea (ROU) in a player for player deal. I had already decided that I wasn't overly keen on Tudor, (a natural at both right back and right wing), and his attributes are also.... diluted between multiple roles. So anyway, partly because I wanted to do an Exch deal, I accepted and so far I'm happy with my decision. 

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Burčul (CRO) is a lefty right-winger which suits the inverted role I'm using. I think he will do a job for us and I hope to be able to sell him for a tidy profit. 

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Paşculea (ROU) is another lefty right-winger and fingers crossed I can get a tune out of him. 

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Finances

After selling £5.75M worth of players, our balance is now up to nearly £15M and we have a transfer kitty of £6.8M. If I can find a really special striker then I would love to splash the cash, but so far I can't fine anyone good enough to warrant me spending the money. I am scouring the planet for Balkans though. :cool:

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UTA Arad, Romania. Sept 2031

Liga I Betano. I would like to blame our league form on our European campaign, but the truth is we are just a little short of the required quality up front. I We have had a bid of £1M accepted for a teenage Albanian striker, but unfortunately we couldn't agree terms. We will try again. 

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Europe. That was probably better than I expected if I'm honest. :lol:

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UTA Arad, Romania. Oct 2031.

Liga I Betano. A late winner gives us a valuable 3 points in the league. We're languishing in 10th, but we have 2 games in hand on everyone above us. If we win both of those we're right back in the mix at the top. 

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Europe. With the goal of making the league stage accomplished, I have been rotating the squad in Europe so any points we earn here is a bonus. 

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Romanian Cup. A comfortable win against a tier 3 side.

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Coaching badge. We're slowly getting there. I wonder if it will start to have an impact on the number of interviews we're invited to. 

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Liga I Betano Player Development.

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Finances

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UTA Arad, Romania. Nov 2031

Liga I Betano. We might have knocked out Viitorul in Europe, but they got their revenge here in the league. The problem as ever is our lack of threat up front. Although we're languishing in 11th place, 3 points moves you an awful long way up the league at the moment and there are 19 more games to play before the split. 

The transfer window opens on 20th Jan and we will still have 13 games to play after that. I already have a £1,000,000 striker signed and am just waiting for the window to open. 

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Europe. We're in brilliant form in Europe, (despite rotating the squad). 

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Facilities. We're getting there. 

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Finances

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UTA Arad, Romania. Dec 2031

Liga I Betano. We're still stuttering badly in the league. We're just not scoring enough goals and even when we manage to score 2 in 1 game we still don't win. 

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Europe. I think we've done quite well in Europe this season, but we have still finished bottom of the league. 

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Clauses. (expiring). I've mentioned this in a previous post and just wanted to share. Players love a release clause because it lulls them into a false sense of security. They think that just because they have a clause then they will be able to leave. My tactic is to agree to the clause, (I don't really bother too much about the amount), but absolutely insist that the expiry date is for the earliest possible time. It's pretty rare that they don't just agree to an expiry within the next 6 months, (ie the date of the next window). 

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Clauses. (selling). I've obviously sold quite a few players while at this club and as a general rule I try to always include a 25% of re-sale value clause, (not profit), and a friendly. U set-up the friendlies during pre-season and I can assure you the income adds up even with a small stadium, (because everything is relative). 

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Youth Intake preview

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On 24/07/2021 at 09:48, Jimbokav1971 said:

Coaching badge. We're slowly getting there. I wonder if it will start to have an impact on the number of interviews we're invited to.

From what I've found on my saves it's the Continental Pro Licence that opens a lot of doors.

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Jan Transfer Window. UTA Arad, Romania. Jan 2032

We've paid £1,000,000 for a player for the 1st time at this club. We're in a better state financially and that means that I have been able to spend more and sell less. I still plan on selling in order to fund the upgrade of the facilities and bring in new players, but it will be more at a time of my choosing rather than feeling pressure to accept any reasonable bid. 

I've brought in 2 Albanians and 2 Croats

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4 new players arrived on the day the window opened. 

Ajazi (ALB) is a 16 year old with 4.5 PA. He's pretty raw but there is lots to work on here. 

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*** Elmazi (ALB) has been on my radar as a while and the *** indicates that he was a real priority signing that I had targeted and was willing to push the boat out to sign. I am really chuffed to sign him and happy to pay £1M to get the deal done. 

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Ževrnja (CRO) was signed largely based on his 5.0 PA scout report. Unfortunately his PA dropped to 4.5 with the coach report but he could still be decent. 

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Bračun (CRO) is a 2nd Croat and another young striker. I really like the look of him and 4.5 PA should be plenty good enough to see him have decent potential. 

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UTA Arad, Romania. Jan 2032

Liga I Betano. We were struggling before the window opened, (2 draws), but the arrival of *** Elmazi (ALB) has seemingly given us a real boost, (even though he didn't play in the last game of the month).

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Facilities. Another step in the right direction.

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Finances. Despite loosening the purse-strings a little, we still have £11M+ in the bank and ideally I would like to keep it at £10M+. I'm not sure how realistic that's going to be though. 

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10 hours ago, Rikulec said:

From what I've found on my saves it's the Continental Pro Licence that opens a lot of doors.

Yeah, that would make sense. It's generally the lower rep clubs that re interested in me at the moment. 

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Youth Intake day. UTA Arad, Romania. Mar 2032

Another Golden Generation, but as usual I will reserve judgement. 

What I have noticed about Romania, (never having managed here before), is that you hardly get any 2nd Nationalities coming through. I have had 0 2nd Nationalities in 3 intakes. 

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We've got 2x 5.0 PA players and both of them have a media description of "Promising". 

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(32a) Ponta (ROU) starts with good technical and mental attributes, but he will need to improve his physicality to get in my team. 

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(32b) Borş (ROU) is already 6'4" at 14 years old and I like the look of him already. 

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UTA Arad, Romania. Mar 2032

Liga I Betano. 7 points from a possible 9 is decent, but it was driven by the 6 goals in the month from *** Elmazi (ALB).

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Romanian Cup. For the 2nd season running, we were sent crashing out of the Cup by Academica Clinceni.

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UTA Arad, Romania. Apr 2032.

Liga I Betano. With 7 games left, 3rd, 4th and 5th are all separated by a single point. 

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Transfers. The window is still closed so no one has left, but there has still been interest. 

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Facilities

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UTA Arad, Romania. May 2032.

Liga I Betano. We might have lost 2 games this month, but by winning the other 5 games we ensured that we would finish 2nd with a 4 point gap to 3rd. Academica Clinceni really are a powerful force right now and we have done well to finish as close to them as we did. I'm hoping that our striking problems are a thing of the past with the emergence of a number of young players and I would hope to have a real tilt at the title next season. We dropped 12 points in the opening 8 games of the season and that ultimately cost us as we chose to prioritise Europe.

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End of Season summary. UTA Arad, Romania. May 2032

Liga I Betano. We had an awful start to the league with only 5 wins from our opening 16 league games. 

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Liga I Betano Champions Playoff. We came good in the 2nd half of the season though as our strikers started to come of age. 

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Romanian Cup. We were beaten by Academica Clinceni for the 2nd successive season. I want revenge next season. 

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Squad by Appearances. Our best player is *** Elmazi (ALB) and it's interesting that he only played half a season with us. 

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1x 4.5 CA player

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11x 5.0 PA player. There is so much depth at the club with 11x 5.0 players, but even players who are 4.5 PA and even 4.0 PA should be able to offer significant impact.

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Records. I will be astonished if we don't have a player score 4 goals in a game next season.

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Finances. We've still got a few quid in the bank, but the Facility upgrades are becoming more costly now. 

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Facilities

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Tracker. The Romanian structure had 2 Champions League spots last season but there is only 1 this so we are into the Europa League

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good youth players there, seems strange that no 2nd nationalities are coming through, usually in most nations you get more 2nd nationalities and more foreign nationalities coming through as the club rep increases.

Maybe Romania has rules regarding nationality which makes that unlikely.

That playoff system is quite strange, often the top teams just play each other but add it to the points they already have in other countries.

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2 hours ago, Thebaker said:

good youth players there, seems strange that no 2nd nationalities are coming through, usually in most nations you get more 2nd nationalities and more foreign nationalities coming through as the club rep increases.

Maybe Romania has rules regarding nationality which makes that unlikely.

That playoff system is quite strange, often the top teams just play each other but add it to the points they already have in other countries.

I've never seen 3 consecutive intakes in another Nation without a 2nd Nationality appearing. 

The only rules regarding Nationality appear to be 2x U21 (ROU) players in starting XI and minimum of 1 on pitch at all times.

[Edit] Apologies, there is also a minimum of 6x (ROU) players involved in every match squad, but I've never had to worry about that so just ignored it. 

I know many Romanians leave the Country. Maybe there isn't much immigration the other way?

I must admit that I'm not overly keen on Romania as a Country to play in. The players get exactly 1 days holiday between the seasons. :lol:

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2 hours ago, Thebaker said:

That playoff system is quite strange, often the top teams just play each other but add it to the points they already have in other countries.

I missed this bit. Sorry. 

I quite like the way they do the Playoff section. By reducing the existing points by 50% they effectively make it much more competitive by reducing the gaps between teams. Add to this the fact that you are playing the other clubs around you, (so lots of 6-pointers), and it makes for a really competitive end of season. 

I know how the Champions Playoff and the Relegation Group work, but there is also a European Places Playoff that I haven't been involved in so don't really understand. 

The top 3 qualify for Europe by rights. 

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It appears as if winner of the Relegation group plays 2nd in the Relegation group and the winner then takes on the team that finished 4th in the league for the prize of the last promotion spot. On the 1 hand that doesn't make sense as it has the potential to put forward an inferior team to European competition, (fighting for the coefficient points that determine how many places are available), but on the other hand it gives the clubs in the Relegation group something to play for and probably makes everything more competitive. I'm just not sure I like it. Seems a bit harsh on the likes of Cluj, (who finished on the same points as Sepsi despite having to play against tougher opposition. Going back to Cluj, this season seems ridiculously tough on them as they actually finished the main season in 2nd place, a whopping 20 points ahead of Sepsi who will be in the European Playoffs but Cluj won't. I understand why they are doing in, but really not sure I like it. 

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Rankings. Jun 2032

European Competition rankings

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European Club rankings. This doesn't look right to me. Can anyone explain our ranking? :confused: That's not what it normally looks like is it? :confused:

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Reputation. Jun 2032

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We were ranked 7th last season. We're up to 6th now. It's slower going than I was hoping for. :(

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This was the situation last season. 

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This is the situation now. It's progress, but it's slow progress.

6,028 Academica Clinceni was 5.926 (+102).
5,843 FCSB was 5,853 (-10).
5,813 FC Viitorul was 5,824 (-11).
5,777 CFR Cluj was 5,853 (-76).
5,623 U Craiova was 5,627 (-4)
5,453 UTA Arad was 5.329 (+124).

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9 minutes ago, Muttley84 said:

As a Romanian seeing Academica Clinceni as the highest reputation club in the country is highly disturbing :) 

It's weird, but it's a good weird as far as the save goes. Without their rise we would have won the last 2 titles and it would have happened all too soon in Romania. When we finish above Academica Clinceni and win the league, (and we will), we can move on from Romania happy that we have bested a powerful adversary. 

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Squad management. Jul 2032

GK. SK(a)

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Senior squad. Ionuţ Drăgan (grey player), is only here because we only have 1 GK in the Senior squad. 

Latas (SRB) 6'3" will be our starting GK.
(30b) Neagu (ROU) will be in the senior squad but is never likely to play. He will be made available for loan. 

2nd Team

(30f) Lengyel (ROU) will play for the Reserves
(32h) Todea (ROU) will be in the Reserves squad. He will be made available for loan. 

U19 Team

(32b) Borş (ROU) * will play for the U19's
(31n) Cristof (ROU) will be in the U19's squad. He will be made available for loan. 
(31o) Hagiu. (ROU) will be in the U19's squad. He will be made available for loan. 

DL. WB(a)

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Senior squad

*** Nica (ROU) (SCO) is our 1st choice left back. 
Georgiev (BUL) * is plenty good enough to play, and has been playing at centre-half on occasion because we're a little light there. 

2nd Team

Stoica (ROU) DR is better on the left but cam also play on the right. 

U19 Team

(32e) Barna (ROU)
(31j) Crişan. (ROU)
(30i) Huţanu. (ROU)

DR. WB(a)

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Senior squad

(28) Ungureanu (ROU) is our 1st choice right back, but we could really do with an upgrade. 

2nd Team

(32f) Popesc (ROU) 6'1" can play across the back 4. 

U19 Team

(32m) Mitrea (ROU)
(30p) Paşcalău. (ROU) DC

DLC. CD(d)

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Senior squad

Maly (SVK) 6'4"
Grigore (ROM) 6'3" SELL He has a SELL after his name because I sold him for £1.4M when I arrived and he's back in on trial after being released. 

2nd Team

Nergheş (ROU) 6'6" SELL

U19 Team

(32i) Călin (ROU)
(32j) Cozma (ROU)
(31m) Giurgiu. (ROU)
(30q) Macula. (ROU) SELL

DRC. CD(d)

Senior squad

Larie (ROM) 6'5"
Gheba (ROU) 6'4"

2nd Team

(25) Pârvulescu (ROU)

U19 Team

(31i) Popovici. (ROU)
(31q) Marcu (ROU)

ML. W(s)

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Senior squad

Sladojević (SRB)
Grămadă (ROU)

2nd Team

(26) Kunert (ROM) (GER) SELL

U19 Team

(30c) Tomescu (ROU)
(30l) Zsiros. (ROU)

MR. IW(a) The problem with an inverted right winger playing with a normal left winger is that they are both often lefties, so righties will be a bit surplus to requirements and lefties will be in high demand. 

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Senior squad

Paşculea (ROU)
Burčul (CRO)

2nd Team

(26) Rusu (ROU)

U19 Team

(31d) Opric (ROU) *
(31c) Cheleş (ROU) *
(29) Secelean. (ROU)
(32d) Cârstea (ROU)
(32k) Mohora (ROU)
(31p) Bozian. (ROU)
(30h) Jianu. (ROU)

MLC. DLP(s)

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Senior squad

Kovačič (SVN)
Antohi (ROU)
(32a) Ponta (ROU) *

2nd Team

(29) Baciu (ROU) SELL

U19 Team

(32c) Pitaru (ROU)

MRC. BWM(s) (I'm thinking about changing this but not sure what to at the moment). Any suggestions?

Senior squad

(21) Bolenyi (ROU)
Gabără (ROU)
Oancea (ROU) *

2nd Team

Ionescu (ROU)

U19 Team

Ževrnja (CRO)
(32g) Radu (ROU)
(31f) Cojocaru. (ROU)

SLC. AF(a)

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(30e) Stan (ROU)
Bračun (CRO)

2nd Team

Dimov (BUL) SELL

U19 Team

SRC. DLF(a) (I'm thinking about reverting to a s duty from a).

Senior squad

*** Elmazi (ALB)
(31a) Iacob (ROU) *
(31b) Olteanu (ROU) *

2nd Team

Căliani (ROU)(26) Cuc (ROU)
(26) Cuc (ROU)

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UTA Arad, Romania. Jul 2032

Liga I Betano. If I thought we started last season's league campaign poorly, we have taken things to a completely new level this season. 0 wins, 0 points and 0 goals scored. :eek: :(

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Europe. We smashed Armenian side Alashkert in the 1st leg and I rotated the squad for the 2nd leg. I still wasn't expecting to get battered though and that's exactly what happened and we might have even lost my more. At 1 point I was seriously worried about about not progressing despite starting with a 6 goal advantage. 

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UTA Arad, Romania. Aug 2032.

Liga I Betano. We improved after an awful 1st month but we still coughed up 2 points against Ceahlăul as I rested the squad ahead of a European game. 

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Europe. We came badly unstuck against Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia, despite the game actually being an even affair. They somehow scored 4 goals and we could only claw 2 back in the 2nd leg. That's Europe done for another season I'm afraid. :(

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Summer Transfer window. Aug 2032

We sold 6 players at the end of last season for a combined value of £1,165,000. I had earmarked them all for sale because either they just weren't good enough, or they were entering the final year of their contract and I didn't want to renew on increased terms. 

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This season we have brought in 4 players for a fee and 2 more on a fee. 

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At the same time we have sold 6 more players for a total of £7.5M.

Our record transfer fee received has just been smashed. No. It was obliterated. :eek:

We received a bid of about £5M that was accepted by the board but which I managed to cancel by activating a +1 year clause in his contract. The board then accepted this and although I protested, it was just too much money I think. I can't really complain. 

*** Nica (ROU) (SCO) has gone to Liverpool. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. (I knew it even as I signed him from Rangers). He's done well for us while here, the money will be huge, we still have a decent left back in Georgiev (BUL) * and I have managed to bring in Malkočević (BIH) and Zanjko (CRO) for a fraction of the price. We will of course be weakened by him leaving, but the financial security this gives the club is enormous. :applause:

Now I just have to find the next one. :lol:

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UTA Arad, Romania. Sep 2032

Liga I Betano. I opted to give *** Elmazi (ALB) a 2 week holiday because he was knackered. It meant that he would miss the Petrolul game but they were bottom at the time and although we were away I expected to still turn them over with ease. We battered them 0-0 but unfortunately couldn't score so that's another 2 points dropped. We're 7 points behind Academica Clinceni and it will be a tough ask to haul them in. 

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Finances. £16M in the bank and £15.5M in the transfer kitty. :cool:

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UTA Arad, Romania. Oct 2032

Liga I Betano. I was all set to come on here and say that we are doing well in comparison to the rest of the league, but falling way behind a dominant Academica Clinceni side. In actual fact we are actually starting to close the gap after they lost 1 and drew 2 of their las 4 games, (dropping 7 points in the process). After an appalling start to the season we are now up to 2nd, and I don't expect us to drop below this from here on. Whether or not we manage to make it to 1st is something else entirely. 

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Romanian Cup. We haven't won this competition since 1953/54, (when we were called Flamura Rosie Arad), and I'm determined not to lose to anyone other than Academica Clinceni. If they beat us then so be it, but I don't want to lose to anyone else if I can help it.

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UTA Arad, Romania. Nov 2032

Romanian Cup. No league games this month but we continue to progress in the Cup.

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Facilities. We're getting there slowly but surely as far as facilities go.

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UTA Arad, Romania. Dec 2032

Liga I Betano. What a rubbish month! The Dinamo game was completely ridiculous and I have no idea how we lost it 4-1. The U Craiova result went against the run of play and then after 2 losses in the month we conceded a 94th min equaliser against FC Voluntari:(

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How did we lose the Dinamo game 4-1? :confused:

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Coaching license

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Youth Intake preview

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UTA Arad, Romania. Feb 2033

Liga I Betano. 4 wins out of 5 sounds ok, but we need more than that. We're a whopping 11 points off 1st and even if that gap gets cut to 6 for the Champions Playoff Stage then it will really be a tough ask. We have 5 games before the split to reduce it further. 

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Transfers. Our best player is *** Elmazi (ALB) and this message just made me aware for the 1st time that he is the 1st wonderkid of the save. Dun.Streda are either from Slovenia or Slovakia, (they are the same in my mind), and I have a sneaking suspicion that he might decline the contract offer from them and wait for 1 of the bigger clubs to meet his minimum fee release clause. It even mentions in the message that his preference of clubs would be Red Star in Serbia. Either way, he will be gone at the end of the season I think. 

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errrrr. He's gone. Immediately. :eek: :confused: What happened to the transfer window, (that is closed).

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Losing *** Elmazi (ALB) after what is effectively 2 half-seasons is a blow. I knew he had the min fee release clause for FGN clubs so I knew he was going. I just didn't expect him to go so soon. 

We were lucky to sign *** Nica (ROU) (SCO) at all, (he had a min fee release clause that we took advantage of), so I knew he would be going quite quickly. 

The problem is that although I had cover for *** Nica (ROU) (SCO) at left back, I don't have anyone who is anywhere near the level of *** Elmazi (ALB) up front. Not only that, but I don't even have a high priority target, (marked ***), who I have a realistic chance if signing. The options seem pretty meagre. 

I did bring in Georgescu (ROU) on deadline day, but he has failed to score in 3 appearances for us, and whatever he is, he isn't a like for like replacement for *** Elmazi (ALB).

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The truth is that I've got money to burn, but I can't find anyone of the required quality to improve us. I have lots of potential coming through but potential won't beat moneybags Academica Clinceni and their Tycoon backed millions. Part of me thinks that this is a really good challenge that I can properly get stuck into, but I also appreciate that this is a Journeyman save so maybe I should be looking to call it quits in Romania and move on. Decisions decisions decisions. 

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Finances. We've got £15.8M in the bank and a transfer budget of £19M

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Facilities.

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Records.

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I've honestly got no idea why our attendance was so high in this game. :confused: 8,720 was the next highest. 

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These are the home attendances so far this season. 

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Ahhh. This will explain it. They are fierce rivals. :thup:

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UTA Arad, Romania. Mar 2033

Liga I Betano. Just going unbeaten isn't enough in this league. We need to get to the stage where we're winning all the league games apart from Academica Clinceni. At the moment we're just coughing up easy points far too regularly. 

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Romanian Cup. Not happy. Not happy at all. 

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Youth Intake day. This appears to be a rubbish intake so I'm not going to go into much detail. The only thing of note is that we have finally got a 2nd Nationality through the intake and not only that but he isn't even Romanian, 1st or 2nd Nationality.

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UTA Arad, Romania. Apr 2033

Liga I Betano. We finished the regular season in decent from with 6 wins and 2 draws from our last 8 games. We go into the Playoff stage in 2nd, but still some way off Academica Clinceni, but that's just the reality of things and they just are 11 points better than us at the moment. 

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Liga I Betano Champions Playoff. We started off in the Playoffs as we finished in the regular season, and this continued into the Academica Clinceni where they beat us 1-0 at their place with us seeing a full back sent off before the hour mark.

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Rivalry with Academica Clinceni. The 1-0 away loss, (with 10 men for 36 mins), suggests that we're not too far off them, but actually there is still a significant gap. The truth however is a little more sobering and despite playing them at least 3 times each season, we have only managed 2 wins in 14 since I arrived, (and the record before I arrived was even worse). 

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Academica Clinceni have a relatively new manager though, (Krisztian Nemeth of Slovakia), and he certainly seems to have the sign over me. 

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Facilities. We're getting there slowly but surely, but despite that I was really dismayed with the intake that came through last month, (to such an extent that I have hardly played this week). :lol:

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Finances. It's a decent little sum to have in the bank, (with almost £15M available for transfers), but I want to keep it at £10+ to try and keep the Chairman happy. That means that I need to be looking at who to sell next.

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Forward planning. Despite the poor last intake, I'm confidant that we have some good youngsters at the club and that we're moving in the right direction. Losing the 2 big players recently was a blow, but we're a selling club and they got sold. We got decent money for both so I'm certainly not complaining. 

I spent £450,000 on Georgescu (ROU) in Feb, but he has only returned 2 goals and 2 assists from 8(1) appearances, so he's not exactly firing up front, and that's really where our weakness is. We've got some nice players coming through, but I need some proper players in the here and now rather than those who might show a hint of promise to come at some point in the dim and distant future. Nobody above 3.0 CA up front is a worry in terms of immediate results. 

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New contract. The Chairman has offered me a new FOUR year contract. They obviously feel we are moving in the right direction, (and we are), but there is a hell of a long way to go. My contract expires at the end of this season, (wow, that was quick), and I'm thinking I might just see it out and then see what's out there. I know that I've worked really hard to get the facilities up and sign all these young players, but this is a Journeyman save after al so.......

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UTA Arad, Romania. May 2033

Liga I Betano Champions Playoff. The Viitorul result was disappointing, but other than that we did well, winning the other 4 and taking a decent point off Academica Clinceni, when we were 2-0 up after 60 mins. We finish 5 points off Academica Clinceni and that's not too shabby because they were unbeaten in 3 gems against us, winning 7 from a possible 9 points. 

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End of Season summary. UTA Arad, Romania. May 2033

Liga I Betano. 11 points in the league stage is just too much. We gave them a 6 point head-start and then didn't win any of 3 games against them this season, (taking 1 from a possibly 9 points against them). We need to not only stop coughing up early points to them early in the season, but we also need to win at least 1 game against them in the league. If we do that then we have a slim chance, (a very slim chance), of beating them next season. It's probably more important to beat them in the 3rd game of the season, (because of the points involved), but we were home in the 3rd game against them in the league, so I expect to be away next season. I don't think it very likely that we beat them away, but then again a whole season in terms of development is a long time for our young players. 

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Liga I Betano Champions Playoff. The final margin was only 5 points. When you consider that we lost against Viitorul and drew with Academica Clinceni in the run-in, that's the 5 points right there. This will be tough, but it is doable. 

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Europe. A really poor showing in Europe this season. An awful away performance in Slovakia really cost us. We somehow lost a tight game 4-0 and it was effectively over after the 1st leg. 

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Romanian Cup. I wouldn't have minded particularly if we had lost to Academica Clinceni, (as we did the previous 2 seasons), but to lose to someone else is simply unacceptable. :mad:

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Squad by appearances. The CA of our most often used players is starting to rise, but we still have some very raw players who played lots of minutes this season. 

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4x 4.0 CA players. It's frustrating to be in a poorer position in terms of CA than we were last season, but that's just the nature of managing a selling club like this I'm afraid. 

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Vuk (SVN) * might have spent the season out on loan, but the 18 year old sits at the top of the CA pile and is the only one of our 4.0 CA players who also has 5.0 PA. It's safe to say that he won't be going out on loan next season. 

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13x 5.0 PA players. I know that there is no guarantee that all these players are going to develop as expected, but if even half of them make the expected grade then we will be sitting pretty in a few seasons. 

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I've mentioned a few times that our problem is an inability to put the ball in the opposition net, but 17 year old (31b) Olteanu (ROU) * is at least doing his part to rectify that. 9 goals in 22(8) league appearances isn't great, but I say again, he's 17 years old. I expect him to score a LOT of goals for the club in the coming years. To put that in perspective though, *** Elmazi (ALB) scored 21 goals in a little over half a season. It's just about impossible for us to replace him at this stage of the save. There just isn't anyone available to us at his level. 

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Records

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Finances. The money situation is looking pretty good, but I have had to work bloomin hard to get here, (and the work isn't over). 

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Facilities. I'm really happy with how this is progressing. We're not maxed out, but we're not a million miles from it either. 

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Tracker. We've never stayed at a club for a 5th season, but I think I'm about to break that habit. 

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Summary. Although I turned down the offer of a new 4 year contract, (so I'm now a free agent), I think I'm going to stay for the next season to see how close I can get to Academica Clinceni. If the season is going well then I might stay for the whole season. If we continue to struggle in front of goal then I might have to review the situation depending on what offers are made. Let's be honest, if Partizan come in for me at any stage, (I'm team Partizan rather than team Red Star), then I might be off tomorrow. 

In my head I want to do Solvenia/Slovakia next, but I have to be offered the job to move. 

How successful we will be next season largely rests on the shoulders of Georgescu (ROU). I signed him this season for £450,000 but he only returned 5 goals from 14(1) appearances and that just isn't good enough when we are the 2nd best team in the league and those around him are kids. I need him to be scoring at close to a goal a game. I wonder if I might try and convert him into a DLF and using the pace of younger players on the left as an AF. It hasn't worked using him as the AF. I'm going to have to have a little think about this....

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Reputation. Jun 2033

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This seems painfully slow going. :(

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This was the situation last season. 

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This is the situation now. You see what I mean about it being slow going. Maybe that's the cost of not doing better in Europe. 

6,147 Academica Clinceni was 6,028 (+119)
5,811 Viitorul was 5,813 (-2)
5,820 FCSB was 5,843 (-23)
5,700 CFR Cluj was 5,777 (-77)
5,646 U Craiova was 5,623 (+23)
5,561 UTA Arad was 5,453 (+108)

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UTA Arad, Romania. Jul 2033

Liga I Betano. A much better start to our league campaign sees 2 home wins with clean sheets, but also a very good 0-0 draw away to defending champions Academica Clinceni. It was an even game that we could have won, but a clean sheet against them is brilliant even when we don't score ourselves. 

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Europe. Next season, the Runners Up in Romania will also qualify for the Champions League but this season we are still slumming it in the Euro Conference. It means that we can't afford to make a mistake. We have Sarajevo in the next round and then the winners of AZ, (Holland), and someone rubbish. We are meant to be seeded! How does that work when we get a Dutch team? :confused:

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UTA Arad, Romania. Aug 2033

Liga I Betano. I'm annoyed at myself for losing the Metaloglobus Bucureşti game. I rotated the squad too much in prioritising the European games against AZ and it cost us. On the plus side, we are still joint top and 11 points ahead of Academica Clinceni who have only won 1 of their 5 games so far, although they do have a game in hand. 

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Europe. After winning the away leg against Sarajevo I rotated the squad for the 2nd leg, (and it cost us as we lost but still progressed). We went strong in both legs against AZ and it was enough to see us through. 

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Facilities

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Finances. We've still got £10M+ in the bank but I've spent more than I was planning to and I need to offload some more players. At the moment I've got players who are not eligible for league or European games because we can only register 25 for the league and 23 in Europe, (because we're 2x HG players short of our quota). This hasn't been a problem until now because so many of our players were young enough not to need registering. Now they are old enough though it needs I need to trim the squad, or at least loan them out so they get to play. (Thinking about it though, maybe they could just play for the 2nd Team).

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Records. Yes of course we lost the next game after I saw this message. :rolleyes:

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Summary. We're continuing to struggle up front and I have had enough of Georgescu (ROU). he has scored 1 goal in 8 appearances. I've dropped him to the 2nd Team and I think that's him done. (29g) Imamović (BIH)(LUX) * has proved to be an inspired signing and has contributed 8 goals in 5(3) appearances. I'm really frustrated that I can't get Georgescu (ROU) firing, but there is no point in me letting it ruin our whole season. 

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Summer Transfer window. UTA Arad, Romania. Sep 2033

The 2032/33 part of the window

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Cîrdu (ROU) might have cost £500,000, but he is immediately worth £750,000, so hopefully this will prove a good bit of business. 

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Petrescu (ROU) 6'1" cost us £1,000,000, but there seems to be a dearth of centre-backs in Romania so I was forced to spend more on just an good player rather than an amazing player. No idea why there are so few decent centre-backs. :confused: He did at least retain his 5.0 PA status after arrival. 

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Lukić (BIH) (SRB) 6'0" was signed for compensation rather than a transfer fee because he was still on a Youth contract. £275,000 is the initial fee but there is likely to be more if he does well. Even though I plan on leaving at some point in the next months, I still can't stop planning for the future. His scout report was 5.0 PA but his Coach report is only 4.5 PA. 

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Galić (BIH) (SRB) came in for £1.5M but he's a player I really like. He's still 5.0 PA after his arrival. £1,500,000 is a lot of money, but he looks a hell of a player. 

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Ioniţă (ROU) isn't an inverted winger, (like I'm currently using), but I liked the look of him. Unfortunately his 5.0 PA Scout report only converted into a 4.0 Coach report so we have possibly signed a bit of a duffer. At £400,000 he might still be a decent signing though. 

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(29g) Imamović (BIH)(LUX) 6'2" came in from my old club Zrinjski in Bosnia. He came in because I'm not happy at all with Georgescu (ROU), and this will hopefully provide me with options up front.

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Dovlecioaica (ROU) was signed to offer a little more depth out wide. Although he prefers to play on the left, I wouldn't be against playing him out of position as an IW on the right. I like his athletic ability even though he might not have much scope for improvement. £600,000 is probably more than I wanted to pay, but it won't break the bank either way. 

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The 2033/34 part of the window

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The game is trolling me now. Oct 2033

I think I'm being trolled by the game. Considering we are winning most if our games, (and scoring quite freely now), this is an appalling record. I would love to hear some thought on how you would use this player. 

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I don't think Georgescu is good enough, you should sell him. His mental and physical attributes seem too low for a top level player and is probably why he is not well suited for any role, plus he seems unlikely to improve.  

I am surprised you have not been able to make up more ground on Academica, is this due to the large turnover of players each season or are they just that good.

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1 hour ago, Thebaker said:

I am surprised you have not been able to make up more ground on Academica, is this due to the large turnover of players each season or are they just that good.

They have already spent £7.5M on players this season, (just Summer window). £0 We haven't spent anything on players this season. 
They spent £14.75M on players in 2032/33. We spent £8M (but sold £12.5M).
They spent £22.5M on players in 2031/32. We spent £2.4M (but sold £7.75M).
They spent £20.5M on players in 30/31. We spent £2M (but sold £2.3M).
They spent £28M on players in 29/30. We spent £1.1M (but sold £10M).
They spent £10.25M on players in 28/29. We spent £6M (but sold £4M).
They spent £21M on players in 27/28. We spent £3.5M (but sold £3.3M).
They spent £28M on players in 26/27. We spent £1.6M (but sold £4.6M).
They spent £23M on players in 25/26. We spent £5M (but sold £10.75M).

Over the last 9 seasons they have spent £175.5M.
Over the last 9 season we have spent £29.6M (but sold players for £57M). 

The big thing though is wage spend. I haven't looked at this so don't know what it will say but....

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It's pretty hard to compete with that. :lol:

 

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2 hours ago, Thebaker said:

I don't think Georgescu is good enough, you should sell him. His mental and physical attributes seem too low for a top level player and is probably why he is not well suited for any role, plus he seems unlikely to improve.  

I think you are right. 

I suppose I see him and think that he is good at lots of things. Surely I can get him scoring. The problem is that he isn't really suited to any particular role. 

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We all know that physical attributes are OP in the game, but even know after I have already decided, (twice), that he isn't good enough, I still look at him and think I should be able to get him scoring. :idiot:

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He's not awful physically, (although he's certainly not good). 
Finishing, First Touch and Heading all really good. :thup::thup:
Technique, Workrate, Off The Ball and Det all decent. :thup:
Physicals are all between 10-14. 
Composure and decisions are 11 & 10. 
Passing and Dribbling are at 9 & 11.
Vision is really poor at 4. :thdn::thdn:

I STILL think I should be able to get him scoring in domestic games. 

I haven't tried him on P(a) or TM(a) yet. :lol:

[Edit] 9 (NINE) Key passes.... as a TM(a).... :eek:

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32 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I think you are right. 

I suppose I see him and think that he is good at lots of things. Surely I can get him scoring. The problem is that he isn't really suited to any particular role. 

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We all know that physical attributes are OP in the game, but even know after I have already decided, (twice), that he isn't good enough, I still look at him and think I should be able to get him scoring. :idiot:

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He's not awful physically, (although he's certainly not good). 
Finishing, First Touch and Heading all really good. :thup::thup:
Technique, Workrate, Off The Ball and Det all decent. :thup:
Physicals are all between 10-14. 
Composure and decisions are 11 & 10. 
Passing and Dribbling are at 9 & 11.
Vision is really poor at 4. :thdn::thdn:

I STILL think I should be able to get him scoring in domestic games. 

I haven't tried him on P(a) or TM(a) yet. :lol:

[Edit] 9 (NINE) Key passes.... as a TM(a).... :eek:

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Wow, maybe that's the way to play him! I agree he is lacking in some areas,  but his finishing and first touchand off the ball should see him get in good goal scoring areas and finishing chances off. Fingers crossed he starts banging them in now!

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UTA Arad, Romania. Sept & Oct 2033. (Apologies. I forgot to do the Sept update). 

Liga I Betano. We're 2 pts clear of U Craiova, but I'm honestly not worried about them in the slightest. We're 4 pts clear of Academica Clinceni and I'm just annoyed that the gap should be 7 pts rather than 4. I wonder is that going to cost us at the end of the season?

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Europe. When you consider that I have been rotating players in for these games, I'm astonished with the results so far. :applause:

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Romanian Cup

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Facilities. Another 2nd Team Coach ready to come in. 

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Finances. This is lower than I would like, but we have just spent £4.2M on Facilities so that's why we have dropped so low. 

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Summary. They keep offering me a new 4 years contract, but I just keep turning them down. I'm happy with how things are going on the pitch for a change. 

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