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A brief history of HNK Zadar

Created in July 2020 as a successor of NK Zadar, a club previously playing in the Croatian First Division as recently as the 2014-15 season, but later dropping down to the 3rd Division due to financial issues. The new club has been placed into the 5th tier of Croatian football - in the Zadar regional league. The club play their football at the Stadion Stanovi in Zadar, with a capacity of 5,860 (2,860 seated). The goal of this thread is to get Zadar back into the top division of Croatian football and start competing in European competition. The 2020-21 will be the first season in which the reformed club will be competing in.

 

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NK Zadar within Croatia

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Clive English has taken the reins at HNK Zadar with the following ambitions from the board

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Clive English has taken over at HNK Zadar to take the club marching up the leagues again, hopefully ending in the club being at the pinnacle of Croatian football.

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And with the following facilities/finance

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First Day on the job

First impressions of the club are that it is in a strong position to achieve a promotion in its first season as a new club. The league has 16 teams in and only has one promotion spot available. Obviously with the finances down the pan, wage control will play a huge part in the first few seasons in the save. The squad in game is very strong but there is almost no wiggle room in the budget of £1,400ish a week, with one player earning £400 a week, immediately crippling the flexibility in terms of transfers. Will be making some changes, but as the season preview shows, we are extreme favourites to win the league this season.

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First look at the squad

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 A very strong squad, where most of the top earners will be crucial to the first team this season unless some amazing players will come for peanuts, which I doubt will happen this low on the footballing ladder. A very defensively solid squad, but little to offer in terms of attack. Best 3 players will be shown below.

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Luckily enough, Jurica Buljat is on an amateur contract, but how long it will be before bigger teams come sniffing remains a mystery.

 

 

 

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Pre-Season

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In terms of transfers, only 2 transfers out with some new faces coming in on non-contracts. Anic being our original MC going out of the club.

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The board has also injected £156k into the club, so hopefully this can keep coming throughout the season to keep the club afloat.

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September 2020

Unreal start to the league, 5 games, 5 wins and top of the league. Nothing in terms of transfers as the window closed around 5 days into the season, but obviously no need to make any changes until next season now.

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Also the board has continued pumping money into the club, leaving the club in a lot more of a stable condition. Long may it continue. 

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October 2020

 

Continuing our fantastic start to the season, another 5 wins with only 1 goal conceded for the month. Possibly looking at a winning season. First ten games leaves us top of the table, and 6 points clear. Hopefully we get our wobble when the league is already a forgone conclusion.

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The board have continued splashing the cash and have injected another £45k into the club, finances are looking more manageable now.

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One signing was made. Tommy Stevens in from England as they haven't left the EU yet, so he doesn't count towards to non-EU rule in the league. He has been brilliant on other lower league saves I have played, but only comes in as a 1.5 star ability so we will see.

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November 2020

We have had our first wobble of the save, dropping 4 points during the month, which is probably due to our lack of firepower up front. Attacking wise, we looked poor for the majority of the month, our xG being much higher than 7 in the 4 games played. Defensively we looked solid though, and apart from the 2 goals conceded, never looking at threat at the back. I will attach screenshots of the 2 games we drew to prove both points. 

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We still look good for promotion despite the wobble.

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The board are again digging deep and have sent another £26k our way.

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December 2020

 

Another month, another unbeaten few games. This time, 4 wins from 4. This month we have conceded 3 goals in 4, yet the defence is still getting tested little and often, hopefully its just a blip in that side of our game and it will all even out soon. Completely forgot to screenshot the league table before the next batch of games, but we are still top and more importantly still unbeaten.

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No input financially from the board this month, we are nearly in the black but loosing a few grand a month due to ticket prices only being £1 per ticket, which if we get less than 400 in attendance, wont cover our highest paid player for the week.

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Youth Intake Update

 

We have received our first youth intake preview! Apparently a golden generation is coming through, but due to league rules around no under 17s allowed to play, it could be a while before this class gets near the 1st team.

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January 2021

 

Another 4 wins out of 4. The league is pretty much wrapped up now, only waiting for a few wins before its confirmed. Again, our lack of firepower is worrying for next season, even though we came through the month with a +11 goal difference. Also slightly worrying that nobody on a contract is willing to discuss a new deal yet, maybe looking for a big turnover of players in the summer.

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The  board are still throwing money at us, but this will have to be a monthly thing, as we are perforating money in this division and I don't think that will change until we get into the 3rd tier. We now have enough money to fund a first coaching course for me.

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After the success of the season so far, we have also been offered a new contract, I have taken a pay cut from £450p/w to £300p/w to help with the clubs financial position, but have included a 2 year extension if we get promoted, effectively signing a deal through to the end of the 2024-25 season, hopefully when we are looking to get into the 2nd or even 1st division, depending how the next season goes.

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I will be posting updates for February/March and April/May as there are only 2 games a month going forward.

 

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February/March 2021

 

Transfers

Finally added some firepower to spearhead our attack, two players coming in from free agent offers, one with an eye to the future if we start playing with a two striker system, Josip Ivic being a typical big target man, but currently sitting in the under-19s to get some fitness and stat boosts. Milan Simpson came into the first team after 2 goals on his debut coming off the bench for Eres.

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Some bad news for next season as our best player has been poached on a pre contract transfer. I tried to offer him a deal as clubs were sniffing around but he wouldn't even discuss terms with us, clearly a player playing out of his league.

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Fixtures and League Table

Going into the month in a strong position to win the title. We won our first game to set up a title decider against 2nd place at home. Going into the match a draw would have been enough to mathematically win the league.

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We started quickly with new man Simpson opening the scoring on 8 minutes, followed up with goals in the 29th and 32nd minute, but conceding in the 40th, - insert footballing pun here - 'making my half time team talk a bit harder'

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Coming out in the second half, looking for a quick response, a goal in the 51st minute putting the result beyond any doubt and followed up with another goal by Simpson sealing the league for us.

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The rest of the month went the same way. Winning the rest of the games in the 2 month period.

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Finances

Maybe due to the league success, the board has sent another £35k our way. I deleted the screenshot and can't be bothered to go into the recycling bin to find it. Finances are now looking as close to being in the black as we ever have been.

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Youth Intake

Our 'Golden Generation' has turned out to be a pile of poo. I am only signing 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, and 1i out of sympathy, hoping that they can go on to play a bit part role when they turn 17, and luckily enough, they are only on £2p/w, so wont bankrupt the club. If anyone wants to see screenshots of these players please let me know but none of them are anything to call home about. Will be hoping for slightly better next intake.

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April/May 2021

 

Results and Final League Table

With the league secured, it was just a matter of getting through the last 2 games unscathed to complete an undefeated season. And we did it! P30 W28 D2 L0. 

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Team of the Season/Best XI

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Finances

The board have more than doubled our wage budget for the upcoming season! Hopefully this will allow us to keep hold of some of our better contracted players.

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Season Review/Debrief

Pretty good first season at the club, although I didn't expect an unbeaten season, I did expect us to go up from this league pretty quickly given the stature and history of the club, the fact that the club retained a few players even from the 1st/2nd division days were also a plus. 

Looking forward to the next season, the 4th tier is split into 6 divisions by area, we have been added to East - North East, and will only play 16 games, this will be fantastic for our finances as all players will now be on non contracts, so hopefully the main expenditure will be staff costs.

 

Player Stats

Players used: 24

Top Goalscorer: Zvonimir Eres - 20 (16(10) Apps)

Most Assists: Teo Kardum - 17 (30 Apps)

Highest avg. rating: Teo Kardum - 7.52 (16 goals/17 assists (30 Apps))

 

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Pre-season updates to follow.

 

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Pre-Season 2021/22

Transfers

We have had 7 of our regular 20 from last season swiped from under us. Looks like we will have to spend a few hours scouting and trailing this summer. Although with the reputation that the club has being in the 4th tier, I don't think we will get many players in from the 1st division released list.

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We went in and signed a few replacement players. 3 that stand out are Denes Szakaly, Josh McEachran, and Jozsef Kanta, all 3 are central midfielders, and will be in the 1st team squad straight away. We also signed a 15 year old from the 5th tier, who is only 15, therefore not allowed to play in the league but has some incredible attributes.

 

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Results

I decided to test ourselves against Dinamo 2, playing in the second division to get an estimate on how far away our squad is. And despite the 3-0 loss, they beat other teams in their division by more than that, so I have hope. The rest of the pre-season was against teams in the 3rd/4th/5th tier, very promising with the season just around the corner.

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Finances

Apparently one of the better keepers in the world played his first season with us back in the glory days. We have received £129k from a sell on fee, which should cover player wages for at least one maybe even two seasons.

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The board also giving another £26k over, which will allow for coaching courses and staff wages.

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League Preview

Looking good for this season, will go in hoping for a straightforward one. There are only 16 games in the league, so probably will be playing more friendlies than actual league games. Will only post a few times this season as the games are so spread out.

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August - October 2021

Results and League Table

An unreal start to the league, I thought it would be a lot of 2-1s, and a few draws scattered in here and there. But 6 games in and still unbeaten in the save bodes well for us leaving the busiest period of the season, so at least if we do drop points, or even loose, moral can be easily fixed with some friendlies.

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This league doesn't use goal difference, I believe it uses alphabetical, so we need to make sure we finish in top spot and with points to spare, I refuse to play more than 1 season in this division.

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Finances

Nothing new to report in terms of income, ticket prices still being outweighed by match day expenditure. I have managed to start on my National A though, meaning I can spend more time at training when we go full time eventually.

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Other News

We have our first current international. Alla is a player in the under-19s, and most likely will never play for the 1st team, but I doubt anyone else in the division can say they have a current international in their ranks.

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November 2021 - February 2022

Transfers

For the first time in a long time I have brought in some transfers over the winter period just to bolster the squad, especially with some important players being poached. Ceko comes in on a permanent transfer after being recalled from his loan spell due to sitting on the bench too much. Stupar comes in as a first choice left winger and the other two come in to mainly sit on the bench.

Some outgoings include Milan Simpson, who is now playing in the second division. The Tommy Stevens experiment did not work, and he was just sitting in the under 19s. The other two were solid bench players, which I was not happy to let go.

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Results and League Table

Typical FM cheese stopped us from continuing our winning run in the league, hopefully not a sign of more to come, but sitting 11 points clear with 4 games to go, this wont keep me up at night.

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Finances

Despite being in the red, the board will continue to fund coaching courses for me and other members of staff, clearly they are confident in our future achievements

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Other News 

We have had an interview offer from a team in the second division, where I could be working with our old HoYD, who was pinched from Solin in our first season at the club. Of course I have turned this down, hopefully we can play them in 2 seasons time and show them what they are missing.

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Youth Intake

After last season's 'Golden Generation' I don't hold imagine any massive prospects will come through this year. Hopefully I am proved wrong though.

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Results/Final League Table

A wobbly end to the season, in the penultimate game, we were down by 2 going into the 72nd minute, only 2 goals from a debuting Stupar saved us from our first defeat of the save. Followed up by another game where we looked to be loosing our unbeaten start. In the end the league was wrapped up during the first game in March, the rest of the games were simply a formality. 

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Finances

Still loosing money by the match, our only saving grace was the 16 game season, otherwise, we would have been in big trouble again, but the £26k and the sell on percentage really saving our financial situation.

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Youth Intake

A much better youth intake this season, with all but 4 players (m-p) signing youth contracts with the club, again, disapointing that they wont be able to play until they turn 17, by which time they probably wont make the cut.

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Season Review/Debrief

Another successful season. Still undefeated in this save, with a 91% win percentage (P46 W42 D4 L0). Possibly will be our easiest season due to the lack of financial issues and limited number of games played during the league. Some of our older players may be looking at retirement, but looking to keep a few old heads in to help with their experience.

Moving into the 3rd tier will be interesting, I am finally able to offer wages on part time deals, so hopefully can build a team within the wage budget given, but will need a slight overhaul in the squad due to the jump in quality from the 4th division. Our wage budget is roughly £1k bigger than when we were a 5th division club, so may have to utilize some non-contracts for the squad players.

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Player Stats

Players used - 20

Top Goalscorer - Jurica Buljat/Teo Kardum (5 goals (16/11(4) games)

Most Assists - Jozsef Kanta (11 assists (16 games))

Highest avg. rating - Jurica Buljat (7.46 (16 games))

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Pre-Season 2022-23

League Preview

We are heading into our first season in the third division, where there are 2 promotions split between 5 leagues. The top team in each region (N,S,E,W,C) go into a 5 team league at the end of the season. We are going into a season without being odds on favourite to win a chance to go into the promotion group, our real challenge will be Sibenik 2, whose first team finished 5th in the first division last year.

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Transfers

Heading into the off season, both Teo Kardum and Jozsef Kanta hung up their boots, meaning we are in desperate need of a AMR and DLP. 

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We have gone in an bought some players in from 1st and 2nd division sides in hope that two of them can fill the hole left by our two retirees. Also had some youth intake players from the first season leave, as they were never going to cut it in the first team.

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Results

Some easy wins for morale boosters mainly against 5th division sides, a late flurry of goals from Dragovoljac saving a 3-3 draw in the middle though.

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August 2022

Transfers

Only one sale this month, unfortunately star winger Stupar chose to move to the second division instead of giving another season with us a shot, only played 4 games in total for us, but scored 4 goals.

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Results/League Table

Very good start to the league, not conceeding until we played last seasons league winners. A saved penalty in the 94th minute secured a draw, but we outplayed them for most of the game, which is encouraging. These results see us joint top of the table on goal difference.

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September 2022

 

Results/League Table

Our first defeat of the save :(. Managed to get 50 games unbeaten, which is nothing to sniff at and I personally have never had a run like that in recent versions of the game, the league remains close, back in 2nd by 2 points.

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October 2022

 

Results and League Table

Another defeat, this time to the team who has come up through the leagues with us. They are all on full time contracts at their club, obviously putting us at a disadvantage, and they played us off the park in the second half, scoring 4 without reply. The rest of the month was good, although we are scoring less goals than our last couple of seasons, but while we are still winning I cant complain.

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Finances

We have sent Jerbic on a coaching course, trying to get him staying on as a member of staff when he eventually retires. We made £32,265 from transfer clauses, but nothing for this showed up in the inbox, so can only assume that its from the old Zadar club.

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November 2022

 

Results/League Table

Looking good going into December and the halfway point of the season, 4 points clear at the top and in some very good form. Hopefully we can continue this into December and beyond.

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December 2022

 

Results/League Table

Another good month with a small wobble, ending our home unbeaten start to the save. We have also got our goals back, with Sugic popping up from midfield more and more as the season goes on. 7 points clear going into January, we have to be favourites to get a chance in the promotion group.

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Have bought in Teo Kardum in as a scout, has decent attributes, but mainly did it as we are not paying him and he is a fan favourite.

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Youth Intake

Very doubtful that this intake will be as good as last years, but hoping that one or two players can be of use within the next few seasons.

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January 2023

 

Results/League Table

Damn, 3 points from a possible 12. Somehow still top of the table but hoping that this form ends here and it is just a bit of a wobble. Luckily enough, everyone else around us is dropping points like flies too (despite us playing 2nd and 3rd this month)

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Transfers

Only one transfer so far during the season, Zsedely wanting to leave for more first team football, which I couldn't get him due to the quality in our midfield at the moment. He leaves for a £1,000 fee.

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February 2023

 

Transfers

Managed to bring some back up in for the first team as well as Stupar coming back in on a free as he was not getting game time in the second division.

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Results/League Table

Picking up from last month, still not brilliant with a 50/50 record, hopefully can go well into the last 5 games of the season.

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March 2023

 

Results/League Table

Very good run going into the last 2 games of the season, with one game in hand over 2nd and 3rd. Only have to play bottom of the table and 11th. We go into the game against bottom needing a win to secure the title.

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Season Run In

This was a screenshot from the start of the month. We have the easiest run in by far, with most teams playing each other at some point. I think that the title is ours to loose at the minute!

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Finances

Another £50k into the bank, but still perferating money. It doesnt look like there is any competition money in the database, so will have to wait until we get into Europe or sell a player to make any proper money.

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Other clubs are sniffing about, mainly in the Hungarian and Slovenian first divisions.

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Youth Intake

Nothing good this year. Completely forgot to screenshot the intake, but only 4 players signed (by accident). Doubt any of them will sniff near the first team changing room.

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April 2023

Match vs Neretvanac

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Brilliant! Can't even beat the team at the foot of the table. We outplayed them all game, just couldn't get the job done. Thought we could bury at least one chance. Look at our xG. This was our game in hand over 2nd and 3rd. All we need to secure the title in the last game is a win against a mid table side though.

 

 

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League Table

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That awful performance against Vodice means that we slip down to second in the final table. Not even Hrvace and Zagora both losing means anything as Primorac won to see them go from 4th to 1st after the afternoon's drama. Even a draw would have been enough with our superior goals scored, as we would both be on the same goal difference. Another season in the third tier beckons, and a strenghtening of the squad is essential to make sure we are not in the same position next year.

 

 

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2022-23 Season Review

Despite loosing the title on the last day of the season, it was probably good for us as a team to learn to lose as much as we did, rather than wait until higher up the divisions, where it could hurt the club more. Plenty of positives such as 12 clean sheets throughout the season as a newly promoted team. Hopefully with some deeper squad depth next season we can have a real go at the league and promotion group should we get there. The second tier is definitely going to be the hardest league to get out of because of the lack of promotion spots between the 5 leagues.

 

Player Stats

Players Used - 26

Top Scorer - Ferenc Tonhaizer (13 goals (24(6) apps))

Most assists - Ivan Martinovic (17 assists (24(4) apps))

Highest avg. rating - Ivan Martinovic (7 goals/17 assists (24(4) apps))

 

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2023-24 Pre-Season

After the disapointing end to last season, it was clear we needed much more depth if we are going to be in with a shot of promotion next season. The board have given us a little more money to play around with, and since they keep injecting us with money, I wont be scared of taking all the wage budget.

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Transfers

I think the tactic this season is to loan out as many of the under 19s as possible to get them game time in either the regional leagues or the 4th tier, as an alternative to get them in a load of friendlies throughout the season at our club. Have also bought in some muscle for the 1st team, mainly just to bolster the squad numbers. We have had some players demanding moves and 3 retirees. We have also gone ahead and released 9 players who were never going to make the grade. 

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Other News

Just wanted to point out how good one of the youth academy players from the second season has become, will be playing a big part of how we play this season.

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August 2023

 

Transfers

Some more youth players going out on loan for the season.

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Results/League Table

Really good start to the league, 2 wins from 2 sees us go 2nd on goal difference. The win against Primorac is promising as they are always up there come the end of the season.

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September 2023

 

Results/League Table

Really good month, only conceding in the last game of the month, looking like a new team compared to last season, and we have got our striker situation sorted, with Dzemal Ibishi getting the majority of the goals for us so far this season. We are 2 points ahead of last season's rivals Hrvace, and 5 points clear of 3rd, but still early days.

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October 2023

 

Results/League Table

First loss of the season, a come from behind victory for Kamen. We bounced back well, with 2 wins against 2 teams that finished up there last season. The draw against Vodice was a nice bit of FM Cheese, hopefully this wont come back to bite us at the end of the season, but at the minute, we are looking good, 4 points clear at the top.

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November 2023

 

Results/League Table

Another iffy month, this time only one win coming, but we were convincing in both draws, just didn't get the rub of the green. Results still see us top but by only 2 points.

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December 2023

 

Results/League Table

Not a good month, but not a bad month. No losses but 6 points dropped in the title race. The one useful draw was the final game of the month against Primorac.

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Finances/Other News

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Youth Intake

With all of this yellow, I dont see how this can be a golden generation, hopefully at least one player that we can sign.

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January 2024

 

Results/League Table

We finish the month looking like we are getting back into the swing of winning games after dropping points in our first two. We are riding our luck going into the business end of the season, with Primorac hot on our tails. Hopefully they can drop some points and give us some breathing room, but for the last 10 games of the season, we need to win at least 8 to have a chance of winning the league and potentially go into the promotion group.

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February 2024

 

Transfers

Just one transfer of note, Martinovic leaving on a free. Was helpless to stop this one going through, but disapointing non the less, as he has been brilliant this season.

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Results/League Table 

Nice bit of cheese at the end of the month to see us drop down to 2nd. Primorac are looking unbeatable at the minute, lets hope that this doesn't stick for the last few games of the season.

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March 2024

 

Transfers

Again, just one of note. McEachran leaving to join the national league. He was a reserve player, bench player at best, so am happy to see him go.

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Results/League Table

After a loss to Hrvace, pretty much making the league now out of our hands, we suddenly decided that we know how to play football, with a 5-0 and then a 7-0 win. With 2 games left we need a miracle to clinch the title, the one positive would be the goal difference being much higher than Primorac.

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Youth Intake

Not really expecting much from this group. Have only signed 4a, hopefully he can reach his potential, but if not, the world will not crumble.

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Other News

Youth intake player gets international call up!

 

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April 2024

 

Results/League Table

Despite a winning end to the season, Primorac just haven't stopped winning. We lost the league by 4 points, looking back, there are positives but obviously again, we were not enough.

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2023-24 Season Review 

Another season missing out to Primorac who finish in top spot. This time around, we can obviously pinpoint a few games where it went wrong, but at the end of the day, getting 72 points and not going up is a record in this division, coupled with the fact that last season Primorac won the league on 62 points, we can be considered very unlucky not to get a shot at the promotion group. Hopefully next year is our year.

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Player Stats

Players Used - 25

Top Scorer - Dzemal Ibishi (32 goals (32 apps))

Most Assists - Novak Zagmester (9 assists (13(2) apps))

Highest Avg. Rating - Dzemal Ibishi (7.62 - 32 goals/6 assists (32 apps))

 

Team of the Season/Player Awards

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3 hours ago, deltablue said:

Third time lucky nexy season I hope.

Fingers crossed. I think we only need a couple of extra players to make it count next season, as in our first two seasons we have been really unlucky not to finish top.

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HNK Zadar - Fallen Giants

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2024-25 Pre-Season

 

Transfers

First thing is to get rid of dead wood. Unfortunately we have had 4 players retire, luckily bit part players at best, so no need to rush to panic stations yet. Have continued to loan out a load of the youth team to get some match experience in the 4th or 5th division, I dont think any of these players will make it in the 1st team, so mainly this is just to not overload staff with training ect.

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Some players moving in, mainly to play as bench players or reserves on non contracts in case of emergency.

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Results

Really promising, narrowly loosing 1-0 to Dinamo 2, beating Rudes in the second division 4-1, and thumping the team that got relegated into our division for the coming season 5-2.

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Season Preview

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Other News

A new administration has taken the helm. Not sure how I feel about this, as they have said they are not looking to make any investments and have taken a loan to help balance the books. I am trying to stay optimistic though, despite the fact we might need to actually keep a closer eye on finances unlike before.

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HNK Zadar - Fallen Giants

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August 2024

 

Transfers

Rajcic leaving after a few years with us. Another bench player leaving for a club in the 3rd tier, can only be a good sign if they are being signed to be regular starters.

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Results/League Table

Really good start, although there are still quite a few teams that have also started well. Ribicic having a blinding start also, he is becoming a real gem. We were unlucky to only draw against Hrvace.

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Spoiler

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Other News

Another player from our golden generation, really good to see players starting to get called up for international duty.

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HNK Zadar - Fallen Giants

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September 2024

 

Results/League Table

Perfect month. 0 conceded and not really looking troubled at the back, a couple of games where they didnt even get a shot on goal. Leaves us top, but Uskok and newly promoted Imotski are hot on our tails, both still undefeated.

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HNK Zadar - Fallen Giants

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October 2024

 

Results/League Table

Some valuable points dropped in the title race, including a 1-0 loss against Uskok to see them jump ahead of us on goal difference, despite the wobble, we have still only conceded 4 goals in 11 games, so still a lot of positives to take.

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HNK Zadar - Fallen Giants

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November 2024

 

Results/League Table

Another superb run month in the league, this time, the goals are pouring in. One concern is newly promoted Imotski are currently toe to toe with us, and haven't looked like loosing all season, including a win against us. This all changed on the last game of the month though, their first defeat in 38, nearly as good as us!

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Other News

Our long serving player turned coach Buljat has moved on to pastures new, picking up a managers job in the bottom half of the 3rd league central, this is probably the last we see of him unless his new team have a resurgance and meet us in the playoffs next year if we cant get up this season.

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HNK Zadar - Fallen Giants

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December 2024

 

Results/League Table

Another superb month, with the only hiccup coming against our old rivals Primorac. We also exacted revenge on Uskok with a 4-0 thumping. Looking like this season will now be a 2 horse race between us and Imotski. 14 games left an only 3 points between the two sides.

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Other News

Finally have all the badges, hopefully this means that the coaching level at the club will be dramatically increased. Also with the reputation boost, young players may be enticed to come and play under me.

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Youth Intake

Another year of a meh looking intake. Again, hoping there may be one or two players that come through who can have a future at the club.

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