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"A Blaze in the Northern Sky"

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This will be my FM22 save, a journeyman career along the chilling landscapes of Europe's northern nations. My game setup is this, I have lots of leagues on view only to encourage a bit more realism but I don't want to waste much time processing those leagues because I don't plan to manage outside of my five selected nations. As usual, I will start unemployed and without coaching qualifications and go from there.

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768.png KPV

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With 8 matches remaining on the regular stage anything can still happen. The league splits into promotion/relegation groups and the remaining calendar gives me time to balance critical results and also start to plan the next season, see who is good enough, who needs to go, and what areas we must improve.

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768.png KPV - Ykkönen - 2021

League table - when I arrived we were 8th, in the remaining matches of the regular stage we did a 5-3-0 record that put us 2nd and through to the promotion stage.

Promotion stage - we won 5 and lost 1, but TPS came in with a gap enough to maintain the top spot.

Promotion playoff - we almost bottled it with a first leg loss, but we turned it around deservedly for a somewhat unexpected promotion.

Suomen Cup - already out before I arrived.

Squad - some players are very good for this level but the rest are average or less.

Transfers - we were already above the wage budget so I didn't sign anyone, only staff.

Finances - not very good, but it's normal numbers at this level.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff

Next season

Have the safest season possible, as far from relegation places as possible.

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768.png KPV - Veikkausliiga - 2022 Pre-season

Season preview - we're predicted mid-table, so I guess a good performance would be reaching the championship stage.

Transfers - we needed to sign some quality players to make sure we have reliable alternatives to our base XI, and approaching the first official match (cup qualifiers) I'm still looking for at least a striker and a left winger.

Vincent Bikana | Darvin Chávez | Thomas Agyiri | Eero Tamminen | Razak Brimah | Duarte Tammilehto

 

 

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League table - the very pleasing low number of losses meant we were always adding points and eventually our morale and scoring form got us enough wins to be a deserving runners up.

Suomen Cup - although the draw was kind to us, we still managed to bottle what should have been our final, but we lost at home to a team in the division below.

Squad - this squad is a lot better than last season, with all signings adding quality. I did struggle a bit meeting league criteria for home-grown players so that's something I will try to fix.

Transfers - I got too carried away with my scouting and forgot to keep track of the non home-grown players, which sometimes meant I had to leave empty places on the subs bench. I also had to get a striker mid-season to cover for an injury crisis up front.

Finances - this is more worrying than last season. The scouting budget was empty before the end of the season and that might also take a toll on the wage budget. Let's see if what we do in UEFA can help.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd

Next season

We exceeded my expectations for the season, and now to improve on this will be harder. Doing the same but slightly better could be enough to dethrone HJK.

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35 minutes ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

Very impressive! To win promotion in the vein you did and then use that momentum to achieve a second-place finish is brilliant.

Thanks. In fairness the level between both divisions is not that different, as we were immediately predicted 7th out of 12 in our first season. I'm seeing some promising players to snap on free transfers, hopefully that can give us an extra boost of quality to keep pushing on.

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768.png KPV - Veikkausliiga - 2023 Pre-season

Season preview - we're predicted two places higher which is good, but the ambition is to finish even higher.

Transfers - my priorities changed because last season we had some trouble meeting the requirements for home-grown players, so this time I focused on HG players first, and only after that I'd look for alternatives outside that scope. My new striker is that case, as all viable options were non-HG players.

Aniekpeno Udoh | Riku Sjöroos | Markus Uusitalo | Henrik Ölander | Joel Mero | Juho Hyvärinen

 

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League table - after starting with 3 wins we then lost straight 4 which put some ice on our expectations, but after the cup was over the focus was all on the league and we never looked back.

Suomen Cup - the qualifying round was not perfect but after we got through that it was all uphill until a comfortable final.

Europa Conference League - we did our part until we faced an opponent that's way out of our league.

Squad - we improved our weaknesses from last season and even though statistically we're not the strongest, the players fit the style and almost everyone matched the expectations.

Best XI - Uusitalo; Hyvärinen, Mero, Chantzopoulos, Amuzie; Tamminen, Mohamed, Agyiri, Sejdiu; Andersen, Udoh

Transfers - I was able to improve some positions and did it signing only home-grown players, meaning we are now safe in that regard and can look for the foreign superstar without thinking about bureaucracy.

Finances - the short but sweet ECL run put €850k in our bank which makes a big difference.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners

Next season

If we could repeat the conquered silverware it would be a great season. I hope we can challenge for the title again, do well in the cup, and make as much money as possible from the CL run.

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768.png KPV - Veikkausliiga - 2024 Pre-season

Season preview - as defending champions we're predicted 3rd, but the board expects us to finish either winners or runners up.

Transfers - with a very limited transfer budget I still rely on players on expiring contracts and this time we snapped a few quality ones. We're still looking for a supporting striker, though.

Juhani Pikkarainen | Serge Atakayi | Sebastian Dahlström | Elias Ahde

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This my first ever job interview invitation, OB from Denmark. It's a massive upgrade from KPV and the recognition of my work here (and also my increasing coaching qualifications which I believe have a big influence in clubs approaching certain managers). I don't plan to accept an eventual offer, though. OB might be a very interesting destination but I want to do at least one more season with KPV.

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League table - although our overall record was better than last season we were only 1st during 5 matchdays, but one of them was the final one and ultimately that is what goes into the history books.

Suomen Cup - the board wanted the semis but we lost in the quarter finals to HJK, a team we failed to defeat the entire season.

Champions League - my goal was to reach the third qualifying round where we faced Sochi, because at that stage the loser would receive €5m. That was clearly not enough for us and we continued straight ahead, reaching an unthinkable group stage (with the lowest odds I have ever seen to win the whole thing).

Squad - the overall quality is still below the top domestic clubs but I'm happy with what I have.

Best XI - Uusitalo; Hyvärinen, Mero, Pikkarainen, Amuzie; Tamminen, Popovitch, Dahlström, Sejdiu; Andersen, Udoh

Transfers - I continued scouting the best players running out on their contracts, and halfway through the season I snapped two free agents with a lot of quality.

Finances - we hit the jackpot.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st

Next season

My decision as the season approached the end was to stay if we finished 2nd and run out my contract, or if we won the league again I would leave. We did that, had an incredible CL run, and the club is in better shape than it's ever been. I had several job interviews from much bigger clubs and I think the time is right to move on, as another season wouldn't be make a big difference in terms of what I can achieve here.

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF

Club info / Squad / Finances

This is clearly a big step up from KPV. After several interviews at big clubs (mainly from Sweden and Denmark) they offered me the job and the finances are good so that I can browse the market for some nice additions to an already very decent squad. As the most titled club in Sweden, the objectives are to win the league as often as possible, and I also want to focus on Europe to have some deep runs.

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2025 Pre-season

Season preview - we haven't won the title in the last three seasons so we're no longer clear favourites, restoring that dominance is one of my tasks.

Transfers - I put the DoF in charge of all activity for my Reserves and U19 squads and the transfers in are deals done by him. On my end, I've been focusing on selling some fringe players and also scouting for a new goalkeeper as my starter will leave on a free at the end of the season.

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2025

League table - we almost went undefeated in my first season, completely smashing the opposition.

Svenska Cupen - Göteborg was our big test in the semi final.

Conference League - so far so good, let's see what big teams we might face next.

Squad - I trimmed the squad in the first half of the season because we only had league games, as the season progressed I brought a couple guys from the reserve squad and used them for rotation.

Best XI - Bråtveit; Bejimo, Utvik, Olsson, Svensson; Valdés, Rakip, Stage, Birmančević; Möller, Tjåland

Transfers - I already guaranteed a new goalkeeper and centre back for next season, the biggest news here is that I lost Erik Botheim as he had a €2.5m release clause and he wouldn't sign a new contract until the end of the season.

Finances - there's money to sign one or two good players, more than that will depend on CL qualification.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st
2025       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners

Next season

We walked the league so I'm hoping to continue winning domestically and do our best in Europe.

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2026 Pre-season

Season preview - we reclaim our position as favourites to win the title, and judging from last season I expect to do just that. We also have the knockout rounds of the ECL to play and the CL qualification after the summer.

Transfers - the DoF continues responsible for youth transfers, while I focus on replacing players nearing the end of the contract or improving positions where I have affordable targets. One of the big downsides of having a season calendar not matching European competitions is that I could only register 3 new players for the ECL which leaves two of my new lads without Europe until the CL playoffs. You may have also noticed that I am currently aiming for an all-Scandinavian squad and it's something I think I'll keep doing as it adds for the fun of the challenge and unless I cannot find any good players meeting that criteria I'll keep restricting myself to these.

Tim Prica | Leopold Wahlstedt | Jonas Sandvik | Joseph Benaiah | John Kitolano

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2026

League table - the title was ours with 4 matches to play but we struggled a lot more this season to maintain all players fit, since we had ECL and CL matches all throughout the season.

Svenska Cupen - a convincing win to retain the cup.

Conference League - we continued the campaign started last season with difficult knockout rounds. Everton were too strong for us.

Champions League - including a hero's welcome at my old club KPV, we almost blew our chances when we lost at home to Rangers but we muscled through and turned the playoff around at their turf. In the group stage, precious points conquered against Real Madrid and Bayern meant a win in the last matchday against Olympiacos would get us to the Europa League and we did just that.

Squad - my usual aim for a 23-man squad was hard to manage due to fitness and injuries, which means I will look for youngsters to keep in the Reserve squad just in case, along with one or two players in the main squad to be the so called "utility players" who can help in more than one position.

Best XI - Wahlstedt; Bejimo, Benaiah, Olsson, Svensson; Valdés, Rakip, Björkqvist, Birmančević; Möller, Tjåland

Transfers - many loans for youngsters to develop, but also some money spent on players I think will improve the squad. I have enough money so that I can spend it without worrying about selling someone to cover for the losses.

Finances - CL will keep us on the green for a long time.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st
2025       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2026       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners

Next season

Domestically we're a step above the competition but I must keep improving my Scandinavian army to make us more dominant when we need to rest the more important players.

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2027 Pre-season

Season preview - we are clear favourites to retain the title, with only Djurgårdens being seen as serious contenders.

Transfers - not much movements thus far, with a new backup keeper and a right back to replace an unhappy and an expiring contract. I'm still on the lookout for a midfielder and a left winger but I'm yet to find someone who justifies an investment. I seem to be at a point where players worth signing are not interested in a club of our dimension, or are still too costly for us.

Victor Larsson | Hannes Sveijer

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2027

League table - points wise it was the weakest season so far but we carved a lead early and kept it the entire campaign, hence some complacent exhibitions towards the end.

Svenska Cupen - we concede goals rather easily but score loads, making this an easy win.

Europa League - a short stint here, definitely not impressing my fellow Portuguese.

Champions League - the playoffs were easy and the group stage was hard. The group was difficult, Monaco and Roma are title contenders but we still managed a respectable showing.

Squad - I had much more room to manage injuries and fitness this season, but I also had to deal with a lot more unhappy players who want to leave to bigger clubs.

Best XI - Wahlstedt; Bejimo, Benaiah, Olsson, Kitolano; Valdés, Stage, Björkqvist, Thanh; Möller, Tjåland

Transfers - curiously we were more active in the half-season, selling one of our few foreigners and also selling a striker who had a €15m release clause, which I decided to negotiate for €14m + 50% profit of next sale to Dortmund.

Finances - since we have so much money but the board refuses to improve anything I might as well splash it all out on players.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st
2025       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2026       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2027       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners

Next season

Sweden now puts the champion directly in the CL group stage so that's a guarantee of money to come, so I plan to go all out on my last year of contract and assemble the best team I possibly can.

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2028 Pre-season

Season preview - Djurgårdens are the only team along with us with an odd below two digits, however they finished 8th last season so I think this might be a one-horse race again. We're also two players short of a Best XI monopoly.

Transfers - I got a new striker to replace a mid-season sale from last year, a left winger as a better rotation option and an underutilized gem on loan from Chelsea. More signings depend whether I receive good offers, a player becomes unhappy, or if I find a deal too good to pass on.

Andri Lucas Guðjohnsen | Finn Reier | Sivert Mannsverk

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797.png.3058dafebec662d5143fdeb280a03a68.png Malmö FF - Allsvenskan - 2028

League table - I changed my approach to a more pragmatic 4-4-2 which resulted in less goals, more clean sheets, and the same outcome after 30 games.

Svenska Cupen - we clean sheeted our way into another victory.

Champions League - this year the champion entered directly in the group stage and we showed we deserved the bye, pulling our best cards up our sleeves and finishing above Juventus for a surprise second place.

Squad - this is a very solid group of players, who would continue dominating internally if not for their desire to leave for bigger clubs.

Best XI - Wahlstedt; Bejimo, Benaiah, Olsson, Kitolano; Valdés, Christensen, Björkqvist, Reier; Möller, Tjåland

Transfers - after the season started I swapped one unhappy midfielder and another nearing the end of the contract for two younger, better ones.

Finances - too much for me to worry about.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st
2025       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2026       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2027       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2028       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners

Next season

I'll look for a new job either in Iceland or Norway to continue my career.

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774.png.33a2e37b86193f3eafa2460b2d403762.png Valur

Club info / Squad / Finances

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While on the lookout for a new job, the first half of 2029 has already passed and I'm now in Iceland. The league runs from May to September, and there's a cup (one of two) that runs in February. I think I'll have plenty of time between games to focus on squad building and staff. Right now, there's 4 games left to play and we're far from the last European place (4th depending on the cup winner), so this will just be a quick run to establish a base for the next season.

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774.png.33a2e37b86193f3eafa2460b2d403762.png Valur - Úrvalsdeild - 2029

League table - there wasn't much to play for with only 4 games remaining, still I'm pleased with a starting record of 3-1-0.

Mjólkurbikarinn - out before I took charge.

Lengjubikarinn A - out before I took charge.

Conference League - out before I took charge.

Squad - some players are interesting but I should get busy during the off season.

Transfers - nothing of note after I arrived, I only signed 3 staff members.

Finances - our player valuations won't get us out of the red, only continental football will.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st
2025       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2026       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2027       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2028       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2029       Valur           Iceland        Úrvalsdeild         7th

Next season

Improve the squad and at least aim for an European spot.

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774.png.33a2e37b86193f3eafa2460b2d403762.png Valur - Úrvalsdeild - 2030 Pre-season

Season preview - we're predicted 5th but the comparison screen in our squad report shows we're the strongest team in some areas so I believe we may do better.

Transfers - the first two signings were already arranged last season before I came in, the other three were needed improvements to our unbalanced squad.

Kolbeinn AndréssonEvgeny KozlovJúlíus Emil JónssonRobin DorrerBenjamin Karamoko

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774.png.33a2e37b86193f3eafa2460b2d403762.png Valur - Úrvalsdeild - 2030

League table - to be honest I was aiming for a top 3 finish, maybe winners, but definitely not winning with 3 matches left. We did score loads from set pieces, leading the charts in goals from corners, penalties, and indirect free kicks.

Mjólkurbikarinn - the board expected the final but we acceptably lost in a match against the eventual cup winners.

Lengjubikarinn A - it seems everyone else was more worried about raising fitness levels so we, even with few goals scored, made our way to my first trophy in Iceland.

Squad - we have a decent starting eleven but not much more.

Best XI - SkjævestadKjartanssonKaramokoLoweJónssonHeimissonSigurjónssonAlexanderssonKristjánssonGuðjohnsenHjaltested

Transfers - I only sign free agents or transfer-listed players for peanuts because that's what we can do at the moment, the key is to scout in quantity and sooner or later two or three good players appear.

Finances - we'll continue to dive into the red until we can get some income from European fixtures.

Career overview

Season     Club            Country        League              Position    Achievements
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2021       KPV             Finland        Ykkönen             2nd         Promoted via playoff
2022       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       2nd
2023       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st         Cup winners
2024       KPV             Finland        Veikkausliiga       1st
2025       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2026       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2027       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2028       Malmö FF        Sweden         Allsvenskan         1st         Cup winners
2029       Valur           Iceland        Úrvalsdeild         7th
2030       Valur           Iceland        Úrvalsdeild         1st         League Cup winners

Next season

With a few improvements we should be capable of challenging for the league against whilst balancing the calendar with Cup and European fixtures.

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