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1 hour ago, danielgear said:

I'm mainly looking to use him as cover for Karibov as the right midfielder as a wide midfielder which I've tweaked to create a inverted playmaker role.

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Not a bad debut, starting at right midfield he won MOTM setting up 1 and creating 6 clear cut chances. I also liked the fact he ran the most in the team.

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53 minutes ago, Sheriff7 said:

Hi mate.Great work in a very interesting nations.Which skin you are using?

Tato skin at the moment. Found on most FM content sites 

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June 2025

June is always a quiet month domestically for us with just two league games, even with the transfer window open we don't do much business. But we do have an international break with two qualifying games.
First we will start with club football


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As you can see Riiberg has started on fire with two man of the match performances in two games, the first a 4-0 win over Nomme Kalju in which he started on the right with 8 key passes and 6 clear cut chances created and 1 assist. Sander Poom and Soomets scored with Jarva grabbing a double. In the second game he moved inside to the most advanced centre midfield role and he returned with 2 goals and an assist Kirss and Nurmik rounded up the scoring. 
Its good to see him bed in so quickly and backing up the stats which made me buy him.


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A 13 point gap should give us enough breathing space ahead of the European qualifiers. This month we also had some good news on that front

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The 3 teams who finish 2nd-4th now skip the first round of qualifying hopefully giving them a better chance of qualifying for the group stages.

Our intake preview looks good again, We need some defensive midfielders so Its good to see we have one coming through that the staff like the look of.


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Now we have the international games for Estonia.

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Two games vs Bulgaria was always going to be a challenge, In the first game Bozhidar Kraev ran wild against us scoring 3 of the 4 goals in the 4-0 loss.. The game itself was actually pretty even we shared possession and had a similar amount of shots but they were clinical scoring 4 from an xG of 1.27. The second game I felt better about despite still losing it was only 1-0 and again we were pretty close we just couldn't finish our chances. Maybe Riiberg needs a call up to create us some chances!


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A steady start to the campaign. the games vs Switzerland could be interesting as we were targetting just being competitive or maybe 4th max but we could push for 3rd if we get the results. Overall its still a struggle on the international stage.

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July 2025

July and august are the biggest months in our season, we find out which of the three european competitions we qualify for, We start off with the Champions League qualifying, I'm enjoying this part of the save and finding clubs I've never heard of.

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We started the month off with some bad news that striker Jarva is out for 2 months so we promoted Romet Tamme from the U21s, he repaid us by scoring on his first start, Marin also scored in the 2-0 win over Kuressaare in which Riiberg made it 3 games in a row as MOTM. We then headed into our first qualifying game vs CS Petrocub Hincesti of Moldova , we were on top of them for most of the game but a Kirss penalty was enough to secure a draw. The second leg was the same but every chance we had we scored, Subka got us off to a great start before Kirss and Karibov both grabbed a double to send us through to the next round. The only downside was Kirss picked up a knock which means we will be without both strikers for the next league game. But once again a promoted youngster stepped up as Nuuma came off the bench to grab a late equaliser in a tired performance.
Next up was Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria we were clinical again as we won 4-0 with Kirss scoring after 2 minutes then Nurmik doubling our lead then Nuuma came off the bench again and scored two late on to put the tie to bed. Next up we played Narva JK another tired performance but late goals from Kirss and Karibov secured the points. We then played the second leg which finished 1-1 with Subka killing off the chance of any comeback after just 3 minutes. Next round we have Young Boys which is a big step up in quality.


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We still have a 12 point lead at the top of the table and our unbeaten run is now over a season and a half. We had another player leave outside of our transfer window too. Markus Sommets finally left after years of speculation...

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Whilst not ideal that its out of the transfer window this will elevate Riiberg even more now plus we have Nurmik growing into the first team and next season we may have another youngster ready to step up. At 25 it feels like a natural career step up for him. 

Overall a great month two wins in Europe to get through and continue getting results in the league with both strikers missing games. Next month we have young boys then the final qualifiers. At this point we're at least playing Europa Conference again this season.

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August 2025

Into the business end of European qualifying now a really busy month with 9 games played.

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We started the month with a top of the table clash vs Tulevik which we managed to come through with a draw, Kirss scored early on from the spot before they equalised late on. The gap at the top stays the same, Next up was Young Boys and they were ruthless dispatching us with ease in a 6-2 defeat Nurmik and Kirss scored late on to bring it down to a 4 goal swing needed in the second leg. We did not play well vs Paide but Nuuma came off the bench to score either side of a Kirss goal for us to steal it late on. We then had our second leg vs Young Boys and needing at least 4 goals we took the game to them and were destroyed 5-0. A class apart. 
Our week got worse as our 63 game unbeaten domestic run came to a end in a 1-0 loss to bottom of the league Vaprus as my former staff member Lepik beat me 1-0. Next up was another big club in CSKA, a Marin goal meant we lost 2-1 and were still in the tie for the second leg. Two late goals from Kirss who came off the bench when we were 2-0 down saved us a point vs Tartu JK. We then travelled to Finland for our second leg against CSKA and a 3-1 loss saw us drop into the Europa Conference League again. We rounded off a busy month beating Nomme Kalju 3-2 after racing into a early 3-0 lead before they grabbed two late goals, Kirss, Lepistu and Nurmik were all on the scoresheet.


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We still have a 12 point lead and barring a collapse we should retain the title from this point, We have also had a Europa Conference draw that I feel like we could actually qualify from..

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We have to look at that group and feel confident we can get something out of it. at least a second place finish. Overall a disappointing month as we ended up in the ECL again and our unbeaten run came to an end domestically.

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2 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

That is, absolutely, a group you could get through! What’s the furthest you’ve been in Europe, to date?

The first knockout round of the Europa Conference. So getting out of this group would match that.

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September 2025 Part One

I've done this month as a two parter as I wanted to do one focused on the international side. We had two games this month first up was Holland

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We were torn apart the gap in quality was there for all to see. We followed this up with a game vs bottom of the group Switzerland

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A 5-2 loss was so annoying as I really felt confident going into the game. Again another striker with another 3 goals against us. This left us bottom of the table.

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At this point I had a long hard think about what to do, and I'm not enjoying the international side of FM (I never have to be honest) There's not enough control and I don't feel like I'm influencing anything on or off the field so I resigned and will give someone else a chance maybe in a few seasons come back in again but for now I want a break from the international side of the game. Most annoyingly is for some reason my players cant play two games in a row fitness wise internationally but domestically they can with less rest. Maybe its a human bug and hopefully my replacement can help them push on and I'll develop as many players as I can for him.
Ill still add their results as part of my results update to keep everyone up to date.


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My record finished - 35 competitive games 7 wins 4 draws and 24 defeats.

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It's funny because I think I reached the same point as you with regards to my save but decided to can the domestic game and then plough on with the national side until the World Cup and end it there. I'm completely with you on the lcak of interest in managing international football. I don't really have any idea how it can be improved because international football irl is gash too, but it really needs something to spice it up.

Regardless, reading this has tempted me to pick up my old Cantolao and Perú save, give it another shot...

How did you get on with that Europa Conf group? Looks very do-able

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1 minute ago, Shrewnaldo said:

It's funny because I think I reached the same point as you with regards to my save but decided to can the domestic game and then plough on with the national side until the World Cup and end it there. I'm completely with you on the lcak of interest in managing international football. I don't really have any idea how it can be improved because international football irl is gash too, but it really needs something to spice it up.

Regardless, reading this has tempted me to pick up my old Cantolao and Perú save, give it another shot...

How did you get on with that Europa Conf group? Looks very do-able

I’m enjoying it domestically, mainly due to the challenge of Europe, I worry I’m becoming too dominant domestically, is it time to switch to a rival, the issue is I can’t even give my players away, I’ve offered them out on free with me covering wages and nobody wants them. I could release but I want them to go to Estonian clubs and I can’t control that. 
 

International football could do with just adding a few things already in game, training being one, less impact on fitness between games. 
more staff interaction etc. 

The Europa Conference League is going well. I need to post the September and October update but we’re in November played 4 and top of the group but it’s tight. I need to finish top to skip the first knockout round.

I had a fun save in Peru with Universatio a few editions ago

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Growing in international level is a very difficult and long task.Probably you had to wait 4-5 years to get some really good progress.If you didn't enjoy it though it was the correct choice.

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1 hour ago, Sheriff7 said:

Growing in international level is a very difficult and long task.Probably you had to wait 4-5 years to get some really good progress.If you didn't enjoy it though it was the correct choice.

I just felt like I wasn’t having any influence. Maybe in a few seasons I’ll go back in but for now I want to try and found on developing the clubs 

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September 2025 part two

The second part of september we focus on the club side now, we have league, cup and europe games to focus on.

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We started the month off well with a solid 4-0 win over 3rd place team TJK Legio, Kirss grabbing a hat trick and a 4th by Nurmik, We then started off our Europa Conference League with a sensational 2-0 win over Lokomotiva with goals from youth products Nurmik and Nuuma giving us a great start to the campaign. Back to the league we secured a 2-0 win over Kuressare Kirss and Numma kept up their strong scoring run grabbing one a piece. We then met Nomme Kalju in the cup and theyre having a poor season and we dispatched them with ease in a 2-0 win with goals from Nurmik and Marin. We finished the month with a 1-0 loss to local rivals Levadia. 

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The title looks a formality now which means we can increase rotation over the next 2 months as we deal with the rest of the group stage in the Europa League.

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September 2025 Part three

We have also had the intake this month which wasn't the best but we have signed 4 of the players that have come through.

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All 4 will go into the U19s allowing for progression throughout the squads. 

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October 2025

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According to the game Riga are the best side in the group so to come away with a 0-0 draw was an acceptable result for us. Back to the league we destroyed bottom of the table Narva JK 4-0 Sander Poom scored followed by a Marin hat trick. Next up was second place Tulevik a 89th minute winner from Kirss in a 2-1 win secured the title for us Jarva scored the first as we came back from 1-0 down. A massive result in Europe as Kirss downed Qarabag with a hat trick as we won 3-1 to put us top of the group after 3 games. We're through to the quarter finals of the cup as we beat Vaprus 2-0 due to two early goals from Marin and Karibov. We finished the month with a 1-0 win over Paide after Kirss scored after 3 minutes.


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Title secured and top of the Europa conference group ensured October was a good month for us.

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We have tied up a signing for the winter window as 30 year old Ojamaa returns to Estonian football

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Rated really highly in comparison to our current crop of right backs and the gets forward trait means he fits in well with the style we are playing.

 

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November & December 2025

The final month of the season, we have the title wrapped up but now its all down to if we make it out of the group stages in the Europa Conference League

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We started the run in with a 3-0 win over Vaprus Kirss scored another hat trick. A 3-3 draw vs Qarabag kept the group tight, Kirss, Numrik and SPoom all on the scoresheet. A fully rotated team lost 2-1 to Tartu Kirss came off the bench to try and salvage a draw but could only get one goal. Nomme Kalju have had a fall this year and my rotated team held them for an hour before Mrin and Kirss came off the bench to score 2 late goals to help us win 2-0. Riga thrashed us 4-0 leaving a winner takes all game vs Lokomotiva in the final match of the season. TJK Legion were beaten 3-1 with Kirss getting his 47th and 48th goals of the season. A tight affair vs Lokomotiva finished with us winning 2-1 with Karibov giving us a 1-0 lead before they equalised then Numrik sending us through with a winner!

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Another title in the bag. This was probably our easiest one yet.

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We actually topped the group which means we skip the first knockout round

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A massive fixture vs Besiktas awaits us in March 

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This is great to see, the third best club in Europe at youth development and again both my U21s and U19s won their leagues.

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Goalkeepers

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Moskvin has started interesting a few Russian clubs with his performance so a new contract is a priority. For his first season as our first choice keeper he has done brilliant. Nomm despite trying to shift nobody will take him signed a new deal on backup status, just incase the worst happens and we lose Moskvin.

Right Backs


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Kaos is another who stepped into the first team this season and did a pretty decent job. For a few seasons now I've been looking for more output from the full backs but only 4 assists is disappointing. Kulinits returned 9 though as he rotated between back up RB and LB. comparing his offensive stats with Kaos they're pretty similar apart from the chance creation stats in which Kuilinits is almost double. We need to dial into why this is over pre season. With the incoming signing of Ojamma, Kulinits will switch to primary LB cover.

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Jarvelaid played really well at left back returning 7 assists which I'd say is around the figure I'd ideally like. as we seem to spread assists around the team if everyone can get around 7 I'd be happy.

Centre backs


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Lukka and Lipp have played their final games for the club as they make space for the emergance of Seeman and Hansen  next season. I rarely get any goals from my centre backs 4 for Subka seems like an outlier. The 4 main starters all returning 7+ average ratings and Seeman was too good for the U21s before his midseason promotion and playing the last 12 games to get him ready for next season.

Centre Midfielders


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As you can see we had a main 4 players switching between the 3 roles with Jermatsenko offering cover. Siid and Ivanov were promoted late on and Ivanov returned 2 assists in 7 appearances which puts him in the thinking for next season. Riiberg returned 12 assists despite only joining mid way through the season so he turnt out to be a good signing. Poom and Nurmik have been stars. 14 goals and 4 assists for Nurmik, 5 goals and 7 assists from Poom. They have cemented their place as the first choice two in centre midfield with aging Lepistu behind them at half back. Riiberg switches between RM, DM and CM depending on where he is needed.

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Karibov is the star player aged 18 and interest in him is increasing, 6 goals and 11 assists this season from out wide. Kait has come through the U19s and U21s this season returning great performances so he has been fast tracked to the first team. with 3 assists in 13 appearances he has started well. 

Left Midfield


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Marin had his best season yet for us 14 goals and 11 assists and will leave the club at the end of this season. This is potentially a problematic area for next season. WIth Mihhailov not quite ready for first team football every week.

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What a season for Kirss who truly replaced Sapovalou. 48 goals and 7 assists. outperforming his xG by 15 goals at 31 he's not the long term answer but hes a great plaster for now. Jarva did his job off the bench scoring 13 goals and 5 assists before suffering from injuries which gave Nuuma the chance and he became a supersub with 8 goals mainly from the bench. Madissoo scored 38 goals for the u!9s this season so he had a few run outs at the end of the season as we looked to the future but no goals, a season in U21s for him next year.

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Of course Kirss won best player with Karibov in second. Former midfielder Miller in third.

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Its been a good season with a near €3m increase in prize money revenue.

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We have 3 out of contract that will not be returning. Theres also been some sales (forced) so next season will open chances for a few youngsters hopefully the conveyor belt can continue and we maintain success. The game vs Beskitas is a massive one. This is the furthest we have ever gone in Europe so far, Can we go another step?

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After winning the league with the Under 21s Paavo takes his next step up to take over Kuressaare. We have a high turnover of staff getting jobs which is great to see.

Overall another great season, a double won and through to the knockouts in Europe. We have seen the emergence of a few youngsters and hopefully that can continue. The main thing is increasing our stature and getting more Estonian teams into the group stages next season.

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3 hours ago, danielgear said:


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This is great to see, the third best club in Europe at youth development and again both my U21s and U19s won their leagues.

This is massive! I know that your players won’t be playing at the same levels as the Ukranian’s and the mega academies of Barca and Ajax but this is something to be immensely proud of. 

Do you keep track, by means of a shortlist or something, the players you’ve moved on?

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18 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

This is massive! I know that your players won’t be playing at the same levels as the Ukranian’s and the mega academies of Barca and Ajax but this is something to be immensely proud of. 

Do you keep track, by means of a shortlist or something, the players you’ve moved on?

Yeah I have. So far none have really succeeded elsewhere. But they are mainly moving to relegation battling teams if they move to bigger leagues. Kreida who went to Sweden has played for 3 different Swedish clubs in 3 seasons now suffering relegation twice. 
Sapovalou was relegated in his first season in Russia, hopefully they bounce back but he’s been transfer listed all season “due to relegation”

The success stories are mainly ones who weren’t quite good enough for my first team but went to other Estonian teams. As you seen above Miller finished 3rd best player this year. Players like Shein and Larsen have also performed well, to the point I’ve looked at bringing Shein back to replace Lepistu at DM as his current club have been using him as a DM and his stats have been good. 
A slight spoiler but we’ve lost 3 big players in the winter window, 2 to Russia and I think they’re of that next level quality to players like Sapovalov etc so hopefully they’ll have more success. 
 

A slight worry this year is it’s been harder to find potential quality youth from other clubs this season that are at the level of what I have coming through. Obviously we’re clearly much better but there’s been nothing to poach and develop for the nation. 
On the plus side the recruitment of foreign players has soared from our rivals which is good as they’ve picked up some quality players (for this level) in their quest to catch me. 
 

But overall I’m chuffed with our youth development. We have created a conveyor belt of talent and a transfer ethos to sign players in their late 20s as not stunt the path of any youth players mixed with hovering up any youth talent we can. 
 

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@_Ben_ Just jumped on FM to show you the screen of how I track them (contains spoilers) 

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I sort by transfer value mainly to see the "best players". Can track by how many all time appearances they have made, Which club they are currently at and their stats for the current season. I wish their was a way to see how many appearances they have made since they have left me but I can't it seems.  Also Ivanov at Grasshoppers numbers are mainly for their U21s. 

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2026 Pre-season

Breaking News


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Midtable Russian side Akhmat swopped for our first choice keeper Moskvin for €180,000 rising to €300,000.

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He had two solid years for the Under 21s before earning the first team spot aged 18. 30 league games last season and just 13 goals conceded meant Akhmat saw enough to pull the trigger now.

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He had progressed nicely. It's been hard finding a replacement so I will probably roll with Nomm for this season with Pareiko still only 17 he still needs another year at least at U21 level.

This was then followed up by another raid on a star player of ours by the same club

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This time they met the release clause for Karibov after I rejected their earlier offer and he too moves onto a higher standard after two years at the club.

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The time was probably right for him to move on as he needs to play at the higher standard and hopefully its another stepping stone in his career.

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We have talked about sell on fees and this has to be the biggest one yet. When I paid €215,000 upfront and now they get a further €155,500 from this sale it takes it up to €370,500 for them (With us making just €4,500 from the whole deal) which on the face of it looks like bad business but with him in the team he helped us progress last season to the tune of €7m in revenue and this is the way I want to build the nation. That then gave Levadia some transfer funds which they then unsettled one of my players!!

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This was such a strange situation, they made an offer of €20,000 for a player who I had just signed 6 months ago for €45,000 so I thought nothing of it and rejected it. He was not happy and put a transfer request in. So off he went. I've never been a fan of keeping players who don't want to be here.

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Overall a busy winter of outs. A few players who are between U19s and U21 squads were given loans to the same division as U21s for gametime.
So now we had a few holes in the squad. Goalkeeper I am going to roll with. We need to replace Karibov, we have Kait but at 17 I don't think hes ready yet to start every week, We already needed a left midfielder to replace Marin, we have a wealth of youth prospects at 16-18 years old but again not quite ready. I also wanted an experienced centre back to help ease Hansen and Seeman into the first team, offering an experienced head in the bigger games.

So first in was the centre back

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31 points on the DNA score just over the 30 mark. We bring Kuusk back to Estonia at aged 29 on a two year deal. 
Next in was two players one for left midfield and one for right. As we're getting stronger domestically teams are sitting deeper so I was looking more for playmakers rather than out and out wingers etc. 

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Natkho will start as the left midfielder hopefully offer guile and creativity from out wide.
Next in was the option for right midfielder

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Gussev comes in as a 1-2 year stop gap out wide until Kait is ready. First team football will ramp up for Kait this season but Gussev again offers abit more experience he can also rotate into the middle to offer rest for Poom and Nurmik.

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Preseason was a success. Everyone got plenty of gametime and we had some good results and built up fitness ahead of the start of the season and the Beskitas games which will be the biggest of this save so far. Hopefully the 3 signings will paper over the cracks this season. 

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March 2026

We start the season and we have the Europa Conference League second knockout games

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We started the season drawing 0-0 with newly promoted Maardu, A game we dominated and an xG of 3.45 showed me missed plenty of chances. We then retained the SuperKarikas with a win on penalties after the game finished 0-0. no goals scored in 2 days at least this game was a tight affaird with an xG of just 0.64. Next up was the big one and with no goals in two games I was concerned. On top of that we had lost 3 players in the transfer window and the replacements couldn't be registered, So we headed to Turkey with a weakened side. Besiktas took an early lead before Hansen equalised in the 83rd minute in which we thought we had secured a famous away draw but we conceded in injury time to lose 2-1. Overall it was not a bad result but a few players picked up suspensions heading into the second leg. We then beat Nomme Kalju 1-0 thanks to a Kirss goal but all focus was on the second leg it was a tight game until Kirss scored in the 67th to help us lead 1-0 on the night and level up the tie to make it 2-2. We then forced it into extra time, Besiktas scored straight after the restart and we just could not find a second with players tiring and youth on the bench, the fact their keeper won MOTM with 9 shots saved is testament to how we played but it was not to be. Talinna Kalev were the perfect team to face next as we could bounce back quickly to win 2-0 with Kirss and new signing Natkho on the scoresheet.

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Disappointing not to progress any further in Europe but its our best ever performance and something to build on going forward, We have had a slow start for us in the league though. Another cup win continues our domestic success and now we have to push on until the European qualifiers again.

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7 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

No harm in going out to Besiktas! Looking good in the league last season and very much appreciate your transfer methodology. 

Cheers mate, Small steps in Europe. That’s one round further than we have been before. 

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April 2026

We need to put the disappointment of Europe behind us and push on and win the league again.

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First up was the quarter final of the cup and Maardu took us all the way to extra time before goals from Jarva and Kirss sent us through to the semis. After losing in the final last year I really want to win this one. Next up was Paide in the league where we grabbed a 3-0 win Kirss, Gussev and Mihhailov all scoring. Mihhailov taking his chances from the left of midfield when hes played and hes played well. The derby did not go well as Levadia beat us 2-0 It was a tight affair in which they had better quality chances than us, A 4-0 win over Kuressaare got us back on track Kirss and Nuuma scored either side of a Nurmik double. Maardu were next up and we beat them 2-0 with Kirss and Nathko scoring before a 0-0 draw at home vs Tartu JK where we totally dominated with 18 shots and an xG of 2.26 and just couldn't score. We seem to be lacking a clinical edge this season after Kirss's 48 goal haul last season and this was evident in the final game of the month vs Nomme Kalju where they beat us 2-1 despite us dominating. Nothing to worry about but something to watch. Kirss has 7 in 13 games, but his back ups Nuuma and Jarva both only have 1 each in 13.  

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A slow start for us but we have games in hand but even if we win them wwe're still 4 points behind TJK Legion. May this year we might have more of a challenge

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May 2026

After finishing April 10 points off the top we needed to catch up asap this month. 

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We started the month with back to back games vs TJK Legion who were top of the table, so an early chance for us to claw back the points gap. The first game ended 2-1 after we went 1-0 down Kirss equalised before Nuuma came off the bench to grab a winner.
The second game we raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Poom, Kirss and Jarvelaid scoring before they brought it back to 3-2 and left a nervy last 10 minute but we held on for all 3 points.
We then had Tallinna Kalev and we again ran into a 3-0 lead with goals from Kirss, Poom and Mihhailov but this time we held on to it.
Next up was top of the table Tulevik in the semi final and they were the current holders after beating us in the final last year so revenge was on the cards, A 0-0 led us to penalties and we beat them 5-4 and make it to the final once again vs our local rivals Levadia.
A goal from Kirss gave us a 1-0 win over Paide in the league next before we were rocked by Tulevik with a late winner in a 2-1 loss, Kirss on the scoresheet again. Next up was the cup final an early goal from Gussev was enough for us to win the cup, It was a tight affair but we just held on.
Gussev scored just after 3 minutes vs Tartu JK and that was enough for us to secure 3 points.
The last game of a busy month saw Levadia take revenge for our cup win vs them after they beat us 1-0, We should have won but missed a few chances.


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We managed to get the gap to the top down to just 3 points despite two losses in the league this month. Again Nuuma and Jarva aren't doing enough to support Kirss with the goals when rotated or brought off the bench so this is something I need to look at and the window opens next month.

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June 2026

We started off this month by bringing in two players, One is our first loan of the save and the other is an experienced striker on a short term deal until the end of the season. I really don't want to block the path for Maddisso to the first team and have eyes on him leading the line next season, He's scored 20 in 17 for the U21s already this season following his promotion from the U19s and next year I want him to take the next step. But for now Jarva is out injured. Nuuma isn't helping Kirss with the goal load so I went out and signed..

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I signed him purely for his pace and finishing and that he was happy to sign a 6 month deal. He's already scored 5 goals this season in the league as the back up for a lesser team so i'm hoping he can do the same here with more chances created. 

Next in we brought back a former player on loan for 12 months just to help fill a spot in Centre midfield. Again we have other youngsters who aren't quite ready and we're in a title race so I needed two impactful players now.


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Ivanov joins just so we have a rotation option ahead of the european games as Poom and Nurmik are already tiring. If he sets the world alight we do have an option to sign him.

Next up there was only two games this month


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And as you can see they didn't go well. We lost in the top of the table clash to Tulevik and then drew with mid table Kuressaare in which Ivanov scored his first for the club. A disappointing month as the gap widens to the top now.

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8 points off the top, we have some work to do,

In other news the league has improved and club in stature


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So far this has been our worse start to the season. I've tweaked the tactic slightly going into July. lets see how it goes

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Been having a long think this week about what to do at the end of the season. Wondering if I should look to drop down to another Estonian team to try and topple Flora and hope the foundations I’ve laid at Flora can keep them going and challenging domestically and in Europe.

Be interested to know some thoughts 

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7 minutes ago, Shrewnaldo said:

What about taking over a club in a bigger league and forming a de facto affiliate scheme with Flora? That'd help develop some of your players quicker

If not, then a new club would be interesting 

Overall I’d still like to focus on the development of the Estonian nation/Leagues. Whilst I’ve spearheaded that with Flora by getting Europa Conference League every season and two knockout stages, the other teams have failed to make the groups every time. Even now where 4 qualify (Flora +3) due to our increase neither of the others make a dent in qualifying.

Ideally I’d also want to maintain the Estonian only transfer ethos (would be interesting to see how quick Flora move away from that with €5.5m in the bank)

Ive created quite a gap between Flora on and off the pitch with the rest off the league. Even though this season we’re underperforming I’m still in the title race. 
 

My thoughts currently are this..

Finish the season in December, if I don’t qualify for knockouts, resign and wait for an Estonian Premier League job to come available.
 

If I do qualify I’ll stay until knocked out then resign and wait.

 

I’d still continue this season as normal hoovering up the youth talent etc. 

Narva JK are now in division 1 and I think they’re an interesting prospect. If they stay down this season I’d likely target them as an option and have a year in division 1, I’m sure they’d want 6 time league winner Mart Poom as their new manager??

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12 minutes ago, Shrewnaldo said:

I guess the biggest problem is when Flora then splash the cash on foreigners. Although, given the earlier chat about national youth rating, maybe that would help everyone else get a boost?

Not knowing Estonian leagues at all, why Narva? 

Yeah I wouldn’t have an issue if they splashed the cash on foreigners as it should help the AI make it a challenge for me to topple them and like you said increase NYR.

Narva are one of the founding members of the current format of the Estonian Premier League and along with Flora one of the two only teams to have never been relegated from it (according to Wiki) In real life so to see them in division 1 is a shock first time since the formation in 1992. Unlike Flora they’re much smaller, only 1,000 capacity stadium, think they had average attendance of around 120 in the game. They’ve also never won a title. So overall hopefully more of a challenge.

I have seen there’s a new feature (new for me) to select to resign at the end of the season. I think it would certainly give the save a bit of a boost as so far I’ve steamrolled the league most seasons. 
Im also interested to see what the AI would do with an all dominating team with that much wealth in comparison to the rest of the league. As I’m way under wage budget. Think I’m using €15,000pw out of a possible €52,000pw

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