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After several youth only challenge saves I am still tired of doing transfers and scouting myself . Hopefully this will come back in the future but I only saw one way to do a non youth only & no transfers save... and that was the head coach challenge ( great inspiration by @coady with his yearly head coach saves and youtube episodes). I intend to make this my last save of this edition.

Rules

- Start unemployed with the lowest reputation and without coaching badge.

- Chairman or DoF are in charge of transfers, staff, scouting, contracts and youth intake.

- I can't sign my DoF. The Chairman should sign one after I join the club.

- I am responsible for the line-up, tactics, training and press conferences.

- Do a one year holiday and apply for a job after the reset date. Try to start in the lowest possible tier/country.

Region

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The Balkans, a region where I have rarely coached but which is nevertheless loaded with talent. Also internationally, there have been beautiful national teams in the past such as Davor Šuker's Croatia, Gheorghe Hagi's Romania, Hristo Stoichkov's Bulgaria, Goran Pandev's Macedonia and many more.  I am ready to explore the region as a manager and work in leagues that are unknown to me.
There are also some countries on my bucket list to go on holiday in the future. For now, I have only been to Greece and Turkey.

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The Balkans (/ˈbɔːlkənz/ BAWL-kənz), also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in southeastern Europe with various geographical and historical definitions.[1][2][3] The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea in the northwest, the Ionian Sea in the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south, the Turkish Straits in the east, and the Black Sea in the northeast. The northern border of the peninsula is variously defined.[4] The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala, 2,925 metres (9,596 ft), in the Rila mountain range, Bulgaria.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkans

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Objectives

- Manage and win the championship with the best club(s) in the Balkans by constantly moving to a better-reputed club or by developing a smaller club.

- Reach the knockout stages of the Champions league.

- Win a European cup.

- International management with a Balkan national team is possible but not a real objective.

- Possibility to add extra Italy as final destination because Italy has a small section in the Balkans.
 

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Database

The database is restricted to the 12 balkan countries (players based in nation and of nationality loaded) and top five countries (view only). I downloaded the Around the Globe database to add certain nations like Albania and Kosovo.

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Coefficients

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Italy is included in this list because the cities Monfalcone & Trieste are located in the Balkans area.

Achievements

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Juni 2022 - Job Interviews

I decided to only attend interviews for jobs in the lowest-ranked Kosovo,Montenegro, Albania & North Macedonia tiers.  Had some offers from Bulgaria (reputation is not low enough to start) and Bosnia & Herzegovina but I want to start lower.

Spoiler

Had some issues with the squad rules and FGN rules,  in the database from Albania and Kosovo but edited the FGN rules according to the entry to the EU of certain nations in 2030. So i restarted before the job interviews started with the same database and leagues loaded. thanks @Makoto Nakamura for the advice.

 

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6 hours ago, SixPointer said:

I like the look of this. Following and good luck 

 

6 hours ago, Perre8 said:

Yes you (bal)kan! Good luck and yet again an interesting choice!!

 

6 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Wonderful! Definitely following this 

Thanks, i'm really excited for this challenge and region, hope you all enjoy it :)

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Juni 2022 - Job Interviews part 2


The Akademija Pandev was my first interview and they offered me the job. I didn't know this club. It is the own academy and team from Goran Pandev, started in 2010 . They already won the cup and qualified for Europe in real life. And they play in a 9200 seated stadium ! But North Macedonia and first tier is not my idea of starting low in the Balkans so i'm going to reject .. more news in the next post.

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Juni 2022 - Job interviews part 3

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FC Drita Gjilan - Kosovo- Intro - 1st tier - BKT Superliga 

Profile manager | Club vision | Wikipedia

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I didn't want to start higher than Albania or Kosovo so I'm glad it became FC Drita. They play in the highest league, were champions 3 times (recently in 2020 and 2018) and last season played in a qualifying round Europa Conference league against Feyenoord (the eventual winner could only narrowly win the return match in their own stadium. They could play against my team( Antwerp) in the second qf In the ECL , if they beat Inter Turku in real life. One other fun fact: Xherdan Shaqiri is their biggest fan.

In this save they finished 7th (out of 12) in the first season and now expect to finish higher. I see this as my first adventure in the Balkans and I am curious what my future DoF will do in terms of transfers. No DoF yet so the chairman knows what to do. 

They play in a old stadium with 9000 capacity in the city Gnjilane-Gjilan.

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Let's go !

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July 2022

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Our preseason is almost finished and this are my first eleven.

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Transfers

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Our president signed below DoF Donat Vrenezi with no experience, not what i wanted but we have to deal with him, he is my boss :) He signed three players in July, one is ready for the first team.

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He won't be more than a DC backup.

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He could feature as a backup winger but i already had many options.

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At the moment he is our second best defender with some experience in North Macedonia and Albania.

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August 2022

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A very good start and we should have won the big game against Prishtina , we were much better but had a red card in minute 60. But does that really matter if you win the derby against Gjilani?

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What i didn't know and should have read is that you are obligated to put one U19 player in the starting eleven. i only had some regens from the first intake(during holiday season) and.. that was a big problem . i can't take of the kid without replacing him with another one..  So striker Altin Selimi (15) and goalkeeper Renato Doci(15) are included in the senior squad with the intention to put Selimi up front in all the games till i have another young one to rotate. Selimi already scored and gave us three points in the league so that was really fun !

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Transfers

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The window closed already at the 8th of august

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A veteran AMC on loan , can be useful but he doesn't fit in the system at the moment. The two others are young regens, not any good.

 

This Save is on hold because of a mix of reasons. Don't feel the head coach stuff, can't understand why my Dof didn't sign a U19 if that is a rule (one u19 should play every game in Kosovo, so you also need a bench with guys U19) and Island Youth only is calling me again.. my desire for a transfer save (Dof or no DoF challenge) is really gone.  Maybe i'll continue this next month but at the moment it is on hold :( 

 

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