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The Pitbull-Stories

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Season 2025/26 Transfers

Out

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Prospect James Davies we unfortunately lost on a free transfer. But he was complaining about his playing time and demanded allready too much, that the trust was broken. Other notable departures are Ashimeru and Providence, which were no longer needed.

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Lauper, a decent midfielder was signed from relegated Sparta. With Ivic i thought, that we made the transfer of the season by free. But then DoF brought Seydou Fofan in, also for free, a hell of a gem! With both of them, we have now a superb offensive. And also veteran Rafael Tolói came in by DoF. 

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And that's our squad for the new season:

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August - September 2025

In the Europe League Group draw we were again unlucky. Facing two european giants with Lyon and Tottenham! Place 3 and qualify for the Conference League Knockout-Stage will be our aim.

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So we start off the season with two 2-0 wins. Against Sittard our two new youngsters were allready scoring. And that in our first game in our new stadium! (tbh: i didn't remember, that i ever had a message, that we build up a new stadium. But maybe it was allready before my arrival)

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Then in Eindhoven we failed the first hard test against PSV with a 0-2 loss. 

Then it was Seydou Fofana's week. Scoring twice lately and securing us in each case a point. Really especially was the late goal at the Hotspur Stadium! What a player Fofana is, coming from Ligue 2 in France.

Back in league business we get a crucial 1-4 defeat at home against Feyenoord. In Emmen we put ourselves long in difficulties till Zuijderwijk scored the goal for the 1-0 win.

Table Eredivise

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Decent start once more. We need to get back in line!

Table Europa League

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October - November 2025

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We start off with a win in the Europa League at home against Split. I threw youngster Misidjan into the starting team and he didn't disappoint me and scored the opener. Afterwards it was a bit an up and down. Against Utrecht we lost 0-1, but after the international break we came back and beat Waalwijk 2-0. In Lyon we showed a bravely fight, but lost thight with 1-2 and back in league business we made an important win over Vitesse.

November began with a good win over Almelo. Fofana, Misidjan and Lauper scored the goals. Against Lyon we then could celebrate a little sign with a goalless draw. In Eredivisie followed two wins over Alkmaar and Nijmegen. Then Tottenham was guest in our stadium and again the team fought hard and get another goalless draw and another point. Three days after that heroic game we get another point against Groningen.

Table Eredivisie

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For once Ajax is not at the top! But they have a game less. Surprisingly leader so far is Heerenveen. We're keep tracking on the 5th place.

Table Europa League

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We tried our best and were competitive, but Lyon and Tottenham are too strong. There is a very little chance on the last game, but for that we need a miracle.

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vor 3 Stunden schrieb karanhsingh:

Well even if you drop into the conference knock out stages you can give it a real go there. 

yeah, that's what we're aiming to do. should be easier than Europa League.

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December 2025

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The start in the month was not brillant. A draw against Go Ahead Eagles is actually to less for us. In the Europa League the team felt obviously a bit too much pressure and lost in Split. So our journey will continue in the Conference League. There we face FC Dundee. Should be a doable go, especially because they're only on the 10th place in their league.

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And in the League we then had a little run till the end of the year. In the top-game we finally beat Ajax! Ivic and Schoonbrood with the goals for the 2-0 win. In the cup our b-side beat non-league-side Hardenberg with 3-1. And the year ended with a 3-1 over Heerenveen and a 1-0 win in Waalwijk. Especially Stef Schoonbrood was in top-form, scoring five goals this month!

Table Eredivisie

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3rd place! But the gap to leader Feyenoord is still too big.

Table Europa League

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Except the loss in Split we did our best in this group!

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January 2026

Transfers

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Two important players were leaving us. On one side Driess Saddiki. The maroccan midfielder left us after eight years and 191 appearances to get his last big contract in china. On the other side we say goodbye to Ricardo Friedrich. After five years, 134 appearances and two times as "Goalkeeper of the year", the brazilian goes to Prague. I wasn't mentioned to sell him, because he was a brillant keeper, but there opened a good opportunity for us. The other sell outs were all from the B-Team.

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So Benítez was the reason, why we sold Friedrich. Wasn't looking for a keeper, but suddenly Benítez popped up in a scouting report. A real gem and when i saw, he's for free, it was a no-brainer. If he develops good, he probably won't stay long in Tillburg. Then our DoF did some business. With Lorenzo Pirola he brought in a really strong defender. Also nomadic striker Patrick Cutrone joins us. Two italians - now you can notice, that we have an italian chief-scout :D last mentionable new signing is Jake Larsson. A quick winger, which we can use as rotate player.

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We continue there, where we stopped at the end of the last year. Beating NAC Breda twice and wining 3-0 in Sittard. Only in the cup we had a some trouble. Needed the penalty shootout to get over Cambuur Leeuwarden and qualify for the quarter finals.

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Feyenoord and Ajax drop points and suddenly we're just four points behind the leader!

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February - March 2026

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Well in February we didn't show the best and attractive football, but mostly it was really effective. The first three games we all won 1-0. In the league, Fofana scored both goals. In the Quarterfinal of the cup it was our new signing Larsson. Against Groningen and at home against Dundee we draw goalless. Especially the last game was a bit a disappointment. Afterwards it followed another 1-0 win against Deventer and in Dundee Stef Schoonbrood ruled our way into the second knockout-stage with two goals.

Then in march came the big slump. We couldn't get points in Utrecht and then followed by a crucial 0-1 defeat in the semifinals of the cup at home against Nijmegen. It was all set, because Heerenveen won over Ajax in the other semifinal and we would have a big opportunity to win the KNVB beker again, but we failed to score a goal. So Nijmegen will play in The Kuip against Heereveen.

Another bitter game followed against Vitesse. Ten minutes before the end we were 3-1 up, but Arnheim stroke back with two goals in two minutes. In the Conference League Everton was waiting. A big game. The Toffees went up in front early by a goal from Jarrod Bowen. We somehow found back into the game and Amenyido scored a late and really important equalizer!

Then we proofed once more, that Feyenoord is something like our fear opponent. 2-4 was the verdict in the away game in Rotterdam. Then we had to travel to Liverpool and Everton scored again early in the Goodison Park. Mo Ihattaren with the opener after 11 minutes. But again we found back through an own goal from keeper Kepa and in the extra time Jemal Tabidze scored the big cheered winner! Now we face Rapid Wien. That should be a easier go than Everton.

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The win over Everton inspired the team. Because at home we beat PSV, even if we were 0-2 down after half an hour. But a strong second halftime, in which we scored three times, lead us to three important points!

 

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April 2026

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The season is nearing the end and we're running a bit out of fitness and concetration. So april was a changeable month. It began with a clear defeat in Almelo. Then it was the week of Etienne Amenyido. Coming on as a sub he scored the winner in Alkmaar and our only goal in the 1-1 draw in Vienna.

Against Emmen we couldn't get three points either, but we beat at home Rapid Vienna and secured our way to the semi final of the Conference League. In Venlo we won through a late winner from Fofana. The ivorian then also scored in Glasgow, but Rangers stroke back and won the first leg of the semifinal with 1-2. Now we are definetly under pressure...

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We lost the 3rd place to PSV. With two games incoming it's going to be hard, to get it back. On the top we maybe see a new champion for the first time since years!

 

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For the so called "Golden Generation" a disappointing intake. 

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May 2026

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We were close to reach again the final of the Conference League, but it shouldn't be. At home we didn't get more than a 2-2, so the Rangers qualified for the final (where they lost against Monaco). We did a quite good campaign, but when you are so close to the final, you're disappointed about this end.

In the league we get another win against Heerenveen before getting 0-6 smashed by Ajax on the last game. They still had to become champion after Feyenoord lost on the gameday before. And short story: Feyenoord lost again the last game and Ajax were crowned champions - once again.

At least we could secure the last european spot after beating Groningen and Almelo in the European Places Playoff.

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End of Season-Review

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More or less just green notes. Speaks for a good team performance this season.

 

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Jean Benítez came and followed in the footsteps of Ricardo Friedrich. Good performances from the colombian and he still has plenty room of developing. Dakovic did also some games and was good. About Lord i need to think. His wage is to high for a 3rd choice keeper.

 

Defenders

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First Tabidze and Nuhu were the centre-back-duo. In winter Pirola joined and took over and part of that and Tabidze and Nuhu were rotating. Tolói will leave to cyprus, because he wasn't happy with his game-time. Leverbe became defender number 4.

On the right defensive side Calabresi did a good season with seven assists. Owusu was his backup.

Left side was the territorium of Köhn. Petretta couldn't catch up. He's a selling candidate. 

Lauper, Deeker and Matuta were all used in central midfield. Especially home-grown talent Dekker did a good development this season!

 

Midfielders

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Casap was our most important player and ran up 50 times this season! Next to him mostly Dekker or Lauper played. Moseley was a loanee from Manchester United. 

On the attacking midfield Ivic was a good option, but i'm hoping a bit more from the serbian next season. Behind him Zuijderwijk and Maher were rotating.

The offensive wings were with Fofana and Schoonbrood our showpiece. Fofana scored 17 goals and Schoonbrood in his premier season with 11 goals and 6 assists. Experienced players like Svensson or Führich had to stand in line. Larsson, who joined in january, was also a decent and scorable option for both sides.

 

Forwards

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Cutrone was a disappointment. Long injured and without any danger infront of the goal. Novota also not with his best season. Goal technically, amenyido was the best striker. but his performances were not beyond all doubt either.

 

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Every year a bit more money..

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So after the world cup 2026 plenty national teams searched for a new coach. Also the dutch team, because Peter Bosz left them after their out in the quarterfinals against brazil. As a former dutch national player Davids wanted to step in and lead his nation to new glory. But the KNVB didn't had any interest in signing Davids and told him off very quickly. Okey fine, then no adventure with a national team Davids thought, but some days later and out of the nowhere another federation approached him.

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77,000 per week is seven time more than Willem pays me and who can decline an offer from the three lions?! :brock:

So it was an easy decision for the Pitbull. Maybe with good performances he can recommend himself for a job in the premier league?

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But nice, that after all i did with Willem last season, they're smashing me for a humilitating defeat against Nijmegen :D

This was the world cup 2026. England beiing England and get knocked out in the first KO-Round against Poland.

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So now, we are club and nation manager!

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vor 11 Minuten schrieb karanhsingh:

Wow that's a massive one! Have England still not won anything?

Nope. 

World Cup 2022 -  out in the second round against Poland

World Cup 2026 - out in the third round again against Poland

Euro 2024 they lost in the semifinal against France

Euro 2020 they went out at the group stage behind Switzerland and Turkey (which has won the tournament :lol: )

They're best players getting close to 30 now or are allready older (Kane & Sterling). So i need to do a generation-change in one or two years (if i'm still in charge then :D )

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Nope. 

World Cup 2022 -  out in the second round against Poland

World Cup 2026 - out in the third round again against Poland

Euro 2024 they lost in the semifinal against France

Euro 2020 they went out at the group stage behind Switzerland and Turkey (which has won the tournament :lol: )

They're best players getting close to 30 now or are allready older (Kane & Sterling). So i need to do a generation-change in one or two years (if i'm still in charge then :D )

Ouch! That's pretty appalling. They usually win one of the majors on FM.

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Season 2026/27 Transfers

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Not that much going on. We luckly could keep our squad together and get rid of some players we didn't need anymore. Burnley was offering 53 millions for Fofana, but that was to less, because he has an releasing clause worth 102 millions. So please show us a bit more money :brock:

Luckly APOEL was willing to pay us something for oldie Tolói. Decided to sell him, because he lost his place to Pirola and was starting to complain around. Petretta and Johnston were both also not need anymore. Zuijderwiijk we sold, because the offer from Sporting Charleroi was too good.

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Also not that much business, we had to do. Let it all lead by DoF this summer. Pretty happy, he just brought in a few new players. Ghion is another italy-import for the central midfield and García is a talented left wingback from Mexico. That's the only mentionable new incomings.

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And with that squad we're going to start the new season:

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July - August 2026

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Yeah, most important for the start: There will be no international football this season in Tilburg. Once more we didn't had the luck on our side at the draw and get with Fiorentina one of the thoughest opponents we could get. After a 1-1 at home, the Viola smashed us with 0-3 out of Europa in italy. But our performances weren't also really convinced before. Against FC Bohemian we get through with a 3-0 difference after two games and then we struggled a bit against Djurgardens. After a 1-1 at home, we came through to the playoffs with a 2-1 in sweden. So now we need to set the focus to the league. 

But that didn't started good aswell. We started the season with a homegame against Ajax. They just began a new era, after Ten Hag took over the dutch national team. Perfect time to beat them - but unfortunately we lost 0-1. Diogo Jota already scored in the first minute. Then we draw goalles in Den Haag and could celebrate our first win just on the third game against newly promoted Almere. So there is plenty of work to do!

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September - October 2026

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More or less two good months and we finally starting to score some goals. In September we scored at least two goals in every game, thats positive. In October we had to took another defeat against Feyenoord! At least it getting closer each game.. Fofana, Schoonbrood and Novota with the most pleasant perfomances this months.

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Not the best start so far. We need to push much more to our limits the next months.

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November - December 2026

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Many games, many green dots! We started with a defeat against overperforming Sparta. But then we took six wins in a row, included big games against AZ and PSV, the last one we won with 3-0, seeing Cutrone scored twice, after he had some problems infront of the goal. But then again Feyenoord stepped up and beat us with 0-3! In the cup we had another easy go. The year ended with a draw against Groningen and another win over Alkmaar.

 

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Thanks to two good months we jumped to the 3rd place with just four points behind leader Ajax - but also two games more than them.

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Nations League

Finally it was time for Davids first appearance as coach of the three lions. In the Nations League we faced Italy, Switzerland and Austria. And that's the squad which we called for the games.

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Not really great suprises. Some experienced mixed with younger players. But most of them are in the squad since years and have profen there position. We will play in a 4-3-3 and that's our line-up for the first games.

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Harry Kane as lone striker (DLC as his backup). On the wings we have the agony of choice. Sterling, Foden, Greenwood, Sancho, Rashford and Jones - all brillant players, but just two places. The midfield will be lead by Bellingham, Mount and Rice as deep-lying Playmaker. On the bench we have JWP and Skipp as further options.

On the wingbacks we have left Chillwell and Luke Thomas and on the right side TAA and Reece James (and also plenty of options i couldn't call into the squad). Central defense options are Tomori, Godfrey, Tuanzebe and also Rice who could play there.

Goalkeepers, as always, are a bit a weak point. Pickford, Ramsdale and Henderson are good options, but not world-class keepers. They fall off a little in comparison. I started with Pickford in goal, because he plays at club-level also, but switched to Ramsdale after some games, because he became the first-choice goalkeeper of Chelsea again.

 

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And we started bad. A 0-2 defeat in Italy was followed by a tight win at home against Switzerland. The 2-2 against Austria at home was also not a glossy performances. Things turned better in the reverse games. A 4-1 win in Switzerland and a 3-0 success in Austria. Just Italy was too strong for us and beat us again. So we ended our Nations League group on place 2. Not the best result, but in that nonsens competition not that important.

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Much more important is, that we deliver good performances in the Qualification for the European Championship. And we draw to a doable group. Only Croatia could be dangerous, the other nations should be easy for us. But we're England, so you never know..

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PS: Sorry for the german-version of the nations, but the database is set in my mother-language :D

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January 2027

Transfers

Out

Unfortunately it went a bit quicker than i thought. But our colombian keeper Jean Benítez is leaving us just after one year. Manchester United pays us a nice fee. If he's getting gametime there behind legend David de Gea is another question. But probably (and if AI isn't totally stupid) it will be a transfer for the future. For us a big loss. Because he's leaving on the last day of the transfer-window we didn't signed a replacement. Dakovic will be the number one till the end of the season and we called back Louis Lord, who was on loan in Genk and didn't play a minute.

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Führich is another mentionable departure. The german left to Osijek in Croatia.

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Billy Koumetio is a top sign! He was on my shortlist and DoF probably saw that and bought him from Gladbach. For three millions literally a steal and now we have with Koumetio and Pirola a young and strong centre back duo! On the last day DoF went crazy and bought two right wingers. Heitor is a brazilian born czech national player. A decent winger, which will be used as a rotate player. I was happy with that sign, but then he brought in Rogério from Cruzeiro. The brazilian is a gem and even better than Heitor! Moseley is a loanee from affiliated Manchester United and the other ones are all for the reserve squad.

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Eindhoven we sent back home with a straight 4-0 in the KNVB beker third round. Then topgame against Ajax. We shocked them with a early goal from Fofana, but then stoped with playing football. Ajax then tourned things around and was leading 1-3 by half-time. Devastating performance. At least we showed a reaction and won at home 3-1 against ADO Den Haag.

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Well and then this came in.

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A big club with great history. Their actually on place 4 in the league and still in the champions league. After the interview they offered me the job and much more money. It was a though decision, but in the end i decided to stay at Willem. We have a good young team, who still can develop and we want to win something more. Also Portugal is just one place above the Netherlands in the Uefa Ranking. So if i switch, i want to go to a top 5 league. Lets continue this adventure!

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February - March 2027

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February was almost a perfect month! Five wins in a row, including an extra-time win in the cup, where substitue Amenyido, whos rarely get playtime this season, became our hero! Also nice to see, that our homegrown youngster Schoonbrood finally became one of our most important players in the squad. A late strike from Utrecht prevented our perfect month.

In march it was once again Feyenoord, who destroyed our dreams in the cup. We were 2-1 up till Feyenoord scored the equalizer in the 90+3rd minute! Then we were unlucky in the penalty shootout with Svensson who's missing as only taker. But the sadness didn't last long. In the league we went on strong. Cutrone finally scored a hattrick in a easy 4-0 win against Eindhoven and the other two matches we both won 2-0.

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The gap is probably to big, but let us dream a bit.

 

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With the three lions the first games in the european qualification group were on the agenda. The squad was more or less the same, like in the Nations League. We made just one chance: Matty Longstaff replaces James Ward-Prowse, who's not getting enough play-time at Liverpool.

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We had a home game again Kosova. Wingback Thomas opened the score early in the game. In the second half, Sterling put the lid on. In Azerbaijan we also took the lead very early. This time Mount scored after seven minutes. In the second half it was Tuanzebe and Skipp who provided the final score of 3-0.

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On the right track so far.

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April - May 2027

Youth Intake

First of all, we start with the 2027 intake. With Felomina only one promising player.

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Any chance for the title or second place we already throwed away against Vitesse. After we went in front through a penalty, Toney equalized for Arnheim before the break. Venlo was then an easy win, before we lost in Eindhoven.

The last two games were good performances. Heerenveen we destroyed with 5-2. Against Groningen we were behind 0-2 before we came back and get at least a point.

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Another third place! Ajax and Feyenoord are just still the bigger clubs with more financial limits. But we're coming closer each year...

 

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Casap was close on winning "Player of the year"-Award. But Díaz was a well deserved winner.

 

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If you just go after ratings, this is ok. If you look at the stats, it's a joke, that the Ajax-Wingback won this before Schoonbrood. At least our homegrown-talents are now arrived at Eredivisie.

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End of Season-Review

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Schoonbrood is our topscorer!

 

Goalkeepers

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Dakovic did a good job, stepping in after Benítez left us in winter. But now we need an upgrade in this position.

 

Defenders

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With Pirola and Koumetio we have now a good and young couple in centre back. Nuhu und Tabizde became backups, Leverbe is on the way out.

On the right side Calabresi is still delivering. Mabiala is talented, but doesn't impress me and has a poor fitness. Owusu is still here, but has had his best years already. Maybe he stays one more year, because we can use him at both sides.

Left side we have with García now finally a good option to be competitive with Köhn. Dekker and Lauper were used as midfielder. Especially the homegrown-youngster had a good first season in the first squad.

 

Midfielders

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As always was Casap our anchor in central midfield. And as always he delivered! Ghion also with a passable first season for us.

On the offensive midfield no way led past Ivic. Ildefonso couldn't catch up and Maher will leave us, because his wage is way too high for his abilities.

Left wing did Schoonbrood a brillant season. His backup Larsson was also dangerous infront of the goal.

Right wing we are with Fofana and Rogério very good staffed. Svenssons time will going to be over.

 

Forwards

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Cutrone is good, but 9 goals arent that much. Same for Novata. Heitor looks like a good player, but as a central forward he don't fit that much and on the right wing he hasn't got a chance against Fofana and Rogério. Amenyido i will also try to sell and Kahvic will leave us for free after he couldn't impress us and didn't score a goal!

 

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Finally a big budget!

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In June was time for the big game against Croatia and a friendly in Russia.

Compared to the last call-up i didn't made any changes. According to the motto "never change a winning team".

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And at home we showed no problems against Croatia. Jadon Sancho scored after 18 and 24 minutes and lead us with 2-0 in front. In the second half it was oldie Harry Kane who put the lid on with the 3-0. In Russia gave some substitutes a chance to shine - and russia suddenly was 0-2 up. Thanks to Greenwood, who scored two goals in the second half, we didn't lost.

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On the track to Euro 2028 in Spain!

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Season 2027/28 Transfers

Out

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Nothing surprisingly. Many loans out, biggest sale is the one from Leverbe. Also Lord left us. But mostly we could kept the team together.

 

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Also not many transfers, just some positions we needed an upgrade. And that we have in goal with Pontus Dahlberg. A very professional player with a bit international experience. Probably the best keeper, we had so far. With Marquinhos Cipriano we bought another left wingback. The brazilian joins us from Coritiba, but has already had several stations in Europe like in Donezk, Sion, Belgrad or Lüttich. The other big arrival is Nemanja Maksimovic. The serbian comes with the routine of close to 100 games for his country. The last two years he played in Marseille on loan and joins us for free, after he left Real Madrid, which payed around 50 millions for the midfielders in 2023! So our new signings maybe are older and experienced, but i think this will be a good mix with our young prospects.

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And that's how the squad looks like for this season.

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vor einer Stunde schrieb karanhsingh:

Good job, I really like the progression of the youngsters.

thanks! Misidjan unfortunately stagnate in his process and i don't think he will get the curve anymore. But Schoonbrood and Dekker developping really good and Fofana we don't even need to talk about :D

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July - August 2027

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After pre-season we started on first of august with an away game in Groningen. Leftback García gave us an early lead and in the second half Misidjan made the first win perfect. The there was a three week break in the league and we had to battle for the first champions league qualification. And the way to the competition was hard. In the third qualification round we faced FC Porto. In Portugal we managed to get a draw by Schoonbrood scoring in the first half. In the re-game everything looked bad, because we were 0-1 behind by a goal from Hlozek at the break. But then in the second half, the team came back different. Scoring three goals secured us the way into the Playoffs. There we were drawn again to a big-opponent by facing Shakthar Donezk.

And that was a tight leg. The home-game we won with 1-0 by a goal from Rogério. In Ukraine we went again in front by a goal from Cutrone. The ukrainians managed to get back, but that was all and with an 1-1 we qualificated for the Champions League! And because we set all the power to this, in the league we couldn't continue wining. Against Sparta Rotterdam and Venlo we just get draws.

Table Eredivisie

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In the CL-Groupstage draw we were drawn to a balanced group. Lets see, what's possible!

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The Schoonbrood-talks

Our promising youngster was chased by City in August. But their offer was just laughable and our DoF rejected thankfully. That made Schoonbrood mad and he requested a transfer.

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In the end it was FC Augsburg who stepped in and made an offer worth of 53 millions! Nice value and our DoF accepted. Would have been much money for us and also a big loss. But in the end, Schoonbrood rejected the germans and will stay in Willem.

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September - October 2027

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First Champions League game, first win! Lazio we can beat with 1-0 at home. Italian striker Cutrone with the goal against his landsmen. But then we crashed 2-5 in Leverkusen. Again was Cutrone scoring for us.

In Eredivisie we win against Almere and Heerenveen, but loss again in Feyenoord. They get me sleepless nights...

Ocotber started with a thrilled 4-4 away in Ajax! Against Emmen we scored again four goals, but lucky our opponents just once found the net. In Genk we get another three points in the CL due to a late goal from Fofana. The month ended with two wins in the league.

 

Table Eredivisie

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Better than we expected!

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September - October 2027

Not much personal switches. Harry Kane couldn't play in September due to injury. For him Dwight McNeil was called up and could made his debut. In Kosova we didn't had any problems. Kane-replacement DLC with two goals. And in the second half James and Jones raised to 4-0. A bit tighter was the game in Northern Ireland. The hosts went in front, but we could turn things in the second half-time.

In October Kane was back from injury, but because he wasn't in shape yet, i called up Graham Betteridge-Edge, an uprising striker from Chelsea, for him. For the english press reacted immediately and Kane personally called me. In the end everything was for nothing, because DLC get injured and Kane replaced him :D 

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So after the little trouble, we smashed Azerbaijan 7-0 and Kane scored from the spot. Also Betteridge-Edge scored on his debut. So two games left and we lead the group unbeaten.

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Euros, we are coming! 

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November - December 2027

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November was close to a brillant month. We started with a 3-0 home victory against Genk, that kept our chances for the KO-Round in the Champions League alive. In the League we could celebrate two 2-0 victories over Twente and Utrecht. Marquinhos Cipriano, Macrae, Fofana and Koumetio could write themselves on the scoreboard. 

The second last game in Champions League was a crucial one. In Rome we lost tight 1-2 after a horrible start. In Alkmaar then Fofana scored a late winner for another three points.

In December we started with a draw against Breda, before getting three important points in Eindhoven against PSV! Our last home game in the Champions League we unfortunately couldn't deny successfully. Leverkusen was too strong that evening and beat us 0-2. With 9 points we now have to continue in Europa League. But we still showed an overall good performance in our first CL-Season!

The last four games on national side we were able to win all. That leads us to the second place at the winter break!

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Now we face Fiorentina in the Europa League. Maybe it's time for a revenge? :brock:

 

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In November was time for the last two games in the Euro-Qualification. We made some changes in the team. Ben Chilwell and Marcus Rashford weren't called up, because they don't play that much in their teams. First call up since i took over for Real Madrid leftback James Justin.

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We started with a home game against Northern Ireland, which we won easily with 4-0. Sancho, Bellingham, Jones and an own goal where at the end on the score-board. For the last game we travelled to Croatia, our biggest rival in the group. But they also couldn't stop us from the 8th win in the 8th game. Skipp and two goals from Greenwood lead us to a 3-1 win and the direct qualification for the Euro 2028 in Spain.

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A brillant campaign with 8 wins and the maximum points. We showed the best performances in the whole qualification. Inn the overall table we're on the first place, so the expectations for the tournament are quite big.

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January 2028

Transfers

Out

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Two big sales that hurts us! Ivic is leaving to Genk for close to 20 millions. And then again the chinese bought one of our most importants players in winter (that's allready the third time). Casap is going to Guangzhou. The romanian was over the years our key player in midfield. Don't know how we should intercept this lost.

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Not that much. With Kipré a strong and experienced defensive player and with Gordon another player for the offensive.

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Pretty much of a mixed month. In the cup we had trouble against De Graafshap, scoring the winning goal in extra time. In the league we lost then to Sparta, before smashing Almelo with 4-1. The goalless draw in Enschede was then also not the result we expected.

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We lost the second place to Ajax.

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February - March 2028

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So we're continuing again with wining by getting three points against Groningen and Alkmaar. In the quarter final of the KNVB beker Jake Larsson secured our way into the semifinal with four goals over Vitesse!

Then two draws followed against Breda and in the Europa League against Fiorentina. Unfortunately the schedule wasn't on our side, because between the two games against the italians we had the important top game in the league against Ajax. There we bounded all our power and won it with 2-1! That leaded to the case, that we couldn't start with our best eleven in Fiorentina, lost 1-3 and failed to take revenge. In Emmen we then added another three points in the league.

In March it was Ajax's time for revenge. In the semifinal of the cup, they beat us with 2-4 after extra-time. In Eredivisie on the other hand we could continue our wining strike with victories over Heerenveen, Venlo and Nijmegen. 

But then our euphoria get a hard blow by a nasty training-injury from our midfielder Raimond Dekker. A broken lower leg and he will be out for 5 - 7 months. That's hard.

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And not even three days later, with Etienne Amenyido the next player faced an ugly injury in training. A broken ankle for the german and he's also ruled out for several months. Looks like our trainings are a bit rough at the moment.

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A close fight for the championship this season and we're right in the middle!

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We have the hardest rest programm with the key game against Feyenoord and facing PSV on the last day.

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April - May 2028

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Crunchtime in Eredivisie and we started with a blunder! At home against Utrecht we just get a point and that very late. Fofana scored the equalizer in the 91st minute. Against the already relegated Almere we then didn't had any problems.

On 23rd April it was time for the topgame. We had a big lost, because Fofana missed the most important game due to a pulled groin. The guests took the lead early in the game and we were just able to equalize. That meant, Feyenoord is still two points ahead of us. So we need to win the last two game and hope, that Feyenoord will lost some points. In the end we did our job, but also Feyenoord did theirs, so we missed the championship just because of two points. But in the end, we had it in our own hand and didn't do our job against Utrecht and in the direct game at home against Feyenoord.

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Brillant season, but in the end it's just a dissapointment, because we missed the championship so close! The good results of the team are reflected in several awards.

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Lorenza Pirola wins "Player of the Season"-Award.

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Raimond Dekker is awarded as "Youngster of the Season".

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Pontus Dahlberg was the best goalkeeper this year (with brillant 21 clean sheets!)

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European Championship 2028

Can England finally win some silverware? We went with big expectations into the tournament, after the excellent qualification round. In the group we faced Portugal, Russia and Scotland. And thats the squad, Davids called up for Spain.

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A mix of experienced and young players. Most famous players who didn't made it into the squad and were dropped are Marcus Rashford and Reece James, which both lost their place in the club.

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European Championship - Group C

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After a furious start game, where we smashed Portugal with 4-0, we suddenly and oddly get some problems. Against Russia nothing wanted to work and we had luck with an late equalizer from Sancho. Same thing against Scotland, were we weren't able to score. In the end it was enough for the first place in the group and lead us to a game against Ukraine. Scotland also made it through the group and Portugal as one of the best 3rd ranked teams.

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Second-Round

The game against Ukraine was must win for England. Trent Alexander-Arnold brought us infront after 17 minutes, as he scored from the spot. Harry Kane made it to 2-0 after 78 minutes and lead us to the quarter final. There we face Sweden, which surprisingly beat the Netherlands.

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Quarter-Final

Against Sweden Mason Mount had his game of the tournament. He scored after 13 minutes and then raised up the score before the break as he scored from the spot. In the second half Mason Greenwood made it to 3-0 minutes before the end. So we're going to the semifinals, where we face Germany.

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Semi-Final

How's the saying? A game last 90 minutes and in the end Germany wins? Yes, that's unfortunately once more true. We made a bad start, Moukoko scored after 9 minutes the opener for Germany. Raheem Sterling equalized minutes before the break. In the second half it was a game, that could tip on both sides. But in the end the germans had the luck on their side. Benjamin Pasang scored in the 89th minute the late winner and destroyed our hopes of the final. In the other semifinal Spain won after penalties against Croatia. In the final, Germany was again winning through a late winner (96th minute!)

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vor 11 Stunden schrieb HugoLazgo12:

so anyways how the wonderkid of Willem II is doing

so why he decide to reject 53 pounds of money from Augsburg

probably because he wanted to go to man city. they also made an offer, but our DoF rejected because it was not even close as high as augsburg. 

but generally i think i never had so many snubbed contracts from players like in fm21. sometime it‘s just frustrating.

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Em 14/08/2022 em 06:41, DaNascimento disse:

probably because he wanted to go to man city. they also made an offer, but our DoF rejected because it was not even close as high as augsburg. 

but generally i think i never had so many snubbed contracts from players like in fm21. sometime it‘s just frustrating.

so he came crawling back because he did not want to play from relegation team and instead stay at team until some big club came an big offer from him

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