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Build a nation. Latvia. FS Metta.


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On this years game I noticed a new league I have never seen before on FM the Latvian Higher League or Virslīga. A league with only 7 teams in the league (10 after one season), there wasn't a large variety of team to choice from, however one team stood out to me: FS Metta. FS Metta were officially founded on May 2, 2006 and in 2007, FS Metta and the university of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte) merged as a senior professional team and participated in the Latvian Championship first division (2nd tier). With the backing of the university the club were provided with extra funds and the ability if the players wished, too send there players to the university. The clubs youth philosophy really interested me, though a professional club, Metta retained the prefix FS (Futbola Skola), since their policy is to invest in youth players and In 2020 FK Metta were the youngest top-tier team in Europe, at the end of the season, the team's average age was 19,5. This was the perfect team in this league to start a build a nation save. The club at the start of the save are expected to finish bottom and having never finished higher than 7th in the top division, it could be a while before we become the best team in the nation. 

Goals

1. Become the best team in Latvia. 

2. Become a regular in the Champions League.

3. Develop quality players for the national team. 

4. Take over the national team and become a regular in World/European cup competitions. 

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The team. 

At FS Metta at the start of the save there are some pretty nice young players but the squad is really lacking a GK, wingers and a striker. The teams best players Yunusa Muritala is on loan at Riga FC, with no option to recall him, this is a great shame as he is by far the best ST at the club. The best/most promising players at the club are Baba Musah (CB), Dmitrijs Zelenkovs (CM), Rihards Ozoliņš (DM) and Iļja Korotkovs (CB). Emīls Birka (LB) and Lūkass Vapne (CM) are also two very promising young players, who we hope we can develop, the only oldish player is Gļebs Kļuškins a CM providing us with some much needed experience. 

(Player stats are from the 2025 season as I have played a few seasons before starting this, so there will be some spoilers if the players have moved on 😅)

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A Latvian save, nice! :) I started my journey(wo)man career there, with Valmiera, so I'm familiar with the league. I recognise the name Emils Birka well, as a player I tried - and failed - to recruit for my team.

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21 hours ago, Alma Mater said:

A Latvian save, nice! :) I started my journey(wo)man career there, with Valmiera, so I'm familiar with the league. I recognise the name Emils Birka well, as a player I tried - and failed - to recruit for my team.

Nice how are you finding the league? Birka was a good player for me, but the board sold him and I didn't get any say in it. 

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Season 1

The board and the media didn't except much from us in the first season, bottom of the 7 team table is where we were except to finish and with no relegation first season, there was no pressure. Some new additions were needed, 5 new players came in, with Kristaps Zommers (GK) being the best of the new players brought in. Zommers was a really good addition as the team is lacking any quality in goal however this transfer wasn't at the beginning of the season so some sloppy goals were let for the first part of the season. The rest of the signings were, Alans Siņeļņikovs (LW/LWB) a experienced LWB, Junior Kingue (CB) French CB to be the 3rd CB in a back 3, Jurijs Haļimons (ST) a experienced ST which I thought would add goals to the team but turned out to be a bit rubbish, Didine Mohamed-Djouhary (CM) from Réunion look like he would be one of are better players but never turned up and just complained a lot. 

We set up the season in a 5-3-2 formation with a more defensive style of play, tried many different roles for players but never really got the team playing nice football. The season to my surprise went very well, we were able to finish second. This was mainly down the scoring from set pieces and being relatively well set up at the back. Dmitrijs Zelenkovs was the only player in a forward area who could say they have a good season, Yunusa Muritala coming back from loan next season will add some much needed fire power to this team.   

Plans for next season   

1. Improve the squad, especially up front. 

2. Try to find some talented youngsters. 

3. Play a more attractive brand of football. 

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Youth Intake Season 1

As I've played a few season in i'll keep this short only one player Artūrs Petrovs is still at the club, we had a few others that we thought could be something, but none of them progressed and were not worth keeping at the club.  

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29 minutes ago, Sheriff7 said:

Zommers is a great Goali. He will help you.:thup:

Very happy with this signing, he's been very reliable, are you also managing in Latvia? 

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On 24/07/2022 at 19:58, deltablue said:

Yep, the Latvian league is new for this version.

I've really enjoyed playing in a new league, in which I've never heard of any of the teams, hopefully on the next game there is also a new interesting league. 

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21 hours ago, Barneyinglis said:

Very happy with this signing, he's been very reliable, are you also managing in Latvia? 

I managed Ventspils in fm 21.

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Season 2

Transfers

We started working towards the goals for the season with a busy transfer window, with lots of ins and outs. The only out that would be missed was Junior Kingue (CB), who got a better offer from a French tea, however a better CB was brought in as I will explain in a second. The rest of the outs were youth team/fringe players who were surplus to requirements, some of which we were able to get a fee for, the teams which were promoted to make the league into 10 teams seem to be going on a spending spree, but all three of them FK Auda Ķekava, FK Smiltene/BJSS and FK  Smiltene/BJSS transfer dealings were pretty shocking. On the ins Marko Regža (ST) a young promising striker, Artūrs Ostapenko (ST) another young striker who will play as a backup this season, David Titov (RB), young exciting Latvian RB from Met police in England, very excited about this player will slot straight into the first XI, David Akintola Idowu (CB) one of the best CB's in the league excellent signing. The next few players are all youth team players to play in are U21/U18 and maybe get a few first team games. Later in the season we got hold of Axel Óskar Andrésson (CB), another very good CB however we were unable to register him for the season and we got him so late on. Goal 1 and 2 for the season were complete we managed to strength the team and with Yunusa Muritala (ST) coming back from loan we now have 3 capable STs, and we are looking extremally strong a the back. Goal 2 of being able to sign some young players was also complete, Gļebs Žaleiko (CM), Artūrs Bērziņš (CM), Markuss Alpēns (CM) all joined the club. All round very good window. 

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Season 2 

The season 

As discussed in a earlier post I wanted to improve the play style of the team, I kept the same formation in a 5-3-2 but switch to the pre set Gegenpress tactic. I've never really used the pre set tactics, but one this occasion to worked a treat Goal 3 check. Basically everyone in the team had a good season, defensively we were amazing and finally having capable strikers Yunusa Muritala (ST), Marko Regža (ST) and Artūrs Ostapenko (ST) were scoring goals for fun, Muritala being the best of the bunch. This turned into a title winning campaign, seeing us have the have the best attack and defense in the league, Dmitrijs Zelenkovs winning fans player of the year for the second time after another excellent season. In the cups we didn't fair to well in the nation cup getting knocked out by local rival Riga in the quarter final, in the clubs first season in Europe we made it to the fourth qualifying round of the conference league before getting knocked out by AEK Athens (Greece) 5-1 over the 2 legs. In the earlier rounds we beat FH (Iceland) 5-1, HNK Rijeka (Croatia) 4-3, NŠ Mura Murska Sobota (Slovenia) 4-3. 

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Youth Intake Season 2

We had a ok intake, but me from the future of the save can tell you none from the intake became first team players, only one survives Rūdolfs Riekstiņš (CM) but he will most likely be on there his way out at  the end of the season.

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On 27/07/2022 at 18:17, Barneyinglis said:

Nice how did you get on?, they haven't been very good on this save.  

They must have serious financial problems  IRL. In my save we hit excellent progress with many qualifications to European group stage rounds and many upgrades in our facilities. 

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12 hours ago, Sheriff7 said:

They must have serious financial problems  IRL. In my save we hit excellent progress with many qualifications to European group stage rounds and many upgrades in our facilities. 

Ventspils were banned from UEFA comps and two of their staff banned too for match fixing. This might be why they only reappear in the Latvia top flight after a few seasons in game. Perhaps they were relegated by the Latvia FA too, not sure!

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Doing pretty well, I see. How did the other clubs do in Europe, do you have that info still?

I noticed one name I recognise in your transfer list - Glebs Zaleiko, who I also picked up, although he didn't play many matches before I moved on from Valmiera. He did well in most of them though, and really did look like he had some potential.

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10 hours ago, Alma Mater said:

Doing pretty well, I see. How did the other clubs do in Europe, do you have that info still?

I noticed one name I recognise in your transfer list - Glebs Zaleiko, who I also picked up, although he didn't play many matches before I moved on from Valmiera. He did well in most of them though, and really did look like he had some potential.

Zaleiko never really developed, I only had him for this 2nd season and he only played 6 games. He has been a first team player in the Latvian league every season since, the issue with him and many other in this league is they want amateur contract so they never train to get better. This is why know I will never sign anyone of a amateur contract unless there like 33+ and just there to help developed players. Riga lost in the Conference league first qualifying round to FK Panevėžys (Lithuanian). Valmiera FC won in there Conference league first qualifing round game to Ħamrun Spartans FC (Malta) before losing to FK Qairat Almaty (Kazakhstan) in the second round. FK Liepāja actually made it to the Conference league group stage before losing every game, a decent showing by the Latvian teams overall. 

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Season 3

Transfers 

Season 3 had are business transfer window to date, lots of ins and lots of outs. The only out of note was Emīls Birka (LB) who the board accept the transfer offer, without he getting a say. Due to this I had to retrain Gļebs Kļuškins one of are more experienced players at LWB as we had a lack of players in this position. The rest of the outs were players from the B and U18 teams which became surplus to requirements. On the ins Ritvars Rugins (LWB) experienced LWB was cover for Birka until the board transferred him. Lukman Zakari (CB) player for the B team. Adam Markhiev (CM) the first player we have bought for a transfer fee, will play as a BBM in midfield. Alioune Ndoye (ST) for the B team. Edgars Ivanovs (CM) for the B team. Dele Israel (CM/ST) good backup player. Matvey Ivakhnov (ST) for the B team. Gbolahan Wilson (CB) for the B team. Valerijs Lizunovs (ST) first team young striker. Gallito Vázquez (CM) a old Mexician midfielder we got from are Mexican scout, backup player. Sergey Zhukov (CB) we hope will develop. Maris Ivanovs (CB) another young player will hope can become a first team player. Diego Ávila (GK) young Argentinian keeper. Juris Ivanovs (CB) young player for the youth team. All in all a good window. The youth teams and B teams now have a lot of players and we can see who develops and if we can use any of them.  

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Season 3 

The Season

Another title winning season here at Metta, with players like Valerijs Lizunovs and Adam Markhiev really leveling up the team. The overall squad improved a lot too, we always had players to rotate in and bring onto the bench/squad if injuries happened. The issue I had with all the players for the youth team/B team was most wanted amateur contracts and weren't improving as they were not on full time contracts so a thing I looked to do over the next season is get rid of the ones I don't need and get the one's I see with potential on full time contracts. Are success wasn't just on the pitch, but also off of it, with the average attendance now rising to 1,193. In the cups we were actually successful in the Latvian cup for the first time, beating RFS, FK Smiltene/BJSS, Valmiera FC and then a 1-o win against FK Liepāja in the final. The european champion was also a success, AMO Apollon Limassol (Cyprus) were beaten in the Champions league first qualifying round, Ferencvárosi Torna Club (Hungarian) in the 2nd, HJK (Finland), in the 3rd, before losing to Serbian team FK Partizan Beograd in the 4th. Putting us into the group stage of the Europa League. Where we drew PSV (Netherlands), Legia (Poland) and SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia). We finished bottom of the group with 4 points a win over SK Slovan Bratislava and a draw with Legia. Plans for next season are to continue improving the team and looking out any gems we can find, while developing the younger players we have here. 

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3 hours ago, Barneyinglis said:

Season 3 

 SK Slovan Bratislava (Slovenia.

Slovakia. But to make things complicated, Slovaks call their country 'Slovensko' and 'Slovan' means 'Slav', as in the 'Slavic people'.

Congrats on beating them, anyway!

 

 

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On 03/08/2022 at 20:31, Hanys said:

Slovakia. But to make things complicated, Slovaks call their country 'Slovensko' and 'Slovan' means 'Slav', as in the 'Slavic people'.

Congrats on beating them, anyway!

 

 

Thank you very much for A correcting me and B reading the post. 

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Season 3 

Youth Intake 

No players of note in this intake only player that looks like they will develop is Marks Tarasovs (CB) and a random Columbian CB, LB, LWB who is terrible but will get game time as he is left footed and can play on the left side of a 3 at the back. 

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Season 4 

Transfers

Another good window, I managed to sort out some key positions, bringing in a actual LB and one of the best midfielders in the league. So first in was Ingars Stuglis (CM) a very good and experinced a this level CM, next was Mootez Zaddem (CM) a Tunisian midfielder we got on a pre contract who was rated in the media dream 11. Darius Kublickas (CK a Lithuanian backup keeper. Marquinhos Pedroso (LB/LWB) as we needed a LB/LWB I decided to spend some of are money on the best LB in the league. Andrejs Kozlovs (DM/RB) youth player for the future. Andris Džeriņš (ST) youth team striker with a lot of potential. Reinis Litvinskis (CB), youth team defender we hope to develop. Lastly Miguel Ángel Ponce and Hedgardo Marín two Mexicans we got through  our Mexician scout both will be used to mentor some of our players till the end of the season. On the outs we just had a load of players from the B team who I was no longer using. image.thumb.png.55b760dec9bb16172dbe9b3e4d581fe2.pngimage.thumb.png.908c78daa086fa0fe997bf8f76fb140e.png

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