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  1. Yeah, he's pretty damn good. I got him on loan again for my first top flight season.. spoilers but he's doing alright.
  2. Stockholm Internazionale Superettan – 2023 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview Promoted to the top flight in our second season in the Superettan. I wasn’t expecting promotion, especially as champions. I hadn’t massively improved the quality of the squad but I had sorted out the balance somewhat. Added bite in midfield and pace upfront were brought in. I expected to improve on last season but was targeting the top half of the table. Signs that we might be in for a good season came with the Svenska Cuppen. We finished top of a group containing three Allsvenskan teams and took Hammarby to a penalty shootout in the quarter final. In the league we won our first five games and form didn’t slip much all season. We never had a run of bad form, defeats were always followed by wins and ultimately we had the league won with games to spare. Next season will be a challenge, with a few new faces hopefully relegation can be avoided but I have no illusions it won’t be a battle. Key Players Henrik Johansson – Pacy striker signed on loan from AIK. Scored 19 in 26. Christos Gravius – Central midfielder converted to play left wing. Hit double figures in goals. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Div 2 4th 2020 Div 2 1st Promoted, Champions 2021 Div 1 1st Promoted, Champions 2022 Superettan 13th 2023 Superettan 1st Promoted, Champions
  3. Stockholm Internazionale Superettan – 2022 – 13th Squad Transfers Overview It was a hard first season in the Superettan but relegation was avoided. For a little while we put together form that looked like we would even avoid a relegation playoff but defeat on the final day away at Norrby saw us slip into 13th spot an a relegation playoff. Trolhatten were dispatched fairly easily in the relegation playoff however with a 4-1 aggregate scoreline. We were able to bring in some decent players at the start of the season with all but one positions replaced. Defensively we were solid but we struggled with key attacking positions however. Upfront we were blunt with Ludvig Fritzon our top scorer with 5 goals. On the wings we also struggled, Piotr Johansson was okay on the right but I went through a succession of players on the left with little success. Hopefully now we can push on and next season will be easier. I’m not counting on a run at promotion yet but mid-table would do me fine. Key Players Sixton Mohlin – ex-Mjallby goalkeeper signed on a free and did well. Arvid Brorsson – Signed from Djurgarden, Brorsson was the pick of a solid defence. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Div 2 4th 2020 Div 2 1st Promoted, Champions 2021 Div 1 1st Promoted, Champions 2022 Superettan 13th
  4. Stockholm Internazionale Division 1 Sodra – 2021 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview Another title means another promotion. This one however was not as easy as the last. We were up against a team in Landskrona who ran us close right to the end. Despite remaining unbeaten for the second half of the season Landskrona managed a similar run of form and always remained within a step of us. They managed to win their final six games while we drew two games meaning a tense last couple of games of the season. Next season will be the big challenge. The step up to the Superettan cost me my job in my previous attempt as Stockholm. I will be without my star left winger Julio Cesar as I hadn’t notice he was out of contract at the end of the season until he signed a pre-contract agreement to return to his Brazilian homeland. Key Players Julio Cesar – Scored 21 goals in 30 games from the left wing but will leave at the end of the season on a free. Tim Soderstrom – Signed in July and scored 10 goals in the final 13 games of the season. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Div 2 4th 2020 Div 2 1st Promoted, Champions 2021 Div 1 1st Promoted, Champions
  5. Stockholm Internazionale Division 2 Norra Svealand– 2020 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview Promotion was assured in our second season with the championship tied up with a seven point margin. This was despite a terrible start to the season where we lost our first home game. After this however we won the following eight games and form barely let up from there. We have a solid team with enough decent players for a crack at promotion again next season. Key Players Joel Nilsson – Scorer of 11 goals from midfield having arrived from Halmstad on a free transfer. Johan Arvidsson – The wingers were the star of the show and the ex-Kalmar man added 7 goals and 9 assists. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Div 2 4th 2020 Div 2 1st Promoted, Champions
  6. Stockholm Internazionale Division 2 Norra Svealand– 2019 – 4th Squad Transfers Overview No promotion in my first season but for ten games of the 26 game season we were absolutely dominant. We were unbeaten at the end of June with a commanding lead at the top of the table and still massive favorites for the title at the end of July. Form disintegrated however and four defeats and four draws followed. We not only were overturned at the top of the table but saw the playoffs disappear out of view. Recruitment was difficult due to only a small number of players being released by the bigger clubs. This should improve next season and a shot at the title shouldn’t be out of the question. Key Players Marcus Kettler – A 1k signing from Karlberg, Kettler scored 15 goals as a number 10. Jesper Jornvik – The versatile winger counts Orgryte and GAIS amongst his former clubs. Scored 10 goals from left wing. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Div 2 4th
  7. I decided to have another crack at Stockholm Internazionale as I really enjoyed my last game... until I got sacked. Having had two games as Scarborough on Dafuge challenges and my game as Stockholm previously, I have decided there was a fundamental flaw in my tactic. In each game I got promoted once or twice but then hit a point where I struggled and ended up sacked. The problem was I think that I was playing a very aggressive formation with a high press. This worked fine when we were the stronger team and saw some impressive promotions but crashed and burned after a couple of seasons. I held off posting updates until I was sure the tactic was working and that I wasn't going to get sacked again. I've therefore got a few updates to post which I'll do in quick succession. profile.
  8. Scarborough Athletic Conference North– 2021/22 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview Promotion at the third time of asking as champions. Having not lost until October, it was a fairly comfortable. A 15 point gap to Chorley in 2nd place suggest this. The core of the side that finished last season stayed for this although I was able to recruit three excellent players in November/December in Regan Poole, Brad Lyons and Lewis O’Brien with the later two filling the two central midfield berths and the former strengthening the defence. Financially we are fairly solid with the bank balance fairly static at 250k. The board have announced a new stadium which will be good. Hopefully the current squad can have a good crack at the conference national but a few additions, particularly the 3 positions in the attacking midfield strata. Key Players Brad Lyons – Once a regular at Bradford City, performed exceptionally in a deep lying playmaker role. Harvey Knibbs – ex-Aston Villa stirker scored an impressive 32 goals in 49 games. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 7th Playoff First Round 2020/21 Conference North 7th Playoff Semi-Final 2021/22 Conference North 1st Promoted, Champions
  9. Scarborough Athletic Conference North– 2020/21 – 7th Squad Transfers Overview My second season in charge was a little disappointing. We were inconsistent all season and I struggled to bring in the quality of players I needed. In the end we scraped into the last playoff spot in 7th place. A run of good form in the run in prompted by the arrival of striker Harvey Knibbs pushed us up the table. In the playoffs I had low expectations. We would face three games, all away from home to secure promotion. We thrashed Kettering 3-1 in the 1st round game. In the semi final we faced Kidderminster and dominated them all game. 25 shots to their 9 was not enough and with no goals the game drifted towards penalty kicks after extra time. We hit the post in the 118th minute and that looked to be that. In the 122nd minute however Kidderminster striker Jaiden White ran clear of the defence, the keeper parried his shot straight back to his feet and he tucked away a dramatic winner. And so ended the season. We will have a further season in the Conference North. Hopefully I can bring a better level of player this season. My attacking quartet is fine but defence and midfield need much improvement. Financially we are fine. We have effectively broken even the past two seasons. Key Players Max Wright - Ex-Grimsby winger scored 18 goals from the left flank. Arxhend Cani – Kosovan playmaker released by Bradford, added double figures in goals and assists. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 7th Playoff First Round 2020/21 Conference North 7th Playoff Semi-Final
  10. Scarborough Athletic Conference North– 2019/20 – 7th Squad Transfers Overview A solid first season saw us scrape into the playoffs. We were solidly beaten in the playoff first round by FC United 6-1 but promotion was not expected and may well have been too soon. The squad is still fairly weak. We have a handful of decent players but I’d be surprised to see may last to the end of next season as first choices. Oddly, we had a board takeover at the end of the season and with no real note to update why, moved from the Flamingo Land Stadium to play in Goole. Exactly the same happened I think in my previous game as Scarborough although that time I didn’t notice the stadium move until midway through the season. As an East Yorkshire lad I can promise you that Scarborough and Goole are absolutely not local.. Key Players Omari Sterling-James – Winger signed from Brackley, hit 8 goals in 26 games. Luke Lofts – One of a few players to pre-date me in the squad. Scored 28 goals from midfield! Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 7th Playoff First Round
  11. For a minute I thought I'd be okay. I was out of contract though and wasn't offered a new one. Maybe if I'd asked for one.. I was precarious though. Shame as I'd brought in some really good players to bounce back with.
  12. I wasn't feeling the love with South Shields so abandoned my save at the end of the first season. Did okay, midtable I think but didn't get on with the club for some reason. I'm going to have another go at Scarborough. profile
  13. After 2 promotions in my first two seasons, I got relegated from the Swedish second tier in my third season. Then I got sacked.. bit harsh I would say but hey-ho. Pretty much what happened to me in my previous Dafuge save. I'll be back for another crack in a month or two but going to have another go at a Dafuge.
  14. Stockholm Internazionale Division 1 Norra– 2020 – 2nd Squad Transfers Overview Unlike last seasons unexpected promotion, this season following an excellent recruitment campaign I fully expected promotion. It was harder than I imagined however as we needed the playoffs to secure this. In the summer I essentially replaced the entire first team that achieved promotion last year with a new line up. Key to this were the three players who would be deployed in the attacking midfield strata of my 4-2-3-1 formation. Two Swedish born Palestinian internationals and a Ugandan lined up here and were the stars of my team. Between them they scored 35 goals and contributed 19 assists. Financially we are struggling with £175k of debt. We are one step from the top flight however, I am not anticipating this step up next season but the way things are going you never know. Key Players Mahmoud Eid – One of two Palestinians in my side the ex-Kalmar inside forward scored 12 goals from wide.. Moustafa Zeidan – The other Palestinian is 22 year old playmaker Zeidan. Had a good season. Lumala Abdu – Ugandan wide player was the star of the season scoring 17 goals in 28 games. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Division 2 1st Champions, Promoted 2029 Division 1 2nd Play-off Winners, Promoted
  15. Stockholm Internazionale Division 2 Norra Svealand– 2019 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview Despite losing three of our first four games promotion was secured at the first time of asking. I hadn’t expected promotion so this was a nice surprise. Previous years in Sweden it has taken me 2-3 seasons to be in a position for promotion. We were very consistent once we got into our stride however and quickly climbed the table. I somehow managed to amass a squad of 50 players, many of them interchangeable because of similar ability levels. By the middle of the season I was finding I was losing track of who was my first eleven and who wasn’t. Players dropped out through injury and got lost in the crowd for months. Looking forward to a clearout in the summer. I have 32 players out of contract so will look to move on the deadwood. Key Players Ibrahim Bah – Scored 14 goals in 25 games and deservedly was named striker of the year. Didric Andersson – Solid in defence and named defender of the year.. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Division 2 1st Champions, Promoted
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