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  1. The Winter Break and Beyond The Winter Break was going to be key to us as it would make or break our season. Being 5 points adrift from the team above us I decided I would have to take drastic action and make some serious changes. Some of our more established players were under threat of being moved on and we loaned out more of our players in the Viktoria Koln II squad, to clear some wages. I wanted to make sure that we didn't go over the Wage Budget as with us struggling the league a little I don't want to give them any other reasons to dislike me. That being said, we did not have much to work with, around £1.5k p/w. One of the first things I did was loan out Albert Bunkaju. He was on £1.7k p/w and after 12 starts and 7 sub appearances had scored only 2 goals and was sitting on a rating of 6.66. Not good enough. He was loaned out to fellow 3.Liga side Munster for the rest of the season. Most of the players we moved out were on contracts on or around £1k and could be better invested. I tried to move Wunderlich but there were no interested parties, likewise with goalkeeper Daniel Mesenholer. He was on over £4k p/w and sitting on the bench as Weis was just streets ahead of him. Overall, we managed to clear out a few thousand and I managed to bring in some great players. Mostly on loan, but, quality was all that mattered. The first to join was Ibrahim Amoah on a free transfer from Wattenscheid, he was quickly followed days later Hussayn Taouti on loan from French giants, Paris-Saint German. Our wingers were disappointing us and with the new tactic I was looking to adopt, we needed better ones. Our final two signings were defensive minded ones. Marco Rente on loan from Dortmund, a versatile central defender who can play as a defensive midfielder. Along with him, Jakob Graser on loan from Memmingen for depth. Given our struggles we changed the tactic to something more attacking, I'd much rather win 4-3 and 1-0 if it meant keeping the job. We could work on the technicalities later. As you can see from the results, we had a marked improvement straight away in February. Our defence had been a point of consternation so far this season so to see it so resolute and 4 clean sheets in the first 6 League games. We also bested Fortuna Koln in our first Koln derby in the cup! Our tactic initially struggled to convert into goals but this was partly due to the personnel not being completely up to scratch. After picking up 10 points from a possible 18 in February and going unbeaten in March I pushed the Inside Forwards into the Attacking stance you see now. This had an immediate impact going forward but did leave us more exposed and vulnerable at the back, as a result our games were much more open that before. Beforehand a lot was put on the shoulders of Michael Seaton but now, with the Inside Forwards chipping in, it released the pressure on him and allowed him play more freely. In total from the 17 games we managed to pick up an additional 28 points, more than we had in the first 21 games. The table remained tight throughout and thankfully, with our final three games, we managed to pull clear of the bottom and firmly sit ourselves on the final day in 10th place. We also beat Bonn in the Cup to qualify for the DFB-Pokal next season!
  2. October, November and December Something I have learnt to love in Germany is the winter break. It is great as if you're struggling it gives you time to rebuild and try to restart your season. If you're at the top it may not be as beneficial but it does give you a chance to clear any troublesome players and injuries and get some rest for the final blast. In the 3.Liga this happened after 21 games leaving us 17 games from February onwards to rebuild the season. We weren't doing terrible but we're not doing as well as expected so an improvement was needed. Our first two games in October didn't see that, back-to-back losses against Uerdigen and Grossapach, both top half teams. It was encouraging to see us lose by just 1 goal but we were now listed as insecure so needed a turnaround quickly. We managed to eek out a 1-0 win against bottom of the table Unterhaching and progressed through in the Mittlerheinpokal to the Eight Final with a comfortable 2-0 using the back-up squad. We failed to pick up a win in November and it was looking bleak. We were down to 39% confidence on the 3.Liga despite progressing well in the Cup, they wanted better. Wurzberg were unbeaten still at this point, mighty impressive and I didn't expect much against them. Nor against Bayern II. They might be down in the league table but with players like Fiete Arp, they're a threat easily. The games against Rostock and Duisburg were disappointing. To not loose is good but we needed to start beating the teams around to claw our way up to a more respectable position. December could make or break the season and I was just hoping to get to January so that I could re-build. Our fixtures were favourable with Jena, Halle and Munster all being in the lower few places. We changed our tactic slightly for the December matches. We dropped Bunkaju, he was just awful and had failed to score so far. For the wage he was commanding he wasn't worth it and I was putting him on the "get rid" list. I was reluctant to start Dautaj as he is still quite young and it is a lot of responsibility to put on his shoulders so I opted to get Seaton a run-out. Our first game in the Mittlerheinpokal Eight Final he made a good impression bagging a hat-trick and advancing us to a nice derby in the Quarter-Final against local rivals Fortuna Koln! That wasn't the only hat-trick Seaton scored in December, he bagged one against Munster just before Christmas. We went 2-0 up and I was angry to see us fall back to 2-2 so decided to go all out attack for the final 15 minutes or so and it paid off. We should have beaten Halle but they scored right near the end to deny us two valuable extra points. Finally, the Jena game was a very dull one. A bleak game but a vital result, a 1-0 win. It might not have been pretty but I wasn't bothered, a win is a win. The three game unbeaten run was our longest of the season so far, encouraging signs but there is still work to do. 25 points from 21 games - we will need to probably match that or better in the remaining 17 to stand a chance of seeing the end of this season.
  3. August and September The title says August and September but we had two games in late July that, rather than report on separately, I've included here. We've had an interesting, if rocky, start to life at Viktoria Koln. We're predicted 9th in the league and that does seems slightly high given we are a newly promoted side. But, it shouldn't be impossible. We started off with games against Halle and Munster and I really wanted to hit the ground running to get to the required points margin as quickly as possible. We earned a credible drawn against Halle but were cruelly beaten in the 93rd minute from a corner against Munster. We didn't have to wait too long to get our first win though. Although we raced into a 2-0 lead against Mannheim we had to dig deep and find a 3rd to see it off late on. Had we lost that game I think we would have not have as many points on the board as we do now. A draw against a strong Magdeburg side before an "easy" tie against Pesch in the Mittlerheinpokal. The fact it took extra time to beat them was a worry as they're a fair few divisions below us but at least we saw out the win which can only be good for confidence. We then faced a tough trio of games in a row against three sides expected to be at or around the top. Ingolstadt and Kaiserlautern are recent Bundesliga teams who have fallen on tough times. Braunschweig were almost relegated from 3.Liga last season but are a bigger team than they look. Across these three games so issues raised their heads, specifically up front. 1 goal across 3 games is something that can worry any side, no matter who you're playing and only picking up 1 point across the three started to see the pressure put onto the team and me. Thankfully we improved in September, taking a better tally of 7 points from an available 12. This is the kind of points we need to be getting more regularly. Repeat that every 4 games and we'll end up around 50 points. We demolished 1860 Munchen who had no answer to our fast attacking formation that I had adopted just before the game. Zwickau are the surprise package of the league so far, unbeaten through 11, they showed their class. Meppen and Chemnitz are two teams that we need to be picking up points against to ease the pressure and finish in a satisfactory position. Both of them are in the bottom half of the table and I was delighted to comfortably beat Chemnitz but we were again, undone, by a late goal against Meppen who rescued a draw. We have some work on our hands. Our strikers are scoring enough and we're conceding too many late goals. Hopefully, we can get to the Winter break and re-assess from there. Currently the table looks like this;
  4. I don't think anyone can save us!
  5. Well, this may be the shortest save ever as I'm close to being sacked already. I've really struggled with the game this year and it's showing again
  6. That awkward moment you start a save on here then are facing the sack within a few months... Finding the game a lot harder this year for some reason
  7. Does it mean you can only loan six foreign players to anyone but can loan welsh and foreign to foreign clubs? Something like that? So tighter restrictions on loans to foreign clubs?
  8. Viktoria Koln As mentioned in my opening post. Viktoria Koln are the oldest side in Cologne itself and have had a history of mergers and bankruptcy. They went bankrupt in 2010 and the current club continued in it's stead. The picture above is of their home ground the Sportpark Hohenberg a 10001 capacity stadium with 3000 seats and the rest, standing. From what I can see it has two main stands and the others are more rudimentary. Viktoria Koln are not a rich club, their finances are listed as Okay and I've started the game with £0 transfer budget and a nice wage budget of £55,846 p/w. Of this, I have around £3k p/w available for me. We are not in the DFB-Pokal as I originally thought we might be, we have to qualify for it due to our league position. This means that to qualify for it next season we need to win the Mittelrheinpokal. This is a regional cup that is replicated across Germany for the lower leagues, so there will be one in Bavaria, Saxony etc. Win that and we qualify for next years DFB-Pokal. This is a must in the eyes of the board and I can understand why as I believe we are the highest ranked team in the cup. Our board expect us to finish in the top half whilst we're predicted 9th by the media. Looking at the last 5 seasons the average points total in the 3.Liga to finish 9th is 51.6 points. So that is my first aim. After a self-evaluation of the team I have made three signings. Luis Kiefer was brought on loan from Pirmasens and I didn't actually realise at first that it is until the end of next season. As back-up though I think he will be a decent depth player to have as we were lacking on the wings. Bleart Dautaj was released by Hoffenheim last season and I am surprised he was a free agent. He's only 18 and looks a good player for this level, he has the potential to develop quite well and will be a good super sub to have I think. I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes. Our third player brought in was Tobias Knost, on loan from 2.Bundesliga side Hamburger. We had no real quality at Right-Back and if we got an injury or two there we would be seriously weakened. We are limited in the 3.Liga to 0 Non-EU players so that does make it harder. Despite still having £1.7k p/w available I was happy with the squad for now and set about making a tactic. This year I have struggled to get strikers to score whether it is 2 or 1 up front. For Viktoria Koln I've gone with a simple 4-2-2-2 with attacking wingers. Our secondary tactic is a more defensive version (Ignore Bunkaju, he's just moving around). Next stop. The league.
  9. Vor allem Köln! Cologne (English: /kəˈloʊn/ kə-LOHN; German: Köln [kœln]) is the largest city of Germany's most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth-most populous city in Germany. With slightly over a million inhabitants (1.09 million) within its city boundaries, Cologne is the largest city on the Rhine and also the most populous city both of the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, which is Germany's largest and one of Europe's major metropolitan areas, and of the Rhineland. Centered on the left bank of the Rhine, Cologne is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia's capital of Düsseldorf and 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Bonn. It is the largest city in the Central Franconian and Ripuarian dialect areas. The lead team in Cologne is 1. Fußball-Club Köln 01/07 e. V., commonly known as simply 1. FC Köln or FC Cologne in English (German pronunciation: [ʔɛf ˈtseː ˈkœln]). They play in the 1.Bundesliga following a promotion last season from the 2.Bundesliga. They are not the only team in Cologne though. There are others. We have to go down to the lower reaches to the 3.Liga where we find a newly promoted Viktoria Koln. Established in 1904 they are actually older than 1. FC Köln by a good 44 years. They have been overtaken as the original Cologne team and have not played above the 3rd level since the late 1970's. In this same period 1. FC Köln were competing in the Bundesliga. Since then Viktoria Koln have had a tough time slowly falling down into the 6th tier just 11 years ago. They have since risen back to the 3.Liga though following promotion last season. Viktoria Koln have a rivalry with 1. FC Köln but there is another, stronger rivalry with Fortuna Koln. Fortuna Koln were unfortunately relegated from the 3.Liga last season meaning they aren't playing against Viktoria Koln. Their next game would be the first time they've played against each other in 6 years. The last game was in 2014 in the Regionalliga West, it was a 1-1 draw. Fortuna Koln were founded in 1948 as well, at the same time as FC Koln. They briefly appeared in the Bundesliga alongside them in the early 70's before dropping back down and spending nearly 30 years in the 2.Bundesliga. Much like Viktoria Koln they fell on hard times and have now recovered a little but are not yet back to the 2.Bundesliga. So, what is the essence of the save then? Well, if you speak German then you will have understood the title means "Koln above all". This is very similar to the proud nature of the FC Koln fans - this can be seen in their pre-match build up song sung to the tune of Loch Lomond. The idea is to use the three teams in Koln and dominate the Bundesliga. There are more teams further down and if they rise a bit higher I may even take them on too. But for now, I'm going to stick with these three teams. The aim first is to get Viktoria Koln and Fortuna Koln up to the Bundesliga and established. From there, it will be to see where FC Koln are and if they require assistance. The three clubs will continue to produce players from Cologne and the surrounding area to improve their teams but also the national one. At some point I'd like to be able to field a team of purely players from Cologne. For this challenge I will be starting as;
  10. Think I've come up with an interesting enough challenge so might start that save soon and get that going. One I intend to stick to this time...
  11. Yeah, think I might have to start again. I've noticed more issues with this one, specifically fixtures. All fixtures in the first stage are done between September and December meaning that there is a game every 3 days rather than every week. As a result the final 10 games are spread over 4 months giving 1 game in March, 2 in April, February and May and 3 in January. Annoying but I can't play like that so will have to use yours
  12. It was one on Steam. I think it is a different one so I'll have to see if I can change it using the In-Game Editor. But a one match ban every yellow seemed harsh! Have a feeling I ticked do not use though
  13. Hi, I downloaded a league and was wondering if you could help. The league I downloaded has a rule where players get banned after every yellow card, after their 2nd. Is this correct? So 2nd yellow card of campaign = ban Every yellow after = ban for 1 match
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