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  1. Well, its been 6 months into the season and the club is changed in a big way. I posted earlier about the sale of our top talent Tihomir Ajdukovic for £6,5 million to Liverpool. Now Liverpool have snapped up our other top prospect as well! Zdravko Tomaskovic was always way to good to be destined for a long career at NK Zadar and he, as Ajdukovic, unfortunately has a buy-out clause in his contract. January started with a bidding war for him, and all of a sudden we had PSG, Liverpool, Porto, Juventus, Milan etc. in for him. The £9,5 million buy out clause was no problem for these guys, and we lost our biggest talent! This has given us a remarkable £16,8 million in the bank, and we are basically set for many years to come. But are we going to end up as Liverpools farmer club?! Definitely mixed emotions with this one. Now we have to keep the rest of our talents and start promoting some of our other youngsters, because this has been a big set back on the pitch!
  2. You are correct. Clubs that have to travel more get more in support. Also, teams do not keep the income for ticket sales in the Cup. That money goes to the FA and in return the FA cover travel cost for Cup games.
  3. A strange start to the season. After our sale of Ajdukovic for £6,5 million we turned red numbers into black. We also had Europen qualification, and by a miracle we were able to qualify for the group stage of Euro Cup II !! This gave us another £2,62 and we have gone from minus £2,74 to £6,78 million in plus! But at the same time we are having the worst continental hangover ever! Suddenly we are straight into a relegation battle! We are certainly missing Ajdukovic on the field, even though he has given us a great profit!
  4. Our biggest transfer by far will probably be finalised in the next few days. We will lose our by far biggest talent, but the deal is a good one. For a club £2,74 million in the red to receive £6,5 million for an 18-year old is fantastic. That meets his release clause, so a little dissapointing to not be able to negotiate any additional bonuses, but thats how it is. This will fix our balance sheet, at least for a few years, and hopefully it can lead to some investments.
  5. NK Zadar Season Update 2025-2026 A breakthrough season for us. After finishing 7th, 7th, 7th and 5th the previous years, we snuck into a European spot, finishing 3rd. We were tipped bottom of the table by some margin, so we have to be very happy with the season overall! This was our first season playing a flat 4-4-2 for a whole season and its worked out well. It's a simple and uncomplicated tactic, but we have a very uncomplicated team. Bruno Zdunic, our best striker, scored 26 goals this year, last year he scored 13, and that summarise the progress this tactic has given us to be honest. We scored more than any other team this year. Our defense is not the best at times, but overall we performed really well! On a negative note, our finances are terrible! So bad that I fear we will be put under administration at some point. The solution might be to sell our top prospect Tihomir Ajdukovic. Liverpool, PSG, Man City, Juventus and several others are interested, but I want £7-8 million for him. Next year we will be in Europe, but its only Euro Cup II so I dont know if it will give us a lot of money. Goals for next season: Finish top half and get through the qualification stage of Euro Cup II Season Summary Best Performers Best Talents Season | League | Position | League Cup | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Druga Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 1st | Semi-final | N/A | Promotion to top division first year 2021/22 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | 2nd round | N/A | Stayed in the league. Good first half of the season 2022/23 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | Semi-final | N/A | No improvement on last year, only worse finances 2023/24 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | Qtr-final | N/A | Another 7th place finish 2024/25 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 5th | Qtr-final | N/A | Decent progress, finished just outside a European spot 2025/26 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 3rd | Qtr-final | N/A | Great season, bronze medal and European spot
  6. NK Zadar is ready for Europe! Second last game of the season we were up against HNK Rijeka. We were 3 points and one spot ahead of them on the table, but they had a big advantage on goal difference. We beat them 2-4 away with extremely clinical finishing! Not bad for a team tipped to come dead last in the league. Euro Cup II here we come! Or qualifiers at least, where we will probably be knocked out!
  7. A pretty good youth intake with varied positions. My HOYD told me earlier that there would be no good CB's, but Dino Tomas looks decent. Drazen Surbek is the stand out in this intake, a real poacher that will hopefully develop nicely.
  8. There is way too many long balls over the defense, no doubt about it. I don't play gegenpress or a very high line and most of the chances I concede is long balls over my defense.
  9. NK Zadar is having a firesale!! The board just sold two of my biggest talents on deadline day for next to nothing!!
  10. I am training some players to get used to new positions. But for some reason the "additional focus" is sometimes cancelled after a few weeks. I then have to pick it again, and the cycle goes on. Really strange. And my assistant manager has nothing to do with individual training.
  11. NK Zadar Season Update 2024-2025 After three consecutive seasons finishing 7th we saw some progress this year. Halfway through the season we were in absolutely rotten form, and relegation was looming like a dark shadow over NK Zadar. I changed my formation from our offensive 4-2-2-2 to a flat 4-4-2, a formation I almost never play on FM. This put my wingers out of their natural position, but we were leaking goals and had no choice. I also removed most of the team instructions, especially for my "control" formation, but left some of the obvious and simple ones for our more defending/counter one. This turned around the season and we started winning again. Might be a stretch to call it winning, but at least not losing every game! We ended up in 5th place, 7 points behind HNK Gorica in 4th who got an European spot. We played 1-1 against them away in the last game of the season, which provides some optimism for next year! We have a great young goalkeeper in Miljanic, and even though our regular starter Bender won GK of the year (very strange), Miljanic will probably be our first choice next year. He has the potential of becoming Croatias nr.1! We will be saying goodbye to our captain and defensive leader, Jure Jerbic. He is retiring, and even though I think I could have persuaded him to take another year, its for the best. His attributes have declined from being by far the best player in the team, to now being a defensive weak link. Some youngsters will get their shot, and that is always exciting! We had a good youth intake and Ajdukovic has gone straight into the starting eleven. As a right footed offensive left wing back there isnt really a place for him tactically, so I am re-training him as a right back. Some of our other talents who have been out on loan will be included in the first team, as long as I can sell of some of our weaker older players. I have to say in a league like this, with many weak teams, the ME is showing some terrible flaws. Basically every chance created is a long ball over the defense with CB's standing and watching. Summary Key Players Top Prospects Season | League | Position | League Cup | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Druga Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 1st | Semi-final | N/A | Promotion to top division first year 2021/22 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | 2nd round | N/A | Stayed in the league. Good first half of the season 2022/23 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | Semi-final | N/A | No improvement on last year, only worse finances 2023/24 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | Qtr-final | N/A | Another 7th place finish 2024/25 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 4th | Qtr-final | N/A | Decent progress, finoshed just outside a European spot
  12. I am training some players to get used to new positions. But for some reason the "additional focus" is sometimes cancelled after a few weeks. I then have to pick it again, and the cycle goes on. Really strange. And my assistant manager has nothing to do with individual training.
  13. I would train as a striker! He has good decision making and technique that can make up for his bad finishing. And you can't go wrong with pace!
  14. A strange intake. A lot of mediocre players that will never develop to anything, but two fantastic prospects! Tomaskovic on AM and of course Ajdukovic, an offensive left back who looks absolutely fantastic! We actually have two other talented left backs, but they cannot contribute anything offensively. None of our full backs do, so this will add a dimention to our attack. Expect him to be a regular starter shortly.
  15. Just a heads up to everyone: I started conceding a lot of goals from set pieces and had no success on my offensive ones. I checked, and after the full game install, all my set pieces routines had been reset to standard!
  16. Will you also be looking for a fix to the lagging 3D Match Engine?
  17. Has there been any confirmation that SI is working on a fix for match engine lag? I went from smooth gameplay on the latest beta to unplayable for the full release.
  18. What a joke this is... No lag in the latest beta, now its unplayable. Why is this the only game this happens to, and every year!!
  19. After 85 minutes i had to pause the game to get a beer! Had to keep my nerves in check!
  20. This is what makes this challenge so great. Moments like this! Beating Dinamo Zagreb away who had gone unbeaten all season. Our top prospect scoring two goals from central midfield, one of them a rocket free kick into tok the top corner!
  21. Just like previous FM's, the game sometimes decides that a few certain players will not be loaned out. I have talents, the most talented players that I have btw, that were loaned out last year to 2nd division clubs and were brilliant. This year, no clubs are interested... Even though they have more than enough quality to perform at a high level, I cant get any offers in..... Absolutely ridicoulous, and something that happens every FM...
  22. NK Zadar Season Update 2023-2024 Another season, another 7th place... Our third in a row and our progress is going slow! Then again, taking a look at the top teams, it makes sense. We are so far behind its almost laughable. But thats how it is in this challenge, and we just have to keep on fighting. We got a pretty decent youth intake, and we will hopefully see some results from this in a few years! We got new owners this year and our finances have gotten a lot better. Don't get me wrong, they are terrible, but we were close to bankruptcy so anything better than that was an improvement! The board has decided to build a new stadium. A strange decision, since we are only getting 54% attendance of our total capacity at home games... The takeover from new owners were a great thing at the start, but the new stadium, as well as a non-negotiable Club Vision of buying players to sell with a profit might mean trouble down the road... Goals for next season: Avoid relegation and reduce the payroll! Summary Top performers Top prospects Season | League | Position | League Cup | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Druga Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 1st | Semi-final | N/A | Promotion to top division first year 2021/22 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | 2nd round | N/A | Stayed in the league. Good first half of the season 2022/23 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | Semi-final | N/A | No improvement on last year, only worse finances 2023/24 | MaxTV Hrvatska Nogotemna Liga | 7th | Qtr-final | N/A | Another 7th place finish
  23. Even with poor facilities and coaching you are allowed to be dissapointed with that intake!
  24. New owners! After a disastrous financial situation over the last two seasons, our prayers have been answered. New owners have taken over the club and we went straight from £1,2 million in the red to now being healthy again. That will only last until the end of the season, as we still have basically no income, but with young talents coming up we will be looking to offload some of the high earners. The board has set out its vision and they want me to keep within the wage budget as well as "Develop the best youth system in the country". Sounds great!! Maximun one year deals for players over 32 sounds good as well. Now lets hope we can get some improvements done to our facilities!
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