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  1. Kingofcm03

    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Domestic Update: End of Championship Phase We ended up rolling to the league title, smashing teams all over Bulgaria. I started using a new tweak to my tactic in this phase, I expected it to be more solid at the back in preperation for European football next season. Looks like it might open up the pitch more and allow me to bang in more goals League Table We ended up with a few records as well, Most Goals Scored in a season Most clean Sheets Most points in a season Player Overview Managers Player of the season First: Todor Nedelev Outstanding for the player in his first season at the club, he just dominated playing inside forward (left) and was my player of the season and hes now wanted by 7 clubs. Will be very upset to lose him, hes Bulgarian firstly and I dont know if I can bring in a player as good as him 2nd: Jan Mlakar 30 goals, was lethal in stages and loves to score goals in bags. I want him to kick him and score 40 next season but hes also wanted by some BIG European clubs so another challenge to keep him around 3rd: Antonio Marin Signed to replace Despodov, he probably outplayed him really. Hes going to be huge for me if we can keep hold of him. His dribbling just confuses people at our level and I also expect to face a battle to keep hold of him now as well Next Season I need some time to ponder what my next steps will be, I have some thoughts but for now here is my initial budget and what Ill be starting with. My main and first aim will always be to just improve the quality of the squad, I feel just bringing in a few players to lift the quality would help me immensely to get to that next stage in Europe. I also want to ensure I make the group stages again so I need to battle those 4 rounds of qualifying (hooray) Ill be back with my moves and the preseason update in a few days....
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Domestic Update: We returned to domestic action after the Euro Cup games against Standard and it was all fairly routine. We rounded out the first phase of the season with 2 very tired draws and we now look forward to the Championship Phase League Table End of First Phase: We look comfortable at the top for now, the continued losing to Ludogorets needs to stop and Levski got a handy point in that last game. Still ill be upset to not win it again from here European Update: Safe to say, it was a disaster and Leverkusen just took me apart. I need find a way to be better away from home, I really need to nail down a solid tactic so we dont get blow away in the first away leg then try to rescue some ******** in the return home leg. Leverkusen just had too much quality and it was death by crosses as they just pumped the ball down the wings and bang bang bang..... they should have scored more with the shots they had on target. I tried everything to bring it around. I thought I had combated their wing play but they still just had too many crosses for me to handle and basically just smashed me. Still however its 1 round further than last season and I will hope to make it further yet again next season. I will have the qualifying gauntlet to run again for a group stage in the champions league. Youth Update Similar to last year, just awful really. Even with a new HOYD and upgraded facilities, we produced an intake of potato. I am not sure how everybody that I see on here in other saves gets amazing intakes with 4 and 5 star prospects but I will continue along and try!
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Was not as smooth sailing from there, as you will see in my next update.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Thanks mate! Mlakar is quite good, I just wish we would turn it on for more games than he does. When he does decide to play, hes almost unstoppable and never misses but then he will go a run of games playing terrible. I am hoping as he matures he will iron those issues out, he would be a 40 + goals a season forward if he could.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Euro Cup: 1st Knockout Round We always play our European games at the end of the winter break, so its a blessing and a curse. The thing I like most is that both legs are always back to back before the season starts again, so you know either way heading into the 2nd part of the season what is going on with European football. So after our decent showing in the Champions League, we finished 3rd in our group and went into the Euro Cup. We AGAIN needed some magic to get out of jam.... Our opponents were Standard of Belgium, who also dropped out of the Champions League in 3rd place Euro Cup: Game 1 (Away) We lost away in Belgium, fairly week performance, probably should have taken a few chances but we just dont seem to turn up away in Europe. Euro Cup: Game 2 (Home) Well..what can I say? We yet again do it in Sofia and yet again some crazy performance. It was 0-0 at HT and then Mlakar woke up and scored a hatrick in the 2nd half and this included a 90+6 min penalty and I am not going to lie here...I jumped out of my seat and celebrated like a mad man in my lounge room at 2 am in the morning when the ball hit the back of the net...thankfully the wife was in bed. I am really enjoying this save, its one of my favourites of recent memory. I am glad I decided to try something different from my usual, I suspect id be a few seasons into my usual Liverpool save now, but this means more, I have to actually take my time and try and its so much more fun having to scout manually instead of sending out 14 scouts to find talent, I kind of enjoy being rejected as we cant afford wages for a talent so we have to grab a plan B and then watching plan B put in his shift and do OK for this level. I am fully invested in this squad, each major milestone and win actually feels like something...probably been since Championship Manager 01/02 since I had this feeling.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    January Update I went back Colo Colo in January and signed another promising player from Chile, he will join his friend Gomez in the under 19s for now and was signed for 1.2m Felipe Escobar My veteran right back Manolev at 33 was starting to die very rapidly, he lost all physical attributes but still had decent mental so I decided to keep him around the squad but I needed somebody to come in as a back up. So I found 24 year old Slovenian International Petar Stojanovic available for 500k and he joined us for the winter training camp in Spain. He looks pretty sold to be honest and will be more than enough for the quality we face most weeks. Petar Stojanovic The other interesting thing to happen in the winter break was the return on Despodov!! he was lacking game time in Rome and we asked if he would like to join again on loan and they accepted, so we have him back again for the next 6 months. I tried to work a way to get a future fee but Roma were not having it but still I am happy to have him back and helping the push to win back to back titles and progress in the Euro Cup.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Domestic Update Starting to come together again now, out luck in the Bulgarian Cup again was terrible and we put in a limp performance yet again and bowed out early. I have no idea why we never turn up for this cup but next year I am going to go hard to win it. We suffered our 3rd loss in the row to Lugogorets (after winning the first 4) either side of these losses were some routine wins, we started to click a little better after the loss to Ludogorets as my tinkering is starting to work now and we look more fluid League Table its a much tougher season this year, Ludogorets have woken up and they make it a 3 horse race as expected. They have a new manager and a bunch of new players who are making a real difference. We head into the winter break with a 3 point lead Champions League We got totally smashed away to Napoli, their attacking front 3 were just too much for us to handle. I probably should take some of the blame as I didn't set the team up to help, I play quite attacking football at home and after we beat Slavia Sofia 8-0 a few days before, we were on a high but the classier opponent tore me apart. lesson learned. We grabbed a nice morale boosting home draw to Man City and then I kept my promise to dispatch the Swiss in both games to ensure our place was secure in 3rd and a passage into the Euro Cup. We ended up a very credible 8 points and no defeats at home in the Champions League
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Tactic Update: Were not doing badly, infact everything is fine really. Its just the way we play that annoys me, its not how I want to play. I am happy with how the 3 attackers are playing, I like the HB and the central defenders but the fullback and the middle 2 players are just not feeling or looking right. I will continue to change and tinker on a few things to get them how I want. I actually wanted to play with a flat 3 in the middle but that looks and feels even worse so I may actually just try something really funky and play around. I think the high defensive line and the higher line of engagement are not helping either, while it helps to really pin the other team into their half, it also seems to cause crazy amount of congestion in the final 3rd and we take too many long shots. I may try to make the fullbacks more attacking, since we have the HB there to help drop back and push the central defenders wider. I am thinking as well ill use the RPM and see if we can get somebody a little further forward and in the hole behind the striker, it may actually be a bad idea as it will add congestion again but it could also help drag the opponents defenders towards him. I should probably just pretend I am a Man United fan and be happy with just winning and winning ugly but that makes me feel sick so we will continue on the quest to win and look good at the same time!
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Player update: Top 3 players so far Mlakar I do love this guy, one day hes Pele and the next Andy Carroll. He started the season with 10 goals in 5 games and then decided to play like a potato and not score again. Hes still young and I am hoping he works out how to be consistent as hes just lethal when on. Nedelev Easily the player of the season so far, hes just carving teams apart down the left playing as inside forward (attack) hes dangerous, everywhere and just a plain menace. With 17 games, 7 goals and 16 assists, hes fully justified my decision to bring him in. I actually think he would do a good job in a few leagues outside of Bulgaria, easily good enough for the Championship, lower EPL, outside the top 4-5 in Italy and would star in Germany. Marin Originally signed as a back up for Despodov before he was sold beyond my wishes, hes arguably been a better player. I like that hes great on both feet so hes quite the asset to have in helping cover both sides of the Inside Forwards.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Domestic Update The start to the season has not been 100% ideal, we are playing ugly football and look terrible in most games. We lost our fist game ever to Ludogorets and then had some awful draws that we should be winning easily. We when had 18 players missing from the first team squad on international duty for the Super Cup game and then lost AGAIN to Ludogorets who are much stronger this season and seem to be bouncing back. League Table Still we find ourselves in 2nd but we really need to get back to playing fluid attacking football. I expect to dispatch all teams outside of Levski and Ludogorets and I am looking at ideas to change it up a little. Transfers I had some injuries that were not helping and on the last day of the window my scouts told me to sign Blaszczykowski on a free to help out. I spent a good 10 mins trying to decide and then I just pulled the trigger. The mature signings I made last year were not a bad idea so thought he would add something Champions League Were unbeaten after 2 games, not sure how but we are. Napoli left Sofia knowing they were in a game, it was pretty even and I'll take that point. We then headed to Switzerland and the 4-2 score flattered Basel as we were up comfortably 3-0 when I took a few players off to rest them and they pegged once back and we had to score another to make it 4-2. They then scored the usual FM 89th min goal to make it look better. Next up we face Man City away, I am hoping to keep the loss under double digits. Napoli actually beat City in their match so that makes the group very interesting reading. If I can knock Basel off at home then I should be pretty safe to make it for at least 3rd.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Thanks! Has not been as easy so far this 2nd season as you will see in the update coming next.....
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    here is Dobrev, he scored 7 in 22 last season.
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    I'll have a look for you when I get home, I believe he's on my shortlist of Bulgarian talents but not on my immediate radar. I am keeping a very close eye on Andrea Hristov over at Slavia I am plotting to bring him in next summer as a 3rd/4th choice. I am not sure how your funds are over at Slavia but Simeon Slavchev playing over at Qarabag has been transfer listed for over a season now and is available for around 400k on my game. He's a full Bulgarian international and I think easily good enough even for my team and I am likely going to pull the trigger on him next summer as I think a few of my players are going to want to leave. I am super happy with my results in Europe, last year in the Euro Cup was fantastic making the first knockout rounds and this year I didn't think we would actually be good enough to make the group stages but this team just constantly surprises me. I am a little worried about our home form at the moment. I really like my tactic as we always get 60% possession and 20-30 shots on goal most games but the field gets really congested in the final 3rd and the quality of those shots on goal are not the best. I am thinking of a major tactical overhaul, to be honest...
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Player Update Amazing start to the season for Mlakar and Nedelev both have been my main men so far, the injury to Nedelev has a hurt a little, he was on fire down the left with 4 goals and 12 assists in 10 games. Also very happy with Marin who is helping ease the pain of the board selling Despodov under me. I'm trying to fight off some players being sold, I have a sneaking suspicion that Rodrigues is going to be sold. I've been rejecting bids up and over 3.5m at the moment and he seems to be ok with that. I could actually sell him to be fair, he will be easier to replace but I am mindful to break up the squad too much. Nedelev Mlakar Marin
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    [FM19] CSKA SOFIA

    Domestic Update Has not been an ideal start by any means, we look a little sluggish at the start of the season. I think its partly my fault, because I sacked my assistant manager, I had forgotten to schedule some friendlies (usually I let them do it) and before I noticed it was too late so my rookie error caused an issue. Oops.... League Table Work to do...... European Cup Qualifiers Wow what can I say, such a roller coaster of emotions. We easily took apart Titograd in the first round and our reward for that was to play Celtic, who if you are playing along at home they knocked me out of the Euro Cup first knockout rounds despite CSKA being the far more dominate team, we commenced our revenge tour with a 3-0 home demolition and then limped to 0-1 loss in Scotland. After completing our revenge against Celtic we then had a tricky tie against Maccabi Tel-Aviv and this was an epic comeback game for the ages, we used some of our last season European luck to pull this back after the 1-2 loss at home in Sofia and it took an 88th pen penalty from new boy Nedelev to secure me the 3-2 away win and send us to a showdown with dominate Polish champions Legia. In truth we actually dispatch the Polish champions with ease and comfort and now we are off to the group stages of the Champions League in my first attempt. and our group? I mean it could be worse... I'll try to snatch the points from the Swiss and get into the Euro Cup. Finances Update Hooray for Champions League money.........
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