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  1. I moaned about the last couple of Youth Intakes but this one actually looks quite good. Raffael Hemi looks like a decent right winger. Erich de Donno loks like an exciting CAM option. Asa Petreski though is the stand-out talent. The left winger, born in Macedonia, should hopefully have a big future at the club. I have also set up a feeder affiliate with Austrian 2nd tier side LASK to take advantage of their youth system, loan players out to etc. We didn't get any Austrian players in this intake but will keep an eye on it for the next few seasons.
  2. Mid-Season Update Swiss Cup A good run in the Swiss Cup so far again, including a tough tie against Sion. Super League A slow start to the season, with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss in our opening few months. With the European games coming in thick and fast our league form dipped, with no wins from our next 5, 3 draws and a loss. We got back into some decent form, winning 3 of our next 4 matches, drawing the other to European rivals Sion. A strong end to the calendar year, with 4 wins from 4! I think we over achieved to get 2nd last season and it will be a big ask to do it again, but we're still right up there and actually only 5 points off of the title! That's a pipe dream though and I'd be happy with anywhere in the Top 5, but hoping we can push for 2nd. Champions League An interesting trip to Trabzonspor in Turkey, where we very nearly came away with a vital 3 points. They got a last minute equaliser which was gutting. We pulled a big win out of the bag by beating Valencia 2-0. I didn't expect to get anything out of our double header against RB Salzburg and we certainly didn't get anything... Wolfgang Beltau gave us an early lead against Trabzonspor, but they got another late equaliser to prevent us getting the win. We lost our return game in Valencia. All in all a decent group stage, probably about the best I could have hoped for. We're pleased to go back into the Europa League at least. Possibly one of the hardest ties of the round as we get Celtic, who of course won the Champions League just 4 years ago.
  3. A huge moment for Vaduz, as by getting past Spartak Moscow and Sevilla they have qualified for the Europa League Group Stage for the first time in their history, failing all of the 69 times they had previously attempted to do so in this save.
  4. A tricky group, with the recent European champions RB Salzburg, Spanish giants Valencia and then Trabsonzpor of Turkey. I think we could maybe sneak 3rd and get back into Europa, as I'm not sure how good Trabzonspor will be.
  5. A difficult night in France, we did well and I thought it would be 0-0 until they popped up with a late winner. We got off to a brilliant start on the night, going 2-0 up within the first 10 minutes in front of a capacity crowd. Lyon got a second half goal, which would've seen them through on away goals, but Mark Prasnikar's late late strike gave us an incredible late aggregate winner and the most unexpected joy of the Champions League Group Stage!
  6. A huge result at home to St. Mirren, Wolfgang redeemed for his red by scoring within 30 seconds of kick-off, before he was fouled close to the hour mark to win a penalty. Jacobo Barroso converted, before Mark Prasnikar capped off a wonderful win making it 3-0 late on. Not sure where we pulled this out the bag from as they were better than us last year in Europa, but huge nonetheless. We took an early lead in Paisley to make it 4-0 on aggregate, then looked quite comfortable, but an own goal got them back in it and they ended up winning 2-1 on the night, but 4-2 on aggregate meant an underdog victory for us. Lyon are the last step between us and the Champions League Group Stage. Lyon are a good side who I think last season made the knockout stages of the CL, so it will be very difficult to get past them, but we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If we go out and go back into Europa then that's cool too.
  7. For the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League we got drawn up against Ukrainian runners-up Karpaty. I had no idea what to expect really. A pretty mad first leg. We were 3-0 up after half hour, in large part thanks to Wolfgang Beltau, who scored the opener then got 2 assists. He then made an absolutely stupid two footed challenge, bad enough normally, but unbelievably stupid when you're 3-0 up. Luckily they only got 1 goal back. Not the most comfortable of games in the return leg but we did enough to get through on aggregate. A big challenge awaits in the 3rd Qualifying Round as we will play St. Mirren, the side who knocked us out of the Europa League last season.
  8. Summer Transfers Imanol Hernandez was very good at right back, he was the guy we got on a bosman from Real Madrid who someone had signed before I got to the club. What a signing he was, and he's now left for United after they activated his release clause. Decent fee and nice profit so no complaints really. Hugo Vernay was our third choice centre back and wanted out due to not starting every game, so he was offered out with Atalanta the highest bidder. A few other squad players were also let go. Bracelli came in from Vaduz last summer and didn't really do a great deal, he wanted out as didn't like being back-up so he's sold to Zurich. Anders Voss possibly the biggest flop, we signed the Danish central midfielder for £2.5M as a rotation option but he didn't crack on and looked poor whenever he featured. He wanted out so I let him go to Zurich too as they were keen to get him. . The most expensive transfer we made was to get a new right back in to replace the departing Hernandez. We paid a reasonably high price due to him being Swiss, but he looks a good talent, perhaps not quite as good as the departing guy but it would've been hard to find someone that good with the money we had. Juan Jose Azcona our main "big" signing not directly replacing anyone leaving. A great midfielder who joins us after being transfer listed by Celta Vigo. All I can say is they must have a pretty good midfield to be letting him go. The other transfers were to bolster our thin squad with some Swiss players to add depth to rotation/backup options. I also got another right back in as our 2nd choice Aerling was sold. We got this Spanish guy in who was transfer listed at Villarreal.
  9. Some good news as we rise up 5 places in the coefficients table. I think each season will see a change as it's very tight between a lot of us. Luzern went out at the first hurdle in the Champions League to Spartak Moscow, before then going out of the Europa League to Feyenoord. Vaduz were knocked out by Leganes in the Europa League, although this of course doesn't affect our coefficient. Last year's champions Lugano went out of the Champions League at the last hurdle pre-Group Stage to the Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv, before crashing out of the Europa Group stage in a group with Shakhtar, Heerenveen and Dundalk, finishing 3rd in that. Xamax, the shock cup winners, who actually got relegated this season, possibly as a result of having to play in Europe as well, actually did pretty well because they managed to get past both Lille and PSV to even make the Group Stage, which is no small feat for a side that was battling relegation last year and this year. They came unstuck in the group though with Krasnodar, Eskisehirspor and Ludogorets. Basel, like us, were knocked out of the Europa League knockout stage by St. Mirren. England, I think, are out of the Top 4 of Europe for the first time in the entire save.
  10. Business as usual in Austria with nobody coming close to RB Salzburg. Business back to usual in the Ukraine as Shakhtar make amends for their horrific season last year. The shock champions Mariupol didn't even make the top half this season. Dynamo Kyiv also with their best finish for just under a decade meaning they're back into Europe after a bad spell which included them being relegated to the 2nd tier. No surprise in Croatia as Dinamo Zagreb continue their dominance, just one defeat away from doing it unbeaten. Nobody anywhere near them, although Hajduk were distant from the rest of the pack in 2nd place.
  11. Red Bull on top of the world. After investing in football for decades, 2080 is when they really have arrived, as they've got back to back winners in the Champions League Salzburg last year, now Leipzig pick up their 4th Champions League trophy after beating Roma in the final, also knockout out Salzburg after a tasty all Red Bull Quarter Final clash. Shakhtar reaching the final is big for the Ukraine, with Sporting Lisbon of Portugal ultimately getting the win. A big year for Scotland who had 3 sides in the last 8, with Queen of the South somehow making the Semi Final after a shock underdog win against Celtic in an all Scottish quarter final Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna both make the last 16, in another solid year for Austrian sides.
  12. Nations Remaining (based on nation coefficient ranking) Austria Ukraine (+1) Croatia (+2) Switzerland (-2) Denmark (+1) Czech Republic (+3) Norway (-3) Iceland Romania (-2) Bulgaria (+1) Serbia (-1) Sweden (+1) Israel (-1) Poland Greece Republic of Ireland Slovenia Slovakia Hungary Finland Belarus Wales Northern Ireland Ukraine in as good a position as I can ever remember them being.
  13. Paul Hart's Career History This covers the first 40 seasons of the save, from 2018-2058 Paul Hart's Trophy Cabinet Thierry's Career History --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Club League Position Achievements/Other --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2058/59 Genclerbirligi SK Turkish Super Lig 5th Turkish Super Cup runners-up. Sacked. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2059/60 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 5th N/A 2060/61 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 3rd N/A 2061/62 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 3rd Scottish Cup winners 2062/63 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 2nd N/A 2063/64 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 3rd Scottish Cup runners-up 2064/65 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 3rd Scottish League Cup runners-up 2065/66 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 2nd Scottish League Cup runners-up 2066/67 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 2nd N/A 2067/68 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 1st Scottish Premiership, Cup & League Cup winners 2068/69 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 2nd N/A 2069/70 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 3rd Champions League runners-up & League Cup winners 2070/71 St. Mirren Scottish Premiership 2nd Champions League & Scottish Cup winners --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2071/72 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Belgian Pro League winners 2072/73 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Belgian Pro League & Super Cup winners 2073/74 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Belgian Pro League & Super Cup winners 2074/75 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Belgian Pro League & Belgian Cup & Super Cup winners 2075/76 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Belgian Pro League & Super Cup winners 2076/77 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Champions League runners-up & League & Super Cup winners 2077/78 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Belgian Pro League, Belgian Cup & Super Cup winners 2078/79 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 1st Champions League, Pro League, Cup & Super Cup winners ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2079/80 Antalyaspor Turkish Super Lig 7th N/A. Resigned. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2080/81 Besiktas Turkish Super Lig 1st Turkish Super Lig & Super Cup winners. EL runners-up. 2081/82 Besiktas Turkish Super Lig 1st Turkish Super Lig, Cup & Super Cup winners 2082/83 Besiktas Turkish Super Lig 1st Turkish Super Lig & Super Cup winners 2083/84 Besiktas Turkish Super Lig 1st Turkish Super Lig & Super Cup winners 2084/85 Besiktas Turkish Super Lig 1st Turkish Super Lig & Super Cup winners. CL runners-up. 2085/86 Besiktas Turkish Super Lig 1st Champions League, Super Lig and Super Cup winners ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2086/87 Young Boys Swiss Super League 4th Swiss Cup runners-up 2087/88 Young Boys Swiss Super League 2nd Swiss Cup winners ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thierry's Trophy Cabinet Champions League x3 - 2070/71 (St. Mirren), 2078/79 (Anderlecht), 2085/86 (Besiktas) Scottish Premiership x1 - 2067/68 (St. Mirren) Scottish Cup x3 - 2061/62, 2067/68, 2070/71 (St. Mirren) Scottish League Cup x2 - 2067/67, 2069/70 (St. Mirren) Turkish Super Lig x6 - 2080/81, 2081/82, 2082/83, 2083/84, 2084/85, 2085/86 (Besiktas) Turkish Cup x1 - 2081/82 (Besiktas) Turkish Super Cup x6 - 2080/81, 2081/82, 2082/83, 2083/84, 2084/85, 2085/86 (Besiktas) Belgian Pro League x8 - 2071/72, 2072/73, 2073/74, 2074/75, 2075/76, 2076/77, 2077/78, 2078/79 (Anderlecht) Belgian Cup x3 - 2074/75, 2077/78, 2078/79 (Anderlecht) Belgian Super Cup x7 - 2072/73, 2073/74, 2074/75, 2075/76, 2076/77, 2077/78, 2078/79 (Anderlecht) Swiss Cup x1 - 2087/88 (Young Boys) Nations Completed Nations completed as Paul Hart: 1. England - Arsenal 2. France - Paris SG 3. Italy - AS Roma 4. Spain - Atletico Madrid 5. Germany - VFL Wolfsburg 6. Russia - Zenit St Petersburg 7. Portugal - Portimonense SC 8. Holland - Vitesse Arnhem Nations completed as Thierry: 9. Scotland - St. Mirren 10. Belgium - Anderlecht 11. Turkey - Besiktas Nations completed by the AI: 1. England - Manchester City 2. Germany - RB Leipzig 3. Spain - Valencia CF 4. Portugal - Sporting Lisbon 5. Austria - RB Salzburg
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