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  1. FC St. Pauli Hamburg 2018/19 September League: A good month all round - even our defeat to Koln was something positive. Koln are a brilliant side - quite how they are so far down the table is beyond me; and my transfer target, Jhon Cordoba, just destroyed us with four goals. Eslewhere, Walter Sobota scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season from the right wing in narrow wins over Ingolstadt and Paderborn. It's not sexy football - but its working. We ended the month with the big one - the Hamburg derby away at the Volksparkstadion. With Sobota out injured, and Myaichi handing in a transfer request we played physical football - bypassing our skillful wingers and lumping balls towards the big man up top. It was an ugly game, and we deserved to lose.
  2. FC St. Pauli Hamburg 2018/19 August League: Unbeaten start to the season with the bonus of a late flurry against Darmstadt to win 3-1. We're playing nice football. Cup: Easy win with a second string side over lower league opposition.
  3. FC St. Pauli Hamburg 2018/19 Pre-Season Pre-Season Expectations: Media: 8th Bookies: 33-1 Board: Top-Half DFB-Pokal: Second Round Transfers: Pre-Season Fixtures: Pretty decent all round. A loss to Werder Bremen is understandable; the victory over Celtic was good though. (Anyone know how do get rid of the horrible right-hand fixture thing, so you can see all of the scorers?)
  4. (If anyone can let me know why my c&ping from gyazo isn't producing decent images, please do so...)
  5. FC St. Pauli 2019/2020 The Squad: Our squad in general is quite a pleasant one, with both strength and depth. The trouble is that most of it is full on 'non-Johns'. Our day-1 squad is below, with Apostles highlighted. I'll be doing my damnedest to keep them on. The Apostles: 7
  6. Fußball-Club St Pauli von 1910 - An Introduction: Formed in 1910, St Pauli are a 'kult' club in Germany. Successes on the field have been negligable - the club have spent only eight seasons in their 118 year history in the Bundesliga, and have never won a major trophy - and yet they are widely respected across Germany for the passion of their fans and their left-wing political leaning. They were the first club in Euerope to officially ban right-wing displays at their ground in 1981, and had effectively stamped out home-fan hooliganism by the mid 80s; not easy in an ingrained German culture at the time. In recent years they have stod out for their acceptance and promotion of tolerance toward homosexuality, refugees and other good causes. There are some great articles about them online, but The Guardian from this June is particularly fun. Near bankrupt in the mid-2000s, popular groundswell saved the club, and the now languish as a mid-table 2-Bundesliga side. The Milerntor-Stadion, in the heart of the city's red light district, holds 29,546 (with just over 12,000 seated) and the club have rivalries with Hansa Rostock, Hamburger FC and, to a lesser extent, VFB Lubeck. In possession of average training and good youth facilities, they now have an exciting new manager: Palestinian/Irishman Jesus O'Nazareth, with National C badge and history of semi-professional football.
  7. After fannying about in FM18, and a brief save with Pohronie in the Slovakian second division, my mind keeps wandering back to a thread I started (which subsequently died) for FM17 - The Gospel According to St. Pauli. I actually continued that save for 7 seasons, before it died, but didn't update the post for whatever reason. It's up there with a great Amiens save in FM11 as one of my favourites... I've always enjoyed reading a youth challenge, but I'm a bit rubbish at FM. So instead of a youth challenge, this is what I'll call an 'artificially limited' challenge - and will be pretty much the same as the original. But better, because the save won't die. The Premise: Jesus O'Nazareth has risen once again. The half Palestinian, half Irish manager par-excellence joining St. Pauli in the Bundesliga 2 - the German 2nd Division - for another go at this. I am limited to players who's first or last names are some kind of riff on those biblical names of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And Paul, too, because that's quite fun. All names will be taken from behindthename.com - see the links here for Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul. For ease, while 'Jonathan' and 'John' don't actually share a root ('Jonathan' is from the Hebrew, 'Yahweh', or God, and 'Natan', or give - so 'God has given' - while 'John' is from the Hebrew 'Yochanan', or 'God is Gracious'. Subtle difference.) I am allowing Jonathans into the club - it is now the vernacular, after all. There are some (to me at least) quite fascinating names that are therefore allowed (or not) - Eoin, Ian, and Sean are allowed, as they are forms of John, but Owen (and derivatives) are not, as they are from the English 'Eugene,' or 'youth'. So Shane Duffy is allowed, as is Eidur Gudjohnsson; but Owen Hargreaves is not. On the current squad: I will actively seeking to sell so-called 'non-Johns' as swiftly as possible. No 'non-John' will be offered a new contract, and any offer that meets the value/asking price of any non-John will be accepted. This is going to cause issues. However, homegrown players in the original squad will be rechristened 'Pauli' in commeroration of their special status, and offered a chance at redemption. On youth: Come intake-day, Jesus O'Nazareth's benign nature will take over. Each year, every youth player retained will be rechristened by a middle nickname, as per the list below (subject to updating after the first five seasons) followed by the traditional letter: 2019 - Matthew 2020 - Mark 2021 - Luke 2022 - John 2023 - Paul The Setup: Big Nations (all leagues): Germany (obviously), England, France, Italy, Spain Mid-Nations (top 2 leagues): Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium, Russia, Holland, Turkey, Austria Small Nations (top league only, view-only): Greece, Denmark, Switzerland, Czech Rep, Croatia, Scotland, Sweden, Serbia, Poland Other Nations (top-league, view-only): Brazil, Argentina, China, USA, Australia
  8. Ch-ch-ch-changes My name was being linked around, and Wigan, 21st in League One, came a-calling right at the end of November. Beaten playoff finalists last season and the season before, they're a big club that wants to get bigger again. Not only that, but they actually have money - £2m of it - though worryingly they did lose £2.7m last season. Still in the Checkatrade (snore), they're out of the League Cup (2-1 to Lincoln in the 1st round) and the FA cup (3-0 to AFC Wimbledon). My wages have jumped from £800 p/w to £3,700 p/w which is nice. Squad shouldn't be this far down the league by any stretch. For some reason Sammy Ameobi was up for sale, and it's nice to be reunited with Victor Maffeo, our right winger from our National-winning season (though he may well go on loan, as he's the 4th best right winger in the squad).
  9. Newporty County - November 20/21 English League Two With the race for the playoffs so close I've decided that the cups can sod off. Bad for my terrible bank balance (currently a million pounds in the red, and losing £50k a month despite being £5k under the wgae budget), but good for the league. With that in mind, a mostly second team held on for a draw, down to ten men after the first professional foul I've seen in my career to date by Curtis Watkins, away at Vanarama North Wrexham. At least we won in the replay. We were given the option to postpone our Checkatrade game against Northampton - but chose not to - in favour of postponing the league game against Forest Green, and proceeded to beat our League 1 opposition away. Odd game, football. Of course that 'focus' on the league resulted in two losses, albeit against teams in the top five - in both of which we played poorly. A win - from behind - against Yeovil was good, though yet another injury to Aaron Connolly - his 5th in two years, for over 6 months - was a negative.
  10. Newporty County - October 20/21 English League Two We made a brilliant start to the month with Kayembe and new signing Stylianides both scoring twice against Bristol Rovers, while Connolly returned to the team from the bench after 7 games out.But we lost three players to international duty - Stylianides gaining his first caps for Cyprus, McCarthy his first u-21 cap for Wales and Foulston - and our squad is very small. And while I managed to get a 2-2 draw (and, oddly, a loss on penalties - the Checkatrade is ****ing weird) I then proceeded to lose two on the trot and only just get a draw in the next three days. At least I manage a win against bottom of the table Blackpool, and Lewis Walters - star striker for two seasons - finally back on the scoresheet. The table is ridiculously tight. 6 points seperate 4th from 14th.
  11. Newporty County - September 20/21 English League Two We remain performing like th emid-table team I think we deservedly are. Up and down, up and down. A second string played in the Checkatrade, because **** the Checkatrade. After the Wycombe loss, Andrew McCarthy got 4 assists and a goal in 4 matches, which is not half bad for an 18 year old. He'll go back to left wing once Connolly is fit again, but he looks a serious prospect. Top of the Championship Villa are after him. Also signed a player. We've got a fair few injuries, and he looks sexy:
  12. Newporty County - August 20/21 English League Two I mean we're scoring... But its nothing special, and we look like the mid-table team I think we are. A second string lost to QPR in the League cup, and our comeback against Chesterfield was good. But I think we're where we should be. This is annoying:
  13. Newporty County - Pre-Season 20/21 English League 2 Board Expectations: L2: Mid-Table; FA Cup: Second Round; League Cup: First Round; Checkatrade: Groups Media: 14th Bookies: 85-1 Transfers: We've still got no money, but we signed some decent frees and sold our rubbish backup keeper to League 1 Millwall for a bit of cash. The big signing is, of course, Stephen Ireland - Premier League experience, a brilliant attacking midfielder, I'm hoping to play him as an advanced playmaker - though I migh push himm forward as an enganche in games we're expected to win. Blanchard, Hancox, Shorten and Saunders are for the future, while we managed to sign Harvey Rodger, who spent the last two seasons on loan, and renew Connolly's loan up front. Aarons will be backup right back, Omonde-Otterwill will be one of two left backs with Coulson. Decent pre-season again:
  14. Euro 2020 Hosts: 13 Host Nations; Holders: Portugal Out in groups: Kosovo, Hungary, Scotland, Albania, Sweden, Serbia, Wales, Austria First Round: England 1-2 Holland Spain 3-2 Turkey Belgium 1-3 Germany Portugal 3e-1 Norway Italy 2-2p Czech Rep Switzerland 1p-1 Croatia Russia 2-1 France Greece 1-2 Romania Quarter Final: Hollan 0-1 Germany Spain 2-0 Switzerland Czech Rep 1-0 Russia Portugal 2-1 Romania Semi Final: Germany 2-0 Spain Czech Rep 0-1e Portugal Final: Germany 1-1p Portugal Player of the Tournemant: Bernardo SIlva Golden Boot: Kevin Volland
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