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  1. 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 2023/24 Table | Squad | Transfers A very tough year at the Willy-Sachs Stadion. We started with 1 win, 15 defeats in the first 16 games of the season culminating in a 7-1 drubbing by St. Pauli. That defeat was so bad the team seemed a bit fired up and we won the next two, including vs Erzgebirge Aue whom we also beat in the cup during that terrible run. The winter transfer window followed, with the board selling top right wing prospect from last year, Benitez, for £1.5M after also selling the best prospect overall from last year in the summer from under me, what an absolute beast Sean Dylan Becker would have been in my team. Form picked up in the second half of the year with my 17 year olds gaining a lot of experience and improving greatly from first team football, an unexpected revenge victory over St. Pauli lifted us off the bottom of the table followed by securing a relegation playoff with victory of Erzgebirge Aue (who somehow survive despite us beating them 3 times this season). Münster were seen off 3-2 in the playoff on aggregate and we live for another year. Top scorer - Stefan Maderer My player of the season - Simon Dressel, the best youth prospect 2 seasons ago, rejecting bids constantly for him of up to £4.5M. He has improved dramatically this season, by far our best player, I fully expect the board to sell him. The youth intake is similar to last year, one clear winner in Mr. Z and then several players who are rated highly but I'm uncertain about. Top prospect - Mr. Z, I can't even that name. My pick - Ilja Akulov, the first wing back coming through who looks like he might be able to attack and defend. Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe --------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | 3. Liga | 1st | N/A | N/A 2021/22 | 2. Liga | 9th | 1st Rnd | N/A 2022/23 | 2. Liga | 12th | 2nd Rnd | N/A 2023/24 | 2. Liga | 16th | 2nd Rnd | N/A
  2. Just a quick mid-season update. Its going badly, really badly. The defence is slightly more leaky than the past two years but I can't score a goal, or even look like scoring a goal, even missed 3 penalties in a row.
  3. 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 2022/23 Table | Squad | Transfers Quite a struggle for goals this season, not really any progress on the pitch. Off the pitch, training/youth upgraded and second upgrade accepted, several coaching badges, 2 levels of youth recruitment/junior coaching and importantly the board has allowed me to reject up to £2M offers so we didn't lose anyone this year. The player in question, last years top prospect, Simon Dressel, he's 17 now and so can play in the league next season, most likely as a mezzala, mental stats are superb. Also growing excellently, Tasos Garaklidis, he is now natural at centre back where he will be the first choice option next year. I hope I can keep both these players over the summer. Top scorer - Florian Pieper (Second season in a row, more best of a bad bunch really) My player of the season - Pius Krätschmer (It could have been Sascha Korb again but I like this guy) The youth intake was very impressive, a star centre back for sure along with a decent playmaker, possibly a left back and goalkeeper too but they need a lot more development. Top prospect - Mariano Benítez, I shall train the Paraguayan born attacker as a playmaker at AMR to avoid competition for the attacking CM spot in the team and he isn't going to make it as a striker. My pick - Sean Dylan Becker, Just a glorious talent, when he is 17 I expect him to partner Garaklidis as a covering centre-back for some time. Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe --------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | 3. Liga | 1st | N/A | N/A 2021/22 | 2. Liga | 9th | 1st Rnd | N/A 2022/23 | 2. Liga | 12th | 2nd Rnd | N/A
  4. 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 2021/22 Table | Squad | Transfers We got off to a quick start, scoring after 10 seconds in the opener setting up a win, stealing the ball off an injured centre back to win the second game. It was as fortunate start but I'll take all the points I can. Form wobbled a few times but this league seems very balanced with us staying in the main pack of teams and most importantly we were better than the other promoted sides. A little up turn in form at the end of the season saw us finish 9th but it could have been almost any position with how close all the mid table was, most importantly the prize money is serious business. Top scorer - Florian Pieper My player of the season - Sascha Korb (again) The youth intake has one clear winner, but the other options have massive gaps in their games. Those who looked at my transfer will have noticed that I got raided, board sold 2 of the young players I flagged up last update. Most annoying but hopefully witht he big prize money now this won't happen. Top prospect - Simon Dressel My pick - Milosz Bieszczad, lacking a lot but 2 footed and potential Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe --------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | 3. Liga | 1st | N/A | N/A 2021/22 | 2. Liga | 9th | 1st Rnd | N/A
  5. 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 Table | Squad | Transfers It has been ages since I played this challenge, I still have my Swiss save and they are doing ok but I wanted to start fresh in Germany. So, welcome Mr. Duck to 1. FC Schweinfurt 05, in their marvelously named stadium, Willy-Sachs Stadion, I do like silly names. We started off the year by immediately losing Amar Suljic, A decent young wide player, I had to sell before they bid the release clause and I would lose the 50% sell that I managed to slap on. Nevertheless, we got to training this tactic based around Sascha Korb, a player so good in the German lower leagues I've signed him on other saves before. It proved to be a tactic very condusive to 1-0 wins even if we were very much a two man team, Korb (19 assists) to Maderer (18 goals) once a game for the winning goal as we unexpectedly won the league. I fully expect relegation next season, I must keep Maderer and Korb fit for any chance but the 2nd/3rd season in this challenge is so hard in a period where your team needs work but your youth hasn't grown yet. Top scorer - Stefan Maderer My player of the season - Sascha Korb Honourable mention - Aaron Manu, Nicolas Reinhart, Two solid youngsters that can improve in the first team right away. The youth intake is promising this year but in Germany none of these can play until they are 17 anyway which could be a serious issue. Top prospect - Fatih Kirbaş, very excited about this guy for the advanced playmaker/raumdeuter role on the right of midfield My pick - Tasos Garaklidis, I see him as a ball playing centre back, the incumbent is 33 now, I really need this guy. Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe --------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | 3. Liga | 1st | N/A | N/A
  6. Also important to read the competition rules carefully for each league. In France especially you'll find theres an awful lot of countries that count as EU players, essentially the entire continent of Africa among many places.
  7. I was looking at playing in the Armenian leagues with 9 brand new clubs this season and a new format but I am terrible with the editor. Nevertheless I spent some time researching the league so unless you have already done this then hopefully this should save you some time. This is all from the regulations document from the Armenian football association website.
  8. Well there goes my promotion attempt... time to thank the board Pep Guardiaola style. Down to my very last prospect for the AM position now, who isn't really ready for this season.
  9. Etoile Carouge FC 2023/24 Table | Squad | Transfers After relegation the board only expected us to struggle against relegation again, which was a nice pressure relief. In fairness we had lost the players that got us promoted in the first place so consolidating the season in mid table was an acceptable result for me. Taking stock of the youth options I have and having completely lost faith in Målmaskinen, he of 54 game goal drought fame, following his 2 in 6 record at taking penalties I decided to just go strikerless. The team was already based around the excellent Fabio Roger as a #10 who will be joined next year by Max Vergnaud following a sucessful loan spell. Vergnaud will replace the artist formally known as Målmaskinen in this formation as the shadow striker and I highly tip him to become next seasons top scorer as I attempt to make a promotion push. Top scorer/Best player - Fabio Roger Joint top scorer - Damien Proust The youth intake features another DM who is really a DC, quality prospect, the rest of them I'm not sure about. Top prospect - Gabriel Wagnon Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe --------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Challenge | 1st | 3rd Rnd | N/A 2021/22 | Super | 8th | 2nd Rnd | N/A 2022/23 | Super | 9th R | 2nd Rnd | N/A 2023/24 | Challenge | 5th | 3rd Rnd | N/A
  10. You have to play to your teams strengths so we will all be using different tactics which wouldn't work on each other's teams.
  11. I ignore that news message completely now, it always seems to be a bunch of positives, and then it says a bunch of contradictions so I have no idea what the intake is going to be. Its only slightly better than the one says your players being mentored have gained some positives and some negatives and you think, great... thats very informative.
  12. Quick question, does anyone else feel like youth intakes consist of a lot of wide players but very little central options. Especially players that you need aerial ability for, centre backs are rare and strikers are all tiny.
  13. Etoile Carouge FC 2022/23 Table | Squad | Transfers Last year my strikers combined for 3 goals between them, this year they managed just one goal between them all season. With the long shots being nerfed a bit half way through my top scorer this year is a centre back. It should come as no surprise therefore this wasn't a good season. Only the incompetence of Servette saved us from automatic relegation setting up a playoff against Zürich. I gave my "goal machine" star striker a new nickname to instill confidence in the man before the first leg, which remarkably paid off as he scored his first ever senior goal after a 54 game goal drought (we lost 3-1). We fought bravely in the second leg but it wasn't enough, a somewhat deserved relegation is the result. Top scorer - Eric Gueguen, 5 goals, he wasn't even very good. My player of the season - Fabio Roger, 7 assists, possiblya player to build around. The youth intake is underwhelming, a decent goalkeeping prospect and even more fullbacks and wingers to add to my mountain of mediocre talents out wide. Top prospect - Armand Andre Honourable mention - Léopold Gillet, his potential has dropped already but I need him as a CB, he'll never actually play at DM for me. Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe --------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Challenge | 1st | 3rd Rnd | N/A 2021/22 | Super | 8th | 2nd Rnd | N/A 2022/23 | Super | 9th R | 2nd Rnd | N/A
  14. This guy really sums up my general struggles in front of goal, he isn't even that bad a prospect.
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