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  1. Mid Season 2020/21 I was hoping to be competing this season and competing I am! I currently sit top of the league with a 3 point gap over surprise package Una Strassen (as someone who speaks German and Italian, this team name REALLY annoys me). I have had a fantastic first half of the season (in the league at least) and long may it continue. Cups I have used the cups this season as a way of keeping the squad happy and using it to play squad players as well as players in need of game time. Luckily with the exception of one game (where I played an almost full strength team), I have played lower league teams. I came unstuck in the 4th round of the Luxembourg Cup and 3rd round of the FLF Cup against lower league teams. My fault really as I was playing the squad players, but I was saving my main players for the league (which has paid off so far) so not the ened of the world. I achieved the boards minimum expectations so alls good. Europe Well it was an adventure whilst it lasted. I drew The Rangers in the Champions League and as the teams lined up. I thought of the full stadium, and the TV deal and what went through my head? Not the Champions League theme tune. Not the ching ching of my bulging bank balance. But this (swapping 'wrestling' for 'football' and 'Las Vegas' for 'Muhlenbach' of course): I didn't disappoint myself and only lost 3-1 on aggregate and played in front of a massive 48,300 at Ibrox in the away leg. That led me to the Europa League where I played Flora Talinn who I sent packing back to Estonia in a massive 6-1 aggregate win. I drew Moldovan giants Sheriff Tiraspol and got thrashed 7-3 on aggregate. But the experience and money were invaluable. In terms of the other Luxembourg teams: Racing Luxembourg got knocked out in the first qualifying round of the Europa League to Icelandic power house Stjarnen Duedlange proved Iceland is far better at footy than Luxembourg by also going out at the same stage 4-2 to KR Fola Esch beat Balzan FC from Malta 10-0 on aggregate, beat Dundalk 2-1 on aggregate before finally losing to Norkopping 2-1 in the 3rd qualifying round I am crossing my figures that our coefficient gets a boost from that Transfers Got a few loans in but the worst thing happened and in October Dzanic went back to Bosnia on a free. Fortunately it hasn't effected me too much and I've managed to keep scoring, but I'm an injury away from a goal scoring crisis. Youth The U-21s lie top of their league and the U-19s sit 3rd. I may pop up some of my U-21s into the main team to bulk the squad out and give them some experience in the first team ready for next season. I plowed some of my European money into improving my youth facilities which is a great use of it and they will be ready at the start of next season. Other Not much to say here other than long may my league form continue
  2. Start of season 2020/21 Here we go! Ready to start a brand new season. I am aiming to finish in the European spots again (although the board are happy with a top half spot apparently) although winning again may be a step too far. Here's the league table at the start of the season Europe Not expecting much this season, especially as I've been drawn against Rangers although Luxembourgs best achievement in Europe did come in beating Rangers in the Europa League so you never know. The money should be nice though Transfers Here are the ins and outs. Not much to see here as I have faith in the team that won me the league last season Youth Not much to say here other than I hope to make more progress here with my U-21s and U-19s challenging in their leagues and I hope my money from Europe can go into upgrades here.
  3. End season 2019/2020 Well this season ended far better than I could ever have imagined. Did I finish third? Nope. Second? Nope. I only went and won the damn thing! Managed to pip Fola Esch by a single point on the last day of the season. Absolutely unbelievable. I have to say it's one of my best ever FM achievements, probably second only to winning the Europa League and 10 straight titles with Austria Vienna on FM12. I played Fola Esch on the second to last game and managed to salvage a draw away from home with a 68th minute goal. I then just had to match them on the last day, which I did with a win away to Rosport and the title was mine! For a bunch of amateurs, that's a hell of an achievement especially given that I'm a newly promoted team. So next season I will be playing in the flipping Champions League so the amount of money I'll get from that will be insane for a Luxembourg club. I have to say, Dzanic was the hero for me with 25 goals in 34 games but Samassa with 11 in 17 (the bulk coming in the second half of the season) really helped to carry it home for me. Cups I managed to reach the quarter final of the main cup and the final of the other, which was played a week after the final day of the season. I got a spanking in the final from Fola Esch who were understandably fired up after coming second to me in the league and my lads probably had one foot on the beach anyway. It would've been nice to win, but I can't complain really. Transfers Little to add here other than I will be trying to get my 3 loan signings back next season and I will be trying to nab a few transfers to help me defend my title over the course of the summer Youth Here is my youth intake with probably Kevin Frising as the stand out. Given how low my youth recruitment and junior coaching is, an average intake was to be expected In good news though, I managed to upgrade my youth recruitment which means I know how both average youth recruitment and average junior coaching. My European money will be pumped straight into my youth set up to help achieve my goals. My U-21 and U-19 teams both finished 3rd in their respective leagues so that's fairly promising for the future and the better my youth facilities/coaching/recruitment gets, the better they will hopefully do going forward. Other Not much else to add here other than me going semi pro after at the end of the season. That'll help me keep my players and hopefully attract better players to help me progress. Onwards and upwards for next season. Cannot wait to get started. First things first, get my players signed up to semi pro contracts to avoid the opposition nabbing them from under my nose. I'll be back before the start of next season to let you know how that went!
  4. Had a really fun save with Eschen/Mauren a few saves back. Good luck!
  5. Mid Season 2019/2020 So this season is going far better than I could have ever hoped so far. I currently sit in 3rd in the league. Yes, that's THIRD. Not bad for a bunch of newly promoted amateurs right? There's a nice 6 point gap between 3rd and 5th which is valuable as the top 4 are the European spots. It's far too early to be seriously thinking about Europe, but getting there will be invaluable to my finances which are looking a little ropey (to be fair, it's my first season in the big time and that big time is the Luxembourg top tier...). Another potential way into Europe if things go belly up in the league is the cup. Cup I am also fairing well in the 2 cup competitions, of which only the main cup is a way into Europe, but I pleased to still be in both of them. I've landed a tie against a lower league team in the minor cup so I'm confident of getting through there and hopefully I get a kind drawer in the main cup so that I can progress to at least the semis. Getting to a cup final would be amazing in my first season and could be an easier way into Europe. Transfers Not too much to add here apart from a gripe about being amateur and getting many of my better plays plucked away from me, which is why I want to become semi pro asap. Here's how it looks so far with Red Star Paris plucking far more than is fair (they've got another one going through in a couple of weeks as well) Youth Looks like there may be an ok youth intake coming up. Nothing spectacular but you can't expect too much early doors. My U-21s and U-19s sit 2nd and 4th in their leagues respectively and I have upgraded my youth recruitment as well so looks promising for the future. Other I have made links with 2 feeder clubs in the Luxembourg lower leagues - Schifflange and Norden so whenever I become semi-pro, I hope to loan some players down to them. I also hope to blag some of their youth products too if they develop anyone half decent. Player of the season so far for me is Bosnian striker Semsudin Dzanic who has banged in 16 in 21 in all competitions so far for me so keeping him is absolutely vital. Not much more to add at the moment other than hoping my great form continues into the second half of the season
  6. Season 2019/2020 Here I am. Season 1, game 1. Looking forward to getting started. Here's the top tier I am aiming to finish midtable but as long as I avoid relegation, it'll be a good first season. Nothing much to say here to start, as I don't know too much about the teams, but I will know a lot more when I next update you at the Christmas break. Cups There are 2 cup competitions apparently and a run in one of them would be great but it's not essential. Staying up is. Transfers Here are my ins and outs for this season As I am an amateur club, there have a decent amount of players coming it as I want to cover myself for any leaving. Most of the league appears to be at least semi pro so hopefully with a bit more money in the coffers, I can change that. I've got a few loans in as well to help fill me out and lots of young players coming in as youth is an important part of my save. Other I have added some back room staff in the shape of a HOYD and an U-19 manager. They are both also amateur but they are part of the long term plan of developing youth. I have also set up a link with Schifflange in the 3rd tier. Their facilities don't look horrible and in the short/medium term, I hope I can pilfer some youth off of them and in the long term, when I'm semi pro/pro, send youngsters there on loan to develop. That's all there is to mention at the moment. I'll be back at the Christmas break to fill you guys in!
  7. Aims Turn Semi Pro Turn Pro Qualify for Europe Win a cup competition Win the league Win a European game Qualify for the group stages Qualify for the knockout rounds Qualify for a European final Win the Europa League Win the Champions League Have a youth product captain the team Have a youth product win a full Luxembourg cap Have a youth product captain Luxembourg Have my first team 11 all come from the youth system
  8. So here we go! Thought I would try something different this time around. Yes, it's another youth based/local player save but in a country I've never managed in before. The mighty Luxembourg! I have used an edited database to get all the Luxembourg divisions all the way down to the 5th tier but I have started in the top one with the mighty Blue Boys Muhlenbach who have a bulging trophy cabinet with 2 3rd tier titles. The team is newly promoted and plays at the Stade Camile Profer (according to FM) and the Stade Mathias Mamer according to Wiki. I prefer the Stade Mathias Mamer because it's in Muhlenbach and is in a forest!: I am currently playing here which is just south of Luxembourg City. Not as pretty, but it'll do Muhlenbach itself is just north of the centre of Luxembourg City and has a population of 2,200. I will be playing this as a youth/homegrown save with a slight twist. I have decided I will represent the Kosovan Albanians of Luxembourg, so I have added Kosovan as second nationality and added Kosovan and Albanian players to the database. I will not be hunting for players outside of Luxembourg, but any Kosovans that come through my youth system are fair game, as are any other nationalities that come through my academy. Preferably all players will come through my academy but I will probably have to rely on loans initially. Obviously the long term goal is winning the Champions League with a team full of local homegrown players but that's a long way off. You've heard of the Bad Blue Boys of Zagreb Well it's time to meet the Good Blue Boys of Muhlenbach Anyway, enough of my yapping, there's a preseason to so!
  9. End Season 2023/24 So how did I do this season? Yep, I kicked on and made top spot my own. I put the memory of a crappy December behind me and remained undefeated after Christmas to win the league Can't believe it. It went right down to the final day and was very very tight as you can see with only 5 points between the top 5. Can't believe I won the thing and can't wait for a crack at the Bundesliga 2 again next season. The standouts were Peter Wilcke at left back with a 7.31 rating, Ehrlenkotter with 21 goals and Huth with 23 clean sheets. Those 3 won it for me really. Dos Santos scored a few screamers to be a valuable free transfer and the midfield was generally solid as was the defence. The youth really did step up this season Youth Decent season for the U-19s who were in the promotion spots until right at the last minute but finished a credible 3rd in the 2nd highest youth league. But even better was my youth intake where I got another golden generation with the standouts being David Schon (a 14 year old German/Nigerian striker) and Murat Guclu (15 year old German/Turkish striker) who look like they will be just as good if not better than Ehrlenkotter given a little luck so chuffed with that as in a few years I will be stacked with talent up front Other Good season for Berlin football with me and Union going up, Hertha finishing middle of the pack and TeBe Berlin going up too. Very good season all round for Berlin football. Looking forward to next season and hopefully I can stay up this time!
  10. Mid season 2023/24 So far so good. Apart from an appalling December. Started the season very well with a bunch of wins but a shocking December (with only 2 points from a possible 12) sees me sitting in a respectable 4th As Hertha II can't be promoted, 4th spot sees me in the playoffs so that's ok at least. I've organised some nice easy friendlies to help my strikers refind their striking boots and 1 toughie against FC Luzern to keep the defenders on their toes. German Cup Nowt to report other than a spanking from Dortmund in the first round Youth Amazing season so far for my U-19 team who are 4 points clear at the top of the league. They look like they're bouncing straight back from relegation The standouts so far are Alexander Frolich who has an average rating of 7.61 with an amazing 3 goals and 12 assists from midfield in 17 games and league top scorer 17 year old Simon Freyer with 10 goals in 11 starts
  11. Start season 2023/24 New season new me and all that. So another season in the 3. Liga for me and here's the table: Some decent teams in there included lots of II teams but fingers I can challenge for at least playoff spot. I've decided to get the band back together and not send out too many players out on loan. Grigoriadis, Wilcke, Karantzalis and Ehlenkotter are all back and in the first team. As is Gio Dos Santos who I got on a free. He's only got a season or 2 in him but hopefully he can mentor the kids and help me get back up to the 2nd tier asap. Boum and Cakar who were on loan to me last season join on frees and Shimizu and Bulut go back out on loan as does new signing Morrocan/German Slaoui who goes to FAR Rabat for the season. Can I go up? Who knows but I'm going to give it a damn good go and with my team, I should be up there at least. Wish me luck!
  12. End season 2022/23 So the season ended in relegation with me finishing bottom of the league. Absolutely shocking season for me to be honest. To be honest, the gamble of sending a lot of players out on loan failed but you live and learn at the end of the day. Next season I will be in the 3rd tier so fingers crossed this experience helps me in the long run and I'm back in the second tier in no time and can make a better shot of things. I certainly have the players for it and now they have the experience I think. Transfers Not much to report more than I said in the mid season break except that Erlenkotter banged them in in the second half and ended on 17 in 29 in the 4th tier and helped Berliner AK into a midtable position from a being relegation threatened at the winter break. He will for sure be in my team next season. Youth Another upgrade for the youth facilities masked a poor season for the youth team too as they got relegated. They were inexplicably moved to the south/southwest U-19 group (hey, it can't be an edited database without something funky occasionally happening). The youth intake wasn't bad with a couple of standouts with striker Griesselmann being the pick of them Other Hertha just missed out on Europe in the top tier whereas me and Union swapped places so there will still be a Berlin club in the 2nd tier. All the other Berlin teams had decent seasons but apart from CFC Hertha who when down, they stayed where they were. I hope for a strong showing in the 3rd tier next season
  13. Mid Season 2022/23 So this season is proving to be every bit as hard as I thought it would be. I am currently propping up the league on 11 points with only Sandhausen and Darmstadt keeping me company, both on 12 points. Looks like the gamble of sending players out on loan isn't working out so far, but if I do go down, I will be stronger for it as the players out on loan are mainly at 2nd and 3rd tier sides. Transfers My players out on loan have been performing fairly well, especially Karantzalis at Bundesliga 2 St Pauli who has a rating of 7.11 so far this season, Shimizu at 4th tier Chemie Leipzig has a rating of 7.22 and Eray Demir who has 9 goals in 19 games and a rating of 7.21 at 5th tier Union Furstenwald. I am slightly disappointed with Ehrlenkotter who is on loan at 4th tier Berliner AK and has a rating of 6.64 with only 4 goals in 16 games which flatters to deceive due to a hattrick in his last game. Hopefully that means he's on for a better second half of the season.
  14. Start season 2022/23 So excited for my first season in the second tier. Here is the league just before I play my first game: As you can see, there are some huge clubs in this league such as 1860 Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt, St Pauli and Kaiserslauten. I am just looking at survival this season as the goal. Going to be very tough as promotion was a shock last season. German Cup I have been drawn at home to Bochum. Tough game so lets see what happens Transfers In a fit of wanting my youth to progress (partially fueled by lager) I sent a lot of players out on loan including some first teamers from last season, If I stay up, this would have worked out for me as they would have got experience at a team with better training and youth facilities. Plus if the teams want them on loan, they are guaranteed first team football, especially as I was planning on getting some loans in this season. This (and maybe next season) is the last season I'm planning to rely on loans. After this season, loans will probably only be used for plugging gaps and depth until a prospect comes to fruition. As you can see, I've been very busy. Coming in are mainly loans and promising youngsters and a few depth players such as Pascal Schurpf who is very experienced and adds depth. Hopefully Ehlenkotter can get plenty of goals now he's dropped down the leagues and that helps his progress. I see a good 6 or 7 of those loans being first team regulars next season so this is a huge season for them. A few of them were regulars last season but a season away will do them good I think (as long as I stay up). Youth Not much to say that wasn't covered in the transfer section but the board did shell out of upgrading the youth facilities. I hope for another good showing from the Berlin clubs in the youth league. Hertha are very strong at this level, hopefully I can do well and Union can make it back to the top tier Other Hopefully a good season for the Berlin clubs. My main goal is for Hertha to stay in the Bundesliga, Sparta to stay in the second tier and Union to bounce back and get back into the second tier. There are quite a few Berlin clubs in the fourth tier so fingers crossed there and the fifth tier North-East North is stacked with Berlin clubs.
  15. End Season 2021/2022 Firstly, sorry about the long gap but I bring great news. Promotion!!! I only lost 1 game after the winter break and managed to snag the second automatic promotion spot. 3rd and the lottery of the playoff was the best I could hope for and that was my aim going into the last game as I sat in 4th. But I beat Munster 0-3 away whilst Braunschweig drew and Chemnitz lost which gave me second behind Furth. Absolutely unbelievable! I'm actually speechless. Can't believe it. Going to be playing 2nd tier footy next season. Youth Here's my intake Fairly average intake but I'll take it. The U-19s had a fairly average season finishing midtable but it's all about getting experience and game time and success is a bonus. I'm happy with my young players getting into the first team with Ehlenkotter, Grigoriadis, Karantzalis, Wilcke and Martschinowski all playing over 20 games this season in the first team. Martschinowski has signed for me on a free rather than on loan which is great and will bolster my team. Other In other Berlin news, Hertha finished midtable in the Bundesliga and were knocked out in the 2nd round of the Europa League against Arsenal. I will be taking Union Berlins place in the second tier as they were relegated tot he third tier. Hertha II were promoted from the 4th tier into the 3rd and their youth team won the U-19 league (where Union were also relegated) so a great season for Hertha and an awful one for Union. I'm really excited for what next season has to bring in the 2nd tier and cannot wait to see what I can do. But I will have to strengthen in the summer
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