Raware

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    Original cm/fm er, been playing since day one of the series

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    in a Kuwaiti wonderland

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  1. Me either! 7 years!?!? I can still remember when I was pushing for this forum to be created, knowing that there was fm'ers out there like me, desperate to share their stories. Thanks to everyone over the years for creating what I always hoped this forum would be...a fantastic place to share, read and be inspired by others FM experiences Here's to another 7 years!
  2. Thanks for your input fellas. I appreciate it . Having slept on it, I think I've decided that I won't re-sign him, as much as I'd like to. He left and that was that. Plus I want this challenge to be just that, a challenge and I think re-signing players would make it a little easier. Thanks again for your opinions boys. They definitely helped my decision which means I can carry on playing the save now
  3. ...Dilemma... Remember Albert Pétursson (YP36), who left us for FH at the end of last season because he decided that he couldn’t win the trophies that he wanted to win with us? It turns out that he only signed a one year contract with FH and once he signed for them, he was immediately shipped out to Valur on loan for a season. Now his contract is due to expire with FH in 6 months and he wants to rejoin us. My dilemma is…he’s been one of our best youth products from the academy in this save and has already gone on to represent Iceland both at U19 and U21 level. I tried desperately to extend his contract with us before he left but he refused. Now…given that I’m playing this save as a youth only game, I’m not allowed to sign any players and have to rely on players coming through the ranks. Do I re-sign him or would that be an infringement on the ‘rules’. I know it’s my save and I play the rules how I want but this is a real dilemma and one that I’d appreciate other FMCU users opinions on…please .
  4. Njarðvík - Pre-Season 2023 League expectation Icelandic Premier Division : Board expectation - Top half finish : Media expectation - 6th (out of 12) Cup expectations Icelandic Upper League Cup : Not important Icelandic Cup : Quarter Final Europa League : 2nd qualifying round Transfer budget : £3M (last season £1.5M) Wage budget : £10.6k p/w (last season £9.5k p/w) Current wage bill : £5k p/w (last season £3.1k p/w) Season tickets sold : 896 - (last season 837) My views for the season ahead… : After finishing as runners-up in the league last season, we’re being touted to finish 6th this season while the board are wanting us to finish in the top half. While looking at our last few years in the Premier Division that has seen us finish 4th, 3rd, 3rd and 2nd, these expectations seem to be lower than what we’ve achieved in recent years but if anything, they’re perfect for us especially given how young our squad is, as they put no pressure on us at all :). I, however, will be looking for us to push for a Europa League qualification spot again for a 4th successive season, whilst also progressing as far as we can in the cups.
  5. Thanks Delta . That's perhaps what I was more pleased with. Of course I'm happy that we managed to 1) get to the group stage and 2) pick up a point, but not losing heavily to the likes of Fiorentina, PSV and even Brondby is a massive achievement, especially for a club like us
  6. I think that league form is called 'emphatic!' Love that you went to see RKC IRL . I did a similar thing a few years ago when I was living abroad. I played a save as Happy Valley in Hong Kong and ended up going to watch them and actually playing a match with my local team in their stadium
  7. Now we've turned professional and given the progress we've made so far, I'm inclined to say why not . FH are probably still well ahead of us though and seem to be bringing in some good players recently, especially from Africa, which given the way I'm playing this save as youth only will always make it difficult us to compete with teams like FH. We're progressing well though and with the youth facilities, training facilities and stadium upgrades, not to mention us turning pro, I'm hopeful that maybe in 4 or 5 seasons we'll be able to give FH a real good push
  8. Njarðvík - Season Review 2022 Icelandic Premier Division/Icelandic Premier Division progress : We pushed on one further this season as we finished a place higher than last season by finishing 2nd in the league and with that, qualifying for the Europa League again Icelandic Upper League Cup/Icelandic Upper League Cup Group C : This competition is fast becoming a favourite for us as we claimed a 3rd straight trophy :D. Icelandic Cup : Very disappointing for us again in this competition as we went out to First Division HK in the 4th round Europa League/Europa League Group A : An unbelievable run for us in what was just our 2nd season in Europe…ever! We somehow made it all the way through the qualifying rounds to make it to the group stage and while we struggled in the group, which saw us only pick up 1 point, I’m delighted with how we did overall. Squad : The squad of players were fantastic once again and once again delivered more than what was expected of them. The most pleasing aspect of the squad now is the emergence of 14 academy players that are now part of the first team squad. Garðar Bragason (YP78) had an amazing season for us as at just 18 years old he scored 23 goals in 35 games making him our top scorer for the season while he also collected the Icelandic Footballer of the Year award! Theodór Guðni Halldórsson had another good season for us as he scored 19 goals in 39 games while Ragnar Fjeldsted continued his impressive development by claiming the Icelandic Young Player of the Season award, with Ingi Steinn Stefánsson (YP74) and Friðrik Sævarsson (YP55) finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The only disappointing point about our squad is the imminent departure of Albert Pétursson (YP36) who after 5 seasons and 80 league appearances for us after coming through our academy, has decided that he can’t win the trophies he wants to win with us so has opted to leave us for FH now his contract is up. Under 19 Squad : Our academy once again produced some rough diamonds this season as Sigurbergur Pétursson (YP105), Óskar Steingrímsson (YP102) and Óskar Björgvinsson (YP111) all look to have bright futures, in particularly the latter 2 who have both already progressed to the first team! There are a few more that undoubtedly have the potential to play for the first team in the future but they’ll need a little more help to develop in the form of first team football and loans to our affiliate teams. Finances : Amazing! Over £2.5 million in the bank now for a club the size of us is remarkable really! My views of the season… : It seems like we’re able to push on to that next level every season and this season has been no different as we finished as runners-up in the league, claimed a 3rd straight Upper League Cup win and somehow made it through to the group stage of the Europa League! Not to mention the impressive development of our young players who seem to be getting better with every season. My aims for next season… : It’ll be difficult to match this seasons achievements but given that the board and chairman have decided to make the club professional, it gives us a very good chance of rivalling the biggest club in Iceland, FH as we’re the only 2 clubs who are professional in the whole of the country. The board and chairman have also approved my requests to expand the stadium, upgrade our youth and training facilities and also to improve the junior coaching budget which will hopefully in time give us 1) more revenue and 2) help to improve both the quality of our current players and the quality of our young players coming through the academy :D. Career Summary Season Team League Position Icelandic Upper League Cup Icelandic Cup Europa League --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 4th Group Stage Quarter final - 2017 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 3rd Group Stage 4th round - 2018 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 1st (P) Semi final 4th round - 2019 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 4th Quarter final Quarter final - 2020 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners Semi final - 2021 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners 3rd round 3rd qualifying round 2022 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 2nd Winners 4th round Group stage Trophy Cabinet Icelandic First Division - 2018 Icelandic Upper League Cup - 2020, 2021, 2022
  9. Njarðvík - Youth Intake 2022 Not an astounding youth intake from us again but Óskar Steingrímsson (YP102), Sigurbergur Pétursson (YP105) and in particularly Óskar Björgvinsson (YP111) look as if they could have a future with us and have been offered contracts. Ragnar Sveinsson (YP106) was also offered a contract with us while the remaining 12 players have been released. Einar Guðnason (YP97) Þorlákur Hjartarson (YP98) Ólafur Örn Jóhannsson (YP99) Alexander Sveinsson (YP100) Bragi Pétursson (YP101) Óskar Steingrímsson (YP102) Friðrik Elíasson (YP103) Ari Már Sveinsson (YP104) Sigurbergur Pétursson (YP105) Ragnar Sveinsson (YP106) Magnús Guðmundsson (YP107) Aron Hjaltason (YP108) Aron Elís Guðmundsson (YP109) Kristinn Jóhannsson (YP110) Óskar Björgvinsson (YP111) Albert Guðnason (YP112) I’m particularly excited by Óskar Björgvinsson (YP111) as at just 16 years old, according to my backroom staff, he’s already better than our best striker Theodór Guðni Halldórsson and is only going to get better! Looks like we have a real gem of player on our hands!
  10. Njarðvík - Pre-Season 2022 League expectation Icelandic Premier Division : Board expectation - Mid-table finish : Media expectation - 8th (out of 12) Cup expectations Icelandic Upper League Cup : Not important Icelandic Cup : 4th round Europa League : 2nd qualifying round Transfer budget : £1.5M (last season £1M) Wage budget : £9.5k p/w (last season £9k p/w) Current wage bill : £3.1k p/w (last season £3.1k p/w) Season tickets sold : 837 - (last season 821) My views for the season ahead… : Going into our straight 4th season in the Icelandic Premier Division, we’re no longer being touted as potential relegation candidates as the media are expecting us to finish 8th while the board are expecting us to finish mid-table. Those targets should be more than achievable for us but we’ll have to make sure that we don’t take our eye of our ‘bread and butter’ so to speak as we once again compete in Europe. This could be an issue (one that I don’t see however) as with the rules I’m playing this save with, I’m unable to sign players and have actually got a weaker squad than I had least season as both Björn Axel Guðjónsson and Brynjar Freyr Garoarsson have left us. A shame really as I’ve been given £1.5 million to spend!!!
  11. Thanks . We've managed to consolidate well in the Premier Division
  12. Njarðvík - Season Review 2021 Icelandic Premier Division/Icelandic Premier Division progress : We followed up our great season last year by matching it as we once again finished 3rd and qualified for the Europa League. Icelandic Upper League Cup/Icelandic Upper League Cup Group B : A comfortable win over IBV in the final meant that we claimed our 2nd successive Upper League Cup! Icelandic Cup : We failed to repeat last seasons run in this cup as FH beat us in the 3rd round. Europa League : A great debut season in Europe for us as we made it a round further than what was expected of us as we disposed of both Hungarians Videoton and the Finnish side VPS. That’s where our journey ended though as we lost to a very strong Schalke side who went on to easily qualify for the group stage. I’m delighted that we even managed to score a goal against them! Squad : The squad of players once again exceeded what was expected of them as they claimed another piece of silverware as well as qualifying for Europe for a 2nd successive season. The group of players are getting stronger and with every year, more experienced which is obviously important for us given how young the squad is and also the choice of players for me to pick is also growing as more of our academy players are making the ‘step up’ to the first team, which is probably what is most pleasing for me. Theodór Guðni Halldórsson was our top goal scorer for the 5th consecutive season as he scored 19 times in 39 games while Ragnar Fjeldsted (YP61) continued his impressive development by grabbing 10 goals from midfield and also finishing as runner up in the Icelandic Young Player of the Year awards. We’ve also managed to tie down the majority of the squad to longer contracts (with the exception of Albert Pétursson (YP36) who looks likely to leave us after refusing to renew his contract) which is a big positive for us especially after losing 2 key players in recent seasons while we can also now boast a total of 6 of our academy players representing Iceland at youth level. Under 19 Squad : Our academy and Under 19’s are producing some very able players for the club with 13 youth players now having progressed to the first team. I’m hopeful that a few more in the Under 19’s that undoubtedly have the raw potential can make a similar step up to the first team in the next few years with Bragi Ármannsson (YP65), Bjarki Gíslason (YP92) and Halldór Steindórsson (YP96) particularly looking promising. Finances : Thanks to our involvement in Europe this season, our finances are looking very healthy! My views of the season… : Another great season for us which sees us progressing well as a club as we claimed another cup win as well as qualifying for Europe which should further strengthen our finances to hopefully improve our youth facilities in the future. My aims for next season… : Surely relegation shouldn’t even be associated with us next season after our great 3 seasons in the Premier Division and in my opinion we should now be looking to progress to the next level by pushing for a consistent top half finish or even European qualification again. Career Summary Season Team League Position Icelandic Upper League Cup Icelandic Cup Europa League --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 4th Group Stage Quarter final - 2017 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 3rd Group Stage 4th round - 2018 Njarðvík Icelandic 1st Division 1st (P) Semi final 4th round - 2019 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 4th Quarter final Quarter final - 2020 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners Semi final - 2021 Njarðvík Icelandic Premier Division 3rd Winners 3rd round 3rd qualifying round Trophy Cabinet Icelandic First Division - 2018 Icelandic Upper League Cup - 2020, 2021
  13. Njarðvík - Youth Intake 2021 Not the greatest of youth intake’s for us this year as just 4 out of the 16 trialists look as if they have any kind of potential as Pálmar Guðmundsson (YP88), Bjarki Gíslason (YP92) Einar Þór Steingrímsson (YP95) and Halldór Steindórsson (YP96) were the only players that I offered contracts to
  14. Njarðvík - Pre-Season 2021 League expectation Icelandic Premier Division : Board expectation - Avoid relegation : Media expectation - 11th (out of 12) Cup expectations Icelandic Upper League Cup : Not important Icelandic Cup : 4th round Europa League : 2nd qualifying round Transfer budget : £1M (last season £10.6k) Wage budget : £9k p/w (last season £8.7k p/w) Current wage bill : £3.1k p/w (last season £2.9k p/w) Season tickets sold : 821 - (last season 803) My views for the season ahead… : The board and media are once again expecting us to struggle this season even after another great season for us that saw us clinch qualification to the qualifying rounds of the Europa League! With the loss of 2 key players in recent seasons in the form of Lárus Geir Árelíusson and Bergsteinn Gylfason (YP22) I can somewhat understand that reasoning but with the young players emerging from the academy in the past couple of seasons, I’m confident that our squad is more than strong enough to steer well clear of relegation and perhaps more so, push for a top half/top 4 finish.
  15. Typical though...the board wasn't bothered about this cup! I'll still take it though