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    Leeuwarden, Holland

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    Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur

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  1. This is great! For the first time in my IR-career I managed to get into the Group Stage of the Champions League!! This was the Road to the Group Stage: I'm most satisfied with the away win over Dinamo in the first leg of the playoff. Fantastic! This is the draw: A tough one, but maybe I can steel some sneaky points against Leverkusen or Porto. We'll see!
  2. Wow, what a fantastic player that is! Such a shame that your chairman sold this guy...
  3. Season 2025 review Finally a new update from my IR-save. I was very, very busy the last couple of weeks and couldn't play FM at all. But finally I found some time to play It was again a very successful season. I lost 3 matches in the competition, but that's mostly because I used a lot of young players to keep my best players fresh for the European matches. European campaign The first CL round was quite easy. We didn't have mutch problem with Lincoln (Gibraltar). In the next round, we had to play against FC Midtjylland. Again. While we lost heavily last year, this year we could almost win. But unfortunately we lost again. In the playoff-round of the EL we had to play against Brondby. The first match was very special. We played very, very well against a team with some great players. And the second match demonstrated that we made some real progress in European matches The Group Stage was a tough one. I managed to win only one game als lost all the others. Finally our new stadium is ready!!! And I'm very, very happy with it! I'll show you the differences between our old and our new stadium. And as you can read in the previous screenshot, there is plenty of room to expand the stadium. This year's youth intake was okay. Not very good, but not very bad either. This is fantastic: our youth product Fannar Freyr Arnarson, who's playing on loan for Toulouse, became European Golden Boy!!! What a fantastic recognition for his talent It's amazing that a guy from IR can achieve something like this. I'll show you our current facilities. And last but not least: I became the National Manager of Iceland!! I didn't even apply for the job when it became available. I never really thought about it, but they just asked me and of course I accepted the job...
  4. That sounds great!! I'm really looking forward to this file and to start a save in the Dutch lower leagues
  5. Incredible!! What a result! Well done mate!
  6. Thanks!! I'm happy that the board is keen to upgrade our facilities year after year. Not in the last place because of our current financial situation. Not only we're building a new stadium, we've got already impressive training facilities and excellent youth facilities. And directly after the last upgrade I asked for another one, and the board accepted So in 2026 we've got Great training facilities and the best youth facilities possible (Top)
  7. Season 2024 Well, it not a big surprise anymore that we became champion of Iceland again It is however a bit annoying that we lost 2 games at the end of the competition, when we were champion already. With a bit more concentration we could have won those 2 games. But hey, we won the league with 18 point clear, so I will not complain. We're the number one of Iceland Our European campaign was a tough one. In the CL Second Qual. Round we had no problem at all with Santa Coloma. Away we won 0-2, and at home we had our biggest win ever: 10-0!! In the 3th Qual. Round we drew against FC Midtjylland. And we had a very difficult time against them… Away, we had a big loss: 5-1. At home, we never looked like we could go for a surprise. Midtjylland won the game quite easy with 1-2 and so our CL adventure end up here. We did qualify for the Playoff of the Europe League, but the drew there was even tougher: Everton… With 1-4(away) and 1-2(home) we have to be very happy. Because Everton was so much better, they created so much chances, that it’s almost a miracle that the score didn’t came closer to our win over Santa Coloma. Our best player this season was, by far, Fannar Freyr Arnarson. What an amazing talent!! He’s unhappy that I didn’t sell him, so I don’t think that he will accept a new contract offer. So I probably have to sell him at the end of next season to still earn some money for him. He’s even a regular at the national team, with 7 caps and 2 goals at the moment. He played some games on the European Championship 2024, where Iceland lost 3-0 in the Quarter Final against France. Youth intake The intake of this year wasn’t as good as the last couple of years, but with Haraldur Þórarinsson we’ve got a very, very promising defender. And also the keeper, Kjartan Guðlaugsson, looks very talented. Transfer news Well, the most exiting news of this year is the transfer of Þorsteinn Þórðarson to Arsenal. After two great seasons at Anderlecht, where he played almost every game from the start, Arsenal decided to buy him for no more then €26M!! And the most beautiful thing about this is that we earn 50% of this transfer, so that means we are RICH!!! Beside this, we also sold Gunnar Viðarsson for €1,5M to IFK Göteborg, but we loaned him back for the rest of the season. And he did very well by the way, by scoring 19 goals overall. Aah, this is nice. Last year I had to let go Jón Gísli Ström because he was just not good enough anymore. This guy was SO important in the first couple of seasons, that he became one of the club's and fans favorite. unfortunately he couldn't find a new club, so he decided to retire. And now he's back at IR as a scout He's a poor scout, but I don't care, because I don't really need scouts in this youth only save. I'm just happy that he's now part of my staff I’ll show you some of my best players and talents. I've been asked to manage Holland U-23 on the Olympics 2024. Unfortunately due to some injuries it was a tournament to forget very quickly... After this tournament I've resigned, so I can focus only on IR.
  8. Wow! What a great season. Very, very nico to read this. Forza Cosenza! And nice to see Jack Byrne at your club; IRL he played for my favorite team, SC Cambuur, last season. Great player!
  9. Season 2023 Champion of Iceland, for the third time in a row now! This is developing quite nicely. Champion with 11 point clear. So that means Champions League football again next season J Big man this year was Ingvarsson. What an unbelievable talented guy this is! He scored overall 30 goals, was by far our most important player. And he’s just 19 years old. A lot of clubs were interested in him, with Anderlecht as his next destination. They bid € 5M, and I own 50% of his next sale. I’d rather had him longer at the club, but I’ve got some very nice youngsters in the U-19 squad. And €5M is just a bid I couldn’t resist. I'll show you also a screenshot of him at Anderlecht in 2024, so one year later from now. European campaign Well, this was a fantastic CL adventure! In the Second Qualification Round, we simply won against Sheriff. At home, we surprisingly draw 0-0. But away, we won simple with 1-3. In the Third Qual. Round we draw Ludogorets from Bulgaria. Our first game was away in Bulgaria, and we played fantastic. The 2-2 result didn’t reflected the game, because we really had to win that game. At home, we finished it off by winning the game with 1-0, were we really should have won the game with maybe 3-0 or 4-0. That’s probably the lack of experience at this level. In the Playoff we had to play against Legia Warszawa. I really had high hopes of this, because of the win against Ludogorets. But Legia was just a bit too good for us. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Legia got some fantastic players and really deserved the win. At home we lost 0-3 and away we drew 2-2. We were very close to the group stage of the CL, but this wasn’t just our year. But we’re not kicked out of Europe, because we did qualify for the Group Stage of the Europa League J And the same as last year, we draw against Besiktas and Leicester City. This time together with Luzern. And to make a long story short: it was an almost exact copy of last year. We won just one game (2-0 against Luzern) and lost the rest of the games. It’s not really a shame to lose against teams like Besiktas and Leicester, although I hoped to win one or two more games. Youth intake Again, a great intake with some very promising youngsters. And for the first time we’ve got a Dutch regen! And he’s even the regen with the best potential, according to my assistant. I’ll show you some youngsters from last year’s intake: Arnarson is one of the most promising youngsters at my club, and probably one of the best regens that came through my youth academy. His talent is already recognised by the national manager of Iceland, because he has been called up for the Icelandic Squad!! The first player under my hood that has been called up J Like I mentioned earlier; this guy was labelled as the worst player of his intake. But I thought he had some potential, so I gave him a contract. And we haven’t got many LB’s, so he’s very welcome. I gave him a chance in pre-season and he grabbed it with both hands. He is progressing nicely and it looks like he will be our LB for the next couple of years. His talent is even recognised in England, because he has been called up for the U19 squad!! An Englishmen playing on Iceland that’s been called up for the U19 squad, can you imagine? Haha. Well, and then probably the best news of the year: IR is moving to a new stadium!! We are still playing in a 1950 capacity stadium and with only 300 seats. In European games we have to move to the national stadium every time. And that’s nice, but it’s even nicer that we are getting the biggest stadium of all clubs on Iceland now! Not bigger than the national stadium, but bigger than all the other teams. The only thing is that we need to pay 117K per month until 2033...
  10. Great career so far!! Very nice to follow this, and to compare it with my own save at IR. Keep up the good work!
  11. Thanks guys! Yeah, I can't really complain about my youth intakes! I'm investing a lot of money in upgrading my youth and training facilities, as well in upgrading my staff. I've got a very decent HoYD and beside that, you just need a bit of luck with the intakes. A lot of them looks promising, but are just not developing the way you are hoping or maybe expecting. And a player like leftback Þórðarson won't come every year. So I was just lucky to get him. The lad had just made a transfer to Arsenal and I can tell you allready that our bank account was very happy with that transfer Since IR has a professional status, my players are progressing way faster then before. I'll post the updates of seasons 2023 and 2024 very soon. I just finished playing season 2024.
  12. Great, thanks! Then I'll continue posting here Season 2022 Let’s start with our European campaign. Well, let’s just say that we need to learn from this ;-) Those teams were just way too strong for us. Leicester City was outstanding, both home and away. We only won just one game (2-0 of Viktoria Plzen) and lost all the other games. It was very, very nice to play against teams like Leicester and Besiktas, but teams like those are just way too good for us at this point. But however, it was a great experience! League Campione!! Again! We were way, way better than the rest of the teams and won the league as a real champion. Best man this season was Robert Laxdal. He came in through are youth system in 2019. The first two seasons I used him as a sub. But this year he became a starter and one of the most important players of this season. He scored a total of 20 goals this season, had the highest average rating and the most assists. It was no surprise that lots of Scandinavian clubs became interested in him. Champions League And that was it; that was our CL and even our whole European campaign for this season… It’s not a big surprise that we didn’t qualify for the next round. At home, we lost 1-4. And away, we still managed to draw 0-0. So I just had very bad luck to draw against Ajax. Well, you can’t almost find a better team to play against then Ajax in the second Qualification round. And I don’t even know why Ajax has to play qualification games as the champion of Holland…. The year before, the champion of Holland qualified directly for the Group Stage of the CL. And the year after this season again, I already know ;-) Youth intake Again an incredible youth intake. As you can see on the screenshot, I contracted the first 7 players immediately. And after some thoughts I also decided to contract the last two, because of their nationalities; Cecilio is a Brazilian guy and Williams comes from England. That Williams guy was rated as the worst player of this youth intake. I didn’t screenshot him for that reason. But I can tell you already that this guy is surprising me… a lot. Transfers Last season was almost the only season that I didn’t have to sell players. But this season it was very different. It’s not a big surprise that wonderkid Þórðarson is way too good for this level. Anderlecht bought him for a very decent price, and with 50% profit of the next sale. He was not the only one, because also Ragnarsson and Laxdal were picked up by other clubs. A fantastic complement to our youth system. And our financial situation is just fantastic; we’ve got lots of money on our balance that we can use for upgrading our facilities and maybe building a new stadium in the future. I forgot to take a screenshot of Laxdal in 2022, so I'll just took a screenshot of him in 2024, where I'm at the moment. I'm now aiming to get in the Group Stage of the CL, or if that's not possible, getting through the Group Stage of the Europa League. And I'm hoping that the status of the League will increase, because I'm allready the best team on Iceland, with by far the best facilities, while the other teams are just not good enough. So I think I will become champion for the next 20 years or so if nothing will change.