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  1. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    Not really, only Goztepe but they are in the first division. Bucaspor, Karsyaka and Altay are not, but might be due to the fact they are struggling in 2-3rd division.
  2. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    A very busy summer, as besides the usual friendlies we had to go through the qualifying stages of Europa League. We did pretty good overcoming CSKA Sofia, Zulte Waregem and Leicester to reach the group stage. We were not that lucky in the group draw, as we got a tough group with Lazio Rome, Betis Sevilla and Lokomotiv Moscow, so won't be making any plans of getting to the knockout stages. So far things are going superb for us, except a single one: we can't seem to bring spectators to the stadium. We play in a 12.5 k size but can't get it even half filled expect for the matches with Istanbul trio. Izmir is a big enough city, and the other clubs are not doing that great, so just wondering is it our reputation? We only have 1700 season ticket holders. How can we improve and increase attendances?
  3. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    Another superb intake this summer. I think Ersel Avci can jump straight into the team and get playing time, with the other three representing good rotation options even from the first season. Another three players joining in on transfers - we did spend quite a big chunk of about 9.5 million, while seven players leaving us (including last season's best goalscorer - which wanted a new big contract, but being 31 and German didn't wanted to do that). Our finances looking pretty solid at the moment, as we made a nice profit.
  4. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    We were relaxed going into the last eight games of the league, and even managed to give some game time to some of the 16 yr olds in the team. What followed are a mixture of results, including a 4 wins run and a draw with Fener. We also lost the games to Galatasaray (predicted) at at home to a Kayserispor who was already sure of their Europa League spot. What we did not expect was Fenerbahce crumbling to only gaining 6 points out of their last 8 games. And somehow, we managed to climb over them. And as Galatasaray won the Cup, it means that the 5th position goes into Europe - Altinordu in Europa League! Besiktas won the league and Galata joins them in Champions League, while us, Trabzon and Kayseri will be representing Turkey in Europa League. Bellow you can find the best eleven over the League, I wasn't expecting the veteran (by our standards) Mirkan Aydin to lead our attack with 19 goals. We also had the most disciplined team in the league, confirmed by us winning the Fair-Play award. Some big money coming this summer to Izmir, and already took some of the 18m transfer budget into the wage one, hoping to keep prospects which attracted big clubs already (Berke Ozer was called already to the Turkey national team so a lot of increasing visibility). It will be a challenge to pick the 3 players to transfer this summer, will probably looking just for over 90 in the scouting report. Some other good news about our youth budget. So, onto the summer period, with three things in mind: see what the youth intake brings for us, pick the 3 transfers and see what we can do in Europe.
  5. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    They still have much of their core players, but just isnt performing. Trabzon wss also fighting for relegation last season and look at them now. To be fair, managers seem to be changing a lot in the league, might be one explanation.
  6. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    Season starting to drag a bit as its obvious at this point we are not good enough to fight for European spots, but not bad enough to fight for relegation. So we are cruising somewhere midtable and I am thinking about throwing the last games away just to give some game time to youth players.
  7. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    Dont think we are ready for playing in Europe, but won't say no if the opportunity arises. Maybe next season though.
  8. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    If at the beginning of the season someone would have said we were to be on a safe mid-table position I would have been over the moon with joy. Somehow feeling a bit disappointed now that we are only in 8th, after some good performances. We are only 1 point from 5th place but not really making an objective out of it. But we did lose pace at the end of the month, and haven't won a game for 6 official matches, including getting out of the Cup after a thumping by Fener. Some records, with the youngest player in the Super Lig coming from our team. And the good fact that given our financial situation coming from the direct money we get from point we already started working on some of the facilities.
  9. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    I feared a bit the impact of first league football on our young players, but they proved me on the field they have enough quality for it. Sure, it was no walk in the park, and we even lost a couple of matches (to Besiktas and most important in the Izmir match against Goztepe - was tempted to say Izmir Derby, but we don't really have fierce matches like the other 4 teams do). But we have won more than we lost, though all our wins game in away games at Ankara (with Gencler and Osmanli) and Akhisar. We also have past two rounds in the Cup, a little harder than expected against lower tier opposition, but to be honest we did give game time to rotation and reserves in the Cup. A funny thing I wasn't aware off is that in the Turkish League you get money straight away after a game, so we received around 500k for a win, and 200k for a draw. Already after 9 games our finances are not in the red anymore, just hoping we can keep this up.
  10. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    All done with the preseason, as we achieved our targets in, three players in DC, MC and ST, all good prospects, around 22-23 so still with a bit of room to grow. And only spent 300k on them, which doesn't compare at all with the 24 million spent by Besiktas on 5 players (Yusuf Yazici from Trabzon the most expensive) or with Galatasaray who spent 12.25 mil. (which can go up to 20 mil. with clauses) on Enes Unal. But we are doing better than Fener who seem to be in financial difficulties, as they only brought one player in, for 10k from Samsun. Going out from Izmir a lot of deadwood and players who leave to make place for younger ones. As expected we are predicted to finish last. The friendlies we played this period are not really a good indicator on where we stand at the moment, but the league will start soon and we will see just that.
  11. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    More good news this summer. First of all we have an adjustment to the youth development budget, and second we got the youth intake - small, like I found most of FM Touch intakes to be (especially in a small database like I am running), but with good potential of the players. I can see all of them reaching at least the rotation of the squad, although that might not happen this season (maybe Acik could get some game time due to the reduced options we have up front). Now we've begun the search for the three players we can bring in this season - looking to strengthen the central ax of the time, so one DC, MC and ST. In other news, in the Super Lig we have a new winner - Galatasaray who did the double by beating Genclerbirligi in the Cup final also. Fener are joining in the preliminary rounds of CL (even though they were first going into the last stage, an away draw lost them the title). Besiktas, Basaksehir and Bursaspor going to Europa league, while Karabukspor, Kasimpasa and Sivasspor relegated.
  12. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    We finished the season in style - undefeated in the last 8 games of the league. We did enough to finish second in the league, Rizespor were to much for us and we couldn't clinch the title. But everyone at the club is glad that we managed to get promoted to the SuperLig. The squad hasn't rotated a lot, with the most games played by Kabak, the young loan DC from Galata, but special remarks go to Alici and Aydin who both scored 12 goals in the season, Following promotion we received a nice 1m for transfers and 1.5m for wages, which I used right away to extended the contracts expiring in 2019. A bit upset that I had to include some releases clauses, but hoping no one would use them next season. I have left some wage budget aside, looking to bring in a couple of players to increase a bit rotation options. Our finances are going a bit downhill, but hoping that promotion will sort that out next season.
  13. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    Unbeaten in the spring, though a bit to many draws for my liking. We actually had six draws and just three wins, but that is enough to keep us 2nd in the league with 8 games to say. With 10 points to the 7th place I would dare say we are pretty sure at least of the play-off spot, but we can push for the direct promotion also, considering that we played already against teams in 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th. An indicator of the quality of our players is given by the fact we had to postpone the next league match against Adanaspor cause we have no less than 10 players at the national teams - 8 in turkey U21s and 2 in the U19s. Big clubs already started sniffing around them, but I ain't willing to sell - hope the chairman isn't either.
  14. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    And so far I thank you for the recommendation. If I don't succeed then for sure I will blame you The youth recruitment is only basic which coupled with an adequate junior coaching and a 2star HoYD was a bit surprising for me. But having a look at the other teams in Turkey seems that the recruitment is low at almost all the clubs. Training and youth facilities are both excellent though. Oh, and Ozer is a really pain in the a... he's on a 17.5k/year contract expiring in 2019 and won't sign a new contract unless i give him around 500k salary and 1-1.5 mil. release clause, maybe thats why you manage signing hima lot.
  15. Muttley84

    Turkish heroes - Altinordu

    We continued our good run of results till the winter. We lost against Rizespor and Erzurumspor, both games away. We made our home stadium a fortress winning every game played in Bornova. Unfortunately we are out of the Cup as in the 5th round we were paired with a top league club - Alanyaspor. We are sitting 2nd in the league but Rizespor have a game in hand and probably we will drop to 3rd. The group stages of European Cups have finished: Besiktas finished last in the CL with a single point, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce qualified for the knockouts in the EL finishing 2nd in their groups, while Konyaspor was eliminated finishing 3rd. The Turkish league is still 10th in the coefficients, but Holland is closing in the gap.
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