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  1. Ok, so I quit Finland due to a horrible chairman. But that doesn't mean I'm done with this challenge. I'll have another go, this time in Slovakia, a country I've never played in before. I'm the new manager of Futbalový Klub Bodva Moldava nad Bodvou, or Bodva Moldava for short. My profile and information.
  2. I'm abandoning this save now, only because of this chairman. Two more players sold for next to nothing, to clubs in Finland even...
  3. Two more acts of genius from the board, here and here... My facilities are pretty decent, though I have managed to get better youth coaching quite a lot. I haven't been able to get the recruitment to be upgraded yet though.
  4. The board strikes again....
  5. XaW - GrIFK - Veikkausliiga - 2022 Table | Past positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances This year in the Liigacup we were in a group with FC Lahti, FC Inter Turku, HJK, HIFK Fotboll and FC Ilves. We played great and ended on top in the group to qualify for the final. Our opponent turned out to be VPS. The match started pretty evenly, both team struggling to take control of the match. We managed to get the first goal as the first half was drawing to a close. However, we weren't turned on for the second half and got hit back almost from kickoff. No more goals was to be had so the match went to extra time. Neither in the last 30 minutes any goals was scored an it all went down to penalties. Here we didn't keep our cool, and ended as runner ups. Once again we lost lots of players to other clubs due to our interfering chairman with no sense of business. The season started good as we won quite a number of matches and we were close to the top as the season approached the half way mark. Finally a season where we are well clear of relegation. As the season went towards closure we had a good lead and the impossible was looming. Though we had a big lead, KuPS had lots of matches in hand on us, and could in theory overtake us if they won the 5 matches they had in hand. KuPS won and won, and got closer and closer to us. Luckily for us, they lost a match and drew one to set the score for the final match of the season. We had a 3 point lead on them and a good goal difference, but we were up against each other! They needed to win with 4 goals in order to beat us. The match itself was kind of anticlimactic, as it ended 0-0, but we could celebrate as we had won the league! An amazing feat by the players and we are going to the Champions League! The main problem for me is that we lost a couple of the best players towards the end of the season, so I think it could be hard to replicate this next year. Still, I have hope. In the Suomen Cup we beat PK KU and SJK before losing to FF Jaro in the semi final. Youth: The youth intake this season gave a couple of great talents. Seventh intake: Lasse Nurminen (YP7a) - A very talented right back. I have high hopes for him. Tommi Nykänen (YP7b) - Promising left winger who will be useful. Sixth intake: Aleksi Laitinen (YP6a) - Had a fantastic season for us and played for the U21s before Man Utd bought him. Playes for their U18 team. Mika Ratanen (YP6b) - A great season before Rosenborg of Norway poached him from us. Jarkko Räisänen (YP6c) - Came in when others got sold and did good. Fifth intake: Olli-Pekka Tuominen (YP5a) - Sold to Djurgården in Sweden, only got a few subs for them. Mikko Rantanen (YP5b) - Sold to Hammarby in Sweden, but got loaned out to FC Inter Turku and played good. Hassan Huka (YP5c) - The most annoying act by the board was to sell him to a lower league team for pocket change. Got capped for U19s. New - Markus Kärnä (YP5d) - Talented stiker I wanted to play, but didn't since we had better ones. Now he is in the first 11. Fourth intake: Santeri Saarinen (YP4a) - Still second choice. Gets some matches here and there. Anssi Kolsi (YP4b) - Loaned out from Malmø to RoPS in our league. Does ok. Jani Pasanen (YP4c) - Backup, but need to improve to keep up. Besmir Arapi (YP4d) - Mostly a sub, but now first choice. Scores quite a bit. Got U21 caps for Albania. New - Niki Ojanen (YP4e) - Right winger who have improved a lot this season. Third intake: Aleksi Kronholm (YP3a) - Another poor season for him at Strømsgodset. Kari Kauria (YP3b) - A great season, also improved his discipline. Heikki Louhisto (YP3c) - Again mostly a sub for Helsingsborg in Sweden. Lauri Lyyski (YP3e) - An ok season, but I still hope for more from him. Martti Forsström (YP3f) - Rotating him on both wings, does ok. Janne Virtanen (YP3g) - Still don't jump high enough, but gets better. Plays ok. Second intake: Ilkka Laaksonen (YP2a) - Injury free and a good season from the left winger. Hannu Anttila (YP2b) - Mostly a sub, but might get a lot of matches the next season due to a lack of strikers. First intake: Sami Kangas (YP1a) - Does well in Austria. Scores a lot from the national team also. Peter Thurling (YP1b) - Great season by the defender. Jarkko Seppälä (YP1c) - Last chance for him now. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievments ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2016 | Ykkönen | 3rd | N/A | Claudio Matrone (19) | Close to promotion 2017 | Ykkönen | 2nd | N/A | Dennis Okaru (11) | Promoted through playoff 2018 | Veikkausliiga | 11th | N/A | Claudio Matrone (7) | Survived through playoff 2019 | Veikkausliiga | 10th | N/A | Aleksi Kronholm (YP3a) (8) | Survived 2020 | Veikkausliiga | 7th | N/A | Hannu Anttila (YP2b) (13) | Midtable and won Liigacup 2021 | Veikkausliiga | 9th | N/A | Claudio Matrone (12) | N/A 2022 | Veikkausliiga | 1st | N/A | Aleksi Laitinen (YP6a) (19) | Won the league!
  6. I don't think it's any elections or anything. Very few takeovers in general in Finland it seems. Hopefully I can do better this season and make some money so the board will let me handle the transfers myself. Edit: And another one sold. And the squad gets upset with me, as if I could do anything about it. Then this happened. Nothing to do with the board this time, only that he was on a youth contract and wouldn't sign a propper one with us. Damnit, I'm losing my entire squad here! This one was all mine again though. Sad to see him go, but I can't refuse an offer like that.
  7. This board..... My kingdom for a takeover! And another. This time to a team in the tier below us!
  8. XaW - GrIFK - Veikkausliiga - 2021 Table | Past positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances This year in the Liigacup we were in a group with HJK, HIFK Fotboll, FC Ilves, FC Lahti and FC Inter Turku. We did our best and won quite a lot of matches, but we couldn't keep up with HJK who won the group ahead of us. As the season was about to start, I got the usual low bids for my players. I usually just negotiate it to a couple of million pounds and the clubs always withdraw their bid. But this time Malmø FF came back with a bid for £1M for Anssi Kolsi (YP4b)! I did not expect this, but I decided to sell him, since I don't think he is worth even half of this. Though he played well for us last season, that much money will be amazing. After selling the board have agreed to upgrade the youth facilities for the money, so get some use for the money. We started the season poor as usual and was bottom at the table for a long long time. Though, the competition was much harder this season than earlier, and none of the teams were left behind. After a last surge from us, we managed to climb out of the relegation spots when the season drew to a close, and finished in a very respectable 9th spot. Hopefully we can push even further next season. In the Suomen Cup we lost against lower league KäPa Helsinki in the 6th round. Youth: The youth intake this season gave us one extremely talented player, and a couple of others who will be useful. Sixth intake: Aleksi Laitinen (YP6a) - An amazing talent. Probably the best player in the club already. I have high hopes for him. Mika Ratanen (YP6b) - A great striker, a bit in the shadow of the other striker we got though. Jarkko Räisänen (YP6c) - Talented midfielder. Fifth intake: Olli-Pekka Tuominen (YP5a) - Went straight in and bossed the midfield as at 16 years old. One of the best talents in the club. Capped for the U19s. Mikko Rantanen (YP5b) - A good season from the youngster who got a lot more matches than planned. Hassan Huka (YP5c) - Got quite some matches and did ok. Fourth intake: Santeri Saarinen (YP4a) - Second choice, got capped for the U19s. Anssi Kolsi (YP4b) - Sold to Malmø, but are mostly a sub for them. Jani Pasanen (YP4c) - Not quite the progression I hoped for, but not bad. Besmir Arapi (YP4d) - Improved a lot, but don't score as much as I had hoped. Needs to step up now with the arrival of the new strikers. Third intake: Aleksi Kronholm (YP3a) - Plays horrible for Strømsgodset when he gets his chances. Kari Kauria (YP3b) - Plays well on the right back, but still have an issue with discipline. Heikki Louhisto (YP3c) - Mostly a sub for Helsingsborgs in Sweden. Teemo Rantanen (former YP3d) - Poor season, we have better strikers now. Lauri Lyyski (YP3e) - Very inconsistent, but his stats are improving a lot. 3 caps for the U21s. Martti Forsström (YP3f) - A bit inconsistent, but scores quite a bit from his Janne Virtanen (YP3g) - Working on his jumping reach, but he have played rather poor this season. Second intake: Ilkka Laaksonen (YP2a) - Mostly injury free this season, but his earlier injuries have hindered him quite a bit. Hannu Anttila (YP2b) - Not the season he had last year, but still does well. First intake: Sami Kangas (YP1a) - Sold again, this time to Austria and Red Bull Salzburg. Plays great both for club and country. Peter Thurling (YP1b) - Another good season in the defense. Jarkko Seppälä (YP1c) - An ok season, but needs to step up to avoid losing his spot. Jukka Kilstala (former YP1d) - Failed to impress once again. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievments ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 | Ykkönen | 3rd | N/A | Claudio Matrone (19) | Close to promotion 2017 | Ykkönen | 2nd | N/A | Dennis Okaru (11) | Promoted through playoff 2018 | Veikkausliiga | 11th | N/A | Claudio Matrone (7) | Survived through playoff 2019 | Veikkausliiga | 10th | N/A | Aleksi Kronholm (YP3a) (8) | Survived 2020 | Veikkausliiga | 7th | N/A | Hannu Anttila (YP2b) (13) | Midtable and won Liigacup 2021 | Veikkausliiga | 9th | N/A | Claudio Matrone (12) | N/A
  9. This one I accepted myself. I couldn't say no to that kind of money, I also get 40% or his next transfer. His worth was £60k and I don't think was worth it based on his stats at least.
  10. Thanks for the sympathy! Though I handled it quite well, I think. I wish I had players like Nyberg...
  11. XaW - GrIFK - Veikkausliiga - 2020 Table | Past positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances This year in the Liigacup we were in a group with JJK Jyväskylä, FC Lahti, KuPS, SJK and VPS. We played fantastic and actually managed to win the group and go to the final! Here our opponent were the historically big team in Finland, HJK. They got of to an amazing start as they got their goal within a minute, however, as the match restarted we went straight into their throat and managed to equalize. The rest of the match HJK battered us, though not creating many huge chances. This got bad for us when one of our young defenders got his second yellow towards the end of the match. Then it was time to park the bus and hope for the best. We managed to keep them at bay throughout the rest of match and even in extra time to take the match to penalties. Even though I have a very young squad, we managed to keep our cool from the spot and won the shoot out to claim our first title! After the amazing cup run I had high hopes for the season, but it got shot down quite hard when the board sold two of players I had high hopes for, including our best striker. I protested the transfers, of course, but to no avail. We started pretty rough losing the first two, then two draws before we got our first win. It was clear we had a problem scoring goals, while the defense was decent. Then I had to play Hannu Anttila (YP2b) as a striker due to injuries, and he just started scoring for us. We grabbed some wins and slowly crept up the table, and at the half way point we were in contention for the title! We fought hard and with 10 matches left of the season we were still on top. That's when we got stuck in a rut, and only won 1 of the last 10 games, drawing 3 and losing 6. This dropped us quite a lot on the table, but we still finished in a great 7th place. If we can keep most of the players for the next season we might be able to establish us above the relegation battle and can look up instead of down in the future. In the Suomen Cup we won against Kemi Kings and PK-35 Vantaa before losing to HJK in the semi final. Youth: The youth intake this season was good with some needed players. Fifth intake: Olli-Pekka Tuominen (YP5a) - A very talented defensive midfielder. Will be part of the main squad. Mikko Rantanen (YP5b) - Also a defensive midfielder I have high hopes for. Hassan Haka (YP5c) - Promising left back. I like the teamwork and work rate he has. Fourth intake: Santeri Saarinen (YP4a) - Second choice, but get's a couple of matches. Progressing well. Anssi Kolsi (YP4b) - He filled the gap and then some! Great season from the midfielder. New - Jani Pasanen (YP4c) - Slipped under the radar earlier, but are progressing well and got his debut. New - Besmir Arapi (YP4d) - Flew under the radar, but got thrown in and scored some goals for us. Third intake: Aleksi Kronholm (YP3a) - Got sold by the board. Don't play much for Strømsgodset in Norway. Kari Kauria (YP3b) - Still first choice and plays very good when he is not injured (or suspended through his 4 red cards). Heikki Louhisto (YP3c) - Also sold by the board. Mostly a sub for Helsingsborgs in Sweden. Teemo Rantanen (YP3d) - Poor season. He has talent, but need to show it. Lauri Lyyski (YP3e) - Rotating him in defense and he does well. Capped by U19s. New - Martti Forsström (YP3f) - Versatile and talented. Played quite a bit this season. New - Janne Virtanen (YP3g) - Central defender who impressed, even though I don't like his jumping reach... Second intake: Ilkka Laaksonen (YP2a) - Once again a serious injury just before the season started, this time a broken foot. Does good when he plays, but seems very injury prone. Hannu Anttila (YP2b) - Wasn't planned in the first team, but when he got his chance he does great. Became top scorer with 4 in finishing. First intake: Sami Kangas (YP1a) - Sold from Molde to Elfsborg in Sweden. Plays a lot and does ok. I still wish I had him in my team. Peter Thurling (YP1b) - After hos broken ankle last season he came back and had a good season. Though he still put us in trouble with his 3 red and 19(!) yellow cards. Jarkko Seppälä (YP1c) - Does well, but I was hoping for more from him. Jukka Kilstala (YP1d) - Poor progression. Starting to lose faith in him. Last chance for him now. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievments ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 | Ykkönen | 3rd | N/A | Claudio Matrone (19) | Close to promotion 2017 | Ykkönen | 2nd | N/A | Dennis Okaru (11) | Promoted through playoff 2018 | Veikkausliiga | 11th | N/A | Claudio Matrone (7) | Survived through playoff 2019 | Veikkausliiga | 10th | N/A | Aleksi Kronholm (YP3a) (8) | Survived 2020 | Veikkausliiga | 7th | N/A | Hannu Anttila (YP2b) (13) | Midtable and won Liigacup
  12. Still, if you report it it's more likely to get fixed. They monitor the bug forums more for errors than general discussion.
  13. No problem, happy to help! I had some success with a standard 4-4-2 with a big lump of a striker as a target man and a speedy poacher/advanced forward next to him. My general tactic was pump the ball up to the big guy and hope that he can flick it on to the pacey one. It worked for me, at least as long as I kept improving my squad. I would add though, that the hardest season I had as an amateur club was the first seasons when you start playing against semi-pro sides. Since the semi-pro clubs will often try to poach any player you have with a hint of talent. And they then give a semi-pro contract and that's not something you can match. Oh, and if you finally go semi-pro at some point, be prepared to lose a lot of money! My biggest error when I reached semi-pro was to sign up everyone I wanted to keep on semi-pro deals. Only do that with your best players, and keep the backups and fringe players on amateur contracts.
  14. Yeah, I would assume that this could be problematic to implement, since it would probably cause a need for a totalt revamp of how transfers are made in the game.
  15. Well, technically they don't need to have agreed upon a transfer fee, only to have been allowed by the selling club to talk to the player. The selling club will "know" they are going to sell, even if they haven't agreed upon a fee just yet, so they allow the buying club to have talks regarding contracts with the players agent. At least reports these kind of talks, believable or not...