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  1. The last home game against the Scotts was totally unremarkable – a lacklustre play officially ended our first UCL run. Not much to say, honestly – we overperformed our level of talent on some nights but it did not seem to matter this season. Let's see what the future will bring. The Cup We suffered a shocking early ending a second year in a row against the worst team of Ekstraklasa. A fully rotated squad proved itself too risky of a tactic, so expect a different approach next season. Lechia don't possess a collection of silverware of such scope that would make the Cup an insignificant addition. The League It has to go well somewhere, right? A fairly unchallenging first half put us in a prime position for the first title repeat. The only draw since August happened against Legia but even that night we dominated a fair share of the game. Let's streamline to the title! See you summer!
  2. Season 7 – 2029/2030: Winter Sells and UCL Since the last two games of the League Phase take place in late January, the first challenge Lechia faced this winter was numerous transfer offers for our top players. It's in our values restrict keeping unhappy players against their will, so I have two mid-season departures to announce. Per my assistant's projections, both defenders have reached the peak of their talent at such a young age. Alles Gute in Bundesliga, Marek und Vitaliy. On a positive note, the finances look excellent allowing us to invest even more in the facilities. UCL – Rounds 7&8 Despite generous compensations, losing half of our starting defenders had an impact on our short-term pitch performance. Even more so, right before the Old Trafford game, Robert Musial damaged his wrist in a friendly match and was ruled out for three weeks. A 16 y.o. Ryszard Maslanka was set to debut at such an iconic arena! And oh boy, did he deliver the goods that night! Another unforgettable performance from an even younger keeper at Old Trafford... brought us zero points once again.
  3. An incomprehensible act of aggression from Ahamada left us in utter shock. Despite putting all of our passion at full display, a questionable penalty was way too much to overcome tonight. Unfortunately, these two losses have almost certainly ended our European season. On such a disappointing day, let us hail an excellent display from Robert Musial, who kept our Green hopes high for so long. I dare say he is the most talented player in the whole Polish league atm and has enough potential to challenge Peter Cech as the best Slavic keeper of all time soon.
  4. UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE! Three crosses, including the one from our former loanee Ostrowski 17 seconds in! Pomorski stays committed to Lechia despite being offered a TWENTY-time raise from Atletico and some upcoming chaos at the top
  5. A chaotic battle of the Greens in Lisboa ended in a draw after a late equalizer. Nevertheless, Lechia earned a point away from home versus the leader of Portugal football. Two games against the Dutch are next – Pomorski is not going anywhere.
  6. Just to add a bit more context: right after the Arsenal we had a homer against Legia – the biggest rival during this save. Under 22k showed up
  7. The Arsenal game was just the second one above 30k in the 7 seasons so far. Regular European games are usually 20-25, depending on the opponent. I feel like the best chance to sell out the stadium to play vs. Arka somehow , but they've been confidently stuck in the 1. Liga. Still curious about the possibility of buying out the stadium but since its construction cost alone was more than €200M, I can only imagine the length of the grind. Keeps me going tho!
  8. Speaking of attendance, 35706 spectators were present at the Arsenal game! Coming closer to that Justin Timberlake concert – beating his number is one of the goals for this save. However, it seems quite unlikely that the record attendance will be reached this season... We were putting on a fine defensive display for a whole hour, but Declan Rice's longshot killed our chances to earn some points at home.
  9. It's fascinating we have 13k+ on the waiting list though The attendance growth has been decent (clearly impacted by the higher numbers in European competitions), so I'm not going to dwell on season tickets too much
  10. The First UCL Victory Three-and-a-half years after Dariusz Pomorski's initial European campaign ended in Piraeus, a completely revamped Lechia Gdansk achieved their first-ever Champions League group stage victory. None of the featured players were at the club back then, but the development and growth Lechia has achieved are incredible. This triumph was highlighted by key contributions from Marek Urbanski and Janis Antiste, both returning from injuries, with Urbanski's precise cross to the captain for the opening goal. Jordan Day, a deadline loan signing, secured the win with an extraordinary long-range strike that found the net off the crossbar and won his first MotM trophy. The next UCL game is expected to become the most high-profile event ever held at Polsat Arena – Pep Guardiola and his Arsenal lead all 36 teams after two rounds. Stay tuned!
  11. I wonder whether the season tickets situation is influenced by the fact Polsat Gdansk arena in-game is owned by the city council rather than the club. We'll find out when I have the funds to buy out the stadium.
  12. @RoguPL Season ticket sales have been gradually increasing, but even after winning 3 titles, being 2nd (after Legia) Polish team by reputation and having decent attendance, they are comically low indeed. Let's see if I can get to 700 after CL and (hopefully) another title in the bag. For now, I dream to reach 35k in attendance against Arsenal
  13. This grass is not greener in the UCL so far... Two identical corner combinations killed our chances in Round 1.
  14. Dear Lechia Gdansk Supporters, We stand at a defining moment in our club's history, having secured our first-ever Champions League group stage appearance. Our playoff against Antwerp showcased the strength and spirit of our team. The away game ended in a gripping 2-2 draw, with pivotal goals from our new signings, David and Florica. The return leg at our home ground was nothing short of spectacular, as we dominated Antwerp 4-0, surpassing even our memorable performance against Real Betis in the last Europa League. This triumph follows closely on the heels of a challenging match against Ruch in the league, where despite numerous opportunities, we couldn't clinch victory. The road to the Champions League has been fraught with near misses in the past, making this achievement even more remarkable. Our previous attempts were heartbreakingly close, with dramatic losses to Ludogorets and Omonoia. Now, as we step into the Champions League proper, we're striving to deliver unexpected upsets. We look forward to hosting Arsenal, led by the esteemed Pep Guardiola, and competing at Old Trafford against Diego Simeone's Premier League champions. This is more than a step forward; it's a giant leap for our club. Our financial outlook is brighter, our spirits are higher, and our future is filled with promise. Thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we march forward into this new chapter of Lechia Gdansk's storied history. With pride and anticipation, Dariusz Pomorski
  15. Summer 2029 – The Tactical Shift and Incoming Transfers Two Lucases (Skiba and Nielsen) departures left Pomorski with no quality options on either wing. Rather than bringing direct replacements, Lechia enters a new season with an unusual structure: 4-1-2-1-2. Wingbacks will take far more attacking responsibilities than ever before, even though there would be no Ronaldo to turn crosses into automatic goals. Let's examine new faces! Bogdan Florica, a talented can-do-all from Romania, has deservedly become the most expensive player in our history with a 4.2M clause activated. It's not quite clear which role he would eventually assume in Pomorski's scheme, though his potential is obvious. Another activated clause (just under 1M) brought us Idan David, a master finisher from Israel. His agent was so tough through the negotiations that David kept his release clause after the transfer, the sum is now at 3M. We will look to renegotiate it if things go well (oh boy) That's all for tactical adjustments. However, since Balmer and Roncevic left too, there are newcomers at the centre-back and in the midfield too. Kensuke Kawabe hopes to revitalize his career after a short stint in Leverkusen. In the last six years, the Bundesliga's troubled sons have been excellent for us on the Baltic soil. Naouirou Ahamada provides balance and energy to our attacking-minded midfield, joining on a free transfer. Our struggles during the last couple of seasons due to participation in European competitions haven't gone unnoticed as we significantly improved the depth as well. Two central defenders, two quality wingbacks and two midfielders (Zielinski from Napoli among them) will allow Pomorski to rotate the squad far more freely in the upcoming season. The Superpuchar 2029 The refreshed squad had no trouble crashing the Cup Winner – Radomiak – at the Polsat Arena. A confident penalty finish from the new captain Antiste and a fabulous free-kick strike from David brought the Supercup back to Gdansk.
  16. Summer 2029 – Outgoing Transfers and Farewell Lukasz Skiba, who was instrumental in the title-clinching game and won the Best Young Player of Season award, left for Leicester for 12M. We will forever remember his aerial prowess and work ethic. His brilliant clutch goal in the 2028 Polish Cup final is a testament to his dedication. Farewell, Lukasz! This transfer set a new fee record for Polish clubs – we are on the way to 50M someday in the future! Our glorious captain, Kofi Balmer is also heading to the English Premier League. For four seasons in Gdansk, he was a cornerstone of our defence. He is returning to the foggy islands with two national titles and deep continental runs in his backpack. All the best, Kofi! Masimo Roncevic joined Lechia just a season ago. An exceptionally technically gifted player, his passing was a joy to watch. Sadly, despite being a regular starter, he was not showing signs of rapid development, especially as a hard worker in the midfield. My hope is the Spanish style of play would suit his game better. Adios!
  17. 2028/2029 – Season 6: Spring Let's jump in right where we left off – the Round of 16 matches vs. Borussia M. The Unbelievable density of events in the first 20 minutes shocked the home crowd. A new record was set – more than 30000 people visited Polsat Arena that night. Lechia drew away the game 1-1 fairly easily and advanced to a 1/4 Final of the Europa League for the first time! Valencia was a tough matchup, we were in the mix in both games but eventually fell short at Mestalla. The League Battle As you know, the first half of the season was extremely intense – the reigning champs from the capital were just 2 points behind when winter came. A winning streak complimented our march through the EL playoff during February and March – 8 in a row. The craziest game by far was against struggling Rakow. By the 80th minute, we were at a 2-4 deficit, but mounted a tremendous comeback from the dead nonetheless. I felt nothing could stop us from taking the title back from Legia. Well, at the beginning of April, the two midweek games vs. Valencia and a couple of injuries caused the extensive rotation. A crushing defeat from Jagellonia at home followed. 3 days later our Europe run was over too. Only 4 points were between us and Legia now. Nothing crazy, but a comfortable handicap anyway. We just had to keep on winning. Of course, crazy things began to happen. In the next two games, marked by total domination of Pomorski's team, Lechia got 2 points. Our rival, Legia, had their loss too, the 3-point lead still was there after this turbulence. However, in Matchday 33, second to last, Legia hosted the match against us. Pomorski leaned on a conservative tactic that proved itself well vs. superior teams like Valencia and Borussia – keeping the ball and not forcing things too much. Still got a loss though. A close one barely deserved one, but still a loss. The only advantage left after the game is the goal difference. The title nearly floated away from us. The last chance to save the season. What made the fall more dramatic for Pomorski is that Poland is expected to finish 16th in the Coefficient race. Only the champion will represent the country in the Champions League qualification next season. No room for error.
  18. Our best game ever! What an amazing comeback after a tough away loss. 27700 fans witnessed the win, and Lechia broke a receipts record. A trip to Germany awaits us next!
  19. So, what made me take such a long pause? Our best striker, Lucas Nielsen, decided to leave for Saudi, declining a contract offer from Atletico Madrid which would've netted us 18M straight up! The Saudi deal has only one advantage though – 50% from the next transfer. To cash in on that we have to push forward. So let's look at the first half of the season and move on. The League A two-team race is still on, but our comeback win at home was a gem of the fall. Europe For a second year in a row, Lechia will feature on a playoff stage of the Europa League. Unfortunately, we got the toughest possible draw, Real Betis. Knocking them out is a loooong shot, especially without Nielsen. No incoming transfers are planned, and all business will be conducted after the season ends. Thanks to the summer sale and Nielsen's departure, our finances are becoming more stable. Let's see if his clause will get activated (or at least bought out). See you soon!
  20. 2028/2029 – First Results As some of our players left for the first international break of the season, let's look at how the game treats us so far. We have managed to reach the Europa League proper fairly easily, with Leuven being the most challenging opponent. Alas, we are not doing so great in groups so far, losing to Slovan while dominating and drawing the Gent game at home because of the late slip. Belgium is currently in 15th place, right above us – getting there would give us 2 teams in UCL qualifications. It is highly unlikely we'll do it for next season since only Legia advanced to groups (and they are in UCL, so getting more points is challenging). Anyway, eventually it is happening, we need to earn the megaTV deal! On the domestic front, things are going smoothly. Losing the SuperPuchar to Legia is no surprise, we put up a good fight tho. Losing to Cracovia being 2-0 ahead stinks, but we were the 2nd best team in the game by far. Excited to return to management, see you soon!
  21. 2028/2029 – Incoming Transfers Well, it's 4-2-3-1 Gegenpress time! You've just met Musial, Klymenko and Antiste. Kofi Balmer is our captain now and started his 4th season in a white-and-green uniform. Skiba and Nielsen are the young stars learning to play on different wings. Now let's proceed to the additions. Ethan Laird is another free agent who decided to join us. As we almost exclusively played IFB on the right, having a player of his physical abilities will give us more power on the flank. Selling Obrador left us with the hole on the left – even though we can use a few guys as IFB there, there was no true wing-back on the team. At least, until Marek Urbanski arrived (it was so late that he was not registered for EL). A lot there to learn for him about the game (e.g. how to play on the left :)), but his pace and mindset are outstanding for 19 y.o. Montolio, Roncevic and Zendejas form our new center. All three are excellent passers and pretty dynamic, although not as hard-working as I would like. We have made efforts to secure the future. This time the clause was activated for Lech's player – let's see if he will break through to the starting 11 by the end of the season. Overall, I'm quite excited by the summer improvements, but it would take time to rebuild the chemistry and tactical understanding for sure.
  22. 2028/2029 (Season 6) – Outgoing Transfers The past season once again showed that our current squad was unable to perform consistently across all competitions. We have more than enough attacking players in rotation, but other positions are not that deep. Moreover, despite reaching the Round of 16 in EL, the club only has around 2M available for transfers. Bringing impactful free agents has become increasingly difficult as our talent level has grown. To be able to spend more we had to make a few tough sells. We did indeed. First and foremost, we say our farewells to the local icon, Ronaldo Tavares. 76 goals and 20 assists in 126 league games were immense – he was a top goalscorer for 3 straight seasons. Pedro Pelagio was the backbone of our center and served as captain in the last season. However, he is 28 already, and leaving for the Championship made sense. Nadiem Amiri, an engine of our 4-4-2, was a great pairing for Pelagio, but I was focused on changing the way we see the game. The highest earner clause started to worry me too. Rafel Obrador, a crafty left-back, the first of many among Castilla recruits, got himself an excellent deal, a new record fee received for the club. Before the introduction of our additions, a few words have to be said about the offers that haven't led to eventual transfers. Robert Musial had an up-and-down season last year, mixing up horrendous mistakes with epic penalty stops. Reading offered 12M, and the board accepted, however, the player chose to stay. Even though I have almost given up on him ten thousand times, his attributes make him our most talented player (maybe even in the whole league). One day he can be as good as Wojciech Szczęsny. Janis Antiste truly restarted his career in Gdansk. He is not as impactful as Ronaldo and of course not as skilled as Karim Benzema, but a very good team piece nonetheless. Despite blasting at the start of the season, he refused to join Stuttgart for 9M and stayed with us to compete. Klymenko might be the hardest one to keep. Although no team has offered agreed 8M, his contract has less than 2 years left on it, and the winter is coming.
  23. Nice to learn that you're enjoying the career too! Good luck in QF, Lechia's squad is strong enough from the start to progress even past that. I've tried to figure out what happened with Kusiak but to no avail – Transfermarkt states that he is away from the team, but no specific reason is given. Having him would've saved many of my nerves early on
  24. Season 2027/2028 – Domestic We won the cup! Arka, our archrival, was outplayed by our reserves in the second round. Then we faced two of the best teams – Legia in the semis – who, to be honest, dominated us throughout most of the game, but fell short in the end. The pattern in the final was similar – we conceded but then two late goals turned the game upside down. A beautiful strike by our winter addition Edin Maric (who replaced Anderson because of his season-ending injury) equalized the game, and then Pogon's own Lukasz Skiba got us the trophy! The league, though, was not a cakewalk for us at all. Throughout the first half of the season, we were among the contenders, but playing twice a week proved to be too much of a challenge for us once again. We need to be deeper and improve physically to compete in the league. Earning 20 points fewer than in the previous season is nothing but a disappointment.
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