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  1. Yverdon Sport FC 2022-2023 Season Summary Swiss Super League Swiss Super League - Champions - Table | Past Positions What a season! We started off on an absolute tear, staying unbeaten and winning 9 of our first 10 games including a 1-0 away win over Young Boys, the most dominant team in the league and aiming for their 6th straight title. We kept that run going until we matched up with Young Boys again for our second (out of four) league meeting against them, when they came to our place and beat us 4-2. Our form dipped a little bit at that point as we started to draw matches we should have won, but we were still at the top of the table. But Young Boys were slowly gaining on us, and beat us 2-0 in our 3rd meeting to come within 2 points of us. When we could only manage a draw against FC Basel (the only real competition to Young Boys thus far), our points lead at the top was erased, though we managed to hang on to top spot on goal difference. We were playing decently but our relatively small and inexperienced squad was beginning to show wear and tear and we weren’t able to score as many as we would like. We were winning games by one or at most two goals while Young Boys had found their form and were dismantling teams by three or four. Finally, while we scraped out a 3-2 win over second from bottom FC Aarau, Young Boys crushed FC Sion 3-0 to draw level with us on goal difference and points - and ahead of us on the next tie breaker, goals scored. And in each of the next three games we won by a single goal while Young Boys won theirs by a combined 8-1, meaning that they were beginning to pull away on goal difference. A sense of the inevitability of Young Boys being able to gradually get away from us began to set in, and it didn’t help that our next fixture was our final meeting with them. We needed to win this, or it seemed like the title was going to slip away from us. We took the lead in the 19th minute through Bassirou Kone , and had the best of the game in terms of possession and chances - but with ten minutes left on the clock substitute Wouter Burger leveled things for Young Boys. It finished 1-1, which meant we were still level on points but behind on goal difference with six games remaining. Determined to give it our best shot (and finally out of all other competitions so our thin squad could get some rest), in our next game we smashed FC Zurich 4-0 while Young Boys faced their crosstown rivals Grasshopper Zurich and - shockingly - went down to a 2-1 defeat. All of a sudden we were in the drivers seat, 3 points clear with 5 games left. We won our next three but then drew 1-1 with our rivals Lausanne-Sport, to set up a nail biting final day - we were ahead by one point but our goal difference was a goal worse than Young Boys and we were eight goals worse off on goals scored. In other words, we would win the league by matching Young Boys’ result, but any situation where we got a worse result than them would lead to them winning due to their superiority on all tiebreakers. But it didn’t come to that as we managed a 2-0 win in front of our own fans against FC Sion to deliver the title on the final day of the season. Swiss Cup - Quarter-Final - Fixtures We started well with a 5-0 win over lower league Martigny, then followed that up with a comfortable 2-0 win over Challenge League side Kriens. In the 3rd Round, we were drawn away to Young Boys, but came away with a spectacular 4-2 victory to progress to the Quarter Finals. We were drawn against Super League side FC Sion, but there was a four month gap between the two games, and by the time the match came around we were really struggling with the demands of competing in the Super League, the Europa League, and the Swiss Cup. We gave it our best shot but finally succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in extra time. Europa League - 2nd Knockout Round - Fixtures | Group Table In the Qualifying Rounds, we faced Croatian side HNK Rijeka, who we cruised past 7-1 on aggregate, and Rosenborg of Norway, who we were also easily able to take care of with a 5-1 aggregate win. We got a decent draw for the group stage, facing Marseille, Red Star Belgrade, and Sturm Graz of Austria. We started things off in thumping fashion with a 5-0 trouncing of Red Star at home, followed by a 1-0 win against them at their place, and a 2-0 win away at Sturm Graz. We went down to a 3-1 defeat away at Marseille next, but results elsewhere went our way and we were already guaranteed to qualify for the knockout stages no matter what our remaining results (a 2-1 defeat against Marseille and a 0-0 draw against Sturm Graz at home). Our draw for the 1st Knockout Round was away to Tottenham, which I assumed was going to be the end of the road for us - as long as we weren’t on the wrong end of a lopsided result, I was going to be happy. But amazingly we pulled out a 2-1 win to go through to the next round, where we would face Ajax. That finally proved a bridge too far as we went down to a 2-1 defeat, but still I have to be impressed with our progress in the competition and it bodes decently well for the Champions League next season. Squad & Transfers - Squad | Transfers I wanted to move away from being as reliant on loan players this season, so we splashed the cash with a £725k outlay during the summer along with a big increase in our wage expenditures, bringing in a total of five players all of whom would find places in the first XI. Included in that haul were Zinho Vanheusden, who we’d had on loan from Inter for the past two seasons and who was our player of the season last year - his Inter contract was expiring so we snapped him up with our greatly expanded wage budget. The biggest transfer was Nuno Amaral, a Portuguese box to box midfielder, who cost us £575k from AC Milan (a nice profit for them as they’d signed him on a free the season before). Perhaps the most consequential transfer though was Portuguese U-21 right back Ze Serrao, who we brought in on a free transfer from Pacos de Ferreira. Diego Seoane was getting on a bit and moving on during the summer, so we were in search of a right back and my scouts were impressed with him so I figured why not give him a shot? Turns out he was a bit good - in the first half of the season he made 26 competitive starts for us, getting 10 assists, 3 player of the match awards, and a 7.57 average rating. Suddenly the £4.2m release clause, which I hadn’t even thought about when negotiating his contract, became significant as AC Milan, Inter, and Napoli all put in bids during the January transfer window. He opted for Milan, which left us £4.2m richer but lacking a right back, and facing a bit of a squad rebellion about the lack of depth in defense. So I was forced to have a more active January window than I intended, signing Swiss U-21 right back Haris Fassnacht from FC Zurich, central defender Gezim Stucki (who we’d had in on loan previously) from FC Basel, and left back Lorenzo Hamon from Neuchatel Xamax for a total outlay of £440k. In addition, our squad was stretched thin especially in our left and right wing positions, so I also signed Swiss U-20 international Levin Marti from FC Sion for £550k. At the end of all that we have what I would consider a very talented squad with a lot of young prospects. Clearly, it’s good enough to be a force in Swiss football and I think a lot of these players can still grow. The issue will be keeping people happy and not having the team broken up by bigger clubs - and keeping the team spirit together if people do leave (as evidenced by the mini rebellion over the departure of Ze Serrao). Finances - Summary Another season of success on the pitch has led to an even better financial situation off the pitch - even though our spending on wages is now up to £78k p/w and we spent about £1.7m on transfers this season, we still ended up making a profit of around £6m this season, mainly again through prize money. With the prospect of Champions League cash coming next season - thanks to the performance of other Swiss teams recently, as champions we will go straight into the group stage - we’re only likely to see that bank balance grow. Player of the Season - Zinho Vanheusden (42 (1) APPS - 5 GLS - 9 ASTS - 7.49 AV RAT) Young Player of the Season - Zinho Vanheusden (42 (1) APPS - 5 GLS - 9 ASTS - 7.49 AV RAT) Next Season I feel fairly confident we’ve established ourselves as a force to be reckoned with in Swiss football, though whether we can repeat next season remains an open question. With Champions League money coming in, we should be able to continue to grow the club. One area of concern is attendances - despite our impressive performances, our average attendance was 4,789, up just 267 from last season and only about 60% of the capacity of our 7,900 stadium. I also asked for the board to improve the below average youth facilities and was told I should just purchase players for the first team rather than trying to develop them. Finally, a fun fact that didn’t really fit anywhere else - four years in charge of Yverdon now and we have still to pick up a single red card. I’m kind of proud of that record!
  2. Here's where things stand with 10 games to go! Second place on goals scored as we have the same amount of points and the same goal difference as Young Boys. It's going to be a pretty nerve-wracking run in!
  3. @Crispypaul - congratulations on the instant promotion! Does that put you into the top flight (I can't remember how many divisions Norway has) and if so, do you think that might help you get your finances under control? @2481 - comfortable title defense there and a strong European run. £25m is nothing to sneeze at but probably doesn't give you the money to go chasing the world's very best players. Any thoughts about cashing in on someone like Arabidze to really give you some financial muscle to stretch, or do you think that new stadium income plus continued Champions League football will be enough to get you there? Also congrats on the Italy job! @Balahara - good luck! I've already had a great Czech Republic regen come and go at my club, hoping you can find some gems yourself!
  4. Yverdon Sport FC 2021-2022 Season Summary Swiss Super League Swiss Super League - 3rd - Table | Past Positions In our second season in the top flight we improved in just about every respect, as we were in the running for European contention from the very beginning and secured third place and Europa League qualification with a handful of games to spare. The Swiss league sort of broke down into four tiers this season - Young Boys and FC Basel well clear in the top two, finishing 20 points and 14 points ahead of us respectively. Then we were sort of in a league of our own in 3rd - not anywhere close to the top two but not really threatened by anyone behind us, as we finished 12 points ahead of FC Sion in 4th place. They led the third tier which was a pack of teams very close together from 4th to 8th, and then the final tier were the two relegated clubs, FC Sankt Gallen and FC Lugano. Swiss Cup - Semi-Final We had another good run in this competition which had me dreaming of retaining the trophy we won last season, as we comfortably dispatched lower league Solothurn in the 1st Round, lower league Fribourg in the 2nd Round, Super League mid-table side Lausanne-Sport in the 3rd Round, and decent 2nd tier side Servette in the Quarter Finals before we faced FC Zurich away in the semi-finals. It was a close match but they managed to pull ahead from a scrambled goal in the 67th minute and it looked like we were facing defeat, until with 90 minutes on the clock winger Kwadwo Duah equalized for us with a near post header form a corner. But then heartbreak as in the 94th minute, a long clearance from their keeper was bungled by the normally reliable Stefan Sonderegger and FC Zurich smashed home a wonder goal from 25 yards to put us out of the competition. Europa League - 3rd Group C With our Swiss Cup win we faced our first excursion into European competition, starting in the Europa League Best Placed 3rd Qualifying Round where we faced a tough draw against Portuguese side Belenenses. But our first European game was a success as we came away 2-1 winners, which meant a 0-0 draw away was enough to put us through on aggregate. In the 4th Qualifying Round we faced Sparta Prague, who we beat easily at home with a 3-0 win. In the return leg we went down to a close 2-1 defeat but that still meant we reached the Group stage, where we were drawn against Schalke, Lokomotiv Moscow, and BATE Borisov. We gave a good account of ourselves in the group, beating BATE Borisov home and away, getting a 0-0 draw at home against Lokomotiv, and giving Lokomotiv a good game away from home and not getting blown out in losses to Schalke, but two wins and a draw was never going to be enough for us to go through and we ended up 3rd. I won’t complain about that for a first European campaign, and I also won’t complain about the millions that put into our bank account. Squad & Transfers - Squad | Transfers Our much improved finances meant that we could really make some upgrades to the squad. I shifted most of the £1.2m transfer budget I was given into the wage budget and went bargain hunting. Key pick ups on free transfers were Nikola Milosavljevic, a Serbian midfielder who we’d previously had on loan from FC Sion, Nicolas Hunziker, a Swiss striker in from recently relegated FC Thun, and Joao Oliveira, an excellent Swiss left winger who had been released on a free by Lausanne-Sport. Adding to the squad quality was returning Belgian defender Zinho Vanheusden, on loan again from Inter Milan, and Mihailo Stevanovic, in for a third season long loan from FC Basel. As our finances improved, I cast a wider net with our scouting and splashed out (relatively) with a £270k outlay in the winter transfer window for some very promising youngsters to build around for the future. Coming in were striker Bassirou Kone, already a Mali international at 18, Bosnian U-21 international forward Admir Hajradinovic, and ball playing Swiss U-19 defender Alain Casanova from Grasshopper Zurich. With some solid more experienced players like captain Stefan Sonderegger, one of my first signings at the club and still a reliable presence at left back, and right winger Kwadwo Duah, in his second full season after joining from Young Boys, and with plenty of money in the bank, I’m hopeful that this can be the core we turn into a title contender over the next season or two. Finances - Summary Our successful season on the pitch has put us in very stable shape off the pitch, as we made a total profit of £5.8m this season, bolstered mainly by £4.2m in Europa League prize money and another £2.1m in Swiss Super League prize money. That puts us in a position to start this next season with £9.7m in the bank and another Europa League campaign in the offing. With a £3m transfer budget and an £82k p/w wage budget (we’re currently spending £36k p/w) I think I might be in a position of actually not being able to spend all the money at my disposal. Player of the Season - Zinho Vanheusden (50 (1) APPS - 9 GLS - 6 ASTS - 7.27 AV RAT) Young Player of the Season - Zinho Vanheusden (50 (1) APPS - 9 GLS - 6 ASTS - 7.27 AV RAT) Next Season With the right additions in the off season I think this could be the year where we start to close the gap with Young Boys and maybe grab one of the two Champions League places. A lot depends on us developing our young promising players properly while keeping our best older players at the club.
  5. After much deliberation I chose not to take the England offer. While it was pretty tough to say no, I decided against it for two main reasons: firstly, the idea that someone in my position would be offered the job was unlikely enough that I found that it broke the immersion a little bit, and secondly I felt like it would take the focus away from my club side - when, after all, the point of the challenge is to build up a club side and take them to glory. If I was playing just a regular career game I would definitely have taken it, but it just didn't quite feel right for me for this challenge. After I turned it down, they appointed... Avram Grant.
  6. Well, this was extremely unexpected! To be clear, I did not apply for this or even know it was available, I was headhunted. Looks like England had a pretty dismal World Cup Qualifying campaign, finishing 3rd in their group behind Poland and Slovakia. But you certainly wouldn't expect them to turn to the manager of a mid-table Swiss club in only his 3rd season as manager... Going to have to take a minute to decide what to do here - reading the rules, it looks like international management is allowed as long as you don't start as an international manager, so I'm in the clear on that front. I'm not sure if I've ever just flat out been offered the England job, so it'll be hard to find it in me to turn it down.
  7. Yverdon Sport FC 2020-2021 Season Summary Swiss Super League Swiss Super League - 6th - Table | Past Positions A really good first season in the top flight as we finished in the middle of the pack, 6th in the 10 team Swiss Super League. It only took us four or five games to really get our legs under us, after which we never really looked like even flirting with relegation. In fact, we spent a good chunk of the middle part of the season looking like we might be able to secure European qualification via the league as we held 4th place for a considerable period of time, but our form fell off towards the end and we ended up in 6th place on goal difference. Still, closer to the top of the league in terms of points than the one automatic relegation spot, and a very nice £1.8m in prize money in our bank account gives us a very nice platform to build on. Swiss Cup - Winners Quite the surprise outcome here, though it has to be said that we managed to avoid most of the top teams all the way to the final. Entering in the first round, we took on lower league side Vevey, who actually gave us a bit of a run for our money before finally falling to a 3-2 defeat. In the 2nd Round we faced Rapperswil, our old rivals from last season in the Challenge League, who we comfortably dispatched 2-0 to reach the 3rd Round. There we would face Lausanne-Sport, a fellow Super League relegation contender, and while the 3-1 win flattered us it was enough to take us through to the Quarter Finals. In our hardest game yet we faced mid-table side FC Sankt Gallen, managed by one Frank De Boer. We surrendered most of the possession but were very dangerous on the counter attack, but with more than 80 minutes gone it was still all square between the two sides. But we finally broke the deadlock in the 84th minute and then put the exclamation point on the win in the 88th to run out 2-0 winners. The Semi-Finals saw us face FC Thun, struggling so badly in the Super League that by this point they had already been relegated. We were all over them for most of the match but couldn’t make it count until we scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute, which saw us through to the final. That Final would be against Grasshopper Zurich, another team with a famous manager in Michael Laudrup, and a side we had struggled against all season - they were in a solid 2nd place and heading for Champions League qualification. Despite being comprehensively outplayed, we managed to grab a 61st minute goal on the break and hold on for our first serious silverware - and Europa League qualification. Squad & Transfers - Squad | Transfers Some serious work was needed to make this team competitive in the Super League, and with attrition to our squad from letting the contracts expire of some of the older players who were at the club when I joined, we found ourselves with only 13 senior players. Not only that, but there seems to be a minimum wage of £700 p/w in the Super League - with a wage budget of just £15k p/w, that meant we could only afford to have 21 players on the books at minimum wage - less than that if we wanted to pay anyone any more than the minimum. The only solution was to get some quality free transfers in and then make up the rest of the squad with loan players where hopefully we could arrange to only pay a small percentage of their salary - or preferably, nothing at all. We ended up with a total of 6 loanees in our squad, including three returning from last season in Aboubacar Cisse, Mihailo Stevanovic, and Sadik Vitija. Added to that were Gezim Stucki, an 18 year old Swiss central defender from FC Basel, and the two most exciting loan additions, Zinho Vanheusden, a 21 year old Belgian center back in from Inter Milan, and Alexandro Cavagnera, a defensive midfielder signed on loan from AC Milan. Probably our best signing of the season though was Kwadwo Duah, a Ghanaian winger who I brought in on a free after his contract at the reigning Swiss champions, Young Boys, expired. In the winter transfer window, we found ourselves having to let our promising Czech right back David Kopecky go. With offers on the table from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and a minimum fee release clause in his contract, we didn’t have much choice. So I squeezed Bayern for everything I could get, including £425k up front, another £300k in installments and future clauses, and a 40% sell on clause, and let him be on his way to Bayern’s reserves. To cover the right back spot I brought in 33 year old Spaniard Diego Seoane, a one time Deportivo La Coruna player who was highly recommended by my scouts, and he did a decent enough job during the second half of the season. Finances - Summary The combination of the £1m in top flight TV money, significantly increased gate receipts and season ticket sales, the £2m in prize money we brought in from our league position and our cup win, the £500k+ from the Kopecky transfer, and the extremely tight wage budget, means that we are now in very good financial shape, with £3.6m in the bank and the potential of some Europa League paydays ahead of us. The board has given me a £1.1m transfer budget and £22k p/w wage budget for next season - I’ll probably plough a bit more of that money into wages if I can find some good free players to bring in, but that should be enough to give us a good chance of improving next season. Player of the Season - Stefan Sonderegger (35 APPS - 0 GLS - 5 ASTS - 6.90 AV RAT) Young Player of the Season - Zinho Vanheusden (42 APPS - 1 GLS - 6 ASTS - 6.99 AV RAT) Next Season With money in the bank and a Europa League campaign to come, I’m hoping that I can strengthen enough in the summer to mix it up in the top half this season. Being champions is probably still well out of reach - Young Boys finished the season 16 points clear at the top and 29 points ahead of us - but qualifying for European competition through the league is something to aim for.
  8. @2481 - wow, champions already! That's some impressive work. How do you think you'll fare in the Champions League? And what kind of money do you have to play with to see if you can repeat your league win? @Biscotti - looks like you've got the Polish league well in hand - will you be playing weakened teams in the league next season to keep everyone fresh and concentrate on the Champions League? Are you concerned that you might have big clubs from bigger leagues circling for your best players after how well you've been performing?
  9. Got a weird error and not only did my report post before I was ready, it double posted too! Whoops!
  10. Yverdon Sport FC 2019-2020 Season Summary Swiss Challenge League Swiss Challenge League - Champions - Table | Past Positions What was expected to be a battle for survival quickly became a race to the top as we came out of the gates all guns blazing and didn't ever really stop, never falling below 3rd place. For a long time it was a very tight race between ourselves and eventual runners up Rapperswil, with the two teams swapping back and forth between 1st and 2nd for two thirds of the season. However, after we beat them 3-1 in the first game back from the mid-season winter break, we finally began to pull narrowly ahead. With four games to go, we were still just separated by 3 points, but they failed to win any of those last four games, which meant a return of two wins and one draw were enough to deliver the title and the one automatic promotion spot to us by a more comfortable than it seemed five points. Swiss Cup - 3rd Round Entering the competition at the 1st Round stage, we comfortably took care of lower division side Thalwil in a 3-1 away victory, fulfilling our season expectation of reaching the 2nd Round in the process. We were drawn against our eventual promotion rivals Rapperswil in the 2nd Round, and managed to progress with a 3-2 win after extra time at home. For the 3rd Round, we were drawn at home against FC Basel, one of the giants of the Swiss league, and while the 3-1 defeat was not unexpected, the payday from the home crowd, our second biggest of the season, was welcome. Squad & Transfers - Squad | Transfers The squad was in relatively decent shape when I took over, so to meet our pre-season expectations of avoiding relegation, we were only looking to make an upgrade rather than a full overhaul. We brought in Austrian left back Stefan Sonderegger, at that point playing for a lower league Swiss team, and Portuguese midfielder Julio Teixeira, a veteran of the Swiss league who had been released on a free transfer from our Challenge League rivals Rapperswil. We also brought in some loan players from some of the bigger Swiss teams, with midfielder Nikola Milosavljevic coming in from FC Sion and impressive Austrian forward Aboubacar Cisse joining on a season loan from FC Basel. Find of the season though was Czech U-21 right back David Kopecky, who came in on a free transfer and exceeded all expectations by establishing himself as a first team regular at just 16 years old. During the winter transfer window a couple of the old guard who were disappointed with lack of playing time departed, and we brought in three more loan players to strengthen our promotion chances during the run in. Finances - Summary The season started with a nice surprise of nearly £500k in sponsorship money going into the club account - not enough to make any big moves in the transfer market, but enough to keep our head above water I hoped. However, we operated at a loss of close to £100k per month despite me sticking rigidly to the wage budget, meaning that by the spring we were nearly £300k in debt. Fortunately the board injected £190k in May to keep the club running, and the £630k we won in prize money at the end of the season is enough to put us on a pretty even keel for next season. With the £500k of sponsorship now in our coffers for next season, we currently have £764k in the bank. I'm not sure what TV money or other revenue we might have coming our way for being in the Super League next season, so I'm hoping we might even get a bit more before the season starts to really establish us financially. Player of the Season - Stefan Sonderegger (39 APPS - 2 GLS - 7 ASTS - 7.25 AV RAT) Young Player of the Season - David Kopecky (36 (1) APPS - 1 GLS - 2 ASTS - 7.06 AV RAT) Next Season Obviously survival and consolidation is our first priority. While the players who were at the club when I arrived were good enough for our promotion charge this season, there's no way they're good enough for the top flight. On top of that most of them have contracts that are expiring in the summer, and will not be renewing. That frees up a chunk of wage budget for next season, but our budget only increased from £13k p/w last season to £15k p/w this season despite our promotion, so it's going to be a bit of a struggle to put together a squad good enough to stay up with that money. We relied fairly heavily on loan players last season and we may find ourselves doing the same this season if we want to stay in the Super League.
  11. Hey all - decided to make this year's attempt at this challenge my first main FM2019 save! I couldn't quite decide whether to go with a small league or a big league so I decided to split the difference and went with a medium league - Switzerland! Despite having played since the original Championship Manager I've never had a serious game in the Swiss league so I'm excited to see where this one takes me. I'll be managing newly promoted Yverdon Sport FC, a team that actually has a decent amount of history - they won the Swiss Challenge League (2nd tier of Swiss football behind the Super League) as recently as 2005, which means they were in the Swiss top flight back in the 2005/06 season (but were relegated right away). They were also runner up in the Swiss Cup back in 2001. Since then they've clearly fallen on hard times, dropping down into the Swiss third tier in the 2010/11 season, but having spent eight years in the wilderness, they've been promoted back into the Challenge League and it's time to see where we can take them. Domestic League History Manager Profile Club Overview Yverdon Sport FC Squad
  12. I used the "traductor de Internet más populares" to figure out what this said and I liked what I saw! Nice work! Best of luck in Spain. Looks like you might be a bit light on players, but 1,200 season ticket holders at €110 per ticket is a decent chunk of cash coming in I would think. Not sure what wages look like in the Spanish third tier.
  13. Awesome, thank you! I've added to the opening post.
  14. Haha great! You can be my realism police. Currently I'm having trouble getting staff and players to sign on part time contracts unless they are rejects from the island's other clubs - I'm guessing it's a long way to move for a part time job. Still having a decent time in the league though.
  15. Haven't double checked the database since the full version only came out yesterday, but I'm pretty sure they would be! They're definitely a Serie D side IRL so unplayable at the moment, and they have a chance of getting promoted to Serie C if you holiday for a season.
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