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  1. LLR - Thanks for all the work you've done on the challenge over the years, it's much appreciated! iseemonsters1 - Glad to see you take over from LLR, as vikeologist said, the thread will be in good hands. IOA - Congrats on completing the challenge in Turkey! I wish I had as well, but my computer issues meant I gradually lost interest in my save and FM in general.
  2. Nice to see more activity in the thread again! Tecmo - Glad to hear that you're having a good season. Paul - Getting closer to that first title every year. How big was your old stadium? duccio - Congrats on the promotion. rlipscombe - Welcome back and good luck wherever you end up going. jpapciak - Doing well, keep the nice, steady progress up. Dexter - Very successful start to your career in France. JWVG - Good luck in Germany!
  3. Season 18 Preseason Report Summer Transfer Window Transfers IN: Four foreigners and three young Turkish players came in, without a single cent spent on transfer fees. OUT: Several important players left, which saw us raise £19.6M in transfer fees. Pre-season Fixtures TFF Super Cup Lost 0-2 A bad loss, gifting Gala their 20th Super Cup. Current First Eleven GK: Alain Garita - Still some room to improve, meaning he could be a fantastic 'keeper for us. RB: Zekeriya Turan CB: Salvatore Melis - We had him on loan last year and he was signed as soon as I could offer him a contract. CB: İsmet Bolat LB: İdris Çelen DM: Yasin Kaya RM: Mesut Coşkun CM: Simon Menegazzo CM: Aser Pierrick Kouamou - A bit of a beast. LM: İhsan Erdil - The homegrown youngster has some Ronaldo-like characteristics, although he does seem to complain a lot. ST: André Müller - We needed a good new goalscorer with Konuk ageing. Don't be fooled by his low initial star rating, he's currently our top scorer.
  4. Batman PetrolSpor 2031/32 Update The Club Manager Profile | Staff | Team Report | Information | Facilities | Finances | Transfers We're now rich beyond our wildest dreams. £44M in the bank, as well as currently being the most valuable club in Turkey and the only Turkish club listed as 'Rich'. Spor Toto Super League Predicted finish: 2nd Actual Finish: 1st League Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 A very interesting league campaign: we started slowly, crept up the table even slower and then, on the final game of the season, we pounced and brought home our third title. Ziraat Turkish Cup Winners 5th cup win. Champions League First Knockout Round After getting past Grasshoppers and (somehow) Dortmund, we were 3rd seeds in a group composed of Barcelona (who won it in the previous year), Milan and Celtic. Surprisingly, we managed to qualify for the First Knockout Round for the first time, helped by Barcelona's awful performance as they lost all six group stage games. Our next opponent was Bayern, whom we held to a creditable 0-0 away draw before they beat us 0-2 at home. Squad Squad Screen 1 | Squad Screen 2 Most Appearances: Hakan Bülbül (44 starts) Top Goalscorer: Yiğit Konuk (25) Most Assists: Mesut Coşkun and Yiğit Konuk (10) Highest Average Rating: Mesut Coşkun (7.45) Previous Season Goals Win a trophy - Success - Won two. Improve club coefficient - Success - 58 --> 70 Continue ensuring long-term financial stability - Success - We're projected to stay stable over the next two years. Next Season Goals Win more trophies Improve club coefficient Start search for long-term Konuk replacement - Konuk had a very good season, but he's starting to decline and we'll have to find a replacement for him sooner rather than later. Career | Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe | Avg. Att. | Season Tickets (Change) | Achievements | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 15/16 | 2L Red | 7th | 2nd Rnd | | 959 | 623 (+90) | | | 16/17 | 2L Red | 1st | 3rd Rnd | | 1053 | 645 (+22) | Promoted as Champions | | 17/18 | PTT 1. | 2nd | Group Stage | | 2671 | 1527 (+882) | Promoted | | 18/19 | Super League | 18th | 4th Rnd | | 6698 | 4570 (+3043) | Relegated | | 19/20 | PTT 1. | 1st | 3rd Rnd | | 4447 | 3934 (-636) | Promoted as Champions | | 20/21 | Super League | 10th | 4th Rnd | | 7545 | 6640 (+2706) | | | 21/22 | Super League | 7th | 4th Rnd | | 7559 | 6741 (+101) | | | 22/23 | Super League | 8th | Winners | | 7807 | 6890 (+149) | European Qualification | | 23/24 | Super League | 3rd | Qtr Final | EL 1st KO | 8095 | 7104 (+214) | | | 24/25 | Super League | 2nd | Winners | EL Group | 9542 | 8742 (+1638) | CL Qualification | | 25/26 | Super League | 3rd | Winners | EL 1st KO | 9941 | 9024 (+282) | | | 26/27 | Super League | 1st | Semi Final | EL 1st KO | 10100 | 9115 (+91) | League Winners | | 27/28 | Super League | 2nd | Final | CL Group | 10100 | 9115 (0) | | | 28/29 | Super League | 5th |Quarter Final| EL QF | 10100 | 9115 (0) | | | 29/30 | Super League | 1st | Winners | | 18614 | 10026 (+911) | Domestic Double | | 30/31 | Super League | 2nd |Quarter Final| EL 2nd KO | 20122 | 14730 (+4704) | | | 31/32 | Super League | 1st | Winners | CL 1st KO | 28162 | 15216 (+486) | |
  5. Season 17 Preseason Report Summer Transfer Window Transfers IN: I wasn't planning on spending much, but there were some good players available with other Turkish clubs interested. I do now have three senior right backs at the club, although one may be sold in the winter transfer window for a quick profit. OUT: Donosor leaving for £10M is obviously the big one here, even though I was always planning on selling him this summer because of his skyrocketing wage demands. Unfortunately I didn't get any bids with a 50% of next sale clause for him. Pre-season Fixtures Konuk got a testimonial in the first friendly back at our expanded stadium. Champions League We beat Grasshoppers 2-1 on aggregate and now face Dortmund again. Current First Eleven GK: Hakan Bülbül RB: Zekeriya Turan CB: İsmet Bolat CB: Borracha LB: İdris Çelen DM: Yasin Kaya RM: Emre Eser CM: İbrahim Özdemir CM: Ekrem Cengiz LM: Faruk Kılıç - A great player, whose technical and physical ability should help unlock tough defences. ST: Yiğit Konuk
  6. Batman PetrolSpor 2030/31 Update The Club Manager Profile | Staff | Team Report | Information | Facilities | Finances | Transfers Our youth and training facilities are now maxed out, while we will be moving back to our expanded stadium in the summer. We are also £28M in the black with CL television money still to come. Spor Toto Super League Predicted finish: 1st Actual Finish: 2nd League Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 We had a pretty slow start and only caught up with the top two late in the season after a great run of form which included beating the top two. We even took first place for two games but two consecutive losses saw us fall back behind Galatasaray and we didn't manage to catch up again. Ziraat Turkish Cup Quarter Final Could do better. Europa League Second Knockout Round After exiting the CL at the group stage we were faced with Zenit, who got destroyed over two legs. Next up was Schalke and conceding a late goal at home cost us as we were kicked out on away goals. Squad Squad Screen 1 | Squad Screen 2 Most Appearances: Zekeriya Turan (41 starts, 1 sub) Top Goalscorer: Yiğit Konuk (28) Most Assists: Daniel López and İbrahim Özdemir (12) Highest Average Rating: İbrahim Özdemir (7.49) Konuk hit 300 goals for Batman Petrolspor this season. Previous Season Goals Retain the title (amended to top three finish) - Success Improve club coefficient - Success Ensure that the two loans don't ruin our finances - Success Next Season Goals Win a trophy Improve club coefficient Continue ensuring long-term financial stability Career | Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe | Avg. Att. | Season Tickets (Change) | Achievements | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 15/16 | 2L Red | 7th | 2nd Rnd | | 959 | 623 (+90) | | | 16/17 | 2L Red | 1st | 3rd Rnd | | 1053 | 645 (+22) | Promoted as Champions | | 17/18 | PTT 1. | 2nd | Group Stage | | 2671 | 1527 (+882) | Promoted | | 18/19 | Super League | 18th | 4th Rnd | | 6698 | 4570 (+3043) | Relegated | | 19/20 | PTT 1. | 1st | 3rd Rnd | | 4447 | 3934 (-636) | Promoted as Champions | | 20/21 | Super League | 10th | 4th Rnd | | 7545 | 6640 (+2706) | | | 21/22 | Super League | 7th | 4th Rnd | | 7559 | 6741 (+101) | | | 22/23 | Super League | 8th | Winners | | 7807 | 6890 (+149) | European Qualification | | 23/24 | Super League | 3rd | Qtr Final | EL 1st KO | 8095 | 7104 (+214) | | | 24/25 | Super League | 2nd | Winners | EL Group | 9542 | 8742 (+1638) | CL Qualification | | 25/26 | Super League | 3rd | Winners | EL 1st KO | 9941 | 9024 (+282) | | | 26/27 | Super League | 1st | Semi Final | EL 1st KO | 10100 | 9115 (+91) | League Winners | | 27/28 | Super League | 2nd | Final | CL Group | 10100 | 9115 (0) | | | 28/29 | Super League | 5th |Quarter Final| EL QF | 10100 | 9115 (0) | | | 29/30 | Super League | 1st | Winners | | 18614 | 10026 (+911) | Domestic Double | | 30/31 | Super League | 2nd |Quarter Final| EL 2nd KO | 20122 | 14730 (+4704) | |
  7. Paul - Nice progress, you're steadily inching your way up to the top of the table. Your first league title can't be too far off now. berty1978 - Solid first season. jpapciak - Good luck in France and welcome to the forums! I just had the 2031 youth intake come through and Adil Yildiz is easily the biggest prospect we've had since Ismet Bolat, who at 19 is already a key part of the squad.
  8. As far as I know not winning both in the same season is fine, but in Turkey you'll generally have to be pretty dominant domestically before you're able to mount a challenge in Europe, so they'll usually coincide. Paul - Congrats on the Europa League win, will be great for France's coefficient.
  9. IOA - Great stuff! Hope it is the first of many. Tecmo - Well done on staying up. Did you try to prolong Ozcan's loan? That's how I managed to keep Kemal Efe for three years, until his contract expired and I signed him on a free. Also, Halil Tuna. \o/
  10. Season 16 Preseason Report Summer Transfer Window Transfers IN: I brought in a few youngsters who could go on to be good players and managed to snap up Kaya for £4.5M on deadline day after his club got a new manager. OUT: Lots of big sales (including breaking our biggest sale record twice in the same transfer window), totaling £28M spread over 48 months. This brings our monthly income from players sales to over £1M, which will help a lot with our loan repayments. Our wage budget has also dropped by over £50k p/w, so we should be fine financially for the foreseeable future. It does, however, mean that our squad is a lot weaker than last year in terms of depth, but we should still be able to challenge at the top. TFF Super Cup Winners Always good to get an extra trophy in, especially now that we're expected to win everything domestically. Current First Eleven GK: Hakan Bülbül RB: Zekeriya Turan CB: Alper Saruhan CB: Borracha LB: İdris Çelen DM: Yasin Kaya - I've been chasing him for a while now, but it took until the final day of the transfer window for his club to even consider any bids. RM: João Donosor CM: Alberto Di Mauro - The loanee from Milan has already scored on his debut. CM: Ekrem Cengiz LM: Daniel López ST: Yiğit Konuk
  11. Paul - Great stuff in the EL, shame about your chairman going back on his promise though. Tecmo - Glad to see you up again, third time's the charm? I'm changing my goal of winning the title again to getting at least third place, as some big sales have been made and are being made this pre-season. This should put us on a very solid financial footing for the next few years, but the squad is definitely weaker than last year now.
  12. Batman PetrolSpor 2029/30 Update The Club Manager Profile | Staff | Team Report | Information | Facilities | Finances | Transfers Some big news here. We will be upgrading the youth facilities once again, while the board decided to expand our stadium by almost 10,000 seats (which will bring it up to 29k+), which means that we will be ground-sharing at Diyarbakır in a 33,000 seat stadium next season. This also means that we will have another £150k p/m added to our loan repayments, bringing the total up to a monthly £350k. This will be offset by our monthly transfer income, but it also means that we'll be running at a loss and that I won't ask to upgrade the junior coaching yet. Spor Toto Super League Predicted finish: 3rd Actual Finish: 1st (CHAMPIONS!) League Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 We started off slowly, to the point where players asked for a meeting to discuss our poor form. After that, however, we became brilliant and we ended up with our highest point total and a 13 point lead on the second placed team. Fantastic season, overall. Ziraat Turkish Cup Winners Another trophy to add to our cabinet. We were very convincing throughout and fully deserved to be in the final, where a Konuk brace saw him further cement his legendary status at the club. Squad Squad Screen 1 | Squad Screen 2 Most Appearances: João Donosor (31 starts, 3 subs) Top Goalscorer: Fuat Gündoğdu (26) Most Assists: João Donosor (14) Highest Average Rating: João Donosor (7.70) Goalkeepers 1. Hakan Bülbül - A great goalkeeper, who is only 27, but has been with us for almost a decade. 21. Erdinç Görgülü - Homegrown backup keeper, whose performances in the cup were sensational this year. He conceded only one goal (in the final) in 11 cup games. Rightbacks 2. Eşref Baran - He's usually very consistent, if unspectacular. 22. Zekeriya Turan - A younger competitor for Baran, who will probably take over should the other leave the club. Centrebacks 24. Alper Saruhan - Saruhan was injured for a large portion of the season, but when he came back he was fantastic and everyone who played alongside him in the centre of our defence played better too. 5. Lorenzo Petit - Now a backup to the in-form Saruhan, might even be moved on in the near future should any decent offers be made for him. 4. Borracha - Borracha took a while to adapt to Turkish football and his form improved massively only after the turn of the year. 25. İsmet Bolat - The crown jewel of the Batman Petrolspor academy and possibly of Turkish football as a whole. Having become international and a 'Wonderkid' at 18, Bolat is now considered a Super League star at only 19. Leftbacks 3. İdris Çelen - The more consistent of our two young and homegrown leftbacks. 23. Sahir Öner - Very solid for a guy who was playing second division football the year before and should still have some growth left in him. Defensive Midfielders 6. Kenny Appleyard - The Englishman had a solid season. 16. Abdurrahman Aksu - Another homegrown player, whose performances this year were consistent if unremarkable. Right wingers 17. João Donosor - Beast. He's put in some sensational performances since joining and signed a new 3-year contract on big wages. 27. Emre Eser - An excellent Turkish prospect, who came back from injury in the last few games to adequately replace Donosor. Central Midfielders 10. Orhan Çiçek - Yet another homegrown player, who will be hard for us to retain if he continues to perform like he has been doing. 30. İbrahim Özdemir - The final academy graduate in our first team and backup to Çiçek, but also an excellent performer in his own right. 8. Mehmet Yavuz - The midfield general did very well, although he tended to get nervous in the big occasions. 15. Ekrem Cengiz - Did very well in his first year at the club, will probably be the one to take over from Yavuz in the future. Left Wingers 11. Ümit Yıldırım - Started as the backup to López, but his performances made it hard to leave him out for prolonged spells. 20. Daniel López - He did a bit better in the cup than in the league, but even there he was very solid. Strikers 9. Yiğit Konuk - The club captain had a brilliant season in terms of both goalscoring and general performances. He now has 204 league goals in 367 league appearances and 286 goals in all competitions. 29. Fuat Gündoğdu - An incredible season for a striker his first year at the club. He managed to score one more goal than Konuk this season (by grabbing a brace in the last game of the season) and did so in less games. If he can keep this up we might already have found Konuk's long-term replacement. Previous Season Goals Win the cup - Success Better league position - Success Continue building a new squad - Success Next Season Goals Retain the title - Our squad should be able to retain the title, but that might become harder should the financial heavyweights strengthen their teams. Improve club coefficient - This season without European football has only slightly lowered our coefficient, but we can't afford to have multiple low coefficient seasons. Ensure that the two loans don't ruin our finances - This means that a few of our older players will have to leave for big fees, while their replacements will have to join on the cheap or for free. Career | Season | League | Position | Cup | Europe | Avg. Att. | Season Tickets (Change) | Achievements | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 15/16 | 2L Red | 7th | 2nd Rnd | | 959 | 623 (+90) | | | 16/17 | 2L Red | 1st | 3rd Rnd | | 1053 | 645 (+22) | Promoted as Champions | | 17/18 | PTT 1. | 2nd | Group Stage | | 2671 | 1527 (+882) | Promoted | | 18/19 | Super League | 18th | 4th Rnd | | 6698 | 4570 (+3043) | Relegated | | 19/20 | PTT 1. | 1st | 3rd Rnd | | 4447 | 3934 (-636) | Promoted as Champions | | 20/21 | Super League | 10th | 4th Rnd | | 7545 | 6640 (+2706) | | | 21/22 | Super League | 7th | 4th Rnd | | 7559 | 6741 (+101) | | | 22/23 | Super League | 8th | Winners | | 7807 | 6890 (+149) | European Qualification | | 23/24 | Super League | 3rd | Qtr Final | EL 1st KO | 8095 | 7104 (+214) | | | 24/25 | Super League | 2nd | Winners | EL Group | 9542 | 8742 (+1638) | CL Qualification | | 25/26 | Super League | 3rd | Winners | EL 1st KO | 9941 | 9024 (+282) | | | 26/27 | Super League | 1st | Semi Final | EL 1st KO | 10100 | 9115 (+91) | League Winners | | 27/28 | Super League | 2nd | Final | CL Group | 10100 | 9115 (0) | | | 28/29 | Super League | 5th |Quarter Final| EL QF | 10100 | 9115 (0) | | | 29/30 | Super League | 1st | Winners | | 18614 | 10026 (+911) | Domestic Double |
  13. IOA - Seems like you had a similar season to mine, hopefully the lack of European games will help you in the league next season. Tecmo - Yeah, Bolat is one of a few players that could go on to be very good should they stay with us. Glad to see you continuing in Turkey, btw! Hope you bounce back again. In Batman news, another member of the old guard has left as Kemal Efe was sold to Giresunspor after making 370 appearances for the club with an average rating of 7.21. He was slowly getting less and less games (although still performing well) and I moved him on so that he could play a few more seasons at a high level, but also to allow the right wingers of the future to have the games they need to develop.
  14. Tecmo - Sad to see you go down again, hope you'll be back soon if you do decide to take a break from the save. In Batman news, İsmet Bolat just became our first player to be tagged as a Wonderkid, which I'm delighted about as he is a Batman-born academy graduate. He also just made his senior Turkey debut at the tender age of 18. I managed to sign him onto a 5-year contract, although his agent locked in a £8.75M release clause.
  15. Season 15 Preseason Report Summer Transfer Window Transfers IN: Borracha and Donosor are two Brazilians offered to us by agents. Fuat Gündoğdu was supposed to join a year ago (that's when I agreed his Bosman transfer), but somehow only joined this year. The others are a backup left winger and two relatively young strikers. OUT: I sold several players who were getting on or hadn't performed/developed as well as I'd like. Most of their transfer fees were spread over 48 months, so we're now getting £500k+ on a monthly basis. Current First Eleven GK: Hakan Bülbül RB: Eşref Baran CB: Lorenzo Petit CB: Borracha - A great centreback, who was signed once he halved his wage demands. LB: Sahir Öner - Öner is an academy graduate who was brilliant out on loan last year and improved considerably. DM: Kenny Appleyard RM: João Donosor - Had to sign him when I saw his wage demands. He's currently being retrained as a right winger. CM: Orhan Çiçek CM: Mehmet Yavuz LM: Daniel López ST: Yiğit Konuk