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  1. AS PAOK Salonika December/January 2022/23 Update Greek Super League The winter World Cup in Qatar meant we had a ridiculously busy January and if you had offered me eight wins from nine, I would have definitely taken it. We signed off 2022 with a comfortable win at Xanthi before a couple of average performances against Iraklis and Levadeiakos thankfully led to another six points. Our second defeat of the season followed against Olympiacos - we were poor and a couple of defensive mistakes handed them the game. After the victories against Iraklis and Panathinaikos, I decided to t
  2. AS PAOK Salonika First Half of 2022/23 Season Update Greek Super League With the Qatar World Cup throwing the scheduling into chaos, I have gone with a longer update for the first half of this season. The results on paper look decent but we just haven't played well at all in the League. Despite our signings, goals have been a real issue. Aparicio has had some niggling injury issues and the rest of the team has looked disjointed and bereft of confidence in most games - very frustrating! Despite our struggles, we still sit third in the table with games in hand and it could be muc
  3. He hasn't quite had such a big impact just yet
  4. Not sure why Barca were happy to let him go for peanuts! I can see what you mean regarding Nkunku. He will be mainly a backup and should be more than good enough for the Greek Super League. I don't think he's a long term option in all honesty. Early signs with Valverde are very promising! I would like more Greek players but the best are either on ridiculous wages in better European leagues or going for big transfer fees that I can't afford. I'm enjoying the League at the moment but it could become tedious if Olympiacos and AEK don't keep up. I'd like to see Panathinaikos compete too.
  5. AS PAOK Salonika Greek Super League - 2022/23 Season Preview Only a few outs worth mentioning this summer. Paschalkis was our fourth choice keeper who was never going to see any game time so it was only fair to let him go. Lemos was signed by the previous manager and never really featured for us so I was happy to get over £1m for him. The only notable sale was that of Diego. A fan favourite but a player that didn't really fit into our system. He came off the bench a lot last season and was in the last year of his contract. I'm sure he'll do well at Sampdoria and £6m is a fair fee.
  6. I wish I could poach my rivals' wonderkids! Olympiacos, AEK and Xanthi have all had youngsters go to France (PSG & Monaco) for £10m plus over the past six months or so - out of our price range! We do seem to be creating a very good core of young Eastern Europeans though! Thanks @Carambau! I hope you're right!
  7. AS PAOK Salonika Greek Super League - 2021/22 End of Season Review We exceeded expectations with a domestic double. We didn't really have a tough spell in the League apart from the two defeats to AEK fairly close together in the Championship Stage. We looked comfortable against Olympiacos and every other team is quite far back after that. We managed to avoid AEK in the Cup and it was a pretty easy journey to the final. Even the final itself was reasonably straightforward, Olympiacos failing to put up much of a fight. Andre Pereira was fantastic all seaso
  8. AS PAOK Salonika April/May 2022 Update Greek Super League Atromitos held us to a goalless draw to kick off April but we thrashed Panathinaikos to put us on the verge of clinching the title. Xanthi are always a tough nut to crack but we managed to secure a 2-1 win and with it, the Greek Super League title! We ended the season with a late victory at Panathinaikos before a goalless draw at runners-up Olympiacos. I really didn't expect us to win the title by such a margin! Greek Cup We won 1-0 against Panathinaikos in the second leg of the semi-final to m
  9. No, I think you're spot on! Developing youth has always been a bit of a weak point for me in FM. I have signed around half of the squad above after looking at them and I will give them individual training to get them used to a first team spot I think suits them (even if they never end up getting near the first team). I do try and loan out as many youngsters as I can as well. We do have a couple of interesting youngsters at the club that came through the ranks before I joined. In terms of nationality, it doesn't look like there's much variety. In my U19s, there are only three players
  10. AS PAOK Salonika February/March 2022 Update Greek Super League We've had better runs of form but the odd defeat was bound to happen in the Championship Group. We were too strong for Panaitolikos which was our final game before the split. We thrashed Atromitos but then suffered our second League defeat of the season at the hands of AEK. We bounced back with vital wins against Xanthi and Olympiacos - the latter was a really strong performance and put us firmly in the driving seat for the title. AEK obviously want to make things a bit more difficult and beat us 1-0 again. We have
  11. I would prefer it to be just a 'normal' season but I suppose it makes you earn the title a bit more as you end up playing more games against your rivals at the top. In my old journeyman save I documented on here, it stopped me from winning the Belgian League with KV Kortrijk. I was fine against 90% of the division but just could never beat Club Brugge, Standard or Anderlecht and that killed me for a few seasons!
  12. Thank you for reading @hm86 - glad you've enjoyed the journey Hi @Jimbokav1971 - that's a very good point! I shall put the story/trophies behind spoiler tags in the opening post. Thanks for reading
  13. AS PAOK Salonika January 2022 Update Greek Super League Goals have been at a premium again for us which is why I was annoyed we had a perfectly good winner chalked off against Panathinaikos. I criticised the officials in the press and the Greek FA rewarded me with a one match touchline ban. Frustratingly it meant I had to watch the AEK game from the stands. Despite missing a first-minute penalty, we played brilliantly and picked up a vital victory. Aris gave us problems again before we secured three wins in a row against Atromitos, Panaitolikos and Xanthi. We have just one
  14. I don't want to call myself a genius but I've just loaned out our young striker Katsoulis to Xanthi to get more game time and aid his development. He goes and does this on debut
  15. There is quite the gap between the top three and the rest of the League so I expect Olympiacos and AEK to push us all the way. With the Champions League teams dropping into the Europa League at this stage, to draw Charleroi is about as good as we could have hoped. Watch us go out to them now Zirkzee has done well - better than I expected to be honest. Akpom has been hit and miss (quite literally!) so it's nice to have another dependable option alongside Pereira.
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