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  1. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Was surprised to see him still available at that point. Disappointed with his injuries, but anyway that's good to attract a high reputation player even for short time. Season 2028 – part 1 Transfers out Selling the third choice striker was our only winter transaction. Champions League For nine minutes we were leading on aggregate but then were destroyed by United offense. After several quarter-finals this result is an obvious disappointment despite the opposition strength… And a predicted step back in rankings. We’ll have to start from qualifying rounds next year (though that’s not too bad as we can gain some extra points). Youth League That was a real surprise! For the first time our youth team reached the final and lost to Bayern (who are almost unbeatable here, winning this trophy three times in four years) only with a late goal. Kazakhstan at Euro 2028 As expected, the squad mostly consists of our current and former players, only 5 from selected 23 have no connection to Kairat. Also Gorbachev was called to Russia squad and will face most of his teammates in the first group game. Well… at least that wasn’t totally hopeless for the debut. Games against Russia and Switzerland were equal and with some more luck could end in our favor. England later won the tournament, Russia lost to France in quarter-final, but that was enough for Gorbachev to be selected into the dream team!
  2. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2027 – part 2 Transfers out Gigena wasn’t really better than Khusainov or Gritsenko on his position, so I decided to sell him after receiving a really good offer from Mexico. Transfers in Raheem Sterling – was an emergency signing after Gerardo Diaz suffered an injury in August, when our transfer window was already closed so we only could sign free agents and register them for Europe. Unfortunately, he spent most of the time injured as well. Cups Premier League Unbeaten for three years and more than a hundred games. Atyrau did well for runners-up, they couldn’t provide any title challenge but only 15 points deficit is really a progress comparing to several seasons before. Also the cup final was played probably on the coldest day I ever seen in FM (and never expected that from a southern desert town of Kyzylorda). Champions League Winning the first game 6-0 usually means quite an easy campaign but not in this case. After four games we were bottom of the group and Shakhtar were leading with three wins (and still negative goal difference). So, only two wins could get us through, and still we had to rely on other results in our group. Luckily, everything went as planned and we advanced. We faced them on group stage few seasons ago and managed to win at home. Mourinho is still there, leading his team to six Premier League and three European trophies. Our youth team qualified a bit easier than senior squad. With higher seedings we had two teams in Europa League group stage this year, but both Kaisar and Ordabasy finished with zero points. Squad stats Youth intake Just awful, no one worth mentioning. National team The real highlight of the year! Two wins over Portugal allowed our nation to finish second and qualify for their first ever Euro. Next summer will be very interesting for us.
  3. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2027 – part 1 Transfers out Transfers in Nurken is back! As expected he wasn’t good enough for Man City first team, so spent a season in MLS without much playing time and now returns home for two years. Champions League Scoring just before half-time was crucial, this goal allowed us to control this equal game. In the second half our substitutes added two more, so we are traveling to Barcelona with a good advantage. Playing at Camp Nou is never easy, so early goal could be expected from the home team but then we didn’t allow them to create more. Once again we’re advancing to the quarter-finals and will play PSG there. Unlucky deflection, second goal conceded just after a red card and couple of really good chances missed – all that makes our task for the return leg almost impossible. We fought. Didn’t even concede a goal despite playing without our best central defender but weren’t good enough in attack to equalize. PSG then defeated Man City in the final, so for one more time we were knocked out by future winners. Youth League Rankings Kazakhstan moved up to 8th place in coefficient table. The record height which will be extremely hard to hold on, with more clubs in Europe our points have less weight and all other teams are unable to help at this level.
  4. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2026 – part 2 Transfers out The rise of market values allowed me to sell some players for the price they deserved. Charles, Uduokhai, Bogosavac and Diaz all were important team members but they don’t get younger and I had to replace them anyway in several seasons. Transfers in One Diaz left, two arrived Gergo Hrabina – that may be a future world-class player and a useful backup for Akhbari right now (as we needed one for continental games). Adil Hilali – the new starting left back, don’t know why our assistant gives him only 2.5 stars of ability. Ricardo Aran – replaced Charles as our first choice goalkeeper in Europe. Christian McDonald – a prospect from FFA COE, no big expectations but he has some potential. Francisco Diaz – Chilean wonderkid will replace Uduokhai as the key central defender. Gerardo Diaz – our most expensive signing of all time, and I hope he will really help us to reach the new level. Cups Premier League Second unbeaten season in a row with only six goals conceded. Champions League Bayern dominated this group and got a revenge for the knockout stage loss, Olympiacos were hopeless, so we contested the second play-off place with Sevilla. And like the last year, everything was decided in a head-to-head game which we confidently won. No Messi and Suarez anymore, only one La Liga title since 2016 but they are still a very capable team. Almost identical with the senior group. The only remarkable performance from other Kazakhstan teams was Atyrau winning the first game against RB Salzburg in Champions League qualifiers, however they lost on aggregate. Zhetysu lost all six games in Europa League group without even scoring a goal. Squad stats Gerardo Diaz only spent half of the season with us but that was enough to become one of top goalscorers. Youth intake Better than last two years but quite poor in terms of personalities. Striker Evstigneev and attacking midfielder Il’iasov stand out here. National team Second promotion in a row, and that’s an extra chance to qualify for the Euro! These results also pushed Kazakhstan to the record high 23rd place in FIFA ranking.
  5. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2026 – part 1 Transfers out Decided to sell Muldoon as already found a replacement. As for Khusainov… well, a player who had only a couple of games for our first team was wanted by Man City and clearly unsettled with that. Transfers in Luis Pinheiro – our new right back replacing Muldoon in the first 11. Champions League Bayern equalized almost immediately after our goal and were close to held a comfortable away draw but a bad backpass from their left back was converted into goal by Mamonov. Few minutes later we managed to run a counter and Gritsenko set the final score. 3-1, now we can really hope to advance. Early goal from Dybala could change the game but we equalized after a corner, and the second goal from Diaz actually ended this match. We got Arsenal in quarter-final, time for revenge? Arsenal played better and probably deserved the win, but one of our corners lead to a penalty confidently taken by Diaz. That away goal can decide a lot in the return leg. Last minutes of home games were our best time during this season, in all group matches and against Bayern, but not here. We really lacked Akhbari, our only really defensive midfielder who was suspended after sending off in London, and Arsenal used that weakness. The quarter-final remains our best achievement for now. Arsenal later reached the final, losing to Man Utd in a game which seemed to be extremely boring for the first 90 minutes. Youth League Disappointing result, but could be expected as two recent youth intakes were quite poor in average, and the best player of this squad left during winter. Rankings With more European places for our league we scored less points but still managed to climb one place higher. Also our best players are now valued more than in 15 million (incredible as during the season their value weren’t higher than 4M)! If I knew that I would surely have waited before selling Khusainov
  6. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2025 – part 2 Transfers out No incoming transfers this time. Cups Premier League Another unbeaten season and the new points record. Atyrau overtook Zhetysu to get second place. Champions League The Czech team fought well conceding three only after red card. Man Utd, Benfica and Celtic were drawn into our group, think it’s a good chance to finish in top two. Great result in first game, but the overall result wasn’t so easy to achieve. Dropped points in Lisbon and Glasgow, and before the final matchday we were third, one points behind Benfica. They were ahead 2-1 after half time and had a chance to improve their lead from a penalty, but Charles saved and gave us the hope for comeback. Gigena equalized on 65th minute, put us ahead on 85th and during the remaining time we scored three more! Bayern await us in the knockout rounds. Recalling the previous season, we are clear outsiders but who knows. Our youth advanced as well. As for other Kazakhstan teams, there were no surprises. Seeded higher than usual, none of them could advance from qualifying rounds, and Ordabasy finished with the only point in their Europa League group. Squad Need to highlight Autov’s development, he’s the only local player regularly playing in continental games and now is described as wonderkid (not a surprise he is wanted by big European teams but so far I’m succeeding in holding him at home club). Sauranbaev was only a backup player but had really impressive attacking stats and attracted Liverpool scouts (there wasn't any offer though). Youth intake Quite a bad one, though here we got the best goalkeeper of all our intakes. Seliverstov lacks height and mental skills (his determination was 1 at arrival ) but that’s better than nothing. Pokatilov is 33 already, Klimov didn’t progress at all so he has a chance to break into first team. National team Third place behind Switzerland and Scotland (both of them qualified for World Cup), that’s a real improvement from previous campaigns.
  7. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2025 – part 1 Transfers out Transfers in Abou Bamba – promising midfielder who won’t break into the first team immediately but can replace another Ivorian player Kouko after several seasons. Rolland Ngahugari – it’s always interesting to find players from such nations with at least some potential. Of course he won’t be a first team player for us but probably can develop a bit and continue his career in Kazakhstan league. Europa League Early man advantage surely helped us, and in the second half we converted it into goals. 2-0, quite a good lead before a trip to Portugal. Not the best start but Diaz equalized almost immediately making the opponents’ task a lot harder. We held this advantage and will face Spartak Moscow in the next round. Impressive performance from Spartak keeper Selikhov, who saved several dangerous shots including a penalty from Diaz, and so his team can hope for a comeback in Moscow. Uduokhai scored an early goal, and we controlled the game for 80 minutes but almost collapsed in the end. Two away goals were enough for us to advance though, the next opposition will be Zenit, another Russian team with a bit stronger squad. Disappointed to concede second goal few seconds before the final whistle, but still a good result for an away game. That goal from Gritsenko was the only shot on target in the game. Like two seasons ago, we reached the semi-final. Setting the new landmark will be tougher, as we were drawn against Arsenal. At least we didn’t lose in both games, so can be proud despite going out. Arsenal then lost the final against Chelsea, and I guess our reputation is now high enough as we weren’t selected as overachievers this time. Youth League Another loss to a German team. And finally we are getting a place in group stage!
  8. Koetzer

    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2024 – part 2 Transfers out Decided to sell Adzic and Ouattara as we had younger players ready to replace them. Transfers in Charles – not a world class keeper for sure, but he was the best choice in our situation. He’s consistent, enjoys big matches and agreed to sign as a backup so could be left out of league squad. Cups Premier League Another silver double for Zhetysu, and they will play in the Champions League next year. No doubt they will be outclassed there (as the best result achieved by any other Kazakh team so far is Europa League 3rd qualifying round) but some prize money would be helpful for their development. Champions League Should be the last year when we had to play so many preliminary games. And except that trip to Cyprus, all of them were won easily. We were seeded third for group stage, getting Bayern, Tottenham and Basel as the result. With our current status we at least should beat the Swiss side and hope for good performance against others. A step back from last season, Bayern and Tottenham didn’t give us any chances. We can hope for a good run in Europa League, but at first will need to defeat Porto. Bayern youth played as strong as their elder teammates, our team managed to take second place and will start knockout rounds against Shakhtar. Squad stats Youth intake One of the worst intakes so far, two potentially decent strikers and that’s all. National team Despite losing to Malta and Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan team finally achieved promotion from division D.
  9. I've recently seen a regen brother of Felice D'Amico in my save. And while Felice is not as good as he sometimes can become in FM, his brother is already a first team player for Bayern and Italy.
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    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2024 – part 1 Transfers out Transfers in Hernan Gigena was the only notable winter transfer, he will improve the squad for continental football (not in the league though, damn registration rules). Champions League I admit that luck really was on our side. PSG had 26 shots on goal, some of them were easier to score than to miss, but managed only to equalize. So, we’ll start the home game with a small advantage. We also set the new Champions League record, scoring 41 goals during one season. Incredible result, but fully deserved. We controlled the game in first half and scored twice after corners. No doubt that PSG had a plan for second half but after Semedo was sent off they couldn’t create anything. The superstars are out, and we continue our journey in quarter-final! Atletico will be our next opposition. Good start of each half and we’re leading before the trip to Madrid. Diego Costa had a chance to equalize for the second time, but his penalty shot was saved by Pokatilov. Disappointing way to go out. Two goals conceded in first have still gave us some hope, but after third the game was over. Pokatilov played really poor this time (that can be said about any our player, but well… two last goals were almost identical, our goalie stood near a ball just waiting for a striker to take it and score). I guess we’ll have to sign a new foreign keeper to play only in European games. However, we set the new landmark and can be proud of overall result. Atletico later won the title, defeating Leverkusen and Manchester United. So as last year, we lost only to the eventual winners. Youth League Unfortunately, group stage form wasn’t carried to knockout rounds. Finally, great news for us and other teams in our league!
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    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2023 – part 2 Transfers out Noyok and Thommy both were quite useful squad members but I couldn’t find a place for them under registration rules. Volkov was another young player not good enough for our first team but very useful for others. Transfers in Ronald Alarcon – assistant already gives him 4.5 stars, more than enyone else in the team. I plan to use him mostly as left winger though can effectively play in the center as well. Cups Premier League New records in points, wins and goals. Astana were the only team to beat us but that didn’t save them from another relegation. Zhetysu established themselves as the best of others finishing second in both competitions. Champions League Last season results allowed us to be seeded in all preliminary rounds, but still not enough to escape the fourth pot in group stage. Monaco, Liverpool and Roma – tough draw, hope we can fight at least for third place. Well, I certainly didn't expect this. Thrashing Roma twice, defeating Liverpool at Anfield, and most impressive of all - this comeback against Monaco. They are going extremely strong in this save, having players like Martial, Tolisso, Laporte, Rabiot, Gimenez in addition to their current stars Lemar and Tielemans, and of course the wonderkid, Didier Valentin. This guy scored a hat-trick in the first game which Monaco confidently won, and there wasn't any sign of them dropping points at home. 2-0 with half an hour to go, but then two substitute strikers Ouattara and Mamonov made the difference. That late equalizer from Bogosavac allowed us to finish on top. And that’s our reward Youth team topped their group even more confidently, just look at goal difference. Squad stats With more games ths season, Diaz improved his own goalscoring record. Youth intake No players who are ready for the first team right now, but some of them are quite promising like Khusainov and Orlov. National team Stoilov finally resigned… and the FA board preferred to appoint U21 manager Glevich. I’m obviously disappointed, but at least his U21 team was quite successful, so maybe we’ll see some progress from the main squad as well.
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    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2023 – part 1 Transfers As usual, sold some reserve players without much potential. The only incoming winter transfer was Russian youngster Alexandr Gorbachev from Spartak Nalchik, who will play for the second team so far. Europa League Both games were decided in the very beginning, with Diaz scoring two in each. And after defeating one Dynamo team we’re going to face another, from Kyiv this time. Well… I knew that was quite a good draw but certainly didn’t expect this. Two early goals in first half, two more in second half and a penalty to finish it all. We only needed not to become too complacent in away game. Quarter-final draw put us against Frankfurt, can consider us lucky once more (though still being huge underdogs for these games). Erik Thommy gave us a real chance in a game that seemed to be hopeless at start. Even after that third goal we still can hope for a 1-0 or 2-1 win put us through. And we did it! Should have been won more confidently, with 25-7 on shots and four times hitting the woodwork, but that one goal was enough. Koln will be our next opposition, another German team but looking much stronger than Frankfurt. Well... who can expect an easy game in semi-final? That fourth goal certainly was too much We had to take risks at home, so Koln were able to use our defensive weakness. Our run is over, but it was a really impressive European season, which will be hard to repeat in near future. Koln later won the final against Everton. We were selected as the biggest overachievers, and Ismael Diaz became the best goalscorer with 11 goals in only 8 games! Also the ratings rose sufficiently after this season: our club coefficient to 43rd place (probably will allow us to be seeded higher), national coefficient up to 19th (only 4 points from 12th which gives a direct place in UCL group stage, but to reach it we’ll need some assistance from other teams too), and Premier League reputation up to 23rd. Youth League Almost forgot about it after first team results, but our youngsters were once again stopped by Bayern.
  13. Koetzer

    [FM18] Following the money using the Asian persuasion

    Team from Turkmenistan in the Champions League group, that looks like a good achievement by AI.
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    [Africa] (Official) Data Issues

    HR Sudan/Libya (player on loan): Kunle Odunlami (13137269) has weekly wage 182,628 (£) in DB (equals about 9,5 million per year, so obviously wrong).
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    [FM18] The Hawks' Flight

    Season 2022 Youth League Starting with our youngsters’ achievements, reaching quarter-final and eliminating Atletico is surely a great run. Hope one day they will help the senior squad to reach similar level. Transfers out We couldn’t keep our best defender Tkachuk around but actually I planned to replace him with better and younger player, so only disappointed that he left for free. Fonsinho also left after missing most of previous season due to injuries. Transfers in Mekhran Akbari – Iranian international, ready for the first-team action. In summer he also became our first ever player called for the World Cup (and Iran even reached first knockout round, beating Brazil in the group!) Daniil Gritsenko – national team regular who played for Irtysh in second tier, obviously deserved to be in better team. Saian Bitureev – one of the most promising Kazakh players, already a rotation option for us. Luka Adzic – improving the squad before the European season. I plan to use him mostly on the right wing but he can cover any midfield position. Felix Uduokhai – replacement for Tkachuk. I remember that he developed into a German NT player in some of my previous games, doesn’t seem to do this here but anyway a very good defender for us. Cups Won both, though not all games were as easy as predicted. Premier League FM can be challenging sometimes even if you’re a dominating side in the league. I lost count of the games where every our opponents’ shot reached the goal, so we lost a lot more points than last season but still confidently won another title. Zhetysu improved to reach second place, while Aktobe barely escaped relegation! I really can't understand what happens with the teams that are expected to finish close to top Champions League Only lost the last game against Brugge but the advantage we had at home allowed us to qualify for the main stage again. There we got a ‘Ronaldo group’ – Real Madrid, Juventus and Sporting. And the Portuguese team shouldn’t be underestimated here as the last season’s title was won by Benfica! Okay, guess I clearly underestimated us comparing to Sporting We didn’t give them any chances in both games, scoring five and getting our first group stage wins! Played well against Juve too, draw at home and a narrow loss in Turin with Januzaj scored in injury time. Third place and we continue our season in Europa League, drawn against Dinamo Zagreb in the first round. We already defeated them recently, so have a chance to do it again. And our youth advanced to playoffs once again, this time from the first place which allows to skip first knockout round. Squad stats Ismael Diaz set the new goalscoring record for our club. Youth intake Not the best in average, but the only standout player Aidar Autov can already be useful backup for the first team squad. National team Couldn’t even get six points from Andorra, but Stoilov’s job status is still stable. U21 squad did a lot better, finishing second in their European qualifying group and losing to Romania in playoffs.