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After reading some stories about raising lesser football nations to a different level, I decided to give it a try as well. The choice of the nation was obvious, I lived in Kazakhstan and still try to follow their football development. While Astana reached some historic achievements recently (such as Champions League group stage and Europa League knockout rounds), other clubs were mostly disappointing. Same goes for national team, which is still one of the weakest in Europe. And there’s no better place to start improving than… Kairat Almaty. The leading national club in Soviet period wasn’t so successful in independent Kazakhstan, only two league titles (last in 2004) and even a bankruptcy at one point. Recent investments helped the club to return as title contenders, however they still couldn’t overthrow Astana from top. Another reason to choose Kairat was their top level facilities, seems like a good place to develop the new generation for club and national team as well. Squad (ideal starting 11 & subs) Andrey Arshavin, UEFA Cup winner with Zenit and ex-Arsenal player is obviously the best known name here, hope he won’t decline too fast. Akos Elek should provide quality in midfield, and Bayurzhan Islamkhan is probably the best local player. Also I decided to promote the most promising youngster Dmitri Kirov to the first team, he already can be useful as a backup. So far I’m planning to do seasonal updates, at least until our squad will become competitive enough in Europe or I’ll be offered national team job as well.
So, I've got this idea of managing several clubs at once to try and improve a nation overall. I've therefore loaded a new save up in FM and will be tracking this along side my Faroe Islands save. The main idea is to insert four managers at random clubs in a country and one manager on the national team post. Then try to improve that nation over the years. I didn't want to do this in the Faroe Islands and randomly selected Kazakhstan as the country (it was either them or Georgia). This will be done as fair as possible. I'll not be cheating to keep one club up or to boost one club by loosing with the others. This is fair game and I'll even try to incorporate the managers personalities when dealing with each other. Basically, I'll be running most of the league games with an instant button since it would be far too many games. The overall goal is to improve the league and nation by improving the clubs. No transfer restrictions, no youth only, but as said earlier - the managers will be involved in different ways. Some will be focused on youth, some on aggressive players and so on. Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in northern Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi). Kazakhstan is the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. Kazakhstan has vast mineral resources. The national team of Kazakhstan is placed 145 on the world ranking and haven't qualified for neither the World Cup nor the European Championship. They won one game against Latvia in 2015, but lost or drew everything else. The squad consists of players from the domestic clubs and are mostly unknown players to most of us. Leagues loaded I've loaded up the nations of the managers together with Kazakhstan, which gives me the following nations (down to their lowest league): Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Russia, Kazakhstan Without further ado.. The Managers!