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Island of France - Une Ambition Capitale ! Intro: Region Île-de-France: Île-de-France (is the most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the région parisienne ("Paris Region") because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only 12,012 square kilometres (4,638 square miles), about 2% of France's territory, but has an official estimated population of 12,213,364 (18.2% of the population of France) and accounts for nearly 30% of the French Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ) There are only four professional clubs in Ile de France : PSG, Paris FC , Red Star . But there are many semi-pro and amateur teams or youth academy schools in this region . 1452 players born in [Ile de France] according to the editor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Île-de-France#Geography The three most important stadiums: PSG - Paris FC and 'les Bleus' The forgotten Parisian club ! In an attempt to propel the quality and audience of football within Paris, Paris FC was launched in 1969. The club then fused with Stade Saint-Germain to form, the infamous Paris Saint-Germain. However, the clubs divorced in 1971, as the mayor of Paris refused to support a non-Parisian club, as they had been situated in the Saint-Germain-en-Laye suburbs. Surprisingly maybe, it was Paris Saint-Germain coming off the worst off out of the two clubs. Paris FC held both its Ligue 1 status and the right to play at the Parc des Princes, whilst Paris Saint-Germain were demoted to the French Third division. So how have the tables turned so dramatically between the two clubs? One factor is the contrasting fortunes of the clubs following the split. Paris FC were relegated after two seasons, whilst PSG gained promotion to the top division in the same year, which also led to their acquisition of the Parc des Princes over Paris FC. PSG have remained a mainstay in France’s top league ever since, although the same cannot be said for their neighbours in the 13th arrondissement. Ever since their relegation in 1975, Paris FC have only been back in the top division of France for one season. The club was even in the Championnat de France amateur for six years, before their overdue promotion to the National division in 2006. So how did one of Paris’ clubs become a European superpower, whilst her ex-partner struggles in the lower divisions of French football? Paris FC last season in Ligue 1 in the 1978–79 season. Paris FC spent only three seasons in ligue 1 (Finishing 12th in 1972/1973). The club used to be the biggest and most well supported in the city, with over 20,000 supporter members at the time of the club's formation.]In 1970 the club merged with Stade Saint-Germain to form Paris Saint-Germain F.C., but quickly left the merger. In the 1973 season, the first after leaving, the club still averaged an attendance of 13,202. However, after that, the two clubs' fortuned varied drastically, and as PSG's popularity rose, PFC fell into obscurity and languished in the amateur divisions. It is only when it reached the third tier its popularity started growing again, however the club currently only attracts in the region of a few hundred to very low thousands fans for each match. That's right, France's capital has another club. Formed due to a split from Paris-Saint Germain in the early 1970s, Paris FC's history is rather less glamorous than their world-famous, Qatar-backed neighbours. They have yet to return to the top flight since their relegation in 1978-79, but last season's fourth-placed finish in Ligue 2 showed promise, even if they lost to Lens in the promotion play-offs. With €7million being poured into their facilities and the fact they're located in a city drowning in young talent, it might be a risky job to take but the rewards could be glorious. Their position at the foot of the table with eight points from 12 games in real life proves we might have our work cut out, however. Paris FC invested heavily in their facilities(more about this in the next intro post) in 2019 but was able to compensate for this by selling contested striker Wamangituka to stuttgart at the end of 2019. Credits : https://taleoftwohalves.uk/featured/paris-fc-forgotten-parisian-club# and https://medium.com/@thefootballcult/a-brief-history-paris-fc-a06127e2572a
Puștii lui Hagi - The Viitorul is bright ! Introduction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Viitorul_Constanța FC Viitorul Constanța is a club founded and owned by legendary player Gheorghe Hagi since 2009 . Hagi wanted to take over his old and almost bankrupt club FC Farul Constanța but did not get permission . That's why Hagi started a soccer school in Constanța , Ovidiu .Hagi then bought the licence from CS Ovidiu in the League III . Usually the Romanians ignore the inconspicuous sleeping city Ovidiu and go to the fashionable seaside resort Mamaia. Since a few years the town is also an obligatory stop for the celebrities of Dinamo and Steaua Bucharest. Thanks to the local Viitorul Constanta , Ovidiu is on the map, now it has to get rid of its destitute view. The immediate vicinity of the four-lane road that divides Ovidiu into two looks like a war zone: the half-finished houses and hastily abandoned construction sites follow each other in rapid succession. Until the well-shaped contours of Stadionul Viitorul with its 4,500 covered pitches suddenly appear in no-man's-land. This is where the Academia houses the Fotbal Gheorghe Hagi and Viitorul Constanta, on a seven-hectare piece of land. With its eight football fields, it is by far the largest and most modern youth academy in Romania. The youth hotel that is on the scaffolding has to complete the picture. With his two instruments, the academy and the club, Hagi has long been preparing a putsj for the establishment. : Hagi breaking through Bucharest's power with his provincial club and other big cities like Timisoara, Cluj, Ploiesti, Arad and Craiova. With a budget of 4.5 million euros, Viitorul doesn't even come close to the six richest clubs in Romania, but the climb from third division to the top is unstoppable. In 2016-2017 FC Viitoral became champion with the youngest team ever and last season it won the Cupa României. Confirmation and European success should now follow. With Hagi as owner and Head of Youth Dev. (I changed this in the editor, Hagi was Manager and owner) and best friend Gheoghe Popescu as chairman this can't go wrong. Well-known players from the academy : Razvan Marin (Standard) , Ianis Hagi ( Genk - Rangers) , Florinel Coman ( FSCB), Cristian Ganea (Athletic - loaned back). Location: FC Viitorul is located in region Constanța , Constanța is part of Northern Dobruja: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Dobruja Stadium: Facilities : Great training and youth facilities , excellent academy coaching and exceptional youth recruitment. Why FC Viitorul ? : I was looking for a new challenge after my adventure with Icelandic club IR (only youth) . I am a big fan of Bilbao / only Basques. That's why I was looking for a team with a special background and preferably active in a nice special / beautiful region. I finally chose Romania as a tribute to my great-grandfather, who had roots in Romania. I want to emulate a Dobruja only policy. Thanks @Jimbokav1971 and @Muttley84 for the suggestions.
Hi guys, I've always been an advocate for youth challenges, but in this edition of the game I thought I'd go with something different. Why Guiseley? The first English football game I ever saw was an FA Cup qualifier in Guiseley last year when they played non-league Stourbridge. Guiseley won 3-1, but the highlight for me was a spectacular overhead goal from the Stourbridge striker. Those guys would easily walk into any A-League team, the gap in quality is ridiculous. But it was something about the atmosphere that really got me, a local club in a small town with 600 odd people there, that's really what football is all about, isn't it? But enough about that. Guiseley are a club in the lowest playable league of the English system, the Vanarama National League North. I believe they are the lowest rep side in Yorkshire that's playable from the beginning. I think there's 15 or 16 teams in the Football League in Yorkshire, a bit surprising considering the size of the region. Overall, the aim of this save will have a couple of targets (not necessarily in order): 1. Become the biggest club in Yorkshire 2. Become the biggest club in England 3. Win the English Premier League 4. Win the Champions League 5. Employ a transfer policy where only players born inside a 30 mile radius of Guiseley will be considered as viable options. Essentially having a squad (eventually) of locally sourced Yorkshiremen in the side. I already have a filter set up for this from experimenting with this last year. I believe someone a couple editions ago employed that transfer policy in Celtic and it worked to great effect, and I've drawn some inspiration for that. I think it was @mjaferrie? I understand it will be a long slog, and not just to become bigger than Leeds. There's Huddersfield and Sheffield United in the EPL to worry about! This new five year plan as part of the club vision will be interesting as well, hopefully we have similar philosophies. Next up I will post a quick overview of the club and its vision etc.