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Pharaohs? Great, I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt! Eh,... what other Pharaohs??

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I've posted but tbh I think it might be gone forever.

Will just need to plot my next path to victory in the interim :D

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Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhh! I keep getting this on the same date. Can't get past it :(

I just switched to this thread after minimizing fm, that nearly gave me a heart attack.

Unlucky man.

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Looks like the game is gone forever - it seems most likely that the error has been caused by the data update I used. I hope everyone enjoyed reading :)

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That's a bugger Scribe. I was interested to see if you could finally make the group stage.

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I don't want to just leave the thread hanging, so I'll sum up my final season and close it out properly.

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FC Hoyvik

Post-Season 2021/22

League Results - League Table League Graph Cup Results

A final, successful league campaign was unfortunately not matched by our cup performances. We lost the Super Cup and were then defeated in the Løgmanssteypið , who are a team we can usually beat put five or six goals past. A shame that we could not complete another clean sweep in my final season before the big crash, but I think we have done Hoyvik proud with the way we progressed over my ten seasons in charge.

Board Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it Achieved

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered Achieved

Faroese Super Cup: Win it Failed

UEFA Champions League: Learn from the experience Achieved

UEFA Europa League: Learn from the experience Achieved

My Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it Achieved

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered Achieved

Faroese Super Cup: Not bothered Achieved

UEFA Champions League: Reach Q3 Achieved

UEFA Europa League: Put in a fighting performance Achieved

Key Players

Top Scorer: Petur Jacobsen (YP133) – Jacobsen was the standout player from last year’s youth intake and he showed why with a very impressive haul of 32 goals in just 21 starts this year. Not only that, but he seems to have actually improved over the past 12 months, perhaps as a result of our recent investment in our training ground.

Most Assists: Eydun Lakjuni (YP122) – Lakjuni never quite reached the heights of last year, but he remained a star contributor with his goals and assists

Manager’s Player of the Year: Petur Jacobsen (YP133) – he only just edges it over Lakjuni, mainly because I don’t want to award the same player every year!

Next Season

Unfortunately, there will not be a next season. The game has gone forever it seems.

We only got as far as domestic dominance and couldn’t quite make the step up in Europe. I’m quite sure we would have reached the group stages of the Champions League in the next few seasons. I don’t know if we would ever have been able to become a force in Europe, and sadly we will never find out.

I never got the chance to manage the national side either, but even if I had I really doubt I could have made much of an impact at this early stage. Perhaps in a few years it would have been a different story.

I’ll make one more update in this thread - a few stats and records from my time with Hoyvik.

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FC Hoyvik

Statistics and Records

Manager: Balder Sigurðr Steinsson

Time in charge: 3963 days (real time: 5 days, 1 hour, 29 minutes)

So, after 11 seasons in charge the dream is finally over. I think our progression was pretty good, despite such uncertainty off the field! The board were actually pretty ambitious in terms of upgrading our facilities, especially junior coaching.

We did leave a bit of a legacy, and I even became a club legend!

Here are our brief club and player records. Let me know if you want any last screenshots before I consign the save game to the recycle bin.

As from where I go from here, I think this has put me off using an unofficial database. The smallest league in Europe that comes with the game is probably Iceland, so I might end up in the second division there. Who knows! ;)

The End... or is it??

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A real shame for you, was a great thread to read.

Already looking forward to your next one!

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Might want to remove the 'The End'...

Replace it with 'To be continued...' :D

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Only just started reading this thread today, and gutted to see it crashed on you.

Try one starting in Scotland. I'm doing it at the moment and because of the bigger teams, it seems a much bigger challenge but still enjoyable.

I look forward to your next thread.

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Might want to remove the 'The End'...

Replace it with 'To be continued...' :D

Hehe, I think I'll wait until the fix is out to confirm that it actually works! Just call me a pessimist ;)

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Hehe, I think I'll wait until the fix is out to confirm that it actually works! Just call me a pessimist ;)

Pessimist.

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I've been reading occasionally bits and pieces here of this thread, and only today decided to go from start to bottom. But then was shocked it has ended! Highly entertaining career, hopefully you can still rescue this. I want to see what happens to those players... Hoyvik was starting to look like a specialist factory of quality midfielders: Djuhuus, Lakjuni and now Joensen... But the biggest question of all was - would you ever get a 29th season ticket holder?

I'd also like to mention I'm completely daft and it took me AGES to figure out the pun in the title. :D

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And we’re back! :)

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Faroe Watch 2022/23

[*] National team World Ranking: 179th - Down 3 places

[*] UEFA coefficient: 47th place – Down 1 place

[*] UEFA qualification places: 1 Champions League, 3 Europa League - no change

[*] League Rankings: Vodafonedeildin 186th - Up 56 places (1 star – no change)

[*] Biggest club: HB (1 star) - no change

[*] Hoyvik reputation: 1 star - no change

[*] Hoyvik European ranking: 560th – Down 148 places

[*] Hoyvik club value: £775k – Up £75k

[*] Hoyvik title odds: 4/6 – no change

I’m not sure what caused the big slump in our European ranking this season. Perhaps just a small adjustment in the patch or something. I’m sure it will go back up again over time anyway.

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FC Hoyvik

Pre-Season 2022/23

Champions League

The early stages of the Champions league are starting to become a familiar place for us, and this year we were pit against a familiar side in the second qualifying round; Maribor. We played and beat the Slovenians back in 2018/19 season, so given our improvement since then I was fairly certain we could do the same this time around.

The first leg didn’t exactly go to plan and we had to come from behind twice to salvage a 3-3 draw. We did have a goal disallowed that would have seen us take a lead to Slovenia, but as it stood we needed a victory in Maribor to progress to Q3.

Almost immediately, it was clear that we weren’t going to make things easy for ourselves. Within 7 minutes we were a goal down and hanging onto our Champions League hopes by our fingernails. Thankfully the boys are made of stern stuff and soon equalised. At half time, and still trailing on away goals, I threw caution to the wind and went all out attack in search of the goal that would take us through. With just under 20 minutes remaining we got that crucial goal and managed to hold out for the remaining time for victory.

One interesting, and much welcomed development this season was that we were seeded for the Q3 draw. In theory that would give us a much easier tie and that looked like it might be true when we were drawn against Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi. Whilst it would not be easy by any stretch of the imagination I was sure we’d have a better chance than we did against the likes of Anderlecht, Sparta Prague and Kobenhavn of previous seasons.

In the first leg (at home), we started poorly once again and conceded an early goal, but things soon turned our way. After just 7 minutes our visitors were reduced to ten men when Petur Jacobsen (YP133) was tripped in the box when through on goal. We scored the resulting penalty and managed to score a second penalty to seal a 2-1 victory. However, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed and that it was an opportunity missed. We’d controlled the match and really should have put the tie to bed. Instead, we’d have to face a tough trip to Tbilisi with the narrowest of leads.

The second leg was an enthralling match, so here are the highlights:

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We got off to a great start but looked like a red card might ruin our chances, only for them to get a man sent off as well. In the end, we secured a great result and progressed on away goals.

That excellent result puts us into the playoff for the group stages where we will play Sparta Prague. Now unless I’m mistaken that secures us a place in the Europa League group stage even if we lose. Excellenty!

Board Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered

Faroese Super Cup: Win it

UEFA Champions League: Learn from the experience

The board expectations remain the same. I might stop putting this bit in my preview to be honest!

My Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered

Faroese Super Cup: Not bothered

UEFA Champions League: Reach Q3

Finances

We’re not in great shape at present. We continue to lose money, whilst not quite at an alarming rate, a pace that is a little uncomfortable. However, we haven’t had any money from the Champions League campaign yet (it usually comes in when we get knocked out), so I’m hoping we get a little more than usual because of the relative success we’ve had this season.

Season tickets remained at 28… again.

Squad

I have a few too many players at the moment so need to consider sending a few out on loan. I’m pretty pleased with our squad now though; we have some real quality (by Faroese standards!) at the club.

Just for your information, here is my first choice XI as it stands:

GK: Johannes Lakjuni (YP116) – one of our many Faroese international players. Not a bad player.

DR: Eydun Rasmussen (YP123) – another internationalist and again, not a bad player.

DC: Frits Lakjuni (YP88) – one of my most important players in the spine of the team

DC: Tordur Dam (YP81) – probably our first ever high quality youth pull. It’s a bit of a shame that he has never improved all that much.

DL: Kaj Hentze (YP98) – sadly another prospect that hasn’t really improved since he arrived at the club. That said, still a decent player.

MC: Anfinn Jacobsen (YP92) – probably the player with the most competition for his place in the first team. We have a lot of other central midfielders of similar talent to this guy

MC: Martin Joensen (YP143) – the star of last season’s youth intake and possibly our most gifted player.

AMC: Bjarki Djuhuus (YP97) – one of our most productive players. Again, he hasn’t improved much over the course of his career.

AMC: Hallur Petersen (YP82) – he doesn’t look that great, but he delivers week-in week-out.

AMC: Eydun Lakjuni (YP122) – the third of our Lakjuni trio and definitely the best of the bunch.

FC: Petur Jacobsen (YP133) – the striker we were lacking for a long time. He is being chased by a club from the UAE but hopefully that will come to nothing.

I’d be interested to know what position you all would hope to get a good player in on youth intake day if you were me? Personally a goalkeeper would be my next priority or maybe a rightback.

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The Champions League playoffs does indeed guarantee the Euro group stage, and you probably won't have too much finance troubles after the prize money even if you lose the draw.

For the youth intake, I would have to say your fullbacks probably, with your rightback as you mentioned being the worst one. If I'm not mistaken, 6.8 is a pretty good rating for a GK which he managed even in the Champions League, but 6.5 and 6.1 for fullbacks is just not that great. Would probably help you if they are a bit more offensively suited too since with playing 3 amcs the fullbacks can provide more width for you.

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The Champions League playoffs does indeed guarantee the Euro group stage, and you probably won't have too much finance troubles after the prize money even if you lose the draw.

For the youth intake, I would have to say your fullbacks probably, with your rightback as you mentioned being the worst one. If I'm not mistaken, 6.8 is a pretty good rating for a GK which he managed even in the Champions League, but 6.5 and 6.1 for fullbacks is just not that great. Would probably help you if they are a bit more offensively suited too since with playing 3 amcs the fullbacks can provide more width for you.

I completely agree. Those average ratings really highlight the massive gap in quality between the CL and the domestic league. Last season my DR had a rating of 7.78 in the league! My keeper's stayed about the same though, mostly because he stands around doing nothing all season :D

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FC Hoyvik

European Update 2022/23

When we played Sparta Prague back in 2018/19, they beat us 5-1 on aggregate in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. That time we managed to come away with a narrow 2-1 defeat in Prague, but were then clinically defeated 3-0 at home. This season, we were away in the first league again so I would have been quite pleased with a similar narrow defeat. However, what followed was in no way narrow, but it was quite a defeat.

They absolutely hammered us. The 6-1 scoreline reflected their dominance over the 90 minutes and I can’t complain about it at all. I wasn’t happy about the manner we conceded the goals and if we were going to play like that in future, it was just as well that we weren’t going to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. If that is what a mid-sized team like Sparta Prague could do to us, I would hate to think how we’d get on against a Barcelona or a Man Utd.

So, back to the Faroes with our tails between our legs, I was determined that the second leg would be a different story; for a bit of pride if nothing else. For the first time in history we managed to sell out the stadium (or at least the seated section since no standing areas are permitted in European competition), as 3,000 hardy souls turned up to watch the rematch. We performed much better and deserved the 0-0 draw that we achieved.

Overall, the Champions League campaign has been a good one. We got further than ever before, and as I said the result guaranteed us a place in the Europa League group stages. We also received a massive sum of money for the CL success and then some more for the Europa League place. That took our finances up to the £3m mark and I immediately asked the board to improve our training facilities. Last time they invested £95,000, but they didn’t hold back this season and put over ten times that aside! That will surely make a huge positive impact on the club’s future.

Unsurprisingly, we were seeded 4th for the group stage draw and were probably the team that everyone in the competition wanted. There were a lot of great teams in the draw; Liverpool, Man City, Spurs, Fiorentina, Lazio, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and so on, so I was sure we’d get a few tough games no matter what.

Ultimately we were placed in Group F alongside Basel of Switzerland, Tottenham of England and Bordeaux of France. I’m really quite excited to see how we fare. Even if it’s six defeats, it’s great to just be in this stage of the competition.

Achievements Completed

  • Reach the Europa League group stage Achieved 2022/23

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Great stuff mate :thup:

Now your board are backing you with the facilities, the long term goal gets ever so slightly easier. Just slightly. But by making the group stages of the Europa League, you have that first step.

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It's been great seeing your team slowly progress over the years, hopefully you can pick up some points in the Europa League :)

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- Thanks guys

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FC Hoyvik

Youth Intake Day 2022/23

I can only apologise, but I was so engrossed in the game that I forgot to take any screenshots at the mid-season point, so we’ve skipped straight to youth intake day this season, d’oh! I’ll give a fuller update on the season so far because of that.

Our Europa League campaign started with arguably our easiest tie; Basel at home. If you’d asked me before the game, I would probably have said I’d be happy to take a draw, so our 2-2 result should really have been a good result, but to be honest I was slightly disappointed. They had a man sent off and we had chance after chance, but failed to capitalise.

Since then, it looked like we would lose every match. We certainly didn’t disgrace ourselves as we lost our next four games though. Our last match in the competition saw Spurs come to town and this happened. An unbelievable result! It wasn’t enough to stop us from finishing the group in last place, but frankly, who cares! :D

It’s been a great experience to play in the group stages of a European competition for the first time. It has certainly given me a taste for it and made me all the more determined to keep progressing and improving.

Results - League Table League Graph - Europa League Table

Thankfully our Europa League exploits haven’t had too much of a negative impact on our domestic campaign. I have had to rotate a lot more than previous seasons, so our matches immediately after the EL games have proven a little tougher; for example, our only draw came directly after the Tottenham away match.

Overall, it’s been a good 6 months. We managed to win back the Super Cup and are in the final of the Løgmanssteypið, so I couldn’t ask for more. The only thing that would top it all would be a great set of youths…

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Ok, not outstanding this season, but still acceptable. There are only really two players of note. Heini Joensen (YP152) will go someway to resolving our problematic rightback problem, but he needs some intensive pace training before he’ll be a reliable defender.

The second player of the intake worth keeping an eye on is Jakup Hansen (YP151), who will join our long list of centrebacks. He’s another player that needs some pace training, but standing at 6’7”, you wouldn’t expect him to be too quick!

Achievements Completed

  • Win a point in the Europa League group stage Achieved 2022/23
  • Win a match in the Europa League group stage Achieved 2022/23

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Great to see you back up and running!

Shame about the Sparta result but nice work in the Europe League. What a result against Spurs :thup:

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FC Hoyvik

Post-Season 2022/23

Results 1Results 2 - League Table League Graph

It’s been a landmark season. Our progress in European competition has taken us up a level, not only on the playing field, but also in terms of our infrastructure.

Domestically, we are also back on top. Last season we only won the league, but this year saw the return of the Super Cup and the domestic Cup.

Board Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it Achieved

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered Achieved

Faroese Super Cup: Win it Achieved

UEFA Champions League: Learn from the experience Achieved

UEFA Europa League: Learn from the experience Achieved

My Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it Achieved

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered Achieved

Faroese Super Cup: Not bothered Achieved

UEFA Champions League: Reach Q3 Surpassed

UEFA Europa League: Put in a fighting performance Achieved

Key Players

Top Scorer: Petur Jacobsen (YP133) – the big striker hit 38 goals in 33 games. He was particularly potent in the domestic cup competitions, but I was most pleased by his performances in Europe where he scored 5 goals.

Most Assists: Eydun Lakjuni (YP122) – Lakjuni has been our most creative player for some time now, and this season was no different

Manager’s Player of the Year: Hallur Petersen (YP82) – Petersen is another player that is consistently productive, both in terms of goals and assists. This season was a great one for him. However, he’s looking for a new contract at more than double the wages of anyone else in the squad and I’m not keen on giving him that.

Fans’ Player of the Year: Petur Jacobsen (YP133)

Next Season

I’m hopeful that we can get into the Europa League groups again. It’s been a very enjoyable and financially beneficial competition, so I want another chance at it.

I’m excited to see how our new training ground will impact on the players we have. Even with the fairly basic facilites we have just now, we have managed to produce 14 players for the latest national squad. We really have come a long way in a relatively short space of time.

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Faroe Watch 2023/24

[*] National team World Ranking: 180th - Down 1 place

[*] UEFA coefficient: 45th place – Up 2 places

[*] UEFA qualification places: 1 Champions League, 3 Europa League - no change

[*] League Rankings: Vodafonedeildin 216th - Down 30 places (1 star – no change)

[*] Biggest club: HB (1 star) - no change

[*] Hoyvik reputation: 1 star - no change

[*] Hoyvik European ranking: 267th – Up 293 places

[*] Hoyvik club value: £1.9m – Up £1.125m

[*] Hoyvik title odds: 4/6 – no change

Reaching the Europa League groups has really helped both our European ranking and especially the estimated value of the club; it has more than doubled in the last 12 months.

Achievements Completed

  • Estimated value greater than £1m Achieved 2022/23

New Achievements Added

  • Top 250 European club ranking
  • Top 100 European club ranking
  • Top 50 European club ranking
  • Top 10 European club ranking
  • Top 3 European club ranking
  • Top European club

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Only 7 goals conceded, brilliant defensive :thup:

Thanks. We've only conceded 20 goals in total in the past four league campaigns combined :D

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That was a good season - 20 goals conceded the past FOUR league campaigns! Get out!

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More to do with the dross I face in the league than my exceptional management skills I'd say, hehe!

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Great career so far Scribe been following for awhile but decided to post now as been busy recently.

Good to see the hardwork didnt goto waste with the small well big crash problem.

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Thanks. We've only conceded 20 goals in total in the past four league campaigns combined :D

I've never noticed the goals against! Just looked at your points and how many times you lost :D

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Great career so far Scribe been following for awhile but decided to post now as been busy recently.

Good to see the hardwork didnt goto waste with the small well big crash problem.

Thanks for reading :)

I've never noticed the goals against! Just looked at your points and how many times you lost :D

95 matches and counting unbeaten in the league if you must know :p

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Pre-Season 2023/24

Champions League

I was somewhat worried when our name came out of the Q2 draw alongside Swedish side Helsingborgs. I have to say it looked like a very tough test at that early stage of the competition. However, it was a sign of our growing confidence in European competition when we cam away with a fine 2-0 victory in the away leg. Whilst not quite a formality, it allowed us to relax a little for the second leg where we recorded a nice 3-2 victory.

If I thought that draw wasn’t kind to us, things were about to get worse. Last season we were seeded for the third quailifying round and that ultimatetly allowed us to reach the Europa League group stage. For whatever reason, that was not the case this year and our unseededness meant we’d play FC Kobenhavn in Q3; a team that put ten goals past us in two games the last time we met.

We were magnificent in the first leg and more than matched them in a fine 3-2 win. Even so, I knew the second leg would still be a massive challenge; I was just praying that the defence could withstand the battering they were undoubtedly about to receive.

I don’t want to go much into the second game to be honest. This screenshot says it all. To lose on away goals thanks to a last minute winner is a soul destroying way to go out of the competition.

We will now face Rubin of Russia in the Europa League 4th Qualifying Round. We pushed Kobenhavn all the way, so I hope we can at least put up a good fight in that one although I suspect they might well be a level above the Danes.

Board Expectations

Vodafonedeildin: Win it

Løgmanssteypið (the cup): Not bothered

Faroese Super Cup: Win it

UEFA Champions League: Learn from the experience

UEFA Europa League: Learn from the experience

Finances

We’re still in a very good financial state. We obviously won’t make the same profit as last season because we were knocked out of the Champions League one round earlier, but it shouldn’t have too adverse an impact.

Season tickets sales were a big sigh inducing 28.

Squad

The squad continues to get better with each passing season. My first choice XI hasn’t really changed since last season though, so won’t link any screenshots. Although in all honesty, I think I’m just too annoyed at the Kobenhavn result to be bothered to go to the effort!

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Good to see you back up and running. Hopefully, now you've done it once, you'll be a regular Europa League group stage team now.

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