Flamers

I'm Just Flamers From The Bloc.

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The idea from this is try and make the Eastern Bloc the power in football that it never was. I have chosen as many leagues as I can that were part of the Eastern Bloc and loaded as many players as possible. From here I will be trying to take my career to dizzy heights, although it is more likely to end in a spectacular failure! For those of you how don't know here's a brief history lesson: the Eastern Bloc was formed under Stalin and the USSR, it consisted of the countries that are now considered "Eastern Europe", being part of Stalin's empire there was basically a media blackout which is refereed too as the Iron Curtain. Due to the Stalinist rule (technically it's not Socialism or Communism) it made these countries incredibly poor which is still noticeable to this day. Russian history has really interested me so I thought I would pack my bags and head off to the Eastern Bloc and see how good the football is!

Anyway enough of this wiff waff, time to get onto the game setup!

Database Setup

Manager Setup

Rules:

If I receive an offer from a foreign club with a higher wage I must take it.

I can spend as long as I like at any club but I will try and restrict to a maximum of 5 years.

Do not use the 48 month pay off period, this is too easy to abuse.

Game Updates:

Season 1

Getting Started On The Bloc

Quick Out Of The Blocs

Stalin'

Marching to the Sound of SKA

Season 2

Action behind the Curtain

Average in Every Way

Staring Into Oblivion

Viva La revolution!

Season 3

End of an Era

From Russia With Love

Rising From The Ashes

A Failed Assault on Europe

Season 4

Back In Black

The Iron Curtain

A Victory For The Motherland

Season 5

They Will Never Reach There Potential

Marching Onto The International Stage

Fighting On Two Fronts

Flight Of The Underdogs

Season 6

Deja Vu

Leading From The Front

Pushing Through Europe

Kings of Slovakia

Season 7

Back On the War Path

All going Well On The Western Front

Slovakia Will Revive

Reign of the Tzar

Season 8

All is Fine on the Western Front

Bringing Home Eastward

This Means War-saw

Working Until The End

Another Year, Another Title

Season 9

High Expectations

We Will Overcome

Set For The Future

Stuttering Through

2nd Sucks

Season 10

For The Good Of The People

Lenin And The Chocolate Factory

Rebuilding

A Revival in Leningrad

Domestic Domination

Ten Season Round Up

Ten Seasons In The East

Season 11

Defending Our Advantage

Unexpected Circumstances

Solid Footings

Sunny Side Of The Street

All Or Nothing

Season 11

A Question Of Faith

Hola España

The Weight Of Europe

Continuing Our Tradition

Loose Ends

Season 12

Plunging Into The Depths

The Beginning of an Era

Bringing Back Efficiency

Season 12

Complete Control

Clubs Managed:

SKA Khabarovsk: 2011 - 2013

Metalurg D: 2013 - 2015

Slovakia: 2015 - 2017

Trnava: 2016 - 2018

Legia: 2018 - 2019

England: 2018 - 2021

Zenit: 2019 - 2023

Spain: 2022 -

Chemnitz: 2023 -

Trophy Cabinet:

Russian First Division Runners Up - 2013

Ukrainian Premier Division Runners Up - 2015

Solvak First Division Winners - 2017, 2018

Solvak Cup Winners - 2017, 2018

Ekstraklasa Winners - 2019

Polish FA Cup Runners Up - 2019

Polish Super Cup Winners - 2019

Russian Cup Runners Up - 2020

EURO Cup Runners Up - 2020

European Championship - 2020

Russian Premier League Winners - 2021, 2022, 2023

Russian Cup Winners - 2021, 2022, 2023

Russian Super Cup - 2021, 2022

Champions League Winners - 2022

European Super Cup Winners - 2022

Club World Championship Winners - 2022

Social Media:

Steam Profile

Twitter Feed

Youtube Channel

Other thread titles that didn't make the grade (or posted by readers):

A Journey Around The Bloc

Welcome To The Bloc

Twitching The Iron Curtain

Bloc Party (Scribe's suggestion)

Behind The Curtain (AK22's suggestion)

The thread title was provided by SnakeXe and I thank him for it.

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Getting Started On The Bloc:

I started this game unemployed and upon loading the game immediately applied for all jobs within the Eastern Bloc (one job in West Germany I didn't apply for). After that I heard back from 5 different clubs:

SKA Khabarovsk

Chavdar

Krymteplytsya

Akademik

Hr. Dragovolijac

As some of you may have guessed from the logo I took the SKA Khabarovsk job. With a huge budget and nearly £20,000 left in it I stand a chance of achieving something!

Here's a brief history:

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That's 2 threads not made by me that I've named this year. :cool:

So far. :cool:

One with Lady Gaga lyrics, the other with J-Lo lyrics. :o

Sod it. :cool:

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Khabarovsk! I had a great game with them back on FM06 (or was it 07?), so I'll be checking in here. Also you're playing in the former USSR, so count me in as a definite follower!

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I've often considered doing a similar save, simply based on my interests in 20th Century European History. Would have called it 'Behind The Curtain' though ;)

Good luck with this, I gather you've made the switch to FM12 now?

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Thank you EvilDave and AK22! I wrote a high piece for my History A level and (strangely) a piece in my business degree on Stalinist policy so its a huge interest for me to. AK22 I will add that to the suggestions list ;)

And yes I have made the move to FM12 (33% off is hard to refuse!), the UI I still don't like :p

Just so you know I'm not far from an update, I'm thinking the end of a transfer window will be better for mid season.

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Thanks iHeadHunta x :)

Deltablue it doesn't seem too bad currently (but then I am only 2 months in!)

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Don't be fooled by these pots that I got, I'm still I'm still Flamers from the Bloc :D

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Thanks Hot Chocolate! I might get an updated out this weekend (girlfriend permitting!)

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I know I've already said it, but good luck bettering the results of real-life Khabarovsk, who I've actually covered in my latest blog at More Than Arshavin! [/cheapplug] :D

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Thanks withnail :)

Evildave that's an interesting read! Play is spelt ply at one point ;) but other than that very good :)

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I really like Bloc Party for some reason.

Who wouldn't? They're a great band! ;)

As for this save, it sounds cool! I'll definitely be following :)

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Thanks withnail :)

Evildave that's an interesting read! Play is spelt ply at one point ;) but other than that very good :)

Cheers Flamers, glad you thought so :) Just run a spellcheck through for 'ply' and only found 'ply their trade' which I think makes sense, thanks for flagging it up though. Mistakes always slip through the net somehow!

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Thanks creud :)

EvilDave I know, and it's always harder to spot errors in your own work!

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Quick Out Of The Blocs

Squad | Results | League Table

The squad itself has some very talented players, the main problem I have is that they are mainly foreign and all in the some position. I am playing a 4-5-1 (the modern one that isn't flat) currently and it seems fairly successful however I am thinking about moving it around as it's not quite working as I intend.

As for the results we are not doing too badly, the cup tie we shouldn't have lost really and the last draw we conceded in the 89th minute. I took over the team when they were 16th so I feel I have made a positive impact as we now sit 13th.

Transfers | Finances

I have made plenty of Free Transfers in order to try and add players to the squad that will fill out positions, the problem is all the good players are foreign!

We are losing money but for a club of this size to have £5m is ridiculous so I don't really mind and I bet the Chairman pays it off anyway!

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Good start! Some big names in your division (and not just in terms of the number of letters!).

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I know, it worries me that we will get stuck in obscurity if a big transfer budget isn't coughed up.

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I know, it worries me that we will get stuck in obscurity if a big transfer budget isn't coughed up.

There must be one Russian billionaire left who doesn't own a football team yet - send them a begging letter :D

Good luck next season.

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Psychonaut I wish that was in FM12...

deltablue we should be alright this season so im looking for players for next season

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I'm sold on the concept and the thread title. :thup: Count me as a follower.

That league does have some big name clubs, who caught my eye was Alania (former champions iirc) and Torpedo Moscow - the weirdest thing is that one is top, the other is bottom. :confused:

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Thanks nokieee! It does seem a bit strange I have to say but its good fun so far!

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Having Iron (Curtains) In The Fire - more suggestions!

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That league does have some big name clubs, who caught my eye was Alania (former champions iirc) and Torpedo Moscow - the weirdest thing is that one is top, the other is bottom. :confused:

IRL Alania are a big team that should never have been relegated really - they draw bigger crowds than half the Premier League. Torpedo, on the other hand, went bust and dissolved a couple of years ago, so the current team is actually a phoenix club just a few years old. Hence the poor performance.

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Yugoslavia technically wasnt part of the eastern bloc :p.

Regardless i'm going to be following this. Hopefully it's going to be as epic as your iceland save.

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0gris wasn't it part of the treaty that made a tree alliance with the USSR? The same as East Germany?

Either way its minor details! Thanks and I hope so to! I want to try and visit every country if possible...

Deisler it will be added when I get to my computer :)

Thanks EvilDave, honestly I don't follow Russian football :p

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0gris wasn't it part of the treaty that made a tree alliance with the USSR? The same as East Germany?

No, it was liberated before the USSR got there, so didn't have a puppet government installed and was independant enough not to be part of the Pact.

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That was meant to say trade btw, clearly my phone decided otherwise! I may well be wrong then :)

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Thanks EvilDave, honestly I don't follow Russian football :p

No worries - I study Russian at university so can border a little on the obsessed at times :p Still, it's one of the nice things about writing the blog, a lot of the time people are actually learning something from it :)

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Stalin'

Squad | Results | League Table

We suck, the squad should be good but it isn't. If you look more carefully we are good on the right side but everywhere else is lacking badly. Our results have been very poor, we lose to poor teams and win against good teams and lose against very good teams! It's wonderful.

Transfers | Finances

We are moving players in and out trying to improve the squad.

We are losing money, no attendance and high wage bill. Oh well!

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You should look to turn some of those defeats into draws, as you don't seem to draw many at all.

I'm confused by the league table, why are certain teams around the table highlighted in red? Does it have anything to do with the relegation group? It doesn't seem so.

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I think it's buggy as there hasn't been a game played.

We SHOULD turn some loses into draws, we can't :p

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I think it's buggy as there hasn't been a game played.

We SHOULD turn some loses into draws, we can't :p

Buggy as in Pram? ;)

Well, you're screwed then! Good luck :D

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Your record isn't too dissimilar to the real-life Khabarovsk, teetering on the brink a little bit! Looks like you've got the wins in you to stay up, it's just finding that consistency. I'm sure you'll manage! Shame to see Shinnik in your half of the table though, got a bit of a soft spot having seen them live and they usually challenge for promotion.

PS. New blog today :D

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