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[FM12] Taking Liechtenstein to the Top

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Hi all! I’ve been an avid FM player for a number of years now, and over the course of the years I have accomplished many things. I have taken teams from the bottom of league structures to the top, won World Cups, even managed to compete in Asia with an Indian team. But I recently came to these forums in search of a new challenge, and I have found it. That’s right; I am going to attempt to bring Liechtenstein to the top of the world. And I’m going to do so by promoting youth through a lowly club..

Am I crazy? Yes.

Do I believe I’m going to succeed? No.

Is that going to stop me? Hell no!

I am using this marvellous database update of Switzerland, which takes the league structure down to the 6th tier. And it is there I will start my journey, with Liechtenstein club FC Ruggell.

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They are not the lowest Liechtenstein club in the league system, that honour belonging to FC Triesen in the 7th tier. Unfortunately, the odds of them coming up after holidaying a season would be extremely low, so this is where we start.

FC Ruggell is an Amateur club playing in the 6th tier of the Switzerland football system. They have never won the Liechtenstein cup, despite making the final on six occasions, and therefore have never played in European competition.

This database update doesn’t have the Liechtenstein cup, but after holidaying a few seasons, and seeing FC Vaduz being the Liechtenstein club in the Euro Cup each season, I’m lead to believe that it is determined by either the highest ranking Liechtenstein club, the one who makes it furthest in the Switzerland Cup, or that the game is always going to make FC Vaduz qualify for the Euro Cup.

So prepare yourselves for probably the worst ever attempt of FM, and let's all hope the Liechtenstein, the only nation ever to lose to San Marino, can at least make some progress in the world. :)

Rules

- No players can be signed; the club must rely on youth players.

- Greyed out players can be signed if I’m short of players, this is the only instances in which a payer can be signed.

- Staff can be signed whenever.

Let the 300 year save commence.

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[center]Liechtenstein World Rankings

|Season | Points | World Rank | Difference |
|------------------------------------------|
|Start  |   -    |   119      |     -      |
|2011   |  184   |   145      |   -26      |
|2012   |  103   |   185      |   -40      |
|2013   |  161   |   137      |   +48      |
|2014   |   72   |   187      |   -50      |
|2015   |   49   |   202      |   -15      |
|2016   |   66   |   197      |   +5       |
|2017   |   26   |   206      |   -9       |
|2018   |   15   |   208      |   -2       |
|2019   |   37   |   205      |   +3       |
|2020   |   15   |   208      |   -3       |
|2021   |   34   |   203      |   +5       |
|2022   |   27   |   204      |   -1       |
|2023   |   45   |   204      |    0       |
|2024   |   65   |   198      |   +6       |
|2025   |   65   |   195      |   +3       |
|2026   |   98   |   177      |   +18      |
|2027   |  334   |    91      |   +86      |
|2028   |  476   |    58      |   +33      |
|2029   |  648   |    43      |   +15      |
|2030   |  623   |    41      |   +2       |
|2031   |  841   |    25      |   +16      |
--------------------------------------------[/center]

European Championship Winners

2012 - Germany 2 - 0 Sweden

2016 - France 3 - 1 England

2020 - England 2 - 1 Italy

2024 - France e3 - 2 Spain

2028 - England 4 - 0 Spain

World Cup Winners

2014 - England 2 - 0 Germany

2018 - Brazil 3 - 0 Mexico

2022 - Belgium e1 - 0 France

2026 - Netherlands 3 - 0 Ivory Coast

2030 - Turkey 3 - 0 Uruguay

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[center]FC Ruggell Season by Season

| Seasons | Tier |               Division               | Position |  Schweizer Cup  |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| 2011/12 | 6th  | 3L Ostschweizer Fussballverband Gr.2 |   1st    |    1st Round    |
| 2012/13 | 5th  | 3L Ostschweizer Fussballverband Gr.2 |   1st    |    4th Round    |
| 2013/14 | 4th  |     2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4     |   5th    |    4th Round    |
| 2014/15 | 4th  |     2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4     |   7th    |    1st Round    |
| 2015/16 | 4th  |     2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4     |   3rd    |    1st Round    |
| 2016/17 | 4th  |     2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4     |   2nd    |    5th Round    |
| 2017/18 | 4th  |     2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4     |   2nd    |    6th Round    |
| 2018/19 | 4th  |     2e Ligue interregionale Gr.4     |   1st    |    1st Round    |
| 2019/20 | 3rd  |           1. Liga Gruppe 3           |   5th    |    5th Round    |
| 2020/21 | 3rd  |           1. Liga Gruppe 3           |   5th    |    4th Round    |
| 2021/22 | 3rd  |           1. Liga Gruppe 3           |   2nd    |    5th Round    |
| 2022/23 | 3rd  |           1. Liga Gruppe 3           |   2nd    |    Runners Up   |
| 2023/24 | 3rd  |           1. Liga Gruppe 3           |   3rd    |    5th Round    |
| 2024/25 | 3rd  |           1. Liga Gruppe 3           |   1st    |    5th Round    |
| 2025/26 | 2nd  |           Challenge League           |   1st    |    3rd Round    |
| 2026/27 | 1st  |          Axpo Super League           |  10th    |  Quarter Final  |
| 2027/28 | 2nd  |           Challenge League           |   1st    |    3rd Round    |
| 2028/29 | 1st  |          Axpo Super League           |   7th    |  Quarter Final  |
| 2029/30 | 1st  |          Axpo Super League           |   7th    |     Winners     |
| 2030/31 | 1st  |          Axpo Super League           |   3rd    |    Runners Up   |
| 2031/32 | 1st  |          Axpo Super League           |   5th    |  Quarter Final  |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

[center]FC Ruggell's European Adventures

| Season |  Europa League  | Club Co-Efficent | Club Ranking | Nation Co-fficent |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 2026/27| 3rd Qual. Round |    8.259         |    214th     |      11.000       |
| 2027/28| 4th in Group G  |   14.699         |    146th     |      19.500       |
| 2028/29| 4th Qual. Round |   15.499         |    135th     |      21.000       |
| 2029/30| 2nd Knockout    |   31.478         |     69th     |      38.500       |
| 2030/31| 3rd in Group B  |   38.998         |     57th     |      47.500       |
| 2031/32| 3rd in Group B  |   46.598         |     47th     |      55.500       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

Champions League Winners

2011/12 - Barcelona p0 - 0 Real Madrid

2012/13 - AC Milan p2 - 2 Barcelona

2013/14 - Real Madrid e3 - 1 FC Bayern

2014/15 - Real Madrid 1 - 0 AC Milan

2015/16 - Barcelona 2 - 0 Benfica

2016/17 - Benfica 2 - 1 Chelsea

2017/18 - Real Madrid 1 - 0 Benfica

2018/19 - FC Bayern 1 - 0 Manchester Utd

2019/20 - Manchester Utd p1 - 1 Real Madrid

2020/21 - Manchester Utd e3 - 2 Barcelona

2021/22 - Liverpool p0 - 0 Arsenal

2022/23 - Chelsea 1 - 0 FC Bayern

2023/24 - FC Bayern e1 - 0 Man Utd

2024/25 - Benfica e3 - 2 Inter

2025/26 - Inter 2 - 1 Real Madrid

2026/27 - Real Madrid p1 - 1 Sporting CP

2027/28 - FC Bayern 2 - 0 Porto

2028/29 - Chelsea 2 - 1 FC Bayern

2029/30 - Real Madrid 2 - 0 FC Bayern

2030/31 - Real Madrid 1 - 0 Inter

2031/32 - Real Madrid 2 - 0 Sporting CP

Europa League Winners

2011/12 - Manchester City p1 - 1 Villarreal

2012/13 - Manchester City 3 - 0 Paris Saint-Germain

2013/14 - Valencia 2 - 0 Shakhtar

2014/15 - Olympique de Marseille 2 - 0 Villarreal

2015/16 - Arsenal 2 - 1 Liverpool

2016/17 - Zenit p1 - 1 Real Madrid

2017/18 - Olympique de Marseille 2 - 0 Manchester Utd

2018/19 - Benfica e2 - 0 Stuttgart

2019/20 - Porto 4 - 1 Sporting CP

2020/21 - Olympique de Marseille 3 - 0 AZ Alkmaar

2021/22 - Roma 3 - 1 Leverkusen

2022/23 - Sevilla 2 - 0 Stuttgart

2023/24 - Benfica 3 - 1 Sevilla

2024/25 - FC Bayern e4 - 3 Chelsea

2025/26 - Sevilla 2 - 1 Man City

2026/27 - Manchester City 1 - 0 Benfica

2027/28 - Arsenal 1 - 0 Rangers

2028/29 - Arsenal 4 - 0 Sporting CP

2029/30 - Manchester City 1 - 0 Leverkusen

2030/31 - Sporting CP 2 - 1 Manchester City

2031/32 - Arsenal 2 - 1 FC Bayern

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FC Ruggell Records

[center]FC Ruggell 500 Appearance Legends

| Player (Position)                  | Years |  App  | Goals | Assist|  MoM  |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Sebastian Schneider - YP7 (ST/AML)  |2017-  |  561  |  396  |  137  |  109  |
|Jochen Lang - YP9 (DCR)             |2019-  |  532  |   22  |   32  |   14  |
|Florian Fehr - YP8 (DM/D/MCR)       |2018-  |  512  |   14  |   47  |    9  |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

[center]FC Ruggell 100 Appearance Club

| Player (Position)                  | Years |  App  |  Cln  |  Con  |  MoM  |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Fritz Breu (GK)                     |2023-  |  298  |   80  |  421  |    3  |
|Dominic Riedel (GK)                 |2017-29|  291  |  139  |  231  |    0  |
|Nicolas Hemmerle (GK)               |2011-20|  235  |   83  |  259  |    0  |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Player (Position)                  | Years |  App  | Goals | Assist|  MoM  |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Ernst Jung - YP11 (DM/MC)           |2021-  |  432  |   22  |   37  |    9  |
|Kai Arndt - YP10 (DC)               |2020-  |  405  |   20  |    8  |   23  |
|Arvid Keller - YP6 (DR)             |2016-  |  394  |   10  |   58  |   21  |
|Dennis Hoffman - YP16 (MC)          |2021-  |  393  |   37  |  110  |   14  |
|Maximilian Riechel - YP12 (D/ML)    |2022-  |  362  |    8  |   85  |   21  |
|Lennart Jokubowski - YP3 (DM/MC)    |2013-25|  292  |   24  |   33  |    7  |
|Karl-Heinz Heinrichs - YP15 (DM/MC) |2022-30|  274  |   31  |   67  |   12  |
|Stefan Ziereis - YP13 (ST)          |2024-  |  273  |  104  |   70  |   22  |
|Phillipp Bender - YP17 (DC)         |2025-  |  266  |    6  |    4  |    1  |
|Michael Ebert (MCL)                 |2014-25|  256  |   14  |   54  |    9  |
|Christopher Frick (MC)              |2025-  |  239  |   24  |   58  |    3  |
|Oliver Spalt (AMC/ST)               |2011-21|  237  |   84  |   54  |   23  |
|Holger Zander (D/WBL/DC)            |2012-24|  224  |    2  |   25  |   10  |
|Sebastian Zimmermann - YP14 (AML/ST)|2026-31|  220  |  186  |   57  |   55  |
|Hans-Hermann Bruns (D/WBR)          |2013-25|  207  |    1  |   19  |   10  |
|Oliver Hopp - YP18 (DC)             |2027-  |  204  |    3  |    7  |   10  |
|Alfons Wolff - YP19 (AML/ST)        |2027-  |  170  |   62  |   51  |    8  |
|Sandro Wolfinger (DM/MC)            |2011-18|  169  |   18  |   18  |    2  |
|Patrick Riedel - YP2 (M/AMC)        |2012-19|  152  |    8  |   29  |    6  |
|Mirko Szymanski (ST)                |2019-26|  133  |   57  |   37  |   11  |
|Philipp Wagner (D/ML/DC)            |2015-24|  128  |    2  |   21  |    8  |
|Nils Schmidt (ST/AMRL)              |2013-20|  127  |   50  |   28  |   10  |
|Nils Schmidt (DR)                   |2023-  |  125  |    0  |    5  |    2  |
|Sebastian Adler (DM/D/MC)           |2025-  |  119  |    1  |    7  |    0  |
|Carsten Neumann (DC)                |2014-20|  115  |    8  |    2  |    4  |
|Marco Wolfinger (AMC/ST)            |2011-17|  114  |   55  |   25  |   18  |
|Thomas Nowakowski - YP4 (ST)        |2014-20|  114  |   53  |   13  |   14  |
|Horst Kind - YP1 (DL)               |2012-19|  114  |    1  |   10  |    6  |
|Markus Holzer (DM/D/MC)             |2015-25|  109  |    5  |    1  |    1  |
|Markus Wagener (ST/AMR)             |2012-17|  103  |   37  |   16  |    9  |
|Thomas Heeb (DC)                    |2011-15|  101  |    9  |    4  |   12  |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

[center]FC Ruggell Top 5 Goalscorers

| Player (Position)                  | Years |  App  | Goals | Goal Rate  |
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Sebastian Schneider - YP7 (ST/AML)  |2017-  |  561  |  396  | 0.71 p/game|
|Sebastian Zimmermann - YP14 (AML/ST)|2026-31|  220  |  186  | 0.85 p/game|
|Stefan Ziereis - YP13 (ST)          |2024-  |  273  |  104  | 0.38 p/game|
|Oliver Spalt (AMC/ST)               |2011-21|  237  |   84  | 0.35 p/game|
|Alfons Wolff - YP19 (AML/ST)        |2027-  |  170  |   62  | 0.36 p/game|
---------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

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Good luck! After San Marino,Faroe Islands and Andorra only Liechenstein was missing. ;)

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FC Ruggell - Start of Season 2011/12

The start of everything. I can tell this is going to be a tough season just from looking through the squad. However, there are some bright spots here, particularly these three.

Dominic Spalt - Rated as the best in the squad, easy to see why. Decent pace and crossing. Hoping for many assists this season.

Marco Wolfinger - Other guy whose pretty decent for this level, good pace, finishing and composure. Hopefully will lead the line.

Andreas Haber - Good looking right back, pace, tackling and work rate all decent.

I signed a majority of the greyed out players to contracts, but they are all complete rubbish, not one of them registering more then 1 star potential.

Along with these, I managed to bring in an Assistant Manager, a Coach and a Physio.

My finances are looking precarious, with this piece of information furthering that claim.

All in all, a tough season looming I'd imagine.

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Good luck! After San Marino,Faroe Islands and Andorra only Liechenstein was missing. ;)

Thanks for the support :) I've been following the others, it was those threads which gave me the motivation to attempt it haha

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Hope you can win the Europa League one day! :cool: (impossible to win Champions League...)

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Hope you can win the Europa League one day! :cool: (impossible to win Champions League...)

That's the plan :D Although at this stage I reckon just getting to the top division will be a great achievement

FC Ruggell 2011/12 Pre-Season Round Up

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As you can see, the pre-season went much, much better than I expected :D Four wins and a draw gives me hope that I can perform well this season. Our 7-1 thrashing of FC Srbija ZH was definitely the highlight.

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Best of luck with this!

I'm sure you can do it faster than 300 years, 250 seems a little more accurate. :lol:

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nice idea for a challenge, I hope you succeed.

you are correct, Vaduz always qualifies for the euro cup. That is alright though, as this means you can actually go further than them and get into the champions league through the swiss system.

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Best of luck with this!

I'm sure you can do it faster than 300 years, 250 seems a little more accurate. :lol:

Thanks for your optimism :lol: It's gonna be a fun game, whether it takes 3 years to fail or 300 to succeed

nice idea for a challenge, I hope you succeed.

you are correct, Vaduz always qualifies for the euro cup. That is alright though, as this means you can actually go further than them and get into the champions league through the swiss system.

Really? That's awesome, I assumed because it's a Liechtenstein club, it would only get into the Europa League. Excellent :)

In some good news, the club restructured its debt, and now our finances don't look as bad :D

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Will be reading this, a nice challenge you have set yourself. Good luck

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FC Ruggell Mid-Season Summary

Well, I guess it isn't really mid season, but there's only 22 games in the league, and 11 have been played. I still got another cup to play in, but besides that, the rest of the games are spread out to about 2 a month after November.

midseasonfixtures.jpg

League

A much better start to Life in Liechtenstein then I imagined, leading the table by 4 points. It's not really completely fair though, seeing most of the other clubs have nothing but greyed out players. Don't know what's happening there, maybe nobody wants to sign for a 6th tier Swiss club, or maybe their managers are all doing youth challenges as well :D. Either way, those couple of loses could have easily been draws, and maybe wins if we had been a bit more clinical.

swisscupfixtures.jpg

The Swiss Cup was disappointing. We won the Qualifying Round against a 5th tier side, before bowing out to a 6th tier side (Who in turn got knocked out by a non-league side). Still, achieved more than what the board had hoped, so I'm not going to dwell on it.

Finances

The club has injected money twice into the club now after restructuring the debt, firstly a 55k injections, then a 40k. Without taking that into account, the club has been making about 2k each month, so we're not in a bad situation. Not enough to increase the junior coaching budget, and definitely not enough to think about facilities, but enough to put my mind at ease.

Anyway, I've been thinking about how I'm going to report these updates. I think I'm going to do an End of Pre-Season report, a Mid-Season report and an End of Season report. As well as that, at the end of each year, I'll do a summary of Liechtenstein's international performances, and when a youth intake comes through, I'll report on that as well :)

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Good luck with FC Rugell,you've made an excellent start as well.Hope your able to keep that form up.

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Great first half-season. Going to a nation that doesn't have a league proves that around here nowhere is impossible.

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@oche balboa - The Liechtenstein Cup? Yeah, I thought it would be in here as well, but no matter. This save is really about producing talent Liechtenstein can be proud of ;)

@Johnny Drama - Thanks :)

@ThePlaya - I agree, he is amazing. But don't get to caught up on our form just yet, we haven't been spectacular since the update.

@B.W.G - Thanks for the support :)

@deltablue - I would call this the Improbable challenge :)

Another cash injection, and this time the board agree to increase the Junior Coaching budget. We now have rented minimal youth facilities (Better then the No Facilities we had at the start) and Basic Junior Coaching

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Liechtenstein 2011 Summary

About the average year for Liechtenstein. A win at Lithuania was soured when they got thumped on the return. A couple of close loses here and there, but the drop in the rankings was always going to happen. The manager is under almost no pressure, managing such a small nation. I'll probably have to wait until he retires to try for the position.

[center]Liechtenstein World Rankings

|Season | Points | Previous Rank | Current Rank | Difference |
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|Start  |   -    |       -       |     119      |     -      |
|2011   |  184   |      119      |     145      |   -26      |
------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

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FC Ruggell Youth Intake 2012

Yep, it's that time. The time where I show off the potential world beaters, or failing that, the potential squad back up for the year.

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All the players have good potential, but no one really stands out as a top player. In the end, young left back Horst Kind was singled out as the best player from the intake.

YP1 - Horst Kind

The Game played between my greyed out team of youth players and the shiny new regens ended terribly for the Youth Candidates. The greyed out youths beat them 6-1.

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FC Ruggell End of Season Report

3L Ostschweizer Fussballverband Group 2

League | Fixtures | Goalscorers

We won the league, though we made it more difficult then what it should have been. We secured it in the second last round. We Probably should have been crowned champions earlier, but a tendency to draw games at the last second held us back. Still, an excellent first season for the club. As you can see from the facilities, we still have a long way to go to start bringing in more talented youth, but our finances are looking decent enough to start improving the Junior Coaching budget some more. The transfer screen is there to show my lack of activity ;)

Swiss Cup

Fixtures | Goalscorers

As shown in the mid season update, we won our qualifying match, but didn't get past the 1st Round. Still, not much was on the cards there. I would have liked to get a game against one of the top sides for a bit of cash though.

Lauro Amado Cup

Fixtures | Goalscorers | Group

How many times can you say that you haven't lost a game in a cup, but still not make it far into the cup. It was a frustrating cup, We won our first two games, both knockout games, then got paired in a group with 5th teir teams. Two of the draws came from goals in the last ten minutes, so it was rather annoying.

Key Players

Marco Wolfinger -Had a phenomenal season. Would have scored more, but received an injury mid January which ruled him out for 3 months.

Oliver Spalt - My other striker, almost as many goals as Wolfinger. Suffered a bit when Marco wasn't playing, but still managed a couple of goals. Named Fan's Player of the Year.

Dominic Spalt - The left winger I showed at the beginning, contributed to the team with 8 goals and 5 assists.

Andreas Wenzel - A greyed out player I signed to a contract, he performed well above his ability.

Thomas Heeb - A solid season from the vice-captain and centre back. Held the line well.

Andreas Haber - A decent season from Haber. Performed well and managed to chip in a few assists.

Youth Prospects

Horst Kind (YP1) - Played the last three games of the season, probably my best left back going by ability at the moment. Sure to start more games next season.

[center]FC Ruggell Season by Season

|Season | Tier | Position | Swiss Cup | Europe | Acheivements|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|2011/12|  6th |   1st    | 1st Round | Nope   |  Promotion  |
--------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

In an unexpected turn of events, FC Ruggell is now a semi-professional club. Must be a requirement for the 5th tier or something...

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FC Ruggell Preseason Summary

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A fantastic preseason for the club, with two 6-0 wins. Marco Wolfinger was on fire, scoring 8 goals in 4 games. Promising signs, hopefully we can continue this into the actual season.

Info | Facilities | Finances | Season Tickets

Nothing of note changing here, increased our season ticket holders by 2 whole people.

Table

Actually, I am even more confused about why we went semi-pro. We aren't in a fantastic financial position, and the only other club in our league that is semi-pro is Bad Ragaz. In fact, looking through the other divisions, it doesn't look like a requirement until the 3rd tier. I think I'll just go with it and not ask questions :p

This season sees us face off against another Liechtenstein club, Triesenberg. Will be a great test.

Youth Prospects

Horst Kind (YP1) - Had a solid preseason at left back, will be starting a fair bit this season.

Patrick Riedel (YP2) - After a great pre-season, I decided to make this youth my second prospect. I sorta overlooked him during the intake, but even though his attributes aren't great, he managed to play in 3 assists in 4 games. Enough of a proscept for me ;)

Season Goals

1. Survive for the season, push for a mid table spot. I believe I have the quality (in comparison to the league) to achieve this.

2. Beat Triesenberg.

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Good stuff, doing well.

For some reason, all amateur teams, upon promotion, go semi-pro, no matter what division they are in.

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@sanchezisgod - Ah ok, thanks for clearing that up. Makes it slightly easier than what it should be, now I don't have the risk of losing my best players

@deltablue - 5 more of the horrors to go ;)

@letissierandhenryaregreat - Well you're in luck, because....

FC Ruggell Mid Season Report

Another 22 game competition, this time the midway point is the 3rd of November.

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League

We cannot finish out games! 6 draws from 11 games... if we had been more clinical or could hold out for the last 10 minutes, we could be out of sight. But I guess that this level of football - too many mistakes. As you can see, any of the top 5 sides could easily win the league at this point. Ability wise, there is not much difference between the 6th and 5th tiers, so I managed to fit right in.

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Our Swiss Cup campaign was rather good. We won our qualifying match, then went on through to Round 4 (or the Last 64). There we lost to 3rd tier side Cham 4-0. We really had no chance that game. I can only imagine what would have happened if we drew Basel or Young Boys. That also ended our 29 match unbeaten streak, starting in November last year.

Finances

Losing a bit of money, but at this stage it is manageable.

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Ahh, the horror and agony of the draw... Still its a good season for your first at this new level. And yes, I think you may be crazy for the daunting task you've taken on, but I'm going to be interested in seeing you attempt it! :)

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@cerud - I agree, it is a wonderful start in a new league, but it still is frustrating haha. Glad to have more interest :)

Liechtenstein 2012 Summary

Senior

Manager | Fixtures | Rankings | Best Eleven | World Cup Qual. Group

Another terrible year for the national teams, losing every game except for a 0-0 friendly with Kuwait. It is clear the manager is under no pressure what so ever to succeed, despite his nation slipping down the rankings at an alarming pace. It is sad to see this, as the group they have been drawn in is arguably one of the easiest I've seen.

U21

Manager | Fixtures | Euro Qual. Group

Nothing promising in the U21's either for Liechtenstein. 6 losses from 6, scoring only 3 goals and 21 conceded.

U19

Manager | Fixtures | Euro Qual. Group

Slightly better then the other teams, but still no wins for Liechtenstein. They can take some pride in their 2-2 draw with Norway though.

[center]Liechtenstein World Rankings

|Season | Points | Previous Rank | Current Rank | Difference |
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|Start  |   -    |       -       |     119      |     -      |
|2011   |  184   |      119      |     145      |   -26      |
|2012   |  103   |      145      |     185      |   -40      |
------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

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FC Ruggell Youth Intake 2013

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A decent looking intake this year. Obviously at this level, every is rated as 5 stars for the future, but I got my first gold star current ability players this year. The pick of the lot, and my third Youth Prospect, is..

Lennart Jokubowski (YP3) - Coach Report

A solid looking midfielder, tipped to have the ability to far exceed Sandro Wolfinger, my current top midfielder. A star of the future for Liechtenstein.

These next two are decent looking youths, but I don't think they can be considered prospects.

Christopher Wenaweser

Hans-Hermann Bruns

The match between the Youth Candidates and my Current Youth Team finished in a 0-0 draw.

In further news, we have received our second increase in the Junior Coaching budget. We now have Adequate Junior Coaching :)

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FC Ruggell End of Season Report

Squad | Club Information | Club Facilities | Finances | Transfers

2L Ostschweizer Fussballverband Group 1

League | Fixtures | Goalscorers

Wow. Simply Wow. I did not expect this, coming into the new season. Unbeaten in the league. It all started well, with 3 straight victories; 2-0 over Mortlingen, 2-1 over Rüthi and 2-0 over Wessen. With that, we were top of the league. Then a run of 3 draws took us down to 2nd, and we remained there after eleven games, adding 2 more wins and 3 more draws to our total.

In the second half of the season, however, we found our groove and started dominating teams. We went on a run of 7 straight victories, creating a 4 point gap over Schaan. However, we then drew with Rorschach 2-2, with Schaan closing the gap to 2 points. The next game we both won, so they continued to keep pace with us. In the second last game, we had our showdown. We prevailed 2-1 over Schaan in a tight affair, and was subsequently crowned champions. We finished the season off in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Sevelen.

Swiss Cup

Fixtures | Goalscorers

A fantastic campaign saw us make it through to the 4th Round before losing to 1ére Ligue suisse (3rd tier) side Cham 4-0. We started off brightly, winning our Qualifying Round game over Schmitten 1-0. We followed this up with a 3-1 win over Münchenbuchsee, a 3-0 win over Prangins Sports, and a 4-0 thrashing in the 3rd Round of fellow league side Rorschach. However, against Cham, we never stood a chance, and bowed out for the year.

Lauro Amado Cup

Fixtures | Goalscorers | Group

We made it one round further in this competition. Winning our qualifiyng game 2-1 over Sarnen, we were paired in a group of Savosa-Massagno, Perlen-Buchrain and Eschenbach. Two wins and a draw saw us progress through the group, but we were knocked out by Coldrerio, getting thumped 3-0.

The Liechtenstein Games

So I mentioned that we would be playing matches against Liechtenstein clubs for the first time this season, against Triesenberg. Further research shows I completely overlooked Schaan as a Liechtenstein club as well. Here are the results from this year.

vs Triesenberg

drew 2-2

won 3-0

vs Schaan

drew 2-2

won 2-1

Learning that Schaan was a Liechtenstein club made the promotion race that more exciting, as we battled tremendously against our fellow club. It was even more fitting that we won the league in our match against them. :D

The Frustrating Games

These were two games I wanted to pull my hair out during. The 3-3 draw with Sevelen, after scoring our 3rd goal and leading 3-1, saw them score two goals in a couple of minutes to equalise. The 0-0 draw with a 9 man Eschenbach was equally frustrating, as we were denied time and time again despite our numbers advantage.

vs Sevelen

vs Eschenbach

Key Players

GK - Nicolas Hemmerle (32 app/28 conceded/16 CS/6.81 rating)

Started every game, and didn't often disappoint. Good season from captain keeper.

DR - Andreas Haber (24 app/1 goal/1 assist/1 MoM/7.15 rating)

Another great season on the right flank for Andreas.

DC - Thomas Heeb (32 app/5 goals/3 assists/7 MoM/7.19 rating)

The vice-captain had another fantaastic year, scoring and setting up some goals, and earning a load of Man of the Match awards. Held the defence perfectly.

MC - Sandro Wolfinger (28 app/4 goals/3 assists/1 MoM/6.97rating)

A decent year from the other Wolfinger. Played for the Liechtenstein Under 21's.

ML - Dominic Spalt (32 app/6 goals/5 assists/2 MoM/7.05 rating)

Another good year on the left flank by Dominic.

ST - Oliver Spalt (30 app/16 goals/6 assists/3 MoM/7.22 rating)

Top goalscorer this season, though he did play 5 more games then Marco. Still, great season from the forward.

ST - Marco Wolfinger (25 app/14 goals/6 assists/6 MoM/7.32 rating)

Declined a lot in attributes this season, but still managed to dominate when fit.

Youth Prospects

DL - Horst Kind (YP1) (22 app/1 MoM/7.10 rating)

A fantastic debut season on the left flank. Fitted in perfectly on the flank, and we really noticed his absence when he was injured.

MC - Patrick Riedel (YP2) (28 app/4 goals/4 assists/6.91 rating)

A decent first season. Scored some important goals and set up a few as well.

MC - Lennart Jokubowski (YP3) (4 app/2 assists/6.88 rating)

Started in 4 games, and will definitely get a more active role next season. Has also already been called up to the Liechtenstein U21's, all at the age of 15.

Other Notable Youths

These fella's came through the youth system in 2012, but failed to be deemed as prospects. They still had decent season in 2012/13 though.

DC - René Sander (26 app/5 assists/6.88 rating)

A decent first season. Tried his best, but was ultimately outshone by the rest of the defence.

MR - Stefan Kessler (30 app/5 goals/10 assists/7.10 rating)

Unbelievable first season. Topped our assist chart, and was sensational down the right flank.

ST - Markus Wagener (19 app/7 goals/4 assists/6.98 rating)

A good season, filled in well for Wolfinger and Spalt when they were injured.

Season Goals

1. Survive for the season, push for a mid table spot. Exceeded

2. Beat Triesenberg (and Schaan). Beat them both once, so yes suceeded.

[center]FC Ruggell Season by Season

|Season | Tier | Position | Swiss Cup | Europe | Acheivements|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|2011/12|  6th |   1st    | 1st Round | Nope   |  Promotion  |
|2012/13|  5th |   1st    | 4th Round | Nope   |  Promotion  |
--------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

Next Season's Goals

1. Survive!

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FC Ruggell 2013/14 PreSeason Summary

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Another decent preseason for the club, winning 3 and losing 1. One of the wins came against a side in our league this season, which is encouraging, while the loss came from a side which was relegated from our league last season, which isn't as encouraging.

The Season Ticket sales soared this season, racking up a total of 56, 24 more than last season. This didn't improve our finances though, as we lose money quite consistently. This is because I have brought in better staff on part time contracts this season (now we have 3 or 4 stars in each training category except for goalkeeping :)), so I expect to lose some money this season. Still, I'm hoping for improved attendances outlaying some of the costs.

League | Club Information | Club Facilities | Season Tickets | Finances

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I doubt survival will be an issue even if you slow down a bit.

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Congrats on back to back promotions,good luck for the new season!You should survive pretty comfortably.

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Cheers fellas :D I think we will survive but we've had a bit of a shaky start, 2 draws we didn't deserve and a loss. But then we won 2 games and are back on track. Those games were against the bottom sides though, but as long as we beat them, they can't finish above us, right? (I hope not :/)

Compared to the step up between 6th and 5th, this is going to be a pretty tough season. Which will be good, time for the boys to build some character ;)

Also Lennart Jokubowski (YP3) got his very first man of the match :D He scored 2 goals in our 5-0 thrashing of Reinach in the Swiss Cup. He's also rated as our best player already. Will hopefully get the mid season update up today

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FC Ruggell Mid Season Report

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Table | Finances

I think I overestimated how great the step up in quality would be. It has been a more challenging season, but only against the semi-pro teams that had been relegated from the 3rd tier. We started off shakily, but managed to turn it around with four consecutive wins. One win in the the four games after that saw us drop off the pace a bit, but another two wins sees us sitting nicely in 2nd place, one point off top spot. Barring a second half season capitulation, I think we have a chance to secure a third consecutive promotion.

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Another good run in the Swiss Cup. We didn't have to go through the qualifiers this season, meaning that we jumped in at the 1st round, where we destroyed Reinach 5-0. Two more wins saw us face up against Super League (1st tier!) side St. Gallen at home. We took the league, and looked headed for a upset victory, when they scored 2 goals. A fantastic performance agaisnt a much stronger opponent.

Youth Players

Horst Kind (YP1) - Another solid season so far at left back, chipping in a few assists.

Patrick Riedel (YP2) - I'm finding it hard to start him because he plays the same role as Jokubowski. When Lennart was injured he got a few games and played solidly.

Lennart Jokubowski (YP3) - Simply amazing first season so far, scoring some fantastic goals. Has been in the Liechtenstein U21 team but still hasn't been capped.

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Liechtenstein 2013 Summary

Senior

Manager | Fixtures | Rankings | World Cup Qualification

Small signs of improvement by Liechtenstein, defeating both Latvia and Iceland, while drawing with Moldova. These results allowed them to shoot up the rankings to 137th, although a lot of work still needs to be put into the nation for long term improvement. Props to the manager for finally getting some victories, in what would be a stressful and painful job to undertake.

U21

Manager | Fixtures | Qualifying Group

No wins, thrashed almost every game... it's hard to pick many positives for this side. A couple of draws salvaged another disastrous year for the U21's.

U19

Manager | Fixtures | Qualifying Group

Only lost 6 of their 11 games, with 2 wins along the way. Decent signs for the youngest national team. Still not getting anywhere in terms of qualification, but improvement takes a long time at international level.

[center]Liechtenstein World Rankings

|Season | Points | Previous Rank | Current Rank | Difference |
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|Start  |   -    |       -       |     119      |     -      |
|2011   |  184   |      119      |     145      |   -26      |
|2012   |  103   |      145      |     185      |   -40      |
|2013   |  161   |      185      |     137      |   +48      |
------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

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Very good start to the league campaign,you put in a good performance in the cup as well.Keep up the good work :thup:

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FC Ruggell 2014 Youth Intake

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Decent year, five players signed from this intake. Only one player stood out though. I'd like to introduce you to our 4th youth prospect

Thomas Nowakowski - Coach Report

Good mental attributes, and decent physical and technical (although it can improve) I'd say he'll be able to lead to front line.

There were four others that stood out to me as well, and I have since signed.

Christian Smirnov

Carsten Neumann

Thimo BloB (don't know how to write that letter)

Michael Ebert

The match between our current Youth Team and the Candidates finished 5-3 to our Youths, but Thomas Nowakowski scored a hattrick in a losing team.

Barring a second half season capitulation, I think we have a chance to secure a third consecutive promotion.

Also, famous last words... Since the mid season update, we have played ten games and only won 1...

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I should've used this swiss update, it sounds awesome. You're starting 4 divisions further down the ranks than I did. And you'd probably be pleased to learn my team tore Vaduz apart 8-1 5-1 relegating them in the process. :thup:

Bar the needless references to my thread, I think you have started very well, seriously back-to-back promotions is awesome but you've got to be completely nuts to attempt this with a youth only policy, I'm pretty certain all you guys who try this kind of challenge on rubbish nations are all masochists. :D

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@noikeee - :D Thanks! I'm hoping Vaduz become a force before I get to the Super League so I can take the pleasure in destroying them myself. I reckon the ones who try it on the large nation are the true masochists, at least there's a chance of getting to the top of the nation here :D I mean, only youth against Man Utd or Real Madrid? There's a special kind of crazy

@TheGreatTraveler - We won our final game of the season 4-0 if that counts, but no we could only win three games in the second half of the season. We still finsihed in a respectable position however.

FC Ruggell 2013/14 End of Season Review

2e Ligue Interrégionale Group 4

Table | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2

A great first season in the 4th tier, achieving 5th place. It could have been a lot more though, as we shot out to challenging for promotion in the first half of the season, trailing by 1 point after 13 games. However, it may have been a combination of bad form, complacency or something else, as we then only won 3 games and picked up a total of 12 points from our remaining 13 games. Our final game of the season, a 4-0 thrashing of Baar, showed what we could have done if we didn't have the slump, but ultimately 5th place is a fantastic first season achievement.

This season also saw us release a lot of dead wood. All were on amateur contracts, so weren't costing me anything, but I had better back up in my youths, that actually would improve to be somewhat decent.

Swiss Cup

Fixtures

Another 4th Round appearance saw us face off against Super League side St. Gallen. In a gallant performance, we took the lead before ultimately losing 2-1. Another great effort in the cup, but hopefully we can get one round further next season.

Interregional Amateur Cup

Fixtures

Our only game came during our form slump, so you can imagine the result here.

Youth Prospects

Horst Kind (YP1) - Again a good season at left back. No longer our best left back however, and will have to fight it out for a first team place.

Patrick Riedel (YP2) - Struggled for consistent game time due to Lennart Jokubowski playing his position, but still was decent when he played

Lennart Jokubowski (YP3) - Played well at the start of the season, but was on of the many players to drop off in the second half of the season. Still played decently.

Thomas Nowakowski (YP4) - 2 goals, 1 assist in 4 games saw him already being inducted into our overall Best 11.

I screwed up most of the screen shots and couldn't get actual shots from the season, so I didn't bother with my key players in this update

Season Goals

1. Survive! Exceeded

[center]FC Ruggell Season by Season

|Season | Tier | Position | Swiss Cup | Europe | Acheivements|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|2011/12|  6th |   1st    | 1st Round | Nope   |  Promotion  |
|2012/13|  5th |   1st    | 4th Round | Nope   |  Promotion  |
|2013/14|  4th |   5th    | 4th Round | Nope   |  None       |
--------------------------------------------------------------[/center]

New Season Goals

1. Push for promotion

2. Go another round in the Cups.

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You wernt to far off the top considering it was your first season at this level. A cracking effort.

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FC Ruggell 2014/15 Pre Season Update

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I decided to take on teams above us in ability to help out the finances, before arranging easier games towards the end. While we did make money, I'm incredibly disappointed in that final loss against the Austrian side filled by greyed out players. Still, can't judge anything by the preseason. The real stuff starts now.

We also received another Junior Coaching upgrade, which I'm pleased about. Adequate coaching has brought in some pretty decent players, so now that we're on average we should be able to produce some Liechtenstein superstars.

League | Season Tickets | Club Info | Club Facilities | Finances

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I imagine that in this kind of challenge any facilities/coaching/recruitment upgrade would feel almost as good as a victory on the pitch!

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