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NK Zadar - Croatia - Season 3

Final Table | Past Positions | Transfers | Finances | Facilities


Season Summary

Final position - 6th (of 10) 

Our first season in the top flight, our only objective was to survive, and we did it with some style. 6th was beyond my wildest expectations, but it really was the cliche season 2 of 2 halves. 

The league table based on the first half, and second half of the season tell a story. 

We actually won our opening game, against eventual champions away from home. Sadly, it was not  sign of things to come. We then went 9 without a win and we were right in the mire, never cast adrift but we really needed a boost. A win against the other basement club helped us, but then 3 more defeats in a row. At this stage, it was clear that my promotion tactic was not cutting the mustard, and i was chopping and changing and trying to find something that worked. Eventually, settled on a 442 which seemed to give us an immediate boost. Just before the winter break, we go 3 wins and 3 draws from 7 games and suddenly we are starting to look like safety was possible. 

We survived Jan without losing anyone, which was nice as a few were bidding up to £500k for my YP00a keeper. Post break, we seemed to have a bit of hangover. We took only 1pt from 4 games, incluing 2 heavy defeats. I stuck with the 442 system though and got my rewards. We went on an absolute tear. Winning 5 straight, including beating the runaway league leaders again set us well on the road to safety and more. We were suddenly looking up, not down and we had easily secured at least 9th (so at worst a playoff) with 5 games to go. We did lose 2 after our winning run, but then finished the season on a nice high as well with 10pts from our last 4 games to propel us all the way up to 6th in the league. Unbelievable, Jeff. 

The cup was nothing worth speaking about, as always. Got through one game, then lost to the bottom of the league club. 

Top Performers

The 2 non youths again who are worth a mention. 

Vlatko Blazevic - Once we went to 442 he spent a chunk of time at ML, but also still got plenty game up front as we rotated a lot and took advantage of versatility. Another nice goals and assists return from the stalwart  

Juraj Maretic - Generally has been our AMR, and with the emergence of Culina he was under threat, but in 442 he played up front and was on fire for a while. Again, does not look much but good to have a non youth option i can call upon to do a solid job

 

Tagged Youths Update

YP00a - Jurica Cubrillo - First choice again now, starting all but 2 games and being the subject of interest from top division clubs all around europe. Can see a sale at some point, as i have a non tagged youth backup who is already in the Croatia U21's squad despite barely getting a look in for me. 

YP00b - Dragan Matic (LOST TO HADJUK SEASON 1) - Bizarelly, released by Hadjuk after half a season and languished as a free agent ever since. Gutted, he would still have been in my first 11

YP01a - Vlatko Ivanovic - Emerged as a first choice striker when fit, although had a bit of injury prone season. Not a huge return in goals but still continues to show improvement and scored some important goals. Likely to be first choice again. 

YP01b - Milo Culina - Finally took the plunge and threw him in as first choice for a big chunk of the season. He held up his end of the bargain, helped by the fact that our 442 is overall more solid. Will now become a first choice every game. 

YP01c - Ante Culic - Very little starting time, lots of the bench but really struggled to perform. Have improved his determination and personality type through tutoring, but he has never shown much. Need to decide what to do with him soon

YP02a - Toni Culina - When we went to 442, immediately installed him as my everday MR. He was developing really quickly and even had interest from bottom end EPL clubs. His development seemed to slow a bit, but his performances were good. Now wants to move to a bigger club, but i have him under contract for a while

YP02b - Jozo Juric - Spend the season in the U19s, as we have a few more options in CM. Will need to sort out depth chart and see if i can get him some games, or else consider a loan

 


Youth Intake 

Intake - Interesting intake. 2 very good CM prospects, one of whom could be class and ready to help immediately, and yet another striker, but then the depth falls off a cliff. Will take it, as we could use a CM or 2 and not to bad for other positions across the squad. Will tag 3 

YP03a - Ivan Miletic - The better of the 2 CM prospects, great physical stats to start so will look to bring him in for game time right away

YP03b - Vjekoslav Juric - We are overloaded with striker prospects, but he might stand out from the crowd. Quick, and can already finish. 

YP03c - Ervin Matic - Another CM, but more DM which might fit in with my balanced 442. Needs some development though 

 

Other / off the field

We did finally get a takeover, which seemed to clear the debt and take out a small loan (£112k). This did lead to our first upgrade of the challenge, with Junior Coaching being nudged up. Sadly we continue to hemorrhage cash and even with the good chunk of prize money for finishing 6th, we are barely out of the red. Only a major player sale is going to get me any proper facility upgrades i suspect :( 

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Greek Youth Adventure - Season 14

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Using the holidays to cruise through seasons, now we come to our 14th in management of Ergotelis, and claimed back what should be ours last season. 1st in the Greek Superleague and champions, we looked consistent for the entire season and next year it's gonna be Champions League football again for us. We also had a good run in the Cup, but we lost in the semi-final against Olympiacos. Our Europa League campaign went pretty well, we managed to sneak past the qualification stages into a Group with Valencia, Rennes and Red Star Belgrade, finished 2nd, but got kicked out in the first knockout phase were we met Liverpool. Feel like we've been a bit unlucky in the draw as each time we passed the groups we were paired with a really huge team of CL stature.

We have a young squad with good depth competing for all internal trophies by now and used mainly the same 4-1-2-3 dm wide formation all season, with the Awards going to D Kourouthianakis 24a (our main goalscorer, if we lose him at this point we are pretty much screwed for a couple of seasons), G Vourgoutzis 26g which also got Goalkeeper of the season and finally replaced Stoupakis 17b in goal for the first time in this career, D Maronitis 26c - this summer he got called to the Greek National team, making it the first time we have one of our current players there (we also have another 13 in the development teams) and lastly F Dokimakis 28e who has been a rock at the back and already turning down 6-7m offers for him.

Speaking of which, it was a season of struggles but we managed not to sell anyone and make our Transfer activity so empty... dunno if I can keep hold of them during this summer also. Decent Youth Intake as we really needed another striker to give us some perspectives in the position.

Lastly, I won again manager of the Year, got another upgrade on our training facilities - which are now ranked as Superb - and there is no more option at the moment to upgrade them. Finances looking pretty good, and in addition we averaged 11k spectators this season (our best average so far but still some distance from our stadium capacity of 26k).

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Season 5 - Ankara Demirspor - Turkish 2nd Tier

Current Profile - League Table - Results 1 - Results 2

Transfers

 

Season Overview

After last years promotion we was now one step away from the big time. I wasn't sure if our squad would be able to cope with the step up and it was difficult at times but we eventually steered clear of the relegation spots finishing the season in a decent 13th place. Not bad for our first attempt. I was also offered the Bursaspor job. They are in the Super league so I must be doing something right!

Star Players

Tolga Ozturk - Carried on where he left of in previous seasons. Handed in 2 transfer requests this season though and only has 12 months to go on his contract. So unfortunately not likely to be at the club after next season.

Emirhan Cimen - Another good season from the centre back.

Zekeriya Balciuglu - Came into the team as a starter and did well in his break through season.

Umit Baskoy - Another one who came in for his break through season and did well.

Serdar Ulusoy - Carried over form from last season. Could be a good player.

Cemal Duran - Top goalscorer again but didn't reach the heights of the previous season.

Youth Intake

We have the best player to come from an intake yet in Bayram Pehivan. Already attracting interest from the big clubs. Could prove difficult to keep hold of him. The rest of the intake was decent as it has been since I took over.

Next Season

I was happy with where we finished considering it was our first season at this level. So hopefully we can kick on and build on this. As a side note for some strange reason we have now moved back to the other stadium we was originally renting. Sounds like a bug to me. Also when I look at the clubs history page, I cant see any past records. Only the current season ones. Again sounds like a bug to me.

SEASONS PROGRESS

Season     League              Pos	Top Scorer                             Av Rat	                     Achievements
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2017/18    Turkish 3rd Tier    7th	Serman Karamadm - ST  - 9 goals	       Ozkan Serbest - DC  - 7.25
2018/19	   Turkish 3rd Tier    6th      Bilal Isak      - MC  - 16 goals       Bilal Isak    - MC  - 7.33      
2019/20    Turkish 3rd Tier    15th     Eren Balkan     - AML - 7 goals        Hasan Tuzcu   - DL  - 7.10
2020/21    Turkish 3rd Tier    1st      Camel Duran     - ST  - 21 goals       Firet Seven   - AMC - 7.40    Promoted As Champions!!
2021/22    Turkish 2nd Tier    13th     Camel Duran     - ST  - 14 goals       Hasan Tuzcu   - DL  - 7.21
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OFF FIELD PROGRESS

Season     Finances  Stadium      Av Att    Capacity  Corporate Fac.  Training Fac.    Youth Fac.    Junior Coaching    Youth Recruitment
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2017/18    £218k     TCDD Ankara  342       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Basic         Adequate           Basic
2018/19    £176k     TCDD Ankara  362       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Average            Basic
2019/20    £344k     TCDD Ankara  420       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Basic
2020/21    £600k     TCDD Ankara  606       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Basic
2021/22    £1m       Sincan Ilce  842       8,000     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Fairly Basic
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Nice steady progress there @Shankly84

 

@Muttley84 are you holidaying the actual seasons? Does that not take away a lot of the point of the challenge?  I thought it was sort of not done in this challenge? Then again i also didnt realise we could use Touch, so maybe i am just out of touch!

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2 hours ago, Jambo98 said:

 

@Muttley84 are you holidaying the actual seasons? Does that not take away a lot of the point of the challenge?  I thought it was sort of not done in this challenge? Then again i also didnt realise we could use Touch, so maybe i am just out of touch!

Using the holidays (Christmas and New Years) as I am not working my regular 10-12 hours 6 days prr week and have the house to myself to play all day :))

I don't think that by holidaying the matches I could have gone so far as winning the league, but thank you for your interest in keeping the point of the challenge alive.

I mentioned in my first post of the challenge that I'm using the Touch version of the game. It isn't by any means easier as you can see from my 14 seasons of grinding, it's just a bit quicker for me, but if it is agaisnt the rules I can certainly stop my updates and play just for the fun of it. Cause I enjoy it a lot. :)) 

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Ah sorry that makes more sense :D Confusing of the word!

Your updates are great to read. Cant imagine that using touch makes it somehow easier in general, the lack of tactical familiarity is the only real difference and that is hardly a key factor in such an insane challenge as this!

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Rot-Weiß Oberhausen - Season Three

3.Bundesliga

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League Table | SquadTransfers | Youth Intake | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Best XI

League

A breakthrough of sorts! We finished fifth in the league this season, the best finish of my time at RWO. In fact, our 61 points would have challenged for the league in year one, so an excellent season for us. I got sick of our old tactic and conjured up a more free-wheeling, creative attacking tactic. The result: way more goals let in (our goalie led the league in clean sheets last season), but even more goals in, with a +16 GD. The change was beneficial for most of our attack, as they seemed to bang goals in for fun at times. Raphael Steinmetz had a brilliant year, tying for the league lead in goals (21) to help lead Die Kleeblätter to a top five finish. Even better - we qualified for the DFB-Pokal (German Cup)! The top 4 in the 3.Bundesliga qualify, but no reserve teams can compete. Since RB Leipzig II finished ahead of us, we're in!

Finances

Still bad but things may be getting better soon - our chairman had indicated he wants to leave in December when elections are held. Might be enough for a takeover and some cash infusion? Otherwise just trying to keep players and compete as best we can with team-friendly contracts.

Key Players

Raphael Steinmetz - the Fans' Player of the Year, named to the 3.Bundesliga Team of the Year, co-lead scorer in the league, the man, the myth, the legend - Raphael Steinmetz! Steinmetz had an incredible year this year, banging in 21 goals and 4 assists in 33 appearances. He was named runner-up for Player of the Year as well. At just 25, Steinmetz is signed through 2022 with a 1 year club option so there should be more to come from him moving forward.

Rafael Garcia - The good news - Garcia was outstanding this year, stepping up from 4 goals and 8 assists last year to 12 goals and 12 assists on the wing. He was named to the 3.Bundesliga Team of the Year, but unfortunately decided he was too good to play for us so his RWO career ended on June 30th.

Daniel Dogan - The young Turk was a stalwart in defense this season. Averaged a 7.09 rating in 35 appearances and was named to the 3.Bundesliga Team of the Year in his second season as a starter in the league.

Felix Haas - Dogan's batterymate was also named to the 3.Bundesliga Team of the Year with a 7.19 rating in 35 appearances. Getting a little on the older side - 32 now, so we need to hope some youth comes through to contribute on the back line soon.

 

Youth Intake

A few good guys here. We'll see if they can start to contribute in Year 4.

Fabrice Sadjo (YP03a)

Robin Ada (YP03b)

Blessing Agu (YP03c)

Mohammad Saad (YP03d)

 

Career Overview

Season      League         Position    Top Scorer      Top Player       Achievements
2017/18     3.Bundesliga   7th         Kaya (15)       Kaya (7.07)      Earned Nat C & Nat B Badges
2018/19     3.Bundesliga   8th         Steinmetz (10)  Bauder (7.14)
2019/20     3.Bundesliga   5th         Steinmetz (21)  Steinmetz (7.27)

Off-Field Progress

Season  Finances    Av. Attendance  Capacity    Training Facs.  Youth Facs. Youth Rec.     Junior Coaching
2017/18 (£696K)     4,328           21,318      Adequate        Adequate    Fairly Basic   Adequate
2018/19 (£1.2M)     3,986           21,318      Adequate        Adequate    Fairly Basic   Adequate
2019/20 (£914K)     4,213           21,318      Adequate        Adequate    Fairly Basic   Adequate

Next Season

  • Challenge for a playoff spot
  • Continue to develop youth - Matthias Konarski (YP01b) is pretty safely in the senior team now. He made 26 appearances last year and doesn't turn 18 until October. He'll continue to see time but we need to develop the youth as guys like Denny Herzig, Robert Fleßers, Felix Haas, and Simon Engelmann are all 31 or older.
  • Improve finances

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I thought I'd give this challenge a go: I am the proud new manager of Scottish 'sleeping giants', Brora Rangers.

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FM17 YOUTH ACADEMY CHALLENGE

BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

 

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Brora Rangers Football Club are a senior part-time professional football club from the village of Brora, Sutherland, in the far North of Scotland. They played in the Highland Football League, of which they have twice been champions, having won their first title in 2013–14 and successfully defended it in the 2014–15 season. The following season the beat Edinburgh City in a play-off to secure their first venture into the Scottish League 2.

 

I'm only just starting, so hopefully it wont be too long for any updates.....Images are currently uploading, so I'll add in due course. Wish me luck...!

 

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Chimney Corner - Season 6 - 2022/23 NIFL Championship

Table | Cups | Squad | Transfers

Not a whole lot to say about the season, we started decently enough but went through a mid season dry spell where the goals dried up and we lost a lot of ground. Annoyingly the team had the tendency to drop the bundle while behind and let in 3 or 4 to lose big and smash the morale. I guess that's the problem with the sagging determination running through the squad. This meant we narrowly slipped into the relegation side of the split. Never in danger mind you and we comfortably finished 7th.

I think we're just going to need a season where things go right for us and we ride the morale wave, because we don't have the quality to manufacture results, and there's zero money here so getting the upgrades isn't going to happen. Looking at the development of our players is very discouraging, nobody has seen anything more than a marginal attribute improvement. So we're in the old catch-22, need to go up to get money, need the money to get the quality to go up ...

In better news we did manage to snag the Steel and Sons cup. It's only an intermediate cup, and one the team won in the 90s, so not a big prize, but it's something to salvage from the season.

Youth Intake

Looks like a reasonable intake, although having had a few years to see how things develop I've learnt now I need to look at what they are, not dream of what they could become.

  • (23a) Michael Taylor - MC - We desperately need more guys who can pass the ball so he's a good find. 9 determination already down to 8 by the end of the season though. :(
  • (23b) Eddie Gawley - AMR - Like some of the players we already have, quick but not much else. That's not cutting it so I don't have high hopes.
  • (23c) Graham Longstaff - ST - Big target man style striker who at least offers something different to what we already have. Consistent performer too, maybe the man to lead the line?
  • (23d) Andrew McKeague - MR - A second right winger who brings pace and not much else.
  • (23e) Scott McIlroy - ST - Decently quick and 17 finishing. Maybe too one dimensional to be the striker in my setup, could make a decent inside forward?

Awards

For once I think the fans got it pretty right here.

  • (18b) James Whiteside - DC - Captures the best player award for the second year running. Needs a more reliable partner next to him though.
  • (19a) Paul Quinn - MC - Continues to be ever reliable in the midfield. Not flashy but rarely plays a bad game.
  • (18f) Chris Bell - ST - There's no doubt we're more dangerous when he's fit and firing. I just don't like how much we rely on him, because he's prone to slumps.

Next Season

There's no doubt it's a discouraging slog right now, as the lack of development is pretty motivation sapping. I'd consider anything less than getting in the top half before the split next year a failure, but beyond that it's going to need some luck.

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Season 6 - Ankara Demirspor - Turkish 2nd Tier

Current Profile - League Table - Results 1 - Results 2

Transfers

 

Season Overview

The aim for the season was to establish ourselves within the league and kick on from last years performance. The season got off to a decent start when on deadline day the chairman accepted and offer from Fernabache for our star player. He was the one real standout player who had come through so far and I have no doubt he will go onto massive things. It really annoyed me though (as you can see here :-]) as he had only played about 10 games. At least we got a 40% sell on clause in the deal.

The league progress was nice and steady and at one point it looked like we could make the top 2 places and get automatic promotion. It wasn't to be as too many draws towards the end of the season cost us but we did manage to sneak into the play-offs. Despite taking the league in the first leg it wasn't to be and we were comfortably beaten over the 2 legs. Our first choice goalkeeper was injured for both legs which definitely didn't help.

Overall though a great season. The key to building on it next season will be keeping hold of our better players, which has now been made more difficult as a few of them now have minimum release clauses. This was the only was they would sign new contracts.

Star Players

Tolga Ozturk - Another steady season for our number one. Managed to get him to sign a new contract but it has a £65k release clause in it. Would be gutting to lose him for that as we have rejected £500k bids in the past.

Emirhan Ciman - Another good season from the centre back.

Zekeriya Belcioglu - Best player for us this season. Wasn't going to be a starter until the chairman sold our best player. Still bitter yes haha!

Umit Baskoy - Carried on from last years form.

Cemal Duran - A decent season although he only managed 11 goals this season.

Yilmaz Cuskun - Played in the centre of my three strikers (new formation). Had a great break through season.

Youth Intake

Youth intake didn't have any real gems last year but the bodies will help and there is a decent keeper in there, which could prove pivotal if Tolga Ozturk does move on.

Next Season

Hopefully stay around the same places and sneak back into the play-offs. Youth facilities are also in the process of being improved .

SEASONS PROGRESS

Season     League              Pos	Top Scorer                             Av Rat	                            Achievements
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2017/18    Turkish 3rd Tier    7th	Serman Karamadm - ST    - 9 goals      Ozkan Serbest       - DC   - 7.25
2018/19	   Turkish 3rd Tier    6th      Bilal Isak      - MC    - 16 goals     Bilal Isak          - MC   - 7.33      
2019/20    Turkish 3rd Tier    15th     Eren Balkan     - AML   - 7 goals      Hasan Tuzcu         - DL   - 7.10
2020/21    Turkish 3rd Tier    1st      Camel Duran     - ST    - 21 goals     Firet Seven         - AMC  - 7.40    Promoted As Champions!!
2021/22    Turkish 2nd Tier    13th     Camel Duran     - ST    - 14 goals     Hasan Tuzcu         - DL   - 7.21
2022/23    Turkish 2nd Tier    6th      Yilmaz Coskun   - AM/ST - 15 goals     Zekeriya Balcioglu  - DC   - 7.15    Play-off Semi-Final
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OFF FIELD PROGRESS

Season     Finances  Stadium      Av Att    Capacity  Corporate Fac.  Training Fac.    Youth Fac.    Junior Coaching    Youth Recruitment
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2017/18    £218k     TCDD Ankara  342       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Basic         Adequate           Basic
2018/19    £176k     TCDD Ankara  362       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Average            Basic
2019/20    £344k     TCDD Ankara  420       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Basic
2020/21    £600k     TCDD Ankara  606       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Basic
2021/22    £1m       Sincan Ilce  842       8,000     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Fairly Basic
2022/23    £762k     TCDD Ankara  1,088     3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Excellent          Fairly Basic
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Also wanted to say thanks for the messages. Really enjoying this challenge and loving reading everyone else's updates. Keep up the good work!!!

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@Dan BHTFC - Good to see you're still hanging in there, remarkable patience to keep going and avoiding relegation.  The finances are a killer at that level and unless a takeover or cash injection comes in then you have to hope you a nice lucrative cup tie.

@Cookie147 - Best of luck with Brora and welcome to the challenge.

@Muttley84 - some nice progress over the past few seasons, amazing how much money rolls in just by making it into Europe.  Success surely on the horizon soon.

@Shankly84 - Steady year on year improvements, keep the momentum going.

@Sanno11 - Loving the idea of "Project Tutor", will be interesting to see how it develops.

 

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Thought I'd come back for my yearly effort at the youth challenge, so here is Markuss Johansson, a 29 year old Finnish manager tasked with bringing glory to UE Sant Andreu and making them the best team in Barcelona!

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Decided to manage East Kilbride FC 

 

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East Kilbride Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. They are members of the Lowland Football League, in the fifth tier of the Scottish football league system.

 

Can't wait to get started first season beginning today :D

 

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My challenge could be in some peril. After my board sold YP02a to Barca, for £6m all upfront (which was fine, huge boost to finances), we were fighting off bids for my YP00a Keeper. The issue here, is that i only have him and one other youth keeper in the squad. The youth is pretty good, and have no real qualms about starting him, but being left with 1 keeper all season is scary. 

On deadline day we accepted £1.4m over my head from West Ham, with no chance to protest. Have to pray for no keeper injury now :( 

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Yeah that is fine, usually happens with most clubs. As long as the transfer dates are before the league reset date, no issue. 

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1 minute ago, Jambo98 said:

Yeah that is fine, usually happens with most clubs. As long as the transfer dates are before the league reset date, no issue. 

You are allowed to keep using the current players yeah?

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After licking my wounds from the failure at Dalbeattie Star, I head to pastures new to try again, I head north and land in Iceland.

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KF Fjallabyggðar - Season 1, 2017

 

Club Info - 1st of all, best looking club badge ever.....taping into that Norse Mythology of Thor there, I like it.  The club while founded in 2010, KF Fjallabyggðar is actually a merger of 2 teams from neighboring towns who themselves became a Municipality....I've included the wiki leak to the club as it's quite interesting to see how many teams have merged to become this team here.

Starting Squad #1, #2 - A fairly young side which with most positions covered it allows a bit of freedom in tactics.  I've settled on a 4-1-2-3 formation with the main objective of keeping possession, if I have the ball then the chance of the opposition scoring is lowered.  Produced a number of low scoring games and a fair few 0-0's so changed it slightly to push the FB's beyond the AM's and get crosses into the box.  This meant I had to retrain the role of the AM's from Wingers to Inside forwards, encourage the overlap and play a bit narrower to create the space.  This has improved things slightly and I think this is what I'll work on going forward, I'll train my youth players to fit within specfic player roles until I get enough quality to get another working tactic....a plan B so to speak.

Season Progress

Deildabikar (Results) - Knocked out in the group stages due to fact that my players match sharpness was poor.  Still this was the warmup for the league.

Borgunarbikar (Results) - Knocked out in the 3rd round to the eventual winners, so really shouldn't complain......yet felt this was for the taking.  This is a route towards the Europa Cup and while not the main aim, it's something I'm going to focus on.

1. Deild karla (Results #1/Results #2/Table) - In a 12 team league, the fact that the top 2 goes up gives a decent chance, however the fact that the bottom 2 goes down does not give much of a safety margin, especially given how tight the league was.  A good run of 3 games could see you charge up the table such as a bad run of 3 games sees you free falling down.  Thankfully I secured safety with a game or so too go and was able to relax, finishing a respectable 8th after a predicted 11th place finish.

Youth Intake & Club Development

Facilities - forgot to grab a screen shot of this before moving on, but from memory I had the lowest possible youth network with poor coaching, I managed to increase it midway through the season.  The training facilities for both the senior and youth team are below average.  Increasing this will have to wait for a while until the funds are there to improve them.

Intake - Not too shabby, and unlike last time I'm going to be more selective in who I take on.  I give contract to GK Gunnar Rúnarsson (17), D(R) Jóhann Ólason (17), M(C) Jóhann Hilmar Auðunsson (17), M(LC) Anton Örn Heimisson (17), AM(R) Hreinn Kristjánsson (17) ST(C) Guðmundur Marteinsson (17) and ST(C) Arnar Þór Guðjónsson (17).  Rúnarsson went straight onto the bench has I only had 1 keeper, both keepers are under the age of 20 also so have plenty of time to try and improve both, the others will find a chance to come into the 1st team next season as few senior players will be let go at the end of their contracts.

Finances (Commercial Summary/Overall Summary) - Make and average loss of about £7,000 - £9,000 per month despite being massively under budget, I'll do my best to keep the wage budget down but will need to get a cash injection or cup run to cover the deficit.  Put it this way, no improvements for a while.

Season 2 Aims - Ok so, a cup run in the Borgunarbikar would be nice and just develop that tactic and be specfic with the training on our youth players.  Get them training in roles which will fit my tactic and introduce them into the senior team.  Don't get the sack.

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 FC Lienden youth challenge

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Fixtures Pt. 1 | Fixtures Pt. 2 | Tactic |  My profile | Home screen | League table | Youth intake | Transfers

The league: It was harder than i expected but my really defensive tactic covered the lack of scoring from my team and allowed us to confirm survival with 3 matches to spare. so we started the season balanced getting some points and looking comfortable enough to survive finishing the first period in 11th with w3\d3\l3. by then i thought that we should continue like this and survive comfortably but i was wrong. the second period started well which encouraged my feelings about the rest of the season and we opened a small margin from the relegation spaces but we couldn't keep it up and ended the second period in 14th w2\d3\l4. The third period was a one full of draws that put us much closer to relegation  than i wanted finishing it 16th w1\d6\l2. The fourth period was solid including a very good end to the season in which we guaranteed our survival quiet comfortably as we did the job when it mattered, we finished 12th with w3\d3\l3. overall a solid first season but next year is gonna be tougher.

Youth intake:  Our youth intake was a solid one but to be honest i expected more and needed more as i didn't get reinforced where i needed and as important players are gonna leave at the end of the season we didn't gt enough quality or depth. (forgot to take pictures after i tagged them)

Gerrit Adelaar: a Ml being trained as LWB could be good and i have hopes for him

Jeoren Volkers: a RB being trained as a RWB went straight into the first team i am excited about him.

Volkan Varol: A GK could be good but Jan Schimmel had a great season so he won't get any chances soon

Notable performers: My all team but there were standouts

Leon Broekhof: had an amazing season without him our defense wouldn't be as solid and good. he is not willing to sign a contract so my defense is already missing him.

Mark Fennebeumer: Without him our poor attack would have been even poorer but he is 32 years old. at least he is continuing with us.

Jan Schimmel: had a great season at goal saving us a lot of times keeping 14 clean sheets in the league he will be continuing too.

Other notables: got an upgrade for the youth and training facilities a contract till 2019 and finances are great earning approx. 160,000 euros per month  

EDIT: Leon Broekhof agreed to discuss a new contract. and he signed a deal till 2021. he really is too good for us

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We've just had our latest intake and I think this lad has got the potential to be the best youth intake I've ever had. Has anyone else had anyone like this?

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Also has anyone got any tips on how to keep hold of him? Last time a player came through close to this one after 10 games the chairman accepted a bid of just £250k. Its so frustrating!!

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@Shankly84 He looks great. I had some similar players coming out, but not one of them celebrated their 20th birthday with us, sooner or later they become unsatisfied with the poor reputation of the team or the chairman sells them over my head. 

I don't think contracts are the sollution as most of the time I had them tied for 2-3 years, but a combination of their personality, chairman approach and league/club reputation topped by luck.

If there is a magical recipe for keeping them I would like to know also.

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@Shankly84 - I had a few players like that last year, but never this early in the save! My tips would be get them on a long contract with an optional extension by club. That way you have ~6 years with him and you can sell him for big money if he still wants to leave. 

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Cheers for the advice lads. I'm just hoping I can at least get a season out of him as he could be the key to promotion.

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I've actually been dabbling with a youth challenge save again after a break from FM. Watch this space :) 

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Season 7 - Ankara Demirspor - Turkish 2nd Tier

Current Profile - League Table - Results 1 - Results 2

Transfers

 

Season Overview

Not much to write home about in this update. The aim was to at least get back into the play-offs and finally get into the top flight but we looked more likely to go down rather than up. The season started with us having to sell our best midfielder. He was becoming increasingly noisy about leaving and other players were beginning to get upset so I decided the time was right. I managed to get the highest bid up to £600k which wasn't bad for a player worth £30k. I accepted this offer only for the chairman to also accept an offer of £400k at the same time. This is so frustrating. I feel like knocking this idiot chairman out!!!! Luckily he went to the club who's bid I accepted. After this the chairman decided to accept a bid for last seasons top scorer and we struggle from that moment. We were around mid table most of the season and finished in a poor (to me) 11th position. Off the field our youth facilities were upgraded. Great news hey? Maybe not. Ever since we have been massively losing money due to the running costs. At the start of the season we had a healthy £1m in the bank which was increasing about £100k a month. We are now on the brink of the red.

In other news, another player whom the chairman (idiot) sold from under our noses has now got his first cap for Turkey. The first player from our academy to do so.

Star Players

Not so much star players this season.

Tolga Ozturk - Good news is he has a new contract with no clause in it. Bad news is hes developed smoked hands and doesn't seem to save much these days.

Cemal Duran - Top scorer. Although that wasn't really difficult this season. 11 goals isn't something to write home about.

Youth Intake

Youth intake has uncovered an absolute gem. How long before the chairman (idiot) sells him for a bag of balls and some new kits.

Next Season

Improve on this season and try not to sell our best players for stupid prices.

SEASONS PROGRESS

Season     League              Pos	Top Scorer                             Av Rat	                            Achievements
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2017/18    Turkish 3rd Tier    7th	Serman Karamadm - ST    - 9 goals      Ozkan Serbest       - DC   - 7.25
2018/19	   Turkish 3rd Tier    6th      Bilal Isak      - MC    - 16 goals     Bilal Isak          - MC   - 7.33      
2019/20    Turkish 3rd Tier    15th     Eren Balkan     - AML   - 7 goals      Hasan Tuzcu         - DL   - 7.10
2020/21    Turkish 3rd Tier    1st      Cemal Duran     - ST    - 21 goals     Firet Seven         - AMC  - 7.40    Promoted As Champions!!
2021/22    Turkish 2nd Tier    13th     Cemal Duran     - ST    - 14 goals     Hasan Tuzcu         - DL   - 7.21
2022/23    Turkish 2nd Tier    6th      Yilmaz Coskun   - AM/ST - 15 goals     Zekeriya Balcioglu  - DC   - 7.15    Play-off Semi-Final
2023/24    Turkish 2nd Tier    11th     Cemal Duran     - ST    - 11 goals     Emirhan Cimen       - DC   - 7.05    
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OFF FIELD PROGRESS

Season     Finances  Stadium      Av Att    Capacity  Corporate Fac.  Training Fac.    Youth Fac.    Junior Coaching    Youth Recruitment
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2017/18    £218k     TCDD Ankara  342       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Basic         Adequate           Basic
2018/19    £176k     TCDD Ankara  362       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Average            Basic
2019/20    £344k     TCDD Ankara  420       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Basic
2020/21    £600k     TCDD Ankara  606       3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Basic
2021/22    £1m       Sincan Ilce  842       8,000     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Good               Fairly Basic
2022/23    £762k     TCDD Ankara  1,088     3,975     Adequate        Basic            Poor          Excellent          Fairly Basic
2023/24    £90k      TCDD Ankara  1,374     3,975     Adequate        Basic            Below Ave.    Excellent          Fairly Basic
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History: Drumaness Mills

The village of Drumaness is nestled in the rolling drumlins of Co. Down, just a short distance off the main Belfast to Newcastle road. Once the towering chimney of the flax spinning mill stood out on the landscape and it was the location where many of the community plied their talents in the spinning of flax into yarn. The mill was built in 1850 by William Davidson in partnership with Thomas Chermside of Belfast and was once described as "like a great ship stranded in the middle of the rolling countryside". Drumaness Mills Football Club known locally as "The Mills" have been in membership of the Northern Amateur League since its formation in 1929. They started in the Second Division, finishing runners-up in 1931/32. They are in fact once of the oldest clubs in membership of the League. 

While the demand for Irish linen declined and the Mill was finally closed (and then knocked down in 1985), the local soccer club still kept the name alive. They were first known as Drumaness but then added Mills to their title, when the Mill owners took a keen interest. Due to war time difficulties they left the League 1941 and rejoined in 1950 for a short period but came back for good in 1954, stepping up from the Second Division and maintaining intermediate status ever since. Records show that "the Mills" had to wait more than 30 years for their first trophy, the Division 1B Athletics Stores Cup won in the 1960/61 season. They have won five First Division titles and finished runners-up three times in the new Premier Section. They also won the Border Regiment Cup four times. Drumaness also graced the Clarence Cup final final three times, winning the trophy twice. 

Facilities

I've actually completed the first season (I started a while ago but switched). I forgot to screenshot my manager profile at the start, but I will post it up in the end of season update. Oh and we're starting with No Junior Coaching / Recruitment. I'm starting as far down as possible with this one!

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@Soviet - that's what I thought :p. There are no seats and I reckon their 1,000 capacity is if you crammed as many people as you could in round the edges, with a few in the field with the cows...

I've also realised that I've used the after screenshot, the original facilities are No Junior Coaching, No Youth Recruitment!

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@smp20 I'll give you 1.15 odds to finish the challenge again before all of us do, even starting from the middle of pastures :) Good luck anyway!

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2 minutes ago, Muttley84 said:

@smp20 I'll give you 1.15 odds to finish the challenge again before all of us do, even starting from the middle of pastures :) Good luck anyway!

I don't know about that, but the first season went much better than expected! Update to follow

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Drumaness 2017/18 Season Review 

Manager ProfileLeague Table ~ Domestic Cups ~ Facilities ~ Finances ~ Transfers ~ Youth Intake

A season that could not have gone any better, I wasn't expecting it to be this easy. We won the league comfortably but before that we had our first taste of success on Christmas Day in the Steele & Sons Cup. Our greatest success however was winning the Irish Cup! We faced teams from our division throughout most of the rounds up until the Semi final, with the exception of a 3-0 win against Knockbreda from the division above. Incredibly we beat Glenavon 3-2 in the Semi final and followed this up by beating Ballymena in the final with the same scoreline. We might not have had the lion share of possession or the most shots, but we forced them to shoot from long and created quality chances, as shown in the match stats. This means that we will be in the Europa League qualifiers next season!

We eventually managed to convinced our new board (headed by David Beckham...) to create a youth setup but it's in the beginning stages. As such our youth intake was pretty awful. Don't be fooled by the 3/4/5* potential, you'll see why when you see our players! Lloyd Cullen was the best of a bad bunch; he's being re-trained as a DM. Also, you will notice that we had a lot of players retire (23!), although the majority of these were reserve team players over the age of 35. Interestingly, Drumaness start with a full squad.

Player Stats ~ Jordon Foster ~ Dylan Wilson  ~ Blaine Hughes ~ Dean Blair ~ Johnny McSorley

As you can see from the screenshots, this squad is awful in terms of ability. However, we have a bit of pace at the back and we've found a striker partnership who can score a lot of goals. This is by far the worst ability team I have ever managed, let's see how far they can go. It's going to be a while until anything decent comes through the youth ranks, unlike with Litex.

 

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@smp20 Promotion at first go, winning two cups and qualifying for Europe? Common man, you are making the rest of us look ridiculous here :))

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8 minutes ago, Muttley84 said:

@smp20 Promotion at first go, winning two cups and qualifying for Europe? Common man, you are making the rest of us look ridiculous here :))

It looks good, but it's probably just showing just how poor Northern Ireland is in comparison to the rest of Europe. We will see :)

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Actually pretty happy with this. We had a CCC away from home at 2-0 down and hit the post, we also hit the post twice at home and created 3 CCCs. We were competitive enough, but Viktor Claesson lived up to his name.

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League Table ~ Domestic Cups ~ Facilities ~ Finances ~ Transfers ~ Player Stats

Junior Coaching ~ Training Facilities ~ New Stadium Plans

Another season, another promotion, it all seems pretty nuts in Northern Ireland. It's hard to compare to other teams because I can still only see very broad attribute ranges, but I can only imagine that every team apart from the big teams in the country are terrible. A team from the Norther Amateur Division (tier 4) made it to the cup final, only losing out in extra time to Dungannon. I think the top division will be hard to break, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. The same crop of players performed again, no youth players have really broke into the team other than when we have injuries. Jordan Foster was league top scorer for the 2nd season running and Lloyd Cullen has now been tagged as he played over 20 games.

After our (expected) early exit in the Europa League, we had an array of cups to play in. In the intermediate competitions I played my fringe/youth players and we had a couple of embarrassing results but oh well. We progressed well in the main cup again, but fell to Glentoran. We finally managed to increase our junior coaching to basic and we are developing our training facilities so we are on the up. We're also looking into a new stadium, though it might just be easier to add a stand to the existing one....

Northern Irish football is plummeting, the Danske Premier dropped 14 places last season so it's now behind the Welsh Premier League. Linfield have won the league every year so far.

 

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Youth Intake ~ Bagnall 19A ~ Griffin 19B ~ Matchett 19C ~ McCourt 19D ~ Whelan 19E

A much better intake and I am particularly enthused about Bagnall and Griffin. We're struggling for left backs so Bagnall has a good opening while Griffin looks more or less first team ready. Our reserve team will now compete in the Intermediate & Steel cups, so that's a good platform for the youngsters to develop.

 

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FC Lienden Youth Challenge

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Fixtures Pt. 1 | Fixtures Pt. 2 | Tactic |  My profile | Home screen | League table | Youth intake | Transfers | Facilities

The league: as i expected this year was tougher and some results were harder to grind ultimately earning 3 points less than last season but one place higher. Period 1: a very tough start with 4 points from our first 5 games from four ties we did found some form finishing 12th with w2\d5\l2. period 2:  was our worse period under me nothing more to say but i kept faith in my tactic finishing 19th with only goal difference standing between us and last place with w1\d3\l5. period 3: what a transition as this was our best period under me a complete opposite from the second period as we got 13 points and finished 10th and only one draw! w4\d1\l4. period 4: good period finishing 10th again but with eleven points by that period i knew we survived as fortuna were comfortably relegated. summary: overall a good season we need more talent as right know when our current players come to their mind we will get relegated.

Youth intake:  Our youth intake was a better one with to very good talents but not in the positions we need (CM, DM and ST) we got another DR which is already better than the previous one and just like him he went  straight into the first him.

Sergio De Graaf (2a):  a good DR that went straight into our RWB spot as he is better than last years AGGRESSIVE DR that got 3!! red cards so he is needed

Roland Sturing (2b): looks great even got 35 minutes for the first team and he could be better than Jan Schimmel.

Peter Tihouna (2f): a DM would probably be a first team player in a couple of years i have high hopes for him mainly because i need him to be good. i do like his bravery though.

Notable performers: My all team but there were standouts

Leon Broekhof: had an amazing season without him our defense wouldn't be as solid and good. he is too good for me

 Jordie Van Der Laan, Erik Van De Putte: Without them we wouldn't even have an attack as each of them scored 11 goals

Jan Schimmel: had a great season at goal saving us a lot of times keeping 14 clean sheets in the league again kept us in games and had harder work as our defense was poorer this season.

Other notables: got another upgrade for the youth and training facilities a contract till 2020 and finances are great but we lost money this season due to the upgrades so  probably i shouldn't ask for another one till 2022. right now i am studying for a continental B license.

 

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