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'Let me start at the (IK) Start and then take it away...' Another adventure around the north.

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September

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Beat Arsenal, lose to Tromsø....yeah, that's about right. 

All in all, things are looking good for us. The league can be won in the next couple of weeks, we're into another Norwegian Cup Final, and that unexpected Arsenal win has me dreaming of a 3rd place finish and the Europa League....

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3 minutes ago, BoxToBox said:

:applause:

Cheers

The "Miguel Riveros out" mob will have been out with pitchforks after that defeat, I reckon....

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Ouch.....

4-0 down at half time, but we at least won the second half so it finished 4-2. I thought it would be 7 or 8 the way the game started....

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I love the work permit situation in Norway... I'm pretty sure absolutely everybody gets one, despite scouting reports suggesting otherwise. 

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A pity he won't be eligible for European games, but I couldn't resist signing him up. 

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12 hours ago, Dexter_Morgan said:

Good enough for 3rd? 

I think we need one more result for 3rd, probably in the home game against Spartak. A draw will probably give us 3rd, but a win could see us qualify...

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October/November

I've not been able to update here for a few days, but I've got plenty of games in during that time. Here's where we are:

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The league and cup double has been secured, so we've obviously had an excellent season. However, it could yet get even better...

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Essentially everything between 2nd and 4th is on offer in the Champions League. The head-to-head record would put Shakhtar through if they beat Arsenal, but if they don't and we beat Spartak, we'll go through. If Shakhtar lose to Arsenal and we draw with Spartak, we'll go into the Europa League and Spartak will qualify for the last 16. 

 

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Gutted. Two up after four minutes, and creating chance after chance, yet we couldn't build on it and got caught twice on the break. Still, 7 points in our first year in the CL and a 3rd place finish isn't to be sniffed at!

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IK Start
2014 season summary

League (Tippeligaen)

Media prediction: 3rd (of 16)
Finished: 1st (champions)

Cups

Norwegian Cup: winners
Champions League: group stage (3rd place)

 

Top scorers

Petter Saugestad: 20 goals in 39 games
Markku Härmä: 16 goals in 37 games
Sverre Nevstad: 11 goals in 39 games
Erik Trondsen: 11 goals in 43 games

Positives

Again, I'm really pleased with the way the season has gone. A record number of points in the league, just 18 league goals conceded, and the cup added to the league title is an outstanding return. I'm absolutely delighted with how our European campaign has gone too, 7 points in that group is a great return, even if I was a bit disappointed to squander a two goal lead against Spartak, and as a result miss out on a second place finish. I'm really pleased we're finally developing our facilities this winter too, and I hope we can sort out a stadium expansion in the not too distant future. The squad is also looking good domestically, but I do need to try and find a bit of quality for European games. 

Concerns

Very few right now, there's plenty of cash in the bank, a reasonable amount of space in my budget for new additions, and the squad seems pretty happy. 

Ambitions

Another title challenge next year, and I'd also like to be involved in a European group stage again (I'm not fussed which competition, either)

Player of the season

Sverre Nevstad wins this by a mile. 11 goals from centre-back, and 12 man-of-the-match awards in his first season make him a clear winner for me. 

Attendances

Lowest attendance: 11,194 (v Odd in the league)
Highest attendance: 14,300 - sell-out (9 different sell-outs)
Average attendance: 13,447 (13,177 in the league - 4th highest in the league)

Finances

€9.1m in credit

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