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History in the making, let's make sure we keep this record and therefore win the title!

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Everyone wants to join the St Pauli bandwagon and (hopefully) in comes Henrik Larsson as our U19s manager :cool:

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The fans are up for it, the players are ready after a good week of training. It's time to make St Pauli history.

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2. Bundesliga (und Hamburg) ist Braun-Weiss!

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You'd have thought there'd be a bit more optimism around the club :rolleyes:

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Oh sod off Jizz Doll, we're too busy planning our end of season party in St Pauli instead of listening to you whinge :lol:

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10 minutes ago, john1 said:

Congrats on winning the title :applause:

Cheers :D

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35 minutes ago, kidthekid said:

Top work getting promoted

Danke Schoen :brock:

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We actually never dropped out of the top 3 at any point in the season. We nearly gifted Hamburg a way back into winning the title, but finished strong :)

May Results

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3 games, 3 wins. 'ave it!

Player Stats

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Not any 'amazing' seasons, but lots of players who performed well as a part in a well oiled gegenpressing machine :)

Top Performers

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Flum was the fans favourite and rightly so. Knoll was my personal favourite, always on top in training and becoming a great team leader. Buchtmann was the surprise of the season given that I wasn't expecting him to be a regular starter. I've included our top scorer Diamantakos whose 16 league goals proved crucial.

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League Table

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2nd top scorers and 3rd best defence in the league, beating the league's points record in the process. The Hamburg rivalry will continue in the Bundesliga next season, bring it on! :onmehead:

Bundesliga

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No real surprises at the top of the league with Bayern picking up another title, Dortmund finishing well behind in 2nd place and the franchise in 3rd. However I was surprised to see Werder Bremen get relegation. Although, they have been plodding around in lower-midtable now for several seasons so some could say it was coming!

Facilities

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We've made a number of improvements to our JC and YR over the season so it's looking like a decent setup now. We're also looking to improve our training and youth facilities and we're also taking data analysis seriously with over £1m in upgrades to it over 4 installments.

Finances

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Pretty solid finances and as long as we don't over-indulge in the Bundesliga we should slowly improve finance wise given the prize money available.

 

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8 hours ago, kidthekid said:

Wow the two Milan clubs took over Europe

Yeah bit of a surprise that! Also Hoffenheim and Frankfurt doing excellent in Europa despite struggling in the league.

6 hours ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

Brilliant season! Now the hard work begins to prepare for life in the Bundesliga. :D 

Cheers, it's going to be tough competing with some of the other side's budgets!

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2019/20 Bundesliga First Update

Transfers

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A few good sales; Dudl made us a nice bit of cash after snapping him up on a fee, while Sobota was never going to cut in the the Bundesliga so I was glad to move him on. I had no intention of selling Grosskreutz, but he wanted to leave and the above statement pretty much sums up how it's being run here. If you don't want to be here, you can go. Here's a look at our newbies:

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Iorfa struggled to maintain a place in the Wolves side and was released. He will be our first choice right back with KG gone and he can cover centre back.

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Meffert is a good young hard-working German who will add compeition in an aging centre midfield of Flum and Nehrig.

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'Pacy hitman' is exactly why we've brought Osawe in. Adds a new dimension to our front-line and can also play out wide.

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Skjelbred brings a wealth of Bundesliga experience to the team, crucial in what could be a tough season for us.

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Baballa was a bit of a liability with red cards in the 2nd tier, let alone against Bundesliga quality wingers! Schlupp comes in on loan and is a good fit for a CWB.

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Neumann was signed as a replacement for Grosskreutz, though he will be 2nd choice behind Iorfa.

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Our big name signing!! Kruse made his name at St Pauli and he's one for the fans to get excited about. He's lost a bit of pace, but will be a great addition in attacking midfield as both a battler and goalscorer.

Results

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A decent pre-season and also a great start in the Bundesliga with a home win and away draw.

 

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I think this is meant to be per year :lol:

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Some absolute brilliant signings there. I personally think Skjelbred could be a very underrated piece of business from yourself - his experience at this level could serve a real benefit at times this campaign. Max Kruse is a very impressive signing too! 

Survival is very much the aim, I guess? :p 

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1 hour ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

Some absolute brilliant signings there. I personally think Skjelbred could be a very underrated piece of business from yourself - his experience at this level could serve a real benefit at times this campaign. Max Kruse is a very impressive signing too! 

Survival is very much the aim, I guess? :p 

Yeah I'm happy with the signings, particularly as I didn't have much of a budget to work with. Skjelbred hasn't worked his way ahead of captain Nehrig yet but he's going to be an asset to the squad that's for sure and Kruse scored on his debut :). Yes survival the aim, anything else is a bonus!

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It's that time again!

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It a strange alternative universe, we go into the Hamburg Derby at the top of the table! Hamburg are unbeaten after two 0-0 draws and a 93rd minute winner. They, clearly, will be difficult to break down. Despite spending £180m on players Bayern are struggling so far :lol:

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A gritty affair ends with a fair result, 1-1.

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2019 Christmas Update

I think it's safe to say that St Pauli fans will be waking up happy on Christmas Day 2019!

Results

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A fantastic start to the season going unbeaten in our opening 6 games. We hit a bit of rough form in October but an injury time time winner against Darmstadt set us on another 6 game unbeaten run including (yet another) injury time equaliser at Dortmund and a late win away to Bayern! Wolfsburg crushed us, more on them later, but we finished on a high note with a victory in Frankfurt - Birgit's birthplace.

League Table

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St Pauli fans will be pinching themselves! In a champions league spot and ahead of Dortmund and Bayern, as well as bragging rights by being ahead of Hamburg! Anything could happen in the new year though, and we've still got to focus on ensuring we don't get dragged down the table. Wolfsburg, under the guidance of Peter Bosz, have been a revelation this season with only RBL having any chance of catching them providing they don't have a meltdown.

Player Stats

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Top of Santa's List

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Sahin has been our key chance creator and our star of the season so far proving he's got the ability to step up to top flight football.

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Schlupp has been a constant force of pace and energy down our left hand side.

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Every team needs a goalscorer and that's exactly what Dimitris brings as well as a being a vital battler from the front.

Previous Bundesliga Seasons

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This is our record in the Bundesliga in previous seasons. We've already beaten the points tally from the past 3 attempts :lol:. Anything from 9th place upwards would be a best ever finish for the club.

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love your write up so far, so detailed. st pauli stock squad seems well suited to the 4-2-3-1!

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7 hours ago, ajt said:

love your write up so far, so detailed. st pauli stock squad seems well suited to the 4-2-3-1!

Cheers glad you're enjoying it. Yes it was certainly a good fit already :)

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The New Punkz 2020

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Kayode is touted as the best of his generation and Munganga looks like a great prospect too! Love the amount of 2nd nationalities. Global citizens.

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JK is rather special! He might not be a grafter, but he's creative and technical and decent physically too.

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Boris! Really like him, he's going to be ideal leading the front line in the future.

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January - March 2020 Update

Transfers

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Sorcan comes in as our first choice keeper after rave reviews from our scouts when they visited our feeder club Gorica. Tillman is a young, hungry attacking midfielder who adds depth, while Niasse add experience, work rate and physically to our front line. AKpoguma joins as a pacey BPD; the ideal partner for Uduokhai and we can sign him permanently for £2m. Brasanac is another gem found by our scouts. He's a true box-to-box midfielder and is a bargain at £600k after being transfer-listed at Betis. Moaners Veerman and Osawe were shipped out on loan, while Nehrig and Flum have proved that they're a bit too past it to cut it in the Bundesliga and were moved on.

Results

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An incredible run of form including a Hamburg-Derby win and a fantastic defence!

League Table

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Wolfsburg have faltered a bit at the top and the league is opening up :cool:

Fixtures

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Some incredibly important games coming up! Never thought we'd be in this situation, nuts. Already officially our best ever finish.

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A 0-0 draw with Leipzig gives us 5 clean sheets in a row and we're still just 4 points behind Wolfsburg. 5 games left and we're in a suprise title race with the big boys!

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Incredible going, how's Uduokhai handled the step up? I've got him shortlisted on a network game save I have with my housemates and hoping he comes up in January as he did for you season one.

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43 minutes ago, King Cactus said:

Incredible going, how's Uduokhai handled the step up? I've got him shortlisted on a network game save I have with my housemates and hoping he comes up in January as he did for you season one.

Cheers! Yes he's done well, definitely Bundesliga quality. He's just finished the season with a bang on 7.00 rating which is pretty impressive. Here he is:

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Knirschzeit!!! (Crunch Time)

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A fantastic result against Dortmund after the RBL goalless draw kept the dream alive, however Freiburg were the unlikely team to stump our 13 game (11 win) unbeaten run. Bayern sought revenge in a sound 3-0 loss vs the heavyweights making up for us embarrassing them in Munich. Thankfully we didn't slump to the end of the season, picking up a win against relegation battlers Hannover and finishing off with a win against high-flying Wolfsburg. So, where did it leave us in the table?

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Well, Wolfsburg had already won the league before we faced them, but that victory against them was crucial as it meant we climbed above Leipzig and stated ahead of Bayern and Dortmund to finish in 2nd place!

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:eek: Insane money!!! Big time for the club.

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The purse strings are yet to be loosened however, and to be honest I don't mind that. Season Review to come.

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Player Stats

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Awards

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Newcomers

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Facilities

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Finances

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25 minutes ago, Deisler26 said:

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Das Runde muss ins Eckige! :onmehead:

23 minutes ago, Constantine said:

Jesus, that's some fraudulence... 

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Wilkommen/Welcome to the show. Ignore the date above, it's continuous :brock:

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German Football Roundup

2. Bundesliga

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DFB-Pokal

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National Awards

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Helena Costa joins the coaching staff :D

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:eek: I'm in disbelief! What an incredible season. Hopefully second season syndrome doesn't hit and those European nights don't become a distraction. 

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16 minutes ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

:eek: I'm in disbelief! What an incredible season. Hopefully second season syndrome doesn't hit and those European nights don't become a distraction. 

Me too! It just came together so well, especially the run in the new year. Dealing with League and European football will be a real challenge for us. In the last two seasons we've gone out in the 2nd round of the cup, meaning we only had 36 games in total each season allowing us to keep our team fit, bar injuries.

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Image result for euro 2020

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A few surprises - Poland into the final, Ireland and Denmark in the Semis and Albania made it out the groups ahead of Croatia.

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Cheers Holger :thup:

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4 minutes ago, WillHoward42 said:

Following :brock:

Cheers :D

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Christmas 2020

Transfers In

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7 signings, although only 5 of them new to the team as Akpoguma and Schlupp were with us on loan last season.

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Another Nigerian, Umar was a freebie is an excellent squad player with pace to burn.

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My favourite signing and a complete bargain. The Pressing Forward role was made for Yussuf; what he lacks in technical prowess he makes up for with dynamic force!

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Another bargain signing from the Franchise, Kevin was on loan last season and did well at the heart of a strong defence in the last few months. Forming a good partnership with Udoukhai.

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A top performer in the 2nd tier who deserves a chance in the top division. Wittek is a good all rounder and grafter, though isn't as pacey as I'd like.

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Another experienced freebie to add depth to our squad in light of the extra games we'll be playing.

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Hojbjerg comes in on loan to add a bit of quality and creativity to our midfield whilst still being able to contributing to our high pressing style.

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We didn't have the budget for him but the board agreed he was an important signing and went all out to get him for me. Jeffrey was our 3rd best player last season and I full expect similar levels of performance this year.

Transfers Out

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Miyaichi is just too injury prone for us and therefore a bit of a liability so I agreed to let him go back to Japan. I cashed in on Daehli; he's got quality but lacked the enthusiasm or pace to be an effective part of the squad. Niasse was moaning already so I got rid, albeit at a small loss, and Osawe, Buballa and Neudecker were all going to struggle to get games so I moved them out on loan.

Tactics

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A slight switch in our main system as we move from 4-2-3-1, where I found the AM ineffectual in big games, to a 4-3-3.

DFB-Pokal

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Disappointment in the cup as we go out in the 2nd round for the 3rd year running, this time on penalties.

Bundesliga

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This form is just insane, especially our defence! Gobsmacked to be honest.

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Flying high at the top while Bayern struggle yet again and last season's champions Wolfsburg are down in midtable and already sacked their manager!

Champions League

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A tough start with two losses made it look like we weren't cut out for CL football, but a victory at the Giuseppe Meazza and an incredible 6-2 thumping of 2019 CL winners Inter set us on the way to a successful first campaign. We could have finished top of the group by beating Lyon, but a 0-0 draw secured us 2nd spot instead.

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This is a good draw. Porto are a good side, but not at the same level as some of the other sides we could have been drawn against.

Player Stats

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Our defence have been class and Poulsen has been scoring and creating. The only positions that seem to be struggling a bit are our wide players, especially since Cenk Sahin broke his ankle. The board agreed to sign Leonardo Bittencourt for me from Lyon, so hopefully he will add what we need.

Mr. St Pauli is Back

Assistant coach André Trulsen on his departure from FC St. Pauli (Photo from 2011) © Witters Photographer: Valeria Witters

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I was apprehensive about releasing him as my assistant originally, but I felt he wasn't quite the right fit as my no 2. He's now back working with the youngsters because he just loves the club. I've paid him very well for it too!

 

 

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This is absolute fantastic reading for St Pauli fans, simply incredible to see how well you have progressed with them! Yussuf Poulsen is an absolute steal for that price and could go down as one of the best pieces of business made in this save, honestly. Keep it up! :D 

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Really starting to establish yourself now Poulsen has been absolutely dynamite, has his finishing stat come on any? Even at 11 I'd feel much more comfortable with him leading the line, because like you say he makes up for it physically and mentally. Is he forcing a lot of mistakes among backlines?

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22 minutes ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

This is absolute fantastic reading for St Pauli fans, simply incredible to see how well you have progressed with them! Yussuf Poulsen is an absolute steal for that price and could go down as one of the best pieces of business made in this save, honestly. Keep it up! :D 

I never thought it would be like this when I started it, was expecting an eternal struggle which would have been more in-keeping with St Pauli. But it's a nice little alternate Universe :D. Poulsen is always a player on my radar and I've paid around £15m on FM18 for him before so £2m is ludicrous...

16 minutes ago, King Cactus said:

Really starting to establish yourself now Poulsen has been absolutely dynamite, has his finishing stat come on any? Even at 11 I'd feel much more comfortable with him leading the line, because like you say he makes up for it physically and mentally. Is he forcing a lot of mistakes among backlines?

He's just class. Forces errors, bullies defenders, brings the wide players into the game. He misses a lot of 1v1s but most of his goals are aerial or tap ins. A little green arrow has come up for finishing and composure so it must have gone up a little, but not enough to go up an attribute yet.

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The Prinz of fraudulence is running away with it without even a funky formation or overpowered newgen superstars! 

I do love a German Nigerian defender though (have managed them both for Nigeria and Akpoguma in the Bundesliga). Having all that pace to burn makes figuring out to how to deal with opposition counters so much less painful.

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Following :)

What about Stani, Andre Golke or Klaus Thomforde? 

Would be great if they would join your staff! They are true St. Pauli Legends.

 

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