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The Scandinavian Shankly's final chapter: From paupers to kings v2

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8 hours ago, kidthekid said:

Astrom looks the part.

Do you have any other players from your youth intakes that are in the first team or have a future at the club?

Just one at the moment. He came through last year and has had a bit of a taste of first team football with us, but we're quite strong at CB. I'm going to loan him out next season, and see what happens, but for now he's kicking on with reserve football and tutoring. 

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My "homegrown at the club" criteria for European games is mostly filled by overseas players I signed as teenagers. The only exception is Marcus Astvald, but at 28, he came through long before my time. 

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A slight change to the set up of the save. We've recently taken on Galatasaray as a parent club, so I've decided to add the Turkish leagues at the end of this season. That will hopefully create more squad depth in their league, as well as providing an option when I decide it's time to move on. 

I'll be switching off the Finnish leagues, leaving me with Germany, France, Belarus, Denmark, Norway, Turkey and Sweden. 

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September & October

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The domestic season is done for another year, and we've dropped just 8 points all season. Two Champions League games to go, details to follow later on this evening (if this kid ever goes to sleep!)

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UEFA Champions League
Group stage

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The group stage really couldn't have gone much better, and we qualify for the last 16 for the first time. The defeat in Paris was unfortunate, with their second and third goals coming in the last five minutes, but getting past Chelsea is a huge achievement considering they were back to back winners of the trophy. 

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Örebro SK - Season summary - 2018

League (Allsvenskan)
Media prediction: 1st
Finished: 1st (champions)

Cups
Svenska Cupen: winners
Svenska Supercupen: winners

Europe
2nd in our Champions League Group, 17/18 trophy won by Chelsea
2017/18 Europa League won by Benfica

Top scorers
Hervé Combe: 43 appearances (38 starts): 37 goals (21 in the league)
Marcus Astvald: 42 appearances (39 starts): 14 goals (8 in the league)
Aleksander Ljajic: 23 appearances (18 starts): 11 goals (6 in the league)

Top assists
Michael Dickey: 15 in 34 appearances
Marcus Astvald: 14 in 42 appearances
Aleksander Ljajic: 10 in 23 appearances

Positives
Another really good season on the pitch, culminating in another title as well as the cup, and our best European season to date. The board are yet again investing in our facilities, although they have refused my cheeky attempt at convincing them we need a new ground. Despite our domination of Swedish football, we made a profit of over €12m in the transfer market this season, which goes some way to explaining why we have just under €40m in the bank on the last day of the season. We even have a couple of our own youngsters who are likely to be first team regulars in the next 12-18 months. We also have lots of room in the wage budget for me to award new contracts, which should ensure we don't lose anybody I'd rather keep over the winter window. 

Concerns
The big concern is I'm feeling a little unfulfilled after back to back doubles, breaking the league's points record in the process. We dropped just 8 points last season. It was around this stage last time in Sweden that I got itchy feet and moved to Holland, which obviously goes against what I originally set out to do in this save. Hopefully I can convince the board we need that new stadium next year, as that's likely to make me feel that we're still pushing on as a club. My other concern is a lack of Swedish talent, but not much I can do about that...

Manager's player of the season
Easy one this year: Hervé Combe. 37 goals is just outstanding.

Attendances: capacity of 14,400 (11,000 in all-seater competitions)
Lowest attendance: 8,289
Highest attendance: 14,400 (sell-out)
Average attendance: 12,020 (up from 11,172 last season) 

Finances
€39,250,000 in credit

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2 hours ago, kidthekid said:

awesome work in the group stages

Thanks man. Delighted to get through.

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On 22/06/2019 at 13:53, withnail316 said:

I've also made a new signing for August. Malmö FF's Robin Andersson has scored 97 goals for them since he broke into their first team in 2014, but has fallen out with the management down there. I nearly signed him a couple of years ago but the time wasn't right for us. He was listed for just €550,000, and will provide competition for Hervé Combe. 

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This hasn't lasted long. He's been unhappy with his match time, and was furious with a fine for a terrible performance. He now wants to leave, and I'll let him go. Nkonzo Mpangase scored 29 times for Vålerenga on loan last season, and next year he'll be our second choice for the lone striker role.

 

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A tricky winter so far. I keep looking at this team and thinking how I can improve it, and right now I'm stuck. 

There's a Mexican DM/CM I would like, but offers of €3.5m are rejected out of hand, and I can't justify spending more than that. Otherwise I'm rather stuck, and looking at spending for the sake of it. 

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Oh, and the board gave €12.5m to the shareholders. We're certainly not skint as a club, but that's €20m+ out of the football budget in two years. Scumbags. 

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Örebro SK season preview 2018(Allsvenskan)

Media expectation: 1st (of 16)
Board expectation: win the league

Transfer budget (remaining): €15,500,000
Wage budget: €515,000p/w (€325,000p/w under budget)

The beginning of a new campaign is on the horizon once more, and as you can see, I've managed to resist the temptation to move on. Much like last season, there's a real sense of continuity around the place as no established first team players have been moved on, and yet as we're still a pretty young side, I think we are naturally stronger one year on. When the European tie comes around in February, I think we'll only have one new player in the entire 18 man squad. 

Expectations for the season are reasonable again (win the title, forget the cup) even if the budgets I've been given are frankly ludicrous. There is no way I'd contemplate spending €15m on transfers when there is only €20m in the bank, and I certainly wouldn't spend half a million Euros a week in wages! I was annoyed the board payed out €12.5m to the shareholders, as I was trying to ensure we had a pool of cash for when the club needed to move on from our current home, but they have at least spent another €8m on our facilities, while junior coaching is as high as it can get. All in all, I have no complaints. 

In terms of transfers, this winter has mostly been about shedding some of our back up players, and moving on youngsters who never really looked like they could make it at the club. The only player I was disappointed to lose was Robin Andersson, but he didn't really find his feet at his short time at the club. He joined Rosenborg for €1.7m, plus 50% of any sell on. Norway was the destination for five of our players, the biggest deal was for back up DM Gregory Viala, who joined Strømsgodset for €1.9m. Decent value for a player signed for free, although he did perform well in several loan moves. American Terry Howard never kicked a ball for our first team, yet Brann paid €725,000 to take him from our hands, and also signed Tobias Lorentzen for €575,000. Winger Samy Harel joins Lyn for €575,000, while I finally allowed back up midfielder Sondre Tronstad to leave too, he's off to Malmö FF for €1.7m. The last player to leave was German midfielder Denis Polak, who has joined IFK Goteborg for €875,000. A decent €8m raised for a bunch of back up players. Happy with that. 

In terms of new arrivals, I've made just three signings. Midfielder Val is the highest profile, and he cost us €1.5m from Fluminense. He'll be involved with the squad immediately. My first choice was a 17 year old Mexican, but even €5m wasn't enough to start negotiations. Young winger Stelios Theodoropoulous is one for the future, he's come in for €1.1m, while defender Nikao was released in Brazil and arrives for nothing. I'd like to loan him out, but he's low risk so I won't worry too much either way.

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I meant to say, we meet Bayern in the CL last 16. Rather bored of playing them, tbh!

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UEFA Champions League
Last 16

1st Leg: Örebro SK 2-0 Bayern Munich
An outstanding performance in the first leg, although we didn't have things all our own way. Bayern had the ball in our net after just four minutes, but it was ruled out for a push in the box. We took full advantage of that touch of fortune though, and a double from Aleksander Ljajic provides us with a great chance to progress. 

2nd Leg: Bayern Munich 0-1 Örebro SK
Wow. Two more disallowed Bayern goals and a penalty saved by our goalkeeper are the difference in the tie. Bayern dominated this game from start to finish, but Marcus Astvald's 84th minute goal secures our progression to the quarter finals. On this evidence, it is understandable why Bayern are only sixth in Germany, and have only won two titles since my save began. 

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8 hours ago, kidthekid said:

wow. Great result.

 

7 hours ago, deltablue said:

Great win over Bayern. 

Cheers. We've had a couple of good results against Bayern so far, they aren't the force you expect them to be, but I'm really chuffed to knock them out.

Next up is Germany's current superpower - Leverkusen. 

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UEFA Champions League
Quarter final

1st Leg: Örebro SK 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen
An absolute dream of a first leg against the Bundesliga leaders, but again we had to ride our luck. A fourth minute penalty save from our goalkeeper lifted the players and inspired them to a wonderful result. Combe capitalised on a poor backpass to open the scoring after 11 minutes, and a rocket from Ljajic made it two just four minutes later. We had to defend solidly as Leverkusen fought for an away goal, but in the 86th minute we grabbed a third with a close range finish from Emil Bergström.

2nd Leg: Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Örebro SK
I'm not sure how, but we're into the semi final! Aleksander Ljajic put us in front on the night after just four minutes, and for the remaining 86 minutes we had to cling on for dear life. Still, we've done it, and we'll meet Porto in the semi final. The other semi features a clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

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March & April

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A bright start domestically, we're into another cup final and we've made a perfect start in the league. We seem to have Swedish football nailed right now. 

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UEFA Champions League
Semi final

1st Leg: Porto 1-0 Örebro SK
We were very much second best in Portugal, but with just a one goal deficit, we have every chance of pulling that back next week. Fingers crossed.

2nd Leg: Örebro SK 2-1 Porto (Porto progress on away goals)
Alas, it wasn't to be, but what an effort. It was goalless at half time thanks to our keeper saving a (ridiculous) penalty, but Michael Dickey's header levelled the tie 90 seconds into the second half. Porto got themselves in front after 62 minutes, but Dickey curled in a free kick with 15 to play to give us a chance. Had Astvald's 92nd minute drive been a touch lower, we'd have been in the final. Instead, it struck the bar and bounced away, and Porto will meet Madrid in the Camp Nou later this month. 

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On 12/07/2019 at 22:51, oriole01 said:

Remarkable run in Europe, you're unlucky not to be in the final I reckon. KUTGW!

Cheers man. It stung last night, but getting to the semi finals at this stage of the career is an achievement in itself. Hopefully we can go one better in the next two or three years. 

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May

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Another good month, and a thoroughly dominant performance in the cup final to secure another trophy. That's three Svenska Cupen final wins in a row, and we're looking pretty good in the league, too. 

However, I'm expecting two or three offers to come in for important players in the next couple of months, so there may be a few heads turned. I'm having a it of difficulty keeping my squad players happy too, so I might just have to do a bit of work in the transfer market when August gets here. 

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The confusion was short-lived. Straight into the group stage. 

 

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Is anybody else ever cautious of obliterating your transfer record, or is it just me?

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This lad has a buy-out clause of €3.8m. We can afford it comfortably, and his wages fit easily in our current structure. Most importantly, he improves us. But my current record is €1.7m, and it feels like a huge jump...

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He looks like a future worldie and he's well rounded.

Edited by kidthekid

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1 hour ago, kidthekid said:

He looks like a future worldie and he's well rounded.

I have some big clubs sniffing around midfielder Bilinha too, so I'll make that €3.8m back and more if I decide to list him. 

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Changed my mind. If I make the signing I'll have to get rid of Bilinha, and I'm not ready to do that yet. If the new lad was 18 or under and could become homegrown, it would be a different story. I think Bilinha is probably slightly better, so I'll keep my money for the time being. 

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(This is why it makes sense to stop and think what I'm doing every now and then...)

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We've gone from almost spending €3.8m on a midfielder to receiving €3.7m for a defender. Wind Geertsen has been asking for a move for a while, and while he is a monster of a defender, it means Martin Ibrahim is finally first choice. We also have a youth team graduate out on loan this year who will play alongside him next season, which is likely to be our centre back pairing for the next five years  

Geertsen is off to Sociedad for 11 times the fee we paid for him. 

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June & July

Let's deal with the on the pitch stuff first...

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Not only are we still unbeaten, we are now one game away from breaking Malmö's league-record 49 game unbeaten run, which has stood since 1951. Our chance to break that record comes on our own patch against Hammarby. 

In terms of the squad, we've seen a couple of changes. Andreas Wind Geertsen has joined Real Sociedad as mentioned above, while Ernst Belmont has also left after nigh-on four years at the club. The Swiss right back has joined Club Brugges for €2.5m, which means we've brought in over €6m this window. I have tried again to convince the board we need a new stadium without success, so I've decided it's time to splash some cash, especially as we're now guaranteed Champions League money. Our new transfer record will stand at €5m (up from €1.7m) with Argentine defender Victor Moya joining from Boca. He shatters our wage structure too, taking our top earners from €12,500p/w to €20,000p/w, but I've decided two or three of our players have earned a healthy rise. Also coming is right back Abdelhak Yilmaz, who was released by Montpellier, while young striker Jyrki Yli-Renko joins for €250,000. 

I may yet have a deal for a Portuguese central midfielder, but there is competition for his signature, so I'll update as and when that happens. 

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Well, we were far from done. Brilliant Dutch goalkeeper Stan de Haan, so crucial in our Champions League run, had decided he wanted to leave some time ago. He'd been on the radar of Aston Villa & Ajax for some time, and with a buy-out of €7.5m in his contract, I knew I'd lose him eventually. My offer of a new contract was rejected out of hand, so I reluctantly listed him. I really didn't want to sell him, but Ajax offered us a record-equalling €6.5m plus 50% of any sell on, and I accepted. We had signed him on a free two summers ago from Feyenoord. Moya's arrival also meant the end of full back Sophiane Boussbaine, who joined Club Brugges for €3m, 12 months after arriving for €400,000. Good business, I think. 

Coming in is young Brazilian goalkeeper Luis Eduardo, for €2m from Internacional. I had hoped he would eligible to become homegrown, but sadly he's not. C'est la vie. Also arriving is Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario, for €575,000 from Sporting. 

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We've now brought in €77m in transfer fees since I've been at the club, and we've spent €21.5m (although I've done a few deals in instalments, so that may be a little false on both counts.)

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Youth intake - 2019

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One stand-out prospect in this year's youth intake, and one who might make it as a top flight player elsewhere in Sweden. Had the transfer window not just closed, I'd probably have tried to get Danielsson straight out on loan. 

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