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Season 9 - 2028/2029 - End of season report

 

The Season

The Domestic Season

2.Bundesliga | Past Positions | Fixtures 1 - 2 | Season Records

DFP-Pokal | Fixtures

The Bundesliga season started like the last one, 3 losses and 1 draw in our first 4 games. We recovered pretty well and a couple of wins and a 2-0 loss to Bayern led us to a massiv 2-1 victory against Dortmund. A 5-3 win against Wolfsburg was the highlight of our season until february. January came and i decided to go back to my 4-2-3-1, a tactic that has never failed me in the past in the top division of a country. The start wasn't good and we lost 3 games in a row but a home game against Hertha BSC brought us our first victory with this system, 3-0. After that we were in incredible form and got some amazing results including a 2-0 victory against Bayern and a 1-0 away win against Bayer Leverkusen. This amazing run took us close to European places and after the second to last game of season, a 4-0 win against Fortuna Dusseldorf, we secured 7th place. Ahead of us was Bayern who had a very dissapointing season in Bundesliga. 7th place meant we were at the mercy of Eintrecht Frankfurt, who had to win their Pokal final against Stuttgart so Bayern gets Europa League as 6th in the league and we get a Europe Conference League spot. Frankfurt won the final but something even better happened. Bayern won the Europa League final against Dortmund so they got a Champions League spot and we got a Europa League spot! Amazing!

In the Pokal we managed an impressive run and got eliminated in the quarter-finals by Eintrecht Frankfurt. Huh, look how that turned out!

The squad

Transfers | Squad | Season Best Eleven 

We're getting there, slowly but surely we are bulding a good team that can start to challenge for Europe spots in the league. We got some good players this season and have a few more coming in. Emiliano Zamboni and Markus Schubert left the club.

Transfers In

Steven Lucas - M (C) / AM (C) - Form Liverpool youth player he joined on a free transfer as he was considere surplus by Liverpool. He had a solid first season for us, being named as the VDV newcomer of the season.

Andrija Radulovic - M/AM (R) / AM (L) - He joined us from St. Pauli for 1.2M Euros. I wanted to get him last season but i we didn't have the money at that moment.

Ismail Öner - ST (C) - 18 years old striker, cost 1.7M Euros. I thought he was worth it for his age, the only doubt for me was his Acceleration. With some training he might becaum a very good striker.

Dominik Kowalczyk - AM (C) / M (C), ST (C) - I needed a better attacking midfielder when i switched to 4-2-3-1 and i found him through my scouting system. He was pretty good for us as he only cost 91K Euros.

Incoming Transfers

Damian Jaroszek - GK - For a 16 years old he looks like a great prospect and my scouts rate him pretty high. He cost 1M Euros upfront and 2M Euros in 12 month installments.

Hugo Morado - M (C) / DM - Free transfer, his contract with FC Porto expires at the end of the season.

Colin Burbidge - ST (C) - Currently a Liverpool player he will join us at the end of the season for free. I liked his finishing for a 19 years old, but i don't know about the rest. We will see.

I think we have a good squad and it showed this season with our surprising finish. We will see what players we find in the off-season and how we do in our first season in Europe. The best eleven is in the 4-2-4 because we played more games like that.

Season's Best Eleven

GK - Alfa Ricciulli<38 Apps, 63 Goals Allowed, 8 Shutouts, 6.94 Avg Rat>

DR - Iulian Stoica<35 Apps, 2 Goals, 6 Assists, 7.03 Avg Rat>

DC - Nemanja Propadalo<32 Apps, 3 Goals, 3 PoM, 7.10 Avg Rat>

DC - Vincenzo Longobardi<32 Apps, 1 Goal, 6.94 Avg Rat>

DL - Niklas Daum<17(4) Apps, 4 Assists, 6.96 Avg Rat>

MC - Philip Reith<33 Apps, 2 Goals, 6 Assists, 3 PoM< 7.42 Avg Rat>

MC - Steven Lucas - <29 Apps, 3 Goals, 4 Assists, 2 PoM, 7.12 Avg Rat>

AMR - Andrija Radulovic - <31(1) Apps, 5 Goals, 8 Assists, 1 PoM, 6.97 Avg Rat>

AML - Rhuan<24(7) Apps, 9 Goals, 6 Assists, 1 PoM, 6.86 Avg Rat>

STC - Wim Holband<33(4) Apps,  23 Goals, 5 Assists, 5 PoM, 7.23 Avg Rat>

STC - Ben Dixon<13(6) Apps, 9 Goals, 3 Assists, 7.04 Avg Rat>

Best Eleven Substitutes

Dominik Kowalczyk

Ahmet Gürleyen

Jean-Manuel Mbom

Mike Bitzer

Laurenz Dehl

Angelo Ndrecka

Klajdi Ljoki

 

Season Awards

Fortuna Koln Fans Player of the Seson - Philip Reith

Fortuna Koln Top Goalscorer - Wim Holband - 23

Fortuna Koln Most PoM Awards - Wim Holband - 5

Fortuna Kolm Most Assists - Andrija Radulovic - 8

The Club

Club ProfileClub Info | Facilities | Club Vision | Finances | Andy Sava

I managed to convince the board to upgrade our data analisys facilities. They didn't want to but i played the "After all i've done for this club" card and they agreed. Did the same for training facilities.

 The History

Club Achievements

  Season    |    League    |    Position    |    DFB-Pokal    |    Champions League    |    Europa League    |     Europe Conference League
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  20/21          3.Liga           8th              N/A	                  N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  21/22          3.Liga           1st              N/A	                  N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  22/23       2.Bundesliga        10th          1st Round                 N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  23/24       2.Bundesliga        3rd           2nd Round                 N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  24/25       2.Bundesliga        12th          2nd Round                 N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  25/26       2.Bundesliga        8th           2nd Round                 N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  26/27       2.Bundesliga     2nd (Promo)      1st Round                 N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  27/28         Bundesliga        16th          2nd Round                 N/A                     N/A                         N/A
  28/29         Bundesliga        7th               QF                    N/A                     N/A                         N/A

 

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An update to who won the trophies since i started the save.

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France is unstopable so far, only England managed to beat them. Bayern has done great but this season they crashed and got saved by the Europa League win.

Edited by Andy Sava

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@Muggert - congratulations on the Europa League win!  Love an injury time equaliser! (if it's for me anyway) and a dominant win in extra time.  Like the look of Izo...

@ashton430 - looking forward to seeing how you get on next season.  Why are you 'insecure'?

@Balahara - sorry to hear about the mix-up in Denmark.  Better luck in Turkey.

@Andy Sava - stroke of luck making Europe but who cares!  Enjoy and good luck on both fronts next season.

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@Muggert Good win in the europa league.

@Andy Sava making good progress there. Slightly surprised that Holband is rated so highly or that he has done so well as his attributes don't seem great for that level.

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Hey guys - since I've been struggling to take any save beyond 4-5 seasons I thought of joining you all on this challenge. Also I have been wanting to manage in Italy, so the choice became clear.

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Of course this is a definitely an easier challenge than most of the other clubs that start off non-playable, however it should keep me busy for anywhere between 5-10 seasons :D.

I also need to now figure out how the Italian Serie C works with 3 leagues and what seems like a million clubs making the play-offs every year :lol:

Here are the transfers that we have made going into the new season.

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And the squad which I believe should be in good shape for this level especially with the loans coming in to strengthen.

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@Thebaker I was surprised too. Especially as he is missed alot of easy chances even this season. However, from his 23 goals 9 were from the cup. And from those 9, 4 were in the first round against a very very bad team, they are not even in 3.Liga.

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League - we did not look good at the start of the year, and my job was actually at risk. In the end we turned it round and began to play much better and had some really good games and wins. We ended up finishing in our highest ever league finish so I was really pleased by the end of the year.

Cup- we did really well and beat a few teams out of Bundesliga. We got to the semis and lost to our local rivals which was a shame but they smashed the league

Finances - once again saved by the prize money, we need to do better with commercial revenue and stuff

Transfers - players came in who fit my tactic rather than just quality

Stars of Season

Xavi Simons - what an absolute beast of a player. Came in this year and made the spot his own, I really like him in the DLP spot he is amazing. 

Manuel Rivas - I like him, he is getting better, 15 goals this year was very good. I am a big fan of his I am hoping he keeps improving he could be very special


Next Year - I think there may not be too many changes this summer. I will be looking to maybe bring in someone in the middle of the park and a left winger but other than that I am fairly happy. I think next year if these youngsters continue to improve we could get top 10. We have a very young squad so improvements year on year is hopefully something we can achieve. 

 

Year       Division        Finish        Cup           Europe
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2020/21   3. LIga           1st          N/A            N/A
2021/22   Bundesliga 2      11th         Rnd 3          N/A
2022/23   Bundesliga 2      2nd          Rnd 2          N/A
2023/24   Bundesliga        15th         Rnd 2          N/A
2024/25   Bundesliga        16th         Rnd 2          N/A
2025/26   Bundesliga        12th         Semi           N/A

 

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Just going through everyone's games...

@ashton430 - nice work getting Xavi Simons in for such a small fee! Seems like you are making solid progress & finances also in good shape.

@Andy Sava - some of those new-gens look excellent. In the case of Holband I believe his two-footedness is also helping him to outperform his attributes for you.

@Muggert - great save, I must admit I had never heard of this club below! Winning Europa already is commendable!

@Biscotti - mad respect for doing this with a tiny Croatian club! KUTGW.

Guys is Imgur the best solution for posting screenshots, I notice most of you are using it? I usually tend to upload them straight into the posts.

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1 hour ago, karanhsingh said:

Getting this guy next summer - will be the first new-gen to join. Senegalese with Italian dual nationality. Exciting!

looks a decent prospect.....

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Cheers. Just got knocked out of the Serie C cup in the group stage to rivals Catania - as far as I can see based on alphabetical order :lol:

As both teams had 4 points, 3 scored & 1 conceded. Amazing - first time that's happened for me!

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43 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

Cheers. Just got knocked out of the Serie C cup in the group stage to rivals Catania - as far as I can see based on alphabetical order :lol:

As both teams had 4 points, 3 scored & 1 conceded. Amazing - first time that's happened for me!

That's tough going!  Was it head to head results?  How did you do against Catania?

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Seeing all of the recent progress and people taking on the challenge is making me wish i'd had a more successful and enjoyable save on this years' game.  Possibly too late to take it on now, plus have a semi-successful save as the Owls i'm in at the moment.  

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45 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

Cheers. Just got knocked out of the Serie C cup in the group stage to rivals Catania - as far as I can see based on alphabetical order :lol:

As both teams had 4 points, 3 scored & 1 conceded. Amazing - first time that's happened for me!

Shouldn't it be based on head-to-head?

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25 minutes ago, rlipscombe said:

That's tough going!  Was it head to head results?  How did you do against Catania?

 

22 minutes ago, Andy Sava said:

Shouldn't it be based on head-to-head?

Head to head was 1-1. It's only a group of 3 and both of us had a 1-1 draw with each other followed by a 2-0 win against the third side in the group. Strange! Anyway not really a competition the board or I was bothered about. 

It's all about the league as Serie C has 3 separate leagues with only the Champions of each getting automatic promotion, while a whole bunch of teams then enter the playoffs. 

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yes i always found the Italian Serie C Cup as more of a pre-season workout.  it's all about the league in Serie C

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Manisaspor - Season 20/21

League - Playoff - Cup - Finances - Squad

 

Bottled it. Was a pretty excellent season for the most part with me and Pendikspor matching each other all the way down to the wire. I was even ahead by a point going into the final matchday, but we got hammered 3-0 and had to navigate the playoffs instead. The bottling continued in the next playoff game where we got put out to a team who finished 20 points behind us in the league. At least the cup run was nice, knocking out two higher league teams before putting on a decent show against eventual winners Beşiktaş.

Transfers - There is no foreign players allowed in Turkish third tier, which is a shame. Thankfully the domestic market is vibrant and I was able to snag some very good players and get rid of the initial dead weight.

In spite of his shocking tackling, strength, work rate and speed, I had to play Cafercan Aksu due to his set piece delivery. Didn't fail on that part although I feel my switch to a two striker formation at the end of the season left us exposed in the middle. He retired at the end of the season after picking up the league player of the year. Top goalscorer for my team was Ozan Papaker with 12.

Next season goals - Should be winning the title with ease. Had a few old players for this campaign that'll need replacing but I think it should be easy enough to do so. 

 

Year       Division        Finish        Cup           Europe
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2020/21    TFF 2.Lig        2nd         5th Round           N/A

 

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6 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Guys is Imgur the best solution for posting screenshots, I notice most of you are using it? I usually tend to upload them straight into the posts.

Personally, I've been using the internet long enough to remember when bandwidth was a problem for many people, so loading images in-line on a forum thread was a big no-no. The habit has just stuck with me. I don't think there's any real issue with just loading them into your posts, but if you have loads of them then it might make your posts appear huge and discourage people from reading.

There are a plethora of different hosting sites which can do a decent job for these purposes, it comes down to personal preference. I used to use Dropbox, because it meant I didn't need to upload anything to anywhere, but I found there were space and presentation limitations that I didn't entirely get along with. I use imgur now because uploading and sharing is made really quite simple and I am most definitely a simple man.

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I like the Steam screenshots feature. Am i the only one who uses it?

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Have reached the winter break of my first season at Palermo, here is the league table.

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We have been almost perfect, and yet we have only just reached the top. 1 point ahead of Crotone who have been absolutely imperious. 

With our current points tally we would have a 22 point lead if we were in Serie C/A and a 16 point lead if we were in Serie C/B. But we had to be stuck with Crotone.

Our only defeat of the season? Yes, you guessed it. Crotone. At home. Scarcely deserved. Which probably means we will have to get a result when we visit them later on in the season.

As a reminder only top team gets promotion, teams from 2nd to 10th (!!) enter into some massive play-off tournament which I have no clue how it works as of yet.

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@karanhsingh - good season so far - bad luck to be paired with Crotone - fingers crossed you can hold on, win at Crotone and come top of the division....

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League - errrr what, I did not expect this at all. We started off really well and just did not seem to stop we beat Red Bull twice this year to which was fantastic. I honestly have no idea how or why we have managed to do this, I am honestly amazed about it. I am lost for words, I do think its a fluke though

Cup- disappointed really but we did have a tough draw

Finances - massive hope that I will maybe get some more cash on the transfer budget though as that seems a little small

Transfers - all but two came into my first team but absolute quality. 

Stars of Season

Manuel Rivas - he was excellent and is coming along nicely. Turned down a deal for 23mil for him this year, I am not sure if it was the right decision but it was in January and I did not want to upset the form by loosing him

Murat Aras - came in for big money (well big for me) and was excellent he does so well on the left, I really like him


Next Year - I honestly have no idea, we will be in the Champions League so that should be fun. I am not sure what the league will hold I will be happy with Europe again maybe, I dont think we are title challengers yet. 

 

Year       Division        Finish        Cup           Europe
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2020/21   3. LIga           1st          N/A            N/A
2021/22   Bundesliga 2      11th         Rnd 3          N/A
2022/23   Bundesliga 2      2nd          Rnd 2          N/A
2023/24   Bundesliga        15th         Rnd 2          N/A
2024/25   Bundesliga        16th         Rnd 2          N/A
2025/26   Bundesliga        12th         Semi           N/A
2026/27   BUndesliga        2nd          Rnd 2          N/A

 

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well done @ashton430 - Rivas is indeed developing nicely.  Enjoy the CL next season - good luck juggling the additional fixtures

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5 hours ago, Andy Sava said:

I like the Steam screenshots feature. Am i the only one who uses it?

Is that F12 shortcut? 

How do you upload from your screenshot folder?

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Great season @ashton430 Rivas indeed looks like a well-rounded player. However you will probably need to strengthen in the summer, do you have a good budget?

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6 hours ago, ashton430 said:

Is that F12 shortcut? 

How do you upload from your screenshot folder?

Yes, the F12 shortcut to take the screenshot. Then you go to Steam -> View -> Screenshots. This opens another window from which you can upload the screenshots and then you have a "view online" button from where you can copy the link. It may sound complicated but in practice it's really not. It also saves the screenshots in sessions, so if you close and open the game it will create a new session and you will only see the screenshots from this one in the screenshots window, you will have to go to the screenshots folder to see the other. You have like 20GB for storage for screenshots i think, i still have almost 18GB available and i use this feature since FM2016.

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Incredible season @ashton430! Rivas is definitely coming along nicely.

(Side note, I'm not sure I could get on with your choice of attribute colour settings) 

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Cheers guys

I have about 80 mil in the bank but they will only give me 3mil to spend but i have a few deals already lined up that will go through soon

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So I thought I would introduce you to my first 11

 

Tudorel Pop- good keeper who has been here for a few years

Wilmar Solano- comes in to be right back this summer I think he will do a job

Christian Salas- been here for a while this maybe his last year as first choice

Seth Brown- came in from Spurs last year and was superb

Carlos Costa- joined from Man U on a free in the summer looks good

Xavi Simons- absolute beast now been here for a few years and is quality

Pedro Velez- been here for a year plays in the BBM role

Murat Aras- youve seen him, he has just signed a big money new deal

Martin Kandem- my right winger, I beat Man U for his signature a couple of years ago, I need to get rid of his 7mil release fee

Manuel Rivas- the man the myth the legend

Juan David Mendez- came in this year and he looks excellent

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Manisaspor - Season 21/22

League - Playoff - Finances - Cup - Squad - Transfers

Ten points worse off than last season but this time I navigated my way through the playoffs. Came down to the final day again with me one point behind but the leaders got their win. In the playoffs we got our sweet revenge against the club who knocked us out last year. Kinda fortunate that the playoffs games were so tightly scheduled as AI has difficulty rotating and the opposition players were in dreadful condition. Calmed the nerves and made for an easy victory in final.

Same again in the cup in meeting elite competition in the 5th round. Didn't do too badly against the eventual Süper Lig champions Fenerbahçe.

Top goalscorer for the league was Kaan and player of the season went to Atalay Babacan. Altay had Samet Turhan transfer listed for nothing and I snapped him up. He has improved drastically since getting some first team games and is the one player I'm expecting big things from in the next few seasons.

I finally get access to the foreign market with my move up to 1.Lig. 5 foreigners in first 11 and 6 in matchday squad. Hoping to uncover some gems as the board expect a top half finish next year.

 

Year       Division        Finish        Cup           Europe
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2020/21    TFF 2.Lig        2nd         5th Round      N/A
2021/21    TFF 2.Lig        2nd(p)      5th Round      N/A

 

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7 hours ago, ashton430 said:

Cheers guys

I have about 80 mil in the bank but they will only give me 3mil to spend but i have a few deals already lined up that will go through soon

Stupid question, but did you try asking them to increase the budget? If your confidence is high and lot of money in the bank, they often do that.

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