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NK Bled - Bringing the Champions League to Slovenia

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I am back with a new save, I am going to be starting with NK Bled
 
NK Bled are now newly promoted and playing in the Slovenian 2nd League and this actually took me 54 resets of going on holiday to get them promoted. I really wanted to play as this team so I was persistent in getting it done.  So I sat here and loaded, went on holiday, reset and repeated this 54 times to get it done. I then took them over on the 1st of July 2020 after they were promoted from the Slovenian Third League. Finally.

The Town of Bled

Bled, a Slovenian resort town in the foothills of the Julian Alps, is set along the glacial Lake Bled. On a cliff overlooking the lake is the 11th-century Bled Castle, which houses a museum, chapel and printing press. Atop a small island in the lake's centre is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, with its steep staircase and bell tower. The town has a population of roughly 8k people and the border with Austria is just north of the city, due to the small nature of the Country, the village of Bled is only a short 45 min drive from the Capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. I am hoping we can poach some local youth from the Capital to boost our chances. Slovenia itself is a small little place with only 2 million inhabitants but is actually quite beautiful and a different place to vist, I have had the privilege of visiting the country myself previously

Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also known in Slovenia for its vanilla and cream pastry so we will have to consume a few of those along the journey

Due to its mild climate, Bled has been visited by aristocratic guests from all across the world. Today it is an important convention centre and tourist resort, offering a wide range of sports activities (golf, fishing, and horseback-riding). It is a starting point for mountain treks and hikes, especially within nearby Triglav National Park.

A small island in the middle of the lake is home to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church; visitors frequently ring its bell for good luck. Human traces from prehistory have been found on the island. Before the church was built, there was a temple consecrated to Živa, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility. One can get to the island on a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat , which is a fixed fleet of 23 boats since 18th century to protect the river's cleanliness, which is now a family-owned business. The island on Lake Bled has 99 steps. A local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these steps, during which the bride must remain silent.....probably dont want any of that I am honest with you?

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Rules of Engagement

I will be doing things a little different this time, I will only sign players as being defined as Eastern European and I will let FM guide me as to what they class as Eastern European.

I have had a look and it would seem that FM is classing all these countries as Eastern European;

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, North Macedonia, Albania, Armenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro

They also did add in Russia but I will exclude Russia from the list, I want to try and sign the Eastern Europeans who are in the EU and at the start that is limited to;

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and of course Slovenia. 

The league rules allow me to have 3 foreigners in the Slovenian League Two, so I have room to sign 3 players outside the EU list. This rule is also the same in the top league so it makes life a little more simple for me moving forward if and when we make the step up the league pyramid. 

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NK Bled - The Club

Really not much information or history, they are just small little club from the small town of Bled. They have been in the 2nd League before, they won the 3rd division in 2018, were promptly relegated and won it again the year after before being relegated once again. 

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NK Bled Sports Centre

This is our home, not sure if thats the real name but the internet says that it is and the internet is always right. We are also apparently able to accommodate 500 of the most loyal NK Bled supporters in our stadium and I am hopeful we can show them some good times in the very near future!

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Club Facilities

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Club Finances

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Starting Squad

So we only have 9 players to start with, so its going to be fun but busy window as we look to build a club from nothing. We also have zero players in the under 19s and no other staff apart from myself to run the club.....

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I'll follow. Good luck!

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Best of luck mate, I've got a big time love for Slovenia and have been to the country and the town of Bled myself last summer. Probably one of the most beautiful places you could play virtual football, and I think I can even remember seeing that stadium in the distance when I was up at the castle. I think you'll smash the second tier, but my Maribor might just give you a tough time at the top level ;)

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2 hours ago, oriole01 said:

Best of luck mate, I've got a big time love for Slovenia and have been to the country and the town of Bled myself last summer. Probably one of the most beautiful places you could play virtual football, and I think I can even remember seeing that stadium in the distance when I was up at the castle. I think you'll smash the second tier, but my Maribor might just give you a tough time at the top level ;)

Thanks mate, yes the main reason I wanted to play as Bled was due to how beautiful the town is, it looks stunning. It makes for a lovely place to play virtual manager :)

It was interesting about Maribor, they didn't win the first season! I have no idea what happend there hahahah

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2020/21 - Transfers

As we started with only 9 players, we had to get to work in adding some bodies to the squad. I will not go over each of these players, there is far too many and they are all rubbish quality.

Basically nobody outside of Slovenia would join us, so we signed 100% Slovenians. 

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Dejan Banovic

Instead of showing all the players that were bought in, I thought instead for now that I will just show you the best player at the club. Its handy that he is also our Captain. As you can see, hes not special and we have lots of improvement to go in terms of adding quality to the side. 

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Staff 

I managed to also enlist some staff to join the cause, I had to place adverts to find them all, the manual method of scouting and finding staff was a disaster and I was hard to find anybody who wanted to join, so we had to place adds in the paper and see if anybody was interested at all.

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Mart Poom

I was actually pretty happy and pleased with this, he applied for the role and we have a decent quality GK Coach for our level, he also brings a wealth of experience to the club

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Full Squad

The full squad as we headed into the season, I have no idea who is going to stand out for us but I have time to build and play around. The league season is nice and short with only 30 games so I dont need a massive squad. I wouldn't normally sign 3 GKs for the first team but this is every player in the club, we have nobody in the under 19s and I just wanted to be safe.

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42 minutes ago, Kingofcm03 said:

It was interesting about Maribor, they didn't win the first season! I have no idea what happend there hahahah

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That's about realistic actually, lately we've been on a pattern of winning the league every other year and giving it up to Olimpija the other year, but I have to say seeing Aluminij win it instead is a surprise... they were a second tier side a few seasons ago!

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I have a couple of really good Slovenian newgens in my Unia Janikowo side, I hope the intakes are kind to you! Best of luck.

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Season 2020/21 - July, August and September Fixtures

Well its time to get going and start this adventure and we have started off very well indeed.

I have deployed my usual fast tempo, short passing, relentless pressing and a high line in the Slovakian 2nd Division and so far its working, its a brand of football nobody in these lands has seen before and we are playing well above our expectations as a newly promoted side.

Things have progressed well in the cup as well, we beat none league side Adria, promoted First Division side Gorcia (They won the 2nd Division last season)  and a great and exciting victory over a top First Division side Domzale! We will next play heavyweights Olimpija in a 2 legged quarter final appearance!

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Season 2020/21 - September Table

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Talk about a beautiful setting...wow.  Good luck!

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Season 2020/21 - October Games

We take out Olimpija who are 2nd in the 1st Division, we now progress to the Semi Final and our opponents are unkown.

The rest of the month was ok?! We did drop a game to relegated Tabor Sezana, that was disappointing but won the other 3 games in the league.

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Season 2020/21 - November and December Games

We lost our form in this month, the last games before the long winter break as well. We did win a crucial game against Fuzinar who at the time were 2nd, and we drew with Mura in another top of the table clash.

We need to find our goal scoring form again after winter or we risk dropping out of the race.

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Season 2020/21 - December Table

Looks to be a shootout for the top 2 spots from 3 sides at the moment, we should have been a little higher up but the draws have cost us top spot. I dont really want to get into a playoff situation, however we have shown that we can compete with those sides above us.

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December Player Stats

There is only 3 players who are pushing us forward with some regular brilliance, those being Banovic, Skoberne and Burin.

We need better performances from the wide forwards to get the required results.

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Club Matters

Mart Poom trying to get his son a job... nice try!

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Finances

We are in the red!

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January Transfers

I made an incoming transfer in January, a young CB from Georgia and hes already the best we have at the club and he was signed for free. 

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Season 2020/21 - February and March Fixtures

Back from the surprisingly long winter break, we start off very well and find some goal scoring form again to start the 2nd half of the season. The good news is that our defence is quite strong, we are hard to break down and this is keeping us in games.

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Season 2020/21 - March Table

Still super tight at the top, the 3 horse race for the top 2 is still on. We have by far the best attack and defence in the league but we are getting too many draws.

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Season 2020/21 - April Fixtures

Another decent month, we also win the first leg of the Semi Final of the cup!

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Season 2020/21 - April Table

There is just 3 games to go and we are holding on tight at the top. Really close and intense league table at the moment.

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Season 2020/21 - May Fixtures

Too many draws! and that means we are going to fail and be forced into the playoff game :(

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Final Table

Pipped by a single point, to the team I beat once and drew the other. We have the best attack and best defence but we couldn't put it together for all 30 games. Disappointing

We will however get to play Maribor in the final of the cup, so maybe I can still win something this season! We will play Koper who finished 2nd bottom in the First League, I am pretty confident to be honest, we have shown we can beat Olimpija and Domzale who are better teams.

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