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26 caps and a goal already by the age of 20 and is regarded as their star player.

And this is the new star from an obscure nation n my team...

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He is very close to a national call up.

This fella also might have counted, but he has represented German youth teams so far.

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Made an early move for a highly promising youngster  by triggering the release clause. Pumped in most of my remaining transfer funds into this transfer as it was becoming very difficult to find LB who are willing to come to my team (who have decent PA or improve my squad). My squad LB has been there from the time I was in Bliga 3 and he has thrown a hissy fit for new contract. He is upset and is an influential team member, but off he goes to reserves (and his contract ends at close season).

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Goal Scoring Keeper Alert

My reserve keeper is off the mark for the season in his first start (2nd round of DFB Pokal)

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That score was a complete misrepresentation - we scored with both the highlights that came up in the key highlights mode and my GK made a string of outstanding saves in the same.

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Nov '23

A mixed month that ended on a high with the sneaky win at Frankfurt. Was completely outplayed by Bayern and was lucky to survive with a point after a really poor show at basement club Hannover. Toure has been immense between the sticks and would be a huge miss after his loan ends this season.

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Dortmund seems to be on sticky ground this season

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The club icon is on the move in Jan..

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He has been an immense player for us, but he wanted over 15k/week with my board restricting max salary at 12k. He was a leader in the club and on a very low wage and he was upset, but I was not sure he is worth that high a salary anyways. So when an offer came for 4mil, i offered him out for 5 and there was a mini scramble for his signature and Leeds won in the end.

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There is going to be a vacuum up top soon

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Another opportunity comes knocking... to be knocked back :)

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Club wanted to discuss new contract almost immediately. Asked them to invest elsewhere and

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How important is Toure for us? Had the first true routing after my reserve GK had to step in with the main man out with sickness :(

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:seagull:  :seagull:  :seagull:

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Dec '23

The bubble has burst (the performance against Augsburg showed a glimmer of hope in a dark dark month). I am thankful for the extended break; scheduled some friendlies against weaker opposition to build up some confidence.

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Bloody hell :mad:

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He is the only striker I have got to score consistently in this save. The figure mentioned is the release clause and I am not sure I want him to move for that amount also.

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Saw an ex gunner among the list and checked him out. That's a crazy move at the end (considering he is only 30 yo in the save)

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Jan '24

Really bad start after the winter break and to be fair the run of fixtures was pretty bad. The early season form is the reason we are not scrapping at the bottom half of the table. The team is struggling to put away the chances and hopefully things will improve in Feb as we have Paderborn and Freiberg as opponents.

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When it rains it pours :(

The team is going through the toughest phase I had since the first few months when I took over and probably the first major injury crisis of my tenure. My main strikers and right wing decimated

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Feb '24

The month started and ended with really bad defeats with our performance decidedly should have had something from the matches. But in between, we snuck into cup Quarters and had 2 massive wins.

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Cup magic is alive and kicking :D

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Mar '24

The defeat at Koln hurt, but 2 wins and making it through to the Cup semis makes this an awesome month.

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Apr '24

Barn storming performances through out the month which ended in a damp squib. Team performed way above expectations and we snuck into the Cup final where a juicy tie against Koln awaits. But the defeat at Hertha hurt our chances of continental qualifocation through league positions, especially as we have Bayer and Dortmund upcoming in the final month

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May '24

What a way to end the season. Unbeaten month and the Cup win the cherry on top.

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This windfall is about 10 times what we have in balance.

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The board is begining to **** me off. Still harping about the CL positions we held in the early unbeaten run :mad: I haven't renewed the contract and it ends in June. So my options are open for next season.

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The biggest game of the season was an absolute cracker. My laptop nearly went flying when my young Argie forwarded did a karate chop in the midfield early on, but Koln obliged us with their own moment of madness early on. The South African stole the show afterwards.

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This was a travesty imo as Toure was the foundation on which our excellent season was built and he missed out completely

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The board is beginning to look unreasonable. I doubt we would reach the knock out stages of Europa League unless we have a favorable draw. Als need to see how much they would provide for transfer.

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Coupe of them made a run for the rookie of the season award

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The only entry here is going back to Dortmund this season after 2 wonderful seasons with us. It is going to be really tough to replace him.

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He is going to be an international for sure

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The Babelsberg revival might be complete. The transfer fund they have provided might not be sufficient for me to sufficiently strengthen for a season where will be fighting on three fronts. The club has grown amazingly over the past  4 years I had been in here, but the board keeps refusing me affiliate clubs and youth recruitment improvements. On the plus side I have a young hungry squad that might need 2 or 3 signings to remain competitive and we are moving into a brand new stadium this month.

I think I will sleep on the decision before deciding if to continue or not.

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There was an opening I was interested in, but they came in with over a week left in my contract and I had not run down my contract yet. Babelsberg finally agreed on a 1 year contract with a hike. I delayed the decision and slept on it and have decided to go on the European adventure with them.

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Some early moves

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Both of them moves into the first team as squad options. The LB came in at an opportune moment as my starting LB was attracting some big bids

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I have accepted the Zaragoza bid (it was a non negotiable one) and have offered him out at the release clause. Need to see if anyone else comes in.

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REJECTED

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Some more incomings; triggered the release clause for both and beat a lot of important European teams to land them

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The youngster would be landing up in our u19 setup and hopefully go out on loan to be ready for 1st team in couple of year's time.

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This is a huge one and I have found an able replacement for Simunovic who went back to Dortmund. He has plenty of experience even at the tender age.

 

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Another 1 year contract with a decent hike. I settled for half the amount as 1st offer (coz they wanted 4 year lock down initially)

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The vultures are circling... Records keep on breaking

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The freebie from PSG had not lived up to expectations but had plenty of interest and had some really good offers in. Off he goes and the Icelandic international I brought in to my u19 squad steps up to first team to replace him That's the first record broken

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Another freebie moving for a decent amount. we had brought in a youngster earlier and have another in u19 squad who is already rated as good as the outgoing star. What I hadn't counted on was the squad's response

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However they were happy to drop the grievances when I put across the argument that I am giving a chance to youngsters.

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That sale brought about the next record. Then this happened...

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..all the records rewritten.

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Red Bull came with a bid that was too lucrative to refuse as I had brought in the youngster for a pittance. My scouts have locked down a replacement from Spanish second division who has an affordable release clause and is willing to come on board for a reasonable salary.

The cash from the move also helps us in a move for a very exciting forward who is available for a very decent price. The deals are in the fire... Fingers crossed

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Ndlovu is getting noticed

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So close to a first win against the biggest fish in the pond. We drew a blank in the shootout :(

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First of the moves completed

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It's a massive coup for us considering the teams I was competing with and the caliber of the player brought in. His goalscoring record for Manure wasn't the best, but hopefully I can get him firing. If not, considering his age and stature, I can cash in at end of season. He is on a massive pay, 3 times that of my other stars.

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Final incoming for the season hopefully

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Almost a like to like replacement for Luisao for a 3rd of the price. He has loads of experience at such a young age and is a regular in the international team. I moved quicly to activate his release clause at Levante who is stuck in Spanish second division.

Only other transfer business I am envisaging is shifting of one of our attackers, preferably the hot headed Argie youngster who picked up the red card in last year's cup final or the misfiring Austrian youngster who has struggled to put away the chances

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Another record set inadvertently.

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The Austrian stays put as there was no offer. The young Argie moves out

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He looked awesome from skills perspective, but only scored against the weaker opposition and tended to go absent against bigger opponents. I would have prefered he moved to Wolves as they had offered 25mil upfront +50% , whereas RBL is paying only 15 mil upfront.

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That's so Woodward.. Wrangle for 5 years before stumping up what was asked :lol:  :lol: 

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I am cautiously optimistic.

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Aug '24

Bayern was a step too far, but my team showed fight throughout the month and the win at Hamburg was special.

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Sep '24

An almost perfect month destroyed by the Hoffenheim outing. They scored twice from two long range rockets and did pretty much nothing after that and my strikers was aiming at opposition GK's mid riff with amazing accuracy :seagull:

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Oct '24

Pretty bad month as injuries and out of form strikers held the team back. We almost shot ourselves on our foot in Europe, requiring to fightback in both the games. And to end the month, our defence of the Cup ended in 2nd round

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Nov '24

Perfect month where we ensured qualification to Europa League knock out rounds. My attackers are still struggling for goals and Ndlovu is on a league duck. I am wondering if I should have moved him on when I had the chance.

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The poor performance against Valencia has hurt us

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Dec '24

My strikers improved and Ndlovu is slowly coming to life. Some really strong performances this month and the only disappointment was the collapse at Valencia where we threw awa the lead twice

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Only 1 name popped up in year end awards

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The board was obliging, so I too accepted their offer of a small hike

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Jan '25

Almost perfect. Our defence have been immense and the Dortmund result was no fluke as we dominated from start to finish.

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Broke the points duck v/s Munchen

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Feb '25

Another spectacular month as we ascended to the top of the league, fought off Villareal in Euro Cup 1st KO and took our 1st point from Bayern.

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Bayern is just 8 points off top, but Tuchel didn't survive :)

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Mar '25

The fixture congestion is beginning to bite in the league, but I am ecstatic with the effort this month as we dumped Sc#m from the Euro cup :D

Next up is Hertha in Quarters.

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Apr '25

The wheels have come off this month. We had a shout in an incredible title challenge and the month had started brilliantly. Then we barely held on to the lead in a dour second leg of Euro Cup Qtrs and lost three on the trot in the League to put an end to the title challenge. The only plus point is we are almost locked in for Europe next year (though Champions League looks doubtful with Bayern on our back) and that we are into the Semis of Euro Cup where we will meet Lyon (Mainz face off Arsenal in the other semi).

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