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With the whole quarantine situation, I have quite a bit of time on my hands at the moment so I figured this was the perfect time to start a new FM20 save. I watched an HITC Sevens video recently about large cities which should have better football teams and #1 was Berlin, so naturally this made me want to manage a side in Berlin. I didn't want to start off in the Bundesliga so I introduce you to...

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With there being no Berlin sides in the Bundesliga 2 or 3. Liga, I had to resort to an extended database so I can manage BFC Dynamo in the Regionalliga Nordost (German 4th tier). The following is taken from the club's Wikipedia page:

Berliner Fussball Club Dynamo e. V., commonly known as BFC Dynamo or BFC, is a German football club based in the Alt-Hohenschönhausen locality of Berlin. BFC Dynamo was formed in 1966 from the football department of SC Dynamo Berlin and was one of the key clubs of East German football. The club is the record champion of East Germany with ten consecutive league championships from 1979 through 1988. BFC Dynamo competes in the fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost.

 

In the 1980s and 1990s, BFC Dynamo supporters became known to include skinheads, with far right political views. In the early 1990s, BFC Dynamo gained a reputation of having the strongest hooligan element in Germany. It was the broader BFC supporter scene that managed to rescue the club during its insolvency proceedings in 2004. Today its supporter scene includes Ultra-groups and other supporter groups with various political or non-political views. The BFC has rivalries with Dynamo Dresden and especially Union Berlin while enjoying friendly relations with Scottish side Aberdeen, and partially with Eintracht Braunschweig, Polish club Pogoń Szczecin and Swedish club GAIS.

There is far more info on Wikipedia than I can copy into here, but this is a quick overview and some interesting info about the club's fanbase. Sounds like we could have some rowdy games once we get into the Bundesliga. By skimming the webpage quickly, it seems that Dynamo's history is filled with controversy and I would imagine that they're one of those clubs that you either love them or hate them.

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The Club has decent facilities, but they're nothing special yet. Once we get some money rolling in I hope to upgrade these to bring in the best wonderkids.

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The board have no specific expectations for the season, but they'd like us to win the league next year then show consistent improvements in the 3. Liga in the years following. The media predict that we'll finish 4th, but I'd like to get promoted as soon as possible because there is not much money in this division and we're the second top spenders in the division on wages behind only Cottbus. Unfortunately even winning the league will not guarantee us promotion. There are 4 other leagues in the German 4th tier and each of the winners compete for the 4 promotion spots meaning that the winner of one of the regional leagues doesn't get promoted. All I hope is that we aren't that team.

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2 hours ago, RPM13 said:

Edit: I'm not sure what I did to highlight some of the text in white, but if anyone knows how to remove it it would be greatly appreciated.

Could happen if you copy pasted something in there. Just try to find the plain text. 

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6 hours ago, Muttley84 said:

Could happen if you copy pasted something in there. Just try to find the plain text. 

I got it, thanks for the help.

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Preseason

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This was a fantastic preseason, the squad is really well suited to a 4-2-3-1 and we're playing really well with it. Here's the squad for those of you wondering what it looks like:

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Overall it's a very good, young squad with good depth on the wings. My 2 concerns are our lack of a decent backup striker and the fact that we only have 3 central midfielders.

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August 2019

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In the first 2 matches of the season, I was really concerned with our complete inability to score with our only goal coming from a penalty. It was especially upsetting to lose at home to Rathenow considering they're expected to be relegated. After these 2 matches, I made some small alterations to the tactic and as you can see, they worked a treat. We've been very solid defensively and are now capable of absolutely destroying teams across the board. This leaves the league looking like this:

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The top of the league is still very tight, but I'm happy to be keeping pace with the top group. If we can keep this up with the new tactic, we could be near the top of the league come the end of the season.

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Key Performers

I figured now would be a good time to show you the players who've been performing well in the first few matches of the season.

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First up is Marvin Kleihs, our starting right back. So far he has been our top performer and the top player in the league for that matter. He only has one assist so far, but he's been great at getting up the pitch and getting crosses into dangerous areas.

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Next up is Lukas Kruger, the second best performer in the league so far. He's our starting inside forward on the right and he's been unplayable so far. He's the player I'm most excited about in the entire squad as he's still only 19 years old.

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Next up is Mateusz Lewandowski and, shockingly enough is our top striker, bet none of you would have guessed that from his last name. He started off quite poor, but he's got 3 in 3 with the next tactic including a brace in our

5-0 win over Babelsberg. He looks like a very good striker for this level.

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Finally we have Daniel Schaal, our left back. Somehow he has a lower average rating than Kleihs despite having 3 assists so far. He has been very good on the left playing in a similar role to Kleihs. His pace and acceleration make him very dangerous going forward and he has shown that with his performances so far.

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September 2019

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The month started off with a large break so I scheduled a friendly to maintain match sharpness. After that we had a cup match against a lower league side in the 6th tier I believe. As expected, we dominated the match and ran out comfortable winners. After that though, we struggled to score against midtable sides Furstenwalde and Nordhausen. Overall it was a pretty poor month only getting 2 points from our league matches. On the bright side, we extended our unbeaten league run to 5 matches.

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Surprisingly, we stayed in 4th position, but dropped to 5 points behind Altglienicke in 1st. Hopefully we can sort out our scoring issue quickly. I think we will because despite our inability to finish, we did create quite a few chances and really dominated both games (we had over 60% possession in both games).

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October 2019

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This month was nearly perfect, 3 wins out of 4, 3 clean sheets out of 4, and lots of goals scored. Our only dropped point came in the form of a draw against league favourites Cottbus who are the only team spending more on wages than we are (almost double what we're spending). As a result, I consider it a good draw, although a bit disappointing since they went down to 10 men in the 37th minute. Even so, to keep then from getting a single shot on target is very satisfying.

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This brings us right to the top of the league only 1 point behind league leaders Altglienicke. Schaal, our left back has been absolutely outstanding this month with a whopping 5 assists in 4 matches to take his total to 8 for the season. Even though things are going well now, we're still only 3 points above 6th so we can't afford to slip up too much.

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November 2019

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The month started off fantastically with us destroying anyone who stood in our way, albeit the first two are the teams currently at the foot of the league and the third was a lower league team in the cup. At the end of the month, the wheels fell off. First, we played Viktoria who were in the relegation zone at the time. We had more shots, but they created better chances. It definitely didn't help that we went a man down in the 38th minute. After that match, we once again struggled to create any chances, but managed to come away with another clean sheet to get a point. This leaves the league looking like this:

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We've gone up to first, but only on goal difference. Cottbus are also running rampant having won their last 4 and are hot on our tail only 2 points behind. We need to get our act together quickly if we want to stay at the top. Especially since our first match of next month is at top of the table clash away at Altglienicke. We share a stadium with them so it's only sort of an away game, but it'll still be very tough.577084152_ScreenShot2020-04-30at8_26_48PM.thumb.png.e724631c63ca19a08b4b5339c0ac7ef5.png

This leaves my board rating at a B+ at the end of this month. It was an A+ before the 2 poor results, but between the poor results and the deterioration in the dressing room atmosphere, it dropped.

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Good luck! Getting some good results in your first seson already!

 

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10 hours ago, fmonit said:

Good luck! Getting some good results in your first seson already!

 

Thanks. They really need to stay good because the club is losing money at an insane rate so we need to be promoted ASAP.

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Youth Preview

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This looks promising. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this intake, but this has my hopes up. Hopefully they don't get crushed when the intake comes.

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December 2019

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We started the month with probably our toughest match of the season away at the team that was tied with us at the top of the league at the time, Altglienicke. We were the better team with over twice as many shots and more chances than they had, but with 5 minutes left one of our centre backs gave away a penalty and got a second yellow which allowed them to take the lead. Since then though, we've been fantastic albeit against lesser teams with the exception of Hertha II. This leaves the league like this:

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We're second behind Altglienicke who've won all their games this month. Lewandowski has been excellent with braces in consecutive matches to top the scoring charts for the league. If the league continues like this, the final match of the season will be absolutely crucial as it's at home against Altglienicke. I'm sort of hoping that the league could still be won by either team at that point because that would make for a really dramatic end to the season.

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My board rating is down to a B-, but it was lower than that before the three wins in our last matches. I'm hoping to get it back up to an A next month.

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January 2020

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I'll be honest, I forgot to take a screenshot before playing the first game of February so you guys get a bit of a bonus this time. The first match was a really dull game with only 3 shots on target between the two teams. Really disappointing result. After that, we got a decent result in the cup, a dominant performance against bottom of the league Erfurt, and a lucky win against Meuselwitz. We ended off the month with a scoreless draw against Viktoria, but we really should have won the match. We held then to no shots on target, but our inability to finish any of our 24 shots really cost us. In our last match, we got yet another 3-1 win in what was a very good performance. Altglienicke have been showing cracks in their armour this month leaving the league like this after 25 matches:

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It's really a 2 horse race at the top now with the two of us 7 points clear of the rest of the league. I feel really bad for Erfurt who have only 6 points after 25 games.

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The board is starting to like me again with my rating now really close to an A. Hopefully this will continue to rise in the coming months.

 

With this being January, the transfer window opened and with that, we had some new players join the squad.

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The first of these is Liridon Vocaj who comes in on a free. He's just coming in to add extra depth to our midfield. I really couldn't say no to bringing in a player this good for free. He's very solid across the board and will be a good box-to-box midfielder.

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The second of these is Leopold Njengo who also came in on a free. I'll be honest, I couldn't scout him and he wouldn't come in on trial so this one was a gamble which I'm not sure payed off, but there's not much risk to it as he's only on £200 /week. Even though he's not really what I was hoping for, he'll he good backup on the right wing as he's a left-footer.

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February 2020

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This has truly been an exceptional month, especially when it comes to scoring goals. Every match was fairly comfortable except for 1, the Lok Leipzig match. They scored in the 96th minute to tie it up at 3. We then took the ball straight from kickoff and scored in the 97th minute. Easily one of the most dramatic ends to a match I've ever seen. This run leaves the league like this:

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Altglienicke have continued to drop points which brings us to the top of the table by 2 points and 10 points clear of 3rd.

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Needless to say, the board are very happy with how we're doing and I'm now back up to an A+.

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2020 Youth Intake

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So, this is our promising youth intake. It definitely isn't a bad intake, but I don't think any of them will ever make a great contribution to the first team. Sure, if they were in their prime in the team we have currently they'd be good, but by the time they reach their prime, I'm hoping the team will be much better than it is currently. In spite of that, I will still show the top 4 prospects. One thing that I do like is that we got players from 5 different countries!

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I really don't know where to play this guy. He's not going to be a striker with his 5 finishing, but he isn't a great midfielder either with only 6 passing. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with him.

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I don't have the same problem with this guy, he's definitely a keeper. Unfortunately, he's not a particularly good one, but he's Kosovan so that's cool I guess.

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He may not be good technically or mentally, but boy is this kid quick and determined. Those are the only two things he has, but they could make him fairly successful in the lower leagues.

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This guy actually looks alright, but the only reason I'm really showing him is because he's a Luxembourger.

 

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March 2020

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We continued our winning run with an extra time victory over fellow title-challengers Altglienicke to send us to the Berliner Landespokal final against Viktoria 1889. This win gives me confidence that we can get a result against them in our last match of the season. Following this, our tired squad (from playing in extra time just 3 days before) against 3rd place Cottbus. We just about edged the match, but in the end a draw was a fair result. After this, we played a rampant Berliner AK who had taken 23 points from their last 9 matches and destroyed them 4-0. This leaves the league like this:

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Our dropped points allowed Altglienicke to catch up and leave us tied at the top with 4 matches to go. This is going to be a stressful, but fun end to the season.

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As expected, the board are still very happy.

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Title Run-in

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I don't like the looks of this. We have by far the tougher run-in. Hopefully we can get the job done though.

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April 2020

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We started off another quiet month with a good win over Furstenwalde, who was on a 3 match winning run in the league at the time. After that, we played Babelsberg who were on a 4 game league winning run (now 5). We played really well, but just couldn't finish our chances. As you can see below, they were very clinical.

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It's been a tough month with us facing two of the teams in the best form in the league, but we've played well. Unfortunately, that loss leaves the league like this:

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As you can see, Altglienicke also dropped points which was a surprise, but the draw still brings them a point ahead of us. I'd be absolutely crushed if after all this work, we lose the league by 1 point. Luckily with us playing against them on the last matchday, it's still in our hands. 

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I'm not surprised that the board aren't as happy as they were, but I'm shocked that my rating dropped this much after only 1 loss. I'm really hoping this is back to an A+ at the end of next month.

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Our penultimate match of the season was a very convincing victory against Lichtenberg in which Lewandowski scored a brace to equal the league goal scoring record with a whopping 25 goals for the season. Unfortunately, Altglienicke won their match 4-0, so the league looks like this:

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Going in the final match, we need to win at home against Altglienicke. No pressure.

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We won the Berliner Landspokal!!!

This was the first time the club made it to the final and we did not disappoint. We absolutely dominated the game from start to finish. Hopefully we can build on from this result and win the league too.

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS!!!

In all seriousness though, we had a cross that hit both the post and the crossbar and came out, Lewandowski had several clear cut chances, and we won with a 78th minute pen scored by a player who was likely playing in his last game for us. What a finish.

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Confirmation that we won the league with that win. Now we have to play in a playoff to see if we get promoted or not. The fun never ends :D.

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They won their league with 69 points, but that doesn't mean much. I think we have to win this match to get promoted.

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I can confirm, we need to win for promotion. I'll be so disappointed if we lose.

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Garbuschewski scored 3 goals all season. One was a penalty to win the league, and another was a penalty to win promotion! Talk about a big game player. With this result game the following messages:

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This gives us about £8k/wk over what we had this season. I'm not sure how much of it I'll spend though because we're currently about £1 million in the red.

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Posted (edited)

Season Review

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Overall, this was a great season with us winning everything we could. The Regionalliga playoffs are really weird. There are 5 regional leagues in the division and the winner of each qualifies for the playoffs. If you win a game in the playoffs, you're promoted. I guess since we were one of the league winners with the most points, we started off at the QF and had 3 chances to get promoted. All this time I was thinking that the only team not getting promoted was the loser of the QF.

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Unsurprisingly, Lewandowski was our player of the season and young player of the season. He did score 25 goals in 34 league games after all. 

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We didn't do too well on the financial front this year. Hopefully, we can see some improvements this season from being in the 3. Liga.

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The board have definitely upped their expectations regarding the style of football we're going to play, but they have very low expectations for us in the league next year. We really do need to stay up though for financial reasons if nothing else.

 

I'm just realizing now that I didn't take a screenshot of the squad page to show you guys how everyone played this year, but I've already played up to the first match of next season so it's too late now. I'll do my best to remember for next year.

Edited by RPM13

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League Player Awards

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I think this shows how dominant we were in the league this year that the top 3 players all played for us.

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Lewandowski was by far the top scorer in the league, getting 7 more than Kiprit in second. Dominant.

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Excellent, as if our finances weren't already bad enough. Now we have to pay £20 000 per month for the loan. I find it a bit stupid that despite us only loaning the stadium (with a few other clubs), we have to pay the entire cost of the upgrade.

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This should help us out with the loan repayments at least.

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Last year, we only had an under 19 team and most weeks, only the first team players who were under 19 could play. With having a second team, it will allow more players to gain match fitness. The only downside I can see is more expenses.

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Well, we're not predicted last. Note that this doesn't include any of the 3 2nd teams which are playing in this league, 2 of which were promoted with us last year.

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Transfers

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3 decent players, Cox will go straight into the first team, the others will be backups.

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I'm really excited about this guy, he'll be around the first team.

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Another young player to add depth.

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And another.

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You get the idea.

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This guy, however is a big signing for us and will be our first choice AMC.

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This is probably the signing that I'm most excited about. He's a great player now and he has Bundesliga 2 potential! All this for free.

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And finally another center back to add even more depth.

 

Overall, I'm very happy with our transfer business this year. We've added a lot of depth with some very young players and we've also added some quality in the places I wanted to. In the next post, I'll show the profiles of our biggest signings.

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Starting left back, solid all-round attributes.

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In the central midfield rotation. Good all-round with a few standout attributes such as his first touch, passing, tackling, and decisions.

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This guy is a very good player. My only issue is that he's on a high wage compared to our other players, but I think he's worth it.

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As I said in the previous post, this guy is very good. Just look at his mentals! And he's still only 19.

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He is very good technically, but he has some very obvious issues with his anticipation and concentration. Hopefully, with him only being 17, these will improve quite quickly.

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Now, we have one other transfer that I'm not so excited about, but here it is:

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Yep, the board have accepted an offer for our star striker. :seagull:

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Luckily, Miedz made an offer for him which wasn't accepted by the board, so I got to negotiate a bigger fee with better add-ons, but the day he left was still not a happy day.

Now I have another player to find because we don't have a good replacement for him. I might resort to making a loan signing until we can get a better player in next year.

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Preseason 2020

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Considering all of these teams are from the league we were just promoted from (Chemnitz were relegated from the 3. Liga), I'd consider this a very mixed preseason. The squad changed every match though as we brought new signings in so I won't read into the results too much. Going into the first match of the season we still don't have a starting striker, but we'll see if I can find one soon.

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It's a decent increase on last year. Our income from season tickets is over double what it was, so I'll take it. Every little bit helps.

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:eek:

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July 2020

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We started the season off really well with an away win against Koln who are predicted to finish around midtable. After that though, we've had two really dull matches against teams who are around the same quality as Koln. We've completely dominated each match though, averaging 62% possession in these 3 matches and getting significantly more shots in the first 2. All in all, I'm very happy with this start.

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Our unbeaten start leaves us in 5th and since the 2 B-teams above us can't get promoted, this leaves us in the playoff position for now. I can't see us staying here for very long, but it's nice while it lasts.

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The board are reasonably happy with how we've done so far and how we did in the transfer market. Speaking of which, I'm still trying to bring in another striker. Hopefully the one I want will join us soon.

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This isn't the guy I wanted to bring in, but he's a very good option and we're only paying £350 /week, so I can't really complain. Hopefully he does well for us.

 

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August 2020

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This month, we never really got any sort of form going. The first two matches were against teams predicted to finish near the top of the table, but massively underperforming so far. The Mainz match was essentially a write-off, but we played really well and actually took the lead! The last 3 matches were all against teams doing quite well in the league, including Dynamo Dresden who top the league. The point against Dresden was massive, especially as we have a fierce rivalry with them. If was a great performance in front of over 8000 fans!

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This indifferent form has left us down in 9th, but we're still only 2 points off the playoff spot and more importantly for our current aspirations, we're 7 points clear of the drop zone.

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Considering how much better we're doing than the board's expectations, a B is slightly disappointing. I'm definitely not in danger of getting sacked though which is the most important thing.

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September 2020

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Well this is much more convincing. We started the month off away against promotion candidates (if they could be promoted) Wolfsburg II and did really well holding them to a draw. Next we played TeBe Berlin in the cup and absolutely dominated with Surmanski getting 4 goals! This gave him confidence as he then scored 3 goals in the next two matches. The first was a win against Halle who are currently 2nd from bottom, the second was a completely undeserved win against league leaders Ingolstadt. We had more possession, but Ingolstadt absolutely dominated us in the shots and chances department. To be fair though, we also had 2 goals called off for offside so it could have been more for us.

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With our great performances this month (even having played the top 2), we go up into 3rd, only 3 points off top. This season has been truly unbelievable so far and I hope it continues.

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This is more like it! The board are now up to an A+, but they're apparently very critical about some of our players' performances, especially Bolyki and Khadra.

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One player they aren't critical of is Surmanski who has been named the 3. Liga player of the month with 3 goals in our 3 league matches. Hopefully he keeps up this form going into next month.

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October 2020

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This month has seen us go unbeaten in 4 games against mid-table clubs. The first one was probably a fair result. If anything, we were lucky to get anything since they missed a penalty. The second match was much more convincing, but we still failed to win. The last 2 matches this month were both games in which we dominated and got deserved wins. You may notice that Surmanski continued his incredible scoring run with 3 braces and a goal in the other match! He simply hasn't stopped scoring since he started.

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All this leaves us in 4th and in the playoff position. We're still only 3 points off top, but that could rise to 5 if Ingolstadt win their game in hand. Surmanski is gradually raising his level to being one of the best players in the league. His incredible form this month has unsurprisingly led to him winning his second consecutive player of the month award:

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An 8.68 average rating! Insane!

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Once again, the board are over the moon and have given me an A+. Their only criticism is the performances of our backup left winger, I'll take that.

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November 2020

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This was a decent month, but nothing spectacular. We got 3 convincing wins against the bottom 2 in the league and a lower league side in the cup. We also got a disappointing, but understandable loss to Braunschweig who are competing for promotion. We definitely didn't deserve to win and a narrow loss was probably a fair result. Surmanski wasn't able to continue his scoring run, but he still scored 3 goals this month so I can't be upset with his output.

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This month leaves us move up to 3rd and in an automatic promotion spot. I'm of the opinion that we should just call the season at the halfway point after one more game :lol:.

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The board are still thrilled with this season.

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Golden generation you say? It definitely looks promising, but I've seen people get a golden generation in the preview before and actually get a pretty poor intake. In any case, I'm encouraged by what I'm seeing.

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December 2020

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Another month of matches against mid-table sides and some more decent performances. Our 2 home matches gave us 2 deserved 2-0 wins while the away match resulted in a bore draw with neither team really threatening the other's goal. Surprisingly, we didn't concede a goal in the league this month and we're now up to 4 straight clean sheets in the league. The league now looks like this:

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We're still in third and inside the promotion places, but only above Jena on goal difference.

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Board are still delighted.

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January 2021

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We started the year off with an emphatic 9-0 win in the cup. This started Surmanski on another scoring run as he's scored in both games since then. I was hoping we would take the morale boost into the league and get a win away at Uerdingenwho were predicted to finish in 3rd, but are struggling massively and battling against relegation. Unfortunately, we weren't able to despite deserving to win convincingly. In our next match, we had another exceptional performance and this time got the win we deserved.

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This month's results actually move us up into 2nd in the league! It's still very tight behind Wolfsburg though, so I'm not getting ahead of myself.

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The board are still absolutely delighted.

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February 2021

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What a tough month. The results look bad at first glance with us unable to get a win all month, but when you consider the teams we played, it becomes more understandable. The first was against Jena, who now occupy a promotion spot, where we deserved at least a point if not all 3. The second was against 7th place Magdeburg who were lucky to come away with a point after an own goal from our keeper. Then we went away to Dresden who are now just above us and this one was a tale of two halves. They absolutely dominated the first, but in the second we probably created enough chances to win. Finally, we hosted league leaders Wolfsburg and once again, our inability to finish our chances cost us. Even though each of our games this month was tough, I think we deserved more from all of them if only we could have finished the chances we created.

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After this poor, but tough month, we drop out of the promotion and playoff spots altogether, but we're still only 3 points behind 2nd. Wolfsburg are now absolutely running away with the league and are now 10 points clear. Even though we dropped out of the promotion spots, I still feel that we have a good chance of at least making the playoffs because we've already gotten most of the tough games out of the way. Hopefully I'm right about that.

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I'm a bit surprised that I'm still at an A+ despite not having won any of our last 4, but I'm still well above expectations so I guess it makes sense.

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2021 Youth Intake

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Golden generation, eh? I'd be surprised if any of these players get even close to first team football. I'm not sure what my HOYD was smoking when he said this was a potential golden generation. In any case, I'll show you the top 2 players from the intake.

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I actually didn't realize how versatile this guy is, but he's got some glaring weaknesses especially his height (5'2" ?!?). Aside from that, he's fairly solid all round, but not really good in any aspect of his game.

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Now this guy on the other hand does have some standout attributes, most notably tackling and bravery. He's also got a professional personality and I could see him being a decent player someday, just likely not for us.

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March 2021

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This has been a decent month overall. Certainly much better than last month. We started off with a big win against 1860 Munchen and followed that up with a win in the cup against last year's title rivals where Surmanski absolutely stole the show with a hat trick. Both wins were very deserved. We then followed that up with a poor home draw against relegation-threatened Halle, but we were unable to create any real chances so it was probably a fair result. Our next match was a tough game away to 2nd place Ingolstadt where they deserved to win. Finally, we ended the month off with another great victory against a mid-table side in a great match from Surmanski. He was shown up however by fellow summer signing Jordan van der Gaag who got 8 key passes and created 2 chances!

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This sees us move above Dresden into 4th, but we're now 5 points behind 3rd and the automatic promotion spots. It looks like we'll have to go up through the playoff if we want to get promoted.

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As expected, the board are still giving me an A+.

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Promotion Battle

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With just 4 matches left, I can't see us finishing any higher than 4th. Jena have a fairly tough end to the season though so you never know.

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