8th – Away vs Zilina
14th – Home vs Dubnica
Mitrea won goal of the month! It was the 32 yard DFK.
Good Training - Bruno, Kotora, Djuric
I set up friendlies with the Czech Republic for Jan and Feb
Fortuna Game #18 – Away vs Zilina – This is a big one! I begin defensively. We push aside their first advance, and then quiet follows. Then they score in the 17th. I rooted for them when they scored as they are in white I didn’t notice we are in our yellows. Then in the 28th, Mitrea sinks a PK they give and levels us. Mitrea. We injure one of their players. Zej hits Bruno on a counter in the 36th. Half. Don’t get complacent! We have 4 shots and 2 on target. Djuric to Bruno, goal, 52nd. They claw one back three minutes later. They rifle another home in the 65th. Tied. Pinter spells Milanovic. Eddy for Vrancic. Kamenik for Milovac. Zej to Bruno, goal, 87th! Can we hold? 5 minutes of extra time gives them a lot… they are coming hard. We hold!
Good result! MOM is Bruno with the hattrick.
Back to back hattricks. Trnava lost so we gained points on them.
Lazio offers me an interview. No thanks! Now Leicester City.
Fortuna Game #19 – Home vs Dubica - I begin controlling. I make no changes to my lineup.
Zej to Bruno, 21s minute that’s his 25th goal for us this season
Mitrea to Bruno, goal, 51st. Mitrea!
Wohlfarth to Zej, 84th minute
We win 3-0. MOM is Bruno
Here’s the Fortuna heading into Winter Break. As you can see we are currently in front by 5 points over the big bad Slovan Bratislava. Trnava haven’t kept up either like Slovan has.
Three games to go!
Winter fun times commence!
Now our biggest question…
Is someone going to poach Bruno during the Winter break?
Krasic has dropped in skill and ability and I move him to squad rotation. I swap in Kamenik. Krasic only has two assists in the Fortuna. He has dropped to a 2.5 rating vs Kamenik’s 3.5
This is ironic. Ready?
TORINO has fired their manager and invited me to apply.
December 29 arrives
I scout some folks coming free
As a reminder these deals are coming up – Jungr, Wohlfarth, Vrancic, Milovec, Pinter, all major parts of my squad. I do not extend any of them. 1 is always a rotation, 3 were moved to rotation this year and the other is one of my weakest starters and it’s an EU person anyway.
Their rankings now after falls are listed.
Jack Bruno came in 2nd for Best Asian Footballer of the Year!
Bruno won the Fortuna Best Player!
18th – Friendly vs Inter Bratislava
25th – Friendly vs Teplice
Good training – Kamenik, Bruno, Jimenez
Bruno was Player of the Month
Zej was Goal of the Month
Which of my players will be forced to leave?
I get an offer for Yurchenko, he’s the first one to get an offer. I never pull him for Eddy or Vrancic as he’s always playing in the 7.0 or 7.2 range. Since I brought him in at DMC our goals have dropped and we’ve had more shut outs. I like him a lot. I don’t wanna lose him.
It’s another China team beating down my door. No thanks. He has a min release fee.
I figured they would be going for Bruno, Kamenik or Kotora first.
I have around 5k in cash free at salary. Anyone I wanna bring in now? Not really let’s see how things go over here with the transfer market. There is no young Bruno I can bring in now that will deflect losing him.
I reject an offer from China for Mitrea
Stop raiding my rosters China!
Neither have pushed back.
I turn down my first offer for Bruno, it’s a lowballed 350k from Braga
I find a solid Swedish youth and I sign another to join it.
Here’s the good one I just signed. He’s too raw to start but check out his finishing!
I link Kjellberg and Djuric.
Here comes an 800k offer for Yurchenko. That’s big! But again, he has a minimum release fee. No thanks!
Again, no pushback from the player.
I get three real offers for Bruno, each 700k. No thanks!
Bruno wants to talk.
I need to finish my season. We’re in first. I can find a Bruno replacement then.
We agree to move on from Bruno at the end of the season
January 10th is here and with it the transfer window opening
Friendly vs Inter Bratislava – we win 5-2
I reject more offers for my folks. I got a million offer for Bruno. But my board didn’t auto accept. Thanks board!
Friendly vs Teplice – We win 2-0
My board accept a 1.5 mill offer for Bruno. Blast you board!
I ask the board to cancel…
AND THEY DO!
Let’s finish this thing.
I get my first offer for Kotora. No thanks!
No push back.
1st – Friendly vs Dukla Prague
8th – Friendly vs Zlin
15th – Friendly vs Brno
22nd- Home vs Ruzomberok
29th – Away vs Podrezova
Good training – Kotora
Friendly vs Dukla Prague – We tie 3-3
Kotora wants first team soccer and I agree. I sub out Bilbao for him.
Bilbao is injured in training and picked up a concussion
Friendly vs Zlin – We win 4-2
I get my first offer of a club in Liga 1 over in Spain.
Friendly vs Brno – We tie 2-2
Fortuna Game #20 – Home vs Ruzomberok. We lost to them earlier. What’ll happen now? I begin standard and we are starting Kotora and Kamenik as a reminder. We each have attacks deflected. After some quiet time Zej feeds Bruno for goal in the 23rd. They collect a card. We have the initiate and multiple offenses of ours are turned aside. They have some counters that amount to nothing too. Half don’t get complacent. Another card follows. Bruno on a break away drives the corner and crosses to Djuric for goal in the 56th. Eddy for Vrancic. Krasic for Milovac. I pull Djuric after he gets a card. Wohlfarth heads in. They get another card. 5 minutes and… we hold and win 2-0. MOM is Bruno
We have beaten the team that beat us!
We have not lost in 13 games!
Militosyan is out for a few weeks with an injury.
I decline Villareal
Bruno has tied the record for MOM in the Fortuna with 8.
The transfer deadline has passed.
Fortuna Game #21 – Away vs Podbrezova – I begin countering. I make no changes to my squad. Pretty yellows are my friend! Yurchenko to Djuric, goal, 6th minute. Kamenik attacks with wing crosses to Djuric for goal in the 9th. PK in the 15th by us stopped by Jimenez. At the 25th minute we have 5 shots but all are on target. We’ve been lethal. Half, 2-0 us. They had some pushes in the latter half. Don’t get complacent! Eddy for Vrancic. Zej to Kamenik, goal, 64th. Pinter for Kotora. Krasic for Milovac. Mitrea to Milanovic goal in he 79s off an IFK. Mitrea. Pinter is injured in the 89th. We win 4-0 MOM is Djuric.
Pinter is out for 3 weeks
7th – Away vs Trencin
18th – Quarter Final Away vs Martin
Good training – Yevchenko, Kotora
Djuric was 2nd for Player of the Month
Our youth arrive! I take alooksee. Dusan Horvath is a GK and our best young GK.
He has the look of a Wonderkid potentially
Fortuna Game #22 – Away vs Trencin. They have not lost in ten games and are the 2nd best form after us. I begin defending. I make no changes to my roster.
We lose 0-2.
We have 1st over Trnava by 7 points and over Slovan Bratislava by 11.
Militosyan is back from injury
EURO Qual Game #1 – Home vs Zilina – I begin standard and I make no changes. We are playing against gK Hrasso. No shots in the first 13 and a half minutes. Kamenik to Bruno in the 17th called offsides. Half 0-0. We have 5 shots to their 3. Show me something else. In the 47th Yurchenko to Bruno, goal! Bilbao for Kotera. Eddy for Vrancic. Krasic for Milovac. They score in the 83rd. It’s also waived offsids.. We hold and win 1-0 and MOM is Yurchenko
Pinter’s injury is over.
Cup QF – Away vs Martin. I begin standard. I am not starting my Cup Team as this team made it this far.
Milanovic hits Mitrea,goal, 81st
Game, 1-0 us, MOM is Milanovic
I hand out rests
EURO Qual Game #2 – Away vs Trnava – This is a big game. I begin defensive. This was one of the most boring 0-0 ties I’ve ever seen.
4th – Away vs Slovan Bratislava
7th – Away vs Dubnica, Semis
11th – Home vs Ruzomberok
18th – Away vs Trencin
21st – Home vs Dubnica, Semis
25th – Away vs Zilina
Good Training – Djuric
EURO Qual Game #3 - Slovan Bratislava – I begin defensive. I make no changes to my roster. We tied them on the road earlier this year. That was one of the most boring 1-1 ties I’ve had as well. MOM was Milovac with a goal
Kotora is injured for 1-2 weeks and Bilbao will start.
Semi Final Leg #1 Away vs Dubnica – I begin countering.
Milovac to Djuric, goal, 51st
Mitrea to Bruno, 83rd. Mitrea
Jimenez to Bruno, 92nd minute
We win 3-1. MOM is Bruno.
EURO Qual Game #4 – Home vs Ruzomberok. I begin standard. Quiet first 15 minutes and then we figure out their defense and begin to move forward. They turn aside a pair of attacks. In the 35th Djuric feeds Bruno for goal. In extra time we have a counter attack and Yurchenko scores a long shot in the 46th. Half, don’t get complacent. Here comes Ruzomberok. After Bruno collects a card I send in Militosyan. Then Pinter heads in for Bilbao. Eddy for Vrancic. They are coming and coming. 5 extra minutes which is a lot of minutes. We hold and win 2-0 and MOM is Milanovic.
Kotora is back from his injury.
EURO Qual Game #5 – Away vs Trencin – I begin defensively. I make no changes to my roster.
Trencin 29th, called offsides
We lose 0-4.
That was a GK Hrasso Game!
We only have two wins in the last five games. That’s not going to cut it. Our great form isn’t.
Here’s the table half way through the QUAL
Luckily we are still in the lead by 8 points with 5 games to go, but that sort of form against the cream of the crop cannot continue if we want to win.
I hand out some rests
Semi Final Leg #2 – Home vs Martin – I begin controlling. Let’s rain down goals and put the past result behind us! We beat them 2-1 on the road with two critical away goals. I am starting Eddy. I hand him a box to box role. Let’s see what that’ll do as it’s his best in the middle.
Own Goal by them off a Djuric cross to Bruno, 11th minute
Kamenik crosses to Bruno, 15th
Mitrea to Zej off a IFK, 27th MITREA!
Zej to Djuric, 38th
Eddy to Bruno, 43rd
We hold and win 5-1. MOM is Bruno. We are through to the Finals!!!
We’ll be playing Trnava in the Finals!
Let’s see if we own them there!
EURO Qual Game #6 – Away vs Zilina – This is a big one! I keep Eddy in. We make no changes to our starting roster. Hello driving rain!
Them, 6th minute
Kamenik to Djuric, 36th off a nasty cross
Krasic to Djuric, 66th, off a nasty cross a minute after subbing him in for Milovac
Eddy in the 73rd after leaping on a blocked shot
Them in the 77th
Djuric to Bruno, in the 91st.
We win 4-2! MOM is Djuric. Bruno scored his 22nd goal for the Fortuna which ties the mark Dodoi has two years ago and is also the league top, so his next goal will create a new record.
Zej is jaded and in need of rest. I start Yurchenko in his spot and Vrancic in his.
EURO Qual Game #7 – Home vs Trnava. I begin standard. I make no changes to my roster save for the rotation mentioned above. If we win today then we win with results elsewhere. A quiet early 12 minutes. No shots by either club. They turn aside an attack of ours and us their counter. Mitrea lethal DFK in the 22nd but their GK stopped it. Mitrea! They score in the 22nd off a counter. In the 25th, Mitrea feeds Djuric on a counter for goal. Mitrea! A Mitrea IFK to Milanovic is on target but turned aside. Dude is awesome. Yurchenko intercepts the ball and drives for a score in the 34th. Wow that was awesome! Advanced playmaker role seems to be well with him today. They get a card. Djuric with a card. I send in Wohlfarth for him at the half. Half. 2-1 us. Don’t. Get. Complacent! They also make a sub here. Slovan Bratislava are up 3-0 over Trencin right now. Milovac crosses to Bruno for goal in the 59th, and that’s his 23rd goal! They claw one back in the 62nd. Pinter for Bilbao. Krasic for Kamenik. Here they come starting in the 80th. I ease back to counter. Yurchenko to Bruno, goal, 90th minute on a counter. Nice! We hold and win 4-2. MOM is Bruno.
We win the Fortuna!
Thanks Slovan Bratislava!
Now can we do the double and take out Trnava again?
I hand out MANY rests!
I activate from my youth squad Romanian Robert Pop, an 18 year old youth I signed two years ago who might have developed into the next Dodoi. Not Bruno, who’s grown into my best player, but Dodoi. I give him Militosyan’s spot on my squad and then I might run him out there now that we’ve won the Fortuna for some games to see if he’s my next leader.
The Pofar Finals
Your #1 Ranked Team FC Nitra
Your #3 Ranked Team Spartak Trnava
I begin standard, with no changes from the last game. Pick up where you left off! We turn aside an early Trnava offensive. By the 10th minute they have 4 shots. They tackle us hard in the box in the 18th minute. Mitrea steps up and… the GK reads his direction perfectly, but Mitrea’s hit powers through and scores. Mitrea! That’s his 10th goal of the season. They keep coming. I slide to countering. They have 11 shots to our 2 by the 25th. Yurchenko a card? That’s his first on the year! Dude does not get cards. They get a card as well. Half, 1-0 us. They have 17 shots on the day. I doubt this score stands. Don’t get complacent! Pinter for Bilbao. They score in the 72nd off a rebound off the crossbar. Krasic for Milovac. They score again in the 75th. Wohlfarth for a tired Djuric. They get a card. Can we score? 4 minutes of added time. Krasic a card.
Nope. We lose 1-2
Blast! I really thought we could.
Back to the Fortuna which we already won!
EURO Qual #8 – Home vs Slovan Bratislava – Zej is back! I begin standard. I was called away for duty. Here is a screenshot of our 3-2 victory instead!
Both with 23 shots and 8 on target. Could we BE any more tied? I gave Pop 20 minutes he had three shots two of which were on target. Bruno MOM with two goals, Kamenik the other.
Dubnica were relegated
EURO Qual Game #9 - Away vs Ruzomberok – I begin countering. We push aside their early attack. Then all quiet on the western front. Around the 23rd they pick up steam and we hold them off again. Light injury to one of their players. Now a major injury and they make a sub. Half, 0-0. Show me something else! Vrancic for a tired Zej. I swap him and Yurchenko. Yurchenko to Djuric, goal 63rd. Looks like we are coming alive in the 2nd half. We only had 1 shot in the first half. They score back a few minutes later. They score again a few minutes later. I send in Pinter for Bilbao. Krasic for Kamenik. They score again in the 81st. 4 minutes. Game, we lose 1-3
Zej is out for 2-3 days. He’ll be back for the final.
Shaktar defeat Everton 1-0 to win the EURO
EURO Qual Game #10 – Home vs Trencin. Vengeance! I begin standard. I start Pinter, Jungr, Wohlfarth and Milovac as this is their last game with me.
Wohlfarth to Mitrea, goal, 3rd. Mitrea!!!
Mitrea, PK, 47th. MITREA!!! Can he get a hattrick?
Yurchenko solo goal, 59th minute
Milovac cross into own goal for their, 77th
They score off a corner, 83rd
We win 4-1!
We finish on a high! MOM is Mitrea!
Here we are! As you can see we finished in first by 14 points over Trnava! We had 5 losses in 32 games.
Here are my goals for the team:
1. Year 1 - Establish a youth squad. Nitra has very little – CHECK Year One!
2. Stay up this year – CHECK Year One!
3. Get a mid-table finish comfortably – CHECK Year One!
4. Year 2 - Next year get to the top half of the league and begin to play for EURO play in the playoffs – CHECK ONE YEAR EARLY!
5. Turn Nitra into a power that can rival the major team in this league – Slovan Bratislava, CHECK Year Two!!
6. Win a Slovak Pohar – CHECK Year One!
7. Win the Fortuna – CHECK Year Three!
8. Qualify for Champions play. CHECK Year Three!
9. Turn Nitra into an Eastern European heavyweight on the level of a Sparta Prague or CSKA Moscow.
10. Secure Nitra well enough that it’ll survive after the manager leaves
We are doing well! What’s next?
How will we do in the Champions League without Bruno? And what will happen next?
GK Jimenez led the league in shutouts with 15; With 33 goals allowed 2nd best; 58 saves held – 4th; 38 saves parried, 1st.
Tackles/game – None
Key tackles – None
Key Headers – Milanovic 1st with 60; Mitrea 4th with 52. Djuric was 3rd with 55.
Interceptions Made – Milanovic – 1st with 209; Mitrea 10th with 111.
Headers Won % -Milanovic 3rd with 92%;
Shots Blocked – Bilbao 3rd with 8; Milanovic tied for 4th with 7
Goals – Bruno, 1st, 26; Djuric, tied for 4th with 15;
Avg Minutes/Goal – Bruno 1st with 108.15, Djuric 6th with 176
Shots – Bruno 1st with 148; Djuric 4th with 98
On Target – Bruno, 1st with 66; Djuric 2nd with 49
% on Target – Djuric 8th with 50%
Assists – Djuric and Bruno tied with 12 assist for 2nd. Zej with 11 at 3rd.
Chances Created – Zej 3rd with 27; Bruno and Djuric with 25 tied for 4th
Key Passes – Bruno 3rd with 48; Zej 7th with 44; Djuric 11th with 37
Dribbles/game – 1st Bruno with 4.1/game
We scored 65 goals, the most in the Fortuna.
Well, our great offense of year one met our great defense of year two!
GK Jimenez - 3. I might sign a young guy to develop into a starter in a year or three.
DC Mitrea – 3. He’s 32 but I love him. He scored 12 goals for me!
DC Milanovic – 3 – My best DC statistically each year as you can see.
DC Bilbao – 1 - I am replacing Bilbao next year and I will give him Pinter’s role. I hand him a rotation deal.
DMC Yurhcenko – 3 Locked in and loaded for bear if I don’t lose him in the offseason
MC Eddy – 1 – Finished with a 6.82 rating, one of my worst. Target for replacement
MR Kamenik – 3 locked in as a young person I’ve been developing.
ML Milovac – 0 – Position is expiring. I get the non EU slot back.
AMC Zej – 3 – Locked in
ST Bruno – 0 – I promised I’d let him go at the season’s end.
ST Djuric – 2. Played well for me as a target man
My Needs Next Year:
ST - 3 – I need three (maybe four) Strikers next year. Militosyan and Wohlfarth are leaving and I’m selling Bruno. Djuric has gotten some attention from bigger clubs like Slavia Prague and I cannot be sure he won’t be leaving either. I need at least three new Strikers, 1 backup targetman and 2 others.
GK – 1 prospect maybe. I have the one who came through my youth ranks and that one might be good enough.
DC – 1 – I need one backup 5th DC to be my Pinter.
MC – 2 – I need one starting level MC someone who can dominate. I also need another backup as we are losing Vrancic as well as Jungr. I’ll keep Eddy as rotation.
AMC – 1 – I need one backup AMC that can sub in.
ML – 1 – I need one new starter quality ML. ML Ferguson I picked up last year isn’t ready yet.
As of course I’ll be open to anything else that may come my way that excels us.
I didn’t add anyone major during Winter break as no major changes were needed we were in first and everyone was playing well.
Now I take a gander at my youth, anyone I already have I wanna promote?
I pencil in Robert Pop.
Actually, I can use Walkes as 5th DC. He has Irish nationality so he is still EU and not foreign. Awesome!
What about Lukas? He is our youth guy from last year and was the 2nd best player in Slovakia in that class. I trained him to use MC and AMC he was naturally a DMC. He could be my backup. I promote him to my main squad
He also counts as homegrown and Nitra trained for purposes of European competition.
This is my youth star from two years ago my first year. He can play AMC and MC and thus is more flexible than Jungr. I promote him to my main squad as well.
I start scouting some MCs that are coming free as well as some MLs.
Our initial budget for next year is 79k and 322k kitty
I give Jimenez a leave of absence
End of Season Award
Bruno was the fans player of the year obviously.
I hold my team meeting! We’re going to win this again!
I offer Bruno for 2 mil.
I make an offer to an MC coming free named Paolo Farago.
I talk Yurchenko down from seeking to head elsewhere.
We sign Farago! I’ll show you him when he joins.
These players were named in Team of the Year:
I talk down Kotora after refusing a sale.
I get an offer for Djuric
No pushback, okay
Our South African youth Ngubane was capped, and I congradulate him!
Eddy gets his first goal for Azerbaijan
I reject an offer for Mitrea . MITREA!!!!
We moved up another 55 spots!
June 16th is here and my team are back!
I am rejecting more offers
I forgot to show you Pop sorry
There you go!
Friendly vs Inter Bratislava – 4-0 victory
We draw Aktobe in the 1st round of the Champion’s Cup
I still have Bruno, no one has made an offer more than 1 mill yet.
I make my pitch adjustments
Jimenez is back from his break
June 30th is here
I connect Kotora and Eddy
Who is expiring in a year?
I offer a new contract to Kotora, Ross Ferguson, and a few other youth.
Who is free?
I need 2 ST, ML, and young GK project maybe that’s better
I make an offer to 29 year old middle named Samu who can play on the edge (OR AMC) nicely.
I look for another ST.
I find a Wohlfarth style older guy. 34 years old. But he’s still great. And he’s a Bosnian international and may like playing with Djuric. Name of Edin Dzeko. What else can I unearth?
I found a young 4th ST – 20 year old French ST Timothy Weah
I make Weah an offer.
I believe Weah IRL has been capped by the US... still plays in France, though...
2nd – Friendly vs Haniska
8th – Away vs Aktobe
15th – Home vs Aktobe
25th – Away vs Trnava
Good training – Pop, Jimenez, Kamenik
There are SEVENTY FIVE CLUBS that want Bruno
Here we go! As you can see Farago is another well rounded player. I’ll be running this 27 year old in a Box to Box role. I have him for three years (he refused 2). Welcome to the club Farago!
Samu signs. Here he is! As you can see he’s proficient in loads of places, and well rounded. The one “Weakness” is the finishing of 11. He should prove to be a strong winger on the left flank. Also note that like Djuric I have only signed him to two years. I don’t want to commit too long to a 29 year old at attacking forward.
Weah joins us and has the stats but hasn’t been trained on the roles so I order a training on ST advanced forward. He’ll need to learn that role first. He my 4th Striker for now.
I find a young 20 year old developed GK
Dario signs with us and becomes my main backup GK
As of right now Bruno is still on my team. Is he going to be upset at me not letting him go? I’ve been offering him but nothing is coming that’s even at a million anymore.
Are there any other major talent players at a position not of need? The best is a 33 year old stud DMC. No thanks.
Friendly vs Haniska – We win 5-0
Jack Bruno is in the Olympics, they will start the 9th of this month
We have sold 2509 season tickets.
I confirm my squad for the Champions League
1st round Champions League, 1st Leg Away vs Aktobe - -I begin countering. Bruno is starting. This is his last game before the Olympics. They are starting someone with a light injury and have two more on the bench. No real offense to speak of my either party until the 19th when we begin to push. Djuric to Samu, goal, he scored on his debut! 29th minute. Kamenik to Samu, goal, 35th. Wow Samu! Samu to Djuric, goal, 39th. Wow Samu. You are my new Mitrea! At the half I only have 8 shots to their 6. But they’ve been good shots. Keep it going! Milanovic to Bruno, 47th. Bruno to Zej, goal, 53rd. Kamenik to Djuric, goal, 57th. Bilbao for Kotora. Bruno to Djuric,goal, 67th, his hattrick. Pop for Bruno. Mitrea to Bilbao, IFK, 72nd. Mitrea! Ferguson for Samu. Zej a late card. Kamenik to Pop, goal, 91st. We hold and win 9-0. MOM is Djuric.
Wanna see our first Champions game recap?
Enjoy that biggest win in club history!
If that offense shows up each week I think we’ll do pretty well in the Champions League.
Jack Bruno heads out to the Olympics
I get an offer for Yurchenko for 1 mill from Dinamo Moscow and my board accepts. Silly board!
I need to find a new DMC that’ll be as good as the 2nd best player on my squad after Bruno…
I don’t think that’s happening
I keep Mitrea as my captain
My B Team just won 8-1. Man we are hanging it on folks today!
I start searching for my new Yurchenko….
I am allowing myself to find someone who is not EU as I have some open slot and Yurchenko used one. I scout about 8 DMCs and I make a trial offer to Ghanian international footballer Ebenezer Ofori, 25 years old.
I make an offer to Okori
Champions 1st Round Leg #2 – Home vs Aktobe. I am starting Pop. Let’s begin controlling. They get an early yellow. Zej to Djuric, goal, 19th minute. I tell my lads to stay on their feet. No sense risking injuries or cards. Samu to Pop, goal, 24th minute. They get a red card in the 29th. I issue my 11 vs 10 instructions. Kamenik leaps on an interception and scores in the 35th. Pop to Samu goal, 39th. Half 4-0. Good job keep it up! Kamenik to Pop, goal, 48th. Yurchenko to Zej, goal, 53rd. Samu to Djuric, goal, 60th. I send in Ferguson for Samu and Bilbao for Kotora. Djuric solo goal in the 67th and that’s his hattrick! Weah for Pop. This is the French ST who needs to be trained. Can we tie the previous game? Nope. We win 8-0 MOM is Djuric.
We have Dinamo Bucharesti next. Can we show up that well against them?
Yurchenko has signed with Eibar for 1.4 mill.
Ofori signs! Three years, key players, 4.1/week. We’ll be running him as a deep lying playmaker at DMC. Eddy will start for Okori until I can register him.
The Slovakian Football Association offer me the role of Team Manager! Normally in a FM league I would. I did Romania and Sepsi too, and I’ve done South Africa, France, Ukraine, USA, and many more.
But I’m not feeling it this time. Sorry.
I register Ofori
Champions League Round 2, 1st Leg – Away vs Dinamo Bucharesti – Ofori is starting. I begin defensively. Hello pretty yellows! Will you be a good luck token? They have a shot in the 1st minute on us, but then things settle. They get a card. And then another. Milanovic to Pop on a counter, 43rd. Half 1-0. I only have 4 shots but 3 are on target. Don’t get complacent! In the 58th something big happens. They finally have a shot on target. Maybe they’ve figured out my defense. Bilbao for Kotora. Samu with a card and I send in Ferguson. Here they come. Eddy for Farago. Djuric to Pop goal in the 76th. Milanovic intercepted and kicked it to Djuric. Can we hold? They get another card. 4 minutes.
We hold and win. Good win! MOM is Pop. Maybe he was up for it since they are a heavy from Romania?
We’ve had three shut outs in a row!
I hand out rests
Fortuna Game #1 – Away vs Trnava – This feels like a disappointing. I don’t want CLUB FOOTBALL, go away. I begin defensively and I make no changes to my squad. This team beat us ot win the Pohar. Vengeance! Djuric to Milanovic on a corner in the 11th, goal. Pop’s shot on target, blocked, jumped on by Djuric and goal in the 33rd. Half. Vengeance! It works twice. They hit us back in the 56th. Bilbao for Kotora. Weah for Pop. Eddy for Zej. 78th minute score by them. Eddy to Weah, goal, 82nd! That’s Weah’s first goal for us. Samu to Ofori, goal, 85th!!! That was off a corner kick. They injure Milanovic lightly. 5 minutes. Can we hold? They score in the 93rd. Weah to Djuric, goal, 93rd. We win 5-3, MOM is Djuric.
I hand out rests
Milanovic will miss the next game, Bilbao will start for him.
Champion Round 2, Leg #2 – Home vs Dinamo Bucharesti – I begin standard. They fire a nasty long shot from way outside that catches Jimenez out of his position in the 11th. Samu to Djuric, goal, 28th to tie it. Zej to Pop goal in the 30th. Nice! Kamenik intercepts the ball, drives the side, jukes past two defenses and feeds Pop goal in the 43rd. Nicer! Half. Keep it going! Walkes for Kotora. Miroslav Sabo for Zej. Let’s get the young guy some time. Krasic for Samu. Here they come! We win 3-1 and MOM is Pop.
1st – Home vs Zdana
5th – Home vs Qarabag
9th – Away vs Slovan Bratislava
12th – Away vs Qarabag
15th – Home vs Michalovce
22nd – Home vs Kosice
29th – Away vs Zilina
Good training – Ferguson, Weah, and Pop
Ofori won Goal of the Month and I congratulate him
Bruno is back…
I drop my asking price on Bruno and offer him around. We should be fine Pop has looked at least Dodoi’ish.
I link Djuric and Weah
Fortuna Game #2 – Home vs Zdana. I begin standard. Bruno needs a rest so I leave him on the bench. I pull Kotora after an early card for Walkes. Pop intercepts a back pass for goal in the 27th. Half. 1-0 us. Don’t get complacent! Pop to Djuric, goal, 52nd. I have 9 shots to their 1. They are booked. Walkes a yellow and I send in Bilbao. They are booked again. Sabo for Zej. Djuric to Pop goal 76th. They get two more cards in back to back minutes. Mitrea’s on target DFK is turned aside. We win 3-0. MOM is Pop.
We get offers for Bruno at 1 and 1.2 mill. I accept
I’ll start Bilbao for a game or two.
I have a job interview option from last year’s EURO winning Shaktar! No thanks! I’ve done Ukraine before and loved it, but no thanks!
I offer to extend Djuric’s contract by a year.
One of our scout’s left to join another club.I make an offer to a Belarusian scout
Champion Round 3 Leg #1 Home vs Qarabag – I begin standard. Mitrea to Farago goal in the 5th minute. MITREA!!! It was off a nasty throw in. By the tenth minute we have 6 shots to their 0. Zej to Pop goal in the 18th! Samu shoots a nasty long shot, rebounded, Farago leaps on the rebound and puts it away in the 28th. This team is nasty! Samu to Kamenik, goal, 32nd. This team is filthy! They are scoring ALL of the goals. Kamenik crosses to Djuric, goal, 41st. This team is wrong! They score off a corner in extra time. Half we are up 5-1. Good job keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bilbao injured. I send in Kotora. Kamenik to Pop, goal, 58th. I have run out of phrases! Words elude me. Sabo for Kej. Let’s get him some games. They score in the 68th. They are carded. Krasic for a tired Samu.
Here! MOM is Kamenik. He is outplaying Krasic at his best in year one. Right now.
Bilbao is out for 2 weeks
We have set a record with 8 wins in a row!
Away at Slovan Bratislava!
Can the run and the offending ways continue?
We sign our scout!
Djuric extends his deal!
Tottenham signs Bruno.
I speak with Zej as he’s sad to see Bruno leave. I promised him!
Fortuna Game #3 – Away vs Slovan Bratislava – We begin defensive. Will the filthy offense continue and show up? We have the early offensive but they stop us. Card. We hold them from scoring. Half. 0-0. We each have 8 shots. We have 54% of the possession. Quiet thus far. Samu with a yellow card and they sink the DFK. I send in Krasic. They get a double booking in the 61st. We have a 11-10 opportunity. Let’s push! Walkes for Kotora. Weah for an underperforming Pop. Maybe he’ll get some excitement from the bench. 5 minutes. Nope. We lose 0-1.
Champion Round 3, Leg #2 – Away vs Qarabag – I begin defensively. We lose 1-2. My subs are Krasic, Eddy, and Sabo.
We are through to the next round!
We are facing Red Star
Fortuna Game #4 – Home vs Moravce – I begin controlling.
Zej to Djuric, 11th minute
Zej to Pop, 13th minutes
Djuric to Pop, 16th minute
Pop to Samu, 69th minute
We win 4-2. MOM is Pop.
Bilbao is back from injury.
Champion Round 4, Leg #1 – Home vs Red Star - I begin standard. I respect this Serbian heavy too much to head to controlling. I am starting Bilbao for Kotora. It’s driving rain. We each do little with the ball. By 20 minutes in we have 5 shots between us. We injure one of their players in the 23rd. they have a shot in the 26th called offsides. I got called away, we won 1-0.
It’s just a narrow one goal victory but they have no goals on the away match, and MOM is Pop.
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