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Manager Nation Greece League Greek Superleague Team AEK Athens Seasons 17
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@bigmattb28, it was disappointing that we couldn't achieve more in Slovenia, but it's given me the chance to work at a massive club in Ukraine. Time to win some more trophies!

@Dan, massive shame to get the sack as it doesn't reflect well on my profile. You're right though, it's all part and parcel of this wonderful challenge.

@r96Skinner, they are two massive clubs in European football, so I'm shocked to see Metalist this low. It's time they returned to the top.

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Well, I've finished my first season in charge of Metalist, living off a diet of mainly Borscht & Salo (two traditional Ukrainian dishes), and things are good. I've not been sacked, and I've not had to win a certain amount of points so my job is safe. Ukraine is home to one of the longest winter breaks I've ever experienced. It must get stupidly cold here. It was around 3 months without any football, then another month of friendlies to get back into the swing of things. Crazy.

How did we get on I hear you ask? Remember, we were sat mid-table, with a chance of going up in one of the two promotion places. Time to check-in...

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I'm fairly happy with how the squad have turned things around this season. We changed tactic and went to a 4-1-2-2-1 formation with 2 wingers and a DLF. It seemed to work and we dominated possession, but we didn't always grab the win. We won 6 of the 11 games I took charge in so over 50% win rate. I'll take that any day of the week. We had a cracking win against Ingulets Petrova who had been one of the leagues in-form teams. We did lose however to the team in top spot Avengard Kramatorsk which was disappointing and slowed our promotion challenge down a tad. To only lose once in my first 11 games in charge is really pleasing.

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URGH, look at that. A draw on the final day of the season sees us miss out on that 2nd automatic promotion spot in the league table. Avengard Kramatorsk take the title, ahead of Ingulets Petrova who finished in second and go up as well. We finish in 3rd spot on 49 points. We do however finish in a lot better position than I started with, and this means it will be an exciting and hopefully, successful season next time around. I'm not too disappointed in this, to be honest.

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Goals
1 | Vasyl Medvedev | 7
2 | Olexandr Nalygach, Maxim Karpov | 6
3 | Sergey Gurov | 5

Assists
1 | Olexiy Lyulka | 6
2 | Kyrylo Kulish | 5
3 | Vasyl Medvedev | 4

Average Rating
1 | Maxim Karpov | 6.98
2 | Yory Gorbunov | 6.97
3 | Olexiy Lyulka | 6.93

Next Post | Pre-Season Update 2033/2034

Who draw the most unlucky. Sometimes there are really unlucky people and you was one of them this time. Still, good work. I see positively this period in Ukraine.
Official SirWerGaming ©

Fm 2020 - Saves


@SirWerGaming, I was indeed unlucky, but we did well to get into the position in the first place considering where we were when I took over! Thanks for following once again my man!

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First of all, sorry I forgot to put a pre-season update on, but there wasn't much to talk about. I'll post my transfers and a bit about them below as they are important ad everyone loves to see players coming in. We actually only had time for two friendlies and we won both of them so we were in good form going into the season, albeit a bit low on fitness due to not playing many matches.

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I have only brought two players into the first-team squad, and a couple of youth prospects that go straight into the youth team to gain experience and get match practice. My two main signings come straight into the first-team and will be key contributors this season. The first is Gennadiy Zbun, a no-nonsense center back from Obolon-Brewer. He's 27 and has all the attributes needed ot be a leading player in this league and our team. The second signing is an absolute beast in the middle of the park for us. Denis-Chihozie Ezeahbanari (try saying that 10 times fast when you're drunk). He's an experienced 31-year-old midfielder who is a born leader. He's determined and has amazing natural fitness. He's definitely going to be a box-to-box man for me. I'm excited for these two to make an instant impact.

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The league form started off excellently, as we went on a 10 match unbeaten run before we lost to Girnyk-Sport. Our form dipped a bit after that loss as we went on to lose a further 2 games against Bukovyna (who we shouldn't have lost to in the slightest, they're a poor side and I'm frustrated at this one). We then lost our last match in this half of the season in a 5-4 thriller against Cherkaschyna. What a game, but unfortunately, we came out on the wrong side of the scoreline. Anyway on to the positives, as we have won the majority of our games this season; 8 in total, and have 4 draws to add to them. We have been excellent all season and have deserved our good form. We had good wins against Krystal Kherson & Volyn. I definitely can't complain at our league form and it's now time to kick on and make sure we are up there come to the end of the season.

In the Ukrainian Cup, we progressed easily into the 1st round after a comfortable win against Balkany in the qualifying round. We've been drawn against top league side Ingulets Petrove who some of you will remember from last season.

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It really couldn't be closer at the top of the league. We sit in 3rd position on 28 points, only 1 point behind the top two who sit on 29. Agrobusiness & Kremin lead the way but we lead the rest of the chasing pack in trying to hunt them down. Only 2 points separate the top 5 so it's anyone's title to win. We could do with a nice run of wins to get us ahead in the race.

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Goals
1 | Olexandr Nalygach | 15
2 | Dmytro Chernyshov | 4
3 | Kyrylo Kulish, Paulo Cezar | 3

Assists
1 | Kyrylo Kulish | 5
2 | Jan Borosak, Denis-Chihoze Ezeahbanari | 3
3 | Vasyl Medvedev, Dymytro Chopko, Andrey Pavlov | 2

Average Rating
1 | Olexandr Nalygach | 7.71
2 | Kyrylo Kulish | 7.22
3 | Dmytro Chernyshov | 7.02

Next Post | End of Season Update 2033/2034

Looking good so far mate. Hopefully after the winter break your team can continue pushing on. Fingers crossed.
All open, will be another year to be champion? I hope you can win it all!
Official SirWerGaming ©

Fm 2020 - Saves


@bigmattb28, the long winter break will either make us break us. It's a momentum killer for sure but can help with fitness levels. Thanks for following!

@SirWerGaming, This is the year? Surely? I hope so anyway!

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We were heading into the long winter break, well in with a chance of winning the league. I haven't posted an update on my manager for a while, but I think once we reach 1000 in management then I'll post a big update regarding stats and career so far. For now, though, it's onto how we finished off this season...

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Our league form continued being inconsistent, losing the odd match here and then and really stopping any momentum being built up. We continued to win games as well, but it never really looked like we were about to go on a huge unbeaten run. We had a great win against fellow title chasers Agrobuissness early on in this segment, after winning 2-0. We did end the season on a crucial run of 7 games unbeaten, which included wins against Girnyk Sport & Cherkaschyna. Our strangest result came early on against Volyn which saw us lose in a strange fashion. We dominated the game, but ended up conceding an own-goal in the last minute to lose the game. Fuming!

This half of the season saw us score 27 goals, and concede 20. I'm not too happy with our defence as we conceded a lot of goals in the latter part of games which cost us a few points. Anyway, how did this league form effect the league table?

In the Ukrainan Cup, we managed to beats Premier League side Ingulets Petrove in the 1st Round after a 1-0 victory. We then were drawn against giants of the Ukrainian leagues Karpartey. This did not go well as we lost 6-1. A huge defeat and a real confidence crusher. It wasn't to be this year and I didn't expect to get anywhere near the final so a 2nd round knockout is fie with me.

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It was close at the half-way stage, and it was close at the end. WE ARE CHAMPIONS!! Look at that table. We ended the campaign in top spot, on 54 points, with Agrobuisness in 2nd on 53. Both of us will go up into the Ukrainian Premier League. Balkany & Bukovyna will be relegated into the lower echelons of Ukrainian football, and Tavria-Simferopol & Krystal Kherson will enter the relegation playoff phase.

Our overall record this season in the league was: 15 WINS, 9 DRAWS & 6 LOSSES.

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Goals
1 | Olexandr Nalygach | 22 (he had a nasty injury that kept him out for 2 months)
2 | Vasyl Medvedev | 8
3 | Maxim Karpov | 6

Assists
1 | Kyrylo Kulish, Denis-Chihoze Ezeahbanari | 6
2 | Jan Borosak, Vasyl Medvedev | 5
3 | Gennadiy Zbun | 4

Average Rating
1 | Olexandr Nalygach | 7.52
2 | Denis Vasijev | 7.24
3 | Maxim Karpov | 6.97

Next Post | Pre-Season Update 2034/2035

@r96Skinner, LOVE THAT SONG!

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I did it again guys. I forgot to do a pre-season update, and I'm now at the mid-season stage. Once again, I have been fairly busy in the transfer market, so I'll post about the new boys below. I only played the one friendly as I forgot to arrange them, which left us unfit for the start of the season. I also received a new contract, which gives me a huge £2k a week, until the end of this upcoming season. The media has had it's say and it doesn't look pretty for us. We're expected to be relegated and finish in the bottom two. Can we stay up?

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I've added 5 new faces to the first-team squad after a few old boys decided to leave us and stay in the 2nd division. The main departure was Vasyl Medvedev who left on a free after he wouldn't renew his contract and signed for Ukrainian giants Shakthar Donestk. I was gutted about this move as he left a big hole on that right flank.

New faces in any way and the first is Hugh Ramsay. Hugh is a backup goalkeeper with a lot of promise! He's going to be a good goalkeeper one day but for now, he is our backup and will learn from our current number one Andrey Pavlov. Alexandr Petrov comes in to be the experienced man upfront and help tutor the young guys. I needed a little bit more depth up there anyway and he's the perfect guy to bring on if needed. Vladyslav Dancheko is the first player who will be a first-teamer. He will slot straight in at left-back and has all the traits needed to get up and down that wing. Dmitry Zubkov has come in to help solidify the middle. We looked especially weak here before the season started so we needed a new face. He's a Mezzala and will be used as one so we get the best out of him. Our final player is right-back Vasilica Zaharia who came in last-minute as our current RB got injured in training.

Hugh Ramsay // GK
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Alexandr Petrov // ST
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Vladyslav Danchenko // LB
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Dmitry Zubkov // CM
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Vasilica Zaharia // RB
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That is not a pretty fixture list, is it? Way to may red icons and not enough green. I expected us to perform slightly better if I'm being honest, but it's where we are and we had to dig ourselves out of this pit we've gotten ourselves into. We have managed to record 3 wins in the league. The first being a 2-0 win against Mariupol. We got a second win against Olimpik D after cruising to a 3-0 scoreline. Our final win came against an unexpected rival in Dynamo Kyiv . We beat them 4-2 to end this half of the season. Other than those 3 results, we've not had much to cheer about losing 9 of the first 15 games. It really needs to improve if we are to stay in this league for second season.

In the Ukrainian Cup we didn't really do much and did worse than we did last season. We managed to get through the first qualifying round with a 3-1 win against Kalush before being dumped out of the competition by lower-ranked Prykarpattya IF. Not impressive at all.

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Despite only winning 3 games, we don't sit in the relegation zone. We're currently in 12th but teams below us have games in hand so we may not be there for long. We have a massive 12 points and I'd say we need around 25 to stay in the league. Olexandriya & Olimpik D occupy the two relegation slots at the current moment but it's been changing every week. My aim is to get to mid-table if we can and secure football in the top flight for next season.

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Goals
1 | Alexandr Petrov | 5
2 | Olyxandr Nalygach | 3
3 | Dmitry Zubkov, Kyrylo Kulish, Dmytro Chopko | 2

Assists
1 | Alexandr Petrov | 5
2 | Dmitry Zubkov | 3
3 | Denis Vajisev, Vladyslav Danchenko, Kyrylo Kulish, Dmitry Gordeev, Paulo Cezar, Andriy Chernyshov, Gennadiy Zbun, Maxim Karpov, Jan Borosak | 1

Average Rating
1 | Dmitry Zubkiv| 7.47
2 | Kyrylo Kulish | 7.15
3 | Alexandr Petrov | 6.99

Next Post | End of Season Update 2034/2035

So A LOT has happened since my last update! Things didn't exactly go to plan here in the Ukrainian Premier League and our form was patchy, although we did somehow celebrate an unlikely victory against Shakhtar Donetsk, which means I have masterminded wins against the two biggest teams in Ukraine in Dynamo Kyiv & Shakhtar Donestk. I guess that meant that a few good teams were in for me, and offered me job interviews.

The first being Shakhtar Donestk...
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and the second being Dynamo Kyiv...
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which one did I take? Well, the answer is none, as I didn't pass any of the interviews, as both clubs went with someone else to take them forward. Instead of receiving a new job, we continued to struggle and the board called me in for a meeting to discuss recent form...I then had to win my next match in charge against Zorya which we didn't and went down 2-1 to. You know what that means...

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It's time to move on I guess, maybe I'll stay in Ukraine, but maybe it's time for a new continent? Who knows...

Next Post | A new challenge...

Rather up and down, that! From almost going to Shakhtar to getting sacked by Metalist, football's a cruel game!
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@r96Skinner, exactly! Rather frustrating really as I thought I was off to the promised land of Shakhtar when I could've easily ticked off Ukraine! Anyway, I move on...

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After being sacked from my second club in my career, I took a little bit of time to make sure that my next job wouldn't end in the same way. I needed one that would be able to build nicely into the future and I think I've found that. I've actually never managed in this country before, but it's time to take the plunge. I've taken a trip to Greece and I've entered into the Greek Superleague 2 with PAS Lamia. I did try and find a job in the USA but after a couple of interviews, I realised my reputation wasn't high enough to be seriously considered for a job. Onto Greece, it is anyway...

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PAS Lamia is a professional team playing their trade in the Greek Superleague 2. They have no fierce rivals, and no smaller rivals but I'm sure we will make some along the way. The last major trophy the team won was in 2033 when they won the Greek Superleague 2 which bodes well for us to win it again now.

They play their home games at the long-winded named Municipal Athletic Center of Lamia which is a 4,987 capacity stadium in the city of Lamia. Lamia is a central city in the country of Greece and has a reputation of football-loving people. The training facilities are below average, whilst the youth facilities are basic. Both will need improving if the finances are right.

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We have a fairly large squad which will more than likely be trimmed down by loaning players out and demoting a few youngsters who don't make the grade into the reserves. I hate having a big squad so it has to happen. We have great strength on the wings with our best player being Thanasis Kritsas, a right-winger who has awesome potential. He has the pace to burn and hopefully, can get past the full-backs and deliver some accurate crosses for our strikers. We have a brilliant ball-winning midfielder too in the form of Dimitris Kakoulidis. He's the leader in the middle and will be key if we want to win the league this season.

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The media have predicted us to win the league this season, so I'll be looking to do just that. Time to get winning games and get that trophy into my cabinet.

Next Post | Mid-Season Update 2035/2036

Updates may be a bit slower than normal as my MacBook screen is damaged so waiting to get it repaired.

It wont be updated now until Friday 24th January
Bad times in the Ukraine mate, but at least the top 2 teams were willing to talk with you.

Good luck in Greece.
Oh times are changing again, hopefully a success story to come out of Greece.
Greece is a wonderful place .. so you will only do wonderful things, I believe. good luck mate.
Official SirWerGaming ©

Fm 2020 - Saves


@bigmattb28, yeah I suppose I've got to take the positives when I can! It's just a shame the way it happened as I could've quite easily won the league with one of the big two teams in Ukraine.

@Dan, times are changing an awful lot at the moment, but I'm hoping to stick at it until it's complete here in Greece. A bit of a challenge though.

@SirWerGaming, Greece always seems nice, I've only ever been to Kos myself. Hopefully, I can indeed do wonderful things with PAS Lamia.

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I said that there would be no update until Friday, but I've had my screen fixed now and I'm back and raring to go. (Not having FM for a couple of days wasn't enjoyable) Anyway, I'm halfway through my first season in charge of PAS Lamia and I'm actually enjoying my time here. I've struggled to enjoy a team for a while but I feel at home here in Greece. There are no updates to do with the club or my manager, so as per usual, this part is pretty empty. Onto the fixtures we go...

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I've only taken charge of 11 league games so far as the league is only small. A total of 22 games in the season so a quick update for you all. Things have gone alright, and we've performed fairly well to be honest. The opening fixture didn't go to plan as we lost to Kalamata which made me think it was going to be a hard slog once again. We then went unbeaten for 4 games which included wins against Apol. Pontou, Platanias & PAS Giannina. We then suffered 2 defeats in a row against Panachaiki & Ionikos. We're currently ending this half of the season on a 4 match unbeaten run which will need to continue if we are to continue challenging at the right end of the table.

In the Greek Cup, we've already had a really good competition. We smashed our opening match 8-2 against Chania which saw us progress into the 5th Round. We faced Superleague side Kavala and earned a surprise 2 legged win to see us into the 6th Round, where anything can happen. I've no expectation to win this but it would be nice if we could wouldn't it?

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We're sat in 4th spot, which isn't where I want to be necessarily, but I guess the league splits after the first 22 games so we need to be in the top 6 in order to challenge for the title. I want to be top though. We only sit 6 points behind the league leaders PAS Giannina so they are catchable. We've won 5 games, drawn 4 and lost 3 and have a positive goal difference of +4.

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Goals
1 | Savvas Giogios | 12
2 | Asterios Goutidis | 4
3 | Rafail Bastakos, Antonis Nikoloau, Stelios Setzas, Antonis Tsakonas | 2

Assists
1 | Rafail Bastakos, Savvas Giogis | 3
2 | Stelios Setzas, Dimosthenis Labridis, Antonis Tsakonas, Asterios Goutidis | 2
3 | Antonis Nikoloau, Fillipos Apergis, Dimitros Kakoulidis, Dimitros Bouglis | 1

Next Post | End of Season Update 2035/2036

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You know what, I'm having a blast here in Greece, and it's partly down to the fact I have fun trying to pronounce the names of my players and fail pretty much every time. My current favourite is Lefteris Kotsiaridis. Not necessarily a funny name but when I pronounce it, it is! Anyway, moving on to some relevant news, and the club has batted away numerous takeover offers which haven't helped the coffers at the club at all. A new owner coming in would provide us with some much-needed finances. It doesn't look too pretty right now...

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We finished off the final 11 games of the season which resulted in us qualifying for the Championship Group Phase. In the final 11 games, we performed fairly well and gained really good wins against Apol. Pontou, Volos & Levadeiakos. We also managed to gain a credible draw against PAS Giannina who have been our main title challengers all season. We also only had 10 men for most of the game so I'm happy to have battled well and gained a point that we probably shouldn't have got. In these 11 games, we ended up with 6 WINS, 3 DRAWS & 2 LOSSES.

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Once we had qualified for the Championship Group Phase by finishing 2nd in the opening stage we then faced the top 5 other teams in the league. We were to face each team twice more and the team at the top of the league after these 10 games, would be crowned champions. It was going to be a tough ask but I was confident that us, the pre-season favourites would rise to the challenge and rise to the top of the league whilst we were at it.

We managed 6 WINS, 2 DRAWS & 2 LOSSES from these 10 games which I'm really happy with. Our wins came against Apollon, Volos, Levadeiakos x2, PAS Giannina & Ioniakos. The two most crucial wins were against PAS Giannina & Ioniakos who were our main rivals and challengers through this secondary league phase. We did lose to both of these teams to, which left it an open race for the finish line. How did we get on? You'll see in the league table section below, once I've rounded up the Greek Cup.

Last time, we had reached the 6th round of the cup after wins against Chania & Kavala. In the 6th Round, we had been drawn against fellow Second League team Olympic Volou. We came out winners after the two-legged affair with a 5-1 aggregate victory. This set up a tough quarter-final against Aris who are a dominant team in the SuperLeague. They were definitely better than us in both legs and ended up sealing their path to the semi-final after a 5-1 aggregate scoreline. I'm ecstatic with how we performed in this cup and hopefully, next season we may go further and who knows? Maybe even win it.

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS! WE'LL KEEP ON FIGHTING TO THE END! ARGH, I'm so happy we lived up to our pre-season favourites tag and managed to win the league. It was probably a little bit closer than everyone was expecting beforehand, but a league win is a league win and I'll take that any day of the week. Ionikos pushed us all the way and finished in 2nd place on 58 points whilst we were 1 point ahead of them on 59 which was enough to seal the title for us.

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Goals
1 | Savvas Giogios | 22
2 | Rafail Bastakos | 10
3 | Dimosthenis Labridis | 9

Assists
1 | Savvas Giogios | 8
2 | Antonis Tsakonas | 6
3 | Stelios Setzas |

Average Rating
1 | Savvas Giogios | 7.32
2 | Dimosthenis Labridis | 7.07
3 | Rafail Bastakos | 7.01

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Very nicely done once more!
Bring on 2036-37!
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Congrats on winning the league. Onward and upwards
@Dan, you're right, we were expected to win the league and we lived up to that. This season is going to be a monumental struggle though. I'll be surprised if we can stay in the league.

@r96Skinner, the number of times I lose track of what season I'm actually in! Cheers for the support, and who knows what will happen this year.

@bigmattb28, Thanks man, wasn't a hard task last season, but this year will be a different story. Different level of competition in the Superleague!

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After our promotion from the Superleague 2, I've set about trying to bolster the squad and get rid of the deadwood. I've also decided to play a lot (and I mean a lot) of friendlies in order to get the players fit and ready for the new season which I'm sure is going to be a struggle. The media have had their say and it doesn't look great. Last year were favourites to go up, and now we are joint-favourites to go down back into the Superleague 2. Let the struggle commence.

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Like I mentioned above, I've been busy exploring the transfer market, and had over 50 players on trial for the club, in order to evaluate them properly. I intended to sign around 8 players but the budget wasn't large enough to do that. I instead only managed to get 6 of my 8 targets which is OK I guess. All players actually strengthen the club, and I just hope they gel together quickly as it's going to be a tough road ahead.

Ovidiu Camarasan | MC/AMC/DM | CSM Poli Iasi
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Probably the best player that we've brought in this transfer window. The lad can play all over the midfield, whether it's in an attacking role or a defensive one. I'll be using him as a more attacking player, maybe even a shadow striker with his stats.

Andrew Thompson | LB | Cliftonville
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The young Northern Irish prospect comes in straight into the starting line up and will be key to getting chances from the left-hand side. I want him to get down that left-wing and be a bit more attacking than we were last year. His defensive stats aren't bad too, to be honest.

Adam Edwards | GK | Wellington Pheonix
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We've signed a Kiwi to be our new number one, and he looks really, really good. He's only 23 so should get better, and better year on year. His stats are already decent for this level, but I'm guessing he will be rather busy this season so I'll be careful not to make a judgement too quickly.

Dimitris Anogiatis | AML | Ergotellis
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Dimitris slots in as my left-winger, and hopefully, will form a strong partnership down the left-hand side. He has the pace to burn and has a killer first-touch. What a prospect he looks.

Marvin Fries | CM | Dynamo Dresden
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I've managed to sign an experienced CM from Germany. Marvin comes in and will help marshal the lines in the middle of the park. I don't expect too much from him in terms of creating goals, but I've got him here to break the play up, and just control possession. He's good on the ball and has composure which should help this aim.

David Engel | ST | Mannheim
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Another German comes through the door in the form of Engel. He's a young striker who was in hot form at his previous club scoring 21 in 30 games. I hope he can slot in straight away and make an instant impact. He's more of an advanced forward and is quick and strong too. I'm well happy with this signing and think we could be onto a winner here.

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I told you we played a hell of a lot of friendlies. No less than 12, and we played fairly well, beating some well-known names in the process. The main reason behind this many was to get to the new lads to settle in and learn how to play our tactic quickly. We can't afford a slow start in the league.

Next Post | Mid-Season Update 2036/2037

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Things are tough this season in the Greek Superleague, but we're battling and not giving up. Nothing of note to say about the club, except we are in severe financial trouble and that doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon. How are we getting on, on the pitch anyway?

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That's not a pretty sight eh? Things have gone exactly how the media thought they would, as we have struggled to gain points in the league. In, fact we've only managed to win 4 points from 13 games. We had a credible draw against Panionios as we rescued the point through a flukey goal from Dimitris Anogiatis. We managed our first and only win after beating OFI with a 1-0 scoreline, after Ovidiu Camarason netting the winner after coming on as a sub. Other than those two results, we've been poor and lost every game. Our record stands at

13 games played, 1 WIN, 1 DRAW & 11 LOSSES. That's not good, is it?

It's been a different story in the Greek Cup and it's been a breath of fresh air for the lads. We've been handed a pretty easy draw so far and have progressed through to the 6th Round. We beat Ethnikos over 2 legs with an aggregate scoreline of 8-0. Can we go all the way? Probably not, but we will give it our best shot.

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The only positive is that we aren't rock bottom of the league. We could well be, and probably should be, but we have OFI Crete for company at the bottom with us, and sit a little gap behind the next team-up. Ergh, it's going to be a hard slog to stay in this league. The only glimmer of hope I have is that when the league splits, we won't have to play the top 6 again.

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GOALS
1 | David Engel | 6
2 | Savvas Giogis | 4
3 | Rafail Bastakos | 3

ASSISTS
1 | Rafail Bastakos, David Engel, Antonis Tsakonas, Savvas Giogis | 2
2 | Adam Edwards, Fillipos Apergis, Dimitris Anogiatis, Stelios Setzas, Marvin Fries, Dimosthenis Labridis, Dimitris Bouglas | 1

AVERAGE RATING
1 | Savvas Giogis | 7.08
2 | Rafail Bastakos | 7.07
3 | Asterios Goutidis | 7.06

Next Post | End of Season Update 2036/2037
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Well, things have changed here in Greece, and things are looking up for my challenge! Only a week went past, and AEK Athens sacked their manager and offered me the chance to interview for the vacant position! I immediately jumped at the chance to become this massive Greek clubs manager, and it must've gone well, as they offered me the role within 5 days. So now, I've gone from managing one of the worst teams in the Greek Superleague, to one of the most famous clubs in the Greek footballing pyramid. You'll see that they aren't doing so well this season, but that's why I'm here.

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AEK Athens/b] are a professional team playing their trade in the [b]Greek Superleague. They have a number of fierce rivals in Olympiakos, Pathanaikos & PAOK so there is a lot of pride to play for at this club, and a lot of games that mean something to the fans. The team have won 12 Greek Superleague titles, although the most recent was in 2018 so nothing for nearly 20 years. They've also won the Greek Cup on two occasions, so that will be something to target this season.

They play their home games at one of the most beautiful stadiums I've seen, the Agia Sofia, which is a 31,527 all-seater stadium. They have Excellent Training Facilities, and Good Youth Facilities at their disposal. The finances at the club are a lot better than my previous club as we have a balance of over £4m. It's not amazing, but it's positive at least.

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The squad available to me looks like a very good one and has all the right people to challenge for the title in a few years. It's a young squad with lots of potential, so it just needs harnessing and building up. The best player at the club is 22-year-old Braian Romero, who is a deep-lying playmaker who has all the ability to be a top player in this league and maybe in European competitions too.

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As you can see from the league table, it's not gone to plan for the club this season, but they are still in with a shout of finishing in a European qualification spot, so that is what I'll be aiming for I think. They sit in 8th spot and need to rise at least 2 spots to get into the Championship Phase which is crucial for this club. The best bit is that they are still in the Greek Cup, so that's one to try and win this season. We have the ability to anyway.

Next Post | End of Season Update 2036/2037

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Another season is in the books, and although I've only been in charge at AEK Athens for just under half a season, things are looking up for me here in Greece. I had a couple of weeks of the transfer window left to try and add to my squad, and I managed to get in a striker that played a serious part in my success in charge of this team so far. Nothing else to say here so on we go.

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So if you look at the fixtures above, you'll see that we managed to qualify for the Championship Phase as we finished in the top 6 of the league after the regular season. Things didn't start well and the fans must've thought, "why the hell have we got Mark Tonge in charge of us?". We started off my reign with 3 losses against Olympiakos, Atromitos & Paniones. We then went on an incredible run of form in the league and the cup where we didn't lose in 14 games. What a turnaround eh? We had an insanely good win against Panathanaikos which sent the fans home happy. The first time that I returned to my old team PAS Lamia we didn't get the result we wanted and somehow drew with them. They must've raised their game as they were awful with me at the helm ha!

By finishing in the top 6, we entered the Championship Group and had to face Olympiakos, Panathanaikos, PAOK, Atromitos, & Panaitolikos twice more each. We had some good wins and some dreadful losses. The win against Panathanaikos near the end of this phase was particularly pleasing, and the 2-2 draw with Olympiakos was also pleasing to see. We did have heavy defeats against both teams earlier on in this phase though, so swings and roundabouts.

In the Greek Cup, we rode our luck but managed to get all the way to the final of the competition, where we were to face PAOK. We somehow managed to get our hands on the cup as underdogs, after putting in a determined display full of grit and passion. Super-sub and new signing Smith netted the winner with a sublime freekick 6 minutes from time. What a way to win it and I've ticked off another trophy here in Greece. One to go, but it's the hardest one to claim.

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We finished the league campaign in 5th position and qualified for the Euro Cup. Our league finish actually means we qualify for the Euro Cup II, but the Greek Cup win makes us qualify for the Euro Cup instead so that's good news. A solid return of 54 points was enough to claim 5th, ahead of Panaitolikos. Olympiakos lifted the league title for the umpteenth time, ahead of PAOK who finished in 2nd. We were some way off the top, so a lot of work to be done to get our hands on the trophy we want.

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GOALS
1 | Thannis Ptinopoulous | 12
2 | Tobias Jepson | 10
3 | Braian Romero, Illias Terzis, Panagiotis Metallidis, Niall Smith | 7

ASSISTS
1 | Panagiotis Metallidis | 7
2 | Illias Terzis, Dejan Pavlovic, Wayne Williams-Rogers, Charalabos Pournos | 5
3 | Thanis Ptinopoulous | 4

AVERAGE RATING
1 | Niall Smith | 7.21
2 | Tobias Jepson | 7.17
3 | Illias Terzis | 7.10

Next Post | Pre-Season Update 2037/2038

AEK Athens - iconic club!
Good league impact early on, sure you'll improve further next season. Nice work with the cup win, too.
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