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1.MFL

MATCHDAY 22


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2050 starts off in positive light, outmuscling Sileks to a 2-1 win. Teenager Kristian Lleshi showed great maturity, getting involved in both goals..well..winning an early penalty which Syväjärvi put away. Sileks smartly levelled moments later with a route one ball and two passes later Noveski curled one past Bastig. The combination of wingers restored our lead as Fabianski fed to Lleshi who fiercely drove it home. The remainder of the game drew a bit flat, though Bastig saved well from Noveski to deny another equaliser. Well earned win.

MATCHDAY 23

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Pfft. Shkëndija are untouchable as far as I'm concerned. Strolling to the title and made us their bitch in a four goal drubbing. We honestly didn't play badly, just their finishing accuracy was too damn good. A double from Meta, plus Todorovski and Muleci sinking us without a trace.

MATCHDAY 24

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Too close for comfort as Huremovic's late strike saved us from a serious second half meltdown. Sokol Bregaji returned to the teamsheet after his torn calf and announced himself in the best way possible to give us the lead. Huremovic's 30 yard free doubled the tally to have us cruising. Bregalnica fought their way back however as taking our foot off the pedal offered grave repercussions to lose our two goal lead right in front of our eyes. Thankfully the Bosnian playmaker retrieved the designated three points with ten minutes left as Bregalnica failed to clear a penalty box scramble. Big sigh of relief.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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February went better than expected, winning two important games in the fight for survival. So glad to have Bregaji back to spruce up the attacking creativity and Huremovic seriously improved in the middle. In all honesty I expected nothing from the Shkëndija game.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Relegation fears look to be a thing of the past as a nice 12 point gap opens between us and eighth placed Bregalnica. Closer to the European spots if anything, but it's a very ambitious goal. Mid-table safety is good enough for me.

MARCH 2050 SCHEDULE

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Exact same as the November schedule, exact same expectations.
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TRANSFERS

OUT

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Managed to pocket a handsome £35k for Haliti who profusely asked for a starting role when he's only on rotation. Entering his thirties now, he's been quite disappointing when playing him and with starlet Lleshi continuing his progress, made the most sense.

IN

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A former player, a familiar face and a journeyman legend were brought in over winter.

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Bledar Kelmendi - M(L)/AM(L)/AM(C) - free transfer from Rabotnički

Weird series of events leading to reclaiming this boy, left in the summer for £7k to Rabotnički who weren't willing to play him - then comes back six months later on a free? We are absolutely laughing. Operates well on the left, but could slot in behind as a number 10 in a 4-4-1-1. Mentally solid with strong flair and vision to pick out inch perfect passes..which is next on the agenda to improve. Might suit better out wide with his lightweight build and quick feet. Top signing.

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Conor McParland - D(C) - unattached free agent

Unbreakable relationship. Fourth club he's joined with me at the helm, been successful at each one - will the trend continue? You already know his story, CJL legend through and through.

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Jaanus Vazinski - DM/M(C) - unattached free agent

Had a little tug of war with his agent following his release from Infonet, but delighted to welcome Jaanus back on the journey with me. Central midfield has been rather disjointed during passages of play lately but Vazinski might be the stick of glue needed to piece it back together. Average on paper, but above average on the playing field. Also now becomes the highest earner at the club with £800p/w.

FRIENDLIES

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Didn't exactly shine during preseason but didn't disgrace ourselves on the scorelines. A decent win over Sutjeska being the highlight.

FEBRUARY 2050 SCHEDULE


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Back to the grind in a few days with home games welcoming Sileks and a potential six pointer with Bregalnica pencilled either side of a really tough away day to local rivals Shkëndija.

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1.MFL

MATCHDAY 20


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Just what the doctor ordered. Very lively first half where our set plays hit the spot, starting with a Huremovic free from 25 yards. The visitors didn't take long to respond as Tomasek lost his marker to convert from an inswinging cross. The ball was back in our court when a flicked floated header by centre back Juska caught out the keeper and rolled in with help from the post. Makedonija looked a lot sharper in the second half, somehow missing a free header from four yards away which left hearts in maw for a splitsecond. Crucial win.

MATCHDAY 21

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So much for momentum, bumbling performance at Rabotnički. Two penalties in between a counter attack finished off by Tsonev left us up a creek without a paddle where our forward line hardly tested their fortress. I mean Syväjärvi was presented with a clear cut chance but had no sting and just rolled into the keeper's hands. Not the best result to end the calendar year.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Two results on either side of the scales. Makedonija win is definitely worth more than getting nothing at Rabotnički.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Unchanged positionwise, but stretch further away from Bregalnica who picked up nothing. Eight points from second...is it still possible?
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@bigmattb28 - Thanks man, glad you're enjoying it!

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1.MFL

MATCHDAY 16

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Took nine games of grinding but finally Syväjärvi chimed in with a lovely triple whammy against lowly Skopje. A 32nd minute penalty got the juices flowing, making him hungry for more. The Finn pounced on the second via a headed clearance off the line which Duro struggled to claim for himself. No question about the third, dribbling into the box and slotting under Todorovski in net. Let's pray this isn't a once in a blue moon occurrence.

MATCHDAY 17

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Who saw this coming? Not I. Triumphed against the odds in what were a washed out Vardar side. Syväjärvi looks like he's found his calling with an early strike against the run of play to stun the home crowd. Bastig will feel very hard done by for the equaliser, saving magnificently from Tatic but followed up with a strong hit by Todorovski. For all Vardar's shot and possession, it meant nothing for what happened in injury time. Swapped out a midfielder for defender Ljamcevski and it turned out to be a game changer, heading in from a corner to hand the champions a shock defeat. The 5 (yes, 5) travelling away fans went ballistic.

MATCHDAY 18

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Shkupi went 15 games without a win before today and won't get a better chance to end it than here. Looked tactically inept and barely threatened the league's bottom side who looked far more likely to make things happen. The dismissal of our left back Skando didn't help matters at all, yet didn't affect the scoreline. Countering from a Shkupi corner, a wonderfully lofted ball over the top found lone striker Syväjärvi who squeezed in from a tight angle to hold out for an invaluable three points. Far from happy regardless.

MATCHDAY 19

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No guts no glory. Despite holding out for an hour, Pelister blew us away throughout. The turn, swivel and defining body blow from Seferi was the difference in a game where they should've piled on us. 16 year old Kristian Lleshi looks like a future hotshot and so nearly delivered the most unlikely of equalisers in injury time but their keeper had his near post covered quite comfortably. Falling short of four wins in a row.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Solid month with nine points, nine points closer to surviving snugly in the league. Mikko Syväjärvi finally got the finger out with the bulk of goals in Bregaji's absence. That Vardar win is still hard to believe.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Back into sixth, not too far off an implausible shout at Europe. Although three wins still only leaves us three off Bregalnica in the relegation playoff but automatically drives a massive wedge between the bottom two.

DECEMBER 2049 SCHEDULE

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Winter on it's way, only two games before a long break until February. Big importance on the Makedonija GP match, the side level on points with us. Rabotnički take us out until 2050 comes a'knockin'.
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Enjoying this a lot, nothing better than a home grown save.
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@bigmattb28 - Thanks man, hope you're enjoying it! My game speed is relatively fast because on my i7 processor but everything else is just basic. All about persistence.

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1.MFL

MATCHDAY 11


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Even contest ends even. Makedonija's gameplan was to screw us over from set plays, Stojanov duly succeeding via a free kick. Loan striker Bregaji continues to impress with a quickfire equaliser to go in level at the break. Both sides squandered sitters on the flip, Bastig saving brilliantly from Todorovski while Duro's free header was too tame to trouble their keeper. Syväjärvi remains without a goal since his arrival, rattling the post late doors to let them off the hook.

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FFS, only would happen to me. There goes any meagre hopes of breaking into the top four or five.

MATCHDAY 12

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It was the second of two meetings in three days against Rabotnički, this one hurting more than the first. I dare say we bossed the first half, Syväjärvi fluffed a one on one and Panovski tested the woodwork. The visitors ramped up the pressure afterwards with Bastig standing strong to deny three key chances before the nail was put in our coffin. 89th minute corner swung one way and another, failing to clear it properly allowing Georgiev to smash in the winning goal. Harsh on our defenders but can't deny that the better side won.

MATCHDAY 13

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More late heartbreak, dissolving to a 2-0 defeat at Sileks. From Syväjärvi failing to deliver for the umpteenth time to Sileks playing crossbar challenge it was a relatively open game. Sadly, the stress got to us again with late goals from Noveski and Jordanov condemning us to three defeats on the bounce.

MATCHDAY 14

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Men versus boys on a wet Sunday in Tetovo. Two well struck efforts by Sokol Gashi (though the second I thought Bastig could have done better) continues our losing slump. Rarely got into their final third while Shkëndija set up base camp in our half all game. Well on their way to winning the league. Bregaji's injury definitely taking it's toll.

MATCHDAY 15

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Disastrous. Easily our worst performance in the league. Bregalnica are below us in the league, yet played like they're not even in danger of the drop. Hands on deck as we scrambled away an effort off the line to breathe a sigh of relief, delaying the inevitable. Honestly, the hosts could have walked the ball in which they effectively did as injury time approached. No closing down, no marking, Stiven Brahimi free as a bird to tap in from a simple cross. Not even worth venting at them, waste of time.

KUP NA MAKEDONIJA


SECOND ROUND, SECOND LEG (AWAY)

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Second half capitulation dumped us out of the Macedonian cup which lit the fuse to our bad form. Amazingly, Syväjärvi found the back of the net with a powerful effort which Selmani should've done better with. Of course, us being us it was only fair that Rabotnički break skin with a free header from a corner before half time. All fell apart after that, Rabotnički dominated with Bledar Kelmendi on the counter to lead for the first time and Iskrenov completing a devastating hat-trick. So near, yet so very far.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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I'll say it again, Bregaji's injury has cost us massively. Unsurprisingly losing five in a row since his torn calf, none of our strikers are stepping up to the plate. Defensively we look more and more brittle with every passing game. Look's like a sit down session is needed with the squad before this spirals out of control.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Sucked right back into the relegation picture. Thankfully Makedonija, Skopje and Shkupi are also struggling just below us. Eight point gap to the top five, fair to say we can wipe Europe off the agenda this campaign.

NOVEMBER 2049 SCHEDULE

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More spacious November with two must wins. Skopje & Shkupi at home, anything less than six points is cataclysmic. Vardar and Pelister we might just have to tape our butts shut.
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@b0nb0n - Glad you're still enjoying my journey!

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NEW SIGNINGS

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Deadline day came and went, acquiring two very capable strikers to perhaps inject a few more goals into this team.

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Mikko Syväjärvi - ST(C) - free transfer from Kalju

Considering our strikers have no finishing above 10, Mikko's 15 finishing should almost guarantee success. Being highly critical, first touch and off the all are so-so but good for the division while his anticipation might scupper him slightly. Still at only 20, plenty of time to improve and could be the simplistic poacher we need for goals.

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Sokol Bregaji - ST(C) - season long loan from Sileks

The more well-rounded figure to support Mikko up top. Far more composed and anticipated despite his standard level of finishing. The big selling point is his perfect flair to sprinkle his magic on forward plays. These two combined should work very well side by side and perhaps grab us a few more wins on the board.

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Slightly worrying that we're now down to just Petersoo at right back for a couple of weeks.

1.MFL

MATCHDAY 7


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Talk about instant impact, front two combined delightfully to claim a rather convincing win over Skopje. Syväjärvi set away Bregaji to rally home the first before we fell asleep at the back, allowing the home side to respond quickly. Bregaji made sure his first wasn't a fluke with an outstanding darting solo run on the counter and maintained his composure to put it away to restore the lead. If that wasn't good enough, he assisted Fabianski late on for the third to ensure us of a much needed win. Solid debut!

MATCHDAY 8

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In a meeting that had Vardar written all over it, we had the final laugh to rescue a big point. A goal in the first twenty minutes should have had Vardar hungry for more, but instead it gave us huge encouragement. Bregaji spurned two big chances in either half, but one unlikely hero stood out from the shadows - Tomas Juska. Needed two bites to beat GK Petrov at his near post to take a very unlikely point against the Macedonian champions.

MATCHDAY 9

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Should be nicknamed the cat burglars, because Pelister have been completely robbed. Didn't have a sniff in the game, instead trying to swat away a dominant Pelister attack. Goran Mitrev had a mixed performance; breaking the deadlock on 65 minutes from a powerful header, but ended up bottling two huge efforts which would have buried us alive. A tactical sub preluded to the most unlikely of equalisers, Damian Fabianski coming on in the 80th and scoring two minutes later with a sublime left boot on the half volley from Lleshi's cross. Frustrated them first game, now they must be livid.

MATCHDAY 10

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Proper firecracker of a game this, so open and end to end, importantly on the right end of the scoreline. Valon Shehu opened his account for the season, drilling in Bregaji's pull back into the box. Shkupi didn't make it easy for us, stinging us with a counter attack to level it up going in at half time. A well executed corner restored the lead, centre backs Juska and Duro combining for a headed goal. The game swung our way afterwards with Shehu replicating his first goal to spawn a two goal win over the relegation fearfuls.

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Certainly not what I was expecting when taking this job.

KUP NA MAKEDONIJA

SECOND ROUND, FIRST LEG (HOME)


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A major managerial milestone, settling into my 1,000th game as manager. Should get this framed.

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As for the game...in a word - shocking to watch. We'll take it though.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Still a little bit draw happy but no defeats this month. Bregaji is a breath of fresh air in this team, bringing much needed excitement to our forward play. Nothing from Mikko so far, but patience needed.

LEAGUE TABLE

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I mean this makes for surprising viewing, only a point off the European places at this early stage is marvellous. Still only that one defeat, and that was to the side at the top of the league. Not even thinking about relegation this year.

OCTOBER 2049 SCHEDULE

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A fine blend of teams next month starting away to Makedonija GP before consecutive meetings with Rabotnički. Shkëndija are the only side I fear, while Sileks and Bregalnica I feel quietly prepared.
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1.MFL

MATCHDAY 1

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Surprised Pelister with a bolt from the blue in a game we barely got a foothold in. The favourites didn't take long to open the scoring after a long ball carved right through us to allow Seferi easy passageway. Knuckling under the pressure, we actually retrieved something from the game when Panovski tried his luck from range which the keeper had no answer to. Pelister will be fuming, but you have to take your chances.

MATCHDAY 2

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I'm actually lost for words, what a huge headstart this could be. That man Panovski at it again, this time with an even weaker effort which somehow trickled over the line to stun Makedonija before the break. Temperatures rose in the second half with a flurry of yellows, one too many for Skando to reduce us to ten. Thinking it would make the game tougher, we held the ball so well and resulted in us scoring only six minutes later from Rumen Tsvetanov to lift the fans into raptures. Fidan Progni reduced the lead on the counter and so found the net again in injury time - sadly for him only the side netting. Huge win in a game we expected an odds-on defeat.

MATCHDAY 3

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All square at Rabotnički to maintain our unbeaten start. Can't say there were many talking points, only an early red card for them after the restart. Even with the man advantage we consolidated ourselves, but a late Rabotnički chance could've ruined it but Nenov's effort went straight at Bastig.

MATCHDAY 4

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Three draws from four, paving over what was such a disappointment in us going forward. Sileks definitely had the better of us, their lone striker Noveski forced Bastig into a top drawer save while we barely made it into their final third. Frustrating for both sides, however we're much the happier with the point.

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Just when our defensive framework was taking proper shape.

MATCHDAY 5

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No shame in this defeat (despite being local rivals), Shkëndija are proper heavyweights. So much so that their only goal came from a central midfielder Ramadani finishes like an experienced number 9, grabbing his sixth goal this season already with a left footed screamer which not even David De Gea could get to. All about damage limitation as we weathered their massive storm but only one got through. No need to ask us about how we did, in desperate need of creativity and a capable striker.

MATCHDAY 6

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Slightly gutted about this one, definitely a winnable game but settled for yet another draw. Lying in eighth place, it didn't stop Bregalnica hitting the front when Georgievski finished smartly at Bastig's near post. To our credit we rustled up the response from Damian Fabianski, orchestrating the free kick that found it's way back to him to dribble his way through and unleashing venom. Final 45 minutes were no great shakes.

KUP NA MAKEDONIJA

FIRST ROUND


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Troublesome when we can't put away non league opposition with a weakened team. What's even more concerning is that MK squandered the best two chances of the game, blazing both of them over when put through. Venezuelan Villavicencio had a clear chance also, problem was he got his angles wrong and drove it into the side netting. Went down to penalties, actually scoring all five for a chance with MK denied by Kalambov in net to just about make it through.

SECOND ROUND DRAW

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Rabotnički over two legs in the next round. Doable but we're far from favourites.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Draw specialists it seems (five out of seven to be exact) but considering our tough opening month of games, I'm thrilled so far. The stunning win over Makedonija gives us a huge lift in the early stages and defeat to Shkëndija as previously mentioned is nothing to be ashamed of. Goals are very few and far between, defensively looking good - mainly because Bastig is playing brilliantly between the sticks.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Midtable is the objective, so far so good in sitting sixth. Not far off the top positions should we start overachieving and with the bottom three sides still not registering a win yet it's looking good. Long way to go though, let's not count our chickens just yet.

SEPTEMBER 2049 SCHEDULE

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Winless Skopje and Shkupi coming up to potentially ramble up a few more wins, Vardar and Pelister surely there to put us down. In between lies the first leg of the cup with Rabotnički at home.
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TRANSFERS

IN

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A busy transfer window already, however I can only take credit for three of them...and yes you can guess I've been rummaging through my closet to find old friends to join me.

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Martin Bastig - GK - free transfer from Infonet

Didn't take a lot of persuading to obtain Bastig's name on a one year deal. Relegated to number two at Infonet but assured to be numero uno at Renova. The 33 year old wise, tall 6'5" figure can still flourish with his strong reflexes, vertical leap and solid agility. Not saying he'll keep clean sheets but definitely can keep the goal tally down as we aim to galvanise our back four.

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Tomas Juska - D(C) - free transfer from Infonet

And here's one of them. Tomas has completely fallen out of favour at my former employers and much like Bastig he could hardly refuse working with me again. Easily the best centre back I could find who was willing, just entering into his early thirties with strength of 17 and his HMT still at a desirable level. Was never really mentally well-rounded but definitely a starter considering the subpar options in reserve.

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Kevin Petersoo - D(R) - £1k from Flora Tallinn

Finally, one from Flora. Kõiv declined the reunion, so Petersoo was the best alternative. Mentals are perfect for this level including such strong determination to perhaps influence the young'uns. Bit sluggish so we won't push very far forward but nevertheless a sturdy option.

FRIENDLIES

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Meh, preseason came with teething problems as expected but a credible draw to former Kosovo champions Ferizaj. Gluts of goals aren't really our forté.

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The wonderful crowd at Betfair decided to lump up the odds, doubling to 200-1 to finish top. Fair enough, but are you seriously writing off our early chances already with me in charge?

KUP NA MAKEDONIJA

FIRST ROUND DRAW

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Milano Kumanovo kickstart our cup campaign. Non leaguers just as I predicted.
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Your boy is back, this time in a brand new nation. Dipping my toes back into some Balkan atmosphere, FYR Macedonia calling my name for the first time. Famous for Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa, the club FK Renova (ФК Ренова) have a rather long way to go to reach that level of familiarity. The club are young, only founded in 2003, derived from a footballing school which received massive investments from locals to fully establish themselves as a semi-professional side within the nation. There have been recent rifts since the club formed between Macedonians and Albanians but is seen as 'muti-ethnic', mainly because of their local rivals KF Shkëndija which appeals to mostly Albanians and FK Teteks who lean more towards the Macedonians - Renova find that middleground. They are nicknamed 'Гипсари' or Gypsies/Gypsums and play between all red and all blue kits.


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The club are located within a small village called Džepčište (Џепчиште) near the municipality of Tetovo where they play their home games. With a small population of roughly 4000, amazingly only there are less than 100 Macedonians that reside there, the other 99% are Albanians/Kosovians, no surprise as the village lies only 12km from Kosovo border. The Šar Mountains and stand between the two, crossing into as far as northeastern Albania with it's 1600km areaspan. One of the village's most noticeable landmarks is the Macedonian Orthodox Church pictured above.


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Renova groundshare with current Macedonian champions KF Shkëndija in the formerly titled Gradski Stadion Tetovo, however a massive renovation project in 2015/2016 by Shkëndija's owners Ecolog International renamed the stadium to Ecolog Arena. Originally opened in 1982, the stadium only held one international friendly between Macedonia and Albania in 1994 with a 5-1 win for the Macedonians. A further €7.7m project towards 2017 further expanded the stadium to facilitate more international spectacles, rising to a 15,000 capacity. The surface is grass based with all but one stand being open air.

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FK Renova's history has been on a positive trajectory in the early years, sealing consecutive promotions to reach the top flight in 2005 to where they've cemented themselves to this day. Between 2009 and 2013 have been the most joyous years for the club, winning the Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga title in 2009 for this first and only time in their history by five points ahead of Rabotnički, marred by a rather disjointed and controversial league season under the hood. Two years later in 2012 they lifted a first Kup na Makedonija, defeating Rabotnički 3-1 in the final. The furthest European adventure came in 2011, entering the Champions League 2Q Round, but fell short to Cypriot side Omonia. Recent years haven't been so luxurious, settling for midtable finishes. FM years seem to have carried that onwards, making them somewhat of a yo-yo side but bouncing back from the 2. MFL swiftly.

SQUAD

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Entering the dressing room to my surprise, not a bad set of players...but definitely pale to what Infonet have to offer now. While our depth may not be so copious, there are plenty of exciting youth prospects relishing in being selected into the senior squad. Plenty of experienced heads too to offer that balance, and a random Venezuelan token thrown into the mixture. Should be interesting.

KEY PLAYER - Sasa Huremovic - M(C)

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Definitely our strongest central midfielder, an area which requires a major revamp. The Bosnian's recent end of season form hasn't exactly been glowing neon green but I'll allow some overhead as he's only 22. Has got the basics to a solid playmaker, but his lack of pace and positioning does leave me a bit nervous. Hope to get him purring for the start of the season.

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Not the only position we need to strengthen, how timely our current assistant manager decides to piss off north to Kosovian side Ferizaj. Literally had an induction in the morning and by dusk he disappeared.

EXPECTATIONS

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They wanted avoiding the drop, so I took it up a notch by saying we'd make it to mid-table. Was that silly? Just wait until they see my transfers with that extra allowance of funds. Quarter finals of the Macedonian Cup is achievable as there looks to be only two obstacles to reach it, first is a non-league side from what I gather. Will I make myself Nealon the Great? You're right, probably not.



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Nation: Macedonia
Media Prediction (Odds): 8th/10 (100-1)
Expectations: Avoid automatic relegation
Pros: Philosophies fit in perfectly with my style. Willing to grant one of my demands. Generous wage budget to offer.
Cons: Very competitive league at present. No particular 'marquee' player in squad.

RESULT:

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Maybe, maybe not. You'll soon find out.
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The final conclusion to my reign saw Sander Kõiv win player of the season for the third year running, a true noble hero of the club. Mutle and Varadin getting honourable mentions in the top three. Karl Altosar deserves his goal of the season award in an historic night to beat APOEL despite the rest of the tie not going our way, his 30 yard free kick will not be forgotten in excellence. Signing of the season always messes up on FM, how could you leave Priit Mutle out of the running for it, worth every penny with some phenomenal striking performance. The 22 year old also picked up the young player of the season award, platforming him for big things in the future no doubt.

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The statistical figures show exactly how vital Mutle was to the team, recording 26 goals and 11 assists with 8 man of the match awards, level only with Karl Altosar who also deserves major credit to our record breaking season. Sander Kõiv had to share the workload with Varadin this year, but didn't decelerate his performances with the highest consistency with 7.38. Szabo didn't play much but was most accurate with the passing on what will surely be his final season in football. Defensively our work rate was sublime, but getting stuck in sometimes means one must get their hands dirty - none moreso than McParland and Mihhailov's ill-disciplined season.

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Mutle's marvellous debut season recognised by winning the Estonian player of the season award, just ahead of Karl Altosar in second.

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The deed is done, my time in Estonia is no more. A new challenge awaits on the horizon.

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AUGUST 2020


NEW SIGNING

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Leipzig are vultures for any free agents with exciting potential, bidding at the eleventh hour to scoop Knoop from under us.

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HOWEVER...we still loaned him in the very next day. (Ignore the stars until you see him).

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Niclas Knoop - D(C) - season long loan from RB Leipzig

Would have been a great long term investment for a defence who are in dire straits (see results) but will do for the short term. Has got the beef for a teenager with the defensive triad on point. Let go by Dortmund in the summer, if only I would have found him sooner.

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More investments as our stadium expansion is complete to facilitate 3.Liga rules. Lets hope the attendances skyrocket with a step up to where they once were.

3.LIGA

MATCHDAY 1

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Despite the good start, it all fell apart on the opener. Rizzi got the league opener off with a bang converting a penalty but Jena's response was positive to flip the game before half time. Looked completely stretched after the break to hand the home side a further instalment to their lead via George Lapsile. Sam Schreck restored a glimmer of hope but Steinhart got unlucky with an own goal. Food for thought.

MATCHDAY 2

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Güven Yalçın, hang your head in shame. The Turk squandered four clear cut chances but it honestly wouldn't have been enough to take down a far superior Dortmund seconds. Jadon Sancho and Sergio Gómez were on another level, but their opener was straight route one to Zjawinski which had me fuming. Gómez delivered the swoop to knock us out cold.

MATCHDAY 3

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Defensively far more organised, reducing Hamburg seconds to long range efforts. Sadly the one moment we switched off they exploited it, Bartkowiak the culprit. Florent Muslija went AWOL in the first two games but appeared here to slam home the equaliser from Kindsvater's cross. Much improved to get our first points on the board.

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Schreck's injury throws a spanner in the works for my system.

MATCHDAY 4

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And just like that, we're straight back to zero. Bordered on embarrassing with our midfield failing to string five yard passes together. Magdeburg's Beck and Thy totally ran the show to have us dead and buried by the end of the half, totally disregarding Sefering's excellent goal back. At least we drew the second half 0-0...

MATCHDAY 5

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Rejoice! We've got a win to our name! Würzburg were gifted the opener after some comical defending from a corner, truly circus material. The response was positive and Muslija looked superb as himself and Steinhart from left back combined twice to overturn the scoreline and nearly completed a well deserved hat-trick. More of this please!

DFB-POKAL

FIRST ROUND

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The curse continues. Scoreline maybe a little harsh on us as we threw our bodies on the line for most of it until just before the first half ended with Mambimbi. Honestly we had forward momentum getting into the right areas, yet somehow losing the ball before pulling the trigger - two occasions leading to Heidenheim goals, both gently finished by Glatzel. One day we'll reach the second round, one day.

BAYERISCHER POKAL

FIRST ROUND


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Felix Braun on target in a flavourless waste of ninety minutes.

SECOND ROUND DRAW

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Next up are the mighty unpronounceables.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Definitely rougher than the Regionalliga, three defeats and only one win so far. Wintzheimer has been off tune and Yalçın is completely tonedeaf. Muslija's performance against Würzburg might be the lift we need to improve on this.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Dangling above the bottom four, but I do take positives knowing that even Bayern II are struggling in this tier right now.

Next up to the plate is the mighty bottler @Shedender. Hopefully you'll see out the rest of your stint before you pass it on!
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JUNE/JULY 2020


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Two more years at Die Löwen, as long as we keep our sh!t together.

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All amid rumours that we'd jump ship to Ingolstadt. Nein chance.

TRANSFERS

OUT

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Four had their contracts axed, two of which were our goalkeepers. Bonmann simply had no intention of staying, while Hiller just doesn't measure up to the 3.Liga estimate. Ziereis was a difficult one, taking up a chunk of the wage budget for a player who is like a hot/cold tap - carefully thought decision to let him go.

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Not only that, Lippert was sold on to second tier Karlsruhe after just one season. 100% profit so alls well that ends well.

IN

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Kept it cheap with frees and loans. Perhaps more to come.

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Niklas Lomb - GK - free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen

Goalkeeping crisis averted with a well known dead piece of wood from Die Werkself. Similar quality, shaving off two inches in height and adding a couple of kilos in strength. Far more determined, slightly more agile and totally more eccentric. Let's hope that's a good trait rather than a destructive one.

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Güven Yalçın - ST(C) - season long loan from RB Leipzig

First of two Leipzig loanees. A Turkish striker who has the tendency to slip out to the wings in a system change. Strong finisher, comfortable dribbler and adds a burst of speed. His lack of balance might hinder his ability to apply accuracy and is known to be a little bit selfish. Risky one, but one I was willing to take on.

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Michele Rizzi - DM/M(C) - unattached free agent

Exciting addition to the midfield and provides the third tier experience we so desperately need. Above average technical abilities coupled with well rounded mentals make this 32 year old a priority in our team in exchange for a wealthy weekly wage. Set piece specialist too which is another thing we're crying out for.

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Manuel Wintzheimer - ST(C) - season long loan from RB Leipzig

Taking a right gamble here with Manuel in context that he's almost identical to his Leipzig team mate Yalçın. The key is depth in rotation and perhaps an overload on our current system. As long as they bang in goals, who am I to question it. Praying it'll pay off (which is ironic as we're covering zilch of their parent club's wages).

FRIENDLIES

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Preseason went steady, two wins, two defeats and a silly draw. Rizzi helped himself to four goals, Yalçın with two against Club Brugge and Wintzheimer bagged one. Good solid crowd for the Brugge game, double who turned up to the Stade Reims game. Certainly got their money's worth.

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In unrelated news, this is exactly why promotion was quintessential to our revival.

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Top half expected for the league, granted their are a fair share of top tier B teams involved (Dortmund, Bayern, Gladbach, Wolfsburg etc.), welp. Have yet to break the curse of passing the first round in the DFB-Pokal so they've let us off there and as for the Bavarian cup...do we really need to do that sh#thole cup again?!

DFB-POKAL

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Segwaying nicely into the next topic. 2. Bundesliga side Heidenheim provide the first test.

BAYERISCHER POKAL

FIRST ROUND DRAW


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Yeah mate, totally looking forward to this game.

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12-1 is pretty brave considering our squad is gravely poor compared to a lot of other sides. Who knows?
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 36


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Emotional farewells at Lasnamäe KJH, but departing on the best possible note in a thrashing victory over Tallinn rivals Flora. Priit Mutle demonstrating a remarkable season with a first half brace, including a penalty straight after Flora's fortunate equaliser. The second half brought more punishment through Urbonas who forced Flora into a defensive error. Albert Kübar may also be singing his swan song and reeled in his contribution to the club with superb impact off the bench; first firing home the fourth and immediately assisting Urbonas' second of the game. Five goals and a million reasons why I'll miss it here. Hüvasti Eesti!

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First Tarvis, then Smirnov, now Mutle. I know how to pick my strikers.

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The crème de la crème.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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A quite phenomenal season to end my stint in Estonia. Even better than last season both offensively and defensively, scoring 71 times and only conceding 17. Eighteen points clear of Levadia and leaving the rest in the dust. Last day drama saw Tallinna Kalev stay afloat and leaving Trans to sink back down to the Esiliiga. Are we the greatest Estonian side of all time?


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Wait, how did you go up without a playoff?? Either way thank F*CK!
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 35


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No idea how we only scraped away a point from this, but Mutle got us out of a jam once more. Bittersweet moment for returning Mario Rõivasepp who let fly on a counter to hand Tammeka the lead, hurt slightly when he celebrated afterwards but good for him. Pressing hard, eventually it took until the fourth official preparing to announce added time when magic Mutle struck a fierce shot past the helpless Kriushenko in net. Rasmus Ljas saw red late on, bet he wished he never left us.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Red hot form coming to the season climax, Priit Mutle unstoppable.

LEAGUE TABLE

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One more point equals the all time Meistriliiga points total, three more will smash Levadia's record to pieces. A home game against Flora concludes my memorable time at this football club.

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Why can't all chairmen show ambition like this? He's like a genie in a bottle.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 34


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Funny how during the match I wondered when Alexey Bykov would finally pop his Infonet cherry, low and behold two fell into the Ukrainian's lap in another convincing win. Just when I thought it would go in goalless after bossing the first half, Bykov opened his body to power in his first for the club. His second was just around the corner to a beautiful top corner strike by right back Sander Kõiv as we ran away with the moment. Five clear cut chances though, Smirnov had a rotten performance.

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Nobody on our level this year, truly commanding season.
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EESTI KARIKAS

THIRD ROUND


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Minnows Leisi were just no match despite their best efforts. Ivanov and a rare Kaarel Tarvis strike set the tone in the first half, fast-tracking our way into the next round. Albert Kübar got lucky with a deflected third before their consolatory goal, however Priit Mutle emerged from the bench to leave the scoreline well and truly in our favour.

QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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Shame the Eesti Karikas folds until next year, I'll be gone before seeing the quarter final stages pan out.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 33


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Troubled Tallinna Kalev look as good as down, demolishing them with a trademark first half display. Priit Mutle really is the bees knees right now, bagging two more goals while a Jaanus Vazinski thunderbolt handed the bottom side another painful endeavour. Three looked very kind, Mutle could've filled his boots singlehandedly.

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Tearing it up since signing for us. What a lad.

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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 32


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Never in doubt, ignoring a bump in the road at the beginning. The celebrations had to be contained as it seemed our minds were elsewhere, Oskars Kurtiss must have had a negative magnetic field around him to easily tap in the opener. With all our pressure, nothing was going through - that was until Anatoly Smirnov entered the fray. The Russian striker was the catalyst to add legs to our attack, getting involved indirectly with Priit Mutle's equaliser. That goal completely mangled Sillamäe Kalev's structure and a few minutes later Smirnov delivered the final blow to lead us to back to back titles. Eesti meistrid!
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NOVEMBER 2019


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MATCHDAY 13


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Aschaffenburg were tough nuts to crack, thankfully two penalties avoided any banana skins. Luibrand and his replacement Braun took honours respectively to dust off that dirt on our shoulders. They played unusually narrow and yet somehow our wide formation looked defective.

MATCHDAY 14

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Fürth seconds were easy pickings, pedalling to a comfortable fifth win in a row. Sam Schreck took full advantage of an open goal rebound to lead at the break, but afterwards we looked twice as dangerous. The combination between Musliga and Karger was orgasmic, twice on hand to finish from Florent's crosses. Centre back Weber also helped himself to one. Absolutely flying.

MATCHDAY 15

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Augsburg's seconds suffered the same fate. Nico Karger required two bites of the cherry to finally put us ahead in a game where we swamped their lone striker to feed off scraps all game. Felix Braun is prolific for the B side this season, but perhaps has a role to play in the first team also, coming off the bench in the 82nd minute to score twice, including a last minute penalty.

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Brick walls.

MATCHDAY 16

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Second half complacency was almost our downfall in a six pointer over Schalding. Two up in nine minutes we thought we'd take our foot off the gas after that. Took 16 second half seconds to suddenly look vulnerable through Markus Gallmaier but fan favourite Karger restored that two goal cushion. Fell asleep again from a corner to give Schalding a fighting chance, only just lasting the final half hour including a portion when we were reduced to ten after injury to Gebhart. It'll take more than that.

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Count our lucky stars I brought in Hein on loan for this very purpose. Long wait for Gebhart to return.

MATCHDAY 17

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Felix Braun to the rescue again, sparing our blushes against a hungry Pipinsreid side near the foot of the table. Karger bagged his fifth in four games within the opening three minutes to set the tone of the game..or so I thought. A delicious 25 yarder from Tobias pegged us back before Braun's introduction overruled it. Back came the visitors thanks to more shambolic set piece defending to squeeze an opening for Renger to make it 2-2. A second for the on fire Braun swung the pendulum in our favour yet again to avoid a costly drop of points.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A month of Ws, shaky towards the end but sticking the landings. Felix Braun might just be our ticket to get out of this division, between him and Karger grabbing ten goals this month. Please do not drop them guys!

LEAGUE TABLE

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Illertissen finally dropped some points to push five clear of them, plus a massive gap now to third place Eichstätt. Can we finally break the curse this year?

@Shedender takes the next leg of this journey. For the love of God, do not bottle this.
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OCTOBER 2019


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MATCHDAY 10


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When you struggle to put away the bottom club, you know things need a revamp. Went along with a 4-2-3-1 wide in the second half et voilà; Nico Karger screaming to get some game time provided the cross for the all important breakthrough by Kai Luibrand. Still not good enough for my high standards.

MATCHDAY 11

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Yep, think this tactic nails it on the head. Looked far more lucid and in control to batter slippery Schweinfurt. Lukas Gerlspeck had acres on space to ease us in front before triangulating balls between the wingers found its way to Sam Schreck in first half stoppage time. Strikers however did not turn up, otherwise it would have been a drubbing.

MATCHDAY 12

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Man, Nico Karger is tearing it up since I've brought him into the team, his crosses were devastating in a cosy win over midtable Bayreuth. Assisted for the free scoring Muslija and almost set up Luibrand for a second but the post got in his way. Luibrand did eventually double the lead before a netbuster by sub Seferings enforced more misery to the visitors. Definitely reading off the same hymnsheet now.

BAYERISCHER POKAL

THIRD ROUND


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Took a gamble with a rotated side but the lottery of penalties saw us miss out on a threepeat of this competition. For all our dominance, Schweinfurt against the run of play scored with their first shot on target - Nicolas Görtler humiliating our defence. It took for a B team member to finally break their resistance, Felix Braun entered the fray and delivered superbly to drill home. All the penalties were top notch until the fifth and final one, Danny Dressel ballooned his kick into the car park to allow the swine farts a passage into the next round. Ah well, focus solely on the league now.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Far better than last month with three back to back wins plus clean sheets in all. Nico Karger and Florent Muslija bringing harmonious wide play creativity to the shape, transforming us to prime title challengers again.

LEAGUE TABLE

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For all our good work, Illertissen are like a dog with a bone to remain only a point behind. Five point gap to Schalding in third.
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Boooooooooooo...nah, good luck in Malta. Strange league from experience.
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SEPTEMBER 2019


NEW SIGNINGS

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Oliver Hein - D(R)/DM/M(C)/WB(R) - two-season long loan from Regensburg

Depth in midfield needed improvements, especially defensive minded ones. Might not exactly be A list material, but his devotion to work rate, teamwork, stamina, strength and natural fitness fulfils justification of bringing him in...plus there weren't many alternatives. Versatility is a big plus.

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Florent Muslija - AM(C)/AM(L)/(R) - two-season long loan from Karlsruhe

Technically strong and quick for this tier to stick in behind the lone striker (in my tactic at least), though can operate on either wing to add more strings to his bow. Might be the creative influencer to get us out of this hellhole division. Experience in the second and third leagues also makes him a standout. Very happy to get this one over the line.

REGIONALLIGA BAYERN


MATCHDAY 7

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Memmingen's idea of two holding midfielders made it difficult to break them down, still no excuse for drawing a blank here. Günther-Schmidt nodded onto the post which sadly was our only threat all game.

MATCHDAY 8

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Entertaining encounter between the top two ended all square. Despite an early disallowed goal, Sam Schreck eventually opened the scoring for us at the near post. Our set piece defending is woeful lately, the source of the equaliser where Danilo Dittrich was unmarked at the edge of the area to wallop in from 25 yards. For all our pressure, typically we went to sleep at the back, far too easy for Eberle to be left free to tap Eichstätt ahead. Loanee Muslija made a solid first impression, assisting the first then quickly responding to make it two each. Fair result on reflection, but should have been more clinical up front. Seferings having a mare.

MATCHDAY 9

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Not overly convincing, but a win is a win. Lion's share of possession and efforts on goal but in the end it was only a penalty that separated the sides, Kai Luibrand given the green light to start and calmly scored what proved to be the difference. Luibrand and Schreck squandered glorious chances to further the lead, but our rearguard never really looked in trouble.

BAYERISCHER POKAL

SECOND ROUND

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Our 100th game in charge saw us easily advanced to the third round with thanks to Luibrand and Muslija feasting on Kottern's weaknesses.

THIRD ROUND DRAW

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Schweinfurt always tricky customers, won't be an easy game.

RESULTS OVERVIEW


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This was a poor month by my standards, only two draws and a win in the league we should be dominating by now. Struggling to decide on my best XI in this side and who is to lead the line, but Muslija is looking like a fine addition at this early stage.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Still top but many sides are maintaining the pace. The superior goal difference might be vital should it come to that on the final day (hopefully not!).
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 31


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Ugh, Levadia and their entourage are nothing but little worms. So what if they denied us bragging rights on what could have been, it'll take a lot more to derail us. Doesn't excuse our abomination of a 'performance' (in deliberate air quotes). Eleven shots and not one hit the target. The only goal came from a penalty, to which Eduard Afonin dispatched to the delight of the scummy fans. Urbonas was a hot tap turned cold, being absent all game before two quickfire yellows saw him walk the plank. If that wasn't bad enough, Levadia were awarded another penalty late on, however Bastig's strong wrists spared further blushes.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Nine unbeaten league games interrupted by Levadia to keep the champagne on ice for now. Mutle is definitely keeping Smirnov out of action, him and Urbonas were top of the class. Also a mention to Alexey Bykov with two assists in Ivanov's absence.

LEAGUE TABLE


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Bad news is we don't rub the glory in Levadia's face, but the good news is we're only one win away. Furthermore, only eleven points away from smashing the all time points record of 85. Can we make it?

OCTOBER 2048 SCHEDULE


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One win against any of these boys? Easy.

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This new chairman is a boss, new youth facilities and now looking to expand the stadium. Top bloke.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 30


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Round two was even better, playing with slick confidence to leave us within one win of mathematically wrapping it all up. A quick counter and an excellent solo run to the byline from Mutle put it on a plate for Urbonas to reap rewards before Mutle got on the act himself with a low drive just thirteen minutes in. The Lithuanian number ten's finishing was sublime, getting in all the right areas to complete the job with a third. Kalju may want to look over their shoulders as three defeats on the bounce doesn't guarantee safety in the division yet.
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YOUTH INTAKE

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Two players stood out in an ordinary mixture.

Mario Kuusma - D(C) - youth intake

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Definitely some potential there, however certainly needs to hit the gym with his sluggish demeanour. Could be a perfect candidate for McParland to tutor.

Sander Rannamäe - M(C) - youth intake

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Needs a lot of room to improve for certain, should be just a run of the mill central midfielder. 1 heading won't bear well, even at youth level, but perhaps an artist of the set piece with promising free kick taking. Development better be swift.

MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 29


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First of back to back meetings with Kalju ended as expected, Priit Mutle showing why he's the main marksman in Estonia. Kalju were wasteful in front of goal missing a key chance early on and it seemed to diminish their threat as the game went on, allowing Mutle to open the scoring from the edge of the area. An excellent move followed for the second, Sander Kõiv cut out a Kalju attack, whipped the ball all the way diagonally to Mutle with thanks from nervy defending to smash it home. Made for a dull second half, controlling the flow to edge one step closer to back to back titles.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 28


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International break somewhat stifled our momentum, only settling for a draw against relegation threatened Paide. The boys in blue cocked up an early clear cut chance after McParland's dilly-dallying on the ball, but hesitation to finish gave ample time for Bastig to exploit it. About as much entertainment established in a 'pig fodder' of a game.

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Ivanov, a casualty in the aftermath.

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