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A NEW HOPE.

Domination – “A dominating or being dominated; rule; control; ascendancy.” The Primeira Liga (Liga Portugal 1) was founded in 1934, in that time over 70 clubs have competed, shockingly only five of these clubs have ever been crowned champions (as a contrast, whilst over a larger period of time since 1892, 20 clubs have won … Continue reading A NEW HOPE.

THE BOYS OF EASTER ROAD

At the start of the Football Manager ’22 cycle I had huge plans to blog my Anderlecht save, which would allow me to only sign Belgian players.  That save lasted one season, and just two and a half blogs (the half is sat eternally unfinished on this laptop). We won the league in the first … Continue reading THE BOYS OF EASTER ROAD

#8 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway where we will talk through a rather epic second half of Fredrik Solskjaer’s fifth season in charge at Tromsdalen UIL Fotball. First of all, apologies for the delay in updates – I was busy finishing My FM Journal which I’d love for you to check out. Secondly, we return with … Continue reading #8 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#23 – A NEW CHAPTER…

In the aftermath of a treble-winning season, Kazan partied for weeks to come. Paraded around as legends, the full team took the chance to soak in the atmosphere and their accomplishments. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a historic season. Daniil was enjoying the celebrations, but he couldn’t help but overthink the situation at hand. … Continue reading #23 – A NEW CHAPTER…

#7 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway where we’ve just entered the year 2025 or as we’re calling it at Tromsdalen: The year European football came to the municipality of Tromso! Unfortunately for you — the reader — you’ll see no European action from us in this update as we’re in February and the halfway point of the season is in … Continue reading #7 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#6 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway where we’ll be rounding up the action of the 2024 season. It’s Fredrik Solskjaer’s fourth year at the helm of Tromsdalen UIL and his first year managing in Norway’s top-flight. Sitting in 8th place at the midway point of the season — with Molde ending the title race for everyone already — but still … Continue reading #6 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#5 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway where we enter Fredrik Solskjaer’s fourth season as a football manager. Last season we clinched promotion as champions of the OBOS Ligaen — on the final day no less — to see Tromsdalen reach the Elite Serien for the first time in the club’s history. However, I left you on a cliff-hanger as once … Continue reading #5 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#4 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway. Last time out I left you at the midway stage of the 2023 season, our second season in the OBOS Ligaen and third season overall. We currently sit 2nd in the Norwegian second-tier — unbeaten too I may add — as we aim for promotion once again. Too many draws have been our downfall … Continue reading #4 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#16 – CHANGE IS… GOOD?

As previously mentioned in #2 – Getting My Bering Strait, I had a clear pathway for Daniil Murayvoy to follow on his journey from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. However, due to circumstances involving certain teams, one opportunity presented itself that proved to be good to turn down. My concern surrounding turning it down was the issue … Continue reading #16 – CHANGE IS… GOOD?

#3 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway as we enter our third season in charge of Tromsdalen. We overachieved last time out by finishing third in the OBOS Ligaen but a lacklustre performance in the playoffs ensured that we’d be spending another season in the second division. This year we set out again in our attempts to … Continue reading #3 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#2 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Welcome back to Navigating Norway! It’s a new season in a new league and boy is it exciting. We’re already only one promotion away from being in Norway’s top flight, not that I’m expecting us to make it two promotions on the bounce. That just isn’t going to happen. But we can use this season … Continue reading #2 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

#1 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

Picture this, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has just been sacked as the manager of Manchester United. His credentials were always questioned, “he won in Norway and was sacked at Cardiff” they always said. After last night’s events at St. James’ Park, you may just begin to question whether it was Solskjaer or just the Red Devil’s … Continue reading #1 – NAVIGATING NORWAY

SEASON REVIEW 24/25

Welcome back to the sixth and final post in the series ‘Turkish Delight’ where I am managing Gençlerbirliği. If you missed the last post where I reviewed the 23/24 campaign then please click here to catch up. Before I start here is a reminder of the 10 challenges that I want to achieve throughout this save: Win … Continue reading SEASON REVIEW 24/25

#12 – THE END OF A CHAPTER

Before Daniil could send his players off for a break he had four games to prepare his boys for; Lokomotiv and Dinamo to round off the three consecutive matches against Moscow opposition, before facing Akhmat and Zenit. Knowing not to expect too much from these games, Daniil was instructing his players to make the most … Continue reading #12 – THE END OF A CHAPTER

SEASON REVIEW 23/24

Welcome back to the fifth post in the series ‘Turkish Delight’ where I am managing Gençlerbirliği. If you missed the last post where I reviewed the 22/23 campaign then please click here to catch up. Before I start here is a reminder of the 10 challenges that I want to achieve throughout this save: Win … Continue reading SEASON REVIEW 23/24

SEASON REVIEW 22/23

Here we go again! This is the fourth post in my series ‘Turkish Delight’ where I am managing Gençlerbirliği. I’ve now moved over to onthebreak.net which is where I will be posting my content going forward. If you missed the last post where I reviewed the 21/22 campaign then please click here to catch up. Before … Continue reading SEASON REVIEW 22/23

THE ENGANCHE

After discussing all things FM with a friend over the weekend, I was brought right up to date with his Deportivo de La Coruña save, and the concept gripped my interest. I watched a lot of WorkTheSpace’s Park to Primera during the summer, and with the league restructure, I fancied starting a non-blog save with Racing Santander … Continue reading THE ENGANCHE

#4 – A NEW BEGINNING

14th June 2021 – 07:30 (GMT+10) Daniil eagerly jumped out of bed at the sound of his alarm; today was the big day. Making the executive decision to skip his university lectures for one day, and one day only, Daniil had a potentially life-changing interview to prepare for. It had only been a week since … Continue reading #4 – A NEW BEGINNING

#3 – ANCESTRAL GUIDANCE

In the middle of Vladivostok, a monument overlooks the Zolotoy Rog Bay; the old foundations of the city’s military outpost centuries ago. The monument was erected to honour one of Russia’s most prominent statesmen, who was vital in Russia’s Far East history.  Nikolay Muravyov has his own monument in his own park in Vladivostok, but … Continue reading #3 – ANCESTRAL GUIDANCE

SEASON REVIEW 21/22

Thank you for joining me once more for the third post of ‘Turkish Delight’, this time its a review of my first season in charge of Gençlerbirliği. If you missed the last post where I assessed the clubs facilities, finances and players then please click here to catch up. Before I start here is a reminder of … Continue reading SEASON REVIEW 21/22

JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – EURO CUP TWO GROUP AND MID-SEASON REVIEW

Club 2 – Lechia League With deadline day approaching, I had planned on saving our transfer budget for the February window, until I came across 18-year-old forward Dragan Stoisavljevic, wanted by Newcastle and Leeds before we made our move, I acted quickly and secured him for £1.2 million, at 6 foot 2 and with excellent … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – EURO CUP TWO GROUP AND MID-SEASON REVIEW

EUROPEAN JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – PRE-SEASON, TRANSFERS AND THE TOTO CUP

Disaster struck one day into our tenure at Fahm, the board rejected my request for a coaching course! They also rejected requests to improve the training facilities and to improve the youth facilities. While the facilities one is what it is, the coaching course is a real problem early on. You need to get them … Continue reading EUROPEAN JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – PRE-SEASON, TRANSFERS AND THE TOTO CUP

JOURNEY TO THE JOURNEYMAN

“This is not the intro to a Journeyman series, no.This is just a tribute!” 2020 was weird… Forget the pandemic, we’ve all had to endure that and if you’ve made it on here, well done, you’ve fucking smashed it. Around March, on a complete whim, I bought Football Manager 2020. I genuinely have no idea … Continue reading JOURNEY TO THE JOURNEYMAN