FK Mačva Šabac: 2021/22: Part Three

I said there won’t likely be a post next week…Welcome back to Serbia! Due to an unusual work schedule and a couple of days of low-level sickness, I have, in fact finished season three.

So in today’s post we’ll see how far we got in Europe, whether we could usurp the two main Serbian powers in the league, and last time we had heard rumours of a potentially promising youth intake, so let’s follow up on that. But first, a more active January than usual…

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2021/22: Part Two

Welcome back to Serbia! Last time out, we began to invest in growing the club a bit, following our qualification for the group stages of the Euro Cup II, and receiving the almighty prize money.

So, an exciting time for the club off of the field as we strive to close the gap on the big two. We still have a long way to go, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

But enough about the future, it’s time to focus on the present (recent past really, but whatevs) with a quick post today covering the first half of the season, to see if our on-field performances can match our long term ambition…

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2021/22: Part One

Hello there, Happy New Year, and welcome back to Serbia. We hold a trophy, far sooner than I would’ve expected. We had a wonderful season, and things are about to change around here…

Lots to get to today, with a hectic summer of activity to cover, some finance chat (who doesn’t love that?), a quick glance at some of our youngsters and hell, I’ll chuck a few games in, just to make it worth you while.

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2020/21: Part Two

Welcome back to Serbia! I’ve been a little guilty of playing and not blogging, so the aim today is to start to catch you all up on events so far in the Balkans.

So to try and restore the blog writing/game playing equilibrium a bit, I’ll be cramming the rest of the second season into this post, with a little bit of tactics talk sprinkled in for good measure.

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2020/21: Part One

Welcome back to Serbia, and the start of season two. Our first year went just as well as it could have, with a third placed league finish sealing our place in the Europa League qualifiers. With only Red Star and Partizan finishing above us, we’ve probably peaked for a bit, and a couple of years sooner than I would’ve thought.

Today I’ll be focusing on our summer transfer business, changes to our approach for season two, a wee bit of football, and best of all, a couple of lessons that I really should’ve learned years ago. But first up, a quick glance at the club vision…

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2019/20: Part Two

Welcome back to Serbia! In case I didn’t make it clear last time, the Serbian SuperLiga splits in half after 30 games, into a Championship group, and a relegation group. So, with the first part of the season in the books, we’ve got a ten point cushion to keep us out of the bottom half of the table, with nine games to play…

…so I’m pretty confident we should be looking up, not down. The top two are gone, but with the league well broken up with points gaps, we look to be in our own little group, between 3rd and 5th. That would be pretty great, however it breaks.

But before we dig into that, let’s have a little tactics talk, and first, a look at the business done during our first transfer window…

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2019/20: Part One

Welcome to Serbia! So begins another year of FM proper, and a completely new test for me, a smallish club in a lesser reputation league. It’s a bit of an unknown for me, and I’m looking forward to a different challenge.

After last week’s intro, it’s time to get stuck in, and I’ll be covering the first half of the season today, up until the winter break begins. But first up I’ll detail some of the staff changes and a few more details on our starting tactic…

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FK Mačva Šabac: Introduction

Welcome in! So, as you can see from the title, I’ve finally selected a club to start as in FM20. I’m heading to Serbia, and managing FK Mačva Šabac.

Many of the brilliant bloggers about spend a fair amount of time researching and plotting their next moves in FM, but despite being a massive micromanaging control freak type, planning saves it not something I do a lot of (see last year’s ridiculous choosing of Frankfurt, because Eintracht is Concord in German).

This year, I knew I didn’t want to start in one of the big leagues, and I still don’t want to go back to a full blown lower league save after Concord in FM18.

So, how did I end up at Mačva Šabac? Well, chatting in Slack, researching for a Serbian league seg on the One More Game Podcast and finally, incredibly scientifically, getting the FM20 beta, and choosing the team that were predicted to finish bottom of the SuperLiga…

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FM20 Beta: Under Brescia

Welcome to a standalone blog post for a single season beta save with Brescia, in Italy’s Serie A, where football is called calcio.

I won’t bore you for my reasoning behind doing a “beta save”, but I chose Brescia as they’re tipped to be heavily involved in a relegation scrap, and that’s likely to be a feature of my “proper” save too. Eyes emoji.

This won’t be an in-depth post, but I imagine it’ll work out to be roughly half how my season went, and half about a few impressions of the new game.

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The End

Welcome back to Sampdoria! So it’s been a good while. I think it’s just about time to put a neat little bow on the series, before the inevitable carnage of FM20 takes hold.

As I mentioned in my last post, continued success had reduced my desire to blog. In fact, just one season later, it even stopped me playing at all.

But reading a bunch of top blogs in the last week or so has put me back in the mood, and I’ve finally completed the season (2031/32) that had stalled for so long.

Today won’t be like my normal updates, as 1) I’ve played two full seasons since the last post, and one of them was ages ago in real time; 2) I really slacked with the screenshots; and 3) I’ll be devoting more than half of this blog entry to mentioning some of my favourite players and moments from the save as a whole…

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