FK Mačva Šabac: 2022/23: Great Expectations

Welcome back to Serbia! Last time out, I spent more time than ever putting a totally fool-proof plan together. Today we’ll cover the fact that I’ve assembled the best looking squad I’ve had thus far, and given my own FM history, the fact it’s taken me more than a month to update you must be a good sign, right?

As the season took me so long to play (and write), I’m going to power through the whole thing in one hit today. Fear not, I’ll be keeping the word count well under control.

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FK Mačva Šabac: 2022: Squad Building

Welcome back to Serbia. As promised, this post will largely be a look at squad building, and how I go about it. Be warned, there will not be a single match in it!

I will however, spend a bit of time saying farewell to some of the players that will leave us in this summer of change, not only long-serving players, but also those that made a great impact in limited appearances. But I’ll start with my thoughts on squad building in theory

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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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