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The Red Journey

A story where take a club from one of Europe's lower leagues to make them a worldwide force to be reckoned with!
Started on 8 April 2014 by TVDLC123
Latest Reply on 11 July 2014 by Justice
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He looks... creepy shudder
@Pauker - Eh, KO are much better :P
@Neal - Yeah, it was a nice relief that I wouldn't be jobless :P
@Walter - :OOOOOO He isn't creepy, he just likes different things :P Did the new story icon attract you btw? :P Speaking of which, why'd you delete yours? :( TRAITOR!

Nenadic and Reljic leave Red Star
Reljic, pictured above, went for a fairly large fee despite rarely featuring

Red Star have announced today two more players which will be leaving them in this window, as newly appointed full time manager, Robert Prosine?ki attempts to remove the players from his side that he considers deadwood, in order to free up both transfer and wage budget space. After selling striker Abiola Dauda to Real Sporting the club have announced two more outgoing players, in the shape of striker Milos Reljic, and left back Ljubo Nenadic. Reljic has moved to Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab for a fee of 300K, while Nenadic has left for fellow Serbian side Jagodina for a fee estimated to be around 60K. Both were not enjoying their football at Red Star and were transfer listed, so the club will be happy that both are now of their wage budget.

Reljic has spent the majority of his career at Red Star after coming through their youth ranks. However, he was not able to break into the side during his 10 years with the club, as was loaned out constantly. In 2011 he was released, and played two seasons at Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but they found no reason to renew his deal, and was released again. Red Star picked him back up at the start of the 13-14 season, but went straight back out on loan to Czech side Znojmo, where he has enjoyed one of his best seasons, scoring 4 times in 12 appearances. When he returned to the club however, he was felt he was not needed and was placed on the transfer list. During his 8 seasons at Red Star he has made just 3 appearances for the first team, scoring just once back in the 06-07 season. Fans will be happy that the club was able to get a decent amount of a player who wasn’t likely to ever play first team football for them again. Reljic had this to say after the deal was confirmed.

‘I have spent most of my career at Red Star, and while I have made some great friends, and had some great experiences, it is time for me to move on for my career, as I know I will never get a chance in the first team here, so I will go somewhere where I know I will. I look forward to playing in Saudi Arabia, where I believe I can advance my career. It is a new opportunity, which I am looking forward to very much.’

The other player who was sold was full back Ljubo Nenadic, after he moved across Serbia to join Jagodina. The player came through the ranks at Red Star’s arch rivals, Partizan. However, he left the club in January of 2005, after he felt wasn’t being given a fair chance at first team football, and moved to lower league Radnicki 1923, where he spent the next two years. While he got his request of first team football, he couldn’t help side from being relegated, and after they weren’t promoted after a season, he left again, for First Division side Metalac. During his time at the club, they enjoyed lots of success, being promoted at the end of the 08-09 campagin. When his contract finished, he chose not to renew it, and instead rejoin now Super League side, Radnicki 1923. The player enjoyed a good year, keeping his side from the drop, and was signed by Red Star as backup in 2012. After a season on loan to Novi Pazar, he returned to the club, but found himself cut off from the first team and placed on the transfer list, at which point Jagodina chose to buy him. Nenadic also released a statement.

‘I am grateful to Red Star for giving me the chance to play at such a big club, with such a glorious history, but now I must move on, for the sake of my career and for my family, so that I can reach some stability in my career finally. I believe I can achieve this at Jagodina, and I hope I can help them to future success. Thank you to all the fans and my fellow team mates for helping me have a great time, however, it is not in mine, nor the clubs interest for me to continue to play my trade there, and I leave with my head held high.’
For two players who were not getting football, 360k is a very good sum.
Ahh, you're bringing in le' dough for a super marquee signing
@Josh - Yeah, just trying to get rid of all the deadwood in the team, so I'm happy with those prices.
@Pauker - Hopefully, I have one or two people I'm looking at :P

Kainz completes last minute move to Red Star

Red Star Belgrade made their biggest transfer, while not in price but in player quality, late last night as the January transfer market drew to a close. Talented left winger, Florian Kainz is the 4th incoming player for the club during this window as they look to strengthen their squad’s depth in order to compete a high level in all 3 competitions they remain in. The 21 year old is one of Austria’s brightest young talents, and Red Star will be pleased to bring him into the club for a fee of just 82K, which was achieved due to the fact that the player’s contract was running out in the summer, forcing his old club, SK Strum Graz to be forced to sell him now for a low price, or risk losing him for nothing in the summer. He signs a 2 and a half year deal with the Serbian side, earning a wage of 3.6K per week, which makes him Red Star’s 2nd highest earner.

Kainz has spent all of his career at Strum Graz, his hometown club. After coming through the youth ranks, he moved into the club’s 2nd team, and immediately made an impact, starting 26 games for them at the age of 16. This led for him to be moved up into the first team, and he played well in his first season in Austria’s top flight, making 13 appearances, helping his side win the league for the first time for 12 years. Due to his performances, he quickly became known around all of the Austrian league and, for the next two seasons, was the first name on the Strum Graz team sheet. In this period he also started playing regularly for the Austrian U21 team. This season has been just as good for the player, as he has been the bright spark in Strum Graz’s attack. However, seeking a move to a higher level club, Kainz refused to enter contract renegotiations, and allowed his move to be completed for such a low fee. Kainz talked about his move during a press conference welcoming him to the club.

‘I am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career here at Red Star; it is such a great club, with so many skilled players, and a great mentality, I feel I can definitely fit in and prosper here. After meeting with my fellow teammates, I see that I will be part of something special, and I hope, not just for this season, but for many seasons to come that I will be wearing the red and white stripes. I would like to thank Strum Graz for finding me and introducing me to professional football, but as I try to break into the national side and establish myself on a more global scale, I feel moving to Red Star is a better choice for my career.’

Manager, Robert Prosine?ki, also spoke during the press conference, and was overjoyed at having competed the deal.

‘It was a tense few hours last night, and at many moments I though we wouldn’t be able to get this deal through, but we have, and I am delighted to welcome Florian to the club. He is a great player who is sure to have a stunning future, so to get his signature for so little is a massive coup for us. I am very much looking forward to working with him on a regular basis, and I am sure he will prove to be a great addition to our squad.’

Kainz will only have a few days to gel with him new team, as the club faces PAOK in the Europa League Knockout Stages in 4 days. His transfer looks to be a great one for Red Star, whose team looks very strong going into the 2nd half of their season, and they hope the success they have enjoyed so far will continue.

I expected a much better player after reading that he made so many apps as a youngster! Hopefully you can make him world-class.
@Pauker - He isn't a superb player at the moment, but he is still very young. Also, I got him for 86K, and his value is already nearly 10 times that, so even if he doesn't turn out great, selling him for a profit won't be a problem :P
Status Update

Just to let you guys know that I had tests this week, which is why I didn't update much, but now that is over, I will be updating regularly :)

Also, thanks everyone for helping me reach 5K views on this story, which is officially my most successful one, and I will be doing my best to continue this for a long time :)

Red Star dispatch PAOK to set up encounter with Zenit

Red Star Belgrade’s run in the Europa League looks like it is never going to end, after they pulled off another great result against PAOK, beating the Greek side, 4-2 on aggregate. This win signals another upset which the Serbian side has caused in this competition, and, from being massive outsiders to win the competition on its start, more and more people are considering them as real trophy contenders as they continue to get very good results against large teams. They will have to pull off yet another one of those results if they are to progress even further though, after they were drawn against massive heavyweights Zenit in the next round.

The first leg was very tight, with both sides having a limited amount of chances in the early periods of the game. While PAOK held more of the possession, the game was very stop-start, with lots of fouls and stoppages. Red Star didn’t look very troubled defensively, but were unable to get as far up the pitch as they would have liked. The best chance of the half was when Nasiopoulos cross swerved the wrong way and hit the crossbar, before it was cleared away. As the two sides went into the break, neither would be happy with the result, with PAOK trying to get the all-important away goal, while Red Star had hoped to build up an advantage for the 2nd leg. In the 2nd half though, the Serbian side looked more dangerous, with good flowing moves, one of which came very close, after Onyilo laid off the ball to Kasalica, whose shot was narrowly wide. PAOK struggled to keep up with their opponent’s new found energy and spirit, as they were pegged back, now with the intention of just trying to hold on for the draw. However, that was not to be the case, after Ninkovic played a clever pass to split open the defence, leaving Onyilo one on one, and the striker, after moving it onto his left foot, struck a sweet shot into the corner in the 80th minute. PAOK tried to come back, but their attacks were weak and futile, making it very easy for the Red Star defence to deal with, and at the end of the match, Red Star had a 1-0 lead to take with them to Greece.

The 2nd leg was much more action packed and goal filled than the first, as both sides gave it their all to try and make it into the next round. After an equal opening 20 minutes, Red Star winer, Nejc Pecnik switched the play to Onyilo, who hit a half volley which found the back of the net to give his side the crucial away goal which PAOK had failed to get, meaning they would now have to score 3 times to win the match. This huge task did not put them off however, and 9 minutes later, a quick attack found its way to Sotiris Ninis inside the box, and the attacking midfielder made no mistake, hitting a carefully placed shot past goalkeeper Bajkovic to level the score on the night. Red Star, desperate not to lose their advantage, went on the attack, and after a couple of good chances, just before half time, a slip up from Miguel Vitor led to Filip Kasalica being set through, and he scored a powerful effort to regain his side’s 3 goal aggregate cushion. After the break, PAOK still showed no signs of giving up, pushing immediately from the whistle, and this paid off in the 47th minute when Inigo Lopez beat Miguel Araujo to the ball from a corner, and headed the ball past Bajkovic into the back of the net. The Greek side decided to go big, and threw everyone forward in a frenzy, trying to get the two goals they needed. However, all their attacks left big gaps in their defence, and a counter attack from Red Star found its way to Onyilo who applied a simple finish to score the goal which would ultimately end PAOK’s run in the competition. They were unable to recover from this goal, and as many fans left the stadium early, their spirits dropped. The match ended 3-2 to Red Star on the night, and 4-2 to the Serbian side on aggregate, setting up their encounter with Russian giants Zenit.
Some good results there, especially the away win must have been a tough one!
Congratulations! Two great legs resulting in a great result for you. :-)
Another great win, you're on a roll! Good luck versus Zenit.. if you can pull a win off there then ... wow :D
Great results :D Loving the graphics, keep it up :)

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