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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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@Bayern - Yeah, I just felt he wasn't very useful, and to sell him I needed to remove his captaincy first.
@Aaron - Thanks :P
@Pauker - JEREMY! xD
@Pompey - Thanks, screw him, I'm the manager :P

Red Star Belgrade destroy Differdange

Red Star Belgrade showed their class to easily depose of a Differdange side which never looked to be giving them any problems, over both of the legs. This victory sees them progress to the next round of the Europa League Qualifiers. The team from Luxembourg was blown away by the class of Red Star, and lost in each of the legs 3-0, combining to form a humiliating 6-0 loss for them.

Leg 1

The first leg was held in the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg, but despite having the home advantage, Differdange conceded after just 2 minutes, from the spot, after Vesovic was fouled by left back Bossi, and centre back Marco Araujo fired home coolly. It took Red Star barely 3 more minutes to score another, with star man, Milos Ninkovic, blasting home a powerful half volley, past the keepers grasp. Belgrade continued to dominate, not letting Differdange get a touch on the ball, and scored their third just before half time, with a poor clearance falling to the feet of talented striker Filip Kasalica, who tapped it into the bottom corner. For the rest of the game, Belgrade held their lead comfortably, and we only unable to add to it due to an abundance of top saves from keeper, Kevin Welter.

Leg 2

The second leg was a much more relaxed affair, as Belgrade put out a fairly young team, to rest their senior players for the next round and the start of the league. It took them 16 minutes until they broke the deadlock at their home stadium, with winger Nejc Pecnik slicing home a shot from just outside the box and cutting in. Differdange were much more solid at the back, and kept the home side from scoring again until the 60th minute, when a great passing move by the team was finished off by Ninkovic, who got his second goal of the tie. The 3rd and final goal came late on, when a cross was inadvertently turned in by defender Nico Hilbert, in stoppage time.
Great win mate, which round are you in now? Play offs? Or must you win another tie until that?
Any news on.. wait for it.. NENAD MILIJAS? Nice win btw :D
@Aaron - Thanks, I play one more round before the playoffs.
@Pauker - :P Not yet, a few clubs are interested though, but I'm not sure I can get much for him because he is fairly old.

Assuncao brought in
Brazilian Assuncao signs a one-year old

Brazilian defensive midfiled veteran, Paulo Assuncao, has been brought in as new manager, Robert Prosine?ki’s, first signing since re-joining the club. The talented 33 year old was courted by many clubs, but chose to go to the Serbian giants, signing a contract in the late hours of last night. The deal was confirmed today, and a press conference is scheduled to be held this week.

Assuncao was born in Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso in Brazil in January 1980. By the time he was 18, he caught the eye of Brazilian First Division side, Palmeiras, whose youth academy he joined, and played for until he was 19. However, with an apparent lack of first team chances, he made a move to FC Porto on a free deal. He spent the next few seasons on loan at various clubs, including Palmeiras, his former employers. He was finally given a first team chance for Porto in the 05/06 season. He excelled for them, and became a main stay in their team, providing solid cover for the clubs defense. He formed a formidable midfield partnership alongside Raul Meireles and Lucho González, who were key in Porto winning three consecutive league titles. As his contract came to an end however, Porto chose not to renew it, and he chose to sign a contract instead for Atletico Madrid.

At the Spanish club, he enjoyed great success, despite him being in his early 30s, he made a great contribution to the side, helping them to consistently qualify for the Champions League. For 2 and a half seasons, he held his role as the undisputed starter in the holding midfield, before the club chose to buy Mario Suarez who replaced him in the starting lineup. This greatly reduced the amount of game time he got, but he still played a part in helping them win the Europa League. He decided not to renew his contract, in order to pursue first team football back in his home nation, as he signed a one year deal with Sao Paulo. However, his time there was not that successful, with injuries plaguing him during this time, and by the end of the December, Assuncao had enough, mutually terminating his contract, and moving back to Spain to play for Deportivo for the rest of the season.

In an exclusive interview, Assuncao told the press how happy he was about joining Red Star, and he said that the project Prosine?ki was trying to build here was something which was very exciting, and something he wanted to be part of. The manager himself is reportedly very happy with the deal, as he hopes the Brazilian will provide leadership to this fairly young squad, and covering the position that former captain Nenad Milijaš is expected to leave when he departs the club, after he was placed on the transfer list. This was only the first interaction we have seen from Prosine?ki in this transfer market, and we will wait to see how else he plans to strengthen the squad before the start of the season.
Very good signing there, hopefully his experience will be a big boost to your team. :) Very good update as per usual.
Nice signing, I wonder if we'll see anymore anytime soon? :P
Excellent result against Differdange and a nice signing too!
@Josh - Thanks, hopefully, that's one of the main reasons I got him, I have a very young squad so he'll be very helpful.
@Aaron - Hopefully, but because I have quite a low budget, it wont be a 'big-money' signing.
@Pompey - Thanks, I still have 2 more qualifying rounds to go, hopefully I can pull off some good results then as well.
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Red Star handed very tough draw

Red Star Belgrade were given a very tough draw against Italian side Udinese in the 3rd Qualifying Round for the Europa League. The tie is easily the standout of the round, with all the other big clubs draw against sides they should beat without any hassle. Red Star destroyed Differdange to get here, whilst for Udinese, this is the first round which they enter the qualifiers.

Udinese are a very formidable side in the Serie A, finishing in consistently in high positions, climaxed by a 3rd place finish in the 2011/12 season. The club, being the 2nd oldest club currently in the Italian top flight, is very prestigious, and has a reputation for finding and grooming star players. In recent times, the likes of Maurico Isla, Kwando Asamoah (both currently playing for Juventus), Gokhan Inler, and Alexis Sanchez have come through their ranks. The current roster of players is still very strong however, despite the club being notorious for selling their star players.

This current roster is led by Serie A legend, Antonio Di Natale. The 36 year old is one of the league’s most prolific strikers, and remains as one of the best players in Italy, despite now being well over 30. The Italian is quick, versatile, and very strong technically, and has a large reputation in the footballing world. He has enjoyed some of his best seasons in recent years, becoming the first player since Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta to score 20 or more goals in four or more consecutive seasons, a stunning achievement for a player his age. He is also close to eclipsing Batistuta’s all time goal scoring record, which he is expected to break this season.

Even without their star man, Udinese still provide a serious threat. The likes of Luis Muriel, a Columbian forward who broke into the side last season, establishing himself alongside Di Natale, can be devastating at times. A very hot youth prospect, Muriel was always extremely promising. He was being courted by the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal from a young age, and the winner of several Young Player of the Year awards show how highly he was held in everyone’ regards. Their midfield is also very promising, with the likes of Jali, Badu and Merkel all coming through the ranks into their first team.

The final piece in the Udinese machine is manager, Francesco Guidolin. The 57 year old has taken the club to heights many thought were impossible, and has been acknowledged as one of the best coaches in Italy at the moment. His experience in the league, coupled with his outstanding tactical knowledge, give him the edge over most. However, it is his superb youth developmental skills that have made him stand out, as he has been able to keep the club very high up in the league, even without large transfer funds, by bringing through the new generation, and nurturing them into top class players. His side will certainly provide a stern test for the Serbian club, and will be looking to get the advantage at their home stadium.
The different sizes of the badges...twitch
@Neal *edits* I think that's a bit better :P

Red Star overpower Udinese to cause big shock

Red Star Belgrade pulled of the biggest shock of this years Europa League so far, after two legs, where they triumphed 5-4. This sees the Serbian club into the playoffs, and this win will send a big message to their next opponent. Manager, Robert Prosinečki, was overjoyed, and he told the press how the team were gelling extremely quickly, and this win is clear proof that they are developing.

The first leg, staged at Udinese’s home stadium in Italy, was predicted to be a tough game for Red Star, but they got off to a bright start, taking control of the early stages. This dominance soon paid off for them, as striker, Filip Kasalica tucked away a great strike into the bottom corner on 19 minutes to silence the home fans. They managed to double their lead after 25 minutes, with a corner being played into defensive midfielder, Goran Gogic, who headed in with ease. After this goal, Udinese managed to come back into the game, and looked more of an attacking threat. Just after half an hour of play, Mateo Kovacavic tripped Merkel in the box to give away a penalty, which was cooly slotted home by Maurizio Domizzi, to bring them back into the game. The rest of the half went by without any point of mention, and the second half started the same way as well, with both sides trying to create more chances. Finally, in the 73rd minute, a failed clearance from Udinese’s defence led to Milos Ninkovic capitalising, and firing home. Udinese tried to get back into the game by throwing more and more men forward, but Red Star’s defence held solid to give them a 3-1 advantage to take back to their home stadium.

The second leg was a much tenser affair, with both sides attempting to get a goal, whilst still remaining responsible at the back. Both sides had good chances to start of the game, but Udinese were the first to capitalise, with a flowing move finished of by a calm shot from Antonio Di Natale. While the Italian side were pressing for another goal, they were caught on the counter attack, and, in the 35th minute, a great through ball from Gogic set Ninkovic through on goal, before a desperate, late challenge from defender Danilo gave Red Star a penalty. The spot kick was converted by Miguel Araujo, and this made the score 4-2 on aggregate. Red Star began to dominate, and kept possession well, and in the 61st minute, the victory was all but assured, as Kasalica struck a great half-volley past the keeper. The affair looked to be over, until the late stages, when in the 82nd minute, a counter attack came to Muriel, who struck home from a tight angle to give him club a glimmer of hope. The tie got even tenser when, 2 minutes later, Di Natale used his sheer pace to get past the Red Star defence, and tuck away his second of the game, to make it 5-4. Udinese, in a desperate attempt to win the match, threw everything into it, but in the end that is how the game ended, and Red Star made it through to the last qualifying round, while Udinese left disappointed and anguished.
Yeess!! Tanay the tactical mastermind :P

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