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Adam Chabukiani: Defying All Odds

The story of a young Georgian refugee, born through the chaos of the Abkhazia War to find his feet in the footballing world.
Started on 5 October 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 5 July 2019 by Justice
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Yes! We're doing it! We've managed to squeeze into sixth place after results went our way once again with a draw between Wolves and Burnley followed by Liverpool losing to Fulham the day after! This means that despite only picking up half of the allotted points for the month, we are sat firmly in a Europa League spot and we are not willing to budge for anyone.

As you can see, we are flying up there from our eighth position from last month. We achieved a sixth place position by winning our game against West Ham as we were in ninth place beforehand. This does not make our position safe in any way, though, as we are still only one point ahead of Burnley, Liverpool and Wolves with the added threat of a title-chasing Manchester City playing against us next.

After winning the award last month, Cabella is back at it again with some more wonderful performances this month which included another goal for the French midfielder who we played on the right-wing this month - a position I have been training him in for a while.

great update as usual buddy! think you forgot the table tho
2016-07-04 20:24#234909 Atoobie : great update as usual buddy! think you forgot the table tho
Thanks for the kind words and pointing that out! I've fixed it for you now :))

With a 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclays Premier League, Bradford Park Avenue have qualified for the 2021 UEFA Europa League.

Yet another bonkers season at Horsfall Stadium ends today as Adam Chabukiani's team steal European football from Burnley, Wolves and Liverpool in a Bradford steamroller that never seems to stop charging through barriers.

A sold-out Molineux was shocked early doors when Wolves icon Danny Batth put the ball in his own net on the eight minute mark.

The own goal sent the away following into raptures, knowing that whoever won the game today would see themselves playing in Europe next season.

Doubts were raised when Bradford PA handed the Premier League title to Manchester City in a 1-0 loss to The Citizens just two weeks prior to the final fixture. However, Chabukiani got his message into his players for the game at Molineux and saw a defensive masterclass shield out the three points which gives them European football for the first time in their history.

As the final whistle went, Avenue players went straight over to their families in the crowd at Molineux to celebrate the historical victory, with Adam Chabukiani celebrating with legendary club chairman Dr. John Dean on the pitch which received unmatched levels of noise in the away end.

After being removed from the field so that the Wolves players could stage their lap of honour, celebrations continued on the way back to West Yorkshire with videos emerging of Jack Grealish necking three shots of Smirnoff as the party went on deep into the night.

Bradford's star man of the season Rémy Cabella was unfortunate enough to be injured for the final fixture with a thigh strain, but the Frenchman still joined the squad in celebrations in Leeds later that night, despite the damage to his thigh.

However, back to the Premier League and rounding up the top four was Manchester City, who won the title, followed by Chelsea and then by Manchester United and Arsenal who were nowhere near the top two.

Tottenham Hotspur will play in the Europa League next season alongside a European debutant in Bradford Park Avenue, led by Adam Chabukiani who will be hoping to bolster his squad this summer with some top talents to compete among some of the world's best teams.

However, it wasn't success stories for all teams as Leicester City, Derby County and Hull City all succumbed to the drop down into the Sky Bet Championship next season, with Derby failing to stay up in their first season of top-flight football.

Joining the English elite next season will be Stoke City and a long overdue arrival of Leeds United who enter the Premier League for the first time since 2004. Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic will battle it out for the final promotion spot in a Play-Off Final at Wembley on 24th May.

But today, football will rejoice in the glory of Bradford Park Avenue who have come unbelievably far in recent years under Adam Chabukiani's rule and deserve every single football fan's respect in doing so.
Huge congratulations mate, huge achievement!
2016-07-05 07:19#234923 BeanyUnited : Huge congratulations mate, huge achievement!
Huge thanks ;)

Our first season in the Premier League has most definitely gone to plan. With expectations limited to only a midtable finish at this point at the start of the season, we have once again defied all the odds to achieve a Europa League spot next season.

Well that's it! The final Premier League table of the 2020/2021 season shows Manchester City at the top on 86 points and Leicester at the bottom with just 30 points. The fate of Burnley is to be decided but our Europa League qualification is confirmed for good. What a season.

A new entry for this season, as well as the last entry of the season as Aymen Abdennour wins May's Player of the Month. He was involved in the defensive masterclass against Wolves which ultimately won us Europa League qualification.

Following on from their surprising Europa League qualification, Bradford Park Avenue have released their financial records from the last season to the public.

Released by chairman Dr John Dean, 71 and managing director Gareth Roberts, 65, the release provoked further delight among the Bradford PA fanbase after their delightful Premier League campaign.

The board announced that the club had paid off an outstanding £900k debt which stemmed from a loan that the club took out in League Two to fund a youth facility development. However, the £21million that the club are paying back to the bank for funding for the new stadium - scheduled to be completed next month - still stands.

The club also announced a profit of £141million which astounded fans who never realised how strong their club's financial position was. This was granted with an easy pass through this season's Financial Fair Play period, having been required to make a loss of no more than £15million to comply with the regulations.

John Dean announced a new sponsorship deal with a local company which is estimated to be worth around £13.75k per year over three years. Their previous sponsorship earned them only £6.86k per year.

The club said that it had generated £102k through the use of its corporate facilities as well as a further £256k from matchday commercial and retail activity. Broadcasting revenue and competition prize money totalled an astronomical £123million.

Total merchandise sales for the season amounted to £1.84million with non-domestic sales making up £184k of the total figure. Michael Lieblein, Matthew Fletcher and Rémy Cabella were all popular shirt names.

Deviating from accounts for one second, and Jack Hallahan has also agreed a new deal with the club which increases his worryingly cheap release clause of £4.1million to £30million, which should warn off any potential suitors in the coming summer transfer window.

However, on the negative side, the board announced that the club faces a tax bill of around £22million based on financial records over the year, with taxable profits of the club being approximately £100million.

With the remarkable achievements of Bradford PA put aside for the off-season, Chabukiani has got his Switzerland team doing just as well in their World Cup Qualification campaign.

After wins against Finland and San Marino back in March which saw Chabukiani's team go top of their group in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, they faced Northern Ireland and Hungary in their most recent encounters.

It was a trip to the British Isles for Switzerland first as they faced N. Ireland at Windsor Park. It turned out to be the best game of Chabukiani's career in international football as his team ran out as 6-0 winners away from home.

A Ricardo Rodríguez free-kick started off the scoring precedings as the left-back dipped the ball over the wall and past Jared Thompson in the 13th minute. Not even ten minutes had passed before Switzerland doubled their lead through an Admir Mehmedi goal in the 20th minute.

Liverpool star Xhevdet Sefa scored his first of the game just four minutes later with a half-volley inside the box. Xherdan Shaqiri put a fourth past Northern Ireland before Sefa added a fifth before the clock struck thirty minutes.

Paddy McNair rounded off the scoring for the evening by putting a goal past his own keeper in the dying embers of the game.

Switzerland then travelled to Eastern Europe to play Hungary in a packed out Groupama Aréna. Heiri Richoz started ahead of Admir Mehmedi in this game.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored Switzerland's first in this game in the 13th minute from a Ricardo Rodríguez cross into the box.

Xhevdet Sefa then finished the scoring in this one in the 72nd minute with a rebound from Breel Embolo's initial shot.

The game finished 2-0 to Switzerland and Chabukiani's men remain at the top of Group 2 with Yann Sommer yet to concede for La Nati in the qualification stage. Switzerland still have to face their toughest challenge, though, as they face a Portugal team still led by a 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently tied as Group 2's top scorer with Switzerland's Xhevdet Sefa.

Back to Chabukiani's leadership as Bradford Park Avenue manager and in relation to his national team, the Georgian manager is interested in two of his Switzerland international players, with Stéphane Pires and Xhevdet Sefa attracting his attention according to many media outlets both domestically and internationally.

Perhaps the largest-scale development in the history of Bradford Park Avenue has been completed as construction of The Avenue is done.

From National League North to the Premier League, The Stans have finally departed Horsfall Stadium after a 25-year stay at the 90 year old ground.

Constructed on the former remnants that was known as Peel Park before it was ripped up by construction cranes in May 2020, The Avenue, a 15,493 all-seater now stands there as Avenue's new home.

The blueprints suggest that the stadium has the potential to expand up to 30,986 seats if necessary, but at the rate that Chabukiani is growing the club at, it may not be long before a new stadium is required.

The club welcomed fans to a welcoming ceremony at the Cliffe Road scene with board members John Dean and Gareth Roberts leading the ceremony, with appearances from club manager, Adam Chabukiani, assistant manager and club legend Wayne Benn as well as Matthew Fletcher and former captain and club icon Kasjusz Piwowarczyk, who travelled over from Poland to help with the ceremony of his former club.

Unlike Horsfall Stadium, The Avenue meets all Premier League and European standards for stadiums which include undersoil heating and a minimum seating capacity of 12,000.

Adam Chabukiani:
It's another momentous occasion in this great club's history as we introduce The Avenue to the fans. It has been an honour to lead this club as far as it has gone and now this perfect piece of architecture, our home, is the statue for our success as a club. It is not just a stadium, but a reward. A reward for the board, me, the players past and present and most of all - the fans. I welcome you to The Avenue.

As it stands, Bradford's first game on new home turf will be in the Europa League Third Qualifying Stage against a currently unknown opposition. However, preseason fixtures could occur before that date.

Bradford Park Avenue are still having to pay off the loan that produced the stadium, a £24million take-out which will be approximately paid back at the end of the decade in 2030.

But big news emanating from the club regarding the new stadium is that there have already been plans put in motion for an immediate stadium expansion for The Avenue to hold 19,000 fans.

Bradford Park Avenue have learned that IF Elfsborg of Sweden will be their first Europa League opposition this season.

The draw took place earlier this afternoon at UEFA's headquarters as the Third Qualifying Round teams were drawn against each other.

Big teams like A.C. Milan, Bursaspor and Spartak Moscow have all been represented in this round of qualification which is the penultimate qualifying round before the Group Stage.

But Bradford Park Avenue will be counting themselves lucky to be playing Elfsborg - whose most expensive player is Montenegrin striker Dino Islamovic at £1.1million - as they are one of the weaker teams in this round.

The tie on 5th August is currently scheduled to be the game when The Avenue hosts its first game as Bradford PA's new home stadium.

Adam Chabukiani:
I agree, the draw could have given us a much difficult opponent, but Elfsborg have done well to get as far as we have in this tournament through last seasons league position and they must be respected when we turn up in the qualifiers. It will be a massive night in the club's history and this game against Elfsborg will go down in the annals of the club from that date onwards.

The First Leg is set to take place in two weeks time at Elfsborg's Boras Arena on 29th July.

Bradford PA will be desperate to defeat the Swedish team to reach the Playoffs and then the Group Stage, where they could represent English football alongside Tottenham Hotspur who finished 5th last season in the Premier League.

Portuguese giants SL Benfica are the current holders of the competition after defeating Liverpool 4-0 in the Final in Turkey last season.

This season, the Final will be hosted at PGE Arena Gdansk in Poland.
Good news on the stadium bro, especially with the potential 19,000 capacity to come soon! As for the Europa League, that is a very winnable fixture!
Congratulations on all your success!
BeanyUnited: Certainly a new era with the new ground and European football, very exciting times ahead :D

Griffo: Thanks man! :D
Great first season and should be a winnable play off against Elfsborg. Think you might need to expand the Avenue to capacity soon

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