On FM Scout you can chat about Football Manager in real time since 2011. Here are 10 reasons to join!

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

Adam Chabukiani has broken the Bradford Park Avenue transfer record yet again with the signing of Jurij Dinaburskij from Zenit St. Petersburg.

Just as the hype around the fee of Alfred Duncan begins to die down, Bradford PA have pulled another fantastic player out of the bag as Russian international Dinaburskij joins the club for £36.5M.

The transfer fee takes Avenue's summer spending up to £56million as this fee adds onto the combined fees paid out for Richard Webb, Silvan Widmer, Cláudio and Howard Elliott so far this summer.

Dinaburskij has been a one-club man until now after growing up in the Zenit academy from the age of nine years old. The 23-year-old burst onto the Russian top-flight stage with a lethal goalscoring ability, bagging eleven goals in 17 league games for Zenit when he was just 18 years old.

The next season, Dinaburskij scored four goals in as many games but found himself shunned out on loan surprisingly. He spent a season-long loan at Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht and startled pundits in the nation with 19 goals in 27 games.

His most successful season was the 2019/2020 campaign where he outscored his league appearances with 24 goals in 22 matches.

In his past two seasons Dinaburskij has scored a combined total of 42 goals in 50 matches for Zenit in all competitions. This means his overall career record is 92 goals in 114 matches.

That isn't to say that his international record is bad either, with the forward scoring 34 goals in 43 caps for his native Russia. The pacey 6'2" finisher is quickly building a reputation as one of Europe's hottest prospects with some Russian pundits suggesting that the £36M Bradford have paid for the striker a 'steal'.

Adam Chabukiani: I am a believer that Jurij [Dinaburskij] is one of the best players in the world without a shadow of a doubt. I'm sure that the fee that the media are putting on the player will be long forgotten once he gets on the pitch for us. His record for Russia, Zenit and his loan spell at Anderlecht speaks for itself with this guy and I am absolutely delighted that we have him on board.

Dinaburskij - a self-proclaimed Manchester United supporter - will don the number nine shirt which was saved for him when the squad numbers were handed out. The 23-year-old signed a four-year deal with Bradford until 2026 and will be earning in the area of £95,000 per week.

Always looking improve, not a big fan of those kits though
Huge signing will be fun to see if it pays off
beastly setup for the new year so far, lots of goings ons, looking forward to it bud
Griffo: We certainly are! And I like the traditional green and white strips of the selection :P

BeanyUnited: It's certainly one of the biggest yet, anticipating big things from Dinaburskij!

Atoobie: Cheers mate! I'm looking forward to the new campaign more than anyone!

Bradford Park Avenue are now a truly global club, both in terms of fan base and professional reach.

This has been exemplified this week by the five young Dutch players who have visited their temporary stadia of Elland Road from PSV Eindhoven, their new feeder club.

Avenue’s multinational networking hasn’t always been so far-reaching. The foundations for their global network were laid far closer to home, in the form of a link with rivals Bradford City as they rose up through the leagues into the Football League.

Thanks to the club's remarkable rise up through the leagues, Bradford have found themselves establishing links all across the world with teams like Santa Fe in Colombia, Olimpic Sarajevo in Bosnia and NAC Breda in Holland. This is added onto the domestic links with Ebbsfleet, Sheffield FC and Woking - all in non-league football.

PSV is the newest and arguably the most high-profile club to join the family of clubs connected to the West Yorkshire team. The link has been set up to avoid the strict work permit regulations in the UK. Bradford will be paying PSV almost £60,000 per year to maintain the conditions of this link and PSV will host an annual friendly between the clubs which PSV will keep all of the gate receipts.

As the reputation of Bradford PA kept on rising, the story has been quite the opposite in Holland's Eredivisie for PSV. Winning their last top-flight title in 2015, PSV have failed to finish in the division's top two and even finished last season's campaign in 13th place.

The deal regarding Marc Kuijpers' move from PSV to Bradford in 2020 was the team's first agreement between them but now Kuijpers may face a return to his boyhood club on loan with the new affiliate agreement.

At the current rate, the deal will expire in August 2027 unless an extension is agreed between the two teams.

Adam Chabukiani was unavailable for comment on the matter but John Dean, who announced the agreement said that the deal was prosperous for both parties involved and that it is a momentous occasion for the Yorkshire side.
Great club to link up with, hopefully it can help you build your club!
oooooh PSV, that's a damn good idea, I like it! Might have to try it on my save
Hopefully Jurij will fire you to glory! That PSV link will certainly prove to be fruitful in the coming seasons
Griffo: Certainly is a top club to link up with, especially with their youth facilities I should be able to poach a few more talents for cheaper now!

Atoobie: I can't believe that I had the option of have them as my own feeder club rather than the other way around! I'd seriously recommend the link up as it has lots of benefits :P

Justice: He better do exactly that, especially with the fee I paid for him :P And I can't help but agree about PSV, they're a top team to link up with!

After a decent preseason, featuring a tour to the United States where we faced Orlando City and Colorado Rapids - drawing both games, a victory against our feeder club Woking followed by a 2-2 draw against FC Barcelona, we had a pretty good start to the 2022-2023 campaign. We eased through the 3rd Qualifying Round for the Europa League against Aberdeen and went onto face Vitoriá Guimaraes of Portugal in the Play-Off. On aggregate we defeated them 7-2 after a shaky First Leg which ended 1-1.

So after three games we played in the Barclays Premier League, we find ourselves flying high in fourth place at the end of August thanks to wins against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United - both teams in the bottom four currently.

Arsenal have yet to lose a match despite a lack of movement in the transfer window, only signing Chelsea player Kuki for £20.5M this summer. The Gunners defeated tough opponents in Man City and Chelsea along with another victory over Wolves who are currently bottom of the table with Sheff United and Derby.

Alcalá has done excellently well this month as his statistics will say over the course of this month. The young Mexican full-back has fended off any potential competitors to his left-back spot with five full solid appearances in the back four and with the club flying high this month, I fully expect Flavio to keep these performances up in the months ahead of us.

After defeating Vitória Guimaraes in the Europa League Play-Off, Bradford Park Avenue have been drawn in Group D in the Group Stage of the competition.

The West Yorkshire side demolished Aberdeen 10-5 on aggregate in their first tie in the competition with an 8-3 victory at Elland Road. Vitória Guimaraes were the next to succumb to the overpowering force led by Keith Miller and his men in a 7-2 aggregate score.

This has led to Avenue arriving in Group D alongside Bayer Leverkusen, En Avant de Guingamp and Vitesse.

The group has been labelled one of the tougher groups in the Group Stage along with Group B which contains the likes of Villareal, Spartak Moscow, Trabzonspor and Rosenborg.

Bradford will kickstart this Group Stage in September after the international break and a Premier League match against Newcastle with a tie against EAG on 15th September.

Bradford will be familiar with the Ligue 1 outfit after facing Les Costarmoricaines in last season's Europa League group, which Bradford flattened out with several fantastic performances.

Since last season, Guingamp have failed to highly invest in their playing squad and could be seen as an easy challenge once again this time around, with Nivet spending just under £5M on signings in the summer in comparison to Bradford's £50M.

Perhaps Adam Chabukiani's toughest opponent this year comes in the form of Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen. With Jurgen Klopp in charge of a team containing stars like Gabriel Barbosa, Julian Brandt and Renatinho, the German team could come up as a big threat to Avenue's chances of advancement in the tournament.

With Bradford Park Avenue's venture into Dutch football this summer after creating an official partnership between themselves and PSV Eindhoven, the problem of Vitesse should be combated with good knowledge of their team which doesn't feature many big stars unlike Bradford and Bayer 04.

Adam Chabukiani and his employees will be looking up to the current top scorer of the Europa League so far, with Domingo Brana bagging a total of nine goals so far including a hat-trick against Aberdeen.
Not a bad draw hopefully you can get into the knockout stages and then who knows what will happen
Ouch a very tough group but you've done enough to prove you can turn this into a positive!
Have spent the best part of a couple of days trying to catch up with the stories on the site and great to see you're still going strong mate, hope to see Champions League football next season though :P

You are reading "Adam Chabukiani: Defying All Odds".

FMS Chat

hey, just wanted to let you know that we have a fb style chat for our members. login or sign up to start chatting.