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Ryan Ferguson: The Unorthodox Approach

For most, the battles stay on the pitch. For Ryan Ferguson, his battles are off it.
Started on 7 May 2017 by Justice
Latest Reply on 21 October 2017 by Aaron
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3 yearsEdited

Kristensen Sidelined For Nine Months

Rasmus Nissen Kristensen Damaged Cruciate Ligaments In His Knee


Whitehawk defender Rasmus Nissen Kristensen was diagnosed with damaged cruciate ligaments following a heavy challenge in yesterday's FIFA Club World Cup semi final clash against ES Tunis. The Danish full back is expected to be sidelined for the next nine months as he looks to recover from this devastating injury.

Kristensen was stretchered off the field of play in only the third minute of action following a heavy challenge from ES Tunis' Yassine Gabsi. The thirty year old Danish international, and vice captain of Whitehawk, was the skipper for the day, but his game was brought to a premature end. It was Kristensen's 12th appearance of the season, and would turn it to be his last.

Rasmus will require two surgical operations in the coming months to repair the damage. A long rehabilitation process will follow in order for him to regain full functionality in his knee, and the strength to use it. This would mean the end of Kristensen's season, with him expected to return to football in September 2028.

Kristensen Had The Defensive Skills Required To Make Him Reliable

Kristensen signed for Whitehawk in a £1,700,000 move from Southampton in 2022. The Danish full back has since gone on to make 164 appearances for the English powerhouse in five and a half seasons. He has been very much a rotational player in recent seasons, but has always performed when called upon.

The nine month lay off will mean Whitehawk would need to consider bringing in a right back to cover Erkan Aktaş for the remainder of the season. With Kristensen now 30 years old, any replacement is likely to be a long term one, with the injury certainly accelerating his physical decline.

Whitehawk have not yet made a bid for any right back, and are unlikely to until the transfer window opens in January. The English champions have been linked with a move for Frankfurt defender Julian Abel, while Dinamo Moscow's Alexey Gladilin has also had his name mentioned by a number of media outlets.

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mgriffin2012, yeah they'll be tough but my first team are fully rested so Tigres shouldn't be a problem! Atlético, on the other hand, will be a handful!

ScottT, we'll see ;)

Previous Update: #72 - Ødegaard Stars In CWC Semi Final
Next Update: #74 - Whitehawk Lift Club World Cup In Style
Always one of the most frustrating things to happen on FM, would be controller breaking worthy if this was more like FIFA!
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3 yearsEdited

Whitehawk Lift Club World Cup In Style

Whitehawk Lifted The FIFA Club World Cup With Victory Over Tigres UANL


Whitehawk once again lifted the FIFA Club World Cup victory as they demolished Mexican side Tigres UANL in the final. The score was 4-0 as Jason Coffey and Kylian Mbappé produced terrific performances in the final to inspire their side to victory.

4-0 Win vs Tigres UANL - FIFA Club World Cup

Kylian Mbappé Continued His Incredible Form With Another Terrific Goal

Following injury to Rasmus Nissen Kristensen and Erkan Aktaş' red card-induced suspension, Ryan Ferguson was forced into starting Emanuel Mammana in an unfamiliar right back role. Jérôme Onguéné started alongside Stephen Lacy in the middle of defence, in his place.

Whitehawk's Anton Nyman was the first to threaten with a goal-bound effort after twenty minutes. The Swedish midfielder picked up the ball on the half way line and charged forward relentlessly. With a wall of Mexican defenders hoarding the edge of their penalty area, Nyman fired a long-range effort which was fumbled by Tigres' goalkeeper. Luckily for Tigres, the ball fell just wide of goal.

Whitehawk broke the deadlock just minutes later, with the genius of Kylian Mbappé and Jason Coffey to thank. The latter lead a quick moving counter attack forward as he broke down the right wing. His cross-field ball was controlled brilliantly by Mbappé on the edge of the area, and the Frenchman used his second touch to smash a low shot across goal and in to the far corner. It was the perfect display of Whitehawk's quick and clinical cutting edge.

Tigres came close to leveling the score just over a minute later, with American international Travis Clark providing the scare. The winger cut on from the right wing and aimed for the far corner with a curling effort, but saw his shot drift just inches wide of the far post.

Jason Coffey got on the score sheet with just over eleven minutes remaining in the first half. Kylian Mbappé's deep free-kick was initially dealt with, Stephen Lacy headed the second ball in to the path of Jason Coffey who fired a low volley in to the near corner to double Whitehawk's advantage.

Whitehawk would go on to score a third before half time, from another Kylian Mbappé set piece. Mbappé's cross was only cleared as far as the edge of the box, and Anton Nyman pinged an absolute oompa loompa of a first-time shot in to the top corner. Whitehawk were as good as champions, before half time.

Jason Coffey got his second goal of the game, just over eleven minutes in to the second half. Kylian Mbappé picked up the ball on the left wing, before cutting in and playing a delightful ball in to the path of Coffey. The Irishman took one touch to compose himself before sliding the ball in to round off a resounding 4-0 win.

Jason Coffey (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

Ryan Ferguson's Interview

Ryan Ferguson:
"It was a brilliant win, and even better performance! I'm very proud to lift this trophy again and it is a true credit to the hard work the players have been putting in! It was a very strong showing from us and I hope to see more of the same in the coming months."

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mgriffin2012, indeed! Has been probably my most reliable player for over half a decade, and it is a major disappointment for him to take such a blow! Reinforcements will now be necessary.

Previous Update: #73 - Kristensen Sidelined For Nine Months
Next Update: #75 - Ferguson Future Cast Into Doubt
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3 yearsEdited

Ferguson Future Cast Into Doubt

Ryan Ferguson's Future Was Cast Into Doubt Following Press Conference


Ryan, firstly, congratulations on lifting the FIFA Club World Cup. What are your immediate thoughts on this success?

Ryan Ferguson: "Thank you. It was an amazing win for this football club and a sign of how far we have progressed in the last few years. The comfort which we had in victory was a good sign of the capabilities of this squad of players, and a good sign for the future."

This makes it three trophies for the season already. Can it get any better?

Ryan Ferguson: "Of course it can, we still have four competitions left to play in! We're absolutely delighted with what we have achieved so far this season but we can't take our foot off the gas just yet. We're only halfway through our season and there are plenty more games to play. We'll celebrate at the end of the season, whether we win any more trophies or not. We can proud of what we have accomplished, but our happy emotions have to wait until the end of the season."

Rasmus Nissen Kristensen picked up a long term injury in the semi final of the Club World Cup. How big a miss will he be?

Ryan Ferguson: "Its a monumental loss for us. Rasmus has been a terrific player for this squad, both on the pitch and off it. He has been a great leader for this club since joining and a true idol for any aspiring young player. He'll be a big miss for this squad and, while he may not be a regular starting player, his lack of presence will be felt in the dressing room."

You return to domestic action against Chelsea on Tuesday. Can your players recover from the trip to South Africa in time to compete at the required level for this fixture?

Ryan Ferguson: "The turnaround from the Club World Cup final to this Premier League game against Chelsea is a very short one. We have to travel across the globe and prepare ourselves for a very tough fixture against a team looking to challenge for the league title. It won't be easy, but we just have to suck it up and keep fighting for victory.

We won't make any excuses. We only have this type of schedule because of how successful we have been, and we want to continue this. Maybe we're tired at times but that is the price we have to pay to continue playing at the highest level, competing for the big trophies."

Have you ever had any doubts about remaining as Whitehawk manager over all these years?

Ryan Ferguson: ...........

Ryan? Are you considering leaving Whitehawk?

Ryan Ferguson: "I'm..... under contract at Whitehawk and I will continue to work as hard as I possibly can. I am manager of Whitehawk and that's all that matters. I don't need to talk about the future."

Previous Update: #74 - Whitehawk Lift Club World Cup In Style
Next Update: #76 - Whitehawk Humiliate Chelsea
Cogratulations on being crowned World Champions! Theres nothing wrong with wanting a new challenge though :P
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3 yearsEdited

Whitehawk Humiliate Chelsea

Whitehawk's Return To Domestic Football Brought Another Victory


Whitehawk's return to Premier League action following the FIFA Club World Cup brought a comfortable victory against title-chasing rivals Chelsea. Whitehawk ran out 4-0 winners as the London side were swept away with ease.

4-0 Win vs Chelsea - Premier League

Jason Coffey Was Among The Goals For Whitehawk

Emanuel Mammana's impressive performance in an unconventional right back position in the FIFA Club World Cup final saw him keep that position against Chelsea. Martin Ødegaard replaced Kingsley Osagie in attacking midfield.

Whitehawk's first goal of the game came after just ten minutes. Whitehawk quickly broke down a Chelsea move, and were soon on the counter attack. Anton Nyman picked out Kylian Mbappé with a superb long ball, and the Frenchman took the ball inside the box before unleashing an unstoppable outside-of-the-boot drive beyond the helpless flail of Jorge Ramírez, giving Whitehawk an early lead.

It was 2-0 ten minutes later, as Jason Coffey got in on the act. Mammana clipped a ball in to the path of the Irishman who took a first time shot from a tight angle which found its way beyond the helpless Ramírez, doubling Whitehawk's advantage.

Ødegaard should have scored Whitehawk's third early in the second half. Kylian Mbappé's free kick was flicked on Danny Wickenden in to the path of the Norwegian, but his shot was blocked away.

Danny Wickenden found the back of the net after the hour mark. The English defender found himself one-on-one following a deflected Lewis Cook shot, and comfortably rolled the ball in to the back of the net. However, his goal was disallowed due to offside.

Jason Coffey scored his second, and Whitehawk's third, with five minutes remaining. Mbappé's free-kick was deflected in to the path of the Irishman who made a simple task of finding the back of the net.

Mbappé added a second goal of his own, from a direct free-kick. The Frenchman curled in to the top corner from twenty five yards to truly put the icing on the cake in a remarkably easy win for Whitehawk.

Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.4/10

Ryan Ferguson's Interview

Ryan Ferguson:
"Brilliant. We were absolutely brilliant. We showed no signs of tiredness following the Club World Cup, and played great football. Our attacking display was excellent, as seen by the quality of our goals, and we showed no weakness in defence."

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, thank you! Indeed, a new challenge is on the horizon, but still plenty of work before we can get there!

Previous Update: #75 - Ferguson Future Cast Into Doubt
Next Update: #77 - Mbappé Wins Ballon d'Or Crown
Ahhhh what lovely reading! The Blues getting thumped! Love it!
Absolutely brilliant result, similarly to Griffin it's great to see as I'm not a fan of Chelsea either. :P
Apologies for the inconsistency of updates in the last couple of days. I will not be posting an update today either but I will be looking to post two updates per day from tomorrow onwards. A big thank you to everybody who has followed me on this journey thus far!
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3 yearsEdited

Mbappé Wins Ballon d'Or Crown

Whitehawk's Kylian Mbappé Was Named The World's Best Player For 2027


How do you judge who is the greatest player on the planet? By the number of trophies they lift with club and country? Do team achievements decide the quality of an individual? No. The Ballon d'Or does. A panel of judges, along with the managers of FIFA-registered international sides from across the globe, vote for the number one player of a specific year. Seems fair, unless you had to compete against Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in their prime years!

However, they have long since hung up their boots, and a new wave of superstars had taken over the scene. Paulo Dybala, Nikola Maksic and Facundo Colidio were among the front runners chasing this award, but only one man could be named as the Ballon d'Or winner.

Whitehawk's Kylian Mbappé won such an award in 2027. The 28 year old Frenchman had performed admirably for clubs and country in an incredible year. An incredible tally of 26 goals and 25 assists in just 48 appearances for AS Monaco, Whitehawk and France proved enough for the left-sided wide forward to earn 267 voting points, a tally significantly greater than that of both second place and third place combined.

For Bayern Munich's Reinhold Stoll and Manchester United's Facundo Colidio, second and third place awaited them, respectively. The two strikers had performed superbly for club and country, producing sensational goal scoring records.

Mbappé became only the fifth French winner of the award, which was founded in France in 1956, and the first winner since Zinédine Zidane in 1998. Raymond Koppa (1958), Michel Platini (1983, 1984, 1985) and Jean-Pierre Pappin (1991) were the other Frenchmen to have lifted the prestigious trophy.

The same top three of the Ballon d'Or award finished in similar positions in the awarding of the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Kylian Mbappé was the only outfield representative of the Premier League in the FIFA World Team of the year, while Everton goalkeeper Admilton was also included. Bayern Munich's Reinhold Stoll and Daniele Rugani represented the Bundesliga, while AS Monaco's Aymeric Laporte and Paris-Saint Germain's Gérard Cuenot and Ousmane Dembélé were Ligue 1's inclusions. The remaining four players were of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the clubs having two apiece in the lineup. Alexandr Ustanov and Denilson represented the Catalan side, while Diogo Dalot and Nikola Maksic made up the capital side's contingent.

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, the fall of London's 'lions' has truly happened!

ScottT, I guess everybody loves to see them lose! :P

Previous Update: #76 - Whitehawk Humiliate Chelsea
Next Update: #78 - Season 2027/2028: December Review
The force is strong with him...
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3 yearsEdited

Season 2027/2028: December Review

An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In December 2027

Ryan Ferguson: December brought with it the final month of football of 2027. Our fortunes in the Premier League chase would very much depend on this month, while we also competed in the FIFA Club World Cup.


Whitehawk Stormed Through A Terrific Month Of Football

2-1 Win vs Tottenham (H), EFL Cup Qtr Final - 01/12/2027
Attendance: 26,786
First half goals from Jason Coffey and Miroslav Novakovic proved to be enough to quell any chance Spurs had of a second half comeback. While the scoreline was tight, Whitehawk progressed to the semi finals of the competition with considerable ease.
Miroslav Novakovic (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

2-2 Draw vs Everton (A), Premier League - 04/12/2027
Attendance: 39,572
Everton were a team looking to assert their top four ambitions, and they certainly proved their value in this fixture. They twice took the lead and we required a late Martin Ødegaard equaliser to salvage a point.
Jay McAtee (Everton) - 8.3/10

2-0 Win vs AC Milan (H), UEFA Champions League Group E - 08/12/2027
Attendance: 26,786
We rounded off our group with a comfortable win over AC Milan. Kylian Mbappé scored two almost identical free kicks to secure all three points, and knock the Italians out of the competition.
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 8.9/10

2-0 Win vs ES Tunis (N), FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final - 15/12/2027
Attendance: 87,600
A second string Whitehawk side defeated ES Tunis in the semi finals of this competition, courtesy of a Martin Ødegaard brace. Defender Rasmus Nissen Kristensen picked up cruciate ligament damage which would effectively end his season prematurely.
Martin Ødegaard (Whitehawk) - 8.8/10

4-0 Win vs Tigres UANL (N), FIFA Club World Cup Final - 18/12/2027
Attendance: 87,600
Whitehawk turned on the style to be crowned champions of the world. Kylian Mbappé opened the scoring before a Jason Coffey brace and a goal from Anton Nyman rounded off a very comfortable show of class.
Jason Coffey (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

4-0 Win vs Chelsea (H), Premier League - 21/12/2027
Attendance: 26,786
A return to domestic football saw us thump Chelsea. Braces from both Kylian Mbappé and Jason Coffey showed our superiority and Chelsea stood no chance.
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.4/10

4-0 Win vs Southampton (H), Premier League - 26/12/2027
Attendance: 26,786
Southampton were the next team to be brushed aside as Jason Coffey lead us to a resounding victory. The Irishman scored a brace, while Kingsley Osagie and Stephen Lacy were also on the score sheet.
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

4-0 Win vs West Ham (A), Premier League - 28/12/2027
Attendance: 60,000
West Ham were our final opponents of 2027, and they were also put to the sword in a four goal margin. Jason Coffey opened the scoring, and goals from Miroslav Novakovic, Martin Ødegaard and Tomas Mrva sealed a delightful way to end 2027.
Martin Ødegaard (Whitehawk) - 9.1/10

Overall: A terrific month. There was one minor blip, against Everton, but we performed extremely well in every other fixture.

Premier League

Whitehawk Remained On Top Of The Table By Goal Difference

Our appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup meant Manchester United played more games than us in December. Despite this, they could not overtake us, and stood behind us on goal difference. With three games in hand, we were in a very comfortable position.

UEFA Champions League

Whitehawk And Olympique Lyonnais Progressed From The Group

Six wins from six booked top spot for ourselves, while French side Olympique Lyonnais secured second place on the final day. We would play against Atlético Madrid in the first knockout round of the competition.

Player of the Month

Kylian Mbappé Was Whitehawk's Star Performer of December 2027

Kylian Mbappé was the star man as the Frenchman posted a glittering month. He was deservedly awarded the Ballon d'Or for a terrific year of football, and had certainly proven his worth in a superb month of December.

Player's Season Stats:

Appearances: 26
Goals: 19 (113 minutes per goal)
Assists: 17 (127 minutes per assist)
MotM Awards: 9

Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 45.37% (49/108)
Dribbles Completed: 118 (4.54 per game)
Key Passes: 28 (1.08 per game)
Cross Completion Ratio: 14.71% (49/333)

Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0
Tackles Won Ratio: 35.00% (7/20)
Interceptions: 41 (1.58 per game)
Mistakes: 14 (0.54 per game)
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 15 (0.58 per game)
Fouls Against: 58 (2.23 per game)
Yellow Cards: 1
Red Cards: 0

General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 76.52% (831/1,086)
Headers Won: 59 (2.27 per game)
Distance Covered: 12.38km per game
Key Moments: 47 (1.81 per game)
Matches Won Ratio: 88.46% (23/26)
Average Rating: 8.02

Assistant Manager's Report
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Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"We finished 2027 on a very high note. I am very proud of how we won the FIFA Club World Cup. We showed great resolve and tremendous ability to overcome our challenges in South Africa. Domestically, we were tremendous too. I could not be more proud of the players."

January Fixtures

Whitehawk Would Face Manchester City Three Times In January

We would open 2028 with a trip to Bournemouth, before facing Tottenham at home. An FA Cup fixture against Barnsley would arrive before the first leg of our EFL Cup semi final tie against Manchester City. Games against Arsenal and Watford would then be played before we would face Manchester City in the league, and then in the second leg of the semi final. January would prove to bring much excitement!

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, he is The Chosen One! He will bring balance to the force!

Previous Update: #77 - Mbappé Wins Ballon d'Or Crown
Next Update: #79 - Whitehawk Confirm Two Additions
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Whitehawk Confirm Two Additions

Whitehawk Added Two Promising Youngsters To Their Club


The start of a new calendar year brought with it the January transfer window, and Whitehawk were quick to act on the opening. The English, European and world champions brought in two youngsters for a combined fee of just under £40,000,000.

Hayati Sağlam joined from Turkish side Altınordu, while Chavez Miller made the move from London-based Arsenal. Both were eighteen years old and were expected to become top class players in the future.

Hayati Sağlam - AMC

Hayati Sağlam Had Already Made Two Appearances For Turkey U21s

Full Name: Hayati Sağlam
Age: 18 (02/11/2009)
Nationality: Turkish
Place of Birth: İzmir (Turkey)
Position: AMC
Fee: £1,800,000
Signed From: Altınordu (Turkey)
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Hayati was one of the up and coming Turkish stars. Despite being only eighteen years old, Sağlam had competed in three different seasons at senior level for former club Altınordu, racking up a grand total of 50 appearances before sealing his move to Whitehawk. His international stock rose in the last year, as he played for Turkey's U21 side on two occasions, despite his young age.

Sağlam was expected to be loaned out to continue his role in a senior side, rather than make the drop back down in to youth level.

Hayati Sağlam:
"It is a great privilege to join a team like Whitehawk. They are a winning team with brilliant players. I am very happy to become part of a team that wins so many trophies and I am happy to join fellow countryman Erkan Aktaş, who has been an idol of mine for several years now."

Chavez Miller - ST

Chavez Miller Made The Big Money Move From Arsenal

Full Name: Chavez Miller
Age: 18 (16/09/2009)
Nationality: Barbadian
Place of Birth: Speightstown (Barbados)
Position: ST
Fee: £37,000,000 (Potentially Rising To £59,000,000)
Signed From: Arsenal (England)
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Chavez Miller was a very expensive signing, and he joins from Arsenal. The eighteen year old centre forward had been attracting the attention of top clubs all around Europe, having certainly impressed at youth level for the Gunners. However, he has found first team chances hard to come by, with Arsenal showing a reluctance to place faith in youth, and Miller has made just six senior appearances in his two seasons at the club.

Miller is expected to play a bit-part role in the remainder of Whitehawk's season, with manager Ryan Ferguson seeing him as a great option to bring on to change the game. Miller's ability in the air, standing at 2.04m tall, makes him a superb target man for wide players, such as Kylian Mbappé, to pick out in the box.

Chavez Miller:
"I am delighted to have signed for Whitehawk. It is a club which has shown a great amount of faith in youngsters in recent years and I hope to have the opportunity to improve my abilities and to enjoy my game at the highest level. Arsenal didn't give me the chances I needed to really further myself, but I am confident I can make the most of my opportunities here."

Previous Update: #78 - Season 2027/2028: December Review
Next Update: #80 - Whitehawk Secure Kristensen Replacement
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Whitehawk Secure Kristensen Replacement

Whitehawk Secured The Services Of Radek Podzemsky From Sporting CP


Whitehawk today completed the signing of Czech full-back Radek Podzemsky from Portuguese side Sporting CP. The twenty-six year old international cost Whitehawk an initial fee of £15,000,000, with clauses potentially raising this figure to £17,500,000.

Podzemsky signed for Whitehawk following the cruciate ligament injury sustained by vice captain Rasmus Nissen Kristensen in a FIFA Club World Cup fixture last December, leaving a vacancy in the squad which needed filling. Podzemsky is expected to deputise for first choice full back Erkan Aktaş.

Radek Podzemsky - DR

Podzemsky Ticked All The Boxes As A Full Back

Full Name: Radek Podzemsky
Age: 26 (11/08/2001)
Nationality: Czech
Place of Birth: Trebic (Czech Republic)
Position: DR
Fee: £15,000,000 (Potentially Rising To £17,500,000)
Signed From: Sporting CP (Portugal)
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Podzemsky joins Whitehawk as a fairly experienced and talented full back. The Czech international has played for a number of clubs across Europe, and brings a number of individual talents to the board.

The Czech began his career with Slovan Liberec in his home country, where he made eight appearances for the senior team. During this time, he played twenty games in a loan spell for Slavia Praha.

Podzemsky's ability tempted Arsenal in to signing him in January 2020, for a fee of £3,300,000. He failed to impress in any of his fourteen appearances for the Gunners over four and a half seasons with the club, and unsuccessful loan spells with FC Nantes, Valencia and Celta de Vigo didn't do much to help his case.

Podzemsky was offloaded to ACF Fiorentina in 2024, for a fee of £1,300,000. He was subsequently loaned out out to Sevilla in his first season, where he failed to impress. After just one substitute appearance in the following season for Fiorentina, Podzemsky departed for AS Roma in January 2026 for a fee of £3,900,000. However, his impact was not approved, and he completed a £2,000,000 moved to Sporting CP in the summer.

It was in Portugal where Podzemsky finally began to prove his worth. He made forty appearances across all competitions in an impressive debut season, scoring twice and assisting six times. His form continued in to this season, having made a total of twenty appearances before departing for Whitehawk, assisting four times.

Podzemsky made his senior debut for Czech Republic in March 2020 against Kazakhstan. He has since made a total of 45 appearances for his country, and has become a key player in recent years.

Podzemsky's speed and general fitness has been commended. Noted to be a team player, its his defensive skills which do impress. With the signing of Chavez Miller offering a more direct approach to goal for Whitehawk, Podzemsky's crossing ability will prove to be invaluable.

Radek Podzemsky:
"I am very happy to have signed for Whitehawk. I have enjoyed the best couple of seasons of my career with Sporting and this move is a sign of how much I have come on as a football in recent years. I am delighted to join a team with great talent and a fantastic manager, and I hope to further my development for a long time here."

Previous Update: #79 - Whitehawk Confirm Two Additions
Next Update: #81 - Whitehawk Progress In FA Cup
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Whitehawk Progress In FA Cup

Whitehawk Put Four Past Barnsley To Open Their FA Cup Campaign In Style


Whitehawk began their FA Cup campaign for the season with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Barnsley at the Oakwell. Czech full back Radek Podzemsky impressed on his debut for the reigning champions, as Barnsley were brushed aside.

4-0 Win vs Barnsley - FA Cup 3rd Round

Radek Podzemsky Was Impressive In His Debut Performance For Whitehawk

It was very much a second string team which Ryan Ferguson put out in this fixture. Daniel Bentley marshaled the goal, while debutant Radek Podzemsky lined up alongside Jérôme Onguéné, Danny Wickenden and Facundo Foti in defence. Sergi Samper and Lewis Cook made up a midfield base, with Martin Ødegaard, Ricardo Barbosa and Gradimir Lucic playing behind Tomas Mrva.

Ricardo Barbosa's first goal for the club gave Whitehawk the lead, just over twenty five minutes in to the game. He took control of the ball on the edge of the box, and rifled a low shot through two Barnsley players and in to the bottom corner.

It was not until the final twelve minutes of the game when Whitehawk would score again, but they would score three goals in this time frame. Martin Ødegaard won possession on the edge of Barnsley's penalty area, and he teed up Gradimir Lucic to fire a first-time effort in to the top corner.

Jason Coffey made sure of Whitehawk's victory, with just over five minutes remaining. Radek Podzemsky burst down the right wing and played a trademark low cross across the face of goal for Coffey to turn in to the back of the net.

Whitehawk were not done there, and Sergi Samper would get on the score sheet. Martin Ødegaard's wide free kick was flicked in to the path of the Spaniard who fired an unstoppable half-volley high in to the roof of the net to put a seal on an impressive score line.

Sergi Samper (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

FA Cup 4th Round Draw

Whitehawk Faced A Trip To Aston Villa In The Fourth Round

Whitehawk were handed another away trip, this time to Aston Villa. Arsenal were drawn against fellow Premier League side Bristol City, while Manchester United would travel to either Bolton Wanderers or Liverpool in the next round. Chelsea would face Sky Bet League 1 side Luton Town, while Manchester City would play against Southampton, should they beat Leicester in a third round replay.

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"I'm happy, it was a good win. We left the majority of our goals for very late but we played well and denied them any real chance at all. We had to make a number of changes to the squad due to a very grueling January schedule. Some will play this weekend, others will play in the next fixture, and so on. There's not much we can do to keep the players at a high level of fitness except to rest and rotate between games.

We travel to Aston Villa in the next round, and that will be an exciting trip. They might not have had the best of times in recent years but they are a historically significant football club in England and they deserve our full respect."

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