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Representing A Continent

Started on 15 November 2019 by TheLFCFan
Latest Reply on 28 May 2020 by TheLFCFan
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A tragic loss. His actions, which would have cost him his marriage, ultimately cost him his life instead.
Sergei faked his death, waiting for him to come back later on in the story ;) Someone should contact the Moscow po-po to tell them to do a full autopsy and dental check. Are Maksim and Vadik in danger now though!? *insert Law & Order music*
Very good statement to make meanwhile no doubt there are accusations flying about all over the place, he was a good man.
2020-05-27 04:40#272337 J_ames : *insert Law & Order music*

Hahaha!

In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous.
In Russia, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
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Inter Milan for Hendricks?



Luke Hendricks is being heavily linked with the vacant role at Inter Milan following the sacking of Antonio Conte earlier this month.

Inter Milan may have found their next manager in the form of CSKA Moscow boss, Luke Hendricks. The former South African international is being heavily linked with the job and many believe it is just a matter of days before an announcement is made.

The Italian side sacked former manager, Antonio Conte at the end of last season having finished fourth in the league for the third straight season finishing six points off champions Napoli. Conte, who spent just over two years at Inter Milan, was seen to be making progress with the club who since their famous treble of 2009/10 have seen a lack of consistency plague them. Since that treble, led by José Mourinho, Inter Milan have seen finishes as low as ninth in the league, in 2012/13, and since then have yo-yo's between eighth and fourth. The last three years have seen some consistency but with a large amount of money spent in the last two seasons under Conte, just securing Champions League football wasn’t enough for the board.

Two of those major signings have, however, been moved on early this summer with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez joining Chelsea and Manchester City respectively. The deals rake in a combined £150,000,000 which will need to be re-invested in a rebuild for the Italian side.

The question on the lips of the majority of Inter fans is, who is the man for that rebuild, with a number coming with the answer Luke Hendricks. The former South African winger has impressed in his short time in management claiming the Russian Premier League last season in just his second year of management.

Luke’s rapid rise in reputation has been a long time coming with the former player once seen as a star of the future. During the 2010 World Cup in Hendricks' home nation South Africa, the winger starred for his country, attracting numerous attention from some of Europe's biggest names. However, a horror tackle saw him out of action for six months also fueling a major feud that has lasted to this day with Zenit St. Petersburg chairman Boyra Uys. Despite never managing to excel at the highest level as a player, Luke has always been open about wanting to prove himself at the top in management.

With CSKA Moscow competing in back to back Champions Leagues, he could well do that at his current club where he has been involved in some capacity for eleven years. However, a move to Inter Milan could fuel numerous changes in the Russian capital.

Igor Akinfeev has announced his decision to retire come the end of the season, thus seeing a majorly important player with valuable experience leaving the club where he began his career in 2002. There are also reports stating Mário Fernandes will be joining Valencia in a deal worth £40,000,000. Along with these older players being valued highly at the club, Luke has done a good job of promoting the youth in his side in order to win the league, an average age of just 23, a number of these players are also attracting attention.

With some big changes seemingly coming to both CSKA Moscow and Inter Milan, it seems as though Luke Hendricks has a decision to make on where he wants to be. His focus in the meantime will be a Superkubok title game against Zenit St. Petersburg on Saturday.

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Eoin: Certainly a hard loss to the group who runs the show.
Justice:Long live the Tit!
Scott:Seems like they did. He went so long undecided on what to do and in the end it all caught up to him.
James: Conspiracy theories to the max here. Only time will tell....
Jack:A tough time for all involved.
Griffo:Thank you for that, will get in contact with the Law and Order show so you can be the next narrator ;)
Lukaku back at Chelsea. Things you're not sure if you love to see.

I guess the links to the job in Milan has made this story quite.... Inter-esting.
The Inter job would be a fantastic career move for Luke. Uys will have to get involved with the Italian Mafia if he wants to continue on tracking him.

Fernandes's (potentially) imminent departure and Akinfeev's retirement mean investment into the squad is needed. Does Hendricks feel he is the person to continue on with this project or is the prospect of Inter too much. I'm intrigued!
A fresh start is exactly what he needs right now, I hope he finds his way to the Serie A
Wow really like that move of Romelu, what was his price seperate of the Martinez price? You can start with strikers at your choice, always nice


Inter will make you an offer you can't refuse! Their sales of Lukaku/Martinez leave you with a bit of work to do in the transfer market if you were to go, but with CSKA on their way towards a mini-rebuild of their own... could be a good time to move.

The question would be... who wants to kill Luke in Italy!?
aw, just go for it

Italy could take a manager that likes youngsters for a change
Big decisions to be made by Luke here. But it could be a big step in showing just how good he can be as a manager with going in to a team with plenty of money to spend means he can shape it to his liking straight away
No doubts that the Calcio is way more better.

Also great chance to rebuild the great team of Internazionale!
Luke has done so much with CSKA by getting them into the UCL but I don't think it's just that for him. The club has a sentimental value for being the ones to bring him in when he was weak whilst also giving him a platform to fire back at Zenit and Uys. I think it would be a good career move to go to Italy but at the same time he will be leaving so much behind in Russia, both good and bad.

Vadik Vassily - Welcome back to CSKA Armiya, where today I will be looking back on the short pre-season we have had before previewing the season ahead.

Transfers


Despite being Russian Champions, it was clear we weren't going to rest on our laurels this summer. With just the single big outgoing player, plus three first teamers joining the squad, we seem to be in a stronger place than we were at the end of last season.

Outgoing


On the outgoings, only two first team players left the squad with Chancel Mbemba and Victor Vasin bothe departing. Vasin, a player who had been with the club for ten years, left on a free transfer to Rostov, a side who has given us a few problems over the last couple of years. Vasin is now in his early thirties and was unlikely to really have any impact on the first team this season.

Chancel Mbemba was the big name that moved away from the squad, as he left for Austrian champions RedBull Salzburg. The Congolese center back leaves CSKA in a deal worth £17,750,000. The deal see’s a profit of £16,750,000 for the club having bought him in Luke Hendricks first season for just £1,000,000.

A number of youth players were also allowed to leave on cheaper deals, with none of them likely to ever push into this CSKA Moscow side.

Incoming


In terms of incomings, three players have joined the club at this point, with all three likely to play a role in the first team. Roman Yevgenjev, joins as Chancel Mbemba’s replacement, whilst Felix Passlack and Zlatan Sehovic join to battle for the full back roles.

Yevgenjev, a dominant defender who stands 6”4 joins the club in the biggest deal Luke Hendricks has made in his career so far. A price of £9,000,000 rising to a potential £11,500,000 is seen as a good price for the twenty-two year old. Many expect big things from the newly acquired defender and it’ll be exciting to see him in action this coming season.


Also joining the club is Felix Passlack, who signed a pre-contract agreement with the club in January. Passlack leaves boyhood club Borussia Dortmund to join us and at just twenty-three, many believe he still has the potential he once showed. The right-back is unlikely to push Mário Fernandes out of his current starting role just yet, but with links constantly saying Fernandes is a key target for Valencia, Passlack may be an early replacement.


The latest signing we have made ahead of the first game of the season against Krylya Sovetov, is that of left-back, Zlatan Sehovic. The Serbian Under 21 International had an excellent season at FK Partizan last year and was available for a lowly £1,300,000. The deal could rise by another £1,000,000 in performance based clauses, in which time Sehovic is likely to have paid his worth back. Sheovic is again likely to provide competition for Luis Olivera who impressed at left-back last season, however, like Fernandes, Olivera is reportedly wanted by over twenty clubs, either on loan or in a permanent move. Sehovic could be looking at being the starting left-back for a number of years.


Results


Pre-Season was a short one, with just a month separating our last game of the season to our first of pre-season and another two weeks before our SuperKubok game against Zenit St. Petersburg.


We kicked off the friendlies with a dominant 5-0 win over Saturn, a team two divisions below us. Volodymyr Shepelev, Ivan Oblyakov, Arnór Sigurðsson, Lucas Santos and Timur Zhamaletdinov picked up the goals, whilst Roman Yengenjev won man of the match in his first game at the club.

A 1-0 victory over Brøndby made the game look a lot tighter than it was, with Arnór Sigurðsson giving us the win. We had twenty-one shots in the game but were just unable to see the end product. It was clearly a pre-season game with players still getting back to their best. In positive news though, we held the Danish side to just two shots all game, showing our dominant performance.

The next game was another hard fought one where the scoreline didn’t match the performances of the two sides on the pitch. Matko Miljevic was sent off for a tackle just twenty-seven minutes into the game that resulted in a LASK penalty. The penalty was converted before we took control of the game. Magomed-Shapi Suleimanov, made it 1-1 and again we just couldn’t find the net having had twelve shots on target. The finishing was certainly lacking early on in the pre-season.

The final game of pre-season was a typical one since the arrival of Luke. Playing a local side, way down the pyramid, with a chance of scoring a high amount of goals to boost morale throughout the club. That happened again, with Yengenjev opening the scoring, Magomed-Shapi Suleimanov adding four, Chalov, Shepelev, Fernandes, Diveev, Shekhov and Sobolov all scoring. The end result being an 11-0 victory for the Russian champions.

SuperKubok Rossii


In an extremely dull affair, we ran out winners of the SuperKubok Rossii final for a record eighth time. Once again we controlled proceedings, allowing just two attempts on target from Zenit, whilst we kept Mikhail Kerzhakov, in their net busy with seven of our own. However, after 120 minutes the sides couldn’t be separated so it went to penalties.

Alan Dzagoev, Alexandr Sobolev and Felix Passlack converted their penalties to ensure a 3-2 penalty win. Despite the game not being one of much excitement we still added another trophy to our collection and the team is beginning to get a real taste of success.

Season Preview


The bookies have us as the favourites to win the title once again this season, just ahead of Zenit St. Petersburg. Zenit, along with the other two teams just below us in the title odds, Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow, all have new managers coming in this season. It will be interesting to see how they change the sides who finished a long way off us last season.

Luke is going to need to keep his side focused to ensure they maintain last season's form as they now have a target on their backs. Surprisingly though, none of the three teams directly below us have made any additions so far in the transfer window.


Season Aims

We once again need to be aiming to winning the league and continuing on from last season's form. It is a sign of a great side when you can continue to win league titles over a number of years, that is what we want to be and something Luke has never shied away from, setting high expectations.

We will also be looking to improve in Europe this season and hopefully with a more favourable group compared to last season, we could be looking at a knockout stage game. However, the group we are drawn in will play a large role in if that is possible.

July Fixtures


July sees us begin our season with a game against Krylya Sovetov tomorrow afternoon to kick off the season. We will follow that up with our first home game of the season against newly promoted team Baltika Kaliningrad before going away to another promoted side, Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. The month then gets tough with games against Lokomotiv Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg ending the month.

The season is set to be one of excitement, we look forward to seeing you all soon. For now goodbye.

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Justice:Big loss for Inter as he scored twenty-three goals in the league last year. Ignoring the pun :(
Scott:Nothing from Inter heading into the first game of the season, it will be a big year for CSKA especially since they have a number of players linked with moves away and the retirement of Akinfeev at the end of the season. Interesting times.
Griffo:Nothing yet from Inter, time will tell if Luke makes the move.
Wolf:He moved for exactly £80million. A big move after scoring twenty-three league goals.
James:Would certainly be a rebuild for a team looking to go for the title, time will only tell if Luke makes the move and if so how he rebuilds the team.
Tango:Would certainly be a big move for Luke and potentially a change to how Italy does its business.
tedbro:Would be entirely new territory for Luke for sure, only time will tell if that move comes off though.
OneMoreGame:It would be a potential career definer to bring Inter back to their great days, if Luke was able to do it.
Jack: A large dilemma for sure. Luke has so much to thank CSKA for as you mentioned but at the end of the day how much loyalty is left in football. If Luke was to have a bad season, would CSKA think twice about giving him the boot. I guess we will see what Luke does!

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