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[FM13]The Adriatic Adventure [Hajduk Split]

FM 13
Started on 12 May 2013 by tbendis
Latest Reply on 10 August 2015 by tbendis
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Nice win over Twent and great updates as always ;)
2013-07-02 21:25#117496 Louis O. : Nice win over FC Twente :P Can you get past Bayern and Spurs though?

I (big one) might be able to beat Spurs... then it'll be up to Bayern on who goes through...
Just began reading. Well done, it's an enjoyable story
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HAJDUK RAVAGE RIJEKA ON EVE OF TWENTE REMATCH
RIJEKA 0-4 HAJDUK ATTD. 4 477
A stunning Hajduk brought their European play home again, as they tore Rijeka to shreds. Ivan Džoni was quick to get a nice opening shot in the 10th minute, before Goran Milovi? got his head to a free-kick, but it was Tomislav Kiš who stole the show from ?aktaš. Oremuš passed to the teenage forward who broke the offside trap and calmly took the ball and beat the keeper just after the half-hour to the first half. Kiš, still going for that "top goalscorer award" insisted on scoring a second, just as the hour mark rolled by.

Bendiš announced that the entire team was getting the week off from training because of the Champions League match on Wednesday.
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CSKA MOSKVA OFFERS BENDIŠ ESCAPE 5.XI.2013.g.
Bendiš has been plying his trade down in the boroughs of the Croatian football league, for just a bit over a year and a half, and, so far has managed to do great things with Hajduk, staving off the creditors and leading the club out of the dire financial straits that they were in, playing with young players, and for the past season, entirely with a home-grown team.

And, until this morning, he thought no one noticed...

At 7 in the morning, Bendiš followed his routine. He, one of the lowest paid managers in Croatia, arrived at his café, "kod Bendiš-a" and unlocked the door. Made a cup of coffee as he sat on Riva going through the mail. Most of it was local youngsters requesting trials. Every couple minutes someone would walk and sit down next to the manager, and they'd chat for a few minutes, before Bendiš would return to work.

Near the bottom of the stack of letters, Bendiš grew bored, and took the newspaper and read a few headlines. The usual: Corruption in the parliament, the European Union, some oil squabble in Ukraine before the winter, nothing out of the ordinary. Barcelona were down in 9th place, while Athletic Bilbao lead Real Madrid by a solitary point, 11 games in... On the TV, a rerun of the win over Twente was on mute.

The clock tower chimed 8, then 8.30... training started at 11.00 every morning, but most of his players were early, thankfully. No Carlos Tevez Bendiš had to deal with. He thought it over: that was the benefit of home-grown players. Everyone loved playing for their home team, so it wasn't really about individuals playing better, but about the team playing better together. If he had to guess, Kiš and Džoni were probably the first to show up in the morning... they're probably there already... Every once in a while, one of his players stopped by at his café, not this morning though...

Bendiš finished the crossword a few minutes later, before moving back to his stack of letters, after writing back to a few more youngsters and giving them trials with the U19s, he came along, at the very bottom something... different.

Addressed to his full name - rarely did the local youngsters use his second name: Ivo - the envelope was made from a much thicker paper than usual, a "luxury" envelope if you will... Hajduk didn't have such extravagances, as the manager didn't even have a personal assistant anymore... which is why he was the one reading his letters in his café on a Tuesday morning. In the corner was a return address in Moscow, and when he turned the envelope over, he ran into a sturdy wax seal. Before he managed to open it, an old family friend stopped by and had a cup of coffee, the time was closer to 9 now, but, at 9.30, Bendiš finally managed to open the letter, and read the first few lines, and he immediately got in his car and left for home.

See, inside the envelope was this:
Riva BB
Split 21 000
Hrvatska

4.XI.2013.g.

To Mr. Timmy Ivo Bendiš:

The board would like to offer you the position as General Manager of PFC CSKA Moskva. The contract expires in 2017, the yearly salary is 187 500 €. Please be in touch.

Sincerely,
Evgeny Giner
Chairman of the Board of Directors
PFC CSKA Moskva
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TENNIS SCORELINE IN HOLLAND AS HAJDUK'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHANCES DRIFT AWAY
TWENTE 6-4 HAJDUK ATTD. 29 735
10 goals were scored in a stunning match where Hajduk just kept coming back for more. Twente, never in the lead by more than 2. Jelle Vossen scored a hattrick, while Ivan Džoni scored two, and Josip Radoševi? got on the cards with a magnificent effort from outside the box just before half time for 3-2. It just wasn't meant to be though, as Twente managed to hold the Croatian champions at bay. Hajduk now need a minimum of 4 points to go through, although 1 point will be enough to oust Twente from the Europa League
oooooo An offer from CSKA! I would accept but that's just me. Unlucky versus Twente but a valiant way to go out of the Champions League
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BENDIŠ STAYS
There was a flight from Moscow that arrived in Split this morning, and in first class, a very important Russian businessman sat, waiting, and working. The plane arrived just past 8 in the morning, and, after he passed through customs, a limousine was waiting for the Russian, who stepped in, and worked some more. He arrived, in said car, to the Riva Promenade, where cars are prohibited, and stepped onto the stones by the beach. He looked around, and then sat next to a man waiting for him with two cups of coffee in a small café on the promenade. They talked for an hour and a half as people started milling up and down the street in the early morning hours, and then, at exactly 9.45, both men got up, and shook hands, before the Russian made his way back to the car, and went back to the airport.

He had an empty seat next to him on the flight back. To be honest, he didn't expect that. The Russian was offering a wage, which, after tax, would be more than 10 times greater than Bendiš's current wage, before tax. One of the youngest managers in the game given the chance of a lifetime, and he rejected it.

In Split, the other man walked from the coffee shop to the stadium, and began training, at 11 sharp, just like he did every morning... after making one of the most difficult decisions of his career.
Superb last update, absolutely live this story. Do updates like that last one more often!
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MASTER CLASS FROM HAJDUK
HAJDUK 5-0 INTER ZAPREŠI? ATTD: 15 976
"You may or may not have heard that one of the people in this room was offered a transfer, and a massive contract at CSKA Moskva,"

To the best of his knowledge, none of his players knew that Evegny Giner had stopped at his café earlier in the week. In fact, seeing as the press hadn't caught on, he figured that he had gotten away with it... obviously the club president knew, and his director of football, but other than that... nada.

"The club was forced to accept the offer, but fortunately, the person who the contract was offered to thought that this here was a great project."

"But boss," Mario Malo?a, the club captain piped up, "Who could possibly be that colossally stupid. It's CSKA. That's one of the biggest clubs in the world." The rest of the room seemed to agree...

"Me," the towering manager pulled out the envelope with the job offer from his jacket pocket, with a wage that dwarfed anyone else's at the club. "I believe in you guys, and you're not getting rid of me any time soon. So go out tonight and make me proud."

It wasn't a very important match, but Bendiš wanted to prove a point. He understood that several of his players wanted to leave and would be offered passages out, but, with an inspiring performance, he wanted to win back his team. And win they did.

A (always quite inspired) Tomislav Kiš got out to a flyer in the 11th minute, before scoring again in the 25th, assisting in the 40th and earning the match ball in the 63rd with a toe poke for his hattrick. And, before the clock was done, the even younger speed merchant, Ton?i Mujan scored goal number 5, as he embarks on a career on the wing.

Meanwhile, Bendiš sat on the sidelines, with National Team manager Igor Štimac in the VIP box, and countless chairmen around Europe wondering what this 25 year old would do next... CSKA was big, but there were plenty of clubs around Europe that could do better... Florentino Perez was watching in Madrid, thinking about life after José Mourinho. But so was Silvio Berlusconi. And Roman Abramovi?.

The next morning, a friend of Bendiš's from school published this:

BENDIŠ REJECTS CSKA MOSKVA. ANDREY KOBOLEV TAKES THE REIGNS
In one of the more controversial transfer moves over the weekend, incumbent Hajduk Split manager has rejected CSKA Moskva to stay with his current club
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HAJDUK GOING FOR IT ALL 29.XI.2013.g.
HAJDUK 1-0 TOTTENHAM - G. JOZINOVI? - ATTD. 33 015
The stadium was full long after the Tottenham players had left through the tunnel, and the fans were celebrating wildly. The completely packed Poljud shook the city, as even the people who couldn't get into the stadium watched the giant video screen floating just off Riva.

And, a few seconds after the final whistle had been blown, Bendiš got out of his box for the first time. He had been silently pacing his touchline for 90 minutes, and had said nothing, but he went and shook Andre Villas Boas' hand... the man who may very well be on his way out after this. He shook his assistant's hand, congratulating him on the win (the assistant pointed out that he had nothing to do with it). Then, for the first time all game, Bendiš stepped out on the pitch, looking, but for the impeccably tailored suit, all the part of a player. And then, he spread his arms out wide, and turned to face all four sides of the stadium.

The crowd went absolutely bananas.

This man had brought Hajduk from, not it's knees, but the floor. He had single handedly taken the corpse of a club and formed it into something to be proud of. This team, this very, very young team had just kicked the English champions in the teeth, and were one step, albeit a very big step (Bayern München), away from knocking them out of the greatest competition in the world. And that man was probably the only person in the world who turned down CSKA Moskva.

As it turns out, the 28th of November, the day before the match, was the last night that Bendiš's café wasn't full.
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HAJDUK MAKE IT TO EUROPA LEAGUE 10.XII.2013.g.
BAYERN MüNCHEN 2-2 HAJDUK SPLIT - T. KIŠ, S. LUŠTICA - ATTD. 66 197
It all started with Tomislav Kiš, who scored his 20th goal of the season just a few weeks before Christmas. The striker is in deadly form, and, although he isn't the team's first choice free-kick taker (far from it) the teenager stepped up in the 17th minute to see what he could do against Bayern back-up keeper, Lukas Raeder. It was an obvious lob over the German defensive wall, but Raeder didn't see it, and Kiš scored the opening goal.

Bendiš shut up shop so quickly that it wasn't even realistic. From a quasi-attacking formation to a keeper, Tomi Kiš up front, and 9 defenders, Hajduk, inexplicably, survived the first half. 1-0. But, the win wasn't meant to be. Mandžuki? scored a lucky shot before Wilfried Bony scored the leading goal in the 75th. Bendiš got lucky though, Steven Luštica dashed through the middle to score on the inexperienced keeper.

Tottenham won against Twente, which made Hajduk's result completely irrelevant anyway, but it was one hell of a way to get into the Europa League from the Group of Champions. A win against Twente, a tennis scoreline against the Dutch, an attacking win against the English Champions, and a great game at Allianz.

MEANWHILE...

GROUP A:
FC Porto
Athletic Bilbao
Spartak Moskva
Atromitos

GROUP B:
Real Madrid
Sporting (POR)
FC København
APOEL

GROUP C (Group of National champions...):
FC Bayern
Tottenham
Hajduk
FC Twente

GROUP D (Group of Death):
PSG
Arsenal
Napoli
Dortmund

GROUP E (shocker):
Manchester City
Leverkusen
Barcelona
Sion

GROUP F:
Olympique Lyonnais
Chelsea
Sevilla
Tromsø

GROUP G:
OM
Shakhtar
Fenerbahçe
Wisla

GROUP H:
SLB
AC Milan
Anži
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First time I've read this story and I have to say I've really enjoyed what I've read so far. It's really nice how you describe every goal in detail :) Oh, and good luck in the knockout rounds! :D
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TRANSFER SEASON BECKONS I.I.2014.g.
Every once in a while, Bendiš isn't opening his café. Occasionally, it means he has a morning meeting of some sort. Sometimes, he had a late night, and he does like to sleep in every once in a while.

And this was no different. Last night was New Years Eve. Bendiš plays the piano at his jazz café.

What was different was Bendiš jumping into his tiny Fiat 500 and driving North, picking up some friends in Zagreb for a short road trip and crossing the border into Slovenia, rather than rushing to work. They made their customary trip to somewhere in Europe. Last year, it was Munich, but Bendiš has been this year, so they all decided that Zürich would be nice. The club was nice enough to provide a small apartment in the city, and, 6 days, and a skiing trip later, Bendiš had returned.

What wasn't known until the last minute was that Bendiš had finished some business while in Slovenia. Hajduk's manager is notoriously frugal, not having spent money on incoming transfers during his reign at Hajduk. And this time was no different. But it's fair to say that he has done a fantastic job.

See, on the right flank, Bendiš still has the aging Goran Rubil, who, while decent back-up isn't even close to the talent that he should be for Hajduk.

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And yet, at the end of his contract, Bendiš lowered his team's average age even further, with the Slovenian Young Player of the Year Runner Up Erik Janža:

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And that's what happens when one of the youngest managers in the game goes on vacation.
Janza doesn't look too bad, actually :P

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