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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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First of all...Kis, what an absolute legend. Perhaps the greatest player ever to have not won a Golden Ball. Secondly, those youth signings seem brilliant. Sad to see Ljubicic go, but these young starlets are going to develop brilliantly. As to this mayor thing...I'm intrigued to see what happens next, as I know it will be nothing short of edge-of-my-seat brilliant.
I did not abandon you, my laptop broke. -_-
just caught up on all this: Incredible writing, as per usual. Incredible results, and those 3 youth signings look like they could ALL be the next big thing

It's still beyond me how this story doesn't get as much hype as it deserves; you're definitely, for me, the best writer on this site by a long way, and i'm buzzing for this to continue/you maybe write an FM15 story too (:P)

Keep it up man, you're a legend!
Hey guys, it’s me again.

I think you may have misunderstood… Müller, Dixon, and Heintz aren’t my only good youth prospects. They’re really more of a curated selection. I didn’t sign 9 youth players without a reason.

My youth team is, possibly, one of the scariest things on this side of Youth Champions League football…

http://i58.tinypic.com/2b5yfp.jpg

Oh wait… did I mention I qualified for youth, champions league, football?

Mmmm… I might not have

Well… I did. And we haven’t won that trophy since 2016.

I like that trophy in my cabinet.

In fact… Mr. Simon Ireland, who is, IMO an okay U19 coach with decent motivating and decent tactical knowledge, will not be coaching my U19s next year if he does not win the CL this year.

I will

In fact, I’m tempted to do it this year, and, worst case scenario, I’ll have my assistant do it.

Anyways.

On account of comments: I don’t know/think I won’t be doing a FM15 story. I’m not sure I’ll get FM15. FM13 is holding up just fine, and I’m not terribly bothered about transfer updates and such, seeing as I more or less ignore whatever is going on in favor of my own story. I still have to win the CL at home, and I really don’t know how long that’s going to take. It may be another decade, it may be two.

All that is known is that, when I retire, it’ll be a hell of a “we’re actually losing this story reality check”, and the people that read my story religiously will know that the clock is ticking as soon as I get the Finale venue… and a tear will come to their eye a good 6, 7 seasons in advance of the actual end of the story…

UPDATE 5/15… jesus, we’re running through these fast…
”WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN.”
Bendiš asked the question quickly, without reservation, and with a gleam in his eye that only indicated one thing:

He was interested.

General Morovi? was first to respond, as it was his, and perhaps the Admiral’s, presence that threw Bendiš off the most.

“We’ll begin, perhaps, with a smidge of background. In the past decade, you have moved from an absolute nobody to perhaps the most loved person on the Adriatic. It’s not just the football though. You’re loud on issues surrounding the region. You’re loud where people listen, and you care for the people.

“In Marseille, the people of France flocked to you. Yours was, and still is, the spark that lights the passions within people. Your public speaking is second to none, and your dedication to the region is unmatched.

“And you stayed. Which made everyone love you even more.

“But, as you know, that only explains what Mr. Rodi?, and Dr. Vojnovi? are doing here. You don’t need the army or the navy to win an election.

“Admiral Reži? is the fleet admiral for the Adriatic fleet. He is born and raised in Dubrovnik, and is one of the highest powers in the Croatian navy, and the only one who actually has control over the ships. I control the army of the Dalmatia region, while my colleague, who is unable to be here, General Baldini, controls Istria.

“Mr. Bendiš… we don’t need Zagreb.”

There was a long pause in the room… Morovi? sat silently twiddling thumbs, and Dr. Vojnovi? leaned back in his chair.

“Would you like a glass of wine gentlemen? No? Well I’ll have one

“If I’m not mistaken, and I rarely am, what you talk of… this ‘what is after’… is… how do I put this lightly… mmm…

“Well… it’s high treason.”

There was another long pause… this time for Bendiš to lean back in his chair and sip his glass of red. It came from a local vineyard, one who’s owner he was very friendly with. He had, after all, turned his firstborn son into a hero for Hajduk.

“Yes… yes it is. We want you to lead the secession from Croatia. We’ll take the coastline, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula, and Zadar are all behind you. You have the army, and you have the navy to hold the country.”

“And what do you presume to call this act of treason?” Bendiš asked quietly

This time, Maro Dadi? responded, slowly, but gravely,

“The Kingdom of Dalmacija”
Woah. Just, woah. Dalmacijan league in the offing? :P
Not sure if Football Manager or Crusader Kings.

In any case, can't wait for the next 10 :p
First you take over Croatian football, next you take over Croatia (Sorta). Timmy, do you not know your limits?
UPDATE 6/15
HAJDUK SCORE 5 SECOND HALF GOALS WITH TEN MEN IN SEASON OPENER
With the score tied at zero after thirty minutes, Hajduk captain, Teo Pešić, made the incredibly stupid tackle that got his raggedy ass sent off with two yellow cards in half an hour.

And with that, it looked like Bendiš’s new 4-3-3, filled with such promise, would be shown the door after one game.

With Admir Lotinac, last year’s player of the year, benched in favor of three central midfielders, RNK Split, the plucky local rivals, looked like they were given the ultimate chance when their best midfielder was sent off…

Bendiš, on the touchline, swore loudly before taking a defender off in favor of a midfielder…

and Poljud collectively wondered if Bendiš had actually switched his 4-3-3 for a 3-3-3 instead of a 4-3-2, and wondered when Bendiš lost his mind.

But he didn’t. Hajduk held on for the next 15 minutes, and after the half, it only took a minute and a half for Bašić to score the opener, in the 46th minute.

And then, Hajduk scored again, this time from outside of the box, courtesy of the stellar Antonio Milić.

And that should have been enough… considering Hajduk were playing with the obscenely risky formation of 3-3-3. A single mistake, and all would be lost.

But Bendiš knew that, and he kept pushing… at one point, the defensive line intercepting a ball at the half, before kicking it through there midfield for Tomislav Kiš, who had been having a sub-standard game, to score his first.

And then… with 5 minutes left to go, Kiš scored Hajduk’s 5th.

5 goals. 45 minutes. 10 men.

The definition of legendary.
3-3-3 wonder tactic, only works if you get a player sent off :))
2014-09-07 22:35#193555 Neal : 3-3-3 wonder tactic, only works if you get a player sent off :))


Think I'll play a narrow 3-3-3 and just throw an extra winger on the right side. Might be the ticket to 4, 5 goal margins against CL sides
2014-09-07 17:58#193565 tbendis :
2014-09-07 22:35#193555 Neal : 3-3-3 wonder tactic, only works if you get a player sent off :))


Think I'll play a narrow 3-3-3 and just throw an extra winger on the right side. Might be the ticket to 4, 5 goal margins against CL sides

Any manager worth his salt would just play with overlapping fullbacks and wingers and just dismantle you, though? And if your outside midfielders and outside backs try to step out to them, wouldn't your middle be overly exposed?

I really haven't a clue how this actually worked for you, but it did :))
2014-09-08 02:35#193566 Neal :
2014-09-07 17:58#193565 tbendis :
2014-09-07 22:35#193555 Neal : 3-3-3 wonder tactic, only works if you get a player sent off :))


Think I'll play a narrow 3-3-3 and just throw an extra winger on the right side. Might be the ticket to 4, 5 goal margins against CL sides

Any manager worth his salt would just play with overlapping fullbacks and wingers and just dismantle you, though? And if your outside midfielders and outside backs try to step out to them, wouldn't your middle be overly exposed?

I really haven't a clue how this actually worked for you, but it did :))

At home, I have a really narrow pitch, so I can get away with it, especially since my back line is one of the quickest in the business. Away, I doubt it'll work, but I can probably use a 3-4-3 if I do it right.
That youth team is awesome. Hadjuk is the new La Masia!
UPDATE 7/15
”BY FAR, THE MORE DISPROPORTIONALLY SUPERIOR TEAM WE’VE SEEN IN YEARS”
When the Hajduk U19s lined up against the Primorac U19s in the first round of the U19 cup, Hajduk lined up against a team of amateurs. They were on youth contracts, every last one of them, and they were playing to become proud ranks of the Primorac team, perhaps in a few years.

Of Hajduk’s starting 11 and bench, there was one player who was not on a professional contract: 16 year old frenchman Mathieu Riviere, who had been brought over on a youth contract simply because he did not have an an agent to negotiate better terms when he decided that the time was right to leave Girondin de Bordeaux’s youth academy, simply with the possibility to become part of one of the greatest clubs in the world. Of the rest?

Well… every single player made more than anyone in a week than any player on Primorac’s team sheet did in a year.

It was the Manchester City of youth teams.

And then, with the coach of Primorac still trying to motivate his young cadets… all of whom had seen Tchen-Sseu Heintz rampage to 7 goals for the U20 world cup, including a hat trick during the final… and was doing a damned good job at it, he noticed a figure he never thought he’d see, and promptly stopped.

Because, as soon as Vanja Alović, a schoolteacher in Split, saw Timmy Bendiš, in his impeccably tailored suit, walk onto the pitch, he knew that, no matter how up for the win his young cadets were, there was no way he would be able to beat Bendiš tactically…

Maybe Simon Ireland, who was prone to not pick the best players in the squad for goodness knows what reason, but not Bendiš.

So, with a sigh, and an uncharacteristic “have fun boys… it’s not about the result”, Alović sent Primorac out to be slaughtered.

His only relief came when Bendiš showed restraint, and only let Hajduk score five.

HAJDUK U19 5-0 PRIMORAC U19

It was, however, only the first of Bendiš’s matches in charge. And, while in the football world, word travels fast, it travels much slower in the U19 circuit, where Bendiš showed up the week after for his match against Lokomotiva, and watched an equally surprised schoolteacher coaching the Zagreb side wonder aloud whether or not Simon Ireland was sick, and who were these monsters playing against his youth team.

It was, in essence, like watching Space Jam without Michael Jordan… or Looney Toons… and, with 32 shots, 17 of which were on target, it’s a miracle they only scored 7.

HAJDUK U19 7-1 LOKOMOTIVA U19
The greatest youths in the world, we've just got to hope they don't splash all that dosh on a flashy lifestyle only to become penniless nobodies. I'm sure that won't happen...

Will you be continuing this story into FM15, Timmy?

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