Belarusian Third Division
So I had taken control of RGUOR Minsk in the 4th tier of Belarus because of their insane facilities, unfortunately they cost me £100'000 per month this season so I lost money like there was no tomorrow. I have 1 aim in this and that it to try and not sign anybody all season, being heavily reliant on my awesome academy although top youngster would have to be sold at some point to make up for the money we were losing.
With only the league to focus on the board wanted us to follow through with the media predictions and win the league, should not be too hard.
We should have really been doing better with some of the results, particularly the draws, too many of them. Our loss to Veras was massive as well.
It was a big result because it enabled them to have a 4 point lead over us come the mid-way point. We had to make sure they dropped points when we came head-to-head again.
We entered the final half welcoming back a big player in our central midfield who had missed the entire first half so I felt optimistic. Unfortunately a draw to Veras meant we were trailing by 7 points, we had to win every game to stand a chance. We did and just had to rely on Veras to drop the points.
Which they did, only just. With 2 games to go they lost to enable us take top on GD and had to hold out. Very happy then as we achieved our board's expectations.
Our number 1 striker finished the season with 22 goals in 30 games and was huge in our quest for the title, the main provider of goals. In there purely for that reason.Spoiler:Sergey Metlitskiy
Sergey's strike partner, Roman wasn't great. Stats-wise he didn't look terrific and was absent on on 2nd game because he'd been out drinking. His attitude to training was poor but he done a job, but he'll need to sort himself out if he's to stay.Spoiler:Roman Kovalevskiy
Our 16 year old 'keeper was fantastic in his rookie season. 16 clean sheets was testiment to that. Has 20+ years left and could well spend them all at RUOR.Spoiler:Andrey Mishkovich
Came back for the final 15 games and was hugely influencial. Managed 4 goals and a huge 11 assists in his little time and I look forward to having him for a full season next year.Spoiler:Igor Astapov
Our Stevie G, he'd just pop up with a screamer when it was needed. It took him a while but he eventually started playing well, particularly in the final 10 games.Spoiler:Pavel Gerasimovich
Would be unfair to not menion him. Took Astapov's place in the first half of the season and finished with 25 games and 13 assists. Was a brilliant option to have on the bench.Spoiler:Dmitriy Slaboshevich
There was also our left winger Dmitry Zhukov who didn't get a mention but was good, in the sense that he would always deliver in times of trouble and our centre-back pairing of Alexandr Grantovskiy who finished the season with 4 goals, 3 assists and an avg. rating of 7.36, while his partner at the back, Alexandr Zhdanovich finished with 6 goals, 2 assists and an avg. rating of 7.40.
Belarusian Second League
So after last season's promotion success we went up to the 3rd tier, the Second Division. It also meant that we would be in the Belarusian Cup, so a chance to make some money for a good cup run. I couldn't help myself in the market as some good youths came up so I can develop them, but the academy churned out another great striker, Alexandr Lechkevich who looks amazing and will be given his chance this season.
Like I say, I couldn't help myself. Pakhomov was a Russian striker who had a lot of potential and would instatly be thrown in, Shtaer would be more of a backup striker, but again had a lot of talent already and for the future. Berezutskiy is a more defensive option in midfield, and again young and talented. Will hopefully make a formidable midfield partnership with Gerasimovich.
The board's expectations this season saw them wanting to win the league again, from what I've heard about this league it shouldn't be too hard. They also wanted the club to reach the Third Round in its debut season in the Belarusian Cup.
Unfortunately it won't let me view just Second League games or even just cup games, so I have to do it like this. It started off a tough transition but in the end we finished on good form, our wonderkid Leshkevich was doing great as well when played, our top scorer at this point.
It also meant we were top after 15 games, the draw to Slutsk meant we were only 3 points clear, Veras remain a pain in the arse even at this level.
We went out of the Cup against our parent club Dinamo Minsk which disappointed the board, but they understood that we done well enough keeping the score respectable. The results weren't great but this league was competitive so we were still going well for the league.
So well we won it in fact, quite easily. Our end-of-season victory over Baranovichi meant that they missed out on promotion too. A very good season which sees back-to-back championships and back-to-back promotions.
A massive player for us, started the season off brilliantly and at one point had 8 goals in 8 games. Hit a goal drought but overcame it and finished as the league's top goalscorer runner-up. Was one of 3 players who represented our team in the league's team of the year.Spoiler:Leshkevich
"Are you Gerrard in disguise!?" Another player who represented the champions in the league's team of the year. Pavel could've had his own goal of the season reel, was outstanding and continue to run our midfield.Spoiler:Gerasimovich
Was good this season, but not outstanding. Was apparently the best goalkeeper in the league as he was the 3rd player in the team of the year. Improved so much this season, future Belarus number 1!Spoiler:Mishkovich
Had a good season and shifted Astapov out of the team. Still young and still improving, looking forward to his future at the club.Spoiler:Slaboshevich
Was struggling to think of another player, but he definitely deserves a mention. Was instrumental on the left wing and creates a lot of chances. Was good last season but really came on this season, although he has taken a decline.Spoiler:Zhukov
Belarusian First League
Another season, another promotion. Just one more away from the Highest League, which as you can tell is the Highest League There weren't many changes though, our 3 signings from last season were ineligble because they were foreign, so we were once again relying on Metlitskiy and Alexandr "Wonderman" Leshkevich for goals.
We had brought in Akintovich on loan to cover the left-back position because we had 2, and 1 was total shite. Also signed Yevlash who is good, young and a lot of potential. Also Belarusian so he can play this season.
So for this season the board wanted a top-half finish and an improvement in the Belarusian Cup, 4th Round expectations.
We quite clearly have struggled to adapt to this life, a few mid-week games bringing out our worst. Also a weakened side in the Belarusian Cup came up short, a poor showing not that I cared, but my board did.
It meant we were 5th come mid-way point and in a real mess. We were getting our bad run out now though so hopefully we should finish on our usual form.
We did turn around our poor run, but couldn't find enough form to mount a proper promotion challenge.
The wastes of space then finished 5th, would have won the league if we weren't squandering 10+ chances per game.
Was god awful for the first half, but really started playing in the 2nd half and was probably our best player in that period.Spoiler:Gerasimovich
Again took a while to get going, but he eventually shown he can do business in this league, finishing our top goalscorer with a pretty poor 8 goals.Spoiler:Leshkevich
Really came on this season and eventually forced a poor-playing Metlitskiy. Possible partner for Alex next season.Spoiler:Ivanov
The final player; Dmitriy really came on this season and is probably our best cnetre back after 2 and a half years of playing right-back.Spoiler:Terentjev
Metlitskiy, Zhukov, Grantovskiy and Mishkevich were big let downs this season, also with the "no foreigners" rule in the First League I am again without my 3 signings from 2 year ago, Berezutskiy really becoming pissed at not playing and so am I, he's probably our best CM, always improving and not even playing.YOUTH PRODUCTS
Our number 1 and I've got a feeling he could be Belarus' number 1 in a few years time. Did disappoint this season but he's still very young and always improving.Spoiler:Mishkovich
Came through the ranks last season and has been alright when played. Hope to have him and Leshkevich up front in a few seasons time.Spoiler:Lashankov
Just look at him, I'm confident if we just had him and Pakhomov we'd have at least got promotion. Bullshit rules.Spoiler:Berezutskiy
Just had this guy come through our youth setup and looks very promising, alongside a number of players. Very impressed with who we've got this year, but he's by far the best.Spoiler:Kovalevich
Always improving and starting to get chances. Got big plans for him.Spoiler:Pakulin
The final one, also came through our academy this season and looks pretty damn good. Probably won't get first team football this season, will try and send him on loan.Spoiler:BahaNEXT SEASON
Our aim next season is to do well and achieve our boards expectations in the Belarusian Cup. I also want to win the league and move on, hate it here.
Belarusian First League
So after last season's disappointments we remained in the First League, this time though as favourites. Unfortunately due to the league's "no foreign" policy and our financial difficulties I could only sign frees, and there weren't many good ones going so we entered season 2014 with pretty much the same team as last season.
We made 1 signing, bringing in Plaskonny from Dinamo Zhodeno on a bosman. He was young, talented and added to our many strike options. Out saw players who weren't good enough and 5th choice CD Kontesvoy who would have got limited time this season.
So as favourites to win the title, this is now what the board expects, but I imagine they'll take promotion. So will I. Belarusian Cup, the expectation is Fourth Round
A few lads who needed some match practice disappointed against Dinamo-2 Minsk, especially as we had a man advantage for a long period of time. Shocking really.
So yeah, I can now view my league and cup matches seperately. We were rotating a lot more, with talented youths coming through who needed game time. It served us well for the first half of the season, performing very well in front of goal.
And so we were top at the mid-way point, a very good start and needed to keep up our good form to ensure we'd take the title, with the race for promotion really tight.
We struggled in places and at one point dropped bak to 4th, with the leading pack all very close, but we picked up and were solid, especially towards the end of the season.
In the end we won the league by 3 points, finishing with the best defence in the league and scoring the 2nd most goals, despite a heavily rotated team. Highest League here we come!
Finished our top goalscorer and had a pretty good record it has to be said. 11 goals in 16 league games is very good and I imagine next season we won't be rotating much so he should get more game-time.Spoiler:Ivanov
Much more productive this season as a ball-to-feet target man. Always improving and I have no doubt he's going to end up in the national team. Should make a formidable partnership with Ivanov next season.Spoiler:Leshkevich
Our new captain played brilliantly when he was called upon, finishing with the most assists in the team. Leaves me with a difficult decision for CM.Spoiler:Yanush
Improving brilliantly and a much better season from the future national number 1. 11 clean sheets working well in our favour, deserves to be vice-captain and became the first player to reach 100 appearances for the club.Spoiler:Mishkovich
Was outstanding this season and definitely a star performer. Still young and improving I see a very bright future for him in the centre of our defence.Spoiler:Terentjev
Another solid season for another young CM. Helped a lot with the team around the area and scored some important goals. Another "young and improving" player.Spoiler:Slaboshevich
Our oldest squad player continued to remind me of a Belarusian Steven Gerrard, bombing forward and controlling the midfield. It's because of him, Slaboshevich and Yanush I'll be having a problem in deciding on next season's CM's.Spoiler:Gerasimovich
Wouldn't have been fair not to mention him. Was brilliant from start to finish and proved to me that he didn't have fitness issues. Was a solid right mid, improving well.Spoiler:ShatalovYOUTH PRODUCTS
One of last season's recruits, impressed me this season and was very solid in the right-back slot. Forced me to think about our usual first choice Evgeniy Kozlovskiy.Spoiler:Kulchiy
A new recruit and looks like a brilliant prospect. Will try and give him some game time next season.Spoiler:Ruzetskiy
Came through last season but didn't play this season, yet still improving and will get game time next season. With a left mid leaving in the summer there's a gap and hopefully he'll step up.Spoiler:Nikitenko
Got some game time and played pretty well. Good with his passing and hopefully has a bright future here.Spoiler:Kovalevich
Played a bit this season and scored goals, another definite bright spark from our academy. Looking forward to seeing how he develops in the Highest League.Spoiler:Lashankov
Igor Pakulin and Dmitriy Novik
Would like to mention these two. Both played a bit this season but neither were that great, the former being decent at best. However both are still young, developing and do look pretty good. Unfortunately that's a cramped CM to break into, may have to turn back to my 4-3-3 for next season.Spoiler:PakulinSpoiler:NovikNEXT SEASON
Our aim for next season is to finally start making some money, get a good cup run and do as well as possible in the top division. Hopefully with a good run we can achieve some European football.
Pos Team Points
1st Benfica 84
2nd Sporting 74
3rd Porto 73
quote DrachboThanks man! Pedersen just seems to produce the goods when I play him! Leandro is just a god in this league, bargain in the end at £9m. Hopefully I will be able to win the league this season, brought in a couple decent players this season which should push for a better title run this season.JohnRush. Well done getting in front of Porto, lets hope your next season will turn out even better and third time will be the charm. Some of your players had fantastic seasons, and your youth seem to be ready to contribute already (Pedersen seem to be playing above his quality really!).
Belarusian Highest League
So promotion meant we were now competing in the top flight after 4 frantic years. So with those expectations now gone we had new ones; To become an established European team.
Also like to point out that I holidayed half of the season after screwing up a bit, resting too many players and giving others chances. It was becoming annoying.
We made much more changes than I expected. A number of players left, Lashankov went on loan with first team chances in short supply here. Slaboshevich's slae put us back in the green, if only for a little bit. In we signed a new backup goalkeeper (Urretaviscaya), another backup centre-back (Acosta), Kucera was another defensive option who could play in the centre and on the right while Lukic, Blokhin and Georgiu were left backs.
The board's expectations was to achieve a top-half finish and also get to the Fourth Round of the Belarusian Cup. I had no worries about achieving these targets.
2 easy ties meant we would go into the new season into the 4th Round. Target achieved and now we have to go hunting this trophy next season.
A very indifferent season where we struggled for consistency both on the pitch and with our line-up. I have no doubt that if we had an established starting XI we would have managed European football, or come very close too.
And so with our debut season season in the top flight out of the way we could look back on a 5th placed finish. Not the best, but it was a decent start.
Was voted the best goalkeeper throughout the season and was pretty brilliant. Still young and improving as well, he's an absolute rock in the team.Spoiler:Mishkovich
Next up our top goalscorer. While Mishkovich is the club's record appearance holder (133), Leshkevich has gone down in the record books with the most goals for the club, with his 10 this season taking him up for 43. An absolute beast and an integral part of our team.Spoiler:Leshkevich
The last player with me holidaying half the season I'm going purely off stats and Pavel "Gerrard" Gerasimovich finished as ou highest assister this season. Now 31 we need someone to start coming in for him, but he again proved he's not past it yet.Spoiler:GerasimovichNEXT SEASON
Next season we MUST finish in the top 3 or get European football if we're to hold onto our stars. Some of our more highly rated youngsters have got to start accepting loan deals because few are progressing, but this new era continues.
Pos Team Points
1st Sporting 81
2nd Benfica 74
3rd Porto 69
- Barclays Premier League : 5th
- UEFA Europe League : Semi-finals
- FA Cup : Third round
- Carlings Cup : Fourth round
League Player Statistics
Nr. Name Age App. G A AVG
#24 Tim Howard 34 34 7.04
#35 Tom Heaton 27 5 6.92
#2 Tony Hibbert 32 7 1 0 6.52
#3 Leighton Baines 28 38 1 9 7.03
#5 John Heitinga 29 33 7 0 6.96
#6 Phil Jagielka 30 37 8 0 7.17
#15 Sylvain Distin 35 6 1 0 7.17
#18 Phil Neville 36 9 0 0 6.72
#28 Kyle Walker 23 33 0 1 6.95
#7 D. Bilyaletdinov 28 29 1 6 6.98
#8 Gareth Barry 32 38 1 9 7.03
#10 Royston Drenthe 26 28 4 3 6.98
#11 David Bentley 19 33 3 17 7.06
#14 Reto Ziegler 27 26 6 4 7.21
#17 Tim Cahill 33 31 12 3 7.12
#20 Ross Barkley 19 22 0 1 6.82
#21 Leon Osman 32 10 0 1 6.69
#22 Adam Johnson 25 14 1 0 6.85
#23 Seamus Coleman 24 3 0 0 6.55
#26 Jack Rodwell 22 32 1 3 6.92
#9 Oscar Cardozo 30 11 0 0 6.33
#12 Frazier Campbell 25 4 0 0 6.45
#19 Magaye Gueye 22 34 20 5 7.19
#27 Samed Yesil 19 1 0 0 -
#37 Paul Reilly 18 1 0 0 5.70