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Ana, FM 2012 : Season 4 Building For The Future

Hi everyone. :)

So after a really hectic past few days am back with another update! My brother had flown over from Italy for the first time since his horrific car accident and our whole family sat round to watch the semi final and saw Spain make it to the final.

That’s the main reason I haven’t been around for the past week or so, but I did finish this season before he arrived and now I have some free time to type it up and bring it you now.

Last time around we finished in a club high eighth in the Belorussian first division and with high hopes of once again avoiding relegation.

So lets see how my fourth season went.

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So the season began with a contract extension as I signed up for another year onto my existing one as my project seems to backed by my chairman. :)

Last Year’s Team of the Year

So we had two players make it our star center back Maxim Khlebnikov and central midfielder Oleg Gerasimovich or Mr Set plays as he is known!

Club Information and Club Finances Start of the Season

So for the first time we are not predicted to finish bottom!

No surprise too see Khlebnikov be amongst the clubs favoured personal list as he had a fantastic season last year and we did gain a massive three new ticket holders. ;)

Club value remains the same and I wasted no time in promoting Khlebnikov to our vice captain which was seen as a very popular choice amongst the players.

Transfers In and Out – First Window

So four new faces and I was really pleased with the new players, I did release a lot of players due to them being far from good enough and even sold Kononov a team in the top division for £16k pounds which is a really huge amount!

I would have liked a few more players in truth but due to them not wanting to sign I just settled for what I could get so here are the new players.

Vladimir Tyurin

Alexander Gaponenko

Artem Ivanov

Pavel Kovalchyuk

Wow!

Finally a good standard of player and that wanted to join Livadia, Tyurin is twice the player of the departed Kononov and with better finishing and Gaponenko is a really good left back.

Ivanov will play in defense or midfield haven’t decided yet, where ever we are weakest I guess and Kovalchyuk will be a super sub of sorts with his pace.

Formation For the New Season

So that’s it a 4-4-2 and one I will be sticking with for now and the future, it worked last year at Cheonam and FCAK and a few other places so have decided to incorporate it into this game in Belarus.

Am so much happier with the team this year as we are far better than last year so am hoping for a good season this time around.

Results and Table – First Half of the Season

Seven wins seven defeats says it all really but am pleased.

We are still far too inconsistent and that horrible run of defeats seems to haunt us a bit but all in all am encouraged  as we are sitting in ninth place and thirteen points clear of relegation, so barring a disaster which should be safe at least this season.

I hope. :)

Transfers In – Second Window

Sergey Hleb

Artem Platonov

So am starting to plan for the future and I couldn’t really say no to either of these players Hleb was bought first and will start alongside Khlebnikov in the Livadia defense.

Platonov will be a squad player and will probably replace Mr set plays in the heart of the midfield as he just a much better player in all departments (except set pieces of course!).

League Table and Results End of Season

So fifth it is!

We managed to beat or record ever finish by three places and we would have been knocking on the playoff door had we ended the season a little better.

These run of defeats happen and it seems very hard to stop them! But at least we had a great season and ended with a positive goal difference and my team seemed to like the new 4-4-2 so much more as they really settled into well.

My 100 game at Livadia was one to remember as we beat Partizan Minsk 5-1. :)

Final Player Ratings of the Season

So no real surprise too see Khlebnikov lead the way as once again he had an amazing season, Kuznetsov and Tyurin formed a decent partnership with 27 goals between them and Koval really settled into the team as my record signing.

All in all I was very happy with all the players and can not be happier with the best finish in the clubs history!

Star Man of the Season – Maxim Khlebnikov

End of Season Finances and Team + Player Records

So financially things still look very good despite losing a little money but nothing major as of yet.

We recorded our highest ever finish and our biggest ever win whilst Khlebnikov took Zhukuv’s record of our highest average rated player.

End of Season Round-Up

And thats that as they say. :)

I am very happy with how things went and we are starting to build for the future with a few pretty talented younger players matched with some experience which is vital I think.

We still can get in these terrible run of defeats which is hard to take and difficult to keep the players motivated but when we do play well we look a pretty good side.

The squad is improving each season and with each good finish we are able to sign some slightly better players so I feel now we are no longer a relegation threatened team and am hoping to maybe improve our fifth place and maybe push the leaders.

I feel its do-able if we can get out of the habit of these losing streaks as we were not too far from second and with Khlebnikov and co at the back and players who look like they can score goals the future is looking bright at least.

Thanks once again for reading my story and as always I look forward to your comments and thoughts so far!

I will bring you my next update as soon as its played, so until then goodbye for now. :)

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David Wiggins
8 years ago

Excellent Ana! Always good to physically see the teams improvement in the shape of the league table. Should be close to winning it next season ;)

Bhargav
Bhargav
8 years ago

Oh wow! What an awesome second half of the season! Slowly, but surely, your team are becoming contenders!

Darren Smith
8 years ago

Well done Ana, you’re building on the squad well and it shows through the season…I think next year may see a big improvement and hopefully a challenge on the top teams, keep it up.

karl deighton
karl deighton
8 years ago

Well done! The signings are amazing compared to your other players, and it’s good to see you building for the future. Hopefully next season you can reach the play-off and who knows, get promoted! Though with your play-off record, t’ll be doubtful :D
Good luck Ana

Johnny Karp
8 years ago

Well done Ana, you are bringing this club closer and closer to the spotlight and that was no easy task. I’m quite sure that next season will see you dominating the league, that’s my (educated) guess ;)

Malhar Bhadbhade
8 years ago

Congrats on your season, I feel you will keep improving. Really brilliant story as well. Great read! And looks like Italy’s going to play against you in the final. 2-0 to them at half time right now :D

Martin F.M.J.S
8 years ago

Well done Ann your patience to improve this club has nearly paid off. I can see you improving on your position next season. :D

saltwater
saltwater
8 years ago

A solid season, and fantastic progression from the last one. I don’t know about you but I smell a promotion race coming on next season.
You’ve glued together a very capable squad, all who have a role, which brings me to the farewell to Mr Set Pieces, a legend for Lividia. Never heard of somebody who is only good at set pieces.
The quality of your side has improved obviously, you’re knocking in goals for fun! The formation change came at the exact right time I think.
Good Luck for next season!!

TheZiggy
8 years ago

You’ve made good progress, so it probably won’t be too long before you’re starting to push for a chance at promotion.

Changing to the 4-4-2 formation with this team is also a positive, as it’s much more balanced.

Tegar Triemanudigdo
8 years ago

Wow, nice progress there! And I think your team should be capable of challenging for the top spot there in a few years. Keep it up!

Kevin
8 years ago

Hi Ana

Congrats on reaching the Euro 2012 final. It should be a great Sunday night for you…hopefully. Don’t have to much vino down at the local :)

Well, you are making tremendous progress with each and every season and vert interesting to see you play a 4-4-2. I don’t think you’ve ever played that system before? Anyway great stuff!!

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
8 years ago

Thats a great season Ana, 5th place is definitely showing some signs of improvement. I think within two to three seasons, you can challenge for the title.

Acss
Acss
8 years ago

Definitely an improvement, well done Ana! I believe now you can start thinking about an European place, next season ;) Good luck!

Acss
Acss
8 years ago
Reply to  Ana Garcia

Don’t know what I was thinking, forgot it’s not the top division :)) Hmm then it’s the promotion you should think about ;)

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
8 years ago

Good season Ana, another solid improvement and you keep bringing in better players every transfer window, so I can’t be long before your challenging right at the top :) Keep up the good work!

ryan
ryan
8 years ago

Well done a great season, just 9 points off a play-off spot ! i think next year you can close the gap and get that second spot :)

Gaurav Chaddah
Gaurav Chaddah
8 years ago

Great season their Ana! ;)

Michael Grantham
8 years ago

Congratulations on a really good season Ana! Your side is making great progress each year, and I can see an even better finish on the cards next season! Good luck :)

Ronan Donovan
8 years ago

Hello Ana,
wd Spain! Great to see them win the Euro because they’re a great side and spain is a country that is easy to like. Most people love you Spanish and your great team! I kind of wanted someone else to win like Italy or Germany because it’s nice to give another team a chance, but Spain are too good lol :P

Well done on your latest season with Livadia too! Fantastic job! You did really well and made great progress. Soon you will be going for promotion I’m sure. It’s amazing and you should be proud of the achievements so far. I hope you can improve further next season :)

So good luck in the next season. Hope to hear from you again soon :) I always enjoy your articles so hopefully you’ll be back again soon. Bye!

CsAtlantis
8 years ago

Incredible improvement in the league Ana, the club is also getting better players to join, good luck next season, I think you can get promoted in a few seasons (if not the next!)

Congatulation on winning your landmark 100th game too ;)

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