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Romanian FM 2012 Story: Starting Season Number 11

Hello my friends and welcome to the start of my 11th season in charge of Romanian club Viitorul Constanta in Football Manager 2012. Last season was not bad, we failed to qualify from the Champions League group stage but that gave us the chance to play the Europa League final for the second time in my career. Unfortunately we were outplayed by Juventus in the final but that is behind us by now.

Our financial situation was not bad at the beginning of the summer so we were offered a pretty good wage budget along with just over 11 million pounds for transfers.

Moreover, the board have finally repaid an old loan of just over 1 million pounds.

And now, the transfers. Two first team players were sold: right back Darko Andric and midfielder Joaozinho, both replaced with better players. And I also decided to expand the first team squad to 24 players compared to the previous 23, mainly because I wanted better options in case of an injury crisis.

So there are three new first team players to introduce (click on the names to see their profiles):

Tomislav Djurdjek – an impressive right back.

Maximiliano Ceballos – probably the best central midfielder I had so far, surely the most expensive signing yet.

Jerome Vrignaud – a decent striker that should provide good cover upfront, great value for money since I got him for free :)

And now the full 24-man squad, with all the updated player profiles:

Goalkeepers: Tomas Held, Vaninho

Right Backs: Tomislav Djurdjek, Ali Amara

Left Backs: Sebastien Verdier, Danut Gongolea

Centre Backs: Georgica Dicu, Xavier Dumont, Juan Belencoso, Sammy Mbarga

Central Midfielders: Maximiliano Ceballos, Hector Fernandez, Yasen Zlatinski, Alin Dicher, Markus Winkler, Roman Benes, Gabriel Neacsa

Strikers: Rastislav Benko, Manoel, Dramane Sow, Juan Cruz Argenti, Peter Guba, Jerome Vrignaud, Guido van der Meulen

Our good Europa League run from last season maintained the Romanian League in 13th position in the European Competition rankings, which means that the qualification places were left unchanged.

But we managed to move quite a few places up in the European club rankings, we are 14th now and I was hoping that we would be seeded second in the Champions League group draw thanks to that ranking. There are 8 teams in each pot, so basically the top 8 are seeded first and the following 8 are seeded second and so on, that is if all of them qualify for the group stage.

Before moving to the actual matches and results, I am pleased to announce that the board decided to invest some more cash into the training facilities. I’m always pleased to see such news :)

We kicked off the season by winning another Romanian Super Cup, our 9th in a row! Then we started the league campaign with an unlucky draw before recording some really impressive wins. However, we recorded another draw at the end of August, quite unlucky again but I guess some complacency was involved as well.

And now, drum rolls…

… Yes, we were seeded second for the Champions League group stage draw!

But… that didn’t mean we had more luck with that infamous draw! We got Manchester United from the first pot, no complaints there as all the 8 teams in that pot were tough. But we got Roma from the third pot when we could have gotten the likes of Zenit St. Petersburg… Well, I guess we’ll have to work our way into the top seeded pot for an easier draw?

However, the bookmakers think that we are better this season as our odds have moved to 33-1 from 40-1 last season.

We will start the campaign with a home game against Manchester United, the team that we have also met last season in the group stage. That time we grabbed a 0-0 draw at home but lost 2-0 at Old Trafford. I don’t know if we are better than last season but the Red Devils surely are since they spent no less than 45 million pounds to buy Yaya Sanogo!

Then we’ll meed Dinamo Zagreb away,  a team that we have beaten 2-0 back in 2015 in the Champions League preliminary rounds, so I guess we should get a win there. And then we’ll have the decisive back to back games against Roma, a team that we have never met before.

Last but not least, our finances are still looking green, bright-green I might say :)

That’s all that I had to report for now folks, stay tuned for the Champions League group stage update. I don’t know when that will be, but until then we can have some fun in the comments section ;)

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Ivo Knežević
9 years ago

Hey Johnny,
Nice signings especially the croatian one and the french striker has outstanding attacking atributes :)
Also nice to see dinamo in the cl :)

Good luck

Darren Smith
Admin
9 years ago

Fantastic signings Johnny, I think this summers action will propel your side forward and quite fitting to be drawn second seed in the Champions League as well. Fingers crossed for a great season.

Jonathan Carver
Jonathan Carver
9 years ago

Yesss!! Eventually you have that 2nd seeding you’ve wanted :D pity Roma came our of the third pot :( but I’m sure you are still favourites to qualify along with Man U :) good luck!!

Dan
Dan
9 years ago

Hey Johnny,
You got some good signings there adding to an already strong team. Hopefully you can get out of your CL group this time but it will be tough. Good luck!

Tegar Triemanudigdo
9 years ago

Oh yeah, looks like you’re in tough group there! Another MU, huh? Plus Roma and Zenit, this might be tricky one to dealt. Let’s just hope your luck is along your way there aside from the skills of your team.

Anyway, I’ll look forward on the next journey.

denson
denson
9 years ago

Good update again Johnny!
And some good signings in that window.
I think you should get another writer on the main site because there are not many posts atm!
Anyway good luck for the season!!

Kevin
9 years ago

Hi Johnny

Tough luck in getting United again in your group but those three new signings you brought in look like legends in the making and will hopefully topple the Red Devils.Finaces healthy, facilites upgrading so it all looks pretty good for Viitorul :)

saltwater
saltwater
9 years ago

14th best team in all of Europe! Well hasn’t this club came far? Fantastic spots in the transfer markets especially that free striker, and despite Roma’s name coming out the hat, I’m pretty sure you’ll qualify (my bet would be with one game left)
Good Luck!

TheZiggy
9 years ago

Good to see the training facilities being upgraded, and I think the new first team signings look superb. You surely must be stronger than last season.

That’s tough luck getting those teams come up in the draw, although I reckon after what happened last season, you have a decent chance of upsetting those damned Mancunians.

Malhar Bhadbhade
9 years ago

hey johnny,
wow, on my save, only City spend foolish money like that. Sanogo’s good, but not that good..hahaha. anyway, you made some very good signings, especially that right back, very impressive. and the striker you got on a free was ridiculously good for his price too, wonder which club was dumb enough to let him go. anyway, good luck for your champions league campaign next season! cheers!

Lye
Lye
9 years ago

The right back Tomislav Djurdjek is awesome so does Maximiliano Ceballos. On paper, it does look like a tough draw but i guess you can spring some surprise when you face Man Utd. Somehow i think you will get past the group stages as long as you get some decent results against Man Utd and Roma away.

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
9 years ago

Really like the look of the midfielder and the right back Johnny, they will surely do a good job and help you in the CL, which is quite tough, but I reckon you’re good enough to beat Roma and thereby finish 2nd :) Good start in the league too, I’d be amazed if you didn’t win the league comfortably once again ;) Good luck in the CL!

Martin Pickard
9 years ago

Hey Johnny! Nice post and good signings I’m sure they’ll help you out of the Group Stages this year! Your League campaign looks like its going to be straight forward yet again…just fingers-crossed for Champions League progression! KUTGW :)

Acss
Acss
9 years ago

Good signings mate, it’s gonna be tough against Man Utd but I’m sure you can win that 2nd place, good luck! :)

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
9 years ago

You finally got that second seed, and the result, you get a tough group! You always get tough groups. Hope you can get second place, or even first place if United screw up!

Ana Garcia
9 years ago

Did you smash a mirror or something Johnny?!!

Your luck is terrible even in a seeded draw to get both Manchester United and Roma, Dinamo are a fairly good team also so another tricky group!

At least financially you look very secure and your new signings do look very exciting, so I have my fingers crossed for you this season.

Good luck!! :)

Martin F.M.J.S
9 years ago

Some good signings Johnny I especially like the right back. You have also started the League very strong so shouldn’t have any problem there. United look to be the toughest game as you know and Sanogo might be a problem but Im sure you can qualify this group and hopefully grab top spot. Good Luck :D

Mohammad Sadek
9 years ago

I smell great things are coming Impressive signings specially Djurdjek , However very tough group & I told you before that Mr Platini doesn’t like you !!!

CsAtlantis
9 years ago

Ceballos is an amazing all rounder hopefully he will perform well for you Johnny, it’s a hard group in the Champions League but I believe with Djurdjek joining too you should be more than a match for Roma

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