Yugoslavia Reunited - A Road to Glory with FK Borac Šamac (reloaded)

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Due to my own incompetence, I had to restart this save from the very beginning. Which means back to the fourth tier of Yugoslav football and back to our bare bones. But this time, I will be documenting my progress from the get go instead of last time where I was already in the First League by the time I started a topic here. So lets jump in.

In case you are coming here for the first time, Borac is a Yugoslavian semi-pro club, located in Bosanski Šamac, competing in one of the six 4th tier leagues in the Yugoslav Reunited database. This club holds a special place in my heart as two of my family members used to play for them years ago. Now it is my duty to take this club up to the very top of world football. So, 100 years after Borac Šamac was founded, I took charge.

For this particular save, I have two other databases loaded for added flavor. Here's my setup:
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I might do a save in the Soviet Union at a later date, but for now, I will stick with Yugoslavia.

Borac in the first season (predicted 4th originally, now Evens for 1st) of the save plays in the Premijer Liga Bosne, which covers clubs in the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here are the rules:

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Anyway, here are the summer transfers. There are a lot of them due to the relatively lack of depth in the team and generally bringing in very good players. Another interesting thing of note is that Borac holds a loan affiliation with Jedinstvo Crkvina, who play in the 7th tier.

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If you have any questions about a particular player, don't hesitate to replay below and I will provide answers including screenshots as well.

As stated in the league rules, there are 44 matches to be played and now we have reached the 11 match mark, a quarter of the way through. Here's the results:
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What an excellent start to the season! The teams to take note of as our title rivals are Budućnost Banovici and Zvijezda 09, although as of now, Leotar and Sloga Doboj have also started pretty well. Our team has so far smashed everyone in its path except Leotar, who we could only draw in frustration. Still, I expect this to be a walk in the park. Here's the current league table:

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We are eight points clear of our closest competitor, so hopefully we can build on this on our bid for the title and subsequently promotion. Our cup run has been easy so far, as we had only run into 10th tier sides so far.

Thanks for reading the first part of season 1 with Borac Šamac. I plan to divide each season into four parts: Part 1 with summer transfers and all fixtures up to September, Part 2 with winter transfers and all fixtures from September to the end of February (the end of the Yugoslav winter transfer window), Part 3 with the remaining fixtures and the end of season player review, and Part 4 with results from around Yugoslavia, Europe, and major international competitions (if applicable). Stay tuned for Part 2 of Season #1.
 

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Hello readers welcome to Season 1 Part 2 of my Borac save. Lets get into the fixtures.

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We have continued our unbeaten run in the league, having not yet lost a league game yet. We also had a decent cup run, reaching the 6th Round where we were knocked out by 6th tier Jedinstvo Bihac. I wasn't too fussed about our penalty loss, as the board required me to reach the 5th round and I did just that. Despite a small downturn in form in February, we firmly remain at the top. Here is the league table:

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Budućnost Banovici had been very disappointing this season and lie firmly in mid-table, while Leotar Trebinje had been fantasic, lying in 2nd place after nearly 3/4 of the season done. Zvijezda 09 were pretty inconsistent for a side that is supposed to be challenging for 1st place. Currently we are 25 points clear and look set for promotion into one of the three 3rd tier leagues. Now, it's time for winter transfers.
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Lots of departures as some reserve players on Non-Contracts decided to move to pastures new, while some Part-Timers were sold off as they weren't good enough for the squad. Also a few loans away for gametime and development. Only a few newcomers, but they are quite important. I splashed out on centerback Anes Durakovic, who was unhappy at his club due to broken promises, and Anel Husic, Budućnost Banovici's star striker who was also unhappy with his club. Raif Husic is a free agent GK released from German club Aalen and will replace Trifun Lukic, who was over 30 and not good enough. The final notable transfer was loaning in one of Red Star Belgrade's young left backs to build some quality depth in the area. Last but not least, I have made three pre-contract signings for the next season.

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Milos Bojanic is a young GK who will replace our 34 year old GK who I will set for release at the end of the season. The other two signings are good quality midfielders who will be helping us succeed in the Treća Liga. Any further pre-contract signings will be coming in the next post.

That's it for Part Two of Season 1 of my Borac save. I will be back with Part 3, the end of the season, player review, and possible additional pre-contract signings. Thanks for reading and reply if you have any questions or comments.
 

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Welcome back to Part 3 of Season 1 with Borac Šamac. The end of the season has arrived and every competition has concluded. Here are our final results.

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It has been a fantastic campaign this year, as we finished on top with 8 games to spare after beating Leotar to win the league title. We were also invincible, having not lost a game at all. We are going up! Now the focus is into consolidating ourselves in whichever Treća Liga we end up in. Hopefully, with the right signings, we can get promoted again into the Yugoslav Second League by winning next season's league title. Meanwhile, we have made three new precontract signings, all defenders.

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Both Mateo Les and Ivo Glavas are Dinamo Zagreb products who I managed to poach away before they signed new contracts, while leftback Dejan Coric was recommended to me as a quality player and someone that would fit well in the social groups. I can't wait for my per-contracts to arrive.

Now, it's time for the season's player review. I will only be discussing the best performers of the season, so if you don't see the player you want discussed, reply below.

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This experienced central and attacking midfielder was probably my best signing of the season, as he was one of our creative master minds and provided 20 assists from 45 appearances. He was also pretty good at finding goal, scoring 11 goals, most of them free kicks.

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Our star striker for much of the season, he scored 20 league goals and 7 cup goals for a total of 27 for the season. He won the Golden Boot, two goals ahead of Anel Husic. I hope to keep him as long as possible.

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A veteran center back and a dressing room leader, Novakovic provided a solid wall of defense in 39 league appearances. He also has a surprising good eye for goal, as he scored 13 league goals and 5 cup goals for a total of 18 for the season. Most of these goals came from set pieces or penalties, but he will nontheless stick around for next season.

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The OG central midfielder for Borac, he is Adnan Hodzic's creative partner, scoring 5 goals and assisting 11.

That's it for Part 3. I will return shortly for Part 4 of Season 1, where I will show results from around Yugoslavia and Europe, as well as the result of Euro 2020.
 

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Alright, all of the relevant competitions have finished and the results are in. First, we will start with the Yugoslav First and Second Leagues.

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Dinamo Zagreb won the First League this season, beating out Red Star Belgrade quite comfortably. Dinamo Zagreb also won the Cup, thus completing a domestic double. From my previous experience, Dinamo is the dominant force in Yugoslavia, so they are the ones to beat. At the other end of the table, Gorica lost the relegation playoff to Vojvodina Novi Sad and will join 18th-placed Široki Brijeg in the Second League next season.

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Lokomotiva are crowned champions of the Second League and are promoted to the First League along with 2nd-placed Slaven Belupo. Shkendija, GOSK Gabela, and Zemun are relegated to the 3rd tier.

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In Germany, Bayern Munich claim another Meisterschale by quite some distance. Werder Bremen and Köln had very good showings, both having occupied the top 4 before settling for Europa League football next season. Union Berlin and Augsburg are relegated to the Bundesliga 2, Fortuna Düsseldorf winning the playoff against Hannover 96.

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This is by far the craziest season of the Bundesliga 2 that I have ever seen in FM20. Holstein Kiel of all teams win the league title and, alongside NEWLY-PROMOTED Karlsruhe, are going up into the Bundesliga. VfB Stuttgart had a horrible season, losing the first 5 matches and occupying the relegation zone until November. The end of the season was equally crazy, as anyone from 1st to 8th place had a chance of getting promoted to the Bundesliga. Absolute scenes. BTW, Osnabrück and Dynamo Dresden are relegated to the 3 Liga while Bochum win the playoff against Hansa Rostock.

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Manchester City win a third straight league title, beating out Liverpool and Tottenham on the final day. Aston Villa, Southampton, and Sheffield United are relegated to the EFL Championship.

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The Championship was won by West Bromwich, who will be joined by Swansea and Leeds United into the Premier League. Barnsley, Luton, and Derby County fall into League One.

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Juventus win another Serie A by some distance, as Brescia, Sassuolo, and Lecce are relegated to Serie B.

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Spezia and Chievo Verona are promoted to Serie A along with playoff winners Trapani as Pordenone, Cittadella, Juve Stabia, and Perugia are relegated to Serie C.

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La Liga was won by Atletico Madrid after Barcelone faltered. The head-to-head favored the Madrid club anyway, meaning even if Barca won that one game near the end of the season, they would still finish 2nd.

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Rayo Vallecano, Sporting de Gijon, and Oviedo will replace Leganes, Levante, and Real Valladolid in La Liga.

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Zenit St. Petersburg win the Soviet High League needing to avoid defeat by 3 goals or more on the final day. Astana, Ural, and Qarabag are relegated.

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Olexandriya, Dinamo Brest, and Mariupol are promoted while Karpaty, Tavria, and Anji fall to the 3rd tier.

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The Champions League was won by Real Madrid, beating Barcelona in an El Clasico final in Turkey.

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The Europa League was won by Arsenal, who beat Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League through the Europa League.

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Last but not least, Euro 2020 was won by Italy, who beat Belgium in the final. Yugoslavia was knocked out be England in the Round of 16.

And that's Season 1 of the Borac save wrapped up. Stay tuned for Season 2, where we will be participating in the Treca Liga Istok. Thanks for reading!
 

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Welcome to Part 1 of Season 2 of the Borac save! Last time, we finished the season as champions of the Premijer Liga Bosne and were promoted to the Treca Liga Istok, where we are predicted to finish 11th. This new league has their own rules, which I shall post.

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Nothing too special here, except this time we will only play each team twice instead of 4 times for a total of 30 league games this season. Only the top spot is the promotion spot, so if we want to get into the Second League, we have to win the league title. And now, to summer transfers:

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This year's summer transfer window was definitely not as busy as last year's, but we did get stronger. Apart from the pre-contracts discussed in previous replies, I brought in a new first-choice goalkeeper on a free transfer as well as a couple of quality midfielders and players for the future. Two of our fringe fullbacks wanted to leave so I made some profit from them. The rest of the players here are mostly reserve players who weren't going to trouble the first team. Finally, there were a number of players released from the club upon contract expiry.

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Apart from the last two, who I released myself, these players were too old and not good enough to play any further role. I wish them the best of luck. And now, to our team performance.

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We have once again started off on a flyer, with two thrilling matches against Sindjelic Beograd and Javor Matis Ivanjica in July, where in both games we came from behind to win. We then went through most of August maintaining a 100% record before losing to Tuzla City in a tight contest where they scored a last minute winner to take all three points.

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We currently sit in 1st place on goal difference after 7 match days. TSC Backa Topola, the favorites for the league title, are our next match and they are the team to beat if we want to get back-to-back promotions. Teams to watch are recently relegated GOSK (predicted bottom) and Zemun (mid-table), Indjija, and Backa Palanka.

That's it for Part 1 of Season 2. We will return to the end of February with the winter transfer window and results from September to the end of February.
 

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Welcome back to Part 2 of Season 2, where the majority of the league season has gone and the winter transfer window has closed. There are six game left in the league, so let's see what's going on.

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Borac continues to shine at this new level, going through September and October unbeaten. We did pick up a couple of losses in November, but otherwise, we have been excellent. Victories against TSC and Tuzla City were extremely important as those two were challenging for the title. Our cup run has been nothing short of spectacular, as we demolished Second League side Čelik Zenica 5-0 and First League side Željezničar Sarajevo 4-0 before we were defeated in extra time by Olimpija in the 7th Round. Our performance in the cup shows promising signs of our future in the Second League should we get promoted this season. Here's the league table.

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We are in fantastic form, sitting at the top 8 points clear of TSC. Tuzla City are no longer a threat to the league title anymore as they got into a horrible patch of form, picking up only 2 points in the last 5 games. If TSC win all their games from this point, the earliest we can secure the title and promotion to the Second League would be our home match against Mladost Doboj-Kakanj.

Now, the winter transfer window:

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It's been a mixed bag, as despite us picking up some real gems in central midfielder Nemanja Vukmanovic from Sinjelic, we lost three of our good players on free transfers. It was my fault, I delegated the contract negotiations to my DoF and he failed, so I wasn't able to stop both of our starting wingers and midfielder Samir Isanovic from signing on with other clubs. At least Nemanja Vukmanovic will be an excellent replacement for our OG midfielder. But now I will have to look for starting wingers in the summer and I'm not sure who will pop up when the time comes.

Despite my mistakes, I did make pre-contracts myself. Here they are:

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Signed some first team youngsters who look to be great to develop as I play them as well as some quality depth for the GK and RB role.

That's it for Season 2 Part 2. I will return with the end of the season, where we will see whether or not we get promoted and the possibility of even more pre-contract signings. Thanks for reading.
 

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Welcome back everyone to Part 3 of Season 2 with Borac Šamac. The final 6 games have been played and the final results are in.

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We have got promoted once again! The league title was sealed following TSC's failure to beat Backa Palanka following our 6-0 victory against GOSK Gabela. Poor GOSK, they suffered another relegation having already fallen out of the Second League in Season 1.

All credits must go to our strikers Mirel Ibrahimovic and Anel Husic, who has scored a combined total of around 60 goals, and Husic takes the Golden Boot, narrowly beating out his teammate by a couple goals.

Next season, we will be able to start signing foreign players, as now we along with the winners of the other two Treca Ligas are going up into the Second League. No Yugoslav team is allowed to sign outsiders if they are below the Second League. Perhaps I could find some foreign players from the relegated Second League sides...

Stay tuned for Part 4 very soon.
 

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Welcome to Part 4 of Season 2 of the save, where we will look at the results of the top copmetitions across Europe.

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Dinamo Zagreb ran away with the First League for a second season running boasting the best attacking and defensive records in the league. Partizan Belgrade won this year's Cup so they will be entering the Europa League while Red Star and newly-promoted Lokomotiva enter the Europa Conference League. Čukarički were relegated after Željezničar fought heroically to climb out of bottom spot. They beat Vojvodina Novi Sad in the relegation playoff to stay in the First League. Vojvodina were relegated with Čukarički.

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Celje were crowned champions of the Second League having almost reached promotion last season. Interestingly enough, newly promoted Aluminji Kidričevo join them in the First League, having been promoted from the Treca Liga the season before. Relegated Gorica had a torrid time and suffered back-to-back relegations, joining Macva and Dinamo Vranje in the third tier of Yugoslav football.

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Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga yet again by quite some distance. FC Köln had a great season and finished in 4th, qualifying for the Champions League. Predictably, both promoted sides were relegated to the Bundesliga 2 along with Paderborn. Karlsruhe finished in the play-off spot and lost to their bitter rivals Stuttgart in a spicy two-legged affair.

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This season's Bundesliga 2 wasn't as crazy as last season's. Augsburg and Union Berlin were promoted directly while Stuttgart beat Karlsruhe to join the top two. Ingolstadt and Uerdingen were relegated along with play-off loser Jahn Regensburg. They will be replaced by Dynamo Dresden, Sonnenhof Grossaspach, and play-off winner 1860 Munich.

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The Premier League was once again won by Manchester City. Swansea, Leeds United, and Crystal Palace were relegated to the Championship, with West Brom barely surviving by the skin of their teeth.

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Aston Villa and Sheffield United go straight back up into the Premier League, joined by playoff winner Bristol City. Peterborough, Hudderfield, and Nottingham Forest are relegated to League One.

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The Serie A was dominated by Juventus once again, a long way from 2nd placed Atalanta and Inter Milan. Genoa, Trapani, and SPAL are relegated to Serie B.

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This may have been the most fascinating season of Serie B I have seen. Triestina, a newly promoted side from the Serie C, claimed the league title and join Lecce and Salernitana into the Serie A. Ascoli, Bari, Monza, and Cosenza are relegated to Serie C.

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La Liga was won by Barcelona, having capitalized on Atletico Madrid's slip ups near the end of the season. Mallorca, Granada, and Rayo Vallecano are relegated to the Segunda Division.

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Real Zaragoza and Las Palmas are promoted directly to La Liga, while Huesca joins them after winning the promotion playoffs. Pontevedra, Extremadura, Ponferrada, and Alcorcon are relegated.

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Zenit St. Petersburg claimed the Soviet High League for a second time in a row, managing to edge out Spartak Moscow near the end of the season. Rostov won the Kubok, qualifying for the Europa League despite their 15th place finish. Mariupol, Orenburg, and BATE Borisov are relegated to the 2nd tier.

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Astana, Kairat, and Krylja Sovetov are promoted to the top division while Nasaf, Lokomotiv Tashkent, and Chertanovo are relegated.

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This year's Champion's League was won by Barcelona in a repeat of last year's final, beating Real Madrid by a comfortable 6-1 in Munich.

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The Europa League was won by Inter Milan, who beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final in Sevilla.

That's it for Part 4. Stay tuned for Season 3 of the save, where we will be participating in the Yugoslav Second League.
 
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