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  1. The Ajax Project



    I've been looking to really get into a save with a team that already had a fantastic foundation to build on so that I could attempt to propel them into European greatness.

    I have finally stumbled across Ajax and realised that they will be the perfect club based on current finance structure and their more than impressive youth system which is hailed over the years as one of the best in the world.

    Looking at their history I did not know just how impressive it actually was as you can see from the screenshot below.




    My aim is to at least achieve 40 Eredivisie titles and finally gain that 5th Champions League Trophy.

    I have currently played through July and will provide an update for that later today/tonight which will include initial fixtures, transfers, the spine of the team and of course tactics.

    I hope to gain some response and followers from this as attempt to make Ajax a dominant European force once more.

    Peace
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  2. Will be following

  3. Good luck!

  4. Always had a soft spot for Ajax since the 90's when they had that side with Overmars/Davids/Seedorf/the De Boers/Kluivert/Van Der Sar man that team was awesome - they would have won everything for years if money wasn't an issue. Hopefully you can recreate something like that and keep them all together this time!!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Timmzeh View Post
    Will be following
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by xJamieWilliams View Post
    Good luck!
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    Always had a soft spot for Ajax since the 90's when they had that side with Overmars/Davids/Seedorf/the De Boers/Kluivert/Van Der Sar man that team was awesome - they would have won everything for years if money wasn't an issue. Hopefully you can recreate something like that and keep them all together this time!!
    Thank you. If my team is as half as successful I'll be happy.

  6. I will follow too. Good luck!

  7. Im pretty sure this is gonna be a great story,wil defo follow this !
    Good luck mate !

  8. This should be good. Who doesn't love Ajax?

  9. Good luck mate. I hear Ajax are great fun to manage

  10. Always been a fan of Ajax, since Kluivert was there. Good luck. I'll be following.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by bobitoo10 View Post
    I will follow too. Good luck!
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barca4ever11 View Post
    Im pretty sure this is gonna be a great story,wil defo follow this !
    Good luck mate !
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by roberdooo View Post
    This should be good. Who doesn't love Ajax?
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobey Mason View Post
    Good luck mate. I hear Ajax are great fun to manage
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by BiggieD View Post
    Always been a fan of Ajax, since Kluivert was there. Good luck. I'll be following.
    Thank you.



    - - -

    I'll post a quick transfer update shortly.



  12. July Transfer Update

    I had a good look at my squad and decided that I had two areas I really wanted to improve on to challenge or become first team members. The identified areas are striker and defensive midfield.

    Based on the fact I like to play a 4-5-1 (1 DM, 2 CM and AMR + AML) It was quite apparent that I did not have the type of DM player I required. I tend to try and use a Regista/Deep Lying Playmaker type so I had a few targets in mind.

    So, that leads me to announce my first signing – Sergi Samper.

    I LOVE this guy, I usually always try and sign him whenever I can and he fits appropriately into the team. On this occasion he more than does.



    His passing, decisions and vision make for a fantastic option and I cannot wait to utilise him. I’m hoping he just plays the simple passes into Davy Klaassen who can dictate the play from the centre of the park.

    My second signing I felt was a fantastic addition – Moussa Sow. His finishing and pace look extremely great whilst his heading ability offers that threat too from crosses from Lasse Schone.




    My other transfers included the signing of LB Alex Grimaldo as cover and hopefully he can push into the first team. Initially it is currently a loan but I will look to sign him permanently.





    Also joining on loan from Barcelona is young RB Patric. He will most definitely be cover and I don’t have any great desire to sign him permanently currently.



    Sadly, I’m beginning to wonder if I should invest in a new AML based on the fact Victor Fischer is injured for the full season. I could implement Sow out here and look for a new striker. However, I currently have no transfer funds left.

    Other addition you'll see below is youngster signed by DoF.

    August could be an interesting month.

    - - -



  13. Nice signings man, I love Samper too! Hopefully you can start the season well.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Timmzeh View Post
    Nice signings man, I love Samper too! Hopefully you can start the season well.
    Thanks mate.

    I haven't started August yet but July ended well - I'll update that soon.

  15. Quick question, which skin are you using?

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Timmzeh View Post
    Quick question, which skin are you using?
    It's called Helveticalite Rebooted and I added the DF'11 panels into mate.

    Basically the default skin but white - I always preferred the white version of the default but they didn't have it this year.

  17. Nice signings man!




  18. July Fixtures


    July was a fantastic month in terms of the pre-season and the opening fixture of the season in the Dutch Super cup were we faced Zwolle.

    It gave me the opportunity to experiment with different formations and ultimately confirm that I could stick with the 4-5-1 that I had intended to use whilst also creating a 5-4-1 I planned to deploy in the European games in order to progress out of the group stages.

    Please find below the screenshot which showed our unbeaten beginning to the season;






    The most important fixture is the one which you see last - Zwolle. Now, despite most countries conssidering the Super Cup as the warm I've always taken it seriously - it's silverware at the end of the day who doesn't want to win that?

    And thanks to goals from Sow, Schone and Sinkgraven I did just that.







    Luckily, the injury to Schone was not serious and after the game he would not be out for any length of time. Furthermore, the link up between Sow and Schone worked really well - both their goals game from assisting one another. Promising times indeed...


    I look forward now to the first league game of the season against FC Utrecht away from home which is a tough start.

    Currently no signing updates as I'm currently only on the 8th of August, I'm trying to keep this as up to date as possible.M

    My current transfer target is Nicola Sansone. I had him on a previous save with Inter Milan and thought he was brilliant so I am going to try and convince the board to sign him. Find his stats below;






    August update to hopefully follow soon.

  19. Great signins,especially Samper's
    Lets hope for Sansone...
    Nice match agains Zwolle...
    Eredivisie,here we go !

  20. Sansone would be a quality signing! I really wanted him with Celta, but couldn't afford him, good luck on getting him man.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by toddzy View Post
    It's called Helveticalite Rebooted and I added the DF'11 panels into mate.

    Basically the default skin but white - I always preferred the white version of the default but they didn't have it this year.
    I am the same, much prefer the white. Thanks a lot I will look into it now

  22. I am one of the biggest Ajax fans SO ofcourse i will follow thisd

  23. Always enjoy Ajax saves! will be following



  24. August & September Update


    I've now managed to play through August and September and I am really enjoying the save. I've made a few transfers in and out whilst also having to deal with a large amount of fixtures over the two month period. One player has really shone over the period as well which I will touch on soon during the update.

    We'll begin with the Eredivisie fixtures first;

    Game 1


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    Great link up between Schone and Sow again as they both manage to find the scoresheet. The only worrying thing I found already from this game was the amount it appeared the team relied on these two players. Even new captain Davy Klaassen didn't seem too effective.


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    A below average performance again but we used our get out of jail free card in Lasse Schone once more to get the victory over FC Groningen.


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    My first defeat as Ajax manager and it was a bitter one to take from a side whom we'd beaten 3-0 recently. I cannot deny they simply outplayed us - Tomas Necid running the show. Schone again making his presence felt by getting on the scoresheet.


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    Hat trick hero - take a bow Lasse Schone. It feels like all I'm doing is writing about this man but how can I not? Simply fantastic displays. Also pleasing aspects from this game were young 18 year old striker Richairo Zivkovic netting on his debut whilst loanee Sergi Samper grabbed his first goal for us.


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    I stuck with Zivkovic in this game and kept Moussa Sow wide on the left. Initially it felt like the decision was going to be a good one but poor defending in the latter stages of the game have cost us a massive 3 points here. Extremely, extremely angry to have thrown away a 2 goal lead.


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    Moussa Sow this time was my get out of jail free card. A terrible performance from my side - really bad indeed. Thankful to get a point in a came which could have went a lot worse.


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    Another Lasse Schone hat trick. He just cannot stop scoring from the AMR position I am currently playing him in. Not only that he sets up other 2 goals in this game to earn a 9.8 rating in the match. Fantastic...


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    Huge game for us. Heerenveen were top of the table so this was a must win already. Again, Schone gets on the scoresheet albeit this time from the spot.


    - - -

    I had two fixtures in the Champions league this month...

    Away to Benfica and I played at Home to Basel. The results can be found below;



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    Absolutely gutted about this. I used a 4-1-4-1 contain formation I had made and was overjoyed to see Zivkovic head in from a terrific Grimaldo cross. But yet again another late goal has costs us a vital 3 points in what really is going to be the hardest game of the group.

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    Cruised this game whilst having over 30 shots on goal, the only game we've managed that so far. A brace from Moussa Sow helping us along the way. Basel scoring from 1 of 3 shots on goal. Work on defense certainly required.

    As you may see from the screenshot I have brought in Lazzari, only on loan. He was initially meant to be backup on a 5 month loan deal however good performances have taken him into the first team.

    His goal in this game coming from 25 yards.


    - - -

    Final game to update you on was the Dutch Cup fixture I played against FC Oss;


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    I rested all of my main players and fielded a majority youth side + usual non-starters. I feel the result showed how bad the performance was. We successfully tucked away 7 out of 7 penalties which was the only pleasing aspect.

    We face FC Eindhoven in the third round of the Dutch Cup.

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    - - -


    Transfers

    As I stated in my previous update I was in the market for a left winger due to the injury of Victor Fischer. He will likely miss another 6 months of the season and therefore I felt we required an experienced head in this area.

    That led me to the capture of a former well known Gooner and Zenit legend - Andrei Arshavin. I picked him up for £135K and he is more than capable of playing on the wing. At the moment he is only providing cover as Moussa Sow is playing on the left due to the good form of Zivkovic.

    As previously mentioned Andrea Lazzari was also brought in on loan as cover in CM.


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    Dealings out included the sale of two younger players who requested transfers as several major European clubs expressed interest in them.

    I did not want to keep unhappy players.

    Both players joined Barcelona. However, to show that I am not cheating please find my playable leagues also as an attachment. Barcelona just happened to be both players choice of club.



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    - - -

    Summary

    Overall - average. I don't think it was a roaring success but I've seen some star performances and had some fantastic results along the way so far.

    Still beating myself up about the results against Vitesse, Zwolle and Benfica. Better to gain two points than none however.

    The league table looks as below;


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    I've summarised the league table as I'm sure you're not overly interested in the lower half of the league. As you can see from the initial start we are not too far off the pace. I remain confident we'll be crowned champions at the end of the season. My next game on October 5th is against PSV which is sure to be a good one.

    My player of August & September is without doubt Lasse Schone. He's been utterly fantastic - just have a look at his statistics below. Concerned by his depreciating values though.


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    My surprise over this period is certainly Zivkovic. He already looks a proper handful and I don't even grudge moving my record signing out the the wing to accommodate him at the moment. Hoping his form keeps up.


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    - - -


    Sorry if this a bit long - I hope you enjoy it and fingers crossed we can push on a bit in October.




  25. October Update


    As stated at the end of my last update I had an important game coming up against rivals for the title PSV. Also this month I had an encounter against rivals AZ which I knew was also a must win for the fans.

    So, we'll start by visiting the Eredivisie results below;



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    Not the result we wanted at all and the fans are understandably frustrated after this one. We fell behind to a Memphis Depay header at the near post. We are currently playing Diederik Boer in goals due to an injury to Cillessen which he picked up on International with Holland.

    Another goal from Zivkovic before HT but it wasn't enough to rescue us. I was left wondering if this will have a big impact come the business end of the season.


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    Two more goals of Zivkovic which is thrilling to see, I'm really excited by his progress already. After the PSV result this is exactly what we needed to get back on track. Albeit the side we faced were 17th but still a good, comfortable performance.


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    The third and final game I played in the league this month was the other big game against our rivals AZ. It was back to my dynamic duo in Lasse Schone and Moussa Sow to get the goals. I'd reverted back to my normal formation for this game and it would appear that it helped.


    - - -

    One game in the Champions League this month which was a home tie against Partizan Belgrade.

    The result can be found below;



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    Grimaldo getting two bookings inside two minutes was deeply frustrating but it didn't really prevent us from playing our game. We had 2 goals chopped off for offside, both from Moussa Sow. Another draw though which is disappointing. However, we currently lie top of our group on five points at the half way stage. An away tie against Partizan to follow shortly.


    - - -


    Another game in the Dutch Cup, this time against FC Eindhoven. Like the previous month I chose to rest the first team and play youngsters. The result can be found below;



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    Never really in doubt as the away side rarely threatened. Zivkovic getting on the scoresheet again was a boost.

    - - -


    Summary


    Hugely disappointing result against PSV as if we'd won it would have closed the gap on them despite their game in hand. However, we currently lie third as you will see from the screenshot below whilst also occupying the top of our group in the Champions League.


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    Zivkovic continues to impressive and at the moment I am currently pondering the avenue of training him as a complete forward. With his 6'2 height and pace + finishing he seems the ideal candidate.

    On the transfer front I am now scouting players who will be available to sign a pre-contract agreement come January. Players include Andre-Pierre Gignac from Marseille, Mitchell Weiser from Bayern Munich and Thiago Motta of PSG to replace the likely departure of Sergi Samper come the end of the season.

    More realistic transfers include Alberto Aquilani from Fiorentina. Always loved him and his style of play would fit in well here. I will continue to monitor his situation.

  26. Nice man, unlucky on the PSV result, I still think you will win the league though. A run in the UCL would also be nice!

  27. Quote Originally Posted by Timmzeh View Post
    Nice man, unlucky on the PSV result, I still think you will win the league though. A run in the UCL would also be nice!
    Fingers crossed. Hoping to at least win the double at the moment.




  28. Donny van de Beek moved to 1st team



    Donny with DoF Marc Overmars


    Ajax are delighted to announce today that 17 year old Donny van de Beek has been promoted from Jong Ajax to the first team at the request of manager Craig Todd.


    It is understood that Donny is to provide cover in the defensive midfield area an allow Sergi Samper to sit out of some games as we look to progress in the Dutch Cup and UEFA Champions League.

    Craig Todd had this to say on the movement;

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Todd
    Donny looks a stellar talent and I've been monitoring his progress closely along with reports fed back to me from Jaap (Stam).

    He's going to earn some valuable experience playing and training with the first team and I hope he can replicate the success of previous Ajax midfielders such as Wesley (Sneijder) and Rafael (Van der Vaart).
    All of us here at Ajax AFC wish Donny the best of luck with this massive step forward in his career.

  29. Good run ! Except the game agains PSV
    Zivkovic and Schone are doing great...
    But i dont understand why you sell Boilesen,Kishna and Bazoer for such little money ?!
    Hope you're gonna win Eredivisie ! Good luck !

  30. Quote Originally Posted by Barca4ever11 View Post
    Good run ! Except the game agains PSV
    Zivkovic and Schone are doing great...
    But i dont understand why you sell Boilesen,Kishna and Bazoer for such little money ?!
    Hope you're gonna win Eredivisie ! Good luck !
    Thank you.

    Kishna deal is mainly installments and could work out at upto £3.65million.

    Bazoer I tried for £3million but they wouldn't budge.

    Boilesen is also installments and could work at upto £1.5million.

    I'd love to have kept them but they didn't want to stay and I didn't want the team harmony to be effected.

  31. Ok ! Waiting for the next update )

  32. Awesome stuff, really enjoying it mate. I hope you can reel in PSV and Feyernoord.

  33. Quote Originally Posted by Barca4ever11 View Post
    Ok ! Waiting for the next update )
    Hopefully have 1-2 tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by BiggieD View Post
    Awesome stuff, really enjoying it mate. I hope you can reel in PSV and Feyernoord.
    Good update involving Feyernoord soon.

    Thank you for the kind words also.

  34. What site or thread can I follow this on? I'm really looking forward to a real time save on FM16 seen something similar on Twitter very interesting

  35. Quote Originally Posted by Dodds View Post
    What site or thread can I follow this on? I'm really looking forward to a real time save on FM16 seen something similar on Twitter very interesting
    Bit confused about your question...could you elaborate?

  36. Tod,i really like your story,when you're gonn update it ?
    PS,im not pushing you,only asking
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  37. Quote Originally Posted by Barca4ever11 View Post
    Tod,i really like your story,when you're gonn update it ?
    PS,im not pushing you,only asking
    I appreciate the kind words

    I'm now midway through January so I will hopefully be doing a combined November-December update shortly.
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  38. November - December Update

    Sorry that I have taken so long to update I have been trying to find the time whilst also enjoying and playing the save. Just to keep you up to date, I am now midway through January and have purchased and sold some players with a big transfer on the way in which I am very happy with.

    So, without further ado please find the update for November and December below. We start with the Eredivisie;


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    What a great victory this was which was made even better by the fact we fell behind twice. The fans were notably happy after the game which came as no surprise. My two in-form players in Zivkovic and Schone grabbing the goals.


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    Another tough away game but the boys stepped up once again to gain the three points. I'm sure the followers of this must surely be wondering if all I rely on is Sow, Schone and Zivkovic to get the goals. The truth is - I'm wondering the same thing! But as long as they keep fit, we keep winning and we win that league I won't be caring.


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    A bore draw and 2 points dropped again in a tight race for the top. Not much I can really add about this game other than I feel we should be winning most games at home.


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    Great result and great see Arshavin get onto the scoresheet. Quick side note - Arshavin has recently declared himself unhappy as being used as a backup. I'm not surprised but like all my saves this year I never promise a player a chance in the first team if they first team squad are currently playing well. Would you take Sow, Schone or Zivkovic out at the moment? I know I won't. The result of the saga so far in the middle of January has left him on the transfer list. Currently he is attracting no interest.


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    Couple of players rested for this game - notably in defense. However, it was the stand in CB that managed to get on the scoresheet. Delighted for him as he meets a great corner at the near post. Sergi Samper also getting on the scoresheet again which was good to see.


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    Sow scoring before being substituted for Zivkovic who put the nail in the coffin as GA Eagles were beginning to become quite dangerous in this game. Strangely, this is probably the hardest game I have had this season. Both our goals coming against the run of play so was more than happy to pick up the 3 points.


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    Well, maybe a middle finger to me from the little Russian here. I repay his lack of patience with a start and he nets twice from two crosses from Patric's come back game. The young Spanish RB has been injured most of the first half of the season.


    After the results above and whilst PSV have finally managed to play their game in hand the league table looks as below which I find rather pleasing at the half way stage;



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    As you can see we currently lie only one point behind leaders PSV. Although, much like real life at the moment I ponder where PSV would actually be in the league without Memphis Depay. He's already netted 22 goals as they are currently using him as a striker.

    Lasse Schone currently in second place behind Depay in the scoring charts.


    - - -


    Onto now what has resulted in a disappointing Champions League campaign and would more than suggest that that 5th European Cup will not be arriving in 2015. Please find remaining 3 fixtures and league table result below;



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    We travelled to Partizan first but really struggled to get the draw. In reality, either team could have picked up the 3 points as it was a very open game. Furthermore, with hindsight, this is probably the game that ultimately cost us our place in the last sixteen.


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    I know I said above the draw cost us and I will stick by that despite this defeat. It's horrible to say but I wasn't even confident before this game started and it's as if it reflected in the performance. Two goals inside ten minutes killed the game as the Portuguese side cruised it.


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    A win would have seen us progress but we were constantly on the back foot in this game and just couldn't get going at all. In honesty, Basel probably should have progressed so I am reluctantly happy I've salvaged some form of European football.


    So, as stated above we did not progress in the Champions League. Truth be told I am a bit gutted as the financial gain from winning games in the group stages as well as getting out of it are massive. However, you can find the table below;



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    So as you can see we go into the pot for the Euro Cup. This drew us against Red Bull Salzburg as you'll see below;

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    As you can also see from board expectations they only want me to get to the First knockout stage of the tournament which I entered by default. However, I would love to progress further and I will aim to do so. Notable point is off the top of my head I remember Chelsea have also been relegated to the minnows of the Euro Cup.


    - - -


    Finally, my final game update comes in the shape of an away tie against GA Eagles who at the time I had just beaten at home. You can find the screenshot below;



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    Another extremely hard game but another 25-yard screamer from my Italian stallion gets us out of jail before super sub Sow nets a great goal right before the horrid thought of penalties for the second time this season in the cup. Thrilled to get through and into the quarter finals against VVV as you can see below;


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    MISC and Transfers



    December ended brightly for me as I was greeted by the news that the board were to make some extra funds available. Albeit not a great amount but it would certainly help sign current players to better contracts and possibly allow some new pre-contract agreements (you'll see below).



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    As December concluded I was also met with some bad news as my transfer target I had mentioned in my previous update signed a new contract. The player was Alberto Aquilani. I had kind of rested a bit of hope on him to replace the departing Sergi Samper as I had realised also Thiago Motta was going to be outwith my current wage structure abilities. Nonetheless, we move onwards and upwards.



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    Do not fret though my followers as here comes possibly the best news of all. As most of you will be aware PSV become reluctant to the fact they will lose their hot prospect Bakkali to one of Europe's top guns come December 2014-January 2015 on a pre-contract agreement (usually Man City on my saves). I don't think they expected to lose out to one of their rivals in AFC Ajax.

    I am over the moon though - what a coup for us. He'll know doubt be sold off in 2-3 years time once he develops as expected but I'm hoping in the time I have him he excels this team even further forward.



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    - - -


    Sorry about length of update I hope it's still enjoyable to read as it's taken me a while to do so. I expect January to be much the same as there has been a few changes. It's becoming difficult as teams are expressing interest in Schone, Klaassen and Veltman.

    As a tease/spoiler get this - one of the above 3 players has in fact already left. But, a replacement signing is all but confirmed after he liked my contract terms. It's now a case of when mee does sign which will make me very happy looking onto next season.

    As a side note also I am planning to try and maybe implement a 5-2-2-1 formation from January-May to see how it goes - I'll keep you posted on that one.

  39. I've played on right through without updating this and I do apologise.

    I will complete my second season and then compose an update before looking to update on a game by game basis so that it is easier to follow.

    Hopefully this will generate some interest and make this project a little bit more exciting to follow.

    Thanks, Toddzy
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  40. Looking forward to the next update!

  41. This is awesome, I'll definitely be following!

  42. Great update ! Excellent Eredivisie results...
    Poor UCL results...
    Good luck in Europa League !
    Bakkali is an amazing signing !
    Keep it up !

  43. Wow 2 years, big jump! look forward to it mate!

  44. Hi all,

    Managed to now complete second season so as promised update will be posted to show where I am at and how I hope to move forward.

    Different style and layout also likely.

    Thanks,
    toddzy

  45. Been looking forward to this one mate!

  46. The 2 year update

    As you will hopefully know if you followed this story when I first set off it was my aim to earn 40 Eredivisie titles with Ajax whilst also gaining that 5 Champions League trophy. Domestically I have been fantastic - not to blow my own trumpet too much.

    I've secured back to back league titles, two Dutch Super Cups and one Dutch Cup.



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    My European adventure so far has now been all too successful as I've been knocked out at the group stages of the Champions League both years.

    However, such feats have allowed me to move into the favoured personnel of Ajax - something I'm happy and proud of. See below;


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    The Squad


    My squad nowadays has vastly changed to that you will have seen from earlier in my save. Whilst trying to keep the Dutch feel and bring youth players through I have also made some good signings whilst not losing too many of my major players.



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    What I do feel I have is a very good core/spine of the team. My goalkeeper hasn't changed in Jasper Cillessen. He has also managed to hand onto No.1 GK spot for the national team too. He's picked up two serious injuries over the course of the save so far which has resulted in Boer going in goals. He's bloody terrible. So this summer I purchased West Ham GK Adrian on a free as a backup to Jasper and possibly cup games against lower league opposition.


    We move onto defense where I feel I have made a big stride. I secured the services of Thomas Vermaelen for €3milllion in the summer whilst also getting Bruno Martins Indi in January 2015. Furthermore, I signed Jeison Murillo when he was being poached by Juventus from Granada. He is currently my record signing. 3 strong backs make sense for my formations which I will also show. For full backs I still have Ricardo van Rhijn and also signed youngster Henrique for LB. Keeping Ricardo has been difficult as most windows a BPL team snoops for him.

    Onto my midfield which now boasts a former Ajax player and one of my favourites - Nigel De Jong. Next to Davy Klaassen last season he was phenomenal. His toughness allowed Klaassen to push further forward which in turn allowed my captain to express his attacking prowess.



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    My captain is now worth just over €12million and I've had to fend off interest from Chelsea for him. I signed him to a new deal worth double his wages but I don't regret it that's for sure. I cannot wait to see how he gets on with the defense being a little stronger.

    My midfield maestro in Lasse Schone from the first season ended up with him netting 30 league goals falling short of Memphis Depay's 34. He tore his groin in the summer of the second season and struggled to get in front of the on loan and exceptional Mo Salah from Chelsea. If I could have kept him I would have. Now worth €31million in game.

    Finally, my forwards. I'm not one for signing wonderkids but the opportunity arose to sign Gabriel Barbosa I snatched at it. It's the first time I've signed him and he arrived in January 2016 so he's had half a season with us so far. I must say he is an exceptional talent and he's thrilling to have playing on the right hand side of Zivkovic.



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    Onto the mentioned striker above - Zivkovic. You'll remember from my earlier posts he was keeping Moussa Sow out of the squad (who left for PSV to replace Depay by the way). My youngster just kept firing and last season seen him net an impressive 45 goals in all competitions which included 33 in the league where he was top scorer. I signed him to a new deal in the summer after a €35million bid was rebuffed from Liverpool. His contract now includes a €55million release clause. I pray I don't lose him.



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    Tactics

    My tactic last season turned into a bold 3-4-3 which produced so many goals and most teams couldn't deal with how many players I was pouring forward. The mistake I made was I just kept trying this formation in Europe too. So, although my group was difficult enough with Juventus and Bayern in it my tactical naivety did not help. I've came back this season with a new formation to play alongside my 3-4-3 - you can find them both below;



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    2016/2017 Expectations


    No real change apart from the board's now increased attempt to showcase or talent in Europe by reaching the QFs of the Champions League.

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    I will now keep on top of this a lot more and provide greater feedback and better updates as this has been a great save for me, one which I am looking to convey via FM Base.

    The hunt for European Glory continues.

    toddzy
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  47. Really nice update man! You have made some nice signings. Look forward to regular updates



  48. July 2016 Update

    Two matches as usual in the month of July for us. One being the Dutch Super Cup and other being the opening fixture of the Eredivisie which I am excited to get under way again. I've also mentioned before but I love to play in the Super Cup too. It's a great start to the season and another opportunity to get a piece of silverware in our cabinets.







    We enjoy another win and that makes 3/3 for me which I am again delighted with. However, as I said in my post match team talk we need to play a lot better in the bigger games as over thirty shots without one goal really is not good enough. All of our penalties were brilliantly converted with Donny Van de Beek netting the all important winner. He looks to be turning into a real player and already my heir to Davy Klaassen's throne should he leave soon.








    Great start to the Eredivisie with this convincing 3-1 victory away from home. Victor Fischer had a stormer and set up Alvaro Morata's first goal for the club. The Spaniard led the line in the absence of Zivkovic who is on International duty with Holland. Fischer then joined in the fun by netting the important second. He's playing just of Morata as a false nine at the moment and really taking it in his stride. Despite Dordrecht getting a goal back it was a convincing win matched by a lovely freekick at the end from Lasse Schone. Playing in CM at the moment due to players being on International duty he is certainly making a claim for a regular place. Very efficient on the ball.




    On another note I feel two years at Ajax have been quite rewarding as I am offered my first interview for another club - coming in the shape of Everton.

    I declined the interview but was happy to receive the offer.










    That concludes what is a quick update for July. No notable transfers in or out as the squad looks nicely balanced at the moment. To help with rotation this season I've promoted some youngsters from the Jong Ajax side and also the Under 19's.




  49. Ajax confirm capture of Marouane Fellaini for season loan


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    Ajax are today delighted to announce the arrival or Belgian international midfielder Marouane Fellaini on loan until the end of the 2016-2017 season. There is currently no deal in place to to make the deal permanent when the loan is due to expire. Furthermore, his wages will be covered by Manchester United with Ajax paying a monthly fee to have him at the Amsterdam ArenA.

    Standing at a humble 6"5inches tall Fellaini boasts a great physical frame which over the years has made him extremely difficult to play against in an advanced position further on in the field. It is understood that manager Craig Todd wanted to add a further bit of physicality to match that of De Jong should the latter become injured or suspended.

    Craig Todd had this to say on his new man;

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Todd
    Marouane boasts a great deal of experience and adds to what could be considered quite a young squad as it is.

    He is currently only 28 years of age and I feel he will fit in perfectly here to provide cover and hopefully push on into the first team in Nigel's (De Jong) absence.

    I'd also like to see how he competes for places with Donny (Van de Beek) who has been exceptional recently. Some promising times ahead.
    Currently Fellaini proudly holds 80 caps for his country whilst also netting 15 goals.

    Marouane Fellaini had this to say on his move;

    Quote Originally Posted by Marouane Fellaini
    I'm happy to achieve a move to a great club like Ajax and work with a great attacking coach in Craig.

    Hopefully this can allow me to springboard to greater things either back in Manchester, here at Ajax or at another great club in Europe.

    For more updates on the Ajax first team please feel free to like our Facebook page or follow one of our official twitter pages.




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  50. Eredivisie Matchday 2 ~ Ajax 3-1 NAC Breda




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    Another great victory at home for my side as we brush aside NAC Breda 3-1. Even more impressive was Victor Fischer’s hat trick as he continued his good form in front of goal.

    As mentioned in previous posts I am using a 3-4-3 at home which is dominating the opposition. So, on that note it’s a little frustrating that we only scored 3 goals from 39 goals.

    Nonetheless, we move onto our next game against FC Zwolle with confidence.
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