2028/2029 Season

Hello! Welcome back to Sakaryaspor, as I mentioned in the previous post, this is going to be the last season with this save. I have throughly enjoyed it but I just have the feeling that I am ready for something new. So let’s see how our final season goes…

Transfers In:


First through the door is Omer Vatansever on loan from Trabzonspor, I feel like this is an upgrade in central defence. Bartug Elmaz joins on a free, offering cover in the midfield area. Rodrigo Rodriguez who can play RB or CB comes in for a £1.1million outlay. Alejandro Zuluaga is our biggest signing to date, costing us £11.25million from Man City, an upgrade on Barcola, I am hopeful he can help us stop conceding so many goals. Next is Ozer Mert, somewhat of a coup for us, £3.8million from Bayern Munich, definitely going to be a big fish in a small pond here with us. Calegari signs for free after a successful loan spell last season. Michael Cuisance signs on a free while Hazar sets us back £2.2million.

Transfers Out:

The biggest names leaving us this season were Kayky who moved to Cruzeiro for £2.5million. Anthony Rouault signed for Genoa for £4.6million and Malcolm Barcola went to St Etienne for £2.1million.

Tactics:

For this season we have switched to a 4-4-2 Diamond. I did this because I feel like having someone in the DM area will offer a bit more cover to the defence, we can use the Mezzala to attack the half spaces out wide. Having two strikers will also allow us to be more creative in the final third rather than relying on one man.

The first image is what I consider to be our strongest eleven. The second image is what I consider to be our rotational options while the third image shows our utility players who will cover for injuries/suspensions. The biggest change is we are now utilising Moises Argueta in the AM role, previously he had been used as a CM (DLP). I felt like we could get more out of him, so allowing him more creative freedom further up the pitch seemed to be the most logical thing to do, especially with our new players coming in to play in the CM and DM areas.

Fixtures & Results:

Our season got off to a good start, we were given a relatively easy group in the Europa Conference League.

Also, Bernal was recognised as Europe’s Golden Boy! A huge achievement for the young Colombian. He is officially classed as a wonderkid in FM now.

January Transfer Window:

In January we said goodbye to Mueanta after Zagreb offered us £6million. His departure freed up a foreign player space in the squad and our DoF Emre recommended we sign Manuel Argueta (no relation to Moises). After a scouting expedition I was really impressed with his attributes and the fact that he would only cost us £2million. So we snapped him up. Also, Carlos Bernal left us to join Man Utd for £13.25million however they did loan him back to us until the end of the season.

My hopes for a run in the Europa Conference League were scuppered by Atalanta in the Second Knockout Round. I can’t really complain, they were just better than us.

We finished third, which thanks to the league climbing up the coefficients table, now means Champions League qualification. Overall a good season, its a shame we couldn’t finish with a trophy but we are now an established Super Lig team who regularly qualifies for European competitions.

Just a quick mention for our Under 19s who have had their most successful season in the Elite Group.

The decision to switch Moises Argueta to AM was vindicated as he provided us with 16 goals and 14 assists! Last season he only managed 2 goals and 10 assists.

Our team was starting to be recognised globally with some of our most important players picking up awards:

Then vs Now:

As we say goodbye to Sakaryaspor the progression is clear to see. In the last 8 seasons the club has gone from the third tier of Turkish football to playing in the Super Lig (and even winning it). Consistently qualifying for Europe has allowed us the finances to constantly improve the facilities. Huge progress in a relatively short space of time, after 8 seasons I am ready for something new. I have absolutely loved this save and loved writing about it even more.

Thank you so much to anyone who has taken the time to read anything I have written, it is much appreciated. I already have in mind what the next save of this FM22 cycle will be, I am looking forward to getting started and writing about it.

Thanks for reading!

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