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Mytanski sportski mediji.
Mytanar sports media.


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Mytanija/Mytannion is a nation that enjoys sport to the fullest extent, with the role of sport as a unifying force being discussed often by academics and politicians. The majority of Mytanars enjoy it merely for its recreational and entertainment value - although the hypothesising over its role within wider societal unity does arguably have value also.

Football in particular is the game that is played on every street in every town and city, particularly in the infamous 'cages' that can be found in inner-city areas, with deprived youths battling it out in pick-up games that are often watched by scouts from some of the nation's top clubs. In professional football, the top division is known as the Mytanar Top League and features the best sixteen teams in the country battling it out for glory. Below that there is the Druga Liga and the Treci Liga. The National Cup is the highest honour in terms of knockout football and every year the pomp and pageantry of that competition is played out across the country.

Beyond football, many other sports are important in Mytanija/Mytannion:

First and foremost in these is cycling: whether on the road or on the track, Mytanars have a great deal of pride in creating some of the best racers in cycling history. Wes van der Stijnen, a Mytanar of Waaldish heritage, was the man who conquered world cycling the last time the biggest stage race of them all was competed in: the Island Tour. He won the Island Tour twice, fending off his rivals despite not being truly rated for his capabilities in the mountains and in the time trial. Simply put, he is the greatest stage racer the multiverse has seen and Mytanar cycling continues to produce superstars of his calibre. The Tur Mytanija is one of the predominant races in world cycling and the Tur Nasto remains an excellent preparation race. The three major spring classics: Cieszin-Prizren; Thessia-Thessia; Zavolja-Sigurno form an important part of the race calendar too. It goes without saying that they are three of the toughest one-day races and can only be won by the hardest of competitors - those that can deal with sharp hills and rough cobbles, those that can put in maximum effort for minimal gain.

Other team sports that gain significant attention are basketball, handball, ice hockey and volleyball. Many of the sports clubs that are involved at the highest level of football also field teams in these sports, with varying degrees of success. Historically lacrosse and water polo have been important in Mytanija, with the national team being particularly successful in lacrosse but the participation in these sports has dwindled in recent years.

In terms of individual sports, various sports enjoy a high degree of social participation. However, there are a few sports that enjoy serious professional competition, with world-class competitors, for example: alpine and cross-country skiing, athletics, biathlon, boxing, sailing, swimming and tennis.

In swimming a noted medallist is Zuzana Spevakova: she won 2 Olympic gold medals in the 200 metre freestyle and the 400 metre individual medley along with 1 Olympic bronze medal in the 4x100 metre individual medley. Furthermore she won 3 Rushmori Games gold medals (200 metre backstroke; 4x100 metre freestyle; 4x100 metre medley); 4 Rushmori Games silver medals (50 metre freestyle; 100 metre and 200 metre butterfly; 4x200 metre freestyle); 4 Rushmori Games bronze medals (100 metre freestyle; 200 metre breaststroke; 200 metre and 400 metre individual medley). Spevakova, in winning 3 Olympic medals (including 2 golds); and 11 Rushmori Games medals (including 3 golds), is one of the most successful swimmers of all time.

The broad enjoyment and popularity of sport in Mytanija/Mytannion is an incredible thing, given the relatively small nature of the country, but the unique nature of the people fosters a competitive attitude towards sport that only engenders success.
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FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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Hosted:
Copa Rushmori 31
• Handball World Cup 21





National team results.

FOOTBALL

NS WORLD CUP
Qualified for: WC 55, 58, 60, 61, 63, 66, 89
Round of 16: WC 56, 57, 62, 65
Quarter Finals: WC 68

COPA RUSHMORI
Champions: Copa Rushmori 17
Third Place: Copa Rushmori 32

CUP OF HARMONY
Champions: Cup of Harmony 56; Cup of Harmony 59
Third Place: Cup of Harmony 80

DI BRADINI CUP/UNDER-21 WORLD CUP
Champions: Di Bradini Cup 40/U21WC61





VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL WORLD EXPO
Champions: Volleyball World Expo 11
Third Place: VWE 12





LACROSSE

WORLD LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Champions: WLC 9, WLC 17
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FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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Domestic football results.

Team name           League  Cup  Int'l  Reg'l  Total
Atletik 12 8 0 2 22
1896 Ebor 3 4 4 0 11
Liria 4 3 2 1 10
Crvena Zvezda 2 3 0 0 5
Energija-Nuklearna 2 2 0 0 4
Arka 2 1 0 0 3
Ararat 2 0 0 0 2
Litala '93 2 0 0 0 2
SK Port Jarko 1 1 0 0 2
CDSA 0 2 0 0 2
Tekstil 0 2 0 0 2
Olympic 1 0 0 0 1
1923 Esca 0 1 0 0 1
Nyva 0 1 0 0 1
Dinamo 0 1 0 0 1
FK Arsika 0 1 0 0 1
Rotor 0 1 0 0 1
Pretia 0 0 1 0 1


00/01
Top League: SK Port Jarko
Cup: Atletik

01/02
Top League: Atletik
Cup: SK Port Jarko

02/03
Top League: Atletik (2nd title)
Cup: Atletik (2nd cup)

03/04
Top League: Atletik (3rd title)
Cup: Atletik (3rd cup)

04/05
Top League: Atletik (4th title)
Cup: Rotor

05/06
Top League: Atletik (5th title)
Cup: FK Arsika

06/07
Top League: Energija-Nuklearna
Cup: CDSA

07/08
Top League: Litala '93
Cup: Atletik (4th cup)

08/09
Top League: Litala '93 (2nd title)
Cup: 1896 Ebor

09/10
Top League: 1896 Ebor
Cup: 1896 Ebor (2nd cup)

10/11
Top League: Atletik (6th title)
Cup: Liria

11/12
Top League: Atletik (7th title)
Cup: Liria (2nd cup)

12/13
Top League: Ararat
Cup: Dinamo

13/14
Top League: Liria
Cup: Atletik (5th cup)

14/15
Top League: Liria (2nd title)
Cup: Liria (3rd cup)

15/16
Top League: Liria (3rd title)
Cup: Energija-Nuklearna

16/17
Top League: Arka
Cup: Arka

17/18
Top League: Arka (2nd title)
Cup: Energija-Nuklearna (2nd cup)

18/19
Top League: Energija-Nuklearna (2nd title)
Cup: Tekstil

19/20
Top League: 1896 Ebor (2nd title)
Cup: CDSA (2nd cup)

20/21
Top League: 1896 Ebor (3rd title)
Cup: 1896 Ebor (3rd cup)

21/22
Top League: Atletik (8th title)
Cup: Atletik (6th cup)

22/23
Top League: Crvena Zvezda
Cup: Crvena Zvezda

23/24
Top League: Atletik (9th title)
Cup: Atletik (7th cup)

24/25
Top League: Ararat (2nd title)
Cup: Tekstil (2nd cup)

25/26
Top League: Crvena Zvezda (2nd title)
Cup: Crvena Zvezda (2nd cup)

26/27
Top League: Atletik (10th title)
Cup: 1896 Ebor (4th cup)

27/28
Top League: Olympic
Cup: Nyva
Spirit of Youth Trophy: Vitalia
Mytanar Universities Championship: Mytanski Institut za Sport

28/29
Top League: Atletik (11th title)
Cup: Crvena Zvezda (3rd cup)
Spirit of Youth Trophy: Energija-Nuklearna
Mytanar Universities Championship: Mytanski Institut za Sport (2nd title)

29/30
Top League: Atletik (12th title)
Cup: Atletik (8th cup)
Spirit of Youth Trophy: Nyva
Mytanar Universities Championship: University of Arsika

30/31
Top League: Liria (4th title)
Cup: 1923 Esca
Spirit of Youth Trophy: 1923 Esca
Mytanar Universities Championship: Mytanski Institut za Sport (3rd title)




International Competitions' Results.

Rushmore Copa de Campeones 7: Atletik
Rushmore Copa de Campeones 11: Atletik (2nd title)
UICA Globe Cup 43: Liria
Rushmore Copa de Campeones 21: Liria
UICA Globe Cup 44: Liria (2nd title)
UICA Series B Champions' Cup 48: Pretia
UICA Champions' Cup 52: 1896 Ebor
UICA Super Cup 49: 1896 Ebor
UICA Champions' Cup 53: 1896 Ebor (2nd title)
UICA Super Cup 50: 1896 Ebor (2nd title)




Domestic football records (appearances and goals).

APPEARANCES.
## Name Appearances Club(s)
01 Robin Hjik 446 Atletik
02 Dobroslav Stojanovic 358 Ararat, Atletik
03 Lev Repin 354 Ararat
04 Tikhon Voronin 339 Dinamo, Liria
05 Narek Berozhserkovsky 330 Dinamo

GOALS.
## Name Goals Appearances Nationality Club(s)
01 Nebojsa Aleksic 168 296 MYT Tekstil
02 Miki Sipilainen 160 275 OPP Liria
03 Kristian Haugen 154 271 MYT Energija-Nuklearna
04 Robin Hjik 151 446 MYT Atletik
05 Jezdimir Ocokoljic 145 189 MYT Crvena Zvezda, Atletik
06 Miroslav Filo 140 270 MYT FK Arsika, Energija-Nuklearna
07 Anton Derajevic 140 298 MYT 1923 Esca, Nyva
08 Dzala Ertobashia 133 329 MYT 1896 Ebor
09 Alen Zekic 124 269 MYT Atletik, Liria, Litala ’93
10 Zlatan Andrijasevic 120 265 MYT Atletik
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FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 24/25 SEASON PREVIEW PART ONE.


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1896 EBOR
Location: Ebor, Visoravna
Stadium: Olujastadion (Capacity: 42,500)
Manager: Kristijan Petricevic
Previous Season: An 8th place finish in the Mytanar Top League represented mid-table obscurity that does not sit particularly well with 1896 Ebor's storied history, they were also knocked out of the National Cup in the third round by Tekstil. A disappointing season all-in-all for the Northmen.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “A fair amount of money spent in the summer, Petricevic identified three areas of his squad where they needed to improve and succeeded in getting players in each of these areas.

A net spend of MC 16,5 million demonstrates the quality of the players they have brought in. Duje Papac is an excellent addition from 1923 Esca in central defence and Dejan Antonic coming in from 1896 Ebor's conquerors in last season's National Cup, Tekstil, is a truly top-level box-to-box midfielder who will add a little more spite defensively and a bit more creativity whilst going forward too. Ramiz Agic is a youngster who could turn into a real star if given the right support and technical development. He's only 17, so Petricevic will be wary of putting too much pressure on the young man, but MC 2,5 million could represent a real bargain in the future if he fulfils his potential.

Outside of the incoming signings, Tomica Milic left for CDSA, being surplus to requirements at the Olujastadion. Petricevic has gone about things in a really efficient way, using the club's resources to improve the squad in its most problematic areas and that means they will almost definitely improve on last season's result. They still have a few issues: mainly on the left side of midfield and an upgrade could be required for Nado Maricic in the middle too, whilst 36 year old full back Nikola Tahirovic will likely have to be replaced in the next couple of seasons too.

There are a few teams that simply just have better squads at the minute, but 1896 Ebor are back on the right track and should be back where they belong - fighting it out at the apex of the Top League - again soon. For this season, we predict 6th and potentially a run in the Cup
..”

Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Javor Cenko 32 MYT 6*
DL Srdan Vukovic 22 MYT 6*/9* DL/ML
DC Vajko Otorepec 31 MYT 6*
DC Duje Papac 25 MYT 8*
DR Nikola Tahirovic 36 MYT 6* Captain
DMC Severin Plecinac 24 MYT 6*/7*
ML Georgij Tasic 22 MYT 2*/5*
MC Nado Maricic 27 MYT 4*
MC Dejan Antonic 26 MYT 8*
MR Ramiz Agic 17 MYT 3*/10*
ST Duro Filipovic 29 MYT 8*

MC Mentor Konda 30 MYT 2*
MR Imri Korunic 30 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Duje Papac from 1923 Esca to 1896 Ebor (MC 7,5 million)
• Ramiz Agic from Rudar to 1896 Ebor (MC 2,5 million)
• Dejan Antonic from Tekstil to 1896 Ebor (MC 7,5 million)

Out.
• Tomica Milic from 1896 Ebor to CDSA (MC 1 million)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: 1896 Ebor are one of the most storied clubs in Mytanar football, for a long time they were labelled as 'nearly men' as they repeatedly challenged for trophies but regularly fell short of victory by narrow margins. Throughout their history they have been known for playing attractive, fast-flowing attacking football. Their reputation as perennial challengers but irregular winners changed under legendary manager Vaclav Simon - under whom they enjoyed their greatest spell of success. His management led the Northmen to their second and third Top League titles, a National Cup and two UICA Champions' Cup trophies - which they won back-to-back, which was almost unprecedented. The second of their two UICA Champions' Cup triumphs came as part of their famous treble winning season - something which was unprecedented in Mytanar football history.

Dzala Ertobashia is probably the club's most legendary player, he plied his trade for the side in their greatest period of success and was a regular goal scorer and club captain. His record of 133 goals in 329 games means he currently sits as 5th highest scorer in Top League history. Hasato Kimiki is likely the club's best ever player, though, ability wise he was pretty much unbeatable - with outstanding dribbling, his quick feet a blur as he took the ball past opponents. He hailed from Lorelei, a component of the Northern Sunrise Islands and is one of the best Top League players of all time.

1896 Ebor compete in the Northern Derby against fellow Visorav club Arka Snezhnaya, a game which is consistently one of the most fiery in Mytanija. Further to this they also have rivalries with Atletik Thessia, Energija-Nuklearna and Litala '93 based on historic competitive rivalry.

Ebor is one of the larger cities in Mytanija, located on the northern coastline of Visoravna: this can lead to inclement conditions during autumn and winter, during the middle of the season. However, during summer Ebor enjoys a positively Mediterranean climate, with the bright sunlight reflecting off the city's ubiquitous red-roofed white stone buildings. Ebor is a relatively wealthy city by Mytanar standards, enjoying a bit of a tourism boom due to its excellent summer weather and attractive beaches and no small amount of cultural and historical relevance.

Fan base: Generally speaking, 1896 Ebor's fan base is largely middle class due to Ebor itself being a relatively wealthy city. Having said this, their position as the biggest club in the city and indeed as one of the biggest clubs in the country means that they attract supporters of all socio-economic and regional backgrounds. Due to their history of success - particularly in UICA competitions - 1896 Ebor fans can be found all over Mytanija.

Their supporters are largely apolitical, a slightly unusual occurrence in Mytanija, but made more unusual by the fact that Ebor is seen by some as the base of the fall of Kalinina due to it being the first big city the resistance held and received materiel support from the Eurans in order to turn the Mytanar Conflict (natives of Thessia, Snezhnaya et al would perhaps dispute Ebor's importance!). Many believe that this would give the club's fan base a distinct political direction, but it is possibly because of the city's role in the fall of Kalinina that means the club's ultras are apolitical - a case of learning from the past, perhaps?

Their ultras group shares the club's widespread nickname: The Northmen. They're generally non-violent (although this does not mean completely non-violent), known more for creating large tifo choreographies in the stands of the Olujastadion and following their club loyally across the country.

Trophies won: 3 x Mytanar Top Leagues (09/10, 19/20, 20/21); 3 x National Cups (08/09, 09/10, 20/21); 2 x UICA Champions' Cups (52, 53); 2 x UICA Super Cups (49, 50).

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Exceptional


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1923 ESCA
Location: Centralni, Esca, Zentria
Stadium: Radnika (Capacity: 60,000)
Manager: Zdeslav Nesic
Previous Season: An 11th placed finish for 1923 Esca last season is about where they would have expected to be with the players they had. An embarrassing Second Round exit from the National Cup to Lok. Ostrova (who were eventually relegated from the Druga Liga) did little other than to create anger in the club's famously expectant fan base.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “As good as Nisic is at developing youngsters, there is a sense that a bit more investment was needed this summer in order to reinforce the squad following the loss of some very high profile players. Anton Derajevic is arguably the most high profile transfer out of Radnika, although his relationship with the club soured over the course of last season, his repeated public support for one of 1923 Esca's local rivals BVK Dinamo angering the club's hierarchy and alienated the fan base. His goals will undoubtedly be missed. Perhaps more important is the loss of their centre back pairing of Papac (to 1896 Ebor) and Zupan (to Ararat). The two are very good defenders, Zupan being a former Top League winner with Crvena Zvezda. They have replaced the two but the quality of replacement is undoubtedly lower. Right-sided full back Neven Kolsa was also sold, this time to Energija-Nuklearna.

Ranko Madaric is the replacement at right-back, coming in from Liria on a free. His experience at Liria could prove invaluable but there is a feeling that Kolsa was a better player. Kazimir Debeljak is an able centre-half, fairly solid defensively and probably the club's best piece of business in this transfer window, only MC 1 million from relegated Rudar. Jan Zovko joins for MC 1 million from Rudar too.

There is understandable consternation from the club's supporters related to the lack of spending given the funds raised from the sale of three (or four, if you count Kolsa), of the club's best players. The total raised from transfers out is an enormous MC 26 million - the club only spent MC 2 million. Odeljak 1-11, the club's most prominent ultras group renowned for large-scale protests are deeply unhappy with the state of affairs at the club and they arguably have a point. Nesic isn't being backed by his board despite the funds being there.

His ability to develop young players is well-known and there is evidence of this too with three quality youth players being promoted to the starting line-up. Braco Evic, a 16 year old centre-half is being talked up as one of the best young talents Mytanija has had for a long time, the question is whether he will be able to handle the pressure at such a young age. To his left is Jezdimir Popovic, a 21 year old left back who could turn into a very good Top League full back if he receives the right development. Behind them is 19 year old goalkeeper Lazar Obradovic, who along with Evic is being discussed as a really top talent. The famed 1923 Esca academy comes good again, perhaps?

All-in-all, this squad should have enough for a relatively anonymous mid-table finish, 9th. It all depends on whether the youngsters are able to perform and whether their more experienced colleagues can step up to the plate and lead by example. A cup run will likely prove a little out of their reach this season
..”

Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Lazar Obradovic 19 MYT 4*/10*
DL Jezdimir Popovic 21 MYT 4*/8*
DC Braco Evic 16 MYT 5*/10*
DC Kazimir Debeljak 26 MYT 5*
DR Ranko Madaric 29 MYT 2*
ML Evgeny Netto 28 MYT 4*
MC Jeda Stilic 31 MYT 6* Captain
MC Juraj Misimovic 29 MYT 2*
MR Sinisa Jatovic 27 MYT 2*
ST Jan Zovko 28 MYT 4*
ST Slobodan Antic 26 MYT 2*

GK Marko Marovic 31 MYT 2*
DR Miljan Rakocevic 21 MYT 1*/5*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Ranko Madaric from Liria to 1923 Esca (free transfer)
• Kazimir Debeljak from Rudar to 1923 Esca (MC 1 million)
• Jan Zovko from Rudar to 1923 Esca (MC 1 million)

Out.
• Duje Papac from 1923 Esca to 1896 Ebor (MC 7,5 million)
• Drazen Zupan from 1923 Esca to Ararat (MC 7,5 million)
• Neven Kolsa from 1923 Esca to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 1 million)
• Anton Derajevic from 1923 Esca to Nyva (MC 10 million)

Retirements.
• Ermin Subotic (DL), 35


Club information: It always comes as a surprise to the uninitiated that 1923 Esca have never won a trophy. They're a big club, with a loyal fan base; outstanding facilities and finances that are fully recovered from historic irregularities. They hail from the capital of Mytanija and it looks for all intents and purposes like they should be a club challenging for silverware. So this begs the question: why have they never won anything? Historically, poor management on the pitch was combined with financial issues and that put paid to any hopes of glory from the capital club. Right now, well, their playing staff aren't exactly the best - but that could all change in coming years given their much vaunted youth academy and their proficiency in producing top quality players. 1923 Esca are sometimes seen as the club representing the establishment due to being from Esca and historically garnering support from Kalinina's regime, but their lack of success counters this stereotype quite easily (even if 1923 Esca would perhaps rather it didn't, all football fans want to win silverware after all!).

Igor Artemiev is probably the club's most famous player ever, scoring 76 goals in 176 games for the club (with a total of 130 in 286 Top League games, also playing for Olympic Thessia and Litala '93). He was repeatedly the club's safety valve against relegation, when they found themselves in a dogfight at the bottom, they would give the ball to Artemiev and he would find a way to put it in the net and keep the club up. He soured his relationship with the club by moving across the divide of the All-Esca Derby, moving to their greatest rivals Litala '93 before being sold to Olympique de Fontvielle of Valladares (a club with well known Mytanar connections, Miroslav Filo has also played for them and they were formerly owned by a Mytanar energy company).

As mentioned, 1923 Esca compete in the All-Esca Derby against Litala '93. It is a fierce rivalry and one that is often particularly sore for 1923 Esca fans as Litala '93 have won two Mytanar Top League titles compared to their zero whilst enjoying nowhere near the same advantages in terms of facilities, finances or size of club more generally.

Esca is the capital of Mytanija and as such one of the largest cities - although it slightly trails Thessia in population size - and the nation's governmental and financial centre. Residents of the city are often seen as pompous and self-important and that seems to carry across to 1923 Esca's fans who also hold this reputation. Esca is known for being a busy city, with a constant rush of people trying to get things done. The crime rate is high and some areas are relatively poor, although 1923 Esca are based in the Centralni area of the capital, which is one of the richest areas in Mytanija. Historically, Esca was one of two cities the now long deposed royals of Mytanija used as their seat of governance, shared with the city of Dyka on the island of Nasto. Esca was a playground for the royals and aristocracy with diaries of members of the nobility and courtiers tell of uncontrollably exuberant and boisterous parties, extravagance was the norm and the upper classes' excesses were almost gluttonous in nature. Many Mytanars retain opinions of this nature regarding Esca, which is still a playground for the rich and famous of Mytanija.

Fan base: 1923 Esca have a large and very loyal fan base that follow their club around Mytanija in strong numbers. Escans generally are regarded as self-important by the rest of Mytanija due to the way they regard their city's importance nationally, with many from the rest of the country regarding the city as crime and corruption ridden, aesthetically uninspiring and not holding any particular cultural value. Obviously, this is not entirely true, with the city having a long history with many stories to tell. 1923 Esca fans' history largely consists of being enormously angry at their own club, with various boards being disposed of for either financial mismanagement or not investing in the players or whatever else. Their fans are enormously expectant due to a combination of their club's outstanding training facilities (a hangover from governmental support under Natella Kalinina's regime), and a belief that their position as the capital's central club means they should be winning things. This expectation has never been met.

Their primary ultras group Odeljak 1-11 are notorious for holding enormous sway over the club's dealings, with their support being crucial for a manager to keep his job. Many a coach has been sacked on their say so. They are a nationalist ultras group that often get in violent skirmishes with many of the anti-fascist, left-wing ultras groups from around the country. That's not to mention their penchant for enormous protests if things are going badly for the club, even causing games to be postponed in the past. They do create outstanding tifo displays though and are one of the most active groups in terms of dealing with issues around their club.

Their fan base is another that is drawn from all socio-economic backgrounds, but they do have a reputation for a 'posh' fan base due to being from one of the richest areas of Mytanija (wages in Centralni are, on average, 3.5 times higher than the average in the rest of Mytanija). But of course, a lot of their supporters come from neighbouring areas that are significantly poorer than Centralni - although this doesn't prevent many opponent's fans singing derogatory songs about 1923 Esca based on the 'rich and posh' stereotype.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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ARARAT
Location: Severyan, Rauchnya
Stadium: Korecky Road (Capacity: 24,024)
Manager: Misel Ravnjak
Previous Season: A 2nd place finish for Ararat last year as they ran Atletik ever so close in the race for the Top League title. They will be bitterly disappointed at just missing out last season but they have a solid squad and know that they are not too far away ahead of this season. They were knocked out of the National Cup by CDSA in the Third Round, a slightly under-par performance in that competition but they were unfortunate to be drawn against Top League opposition so early.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Two really clever signings have been made by Ararat this season, addressing their two major concerns pre-season. Drazen Zupan is a proven top-class centre-half and has won the Mytanar Top League title before with Crvena Zvezda and he comes in from 1923 Esca. He partners the excellent Zelimir Apostolov at the back and those two should form a rock-solid pairing as the season goes on and Ararat attempt to go one better than last season.

Secondly, there was concern that Drago Danchev was not reaching his potential in the centre of midfield so Misel Ravnjak was pragmatic and loaned the 23 year old to promoted side Granica in order to continue playing and gaining experience. In his stead, Ravnjak brought in the Arka stalwart Martin Zvokelj. In doing this Ararat have both retained the possibility of Danchev resuming his career with the club if he develops, whilst simultaneously improving the squad with Zvokelj, a player who is already of a higher standard. Furthermore, if they want to sell Danchev, a season playing and starting every game should improve his selling value also. Good business all-round from Ararat.

There was only one other sale over the summer and that was Valeri Kovac being moved on to FK Magevskaya on a free transfer. He was surplus to requirements following the purchase of Drazen Zupan.

This Ararat team is solid across the board with out possessing any true world beaters, but that is the way Misel Ravnjak likes things, he doesn't like players who think they're bigger than the club or his system. He wants his players to play for each other and the shirt and the team spirit he is creating at the club is truly something. Of course, having players like Pedja Kasun, Dalibor Vlahovic (both DBC40 winners); Apostolov, Zupan, Yanev and Stojkovic does not mean he has to create a siege mentality - they have quality - but he wants his team to have a sense of togetherness, with the team not reliant on any one player to drag them to results. Vlahovic is perhaps the embodiment of this with his versatility meaning he is deeply important to the team because he can play various positions to a good standard rather than being world class in one position and needing the team to be moulded to his strengths.

Ravnjak is notoriously outspoken, playing mind games with opposition managers and regularly speaking to the press. Prior to this season he has said that this Ararat team are as good as anybody in the Top League and should really fancy their chances of creating history by winning what would only be the club's second Top League title. They may well do that, but we see them 4th, with the National Cup perhaps being a better hunting ground for success
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Pedja Kasun 22 MYT 7*/10*
DL Zoran Vlasic 27 MYT 6* Captain
DC Zelimir Apostolov 25 MYT 7*
DC Drazen Zupan 28 MYT 8*
DR Isaija Yanev 22 MYT 7*/10*
ML Dalibor Vlahovic 20 MYT 5*/10* ML/MC/AML/AMC
MC Mateja Stojkovic 27 MYT 8*
MC Martin Zvokelj 26 MYT 7*
MR Sinisa Nikic 24 MYT 7*/8*
AMC Mirza Cirkovic 27 MYT 6*
ST Rade Loncar 24 MYT 6*/7*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Drazen Zupan from 1923 Esca to Ararat (MC 7,5 million)
• Martin Zvokelj from Arka to Ararat (MC 5 million)

Out.
• Valeri Kovac from Ararat to FK Magevskaya (free transfer)
• Drago Danchev from Ararat to Granica (one-season loan)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Ararat are the biggest club from Rauchnya but on a national level fail to draw much support from outside their home region. Anti-Rauchik sentiments still pervade Mytanar society, a hangover from the days of Kalinina-led ethnic nationalism within Mytanija and this can occasionally still be evidenced by players not wishing to play for Ararat purely because they are a Rauchik club. Historically they are a team that bounced around the mid-table regions of the Top League, although one season of enormous investment did lead to them claiming their only Mytanar Top League title. Their most famous team from the 12/13 season featured Mytanar legend Lev Repin along with the likes of Aleks Kulikov and Iuliu Zaplatic as they ran away from the competition winning the title with one of the highest ever points totals.

Two of the most famous Mytanar footballers ever have played for the club: Lev Repin and Dobroslav Stojanovic. Stojanovic left before the club won their only ever league title, joining Atletik, the club he is perhaps better known as playing for. Repin is the club's favourite son, though, a one-club man whose loyalty to the club throughout his career means he will be forever cherished by the Ararat faithful. He's also the second most capped Mytanar national team player in history, demonstrating his quality as he won a Copa Rushmori and a Cup of Harmony.

Ararat compete in the Rauchik Derby against Lok. Cassia. For one of the 'smaller' local rivalries in Mytanar football it punches above its proverbial weight in terms of how fiercely competitive it can be and also for the sheer amount of times it can descend into violence. The two clubs quite literally hate each other and it is quite commonly a game which the authorities ban away fans from attending purely to avoid the prospect of violence.

Severyan is a small city on the north coast of Rauchnya, but one that is renowned for its sense of fun and its summer carnivals. The weather is often excellent in summer and the many festivals held for various reasons whether they be cultural, music or religion related are bright and colourful and widely enjoyed by many who attend from all over Mytanija and indeed Rushmore more broadly. Rauchnya is the smallest region in Mytanija and is incredibly welcoming once the hard exterior is broken. This hardness to outsiders stems from years of anti-Rauchik sentiment and views that many across Mytanija still hold today (particularly in Zentria), just due to how deeply ingrained these views are. This was largely down to Kalinina's campaign against what she described as 'enemy ethnic groups' such as Rauchiks and Thessians. This rhetoric was acted upon during the Mytanar Conflict with wide-scale ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Kalinina's regime against Rauchiks, Thessians, gypsies etc but also against other so-called 'undesirables' (left-wing academics, members of the LGBT community etc). Mytanija as a whole is recovering from the scars of that Conflict but the shadow of what occurred still hangs over Rauchnya today, which naturally includes Ararat and their home city of Severyan.

Fan base: Ararat have a large fan base from within Rauchnya, but their popularity does not go beyond their regional borders by and large. They are known for being the club of Severyan which is known for its fishing industry but also being a major party town within Mytanija - particularly versus their regional rivals from Cassia which is known for heavy industry and not exactly the most fun place in the world (in fact quite the opposite, really). Their supporters are generally a patient bunch, just happy to see their team in the Top League as there was once a time when that was not a given.

Their ultras group is the Cirkusgrupa and they are known for colourful displays as well as their political activism. They don't really get too involved in economic issues, but in terms of social issues they are a vocal group within the Top League: often creating displays relating to anti-racism, LGBT rights, immigration issues and Mytanar unity (they're particularly involved in this due to Rauchnya historically being painted as non-Mytanar, particularly under Kalinina's regime). This is in sharp contrast to Lok. Cassia's ultras who are renowned for being Rauchik nationalists, right-wing and massively racist. The two groups clash when the teams meet on the pitch and not only because they're each other's biggest local rivals.

Their fans are known as a happy bunch. Severyan as a city mirrors Rauchnya as a whole by being slightly poorer than the national average and Ararat's support mirrors this too also.

Trophies won: 1 x Mytanar Top League (12/13).

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Average
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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ARKA
Location: Snezhnaya, Visoravna
Stadium: Arka Park (Capacity: 32,000)
Manager: Nemanja Pivec
Previous Season: Arka finished a highly creditable 6th place last season on the back of Tahir Fejzuli's excellent performances in the middle of the park. It may be difficult for them to recreate the feat. They were knocked out in the Second Round of the National Cup by CDSA.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Plenty of business at Arka Park as they look to reinforce their squad following a 6th placed finish last season where they arguably performed way above expectations. The sale of Martin Zvokelj to Ararat forced Nemanja Pivec's hand in the transfer market, he had to sign an adequate replacement and that meant the signing of Partizan captain Srdan Savicevic for MC 3 million. Savicevic should chip in with a few goals from central midfield, with his main instinct to go forwards - this may be something that Pivec will attempt to temper given the fact Savicevic will be playing alongside Tahir Fejzuli who is predominantly a creative play maker in this side and as such doesn't have too much in the way of defensive responsibility.

Beyond this, Arka have brought in improvements on the right side of midfield (Efim Kunovac from BVK Dinamo for MC 1 million) and in central defence (Dino Bozic from CDSA for MC 2 million). Kunovac may prove to be a bit of a stop-gap until they can sign a major improvement on the wing but he represents an improvement nonetheless. Dino Bozic is an experienced campaigner and a solid centre-back, he was available on a reduced fee due to his advancing years - he's 32 now, so potentially only a couple more seasons at the top level. Marko Sokolic was brought in cheaply as a minor upgrade at right-back.

The biggest victory for Arka has to be the fact they kept their main man: Tahir Fejzuli. As expected there was a lot of interest, from Atletik and Liria in particular, but Arka stayed resolute as they rejected a couple of offers from both clubs and kept their man. It is hard to see them keeping him beyond this next season though unless there are significant upgrades to their playing staff as he has made it clear he wants to be regularly fighting for the Top League title. He'll captain the side again this season and attempt to steer them to another top-half finish.

Pivec will be mostly pleased with the squad he has now, especially because they have Fejzuli for one more year. He will likely be looking for upgrades at left-back, right-back and perhaps another striker ahead of next season but for now this squad is one that will be comfortably mid-table. Of course, they may need to find a replacement for Fejzuli next summer which is a nigh-on impossible task. There has been talk of a move for Prahecqois-born Mytanar Jasno Odonelec who plies his trade for Le Championnat side Clichy-sous-Bois. They're competing in Prahecq's top-flight for the first time this season, it is rumoured Arka are hoping they might struggle and perhaps even open up the space for a cut-price move if they got relegated. That's all conjecture though!

This season, Arka will be solid enough again and be able to finish comfortably mid-table: 8th, so slightly down on last season but that represented a bit of a high water-mark for what they can achieve with this current squad. It would require Fejzuli playing just as well as last season and the rest of the team (minus Martin Zvokelj, of course!), stepping up even more. The National Cup could represent an opportunity for a trophy for Arka, but that could be unlikely as the big guns will all be taking it very seriously as well
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jozi Peklenik 25 MYT 4*
DL Ammar Chrapec 31 MYT 2*
DC Kamil Jernejec 21 MYT 5*/9*
DC Dino Bozic 32 MYT 6*
DR Marko Sokolic 24 MYT 3*/4*
ML Jure Matic 33 MYT 6*
MC Srdan Savicevic 29 MYT 6*
MC Tahir Fejzuli 23 MYT 9*/10* Captain
MR Efim Kunovac 25 MYT 4* MR/AMR
ST Samir Mevzelj 26 MYT 4*
ST Anton-Dusan Straka 22 MYT 5*/8*

DL Sime Dujmic 18 MYT 1*/8*
DR Dalibor Sunko 30 MYT 2*
MR Uros Matekovic 29 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Efim Kunovac from BVK Dinamo to Arka (MC 1 million)
• Dino Bozic from CDSA to Arka (MC 2 million)
• Srdan Savicevic from Partizan to Arka (MC 3 million)
• Marko Sokolic from Turbine to Arka (MC 0,5 million)

Out.
• Martin Zvokelj from Arka to Ararat (MC 5 million)
• Lubor Juhasz from Arka to Pretia (free transfer)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Arka are a club that came from nowhere to winning two straight Mytanar Top League titles in the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons. They had only been in the top tier of Mytanar football for a couple of seasons before crashing the party of the top clubs and winning the top prize twice straight. They are a well-run club with an emphasis on sustainability: they will never spend more than they can afford and they generally attempt to rely on their youth system to produce players for their first team squad if at all possible. Their board are also renowned for their skill in the transfer market, they maximise the fees they receive for players and are very good at negotiating.

Mikkel Kohlemainen is the club's most famous player, driving them to their duo of Top League titles and winning the Player of the Season award twice as a by-product of this. He was an attacking midfielder of Polarian heritage with a voracious appetite for scoring and setting up goals and he went on to make 95 appearances for the Mytanar national team, scoring 39 goals. Other club icons include goal scoring forward Leandre and Licentian central midfielder Nate Parkinson who captained the side to their two league triumphs.

They compete against 1896 Ebor in the Northern Derby, with no love lost between the two sides.

Snezhnaya is a port town located on the northern coast of Visoravna and as such has a beautiful coastline and a warm climate in summer. In winter it is exposed to extremely windy conditions along with no small amount of rain. Snezhnaya is reliant on fishing for a lot of jobs, although the town is establishing itself as a centre for modern technology as well, with many companies wanting to be based there as the town is a fairly blank canvas ripe for development. Historically Snezhnaya has been known as the poorer sibling of Ebor to its west and not as strategically important as Gornaya-Mesnost to the south, but it is quickly becoming an attractive city for young people to live in as it receives investment. Near the port area of the town is still as charming as it ever was with the squat white-walled homes of residents remaining even if multi-storey glass and steel buildings are sprouting up further inland.

Fan base: Arka have a solid following throughout Visoravna and are known for being popular in other regions as well due to their Top League title wins, with many young people supporting the club due to the outstandingly attractive attacking football the side played. Many a father around Mytanija can be found lecturing their children on the virtues of the Arka team from their title winning sides. Their support pack out the thrillingly modern Arka Park every week and are known for being a particularly passionate fan base. They are generally a patient lot as many had never expected their side to win titles, but they do get annoyed when the club sell their better players or don't invest wisely as the club is known for being run superbly. Therefore selling their better players is not something they absolutely have to do like a lot of other clubs.

Their fans are apolitical with the club attempting to stamp out any vestiges of political influence. Formerly they had a couple of left-wing ultras groups that were particularly active when Natella Kalinina was in power, but they have been absorbed into the large Krivulja Sjever (i.e. North Curve), ultras group that are particularly rowdy and formally apolitical. Their main concern is supporting Arka. Krivulja Sjever are a particularly violent group, with their hooligans regularly being found scrapping with 1896 Ebor's ultras as well as any other group's they can get their hands on.

As a fan base they are always one of the loudest in the stadium and whilst they don't always create the enormous choreographies that are ubiquitous with other teams they do occasionally produce some highlights. Their corteos (i.e. where thousands of fans march together to the stadium pre-game), are amazing with thousands of fans all moving together from the city centre to the ground before each game. They're also immensely proud of the way their club is run and would hesitate to support any huge transfer fees as they are generally quite spendthrift up in Snezhnaya, perhaps due to the financial conditions of the town historically.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (16/17, 17/18); 1 x National Cup (16/17).

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Exceptional
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Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 24/25 SEASON PREVIEW PART TWO.


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ATLETIK
Location: Zenit Toranj, Thessia, Thessia
Stadium: Novi Atletskistadion (Capacity: 67,000)
Manager: Adem Fejzic
Previous Season: Last season Atletik completed the double, extending the record number of wins in both the Mytanar Top League (to 9) and National Cup (to 7). It was their fourth domestic double. They will undoubtedly look to repeat the feat this season. Their win against Arsenal in the National Cup pitted them against a Druga Liga side, but they required extra time to finish the Vershina side off. It was 1-1 after 90 minutes, but they eventually won out 3-1.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Absolutely no messing about from Atletik in the transfer market this summer as they went out with two positions they wanted to upgrade significantly and swiftly targeted players that did this. The signing of Tihomir Feric from CDSA was the single most expensive move of the transfer window and for good reason as Atletik are getting the national team's starting left-back. Feric is easily the best full back in Mytanija and adds to an already solid defence.

In front of him will be new signing Branko Brkljacic, who will play the role of the most defensive of the trio of central midfielders, he was the most impressive player for Rudar last season but despite his best efforts they were unable to stay up. The MC 7,5 million fee demonstrates his quality though. It had been long rumoured Atletik would be looking to make a cut-price move for Brkljacic but Rudar held firm, repeatedly asking for no less than the eventual transfer fee and Atletik came up with the money in the end. Brkljacic will add legs in a midfield that sometimes lacked energy last season despite the team's title win.

Goran Delic was the man that used to play in Brkljacic's role and he's being moved onto Energija-Nuklearna, he's 33 now and whilst he used to be solid in the defensive midfield role he doesn't quite have the fitness to keep up with the hard running required in Atletik's system. Also leaving the club is Milivoj Stipanov, the experienced full back being forced out by the signing of Tihomir Feric. Stipanov goes the opposite way to Feric, moving to CDSA for a paltry MC 1 million fee. It's believed Atletik sold the left-back for a little under market value as a gesture of goodwill towards CDSA for being accommodating in talks for Feric.

Overall, Atletik's squad looks like one that will once again challenge for the title this season. They have a good blend of youth and experience in their ranks, with the likes of Josip Radonic and Miro Tadic on hand to provide guidance to the team's younger heads. The Andrijasevic twins in particular both look like they could be exceptional talents and were of course on the Mytanar team that won the Di Bradini Cup not too long ago.

Miodrag Andrijasevic will be keeping one eye on young talent Kostas Aklis, they both play the same position and Adem Fejzic made a point of saying that the young Othilean will get game time this season. Some have commented that Miodrag hasn't quite followed the same development path as his twin brother, with his development stalling a little last season. He's still young though and there is still plenty of time to add the required level of physicality to his game that playing at a top club like Atletik demands.

The expectations are always high at Atletik, such is the history of the club, but they should feel fairly confident going into this season. They have excellent firepower in midfield and up-top and their goalkeeper and defence are as organised as ever. Sadly, there's one team that look like they have that slight bit more this year, so: 2nd. But don't be too shocked when they 'do an Atletik' and win the Top League and another National Cup for good measure. And if they don't win anything, well, don't be too surprised when they add Tahir Fejzuli to their ranks for next season
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Pos.  Name                  Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jasmin Savic 26 MYT 10*
DL Tihomir Feric 24 MYT 10*
DC Josip Radonic 31 MYT 8* Captain
DC Eldin Hadzic 28 MYT 6*
DR Mario Uzelac 25 MYT 7*
MC Miodrag Andrijasevic 18 MYT 4*/10* Twin brother of Zlatan Andrijasevic
MC Branko Brkljacic 23 MYT 7*/9* DMC/MC
MC Miro Tadic 32 MYT 6*
AMC Zrinko Primorac 23 MYT 7*/9*
ST Alen Zekic 28 MYT 10*
ST Zlatan Andrijasevic 18 MYT 5*/10* Twin brother of Miodrag Andrijasevic

MC Kostas Aklis 16 OTH 4*/10* MC/AMC


Transfer Market.
In.
• Tihomir Feric from CDSA to Atletik (MC 12,5 million)
• Branko Brkljacic from Rudar to Atletik (MC 7,5 million)

Out.
• Milivoj Stipanov from Atletik to CDSA (MC 1 million)
• Goran Delic from Atletik to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 2,5 million)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Atletik are arguably the most famous Mytanar club globally, what is complete inarguable is that they are the most successful with 18 major honours. Indeed, when it comes to Top League title their 9 is not too far off the entire amount won by every other Mytanar club (15). They're a club that is almost universally disliked by anyone that is not a supporter due to their unparalleled success and there is an almost folk legend of 'Atletik's luck' which adds to this as they seemingly always get late goals, refereeing decisions and the like that only serve to increase their success and anger their detractors. They boast the largest level of support of all Mytanar clubs and draw fans from all over the country as well as players due to their exceptional youth recruitment network and the level of pull they generate for young players who all want to be a part of the club's story.

Their best spell of success (it's hard to pick just one!), was between 00/01 and 07/08 when the club won 5 Mytanar Top League titles, 4 National Cups and both of their Rushmore Copa de Campeones. This period coincided with Robin Hjik's first spell with the club before he left to compete for Polarian club SK Franz Josef City and his skill and determination was one factor behind their prolonged success. Marius Sadowsky is the club's legendary figurehead, the manager was in charge for nearly 20 years and won the large majority of the club's trophies. There are statues of both Sadowsky and Hjik outside the club's modern stadium Novi Atletskistadion, where they moved to from Maine Road before the 20/21 season. There are plans to name the stadium after the pair long-term, too.

Hjik is undoubtedly the club's most legendary player, he turned out for Atletik 446 times, scoring 151 goals from central midfield. He was captain of the club from the age of 18 until the age of 25 when he left the club for Polar Islandstates before returning again later in his career and bringing more success to the city of Thessia. Dobroslav Stojanovic is another legendary competitor for the club, moving from Ararat before later receiving the captaincy and writing his name into the club's folklore. Other famous names include: Laze v Tuhinju, Snerik Oiskha, Ismet van Huijgevoort, Ildar Patreljak, Alex Gannot among many others.

Atletik have many rivalries due to their prolonged periods of success, along with their local rivalry games. They compete against their most local neighbours Olympic Thessia in the Eternal Derby, both clubs hail from the Zenit Toranj area of Thessia and this proximity has created one of the most heated and storied derbies of world football. Outside of this they also compete in a regional derby against Tekstil known as the Rijeka Derby - this goes back to historic rivalry between the cities of Thessia and Ibon over trade and regional dominance with the eventual result being the city of Thessia winning after many wars, with the result being that the region the two cities inhabit actually being called Thessia too. The hatred between the two cities still runs deep and natives of Ibon are known to still be sore about the outcome to this day (hundreds of years after the events).

The single biggest game in Mytanar football is the Klasicni between Atletik and Liria and this is based on the two clubs historically being the two most successful in Mytanija (until 1896 Ebor's sudden conversion from nearly men to repeated winners). Atletik were always more successful domestically but Liria were the first team to taste glory in UICA competitions which fostered an enormous rivalry that continues nowadays. Atletik are known to be a bit jealous of Liria's international success and the same can be said for Liria regarding Atletik's domestic dominance. Atletik have a rivalry with 1896 Ebor for the same reason, although it goes without a name. The final rivalry is one that goes all the way back to the first couple of seasons of Mytanar football against SK Port Jarko as the two clubs traded blows, both trading a Top League title and a National Cup in back-to-back seasons. This rivalry is not quite as important now given SK Port Jarko's fall into the lower leagues, but it could always be reignited if they were to return to the top tier of Mytanar football.

Thessia as a city is often referred to as the 'true capital of Mytanija', it's the nation's largest city in terms of population as well as an economic and cultural hub. It was named the Rushmori Capital of Culture in the past for its vibrant music and arts scene and it is known as the birthplace of 'otskok' music that is enjoyed across Mytanija. It is also an important city in Mytanar history, being the birthplace of Alex Util, a hub for the resistance under Kalinina's regime and in the Mytanar Conflict among many other things. The Zenit Toranj area that Atletik come from is known as a rough, working-class neighbourhood, but with the presence of Atletik that is undergoing a process of regeneration and therefore gentrification - something which is being fought against by some locals. The weather can be pretty miserable in Thessia during the autumn and winter with snow not being too uncommon and temperatures being low, they experience mild summers though. Atletik have been known to use conditions to their advantage in the past by attempting to keep games on when snow covers the pitch etc, but with their new stadium's excellent amenities (undersoil heating, for example), and more general knowledge of health and safety and the like this is not something they can do quite as much now.

Fan base: They have the largest fan base of all Mytanar clubs, undoubtedly being the most popular club in the country and able to draw fans from anywhere across Mytanija and beyond the country's borders too. Mytanar ex-pat communities across Rushmore have officially affiliated Supporters' Clubs that often organise trips back to Thessia in order to watch games. As the most successful Mytanar football club they have a level of mythology about the club too, with many fans being able to recount stories about how they were there when they saw their side come back from two goals down to beat Olympic in a derby game or how they triumphed in the Copa de Campeones - a lot of the time these stories have been embellished but that's all part of it.

Their supporters are fiercely loyal, but due to their success they are also massively expectant, they demand success and that can lead to pressure on their players that some cannot handle. Due to the size of their fan base they have fans from all walks of life but their typical traditional supporter is a more working-class type, local to the club that has followed the club since they were a young child.

Thessia as a city is inherently left-wing, with socialist and liberal politics interwoven into the city's DNA and this carries across to the team's ultras group the Kippax Ofras and their fan base more widely with the club openly endorsing many a political campaign due to it being in-line with 'Atletik's core values'. Their ultras group can be violent, particularly when coming up against Olympic or when they come into contact with an ultras group with opposing political views. Their fans are also known for travelling in enormous numbers and for being a fan base that cause quite a lot of trouble wherever they go.

Trophies won: 9 x Mytanar Top Leagues (01/02, 02/03, 03/04, 04/05, 05/06, 10/11, 11/12, 21/22, 23/24); 7 x National Cups (00/01, 02/03, 03/04, 07/08, 13/14, 21/22, 23/24); 2 x Rushmore Copa de Campeones.

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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CDSA
Location: Decraa, Vojovitica
Stadium: Psenicova (Capacity: 27,500)
Manager: Slavko Jelic
Previous Season: CDSA finished 10th in the Top League last season, they were comfortable enough and well removed from the relegation scrap. They progressed to the Quarter Final of the National Cup where they were knocked out by Liria who were simply better on the day.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “A lot of business done at Psenicova over the summer, as Slavko Jelic has attempted to replace a couple of important players. Arguably the 'marquee' signing - if you can call it that - is Momchil Klemetic from BVK Dinamo for MC 2,5 million. The experienced midfielder will partner the dimunitive Alen Hrdaljko in the centre and he will undoubtedly add some steel to that area of the pitch. Borislav Crncevic joins for the same sum and from the same club, a slight upgrade in net. There are not too many great goalkeepers in Mytanija and this means that the position currently attracts a premium in transfer fees that other positions perhaps wouldn't as it is simply that difficult to find a good goalkeeper.

Obviously the big loss is Tihomir Feric, the full back leaving to Atletik for an enormous fee and CDSA brought in Stipanov from Atletik for a nominal MC 1 million fee by way of replacement. Jelic is rumoured to be slightly unhappy with that move but it's difficult for the club to try and replace such a top talent given their average financial resources. Dino Bozic left to Arka for MC 2 million and despite that being slightly sore for the club - Arka are a team CDSA should be competing with for players, not selling to them - CDSA likely can be quite happy with the transfer given Bozic's age. He's replaced by Tomica Milic who comes in from 1896 Ebor for MC 1 million.

There were only two other out-going transfers: Vidoslav Duric left on a free transfer to Granica following the signing of Crncevic and the slightly odd season-long loan of Jadrinko Barisic to Nyva. Nyva would normally be linked with players of a better standard than Barisic, but it is thought they used the vast majority of their resources on other players and were therefore unable to do much else than bring the out-of-favour Barisic in on-loan.

CDSA will be hopeful they can repeat last season's comfortable mid-table finish and it looks like they probably will do so with the players they have brought in. Whilst the loss of Feric is undoubtedly a big one, they have used the money raised to improve their goalkeeper and in central midfield. The replacements for Feric and Bozic are also adequate enough too. The emergence of Zvonko Nestorovski at right-back is a real boon for the club as well. The 16 year old is being hyped up as a future national team starter and is currently good enough that Jelic has deigned to name him in his starting eleven ahead of the season, saying that his performances in pre-season mean that he will be one of the first names on the team sheet. Nestorovski is certainly one for the future and keeping hold of him may be the most difficult thing for CDSA.

They should avoid relegation again this year, but they will be keeping one eye looking over their shoulder just to make sure. They're almost stuck in purgatory: between the relegation battle and mid-table safety this season. A lot will depend on how young captain Hrdaljko performs and his partnership with new signing Klemetic. Matijevic down the left flank will also be important. Our prediction is 12th, but they'll want to improve on this if at all possible
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Borislav Crncevic 29 MYT 4*
DL Milivoj Stipanov 32 MYT 4*
DC Leo Filipovic 32 MYT 2*
DC Tomica Milic 28 MYT 4*
DR Zvonko Nestorovski 16 MYT 5*/10*
ML Toma Matijevic 30 MYT 6*
MC Momchil Klemetic 33 MYT 6* DMC/MC
MC Alen Hrdaljko 18 MYT 6*/10* Captain
MR Bosko Jukovic 28 MYT 2*
ST Juraj Stanic 28 MYT 4*
ST Drago Blazevic 26 MYT 4*

DR Rajko Stolar 30 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Tomica Milic from 1896 Ebor to CDSA (MC 1 million)
• Milivoj Stipanov from Atletik to CDSA (MC 1 million)
• Momchil Klemetic from BVK Dinamo to CDSA (MC 2,5 million)
• Borislav Crncevic from BVK Dinamo to CDSA (MC 2,5 million)

Out.
• Dino Bozic from CDSA to Arka (MC 2 million)
• Tihomir Feric from CDSA to Atletik (MC 12,5 million)
• Vidoslav Duric from CDSA to Granica (free transfer)
• Jadrinko Barisic from CDSA to Nyva (one-season loan)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: CDSA are a club best known for being historically linked to the Mytanar army (a few clubs around the country share this heritage), they're a team that also has never played outside or been relegated from the Mytanar Top League, one of only a select few teams that holds this honour (the other three are 1896 Ebor, Atletik and Energija-Nuklearna so CDSA are in good company). They have never really enjoyed a prolonged period of success, being hampered by financial restrictions and the like as they are not the richest of teams, their two biggest successes are both National Cup wins. They're generally quite a well liked club around the country, being a traditional club and never forgetting their traditions.

They have a few players that could be called club icons: Ruben Almerique, Ismet van Huijgevoort, Alexey Tatarchuk, Elisha Lazarev, Roman Benarik, Vaclav Soacek etc. Almerique is probably the most important of all, the Aquilliano striker played for the club for a couple of seasons before retiring and moving straight into a managerial role. He managed the side for 8 seasons - the longest spell in club history - before sadly departing.

CDSA have two big derby games, the first is their big regional rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna in the North Vojovitican Derby. This is based on geographic proximity, obviously, as well as the fact Decraa and Miago are two of the largest and most important cities in the region. The two club's largest ultras groups are also opposed politically, with CDSA's Lijeva group being left-wing anti-fascists and Energija-Nuklearna's Grolija being far-right ethnonationalists. This makes the game an extremely highly charged affair and there is often violence and flash points when the fixture is played. CDSA also have their local derby with Turbine, known as the Decraa Derby. This is not historically anywhere near as violent as their rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna but it is still a fiercely contested fixture.

CDSA are known for having a very good production line when it comes to developing young players, with many Top League stars coming through the ranks at Psenicova before moving onto other places. The best known example is probably Ismet van Huijgevoort who went on to play for Atletik and then in Polar Islandstates with SK Franz Josef City. They will be hoping they can continue the production line as they don't really have the financial resources to go out and buy ready-made stars.

Decraa is a mid-sized city in the north of the Vojovitica region. Vojovitica generally has a reputation for being a largely middle-class and well-educated region and Decraa is a good example of this as the city's population skews above average for income and standard of education - although the latter perhaps comes as no great surprise with there being two excellent universities in the city. Decraa is a largely sleepy city built around its education institutes and most business in the city is actually built around servicing them. However, Decraa is also known for being a centre for renewable energy with a large number of wind farms and a hydroelectric dam located nearby. It is perhaps a cruel irony that Decraa's reputation as a middle-class, affluent city contrasts with CDSA's historically poor financial resources and more widely with Psenicova's location in one of the city's poorer neighbourhoods and the stadium's poor condition as well.

Fan base: A solid fan base within their home city and more widely their region as well and due to their geographic proximity to the southern border of the Thessia Region they pull some fans from there too. They're a deeply historic Mytanar club as well due to the fact they have never been relegated and this is something the club's fans hold dear. To the fans, it is also important that the club are represented by players that have come through their own academy as they like to have a connection between the team and the supporters - something that can only generally be created when players have been at the club for a long time (current captain Alen Hrdaljko actually came through the academy at local rivals Turbine, but his support of CDSA led to him crossing the divide and being named captain aged 18!).

Lijeva, the clubs main ultras group, are renowned for being socialist and liberal and can be regularly seen creating tifo displays in Psenicova alluding to this tradition. Outside the ground they are always well represented at political marches and often organise their own events focusing on issues they deem important. Lijeva can be violent, particularly when it comes to games against teams with ultras groups that hold opposing political views. For this reason, games against the likes of Energija-Nuklearna (obviously a local rivalry already, but it's exacerbated by the political leanings); Lok. Cassia and 1923 Esca often result in violence and disorder.

CDSA's wider fan base is a mixture of backgrounds as with most football clubs. Decraa as a city is fairly affluent and this is mirrored in the fan base, although many rue that this affluence has not resulted in financial support for the club.

Trophies won: 2 x National Cups (06/07, 19/20).

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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CRVENA ZVEZDA
Location: Tsrvena, Zentria
Stadium: Stadion Ljudi (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Luka Kostic
Previous Season: Crvena Zvezda finished 5th last season, but only 5 points off the title. They will be slightly disappointed with how close they came though as they have an excellent crop of players. They were knockout out of the National Cup in their first fixture in the Second Round - they played hated rivals Partizan who triumphed 1-0 over two legs. That will likely have hurt the club and their fans more than their league finish.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “It's two in and two out for Crvena Zvezda this summer. Zdeslav Zivadinovic is an astute signing, coming in for the relatively low fee of MC 5 million from relegated BVK Dinamo. He should fit in fairly well at Stadion Ljudi and could be ideal for Luka Kostic's 4-3-3 formation. Zivadinovic is fairly imposing physically, standing at 6'2, but he is quick and fairly good with the ball. He'll be playing off the wing and he could find himself against much smaller full backs, which is where his physical attributes will come into their own. Look out for those mismatches this season. Of course, he may also find some joy running into the middle off the wing, we all know how much Jezdimir Ocokoljic likes to drop deep to collect the ball and Zivadinovic could be ideal in those situations too.

Slaven Blajojevic was signed and it is clear this signing was motivated by the fact that Crvena Zvezda needed an upgrade at left-back and missed out on signing Tihomir Feric (but hey, when you're competing against Atletik Thessia for a player's signature it's pretty difficult to win, right?). Blajojevic is a look to the future, he's clearly not a top-level full-back right now but Kostic must feel like he can develop Blajojevic and even if he can't, the signing is fairly low risk given the relatively low fee. The question is whether he will ever be a left-back that is good enough for a side with aspirations of winning the Top League.

The signing of Zivadinovic meant that Avgo Jovic was surplus to requirements and he was signed by Energija-Nuklearna for MC 3 million. Vlastimir Stankic was also unneeded and was allowed to leave on a free transfer to Olympic Thessia.

That was everything in terms of transfer business, the vast majority of this team was good enough to win the league title two years ago. Azanovic, Isaev, Todorov and of course young Jezdimir Ocokoljic are all top quality players (with the likes of Antic, Ljotic, Jakolinic all still being in the starting line-up too!). Ocokoljic alone is enough to strike fear into opponents given his ability to create chances from nowhere - how he does it on Stadion Ljudi's awful pitch is anybody's guess, Kostic has rightly been asking for that to be improved for a while but the board do not seem to have listened.

However, it does just feel like they are missing something, a little bit of creativity in midfield perhaps? Crvena Zvezda will undoubtedly be interested in Arka's Tahir Fejzuli like pretty much all the teams challenging at the top of the league, but whether they can compete with the likes of Atletik and Liria for his signature is a different question altogether. The fact they have several of his national team colleagues (Azanovic, Isaev, Todorov and Ocokoljic all start for Mytanija), could be a factor.

For this season, we feel they will just fall a bit short: 3rd. They will be really motivated to do well in the National Cup though given their weak attempt in that competition last season, especially as they were knocked out by Partizan
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Dragan Antic 31 MYT 4*
DL Slaven Blajojevic 20 MYT 2*/7*
DC Damir Azanovic 30 MYT 10* Captain
DC Luka Bobic 25 MYT 9*
DR Petr Isaev 24 MYT 8*/9*
MC Grigor Todorov 27 MYT 10*
MC Drazen Ljotic 30 MYT 6*
MC Obrad Jakolinic 27 MYT 6*
ST Mirko Cerovec 22 MYT 5*/8* AML/AMR/ST
ST Jezdimir Ocokoljic 20 MYT 10*
ST Zdeslav Zivadinovic 26 MYT 7*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Zdeslav Zivadinovic from BVK Dinamo to Crvena Zvezda (MC 5 million)
• Slaven Blajojevic from Litala '93 to Crvena Zvezda (MC 1 million)

Out.
• Avgo Jovic from Crvena Zvezda to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 3 million)
• Vlastimir Stankic from Crvena Zvezda to Olympic (free transfer)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Crvena Zvezda have only ever won two trophies, but it was a famous double winning season as the 18 year old Jezdimir Ocokoljic burst on the scene and drove his boyhood club to a famous pair of victories. Ocokoljic almost single-handedly raised the profile of the club from meandering provincial side to an exciting attacking force on the national scene which has resulted in many across the country sitting up and taking notice of Crvena Zvezda. Having the national side's poster boy does a lot for your reputation, quite clearly. Historically they have been a team that has spent a lot of time in the lower leagues, with local rivals Partizan having a slightly longer history in the Top League - a real sore point for any Crvena Zvezda supporter.

In terms of club icons, their two biggest are still at the club: the aforementioned Ocokoljic, who is already on his way to being a club legend at the tender age of 20 and Damir Azanovic, the club's inspirational captain. Azanovic has been with the club since his academy days and wishes to finish his career with the club, becoming one of those oh-so-rare commodities: a one-club man. He likely will do, he's arguably at the peak of his powers now, but many would be surprised if he declines at all as he's always been a player that has placed a great deal of importance on training hard and keeping his fitness at the best level possible.

As mentioned, Crvena Zvezda's local rivals are Partizan, the two clubs compete in the Tsrvena Derby. They say that children from Tsrvena are born in either red-and-white or black-and-white stripes, the two sides really hate each other and historically it's been a really competitive fixture with the two clubs usually being in the same division (for most of the first twenty seasons of Mytanar football this was in the Druga Liga).

The club are known for their solid youth recruitment and for an outreach programme into the most deprived areas of Tsrvena that is aimed at providing support to the families of academy players. Jezdimir Ocokoljic was the first beneficiary of this programme and it's continuing to benefit youngsters to this day. Talented kids playing in the ubiquitous 'cages' of inner-city areas are scouted regularly and their families given support in order for their parents to be able to live more comfortably so their child can reach their potential more easily. The club also run a more wider outreach programme with the community at large supporting the underprivileged and helping them with skills etc, a nod to the club's inherent left-wing heritage. Crvena Zvezda were founded as the sports club of the local Young Socialist Movement group.

Crvena Zvezda hail from the town of Tsrvena on the east coast of Zentria (and Mytanija as a whole) and in the kindest possible way, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Tsrvena is a working-class city and an important shipping hub, with a lot of cargo coming into the city's port. The city has taken on an increased role in this regard since the Mytanar Conflict, with the Euran carpet bombing of Trunca severely damaging infrastructure there. Many migrants make their home in Tsrvena as there is an abundance of informal work, where employers will not ask too many questions and definitely not ask for papers. Crime and corruption is rife, with gangs controlling the city's port as they try to traffic illicit goods (drugs, weapons, even people), in and out of the country. It is also the last place many that are emigrating from Mytanija see as they board ships attempting to find better lives elsewhere in Rushmore, sharing this dubious honour with other port towns such as Trunca and Ebor.

Fan base: Due to their recent history, winning the famous double in the 22/23 season and having the national team's young star Jezdimir Ocokoljic, Crvena Zvezda's popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years. They had a fairly large fan base before this due to their historic political links, but the new era at the club with Ocokoljic spearheading a really exciting side has changed everything. Some at the club long for the days where their fan base was more local though and many opponents do pass comment on the amount of 'glory hunters' that the club now attracts. Of course, the issue is no different than at Atletik or Liria or 1896 Ebor, but a lot of clubs are a little miffed at Crvena Zvezda's meteoric rise as they have overtaken many of the traditional Top League clubs.

Ultras DRCZ are their main ultras group and are truly ardent socialists, but they're also Zentrian nationalists and this is where the political side of Mytanar ultras gets really murky as it means that Ultras DRCZ hate almost everybody. The fact Ultras DRCZ are Zentrian nationalists instantly puts them at odds with anti-nationalist, anti-racist left-wing ultras groups (so Atletik's Kippax Ofras, CDSA's Lijeva etc), along with any teams whose ultras support Mytanar unity (Ararat's Cirkusgrupa being the prime example), as well as already being at odds with almost all right-wing groups (e.g. 1923 Esca's Odeljak 1-11, Energija-Nuklearna's Grolija, Lok. Cassia's Gate 11 etc), because of their own socialist views.

The web of links between different groups and which are friends and which are foes is almost impossible to decipher for this very reason. If Ultras DRCZ and Partizan's Mogilschikov ultras were to put aside the fact they support different teams, they would probably agree on a lot because both groups are socialist Zentrian nationalists. However, they are not prepared to put their sporting rivalry aside and this means that extremely violent clashes are not uncommon when Crvena Zvezda and Partizan play. Although Ultras DRCZ get themselves into trouble almost everywhere they go.

Jezdimir Ocokoljic has started songs using the Ultras DRCZ capo's megaphone at Stadion Ljudi before when celebrating victories but he in no way endorses the Zentrian nationalist views of the group, with his interview with Gazeta Mytanija before the thirtieth Copa Rushmori demonstrating how Ocokoljic is a thoroughly modern young Mytanar who is looking to the future and unity between people from all regions/ethnic groups rather than the conflict of the past.

Trophies won: 1 x Mytanar Top League (22/23); 1 x National Cup (22/23).

General.
Club Reputation: National
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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ENERGIJA-NUKLEARNA
Location: Miago, Vojovitica
Stadium: Miagostadion (Capacity: 50,000)
Manager: Branko Tolic
Previous Season: Energija-Nuklearna finished 9th in the Top League last season, which isn't exactly where the club sees itself but given the playing staff they had it was about as high as they could hope to finish. They were knocked out of the National Cup in the Second Round by Ararat. They will be hoping to rebuild slowly but surely and get back into the top four as soon as they can.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Plenty movement into the club this summer, but the money may not have been spent too wisely as some of the purported improvements are greatly overpriced. These sort of moves are why Energija-Nuklearna have been in financial trouble in the past! The best of a bad bunch of transfers is the signing of Goran Delic from Atletik, whilst the anchorman is 33, he will prove his worth (MC 2,5 million represents a relative snip), as he's a quality operator and will partner Madar expertly at the base of midfield.

Mihailo Brdanin is undoubtedly an improvement at centre-half but his ceiling is fairly low, he will be a standard Top League centre-half and nothing more - many are wondering if Energija-Nuklearna should be setting their sights a little bit higher. This is a club that should be battling for a top four spot, after all. Neven Kolsa is also an improvement, but he doesn't seem to be a long-term signing, already aged 30 and at his peak, he's not going to get any better.

Avgo Jovic was a panic buy after Vid Kos left to Partizan for MC 3 million. Jovic has pedigree, coming in from Crvena Zvezda, but many believe he was cruising along in a side above his ability and after all, if the Tsrvena club had wanted to keep him, they would have. Josip Babic left on a free transfer to FK Magevskaya following the signing of Kolsa.

A little bit of a disappointing window for Energija-Nuklearna, many at the club feel that they should have promoted from within more, with the club's legendary youth academy having produced some of the best players in Mytanar footballing history. Few can forget the side Kristian Haugen captained back in the day. The pressure of expectation on Branko Tolic to take the side back to where many feel they belong - i.e. in the top four of the Top League and challenging for titles - seems to have weighed heavily as he's gone into the transfer market and made some questionable signings, although this could be evidence of a wider issue at the club regarding their skill in the transfer market. The fans will want them to use their academy, though.

The highest we can see them finishing this season is 7th, they really need to upgrade their defence, the signings they have made are not good enough for a serious challenge on the top four given the sides that are above them.
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Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Mislav Pejic 26 MYT 5*
DL Godomir Herceg 32 MYT 4*
DC Miralem Rakic 24 MYT 4*/5*
DC Mihailo Brdanin 24 MYT 4*/5*
DR Neven Kolsa 30 MYT 4*
DMC Goran Delic 33 MYT 6*
DMC Duje Madar 30 MYT 8* Captain
AML Igor Kasunic 29 MYT 8*
AMC Slavko Lalic 26 MYT 9*
AMR Vedad Alomerovic 25 MYT 6*
ST Avgo Jovic 26 MYT 4*

DC Denis Milic 32 MYT 2*
DMC Sasa Cosic 23 MYT 2*/4*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Neven Kolsa from 1923 Esca to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 1 million)
• Goran Delic from Atletik to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 2,5 million)
• Avgo Jovic from Crvena Zvezda to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 3 million)
• Mihailo Brdanin from Partizan to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 2,5 million)

Out.
• Josip Babic from Energija-Nuklearna to FK Magevskaya (free transfer)
• Vid Kos from Energija-Nuklearna to Partizan (MC 3 million)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Energija-Nuklearna were at their most powerful during the middle of the previous decade of Mytanar football, with their young side captained by Kristian Haugen coming back from the brink following a points deduction that nearly saw them relegated before marching up the league table, winning two National Cups and then finally the evasive second Mytanar Top League title they had been dreaming of. They are well known for their excellent youth academy because of this as they had to be reliant on it to produce top players given the severe restrictions on the club as they nearly faced bankruptcy and could not afford to bring in ready-made talent.

Kristian Haugen is their most legendary player, the captain that led them to their two National Cup wins and finally the Top League that had evaded them ever since their first win all the way back in 06/07. He's one of the most prolific goal scorers in Mytanar Top League history, his 154 goals in 271 games putting him second all-time. He also scored 49 goals in 80 caps for the national side, the best strike rate of anyone to ever take the field for Mytanija. Other club icons include Miroslav Filo, Niklas Kulmala, Filip Wachsmuth and Omet Drazaal. It's interesting to note the diversity of the players this club considers legends (Polarian heritage for Haugen and Kulmala; Waaldish for Drazaal etc), when their ultras group Grolija are so ardently right-wing.

Their big rivalry game is with CDSA, the North Vojovitican Derby is based on a lot more than just geographic proximity however. The two sides ultras groups clash on political issues as well, with Grolija being right-wing and CDSA's Lijeva being left-wing and liberal. It is often a violent affair. Other than this Energija-Nuklearna have rivalry games with Liria (the two clubs are the two most successful from Vojovitica), and with 1896 Ebor (based on regional tensions and also historic competitive rivalry).

Miago is a major city in the north of Vojovitica, it is an important industrial hub and where Decraa is largely middle-class, well-educated and affluent; Miago is working class, mainly not educated beyond high school and precarious financially. The air quality in Miago is the worst in the nation and that is a product of all the factories in the city along with the coal power stations that power them. There are also two large nuclear power plants outside the city, 'Energija-Nuklearna' demonstrating quite clearly where the football club got its name from. Miago is not the sort of place you would go to on holiday, either, with a high crime rate and a lot of deprived neighbourhoods. For many locals it is seen as a place that has been forgotten by government, with the decline of living standards in the city going unchecked despite the city being so important to the Mytanar economy due to the heavy industry located there. Miago was generally a city that supported Natella Kalinina's regime as she elevated the city to one of Mytanija's most important due to its services to the economy and politically many in the city yearn for a return to those times as Miago was given the sense of importance many felt it deserved.

Fan base: Energija-Nuklearna draw fans from all over Mytanija and are undoubtedly one of the bigger fan bases in the country, they have a long history and are one of only four teams to have never been relegated from the Top League and they have accumulated a lot of fans purely by being in the top tier for so long. Their fan base in Miago itself is enormous as they're the only football club from the city and therefore everybody from Miago supports Energija-Nuklearna. It is common place to talk about the club's fortunes and the next game with shopkeepers, when getting your hair cut or doing pretty much anything given how important the club is to the local community.

Grolija are the club's ultras group and they are one of the biggest in the country. They're notorious for causing mayhem and just as well-known for being right-wing, it's not uncommon to see them raising fascist salutes of varying kinds at games and they often chant about how they would like to eradicate all the Thessians and Rauchiks. The club have tried to stamp them out but it is almost impossible given how large the group are and how much sway they hold at the club. They're a very violent group and usually get into scrapes in most cities they go to, meaning that they often have to organise fights with other ultras groups away from stadiums given the fact the police all over the country (including in Miago), know of their reputation.

More widely, Energija-Nuklearna's fan base are not all far-right, of course. Miago is a large city with people from all over the political spectrum: including ultra leftists! The vast majority of the local fan base are working class people and have an average to low income. Many are part of the precariat, with little to no job security and always living from payslip to payslip. A lot are involved in the city's heavy industry and the economic exploitation of these workers is often linked to the rise of far-right politics in Miago by academics.

Generally they're a fiercely loyal fan base too, standing by the club through thick and thin, as can be seen by the attendances at the Miagostadion never falling between 06/07 and 18/19; otherwise known as the gap between the club's two Top League titles. The fact they have won the Top League is something they love to lord over their greatest rivals CDSA, of course.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (06/07, 18/19); 2 x National Cups (15/16, 17/18).

General.
Club Reputation: National
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Poor
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 24/25 SEASON PREVIEW PART THREE.


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FK MAGEVSKAYA
Location: Stratenberg, Magevskaya
Stadium: Stadion Grisha Kochenkov (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Vasya Kanadin
Previous Season: FK Magevskaya secured 3rd in the Druga Liga to get promoted to the Mytanar Top League for the first time in a very, very long time. In the National Cup they were knocked out in the Second Round by Liria, but they did at least take them to penalties.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “An extremely active transfer window for FK Magevskaya as they return to the Mytanar Top League for the first time in almost twenty years! Vasya Kanadin got this extremely young side promoted from the Druga Liga last season and the additions he has made are aimed at keeping them in the top-flight and adding a bit of experience to the youthful team he already had at his disposal.

Valeri Kovac is probably the most high profile signing, joining from Ararat and instantly taking the captain's armband, perhaps solely by virtue of being the oldest player in the starting line-up. He is going to be partnered by Lubo Korlenko who joins from Rudar for MC 1 million, which could turn out to be an exceptional investment if he ever reaches the potential he was once thought to have. Josip Babic also joins from Energija-Nuklearna on a free transfer meaning this is pretty much a new-look defence for the Magev side.

They also brought in Resad Karlovic from relegated BVK Dinamo for MC 1 million, it's hoped that he will provide a spark of creativity behind the striker although his history at his former club perhaps demonstrates that this is a forlorn hope. Ahead of him is the club's marquee signing of the window: Jiri Erisej, signed from Turbine for MC 2,5 million. He still could be a very good player and FK Magevskaya could be the sort of club that creates the platform for him to thrive, with a little bit less pressure on him than there would be at teams higher up the food chain.

Some smart signings by Kanadin, particularly Korlenko and Erisej. Beyond that this squad seems to have a lot of youthful potential, Gerasim Runov in between the sticks could be a top goalkeeper and the pair of defensive midfielders Vukomanovic and Vasiljevic could become a really productive duo at the base of midfield. Vukomanovic is more talented right now but there are high hopes for Vasiljevic who could eventually surpass his midfield partner. Down the left-wing we find Brajko Gavrilovic, probably the best player in the squad and he has plenty of ability. He's an old-fashioned winger who isn't afraid to take the ball past a defender and whip a cross in and he could find himself in demand from much larger clubs if he puts in decent performances this season.

FK Magevskaya will definitely be involved in the relegation battle this season, but we believe they may just have enough to stay up: 13. If they do stay in the Top League they're the sort of club that could really establish themselves as they have plenty of young players that they can either sell and invest the cash raised to improve the squad more widely or retain them and try to develop the group together. Being based on Magevskaya is also beneficial as the catchment size they have for fans and young players is fairly large, with there only being one other side from there to compete with (their rivals Vitalia from Vostochnaya Tochna on the other side of the island), but they won't be challenging in the Top League any time soon, languishing down in the Treci Liga
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Gerasim Runov 18 MYT 3*/10*
DL Tyoma Putinov 19 MYT 2*/8*
DC Valeri Kovac 31 MYT 2* Captain
DC Lubo Korlenko 20 MYT 3*/8*
DR Josip Babic 30 MYT 2*
DMC Predrag Vukomanovic 20 MYT 4*/9*
DMC Danilo Vasiljevic 17 MYT 3*/10*
AML Brajko Gavrilovic 20 MYT 5*/10*
AMC Resad Karlovic 26 MYT 2*
AMR Maksim Malchikov 22 MYT 4*/7*
ST Jiri Erisej 19 MYT 3*/9*

AMC Matvey Demenok 24 MYT 1*/2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Valeri Kovac from Ararat to FK Magevskaya (free transfer)
• Resad Karlovic from BVK Dinamo to FK Magevskaya (MC 1 million)
• Lubo Korlenko from Rudar to FK Magevskaya (MC 1 million)
• Josip Babic from Energija-Nuklearna to FK Magevskaya (free transfer)
• Jiri Erisej from Turbine to FK Magevskaya (MC 2,5 million)

Out.
N/a

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: FK Magevskaya don't really have a time they can hark back on and call their glory days, for much of their history they have played in the second tier of Mytanar football: the Druga Liga. They were in the Top League a long time ago for a couple of seasons, around the end of the first decade of Mytanar football, but that is a long time ago and their fans have had to put up with second tier football since. Returning to the top tier for the 24/25 season under popular coach Vasya Kanadin was slightly unexpected given the relatively young side he possessed, but he got his charges playing an attractive, expansive style of play and got the job done.

In terms of club legends, Nyar Utca is probably the closest thing they have to one, he played for the club when they were in the Top League and eventually was named club captain. He joined from Atletik originally, a youngster who needed experience and FK Magevskaya provided him that and he liked it so much that he decided to stay for the remainder of his career. He was an attacking midfielder who would semi-regularly chip, but was their creative fulcrum for much of his time in Stratenberg.

There only rivalry game, as such, would be with Vitalia in the Magev Derby. The two clubs have only met a handful of times when compared to the other big derby games in Mytanar football, but it is still a fiery affair when it occurs. FK Magevskaya, from Stratenberg on one side of Magevskaya, claim to represent the whole of the island (and therefore, the whole of the region), which is something Vitalia from Vostochnaya Tochna take serious exception to. Outside of this they don't really have any rivalry games though, although there are of course a couple of games with other teams that have spent much of their time in the Druga Liga that the club's fans look forward to given the amount of times they have played each other.

Stratenberg is the largest town in Magevskaya, but this does not mean it is a 'large' town by national standards. Magevskaya is known as one of the colder parts of Mytanija due to the fierce winds that batter the island and the cold seas that surround it. However, Stratenberg's residents have utilised tech to improve quality of life in the town - using the strong winds for energy with hordes of wind farms. Fishing is an important industry on the island and employs many of the town's working population. The other industry is clothing, with a few companies setting up factories in Stratenberg specifically to take advantage of the cold weather in order to improve their products.

Their stadium is one that is used for pretty much all outdoor sporting events on the islands, including athletics and that explains the size relative to FK Magevskaya's actual fan base and because it is a municipal building it is falling into a state of disrepair. Local government does not have the money to renovate it. There has been some discussion of building a modern, smaller and more efficient stadium to take over from the crumbling (and rather oversized) venue they currently have. The issue is of course funding, FK Magevskaya's finances are good but they definitely would not stretch far enough to building a new ground right now. Particularly without guarantee of continued Top League football for a few seasons, but if they can retain their place that will certainly be on their to-do list.

Fan base: Their fan base is fairly limited due to the relatively small population of Magevskaya and ergo Stratenberg as a whole, but they have fairly passionate supporters, even if they don't fill out the Stadion Grisha Kochenkov every week. Their fans travel fairly well, which for many is the true measure of a fan base in Mytanija as the transport links are not always that great and getting from Stratenberg, Magevskaya to Zvornik, Avnalia to watch FK Magevskaya away at Nyva is a pretty difficult and lengthy round-trip. But fans continue to do it and FK Magevskaya's supporters are no different.

Their ultras group are known as Ultras Magev, which perhaps comes as no surprise and they are right-wing Magev/Zentrian nationalists. It should be noted that they are pretty much the same as the Zentrian nationalist groups that follow some clubs as Magevskaya historically has been considered a part of Zentria and they therefore share the views of many of those groups and can be considered one and the same. Many in Magevskaya wish that the island was still classed as a part of Zentria rather than its own specific region. Given the myriad combinations of political beliefs that Mytanar ultras groups can have, almost none of them get on.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Poor

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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GRANICA
Location: Cieszin, Vojovitica
Stadium: Brdostadion (Capacity: 10,000)
Manager: Nikola Zivic
Previous Season: Granica finished 2nd in the Druga Liga last season securing promotion to the Top League for the first time in their history. They were one point off the Druga Liga title, although they probably won't be too bothered about that now. In the National Cup they progressed to the Third Round where they were knocked out by eventual winners Atletik.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Granica are undoubtedly one of the smaller clubs to compete in the Top League for a long time, but coach Nikola Zivic managed to get them promoted last season and they were ever so close to coming up as champions, too. They'll be hoping to make a good impression of themselves in their first ever season in the Mytanar Top League, but things could be difficult for them, with much of the side that brought them up being retained, although four new signings will look to give them a bit of an edge in the fight against relegation.

Drago Danchev is the pick of the signings, being brought in on a one-season loan in move that could prove mutually beneficial for both Granica and his parent club Ararat. Granica get a good player whilst Ararat can sub-contract his development to Granica and hope that they manage to add some value to the player's price tag as it looks like he likely will leave Ararat where there are some talented players ahead of him in the pecking order.

The three other signings all fall into the 'hopeful' category, in that Granica hope that they might make a difference. It's likely they won't. Andrej Milovanovic comes in for MC 1 million from relegated BVK Dinamo, they'll hope he can add a little quality to the back-line. Marjan Jovanovic joins from Liria and Vidoslav Duric from CDSA, both on frees. You could suggest that better options could have been found, but both have top-flight experience at least.

It's difficult to make a case for Granica to stay up, they possess a couple of midfielders who could prove to be talented: Cvjetko Tokic and Ilija Blagojevic. 19 year old right-back Dusan Gojkovic is being discussed as a decent talent too, but their attack looks toothless and it is that that will likely see them relegated as you really need to be able to score goals when fighting relegation and it is quite difficult to see where Granica's goals will come from.

They're slightly better than a couple of teams in the division, but we can't see them being good enough to stay up this year, 14th
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Vidoslav Duric 32 MYT 2*
DL Marjan Jovanovic 32 MYT 2*
DC Andrej Milovanovic 24 MYT 3*/4*
DC Dario Feketija 31 MYT 2* Captain
DR Dusan Gojkovic 19 MYT 4*/10*
MC Drago Danchev 23 MYT 4*/6* On loan from Ararat
MC Cvjetko Tokic 22 MYT 5*/8*
MC Ilija Blagojevic 23 MYT 5*/7*
ST Miloje Nikolic 32 MYT 2*
ST Damjan Tomic 30 MYT 2*
ST Slobodan Marinovic 28 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Drago Danchev from Ararat to Granica (one-season loan)
• Andrej Milovanovic from BVK Dinamo to Granica (MC 1 million)
• Vidoslav Duric from CDSA to Granica (free transfer)
• Marjan Jovanovic from Liria to Granica (free transfer)

Out.
N/a

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Granica are a club that has languished in the lower divisions of Mytanar football for pretty much the majority of their existence, until they finished 2nd in the Druga Liga in 23/24 and gained promotion to the Top League for the very first time. It has been a relatively uneventful existence outside of this and the club will likely attempt to use the money raised from that promotion and the big games they will play to upgrade some of their facilities in an attempt to make being in the top tier of Mytanar football a more regular occurrence.

In terms of club icons, the most likely trio are all still at the club: manager Nikola Zivic, the current captain Dario Feketija and forward Miloje Nikolic. All have been at the club for an extended period of time and were part of the club's 23/24 promotion winning side and that is pretty much the team's biggest achievement and therefore they are important in the club's history.

Granica translates as 'border' and that's a reference to the fact Cieszin, the town they hail from, is located pretty much on Mytanija's western border. Cieszin is a very small town and is best known for its timber industry, with large pine forests covering swathes of land outside the town. Cieszin's population is generally older, with many of the young people going to Prizren for work or education purposes, few come back. It's a place that a lot of people would like to escape but perhaps don't have the means to do so, not much goes on in Cieszin. The football club is quite important socially for this reason.

Fan base: Their fan base is small due to the small population of Cieszin but they pack into Brdostadion and make a lot of noise. Granica are often praised in the lower leagues for having one of the better fan bases due to the welcoming atmosphere they create at their home games, but then when the game starts that all changes with a constant drum beat accompanying games and making it difficult for opponents to find their rhythm.

Granica do not have an ultras group, making them one of few teams that do not possess one. They make a lot of noise despite this and avoid a lot of the issues other clubs experience with the presence of ultras. The club and its fan base don't have any particular political leanings either, with the club just being an important part of the community in Cieszin. They do run a lot of community outreach programmes due to this, with a lot of social events organised through the club.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Poor
Youth Academy: Poor

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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LIRIA
Location: Prizren, Vojovitica
Stadium: Westfalenstadion (Capacity: 84,000)
Manager: Dino Lozancic
Previous Season: Last year Liria finished 4th, but with it being such a tight title race they were only four points off winning the league title. Disappointingly close. In the National Cup they progressed as far as the Semi Final before being beaten by eventual winners Atletik. They were doubly close to glory last season and this season they've come back even stronger.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Lozancic has not been messing about recruitment wise this summer, last season's results weren't horrendous, 4th in a very competitive and congested Top League and getting knocked out in the Semi Final of the Cup are not poor results particularly, but a club of Liria's size expect to be winning things regularly and that has meant some pretty aggressive moves in the transfer market.

They've really tried to bolster their defence with three defenders coming in, the biggest transfer being that of Branko Nikolov from Nyva, he comes in for MC 7,5 million and whilst Liria are strengthening their own back-line with the signing they simultaneously weaken Nyva's. Nyva were one of their rivals for the title last season and actually finished 3rd, one spot higher than the Prizren club. Osman Muhic comes in for the same amount of money, but from relegated Litala '93. He's a real prospect and nobody will be surprised to see him in the national side in years to come, a really classy operator at the back. Finally they signed Branko Nisic from Olympic for MC 5 million, he's not a top-level full-back but he strengthens this defence nonetheless. When you read across now: Nisic, Obadko, Muhic and Nikolov, there is not really a weak link and that must be particularly heartening for their experienced goalkeeper and captain Adel Gudelj.

Ranko Madaric and Marjan Jovanovic both left the club on frees, to 1923 Esca and Granica respectively.

Liria's team looks really excellent this season, they have attacking verve and they also have the defensive base now to match. They will hope Olexandr Sokolenko can have a good season after a couple of disappointing years, if he can play at the level people believe he can then he could be a really difficult player to defend against. Liria's fans will also hope that Ermin Drzic begins to start fulfilling his nearly endless potential, he's stalled a little in recent seasons. Looking ahead to next summer they may look for an improvement in the centre of midfield to play alongside Jeda Mehmedic, Liria are another club that will likely enter the fight to sign Tahir Fejzuli for this very reason.

Our bold prediction is that this Liria side will finish 1st, they have a truly excellent line-up and, for us, they just pip Atletik in terms of quality. Some believe that a trophy will likely be the bare minimum given the significant outlay on transfers, although the board's expectations may be tempered slightly as Lozancic is extremely well liked at the Westfalenstadion and also because nobody has delivered a trophy since the 15/16 Top League title. But, Liria are a huge club they will want to prove that with tangible success
..”

Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Adel Gudelj 32 MYT 8* Captain
DL Branko Nisic 26 MYT 6*
DC Niksa Obadko 24 MYT 10*
DC Osman Muhic 22 MYT 7*/10*
DR Branko Nikolov 23 MYT 7*/9*
MC Zvjezdan Cvjitac 30 MYT 6*
MC Jeda Mehmedic 27 MYT 10*
MC Admir Zubovic 28 MYT 6*
AMC Olexandr Sokolenko 28 MYT 8* MC/AMC/ST
ST Edin Zahovic 28 MYT 8*
ST Ermin Drzic 21 MYT 5*/9* AMC/ST

DC Juraj Perkovic 31 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Osman Muhic from Litala '93 to Liria (MC 7,5 million)
• Branko Nikolov from Nyva to Liria (MC 7,5 million)
• Branko Nisic from Olympic to Liria (MC 5 million)

Out.
• Ranko Madaric from Liria to 1923 Esca (free transfer)
• Marjan Jovanovic from Liria to Granica (free transfer)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Liria are one of the biggest three clubs in Mytanija and also one of the three most successful (along with Atletik and 1896 Ebor). Their most successful period came when they won three straight Mytanar Top League titles (13/14, 14/15 and 15/16), under legendary manager Danek Badjkev. When Badjkev was manager they also won a National Cup, two UICA Globe Cups and a Rushmore Copa de Campeones. The 14/15 season was the one that is most well remembered due to it being an - at that time - unprecedented treble, with the club winning the league, the cup and the Globe Cup. They were the first Mytanar team to win a UICA sanctioned competition and it is that particular fact they love to remind both 1896 Ebor and Atletik Thessia of whenever they can.

They have many club icons, but perhaps the most legendary trio are Miki Sipilainen, Yuri Matveyev and Tikhon Voronin. Sipilainen is the most prolific goal scorer in not only club history (160 goals in 275 games), but also in Mytanar Top League history and the Oppic forward's goals powered the side to their multiple titles. Yuri Matveyev also should be mentioned, a player who came through the club's academy and eventually captained the side all whilst being Liria's creative heartbeat. Matveyev is still cherished to this day.

Another big name is Tikhon Voronin who joined the club from Dinamo Esca and became a legend, he was a tough tackling midfielder who eventually became vice-captain. His combined appearances for both Liria and his first club Dinamo total 339 and that's good enough for 4th in terms of all-time appearances in the Top League. He also has 158 caps for Mytanija (the 6th most ever), scoring 10 goals, making him not only a legend for Liria, but for the national team as well. Other players of importance include Stefan Wallinaar, Lavrentii Aliev and Miro Obad, although are many others.

Liria have two rivalries of significance: the Klasicni and the Prizren Derby. Liria fans generally consider the Klasicni to be more important. That is the game played regularly against Atletik, the reason it is known as the Klasicni (in English: Classic), is because Liria and Atletik are the two biggest teams in Mytanija in terms of their fan bases, along with being two of the most successful clubs and their general historic rivalry as well. Games between the two can often be hot-tempered, with red cards not being uncommon. The Prizren Derby is their local derby game with Pretia, for Liria fans it takes secondary importance to the rivalry with Atletik - which only serves to annoy Pretia supporters - although they obviously always want to win the game in order to stamp their superiority on the city of Prizren. There is an all-Vojovitican rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna as well, which is often exacerbated by Miago natives seeing Prizren as a cosmopolitan city full of pompous liberals, but that's of tertiary importance for Liria fans.

Prizren is a beautiful city, very often named Mytanija's most aesthetically pleasing and it has an enormous cultural importance too. Many of Mytanija's most famous creators have lived in the city at some point, whether they be artists, musicans, philosophers or whatever. The Kavka University is one of the best in the country with Prizren's two other further education institutions also having solid reputations. Tourists often take in the sights including the city's famous Astronomical Clock, Prizren Castle, or take a walk alongside the river. Prizren's cobbled streets are probably its defining feature, though, and they're used in Mytanija's other favourite sport: cycling. The spring classic Cieszin-Prizren finishes in the city and utilises the cobbled roads and some of the steeply rising streets to create a tough and exciting finish.

Fan base: Liria have one of the largest fan bases in Mytanija due to their history and they can draw on fans from all over the country as a result of this. Their local support is often characterised as university professors and misunderstood artists but this obviously isn't true, the Liria neighbourhood of Prizren from which they draw their name is a distinctly working class area and whilst you might find some students and struggling artists there it is mostly populated by workers who earn their money in the city's factories, which are constantly being shut down as they're moved to cheaper locations (both within Mytanija and elsewhere). Due to the club's size they draw supporters of all backgrounds and they're a good unifier in both Prizren and more extensively southern Vojovitica because of this, everybody comes together to support Liria.

The club's Westfalenstadion is the largest stadium in the country and it rises out of the squat terraced houses of the Liria neighbourhood like a behemoth towering over all it surveys, the 25,000 capacity terrace at one end of the stadium is the largest standing area in the country and the noise it emanates is terrifying. This is known as the Yellow Wall and that is the name of the ultras group that occupies the middle sector at the front of the terrace and creates the atmosphere.

The Yellow Wall ultras group are known for being apolitical, but sub-groups are and this can often create problems on the tribune. There are both left-wing and right-wing elements and this is obviously problematic. They can be violent, but the issue of in-fighting means they don't always get involved as you would expect as half of their own hooligans don't know if they can trust the other half and vice versa. The two largest sub-groups are The Unity (a left-wing, liberal group); and Native Mentality (right-wing). For now, the apolitical grouping are dominant but in the past both left and right-wing elements have enjoyed primacy.

When they all come together, the tifo choreographies they create are pretty much second-to-none, with the enormous flags being the largest seen and their general level of creativity being higher than a lot of other club's ultras groups. They really get behind the team well at Liria Prizren.

Trophies won: 3 x Mytanar Top Leagues (13/14, 14/15, 15/16); 3 x National Cups (10/11, 11/12, 14/15); 2 x UICA Globe Cups (43, 44); 1 x Rushmore Copa de Campeones.

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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NYVA
Location: Zvornik, Avnalia
Stadium: Stadion Komunalni (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Vasil Janevski
Previous Season: Last year Nyva finished 3rd in the Top League and were a meagre four points off winning the league title, it was their best ever performance! They were knocked out of the National Cup in the first tie they played against 1896 Ebor in the Second Round, slightly unfortunate to be drawn against Top League opposition so early on, but they were expected to beat the Northmen.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Some worry that the club's 3rd place last season might well be the highest they are ever going to achieve as they can't keep some of their better players and time is catching up on others (most notably Sime Pandev, who is likely to retire at the end of this campaign!). Evidence of players leaving can be found in Branko Nikolov leaving for MC 7,5 million to go to Liria who actually finished below Nyva last year, but that's just proof of the gulf between the two clubs in terms of size. Liria are simply bigger and a bigger draw for players and perhaps more importantly, they can also pay better wages.

Nikolov is a big loss and Nyva are going to attempt to replace him with Gordan Cindric from Olympic Thessia, he was brought in for MC 3 million and is an obvious downgrade, but there were not any better replacements available on the market. Nyva have attempted to improve other areas though, namely up-front where they have brought in the mercurial forward Anton Derajevic. He comes in with an eye-watering price-tag, but he will score goals. The issue is that he will also cause untold levels of trouble, will someone please give BVK Dinamo the money to sign him because all the poor lad wants to do is play for his boyhood club and he was at one of their biggest rivals prior to coming to Zvornik.

Other than this, Jadrinko Barisic comes in on a one-season loan from CDSA in an attempt to raise the level of the club's midfield. Barisic does this, but there is a sense that funds ran out a bit, as there were other options available on the market and it's perhaps an example of unwise spending. The money spent on Cindric could surely have gone towards attracting a better central midfielder, Barisic just looks like a stop-gap, particularly when Martin Zvokelj has been signed by Ararat. Nyva's supporters will feel there's a bit of a lack of ambition there, but it also possibly just represents a return to the natural order of things, Nyva are not one of the bigger clubs in Mytanija after all and have been punching above their weight for a couple of seasons.

There is a sense of regression at the Stadion Komunalni and some are wondering where it will stop, if Pandev retires he will be very difficult to replace and there are rumours of Stevan Ninkovic already looking to jump ship next summer. Nyva could start sliding if they don't move quickly to replace and retain their best players. For this season, the squad they have is good enough to finish 5th, but there is definitely a bit of a gap between Nyva and the clubs we have predicted to finish above them (Liria, Atletik, Crvena Zvezda and Ararat), and it may prove hard to bridge again.
..”

Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Marko Babic 22 MYT 4*/7*
DL Ilija Lambulic 30 MYT 8*
DC Goran Najdoski 27 MYT 8*
DC Stanislav Zoric 28 MYT 6*
DR Gordan Cindric 24 MYT 4*/5*
DMC Rudi Prosenik 22 MYT 6*/9* DC/DMC
MC Jadrinko Barisic 30 MYT 4* On loan from CDSA
MC Stevan Ninkovic 26 MYT 7*
AMC Sime Pandev 35 MYT 10* Captain
ST Drazen Zhivkov 19 MYT 2*/8*
ST Anton Derajevic 25 MYT 8*

MC Milivoj Kosar 31 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Anton Derajevic from 1923 Esca to Nyva (MC 10 million)
• Jadrinko Barisic from CDSA to Nyva (one-season loan)
• Gordan Cindric from Olympic to Nyva (MC 3 million)

Out.
• Branko Nikolov from Nyva to Liria (MC 7,5 million)
• Augustin Chilikov from Nyva to Pretia (free transfer)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Nyva are a club that has yo-yoed between the Top League and the Druga Liga for much of their existence. They have never actually won a trophy and the current period is what most of their fans would describe as the club's 'golden age' as it's the only time they have really challenged for the Top League title. Previously the club's high point was always scrapping against relegation, perhaps most famously when they bravely fought against the drop despite a points deduction in the 15/16 season - it was a doomed cause though, as they eventually succumbed to demotion. The side is remembered fondly though, they also reached the Semi Final of the National Cup that season.

The most important thing for Nyva fans is that they are the biggest team in Avnalia, beating hated rivals Rudar into second place in that particular competition - but, they're also the biggest club in the larger region known as Nasto and Avnalia ahead of historic clubs such as FK Arsika and Rotor Ravnina. It's quite a historic moment for Nyva and a great feat for a club that simply does not have the resources that many clubs can boast. The club's board are 100% committed to trying to improve their facilities whilst they're an established Top League side in an attempt to match the infrastructure of some of the sides that have traditionally been ahead of them.

In terms of club legends there's only really two: Vladimir Shervashidze and Sime Pandev. Pandev is still with the club to this day and will go down in the club's history books as a one-club man, the creative attacking midfielder being a loyal servant to the club. Shervashidze shares that honour, playing his entire career with the club he supported, the goalkeeper was a part of the side that fought bravely against relegation in 15/16. That was sadly his final year with the club, but he retired with his head held high. His service was particularly noted as he stuck with the team through both the good times and the very bad, despite offers from elsewhere.

The club's only real rivalry is that with Rudar, known as the Avnali Derby. The two clubs don't get on whatsoever, with disagreements over the recruitment of youngsters and the like causing issues since the two clubs came into existence. The tie can be quite violent as both clubs are provincial and Avnalia is generally seen as a region that has been forgotten by the mainland, police numbers are perhaps not quite what they would be for a fixture of the same type on the mainland. Both team's ultras groups are known for wanting to prove themselves, too, due to their provincial nature and this can make them more dangerous as their exploits become exponentially more dangerous as they attempt to 'prove themselves'.

Zvornik is a small-to-mid-sized town in Avnalia, one of Mytanija's least populous regions. Zvornik is probably best known for its agriculture (with fishing also being important). A lot of the commodities sold in supermarkets on the Mytanar mainland being grown in the fields of Avnalia and particularly around Zvornik. Crops are the main source of cash: grain, cereal, vegetables etc, you name it they probably try to grow it in the fields around Zvornik. The weather is usually pretty good in Avnalia: temperate, rainy autumns and winters; warm, dry springs and summers. The only issue can be the strong winds the region receives, as is always the case with islands and large stretches of water.

Fan base: Nyva's fan base is limited to Avnalia, they don't have the history to pull fans in from outside their region, but it is something that could improved with their more consistent presence in the Mytanar Top League. Zvornik is the second biggest town in Avnalia behind Uchenik, but Nyva's more recent success gives them a slight edge in terms of support from across the region. Neither club is really able to break ground in Nasto though, with the established clubs: FK Arsika and Rotor commanding the majority of the support there, along with Lok. Ostrova and Spartak Makarska.

Nyva's ultras group are known as Gate 9 and they are viewed by most other groups as posers and pretenders, attempting to mirror the actions of the established groups from mainland clubs, nothing more than rural hill-billies. However, this makes them extremely dangerous as they try and prove their worth and attempt daring exploits up and down Mytanija. They're known for trying to attack the pubs where their opponent's main ultras group congregate pre-game - an extremely dangerous tactic and one which they're slowly gaining respect for repeatedly trying. In terms of choreography and tifo displays they lag behind the rest, but that was always the case. Nyva's fans have always had a hooligan element so the idea that this is something new is not correct, but it demonstrates the gamesmanship that takes place between different groups as they try to get one over each other.

Nyva are well supported in Zvornik itself, with the drawing a strong following that attends games at the Stadion Komunalni in large numbers. This could be because there are not too many things to do for entertainment in Zvornik and with Nyva being the best they have been, it makes sense to go and watch a few games. Nyva are another club looking into down-sizing their stadium, it's not as decrepit as some others and is actually in half-decent condition, but all clubs like having a nice shiny modern ground that is sustainable and the right size and Nyva could probably do with a modest down-size.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Average

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Poor
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Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 24/25 SEASON PREVIEW PART FOUR.


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OLYMPIC
Location: Zenit Toranj, Thessia, Thessia
Stadium: Novi Kaunostadion (Capacity: 50,000)
Manager: Emil Jefak
Previous Season: Olympic finished 7th last season, an admirable performance that gained manager Emil Jefak a lot of credit from across the football media. A Third Round National Cup exit to lower-league opposition in the form of Slovan represented a significant disappointment, though.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “A relatively busy summer at the Novi Kaunostadion as Olympic aimed to establish themselves in the upper half of the Mytanar Top League table. Losing two of their better players was not the start they would have wanted in order to achieve their objective, though. Branko Nisic was the first to leave, heading to Liria for MC 5 million. Following this, Gordan Cindric left the club for Nyva, for MC 3 million. So with their two starting full backs gone, they had to try and replace them whilst improving the rest of the squad as well, no easy task.

They began by bringing in Srecko Stankovic from Partizan for MC 3 million. He'll add goals up top and his defensive work also shouldn't go ignored, he's always prepared to press from the front. Goalkeeper was a position Jefak identified as needing an upgrade prior to the transfer window, with his confidence in Adam Novakovic shot following a few high-profile errors towards the tail-end of last season. Jezdimir Rakocevic was targeted and signed from Litala '93 for MC 5 million, another slightly over-the-odds fee for a goalkeeper, demonstrating the scarcity of top players at the position. Zoran Vladimirovic also joined from the same club for MC 0,5 million, the veteran midfielder will add some nous to the centre of the park for Olympic and Jefak will hope he'll be able to tutor the promising Vilim Kupresak.

Finally we get to the position where Olympic were weakened by the sale of Nisic and Cindric. They signed Vlastimir Stankic on a free from Crvena Zvezda to replace Nisic, which is a serious downgrade, but there were not too many good left-backs available and there was a sense that the money had been spent in other areas already, with no further funds available to bring in a more adequate replacement. However, a replacement signing was not necessary on the other side as Cindric's replacement came through the ranks at the club. Ivan Valjak is the next academy product that will be running out in Olympic colours, a really promising right-back who will excite the club's fans - they always love to see players that have come through the team's youth academy play for the first team and Valjak should impress, too, with no lack of skill.

A decent window for Olympic despite the loss of two of their better players, they used the funds generated to improve other positions and the team as a whole doesn't look much worse off for the sales of Nisic and Cindric. They retained Mojmir Anac, which is perhaps the most important thing they could have done over the summer, with the centre back named club captain at 22 and given an extended contract. Jefak has said that Anac will be at the club as long as he wants to be and given the fact he is an Olympic supporter, that could be his entire career. He's an exceptional talent and if he can have a good season there's a good chance he will be named in the pool of players used for the Mytanar national team in the World Cup qualifiers.

We feel they may just miss out on their objective of another season in the top-half of the table, 10th, but given Jefak's prowess for getting players to play beyond themselves do not be too surprised if Olympic can sneak into the upper echelons of the league once again. They have the potential to be a club that can challenge repeatedly for a UICA spot, with a large stadium and fan base and infrastructure that is constantly improving (their youth academy is one of the best in the country and the training facilities are in-line for an improvement too). So Jefak will hope his side can give him something to build on with a good result this year
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jezdimir Rakocevic 25 MYT 5*
DL Vlastimir Stankic 29 MYT 2*
DC Veljko Ivanovic 32 MYT 4*
DC Mojmir Anac 22 MYT 8*/10* Captain
DR Ivan Valjak 20 MYT 5*/10*
ML Haris Altayev 28 MYT 4*
MC Zoran Vladimirovic 34 MYT 4*
MC Vilim Kupresak 20 MYT 5*/10*
MR Vidos Zvikovic 28 MYT 4*
ST Slavomir Novoselic 32 MYT 4*
ST Srecko Stankovic 26 MYT 6*

GK Adam Novakovic 32 MYT 2*
DL Amel Janjic 18 MYT 1*/8*
MC Nedeljko Klaric 30 MYT 2*
ST Dalibor Kovac 26 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Vlastimir Stankic from Crvena Zvezda to Olympic (free transfer)
• Zoran Vladimirovic from Litala '93 to Olympic (MC 0,5 million)
• Jezdimir Rakocevic from Litala '93 to Olympic (MC 5 million)
• Srecko Stankovic from Partizan to Olympic (MC 3 million)

Out.
• Branko Nisic from Olympic to Liria (MC 5 million)
• Gordan Cindric from Olympic to Nyva (MC 3 million)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Olympic are one of the most historic clubs in Mytanar football, despite never having won a trophy. This is largely down to being an extremely well supported club in Mytanija's biggest city: Thessia. Sceptics will argue that their popularity and 'history' is down to the fact they live in the shadow of Atletik and that people love being contrarians, but this theory never sits well with Olympic Thessia supporters, as you might expect. Olympic have been a mid-table Top League side for the majority of their history, having only spent three seasons (00/01, 01/02 and 02/03) in the Druga Liga and being a Top League side ever since they got promoted in the 02/03 season. Their period of greatest 'success' came a lot more recently, with consistent qualifications for UICA competitions in the 20/21 and 21/22 seasons. They did however finish 2nd, finishing behind hated rivals Atletik, in the 10/11 season when Igor Artemiev was at the height of his powers.

Their three most important players historically are Leven Vishinsky, Rasmus Sovak and Igor Artemiev. Vishinsky spent his entire career with the club, the towering central defender was a real talent, but sadly had his career cut short due to injury. If he was still playing, he would likely captain the current Olympic side. Sovak and Artemiev were both goal scorers and very adept at it too. Sovak was capped 13 times by Mytanija, scoring 8 goals and showing his worth on the international stage. Artemiev also earned 20 caps for his country.

Olympic take part in the Eternal Derby against their hated rivals and neighbours Atletik. The game is a chance for Olympic to put one over on their much more successful rivals, despite the fact Atletik hold a massive advantage in the silverware stakes, the Eternal Derby itself has always been a competitive fixture though and the sides quite literally cannot be separated: the fixture has been played 45 times and both sides have 19 victories, with 7 draws (Olympic scoring 66, Atletik 70). Olympic seem to have an effect on Atletik that few other teams have, with Olympic having one of the best records against Atletik out of all the teams in Mytanija. The fixture often involves violent clashes both pre- and post-game and the action can get just as heated on the pitch. Olympic fans are always angered when Atletik supporters claim their rivalry with Liria to be the one they consider most important, but that doesn't stop Olympic taking enormous joy in putting one over their more illustrious neighbours.

The presence of the two big Thessia clubs within the same district of the city means it is undergoing a significant amount of regeneration, with increasing incidences of gentrification too, as is often the case. However, Olympic as a club do attempt to stick to their principles, with one of the major underpinnings of the football club being that they are a pillar of the community. This means that they continue to nurture their strong community links and where possible, they attempt to give jobs to locals and support that local community economically as well. This can be evidenced in their excellent youth academy too, with the club determined to retain community links by bringing through young Thessian kids and giving them an opportunity to play for the club. As a club Olympic are well known for producing some of the brightest young talents in Mytanija and this can be seen with their squads almost always featuring a couple of players who support the club and have come through its famous academy.

Fan base: Olympic have a large fan base by virtue of being from the city of Thessia, however their appeal goes beyond their own city. This is in large part due to the fact they have always been a club that sticks to its principles and has always attempted to do things the 'right way'. They try to use their youth prospects to replace players they have sold, they try to play decent football and their community links are something that aren't always seen in modern football. This means they draw fans from both the city of Thessia, the region of Thessia and surrounding areas too. They aren't quite supported across the country, but they're a popular club nonetheless.

Despite this growing sense of a wider popularity, they have a reputation for having a very localised support, too. Olympic fans are typically Thessians and the stereotype of the Novi Kaunostadion being full to the brim with local people has some truth to it, it's notoriously difficult to get tickets to Olympic games. This is due to the large population of Thessia, naturally. It was even harder to get tickets to Olympic games in the past, they used to play in the 5,000 capacity Kaunostadion. Fans were disappointed to see the club's old home demolished, but progress had to be made as they were really lagging behind other clubs in the transfer market and indeed just simply in revenue, due to their smaller stadium. The move to the Novi Kaunostadion has benefited them enormously financially and the club are now on a level playing field with many other clubs

Olympic fans are inseparable from their rousing club song 'O Kaunos', which is sang loudly before every home game and renditions can be heard towards the end of games too whether the team have won, drawn or lost. It is a song about the life of a young fan and how it should be lived, sticking to the club's famous 'Set of Principles'.

Olympic's ultras group are the Kaunosgrupa and they are well regarded for their tifo choreography. They're one of the better groups in this respect, with creative displays being put out almost every game. They're also a very loud, vocal support more generally, with the Novi Kaunostadion often being described as a 'cauldron'. The stadium has a retractable roof and it is often left closed in order to increase the reverberations from the crowd's chanting and create a more intimidating atmosphere. Olympic's ultras are left-wing, like the majority of people in Thessia and they often make reference to this on the group's banners with small socialist and antifa symbols going alongside the group's name.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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PARTIZAN
Location: Tsrvena, Zentria
Stadium: Druzstevni (Capacity: 15,000)
Manager: Sava Grgurovic
Previous Season: Partizan finished 13th last season and stayed up by the narrowest of margins, that was their primary objective so mission complete - can they do it again this year? They also progressed as far as the Quarter Final of the National Cup, although they were slightly disappointed that they were knocked out by Druga Liga Arsenal, a side they should really have beat. Arsenal got all the way to the Final, so it was truly a case of what might have been for Partizan.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Grgurovic's young squad could be in trouble this season. They lost three of their better performers from last year over the summer and whilst they have signed fairly intelligently, the quality may not be there to keep them up.

Srdan Savicevic was the first to leave, moving to Arka for MC 3 million and he was soon followed out the door by Srecko Stankovic who moved to Olympic for the same amount of money. Savicevic and Stankovic were easily Partizan's best players last season so for them to leave instantly meant an uphill struggle, both in the transfer market in trying to find replacements and in this season more generally. Their defence's lynchpin, Mihailo Brdanin also left, this time to Energija-Nuklearna for MC 2,5 million.

Nebojsa Guzina was the first to come into the club, signing from Rudar for the MC 2,5 million the club raised from the Brdanin sale. Guzina could be a decent defender, he just needs a lot of work on the training ground. He may hit his ceiling at a club like Partizan, really. Vid Kos was signed from Energija-Nuklearna, with the working relationship between the two clubs probably coming in handy - they had worked together on the Brdanin transfer. This probably made the signing of Kos relatively painless, the experienced forward signing for MC 3 million. He could prove invaluable this season. Finally Igor Bogdanovic joined on a free transfer from BVK Dinamo.

Partizan's squad is young and inexperienced and they did very well to stay up last season. Losing Savicevic and Stankovic (and to a lesser extent Brdanin), will really hurt them and could actually spell disaster for the club. The signings they have made are reasonable given the club's resources and they have a pretty bright future if they can develop some of the young talent the club has. But for this season, staying up should prove a bridge too far: 15th
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Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Dzemal Jukic 21 MYT 2*/6*
DL Veselin Hristov 16 MYT 2*/10*
DC Nebojsa Guzina 20 MYT 3*/8*
DC Rado Senica 19 MYT 2*/8*
DR Julijan Birsa 20 MYT 3*/8*
ML Zafer Muratovic 26 MYT 2*
MC Kristijan Glavan 32 MYT 2* Captain
MC Igor Bogdanovic 26 MYT 3* DMC/MC
MR Rajmund Krizman 19 MYT 2*/8*
ST Sreten Bobkov 25 MYT 4*
ST Vid Kos 30 MYT 4*

DL Marko Dukic 27 MYT 2*
ML Sava Karanovic 18 MYT 1*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Igor Bogdanovic from BVK Dinamo to Partizan (MC 1 million)
• Vid Kos from Energija-Nuklearna to Partizan (MC 3 million)
• Nebojsa Guzina from Rudar to Partizan (MC 2,5 million)

Out.
• Srdan Savicevic from Partizan to Arka (MC 3 million)
• Mihailo Brdanin from Partizan to Energija-Nuklearna (MC 2,5 million)
• Srecko Stankovic from Partizan to Olympic (MC 3 million)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Partizan are a club who have spent the majority of their time in the Druga Liga, but in recent years have enjoyed a fairly extended stay in the Mytanar Top League. They got promoted to the Top League for the first time in the 17/18 season on the back of an outstanding season from club legend Gojslav Mijatovic as he scored 28 goals and chipped in with 14 assists as the side romped to the Druga Liga title, lifting the trophy 12 points clear of their nearest challengers Arsenal Vershina. Partizan have been in the Top League ever since and are starting to become a part of the furniture.

As mentioned, their best known player is Gojslav Mijatovic. The precocious midfielder was always ahead of the curve, displaying great skill at an early age and he led his Partizan side - the team he supported as a boy - both into the Top League and in the Top League. He captained the side aged 21 and is another whose career was sadly cut short early by injury, a great shame as he was an exceptional talent who would have undoubtedly gone on to represent Mytanija.

Partizan compete in the Tsrvena Derby against local rivals Crvena Zvezda. The two sides really hate each other, with the clubs representing different sets of dockers in the city's port and the hatred really runs deep. The animosity from the original disagreement continues to this day, with Partizan fans often refusing to work with companies that have links with Crvena Zvezda and vice versa.

Partizan have a good youth academy and are good at recruiting young players too, with the promise of coming through that academy. They have a fairly strong reputation for bringing through young Mytanar talent and giving young players a chance to find their feet. Other clubs often demand success instantly and this can lead to young players being cast aside as managers and boards look to more experienced campaigners for instant success. Partizan avoid this entirely and will almost always look to give the youth a chance to prove themselves.

Partizan hail from the town of Tsrvena on the east coast of Zentria (and Mytanija as a whole) and in the kindest possible way, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Tsrvena is a working-class city and an important shipping hub, with a lot of cargo coming into the city's port. The city has taken on an increased role in this regard since the Mytanar Conflict, with the Euran carpet bombing of Trunca severely damaging infrastructure there. Many migrants make their home in Tsrvena as there is an abundance of informal work, where employers will not ask too many questions and definitely not ask for papers. Crime and corruption is rife, with gangs controlling the city's port as they try to traffic illicit goods (drugs, weapons, even people), in and out of the country. It is also the last place many that are emigrating from Mytanija see as they board ships attempting to find better lives elsewhere in Rushmore, sharing this dubious honour with other port towns such as Trunca and Ebor.

Fan base: Partizan's fan base is significantly smaller than their local neighbours Crvena Zvezda, but they are no less passionate. Their lack of success (and lack of having an Ocokoljic of their own), means their supporters are mostly from Tsrvena. They still pack out their historic stadium, Druzstevni, every week and follow Partizan up and down the country home and away. Partizan's fans are largely working class dockers and a reputation has grown for their supporters related to this, with many not considering them a fan base that is to be messed with.

The Mogilschikov ultras group is their main group and they are a particularly violent mob with a large hooligan element. Politically they are socialist Zentrian nationalists, so they'd have a lot to agree with Crvena Zvezda supporters on if they could put football aside. They obviously cannot do that, though. They're ultras. Their political views mean that aside from Crvena Zvezda they end up having violent encounters with many other ultras/hooligan groups from around the country. Football support in Mytanija is complicated.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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PRETIA
Location: Prizren, Vojovitica
Stadium: Pretia Stadion (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Branislav Vasic
Previous Season: Pretia won promotion from the Druga Liga last year with a title-winning season, they lifted the trophy, finishing a point ahead of Granica. They were knocked out of the National Cup in the Second Round by Dinamo.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “No transfers out of the club, which could prove important as they have kept their better players (although 'better' here constitutes the best of a bad bunch and nothing more), however the fact that they have only brought two players into the club is problematic. They should have strengthened more extensively because this is the same squad that got relegated down to the second tier a few seasons ago. They will encounter the exact same issues once again with this squad. The lack of movement in the transfer market is likely down to their lack of funds, but if they had invested a little more they may have been able to reap the benefits of being a Top League club for a little bit longer. As it is, they're likely to go straight back down to the Druga Liga.

Only two free transfers into the club this summer. First of all, Lubor Juhasz joined from Arka to strengthen their back-line. How much he will strengthen it is anybody's guess, many feel he was playing above his level at Arka, so maybe Pretia could prove to be a better place for him. However, he isn't really going to inspire too much confidence in Pretia's supporters. He isn't the sort of player a club should sign if they have realistic aspirations of staying up. It all looks a bit like preparation for another fight to get out of the Druga Liga to me.

Secondly, they brought in experienced forward Augustin Chilikov from Nyva, also on a free. He will chip in with a few goals, for sure, but as a long term goal scoring solution that will save your club from relegation? You've got to be joking! Pretia would win promotion from the Druga Liga easily with this squad and maybe that's what they're hoping to do next season.

This season, well, we can't see them having a chance to be quite frank. Relegation is almost a certainty and the joyful celebrations in the Pretia area of Prizren will not be relived, they'll be going back down to the second tier: 16th. Bottom of the pile for Pretia
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Sasa Ristic 35 MYT 4* Captain
DL Hrvoje Mijatovic 26 MYT 3*
DC Radojko Pejakovski 26 MYT 2*
DC Lubor Juhasz 27 MYT 2*
DR Dragan Coric 30 MYT 2*
ML Domagoj Kokic 19 MYT 2*/8*
MC Dimitrij Darkovic 25 MYT 4*
MC Vlatko Jelic 28 MYT 2*
MR Tomislav Vidic 25 MYT 3*
ST Augustin Chilikov 29 MYT 2*
ST Tin Bosanic 28 MYT 2*

ST Danijel Antolovic 20 MYT 1*/6*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Lubor Juhasz from Arka to Pretia (free transfer)
• Augustin Chilikov from Nyva to Pretia (free transfer)

Out.
N/a

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Pretia, Prizren's second club, only first got promoted to the Top League in the 18/19 season. They won the Druga Liga by a solitary point and entered the top tier of Mytanar football for the first time. Before this, they had jumped up and down the lower leagues, falling as low as the regional leagues. They then turned things around again and a remarkable four straight promotions saw them go from the fifth level of Mytanar football to the top. After winning the Druga Liga they entered the UICA's competition for second tier sides, the Series B Champions' Cup and they demonstrated the city of Prizren's knack for doing well in international competitions as they went all the way to the final and won, beating Turori's Kionao Locals in the final. Thorkil Bechinie von Lazan was the goalscorer on that famous day.

They have two major legends: Thorkil Bechinie von Lazan and Mirko Lopatin. Bechinie von Lazan (often abbreviated to B. v. Lazan on his shirt), was only with the club a couple of seasons before moving on to CDSA with the club's manager at the time. He's fondly remembered by Pretia fans though as being the man who won them the UICA Series B Champions' Cup, he was also a vital part of their promotion winning season and their first season in the Top League too before going and he goes down in Pretia folklore because of this. Mirko Lopatin was with the club when they were in the regional leagues and was a part of every promotion winning season, right up until they got promoted to the Top League for the very first time. He scored 27 goals as Pretia won the Druga Liga and got promoted and his longevity with the club, being a part of their fairy-tale journey from the regional leagues to the top tier ensures his place in Pretia's history.

Pretia's rivalry is naturally with the 'other Prizren club': Liria. Their more illustrious neighbours never fail to remind Pretia of the pecking order in the city, but the Prizren Derby is always a chance for the smaller team to put one over their rivals and they always get up for the game because of this. Games between the sides are high-octane, with neither side willing to give an inch and players flying into tackles at full-speed. Off the pitch it's the same, with Pretia fans constantly trying to sabotage Liria's tifo displays and skirmishes happening all over the city - even when the teams aren't playing.

Prizren is a beautiful city, very often named Mytanija's most aesthetically pleasing and it has an enormous cultural importance too. Many of Mytanija's most famous creators have lived in the city at some point, whether they be artists, musicans, philosophers or whatever. The Kavka University is one of the best in the country with Prizren's two other further education institutions also having solid reputations. Tourists often take in the sights including the city's famous Astronomical Clock, Prizren Castle, or take a walk alongside the river. Prizren's cobbled streets are probably its defining feature, though, and they're used in Mytanija's other favourite sport: cycling. The spring classic Cieszin-Prizren finishes in the city and utilises the cobbled roads and some of the steeply rising streets to create a tough and exciting finish.

Fan base: Pretia's fan base is one that is local to them, despite their international success in the UICA Series B Champions' Cup. That famous win didn't motivate fans from all over Mytanija to flock to the Pretia Stadion. Still, Prizren is a big city and they have a reasonable following. The Pretia Stadion is often full and a loud venue too, with the loyal support determined to make up for the side's shortcomings on the pitch in the stands.

Ultras Pretia are the clubs ultras group and they are officially apolitical and don't have a large hooligan element, they only really engage in violence if provoked or when they meet Liria fans. The fan scene is dominated by a determination to make good tifos and they regularly do this, as they try and outdo Liria in the only way they really have a chance of doing so, they aren't going to regularly beat them on the pitch so they try to be better supporters off it. A difficult task.

Trophies won: 1 x UICA Series B Champions' Cup (48).

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Poor
Youth Academy: Average

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Abysmal


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TEKSTIL
Location: Ibon, Thessia
Stadium: Gradski Stadion (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Emir Saric
Previous Season: Tekstil finished 12th last season and although the final table made it look like they had been involved in a relegation scrap, they simply took their foot of the gas towards the end of the season and that made them look a little worse than they truly were. They got to the Quarter Final of the National Cup, beating 1896 Ebor on the way, but they met their old foes Atletik in the quarters and that did for them: a penalty loss in the Rijeka Derby to knock them out of the National Cup, it certainly left a poor taste in the mouth for Tekstil fans after an exciting Cup run.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Everybody at Gradski Stadion thought that the loss of Dejan Antonic would cause nearly irreparable damage to this Tekstil team, but it's not quite as problematic as they all thought. The Ibon club saw fit to sell Antonic to 1896 Ebor for MC 7,5 million, which would prove to be a nice injection into the club's dwindling coffers. They knew they could do this because they already had a cut-price move for Vukasin Jelic in the pipeline. Whilst Jelic is nowhere near the level of Antonic, he is a skilful operator and has a high ceiling. Plus, for MC 1 million from relegated Rudar, Tekstil could not really go wrong.

They were able to do this because of their club's fine youth academy, which continues to produce top-level prospects to this day. This can be seen with the emergence of starlets such as Zafer Muminovic, Damir Milcic and Mevludin Kadic. They all look extremely promising, but they will need to perform well if the club is to better their eventual league position from last season. Milcic is probably the most promising, the 16 year old being entrusted with a starting berth by manager Emir Saric.

The retention of club captain Mehmet Elvahic and proven goalscorer Nebojsa Aleksic were probably the two most important bits of business for Tekstil in the summer window. However, nobody should really be surprised that they managed to keep the pair. Both support Tekstil and came through the same academy that is now churning out the likes of Muminovic, Milcic and Kadic! Aleksic's goals will prove crucial once again. He was decisive in many games for the club last season and kept them out of the relegation scrap. They will hope he can do the same this year.

All in all, a solid unit for Tekstil, we reckon they can go one better in the league than last season: 11th. They have enough to steer themselves well clear of the relegation battle, they shouldn't be involved in the scrap between the promoted sides and Partizan. Who knows, with Aleksic scoring they could even go on a cup run this season
..”

Pos.  Name             Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Zafer Muminovic 19 MYT 3*/9*
DL Damir Milcic 16 MYT 3*/10*
DC Luka Cvitanic 24 MYT 4*/5*
DC Semir Brkaljic 32 MYT 4*
DR Mile Loncar 24 MYT 3*/4*
ML Eldar Novakov 22 MYT 3*/6*
MC Vukasin Jelic 20 MYT 3*/8* DMC/MC
MC Mehmet Elvahic 26 MYT 9* Captain
MC Vlado Kovac 20 MYT 2*/7* DR/MC
MR Mevludin Kadic 21 MYT 4*/8*
ST Nebojsa Aleksic 24 MYT 10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Vukasin Jelic from Rudar to Tekstil (MC 1 million)

Out.
• Dejan Antonic from Tekstil to 1896 Ebor (MC 7,5 million)

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Tekstil's biggest success was the club's win in the 18/19 National Cup final, they beat Energija-Yaderny Miago in the final, preventing them from winning a famous double. That game went to extra time and the club's hero was an 18 year old Nebojsa Aleksic as he poked home and took the famous trophy back to Ibon. They made history by being the first and so far only lower league side to win the trophy. They were in the Treci Liga at the time and went on a famous run to win the Cup alongside their league campaign as they gained promotion back to the Druga Liga. This came just a few seasons after the club's darkest ever moment, when they were relegated to the third tier after an absolutely dire season.

The club were in the Top League for the first three seasons of its existence, but were then sadly relegated to the second tier and it was there they stayed up until the 20/21 season. The season before they had finished one place above the relegation zone and they went from that to league champions, with that man Aleksic firing in 32 goals in 30 games to gain promotion out of the Druga Liga. Aleksic remains with the club and is an enormous fan favourite given his exploits with the club.

We've said a lot about Aleksic already, but he truly is a club legend and he's only 24. He could build quite a story with the long stretch of his career that he has ahead of him. He scored the winner in the National Cup final as a teenager to lift the club's first trophy. He also fired the club to promotion from the Treci Liga that same season, scoring 19 goals in 30 games in the third tier at such a young age. Then his goals firing the club to promotion from the Druga Liga in 20/21 with a record haul of goals (more than a goal a game). At 24 he's scored 112 goals in 178 games for the club, an outstanding total. He continues to be vital to the club to this day and will undoubtedly go down in the club's history books - possibly as their best ever player.

Other than Aleksic, the club's most famous player is undoubtedly full-back Swen Kislasson. He appeared for the club in the early years of the league, before souring his relationship by going across the Rijeka Derby divide to Atletik. Kislasson, who was of Polarian descent, made 92 appearances for the Mytanija national side. The relationship with the club's fans has repaired slightly over time, but it is still an enormously sore point for those in Ibon.

As a club they have a rich history, with most of it outside the Top League, but one constant has always remained and that is the Rijeka Derby with Atletik Thessia. This goes back to historic rivalry between the cities of Thessia and Ibon over trade and regional dominance with the eventual result being the city of Thessia winning after many wars, with the result being that the region the two cities inhabit actually being called Thessia too. The hatred between the two cities still runs deep and natives of Ibon are known to still be sore about the outcome to this day (hundreds of years after the events).

Ibon is a small city which is famous for its textiles industry, cotton is transported en masse to the city and transformed into items that are sold all over Mytanija and Rushmore. It's an enormously industrial city, with not too much in the way of culture, but it is also located in a pretty scenic location. The area around the city is extremely hilly and whilst the city itself may be an industrialised smogfest, the surrounding areas allow nature to take back control. Many people from the city take weekend breaks in lodges in the hills to escape the polluted air. The city's population is a mixture of middle-class and working-class people. A lot of the natives of the city are middle-class business owners, with people who migrate to the city for work finding themselves on lower wages working in the city's factories, cotton mills or coal power plants. Ibon is known as 'the city of all industries', because it is such an important industrial centre. Textiles is the main one, but you name it and they do it in Ibon: automobiles and aerospace, pharmaceuticals, steel are big employers in the city just to name a few.

Fan base: A loyal fan base that have stuck with the club through thick and thin. They have seen their club plumb the depths of the Treci Liga, but they have also seen the highs of their team win at Radnika and lift the National Cup. They keep a good perspective on things and follow their team around the country, often not expecting too much. This manifests itself through them perhaps not being the loudest fan base, but their loyalty cannot be questioned. They turned out in the Treci Liga and packed out Gradski Stadion even then and took sizeable followings all over the place to support Tekstil at provincial sides in the third tier.

Their ultras group is known as the Ibon Boys and they have a small hooligan element. This hooligan element is guilty of often biting off a little bit more than it can chew as they aim to prove themselves against the established players on the Mytanar hooligan scene. Their ultras group is growing in quality in terms of their choreographies, something that comes with time. They aren't a particularly violent fan base.

They draw fans from both Ibon and the wider Thessia region, particularly the north of the region, near their home city. Their fans tend to be from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, but a lot of people from Ibon are middle-class. Many of the working-class individuals come from other places looking for work in the city, these bring their allegiances to their home club with them and as such don't tend to support Tekstil - preventing a wider popularity spreading across Mytanija.

Trophies won: 1 x National Cup (18/19).

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 24/25 SEASON REVIEW.


## Top League             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Ararat 30 20 7 3 55 31 +24 67 C, UICA CC, RCdC
02 Atletik 30 20 4 6 74 39 +35 64 UICA GC
03 Crvena Zvezda 30 19 6 5 65 38 +27 63 UICA GC
04 Liria 30 14 9 7 43 32 +11 51 UICA GC
05 Nyva 30 15 5 10 50 35 +15 50
06 Energija-Nuklearna 30 14 5 11 53 46 +7 47
07 Olympic 30 13 4 13 44 41 +3 43
08 1896 Ebor 30 11 9 10 51 44 +7 42
09 CDSA 30 12 5 13 49 54 -5 41
10 Tekstil 30 10 7 13 33 41 -8 37
11 Arka 30 6 12 12 33 40 -7 30
12 1923 Esca 30 9 3 18 31 49 -18 30
13 FK Magevskaya 30 8 5 17 37 55 -18 29
14 Granica 30 8 5 17 24 43 -19 29 R
15 Partizan 30 6 7 17 26 49 -23 25 R
16 Pretia 30 5 7 18 27 58 -31 22 R


It might look close on the final league table but the reality was that Ararat had the title sewn up with a couple of match days to go. They went into their penultimate game - an away trip to Tekstil - knowing that unless Crvena Zvezda won, the title would be heading to Rauchnya for only the second time ever. Ararat huffed and puffed in Ibon, but couldn't blow Tekstil's defensive wall down and could only come away with a 1-1 draw. A solid enough result after Tekstil's talisman Nebojsa Aleksic opened the scoring in the 74th minute, necessitating a quickfire response which came through a Rade Loncar header. That result would be enough, though, with Crvena Zvezda falling to a 3-2 loss away to a spirited CDSA side who were looking to finish in the top-half of the table. In turn, this allowed Atletik to move into 2nd after a 6-1 crushing of relegation-threatened FK Magevskaya.

Ararat were solid throughout the league campaign, a title-winning squad built on a rock-solid foundation, their stingy back-five made-up of Kasun, Vlasic, Apostolov, Zupan and Yanev made it exceedingly difficult to score for opposition teams and allowed their more creative players in front of them to truly flourish. A special commendation must go to Drazen Zupan who is quickly making winning Top League titles his thing: it's his second in three seasons after winning it with Crvena Zvezda in the 22/23 season. They thought he was over-the-hill, but the 28 year old moved to 1923 Esca where he showed his quality once more and then moved to Ararat where he has formed a formidable partnership with Zelimir Apostolov and his performances this season were vital in winning the title. Zupan may well have even put himself back in the national team picture, with many saying he at least deserves a position in the national pool of players that Robin Hjik will select from for the World Cup qualifiers.

Mateja Stojkovic was another stand-out performer and he may have staked a claim for a starting role for the national side in central midfield. His high-energy style made him a nightmare for opposing midfielders to deal with, he constantly made late runs into the opposition area and contributed generally to the team performance. Ararat manager Misel Ravnjak described him as being 'everywhere' and he wasn't far wrong with that assessment. All-in-all Ararat were supremely drilled and consistently were the most well organised team in the Top League and this made sure that in tight games they would be able to edge out opponents - or at the very least not lose, as evidenced by losing only 3 games all season (Match Day 5: 3-2 at home to Atletik; Match Day 17: 1-0 at home to Granica; Match Day 20: 2-1 away to Atletik).

It was probably clear they were going to win the title after their Match Day 21 game against title rivals Crvena Zvezda. The two sides met at Korecky Road with Ararat a solitary point ahead and knowing that a win would put them clear. They were coming off the back of a tough away loss to Atletik whilst Crvena Zvezda came into the game having won 8 of their last 10 games (and drawing the other two!). The two sides played out the game of the season, a 6-5 thriller that was won by the odd goal in eleven by the home side. Stojkovic scored a stunning winner in injury time to put Ararat four points clear at the top of the table, despite a Jezdimir Ocokoljic hat trick for Crvena Zvezda. The result knocked the stuffing out of Crvena Zvezda completely, they went on to lose their next two games and from that point it became very difficult for them to make up ground on the eventual champions.

Ararat won their second Top League title 12 years after they last lifted the trophy, celebrations in Severyan went on long into the night and indeed the days that followed. It is a massive success for a club whose appeal doesn't really go beyond Rauchnya's borders and a victory for so-called 'provincial' clubs from across Mytanija, showing that they too can succeed at the highest level of domestic football. Looking ahead to next season they will surely look to strengthen, they have solid enough finances but the issue is often attracting players to play in Rauchnya. That can prove difficult, but coming off the back of a title-winning season ought to be persuasive.

Atletik eventually finished 2nd, but for a large part of the season they were chasing Ararat and Crvena Zvezda. The club's hierarchy will undoubtedly be disappointed that they were unable to mount a stronger defence of their title, but Adem Fejzic's side often looked a little vulnerable at the back. They were free scoring going forward, but commentators across Mytanija felt that this came at a cost for their defence that were often overrun by fast, incisive counter-attacks. Their midfield often were caught high up the pitch and this left room for opposition forwards and wingers that was exploited repeatedly. Some felt that Branko Brkljacic may not have been fulfilling the role he was brought in to fill, but others felt that time had caught up with the veteran Miro Tadic and that Miodrag Andrijasevic's youthful inexperience may have shown occasionally too.

Atletik are known to move fast when issues arise and they have already made two formal bids for Arka central midfielder Tahir Fejzuli. Fejzuli is known as more of a creative play maker than for adding steel in midfield, but his signing would add a little more clarity to the different roles in Atletik's midfield. He would be the one of the trio of central midfielders that plays a little more advanced and Andrijasevic would play more of a box-to-box/deep-lying role alongside the defensively minded Brkljacic. It is believed Arka are holding out for MC 15 million and it is likely Atletik will meet that valuation.

One thing that will have given Atletik heart this season is the way they beat the eventual champions both home and away, there is a feeling at the Novi Atletskistadion that Atletik have Ararat's number and if the two rival each other for the title next season those results could bode well in any head-to-head contests the two sides have.

Crvena Zvezda eventually came 3rd, but they were probably the second-best team for much of the season. Not too many people care at the Stadion Ljudi, though, as Jezdimir Ocokoljic pointed out: "For us, it doesn't matter whether we are 3rd or 2nd, we should have won the league title this season and our reaction after losing in our head-to-head game with Ararat was not good enough. Our results in the weeks after that game made the gap too big and from there we found it difficult to catch them again. It was disappointing to be close to them for two-thirds of the season and then allow them to get away so easily in the end."

Ocokoljic was the side's fulcrum once again, especially going forwards. He scored 16 goals in 28 games which was enough to claim runners-up spot in the race for the Golden Boot. Crvena Zvezda's issues lay mostly at the back, though, with veteran goalkeeper Dragan Antic and their gamble on potential at left-back in the form of Slaven Blajojevic. Antic has been with the club a very long time and many fans would be sad to see him leave the club, but he made a few calamitous errors this season and despite the fact he kept the second most clean sheets, an improvement is surely high on Luka Kostic's wish list when it comes to incoming transfers this summer. Blajojevic was - as stated - a gamble. Kostic was hoping that the youngster would grow into a reliable full-back and he may still do that, but this season he was often at fault for allowing players to get past him too easily and the club will surely look for someone a little more experienced ahead of next season and perhaps loan Blajojevic elsewhere to continue his development. He could still turn into a good full-back, but when challenging for the title Crvena Zvezda need someone a little more consistent.

A disappointing campaign for Liria, we at Gazeta Sporta predicted that they would be eventual champions this season but they ended up finishing a distant 4th place and were fighting it out for the final UICA Globe Cup spot with Nyva and Energija-Nuklearna for most of the second part of the season. It's difficult to apportion blame upon their squad as there are no distinct weak links, they were solid defensively (with the second-best defensive record, in fact), but it was perhaps going the other way where they had some issues. Their forwards are decent enough and they have some very good creative midfielders who are tasked with getting the ball to the strikers, so some blame must fall on manager Dino Lozancic for not getting the best from his team. It is rumoured that the board have put him under some pressure to bring a trophy to the Westfalenstadion next season as they are deeply unhappy with the club's lengthy trophy drought (zilch since the side's 15/16 Top League title).

Nyva finished 5th which is pretty much the best they could have hoped for ahead of the season. It is Sime Pandev's last season with the club as the legendary attacking midfielder retires, he will prove very difficult to replace over the summer. Nyva will be hoping to keep hold of some of their better players, but that could be even harder than replacing Pandev. Stevan Ninkovic has been linked with a move away from the club already with Crvena Zvezda reportedly being interested.

Energija-Nuklearna came 6th, a slightly above expectations performance with what appears on paper to be an extremely average squad. Branko Tolic will be pleased with what he has managed to squeeze out of his team and will be hoping that they can spend a little bit to improve the playing staff over the summer. He will also hope to keep Slavko Lalic, their mercurial attacking midfielder, he has made noises about wanting a move to a side that can 'challenge for titles now'. This would indicate that he sees his future away from the Miagostadion as Energija-Nuklearna are at least a couple of seasons away from truly being able to challenge for the Mytanar Top League title. They have some outstanding youngsters coming through the ranks, but they're all a little bit away from being ready for top-level football and it will probably take a few seasons on top of that to forge a championship-winning side.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Lalic. Only a few clubs play a formation that requires an attacking midfielder, whilst also having the financial resources to sign Lalic, whilst also having a squad that can challenge for titles now - which is what Lalic wants. Some have said that the two sides that could make the most use of the number ten are Ararat and Liria, but it's unclear whether Lalic would want to go and play in Severyan or if Liria would want to bring in a player that brings with him a lot of baggage and could upset the club culture they have at the Westfalenstadion.

Olympic once again punched above their weight with a 7th place finish. Emil Jefak is quickly establishing a reputation for being able to get his players to play beyond their level of ability and this is not going unnoticed. Some have linked him with the Liria job, despite Dino Lozancic not being sacked yet and Liria saying that they are committed to giving him one more season at least. Mojmir Anac was an outstanding presence at the back and Ivan Valjak alongside him looks to be a real talent. Vilim Kupresak was a calm presence in midfield and the future looks very bright at the Novi Kaunostadion. They have some outstanding youngsters and some more (Topgacic, Petrovic, Bijedic and Bajramovic), that look very close to being ready to play a big part for the club. A couple of clever additions could see this side consistently challenging for a UICA Globe Cup spot in a couple of years.

1896 Ebor's 8th place finish represents failure for a club that really should be challenging for the league title. Whilst Dino Lozancic's seat on the Liria bench may be getting slightly hotter, Kristijan Petricevic's at the Olujastadion is positively on fire. The board have issued the manager an ultimatum: top four as a minimum next season, or he is out of a job. 1896 Ebor must take a big step forward next year or Petricevic will be gone. The club improved the squad to the tune of MC 17,5 million last summer and it is rumoured the club are willing to spend a similar amount this summer as recognition that the club need improvements on the pitch, but the ultimatum comes due to the nature of some of the performances this season. Petricevic's side were wildly inconsistent and the club's board did not see any improvement from the season before (there was no movement in the league table, either, with the club finishing 8th for the second year in a row!). With the board willing to back him once again, tangible improvement must occur or Petricevic will inevitably be shown the door.

CDSA will be extremely pleased with their season, 9th is above where they expected to finish. Alen Hrdaljko was excellent in the middle of the park and justified his selection as club captain despite only being 18. Zvonko Nestorovski emerged as a very good young full-back, the 16 year old is an outstanding prospect and keeping him may be the best piece of business the club can do this summer. He's being linked with a whole host of clubs though, with it being rumoured that 1896 Ebor currently lead the way for his signature. They will want to improve their other defenders if possible, but funds could be tight with out selling players.

Tekstil finished 10th and were well out of the battle against relegation. They relied on Nebojsa Aleksic for goals, his 15 in 30 going some way to securing Tekstil's Top League status for another year. Tekstil rely on their youth academy and Muminovic, Milcic and Kadic were all solid performers for them this season. Muminovic in particular was crucial, his performances showing maturity beyond his years in between the posts, good enough for joint-third place in the Golden Globe award at the end of the season. They are being linked with Ilija Blagojevic, who was probably Granica's best performer this season and he would represent an upgrade in the centre of the pitch for Tekstil. They tend to only be able to make one transfer a summer given their relative lack of financial resources, but that would be a solid move for them.

Arka, 1923 Esca and FK Magevskaya all ended up surviving, just about. Four clubs went into the final game knowing that they could be relegated, with the other three all surviving. 1923 Esca were the team that occupied the final spot in the relegation zone heading into the final day. Arka travelled to the already relegated Pretia, FK Magevskaya faced a tough away game against Crvena Zvezda, Granica travelled to Atletik and 1923 Esca were away at Energija-Nuklearna.

Arka managed to win a point at Pretia to secure their Top League status, Fejzuli scoring an outstanding free kick on what was probably his final game with the club. 1923 Esca drew 0-0 against Energija-Nuklearna, a point that would yet prove vital. FK Magevskaya lost 3-0 to Crvena Zvezda, meaning that if Granica bettered their result they would go down and the tiny side from the small border town of Cieszin would stay in the Top League for another season. Granica sadly lost 4-2 to Atletik and so were unable to complete an extremely unlikely season by staying up, although their spirit throughout the season was magnificent.

Arka were disappointing this season and a lot of this was likely down to a slightly under-par showing from Tahir Fejzuli. The young midfielder had clearly had his head turned prior to the season starting and it took him some time to get into form and even then his performances weren't always of the standard we have all come to expect. He is likely to move on this summer and if he goes Arka could face an exodus, with Kamil Jernejec and Anton-Dusan Straka rumoured to be waiting to see if the club can show some ambition by fighting to keep Fejzuli before deciding their own futures. If all three of the club's most talented youngsters leave then Arka could be in trouble next year.

1923 Esca's managed to do what they set out to do ahead of this season and that was stay in the Top League. Their youngsters (Obradovic, Popovic and Evic), were all excellent and it was clear to see that the club's issues lay with their more experienced campaigners lacking real quality. They could also do with an upgrade up top, too. Evic has already been snapped up by Atletik who view him as a long-term replacement to Josip Radonic, they will loan him back to 1923 Esca next season though so that he can gain more experience - a move that suits both clubs. 1923 Esca will struggle to keep Lazar Obradovic, though, with good goalkeepers being so difficult to find. Crvena Zvezda have already made bids and it's unlikely Obradovic would say no to them. One thing is for certain at Radnika, though, and that is that there will always be some more top youth prospects coming through at the club. Strahinja Nanusevski looks to be a top talent and he will look to stake a claim for a starting spot up front next season.

FK Magevskaya stayed up on goal difference in the end, with the minuscule margin (their -18 versus Granica's -19), demonstrating that there was very little difference between the two sides. FK Magevskaya were better at scoring goals, but had the second worst defence in the league. Brajko Gavrilovic was the club's key man this season, with Maksim Malchikov on the other wing also being an important player. Gavrilovic is definitely able to play at a higher level than FK Magevskaya and the question is pretty much who will he move to over the summer? If FK Magevskaya keep him it will be a coup, but we cannot see that happening. Jiri Erisej had a solid season for the club and he could become a really important player for them over the next couple of seasons.

Granica were pipped at the post, but this could mean that we won't see them in the Top League again for a while and possibly never again. They aren't a traditional Top League side and there was a feeling in Cieszin that seeing the club in the top tier was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It's unlikely they will be able to keep their better players: Gojkovic, Tokic and Blagojevic have all been strongly linked with moves away and Drago Danchev will return to Ararat following the completion of his loan move. They just didn't score enough goals despite their aggressive 4-3-3 formation. They were able to keep things relatively tight defensively but a lack of a real goalscorer meant that whilst they often had the majority of possession they couldn't turn chances into goals. Granica played some good football but their lack of a cutting edge was clear to see and that was their downfall.

Partizan and Pretia were both expected to struggle and we at Gazeta Sporta actually got our prediction for both these clubs correct: 15th and 16th. They were just a long way off the standard necessary to stay in the Top League this season. When compared to Granica they are what you would perhaps call more 'traditional' Top League clubs. They will both come again even if they lose some of their better players, although they will both have to sign well as getting out of the Druga Liga can prove to be a difficult task.

End of Season Awards.
Player of the Season.
#1: Mateja Stojkovic (Ararat, MC, 27)
#2: Drazen Zupan (Ararat, DC, 28)
#3: Nebojsa Aleksic (Tekstil, ST, 24)

Under-23 Player of the Season.
#1. Pedja Kasun (Ararat, GK, 22)
#2. Jezdimir Ocokoljic (Crvena Zvezda, ST, 20)
#3. Mojmir Anac (Olympic, DC, 22)

Manager of the Season.
#1. Misel Ravnjak (Ararat)
#2. Emil Jefak (Olympic)
#3. Slavko Jelic (CDSA)

Golden Boot.
#1. Alen Zekic (Atletik, ST, 28; 19 goals in 30 games)
#2. Jezdimir Ocokoljic (Crvena Zvezda, ST, 20; 16 goals in 28 games)
#3. Nebojsa Aleksic (Tekstil, ST, 24; 15 goals in 30 games)

Golden Glove.
#1. Pedja Kasun (Ararat, GK; 14 clean sheets, 31 goals conceded in 30 games)
#2. Dragan Antic (Crvena Zvezda, GK; 12 clean sheets, 38 goals conceded in 30 games)
=#3. Adel Gudelj (Liria, GK; 10 clean sheets, 32 goals conceded in 30 games); Zafer Muminovic (Tekstil, GK; 10 clean sheets; 41 goals conceded in 30 games).




National Cup Review.


First Round
NK Istina 1–2 Zenit 1–1 0–1
Slavia 2–4 BVK Dinamo 0–2 2–2
Dinamo 4–2 Lok. Cassia 3–2 1–0
JK Ebor 5–4 SK Port Jarko 0–0 5–4
Rudar 2–0 Slovan 1–0 1–0
Obalna 2–0 Obolon 1–0 1–0
Meja 2–6 Litala '93 1–3 1–3
FK Istocna Obala 2–3 MNFI 1–2 1–1
Metalist 1–4 NK Thessia 0–1 1–3
Rotor 1–4 Arsenal 1–2 0–2
Ribari 3–2 Pakhtakor 1–1 2–1
Turbine 2–8 FK Arsika 1–2 1–6
Spartak 2–2 a Torpedo 1–2 1–0
CVMZ 2–0 Zeljeznicar 0–0 2–0
Vitalia 3–1 NK Dyka 2–1 1–0
Lok. Ostrova 2–0 Padina 1–0 1–0


Perhaps the most exciting tie of the round was the one that started off by being the most dull. JK Ebor and SK Port Jarko played out a thoroughly boring 0-0 draw in the first leg of their First Round tie, but the second leg could not have been much more exciting. A 5-4 thriller, won by the odd goal in nine by JK Ebor in the dying minutes of the game. Litala '93 put in two professional performances to dispose of Treci Liga opposition in the form of Meja.

A Thessia Derby of sorts between Metalist and NK Thessia was, rather surprisingly, won by NK Thessia as they took a 1-0 lead into the second leg and promptly ran riot, smashing three goals into the Metalist net within the first 20 minutes as they booked their place in the Second Round. FK Arsika destroyed poor Turbine over two legs, a 2-1 win in the opener was turned into an 8-2 aggregate scoreline after a frankly embarrassing performance from Turbine in the second leg. Some Turbine supporters were so disgusted by the performance that they threw their season ticket books onto the pitch in front of the away sector in protest.

Torpedo sneaked past Spartak on away goals and perhaps the biggest surprise of the round came when third tier Vitalia advanced past second tier NK Dyka over the two legs, winning 2-1 at home and then edging a tight 1-0 win in Nasto to get to the Second Round and a possible tie against one of the big boys of Mytanar football.

Second Round
Energija-Nuklearna 5–2 BVK Dinamo 3–2 2–0
Vitalia 0–4 Litala '93 0–3 0–1
Liria 2–3 Nyva 2–2 0–1
Olympic 2–6 Ararat 0–3 2–3
FK Magevskaya 5–1 NK Thessia 4–0 1–1
Obalna 0–2 Atletik 0–2 0–0
Lok. Ostrova a 2–2 Pretia 1–0 1–2
1923 Esca 7–1 MNFI 5–0 2–1
Dinamo 1–0 1896 Ebor 1–0 0–0
Partizan 3–4 Granica 3–2 0–2
Rudar 6–4 Zenit 2–2 4–2
Arsenal 6–2 JK Ebor 3–1 3–1
CDSA 3–3 a Arka 3–1 0–2
Torpedo 2–2 a Ribari 2–1 0–1
Tekstil 5–2 CVMZ 1–1 4–1
Crvena Zvezda 3–0 FK Arsika 0–0 3–0


Energija-Nuklearna's quality eventually showed over lower league opposition in the form of BVK Dinamo, a solid second leg performance finally seeing the capital side off. Vitalia's heroics in the First Round were not rewarded with a tie against one of the Top League's top sides, but instead with one of the Druga Liga's leading lights. Litala '93 were too good for the Magev team though, with a 4-0 aggregate win. The tie of the round was undoubtedly Liria versus Nyva and they didn't disappoint, a 2-2 draw in the first leg set the scene for a tight, fiercely contested second leg that was finally edged by Nyva as they advanced.

Ararat demonstrated their quality by beating Olympic fairly comprehensively over the two legs, whilst FK Magevskaya had no trouble dealing with third tier NK Thessia with their 4-0 win in the first leg allowing them to rest players for the return fixture. Treci Liga Obalna were given the golden goose of National Cup ties as they drew Mytanija's most successful club Atletik Thessia and the Top League side comfortably beat Obalna in the first leg before playing little more than a youth team squad in the second leg at the Novi Atletskistadion, with that game demonstrating the gulf in class between the Top League and the third tier as Atletik's youngsters played out a 0-0 draw with Obalna's first team.

Lok. Ostrova were drawn against Top League Pretia and many felt this was the tie where a third tier side had a real chance in upsetting a Top League side and they were proven correct as Lok. Ostrova managed an away goal in Prizren which was enough for them to advance following a 1-0 win at home. 1923 Esca destroyed the national academy side MNFI 7-1 over two legs and the biggest shock of the round perhaps came where Dinamo disposed of 1896 Ebor, a solitary goal over the two legs separating the two sides. Dinamo used to challenge 1896 Ebor for a place in UICA competitions and memories of the close games they used to have seemingly galvanised their side to knock the Northmen out here. It was a result that piled the pressure on Kristijan Petricevic, but the board are giving him one more season to prove himself.

Granica edged out Partizan, Rudar and Zenit played out a thrilling tie over the two legs with Rudar advancing and Arsenal Vershina fairly comfortably disposed of JK Ebor. Ribari sneaked past Torpedo Vershina on away goals, Tekstil smashed past CVMZ after a 1-1 drawn in the first leg and Crvena Zvezda did the same to FK Arsika after their own 0-0 draw in the opener.

Third Round
Ararat 6–4 Litala '93 4–3 2–1
FK Magevskaya 3–2 Lok. Ostrova 3–2 0–0
Dinamo 5–5 a Energija-Nuklearna 5–4 0–1
Crvena Zvezda a 2–2 Arka 1–0 1–2
Arsenal 4–5 Atletik 2–1 2–4
Tekstil 5–2 Ribari 2–0 3–2
Granica 4–6 1923 Esca 1–1 3–5
Nyva 3–0 Rudar 1–0 2–0


Ararat made hard work of their tie with Litala '93, but their quality did show with the amount of chances they created, although they were unusually leaky at the back. Still, they did enough to advance. Lok. Ostrova were the last Treci Liga side in the National Cup at this stage and were hoping to advance one further in another tie they felt was winnable against FK Magevskaya. A 3-2 loss in the first leg gave them hope, with two away goals meaning they had every chance of qualifying to the Quarter Final. They were unable to score at home despite creating heaps of opportunities to score and this meant the Magev side qualified. Dinamo's heroics in disposing of 1896 Ebor were rewarded with a tough tie against Energija-Nuklearna. Energija-Nuklearna made extremely hard work of things against a very spirited Dinamo side. Dinamo won their home tie 5-4 before falling to a 1-0 loss in the second leg, meaning the Miago side advanced on away goals.

Crvena Zvezda and Arka could only be separated by away goals, with a vital Jezdimir Ocokoljic goal in the second leg sending the Tsrvena side through. Arsenal and Atletik met in a repeat of last year's final and it was last year's shock finalists Arsenal that won the first leg 2-1, with Atletik looking completely out of sorts. Normal service resumed in the second leg however and Atletik managed a 4-2 victory that saw them through to the Quarter Final. Tekstil dealt with Ribari fairly comfortably over the two legs, whilst 1923 Esca finally beat Granica after the two matching each other every step of the way in their tie, two late goals finally seeing the Cieszin side off. Nyva eased past Rudar, beating them 3-0 over the two legs in the Avnali Derby. There was plenty of trouble before both ties with both sets of supporters involved in violent altercations and this carried over onto the pitch as well, with the game often stopping for off the ball incidents.

Quarter Final
Tekstil a 3–3 Ararat 1–0 2–3
Crvena Zvezda 2–1 1923 Esca 2–1 0–0
Nyva 5–3 Atletik 3–2 2–1
Energija-Nuklearna 1–2 FK Magevskaya 0–0 1–2


It would be an all Top League affair in the Quarter Final, with no lower league sides advancing this far. Tekstil and Ararat played out a 3-3 draw over the two legs, with Tekstil advancing due to the two away goals they scored in Severyan. They won the first leg thanks to a fine Nebojsa Aleksic (who else?) strike early in the game and stuck close to Ararat throughout the second leg, never letting them get more than a goal ahead, which proved enough in the end.

Crvena Zvezda and 1923 Esca met in the second tie of the round and the result from the first leg was the final result of the tie, the Tsrvena side advancing 2-1, with two Ocokoljic goals overturning a first-half deficit and giving them a real chance of bringing some silverware to Stadion Ljudi.

Nyva and Atletik met in arguably the tie of the round and the Zvornik side's 3-2 victory in the opening leg was incredibly hard-fought and well deserved. Sime Pandev's late free kick saw off Atletik and gave Nyva a lead to take to Thessia. Nyva's first leg performance would be hard to top, but they did that and more with a 2-1 victory in Thessia to dispose of last season's National Cup winners and give Sime Pandev a chance of winning his first ever trophy in his final season with the club before retirement.

FK Magevskaya shocked Energija-Nuklearna in their tie. They managed to take a 0-0 draw away from the first leg in Miago and this gave them every chance, an away goal early in the second leg for the Miago side threatened to undo their good work but they managed to overturn the deficit with two goals from Brajko Gavrilovic as they advanced to the Semi Final for the first time in the club's history.

Semi Final
Crvena Zvezda 3–2 Nyva 0–2 3–0 (aet)
FK Magevskaya 5–10 Tekstil 3–6 2–4


Crvena Zvezda and Nyva's tie went this way and that and the two could only be separated by extra time in the end. Nyva travelled to Tsrvena for the first leg and Sime Pandev's inspired performance and brace of goals meant that they took what looked like a comfortable lead back to Avnalia ahead of the second leg. However, they did not count on Jezdimir Ocokoljic putting in one of his own inspired performances in the second leg - the young striker scoring one and setting up another to draw his side level at 2-2 on aggregate. Extra time would be necessary to separate the teams. Ocokoljic laid on an outstanding through ball for Zdeslav Zivadinovic who coolly slotted home, putting his side 3-2 ahead on aggregate and into the National Cup Final as they looked to repeat their triumph in 22/23.

FK Magevskaya and Tekstil doesn't look - on the face of it - to be the most appealing tie ever, but when it is in the Semi Final of the National Cup it adds a little bit of a different dimension to things. When the two teams play out what can only be described as two of the craziest games of football in Mytanar footballing history, that adds a completely different dimension to the tie. A 6-3 victory for Tekstil in the first leg looked to put the tie beyond the Magev team's reach, but they went 2-0 ahead in the second leg as they looked to reel Tekstil back in. Mehmet Elvahic put in a captain's performance for the Ibon side as he scored two to draw his team level and then set-up Nebojsa Aleksic's goal to win the game 3-2 and 10-5 on aggregate (which is 100% this season's most crazy aggregate scoreline!).

Final
Venue: Radnika, Esca (Attendance: 59,902)
Weather: Clear (14°C)
Referee: Nemanja Jovancic

Crvena Zvezda 3–3 p Tekstil (Tekstil win 6–5 on penalties)


An absolutely thrilling final, with the two sides being unable to see each other off through 120 minutes of football and needing the lottery of penalties to finally decide the outcome of the game. Tekstil went ahead, Aleksic nodding home a whipped cross from Mevludin Kadic. A mistake from Semir Brkaljic allowed Mirko Cerovec to race clear and equalise on the half hour mark. Crvena Zvezda then took control of proceedings, with the majority of possession for the remainder of the game, but this didn't stop Tekstil from going back ahead. Aleksic went from scorer to provider, laying the ball off for captain Mehmet Elvahic to smash home a stunning strike from the edge of the box. Drazen Ljotic scored a rare goal, making the score 2-2 and Crvena Zvezda looked to have the winner when Zivadinovic buried a header beyond Zafer Muminovic. Tekstil wouldn't lie down though and Aleksic got his second of the game to equalise late in the 90 minutes and further cement his position as a club legend despite his young age. The game would go to penalties and the nervousness on both sides was palpable.

Ocokoljic stepped up and coolly scored the opening penalty, with Aleksic doing the same for his side making it 1-1. Zivadinovic went second for Crvena Zvezda and scored, with Tekstil captain Mehmet Elvahic doing the same, 2-2. Mirko Cerovec made the long walk and looked incredibly nervous, he crashed his penalty against the cross bar and gave Tekstil their first chance to draw ahead and they did that with Mevludin Kadic putting his penalty down the middle. 3-2 to Tekstil. Grigor Todorov scored his penalty to restore a little calmness to the Crvena Zvezda players, but Eldar Novakov's penalty made it 4-3. Petr Isaev drew the sides back level at 4-4 with a perfect penalty in the top corner.

Vukasin Jelic made the long walk from the halfway line on Radnika's famous pitch knowing that if he scored his penalty Tekstil would win the National Cup for only the second time in their history. What came after can only serve to illustrate the pressure of the penalty shootout as Jelic ran up to take his penalty and smashed it about five metres over the crossbar. It was 4-4 on penalties and the two sides were into sudden death.

Obrad Jakolinic put his penalty into the bottom right corner of the net as Tekstil goalkeeper Zafer Muminovic went the wrong way to make it 5-4 to Crvena Zvezda as they went back ahead for the first time since Zivadinovic's penalty, which seemed so long ago despite only being a matter of minutes before. The enormity of the situation cannot be stressed enough as Vlado Kovac walked up to take his penalty knowing that missing would mean losing and he smashed his penalty low and hard and it crept under Dragan Antic, levelling the score at 5-5 and putting the pressure back onto Crvena Zvezda. The two sides were starting to run out of options for penalty takers at this point and it was more a case of picking whoever was left as they reached the seventh penalty takers.

Drazen Ljotic is not renowned for his technical ability, known more for being an anchorman, tackling and running hard and generally doing the dirty work for the more creative players around him. He stepped up and attempted to smash his penalty like Vlado Kovac had just done before him, he got the power on the ball, but the accuracy left a lot to be desired as his penalty was way inside the left post and at a good height for Zafer Muminovic to palm away. It was a decent save, but Ljotic made it easier than it should have been and it gave Tekstil the chance to win the National Cup.

Emir Saric must have known some things a lot of people didn't know about young left-back Damir Milcic - and so he should, being the youngster's manager - but he perhaps didn't know exactly how good under pressure Milcic could be. Milcic stepped up and a lot of Tekstil fans must have been worried, wanting someone more experienced to be taking such a vital penalty, but the youngster stepped up nonetheless. His penalty was one of the best of the lot, rifled into the top corner and way beyond Dragan Antic who couldn't get close. Milcic sank to his knees, joy overwhelming the 16 year old, he was quickly mobbed by his teammates as the Tekstil fans celebrated wildly inside Radnika and back in Ibon too.

The triumph was Tekstil's first trophy since the famous National Cup win in the 18/19 season, when they became the first and so far only lower-league side to lift the National Cup (they were in the third tier at the time!), with Nebojsa Aleksic scoring the winner that day and playing such an important role in the side's second National Cup winning side as well - further cementing his place in Tekstil folklore. Many other players did the same against Crvena Zvezda: Mehmet Elvahic, Mevludin Kadic, Zafer Muminovic and of course young Damir Milcic. Emir Saric's side were not favourites to lift the Cup prior to the season starting, but their run resulted in a well deserved victory.




Lower League Round-Up.


## Druga Liga            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 BVK Dinamo 30 22 3 5 66 32 +34 69 C, P
02 Litala '93 30 21 4 5 53 29 +24 67 P
03 Slovan 30 13 8 9 55 52 +3 47 P
04 FK Arsika 30 14 4 12 51 46 +5 46
05 Rudar 30 13 6 11 41 30 +11 45
06 CVMZ 30 11 8 11 44 39 +5 41
07 Arsenal 30 12 5 13 41 40 +1 41
08 Ribari 30 10 10 10 56 53 +3 40
09 Dinamo 30 11 7 12 36 41 -5 40
10 Slavia 30 11 4 15 47 51 -4 37
11 JK Ebor 30 9 9 12 40 42 -2 36
12 Lok. Cassia 30 10 6 14 49 64 -15 36
13 Zenit 30 8 9 13 34 44 -10 33
14 Turbine 30 7 10 13 38 47 -9 31 R
15 NK Dyka 30 7 10 13 42 54 -12 31 R
16 SK Port Jarko 30 6 7 17 26 55 -29 25 R


BVK Dinamo and Litala '93 fought it out for the league title following their relegation last season and both bounced straight back to the Top League in the process. BVK Dinamo edged it in the title race and both will hope to keep their better players ahead of next season when they will look to stave off relegation and stay in the top-flight. Slovan join them in getting promoted, they probably weren't the third best team in the Druga Liga but they outlasted FK Arsika and Rudar and will play in the Top League for the first time in their history next season. A massive achievement for the Eskobirsk club.

Turbine fans were distraught at the outcome of their season, historically they have been a club that has yo-yoed between the Top League and the second tier but this year they didn't have enough to stay in the Druga Liga and were relegated to the third tier of Mytanar football. Their fans were visibly angry towards the end of the season, with protests against the club's board and some violent scenes at home games. NK Dyka will be disappointed to get relegated but should be in a decent position to get promoted back to the second tier again with a young side, the club's board have outlined plans to reach the Top League within 5-10 years utilising a similar approach to the one Arka used in their rise to the Top League. That approach has seen Arka establish themselves as a Top League club and NK Dyka hope to establish themselves as Nasto's best club side ahead of FK Arsika who currently hold that title. Finally, a sad day for SK Port Jarko as they faced relegation to the third tier for the first time in their history. The club that prides itself on being the first ever Mytanar Top League champions experienced some dark days this season and many will hope to see them back in the second tier after next season, but years of mismanagement mean they could well face a long spell in the Treci Liga.

## Treci Liga            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Lok. Ostrova 30 19 5 6 54 29 +25 62 C, P
02 Zeljeznicar 30 17 6 7 53 32 +21 57 P
03 Rotor 30 15 8 7 44 27 +17 53 P
04 Metalist 30 15 6 9 48 36 +12 51
05 Spartak 30 15 6 9 43 32 +11 51
06 Pakhtakor 30 12 12 6 38 26 +12 48
07 Meja 30 14 4 12 41 43 -2 46
08 Torpedo 30 10 10 10 37 37 0 40
09 Obalna 30 10 9 11 47 43 +4 39
10 MNFI 30 11 6 13 48 53 -5 39
11 FK Istocna Obala 30 12 2 16 38 53 -15 38
12 NK Thessia 30 9 8 13 32 38 -6 35
13 Padina 30 10 5 15 40 47 -7 35
14 Vitalia 30 8 6 16 32 50 -18 30
15 Obolon 30 6 5 19 27 50 -23 23
16 NK Istina 30 6 4 20 29 55 -26 22


Lok. Ostrova won the Treci Liga title by a comfortable enough margin in the end, they will hope to establish themselves back in the second tier now, they were of course fairly recently in the top-flight but a few poor seasons saw them plumbing depths they had not seen for a long time. Zeljeznicar reach the second tier for the first time in the club's history, the club that represent the workers of the rail industry in Sigurno have a promising squad and many feel they could surprise a few people next season. Finally Rotor secured the final promotion spot ahead of Metalist and Spartak in one of the tightest promotion races in recent years with all three clubs having a chance to reach the Druga Liga on the final day. Rotor won their game and will play in the second tier next season.
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Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 25/26 SEASON PREVIEW PART 1


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1896 EBOR
Location: Ebor, Visoravna
Stadium: Olujastadion (Capacity: 42,500)
Manager: Kristijan Petricevic, 41 year old, known for playing long ball football and being a relatively good man-manager, his preferred formation is a solid 4-5-1. Petricevic is under pressure at 1896 Ebor, the club's hierarchy have sanctioned a lot of investment in their playing staff over the last couple of summers and Petricevic has not really made the team gel, the lack of consistency or even a particularly clear tactical game plan has the board worried and unless things start to change, the writing could well be on the wall for Petricevic.
Previous Season: A deeply inconsistent 1896 Ebor were only good enough to finish 8th last term, well outside the UICA qualification places. They invested a fair amount of money in the playing staff prior to the season in the knowledge that they needed upgrades across the pitch in order to close the gap to the likes of Atletik, Crvena Zvezda and Liria, however this investment did not pay off. Teams like Energija-Nuklearna and Olympic managed to finish above them with comparatively smaller budgets and Ararat won the league title whilst spending less. The Northmen were also dumped out of the National Cup at their first hurdle, losing to Druga Liga side Dinamo in the Second Round.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “The disappointment of last season means that Petricevic's position as manager is very much under threat. The club issued him with an ultimatum on the understanding they would continue to back him in the transfer market: top four or bust. The club's board are shrewd, they recognise the need for improvement in terms of personnel but they aren't going to give Petricevic a free ride and unlimited credit. The results must start to match the investment or Petricevic will be gone.

The investment this summer was arguably even more ambitious than last year, MC 9 million spent on FK Magevskaya's best player from last season and a potential national team player in the form of Brajko Gavrilovic represented a significant outlay, but the Northmen knew they were getting a proven Top League performer with that signing. The same can be said of the move for Obrad Jakolinic, although the MC 3,5 million price tag seems like a snip with the former Crvena Zvezda midfielder having won the Top League in the past - Petricevic will be hoping his know-how alongside Dejan Antonic can push the club up the table and towards the top four spot the club's board desires (and what the club's fans consider to be their rightful place in the league table!).

MC 7,5 million for Zvonko Nestorovski looks like a lot of money for a 17 year old, but again, he's a proven Top League performer and was a key player for CDSA last season despite his youth. All three signings are basically 'sure things', they have all done the job in this league before, the job for Petricevic is to now weld together a team from the high standard parts he has for each position.

The Gazeta Sporta view is that this team is definitely the best one 1896 Ebor have had in years, but their lack of experience in playing together (three new signings may not seem an awful lot, but in practice even one can cause teething issues), along with Petricevic's deficiencies tactically means that we feel that they will just miss out on the top four spot that will keep Petricevic his job: 5th
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Javor Cenko 33 MYT 6* Captain
DL Srdan Vukovic 23 MYT 7*/9* DL/ML
DC Vajko Otorepec 32 MYT 6*
DC Duje Papac 26 MYT 8*
DR Zvonko Nestorovski 17 MYT 6*/10*
DMC Severin Plecinac 25 MYT 6*
ML Brajko Gavrilovic 21 MYT 6*/10* ML/AML
MC Obrad Jakolinic 28 MYT 6*
MC Dejan Antonic 27 MYT 8*
MR Ramiz Agic 18 MYT 4*/10* MR/AMR
ST Duro Filipovic 30 MYT 8*

GK Matija Jelinic 16 MYT 2*/10*
DC Sime Krolo 16 MYT 4*/10*
ST Petar Majdandzic 16 MYT 5*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Zvonko Nestorovski from CDSA to 1896 Ebor, MC 7,5 million
• Obrad Jakolinic from Crvena Zvezda to 1896 Ebor, MC 3,5 million
• Brajko Gavrilovic from FK Magevskaya to 1896 Ebor, MC 9 million

Out.
• Imri Korunic from 1896 Ebor to CVMZ, free transfer
• Mentor Konda from 1896 Ebor to FK Arsika, free transfer
• Georgij Tasic from 1896 Ebor to Litala '93, one-season loan
• Nado Maricic from 1896 Ebor to Litala '93, MC 2,5 million

Retirements.
• Nikola Tahirovic (DR, 6*, captain), 37


Club information: 1896 Ebor are one of the most storied clubs in Mytanar football, for a long time they were labelled as 'nearly men' as they repeatedly challenged for trophies but regularly fell short of victory by narrow margins. Throughout their history they have been known for playing attractive, fast-flowing attacking football. Their reputation as perennial challengers but irregular winners changed under legendary manager Vaclav Simon - under whom they enjoyed their greatest spell of success. His management led the Northmen to their second and third Top League titles, a National Cup and two UICA Champions' Cup trophies - which they won back-to-back, which was almost unprecedented. The second of their two UICA Champions' Cup triumphs came as part of their famous treble winning season - something which was unprecedented in Mytanar football history.

Dzala Ertobashia is probably the club's most legendary player, he plied his trade for the side in their greatest period of success and was a regular goal scorer and club captain. His record of 133 goals in 329 games means he currently sits as 5th highest scorer in Top League history. Hasato Kimiki is likely the club's best ever player, though, ability wise he was pretty much unbeatable - with outstanding dribbling, his quick feet a blur as he took the ball past opponents. He hailed from Lorelei, a component of the Northern Sunrise Islands and is one of the best Top League players of all time.

1896 Ebor compete in the Northern Derby against fellow Visorav club Arka Snezhnaya, a game which is consistently one of the most fiery in Mytanija. Further to this they also have rivalries with Atletik Thessia, Energija-Nuklearna based on historic competitive rivalry and with Litala '93 because of the two sets of fans' hatred for one another following a particularly violent clash on a train platform in Ibon.

Ebor is one of the larger cities in Mytanija, located on the northern coastline of Visoravna: this can lead to inclement conditions during autumn and winter, during the middle of the season. However, during summer Ebor enjoys a positively Mediterranean climate, with the bright sunlight reflecting off the city's ubiquitous red-roofed white stone buildings. Ebor is a relatively wealthy city by Mytanar standards, enjoying a bit of a tourism boom due to its excellent summer weather and attractive beaches and no small amount of cultural and historical relevance.

Fan base: Generally speaking, 1896 Ebor's fan base is largely middle class due to Ebor itself being a relatively wealthy city. Having said this, their position as the biggest club in the city and indeed as one of the biggest clubs in the country means that they attract supporters of all socio-economic and regional backgrounds. Due to their history of success - particularly in UICA competitions - 1896 Ebor fans can be found all over Mytanija.

Their supporters are largely apolitical, a slightly unusual occurrence in Mytanija, but made more unusual by the fact that Ebor is seen by some as the base of the fall of Kalinina due to it being the first big city the resistance held and received materiel support from the Eurans in order to turn the Mytanar Conflict (natives of Thessia, Snezhnaya et al would perhaps dispute Ebor's importance!). Many believe that this would give the club's fan base a distinct political direction, but it is possibly because of the city's role in the fall of Kalinina that means the club's ultras are apolitical - a case of learning from the past, perhaps?

Their ultras group shares the club's widespread nickname: The Northmen. They're generally non-violent (although this does not mean completely non-violent), known more for creating large tifo choreographies in the stands of the Olujastadion and following their club loyally across the country.

Trophies won: 3 x Mytanar Top Leagues (09/10, 19/20, 20/21); 3 x National Cups (08/09, 09/10, 20/21); 2 x UICA Champions' Cups (52, 53); 2 x UICA Super Cups (49, 50).

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Exceptional


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1923 ESCA
Location: Centralni, Esca, Zentria
Stadium: Radnika (Capacity: 60,000)
Manager: Zdeslav Nesic, the 44 year old has a reputation as a bit of a youth guru, developing young players and trusting them to go out on the pitch and deliver. His preferred formation is the old-school 4-4-2. Possesses a reasonable amount of credit with the club's board after navigating a way to safety with a generally poor squad last season, barring a few highly promising young players.
Previous Season: 1923 Esca stayed in the top-flight by the skin of their teeth, they finished 12th but were only safe by a point. The club had a lot of deadwood in their squad last season, several players being over-the-hill and on the decline. This is evidenced by the number of players leaving the club on free transfers over the summer. The performances of Lazar Obradovic in goal and Braco Evic in front of him did give 1923 Esca something to smile about though, with hope for a bright future as their youth academy continues to produce good players who can slot into starting roles early on. They managed to get to the Quarter Final of the National Cup, being dumped out by eventual runners-up Crvena Zvezda.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “This looks a bit more like a 1923 Esca squad, a solid mix of talented youngsters with more experienced heads and a side that should be a lot more comfortable in fighting against relegation as a result. The big issue over the summer was ensuring they didn't lose both Obradovic and Evic. For a while, it looked like both would be on their way, with Crvena Zvezda interested in Obradovic and Atletik wanting Evic. In the end, 1923 Esca engineered an ingenious method of keeping Evic for at least another season. Atletik came in with a bid of MC 7,5 million which was accepted, but 1923 Esca asked to keep the player for one more season, ostensibly so he could continue his development at a club he knew well - in an environment he is entirely comfortable in - whilst also playing a significant number of games, something he wouldn't do at Atletik. Atletik accepted this and it means Evic stays in Esca for another season, at the heart of the capital club's defence.

Obradovic was lost though, leaving for MC 7,5 million to Crvena Zvezda and 1923 Esca essentially invested all of the money raised from that and a little more on-top. Dragan Antic, surplus to requirements following Obradovic's arrival at the Stadion Ljudi, came the other way as an experienced replacement for the young goalkeeper. Antic is of course a double-winning goalkeeper and should bring all he knows to the table with this relatively young squad. Julijan Birsa joins from Partizan for MC 2,5 million, filling the right-back spot. Birsa still has some room for development and could be a really good talent down that right-hand side. Of course, 1923 Esca is an excellent place for him to develop given their proficiency in developing young talent, particularly under the watchful eye of Nesic, too.

Finally, the signing of Admir Zubovic for MC 3 million is an excellent piece of business, with the former Liria midfielder adding some real quality in the middle of the park. He and Jeda Stilic should form a good partnership there and be able to dominate some games from the outset. Things are really starting to look up for the club, though, especially given that this was the first summer in a long time that their main ultras group Odeljak 1-11 didn't have some form of protest about some thing or another. No protests from Odeljak 1-11 means things must be going right in some way. The club will want to keep Zdeslav Nesic for as long as possible because he's an extremely popular figure and the supporters really believe in what he is doing for the club.

We see a slight improvement for 1923 Esca in their position in the table, 11th, but the reality is that they should be extremely comfortable this season. They have enough talent in their team to stay well out of any relegation battles that occur at the bottom and this season really should be one for them to start looking to the future. Strahinja Nanusevski, debuting for the club this year, looks to be a real talent and his goal threat could see the club finishing higher up the table than anyone expects
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Pos.  Name                  Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Dragan Antic 32 MYT 4*
DL Jezdimir Popovic 22 MYT 4*/7*
DC Braco Evic 17 MYT 5*/10* On loan from Atletik
DC Kazimir Debeljak 27 MYT 5*
DR Julijan Birsa 21 MYT 4*/8*
ML Evgeny Netto 29 MYT 4*
MC Jeda Stilic 32 MYT 6*
MC Admir Zubovic 29 MYT 6*
MR Milan Bojevic 17 MYT 3*/10*
ST Jan Zovko 29 MYT 4*
ST Strahinja Nanusevski 17 MYT 5*/10*

ML Todor Pajic 18 MYT 4*/10*
ST Zeljko Kuzmanovic 18 MYT 4*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Dragan Antic from Crvena Zvezda to 1923 Esca, MC 2,5 million
• Admir Zubovic from Liria to 1923 Esca, MC 3 million
• Julijan Birsa from Partizan to 1923 Esca, MC 2,5 million

Out.
• Braco Evic from 1923 Esca to Atletik, MC 7,5 million (returns to 1923 Esca on one-season loan)
• Lazar Obradovic from 1923 Esca to Crvena Zvezda, MC 7,5 million
• Juraj Misimovic from 1923 Esca to Ribari, free transfer
• Sinisa Jatovic from 1923 Esca to Rudar, free transfer
• Miljan Rakocevic from 1923 Esca to Rudar, free transfer
• Marko Marovic from 1923 Esca to Slovan, free transfer
• Ranko Madaric from 1923 Esca to Zeljeznicar, free transfer
• Slobodan Antic from 1923 Esca to Zeljeznicar, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: It always comes as a surprise to the uninitiated that 1923 Esca have never won a trophy. They're a big club, with a loyal fan base; outstanding facilities and finances that are fully recovered from historic irregularities. They hail from the capital of Mytanija and it looks for all intents and purposes like they should be a club challenging for silverware. So this begs the question: why have they never won anything? Historically, poor management on the pitch was combined with financial issues and that put paid to any hopes of glory from the capital club. Right now, well, their playing staff aren't exactly the best - but that could all change in coming years given their much vaunted youth academy and their proficiency in producing top quality players. 1923 Esca are sometimes seen as the club representing the establishment due to being from Esca and historically garnering support from Kalinina's regime, but their lack of success counters this stereotype quite easily (even if 1923 Esca would perhaps rather it didn't, all football fans want to win silverware after all!).

Igor Artemiev is probably the club's most famous player ever, scoring 76 goals in 176 games for the club (with a total of 130 in 286 Top League games, also playing for Olympic Thessia and Litala '93). He was repeatedly the club's safety valve against relegation, when they found themselves in a dogfight at the bottom, they would give the ball to Artemiev and he would find a way to put it in the net and keep the club up. He soured his relationship with the club by moving across the divide of the All-Esca Derby, moving to their greatest rivals Litala '93 before being sold to Olympique de Fontvielle of Valladares (a club with well known Mytanar connections, Miroslav Filo has also played for them and they were formerly owned by a Mytanar energy company).

As mentioned, 1923 Esca compete in the All-Esca Derby against Litala '93. It is a fierce rivalry and one that is often particularly sore for 1923 Esca fans as Litala '93 have won two Mytanar Top League titles compared to their zero whilst enjoying nowhere near the same advantages in terms of facilities, finances or size of club more generally.

Esca is the capital of Mytanija and as such one of the largest cities - although it slightly trails Thessia in population size - and the nation's governmental and financial centre. Residents of the city are often seen as pompous and self-important and that seems to carry across to 1923 Esca's fans who also hold this reputation. Esca is known for being a busy city, with a constant rush of people trying to get things done. The crime rate is high and some areas are relatively poor, although 1923 Esca are based in the Centralni area of the capital, which is one of the richest areas in Mytanija. Historically, Esca was one of two cities the now long deposed royals of Mytanija used as their seat of governance, shared with the city of Dyka on the island of Nasto. Esca was a playground for the royals and aristocracy with diaries of members of the nobility and courtiers tell of uncontrollably exuberant and boisterous parties, extravagance was the norm and the upper classes' excesses were almost gluttonous in nature. Many Mytanars retain opinions of this nature regarding Esca, which is still a playground for the rich and famous of Mytanija.

Fan base: 1923 Esca have a large and very loyal fan base that follow their club around Mytanija in strong numbers. Escans generally are regarded as self-important by the rest of Mytanija due to the way they regard their city's importance nationally, with many from the rest of the country regarding the city as crime and corruption ridden, aesthetically uninspiring and not holding any particular cultural value. Obviously, this is not entirely true, with the city having a long history with many stories to tell. 1923 Esca fans' history largely consists of being enormously angry at their own club, with various boards being disposed of for either financial mismanagement or not investing in the players or whatever else. Their fans are enormously expectant due to a combination of their club's outstanding training facilities (a hangover from governmental support under Natella Kalinina's regime), and a belief that their position as the capital's central club means they should be winning things. This expectation has never been met.

Their primary ultras group Odeljak 1-11 are notorious for holding enormous sway over the club's dealings, with their support being crucial for a manager to keep his job. Many a coach has been sacked on their say so. They are a nationalist ultras group that often get in violent skirmishes with many of the anti-fascist, left-wing ultras groups from around the country. That's not to mention their penchant for enormous protests if things are going badly for the club, even causing games to be postponed in the past. They do create outstanding tifo displays though and are one of the most active groups in terms of dealing with issues around their club.

Their fan base is another that is drawn from all socio-economic backgrounds, but they do have a reputation for a 'posh' fan base due to being from one of the richest areas of Mytanija (wages in Centralni are, on average, 3.5 times higher than the average in the rest of Mytanija). But of course, a lot of their supporters come from neighbouring areas that are significantly poorer than Centralni - although this doesn't prevent many opponent's fans singing derogatory songs about 1923 Esca based on the 'rich and posh' stereotype.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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ARARAT
Location: Severyan, Rauchnya
Stadium: Korecky Road (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Misel Ravnjak, the 46 year old is notorious for being an expert strategist, poring over the minutiae of his tactics all week prior to the next fixture. He is also well-known for being outspoken and can get into trouble for his comments post-match. His preferred formation is currently 4-4-1-1, but he is not wedded to it. He was 24/25 Manager of the Season after he guided Ararat to a slightly unexpected Mytanar Top League title, his greatest achievement to date.
Previous Season: As mentioned, Ararat won the title in slightly unexpected fashion last season, they were extremely consistent - only losing 3 games all season and two-thirds of those were against Atletik! They finished 3 points clear of Atletik in the end and it was a well deserved victory. Mateja Stojkovic was particularly impressive in the middle, winning Player of the Season and Pedja Kasun won Young Player of the Season and the Golden Glove award. Their victory was built on a solid base, with the best defence in the league. The challenge for them now is to add to that victory and try and bring the club into the realm of the 'big three' of Atletik, 1896 Ebor and Liria. Ravnjak is a man up for the challenge, that is for certain. Their National Cup campaign ended in the Quarter Final, eliminated on away goals to eventual winners Tekstil.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Last season was a bit of a whirlwind for Ararat, they didn't have the best squad on paper, but Misel Ravnjak perhaps showed that he is the best manager. His tactics were not always exciting or good to watch, but he got the job done and was not afraid to let everybody know about it - his critique of the media's analysis following the season left a particularly bad taste in some commentator's mouths. He did kind of have a point though, having glamorous names in your squad is all well and good, but results are the thing that count at the end of it all.

Which made it kind of ironic when Ararat went into the summer transfer market and signed a big name player, Slavko Lalic making the move from Energija-Nuklearna to Rauchnya, commenting that he needed 'to be somewhere [he] could win now' as he left. Well, Ararat certainly is somewhere he can do that, but whether he will fit in is another question entirely. Ravnjak must feel that he can coax top-level performances from Lalic, who has often left people frustrated at his inconsistency and unwillingness to do things for the greater good of the team: e.g. tracking back when under pressure. Lalic is a top-level talent though, with excellent creativity and could provide Ararat with that extra spark that they will need going forward this season and Ravnjak probably feels that spending MC 10 million and exchanging Cirkovic for Lalic represents reasonable value for money. Opposition teams will be prepared to sit back and invite Ararat to break them down this season and Lalic - when on-form - is the sort of player that can break down block defences very quickly, results will soon tell us if Ravnjak's reasoning was correct.

Retaining Pedja Kasun was also important, although the club were rumoured to be unwilling to sell for any price, the goalkeeper is essentially the jewel in Ararat's crown and many consider him to be a future club captain. It is unknown whether any offers from abroad were received, though and it may have been difficult to retain his services had offers been received, Kasun is an ambitious guy after all. Radovan Pogaenik is another top talent Ararat possess and can definitely be considered to be one for the future, a local lad who will make a few appearances off the bench this season and is talked of very highly at the Severyan club.

All-in-all, this Ararat team looks strong again, but the other three teams that finished in the top four last season have all strengthened and it is going to be very difficult for them to repeat the feat and win the title once again. Lalic is a clever signing, but it remains to be seen whether he will fit into the culture at Ararat, their title-win was built on solid defending, togetherness and a will to work for each other. Lalic is not the first player that comes to mind when those qualities are discussed. They are probably lacking that little something to win the league again, we're going 4th (although we predict a close title race!), but don't be shocked if Ravnjak finds a way to do it again, the man is a genius
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Pedja Kasun 23 MYT 7*/9*
DL Zoran Vlasic 28 MYT 6* Captain
DC Zelimir Apostolov 26 MYT 7*
DC Drazen Zupan 29 MYT 8*
DR Isaija Yanev 23 MYT 7*/9*
ML Dalibor Vlahovic 21 MYT 6*/10* ML/MC/AML/AMC
MC Mateja Stojkovic 28 MYT 8*
MC Martin Zvokelj 27 MYT 7*
MR Sinisa Nikic 25 MYT 8*
AMC Slavko Lalic 27 MYT 9*
ST Rade Loncar 25 MYT 6*

DL Ermin Urankar 16 MYT 3*/10*
MC Radovan Pogaenik 18 MYT 6*/10*
ST Vido Mehic 18 MYT 2*/9*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Slavko Lalic from Energija-Nuklearna to Ararat, MC 10 million plus Mirza Cirkovic
• Drago Danchev from Granica to Ararat, loan return

Out.
• Drago Danchev from Ararat to BVK Dinamo, MC 2,5 million
• Mirza Cirkovic from Ararat to Energija-Nuklearna, exchange for Slavko Lalic

Retirements.
N/a


Club information: Ararat are the biggest club from Rauchnya but on a national level fail to draw much support from outside their home region. Anti-Rauchik sentiments still pervade Mytanar society, a hangover from the days of Kalinina-led ethnic nationalism within Mytanija and this can occasionally still be evidenced by players not wishing to play for Ararat purely because they are a Rauchik club. Historically they are a team that bounced around the mid-table regions of the Top League, although one season of enormous investment did lead to them claiming their first Mytanar Top League title. Their most famous team from the 12/13 season featured Mytanar legend Lev Repin along with the likes of Aleks Kulikov and Iuliu Zaplatic as they ran away from the competition winning the title with one of the highest ever points totals.

Their second Top League title was achieved in the 24/25 season under the tutelage of the intense strategist (and notoriously outspoken), Misel Ravnjak. They out-lasted the competition, only losing three games all season and built their title victory on an excellent defence - they only conceded 31 goals through 30 games, Pedja Kasun was named Young Player of the Season and received the Golden Glove award for his efforts. Mateja Stojkovic also won the Player of the Season award for his performances from central midfield.

Two of the most famous Mytanar footballers ever have played for the club: Lev Repin and Dobroslav Stojanovic. Stojanovic left before the club won their only ever league title, joining Atletik, the club he is perhaps better known as playing for. Repin is the club's favourite son, though, a one-club man whose loyalty to the club throughout his career means he will be forever cherished by the Ararat faithful. He's also the second most capped Mytanar national team player in history, demonstrating his quality as he won a Copa Rushmori and a Cup of Harmony.

Ararat compete in the Rauchik Derby against Lok. Cassia. For one of the 'smaller' local rivalries in Mytanar football it punches above its proverbial weight in terms of how fiercely competitive it can be and also for the sheer amount of times it can descend into violence. The two clubs quite literally hate each other and it is quite commonly a game which the authorities ban away fans from attending purely to avoid the prospect of violence.

Severyan is a small city on the north coast of Rauchnya, but one that is renowned for its sense of fun and its summer carnivals. The weather is often excellent in summer and the many festivals held for various reasons whether they be cultural, music or religion related are bright and colourful and widely enjoyed by many who attend from all over Mytanija and indeed Rushmore more broadly. Rauchnya is the smallest region in Mytanija and is incredibly welcoming once the hard exterior is broken. This hardness to outsiders stems from years of anti-Rauchik sentiment and views that many across Mytanija still hold today (particularly in Zentria), just due to how deeply ingrained these views are. This was largely down to Kalinina's campaign against what she described as 'enemy ethnic groups' such as Rauchiks and Thessians. This rhetoric was acted upon during the Mytanar Conflict with wide-scale ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Kalinina's regime against Rauchiks, Thessians, gypsies etc but also against other so-called 'undesirables' (left-wing academics, members of the LGBT community etc). Mytanija as a whole is recovering from the scars of that Conflict but the shadow of what occurred still hangs over Rauchnya today, which naturally includes Ararat and their home city of Severyan.

Fan base: Ararat have a large fan base from within Rauchnya, but their popularity does not go beyond their regional borders by and large. They are known for being the club of Severyan which is known for its fishing industry but also being a major party town within Mytanija - particularly versus their regional rivals from Cassia which is known for heavy industry and not exactly the most fun place in the world (in fact quite the opposite, really). Their supporters are generally a patient bunch, just happy to see their team in the Top League as there was once a time when that was not a given.

Their ultras group is the Cirkusgrupa and they are known for colourful displays as well as their political activism. They don't really get too involved in economic issues, but in terms of social issues they are a vocal group within the Top League: often creating displays relating to anti-racism, LGBT rights, immigration issues and Mytanar unity (they're particularly involved in this due to Rauchnya historically being painted as non-Mytanar, particularly under Kalinina's regime). This is in sharp contrast to Lok. Cassia's ultras who are renowned for being Rauchik nationalists, right-wing and massively racist. The two groups clash when the teams meet on the pitch and not only because they're each other's biggest local rivals.

Their fans are known as a happy bunch. Severyan as a city mirrors Rauchnya as a whole by being slightly poorer than the national average and Ararat's support mirrors this too also.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top League (12/13, 24/25).

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Average
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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ARKA
Location: Snezhnaya, Visoravna
Stadium: Arka Park (Capacity: 32,000)
Manager: Nemanja Pivec, the 49 year old is known for his aptitude in developing youngsters and an attractive style of possession football. He utilises a 4-4-2, although he is known to be tactically flexible. Faces a tough season following a few of his better players leaving the club over the summer.
Previous Season: Arka were disappointing last season by their own high standards and a lot of that was to do with the fact that Tahir Fejzuli had had his head turned by Atletik, something many players have experienced over the years. Once Atletik are interested, it's difficult to maintain concentration and Fejzuli was a perfect case study of this last year. Their 11th place finish may look reasonably safe, but Arka stayed up by a point and this poor finish combined with the fact Fejzuli was almost certainly leaving made fans extremely pessimistic going into the summer transfer window and it looks like their pessimism has been shown to be well placed, given their three key players from the past few years all leaving the club. They were also eliminated in the Third Round of the National Cup by eventual runners-up Crvena Zvezda on away goals.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Arka could well be in trouble this season, their squad looks poor and perhaps as weak as it has ever done since they arrived in the Mytanar Top League. For once, their sustainable approach to the transfer market looks like it could be their undoing, they were simply unable to replace the players that have left the club and - if truth be told - really could have done with spending the money they raised with the sales, just to make the squad strong enough to ensure they wouldn't be embroiled in a relegation battle. As it is, it looks like they're going to be well and truly in the thick of things at the bottom of the table this season.

Fejzuli was the first to leave and the one that everybody expected to go, too, so his sale to Atletik for MC 15 million did not come as too much of a surprise. However, his sale, perhaps combined with the indifferent performances from the team last season led to a chain of events that make the club's starting eleven look weaker than it ever has done in the top-flight. Once the Fejzuli transfer went through, Anton-Dusan Straka, Arka's young forward who has been likened to a mosquito for the way he constantly buzzes around defenders and causes them irritation, started to agitate for a move. Liria were only too happy to oblige and came in with an MC 6,5 million bid, Arka's hierarchy were happy enough with the fee and felt like they could bring somebody in to replace Straka given the money they had from both his transfer and Fejzuli's - indeed, they were able to, but Aleksandar Dragic from Slovan represented a little bit of a step down in quality from Straka.

Fejzuli was always going to be the most difficult to replace and Pivec always knew that they would be signing someone of lesser quality once their talisman had gone, in the end Atletik offered them a fairly neat solution by throwing in a one-season loan of talented Othilean youngster Kostas Aklis. Aklis has a big future ahead of him and it is believed that Atletik are prepared to let Arka take on the development of the midfielder for the next couple of years, to give him the sort of playing time he would perhaps wouldn't get with Atletik. This ended up being a good move, although again, a definite step down from what Arka had last season.

Kamil Jernejec, Arka's talented 22 year old centre-half saw Fejzuli and Straka leaving and decided that he didn't want to be the only promising young player left on the sinking ship (get it? Sinking ship? Arka? Come on...), and in perhaps the most galling move ended up moving to Olympic, for a fee of MC 7,5 million. Many would say that a transfer from Arka to Olympic or vice-versa is a sideways step, but Jernejec had seen the sales of Fejzuli and Straka and decided he did not want to stay, perhaps seeing those outgoings as a lack of ambition on the club's part.

All of this makes it very difficult for Arka this season, they have some talent (the ageing Bozic, Savicevic and Aklis in the middle, arguably Dragic up front), but the pieces around them are average at best and Pivec is going to have a job on his hands to steer them to safety this year. Expect an overhaul of the squad next summer if they do stay up, as the board will not want to have a situation like this again, they're so used to their sustainable approach working: selling players for the right price and bringing in cheap, young replacements that they can do the same thing with in a couple of seasons, this summer they were unable to bring in good enough replacements and it could leave them in trouble: 12th, but well and truly in a relegation scrap
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jozi Peklenik 26 MYT 4*
DL Veselin Hristov 17 MYT 3*/10*
DC Sinisa Jaksic 20 MYT 3*/8*
DC Dino Bozic 33 MYT 6*
DR Marko Sokolic 25 MYT 4*
ML Haris Altayev 29 MYT 4*
MC Srdan Savicevic 30 MYT 6*
MC Kostas Aklis 17 OTH 5*/10* On loan from Atletik
MR Efim Kunovac 26 MYT 4* MR/AMR
ST Samir Mevzelj 27 MYT 4* Captain
ST Aleksandar Dragic 27 MYT 5*

GK Antonio Pueko 18 MYT 2*/9*
DC Josko Omerovic 18 MYT 3*/10*
MC Azem Senekovic 19 MYT 2*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Kostas Aklis from Atletik to Arka, one-season loan
• Haris Altayev from Olympic to Arka, MC 1 million
• Veselin Hristov from Partizan to Arka, MC 2,5 million
• Aleksandar Dragic from Slovan to Arka, MC 3 million

Out.
• Tahir Fejzuli from Arka to Atletik, MC 15 million
• Ammar Chrapec from Arka to CVMZ, free transfer
• Sime Dujmic from Arka to FK Arsika, one-season loan
• Uros Matekovic from Arka to Granica, free transfer
• Anton-Dusan Straka from Arka to Liria, MC 6,5 million
• Dalibor Sunko from Arka to Litala '93, free transfer
• Kamil Jernejec from Arka to Olympic, MC 7,5 million

Retirements.
• Jure Matic (ML, 6*), 34


Club information: Arka are a club that came from nowhere to winning two straight Mytanar Top League titles in the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons. They had only been in the top tier of Mytanar football for a couple of seasons before crashing the party of the top clubs and winning the top prize twice straight. They are a well-run club with an emphasis on sustainability: they will never spend more than they can afford and they generally attempt to rely on their youth system to produce players for their first team squad if at all possible. Their board are also renowned for their skill in the transfer market, they maximise the fees they receive for players and are very good at negotiating.

Mikkel Kohlemainen is the club's most famous player, driving them to their duo of Top League titles and winning the Player of the Season award twice as a by-product of this. He was an attacking midfielder of Polarian heritage with a voracious appetite for scoring and setting up goals and he went on to make 95 appearances for the Mytanar national team, scoring 39 goals. Other club icons include goal scoring forward Leandre and Licentian central midfielder Nate Parkinson who captained the side to their two league triumphs.

They compete against 1896 Ebor in the Northern Derby, with no love lost between the two sides.

Snezhnaya is a port town located on the northern coast of Visoravna and as such has a beautiful coastline and a warm climate in summer. In winter it is exposed to extremely windy conditions along with no small amount of rain. Snezhnaya is reliant on fishing for a lot of jobs, although the town is establishing itself as a centre for modern technology as well, with many companies wanting to be based there as the town is a fairly blank canvas ripe for development. Historically Snezhnaya has been known as the poorer sibling of Ebor to its west and not as strategically important as Gornaya-Mesnost to the south, but it is quickly becoming an attractive city for young people to live in as it receives investment. Near the port area of the town is still as charming as it ever was with the squat white-walled homes of residents remaining even if multi-storey glass and steel buildings are sprouting up further inland.

Fan base: Arka have a solid following throughout Visoravna and are known for being popular in other regions as well due to their Top League title wins, with many young people supporting the club due to the outstandingly attractive attacking football the side played. Many a father around Mytanija can be found lecturing their children on the virtues of the Arka team from their title winning sides. Their support pack out the thrillingly modern Arka Park every week and are known for being a particularly passionate fan base. They are generally a patient lot as many had never expected their side to win titles, but they do get annoyed when the club sell their better players or don't invest wisely as the club is known for being run superbly. Therefore selling their better players is not something they absolutely have to do like a lot of other clubs.

Their fans are apolitical with the club attempting to stamp out any vestiges of political influence. Formerly they had a couple of left-wing ultras groups that were particularly active when Natella Kalinina was in power, but they have been absorbed into the large Krivulja Sjever (i.e. North Curve), ultras group that are particularly rowdy and formally apolitical. Their main concern is supporting Arka. Krivulja Sjever are a particularly violent group, with their hooligans regularly being found scrapping with 1896 Ebor's ultras as well as any other group's they can get their hands on.

As a fan base they are always one of the loudest in the stadium and whilst they don't always create the enormous choreographies that are ubiquitous with other teams they do occasionally produce some highlights. Their corteos (i.e. where thousands of fans march together to the stadium pre-game), are amazing with thousands of fans all moving together from the city centre to the ground before each game. They're also immensely proud of the way their club is run and would hesitate to support any huge transfer fees as they are generally quite spendthrift up in Snezhnaya, perhaps due to the financial conditions of the town historically.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (16/17, 17/18); 1 x National Cup (16/17).

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Exceptional
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 25/26 SEASON PREVIEW PART 2


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ATLETIK
Location: Zenit Toranj, Thessia, Thessia
Stadium: Novi Atletskistadion (Capacity: 67,000)
Manager: Adem Fejzic, 51 year old manager of Atletik favours a 4-3-1-2 formation, although given his preference for attacking football this often morphs into a much more offensive looking formation when in possession. He also has a reputation for developing youngsters, coming through the FSM's coaching programmes and even spending a time at Akademija, the Treci Liga side so well known for developing young players who have perhaps lost their way a bit. Fejzic could do with winning a trophy this season as two seasons in a row without lifting one often represents a failure to Atletik as a club, the board and supporters expect silverware given their outstanding level of success down the years.
Previous Season: Atletik ran Ararat close in the title race last season, finishing 2nd and only three points behind the Rauchik side. They will have taken some heart from the fact that they pretty much had Ararat's number last year, though, beating them both home and away. Many commentators feel that as long as Atletik can improve against everybody else, they already have the head-to-head advantage. In the National Cup they got to the Quarter Final, being knocked out by a fired-up Nyva side that were looking to win Sime Pandev a trophy in his final season (they failed, but knocking out Atletik is always a large scalp), a slightly disappointing season for the Citizens but plenty for them to build on.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Many believe that it is Atletik's title to lose this season, their squad is immense with 6 players that were in the national pool for the World Cup qualifiers (5 of which started a fair amount of games, too), the Andrijasevic twins who continue to develop and experienced campaigners who know what the Top League is about in the form of Josip Radonic, Eldin Hadzic and Mario Uzelac. They also have some very promising youngsters on their bench, notably including Patrik Odonelec who is a cousin of the (in)famous Odonelec brothers at Clichy-sous-Bois. If he is anywhere near as good as Jasno, Atletik have quite the player on their hands (and the Mytanar national team starting eleven could be more than 25% Odonelecs in a few years!).

The signing of Tahir Fejzuli should give Atletik that little extra something in the middle of the park that they were perhaps lacking at times last season, his creativity and vision are ideal for breaking down defences that sit in deep - as most teams do against this Atletik side. He is a locksmith capable of unlocking even the tightest of defences and his presence alongside so many other national team players should really see him come into his own.

The Braco Evic signing is a really solid move for the long-term, bringing him in now for a sizeable MC 7,5 million fee just to send him back to 1923 Esca may seem like an odd move, but for Evic's development and Atletik's future it is the right thing to do. He will continue to gain experience starting every week for 1923 Esca and many believe that is the best thing he can do, although some feel he would benefit more from the tutelage of the Atletik coaching staff. The truth is that young players need to play in order to reach their full potential, though, which is why this signing and loan-back is such a shrewd move. Evic will likely take over from Hadzic next season, although Adem Fejzic did say that Atletik would loan Evic out again if they felt Hadzic was still the best option - which could have been a signal to Evic that a starting role at the country's biggest club will not just fall to him.

Speaking of gaining experience, young Othilean central midfielder Kostas Aklis has gone on loan to Arka, with it basically forming a part of the move that brought Fejzuli to Thessia. Aklis will play regularly and gain some Top League experience. Miro Tadic was also sold, with central midfield being a position Atletik are well-stocked in and left on good terms with the club he has been at for so long. Tadic was a loyal servant for Atletik if ever there was one, not always being first choice but always giving his all.

This Atletik team is excellent across the board and whilst here at Gazeta Sporta we try to give a balanced view of things and look for details other outlets have missed, it's hard to look beyond this Atletik team this season. It's hard to look beyond them winning the league at a canter, they have top-level players across the board and the addition of Fejzuli will give them that extra dimension when going forwards. The only potential issue for Adem Fejzic's team is if Alen Zekic replicates his poor form with the national side at club level, he had a torrid time of things during World Cup qualifying and only narrowly made the squad for the Cup of Harmony - if that continues, the onus will fall on Zlatan Andrijasevic to really start stepping up and adding goals.

We don't envision it being too big of an issue, 1st for Atletik
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Pos.  Name                  Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jasmin Savic 27 MYT 10*
DL Tihomir Feric 25 MYT 10*
DC Josip Radonic 32 MYT 8*
DC Eldin Hadzic 29 MYT 6*
DR Mario Uzelac 26 MYT 7*
MC Miodrag Andrijasevic 19 MYT 5*/10* Twin brother of Zlatan Andrijasevic
MC Branko Brkljacic 24 MYT 7*/8* DMC/MC
MC Tahir Fejzuli 24 MYT 10*
AMC Zrinko Primorac 24 MYT 8*/9*
ST Alen Zekic 29 MYT 10*
ST Zlatan Andrijasevic 19 MYT 6*/10* Twin brother of Miodrag Andrijasevic

GK Nurija Jasarevic 17 MYT 3*/10*
DC Ezib Salihovic 19 MYT 3*/9*
DR Patrik Odonelec 16 MYT 5*/10* DL/DR
ST Safet Smajlovic 19 MYT 2*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Braco Evic from 1923 Esca to Atletik, MC 7,5 million (returns to 1923 Esca on one-season loan)
• Tahir Fejzuli from Arka to Atletik, MC 15 million

Out.
• Kostas Aklis from Atletik to Arka, one-season loan
• Miro Tadic from Atletik to Nyva, MC 2 million

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Atletik are arguably the most famous Mytanar club globally, what is complete inarguable is that they are the most successful with 18 major honours. Indeed, when it comes to Top League title their 9 is not too far off the entire amount won by every other Mytanar club (15). They're a club that is almost universally disliked by anyone that is not a supporter due to their unparalleled success and there is an almost folk legend of 'Atletik's luck' which adds to this as they seemingly always get late goals, refereeing decisions and the like that only serve to increase their success and anger their detractors. They boast the largest level of support of all Mytanar clubs and draw fans from all over the country as well as players due to their exceptional youth recruitment network and the level of pull they generate for young players who all want to be a part of the club's story.

Their best spell of success (it's hard to pick just one!), was between 00/01 and 07/08 when the club won 5 Mytanar Top League titles, 4 National Cups and both of their Rushmore Copa de Campeones. This period coincided with Robin Hjik's first spell with the club before he left to compete for Polarian club SK Franz Josef City and his skill and determination was one factor behind their prolonged success. Marius Sadowsky is the club's legendary figurehead, the manager was in charge for nearly 20 years and won the large majority of the club's trophies. There are statues of both Sadowsky and Hjik outside the club's modern stadium Novi Atletskistadion, where they moved to from Maine Road before the 20/21 season. There are plans to name the stadium after the pair long-term, too.

Hjik is undoubtedly the club's most legendary player, he turned out for Atletik 446 times, scoring 151 goals from central midfield. He was captain of the club from the age of 18 until the age of 25 when he left the club for Polar Islandstates before returning again later in his career and bringing more success to the city of Thessia. Dobroslav Stojanovic is another legendary competitor for the club, moving from Ararat before later receiving the captaincy and writing his name into the club's folklore. Other famous names include: Laze v Tuhinju, Snerik Oiskha, Ismet van Huijgevoort, Ildar Patreljak, Alex Gannot among many others.

Atletik have many rivalries due to their prolonged periods of success, along with their local rivalry games. They compete against their most local neighbours Olympic Thessia in the Eternal Derby, both clubs hail from the Zenit Toranj area of Thessia and this proximity has created one of the most heated and storied derbies of world football. Outside of this they also compete in a regional derby against Tekstil known as the Rijeka Derby - this goes back to historic rivalry between the cities of Thessia and Ibon over trade and regional dominance with the eventual result being the city of Thessia winning after many wars, with the result being that the region the two cities inhabit actually being called Thessia too. The hatred between the two cities still runs deep and natives of Ibon are known to still be sore about the outcome to this day (hundreds of years after the events).

The single biggest game in Mytanar football is the Klasicni between Atletik and Liria and this is based on the two clubs historically being the two most successful in Mytanija (until 1896 Ebor's sudden conversion from nearly men to repeated winners). Atletik were always more successful domestically but Liria were the first team to taste glory in UICA competitions which fostered an enormous rivalry that continues nowadays. Atletik are known to be a bit jealous of Liria's international success and the same can be said for Liria regarding Atletik's domestic dominance. Atletik have a rivalry with 1896 Ebor for the same reason, although it goes without a name. The final rivalry is one that goes all the way back to the first couple of seasons of Mytanar football against SK Port Jarko as the two clubs traded blows, both trading a Top League title and a National Cup in back-to-back seasons. This rivalry is not quite as important now given SK Port Jarko's fall into the lower leagues, but it could always be reignited if they were to return to the top tier of Mytanar football.

Thessia as a city is often referred to as the 'true capital of Mytanija', it's the nation's largest city in terms of population as well as an economic and cultural hub. It was named the Rushmori Capital of Culture in the past for its vibrant music and arts scene and it is known as the birthplace of 'otskok' music that is enjoyed across Mytanija. It is also an important city in Mytanar history, being the birthplace of Alex Util, a hub for the resistance under Kalinina's regime and in the Mytanar Conflict among many other things. The Zenit Toranj area that Atletik come from is known as a rough, working-class neighbourhood, but with the presence of Atletik that is undergoing a process of regeneration and therefore gentrification - something which is being fought against by some locals. The weather can be pretty miserable in Thessia during the autumn and winter with snow not being too uncommon and temperatures being low, they experience mild summers though. Atletik have been known to use conditions to their advantage in the past by attempting to keep games on when snow covers the pitch etc, but with their new stadium's excellent amenities (undersoil heating, for example), and more general knowledge of health and safety and the like this is not something they can do quite as much now.

Fan base: They have the largest fan base of all Mytanar clubs, undoubtedly being the most popular club in the country and able to draw fans from anywhere across Mytanija and beyond the country's borders too. Mytanar ex-pat communities across Rushmore have officially affiliated Supporters' Clubs that often organise trips back to Thessia in order to watch games. As the most successful Mytanar football club they have a level of mythology about the club too, with many fans being able to recount stories about how they were there when they saw their side come back from two goals down to beat Olympic in a derby game or how they triumphed in the Copa de Campeones - a lot of the time these stories have been embellished but that's all part of it.

Their supporters are fiercely loyal, but due to their success they are also massively expectant, they demand success and that can lead to pressure on their players that some cannot handle. Due to the size of their fan base they have fans from all walks of life but their typical traditional supporter is a more working-class type, local to the club that has followed the club since they were a young child.

Thessia as a city is inherently left-wing, with socialist and liberal politics interwoven into the city's DNA and this carries across to the team's ultras group the Kippax Ofras and their fan base more widely with the club openly endorsing many a political campaign due to it being in-line with 'Atletik's core values'. Their ultras group can be violent, particularly when coming up against Olympic or when they come into contact with an ultras group with opposing political views. Their fans are also known for travelling in enormous numbers and for being a fan base that cause quite a lot of trouble wherever they go.

Trophies won: 9 x Mytanar Top Leagues (01/02, 02/03, 03/04, 04/05, 05/06, 10/11, 11/12, 21/22, 23/24); 7 x National Cups (00/01, 02/03, 03/04, 07/08, 13/14, 21/22, 23/24); 2 x Rushmore Copa de Campeones.

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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BVK DINAMO
Location: Besnik, Esca, Zentria
Stadium: Stadion Pavel Vyoral (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Konstantin Rajkovic, 51, usually sends his teams out in a 4-2-3-1 formation and is known for his counter-attacking approach. He has garnered a reputation over the years for being a bit of a wheeler dealer in the transfer market. His biggest achievement is undoubtedly getting BVK Dinamo back into the top tier of Mytanar football, winning the Druga Liga title last season.
Previous Season: Their Druga Liga title win last season wasn't exactly unexpected, they were definitely one of the stronger teams in the second division going into the campaign and expectations were pretty high. It was an interesting title race, going down to the wire but the Esca based club outlasted their local rivals Litala '93 to lift the trophy. They were also knocked out in the Second Round of the National Cup by Energija-Nuklearna, the Miago club beating them 5-2 on aggregate.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “It is likely going to be a tough season for BVK Dinamo, but they have a squad that is relatively experienced and a wily manager at the helm in the form of Konstantin Rajkovic. They will need all their experience to stay up this season, but a couple of intelligent signings will help them no end. The addition of Drago Danchev is a good move, Danchev was clearly not going to play very much for Ararat this season and BVK Dinamo realised he wasn't prepared to be a rotation player after spending last season on loan at Granica. Granica were relegated but Danchev was quietly impressive and often one of the brighter sparks in a side that often lacked creativity. Rajkovic will look to harness his potential in a slightly more advanced role, with Danchev playing in an attacking midfield position in pre-season. Danchev could be crucial this season, with a couple of seasons playing at this level he knows what it takes to win games and he should form an important partnership down the left flank with club captain - and probably best player - Obrad Ristovski.

Godomir Herceg was the other player to move to the Stadion Pavel Vyoral, coming in from Energija-Nuklearna on a free, he'll add a little bit more quality at left-back, despite his best days being clearly behind him. He's a good option to bring in given that BVK Dinamo's only goal this season is avoiding relegation, they're not aiming particularly high, but staying in the top division is difficult and Herceg has played at this level for a few years and should be able to pass on some knowledge to his fellow defenders.

The transfer of Momcilo Pavlovic to Nyva is one that will hurt the club, Pavlovic was crucial to BVK Dinamo's promotion bid and he is a local boy too, but the transfer fee was perhaps a little too good to turn down for BVK Dinamo's board. Pavlovic gave an interview after leaving and was quite cut up about it, but he did admit he has his own ambitions too and that it was therefore a very difficult decision, but one that he felt like he had to make. Grupa Vrata, the club's ultras, gave the interview short shrift and unveiled a tifo accusing Pavlovic of 'crying crocodile tears'. They also released a statement claiming Pavlovic would not be welcome back at the club for deserting them before what would be an extremely difficult season. Many other fans groups condemned the ultras group's stance and Pavlovic himself has been quoted as calling them 'misguided' - a troubled situation indeed.

As we said at the start of BVK Dinamo's preview, they certainly have a tough season ahead of them, but the additions of Herceg and Danchev are useful. The loss of Momcilo Pavlovic would have been better avoided, but in the modern game it is often difficult to hang on to your better players. This team have experience on their side, though, and Rajkovic is a manager who knows how to get the best from his players. We believe they'll narrowly stay up this year, 13th
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Pos.  Name                   Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Miodrag Ristovski 29 MYT 3* Brother of Obrad Ristovski
DL Godomir Herceg 33 MYT 4*
DC Ivan Alekseev 28 MYT 2*
DC Borjan Brkic 29 MYT 2*
DR Konstantin Stefanovic 28 MYT 2*
DMC Miljko Vladic 32 MYT 5*
DMC Radomir Zivic 28 MYT 4*
AML Obrad Ristovski 31 MYT 5* Brother of Miodrag Ristovski
AMC Drago Danchev 24 MYT 4*/5* MC/AMC
AMR Sergej Krsmanovic 21 MYT 3*/7*
ST Ljubisa Bacic 23 MYT 3*/5*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Drago Danchev from Ararat to BVK Dinamo, MC 2,5 million
• Godomir Herceg from Energija-Nuklearna to BVK Dinamo, free transfer

Out.
• Momcilo Pavlovic from BVK Dinamo to Nyva, MC 5 million

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: BVK Dinamo are a team that have not been successful in the professional era, but were one of the biggest and most successful teams in the days before professionalisation. They have spent much of their history in the lower leagues, yo-yoing between the Druga Liga and Treci Liga, but have spent a few seasons in the top-flight (most recently in 22/23). When old footage of Amateur Cup games are wheeled out to document the forerunner of today's National Cup, it often features BVK Dinamo, they were often a strong team due to their links with the army and this allowing them access to a wide pool of players from all over Mytanija. The initials in the club's name stand for 'Besnik Vojska Klub' (Besnik Army Club), displaying the close link to both their home area (Besnik) and the army.

BVK Dinamo's greatest player is commemorated in the name of the club's stadium. Pavel Vyoral was a forward of Pobrez heritage, born in Esca and turning out for the club in the amateur era. He was a stupendously prolific goalscorer, with grandparents often being asked to tell their grandchildren the stories of when he scored five against Atletik Thessia or the famous hat-trick against 1896 Ebor. Many BVK Dinamo fans regret the fact that he was born in the wrong era, as they feel he could easily have done the same thing even today. Zdeslav Zivadinovic is another famous son, also a striker, he currently plays for Crvena Zvezda.

BVK Dinamo don't have any big derby games, although games against any other Esca clubs are often feisty encounters. Fans of the other Esca clubs will tell you that BVK Dinamo are too small to worry about, with 1923 Esca and Litala '93 being more worried about one another and the same situation between Dinamo and Zenit. Akademija aren't really considered a rivalry game by anyone, they are after all a club based on giving youth players a chance and are widely respected due to this. BVK Dinamo fans see this situation very differently of course (with the exception of Akademija), and they would happily tell you that games against any of 1923 Esca, Dinamo, Litala '93 and Zenit are derby games. This tends to be quite a one-sided thing, but that doesn't mean events on the pitch are all one-sided, with plenty of hot-tempered games between BVK Dinamo and the other Esca clubs.

In the past the club would have been one of the better off in Mytanija, particularly in the amateur era (which is perhaps a bit pointless, given they couldn't pay players anyway), nowadays they're fairly middle-of-the-pack and often have to sell their better players in order to ensure that their financial situation doesn't worsen rapidly. Their facilities are generally quite poor, with the stadium being quite old and the pitch getting worse every game and their training and youth academy needing urgent improvement. Their scouting and youth recruitment are similarly poor (they club often relying upon the other Esca clubs to bring players up to a certain level until they decide they aren't good enough, at which point BVK Dinamo take them on and give them an opportunity), but they can often drive a hard bargain when it comes to selling their better players.

The area of Esca that the club are from, Besnik, is a particularly bleak area. It is dominated by enormous military barracks that were of extreme importance historically, with almost all the Mytanar army being based there. It is still considered the ancestral home of the Mytanar army, although a much smaller contingent is based there now. There are not many jobs in Besnik, with the majority of the capital's heavy industry being based in other areas of Esca (including Votavova where Dinamo and Zenit are based and Litala), this means the unemployment and crime rates are high and it is an area that is often described as one of the poorest in the country. Local government has attempted to begin to regenerate the area, but the lack of funding available has made this extremely difficult.

Fan base: BVK Dinamo have a solid local fan base, particularly within the Besnik area of Esca as you would expect. Their lack of success since the professional era began has of course meant that their reach doesn't extend much beyond this and out of the five major Esca clubs (i.e. just not Akademija), BVK Dinamo are normally considered the smallest of the lot. This does mean that their fans have a fierce sense of loyalty and this creates an extremely intimidating atmosphere at home games at the Stadion Pavel Vyoral. It's loud and occasionally scary, particularly when a banger goes off right next to an opposition player who is trying to take a corner kick. The stands are very close to the pitch and this engenders this kind of atmosphere.

Grupa Vrata are BVK Dinamo's ultras group and they're a pretty unsavoury bunch, known for mixing ultras choreographies and hooliganism (not all ultras are hooligans and vice versa, although some groups in Mytanija blur those lines and Grupa Vrata are certainly one of those groups). They're known for their far-right politics and are known as one of the most openly fascistic groups, often displaying swastikas and iron crosses in their tifos. They're understood to be Zentrian nationalists who were supportive of Natella Kalinina's murderous dictatorship that committed acts of genocide during the Mytanar Conflict. The club have tried to stamp them out, but there is a feeling within Mytanar football that they haven't really tried that hard and that some in the club hierarchy would quite like them to stay as they are sympathetic to their beliefs.

BVK Dinamo's fan base are generally from poorer socio-economic backgrounds and this is reflected in the club's ticket prices, which are maintained at the lowest prices of almost all the professional clubs. This makes for a packed out stadium, though, which benefits the club in return. This model has been mimicked by a few larger clubs that couldn't always keep their stadiums full with similar levels of success and is an example of positive social responsibility than Mytanar clubs are known to be pretty successful for.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Poor
Youth Academy: Abysmal

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Poor
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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CDSA
Location: Decraa, Vojovitica
Stadium: Psenicova (Capacity: 27,500)
Manager: Slavko Jelic is 48, prefers to set his team out in a counter-attacking 4-4-2 formation and is known for trusting youngsters from CDSA's reputable academy system. Jelic is universally well-liked at Psenicova and has the board's trust long-term as they trust in his ability to get the players to play above themselves, something he has done in previous seasons.
Previous Season: A solid mid-table finish in 9th for CDSA last year, way above where we predicted them (12th, for the record, but what do we know?!). Jelic's style is essentially built on being hard to beat, well-organised defensively and swift on the counter and it certainly worked a treat last season. Alen Hrdaljko is fast becoming a very good player in the middle of the park, too. They will have been slightly disappointed with their showing in the National Cup as they fell at the first hurdle - a Second Round away goals defeat versus Arka. The focus was always going to be on the league for CDSA last season, though.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Slavko Jelic is a manager known for trusting youth players and giving them a chance in his first team, but he is also a pragmatist and that is evidenced in CDSA's transfers over the summer. They lost Zvonko Nestorovski, the young right-back who was probably the club's player of the season last year, going to 1896 Ebor. CDSA do often find it difficult to keep their better players, often seen as a stepping stone or just a starting point (their youth academy has been prolific in producing players for the national team down the years). Nestorovski simply felt like 1896 Ebor were a better place to be able to win something soon. CDSA didn't complain too much, though, with the MC 7,5 million representing an excellent fee for a 17 year old that had only played one season of senior football - albeit a season in which he did extremely well.

The players he brought in were all players that have played senior football, Jelic may sometimes sign players who have potential that he feels he can bring on, but he was aware that the squad needed some experience in order to ensure they would stay out of the relegation battle for another year. The first player coming through the door at Psenicova was 33 year old centre-half Veljko Ivanovic, a man who has plenty of top-flight experience with Olympic Thessia. He was signed for MC 1 million. Maksim Malchikov was the next man to join, a clever signing in that he is a reasonable player who performed pretty well last season for FK Magevskaya and still has a little bit of room for improvement. CDSA spent MC 2,5 million on Malchikov, a figure which could look like a snip if he does improve under Jelic's tutelage.

The final signing was 22 year old right-back Radoje Jesic who joined for MC 5 million from promoted Slovan. Jesic comes in as a replacement for Zvonko Nestorovski - so no pressure - but this is a good signing too, Jesic is a skilled player and many felt that he was playing at a level too low with Slovan last season. He is an offensively minded full-back, which could be important for CDSA given Jelic's preference to soak up pressure and then counter at speed. Jelic will also want to work with Jesic on his defensive responsibilities - Slovan did concede 52 goals last season, more than Turbine who were relegated from the Druga Liga - but all-in-all it looks like a good direct replacement for Nestorovski, who many at Psenicova could prove impossible to replace.

This CDSA squad looks a lot better than in the past couple of seasons, with a few genuinely exciting players in the line-up: Hrdaljko, Malchikov and Jesic. The experience of the likes of Crncevic in goal, or Stipanov and Ivanovic in defence should also see them tighten up even further. Slavko Jelic is really starting to mould this team into the image he wants to see. Whilst his signings this summer were as pragmatic as they come, on the bench Jelic has a couple of players who he will be dying to try and help break into the starting eleven. Forward Dejan Zgela and left-back Milomir Pesic both look like they could be very good players and Slavko Jelic is the sort of manager that will try his utmost to get them into the starting eleven if he feels like they're good enough. Dejan Zgela in particular is spoken of highly in Decraa, with some drawing comparisons with Jezdimir Ocokoljic due to Zgela's penchant for dropping deep into space and his technical abilities.

We're predicting CDSA to finish 10th this season, they have a sturdy squad now, which is exactly the way Jelic likes it. They're going to be exceptionally difficult to beat and should cause problems going forward too, with a couple of players that have real quality. If they can continue to develop the way they have over the past couple of seasons under Jelic then they should continue to exceed expectations
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Borislav Crncevic 30 MYT 4*
DL Milivoj Stipanov 33 MYT 4*
DC Veljko Ivanovic 33 MYT 4*
DC Tomica Milic 29 MYT 4*
DR Radoje Jesic 22 MYT 6*/9* DR/WBL
ML Toma Matijevic 31 MYT 6*
MC Momchil Klemetic 34 MYT 6*
MC Alen Hrdaljko 19 MYT 6*/10* Captain
MR Maksim Malchikov 23 MYT 4*/6* MR/AMR
ST Juraj Stanic 29 MYT 4*
ST Drago Blazevic 27 MYT 4*

DL Milomir Pesic 18 MYT 3*/10*
DC Novak Pap 18 MYT 2*/9*
ST Dejan Zgela 19 MYT 4*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Maksim Malchikov from FK Magevskaya to CDSA, MC 2,5 million
• Jadrinko Barisic from Nyva to CDSA, loan return
• Veljko Ivanovic from Olympic to CDSA, MC 1 million
• Radoje Jesic from Slovan to CDSA, MC 5 million

Out.
• Zvonko Nestorovski from CDSA to 1896 Ebor, MC 7,5 million
• Jadrinko Barisic from CDSA to Litala '93, free transfer
• Bosko Jukovic from CDSA to Partizan, free transfer
• Rajko Stolar from CDSA to Slovan, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: CDSA are a club best known for being historically linked to the Mytanar army (a few clubs around the country share this heritage), they're a team that also has never played outside or been relegated from the Mytanar Top League, one of only a select few teams that holds this honour (the other three are 1896 Ebor, Atletik and Energija-Nuklearna so CDSA are in good company). They have never really enjoyed a prolonged period of success, being hampered by financial restrictions and the like as they are not the richest of teams, their two biggest successes are both National Cup wins. They're generally quite a well liked club around the country, being a traditional club and never forgetting their traditions.

They have a few players that could be called club icons: Ruben Almerique, Ismet van Huijgevoort, Alexey Tatarchuk, Elisha Lazarev, Roman Benarik, Vaclav Soacek etc. Almerique is probably the most important of all, the Aquilliano striker played for the club for a couple of seasons before retiring and moving straight into a managerial role. He managed the side for 8 seasons - the longest spell in club history - before sadly departing.

CDSA have two big derby games, the first is their big regional rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna in the North Vojovitican Derby. This is based on geographic proximity, obviously, as well as the fact Decraa and Miago are two of the largest and most important cities in the region. The two club's largest ultras groups are also opposed politically, with CDSA's Lijeva group being left-wing anti-fascists and Energija-Nuklearna's Grolija being far-right ethnonationalists. This makes the game an extremely highly charged affair and there is often violence and flash points when the fixture is played. CDSA also have their local derby with Turbine, known as the Decraa Derby. This is not historically anywhere near as violent as their rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna but it is still a fiercely contested fixture.

CDSA are known for having a very good production line when it comes to developing young players, with many Top League stars coming through the ranks at Psenicova before moving onto other places. The best known example is probably Ismet van Huijgevoort who went on to play for Atletik and then in Polar Islandstates with SK Franz Josef City. They will be hoping they can continue the production line as they don't really have the financial resources to go out and buy ready-made stars.

Decraa is a mid-sized city in the north of the Vojovitica region. Vojovitica generally has a reputation for being a largely middle-class and well-educated region and Decraa is a good example of this as the city's population skews above average for income and standard of education - although the latter perhaps comes as no great surprise with there being two excellent universities in the city. Decraa is a largely sleepy city built around its education institutes and most business in the city is actually built around servicing them. However, Decraa is also known for being a centre for renewable energy with a large number of wind farms and a hydroelectric dam located nearby. It is perhaps a cruel irony that Decraa's reputation as a middle-class, affluent city contrasts with CDSA's historically poor financial resources and more widely with Psenicova's location in one of the city's poorer neighbourhoods and the stadium's poor condition as well.

Fan base: A solid fan base within their home city and more widely their region as well and due to their geographic proximity to the southern border of the Thessia Region they pull some fans from there too. They're a deeply historic Mytanar club as well due to the fact they have never been relegated and this is something the club's fans hold dear. To the fans, it is also important that the club are represented by players that have come through their own academy as they like to have a connection between the team and the supporters - something that can only generally be created when players have been at the club for a long time (current captain Alen Hrdaljko actually came through the academy at local rivals Turbine, but his support of CDSA led to him crossing the divide and being named captain aged 18!).

Lijeva, the clubs main ultras group, are renowned for being socialist and liberal and can be regularly seen creating tifo displays in Psenicova alluding to this tradition. Outside the ground they are always well represented at political marches and often organise their own events focusing on issues they deem important. Lijeva can be violent, particularly when it comes to games against teams with ultras groups that hold opposing political views. For this reason, games against the likes of Energija-Nuklearna (obviously a local rivalry already, but it's exacerbated by the political leanings); Lok. Cassia and 1923 Esca often result in violence and disorder.

CDSA's wider fan base is a mixture of backgrounds as with most football clubs. Decraa as a city is fairly affluent and this is mirrored in the fan base, although many rue that this affluence has not resulted in financial support for the club.

Trophies won: 2 x National Cups (06/07, 19/20).

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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CRVENA ZVEZDA
Location: Tsrvena, Zentria
Stadium: Stadion Ljudi (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Luka Kostic is the 45 year old manager of Crvena Zvezda, he is known for his attacking approach to games and for being obsessive over tactics, often analysing his opponents' set-ups well into the night at Crvena Zvezda's training ground. He sends this team out in a 4-3-3, with Ocokoljic often dropping deep in his trequartista role, but Kostic is known to be flexible tactically and this can make things difficult for opposition teams.
Previous Season: Crvena Zvezda finished 3rd and only four points off Ararat in the race for the title, in reality they were probably the second-best team in the league for much of the campaign and were only overtaken by Atletik at the end of the season - this wasn't much consolation for Crvena Zvezda of course, with Ocokoljic's comments at the end of the season summing up the entire club's disappointment at the way the season ended. They felt like the Top League title had been there for the taking. They also got to the Final of the National Cup, where they would meet Tekstil in a game they expected to win, but the Ibon side shocked them. A 3-3 draw in normal time and after extra time meant penalties and Crvena Zvezda would be on the losing end, falling to a 6-5 defeat on penalty kicks. It would mean a trophyless season for them and one they would have been bitterly disappointed with given just how close they were to another famous double.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Well, Crvena Zvezda had issues at two positions going into the summer and they have arguably succeeded in filling one. The other, not so much. Goalkeeper was a stand-out position where the Tsrvena side needed to improve on last season, granted Dragan Antic had finished 2nd in the Golden Glove award by virtue of his 12 clean sheets but he had made a series of high-profile errors over the course of the season and many felt that his time with the club had come to an end because of those errors. Crvena Zvezda quickly went to work in the transfer market, bringing in 1923 Esca's hot prospect Lazar Obradovic for MC 7,5 million (a steep fee, but then goalkeepers come at a premium as there is a bit of a lack of quality players at the position right now), Dragan Antic went the other way for the (likely) reduced fee of MC 2,5 million which made both transfers agreeable to all parties involved. So far so good for Zvezda.

The second position they needed improvement was at left-back, following a string of calamitous performances in big games from Slaven Blajojevic (notably versus Ararat in the 6-5 defeat, where Sinisa Nikic tore him to shreds). Blajojevic has been sent on loan to Druga Liga side Ribari, where it is hoped he may start developing in the way that Luka Kostic and Crvena Zvezda originally thought he might. By way of replacement, Crvena Zvezda eventually went for Vladan Basic from Slovan, a completely left-field transfer. Basic has never played above Druga Liga level in the past and probably is not much more than an average Top League player, but it is felt that Zvezda had perhaps missed out on their preferred options and felt like they needed to get a transfer through that would at least appease the fans. It remains to be seen whether Basic is good enough to fulfil the role this season.

Stevan Ninkovic is the final arrival into the club, he had been linked with a move to the Stadion Ljudi towards the end of last season and completed the move after a MC 5,5 million transfer from Nyva. His arrival meant Obrad Jakolinic would only have a rotation role in the squad and he didn't feel satisfied with this, meaning he soon completed a move away from the Stadion Ljudi to 1896 Ebor for MC 3,5 million.

Altogether, Crvena Zvezda made an MC 9 million net spend and the signings of both Obradovic and Ninkovic are highly ambitious and demonstrate that Crvena Zvezda are really trying to convert on their promise from last season. Of course, they won the double a few seasons ago thanks to inspired performances from Ocokoljic, Todorov and Azanovic, but they really should be winning trophies whilst all three remain in Tsrvena. It is believed that Ocokoljic has started to discuss the potential for a move away, on the basis that he would only do so after securing another league title for his boyhood club. Whilst this remains a rumour, it is highly possible that the rumours have motivated the board at Crvena Zvezda to act fast and strengthen the starting line-up so that they may win those trophies before Ocokoljic decides to leave. The sale of Ocokoljic would also free up funds to renovate and possibly expand the club's stadium and improve the pitch and training facilities, all of which will be very appealing to the club. The option for Ocokoljic to return would of course remain on the table permanently, he's already a legend at Crvena Zvezda despite his age.

For this season, we predict Crvena Zvezda to be disappointed: 3rd. Although the top of the table will be tight this year and with Ocokojic in their team, they will always have a chance. Good performances from the likes of Todorov, Ninkovic, Zivadinovic, Azanovic, Bobic and Obradovic would go some way to support their talisman. However, truth be told, he may not need them to drive Zvezda to a trophy if there is truth in the rumours and this is his last season at the club for the foreseeable future
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Lazar Obradovic 20 MYT 5*/10*
DL Vladan Basic 26 MYT 4*
DC Damir Azanovic 31 MYT 10* Captain
DC Luka Bobic 26 MYT 9*
DR Petr Isaev 25 MYT 8*
MC Grigor Todorov 28 MYT 10*
MC Drazen Ljotic 31 MYT 6*
MC Stevan Ninkovic 27 MYT 7*
ST Mirko Cerovec 23 MYT 5*/7* AML/AMR/ST
ST Jezdimir Ocokoljic 21 MYT 10*
ST Zdeslav Zivadinovic 27 MYT 7*

DC Grigorij Savicevic 17 MYT 5*/10*
MC Dragutin Despotovic 18 MYT 2*/9*
ST Dabiziv Cvetkovic 19 MYT 2*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Lazar Obradovic from 1923 Esca to Crvena Zvezda, MC 7,5 million
• Stevan Ninkovic from Nyva to Crvena Zvezda, MC 5,5 million
• Vladan Basic from Slovan to Crvena Zvezda, MC 2 million

Out.
• Obrad Jakolinic from Crvena Zvezda to 1896 Ebor, MC 3,5 million
• Dragan Antic from Crvena Zvezda to 1923 Esca, MC 2,5 million
• Slaven Blajojevic from Crvena Zvezda to Ribari, one-season loan

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Crvena Zvezda have only ever won two trophies, but it was a famous double winning season as the 18 year old Jezdimir Ocokoljic burst on the scene and drove his boyhood club to a famous pair of victories. Ocokoljic almost single-handedly raised the profile of the club from meandering provincial side to an exciting attacking force on the national scene which has resulted in many across the country sitting up and taking notice of Crvena Zvezda. Having the national side's poster boy does a lot for your reputation, quite clearly. Historically they have been a team that has spent a lot of time in the lower leagues, with local rivals Partizan having a slightly longer history in the Top League - a real sore point for any Crvena Zvezda supporter.

In terms of club icons, their two biggest are still at the club: the aforementioned Ocokoljic, who is already on his way to being a club legend at the tender age of 21 and Damir Azanovic, the club's inspirational captain. Azanovic has been with the club since his academy days and wishes to finish his career with the club, becoming one of those oh-so-rare commodities: a one-club man. He likely will do, he's arguably at the peak of his powers now, but many would be surprised if he declines at all as he's always been a player that has placed a great deal of importance on training hard and keeping his fitness at the best level possible.

As mentioned, Crvena Zvezda's local rivals are Partizan, the two clubs compete in the Tsrvena Derby. They say that children from Tsrvena are born in either red-and-white or black-and-white stripes, the two sides really hate each other and historically it's been a really competitive fixture with the two clubs usually being in the same division (for most of the first twenty seasons of Mytanar football this was in the Druga Liga).

The club are known for their solid youth recruitment and for an outreach programme into the most deprived areas of Tsrvena that is aimed at providing support to the families of academy players. Jezdimir Ocokoljic was the first beneficiary of this programme and it's continuing to benefit youngsters to this day. Talented kids playing in the ubiquitous 'cages' of inner-city areas are scouted regularly and their families given support in order for their parents to be able to live more comfortably so their child can reach their potential more easily. The club also run a more wider outreach programme with the community at large supporting the underprivileged and helping them with skills etc, a nod to the club's inherent left-wing heritage. Crvena Zvezda were founded as the sports club of the local Young Socialist Movement group.

Crvena Zvezda hail from the town of Tsrvena on the east coast of Zentria (and Mytanija as a whole) and in the kindest possible way, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Tsrvena is a working-class city and an important shipping hub, with a lot of cargo coming into the city's port. The city has taken on an increased role in this regard since the Mytanar Conflict, with the Euran carpet bombing of Trunca severely damaging infrastructure there. Many migrants make their home in Tsrvena as there is an abundance of informal work, where employers will not ask too many questions and definitely not ask for papers. Crime and corruption is rife, with gangs controlling the city's port as they try to traffic illicit goods (drugs, weapons, even people), in and out of the country. It is also the last place many that are emigrating from Mytanija see as they board ships attempting to find better lives elsewhere in Rushmore, sharing this dubious honour with other port towns such as Trunca and Ebor.

Fan base: Due to their recent history, winning the famous double in the 22/23 season and having the national team's young star Jezdimir Ocokoljic, Crvena Zvezda's popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years. They had a fairly large fan base before this due to their historic political links, but the new era at the club with Ocokoljic spearheading a really exciting side has changed everything. Some at the club long for the days where their fan base was more local though and many opponents do pass comment on the amount of 'glory hunters' that the club now attracts. Of course, the issue is no different than at Atletik or Liria or 1896 Ebor, but a lot of clubs are a little miffed at Crvena Zvezda's meteoric rise as they have overtaken many of the traditional Top League clubs.

Ultras DRCZ are their main ultras group and are truly ardent socialists, but they're also Zentrian nationalists and this is where the political side of Mytanar ultras gets really murky as it means that Ultras DRCZ hate almost everybody. The fact Ultras DRCZ are Zentrian nationalists instantly puts them at odds with anti-nationalist, anti-racist left-wing ultras groups (so Atletik's Kippax Ofras, CDSA's Lijeva etc), along with any teams whose ultras support Mytanar unity (Ararat's Cirkusgrupa being the prime example), as well as already being at odds with almost all right-wing groups (e.g. 1923 Esca's Odeljak 1-11, Energija-Nuklearna's Grolija, Lok. Cassia's Gate 11 etc), because of their own socialist views.

The web of links between different groups and which are friends and which are foes is almost impossible to decipher for this very reason. If Ultras DRCZ and Partizan's Mogilschikov ultras were to put aside the fact they support different teams, they would probably agree on a lot because both groups are socialist Zentrian nationalists. However, they are not prepared to put their sporting rivalry aside and this means that extremely violent clashes are not uncommon when Crvena Zvezda and Partizan play. Although Ultras DRCZ get themselves into trouble almost everywhere they go.

Jezdimir Ocokoljic has started songs using the Ultras DRCZ capo's megaphone at Stadion Ljudi before when celebrating victories but he in no way endorses the Zentrian nationalist views of the group, with his interview with Gazeta Mytanija before the thirtieth Copa Rushmori demonstrating how Ocokoljic is a thoroughly modern young Mytanar who is looking to the future and unity between people from all regions/ethnic groups rather than the conflict of the past.

Trophies won: 1 x Mytanar Top League (22/23); 1 x National Cup (22/23).

General.
Club Reputation: National
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Average
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Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 25/26 SEASON PREVIEW PART 3


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ENERGIJA-NUKLEARNA
Location: Miago, Vojovitica
Stadium: Miagostadion (Capacity: 50,000)
Manager: Branko Tolic is the 50 year old manager of Energija-Nuklearna, he sets his side out in a 4-2-3-1 formation and is known as a bit of a wheeler dealer. He utilises counter-attacking football, willing to soak up pressure before his sides initiate a fast-press inside their own half in an effort to win the ball whilst the opposition are committed to an attack, where they are the able to hit them on the break. Tolic is generally considered to have done as well as expected with the players at his disposal at Energija-Nuklearna, certain sections of the support have begun to call for a manager whose approach matches the clubs' ethos a little better as Tolic has not made particularly good use of the club's feted academy.
Previous Season: Energija-Nuklearna finished 6th last season, a reasonable performance with the squad of players they had and potentially a little above expectations if anything given some of the exceedingly average players on their roster. It has felt like they have been lacking a few pieces for a while now and the club do seem to be stuck in a little bit of a rut, whether the manager, the board or the players are truly at fault is anybody's guess. In the National Cup they progressed as far as the Quarter Final, where they were mugged by a super-motivated FK Magevskaya side who had held out for a 0-0 draw in Miago and then proceeded to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the return leg and knock Energija-Nuklearna out.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “An interesting summer for Energija-Nuklearna, the loss of Slavko Lalic is always going to be difficult, but some at the Miagostadion had started to see the famous #10 as more of a distraction than a productive part of the team. He's always going to come with baggage, but he's undoubtedly a top-class player and especially at domestic level can still turn in those high-level performances that have started to occur too infrequently for certain people within the Energija-Nuklearna hierarchy. In the end, accepting Ararat's MC 10 million plus Mirza Cirkovic bid could look like a wily piece of business... for either team. Cirkovic could fit very well into this Energija-Nuklearna side, but the loss of Lalic's touch of class could hurt them despite any improvements Cirkovic's presence brings.

The signing of Dusan Gojkovic from Granica is a solid signing, Gojkovic was on the radar for many clubs in the Top League and the Miago side will be extremely pleased to have secured him ahead of them all. Gojkovic is a thoroughly modern full-back and is being talked-up as a future national team player such is his quality. He will help to tighten up Tolic's defence, with the manager preferring to keep things solid at the back compared to the expansive football of many of his Top League managerial colleagues.

Some sections of the Energija-Nuklearna support are growing frustrated at the lack of young players in the starting line-up, particularly given the quality of the academy and its history, but also because of the quality of some of the youngsters that are already in the Miago first team. They are all very young, 16 and 17, but the likes of goalkeeper Jasmin Bertovic, full-back Lucijan Baljak, centre-half Andrija Ugljanin and forward Mijat Simic are all decent right now and have a lot of potential. Some Miago fans feel the club's history lends itself to giving these youngsters a chance and that Branko Tolic's coaching strategy simply does not align with this. Many are especially frustrated because they see average players that do not seem to have much room for improvement as the only thing between these youngsters and a chance in the first team. Ugljanin and Simic could both start and give a good account of themselves, potentially as good as the likes of Miralem Rakic and Mihailo Brdanin or Avgo Jovic. The Energija-Nuklearna supporters may well have a point.

All-in-all, this squad is good enough to finish 7th, a repeat of last season's prediction. This represents the lack of improvement that this squad has made and perhaps demonstrates that the feeling that Energija-Nuklearna fans have that the club is 'stuck in a rut', may have some truth to it. They are not moving forwards in the manner their fans would hope. The only thing that can be said is that at least they are not going backwards and Branko Tolic's management and counter-attacking tactics should at least guarantee that will not occur, perhaps paving the way for some of the club's promising young players to start making the step-up into the starting line-up. Whether Tolic has the faith in them to give them an increased role is another question entirely and if he doesn't, this could cause increasing amounts of friction with the club's notoriously passionate fans as the season goes on
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Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Mislav Pejic 27 MYT 5*
DL Neven Kolsa 31 MYT 4* DL/DR
DC Miralem Rakic 25 MYT 5*
DC Mihailo Brdanin 25 MYT 5*
DR Dusan Gojkovic 20 MYT 5*/10*
DMC Goran Delic 34 MYT 6*
DMC Duje Madar 31 MYT 8* Captain
AML Igor Kasunic 30 MYT 8*
AMC Mirza Cirkovic 28 MYT 6*
AMR Vedad Alomerovic 26 MYT 6*
ST Avgo Jovic 27 MYT 4*

GK Jasmin Bertovic 16 MYT 5*/10*
DL Lucijan Baljak 17 MYT 4*/10*
DC Andrija Ugljanin 16 MYT 5*/10*
ST Mijat Simic 16 MYT 4*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Mirza Cirkovic from Ararat to Energija-Nuklearna, exchange for Slavko Lalic
• Dusan Gojkovic from Granica to Energija-Nuklearna, MC 4 million

Out.
• Slavko Lalic from Energija-Nuklearna to Ararat, MC 10 million plus Mirza Cirkovic
• Godomir Herceg from Energija-Nuklearna to BVK Dinamo, free transfer
• Denis Milic from Energija-Nuklearna to Rudar, free transfer
• Sasa Cosic from Energija-Nuklearna to Zeljeznicar, one-season loan

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Energija-Nuklearna were at their most powerful during the middle of the previous decade of Mytanar football, with their young side captained by Kristian Haugen coming back from the brink following a points deduction that nearly saw them relegated before marching up the league table, winning two National Cups and then finally the evasive second Mytanar Top League title they had been dreaming of. They are well known for their excellent youth academy because of this as they had to be reliant on it to produce top players given the severe restrictions on the club as they nearly faced bankruptcy and could not afford to bring in ready-made talent.

Kristian Haugen is their most legendary player, the captain that led them to their two National Cup wins and finally the Top League that had evaded them ever since their first win all the way back in 06/07. He's one of the most prolific goal scorers in Mytanar Top League history, his 154 goals in 271 games putting him second all-time. He also scored 49 goals in 80 caps for the national side, the best strike rate of anyone to ever take the field for Mytanija. Other club icons include Miroslav Filo, Niklas Kulmala, Filip Wachsmuth and Omet Drazaal. It's interesting to note the diversity of the players this club considers legends (Polarian heritage for Haugen and Kulmala; Waaldish for Drazaal etc), when their ultras group Grolija are so ardently right-wing.

Their big rivalry game is with CDSA, the North Vojovitican Derby is based on a lot more than just geographic proximity however. The two sides ultras groups clash on political issues as well, with Grolija being right-wing and CDSA's Lijeva being left-wing and liberal. It is often a violent affair. Other than this Energija-Nuklearna have rivalry games with Liria (the two clubs are the two most successful from Vojovitica), and with 1896 Ebor (based on regional tensions and also historic competitive rivalry).

Miago is a major city in the north of Vojovitica, it is an important industrial hub and where Decraa is largely middle-class, well-educated and affluent; Miago is working class, mainly not educated beyond high school and precarious financially. The air quality in Miago is the worst in the nation and that is a product of all the factories in the city along with the coal power stations that power them. There are also two large nuclear power plants outside the city, 'Energija-Nuklearna' demonstrating quite clearly where the football club got its name from. Miago is not the sort of place you would go to on holiday, either, with a high crime rate and a lot of deprived neighbourhoods. For many locals it is seen as a place that has been forgotten by government, with the decline of living standards in the city going unchecked despite the city being so important to the Mytanar economy due to the heavy industry located there. Miago was generally a city that supported Natella Kalinina's regime as she elevated the city to one of Mytanija's most important due to its services to the economy and politically many in the city yearn for a return to those times as Miago was given the sense of importance many felt it deserved.

Fan base: Energija-Nuklearna draw fans from all over Mytanija and are undoubtedly one of the bigger fan bases in the country, they have a long history and are one of only four teams to have never been relegated from the Top League and they have accumulated a lot of fans purely by being in the top tier for so long. Their fan base in Miago itself is enormous as they're the only football club from the city and therefore everybody from Miago supports Energija-Nuklearna. It is common place to talk about the club's fortunes and the next game with shopkeepers, when getting your hair cut or doing pretty much anything given how important the club is to the local community.

Grolija are the club's ultras group and they are one of the biggest in the country. They're notorious for causing mayhem and just as well-known for being right-wing, it's not uncommon to see them raising fascist salutes of varying kinds at games and they often chant about how they would like to eradicate all the Thessians and Rauchiks. The club have tried to stamp them out but it is almost impossible given how large the group are and how much sway they hold at the club. They're a very violent group and usually get into scrapes in most cities they go to, meaning that they often have to organise fights with other ultras groups away from stadiums given the fact the police all over the country (including in Miago), know of their reputation.

More widely, Energija-Nuklearna's fan base are not all far-right, of course. Miago is a large city with people from all over the political spectrum: including ultra leftists! The vast majority of the local fan base are working class people and have an average to low income. Many are part of the precariat, with little to no job security and always living from payslip to payslip. A lot are involved in the city's heavy industry and the economic exploitation of these workers is often linked to the rise of far-right politics in Miago by academics.

Generally they're a fiercely loyal fan base too, standing by the club through thick and thin, as can be seen by the attendances at the Miagostadion never falling between 06/07 and 18/19; otherwise known as the gap between the club's two Top League titles. The fact they have won the Top League is something they love to lord over their greatest rivals CDSA, of course.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (06/07, 18/19); 2 x National Cups (15/16, 17/18).

General.
Club Reputation: National
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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FK MAGEVSKAYA
Location: Stratenberg, Magevskaya
Stadium: Stadion Grisha Kochenkov (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Vasya Kanadin the 54 year old FK Magevskaya manager utilises a 4-2-3-1 formation, he is known for trusting young players and developing their abilities on the pitch, whilst retaining a sound knowledge of tactics and the mental side of the game which can give youngsters a really rounded footballing education. He is extremely popular with FK Magevskaya fans after getting them back to the Top League and is well-regarded around the rest of the Mytanar Top League, too.
Previous Season: Last season FK Magevskaya stayed in the Top League by a solitary goal, their goal difference when compared to Granica's was -18 versus -19 and that single goal kept them in the top-flight for another season. That was the aim, though, so they were pretty happy with everything as it turned out. Vasya Kanadin enhanced his reputation as he kept the side up and their cup run - all the way to the National Cup Semi Finals - went even further than keeping the club up. A cup run which featured wins over NK Thessia, Lok. Ostrova and Energija-Nuklearna was finally ended by Tekstil in possibly the craziest two-legged tie of the season, as the Magev team were defeated 10-5 over two legs. It was a run that made their fans dream and it possibly even galvanised them in the league, too.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “FK Magevskaya came back up to the Top League and achieved their target: stay in the Top League. For this season, the aim will be exactly the same thing. Vasya Kanadin did a good job last season and he will be required to do more of the same this year, albeit, without two of his better performers from last season. It will undoubtedly be difficult, but if anybody can get this squad playing it has to be Kanadin, his relationship with many of the players in the squad being attributed for some performances last season that were way beyond the expected capabilities of certain players.

The loss of Brajko Gavrilovic will be the one that hurts them the most, he was their best player last season and top goalscorer from the left side of midfield. They do at least bring in a significant amount of money from his transfer to 1896 Ebor (MC 9 million), but his performances were exceptional and replacing him is nigh-on impossible for a club of FK Magevskaya's side. They brought in Domagoj Kokic from relegated Pretia for MC 0,5 million, which represents a step down in quality, but Kokic is a promising young player and was essentially the best available option for them. He won't feel too much pressure from the fans or manager, but knowing he has to replace Gavrilovic could cause him to feel some pressure in itself. If he can do half as well as Gavrilovic did last season his signing will be considered a success.

Maksim Malchikov was the other player sold over the summer as he moved to CDSA Decraa for MC 2,5 million. Malchikov wasn't as obviously important in terms of goals and assists, but he was an intelligent creative presence on the right side of midfield. His tendency to drift inside often gave opponents problems as they often struggled to track his movements and he was important for FK Magevskaya because of this. His transfer likely will not hurt them quite as much as Gavrilovic's, but he'll still be missed. Rajmund Krizman will be his replacement, the 20 year old joined from Partizan (relegated too, demonstrating the level of players FK Magevskaya were able to sign over the summer, which shows how difficult it is to move up the table in the Top League) for MC 0,5 million. Krizman will not be expected to deliver straight away, he's a long-term project for the club.

The loss of Gavrilovic and Malchikov means that more pressure will be felt on FK Magevskaya's newest talent, the creative attacking midfielder Maks Shishkin. Shishkin has been promoted to the first team over the summer and will be starting for the side this season, he's only 16, but Vasya Kanadin has raved about him all through pre-season. The diminutive playmaker will cause defences problems with his dribbling and passing and he will shoulder much of the burden going forwards for the side. It is reported that all of last season's top four, along with 1896 Ebor and Energija-Nuklearna enquired about his availability and were turned down, with the FK Magevskaya hierarchy holding out until after this season at the earliest in the hope that his performances can raise the asking price further. If he makes the sales of Gavrilovic and Malchikov seem inconsequential, that asking price could well go through the roof.

Looking at this team on paper one only becomes more certain that they will be embroiled in a relegation battle throughout this season. That is something that almost everybody expects given their poor defence and general inexperience across the pitch. Whether they can stay up is a matter that will be decided over the course of the season, but our prediction is that they will be narrowly relegated: 14th. The Top League is notoriously difficult and FK Magevskaya simply have too many young players - which is admittedly something we said last season as they managed to stay up - too be tipped to stay up ahead of a highly experienced BVK Dinamo side, who we favour to retain their Top League position
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Gerasim Runov 19 MYT 3*/9*
DL Tyoma Putinov 20 MYT 2*/7*
DC Valeri Kovac 32 MYT 2* Captain
DC Lubo Korlenko 21 MYT 4*/8*
DR Josip Babic 31 MYT 2*
DMC Danilo Vasiljevic 18 MYT 4*/10*
DMC Predrag Vukomanovic 21 MYT 5*/9*
AML Domagoj Kokic 20 MYT 3*/8* ML/AML
AMC Maks Shishkin 16 MYT 5*/10*
AMR Rajmund Krizman 20 MYT 2*/7* MR/AMR
ST Jiri Erisej 20 POB 4*/9*

DR Stas Bebchuk 19 MYT 2*/7*
AMC Resad Karlovic 27 MYT 2*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Rajmund Krizman from Partizan to FK Magevskaya, MC 0,5 million
• Domagoj Kokic from Pretia to FK Magevskaya, MC 0,5 million

Out.
• Brajko Gavrilovic from FK Magevskaya to 1896 Ebor, MC 9 million
• Maksim Malchikov from FK Magevskaya to CDSA, MC 2,5 million
• Matvey Demenok from FK Magevskaya to FK Arsika, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: FK Magevskaya don't really have a time they can hark back on and call their glory days, for much of their history they have played in the second tier of Mytanar football: the Druga Liga. They were in the Top League a long time ago for a couple of seasons, around the end of the first decade of Mytanar football, but that is a long time ago and their fans have had to put up with second tier football since. Returning to the top tier for the 24/25 season under popular coach Vasya Kanadin was slightly unexpected given the relatively young side he possessed, but he got his charges playing an attractive, expansive style of play and got the job done.

In terms of club legends, Nyar Utca is probably the closest thing they have to one, he played for the club when they were in the Top League and eventually was named club captain. He joined from Atletik originally, a youngster who needed experience and FK Magevskaya provided him that and he liked it so much that he decided to stay for the remainder of his career. He was an attacking midfielder who would semi-regularly chip in with goals, but was their creative fulcrum for much of his time in Stratenberg.

There only rivalry game, as such, would be with Vitalia in the Magev Derby. The two clubs have only met a handful of times when compared to the other big derby games in Mytanar football, but it is still a fiery affair when it occurs. FK Magevskaya, from Stratenberg on one side of Magevskaya, claim to represent the whole of the island (and therefore, the whole of the region), which is something Vitalia from Vostochnaya Tochna take serious exception to. Outside of this they don't really have any rivalry games though, although there are of course a couple of games with other teams that have spent much of their time in the Druga Liga that the club's fans look forward to given the amount of times they have played each other.

Stratenberg is the largest town in Magevskaya, but this does not mean it is a 'large' town by national standards. Magevskaya is known as one of the colder parts of Mytanija due to the fierce winds that batter the island and the cold seas that surround it. However, Stratenberg's residents have utilised tech to improve quality of life in the town - using the strong winds for energy with hordes of wind farms. Fishing is an important industry on the island and employs many of the town's working population. The other industry is clothing, with a few companies setting up factories in Stratenberg specifically to take advantage of the cold weather in order to improve their products.

Their stadium is one that is used for pretty much all outdoor sporting events on the islands, including athletics and that explains the size relative to FK Magevskaya's actual fan base and because it is a municipal building it is falling into a state of disrepair. Local government does not have the money to renovate it. There has been some discussion of building a modern, smaller and more efficient stadium to take over from the crumbling (and rather oversized) venue they currently have. The issue is of course funding, FK Magevskaya's finances are good but they definitely would not stretch far enough to building a new ground right now. Particularly without guarantee of continued Top League football for a few seasons, but if they can retain their place that will certainly be on their to-do list.

Fan base: Their fan base is fairly limited due to the relatively small population of Magevskaya and ergo Stratenberg as a whole, but they have fairly passionate supporters, even if they don't fill out the Stadion Grisha Kochenkov every week. Their fans travel fairly well, which for many is the true measure of a fan base in Mytanija as the transport links are not always that great and getting from Stratenberg, Magevskaya to Zvornik, Avnalia to watch FK Magevskaya away at Nyva is a pretty difficult and lengthy round-trip. But fans continue to do it and FK Magevskaya's supporters are no different.

Their ultras group are known as Ultras Magev, which perhaps comes as no surprise and they are right-wing Magev/Zentrian nationalists. It should be noted that they are pretty much the same as the Zentrian nationalist groups that follow some clubs as Magevskaya historically has been considered a part of Zentria and they therefore share the views of many of those groups and can be considered one and the same. Many in Magevskaya wish that the island was still classed as a part of Zentria rather than its own specific region. Given the myriad combinations of political beliefs that Mytanar ultras groups can have, almost none of them get on.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Poor

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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LIRIA
Location: Prizren, Vojovitica
Stadium: Westfalenstadion (Capacity: 84,000)
Manager: Dino Lozancic is the 53 year old manager of Liria Prizren. He is known as a tactical manager, employing a 4-3-1-2 formation that can morph into a 4-3-3 or other configurations. He has a bit of a reputation as a so-called 'chequebook' manager, only able to succeed when he is at a club that has the financial clout to back him with the on-field personnel he requires to make his teams work. He is on his last chance with Liria after a few seasons of disappointments, a lack of success this season will see him being shown the door. Many felt he had enough credit with the board to make sure he wasn't sacked at the end of last season despite no trophies, but it is felt that that credit can only run so far and that this season there has to be tangible success.
Previous Season: We at Gazeta Sporta predicted that Liria would win the league last season, but they finished a very distant 4th in the end, 16 points behind eventual champions Ararat. That result was well below expectations and the fact they essentially ended up fighting it out for the final UICA place was something the club's board were particularly disappointed by. Their cup run - or lack thereof - did nothing to salve the board's discontent, after they were knocked out at their first hurdle in the Second Round against Nyva, 3-2 on aggregate.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “This season is really going to be a reckoning for manager Dino Lozancic. He's widely liked at the Westfalenstadion, with many in the club's hierarchy finding him a solid influence and amiable character and the club's supporters largely think the same thing. However, the results on the pitch are what every manager lives and dies by at the end of the day and thus far Lozancic has not been successful. When you are the manager of a club like Liria, you have to be - if not winning trophies - at the very least challenging for trophies and Lozancic has not been doing that over the past couple of seasons. Indeed, Liria's lack of silverware goes all the way back to the 15/16 season and that is something that is being treated with increasing amounts of concern by the the club's suits. Some have even began to call for Danek Badjkev to come out of retirement and take the helm once more, something which would certainly be unexpected, but could have a galvanising effect. That's something to consider if Lozancic fails this year, though.

In terms of signings, Liria haven't gone crazy this summer after a very active summer ahead of last season. There's only the one signing, with Anton-Dusan Straka joining the club from Arka for MC 6,5 million. This signing has led to a couple of positional changes, something that Lozancic clearly feels will get a little bit more out of the players at his disposal. Straka's signing means that Ermin Drzic will operate in behind the striker, in a #10 role he has played before with the U-21 squad. His move backwards means that Lozancic has in turn moved Olexandr Sokolenko backwards into one of the three central midfield positions. Many have felt that Sokolenko has not been productive in the #10 role for a few seasons and this could be something that remedies that, with his passing range potentially being put to better use from a deeper position.

There have been some issues noted with the Straka signing, mainly that he is very similar to Edin Zahovic, both ostensibly being poachers who operate best in and around the penalty area and particularly the 6-yard box. They could find themselves making the same runs and fighting for the same space and that could mean Liria's output offensively is diminished. Lozancic's side will rely on the full-backs to provide width as usual, but this again could be an issue with the forwards being poachers and usually scoring from cut-backs from the byline as it will mean those full-backs have to constantly get forward and it could leave Liria short defensively too. We feel that one of their forwards (Zahovic or Straka), paired with a bigger target-man style forward could work with this formation as it may rely on the full-backs getting forward a little less. There's several inter-linked issues with Lozancic's approach, having two players that are so similar up-front and it could simply lead to teams working out how to combat them very easily, but could cause them problems across the pitch too.

Liria have some talented youngsters on the bench, the goalkeeper Dario Barbor is expected to take over from Adel Gudelj when Liria's captain eventually retires. Barbor is a promising goalkeeper and has drawn interest from Prahecqois team Clichy-sous-Bois for a potential loan deal, although that has come to nothing ahead of this season. Duro Galovic and Mirko Kosic are players who ply their trade further up the pitch and Kosic in particular looks to be a real talent. Galovic is more of a box-to-box midfielder, not afraid of a hard tackle, with Kosic being a prototypical Mytanar #10 who can create plenty of chances. Expect to see this pair make a few appearances this season.

Liria have a good squad, but they have fallen behind Atletik in terms of recruitment this season. It is no surprise given their activity in the transfer market ahead of last season and the club's board will not want to give Lozancic too much free rein given that he does have a lot of players in the squad that he gave the go-ahead to sign. These are - for all intents and purposes - his players, he can have no complaints about not being supported when it comes to transfers and the club's board have almost said to him that he now has to go and deliver on the field, by winning games and winning trophies. We feel they'll miss out on the Top League title again this season, 2nd, but they could end their trophy drought with a cup run
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Adel Gudelj 33 MYT 8* Captain
DL Branko Nisic 27 MYT 6*
DC Niksa Obadko 25 MYT 10*
DC Osman Muhic 23 MYT 7*/9*
DR Branko Nikolov 24 MYT 7*/8*
MC Zvjezdan Cvjitac 31 MYT 6*
MC Jeda Mehmedic 28 MYT 10*
MC Olexandr Sokolenko 29 MYT 8* MC/AMC
AMC Ermin Drzic 22 MYT 6*/9* AMC/ST
ST Edin Zahovic 29 MYT 8*
ST Anton-Dusan Straka 23 MYT 6*/8*

GK Dario Barbor 18 MYT 4*/10*
MC Duro Galovic 16 MYT 3*/10*
AMC Mirko Kosic 16 MYT 3*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Anton-Dusan Straka from Arka to Liria, MC 6,5 million

Out.
• Admir Zubovic from Liria to 1923 Esca, MC 3 million
• Juraj Perkovic from Liria to Litala '93, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Liria are one of the biggest three clubs in Mytanija and also one of the three most successful (along with Atletik and 1896 Ebor). Their most successful period came when they won three straight Mytanar Top League titles (13/14, 14/15 and 15/16), under legendary manager Danek Badjkev. When Badjkev was manager they also won a National Cup, two UICA Globe Cups and a Rushmore Copa de Campeones. The 14/15 season was the one that is most well remembered due to it being an - at that time - unprecedented treble, with the club winning the league, the cup and the Globe Cup. They were the first Mytanar team to win a UICA sanctioned competition and it is that particular fact they love to remind both 1896 Ebor and Atletik Thessia of whenever they can.

They have many club icons, but perhaps the most legendary trio are Miki Sipilainen, Yuri Matveyev and Tikhon Voronin. Sipilainen is the most prolific goal scorer in not only club history (160 goals in 275 games), but also in Mytanar Top League history and the Oppic forward's goals powered the side to their multiple titles. Yuri Matveyev also should be mentioned, a player who came through the club's academy and eventually captained the side all whilst being Liria's creative heartbeat. Matveyev is still cherished to this day.

Another big name is Tikhon Voronin who joined the club from Dinamo Esca and became a legend, he was a tough tackling midfielder who eventually became vice-captain. His combined appearances for both Liria and his first club Dinamo total 339 and that's good enough for 4th in terms of all-time appearances in the Top League. He also has 158 caps for Mytanija (the 6th most ever), scoring 10 goals, making him not only a legend for Liria, but for the national team as well. Other players of importance include Stefan Wallinaar, Lavrentii Aliev and Miro Obad, although are many others.

Liria have two rivalries of significance: the Klasicni and the Prizren Derby. Liria fans generally consider the Klasicni to be more important. That is the game played regularly against Atletik, the reason it is known as the Klasicni (in English: Classic), is because Liria and Atletik are the two biggest teams in Mytanija in terms of their fan bases, along with being two of the most successful clubs and their general historic rivalry as well. Games between the two can often be hot-tempered, with red cards not being uncommon. The Prizren Derby is their local derby game with Pretia, for Liria fans it takes secondary importance to the rivalry with Atletik - which only serves to annoy Pretia supporters - although they obviously always want to win the game in order to stamp their superiority on the city of Prizren. There is an all-Vojovitican rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna as well, which is often exacerbated by Miago natives seeing Prizren as a cosmopolitan city full of pompous liberals, but that's of tertiary importance for Liria fans.

Prizren is a beautiful city, very often named Mytanija's most aesthetically pleasing and it has an enormous cultural importance too. Many of Mytanija's most famous creators have lived in the city at some point, whether they be artists, musicans, philosophers or whatever. The Kavka University is one of the best in the country with Prizren's two other further education institutions also having solid reputations. Tourists often take in the sights including the city's famous Astronomical Clock, Prizren Castle, or take a walk alongside the river. Prizren's cobbled streets are probably its defining feature, though, and they're used in Mytanija's other favourite sport: cycling. The spring classic Cieszin-Prizren finishes in the city and utilises the cobbled roads and some of the steeply rising streets to create a tough and exciting finish.

Fan base: Liria have one of the largest fan bases in Mytanija due to their history and they can draw on fans from all over the country as a result of this. Their local support is often characterised as university professors and misunderstood artists but this obviously isn't true, the Liria neighbourhood of Prizren from which they draw their name is a distinctly working class area and whilst you might find some students and struggling artists there it is mostly populated by workers who earn their money in the city's factories, which are constantly being shut down as they're moved to cheaper locations (both within Mytanija and elsewhere). Due to the club's size they draw supporters of all backgrounds and they're a good unifier in both Prizren and more extensively southern Vojovitica because of this, everybody comes together to support Liria.

The club's Westfalenstadion is the largest stadium in the country and it rises out of the squat terraced houses of the Liria neighbourhood like a behemoth towering over all it surveys, the 25,000 capacity terrace at one end of the stadium is the largest standing area in the country and the noise it emanates is terrifying. This is known as the Yellow Wall and that is the name of the ultras group that occupies the middle sector at the front of the terrace and creates the atmosphere.

The Yellow Wall ultras group are known for being apolitical, but sub-groups are and this can often create problems on the tribune. There are both left-wing and right-wing elements and this is obviously problematic. They can be violent, but the issue of in-fighting means they don't always get involved as you would expect as half of their own hooligans don't know if they can trust the other half and vice versa. The two largest sub-groups are The Unity (a left-wing, liberal group); and Native Mentality (right-wing). For now, the apolitical grouping are dominant but in the past both left and right-wing elements have enjoyed primacy.

When they all come together, the tifo choreographies they create are pretty much second-to-none, with the enormous flags being the largest seen and their general level of creativity being higher than a lot of other club's ultras groups. They really get behind the team well at Liria Prizren.

Trophies won: 3 x Mytanar Top Leagues (13/14, 14/15, 15/16); 3 x National Cups (10/11, 11/12, 14/15); 2 x UICA Globe Cups (43, 44); 1 x Rushmore Copa de Campeones.

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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LITALA ’93
Location: Litala, Esca, Zentria
Stadium: Sokolovny (Capacity: 30,000)
Manager: Mijat Krstic, at 39 years of age, is the youngest manager in the Top League this season. He's one of an extremely promising crop of young managers that seem to be coming through at the moment. He plays a 4-4-2 formation with this Litala '93 team, but is known to be tactically flexible. Like many young managers, he prefers to trust young players and he's good at developing their attributes too - which could be a product of the fact that he is relatively young in terms of management, although Krstic has said that it is easier to manage young players as they carry out instructions quicker and are easier to mould tactically too. Gaining promotion from the Druga Liga in the 24/25 season is his biggest achievement with Litala '93 thus far.
Previous Season: They finished 2nd in the Druga Liga last season, gaining promotion as a result and Krstic's management of this team is essentially given the credit for this as it is a real mix of players when it comes to their quality. They got to the Third Round of the National Cup, being knocked out by Ararat 6-4 on aggregate, giving the Top League side a bit of a scare over the two legs.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “As mentioned, this team is a real mix in terms of quality and it is definitely Krstic's management that got them promoted last season rather than being a level above the rest quality-wise. Plenty of signings were made over the summer as they tried to improve the quality of the squad so that they would have a stronger chance of staying up this season, but in reality a lot of the signings have been made with a view to strengthening the squad ahead of another Druga Liga campaign next season. For Litala '93, the aim is more long-term, they aren't overly bothered about staying up this season as long as they can begin to build a squad with a younger age profile that has a more realistic chance of staying up in the future and establishing themselves as a Top League side once again.

The pick of the transfers in are probably their central midfield pairing, Nado Maricic arrived from 1896 Ebor for MC 2,5 million and Jadrinko Barisic was snared on a free transfer from CDSA. Their energy in the middle of the park will be vital this season, they're surrounded by a lot of players that would probably find the Druga Liga to be more their level and therefore Maricic and Barisic's quality will be vital to any fight against relegation that Litala '93 might make.

They do at least have two forwards who seem to have a bit of potential long-term, Milanko Trkulja could become a fairly solid Top League striker eventually, with his big frame and physical approach making him a handful for defenders. A few years of experience at the top-level could prove the making of him. Josip Brajdic is the one they have higher hopes for, however, with the pacy forward boasting composure in front of goal and decent finishing. If he can continue his development at a reasonable pace, he could become a solid talent and start drawing envious glances from clubs higher up the Top League food chain.

As mentioned, the aim for Litala '93 this season is simply to make a good go of their fight against relegation and ensure it doesn't get too embarrassing. Their project is undoubtedly more long-term as they want to eventually establish themselves in the Top League as a permanent fixture. It's unlikely they'll be able to do that this season: we're predicting that they finish 16th, bottom of the table, but their plan is blatantly for another bid at promotion if they do get relegated and there is no shame in forward planning to that extent. Mijat Krstic has made it known he wants to work with younger players throughout the squad, something which the club have made a major goal. If they can succeed longer-term and achieve their goals they will do what a lot of clubs are unable to do and really become a part of the furniture at Mytanar football's top table
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Adam Novakovic 33 MYT 2*
DL Savatije Stefanovic 35 MYT 3* Captain
DC Juraj Perkovic 32 MYT 2*
DC Atan Bojanic 22 MYT 3*/6*
DR Dalibor Sunko 31 MYT 2*
ML Georgij Tasic 23 MYT 2*/4* On loan from 1896 Ebor
MC Nado Maricic 28 MYT 4*
MC Jadrinko Barisic 31 MYT 4*
MR Ezib Savic 28 MYT 2*
ST Josip Brajdic 20 MYT 3*/8*
ST Milanko Trkulja 23 MYT 3*/5*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Georgij Tasic from 1896 Ebor to Litala '93, one-season loan
• Nado Maricic from 1896 Ebor to Litala '93, MC 2,5 million
• Dalibor Sunko from Arka to Litala '93, free transfer
• Jadrinko Barisic from CDSA to Litala '93, free transfer
• Juraj Perkovic from Liria to Litala '93, free transfer
• Adam Novakovic from Olympic to Litala '93, MC 0,5 million

Out.
• Radivoje Antic from Litala '93 to CVMZ, one-season loan
• Paskal Bozie from Litala '93 to Granica, free transfer
• Sasa Zebic from Litala '93 to Olympic, MC 2,5 million

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Litala '93 - for much of their history - have been a mid-table or lower-half club in the Mytanar Top League, occasionally yo-yoing between the Top League and the Druga Liga. They're a big club in terms of history and fan base, well supported in the capital and Zentria more widely. For two seasons in the first decade of professional Mytanar football, they made their fans dream as they surprised the rest of the league and won back-to-back league titles. Players such as Isidoro Nao and Florent-Roparzh Le Tallec graced Sokolovny's hallowed turf and their performances took them to places their fans perhaps never even imagined they could be, with romanticised trips to far-flung destinations in UICA competitions as a result. Some commentators consider Litala '93 to be everybody's second club, plucky underdogs that properly stuck it to the established teams and shocked Mytanar football. They are generally well-liked as a result.

Their three most famous players are all foreign and two are players that were at the club during their back-to-back titles: Isidoro Nao, the Erathi schemer, was well known for his technical ability as well as his uncanny knack of scoring important goals - particularly in the first of the two title-winning seasons. Florent-Roparzh Le Tallec was his perfect foil, the forward from Princess Beatrice Island was an out-and-out goalscorer and Nao relished playing with Le Tallec because if he could create the chances, Le Tallec would invariably finish them off, such was his ability to finish clinically. Their third best known player came later, when Litala '93 enjoyed what can be considered their second golden period (although ultimately they finished trophyless). The Polarian, Vagn Meyer, who finished 3rd in the Golden Boot race in the 17/18 season with 24 goals as Litala finished 5th. Meyer was a midfielder who loved to bomb forward and finish off moves and Litala fans love him to this day.

Litala '93 have one big rivalry and that is against 1923 Esca in the game that is known as the All-Esca Derby. It is always a heated affair and the two sets of fans truly despise one another (as is the case with most major Mytanar derby games). It is often billed as a game between poor and rich, with Litala being an historically less well-off area of the capital when compared to Centralni which is historically the base of government and where most of the former royal dwellings in the capital were. Litala '93 are also seen more as the club of the workers and 1923 Esca as the club of the elite for similar reasons. Litala fans never hesitate to lord the fact they have two Top League titles over their rivals, especially given their apparent lesser resources (although Litala have never experienced the financial irregularities that nearly did for 1923 Esca). Games with other capital clubs like Zenit and BVK Dinamo are also hostile encounters, particularly given their fans' political leanings, when compared to say Dinamo Esca's who generally have similar political views to Litala '93 fans.

Litala as an area is going through regeneration, having previously been quite a poor area of the capital, it is still an area that relies on factories and heavy industry for jobs. This is slowly changing with regeneration, though, as banking companies and tech start-ups have tried to colonise the area with their offices. This is generally fiercely resisted by the tight-knit community that considers it to be nothing more than gentrification by stealth. It has a community ethos that many areas of the capital do not have and this means the club are well-supported in the area (the fact there are not two clubs like in the Votavova - i.e. Dinamo and Zenit - probably helps also, with the community all getting behind the one club). Litala '93 are also represented in other sports, with strong handball and indoor volleyball sections. Indoor volleyball is the biggest sport among Mytanar women, with the biggest stars often getting paid as much as the biggest stars in the Mytanar Top League and Litala '93 are often challengers for the league title, with fans packing out their arena each week to support the team.

Fan base: Litala '93 have a large fan base that follow the club avidly. They often draw fans from across the capital, as well as more widely in Zentria and even occasionally further afield outside the region. Their history is something they're very proud of, with only nine clubs being able to say they have won a Mytanar Top League title and Litala have won it twice. The Litala area of the capital is historically a very working class area and the fans of the club often pass their fandom from generation to generation as a badge of honour, a representation of their pride in being from the local area. The club also compete in various sports, fostering an atmosphere of inclusivity as fans turn out to support the club's representatives in each sport in the same way as they do the football section - something not a lot of club's do, with the football team often taking priority for the fans.

Litala '93's ultras group are known as Ultras Litala and they are known for their colourful displays of support of the team. They are left-wing politically and have fan friendships with fan groups all over the country, with particularly close links with Atletik's Kippax Ofras, Ararat's Cirkusgrupa and near neighbours Dinamo's Jedinica Crvena among others. In terms of teams they don't particularly get on with there are two standouts: 1923 Esca and their Odeljak 1-11, which is a perhaps an obvious one, but also with 1896 Ebor and their Northmen ultras group, which is slightly more difficult to explain given the lack of geographical proximity or historic rivalry etc.

Simply, the club's ultras groups have clashed historically, with violence occurring on many occasions. The first occasion is a story that is a little murky and unclear, with the two groups allegedly clashing on a train platform following a game between 1896 Ebor and 1923 Esca. 1896 Ebor fans were travelling home from the capital and had had to change trains in Thessia, Litala '93 had been playing in Thessia against Olympic. The rest is history, the two groups fought on the train platform, with both sides sustaining serious injuries and the hatred has been there ever since.

Their fans are generally knowledgeable and passionate and the noise they generate at Sokolovny is often terrifying, with the stadium being a good example of how to make a modern ground atmospheric whilst also having all the necessary amenities to be considered a truly modern stadium.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (07/08, 08/09)

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Average
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 25/26 SEASON PREVIEW PART 4


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NYVA
Location: Zvornik, Avnalia
Stadium: Stadion Komunalni (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Vasil Janevski is the 49 year old manager of Nyva and he has overseen the highest finishes in the club's history. He sets his team out in a 4-4-2 formation, with a diamond in midfield rather than the usual configuration. He is known for preferring possession football as he believes good ball retention essentially amounts to the best form of defence. He is a bit of a wheeler dealer in the transfer market, always trying to find a good deal or a sneaky way of making a transfer happen.
Previous Season: A very good 5th place finish for Nyva last season, we got out prediction absolutely 100% correct. It was Sime Pandev's last season with the club and they were going all out to try and get him a trophy before retirement, but they were sadly unable to do so: a highly creditable run to the National Cup Semi Final was ended after Crvena Zvezda overturned a 2-0 deficit at the Stadion Komunalni. It was a slightly disappointing ending for Pandev, but he has helped to take Nyva to heights they have never reached before and rightly goes down as a legend in Zvornik.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Midway through last season the announcement was made that Nyva would be looking for sites for a new stadium, one that would have all the necessary amenities to take Nyva forward well into the future. It is likely the stadium will be a similar size to the current one, perhaps a little smaller, but the facility will be a thoroughly modern affair and the club's board will hope it can help to establish them in the upper echelons of the Top League more fully than they currently are (these past few years have been a notable outlier in Nyva's history, but the board are ambitious and want to make it the norm). They are still looking for suitable sites, but that was a particularly pleasing announcement for the clubs' supporters, demonstrating the ambition their current board have. One potential problem a new stadium could create is of course a shortage of funds for personnel, which could lead to limited activity in the transfer market. This is perhaps the reasoning behind the level of activity this summer, looking to get business done before available funds disappear.

The sale of Stevan Ninkovic to Crvena Zvezda for MC 5,5 million did go towards funding the incoming transfers, with that particular sale demonstrating that Nyva are still very much lower down the food chain in the Top League and that changing that will be a long, gradual process. Ninkovic's replacement is the supremely experienced Miro Tadic, the two-time Top League winner joining from Atletik for a cut-price MC 2 million fee. The promising Cvjetko Tokic also joins for a similarly reasonable price, MC 2,5 million from relegated Granica, who were reportedly extremely pleased with the money raised from that sale with all parties going home happy.

The marquee transfer was undoubtedly Momcilo Pavlovic from BVK Dinamo. Pavlovic - who was BVK Dinamo's best player last season and good value for his Druga Liga Player of the Season award - joins for MC 5 million and he will have the unenviable task of trying to replace Nyva legend Sime Pandev this season. Pavlovic is a talented player, but that is a big task, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to make the step up to the level Nyva will require if they want to continue to fight for UICA football each season. There is a difference between Pavlovic and Pandev and i is that Pavlovic is a slightly more direct option, in that he will contribute more goals himself instead of creating them for others. This is arguably a good thing, but could be problematic if Nyva need to breakdown tough defences as Pandev was usually the locksmith tasked with breaking such opposition's defensive resistance.

This is a solid Nyva team and Janevski must take a fair bit of credit in the way he is building this squad despite tough losses season upon season (Nikolov, Ninkovic and Pandev's retirement all immediately spring to mind). He is becoming an expert in building and rebuilding, managing to retain some of the club's more talented players so that he can retain the solid base whilst in a permanent state of adding and replacing those around this base (Lambulic, Najdoski and Zoric for example). If Derajevic can perform to the best of his abilities going forward, Nyva could spring a surprise and break into the top four - a challenge that requires goals - if they become reliant on their solid defence then they will fall more in line with our prediction of 6th. Last year's cup run was fantastic for the club's fans, so maybe this year they can go one better
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Marko Babic 23 MYT 4*/6*
DL Ilija Lambulic 31 MYT 8* Captain
DC Goran Najdoski 28 MYT 8*
DC Stanislav Zoric 29 MYT 6*
DR Gordan Cindric 25 MYT 5*
DMC Rudi Prosenik 23 MYT 6*/8* DC/DMC
MC Miro Tadic 33 MYT 6*
MC Cvjetko Tokic 23 MYT 5*/7*
AMC Momcilo Pavlovic 20 MYT 5*/10*
ST Drazen Zhivkov 20 MYT 3*/8*
ST Anton Derajevic 26 MYT 8*

GK Petar Solakov 16 MYT 2*/10*
DL Andrei Vasiliadis 19 MYT 3*/9*
DR Velyo Kralevski 18 MYT 2*/9*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Miro Tadic from Atletik to Nyva, MC 2 million
• Momcilo Pavlovic from BVK Dinamo to Nyva, MC 5 million
• Cvjetko Tokic from Granica to Nyva, MC 2,5 million

Out.
• Jadrinko Barisic from Nyva to CDSA, loan return
• Stevan Ninkovic from Nyva to Crvena Zvezda, MC 5,5 million
• Milivoj Kosar from Nyva to Ribari, free transfer

Retirements.
• Sime Pandev (AMC, 10*, captain), 36


Club information: Nyva are a club that has yo-yoed between the Top League and the Druga Liga for much of their existence. They have never actually won a trophy and the period between 21/22 to 24/25 is what most of their fans would describe as the club's 'golden age' as it's the only time they have challenged for the Top League title. Previously the club's high point was always scrapping against relegation, perhaps most famously when they bravely fought against the drop despite a points deduction in the 15/16 season - it was a doomed cause though, as they eventually succumbed to demotion. The side is remembered fondly though, they also reached the Semi Final of the National Cup that season.

The most important thing for Nyva fans is that they are the biggest team in Avnalia, beating hated rivals Rudar into second place in that particular competition - but, they're also the biggest club in the larger region known as Nasto and Avnalia ahead of historic clubs such as FK Arsika and Rotor Ravnina. It's quite a historic moment for Nyva and a great feat for a club that simply does not have the resources that many clubs can boast. The club's board are 100% committed to trying to improve their facilities whilst they're an established Top League side in an attempt to match the infrastructure of some of the sides that have traditionally been ahead of them.

In terms of club legends there's only really two: Vladimir Shervashidze and Sime Pandev. Pandev retired from football following the 24/25 season and will go down in the club's history books as a one-club man, the creative attacking midfielder was the perfect example of loyalty in the time he was at the club. Shervashidze shares that honour, playing his entire career with the club he supported, the goalkeeper was a part of the side that fought bravely against relegation in 15/16. That was sadly his final year with the club, but he retired with his head held high. His service was particularly noted as he stuck with the team through both the good times and the very bad, despite offers from elsewhere.

The club's only real rivalry is that with Rudar, known as the Avnali Derby. The two clubs don't get on whatsoever, with disagreements over the recruitment of youngsters and the like causing issues since the two clubs came into existence. The tie can be quite violent as both clubs are provincial and Avnalia is generally seen as a region that has been forgotten by the mainland, police numbers are perhaps not quite what they would be for a fixture of the same type on the mainland. Both team's ultras groups are known for wanting to prove themselves, too, due to their provincial nature and this can make them more dangerous as their exploits become exponentially more dangerous as they attempt to 'prove themselves'.

Zvornik is a small-to-mid-sized town in Avnalia, one of Mytanija's least populous regions. Zvornik is probably best known for its agriculture (with fishing also being important). A lot of the commodities sold in supermarkets on the Mytanar mainland being grown in the fields of Avnalia and particularly around Zvornik. Crops are the main source of cash: grain, cereal, vegetables etc, you name it they probably try to grow it in the fields around Zvornik. The weather is usually pretty good in Avnalia: temperate, rainy autumns and winters; warm, dry springs and summers. The only issue can be the strong winds the region receives, as is always the case with islands and large stretches of water.

Fan base: Nyva's fan base is limited to Avnalia, they don't have the history to pull fans in from outside their region, but it is something that could improved with their more consistent presence in the Mytanar Top League. Zvornik is the second biggest town in Avnalia behind Uchenik, but Nyva's more recent success gives them a slight edge in terms of support from across the region. Neither club is really able to break ground in Nasto though, with the established clubs: FK Arsika and Rotor commanding the majority of the support there, along with Lok. Ostrova and Spartak Makarska.

Nyva's ultras group are known as Gate 9 and they are viewed by most other groups as posers and pretenders, attempting to mirror the actions of the established groups from mainland clubs, nothing more than rural hill-billies. However, this makes them extremely dangerous as they try and prove their worth and attempt daring exploits up and down Mytanija. They're known for trying to attack the pubs where their opponent's main ultras group congregate pre-game - an extremely dangerous tactic and one which they're slowly gaining respect for repeatedly trying. In terms of choreography and tifo displays they lag behind the rest, but that was always the case. Nyva's fans have always had a hooligan element so the idea that this is something new is not correct, but it demonstrates the gamesmanship that takes place between different groups as they try to get one over each other.

Nyva are well supported in Zvornik itself, with the drawing a strong following that attends games at the Stadion Komunalni in large numbers. This could be because there are not too many things to do for entertainment in Zvornik and with Nyva being the best they have been, it makes sense to go and watch a few games. Nyva are another club looking into down-sizing their stadium, it's not as decrepit as some others and is actually in half-decent condition, but all clubs like having a nice shiny modern ground that is sustainable and the right size and Nyva could probably do with a modest down-size.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Average

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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OLYMPIC
Location: Zenit Toranj, Thessia, Thessia
Stadium: Novi Kaunostadion (Capacity: 50,000)
Manager: Emil Jefak is 45 and a manager who prefers the 4-4-2 formation, although he has a reputation for working with the players at his disposal due to his thrifty nature and this can mean he sends his teams out in various different types of formations. He is also a manager who is known for developing youngsters and whilst he won't always bring them into the first team like some managers are willing to do, his management regularly results in quality players longer term, with him only bringing them into the team when he feels they are ready and have the ability to add something to his starting eleven.
Previous Season: Olympic finished 7th in the league table last season, three places higher than our prediction and this resulted in Emil Jefak finishing 2nd in the Manager of the Season award. He really managed to do very well with a team that some felt were quite limited in certain areas and his management perhaps shows that you don't always need to spend big in order to be successful, with solid tactics and organisation being important too. In the National Cup they were unfortunate to meet Ararat in the Second Round - their first fixture in the tournament - which put paid to any hopes of a cup run and a chance at a first ever trophy (which is still perhaps one of the more surprising things in Mytanar football, how have such a historic team never won anything!).

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Well, Emil Jefak is known as a thrifty manager but the club have chosen to back him big time this season by spending MC 7,5 million (a club record fee), on Kamil Jernejec from Arka. Jernejec was one of the players classed as a rat leaving a sinking ship by Arka's ultras and there could be some truth in that, with several players leaving following the sale of Tahir Fejzuli. Arka's loss is definitely Olympic's gain, though, with Jernejec being an extremely classy centre-half and a perfect foil to the excellent Mojmir Anac. The pair could form quite the partnership over the coming years and the signing is in keeping with Olympic's all-important 'Set of Principles' which put an emphasis on young talent (usually local young talent, which Jernejec isn't classed as, but the club does have plenty of local lads in the first team set-up at the minute anyway). This particular signing could represent a move away from Jefak's spendthrift approach, which some felt was motivated partially by his own nature but also partially by the board not fully trusting his managerial abilities. Last season demonstrated his talent and the club may start becoming more aggressive in the transfer market from now on.

The back four now looks extremely solid and Rakocevic is an adequate enough goalkeeper in a league that doesn't really have too many stand-out talents at the position. Going forward, Olympic could be a little more disappointing though. Their strike partnership looks distinctly average, although Srecko Stankovic has been known to produce some moments of magic and when looking at the midfield (prior to the signing of Zebic!), the only name that really inspired any real positive reaction was that of Vilim Kupresak. Jefak will hope that Kupresak continues his development at the pace he is doing because he is a great talent at the minute and some have started to call for his inclusion in the national pool for international fixtures. There are some excellent midfielders in Mytanija, but few have the poise and grace in possession that Kupresak possesses. This lack of feeling inspired unless looking at Kupresak is arguably what motivated the Zebic signing.

Sasa Zebic joins from Litala '93 after a fine season with the Esca-based side in the Druga Liga. Mijat Krstic was reportedly distraught when he discovered Zebic would be leaving and it's not hard to see why, Zebic boasts excellent speed and dribbling ability and it makes him an absolute nightmare to deal with for opposing full-backs. His fast feet can often draw fouls which is always useful and if Jefak can start making sure his speed of thought is as fast as his feet he could become the finished product quite quickly. His final ball can sometimes be lacking and that will be the major thing Jefak will work on with the young winger.

We feel that this Olympic side can finish 8th this season, but it is clear things are going the right way for the Thessia club. Jefak is building a solid squad and their defence is up there with the best in the division at the minute and can only improve given the youth of their defenders. Anac is a genuine top quality player and Kupresak is fast joining him. Their lack of a top goalscorer is the only thing stopping them from challenging for the top four at the minute. They're a few parts short, but Olympic are well on their way to becoming a team that can consistently challenge the established top four sides. They shocked us last season, perhaps the biggest overperformer in the Top League, they surely can't do it again, can they
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jezdimir Rakocevic 26 MYT 5*
DL Edin Topgacic 20 MYT 3*/8*
DC Kamil Jernejec 22 MYT 6*/9*
DC Mojmir Anac 23 MYT 9*/10* Captain
DR Ivan Valjak 21 MYT 6*/10*
ML Sasa Zebic 18 MYT 5*/10*
MC Zoran Vladimirovic 35 MYT 4*
MC Vilim Kupresak 21 MYT 6*/10*
MR Vidos Zvikovic 29 MYT 4*
ST Slavomir Novoselic 33 MYT 4*
ST Srecko Stankovic 27 MYT 5*

MC Selim Petrovic 19 MYT 4*/10*
MR Vehbija Bijedic 19 MYT 4*/10*
ST Teufik Bajramovic 18 MYT 4*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Kamil Jernejec from Arka to Olympic, MC 7,5 million
• Sasa Zebic from Litala '93 to Olympic, MC 2,5 million

Out.
• Haris Altayev from Olympic to Arka, MC 1 million
• Veljko Ivanovic from Olympic to CDSA, MC 1 million
• Nedeljko Klaric from Olympic to CVMZ, free transfer
• Dalibor Kovac from Olympic to FK Arsika, free transfer
• Adam Novakovic from Olympic to Litala '93, MC 0,5 million
• Vlastimir Stankic from Olympic to Rudar, free transfer
• Amel Janjic from Olympic to Zeljeznicar, one-season loan

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Olympic are one of the most historic clubs in Mytanar football, despite never having won a trophy. This is largely down to being an extremely well supported club in Mytanija's biggest city: Thessia. Skeptics will argue that their popularity and 'history' is down to the fact they live in the shadow of Atletik and that people love being contrarians, but this theory never sits well with Olympic Thessia supporters, as you might expect. Olympic have been a mid-table Top League side for the majority of their history, having only spent three seasons (00/01, 01/02 and 02/03) in the Druga Liga and being a Top League side ever since they got promoted in the 02/03 season. Their period of greatest 'success' came a lot more recently, with consistent qualifications for UICA competitions in the 20/21 and 21/22 seasons. They did however finish 2nd, finishing behind hated rivals Atletik, in the 10/11 season when Igor Artemiev was at the height of his powers.

Their three most important players historically are Leven Vishinsky, Rasmus Sovak and Igor Artemiev. Vishinsky spent his entire career with the club, the towering central defender was a real talent, but sadly had his career cut short due to injury. If he was still playing, he would likely captain the current Olympic side. Sovak and Artemiev were both goal scorers and very adept at it too. Sovak was capped 13 times by Mytanija, scoring 8 goals and showing his worth on the international stage. Artemiev also earned 20 caps for his country.

Olympic take part in the Eternal Derby against their hated rivals and neighbours Atletik. The game is a chance for Olympic to put one over on their much more successful rivals, despite the fact Atletik hold a massive advantage in the silverware stakes, the Eternal Derby itself has always been a competitive fixture though and the sides can only marginally be separated: the fixture has been played 47 times and with Olympic having 19 victories, Atletik 21 and 7 draws (Olympic scoring 68, Atletik 76). Olympic seem to have an effect on Atletik that few other teams have, with Olympic having one of the best records against Atletik out of all the teams in Mytanija. The fixture often involves violent clashes both pre- and post-game and the action can get just as heated on the pitch. Olympic fans are always angered when Atletik supporters claim their rivalry with Liria to be the one they consider most important, but that doesn't stop Olympic taking enormous joy in putting one over their more illustrious neighbours.

The presence of the two big Thessia clubs within the same district of the city means it is undergoing a significant amount of regeneration, with increasing incidences of gentrification too, as is often the case. However, Olympic as a club do attempt to stick to their principles, with one of the major underpinnings of the football club being that they are a pillar of the community. This means that they continue to nurture their strong community links and where possible, they attempt to give jobs to locals and support that local community economically as well. This can be evidenced in their excellent youth academy too, with the club determined to retain community links by bringing through young Thessian kids and giving them an opportunity to play for the club. As a club Olympic are well known for producing some of the brightest young talents in Mytanija and this can be seen with their squads almost always featuring a couple of players who support the club and have come through its famous academy.

Fan base: Olympic have a large fan base by virtue of being from the city of Thessia, however their appeal goes beyond their own city. This is in large part due to the fact they have always been a club that sticks to its principles and has always attempted to do things the 'right way'. They try to use their youth prospects to replace players they have sold, they try to play decent football and their community links are something that aren't always seen in modern football. This means they draw fans from both the city of Thessia, the region of Thessia and surrounding areas too. They aren't quite supported across the country, but they're a popular club nonetheless.

Despite this growing sense of a wider popularity, they have a reputation for having a very localised support, too. Olympic fans are typically Thessians and the stereotype of the Novi Kaunostadion being full to the brim with local people has some truth to it, it's notoriously difficult to get tickets to Olympic games. This is due to the large population of Thessia, naturally. It was even harder to get tickets to Olympic games in the past, they used to play in the 5,000 capacity Kaunostadion. Fans were disappointed to see the club's old home demolished, but progress had to be made as they were really lagging behind other clubs in the transfer market and indeed just simply in revenue, due to their smaller stadium. The move to the Novi Kaunostadion has benefited them enormously financially and the club are now on a level playing field with many other clubs

Olympic fans are inseparable from their rousing club song 'O Kaunos', which is sang loudly before every home game and renditions can be heard towards the end of games too whether the team have won, drawn or lost. It is a song about the life of a young fan and how it should be lived, sticking to the club's famous 'Set of Principles'.

Olympic's ultras group are the Kaunosgrupa and they are well regarded for their tifo choreography. They're one of the better groups in this respect, with creative displays being put out almost every game. They're also a very loud, vocal support more generally, with the Novi Kaunostadion often being described as a 'cauldron'. The stadium has a retractable roof and it is often left closed in order to increase the reverberations from the crowd's chanting and create a more intimidating atmosphere. Olympic's ultras are left-wing, like the majority of people in Thessia and they often make reference to this on the group's banners with small socialist and antifa symbols going alongside the group's name.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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SLOVAN
Location: Eskobirsk, Zentria
Stadium: Vernar Stadion (Capacity: 12,500)
Manager: Dragomir Lazic is a bit of a hero among Slovan fans, taking them to the promised land of the Mytanar Top League for the first ever time. The 44 year old employs a 3-5-2 formation with wing-backs and is known as a bit of a tactical guru, with his knowledge regarding different systems perhaps being unsurpassed domestically. He also trusts young players and gives them first team opportunities regularly, which has led to him being a forerunner for the main job with the Mytanar u-21 squad after it was announced that Robin Hjik and Lev Repin would be relinquishing control of that squad to focus on the senior side.
Previous Season: They got promoted to the Top League! They finished 3rd in the Druga Liga whilst probably not being the third best team in the second tier and Lazic's management got them over the line as they simply outlasted more well known names like FK Arsika and Rudar. Their National Cup ended in the First Round, eliminated by Rudar 2-0 on aggregate. This could have been a good thing for their promotion hopes, though, as they only had their league form to focus on from there on.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Lazic does have a job on his hands to keep this motley crew of players in the Top League for any length of time. A few signings have been made in an attempt to give them as good a chance as possible, but the simply reality is that - with the exception of a couple of players - they just are not very good. Perhaps the most important signing was that of Sreten Bobkov on-loan from relegated Partizan. Bobkov has played at this level before and can contribute with goals, he wasn't content just to stay with Partizan and smash the goals in in the second tier for a season though and that desire could be important as it means he wants to ply his trade at the top level and he has a chance to do it on-loan at Slovan. If he can score with any consistency, it will be a huge help in Slovan's battle against the drop.

Of the other signings, Marovic and Stolar are simply aimed at making sure the team is good enough so that they don't get trounced every single week, but Zrinko Kodratov is an interesting addition. He could become a decent full-back or wing-back - as he's being used in this system - long-term and playing under Lazic will help him. Despite his age Kodratov has some experience in the Top League and this could again prove invaluable among a side that generally doesn't have any experience in the top tier beyond the players they have brought in over the summer.

Dejan Pavlovic (no relation to Nyva's Momcilo Pavlovic), is Slovan's best player and he will be required to put in some good performances from the centre of the park if they are going to have any chance of staying up. He's a box-to-box midfielder who can pop up with goals and assists and did so regularly in the Druga Liga. If he can make the jump and reproduce his good form in the Top League it will help Slovan no end his season. Alongside him he has the hard-nosed Zvezdan Obradovic and the club captain Milovan Zoric, who is even more of a battle-axe than Obradovic on the other side. They will be tasked with shielding the defence and snuffing out any trouble from their opposition's more creative players.

It's a surprise that this team was even able to make it into the Top League, so it's a massive congratulations to them for being here and they will enjoy this season no matter what happens. We can't see them finishing any higher than 15th though and even that is only because Litala '93 were unable to keep Sasa Zebic over the summer, otherwise the two would be swapped in our predictions. For Slovan, it's about not getting beat too badly, a similar aim to Litala '93 and whilst Slovan don't have as defined a long-term plan as the Esca club, they will no doubt like to use this season to increase their reputation and the viability of future promotion challenges from the second tier if they cannot stay up. That aim is definitely attainable, even if staying up is a little more unlikely
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Marko Marovic 32 MYT 2*
DL Leo Filipovic 33 MYT 2*
DC Branislav Vasic 23 MYT 4*/6*
DC Radonja Tomic 21 MYT 2*/6*
WBL Zrinko Kodratov 22 MYT 3*/6* DL/WBL
MC Zvezdan Obradovic 23 MYT 3*/5*
MC Dejan Pavlovic 21 MYT 5*/9*
MC Milovan Zoric 31 MYT 3* Captain
WBR Rajko Stolar 31 MYT 2* DR/WBR
ST Zivorad Kejovski 26 MYT 2*
ST Sreten Bobkov 26 MYT 4* On loan from Partizan


Transfer Market.
In.
• Marko Marovic from 1923 Esca to Slovan, free transfer
• Rajko Stolar from CDSA to Slovan, free transfer
• Sreten Bobkov from Partizan to Slovan, one-season loan
• Zrinko Kodratov from Rudar to Slovan, MC 1 million

Out.
• Aleksandar Dragic from Slovan to Arka, MC 3 million
• Radoje Jesic from Slovan to CDSA, MC 5 million
• Vladan Basic from Slovan to Crvena Zvezda, MC 2 million
• Vladimir Savic from Slovan to Ribari, one-season loan

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Slovan are a club that historically have bounced around the lower leagues, until the 25/26 season when they surprisingly made their first ever appearance in the Mytanar Top League following their unexpected promotion from the Druga Liga in the 24/25 season. They possess a loyal local following, but their reputation doesn't really exceed their town's boundaries, mainly due to their historic lack of success and the town's nature as a sort of midway point between other, larger settlements.

Their favourite son is undoubtedly Dragomir Lazic, the manager who led them to their famous promotion in the 24/25 season. He also played for the club in the lower leagues and is their record appearance holder with 342 appearances for the club as a centre-half. His coaching brought them their biggest moment, with the promotion from the Druga Liga, his tactical approach surprising many in the second tier - with the unorthodox 3-5-2 causing issues for other teams, some that were expected to battle for promotion and were tipped to finish above Slovan, but Lazic's management skills brought the Eskobirsk club through.

Slovan don't really have any rivalry games, due to the geographic isolation of Eskobirsk in the middle of Zentria and the fact that Slovan are the only club in the town. They can occasionally have prickly encounters against other Zentrian clubs but this is generally rare. Eskobirsk as a town is reliant on the local logging and forestry industry and many are employed in this sector, with the dense pine forests surrounding the town possessing some of the best wood in Rushmore. Eskobirsk is also (perhaps) infamously the sight of one of the biggest routs of Kalinina's forces by the Eurans during the Mytanar Conflict and it is this that the town is probably best known for more widely.

Slovan as a club are pretty middle-of-the-road in terms of their finances, with their solid ability in the transfer market enabling them to cope better than some other clubs - their good scouting also has allowed them to sign solid lower league talents over the seasons, which they can then sell on for profit and keep the club ticking over financially. Their facilities are rather poor across the board, with the stadium being quite old and the same can be said for both their training facilities and the youth academy. All require improvement and the club's board do want to improve them, with money raised from the team's promotion following the 24/25 season being set aside for this very purpose.

Fan base: Slovan fans are loyal to the club, with the town not having any other sports teams. Slovan compete in a few different sports and the lack of competition from other teams mean that the club draw a solid following. Their fans are knowledgeable and often quite realistic in their expectations. The club draw their following pretty much wholly from Eskobirsk, with their lack of success and history of being a lower-league club meaning their reputation is pretty localised. Their fans relish though and enjoy their reputation as a provincial club, it is something that made their unexpected promotion in the 24/25 season that bit sweeter as it was seen as a huge victory for their whole town - not just the club.

Ultras Slovan are their small and dedicated ultras group and they tend to devote their attention entirely to their choreographies, with some impressive displays in their section behind the goal at the Vernar Stadion. They don't tend to get involved in violence, particularly away from home, preferring to focus their energies on supporting the team. They do travel fairly well too, it has to be said. At home, the violence depends on opposing ultras/hooligans, with Ultras Slovan and non-ultras alike naturally not wanting opposition ultras/hooligans to run amok in their town and they do defend their turf in that sort of situation.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Poor
Youth Academy: Poor

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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TEKSTIL
Location: Ibon, Thessia
Stadium: Gradski Stadion (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Emir Saric is the 52 year old manager of Tekstil and is seen by many as a disciple of Emil Jefak at Olympic, even despite the fact they are at clubs that are semi-rivals. They share many ideas, both being tactical and good with young players. Saric sends his team out in a 4-5-1 formation at the minute and is perhaps a little more succesful than Jefak, despite his counterparts' better results in the Top League - Saric led Tekstil to their second National Cup last season with a stunning penalty shootout victory over Crvena Zvezda.
Previous Season: In the league Tekstil finished 10th, one place higher than the 11th we predicted for them. Looking back now though, everything was about the National Cup for Tekstil last season. They progressed to the Final with wins over CVMZ, Ribari, Ararat (where they progressed on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline) and finally winning a crazy 10-5 aggregate tie against FK Magevskaya. They then played out one of the most exciting National Cup finals in recent memory, with a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes that remained the same scoreline through 120 minutes. The game went to penalties and Tekstil didn't blink as they won 6-5 with 16 year old full-back Damir Milcic scoring the decisive penalty. It was an incredible night for Tekstil and for the whole of Ibon and it will live long in the memory.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “It will be difficult to come down from the high of winning the National Cup last season, only the second such success in the club's history, but Emir Saric is grounded and will keep this team from getting too ahead of themselves. They have plenty of potential in their ranks and Saric will want them to start demonstrating it with more concrete results in the Top League - the aim there is to start moving up the table and ensuring they don't get dragged into any relegation scraps, something which can remain a danger when they're hovering around 10th and 11th as they have been doing.

They were not very active in the transfer market, the only incoming signing being that of Ilija Blagojevic from Granica for MC 2 million. Granica got veritably gutted for their better players following their relegation last season, but they'll be pleased with the money as they look to become a team for whom getting promoted to the top tier is the norm and not a once-in-a-lifetime thing. The money they have raised from their better talents will go a long way. Blagojevic adds to a midfield that is already very solid, with captain Mehmet Elvahic at its heart. Mevludin Kadic down the right is a good talent and they have Novakov down the opposite side who is becoming a decent player under Saric's tutelage.

All of this is forgetting their outstanding goalkeeper, young Zafer Muminovic who tied for third-place in the Golden Glove Award last season. Muminovic kept 10 clean sheets, a miraculous performance in a fairly lowly side when compared to the others who placed for the award (Ararat's Kasun, Crvena Zvezda's Antic and Liria's Gudelj). It is even more impressive given the fact Muminovic faced a lot more shots than the other goalkeepers and his save percentage remained just as good as his counterparts from much more successful clubs. He is definitely one for the future.

Whilst Tekstil retain Nebojsa Aleksic they will always be a tough proposition for opposing teams, the forward continues to write his legacy with the club despite only being 25 years of age. He is already a club legend and if he continues scoring at the rate he has been doing he will put the club's goalscoring record well out of reach and potentially challenge the Top League record too. His goals will be vital in Tekstil achieving their goals this season as always. We feel that Tekstil will finish 9th this season, with a modest improvement on last year in the works. The best business they have done over the summer is keeping Aleksic and Elvahic and allowing the young players they have to continue to flourish around them, this demonstrates Tekstil's skill in the transfer market as they tie their players down to long contracts and play hard ball with clubs that want to try and sign their key players, never budging from the monetary figure they have in mind. If they can continue in this vein over the next few years, very good things could be in store for the Ibon club and successes like last season's National Cup win may become more regular
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Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Zafer Muminovic 20 MYT 4*/9*
DL Damir Milcic 17 MYT 4*/10*
DC Luka Cvitanic 25 MYT 5*
DC Semir Brkljacic 33 MYT 4*
DR Mile Loncar 25 MYT 4*
ML Eldar Novakov 23 MYT 4*/6*
MC Ilija Blagojevic 24 MYT 5*/6*
MC Vlado Kovac 21 MYT 3*/7* DR/DMC/MC
MC Mehmet Elvahic 27 MYT 9* Captain
MR Mevludin Kadic 22 MYT 5*/8*
ST Nebojsa Aleksic 25 MYT 10*

DC Amel Memic 19 MYT 3*/9*
MC Mersudin Smajic 16 MYT 3*/10*
ST Neven Krnic 16 MYT 2*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Ilija Blagojevic from Granica to Tekstil, MC 2 million

Out.
• Vukasin Jelic from Tekstil to Rudar, one-season loan

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Tekstil's biggest success was the club's win in the 18/19 National Cup final, they beat Energija-Yaderny Miago in the final, preventing them from winning a famous double. That game went to extra time and the club's hero was an 18 year old Nebojsa Aleksic as he poked home and took the famous trophy back to Ibon. They made history by being the first and so far only lower league side to win the trophy. They were in the Treci Liga at the time and went on a famous run to win the Cup alongside their league campaign as they gained promotion back to the Druga Liga. This came just a few seasons after the club's darkest ever moment, when they were relegated to the third tier after an absolutely dire season.

Tekstil won their second National Cup in the 24/25 season, in a nervy penalty shoot-out against Crvena Zvezda after the game finished 3-3 after 90 minutes and no further goals were scored in extra time. It was an epic run to the Final and Aleksic's double and Elvahic's goal in the Final itself cancelled out goals from Cerovec, Ljotic and Zivadinovic. The sides couldn't be separated on penalties until Ljotic missed and Milcic scored and the 16 year old full-back wrote himself into Tekstil history with that penalty.

The club were in the Top League for the first three seasons of its existence, but were then sadly relegated to the second tier and it was there they stayed up until the 20/21 season. The season before they had finished one place above the relegation zone and they went from that to league champions, with that man Aleksic firing in 32 goals in 30 games to gain promotion out of the Druga Liga. Aleksic remains with the club and is an enormous fan favourite given his exploits with the club.

We've said a lot about Aleksic already, but he truly is a club legend and he's only 25. He could build quite a story with the long stretch of his career that he has ahead of him. He scored the winner in the National Cup final as a teenager to lift the club's first trophy. He also fired the club to promotion from the Treci Liga that same season, scoring 19 goals in 30 games in the third tier at such a young age. Then his goals firing the club to promotion from the Druga Liga in 20/21 with a record haul of goals (more than a goal a game). At 25 he's scored 127 goals in 208 games for the club, an outstanding total. He continues to be vital to the club to this day and will undoubtedly go down in the club's history books - possibly as their best ever player. His performance in the 24/25 National Cup Final only served to add to his story with the club.

Other than Aleksic, the club's most famous player is undoubtedly full-back Swen Kislasson. He appeared for the club in the early years of the league, before souring his relationship by going across the Rijeka Derby divide to Atletik. Kislasson, who was of Polarian descent, made 92 appearances for the Mytanija national side. The relationship with the club's fans has repaired slightly over time, but it is still an enormously sore point for those in Ibon.

As a club they have a rich history, with most of it outside the Top League, but one constant has always remained and that is the Rijeka Derby with Atletik Thessia. This goes back to historic rivalry between the cities of Thessia and Ibon over trade and regional dominance with the eventual result being the city of Thessia winning after many wars, with the result being that the region the two cities inhabit actually being called Thessia too. The hatred between the two cities still runs deep and natives of Ibon are known to still be sore about the outcome to this day (hundreds of years after the events).

Ibon is a small city which is famous for its textiles industry, cotton is transported en masse to the city and transformed into items that are sold all over Mytanija and Rushmore. It's an enormously industrial city, with not too much in the way of culture, but it is also located in a pretty scenic location. The area around the city is extremely hilly and whilst the city itself may be an industrialised smogfest, the surrounding areas allow nature to take back control. Many people from the city take weekend breaks in lodges in the hills to escape the polluted air. The city's population is a mixture of middle-class and working-class people. A lot of the natives of the city are middle-class business owners, with people who migrate to the city for work finding themselves on lower wages working in the city's factories, cotton mills or coal power plants. Ibon is known as 'the city of all industries', because it is such an important industrial centre. Textiles is the main one, but you name it and they do it in Ibon: automobiles and aerospace, pharmaceuticals, steel are big employers in the city just to name a few.

Fan base: A loyal fan base that have stuck with the club through thick and thin. They have seen their club plumb the depths of the Treci Liga, but they have also seen the highs of their team win at Radnika and lift the National Cup. They keep a good perspective on things and follow their team around the country, often not expecting too much. This manifests itself through them perhaps not being the loudest fan base, but their loyalty cannot be questioned. They turned out in the Treci Liga and packed out Gradski Stadion even then and took sizeable followings all over the place to support Tekstil at provincial sides in the third tier.

Their ultras group is known as the Ibon Boys and they have a small hooligan element. This hooligan element is guilty of often biting off a little bit more than it can chew as they aim to prove themselves against the established players on the Mytanar hooligan scene. Their ultras group is growing in quality in terms of their choreographies, something that comes with time. They aren't a particularly violent fan base.

They draw fans from both Ibon and the wider Thessia region, particularly the north of the region, near their home city. Their fans tend to be from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, but a lot of people from Ibon are middle-class. Many of the working-class individuals come from other places looking for work in the city, these bring their allegiances to their home club with them and as such don't tend to support Tekstil - preventing a wider popularity spreading across Mytanija.

Trophies won: 2 x National Cups (18/19, 24/25).

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good
FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 25/26 SEASON REVIEW.


## Top League            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Crvena Zvezda 30 16 12 2 62 32 +30 60 C
02 Ararat 30 17 9 4 49 26 +23 60
03 Atletik 30 17 6 7 56 35 +21 57
04 Liria 30 15 11 4 55 29 +26 56
05 Olympic 30 12 11 7 40 28 +12 47
06 1896 Ebor 30 13 8 9 45 40 +5 47
07 Nyva 30 11 11 8 39 34 +5 44
08 Tekstil 30 10 11 9 38 33 +5 41
09 1923 Esca 30 10 10 10 38 40 −2 40
10 Energija-Nuklearna 30 11 7 12 34 38 −4 40
11 CDSA 30 9 8 13 28 34 −6 35
12 Arka 30 8 8 14 30 40 −10 32
13 FK Magevskaya 30 6 10 14 31 50 −19 28
14 Litala ’93 30 6 5 19 29 53 −24 23 R
15 BVK Dinamo 30 5 5 20 22 52 −30 20 R
16 Slovan 30 4 8 18 22 54 −32 20 R


Crvena Zvezda ended up winning the title on goal difference after one of the greatest ever seasons in Mytanar Top League history. Few title races have been as close as this and there were four teams involved in the battle for the championship right up until the end of the season. Ararat made one of the most spirited title defences ever and Atletik were ferocious in attack as always. Liria were tough to beat and Anton-Dusan Straka had a real breakout season for them, but it was Crvena Zvezda and the only Mytanar player who can currently be considered a bona fide superstar, Jezdimir Ocokoljic, that took home the trophy and won the Tsrvena-based side their second ever Top League title. Things would get even better for them as it was part of a famous domestic double as they brought home the National Cup too, but more on that later.

Ocokoljic was irresistible at times this season, his standards being raised to another level altogether, he looked - at times - to be playing a different game to the other players on the pitch and his poor opponents must have often been thankful for the referee's whistle at the end of the game. His 22 goals in 30 games represents an exceptional return in a 30-game season and was enough for him to win the coveted Golden Boot as well. There has been talk of him moving away from Tsrvena following this incredible season and there's not many Crvena Zvezda fans that would hold it against him after delivering such an amazing season. It is the second time they have won the double and there has been one common denominator in both those double-winning campaigns: Jezdimir Ocokoljic. Both times he delivered exceptional seasons. He will be a hero in Tsrvena no matter what he does and it is likely that he will be back at the Stadion Ljudi one day even if he does leave, he's a Crvena Zvezda fan and you could see what it meant to him to lift the Top League trophy. The boy from Tsrvena is already a living legend in the city.

Damir Azanovic is a man at the opposite end of his career and he also had a fantastic season, marshalling his defence well and helping his team to build out from the back as their manager Luka Kostic desires. It will be a sad day when Azanovic retires, he's been an important figure in the Mytanar national team's renaissance and an extremely loyal servant to his hometown club. He is well respected everywhere in Mytanija and it is perhaps a case of him being born slightly too early to really be a part of an era where the national team will properly flourish once again, but his talent will transcend eras when it is all said and done. A couple of other special mentions must go to Petr Isaev and Grigor Todorov for their performances this season, both were very good throughout the campaign and if the story to do with Ocokoljic leaving is a little murky then Grigor Todorov's future is positively clear for all to see, he will be leaving this summer following their double-winning campaign as he wants a new challenge and to experience foreign football. We at Gazeta Sporta wish him all the best in the future, wherever he ends up.

Ararat were once again extremely resolute, their solid defence and top goalkeeper making it very difficult to break them down. Misel Ravnjak is an expert at keeping his sides organised and they frustrated team after team that they went up against. Not often is it that a top team is happy to cede possession and allow purported lower-class opposition to come at them, but Ararat almost make it a science. They sit in deep and break with targeted energy and it works more often than not - the fact they didn't win the Top League this season due to goal difference just shows that their tactics work, it was the slimmest of margins. Some have tried to make a case that this means Ravnjak's slightly defensive approach is inferior to Crvena Zvezda manager Luka Kostic's more open, offensive outlook. This argument doesn't really stand up too much, in head-to-head games the two teams could not be separated with a win apiece. Ararat were simply unlucky to come up against a Crvena Zvezda team that were just as good as them this season - if titles could be shared, this would be a season where that would undoubtedly occur! Ararat's challenge - as always - will be to keep their best players and Ravnjak has said the club will be active in the transfer market, so expect deals to be made.

Atletik's problem for a few seasons has been conceding goals and once again this issue reared its head this season. They were prolific enough when going forward, with the second-best attack in the Top League over the course of the season. Alen Zekic was their top goal scorer with 16 goals in 30 games, but Zlatan Andrijasevic also chipped in with 14 of his own. However, out of the top four teams they had the worst defence and they had the annoying habit of conceding silly goals in important fixtures. They did only concede three more than eventual title winners Crvena Zvezda, though, so it is perhaps a case of the media sensationalising a slightly minor problem. Atletik will be disappointed though, a season where they don't win anything is always labelled a failure for them. Perhaps the only good thing for Atletik is that it is a non-UICA season so they have not missed out on a Champions' Cup spot - something that was a particular issue last season when Ararat won the league and they missed out. The money earned from UICA football doesn't really help Atletik as much as it helps other clubs - they have enough of that already given the size of their club - but its the prestige attached to it and Atletik almost feel that it is where they belong as a club, given their position as the most successful club in Mytanija.

Liria - on the face of it - had a solid enough season, with the third best attack and the third best defence, it is anybody's guess how they conspired to actually finish lower than third-place! Sadly, finishing fourth and a failure to win a trophy has resulted in Dino Lozancic losing his job. Lozancic was popular in Prizren, but the real measure of success for managers is always going to be silverware and he has failed to deliver anything and it is not like he hasn't been backed by the board in that time. His departure has meant that Liria have needed to do a bit of soul-searching about where they're headed as a club, they haven't won a trophy since the 15/16 season and that needs to change quickly. Liria are arguably the second-biggest club in Mytanija and their performance - in terms of winning trophies - has been pitiful for a long time. There is talk of Danek Badjkev returning and that could be just the thing that will kickstart a revolution at the Westfalenstadion.

Olympic once again surpassed all expectations, something they're getting into the habit of doing under Emil Jefak. Mojmir Anac was one of the players of the season, his performances at the heart of Olympic's defence were imperious and led to them having the second fewest goals conceded over the course of the season. Many believe that Jezdimir Rakocevic, Olympic's goalkeeper, is average at best but he placed second in the Golden Glove Award, with many believing this is more down to having a fantastic defence (and indeed, defender, in the form of Anac), in front of him than his own performances. This analysis is perhaps a little unfair, Rakocevic did well this year, but it is certainly a position Jefak will look at improving over the summer. Perhaps more pressing would be the signing of a real top-class striker, the difference between Olympic finishing 5th and having a real chance of breaking into the top four is likely a proven goalscorer. Early rumours include moves for domestic talents such as 1896 Ebor youngster Petar Majdandzic but also foreign stars such as Lublova Reds' and Squornshelan Remnant States' internationalist Demkjo Jzvanic. A move for Jzvanic would be a real signal of intent from Olympic whose board have made noises about being more willing to spend money to back Jefak's obvious managerial talent.

Kristijan Petricevic's reign as 1896 Ebor manager is over, his target ahead of the season was to finish in the top four and he failed fairly comprehensively and this was the straw that broke the camel's back for the 1896 Ebor board. In the end they finished 6th, nine points back on Liria and behind Olympic on goal difference. A change of manager really could be what the Northmen need, though, with many supporters feeling things had grown slightly stale at the Olujastadion. They have some talented players, so an overhaul of the on-field talent isn't quite what is needed, but a new tactical approach could potentially be the key thing for them. It will be interesting to see where they go from here, though, with there not being a whole host of managers who would perhaps want to go to Ebor. The job is seen as a bit of a poisoned chalice as the current Mytanar footballing landscape with a very defined top four (Crvena Zvezda, Ararat, Atletik and Liria), is extremely difficult to change and given 1896 Ebor's history the expectations are permanently high despite this difficulty. Early indications are that they will speak to 1923 Esca's Zdeslav Nesic and potentially FK Magevskaya's Vasya Kanadin, with both reportedly being interested.

Nyva continue to plod onward, this period continues to be the most successful in their history as they mix it with the big boys of Mytanar football in the Top League. As a club they're likely to be happy enough with 7th, they're completely safe from relegation and they will continue to look to establish themselves as the biggest club in the southern islands of Avnalia and Nasto. They're way ahead of anybody else at the minute, with no other side from the region even in the Top League (although Rudar will be joining them ahead of next season, meaning the Avnalia Derby returns to the Top League). They have identified a site for their new stadium too and have announced plans to build an 18,000 capacity facility. It will be a downsize for them, but the modern amenities and increased number of corporate suites will increase ticket revenue. It is also hoped the stadium will be an improvement atmosphere wise with the atmosphere at the Stadion Komunalni often being lost given the distance between the supporters and the pitch. The presence of large rail-seat sections at either end of the ground will go some way to helping this, including in the front sector of the away section.

Tekstil finish exactly mid-table, a good result for them and they continue to progress with a young squad. Nebojsa Aleksic continues to be their driving force, his 18 goals through 30 games accounting for just under half the team's goals over the course of the season. Emir Saric organises his team brilliantly and the work he does with the young players both in his first team and the club's academy should be commended. It is expected that the likes of Amel Memic and Mersudin Smajic will earn roles in the starting line-up ahead of next season and that would be impressive as it would increase the number of academy products in the starting eleven to around 8 out of 11 (providing none are exchanged or sold etc), which is almost unheard of. The challenge for Saric is to try and take his team from a comfortably middling Top League side to one that can challenge for a place slightly higher up the table, or at least challenge in the latter stages of the National Cup more regularly. Tekstil's board are quite pleased with how things are and it is unlikely they will put too much pressure on Saric to achieve a higher position, but given Saric's quality as a manager it is likely his own ambitions lie higher up the league table and the question is perhaps whether the club's ambitions match the Emir Saric's?

1923 Esca did pretty well this season and most importantly - for the club's board and their all-important ultras group Odeljak 1-11 (the two are often interchangeable, such is the ultras effect on the club as a whole) - far removed from any relegation battles that happened below them. It was a solid first season of Top League football for Strahinja Nanusevski, too, who is considered by many at Radnika to be the next big thing in Mytanar football. He contributed 14 goals in 30 games and was a menace to defenders with his hard-running, physical style. He reminds many of Nebojsa Aleksic and the comparison is fairly plain to see, both are tall and fairly physically imposing, but retain a decent amount of speed and can accelerate away from defenders. If Nanusevski can be anything like as talismanic for 1923 Esca as Aleksic is for Tekstil then the capital club will know that they really do have a top talent on their hands. There has been reported interest from Atletik and Liria already and any moves to clubs of that calibre will come with a large fee if the club can be shrewd in any negotiations. One thing 1923 Esca may have to concentrate on this summer (as well as keeping Nanusevski), is keeping their manager Zdeslav Nesic. Nesic has steered 1923 Esca successfully through relegation battles and towards a comfortable mid-table position over the past few seasons and a few clubs further up the table consider his success at developing young players and then trusting them to go out on the pitch and deliver to be an attractive proposition, especially given large scale spending in previous seasons (1896 Ebor spring to mind!), and hopes to become more sustainable in the next few years.

Energija-Nuklearna had a pretty poor season, we predicted them to finish 7th so to finish 10th shows how far out of line they were with our prediction (they were only four points off Nyva in 7th, but league position often means more than points accrued when all is said and done). Of course, our prediction isn't the measure the manager is judged by but in this case Branko Tolic was neither in line with our expectations nor the Energija-Nuklearna board's expectations. He was sacked following their final game of the season and the club will now look to a new manager to take them back up the table and towards the top four, where many at the club believe they belong. They've fallen a long way since the days of Kristian Haugen and Omet Drazaal et al, so it will be a tough task for any manager to take them back up the table. They do - as always - have an excellent crop of youngsters who seem on the verge of breaking through though (Bertovic, Baljak, Ugljanin, Ivezic and Simic are just some of the names that are likely to be debuting in their starting eleven in the next couple of years), so it could be an attractive proposition for any manager who can work with young players as the requisite pieces are there, they just need a little nurturing. Vasya Kanadin is rumoured to be the lead candidate at the minute following his unbelievable couple of years in the Top League with FK Magevskaya (he's gained a lot of credit keeping them in the top-flight two years running with seemingly limited and inexperienced squads).

CDSA did okay this season, Slavko Jelic can't really be criticised too much, he has a handful of good players at his disposal and some below average ones beyond that. He gets the best from the likes of Alen Hrdaljko and Momchil Klemetic and it is the lack of a real goalscorer that lets his team down. Jelic is similar to the likes of Emil Jefak and Emir Saric in that his teams are always supremely well-drilled, organised unbelievably in defence and are hard to break down. This has made up for the lack of quality in his team's defence this season and it is unlikely that the club will invest too much in the defence whilst Jelic can get them playing like this. This does mean that there should be some money available to improve their creativity and chance creation going forward, an attacking midfielder or striker has to be their number one target over the summer - just anybody that can add more goals to this team. Dejan Zgela, the young forward who made a few appearances off the bench this season, could be one solution. He is a striker in the mould of Ocokoljic, he will drop deep to contribute to the team's play and he has a penchant for scoring similarly spectacular goals. Slavko Jelic will hope Zgela can make the step-up to the starting eleven soon as he could be just what CDSA are looking for.

Everybody knew it was going to be a tough season for Arka after losing so many important players over the summer. The exodus meant their squad went into the season severely at-risk of succumbing to what would have been a shock relegation. Nemanja Pivec did a good job in ensuring his side didn't get involved in the scrap that occurred mostly below them, with Arka being mostly comfortable, if a little adrift from the teams who finished in the mid-table positions above them. Kostas Aklis had a good season on loan from Atletik and was considered by some to be a contender to at least place in the Under-23 Player of the Season Award, but he did have tough competition in that category this season. Aklis will return to Atletik over the summer and it is unlikely Arka will be able to get the Othilean midfielder on loan again next year, replacing him will be a tough task. Pivec will have an unenviable task over the summer in trying to improve this squad, as he did ahead of this season, but at least he knows that he was able to negotiate what was meant to be one of Arka's toughest ever seasons fairly comfortably. He should have some money at his disposal too, with additions in a few areas of the pitch necessary if Arka want to move back up the table.

FK Magevskaya were even more impressive this season in staying up than they were last year and Vasya Kanadin's stock continues to rise. The 54 year old is by no means a young coach, but he is perhaps finally getting the recognition he deserves. His success in keeping FK Magevskaya in the top-flight two years in a row is being noticed far and wide, particularly given the lack of experience in his squad as a whole and also the lack of quality in certain areas as well. Maks Shishkin, the prodigiously talented 16 year old had a solid year and his dribbling skills were perhaps the main reason the club stayed up in the end. His 4 goals and 10 assists meant he was involved in nearly half his side's goals and it is this creativity that has sides higher up the Top League casting envious glances down at the Magev club. Nobody expects Shishkin to spend too much longer in Magevskaya, anyway. Kanadin too, for that matter.

This was a season in which the gap between Top League and Druga Liga was openly displayed, with all three promoted clubs getting relegated and relatively comfortably too, the 5 point gap between 13th FK Magevskaya and 14th Litala '93 demonstrating the difference in quality. Even despite a fair amount of activity in the transfer market (6 signings for Litala '93, 4 for Slovan and 2 for BVK Dinamo), none could close the gap and this will perhaps mean clubs are less inclined to spend money when coming up to the top-flight. They may not see it as worthwhile as it by no means guarantees success. All three relegated sides will undoubtedly see this single season in the Top League as something to build on and create the foundations for another promotion back to the top tier. Next time - if there is one - they will perhaps expect a bigger challenge against the established sides and a more sustained fight against relegation. It is of course disappointing to see all three promoted sides go straight back down, but this is where we are in Mytanar football at the moment. Redevelopment of our second tier back to the standards that were reached when Pretia Prizren became the best second tier side in all of football with their Series B Champions' Cup win is naturally what everybody wants, but it could take a long time to reach that level once again and for now we will just be content if the promoted sides can give it a good go at staying up instead of the rather limp showing we saw this season.

End of Season Awards.
Player of the Season.
#1: Jezdimir Ocokoljic (Crvena Zvezda, ST, 21)
#2: Mojmir Anac (Olympic, DC, 23)
#3: Petr Isaev (Crvena Zvezda, DR, 25)

Under-23 Player of the Season.
#1. Jezdimir Ocokoljic (Crvena Zvezda, ST, 21)
#2. Mojmir Anac (Olympic, DC, 23)
#3. Anton-Dusan Straka (Liria, ST, 23)

Manager of the Season.
#1. Emil Jefak (Olympic)
#2. Luka Kostic (Crvena Zvezda)
#3. Vasya Kanadin (FK Magevskaya)

Golden Boot.
#1. Jezdimir Ocokoljic (Crvena Zvezda, ST; 22 goals in 30 games)
#2. Anton-Dusan Straka (Liria, ST; 20 goals in 30 games)
#3. Nebojsa Aleksic (Tekstil, ST; 18 goals in 30 games)

Golden Glove.
#1. Pedja Kasun (Ararat, GK; 14 clean sheets, 26 goals conceded in 30 games)
#2. Jezdimir Rakocevic (Olympic, GK; 12 clean sheets, 28 goals conceded in 30 games)
#3. Adel Gudelj (Liria, GK; 11 clean sheets, 29 goals conceded in 30 games)




National Cup Review.


First Round
Dinamo a 2–2 FK Istocna Obala 0–0 2–2
Zenit 5–8 Torpedo 3–5 2–3
Rudar 5–2 Turbine 3–2 2–0
Partizan 4–1 CVMZ 3–1 1–0
Spartak 2–3 Ribari 0–1 2–2
NK Thessia 1–2 Obalna 1–1 0–1
Granica 6–2 Slavia 1–0 5–2
Meja 6–5 Padina 3–4 3–1
Metalist 2–7 Arsenal 1–4 1–3
NK Dyka 6–2 Pakhtakor 3–0 3–2
Rotor 1–0 Zeljeznicar 1–0 0–0
Lok. Cassia 3–4 Pretia 2–0 1–4
Vitalia 4–7 JK Ebor 3–6 1–1
Obolon 0–2 Akademija 0–2 0–0
Lok. Ostrova 4–0 NK Istina 2–0 2–0
FK Arsika 2–2 p SK Port Jarko 0–2 2–0 (SK Port Jarko win 3–1 on penalties)


Dinamo needed away goals to squeeze their way past Treci Liga side FK Istocna Obala. They've fallen a long way since the days when they won the National Cup and Kotrba is a very different place to what it was back then, with the once famous atmosphere being somewhat dampened by the years Dinamo have spent in the second tier. A real fallen giant of Mytanar football. Torpedo upset Zenit in a crazy tie in the First Round, a 5-3 away win in Esca giving them an advantage and a 3-2 victory back in Vershina confirming it. Spartak gave Ribari a real scare in their First Round fixture, Ribari took a 1-0 lead into the second leg before Spartak roared into a 2-0 lead within the first ten minutes. Ribari had enough to reply with two goals of their own for a 3-2 aggregate victory, but it was a close-run thing. Obalna's late winner in the second leg against NK Thessia sparked wild celebrations in Gornaya-Mesnost in their all third tier tie. Meja and Padina played out a topsy-turvy couple of games, with Padina taking a 4-3 lead into the second leg back at home where they capitulated, Meja ran out 3-1 winners and won 6-5 on aggregate. Rotor and Zeljeznicar are both in the Druga Liga (or were, Rotor were of course later relegated), but everybody expected Zeljeznicar to win this tie. Rotor won 1-0 in their home leg before defending doggedly for the 90 minutes away in Sigurno to confirm a 1-0 aggregate win. Lok. Cassia against Pretia Prizren was one of the ties of the round going into the tournament and the two didn't disappoint, the Rauchik club's 2-0 win at home set the scene for an exciting second leg and when Lok. Cassia went 1-0 up everybody thought Pretia were dead and buried. Cue four goals with no reply from Pretia to turn the tie on its head and send them through 4-3 on aggregate. FK Arsika and SK Port Jarko traded 2-0 away wins, with the Treci Liga side winning away in the first leg and giving everybody hope of an upset, FK Arsika's 2-0 win in the second leg meant extra time and with neither team able to score it went to penalties: SK Port Jarko won 3-1, the team that won the first ever Top League title causing an upset in the First Round of the National Cup this year.

Second Round
JK Ebor 1–3 Dinamo 0–1 1–2
Olympic 4–2 Liria 3–1 1–1
Energija-Nuklearna 3–4 BVK Dinamo 3–1 0–3
Arka 1–2 Rotor 1–1 0–1
Crvena Zvezda 4–1 Rudar 1–0 3–1
Nyva 1–0 Lok. Ostrova 0–0 1–0
NK Dyka 7–2 Akademija 1–0 6–2
Ribari 2–6 Ararat 2–3 0–3
1896 Ebor 3–0 Obalna 2–0 1–0
Slovan 3–5 1923 Esca 2–4 1–1
Partizan 3–7 Granica 3–4 0–3
CDSA 2–1 Arsenal 2–1 0–0
Torpedo 3–5 Meja 0–1 3–4
Atletik 2–0 SK Port Jarko 2–0 0–0
Litala '93 3–2 Tekstil 2–2 1–0
FK Magevskaya 3–4 Pretia 1–0 2–4


Dinamo's run continues with their 3-1 win over JK Ebor. Olympic versus Liria was one of the ties of the round and it would be the Thessia side that progressed, their 3-1 victory at home giving Liria everything to do in the second leg and the 1-1 draw Olympic managed there was more than enough for them to go through. BVK Dinamo completed an incredible comeback in the second leg of their tie versus Energija-Nuklearna. They had a 3-1 deficit to contend with going into the second leg and ran out 3-0 winners in one of the most surprising results from the Second Round. Rotor completed a huge upset with their 2-1 aggregate victory over Arka, their 1-0 win in the second leg at home seeing them through. Crvena Zvezda easily negotiated a potential banana skin in the form of Rudar whilst Nyva made comparatively heavy work of their tie versus Lok. Ostrova, only just doing enough to go through with a 1-0 win away from home in the second leg. Ararat eased past Ribari whilst 1896 Ebor did the same against regional rivals Obalna. 1923 Esca and Slovan had a fairly back and forth pair of games, with the capital club winning out 5-3 eventually. Granica beat Partizan 7-3 on aggregate in the highest scoring tie of the Second Round. Atletik won 2-0 against old rivals SK Port Jarko in the first leg and then sent the kids out to play out a 0-0 draw in the second leg, Miodrag Andrijasevic captaining an inexperienced side there. Tekstil's defence of the National Cup ended at the first hurdle as Litala '93 provided a minor upset, a 2-2 draw in Esca left the two teams with everything to play for in the second leg and the solitary goal of the game in the second leg from Josip Brajdic sent Litala through. Pretia staged another incredible comeback, they were 1-0 down against FK Magevskaya following the first leg and daringly escaped and progressed to the Third Round courtesy of a 4-2 win in the second leg. A second straight 4-3 scoreline seeing the Prizren club through, with an upset against Top League opposition to boot.

Third Round
Granica p 1–1 Nyva 0–1 1–0 (Granica win 4–2 on penalties)
Litala '93 1–3 1923 Esca 0–1 1–2
Dinamo 1–4 Meja 1–1 0–3
Pretia 3–0 CDSA 2–0 1–0
BVK Dinamo 4–1 NK Dyka 3–1 1–0
Rotor 1–4 Crvena Zvezda 1–2 0–2
Atletik 0–1 Ararat 0–1 0–0
1896 Ebor 1–2 Olympic 0–1 1–1


Granica caused a big upset by dumping Nyva out of the National Cup on penalties, this followed a pair of 1-0 away wins, Granica's in the second leg which sent the tie to extra time before shocking the Zvornik club on penalties to progress to the Quarter Finals. 1923 Esca and Litala '93 had the joys of an All-Esca Derby in the Third Round, always a feisty affair, the prospect of moving on to the next stage made it an even more fiery encounter. 1923 Esca won the first leg through a Strahinja Nanusevski goal. Josip Brajdic scored early on in the second leg to give Litala '93 hope, but goals from Netto and that man Nanusevski sent 1923 Esca onward. Meja caused an upset as they disposed of Dinamo over the two legs, their 1-1 draw in Esca giving them confidence that they could get a result at home and they more than obliged, beating Dinamo fairly comprehensively in a 3-0 win and going on to the Quarters. Pretia caused another upset with a 3-0 aggregate win over CDSA, whilst BVK Dinamo did what was expected of them in beating NK Dyka 4-1 over the two legs. Crvena Zvezda eased past Rotor 4-1 on aggregate after a slightly tricky 2-1 win in the first leg. Atletik and Ararat met in the tie of the round, but the action of the pitch didn't match the off-field billing, a 1-0 win for Ararat in the first leg seeing them through, Dalibor Vlahovic's goal the only difference between the two sides as both defended deep, Atletik attempting to counter Ararat's defensive approach with one of their own and whilst they were successful in restricting Ararat's goal threat it completely negated Atletik's own. Adem Fejzic will be disappointed he didn't stick to his normal gameplan, with hindsight. Olympic marched on with a 2-1 aggregate defeat of 1896 Ebor, Vilim Kupresak's goal in the first leg proved to be the difference between the sides as they drew 1-1 in the second game and Olympic progressed.

Quarter Final
Granica 3–4 BVK Dinamo 2–2 1–2
Meja 0–6 Crvena Zvezda 0–4 0–2
1923 Esca 2–4 Olympic 1–1 1–3
Pretia 1–3 Ararat 1–3 0–0


It's not often that all the favourites win in a round of the National Cup, but that is what happened in the Quarter Finals of this season's edition. BVK Dinamo did suffer a major scare though, their 2-2 draw away from home against Granica set things up nicely for the second leg and when Granica went 1-0 up things were starting to look a bit dicey, BVK Dinamo overturned the deficit though and progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Crvena Zvezda quite simply obliterated poor Meja, who were defeated 4-0 in front of their own fans in Kizhniy-Grod Neputsk courtesy of a Jezdimir Ocokoljic masterclass, the national team star scoring all four in his side's victory. Olympic and 1923 Esca couldn't be separated in the first leg, but the Thessia side turned things on in the second leg to run out 3-1 winners and 4-2 victors on aggregate. Olympic's fans must really have been starting to dream of a first ever trophy, with the Semi Final being the closest they had come in a long time. Ararat eased past Pretia, their 3-1 away win in the first leg giving them some breathing space and they sent out an under strength side in the second leg who merely saw the tie out.

Semi Final
Ararat 2–3 Olympic 0–1 2–2
Crvena Zvezda 2–1 BVK Dinamo 1–1 1–0


Ararat and Olympic was always going to be the more attractive of the two ties at the Semi Final stage, but both games proved to be quite exciting in their own right. Olympic won a hard-fought defensive battle in the first leg, the solitary goal from Sasa Zebic giving them an invaluable lead to take back home to Thessia for the second leg. They then built on this, going 1-0 up in the return leg before Ararat hit back through the beanpole striker Rade Loncar's header. Ararat made things interesting by going ahead with Mateja Stojkovic's goal and this would mean that Olympic needed to score as it was 2-2 on aggregate and Ararat had two away goals to Olympic's one. Olympic put the pressure on and Ararat sat back, usually so good in defence and so organised, but eventually the dam was breached, an outstanding through ball from Kupresak threaded through the defensive line and finding Srecko Stankovic who slotted past Pedja Kasun and made it 2-2, 3-2 to Olympic on aggregate and so they would progress to the National Cup Final.

Crvena Zvezda met BVK Dinamo and were heavy favourites to progress to the Final and keep alive the chance of a famous double, they were still well in the running for the league title and Ocokoljic's form made them a good bet to be able to go and win the league. His late equaliser in the first leg gave them an even better chance of progressing through this Semi Final - a stage BVK Dinamo perhaps never imagined they would reach this season, with some supporters even saying that it may have been better that they didn't progress so far in the Cup, so that they may focus on the league. All right-thinking fans of course prefer silverware to a mere presence in the top-flight, though, and BVK Dinamo's spirited challenge in the Cup this season was a joy to behold. In the second leg, back at home at the Stadion Pavel Vyoral, they put Crvena Zvezda under pressure, but when Jezdimir Ocokoljic is in form he is hard to stop and he smashed home a thunderous strike from all of 25 yards to win the second leg and the tie and send Crvena Zvezda on to the National Cup Final.

Final
Venue: Radnika, Esca (Attendance: 59,989)
Weather: Sunny (22°C)
Referee: Nemanja Jovancic

Crvena Zvezda 1–0 Olympic


Crvena Zvezda had won the Top League by this point, with the National Cup Final being the last game of the Mytanar domestic season each year. They had Jezdimir Ocokoljic, arguably in the form of his life, to thank for their second ever Top League title and they wanted to follow that up with their second ever National Cup triumph to complete a second famous double. They would meet an Olympic Thessia side that had had a fabulous season of their own, with Mojmir Anac their inspirational young captain leading their team onward to an excellent league finish and a potential first ever piece of silverware (a statistic that must remain shocking to foreign followers of Mytanar football, Olympic never having won a trophy). Emil Jefak is touted as potentially the best manager in Mytanija at the moment and a victory in the National Cup would further cement the burgeoning reputation he has created for himself.

As it was, it would be Jezdimir Ocokoljic's day. The young trequartista scored a trademark goal, receiving the ball halfway in Olympic's half and speeding towards their goal, jinking this way and that and leaving both Mojmir Anac and Kamil Jernejec - two of Mytanija's most promising centre-halves - sprawled on the floor as he made them look silly with a couple of outstanding pieces of skill. He dinked the ball over his namesake: the onrushing Jezdimir Rakocevic. This goal was the difference between the two sides in front of a capacity crowd at Radnika in the capital. Ocokoljic and Azanovic lifted the trophy in the sun and the Crvena Zvezda fans got their second double. Some think it may have been Ocokoljic's last game with the club for now, after he has achieved everything he can with the club at domestic level. He is a Crvena Zvezda fan and many felt he would end up captain one day, but he also has a degree of ambition and part of that has to be really challenging at the latter stages of UICA competitions, something he is not going to do right now with his boyhood club. Two things are for certain: one, even if he does leave, the door will always be open for him to return to the Stadion Ljudi and make the people in Crvena Zvezda's half of Tsrvena dream again. Secondly, Ocokoljic is already a legend in the eyes of Crvena Zvezda fans and he's only 22, he's the only true global superstar player Mytanija has at the minute and if he were to leave the Top League for somewhere else, his thrilling skills and tricks, along with his prodigious ability to score goals is probably the best showcase of Mytanar football and representation of his boyhood club that the rest of football can see.




Lower League Round-Up.


## Druga Liga            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Partizan 30 18 5 7 58 30 +28 59 C, P
02 Pretia 30 18 4 8 58 34 +24 58 P
03 Rudar 30 15 10 5 53 38 +15 55 P
04 Granica 30 15 6 9 53 44 +9 51
05 Dinamo 30 16 1 13 49 45 +4 49
06 CVMZ 30 12 12 6 51 41 +10 48
07 FK Arsika 30 14 6 10 54 51 +3 48
08 Zeljeznicar 30 12 8 10 49 46 +3 44
09 Arsenal 30 11 6 13 43 46 −3 39
10 Lok. Ostrova 30 12 3 15 53 58 −5 39
11 Zenit 30 11 4 15 40 50 −10 37
12 Slavia 30 10 6 14 42 58 −16 36
13 JK Ebor 30 9 6 15 35 47 −12 33
14 Ribari 30 9 4 17 39 45 −6 31 R
15 Lok. Cassia 30 7 9 14 45 51 −6 30 R
16 Rotor 30 4 4 22 30 68 −38 16 R


We had a title race in all three divisions this season and the one in the Druga Liga was just as compelling as the one in the Top League. Partizan, Pretia and Rudar pushed each other all the way and Granica were involved for long stretches of the season too. In the end, Sava Grgurovic's men won the league title on the final day of the season beating Pretia by one point. All three would end up getting promoted and next season could well be the first time we've had a real chance of the promoted sides giving it a good go in their first season, Partizan and Pretia are both returning following relegation in the 24/25 season and their squads look pretty strong. Rudar have been in the Top League semi recently too and their squad is littered with experienced Top League campaigners. A few intelligent additions could really see them drag the likes of 1923 Esca, Energija-Nuklearna, CDSA, Arka and FK Magevskaya into a relegation scrap if they aren't careful. The biggest job for Partizan will be keeping Sava Grgurovic, who has been linked with the FK Magevskaya job given the fact Vasya Kanadin is being linked with jobs higher up the table. There could be a real managerial merry-go-round over the summer.

At the other end, a real shock relegation occurred with Ribari facing the drop, Lok. Cassia was also slightly surprising but less so than Ribari who were some people's outside bet for promotion ahead of the season. Lok. Cassia's ultras caused a riot - quite literally - after their relegation. The Rauchik club's board were blamed for their demotion and the black smoke billowing from their ultras group, Gate 11's section, indicated that there was going to be trouble after the game. Black smoke is always a bad sign in Mytanar football and Gate 11 were clearly not happy. In the final minutes of their game on the final day of the season, the Gate 11 ultras began to scale the fence in front of their section with the black smoke obscuring part of the field. Riot police moved onto the pitch and the referee stopped the game, with Lok. Cassia's players escorted off the field. What followed was a scene of violence and disorder, running battles between the riot police and the Gate 11 ultras on the pitch at the Metrostad. The FSM saw sense just to end the game at the time it the referee stopped it and Lok. Cassia were relegated, the scenes at the Metrostad were ugly and it will be no surprise if the FSM and indeed the police hit Gate 11 with a stadium ban for at least a part of next season. Lok. Cassia will compete in the third tier regardless. Rotor were the other team to be relegated and they were truly terrible, they scored the least and conceded the most and could only manage 4 wins and 4 draws over the 30 game season, finishing 14 points behind Lok. Cassia directly above them and 17 points from safety.

## Treci Liga            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 SK Port Jarko 30 20 4 6 49 28 +21 64 C, P
02 Turbine 30 19 6 5 53 21 +32 63 P
03 Torpedo 30 20 2 8 52 31 +21 62 P
04 NK Dyka 30 18 7 5 56 32 +24 61
05 Meja 30 16 6 8 52 43 +9 54
06 Pakhtakor 30 15 6 9 41 25 +16 51
07 Metalist 30 14 8 8 46 39 +7 50
08 NK Thessia 30 16 1 13 45 47 −2 49
09 Vitalia 30 12 5 13 43 41 +2 41
10 Spartak 30 10 8 12 44 43 +1 38
11 Obalna 30 10 7 13 41 36 +5 37
12 Obolon 30 8 7 15 40 55 −15 31
13 Padina 30 8 4 18 38 50 −12 28
14 Akademija 30 5 4 21 27 49 −22 19
15 NK Istina 30 4 5 21 34 66 −32 17
16 FK Istocna Obala 30 3 4 23 28 83 −55 13


SK Port Jarko and Turbine go up 1st and 2nd with the Treci Liga experiencing a title race of its own, similarly enthralling, with the top four separated by three points at the end of the season. The top two returned to the Druga Liga at the first attempt and it would be Torpedo Vershina who joined them in the second tier next season. NK Dyka's hopes of a direct promotion back to the Druga Liga were destroyed on the final day as they lost to Torpedo who leapfrogged them into that final promotion spot. Their hopes of being a Top League club within the 5-10 years they specified in their club's 'new goals' document taking a massive dent given their presence in the third tier again next season. It will be difficult to get promoted again next year too with the presence of strong sides in the form of Ribari and Lok. Cassia, with Rotor also surely being more at their level following relegation. Akademija should also improve a fair bit ahead of next season, with sales of some of their more promising players from the past couple of seasons (their 14th place finish doesn't mean there wasn't any youngsters with potential in the team this season!) in the pipeline for the summer transfer window and rumours of a real golden generation coming through at the club that serves as a de facto national academy team.
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MKA LIGA BASKETBALL 25/26 SEASON REVIEW.


MKA Liga Basketball History

Year Champion Runner-Up
00/01 Košarka Esca 75–60 Atletik
01/02 Košarka Esca 79–74 Dinamo
02/03 Dinamo 71–59 BK Magevskaya
03/04 KK Rauchnya 65–63 KK Prizren
04/05 Olympic 71–70 Atletik
05/06 Košarka Esca 77–74 KK Rauchnya
06/07 Dinamo 84–80 Zenit
07/08 Zenit 81–79 Dinamo
08/09 Zenit 78–74 Dinamo
09/10 Zenit 75–70 Košarka Esca
10/11 BK Magevskaya 79–72 KK Rauchnya
11/12 KK Rauchnya 64–62 NK Dyka
12/13 KK Rauchnya 70–69 Olympic
13/14 Košarka Esca 74–65 Dinamo
14/15 Košarka Esca 88–68 Zenit
15/16 Košarka Esca 80–74 BK Magevskaya
16/17 Košarka Esca 74–73 KK Rauchnya
17/18 Padina 60–59 Košarka Esca
18/19 Atletik 75–71 Zeljeznicar
19/20 KK Rauchnya 72–51 KK Avnalia
20/21 Dinamo 71–70 Zenit
21/22 KK Avnalia 88-85 KK Prizren
22/23 Olympic 90–78 Atletik
23/24 Košarka Esca 95–82 KK Rauchnya
24/25 KK Rauchnya 93–92 Košarka Esca

Team Championships
Košarka Esca 8
KK Rauchnya 5
Dinamo 3
Zenit 3
Olympic 2
Atletik 1
BK Magevskya 1
KK Avnalia 1
Padina 1


Basketball is a popular sport in Mytanija, in terms of participation it is one of the stronger sports, with plenty of Mytanar kids playing street basketball in the infamous 'cages' found in many deprived areas in Mytanar cities when a football isn't being kicked around. The MKA Liga, Mytanija's top level of competition, lags behind other sports in terms of commercial revenue and television coverage which means it is often considered to be behind football (obviously), handball and volleyball in terms of popularity. The MKA (the Mytanar Basketball Association), is trying to change that by negotiating better contracts for the TV rights to show MKA Liga games. This could involve streamlining the current format of the league, with some feeling that 28 teams is too many and dilutes the quality of the league that is meant to represent the best basketball in Mytanija has to offer. Any change of format would likely be met with fierce opposition given the structure of many of the teams as part of wider sports clubs that participate in various sports (e.g. Atletik, Crvena Zvezda and Dinamo to name but a few), that are owned and run by their members and usually (except for their football sections), aren't especially profitable. Increased commercialisation would be seen as anathema to the very values of many of these teams that are run for their members and are quite principled regarding community involvement in their clubs and staying in touch with their roots.

Mytanar basketball is characterised by finesse and skilful play, with passing and sharing the ball being crucial to the way teams play. Even bigs will boast the ability to make difficult passes and make solid reads and court intelligence is one of the most important things in the Mytanar game. Generally there are not specific players that dominate the points per game statistic. It is arguably more of a team-oriented style and players will also change position and can be tasked with taking on multiple roles in a game. There's less isolation plays than in a lot of other countries and athleticism isn't as important either.

Let's see what happened this season:

## MKA Liga              Pld    W   L
01 Košarka Esca 54 43 11 Q 2R
02 Zenit 54 42 12 Q 2R
03 Zeljeznicar 54 41 13 Q 2R
04 BK Magevskaya 54 40 14 Q 2R
05 KK Rauchnya 54 39 15 Q 1R
06 Dinamo 54 38 16 Q 1R
07 KK Prizren 54 38 16 Q 1R
08 KK Avnalia 54 37 17 Q 1R
09 NK Thessia 54 36 18 Q 1R
10 Atletik 54 33 21 Q 1R
11 Padina 54 31 23 Q 1R
12 Olympic 54 27 27 Q 1R
13 Akademija 54 27 27
14 Torpedo 54 26 28
15 NK Istina 54 26 28
16 NK Dyka 54 25 29
17 Ribari 54 25 29
18 Partizan 54 24 30
19 Slovan 54 19 35
20 Turbine 54 19 35
21 Granica 54 18 36
22 Crvena Zvezda 54 17 37
23 Tekstil 54 17 37
24 Rotor 54 16 38
25 CDSA 54 15 39
26 Litala ’93 54 13 41
27 KK Miago 54 13 41
28 Meja 54 11 43


The top four teams in the regular season receive a bye to the Second Round of the play-offs and this season the four best teams were Košarka Esca, Zenit, Zeljeznicar and BK Magevskaya. Košarka Esca are arguably the biggest and most well-known team in the country, being a basketball specific team that don't compete in other sports and one of the teams that would likely be quite happy to transition to a slimmed down MKA Liga if the MKA is successful in doing this. Zenit may not be enjoying their best years in football but in basketball they're one of the country's better teams, coached by Mirko Lazetic, they're one of the most creative teams in Mytanija and they play some really good basketball. Zeljeznicar were good this season but are not one of the traditional success stories whilst BK Magevskaya are the basketball section of SK Magevskaya that compete in almost everything. The Magev outfit possess two really impressive bigs at the minute in the form of Evgeny Fomin and Stepan Bychkov who will likely make the national team when it comes round to the next IBC.

The teams that finish 5th to 12th qualify for the First Round of the play-offs, KK Rauchnya are one of the stronger teams in the country but were not as impressive as predicted this season, they possess perhaps the most skilled player in Mytanija in the form of Albin Jausovec, a guard who seemingly has eyes in the back of his head. Following them were Dinamo, pleased to qualify for the play-offs as they try to match Votavova Derby rivals Zenit. That particularly rivalry carries over into every sport from the notable rivalry in football and the two teams hate each other, it is rare that fans travel to away games in any indoor sports due to the difficult of keeping opposing sets of fans separate. The atmosphere for Dinamo-Zenit games is as fiery as in football, though. KK Prizren came 7th in the regular season, followed by KK Avnalia (it is notable that none of the big football clubs from Prizren play other sports and the same goes for Avnali football clubs such as Nyva, meaning both places are represented by singular entities). Three Thessian clubs find themselves in the final four positions for the play-offs: NK Thessia, Atletik and Olympic, only separated by fairytale team Padina who were not tipped by many to find themselves in the play-offs this season.

First Round
#5 KK Rauchnya 90–60 #12 Olympic
#6 Dinamo 80–63 #11 Padina
#7 KK Prizren 88–81 #10 Atletik
#8 KK Avnalia 72–74 #9 NK Thessia


KK Rauchnya eased past Olympic, the difference in class showing as the Rauchik club dominated Olympic across the court. KK Rauchnya perhaps demonstrated why many had them tipped as a regular season top four candidate, with some feeling they were coming into top form in the play-offs, when it matters. Dinamo ended Padina's fairytale story with a solid performance in Esca, along with a potential game against Zenit that could arrive late in the tournament given the seeding of the teams. If both Zenit and Dinamo won their Second Round play-off game they could meet in the Semi Finals with a place in the Championship game on the line. KK Prizren and Atletik's game was kept tight until the final few minutes when a couple of unusual turnovers from Atletik allowed the Prizren club to open up a gap. Atletik's coach was going ballistic on the sidelines, with fundamentals being so crucial in Mytanar basketball, turnovers are seen as almost sinful and it was clear to see the Atletik players felt like they had let themselves down at the end of the game. NK Thessia caused the only upset of the round, knocking off KK Avnalia with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Zahir Dedic to thank.

Second Round
#1 Košarka Esca 90–85 #9 NK Thessia
#2 Zenit 77–69 #7 KK Prizren
#3 Zeljeznicar 68–80 #6 Dinamo
#4 BK Magevskaya 81–73 #5 KK Rauchnya


NK Thessia threatened to keep their dream alive against Košarka Esca, pushing them all the way in their game, but the #1 seeds showed why they received that position with a couple of clutch plays at the end of a game many had not expected to be so close. Zenit stretched away from KK Prizren in the final few minutes of an ill-tempered game in Esca whilst their rivals Dinamo set-up a Votavova Derby in the next round by shocking Zeljeznicar in Sigurno. Zeljeznicar played more like the mid-table team they usually are, rather than a #3 seed and made more unforced mistakes than they had throughout much of the regular season against the highly motivated Dinamo team they came up against. Finally BK Magevskaya were seeded higher than KK Rauchnya going into their game but they were seen as the underdogs by the bookmakers and they caused an upset on that front with a solid victory. Their tandem of bigs Fomin and Bychkov played as superbly as we have come to expect, but it was a real team performance with guard Tshovsky top-scoring. Magev basketball looks in really good hands at the minute.

Semi Finals
#1 Košarka Esca 79–67 #4 BK Magevskaya
#2 Zenit 77–73 #6 Dinamo


Magev basketball is in really good hands but this Championship tilt may have come a year too early for their young squad, who may come of age next season. Košarka Esca were impressive and this was a performance that made everybody sit up and take notice as they were dominant in the first half of the game, leading 43-25 before resting some key players as they felt they had the game won. Zenit and Dinamo met in the Votavova Derby and it was - as expected - a bad-tempered affair, the partisan crowd made it very intimidating for Dinamo but they were solid throughout the game and were only beaten in the last minute of the game when Dragomir Marusic's three-and-one put Zenit four points up, Marusic shooting the three from outside and drawing a foul killing the game off and confirming Zenit's passage through an intense Votavova Derby and to the Championship game.

MKA Liga Championship
#1 Košarka Esca 58–81 #2 Zenit


Well, when all was said and done we had the two best teams meeting in the MKA Liga Championship game in Esca. It was #1 against #2 and boy oh boy did #1 get toppled. Košarka Esca had been so impressive throughout the season, when they met Zenit people felt like they would win in a tight, competitive game. They got crushed. Zenit were better across the court in almost every single way and it is difficult to see why. Zenit's players were exceptional when defending, with top-class team defence really make it difficult for Košarka Esca's players to get clean shots off and disrupting the #1 seed's reads on the court. It was a masterclass from Zenit and they are a truly deserving champion this season.
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Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
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RSM TOP LEAGUE HANDBALL 25/26 SEASON REVIEW.


RSM Top League Handball History

Year Champion
00/01 Litala ’93
01/02 Litala ’93
02/03 Litala ’93
03/04 Litala ’93
04/05 Litala ’93
05/06 Litala ’93
06/07 Litala ’93
07/08 Litala ’93
08/09 Litala ’93
09/10 Litala ’93
10/11 Atletik
11/12 GK Magevskaya
12/13 Litala ’93
13/14 GK Magevskaya
14/15 Litala ’93
15/16 Litala ’93
16/17 Dinamo
17/18 GK Magevskaya
18/19 Dinamo
19/20 Litala ’93
20/21 Litala ’93
21/22 Litala ’93
22/23 GK Magevskaya
23/24 Litala ’93
24/25 Litala ’93

Team Championships
Litala ’93 18
GK Magevskaya 4
Dinamo 2
Atletik 1


Handball is a popular sport in Mytanija, with great participation among both men and women. The national side is one of the few that includes both men and women, too, with no split based on sex. Domestically handball is organised by the national governing body the RSM who run the Top League and Druga Liga. They have a similar set-up to their footballing equivalents, with promotion and relegation between the two leagues, with two going up and two going down. They both have 12 teams and it is run under a quadruple round-robin format, so each team plays every other team twice at home and twice on the road. The Top League has been dominated by Litala ’93 over the years, with the Esca-based club monopolising the title over the first decade, since then GK Magevskaya, Dinamo and Atletik have all won at least one title. None have come anywhere near breaking Litala's dominance though. They have such history in the sport (and in volleyball, too), that they attract all the best players and build strong teams. It is very difficult for the others to come close. GK Magevskaya run a productive youth system that allows them to occasionally keep up, but they're fighting a losing battle most of the time. Let's see what happened in the latest season:

## Top League            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Litala ’93 44 34 0 10 1208 1094 +114 102 C
02 GK Magevskaya 44 31 1 12 1186 1069 +117 94
03 RK Prizren 44 28 1 15 1199 1137 +62 85
04 NK Dyka 44 25 3 16 1148 1128 +20 78
05 Atletik 44 24 0 20 1195 1133 +62 72
06 Dinamo 44 22 3 19 1168 1160 +8 69
07 RK Rauchnya 44 20 3 21 1169 1168 +1 63
08 RK Avnalia 44 18 4 22 1174 1168 +6 58
09 Arka 44 15 5 24 1108 1172 −64 50
10 Crvena Zvezda 44 13 5 26 1132 1189 −57 44
11 NK Thessia 44 10 1 33 1074 1200 −126 31 R
12 Olympic 44 9 4 31 1067 1210 −143 31 R


Well, surprise surprise, Litala win another title with another impressive points total as they break the 100 point barrier. They're so dominant in this sport that it's often difficult to see how anyone can ever topple them, even when they seem to have a poor year they're able to win the Top League. In previous years they've won whilst only losing four or five games, so ten losses always seems a little under-par for them. They were led by star LB and captain Sava Tanackovic, the man who is likely to lead the national team in the upcoming Handball World Cup. GK Magevskaya were pretty close behind this season, only 8 points separating them and Litala, but still they hadn't done quite enough to secure a 5th national title. Zina Kazantseva, their veteran CB is likely to be a mainstay of the starting line-up in the World Cup too, her experience could prove invaluable in the national side's first tournament. RK Prizren came 3rd, which is a pretty good result for them as they usually flit around the mid-table region of the league. Pivot Adam Dosen had a stellar season for them and he could well be one for the future, he has a long career ahead of him.

At the other end of the table it was a poor year for two of Thessia's handball teams, NK Thessia and Olympic were pretty much as bad as each other this season, both only managing 31 points through their 44 games. Neither looked particularly comfortable in the Top League this season and will need to recruit more solidly if they want to stay up next time they compete at the highest level of Mytanar handball.

## Druga Liga            Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Obolon 44 32 4 8 1231 1118 +113 100 C, P
02 Tekstil 44 25 5 14 1194 1121 +73 80 P
03 Centralni 44 24 5 15 1187 1101 +86 77
04 NK Istina 44 23 7 14 1183 1120 +63 76
05 CDSA 44 21 6 17 1198 1170 +28 69
06 Rotor 44 21 3 20 1144 1156 −12 66
07 RK Vershina 44 20 3 21 1159 1179 −20 63
08 RK Miago 44 20 2 22 1106 1170 −64 62
09 Partizan 44 18 5 21 1137 1136 +1 59
10 Zenit 44 14 3 27 1139 1197 −58 45
11 Slovan 44 13 4 27 1112 1197 −85 43
12 Akademija 44 7 5 32 1098 1223 −125 26


Obolon will be playing in handball's Top League next season, the Forvik based side won the Druga Liga at a canter, twenty points clear of nearest challengers Tekstil. They were impressive throughout the season and should give survival a good go next season, it will be difficult though, with the established Top League sides being a big step above even the best second-tier ones. Tekstil go up as runners-up and they were run close for that 2nd position, both Centralni and NK Istina were solid challengers but Tekstil outlasted them and shall join Obolon in the Top League next year. They will enjoy bringing their age old rivalry with Atletik (and the city of Thessia more generally), into handball next season.
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Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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SHLM LIGA ICE HOCKEY 25/26 SEASON REVIEW.


SHLM Liga Ice Hockey History

Year Champion
00/01 Tekstil
01/02 KK Magevskaya
02/03 Tekstil
03/04 HK Prizren
04/05 HK Prizren
05/06 HK Prizren
06/07 Hajerek
07/08 Tekstil
08/09 HK Prizren
09/10 NK Thessia
10/11 HK Prizren
11/12 HK Prizren
12/13 Zavolja
13/14 Zeljeznicar
14/15 Tekstil
15/16 HK Prizren
16/17 Zavolja
17/18 Zavolja
18/19 KK Magevskaya
19/20 Zeljeznicar
20/21 NK Thessia
21/22 Hajerek
22/23 NK Thessia
23/24 Torpedo
24/25 NK Thessia

Team Championships
HK Prizren 7
NK Thessia 4
Tekstil 4
Zavolja 3
Hajerek 2
KK Magevskaya 2
Zeljeznicar 2
Torpedo 1


Ice hockey is probably the least popular of the so-called 'major' team sports in Mytanija (i.e. football, basketball, handball, ice hockey and volleyball), with this mostly being due to its significantly restricted geographical range when compared to the others. This is mainly down to one of the key components of the sport - ice - not being in high supply in certain regions. Historically ice hockey teams were founded in cities that experience wintry conditions for longer periods of the year and often played on outdoor rinks, this ruled out lots of major cities from hosting teams in the SHLM Liga. Of course in the modern day this isn't as big an issue due to indoor ice rinks and the like, but the governing body are notoriously conservative and refuse to expand the league to feature teams from potentially lucrative markets such as Ebor, Tsrvena, Arsika or Severyan (indeed there are no teams in the league from Visoravna, Rauchnya or Nasto and Avnalia).

The sport's heartland within Mytanija is undoubtedly within the region of Thessia with teams from there having won the championship in just over half (13 out of 25) of SHLM Liga seasons. NK Thessia, Tekstil, Zavolja and Zeljeznicar are all strong outfits from the region and will usually be in the upper echelons of the league table come the end of the season. With this being said, the single strongest team in SHLM Liga history is HK Prizren who have won 7 championships down the years. They're always a strong team due to the size of Prizren's population and they also draw players from throughout Vojovitica such is their reputation in ice hockey. The other Vojovitican teams (CDSA and HK Miago) cannot hold a candle to HK Prizren.

Outside of this Esca has a few teams (Akademija, BVK Dinamo, Dinamo and Zenit), but none of them have ever succeeded in winning the league title, perhaps accurately demonstrating the capital's preference for other sports. More widely in Zentria there is Hajerek and Torpedo who have both won the league title at one point or another, Obolon have surprised people a few times in recent seasons by finishing near the top of the table but they haven't managed to turn their good performances into a championship. KK Magevskaya are Magevskaya's sole representatives (perhaps unsurprisingly), and have a couple of championships which were won a long time apart. They often flatter to deceive, having good line-ups but also a tendency to self-destruct when it looks like they may be on their way to a title.

Let's see what happened this season:

## SHLM Liga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
01 Hajerek 34 20 7 7 60 32 +28 67 C
02 Zavolja 34 18 9 7 51 33 +18 63
03 HK Prizren 34 19 4 11 69 42 +27 61
04 Zeljeznicar 34 17 10 7 49 33 +16 61
05 Tekstil 34 17 4 13 52 37 +15 55
06 Torpedo 34 15 9 10 63 49 +14 54
07 Obolon 34 15 7 12 48 44 +4 52
08 CDSA 34 13 10 11 53 50 +3 49
09 KK Magevskaya 34 14 7 13 44 50 −6 49
10 Olympic 34 13 9 12 45 50 −5 48
11 NK Thessia 34 12 10 12 43 42 +1 46
12 HK Miago 34 12 10 12 39 40 −1 46
13 Atletik 34 12 6 16 42 48 −6 42
14 Slovan 34 10 12 12 45 52 −7 42
15 Akademija 34 7 10 17 43 52 −9 31
16 Zenit 34 9 4 21 33 61 −28 31
17 BVK Dinamo 34 7 8 19 36 64 −28 29
18 Dinamo 34 5 6 23 30 66 −36 21


Hajerek win their third championship with a team built on their excellent defence and goaltending. They had the least goals conceded in the SHLM Liga and this allowed their solid attack a foundation to go forwards and cause all sorts of problems for opposing teams. Their 60 goals scored was third best in the league and this combination meant that they won the league by a nice margin of four points in the end (it's rare that the league is ever decided by significant amounts with quite a few good teams and the top talents spread across the league, with players usually preferring to play close to their hometown).

Zavolja had a good season and were nearly as good as the eventual champions defensively but they lacked going forwards at times. They could conme again next season though and they'll be a dangerous proposition if they can add an elite goalscorer to their team. HK Prizren scored the most in the SHLM Liga thanks to league top scorer Davor Sliskovic (19 goals), a shoe-in for a position on the starting line-up with the national team. If HK Prizren can shore up their leaky defence they'll be strong contenders next year, although they will believe that they aren't too far away given the fact they were only six points off Hajerek in the end. Zeljeznicar weren't the flashiest team in the league but were solid defensively and it nearly brought them to a championship, they went on a run of five losses in the final five games which plummeted them from top to 4th in a matter of weeks.

Poor seasons from traditionally strong teams such as KK Magevskaya and NK Thessia could see coaching changes at both clubs who have 6 SHLM Liga championships between them, finishing as low down the table and out of contention like they did is not the usual for such historic clubs and this may well see them on the hunt for a new face in charge ahead of next year.
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Population: c. 49,600,000
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MOF TOP LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL 25/26 SEASON REVIEW.


MOF Top League Volleyball History

Year Champion
00/01 Olympic
01/02 Litala ’93
02/03 Litala ’93
03/04 Olympic
04/05 Litala ’93
05/06 Litala ’93
06/07 Litala ’93
07/08 Olympic
08/09 Olympic
09/10 Litala ’93
10/11 Olympic
11/12 Olympic
12/13 OK Rauchnya
13/14 Olympic
14/15 Olympic
15/16 Olympic
16/17 OK Rauchnya
17/18 Olympic
18/19 OK Rauchnya
19/20 Olympic
20/21 Olympic
21/22 Litala ’93
22/23 OK Rauchnya
23/24 OK Rauchnya
24/25 Litala ’93

Team Championships
Olympic 12
Litala ’93 8
OK Rauchnya 5


Volleyball is an extremely popular sport within Mytanija, particularly among women, with it enjoying the largest participation numbers for women out of any team sports. The MOF Top League is seen as the equivalent of football's Top League for Mytanar women, with wages not being significantly below those that footballers take home. Traditionally in Mytanija women have played volleyball and men have played football and this has led to the current situation with no men in the MOF Top League and no Mytanar women in football's equivalent. With the recent proliferation of foreign female footballers in football's Top League this could soon change and we may begin to see Mytanar women playing in that and Mytanar men competing in the volleyball league. Handball is the only team sport where mixed teams are the norm currently but times are changing and many feel it is only a matter of time before all sports are mixed to some degree or another.

The MOF Top League has been traditionally dominated by the sports' so-called 'big three': Olympic, Litala ’93 and OK Rauchnya. This represents quite a dramatic geographic spread of teams, with Olympic being based in Thessia, Litala ’93 in the capital Esca and OK Rauchnya in the region's biggest city Severyan. Due to the popularity of the sport there are teams throughout Mytanija, but only those three have ever managed to win a championship. Olympic and Litala ’93 split the first twelve seasons with 6 title apiece before OK Rauchnya burst onto the scene and since then it has pretty much always been a three-horse race for the Top League title. The three have fostered excellent youth systems for the sport, drawing the best talent from their local area and this means they consistently produce some of the nation's top volleyball stars. They often produce so many good players that some cannot actually get a game with the club's first team and therefore some women have had to leave the 'big three' clubs to leave to smaller teams in order to compete in the Top League.

Players for the national team will almost exclusively come from the 'big three' clubs and any star from one of the other teams in the Top League will often quickly move to one of the 'big three' clubs such is their dominance. They form a small cartel at the pinnacle of the Top League and it is difficult to see any of them being dislodged anytime soon. There has been discussion of ways in which their dominance might be broken but the MOF has so far come up with nothing concrete with which they will be able to do that. Due to clubs being tied to wider sports clubs that compete in various sports it is often difficult to break situations like this as teams can become dominant in one sport and then use funding generated by (for example), their football section in order to consolidate that - which can be seen with Olympic and Litala ’93 in volleyball. It's a surprise that the likes of Atletik and Crvena Zvezda haven't done more to support their volleyball sections in recent years as they have often finished just behind the 'big three' in the league table and all that could be needed is a little more financial support to perhaps attract top talents that would otherwise play for smaller clubs down the league (and therefore be a big fish in a small pond), or would be snapped up by one of the 'big three'. It's a problem that will continue if there is no appetite from the MOF or the clubs to do more about it and the lack of competitiveness could hurt the league and the national team long term as a result.

Let's see what happened this season:

## Top League            Pld    W   L    SF   SA   S Avg
01 OK Rauchnya 60 48 12 156 72 2.167 C
02 Olympic 60 43 17 146 82 1.780
03 Atletik 60 42 18 148 91 1.626
04 Avnalia Odbojka 60 40 20 141 89 1.584
05 Litala ’93 60 38 22 142 101 1.406
06 Crvena Zvezda 60 38 22 137 107 1.280
07 Akademija 60 36 24 133 115 1.157
08 VK Magevskaya 60 27 33 115 126 0.913
09 OK Visoravna 60 25 35 105 136 0.772
10 NK Thessia 60 24 36 112 127 0.882
11 Meja 60 24 36 104 130 0.800
12 NK Dyka 60 22 38 100 140 0.714
13 NK Istina 60 21 39 96 148 0.649
14 Zenit 60 19 41 93 143 0.650 R
15 Padina 60 18 42 95 153 0.621 R
16 Dinamo 60 15 45 92 155 0.594 R


OK Rauchnya romped to the league title in the end, finishing five games ahead of nearest rivals Olympic. This was in no small part thanks to 20 year old opposite hitter Milena Spasojevic who was the league's top scorer over the course of the season. She was an excellent performer on offence and setter Teodora Molnar was the exact same on defence too. OK Rauchnya had the league's two best performers and this showed in their eventual distance from nearest rivals Olympic in the race for the league title. Olympic weren't at the best over the course of the season, losing 17 games, but they were still good enough for 2nd eventually. Veteran libero Nevzeta Majstorovic will captain them again next season and she will be looking to right the wrongs of this season by taking her side to a record 13th league title next term.

Atletik had a good season breaking up the sports' traditional 'big three' thanks to an exciting young team and revolutionary young coach (and former club captain as a player), 39 year old Fatima Jovic. They will look to build on this season so that they might sustain a challenge against the 'big three' in future seasons, the club have made noises that they will be looking to break the dominance of the 'big three' in coming years but many will refuse to believe the talk until they see concrete backing in the form of signings and on-court improvements. This represented a very good season for Atletik though, only a game behind hated city rivals Olympic and way ahead of traditional powerhouse Litala ’93. Avnalia Odbojka had a good year too, finishing ahead of Litala ’93 always represents an excellent season, this year the success was minimised ever so slightly by the fact that Atletik were able to do it also. Avnalia Odbojka boast one of the best young outside hitters in the league too: Mira Gushtanova, the 18 year old was exceptional in her debut season and it's likely she'll serve as back-up to Spasojevic in future national team line-ups.

Litala ’93 had a shocking season by their lofty standards, finishing outside the top two always represents a poor year for them and they were well outside that this year. They won't be too hasty in any coaching changes though, they did win the league in the 24/25 season after all. If there is a continued lack of success next year then the club may be motivated to remove Radina Ristic.

The bottom three this year fought all season long against relegation but succumbed eventually. Zenit put up a good battle but were consigned to the drop in the last couple of weeks of the season with NK Istina just pulling a couple of games ahead. Padina go down to the Druga Liga too and Dinamo were the worst team in the Top League this season, their 15-45 record demonstrating a lack of talent at the Esca club at the current moment. They will draw a small crumb of comfort from the fact that Votavova rivals Zenit go down with them and both will expect to be back to the top tier after next year given the size of their clubs.

## Druga Liga            Pld    W   L    SF   SA   S Avg
01 Obalna 60 47 13 160 78 2.051 C, P
02 Ribari 60 43 17 148 88 1.682 P
03 JK Ebor 60 42 18 145 94 1.543 P
04 Sigurno Odbojka 60 40 20 143 95 1.505
05 OK Prizren 60 40 20 139 105 1.324
06 Vitalia 60 36 24 129 106 1.217
07 Eskobirsk 60 30 30 122 118 1.034
08 Slavia 60 29 31 131 114 1.149
09 Rudar 60 26 34 115 134 0.858
10 CDSA 60 25 35 109 137 0.796
11 Ostrova Odbojka 60 24 36 109 136 0.801
12 OK Miago 60 21 39 92 143 0.643
13 Partizan 60 20 40 104 143 0.727
14 Rotor 60 20 40 94 140 0.671
15 Arka 60 19 41 98 147 0.667
16 Centralni 60 18 42 94 154 0.610


Obalna win the Druga Liga to ensure that Top League volleyball will be in Gornaya-Mesnost next season, they were dominant across the court and thoroughly deserved to take their seat at the sport's top table. They will be joined by Ribari and JK Ebor who had a close race for 2nd in the Druga Liga. It was a fierce fight for promotion with Sigurno Odbojka and OK Prizren involved right up until the end of the season but Ribari and JK Ebor secured their promotion places in the last few weeks of the season.

The promotions of Obalna and JK Ebor mean that there will be four clubs from Visoravna in the Top League next season: OK Visoravna, Meja, Obalna and JK Ebor. This could mean a real resurgence for Visorav volleyball, the area has never really been a hotbed of the sport which has traditionally been dominated by the 'big three', but more widely by the big teams from Thessia (Olympic and Atletik), Zentria (Litala ’93 and Crvena Zvezda), and the big regional representative teams like OK Rauchnya, Avnalia Odbojka and VK Magevskaya. It represents a real chance for Visoravna to establish a foothold in the Top League and begin to challenge the traditional 'big three' as well as those that usually fight for the positions behind them in the top half of the MOF Top League.
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Demonym: Mytanar


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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 26/27 SEASON PREVIEW PART 1


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1896 EBOR
Location: Ebor, Visoravna
Stadium: Olujastadion (Capacity: 42,500)
Manager: Zdeslav Nesic is now in charge at the Olujastadion, the 45 year old has been brought in following the sacking of Kristijan Petricevic at the end of last season. Nesic has had a useful couple of years at 1923 Esca steering them away from relegation battles and towards a safe mid-table position. His ability in bringing youth players into the first team and developing them as players caught the eye of 1896 Ebor - along with his (relative) success on the field - as they look to move toward a more sustainable model following some excessive spending that was made in an attempt to back the previous manager. 1896 Ebor remain one of the three biggest clubs in Mytanija and is always an attractive proposition for any Mytanar manager, Nesic will relish the challenge of taking them back to the top table of Mytanar football. He's certainly got an enormous task on his hands.
Previous Season: The Northmen finished 6th last season and were eliminated in the Third Round of the National Cup, going down 2-1 to Olympic Thessia on aggregate. They finished 9 points outside the top four which was the minimum target for Petricevic. That failure cost him his job, something a large proportion of the fan base felt was necessary, with a feeling that things had grown a little stale at the Olujastadion under his leadership, finishing outside the top three positions is something that will always represent a failure for a club as big as 1896 Ebor given their historic successes both at home and abroad in international competitions.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Kristijan Petricevic's tenure at 1896 Ebor was characterised by aggressive work in the transfer market, with the club signing players with the intention of trying to bridge the gap with those above them as quickly as possible. For whatever reason (we diagnose it as a combination of poor management and hard luck with signings getting injured or not developing as expected), this transfer policy did not bear fruit and 1896 Ebor were not able to get back into the top four. The teams that finished in those positions last season (Crvena Zvezda, Ararat, Atletik and Liria), have done so for a couple of years in a row and Petricevic was not able to disrupt that despite the club's aggressive approach in the transfer market.

Now, the club have decided to ditch Petricevic and their previous approach to transfers and have turned towards signing young players that can be brought in cheaply, developed and then sold on for a profit. Their previous approach was unsustainable in the long-term and did not achieve the objective the club hoped it could help to achieve in the short term, so it seems wise to move on to something a little more sustainable. Zdeslav Nesic, the club's chosen successor to Petricevic, is an ideal fit for the club's new pathway. He is a manager renowned for developing youngsters, although he may feel a little hard done by not to be backed at least a little in his very first season at the club.

The new approach is evidenced by the signings the club have made this summer, two Hinodejin players have been signed on free transfers: Minna Modnar-Seed and Kurashiki Mizushima. They are both young (18 and 17 respectively), talented and have bags of potential. It's the room for improvement that was probably the most attractive thing to 1896 Ebor. Alfan-Zylyz Pan also moved to the club from Qusmo's best youth team Trew Juzuna and could eventually become an excellent strike partner for Petar Majdandzic.

1896 Ebor's board feel that the club belong in the top four (and they would be right!), but there's no inherent right to such a position in a league as competitive as the Mytanar Top League. The current playing staff arguably needs improvement in certain areas if they are to bridge the gap to those teams that are starting to establish themselves as a set 'top four', but if the club's board are no longer prepared to enter the transfer market and aggressively sign players that would improve the first team then they will have to be patient with new manager Zdeslav Nesic and allow him time to develop the cadre of talented youngsters the club has. Jelinic, Krolo, Modnar-Seed, Mizushima and Alfan-Zylyz will all be brought into the starting eleven in the next couple of years and 1896 Ebor should allow Nesic the time to do that as it will not be an overnight process. Whether they will allow Nesic 3-4 years to fully develop those youngsters is another question entirely.

For this season, we predict a 6th place finish in the Top League once again. They're still behind those clubs that have finished in the top four for a couple of seasons running and both the board and the club's supporters have to understand that 6th is actually a reasonable representation of where 1896 Ebor are right now. Nesic will get them playing well, but the current crop are just lacking a little bit against those top clubs above them. A good cup run could show where the club could be headed under Nesic's stewardship and it's their most realistic route to success this season
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Javor Cenko 34 MYT 5* Captain
DL Srdan Vukovic 24 MYT 8*/9* DL/ML
DC Vajko Otorepec 33 MYT 5*
DC Duje Papac 27 MYT 6*
DR Zvonko Nestorovski 18 MYT 6*/7*
ML Brajko Gavrilovic 22 MYT 6*/7* ML/AML
MC Obrad Jakolinic 29 MYT 6*
MC Dejan Antonic 28 MYT 7*
MR Ramiz Agic 19 MYT 5*/7* MR/AMR
ST Duro Filipovic 31 MYT 7*
ST Petar Majdandzic 17 MYT 4*/8*

GK Matija Jelinic 17 MYT 2*/9*
DC Sime Krolo 17 MYT 3*/10*
DC Minna Modnar-Seed 18 HIN 3*/9* DC/DR/DMC/ML
MC Kurashiki Mizushima 17 HIN 2*/9* MC/MR
ST Alfan-Zylyz Pan 18 QUS 3*/9*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Minna Modnar-Seed (HIN) from Project Patriot Snake Zanzibar (HIN) to 1896 Ebor, free transfer
• Kurashiki Mizushima (HIN) from Konyo Motors Factory Team (HIN) to 1896 Ebor, free transfer

Out.
• Severin Plecinac (MYT) from 1896 Ebor to Partizan, MC 1 million
• Georgij Tasic (MYT) from 1896 Ebor to Litala '93, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: 1896 Ebor are one of the most storied clubs in Mytanar football, for a long time they were labelled as 'nearly men' as they repeatedly challenged for trophies but regularly fell short of victory by narrow margins. Throughout their history they have been known for playing attractive, fast-flowing attacking football. Their reputation as perennial challengers but irregular winners changed under legendary manager Vaclav Simon - under whom they enjoyed their greatest spell of success. His management led the Northmen to their second and third Top League titles, a National Cup and two UICA Champions' Cup trophies - which they won back-to-back, which was almost unprecedented. The second of their two UICA Champions' Cup triumphs came as part of their famous treble winning season - something which was unprecedented in Mytanar football history.

Dzala Ertobashia is probably the club's most legendary player, he plied his trade for the side in their greatest period of success and was a regular goal scorer and club captain. His record of 133 goals in 329 games means he currently sits as 5th highest scorer in Top League history. Hasato Kimiki is likely the club's best ever player, though, ability wise he was pretty much unbeatable - with outstanding dribbling, his quick feet a blur as he took the ball past opponents. He hailed from Lorelei, a component of the Northern Sunrise Islands and is one of the best Top League players of all time.

1896 Ebor compete in the Northern Derby against fellow Visorav club Arka Snezhnaya, a game which is consistently one of the most fiery in Mytanija. Further to this they also have rivalries with Atletik Thessia, Energija-Nuklearna based on historic competitive rivalry and with Litala '93 because of the two sets of fans' hatred for one another following a particularly violent clash on a train platform in Ibon.

Ebor is one of the larger cities in Mytanija, located on the northern coastline of Visoravna: this can lead to inclement conditions during autumn and winter, during the middle of the season. However, during summer Ebor enjoys a positively Mediterranean climate, with the bright sunlight reflecting off the city's ubiquitous red-roofed white stone buildings. Ebor is a relatively wealthy city by Mytanar standards, enjoying a bit of a tourism boom due to its excellent summer weather and attractive beaches and no small amount of cultural and historical relevance.

Fan base: Generally speaking, 1896 Ebor's fan base is largely middle class due to Ebor itself being a relatively wealthy city. Having said this, their position as the biggest club in the city and indeed as one of the biggest clubs in the country means that they attract supporters of all socio-economic and regional backgrounds. Due to their history of success - particularly in UICA competitions - 1896 Ebor fans can be found all over Mytanija.

Their supporters are largely apolitical, a slightly unusual occurrence in Mytanija, but made more unusual by the fact that Ebor is seen by some as the base of the fall of Kalinina due to it being the first big city the resistance held and received materiel support from the Eurans in order to turn the Mytanar Conflict (natives of Thessia, Snezhnaya et al would perhaps dispute Ebor's importance!). Many believe that this would give the club's fan base a distinct political direction, but it is possibly because of the city's role in the fall of Kalinina that means the club's ultras are apolitical - a case of learning from the past, perhaps?

Their ultras group shares the club's widespread nickname: The Northmen. They're generally non-violent (although this does not mean completely non-violent), known more for creating large tifo choreographies in the stands of the Olujastadion and following their club loyally across the country.

Trophies won: 3 x Mytanar Top Leagues (09/10, 19/20, 20/21); 3 x National Cups (08/09, 09/10, 20/21); 2 x UICA Champions' Cups (52, 53); 2 x UICA Super Cups (49, 50).

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Exceptional


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1923 ESCA
Location: Centralni, Esca, Zentria
Stadium: Radnika (Capacity: 60,000)
Manager: Sava Grgurovic is the man 1923 Esca chose to replace the outgoing Zdeslav Nesic and it is a move that somehow simultaneously seems like it makes sense and a bit of a risky move. The 51 year old is very similar to Nesic in that his most obvious talents lie in working with young players, developing their abilities and then integrating them into the first team. He has however only ever done this with Partizan, a team that have yo-yoed between the Top League and Druga Liga over the past few years. Last season he managed to get them promoted back to the Top League at the first time of asking, winning the Druga Liga title by a point from Pretia. Grgurovic is fairly experienced, but it remains to be seen whether he has the requisite quality to manage a club of 1923 Esca's size (they may lack in historic success, but there's no doubting they're a huge club!). The first season will be enormous for him.
Previous Season: 1923 Esca finished 9th last season, a whopping 17 points clear of the relegation zone! That alone is why Grgurovic has such a job on his hands in following Zdeslav Nesic. The team that Nesic had to work with wasn't especially talented, but he got them playing in a manner which meant that relegation was never on the horizon and successfully steered them from being involved in relegation battles to the safety of mid-table obscurity. In the National Cup 1923 Esca progressed to the quarter finals but were knocked out by eventual runners-up Olympic Thessia.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “As mentioned, Sava Grgurovic has a lot to live up to. Zdeslav Nesic is somewhat of a hero in Centralni and will be a tough act to follow. His management style was almost perfect for 1923 Esca and it was clear that the club and their supporters did not want him to go, but his ambition to manage a club that was more likely to challenge at the top of the table was obvious and few around 1923 Esca begrudge him the opportunity to manage a club of 1896 Ebor's stature. Grgurovic has done well in the short time he has been at the club, making all the right noises in press conferences and making a few savvy moves in the transfer market. Whether he has the personality to cope with the pressure of managing a club like 1923 Esca will become clear over the course of his first season with the club.

Perhaps the most important move for the club was retaining Strahinja Nanusevski. The young forward was highly sought after during the transfer window, with the likes of champions Crvena Zvezda as well as Atletik Thessia and Liria Prizren sniffing around. He was a part of the Mytanar squad that finished runners-up in the Di Bradini Cup and he scored a couple whilst there. He's an exceptional talent and his 14 in 30 were crucial to 1923 Esca's solid performance last season. He reminds many of Nebojsa Aleksic and it's easy to see why, he's tall and more than able to handle himself physically, but he retains a turn of pace that can cause defenders problems. Keeping him at the club was massive for them and a sign of intent from the club's board that they were not going to make their new manager's job any more difficult than it needed to be.

The biggest signing was that of Edin Zahovic from Liria, this represents a bit of a coup for the club, with Zahovic being a member of the national team as recently as World Cup 81 qualifying. He is an excellent goal poacher, effective in and around the opposition penalty area and a forward who is able to survive off scraps. He could complement the talents of Nanusevski expertly and his experience could even benefit the youngster and teach him a thing or two. He may have fallen out of favour at Liria, but he could enjoy a late resurgence in his career at 1923 Esca.

Beyond this the signing of Federico Maigue on a free from Malabon SC seemed a little bit of a punt, but given the fact he's only 20 and it was a free transfer it carries little risk and he does seem fairly talented. He's good in possession and could replace the likes of Stilic and Zubovic in the centre of the park as they get older. Pau Texidor will be the eventual successor to Dragan Antic between the posts and the Audioslavian youngster looks like he could be a real talent. Tabitha Helzinger is another name that will be unfamiliar to many, but she could be a real star and the Nepharim midfielder has been fast-tracked through the club's much-vaunted academy system and is now a part of the first team.

All in all, Grgurovic has done well so far, but the real test is of course going to be his first season with the club. Everybody will make comparisons between how he gets on and where Zdeslav Nesic left the club. If they don't perform quite as well as they did last season then many will begin to wonder if Grgurovic is the right man for the job, the pressure in Esca is huge. Do better than where Nesic left the club and some will undoubtedly say that the former manager laid the foundations and Grgurovic has merely done what Nesic would have done anyway. It's a tough position to be in but Grgurovic will relish the challenge and surely ignore the naysayers. His former club Partizan were less than impressed with him jumping ship after winning promotion. Many in Tsrvena felt he should have at least given it another go with them in the Top League, but this may have been his only chance to move to a club like 1923 Esca so it was always a difficult situation to be in.

We think it could be a difficult first season for Grgurovic and predict that 1923 Esca will finish 12th in the first year of his tenure. They have made some intelligent moves in the transfer market but they have some inexperienced defenders - including Nepharim debutant Christian Gilliam - which could be seized upon by predatory Top League forwards. Zdeslav Nesic was an expert at masking his side's weaknesses and it may take a while for Grgurovic to really understand his squad and its frailties. This should not be identified as Grgurovic being a failure though, it always does take time for new managers to truly get to know their squads and hopefully the 1923 Esca board will give him that opportunity. Odeljak 1-11, the clubs' main ultras group are notorious for their protests if results start going against the team though and it may be them that Grgurovic has to answer to if things really do go downhill. We expect him to do a good enough job to steer the team well clear of any relegation scrap in his opening season which should alleviate some pressure
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Pos.  Name                  Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Dragan Antic 33 MYT 5*
DL Jezdimir Popovic 23 MYT 4*
DC Christian Gilliam 18 NPH 4*/8*
DC Kazimir Debeljak 28 MYT 5*
DR Julijan Birsa 22 MYT 4*/5*
ML Evgeny Netto 30 MYT 4*
MC Jeda Stilic 33 MYT 5* Captain
MC Admir Zubovic 30 MYT 6*
MR Milan Bojevic 18 MYT 3*/8*
ST Edin Zahovic 30 MYT 7*
ST Strahinja Nanusevski 18 MYT 6*/10*

GK Pau Texidor 16 AUD 2*/10*
DC Pribislav Siljan 17 MYT 3*/8*
ML Todor Pajic 19 MYT 3*/8*
MC Federico Maigue 20 AFT 5*/7*
MC Tabitha Helzinger 18 NPH 4*/9*
ST Zeljko Kuzmanovic 19 MYT 3*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Federico Maigue (AFT) from Malabon SC (AFT) to 1923 Esca, free transfer
• Pau Texidor (AUD) free agent to 1923 Esca, free transfer
• Edin Zahovic (MYT) from Liria to 1923 Esca, undisclosed

Out.
• Jan Zovko (MYT) from 1923 Esca to FK Magevskaya, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: It always comes as a surprise to the uninitiated that 1923 Esca have never won a trophy. They're a big club, with a loyal fan base; outstanding facilities and finances that are fully recovered from historic irregularities. They hail from the capital of Mytanija and it looks for all intents and purposes like they should be a club challenging for silverware. So this begs the question: why have they never won anything? Historically, poor management on the pitch was combined with financial issues and that put paid to any hopes of glory from the capital club. Right now, well, their playing staff aren't exactly the best - but that could all change in coming years given their much vaunted youth academy and their proficiency in producing top quality players. 1923 Esca are sometimes seen as the club representing the establishment due to being from Esca and historically garnering support from Kalinina's regime, but their lack of success counters this stereotype quite easily (even if 1923 Esca would perhaps rather it didn't, all football fans want to win silverware after all!).

Igor Artemiev is probably the club's most famous player ever, scoring 76 goals in 176 games for the club (with a total of 130 in 286 Top League games, also playing for Olympic Thessia and Litala '93). He was repeatedly the club's safety valve against relegation, when they found themselves in a dogfight at the bottom, they would give the ball to Artemiev and he would find a way to put it in the net and keep the club up. He soured his relationship with the club by moving across the divide of the All-Esca Derby, moving to their greatest rivals Litala '93 before being sold to Olympique de Fontvielle of Valladares (a club with well known Mytanar connections, Miroslav Filo has also played for them and they were formerly owned by a Mytanar energy company).

As mentioned, 1923 Esca compete in the All-Esca Derby against Litala '93. It is a fierce rivalry and one that is often particularly sore for 1923 Esca fans as Litala '93 have won two Mytanar Top League titles compared to their zero whilst enjoying nowhere near the same advantages in terms of facilities, finances or size of club more generally.

Esca is the capital of Mytanija and as such one of the largest cities - although it slightly trails Thessia in population size - and the nation's governmental and financial centre. Residents of the city are often seen as pompous and self-important and that seems to carry across to 1923 Esca's fans who also hold this reputation. Esca is known for being a busy city, with a constant rush of people trying to get things done. The crime rate is high and some areas are relatively poor, although 1923 Esca are based in the Centralni area of the capital, which is one of the richest areas in Mytanija. Historically, Esca was one of two cities the now long deposed royals of Mytanija used as their seat of governance, shared with the city of Dyka on the island of Nasto. Esca was a playground for the royals and aristocracy with diaries of members of the nobility and courtiers tell of uncontrollably exuberant and boisterous parties, extravagance was the norm and the upper classes' excesses were almost gluttonous in nature. Many Mytanars retain opinions of this nature regarding Esca, which is still a playground for the rich and famous of Mytanija.

Fan base: 1923 Esca have a large and very loyal fan base that follow their club around Mytanija in strong numbers. Escans generally are regarded as self-important by the rest of Mytanija due to the way they regard their city's importance nationally, with many from the rest of the country regarding the city as crime and corruption ridden, aesthetically uninspiring and not holding any particular cultural value. Obviously, this is not entirely true, with the city having a long history with many stories to tell. 1923 Esca fans' history largely consists of being enormously angry at their own club, with various boards being disposed of for either financial mismanagement or not investing in the players or whatever else. Their fans are enormously expectant due to a combination of their club's outstanding training facilities (a hangover from governmental support under Natella Kalinina's regime), and a belief that their position as the capital's central club means they should be winning things. This expectation has never been met.

Their primary ultras group Odeljak 1-11 are notorious for holding enormous sway over the club's dealings, with their support being crucial for a manager to keep his job. Many a coach has been sacked on their say so. They are a nationalist ultras group that often get in violent skirmishes with many of the anti-fascist, left-wing ultras groups from around the country. That's not to mention their penchant for enormous protests if things are going badly for the club, even causing games to be postponed in the past. They do create outstanding tifo displays though and are one of the most active groups in terms of dealing with issues around their club.

Their fan base is another that is drawn from all socio-economic backgrounds, but they do have a reputation for a 'posh' fan base due to being from one of the richest areas of Mytanija (wages in Centralni are, on average, 3.5 times higher than the average in the rest of Mytanija). But of course, a lot of their supporters come from neighbouring areas that are significantly poorer than Centralni - although this doesn't prevent many opponent's fans singing derogatory songs about 1923 Esca based on the 'rich and posh' stereotype.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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ARARAT
Location: Severyan, Rauchnya
Stadium: Korecky Road (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Misel Ravnjak is the 47 year old manager of Ararat, he delivered the club's joint greatest success in the 24/25 season by winning the club's second Mytanar Top League title and as such he is a legend in Severyan. Ravnjak is notorious for his tactics and outspoken nature, he creates highly organised defensive units and as a result his sides usually don't concede too many goals. This season it appears he will switch from the 4-4-1-1 formation that he has employed to great effect in recent years to a 3-4-1-2 formation in an attempt to create more goals. They were only beaten to the title last year by Crvena Zvezda's superior goal difference and it appears that Ravnjak will do his utmost to ensure that doesn't happen again.
Previous Season: A 2nd place finish last year was a very good effort at defending their title from the season before, they actually finished level on points with Top League champions Crvena Zvezda (both accruing 60 points through 30 games), but the Tsrvena based side's goal difference was +30 compared to Ararat's +23, mainly thanks to Jezdimir Ocokoljic's superlative season in front of goal. For Ararat this represented an extremely strong effort in trying to retain their title, but they fell just short, they will have taken a lot of heart from yet another excellent season defensively though - Ararat had the best defence in the Top League last term with 26 goals conceded through 30 games. Their National Cup performance was solid enough, they progressed all the way through to the semi finals where they finally fell to Olympic Thessia 3-2 on aggregate. They had beaten Atletik in the Third Round and at that point many thought it could be Ararat's year in the Cup, but it just wasn't to be.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Misel Ravnjak appears to have sat down with the Ararat board over the summer and explained to them that he is going to change formation in an effort to score more goals so that what happened at the end of last season doesn't happen again. Goal difference is an extremely sore way to lose out on retaining the Mytanar Top League title and whilst Ararat as a club were more than happy just to be involved in the fight for the league title, once involved, you don't want to lose. Especially on something as minor as goal difference. The conversation Ravnjak had with the board likely involved dialogue about transfers, the change of formation meant he would require a few new signings and Ararat have been active in the transfer market as a result.

Ravnjak was reportedly unhappy with Rade Loncar's form throughout last season so it was no surprise to see him sold to Stade Yvelines in Prahecq. By way of replacement Ravnjak has brought in two strikers, the experienced Osarian Aaliyah Johnson (on a free from Port Sebastian in Saint Christopher), and 22 year old Soute striker Maurycy Skała. The Johnson signing is a real coup for the club, her experience in front of goal could prove invaluable and she will definitely add goals to a side that did struggle a little in front of goal when compared to the other three of the top four from last season. Further outgoings include Isaija Yanev (a victim of the change in formation), to Olympic for MC 5 million; Sinisa Nikic to Prahecqois champions Marianne for the same sum; and Radovan Pogaenik for the same sum again to Liria Prizren. It was this final sale that was the most sore for the club, with Pogaenik being a fine young midfielder and a part of the Mytanar squad that finished runners-up in the Di Bradini Cup. Pogaenik was instrumental to that side and will likely start for Liria this season, Ararat could come to rue that sale, but the player wanted to leave and that perhaps demonstrates the difference in size between Ararat and Liria despite the fact they're both fighting it out for the Top League title.

Those sales did fund the biggest transfer the club have made in a long time, Cosumar winger Janet Kobro moved to the club from Cassandra City for an undisclosed fee. The 25 year old completes the move as she heads into the peak years of her career and she will be a potent weapon down either flank for Ararat. Ravnjak was ecstatic at the press conference announcing her signing and it's easy to see why, she's a top talent and will be for years to come. Ararat also secured promising Hinodejin youngster Deja Entendu from the reputable Kissaki Boarding School, Entendu could quickly find a way into the starting eleven given her prodigious talent.

With all those signings it's an exciting time to be an Ararat supporter, it is worth noting that they have retained the services of some of the best Mytanar players too: Pedja Kasun, Zelimir Apostolov, Drazen Zupan, Dalibor Vlahovic and Mateja Stojkovic are all still at the club. Martin Zvokelj and Slavko Lalic are both useful players to have also. Their starting line-up looks pretty much as strong as anyone's in the Top League and it will be interesting to see if Ravnjak's new formation works in the manner that is expected. They may well score more, particularly given the level of talent that they now have at their disposal - but will they be as good defensively? It's difficult to know. Captain Zoran Vlasic has played at left back for the majority of his career but will now be a part of a back three. That could be something opponents seize upon and if they succeed in doing so then Ravnjak's tactical switch could be all in vain. He is known as a master strategist defensively but if this doesn't work his reputation could quickly crumble.

We think it will pay off and Ararat will be one of the best teams in the league once again, however we predict that they will finish 2nd. They have an exceptional team and will undoubtedly run anyone close in the title race (and we wouldn't be too surprised to see them win it, to be honest!), but we see Atletik being just that little bit better. Atletik's team is ridiculously good across the board and they have strength in depth too. Ararat obviously have a good squad, but they perhaps lack a bit of depth in defence and up front. The tactical switch is something that we feel will benefit them this season, but it could take some time to gel 100% with the new formation and in the big games against the likes of Atletik, Liria and Crvena Zvezda there will be no margin for error. Any mistakes will be punished severely, a player slightly out of position or misreading the play due to the new formation will result in goals. There's no room for that at the very top level. Ararat will be one of the early favourites for the National Cup and winning that trophy would represent a huge success for the club - it's a trophy they haven't won before - but winning the Top League may have to wait until next season
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Pedja Kasun 24 MYT 9*
DC Zoran Vlasic 29 MYT 6* Captain; DL/DC
DC Zelimir Apostolov 27 MYT 8*
DC Drazen Zupan 30 MYT 8*
ML Dalibor Vlahovic 22 MYT 7*/9* ML/MC/AML/AMC
MC Mateja Stojkovic 29 MYT 8*
MC Martin Zvokelj 28 MYT 7*
MR Janet Kobro 25 COS 9* ML/MR
AMC Slavko Lalic 28 MYT 7*
ST Aaliyah Johnson 33 OSR 8*
ST Maurycy Skała 22 SOU 5*/8*

ML Ermin Urankar 17 MYT 3*/8* DL/ML
MC Deja Entendu 18 HIN 6*/10*
AMC Aubrey Kuraczea 18 NPH 5*/9*
ST Vido Mehic 19 MYT 3*/7*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Deja Entendu (HIN) from Kissaki Boarding School (HIN) to Ararat, free transfer
• Aaliyah Johnson (OSR) from Port Sebastian (SCT) to Ararat, free transfer
• Maurycy Skała (SOU) from Miodusy Youth (SOU) to Ararat, MC 2 million
• Janet Kobro (COS) from Cassandra City (COS) to Ararat, undisclosed

Out.
• Sinisa Nikic (MYT) from Ararat to Marianne (PRH), MC 5 million
• Radovan Pogaenik (MYT) from Ararat to Liria, MC 5 million
• Isaija Yanev (MYT) from Ararat to Olympic, MC 5 million
• Rade Loncar (MYT) from Ararat to Stade Yvelines (PRH), MC 2,5 million

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Ararat are the biggest club from Rauchnya but on a national level fail to draw much support from outside their home region. Anti-Rauchik sentiments still pervade Mytanar society, a hangover from the days of Kalinina-led ethnic nationalism within Mytanija and this can occasionally still be evidenced by players not wishing to play for Ararat purely because they are a Rauchik club. Historically they are a team that bounced around the mid-table regions of the Top League, although one season of enormous investment did lead to them claiming their first Mytanar Top League title. Their most famous team from the 12/13 season featured Mytanar legend Lev Repin along with the likes of Aleks Kulikov and Iuliu Zaplatic as they ran away from the competition winning the title with one of the highest ever points totals.

Their second Top League title was achieved in the 24/25 season under the tutelage of the intense strategist (and notoriously outspoken), Misel Ravnjak. They out-lasted the competition, only losing three games all season and built their title victory on an excellent defence and goalkeeper Pedja Kasun was named Young Player of the Season and received the Golden Glove award for his efforts. Mateja Stojkovic also won the Player of the Season award due to the crucial sparks of creativity he provided from central midfield.

Two of the most famous Mytanar footballers ever have played for the club: Lev Repin and Dobroslav Stojanovic. Stojanovic left before the club won their only ever league title, joining Atletik, the club he is perhaps better known as playing for. Repin is the club's favourite son, though, a one-club man whose loyalty to the club throughout his career means he will be forever cherished by the Ararat faithful. He's also the second most capped Mytanar national team player in history, demonstrating his quality as he won a Copa Rushmori and a Cup of Harmony.

Ararat compete in the Rauchik Derby against Lok. Cassia. For one of the 'smaller' local rivalries in Mytanar football it punches above its proverbial weight in terms of how fiercely competitive it can be and also for the sheer amount of times it can descend into violence. The two clubs quite literally hate each other and it is quite commonly a game which the authorities ban away fans from attending purely to avoid the prospect of violence.

Severyan is a small city on the north coast of Rauchnya, but one that is renowned for its sense of fun and its summer carnivals. The weather is often excellent in summer and the many festivals held for various reasons whether they be cultural, music or religion related are bright and colourful and widely enjoyed by many who attend from all over Mytanija and indeed Rushmore more broadly. Rauchnya is the smallest region in Mytanija and is incredibly welcoming once the hard exterior is broken. This hardness to outsiders stems from years of anti-Rauchik sentiment and views that many across Mytanija still hold today (particularly in Zentria), just due to how deeply ingrained these views are. This was largely down to Kalinina's campaign against what she described as 'enemy ethnic groups' such as Rauchiks and Thessians. This rhetoric was acted upon during the Mytanar Conflict with wide-scale ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Kalinina's regime against Rauchiks, Thessians, gypsies etc but also against other so-called 'undesirables' (left-wing academics, members of the LGBT community etc). Mytanija as a whole is recovering from the scars of that Conflict but the shadow of what occurred still hangs over Rauchnya today, which naturally includes Ararat and their home city of Severyan.

Fan base: Ararat have a large fan base from within Rauchnya, but their popularity does not go beyond their regional borders by and large. They are known for being the club of Severyan which is known for its fishing industry but also being a major party town within Mytanija - particularly versus their regional rivals from Cassia which is known for heavy industry and not exactly the most fun place in the world (in fact quite the opposite, really). Their supporters are generally a patient bunch, just happy to see their team in the Top League as there was once a time when that was not a given.

Their ultras group is the Cirkusgrupa and they are known for colourful displays as well as their political activism. They don't really get too involved in economic issues, but in terms of social issues they are a vocal group within the Top League: often creating displays relating to anti-racism, LGBT rights, immigration issues and Mytanar unity (they're particularly involved in this due to Rauchnya historically being painted as non-Mytanar, particularly under Kalinina's regime). This is in sharp contrast to Lok. Cassia's ultras who are renowned for being Rauchik nationalists, right-wing and massively racist. The two groups clash when the teams meet on the pitch and not only because they're each other's biggest local rivals.

Their fans are known as a happy bunch. Severyan as a city mirrors Rauchnya as a whole by being slightly poorer than the national average and Ararat's support mirrors this too also.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top League (12/13, 24/25).

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: Average
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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ARKA
Location: Snezhnaya, Visoravna
Stadium: Arka Park (Capacity: 32,000)
Manager: Nemanja Pivec remains in charge at Arka Park for another season after negotiating what was perhaps his toughest challenge with the club last term. The 50 year old is known for developing youngsters and possession football and he needed all of his nous in the former whilst sacrificing some of his principles with the latter in order to keep his team up last season. They did it comfortably in the end despite losing three of their best players (Fejzuli, Jernejec and Straka), in the summer transfer window before the season started. The challenge will be similarly difficult this season, but with Pivec in charge they know they have a capable manager at the helm.
Previous Season: Well as mentioned they were expected to be involved in a relegation battle last season due to the loss of their three best players prior to the season, those transfers brought in MC 29 million in revenue though and the club's supporters were angered that it wasn't reinvested in the playing staff. They felt that the club would be drawn into a fight against relegation when they should not be in that position in the first place. Thanks to Nemanja Pivec's management and some inspired performances from the likes of Atletik loanee Kostas Aklis and Srdan Savicevic they weren't drawn into the relegation battle as many thought they would be: they finished 12th and 9 points clear of the drop. They were knocked out of the National Cup in the Second Round by Druga Liga bottom feeders Rotor, which was a huge upset at the time but may well have actually helped Arka in that they could focus all their attentions on the league and staying up.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Well, the loss of Kostas Aklis as he returns to parent club Atletik will be felt deeply at Arka Park this season. Aklis was impressive throughout the season for the Snezhnaya club and many hoped they could persuade Atletik to sell the Othilean midfielder, but there was no chance of that following his performances last season. They had a tough job trying to replace him but they may well have done it by bringing in Dejan Pavlovic from relegated Slovan for MC 2,5 million. Pavlovic was the brightest spark in an otherwise poor Slovan team last season and he will go some ways to replacing Aklis. They aren't dissimilar in the way they play, although Aklis is perhaps a little better on the ball and Pavlovic a little more physical. Pivec will be hoping that Pavlovic can replace Aklis' all important goal contributions (both scoring and assisting), from the middle of the park.

Outside of that bit of business, Arka seem to have worked pretty intelligently in the transfer window (as they always do), the addition of Francesc Lamarca on a free will add goals. The Audioslavian forward may have flown under the radar a little but he could quickly draw envious glances from sides higher up the table if he plays as well as many feel he should. Obrad Ristovski coming in on a free is an extremely risk-free free transfer, he has played at this level before and is an improvement on Haris Altayev who left for Prahecqois club Olympique Orthez.

Perhaps the most intriguing of Arka's signings is that of Irwin Redsmith from Ko-orenite club Cirelbourne. The fee (MC 1 million), is small enough so that even if the transfer doesn't work - if Redsmith doesn't live up to his billing or whatever - that it may not matter too much, but if it works, Arka may have themselves the bargain of the window. He looks to be a talent and the fact he is only 22 means that he has some room for improvement yet. Pivec could have a real starlet on his hands and having a player that can change the course of a game in a single moment is invaluable when you're involved in a relegation battle, which Arka could find themselves drawn into again this season.

Arka also have an excellent crop of youngsters coming through the ranks at the minute, Josko Omerovic is expected to be in the starting eleven this year and could fast become the team's leading centre-half. On the bench they have a mixed group, with the pick of the bunch probably being Xalan-Cynav Erv, the Qusma midfielder is 18 and has only joined the club over the summer but already the coaching staff are talking up the fact they have an exceptional talent on their hands. Perhaps more noteworthy for Arka supporters is the presence of Leandre Junior on the bench. The 16 year old is the son of Arka legend and record goalscorer Leandre and if he is as good as his father then Arka will soon be moving back up the table.

All in all this is perhaps a season of rebuilding for Arka, they endured a tough campaign last time out, losing three fantastic players just before the season began. This year they have a chance to put together a squad that looks a little bit more competitive, we reckon they can finish 11th this term and start to move back up the table. The club's supporters are generally a patient bunch but they feel that the club shouldn't have to worry about relegation too much and should be a fairly stable mid-table club in the Top League and that assessment is probably quite fair. If they can start to reinvest some of the money they have brought in in intelligent signings as they have done in the past then this is eminently achievable and it should happen sooner rather than later
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jozi Peklenik 27 MYT 4*
DL Veselin Hristov 18 MYT 4*/7*
DC Josko Omerovic 19 MYT 4*/8*
DC Dino Bozic 34 MYT 5*
DR Marko Sokolic 26 MYT 4*
ML Obrad Ristovski 32 MYT 5*
MC Srdan Savicevic 31 MYT 6*
MC Dejan Pavlovic 22 MYT 5*/7*
MR Irwin Redsmith 22 KOR 6*/9*
ST Samir Mevzelj 28 MYT 5* Captain
ST Francesc Lamarca 21 AUD 6*/9*

GK Antonio Pueko 19 MYT 2*/8*
DR Sime Dujmic 20 MYT 3*/7* DL/DR
DC Sinisa Jaksic 21 MYT 3*/6*
ML Xalan-Cynav Erv 18 QUS 2*/8*
MC Azem Senekovic 20 MYT 3*/8*
ST Leandre Junior 16 LOR 2*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Dejan Pavlovic (MYT) from Slovan to Arka, MC 2,5 million
• Irwin Redsmith (KOR) from Cirelbourne (KOR) to Arka, MC 1 million
• Francesc Lamarca (AUD) free agent to Arka, free transfer
• Obrad Ristovski (MYT) from BVK Dinamo to Arka, free transfer

Out.
• Aleksandar Dragic (MYT) from Arka to BVK Dinamo, MC 1 million
• Haris Altayev (MYT) from Arka to Olympique Orthez (PRH), MC 1 million
• Efim Kunovac (MYT) from Arka to Rudar, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Arka are a club that came from nowhere to winning two straight Mytanar Top League titles in the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons. They had only been in the top tier of Mytanar football for a couple of seasons before crashing the party of the top clubs and winning the top prize twice straight. They are a well-run club with an emphasis on sustainability: they will never spend more than they can afford and they generally attempt to rely on their youth system to produce players for their first team squad if at all possible. Their board are also renowned for their skill in the transfer market, they maximise the fees they receive for players and are very good at negotiating.

Mikkel Kohlemainen is the club's most famous player, driving them to their duo of Top League titles and winning the Player of the Season award twice as a by-product of this. He was an attacking midfielder of Polarian heritage with a voracious appetite for scoring and setting up goals and he went on to make 95 appearances for the Mytanar national team, scoring 39 goals. Other club icons include goal scoring forward Leandre and Licentian central midfielder Nate Parkinson who captained the side to their two league triumphs.

They compete against 1896 Ebor in the Northern Derby, with no love lost between the two sides.

Snezhnaya is a port town located on the northern coast of Visoravna and as such has a beautiful coastline and a warm climate in summer. In winter it is exposed to extremely windy conditions along with no small amount of rain. Snezhnaya is reliant on fishing for a lot of jobs, although the town is establishing itself as a centre for modern technology as well, with many companies wanting to be based there as the town is a fairly blank canvas ripe for development. Historically Snezhnaya has been known as the poorer sibling of Ebor to its west and not as strategically important as Gornaya-Mesnost to the south, but it is quickly becoming an attractive city for young people to live in as it receives investment. Near the port area of the town is still as charming as it ever was with the squat white-walled homes of residents remaining even if multi-storey glass and steel buildings are sprouting up further inland.

Fan base: Arka have a solid following throughout Visoravna and are known for being popular in other regions as well due to their Top League title wins, with many young people supporting the club due to the outstandingly attractive attacking football the side played. Many a father around Mytanija can be found lecturing their children on the virtues of the Arka team from their title winning sides. Their support pack out the thrillingly modern Arka Park every week and are known for being a particularly passionate fan base. They are generally a patient lot as many had never expected their side to win titles, but they do get annoyed when the club sell their better players or don't invest wisely as the club is known for being run superbly. Therefore selling their better players is not something they absolutely have to do like a lot of other clubs.

Their fans are apolitical with the club attempting to stamp out any vestiges of political influence. Formerly they had a couple of left-wing ultras groups that were particularly active when Natella Kalinina was in power, but they have been absorbed into the large Krivulja Sjever (i.e. North Curve), a group that are particularly rowdy and formally apolitical. Their main concern is supporting Arka. Krivulja Sjever are known to be a violent group, with their hooligans regularly being found scrapping with 1896 Ebor's ultras as well as any other groups they can get their hands on.

As a fan base they are always one of the loudest in the stadium and whilst they don't always create the enormous choreographies that are ubiquitous with other teams they do occasionally produce some highlights. Their corteos (i.e. where thousands of fans march together to the stadium pre-game), are amazing with thousands of fans all moving together from the city centre to the ground before each game. They're also immensely proud of the way their club is run and would hesitate to support any huge transfer fees as they are generally quite spendthrift up in Snezhnaya, perhaps due to the financial conditions of the town historically.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (16/17, 17/18); 1 x National Cup (16/17).

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Good
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Exceptional
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 26/27 SEASON PREVIEW PART 2


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ATLETIK
Location: Zenit Toranj, Thessia, Thessia
Stadium: Novi Atletskistadion (Capacity: 67,000)
Manager: Adem Fejzic still finds himself in the top job in Mytanar domestic football, some would argue that he's a little fortunate to still occupy the position, after all, two seasons without a trophy really does represent a drought for Atletik Thessia. The club still back the 52 year old and his attacking approach though, they believe that he can get the best from this squad and with a talented group of youngsters emerging at the club, his reputation as a manager who can develop young talent could prove invaluable over the next couple of seasons. He has promoted Atletik legend Alex Gannot to the role of assistant manager, the former Head of Youth Development used to bang the goals in for club and country and now the former Sicoutimont international will be on the sidelines alongside Fejzic as the club look to end their trophy drought.
Previous Season: A disappointing trophy-less campaign for Atletik last year, but they weren't too far off the top in the Top League at least. They finished 3rd, which never sounds good on the face of it, but they were only 3 points off the top two Crvena Zvezda and Ararat who finished level on 60 points. Some felt that the media sensationalised how far behind the top two Atletik really were, describing it as a crisis for the club etc, but the truth is that any season without silverware is a failure for Atletik such is their history and standing within the domestic game. In the National Cup they were knocked out by Ararat in the Third Round, 1-0 over two legs.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Well, when Atletik don't win a trophy in any given season, it's often a case of poking the bear for the rest of the Top League. The club often come back the next season having spent a significant amount of money with a squad that is completely capable of obliterating absolutely everyone else. That's pretty much what they have done this time around, despite the fact they only finished three points off the league title! With only two coming in and only two leaving the club on permanent deals, they may not have completely rehauled their squad, but one incoming transfer in particular demonstrates that the club's board were less than pleased with their lack of success over the past couple of seasons. Vesuvia Carrick has been signed from Nepharim club South Laithland for a relatively cheap MC 6 million. Carrick is a Brenecian international - albeit born and raised in Nephara - who is known as a bit of a poacher and she will undoubtedly prove to be a pest for Mytanar defences.

The only other incoming transfer is Astograthian forward Yuanchiki Larrimbe who joins from Cosumarite club Stoneshore United on a free transfer. Larrimbe is similar to Carrick in that he is pacy, but he has been brought in as a forward who can chip in with assists as well as score goals. Fejzic has changed his team's formation from a 4-3-1-2 to a 4-3-3 over the summer and Larrimbe and Carrick are expected to play wide of Zlatan Andrijasevic who will become a focal point for the other two to buzz around and create opportunities from his hold-up play. Andrijasevic impressed during the recent Di Bradini Cup, with the under-21 squad reaching the final, unfortunately falling at the last hurdle in a 3-1 defeat to Cosumar. Andrijasevic now holds a lot of responsibility as the team's number one centre forward, with the club believing Alen Zekic was on the wane and selling him for an undisclosed fee to Liria Prizren. Some at Atletik thought it was a mistake to sell Zekic, a club icon, to a club that could be a potential rival in the title race, but Fejzic feels confident in Zlatan Andrijasevic and with Carrick and Larrimbe coming in goals should not be in short supply in Zenit Toranj.

Outside of this the only other permanent sale was Zrinko Primorac for MC 3 million and he also went to Liria. He'll link up with Zekic there again and if the two combine well many Atletik fans will wonder why and how the club came to the decision to sell the pair to the same club - especially because it's Liria, a club who share an enormous rivalry with Atletik in the Klasicni and will challenge Atletik in the Top League year after year. Patrik Odonelec went on a season-long loan to Energija-Nuklearna, with Ezib Salihovic doing the same but going to the Miago side's rivals CDSA Decraa.

Kostas Aklis returns to the club after his season-long loan at Arka last year, where he was a driving force in the club's highly successful battle against relegation. It is expected that he will now occupy a place in Atletik's midfield this season, keeping out Miodrag Andrijasevic in the process. Aklis is perhaps more of a rounded midfielder than Andrijasevic, with the Othilean demonstrating his abilities as a top box-to-box midfielder last season up in Snezhnaya. He's creative, but not afraid of doing the dirty work either. Some feel Miodrag Andrijasevic's development has stalled a little, although he did acquit himself well at the Di Bradini Cup. This could be the wake-up call he needs to get back on the right track. Braco Evic was also discussed in a similar fashion over the course of last season, with some feeling he didn't compete at 100% whilst being loaned back to 1923 Esca. Fejzic will hope that his form at the Di Bradini Cup is more representative of the player he will become.

A minor formation change aside, Atletik look like they should have no problem in beating pretty much any side in the Top League in this season. They have stars throughout the team, Savic in net, Feric at left back, an all-star midfield and forward line. They also have the best depth of any of the teams that will be fighting it out at the top of the table, Miodrag Andrijasevic and Braco Evic have to settle for a place on the bench! With youngsters that happen to be the sons of Robin Hjik and Alex Gannot (Neven and Damien), joining the first team this season, Atletik will hope that they can mimic the success their fathers experienced and win a trophy for the first time in a couple of years.

We don't expect the team to have any issues with the change in formation and the addition of Carrick could prove to be the biggest difference maker to any team in a long time. If the reality matches the hype of her signing then Atletik could win the title by a long way. We see Atletik finishing 1st with this team and it could be a struggle for the others to even stay close
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Pos.  Name                  Age  Nation   CA/PA   Notes
GK Jasmin Savic 28 MYT 9*
DL Tihomir Feric 26 MYT 8*
DC Josip Radonic 33 MYT 8* Captain
DC Eldin Hadzic 30 MYT 6*
DR Mario Uzelac 27 MYT 7*
MC Kostas Aklis 18 OTH 6*/9*
MC Branko Brkljacic 25 MYT 8* DMC/MC
MC Tahir Fejzuli 25 MYT 10*
ST Yuanchiki Larrimbe 25 ASG 7*
ST Zlatan Andrijasevic 20 MYT 7*/10*
ST Vesuvia Carrick 26 BRE 10*

GK Nurija Jasarevic 18 MYT 3*/7*
DC Braco Evic 18 MYT 5*/10*
MC Neven Hjik 16 MYT 3*/10*
MC Miodrag Andrijasevic 20 MYT 5*/8*
AMC Damien Gannot 16 MYT/SIC 2*/10* AMC/ST
ST Safet Smajlovic 20 MYT 4*/7*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Yuanchiki Larrimbe (ASG) from Stoneshore United (COS) to Atletik, MC 2 million
• Vesuvia Carrick (BRE) from South Laithland (NPH) to Atletik, MC 6 million

Out.
• Alen Zekic (MYT) from Atletik to Liria, undisclosed
• Zrinko Primorac (MYT) from Atletik to Liria, MC 3 million
• Patrik Odonelec (MYT) from Atletik to Energija-Nuklearna, one-season loan
• Ezib Salihovic (MYT) from Atletik to CDSA, one-season loan

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Atletik are arguably the most famous Mytanar club globally, what is complete inarguable is that they are the most successful with 18 major honours. Indeed, when it comes to Top League title their 9 is over half the entire amount won by every other Mytanar club (17). They're a club that is almost universally disliked by anyone that is not a supporter due to their unparalleled success and there is an almost folk legend of 'Atletik's luck' which adds to this as they seemingly always get late goals, refereeing decisions and the like that only serve to increase their success and anger their detractors. They boast the largest level of support of all Mytanar clubs and draw fans from all over the country as well as players due to their exceptional youth recruitment network and the level of pull they generate for young players who all want to be a part of the club's story.

Their best spell of success (it's hard to pick just one!), was between 00/01 and 07/08 when the club won 5 Mytanar Top League titles, 4 National Cups and both of their Rushmore Copa de Campeones. This period coincided with Robin Hjik's first spell with the club before he left to compete for Polarian club SK Franz Josef City and his skill and determination was one factor behind their prolonged success. Marius Sadowsky is the club's legendary figurehead, the manager was in charge for nearly 20 years and won the large majority of the club's trophies. There are statues of both Sadowsky and Hjik outside the club's modern stadium Novi Atletskistadion, which was inaugurated before the 20/21 season. There are plans to name the stadium after the pair long-term, too.

Hjik is undoubtedly the club's most legendary player, he turned out for Atletik 446 times, scoring 151 goals from central midfield. He was captain of the club from the age of 18 until the age of 25 when he left the club for Polar Islandstates before returning again later in his career and bringing more success to the city of Thessia. Dobroslav Stojanovic is another legendary competitor for the club, moving from Ararat before later receiving the captaincy and writing his name into the club's folklore. Other famous names include: Laze v Tuhinju, Snerik Oiskha, Ismet van Huijgevoort, Ildar Patreljak, Alex Gannot among many others.

Atletik have many rivalries due to their prolonged periods of success, along with their local rivalry games. They compete against their most local neighbours Olympic Thessia in the Eternal Derby, both clubs hail from the Zenit Toranj area of Thessia and this proximity has created one of the most heated and storied derbies of world football. Outside of this they also compete in a regional derby against Tekstil known as the Rijeka Derby - this goes back to historic rivalry between the cities of Thessia and Ibon over trade and regional dominance with the eventual result being the city of Thessia winning after many wars, with the result being that the region the two cities inhabit actually being called Thessia too. The hatred between the two cities still runs deep and natives of Ibon are known to still be sore about the outcome to this day (hundreds of years after the events).

The single biggest game in Mytanar football is the Klasicni between Atletik and Liria and this is based on the two clubs historically being the two most successful in Mytanija (until 1896 Ebor's sudden conversion from nearly men to repeated winners). Atletik were always more successful domestically but Liria were the first team to taste glory in UICA competitions which fostered an enormous rivalry that continues nowadays. Atletik are known to be a bit jealous of Liria's international success and the same can be said for Liria regarding Atletik's domestic dominance. Atletik have a rivalry with 1896 Ebor for the same reason, although it goes without a name. The final rivalry is one that goes all the way back to the first couple of seasons of Mytanar football against SK Port Jarko as the two clubs traded blows, both trading a Top League title and a National Cup in back-to-back seasons. This rivalry is not quite as important now given SK Port Jarko's fall into the lower leagues, but it could always be reignited if they were to return to the top tier of Mytanar football.

Thessia as a city is often referred to as the 'true capital of Mytanija', it's the nation's largest city in terms of population as well as an economic and cultural hub. It was named the Rushmori Capital of Culture in the past for its vibrant music and arts scene and it is known as the birthplace of 'otskok' music that is enjoyed across Mytanija. It is also an important city in Mytanar history, being the birthplace of Alex Util, a hub for the resistance under Kalinina's regime and in the Mytanar Conflict among many other things. The Zenit Toranj area that Atletik come from is known as a rough, working-class neighbourhood, but with the presence of Atletik that is undergoing a process of regeneration and therefore gentrification - something which is being fought against by some locals. The weather can be pretty miserable in Thessia during the autumn and winter with snow not being too uncommon and temperatures being low, they experience mild summers though. Atletik were known to use conditions to their advantage in the past by playing games in the snow, but with their new stadium's undersoil heating and more general knowledge of health and safety, this isn't something they can do now.

Fan base: They have the largest fan base of all Mytanar clubs, undoubtedly being the most popular club in the country and able to draw fans from anywhere across Mytanija and beyond the country's borders too. Mytanar ex-pat communities across Rushmore have officially affiliated Supporters' Clubs that often organise trips back to Thessia in order to watch games. As the most successful Mytanar football club they have a level of mythology about the club too, with many fans being able to recount stories about how they were there when they saw their side come back from two goals down to beat Olympic in a derby game or how they triumphed in the Copa de Campeones - a lot of the time these stories have been embellished but that's all part of the mythology surrounding the club.

Their supporters are fiercely loyal, but due to their success they are also massively expectant, they demand success and that can lead to pressure on their players that some cannot handle. Due to the size of their fan base they have fans from all walks of life but their typical traditional supporter is a more working-class type, local to the club that has followed the club since they were a young child.

Thessia as a city is inherently left-wing, with socialist and liberal politics interwoven into the city's DNA and this carries across to the team's ultras group the Kippax Ofras and their fan base more widely with the club openly endorsing many a political campaign due to it being in-line with 'Atletik's core values'. Their ultras group can be violent, particularly when coming up against Olympic or when they come into contact with an ultras group with opposing political views. Their fans are also known for travelling in enormous numbers and for being a fan base that cause quite a lot of trouble wherever they go.

Trophies won: 9 x Mytanar Top Leagues (01/02, 02/03, 03/04, 04/05, 05/06, 10/11, 11/12, 21/22, 23/24); 7 x National Cups (00/01, 02/03, 03/04, 07/08, 13/14, 21/22, 23/24); 2 x Rushmore Copa de Campeones.

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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CDSA
Location: Decraa, Vojovitica
Stadium: Psenicova (Capacity: 27,500)
Manager: Slavko Jelic is the man in charge at Psenicova, the 49 year old is well known for getting his teams organised defensively, creating well-drilled units that can soak up pressure and then counter-attack at speed and exploit opponents when they're willing to throw bodies forward. He's also known for trusting young players with a lot of responsibility, he gave Alen Hrdaljko the captain's armband aged 18 after all. Jelic is highly-regarded throughout the country for what he's done with CDSA, with the club generally unable to invest too much in the interests of improving the playing staff and Jelic has generally impressed with what he has had at his disposal.
Previous Season: CDSA finished 11th in the Top League last season, a result that was pretty much seen as par for the course. The lack of a real goalscorer is an issue that has plagued the club for years and it reared its ugly head again last season with the club only scoring 28 goals (second worst in the league!). Their solid defence was the reason they stayed up fairly routinely, they only conceded 34 which was better than Atletik who finished 3rd! There has been a feeling in recent years that CDSA's board are unwilling to invest whilst Jelic is able to achieve decent results with the players he has. This seems slightly counter-intuitive as he's repeatedly demonstrated he can do a good job with paltry resources, so imagine if he was able to actually invest in a couple of good players! CDSA's finances are okay, but there's a general fear around the club that a poor season following any significant spending could see their finances go south very quickly - something that has happened in the past. The club's board are perhaps just trying to be responsible rather than deliberately failing to support their manager. In the National Cup CDSA were upset by Pretia in the Third Round, being beaten 3-0 on aggregate.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “There's two big stories that have come out of Psenicova over the summer. It's difficult to tell which one is the most important. We're going to begin with the (re-)signing of Elaine Everdeen. The CDSA legend is coming back to Psenicova after a long time away and will slot back into the team's starting eleven in her #10 position. She's been given the captain's armband as was expected throughout the club and she will provide a genuine touch of class to the team, with her ability in possession being world class. Mytanar defenders will fear playing against her and that is truly a weapon that any club would love to have in their armoury. The transfer has also provided a lift to CDSA's long suffering supporters - they may have never been relegated from the Top League but they're generally a club that swim against the tide in the Top League, often involved in relegation scraps and this is a transfer that is a signal of intent if nothing else. Everdeen is a genuinely top-class talent and her presence back in the CDSA side should see the team improve no end.

The second major bit of news is the emergence of young Dejan Zgela. He had a truly exceptional Di Bradini Cup, scoring 5 goals in 7 games during the tournament, including one in the final against Cosumar. In doing so he mimicked Jezdimir Ocokoljic, who scored a similar total when he won the Di Bradini Cup and whilst Zgela couldn't match Ocokoljic in that feat, finishing runners-up behind Cosumar is not an achievement to be sniffed at. Zgela played in a false nine role and excelled from that position, dropping deep and causing havoc for opposition defences in the process. His dribbling ability also came to the fore as he took possession and drove at defenders, twisting this way and that and generally being an absolute pest. For CDSA this is good news - it finally looks like they may have a real goalscorer in their ranks. If they can stay as solid defensively as they have over previous seasons they may well become a force to be reckoned with this year. Zgela is a real talent and if he has a breakout season domestically, keeping hold of him will become especially tough, but a good league finish could make it a little easier. A team that seems like it is going places is more enticing than one that seems stuck in a rut, after all.

Ezib Salihovic coming in on loan is a look to the future as well, whilst he may never be a top-level talent (and he certainly isn't one now), he currently occupies a spot at centre back and Slavko Jelic will believe he has at least some raw materials to work with. Salihovic is tall and good in the air, if Jelic can improve the tactical and positional side of his game he could become quite a good part of Jelic's system at CDSA. Don't be too surprised if this transfer becomes permanent if Salihovic has a decent season as there's a sense that he may not quite cut it at Atletik Thessia, but he could definitely fulfil a role at Psenicova. A couple of promising youngsters have also joined CDSA from abroad, goalkeeper Brut Kerris is a Nepharim goalkeeper who could be on the verge of replacing Crncevic as starter such is his talent. Hus Gerol-Ajark has joined from the highly-rated Qusma youth team Trew Juzuna and Slavko Jelic has made it known that they will be used heavily off the bench over the course of the season - perhaps unsurprising given Momchil Klemetic's 35 year old legs occupying the starting job. Klemetic isn't a bad person for Gerol-Ajark to learn from, though.

We expect this to be a solid CDSA team this season, they should have absolutely no trouble in finishing well away from the drop zone this year, something that will be an utter relief for CDSA supporters. They may even be able to have aspirations of finishing a little higher than this, but we predict that they will finish right in the middle of the Top League in 9th. This team is probably the best that the Decraa-based club have had in a while and they have a handful of promising youngsters coming through the ranks too and everybody can be sure Jelic will give them a chance to prove themselves. Their defence looks under-par but it
always does and yet Jelic always manages to get the best out of them - don't count on that stopping anytime soon..”

Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Borislav Crncevic 31 MYT 4*
DL Milivoj Stipanov 34 MYT 4*
DC Veljko Ivanovic 34 MYT 4*
DC Ezib Salihovic 20 MYT 4*/7* On loan from Atletik
DR Radoje Jesic 23 MYT 6* DR/WBL
ML Toma Matijevic 32 MYT 5*
MC Momchil Klemetic 35 MYT 6*
MC Alen Hrdaljko 20 MYT 7*/10*
MR Maksim Malchikov 24 MYT 5*/6* MR/AMR
AMC Elaine Everdeen 31 EQS 10* Captain; AML/AMC
ST Dejan Zgela 20 MYT 6*/10*

GK Brut Kerris 18 NPH 3*/8*
DL Milomir Pesic 19 MYT 4*/7*
DC Novak Pap 19 MYT 4*/8*
ML Dragan Jovanovic 18 MYT 2*/6*
MC Gerol-Ajark Hus 18 QUS 4*/9*
AMC Zarko Mrsic 16 MYT 1*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Elaine Everdeen (EQS) from Anomalies FC (CMT) to CDSA, MC 4,5 million
• Ezib Salihovic (MYT) from Atletik to CDSA, one-season loan

Out.
• Drago Blazevic (MYT) from CDSA to Pretia, free transfer
• Tomica Milic (MYT) from CDSA to Zeljeznicar, free transfer
• Juraj Stanic (MYT) from CDSA to FK Arsika, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: CDSA are a club best known for being historically linked to the Mytanar army (a few clubs around the country share this heritage), they're a team that also has never played outside or been relegated from the Mytanar Top League, one of only a select few teams that holds this honour (the other three are 1896 Ebor, Atletik and Energija-Nuklearna so CDSA are in good company). They have never really enjoyed a prolonged period of success, being hampered by financial restrictions and the like as they are not the richest of teams, their two biggest successes are both National Cup wins. They're generally quite a well liked club around the country, being a traditional club and never forgetting their traditions.

They have a few players that could be called club icons: Ruben Almerique, Ismet van Huijgevoort, Alexey Tatarchuk, Elisha Lazarev, Roman Benarik, Vaclav Soacek etc. Almerique is probably the most important of all, the Aquilliano striker played for the club for a couple of seasons before retiring and moving straight into a managerial role. He managed the side for 8 seasons - the longest spell in club history - before sadly departing.

CDSA have two big derby games, the first is their big regional rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna in the North Vojovitican Derby. This is based on geographic proximity, obviously, as well as the fact Decraa and Miago are two of the largest and most important cities in the region. The two club's largest ultras groups are also opposed politically, with CDSA's Lijeva group being left-wing anti-fascists and Energija-Nuklearna's Grolija being far-right ethnonationalists. This makes the game an extremely highly charged affair and there is often violence and flash points when the fixture is played. CDSA also have their local derby with Turbine, known as the Decraa Derby. This is not historically anywhere near as violent as their rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna but it is still a fiercely contested fixture.

CDSA are known for having a very good production line when it comes to developing young players, with many Top League stars coming through the ranks at Psenicova before moving onto other places. The best known example is probably Ismet van Huijgevoort who went on to play for Atletik and then in Polar Islandstates with SK Franz Josef City. They will be hoping they can continue the production line as they don't really have the financial resources to go out and buy ready-made stars.

Decraa is a mid-sized city in the north of the Vojovitica region. Vojovitica generally has a reputation for being a largely middle-class and well-educated region and Decraa is a good example of this as the city's population skews above average for income and standard of education - although the latter perhaps comes as no great surprise with there being two excellent universities in the city. Decraa is a largely sleepy city built around its education institutes and most business in the city is actually built around servicing them. However, Decraa is also known for being a centre for renewable energy with a large number of wind farms and a hydroelectric dam located nearby. It is perhaps a cruel irony that Decraa's reputation as a middle-class, affluent city contrasts with CDSA's historically poor financial resources and more widely with Psenicova's location in one of the city's poorer neighbourhoods and the stadium's poor condition as well.

Fan base: A solid fan base within their home city and more widely their region as well and due to their geographic proximity to the southern border of the Thessia Region they pull some fans from there too. They're a deeply historic Mytanar club as well due to the fact they have never been relegated and this is something the club's fans hold dear. To the fans, it is also important that the club are represented by players that have come through their own academy as they like to have a connection between the team and the supporters - something that can only generally be created when players have been at the club for a long time (current captain Alen Hrdaljko actually came through the academy at local rivals Turbine, but his support of CDSA led to him crossing the divide and being named captain aged 18!).

Lijeva, the clubs main ultras group, are renowned for being socialist and liberal and can be regularly seen creating tifo displays in Psenicova alluding to this tradition. Outside the ground they are always well represented at political marches and often organise their own events focusing on issues they deem important. Lijeva can be violent, particularly when it comes to games against teams with ultras groups that hold opposing political views. For this reason, games against the likes of Energija-Nuklearna (obviously a local rivalry already, but it's exacerbated by the political leanings); Lok. Cassia and 1923 Esca often result in violence and disorder.

CDSA's wider fan base is a mixture of backgrounds as with most football clubs. Decraa as a city is fairly affluent and this is mirrored in the fan base, although many rue that this affluence has not resulted in financial support for the club.

Trophies won: 2 x National Cups (06/07, 19/20).

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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CRVENA ZVEZDA
Location: Tsrvena, Zentria
Stadium: Stadion Ljudi (Capacity: 25,000)
Manager: Luka Kostic is 46 and is known for being a tactician with a penchant for attacking football. He has been in charge at Crvena Zvezda for five seasons and has achieved two double-winning seasons in that spell. Many believe that he has only managed this due to the presence of Jezdimir Ocokoljic in his team, but Ocokoljic has now left and Kostic will have a chance to prove to the doubters that his managerial ability hasn't been built on the otherworldly talents of one player. He's a hero at the Stadion Ljudi and if he can continue to deliver success to a club that hadn't won anything until Kostic became manager then he may well become a club legend (some would argue he already is, although there is some even among Crvena Zvezda fans that believe his success is more due to Ocokoljic than anything else!).
Previous Season: They did the league and cup double, there isn't much more to say. A spectacular effort by all at the club and the fact they won the Top League on goal difference mattered little in the end. They were the most exciting team in the top tier, scoring 62 goals and thrilling their fans with their expansive approach. Their hard-fought National Cup final versus Olympic Thessia will also live long in the memory, both sides attacked and neither could breakthrough until Jezdimir Ocokoljic scored a trademark goal. Damir Azanovic lifted the National Cup for the second time and Crvena Zvezda's fans went home to Tsrvena ecstatic. A decade ago none of this would have seemed like it could happen, but since Kostic has been in charge their fortunes have changed and this generation of players: Obradovic, Azanovic, Bobic, Isaev, Todorov, Ninkovic, Zivadinovic and Ocokoljic will become the stuff of legend for future generations of fans.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “The biggest story ahead of the new season is the sale of Jezdimir Ocokoljic, it's the biggest story for Crvena Zvezda and the biggest story for Mytanar football. Ocokoljic felt that he had achieved everything he wanted to achieve with Crvena Zvezda, two league and cup doubles is an impressive return and the trequartista made his move to Nephara - signing for Newrook City for an undisclosed fee. Some may have expected him to go to one of Eura's most famous clubs, a few were in for him, but Ocokoljic felt that Newrook City were the right fit for him and so off he went. Nobody at Crvena Zvezda begrudged him the move and how could they? He has done so much for the club and if he returns he will only further cement his place in the club's folklore.

Grigor Todorov moved in a similar fashion, the midfielder isn't getting any younger and felt that he had to move so that he could experience something a bit different in the latter stages of his career, so he went off to Brenecian side Pikemouth for an undisclosed fee. Several other players (Basic, Blajojevic, Cerovec and Ljotic) moved on as Crvena Zvezda rehauled the squad with the money generated from the sales of Ocokoljic and Todorov.

Those sales meant that Crvena Zvezda had a couple of significant holes to fill but that they had a fair bit of cash in order to do it. They could do many things and the first thing they did was lay a new pitch at the Stadion Ljudi, the surface they have now is truly state of the art and represents a level of foresight from the club's board that is occasionally missing in Mytanar football. The biggest signing was that of João Silva from Tout-Puissant Hasiera, the Audioslavian midfielder is young and has a craftiness on the ball that could serve him well in the Mytanar Top League, if he develops well he could become a real talent. Iwan Paszek will join Silva and Ninkovic in a midfield trio, Paszek joined for MC 3 million from Miodusy in Soute. Loann Fandeau joins the club from Prahecqois club Stade Yvelines, he's had a couple of impressive seasons and will now look to continue that at a slightly higher level with Crvena Zvezda. Finally, Chen Zexi joined Crvena Zvezda from the Royal Theater Academy, the Hinodejin forward is touted as a potential national team player and Kostic will look to him to add goals in this squad.

All in all, Crvena Zvezda have been smart in the transfer market, buying young players that can improve and potentially be sold on. The sale of Ocokoljic will perhaps herald a return to the mean for the club and they have to be realistic about their standing in Mytanar football, especially without Ocokoljic. They aren't a particularly big club historically, but their reputation has grown in recent years due to their success and the presence of several national team players in their starting eleven. They're going to try and maintain their position in the league table as best they can, but the club's board realise this will be a tough challenge and therefore their transfer business this summer looks fairly smart. They haven't gone all in on older players that will cost an arm and a leg, but they've worked intelligently and haven't broke the bank.

Luka Kostic has gone for a change in formation this season, he has previously relied on a 4-3-3 with Ocokoljic as a false nine, but his squad will now play in a 5-3-2 instead. This is mainly due to the fact that they have three very good centre-halves now: Azanovic and Bobic are obviously experienced campaigners, but Grigorij Savicevic has emerged as a genuine starlet following some imperious performances at the Di Bradini Cup. He will start in the middle of the back three as its lynchpin, demonstrating how highly rated he is, with his older colleagues alongside him. Savicevic will become an extremely important player for Crvena Zvezda over the next few years as he's seen as a real all-around defender: a tough tackler, limpet-like marking, good in the air and on the ball. A real solid talent. If he stays at the club he could be someone who forges an Ocokoljicesque reputation for himself (although Damir Azanovic is perhaps the better comparison, given he's a centre-back too!).

This is a season where Crvena Zvezda will be given some leeway, they're rebuilding following a number of sales and two that have changed the face of the starting eleven. Ocokoljic and Todorov are players that would be missed by absolutely any club in the Top League and most teams in most leagues generally. The change in formation could take time to get used to and the number of signings that have to get used to playing together with a new squad could hinder them this season as well. Luka Kostic will be determined to demonstrate that he's a top manager and can maintain his team's success without Ocokoljic and Todorov, this season it will be a tough ask but he should be able to keep them at the sharp end of things and at least involved in the title race. We predict a 4th place finish for Crvena Zvezda, they could be a team that really go for the National Cup this season though, Kostic's desire to show he can win trophies with and without Ocokoljic could really drive him to pursue that competition
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Lazar Obradovic 21 MYT 6*/10*
DL Loann Fandeau 25 PRH 6*
DC Damir Azanovic 33 MYT 9* Captain
DC Grigorij Savicevic 18 MYT 6*/10*
DC Luka Bobic 27 MYT 8*
DR Petr Isaev 26 MYT 8*
MC Iwan Paszek 22 SOU 5*/8*
MC João Silva 21 AUD 7*/10*
MC Stevan Ninkovic 28 MYT 7*
ST Chen Zexi 21 HIN 7*/10*
ST Zdeslav Zivadinovic 28 MYT 7*

DC Nikola Salopek 16 MYT 2*/8*
DC Zdevko Tosor 16 MYT 2*/8*
MC Dragutin Despotovic 19 MYT 3*/7*
MC Dusko Ocokoljic 16 MYT 4*/10*
ST Dabiziv Cvetkovic 20 MYT 3*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Chen Zexi (HIN) from Royal Theater Academy (HIN) to Crvena Zvezda, free transfer
• João Silva (AUD) from Tout-Puissant Hasiera (AUD) to Crvena Zvezda, MC 6,5 million
• Iwan Paszek (SOU) from Miodusy (SOU) to Crvena Zvezda, MC 3 million
• Loann Fandeau (PRH) from Stade Yvelines (PRH) to Crvena Zvezda, MC 3 million

Out.
• Jezdimir Ocokoljic (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to Newrook City (NPH), undisclosed
• Grigor Todorov (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to Pikemouth (BRE), undisclosed
• Vladan Basic (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to Rudar, MC 2 million
• Slaven Blajojevic (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to FK Arsika, MC 1 million
• Mirko Cerovec (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to Aubaix, MC 3 million
• Drazen Ljotic (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to Maccabi (PRH), free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Crvena Zvezda have only ever won four trophies, two league and cup double winning seasons where young Jezdimir Ocokoljic burst on the scene and drove his boyhood club to a famous pair of glorious seasons. Ocokoljic almost single-handedly raised the profile of the club from meandering provincial side to an exciting attacking force on the national scene which has resulted in many across the country sitting up and taking notice of Crvena Zvezda. Having the national side's poster boy does a lot for your reputation, quite clearly. Historically they have been a team that has spent a lot of time in the lower leagues, with local rivals Partizan having a slightly longer history in the Top League - a real sore point for any Crvena Zvezda supporter.

In terms of club icons, one of their biggest is still at the club: Damir Azanovic, the club's inspirational captain. Azanovic has been with the club since his academy days and wishes to finish his career with the club, becoming one of those oh-so-rare commodities: a one-club man. He likely will do, he's arguably at the peak of his powers now, but many would be surprised if he declines at all as he's always been a player that has placed a great deal of importance on training hard and keeping his fitness at the best level possible.

The other major one is Jezdimir Ocokoljic, the exceptional forward who joined the club as a kid and drove them to two seasons where they were the best team in Mytanija, winning both the Top League and the National Cup in each of the 22/23 and 25/26 seasons. Ocokoljic is a tricky forward, able to dribble at speed and beat players, his movement is arguably his greatest weapon though and it is the pockets of space that he is able to find that makes him so dangerous. Following the 25/26 season Ocokoljic felt like he needed a new challenge after delivering his boyhood club another trophy-laden season and moved on to Newrook City in the prestigious Nepharim league. Each and every Crvena Zvezda supporter wished him well on his way, nobody could begrudge the lad from Tsrvena the chance to prove himself at the highest level of the game after the glory he brought to the club.

As mentioned, Crvena Zvezda's local rivals are Partizan, the two clubs compete in the Tsrvena Derby. They say that children from Tsrvena are born in either red-and-white or black-and-white stripes, the two sides really hate each other and historically it's been a really competitive fixture with the two clubs usually being in the same division (for most of the first twenty seasons of Mytanar football this was in the Druga Liga).

The club are known for their solid youth recruitment and for an outreach programme into the most deprived areas of Tsrvena that is aimed at providing support to the families of academy players. Jezdimir Ocokoljic was the first beneficiary of this programme and it's continuing to benefit youngsters to this day. Talented kids playing in the ubiquitous 'cages' of inner-city areas are scouted regularly and their families given support in order for their parents to be able to live more comfortably so their child can reach their potential more easily. The club also run a more wider outreach programme with the community at large supporting the underprivileged and helping them with skills etc, a nod to the club's inherent left-wing heritage. Crvena Zvezda were founded as the sports club of the local Young Socialist Movement group.

Crvena Zvezda hail from the town of Tsrvena on the east coast of Zentria (and Mytanija as a whole) and in the kindest possible way, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Tsrvena is a working-class city and an important shipping hub, with a lot of cargo coming into the city's port. The city has taken on an increased role in this regard since the Mytanar Conflict, with the Euran carpet bombing of Trunca severely damaging infrastructure there. Many migrants make their home in Tsrvena as there is an abundance of informal work, where employers will not ask too many questions and definitely not ask for papers. Crime and corruption is rife, with gangs controlling the city's port as they try to traffic illicit goods (drugs, weapons, even people), in and out of the country. It is also the last place many that are emigrating from Mytanija see as they board ships attempting to find better lives elsewhere in Rushmore, sharing this dubious honour with other port towns such as Trunca and Ebor.

Fan base: Due to their recent history, winning the famous doubles in the 22/23 and 25/26 seasons and having the national team's young star Jezdimir Ocokoljic, Crvena Zvezda's popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years. They had a fairly large fan base before this due to their historic political links, but the new era at the club with Ocokoljic spearheading a really exciting side has changed everything. Some at the club long for the days where their fan base was more local though and many opponents do pass comment on the amount of 'glory hunters' that the club now attracts. Of course, the issue is no different than at Atletik or Liria or 1896 Ebor, but a lot of clubs are a little miffed at Crvena Zvezda's meteoric rise as they have overtaken many of the traditional Top League clubs.

Ultras DRCZ are their main ultras group and are truly ardent socialists, but they're also Zentrian nationalists and this is where the political side of Mytanar ultras gets really murky as it means that Ultras DRCZ hate almost everybody. The fact Ultras DRCZ are Zentrian nationalists instantly puts them at odds with anti-nationalist, anti-racist left-wing ultras groups (so Atletik's Kippax Ofras, CDSA's Lijeva etc), along with any teams whose ultras support Mytanar unity (Ararat's Cirkusgrupa being the prime example), as well as already being at odds with almost all right-wing groups (e.g. 1923 Esca's Odeljak 1-11, Energija-Nuklearna's Grolija, Lok. Cassia's Gate 11 etc), because of their own socialist views.

The web of links between different groups and which are friends and which are foes is almost impossible to decipher for this very reason. If Ultras DRCZ and Partizan's Mogilschikov ultras were to put aside the fact they support different teams, they would probably agree on a lot because both groups are socialist Zentrian nationalists. However, they are not prepared to put their sporting rivalry aside and this means that extremely violent clashes are not uncommon when Crvena Zvezda and Partizan play. Although Ultras DRCZ get themselves into trouble almost everywhere they go.

In the past, club icon Jezdimir Ocokoljic started songs using the Ultras DRCZ capo's megaphone at Stadion Ljudi before when celebrating victories but he in no way endorsed the Zentrian nationalist views of the group, with his interview with Gazeta Mytanija before the thirtieth Copa Rushmori demonstrating Ocokoljic's membership of a new generation of Mytanars who hope for unity and peaceful coexistence rather than the conflicts of the past.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (22/23, 25/26); 2 x National Cups (22/23, 25/26).

General.
Club Reputation: National
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Average
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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ENERGIJA-NUKLEARNA
Location: Miago, Vojovitica
Stadium: Miagostadion (Capacity: 50,000)
Manager: Vasya Kanadin is the manager of Energija-Nuklearna this season as they finally managed to get their man to come to the Miagostadion. The 55 year old is highly rated in Mytanija after a couple of seasons keeping FK Magevskaya in the Top League with limited resources. He usually sets his teams out in a 4-2-3-1 formation with a couple of defensive midfielders and that isn't going to change with Energija-Nuklearna as he plans to implement his approach here too. He's known for trusting young players with the responsibility of first team football in order to get the best out of them and this has worked for him successfully in the past, so much so that he is one of the most highly rated Mytanar coaches when it comes to developing young talent. The expectations will be much higher for Kanadin at Energija-Nuklearna than they were at FK Magevskaya, but he will relish the challenge this presents to him.
Previous Season: They performed severely below expectations last year, finishing 10th, which led to Branko Tolic being sacked. Their National Cup performance was equally unimpressive as they were knocked out in the Second Round by BVK Dinamo, letting a 3-1 first leg lead slip as they lost 3-0 away from home and were eliminated 4-3 on aggregate by a team that were also relegated from the Top League. Energija-Nuklearna are tied for 4th most successful club in Mytanija with Crvena Zvezda and finishing 10th just simply isn't where the club should be. They are a team that should be sniffing around the top four and arguably should not finish outside the top six given their excellent youth academy and the production line that seems to pop out a new potential superstar each season. They always struggle financially but given their youth recruitment, youth academy and training facilities this shouldn't be a problem - they shouldn't need to sign too many players when they can produce top talents of their own. Kanadin has been brought in to develop the youngsters they have and should prove adept in this role.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “It is rumoured that Vasya Kanadin made the signing of Maks Shishkin from his former club FK Magevskaya a prerequisite to himself taking over as Energija-Nuklearna manager. Its a testament to the club's desire to get their man that they went and secured Shishkin's signature and the 17 year old is now a member of their squad. He is going to be some player, that is for certain. The MC 5 million Energija-Nuklearna paid for his services could seem like small change when he reaches his peak. Patrik Odonelec has also come in on loan from Atletik Thessia, he's unlikely to stay beyond a single season such is his talent, but he will make a reasonably good back-line even harder to breakdown over the course of the season. He's from good footballing stock too, being a cousin of Jasno and Usten Odonelec.

This Energija-Nuklearna team actually has some reasonable players in their ranks. Dusan Gojkovic started for the Mytanar under-21 team at the Di Bradini Cup, Goran Delic is an experienced enforcer in midfield and Duje Madar is a top talent at the same position and domestically can do a bit going forwards too. Kasunic is a good inside forward, his crossing ability remains severely underrated on these shores and with Vedad Alomerovic on the other side they have a sense of balance down the flanks. They now have Shishkin and he'll add another dimension to this squad and he will create chances in every single game he plays. It's understandable why Kanadin wanted him so much, if he plays well he can destroy other teams with his passing and his dribbling ability. If he can add goals to his game then he could be a world beater.

Everybody always talks up Energija-Nuklearna's youngsters and the ones who appear to be on the verge of bursting into the first team are a motley crew, mostly born in Miago (and if not in, not very far away from) and every single one of them is an Energija-Nuklearna supporter. Bertovic, Baljak, Ugljanin, Jovev, Ivezic and Simic. Kanadin will likely start to blend them into the first team over the course of the season, although Ugljanin and Simic look like they're pretty much ready to play now. Jovev will replace Delic soon enough, with the latter looking closer to retirement than ever before.

The key for Kanadin is developing these players to a level where they can contribute as soon as possible - the problem for Energija-Nuklearna has often been that they have always been waiting for their golden generation to come through and it has only happened uniformly once: in the halcyon days of the 18/19 season when they won their second league title with a squad mostly raised in the club's own academy, led by the legendary Kristian Haugen. It's unlikely they're going to achieve that sort of success anytime soon, but if Kanadin can get the young players the club currently have to a decent level at least they can get back challenging for UICA football as soon as possible. Then, the money raised from that can support them so that they can add a few pieces needed to challenge for titles again. It's a long-term project, but Kanadin is the sort of manager who could do it.

Kanadin will get Energija-Nuklearna back up the table this year, that's for certain, they pretty much couldn't have done worse than they did last season without downing tools. Their squad wasn't bad enough to finish any lower than 10th, Tolic's management just meant that they didn't perform as they should have. Kanadin will get them back up to around 8th just purely by getting the players to play to their abilities, it looked like a few players didn't want to give their all under Tolic's leadership and Kanadin is a character who certainly will not accept anything less than 100%. If someone's effort isn't up to scratch he'll simply get a youngster in who is willing to give their all for the shirt and that will be the end of it. You struggle to see how they'll finish any higher than 8th this year, but that will represent an improvement and it is all the club will want after the disappointment of last season. Kanadin's task to get Energija-Nuklearna back to where they belong is a much longer-term challenge than just this season
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Pos.  Name              Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Mislav Pejic 28 MYT 5*
DL Patrik Odonelec 17 MYT 6*/10* DL/DR; On loan from Atletik
DC Miralem Rakic 26 MYT 5*
DC Mihailo Brdanin 26 MYT 5*
DR Dusan Gojkovic 21 MYT 5*/8*
DMC Goran Delic 35 MYT 6*
DMC Duje Madar 32 MYT 8* Captain
AML Igor Kasunic 31 MYT 6*
AMC Maks Shishkin 17 MYT 6*/10*
AMR Vedad Alomerovic 27 MYT 6*
ST Avgo Jovic 28 MYT 4*

GK Jasmin Bertovic 17 MYT 3*/8*
DL Lucijan Baljak 18 MYT 3*/6*
DC Andrija Ugljanin 17 MYT 5*/10*
DMC Dejan Jovev 16 MYT 3*/9*
AML Renato Ivezic 19 MYT 3*/8*
ST Mijat Simic 17 MYT 4*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Patrik Odonelec (MYT) from Atletik to Energija-Nuklearna, one-season loan
• Maks Shishkin (MYT) from FK Magevskaya to Energija-Nuklearna, MC 5 million

Out.
• Mirza Cirkovic (MYT) from Energija-Nuklearna to FK Arsika, MC 2,5 million
• Neven Kolsa (MYT) from Energija-Nuklearna to Partizan, free transfer
• Sasa Cosic (MYT) from Energija-Nuklearna to FK Arsika, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Energija-Nuklearna were at their most powerful during the middle of the previous decade of Mytanar football, with their young side captained by Kristian Haugen coming back from the brink following a points deduction that nearly saw them relegated before marching up the league table, winning two National Cups and then finally the evasive second Mytanar Top League title they had been dreaming of. They are well known for their excellent youth academy because of this as they had to be reliant on it to produce top players given the severe restrictions on the club as they nearly faced bankruptcy and could not afford to bring in ready-made talent.

Kristian Haugen is their most legendary player, the captain that led them to their two National Cup wins and finally the Top League that had evaded them ever since their first win all the way back in 06/07. He's one of the most prolific goal scorers in Mytanar Top League history, his 154 goals in 271 games putting him second all-time. He also scored 49 goals in 80 caps for the national side, the best strike rate of anyone to ever take the field for Mytanija. Other club icons include Miroslav Filo, Niklas Kulmala, Filip Wachsmuth and Omet Drazaal. It's interesting to note the diversity of the players this club considers legends (Polarian heritage for Haugen and Kulmala; Waaldish for Drazaal etc), when their ultras group Grolija are so ardently right-wing.

Their big rivalry game is with CDSA, the North Vojovitican Derby is based on a lot more than just geographic proximity however. The two sides ultras groups clash on political issues as well, with Grolija being right-wing and CDSA's Lijeva being left-wing and liberal. It is often a violent affair. Other than this Energija-Nuklearna have rivalry games with Liria (the two clubs are the two most successful from Vojovitica), and with 1896 Ebor (based on regional tensions and also historic competitive rivalry).

Miago is a major city in the north of Vojovitica, it is an important industrial hub and where Decraa is largely middle-class, well-educated and affluent; Miago is working class, mainly not educated beyond high school and precarious financially. The air quality in Miago is the worst in the nation and that is a product of all the factories in the city along with the coal power stations that power them. There are also two large nuclear power plants outside the city, 'Energija-Nuklearna' demonstrating quite clearly where the football club got its name from. Miago is not the sort of place you would go to on holiday, either, with a high crime rate and a lot of deprived neighbourhoods. For many locals it is seen as a place that has been forgotten by government, with the decline of living standards in the city going unchecked despite the city being so important to the Mytanar economy due to the heavy industry located there. Miago was generally a city that supported Natella Kalinina's regime as she elevated the city to one of Mytanija's most important due to its services to the economy and politically many in the city yearn for a return to those times as Miago was given the sense of importance many felt it deserved.

Fan base: Energija-Nuklearna draw fans from all over Mytanija and are undoubtedly one of the bigger fan bases in the country, they have a long history and are one of only four teams to have never been relegated from the Top League and they have accumulated a lot of fans purely by being in the top tier for so long. Their fan base in Miago itself is enormous as they're the only football club from the city and therefore everybody from Miago supports Energija-Nuklearna. It is common place to talk about the club's fortunes and the next game with shopkeepers, when getting your hair cut or doing pretty much anything given how important the club is to the local community.

Grolija are the club's ultras group and they are one of the biggest in the country. They're notorious for causing mayhem and just as well-known for being right-wing, it's not uncommon to see them raising fascist salutes of varying kinds at games and they often chant about how they would like to eradicate all the Thessians and Rauchiks. The club have tried to stamp them out but it is almost impossible given how large the group are and how much sway they hold at the club. They're a very violent group and usually get into scrapes in most cities they go to, meaning that they often have to organise fights with other ultras groups away from stadiums given the fact the police all over the country (including in Miago), know of their reputation.

More widely, Energija-Nuklearna's fan base are not all far-right, of course. Miago is a large city with people from all over the political spectrum: including ultra leftists! The vast majority of the local fan base are working class people and have an average to low income. Many are part of the precariat, with little to no job security and always living from payslip to payslip. A lot are involved in the city's heavy industry and the economic exploitation of these workers is often linked to the rise of far-right politics in Miago by academics.

Generally they're a fiercely loyal fan base too, standing by the club through thick and thin, as can be seen by the attendances at the Miagostadion never falling between 06/07 and 18/19; otherwise known as the gap between the club's two Top League titles. The fact they have won the Top League is something they love to lord over their greatest rivals CDSA, of course.

Trophies won: 2 x Mytanar Top Leagues (06/07, 18/19); 2 x National Cups (15/16, 17/18).

General.
Club Reputation: National
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Poor
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 26/27 SEASON PREVIEW PART 3


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FK MAGEVSKAYA
Location: Stratenberg, Magevskaya
Stadium: Utcastadion (Capacity: 18,000)
Manager: Slava Raspopov has taken the reins in Stratenberg. The former assistant to Vasya Kanadin was thought best placed to continue his old boss' stellar work and further establish the Magev club in the Top League. He could have a tough task on his hands, but he does bring some of the same characteristics to the role as his old boss. He trusts young players in much the same way as Kanadin, however he advocates a possession-based style which is different to Kanadin's pragmatic approach. There has been much discussion of his unusual 4-3-2-1 formation during pre-season, which has been dubbed 'the Christmas tree' by many pundits.
Previous Season: They finished 13th, five points clear of the drop and they were largely comfortable in their fight against relegation last season. Kanadin did well with limited resources and that is why he was given so much praise, the team he had arguably shouldn't have stayed up with quite that degree of ease. In the National Cup they were eliminated at the first step, beaten by Pretia 4-3 over two legs. They had taken a 1-0 lead into the second leg but Pretia won a thriller 4-2 to eliminate them. Ironically that early elimination may have actually helped their fight against the drop in the Top League as they were able to fully focus on the league unlike a couple of the teams around them who went further in the National Cup.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “There's two big questions for FK Magevskaya ahead of this season: first, how well will Raspopov be able to imitate his predecessor and get a lot out of a little in terms of on-field talent? Second, will there be any teething problems as the club move into their new ground? FK Magevskaya are perhaps the most interesting club this season given this tandem of potential issues that could see Vasya Kanadin's astute work undone in the course of a season. It's a big job for Raspopov, but if he's paid any attention to the way in which Kanadin went about his work then he should have a reasonable insight into how a manager gets his players to play above their abilities. He hasn't messed around in his first summer in the job and with Kanadin's departure announced fairly early in the summer, he's had plenty of time to get his playing staff fashioned in his own image. Six in and six out in the transfer market is evidence of that.

Granted, Raspopov would not have wanted to lose either Maks Shishkin or Jiri Erisej, with the Shishkin transfer being felt particularly badly around the club. Some fans were disappointed in former manager Kanadin's 'raid' of the club for their young star and there's no doubt that he will prove difficult to replace. Erisej was another young player at the club and his ability to score crucial goals will be missed. Raspopov has been fairly intelligent in the transfer market though, bringing in Olexandr Sokolenko for MC 3 million represents a bit of a coup, with the player returning to the city (and region) of his birth following a spell with Liria Prizren, he's been given the captaincy at the club he supported as a boy. Sokolenko will go some way to replacing Shishkin and he'll have young Fleftic playmaker Rais Andaya alongside him as part of the duo behind the striker. Andaya joins from Malabon SC on a free and could become a key player in this side if Raspopov can develop him in the right manner.

Ipar Amiyategi - the Astograthian-Equestrian dual national - will be key for the club this season, he joined from Crystal City United for MC 2 million and his presence between the sticks will be important. He has a young defence in front of him and whilst still only 26 he does have a fair bit of experience and he'll need all of it to marshal the young players in front of him. The retirement of former captain Valeri Kovac could really hurt them this year. He was only 34 and injuries dogged the centre-half towards the end of last season, but he was a key figure at the heart of their defence and they will miss him enormously. If Amiyategi can be a calming presence behind their back-line, it will go some way to filling the hole that has been left following Kovac's retirement.

There's no doubting that Slava Raspopov has a difficult job on his hands this season, he has the unenviable task of following a manager who was universally loved in Stratenberg and a tough objective in trying to keep them up. However, they have worked fairly well in the transfer market with the addition of Sokolenko in particular really raising eyebrows. That transfer could mitigate the loss of young Maks Shishkin almost entirely. The retention of Predrag Vukomanovic at the base of their midfield will also be crucial, he is a player that could easily ply his trade further up the league but he's enjoying his time with FK Magevskaya and the club fought hard to keep him over the summer despite strong interest from several clubs. The gap between the clubs at the bottom of the Top League and those promoted from the Druga Liga is becoming more pronounced, with FK Magevskaya investing smartly in players and still not making a net loss on transfers demonstrating the nous that Druga Liga clubs are coming up against. We predict a 13th place finish for FK Magevskaya this season and they may well even generate an even bigger gap between themselves and the drop than they did last year - as long as Raspopov can continue Vasya Kanadin's exceptional work
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Pos.  Name                 Age  Nation   CA/PA   Notes
GK Ipar Amiyategi 26 ASG/EQS 6*
DL Tyoma Putinov 21 MYT 2*/5*
DC Stas Bebchuk 20 MYT 2*/5* DC/DR
DC Lubo Korlenko 22 MYT 4*/6*
DR Mile Loncar 26 MYT 4*
DMC Danilo Vasiljevic 19 MYT 4*/8*
DMC Isaac Roussel 30 KET 4*
DMC Predrag Vukomanovic 22 MYT 6*/8*
AMC Rais Andaya 19 AFT 4*/8*
AMC Olexandr Sokolenko 30 MYT 7* Captain; MC/AMC
ST Jan Zovko 30 MYT 3*

GK Gerasim Runov 20 MYT 3*/7*
DR Adam Yakushev 16 MYT 1*/7*
DMC Alexei Shinsky 17 MYT 2*/9*
AMC Seryozha Koryavin 16 MYT 1*/8*
ST Yevdokim Mosyakov 16 MYT 2*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Ipar Amiyategi (ASG/EQS) from Crystal City United (CRY) to FK Magevskaya, MC 2 million
• Olexandr Sokolenko (MYT) from Liria to FK Magevskaya, MC 3 million
• Rais Andaya (AFT) from Malabon SC (AFT) to FK Magevskaya, free transfer
• Isaac Roussel (KET) from Jeunesse (PRH) to FK Magevskaya, free transfer
• Jan Zovko (MYT) from 1923 Esca to FK Magevskaya, free transfer
• Mile Loncar (MYT) from Tekstil to FK Magevskaya, free transfer

Out.
• Maks Shishkin (MYT) from FK Magevskaya to Energija-Nuklearna, MC 5 million
• Jiri Erisej (POB) from FK Magevskaya to Olympique Orthez, MC 2,5 million
• Domagoj Kokic (MYT) from FK Magevskaya to BVK Dinamo, MC 1 million
• Rajmund Krizman (MYT) from FK Magevskaya to FK Arsika, MC 1 million
• Resad Karlovic (MYT) from FK Magevskaya to BVK Dinamo, free transfer
• Josip Babic (MYT) from FK Magevskaya to CVMZ, free transfer

Retirements.
• Valeri Kovac (MYT, DC, 34, captain)


Club information: FK Magevskaya don't really have a time they can hark back on and call their glory days, for much of their history they have played in the second tier of Mytanar football: the Druga Liga. They were in the Top League a long time ago for a couple of seasons, around the end of the first decade of Mytanar football, but that is a long time ago and their fans have had to put up with second tier football since. Returning to the top tier for the 24/25 season under popular coach Vasya Kanadin was slightly unexpected given the relatively young side he possessed, but he got his charges playing an attractive, expansive style of play and got the job done. He kept them in the Top League when they were one of the favourites to go down two years in a row and has now moved on to Energija-Nuklearna, he remains a bit of an icon in Stratenberg nonetheless and has laid the foundations for FK Magevskaya to create a more permanent space for themselves in the top tier of Mytanar football.

In terms of club legends, Nyar Utca is probably the closest thing they have to one, he played for the club when they were in the Top League and eventually was named club captain. He joined from Atletik originally, a youngster who needed experience and FK Magevskaya provided him that and he liked it so much that he decided to stay for the remainder of his career. He was an attacking midfielder who would semi-regularly chip in with goals, but was their creative fulcrum for much of his time in Stratenberg. The club's new stadium has been named after him.

There only rivalry game, as such, would be with Vitalia in the Magev Derby. The two clubs have only met a handful of times when compared to the other big derby games in Mytanar football, but it is still a fiery affair when it occurs. FK Magevskaya, from Stratenberg on one side of Magevskaya, claim to represent the whole of the island (and therefore, the whole of the region), which is something Vitalia from Vostochnaya Tochna take serious exception to. Outside of this they don't really have any rivalry games though, although there are of course a couple of games with other teams that have spent much of their time in the Druga Liga that the club's fans look forward to given the amount of times they have played each other.

Stratenberg is the largest town in Magevskaya, but this does not mean it is a 'large' town by national standards. Magevskaya is known as one of the colder parts of Mytanija due to the fierce winds that batter the island and the cold seas that surround it. However, Stratenberg's residents have utilised tech to improve quality of life in the town - using the strong winds for energy with hordes of wind farms. Fishing is an important industry on the island and employs many of the town's working population. The other industry is clothing, with a few companies setting up factories in Stratenberg specifically to take advantage of the cold weather in order to improve their products.

FK Magevskaya's old stadium was used for all outdoor sporting events in Magevskaya, including track and field and that explained its cavernous size compared to FK Magevskaya's actual fan base. It had fallen into disrepair and as a municipal building, there was a reliance on local government to renovate it, something they couldn't do. The club have now paid for their new stadium, a modern, smaller affair, but one that is a lot more manageable for the club and a significant asset too. They have hindered themselves a little financially in order to build the new ground, but long term it should be a much better option for the club, especially as long as they stay in the Top League and are able to benefit from the increased revenue streams that presents - something which will make paying back the loans they have secured for the new ground that bit easier.

Fan base: Their fan base is fairly limited due to the relatively small population of Magevskaya and ergo Stratenberg as a whole, but they have fairly passionate supporters, although the empty seats visible at their old ground the Stadion Grisha Kochenkov wouldn't always have indicated this. The Utcastadion should be much better for them given its smaller capacity and should be full to the rafters for every single home game. Their fans travel fairly well, which for many is the true measure of a fan base in Mytanija as the transport links are not always that great and getting from Stratenberg, Magevskaya to Zvornik, Avnalia to watch FK Magevskaya away at Nyva is a pretty difficult and lengthy round-trip. But fans continue to do it and FK Magevskaya's supporters are no different.

Their ultras group are known as Ultras Magev, which perhaps comes as no surprise and they are right-wing Magev/Zentrian nationalists. It should be noted that they are pretty much the same as the Zentrian nationalist groups that follow some clubs as Magevskaya historically has been considered a part of Zentria and they therefore share the views of many of those groups and can be considered one and the same. Many in Magevskaya wish that the island was still classed as a part of Zentria rather than its own specific region. Given the myriad combinations of political beliefs that Mytanar ultras groups can have, almost none of them get on.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Poor

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Average


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LIRIA
Location: Prizren, Vojovitica
Stadium: Westfalenstadion (Capacity: 84,000)
Manager: Danek Badjkev is back! The 56 year old was in charge in Liria's most successful era and he returns now following the sacking of Dino Lozancic to try and steady the ship and get Liria challenging for titles once again. Badjkev has played for and managed the club so he understands what it means to be a part of Liria and that is what Liria fans wanted from any manager that took charge this time around. This appointment has been very well received as a result. He's an expert tactician and man-manager and he brought through some of the club's best ever players such as Yuri Matveyev. Don't be too surprised if Liria are straight back to where they belong with Badjkev at the helm.
Previous Season: A disappointing 4th place finish was enough to do for Lozancic, with the club wanting him to win a trophy last season or face the chop. Their 4-2 loss to Olympic Thessia in the Second Round of the National Cup ensured Lozancic couldn't use success in that competition to save his job, so it all came down to the league and despite only being 4 points off the top spot they finished all the way down in 4th in one of the tightest Top League seasons ever.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “The big thing about having Danek Badjkev in charge is that it makes players - particularly Mytanar players - want to come and play for your club. Liria have been able to attract some players that arguably would not have wanted to come had they not got Badjkev - a legend in Mytanar football - as their manager. His resume is near incomparable (perhaps with the exception of 1896 Ebor manager Vaclav Simon who won two UICA Champions' Cups), in his first spell at Liria he won three league titles, a National Cup, two UICA Globe Cups and a Rushmore Copa de Campeones. Whilst Marius Sadowsky may well be the best Mytanar manager ever due to his longevity and the amount of league titles he won with Atletik, Badjkev was the first Mytanar manager to lead his side to UICA glory and that is an achievement that stands the test of time and is well-respected throughout Mytanar football.

Badjkev's effect is obvious, particularly when you see the likes of Radovan Pogaenik and Alen Zekic move to the club from teams that finished ahead of Liria last season. Liria are a bigger club than Ararat, so Pogaenik's move from there to the Westfalenstadion is understandable, even if Ararat are perhaps more equipped to win trophies right now. Apparently Misel Ravnjak thought Pogaenik could do with another season as a rotation player before becoming a regular starter and this is something that didn't sit well with the player, particularly following his solid Di Bradini Cup with the under-21 squad where they finished runners-up. Alen Zekic (and Zrinko Primorac), both fell out of favour with Atletik as the club wanted to change formation and in Zekic's case, wanted a younger age profile for the squad. Moving across the Klasicni divide is always a risky move, but Atletik could well rue the day they allowed both players move to Liria. Liria fans are reserving judgement on Zekic and Primorac until they see how they perform against their former club.

The other big signing Liria have made is that of Pluto Blinkman, the Apoxian youngster was another who made some good performances at the Di Bradini Cup. He has joined from Issington FC for MC 10 million and whilst that represents a big fee, Blinkman could be a real star in multiversal football. He can do it all and is a real box-to-box midfielder, he should be a perfect foil to the more creative Pogaenik and Jeda Mehmedic - a player who used to be a box-to-box midfielder but is increasingly finding himself taking on a more defensive role as he heads towards the latter stages of his career. It is believed that Liria broke even on transfers this summer, which is understandable when you see the number of players leaving the club, so whilst they did spend a lot their outgoings seem to have made up for it. Whether they miss the likes of Edin Zahovic, Ermin Drzic, Sokolenko or Nisic is another question entirely. The loss of young goalkeeper Dario Barbor may be felt in a couple of seasons once Adel Gudelj retires and he left for only MC 3 million to Prahecqois club Clichy-sous-Bois - that may be a move Liria really come to regret with time!

Liria have got Badjkev in the hot seat and he has had an instant effect. The signing of Zekic makes their forward pairing seem more intuitive straight away, Zekic is a target man and Straka is a poacher and the little-and-large partnership should work a lot better than the Zahovic-Straka pairing where both players ended up in the same positions given their similarities. The additions of Pogaenik and Blinkman show a club looking towards the future. The loss of Drzic wasn't ideal, the club wanted to keep him but it's difficult when Workers Union come calling given the historic connection Mytanars have with that Euran team. Badjkev's effect will be felt this season but we don't think it'll be enough to bring them instant glory in the Top League, the team need a bit more time to gel and Arran Marr - the Nepharim full-back - is a bit of a wildcard. We feel Liria will finish 3rd in the league this season, but they're definitely heading in the right direction again
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Adel Gudelj 34 MYT 7* Captain
DL Arran Marr 21 NPH 6*/8* DL/DC/DR/DMC
DC Niksa Obadko 26 MYT 9*
DC Osman Muhic 24 MYT 7*/8*
DR Branko Nikolov 25 MYT 8*
MC Radovan Pogaenik 19 MYT 7*/10*
MC Jeda Mehmedic 29 MYT 8*
MC Pluto Blinkman 21 APX 7*/10*
AMC Zrinko Primorac 25 MYT 7*
ST Alen Zekic 30 MYT 8*
ST Anton-Dusan Straka 24 MYT 7*/8*

GK Obren Vujic 16 MYT 1*/10*
DC Miroslav Opacak 18 MYT 3*/8*
DR Alen Komadina 16 MYT 1*/7*
MC Duro Galovic 17 MYT 3*/8*
AMC Mirko Kosic 17 MYT 3*/10*
ST Gillian Roseboro 18 NPH 4*/9*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Pluto Blinkman (APX) from Issington FC (APX) to Liria, MC 10 million
• Radovan Pogaenik (MYT) from Ararat to Liria, MC 5 million
• Zrinko Primorac (MYT) from Atletik to Liria, MC 3 million
• Alen Zekic (MYT) from Atletik to Liria, undisclosed
• Arran Marr (NPH) from Creed United (NPH) to Liria, free transfer

Out.
• Edin Zahovic (MYT) from Liria to 1923 Esca, undisclosed
• Ermin Drzic (MYT) from Liria to Workers Union (EUR), undisclosed
• Olexandr Sokolenko (MYT) from Liria to FK Magevskaya, MC 3 million
• Branko Nisic (MYT) from Liria to SS Plumelec (PRH), MC 3 million
• Dario Barbor (MYT) from Liria to Clichy-sous-Bois (PRH), MC 3 million
• Zvjezdan Cvjitac (MYT) from Liria to Espérance (PRH), free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Liria are one of the biggest three clubs in Mytanija and also one of the three most successful (along with Atletik and 1896 Ebor). Their most successful period came when they won three straight Mytanar Top League titles (13/14, 14/15 and 15/16), under legendary manager Danek Badjkev. When Badjkev was manager they also won a National Cup, two UICA Globe Cups and a Rushmore Copa de Campeones. The 14/15 season was the one that is most well remembered due to it being an - at that time - unprecedented treble, with the club winning the league, the cup and the Globe Cup. They were the first Mytanar team to win a UICA sanctioned competition and it is that particular fact they love to remind both 1896 Ebor and Atletik Thessia of whenever they can.

They have many club icons, but perhaps the most legendary trio are Miki Sipilainen, Yuri Matveyev and Tikhon Voronin. Sipilainen is the most prolific goal scorer in not only club history (160 goals in 275 games), but also in Mytanar Top League history and the Oppic forward's goals powered the side to their multiple titles. Yuri Matveyev also should be mentioned, a player who came through the club's academy and eventually captained the side all whilst being Liria's creative heartbeat. Matveyev is still cherished to this day.

Another big name is Tikhon Voronin who joined the club from Dinamo Esca and became a legend, he was a tough tackling midfielder who eventually became vice-captain. His combined appearances for both Liria and his first club Dinamo total 339 and that's good enough for 4th in terms of all-time appearances in the Top League. He also has 158 caps for Mytanija (the 6th most ever), scoring 10 goals, making him not only a legend for Liria, but for the national team as well. Other players of importance include Stefan Wallinaar, Lavrentii Aliev and Miro Obad.

Liria have two rivalries of significance: the Klasicni and the Prizren Derby. Liria fans generally consider the Klasicni to be more important. That is the game played regularly against Atletik, the reason it is known as the Klasicni (in English: Classic), is because Liria and Atletik are the two biggest teams in Mytanija in terms of their fan bases, along with being two of the most successful clubs and their general historic rivalry as well. Games between the two can often be hot-tempered, with red cards not being uncommon. The Prizren Derby is their local derby game with Pretia, for Liria fans it takes secondary importance to the rivalry with Atletik - which only serves to annoy Pretia supporters - although they obviously always want to win the game in order to stamp their superiority on the city of Prizren. There is an all-Vojovitican rivalry with Energija-Nuklearna as well, which is often exacerbated by Miago natives seeing Prizren as a cosmopolitan city full of pompous liberals, but that's of tertiary importance for Liria fans.

Prizren is a beautiful city, very often named Mytanija's most aesthetically pleasing and it has an enormous cultural importance too. Many of Mytanija's most famous creators have lived in the city at some point, whether they be artists, musicans, philosophers or whatever. The Kavka University is one of the best in the country with Prizren's two other further education institutions also having solid reputations. Tourists often take in the sights including the city's famous Astronomical Clock, Prizren Castle, or take a walk alongside the river. Prizren's cobbled streets are probably its defining feature, though, and they're used in Mytanija's other favourite sport: cycling. The spring classic Cieszin-Prizren finishes in the city and utilises the cobbled roads and some of the steeply rising streets to create a tough and exciting finish.

Fan base: Liria have one of the largest fan bases in Mytanija due to their history and they can draw on fans from all over the country as a result of this. Their local support is often characterised as university professors and misunderstood artists but this obviously isn't true, the Liria neighbourhood of Prizren from which they draw their name is a distinctly working class area and whilst you might find some students and struggling artists there it is mostly populated by workers who earn their money in the city's factories, which are constantly being shut down as they're moved to cheaper locations (both within Mytanija and elsewhere). Due to the club's size they draw supporters of all backgrounds and they're a good unifier in both Prizren and more extensively southern Vojovitica because of this, everybody comes together to support Liria.

The club's Westfalenstadion is the largest stadium in the country and it rises out of the squat terraced houses of the Liria neighbourhood like a behemoth towering over all it surveys, the 25,000 capacity terrace at one end of the stadium is the largest standing area in the country and the noise it emanates is terrifying. This is known as the Yellow Wall and that is the name of the ultras group that occupies the middle sector at the front of the terrace and creates the atmosphere.

The Yellow Wall ultras group are known for being apolitical, but sub-groups are and this can often create problems on the tribune. There are both left-wing and right-wing elements and this is obviously problematic. They can be violent, but the issue of in-fighting means they don't always get involved as you would expect as half of their own hooligans don't know if they can trust the other half and vice versa. The two largest sub-groups are The Unity (a left-wing, liberal group); and Native Mentality (right-wing). For now, the apolitical grouping are dominant but in the past both left and right-wing elements have enjoyed primacy.

When they all come together, the tifo choreographies they create are pretty much second-to-none, with the enormous flags being the largest seen and their general level of creativity being higher than a lot of other club's ultras groups. They really get behind the team well at Liria Prizren.

Trophies won: 3 x Mytanar Top Leagues (13/14, 14/15, 15/16); 3 x National Cups (10/11, 11/12, 14/15); 2 x UICA Globe Cups (43, 44); 1 x Rushmore Copa de Campeones.

General.
Club Reputation: International
Finances: Exceptional

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: State of the art
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good


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NYVA
Location: Zvornik, Avnalia
Stadium: Stadion Sime Pandev (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Vasil Janevski has quietly done okay with Nyva over the past few years, keeping them comfortably mid-table and paving the way for the club to build their new ground the Stadion Sime Pandev. He may not have lived up to his reputation as a wheeler dealer this summer (more on that further on in the preview), but he has steadily managed the club over the past few years, keeping them in the upper half of the league and that is where Nyva want to stay. They've cemented their place as the top club from Nasto and Avnalia for the moment and that is no small thing. Nyva will face Rudar in the Avnali Derby for the first time in a long time this season and there's no doubt that Janevski will relish the task.
Previous Season: Their 7th place finish represents consistency and that is what the club's board want. Janevski is never going to bring fireworks to Zvornik but he is a steady hand and that is what the club want right now, with the occasional cup run thrown in if at all possible (this is perhaps something Janevski can work on a little). Their National Cup campaign last season ended at the hands of Druga Liga Granica, the Cieszin side winning on penalties after the club's shared 1-0 wins across the two legs. Nyva were a little disappointed to go out to lower league opposition, but it's the so-called 'magic of the cup' at work, isn't it?

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Nyva invested their money in a new ground instead of buying players and it's going to be a decision that benefits the club long-term. Their new ground may be smaller in terms of capacity but the club will generate more money from the more modern amenities and increased number of corporate facilities whilst also potentially improving the atmosphere at home games. At their old Stadion Komunalni the fans were a long way from the pitch because of the running track, at the Stadion Sime Pandev (see what they did there? He may have only retired a year ago but he deserves that after the service he has given the club down the years), the fans are right next to the pitch and the safe standing sections will allow the fans to create quite an atmosphere - with the Gate 9 ultras group allowed a larger section behind one of the goals meaning they should be able to produce better choreographies and more noise than ever before.

Nyva's squad is a real mid-table affair, they don't have any real world beaters in this line-up but that's something they're absolutely fine with. Retaining the likes of Anton Derajevic and Momcilo Pavlovic season-after-season is important and having experienced heads such as Ilija Lambulic and Goran Najdoski at the back is also incredibly helpful to them. Rudi Prosenik may not have quite fulfilled the potential many thought he had - there was talk of him moving to Atletik Thessia a few seasons ago - but he is the perfect player for Nyva and Vasil Janevski has done a very good job at keeping this group of players together whilst adding a new piece every so often and it has created a nice mix of players as the club look to establish themselves as a serious top-half team. They've now got the stadium they need to do that and as their finances improve they should be able to look to add players to try and challenge a little higher up the table.

At the minute Nyva have a few promising youngsters on the bench with Sinisa Manevski and Jill Torgeson perhaps being the pick of the bunch. Manevski is going to be a solid and dependable centre-half, it's very clear to see and nobody will be surprised to see him take over from the likes of Najdoski and Zoric in the centre of Nyva's back-line in the next few seasons. Nepharim defensive midfielder Torgeson is a real battle-axe and she could potentially takeover from Prosenik if she keeps improving in the manner expected. Janevski has discussed Prosenik moving to centre-half as his career goes on and Torgeson could hasten that move given her potential. There's also young Sasho Koncaliev who is believed to be a big talent, but he's only 16 and he's got a long way to go before we can start to call him a sure-thing.

A quiet summer for Nyva in the transfer market, with the addition of Bacic is a back-up striker being their only business in-or-out. However this was a good thing for Nyva as they kept their key players whilst the club's new ground was finished and they will look to have another season where they finish in the top-half. Janevski is becoming a model of consistency as Nyva manager and don't be surprised to see him take the club to 7th once again
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Marko Babic 24 MYT 5*/6*
DL Ilija Lambulic 32 MYT 7* Captain
DC Goran Najdoski 29 MYT 7*
DC Stanislav Zoric 30 MYT 5*
DR Gordan Cindric 26 MYT 5*
DMC Rudi Prosenik 24 MYT 6*/7* DC/DMC
MC Miro Tadic 34 MYT 5*
MC Cvjetko Tokic 24 MYT 5*/6*
AMC Momcilo Pavlovic 21 MYT 5*/7*
ST Drazen Zhivkov 21 MYT 4*/8*
ST Anton Derajevic 27 MYT 7*

GK Petar Solakov 17 MYT 3*/8*
DL Andrei Vasiliadis 20 MYT 3*/6*
DC Sinisa Manevski 18 MYT 3*/8*
DR Velyo Kralevski 19 MYT 2*/8*
DMC Jill Torgeson 18 NPH 3*/8*
MC Sasho Koncaliev 16 MYT 1*/10*
ST Ljubisa Bacic 24 MYT 4*/5*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Ljubisa Bacic (MYT) from BVK Dinamo to Nyva, MC 1 million

Out.
• N/a

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Nyva are a club that has yo-yoed between the Top League and the Druga Liga for much of their existence. They have never actually won a trophy and the period between 21/22 to 24/25 is what most of their fans would describe as the club's 'golden age' as it's the only time they have challenged for the Top League title. Previously the club's high point was always scrapping against relegation, perhaps most famously when they bravely fought against the drop despite a points deduction in the 15/16 season - it was a doomed cause though, as they eventually succumbed to demotion. The side is remembered fondly though, they also reached the Semi Final of the National Cup that season.

The most important thing for Nyva fans is that they are the biggest team in Avnalia, beating hated rivals Rudar into second place in that particular competition - but, they're also the biggest club in the larger region known as Nasto and Avnalia ahead of historic clubs such as FK Arsika and Rotor Ravnina. It's quite a historic moment for Nyva and a great feat for a club that simply does not have the resources that many clubs can boast. The club's board are 100% committed to trying to improve their facilities whilst they're an established Top League side in an attempt to match the infrastructure of some of the sides that have traditionally been ahead of them, this led to them building a new stadium, slightly smaller than their old Stadion Komunalni, but full of the modern amenities top tier clubs require at their stadiums in the modern day. Their finances have taken a hit as a result, but the investment should pay off long term, especially given their status as a fairly secure Top League club these days.

In terms of club legends there's only really two: Vladimir Shervashidze and Sime Pandev. Pandev retired from football following the 24/25 season and will go down in the club's history books as a one-club man, the creative attacking midfielder was the perfect example of loyalty in the time he was at the club - so much so that the club's new stadium is named after him! Shervashidze shares that honour, playing his entire career with the club he supported, the goalkeeper was a part of the side that fought bravely against relegation in 15/16. That was sadly his final year with the club, but he retired with his head held high. His service was particularly noted as he stuck with the team through both the good times and the very bad, despite offers from elsewhere.

The club's only real rivalry is that with Rudar, known as the Avnali Derby. The two clubs don't get on whatsoever, with disagreements over the recruitment of youngsters and the like causing issues since the two clubs came into existence. The tie can be quite violent as both clubs are provincial and Avnalia is generally seen as a region that has been forgotten by the mainland, police numbers are perhaps not quite what they would be for a fixture of the same type on the mainland. Both team's ultras groups are known for wanting to prove themselves, too, due to their provincial nature and this can make them more dangerous as their exploits become exponentially more dangerous as they attempt to 'prove themselves'.

Zvornik is a small-to-mid-sized town in Avnalia, one of Mytanija's least populous regions. Zvornik is probably best known for its agriculture (with fishing also being important). A lot of the commodities sold in supermarkets on the Mytanar mainland being grown in the fields of Avnalia and particularly around Zvornik. Crops are the main source of cash: grain, cereal, vegetables etc, you name it they probably try to grow it in the fields around Zvornik. The weather is usually pretty good in Avnalia: temperate, rainy autumns and winters; warm, dry springs and summers. The only issue can be the strong winds the region receives, as is always the case with islands and large stretches of water.

Fan base: Nyva are well supported in Zvornik itself, always drawing a strong following at home games. This could be because there are not too many things to do for entertainment in Zvornik and with Nyva being the best they have been, it makes sense to go and watch a few games. Their fan base is limited to Avnalia, they don't have the history to pull fans in from outside their region, but it is something that could improved with their more consistent presence in the Mytanar Top League. Zvornik is the second biggest town in Avnalia behind Uchenik, but Nyva's more recent success gives them a slight edge in terms of support from across the region. Neither club is really able to break ground in Nasto though, with the established clubs: FK Arsika and Rotor commanding the majority of the support there, along with Lok. Ostrova and Spartak Makarska.

Nyva's ultras group are known as Gate 9 and they are viewed by most other groups as posers and pretenders, attempting to mirror the actions of the established groups from mainland clubs, nothing more than rural hill-billies. However, this makes them extremely dangerous as they try and prove their worth and attempt daring exploits up and down Mytanija. They're known for trying to attack the pubs where their opponent's main ultras group congregate pre-game - an extremely dangerous tactic and one which they're slowly gaining respect for repeatedly trying. In terms of choreography and tifo displays they lag behind the rest, but that was always the case. Nyva's fans have always had a hooligan element so the idea that this is something new is not correct, but it demonstrates the gamesmanship that takes place between different groups as they try to get one over each other.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: State of the art
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Average

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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OLYMPIC
Location: Zenit Toranj, Thessia, Thessia
Stadium: Novi Kaunostadion (Capacity: 50,000)
Manager: Emil Jefak won Manager of the Season last year and it was well-deserved. He got his young squad playing a counter-attacking style that meant they had the second-best defence last season, only Ararat were better (and Ravnjak is known as a defensive mastermind). Jefak is one of the better managers in Mytanija right now and the 46 year old is slowly building a good resume for himself. If he can deliver Olympic Thessia their first ever trophy then his reputation would go into another dimension, expectations are higher for him now so this season should be an interesting one.
Previous Season: Jefak took the side to 5th in the Top League, they were 9 points off a Globe Cup place but for the first time in a while they were well in with a shout for much of the season, only the lack of a proven goalscorer really kept them out of that fight - they could have done with an experienced striker to score big goals at crucial times and that is something they have (potentially), secured ahead of this season. In the National Cup they got to the Final and many Olympic supporters felt that they would finally win their first ever trophy, it wasn't to be however, as they met a simply inspired Jezdimir Ocokoljic - Ocokoljic scored the only goal of the game and the wait for a first trophy goes on for Olympic.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Ahead of this season Olympic had three or four areas that they felt they needed to strengthen and Olympic Thessia's board have finally saw fit to invest money in the playing staff. They have shown enormous faith in Emil Jefak's ability as a manager by backing him in such a manner, breaking their spendthrift policy and it could be a move that sees them break into the top four of Mytanar football. The problem areas were goalkeeper, full-back, right-wing and a striker and three out of four have been remedied over the summer as the club moved fairly swiftly in the transfer market and secured some excellent players in the process.

The biggest signing is that of Demkjo Jzvanic, the Squornshelan Remnant States' national team forward is clinical and creative and should work well with Srecko Stankovic. The MC 3,75 million spent on him could look like peanuts if he hits the ground running and scores the important goals that separate the top teams from those that are simply good teams. Jeannot D'Aramitz joins from Prahecqois club Coulommiers for an extravagant MC 7,25 million and he'll be a thorn in the side of Top League left-backs this season. He's pacy, tricky and his crossing ability is top-drawer. Jzvanic will relish playing with him as he'll benefit from all the cut-backs from the byline D'Aramitz produces. Finally, they brought in Isaija Yanev from Ararat for MC 5 million. Yanev is still only 24 but seems to have been around forever, he's got 6 caps with the national team and should collect a few more over the course of the next cycle of World Cup qualifiers, he has bags of experience at such a young age and represents a sure-thing in the Top League, he's won the title before and knows what it takes to be at that level. MC 16 million spent and it was spent well, now Jefak has to repay the board's faith in him with solid performances on the pitch.

He should be able to do just that. His counter-attacking, organised approach has been successful over the past couple of seasons and he now has even better players at his disposal to execute his game plan out on the pitch. He's well-known for being able to develop young players, with Mojmir Anac, Vilim Kupresak and Selim Petrovic all developing very nicely under his management. Kamil Jernejec has improved enormously after just one season under Jefak's tutelage and young Sasa Zebic is already becoming a very good winger too. Jefak has a way of getting young players to improve fast whilst also giving their all for the shirt and that is invaluable, particularly given the number of players at other clubs (cough, Atletik, cough) who seem to lose their way after playing a couple of first team games with the money and fame fast going to their heads. Jefak doesn't allow that and his team's results are a testament to the young players giving nothing less than 100%.

Olympic look like they could be a force to be reckoned with in a couple of seasons, their only real weak positions are at left-back and in net, but even there they have Topgacic (a fast improving 21 year old), and Rakocevic (an experienced 'keeper who is shielded by some really good defenders in Anac, Jernejec and Yanev). Once the likes of Topgacic, Zebic, Petrovic, Kupresak and Bajramovic come of age this team could fight for the league title. At the minute, they may be lacking a little something, but with Jefak at the helm, Jzvanic up-front and Anac at the back they' are a team no Top League club will enjoy playing against. We reckon they'll finish 5th this year, but don't be surprised if Jefak gets them performing above expectations yet again. I wouldn't even be surprised if they finally end their wait for a trophy (hopefully I don't jinx them on that one)
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Jezdimir Rakocevic 27 MYT 5*
DL Edin Topgacic 21 MYT 4*/7*
DC Kamil Jernejec 23 MYT 7*/9*
DC Mojmir Anac 24 MYT 9*/10* Captain
DR Isaija Yanev 24 MYT 7*
ML Sasa Zebic 19 MYT 5*/9*
MC Selim Petrovic 20 MYT 5*/10*
MC Vilim Kupresak 22 MYT 7*/9*
MR Jeannot D'Aramitz 24 PRH 8* ML/MR/AML/AMR
ST Demkjo Jzvanic 27 SRS 9*
ST Srecko Stankovic 28 MYT 5*

GK Sefik Sinanovic 16 MYT 1*/10*
DL Amel Janjic 20 MYT 2*/6*
DC Jasar Abadzic 16 MYT 2*/8*
MC Vehbija Bijedic 20 MYT 4*/6* MC/MR
ST Teufik Bajramovic 19 MYT 4*/8*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Jeannot D'Aramitz (PRH) from Coulommiers (PRH) to Olympic, MC 7,25 million
• Isaija Yanev (MYT) from Ararat to Olympic, MC 5 million
• Demkjo Jzvanic (SRS) from Lublova Reds (SRS) to Olympic, MC 3,75 million

Out.
• Ivan Valjak (MYT) from Olympic to Partizan, one-season loan
• Slavomir Novoselic (MYT) from Olympic to Olympique Orthez (PRH), free transfer
• Vidos Zvikovic (MYT) from Olympic to Partizan, free transfer

Retirements.
• Zoran Vladimirovic (MYT, MC, 36)


Club information: Olympic are one of the most historic clubs in Mytanar football, despite never having won a trophy. This is largely down to being an extremely well supported club in Mytanija's biggest city: Thessia. Skeptics will argue that their popularity and 'history' is down to the fact they live in the shadow of Atletik and that people love being contrarians, but this theory never sits well with Olympic Thessia supporters, as you might expect. Olympic have been a mid-table Top League side for the majority of their history, having only spent three seasons (00/01, 01/02 and 02/03) in the Druga Liga and being a Top League side ever since they got promoted in the 02/03 season. Their period of greatest 'success' came a lot more recently, with consistent qualifications for UICA competitions in the 20/21 and 21/22 seasons. They did however finish 2nd, finishing behind hated rivals Atletik, in the 10/11 season when Igor Artemiev was at the height of his powers.

Their three most important players historically are Leven Vishinsky, Rasmus Sovak and Igor Artemiev. Vishinsky spent his entire career with the club, the towering central defender was a real talent, but sadly had his career cut short due to injury. If he was still playing, he would likely captain the current Olympic side. Sovak and Artemiev were both goal scorers and very adept at it too. Sovak was capped 13 times by Mytanija, scoring 8 goals and showing his worth on the international stage. Artemiev also earned 20 caps for his country.

Olympic take part in the Eternal Derby against their hated rivals and neighbours Atletik. The game is a chance for Olympic to put one over on their much more successful rivals, despite the fact Atletik hold a massive advantage in the silverware stakes, the Eternal Derby itself has always been a competitive fixture though and the sides can only marginally be separated: the fixture has been played 49 times, with Olympic having 20 victories, Atletik 22 and 7 draws (Olympic scoring 70, Atletik 77). Olympic seem to have an effect on Atletik that few other teams have, with Olympic having one of the best records against Atletik out of all the teams in Mytanija. The fixture often involves violent clashes both pre- and post-game and the action can get just as heated on the pitch. Olympic fans are always angered when Atletik supporters claim their rivalry with Liria to be the one they consider most important, but that doesn't stop Olympic taking enormous joy in putting one over their more illustrious neighbours.

The presence of the two big Thessia clubs within the same district of the city means it is undergoing a significant amount of regeneration, with increasing incidences of gentrification too, as is often the case. However, Olympic as a club do attempt to stick to their principles, with one of the major underpinnings of the football club being that they are a pillar of the community. This means that they continue to nurture their strong community links and where possible, they attempt to give jobs to locals and support that local community economically as well. This can be evidenced in their excellent youth academy too, with the club determined to retain community links by bringing through young Thessian kids and giving them an opportunity to play for the club. As a club Olympic are well known for producing some of the brightest young talents in Mytanija and this can be seen with their squads almost always featuring a couple of players who support the club and have come through its famous academy.

Fan base: Olympic have a large fan base by virtue of being from the city of Thessia, however their appeal goes beyond their own city. This is in large part due to the fact they have always been a club that sticks to its principles and has always attempted to do things the 'right way'. They try to use their youth prospects to replace players they have sold, they try to play decent football and their community links are something that aren't always seen in modern football. This means they draw fans from both the city of Thessia, the region of Thessia and surrounding areas too. They aren't quite supported across the country, but they're a popular club nonetheless.

Despite this growing sense of a wider popularity, they have a reputation for having a very localised support, too. Olympic fans are typically Thessians and the stereotype of the Novi Kaunostadion being full to the brim with local people has some truth to it, it's notoriously difficult to get tickets to Olympic games. This is due to the large population of Thessia, naturally. It was even harder to get tickets to Olympic games in the past, they used to play in the 5,000 capacity Kaunostadion. Fans were disappointed to see the club's old home demolished, but progress had to be made as they were really lagging behind other clubs in the transfer market and indeed just simply in revenue, due to their smaller stadium. The move to the Novi Kaunostadion has benefited them enormously financially and the club are now on a level playing field with many other clubs

Olympic fans are inseparable from their rousing club song 'O Kaunos', which is sang loudly before every home game and renditions can be heard towards the end of games too whether the team have won, drawn or lost. It is a song about the life of a young fan and how it should be lived, sticking to the club's famous 'Set of Principles'.

Olympic's ultras group are the Kaunosgrupa and they are well regarded for their tifo choreography. They're one of the better groups in this respect, with creative displays being put out almost every game. They're also a very loud, vocal support more generally, with the Novi Kaunostadion often being described as a 'cauldron'. The stadium has a retractable roof and it is often left closed in order to increase the reverberations from the crowd's chanting and create a more intimidating atmosphere. Olympic's ultras are left-wing, like the majority of people in Thessia and they often make reference to this on the group's banners with small socialist and antifa symbols going alongside the group's name.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Interregional
Finances: Good

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: State of the art
Pitch Condition: Good
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Exceptional
Transfer Market Skill: Good
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 26/27 SEASON PREVIEW PART 4


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PARTIZAN
Location: Tsrvena, Zentria
Stadium: Druzstevni (Capacity: 15,000)
Manager: Kristijan Petricevic has taken over the reins at Druzstevni, with Sava Grgurovic being snapped up by 1923 Esca after Zdeslav Nesic filled the hole left when Petricevic got sacked at 1896 Ebor. That departure caused a real managerial merry-go-round and this is where Petricevic has ended up as he looks to salvage some of his reputation following a disappointing few years at the Olujastadion. The 42 year old is planning to use his favoured 4-5-1 formation with Partizan this season and could actually find the players he has at his disposal well-suited to his long-ball tactics and his good man-management.
Previous Season: They gained promotion back to the Top League as Druga Liga champions last season. They had the (joint-) best attack and the best defence as they managed to retain many of their better players from the season before when they got relegated from the Top League. They won the title by a point but they were definitely the most impressive side in the second tier under Sava Grgurovic's management last term. In the National Cup they were knocked out in the Second Round by fellow Druga Liga side Granica, they lost the first leg 4-3 before travelling to Cieszin and being well beaten 3-0 as they were eliminated 7-3 on aggregate.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “The loss of Sava Grgurovic as manager is perhaps the biggest problem ahead of this season for Partizan, his departure was inevitable when 1923 Esca came calling as he felt he had done pretty much all he could with Partizan. The gap between the promoted sides and those who finished 12th and 13th in the Top League is becoming larger and larger and some have called for a return to the 18 team Top League of a decade ago as a way of mitigating this issue. It's unclear how much that would improve the situation but the problem is more or less on the promoted sides as when they aren't able to stay up the established Top League clubs continue to benefit from the financial advantage staying in the top division brings. Grgurovic was honest when he said that he didn't know if he would have been able to keep Partizan up, such is the jump in quality, but with the club keeping their better players they are at least prepared to make a decent fist of it. Some at Partizan have a little ill-feeling towards their old manager because he didn't at least give it a try, although most respect what he has done with the club over the years.

The challenge for Kristijan Petricevic is simple: to keep Partizan in the Top League. If he does so, he'll go some way to recovering his dented reputation. It'll be a tough task keeping this team up but there are some good signs already, Petricevic has cleared out a lot of deadwood, which can be seen with pretty much every player sold or released going to either a promoted or Druga Liga team. He's also made good use of free transfers into the club to bring in a few experienced Top League campaigners: nobody can argue with Neven Kolsa or Vidos Zvikovic's experience in the top tier and the addition of Zvezdan Obradovic is a smart one - the central midfielder was arguably Slovan's best player last season and should be a strong performer in the middle of the park for Partizan this season.

Ivan Valjak coming in on a single-season loan from Olympic is a smart move too, Valjak is a promising full-back and is extremely mobile, he's able to get up and down the right-flank all day and will provide the team another option going forwards whilst also being a solid enough young defender. It's a good move for both Partizan and Olympic as Valjak will gain some more first team experience and Partizan gain a good talent for the year. The only money spent was on one of Petricevic's favourites from 1896 Ebor, Severin Plecinac had fallen out of favour at the club he's been at since he was 13 and decided to follow his old gaffer down to Tsrvena for a relatively inexpensive MC 1 million. Plecinac should provide a degree of steel in front of the Partizan back-line and he could become a quietly impressive performer for them over the course of this season. Plecinac is arguably as much in need of restoring his reputation as Petricevic, many believed he'd go on to play for the national team a few years ago but he's nowhere near fulfilled that potential, this move could be good for him.

Petricevic could have a very good chance at doing well with Partizan, his long ball style should work fairly well with this set of players and the fact that they're fighting it out in a relegation scrap could suit his man-management abilities as he'll be able to create a siege mentality at the always intimidating Druzstevni. Retaining Nebojsa Guzina could be crucial for them as he's a defender who could become a real talent and was wanted by several mid-table Top League clubs over the summer. He'll be important for Partizan this year. It was a prediction that we nearly didn't make, with a few at Gazeta Sporta feeling Partizan will manage to stay up this season, but the gap remains difficult to bridge for promoted sides and we feel they may narrowly miss out: 14th, but we expect Petricevic to stay on as manager and potentially make another bid for promotion with the club next year. Look out for young Kosta Urosevic as well this season, he could be a productive player if given a chance
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Dzemal Jukic 23 MYT 3*/4*
DL Neven Kolsa 32 MYT 4* DL/DR
DC Nebojsa Guzina 22 MYT 5*/8*
DC Rado Senica 21 MYT 4*/7*
DR Ivan Valjak 22 MYT 4*/7* On loan from Olympic
DMC Severin Plecinac 26 MYT 4*
ML Sava Karanovic 20 MYT 3*/6*
MC Zvezdan Obradovic 24 MYT 5*
MC Kristijan Glavan 34 MYT 4* Captain
MR Vidos Zvikovic 30 MYT 4*
ST Sreten Bobkov 27 MYT 4*

DL Pavle Dapcevic 17 MYT 2*/8*
MC Kosta Urosevic 18 MYT 4*/8*
ST Aca Zivanovic 18 MYT 3*/6* AMR/ST


Transfer Market.
In.
• Severin Plecinac (MYT) from 1896 Ebor to Partizan, MC 1 million
• Ivan Valjak (MYT) from Olympic to Partizan, one-season loan
• Neven Kolsa (MYT) from Energija-Nuklearna to Partizan, free transfer
• Vidos Zvikovic (MYT) from Olympic to Partizan, free transfer
• Zvezdan Obradovic (MYT) from Slovan to Partizan, free transfer

Out.
• Vid Kos (MYT) from Partizan to Pretia, MC 0,5 million
• Igor Bogdanovic (MYT) from Partizan to CVMZ, free transfer
• Marko Dukic (MYT) from Partizan to FK Arsika, free transfer
• Zafer Muratovic (MYT) from Partizan to FK Arsika, free transfer
• Danijel Antolovic (MYT) from Partizan to Zeljeznicar, free transfer
• Bosko Jukovic (MYT) from Partizan to Zeljeznicar, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Partizan are a club who have spent the majority of their time in the Druga Liga, but in recent years have enjoyed a fairly extended stay in the Mytanar Top League. They got promoted to the Top League for the first time in the 17/18 season on the back of an outstanding season from club legend Gojslav Mijatovic as he scored 28 goals and chipped in with 14 assists as the side romped to the Druga Liga title, lifting the trophy 12 points clear of their nearest challengers Arsenal Vershina. Partizan have become a little bit of a yo-yo club in recent years, getting relegated from the Top League and then getting promoted back up from the Druga Liga usually only a short while after.

As mentioned, their best known player is Gojslav Mijatovic. The precocious midfielder was always ahead of the curve, displaying great skill at an early age and he led his Partizan side - the team he supported as a boy - both into the Top League and in the Top League. He captained the side aged 21 and is another whose career was sadly cut short early by injury, a great shame as he was an exceptional talent who would have undoubtedly gone on to represent Mytanija.

Partizan compete in the Tsrvena Derby against local rivals Crvena Zvezda. The two sides really hate each other, with the clubs representing different sets of dockers in the city's port and the hatred really runs deep. The animosity from the original disagreement continues to this day, with Partizan fans often refusing to work with companies that have links with Crvena Zvezda and vice versa.

Partizan have a good youth academy and are good at recruiting young players too, with the promise of coming through that academy. They have a fairly strong reputation for bringing through young Mytanar talent and giving young players a chance to find their feet. Other clubs often demand success instantly and this can lead to young players being cast aside as managers and boards look to more experienced campaigners for instant success. Partizan avoid this entirely and will almost always look to give the youth a chance to prove themselves.

Partizan hail from the town of Tsrvena on the east coast of Zentria (and Mytanija as a whole) and in the kindest possible way, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Tsrvena is a working-class city and an important shipping hub, with a lot of cargo coming into the city's port. The city has taken on an increased role in this regard since the Mytanar Conflict, with the Euran carpet bombing of Trunca severely damaging infrastructure there. Many migrants make their home in Tsrvena as there is an abundance of informal work, where employers will not ask too many questions and definitely not ask for papers. Crime and corruption is rife, with gangs controlling the city's port as they try to traffic illicit goods (drugs, weapons, even people), in and out of the country. It is also the last place many that are emigrating from Mytanija see as they board ships attempting to find better lives elsewhere in Rushmore, sharing this dubious honour with other port towns such as Trunca and Ebor.

Fan base: Partizan's fan base is significantly smaller than their local neighbours Crvena Zvezda, but they are no less passionate. Their lack of success (and lack of having an Ocokoljic of their own), means their supporters are mostly from Tsrvena. They still pack out their historic stadium, Druzstevni, every week and follow Partizan up and down the country home and away. Partizan's fans are largely working class dockers and a reputation has grown for their supporters related to this, with many not considering them a fan base that is to be messed with.

The Mogilschikov ultras group is their main group and they are a particularly violent mob with a large hooligan element. Politically they are socialist Zentrian nationalists, so they'd have a lot to agree with Crvena Zvezda supporters on if they could put football aside. They obviously cannot do that, though. They're ultras. Their political views mean that aside from Crvena Zvezda they end up having violent encounters with many other ultras/hooligan groups from around the country. Football support in Mytanija is complicated.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Poor
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Good

Recruitment.
Scouting: Average
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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PRETIA
Location: Prizren, Vojovitica
Stadium: Pretia Stadion (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Branislav Vasic is still with the club and engineered another successful promotion campaign last season. Vasic is one of the best managers for getting his team promoted and if he ever has to leave Pretia you can be sure that there will be no shortage of Druga Liga sides lining up to snap his arm off to get him to manage them. He's somewhat of an expert in the second tier. His 4-4-2 counter-attacking long ball tactics win him few admirers but they are effective and he'll be hoping to put them to good use in the Top League this season as he aims to keep Prizren's second team up.
Previous Season: Pretia finished 2nd in the Druga Liga last year, one point off Partizan. They probably weren't too bothered about the second tier league title, the main aim for clubs in the Druga Liga is promotion to the Top League and the financial boost that brings, after all. Their National Cup campaign ended in the Quarter Final where they were beaten 3-1 over two legs by Ararat, they had knocked out Lok. Cassia, FK Magevskaya and CDSA to get to that stage with the latter two being obvious upsets the Cup was quite the ride for Pretia.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Branislav Vasic's men look like they may be able to give staying up a better go than they did last time with a fair number of new additions joining the club over the summer and reinforcing what they had. Vasic was keen to emphasise the fact that he was only interested in bringing in players that adhere to his requirements in terms of 'good character and attitude', whether they do adhere to that over the course of an entire season remains to be seen. If they don't they'll be in for a big argument with the gaffer, that much is for certain.

Vasic was able to bring in two players from abroad during the transfer window: goalkeeper Loramendi Ramacha joins from Pasargan side Galatica and left-sided midfielder Bel Jonto-Meron joins from Qusmo's KF Rejin. Both came in on frees, but they should add a bit of quality to a side largely made-up of Mytanar journeymen. The phrase 'Mytanar journeymen' perhaps works no better than for Drago Danchev who has moved to his third club in as many years as he moves to Pretia from BVK Dinamo. Danchev - once of Ararat - joins for MC 1 million and is pretty much Pretia's marquee player this season. He's good on the ball and will have to be a creative fulcrum for this team as it is perhaps difficult to work out where else it is going to come from. Vasic has also constructed an all-new strike partnership with Vid Kos and Drago Blazevic joining the club, they could actually be well-suited to playing together with Kos being an aerial threat and good at holding the ball up and Blazevic being a bit quicker and able to stretch defences. Both are veterans at Top League level and that is the key thing for Pretia this season.

Branislav Vasic will have a difficult task on his hands this season and we can't really see how they're going to stay up. Vasic's teams usually rely upon a good defence to be successful and it's hard to see how this team will do this, the defenders the club has are all Druga Liga players at best and Vasic is perhaps guilty of being too loyal to them for his own good. Loramendi Ramacha is going to have to be incredible if Pretia are going to stay up because that defence is going to give away a lot of chances. Going forward they could actually be quite decent, Jonto-Meron, Darkovic and Danchev are all decent Top League midfielders and Vasic's new pair of forwards are experienced Top League players so won't be surprised by a step up in quality. Sadly for Pretia it's pretty much a requirement to have a decent defence if you want to stay up in the Top League and therefore we can't see them finishing any higher than 15th and an immediate return to the Druga Liga
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Pos.  Name                Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Loramendi Ramacha 25 ASG 5*
DL Hrvoje Mijatovic 28 MYT 3*
DC Radojko Pejakovski 28 MYT 3* Captain
DC Lubor Juhasz 29 MYT 3*
DR Dragan Coric 32 MYT 2*
ML Jonto-Meron Bel 30 QUS 5*
MC Dimitrij Darkovic 27 MYT 5*
MC Drago Danchev 25 MYT 5* MC/AMC
MR Tomislav Vidic 27 MYT 3*
ST Vid Kos 32 MYT 4*
ST Drago Blazevic 28 MYT 4*

DR Teo Varga 16 MYT 1*/6* DC/DR
ML Kresimir Magovac 17 MYT 3*/7*
ST Gabrijel Kelava 16 MYT 2*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Jonto-Meron Bel (QUS) from KF Rejin (QUS) to Pretia, free transfer
• Loramendi Ramacha (ASG) from Galatica (PAS) to Pretia, free transfer
• Drago Blazevic (MYT) from CDSA to Pretia, free transfer
• Drago Danchev (MYT) from BVK Dinamo to Pretia, MC 1 million
• Vid Kos (MYT) from Partizan to Pretia, MC 0,5 million

Out.
• Augustin Chilikov (MYT) from Pretia to Zeljeznicar, free transfer
• Tin Bosanic (MYT) from Pretia to Slovan, free transfer
• Vlatko Jelic (MYT) from Pretia to Slovan, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Pretia, Prizren's second club, only first got promoted to the Top League in the 18/19 season. They won the Druga Liga by a solitary point and entered the top tier of Mytanar football for the first time. Before this, they had jumped up and down the lower leagues, falling as low as the regional leagues. They then turned things around again and a remarkable four straight promotions saw them go from the fifth level of Mytanar football to the top. After winning the Druga Liga they entered the UICA's competition for second tier sides, the Series B Champions' Cup and they demonstrated the city of Prizren's knack for doing well in international competitions as they went all the way to the final and won, beating Turori's Kionao Locals in the final. Thorkil Bechinie von Lazan was the goalscorer on that famous day.

They have two major legends: Thorkil Bechinie von Lazan and Mirko Lopatin. Bechinie von Lazan (often abbreviated to B. v. Lazan on his shirt), was only with the club a couple of seasons before moving on to CDSA with the club's manager at the time. He's fondly remembered by Pretia fans though as being the man who won them the UICA Series B Champions' Cup, he was also a vital part of their promotion winning season and their first season in the Top League too before going and he goes down in Pretia folklore because of this. Mirko Lopatin was with the club when they were in the regional leagues and was a part of every promotion winning season, right up until they got promoted to the Top League for the very first time. He scored 27 goals as Pretia won the Druga Liga and got promoted and his longevity with the club, being a part of their fairy-tale journey from the regional leagues to the top tier ensures his place in Pretia's history.

Pretia's rivalry is naturally with the 'other Prizren club': Liria. Their more illustrious neighbours never fail to remind Pretia of the pecking order in the city, but the Prizren Derby is always a chance for the smaller team to put one over their rivals and they always get up for the game because of this. Games between the sides are high-octane, with neither side willing to give an inch and players flying into tackles at full-speed. Off the pitch it's the same, with Pretia fans constantly trying to sabotage Liria's tifo displays and skirmishes happening all over the city - even when the teams aren't playing.

Prizren is a beautiful city, very often named Mytanija's most aesthetically pleasing and it has an enormous cultural importance too. Many of Mytanija's most famous creators have lived in the city at some point, whether they be artists, musicans, philosophers or whatever. The Kavka University is one of the best in the country with Prizren's two other further education institutions also having solid reputations. Tourists often take in the sights including the city's famous Astronomical Clock, Prizren Castle, or take a walk alongside the river. Prizren's cobbled streets are probably its defining feature, though, and they're used in Mytanija's other favourite sport: cycling. The spring classic Cieszin-Prizren finishes in the city and utilises the cobbled roads and some of the steeply rising streets to create a tough and exciting finish.

Fan base: Pretia's fan base is one that is local to them, despite their international success in the UICA Series B Champions' Cup. That famous win didn't motivate fans from all over Mytanija to flock to the Pretia Stadion. Still, Prizren is a big city and they have a reasonable following. The Pretia Stadion is often full and a loud venue too, with the loyal support determined to make up for the side's shortcomings on the pitch in the stands.

Ultras Pretia are the clubs ultras group and they are officially apolitical and don't have a large hooligan element, they only really engage in violence if provoked or when they meet Liria fans. The fan scene is dominated by a determination to make good tifos and they regularly do this, as they try and outdo Liria in the only way they really have a chance of doing so, they aren't going to regularly beat them on the pitch so they try to be better supporters off it. A difficult task.

Trophies won: 1 x UICA Series B Champions' Cup (48).

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Poor

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Abysmal
Pitch Condition: Abysmal
Training Facilities: Poor
Youth Academy: Average

Recruitment.
Scouting: Poor
Youth Recruitment: Average
Transfer Market Skill: Abysmal


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RUDAR
Location: Uchenik, Avnalia
Stadium: Velenija (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Dusko Konecni has got Rudar back to the top-flight for the first time since the 23/24 season. He's well-liked in Uchenik and his counter-attacking style could surprise a few people in the Top League this season. His teams are usually set out in a 4-4-1-1 and are always raring to go given his infamous man-management style, he gets players to give everything for him and the team and that can't be a bad thing.
Previous Season: Came up as the 3rd placed team in the Druga Liga, they were four points off the top spot and also four points ahead of 4th, comfortably in between the two. In the National Cup they were knocked out in the Second Round by eventual Cup winners Crvena Zvezda, the 4-1 aggregate scoreline belied how difficult Rudar made the first leg for the Tsrvena side, with Crvena Zvezda only able to win 1-0 at home. They turned up in the second leg though and the 3-1 win did for Rudar's hopes of progression.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “Rudar are perhaps the least fancied of the promoted sides and historically the one that have been in the Top League for the least amount of time (only a couple of seasons in their entire history), so it's unsurprising. They do possess one of the most highly-rated young managers in Mytanar football though in the form of Dusko Konecni and the club's board have a fierce belief in his ability to do the unthinkable and keep them up this year. They backed him to the tune of MC 4 million in the transfer market over the summer (as well as a few free transfers), demonstrating the faith that they have in the manager and the hope is that Rudar can surprise nearly everybody and add another season in the Top League to follow this one.

Lysander Brandis will be the team's key man this year, the Nepharim playmaker joined on a free from Raven River and will play a crucial role in linking play between midfield and attack. Ahead of him he has promising Fleftic forward Marc Bolosan who also joined on a free from Malabon. Bolosan could be a bit of a revelation, he's a relatively unheralded signing but his performances in friendlies have been promising and his pace could give defenders problems. The money Rudar spent was on Mytanar players based at Top League clubs, with Vladan Basic joining from Crvena Zvezda for MC 2 million and promising midfielder Vukasin Jelic joining for the same sum from Tekstil after finding the competition for places a little too high at the Ibon club. Jelic will get plenty of playing time here at Rudar and could fast become an extremely important player for them.

Rudar have a couple of very good players at the club already, Thorvar Spinkvik is a midfielder with excellent passing range and vision and generally speaking he will be the one pulling the strings for the Uchenik side. Spinkvik - from Oppland - was linked with Energija-Nuklearna over the summer but the proposed transfer never went through and he remains with Rudar for another season, the club will hope he can play as crucial a role in staying up this season as he did in their promotion push last term. On the left-wing Rudar have young Vasa Vojev who could become a fantastic player given time, he's tricky and versatile and was linked with a whole host of Top League clubs throughout last season and over the summer but he chose to stay with Rudar despite a few bids coming in for him. Vojev is Uchenik born and could stay with the club a long time, especially if they can continue to offer him Top League football.

Unfortunately for Rudar, despite having a number of good players they have severe deficiencies in a few positions. Their central defenders and right back are no more than decent second tier players and Zvonimir Luketic - whilst potentially a reasonable Top League goalkeeper - simply won't cut it right now. We can't see Rudar staying up and it may be a long and difficult season for them, 16th, they've done well to get here but we can't see them being previewed again next term
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Zvonimir Luketic 20 MYT 3*/5*
DL Vladan Basic 27 MYT 4*
DC Denis Milic 34 MYT 2* Captain
DC Alessandro Trevi 31 AUS 2*
DR Miljan Rakocevic 23 MYT 2*/4*
ML Vasa Vojev 19 MYT 4*/10* ML/AML/AMC
MC Vukasin Jelic 21 MYT 4*/7* DMC/MC
MC Thorvar Spinkvik 24 OPP 6*/7*
MR Efim Kunovac 27 MYT 3* MR/AMR
AMC Lysander Brandis 24 NPH 6*/7*
ST Marc Bolosan 21 AFT 5*/8*

DL Goran Stojkov 17 MYT 3*/7*
DC Kur Samardzhiev 16 MYT 2*/7*
MR Stojan Jovanovska 16 MYT 1*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• Vladan Basic (MYT) from Crvena Zvezda to Rudar, MC 2 million
• Vukasin Jelic (MYT) from Tekstil to Rudar, MC 2 million
• Marc Bolosan (AFT) from Malabon SC (AFT) to Rudar, free transfer
• Lysander Brandis (NPH) from Raven River (NPH) to Rudar, free transfer
• Efim Kunovac (MYT) from Arka to Rudar, free transfer

Out.
• Sinisa Jatovic (MYT) from Rudar to Slovan, free transfer
• Vlastimir Stankic (MYT) from Rudar to Zeljeznicar, free transfer

Retirements.
• N/a


Club information: Rudar Uchenik are a team that have played in the lower tiers of Mytanar football for much of their history, with most of their football being played in the Druga Liga. They have had two Top League seasons in their time though, in the 13/14 and 23/24 seasons they were part of the top tier of Mytanar football and they haven't had to wait quite so long to add their third spell in the top-flight with promotion to the Top League for the 26/27 season. Despite this history, they're still one of the bigger teams from Nasto and Avnalia and their 20,000 capacity Velenija is a historic venue in Mytanar football and isn't a place too many teams enjoy going. It's received a fresh lick of paint with the club's return to the Top League and they invested a fair bit of money in modernising it over the summer.

The club's most legendary player is undoubtedly centre forward Boba Umkhayev. Umkhayev scored 27 and assisted 24 in their promotion-winning side during the 12/13 season. He wasn't quite as effective as the club looked to stay in the top-flight during the 13/14 season, but he was still the club's lead goal scorer with 7 in 26 (Rudar only scored 16 all season and Umkhayev nearly got half of them, demonstrating his importance to the club). He was well-liked and played for Rudar for much of his career and remains a fan favourite to this day, he can still be seen on match day from time-to-time as he watches from the director's box. Vaclav Simon managed Rudar before he went on to win back-to-back UICA Champions' Cups with 1896 Ebor and he was the man to mastermind their promotion during the 12/13 season. Simon is a bit of a club icon as a result and many in Uchenik claim that they and their club had a role to play in forging Simon's managerial genius that allowed him to go on and win those back-to-back Champions' Cups.

Rudar's only real rivalry is in the Avnali Derby against Nyva Zvornik. The two clubs' supporters have a rather unique hatred for one another in that it has mostly been played out in the lower tiers, although each time Rudar have been in the top-flight they have played Nyva, a slightly odd coincidence given that both clubs have been second tier sides for much of their history. Avnalia's nature as an archipelago made up of three islands means that although there is a shared regional identity, each island has its own too, slightly different to the others. Avnalia is known for its agriculture, with Nyva being a club representing agriculture workers from Zvornik - Rudar are different in that they represent the miners of Uchenik and the island Uchenik is based on has a significant mining industry, something which the other two Avnali islands do not have. The geographical proximity and the slightly different identities of the people of Uchenik and Zvornik have created a fierce rivalry between the two clubs and this can often generate fiery encounters on the pitch and violent clashes between supporters off it.

Fan base: Rudar are generally regarded as quite a working-class club, with Uchenik as a town being fairly poor. Much of the population are employed in either mining or agriculture, with some also employed in shipping and fishing. Going to the football offers many a chance to escape from their mundane day-to-day lives and this results in a club that are well supported and fans that are well-informed, with Rudar being almost an obsession for many. Home games at Velenija are an intimidating affair, teams travelling to Uchenik never enjoy the trip despite the decent weather because the fans are right next to the pitch due to Velenija's stands being so tight to the playing surface. You can hear every word the fans say and for away teams they are hardly going to be words of encouragement. Rudar's fans are fiercely loyal and their crowds will always be near Velenija's capacity of 20,000 no matter whether they're playing in the Top League or the Treci Liga.

Rudar's main ultras group are known as PS 11-19, with the numbers referring to the sections they occupy behind one of the goals at Velenija. They are one of the largest ultras groups in Mytanar football and often blur the line between ultras and hooligans, they're well known for violent clashes with other groups throughout Mytanija. It is believed that at their peak numbers they could boast around 2,000 members which is a ridiculous number for a club the size of Rudar. They are a right-wing group, known for their fascistic elements and support for former dictator Natella Kalinina. They have a strong friendship with Energija-Nuklearna's ultras group Grolija who are also right-wing and the two have been known to join up at games, with members of both groups mixing at Rudar games and Energija-Nuklearna games. When Rudar play CDSA (Energija-Nuklearna's biggest rivals), in Decraa, for example, there will be a strong contingent from Grolija with PS 11-19 and there will almost definitely be violent clashes at some point due to this.

Trophies won: None

General.
Club Reputation: Local
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Average
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: Average

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Poor


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TEKSTIL
Location: Ibon, Thessia
Stadium: Gradski Stadion (Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Emir Saric is arguably one of the top three managers in the Top League right now, some would make a case for him to be mentioned at that sort of level as he repeatedly does well with what he has at Tekstil. He's an expert tactically and his teams are always supremely organised and difficult to break down as a result. He is also a man who trusts young players to go out and produce the goods and his man-management skills are evidently good enough that they do this more often than not. It's questionable whether he will be able to get Tekstil much higher up the table than the mid-table position they have occupied for the past few seasons, but as long as the club's board remain patient and back him by keeping their talented youngsters at the club then they have a chance of challenging higher up in years to come.
Previous Season: 8th last season for Tekstil in the Top League and the club were very pleased with that result in a very congested area of the league. This result was built on their excellent defence, they conceded only 33 goals through 30 games which was 5th best in the division. They weren't as good going forwards but Nebojsa Aleksic was still impressive enough with his personal record of 18 in 30. As long as Tekstil can retain his services then they shouldn't be in too much trouble in terms of scoring goals. In the National Cup Tekstil were unable to defend their triumph from the season before and were eliminated by Litala '93 in the Second Round.

Season Preview.
Gazeta Sporta: “As always, there isn't a whole lot of movement at Tekstil, with the club able to rely on their excellent youth system to churn out players meaning that they have become increasingly averse to entering the transfer market in order to improve their squad. For the most part this policy has worked beautifully, their current starting line-up features no less than 10 academy graduates. The odd one out is Ilija Blagojevic who joined the club from Granica prior to last season. This demonstrates the quality of both their youth recruitment and the academy that develops the raw talent some of the youngsters have into functional talent that can contribute in the Top League. If Tekstil can continue to do it then why would they waste money by trying to sign players in the transfer market? Surely it is better for them to have a number of home-grown talents that know what it means to be a Tekstil player, with many being from Ibon and supporting the club, it's a no-brainer.

There was a big retirement at the club over the summer though and veteran centre-half Semir Brkljacic decided to call time on his career aged 34, it is believed he will join the coaching staff at the club he has been at for his entire career and will look to pass on his wisdom to new generations of talent for Tekstil. Emir Saric will undoubtedly be very pleased to get Brkljacic on-board, given his relatively early retirement he can watch Saric and learn from him and few would be surprised if Brkljacic perhaps goes on to succeed Saric as Tekstil manager eventually. The Ibon club are the sort of club to try and create that line of succession.

There were two transfers out of the club over the summer with Vukasin Jelic leaving to Rudar for MC 2 million and Mile Loncar going on a free to FK Magevskaya. Jelic would have struggled to break into the side with the midfield three now being fairly set in stone given Elvahic and Blagojevic's consistent performances and the emergence of 17 year old Mersudin Smajic. Smajic is going to be some talent and was nearly a part of the Di Bradini Cup squad, but Lev Repin went for slightly older players, Smajic will almost certainly be a part of the squad the next time that tournament rolls around and he is likely to be a key player. He's creative and has excellent vision, able to play passes that the untrained eye is unable to see. He also doesn't mind the dirty work and his work rate is very good at such a young age. He'll be an important player for Tekstil in the coming years.

Saric will guide Tekstil to another mid-table league finish this year, there's almost no doubting that, his talent to come back year after year and continuously ensure nothing less is impressive. The patience of Tekstil's board must also be commended as they are in no rush to try and force Saric to achieve a higher league position, they're content to continue developing young players and to see where that takes them. This approach has been a necessity given Tekstil's finances in the past, with their problems being well-documented but the consistency Saric has ensured has allowed them to slowly but surely steady their finances and they're now in a relatively good position. They could push on if they can retain Saric, the likes of Aleksic and Elvahic and their talented young players (Muminovic, Milcic, Memic, Smajic and Kadic), but it's a big if and Tekstil may have been lucky until this point because bigger clubs haven't regularly come a-calling for their players, but that will surely change given the quality in the Tekstil squad. 10th for Tekstil this season, a National Cup run could be on the cards though, they will have been unhappy with the manner in which they defended (or more accurately, didn't defend), their National Cup win last season, so expect them to make a concerted effort to make up for that poor defence this year
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Pos.  Name               Age  Nation  CA/PA   Notes
GK Zafer Muminovic 21 MYT 5*/9*
DL Damir Milcic 18 MYT 4*/8*
DC Luka Cvitanic 26 MYT 5*
DC Amel Memic 20 MYT 4*/8*
DR Vlado Kovac 22 MYT 4*/7* DR/DMC/MC
ML Eldar Novakov 24 MYT 5*/6*
MC Ilija Blagojevic 25 MYT 6*
MC Mersudin Smajic 17 MYT 4*/10*
MC Mehmet Elvahic 28 MYT 8* Captain
MR Mevludin Kadic 23 MYT 5*/8*
ST Nebojsa Aleksic 26 MYT 9*

GK Ruaidhri Flanagan 16 GAE 1*/10*
DC Izet Sarajlic 17 MYT 2*/8*
MC Lenpi-Zilot Faz 16 QUS 2*/8*
MC Yivix-Cynav Max 18 QUS 4*/10*
ST Neven Krnic 17 MYT 3*/10*


Transfer Market.
In.
• N/a

Out.
• Vukasin Jelic (MYT) from Tekstil to Rudar, MC 2 million
• Mile Loncar (MYT) from Tekstil to FK Magevskaya, free transfer

Retirements.
• Semir Brkljacic (MYT, DC, 34)


Club information: Tekstil's biggest success was the club's win in the 18/19 National Cup final, they beat Energija-Yaderny Miago in the final, preventing them from winning a famous double. That game went to extra time and the club's hero was an 18 year old Nebojsa Aleksic as he poked home and took the famous trophy back to Ibon. They made history by being the first and so far only lower league side to win the trophy. They were in the Treci Liga at the time and went on a famous run to win the Cup alongside their league campaign as they gained promotion back to the Druga Liga. This came just a few seasons after the club's darkest ever moment, when they were relegated to the third tier after an absolutely dire season.

Tekstil won their second National Cup in the 24/25 season, in a nervy penalty shoot-out against Crvena Zvezda after the game finished 3-3 after 90 minutes and no further goals were scored in extra time. It was an epic run to the Final and Aleksic's double and Elvahic's goal in the Final itself cancelled out goals from Cerovec, Ljotic and Zivadinovic. The sides couldn't be separated on penalties until Ljotic missed and Milcic scored and the 16 year old full-back wrote himself into Tekstil history with that penalty.

The club were in the Top League for the first three seasons of its existence, but were then sadly relegated to the second tier and it was there they stayed up until the 20/21 season. The season before they had finished one place above the relegation zone and they went from that to league champions, with that man Aleksic firing in 32 goals in 30 games to gain promotion out of the Druga Liga. Aleksic remains with the club and is an enormous fan favourite given his exploits with the club.

We've said a lot about Aleksic already, but he truly is a club legend and he's only 25. He could build quite a story with the long stretch of his career that he has ahead of him. He scored the winner in the National Cup final as a teenager to lift the club's first trophy. He also fired the club to promotion from the Treci Liga that same season, scoring 19 goals in 30 games in the third tier at such a young age. Then his goals firing the club to promotion from the Druga Liga in 20/21 with a record haul of goals (more than a goal a game). At 25 he's scored 127 goals in 208 games for the club, an outstanding total. He continues to be vital to the club to this day and will undoubtedly go down in the club's history books - possibly as their best ever player. His performance in the 24/25 National Cup Final only served to add to his story with the club.

Other than Aleksic, the club's most famous player is undoubtedly full-back Swen Kislasson. He appeared for the club in the early years of the league, before souring his relationship by going across the Rijeka Derby divide to Atletik. Kislasson, who was of Polarian descent, made 92 appearances for the Mytanija national side. The relationship with the club's fans has repaired slightly over time, but it is still an enormously sore point for those in Ibon.

As a club they have a rich history, with most of it outside the Top League, but one constant has always remained and that is the Rijeka Derby with Atletik Thessia. This goes back to historic rivalry between the cities of Thessia and Ibon over trade and regional dominance with the eventual result being the city of Thessia winning after many wars, with the result being that the region the two cities inhabit actually being called Thessia too. The hatred between the two cities still runs deep and natives of Ibon are known to still be sore about the outcome to this day (hundreds of years after the events).

Ibon is a small city which is famous for its textiles industry, cotton is transported en masse to the city and transformed into items that are sold all over Mytanija and Rushmore. It's an enormously industrial city, with not too much in the way of culture, but it is also located in a pretty scenic location. The area around the city is extremely hilly and whilst the city itself may be an industrialised smogfest, the surrounding areas allow nature to take back control. Many people from the city take weekend breaks in lodges in the hills to escape the polluted air. The city's population is a mixture of middle-class and working-class people. A lot of the natives of the city are middle-class business owners, with people who migrate to the city for work finding themselves on lower wages working in the city's factories, cotton mills or coal power plants. Ibon is known as 'the city of all industries', because it is such an important industrial centre. Textiles is the main one, but you name it and they do it in Ibon: automobiles and aerospace, pharmaceuticals, steel are big employers in the city just to name a few.

Fan base: A loyal fan base that have stuck with the club through thick and thin. They have seen their club plumb the depths of the Treci Liga, but they have also seen the highs of their team win at Radnika and lift the National Cup. They keep a good perspective on things and follow their team around the country, often not expecting too much. This manifests itself through them perhaps not being the loudest fan base, but their loyalty cannot be questioned. They turned out in the Treci Liga and packed out Gradski Stadion even then and took sizeable followings all over the place to support Tekstil at provincial sides in the third tier.

Their ultras group is known as the Ibon Boys and they have a small hooligan element. This hooligan element is guilty of often biting off a little bit more than it can chew as they aim to prove themselves against the established players on the Mytanar hooligan scene. Their ultras group is growing in quality in terms of their choreographies, something that comes with time. They aren't a particularly violent fan base.

They draw fans from both Ibon and the wider Thessia region, particularly the north of the region, near their home city. Their fans tend to be from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, but a lot of people from Ibon are middle-class. Many of the working-class individuals come from other places looking for work in the city, these bring their allegiances to their home club with them and as such don't tend to support Tekstil - preventing a wider popularity spreading across Mytanija.

Trophies won: 2 x National Cups (18/19, 24/25).

General.
Club Reputation: Regional
Finances: Average

Facilities.
Stadium Condition: Good
Pitch Condition: Poor
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Academy: State of the art

Recruitment.
Scouting: Good
Youth Recruitment: Good
Transfer Market Skill: Good
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MYTANAR TOP LEAGUE 26/27 SEASON REVIEW PART 1


TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 1
Crvena Zvezda 3–0 Rudar
Ararat 2–0 Pretia
Atletik 5–0 Partizan
Liria 1–0 FK Magevskaya
Olympic 2–1 Arka
1896 Ebor 2–2 CDSA
Nyva 0–0 Energija-Nuklearna
Tekstil 2–0 1923 Esca


A harsh lesson for each of the promoted sides in their opening game of the season as they come up against each of last year's top three. Crvena Zvezda get their title defence off to a good start and demonstrated that they may well be able to cope without Jezdimir Ocokoljic, new signing João Silva scored the pick of the goals on his competitive debut. Ararat were - as per - excellently organised at the back, but Aaliyah Johnson got her spell with the Severyan club off to a good start with a smart run and finish. Atletik started on fire, their new look attacking line-up combining wonderfully and Brenecian forward Vesuvia Carrick scored two and laid on another for Zlatan Andrijasevic, definitely the performance of the week by the Brenecian. Danek Badjkev is back in-charge at the Westfalenstadion, but FK Magevskaya have a new manager too in the form of Slava Raspopov and he made it a very difficult task for Liria. FK Magevskaya were excellent defensively for 86 minutes, only allowing Liria two shots on goal in that time, unfortunately in the 87th minute the away side's defence went to sleep and allowed Alen Zekic to score on his debut. Zekic has crossed the Klasicni divide between Atletik and Liria and this debut goal would have helped to endear him to his new club's supporters. The pick of the other games was undoubtedly the back-and-forth encounter between 1896 Ebor and CDSA, the home side scored the opener and CDSA equalised within two minutes through Alen Hrdaljko. Elaine Everdeen, back for her second spell with the Decraa club, put the away side ahead ten minutes from time only for 18 year old Qusmi forward Pan Alfan-Zylyz to come off the bench and equalise in injury time, the Olujastadion may have a new hero.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 2
Rudar 0–1 1923 Esca
Energija-Nuklearna 1–3 Tekstil
CDSA 0–1 Nyva
Arka 2–2 1896 Ebor
FK Magevskaya 1–1 Olympic
Partizan 2–5 Liria
Pretia 0–2 Atletik
Crvena Zvezda 0–1 Ararat


Rudar were on-top for the vast majority of their game against 1923 Esca on Matchday 2, the home crowd at Velenija made it difficult for the away side, but a late lapse in concentration from Rudar centre-half Alessandro Trevi allowed Strahinja Nanusevski in and the young striker made no mistake, powering home. These are the sort of games Rudar will have to win if they want to stay in the Top League this season. Tekstil got an impressive away victory in Miago, Nebojsa Aleksic's brace and Mersudin Smajic's first goal for the club put the game to bed in the first half as Emir Saric's men came out of the traps like champion greyhounds. Energija-Nuklearna got a late consolation through Igor Kasunic, but this loss is perhaps evidence of some early teething problems for Vasya Kanadin in his new job at the Miagostadion. An early season Northern Derby between Arka and 1896 Ebor will whet the appetite and the game lived up to expectations with 4 goals and 2 red cards. The game was a tale of two halves, 1896 Ebor went down to 10 inside the first fifteen minutes as Obrad Jakolinic got his marching orders for a horribly timed lunge on Irwin Redsmith. Arka took full advantage with two goals from Francesc Lamarca before the half-time whistle. Five minutes after the break the teams were evened up as Obrad Ristovski's two-footed challenge was punished and 1896 Ebor roared back into the game, Petar Majdandzic scored a towering header to make it 2-1 and then it was that kid again as Pan Alfan-Zylyz came off the bench for the second time in two weeks and bagged a late equaliser. Liria looked a little more comfortable in their second game of the season as they ran out 5-2 winners, with Atletik getting a routine 2-0 victory over the other Prizren team. Finally, the big game of the week and one that could be crucial in the title ambitions of both sides: Crvena Zvezda versus Ararat. Could the home side cope without Ocokoljic? Would the away side's new more attacking approach be exploited? Misel Ravnjak's team answered a lot of questions about their new formation as they comfortably kept the Crvena Zvezda forwards at bay and took the points back to Rauchnya after Slavko Lalic's delicious free kick goal.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 3
Ararat 1–0 Rudar
Atletik 3–1 Crvena Zvezda
Liria 4–1 Pretia
Olympic 2–0 Partizan
1896 Ebor 2–1 FK Magevskaya
Nyva 3–2 Arka
Tekstil 3–2 CDSA
1923 Esca 0–1 Energija-Nuklearna


Ararat continued their impressive start to the season with an easy 1-0 win over Rudar, the away side were restricted to one shot on-target in the entire game due to Ararat's suffocating defensive organisation. The narrow nature of the win does raise a question about what will happen if someone can lay a glove on the Severyan side's defence? For all the talk of Ravnjak's team coming out and scoring more goals this season it doesn't seem to have come to pass thus far, but the fact they are the only side in the Top League to still not have conceded a goal tells its own story. Atletik and Crvena Zvezda met in Thessia and Atletik ripped through the Tsrvena side's defence at times, Carrick was a class above and her movement caused no end of problems for the away side. A wonderful brace for the Brenecian contributed to Atletik's 3-1 win. Luka Kostic looked bemused at times on the sidelines and he must be wondering why Crvena Zvezda ever even countenanced the idea of letting Jezdimir Ocokoljic leave. The Prizren Derby was a fairly one-sided affair, Radovan Pogaenik and Pluto Blinkman are beginning to form a wonderful partnership in midfield for Liria and they were pulling the strings in this game as Liria battered their neighbours 4-1. Demkjo Jzvanic hadn't put the ball in the net until Matchday 3, but he made up for that by scoring two against Partizan - the away side must be concerned already, they've conceded 12 goals in 3 games, a record that will set alarm bells off for any team - never mind one that has just been promoted from the Druga Liga. A couple of 3-2 thrillers were won by the home side on each occasion this week, Nyva got the winner from the mercurial Anton Derajevic whilst Tekstil came back from 2-1 down to win through Aleksic's header and Elvahic's piledriver - an early contender for goal of the season. No draws in the Top League on Matchday 3 as the teams start to find their rhythm and scramble to get early points on the board.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 4
Rudar 1–1 Energija-Nuklearna
CDSA 1–0 1923 Esca
Arka 1–2 Tekstil
FK Magevskaya 1–0 Nyva
Partizan 1–0 1896 Ebor
Pretia 0–1 Olympic
Crvena Zvezda 0–1 Liria
Ararat 0–0 Atletik


Tekstil continued their wonderful form as they made it four wins from four, Aleksic has been a man on a mission so far this season and he scored the opener, receiving an incisive pass from Smajic before rifling past Jozi Peklenik. Arka did equalise through Srdan Savicevic, but Aleksic made it 2-1 (and 5 goals in 4 games for him personally), with a brilliant diving header in front of the travelling contingent from Ibon. Partizan got their first win of the season, just as things were starting to look bad, Nebojsa Guzina was pivotal at both ends of the pitch as he scored the sole goal of the game and put in a man-of-the-match defensive showing as well. Olympic kept in touch with the early pacesetters with a nervy 1-0 win over Pretia, Demkjo Jzvanic might not have done much in the opening two games of the season but he's scored three in the next two now. Crvena Zvezda are languishing in 11th following their 1-0 loss at home to Liria, Pluto Blinkman's free kick the difference between the sides. Luka Kostic has a lot of credit at the Stadion Ljudi, but this is a very poor start to the season, everybody knew they were going to miss Ocokoljic and Todorov but few would have predicted that they'd only cobble together 3 points from their opening 4 games. Ararat and Atletik met in Severyan in a game hyped as an early title-decider, the two teams naturally played out an extremely cagey encounter. Atletik received a gilt-edged chance to take the three points back up to Thessia after the normally reliable Drazen Zupan brought down Yuanchiki Larrimbe in the penalty area. Vesuvia Carrick skied the penalty about ten metres over the bar in front of her travelling support and Atletik may rue that missed opportunity come the end of the season.




## Top League           Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts
01 Liria 4 4 0 0 11 3 +8 12
02 Tekstil 4 4 0 0 10 4 +6 12
03 Atletik 4 3 1 0 10 1 +9 10
04 Olympic 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 10
05 Ararat 4 3 1 0 4 0 +4 10


Before we pause for a break in Top League action for the First Round of the National Cup we thought it'd be worth having a quick look at the top of the league table after four games. Liria and (surprisingly) Tekstil lead the rest of the pack on 12 points, both setting the early pace with four wins from four. Atletik and Ararat's 0-0 draw on Matchday 4 has left them with work to do as they chase Liria, Olympic split the two also on 10 points. Ararat still haven't conceded a goal, despite having played two of last season's highest scorers Crvena Zvezda and Atletik in their opening four games. Four clean sheets for Pedja Kasun and his defence thus far, how many will they put together by the end of the season? The top five are already off on their own, with 6th place Nyva three points behind those on 10 points. The presence of three teams from the region of Thessia in the top five will give much of the country a slightly queasy feeling in their stomachs, but will Tekstil and Olympic be able to keep up with the three favourites as the season goes on?




NATIONAL CUP FIRST ROUND
First Round  
Akademija 0–2 Litala '93 0–2 0–0
Metalist 2–2 p Obolon 0–2 2–0 (Obolon win 3-1 on penalties)
Dinamo 4–2 FK Istocna Obala 2–2 2–0
Meja 0–2 Torpedo 0–1 0–1
Ribari 1–2 SK Port Jarko 0–2 1–0
NK Thessia 3–1 Zenit 0–0 3–1
NK Dyka 2–7 Zeljeznicar 2–5 0–2
Lok. Ostrova 3–0 NK Istina 1–0 2–0
Turbine 2–7 BVK Dinamo 0–3 2–4
Arsenal 7–1 Pakhtakor 2–1 5–0
Obalna 5–6 Slovan 3–3 2–3
Vitalia 1–0 Padina 0–0 1–0
JK Ebor 4–5 Lok. Cassia 2–2 2–3
Granica 2–1 CVMZ 0–1 2–0
FK Arsika p 1–1 Slavia 1–0 0–1 (FK Arsika win 4-3 on penalties)
Rotor 3–2 Spartak 1–0 2–2


Obolon and Metalist couldn't be split as they both won away from home by the same 2-0 scoreline, extra time also couldn't separate them in Forvik and that meant penalties. The home side may have had a bit of an advantage as their supporters did their utmost to put the Metalist penalty takers off and it seems they were successful, Obolon won 3-1 from the spot. Two 7-2 scorelines in the First Round, Zeljeznicar beat NK Dyka by that scoreline and BVK Dinamo did the same to Turbine. There was also a 7-1 as Arsenal routed Pakhtakor, winning 5-0 away from home in the second leg after Pakhtakor had not one, but two players sent off. Slovan and Obalna played out arguably the most thrilling tie of the round, Obalna looked good for an upset after taking a 2-0 lead in the second leg but Slovan came back to win as they scored three in the last twenty minutes to take them through. Lok. Cassia knocked out JK Ebor with the last kick of the game over two legs and FK Arsika demonstrated that home advantage wasn't necessary to win a penalty shootout after they beat Slavia 4-3 from the spot after the tie finished 1-1 on aggregate.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 5
Atletik 3–1 Rudar
Liria 2–2 Ararat
Olympic 1–1 Crvena Zvezda
1896 Ebor 4–2 Pretia
Nyva 1–0 Partizan
Tekstil 0–0 FK Magevskaya
1923 Esca 3–3 Arka
Energija-Nuklearna 3–1 CDSA


Atletik went top with their 3-1 win over Rudar in Thessia, other results went their way and they took advantage as Zlatan Andrijasevic bagged two. Liria and Ararat met in Prizren in another important game early on in the campaign, Liria demonstrated that the Ararat defence can be broken down as Anton-Dusan Straka ('the man born offside'), scored two. Ararat showed good resolve to come back with goals from Aaliyah Johnson and Janet Kobro. Olympic came into their game against Crvena Zvezda with their tails up and believing they could get an important victory over the away side who were evidently wounded by a poor start to their title defence. Olympic went 1-0 up through Selim Petrovic's strike but Crvena Zvezda weren't cowed and were dominant for much of the game with that dominance eventually rewarded when Chen Zexi got an important equaliser, a loss could have caused terminal issues for the away side but they got a point in a tight game. 1896 Ebor scored freely against Pretia - the only side still not to get a point on the board this season - Petar Majdandzic showed why he's being talked up as a future star with two goals that showed he can contribute right now. Tekstil's run of four wins from four ended in a boring 0-0 draw in horrible conditions at home to FK Magevskaya. 1923 Esca and Arka split six goals evenly in a thrilling game, Arka will regret letting in Nanusevski's late leveller as they remain in the relegation zone for another week. Finally there was the North Vojovitican Derby this week and Vasya Kanadin did his stock a world of good as he masterminded the win in his first experience of the fixture, Elaine Everdeen scored a penalty for CDSA and was later sent off following a second bookable offence for dissent only seconds after she received her first yellow for a mistimed tackle on Dusan Gojkovic.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 6
Rudar 1–0 CDSA
Arka 2–2 Energija-Nuklearna
FK Magevskaya 1–1 1923 Esca
Partizan 0–0 Tekstil
Pretia 1–0 Nyva
Crvena Zvezda 2–0 1896 Ebor
Ararat 4–2 Olympic
Atletik 1–1 Liria


Rudar got their first win of the season over a CDSA side that looked slightly devoid of ideas without Elaine Everdeen. Dejan Zgela hasn't hit the ground running like many thought he would following his spectacular showing at the Di Bradini Cup, the Decraa side will hope it's only a matter of time before he starts to demonstrate his quality and that Slavko Jelic was right to put so much trust in him as the team's lone forward. Arka could be deeply involved in a relegation battle this season, they still haven't won a game (and are the only side without a win!) and seem to repeatedly concede silly goals, a late defensive error from Sokolic allowed young Maks Shishkin to steal in and score the equaliser for Energija-Nuklearna. Tekstil drew away at Partizan and Pretia beat Nyva to round-off a good week for the promoted sides as all picked up points. Crvena Zvezda beat 1896 Ebor with a convincing performance that demonstrated there's still life in the Tsrvena outfit yet, Zdeslav Zivadinovic's volley the pick of all 18 goals scored on Matchday 6. Ararat beat Olympic Thessia by 4-2 in a game that simultaneously demonstrated that Ararat's more attacking approach is actually working and that they perhaps aren't quite as tight defensively as the opening four games made them out to be, Aaliyah Johnson scored two in the second half to put the game beyond Olympic who had gone into half-time level at 2-2. The first Klasicni of the season was an engrossing affair at the Novi Atletskistadion, both sets of fans unfurled enormous flags before the game and Liria arguably won that battle with their depiction of manager Danek Badjkev as the 'Atletik slayer'. On the pitch it was a tight game, full of tough tackling and no quarter was given whatsoever. Vesuvia Carrick opened the scoring, being sent through on goal by Miodrag Andrijasevic who made his first start of the season (in such a high profile game, too, Kostas Aklis was out with a knock). Alen Zekic scored the equaliser and despite the fact he didn't celebrate against his old club the Atletik ultras rained objects down on the pitch and started to scale the fences in front of their section, riot police had to intervene to ensure the safety of Zekic and the Liria players inside the stadium in some particularly unsavoury scenes. Few players have crossed the Klasicni divide and the fans don't look upon it kindly when they do, although Zekic will undoubtedly be the toast of Liria supporters after he denied Atletik points this time around. The results this week meant the top four were all equal on 14 points, with Atletik top with their +11 goal difference.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 7
Liria 2–0 Rudar
Olympic 4–1 Atletik
1896 Ebor 0–0 Ararat
Nyva 1–1 Crvena Zvezda
Tekstil 2–1 Pretia
1923 Esca 1–3 Partizan
Energija-Nuklearna 0–0 FK Magevskaya
CDSA 2–2 Arka


Liria continued marching forward with a solid 2-0 win over a game Rudar side. Then we had the Eternal Derby and Olympic embarrassed their hated neighbours in a fashion we haven't seen for a long, long time. Jzvanic scored two, Selim Petrovic was impressive in the middle of the park, but it was his central midfield partner Vilim Kupresak who was named man of the match. Kupresak is almost a sure-pick to be chosen in the pool of players the national team will use for World Cup qualifying and he showed why in this game as he was everywhere, putting out fires defensively before creating things going forward. Atletik didn't turn up and for them, there isn't a worse fixture in which they could have lost their first game of the season. A bad day for Mytanija's most successful club. Ararat were held to a point up in Ebor, Zdeslav Nesic seems to be slowly growing into the role with the Northmen and this was a well-earned point for them. Tekstil's 2-1 win over Pretia moved them up to 2nd, only behind Liria on goal difference. The Ibon side still haven't tasted defeat this season and Emir Saric's men are doing impressively thus far. Partizan got what could be a vital three points with their 3-1 victory over a lacklustre 1923 Esca side in the capital, Sava Grgurovic's men slide to 13th and only a point above the drop zone. Dejan Zgela reminded everybody why he was talked up as a potential Under-23 Player of the Season award contender with his quickfire double against Arka. However in this fixture it was Arka's turn to get two late goals, Francesc Lamarca scoring and then turning provider for Arka club captain Samir Mevzelj.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 8
Rudar 0–1 Arka
FK Magevskaya 0–1 CDSA
Partizan 0–0 Energija-Nuklearna
Pretia 1–2 1923 Esca
Crvena Zvezda 2–2 Tekstil
Ararat 0–0 Nyva
Atletik 1–1 1896 Ebor
Liria 0–3 Olympic


Arka got a much-needed three points away in Uchenik and the problem is fast becoming clear for Rudar, they simply don't have enough goals in this team (conversely Arka have scored 14 and are one of the top performing attacks in the league thus far), they'll have to find a solution or relegation could be their fate this season. CDSA beat FK Magevskaya as Zgela scored a brilliant goal, dropping deep as he usually does in his false nine role he then beat three players before lashing the ball into the home side's net. 1923 Esca turned their game on its head in the last ten minutes with goals from first Nanusevski and then Zahovic to take the three points back to the capital. Tekstil may have dropped points away to Crvena Zvezda but they'll probably see it as a good point come the end of the season, it also was a result that sent them top as other results went their way - who would have thought that in pre-season? Ararat seem to have lost some of their early season potency in recent weeks as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Nyva in Severyan. 1896 Ebor will have been reminded of the glory days as they went 1-0 up in Thessia through Dejan Antonic but the Thessian side equalised a mere five minutes later through Vesuvia Carrick. Atletik then battered the away side's goal with shot after shot but nothing could make it through and 1896 Ebor return north happy with the draw. Olympic beat Liria 3-0 to knock-off both Klasicni rivals in consecutive weeks, Jzvanic is in superb form and added another goal here, with fine efforts from D'Aramitz and Petrovic rounding out the scoring. Olympic move to 2nd with the win meaning that the top two must look particularly worrying for Atletik fans.




NATIONAL CUP SECOND ROUND
Second Round
Lok. Ostrova 1–4 Arka 0–1 1–3
Crvena Zvezda 6–1 Partizan 4–1 2–0
Energija-Nuklearna 4–3 Nyva 2–2 2–1
Granica 1–2 Lok. Cassia 0–1 1–1 (aet)
Slovan 2–0 Rotor 1–0 1–0
Liria 5–5 p Arsenal 2–3 3–2 (Arsenal win 4-2 on penalties)
Pretia 4–3 SK Port Jarko 2–1 2–2 (aet)
FK Arsika 3–5 BVK Dinamo 1–2 2–3
Litala '93 0–2 Torpedo 0–1 0–1
Ararat 6–2 Obolon 2–1 4–1
1923 Esca 3–3 a Rudar 3–2 0–1
Zeljeznicar a 3–3 NK Thessia 1–1 2–2
Tekstil 4–1 Vitalia 2–0 2–1
Dinamo 0–0 p FK Magevskaya 0–0 0–0 (FK Magevskaya win 3-2 on penalties)
CDSA 2–3 Atletik 1–2 1–1
1896 Ebor 1–0 Olympic 0–0 1–0


The big boys enter in the Second Round and that means that there is the potential of serious upsets. Arka weren't in any mood to be one of the Top League sides knocked out by lower league opposition as they ousted Lok. Ostrova out of the Cup 4-1 on aggregate. There was a Tsrvena Derby in the Second Round as Crvena Zvezda and Partizan met, for Crvena Zvezda it was a chance to put their inconsistent league form behind them and they did that with a crushing 4-1 win in the first leg before putting out a slightly weakened side for the second leg, they still won 2-0 though. The first upset of sorts was Lok. Cassia knocking out Granica 2-1 on aggregate, the second leg went to extra time but it was Lok. Cassia that got the winner and the Treci Liga side progressed to the Third Round. The biggest upset of the round was undoubtedly Arsenal knocking out Liria, the tie was 5-5 on aggregate and went to penalties and Arsenal held their nerve in front of their home fans, prompting an enormous pitch invasion and scenes of celebration that went on long into the night. A terrible night for Liria, though. Rudar and 1923 Esca could only be separated by away goals and the Uchenik side benefited from that particular rule, as did Druga Liga side Zeljeznicar who were nearly shocked by Treci Liga NK Thessia. Tekstil dealt with third tier Vitalia fairly routinely, whilst FK Magevskaya made beating second tier sleeping giants Dinamo hard work, relying on the shootout to confirm their passage to the next round. Atletik and CDSA met in arguably the post-draw tie of the round (it was a toss-up between this or the Tsrvena Derby, really), with Atletik narrowly progressing thanks to their 2-1 win in the first leg with the two sides level at 1-1 in the second. 1896 Ebor and Olympic would have argued their tie was up there too, but the fare on the pitch didn't really live up to the billing, Petar Majdandzic's goal in the second leg allowing the Northmen to keep the dream of National Cup glory alive for a little longer this season.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 9
Olympic 2–1 Rudar
1896 Ebor 1–2 Liria
Nyva 2–3 Atletik
Tekstil 1–3 Ararat
1923 Esca 0–2 Crvena Zvezda
Energija-Nuklearna 0–0 Pretia
CDSA 2–1 Partizan
Arka 2–0 FK Magevskaya


Olympic edged past Rudar in a game that probably shouldn't have been as close as it was, Olympic had plenty of chances but Rudar hung in there and were ever so close to getting a point when Marc Bolosan was centimetres away from meeting Thorvar Spinkvik's cross minutes from the final whistle, fine margins define things in professional football. The victory put Olympic top of the table. Liria got an important away win at 1896 Ebor, always a tough place to go and Danek Badjkev will be extremely pleased with his team's performance. Atletik won a 3-2 thriller in Zvornik, each time Atletik went ahead it seemed like Nyva were sparked into life. Fejzuli scored the opener and Derajevic equalised, then Zlatan Andrijasevic put Atletik ahead again and Zhivkov drew them level. Atletik were finally able to put the game to bed through Yuanchiki Larrimbe's late tap-in, the result of fine work by Carrick down the other side and a vital three points for Atletik as they look to stay in touch at the top. Tekstil were dealt a cruel blow as Ararat showed them the harsh reality of what it's like fighting it out at the top of the table with a crushing 3-1 win, Nebojsa Aleksic put his side ahead and everything looked rosy until the last 20 minutes when Ararat were incisive and clinial, Johnson equalised before setting up Lalic for the second and then Janet Kobro added the exclamation point with the third. Tekstil have done well to stay in touch at the top until this point, but the question now is how will they react to their first loss of the season? Ararat remain unbeaten, the only team left with that distinction in the Top League. At the other end it was a bad week for 1923 Esca, Partizan and FK Magevskaya as they all tasted defeat. Pretia did get a creditable point away at Energija-Nuklearna though and it would be a bad idea to start writing any epitaphs for them with such a long way to go this season.




TOP LEAGUE MATCHDAY 10
Rudar 1–0 FK Magevskaya
Partizan 0–2 Arka
Pretia 1–2 CDSA
Crvena Zvezda 1–2 Energija-Nuklearna
Ararat 1–1 1923 Esca
Atletik 4–2 Tekstil
Liria 4–2 Nyva
Olympic 4–0 1896 Ebor


The atmosphere at Velenija was electric ahead of Rudar proverbial six-pointer against FK Magevskaya, Marc Bolosan's goal was enough to gain the home side a vital three points in the fight against relegation. Things were looking pretty bad for Arka a few weeks ago but they've now won three on the spin and Francesc Lamarca is really coming into his own, he added another brace of goals to bring his tally up to 5 for the season. CDSA got a hard-fought three points away in Prizren, Pretia were 1-0 up inside two minutes through Drago Danchev but CDSA turned things round with goals from Zgela and Everdeen. Alen Hrdaljko was the best player on the pitch, however, the diminutive midfielder running the show from the middle of the park. Energija-Nuklearna moved up to 6th and Crvena Zvezda dropped from 6th to 9th following their game in Tsrvena. Maks Shishkin scored two to give the away side a comfortable lead, but João Silva scored his first goal since the opening game of the season to ensure a nervy end to proceedings. Vasya Kanadin's reign in Miago seems to be off to a relatively good start now that he's had a bit of time to bed in. 1923 Esca scored the latest goal of the season so far to get a point at Ararat, Korecky Road was tense as Pedja Kasun lumped the ball into the Ararat penalty area from a free kick just inside his own half, defenders jumped, missed and the ball found its way through to Edin Zahovic who poked home a goal so typical of the way he plays. A great point for 1923 Esca but a sore one to take for Ararat who drop to 4th. The Rijeka Derby is always a feisty encounter and with both sides fighting it out at the summit of the Top League the game took on an even greater sense of importance this time around, Atletik went 2-0 up in the first half with goals from Larrimbe and Aklis. After the break Aleksic almost single-handedly willed his side back into the game with a quickfire double, this seemed to wake Atletik up again and Vesuvia Carrick responded with two of her own, the second of which was a fine effort from 25 yards. Aleksic and Carrick seem to be in quite the battle for the Golden Boot this season, with Aleksic one ahead at the minute with 8 goals. Liria beat Nyva 4-2 too, Anton-Dusan Straka got the first Top League hat-trick of the season and he did it perfectly, one with his left, one with his right and a header too. Alen Zekic got the other, with Derajevic and Zhivkov getting Nyva's goals. Olympic got revenge for their defeat to the Northmen in the Cup in some style, the 4-0 victory ensured Olympic stayed top of the table and Jzvanic's double ensured that he would have some say in the race for the Golden Boot too. 1896 Ebor now haven't won since Matchday 5, Zdeslav Nesic's fine start could be in a spot of bother as they slide to 11th, only three points clear of the drop.




## Top League           Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts
01 Olympic 10 7 2 1 22 9 +13 23
02 Liria 10 7 2 1 22 12 +10 23
03 Atletik 10 6 3 1 23 12 +11 21
04 Ararat 10 5 5 0 14 6 +8 20
05 Tekstil 10 5 3 2 17 14 +3 18
06 Energija-Nuklearna 10 3 6 1 10 8 +2 15
07 CDSA 10 4 2 4 13 14 −1 14
08 Arka 10 3 4 3 18 16 +2 13
09 Crvena Zvezda 10 3 3 4 13 11 +2 12
10 Nyva 10 3 3 4 10 12 −2 12
11 1896 Ebor 10 2 4 4 12 17 −5 10
12 1923 Esca 10 2 3 5 9 15 −6 9
13 Partizan 10 2 2 6 7 18 −11 8
14 FK Magevskaya 10 1 4 5 4 9 −5 7
15 Rudar 10 2 1 7 5 14 −9 7
16 Pretia 10 1 1 8 7 19 −12 4


Here's a look at the league table through ten games. Olympic are the (slightly) surprising leaders at this point, they were many people's dark horses but not too many would have expected them to make the running early on. They're level on points with Liria, ahead by virtue of their superior goal difference. The Danek Badjkev revolution is in full-swing though and the Prizren club certainly won't make things easy for Olympic. Atletik are in close proximity two points behind and at this point that gap is nothing to a side that have been here so many times before and won a record number of Top League titles. Vesuvia Carrick has an argument for Player of the Season thus far and if she can keep her fine form up (7 goals in 10 appearances), she'll be in the picture for that award come the end of the campaign too. Ararat round out the top four having still not tasted defeat this season, their always impressive defence has restricted opposing sides to only 6 goals up until this point, Misel Ravnjak promised more goals this season though and there hasn't really been too much evidence of that.

Tekstil have lost two games in two weeks but have done so well so far this season, Nebojsa Aleksic has been excellent and leads the goalscoring charts with his 8 goals in 10 appearances. He is crucial to his side, it'll be important to keep him fit. Energija-Nuklearna have enjoyed a decent start under new manager Vasya Kanadin and the aim for him now is surely to establish his side as 'best of the rest' after the present top four and try to keep his side in with a shout of Globe Cup football if one of them goes through a rough patch. He'll have a tough job of that though as CDSA and Arka have both come into good form in recent weeks and Crvena Zvezda surely have to improve as the season goes on as well. The Tsrvena club still boast one of the better defences in the Top League but goals have been hard to come by at times for them. Nyva have been hit by a bit of inconsistency in recent weeks and their objective will still be a solid top half finish, although with things as congested as they are at the moment they could find it tough.

As mentioned, 1896 Ebor haven't won since they beat Pretia 4-2 on Matchday 5, Zdeslav Nesic will have to halt that slide lest the Northmen fall into an unexpected relegation scrap. They have the quality to avoid it, so he and the club's supporters will hope it's just a bad spell. It is expected that from the next four (1923 Esca, Partizan, FK Magevskaya and Rudar), two will face the drop at the end of the season, so which will it be based on the season so far? 1923 Esca probably have the least to worry about, they're fairly well-equipped to stretch away from the others as the season goes on and have looked decent at times thus far this season. Partizan are poor defensively and will need to solve that problem if they're to ensure their safety, Kristijan Petricevic will be relatively pleased with how his team have done, though. FK Magevskaya don't look quite the same team under Slava Raspopov as they were under Vasya Kanadin and with 1 win in 10 it's easy to see why, they've only scored 4 goals so far this season and that's an area they're going to have to improve if they want to stay up - they have an excellent defence though (only 9 conceded through 10 games) and they'll want to use that as a base for the team to work from. Rudar have the intimidating atmosphere of Velenija on their side and seem to get vital victories at important times. The fight against the drop will be enthralling to watch, Pretia though, look sunk, already slightly cut adrift and their performances haven't done all that much to inspire confidence either.
FEDERATIVNA REPUBLIKA MYTANIJA
Federal Republic of Mytannion

Capital: Esca
Population: c. 49,600,000
Demonym: Mytanar


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