As I promised in the previous article there is „FM16 teams to manage, part II.“ In the first part I wrote about five clubs from five most popular and most watched nations. I didn’t choose teams from a top tier but some interesting teams which are in lower leagues and they have decent history in higher divisions.
In today’s post I tried to find some interesting clubs outside of the aforementioned countries (England, Spain, Germany, Italy & Spain). I like to play in countries like Serbia, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary or in the Scandinavia so I was looking for in some of these countries as well…
I. Denmark – Akademisk Boldklub (Copenhagen)
The club was formed in 1889 by a group of academics, and the only requirement to play for the club at that time was to be a university student. The club was dominant in early Danish football and won the Danish championship, which was introduced in 1913, in 1919 and 1921. In all, AB has won the championship on 9 occasions.
One of the most renowned players of the club is Harald Bohr, the brother of Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr, who himself played a number of games as goalkeeper. Other famous footballers from the AB history include Knud Lundberg, who represented the Danish national team in not one, but three sports (basketball, handball and football), and Karl Aage Hansen, who scored 17 goals in 22 matches for the national team.
Since the 1970s, and especially after the introduction of professional football in the 80s, the club has had a difficult time and has been outside the topflight of Danish football. Although, the late 90s were an exception — in 1996 the club got promoted to the top Danish Superliga division, and enjoyed a couple of successful years, winning the Danish Cup in 1998–99, and finishing third in both 1999 and 2000.
In 2004 the club was relegated after a bad season. On top of the fact that they finished 11th, they were deducted 9 points as it was discovered that their player Ali Akida had been playing under a false name. In June 2012 the club was saved from bankruptcy by the majority of the city council.
II. Georgia – FC Torpedo Kutaisi
FC Torpedo Kutaisi is a Georgian football club from the second largest town of Georgia Kutaisi. Torpedo playing their matches at the stadium Givi Kaladzeho, which has a capacity of 14,700 spectators.
The club was founded in 1946. In 1962 he first stepped into the first league of the former Soviet Union. After the independence of Georgia’s club adopted the name FC Kutaisi and was one of the best in the country. After 2005, however, he got into a crisis that nearly ended with the demise of the club.
In 2010 thanks to the contribution of Georgia’s largest oil company Wissum Petroleum Club was resuscitated and also adopted its original name Torpedo. Club become the champion of Georgia in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In its heyday, from 1999 to 2005 played regularly European club cups but without much success.
They fell once in the first round and twice in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup and three times in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.
III. Belgium – KV Mechelen
The club was founded in 1904, a few months after the birth of city rival KRC Mechelen. The club had a first successful period in the 1940s. During World War II, in 1943, the club won their first domestic title. The second title came a few years later, in 1946, and in 1948 the club was successful again. After that, the club fell back. In 1954, they managed to finish third, only one point behind champions RSC Anderlecht, but that was their last good season. Two years later, Mechelen was relegated to second division. During the 60s and the 70s, Mechelen went up and down between the first and second division.
The club enjoyed a spell of both domestic and European success in the period of 1987–1992. During these 5 seasons, Mechelen won one Belgian championship and one Belgian cup title. They also finished 2nd in the Belgian league twice and lost the Belgian cup final twice. After winning the domestic cup title in 1987, and hence qualifying for the European Cup Winners’ Cup, they completed the extraordinary achievement of winning this tournament in 1988. Mechelen are the last Belgian team that has won a European trophy.
KV Mechelen seemed to be on its way to becoming one of the top clubs in Belgium, but quickly declined when their chairman Cordier (who owned the rights to most of their players) was forced to sell many players due to his company’s bad results. On 10 June 2007, the team achieved promotion to the Belgian First Division. Two years later in 2009, KV Mechelen played the final of the Belgian Cup, losing it 2–0 to KRC Genk. One year after that, they stranded in the semi final with a 2–2 draw and a 1–0 loss against KAA Gent.
They finished eight in the Jupiler League in the 2014/2015 season. Famous former players are Marc Wilmots, Sven Vermant, Klas Ingesson or Michel Preud’homme.
IV. Austria – First Vienna FC
First Vienna FC is an Austrian association football club based in the Döbling district of Vienna. Established on 22 August 1894, it is the country’s oldest team and has played a notable role in the history of the game there.
In the early 1890s English and Austrian gardeners working for Nathaniel Anselm von Rothschild began to play football on his estates. To avoid further damage to his flowers Nathaniel ceded them a pasture nearby and also granted the team’s blue-yellow kits, former jockey costumes of his riding stable. The Manx player William Beale designed the triskelion logo, also in the Rothschild colours blue and yellow, which Vienna still uses today.
The team was involved in a failed attempt in the 1924–25 season to play Austria’s first night game on a field lit by torches and flares, and playing with a ball covered in lime to make it more visible. They later successfully played the country’s first match under floodlights on 3 November 1956. They won popular Mitropa Cup in 1931. Vienna remained competitive through the balance of the decade, consistently finishing in the top three, but the club faded through the 60s until they were finally relegated in 1968 for the first time since their return to the top flight after World War I.
the team could not recover itself in regular league play, and while they came close to a return to the Bundesliga several times, they continued a slide that in 2000 landed them in the third division Regionalliga Ost where Vienna played until in 2009 they won the championship and gained promotion to the First League. They now play Austrian Regional League East which is third tier.
V. Turkey – Manisaspor
Manisaspor was founded in 1931 as Sakaryaspor, although the club was not located in Sakarya. The original club colours were black and white. Sakaryaspor won the Manisa Amateur League 15 times, and finished 3rd in the Turkish Amateur League in 1954.
The club ceased operations during World War II, but continued competing in 1946. In 1964, Manisaspor were allowed to compete professionally in the 1.Lig as Manisa Sakaryaspor. In their first season, the club finished with 16 points, earning them relegation. However, on 15 June 1965 at 21:00, Sakaryaspor officially became Manisaspor, and the club was allowed tom compete in the 1. Lig again.
Manisaspor spent the first forty years of their existence in the lower leagues of the Turkish football league system. In 2001, they received a financial boost from Zorlu Holding, who injected the club with money. In turn, Manisaspor were re-branded as Vestel Manisaspor. Their first promotion to the Süper Lig came in 2005 under the guidance of manager Levent Eriş.
At the end of the winter break in the 2006-07 season, Manisaspor were flying high in fourth position. However, they could not keep up the results, finishing in 12th place, four points away from relegation.
Manisaspor finally relegated from First League after finishing it as 16th in 2014-15 season and returned to third level after 13 years.
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