Category Archives: Sparta | A Youth Challenge in Romania

It’s been a long ambition of mine to do something special in the far East of European football. Perhaps it’s a matter of roots, after all, as being from Moldova I can identify with both the Slavic and the Latin cultures of Eastern Europe, and let’s be fair, football hasn’t been particularly great over there in the last decade or so. We used to have clubs like Steaua Bucharest, Levski Sofia, Wisla Krakow and Dinamo Kiev push for glory at least in the Uefa Cup, however in recent times, corruption and poor financial management have brought eastern european football to new lows.

I’ve decided to take matters in my own hands and hopefully bring some of that lost glory back:

I created a club from scratch in the second tier of Romanian Football, with a specific identity and philosophy based on youth, discipline and athleticism. The challenge would be to take the club, as well as Romanian Football to new heights by only relying on signings from our own academy. So yes, a Spartan Youth Challenge 🙂

Sparta: 15 Years of Youth, Athleticism and Discipline

Hi everyone, this is a piece I wrote detailing the squad&club achievements at the end of our 15th season with Sparta Bucharest. It’s a detailed tribute to a Football Manager youth challenge that turned out to be much more than a simple FM career….

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Season 9: Talent Mining

Season 2024/25


a good season for us, which saw us snatch a CL place only thanks to the format of the playoffs. The new generation that has been brought to the first team has put in some decent performances, however I don’t believe them to be good enough to exceed the ability of our more experienced players like Nica, Kereszy, Vlădilă, Dobre and Andone. Overall, good performances across all competitions, though, and a very healthy financial season for us. Continue reading Season 9: Talent Mining

Season 7#2: European Football!



absolutely delighted! this is as mental as it was unexpected: with 4 matches to go in the playoffs and still in a distant 5th, we pull off the run of our lives to surpass Craiova and cement a sensational achievement for a club tipped for relegation at the start of the season Continue reading Season 7#2: European Football!

Season 7#1: Tactical Transitions

September 2022

After 6 years of 3-5-2, I decide to change the system based on a few key issues:

1.we only have two defenders good enough for a starting spot – Andone and Ștefan, with the next best option being hugely inferior, thus, playing a back three would be problematic Continue reading Season 7#1: Tactical Transitions