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JWB935
01-01-2008, 04:03
Hi Guys,

I'm about to start this challeng in a second. Its good to s alot of you having fun in not vry well known leagues and teams. I'm hoping to do the same.

I'm going to load my leagues up and post again onc its loaded. By the way, what specs computers areyou guys running? I just got a new comp on saturday and it seems no problm to run 16 leagues. Hopefully it wont be crashing before I havre chance to win some silverware, which will b the first time as I havent got very far on FM08 yet.

Wish me luck! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

James

José Pandinho
01-01-2008, 04:43
Good luck James, I'm just properly starting this challenge now.

My pc spec is:
2 GB Ram
Athlon 2X 3800+ processor (dual core)

This has been running 16ish leagues without any problems thus far, not sure how i'll cope a few seasons in when the processing slows down abit.

JWB935
01-01-2008, 04:58
Hi Jose, thanks for your reply http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif,

Here is my manager profile:

<img src="http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/4127/managerprofilevn7.jpg" alt="Profile"/><br/>By <a target="_new" href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/jwbrassington">jwbrassington</a>

Leagues Used:

<img src="http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/7608/leaguesstartedoa1.jpg" alt="Leagues"/><br/>By <a target="_new" href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/jwbrassington">jwbrassington</a>

Jobs available:

<img src="http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/6086/jobsavailablerb0.jpg" alt="Jobs"/><br/>By <a target="_new" href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/jwbrassington">jwbrassington</a>

I started in July, to mak it a bit more intersting as some managers have come under pressure. I am hoping to start with Hohhot, as a poster above made that team seem appealing to me, although i am closely monitoring Beijing, Ulsan and Dalian. I would prefr Busan the most though http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

I will reply back in a few hours once I have ben offerd a job. Hopefully my pictures have worked too http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

I am using the following:

2gb RAM,
Quad core Q6600 (2.4ghz),

Has anyone started with all leagues before on fm07/08???

James

JWB935
01-01-2008, 05:01
I knew it lol, my fault.

profile:

http://img267.imageshack.us/my.php?image=managerprofilevn7.jpg

Leagues:

http://img267.imageshack.us/my.php?image=leaguesstartedoa1.jpg

Jobs:

http://img267.imageshack.us/my.php?image=jobsavailablerb0.jpg

PS: I have searched but could not find a post to tell me how to make a link that just says what it is e.g. 'profile' and it takes you to the picture. I would b gratefull if someon could link me, thanks and sorry again

James

5ergio
01-01-2008, 05:42
So here I go with my 4th attempt, hopefully the best & the last http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I started @15.01.2008 and will most probably holiday a bit to get more interesting jobs available.

Leagues (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/leagues.jpg)

Profiles~~

Profile - 15.01.08 (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/profiles/profile150108.jpg)

José Pandinho
01-01-2008, 07:35
Just got my game going again, decided to take a job in Mexico with Tesco B. They don't look a bad side to be honest and there are alot of good free players available from the start in Mexico! so let's see where it leads http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JWB935
01-01-2008, 15:41
Hi Guys,

Well I have now takn my first job! It was a vry hard decision betwen Hohhot, who would have ben a great challenge, Paulista who have a really nice squad, like hallelujah. In the nd i picked Turkish giants Kayserispor! I'm going to take them as far as I can and maybe they can be the best team for turkish youth in the future and could maybe net me some trophies http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

Picture:

http://img118.imageshack.us/my.php?image=newjobuv8.jpg

The team was good overall but it could be improved in defence and definately needed some quality in depth.

I am VERY proud of my first signing!!!!!

http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=roquejuniormx1.jpg

Roque Junior http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif He's worth £1.1M not bad for a free http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I got a really decent backup player who is 38 too.

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/6624/robertoqv2.jpg
By jwbrassington (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/jwbrassington) at 2008-01-01

and lastly I am about to buy a good looking prospect http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/1572/velikavlaken6.jpg
By jwbrassington (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/jwbrassington) at 2008-01-01

Ok, I'm going to go and see how it pans out, Premier Division look out! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

JWB935
01-01-2008, 15:43
http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=robertoqv2.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=velikavlaken6.jpg

5ergio
02-01-2008, 02:51
Just a quick note, make sure to ask for a training upgrade. It's just crap for that level tbh =) GL with Kayserispor. I'm done with'em, missing the championship 2 times in a row due 3-4 matches blablabla...

Btw forgot to holiday my game, hope I can get it going today http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

José Pandinho
02-01-2008, 04:29
Thought I'd give a quick update on my progress, really got into the game yesterday and motored through, just about to start my third season now.

My career started in Mexico with Tescos B, things didn't really pan out and I was amazingly frustrated by the fact that I had to have at least 5 players aged U23 on the pitch AT ALL TIMES!

Ended up managing for just 6 months there. I resigned this position and waited for a decent offer to crop up, at this point the Reading job became available ... of course I didn't get this, Preston manager Paul Simpson did, and I took his vacated position at Preston in February 2008.

Preston were in 8th when I took over and following a brilliant run at the end of the season we managed to finish in the playoff places and nicked a place in the Premiership with a 1-0 win over Watford at Wembley.

Unfortunately the dream of Premiership football was a short lived one, as the 6m transfer budget was nowhere near enough to make the squad strong enough to compete in the Prem. We finished 18th, and were actually relegated on goal difference, all the more painful as we were leading Chelsea by 2 goals on the final day of the season, only to be pegged back by 2 last gasp goals http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Starting the 3rd season now, the squad is by far the best in the Championship and I'm expecting to go straight back up without too much trouble.

José Pandinho
02-01-2008, 04:30
Oh, a quick question, when selecting my manager reputation i chose 'Automatic' as I presume we all did when starting this challenge, my only worry is that 3 seasons in and after being promoted once and putting in a decent Prem performance, im still 'unproven'

just wondered if this is normal?

JWB935
02-01-2008, 05:47
Hehe Tescos? Don't you mean tecos?? Tescos is wher I work funnily enough lol! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

Oh well done on getting the reading job and on getting promoted!! Hopefully you will do it and again and manag to stay up. you never know, because if your squad is the best then you might not need to buy many players and could save he money for when you gt promoted? What typ of attndances are you getting?

Ive got 16k on mine, by the way what attendance did you get 5ergio? anywhere near the 24k? I have panathaniokos (spelling :S )so hopfully i can get some cash from them. I am doing well financially, gone from £2.5M to £4.5M aftr a quarter of th season, we get £90K for each win in the league and my wag budget is only £59K and also we gt a £3.1M sponsor. So I'm really confident about the future and being able to compete financially with the big boys.

Oh and thanks for the tip 5ergio, i'll have a look at the training. I will need to look for some coachs too.

http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JWB935
02-01-2008, 05:49
Oh sorry Jose, I forgot to say my rep is now regional, after about 10 games, after starting as automatic reputation. It mustnt be that bad, because reading shouldnt be to easy to get the job http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Keep us updated! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

5ergio
02-01-2008, 12:07
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JWB935:
Ive got 16k on mine, by the way what attendance did you get 5ergio? anywhere near the 24k? I have panathaniokos (spelling :S )so hopfully i can get some cash from them. I am doing well financially, gone from £2.5M to £4.5M aftr a quarter of th season, we get £90K for each win in the league and my wag budget is only £59K and also we gt a £3.1M sponsor. So I'm really confident about the future and being able to compete financially with the big boys.

Oh and thanks for the tip 5ergio, i'll have a look at the training. I will need to look for some coachs too.

http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My average was around 15k for the first year with no Europe action. In the second year, being 2nd in the league I get a full stadium against Celtic in 3rd Rnd Qual in CL. Beath them 5-2 on aggregate and got a group of Barca, D. Kiev and A. Wien. Got full again in Valencia and Barca games but got around 20k vs Wien. So it goes up, don't worry. Finances keep growing in Kayseri, I just don't get it how come though. I always end up with nearly 20M+ in the bank at the end of 2nd year. One tip again, try to offload G. Unal in january or he'll most probably end up leaving under bosman rule. He could net you a hefty £4M plus some future fees if negotiated carefully http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Considering the reputation issue José brought up, I always start with sunday league footballer and keep getting successive boosts to reputation if I play in a top flight. Also your nationality changes the word a bit. You could well be a national manager from the start if you were from a low ranked country, where as being English etc. could hamper that process a bit but you'll get there don't worry.

gaz457
03-01-2008, 03:29
Is anyone managing in Argentina. I won the opening league with Boca, and i am miles ahead in the overall table but im only 5th in the closing table.. I was quite suprised that it said i had won the premier division after just winning the opening stage...Are there 3 premier divisions on offer in one season or does the overall count for nothing??

I lost in the first round of the copa sudamerica by the way, but going well in the Libetadores.

Trophies from the list so far:
Nigeria: African Nations
Portugal: European Cup
Aresnal: Euro Champions Cup, Euro Super Cup
Drogheda United: All Ireland Cup

rickholliday
03-01-2008, 06:09
jus starting this challenge since i have 2 weeks off work,just applied for a few jobs will report back after 6 months

global domination awaits me ha ha

5ergio
03-01-2008, 08:50
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 5ergio:
So here I go with my 4th attempt, hopefully the best & the last http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I started @15.01.2008 and will most probably holiday a bit to get more interesting jobs available.

Leagues (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/leagues.jpg)

Profiles~~

Profile - 15.01.08 (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/profiles/profile150108.jpg) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hired by Espanyol after a short holidaying session on March, 16th. We are sitting 17th with 33 points in 28 games, tied with Levante at 18th. 10 games to go, need to keep'em in La Liga so I can build up on it. Team is expected to finish a respectable position in 2 years plan, will be tough given the competition.

José Pandinho
03-01-2008, 10:58
Just a quick update, finished my 3rd season today.

My Preston side managed to finish 2nd with a win on the last day of the season, my side has some real quality players now and i think we may be able to survive in the Premiership next season. Having alot of leagues loaded has really helped as I have about 5 Brazilians in my starting XI http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And the other big news item ... After over 150 games in charge of Preston, a full season in the Premiership, two promotions, and reaching a carling cup semi final after beating Chelsea, Fulham and Blackburn all away from home, only to be beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Man Utd ... my managerial reputation has moved from 'Unproven' to ... 'Regional' http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif huzzah!

On a side note, i'd read on these forums that Billy Sharp was an amazing buy, but i'd never actually bought him before. So when he became available I thought i'd give him a chance and he is a genuine goal machine, his Preston career stats for me after 1 season in the Prem and 1 in the Championship are 80 goals in 83 games.

José Pandinho
03-01-2008, 11:05
Career Stats

Tecos B; 2007-2008
Preston; 2008-

Honours
Preston - Promotion to Premiership 2008
Preston - Promotion to Premiershup 2010

Rather a poor honours list at the moment, but i'm working on it http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

rhinosrule
03-01-2008, 12:03
It’s a very simple premise, you have to collect all the trophies on the list below:

World
World Cup - Winner (http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k146/TADave/FM%2008/worldcup2014.jpg)
European Cup
African Nations Cup
Asian Cup
North America Gold Cup
Copa America
Confederations Cup

European
Euro Vase
Euro Cup - winner (http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/8377/eurocupwinvy5.jpg)
Euro Champions Cup - Winners (http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/355/eurochampcup2012xo1.jpg)
Euro Super Cup - Winner (http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/608/eurocup2011eo4.jpg)

Americas
North America Champions Cup
Copa Libertadores - Winner (http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k146/TADave/FM%2008/copa2014.jpg)
Copa Sudamerica - Winner (http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k146/TADave/FM%2008/sudamericana2014.jpg)
Recopa

Africa
African Champions League
African Cup Winners Cup
African Super Cup

Asia
Asian Champions League
Confederations Cup
South East Asian Club Championship
East Asian Championship

Specials
Royal League - top 4 teams from Norway, Sweden, Denmark - WON IT TWICE BUT IT DON'T COUNT NOW
All Ireland Cup - Top teams from Ireland and Northern Ireland
World Club Championship - Winner (http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k146/TADave/FM%2008/pauloworldclub2014.jpg)

Philip Thomas
03-01-2008, 20:35
A little late on the uptake this, but just read this and fascinated to try it, gonna start a new game when I get home from work! Wish me luck, was thinking of the following leagues:
Eng (4), Brazil (2), SA(1), US(1), Norway (2), Spain(1), Holland(1), Ireland(1), South Korea(1), Italy(1), Singapore(1).
Will that cover me, or does someone suggest some others/different ones?

José Pandinho
04-01-2008, 07:42
Time for another update I think!

Just finished my third full season in charge of Preston, our second in the Premiership. We had a brilliant season and ended up finishing 5th and stealing a UEFA Cup place for next year, this was mainly due to the amazing Billy Sharp getting 29 goals in his 35 Premiership starts.
The side looks a little like this:
GK - Joe Hart
DL - Chris Armstrong
DR - Hubschmann
DC - Karl Svensson
DC - Gibril Sankoh
MR - Daniele de Ridder
ML - Sergio Motta
MC - Fabrice Muamba
MC - Alexandre Song
FC - Eddie Johnson/ Asamoah Gyan
FC - Billy Sharp

Unfortunately I don't think i'll be around to see Preston into Europe, the board for some reason totally unbeknown to me, have publically announced they may not want to renew my contract? seems bizzare considering the success. Anyway, with time ticking away on my contract I realised myself that the reason I started this challenge was to play in new and exciting leagues i'd never experienced before, not to play in the Premiership again. So I think i'm going to hand in my notice at Preston and see what opportunities crop up for me, my reputation is now at 'National', so hopefully a new and exciting adventure shouldn't be too far away!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention, i'm currently the head coach of Nigeria http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
The vacancy appeared around Christmas time and I applied for that and the Ghana job, i've only had 2 games in charge, a commanding 4-1 away win over the Czech Republic in a friendly, and a 6-1 thrashing of Namibia in an African Cup Qualifier.

5ergio
04-01-2008, 09:25
Update - 01/07/2008 - S. Çalı

Well well. After being hired mid-March by Espanyol, I had 10 games in hand to keep them up which looked like a bit difficult at first. But in the end we were sitting 9th on tied points with Valencia at 8th. Have a look (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/espanyol/07-08/leaguetable.jpg) if you don't believe http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif You could guess that the last 10 matches went well by this figure right? To surprise you more we were unbeaten http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif The results (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/espanyol/07-08/fixture.jpg) here are more than what I expected from the team, especially beating up R. Madrid 3-1 at home.

On a side note, we have a little finance (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/espanyol/07-08/finance.jpg) problem here in Espanyol. Hope it won't hinder the progress.


History~~

Espanyol - 16.03.2008 up to Present


Matches~~

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Team P W D L GF GA
Espanyol ~~ 10 || 6 || 4 || 0 || 14 || 6</pre>


Profiles~~

Profile - 15.01.08 (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try4/profiles/profile150108.jpg)

José Pandinho
04-01-2008, 09:48
Well done Sergio!

Good luck with Espanyol.

Since I left Preston, I can't get a job for love nor money http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif have left the game running on holiday mode and told it to apply for every job, and to stop holidaying when im offered one or when i have to name a national squad for Nigeria ... so far its been holidaying for well over an hour without having to stop once http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

José Pandinho
04-01-2008, 15:49
Brief Update

Champions of Africa http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg237/josepand/AfricanCupofNations.jpg)

One trophy ticked off! hopefully a half decent club will give me a job now!

Evertonbloke
05-01-2008, 01:54
Having been away from my own challenge for a while now (winning the CL with Everton http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif and starting Dafuges challenge, I thought it was time to play agian. My Original save was pre-patch so I decided to start again.

So here are my Leagues (http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p159/evertonbloke/Leagues.jpg)

And here is my profile (http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p159/evertonbloke/Startingprofile08-1.jpg)

I started in March '08 thanks to the Sweedish League and applied for about 5 jobs that would all give me a chance of going for a cup within two years.

Most turned me down, but Challenge favourites, Woodlands Wellington of Singapore were interested. I had never been them before although I know a lot of people have started out there. So off I went.

I missed the first league game due to my delaying their offer for a week, before going into games agains SAFFC and the Tampines, two wins later and its looking good. However I was getting tired so it was off to bed.

Plan for the morning: update the forum with my start and then get some FM under my belt!

So here I go......

José Pandinho
05-01-2008, 05:57
Another little update

After winning the African Nations with Nigeria I decided to leave the post, after spending a couple of months unemployed, I was all set to take a job with Modena in Serie B. Then a chain reaction took place which left me with a good vacancy to apply for, Liverpool were 17th in the Premiership and fired their manager:

Liverpool manager replaced by Dortmund manager
Dortmund manager replaced by HSV manager
HSV manager replaced by Hannover manager

So I inherited a Hannover side with some decent players, 6th in the league with 3 games to go. We managed to finish 5th and are in the UEFA Cup next season, part of me wanted to finish 6th so we'd be in the InterToto, so I could get that trophy ticked off! The only downside is that were in some real financial trouble, when I took over I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me:

"You are currently 400k p/w OVER your wage budget"

Ouch.

José Pandinho
05-01-2008, 05:58
Hannover offer (http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg237/josepand/HannoverOffer.jpg)

seanefc
05-01-2008, 08:32
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by gaz457:
Is anyone managing in Argentina. I won the opening league with Boca, and i am miles ahead in the overall table but im only 5th in the closing table.. I was quite suprised that it said i had won the premier division after just winning the opening stage...Are there 3 premier divisions on offer in one season or does the overall count for nothing??

I lost in the first round of the copa sudamerica by the way, but going well in the Libetadores.

Trophies from the list so far:
Nigeria: African Nations
Portugal: European Cup
Aresnal: Euro Champions Cup, Euro Super Cup
Drogheda United: All Ireland Cup </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Im managing in Argentina with Independiente, i dont think there is a prize for winning over all, just effectivly two champions each season - opening stade & closing stage

i realy cannot remember how qualification for the libertadoros and sudamericana works!

im currently top of the opening stage, only 5 games in though, but that did include a 4-1 victory over River... we play 2nd place Boca at home in the opening stage, good chance of winning the title it seems

seanefc
05-01-2008, 09:52
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by seanefc:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by gaz457:
Is anyone managing in Argentina. I won the opening league with Boca, and i am miles ahead in the overall table but im only 5th in the closing table.. I was quite suprised that it said i had won the premier division after just winning the opening stage...Are there 3 premier divisions on offer in one season or does the overall count for nothing??

I lost in the first round of the copa sudamerica by the way, but going well in the Libetadores.

Trophies from the list so far:
Nigeria: African Nations
Portugal: European Cup
Aresnal: Euro Champions Cup, Euro Super Cup
Drogheda United: All Ireland Cup </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Im managing in Argentina with Independiente, i dont think there is a prize for winning over all, just effectivly two champions each season - opening stade & closing stage

i realy cannot remember how qualification for the libertadoros and sudamericana works!

im currently top of the opening stage, only 5 games in though, but that did include a 4-1 victory over River... we play 2nd place Boca at home in the opening stage, good chance of winning the title it seems </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just had a look around the internet, it appears that the winners or each stage qualify for the Libertadoros the following year, together with the four highest placed teams in the overall table.

as for the sudamerican, it seems that the top four teams in the overall table qualify, alot with River and Boca, who are invitees?

is that correct or am i way off?

just going off the information given here, is it the same in FM?

http://www.rsssf.com/tablesa/arghist-pro2000s.html

(bottom of the page)

seanefc
06-01-2008, 06:41
after an excelent start to the argentine season, Independiente went on an awful run untill the end of the opening stage...

it was draw, after draw, after draw.

opposition goalkeepers started winning the MOM award every game! despit dominating every team in the league with the exception of boca and river, we just couldnt win a game.

always have more posetion that the oposition, always completing a high % of passes, always getting a good amount of shots on target (not 30 yard efforts, genuine good chances), yet we still cannot win games,

i know people say that the superkeeper does not exsist, but this season is really starting to make me wonder

José Pandinho
06-01-2008, 07:15
Taking a quick coursework break to give another update:

A brilliant season with Hannover, which saw us strengthen the side with some very good loan signings and also losing alot of the ageing dead wood in the ranks. Ended up finishing 2nd in the German First Division, being beaten to the title by HSV in the last minutes of the last game of the season. I went into the game top by 1 point, which meant a win away to Schalke and we were the champions. We took an early 2-0 lead only to be pegged back with an 87th minute equaliser!

This bitter pill was made alot easier to swallow due to the fact that just 3 days earlier we had managed to win the UEFA Cup with a momentous 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the final. We had an amazing run at the end of the season, going 14 games unbeaten in all competitions. The run to the UEFA Cup saw two amazing results in the 1/4 and 1/2 finals respectively:

4-3 aggregate win over Lyon
5-5 aggregate away goals victory over Newcastle

Very happy to have ticked off another trophy in the challenge, I have stepped down as the manager of Hannover now and have a brief spell in charge of the Serbian national side. This didn't really pan out, and I have decided to put my new continental reputation to good use in 2014 and head to pastures new for a second stab at glory in Mexico, with underachieving side Chivas.

Tecos B - 2007
No Honours

Preston - 2008 - 2011
No Honours

Nigeria - 2011 - 2012
2012 African Cup of Nations

Hannover - 2012 - 2014
Euro Cup (UEFA)

Serbia - 2014 - 2014
No Honours

Chivas - 2014 - Present day

JWB935
07-01-2008, 12:25
Wow Jose you have got so far! I havent even done my first season yet!!! I do fel ashamed lol. I will giv you all an update of how I am doing later tonight. I have been bogged down as I build and fix computers outside work and have been suprisingly really busy!! I am currntly scond in th league after selling some of my bst players for megabucks and replacing them with better playrs for less money http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. I believ my team is now nearly as good as any in the division! I was suprised whn I was playing roberto carlos in on game though!

Oh, Seanefc, I hope your luck with the draws changes and the keepers dont perform so well lol. You seemed to be playing well in your previous posts so good luck to you!

JWB935
07-01-2008, 14:10
Its quite close so far!

http://img144.imageshack.us/my.php?image=quitecloseip8.jpg

Heyesy
07-01-2008, 15:59
bad news, the Royal League does not appear in 08

seanefc
08-01-2008, 08:29
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JWB935:
Wow Jose you have got so far! I havent even done my first season yet!!! I do fel ashamed lol. I will giv you all an update of how I am doing later tonight. I have been bogged down as I build and fix computers outside work and have been suprisingly really busy!! I am currntly scond in th league after selling some of my bst players for megabucks and replacing them with better playrs for less money http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. I believ my team is now nearly as good as any in the division! I was suprised whn I was playing roberto carlos in on game though!

Oh, Seanefc, I hope your luck with the draws changes and the keepers dont perform so well lol. You seemed to be playing well in your previous posts so good luck to you! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

thanks mate, the 2nd half of the season has gone better...

we are drawing alot less games! a 4-0 loss away at River Plate was the low point, but we picked up a great away win at our biggest rivals Racing Club!

our away game against Boca finished 4-4, was a hell of a game, but im a bit gutted we couldnt see them off

still in with a shout of the title with 3 games to go, but i need 3 wins, and Boca and River would both have to slip up, so its a bit of a long shot!

i THINK im assured qualification for the Libertadoros and Sudamericana next season (im not 100% sure how qualification works though). those will be my first attempts at playing in competitions which count towards the Challenge


a bit of strengthening in the summer should see us improve again next season. the first aim will be to find a replacement for Fabro, my right winger, who is sadly leaving on a free transfer.

P.S.
JWB935: that link posted above doesnt work when i click it... ??

seanefc
08-01-2008, 10:54
well the season finished with Independiente in 3rd place.

we won our last 3 games, but sadly River & Boca did not drop enough points for us to capitalize.

The closing stage finished as follows...

Boca 46pts
River 45pts (+21 GD)
Indep. 45pts (+18 GD)

so we would have been champions had we been able to turn that 4-4 draw with Boca in to a win. oh well, was still a good season, and the board are 'very pleased'.

rangers85
27-01-2008, 10:49
Well I have had a rough go so far. Started in July and took a job offer in the Korean N-League with Hallelujah. However, their boss went a little psycho and after form of DLD he fires me after 68 days at the position. I'd barely had a chance to figure out a first team and had brought in 7 players at the time who were getting acclimated today. Since my firing they have gone WLDDDD, so it seems dumb to have fired me.

From there, I took a job in the Swedish First Division North (Playing pre-patch) with Syrianska, however I was dumb and forgot to check how close to the end of the season it was and they had 3 games left and sitting in relegation zone. So it turned into a quick reclamation job. I drew my first game against Forward, but should have won it as I was up 2-0 and finished 2-2. Lost my next against Vasby 3-0 that I should have probably at least taken a draw in, and finally lost my last to Ostersunds 4-2 who were pegged for top of the table. So 22 days after taking the job, I resigned before being sacked for being relegated out of the leagues.

I have no taken a position in the Swedish First Division South with Qviding who finished 5th last season and I'm looking to try to promote. By the end of the 4 year plan, they want to be established in the First Division, but I'm on a 2 year deal.

jameslowe
01-02-2008, 04:55
Hey Evertonbloke I loved last years challenge. I staid in Singapore for 5 season because I enjoyed it so much. Won 5 titles. heh

Will be starting again;

Australia
Argentina
Denmark
China
Ireland
South Africa
Singapore
Mexico

I started in January 2007 and was offered a job with Mexican A League side Colima.

I am expected to fight bravely against relegation this season. Will keep you guys updated. Loving it.

5ergio
14-02-2008, 09:12
Wow, silence has taken place here I guess. So with the new patch being out I'll restart this challenge once more because my Espanyol save kinda failed.

So here is the leagues (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try5/leagues.jpg) I'm running & my starting profile (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try5/profiles/profile---15-01-2008.jpg) .

I'm aiming high this time. I hope I can manage to get as much as I can without getting bored or failing again http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

5ergio
14-02-2008, 09:22
Wow that was quick. Hired by the all mighty nation of Vanuatu in just 6 days http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'll give some time to them and see any good opportunity comes up.

cletus
15-02-2008, 22:09
I'm in.

Have selected the same leagues as 5ergio + Denmark as I'm profiling as danish manager.
Also hired by Vanuatu but it has been impossible so far to get accepted in any other clubs. Applied for everything except the teams in Singapore. No luck at all and I'm in january 2008 now.
Have you been more succesfull, 5ergio?

5ergio
16-02-2008, 03:46
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by cletus:
Also hired by Vanuatu but it has been impossible so far to get accepted in any other clubs. Applied for everything except the teams in Singapore. No luck at all and I'm in january 2008 now.
Have you been more succesfull, 5ergio? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Same here http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I guess not being in a competitive match hinders the reputation progress. I'm just holidaying at the moment, arranging 4 friendlies a year and applying to any available jobs expect relegation candidates in the lowest divisions available. Not yet offered a single one although I'm 14 months in the game since I'm employed by Vanuatu. Eagerly waiting for the OCE Nations Cup so I'll be facing some competition there. Done 4 friendlies so far. Here are the results:

vs Romania || 1-6

vs Nicaragua || 1-3

vs Ivory Coast ||0-4

vs Tahiti || 3-3

So I'm not doing that good but considering the fact that both Ivory Coast & Romania was given a 1.05 odd to win, they are not so important. Good luck with your journey with Vanuatu cletus. For the record, I've seen successive raising in world ranking from Jan 08 to Nov 08. Then a fall from 125 to 158 in just two months and now we are climbing up again.

iacovone
16-02-2008, 04:50
Given my love for random career games, this challenge looks to fit the bill perfectly.

Profile (http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/9616/profilepe2.jpg)

And I'm running:
Argentina
Australia
Denmark
Holland
Italy
Malaysia
N. Ireland
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
USA

Good luck all http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif, gonna enjoy this.

5ergio
17-02-2008, 03:48
Bah, already at 14.11.2009 and still managing Vanuatu with no competitive match whatsoever. In the mean time I was rejected even by teams that are going to be relegated to non-playable divisions. Here is my latest results. Hope I get some competitive matches or it looks like a restart http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

vs Cyprus || 1-4

vs Turks & Caicos Is. || 0-1

vs Armenia || 3-7

iacovone
17-02-2008, 12:20
August 2008 Update

Well from the off I took the African Warriors (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/around%20the%20world/africanwarriors.jpg) job in the deepest depths of South Africa. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Expected to finish bottom and with no players, it was always going to be a tough start to management! But despite all this I made some ok signings and began to assemble the makings of a half-decent squad http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif.

We finished mid-table (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/around%20the%20world/league0708.jpg) and live to fight another season. Pre-season has seen a few new names come in and the strength of the squad has definitely been improved. If only I'd found a keeper - my current GK conceded 93 goals in 35 games last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif.

5ergio
18-02-2008, 05:45
Note to self; never ever manage Vanuatu again! I'm into 2010 now, won OCE Nations Cup over New Zealand which was a very challenging tie. But my reputation is no where near regional. I'm still being rejected by teams that are guaranteed to get relegated to non-playable divisions http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif This leads to a restart now, same leagues & same profile as I posted earlier. Only difference though, I won't apply to Vanuatu.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 5ergio:
So here is the leagues (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try5/leagues.jpg) I'm running & my starting profile (http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb166/Lt5urge/evertonblokes08try5/profiles/profile---15-01-2008.jpg) . </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

5ergio
18-02-2008, 08:15
Wow, restart did work! Hired by Boro after a couple of months of holidaying at 21.04.2008. Sitting 18th with tied points of 34 with Sunderland at 17th. 3 matches to go. I won't post a season update as it is kinda useless but will definitely inform you about the closing of EPL.

5ergio
21-02-2008, 09:36
Bah,my pc is toying with me http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif The game crashed when I was mid way through the transfer window with Boro, was just gonna report you guys that I was still in EPL http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Guess I'll restart once more but I don't update due this luck of mine (curse even http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif)

cletus
23-02-2008, 07:25
Restarted after 16 months of terror like 5ergio experienced with Vanuatu. In my new game I took over at Winners Park, first division in South Africa.
1. season: Finished 9th. W 13, D 2, L 15
Need a better goalkeeper, but they are hard to find....

OugaBagga
23-02-2008, 08:16
Ive just started this hcallenge again for the millionth time

Leagues Loaded
Argentina
America
Australlia
Brazil
China
England
Ireland
N.Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain

Mike_Cardinal
23-02-2008, 12:38
Okay, this looks like great fun, and will be starting a game on the 8.0.2 patch immediately, so no need to have a Scandinavian team right? However, my only question is why is it that loading all players from New Zealand is recommended? Is there some Oceania Cup amongst there I haven't seen that Australia aren't allowed in?

Also, will the following list get me through this fine?

Australia
Brazil
China
England
Ireland
Singapore
South Africa
U.S.A

Running on the bare minimum. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mike_Cardinal
23-02-2008, 12:59
Okay, I'm off and away. Hannover Park in South Africa's First Division have offered me a job, so the plan is to win all the African trophies, hopefully gaining a national job on top in the process, and then move on.

Dunno if you need a profile pic, but here it is anyway: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2m5xxjd&s=3

Mike_Cardinal
23-02-2008, 15:38
I bought a new team and backroom staff, my new ass man with decent stats said that it would be good enough to avoid relegation, and most of the players "would be a leading star for most Premier League sides", so surely I should have ripped it up?

Well, no. I discovered that still I'm at 50-1 for every single game (the lowest amount possible in the game), and after crashing out the cup 4-2 and losing the first home game 3-0 to someone else predicted to struggle, I resigned. I'm now holidaying indefinitely and applying for every job until I get one that's perhaps a little less impossible.

Evertonbloke
24-02-2008, 10:48
OK, so I am back to my own challenge, starting for the third time now there is a new patch out!
I am using the official patch after I have done the workaround for Defoes contract myself.

Here are my leagues (http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p159/evertonbloke/Leagues-1.jpg)

I'm starting in March '08 in the hope the late start will throw up a few interesting casualties.

Here I go..... (again)

And here is my Profile (http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p159/evertonbloke/Startingprofile08-2.jpg)

Evertonbloke
24-02-2008, 12:04
I have taken over at Queens University Belfast.

They are 3rd in the league with 3 games to go. With a bit of luck I can get promoted this season and start working on getting the All Ireland cup shortly after.

Evertonbloke
24-02-2008, 13:12
So I take over with 3 games to go and in third place, top to get a play off for promotion.......

Gutted! (http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p159/evertonbloke/April08table.jpg)

Evertonbloke
25-02-2008, 04:44
OK, to add to the disapointment of missing out on the play-offs on goal difference. I have realised, that:

a) there was no play off, it was just straight promotion.

b) that I am in the third tier of the Northern Irish League, when I thought I was only in the 2nd tier. This will mean it will take longer to win the All Ireland Cup.

And now I will have to wait until Thursday before I get my next FM sesh in!!!

mizan
27-02-2008, 06:29
I'm about to start the game, had to restart as I cant get a job anywhere!

Just a quick question

Which country do you guys start the game from?

Evertonbloke
28-02-2008, 01:50
Hi Mizan,

If you are unemployed you start in which ever country you get your first job in.

Do you mean which nationality you are? If so I always use my own nationality, English. But you can be whatever nationality you want to really.

mizan
02-03-2008, 13:30
I was wondering if anyone else is playing with the new patch?

If so have they had problems with getting a job.

After seeing people start with Brazilian Third Div sides I wanted the same, I gave myself Brazilian nationality.

BUT....
I didnt get a job in over a year! Until newly promoted South African side Blackburn Rovers offered me the job.

Anyone else have similar problems with getting a new job on the new patch?

Should I go to the old patch?

seanefc
03-03-2008, 11:41
Hi, ive just started again with the new patch,

getting a job does seem a bit harder, but it might just be bad luck, hard to say

problem for me is that im very fussy with the clubs i want to manage, im not asking to go in as the best club in a division,... but when i end up as a team which is totaly un-competitive - i get no enjoyment from it

seanefc
03-03-2008, 11:46
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mizan:
I was wondering if anyone else is playing with the new patch?

If so have they had problems with getting a job.

After seeing people start with Brazilian Third Div sides I wanted the same, I gave myself Brazilian nationality.

BUT....
I didnt get a job in over a year! Until newly promoted South African side Blackburn Rovers offered me the job.

Anyone else have similar problems with getting a new job on the new patch?

Should I go to the old patch? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

on another note, im not sure how much nationality influences anything...

i always play as a Kyrgyzstani-Uzbek (thats half from kyrgyzstan and half from uzbekistan - im english in real life, but thats just dull)

in the 07 version of this challenge, i managed all over the world, but funnyly enough, got turned down twice when applying for the Uzbekistan job!

seanefc
05-03-2008, 13:27
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by seanefc:
Hi, ive just started again with the new patch,

getting a job does seem a bit harder, but it might just be bad luck, hard to say

problem for me is that im very fussy with the clubs i want to manage, im not asking to go in as the best club in a division,... but when i end up as a team which is totaly un-competitive - i get no enjoyment from it </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

ive changed my mind since this post... it is now ALOT harder to get a job, or atleast thats the way it seems.

ive been un-employed for a year now, so im cutting my losses and restarting. this time i will run a few lower leagues.

intending to start in asia, but we'll see what (if anything) comes along...

glennuk
13-03-2008, 13:52
Is this still going?
IS Evertonbloke or anyone going to post like a league table of how everyones done so far?
I think if its still on ill run this one whilst i am frustrated at Gundos challenge http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stupid referees playing 8 minutess added time instead of 4 http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

LOL http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

glennuk
13-03-2008, 14:13
Well promptly started, will post leagues and profile soon. I started in March accidently, which is annoying cos it means i just continuing through loads of months.

HOWEVER, i have just been given a job.....as manager of vanateau...LOL....all of the players are amatuers and wouldn't even get in a conference south side...hmmm....should be interesting.

glennuk
13-03-2008, 15:06
Started again...waiting months and months to start the season was awful, i had took over the african warriors from the south african second division. But decided this time to apply for the irish leagues, and got in Queens University Belfast, who are in the 2nd division of the northern irish league.

Oh and i decided not to apply to vanuatau

Evertonbloke
14-03-2008, 05:15
This challenge is still going ahead, however, we do seem to have a long gap between posts. suspect this is because it is such a long challenge.

Dont be put off by the lack of posting mate http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

No plans for a league table I'm afraid but if poeple want to let me know how far they have come I could put one together.

glennuk
15-03-2008, 12:27
Well i quickly left QUB, as i couldn't sign any players as the board wouldn't allow me, so i have joined the african warriors. In the south african first division, mostly part timers, and amatuers.

glennuk
15-03-2008, 12:29
Sorry they are called winners park not african warriors, although i did get a job offer from african warriors as well!

glennuk
17-03-2008, 10:17
Was starting to get sick of the African leagues....until....http://img529.imageshack.us/my.php?image=113no1.jpg

glennuk
17-03-2008, 10:23
Oh and i was heavily betted against winning that game http://img138.imageshack.us/my.php?image=oddsqw1.jpg

Cort
02-04-2008, 07:19
Hey. Here is my Profile (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8080/ligaerhj9.jpg)
And my Leagues (&lt;a href="http://imageshack.us"&gt;&lt;img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/5108/ligaerzq2.jpg" border="0" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br/&gt;)

I have become a nationalmanager of Vanuatu and a manager of the south african team, Hannovers park.

Cort
02-04-2008, 07:21
Whoops something went wrong. I will tryk again.

This is my Profile: http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/6843/profilgb8.jpg

Mr. Lionel
02-04-2008, 10:19
I've decided to make this my next fm project. It'll probably take a long time and it's doubtful that I'll actually complete it, but it should be fun. Here's my profile: Profile (http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee273/SmellTheGlove_/fm08/868ef4bd.png)

The leagues that I've chosen are:
Argentina
Australia
Denmark
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
South Africa
South Korea
USA

Gilbster
03-05-2008, 08:45
I have sort of tried this challenge before, but gave up really quickly. Going to give it another go, in the off chance I can get into it this time.

Leagues Picked (http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc149/Gilbster1000/EvertonBlokeChallenge/leagues-chosen.jpg)
Profile (http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc149/Gilbster1000/EvertonBlokeChallenge/Profile.jpg)

Picked Feb 2008 as my start date and from a quick glance there an assortment of higher profile jobs, international jobs and some other jobs available. Think I will apply for everything, though I doubt I will get the higher profile jobs.

Gilbster
03-05-2008, 09:03
I have taken over Sengkang Punggol FC in the Singapore League.

I join them as they have just lost in the prelim round of the League cup, but have the whole League season ahead of me, starting in under a month.

The squad contains 7 foreign players, and the league rules state I can only play 4 of them at a time. May need to try and find some more locals.

I only use to intend to use the club as a stepping stone to bigger things, and a few years down the line work on the Asian continental part of this challenge.

Will post some screenshots when anything remotely interesting happens.

seanefc
01-09-2008, 19:57
Well this thread seems to have died a total death...

I think the real problem is that it seems to have got more difficult to find a job since after the patch. So a massive challenge is made even more massive by the fact that you have to start with a totally uncompetitive team. Of course, thats realistic, but it does add a good few years on before you can win trophys.

for example, in my original game, with the 1st patch, i was able to get job offers at reasonable teams, i.e. kyserispor in turkey, sparta in holland, racing santander in spain....

so im going to *cheat* a bit (atleast go against the rules of this challange), and start with an Automatic reputation BUT pick the team i am going to start with!

This will most likely be one of the top 2 or 3 from either Malaysia, or Singapore

It would be good to hear from anyone else who is up for doing the same? I will be playing with the exact same rules as stated on page one, but just picking my own team to begin with instead.

I thought i would wait a few months before posting this, to see if anyone was still playing/posting