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O\'Hara_fan
05-09-2008, 18:46
Oh yeah... :)

Tonga, ranked a mighty 187th. Fiji, 154th.

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj263/Gaulty94/vvuae-14.jpg

This is gonna be one long qualifing campaign.

bawbag the gr8
05-09-2008, 20:08
It's all over!!!!!

I just had possibly the most rediculous World Cup bad luck I have ever seen.

In the week following me selecting my squad, 5 players got injured (can't be replaced) and my most promising player retired aged 19 after one match!!!!

Anyway, here are the results
BAHRAIN 0-3 Chile
BAHRAIN 2-0 South Africa
BAHRAIN 1-3 Croatia

I finished 3rd in the group, 1 point of second. I'm pleased with the victory over SA but the highlight of the campaign was scoring against Croatia and only conceding 3 :D.

I will definately carry on on this game, even though I've failed the challenge.

MikaelS
05-09-2008, 20:25
Well Germany was up next:

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/5707/09052008222051yg2.jpg

A bitter result. They scored in extra time :(

but Im still 2 points clear of Swiss so the last game at home against Kazakhstan should secure me the top spot.

MikaelS
05-09-2008, 20:56
Easy win:

http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/2930/09052008225349ep6.jpg

That puts us through to the World Cup as winner of Group 6:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/186/09052008225456nj1.jpg

Confirmation of our qualification:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/7324/09052008225527er3.jpg

Now I'm off to bed. The adventures of Iceland continues :)

Razer82
05-09-2008, 21:00
Unlucky with the last minute equaliser Mikael but at least you're still on for top spot in the group and a trip to South Africa.


EDIT - Saw all your screens after posting this! Well done on making the World Cup. Looking forward to seeing how you get on.

O\'Hara_fan
05-09-2008, 21:04
Wahey, Germany didn't even get a playoff.

At least your doing better than me.

Razer82
05-09-2008, 22:01
Panama - North American Gold Cup

We were drawn into Group C and had games with:

Costa Rica (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-CostaRica.jpg)
Guatemala (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-Guatemala.jpg)
Barbados (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-Barbados.jpg)

These results placed us at the top of the group (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-GroupCFinal.jpg) and into the quarter finals (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-QuarterFinals.jpg). Where it appears we have the easiest draw possible and one of the two big teams will be going out, USA or Mexico.

Razer82
05-09-2008, 23:04
The remainder of the Gold Cup saw us dispatch

Cuba (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-QuarterFinalVictory.jpg)

and

Guatemala (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCup-SemiFinal.jpg)

Which sent us into the final with Mexico (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/GoldCupFinal.jpg), where we were outclassed, but still a Runner Up spot is always welcome.

Out wonderful run to the final sent us shooting up the ranking to a new high of 49th (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/Rnaking-49th.jpg).

What are potentially my final matches of the challenge should be reported tomorrow, only 5 games stand between us and South Africa.

Razer82
06-09-2008, 11:13
Boosted by our finishing as Runner Up in the Gold Cup, we went about finishing World Cup Qualification.

With 5 games left we were bottom of the table and that had to change.

Costa Rica (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/CostaRicaHome.jpg)
Cuba (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/CubaAway.jpg)
Mexico (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/MexicoAway.jpg)
Canada (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/CanadaHome.jpg)
USA (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/USAAway.jpg)

The wins against Canada and America meant the final group finished like this (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/FinalGroup.jpg).

As you can see Panama (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/Qualified.jpg) are going to the World Cup!!!

Stage 1 of the challenge complete.

We have also risen to our new highest ranking of 37th! (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2009/Ranking-37th.jpg)

MikaelS
06-09-2008, 11:56
So the draw for the WC2010 is up. Iceland has been seeded 2nd.

http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5218/09062008135549kn2.jpg

We are on group with:

Spain
Ghana
Costa Rica

A very tough group :(

Razer82
06-09-2008, 12:10
That is a tough group Mikael, good luck. Looking forward to seeing how you get on.

Walcott\'s Wonderkids
06-09-2008, 12:12
Paul - Just a suggestion but it might be nice in your OP to separate out those who got past Stage 1 /2 3 etc of the challenge. That way people can see easily what stage everyone is at and at what stage people failed. :)

Razer82
06-09-2008, 12:22
Paul - Just a suggestion but it might be nice in your OP to separate out those who got past Stage 1 /2 3 etc of the challenge. That way at people can see easily what stage everyone is at and at what stage people failed. :)

That's quite a good idea, would make it easier to see how people are getting on at a glance.

Also, is that a definitive list of countries?

O\'Hara_fan
06-09-2008, 12:27
Well done Razer and Mikael!

Walcott\'s Wonderkids
06-09-2008, 12:28
I doubt it's a definitive list to be honest, plenty of tiny nations not on that list. Think Paul states in the OP that they are just a selection of the countries possible. :thup:

dave safc
06-09-2008, 12:50
Well done Razer and Mikael :thup:

rancer890
06-09-2008, 13:55
Well done Razer and Mikael:thup:

Razer, just wished Canada wasn't destroyed 3-0:p

Razer82
06-09-2008, 15:39
Well done Razer and Mikael:thup:

Razer, just wished Canada wasn't destroyed 3-0:p


Sorry but it just had to be done.:p

Would have failed the challenge otherwise.

rancer890
06-09-2008, 15:58
Well good luck in the World Cup Razer:thup:

Did you draw your group yet?

Mikael: you never know, you might finish second in the group. You can beat Ghana and Costa Rica:p

And Toronto FC is getting a gazillion players on one-match loan from USL clubs...

Razer82
06-09-2008, 16:08
I got:

Greece
Holland
Ivory Coast

I really don't think it could have been much worse.

rancer890
06-09-2008, 16:16
Good luck with that Razer, it's gonna be tough to get out of the group stage with that group...

Razer82
06-09-2008, 16:22
I think I'm going to be lucky to get anything from that group. Will have to see what happens, we've pulled of some shock wins in qualifying so I've got every reason to believe we can do it here.

MikaelS
06-09-2008, 18:48
Well WC2010 is on and first match saw us up against the mighty Ghana:

http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/9413/09062008204644na2.jpg

A fantastic win! I am proud of my boys :)

rancer890
06-09-2008, 18:49
Told ya Mikael that you would beat up Ghana:p

MikaelS
06-09-2008, 19:17
Bring on Spain. I expected a huge defeat, but guess what?

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/4113/09062008211534he1.jpg

Fantastic result. The red card turned the match.

rancer890
06-09-2008, 19:21
Wow. Congratz on beating Spain Mikael:thup:

I can't even score against them with 9th ranked Nigeria...:rolleyes:

MikaelS
06-09-2008, 19:23
As i dsaid I didnt expect anything but a loss. :)

rancer890
06-09-2008, 19:28
Well, officially you have completed 3/4 of the Challenge already.:p

Your World Cup run reminds me of one of my Wombles seasons where I got promoted into League 2 when I was 11 points out with 8 games left. Ah, good memories:):D

MikaelS
06-09-2008, 19:43
Wohoooo we are through to the next round! :)

http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/8347/09062008214314pk6.jpg

O\'Hara_fan
06-09-2008, 19:45
Nice one mate, nice one. Who ya got?

MikaelS
06-09-2008, 19:48
Nice one mate, nice one. Who ya got?

haha talk about kismet.. I've drawn USA :D

CelticDarren
06-09-2008, 20:20
I'll try with Lithuania.

Screen shots to follow

Razer82
07-09-2008, 08:34
Well done on qualifying Mikael. Good luck against the USA, not that I think you'll need it as nobody seems to be troubling you at the moment.

haza555
08-09-2008, 17:27
Started as the Cape Verde Islands, ill keep you all posted.

haza555
08-09-2008, 18:48
Played the first game, qualification looks pretty unlikely considering i've got Cameroon in my group and only one team qualifies, good victory here though, at least i have one good player in my team (Dady).

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/TitanHaz/Verde3-0Uganda.jpg

O\'Hara_fan
08-09-2008, 19:01
Nice start mate.

haza555
08-09-2008, 19:21
Second game of the challenge, another great display, this time no goals from Dady, screamer from Cafu and a good brace from Nando sealed victory whilst Cameroon crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Uganda which places us top with 6 points out of 6.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/TitanHaz/Verde40Mauritania.png

Razer82
09-09-2008, 07:52
Great start there haza555, if you keep this sort of form up you might even be able to take something from the games with Cameroon.

rlipscombe
09-09-2008, 15:20
based on the fact that i love the film Cool Runnings, coupled with International management being a bit different and it being a failry short-term challenge, i'm going to have a bash at this challenge.

will decide who i'm going to be soon and will post screenies once i have decided. i think it'll probably be a european team mind.

rlipscombe
09-09-2008, 15:30
with regards to Serbia & Montenegro having competed in World Cup 2006, are we allowed to play as Serbia or Montenegro now they have split and are seperate nations?? if ok, i might do it as Montenegro........ if not, i can pick someone else.

Razer82
09-09-2008, 15:37
with regards to Serbia & Montenegro having competed in World Cup 2006, are we allowed to play as Serbia or Montenegro now they have split and are seperate nations?? if ok, i might do it as Montenegro........ if not, i can pick someone else.

It was mentioned earlier in the thread that Serbia was allowed as a managable country so I don't see why you couldn't choose Montenegro.

rlipscombe
09-09-2008, 16:07
It was mentioned earlier in the thread that Serbia was allowed as a managable country so I don't see why you couldn't choose Montenegro.

was it???? must have missed that... did scan through whole thing as well... never mind. cheers for that.:thup:

MikaelS
10-09-2008, 18:32
Well up next came USA. I knew this would be a tough match.

http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/6715/09102008203013ko7.jpg

I lost but I think USA was a tad too tough an opponent for us to secure a win. I will now look forward to the European Championships in 2012 and WC2014.

Its official. I really really really hate double salvo goals. SI - fix it in FM09. :(

MikaelS
10-09-2008, 18:47
Well whatta ya know. Ireland took the WC! :)

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/940/09102008204718bx5.jpg

MikaelS
10-09-2008, 18:51
Latest rankings see Iceland move to 5th place:

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9484/09102008205015qk3.jpg

Graph:

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/7268/09102008205045lm0.jpg

O\'Hara_fan
10-09-2008, 18:59
Oh how unlucky, conceded two goals in the last two minutes of extra time.

Are you gonna continue with Iceland?

MikaelS
10-09-2008, 19:03
Oh how unlucky, conceded two goals in the last two minutes of extra time.

Are you gonna continue with Iceland?
Yes of course. I'm still in the challenge so I'm going for WC2014 :D

rancer890
10-09-2008, 20:02
Great job with Iceland Mikael:thup:

And great job going up to 5th with Iceland in the World Rankings. Can't wait till you're at the top:D

Razer82
11-09-2008, 08:03
Well done Mikael - you're doing really well with this, shame that you've conceded two late goals in extra time. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the European Championships and then the World Cup.

Brisvegas
12-09-2008, 21:44
I'll give this a go with Gabon

http://www.myfacefigurines.com.au/media/Gabon.JPG

Razer82
12-09-2008, 21:53
Good luck with Gabon, looks like you've got an outside change of making the African Nations.

Brisvegas
12-09-2008, 22:01
Thanx Razer,
I have a weird love of Gabon.

Brisvegas
12-09-2008, 22:35
http://www.myfacefigurines.com.au/media/gabon/Gabon%20Chad%20qual%201leg.JPG

Brisvegas
12-09-2008, 22:46
http://www.myfacefigurines.com.au/media/gabon/Gabon%20Chad%20qual%202leg.JPG

Razer82
13-09-2008, 09:33
A couple of great results there Brisvegas - Fingers crossed that you can carry that form into the remaining games of African Nations Qualifying.

Razer82
13-09-2008, 09:38
Panama have now finished their World Cup warm up games.

Victories over Bhutan (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/BhutanFriendly.jpg) and Bahamas (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/BahamasFriendly.jpg) were just the results we needed to keep our form going into what will undoubtedly be the toughest games I've had since being in charge.

Razer82
13-09-2008, 10:55
Panama - World Cup 2010

We opened our World Cup campaign with a defeat by Greece (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/WCGreece.jpg) which left me thinking that all our group games would be like this!

We bounced back amazingly well by beaten Holland (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/WCHolland.jpg) in our second game which gave me hopes of qualifying.

These hopes were quickly dashed by Ivory Coast (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/WCIvoryCoast.jpg) as they eased to victory to qualify ahead of us.

This meant the we finished the Group (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/WorldCupGroup.jpg) in 3rd place and did not progress.

Our valient efforts left us with a new highest ranking of 27th (http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc157/Razer1982/Panama/2010/FinalRanking.jpg) but that doesn't make any difference to the challenge, it's now over.


I'll be back for another attempt in a few days, I've got a season in Gundo's challenge to finish first.

elliotick
13-09-2008, 11:06
i would like to take part :

to two teams that are on my mind were slovakia and georgia. in the end i'm going to go with slovakia will keep you all posted :D

rancer890
13-09-2008, 13:42
Unfortunate, Razer. But still, kudos for taking Panama so far. :thup:

Razer82
13-09-2008, 13:47
Unfortunate, Razer. But still, kudos for taking Panama so far. :thup:

Thanks matey, just thinking about who to try it with next. Probably one of the African or European teams.

Razer82
13-09-2008, 13:53
Or you can scoot over to a Asian club team challenge :p

I will start my Kenya game after I finish my HK season. :)

Nothing like a shamless piece of advertising for your own challenge! :p

I don't plan on taking on another club challenge till I've finished Gundo's but once that's happened I may well give it a go.


I'm thinking Serbia, Finland or Montenergo for a European side, but don't really have a clue when it comes to the African ones.

rancer890
13-09-2008, 13:58
Nothing like a shamless piece of advertising for your own challenge! :p

I don't plan on taking on another club challenge till I've finished Gundo's but once that's happened I may well give it a go.


I'm thinking Serbia, Finland or Montenergo for a European side, but don't really have a clue when it comes to the African ones.

Well, Serbia and Finland usually did pretty well in my games, and Finland made the Euros a couple times too (and I think also made the World Cup too) :D

African teams: Kenya are the best of the bunch (remember I took over Ivory Coast and Nigeria in FM08 before, so I know a bit about the African teams:D). You might also have a chance with Gambia.

Razer82
13-09-2008, 14:01
That's great, thanks for the info. At least I've got an idea of teams to look at now. I did think about Mali, but seeing as a couple of people are already playing as them I decided against it.

elliotick
13-09-2008, 18:31
So i have made a character Joey Daniel and have taken over slovakia.with us currently lying in 4th place in group 4 of qualfing for euro 5 points off and 5 games to go it is still possible. but ofcourse the aim is for us to be in the world cup in 3 years for the first time! I will keep you posted our first match is against France in 2 months a reletivy hard game.

elliotick
14-09-2008, 08:20
sadly a 2-1 loss to france but we have a big game against ireland coming up which could amke or break our euro dream

elliotick
14-09-2008, 13:59
I didn't qualify for euro's i lost to ireland 1-0 then beat wales 4-1 Drew with san marino lsot to the czechs than bea marino. So overall record.

W D L
2 1 3

not the best of records but now the big one awaits The world cup Qualifiers!!! my group is a mixed bag with England and rival's from the last group Ireland along with albania and Moldova i beleive that it is possible to qualify from ths group! England are 4th in the World and Ireland are 15th! but Albania and Moldovo (65th and 92nd respectively) will be easier foes but not to be underestimated! i have the small group which is to be fair a bad thing as you have less games! I have friendly's with finland, belarus and Croatia coming up so i will keep you posted on how they go

Rogey
14-09-2008, 16:48
Gona have to try this with Serbia

MikaelS
14-09-2008, 19:06
I'm keeping on with this challenge with the European Championship Quals going on. 4-5 matches in Iceland is currently in 2nd place.

http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/8269/09142008210406hy8.jpg

Results so far:

Spain (h): 0-1
Latvia (a): 2-5
Israel (h): 2-1
Czech (a): 1-1
Faroe Island (h): 5-0

Razer82
14-09-2008, 20:20
Doing well Mikael - especially with a group as tough as that one.

rancer890
14-09-2008, 20:22
A bit curious Mikael, but who are your key players for Iceland?

ssestig
14-09-2008, 20:54
eidur gudjohnsen & hermann hreidarsson would be two

rancer890
14-09-2008, 20:55
eidur gudjohnsen & hermann hreidarsson would be two

I know, just checking if Mikael has some sick regens on his team ~drool~ :D

MikaelS
15-09-2008, 18:34
A bit curious Mikael, but who are your key players for Iceland?
Good question. I've had a hard time finding the right way to find the right players. I guess I took the easy path and simply select from highest value.

Eidur has been great but he's getting old. I would say Emil Hallfredsson, Gunnar Heidar Torvaldsson (Eidur's replacement), Birkir Bjarnason for the attacking part of the team. Defensive wise I would say Joey Gudjonsson, Stefan Gislason, Gretar Rafn Steinsson and Indridi Sigursson. Unfortunately the main keeper Arason retired during the first year, so the gk position is a tough one to fill.

I've had a look at the u19 team and there isnt really something worth calling up.

2008 Best Eleven:
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/6905/09152008202718yq1.jpghttp://img237.imageshack.us/img237/3205/09152008203533oh3.jpg

2009 Best Eleven:
http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/3883/09152008202753lj1.jpg

2010 Best Eleven:
http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/7311/09152008202830rz0.jpg

dj clark boy
18-09-2008, 21:32
right im sort new to this thing been doing grundo's challenge but not doing to good. I want to try this how do i go about this can i load the english leauge aswell as doing this challenge or dose it have to be the leauge i want to do. which is Slovakia or Finland. But when you start don't you have to do uefa european championship qualifiers aswell??...

dj clark boy
18-09-2008, 21:55
i've gone for Slovakia how do i get almost full knolwedge bar off cezh rep.? and yellow of slovakia? starge when i only put my nat as english?

Blanco
19-09-2008, 14:44
I have come back to FM 08 after a bit of a break... lost interest after winning it all with QPR and then getting Barnet to the Premiership. Never tried international management properly... but thought I might give Finland a go.. We'll see

elliotick
19-09-2008, 19:35
well quite alot has happened since i last updated you am now half way through my group and Bottom :p joint on points with moldova 1 point of albania and 4 points of ireland but with Albania and Moldova coming up im looking for the 6 points. The 2nd place spot is still up for grabs in my view. if i get the 6 points from them two games and look for all 3 point's against england (I'd probably settle for one) then i feel i have a chance! but it is really out of my hands and have to hope Ireland Muck Up!

Peter G
20-09-2008, 13:08
United Arab Emirates - O'Hara_Fan

I think that O'Hara fan will have to start again as the concept of the challenge is to take a team who had previously never been to the World Cup to the world Cup. The reason being is that unbeknown to you unfortunately United Arab Emirates took part in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. They were in a group alongside West Germany, Yugoslavia and Colombia. Sorry to burst your bubble.

On another note i may start this challenge but i'm not too sure on which nation to choose, preferably in Europe but Asia and N.America are easier to qualify from. Possibly try Belize or a team like Guatemala or Nicaragua. Will let you know when i have chosen the team that i will represent for North America. Will make it a career game if i can.

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 09:41
Well my european compaign continues. Its been tough and the group is very close.

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/5627/09212008113845jz0.jpg

The latest results:

Belgium (a): 1-1
Spain (a): 2-4
Czech (h): 4-1
Latvia (h): 4-0
Israel (a): 3-1
Faroe (a): 4-1

That brings me to 1 match left to go - Belgium at home. Belgium has 2 matches left though, so I need to win over Belgium in order to assure the qualification.

Suspense is killing me! :)

O\'Hara_fan
21-09-2008, 09:43
I think that O'Hara fan will have to start again as the concept of the challenge is to take a team who had previously never been to the World Cup to the world Cup. The reason being is that unbeknown to you unfortunately United Arab Emirates took part in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. They were in a group alongside West Germany, Yugoslavia and Colombia. Sorry to burst your bubble.


To be fair, I wasn't even born then :) To be even fairer, I failed.

Good luck Mikeal, would be such a shame not to qualify for the Euros!

Razer82
21-09-2008, 09:50
Good luck against Belgium Mikeal

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 09:55
So its all down to the last match:

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/6985/09212008115448ae1.jpg

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 12:32
It really was a poor match... but in the end my boys secured a win:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/2466/09212008142747tg6.jpg

That leaves us in 2nd place behind Spain and with a ticket to Euro 2012 :)

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/1218/09212008143141wa4.jpg

rancer890
21-09-2008, 13:17
Congratulations on qualifying for Euro 2012 Mikael :thup:

minisav
21-09-2008, 16:22
Well done Mikael :)

I bet you were really worried going into the last 10 or so minutes!

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 17:51
Well done Mikael :)

I bet you were really worried going into the last 10 or so minutes!

Hell yeah. It just seemed that Belgium was happy with the draw, so I actually went all attack and hoped for the best :)

O\'Hara_fan
21-09-2008, 18:21
Well done Mikeal. There probably would be uproar if you failed, congrats!

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 18:28
So the drawing for Euro 2012 came up:

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/4906/09212008201428pb2.jpg

A tough group. I've just lost 2-4 to Greece in a friendly. Poland should be defeated but Sweden is a tough cookie.

Group D is a killer btw :)

O\'Hara_fan
21-09-2008, 18:32
Wouldn't like to be Switzerland in Group C either!

Looking at it on paper it doesn't look that difficult, but Greece can defend, Sweden are canny decent and Poland should never be underestimated.

SpursTillTheDayIDie
21-09-2008, 18:35
Hey, i'll be Slovakia. Post screenies later :)

rancer890
21-09-2008, 18:36
Group A seems to be one of the easier groups Mikael. A bit lucky :p

Good luck :thup:

Where is Iceland in the rankings now?

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 18:41
Group A seems to be one of the easier groups Mikael. A bit lucky :p

Good luck :thup:

Where is Iceland in the rankings now?

atm I'm 5th:

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/8375/09212008204048yf8.jpg

But I've been 3rd for a short while:

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/1218/09212008204134cx8.jpg

MikaelS
21-09-2008, 19:01
So the drawing for the Qualification for WC2014 is up:

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9947/09212008210029xf5.jpg

Easy pickings: Luxembourg, Kazakhstan
Could be beaten: N. Ireland, Greece (once again)
Tough one: Italy

O\'Hara_fan
21-09-2008, 19:07
Ouch, Italy. Though, to be fair, you're 5th and their 10th :)

Razer82
21-09-2008, 21:25
Good luck with the Euros Mikael, certainly looks like you've got the easiest group there.

A tough group for World Cup Qualifying but you should be able to secure 2nd place although with a bit of luck against Italy, you could win it.

Blanco
22-09-2008, 13:27
OK then... Finally got going with Finland...

Here's the group:

Croatia
Denmark
Finland
Iceland
Montenegro
San Marino

Doable??

elliotick
22-09-2008, 17:50
Well in the end Slovakia didn't qualify for the 2010 worls cup :( Finished 3rd Behind england are Ireland missed out by 4 points but now my concentration is getting to euro 2012! Wish me luck :D

MikaelS
22-09-2008, 19:25
First match in Euro 2012 saw us against the hosts Poland:

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/1753/09222008212438gx0.jpg

We pulled off a 2-1 win but it was a tough one.

MikaelS
22-09-2008, 19:40
Next up was Sweden. Unfortunately we lost 2-3:

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/5492/09222008213923xk7.jpg

That gives us Greece in the final match:

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/3949/09222008214010vu1.jpg

It doesnt really leave us much hope. I need to win and Sweden needs to lose to Poland..

O\'Hara_fan
22-09-2008, 19:48
Come on Iceland. Another way you could outqualify Sweden is to have a better goal difference if they win too.

MikaelS
22-09-2008, 19:49
We tried but in the end Greece was too strong:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/8860/09222008214802dg8.jpg

Final standings:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/1714/09222008214851vg6.jpg

I'm very disappointed. I had hopes for at least a draw against either Sweden or Greece.

rancer890
22-09-2008, 19:53
Unfortunate Mikael, but still kudos to you for your run with Iceland :thup:

Blanco: it's doable definitely. You have a good chance to qualify from that group. :)

MikaelS
22-09-2008, 19:54
Thanks rancer. :)

I will prepare for the Qual for WC2014 if Im not fired before that :)

edit: aah but I dont think they'll fire me :)

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/2417/09222008215430qw0.jpg

O\'Hara_fan
22-09-2008, 19:56
Unluck Mikael. At least its only the Euros and not the WC.

MikaelS
23-09-2008, 19:46
First match in the WC2014 qual was against Greece. Was this the time for revenge?

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/2346/09232008214402pd5.jpg

yes it was! A very good victory for us.

The group looks like this:

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/4820/09232008214511yl6.jpg

A surprising draw between NI and Italy

MikaelS
23-09-2008, 20:22
Next up came NI:

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/9962/09232008220515kx6.jpg

A deserved win.

Group standings:

http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/8384/09232008221319pw4.jpg

MikaelS
23-09-2008, 20:24
Italy crushed Luxembourg. Hopefully I could do the same:

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/9433/09232008221949eg0.jpg

Well it wasn't a superior victory, but it was a victory nevertheless :)

Group standings:

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9043/09232008222058bd8.jpg

rancer890
23-09-2008, 20:27
Doing good so far Mikael :thup:

MikaelS
25-09-2008, 17:59
Next up came Italy. I had hoped I could surprise, but naah:

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/210/09252008195810bd9.jpg

Group standings:

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/8576/09252008200013ro3.jpg

No real surprises there.

Hammy1301
25-09-2008, 18:10
This challenge looks good
If its still available I wouldn't mind givin Finland a shot

Love playing as them :)

MikaelS
26-09-2008, 09:27
Next up came Kazakhstan:

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/9122/09262008112519hg2.jpg

Group standings:

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/1977/09262008112722ab6.jpg

MikaelS
26-09-2008, 19:06
The mighty Greece came to Iceland in the next game:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/948/09262008210329as4.jpg

A very good win!

Group standings:

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9094/09262008210509hg2.jpg

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 07:28
Next game was against NI:

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4658/09272008092521ek1.jpg

It was a poor match but the single goal was enough to secure the win.

Group standings:

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/57/09272008092931uq9.jpg

As I'm currently in 2nd place, I keep a close eye on the 2nd Place table:

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/2054/09272008092954lh3.jpg

The top 8 teams qualify for playoff.

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 07:49
The march for WC2014 continues. Luxembourg was an easy match:

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9656/09272008094646fp1.jpg

Group standings:

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/1750/09272008094819jz2.jpg

O\'Hara_fan
27-09-2008, 07:51
Big game next, Italy, whoever wins doesn't have to go via the playoff's. C'mon Iceland!

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 07:56
Big game next, Italy, whoever wins doesn't have to go via the playoff's. C'mon Iceland!
Not entirely true. There is still 2 matches to go. I still need to win both matches. If I win against Italy and loose against Kazakhstan and Italy win over Greece, I'm still 2nd.

O\'Hara_fan
27-09-2008, 07:58
Well, be quiet ;)

Still, important if you beat them though.

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 08:02
Well, be quiet ;)

Still, important if you beat them though.
SO true :) I don't expect me to though :(

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 08:19
So.. Italy came thundering:

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/8761/09272008101526fg6.jpg

I'm very happy about the draw. I'm still in the run for 1st place.

Group standings:

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/2598/09272008101900la3.jpg

Last match determines whether I take 1st place or have to go through playoff.

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 08:41
So the last match.. Kazakhstan was no match:

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/1142/09272008103850ti9.jpg

How did Italy do?

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/6166/09272008104004jo0.jpg

Unfortunately they won so I'm going into playoffs.

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/8418/09272008104043hu9.jpg

I've drawn Croatia. A tough opponent but hopefully we can secure it.

Razer82
27-09-2008, 08:55
Doing really well there Mikael, good luck in the playoff with Croatia, surely they'll be no match for your mighty Iceland side.

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 12:28
Well first match in the playoff saw us at home:

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/1271/09272008142638ih3.jpg

We brought home a narrow 1-0 victory. I just hope its enough..

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 12:52
So.. the dreaded away match with only a 1-0 victory in hand..

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/60/09272008144854ai7.jpg

Croatia simply gave up I think. We cruised to a fantastic 5-2 win. Well spotted by me to sub Illugason with Siggorsson.

And this means.. well.. I've completed this challenge! :)

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/1631/09272008145131hb9.jpg

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 13:01
So the groups for WC2014 has been drawn:

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/6041/09272008145919bx9.jpg

Hmm a tough cookie.

Razer82
27-09-2008, 14:28
That's a very tough group Mikael, good luck.

MikaelS
27-09-2008, 14:32
That's a very tough group Mikael, good luck.
Thanks. I don't really need it cause the challenge has been done. But I will continue nevertheless :)

rancer890
27-09-2008, 14:41
I think you can get out of this group Mikael, good luck :thup:

MikaelS
28-09-2008, 06:28
Matches are on. Mexico was the first team:

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/8725/09282008082658lr9.jpg

A very good win. I was getting nervous in the end, but we held it. Kolbeinn is hot!

Group standings:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/8785/09282008082828uh4.jpg

MikaelS
28-09-2008, 06:55
Next up came Colombia

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/5537/09282008083848mt9.jpg

Group standings:

http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/6276/09282008084025jv7.jpg

MikaelS
28-09-2008, 06:59
Last match saw us against SA:

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/9519/09282008085513sz7.jpg

Kolbeinn is firing them away :)

Group standings:

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/2276/09282008085849ht6.jpg

So I am through to the next round :)

MikaelS
28-09-2008, 07:00
We've drawn Italy (goddammit)

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/5082/09282008085944pu1.jpg

Funny that I keep meeting the same teams. Hopefully I've learned something from the 2 qual matches against them, but it doens't look good.

MikaelS
28-09-2008, 07:20
Ths is it. I couldn't match Italy :(

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/5553/09282008091859nf7.jpg

This means that this challenge is done. It's been fun but I think I'll take a look at another challenge.

Superspursmacky
09-10-2008, 15:20
This looks a good challenge. I will have a bash with Finland and see how it goes!!!

Will keep you posted!

nerner
11-10-2008, 07:11
i think that i will try it with Moldova, will keep you posted.

threelions1goal
13-10-2008, 17:53
Never managed internationally before.

Struggling with all other challenges I've signed up for!!

May as well take Zambia into oblivion (Don't think anybody's been Zambia??)

Screenshot to follow...........!!!!!!!!

threelions1goal
14-10-2008, 20:11
Ok, I'm in and here I am, the ex-American international "Carlos Kickaball" who was unveiled as manager of...........

http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/8584/beninbosscm3.th.jpg (http://img73.imageshack.us/my.php?image=beninbosscm3.jpg)http://img73.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)Benin

Played 4 games so far and managed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations........

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/7800/qualificationxp7.th.jpg (http://img227.imageshack.us/my.php?image=qualificationxp7.jpg)http://img227.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)Qualification

In the African Nations Cup I have been drawn with the following -

Egypt, Ivory Coast, Morocco

But, for the important part of this task, after beating Burundi 5-1 on aggregate in the first round, The second round draw has put me in a group with -

Egypt (again), Mali, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe and Tunisia.

Now, thats a TOUGH group!!!

nerner
17-10-2008, 17:57
Moldova failed miserably in my test attempt.
So this time i will actually try.

haza555
19-10-2008, 18:53
Just thought you might like to know i have been quietly been going about my business with the Cape Verdean Islands, 2 draws on the bounce gave Cameroon a 1 point edge but then a stunning performance saw off Cameroon and slipped us into top spot by 2 points. With less than half the games left we have given ourselves a real chance of qualification, and if we keep up this sort of form their is no reason we can't hold Cameroon and march onto the World Cup.

PaulHartman71
19-10-2008, 19:26
haven't visited this thread since I was banned. If anyone feels the OP is wrong (if you've since failed the challenge, completed it or started it) please post in this thread.

mackemforever
19-10-2008, 20:15
now I now this has been going a long time but I am about to start with:

Cape Verde Islands

Lets see how badly I do :p

mackemforever
19-10-2008, 20:21
Infact, as I like a challege, I am taking over

Suriname

as they are the worst team on that list, ranked 161st in the world.

mackemforever
19-10-2008, 20:42
Ah, this could be hard, I don't have a single left sided player lol.

mackemforever
19-10-2008, 20:52
Just drew my first friendly 1-1 with belgium though, wasn't outplayed either, although my "star striker" missed an open goal from about 6 inches out. Emile Heskey in disguise.

MikaelS
21-10-2008, 18:25
haven't visited this thread since I was banned. If anyone feels the OP is wrong (if you've since failed the challenge, completed it or started it) please post in this thread.
Well I actually completed the challenge ;)

PaulHartman71
21-10-2008, 18:32
oh yes, I knew that ;)

I will edit the opening post accordingly :D

SamRuff04
22-10-2008, 11:17
Hi Guys i think im gonna take over Albania :thup: if that's ok!! screenshots and updates to follow due to being at work at the moment, looking forward to this challenge aint gonna be easy.:)

lolgasm
22-10-2008, 11:19
I'll be Finland if that's possible?

nerner
23-10-2008, 18:32
I am sorry, but I am ending my attempt with Moldova, due to the fact that they are terrible and I am uninstalling tomorrow in preparation for 09.

Whulfc86
16-11-2008, 21:55
Know this was for 08 but I just discovered this challenge so I'll be trying it with FM09, I've never done a challenge before but this one is very interesting!

I'll be trying it with Uganda!

PaulHartman71
16-11-2008, 21:56
good luck :thup:

i'm not sure if I will do this for FM09, but since the teams that you can use will still be the same, if anyone wants to compete this on FM09, they are more than welcome to

roberto922
16-11-2008, 22:07
Why not copy and paste this into a new thread?

PaulHartman71
16-11-2008, 22:10
bit pointless, especially since this doesn't have an 'FM08' in the title, and has 5 pages worth of posts

roberto922
16-11-2008, 22:23
It would get more people interested, most of the threads that are more than a couple of days old will be ignored due to the fact that people will instantly presume that its FM 08 only.

MachinegunHead
17-11-2008, 11:33
I say make a new one PaulHartman71, with 09 in the title.

It'll be sad to see the story of Iceland melt away like an iceberg though.

Greasy Chip Butty
17-11-2008, 21:37
Hate to be a know-it-all 'O'Hara fan' but I've noticed a problem.

Find the list of qualifiers for the World Cup in Italy in 1990. I think you might find a country that you know well!

MikaelS
20-11-2008, 20:27
Hate to be a know-it-all 'O'Hara fan' but I've noticed a problem.

Find the list of qualifiers for the World Cup in Italy in 1990. I think you might find a country that you know well!
who where when what?

Greasy Chip Butty
20-02-2009, 17:26
who where when what?

Italy

1990

World Cup

United Arab Emirates

The rules were: no team that has qualified for the World Cup previously! :cool:

http://www.planetworldcup.com/CUPS/1990/wc90statistics.html