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    Great round up Ohanzee. I do indeed remember the "Diablo" days with Orri Freyr Oskarson

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    minisav - That would be fun editing the wiki with FM stats. Looks like you're doing well, good luck.
    el sid - That Maranhao is sick. I bet he'll score 50+ for you the way you seem to get your strikers scoring. He'll score a hat-trick in the Champions League final, just wait and see
    Good luck in Ligue 2 PRDH! The club is looking strong. Kresic looks amazing.
    Good luck rlipscombe, I like those strikers. Get some old professional to tutor that Diaz, works a charm. I think almost everyone in my squad have a professional attitude now.
    Welcome and good luck brambleten.
    Congrats on promotion Polar Bear. And no, the updates can't be to long
    iavocone - The 3 non-eu in the BBVA isn't such a big issue. Get them young. Get some 17-18 year olds and by the time you have to register them they'll have a Spanish second nationality already (2 years).
    Well done staying up Liverbird93. First part done.
    Sounds like a great start DodgeeD. Vit. Guimarares is a great team!

    (edit) Hehe, yea I kinda miss Orri. Someone should add him to the database just for fun again.

    Seems I updated a bit to early, added more awards from the Champions League. Didn't realize they updated so late.

    And just got this news report! I'll have no other choice than to play another season or two now.
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    hmmm my new prodigy Oscar Juarez is now labelled the 'next Juan Roman Riquelme'.

    unfortunately he's just missed training as the media pressure is getting to him

    has been performing well so far though, bagging a great 25 yarder to get the ball rolling

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    Very nice to get a new stadium, now I am having issues loading FM10 after I quit and save to watch a movie lol, rookie mistake that one.

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    Awesome, Riquelme is brilliant! Hope he can get even half as good.

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    Well I played about a month further into my game in Turkey, I have played several friendlies, a 3-0 loss to a 1st division side with last years squad, followed by a 0-0 draw with a 2nd division side prior to the new signings joining on July 1st, then we went 2-1 over the 2nd division 3rd place from last year, then 4-0 over the 4th place 2nd Division side and then the best result so far as I took out another 1st division side 2-0, I held them out comfortably.

    Very happy with the side I have built so far, they seem quite solid have the stats in the right place, though the midfield is a little old. I will show you all the players tomorrow after work.

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    Lorca Deportiva Club de Futbol - Season 2012/13 summary - Liga Adelante

    Spanish Cup - 3rd Round: 0-1 vs Las Palmas
    Media Prediction - 22nd
    Final Position - 6th
    Final Table - Graph
    Average Attendance: 7457, down from 7512
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    Finances
    Updated Finances - Thanks to two player sales amounting to £1.6m we are in the black again \o/.

    Summary:

    The league:
    Well, where do I start, I was actually pretty pleased at the opening 1-1 draw at home to one of the better sides in Liga Adelante Rayo. Then followed three away defeats and 2 home wins which is pretty much how the first half of the season went, awful away and unbeatable at home. We picked up some very good home wins at home, but were losing at all our rivals so the head to head wouldn't go in our favour if it came to it. Basically this was the table with two games to go, however both Betis and Las Palmas would be ahead on head-to-head if we finished level. But with it being so tight we needed to win both games and hope both Betis and Las Palmas dropped points.

    Betis won and Las Palmas only drew 0-0 on Saturday. Our first game was on Sunday at home to already promoted Racing, with our excellent home record we comfortably beat them 2-0. So basically we had to win away at Huesca and hope Betis dropped points at home, coincidentally to Las Palmas. Las Palmas did their bit and that game ended 1-0, but this happened in our game. So in a nutshell we were a missed penalty AND a 90th minute own goal by our keeper away from promotion. Ah well, better luck next time eh.


    The cup:
    We were drawn at home to Cordoba in the second round and following the opening day 1-1 draw against Rayo we drew 1-1 again. The match went to penalties and we scraped through. We were drawn at home again to Las Palmas in the 3rd round but unfortunately we couldn't get revenge for the defeat there at the weekend. It turned out we lost all 3 games 1-0 to Las Palmas, that's definately an aim for next season.. beat them.

    The players:
    1. Salvatore Sirigu (GK) - Another very solid season, I don't think I'll need another keeper for the promotion push.
    2. Guillaume Rippert (DL) - Brought in for free on the advice from a board meeting, previously playing in the obscurity of Evian in France. Showed signs of why he gained French youth caps, good signing.
    3. Dorian Dervite (DC) - Made a few mistakes during the season, but otherwise was excellent again and I hope to keep him on.
    4. Rodri (DC, DMC, MC) - 33 now but still going strong, another excellent season in DMC or MC, with a high pass rate and 10 assists as well.
    5. Graham Kelly (DC) - Another very good season from Kelly, has since earned a £1m move to Hearts (my board accepted the offer on my behalf).
    6. Steve Pinau (ST) - Well, 29 goals, 10 assists and 9 MOM's, what more can I say. I hope he signs another contract.
    7. Pasquale Pinna (DMC, MC) - Played mainly in the MC role and was very good, a high passing rate and a few assists to boot.
    9. Saúl (ST) - 30 goals (1 in the cup) this season and again hope to keep hold of him because him and Pinau really are a deadly duo up front.
    12. Bastien Chantry (DR) - A good season but with transfer money available I may be able to find a better right back.
    14. Adam McDonald (AML) - Signed on a free after being released by Chelsea, still has a lot to learn but has picked up caps for Jamaica already.
    15. Julián Vara (DR, MR) - First choice on the right wing, but this is another position we could strengthen for the push for promotion.
    18. Enric Vallés (ML) - Is tutoring Adam McDonald, I'm not sure either of them is good enough for long term solutions on the left wing.
    24. Youssuf Mulumbu (DMC, MC) - An excellent free signing and did very well mainly in the DMC role he played.
    25. Lloyd Sam (AMR) - Made most of his appearances from the bench but still has a small part to play in the team.


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    Season   | Division             | Finished | Spanish Cup | Achievements
    2010/11  | Second Division B4   | 6th      | N/A         | Close to the play-offs
    2011/12  | Second Division B4   | 1st      | 2nd Round   | Second Division B overall champions
    2012/13  | Liga Adelante        | 6th      | 3rd Round   | Minutes away from promotion
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    Just a quick mid-season update.

    As you can see, things are going quite well, and I hope I can keep this up.

    Very good first season Berty, good basis for a promotion next year. Very unlucky at the end, youre taking it pretty calmly. Thats one of the more dramtic finishes i've seen.
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    Well done to everybody for making this such an enjoyable challenge.
    Have been busy over the weekend and have come back to 3 pages to catch up on!
    I have completed my fourth season and will compile a brief end of season review over the next hour or 2.

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    LLR, I didn't sign Blind Looks pretty good though, I might have a look at him a couple of years down the road

    Polar Bear, congratulations on promotion The German Second divison is much easier than it looks
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    Also looks like I'm going to have to change formation after Maranhao signs in January. Currently playing with 2 DMs, 1 CM, 2 AMCs and 1 ST. But with Demba Ba, Gignac and Maranhao, I might have to switch to 2 upfront.

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    Wow this thread has been flying in the past couple of days. Not really been in the FM mood, so haven't really been playing but should have a short season update shortly.

    Main thing I want to say is huge Congratulations to Ohanzee. Well done on completion and so fast too. Are you continuing with that save or moving onto another challenge?

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    berty that is seriously unlucky there! Minutes away from promotion . You're doing a great job with Llorca, keep it up and hopefully you'll make the Liga BBVA next year.

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    Gilbster - 2029/30 Elgin City - Scottish Premier Division - End of Season Update

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    A season that had so much promise, ended with us finishing in 4th place. Couldn't get past the European Qualifiers at all this year and the cups were a disaster. I also hadn't been given much transfer budget for the season, so couldnt get the quality in as I wanted.

    I suspect the summer will need to be a time to strengthen the squad again, and hope that I can do better in the new season.

    Sorry for the briefness, but I played the season over so many sessions, I cant remember anything!

    Career So Far

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    2010/11   Third Division     3rd         59         Lost in playoff semi final
    2011/12   Third Division     1st         77         Winner
    2012/13   Second Division    4th         56         Promoted from Playoffs
    2013/14   First Division     1st         72         Winner. Challenge Cup Winner
    2014/15   Premier Division   12th        34         Relegated
    2015/16   First Division     2nd         67
    2016/17   First Division     2nd         60
    2017/18   First Division     1st         67         Winner
    2018/19   Premier Division   7th         49         
    2019/20   Premier Division   7th         47
    2020/21   Premier Division   8th         47
    2021/22   Premier Division   7th         54         Scottish Cup Winner
    2022/23   Premier Division   4th         69         Scottish Cup Runners Up. Euro Cup 1st Knockout Rd.
    2023/24   Premier Division   1st         75         Champions!  Euro Cup 1st Knockout Rd.
    2024/25   Premier Divison    6th         52         
    2025/26   Premier Division   7th         53         League Cup Runners Up
    2026/27   Premier Division   2nd         79         Runners Up - League and Scottish Cup
    2027/28   Premier Division   3rd         69         Champions League 1st Knockout Rd
    2028/29   Premier Division   3rd         64         Scottish Cup Winners. League Cup Runners Up. Euro Cup Quarter Finals.
    2029/30   Premier Division   4th         66

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    Casa Pia Portuguese Liga Sagres 2015/16
    We were not good enough. We really struggled the entire season and we could not find any good players to bring in. I hope a year in Liga Vitalis will boost the team and give us a better foundation to build on for the future. Sorry for writing an even shorter update then usual but im not in the mood .

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    2010/11  2:nd Division C   11th  1st Rnd    N/A     NOPE
    2011/12  2:nd Division C   5th   1st Rnd    N/A     NOPE
    2012/13  2:nd Division C   4th   3rd Rnd    N/A     NOPE
    2013/14  2:nd Division C   1st   Qtr final  N/A     Champions, Promotion via playoff.
    2014/15  Liga Vitalis      2nd   4th Rnd    3rd Rnd Promotion
    2015/16  Liga Sagres       16th  3rd Rnd    2nd Rnd Relegation

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    Hope you really start getting into your game soon Lower Leagues Rule. Missing your mammoth updates.
    That's a great first season in adelante berty1978! Unlucky about being so close, but you'll get it next season for sure!
    Looking good Jobnik, hope you can snatch 1st place to make the playoffs a bit less of a toin coss.
    Aww man Uffe, that's a bummer Did you at least get some decent money from your stay in the top? Something to build on? You'll bounce right back!
    Gilbster that's a nice comeback after such a unlucky start in the qualifiers. Hope you can get a real break through next season and establish yourself in the Champions League for good.

    I'm probably gonna continue my game yes, but not at the pace I have been doing so far. Yea I know, my pace is nothing compared to Gilbster hehe, but I don't even dare to mention my "played time" on the Noja save. I might make another save as well though, but either way it'll most likely be in here. I like this thread and the nations that go with it.

    Just a interesting point. If you remember I got offered the Real Madrid job with £103M transfer budget a season and a half back. I made a backup save and I started looking at it a bit. Real Madrid have a horrible horrible squad compared to S.D. Noja. They hardly have a decent player under the age of 30. It's a wonder they are even in the top 4 to be honest. They may have got some decent additions since then in my original save, but I can understand how my b-team almost knocked them out of the cup now. I think the AI teams are really bad at building new teams when the stars they once had get old and retire.

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    Found yet another fantastic regen striker. Well didn't exactly find him, it was one of those random 'Munster are interested in signing XXX' which you get in your inbox. Turns out he is better than Gignac already
    Looking to sign him, bidding war going on though

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    PISA - End of Season 4 - 2013-14 - Review


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    Pre-Season

    My aim before the start of the season was to improve the squad so that i could potentially get a playoff spot. This was going well and i had brought in several experienced players as well as several good looking prospects that were under the age of 19.

    I was pleased with how things had gone and that i had improved my team sufficiently to achieve my aims for the season. Then my chairman got involved!!!!
    He accepted bids totaling 3.1m for my 2 main center-backs and my number 1 GK. With less than 1 week to go to the new season my optimism for the new campaign had gone.

    The board then had the audacity a couple of months later to tell me that they were disappointed at the departure of 1 of these CB's!!!!!! Like I had any choice!

    The Season

    The Season started off better than i expected as we maintained a playoff position for much of the first half of the season. My new GK and 18 year old CB proving good replacements. We then settled into 8th Position, just outside the playoffs, for many weeks before we went on an end of season surge that saw us obtain the final playoff place in 6th.

    The Season had been better than i had expected but 1 point of concern that i have is the way we seem to get demolished by some of the bigger clubs in the league. We were then drawn in the playoffs semi-final against Empoli who we had an atrocious record against.

    Before the playoffs our record against Empoli stood at 1 draw and 5 defeats with an aggregate score in these 6 games of 2 scored and 19 conceded.

    I therefore expected nothing going into the 2 legged Semi. Leg 1, went better than i expected and Leg 2 was more like what i thought was going to happen.

    The Players

    Here is my selection of players that contributed most to the teams performance this season;

    Ondrej Janecek - I had bought in Janecek for 220k from Sparta Prague as he was recommend as a player with great potential after my scouts visit to the Czech Republic. After my chairman's transfer dealing i had to put Janecek straight into the fire by promoting him to be a regular 1 team starter, a task he would perform admirably.

    Luca Arena - i had brought him in on a bosman after Juventus had let him go the previous summer but i couldn't get him to score last season. He got off to a slow start and after the best part of 12 games in his career for Pisa he had yet to score!, despite his impressive looking attributes. Then something seemed to click - maybe it was the coaches advice to get him to train on placing his shots - but he went on to score 10 key goals for the club this season.

    Divine Fonjock - Once again he was our best player for the 3rd season running and ended the season as the player with the highest av. rating and second top scorer for the club. He was again selected into the Serie B Team of the Year.


    Davide Petrachi
    - I had brought him in for 600k from Lecce to challenge and hopefully help the 20 year old Schumacher improve in the long run. But with the Chairman selling Schumacher on the day before the season started i had to rely on Petrachi as my number 1 keeper. He was sensational during the whole season and kept us in many games that we could have gone against us.

    Deniran Ortega - A record signing at 900k for the club but he chipped in with with 11 goals and 10 assists.

    Daniel Gygax - Contributed alot of Assists during the course of the season and gave the team some needed experience.

    Anduele Pryor - Once again his crossing was key to him achieving many assists this season and he also got a fair number of goals to go with it to. He has just signed a 2 year contract so hopefully there will be more to come from him.

    Borja Rubiato - Saving one of the best till last!! Borja became my first player in FM2010 to achieve 20 league goals in a season and ended the season with 26 goals in all competitions. My number 1 striker.

    Next Seasons Aims

    What i am looking for next season is to be able to compete more against the top teams in the division and not be beat by 3 or 4 goals. The key to this will be the development of my younger players (we have had our training facilities upgrade to good and our youth facilities to adequate). I also need to keep hold of our best players which could be difficult with the amount of interest i have already had to fend off.

    My GK Petrachi is possibly going to be the hardest to keep as i have turned down lots of bids for him including 1 from West Ham which resulted in him becoming unhappy at not being allowed to move clubs. His contract runs out at the end of the coming season and he wont sign a new one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by el sid View Post
    Ouch! Is that THE Ashley Cole?! What's he moved to Celtic for

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    On a positive note, I've managed to sign the other regen striker I was talking about. Screenie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Ouch! Is that THE Ashley Cole?! What's he moved to Celtic for
    It is the Ashley Cole indeed He had been signed by Man Utd when he was 31 and has now signed for Celtic at a ripe old age of 33.

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    Aww man Uffe, that's a bummer Did you at least get some decent money from your stay in the top? Something to build on? You'll bounce right back!
    No nothing really. There isn´t any money in the Portuguese League. But I´ll try to do better research during the summer and get som free quality players in. I haven´t really taken the time to do that in the past. I hope to bounce back but I´m in no hurry. When we get up to Liga Sagres next time Casa Pia will stay there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by el sid View Post
    On a positive note, I've managed to sign the other regen striker I was talking about. Screenie.
    Its the next Roque Santa Cruz! He looks quality.

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    B.C. Branco August 2014 Transfer Update

    We've had a great start to life in Liga Vitalis! As I posted yesterday, we've won our opeing three games, including away wins at the two sides relegated from Liga Sagres last season, Santa Clara and Vit. Guimarãres and a 4-1 drubbing of Feirense at home. That means we are top as the transfer window closes - long may it continue! I was also named as Manager of the Month for August.

    In the League Cup, we beat Varzim 5-2 on aggregate to advance to the 2nd Round group stage and we dispatched a non-league side 4-0 in the Portuguese Cup.

    The following players have come in, once again mainly from Italy (I have 13 Itallians on my books now!). Some are straight into the first team, the others are here to provide depth for the squad:
    Vincenzo Antonelli (MC) - I wasn't sure whether or not to sign him but the deciding factor in the end was his exceptional workrate, teamwork and influence ratings (future captain material perhaps). I haven't decided if he'll be better in the holding midfield role or a more attacking role though.
    Luca Elia (FC) - One for the future but he ended up in the team straighway due to injuries and scored 3 minutes into his debut!
    Carlo Mazzoni (DC) - another signed with the future in mind but he has impressed in his sub appearances so far.
    Moreno Todesco (MR) - signed as I lost my previous back-up winger to a free transfer in the summer. Again, good teamwork, workrate and high determination should see him reach his potential.
    João Silva (ST) - recommended by my ass man as a solution to our lack of depth up front and has worked a treat so far with 4 goals in 4 starts!

    The only player out was defender Daniel Ayala. He was a good player but I have plenty of options in defence and when I was offered 150k + 25% sell on by Lieria, I accepted without hesitation, cutting our debts down to 100k in the process.

    One more new arrival: my coaches recommended some new additions to the backroom staff, among them Luis Boa Morte! It turns out he's a fine coach as well - I'll certainly be turning to him for advice on signings and who to keep in the squad qith his JA and JP stats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Its the next Roque Santa Cruz! He looks quality.
    No way he will captain the side though "Inf = 2" haha

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    I never noticed his influence tbh

    Maranhao scores 2 on his league debut

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    Meet the new manager of Sporting Clube Farense in the Portugese Second Division North.
    I have attribute masking off because I just dont like being able to see some of the stats, I wont win the champions league because i'm crap so it wont make much difference anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by el sid View Post
    I never noticed his influence tbh

    Maranhao scores 2 on his league debut
    I just laughed at how out of sync with everything else it was lol.

    Welcome aboard Greenwhite

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    just booted up FM to try and get a bit further into the save and had a look at my reserves. he isnt much to look at in numbers, but if you look at his positions, Alexander Thamm is Captain Utility! i dont think i've ever had a player be able to play in so many positions, the most being Marquinhos or Srna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwhitearmy View Post
    Meet the new manager of Sporting Clube Farense in the Portugese Second Division North.
    I have attribute masking off because I just dont like being able to see some of the stats, I wont win the champions league because i'm crap so it wont make much difference anyway
    Welcome. Erm that's kind of the whole point of the challenge. You are expected to tick the attribute masking on when starting, defeats half the point of the challenge if you don't.

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    8 games left for me. No change to earlier predictions for Castillo. Firmly looking like a safe mid table performance this season

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    Quote Originally Posted by el sid View Post
    On a positive note, I've managed to sign the other regen striker I was talking about. Screenie.
    he looks a great little player!! i'd kill for a player like that!!

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    Hello chaps.

    I decided I fancied givin this challenge another go this year, despite my loss of interest last year (due to starting a little too late in the day). I fancied a trip into the French lower leagues to begin with, but after loading the provided save game up and then holidaying through myself, the game won't let me manage in the CFA. I go to choose the league to select a team, but the CFA option is in dark lettering and therefore unavailable. Anyone know why? It's got me stumped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Welcome. Erm that's kind of the whole point of the challenge. You are expected to tick the attribute masking on when starting, defeats half the point of the challenge if you don't.
    yes, but im **** at the game so it doesnt matter, i wont complete the challenge

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmith1989 View Post
    Hello chaps.

    I decided I fancied givin this challenge another go this year, despite my loss of interest last year (due to starting a little too late in the day). I fancied a trip into the French lower leagues to begin with, but after loading the provided save game up and then holidaying through myself, the game won't let me manage in the CFA. I go to choose the league to select a team, but the CFA option is in dark lettering and therefore unavailable. Anyone know why? It's got me stumped.
    You take one of the teams promoted from thr CFA to the National league. Glad to have someone else coming to France!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    You take one of the teams promoted from thr CFA to the National league. Glad to have someone else coming to France!
    Ah, I see. I shall get right on that then. Why include the CFA as a 'chooseable' division in the setup then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmith1989 View Post
    Ah, I see. I shall get right on that then. Why include the CFA as a 'chooseable' division in the setup then?
    I honestly don't know. It seems a bit ridiculous doesn't it.

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    While trailing a few players for Pau FC i had this guy join for a week Yeh! I know he is dreadful but do you think it would be worth signing him just for the sake of having a player with a great name and country of origin?

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    Pau FC - French National


    So, after last years dismal effort, I dip my toes in to the murky waters of the French lower leagues to compete in this years 'Small Club to Big Club Euro Nation Challenge'. Not knowing much about lower league French sides, I just took randomly chose out of the promoted sides and I was handed Pau FC.

    A Brief History

    Founded in 1957, Pau Football Club are a semi-professional French club currently playing in the French National. The club play their home games at Stade du Hameau and possess average training facilities and an adequate youth setup. The Pau FC reserve team play at Ousse des Bois. The club is affectionately known as Les Jaunes et Bleus.

    Having enjoyed success as recently as 2010, Les Jaunes et Bleus are a club with a growing history. Pau FC won the French 4th tier for the only time in 2010.

    Stade du Hameau

    Located in Pau, the stadium is multi-purpose. It's main use is as a rugby union pitch as the home ground of Section Paloise. It has a capacity of 13,966. A decent size.

    The City of Pau

    Pau is located in the very South of France. It's found on the Northern edge of the Pyrenees. Alphonse de Lamartine said: "Pau has the world's most beautiful view of the earth just as Naples has the most beautiful view of the sea." Pau was the place of the very first race to be called a Grand Prix in 1901. Interesting.
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    So here's my manager profile. Progress will be slow for the time being. I have plenty of uni work to be seeing to, but i'll get FM-time here and there. So, let's begin. Wish me luck!

    EDIT: Just found out i've been handed a £22k transfer budget, and a £17.25k wage budget which i'm £3k under. Not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmith1989 View Post



    EDIT: Just found out i've been handed a £22k transfer budget, and a £17.25k wage budget which i'm £3k under. Not too bad.















    I wish i had been handed that the board only gave me £15.5k wage budget. What did you say that you would be attempting to finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashman\'s School Days View Post
    I wish i had been handed that the board only gave me £15.5k wage budget. What did you say that you would be attempting to finish?
    I went for mid-table. It sounds a little optimistic perhaps, but that's the loest I could choose. Although, if i'd even gone for winners they would have only put my wage budget up by about £5k I think it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmith1989 View Post
    I went for mid-table. It sounds a little optimistic perhaps, but that's the loest I could choose. Although, if i'd even gone for winners they would have only put my wage budget up by about £5k I think it was.
    Oh right I think that was higher than I went with, however, I have found that the squad I inherited at Pau was quite good but it was just ageing, so mid-table is achievable (not that I can achieve that)

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    Homework stoppe much play tonight

    Did get 1 game. Dresden 1 - 4 Darmstadt.

    We raced into a 3 goal lead. Hattrick from Baufeldt including 2 free kicks. Then they equalised just before half time. I was expecting the worst. Said I was thrilled at half time and then held onto that until the 80th minue when Lechlriter scored to make it 4.

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    Welcome aboard Tom, good to see you back. Best of luck with Pau . If you can find anyone with a name as good as Yeh Ningjing then you'll have done something right

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    Des Tiny's Afyonkarahisarspor
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    Pre-Season Update

    The Games

    We started against our U20s and thrashed them 4-0, though that showed nothing as I had two more games before our new signings joined the club. First against 1st Division Karabukspor, they thrashed us 3-0 and showed me how much I needed to lift the team. Then we had 2nd Division Beykozspor come to our ground and it went through at 0-0. Following what I saw here I was glad for the new signings on July 1st, I will show these below, but here are the games after that.

    We travelled to 2nd Division side K. Marasspor and defeated them 2:1 away, this was a sign of things to come as we then had 2nd Division Goztepe come to town and sent them packing with a huge 4:0 victory which included a lovely hattrick by our now captain, he finished it off with a Penalty late in the game. Samsunspor of the 1st Division were the next side to come for a visit and I sent the boys out with no pressure and was rewarded with a huge 2:0 victory. Then with the last couple of games were only three days apart I was not surprised to lose 0:1 & draw 2:2 against 2nd Division competitiors. Luckily I have a month to get the team in order before the season starts.

    The Players

    I signed a large number of players and have ended up 3k over my wage budget, but I do have a team I think is very capable, the core eighteen are below.

    GK - Soner Sahin
    DR - Fatih Kilickaya
    DL - Musat Saray
    DC - Umit Kale
    DC - Tuncay Selcuk
    MR - Halit Koprulu
    ML - Cuneyt Yils
    MC - Abdulvahit Karacabey (vc)
    MC - Ilyas Kahraman (c)
    ST - Mehmet Albayrak
    ST - Ufuk Balturk

    Subs: Serkan Guney, Haydar Koc, Tarik Bukay, Salim Kaya, Mahmut Kariklar, Recai Yakut, Baris Aydin.

    That is my squad, pretty happy with them and really I am aiming for something around midtable this season and will try to improve from there maybe swapping out some of the 30+ players after a season or two.


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    Well my promise that I thought I was showing went out the door in my first two away games of the season, we had the most possession in both games, we just seemed to struggle to make it count at the other end. We lost both of them 2-0, not very happy so far, but I will keep fighting tomorrow.

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    Bad start to the season Des but you have a promising squad there. I particularly like your captain! Also your kit is just awesome

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    An interesting choice of players LLR: your goalie's surname translates as 'Hawk', one of your centre backs (Kale) translates as 'Castle' (coupled with 'Palace' at left back ), and your captain is a 'Hero'

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    Haha! That's quality. A goalie called Hawk and captain as Hero

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    What do you all think of the backroom advice feature? Generally, I've been happy with it (found a couple of good players and staff members from there as well as tips for dealing with upcoming opponents) but there are a couple of annoying bits: I have a left back with a corner-taking stat of 18 and crossing 10 and they always tell me he shouldn't be taking corners! I also have a new Italian striker who's struggling to settle so they always recommend buying another Italian player to make him feel more at home - but I have 14 Italians at the club already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DodgeeD View Post
    What do you all think of the backroom advice feature? Generally, I've been happy with it (found a couple of good players and staff members from there as well as tips for dealing with upcoming opponents) but there are a couple of annoying bits: I have a left back with a corner-taking stat of 18 and crossing 10 and they always tell me he shouldn't be taking corners! I also have a new Italian striker who's struggling to settle so they always recommend buying another Italian player to make him feel more at home - but I have 14 Italians at the club already!
    i agree with you. some of the suggestions seem crazy i tend to pick and choose at the advice really. it wasn't much cop for the first couple of seasons because my Ass man and coach almost always disagreed with each other anyway!!

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    LLR - looks like you've got some decent players there for the Afys.... hopefully you'll be able to achieve your mid-table position.

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    Last edited by Jobnik; 24-11-2009 at 13:49.

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    I like your centre mids LLR, but my experience with Kickers made me very wary of having too many older players. Although my two big signings so far in preparation for Bundesliga 2 are both veterans.

    Nice one Jobnik, I can't recall the last time I had a player get five in a match.

    The stuff I like from backroom advice is when they recommend a tutor or a PPM (well, sometimes - I ignore their recommendations for players to be encouraged to dive into tackles!), players to scout and opposition dangermen. I completely ignore the stuff about forthcoming opponents not liking to play against a slow tempo etc.

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    Juan Baldomero's...

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    The "finding our feet" Edition


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    Predicted Finish: 22nd

    Squad
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    Season Ticket Holders - 112 (last year 110)
    Estimated Value - £5.25m (up by £950k)

    The Generalities...

    Much more enjoyable year at the club. We turned professional at the beginning of the season making it far easier to attract Liga Adelante quality to the club. The board also improved both the training and youth facilities for us, indicating their ambition. Hopefully we'll see a decent batch of youngsters this summer.

    The Players...

    Dario - one of our 2 foreigners, did really well at RB this year. Has firmly made the position his own.

    Serafin Gago - the youngster has improved loads this season and really looks a great prospect! Won the Euro U21 Championship with Spain in the summer. Being retrained as a CB too.

    Carlo Amodio - a great year again from Amodio. The only player to end with an average rating over 7. Scored a couple of free kicks and was by and large less of a threat to our own goal, conceding just the 1 penalty this year.

    Oscar Juarez - The new Riquelme didn't exactly set the league alight this season but did show some promise. I'm retraining him as an AMC so hopefully once he gets going there he'll find his feet.

    Alberto Merola - mixed season for the main man. Sustained a couple of injuries early on that forced him to miss about 3 months of the season. Came back and looked back to his best but our late season dip in form coincided with his goalless streak.

    Giorgou Athanasiou - Left back did fairly well in his debut year. Doesn't average a great rating but is tough to beat due to his pace. Made his first appearance for Greece too.

    Average Attendance: 3405 (last year 2226)
    Fans Player of the Year: Carlo Amodio
    My Player of the Year: Carlo Amodio


    The League Campaign...

    A bit up and down throughout the year as we threatened briefly to chase promotion. However when faced with the stronger sides in the division we tended to come unstuck, receiving a couple of drubbings on the road. Nonetheless 13th was a fine season for us and establishes ourselves in the 2nd tier of Spanish football. This is now our record high finish.

    Hercules went straight back up and at the foot of the table you'll notice that fairly big side Rayo Vallecano have dropped down to the 3rd tier. May try to poach a few players from them.

    I have been running the top flight on full detail, to get the most accurate results from the Liga BBVA. Real Madrid romped to their 2nd consecutive title over Barca. No real surprises this year, Valladolid, Osasuna and Tenerife will be joining us next year in the Liga Adelante.

    The Copa del Rey...

    Did alright this year, defeating Celta Vigo away from home to make the 2nd round. Frustratingly though we lost to Castillon 2-1 at home, despite taking the lead. Shame to not go on a longer run again this year.

    Other Stuff...
    Club Info

    Best XI
    Best XI Overall

    The U19s came 11th out of 16 - dropped a position this year.

    The youth facilities are being improved again to the tune of £400k.

    The Plan...

    Summer again should be interesting. We have plenty of room in the wage budget as well as lots of money in the bank to bring in some new faces. If we can improve on last year's first eleven, there is no reason why we can't get right up there. I'd expect us to at least improve on 13th, given a productive transfer window.

    Progress so far...

    Code:
    Season   Division          Position     Achievements
    2010/11  2nd Division B1   15th         N/A
    2011/12  2nd Division B1   12th         N/A
    2012/13  2nd Division B1   8th          N/A
    2013/14  2nd Division B1   13th         N/A
    2014/15  2nd Division B1   10th         N/A
    2015/16  2nd Division B1   2nd          Lost in 2nd Round of Playoff Phase, Quarters of Federation Cup
    2016/17  2nd Division B1   3rd          Promoted via the Playoffs
    2017/18  Liga Adelante     18th         Survived
    2018/19  Liga Adelante     13th         N/A


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    has anyone scored a quicker goal? http://tinypic.com/r/w6pk6e/6

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Wiz View Post
    has anyone scored a quicker goal? http://tinypic.com/r/w6pk6e/6
    20 seconds is my best so far

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    Very nice season there Iacovone slow and steady is the way to make sure you get through this. Oscar Juarez looks good, but I would've been disappointed with his numbers for the season, hopefully he lives up to expectations next year and you can build towards the top of the league.

    My fastest goal for Elgin was 22s. Nice to see some translations there Dodgee, now hopefully I can get them to score some goals in the future, I cannot win the league if I lose every game 2-0 haha.
    I love the Backroom advice, but agree sometimes it makes no sense, a DR and I am told to make him get forward as often as possible, and a MC to run down left...hang on...

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    so close - League Table

    full season roundup to follow

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    Shame G-Wiz Good luck with next season.

    Got a player back from injury and made a couple of signings so I can actually have 7 subs. Bloody 4 U23 Germans rules. Especially as I signed non-German U23 players

    Although my back-up GK is now ex-Man Utd Ron-Robert Zieler

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    Someone else has Ron-Robert Zieler...PRDH perhaps?

    There are so many annoying little caveats in the rules for each country. U23 players in Second Div B in Spain screwed me over for a while. Now its the only 2 non-EU players that **** me off!

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    It would be fine but the German rule caught me out. Got a couple of good players though including back-up/now first choice due to injury right back.

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    Just get promoted minisav, none of that in Bundesliga 2!

    I ended up making some useful looking signings, and shipping quite a few out, as well as having a big coaching staff revamp - full pre-season report later. And I'm ecstatic - in the 5th season I've started here I finally have a team entered into the German Cup!

    My fastest goal is 25 sec, so G-Wiz still has the honour.

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    Well after 7 games I'm 2nd with the best GD in the league.

    Last 5 results: 1-1, 3-0, 4-1, 4-1, 5-1



    Only loss so far was first game against current leaders Aue. They also continually sign players that I want

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    I finally got a half decent youth prospect through \o/

    He's got 3 star potential so not fantastic but finally after 9 batches of youth players we have someone more than half a star . May just play him to boost the reputation of the academy

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    Next up, Wehen away. Aue have lost to Dresden so I could go top \o/

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    Looks like you're making good steady progress iacovone.

    I'm sure you'll get more funny translations as you get further into the game in Turkey LLR. At one point last year, I had an academy regen called Inanc (faith) on the right wing and a Chilean called Jésus on the left. :P Plus, I had a wonderkid striker called Dede, which translates as 'grandad' or 'old man'.

    I'm past the halfway point now in my debut season in Liga Vitalis (played 17 out of 30 games) and I am somehow top of the league! 2 points clear of my old 2nd Division nemesis Boavista and 5 points clear of the chasing pack.... I'm grinding out lots of Stoke City style 1-0 wins with the odd thrashin thrown in for good measure but I'm worried about the consequences of going up so soon, especially after the tough time Uffe had.

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    We lost 1-0 to a 90th minute 'powerful effort'

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    Not guilty on the Ron-Robert Zieler front.

    I've got 11 games left this season. I'm currently in 13th and 13 points above the relegation zone so fingers crossed I'll survive this season.

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    Angri - 2011/2012 - End of Season Review

    Serie C1/B
    Media Prediction: 18th
    Actual Position: 6th

    Season Ticket Holders: 256
    Estimated Value: 300k

    A season for consolidation turned into a very good season in my eyes, just missing out on a playoff place, which would've been far beyond my expectations for my first season in Serie C1/B.

    Player-wise, i took this season as a chance to try and bring in some fresh blood, some younger blood, and at the same time improve the squad. A lot of the squad from the last few years arent up to the level required for this year, so there were a number of fresh faces brought in.

    The main additions are:

    Mamadou Traore Burkina Faso international, arrived on a free in january and averaged 7.12 in his 12 appearances

    Marko Nikolic Serbian CB, averaged 7.15 in 22 appearences, scoring 1 goal

    Farid Lemaire Belgian midfielder, brought in to partner Tranchina, due to last years player of the year Giandomenico retiring

    Giacomo Lepri young winger, chipped in with 4 goals and 6 assists in the last campaign

    Robert Feczesin striker brought in to replace Bueno, who struggled with injury and fitness most of the season, with a return of 9 goals and 9 assists, not the greatest

    Diego Ripamonti young striker, one for the future, but has great potential in my eyes, scored 3 goals in his 8 appearances

    Average Attendance: 3079
    Fans Player of The Year: Antonino Tranchina - joint top scorer from midfield, with 12 goals, overall standout performer throughout the season


    All in all a season of change, which so nearly turned into something more. However, the plan going forward has to be to try and gel the new players into the team and hope to build on the encouraging performance from this season. Hoping to add some firepower to the squad as well, as the strikers arent quite firing on all cylinders



    Im sure ive missed some details but that'll do for now lol

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    Flashman's School Days - Pau FC - Season Summary 10/11

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    Actual - 10th
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    The Season

    The league was a bit inconsistent for the team mainly due to the inept performances up front at times, also various members of the defence decided to have a giggle with their side-competition of 'who could make the worst mistake'.

    We started the season with quite a few good results and we picked up points here and there, then we hit the self-destruction button with no win in 9 in the league and it sent me flirting with relegation places for quite a while and we never really looked like getting too far away. However, our form became sporadic but not disastrous and most games we had loads of chances with little if any converted. So with a 10th placed finish secured with 2 games to go was a good achievement I felt.

    We dropped out of the cup in the 8th round on penalties which was one round short of what was expected.

    Players

    I've decided to give screenshots of the players that were involved the most because i used almost everyone in the squad at one time or another.

    GK - Jacky Leglib - Club Icon, starting keeper, almost ever-present. Not the greatest but he is solid, I signed a couple of young keepers for replacement because he is getting on.

    DR - Julien Labat - Club captain, born in Pau and never played for anyone but Pau. Only became a regular towards the second half of the season.

    DR - Philippe Billy - One of my summer signings, when I signed him he became the number one right back, however, I decided for a switch back to the club captain and Billy only made a few more appearances, mainly for injuries.

    DL - Sylvain Meslien - Main choice left back, only missed 2 games, pretty solid, didn't do too badly, didn't set the world alight, just signed another left back who the scouts say is twice as good so possibly won't figure much next season.

    D/WB/AML - Omar Belbachir - Only made starts when injuries hit, but almost ever-present on the bench.

    DC - Sashi Chalwe - Star defender, Zambia captain and gave great solid performances, finishing with an average rating of 7.13. Possibly my best signing and he didn't cost a penny.

    DC - Joris Sainati - Was Chalwe's partner in defence up until January, didn't do much wrong but a replacement was signed in the January transfer window.

    DC - Yohann Collet - The only signing that cost me money, and it bust the whole of the transfer kitty, the transfer was confirmed midway through the first half of the season and joined in January, his stats are quite good to be a solid DC but he seems a little bit prone to make errors, this could be his inexperience however.

    MR - Klever Manuel Chala - 83 caps for Ecuador and thought he would be able to dominate the right wing, however, didn't show the class that he could have done and at the age of 39, I doubt he will be playing much next season.

    ML - Kevin Barralon - Did well on the left wing, chipped in with a few goals from direct FK's which were in games that we came away from with points.

    MC - Nicolas Cami - Another Club Icon. Easily the heart and soul of midfield, also very consistent, a player that I really like.

    MC - Johann Paul - Second half of the season regular after I decided Moreno wasn't producing what I wanted him to.

    MC - Alexandre Moreno - 33 years old and his age started telling in his performances after being a regular in the first half of the season.

    AM/FC - Anthony Bral - I thought I was signing him as a back-up striker, however, in 31 starts he managed to grab 16 goals and 8 assists. Despite this his finishing at times were so shocking it surprised me he managed to get as many as he did.

    ST - Malik Rouag - Despite not possessing the greatest of stats after chopping and changing players up front I decided he would be a first choice with Bral, and he managed to repay my faith with a good goals/game ratio.

    AM/FC - Antoine Sibierski - The biggest name signing of pre-season and with his stats I expected a lot but the games that he did feature he was possibly the worst flop I have ever had on any FM. Also missed the only penalty in the shoot-out where we were eliminated from the French Cup.

    Other Players

    Just thought I would update on Yeh Ningning's progress, only started twice, which were the two games after being guaranteed safety.

    I have a certain player called Bruno N'Gotty on the books but at 39 he only appeared in the last game mainly because his pace is now 1.

    I expect a lot of different players in the next couple of years because I have 9 players 33 or over.

    Plans For Next Season

    Next seasons plans are to find a prolific forward that can give us victories in those close games. Also I would like to pick up some sort of form and finish with more points than this season.

    If you would like any other screenies just ask

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    Unlucky season there G-Wiz, good luck for next season. I really like the look of Ripamonti he would be my kind of striker!

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    Surprise surprise, Antoine Sibierski was voted the worst signing of the season!!

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    Haha that's pretty funny FSD. I think it was Gilbster who had him at Elgin and did really well. Solid season there with Pau

    G-Wiz you've had a great year there despite just missing out on the playoffs.

    Season number 10 is underway at Castillo and I'm really pleased with the squad so far. Its slightly smaller than last year but has much better depth of quality. We have two new strikers to play up top with Merola - Axel Elgh and Vaselin Georgiev. Both going to be useful this season.

    We romped to a storming 3-0 win away at Mallorca in the first game of the season so signs are good. 2nd game was away to Numancia in the cup and it just got ridiculous. 1-0 up, 2-1 down, 2-2, 4-2 down, 4-4, ET, 5-4 to us

    Free scoring Castillo this season!

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    any pointers on how to generate some income, finances arent looking too healthy...no money for investment, and short of selling my highest valued players im struggling for ways to reduce my debts

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    Came at a cost though, Alberto 'Made of Glass' Merola broke his wrist and (for the 2nd season in a row) will miss the 2 first months of the season.

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    Fan's Player of the Year and Zambia captain Sashi Chalwe has been sold over my head!

    Even if we do have financial difficulties did we have to sell our best player for a fraction of the price we could have done!

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    Stella - Good season, so close. Next year for sure.
    brambleten - That's gotta be a record in versatility on Thamm. Never seen that many since CM2 I Think. Last one I remember was a guy on IFK Göteborg back then. Alexandersson or something like that. Think he could play ever position except goalkeeper.
    el sid - That's another amazing looking regen there.
    tomsmith - Nice to see you here, good luck.
    LLR - Nice squad (with nice names hehe), good luck on your season!
    Jobnik - Nice one on the 5 goals. Are you also playing with a lone striker?
    iacovone - Good season. I still think Oscar Juarez will become really good. Good luck this year.
    G-Wiz - So close, next season is the one. Like the Serbian center back, those guys are usually tough as rock.
    DodgeeD - That sounds great. Crossing fingers for back to back promotions!
    Flashman - Good season, better than predicted is always good. To bad about the captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohanzee View Post
    G-Wiz - So close, next season is the one. Like the Serbian center back, those guys are usually tough as rock.
    yeah im hoping ive found my very own vidic! lol trying to build the backbone for the future, this coming season is gonna be very important for the development of the team

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    AM/FC - Antoine Sibierski - The biggest name signing of pre-season and with his stats I expected a lot but the games that he did feature he was possibly the worst flop I have ever had on any FM. Also missed the only penalty in the shoot-out where we were eliminated from the French Cup.

    I had him in my squad and he was absolutely useless, he dropped to 5th best striker by the start of season 2.

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    Wow, Gilbster, in 2030 already , shame you couldn't stay in the top 2 there.
    Unlucky Uffe, you can bounce straight back.
    Well unlucky StellaF1, Empoli really are a bogey team, at least they aren't there next season.
    GL with Pau Tomsmith...
    LLR - I always say don't take over a team with a name you can't pronounce , Good luck with them.
    Good progression iacovone and with a healthy balance the only way is up (hopefully).
    Good season G-Wiz, very unlucky to miss out on the play-offs though.
    Solid first season FSD, Sibierski looks like the real deal, pacey striker.

    Speaking of pacey strikers check out this pair of golden oldies both playing for Vecindario: Yordi and Carsten Janker, both 39 years old and pace and acceleration of 1.

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    Sibierski was fine for me in the first season or two. Maybe the rest of my squad was just worse than yours though!

    I cant find any consistency at all in thsi game, which is what is making it harder for me to play. I am either really really good for a few games, or just dont bother turning up. We just dont seem to care at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohanzee View Post
    Jobnik - Nice one on the 5 goals. Are you also playing with a lone striker?
    Nope, in that match the Aridane played as a supporting target man with another striker alongside playing as a paocher.

    Season update to follow shortly.

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    S.D Noja December update

    Summer transfer window went by real quick as I got the one man I wanted, Félix D'Agostino. He was bought from Real Madrid after activating a £7M release clause. I tried to buy two years ago, when he was at Reals B (or C?) side Castilla, but Real decided to take him up to their first team squad and that was it for his interest. Two years later he finally joined us. He didn't get a lot of playing time in Reals first team and wanted a new challenge. I'm pleased, although he hasn't exactly set the world on fire just yet. He's gonna be a leading star eventually if my favorite scout knows what he's talking about. At the moment he's playing second string to Vlcek though.

    Our only player out (except youngsters with no talent beeing released) was Marco Pepe to At. Madrid for a £8M fee (up front), meaning we actually earned £500K up front this summer. Marco never got into our first team, to bad cause he was talented, but he just never took off.

    We lost in the Spanish Super Cup this year. 2-2 away and a 3-1 loss at home to Barcelona. I was experimenting with transforming my tactic to a 442 and it didn't really work. So for the European Super Cup we where back to our normal 4321 and we beat Manchester City 4-1.

    Our Champions League group this year was A.C. Milan, Stuttgart and Olympiakos. I was expecting a tough group when we drew 0-0 at home to Milan, but in the end it was nothing like that. Milan drew every game except their home game against us, and didn't even qualify for the next round. We won the group easily and are facing more greek opposition next, Panathinaikos.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE RESULTS
    
    A.C. Milan	(H)	0-0 draw
    Olympiakos	(A)	3-0 win
    Stuttgart	(H)	3-0 win
    Stuttgart	(A)	3-2 win
    A.C. Milan	(A)	3-2 win
    Olympiakos	(H)	2-1 win
    We've also won the World Club Championship. It was a big let down as usual, the quality of the teams you meet is abysmal. We where entered into the semi-final against hosts Al-Ahly of Egypt. A comfortable 6-0 win ensured our place in the final, where New York Red Bulls of the United States where beaten 3-0.

    We've lost two games so far in the league. Both away, to Barcelona and Real Madrid. Even so, Barcelona are just 1 point behind us, and we can't really afford any sort of slip up. It's scary how good they are compared to the rest of the league at the moment. Although it all seem to be resting on their super striker Troost.

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    Haha Yordi was good for me in my first season, he was one of the starters when he wasn't injured.
    As for not being able to pronounce the club name...ummm...Its funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohanzee
    brambleten - That's gotta be a record in versatility on Thamm. Never seen that many since CM2 I Think. Last one I remember was a guy on IFK
    i decided i should stick him in the first team for a bit to see if he was any good, so he went in at DC and has been playing well, with 3 goals in 7 starts, all from corners. i think he can stay

    speaking of goals, im very impressed with my team here - Mannheim vs Dresden. this is the best comeback i have had so far

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    UD Merida Season Review 2011/12
    1st in Segunda Division B Grupo 4 (pred: 8th) | Transfers | Finances | Graph



    The Team

    The season started with the following message, which meant I will have trouble signing good new players, as the wage budget dropped significantly, and I was not allowed to sign players & staff on full time contracts.

    The squad basis stayed from last season. No major players left us, and I’ve managed to sign some pretty good players before we turned semi-pro, with the major ones being a young duo who arrived from Inter: Serbian attacking midfielder Alen Stevanovic, and striker Aiman Napoli.

    Other important signings were Italian/French defender Sebastien Fischetti , who arrived from Marseille, as well as left winger Pedro Mosquera , who arrived from Real Madrid.

    The formation stayed pretty much the same as last year, with slight tweaks for certain games throughout the season. The defense was very strong, and we only conceded 26 goals in 38 regular season matches.

    GK Tom Papin, who arrived from Monaco, played for most of the season. In addition I had young Italian GK Alberto Serafini, who I signed last season as backup. Towards the end of the season I’ve noticed Serafini has improved much more than Papin, and unless I will find a super keeper during the transfer window, Serafini will start as our first pick keeper next year.

    DR Our captain Kevin Debris, who took control of the position during last season, never let go and was one of the more stable players throughout the season. Santiago Villafane, who arrived from Boca last season, and young Australian Doug Mort, were used as cover. One of the 2 backups will be sold / released, If not both of them.

    DL Paolo Marchi played for most of the season, but he had a couple drops of form throughout the season, so young Andrea Di Palma also received quite a few chances. Jose Mari barely played and will probably be sold / released.

    DC Youngster Daniel Ayala, Who was signed last year continued his good form, and alongside with Fischetti made a very strong center of defense. David Lomban Was signed from Valencia was a very decent cover for them. Others who could play at the position were Raul Sanchez , as well as youngsters Di Palma and Mort, who were mentioned previously.

    DMC Espolita, who was signed last season played for most of the season. Youngster Koke who was signed from Atletico Madrid last season, improved nicely throughout the season and also got his fare share of matches. Jose Canas, who was brought in from Betis barely played, and will probably be sold / released. Fischetti also played some matches at the position.

    AML Giuseppe Giovinco, who was signed in last season from Juventus, began the season on the left wing, but was overthrown during some point at the season by Mosquera . Adrian Barba, who was brough in from Zaragoza, and retrained to play at the position, was injured for most of the season, and will probably be sold / released.

    AMR Claudio kept the position through most of the season, and was again one of my better players. Giovinco, Stevanovic, and Napoli, also played a few matches at the position.

    AMC I honestly thought I could get one last good season from Federico Magallens, but although his technical and mental stats look crazy, he was just not producing. Stevanovic was the key player at the position. Giovinco and by Mosquera also played a few matches at the position.

    SC Aridane and Napoli began the season up front. But after a good beginning Napoli stopped producing, and back in was brought Aridane’s partner from last season Goran Maric, who ended up being my most productive striker. Another player who received a few matches isStefano Di Fabio, who’s stats improved greatly, but still didn’t produce anything special.

    The Season
    The League
    I’ve had control of the division almost throughout the league, as you can see in the Graph. I completely took control of the 1st place on day 16, and never looked back. Although I’ve had some bad periods throughout, especially when I had to secure my championship (3 straight without a win), it was very good overall and my superiority was felt clearly in most games.
    Copa del Rey
    Lost in the 1st round to Melilla.

    Copa RFEF
    Reached the quarter final using only substitute players, and eventually lost to a very strong Las Palmas.

    Main matches:
    The season started off with a Bang- A match that was a true sign of the forthcoming season.
    Other important matches were against 2nd placed Jean, who I beat twice: 3:0 at home, and in my best match of the season 4:0 away.
    Another nice victory was away to title contenders Granada. Before our 5:0 win over Aguilas, striker Aridane watches Tottenham’s match Vs. Wigan and got jealous.

    In the playoffs I’ve faced Alcorcon in the semi final of the 1st phase. As last year against Ferro, my inexperience cost me the tie. I’ve beat them comfortably at home in the 1st match. In the reply it was even at half time, and then the beginning of the 2nd half I’ve received 3 quick goals. Once again, it seemed as if the team felt of the pitch. It ended like this, which meant I went to the 2nd phase of the playoff.
    In the 2nd phase 2nd round I’ve faced Roquetas, who were only 1 of 4 teams to beat me during the regular season. I struggled a bit in the 1st leg, but had an easier time in the 2nd leg.

    In the 3rd round I’ve face Lugo, whom I beat twice to sum up the season with a sweat taste: 3:1 away and 2:1 at home.

    Aims at the beginning at the season

    1. After a season of acclimation, my main goal is without a doubt getting the promotion to Liga Adelante- Check! We are the Champions!
    2. Improving the squad in a few key positions, mainly in the defensive part- Still some work here. We got Fischetti, but still could add some quality here.
    3. Improving my financial situation, which is quite poor at the moment- Failed. We are still 1M in the red.
    4. Building an infrastructure ready for Liga Adelante: facilities, back room staff and players. I don't want to go back down if I do go up- Also still some work to do. I believe my squad, if with no additions, will survive Liga Adelante. But surviving is not all I want. I will defiantly also look into bulking up my backroom and improving facilities.

    Aims for the next season

    1. 3 of the 4 clubs relegated from Liga Adelante only got promoted this year, and went straight back down. The 4th got promoted the year before-I don’t want this to happen to me! I need to bring in some more quality to the squad. As I said in the previous part, I believe my squad is good enough to survive, but I want more.
    2. Finally get out of the red and stabilize my finances. Hopefully this will allow me to improve facilities.
    3. Top 10 finish in Liga Adelante.
    4. Getting my professional status back.
    5. Bringing in some top class youth players, which will be ready for first team football by the time I hopefully reach La Liga.

    Code:
    Season	|League	|Position	|S-Cup	|RFEF	|Europe	|Notes
    10/11	|2D-B4	|4th	        |N/A	|N/A	|N/A	|Lost in the playoff
    11/12	|2D-B4	|1st	        |1st rnd|Q.final	|Champions! Promoted
    12/13	|LIGAa	|?	        |?	|?	|?	|?
    
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    2D-B4 = Second Division B4 | RFEF = Copa Federacion | S-Cup = Spanish Cup
    LIGAa = LIGA adelante | LBBVA = LIGA BBVA |
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    I hope some of you read and enjoy the reviews. Anyway, if there is something missing, something you want me to add, or any other suggestions, your are more than welcome to offer!
    Last edited by Jobnik; 26-11-2009 at 07:15.

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    congrats on the promotion Jobnik... good luck next season in Liga Adelante.

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    Grats on promotion Jobnik. Your Fischetti links point me to Napoli instead of him by the way. Giovinco, is that the brother of Sebastian I wonder. If he's half that player he'll be great. You got some great left wingers, Mosquera looks brilliant as well. Good luck in adelante!

    My season is going great. We're on our way to the Champions League semi finals after beating Lyon 5-1 at home. We easily knocked out Panathinaikos winning 2-1 away and 2-0 at home. League is going great as well as Barcelona have had a really bad patch. They are 13 points behind now with just 8 games left. And my b-team are in the Spanish Cup final, although they are gonna play Barcelona so I doubt they'll win it.

    I've also been offered the job as Brazil manager and taken it (since I'm done with the challenge anyways). They actually have the confederations cup coming up pretty soon. Dunno how long I'll keep it up though, I'm considering starting a new game in some other country instead and at least take a break from Noja.

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    that's not a bad season that Ohanzee. Brazil job is quite an honour too. As for a potential new gaem, we wait with baited breath!!

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    Right. I've finished my first Ligue 2 season. Ended it in 11th. Pretty pleased all round. Unfortunately my chairman is setting about selling off most of the winning team whenever a bid comes in despite having a healthy balance of over £3million.

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    Sounds like a season to build upon PRDH.

    We just played Manchester United at Old Trafford. Safe to say we have more than one foot in the final. They didn't even create a single clear cut chance. Even better is that Olympiakos and Galatasaray are playing in the other semi final. The big teams are falling like flies.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    Ohanzee - I've mentonited in the first season review that Giuseppe is the younger brother of Sebastian. Don't think he's even half as good, but he still was decent for Segunda B. I've also fixed the Fischetti links.

    Congrats on the Brazil job. That's quite a journey from Segunda B to Brazil in 11 years.

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    Sorry Jobnik I must have missed that. I do try to click through all the screenshots and read it all, but this thread is growing like bamboo. He looks a great player for that level at least

    At least these games against Man Utd are entertaining. I don't get why they still use Welbeck, Ljajic and Evans though. They are old and nowhere near good enough any more. Even though Evens scored against us. We're always crap at defending corners anyways.

    Galatasaray awaits in the final. They don't have half the quality of Man Utd, but they play a 442 diamond. Still think we should be favorites to win it. They actually knocked Barcelona and Porto out though.

    --edit--
    Champions league final: stats | more

    There was never really any doubt. Filippo Ferri who lost out on last years final really wanted this one. He scored a hat-trick putting him at 39 goals in 35 starts this season. He's had a couple of minor injuries again. Wish he could play 50 games one season just to see how many he'd score.

    I really don't understand how Galatasaray got so far. It's interesting that so far we have not met a single Spanish team in our 3 years in European competitions. Barcelona and Real Madrid seem to be the only two teams that give us real trouble right now. I guess you can say we've been lucky to not meet either of them, but we've beaten some big teams to.
    Last edited by Ohanzee; 25-11-2009 at 22:46.

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    Nice going Jobnik, and a good writeup.

    Ohanzee, why don't you go back to the bottom in your save and restart the challenge with a new promoted team? Then you could keep an eye on how Noja do under new management

    Poor start to the season for us, hopefully I can steady the ship.

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    Board are in the process of selling the third player of the window without my input. We are £4.05M in the black. All my chairman sees with the good players I've brought in are £££ he doesn't seem to want me to build a team. Without sounding arrogant, I've done pretty well in the transfer market so far, but having to replace players at short notice really isn't helpful. I feel like I'm having the rug pulled out from underneath me. I seem to be having less luck with getting players in so far this season too. Last year I picked up Kresic et al all fairly cheaply. Fingers crossed I'll find people before the end of the window.

    I know this is pretty vague but I want to get the season report done (I'm planning to do it tomorrow evening) before I start talking about who's leaving.

    Needless to say, I'm feeling a bit agravated at the moment!

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    My Brazil career was short. Here's the run down
    • Australia (friendly). 2-1 win. Should have been much more.
    • Ecuador (WC Qual.) 7-1 win. Great game.
    • Solomon Islands (Confed Cup). 6-0 win. Another great game.
    • U.S.A. (Confed Cup). 1-1 draw. Deserved to win 5-1 if anything. Very unlucky.
    • Portugal (Confed Cup). 4-1 loss. At 1-1 we got a man sent off. Unlucky again.
    • Argentina (Confed Cup). 2-1 loss. Deserved to win
    The Argentina match was the semi final. I got sacked after that. What a waste of time.

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    Default Re: FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

    That's a bit rough PRDH, I remember having that problem with Dunfermline a few years ago.

    At the fourth time of asking we finally got that vital first win, with late goals too

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    Default Re: FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar Bear View Post
    Nice going Jobnik, and a good writeup.

    Ohanzee, why don't you go back to the bottom in your save and restart the challenge with a new promoted team? Then you could keep an eye on how Noja do under new management

    Poor start to the season for us, hopefully I can steady the ship.
    Ohanzee- i'd take the offer. That sounds the best way, take a newly promoted side within this save, and keep an eye on your Noja.

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