How big is your stadium at the moment Snake? Mines 42,500 in 2022, but I don't seem to be filling it
How big is your stadium at the moment Snake? Mines 42,500 in 2022, but I don't seem to be filling it
I think you are after this challenge: FM10: English small club to big club challenge: extended edition
My corner routine at the moment is floating the ball into the box and hoping it hits someone and rolls into the net
lol Rodney Sneijder wants to join my team, I have got the transfer money for it, but of course I cant pay the wages he wants
Shame for you Rodney, you could have become Guiseley's legend... but hej
Season 20 - SnakeXe's Merthyr Tydfil
Premier League - 1st, Champions (Table)
Champions League - Winners
FA Cup - Winners
League Cup - Winners
Club World Championship - Winners
European Super Cup - Winners
Community Shield - Winners
Well, we won everything. And I'm now the greatest English manager ever. All in a day's work ;) we still lost our obligatory 2 games in the season, both of which came in the league this time round, away to Spurs and Liverpool.
All good things must come to an end, however, and this generation of Merthyr players have reached the end. Most are now the wrong side of 30, and this did feel like the last hurrah. Here are some of the legends:
Ralf Hammer - DC - Profile/History/Biography
The fans actually thought I spent too much on him when he was first signed, but he came through as a first team star as we pushed our way into the Champions League, and the upper echelons of the English game. A golden season in 2026/27 when he went goal-crazy was the highlight, he's probably got another season or two in him as a backup.
Mehmet Uyar - DC/DM/MC - Profile/History/Biography
Signed back when we were rubbish, his versatility and great physical attributes did as much as anything else to propel us up the table. I still have no problem putting him straight into the team either in central midfield or defence when the situation requires, and I hope he can stick around for 2 or 3 seasons more.
Arjan Reinertz - WB/AML - Profile/History/Biography
The signing that signaled our intentions to be more than Premier League survivors way back in 2023, Reinertz never really pushed on to be the force his stats suggested he should have been, but we always played better with him in the side, and he was our first truly top-class player. His one remaining season on his contract will be his last with us, and I'd be surprised to see him make more than the odd substitute appearance, but a great player for us nonetheless.
Eugeny Antipov - AMC - Profile/History/Biography
Signed for £4m compensation after his contract at Zenit ran out, Antipov really took us to the next level with his domineering performances in the centre of midfield. Although his position is AMC, I used him as a deep-lying MC to make better use of his great tackling and work-rate. His quality on the ball really helped us push on as a footballing side, and we will be hard pushed to replace him. £15m for a 32 year old was too much to refuse, and it just shows how highly he is regarded that a team would pay that.
Jose Manuel Moran - FC - Profile/History/Biography
One of the first signings we made when we were promoted, costing just £2m from Tottenham Hotspur, he had two seasons as a back-up before spending 6 seasons at the very top of the European game. Merthyr's highest ever goalscorer with 237 goals in all competitions, he's probably come to the end of his stint as a first choice striker for us, but I'm certainly planning on giving him enough football to make the 250 mark before he hangs up his boots for good.
Diego - ST - Profile/History/Biography
Despite spending most of his career at Merthyr as 3rd choice striker, he's one of my favourite players on any edition of the game. Signed for just £30k the season after we were promoted, he's accrued 119 goals for the team, and I'm pretty sure his strike rate compares quite favourably with Moran's. He actually forced his way back in as first choice earlier this season, racking up 20 goals from 23 starts, but a torn calf muscle ruled him out of the business end. Hopefully it hasn't taken too much out of him, as he'll be a great help in bedding in the next generation.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Blue Square South Champions, Promoted 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 1st Blue Square Premier Champions, Promoted 2012/13 Coca-Cola League Two 4th Play-Off Winners, Promoted 2013/14 Coca-Cola League One 6th Play-Off Semi-Finalists 2014/15 Coca-Cola League One 4th Play-Off Semi-Finalists 2015/16 Coca-Cola League One 17th Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners 2016/17 Coca-Cola League One 2nd Promoted 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 18th None 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 21st None 2019/20 Coca-Cola Championship 9th None 2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Play-Off Winners, Promoted 2021/22 Premier League 13th None 2022/23 Premier League 14th None 2023/24 Premier League 9th None 2024/25 Premier League 4th League Cup Runners Up 2025/26 Premier League 1st Premier League Champions 2026/27 Premier League 1st Premier League Champions, Champions League Winners, League Cup Winners 2027/28 Premier League 1st Premier League Champions, Champions League Winners, League Cup Winners, Club World Championship Winners 2028/29 Premier League 1st Premier League Champions, Champions League Winners, FA Cup Winners, Club World Championship Winners 2029/30 Premier League 1st Premier League Champions, Champions League Winners, FA Cup Winners, League Cup Winners, Club World Championship Winners
Previous Season Reports:
Season 1 - 2010/11
Season 2 - 2011/12
Season 3 - 2012/13
Season 4 - 2013/14
Season 5 - 2014/15
Season 6 - 2015/16
Season 7 - 2016/17
Season 8 - 2017/18
Season 9 - 2018/19
Season 10 - 2019/20
Season 11 - 2020/21
Season 12 - 2021/22
Season 13 - 2022/23
Season 14 - 2023/24
Season 15 - 2024/25
Season 16 - 2025/26
Season 17 - 2026/27
Season 18 - 2027/28
Season 19 - 2028/29
Well 9,613 turned up for my first league game in my new stadium and saw us beat Leeds 3-1.
Also having looked at my set-pieces for this season I've just noticed my best corner takers are also my best headers of the ball who are my two new full-backs and I normally keep my full-backs back on corners, so they need to be in three places at once
EDIT: That attendance has just earned me £190K - my previous record was £75K, whilst the whole of last season we earned £1.4m from gate reciepts.
Last edited by michaeltmurrayuk; 03-01-2010 at 19:36.
Haha, yeah I didn't really pay much attention to it until I got into the Premier League and had players capable of doing interesting things. It's a huge advantage though, we'd never have won as much as we have without it.
Carshalton Season Review 2021-22 League 1 - 6th Place - Promoted via the playoffs
Not a bad season really, could easily have got auto promotion had it not been for a player moaning of lack of harmony and therefore ruining it for a while until I rid myself of him. He went to BSP, and has since been released from his club as they got promoted, so his loss, as I am now in the Championship
Scraped into the playoffs, which I won, beating Rotherham 3-1 on aggregrate, then beat Colchester 2-0 at Wembley
League Graph: http://i49.tinypic.com/zumc9h.jpg
Transfer History: http://i48.tinypic.com/6elx87.jpg (Reckon I am a right wheeler and dealer with these deals, one of my players even said so ;))
The board want me to avoid relegation on a 2k transfer budget and 49k wage budget, so I brought in several loanees from abroad, who don't count towards a loan limit, and some free foreigners, handy because I can now scout anywhere in Europe, a big step up from the season before where I was limited to Uk and Ireland, plus France
Won my first game 1-0 away to Middlesbrough from a penalty from one of my Italian free transfers, so that looks promising. I can do it, 2022-23, Carshalton, Championship, sounds good imo.
2021/2022- Billericay Town - Barclay's Premier League
League Position - Champions
Not a lot to say about this season. I walked away from the save for a bit to get a feel for 10.2 tactics in a less important position, came back with a 4-2-3-1 that I thought suited the club, and we basically walked away with the league. A couple of AMCs mentioned previously, Damyanov and Coutinho were key, my defense was solid, leading the division until we leaked 7 in a meaningless finale against Newcastle. My strikers were disappointing, but that's largely because I have a bunch of poachers when what I need is a target man. Cleiton, a young Brazillian mentioned previously was my leading scorer, though Ikäheimo, by far the best of my strikers, had by far his poorest season with us. If you click on the table link, you'll see Sunderland went into administration, and I took advantage with a below market swoop for their Irish striker, Peter Killorian, who's killed me. Hopefully he can lead the charge next year.
So with us winning two EPLs on the trot, the story is in the Champions League. Its not much of a story however, as we walked our weak group, leading to a first round knockout tie with Barcelona. Fortunately, Barca were missing a few key players and we went through. We then slaughtered Lyon in the quarters, 7-2 at home, before making it interesting by barely turning up in the return leg. That led to Chelsea in the semi's, who were dispatched on away goals. Man Utd, who finished 9th in the league were our opponents in the final. Captain Hans Blom was suspended through yellows, and we couldn't have been less inspired, losing 2-0 and never looking like challenging.
The other cups, we won the Carling Cup despite my attempts to punt it, on account of very poor opposition until the late rounds, when I sort of couldn't help but compete. Once in the final against Man City, I had to go for it, and we won our second worthless cup on the trot, for a domestic double. I had no interest in retaining the FA cup, and we went out tamely in the 4th round to Tottenham.
Champions League Final
Champions League Fixtures
FA Cup results
Carling Cup Final
Carling Cup Results
UEFA Super Cup
I sold several old friends this past year, long serving Italians Federico Fratus and Alberto Romagnoli, longtime Spanish hardman Victor Vega, and solid right back Andrey Baranov. We brought in a ton of new players as well, and the squad is now upper-table quality. We're still short of world class players, as only Blom and Moraga would walk into most sides, though the ageing Coutinho and Marquinhos are stellar as AMCs. I've got two class strikers coming in this year, so either the formation will have to change or a couple will have to go, as there's no point in have 6 first team strikers in a one striker formation.
As far as the money goes, again I sold more than I brought in, and the UCL run was a large money spinner. I still can't get a new stadium, but the training facilities are almost top class finally, the youth facilities are still lagging behind.
Highlights of the squad this season:
Cleiton - The physically challenged Brazillian was my top scorer this term, and won the PFA Young Player award.
Lasse Ikäheimo - The Finnish starlet had his worst season ever.
Hans Blom - He had a bit of a down season by his standards, though he did finish second several UEFA awards.
Coutinho - One of two non-regens still in the squad, he was delightful in the trequarista role.
Tsetvan Damyanov - The Bulgarian AMC was even better, laying goals on every which way.
In personal news, I was named a club legend this year, though I must say, fans, what took you so long. I also received an unsolicited approach for the Brazil job, probably in no small part to the 7 Brazillians which I employ.
Just need to win the Champions League this season, though I think there are some painful sales coming. I can't imagine selling Rodríguez Sánchez, but his contract's up at the end of the season, and it would be foolish to retain him given the quality coming up through the reserves.
2010/2011 - Blue Square South - 2nd, playoffs - promoted; FA Cup - 3rd qualifying round; FA Trophy - 3rd qualifying round
2011/2012 - Blue Square Premier - 2nd, playoffs - promoted; FA Cup - 2nd round; FA Trophy - Final
2012/2013 - Coca-Cola League Two - 3rd, automatic promotion; FA Cup - 2nd round; League Cup - 1st round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 1st round
2013/2014 - Coca-Cola League One - 12th; FA Cup - 3rd round; League Cup - 2nd round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 2nd round
2014/2015 - Coca-Cola League One - 3rd, playoffs - promoted; FA Cup - 4th round; League Cup - 2nd round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 2nd round
2015/2016 - Coca-Cola Championship - 10th; FA Cup 6th round; League Cup - 2nd round
2016/2017 - Coca-Cola Championship - 6th, promoted via playoffs; FA Cup - 3rd round; League Cup - 1st round
2017/2018 - Barclay's Premier League - 16th; FA Cup - Semi Final; League Cup - 2nd round
2018/2019 - Barclay's Premier League - 2nd; FA Cup - 4th round; League Cup - Semi Final
2019/2020 - Barclay's Premier League - 4th; Champions League - 3rd place in Group Stage; Europa League - Winners; FA Cup - Winners; League Cup - 3rd round
2020/2021 - Barclay's Premier League - Champions; Champions League - Qualifying Rounds; Europa League - Winners; FA Cup - Winners; League Cup - Winners
2021/2022 - Barclay's Premier League - Champions; Champions League - Finalists; FA Cup - 4th round; League Cup - Winners
Tooting & Mitcham United FC - Barclays Premier League - 2029/30
We had our most successful season ever last season, so it was hard to improve on that. Breaking our duck in the Carling Cup was one thing I was hoping for this year.
League Positions Graph
We completely dominated and led from start to finish. The two defeats we had were to Man City right at the end of the season, and Ipswich!
Community Shield - the scoreline didn't tell the whole story as we dominated them.
UEFA Super Cup - after beating them in the CL final to win it for the first time, we did even better to win this one for the first time.
FIFA Club World Cup - we didn't score too many goals but the final was simple enough.
FA Cup - the route to the final was straightforward but the final was a different story. Despite having an extra man, it took two goals from two substitutes in extra time to secure the win.
Carling Cup - it looked like we were going to blow this in the final for a fourth time, but we managed to hold on for the win.
UEFA Champions League - the group stage was a struggle as Anderlecht took us by surprise. The knockout rounds were simple enough which set up a final with rivals Man City. A dramatic last comeback secured us a third CL win in a row.
Transfers - I didn't really want to sell all those players but the huge bids gave me my chance to bring my finances back in order. After being well over £20m in debt last season, it was nice to be debt free for a whole season.
Squad - the squad may be small but we have strength in every position now. Selling a few players seems to have done wonders for our squad happiness.
Key Player Profiles:
Pol Sesma - this was the most a player had ever scored at this club.
Javier - to score 40 goals alongside Sesma was sensational, especially by adding a load of assists at last.
Cuma Sahan - it wasn't his best season but he was still brilliant.
Steve Shutt - he came through my own youth system and is now described as world class, which is surprising as I've retained him to the DM position.
Alessandro Anelli - 'that waste of £30m' is starting to do quite well, often keeping Dorta out of the team.
Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 5th Promoted via playoffs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 8th 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy finalists 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 2 6th Lost in playoff final 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as champions 2015/16 Coca-Cola League 1 4th Promoted via playoffs, JPT finalists 2016/17 Coca-Cola Championship 9th 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Lost in playoff semi 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 4th Promoted via playoffs 2019/20 Barclays Premier League 16th 2020/21 Barclays Premier League 11th 2021/22 Barclays Premier League 3rd FA Cup finalists 2022/23 Barclays Premier League 7th Carling Cup finalists, FA Cup winners 2023/24 Barclays Premier League 3rd 2024/25 Barclays Premier League 5th Champions League finalists 2025/26 Barclays Premier League 3rd Carling Cup finalists 2026/27 Barclays Premier League 2nd 2027/28 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Champions League winners 2028/29 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL and CWC winners, Carling Cup finalists 2029/30 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, CWC, FA Cup and Carling Cup winners
It was a perfect season, winning every competition we entered. This may seem like a good point to stop and make a start on my youth policy, but we have a centenary coming up in 2032, so if possible I would like to repeat this season in that year.
The World Cup with Italy is coming up next, so there is a chance to make this a completely perfect season.
in trouble in the BSP 2 points from safety with 7 games to go. One positive is that im unbeaten in 5.
Great season dafuge, we both won the quintuple in the same season
Good luck with Italy, I just got the England job
Well done guys
Its not that i have done anything different this season than the others, but this season everything has suddenly changed..
Im affraid that i wont be able to finish the season today as im back at college tomorrow, but in a couple of days im hoping to post a better update than usual
Last edited by kaNovi; 03-01-2010 at 22:28.
Well, taken down premiership Blackburn in the League Cup 3-2, so my 3rd round reward is a trip to parent club Chelsea, led by Owen Coyle. Looking forward to it
I stayed up on goal difference. Well done to Snakexe and Dafuge. I am out of time to write a report now I'll write one when I get the chance.
Well having money is nice as I've smashed my Transfer Record several times this season first arrived Irish Youngster David Lacey for a record £45K, then Spanish Defender Galder Ardanaz broke that record when he arrived for £100K (though for some reason the fans don't like him), his record only lasted a month as I then spent £425K on Peruvian Defender Carlos Perez signing him from Levski (so they got straight back most of the £600K they gave me for my backup Keeper), I also picked up a Belgian Centre-Back Idd Hassan for £375K who has the Promising tag as does my new Keeper James Pratton who arrived on a free after Spurs released him.
We have had a rather eventful start to the new season in seven games we have scored 12 times but conceeded 15, whilst I managed to get my more important players to sign new four year contracts so we should get better as they grow and gel, I just need to bring in some quality wingers and another Striker instead of relying upon loanee's.
North Ferriby 11/12
Season Review: Total domination from the start, as you can see Fitzharris was simple amazing scoring 45 over the season. Brought in a couple players but none of them did anything real special, still planning to replace most of the team for the BSP.
Finances are getting to be a real issue, anyone know how bad they can get without drastic stuff happening?
Cup Review: Decent runs with some replays in the FA Cup, went real deep into the FAT and then the wheels fell off in the second half for us at home.
Next Season: New everything but Fitzharris by the looks of it.Code:Season Division Position Achievements --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 BSN 4th Lost in Playoff Finals 2011/12 BSN 1st Promoted
Oh goody, my Chairman is looking to 'step aside'. That better not end badly...
Last edited by Cerneo; 04-01-2010 at 00:14.
Annihilator666 - Guiseley - Season 21/22 - Coca-Cola Championship
Table - League Table | Position Graph
Squad - Guiseley Squad
Transfers - Transfers Summary
Finances - Finance Summary
Other Info - Club Information | Manager Information
Top Scorer - Mikel Ibarrondo
Records - Overall Records | Season Records
Best Eleven - Overall | Season
After a break of a couple of weeks playing Gundo's challenge, I decided it was time to return to Guiseley. It was our second season in the Championship and I was hopeful of making a push up the table, but my ambition was not matched by results on the pitch. We finished in the same position for the second year running, but this time with 5 points less. Disappointing to say the least, but I'll be employing a new tactic in the new season as well as making a few signings to try and change the team's fortunes.
Code:Season League League Finish Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 4th Playoff Final Losers 2011/12 Blue Square North 1st Blue Square North Champions 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 6th None 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 1st Blue Square Premier Champions 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 2 5th Playoff Winners 2015/16 Coca-Cola League 1 6th Playoff Semi-Final Losers 2016/17 Coca-Cola League 1 9th None 2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 11th None 2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 9th None 2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 3rd Playoff Winners 2020/21 Coca-Cola Champ. 15th None 2021/22 Coca-Cola Champ. 15th None
Dartford - Barclays Premier League - 2028/29
League Table Graph
Wasn't a good season in my opinion but it was nice to leave Princes Park with the celebrations of another Premier League trophy for the fourth year on the trot.
Community Shield Wasn't happy but nothing to cry over. Last year was the mirrored result ironically.
Super Cup Surprised by this performance but I've already won this trophy twice so it wasn't anything to worry about. The performance was something to worry about.
Carling Cup Another season, another couldn't be bothered performance. Doubt I'll win it again until I get more favourable draws or produce a ridiculously good reserve side/second string.
Club World Championships Easy, easy, easy.
FA Cup Poor exit in another cup but something I wasn't surprised at given our inconsistant nature this season and the fact I was rotating around the time of our exit.
Champions League Disappointing way to exit the competition given how we took a 1-0 to Madrid only to hand the tie to them.
Squad Could be better depth but there's a lot of stuff to happen in the next few years which could make it easier to challenge for every trophy every single season.
Had players representing the club in the World Team of the Year, as well as some players coming runner up in the European individual awards like Striker of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year and the actual Player of the Year award itself.
Transfers Spent £50million on one player which was more in desperation for a top right winger after I let my own go for £25million to Arsenal. But he's top quality and at 23 should pay back his fee with trophies. I let Jamie Butcher head off the Nou Camp as I felt he wasn't progressing quick enough.
Finances Looking better.
Key Players This Season
Javier Probably our best player this season.
Jaime Ortega Not as good as last season. Won't shut up about moving on no matter how many times he signs a new contract. Think I'll cash in on him this summer.
Dida Isn't worth £50million but then again no player is. At 23 he'll become a Dartford Icon if he keeps up these great performances on the right wing. Can play in the centre also which is a great bonus.
Curtis Mutch Not as good as last season but I'm happy enough with his season.
Henriques Great left-back. Up there with the best.
Steven Byrne Progressing well.
Klebson Signed for under £5million. Now a wonderkid.
Alain Keller Another wonderkid.
Conor Buchanan Went on-loan to Championship Swansea this season. Hit a lot of goals for a 17/18 year old. Even made the top scorers in the division.
With victories over Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador, I was shocked when we got thrashed by Argentina.
Still we qualified for the World Cup.
Next was the Confederations Cup and with an uncharactistic stalemate against the USA I was sent packing.
Lovely people to work for.
Club Career Overview
------------------------------------Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 4th Promoted Via Play-Offs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Defeated in Play-Off Semi-Final 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions 2013/14 Coca Cola League Two 10th n/a 2014/15 Coca Cola League Two 2nd Promoted 2015/16 Coca Cola League One 6th Defeated in Play-Off Semi-Final 2016/17 Coca Cola League One 9th n/a 2017/18 Coca Cola League One 1st Promoted as Champions 2018/19 Coca Cola Championship 13th n/a 2019/20 Coca Cola Championship 3rd Promoted Via Play-Offs 2020/21 Barclays Premier League 8th n/a 2021/22 Barclays Premier League 10th Qualified for Europa League via Fair Play League 2022/23 Barclays Premier League 16th n/a 2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th n/a 2024/25 Barclays Premier League 5th Carling Cup Winners, FA Cup finalists, Qualified for Europa League 2025/26 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League Winners, Europa League Winners, Qualified for the Champions League 2026/27 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League Winners, FA Cup Winners, Champions League Winners, Super Cup Winners Challenge Complete 2027/28 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, FA Cup Winners, CWC Winners, CL Winners 2028/29 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, CWC Winners
International Career Overview
------------------------------------Code:Season Nation Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2027/28 Brazil 2028/29 Brazil Qualified for the 2030 World Cup Sacked
We're now in a new stadium and I feel we can now push on. Need to perhaps start being more tight with the money in the club.
Last edited by JonnyCurrie; 04-01-2010 at 18:13.
Well, after 11 years of good service at the club, Sead Hajrovic has gone and spoiled it all. He got his first cap for his second nation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and promptly after this, decided he was too big for the club and wanted to move on. Accepted it, and I am now selling him to Norwich (who atm are below me in the Championship ironically) for £750,000. Not bad considering I picked him up on a free, and I am now bringing in a Portuguese defender for £100,000 over 48 months to replace him, from Benfica.
Have duly dropped him from the side, shoved him in the reserves and put him on a training schedule which doesn't do any training, whilst training him as a striker. Apparently he is unhappy with the high workload
Is nice, especially when you succeed and the player eventually falls lower than you. Happened plenty of times, nice to see those who think we aren't big enough leave, then fall into the abyss whilst we move up in the world
Started my very first shot at one of these challenges, got my desired Bradford Park Avenue on the second attempt.
Good old Scottish name there Terk ;)
Absolutely. The Del Benítez clan have a long tradition
Okay have just been checking through england's results (just for the fun of it) and found out that England won the World cup and are ranked number 1 in the world. I can post screenies if anyones interested.
hate this ****IN GAME
Hey, I've recently started this challenge off with Nuneaton, I've got Kyle Wilson but I don't know how to play him, i've been looking through this thread and people have got him scoring a lot, what role should I give him?
lol Scotch is a cloth brand aswell ;)
kaNovi what happend?
Italy - World Cup - 2030
Qualification was a breeze with Greece giving us our only real challenge, but a 2-1 away win secured our qualification with two games to go.
The group draw looked like this, which looks easy on paper but Turkey could be dangerous with Cuma Sahan in their side.
Turkey vs Italy (group stage)
Turkey set their stall out to defend from the off and didn't even give the creative Sahan a run out. We just couldn't break them down and even when we threw everything forward we just couldn't create any good chances, the closest we came was hitting the outside of the post from a free kick. To make things worse, we've lost three players due to injury as a result of this match.
Italy vs Iran (group stage)
I was expecting a convincing victory and when we finally got the first goal and followed it up with a second it looked liked the floodgates would open, they didn't. Iran actually cam back in to the match and started having a few shots at goal before we settled the match late on.
Italy vs Chile (group stage)
We got the job done in this match, nothing spectacular but we got the win we needed.
Final Group Table
In the end it came down to who could score the most goals, which we did despite not really hitting top form. Winning the group turned out to be massive as it means we now face Austria instead of Spain.
Italy vs Austria (second round)
We turned on the style in this match and scored a couple of really classy goals as we ran out 3-0 winners. There was a shock elsewhere as number one ranked Spain crashed out on penalties to Turkey. We face Portugal next, who topped their group ahead of Brazil and knocked out Germany, so they could be dangerous.
Portugal vs Italy (quarter final)
Portugal were the first team to really attack us from the whistle, which I think suited us as we had a lot more room to launch our own counter attacks. The game was settled by a howler of an own goal as the goalkeeper turner a corner into his own net at the near post. Elsewhere, Turkey did it again, this time knocking out Brazil 2-0. We meet England in the semi final, which is good as they are missing key players in Man City legend Tom Phillips and my own Chris Blackmore.
England vs Italy (semi final)
Of all the people to score first, it was my own youth product centre back Paul Ramm as he headed home a free kick. He then had a 'Gazza moment' picking up a booking which would mean he would miss the final should they make it. We started the second half well with one of our centre backs getting in on the act and heading on from a corner. Not long after that, European Golden Boot winner Marco Marchetti broke free and slotted home. We will meet Turkey in the final who upset the odds once again with a 2-1 extra time win over France.
Italy vs Turkey (final)
Once again they started with a defensive lineup and no sign of Cuma Sahan but this time we meant business as we took the lead inside two minutes with a goal from midfielder Di Domenico. This seemed to ruin their gameplan as we then bombarded them with a series of wasted chances. At half time we looked well in control and looked good for the win. With just over ten minutes left, Turkey were looking desperate as they had to make substitutions due to injuries. Then, out of no where, they scored. This turned us into a bag of nerves as we held on to full time. Luckily, we still had enough attacking options on the bench and the late substitutions seemed to make the difference for us again in extra time as Marco Marchetti slotted home a rebound, he celebrated in style with clenched fists shouting his on name in a moment of pure ecstasy. Italy have won the World Cup.
International Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Year Country Competition Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2030 Italy FIFA World Cup Winners
After winning the World Cup, I felt it was the right time to leave Italy in search of a new challenge. This offer came to me just before the England game, which would have been ideal but I couldn't leave during a tournament. After resigning from Italy, I applied for the Brazil job but they strangely turned me down. I also applied for a host of European nations and the first to get back to me were Portugal and Turkey. After their amazing run in the World Cup and the fact that I have a couple of Turkish players at T&M, there really wasn't much choice.
Qualification for Euro 2032 is my first job, and this group looks reasonable.
Congratulations Dafuge. Any players you started to love while being coach of Italy and will try to buy with Tooting?
Season 01 - Nantwich
Blue Square North - 18th (Table)
FA Cup - Fourth Round Qualifying
FA Trophy - Third Qualifying Round
Well, the start of the season saw us predicted bottom, with the media giving us an "outside chance" of snapping up promotion. We then saw, as soon as I came in a transfer embargo and a takeover take place. A small cash injection, nothing worth talking about as we are still in the red now. Signings were little and fairly useless. A couple of loan signings from parent club Crewe kept us from being relegated.
Pre-Season wasn't too bad, couple of wins, draws and losses. Nothing to worry about. Then came the league which saw us draw our first three games, 1v1, 2v2, 3v3. It pretty much sums our season up. We didn't manage a win until our 11th game of the season. We laid firmly in the relegation spots for the majority of the season (I would show you but cant find the position graph) up until the new year, where we won 3 games, draw 1 and lost 1. I thought that perhaps the new year was going to be good, but it all went downhill again until the end of the season. Our final position of 18th was the best we could do.
We lost just 15 games in the season and drew 19. Southport who finished 5th lost just one game less than us, they just managed to not throw games away when they were 1v0 up and could grab a goal when they were at level terms, something we could not do.
The aim next year is to attack the play-offs. That would work out nice. First up need a stronger defensive line. Pitty I have no funds to make transfers...
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 18th N/A 2011/12 Blue Square North TBD
Last edited by Satio; 04-01-2010 at 16:05.
Well done on avoiding relegation, Satio Just from pre-season with my Bradford Park Avenue side I can see how big a challenge achieving that will be.
8 new signings see's the team looking much better for the season. On the other hand, the finances are now not looking to good at -£200k
Im writing a summary guys, its terrible
Only played 1 FA Cup match so far but still that win earned me £4.5K now got Bishop Stortford in the 3rd qualifying Round, hopefully I can beat them and earn some more money!
Premier League Prediction - 8
Premier League Position - 2
Worst season i have ever had in any FM game. Here is why:
Did good all season and had it all to win in the last game of the season where we were 2 points ahead of Chelsea.
Last round of the season DEVASTATING. We did terrible against Man. Utd. but pulled back and was the champions until
94th minute in the Chelsea game where Chelsea scored a late goal won the game and took the title.
I did great in the euro cup this season but in the semis i had some difficulties with Aston Villa. The first match at home we drew 0-0 and
second leg was the same and we went to penalties. Uefa Cup Semi final TWICE we had the chance to close it but missed. Ridicouless scoreline anyway!
We had one last chance, as we had made it all the way to the FA Cup final. Despite we had won it once before this could save the season.
FA Cup Final Nuff said.
Ivanov New signing
Robson Biggest prospect from own ranks
Goals for the upcoming season:
Needless to say im devastated. I will find it very hard to continue this challenge now
Code:League Season Finished Achievements ------------------------------------------------------- Blue Square South 2010/11 4th Playoff Final losers Blue Square South 2011/12 1st Blue Square South Champions Blue Square Premier 2012/13 5th Playoff semi-final losers Blue Square Premier 2013/14 1st Blue Square Premier Champions League Two 2014/15 2nd JPT Winners, Promotion League One 2015/16 13th none League One 2016/17 2nd Promotion Championship 2017/18 14th none Championship 2018/19 12th none Championship 2019/20 5th Playoff semi-final losers Championship 2020/21 5th Playoff final losers Championship 2021/22 1st Championship Champions Premier League 2022/23 10th none Premier League 2023/24 14th FA Cup semi-finalist Premier League 2024/25 13th FA Cup Winners Premier League 2025/26 9th none Premier League 2026/27 7th none Premier League 2027/28 2nd Uefa cup semi-finalist. FA Cup final losers. And a very last minute loss of the title.
Last edited by kaNovi; 04-01-2010 at 17:28.
kaNovi: that you are writing a report says enough! You have to continue! Now you have next to completing the challenge also another challenge: three teams you want to destroy desperately: Chelsea, Aston Villa and Man City...
btw; Jurgen Hazeveld of Aston Villa must be dutch missing his penalty twice
Last edited by foost; 04-01-2010 at 17:33.
You gotta carry on look at the progress you have made....!
Yes he is foost ;)
Thx guys, i will continue but im finding it hard to motivate myself right now. But hopefully i will get my spirit back with a couple of days away from the game.
I do want revenge ;)
I am about to Embark on my Journey tonight!
kaNovi that is horrible! Im sorry for you. Get stuck into a top four side (or Man City!) for a few days, win a few easy trophies, and then come back to it.
Has anybody got their training to 5 stars yet? or close?
That's a horrible way to lose the title
kanovi. One great season and can be challenge complete.
I will give it a go. Have just completed the Dafuge Challenge in FM09 with FC United of Manchester. Winning the Premiership and Championsleague in season 2024/2025.
I'm hoping for FC United of Manchester again. Good luck to all players.
Things have started a little brighter than I first imagined, 9th after 6 games with only 1 defeat so far, though like so many it would seem, I am bleeding money.
Just got knocked out of the FA cup only at the 4th round of qualifying, lost 4-3 to Corby they scored in the last minute
Well our facilities have now both been upgraded to Adequate and the board have agreed to improve them further next season, though rather worryingly I've just noticed my chairmans status has changed to Happy to Stay - over the last couple of seasons it's dropped from Loves to Enjoying to now Happy, which means a takeover is likely to happen in the next few years (I'm not sure how many levels of Chairman status their are before a takeover is rumoured?) and I could really do without another long winded Transfer Embargo.
Great, my Iranian centre midfielder I signed on a free from Brann isn't settling in well, so I have been suggested to sign another Iranian to help the settling in process. Iranians are hard to find in the game, unlike real life England ;)
Good, I asked the player for a suggestion, and he recommended a guy who plays in Georgia, so I can scout him. £325k value is putting me off a bit though :|
This is weird my right back was injured in the game against Blackburn but the news report states one of my players who wasn't even on the bench injured him
Ty guys for your inspiring words
At least my safe are shooting out good prospects from own ranks this will keep me going for some time
And we've just thrown a 3-0 lead after 19mins against Leicester to finish the game at 3-3 after having to sub my remaining three first team defenders
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Won my 4th Round FA Cup replay against QPR to set up a 5th round tie away at Tottenham. Played them 5 years ago in the 3rd round, when I drew with them away from home, but lost 4-0 in the replay. Was in League 2 then, so maybe I can pull off an upset this time. Already made £2 million in profits this year being in the Championship, helped from a League Cup near sell out against Chelsea in their 57k Zola Stadium, so hopefully we get a sell out, or near to, at White Hart Lane which is at the moment a 55k all seater.
Top four of the premierleague this season are: Newcastle, Hull, Bolton and Fulham, who won the league the last two seasons. Newcastle are managed by Dave Penney, Hull are managed by Fernando Torres , Bolton are managed by Peter Farrell, who starts the game as a youth coach at Bolton, and Fulham are led by Gary Neville. It is worth noting as well that Hull and Bolton are owned by foreigners (Serbians and Israelis respectively)
My chairman's moaning because it's looking like only 8,000 people have bought tickets for the Gillingham game
Thats the most my stadium currently holds!!! And still only have 240 seats!!!
Hey everyone im back and continuing my sutton utd save.
Great 1st match back
Congratz everone on all your successes i have been keeping up with this thread
unlucky kaNovi that is definately the harshest way to lose the league but hopefully you will be able to get revnege next season.
Good luck Terk see if you can have as much success at Bradford Park Avenue as you did at Liverpool
Fulham are doing quite well in my game in 2018 (it looked a little weird being told in a news item I could face big guns such as Man Utd, Liverpool and Fulham) looks like they got an English Tycoon takeover in 2011 and have gone through quite a few managers - Javier Aguirre, Roberton Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Schaaf, Rafa Benitez, Vicente Del Bosque so after trying all of them their current manager is Gareth Southgate - in 7 years they have finished second and third in the Prem once each and lost the FA Cup final once.
Newcastle are currently third in the Prem after having been in Administration three times (in 2011, 2012 and 2013) though being taken over by a Kuwaiti Tycoon has stopped that.
Karen Brady took over Arsenal a few years back after they had two takeovers within three months.
Owen Coyle is still in charge of Burnley, Roberto Di Matteo is in charge of Chelsea.
Liverpool are managed by USA Manager Bob Bradley who took over after Noel Blake left (Forced to employ an ex-Stoke Youth Coach )
On the 19.12.2017 Man City fired Mark Hughes and hired Roberto Mancini on the 22.12.2017 - which is the same day he was fired IRL just 8 years earlier
Whilst Matt Hill in his first job has just been appointed England Manager.
That Hughes sacking on your file michael is a very cool coincidence
Lost convincingly 3-0 to Tottenham, but made £1.2 million, and finally the board are agreeing with me that the facilities need improving, as they now have the money for it. Thank god for that.
Rafa is still at Liverpool in my game, despite derailing recently. He has finished 11th and 10th in the last two season, and are 11 at the moment, after a bit of a mixed bag beforehand including missing out on the Champions League 4 times, winning the league twice, winning the Club World Cup twice, winning two Champions Leagues, and losing out in the best placed playoff in 2015 to Dortmund, winning 1 Europa Cup, winning 1 Super Cup and losing 2, winning 3 FA Cups, no League Cups and losing 5 out of 5 Community Shield matches. Bit of a mixed bag there. Christian Purslow, the director of football in real life at the moment, is chairman as well.
Karen Brady at Arsenal I match that with Emiliano Insua being a legend at Liverpool, whereas Torres who saw out his career there is only a favoured personnel. Rafa's a legend, along with Stevie G, and Glen Johnson is also favoured personnel, and is a coach at Birmingham.
Man City have been through several managers in this period, including Mancini They are:
Mark Hughes (Sacked)
Martin O'Neill (retired)
Winfried Schafer (retired, who is he though?)
Roberto Mancini (30.5.2017, sacked 7 months later)
Javie Aguirre (sacked)
Didier Deschamps (Sacked)
Neil Bailey (caretaker, lasted all of 8 days)
Josep Guardiola (current manager)
All that has yearned them the grand amount of 1 Premierleague title, under O'Neill, which he retired after doing so. Won 1 Club World Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa Cup, 2 Fa Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 Community Shields. Not bad I guess.
After selling on two of my three top strikers this summer, I found it hard to find two strikers to bring in. I found one outstanding player but had to spend £32million on him (granted I was happy to and you'll see why when I post this season's review.) I couldn't find anyone worth spending millions on so I decided to recall my youth prospect Connor Buchanan from his 2nd season loan in the Championship and give him a chance to impress.
Not bad for his first league start.
2013-2014 Season Review-Kings Lynn-BSP
An awful season with the only good point being the FA Trophy run to the 4th round before meeting Histon.
League Positions Graph
FA Cup-2nd round v Mansfield
FA Trophy-4th round v Histon
Next season I would like a higher league position.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 18th None 2011/12 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 16th None 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th None
I swear the game likes to mock me sometimes, my Peruvian Defender cannot settle and he recommends a Peruvian Striker also at Levski, he's worth £275K so I make a bid and a Portuguese side go and bid £1.8m that is out of my reach
Last edited by Cerneo; 04-01-2010 at 22:43.
Arsenal list Gael Clichy as a legend (though he did average 7.64 over 400 games) and a 26yo Jack Wilshere who joined Newcastle two seasons ago.
Joe Cole and Rossi are Chelsea legends, whilst Xisco is a Newcastle legend, and Joe Mattock and Palacios are Spurs legends and a 26yo Jonjo Shelvey is a West Ham legend.
Mboro hold Tom Cleverley in the same regard as Juninho.
Got my first two wonderkids!! Here's their profiles:
Assman says Maggio is playing at full potential already, but I hope there's a bit more to come from his physicals, as 3 or 4 more points on his acceleration/jumping/strength would make him a monster. I'll be surprised if he really has peaked at 18 too...
I always find it hard against struggling teams, but I think it's largely due to the fact that we are rarely favourites so my tactics aren't setup to play against teams who sit back and defend it also doesn't help that my players don't put the effort in as they thing they should win the games easily.
Argh, I've just been offered the job of mid table Liverpool, who are offering me £30.5 million transfer budget and £1.3 million a week wage budget. Will make a duplicate of this save, so I can return and bring Liverpool back to glory after completing this challenge.
Bristol City have been brought out by Henrik Larsson, who is rumoured to want to replace Phil Jagielka as manager with Emile Heskey
Through to the third round of the FA Cup with Hendon. Have been drawn against Fulham at home who are bottom of the Championship - I think we can pull off an upset.
Gareth Stitt has signed as manager of Truro City!
Looking forward to actually giving this challenge my all this year!!
My game against Swansea (of all teams) has just set a new Nantwich attendance record as over 13,000 people turned up bringing in £275K, which means our gate reciepts upto the middle of October come to £1.7m which is already more than the £1.4m we got in the whole of last season
Suppose you're not going to know until they reach 19/20/21 sort of age anyway whether they're dubbed a 'wonderkid.'
Have a player myself who looks like he could be my first but I'll have to see what his description is come 19/20.
Haha. Luca Santonocito, who has been with me since BSN days, just scored from a corner
Indeed he can. Excellent player but should we be promoted from L2, I think the next step would be too far.
Awesome result. Never got a giantkilling once myself so that's pretty special.
Drawn against League 1 Barnsley who have a very thin squad. Dare I dream?
I've also just noticed that Chelsea and Spurs are the only top-flight teams to have expanded their stadiums so far as have Peterborough and Sheff Wed (45,000 capacity in League One ), whislst Chesterfield are the only team to have moved (and that looked pre-arranaged).