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    Default [FM10] Have football, will travel

    After some updating of files, I feel confident in a massive career game.

    I'm using the original SI XML files. Leagues loaded are (brace yourselves): Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United States, Uruguay. All playable divisions active. (I think that's 56 divisions)

    Started as unemployed.

    Took a while to find a job, but landed at Geylang United in the S-League with 8 matches left in the season and the club underperforming in 9th place.

    I prefer at least 2 up front, but the available players caused me to go with a 4-1-2-2-1 formation.

    And we struggled to start, losing my first 6 matches. We also set a record with 7 consecutive matches without a goal (a run that went back to my predecessor).

    But a scout I hired found a Nigerian striker playing in southeast Asia. Brought him on trial, liked what I saw, signed him and stuck him up front on his own.

    We won our final two matches of the season (including our "fierce rivals" Woodlands Wellington at their place) 1-0, with the new striker scoring the lone goal on an 89th-minute breakaway.

    So, we go into the close season with some renewed confidence.

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    Season	Club		League		GP	W	D	L	GF	GA	PTS	FINISH	
    2009	Geylang United	S-League	8	2	0	6	3	13	6	10th

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    Default Re: [FM 10] Around the world in 80 days

    Bah. Didn't see acidmonkey laid claim to a similar thread title.

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    Default Re: [FM 10] Around the world in 80 days

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    Bah. Didn't see acidmonkey laid claim to a similar thread title.
    Do you want it changed?

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    Default Re: [FM 10] Around the world in 80 days

    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    Do you want it changed?
    Could you please?

    Something like "Travelin' Man"

    Or "A girl in every port"
    Last edited by Jason the Yank; 02-11-2009 at 21:24.

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    Default Re: A girl in every port

    I liked the second one

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    I liked the second one
    In the shower, I also thought of "Have football, will travel." But if you prefer the current title, then don't change it.

    Could you put at the front though that it's an FM 10 save?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    In the shower, I also thought of "Have football, will travel." But if you prefer the current title, then don't change it.

    Could you put at the front though that it's an FM 10 save?
    I've changed it to that.

    I can add FM10 to the start if you really want, but I've tried to keep all the current version threads without a prefix, using them just for games played on an older version.

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    Default Re: A girl in every port

    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    I've tried to keep all the current version threads without a prefix, using them just for games played on an older version.
    Ah, that's fine then.

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    Default Re: Have football, will travel

    That will only be a problem when FM11 runs out, and you have to edit all the topics without the prefix to include the [FM10]

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    Default Re: Have football, will travel

    Cool title. I preferred the 'girl in every port' though. Good luck for your career - it will be interesting to see how it develops with so many possibilities.

    Now to think of a good title for my upcoming thread....

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    At least this wont distract you from your MLS thread duties in the FF seeing as the season is over.

    Oh and all those leagues and no Ireland. I thought you liked Galway.

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    Good luck with your stroll around the earth Jason. Nice mixture of playable countries chosen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeLikeFM View Post
    At least this wont distract you from your MLS thread duties in the FF seeing as the season is over.
    Almost. A couple weeks to go still.

    Oh and all those leagues and no Ireland. I thought you liked Galway.
    When I first tried starting the game, the "loading database" screen would go to black about halfway through. I thought maybe I'd had too many leagues for it to handle, so I sacrificed some (I had South Africa in there as well, for example).

    Turns out, it was still loading the database, just showing me a blank screen. But now I know for next time.

    Update:
    Anyway, very minor update today: I began the close season by agreeing mutual termination (first time I've done this in any of the FMs that have had this option) with one of my two youth coaches, freeing a coaching position for a goalkeeping coach.

    I have an assistant manager, and another coach, but they were rated as 2 and 1 respectively. The new goalkeeping coach is a 17, so I'm expecting better performance from my goalkeepers (like, say, actually trying to stop a penalty instead of simply standing there)

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    Default Re: Have football, will travel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    Almost. A couple weeks to go still.
    Well for TFC

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    Just a quick update to give you the World Cup news.

    Brazil defeated Cote d'Ivorie 2-1 in the final.
    Switzerland beat Uruguay 3-0 to claim the bronze medal.
    England crashed out in the quarterfinal (so at least that was realistic. ) The other losing quarterfinalists were Argentina, Cameroon, and Germany.
    The Golden Ball award went to Pato, while Samuel Eto'o claimed the Golden Boot with 5 goals.

    And your 2018 World Cup host will be .... Italy.
    Last edited by Jason the Yank; 13-11-2009 at 07:58.

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    :ghey :

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    Default Re: Have football, will travel

    Sorry to be totally of topic here but what sort of monster PC do you have? Or does it run incredibly slow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purefun View Post
    Sorry to be totally of topic here but what sort of monster PC do you have? Or does it run incredibly slow?
    I have a Sony Vaio laptop.

    Specs as determined by Steam:

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    Desktop Color Depth: 32 bits per pixel
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    It's running fine so far, but I am only about 18 months into game time. I suspect I'm helped a little by having a split of leagues running July-May and within the calendar year, which spreads out the close-season update and the contract-expiry dates.

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    Thx for the info Jason.

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    Geylang United, 2010 season
    My first full season with the club, and I was hoping to build off some of the things I'd seen in my 8 matches in charge the previous year.

    I did some tinkering of formations, but otherwise left well enough alone. I did agree mutual termination with one of my two youth coaches, allowing me to go get a goalkeeping coach.

    League
    Not making dramatic changes seemed to pay off, as we claimed draws in each of our first three matches. But, as you might have guessed, it was masking a bigger rot that would show up during the course of the season. It took us 7 matches to claim our first win, against derby rivals Woodlands. It took another 10 to claim the second, against the dreadfully poor DPMM (who hadn't won at all at that point). And then we endured another 8-match winless run.

    By this time I was starting to make changes. I drafted in some of my youth players, defenders only 17 years old but who had been holding up well in reserve matches (generally, I like my youth players to play "up" a level. So if I have a U18 team, as here, I put players in the reserve team when they turn 17). They were doing no better than the older players they'd replaced, but they also weren't doing any worse.

    Having given up 5 and 4 goals a couple matches earlier, I decided to switch formations to a 5-3-2 (I'd been playing with basically a 4-1-2-2-1 when I had only one out-and-out forward, mixing with a 4-4-2 when I got another one).

    The switch to the 5-3-2 paid immediate dividends, as we went 6-0-2 in league play to end the season (and one of those losses was on my assistant, as I was serving a 1-match touchline ban for criticizing a penalty decision going against us one too many times. Hey, I defend my players in public). It wasn't enough to salvage the season, but enough to have my players in the right frame of mind going into the close season.

    Cups
    We were in two cups, the Singapore Cup, and the League Cup.

    The League Cup was a short stay, as we crashed out at the first hurdle, 1-0 at Balestier.

    The Singapore Cup was more interesting. We needed penalties to go through the preliminary round after a 0-0 result at home against lower league Eunos Crescent. In the first round proper, we met league leaders Super Reds. We somehow managed to pull off a 2-1 win in the home leg, but lost 1-0 in the away leg and crashed out on away goals.

    Transfers
    We were quiet in the transfer market, even though the media kept linking us with random Americans.

    I finally got fed up with former Singapore international Noor Ali's continual absences from training. He'd fail to show up for a session every 3 or 4 weeks, and then be shocked when I warned or fined him. As the window was closing, I offered him around on a free transfer, but there were no takers. So I left him in the first team, but never selected him, and never made him available for the reserves.

    I loaned a young striker to DPMM, but he was only going to be cover for them. The bigger deal was selling WB Walid Lounis to Woodlands for S$20,000. The supporters weren't happy about that, even though he'd never played for me and the presence of G. Lenan meant he was unlikely to ever get a game for me. It's not like he lit things up at Woodlands either: 11 apperances (all starts), a 6.53 average rating, 1 assist.

    I also offered around my Slovakian center back who lost his place in my youth movement. But the ******** at DPMM decided they could wait for his contract to expire and signed him to a pre-contract deal.

    Player news
    Again, the big news rushing a couple of 17-year-olds to the first team, but they seemed to handle it okay. Zhou Yong made 17 appearances in cup and league, mainly as the left man in a 3-man backline, and posted a 6.88 average rating. Bhupinder Colaco made 12 appearances (8 starts, 4 off the bench) in cup and league, mainly as the center man in the 3-man backline, and posted a 6.43 average rating (which was dragged down by giving away a couple of penalties).

    Our two best players were Kingsley Ikpotor, the Nigerian striker I signed last season, who bagged 14 goals and 6 assists in 31 appearances, good for a 6.99 average rating. Haruki Seto, our aging Japanese defensive midfielder (who I usually had play a supporting role in the middle of our 3-man midfield), grabbed 3 goals and 7 assists in 36 apperances, good for a 6.97 rating.

    Otherwise, not too much, although Zhou Yong, along with Gui Bin and Mohamad Ahmad (two who had sporadic apperances in our first team) played for the Singapore U19s in the Asian U19 Championship. Ahmad scored the lone goal in a win over Oman U19s, and was sent off for 2 yellows in a loss to Bahrain U19s. So he had an eventful tournament.

    Ikpotor and Seto were named to the subs bench for the S-League Team of the Year.

    Looking ahead
    During our poor runs of form, I'd considered resigning at the end of the season, but the finish has convinced me to return. I still have 2 years left on my contract, and with no relegation in Singapore, I think I'll be safe from the sack, as the board is satisfied with my performance (though no doubt they'd like us to be doing better).

    I'll use the close season to clear out some of the deadwood, mainly older, foreign players who are beginning to lose a step. Seto will likely be safe, as he's still able to get the job done. Otherwise, the scouts are continuing to scour southeast Asia (but not finding much).

    Code:
    Season	Club		League		Pre-season odds	GP	W	D	L	GF	GA	PTS	Finish	Honors	
    2009	Geylang United	S-League			8	2	0	6	3	13	6	10th
    2010	Geylang United	S-League	150-1		33	8	11	14	37	51	35	10th
    Last edited by Jason the Yank; 16-11-2009 at 11:32.

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    Nice solid start Jason.


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    The model of consistancy.

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    Geylang United, 2011 season.

    This season was mainly treading water. Although the frustration of the season stemmed more from a late season fade than anything else. We (mostly) beat teams we should have, and lost to those better than us. The squad grew, as I signed youth players to professional contracts and focused on developing players. The only move I made in the transfer market was a free transfer to bring Singapore national team center back Precious home from Indonesia, which the supporters were pleased about.

    League
    Inconsistency reared its head often this season. We started brightly by picking up points in each of our first four matches. For most of the season we were hanging about in mid-table obscurity, but a 6-match winless run to close the season saw us drop down the table.

    The highlight of the season was likely our 4-1 home win over derby rivals Woodlands early in the season., in which our English forward Lloyd Butler scored a second-half hat-trick. However, they would get theirs by taking the final 2 league encounters of the season, both times with jammy late goals.

    Otherwise, the lowlights were a 4-0 loss at Super Reds (I've beaten them 1 time in 15 tries), and a 5-1 loss at Singapore Armed Forces. The staff says we tend to be overawed by teams with bigger reputations, and it certainly seemed that way in those matches.

    As for the players, Butler was named Player of the Month for April on the back of that hat-trick (but would end the season on an 1100+ minute goalless drought), while our aging playmaker Hiroki Seto (February) and forward-substitute Hafez Rahim (September) each took Goal of the Month honors.

    Otherwise, the season was mainly about continued player development. Our young defenders Zhou Yong and Bhupinder Colaco continued to make strides, getting regular callups to the Olympic squad (despite only turning 18 this season) and it seemed like we were providing about half of the Singapore U19 squad.

    FA Cup
    We achieved the minimum aim of reaching the quarterfinals by dispatching lower-league opposition, before falling to Super Reds 0-2 at home and 1-1 away.

    League Cup
    I took the League Cup seriously this year, thinking even a minor trophy would convince everyone we were heading in the right direction. We made it all the way to the semifinal before falling, yes, to Super Reds. 0-2 at home, and 1-1 away. On the bright side, it gave us another chance to deny Woodlands, which we did 1-0 in the third-place playoff.

    Code:
    Season    Club        League        Pre-season odds    GP    W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    Finish    Honors    
    2009    Geylang United    S-League            8    2    0    6    3    13    6    10th
    2010    Geylang United    S-League    150-1        33    8    11    14    37    51    35    10th    
    2011    Geylang United    S-League    150-1        33    10    9    14    35    45    39    8th
    Looking ahead
    I have one more year on my contract, and my job status is listed as "very secure." I'm letting a bunch of older, more expensive players leave on free transfer as I continue the youth movement.

    However, I'm not enamored with life in Singapore, especially the way it seems to be impossible for us to make any money (although signing all my youth players to pro contracts probably doesn't help ). I figure I'll leave at the end of the contract and see what else is out there. But before then, Toronto FC is reviewing their caretaker manager, and I might put in for that if they decide he's not the answer.

    EDIT: The board offered me a new 3-year deal on a higher wage, but I turned it down.
    Last edited by Jason the Yank; 01-12-2009 at 00:05. Reason: Forgot I did make a transfer move.

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    A steady start to your career in Singapore. I'm finding similar issues with making money in Hong Kong - even filling the often long gaps between league games with friendlies doesn't seem to help. One thing that is liberating about these career games though is not having to worry too much about the long-term prospects of the club - if the money runs out, you can move on!

    Do you think you'll have a shot at getting an MLS job? (I assuming the club reps will be higher then in Singapore). What past experience did you start with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DodgeeD View Post
    A steady start to your career in Singapore. I'm finding similar issues with making money in Hong Kong - even filling the often long gaps between league games with friendlies doesn't seem to help. One thing that is liberating about these career games though is not having to worry too much about the long-term prospects of the club - if the money runs out, you can move on!
    I don't get too long of breaks, 14 days at the most. I have the assistant in charge of arranging friendlies. Plus our stadium only holds 4,000, so it's not like even Man U would be a money-spinner.

    Do you think you'll have a shot at getting an MLS job? (I assuming the club reps will be higher then in Singapore). What past experience did you start with?
    From what I can tell, clubs with caretaker managers usually end up giving them the job permanently. So I'm not too confident. Plus my winning percentage is down around 30%, which will make it tougher for me.

    I started with "automatic" experience. I probably should start as "Sunday League footballer," but I don't think too hard about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    Bah. Didn't see acidmonkey laid claim to a similar thread title.
    what can i say great minds must think a like, either that or the advert for around the world in 80 days was on when i was creating the thread.

    anywqay good luck man 56 divisons is ALOT ill be keeping an eye o this so good luck

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    Decision time: I applied for a vacant position (not even in the Eastern Hemisphere, and Singapore is still in pre-season), the media found out, and now the board have issued me an ultimatum.

    I can either apologize or resign.

    EDIT: I decided to apologize, and the board accepted. Job application was unsuccessful anyway, so it looks like I'll be staying in Singapore for the last year of my contract.

    Assuming the board don't end up sacking me later on.
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    Reached my 100th match in charge.

    Unfortunately, there wasn't much to celebrate as we got our teeth kicked in, 5-0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    Decision time: I applied for a vacant position (not even in the Eastern Hemisphere, and Singapore is still in pre-season), the media found out, and now the board have issued me an ultimatum.

    I can either apologize or resign.

    EDIT: I decided to apologize, and the board accepted. Job application was unsuccessful anyway, so it looks like I'll be staying in Singapore for the last year of my contract.

    Assuming the board don't end up sacking me later on.

    ive been nabbed a few times, i always apologize and nothing happens i move on

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    Geylang United, 2012 season

    Pre-season
    As mentioned above, I got in a bit of trouble when I applied for the vacant Leon job in Mexico. I backed down and issued an apology, and the board were satisfied. As you can gather from the title of this update, I was not hired by the Leon board. So it meant I settled down to the final year of my contract.

    S-League
    The kerfuffle regarding my employment actually seemed to inspire the team, as we banked 8 points from our first four matches and for the first third of the season were hanging around near the top spot.

    But then injuries started to set in. Not long-term ones, but of a bunch of little 1 or 2 week injuries. Just enough to disrupt our continuity. For two matches, I had to play my third-string keeper (he actually didn't do too badly, considering, well, he's the third-string keeper). So our form began to stutter and we slipped back into midtable obscurity. We weren't helped by a defense that continued to leak goals (we lost two matches 5-0, and shipped 4 in two other matches), but I suppose that's the price you pay for starting two 18-year-olds in a 3-man central defense.

    The positive was our attack was a bit more dangerous this season, especially once I decided Lloyd Butler was far too inconsistent and dropped him to the reserves, giving callups to a couple of other teenagers. Neither one of them really set the world alight, but Mohd Zaki Ravi developed a good partnership with Kingsley Ipotor and bagged himself 4 goals and 4 assists in 13 appearances (12 of them starts).

    And, oh, what a season it was for Ipotor. He broke his own Geylang United records for goals in a season (22 - and would have had more had I not suffered a crash dump after he put 4 past Niigata Unicorn. Not that I'm bitter about that), and most Man of the Match awards (7). He finished runner-up for the Golden Boot, was voted in the Singapore Team of the Year, won Player of the Month for April and August, and won Goal of the Month for March.

    Anyway, minor injuries caused the form to stutter and we slipped off the pace. Our final position was a bit unlucky, as we lost our final match 3-2 on an 81st minute goal, and missed out on fourth by one point, and fifth on goal difference.

    On the nice side, we did win the Fair Play Award.

    Singapore Cup
    This was quite frustrating. We had back-to-back matches at DPMM, one in the league, and one in the preliminary round for the Singapore Cup. We won the league match 1-0. And then four days later took one of our 5-0 teeth-kickings to crash out.

    League Cup
    I took this seriously again, and we did okay. We beat our bogey team Super Reds in both quarterfinal legs to set up a semifinal with our hated rivals Woodlands. We lost the away leg 2-0, then drew 0-0 in the home leg in which we pretty much played them off the park (aside from that whole scoring goals thing). So for the second consecutive year, we went to the third-place playoff, this time against Tampines. It played out much like the Singapore Cup, with a cup-league back-to-back. We lost the playoff to them 2-1, and then proceeded to lose the league match 5-0 at home.

    Players
    I already mentioned Ikpotor's fantastic season, and Razi's emergence. Our center back Precious had a good season (especially considering he was the linchpin between two 18-year-olds), making 34 starts in league and cup, scoring 3 goals, and averaging a 7.01 rating. Haruki Seto, our Japanese central midfielder, had to be relegated to the bench in mid-season, as he's still got the smarts and technique, but has lost so much pace that his movement can be timed with a sundial. In the second half of the season, I'd usually throw him on for the last 20 minutes to have a wise head on the pitch, and he still chipped in 3 goals and 5 assists.

    The youth movement continued to bear fruit, with Ravi, left wingback Sunil Nandi (got the starting job at the beginning of the season and didn't let go) reserve centerback Gul Bin, midfielder Zhao Bing (who would come off the bench for our senior squad) and reserve defender Abdul Halim Abang Othman getting callups to the squad that went to the Asian U19 championships.

    Future
    Honestly, I'm a bit tired of Singapore, and even though the board is offering a new 3-year deal on an improved salary, I'm letting my current one expire and walk away. I feel I'll leave the club in better shape than I found it.

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    2009	Geylang United	S-League			8	2	0	6	3	13	6	10th
    2010	Geylang United	S-League	150-1		33	8	11	14	37	51	35	10th	
    2011	Geylang United	S-League	150-1		33	10	9	14	35	45	39	8th
    2012	Geylang United	S-League	33-1		33	15	8	10	46	42	53	6th

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    Well, unemployment didn't last long. Was out of the Geylang job for one week when the board of Quilmes Atletico in Argentina accepted my application. They sacked their manager after losing the opening match of the clausura ... 5-0.

    My contract is for roughly 18 months.



    Quilmes Atletico Club

    Founded in 1887, Quilmes are a professional Argentinian club currently playing in the Argentine Second Division. The club play their home games at Centenario Dr. Jose Luis Meisner and possess adequate training facilities and an average youth setup. The club is affectionately known as El Cervecero.

    The club enjoyed probably their best spell of success during the 1990s. Although now enduring a twenty-two year barren spell, having not won a competition since 1990, El Cervecero still have a history of which they can be justly proud. Quilmes won the Argentinian top division for the only time in 1978 and finished runners-up once, and won the Argentine 2nd tier for the only time in 1990 and finished runners-up six times.

    Quilmes are celebrating a proud moment in the club's history this season, with the Quilmes club having been founded in 1887 - exactly one hundred and twenty-five years ago.

    In a short message, chairman Juan Carlos Garbaccio has urged you to use your new appointment to ensure that the proud traditions of this club are upheld.
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    Oh good, you can guide us through the intricacies of the Argentine league.

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    Nice move to Argentina. Maybe there's hope yet for me to get out of Hong Kong and somewhere decent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Oh good, you can guide us through the intricacies of the Argentine league.
    It is a bit complex.

    From what I can see, there's an automatic 2-up/2-down, plus 2 playoffs. The bottom 2 teams in the Premier Division, as determined by average points over the 3 most recent seasons, are replaced by the top 2 teams in the Second Division. Teams standing 17th and 18th in the average points table go to a playoff with the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Second Division.

    Relegation from the Second Division is a little trickier. There, the worst Metropolitan zone team and the worst Interior zone team as determined by average points over the 3 most recent seasons are relegated. Problem is, I can't find the info for who's in the Metropolitan and Interior zones.

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    A good looking career so far Jason. Too bad you didn't go to Indonesia for a chance at global domination.

    Good luck in Argentina, and how is your game running so far with all those leagues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    how is your game running so far with all those leagues?
    I'm only to late 2012, but it's running pretty well.

    I *think* it helps that they don't update at the same time, so it spreads out the processing. I could be wrong, but that's my impression anyway.

    Anyway, first match in charge was a 0-0 draw at bottom side Almagro. We actually had the better of the play but couldn't make it count.

    The bigger problem is the squad is a bit threadbare, though some of that is courtesy of injuries and suspensions. The backline is a particular concern, as the available centerbacks have been playing like crap - two of them are averaging less than a 6.0. And I have only three to pick from. There's a couple of really good looking centerbacks in the youth team (already rated over 1M pesos), but they're probably still a year or two away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    It is a bit complex.

    From what I can see, there's an automatic 2-up/2-down, plus 2 playoffs. The bottom 2 teams in the Premier Division, as determined by average points over the 3 most recent seasons, are replaced by the top 2 teams in the Second Division. Teams standing 17th and 18th in the average points table go to a playoff with the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Second Division.

    Relegation from the Second Division is a little trickier. There, the worst Metropolitan zone team and the worst Interior zone team as determined by average points over the 3 most recent seasons are relegated. Problem is, I can't find the info for who's in the Metropolitan and Interior zones.
    Do they not include pi in the equation somewhere?

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    Just discovered the Argies have a summer break (pretty much from Christmas to the end of January). Giving me a chance to sort out the coaching situation (we have THREE fitness coaches, none of them especially good).

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    It's good that you stated in your title thread that you're willing to travel, because there's some air miles between Singapore and Argentina!

    I've never managed in Singapore but on my current save I have the league loaded, so i'm hoping I get to manage there at some point. You were making steady progress during your time there, shame you let your contract expire. But pastures new and everything...

    I had a really enjoyable save in Argentina on 08. I knew nothing about the teams or how the league system worked so it was very much a learning curve for me. I played along side Razer's challenge rules which made things a little more difficult. Great experience though Yeah, your summary of how the relegation/promotion works is spot on. As long as you get enough points a season you'll be safe enough.

    Good luck in Argentina

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    It's good that you stated in your title thread that you're willing to travel, because there's some air miles between Singapore and Argentina!

    I've never managed in Singapore but on my current save I have the league loaded, so i'm hoping I get to manage there at some point. You were making steady progress during your time there, shame you let your contract expire. But pastures new and everything...

    I had a really enjoyable save in Argentina on 08. I knew nothing about the teams or how the league system worked so it was very much a learning curve for me. I played along side Razer's challenge rules which made things a little more difficult. Great experience though Yeah, your summary of how the relegation/promotion works is spot on. As long as you get enough points a season you'll be safe enough.

    Good luck in Argentina
    There was progress, but it just seemed impossible to avoid losing money. I couldn't even really do rancer's method of scheduling friendly competitions, because Singapore plays in the calendar year, so there's not much time to try and squeeze in a competition.

    Going to Argentina is doable, because SI credits American managers with both English and Spanish language.

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    im enjoying watching reading your journey round the world, i totally understand the issues with singapore i had the same in Qatar, cant belive i forgot to load the Brazilian and argentine leagues oh well too much fun with linfield at the mo to start again good luck in argentina, if you manage to win the copa libratores(sp?) youll get a bye to i think the quaters of the FIFA world club cup so much better chance of a cash windfall for the final game v the Champions league winners

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    Oh, BTW:

    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    It's good that you stated in your title thread that you're willing to travel, because there's some air miles between Singapore and Argentina!
    The thread title is actually borrowed from this.

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    I'm too young to remember! Although my old man is a big western fan...the amount of days I had to endure watching all those westerns!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    It is a bit complex.

    From what I can see, there's an automatic 2-up/2-down, plus 2 playoffs. The bottom 2 teams in the Premier Division, as determined by average points over the 3 most recent seasons, are replaced by the top 2 teams in the Second Division. Teams standing 17th and 18th in the average points table go to a playoff with the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Second Division.

    Relegation from the Second Division is a little trickier. There, the worst Metropolitan zone team and the worst Interior zone team as determined by average points over the 3 most recent seasons are relegated. Problem is, I can't find the info for who's in the Metropolitan and Interior zones.

    It's also quite a bit wrong. See the various issues here: http://80.64.58.195/showthread.php?t=153183

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    Quilmes, 2012-13 Argentine Clausura

    Well, that was interesting.

    So I took over Quilmes after they lost the opening match of the Clausura 5-0. I led them to 0-0 draws on either side of the summer break and I thought while it might take a little while, I could right the ship.

    Boy was I wrong.

    I used the summer break to reconstitute the backroom staff, ushering out all but the assistant manager and hiring new people (though I reduced the fitness staff from 3 coaches to 1). I also tried to reunite with my Geylang United star, Kingsley Ikpotor, but had to abandon that effort as Geylang kept asking for 4 times his value, plus wanted a friendly against us (and I'm not sending my Division 2 side all the way to Singapore just to try to sign a player).

    After the second 0-0, we promptly went into the tank, losing six consecutive matches. After a tactical rethink, I returned to my tried and true 5-3-2 (having attempted a 4-4-2) and it was like a light switch, as in the first match we beat Aldovisi 5-1. We would go on to win 5 on the trot, and unbeaten in 8 despite the sword of Damocles hanging over my neck (pretty much every match on the unbeaten run there was a press report that the board was losing patience with me and a bad result could seal my fate).

    The unbeaten run sent us into the upper half of the table (and earned me top-3 finishes for March and April Manager of the Month), but we finished with two losses (a terrible 4-1 loss at relegation-threatened Merlo, in which 3 of the goals resulted from a save by my goalkeeper landing at the feet of another attacker, and 3-2 home loss that gave Olimpo the Clausura title no thanks to a) conceding not one but TWO penalties in the first 20 minutes, and b) my star striker Nelson Gonzalez badly missing a late penalty that would have equalized the match).

    Unfortunately, it turned out I took over a team in disarray with players alternately moaning to the press about the club's underachievement. Even encouraging a players-only meeting had no effect.

    In the meantime, my job security is listed as "very insecure" and I'm considering jumping before I'm pushed.

    Players
    In the midst of all the back-biting, I do have a few gems at the club. Gonzalez I've told you about. He ended the full season with 14 goals and 4 assists, while his strike partner Enrique Narvay had 13 goals and 3 assists. They finished 2nd and 3rd respectively for March Player of the Month honors (clearly splitting the vote ), and Gonzalez was runner-up for April Goal of the Month (an angled beauty from the side of the penalty area to the goalkeeper's right).

    I went with Maximiliano Gagliardo between the sticks, and he was probably responsible for an additional 4 points this season, standing on his head to preserve a 1-1 draw at Tallares and following that up the next match with a similar outing against San Martin de Tucaman.

    Youthful (well, he's 22) attacking midfielder Facundo Silva showed promise with 4 goals and 5 assists.

    Future
    As said, I may jump before I'm pushed. If I stay on, I think I'm going to do a big housecleaning to get shot of some of the more disgruntled players.

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    2009		Geylang United	S-League		8	2	0	6	3	13	6	10th
    2010		Geylang United	S-League		33	8	11	14	37	51	35	10th	
    2011		Geylang United	S-League		33	10	9	14	35	45	39	8th
    2012		Geylang United	S-League		33	15	8	10	46	42	53	6th
    2012-13c	Quilmes		Argentina Division 2	18	6	4	8	30	31	22	14th
    
    a = Apertura
    c = Clausura
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    weed the club out of trouble makers go through all players personel and look for players with personalites that dont fit, and get shot, id stick with it and if you get sacked you get sacked, but a good clear out i think will help

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    Wow.

    In the relegation playoff, Tiro Federal won at Racing Cordoba 8-0.

    EDIT: And then they won the home leg 7-0, to win 15-0 on aggregate.
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    June confidence update:

    To summarize, the board are disappointed with your management of the team.

    Their biggest disappointment is, without doubt, the team's terrible performance in the Second Division.
    I know when I'm not wanted. :/

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    Ouch! Good luck wherever you end up next

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    So, after the less-than-glowing confidence update, I handed in my resignation from Quilmes.

    What followed was 10 months of job applications being knocked back, as I tried to find just the right fit. Fortunately, my air miles hadn't gone bad, as I would be heading back to the Eastern Hemisphere.



    Club: Sydney FC
    League: Hyundai A-League
    Founded: 2004
    Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium
    Honors: A-League regular season champions 2013, A-League finals winners 2006, 2013

    I take over a club that seriously underperformed the previous season. Predicted to retain the A-League title, Sydney instead missed out on the finals series completely by finishing 8th. They are still active in the Asian Champions League group stage, sitting 3rd in their group with half their matches remaining.

    The club's finances are listed as "insecure," which is not surprising as the assistant manager is on A$75,000/week. My first order of business was to agree mutual termination with him, which blew a $1.9M hole in the budget. But is good value compared to what he could have taken out of the club (he was on contract for 3 more years, and by my calculation 52 weeks of pay would give him $3.9M for a year's employment).

    My second order of business is to bump into Kylie.

    Frankly, I'm a bit surprised to land the Sydney job, as I was rejected by North Queensland and Wellington.

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    BTW, if anyone is interested, here is the roll of Australian honors:

    A-League regular season:
    2009-10: Central Coast Mariners
    2010-11: Central Coast Mariners
    2011-12: Central Coast Mariners
    2012-13: Sydney FC
    2013-14: Central Coast Mariners

    A-League finals
    2009: Melbourne Victory
    2010: Central Coast Mariners
    2011: Adelaide United
    2012: Central Coast Mariners
    2013: Sydney FC
    2014: Central Coast Mariners

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    Good luck in Sydney Jason. The A-League is fun and the seasons fly by too.

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    There's Jasons all over Sydney now.

    Hired Jason Dodd as my assistant, and Jason Koumas as a scout.

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    Jason FC admit it, its your main aim lol

    had any luck getting the same assistant to come round countries with you? as i never can

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    Usually my assistants haven't been worth bringing with me.

    Crashed out of the Champions League. Lost 3-0 at Shandong, drew 1-1 against Nagoya Stolz (a match we dominated, aside from shipping a goal 1 minute into the match), and 3-0 at home to Pohang Steelers when our exit was already confirmed.

    Drafted in some other names to the backroom staff: John Alosi (former Australian international) and Ante Razov (former fringe US international) have been added as scouts.

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    dont know why but always loved playing Pohang, are they as dominant in your game as mine? (normally win the Asian Champions League)

    whats your transfer policy as the best players obviously wont go to australia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidmonkey View Post
    dont know why but always loved playing Pohang, are they as dominant in your game as mine? (normally win the Asian Champions League)
    They're okay, but nothing special. Since I started the game:

    No ACL titles.
    No top-3 finishes in the K-League.
    FA Cup win in 2012, runners-up in 2013.
    League Cup runners-up in 2013.
    League finishes (from 2009 on): 11th, 9th, 4th, 6th, 5th. They're only 9th this season, but they have about 5 games in hand.

    Their reserve team has won their group in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and were runners-up in 2011. So maybe they've got some players developing.

    whats your transfer policy as the best players obviously wont go to australia?
    I generally look for free transfers and building with youth in all my FM efforts, and given the limits on foreign players and the salary cap, I'm likely to continue that policy. I'll just need to make some cash to build up a youth academy and improve the training facilities.

    (and indeed, the pre-season report says that due to the financial straits we're in -- our bank balance is A$8.5 M in the red, and we have an outstanding A$5.5M bank loan -- I'm going to have to make do with players developing from the youth ranks)

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    "Have football...indeed, will travel!" Possibly the furthest you could've travelled to get from Singapore to Australia! I like your global travels so far, let's hope that you can finally claim some silverware during your time in Sydney. Good luck mate

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    World Cup 2014

    Group Stage:
    A: Mexico, Egypt
    B: Canada, Iran
    C: Peru, England (England bottom of the group. Since it was in Brazil, they probably blamed the heat. )
    D: Hungary, Morocco
    E: Sweden, Japan
    F: Saudi Arabia, Ukraine
    G: USA, Nigeria
    H: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile

    Round of 16
    Russia 2-1 Greece
    Brazil 1-0 Argentina
    Germany 2-1 South Korea
    France 2-0 Australia
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Italy
    Uruguay p0-0 Spain
    Croatia 1-0 Benin
    Colombia 2-0 Turkey

    Quarterfinals
    France e2-1 Russia
    Brazil 3-0 Germany
    Colombia 4-0 Ivory Coast
    Uruguay p3-3 Croatia

    Semifinals
    France p0-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 3-2 Colombia

    Third-place
    Uruguay 1-0 Colombia

    World Cup Final
    France 2-1 Brazil

    Golden Ball
    Pato (BRA) 4 goals, 5 assists

    Golden Boot
    Welliton (BRA) 8 goals in 7 matches

    Goal of the Tournament
    Matias Fernandez (CHI), "a screamer from the edge of the area" in group play against Bosnia.

    Goalkeeper of the Tournament
    Hugo Lloris (FRA) 2 goals conceded in 7 matches.

    World Cup 2022 awarded to .... United States

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    Good luck with Sydney Jason. Better win the ACL at least once before you leave for some other country!

    And am I dreaming, or did Canada actually get to the World Cup in your save . Maybe they will get back to the World Cup in my lifetime afterall!

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    I wouldn't count on it for as long as all of our best players keep declaring for other nations.

    If I've read JtY's specs right than he has a dual core 1.9 ghz processor and about 3 gb of ram? That's about the same as I have and if it is than I'm going to be tempted to load up a gigantic save like this.

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    The young college kid, Teal Bunbury, who plays for Akron in NCAA said he will accept a call up from Canada. If he's as good as his father, there is hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    And am I dreaming, or did Canada actually get to the World Cup in your save .
    Yep. Finished third in the hex, 3 points ahead of Honduras.

    They were in a tough group at the WC (Argentina, Russia, Iran) but held up well. Drew 1-1 with Iran, lost 2-1 to Russia (they played most of the game with the lead, but must have run out of gas, as the Russians scored twice in the final 10 minutes) and 2-0 to Argentina (both Argentine goals were in the second half).

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    A Yank in Oz eh. Will you become a Wizard?

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    Media prediction: 7th

    A bit of a struggle this season, as finances were our major concern. As we headed into the new season, the club announced losses of A$3.9M, or 27 percent of turnover (though much of this included the cost of changing out the management team).

    I allowed all players with expiring contracts leave, which left me with a bit of a threadbare squad. I drafted in a couple of strikers (Stephen Lustica - Wellington, Nathan Elasi - Melbourne Victory) on free transfers, but otherwise it was a pretty standard JtY squad as we were the youngest squad in the league.

    And that didn't seem all bad as we brushed aside six New South Wales teams in our pre-season friendlies. As for the season, we started brightly enough and I discovered I had a couple of potential stars in forward Kofi Danning and attacking midfielder Joe Gibbs. The board apparently liked what they saw (or just were accepting the reality of the situation) and injected A$2.8M in two payments to help with running costs.

    The league campaign though would not be much of a contest as Central Coast Mariners (under manager Harry Kewell) ran away and hid from the rest of the league thanks to a 24-match unbeaten run, retaining the minor premiership with 4 matches to spare (though they would end up losing to Adelaide United in both the major final, and the grand final).

    As for ourselves, our early promise slipped a bit with the grind of the season, but we never fell out of the playoff spots, punching our ticket with a game to spare. However, Gibbs suffered broken ribs in that match, and it meant he would not be taking part in the playoffs.

    As the 6th placed team in the league, this meant we were looking at all of our playoff matches being on the road. Our first trip was to Wellington, NZ. Things went bad early when Wellington scored 5 minutes in, and our captain suffered a gashed leg requiring a 15th-minute substitution. We were okay going forward, but kept making a hash of things in the final third. I ended up burning my last substitution with 20 minutes left in normal time (in the A-League minor semifinal, which this match was, it's a single-game knockout that goes to extra time if the scores are level after 90 minutes), bringing striker Brendan Gan off the bench in place of an ineffective Lustica, and going to a 3-5-2, which I had not used at any point in this career.

    And what a finish it was. First Gan got the equalizer in the 80th minute on a goal that, frankly, may have been just a hair offside. Then he notched the winner 3 minutes into stoppage time. Sydney stuns Wellington 1-2 to advance to the minor final against Melbourne.

    Except. Danning suffered a pulled hamstring in that match and was expected out for the rest of the playoffs. Then my starting goalkeeper, a center back, and a central midfielder all pulled up lame in training. So we would be going to Melbourne with pretty much an A/B team. Melbourne scored 2 minutes in, and we were unable to break down their defense, crashing out.

    Still, for our cash-strapped, youthful side, squeezing into the playoffs and knocking off a higher seeded team has to be encouraging.

    Players
    I've told you a couple of the emerging stars, and Danning and Gibbs were certainly that. They were both named to the Asian All-Star XI, and the Australian Player of the Year shortlist. Their teammates Zdravko Grucijic and Michael Nunes (both 19-year-old defenders) made the shortlist for the Australian Young Player of the Year. Danning also set an A-League record for assists (12), and set a Sydney FC record with a goal 15 seconds into our Nov. 14 match against Brisbane. Gibbs scored 7 goals and chipped in 6 assists.

    Ah, but as always there are storm clouds gathering. Gibbs won't sign a new contract, and there are Belgian, Danish, Dutch, and German clubs ready to swoop for him as soon as his contract expires in 6 weeks. I may offer him just to see if I can get something for him rather than see him leave on a free (he's only 22, but I don't think I'd get compensation for him). We're in better shape with Danning, as he has a year left on his deal, but he's caught the eye of Ligue 1 side Nancy.

    Personal
    A little bit of surprise to see this, but DC United sacked their manager in October, and I was among the names mentioned as possibilities to take over. They decided to approach Alan Shearer instead.

    The future
    I have one more year on my Sydney deal, but I'll probably re-sign if they give me an offer. Given the finances, I'll probably end up having to take any offers I get, especially for Gibbs and Danning. I'll probably also try to set up a Rancer Invitational (though our pre-season doesn't quite match up to the big European leagues).

    During the January transfer window, I signed Tadatoshi Kurita on a free transfer. He's getting callups to the Japanese national team, but I got him right at the end of the window, too late to get him registered for the remainder of the A-League season. He'll probably step in to one of the forward slots.

    Elasi was a bust, but nobody is willing to take him off my hands (at least, not at the current value).

    In the meantime, have a bit of sympathy for my scouts who are scouring Asia. One of them went to Afghanistan, and John Alosi went to North Korea.

    Code:
    Season		Club		League			GP	W	D	L	GF	GA	PTS	Finish	Honors	
    2009		Geylang United	S-League		8	2	0	6	3	13	6	10th
    2010		Geylang United	S-League		33	8	11	14	37	51	35	10th	
    2011		Geylang United	S-League		33	10	9	14	35	45	39	8th
    2012		Geylang United	S-League		33	15	8	10	46	42	53	6th	
    2012-13c	Quilmes		Argentina Division 2	18	6	4	8	30	31	22	14th	
    2014-15		Sydney FC	A-League		33	9	8	10	44	38	35	6th	Lost minor final
    
    
    a = Apertura
    c = Clausura
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    Joe Gibbs goes to my brothers school, quality youngster who trialled with West Ham and Blackburn.

    Some needless info for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by marinerpompey View Post
    Joe Gibbs goes to my brothers school, quality youngster who trialled with West Ham and Blackburn.
    Well he's going to Eintracht Frankfurt now.

    Offering him just caused all the interested teams to offer him a pre-contract deal.

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    i found Croatia to be a great place for young players who are free/cheap and willing to join about any league,

    just a useless tip for you if your strugling finance wise (y)

    thats got to suck though:

    - "we need you to scout in asia"
    - "no worries boss ill grab my Japanese hand book"
    - "no mate youll need these your going to afganistan"
    (hands scout flak jacket and helmet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidmonkey View Post
    i found Croatia to be a great place for young players who are free/cheap and willing to join about any league,
    Board won't let me scout there.

    I can do Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East.

    And Australia, of course.

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    can you scout specific players as i know 1 or 2 who arent regen and could give you names if you wish (will wait on reply incase you dont want player naming )

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    Can you find your shift key?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidmonkey View Post
    can you scout specific players as i know 1 or 2 who arent regen and could give you names if you wish (will wait on reply incase you dont want player naming )
    My style of play is essentially LLM, so the only time I will scout specific players is if it's suggested by the backroom staff.

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    Heh. Just noticed that Toronto FC have already left BMO Field for the new (well, built in 2013) Dichio Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    Heh. Just noticed that Toronto FC have already left BMO Field for the new (well, built in 2013) Dichio Park.
    Dichio Park!!! That's a fantastic name for a stadium.

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    What the ...?

    Steven Lustica was listed as both the Australian signing of the season, and the worst signing of the season.

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    Sydney FC, close season/pre-season 2015

    Quite the eventful period for us.

    Things kicked off with Joe Gibbs heading to Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer. Not long after, defender Zdravko Gucijic and star forward Kofi Danning declared that they wanted to go to bigger clubs (though they did not hand in a transfer request).

    Both had only a year left on their contracts, and not wanting to lose them for nothing, I offered them around.

    Gucijic would go to Turkish side Genclerbirligi for A$1.5M, while Danning went to Sochaux for A$4M. This, combined with two cash injections totalling A$2.275M means our bank balance is now in the black, and I actually have a transfer budget. My preference for internal development though caused me to ask the board to upgrade our "average" training facilities, but they say there's not enough money available. Fair enough, we are on the cusp of the new season, and the board may want to wait and see how our spending goes this season. They did give me a 1-year contract extension though.

    The player sales and stable season ticket sales allowed the board to announce a profit of A$3.9M, or 33 percent of turnover. Not happy losing players, but at least our finances are back in order. (and if a player wants to go, what are you going to do?)

    We also offloaded backup right back Sam Munro to Macarthur Rams for A$1,000 a couple of weeks before his contract expired, so that was a little bit of a bonus.

    It hasn't been all outgoings though. The scouts have been working diligently, and we've been able to upgrade our right side on the cheap. Plus my contacts back in the US allowed me to pick up a Cuban international midfielder for some veteran cover.

    Transfers:
    Out: Joe Gibbs - Frankfurt (free)
    Sam Munro - Macarthur Rams A$1,000
    Zdravko Grucijic - Genclerbirligi A$1.5M
    Kofi Danning - Sochaux A$4M

    In:
    GK Hideto Mochizuki - Unattached (free)
    MR Rostyn Griffiths - Unattached (free)
    DR Pedj Bojic - Unattached (free)
    MC Yordany Alvarez - Unattached (free)
    Last edited by Jason the Yank; 18-12-2009 at 04:22.

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    Good going balancing the books Jason

    Hopefully the loss of the two star men (Grucijic and Danning) don't effect your performance on the pitch too badly. Hope the new season goes well, enjoying reading your progress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason the Yank View Post
    My style of play is essentially LLM, so the only time I will scout specific players is if it's suggested by the backroom staff.

    ah ok, always wanted to try LLM but few things stop me like using the editor to create leagues for teams around me,

    Good luck for the new season with Sydney

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    This may have been mentioned previously but Jason, what reputation did you give your manager to begin with?

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    Can't belive I have not posted yet!

    Easily one of my favourite threads on here. Made even better by the fact you are in the A-League, I need to to that some day.
    If you are doing LLM I also belive that you can find players through linking in the media like the transfer page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    This may have been mentioned previously but Jason, what reputation did you give your manager to begin with?
    Automatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saxonaitor View Post
    Can't belive I have not posted yet!

    Easily one of my favourite threads on here. Made even better by the fact you are in the A-League, I need to to that some day.
    Thanks. It's been a hard, disappointing slog this season. Very nearly quit this save and blamed it on the new patch.

    If you are doing LLM I also belive that you can find players through linking in the media like the transfer page.
    I've taken a couple from there, players being released from US clubs.

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    Sydney FC, 2015-16
    Media prediction: 6th

    So after last season's playoff appearance, the board and the media were looking for more of the same this season. Despite the losses of Gibbs, Danning, and Grujicic, I felt the incoming players would make up for those losses. I felt even more confident when we grabbed two other free transfers (AM/F Mitch Nicholls, and DR James Stafrace) outside the registration window.

    Although we had one bad game (a 3-1 loss at Wellington), we got off to a decent 3-2-3 start that had us solidly in the playoff pack. And things were looking great following a 6-0 demolition of Gold Coast United, in which Tadatoshi Kurita scored 4 goals in the first half-hour. But we didn't score in the second half of the game.

    And that was a harbinger of what was to come. Our attack became decidedly pedestrian with our shots regularly going straight at the opposing keeper. Our defenders looked like they'd never played together before, or even played at all. It took a scrappy 2-1 win against Gold Coast to snap what had snowballed into a 10-game winless run that pushed us out of the playoff zone. We managed to hang close until the registration window reopened (and we could finally play Nicholls and Stafrace), but we couldn't get much momentum. We smacked Melbourne 4-1 in a vital 6-pointer, but drew against Perth and lost at home to Central Coast (who have turned into our bogey team. I think I'm 0-1-5 against them), to put us 5 points adrift with 2 to play.

    But we won 3-1 at Newcastle, and Melbourne drew, allowing us to close to within 3 points heading into the final match. Us against title contenders Adelaide United, Melbourne against Newcastle (whose loss to us had eliminated them from playoff contention).

    I told the boys to play desperate, and they responded with an early goal. Then Adelaide had a player sent off in the 35th minute for a two-footed tackle. We kept our foot on the pedal and won 3-0. Unfortunately, Melbourne got a 2-1 win, and the fat lady had sung.

    Since the board was expecting "continental qualification through league position" (which, only the A-League points champion can do that, so I *think* FM is interpreting that as a playoff appearance, as the A-League playoffs are coded seperately to the season), they're not happy about us missing the playoffs. I am now insecure in my job security, but the board are encouraged by the harmony in the squad.

    Players
    It will be a close season of building. Clearly the loss of Danning deprived us of a true threat up top, as I rotated among 4 strikers for 2 slots only to find nobody seizing his opportunity. One of my starting central midfielders, Joel Chianese, has already agreed a free-transfer move to Lecce. I have some possibilities in the squad already with AMC Yordany Alvarez, and MC Dmitri Petratos, and DM MC Ross Janjatovic could be one for the future. But we could be left thin up top, as I plan to not renew the contracts of Steven Lustica, and Nathan Elasi, and Brendan Gan may not come back either. I could try a Kurita-Nicholls combination, as that was about the only combination I hadn't tried.

    Although we had some howlers in defense, I feel reasonably satisfied with the back 5. We have some decent looking prospects in the youth side, but they're probably still a few years away (I'm especially interested in our 16-year-old Lao-Australian GK Mongkol Suzliman, who posted 14 clean sheets in 29 appearances for the youth side. His handling and one-on-ones are already on par with the top two goalkeepers on our depth chart. Just needs to work on his communication and decisions though).

    Backroom personnel
    Lost scout Ante Razov, who decided to take a similar position with Nottingham Forest. We did get a little compensation out of it though. The contracts of Jason Koumas and John Aloisi are coming to an end soon, and I have to make a decision there.

    How did they do?
    It was a bit of a rough go for Gibbs, Danning and Grujicic.

    Joe Gibbs featured for Eintracht Frankfurt's reserves, making only 1 apperance in the first team. He did grab 2 goals, 4 assists, and a 7.13 average rating in 24 appearances for the reserve team in the Regional Division South.

    Kofi Danning made 2 appearances for Sochaux, who sacked the manager who bought him from me.

    Grujicic had the best go of it, making 19 league appearances for Genclerbirgli, plus 5 appearance for them in the Europa League qualifiers (they fell to Rennes in the 4th qualifying round). He also got his first Australia cap, against Iraq.

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    Season		Club		League			GP	W	D	L	GF	GA	PTS	Finish	Honors	
    2009		Geylang United	S-League		8	2	0	6	3	13	6	10th
    2010		Geylang United	S-League		33	8	11	14	37	51	35	10th	
    2011		Geylang United	S-League		33	10	9	14	35	45	39	8th
    2012		Geylang United	S-League		33	15	8	10	46	42	53	6th	
    2012-13c	Quilmes		Argentina Division 2	18	6	4	8	30	31	22	14th	
    2014-15		Sydney FC	A-League		33	9	8	10	44	38	35	6th	Lost minor final
    2015-16		Sydney FC	A-League		33	8	6	13	34	33	30	7th
    
    
    a = Apertura
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    Not an ideal season there Jason, I thought the loss of those 3 players might be tough. Looks as if you'll need to climb a few places in the league next season to ensure your job is safe. Hopefully a good transfer window can help.

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    Just finished catching up on your thread, Jason. Great read. Hope things go well next season.

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    Also, Central Coast Mariners retained the A-League minor premiership.

    They've won that 3 seasons in a row, and 6 of the past 7.

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    Because some of you might be interested

    Euro 2016 - Scotland/Wales

    Group stage exits: Scotland, Germany (bottom of Group A), Wales, Slovenia, Sweden, Croatia, England, Italy
    (England and Italy were in Group D with Spain and Romania)

    Quarterfinal
    Portugal 3-1 Greece
    Switzerland 1-0 Ukraine
    Romania 1-0 Holland
    Spain 1-0 France

    Semifinal
    Spain e3-1 Portugal
    Switzerland 2-1 Romania

    Final
    Spain 3-1 Switzerland

    Golden Boot: Eren Derdlyok (SUI) (7 goals in 6 matches)
    Best Player: Fernando Torres (ESP) (4 goals, 3 assists in 6 matches for a 7.93 average rating)
    Goal of the Tournament: Cesc Fabregas (ESP) (Long-range curling shot to draw level against Portugal in the 80th minute).

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    Sydney FC, 2016 close season

    More turnover in the squad as I look for the right combination of players. The highlight was my starting GK Nenad Vekic saying he wanted to go to a bigger club about 2 weeks after I'd named him vice-captain. So I flogged him and got A$750K from Spanish side Ponferradina. And then the arsehole criticized me to the media upon his departure. Hope he rots in the reserves in Spain.

    The other highlight was Joel Chianese's free-transfer to Lecce falling apart because of rules covering the signing of non-EU players. I tried bringing him back, but he wasn't having it and at this point (a couple days ahead of the A-League season) is still looking for a club.

    Brendan Gan managed to land himself a deal with Excelsior in Holland, and Steven Lustica somehow landed with Vicenza. And youth coach Eric Kinder went back to England, landing himself a similar job with Bristol City. We did get A$55,000 in compensation though.

    Anyway, the club announced profits of A$4.3M, or 55 percent of turnover, with much of that coming from A$4M in player sales. So I asked the board to upgrade the training facilities, only to be knocked back with a message that they were getting tired of always seeing me in the board room. ********. (although our new kit sponsorship is about A$250,000/year less than the previous one. So maybe they're worried by that)

    So I took the Vekic transfer fee and did a bit of shopping for the first time in this save. My best bit of business by far is landing Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen from Marconi Stallions for A$20,000 and clauses. His stats give me a lot of confidence, and I think I have a clear-cut No. 1 goalkeeper.

    We're still a little thin up front, especially after Tadatoshi Kurita suffered a fractured arm in a pre-season friendly. So I've been experimenting with a 4-2-3-1 with some success (although given the opposition, I'm not expecting great things once the league campaign gets underway). And now Kurita is refusing to sign a contract extension, so I may have to shop him before he's eligible for a pre-contract signing for no fee.

    The other highlight of the close season and pre-season is we have two players at the Olympics, right back Michael Nunes with Australia, and backup goalkeeper Hideto Mochizuki with Japan.

    IN:
    AMLC/FC Dmitry Muminov (Uzbek) - unattached
    MC Greg Twaddle - unattached
    GK Pietro Lombardi - unattached
    GK Mikkel Andersen - Marconi (A$20K + clauses)
    ST Matthew Dodds - Sydney Olympic (A$30K + clauses)
    AM Jesse Pinto - unattached
    AM/FC Stefan Vrbesic - Macarthur Rams (A$30K + clauses)
    ST Fawaz Al-Ghamdi (Saudi) - unattached

    OUT:
    AMRC/FC Chris Payne - contract expiration
    ST - Brenden Gan - contract expiration
    DLC - Anthony Golec - contract expiration
    ST - Nathan Elasi - contract expiration
    ST - Steven Lustica - contract expiration
    MC - Joel Chianese - contract expiration
    AMR - Mitchell Mallia - contract expiration
    ST - Stephen Cooper - contract expiration
    ML - Tom Woods - Palm Beach A$4.5K
    GK - Nenad Vekic - Ponferradina A$750K
    ST - Tadatoshi Kurita - Ravenna A$650K


    EDIT: Successfully offloaded Kurita to Ravenna for A$650K, and replaced him with unattached Saudi striker Fawaz Al-Ghamdi .

    Not a bad bit of business on Kurita, if I do say so. Signed him as a free transfer, flip him for 650,000.
    Last edited by Jason the Yank; 25-12-2009 at 21:25. Reason: Transfer update

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    Well, my computer came down with the "Antivirus Live" virus.

    It's fixed now, but I'm going to end this save.

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