At first sorry for my mediocre english...
IĀ“m a fm-fan since the championship-manager times.
Most of the time been successful as a manager, always trying to get some nice small club as far upstairs as possible, but now i got to the point i could set my pc on fire, although it itself works great...
To start, iĀ“m from austria. if you watch the euro, you perhaps know the wĆ¶rtherseestadion in klagenfurt (e.g.:germany-croatia...)
i manage austria kĆ¤rnten, the local club playing there in austrian premier league
the thing is, i never saw less than 8000 people in the stadium, i saw every home-match last season(except 1). it was sold out several times.
i start the game, play the first season and there where 350 fans in average (???)
okay, i admit,the team is not very good. almost went down in real-life.
okay, i went down in fm (no chance), which was no problem for me, always had faught hard, and after some years i got up almost every club.
problem 1: board considered club as semi-professional. scouting trips only in austria (there is almost NOBODY to find)
first thing i always do, is to buy good staff.
3 scouts, send them to "scout austria". get 1 four-star player i canĀ“t afford.(remember 350 average visitors?) the rest: ********.
after 2 seasons
against all odds i got a team that was competitive.
problem 2: season 2010/11 have winning
streaks over 8 games, donĀ“t lose for 12 games, i dominate the league. tactics changing and working(although i got the feeling i would have won most of the games without changing anything...) then suddenly: my players all no more attack. just stand there, and donĀ“t attack the other player. they shoot in any direction but the goal. players in suberb condition donĀ“t move properly. they just walk around.
7 out of 8 duells are lost. i lose 4 games in a row, although i try really everything (i have 2 players for each position and 4 different previously working tactics). but games says i have to lose. then suddenly it gets better. i play a draw(donĀ“t know why), another lose(but suddenly my soccerios start playing again), then another winning streak. at the end 3rd in 2nd division. okay, must have been bad luck.
next 3 seasons. same thing
at some point of the season my players just stop fighting, lose some games, then win everything after.
next 3 seasons. same thing
i had been 3rd 4 times.
you just CANT get up there.
for better understanding:
first division austria:
12 teams, one(!!!) gets up to premier league.
you can have 3 foreigners (not non-eu, ANY FOREIGNERS) in team.
there is hardly any point in scouting austria, when you are in semi professional state.
you have a ridicoulous budget because of ridiculous fan numbers.
but you manage to get a talented team (with all the skills you got in the last 10 cm/fm years)
but game says you have to extremely over/underperform at some point of the season. and that means you canĀ“t get up.(1 out of 12)
i know theyĀ“ll say "whiner", noob, or sth.
but it isnĀ“t training
it isnĀ“t tactics
it isnĀ“t players
it isnĀ“t team talks
it isnĀ“t bad luck
itĀ“s something in the game that says "stop!"
i spent half a year on this game version ,hours every day trying everything.
itĀ“s dead now for me.
fm 2007 was hard, and there were unfair tendencies.
but it was possible to succeed(although at some times it was real WORK) and finaly it was fun.
2008 is frustrating. to much game-made walls.
but thank you for healing my addiction
* cm2 1997
+ fm 2008
rest in piece