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    Default FM12: The Lich King Challenge

    Welcome to the ultimate challenge that will test your patience and determination to achieve something that probably was never achieved before. It will last 17 seasons at the very least, but it's highly unlikely someone will be able to do it that quickly. Can you become one of the very few football legends that will be remembered forever?

    The Aim

    You will have to win every possible trophy in all Scandinavian countries. This means you need to secure a total of 14 league titles and 9 cups at domestic level, but that's just the first stage. You will also have to win UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. That's where things change a little bit. After securing these trophies you will have to take over a Scandinavian national team (Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland) and win both EURO and World Cup with them.

    The Rules

    1. You can choose any of the five countries as a place to start, but you must take over a club in the lowest playable league of that country. It's your decision whether to start unemployed or not.
    2. You may switch clubs within one country.
    3. Promotions don't count as league wins unless you actually have won the league.
    4. You may not manage outside Scandinavia.
    5. Player naming is allowed.
    6. Tactic naming and using downloaded tactics is not allowed.
    7. The challenge finishes on Football Manager 2013 release date.
    8. You are awarded for winning a specific competition only once, no matter how many times you win it.
    9. You may take over a national team at any stage, but you're not allowed to manage club and a national team simultaneously.

    The Trophies (using Susie's Real Names)

    Iceland

    Pepsideildin (10 points)
    1. Deild karla (5 points)
    VISA-Bikar karla (8 points)
    Islenska Frabaer Bikar (5 points)
    Lengjubikarinn (5 points)

    Denmark

    Superligaen (15 points)
    1. Division (10 points)
    2. Division (5 points)
    DBU Pokalen (12 points)

    Finland

    Veikkausliga (12 points)
    Ykkonen (5 points)
    Suomen Cup (8 points)
    Liigacup (6 points)

    Norway

    Tippeligaen (15 points)
    Adeccoligaen (10 points)
    Fair Play-ligaen (5 points)
    Norgensmesterskap Frisk Forsikring Cup (12 points)

    Sweden

    Allsvenskan (15 points)
    Superettan (12 points)
    Division 1 (8 points)
    Division 2 (5 points)
    Svenska Cupen (12 points)
    Svenska Supercupen (10 points)

    Europe

    UEFA Champions League (100 points)
    FIFA Club World Cup (80 points)
    Europa League (optional) (75 points)

    National Team

    World Cup (150 points)
    European Championships (100 points)

    Achievements

    Iceland

    Win all domestic trophies with one club (15 points)
    Win all domestic trophies in two seasons (25 points)
    Turn professional (25 points)
    Qualify for Europa League group stages (30 points)
    Qualify for Champions League group stages (45 points)

    Denmark

    Do back-to-back promotions (15 points)
    Win all domestic trophies with one club (20 points)
    Qualify for Europa League group stages (25 points)
    Win all domestic trophies in three seasons (30 points)
    Qualify for Champions League group stages (35 points)

    Finland

    Win all domestic trophies with one club (15 points)
    Win all domestic trophies in two years (30 points)
    Qualify for Europa League group stages (30 points)
    Qualify for Champions League group stages (40 points)

    Norway

    Do back-to-back promotions (15 points)
    Win all domestic trophies with one club (20 points)
    Qualify for Europa League group stages (25 points)
    Win all domestic trophies in three seasons (30 points)
    Qualify for Champions League group stages (35 points)

    Sweden

    Do back-to-back promotions (15 points)
    Win all domestic trophies with one club (20 points)
    Qualify for Europa League group stages (25 points)
    Win all domestic trophies in three seasons (30 points)
    Qualify for Champions League group stages (35 points)

    Overall

    Make a Scandinavian league one of the top ten in Europe (20 points)
    Make a Scandinavian league one of the top five in Europe (35 points)
    Get your player to win European Golden Boot (35 points)
    Get your player to win European Player of the Year (50 points)
    Get your player to become European Championships top scorer (50 points)
    Get your player to become World Cup top scorer (60 points)
    Get your player to win World Player of the Year (75 points)
    Make a Scandinavian league the best in Europe (100 points)
    Win the European Championships at your first attempt (150 points)
    Win the World Cup at your first attempt (200 points)
    Complete the challenge in 2040 or earlier (250 points)
    Complete the challenge in 2030 (300 points)

    Now it's all up to you. Can you become the best? Can you become FM12's Lich King?
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    Leaderboard

    1. toonbalmy87 - 32 points
    2. nastymiller - 5 points
    3. 5ergio - 5 points
    4. Diddipalo - 5 points
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    That seems like a brilliant challenge Been a long time since we've had anyone properly outline a challenge and put some effort in to it, probably since Ri916 and Toonbalmy87 with their youth academy challenges. If your doing this for FM13, i'll probably join in at that point

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    wahooo looks awesome and i will be attempting this shortly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactic Master View Post
    If your doing this for FM13, i'll probably join in at that point
    It depends on how much people will be interested in it, keep an eye on this thread.

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    just one question are transfers allowed

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    Looks very interesting but I am busy with other challenges at the minute. If you were to run it for FM13 I would likely join also. Best of luck and hope you get some interest.

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    a shame it is rather late to embark on what would be an absolute epic of a challenge. Even if your not officially going to run this for FM13 im gonna give it a shot A great idea of a challenge and like others before me have said, if its going ahead for FM13 you can count me in.

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    I'm inclined to give a go just to see how it pans out before FM13 and start properly for it. Though for a feedback I'd say a few words:

    - Not being able to change countries before winning everything may hamper the progress & fun to a degree and I hope you foresee that.
    - How are you going to make sure people don't use downloaded tactics? I am not really up to date on various challenge rules but this one is a bit unnecessary control to me.
    - Do we have to win everything with clubs before moving to national team management?

    What I'd suggest is let people roam freely in Scandinavia as long as they are winning trophies. This'll allow a lot of different stories from different careers. Also I'd say, you should not put a pre-requisite to the NT management. If they are offered the job, people should be able to go for it.

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    Will give this a blast:

    Screenshot shows how I have set the game up, my manager is Sunday League (Past Experience) and started off as unemployed.



    Will update rest of this post when I am back from dropping the little one off at school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5ergio View Post
    I'm inclined to give a go just to see how it pans out before FM13 and start properly for it. Though for a feedback I'd say a few words:

    - Not being able to change countries before winning everything may hamper the progress & fun to a degree and I hope you foresee that.
    - How are you going to make sure people don't use downloaded tactics? I am not really up to date on various challenge rules but this one is a bit unnecessary control to me.
    - Do we have to win everything with clubs before moving to national team management?

    What I'd suggest is let people roam freely in Scandinavia as long as they are winning trophies. This'll allow a lot of different stories from different careers. Also I'd say, you should not put a pre-requisite to the NT management. If they are offered the job, people should be able to go for it.
    Thanks for your opinion. I've started working on the challenge as soon as the idea hit my mind and spent about an hour thinking about it and working on the OP, so maybe it wasn't long enough. The challenge is in its early stage though, so I'm going to change the rule about winning everything before moving to another country and add another one about NT management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    Thanks for your opinion. I've started working on the challenge as soon as the idea hit my mind and spent about an hour thinking about it and working on the OP, so maybe it wasn't long enough. The challenge is in its early stage though, so I'm going to change the rule about winning everything before moving to another country and add another one about NT management.
    TBH the rules of the challenge are fair but can we buy players

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    Yes, why wouldn't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    Yes, why wouldn't you?
    just because couple of games on here you cant buy players

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    Some changes have been made to the rules, please pay attention to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    Yes, why wouldn't you?
    I think because he likes to not be able to buy players This challenge is a long 1 though, so being able to buy players is a must really, otherwise it would take way too long!

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    I don't think anyone would be able to finish it without buying any players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    I don't think anyone would be able to finish it without buying any players.
    It's easy to do, just extremely time consuming, so you'd have to be someone who spent most of their day playing to even think about doing that, but as I said, for a normal person like me and you with a challenge like this, buying players is a must really. It's taken me long enough to take Chester to the Premier League without buying players, never mind all those teams!

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    Looks like a cracking challenge mate! I hope people take part and enjoy it.

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    Starting this challenge now, used the same set up as someone posted up earlier. Starting in Denmark though, its gonna be tough!

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    Is there a default start date or can we choose whatever we want? I'm not sure which date to start as I'm not sure which nation I'd like to start in.

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    You can choose any of the Scandinavian leagues starting dates.

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    Are we able to start the save with other playable leagues so we have the option of changing clubs after we've done the challenge/given up?

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    Yeah, sure.

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    Right then,

    Been away for a week working, and have finally found some time to give this a blast.

    Started with a team called Thisted Fodbold Club of the Danish Second Division West, it would be ages before I got into the nitty gritty of league football. My main aim was to reduce the wage budget which was nearly £2k a week over budget. By the time the season came round I was still £824 a week over it, but had tried all I could do to drop it down.

    7 players left the club, with 3 players coming in - I paid £100 for all three players and brought them in on amateur contracts. Still looking for more players all on amateur contracts until I can get rid of the rest of the dead wood and bring the wages under control.

    Club is expected to finish in a respectable league position whilst the papers reckon 6th place will be good (So out of a league of 16 teams, 6 will be respectable I would imagine), the club also wants at least a 2nd round cup performance, with Aarup Boldklub facing us in the first round (Danish non-league club), I was hoping I could tick that particular box.

    16 youth players were brought through the ranks, I however only kept 5 of them on the books - best being a left back that is expected to be a maximum of a 2 star player in the future.

    So with nothing more to do, bring on the league - and here is to some type of miracle and a championship in my first season (and 5 points towards being the leader of this challenge).

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    I'd appreciate some screenshots.

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    Stating this in Norway with these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steinkjer_FK got good training facilities so that should me in the long run they are predicted 10th

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    posting a couple updaates up soon

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    Profile

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    Decent first season finished above where the media predicted us and obviously lots of changes i will be hoping for a big improvement next season

    Transfers

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    Next Season objectives
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    Season 2


    League Table

    Did not expect it but i am happy about going up just hope it is not to early

    Transfers

    Finances

    Youth Intake

    YP1.
    Report

    Next Season objectives: Survival
    Last edited by toonbalmy87; 16-07-2012 at 19:19.

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    Toon, the league table is still for the 2011 season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Toon, the league table is still for the 2011 season!
    it is working now

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    Nice one Toon on your promotion mate, and good luck with next season. I'm coming close to the end of my first season and hope to update later today/tonight.

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    Nicely done with the promotion, we've got the first points there, congratulations.

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    At the half way point of the first season and all is looking good for a league win (maybe?)

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/95...376602A368382/

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    Season 3


    League Table

    Very happy with my first season would like to get further in the cup got knocked out in the 1st round arghhh

    Transfers

    Finances

    Key Players

    Garcia

    Kobashi

    Lindroo's

    Gem of a Find

    Moos

    Youth Intake

    YP1.

    YP2.
    Report

    Next Season objectives: Survival
    Last edited by toonbalmy87; 13-07-2012 at 10:11.

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    League table image doesn't work for me, it shows a 404.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    League table image doesn't work for me, it shows a 404.
    should work now

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    Good luck in nurturing Wik through mate - looking forward to see if he can make it in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nastymiller View Post
    Good luck in nurturing Wik through mate - looking forward to see if he can make it in the game.
    I will try just had my next intake then best 1 is another striker but had a gk who was half a star worse in potential so I chose him but god all I can bring in is strikers

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    nooooooooooooooo just got promoted to prem n forgot to save com crashed arghhhhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonbalmy87 View Post





    Season 3


    League Table

    Very happy with my first season would like to get further in the cup got knocked out in the 1st round arghhh

    Transfers

    Finances

    Key Players

    Garcia

    Kobashi

    Lindroo's

    Gem of a Find

    Moos

    Youth Intake

    YP1.

    YP2.
    Report

    Next Season objectives: Survival
    All updated now

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    End of 1st season and I need to shoot to work, but managed to win the league and then the play off - so it's a higher standard of football for me next season.

    Happy day's and on the leader-board - bosh!

    I will update this thread with all the screenshots as and when I sort them out.

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    Here we go! On this day, Sercan Cali is announced the new manager of IF Birkebeineren!

    I have 0 player & 0 staff in the squad, semi-pro club. At least 6,5K wage budget should do me some good, hopefully

    P.S: Forgot to add, I have also enabled Turkey Prem as well as I'm planning to take a job offer there if I manage to finish the challenge & I'd like to monitor the league in the mean time as well.
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    3 seasons of updates to come

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    Season 4


    League Table


    Finshed 2nd well ws a great season obvious but i think its going to be tough to stay up

    Squad SquadC

    Transfers
    TransfersC

    Finances

    Youth Intake

    YP1.

    YP2

    YP3.
    Report


    Next Season objectives: Survival
    Last edited by toonbalmy87; 16-07-2012 at 21:14.

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    Season 5

    League Table

    Decent first season hopefully nxt seaso will be able to bring better players in and start pushing up that table

    Squad SquadC

    Transfers
    TransfersC

    Finances

    Youth Intake

    YP1.

    YP2

    YP3

    YP4.
    Report


    Next Season objectives: Survival
    Last edited by toonbalmy87; 18-07-2012 at 22:54.

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    Congratulations on the promotion, you will need to go back and win the Adeccoligaen at some point though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    Congratulations on the promotion, you will need to go back and win the Adeccoligaen at some point though.
    only problem i will probs get the sack if i go back down

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    Starting this now. Looks like a lot of fun.
    Think i'll try to get a job in Norway or Sweden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddipalo View Post
    Starting this now. Looks like a lot of fun.
    Think i'll try to get a job in Norway or Sweden.
    Good luck norway is hard because of the 11 foreign players only rule haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonbalmy87 View Post
    Good luck norway is hard because of the 11 foreign players only rule haha
    Thanks. I took a job offer at Vimmerby IF in the swedish second div

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimmerby_IF

    Apparently they are really good at Futsal

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    Season 6

    League Table

    Did not expect this but i did bring in alot better players so i was expecting a better season so hopefully we will push on fot top 5 next season


    Squad SquadC

    Transfers

    Finances

    Youth Intake

    YP1 Has gone bye bye was not good enough

    YP2

    YP3

    YP4.
    Report

    YP5.
    Report

    Key Players

    P.Fernandez (Next Ballack)

    V.V.Josefsson

    D.Evseenko

    Next Season objectives: Top 5
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    Season 7

    League Table

    Didnt achieve what i wanted to but didn't get any worse so i am not to bothered plus i am not really spending as much as the big boys of the division but i am in Europe extra money and better players wanting to come to me


    Squad SquadC

    Transfers -Made some money this season

    Finances

    Youth Intake -wtf is that!!!



    YP2

    YP3

    YP4.


    YP5.
    Report

    Key Players

    Luiz

    Santos

    Berger

    Cup Final

    I thought i was buggerd when they got it back to 3-3 butmy boy pulled together and clung on for penalty's

    Stats

    1
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    Highlights



    Next Season objectives: Top 5 or Conquer Europe

    Year Div 2 Div 1 NPL NCup
    2011 9th 2nd Rnd
    2012 1st 2nd Rnd
    2013 7th QTR Final
    2014 2nd 3rd Rnd
    2015 12th 4th Rnd
    2016 7th Semi's
    2017 7th Champions
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    Congratulations on winning the cup, keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5ergio View Post
    Here we go! On this day, Sercan Cali is announced the new manager of IF Birkebeineren!

    I have 0 player & 0 staff in the squad, semi-pro club. At least 6,5K wage budget should do me some good, hopefully

    P.S: Forgot to add, I have also enabled Turkey Prem as well as I'm planning to take a job offer there if I manage to finish the challenge & I'd like to monitor the league in the mean time as well.
    The first season is over for IF Birkebeineren and I have managed to do the (not so) unthinkable, winning the league! With only me as a footballing staff at the start of the season, it seemed a bit hard at first. But seems like the players I brought in are good for the level we are at! Screenshots will be up when I get back to home. The only down side of a €6,5K weekly wage budget is we are in the red every month At least the board injects some cash every now and then. Also, got knocked out of the cup in 1st round, should have been a good financial boost

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    Norway - 3rd Tier - IF Birkebeineren

    What a season for the team with no staff at the start of season. Clearly hiring Sercan Cali was their first move to a successful history!

    League Table: I was not expecting this given we had 20 players who had never seen each other before! The title was a close call in the last 6-7 weeks. When Elverum & Tonsberg dropped points, it was our chance to get ahead and we used it well in the last 3 matches.

    Here's the both transfer screenshots (players & staff): Staff & Players

    Out of that bunch, 4 strikes shine throughout the season, given the fact that I was rotating them 4 to keep them all match fit.

    Balal Arezu: Decent striker with some speed and team work. Added to the total tally when it mattered by scoring a few game winners.

    Fosu Boateng: A good striker with passing capabilities, nearly acting as a left winger. 9 yellow cards in 21 games is a bit much though and one of the main reasons for the rotation.

    Ingolfur Ragnarsson: Both a midfielder and a striker at the same time, provided a dependable source of outcome when needed.

    Fredrik William Henriksen: This guy is your every day experienced striker in lower leagues. I was really not expecting him to put on a show but at times he scored at will!

    As you can see, I'm trying to get decent team work / work rate combinations to the team, coupled with some key attributes (pace, dribbling etc). Hopefully this mentality will help us in the next season to come!

    Norwegian Cup

    Failed miserably when I wanted to rest a few players given we were playing a game every 3 game at that time. Knocked out by non-league Halse Loren IL in 1st round, awarded around €10K for just showing up so it seems cup is a decent finance booster!

    Youth intake: Nothing to mention. All the guys are rated as half a golden star at their potential and around 1 silver star at current ability. Not sure if I should keep them just for the sake of having a U19 team or ditch them all and save on the bills!

    Aims
    - Stay clear of relegation one way or another.
    - Try to get a few rounds in the cup for financial reasons.
    - Improve the finances!
    Last edited by 5ergio; 23-07-2012 at 20:25.

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    This just in! I don't know if a possible take over is the best I can hope for financial stability. A few days of uncertainity begins!

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    End of winter break and sitting in mid-table, brought a number of players in so hoping for a strong finish to the season.

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/95...A725DF0A13EFD/

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    toonbalmy87, Congrats on the promotions and the cup win! You look like set to dominate the league in the upcoming seasons.

    nastymiller, Going good so far but you should put a gap to the relegation zone at the start of 2nd half it seems

    Edit: In the mean time, the board takeover is completed and no cash is injected. Yay At least I'm keeping my job it seems.
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    Great job with the promotion 5ergio, that's an impressive start from you!

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    Season 8

    League Table
    WOW!!!! what a crazy year was so close in the league at one point i thought i lost it but my guys managed to pull through and win the league on the last game of the season it helped Rosenborg went to Molde which they got beat 2-1 so yeah here i come champions league time wahooo


    Squad SquadC

    Transfers

    Finances

    Youth Intake -wtf is that!!!





    YP3

    YP4.

    YP5.


    Key Players

    Owona

    Ravel

    Berger

    Casado


    Europa League
    Knocked out qualifying round by AZ Alkmaar

    Cup Final

    And he does the double BOOOOM!!!!

    Stats

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    Highlights



    Next Season objectives: Retain title or Conquer Europe

    Year Div 2 Div 1 NPL NCup Europa
    League
    2011 9th 2nd Rnd
    2012 1st 2nd Rnd
    2013 7th QTR Final
    2014 2nd 3rd Rnd
    2015 12th 4th Rnd
    2016 7th Semi's
    2017 7th Champions
    2018 1st Champions 3rd Qualifying
    Round

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    I do this except I wouldn't be able to get that many seasons before FM13. Hardest bit would be world cups and euros

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    Great job toonbalmy87, good luck in Europe!

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    Good job on the domestic achievements already toonbalmy87. ​Now let's see if you can progress in Europe

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    Great stuff toonbalmy87, wish i had time to play the game as I wanna get to the top flight. Right, a few hours now.

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    Di-spite a shocking finish to the season, I somehow managed to stay up and hopefully will do better this coming season.

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/95...4FE1065F93AB2/

    On the youth front I have a 5 star potential that has come through the ranks - currently 1 star, I'm hoping that he has a good season developing his skills ready for a long career with the club.

    http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/...FD10142DCA5D1/

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    congrats miller on staying up and that striker looks good and by the looks of things he isnt a selfish player so he should be a good player

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    Shocking start to the season, with the winter break over and just 11 games to go - I need all the luck in the world to stay up. That said, if I do a club has got to come knocking at my door and if they do - im offski, I can't do anymore with this club, the chairman will just not invest in anything, and the sponsorship is not coming either.

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/95...9122516F37190/

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    Not sure if I should take season 3 as a better season than last or - just that we were treading water all season?

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/95...94E971905E51B/

    A couple more youth players were brought through the youth centre and that now makes it 3 in 2 seasons:

    http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/...86F95E8E56203/
    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/95...C183FE67C2EA7/

    And last seasons 5 star potential player is making steady progress and got into double figures games wise for me this season:

    http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/...38C866CF2DA9B/

    Signed a year long extension with the club, and will see what pre-season brings and sponsorship - see if the club can drag anything extra in with a 2nd season in the middle tier of Danish football.

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    Been a long time since I've done a challenge and a long time since I've been active on the forums but this looks like fun.

    I'm going to give Finland a go with fantastically named FC KooTeePee

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/11...762914024F9C1/
    and here's my profile

    http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/7...631?tab=public

    updates to follow once i've made some progress

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    Season 1

    Well season one is finished and I got promoted. it was close but my boys managed to keep a cool head and sail the ship home.
    I got knocked out of the cup pretty early. Finances are not very good but I'm hoping to offload some deadwood and then the finances will probably get better.
    To get Djurgċrdens as a parent club was great and they sent some great players over to me.

    The target for next season is to survive since there is quite a gap between the third and second division.

    Here is the season in photos.
    http://s1075.photobucket.com/albums/...mp2011copy.jpg
    http://s1075.photobucket.com/albums/...nsferscopy.jpg
    http://s1075.photobucket.com/albums/...essoncopy2.jpg
    http://s1075.photobucket.com/albums/...erssoncopy.jpg
    http://s1075.photobucket.com/albums/...rnestocopy.jpg
    http://s1075.photobucket.com/albums/...kusyp1copy.jpg

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    Well done, keep it up!

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    This challenge looks brilliant! Going to have a go at this!

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