Literally just had this idea, thought it could be a pretty good idea for a challenge, hopefully a few people will give it a go
Part 1 - 'Nuff people say, you know they can't believe, Jamaica, we have a bobsled team.'
You used to be a famous footballer, you competed for United States of America in a few World Cups, create an American Manager with International Rep. Now, takeover a team that has previously never been to the World Cup. A few of the Countries you could be are:
Guinea - aaberdeenn
Mali - Walcott's Wonderkids, roberto922
FYR Macedonia - DanTheMan
Uzbekistan - gazagaz
Belarus - dave safc
Cyprus - PaulHartman71
Burkina Faso - ToMexico!!
Bahrain - bawbag the gr8
Qatar - arkitekt88
Cape Verde Islands
Zimbabwe - dave safc
Kenya - rancer890
Panama - Razer82
Iceland - MikaelS
Guatemala - Adam C
United Arab Emirates - O'Hara_Fan
Solomon Islands - Lower Leagues Rule
Key: Doing the Challenge. Completed the Challenge. Failed the Challenge
To complete part 1 of the Challenge you must qualify for the 2010 World Cup!
Part 2 - 'Seemin' to you nobody likes us? We're different. People are always afraid of what's different.'
You've made it to the World Cup, but one tiny drawback, all the other Countries think you are an embarrassment and throw abuse at you, time for you to prove them wrong. To complete Part 2 of the challenge you must Qualify from the Group Stage, making the 1st Knockout Round!
Part 3 - 'Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!'
You've defied the odds, and you've done it with everyone laughing at you, well done! To complete Part 3 of the challenge you must complete your World Cup campaign, it doesn't matter if you lose in the 1st Knockout Round or Win the World Cup you will still complete this part of the challenge.
Part 4 - 'The Jamaican Bobsled team returned to their country as heroes. Four Years later, they returned to the Olympics...As equals.'
To complete the final part of the challenge part 4, simply qualify for the 2014 World Cup, your performance in the 2014 doesn't matter.
1. You MUST have all players from the Nation that you have chosen to be, however you can't have any other additional players from Nations loaded.
2. The 'Country' you run, league wise doesn't matter in the slightest as you wont at anytime be allowed to manage a League side.
3. Screen-Shots must be provided after completing each Part of the challenge.
4. If you are sacked then you MUST restart the challenge.
How to Post a Screenshot
1. While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard).
2. Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image
3. Save the file as a JPEG
4. Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack
5. Post the direct Url to the image here.
One More Thing
I don't intend for this challenge to have a point system or anything, it's just merely a relaxing challenge where the aim of the challenge is to compete the 4 parts of the challenge, you set your own difficulty level by choosing which team you are.
The Winners (the people that have so far completed the challenge) -
MikaelS and Iceland!
Last edited by PaulHartman71; 21-10-2008 at 19:33.
Yes, Jamaica competed in the 1998 World Cup in France. They featured in Group H which also had Argentina, Croatia and Japan. Jamaica lost 3-1 to Croatia, 5-0 to Argentina, but beat Japan 2-1 to finish 3rd in the group.
What if I fail to qualify for the world cup 2010? or If I fail to progress through the group stages? Then do I have to get to the 1st knock-out round in world cup 2016? And qualify for the next one?
You have to qualify for the World Cup 2010 or you will have to restart the challenge, if you fail to get to the 1st knock-out round then you will have to restart the challenge unfortunately. Oh and Part 4 is to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, there isn't one in 2016.
After dominating possesion and being in control of the game throughout, my Guatemala side failed to make a breakthrough, but I'm happy with the performance and the fans were as well. Decent signs for the future, (bar the fact our strikers were poor lol)
drawn in group 4 with Iran, Singapore and Lebanon
Iran should top the group on paper but hope fully i can give them a run for thier money
being 65th in the rankings i should steer qatar into the next phase with sinapore and lebanon hovering around the 100th place mark.
away form will need to be spot on and need to make our home a fortress
into the group stage and all of a sudden there needs to be some serious thinking in qatar.
lost to singapore away 2-1 and then to iran at home. i was 1-0 up with 2mins to go then my key defender got injured with no back up :s. then it all went to pot, iran scored twice on 89 and 90 mins to win the game 2-1. heartbreak so far
So on to the last match in the African Nations Quals, a home game against Tunisia and with the World Cup Quals 1st Round 1st Leg only 4 days afterwards and having already qualified, I decided to rest a couple of players.
2 games in and still nobody has even tried to shoot against me yet - the chickens!!!
Nice comfortable victory here, although plaudits go to Botswana for being the 1st nation to have a shot on target against us!!!
This was a fantastic game, the tournament hosts Ghana went 3-0 within 30 minutes and I was starting to think of being on the wrong end of a cricket score, but the guys fought back and near the end we looked like we might even have snatched a winner. Cracking game for the neutrals.
Cameroon took the lead after 30 odd minutes, but we played really well this game and our focus on short passing and being dangerous from corners meant that we overturned this lead to get us into the FINAL!!!
Kanoute scored again and my main striker is starting to come good at the right time.
In the Final, we will face the hosts Ghana again... could there be a repeat of another 3-3 classic?!
what DodgeeD said, you must be pretty confident going into the World Cup Qualifiers now
Aye, certainly a confidence boost - I had no idea how good Mali were going to be when I took them over. I knew they had 2 or 3 decent players but didn't know about strength in depth - I've been pleasantly surprised.
Yeah, I'm confident that I can hold my own now against the Ivory Coast and Senegal but it still won't be easy!
So the Final was a repeat of a group stage game. Importantly for Mali, Michael Essien was suspended for the Final for Ghana and my captain and midfield lynchpin Mahamadou Diarra was back from his suspension in the semi final game.
It was a fairly even start to the game, but then Ghana started to become the better of the 2 sides and after half an hour took the lead from a corner on the right.
Into the 2nd half and we started to pile on the pressure and started to play the ball more direct but it looked as if we were never going to get an equaliser. Then, in the 89th minute Kanoute found some space free on the left and the ball was played through to him. Kanoute ran in on goal, rounded the keeper and tucked the ball home to the despair of the home fans.
However Ghana had a couple of chances to win it in injury time, my keeper coming off his line well to make crucial blocks.
Into extra time and the game took on a more cautious approach as both teams tired. With 5 minutes of extra time remaining and penalties looking likely, Mali won a corner down the left. The ball was crossed in and my central defender flicked his header towards goal.... it hit the bar and bounced down into the 6 yard box.... Kanoute reacted quickly.... and smacked the ball into the net!!!! \o/ \o/ \o/
Ghana had nothing really to offer in the last 5 minutes and as the full time whistle went there was a huge cheer from a tiny corner of the Ghanian stadium... Mali had won the African Nations Cup 2008!
Kanoute came to the fore at the right time and shared the highest scorers trophy with Eto'o on 6 goals.
We scored 15 goals during the tournament, of which 8 came from corners - 4 more than anyone else!
I tried my hand at international management in Africa with Sierra Leone when I was doing MadWoodster's International Challenge and I must say qualifying for the World Cup is tough - there is really no room for error with only the top side going throuıgh. Then again, Mali are miles better than Sierra Leone so it should be much more straightforward.
I start back at work tomorrow so I may start this then as it's a game where I can holiday through to the next match while I pretend to look busy. Maybe I'll have a crack with Uzbekistan - they were close to qualifying for 2006 (denied controversially against Bahrain iirc)