Welcome to the second season of the European Small Club to Big Club From a Big European Nation Challenge. (A bit wordy I know but it does exactly what it says on the tin I suppose ) - this challenge is all about taking one of those bigger nation small clubs to glory.
To take a small club who were previously unplayable in the game from the lower divisions of a nation outlined below, leading them to success in their national top division and ultimately to achieve Champions League glory.
The Possible Countries
The available countries for this challenge have been deemed “too big” for previous challenges of this type. The ‘Big European Nations’ chosen are:
League Reset Dates
Based on FM08, a list of all the league reset dates (TBC) are shown below. If you have found any changes to this, please let me know.
France - 19th June
Germany - 19th June
Italy - 29th June
Portugal - 23rd June
Spain - 9th July
The Rules -Playing
Load a game with all the available divisions within the nation you selected only (only one nation is allowed).
A large database should be ticked (although you are free to choose a medium or small database option if you wish). Any official SI patch may be used, but no other edited databases can be used for this challenge.
Attribute masking should be enabled, with no additional players from any nation loaded.
The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference. It is advised that you select ‘Load all Players’ for the country you are in. (This has been proven to provide you with over 50% more players in some countries!)
Add yourself as an unemployed manager, the details are not important at all, as you will not use this man to manage your club.
Go on holiday until the reset date of your chosen nation, this shouldn't take that long, perhaps about an hour. Saving on the day before this date may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this.
Retire your unemployed manager. Add a new manager, the options are up to you but 'past experience' must be set to the lowest possible which is 'Sunday league footballer'. I understand that choosing different nationalities may have an effect later on, but I trust people will be sensible with this. I would expect people to use their own true nationalities.
Then choose to take over any club which has been promoted to the bottom playable league of your nation.
You must now manage this club to the national top division title, then progress to be champions of Europe. This doesn’t have to occur in the same season, just with the same club. Should you be sacked at any point during the game, you may either re-start the challenge with a new team and a new save game, or you may wish to continue on your current save game, taking over a club at the end of the season under the same rules as before.
There are no restrictions on parent and feeder clubs, and you must be able to scout a player before you buy them - you don’t have to actually scout them, just that the option is available.
The use of any external utilities and editors (Such as Genie Scout or FMM) are prohibited.
The Rules - Posting
Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this)
Discussion on tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this)
Please use screenshots for any aspect of your game you wish to share - this is actively encouraged!
When you join the challenge, could you post a screenshot of your manager's profile as soon as you join your club.
Progress of your club should be documented using this thread, we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing really badly.
At the end of every season, could everyone post some kind of season review, including at least a screenshot of a league table and the clubs transfer page. If you give this a title in bold it makes it a bit easier to pick out.
How to Post a Screenshot
- While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard).
- Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image
- Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack
- Post the direct Url to the image here.
I would like to wish everyone taking on this challenge the best of luck on a long and hard journey to footballing success! Let the challenge commence!
I hope everything has been covered in the opening post, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS CURRENTLY A BUG WHICH DOESN'T ALLOW YOU TO PLAY BEYOND THE FIRST SEASON IN ITALY (SERIE C), IT WILL BE FIXED IN THE NEXT PATCH!