Junkhead Posted August 16, 2020 Share Posted August 16, 2020 (edited) Background I have been playing Football/Championship Manager literally since the beginning, and I have always been incredibly bad at it. Well, that's not completely true - I built a Hell of a side around Mark Collis and Ferah Orosco when I was about 14. Of course, I didn't realise they were fake players and though I had, through some stroke of genius, stumbled upon the next Pele & Maradona. I discovered the LLaMa ethos through this forum many years later and loved it. With the rules around enhanced realism, it was kind of ok to be bad at the game - and that suited me down to the ground. Long term games where I never got into the top division of any country were common place, but I was satisfied that I had, at least, failed in the RIGHT way. In recent years, with less time to play with, I have found my interest waning. When you are only able to spend a few hours a week with the game, hours of setting up defensive set piece positioning can seem like something of a waste of time when you go on to concede 4 goals from corners in your opening game. So I find myself stuck between striving for the realism that the LLaMa ethos demands, whilst trying to balance that with a reason to justify spending so much time on something which frustrates me so much. Having missed the odd version, spent time on FM Touch instead of full fat, and tried all sorts of new leagues via the editor, I found myself ending up having the best game I'd had in years on FM20. Instead of the lower league journeyman games I would normally give up on, I stayed at Aldershot Town for years, bringing players up through the youth system & winning ugly - because the players I had made that the only way. Eventually, having taken a job at another club, the save lost it's shine. But I feel refreshed, and ready to go again - and I am hoping that playing the save alongside my first ever update on these forums will keep me going.... (disclaimer - it might not. On the off chance anyone does become interested in my save, I apologise in advance ) The mission My tactics in my Aldershot save were based soley on hitting the ball long & having runners from midfield. I would normally try to play passing football, which can be a bit hit & miss at lower levels (and probably added to my many frustrating failures). However, the necessity to make do with what i had and desire to create a club culture and mould players coming into the side via the new Development Centre kept me going. Now, instead of doing what I would usually do and try to play decent passing football to bring me success in leagues that are not suited to it, I am going to do the opposite. My aim is to win ugly. Build a team of aggressive, powerful, workhorses who essentially bully the opposition into submission. Not in England though. In the land of Tiki-Taka. My aim is to not only upset the Spanish applecart, but to demoralise it & beat it within an inch of it's life. And win La Liga. (disclaimer - I almost certainly will not win La Liga. The only top league I have won on full fat FM in the last 20 years is Haiti. In fairness to me though, has anyone else here won the Haitian League?!?!) The Manager & the club Meet Dani Monoyarda. He's a former professional footballer born on Gibraltar. Being a LLaMa, I would normally play as myself, so this is uncharted territory for me. Given the club I have chosen is very good for this level, and being as I am horrendous at the game, I needed to up the experience level to buy me a bit more time. Being a former pro gives me a two year contract rather than the one year that Sunday League Footballer would normally allow. And it had to be Hercules. I feel like it was meant to be. Who better to strong arm my way up the leagues with than a side named after a really strong bloke. I've taken a bit of a risk picking Hercules because expectations are high. They were, after all, in the top division a decade ago & finished as runners up last season. But, they don't seem to care what type of football I play (thankfully) and have very good infastructure at this level. And they are named after a really strong bloke. (Disclaimer - updates are likely to be slow & detailed. Because that is not only how I play, but also how I am) Edited August 16, 2020 by Junkhead Changed title Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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