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  2. So, here it goes.. I'd like to add Cup Winners Cup to current European continental structure below Champions League and Europa League. However, problem I'm facing is this... For example, let's take Bayern... Bayern won Bundesliga and DFB Pokal, so Bayern play both in Champions League and Cup Winners Cup... And that is something I don't want to happen... What I want to do is following: 1) If same team wins both domestic division and domestic cup, team should play ONLY in Champions League, and runner-up of domestic cup plays in CWC, 2) If team has finished in CL position at the end of the season, and won domestic cup, team should play in Champions League, runner-up of domestic cup plays in CWC, 3) If both teams (winner and runner-up of domestic cup) have finished in CL position at end of the season, 3rd or 4th placed team in domestic cup plays in CWC... Using only basic rules, I don't think is possible to make this, however using advanced rules it can be done something... @Carlito85 and @Kleyo do you know guys can it be done?? I'm realistic, so I know that all 3 options above can't be implented... I'd be grateful for any help I can get... To be honest, I'm not expert in advanced rules... Thanks in advance!
  3. It's time to calculate the air miles for the season. We won 48 games this season The equation is as follows:- 3 x 5.61 x 2 x 1 = 33.67 air miles per win = 1,616.09 air miles for the season. Added to the 4018.79 air miles we already have, means we now have 5,634.88 air miles range. As we can see a good section of Europe is now unlocked, including Scandanavia, East Germany, most of Turkey, Poland and even a tiny portion of Scotland. A more detailed look at the our range. I think we will be adding the Turkish and German leagues at this time and see whether there is a good avenue for us there.
  4. A disappointing way to end the season as we bow out of the Tennohai 1-0 to Vissel Kobe.
  5. This post is from my blog mrkeysirensie.wordpress.com I know there are much better players available. I know it’s probably not the best way how to do it and it could be easier to sign ‘already made’ players but this is how I enjoy the game. But this is not a guide. This is just a random thought about how I play the Football Manager. I’m in the 2033/2034 season in Argentina with Arsenal de Sarandí. My team play with a flat 4-3-3 formation and I don’t want to buy expensive players. I rather want to retrain and follow the development of our own newgens. Despite they are not perfectly suited for the roles we are using at the beginning of their football careers. Luciano Cambiasso – CM(S) One of my favourite role is still the simple CM(S) and it doesn’t matter if it’s within 4-1-4-1, 4-1-2-3 or a flat 4-3-3 formation. I like to use this role for attacking and defensive phase. I mean, I played the best football within my older saves when I had two players with this role but one had Hold Position instruction and the other one had Get Further Forward to act more like CM(A). In my current save I use CM(S) role within a flat 4-3-3 formation and I’m using this role as the attacking option. This is the current version of my 4-3-3 formation with a flat midfield. I have an advantage that my current main player for this role, our own newgen Luciano Cambiasso, has CM(S) as his best-suited position/role and he also has Get Forward Whenever Possible trait. This means he would ‘get further forward’ even if I would not use this instruction for his role. I like almost all his attributes for the required role – I mean, he plays as CM(S) but I like to see him act as a central midfielder with attacking duty. In a combination with DLP(D) and BBM as other two central midfield roles, I want from CM to move forward and be the one who will cooperate with Inside Forwards and also with Complete Forward (with Support duty). Cambiasso is 18 years old and he was trained as a roaming playmaker during the first two years in the club to gain some important attributes for the midfielder. But since he is in the first team squad and he is part of the starting XI I changed his position/role focus to Central Midfielder with Attack duty. In the screen below you can see the required attributes for the role with attacking duty. Decisions, Teamwork and First Touch attributes lead the line and they are really important to me so this player is currently the best one. Hopefully, he will be able to improve Off The Ball and Composure too. As I want from this player to act as a central midfielder with attacking duty I know he has to improve also Finishing attribute. And that’s why his additional focus right now is Shooting as it covers Finishing, Long Shots and Technique attributes. I shared the best possible example of what I want from him on Twitter recently + other two goals by this player. One of the important parts of this role in my eyes is to be able to collect and finish deflected balls like in this gif. Other options for this role and the development of players The picture below could be a little bit confusing for some of you but it’s nothing complicated. When you click to the ‘down arrow’ near the player name in the tactical pitch you can see other player’s options for the specific role. Same as you are able to customise some views as a squad or a fixture view, you can set your own view for this part of the game. You can see it’s sorted by ‘RDS’ – it’s a column with the graphical information of Suitability for role and duty. Cambiasso tops this list, logically. There are also Best Position, Best Role and Best Role Duty columns. There are also Chocobar & Ascacibar but they play in other roles. So. What other options we have here for CM(S) role? Jorge Bernuncio and Omar Jerez Silva are young talented players but even without showing you their attributes they are much better alternatives for DLP(D) role as a cover for Santiago Ascacíbar. The rest three midfielders are all mainly AMC players but I don’t use this role and I feel these three players will be able to play as CM(S) – when I will play two from these three I will change BBM role to CM(S) in the MCL slot. Damián Guevara is 16 years old and he is from the 2032/2033 youth intake. And I really hope he can make it very far. He was moved to the first team squad and he is trained as a roaming playmaker with strength as an additional focus and with double intensity. If you set your eyes for the key attributes for the CM(A) role you can see the absolutely perfect combination of attributes. Decisions, Teamwork, First Touch, Technique over 13 in his young age. In a combination with Flair (15) and Free Kick Taking (15), he will be our new GOD. He needs to improve tackling and physical attributes but he has enough time and I will closely follow his development. Despite he is two years older, Matiás Arriola also due to injury stagnates a little bit. But I think he could develop at least into rotation player as well by the same way. Kevin Faguaga same as Guevara is from the latest youth intake. This young midfielder has probably the longest way before him. Same as the other two midfielders will be trained at least two years as a roaming playmaker to gain physical and some crucial mental attributes. Btw. all these young players are set to Double Intensity training level as I mentioned earlier. Another thing is these three players, but mainly the last two could be very good in Mezzala role in the future if their development will continue in a good way. Just if I would want to change… Wing backs? They have to be Complete defenders! Another thing I like to do for several years is to drill wide defenders. What do you want from wing back? Width and crosses? Crossing, dribbling but also tackling or marking are very needed attributes for this role. I’m using both with support and attacking duty. The required attributes are the same but the attacking duty also ‘wants’ Flair attribute. I know complete wing back role could be demanding as **** and I would be the first one who would say **** off to my coach if he would want me to play here. But my players in the Football Managers who are wide defenders are trained as Complete Wing-Backs. Usually with support duty. In comparison with a ‘normal’ wing back position/role there are also First Touch, Composure and Balance attributes trained. All of them could be useful for the wing back role. It can also be useful to train wide players as Complete Wing-Back but within WBR or WBL position. You never know when you will decide to change formation to 3-5-2… Examples? Twenty-seven years old Lautaro Contreras who is our first choice at the right side and his backup, 17 years old Franco Somoza who has everything ahead of him. Mentoring. Does it have any effect? The answer to this question is not clear right now. I think many FM players still don’t exactly know what to expect from the new mentoring system. Some of them would be happier if it would not be in the game at all. During my time with Magallanes in Chile during the first period of this save, I had some similar mentoring groups as now with Sarandí. The groups are set by position mainly. And it also applies to the individual training of mentioned players in this post. Two young players – Arriola and Guevara – are in the same group as a team captain Agustin Chocobar who has driven personality, determination attribute of 18 but mainly, he is Team Leader so his influence on the group is big. The other two mentioned players – Faguaga and Cambiasso – are with Ascacibar and Bernucio who are both influential players. I think Cambiasso’s role in the team will change from ‘other players’ during this season as he will be the main choice in the starting XI but that’s good. We need another leader. As I mentioned the Magallanes time, it was here when I spotted players passed some traits to each other within mentoring groups. If Cambiasso would be able to pass ‘Gets Forward Whenever Possible’ to the other two young players, it would be perfect. There could be some personality changes but what I saw so far everything was mainly due to the team ‘atmosphere’. I’m sure this part of the game will be improved in the future. Or better worded, it will be developed somehow. Right now, it’s more experimenting… Same as I like to act this within central midfielders or wing-backs, I like to train offensive-minded wide players to the Complete Forward role. But it’s almost impossible in FM19 due to a known bug of constant resetting individual training to ‘Playing position’.
  6. Cheers Oche. Glad you enjoyed it mate, wish it had been a bit more successful. New job already underway.
  7. January 2022 My 1st signing in January is the 25 year-old forward, Fejiri Okenabirhie. He joins us from fellow League Two side Shrewsbury Town, costing us 205k, and is most effective in the Advanced forward role, due to his pace and flair. After spending 3 and a half seasons at Shrewsbury Town, where he scored 26 goals in 117 appearances, he joins our squad to provide competition for Mason Bloomfield. For my 2nd January signing, I went back to Newport County to sign a player I had signed before. The defensive midfielder, Liam Nolan, joins us for 8,750k, 18 months after he left Accrington Stanley for Newport. Although he mightn’t be the total answer to our players in the long term, I’m certain he can be a good acquisition for our push for promotion. With the arrival of Okenabirhie into Home Park, I decided to let Klaidi Lolos go out on loan to Albanian club Egnatia until the end of the season. After scoring 10 goals in pre-season last summer, I really thought he could be an asset to us when the competitive matches started, but he hasn’t scored so far this season. His contract with us runs out in the Summer, so it’s probably the last he’ll play for us. Fejiri Okenabirhie made his debut for Plymouth Argyle as a 2nd half substitute, as we beat Barnet 2-0 at the Hive ground. Mason Bloomfield put us ahead after 24 minutes, when Tommy Doyle won the ball in defence and burst forward on run, playing a beautifully weighted pass in behind the Barnet defence, for Bloomfield to finish, just before the out-rushing Barnet ‘keeper couldn’t stop him from scoring. Tommy Doyle was again the provider for our 2nd goal, as it was his corner delivery, that was headed in at the near post by Jamie Proctor after 66 minutes. A comfortable enough victory in the end, in a match I was expecting to be more difficult. And it see us move up to 3rd in the table, with only our superior goal difference separating ourselves and Wrexham in 4th, while leaders Crewe are 9 points ahead of us at the top of the League Two table. The day after we beat Barnet, our No.1 ‘keeper Mike Cooper left Plymouth Argyle, after 5 and a half seasons with the club, to join Championship side Portsmouth. Initially, when the offer came in from Portsmouth, I wanted to reject it but then I seen his agents advice, that he could become unsettled should I reject the bid by Portsmouth, and I began to negotiate. We eventually agreed an initial deal of 325,000k, that may rise to 450,000k, and I think it’s a good deal. Especially when you also factor in his unwillingness to extend his current deal, which ran out in June 2022. It’s the 2nd consecutive season that Portsmouth have purchased my No.1 Goalkeeper, the last time this happened was when they bought Nick Townsend from Newport County at the beginning of last season. Like that time, this feels like a bit of a risk, but I feel our 2nd choice, Andrew Fisher, can step up and be our main goalkeeper for the rest of the season at least. Our big Number 9, Jamie Proctor scored twice, in this match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, as we ran out 3-1 winners. It’s our 3rd victory in as many matches, and we’re now up to 2nd in the table, 6 points behind 1st place Crewe. Proctor got his 1st goal just after the half hour stage of the match, when he got onto a direct pass from the defence by left wing-back Cameron Pring, to finish into the far corner with his right foot. It remained 1-0 to us until the 57th minute, when Oldhams right full-back, Rob Hunt, fired a free-kick in from just outside the box. We went back in front in the 77th minute, when our Captain Sam Lavelle was on hand at the far post, to tap in a flicked on corner delivery. Six minutes later, Proctor smashed home his 2nd goal, after being put through with only the ‘keeper to beat by new signing Okenabirhie, to seal an important 3-1 victory away from home. Heading into the final week of the January transfer window, two full-backs/wing-backs were sold. The 17 year-old left wing-back, Phil Hughton, who was our hottest prospect, was sold to Championship club Bradford City for an initial fee of 22,000, and may rise to 44,500k depending on conditions. Since all incomings and outgoings are handled by my Head of Youth Development, I had no act or part in this deal. The 2nd deal done was the transfer of Callum Johnson to League One Salford City for a fee of 74k. Since I felt he was underperforming and he had only 6 months left to run out his contract, I accepted the bid for the 25 year-old right wing-back. Mason Bloomfield scored the only goal of the match, as early as the 3rd minute, to stretch our unbeaten run in the league to 10 consecutive matches. Bloomfield used his pace to full effect, when he ran onto a beautifully weighted through ball by our right winger Jordan Cox. This win keeps us 2nd place in the table, while the gap between us and leaders Crewe is now narrowed to only 4 points!!! On the final day of the January transfer window, we completed 3 deals with 1 more player leaving the club, while another 2 players joined our 1st team squad. The 34 year-old midfielder Joel Grant, leaves Plymouth to join Ebbsfleet for a fee of 2,300. The Inside forward spent 4 and a half seasons with Plymouth, making 131 appearances and scoring 14 goals, after joining from local rivals Exeter City. I signed another player I had worked with previously, when Dan Butler resigned for Plymouth Argyle, almost a year after leaving to join Billericay in the National League for a fee of 19.25K. And don’t forget he was on the books at Newport County, when I was appointed as their Manager back in November 2018, and sold him to Plymouth Argyle for 225k in the Summer of 2019. This time, the 27 year-old left wing-back goes back to Plymouth for a fee of 52k. With Calum Johnson sold to Salford City, I decided to sign the 22-year old, Dougie Nyaupembe, from Bury as his replacement. The deal only cost us 6.5k, and I’m hoping he’ll be with us for the long-term. We were the biggest spenders in League Two during January, with a total of 275k spent by the club. The 3 wins at the end of January have boosted us up to 2nd in the table, giving us hope that we can now catch leaders Crewe and win the League Two title. Our defence has been immense lately, with only 1 goal conceded in the entire 5 matches played in the whole of January. Next month's fixtures kicks-off on the 5th of February, when we host Accrington Stanley at Home Park. A week after that, we travel to play Morecambe at the Globe Arena. On the 19th of next month, Yeovil Town will travel to Home Park to take us on, and then a week later we complete the fixtures for February, by travelling to Glanford Park to take on the relegation threatened Scunthorpe United. Hopefully these new January signings can help maintain our push for promotion!
  8. Can't complain about that backing at all. Well done on promotion and I look forward to seeing who you can bring in with that kind of cash. I imagine the summer will be quite an exciting one, seeing who you can tempt given the new lease of cash under the new board!
  9. Hello Normally I search and find the answers to my quetions via forums and google. I am stil living in the stoneage and playing FM18 (I have downloaded the FM19) but I am hanging on to FM18. How do you plan general training for a 60 + fixtures season. I have rest day before and after match and general training set to average in weeks without a midweek fixture and low in the week with a midweek fixture and during the x mas and new years periode. It gives hardly time to proper training and the atributes rises slowly. My tactic is very physical demanding a lot of closing down etc. I have a small squad so it is hard to rotate I am playing in the english premier league and in europe. I am aware of natural fitnes is a importent atribute. Average natural fitnes for the entire squad in relation to high/average/low training intensity. xx natural fitnes set to average intensity xxx natural fitnes set to high intensity etc Any other tips or ideas. Thanks Henrik
  10. There are non-disclosure agreements for research? I've signed them for beta testing the couple of times I did it but never anything for research.
  11. The final game of the season and we beat Yamaga. This is how the final table finished. We finished 11 points clear of Urawa Red Diamonds, who take 2nd place.
  12. It's been a great month. We did go out of the Champions League but without losing a game of football in the month. We bagged the Nabisco Cup and the league this month, so overall I am pretty happy as we have already completed a treble if you count the super cup. The league table with a game to go, there is pretty much nothing to play apart from who will get the 2nd automatic Champions league qualification spot, that does not require playoffs.
  13. With the game finely poised after the first leg and quickly getting up 2-0, you have to say we blew it, as Kashima came back and could have even won the game on the night, but missed a penalty. We bow out of the Champions League.
  14. Anyone signed Jorge Herrando? I signed him just before my 4th season and he's doing well. He briefly was described as a wonderkid. I've looked into him and he appears to have a variable potential rating so may not turn out great in every save but I'm pretty happy with him so far.
  15. You can create a natural overlap by playing IF on support and FB on attack (as I did in the above example), without using an overlap TI. But it's your tactic, so you can play however you want. I just wanted to warn you about defensive risks.
  16. We smash Sagan Tosu in the Nabisco Cup Final 5-1 to lift it for the second year in a row.
  17. I don't remember it being a problem but then again, I didn't buy anyone in my first season. No European money is obviously going to impact but it is usual to see a decline in finances mid-season. If you qualify for Europe you will no doubt see an upturn and once your budgets are confirmed I'm sure you will be fine. Athletic rarely have financial difficulty because of the way they are run for obvious reasons.
  18. SS Virtus European Adventure I honestly expected to lose our first game, having looked at the history of other Sammarinese clubs in Europe, no team had won a single game to date, so we went into our first game in the Champions League First Preliminary Round against Havnar Boltfelag of the Faroe Islands with no real expectations. The bookies had it as a pretty 50/50 game and we managed to pull off a 3-2 win. In the Second Preliminary Round we faced Balzan Youths of Malta, and this time we was underdogs but pulled off another 3-2 win. This put us into the Champions League First Qualifying Phase and we drew Hungarians league champions Videoton and as expected, they thumped us in the first leg. The second leg back home was a much better result and showed we have a half decent side. Exiting the Champions League put us into the Europa League Second Qualifying Phase, here we faced Talinna Fc Flora of Estonia, and even as massive underdogs, we managed 2 draws, but exited on away goals. I am delighted with our showing in Europe, we should be looking to retain the domestic title this season and that will obviously give us another go at European football. Also as expected, the club has received a massive financial boost from the 6 games played, with the bank balance now at £1.6m. I will be looking to request to go semi-pro as soon as I can.
  19. Not sure, I actually started a new Ajax save afterwards where the issue didnt exist.
  20. The Champions League semi final is finely poised. A 1-1 draw in the away leg gives us a slight edge in the coming second leg.
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