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  1. Background: I'm trying the Pentagon challenge, and I'm currently coaching Shenzhen FC in the Chinese Super League. In the Chinese Super League the squad rules are: 1. Goalkeeper has to be Chinese - all of them. 2. One player in the playing 11 on the field has to be an under 23 Chinese. 3. In your squad, you can have 5 foreign players. One of the five has to Macanese, from Hong-Kong, or from Taiwan. The other 4 can be from any where. You can only have 3 out of the 4 non-Asian players on the field at any time, but the other can be on the bench. So because of these rules, all of the teams get star players for the 4 non-Asian players. They throw big money into transfer fees to get them, they pay them the highest, and their playing time is always "star player" or "important player." That's how all of the teams do it. That's how the league is set-up - even the pay structure has a maximum of salary of $1.68 million p/a for Chinese players and $6.1 million for foreign players. That's the actual league rules. So this isn't a case of "you set your squad up wrong by bringing in those foreign players." The league specifically designed for you to do that, and every single team does it. To emphasize this even more, my Chinese MC dlp won league MVP, led the league in assists, and tied for top scorer. At the end of the season when they show you jersey sales, he was 5th in jersey sales, behind the 4 foreign players, even though he had a way better season. The 4 foreign players are your showcase players. So the problem is with the Asian Champions League. You can only have 2 non-Asian players registered on the squad (not playing - registered). That means you have to leave two star players out of registration. When you leave the 2 players out, their morale immediately goes to "abysmal" and they're upset. Additionally in the social feed, you see, "I can't believe they left him out," and [the coach] "has a lot of explaining to do." With some players, about 1/4 of the ones I've had, you can explain to them it's the registration rules, and then apologize and promise to make it up to them, and they go back to being "fair" morale. However, a good 3/4 of the players are really mad at you no matter what you do. They also complain to the team, which lowers the whole squad happiness and squad support for you one or two levels - even if the left out players were in the "others" social group and not influential players. A day later or so, the squad will demand you have a team meeting about treating the player unfairly, and you have to apologize or they all get the sads. They'll do separate meeting for each player! Not only that, it drops your "loyalty to players" stat as a coach, which means some players might not sign with you later on...even though you had no choice. The second season, I save scummed this interaction to test all of the available dialog options, and none of them worked. There's no choice to have a team meeting beforehand to explain why; there's no way to interact with the player beforehand to explain why. There really should be a way to do this without 2 of your star players ruining the squad morale and lowering your coaching stats. Again, the league is specifically designed for this to happen. The players IRL would know and understand the system. Yes, it would be okay, if you talked to them ahead of time, and they still get sad, but it shouldn't have the whole team thinking you treated two players unfairly, and force you to hold multiple team meetings about it to apologize. I would ask that in FM2021, the way this works is better. You could have a meeting with the 4 players involved, or the whole team, saying, "I'm going to have to leave two of you out." Then you could explain why....maybe because this guy has a better back-up, or this guy was with us last year when we won it, so let the new guy experience it. I'm sure that's what happens IRL in some form. There could be a back and forth about it, where a guy says he'll be pissed if he's left off, or another guy being somewhat okay with it. It shouldn't make your squad and the whole world think you're some backstabbing a-hole, who betrays your players. It should be understood that this has to happen, and it's a tough decision. Sure a player could get a little upset, but the way it's set up now is really bad. I think all of the Asian leagues are set up like this, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm humbly requesting that you look at this, and if possible, fix it. Thank you.
  2. 2040/41 End of Season Review What. A. Season. We've been there and won it breaking records on the way, @smp20 it's up to you to dominate South America now! 2040/41 Best XI Thandolwethu Comitis Lefa Ntombela - Ernesto Reynoso - Njabulo Makhubele - Rodolfo Franco Bandile Shangase - Motsosi Khanyile Sqiniseko Lakay - Thato Kunene - Grant Ndlovu Pablo Garcia
  3. May 2027 (2): It all comes down to the final day Serie A: Bologna 6-1 Juventus (Pellegri pen 27, 45, 65, Rafael 41, Bordignon 42, 45; Dominguez 21) I feared the worst when we did nothing the first 20 minutes and then conceded from a long shot. From that position, I couldn't have imagined that we'd end up winning this one 6-1 - the goals just piled up after we turned it around and the squad loosened up. We take the title to the final day... Serie A: Empoli 1-2 Bologna (Petriccione 91; Ampadu 6, Pellegri 11) So it all comes down to this. Us away to Empoli. Inter away to... Atalanta, who had a fine year and briefly challenged us too. We need to win, and for Inter to slip, but a Inter draw in Bergamo would do. We draw first blood. Minute 6, Daniel Bragança's wide free kick, Ethan Ampadu heads it in. His first goal for Bologna, no less. As it stands, we're champions. But wait, there's MORE good news. Atalanta have scored, 1-0 over Inter, the same minute. This couldn't have started any better. 5 minutes later, we add another. Pellegri pounces on a rebound loose in the keeper's box. 2-0 for Bologna. We just have to wait now, the remainder of the whole match. As things stand we're very champions. But there's a long way to go. Half-time comes. We're dominating our match and the 2-0 advantage seems comfortable. Atalanta remains a goal up. Come on, just hold up another 45 minutes. The minutes keep passing. And passing. The results still stand. Some 15 minutes before the end, I make a bunch of subs. I bring in Owen Wijndal as the final sub. It's injury time now. We still win 2-0. Atalanta still win 1-0. Only 2 late Inter goals can change it now. Or 2 Empoli goals. And BOOM, oh no no no no. They score. Our keeper looking like an idiot rushing for the ball wrongly in a set piece, it falls to their midfielder who taps it in. We're still winning, but it's not as comfortable. We can't slip up, not now. Minute 94. It's a corner... but for us. Please call for the end of the match, ref. He does. It's over in our end. We've won. What's the news from Bergamo? We've ****ing did it. Thank you, Atalanta. YES!!! What a ****ing ride. I seriously thought we had dropped it, but finally, finally, Champagne Football conquers Italy.
  4. Right, here we go! I've been loving reading through this thread, and as despite many attempts at various challenges I'd love to give this one a good go! I holidayed through and decided to take this on in England, with South Shields. However, I originally thought I wasn't going to post anything, so the following screenshots are a few weeks to late, but hopefully that is ok. I've followed the rules so far. Here is my manager profile - as you can see, I've played 5 league matches, and had a unlikely start! I've also had my first coaching course accepted. The club vision is quite standard, with avoiding relegation the main aim for the season. Hopefully my early form isn't a flash in the pan, and I can avoid any slump in form. The squad I've inherited is very good actually, and I managed to give contracts to most of the squad. I've only lost one 'non-contract' player to Fleetwood in League One. Fingers crossed I'm still in a job at the end of the season. Let me know if I've missed anything.
  5. @Weston 3 players per position? So your squad is 33 ish players or? If so, congrats on keeping them all happy lol. No update from me, but I just clicked continue and saw this football fight out of the corner of my eye. 12 yellows and 4 red cards, made me smile alot (i'm neither side!)
  6. One of the most crazy matches I ever played in FM. Mind you, this is the Super Cup. The rollercoaster of feelings from 2-0 up at half time, to then 2-3, then 3-3, then 3-4 and eventually winning by 7-5. What in the world is happening! It's as though both sides just decided, "Screw defending, let's just score and score and score!"
  7. Thanks fellas Really appreciated. Not sure if many of you will remember but when this forum first started, I posted my Hong Kong save in here with a similar layout. It's always something I've thought about doing again but never got round to it. Now we've got some extra spare time, thought I'd dig out the old style again Glad you're enjoying it
  8. @archerz ROUTE 66 tactics are Direct passing tactic BLACK ECHO are slowest tempo and short passing, FIRe high tempo short passing, HOLY GHOST Very high tempo short passing
  9. Still waiting for your reply in there, or I did I confuse you with proven facts?
  10. FM20 Calcio Thread Stats Total Number of Players - 82 Number of different saves started - 113 Managers Movements in the same save - 8 Monza>Napoli>Chelsea>Juventus Pescara>Atlanta Sampdoria>Real Madrid Cavese>Unemployed>Modena Liverpool>Lazio Lazio>Leipzig Managers Movements from Abroad: 1 - England Managers Movements Abroad: 1 - England 1 - Spain 1 - Germany ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Leagues chosen at the start of the game: Serie A - 80 Serie B - 11 Serie C - 17 (Palermo holidayed first season - 2) Serie D - 6 (Palermo - 4, Foggia and Avellino) Abroad - England - 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clubs: 14 - Milan 12 - Roma 9 - Parma, Inter 7 - Atlanta 6 - Palermo 5 - Brescia 4 - Juventus, Lazio, Bologna 3 - Bari, Modena 2 - Perugia, Venezia, Sassuolo, Cagliari, Pescara, Torino, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Napoli 1 - Cantanzaro, Lecce, Foggia, Avellino, Pro Vercelli, Reggina, Monza, Cesena, Frosinone, Chievo, Crotone, Udinese, Genoa, Catania, Empoli, Cavese, Ascoli, Hellas Verona, Albinoleffe, Piacenza, Reggiana, Vicenza Total = 120 different Italian teams managed As of 04 June 2020. +10 new teams into our thread!
  11. We welcome 5 new players (another +2 if we include all from the network game), but we also lost #52 to Germany and #53 who ended his 5 seasons save. On the good news, we welcome back 2 older players, #6 who resumed his Bari save (older DB!) and #27 who started a new Bari save after his Pro Vercelli save earlier on in the thread.
  12. XaW - Putnok FC - 2033/34 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances After losing the title to Ferenváros last season the goal was simply to retake it this time around. Unai Emery left them after he won the title for Leeds in the Premier League, and his replacement couldn't match him. So they fell a bit short compared to last season. However, we were not without a tough opponent this season as Debrecen had a really solid season and almost kept up with us. We did regain the crown though, but not by far. Still, we had a good season, but not as good as last season, even if we didn't win then. In the Magyar Kupa we beat Dabas, Karancslapujtő, Paks, Mezőkövesd, Újpest and Mezőkövesd to reach the final. There we beat Debrecen in extra time after they scored an own goal 3 minutes into overtime in the last half. Yeah, I don't think we payed him, but someone else could have... Anyway, another cup title for us. In the Champions League we started in the 2nd qualifying round were we beat Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine in both legs. In the 3rd qualifying round we knocked out Utrecht of the Netherlands and in the playoff we beat Russian side Zenith to go into the group stage. We drew Real Madrid of Spain, Liverpool of England and Red Star of Serbia. Now, as it turn out Red Star have become a really good team, and they crushed us. Real Madrid the same. Against Liverpool we somehow managed to draw both games, but needless to say, we finished last in the group. One new country this time as we had our first ever match in Ukraine. The youth preview this season were really promising, but the intake itself was pretty poor. The one player really worth noting is Balázs Bartha 34a, a really talented right back. This was also a strange season, since not many players really stood out, but rather the team as a whole. Still, I think I can pick out a few who. Ádám Pintér 29b had a good season in midfield and is our assists king. Ádám Kékesi 26a scored a lot from midfield, and Petér Földi 31d is our topscorer once again. The 2nd team only played friendlies. The U19s still don't play in any league system, but they competed in the UEFA Youth League again this season. This time they great as they finished 2nd in their group and got through. Then they beat Shaktar in the 1st knockout round before losing to Napoli on pens in the 2nd knockout round. Season | League | Pos | Cup | Europe | Notes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2020/21 | Nemzeti Bajnokság II | 1st | 4th round | N/A | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | OTP Bank Liga | 6th | Semi final | N/A | Mid-table 2022/23 | OTP Bank Liga | 10th | 4th round | N/A | Avoided relegation 2023/24 | OTP Bank Liga | 7th | 2nd round | N/A | Mid-table 2024/25 | OTP Bank Liga | 5th | Semi final | N/A | Just off European spots 2025/26 | OTP Bank Liga | 7th | Semi final | N/A | Mid-table 2026/27 | OTP Bank Liga | 3rd | 3rd round | N/A | Qualified for Europe 2027/28 | OTP Bank Liga | 3rd | Winner! | EC 4th q | Won the cup 2028/29 | OTP Bank Liga | 2nd | Winner! | EC 2nd KO | Won the cup, qualified for CL 2029/30 | OTP Bank Liga | 2nd | Runner-up | EC 2nd KO | Qualified for CL, good European run 2030/31 | OTP Bank Liga | 1st | Winner! | CL Group | Domestic double, CL group stage 2031/32 | OTP Bank Liga | 1st | Winner! | CL Group | Domestic double, CL group stage 2032/33 | OTP Bank Liga | 2nd | 4th round | CL 1st KO | Knockout stages in CL 2033/34 | OTP Bank Liga | 1st | Winner! | CL Group | Domestic double, CL group stage Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac | Youth Fac --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Average | Basic | Below Average 2021/22 | Adequate | Average | Below Average | Below Average 2022/23 | Good | Adequate | Adequate | Adequate 2023/24 | Excellent | Adequate | Average | Adequate 2024/25 | Excellent | Adequate | Average | Adequate 2025/26 | Excellent | Adequate | Average | Adequate 2026/27 | Excellent | Good | Average | Adequate 2027/28 | Excellent | Good | Average | Adequate 2028/29 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Below Average 2029/30 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Adequate 2030/31 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Average 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Good 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Great 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of the art | Excellent Player statistics (youth only) Most apps | Viktor Németh 23b - 459 apps Most goals | Viktor Németh 23b - 167 goals Biggest sale | Csaba Szilágyi 25d - £21.5m to Shenzhen (China) Most international apps | Csaba Szilágyi 25d - 45 caps for Hungary Most international goals | Ádám Pintér 29b - 6 goals for Hungary Most goals in a match | Viktor Németh 23b - 5 goals Highest av rating | Ádám Pintér 29b - 7.56 (37 apps) Youngest player | Botond Molnár 33a - 16 years 119 days Youngest goalscorer | Attila the Goalkeeper 31a - 16 years 147 days Oldest player | Viktor Németh 23b - 27 years 355 days Oldest goalscorer | Viktor Németh 23b - 27 years 197 days
  13. @Makoto Nakamuranever fails to deliver. #Where'sOurPassport #SouthAmericaHereWeCome @andycharYou might have to take me off the list I think. I don't think the save will be playable for me by the time it comes round again. Thanks to you and everyone else by the way. I have absolutely loved my 2 seasons in the save. I played in 2 new Nations, (South Africa is actually decent because of all the different competitions but would obviously be better with a smaller club), and won a few trophies. Brilliant stuff. If we do this again with a fresh save then be sure to count me in.
  14. Loving my Derby save and absolutely loving this thread. I'm in February 20 and thanks in no small part to the posters in this thread I'm having a storming first season. Currently sitting in 2nd place one point off leaders Fulham having just beating them 1-0 at Pride Park. No idea how to do a screenshot though. Any help appreciated.
  15. Good lord, sorry to keep you guys waiting xp Here's the version 2.0.2 translated Japan Level 6 Unlock v2.0.2.rar
  16. Download link: https://www.mediafire.com/file/rx3ep57go442gy6/442_Spazio_di_Controllo.fmf/file Hello All,Big FM and football fan for many years, particularly on the tactics front. By far the most intriguing element of the game for me. I've spent countless hours understanding, research, and applying tactical concepts from here and from real world write-ups to continually improve my knowledge, whilst at the same time building my own tactical philosophy. I've created many tactics over the years in FM, and have done most of what the game has to offer, including long-term LLM saves. However, the tactic that I created in FM 20 for my beloved Milan has been by far the most effective, and it's not even close.What brought me so much joy about this tactic is not just the results, but the fact that it just makes sense from a fundamental standpoint - I am talking about intelligent and cohesive movement, opening up and exploiting of space, defensive cover and balance, and putting players in the best possible positions to succeed. The aim was to not only share the tactic, but also provide a write-up explaining how I built a tactic from the ground up, using concepts related to space, movement, supply, and demand that we should be thinking through. The tactic: a 4-4-2, with a modern twist. My tactical philosophies and how I used it to build the tactic 1. Build-up play: Variability. In short, I want a least three distinct routes to goal. Through the left flank, through the center, and through the right flank. I want each route to goal to be different - so, you'll never see me create a tactic that is symmetric across role and duty combinations on both flanks. I do this primarily to improve consistency of results, and make it harder for the AI to defend against me. When you have the same type of attacks going on in both flanks, it becomes much easier to defend against. Counter with fast wing-play? Sit back and defend. Possession based relying on overloading the central areas? Push up and restrict space. By varying routes to goal, it becomes much harder for the AI to game plan against you. 2. Attacking Philosophy: Attack Space. I believe in creating and exploiting space through the intelligent and cohesive movement of players, in a carefully drawn out manner, rather than a ball-to-feet possession based approach. More Klopp than Pep, if you will. To do this, you need 3 things 1)Players creating space for others to exploit 2)Players making runs into the space created 3)Having the right players in the right positions to supply the players attacking space Creating this requires a careful understanding of the movement of the players, who they function with each other, and how it affects the overall balance of the team. This is reflected by horizontal and vertical depth of players. 3. Defensive Philosophy: Zonal High-Block with horizontal and vertical compactness. As a Milan fan, Sacchi's high-pressing zonal 4-4-2 was certainly an inspiration for this tactic. In FM, I have used a control setting, with much higher defensive line and standard LOE (to create vertical compactness), and slightly narrower defensive shape (horizontal compactness. This is coupled with more urgent pressing (but not much more), to put pressure on the ball-carrier without being pulled out of shape. Tighter marking has not been used because this is a zonal press that utilizes the offside trap, and man marking goes against this concept. I have also not ticked counter-press, as I want this to be used situationally, and not at every opportunity - Sacchi's team sometimes retreated to position and sometimes did a "fake press" to make opponents move towards a certain part of the pitch - counter press wasn't used always. The offside trap is the final tool to aid the compact high block philosophy. Building the 4-4-2 1. I decided early on that I wanted to employ a Wide Playmaker, and build the tactic around him. To do this, I needed a few key elements to work out: 1)Create space for the WP to operate in 2)Provide enough runners off the ball, from different starting points and in different directions, to give him enough passing options. With the wide playmaker cutting inside, I knew I needed an attacking full-back to take advantage of the space he was vacating on the flank, and also to provide a threat out-wide. An attacking full-back was the ideal choice here; they work beautifully together, each creating space for the other to exploit. 2. With a wide playmaker and an overlapping attacking full-back on one flank, I knew I wanted a different route of attacking play on the left. The obvious and stable choice here was a winger supported by a less attacking fullback, to maintain balance in the team. A winger attack and full back support was the sensible option. Again, I was looking to balance support and attack duties on both flanks, and create variability in my play. 3. CM Pairing - this was key to get right. The RCM needed to do 2 things 1)Cover for the attacking full-back and 2)Combine effectively with the WP. A defend duty midfielder was the clear choice here. Firstly, he can cover for the marauding RB, and secondly and more importantly, he wouldn't step on the shoes of the WP, who likes to take up narrow, central positions. A support duty CM wouldn't give the WP enough space to operate in. I decided to go with the CM-d which is a balanced option. the RCM, WP and FB all function beautifully together, creating overlapping triangles that are very hard to track. For the other CM, I knew I needed a support role (from the pairs and combinations guide, so I went for a CM-s, although other support duties should work quite well also. His job was to 1)balance the central midfield 2)link up with the wingers and strikers. I wanted a fairly solid role without much movement (B2B/Mezzala ruled out), as this would leave his midfield partner alone to do the defending). 4. Striker Pairing: It was key to have one support and one attack duty striker, the question was which duty on which side. After some thought, I decided to go for the attack striker on the right slot, and the support striker on the left slot. The reasons, again, are related to creating and exploiting space. 1)The attack striker would push up, giving the WP plenty of space to operate in, and also making runs which the WP can feed 2)The support striker can drop deeper, and play in the onrushing winger on the left, or his attack duty strike partner. I decided to go with a standard DLF (s) and an AF (a) here. In essence, almost all of the players in the team have been deployed to help create space for teammates playing next to them and/or provide passing opportunities by making runs. For example, the RCM, RB and RCF are all designed to to get the best out of the WP. The whole system works as one.In short, I have built the tactic around the WP. In possession, he has 4 passing options: 1) Cross-field ball to the attacking winger2) Ball down the channel for the attack duty striker3) Overlapping ball to the fullback4) Safe pass to one of the CMs. Putting it all together: Whilst I undoubtedly have a world class team, this is a tactic that I expect to work well across all levels, which is why I wanted to share it and get your feedback. The reasoning is that, from a standpoint of fundamentals, it just makes a lot of sense and works well:1. 3 players making attacking runs, all from different stata (Demand)2. Each attacking player has at least 2 support/defend duty players to feed them (Supply)3. No one is running into each others' toes; everyone's movement is designed to give each other space to operate in4. Balanced defensive philosophy without any major weaknesses (save for the space between attack and defense)5. Large variability in play - Standard wing play on the left, midfield overloads and overlapping play down the right, and two strikers supporting each other in the center Sample results are below - I have been continuously tweaking the tactic since FM 19, but I can say with confidence that it works well and provides incredibly beautiful football. This is not an exploit tactic, it is not meant to break the match engine; instead, it is meant to help you tailor your squad towards a very measured and well-defined style of play which should bring enjoyment to long term saves, particularly in terms of squad building. Required player attributes/PPMs Note: The information below (including footedness) is based on the above screenshots. However, you could easily use a mirror image of the tactic instead with opposite footedness, if your players are better suited.GK: Nothing specificCB: In addition to normal key CB stats, good teamwork stat is key for an effective offside trap. If you have a good passing CB he can be BPD on the winger side. RB: Attacking RB with good work rate, passing, and crossing. PPM - Get forward when possibleLB: Defensive LB with a focus on good passing stats as he will get the ball a lot. Get further forward PPM should be avoided like the plague. CMs: Both CMs absolutely must be all rounded with high work rate (15+). This is the best way to make the 2 man mid work. In addition, the CM(s) will benefit from vision, flair, passing, and long shots to make an attacking contribution. The CM (d) will be more of a defensive player, while the CM (S) will be better at passing, vision, long shots etc. The CM(s) should have 13+ in marking/tackling/positioning as well - don't try to force an advanced playmaker into this role; he must be a work horse. I tend to get tall players if possible in all positions as well. ML: Left footed winger with crossing, dribbling, and finishing (he will find himself in goal scoring positions reasonably often) - height/heading is a bonus. MR: Left footed play maker. PPMs - Dictates tempo, tries killer balls often, cuts inside from right wingLeft striker: Support duty striker, with good balance and strength, in addition to finishing, first touch, and creativity attributes. Right footed player preferred. PPM - comes deep to get ball, plays one twos, tries killer balls often. Beats offside trap to be avoided for this role. Right striker: Right footed player required, no exceptions. He is the star of your team - I can't stress this enough, but a tall striker makes a massive difference. Look for someone with 15+ jumping if you can, and good all round AF stats (based on the level which you play). One of the hardest positions to fill as regen strikers all tend to be short. Overall there are quite a few requirements for the tactic to work - you want to build towards the right kind of players. This means that you will need to pass up on many high PA players who don't fit the tactic (example - short strikers, wrong footed number 10s) etc - but this adds to the fun of the long game, and creates a devastating tactic once you bring the right players in. This isn't a tactic that you can expect to automatically get to work well without the right types of players, compared to say a 352 or 4231 which typically has less requirements. Quite a few players had tried this tactic on FM 19 and results were good across varying skill levels of teams. If you want a good balanced tactic that produces beautiful, penetrating football, it might be worth giving this a go. PS - based on your players, you could also go for the inverted tactic (footedness/roles would be a mirror image of the tactic above) - left footed strikers, right footed winger and playmaker, etc. EDIT: Shut-up shop 4-1-4-1 tactic also added (can play using the same squad as the 4-4-2): https://www.mediafire.com/file/4f0mb8ccawi9mhl/4-1-4-1.fmf/file
  17. From Ajax to Ajax- The Aim I’m going to be honest here: starting a project like the Red Jackals of Prague was a bad idea. I was home from college on winter break and wanted a new save and story to dive into for the six weeks I was home. I created a detailed story outline, wrote profiles for north of 20 characters, and had even started figuring out which weird references I was going to start shoehorning in. But I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to write narrative, and before I knew it, I was back at school. I haven’t been able to get in that frame of mind since, but with my studies now done for the year, I’m confident I will at some point this summer. But I’m almost always in the frame of mind to play FM. So a little while back, I started a new save that would keep me engaged with FM without having to worry about constructing a narrative, which is guaranteed to hold me back because of how much effort I put into my narratives. I’ve decided to document that save here, and it’s called From Ajax to Ajax. This means I’ll be beginning my career down in the South African second tier with Ajax Cape Town, with the goal of managing Ajax Amsterdam in the future. I wanted some change from the usual European routine that I’d gotten used to (this is the first time I’ve ventured out of Europe since my Aldosivi save three years ago), but the goal will be to get back to that routine eventually. However, I don’t anticipate the path from Ajax to Ajax to be a perfectly straight line, so there will be three distinct stages to this save, each with its own set of goals: 1. Ajax Cape Town– Gain promotion to the Premiership, win the Premiership, win the CAF Champions League 2. Unknown second-tier Dutch club– gain promotion to the Eredivisie, qualify for European football, win a trophy of some kind 3. Ajax Amsterdam– Dominate Dutch football, sign South African youth, win the UEFA Champions League, win the FIFA Club World Cup As I’ve never managed in the Netherlands before, I’d like to experience all the country has to offer before taking the step up to the giants from Amsterdam. I think each of these stages will be loads of fun in its own way, as there are unique challenges to fulfill in all three. Game Setup I’ve loaded only the top two tiers in South Africa and the Netherlands as playable, with the top two leagues in the major European nations and the top tier in Portugal and Belgium on view only. The other leagues will be added as playable once the save reaches European territory. All African and European internationals are in the database, as well as all South African players. So without further delay, we shall begin the first leg of this journey in beautiful Cape Town! Gaan! Gaan! Gaan!
  18. What the title says. I should be able to give my youth coaching team (both the academy and the U19/U23s) more general instructions in terms of what our philosophy should be. How successful the youth academy is would be dependent on many factors like randomness, quality of coaches, quality of players, how familiar the coaches are with the type of philosophy their operating under, etc. Under this system, one shouldn't be able to go and take over individual youth players' development like the system allows for now. Because 1. that wouldn't be necessary, and 2. that isn't really done either. Managers leave the youth coaching up to the youth coaches until the player joins the first team. In my vision I see a huge list of many categories (Based on training and recruiting, some primary, some secondary), where one should be able to select a few of them in each category. Some bad examples here: Primary training directive: "Develop teamwork and mental skills" (Focus on educating/mentoring the young players into becoming better versions of themselves, and therefore better footballers). Primary training directive: "Develop all defensive players technical skills" (Goalkeepers and defenders should be able to play out of defense, being the philosophy) Secondary training directive: "Every player should learn to use both feet" Secondary training directive: "Let all players develop themselves in relevant positions" (Fast, tricky players should attempt to master the "Left or Right wing position, Tall and strong players should learn to be central defenders, etc) Primary recruiting directive: "Use the clubs extensive scouting network to pick up youth players from all over the world" [Set budget] Primary recruiting directive: "Only recruit youth players from the local area." Secondary recruiting directive: "Look for tall players" In most clubs, a philosophy should already be in place. It would be a neat challenge for a Manager to try to convince them over time to change this. Like in real life, in some instances the Manager would be hired to change it around, whereas in other cases it would be nearly impossible for the Manager to do because of the structure and the traditions of the club.
  19. Might be worth you talking about your career thread a bit in here to entice others to come check out your career buddy. Up to you but people will be inclined to check out your career if you mention a bit about it in here.
  20. Trust me, winning European glory with a Welsh Prem side will be an achievement that you will be proud of. Nothing is ever easy. A great man once said "I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
  21. Yes he is worth his 100k a month .. i hope i can buy him for the 2M future fee. I used this spreadsheets at IR (iceland) and played 8 season youth only. But i didn't had an in dept youth tracker so i played much faster. Thanks, your story and screenshots (all the French career topics btw) look great. Thanks Yes it is, u can calculate many things.. all you need to know and find out is what u do with the information
  22. I've had some crazy games in this adventure but this one may top them all. 3-0 down on aggregate, with 2 of them as away goals, needing 4 goals to win and only 30 minutes left while playing my fiercest rival in the quarter final of the Copa Libertadores and then this happened! I was absolutely bricking it for the last 3 mins + 5 mins stoppage time!
  23. I'm required to run a ten-minute mile in order to pass the physical exam in order to officiate field hockey. I think my pace is a little better than 4.
  24. Well well, now rojoblanco is the finest color in madrid. Lemar ends season with this Not bad for a 31 year old playing his first season as a CM.
  25. I don't do spreadsheets and still play slow! But work has to come first. And I do take too much time on my updates I'm too simplistic for all that data and analysis, but applaud you for the effort you put in to it @OlivierL as it's clearly a method you enjoy. The way we all do things differently makes for good stories I think, your style is also different but interesting @Hootieleece
  26. Thanks guys, very kind! It just seemed a logical way to do it. Not too much, not too little. And even though each piece tends to run to about 1200 words (Which sounds a lot on the face of things), the fact it's broken down probably makes it more readable. Glad you're both enjoying things anyway, I'm certainly liking being able to share my game with people rather than just boring the odd one or two friends with what I've been up to!
  27. Yep this years Fm is called "Setpiece FM 20". It happens why to much. A lot of matches i just see only goals from set pieces like this. I score more from it though but yeah im afraid you can't do anything about somehow.
  28. Nice squad review and going very well in the league. A big surprise to see Hertha struggling so much.
  29. No I just look at their potential rating and maybe their personality.
  30. I'm enjoying the style of these updates, they're well written and laid out, and the captions & images work nicely.
  31. There are so many but I would say Lyon, Rennes and Metz are the best clubs to look at.
  32. Welcome, @Kostropaty! Definitely something different and looking forward to how it goes for you.
  33. Ajax Cape Town January Transfer Window It’s about time I spoke about the contract rules in the First Division. The rules state that players can only be signed to one-year contract extensions, unless there is an extension clause negotiated with the player included. With nearly all of our senior players out of contract in June, this meant I wasted no time getting to work on offering new contracts to everyone I plan on keeping next season. Everyone I approached agreed to a pre-contract deal beginning at the end of the season, including key players/prospects Thabo Mosadi, Tashreeq Morris, Thendo Mukumela, Isaac Nhlapo, Raymond Monama, Riyaaz Koopstadt, and Kiyaam Bull. As I mentioned in the previous update, South Africa also has strict foreign player rules that make it difficult to keep those players at the club. In addition to a four-player registration limit (five in the Premiership) and a First Division stipulation that only three of those four can be in the same team sheet for matches, there is also a rule in both divisions that in order for a foreign player’s contract to be renewed, he must play in 70% of the team’s games in his previous contract period. As none of my foreign players are in the first XI and three of them- Gerald Phiri (Malawi), Gerald Takwara (Zimbabwe), and Rodrick Kabwe (Zambia)- are out of contract in June, I put those three players in the shop window hoping to make some money off them before I lost them for nothing, but there were no suitors for them or first XI left back Sibusiso Khumalo, whose wage demands were far too high for my liking. I even failed to loan out our fourth-choice keeper in what seemed to be a frigid January market, despite January being a hot summer month down here… Therefore, there is no January business to speak of. However, I have secured two (and potentially more) exciting future transfers for next season, who I will describe in detail when they arrive in July. Middle Third Though we certainly weren’t as dominant as we were in the first ten league games, winning seven out of our next ten is nothing to be ashamed of. November finished with a routine win over top half side Royal Eagles away, where Mosadi scored a screamer from outside the box and Prince Nxumalo tapped in a rebound to propel us to victory. December began with two narrow 1-0 wins, despite total dominance over TS Galaxy* and Real Kings. An early goal from our captain Yagan Sasman settled the former while a late point-blank winner from Mosadi settled the latter. I knew the away fixture against second-placed Tshakhuma was going to be difficult, and it did indeed serve as our first dropped points of the season. Things started spectacularly on 2′, when our outbound keeper Brandon Petersen- who is also one of our best free kick takers- slammed one in to become the first goalscoring keeper I’ve managed in my FM career. Tshakhuma would find an equalizer on the counter on 25′ though, thanks to some poor hustle and marking from our back line. Things looked to be going downhill when Morris was sent off for a two-footed lunge on 50′, but our opponents didn’t do much with their man advantage and we instead regained the lead on 81′ from Monama, who superbly fired into the bottom-right corner from 25 yards out. It was Tshakhuma who had to settle for a draw, as although they found their second goal quite brilliantly three minutes later, we gave a better account of ourselves overall in Thohoyandou. Our last game of the year saw us take part in the Preliminary Round of the Nedbank Cup, in which all 16 First Division sides face off for a spot in the competition proper. Our opponents were strugglers Maccabi*, who we dispatched easily with brilliant long-range goals from Takwara and Monama, plus a late cushion from our third-choice striker Sedwyn George, who scored his first goal of the season. We will play Cape Umoya in the First Round at the end of February. After the 16-day Christmas break, we returned to action in the new year, but January is where our form took a dip. We battered TS Sporting, but only won 1-0 by way of a long-range thumper from Nxumalo. Then came our first loss of the season, a total FMing away to Tuks where we outshot them 47-5 and their goal came from a free kick. Sometimes it just happens like that, I suppose. We got back to winning ways against relegation-threatened Witbank Spurs* courtesy of a brace from Phiri, but we still shouldn’t have been conceding two goals against them. That was quickly erased by another rough loss, this time to Cape Umoya at the Cape Town Stadium in what became our first dropped points at home this season. We again dominated- outshooting them 27-4- but we did ourselves no favors, as Nxumalo missed a penalty in the first half and Morris had a goal called back for offside in the second half. By contrast, all four of Cape Umoya’s shots were on target and their winning goal was taken well on the volley. So while this wasn’t as undeserved as the Tuks loss, there was actually more reason to be disappointed to finish January. February has started very well, however, as we swept aside Maccabi again in the league, this time thanks to twin 20-yarders from Grant Margeman, a second free kick goal for Petersen, and a token (but excellent) goal for Masilake Phohlongo, who’s been limited to only bench appearances this season. We then smacked down on Uthongathi* as well, with a Thomas Verhaar hat trick and a Monama screamer serving as highlights in a simple 5-1 win. Some Brandon Petersen GIFs for @Jimbokav1971's viewing pleasure. It really is a shame we can't keep him next season... League Table Our solid form has kept us comfortably clear atop the table, but we did lead Tshakhuma by more than eight points at some stages of our most recent run-in. It’s still a larger gap than it was after 10 games though, so I’m happy with that. It’s a shame the boys from Limpopo Province won’t get automatically promoted for finishing second, as they have been a cut above everyone else except us so far, and we even have the same number of losses through 20 games. The fight for third place is the real promotion battle, as seven teams still have a chance of claiming it with 10 games to play. Ubuntu Cape Town currently hold that spot, but that could change in an instant. Mbombela’s form has drastically improved to move them out of the relegation picture, whilst Uthongathi and Stellenbosch could afford to be safer and Maccabi, Witbank Spurs, and Jomo Cosmos are the trio in the thick of it. The closing third of the season will see us continue to compete in the Nedbank Cup and face a tough May slate of exclusively promotion chasers, but I’m hoping we’ll have the title as good as wrapped up by then. Gaan! Gaan! Gaan!
  34. Well done on another great season. Anyone beating PSG can be very pleased.
  35. nevermind, he's on 239k. .. I guess he really loves the club!
  36. In that case I would trasfer list him. It's OK to wait for better offers when you can but if it's urgent to sell just do it. You will still get decent offers if he is any good.
  37. Penalty Shootout Lottery sees Stade Francais edge past Barcelona!! Stade Francais will now face Premier League leaders Man City! This is going to hurt!
  38. That's why I posted here, hopefully it can be added
  39. llama3

    Crowds

    I have noticed a few things about crowds in the last few years that could be improved: Proportion and variety of shirts - I don't see any crowds wearing third shirts nowadays (it's all home and away), but with far too great a proportion wearing replica home shirts instead of normal attire - especially in winter. Shirts could also see names and numbers appearing from big players in the squad. For big occasions perhaps you would be more likely to see patterned tee-shirts in the crowd (so for example blocks of fans in red, the alternate blocks in white for a trophy collection, final, or stadium move) In finals the crowds the 2 x teams should have a specific "end" and be more like to meet in the middle on each side, rather than each having a side and each having an end. In bigger finals there are more neutrals/sponsor fans, so we should see a more distinct end each, and the "neutral" areas down the sides a mixture of non-club attire, with some fans of each club dotted in there. There is currently the occasional flare, but I don't see any scarves anymore - this plus distinct groups waving scarves and flags (clappers etc. too) in home ends would be good. Customised stadium design on the editor - so we can control overall design (separate stands, or bowl, filled in corners or not, length of run-off area or running track)
  40. If you want a pick up and play game, football manager is not the game for you I'm afraid. The fact that you decide that stumbling upon something with nerfs the bugs shows that you don't really know what you're talking about... I would watch at corners and set pieces to see where my team was conceding chances from, change who was stood where to counter this. Take off get stuck in and you should concede less free kicks to concede from. Just because you don't understand the tactics, it's not the games fault it's too advanced for you to adapt. Luckily for you it seems the lockdown rules are being relaxed so you won't have to play it much longer.
  41. This is my tactic for home league. I use split block: DLF, IW, IF, DLP, CM DLPse - more direct passing, CMat - roam from position, BMWde - mark tigher (occasionally). When I play away game with Porto or sporting I tend to avoid Counter press and play counter, but it depends on how the match is going. In Champions Cup games I usually change roles, IWat to IWs, Left WBsu to FBat, with top teams I play counter, small split block - DLFsu to DLFat. And I don't play Overlap left/overlap right. Sometimes without work ball into box and be more expressive. I watch matches at full and try to see what I need to do - for example Play into space. And PI: cross from deep to FBat (occasionally) and etc. All depends on my opponent and how match goes My results this season are very good: 31 match without loosing (from the end of my first season) in Premier league (only 3 draws) . I feel myself much better in Champions Cup: tough group + Arsenal, Napoli, Lille - and I have first place, only one away draw with Arsenal. So, I can say I dominate in the premier league and dream about champions cup. In my first season I played with High Def Line and Standard LOE + split block, but after loosing Bayer 0-3 I decided that I need some changes. I changed to Higher line of engagement, began to use counter press and changed one role: Luis in DM position played as Anchor man and I changed it to BMWde. And it really began to work.
  42. Just missing out on Europe again, unlucky. Just noticed you have a funny set up. Think your players do more than enough travel without Europe.
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