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  1. "The Andorran First Division, where anyone can get qualified for Europe. Even relegated teams!"
  2. Zero frustration, zero regret and zero disappointment from playing thousands of hours worth over the 20 or so years. Are some years better than others? Ofcourse but it still doesn't take away from that year's experience. Every year is different, for better or worse, which is far better than playing the exact same game for the past 5 or 6 years like FIFA. SI have never let me down with an edition so much that I would even think about walking away for a year or two. This years one I can't see being any different.
  3. One of the feature requests I like to propose are attacking centerbacks or overlapping centerbacks. Atalanta usually have wide centerbacks help out in the attack and provide numerical superiority in the wings https://breakingthelines.com/tactical-analysis/how-atalanta-use-their-center-backs-in-possession/ Also overlapping centerbacks should be an option too. That could really bring some width in a 352 formation https://medium.com/@Mase159/sheffield-uniteds-3-5-2-the-art-of-the-overlapping-centre-back-aed8c1110fe0. The developers needs to bring more realism into tactics as
  4. Update on my Lazio save, slow progress due to life in general but going well so far 11 games into Serie A. So far we are undefeated but we've struggled against "weaker" teams while beating Inter and Napoli with ease so 2nd in the league so far, behind Juve. And our 12th game is against Juventus, who's been unstoppable so far, with Ronaldo getting 21 goals in 11 games. 4pts behind Juve before the game, and even tough I knew we'd keep our 2nd place even if we lost I'd didn't want them to run away with the league already in november. So was hoping for a draw, but went for a positive approach
  5. Port Talbot Season 2024/25 Well this was in some ways an interesting season, with two wins in the league in the opening seven games. Fortunately we then stabilized and finished in 3rd. The Cups were more successful with us winning both the Welsh Cup and the Nathanial MG Cup, winning the Welsh Cup ensured a spot in Europe again next season, which was handy as I got knocked out in the Semi-Final stage of the European slot play-off. I again got to the 2nd Qual Rnd of the Europa Conference where I went out on away goals to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, rather frustratingly their only goal
  6. In the last three versions of the games, the central midfielders are mainly needed to pass the ball to the flanks. I can't play it
  7. Kabilio Jaffa - 2020/21 Competitions - We began in the Toto Cup which seems just to be for teams in the National League. I was not expecting too much and we finished 3rd in our group with 2 losses and a win. It seems this was enough to put us into a strange playoff system, we won that game and apparently that made us winners of Playoff 2. I am not sure to be honest. In the League we had great fun. For most of the year we were in the top three and really looked like we could have challenged for promotion, in the end we did not. We struggled for the two months before the split and th
  8. Darlington, November 2022 Having taken Forest to the Premiership in my parallel save I decided it was time to return to Darlington for our third attempt at winning a return to the EFL. Quite a bit of transfer business was done in the summer as we looked to replace players who had been with us in the VNN but hadn't progressed as much as we hoped. I also decided this was make or break season. In the famous words of WC Fields, if at first you don't succeed try, try again. Then quit - there's no use being a damn fool about it. I was happy with the squad I was able to assemble, altho
  9. A very unbalanced tactic in terms of roles and duties and needlessly aggressive in terms of defensive instructions. An excessive number of attack duties and/or attacking mentality does not make your team more potent and dangerous. It just makes the tactic disjointed and messy. The first thing you need to decide is what style of football you want to play and why. Once you answer that question, we can more specifically discuss potential changes you need to make to the tactic
  10. The problem seems to be at first glance that the issue is that you're playing a slow system very heavily oriented toward possession, which makes it easier for defensive teams to stay in front of the ball, and as Summatsupeer points out, your out of possession instructions are then set up to pin them around their penalty area as much as possible. I think my advice would depend on how you want to score goals. Probably the easiest way is to take off Work Ball into Box, and then try slightly more Direct passing -- crosses and long shots are great scoring options in this ME and you should have
  11. Have a look at your setup for a second, all of the front 3 are on attack duties trying to play on the shoulder of the defenders to make runs in behind. Then the MEZ-At is joining them. Your contributing to them "sitting back" by being very aggressive with Out of Possession instructions, pinning opponents in when the press is effective. That then gives no space for the forwards runs. Then your In Possession instructions slow the attack down, whilst giving all of the forwards instructions to attack quickly (roles+duties). Lots of options but depends how you want to play, hopefull
  12. We finally did it! We won Serie A 11 years after the club was reformed post-bankruptcy. Not bad! We were 1 goal short of 100, won the coppa as well, and the mighty Juve sacked Guardiola. Finally the stranglehold has broken, and the tide of the nation has changed. You can see the trajectory of my/our career: Amazingly, we're now even in the top 10 clubs in the world!
  13. AI teams demanding silly money for their players yet offering you peanuts for yours.
  14. I ran a series of challenges a couple of years ago which people seemed to enjoy (@westy8chimp). I wasn't going to run any more but the above picture caught my eye recently and thought it might be a fun challenge. The above is the white board background on the game's Main Menu. Kind of an interesting formation I think. (Edit due to comments - I'm fully aware it's actually a top down formation, but a 4123DM Wide wouldn't be something different for a "challenge"). So just for fun, the challenge: Using any club you like (or create your own) develop a tactic using the above red bo
  15. We finally moved into the new stadium 5 months late, which is a relief. The fact that the stadium could eventually be expanded to another 18,000 seats is a rather delightful realization, though I wish I knew why it wasn't 36,000 exactly and there was an extra 4 seats added to the full potential capacity. As for the future, we apparently have a golden generation on its way. I'll believe it when I see it, but given the past few intakes, this is still rather exciting regardless.
  16. Well, if you want a possession-oriented style, that's all the more reason to reduce attack duties in favor of support ones - because more support duties mean smoother transitions and players helping each other both in attack and defense - as well as toning the mentality down (positive and balanced work best for attack-minded possession styles). However, this does not mean that you should only have support duties and no attack. A degree of penetration always needs to be there, but without compromising overall tactical balance. So you basically need less attack and more support duties. But
  17. You missing a file, most like the person snapshot. have a look in the staff overview file for FILE="xxx" the xxx will be the name/location of the fiel you are missing
  18. Udinese Mid Season Update It has been a successfull spell up till December, we have exceeded expectations, with just a couple of unlucky losses. We outplayed Sampdoria and conceded a goal with 5 minutes to spare from a huge defensive mistake by Becao. A couple of monster games against Inter and Juventus, we really played well, and have some difficulty against smaller teams. As i said, results are very good, but we're going to keep our eyes open to keep things going this way, and be able to dream of Europe football in Udine once again, even if it's not one of my goals for
  19. Thank you! Yes will be more Juninho than me Yes he does look good in game and in real life. Thanks for reading!
  20. You would think it would get better but the polls tell a different story though . FM17 seems to be the players choice
  21. DAY 10 - GAME 1 The World Cup has reached its tenth day and we head over to the East for four really impactful games. Starting off with two matchups between Pot 1 sides. It's 2018 World Cup Runners-up Croatia facing the Netherlands. Second Round of Pool Play Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, United States Lineups: Croatia (Cautious 4-2-2-2 DM Narrow): Livakovic; Jedvaj , Lovren, Caleta-Car ( 77' Vida), Strinic ( 90+2' Skoric); Rakitic, Kovacic, Modric , Brozovic; Petkovic, Livaja ( 45' Rebic) Netherlands (Positive 5-3-2 WB): Cillessen; Hateboer ( 78' Veltman),
  22. Choosing All could potentially impact on performance if there are thousands of rows to select & then action against, perhaps reducing this to a maximum of 'X' to help mitigate any impact would be a decent compromise? I might be wrong and there's no impact at all, of course. Agree with your other points.
  23. There's been some discussion on that above which may help give you some ideas. If not then post your system + detail of some of some of your key players (such as your wide players) and someone may be able to help further.
  24. Season 1: Stats & Awards The final squad stats from the season. Incredible efforts from the following players this season: Karlan Grant - what a signing by our DoF Juninho!! I have to say I didn't expect much when he came in, but he took the league by storm. 32 goals and 6 assists in 45 games, absolutely elite stuff. Jack Grealish - club captain, legend, what can you say about this guy. He started off badly in the AMC role but once we changed formation and made him the focal point of the team, he really excelled. Finishes with 13 goals and 17 assists. The big boys
  25. This is more amusing than annoying but it does involve press conferences which I'm sure are a source of a lot of these. I only tend to do them when arriving at a new team, but having moved into international management I decided to do one after the World Cup draw. The very first question was about how well we'd be able to cope with the very different climate, bearing in mind I'm managing France and the tournament is in Germany . Yep, I'm not sure how we could possibly cope with temperatures and humidity levels that will pretty much be the same as back home, in a country that's right next door!
  26. @Eoin Maguire Yeah, I have diagnosed OCD and FM affects it massively, if you ever want to PM me feel free mate
  27. Ok, time for another go. Meet the new manager of Geel in the Belgian First Amateur division We have a squad of nine players. Things could be rough until the first youth intake. The good news is that the facilities are at a pretty good starting point for a team of this level and for this challenge.
  28. Yeah we have won something like 115 trophies, so wouldn't want to put all those medals round the neck at the same time might break my neck. Depends whether you mean to the big nations like the European nations or the big Asian countries. I am quite looking forward to managing in Saudi or Qatar, since there teams have been beating my teams in the Champions League for about 50 years now. Not thinking yet about Europe since at this rate its about 300 years away or something like that. Quite enjoyed some of the smaller countries, like Bangladesh we did really well and Philippines we won the t
  29. Season 2094/95 In the off season we left Ahli Khalil behind and went into the job market and it was not long before we had another job this time in Syrian capital Damascus as the manager of Al-Shorta. The had finished 5th the season before and the manager had left part of the way through the season to manage at Hutteen another top division Syrian side. Al-Shorta are a pretty decent side in Syria but not expected to win the league and at best perhaps put up a title challenge as a dark horse. In Syria they have three main competitions the Syrian Premier League worth 100 points, th
  30. lol, red is playing without a keeper and an extremely advanced forward? You totaly misinterpreted that white board
  31. At last, after one hell of a year i managed to pick up my first save on fm2020. As usual straight to Udinese, and it's been fun these past years, because of the slow decline of the squad. As we have only one big star, Rodrigo de Paul, i decided to build play and tactics around him, with a 3 man defensive line, and with a high press ball to the feet system, which will make good use of the great physical players we have The squad has some nice talent in the starting 11, but terribly lacks depth with lots of good but aging backups. Will start with no trans
  32. This has been going on for 9 months now with no way for some to get a refund, I'd really hope there's some way to at least get a discount for the new version when it's released as I've paid full price for a game I haven't been able to enjoy this year, which is disappointing as I've been playing it since it was championship manager. Is it even going to be fixed in the new version?
  33. WHen searching on attributes, I'd like a way to group attributes together so that those attributes values HAVE to be met by players in the search, but the rest of the attributes can have only a number of them matched. I.e. instead of all 10 attributes searched for being subject to the "Match 9/10" I'd like to say - All four of these attributes must be >= 12 (e.g. Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate and Natural Fitness) - AND 5 out of the other 6 must be >= 12 (e.g. Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Off The Ball, Off The Ball, Acceleration) So a player with >= 1
  34. After 48 seasons the file is getting a bit too big and pages are loading a bit too slow for my liking so since I've now been sacked by Middlesbrough I will be bringing the save to an end. Thank you everyone for following! My next save will be back to Youth Only, probably in a small country so full fat FM may be needed.
  35. The issues have been gone over time and time again and are well known in the bug forum and feedback thread, you can't expect everyone to come in this thread and repeat it all. Posters have paid good money for the game and are perfectly entitled to their opinion, what you personally think of it is irrelevant.
  36. Have you not read the feedback thread, hundreds of people giving multiple examples of bugs and problems and most are saying the same thing. Strikers still missing far too many 1v1, wingers/wingbacks/IF's all head for the byeline and shoot at ridiculous angles instead of cutting it back, far too many goals from corners/crosses and far too many from strikes from 25 yd +, players unable to control the ball without dribbling it over the line for a through in/byeline, small 5'6" midfileders outjumping 6'2" defenders, players just randomly standing in a daze while the game goes on around them,
  37. Good thread My issue is: Defensive possession heavy sides don’t exist in real life (or at least not in the manner portrayed in this game). So people rightfully complain that the ai plays in such a manner
  38. As somebody that creates lower league databases pretty much every year I think it would be great if there was an option to mass add or add multiple entries to the database at the same time whether it be people, clubs, cities, stadiums etc. Adding 5,000 people manually is a massive task and takes a lot of time that could used to 'perfect' other areas of the database. I'm not even sure if I'll purchase FM20 and just keep working on my FM19 file (I'll probably cave so don't worry SI ) It doesn't have to be the most extensive feature either I'd be happy with a maximum limit of say 100
  39. Player refuses to renew contract due "interest from other clubs". Placed on Transfer list; He immediately requests a meeting and wants to know why he's "being forced out of the club". There should be an option in interaction: Because you/your agent refuse to renew your contract & we need to sell you before it runs down, dumb a**.
  40. Outshooting an opponent 20 to 2, winning 4-0, but only having 41% of the possession and the entire press conference focussing on how we 'scraped a win' after being 'dominated'
  41. When clubs will not budge an inch on the price on their players. Especially if that player is already transfer listed and wants to leave. Worse when you're a giant from (say) Germany and you're bidding on a teen in (say) Africa, and the club is demanding 10M for him when his value is 100k. And it's like: "Mate, for 10M I could buy your entire club." (Not that I'm referencing a particular career or example or anything lol)
  42. Thinking about it I'd not mind playing 97-98 season (and taking England to France '98) in the CM3 engine. Played it in CM97/98 recently, but would be awesome to play it in CM3 as it was just that much deeper a game. Outside the CM-era of classic databases I think there'd be a lot of mileage in a 'FM 1960' game. So many great teams and players. The game was very different back then (no substitutes, different formations, different style-of-play). Competition-formats were different; old 'European Cup' and 'Cup Winners Cup'. For me Spurs had a great team, doing the double in '61,
  43. Not within the CM/FM era, but personally, I'd love to play starting in the 1966 or 1986 seasons.
  44. I’m interested to know more about why some of us are enjoying FM20, are scoring all types of goals, are even seeing some good centralised build up play, are not conceding set piece, or scoring set piece after set piece and why some of us are. I understand the frustrations you must be feeling @ajw10 but why is it that you’re having this experience, when I for instance, am not? I’m no tactical genius. I posted up a tactic on the feedback thread, that incidentally got zero comments on, even though everything else I seemed to put up there got jumped on almost as quickly as I wrote it, an
  45. I'm really growing to like Septien. He's the third academy graduate to really become a solid first team player after Miguel Angel Villalba and Alberto Ropero, who are actually both really good. Septien, below, isn't as good across the board and his finishing is actually quite weak - yet he seems to get into good positions and score goals. He is a real example of playing his way into the team - he came in for the injured Penalillo and his form caused me to sell the Chilean. It's always sweeter when I end with a €2m profit and a first team player from my academy.
  46. I am definitely experiencing this as well, and I'm pretty sure that a big part of the reason is the issue where wide players never passes when they get into the penalty area. I see my striker in a very good position when my skilled inside forwards break though on the flank. He should get at least one tap in goal every game if the IF's would just pas the ball instead of taking shorts from impossible angles.
  47. I loaned Pellegri once, and for only half a season in the Jan window, BUT good lord! He is immense, seems to be a goal machine. League stats: 12 apps | 19 gls | 6 asts Overall: 22 apps | 30 gls | 9 asts That was with Udinese in the 19/20 season. Have tried to sign him ever since then during that save, however Monaco are rich enough and successful enough to keep him happy. So I have given up and have not tried on any other saves. I will just cherish the short loan spell where he played like a god.
  48. Actually reading it over again, i think there is one more aspect you might touch on, and i think its a very important and often missed aspect of management, both in real life and more often in FM. Staff building - Every manager, especially at the higher levels of the game, needs to build a strong support network of staff around themselves. Guardiola, for all that he is likely the best in the world at his profession, relies heavily on his staff. Manel Estiarte and Domenec Torrente are vitally important to Bayern, as they were at Barca. Lorenzo Buenaventura likewise is key. Could any Pep team
  49. 1.1 MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES The job of a modern football manager encompasses six basic areas of responsibility: 1. Match Tactics: This involves deciding how to use principles, systems and styles of play to meet the club’s performance objectives. At a well managed club, this area of responsibility provides a foundation for all of the others. 2. Player Development: This involves developing a training programme and organising the club’s coaches to improve the individual abilities of players. A sufficiently comprehensive player development programme will improve player performance in terms
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