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  1. Vikeologist's 2057/58 Folkestone Season Report Promoted to the Premier League for the second time in our history, the aim was to avoid the first season relegation of last time. We started badly, but then improved a lot and were within touching distance of European qualification midway through the season. Our form did eventually fall off, but e were always safe and some of our late season losses were due to giving our prospects a run out. Obviously, having survived, I want more next season, but I can’t complain with how this one has gone. Team Top Goalscorer – Dave Jackson 21b - 24 Last season’s top scorer Dominic Riley suffered a bad injury near the start of the season, and I’m not sure he’s the player he was before. That left veteran Jackson, and his 24 goal tally was solid enough. He’s 32 now, but with Riley’s set back is ostensibly our best striker. However a young striker scored 13 goals in 14 league starts so even though he’s supposed to only be my 4th best striker, we do have a selection battle on our hands. Highest Average Rating (minimum 10 matches played) – Harrison Potter-Rusoke 33b – 7.16 This is the young striker in question. I’m not sure he has the potential to be a superstar, but I don’t necessarily need him to improve. I just need him to keep doing this for the next 10 or so years. Man of The Match – Dave Jackson 21b – 8 Most Valuable Player– Mohamed Kargbo 33a Goals, average ratings, man of the match. None of that matters. Kargbo is our best player by a mile. He wants to leave, but he has 5 years left on his contract. I will admit that his average rating of 6.65 was awful, so I have to consider the possibility that his unhappiness is killing his form. He’s a left winger and didn’t get many assists or goals, but he’s never had great match ratings. Most Appearances (Regens) – Jason ‘Nepotism’ Ramsay 1a – 719 Could Dave Jackson on 663 appearances approach this record? I’ve said before how ironic it would be for a striker to beat the record for appearances, but not the all-time goals one. Most Goals (Regens) – Michael Morgan 9a – 463 Dave Jackson has 400 goals now. Barry Ramsay 29k (Son) Update I sent him on loan to a new French affiliate, and he was progressing well there until a bad injury that kept him out for 4 months. Still, he’s getting lots of playing time at a club with good facilities, albeit as a 175cm tall central defender, so I’ll send him back there next season. Season Division Position Notes MVP 21/22 VNL South 18th Steered clear of relegaton thanks to good start. Callum Davies 22/23 VNL South 16th Only 2 places better, but a lot more points. Henry Newcombe 23/24 VNL South 18th Big step backwards in points. David Smith 24/25 VNL South 15th Consistently mediocre. David Smith 25/26 VNL South 14th Just outside playoffs for most of the season. David Smith 26/27 VNL South 16th Otherwise known as the year 1AD (After Discipline) Ellis Andrews 2c 27/28 VNL South 19th Narrowly avoided relegation places all season David Smith 28/29 VNL South 15th Tried different tactics. Didn't find a magic bean. David Smith 29/30 VNL South 7th Lost playoff semifinal, but a great improvement. Ellis Andrews 2c 30/31 VNL South 12th Second half slump into mid-table disappointment David Smith 31/32 VNL South 7th Lost in S/F of playoff Ellis Andrews 2c 32/33 VNL South 9th Didn't threaten playoffs Ellis Drake 10a 33/34 VNL South 2nd Lost last 2 matches of season and 1st playoff game. Michael Morgan 9a 34/35 VNL South 4th Knocked out Playoffs 1st round on penalties Michael Morgan 9a 35/36 VNL South 6th Knocked out in Playoff semifinal Michael Morgan 9a 36/37 VNL South 5th Knocked out in Playoff semifinal Giorgos Kragiopoulos 11a 37/38 VNL South 1st Won the league by a mile. 17th time lucky. Michael Morgan 9a 38/39 VNL National 1st Back to back comfortable promotions Jack Collett 13a 39/40 League 2 2nd Won last 5 matches securing automatic promotion. Jack Collett 13a 40/41 League 1 11th Pushing for promotion most of the season Jack Collett 13a 41/42 League 1 5th Lost in playoffs semifinal Michael Morgan 9a 42/43 League 1 8th Losing streak, winning streak and then injuries Kevin Spencer 17d 43/44 League 1 7th One place outside playoffs. Kevin Spencer 17d 44/45 League 1 12th Outside playoffs all season. New stadium. Pete Larkin 18d 45/46 League 1 2nd Promoted last day of the season. Dave Jackson 21b 46/47 Championship 20th Plummetted near to relegation zone Dave Jackson 21b 47/48 Championship 15th Terrible start but mid table safety after that. Steven 'Shamrock' Larkin 21d 48/49 Championship 14th Good start but dropped away from playoffs. Liam Carter 25d 49/50 Championship 15th Boring & disappointing season Dave Jackson 21b 50/51 Championship 4th Promoted through playoffs. Ross Gethins 22c 51/52 Premier League 20th Won once in 2nd half of season and relegated. Dave Jackson 21b 52/53 Championship 8th Typical second half of the season collapse. Dave Jackson 21b 53/54 Championship 7th Missed out on playoffs in final match injury time Dan Jones 27e 54/55 Championship 7th Missed playoffs on final day for 3rd season in a row. Dave Jackson 21b 55/56 Championship 7th Missed playoffs on final day for 4th season in a row. Alex Taylor 21e 56/57 Championship 2nd Promoted on final day of the season. Mohamed Kargbo 33a 57/58 Premier League 13th Never in relegaton danger. Mohamed Kargbo 33a
  2. You need to learn the context of the match and what is actually happening. You could be 2-0 up but not playing that great. Highlights will be all skewed for just the best bits and the stats don't tell you the story of how the match is going. Equally you could be 2-0 down and playing brilliant. So ideally you need to learn how to use everything available to read how the game is actually going. This is important because imo there are mainly two types of managers. 1 - The one who panics and changes things as soon as they go a goal behind. This is knee jerk. 2 - The one that leaves it too late to impact things and change the result/game around back into your favour. You should be somewhere between the middle of those, if not then its tricky. I wrote about this in a bit more detail but the images don't work in the thread which I posted on here. But I still have the piece on my drive, which I can link. It gives you an insight into how I think about the game and try and understand the context. Ignore the result but rather focus on the 'Do I panic or do I wait' message. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fvtb_IBsrfoiaO3Z44DueRIIaHCnXnHv-IfVspbtDSs/edit?usp=sharing
  3. FC Amberg - Season 2025/26 (Season 5) Review - Bayernliga Nord Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances A bit of a drop off this season after we almost got promoted last season. The start of the season were just poor, and we we looked to finish in a mid-table position for a long while. Towards the end we did manage a bit of a resurgence to climb up a bit and made the position look decent at least. Looking at our xPts we should have finished higher than we did though, so there's a fair bit of poor luck this season, as well as individual errors. Our young Greek striker Ierotheos Goulsouzidis 24h has had a bit of a breakthrough season and his development from that has been amazing. Our objectively best player Philipp Gaiser 23i, also have started to deliver a bit more than he has the previous seasons. In the Bayerische Pokal we beat Dachau, Türkspor Augsberg, Seligenporten, and Rain before we lost to Illertissen in the quarter final. No club developments this season, unfortunately. However, since we share facilities with Greuther Fürth, they seems to have improved theirs, so my facilities are suddenly better. I don't mind! Youth Much better than last season. Some very good talents, with good personalities as well. , Quite a fascinating player, with versatility and talent. Not sure what I want to lead him towards, but he should be useful. Statistics: Trophy cabinet: German Landesliga Bavaria/Staffel Central - 2021/22
  4. Season 8 (2027/28) Review On the pitch First team: Domestic: A really good season. We were dominant in the eague and managed our highest point haul to date, The cup was again not a priority and we crashed out in the second round. The board were not impressed. Europe: Not too bad. We made it to the group stage of the Europa League for the third successive season but managed to pick up just 3 points in our group and finished bottom. Off the pitch Youth intake: Described by the HoYD as an excellent group of players in the preview Players: SUMMARY Around the world (Euro28 = ; Copa America 2028 = ; UCL = PSG; CL = A Mineiro; Balon d'Or = A Ciobanu(1))
  5. CSA Steaua Buceresti Season 6 – Casa Liga I Table1 -- Table2 -- Transfers -- Squad Season Update The top league is not really a fun place to be for us, probably good in terms of competition reputation for player development but we’re often playing backs against the wall, or a long run of poor form hurting morale which means when we do play well we still only draw the games. I also lost count of the number of long range screamers that cost us points late on in games. In spite of this, we technically had as good a season as our first time up at this level, 35 points in the regular season and a decent enough attempt in the relegation group seeing us secure our safety from even the relegation playoffs before the last game. Squad This season saw me convert a defensive midfielder into a centre back as Marius Berezanu 5 from last seasons intake was improving a lot in the under 19s but I didn’t really have a first team spot available other than defense. He’s not unsuited to the position so I’m happy enough to give him a bit of versatility. Dumitriu Iancu 3 has had to be a bit patient to get a full run in the side upfront, even this season he hadn’t started as first choice, but by the end he’d cemented his position with 12 league goals I’m hopefully he can build on this next time round. In more of a sour news side Alin Barbu 4 has lost faith in my management as I had the audacity to criticise his form or training or something and really threw his teddy out the pram, so I demoted him back to the under 19s. He’s a good player so I’m hopefully I can try and win him round (I do have a 3 year option on his contract too so plenty time to sort it). I’m also now at a bit of a quandary for the goalkeeper position, I have the original keeper from the start of the save, but also 2 or 3 youth players vying for the position and I’m unsure what to do, so I’m wondering what you would do? Horia Iancu: Been a good goalkeeper for us for years, and in fact has been our player of the season in each of our last 3 top flight seasons, but this was his worst season. Sebastian Sapunaru 3: Arguably on par with Iancu attribute wise, but in the few games he’s played he’s not been great, plus at 5’11 he’s not the tallest for goalkeepers. Sorin Petrache 2: My coaches rate him as our best keeper, but I’m not convinced, he doesn’t have the best reflexes or one on ones. Youth Back to a golden generation prediction, we were expecting a winger and a midfielder, with most other positions not much hope for. As ever, we got a lot of youngsters with good potential according to our HoYD, but again this is probably due to not the greatest overall strength of first team yet. General Overview As covered previously we got a takeover before the season, but really it didn’t change all too much for the club on the day to day. We did manage to start our last coaching course at least. This season we didn’t get TV revenue, I think it starts the second season in the top flight, so relegation really cost us 2 seasons ago. Due to the lack of TV revenue, financially we are not in a good place which could force my hand in terms of selling players this summer. Next season, I suspect it will be a similar season to this, hopefully we can continue the squads development and make us stronger for it. I think this summer I’m going to try and get a new HoYD in, the current one hasn’t done awfully, but could do with better personalities in the main, though we did get ok ones this season. Story So Far
  6. Season #99 - 2120/21 Its being coming! Joke a of season! Relegated! Cycle of awful intakes (happens every 10-15 years or so) and simply not good enough Back to League 1 we go............................................ Then board announce stadium expansion
  7. Belgium 2022/23 - season 2 Eerste Nationale (3rd tier) Season Summary Quite an exciting season really! League - I kept the same team pretty much as last season and kept to an attacking 4231 as it seemed to suit us so well. It really paid off as well. At one point we went on a 13 game unbeaten run, although that did segue into a 5 match winless run. But although we were never close to catching the Club Brugge B team we were always in the play-off positions and qualified quite easily One of the reasons I wanted to play in Belgium is I love their play-off system. It's slightly bonkers but works really well. All 4 of us took our points into a little 4 team mimi-league where we play each other home and away again. We did really well, winning 2 and drawing 2 of our first 5 to mean we went into the final game with the table like this:- See, it's really exciting! Everybody had something to play for! Final days results were...... which meant we missed out on promotion at the very final hurdle by a point! D'oh!!!!! Cup - much better showing from us, getting through to the 6th round where the big boys join us. We got paired with Mouscron of the top league but we got to play home due to being in a lower league, which really minimises the potential for a big payout. So we lost 3-1 and made about 10k for our troubles..... Players Pretty much the same team and tactics as last season. It suits them well. I reckon this side has about 1 season left before I'll need to start integrating some of the newgens into the team Annoyingly they still have pretty low determination and work rate. Turns out they don't liek being fined by a manager with no reputation to speak off. I spent most of the season like this with them:- Youth So, another preview with no mention of a golden generation... but lots of green writing which is always nice to see The intake was ok but still a lot of work to be done on peronalities and determination/work rate Best potentials now look quite healthy with a couple rated two star ability already. They're not quite ready yet though, but the squad size is so small I have to play a couple here and there. 6.5 ratings... I need those determination and work rates in the green! Career
  8. No worries. I have something planned for all the old content I have done in the coming months. There should be a place to read it all again.
  9. Season 9 - 2029/30 - Sky Bet League One League Table - Fixtures 1/Fixtures 2/Fixtures 3 - Squad 1/Squad 2 - Best XI - Transfers 1/Transfers 2 League - A good, solid season for my first year in League One. I started off a mixed August, but then we hit some superb form and I was even dreaming of possible Championship football next year, until we ran out of steam and slowly slid down to mid table. 14th is still a magnificent season though, so I can't complain, and many players adapted fantastically to the higher level, with Hogg and Sullivan being the standouts. I'm hoping this can be a a platform to build from, but I'm not hopeful for next season, as along with the departures of Farley and Taylor that I've already mentioned, I've decided to let Riddell go after we fell out and he started acting up, and Sullivan won't renew his contract with only 2 years left on his current one, so I may need to cash in now on him. Plus Wilson, Bell and Peate are now attracting interest, but hopefully their longer contracts mean I can keep them a bit longer whilst the younger players develop. All in all, it's shaping up to be a difficult year next season. Cups - A first round exit this year after a replay against Colchester which was disappointing, even more so that I lost again to them the following game in the league. In the EFL trophy we walked the group, even with some heavy rotation, but were unfortunate to go out on pens to Doncaster in the 2nd Round. I had hoped we might make a good push this year, but luck wasn't with us. However we had a much better showing in the EFL Cup, getting to the 3rd round for the first time, in part due to a favourable draw facing two League Two sides that we beat fairly easily, but then succumbed to penalties against Luton after a game we were much the better side in, only to concede a 90+1 minute equaliser We just couldn't take our chances in the second half to extend our lead from 3-2, and we just couldn't handle the pressure of the shootout. Still, I'm proud to have gotten so far and given a Championship side a good game. Finances - After a couple of financially shaky seasons, we're back in the black! Farley's sale was huge for us, and we have another £1m due from the sale in the summer, along with around £850k from Taylor and Riddell's moves. The strong position allowed me to upgrade the Training Facilities up to Average now, and is probably partly why the board took the decision to build a new stadium. I calculated that outgoings have now totalled just over £13m, with £3.75m of that still to come in plus any potential bonuses, so we're looking really healthy financially now. I won't look to spend too much on facilities over the next few years and just look to build up a healthy balance, but I'm still happy with where we're at. Youth Intake Ben Clayton [30A] - Emmanuel Bennett [30B] - Adam Laing [30C] - Evan Banjamin [30D] - Jack MacKenzie [30E] - Todd Duncan [30F] - Ryan Fraser [30G] Another very good intake, and what I'm most excited about is that this group actually has quite a good set of personalities! They're aren't fantastic, but it beats having a bunch of top prospects with Fickle or Unambitious. I do think I'll have to work on a few of these players, as they may need to adapt to my formation or look to be better prosepcts elsewhere on the pitch, but I'm very happy with this cohort. Bennett and Clayton came along just in time as I needed a new LM after Riddell left, and Duncan could provide cover at RM. Plus a couple decent CBs through, so hopefully Laing and MacKenzie may step up soon to fill the void left by Taylor and potentially Sullivan. And finally, I've been keeping a close eye on players I've sold with a shortlist I keep scouted. If I'm not going to be buying players, may as well keep my scouts busy doing something. But I noticed that Sofokleous, who is probably West Ham's best player now, signed a new contract earlier this year, and will you look at that... EDIT - Forgot to add in some sad news from this season Gilchrist retired at the end of the season, and didn't even take up coaching so I could keep him around. Top scorer for the club with 227 goals (even more in all comps but forgot to check before his retirement) and has scored at every level and in every season, this year he became my oldest scorer at 35yrs 12d, an absolutely amazing player and servant for the club. Goodbye Legend
  10. If there was a season to be disappointed, it was this one. We underachieved massively, in xG, xPts and XPos. According to our analysts we should've finished 8th, and while I don't think we were as good as that, we should've secured our safety much sooner. I think we need to be a little more aggressive in attack, and hopefully that will translate to us being a little more clinical. But the trend upwards is on the horizon. I really hope it starts next season, as we need good performances so we can improve our finances. Youth Intake Rudy Brighenti 4A* - Cesare Bisignano 4B - Ivan Saccon 4C A 4th straight golden generation, with a Senegalese guy in there to break up the Italian monotony. Looks could be deceiving though, as none of these guys are even good enough for the U20 side. But that could be a sign of our depth (I hope). Brighenti is definitely the star though, especially with that personality. Best XI Daniele Santoro - Antonio Lukanovic - Edoardo Girardi The development of the academy products is slowly beginning to show, with our back 3 completely made up of them. Sola's development saw him rewarded with a first team spot at the back end of the season, as did Carmelo Ferrari. Add that to our overall skyrocketing and next season surely will be a much happier one. Record Breakers Transfers We lose our first academy product, as well as Angeli leaving as the board went over my head. But that was a good price for him anyway. Progress
  11. No Idea how i managed this. Switched to 424 at the end of the season and won 3 of my last 4, drawing to the top team in the league 2-2 in the last game. Best Ever Eleven He is on course to be the best Intake I have had on this save.
  12. Belgium 2021/22 - Season 1 Eerste Nationale (3rd tier) Season Summary A good solid first season, definitely something to build on anyway League - It's a tiny league, only 15 teams so it's over before you know it. Much more preferable than the slogs I went through in Brazil and England. Anyway, we started good, had a blip, found a tactic that suited us went on a really good run and almost squeaked into the play-offs! The winners were Brugge B team. They have million pound plus players in their team, it's not fair! Cup - Had me worried. Before the league even started we had to play an under-9 girls team in the fourth round and got beat. I was really worried I'd be looking at a 28 game losing league season but then I remembered that for some reason I just can't get anywhere in cups in this challenge. Annoying, as I could do with the money a game against someone big could bring in Players So, it was a relatively small squad I took over. only about 15 players, but 6 of them were strikers. A narrow 4-3-3 seemed the obvious choice but I was sick to death of it after that Hitchin save. I was stuck with it for years! So I experimented with both a 4231 and a 433DMwide as I'd been missing my wingers. They were both ok, but the 4231 seemed to work a lot better so I went with that. The only issue came with injuries or suspension. Whatever the position, a striker had to play there. Youth Being short of a few players I needed a nice intake to fill out the squad. Luckily the facilities were pretty good to start with so I just had to find a HoYD that was half decent. I found one with fairly proffesional personality, which was a bonus! So, the first preview looked ok. No golden generation but that really doesn't mean much anyway and the intake? Those 4 stars look nice but realistically they'll be a couple of seasons off starting. Look at my best prospects and you'll see how low their work rate and determination is. Lots of fining to do! Looking at my sandals? that's a fine! Finances and Upgrades So here's the main issue. I'm losing loads of money despite my wage bill being half of what the board have allowed. They won't improve anything, not even a coaching course for me! So I need money from somewhere! Career
  13. Yep, you want to boosts a player's rating? Put them on set pieces & they'll wrack up key passes galore. I really dislike that fact
  14. Coming towards the end of the season. Here is a status update: We have to overturn a 0-1 deficit against Sevilla in the Champions League 2nd round knockout Second Leg - at home we have a real chance. For the first time we are in the latter stages of the domestic cup, home and away to our bogey team PAOK in the Semi-Finals. Going into the ten fixture League Championship Play - Off group we are fourth 5th but only 7 points from the summit! Aris have been punching above their weight but it is AEK that look the favourites. Last season we pipped them in what was a record low points total to win the league for the first time. This season, they are the only one of the top three without cup distractions. Unless we take points off of them, I cannot see the title being feasible. End of season priorities in order of importance: Win first domestic cup. Secure top three finish Overturn CL Knockout deficit. With AEK having no cup football as a distraction, the league seems out of reach. As such, I will be fielding a second XI for all league games prior to a domestic or continental cup fixture with the hope of bringing home silverware for the third consecutive season. Priority 3: Failed. We could not overturn the 1-0 deficit, but we did not let ourselves down: Unfortunately it was quite a dismal end to the season. We could not progress past PAOK in the semi-finals of the domestic cup, losing on the away goals rule. Furthermore, by attempting to focus on cup success and juggling the demands of three competitions we suffered in the league, finishing fifth! We really struggled in the final 10 league games, really a continuation of our poor form that started when we lost our first choice RM to a broken leg. It is no surprise that upon his return in the final 3 games, our form picked up again. With his absence, we were playing RB's at RM for the entire second half of the season and the championship play-off games. On the positive side, our fifth placed finish does enter us directly into the group stage of the EURO Cup, a competition which should satisfy the ambitions of the majority of the playing squad. Thoughts on youth academy challenge: Injuries: It can be very difficult to adjust to injuries to key players. In hindsight, with the injury to my RM and a lack of either cover or retrainable players, I should have made a change to my tactical approach. My refusal to adapt has cost us dear this season and is something I am looking to avoid. I intend to reformulate my roles and duties and possibly the formation to ensure that, where I have chosen a role intended to stretch the opposition (Winger, SV, AF etc.), I have at least three viable options able to play that role. Squad Depth: When competing on more than one front, unless I can be sure that our squad has a realistic chance of cup success, all effort should be focused on league games to ensure on-going club stability. Consistency: As my younger players become more known to our coaches, reports have revealed that many of them are 'inconsistent' performers. Whilst having two or three 'inconsistent' players in the First XI may not be too problematic - I realise now that eight of my First XI have this drawback; without high Physical attributes that can negate this hinderance, my overall team performances have certainly suffered. Going forwards, I am going to be placing more emphasis on Consistency before choosing to implement a youth player as a key component of any future tactical plans. Time to start planning for next season.
  15. So the idea is to rank like the top 100 player in the games history. You could make it like that: At the start of a save you only put in players who are currently playing and then you can rank them. The ranking could go after individual and team titles records etc. Later after they retire they keep their place in the list but can be surpassed by Newgen or younger players. Or you could even create a system where different media sources vote and boulevard media would vote for réputation and other medias for more complex parameters. Just imagine your Argentinian Newgen surpasses Messi. This would really add a long-term Motivation Btw great game thank you for your superb game Paul
  16. I go again in Scotland. I have been forced to holiday for two seasons to address the bug. Club Introduction East Kilbride The Manager This is me. Personal Coaching Data Season Reputation Qualifications Att Def Fit GkD GkH GkS Tac Tec Men WWY Ada Det PlK YoK LoD MaM Mot ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ At start Minimal (0.25*) None 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 Club Facilities Season Training Facilities Youth Facilities Corporate Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Club Reputation --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At Start Adequate Adequate Adequate Adequate Adequate Regional (1.50*) Season Record Season Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Overall Career Record After Season Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Time At Club --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Transfer Sale Record Date Player Position Club Sold To Country Transfer Fee --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Haul Season Competition Won -------------------------- Trophy Cabinet League Titles ------------- Cup Competition Victories ------------------------- Career Overview Season Champions League Europa League League Position Scottish Cup Betfred Cup Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Record Number of Appearances (Players From The Academy Only) Season Player Cumulative Number of Appearances --------------------------------------------------------------------- Record Goal Scorer (Players From The Academy Only) Season Player Cumulative Number of Goals --------------------------------------------------------------------- Record Number of Assists (Players From The Academy Only) Season Player Cumulative Number of Assists --------------------------------------------------------------------- Record Number of Clean Sheets (Players From The Academy Only) Season Player Cumulative Number of Clean Sheets ----------------------------------------------------------------------
  17. May 2037 (Part 2) Arsenal. Europa League Final. Let's do this! The lead up to the game was fairly vanilla - we just recovered from the St. Gallen game and practiced what we needed to, with some extra focus on those marginal gains in set plays and those dreaded penalties. --- Next up - the scout report... Firstly, Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League: They are not in the greatest form but are obviously a top team, albeit considerably behind Liverpool, which gives me hope. They'll play a 4-2-3-1 and it appears that their right back will be the weak link, as their first choice, Antonio Marcos, appears to be injured. That right back slot looks an area to target, too, as they concede most of their goals from there as well. They too favour the right hand side but are far more balanced than Liverpool - as they look to score from crosses from the two wingers. If I can push their wingers inside, I don't feel that they'll cause too much from outside the box. Esteban Martinez is their best winger but, given his poor Left foot and poor Finishing, he's going to pushed inside. Possession is largely down the flanks and they are far more spread out than Pep's side, although don't tend to move the ball particularly aggressively, using quite short passing. Overall attribute wise sees us just below their level, but there is nothing too significant here. Thaer Al-Kurdi looks like a top defender and I'll be pressing him to reduce his ball playing abilities. Giacomo Aniello is fast and will look to hurt us if he can get in behind. They don't seem to play to his strengths though playing short and crossing it into the box, rather than going over the top. Damiano Zocco is their #10 and he's pretty nippy, but, if I can get him on his right foot and get in hard (poor Bravery), I think I can take control. He's also back in training after an injury, and injury prone, and his Morale isn't amazing - a perfect chance to get into him quickly! Look at his comparison with Neascu: Bravery - 9 to 19 Aggression - 7 to 17 Strength - 11 to 16 Then add in Marking (16), Tackling (16), Positioning (15), Decisions (17) for Neascu. If I can get him tight, and in there before he moves (Pace - 17 to 14 and Acceleration - 16 to 11), I have a chance. Pablo is Temperamental and not hugely Determined, so he's another one to get in hard on straight away. He's a top class playmaker otherwise and will be a threat from free-kicks, so I need to look at the tackling from my defensive players. --- Lastly, my tactics: We've moved back to Positive (from Attacking) although I will amend this for the first ten minutes. I have also moved Bednarek to a DM(d) to man-mark their AM and, again, dropped Zakharov back to a FB(a) for a bit of support. Ionesi gets the nod, again, as he's superior defensively. In terms of the opposition (of which I'm shocked to see many of the players I noted on the scout report not starting), I am mainly looking to move their wingers inside and press their defensive and midfield line a little bit more. Part 3 of this month will be the match!
  18. Yes I got that, what I'm saying is that you will never effectively counter by playing this way. When IRL you see a weaker side play on the counter are they slowing everything down when countering? You are already set in a difensive bottom-heavy formation and you can solidify your defence even more with the appropriate roles/duties and out of possession instructions. But when in transition/in possession you gotta be much more willing to attack otherwise you will be too passive and never show up in the final third. Those TIs that you set, as counterintuitive as it may sound, are much more appropriate for a control possession style of play and that's the exact opposite of what you said you wanted to achieve.
  19. Sorry to say but most of these TIs are contradictory to your counter-attacking idea. When in possession, you can't slow everything down and play with much lower tempo, narrow shape and a balanced mentality. That doesn't sound like a counter attack, does it? You need a positive/attacking mentality to encourage your players to take more risks and play more direct, fast and wide in order to catch your opponents before they can effectively reset their defence.
  20. Odra Wodzisław - 2022/23 Squad - League - Finances - Transfers After 10 matches I already know that I won't fight for promotion. Disappoiting after so good first season and almost no change in tactic and squad. After yt prieview I was thinking it will be the same as last time but honesly that was very decent intake. Malec 02b is very nice DC which will fit in after we lose one of my main DC's. Mierzwiński 02a in other hand looks not bad and have nice personality compare to whole intake!! What is this even?. All my staff have a nice personalities... Anyway it will be hard to get some minutes for him as main winger Tarka is on spot. Konczkowski 02d look's decend but again character... Kuźma 01a from first intake got some minutes and he is developing mostly in mental. Grabara 01f didn't change hes personality and he is not developing at all sadly. One more guy from first intake steps in Buczek 01e was changed from right wing into carrilero as noone wants to loan him so got as well some minutes. Well overall we got upper table so should be happy but... you konw how it is I think my save is bugged tho. For some reasons I have feeling my save is bugged and not everything works like it should LOL. Okocimski is a magic team for Polish save now they have Armenian GK in my save (in 2 seasons in) this is crazy for foreign players in this challenge.
  21. Hi, As part of my trawling through the Football Manager forums here, I came across a post on form in full-fat Football Manager and thought I might answer the same question on here in case anyone is interested. Form is displayed in the game obviously showing the last 5 matches that a player has played in and the ratings involved, but how do the previous matches affect future ones? Obviously nothing is predetermined, but previous performances, a players average rating and how much football they are getting will affect their morale and on-pitch performances depending on the players personalities and such. To try and give some examples: If a Determined player (esp. if he's professional and loyal) has a bad game then he will be especially determined next match to rectify things (meaning he'll play with increased determination and commitment next match). Within FMM this is visible through the post-match 'news effect' messages where it might indicate something like - "A "Hunt3r is determined to learn from his mistakes." A word of warning to keep an eye on anyone who has HIGH aggression who is especially determined, sometimes that can lead to rash challenges (depending on the players professionalism). If an unprofessional player (esp. if he's lacking determination and loyalty) has a bad game then he won't be bothered at all. Similarly to the other effect, you can get a feeling for this through the 'news effect' messages which might indicate something like a sullen 'Vaughan feels he played alright' (which isn't what you want to see from a player who got a 5 rating ). If a player with low pressure has a bad game then it might prey upon his mind and cause him to lose faith in himself. This is indicated by something along the lines of 'Vaughan feels embarrassed by his performance.' In this instance the player will likely have a drop in morale, which might affect his future performances, or perhaps it won't ... perhaps he has a mentor who will help turn his morale around before the next match comes up?
  22. ACN Siena 1904 – Season 26 – 2046/47 Youth Intake So we've had our latest youth intake and things look promising, even if the appearance of the really exciting Belgian midfielder was a welcome surprise. Mickael Beckers was the most exciting talent that we were presented with in the latest youth intake. His personality is not ideal, but I have put him in a mentoring group to try and sort that out in the future. Gianluca Invernizzi is a great looking talent that can play on the wings, but is also being recommended to be played as an attacking midfielder. Korey Eames was the talent that I was promised, and he doesn't disappoint. I see him being someone I would train as a DM or a Box to Box Midfielder. However, the talent that I was happy to see turn up was the goalkeeper Mattia Magni, someone that I could see being the first-choice goalkeeper in the future. With our form being mixed between the youth intake preview and the youth intake itself, I had to wonder what to expect. Our February was so congested that I was almost scared by how much I had to rotate the squad due to how many games we were playing during that month. The fact we reached the Coppa Italia final was great, but we could have been in the Europa Conference League Quarter Final if we didn't get Schalke of all teams, who have become my European nemesis in this save. As for the league table, we're in 12th place. We're expected to be getting a top-half finish, which is still on the cards. We've never finished in the top eight in a season we've been playing in Europe, so hopefully this could be a first time ever for us.
  23. The GOAT stuff is a very American (US) concept. I'm not a fan because there cannot be such a thing unless we vote positionally because each position has a sub-set of skills required to compete, a forward isn't going to play fullback and a fullback isn't going to be a winger. It's like comparing Michael Jordan to LeBron or Kobe to LeBron, you cant. Media driven concepts like this add nothing to real life.
  24. Btw guys being inconsistent doesn't necessarly mean that a player alternates between good and bad games all the time. He can have longer streaks or even entire seasons of good/bad "form".
  25. At the top of the forum are several pinned topics. In the one marked "Tactic and Strategy Guides" is this one which will help: The Art of Counter Attacking It's important to understand 2 concepts - 1) What the Match Engine does when it recognises a counter attack; and 2) You can create your own pseudo-counter attacking system which goes beyond what the ME might classify as a "counter attack". In the former, there is a certain trigger within the Match Engine that recognises when your opponents have over committed players forward, you win the ball back (usually fairly deep in your own half) and are able to quickly break forward in numbers with the ball and overwhelm the over stretched and under manned opposition defence. At this trigger point the ME takes control of your team, ignores any tactical settings you have made and makes your team ultra-attacking for the duration of the counter. In this scenario it's usually a good idea to use a deep formation with a passive Mentality in order to lure the opposition in to your counter attacking trap. Therefore any tactical settings you pick are used when you are not what the ME defines as counter attacking. In the latter, you set tactical instructions with the aim of creating your own counter attacks, regardless of what the ME might consider to be a "counter attack". In this scenario a fairly aggressive Mentality can be useful to make best use of the default tactical instructions there - so expect fast, direct transitions. A deep formation could again be used although a different spread of roles and duties could be useful to generate additional pace in the transitions and even alter the formation a little to place an additional player or two further upfield. Of course if you over do it you will get into gegenpress territory.
  26. Game date: Friday 26th February 2021 Please LIKE if you enjoyed this update and FOLLOW the thread so you don't miss future updates.
  27. FM11? I don't think I had to do anything special to get it to run on Windows 10 - certainly not on Steam, anyway. It's always worked fine for me. For earlier games, I don't think there is a 'one size fits all' fix that works flawlessly on all systems. Like I wrote last year, it takes some trial and error, and W10 really doesn't like mid-2000s DRM games.
  28. Just got to the end of the 29-30 season (will post an update soon) and was greeted with this from my board. Nothing concrete yet on the details, but on the facilities page it says we're searching for a site for a 11225 seater stadium Not sure we'll be able to fill that out, but it will give me more scope to grow, and hopefully by the time it's built I'll be able to get attendances closer to that capacity. Not what I would've been asking for just yet, but very happy with it
  29. Ok, I really like that you are looking at the player suitability for the role, not enough people do this (myself included...!!). Ignore the press, lol, They are just basing this on your team reputation against the rest of the league. You are probably much better than you think you are. I'm wary this is supposed to be quick fire so don't want to go in to too much detail. You could raise a separate thread if you like or PM me.
  30. I hear what your saying! I was thinking it was just a bedding in period of the game for inter and knew they would get in to a rhythm at some point so I kinda tried to make my team a little more solid. I use a standard defensive line and higher LOE, standard pressing with forward players asked to press harder and balanced mentality all I done was change balanced to cautious and put be more disciplined then got absolutely whollopped. But yeah looking at it probably should have stuck with what was working for the time being. Good to know for games against opposition as good as inter incase this freak early 2 goal lead happens again lol!!
  31. You need a support role in there, definitely. If you are trying to counter attack then a simple CMS makes sense. Maybe a BWMS as a destroyer. With an Anchorman you can be more adventurous at full back as as well. Possibly make these WBS's. I would also change the right winger to a support role.
  32. Mate, thanks so much. Saved me hours of searching and trying to understand jargon that I will never fully get my head around!
  33. Thank you. I'm glad you didn't jinx it this time I was thinking the same thing about how you were psychic
  34. how were you ever going to replace sean carey? How many career goals did he get in the end? he was insane!
  35. These days actual A-League clubs are so embarrassed by the kind of players they get that they don't even announce which ones are on the marquee-level wages! The concept has turned into a bit of sham to be honest
  36. Good striker in the marquee spot. Wish more actual A-league clubs would do that instead of signing ageing English warhorses.
  37. With Lex, I'd concentrate on training his physical attributes. It's much easier to increase these at young ages. To play BBM, he'll need to get his Acc/Pace/WR much higher: it's possible but necessary. Agree that he looks like he can become a really good BWM/DM/CM(d) type but you'll want to concentrate first on strength/acc/pace/wr. McInroy could become a lot of good things. Agree with what you wrote. Another idea: with his great dribbling, passing, technique and flair, he could become an awesome, maybe world class, IW(s) on the right wing. Or AP and if he learns AMC or AMR, he could dangerously move around. He already has great physical attributes. Always good to jack them up even more. Mostly though, he needs better natural fitness and agility but he can start working on his mental and technical now, especially concentration and composure. If he can start increasing his finishing, he might become a great goal scorer some day, too.
  38. And there's the added sales I thought I may need to do this season Had negotiated a decent deal with Southampton which included percentage of next sale rather than just profit and it would've gone through in the summer, but it was only for about £6m and my board accepted this offer, as well as one from Tottenham, over my head. However, whilst I would have liked to have kept Farley until the summer, I can't really sniff at £7.25m rising to £10.75m. Hopefully this allows me to stabilise for a bit financially.
  39. Part I - Stade Rennes Great start to this save. I never expected to be that successful with Rennes, but they had a really great foundation. I hope they can continue and be a top 3 team in France. Thats right...goin out with a bang!
  40. Good question you're absolutely correct that team mentality, role, duty - and I'd add individual mentality to that list - are extremely confusing. In the FM Tactics Creator, individual Mentality is a function of team mentality and duty (with some influence of TIs). In real football, the 'team' is a function of the individuals. Personally, I'd flip the Tactics Creator on it's head and set individual mentalities, do away with roles and have team mentality as a function of the individual mentalities set. Regarding your question about whether individual mentality or role will be more of a factor in determining a players behavior, ultimately the answer is both. My approach is to decide which duty I need within the framework of my team as a whole, and then select a role within that duty which has the behaviors I am looking for. In your example, it may be Get Forward More or Hold Position. Beware of the statement about using more defensive roles in a defensive mentality as role and team mentality are cumulative so a defensive role in a defensive system will be extremely defensive, likewise an attacking role in an attacking system will be extremely attacking. My advice would actually be the opposite. I will often select duties which counter-act my team mentality. For example, in a Defensive team mentality I will use more Attacking duties. In an Attacking system, most of my team will be on Support as they're attacking collectively, rather than as individuals. Hope that makes sense.
  41. Loads wrong here. I've used the 4-3-3 pretty much for the last 10 years and I'll give some observations. Unless your 8's (the two CMs) are technically limited, you don't need a DLP in this formation. A DLP as a DM works well if you have two engines in front, but if you have players capable of playing as an AP/RPM/Mez you should utilise these roles as they'll help your attack more than a static DLP will. WBS and Wingers are hard coded to stay wide and cross, yes you have low crosses ticked but let's be realistic, most of these low crosses will either be blocked or get nowhere near Lowe. If the cross is floated over then you've lost possession because Lowe cannot win aerial battles. Like others have said, you need players closer to him, getting into the half spaces and in the box. Also I've just checked Lowe's attributes, get him off the CF role immediately cause he's not good enough. He's probably better on the flank but if you have no-one else up front, then an AF is better suited for him. Shorter passing is just a waste, you have players out wide so you need to find them. Your players will pass around your third trying to work the ball up the pitch then ultimately lose it when there's no pass on as your support in the final third is so poor. Your tactic is too sterile with the ball and has bad support all over the pitch, @YAMShas great role advice, take that on board and you'll be flying
  42. Attention all!!! Tired of your youth prospects wanting to leave before they become half - decent? Cannot offer a contract to a player as your squad is 'not strong enough to match their ambitions? Fear not! Toshimitzou1 has managed to operate a work around. Phase 1: View Squad Reports Screen Showing Current Ability: Phase 2: Move all low ability players (in my squad, each player from Stelios Daras up to Theofanis Konstantinidis) to the U19, Reserve Squad or similar variant. Just ensure they are not in the senior squad. Phase 3: Advance 1 day. Phase 4: Attempt again to offer the player in question a contract renewal: HEY PRESTO!! What has happened here is that by removing players with lower current ability from the fist team squad, the overall ability of the squad is higher. There are a few caveats to consider here: Do not remove so many players as to leave the player to be offered a contract to be questioning positional squad depth. The players you move to the lesser squads may complain. DO NOT move them back until the player you are trying to renew has not only agreed to terms, but has also confirmed the contract renewal in your inbox. The expectations of the player may be so high that you can not adjust your squad roster to fit his expectations. I hope this can help others keep one or two young stars before the big boys take them away.
  43. April 2037 (Part 2) Six in a row! We started with a good win over YB - but struggled to break them down with a heavily rotated and slightly unfit first team. Wanting to give Milosevic a run out, to keep his legs fresh, was a great idea as he bagged two late on to complete a professional performance - although a goal conceded from a corner in injury time did take a little of the shine off. I again played quite a rested side against Lausanne and they gave me a good game as they were certainly up for the cup! Twice they pegged us back through some good moves and, despite being down to ten men, I couldn't find a way through. I saved the big-guns til late, again, and this time it was a combo between Zahkarov and Gonzalez that netted us the winner. I then saw off a tame Aarau side with a performance just about good enough to do what I needed! It's all about the Liverpool tie though... I prepared by trying to make the most of our set-piece ability, knowing that the smallest margins matter at this stage and then focused on team work, tactical familiarity and defensive shape. I hadn't put in an Attacking Movement block due to time constraints but also because keeping tight here is my first aim. Looking through their team report, I noticed a few things: Their shape (particularly the DCR being a BPD) indicated that the Mezzala and Inside Forward would probably lead to an overload on the right/right hand half space. This is not great as Zakharov doesn't really do defending. They will almost certainly use that shape, too. The take a lot of shots, but not that many hit the target. Also, they concede quite a high xGA/90 for a table topping side. As expected - goals from the half space and crosses from the right wing. In their last game (loss at home to Leeds) they had an interesting passing network - looking like their natural ball playing side is the left with their left wing back being quite creative, linking up with the attacking mid (#20) who has often bypassed the forward (#9). They are also typical Guardiola-esque in possession recycling styles. The game itself was a wonderful spectacle! Looking at the xG story, you can see that I did what I said I'd do - and went full send for the first ten minutes. No worries about their style of dangers, instead, getting stuck in, pressing up high and trying to put them on the back foot early on. Inside 90 seconds we were ahead, as a through-ball from Zakharov found Milosevic who did what he did best and finished. I made a pact to myself to hit them hard for ten minutes and, even though we had a dream lead, I kept on it and we won a penalty as Milosevic was fouled as he entered the box. I made a call to pick Ole Berendt, even though he fears these big ties, so I took another risk to give him the penalty, hoping that a goal, and the subsequent rating boost, would settle him. It did. Not long after this, I moved to sit and protect the lead. I changed Zakharov to a WB(d) and, looking at the stats, you can see how that impacted his usual pressing game. Far less time on the ball and interceptions, instead marshalling the offensive prowess that Liverpool had. At 2-0 up and with Liverpool offering some threat in the first half, I wanted to ensure that we were tight but still able to hit them on the counter. I moved my other defender to a BPD(d), instructed us to play out of the defence and reduced our LoE - hoping that we could stifle the play but then still be able to beat them over the top. Later in the second half and, once again, we broke the high line and Milosevic made it three and then completed his hat-trick with, you guessed it, another through ball. Allowing that freedom for my defenders and insisting on them having good ball playing ability has hugely helped here. Liverpool did net a consolation after a mix up whereby we didn't pick up their corner taker but, by the 87th minute, they were out of the game and, maybe, the tie. I know I have won two competitive games by more than 10 goals in this save but I am struggling to think of a time whereby, tactically, at least, we got it so spot on! One foot in the final but we need to be hugely careful at Anfield. I'll get into the details on that in a smaller May post, too. ---- Away from the pitch, Valdemar Freire is both developing his attributes well and developing well as a person. He's now Driven and is working hard under the tutelage of Gonzalez. I also like his trait (passed on from Berendt) as it will further than space on the right for the Mez(a) and WM(s) to get into.
  44. Screw the FM22, when is the beta speculation thread coming out?
  45. Yeah, it's the biggest challenge for a big team imo. I remember a pre-season Guardiola interview. He was asked the thoughts-challenges on the upcoming season, he didn't say anything about top-6 teams or "Liverpool is so tough" , he just said "We need to find a way to unlock stubborn defenses, those teams which play 5-4-1, 6-3-1..." If even Guardiola struggles to do that, it's so normal for us mere mortals It's funny man, i just wanted to enjoy a game. Suddenly im reading articles on Spielverlagerung Good old prime Real Madrid... Hmm, makes sense. I think AP is a relatively static role (at least in the older version i play, he has "Hold Position" locked in). Using a Treq may lead to some interchanging movement. I can imagine something like this, correct me if i'm wrong; Treq roams all over the place and pulls the DM out of position. Forward drops deep to AM strata, a CD follows him. A wide forward exploits the space created by that. Or the DM holds his position, Treq creates an overload somewhere freely. Deep runners and deep-holders (???) are lethal. But it's tricky to use them in a top-heavy system like 4-2-3-1. IMO so many people make a mistake of sending all players to advanced areas (Double IFat, Double WBat etc). My team's most effective movement usually comes from existence of CM(de). Someone passes to IF, opposition midfielder closes down, IF passes to free CM(de) and he sends it to rushing FB(at).
  46. Completely agree. The number of shots peppered in on goal when you play slightly defensive is just plain wrong. Compact and deep should make it v difficult fir the opposition to find space. The opposite happens. there is also a boost for a team that scores early. I think that boost is overpowered.
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