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  1. @vikeologist I'm desperate to win the Copa Lib this year because brazil is a SLOG. I'm at the start of August with the season ending mid December and have already played 42 games this season with at least another 34 to go. So. Many. Games. Yeah will be interesting to see how the dynamics thing affects this challenge, wonder if swapping clubs/countries often will affect how players see or trust you.
  2. France World Cup 2034 Review Group Stage Second Round (If applicable) Quarter Final (If applicable) Semi Final (If applicable) Final (If applicable) Aftermath
  3. Looking forward to 18 coming out so this thread isn't just post after post of me
  4. Season 2033 Review League - I took over with the team in 7th place and 21 games played, to miss out on the title by a point is a little frustrating but good signs for a whole season Copa do Brasil - We were out before I took over Copa Libertadores - again we were out before I took over, losing here did place us in the the Copa Sudamericana Copa Sudamericana - Took over between the River and Barcelona games, a tricky run but the final was a walkover 1st leg and 2nd leg, the trophy doesn't count for anything but always nice to win one early France World Cup Qualifying Qualifying - Wasn't as comfortable as liked thanks to a shock home loss to Denmark early on but a comfortable win away to them meant we won the group In the World Cup our group will consist of Scotland, Mexico and Senegal Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd 2028/29 RB Leipzig Germany 4th 2029/30 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd Cup winners 2030/31 RB Leipzig Germany 5th 2031/32 Bayern Munich Germany 1st League, cup & champions league winners 2032/33 Bayern Munich Germany 1st Supercup, Euro Supercup & CWC winners when fired 2033 Santos Brazil 2nd Copa Sudamericana winners International Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners 2032/33 France 10th 2033 France 10th Challenge Progress Club 4/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2032 (Bayern Munich) 4/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2030 (RB Leipzig) 4/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Europe 2032 (Bayern Munich) 1/1 Club World Championships – 2032 (Bayern Munich) International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments
  5. Took a few months but got a new job.
  6. Season 2032/33 Update The eagle eyed amongst you will see that it says update not review that's because I have some news. After winning everything last season we continued that this season, winning the Supercup again, European Supercup and the Cub World Cup. After that I started to look for a way out as nothing left to win here, some jobs were insecure or very insecure at Real Madrid, Man Utd, Inter, Boca and River Plate. The 2 Argentine clubs fired their managers so I applied, River came back saying they couldn't agree a compensation fee with my board so I asked my board to consider a lower fee, they said no and wanted me to stay. Few days later the press asked me if I wanted the Boca job, I said yes, the board called me in for a meeting to explain myself. There was no option of "I've won everything here and am bored" so went with "felt it was an opportunity I couldn't miss" they disagreed and asked why they shouldn't sack me? 2 days ago they didn't want me to leave now they want to tell them why I shouldn't be sacked?!! Not my style so I told them if they sack me they'd miss out on compensation! They didn't care and sacked me! So that's the end of Germany. Quick overview of how the season was going League - a massive lead and would have been another title Cup - fairly comfortable run to the semis Champions League - group stage was easy and made easy work of Valencia, shame I never got to go against Liverpool CWC - easy win. Final was a walk in the park. I did also take over the France job, not much to report as finished bottom of our Nations League group but 2 wins from 2 in our world cup qualifying group so far. In terms of Bayern my record was P94 W76 D12 L6 a win % of 80% - and I was sacked because they didn't want me to leave Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd 2028/29 RB Leipzig Germany 4th 2029/30 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd Cup winners 2030/31 RB Leipzig Germany 5th 2031/32 Bayern Munich Germany 1st League, cup & champions league winners 2032/33 Bayern Munich Germany 1st Supercup, Euro Supercup & CWC winners when fired International Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners 2032/33 France 10th Challenge Progress Club 4/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2032 (Bayern Munich) 4/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2030 (RB Leipzig) 4/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Europe 2032 (Bayern Munich) 1/1 Club World Championships – 2032 (Bayern Munich) International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments
  7. Red Bull gave me wings but Bayern gave me trophies
  8. Season 2031/32 Review At the end of last season I was unsure what I was going to do next, in the end I signed a new deal to have another shot at Bayern. Pre season was a merry go round, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti retired creating a opening, they appointed PSG manager Vincenzo Montella who in turn took Diego Simeone from Barcelona, this meant they poached Slaven Billic from Man City () who took Unai Emery from Bayern who appointed me! So after all that I took over with just 5 days before the season started, so I'll do a quick run down of the season. League - after a slow start as the team and I tried to find our feet we hit form after the break winning 16 and losing 1 of the 17 games to win the title by 5 points Cup - an easy run to the final where we smashed my old team Champions League - Tough run to the final beating both Real and Barcelona as well as defending champions PSG. At Wembley we were too good for Man City Transfers - top 2 were before I took over. Key Players Christian Früchtl - keeper still going strong Milos Ivkovic - German left back that added goals this year Sebastian Keller - winger with a breakthrough season. Goals and assists. Bastian Allerheiligen - brought from my old club, best number 10 in Germany Philipp Dolling - best striker I've managed in this save. 40 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd 2028/29 RB Leipzig Germany 4th 2029/30 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd Cup winners 2030/31 RB Leipzig Germany 5th 2031/32 Bayern Munich Germany 1st League, cup & champions league winners Inernational Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners Challenge Progress Club 4/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2032 (Bayern Munich) 4/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2030 (RB Leipzig) 4/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Europe 2032 (Bayern Munich) 0/1 Club World Championships International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments
  9. Season 2030/31 After the cup win and our form last season I sensed this was the time to finally overthrow Bayern. To do so I hit the transfer market to strengthen the squad. Before the season started we had the Supercup against Bayern where they outplayed us. Not a good sign. As for the league our challenge never really got going, too many dropped points as we struggled to deal with Champions League football as pushing for the title. In the 2nd half of the season we were more consistent and hitting the final stretch we had a chance of 2nd (Bayern proving to be far too strong as usual) but a return of 3 draws and a defeat (away to 17th placed side) meant we actually finished 5th. A very frustrating season in the end. Our defence of the cup lasted 2 rounds as we drew Bayern. In the Champions League though we did very well. Got past Monaco in the playoff round and having a group of Man Utd, Ajax and Celtic gave us a chance. We actually won the group, doing the double over Utd and Ajax with our only loss coming away to Celtic. In the knockout stages we got past Sporting but in the Quarter final Arsenal were far too good for us, we may have won the 2nd leg 3-2 but before our first goal in that game we were 6-1 down on agg. My contract only has a few weeks to run and I've been delaying signing a new one while I see if any interesting jobs come up as not sure I'll ever get ahead of Bayern. Tempted to sign a 1 year deal and have one final crack though. Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd 2028/29 RB Leipzig Germany 4th 2029/30 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd Cup winners 2030/31 RB Leipzig Germany 5th International Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners Challenge Progress Club 3/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls) 4/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2030 (RB Leipzig) 3/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls) 0/1 Club World Championships International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments
  10. @vikeologist am interested to see how the dynamic thing affects things like the youth challenge next year, think FM18 is going to be the first one I don't get for release for years as I want to try and see this one out first (we'll see how my resolve holds up when everyone is talking about the new game though) Thing I found with Dafuge challenge was it was a great introduction to the challenge forum, as someone that for years only ever really played the English leagues (mainly as my team Brentford) with the odd season here and there in Italy or Spain, Dafuge opened up the idea of real long term saves for me (used to feel anything over 7/8 seasons was long term) and once you get used to playing for 12/15+ seasons the idea of really investing time in 1 save sticks (or did for me) and makes me want to do them every year now, and this year I've done the 2 extremes in the youth only (not sure I'll ever complete it either but do want to try it again on 18) and now this one, which has opened the whole game world up for me this year.
  11. @vikeologist I did eventually do the Dafuge challenge in either 13 or 14 I think. Have done it a couple times now, it was the first challenge I did on here and one I do often attempt each year, but this one and the youth academy one (still not over my hard drive dying and losing my 30+ years Dulwich save this year ) are, I feel, the challenges to attempted after you "graduate" from Dafuge
  12. Season 2029/30 Review At the end of last season I was getting restless as felt frustrated here, so over the summer I applied for a few jobs, was close to getting the Bayern job, I was already dreaming of success as Bayern and they turned me down. Fueled by this snub I reinvested in Leipzig. So with that in mind we hit the transfer market, man sale was of last seasons top scorer Huet to PSG for 55m. He wanted to leave plus I've reverted to their real life policy of bringing players 23 and under to develop and sell on so the sale matched that. An up and down start to the season wasn't helped by losing out keeper in pre season to a broken leg meant playing back ups and it cost us as we lost 4 of our 16 games before the xmas break conceding 21 goals in the process. At the winter break I changed our formation from the 4231 that had worked everywhere but was leaving me far too open to a 433 (what the game calls 41221) with out keeper back and the new formation we only lost 3 of 18 games conceding just 10 goals as we caught the top 3 up and secured our return to the Champions league with a 3rd place finish. In Europa League I used fringe players to see us through the group stage and finished 2nd where we faced the team that knocked us out last season Villareal. Last season we won the home leg 3-1 (3 up at HT) before getting spanked 5-2 (from just 6 shots on target) in the 2nd leg. This year we won the home leg 3-1 (3 up by HT) before losing the away leg 2-0 (to their fist 2 shots on target). I hate Villareal. In the domestic cup we beat Bayern () on our way to the final where we overcame Schalke 1-0. During the season I reached my 500th game in management (a 3-2 win) Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd 2028/29 RB Leipzig Germany 4th 2029/30 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd Cup winners International Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners Challenge Progress Club 3/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls) 4/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls), Germany 2030 (RB Leipzig) 3/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls) 0/1 Club World Championships International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments So have fallen back in love with RB so will still be here next season (unless a real super job comes up) and with the world cup this summer there should be some good international jobs coming free as it's time I went back to that.
  13. Haha, well I stuck with us after Atletico turned me down, then just after the season started Bayern's manager took over at Juve and I was bookies fav for the job, fans also wanted me - they went elsewhere! Now I'm making it my mission to knock them off their perch (they've won 16 straight titles) before I even think of leaving Germany. I've found anger fuels me better than ambition
  14. Season 2028/29 review Such a frustrating season in the league. At times we were brilliant (beating Bayern 2-1 for example) but at others we looked non league. This club/set of of players angered me this season, not sure I've disliked my own team as much as I disliked this side for spells this year. They have an amazing ability to just not turn up and get smashed for 5 or 6 goals at the most random times, We lost 5 of our last 10 games taking us from Champions League to just about being in the Europa league. May have to sell some of my better youngsters as half of Europe want them. We were in the champions league this season but a tough draw that included Barcelona and Inter meant we finished 3rd (turning point was away to Inter, we were 1 down then with 10 mins to go we drew level, then missed a penalty, then allowed them a 88th minute winner) in the Europa League we beat Southampton, looked good against Villareal before having a brain fart game in the 2nd leg. In the cup we smashed non league side then lost to a 2nd division side because that's just who we are. Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd 2028/29 RB Leipzig Germany 4th International Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners Challenge Progress Club 3/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls) 3/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls) 3/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls) 0/1 Club World Championships International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments Am not sure what t do next, some very interesting jobs are open (River Plate, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Ajax) so will see if I can get any of them, if not I guess I'll stay here for another crack at germany.
  15. Season Review 2027/28 First full season in Germany and my first ever real transfer budget meant I had a bit of fun in the transfer market. 13 players in and 23 out as I lowered the average age from 28 to 24, trouble was it lead to a very average start to the season as so many players took time to settle (for example we had 8 players make their debut in our opening game) we blew hot and cold throughout the fist half of the season, we eventually found some form as we found our best side, our form over the final 12 games was 9 wins, 2 draws and single defeat. This placed us right in with a chance of European qualification, other results fell our way and we found ourselves 2nd after the final games. It was the highest we'd been all season. In the cup we made it to the quarter finals before one of our poor defensive performances saw us crash out. Key players were on loan Real Madrid AM Lopez and French striker Huet. With Champions League next season we're in a decent place to kick on as we have a new stadium being built. Career Progress Club Year Club Country League position Achievements 2016/17 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 3rd Promotion 2017/18 Mthatha Bucks South Africa 7th 2018/19 Orlando Pirates South Africa 2nd Took over in November. Telkon & Nedbank Cup wins 2019/20 Orlando Pirates South Afirca 1st League, MTN8, Telkom winners 2020 Orlando Pirates South Africa 1st MTN8 & Champs league win. Left in November 2020/21 Melbourne Victory Australia 6th Tool over in March, A League Finals winner 2021/22 Melbourne Victory Australia 9th FFA Cup & Asian Champions League win. Left In December 2021 2022 New York City USA 4th 2023 New York City USA 9th 2025 New York Red Bulls USA 7th MLS Cup Winners 2026 New York Red Bulls USA 2nd NACL winners, US Open Winners 2026/27 RB Leipzig Germany 14th Took over in April 2027/28 RB Leipzig Germany 3rd Inernational Year Country Ranking Achievements 2023 USA 37th 2024 USA 22nd 2025 USA 21st Gold Cup winners Challenge Progress Club 3/10 Top Domestic Leagues – South Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2025 (New York Red Bulls) 3/10 Domestic Cups - South Africa 2019 (Orlando Pirates), Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), USA 2026 (New York Red Bulls) 3/5 Club continental Cups – Africa 2020 (Orlando Pirates) , Australia 2021 (Melbourne Victory), North America 2026 (New York Red Bulls) 0/1 Club World Championships International 1/5 Continental tournaments – Gold Cup 2025 (USA) 0/2 World Tournaments
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