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  1. I've seen and owned better regens. Bought one Argentine for less than one mil and sold him for his minimum fee of £27.5m to Barca. Meh. This is my favourite. Bought for £47,000 from Airdrie. First team almost immediately. I'm also Scotland manager and in spite of the near nepotism given his age he's the best rated player for Scotland after Ryan Gauld. Whaddaya think?
  2. Oh I'd also like to say some words about Jamar Loza. He's scored 14 goals in 15 games. Given he was signed because Rooney was out injured, and given than Rooney has scored twice all season (both in one game) Loza is our main goal threat. Also thus far in January we've also signed Jon Daoi Bodvarsson and Rasmus Schuller on freebies and Dan Burn has agreed a pre-contract.
  3. I'm sorry for the negative approach from the first few posts. I was angry and wanted to share it with the world. Things have gone a lot better since, and I'm going to update this again. If a Mod would like to change the name of the thread, feel free. I'm NOT **** and I know it. Since losing away against Inverness, it's not been easy. We've had a lot of injuries. Nial McGinn came to me complaining about a lack of first team football. I tried playing him but he didn't do so well. So he asked for a transfer. I sold him to Toluca for £525,000. Andy Considine complained of needing a new challenge and didn't appreciate my conversation with him. He's off to Seattle for £50,000, the best I could get for him after he rejected a £180,000 transfer to Preston. But won't leave till mid February. Onto results. Aberdeen score first. St Johnstone (H) 2-0 Ross County (A) 3-0 Motherwell (H) 1-1 Celtic (A) 1-1 Dundee Utd (H) 3-0 Hamilton (A) 2-0 Ross County (H) 3-0 Dundee (A) 0-0 Hearts (H) 1-0 Kilmarnock (A) 0-0 Inverness CT (H) 1-0 Partick Thistle (H) 4-0 On the 1st of January 2016, we're 2nd in the league, having been bottom last time I posted. We're equal on points with Dundee United and four off of Celtic. Our bad patch came during a few draws when Ryan Jack and Peter Pawlett, our captain and best player respectively, were injured by dirty, dirty Ross County. It made me realise my lack of backup on the wings and at full back, so Yassine El Ghanassy will join on a free from Stabaek and Mato Milos will arrive from Rijeka for £150,000 today. I'm also chasing Moussa Dembélé and Dan Burn on pre-contract agreements having thrown all my transfer budget into the wage kitty, with a bunch of youngsters whose contracts were up at the end of the season being released. Nobody worth reporting on. Though my youth team looks really bare. It'll have to do till season's end.
  4. Aberdeen FC, the second best team in Scotland, have not won a game in 2.5 months. I'm **** and I know it!
  5. Another game, another loss. Inverness CT (A) 0-1. Literally seconds away from giving up.
  6. The League Cup results are in. Aberdeen got an easy draw against Queen of the South. Albeit away. Queen ot South (A) 1-4. Yep. We lost. We didn't even play remotely well. We might as well have given up four minutes in. If we don't win soon, I'm going back to FM14. No joke.
  7. [Just bought FM16 last week. Been loving FM14 and didn't want to give it up. Now I wish I didn't. Not loving FM16 so far. This is a rant/fair declaration of why I love AND hate this game.] So I took over Aberdeen. Of course I did. I've had other teams I've loved. In order of loving it goes Havre Athletic, Leverkusen, Atalanta, Jonkopings Sodra. But I couldn't say no to Aberdeen. We're good this year! Or...are we? European schedule has killed my team. We entered the Europa League in the first round. Against Balzan of Malta. We won 2-0 away and 5-0 at home. Easy. Then a proper challenge. FC Copenhagen in the second round. A 1-1 draw at home was followed by a 1-0 win away courtesy of a late penalty. Happy days, right? Third round threw up a weird one. ASA Tirgu Mires. 1-0 at home, 2-0 away. Fantastic. In between we draw 1-1 with Dundee Utd and thrash Kilmarnock 5-0. Top of the world. Transfers? Well maybe you're wondering. Here we go: IN: Sondre Rossbach: compensation £32k Petteri Forsel: compensation £22k Sonni Nattestad: free (sent on loan to Gencierbirligi) Lewis Milne: £25.5k Cowdenbeath Rohan Ferguson: £300 Airdrie Emil Bergstrom: £800k Djurgarden (Board bought him) Morten Gamst Pedersen: £15.75k Rosenborg (Big mistake) Jamar Loza: Loan from Norwich OUT: Barry Robson: £22k to Bristol City David Goodwillie: £175k to Rangers Scott Brown: £20k to Oldham Cammy Smith: £10k per month loan to Hearts Scott Wright: loan to Dunfermline Robbie Mutch: loan to Airdrie Connor McLennan: loan to Clyde Rose, Thomas, Henry, Nuttall: Released The league started getting tough after that. And we got our playoff draw in the Europa League. Six games played, 5 won, only one drawn, but we're still not good enough. So who do we get? Obviously, the world loves us and we get West Ham United. Motherwell (A) 2-2 West Ham United (A) 0-3 Dundee (H) 1-3 West Ham United (H) 2-3 Out of Europe. Don't get it. We played 8 games. We won 5, drew 1, lost 2. UEFA sucks. So we concentrate on the league. We've got the second best team in the league. Should be simple. In real life Aberdeen won 8 out of 8 at the start of the year. And we thrashed Killie 5-0. We're awesome. Apart from that game against Dundee. But then Ryan Jack and Adam Rooney were injured. We'll be fine. Right? Partick Thistle (A) 1-1 Celtic (H) 2-4 Hamilton (H) 0-0 Heart of Midlothian (A) 1-3 I suck. I hate this game. But I've been playing since CM 97-98 so no giving up yet. Yet. I'm bottom of the league. 12. Aberdeen P8 W1 D4 L3 GD-1 PTS7 My love/hate relationship with this game is being tested. We can't pass to players wearing our own colours right now. Teams with **** players tear us apart. And believe it or not we were 2-1 up against Celtic in the 60th minute before Leigh ******** Griffiths decided he was going to try. Onwards. As long as I don't get sacked.
  8. Luck is a positive virus. You only contract it on occasion, much like the common cold. Didn't anyone watch the encyclopaedia Red Dwarf?
  9. Nowt special but En Avant de Guingamp (currently mid table in Ligue 1) are now mid table in CFA -D in my game. And Lazio have been a Serie B fixture for years too. I'm playing FM14 in season 2023/24.
  10. France and Germany jump out to me as the two main countries you haven't managed in. I've enjoyed long term games in both countries, granted not as long as 2045. Both countries will have outstanding youngsters and the teams can compete for the ECC. Those would be my suggestions anyway.
  11. 2,660 hours here, but again mine is on in the background a lot too. For instance while I'm browsing this forum.
  12. Genuine question, is there still a disc copy of FM15 going to be available? I currently don't have the means of buying a copy online (in the midst of changing banks, RBS are being difficult) and can only use cash. I can still activate on Steam though.
  13. [Thanks tenthree!] PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL Havre AC - Season 2021-22 Team Report Here it was, in black in white, Delmotte was nothing but organised. But then, he'd been here as long as my father had been. I couldn't argue much with the team I had. After all, we were champions. But I did have some ideas. But what would this fantastic team of winners think of my nobody's opinion? Goalkeepers Koen Casteels (29) – The first choice for five years following his arrival from Club Brugge. The Belgian international is a key figure. Alphonse Areola (28) – Only been at the club for 7 months, signed on a free following his release from PSG. Not living up to his potential, though did receive a call up and cap from France at the recent Confederations Cup. Defenders Gaetan Cabezas (21) – A product of the team’s illustrious youth system. Established himself only last season as the first choice right back but equally adept at left back. Subject of many bids of late, but has recently signed a new contract. Jorge Fernandes (24) – Backup at right back, the Portuguese made many appearances last year on the right with Cabezas on the left following Digne’s drop in form. Definitely worth keeping around. Lucas Digne (27) – Club captain. Signed for free from PSG four years ago, he’s been influential and decisive at left back, but dropped in form last year, with youth product Cabezas often appearing in his place. Lindsay Rose (29) – Most league appearances for the club having signed in August 2014 from Valenciennes. The best center back at the club. Alberto Jose Angelotti (22) – A breakthrough last year having arrived from Argentina. Scored more headers than anyone else in the team, and a good defender to boot. Abdeslam Djebaili (22) – Signed in January from Lyon. Highly experienced for the French U21 side with 47 caps, he only played 11 times following his arrival. One for the future. Vincent Haman (21) – Out on loan at FC Sochaux last season following a £3.8m move from Al-Hilal, the Cameroonian, adept at both left back and the center should be a decent back up to the first team this season. George Molina (24) – One of two Chileans at the club, Molina can play at center back, defensive midfield and central midfield. It’s hard to tell his best position, but based on his performances last year, center back seems to be his forte. Has been subject to interest from Manchester United. Midfielders Samsul Lubis (23) – Signed from Volendam in 2014, Lubis has spent five seasons out on loan before establishing himself in the first team last year, he’s now the first choice anchorman within the team, as he is with the Dutch national team. Christian Zambrano (25) – Signed last season from Corinthians, the Peruvian was influential in his first season at the club in the center of midfield as a box to box midfielder. Patrice Poirier (22) – Another product of the youth system, Poirier made his breakthrough into the first team just last year, providing backup to the first choice left wing and right wing positions, though following an injury to Aravena established himself on the right wing, despite being left footed. Juventus are after him. Olexandr Rusin (24) – Has only just arrived after an arranged transfer from Dynamo Kiev. A fast right winger. Should give good competition on the right wing. Jonathan Aravena (22) – Argentine right winger, susceptible to injury, spending around half of his last two seasons out crocked. When he’s fit he’s outstanding, but that’s been a rare sight of late. Boris Tapia (24) The second Chilean in the side. The left winger was top scorer last season with 27 goals in all competitions, a sign of the passing game cultivated here. A first-teamer for four years, he’s the key player of the team. Manchester United have recently bid £32.5m for him. Seb Fechner (21) – Signed in January from Basel for £20m, he looks like a key player for years to come. Despite his youth he scored 5 goals in 15 games in all competitions, recently gained his first cap for Switzerland. Adnan Januzaj (26) – Marquee signing from Dortmund last season for just £14.5m, Januzaj played a key role in the hole behind the main striker making 22 assists in 42 games in all competitions last season. Our number 10. Teji Savanier (29) – Our longest serving player, having signed in July 2014 from Arles-Avignon. A free-kick specialist, he’s an idol amongst fans. Broke his leg last year, and still coming back from injury now. Not quite the player he once was, but a solid backup on the right wing and in the attacking mid position. Strikers Andrea Petagna (26) – Signed from Sampdoria two years ago to replace Carlos Fierro for £18m, Petagna has scored almost 50 goals since his arrival in all competitions. Undoubtedly the first choice in a single-striker system, Petagna is unplayable on his day, but has his off days all too often. Lassine Bah (20) – Also a right winger, Bah is the third first teamer to have graduated from the youth team, Bah spent full seasons out on loan at Bologna and Celtic before being recalled 3 months into a year-long loan at Sevilla to cover for Petagna, ended the season with 12 goals from just 26 games. A good return for a 20 year old. Dimitri Lepretre (22) – Signed from Bordeaux three years ago, Lepretre has been in and around the first team for a couple of years, but has been out on loan of late. This will be his first full season in the first team. Can also play on the left wing.
  14. LIKE FATHER LIKE SON [Author’s note: This is my first attempt at a story, I’ve been reading these stories for a while now and was inspired to write my own, I’m an entirely amateur writer. This is based on a long term save that I’ve taken off on a tangent for the purposes of this story. I’ve tried to adhere to the rules as much as I could, if I haven’t please tell me. Feedback is also appreciated.] JULY 2021 We, our family, knew about it before anyone else did of course. Mr Johnny Walker, the pride of Le Havre, was in the late stages of kidney failure. After an illustrious career in management, in Scotland, England and of late, France, Walker would have to retire from the game he’d loved so much. He’d brought me, his son, with him to France in a move most could only have described as nepotism to manage his under 19 side just a year ago, in a calculated move that he would only reveal to the board a few weeks ago when he disclosed the details of his condition. He wanted me to take over. This would be his final decree, he’d ask for nothing from the club, no money for treatment, no pension, and no money at all for the success he’d brought the club during his time at the club. And what a time it had been. In 7 and a half years he’d taken the club from mid table in Ligue 2 to five time winners of Ligue 1. With one Europa League also in the bag, Havre AC were clearly a team on the up. And I’d been the under 19s manager. We’d won the youth league (group 3) the year before under my leadership, but in the U19 Champions’ League we’d disappointed in only reaching the first knockout round. I’d been astounded when the board had agreed to my father’s request to allow me to take over. I was nowhere near the manager my father was, nor the influential, take-a-player-under-your-wing type. But here I was. The first day of training at the Stade Océane. I’m hoping the first team will give me a modicum of support given that I’m my father’s son, and that I’ve been with the club for a year now, but I’m not holding my breath. Thank God my father’s former assistant, Christophe Delmotte, has agreed to stick around to assist me this season. My French is still getting there, but after a year I can get by. I call him aside and ask him to send me a report of the first team as soon as he can. “Oui, boss.” He smiles. At least he’s on my side. Within the next few months I doubt many more will be.
  15. I doubt this would be worth the trouble. Most modern computers will run FM. I have two, my low end will still run it, albeit not so great, but my high end one is four years old and still runs all modern games perfectly including FM14.