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  1. When these kind of things happen, it usually takes starting a new game. Maybe it's triggered by the winner of the Lib, so if I'd known about it, I could have kept an eye out, and maybe had to replay a couple of months, but I'm not going to replay a season and a half, especially when I won so much stuff during that time. When I did the challenge in FM15, I had to replay about 2 seasons, because of my hard disk dying, so I wanted to do the challenge without any 'replaying', but it doesn't matter. Just, everybody else should keep an eye out for the Lib, in case it stops.
  2. I wasn't hit by it 2 years ago, but others were, and they never restarted the challenge.
  3. OK. I've done it, but it's from June '39. I only keep one old save per year. It's called Bayern 1
  4. No, one of the many bugs I've had to contend with was that the best Mexican sides weren't entered to the Lib, (otherwise I believe I would have won the bad boy a few seasons ago). The '39 winner were Argentinian. This was the first time for 17 years that a Brazilian side hadn't won though. Is there going to be a save game compatible fix? because if not this kills off the Ultimate Challenge for me. I wish I'd known about this bug.
  5. In my save the Copa Liberatadores has just stopped (in March 2040 at the second preliminary round). I'm in December. Only just noticed because the S American side entered to the CWC was a surprise. Is this an identified problem?
  6. And it looks as though my challenge may be over. In a repeat of the challenge killing bug from 2 years ago, the Copa Libertadores has stopped regenerating, or rather it's stopped in the middle of the competition, (in 2040) As I still need the Lib, this would be the end of my challenge. Might be worth checking that it's still going in your saves. I'm pretty angry, but at least I achieved the challenge in those halcyon days a few years ago when the game worked. On the now meaningless bright side, I was able to register my players for the CWC, which I won, so my final challenge tally; Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 FC Lahti 10th Just 9 points from the 10 matches remaining after I took over 2017 FC Lahti 3rd Qualified for Europe 2018 FC Lahti 1st First domestic title 2019 FC Lahti 1st The double. First domestic cup 2020 Jeonbuk 1st 2021 Jeonbuk 2nd Knocked out of CL in semis 2022 Jeonbuk 1st League / FA Cup / Champions League Triple. CWC 3rd place 2023 Minnesota Utd 14th 2024 Minnesota Utd 7th Lost on penalties in Western Conference Semifinal 2025/6 Orlando Pirates 3rd Knockout Cup Winners, failed to qualify for Champions League 2026/7 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super 8, Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup. Won everything basically. 2027/8 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super8, Nedbank Cup. Confederation Cup losing finalists. 2028/9 Orlando Pirates n/a African Champions League. Left mid-season with the team on track for the threepeat. 2028/9 Rosario Central 18th Took over for last 2 matches of the season. 2029/30 Rosario Central 1st 4th domestic title 2030/31 Rosario Central 1st 2031/32 Rosario Central 1st Threepeat, Copa Argentina, Lost in Libertadores Q/F 2032/33 Rosario Central Left after 4 matches because we'd been knocked out of the Libertadores. 2032/33 Stade Rennais 7th Coupe de la ligue 2033/4 Stade Rennais Resigned after 14 matches 2036(C) Atlas 4th 5th cup. Lost in league final. 2036(A) Atlas 1st Lost in league final again 2037(C) Atlas 1st 5th domestic league / CONCACAF Champions League 2037(A) Atlas 1st Retained title, lost in CWC Final 2037/8 Juventus 5th Took over half way through in 7th. Won 7th domestic cup and the Europa League - both with 10 men. 2038/9 Juventus 1st League/Cup double plus a couple of supercup knickknacks. Lost in CL SF 2039/40 Bayern 1st League / Cup / Champions League treble. 2040/1 Bayern CWC Winners International Year Team Achievements 2019-21 Nigeria Lost in African Cup Q/F 2021-23 DR Congo 2022 World Cup - R2, 2023 African Cup Losing Finalists 2023-25 Chile None. Resigned to take South Korea job. 2026-27 South Korea Asian Cup winners 2027-29 South Africa Lost in African Cup Q/F 2030-31 Brazil Lost in Copa America final 2031-33 Chile Resigned again to take Egypt job. 2033-5 Egypt Lost in African Cup Q/F 2036-37 Mali Lost in African Cup Q/F 2037-37 Ivory Coast Quit after 1 competitive match to take over Mexico 2037-38 Mexico Knocked out in group stage of WC and sacked. 2038- Italy Lost on penalties in Nations League S/F and Euro 40 R2 Challenge Progress Club 7/10 top domestic leagues (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Germany) 8/10 domestic cups (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, France, Mexico, Italy, Germany) 4/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America, Europe) 1/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (Asia) 0/2 world tournaments
  7. @dkouv Congrats. Of course, I'm verging on near-psychotic levels of jealousy whenever somebody wins an international tournament, but at least now my reputation is so high that I think I might be able to get any international job I want. I just hope Brazil and Mexico don't hold a grudge. Hope you can get the other 2 trophies with Brazil. I think your reputation may now be at a point where quitting jobs won't adversely affect your ability to get new ones, but then again, I'm no wiser about those mechanics of the game than anybody else. @Fadedaf Good to see you back. I was worried you'd given up when I tried to cobble together a new leader board and realised how long it was since you'd posted an update. You're not the only one to come across bugs and problems with the game. I'm sort of exhausted with all the bugs I've had to circumvent or deal with in this challenge. Admittedly (thus far) there hasn't been one that killed the challenge (like there was 2 years ago for a few people when competitions stopped rolling over) but at the moment I'm dealing with the fact that I can't access the tactics screen for my Italy side, and the game seems to freeze quite often when I try to go to a match with them. If that happens with future international teams my challenge will be over. Also I'm worried about this bug that people are reporting where you can't select a squad for the World Club Cup. Has anybody played that competition recently? How widespread is it. I reckon I've had to deal with at least 10 fairly major bugs in this challenge so far -Finnish Cup -Getting jobs when an international manager (or rather not getting) -Nearly being sacked for no reason -Copa Libertadores non -entry to my champion Mexican side -The MLS. No idea what are bugs and what are just beyond human understanding, but there only being about 5 players in the draft was definitely a bug -Painfully slow inbox -Swedish league not able to be removed -Job vacancies remaining unfilled And the sites where you're supposed to load your saves so SI can look at the bugs themselves cannot be accessed by me. Both of you, I'll add one trophy to your totals on the leader board if and when I'm able to get into that post, because the Great Firewall does not love this forum. @Crowy You can usually just stay at a club when your contract runs out on a rolling basis. I think the coaching quals make a big difference in reputation. Hope if you do apply for jobs you are successful. My advice above to dkouv doesn't necessarily apply to you. At the start of the challenge you are indeed doing the right thing (I think) by staying where you are while looking for another job, if that's indeed what you are doing.
  8. Vikeologist's 2040 Italy European Championship Report The FA expect me to get to the semi-finals, and obviously my first priority is keeping my job, but we do have a legitimate shot at this. No injuries coming into final selection. We don’t have any truly world class strikers, but the team as a whole is so good, that hasn’t been a problem thus far. Group Stage Vs Belarus 1-0 Not exactly impressive, but hopefully we’re just warming up. It’s not as though they ever threatened us. Vs Ukraine 2-0 More of the same. We didn’t create many chances, but then again, after we’d scored twice, we didn’t need to. I spent the second half boring my assistants about my wonderful season at Bayern. Did they know that we did the triple? Turns out they did. The Czechs also won their first 2 matches, so we’re through, but we’ll need to beat the Czechs to finish top of the group, which could be important. Vs Czech Republic 4-1 That’s more like it. Unfortunately winning the group earned us a second round match against France who finished 3rd in their group, but will still be very dangerous. Second Round Quarter Final (if applicable) Semi Final (if applicable) 3rd Place Playoff (if applicable) Final (if applicable) After The Tournament
  9. @pug 407 Don't want to miss out congratulating you. Looking good for the record, but it will be interesting to see who you have to go for the Asian Cup and African Champions League with. I wish I'd started the challenge with the tactics I'm using now. I might have been able to give you a run for your money.
  10. Vikeologist's 2039.40 Bayern End of Season Report TL;DR League, Cup, Champions League Treble. I hate to echo lazy stereotypes of Germans, but my Bayern side were a machine. If you want a (1984 derived) picture of my team, imagine a boot stamping on your face, forever. Vorsprung durch hetrik. The other teams were towels that we wiped the floor with. Be punctual, or you’ll miss our first few goals. We won our first 12 matches of the season. We then lost to BMG who were the only team to challenge us, although they never narrowed the gap to less than 6 points, so it was never really in doubt. Fortunately I also won the German Cup. Hopefully I can win the cups in England and Spain while winning the leagues, or I’ll need to win the Brazilian cup to get my tenth. We reached the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid, and they were basically at home since the final was to be held at the Bernabéu. One would assume that I’d have won the Champions League somewhere along the way, (@dkouv seems to be in the same situation). It would have been a real pain if I’d had to hang around a club later in the challenge just to win it; and that nightmare situation could still happen with the Club World Cup. I can stop worrying about the UEFA Champions League though. It was a very comfortable 3-0 victory to wrap up the league, cup, Champions League treble. I’ll be staying on for the Club World Cup, and I’m enjoying my time at Bayern anyway, although the currently vacant job at Man Utd looks enticing, and indeed I would have applied for it, had I lost the CL Final. Top Goalscorer – Tomislav Majher 41. Just 20 years old, but he may well be the best striker in the world already. Best Average Rating Tomislav Majher – 7.73 Man of Match – Tomislav Majher - 11 MVP – Tomislav Majher My only worry at this point of the save is who to put in my challenge XI. I guess Majher should go in, just because he may well be the best player I will ever have in my career, but my shadow striker Abrãao who I brought to Bayern from Juve, where I’d also bought him, has now played quite a few games for me, and shared in a lot of triumphs. So next it’s the European Championship with Italy where we discover whether my international career will continue to be disastrous. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 FC Lahti 10th Just 9 points from the 10 matches remaining after I took over 2017 FC Lahti 3rd Qualified for Europe 2018 FC Lahti 1st First domestic title 2019 FC Lahti 1st The double. First domestic cup 2020 Jeonbuk 1st 2021 Jeonbuk 2nd Knocked out of CL in semis 2022 Jeonbuk 1st League / FA Cup / Champions League Triple. CWC 3rd place 2023 Minnesota Utd 14th 2024 Minnesota Utd 7th Lost on penalties in Western Conference Semifinal 2025/6 Orlando Pirates 3rd Knockout Cup Winners, failed to qualify for Champions League 2026/7 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super 8, Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup. Won everything basically. 2027/8 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super8, Nedbank Cup. Confederation Cup losing finalists. 2028/9 Orlando Pirates n/a African Champions League. Left mid-season with the team on track for the threepeat. 2028/9 Rosario Central 18th Took over for last 2 matches of the season. 2029/30 Rosario Central 1st 4th domestic title 2030/31 Rosario Central 1st 2031/32 Rosario Central 1st Threepeat, Copa Argentina, Lost in Libertadores Q/F 2032/33 Rosario Central Left after 4 matches because we'd been knocked out of the Libertadores. 2032/33 Stade Rennais 7th Coupe de la ligue 2033/4 Stade Rennais Resigned after 14 matches 2036(C) Atlas 4th 5th cup. Lost in league final. 2036(A) Atlas 1st Lost in league final again 2037(C) Atlas 1st 5th domestic league / CONCACAF Champions League 2037(A) Atlas 1st Retained title, lost in CWC Final 2037/8 Juventus 5th Took over half way through in 7th. Won 7th domestic cup and the Europa League - both with 10 men. 2038/9 Juventus 1st League/Cup double plus a couple of supercup knickknacks. Lost in CL SF 2039/40 Bayern 1st League / Cup / Champions League treble. International Year Team Achievements 2019-21 Nigeria Lost in African Cup Q/F 2021-23 DR Congo 2022 World Cup - R2, 2023 African Cup Losing Finalists 2023-25 Chile None. Resigned to take South Korea job. 2026-27 South Korea Asian Cup winners 2027-29 South Africa Lost in African Cup Q/F 2030-31 Brazil Lost in Copa America final 2031-33 Chile Resigned again to take Egypt job. 2033-5 Egypt Lost in African Cup Q/F 2036-37 Mali Lost in African Cup Q/F 2037-37 Ivory Coast Quit after 1 competitive match to take over Mexico 2037-38 Mexico Knocked out in group stage of WC and sacked. 2038- Italy Challenge Progress Club 7/10 top domestic leagues (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Germany) 8/10 domestic cups (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, France, Mexico, Italy, Germany) 4/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America, Europe) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (Asia) 0/2 world tournaments
  11. @dkouv yes, I did bugger it up while updating your total, so sorry I didn't congratulate you earlier. I was annoyed with myself for not having a backup. Before I thought the leader board was too cluttered, but now it looks a bit depressingly small. Have you actually quit Dortmund? One reason for quitting a job is that the vacancy may get filled by a manager from a club you crave. My Juventus job was filled by the PSG manager, the club I really would like to manage, but I'd already got the Bayern job. That's worked out pretty well for me, but it might take more than 1 season to get the French title if I can't get the PSG job, and I already have the French Cup. Good luck in the Copa America. @vossmaj - Sorry it doesn't seem to be coming together in Hunan. Better luck next season. Just imagine how good it will feel when it all comes together.
  12. I've managed to delete (when editing) most of the hall of fame post and all of the leader board. I have a backup of the hall of fame, but not the leader board. I'll add people back to it as they give updates, but I'm sorry, it's gone. I don't know if a mod could get it back. I've created a new leader board, based on the people who've posted an update the last couple of pages. I'll update or correct it as and when people post updates, but if I have missed out any active managers, let me know, and I'll add you.
  13. Oops, sorry. didn't realise franky had removed it from the original post, or I wouldn't have mentioned it.
  14. Using the original (a) version of this tactic, and has been very successful across 3 different league sides, and my latest international team. Haven't noticed any problems or decline with it with the latest update. The reason why I'm using the original version is because I tried out the c version with a new international side, and the performance was not great (probably of course because of a lack of familiarity or the players not being suited) so went back to what was working on a 'if it ain't broke...' basis I'm quite relaxed about the roles of my central midfielders and strikers. I'll have them as central midfield / box to box / complete forward etc if I think they're suited, and try to train them up in these, but most of the time my players are deep lying playmakers or whatever they're best suited to. I always have my attacking midfielder as a shadow striker though, and always have my full backs playing as wingbacks. I appreciate the work that @Franky has put in with the updates, but if anybody is struggling, going back to the a) version may be worth a try. As I say, I'm having success with a number of sides, very quickly, but they are all quite big sides with technically proficient players. I think I had success with a lower league side with this tactic, but that was a youth save, and so I was just fitting my existing players into the tactic rather than bringing in players. Lost in the Conference South Playoff final, so not bad. So, thanks, Franky.
  15. Vikeologist's 2038/9 Juventus and Italy End of Season Report TL;DR league / Cup double. Lost in Champions League semi-final. After the inevitable sacking from Mexico after the World Cup, I needed a new job. It’s a bit depressing to have not picked up the Gold Cup from my time there, but hopefully they’ll give me another chance some day. Anyway, I was offered plenty of jobs, but Italy looked like a very good match for the formation I want to play. There’s not much overlap between Italy and my Juventus side. I only have 1 Italian player in my first eleven at Juventus, and usually only 1 or 2 subs. My one Italian player is 31 and is only a squad member internationally. We were in a tough Nations League group with Spain, or at least you’d think so, but Spain were actually relegated with just 3 points and 1 win from their 4 games. Portugal, one of the other jobs I was offered, were also relegated. We comfortably won our group ahead of Wales, though they did manage a draw when we had a player sent off early on in the first match. Had a bit of a scare in our first Euro Qualifier when my fun return to Finland after 20 years almost turned into a nightmare when they scored a goal on the counter-attack. As you would expect I threw resources into attack, and they scored a second goal. We managed to turn it around though and won with match 3-2 with an injury time winner. Anyway, the heat of the meat is my season at Juventus. I won the Euro Supercup, or whatever it’s called, at the start of the season and thought we might have a shot at the Champions League. The fact that we reached the semis might make it seem like this turned out to be true, but in reality we skirted with disaster all the way through; ten minutes from going out in the group stage, nearly threw away a 4-0 first leg victory to go through on away goals in the second round, then had to turn around being 4-1 down in the first leg to get through the QF. We encountered Man Utd in both the group stage and semis, and they were a lot better than us. In fact 3 of the semi-finalists were from England, so I’m thinking that, unless I win the Champions League in another nation along the way, I probably need to manage in England last of the Euro Mandatory 5. The league however was much smoother. The league title always looked like a formality, although Inter and Roma did so well that they stayed on our heels throughout. Roma finished 7 points behind us, but would have won the league in any other season. We only lost 2 league matches all season, and 1 of those was the meaningless final one against our next (Italian Cup final) opponents. I’m going to move on. I’m enjoying my time at Juve, and now for the first time, I have a very large amount of money, although with 4 first team players 34 or over, and a few others not far behind, it would take a lot of money to halt the decline. I brought in guys to do a short term job, and they didn’t disappoint. My 4 granddads all did very well, and the oldest of them all was my MVP. Anyway, the final piece of business was the cup final against Bologna. Could they win the cup for the first time in 65 years? Well, their central defender who gave away 2 penalties (which we converted) in the first 11 minutes probably shouldn’t show his face in downtown Bologna for the foreseeable future. With his help we rolled to a comfortable 3-0 victory. I’m quite close to the hall of fame now. Would probably be there already if it wasn’t for some guy who’s won the last 15 league and cups with Basel. Almost makes me want to load up the Swiss league to knock him off his perch. I haven’t been in the Hall of Fame for years. In FM15 I changed computers half way through, which lost me my Hall of Fame points because it didn’t carry over. In FM16, I sucked and won nothing. Top Goalscorer – Agostinho André – 39 Best Average Rating Antoine Duval – 7.41 My (now) 36 year old left wing back. He’s already won everything there is to win (with maybe the exception of the World Cup) with PSG and France, but he still had enough in the tank to have a stellar season with us after signing on a free transfer. He shows no sign of retiring. Man of Match – Agostinho André - 9 MVP – Antoine Duval. Going to put him in my Challenge XI, though given that my tactics are wing back friendly, he probably won’t last there till the end. So, I quit Juventus, and in my job interview with Bayern offered to stop my interest in the Valencia post to improve my chances with them. It was an offer that I regretted almost immediately, but it paid off, and I was offered the job. I’m the new Bayern manager. They finished 3rd in the league this season, so I’m in the Champions League at least. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 FC Lahti 10th Just 9 points from the 10 matches remaining after I took over 2017 FC Lahti 3rd Qualified for Europe 2018 FC Lahti 1st First domestic title 2019 FC Lahti 1st The double. First domestic cup 2020 Jeonbuk 1st 2021 Jeonbuk 2nd Knocked out of CL in semis 2022 Jeonbuk 1st League / FA Cup / Champions League Triple. CWC 3rd place 2023 Minnesota Utd 14th 2024 Minnesota Utd 7th Lost on penalties in Western Conference Semifinal 2025/6 Orlando Pirates 3rd Knockout Cup Winners, failed to qualify for Champions League 2026/7 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super 8, Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup. Won everything basically. 2027/8 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super8, Nedbank Cup. Confederation Cup losing finalists. 2028/9 Orlando Pirates n/a African Champions League. Left mid-season with the team on track for the threepeat. 2028/9 Rosario Central 18th Took over for last 2 matches of the season. 2029/30 Rosario Central 1st 4th domestic title 2030/31 Rosario Central 1st 2031/32 Rosario Central 1st Threepeat, Copa Argentina, Lost in Libertadores Q/F 2032/33 Rosario Central Left after 4 matches because we'd been knocked out of the Libertadores. 2032/33 Stade Rennais 7th Coupe de la ligue 2033/4 Stade Rennais Resigned after 14 matches 2036(C) Atlas 4th 5th cup. Lost in league final. 2036(A) Atlas 1st Lost in league final again 2037(C) Atlas 1st 5th domestic league / CONCACAF Champions League 2037(A) Atlas 1st Retained title, lost in CWC Final 2037/8 Juventus 5th Took over half way through in 7th. Won 7th domestic cup and the Europa League - both with 10 men. 2038/9 Juventus 1st League/Cup double plus a couple of supercup knickknacks. Lost in CL SF 2039/40 Bayern International Year Team Achievements 2019-21 Nigeria Lost in African Cup Q/F 2021-23 DR Congo 2022 World Cup - R2, 2023 African Cup Losing Finalists 2023-25 Chile None. Resigned to take South Korea job. 2026-27 South Korea Asian Cup winners 2027-29 South Africa Lost in African Cup Q/F 2030-31 Brazil Lost in Copa America final 2031-33 Chile Resigned again to take Egypt job. 2033-5 Egypt Lost in African Cup Q/F 2036-37 Mali Lost in African Cup Q/F 2037-37 Ivory Coast Quit after 1 competitive match to take over Mexico 2037-38 Mexico Knocked out in group stage of WC and sacked. 2038- Italy Challenge Progress Club 6/10 top domestic leagues (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico) 7/10 domestic cups (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, France, Mexico, Italy) 3/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (Asia) 0/2 world tournaments