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  1. Sorry this has happened to you as well. It's the dreaded Copa Lib bug. There's nothing you can do I'm afraid. What version of the game did you start on? Somebody (I think it's pug407) is continuing with the challenge, and winning another trophy instead, but one possible difference is that he's completed the challenge before. But I suppose that you could win the Sudamerica instead, and I'll still put you in the hall of fame etc.
  2. There is some advice in post 3of this thread. The standard approach is either to a) start in China or S Africa. This made a lot more sense when one could get a top division job in these countries, but still a viable option. b) get a top division job in a small nation. There's a risk of not being able to get a decent second job if you do this, but it's worked for some people, (including me on one save in Finland. Just don't start in a really small nation). c) start in a lower division somewhere like England. The nations not to load are the South American ones. You (almost certainly) won't get a first job there. I believe it's the same thing with North America. And as I've said in post 3, be patient. taking the first job you're offered will usually be a bad idea. One more piece of advice. Get ready for frustration and failure. You have to embrace that as part of the challenge. Don't be put off by the seeming easy success others have. Some of the people who've done this challenge are really good at the game, and even the best players sometimes have things go belly up in a final. Make sure you're having fun. I sometimes really worry about the misery this challenge causes. When I was knocked out of last year's Libertadores in the semi final in extra time with 2 of my players sent off, I was disconsolate.
  3. Football Manager 2018 Announcement

    Just to agree with others that the simplification of the 'discount' and the fact that some features will be known in time is a good response to feedback from last year. I think because last year was the first time, I did wonder if there was any wool being pulled over the eyes, but I think this is a fair approach. Well played.
  4. Vikeologist's Universidad de Chile (and Nigeria) 2022 Report Another league / cup double. (The third in a row). We were unbeaten in the league with 27 wins and 3 draws, and 2 of those draws were after we’d won the league with a massive 6 matches to go. But I wasn’t here for the domestic trophies. I honestly thought that we were going to win the Libertadores, especially after we won a tricky quarter final against Flamingo who at the time were top of the Brazilian league. Champions for the last 2 seasons, Boca, had been knocked out. Our semi final was against Cruzeiro. We drew the first leg away from home 1-1, and we were set up for a final against Atlas,which I was pretty confident of winning. However the referee in the second leg handed out 5 yellow cards to us, and then one of my guys picked up a second yellow and we were down to 10 men. We were still ahead on away goals, and even a man down we went 1-0 ahead. Then we had a second player sent off, so I went ultra-defensive, and we almost pulled it off till they scored a scrappy and fluky equaliser in the 87th minute. I should have stuck with the ultra-defensive formation and taken my chances on a penalty shootout, but I swaped a defender for an attacker who was to be one of our penalty takers, and they scored a winner in the 2nd minute of extra time. I’m so annoyed, but as some of you may know, when I completed the Ultimate Challenge the first time, I won the Libertadores in my second match in charge of Corinthians, (taking over in between the two legs of the final). Also in the Dafuge-type S America small club to big, I won the Libertadores at the first attempt. So, I guess this is my penance, struggling to win it with Rosario Central and now with UdC. I can’t get a job in Brazil, but I really don’t want to manage there anyway, and my team really should win it next season. Only 1 player seems very keen to leave, and hopefully I could just about replace him with another foreigner anyway. Top Goalscorer – Carlos Muñoz -34. Carlos is getting a bit long in the tooth, (33), and I had a lot of rotation amongst the strikers, so he only started 31 matches. So not a bad tally. Best Average Rating Munoz 7.75. Man of Match – Munoz – 8 MVP – Again I have to bow to the numbers, even though my assistant manager rates him as the 14th best player at the club. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 Dalian Yifang 7th Took over for last 2 matches of the season 2017 Dalian Yifang 2nd Promted to Chinese Super League 2018 Dalian Yifang 5th Won FA Cup and therefore qualification to CL group stage. 1st domestic cup 2019 Dalian Yifang 1st Left with 3 matches left and the league already won. 1st domestic league 2019 U de Chile Took over with 4 matches of season left, in 5th place and in Cup Q/F 2020 U de Chile 1st League / Cup Double 2nd domestic league and cup 2021 U de Chile 1st Another league / cup double. Lib Q/F knocked out on penalties. 2022 U de Chile 1st And another double. Lost in Lib S/F extra time after having 2 players sent off. International Year Team Achievements 2018 China U23 Asian Games 2019-21 Ghana Quit after losing in ACON Q/F 2021- Nigeria Qualified for ACON with perfect record. Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues (China, Chile) 2/10 domestic cups (China, Chile) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments Anyway, I have something much more important coming up; the ACON with Nigeria. We won our qualifying matches (very easily), and we stand a good chance in the African lottery.
  5. Name fixes are fine, but it's always with keeping an eye on whether these files are causing any problems. I'm using one, and someone a few posts above mentioned a possible bug they cause with getting jobs, although getting new jobs is a pain for most of us, fixes or no.
  6. @numero uno gunner I don't think reputation is as simple as that. When I had the IGE a couple of seasons ago, there's 2 reputations, domestic and world. Plus it always does weird stuff like going down when you win a trophy and then quit (because of the quitting). We often refer to our reputation percentages, but I don't think they guarantee much of anything. My rep's at 60% (might even have been higher at one point) and I still can't even get an interview with any of the top Brazilian teams. I wonder to what extent out attributes (especially the hidden ones) affect our employment chances.
  7. @dkouv Gutted for you. I was rooting for you all the way, other than the second or two I saw you were playing Scotland, but I after that, I was team dkouv. Fadedaf and yourself are certainly providing a scary story for anyone taking on this challenge. I'm going to have to introduce a Hall of Misery, but which of you could I put on top? Are you sure the two of you aren't reloading those finals until you lose? That's cheating! @Cheekybananafm On a more settling note, you continue to roll on. so when you get your 5 big euro titles, you're going to have a 10th league to win, plus a few cups. Do you have a nation in mind, or are you just going to go for the nations with low hanging cups? @YellowLittle Well done bouncing straight back up. Be interesting to see what (if any good) job interviews or offers you receive. @numero uno gunner Good luck in the group stages, and well done picking up the league which hopefully augers well. @Ronaldo Beckham Getting into the finishing straight (strait?) now. Is this the first FM challenge you've done?
  8. Job decisions are a lot easier to make if you win the damn champions leagues. I've been offered an interview with Jeonbuk (in Korea) and I need to go there at some point to pick up the champions league I left China without, but I also need the libertadores. No point winning more than 10 domestic leagues, so I'll stay, but I'll be fed up if I vike some of the champions leagues and end up short on leagues or cups.
  9. Vikeologist's Universidad de Chile (and Nigeria) 2021 Report I stayed to see how we would do in the Libertadores. It didn’t look in our first game when we were thrashed by a Brazilian side, but things got much better from there on. Unfortunately we were knocked out in the quarter finals by Vitoria of Brazil on penalties after drawing 2 matches, both of which we probably should have won. Mind you, Boca have won the Lib 2 years in a row now, so maybe it’s not the Brazilian sides we should be worrying about. I did apply to a few Brazilian clubs and didn’t even get an interview, but I’m happy to give it another shot with U de Chile anyway. It’s going to be tough though because of the leagues rules stipulating (amongst various other restrictions) that I can only have 5 foreigners over 21 (or 20) in the league, and 1 of my current young foreigners has just come of age. Not that winning the league is a problem. I was worried when my 2 opening instant resulted league matches resulted in just 1 point, but it was actually a cakewalk. I completed my second league cup double in a row, once again beating Uni de Concepcion in the final. Next year don’t bother making the trip. However, if my foreigners aren’t registered for the league, they might start getting restless. Anyway, my team next year is unlikely to be significantly better, but I think we still have an outside shot at the Lib. On the international side, I left Ghana for Nigeria. I don’t have to worry about being sacked if Nigeria don’t make the World Cup, as my Ghana side beat them in the previous round. Top Goalscorer – Munoz– 38 I needed a striker to play alongside my current top scorer Mora, and Munoz did the business. Best Average Rating Munoz 7.58. Man of Match – Munoz – 10 MVP – It’s not a one man team, and last year’s MVP Romario is still the guy I’m envisaging for my challenge XI, but Munoz obviously helped. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 Dalian Yifang 7th Took over for last 2 matches of the season 2017 Dalian Yifang 2nd Promted to Chinese Super League 2018 Dalian Yifang 5th Won FA Cup and therefore qualification to CL group stage. 1st domestic cup 2019 Dalian Yifang 1st Left with 3 matches left and the league already won. 1st domestic league 2019 U de Chile Took over with 4 matches of season left, in 5th place and in Cup Q/F 2020 U de Chile 1st League / Cup Double 2nd domestic league and cup 2021 U de Chile 1st Another league / cup double. Lib Q/F knocked out on penalties. International Year Team Achievements 2018 China U23 Asian Games 2019=20 Ghana Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues (China, Chile) 2/10 domestic cups (China, Chile) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  10. @Collzy South Africa can certainly be a pain in the arse. Not only will it take you that minimum season and a half to win the Champions League, but I think you only get one chance to register the players. Basically, if any of your players want to leave, get rid of them and replace them now, because you need to have a team that wants to stay for the whole CL when it starts. south Africa is essentially the 6th mandatory league. I mean, you don't have to win it, but you have to manage a S African team for at least 1 match, and it's the most frustrating one, but it's a rite of passage all of us have to endure. @darren1983 Sorry to hear about the hard drive, but it wouldn't have helped you if you had saved the game on the cloud, because it often doesn't work. I suggest that everybody saves their games to an external (USB) drive at least once a season. Anyway, hope you start again, as I was enjoying you being part of this business we call show-off. @Cheekybananafm Well done on your first piece of Italiaware. Hope it's the first of many.
  11. In some nations, clubs can relocate to a different city / region. An example of this is in China where the clubs are owned by companies, and many have moved to a different city. I think this could be a fun addition to the game, much like sugar daddies. It could result in -big changes in attendance and facilities, perhaps especially youth recruitment. (Not always in a positive direction in China). -players wanting to leave or join the club. - a club threatening to leave the city unless the local council / legislature pays for a new stadium (yes, I'm looking at you, USA). However, the difficulty in introducing it, including club rivalries could be offset by the difficulties in introducing it. There's need to be a way of coding it so that it's very likely in countries like China where I'd guess that the majority of clubs have moved at some point, and very unlikely in England where as far as I know MK Dons is the only one. It would be fun though when the 1:10,000 possibility of Liverpool moving to Cornwall happened, just for the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Tagged this as discussion, as I'd like to see if anybody could flesh out this potential feature. The fact is that this is sort of made redundant by the create a club feature, which is effectively a relocation, so for it to be a good idea it might need more meat on the bone than I've given it here.
  12. Isolated football clubs

    Xinjiang Snow Leopards in China are quite isolated from every other professional football club (top 3 divisions); well over 2,000 km from the nearest other team in Hohhot. Plus Xinjiang is an interesting and newsworthy place. No add-on leagues needed. I'm not sure there even is a recognised amateur league or football association in Xinjiang (and some other places in China), therefore there's no competition for any team to win and get into the professional leagues, meaning that there can be no other professional team in the area ever, (unless another professional team relocates which is possible IRL but wouldn't happen in the game), but it's very possible that I may be wrong.
  13. Don't mean to stick my nose in, because it's not my thread, but I'd love to see this take off again, so I'm pretty sure you can apply for whatever jobs you want.
  14. Vikeologist's Ghana ACON 2021 Report Until the last few matches Ghana had done very well under my management, qualifying easily for this ACON by winning our first 5 group matches. Recently though our form has been suspect, and we’ve only picked up 1 point from our first 2 World Cup qualifiers. The thing about managing an African nation is you usually play fairly weak nations until the major tournaments. We look to have an easy group, albeit alongside 2nd ranked African nation Egypt, but that usually means that you get a tough next round. Anyway, the ACON is basically a lottery, and at least we have a ticket. Group Stage Second Round Quarter Final (if applicable) Semi Final (if applicable) 3rd Place Playoff (if applicable) Final (if applicable) After The Tournament
  15. Vikeologist's Universidad de Chile (and Ghana) 2020 Report We went a whole page without an update from me, (pretty much 2 actually). Been a while since that happened. This thread is back, baby! In my first season, (not counting the dog end of last season) we pulled off a league / cup double. I was worried that quitting Dalian a year ago, instead of staying to try to win the Champions League, was a mistake, but I guess my gamble has kind of paid off. I wrote above that the league race was tight, and at that time (with 5 matches to go) it was and had been all season with ourselves, Colo Colo and Catolica many hundreds of miles better than anybody else. We won our last 7 matches of the season though, (and we’re on a 21 match unbeaten spell) and ended up winning the league by 10 points. The Cup final was terrifying as we seemed to play our worst match for months against the only Chilean team (apart from Colo Colo and Catolica) to beat us this season, but we still beat our mid-table opponents 2-0. We were knocked out of the Sudamericana early on, fairly comprehensively by a Brazilian side. I’d like to see how we’d do next season in the Libertadores, but I still have an eye on a quick completion of the challenge. I applied unsuccessfully for a couple of Brazilian sides during the season, but that was before my rep benefitted from the double and gaining the top qualification. That will be dependent on how I do internationally rather than domestically, so the key event coming up is how Ghana will do in the imminent ACON. If I do manage to win that (unlikely though that is), the sensible thing would be to move on to a top Brazilian side at the first opportunity. However Boca have just won the Libertadores, so let’s hope that doesn’t cause the Libertadores to stop working. The Lib is my top priority, as I’m paranoid about the bug, although I accept it’s mostly fixed for 17.3 which I’ve started on. Top Goalscorer – Felipe Mora – 24 A decent tally, but I expected more given that Felipe actually scored more last season, when the club was fairly rubbish. His goals pretty much dried up in the middle of the season, so I don’t really trust him to bang them in consistently. At the very least, I need to sign a better striker to play alongside him. Best Average Rating Romario 7.54. An absolute giant of a Brazilian central midfielder. You’ve got to bear in mind that this is Chile. At 195 cm tall he towers over all the other players like a giraffe on amphetamines. Man of Match – Felipe Mora – 6. MVP – I’m going to say Romario corresponded with the team going from great to omnipotent. We’ve only lost 1 match he’s played in, and he was our best player in that. Plus he’s a huge bugger, so I’m not going to do anything that might displease him. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 Dalian Yifang 7th Took over for last 2 matches of the season 2017 Dalian Yifang 2nd Promted to Chinese Super League 2018 Dalian Yifang 5th Won FA Cup and therefore qualification to CL group stage. 1st domestic cup 2019 Dalian Yifang 1st Left with 3 matches left and the league already won. 1st domestic league 2019 U de Chile Took over with 4 matches of season left, in 5th place and in Cup Q/F 2020 U de Chile 1st League / Cup Double 2nd domestic league and cup International Year Team Achievements 2018 China U23 Asian Games 2019=20 Ghana Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues (China, Chile) 2/10 domestic cups (China, Chile) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
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