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  1. Vikeologist's 2034/5 Hibernian (and Wales) Report  After 4 barren seasons, I finally won some silverware this season. In the Betfred Cup Final, we were by far the better team, but Celtic kept scoring amazing goals against the runoff play, and in the end we needed penalties to clinch my first Scottish trophy with Hibs. In the league it looked for a moment that we might throw away a 7 point lead (over both Rangers and Celtic) with 6 matches to go. We had it won all but mathematically with 2 matches to go, (6 points ahead with a +11 goal difference), but in the end we went into our final match of the season having to avoid losing by 5 goals in order to win the title. Shortly after 60 minutes we were 4-0 down. We managed to stem the flood. The match finished 4-0, and we were champions, not on points, not on goal difference; on goals scored. Without doubt, the most rubbish way I’ve ever won a title, and almost a disaster that would have haunted me forever. Having won, I’ll have forgotten before I even post this update. So that just left the Scottish Cup. When we knocked out Celtic in the quarters, and Rangers also exited, it looked extremely likely, but we needed penalties (again) to reach the final. There we faced Aberdeen, who we’d beaten 9-0 just 3 matches before. It wasn’t as easy this time, but we scored a couple of goals in quick succession in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory. So, much to my surprise, that’s it. I’ve won all 3 domestic trophies I need in the one season. (I won the Irn Bru Cup with Carmarthen, which is lucky because my Hibernian Reserves side didn’t even come close). I was expecting to be at Hibs for a lot longer, and frankly, I’m not sure I want to leave yet, but we’re not going to win the Champions League in the near future, and the odds are against us even competing in the Europa League any time soon. I had an interview at Man Utd even before the cup final, but having an international job reduces the chances of my getting that, and that makes me question the point of even continuing with the Wales job. Last summer, for the second time in a row, I didn’t get the Scotland job again, and I’ve probably taken Wales as far as I can. We avoided relegation from Nations League B, consigning Scotland to that fate, which was sort of satisfying. It may be a good idea to quit. It's not that I particularly fancy managing in the English Premier League next. It's just that now is probably my best chance to land a big job. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. 32/33 Bradford PA Van North Left at end of January with team in 5th place. 32/33 Hibernian Scottish PL 3rd Took team from 6th to 3rd. Europa League Q/F, Scottish Cup Losing Finalists 33/34 Hibernian SPL 2nd Finished 2nd on inferior goal difference. Qualified for CL. 34/35 Hibernian SPL 1st League, Betfred Cup, Scottish Cup International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 matches, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros and knocked out in group stage Relegated from Nations League A. Qualified for 2034 World Cup Challenge Progress 10/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 4/7 (Irn Bru Cup, Betfred Cup, SPL, Scottish Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 8
  2. Vikeologist's 2033/4 Hibernian (and Wales) Report  Until the final matches, this was shaping up to be a disappointing season. Particularly hard was losing in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Raith. We went into the final round of 5 matches in 4th place, but won all of them to secure 2nd place and a Champions league spot. Our final match was actually against champions Rangers, but we’d have needed to win by 8 goals to win the league on goal difference, and unsurprisingly, that didn’t happen. Still, in the end, it’s been a productive season. Some promising players with itchy feet have signed new contracts, our facilities continue to be improved, and our bank balance is healthy. Next up is a World Cup with Wales. We qualified fairly easily, but one has to be realistic about our chances of progressing far beyond our group of Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. 32/33 Bradford PA Van North Left at end of January with team in 5th place. 32/33 Hibernian Scottish PL 3rd Took team from 6th to 3rd. Europa League Q/F, Scottish Cup Losing Finalists 33/34 Hibernian SPL 2nd Finished 2nd on inferior goal difference. Qualified for CL. International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 matches, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros and knocked out in group stage Relegated from Nations League A. Qualified for 2034 World Cup Challenge Progress 8/38
  3. Sorry to have to point out your manager's too old. Needs to be 20 (or 19) at start of challenge. I've put it in bold in first post now.
  4. Surely you could do it with the in game editor, which you may have to purchase. I don't have the IGE myself, so no promises. Imagine that you could change the balances of yours and the other club. I made a similar mistake once. Realised was paying a very promising youth player maybe 20k a week instead of £20. Managed to sell him, which absolutely financially crippled the finances of whoever I sold him to. He soaked up about 80% of their wage bill. Did it legitimately though. No editors, though not really realistic any more than for my club to be doing it.
  5. Sorry to hear that. I've had a challenge derailed in a similar manner, (not this one which thankfully).
  6. Vikeologist's 2032/3 Bradford Park Avenue (and Wales) Report  Midway through the season I’d had enough at Bradford PA. We were the smallest team in the league, and by Christmas essentially stood no chance of winning the league. We were in the playoffs, but promotion through the playoffs counts for nothing in this challenge. Dundalk, the favourites for the Irish Premiership, approached me for an interview, which I decided to attend. They then didn’t offer me the job, but I’d essentially already decided that I wanted to leave. Easy success is boring, but it’s better than difficult mediocrity. The job at my boyhood club, Hibs became available, and I jumped at the chance to end my Park Avenue purgatory. Bradford PA were 5th when I left. Without me they plummeted down the table and ended up in 10th. So let's start again Vikeologist's 2032/3 Hibernian (and Wales) Report  Hibs were 6th when I took over, more or less assured of finishing in the top half, but with work to do to make it to the top 5 and (probable) European qualification. We made it to 3rd place in the final match of the season, which is important as it puts us into the Europa League group stage. Talking of the Europa League, we were still in that and made it to the quarter finals where were knocked out by fellow-Scots Rangers in a tie we should have won. We were also still in the Scottish Cup and made it to the final against Cletic where we… Well, I’m writing this before playing the match, so let’s see what happens /happened. Oh well, we lost 5-0. It was a close match until we had to chase it in the second half. Still, quite a productive final third of a season though. Now I can get rid of the plyers who don’t fit my system, and hopefully plug the gaps. We’ve made a lot of money this season, though pretty much all of that is going to go into improving our training facilities and making our utterly inadequate stadium capacity slightly less so. As for my international job with Wales, last summer’s Euros seems so long ago, I can barely remember it. We started off with a good 0-0 draw against Germany, but a draw against Greece and defeat to Italy meant that we were knocked out in the group stage. We were also relegated from Nations League A losing all 4 matches against Holland and Portugal. This might all sound bad, but frankly it’s to be expected, as we haven’t been in the World top 30 for ages. We’ve made a good start to World Cup qualifying with a couple of wins against our 2 main rivals (for 2nd place in the group) Bulgaria and Lithuania, so we should make it to another tournament. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. 32/33 Bradford PA Van North Left at end of January with team in 5th place. 32/33 Hibernian Scottish PL 3rd Took team from 6th to 3rd. Europa League Q/F, Scottish Cup Losing Finalists International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros and knocked out in group stage Relegated from Nations League A. Challenge Progress 8/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 8
  7. Sounds like Earl's Tour https://community.sigames.com/topic/415632-fm18-tour-de-challenges/
  8. Unless things have changed, there are 2 league competitions a year. Winning just one counts. You have to win the cup competition at the end. Winning the league stage itself counts for nothing. Not all the teams enter the Mexican cup, but it still counts, because it's the only cup. Nobody has ever managed to explain how continental qualification works in Mexico.
  9. Vikeologist's 2031/2 Bradford Park Avenue (and Wales) Report  The Vanarama North with Bradford PA is proving to be quite difficult. We finished 7th, which was enough to get us into the play-offs, which we were bundled out of straight away comprehensively. We’re one of the smaller clubs, (4th lowest average attendance and wage bill) and we don’t have the training facilities to improve promising players. I play attacking football, we were by some considerable distance the top scorers in the division, but we are dying as well as living by the sword. We were 5 minutes away from getting into the FA Cup 3rd round, which would have given us an away tie at Liverpool. Our bank balance is going steadily downwards, but still the board are pressing ahead with improving our training facilities. I intend to stick around. It’s frustrating, but it has only been 2 seasons. Hopefully normal service will resume next year. Internationally we qualified for the Euros. Hopefully I’ll do well enough against Germany, Italy and Greece not to be sacked. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros Challenge Progress 8/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 8
  10. Vikeologist's 2030/31 Bradford Park Avenue Report  Took over newly promoted to Vanarama North Bradford Park Avenue. Thought it would be a challenge, but honestly, I also thought I’d be able to challenge for promotion in season 1. In fact we spent most of the season uncomfortably close to the relegation places. The bottom 3 teams were very bad, so there was never much actual danger, but it was certainly disappointing. We finished in 15th place thanks to picking up 17 points from our last 7 matches. I actually tried to jump ship mid-season to my old and favourite club Bradford City, but they clearly haven’t forgiven my abandonment. I did want to manage them again, and try to take them to Champions League glory, but maybe that’s not going to happen. At the moment I plan to stay with Park Avenue, but I will be looking at summer job vacancies. Internationally with Wales things were better. We won promotion from a weak Nations League B group against Croatia and Bulgaria, and our Euros Qualification has got off to an ok start with a draw against Portugal. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Challenge Progress 8/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC)
  11. Any domestic cup where all top division sides are in it.
  12. Nothing in the rules about managing other nations. I mean, there's no one monitoring the rules anyway, so we can do whatever helps us to enjoy the save, I think. Personally I'm only managing home nations, but I'm on my 3rd already, and it seems that they don't give you the job for a second time, so if I don't manage England, I only have N Ireland left, but I'm not trying to achieve the international side anyway. There was an outside chance I could have won something with Scotland though.
  13. It will be good to have company. Are you going to go for all 45 landmarks including the internationals?
  14. Vikeologist's 2029/30 Newcastle Report  After completing the landmarks for Wales halfway through the previous season, I stayed at Carmarthen until the end of the 28/29 season, finally triumphing in what was quite an exciting title chase. There were no interesting jobs became available, but I quit at the end of the season. I then took over at Newcastle, newly relegated from the Premier League. This was a mistake; not because I didn’t win the Championship at the third time of trying in this challenge, but because it was just boringly easy. We won the league with 4 matches to spare. Also, I kind of wanted to manage my favourite club, Bradford, again, who are currently still in the Championship, having been relegated straight back down after my promotion to the Premier League with them. I’m going to have to be a lot more careful about the jobs I take, so I don’t get too bored with this challenge. Managing in a different country should help, but there are other options. If I go to a premier League club, there will be plenty of different trophies to try to win, and going to the lower English leagues could be a challenge. Internationally, I have a few years to catch y’all up on. I was sacked by Scotland in 2028 after only picking up a point in the Euros. This was a pity as I hoped to stay for much longer than 4 years. I then took over at Wales, but results have been good, but not good enough. We finished 2nd in the Nations League, and very narrowly failed to qualify for the 2030 World Cup. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Challenge Progress 8/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 8
  15. Vikeologist's 2028/29 Carmarthen Report    To recap, in my 4th season with Carmarthen, I only needed to win the elusive Nathaniel MG Cup, having won the Welsh Cup and League, plus (very unexpectedly) the Irn-Bru Cup for teams from all the home nations. We did it, and my time in Wales can now come to a close. It will be a bit of a wrench to leave, because we have accomplished so much. Even though I’ll be leaving mid-season, it has been a long, long season. It was our 44th competitive match of the season, and it was only late January. The main reason for that number of games was that we reached the group stage of the Europa League. In fact we had a shot at the Champions League group. All we had to do was get past Dundalk who we beat in the Irn-Bru final last season. Unfortunately, that was a bit of a fluke result, and we were outclassed in both legs. Obviously I wasn’t expecting much from the Europa League group, but we won our first 2 matches, including against Lazio. We came very close to finishing second in the group. We just needed to win our penultimate match, We were 2-1, up and I was going to substitute both my players who had been booked, but one of them was sent off before that could happen, and later in the match the other players was as well. With only 9 men, we could only manage a draw, and then Lazio kicked our arse in the last game. But that doesn’t really matter. The club obviously made a lot of money, and will be going professional at the end of the season. Without me though. It has been fun building up the club, but progress is painfully slow. Also, we are by no means certain of even retaining the league. My squad of part-time players are, as you may imagine, a little bit tired, and we ae in 3rd, 5 points behind the leaders, with just 10 matches to go. It is tempting to stay for those 10 matches though, plus however many Welsh Cup fixtures. The 44 matches don’t of course include my international exploits since the last update, but I’ll leave that for another time. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL n/a NMG Cup, and reached group stage of Europa League. International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Challenge Progress 7/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 7
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