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  1. Vikeologist's 2031/2 Red Bull Leipzig Season Report  The league was the expected walk in the park, (winning by 16 points), but it was also important to win the German Cup, (because I was a couple of cups behind my league wins) and at some point I need to win the Champions League. We made it to the German Cup final very easily, and then were dreadful, losing down 1-0. So now I’m 3 cups in arrears. Nobody in this challenge has ever had this happen to them. It’s going to add a few seasons to completing the club side of things, though I suppose it will be something to do while I’m trying to win international trophies. We also made it smoothly to the Champions League final, including getting past the reigning champions in the semi finals, a Juventus side that I pretty much made invincible before leaving them for Flamengo. The final against Lyon should have been a formality, but having just seen my side screw up one final, I was worried. I didn’t need to be. We won 5-0 in cruise control. It’s a relief to get the final Champions League, although the job is only half done. I need to stick around another 6 months and win the club world championship. If I screw that up, I’ll have to win the Champions League again. I suppose that also means there’s a decent chance I’ll stay the whole season and try to win the German Cup. Top Goalscorer – Serkan Ozer– 36 He is good, but really was the top goalscorer because he was injured less than my other strikers. More of a participation award. Top Average Rating – Gastón Echaniz– 8.15 Maybe my best player, but he picked up a serious injury near the end of the season, and I’ll be lucky if he’s back in time for the CWC. Man of the Match – Nicolás Suárez – 8 Again picked up a nasty injury, in his case playing for Argentina when they were playing against my Colombia side. I looked up who he’d played for in the past, and he was a key player in my 2025 Defensor Sporting side scoring 50 goals on loan. Also featured in my 2031 Argentina Copa America side, but I'm close to forgiving him for that. MVP – My 144 goals strikers (all 8 of them) I'm also the Colombia manager. After a shaky start, we're top of the World Cup Qualifying. Of course we are, it's a league. Domestic Season Team Position Notes 17 Shanghai Shenxin (China) 9th Took over with 5 matches left, and didn't win any of them. 18 Shanghai Shenxin 2nd Promoted 19 Shanghai Shenxin 9th 20 Hebei China Fortune 3rd Won FA Cup 21 Hebei China Fortune 1st League, Cup, Champions League treble 21-2 Ajax CT (South Africa) 5th Took over with 8 matches left, missed out on Confed Cup qual by 1 point. 22-3 Ajax CT 1st Won African Champions League. League, KO Cup and FA Cup quadruple. Unbeaten in league. 23/4(O) Chivas (Mexico) 1st Lost in League final. Won the Mexican Cup. 23/4(C) Chivas 1st League / NACL double. 24 Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) 2nd Took over half way through season. Won Closing Stage and First Division Playoff. Lost Championship Playoff. 25 Defensor Sporting 1st Won Opening and Closing Stages and Intermedio (cup). Unbeaten domestically. 27/8 Bordeaux (France) 2nd Won Coupe de la Ligue, French Cup and Europa League. 28/9 Bordeaux 1st League and both domestic cups. Champions League Q/F 29/30 Juventus (Italy) 1st Took over with 15 matches remaining. Made up 9 points to win league in last day of season title decider. 30 Flamengo (Brazil) 1st Took over 9 matches into the season. League, Libertadores double. Lost CWC in extra time. 31-32 Red Bull Leipzig (Germany) 1st League / Champions League final. Yet another cup final defeat. International Year Team Achievements 18 China U23 Won Asian Games. 19 Norway Left after 4 matches of Euro Qualifying. 19-20 Ghana Left after 2 matches of African Cup Qualifying 20 Belgium Sacked after leading the #1 team in the world to 1 draw and 3 defeats 21-22 Ivory Coast Qualified for World Cup and reached second round, won CHAN. 22-23 Mexico Won Gold Cup, reached Copa America semi with B team. 24-25 Ivory Coast ACON semifinals 25-26 Ghana Failed to progress past World Cup group stage 26-27 South Korea Lost in Q/F of Asian Cup 27-29 Ghana ACON quarter finals. 30-31 Argentina Copa America Q/F 31- Colombia Challenge Progress 19/33 Club 8/10 top domestic leagues (China, S Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France, Italy, Brazil, Germany) 5/10 domestic cups (China, S Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France) 5/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (N America) 0/2 world tournaments
  2. Vikeologist's 2031 Argentina Copa America Report  Pre-Tournament No new club job yet. Neither Man City or Chelsea offered me an interview, probably because of the international job with Argentina, so now it’s time for the Copa America which will either result in glory or a sacking induced better chance of getting a club job. I think Brazil are better than us. They beat us in the Superclásico which was my first competitive match, but hopefully the side can enact my tactics better now. Worth noting however that Argentina, having fallen to 27th in the world rankings are behind Chile as well as Brazil. Group Stage Quarter Final (if applicable) Semi Final (if applicable) 3rd Place Playoff / Final (if applicable) After The Tournament
  3. vikeologist

    Question about Steam

    I've used offline mode for the last year. You have to go online fairly regularly to be able to use the game, such as when there's window security updates. I'm now going to have only sporadic access to the internet for at least a few months, and it will be a huge pain in the arse if I'm not able to play the game. I accept it's part and parcel of the game. There are lots of games that you can never play offline, but there's nothing more annoying than the 'to launch game for the first time go online' when you're launching the game for about the 200th time. It's annoying even when you do have internet access and just have to restart steam. It will be more so the first time I don't have internet access.
  4. Vikeologist's 2030 Flamengo Report  I really intended to stay at Juventus for another season to try to win the cup, and ideally Champions League. I bought and sold a lot of players, and compiled a team that I thought would stand an excellent chance, but then an opportunity too enticing to turn down came up. As mentioned previously, Brazil didn’t offer me the job after the World Cup. They offered it to the Flamengo manager. I applied for and was offered the job. After a quarter of the season, Flamengo were top of the league table by a couple of points, in the last 16 of the Libertadores and the quarter final of the Brazilian Cup. There was a big problem. They only had 1 competent central defender of , he was injured for the next few months. But the potential upside, and gamble, was too good to turn down. Jobs at Brazilian sides still in the Lib, just don’t come up all that often, especially clubs topping the table. My hopes really would rely on my tactic rather than the few players I had available to me, and if I failed, there’s always next season, all several thousand matches of it. I managed to sign a couple of defenders to register them for the Libertadores from the QF onwards. Although we were untouchable in the league, which we won by a country mile, the cups were a different kettle of fish. We rode our luck in getting to the final of the Brazilian Cup where we had a dodgy penalty awarded against us and 2 players sent off in the second leg. Although we were the better side over 2 legs, we lost. Luckily what could have been a terrifyingly stressful Copa Libertadores second leg was eased by winning the first leg away 5-0, and 7-1 over the 2 legs. That left the matter of the Club World Championship, which with PSG in was going to be tough, but would be really helpful to win. Apart from the fact that I still need to win it sometime, if I don’t win it now, I will have to stay at whichever European club I win the Champions League with for an extra half year, and still might not win it. I really wanted to get it out of the way now. And I really thought I’d done it. We went 2-0 up early in the match and then controlled the game until PSG scored twice in the last 20 minutes, and then grabbed a winner in extra time. Really gutting. Nonetheless, coming to Flamengo was a huge gamble that paid off. I am a couple of domestic cups behind, which will doubtless be a bit of a pain near the end of the challenge. Just have to go to a couple of nations I’ve always fancied managing in. Really glad to get Brazil and the Libertadores out of the way, especially after the Lib bug ended my Ultimate Challenge last year.. Hate managing in Brazil with all the matches. At one point I had 3 matches on consecutive days, and 2 of them were cup finals. Despite taking over a quarter of the way into the First Division, we still played 48 matches. I only have the English and German leagues loaded. I'll load the Spanish in the summer when I can. Top Goalscorer – Adrien– 40 Sounds like a lot of goals,, but he played in 65 matches. Top Average Rating – Claudio Brizuela – 7.73 Another striker, and he’s in my Argentinian side. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m the Argentina manager. Man of the Match – Brizuela – 10 MVP – Brizuela Domestic Season Team Position Notes 17 Shanghai Shenxin (China) 9th Took over with 5 matches left, and didn't win any of them. 18 Shanghai Shenxin 2nd Promoted 19 Shanghai Shenxin 9th 20 Hebei China Fortune 3rd Won FA Cup 21 Hebei China Fortune 1st League, Cup, Champions League treble 21-2 Ajax CT (South Africa) 5th Took over with 8 matches left, missed out on Confed Cup qual by 1 point. 22-3 Ajax CT 1st Won African Champions League. League, KO Cup and FA Cup quadruple. Unbeaten in league. 23/4(O) Chivas (Mexico) 1st Lost in League final. Won the Mexican Cup. 23/4(C) Chivas 1st League / NACL double. 24 Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) 2nd Took over half way through season. Won Closing Stage and First Division Playoff. Lost Championship Playoff. 25 Defensor Sporting 1st Won Opening and Closing Stages and Intermedio (cup). Unbeaten domestically. 27/8 Bordeaux (France) 2nd Won Coupe de la Ligue, French Cup and Europa League. 28/9 Bordeaux 1st League and both domestic cups. Champions League Q/F 29/30 Juventus 1st Took over with 15 matches remaining. Made up 9 points to win league in last day of season title decider. 30 Flamengo 1st Took over 9 matches into the season. League, Libertadores double. Lost CWC in extra time. International Year Team Achievements 18 China U23 Won Asian Games. 19 Norway Left after 4 matches of Euro Qualifying. 19-20 Ghana Left after 2 matches of African Cup Qualifying 20 Belgium Sacked after leading the #1 team in the world to 1 draw and 3 defeats 21-22 Ivory Coast Qualified for World Cup and reached second round, won CHAN. 22-23 Mexico Won Gold Cup, reached Copa America semi with B team. 24-25 Ivory Coast ACON semifinals 25-26 Ghana Failed to progress past World Cup group stage 26-27 South Korea Lost in Q/F of Asian Cup 27-29 Ghana ACON quarter finals. 30- Argentina Challenge Progress 17/33 Club 7/10 top domestic leagues (China, S Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France, Italy, Brazil) 5/10 domestic cups (China, S Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France) 4/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America, South America) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (N America) 0/2 world tournaments
  5. vikeologist

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    @dkouv Congrats. Maybe now there's a happy ending to your story, it will stop my nightmares, and I'll climb back on board this challenge at some point. I think I do need to switch between the 2 challenges (this and Ultimate) even though that makes it likely that I'll not complete either one. So is there no hall of fame? Have many people completed this challenge this year? I only started following it when I started the challenge myself.
  6. After the World Cup, (which I wasn't managing in as Argentina turned me down immediately before it) I was offered quite a few international jobs. Ghana - For the 4th time this save China - With the Asian Cup next year Holland and Spain in Europe But I think I'm going to go with Argentina, with the Copa America next year. The fact that hosts Brazil turned me down add a little bit of fuel to the fire.
  7. Vikeologist's 2029/30 Juventus Report I'm back. Not sure how long for. I fancied a break from my Youth save, which was in turn a break from this challenge. Ironically for this next season, I went to Italy, bought no new players and played a few youth players. I took over with about 15 matches to go in 5th place, with the mission of climbing at least 1 and qualifying for the Champions League. The title looked well beyond us, especially after 2 instant results suggested that my Assistant Manager couldn’t be trusted. I took full control, and we won out next 10 league games. That left us with 2 matches to go, and Juve in 2nd, one of three teams on 78 points. Then the top team (because of a complicated rock paper scissors matches between teams situation) lost, and with almost half our team suspended for the penultimate match, and forced to play pensioners still on contracts awarded when they could walk without frames, we could only draw at home against one of the divisions bottom feeders. The third place team, AC Milan, won, but luckily we were playing them in the last match of the season. We would have to win, but the league was still within our grasp. I could give you a detailed account of the match, but let’s just say that it was crazy. We were 1-0 against the flow of play. We were 2-1. They equalised in the 80th minute just as I was about to shut up shop. We went 3-2 up with a few minutes to go, at which point I did shut up, barricade and declare an independent nation with it’s own army around the shop. We held on, and were Champions. I probably will stay for another season, as I don’t want to need an extra cup at the end, and also I do need to win the Champions League at some point. We were out of the cup before I took over. We were still in the Champions League but were humiliated by PSG in the quarter final. However, if a really good job comes up in another nation, for instance after the upcoming World Cup, I might jump ship. Top Goalscorer – Riccardo Barberi– 26 Might not sound like a lot of goals, but almost all of them came under me. Top Average Rating – Enzo Banchieri – 7.56 Another striker, I introduced him to the team, and he was even more productive than Barberi with 12 goals in 16 starts. Mind you, 7 of them came over 2 consecutive matches. Man of the Match – Barberi – 7 MVP – Dean Rossen -A midfielder who’s probably our best player, but it doesn’t show up in stats. Massively ahead of the rest of the team on chances created. Domestic Season Team Position Notes 17 Shanghai Shenxin (China) 9th Took over with 5 matches left, and didn't win any of them. 18 Shanghai Shenxin 2nd Promoted 19 Shanghai Shenxin 9th 20 Hebei China Fortune 3rd Won FA Cup 21 Hebei China Fortune 1st League, Cup, Champions League treble 21-2 Ajax CT (South Africa) 5th Took over with 8 matches left, missed out on Confed Cup qual by 1 point. 22-3 Ajax CT 1st Won African Champions League. League, KO Cup and FA Cup quadruple. Unbeaten in league. 23/4(O) Chivas (Mexico) 1st Lost in League final. Won the Mexican Cup. 23/4(C) Chivas 1st League / NACL double. 24 Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) 2nd Took over half way through season. Won Closing Stage and First Division Playoff. Lost Championship Playoff. 25 Defensor Sporting 1st Won Opening and Closing Stages and Intermedio (cup). Unbeaten domestically. 27/8 Bordeaux (France) 2nd Won Coupe de la Ligue, French Cup and Europa League. 28/9 Bordeaux 1st League and both domestic cups. Champions League Q/F 29/30 Juventus 1st Took over with 15 matches remaining. Made up 9 points to win league in last day of season title decider. International Year Team Achievements 18 China U23 Won Asian Games. 19 Norway Left after 4 matches of Euro Qualifying. 19-20 Ghana Left after 2 matches of African Cup Qualifying 20 Belgium Sacked after leading the #1 team in the world to 1 draw and 3 defeats 21-22 Ivory Coast Qualified for World Cup and reached second round, won CHAN. 22-23 Mexico Won Gold Cup, reached Copa America semi with B team. 24-25 Ivory Coast ACON semifinals 25-26 Ghana Failed to progress past World Cup group stage 26-27 South Korea Lost in Q/F of Asian Cup 27-29 Ghana ACON quarter finals. Challenge Progress 15/33 Club 6/10 top domestic leagues (China, S Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France, Italy) 5/10 domestic cups (China, S Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France) 3/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (N America) 0/2 world tournaments
  8. vikeologist

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Vikeologist's 2022/23 Taranto Season Report League – After 2 straight promotions, I was even more worried about relegation than last season, but it turned out that the season was just super-boring. We were never in danger of relegation, and never really anywhere near Euro qualification spaces. At least this meant that I could drop some of my young players in the first team at the end of the season, but the first team basically is youth intake anyway. Squad - Top Goalscorer – Davide Cardea - 25 Our usual top striker, Diakite, wasn’t up to this division at all, and he’s now been dropped, almost certainly forever. Cardea, even though he’s only 23, is never going to improve from his current mediocre ability. He did score 18 goals in 29 league starts, (he scored a lot in the cup against lower league sides), but we’re a high scoring and conceding team. We scored the 2nd most goals in the league with 89, and set a Serie A record conceding 90. Top Average Rating – Nicolò Bottero (YP2a) – 7.50 Our best striker, though he doesn’t score that many goals, and is more like an advanced winger with 25 assists. He won the European Golden Boy, but still hasn’t made a senior international appearance. In fact the only player to even make it into a senior international squad is my duel-Albanian nationality goalie Roger, but he hasn’t made it off the sub’s bench yet. Man of the Match – Nicolò Bottero (YP2a) – 6 MVP – Martino Perina (YP1b) – According to my coaches, still by far my best player. Has 2 years left on his contract, and even though he will negotiate a new contract if I promise him a big pay rise, I can’t afford the salary he insists upon. Hopefully next season. Hard to say just how essential he is. It doesn’t really show up in stats, because he’s a central midfielder, and doesn’t score much or get a lot of assists, but I definitely don’t want to lose him. Youth - With the money we made winning Serie B last season, we were finally able to start improving our facilities and coaching qualifications, and this seemed to pay dividends in this year’s youth intake. A few 5 stars and Elia Maggiore (YP5a) is the first one to come through with a promising designation. Unfortunately I’m going to have to play him out of position as a central midfielder, where I threw him in for the last 6 matches of the season. He didn’t do very well, but hopefully it will be useful experience. Corona (5c) is also ‘promising’, but he’s stuck behind my 4a left wingback who also has 5 star potential. There’s quite a few players who are just never going to get a chance because they’re stuck behind an equally promising player. Transfers – Absolutely nothing to report. I didn’t even sell any dead weight, though I did release lots of players. Season Division Position Notes 18/19 Serie C/C 4th Reached playoff quarterfinal. 19/20 Serie C/C 7th 18 pts in first half of season, 47 in second. Reached playoff second round. 20/21 Serie C/C 1st Promoted as champions. 21/22 Serie B 1st Promoted as champions again, much to my surprise. 22/23 Serie A 9th Boring (but profitable) season.
  9. vikeologist

    World Cup Fantasy Football

    I'm in. My main difficulty was choosing a team to support. Of course it's been a while since Scotland have been at a World Cup, but I have plenty of backup teams; Wales, Either of the Irelands, China, USA, Chile. Of course, I am still supporting 31 of the teams that have qualified. There just wasn't that option on the nation select drop down. No wonder I haven't been paying much attention to the World Cup build up.
  10. vikeologist

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Vikeologist's 2021/22 Taranto Season Report League -Newly promoted, I was concerned that we might get relegated straight back down and lose all our best players. Well, we didn’t get relegated. We won the division to make it back to back promotions. We had a few wobbles, including a spell when we lost 4 of 5 matches. However, we were promoted with 2 matches to go, and champions before our last. Both promotion and the championship because of other teams losing, which was a bit anti-climactic, but I’m not going to complain. I’m shocked. I’m not even sure if it’s a good thing. I’m now even more worried about being relegated and losing all our best players. Squad Top Goalscorer – Adama Diakite– 22 Given that we won the division basically because of our 122 goals, it’s a bit surprising that the top guy only had 22. Top Average Rating – Martino Perina (YP1b) – 7.66 A midfielder, and our best player. Has 3 seasons left on his contract, and no release clause, but I doubt he’s going to want to hang around that much longer. Tried to extend his contract even more, but he asked for more than we can pay at the moment. Man of the Match – Adama Diakite – 8 MVP – Perina Youth – Hopefully Massimo Moramarco (YP4a) will become a good player as he plays in our weakest position. He wasn’t good enough to get any first team opportunities yet though. I tagged 3 other players, more in hope than expectation. The main youth development in the first team was the introduction of Roger (2c) in goal. I have a few promising goalies, and had to give one of them a chance at some point. Transfers – I sold one of my best players, Leonardo Del Zotti (YP0a) because we received a good offer, and we have a lot of good strikers. We were slowly reducing our debt, but selling Del Zotti allowed me to clear it and get on with putting coaches including myself on coaching certificates, and improving our facilities. With the large prize for finishing in the top 3 in Serie B, our facilities are being improved across the board for the first time. Next season could be tough. Or we could win the league. I mean, who knows? Season Division Position Notes 18/19 Serie C/C 4th Reached playoff quarterfinal. 19/20 Serie C/C 7th 18 pts in first half of season, 47 in second. Reached playoff second round. 20/21 Serie C/C 1st Promoted as champions. 21/22 Serie B 1st Promoted as champions again, much to my surprise.
  11. @ashton321 Glad you're enjoying your save. Hopefully you still are, despite your recent travails.
  12. Idk, you may well be the only person who enjoys the CHAN. I always hope my B team gets knocked out so I don't run the risk of underperforming in the tournament itself and having my job security go down.
  13. @ashton321 I'm not sure anybody has done the challenge like this before, only managing either a club or a nation at any given time. Of course 1 or 2 have just managed internationally at the end of the challenge. Hopefully you can pick up your first landmark with S Korea. Do you have enough players? Came on to reply to everyone who's posted updates, but I think it's maybe just you. @darren1983 Hope you get a Ultimate challenge worthy laptop soon. @MWE Congrats on your second successive promotion.
  14. vikeologist

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    @dkouv Having only recently emigrated to this challenge, I haven't been following this save, so.... ouch. You know I've beaten your Ultimate Challenge ACON record now, with 10 in a row. (And for those who can't pick it from context, that's not winning it 10 times in a row). Your saves and posts are becoming increasingly scary, I must say. @XaW Hope you're enjoying the save. Trying to make progress from such a small nation sounds like a nightmare. Do you think that you are improving the Icelandic national team with your players. Maybe there's not enough of them yet.
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