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  1. @jezzar How long would you want to stay with your first club for ideally? And why did China kill your enthusiasm? I mean, don't get me wrong, China kills my enthusiasm on an almost minute by minute basis.
  2. @Fadedaf I think Sundowns are a bit of a sleeping giant in your save, so I think it's a good job to take, although it does mean that it's going to take you a minimum of 3 years at the club to win the ACL. @Cheekybananafm Yes, I often forget, but one really mustn't let your players leave in the middle of the ACL. A useful cautionary tale. @yugular Splendid international success, so it will be interesting to see if you can get one of the jobs you've applied for. I'd be surprised if you didn't. @pug 407 I don't think the CD has any effect on the bug, because when you install it the game should just install the latest version and update accordingly. if you've started on 17.3, you're unlikely to get the Copa Lib bug, though some have claimed that they still get it. I just hope it's fixed next year, but I no longer have any faith in SI. If I'm able to get the beta, I plan to try very hard in the first couple of weeks to trigger the bug, so that they can fix it asap if necessary, though I've noticed that SI no longer bother responding to these type of bug reports for FM17.
  3. Vikeologist's 2030/31 Chita End of Season Report I’d say there’s 2 reasons why we finished 2nd again. Firstly Zenit were very, very good, only losing 1 league match all season, (to us). Secondly we were very, very poor, especially in the first half of the season. There’s a reason for that though. I decided to blood some of my promising youngsters, even though they weren’t the best available players in those position at the start of the season. At the winter break / midway point with 14 matches to go we were in 5th place, 10 points behind Spartak Moscow and the second Champions League group stage spot. We slowly caught up but by the final match of the season we were a point behind them. Luckily we were playing one of the bottom sides and Spartak were away to Zenit. They lost and we won, both fairly easily, and the 2nd spot was ours. That’s all that counts really, being in the group stage again, although winning the league and cup would probably boost our reputation, which in turn might enable us to improve youth recruitment. Anyway, just like 2 years ago we overhauled a late deficit late in the season to overtake Spartak, so it’s no wonder that they hate us and they’re the one club to be added to our rivals in the club information via dynamic rivalry. (They were there after 2 seasons ago). Our squad personality dropped from highly professional to just professional this season, and I don’t understand why. A model professional coach is retiring this summer after 40 years with the club as a player (376 appearances), (feeder team) manager and coach, apart from 4 years somewhere else before I brought him back, which is another blow to our squad personality, although he’s not a particularly good coach. It’s a pity that we can’t give him a testimonial, and even more of a pity that he can’t play as he started his career as a professional footballer at the age of 31, so it would be fun seeing a 71 year old player on the pitch. Maybe he’d actually be able to score some goals, unlike most of my players. Squad I promoted 5 young players to the starting eleven at the start of the season, and by the end of the season they had developed well. It was risky because of my poor results early doors, but if I’m going to develop a Champions League winning team, I need for these guys to realise their potential, which to an extent they did. Top Goalscorer – Maxim Yudin (YP11a) – 22. Our wonderkid striker only managed to score an extra 2 goals this season. 22 goals might sound ok, but quite a few of them were penalties. He continues to improve, and should be scoring a lot more goals than this. Very frustrating. He has a PPM of ‘looks for the pass instead of looking to score’ which might be ok if there was even one other player on the team capable of directing a shot anywhere near the goal on non blue-moon days. His strike partners were the solid but mediocre Masaev, and the promising 16 year old from last year’s intake Sergey Belousov (YP13c). They combined for 16 goals in 41 matches, but I’m going to have to go all-in on Belousov next season. Best Average Rating Vy Barsukov (YP10a). 7.34. Now that I’ve sold my star defender to Real Madrid (for what will eventually be a more than £50 million fee), Barsukov is my best player. He occasionally wants to leave, and eventually someone will take advantage of his £27.5 million release clause, but if they don’t he has 5 years left on his contract because the option to extend it thankfully became available. (I’m not sure why it wasn’t available before, or why that changed as SI don’t respond to bug reports of this kind anymore). Man of Match – Vy Barsukov (YP10a) – 7. MVP – Vy Barsukov (YP10a). Youth Intake Alexey Cherepanov (YP14a). A central defender. Came on at half time in his first available match away to Barcelona and has played every minute of every match since. Is developing nicely, which is good because I need him. Vladimir Kotov (YP14b) Another central defender, who thanks to emerging at the same time as Cherepanov has only made 1 sub appearance, but will probably be in the first team (sub’s bench) next season. I prefer to let youth players develop in the youth team for half a season unless I’m going to throw them directly into the first XI. Vladimir Maslov (YP14c) A left winger, so no use to me. Sergey Mironov (YP14d) A central midfielder, and like Kotov, I plan to promote him to the first team (as a sub) next season. Transfers The only transfer was Lipin leaving, but my slapping myself on the back for selling Solokhov for 37.5 million a few years back has turned bitter now that PSG have offered Man City 93 million for him. A pity I didn't take an offer with a percentage of profit. Season Division Position Notes 17/18 National League 7th Missed out on playoffs with 2 points from our last 5 matches. 18/19 National League 14th Flirted with relegation all season, but it never got to see us naked. 19/20 National League 2nd Automatic promotion. 20/21 Championship 14th Avoided relegation in playoff. 21/22 Championship 12th Pushed for Europe until the final strait where we became a pushover. 22/23 Championship 7th Hopefully this was the boring season before the glory days start. 23/24 Championship 2nd Qualified for Champions League (and Europe) for first time. 24/25 Championship 5th Reached Europa League 1st K/O Round 25/26 Championship 3rd Russian Cup Winners 26/27 Championship 1st First League title and League / Cup Double 27/28 Championship 3rd Reached Champions League 1st Knockout round. Lost in Cup final with 2 best players on international duty. 28/29 Championship 1st Overtook a 10 point eficit over last 6 matches to win the league 29/30 Championship 2nd Our best ever points tally in the top division. Finished bottom of CL group. 30/31 Championship 2nd Poor first half of season while I blooded youngsters. CL R1 K/O
  4. Looks like I've fallen prey to one of the bugs that was discussed earlier in this thread (unbeknownst to me unfortunately). Most of my starlets have optional 3-year extensions that I can't activate for some reason or another. Not sure exactly what the problem is, but it seems to be important to give young players 2 year extensions, and not 3. I am hoping that I will be able to activate the extensions in the last years of their contracts (but before the last 6 months). Otherwise I could lose all my best players to free transfers, which would pretty much kill off my challenge.
  5. Vikeologist's 2030/31 Chita Champions League Report Group Stage 1st Knockout Round Quarter Final Semi Final Final
  6. I'm not able to extend contracts for my players activating their 'Optional Contract Extension by Club' option. I've uploaded the save called 'Chita 3'. (to FileZilla) I can extend the options for some players. Maybe the problem is with 3 year extensions. Among the players with this problem are Nikolaev, Yudin and Barsukov, who should all be able to have their extensions activated. Are they optional on both sides? I always assumed the choice was unilaterally mine. There's also a possibility of course that 3 year extensions can't be activated until the final year of their contract, because of an upper limit on current contract length. I really hope that's it, but I'm uncomfortable having all my top players get to less than 12 months left.
  7. Actually I mistyped. I meant either an extra Champions League (with different nation) or the Europa League (with non-big 5 club). So still just 33 trophies. Am I right in thinking that you already have a NACL with a MLS club? That would make it kind of easy to get the NACL with a Mexican side. I think there's some kind of lesser Asian continental competition as well, which might necessitate managing a club from a lesser nation, but anyway, good luck. I suppose I could continue my save on these terms, but want to finish the youth challenge first, though it's definitely becoming a bit of a slog.
  8. @numero uno gunner So I guess an extra Champions League with a club from a different country. Also Europa League with a club not from the big (mandatory) 5. How about that? @YellowLittle Look forward to hearing where you start this time. The start is definitely the hardest part of the challenge. Once you're in the second half you are offered jobs with title contenders, but in China I wasn't even offered jobs with clubs that you'd normally expect to finish in the top half of the Jia (2nd tier) league.
  9. If you start on the latest version, the Copa Lib bug probably won't affect you, although it wouldn't hurt to try to win it as soon as possible. The OFC Nations Cup isn't really a viable replacement for the Lib, because one's a club competition and one's international, but the bug probably won't affect you anyway. Although the bug has happened in almost every long-term challenge so far this year, that's because most of us who had managed quite a lot of seasons started before 17.3. If it does, we'll have to talk again. @numero uno gunner Obviously once you get to 10 landmarks, I'll add you to the leader board, but if you want to be in the hall of fame for a second time, maybe you could suggest now what landmark you will achieve instead of the Lib, or just decide that you're going to go on the hall of fame for the second time with 32 instead of 33 landmarks. There's lots of things you could do, such as win the NACL or Asian CL twice with clubs from 2 different nations. I think the European CL might be too easy, and obviously it's impossible in Africa, but it's your save, so tell me what you criteria is going to be.
  10. @numero uno gunnerThere might actually be a fix for this one; which makes me wonder why they can fix this and not the indubitably worse Copa Lib bug.
  11. @Fadedaf That's a bit of a blow. I presume you were sacked. Looks like you might have a spell of international management at the end of your career. Anyway, hopefully you can win a cup with Celtic first time out. With 2 cups, you're surely going to win one of them. @Cheekybananafm Well now, that's impressive. It seems like your main obstacle is going to be being patient as you won't enter the Champions League for another 6 months, and the early stages will be pretty easy for you. The latter stages though are usually a bit of a crap shoot, but hopefully you'll get it first time. In early seasons, South African teams are always the best in the continent, though that usually changes as the game goes on. @yugular Be interesting to hear how bugged the MLS is in the latest version. The combination of bugs and the (presumably real life) ridiculousness did for me. Not even sure it's possible to 'build a squad' in the MLS. Still N1G was successful there; speaking of @numero uno gunner Congrats on the cup in Brazil. Has the Lib bug changed your career plans. Do you still plan to achieve every other landmark asap, or are you going to roam wherever the whim takes you now? I suppose I might be tempted to go back to my ultimate challenge once (if) I finish the youth challenge, but I would just go to nations I've never managed in, even though I wouldn't need them for the challenge. Frankly when I do the challenge again, I'd want to try to set the record, which I suspect my soon become unbreakable if some of these new starters keep going, (although I think luck in international competitions will be needed to set the record as well). 7 international tournaments in just over 20 seasons doesn't leave a lot of room for failure, especially since one usually won't win one early on, so @yugular has got off to a very promising start. I did start a save to see what kind of Chinese jobs one can get. My very first (and quickly aborted) attempt at this challenge nearly 3 years ago started with a top division Chinese club. A really terrible one, but top division. That's just not going to happen anymore. I wasn't even interviewed by the clubs when they were relegated at the end of the season. @dkouv Commiserations of falling in the final with the Sassenachs. Be interesting to see how you fare in Russia In my youth save I don't really think of Rostov as contenders, but they do finish in the top half each season. You stand a good chance in the Russian Cup as it's essentially quite seeded. @YellowLittle Hope things are going well at Crawley.
  12. Vikeologist's 2029/30 Chita End of Season Report TL;DR Finished 2nd but still qualified for group stage of Champions League. Zenit were unstoppable in the league, with a W25, D4, L1 record. I wasn’t paying attention to them until at the midseason break I took a look at the league table to see how far ahead we were and realised that we were only in 2nd. We actually gained more points than any previous season, 69 from 30 matches. In fact the top 5 teams all racked up at least 60 points, or more than 2 points per game. Luckily this was the first season where Russian clubs have an extra European space, and 2nd place is still enough for a group stage place next season. Squad Top Goalscorer – Maxim Yudin (YP11a) – 20. Our wonderkid striker is developing steadily, but maybe he’s never going to be a prolific scorer. He’s only 17 though, so things should improve. Best Average Rating Pridhodko (YP3b) and Igor Lebedev – 7.29. They’re my 2 wingbacks. Even though they’re both good, both have probably lost their spot now to youngsters Gennady Konoplev (YP11b) and Ramiz Konstantinov (YP11c) who are going to surpass them. Pridhodko has been my starter at right back for more than 10 seasons, and is one of my best players, but his backup will leave if I don’t let him loose. Man of Match – Yudin / Renat Borodin (YP6b) – 4. MVP – My 2 best players are central defender Anton Lipin (YP9a) and central midfielder Vy Barsukov (YP10a). They both have just 2 years left on their contracts and both have wanted to leave for a few years, so I’ll have to sell them in about 12 months time, which will be a bodyblow, although hopefully we’ll get £30 million for each of them. Lipin in particular is being chased by the best clubs in the world. That’s going to be the problem with this challenge. I have very good players, but the world class ones won’t stay. I need lots of players who are just below world class, so will stay. Youth Intake After last season’s terrible intake, I had a fee good players again this time. Dmitry Nikolaev (YP13a) A very promising goalie. I threw him straight into the first team because my starter is ‘Diminutev’ Dmitriev, who has become a good, but not great, goalie, but is still 178cm tall. In the last few years I’ve had good goalies come through, but they haven’t surpassed Diminutev. I think my coaches are ok, and our facilities are the absolute top, so it must be for lack of first team experience. So I chucked Dmitry straight in, but after 7 matches I lost my nerve and put Diminutev back in because I needed to make sure that we didn’t fall to third. Then Nikolaev picked up an injury for the last few matches. Basically though, I’m all in on him; at least until he leaves us for a top club, but I have him tied down to about a 6 year contract including my optional 3 year extension. Vladislav Yesin (YP13b) A midfielder. Has started 3 matches, but isn’t all that impressive so far. Sergey Belousov (YP13c) I really needed a second striker to play alongside Yudin, and Sergey’s going to be my guy. Masaev, the top scorer from the last couple of years really isn’t all that. Belousov didn’t really do much in his 5 starts, but did finally score his first goal in the last match of the season. Hopefully he and Yudin will explode next season, because 43 combined goals from all my strikers isn’t really enough given that we play more than 40 matches a season usually, and should be winning most of those matches. Dmitry Zyryanov (YP13d) A left back, so unless Konstantinov leaves for a bigger club, probably doesn’t have much of a future with us, and his good potential will go to waste. Transfers – Nobody significant left, although we did say goodbye to a few players who maybe had the potential to be good, but never got enough chances because of injury, playing in a position we don’t use or who were kept out of the first team by little people. Next season will be key as after that I will lose my best 2 players. I could keep them on for the last year of their contract if I think I stand a good chance of winning the Champions League, but it would be a huge gamble to pass up so much money. Season Division Position Notes 17/18 National League 7th Missed out on playoffs with 2 points from our last 5 matches. 18/19 National League 14th Flirted with relegation all season, but it never got to see us naked. 19/20 National League 2nd Automatic promotion. 20/21 Championship 14th Avoided relegation in playoff. 21/22 Championship 12th Pushed for Europe until the final strait where we became a pushover. 22/23 Championship 7th Hopefully this was the boring season before the glory days start. 23/24 Championship 2nd Qualified for Champions League (and Europe) for first time. 24/25 Championship 5th Reached Europa League 1st K/O Round 25/26 Championship 3rd Russian Cup Winners 26/27 Championship 1st First League title and League / Cup Double 27/28 Championship 3rd Reached Champions League 1st Knockout round. Lost in Cup final with 2 best players on international duty. 28/29 Championship 1st Overtook a 10 point eficit over last 6 matches to win the league 29/30 Championship 2nd Our best ever points tally in the top division. Finished bottom of CL group.
  13. Vikeologist's 2029/30 Chita Champions League Report Since I only need to win the Champions League to complete this challenge, (only!), I’ll be giving stage by stage updates, which I’ll write as I go along, so you can share my joy when we eventually win, and in the meantime, wet yourself laughing at my misplaced optimism. I’ll be starting from the group stage. Hopefully I’ll never need to start any earlier than this in the future, although I can’t take that for granted. Group Stage 1st Knockout Round Quarter Final Semi Final Final
  14. Well, Russia has no age restrictions, so you can chuck your youngsters straight into the first team. Always nice to be able to play with your new toys.