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  1. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2034/35Halfway There End of Season Report that nobody is reading Halfway there. We finally won the league. We were 8 points clear when, like 4 years ago, we lost our 2 strikers for a month and a half because of the Asian and African Cups. Of course I knew this would happen, and that’s one reason I paid 45 million for a third striker in summer 2033, but he picked up an injury at the same time, and after my strikers returned, suitably jaded for a crunch match against our closest rivals Man City which we lost, our lead was down to one point. Anyway, one of those strikers is superstar Denis Martin-Millar, our MVP for at least the last 5 seasons, and one of the 3 best players in the world, if not the best, so not really replaceable. For a while our top of the table status was a bit wobbly, and it seemed that whoever did win the league was going to do it with a record low number of points. I’d suggest that this is because there are a lot of very good teams , rather than none, but it didn’t look impressive. In the final few matches though, we pulled clear and won the league with 2 matches to spare, ending up with a respectable 80 points. We also won the Europa League, lost in the FA Cup final, and reached the League Cup semi-final with our reserve team. A bit gutting that we weren’t in the Champions League, as I may have been able to wrap up the challenge this season otherwise. Top Goalscorer – Denis Martin-Millar -48 Average Rating – M&M – 7.89 Man of the Match – M&M - 10 MVP – M&M A 4th clean sweep in a row. M&M’s 48 goals came in just 41 matches, as apart from his mid-season Asian Cup absence, he played few cup games of any kind. I gave up on him reaching 1,000 goals for me, as that’s never going to happen with 38 match league seasons, and I try to keep him as fresh and safe from injury as possible. He’s on 224 goals (for me) in four and a half seasons, and he’s 23. I wonder how many goals he’d have scored if he’d been able to play in all 65 matches, especially given our margins of victory without him. He’s signed a new deal for the next 5 seasons. There’s no chance of my selling him, because his previous club would get 50%. It’s probably Melbourne City planting all these transfer stories in the press, pining for the franchise changing money that will never come. Maybe I’ll sell him when he’s about 40, just so I can give Melbourne the cheque for half of whatever he’s worth at that point. Of course, hopefully I’ll win the Champions League in the next 17 seasons before we get to that stage. Season Division Position Notes 18/19 VNL South 1st Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 19/20 VNL National 3rd Lost in playoff final. 20/21 VNL National 1st League / FA Trophy double 21/22 League 2 7th Promoted via playoffs after losing last 5 matches of season and falling from 1st to 7th. 22/23 League 1 21st Relegated. My worst injury crisis by far in about 20 years of playing FM/CM. 23/24 League 2 1st Fairly smooth ride to division championship. 24/25 League 1 1st Late season spurt and secured the title in last match against Millwall who'd been top all season. 25/26 Championship 4th Lost in playoff final 26/27 Championship 5th Massive decline in performance ending in our worst ever result, losing 1-8 in playoff semi-final 2nd leg. 27/28 Championship 1st Promoted early and decisively. 28/29 Premier League 13th Survied relatively easily despite late season slump. 29/30 Premier League 14th Lost FA Cup semi-final against Championship scum. 30/31 Premier League 7th Qualified for Europe thanks to a Championship side losing FA Cup final for second season in a row. 31/32 Premier League 3rd League Cup and Europa League winners. 32/33 Premier League 2nd Champions League Q/F 33/34 Premier League 6th FA and League Cup Double 34/35 Premier League 1st Domestic and Europa League double. Lost FA Cup final.
  2. @Brad1889 Welcome to the challenge. Looks like a tough start, but hopefully you have some good players. Royal Eagles should have the resources to turn this around.
  3. @numero uno gunner Congrats on not getting sacked. Are you feeling fairly confident about your Asian Cup chances? Are any of the other Asian sides going to pose a challenge? @GloryFan2002 So you're following N1G at West Ham. Be interesting to see if you can take them to glory quicker than N1G's 3 seasons; or at all. Are you looking for jobs at bigger sides or nations? @Aaron Ryan This is pretty much the way I feel about my actual real life with my contract up in June. Anyway, welcome to the challenge if I hadn't already said that. Why didn't you just sell your unhappy foreigners? Anyway, I'd imagine dynamics certainly would be tough at the start of the challenge. They were in my attempt, which I may resume when and if I finish the dafuge challenge. Like you, I am planning to leave my squad of ungrateful brats behind once I've fulfilled my promise to the board to stay at least 6 months. Funny that the 6 months are actually going to take more than 6 months in real life due to my hating FM18 so much. Hope you keep going in the challenge. Maybe with the dynamics it's sensible to not take the highest possible level of first job one can get, (which has been a good idea in every previous version) just so you get a chance to get bedded in, but in this case, maybe you should just have let the players go. Making people stay in China? What kind of monster are you? @Lewis89 I expect we've had this conversation before, but weren't you one of the first ever people to try the challenge when it started three and a half years ago? Anyway, good luck at Southampton. Very quick progress up the leagues. be interesting to see how long you choose 9or are forced to) stay at Southampton. @streety I know this is ancient history now, but hard luck going out on penalties. Hope your attempt at the league title is going well.
  4. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2033/34 End of Season Report that nobody is reading Even though we won both domestic cups, this was a disaster of a season. We crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage, and didn’t qualify for next season’s version. We almost rescued ourselves in the last match of the season. We were 2-0 up, and that would have earned us a 4th place, but ended up losing 3-2. If only I’d just gone ultra-defensive, which is exactly what I did a week later once we were 2-0 up in the FA Cup final. I’d promised 2 of my players, including M&M, that they could leave if we didn’t qualify for the Champions League. Between you and me, I had no intention of honouring that promise, but luckily they’ve both given me another season to right the ship. So where did it go wrong? At the start of the season I sold my left wing back for £25 million. He was 32 years old, and earning nearly 200k a week with 2 years left on his contract, I knew that selling him was going to seriously dent my chances of winning the Champions League this season, but it just seemed too good a piece of business long-term. I bought a young wonderkid replacement who was fine, and I also bought a new striker for 45 million, who was also fine, but ended up on the sub’s bench by the end of the season because my existing strike partnership of M&M and Ben-Sassi just complement each other so well. Ben-Sassi obviously didn’t play as much, but had his best season ever when he got the chance. And M&M, well as you will see below, he was transcendent. If I’d spent that 45 million on a central defender, everything might have been different, but there were no central defenders good enough cheap enough, (and still aren't). I’ve also replaced my goalkeeper with a new wonderkid arriving in the summer. So, this is definitely a setback, but at least we could still win the league next season, and that’s not out of the question. Top Goalscorer – Denis Martin-Millar -63 Average Rating – M&M – 7.84 Man of the Match – M&M - 18 MVP – M&M A clean sweep for the third season in a row, but, oh boy, he had a season. He was injured for some of the season, and didn’t always play in cup matches, so those 63 goals came in just 52 matches. Hopefully he’ll be even better next season, but obviously every big team in the world is after him, and I keep getting reports of teams getting ready to bid 60million or so for him. As I’d have to pay half of that fee to his previous club, there’s really no chance of my doing that, but if he has his head turned, his performance may dip. Also, I’ve just realised, next season will be the Asian Cup, so I’ll lose him for a month then, and also his partner in the African Cup, so maybe the 45 million I spent on the other striker won’t be going completely to waste. Season Division Position Notes 18/19 VNL South 1st Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 19/20 VNL National 3rd Lost in playoff final. 20/21 VNL National 1st League / FA Trophy double 21/22 League 2 7th Promoted via playoffs after losing last 5 matches of season and falling from 1st to 7th. 22/23 League 1 21st Relegated. My worst injury crisis by far in about 20 years of playing FM/CM. 23/24 League 2 1st Fairly smooth ride to division championship. 24/25 League 1 1st Late season spurt and secured the title in last match against Millwall who'd been top all season. 25/26 Championship 4th Lost in playoff final 26/27 Championship 5th Massive decline in performance ending in our worst ever result, losing 1-8 in playoff semi-final 2nd leg. 27/28 Championship 1st Promoted early and decisively. 28/29 Premier League 13th Survied relatively easily despite late season slump. 29/30 Premier League 14th Lost FA Cup semi-final against Championship scum. 30/31 Premier League 7th Qualified for Europe thanks to a Championship side losing FA Cup final for second season in a row. 31/32 Premier League 3rd League Cup and Europa League winners. 32/33 Premier League 2nd Champions League Q/F 33/34 Premier League 6th FA and League Cup Double
  5. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2032/33 End of Season Report After winning 2 trophies last season, this one was a bit of a disappointment. We were in a 2-horse race with Tottenham for the title, but the only times we were actually top of the table were when they had games in hand. 2nd is our best finishing position, but we only actually secured 1 more league point than last season. We might have succeeded, but with 2 months to go, and just before meeting Juventus in the Champions League Quarter-final, we lost 2 players to season ending injuries. One of them was our MVP Denis Martin-Millar, and the other was our 2nd best central defender, Miguel Angel Obregón. The problem wasn’t that Miguel is a great player. The problem was our 3rd to5th best central defenders, and this was harshly shown up in the subsequent 7-6 aggregate defeat to Juve. We don’t have a lot of depth in the squad, because I thought that we were going to fail domestic FFP because our wage bill has sky rocketed in the last year, chiefly in order to keep our first team players happy to stay at the club. In the end, we didn’t fail FFP, because our allowed wage shot up at the end of the season. I don’t understand FFP at all. At least now we have lots of money; over 100 million, but the player I’d most like to sign is a central defender from Chelsea, who my scouts believe would cost between 100-140 million, so everything’s relative. Even if we didn’t complete the challenge this season, we didn’t do anything to halt our progress. We’re in the Champions League again. We are richer. Our facilities are getting better. Our best players are happy to stay, although that often changes during the summer months. Most importantly, I’m still enjoying the challenge. In fact I’ll probably be a bit sad when it comes to an end. Top Goalscorer – Denis Martin-Millar -29 Average Rating – M&M – 7.52 Man of the Match – M&M - 9. MVP – M&M His tally of goals was almost halved, because of the injury, but also because he didn’t get to go to town on clubs in the League Cup and Europa League. Just hope his broken ankle doesn’t have any long-term detrimental effects. Despite having 3 years left on his contract, I offered a new one to M&M to get rid of his 71 million release clause, which I think someone would have stumped up before long. M&M is now on about 140k a week, which is still a bargain. Season Division Position Notes 18/19 VNL South 1st Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 19/20 VNL National 3rd Lost in playoff final. 20/21 VNL National 1st League / FA Trophy double 21/22 League 2 7th Promoted via playoffs after losing last 5 matches of season and falling from 1st to 7th. 22/23 League 1 21st Relegated. My worst injury crisis by far in about 20 years of playing FM/CM. 23/24 League 2 1st Fairly smooth ride to division championship. 24/25 League 1 1st Late season spurt and secured the title in last match against Millwall who'd been top all season. 25/26 Championship 4th Lost in playoff final 26/27 Championship 5th Massive decline in performance ending in our worst ever result, losing 1-8 in playoff semi-final 2nd leg. 27/28 Championship 1st Promoted early and decisively. 28/29 Premier League 13th Survied relatively easily despite late season slump. 29/30 Premier League 14th Lost FA Cup semi-final against Championship scum. 30/31 Premier League 7th Qualified for Europe thanks to a Championship side losing FA Cup final for second season in a row. 31/32 Premier League 3rd League Cup and Europa League winners. 32/33 Premier League 2nd Champions League Q/F
  6. @numero uno gunner Good to have you back. @Lewis89 I'd imagine surviving that first job is tough on FM18. Glad you're going to keep trying.
  7. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2031/32 End of Season Report I had 2 aims for the season. Firstly to qualify for the Champions League. Got to be in it to win it. Secondly though, I wanted to actually win something. We haven’t actually won a cup since the FA Trophy 11 seasons ago. I thought we’d won the EFL Trophy, but checking now, we never even came close. Mama’s trophy cabinet needs filling. Win something we did, the League Cup, and then also, and remarkably easily, the Europa League beating Benfica 5-1 in the final, after aggregate scores of 8-2,4-0,12-5 and 5-1 in the knockout rounds. In the league, we never really challenged for the title, but were pretty much always comfortably in the top 4. We almost threw away our 3rd place finish in the last match of the season, when I put on some subs to give them match practice for the imminent Europa league final, but thankfully a draw between the clubs in 2nd and 4th place saved us. Not that it would have mattered in the end because we won the Europa League. It’s worth mentioning that we’re no longer really a small club now that we have a 30k stadium, (which we always sell out) and pretty good facilities, although of course it’s still hard to compete with the really big boys for players. Also, not surprisingly, we’re not broke. Top Goalscorer – Denis Martin Millar -55 Average Rating – M&M – 7.57 Man of the Match – M&M - 9. MVP – M&M A clean sweep. I was a bit disappointed to realise that he’s never going to get to 1,000 goals for me, as he’d have to play for about another 20 seasons, although you never know. He may well get to 1,000 goals if you include international goals, where he scored 15 in 7 appearances for Australia. He did want to leave at the start of the season, but obviously the whole squad is a lot happier now we’re in the Champions League, we’re winning stuff, and I gave the key players big pay rises to tie them up for a few seasons to come. M&M does have a £71 million release clause, but hopefully nobody will stump that up; (not least because half of that would go to his previous club). He only scored 28 league goals, so he may not ever match this season’s tally because he won’t be thrashing sides in the Europa League (hopefully) and League Cup (which I probably won’t play him in). The poor kid has played 62 matches this season. Season Division Position Notes 18/19 VNL South 1st Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 19/20 VNL National 3rd Lost in playoff final. 20/21 VNL National 1st League / FA Trophy double 21/22 League 2 7th Promoted via playoffs after losing last 5 matches of season and falling from 1st to 7th. 22/23 League 1 21st Relegated. My worst injury crisis by far in about 20 years of playing FM/CM. 23/24 League 2 1st Fairly smooth ride to division championship. 24/25 League 1 1st Late season spurt and secured the title in last match against Millwall who'd been top all season. 25/26 Championship 4th Lost in playoff final 26/27 Championship 5th Massive decline in performance ending in our worst ever result, losing 1-8 in playoff semi-final 2nd leg. 27/28 Championship 1st Promoted early and decisively. 28/29 Premier League 13th Survied relatively easily despite late season slump. 29/30 Premier League 14th Lost FA Cup semi-final against Championship scum. 30/31 Premier League 7th Qualified for Europe thanks to a Championship side losing FA Cup final for second season in a row. 31/32 Premier League 3rd League Cup and Europa League winners. Of course, I'm now potentially just 1 season away from completing the challenge. That would be nice, but I doubt it will be that easy. However we were far better the second half of the season, and we should be even better next season.
  8. Ah, fresh blood. If you're at a loose end after reading these 65 pages, you could always look at the original thread as well. I can't help thinking that the original thread was even better, because we were figuring things out as we went along; not least the rules which were left somewhat murky by the creator of the challenge. I don't know what logo that is in the link. Good luck with the challenge.
  9. @yugularCongrats on your second World Cup. Hopefully you'll win the Club World Cup and be a leaderboarder soon. It's a bit sparse at the moment. @GloryFan2002 Certainly is hard on FM17 to get a club job when you're an international manager. Anyway, congrats on the champions league. Look forward to following your next adventure. @YellowLittle Were you offered the Tottenham job when you were Wolves manager? Anyway, hope your season goes well. @streety Not sure why Red Bull were champions when they had less points. Must be some kind of weird arse multi-stage league. Have never managed in Austria. Weird how many leagues that's true of, given how long I've been playing this game. @Cross Hope your spell at São Paulo is going well. Can't say that managing in Brazil appeals to me all that much, (because of the long seasons), but when I do try this challenge again, I guess I'll have to go there because I didn't have a lot of success winning the Libertadores from any other nation.
  10. [FM18] Welsh Dragons - Carmarthen Town

    @ajcardall Are any of your players (or ex-players) in the senior national team, and do you expect any of your youngsters to break through? Tempting to think that you have very good players now, but maybe your success is more down to your tactical nous.
  11. [FM18] Welsh Dragons - Carmarthen Town

    Great progress. Got to think you stand a good chance against Celtic. Either way, you've made a real breakthrough in the last season and a bit. Hope that improves the reputation of the Welsh league and national team as a whole. How many of your first team are Welsh?
  12. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Sorry I've stepped away from this challenge. Mostly because I don't want to play FM18, but not only. With the different speeds that people play at, not everyone will have time to do this, and people tend to do just one challenge at a time. @TheEarlGiven these inbuilt problems, i think this challenge is going really well. I mean, we're what 3 months in or something, and it's still very active. I'd say far and away the most successful challenge of this type ever. Hopefully I will take part in a stage at some point, if one tickles my fancy, and is very short, and coincides with my finishing one challenge.
  13. [FM18] Welsh Dragons - Carmarthen Town

    Well done on your group stage success; both getting there and picking up points. Hopefully getting back there will get easier, because your coefficient must be getting better, or even automatic because of the national coefficient. Does Wales have to climb a lot of places to get an automatic group stage place? Maybe the key is to have the champions get a CL playoff place, and then even if you lose that (which you probably would) you'd be in the EL group stage, but really I'm only guessing as I've maybe only done Europe with a club from such a small nation once, (and maybe even then I left after winning the league).
  14. [FM18] Welsh Dragons - Carmarthen Town

    Just a quick note to say that I'm really enjoying this thread which I'm following. Usually I ask people questions about the save to show a (genuine) interest, but all the answers are supplied by your comprehensive level of detail. I do have one question though. Do you just play the European matches at parc y scarlets, and is Richmond Park still the main ground for league games? Where is Parc y Scarlets? Oh, Llanelli. That's miles away, mun. I don't remember ever seeing a football stadium in Carmarthen, but maybe Richmond Park is the football pitch a son of my friends used to play youth matches on. Anyway, this save looks like a really hard and frustrating slog. I'm glad you're doing it so I don't have to. It's like a public service. I lived in Carmarthen a long time ago, and have a lot of happy memories of the place, and people. The challenge I oversee (Ultimate Challenge) somebody once stated at Carmarthen, but soon gave up, and achieved success at every single subsequent club, so I'm glad to see your progress. Looks like you're in a catch 22. Just getting to a European group stage would probably really bring in a financial windfall, (which you could use for improving your facilities even more), but maybe it's a really big hurdle. Is this 'challenge' tougher than you expected it to be, having done a similar one before? I hope I'm not demotivating you. maybe just after your latest European exit is the wrong timing. Don't give up.
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