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  1. Vikeologist's 2037 Atlas Apertura Report TL;DR Won league, lost in CWC Final. Should I stay or should I go? As expected I won the league fairly easily. I instant resulted the whole regular season (W15, D1, L1) and most of the post-season. I’d stayed for the Club World Cup. We put on a 5-0 show against Al-Hilal in the quarters, and got the tie I wanted in the semis against South American champs Flamengo for the unofficial American club cup. I was surprised just how better than them we were, winning very easily 4-1. We then met PSG in the final, and they were better than us, but we had our chances before losing 2-1 to a fantastic winner by best Mexican player in the world and ex-Atlas player (for 1 year before my time) José Alfredo Trujillo. I assumed that I would leave after the CWC, but the ease with which I dispatched Flamengo makes me wonder. The problem is that we still haven’t qualified for the Libertadores, even though we should have multiple times if the game reflected reality. It’s the end of 2037, and we’re not in the 2038 cup, so it would be at least another 2 seasons before I could win the Lib. Apart from the CWC, I’d have nothing else to play for during that time, and the game might never put me in the Lib. On the other hand, I can get through the games fairly quickly by instant resulting, and if I took over a Brazilian (or European side) now, it might take that long to get to qualify and win the Continental final. I’m the manager of Mexico, and staying at Atlas might help in that regard, although I only have about 4 of my players in the national squad, so it probably wouldn’t help that much. However, being in the CWC, or perhaps piling up the Mexican league wins, has increased my rep, and I was offered an interview by Liverpool, which I will turn down if offered, because frankly they’re a mess and very near the relegation spots. They are however still in the Europa League, and both domestic cups including the semis of the League Cup. Decisions, decisions. The main argument against staying is that we’re losing money; even with the CWC money and a big chunk of money we got when the above mentioned Trujillo was sold to PSG because he’s an ex-player. We’d probably have to sell our best players, who would be labour-intensive to find replacements for, or keep bumping up the salaries. We simply can’t afford to have a team this good. Update: Decided to leave, to boost my chances with a couple of jobs I wanted, and it worked, have been offered job with Juventus. (I'll do some actual checking on the club / players etc before I actually take it though).
  2. @Danny_H22 To be honest, I think you should quit. I'm in much the same situation as you in terms of reputation, and having both a club and national job. I've been applying for lots of 'suitable' jobs and not even got an interview. This isn't too big a problem as I kind of wanted to see how we got on in the Club World Cup, but after the season is over, (just the 2-legged league final after the CWC), then I'm going to quit so I can hopefully get a decent new job.
  3. I think baby Jesus has appeared in his save as a newgen.
  4. Vikeologist's 'Doing A Vike' 2037 Mexico Gold Cup Report Wait, what! I thought you took the Ivory Coast job. Let me explain. After the Confederations Cup, the Mexico vacancy became available. Just as with the opportunity with USA 4 years ago, the national B team were in the Gold Cup. I didn’t take the USA job then, but I wasn’t going to pass this up. In my 154 days with Ivory Coast, I managed one competitive match, plus three friendlies, but we did win them all. The problem was that we are in the same group as Nigeria who have already won the first match against IC in the World Cup Qualifying, meaning IC will almost certainly have to win the return fixture to stand any chance. No such problem with Mexico. We’re hosting the next World Cup. But first of course, the Gold Cup, with the B team. I don’t know the players (no Atlas players) I didn’t pick the squad and they don’t fit with my preferred formation. But there’s nothing to lose, because if it goes wrong, I don’t think I’ll be blamed. Group Stage They beat Panama, Guadeloupe and Costa Ria before my arrival. Quarter Final Semi Final (if applicable) 3rd Place Playoff (if applicable) Final (if applicable) After The Tournament
  5. Vikeologist's 2037 Atlas Clausura Report TL;DR League / Champions League Double So I did it. I won the league at the third time of asking, and won the CONCACAF Champions League, but there was a point near the end where I thought it was unravelling. After winning the regular season league by a country mile and getting to the CL final very easily, we came to the business end of the season. First we faced America (Mex) in the first leg of the CL, and lost 2-1. Then we had the first leg of the league quarter final and were behind at one point before eventually coming out on top 5-4. I was worried that I might end with nothing from the season but the sack after going out in the Q/F. Then in the second leg of the CL we won 4-0 comfortably to claim my third continental club trophy. We reached the final of the league, though the matches were closer than the previous campaign, and the final was a relatively relaxing 7-1 aggregate win. The problem with my Atlas side is that the club is losing lots of money, despite reaching the final of all 5 competitions we’ve been in under my management. I’ve been able to get in very few new players, and have had to resort to the bargain basement. My first team are good, but usually their backups are pretty mediocre, and those backups don’t have any backups meaning we’re always one injury away from disaster. The first team is very good though, especially my striking tandem of Ibarra and Ospina. Stats are for the aperture and clausura Top Goalscorer – Isidro Ibarra 49 Best Average Rating Alex Ospina 7.93. Ibarra and Ospina spent the second half of the season breaking each other’s goals records, and ospina probably would have finished on top were it not for an injury that kept him out for about 6 weeks at the end of the season. Man of Match – Alex Ospina – 11 MVP – Alex Ospina So what now. Despite what I thought, I didn’t qualify for the 2037 Libertadores, but I very much doubt that Atlas can win it anyway. Maybe once the 2038 Cup starts, we’ll have more money, but realistically it’s time to move on. Having won the Mexican league means that I need the Libertadores, but I don’t need to win the Brazilian league; just the mandatory 5 European ones. I signed an extension to my contract during the season, which I realised was a mistake after I did it, but then again, it wasn’t certain that I would win the CL. I’d like to take part in the World Club cup later in the year, just to see how the team gets on, but I’m not going to spend the hours and hours I have the last 3 off-seasons trying to find new players, and I may have to sell some of my best players at some point to stave off bankruptcy. So, if a good job comes up, preferably a Brazilian club in the Libertadores, I will probably try to jump ship. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 FC Lahti 10th Just 9 points from the 10 matches remaining after I took over 2017 FC Lahti 3rd Qualified for Europe 2018 FC Lahti 1st First domestic title 2019 FC Lahti 1st The double. First domestic cup 2020 Jeonbuk 1st 2021 Jeonbuk 2nd Knocked out of CL in semis 2022 Jeonbuk 1st League / FA Cup / Champions League Triple. CWC 3rd place 2023 Minnesota Utd 14th 2024 Minnesota Utd 7th Lost on penalties in Western Conference Semifinal 2025/6 Orlando Pirates 3rd Knockout Cup Winners, failed to qualify for Champions League 2026/7 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super 8, Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup. Won everything basically. 2027/8 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super8, Nedbank Cup. Confederation Cup losing finalists. 2028/9 Orlando Pirates n/a African Champions League. Left mid-season with the team on track for the threepeat. 2028/9 Rosario Central 18th Took over for last 2 matches of the season. 2029/30 Rosario Central 1st 4th domestic title 2030/31 Rosario Central 1st 2031/32 Rosario Central 1st Threepeat, Copa Argentina, Lost in Libertadores Q/F 2032/33 Rosario Central Left after 4 matches because we'd been knocked out of the Libertadores. 2032/33 Stade Rennais 7th Coupe de la ligue 2033/4 Stade Rennais Resigned after 14 matches 2036(C) Atlas 4th 5th cup. Lost in league final. 2036(A) Atlas 1st Lost in league final again 2037(C) Atlas 1st 5th domestic league / CONCACAF Champions League International Year Team Achievements 2019-21 Nigeria Lost in African Cup Q/F 2021-23 DR Congo 2022 World Cup - R2, 2023 African Cup Losing Finalists 2023-25 Chile None. Resigned to take South Korea job. 2026-27 South Korea Asian Cup winners 2027-29 South Africa Lost in African Cup Q/F 2030-31 Brazil Lost in Copa America final 2031-33 Chile Resigned again to take Egypt job. 2033-5 Egypt Lost in African Cup Q/F 2036-37 Mali Lost in African Cup Q/F 2037- Ivory Coast Challenge Progress Club 5/10 top domestic leagues (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico) 6/10 domestic cups (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, France, Mexico) 3/5 club continental championships (Asia, Africa, North America) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (Asia) 0/2 world tournaments
  6. Vikeologist's 2037 Mali ACON Report So my 5th attempt at the ACON. Mali would have to be regarded as outsiders, but for the first time in a long time, the squad is fairly injury free. It’s annoying that for the first time I can remember, I’m having to play this competition at the same time as being involved in a regular season. Usually I’ve been on a winter break, or not a club manager. Tempting to instant result the league games, because I’m fairly confident of finishing in the top 8, and league placing has only minimal importance in the playoffs; none in the final. Group Stage Quarter Final (if applicable) Semi Final (if applicable) 3rd Place Playoff (if applicable) Final (if applicable) After The Tournament
  7. I think I now have the right tactics to win the ACON. The trouble is I probably have the wrong side (Mali). Oh well, I'll find out soon I guess. Something that's made my day. I've just signed one of my Challenge XI, Johnny Choi. Here's his challenge biography so far I'm not expecting much from Johnny. I've only signed him for sentimental reasons. He may still be a snake, but his pouncing days are probably behind him and the mice have to go to him. He'll be on the sub's bench though, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of him coming good at exactly the right moment. I have an almost religious view of his capabilities.
  8. Easier to say the countries you won't be able to get a job with. You probably won't be able to get a first job with any South or North American nation. This changes slightly depending on the version, but it's unlikely. I think it's possible to get a first job in most other nations. Generally one can get first jobs with clubs at English division 2 clubs or equivalent / (I think that equates to 2 star reputation clubs), but that doesn't mean that all clubs at this level will offer you a job. When I've started at quite a high level, lots of other clubs at that level have turned me down, so patience might be rewarded. In a nutshell, anywhere except America, and I'm not too sure about your chances in Australia.
  9. Vikeologist's 2037 Atlas & Mali Apertura Season Report TL;DR – Nearly sacked because of a silly bug. Finished top of regular season table, and then lost the league final again. Actually, the above tells the whole story. We won the 4 quarterfinal and semi final matches by an aggregate of 10-0, and the ties were both over after the first leg, which gave me the chance to rest players. I was pretty confident, and I’d honestly say that we dominated both legs, but either their goalie was great, or our strikers kept shooting straight at him. I suppose the league doesn’t matter too much. Again, it will make next season a little more interesting and give us something to play for. Just annoying. Of course if I end up getting sacked before I win it even once, it will be annoying as hell. The thing that matters is the CONCACAF Champions League. The group stage was ridiculously easy. Our quarterfinal tie should also be really easy. I just hope that the universe knows it owes me once we get to the semi final. (If we lose to Municipal of Guatemala in the Q/F, I imagine I will be sacked). If I can win the champions league first time round, I won’t really care about the league. Assuming I’m going to Brazil at some point to win the Libertadores, I don’t need both the Brazilian and Mexican leagues; just one of them. Top Goalscorer – Isidro Ibarra 20. Isidro is one of my 2 strikers. Best Average Rating Isidro Ibarra – 7.72 Man of Match – Isidro Ibarra - 5 MVP – The Pachuca goalie in the final was definitely theirs, but for us, obviously, Isidro Ibarra. Next up is the ACON with Mali. My chances were Slim, and Slim left town after ensuring that most of my best players picked up long term injuries over the last few months. (We’ve played friendlies against good sides with about half my ideal squad out injured). However, I’m about to select my squad, and it looks as though most of the injuries have cleared up significantly ahead of schedule. Clearly their club physios have a very different sense of time. Either that or they thought that my players had broken their legs in 3 places, but if turned out just to be a graze. I feel that ridiculous optimism creeping in. It always hurts more when I get my hopes up. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 FC Lahti 10th Just 9 points from the 10 matches remaining after I took over 2017 FC Lahti 3rd Qualified for Europe 2018 FC Lahti 1st First domestic title 2019 FC Lahti 1st The double. First domestic cup 2020 Jeonbuk 1st 2021 Jeonbuk 2nd Knocked out of CL in semis 2022 Jeonbuk 1st League / FA Cup / Champions League Triple. CWC 3rd place 2023 Minnesota Utd 14th 2024 Minnesota Utd 7th Lost on penalties in Western Conference Semifinal 2025/6 Orlando Pirates 3rd Knockout Cup Winners, failed to qualify for Champions League 2026/7 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super 8, Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup. Won everything basically. 2027/8 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super8, Nedbank Cup. Confederation Cup losing finalists. 2028/9 Orlando Pirates n/a African Champions League. Left mid-season with the team on track for the threepeat. 2028/9 Rosario Central 18th Took over for last 2 matches of the season. 2029/30 Rosario Central 1st 4th domestic title 2030/31 Rosario Central 1st 2031/32 Rosario Central 1st Threepeat, Copa Argentina, Lost in Libertadores Q/F 2032/33 Rosario Central Left after 4 matches because we'd been knocked out of the Libertadores. 2032/33 Stade Rennais 7th Coupe de la ligue 2033/4 Stade Rennais Resigned after 14 matches 2036(C) Atlas 4th 5th cup. Lost in league final. 2036(A) Atlas 1st Lost in league final again International Year Team Achievements 2019-21 Nigeria None 2021-23 DR Congo 2022 World Cup - R2, 2023 African Cup Losing Finalists 2023-25 Chile None. Resigned to take South korea job. 2026-27 South Korea Asian Cup winners 2027-29 South Africa Lost in African Cup Q/F 2030-31 Brazil Lost in Copa America final 2031-33 Chile Resigned again to take Egypt job. 2033-5 Egypt Lost in African Cup Q/F 2036- Mali Challenge Progress Club 4/10 top domestic leagues (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina) 5/10 domestic cups (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, France, Mexico) 1/5 club continental championships (Asia) 0/1 club world championship International 2/5 continental tournaments (Asia, Africa) 0/2 world tournaments
  10. @scubasteve2017 Maybe the promoted S African club will need a manager, although I imagine that job would really suck. Hope you get a new job soon. Hard luck on being sacked by USA. Sometimes international jobs arise because the club haven't qualified for the world cup, and I don't take them because it might be boring waiting for the next continental tournament, but it does eliminate the risk of being sacked for your performance in a world cup that you stood no real chance in anyway. That's what's happening with Mali. All I've had is 4 competitive (African Cup Quals) matches, which I've won by an aggregate score of 14-0, but the team stands no chance in the upcoming ACON. Still, you never know. I've changed my tactics from all my previous fruitless ACON attempts. @Fadedaf As JoeLapira seems to have given up, you're on course to be our first completion for ages, although pug is very much on your tail. Do you have the S African league still loaded so if a job at a big club comes up now you can try to get the African CL, or are you definitely going to leave it till the end? @numero uno gunnerGood luck at Sligo. @pug 407 Always good to get the Confederations Cup out of the way. We have never actually had somebody who's had major problems winning it, but it's the kind of prospect that could cause sleepless nights and uncomfortable levels of anguish. Maybe it will be my fate, though I haven't even competed in it yet this time round. @Danny_H22 Congrats on the ACON. In your save, has any non-Brazilian team won the Lib. They have it completely sown up in my save, although River lost in the final one season. I wonder if I had stayed at Rosario, would I have ever won it. Anyway, it's torture having to play domestic seasons when all you need is the champions league.
  11. @PrevezaRemove 'City, Club and Stadium Names.lnc', from the directories that you've added it. I think this works. It worked for me, and others have said it worked for them, but that doesn't exactly amount to full testing. It might be something completely different that worked, such as a SI issued fix. Anyway, it won't do any harm. It won't immediately fill up the vacancies, but any new leagues you add should see vacancies filled up.
  12. Had a very stressful start to the season. I was feeling fairly pleased with myself. Took Atlas from the bottom of the table in the apertura (before I took over) to a cup win and losing finalists in the clausura. Then, when we lost the pre-season Supercopa in extra time, (a sort of Charity Shield although I accept maybe a bit more important) the board called me in for a crisis meeting because I was under-performing. They wanted 8 points from our first 5 league matches. Fine. I wanted 15 points from our first 5 matches, so I didn't anticipate any problems given that we had a fairly easy schedule to open the season. Then a perfect storm of new signings not gelling,injuries, Olympic call-ups and a missed penalty meant that our first 4 matches went WLWL. I had to win in the next league match to save my job, and it was a wild ride that we ended up winning 5-3. Job saved. I'm going to win the league, the CONCACAF Champions League, and then I'm going to leave a smelly brown leaving present on the Chairman's swivel chair. Unappreciative B's.
  13. Yes, congrats. Not the hall of fame; just the leader board, and I added you straight away. Not as quickly as I update my own leader board progress. That's generally win a trophy - save - update post 2 in about a 20 second interval, but still I added you pretty quickly.
  14. Vikeologist's 2032/33 Atlas & Mali End of (Half) Season Report TL;DR – Won the cup, losing league finalists. Continental qualification achieved. After 2 seasons without a club job, I finally was offered a job I wanted; Atlas in Mexico. In case you don’t know, Mexico has 2 seasons a year. Each season has 17 matches, and then the top 8 clubs go into a playoff. To win the challenge landmark, you need to win the playoff. To qualify for the Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF Champions League, you need to get to the final of the playoff in either the Apertura or Clausura, though sometimes other sides squeak in due to teams reaching the final of both stages. I took over in between the 2 mini seasons. Atlas had finished way down the table for the apertura, so to get continental football anytime soon, I needed to at least reach the final of the clausura For most of the season we top of the regular season table. 4 sides including us picked up a lot of points. We lost our final match which dropped us down from 1st to 4th which was a little disappointing, but not the end of the world. We reached the final fairly comfortably, where we lost to America. Again, a little disappointing, but we’ve qualified for the 2 champions leagues. Now I should be able to dramatically improve the side with my up to scratch scouting knowledge. Adds a little more interest to next season than if we’d won it first time out. The competition I really wanted to win was the Copa MX, because the teams that are in the continental competitions don’t take part in the cup. (It counts for the challenge because it’s the only cup in Mexico. We decided this a long time ago). This means that I probably wouldn’t get that many chances to win the cup; possibly just this once. Things worked out as I did indeed win the cup, my 5th for challenge purposes. Really, even though I didn’t actually win the league, it was a successful season because I achieved both main objectives, the cup and continental qualification. My squad was good, but thin on the ground. We’re losing money so as well as bringing in new players, I may need to jettison some of the overpaid ones I have. Hopefully we have qualified for the upcoming CONCACAF CL, though I wouldn’t take it for granted. We should stand a very good chance of winning this. I don’t hold much hope for the Libertadores, but that’s a little way down the road anyway. Awards below are just for the Clausura cup and league, apart from the average rating which is just the league. Top Goalscorer – Alex Ospina – 21 One of the few players who I brought in at the start of the season. Just 20, he wasn’t a prolific scorer before joining us, which is why he was comparatively cheap. His 21 goals were in 30 matches for us and he’s getting better all the time. Best Average Rating (league regular season only) – Gabriel de Jesús Gudiño 7.65. My shadow striker who plays behind the front 2. The opposite to Ospina in that he’s 31 and has been with the club his entire career. He was injured for the final, and things may have been different if he’d been available. Man of Match – 4 players – 3. MVP – I’ve tended to think of Ospina as being only our second best striker, but looking at the stats, he probably is the MVP. He hasn’t done anywhere near enough yet to even be knocking on the door of my Challenge XI, but our journey together has only just started; hopefully. On the international side of things I took over Mali, who had sacked their manager after being knocked out of World Cup qualification at a very early stage. Mali are in a very easy ACON qualification group. They’d already won the first 2 matches, and I’ve guided them to the next 2, which means that we’ve qualified with 2 matches to spare. My squad had a lot of injured players unavailable, but even though we won the matches comfortably, I can’t imagine that Mali stand much chance in the ACON next year. We’re coming up to the 2036 European Championship, and it would probably be foolish not to at least consider applying for any top jobs that are available at the close. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2016 FC Lahti 10th Just 9 points from the 10 matches remaining after I took over 2017 FC Lahti 3rd Qualified for Europe 2018 FC Lahti 1st First domestic title 2019 FC Lahti 1st The double. First domestic cup 2020 Jeonbuk 1st 2021 Jeonbuk 2nd Knocked out of CL in semis 2022 Jeonbuk 1st League / FA Cup / Champions League Triple. CWC 3rd place 2023 Minnesota Utd 14th 2024 Minnesota Utd 7th Lost on penalties in Western Conference Semifinal 2025/6 Orlando Pirates 3rd Knockout Cup Winners, failed to qualify for Champions League 2026/7 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super 8, Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup. Won everything basically. 2027/8 Orlando Pirates 1st League, Super8, Nedbank Cup. Confederation Cup losing finalists. 2028/9 Orlando Pirates n/a African Champions League. Left mid-season with the team on track for the threepeat. 2028/9 Rosario Central 18th Took over for last 2 matches of the season. 2029/30 Rosario Central 1st 4th domestic title 2030/31 Rosario Central 1st 2031/32 Rosario Central 1st Threepeat, Copa Argentina, Lost in Libertadores Q/F 2032/33 Rosario Central Left after 4 matches because we'd been knocked out of the Libertadores. 2032/33 Stade Rennais 7th Coupe de la ligue 2033/4 Stade Rennais Resigned after 14 matches 2036(C) Atlas 4th 5th cup. Lost in league final. International Year Team Achievements 2019-21 Nigeria None 2021-23 DR Congo 2022 World Cup - R2, 2023 African Cup Losing Finalists 2023-25 Chile None. Resigned to take South korea job. 2026-27 South Korea Asian Cup winners 2027-29 South Africa Lost in African Cup Q/F 2030-31 Brazil Lost in Copa America final 2031-33 Chile Resigned again to take Egypt job. 2033-5 Egypt Lost in African Cup Q/F 2036- Mali Challenge Progress Club 4/10 top domestic leagues (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina) 5/10 domestic cups (Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, France, Mexico) 1/5 club continental championships (Asia) 0/1 club world championship International 2/5 continental tournaments (Asia, Africa) 0/2 world tournaments
  15. I don't think this is often an issue in the challenge. Maybe at the start when you're applying to very small clubs, and there may come a point in the middle when you're at the biggest clubs in the world, but still need to get jobs in Asia or Africa. As a rule, there's just no reason to try to get a longer contract than clubs offer you. You should aim to only be at a club for 2 or 3 seasons, though it rarely works that way because job vacancies often arise because the club has been knocked out of continental qualification or competitions. So, on the whole I'd suggest trying to get 1 or 2 year contracts. There's no real upside to longer term ones.