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  1. Vikeologist's Ivory Coast 2022 World Cup Report Logically I shouldn’t be expecting too much here, given that we’re in the same group as Argentina and Germany, but if we can get a draw against one of them, it could come down to how many we can put past Japan in the final match. That’s my wildly optimistic pre-tournament spin, anyway. Unfortunately my best striker went down in our final pre-tournament win against world #2 (and my ex), Belgium. Group Stage Second Round (if applicable) Quarter Final (if applicable) Semi Final (if applicable) 3rd Place Playoff (if applicable) Final (if applicable) After The Tournament
  2. @darren1983 Congrats on the CL. Looks like we can register new players before the group stage, which is new. Before I think there was just one registration, right at the start of the competition. I hadn't had time to find any good players for my team anyway.
  3. I took over a Mexican side on the day of the second leg of the Mexican league final. But I lost. And to be fair, I had applied for the job way, way back, when they were only in the semi final or something. My only successful vike was taking over Corinthians in the middle of the Copa Lib legs. The second leg was my second game in charge. But that was 3 versions of the game ago. Since then I've mostly done the anti-vike, where I take over a South American club, and stay there for season after season of Copa Lib disappointment, thinking surely next season, surely I'll finally get the better of those damn Brazilians. But I never do. If I don't win the African Champions League this season, (and let's be honest, I'm unlikely to do it because I can't buy any players because the registration is at the start of the season), I would have to stay at the club for two and a half years before I could win the ACL, so it's a bit of a roll of the dice, and not worth staying if I don't pull it off, but the top Brazilian and Colombian sides didn't even offer me an interview.
  4. There's still a long way to go, so it's not really vikeing it. We're at the start of the group stage. I prefer to take over in the middle of 2 leg finals.
  5. And my next stop is South Africa. Ajax CT are 9th in the league with 8 matches to go, and no reasonable possibility of making up the 14 points to 2nd place and qualifying for next year's Champions League. So why would I accept a job here? Because they're still in this year's CL. If we win, then I can stay and try to win the league and one of the eligible cups next season. If they fail, then totsiens, bitches.
  6. Vikeologist's 2021 Hebei China Fortune (and Ivory Coast) Report (Drafted this season report, where I wrote that winning the Champions League was a piece of cake, and then reminded myself that I hadn’t actually played the final yet. That's confidence for you. Let’s see if that confidence was misplaced). At the start of the season we picked up only 5 points from our first 4 matches, so I decided to change my tactics. We won our next 24 matches in a row in all competitions. So the league (and FA Cup) were cakewalks, and I expected the Champions League to be the same. We reached the final with only a little bit of drama. The final against a West Asian team is usually a foregone conclusion, but with our top 2 strikers injured and suspensions, and then a sending off in each leg of the final, we scraped by with a 6-5 aggregate victory. Extremely stressful. Next up would be the Club World Cup, but with 14 players missing because of the East Asian Cup, (plus my 2 best Chinese players injured), there’s not really a lot of point hanging around. Unfortunately there’s no suitable jobs open at the moment, and perhaps having an internal job will be a problem if and when they do arise. I have S Africa and Brazil loaded. I’m also going to add Colombia, as I’ve never managed there before and others’ tales have whet my curiosity. Top Goalscorer – Mehdi Taremi – 43 I needed an Asian player fir the Champions League. (You can have 3 foreigners + an Asian foreigner). Taremi (in case you can’t guess) is a striker. He didn’t do it all himself. My 3 main strikers scored 115 goals between them. We scored a lot of goals. Top Average Rating – Mehdi Taremi – 8.19 Man of the Match – Mehdi Taremi – 12 MVP – Mehdi Taremi Obviously Internationally I finally got another international job, with Ivory Coast ranked 41st when I took over. First order of business was to qualify for the world cup with Nigeria in our group, which I managed to accomplish. So, I’ll finally be going to my first international finals. We’ll be in the same group as Argentina, Germany and Japan, so a toughie. It’s gutting that I didn’t change my tactics while manager of Belgium and had a shot at the Confederations Cup. (I mean, I did change my tactics, pretty much every match to no avail, but it’s a pity I didn’t change to my current tactics). However, it might not delay me that much. It’s still only 2021 in the game. It’s probably blown my chances of setting a record for the challenge completion, but that’s pretty much impossible to do once you fail to win an international competition. As you can tell, I have a degree of confidence in my latest tactic. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2017 Shanghai Shenxin (China) 9th Took over with 5 matches left, and didn't win any of them. 2018 Shanghai Shenxin 2nd Promoted 2019 Shanghai Shenxin 9th 2020 Hebei China Fortune 3rd Won FA Cup 2021 Hebei China Fortune 1st League, Cup, Champions League treble International Year Team Achievements 2018 China U23 Won Asian Games. 2019 Norway Left after 4 matches of Euro Qualifying. 2019-20 Ghana Left after 2 matches of African Cup Qualifying 2020 Belgium Sacked after leading the #1 team in the world to 1 draw and 3 defeats 2021- Ivory Coast Qualified for World Cup Challenge Progress 3/33 Club 1/10 top domestic leagues (China) 1/10 domestic cups (China) 1/5 club continental championships (Asia) 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  7. I'm getting a bit worried that something similar is going to hit me in 2021. The East Asian Cup is in December but the FA Cup final (which we're in) and the Champions league final (which we will almost certainly be in) are at the same time in November. Also the Club World Cup is at the exact same time as the East Asian Cup, so we definitely won't be able to win that. (I think we'd honestly have had an outside chance). Not that it matters. I should have no problem winning the CWC later. For context 14 of the national team come from China Fortune, including 10 of the national team starting XI, (some of whom obviously start for their country, but not for us). To all effects and purposes, we are China. Interestingly, not one of my players was in the 2022 squad of yours. You'd think there'd be some overlap, given that only one of my national players is a regen.
  8. Didn't we have someone new start the challenge this week? They must have hidden all their posts, so I guess it didn't go very well. @XaW Be interesting to see how you get on in Colombia, and in particular whether you can win the Lib from there. After a couple of failed tries via Argentina and Chile, I'm pretty certain that I'll just try to do it in Brazil, although like you, I forgot to do the namefix which I'm a bit cheesed off about. @Mackarosh @blackdevilThanks for your advice. Looks like I'll have to wait until after the African Cup to get another international job and have another try.
  9. Like you, I like to develop my team. I find it quite hard not to waste time on tutoring or not to ask my board to improve the training facilities. As it happens, my board have just decided, even though our attendance is regularly 50% of capacity) to build a new stadium in Qinhuangdao, more than 300km away from where we presently are in Langfang. It's a bit bigger. Maybe we will get bigger attendances there. You might wonder, if we're moving from Langfang to Qinhuangdao, where the hell is Huaxia. Huaxia isn't a place, (nor indeed is Xingfu). Hebei is a province that has significantly more people than The UK, but I can't imagine people in Britain would take kindly to their football club moving 300 km, which is more than the distance between London and Liverpool or Manchester). Of course Chinese clubs do move all the time, (thousands of kms often) so this does at least reflect reality a little bit.
  10. Vikeologist's 2020 Hebei China Fortune Report Incidentally, in case any of you are confused, the club are called Huaxia Xingfu in the game, but I mean, look at the badge. As alluded to previously, Hebei China Fortune are a very rich club, but the squad I inherited were very old. I mean, geriatric, and in a league where you have to play domestic U23 players, that’s not a good thing. However, I had money to splash, and bought every top Chinese player I could, bearing in mind that you can only sign about 8 domestic players a season. On taking over, I promised the board that I’d sign big name players. The first new laowai I brought in was a gentleman that I spotted playing for Madagascar (against my Ghana side) with the splendid name of Zotsara Randriambololona. Frankly I scouted him just because of the name (and because he was running rings around my Ghana side), but he actually is pretty good. Ironically he’s also part-Belgian, but of course, only eligible for Madagascar. However Zotsara Randriambololona, (or Zotsy Randriambololona as I call him for short) was not a big enough name for them. I did point out that they should try fitting his bloody name onto the replica shirts, but now that they’ve clarified what they meant, next season I really must pay attention to reputation. I’m finding it difficult as I’m obviously quite hard-wired to search out bargains. However, I did spend big on the Chinese players; £23.5 million for one. 5 of the current national starting XI play for us, and I bought in 4 of them this year. So did this bring success? Well, half way through it did look as though we would run away with the league, but Olympic call ups and injuries intervened, and in the end we only finished 3rd, but at least the club are back in the Champions League, unlike this season. I’ve mentioned how we nearly came a cropper in the cup semi-final, but the final, (against a struggling Jia league side) went pretty much the way you’d expect with a 9-0 aggregate score over the 2 legs, and frankly it wasn’t even that close. The cup win ensured that we enter the Champions League at the group stage. So, I have my first challenge landmark, and I should be able to get the league next season, and hopefully also the Champions League. Top Goalscorer – Zhang Yuning – 26 I play with just a lone striker, and he’s Chinese. Honestly, this position is probably where I need to bring in the big name. even though because of the Olympics and short league season, this was 26 goals from 29 matches. Top Average Rating – Zhang Yuning – 7.68 Man of the Match – 3 players – 5 MVP – Gaël Kakuta The actual star of the team is my foreign left winger. Annoyingly in the second leg of the FA Cup final (which we had basically already won) he picked up a hip injury that will keep him out for 2-4 months. Good news is that the off-season in China is pretty much 4 months so he won’t miss many matches, if any. Just hope that the injury doesn’t make him regress, but at 29 he’s basically the baby of the team I inherited. Domestic Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 2017 Shanghai Shenxin (China) 9th Took over with 5 matches left, and didn't win any of them. 2018 Shanghai Shenxin 2nd Promoted 2019 Shanghai Shenxin 9th 2020 Hebei China Fortune 3rd Won FA Cup International Year Team Achievements 2018 China U23 Won Asian Games. 2019 Norway Left after 4 matches of Euro Qualifying. 2019-20 Ghana Left after 2 matches of African Cup Qualifying 2020 Belgium Sacked after leading the #1 team in the world to 1 draw and 3 defeats Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 1/10 domestic cups (China) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  11. Vikeologist's 2020 International Cry For Help Report What tactics do (the successful amongst) you use for international management? For I am the worst international manager in the history of this challenge, but also I think possibly in the game. I’m not talking about my 8 successive failures to win the African Cup. Oh no. Those are the good old days when I actually reached the finals of competitions. Let’s look at my record so far. Norway – 2 wins and 2 defeats left Norway (a top 20 team when I took over) 4th in the table for the European Championship Qualifying. I decided to jump ship to Ghana before being sacked. (After I left they won the group) Ghana – Again, another top 20 team. I managed to scrape past Madagascar (ranked somewhere around 140th) courtesy of a win and a draw in the World Cup Qualifying Playoff, nearly got sacked after going out in the CHAN quarter-final, and then after picking up only 1 point in our first 2 African Cup Qualifiers (against Guinea-Bissau and Congo), I left to take the Belgium job before they could sack me. (After I left, they won all their remaining games and qualified by finishing top of the group). Belgium – Not to worry, because Belgium had just won the European Championship, were the #1 nation in the world, and were going to take part in the Confederations Cup in about 6 months. I just had to not get sacked because of the Nations League. However, 1 point from our 4 matches against Wales and Germany meant that I did indeed get sacked. Out of work internationally for the first time since taking the China U23 job, I applied to Turkey, (in the same World Cup Qualifying group as Belgium), but they tuned me down saying they didn’t think I was the best person for the job. You think? So help me. What do you do with international teams?
  12. Oh, so you could vike the NACL. I really must make sure that I fulfil my contractual obligation to vike something in my save at some point.
  13. @blackdevil Are Pachuca one of the top sides in Mexico. The NACL qualification can be a bit confusing, (because some sides qualify for the Libertadores as well / instead). I've never been certain whether these things are a bug in the game, or we just live in a chaotic universe that doesn't make sense. The thing about Mexico is that it's the easiest nation to win a cup (because the very top sides don't take part, but it still counts towards the challenge), but that means if you are one of the top sides, you won't be in the cup, and might then be 2 cups behind. @XaW Welcome to the leader board. May i point out that you have the continental champions league for North America, (congrats), not South America, which I guess is maybe your next stop. Brazil? @Lewis89 Well done on your continued success. Yes, there should be a few really good jobs crop up in the summer. Hope they're the ones you want. @darren1983 Congrats on the African Cup, mixed with a hint of jealousy given my ongoing run of failure in that competition, (or indeed in my current save, even qualify, though my replacement is doing his best to dig Ghana out of the mess I've left him).
  14. I’m really starting to think that I've picked up an FA Cup curse. 2 seasons ago, my Shenxin side won the first leg of the FA Cup semi-final by 3 goals (5-2) and I thought that we had a place in the final sewn up, before a disastrous second leg which we lost 6-2. So this season, my China Fortune won the first leg 3-0. Awaiting us in the final is a Jia (next division down) side. Of course things are different this time. 2 years ago Shenxin were the second best side in the Jia league playing a top super league side. This time I’m in charge of the second best in the Super League and playing a mid-table side. Last time the second leg was away from home, this time we’re at home. No need to panic. Need to panic! By half time we’re 3-0 down, and if we concede just one more goal we’ll need 2 to overcome the away goals. We pull a goal back, and then almost immediately we are awarded a penalty, which we miss. In the end I went ultra-defensive with quarter of an hour to go, knowing that if we concede a goal it’s all over, but we manage to hold on. So the curse didn’t get us in the end, but then again, we still have the final to come.
  15. Welcome to the challenge. I suppose now it would be possible to do what I'd call a moneyball approach to FM, which would be to only use your data analysts. No scout reports at all. The approach you describe is kind of what Zhejiang Greentown (Lucheng in the game) were trying in China, though I'm not sure how much the game reflects these philosophies. But basically their aim was to have a team made up entirely of U23 footballers, because they could sell them on to other teams needing to make up their quotas. @Danny_H22 @blackdevil It's difficult sometimes to motivate oneself to stay an extra year somewhere just to pick up that one remaining trophy, (or even an extra year and a half in S Africa) but you're probably correct that it's the optimal thing to do to finish the challenge as quickly as possible. It does mean however that you really only play in one 'extra' nation, because Big Euro sides x 5 S Africa MLS / Mexico Asia (probably China or S Korea) S America (probably Brazil or Argentina) takes up 9 of the 10 nations, unless you win the Libertadores in Mexico.
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