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  1. I don't think the league's should be changed as long as they are the 5 with the highest rep in Europe.
  2. Vikeologist's 2024/25 Southend, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria Report I suppose finishing 8th could be viewed as good progression, but I was quite disappointed. The season took a long time to finish as I moved job and home, and am currently back in the UK for a few weeks on holiday, so I’ve been playing in different places on different laptops. Crucial matches were lost in the middle of the night in airport terminals while I was staring bleary-eyed at a tiny screen not really fully sentient. So kind of a wasted season. We missed out on Europe by one place but a lot of points. We probably played more FA Cup games than whoever finally won it as every round from the 4th to the 6th went to a replay, eventually going out on penalties in the 6th round. We probably need just a couple of new players to contend. I hope so, because I’ve bought a couple of new wing-backs, the most important position in my formation. We missed out on a couple of top players who went to bigger clubs. Anyway, we are about to move into our new 25k capacity ground which has been 2 years in the planning and building. We have a lot of money, so I’m looking forward to the new season. Top Goalscorer – Zack Faour - 28 goals. Zack has been with me for all 9 of my seasons at Southend; the first 4 on loan, and the last 5 belonging to us. This has been his best season, although he only finished ahead of the usual guy, R H-M, because he takes the penalties. The problem is that while our 2 front-men scored 54 goals, the rest of the team only scored 20 between them, so we need more goals from our midfield, and even more so from our wing-backs. Average Rating – Nik Weiss 7.61. As ever our best player. Man of the Match – Zack Faour – 8 Internationally I won the West Asian Football Federation Championship with Saudi Arabia, but they weren’t going to win the Asian Cup, or even qualify for the World Cup, so I moved to Nigeria. I had to choose between Nigeria and Tunisia who were neck and neck in their World Cup qualifying group. I was tempted to go with Tunisia because I thought they might be the better squad with lower expectations, but I made the right choice. As mentioned in an above post, it nearly went pear shaped when we were 3-0 down in a group stage match, but we ended up winning 4-3, and finished a country mile above Tunisia to qualify. Nigeria are pretty good, but we don’t have a good goalie, and that may prove fatal when we play against better teams capable of getting the ball anywhere near him. Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 15/16 Unemployed n/a I have my standards and I'm sticking to them 16/17 Southend (England League 1) 13th Yawn 17/18 Southend 13th Wake me up when tomorrow comes 18/19 Southend 8th Missed out on playoffs in final game of the season 19/20 Southend 1st English league 1 Champions. League cup semi-finalists 20/21 Southend 4th Lost Playoff final in extra time. League cup semi-finalists again 21/22 Southend 1st Won league by a country mile. FA Cup semi-finalists. 22/23 Southend 15th Lost final 6 matches and achieved safety in final game of the season (if being thrashed by one of the other relegation contenders counts as an achievement). 23/24 Southend 15th Consistently inconsistent 24/25 Southend 8th The best team of the bad teams Year Team Achievements 2019-22 South Africa 2020 CHAN Champions. Eliminated in group stage of 2021 African CoN Qualified for 2022 World Cup Eliminated in group stage of 2022 World Cup. Quit to manage a better team in Ghana. 2022-23 Ghana Lost in World Cup 2nd round in my first match in charge Sacked after losing in Q/F of ACON - to South Africa! 2023-25 Saudi Arabia Qualified for Final group Stage of WC Qualifiers and won West Asia Football Federation Championship 2023- Nigeria Qualified for World Cup Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 0/10 domestic cups 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship
  3. Firstly, I'm aware that the hall of fame table at the start is a mess, given that the new forum seems to not support tables. I'll do something about it eventually. crowy - welcome to the challenge. Be interesting to see which nation you start with out of all those options. jcricky - Glad the curse has been lifted, if I ever managed to establish one by mentioning it. Maybe having won the Lib, you'll have the option of managing in one of the mandatory Euro nations, if that's the direction you choose to go in. collzy - I also seem to spend longer in the pre-season than some challengers seem to spend on a whole season. Micro-manager alert. Anyway congrats on promotion. Now you just need a big name signing China-style; like Bobby Charlton or Pele. n1g- The Confed Cup is always huge. As I've no doubt said before, we've never had a challenger who just had that trophy to win at the end of the challenge, but when we do this thread will turn into an epic tragedy of Man flailing helplessly against the cruel Gods. Mind you, until reading your post a second time I didn't realise how close you had come to losing out to your old Colombia team. There's almost nothing worse than losing in the final to a team you battered in the group stage, but when that team would have been the one you abandoned, that would qualify. Anyway, gives you a good chance of completing the challenge soon, although aside from the international side, you'll need to win a new league almost every season. Incidentally, have you or would you apply for a vacant job at Arsenal in this challenge? jt - Like you, I have got 'stuck' at a club, in my case for about the first 9 or 10 seasons of the challenge. I wouldn't say I'm having a real try at completing the challenge on FM16. Frankly I'm ready for FM17 and getting an early start so that I have a whole year to do it (again). I hope if you have stayed you get the league. Winning something and coaching badges seem to be important. Do Costa Rica play in any small international tournaments? I mean, you might win the Gold Cup of course. For me international jobs seem to be more of a hindrance than a help in getting a new job. 3L1G - Are you actively looking for a new international job or just concentrating on domestic management? Maybe it will be '38 before lots of jobs come up. Shankly - Got to admit the typo bugged me as well, but I thought it would be rude to mention it. When you get close to having 10 eligible trophies, I hope that you'll add a tally to the end of your code. I'm far too lazy to do the counting myself. fadefaf - congrats on the CHAN. I feel it's one of those annoying international trophies whose primary importance lies in the problems caused by not winning it, but it does boost one's rep. siepe - Yeah, so you discovered the dark side of the CHAN. Qualifying for the WC from Africa is actually quite tough, or at least has been for me. I'm managing Nigeria as well at the moment. At least I think I am. While I've been with Southend from the start, I've managed around, if that's the correct FM term for being a FM playa, quite a bit internationally. Yep it's Nigeria. I nearly failed to qualify for the WC as I was 3-0 down against the bottom nation in the final group, but we ended up winning 4-3 and our main competition went on to lose their match, so that second half dramatically changed our qualification fortunes.
  4. Must admit I did precisely that with the IGE on FM15. I put 1 disliked team in. Really I shouldn't have. I mean, I can't imagine that it affected the challenge, but once you start, where do you stop? I downloaded the IGE just to change the team colours, but once I had it realised that it can be used to give huge advantages in the challenge. Things like seeing your reputation. Other than the disliked club, I didn't use the editor, but it was a distraction having it constantly looming there. So look, I can't really say that you can't put disliked teams in, because I did it, and it's up to everybody how they do the challenge, but I think the 'pure' approach is to not use the editor for anything except cosmetic changes. I wouldn't do it again.
  5. jcricky- Commiserations on not grabbing the Asian CL at Huaxia. Do you think that when you'll go back to Asia, you'll go to SKorea, or are Chinese clubs dominant in FM (because of the money splahing around) since 16.3? I'm not keen on managing in Brazil because of the never ending seasons, but I guess I must play this game a lot slower(and micro-managerally) than some others. Hopefully you'll nail the Copa Lib next time. If you keep winning the domestic titles but not the Champions League, I might start calling it 'coming a cricky'. We should have more things named after us. doing a vike = taking over a club immediately before a major final. Does anybody have any 'doing a .....' they want to name after themselves? rtc- Congrats on your new job. How many challenge trophies so far? fadefaf - GL at West Ham, and with Cameroon. I'd say you stand a chance of success at the WC, and you shouldn't forget about the Confed Cup. When will the next one be? siepe - You're clearly much better, and faster, at moving up the managerial ladder than me. Wouldn't want to be up against you for a job vacancy.
  6. Vikeologist's 2024 West Asian Football Federation Championship Saudi Arabia Report Going to give the new spoiler option a drive. I have used spoilers before for tournaments, but it looks a lot better now. Spoilers can ramp up the tension a bit and stop you jumping ahead to the end of the post to find out if I won the major tournamant. Of course, my challenge is not going well, so I'm not going to very many major international tournamants, so the WAFFC will have to do. Preamble - The reason i took over Saudi Arabia was because I thought they would stand a good chance of winning it, and thus boosting my reputation. My chances of winning were based on the fact that SA have won it a few times in the recent past. Unfortunately in the even more recent past, SA have proved incapable of beating anybody at all under my management, so I was not optimistic. There was also the problem that even though we were the 4th highest ranked nation in the competition, the 3 above us were all in the same group as us, which is enormously unfair. Group Stage Semi-Final (If applicable) Final (if applicable) Aftermath
  7. Good news. I survived the change of forum. Bad news, the Hall of Fame didn't fare so well. Hope it's going to be fairly easy to reconstruct it.
  8. Might as well respond to the last few posts before the switch-over. After all, for all i know, the new forum may be banned in China, so this may be my goodbye. jt8604 - Welcome to the challenge. Hope your promotion aspirations transpire. n1g- You are in with a chance of the quickest finish to the challenge, although I'm not sure that will matter to you, and indeed I probably shouldn't even discuss it because I wouldn't want to attract the kind of person who reloads to ensure they are the quickest finisher. That's not what the challenge should be about. It's easy to say that because it's becoming clear that I'm not going to finish by 2037. I'm 8 seasons in and I haven't won anything (other than the CHAN). Anyway, has there been a turning point in this challenge for you? I can see your dliema with the Confed Cup. If you take over a Euro side you could win 2 trophies in 2 years, and maybe pick up one of the other 2 in 2031. That gives you a great chance of completing by 2035, and possibly even completing internationally by 2033. On the other hand, if you leave Colombia your first shot at the Confed Cup will be when you eventually win the Euro Championship and you could spend years trying to win trophies you already have just to get a ticket for the Confed Cup. I've always felt that this was the nightmare scenario for Ultimate Managers, although so far everybody has won the Confed Cup fairly early on. I actually don't remember winning it, although I sure as hell remember my best in the universe by a country light year Holland losing in the final. Awful. Still haunts me. Anyway, if you stay with Colombia, you remove any chance of completing by 2035. I think that would be (almost) impossible because you're not going to be able to win the ACON / Asian Cup in 2031 and then get a job for the Euros the following year. It will be difficult if you leave of course, but mathematically possible. siepe - Welcoe to the challenge. Yeah, on the latest update, i don't think it's possible to get a fist job (of any sort) in league 1, so congrats on the Olympics. I started in league 1 myself (and am still with the club) but that was on 16.1 or 16.2. Good luck avoiding relegation. It's never occurred to me that you need to have simpler instructions in the lower leagues. The players are rubbish, but not necessarily stupid, though to be fair, most top footballers are pretty stupid, and I'm basing my opinion on the fact that I was told that by the chief executive of a Premier League side. (They're in league 1 now, and nor is he still the managing director, so maybe it wsn't just the players who were stupid. Incidentally, I am a Bradford City fan, but this was a different side). Anyway, hopefully I'll still be here in a couple of days time. If not, i'm back in the UK next week, and I'll sort something out for this thread.
  9. Vikeologist's 2023/24 Southend and Saudi Arabia Report Another 15th place, and only 5 more points, although this time we survived far more comfortably. I am trying to leave Southend, honestly. It’s just that I’m not prepared to manage any club that will take me as a manager. At this point I am very tempted just to stay with Southend. In a year’s time we will have a new stadium; only 25k capacity, but that will still be about 66% more than now. So what went wrong this season? I brought in quite a few new players who upgraded things, without losing any of our starters to transfers or old age. One problem was our back-up strikers, both of whom I purchased at the start of the season. Andoni Santamaria was a bargain 425k for his 2.5 stars and potential. Alberto Tenconi had been on loan from Inter the previous season. He’d only played in 10 games because he hadn’t scored any goals so I decided to blood some of my youngsters. However, when he became available on a free, I jumped at the chance to add someone with that much pedigree. Although Faour and Hepburn-Murphy were our unquestioned starters, Santamaria and Tenconi still notched up 42 matches between them including 17 starts. And how many goals do they total in these 42 matches? None. Nada. Zilch. An egg. Needless to say, I’m open to offers for the 2 of them, and in the summer will be arriving another player, Alan Neill, who we had on loan from Liverpool for a couple of seasons. He was too young and raw to get many games, but he did at least score a couple of goals each season despite his limited opportunities. I am still applying for other jobs, but I think that next season could be a good one for Southend. Our mid-tably 2 seasons in the Premier League means that I’ve given a lot of opportunities to young players who are now pretty good. I nearly forgot the player mentions, but as it was exactly the same people as the previous season, it didn't take so long to add. Most goals – Rushian Hepburn- Murphy – 23 goals. In 23 games because he was injured a couple of times, so not so shabby. Average-Rating – Nicola Weiss 7.40. He has never asked to leave, but if he did, I'd want something in the region of £60 mill. Man of the Match – RH-M - 5. Actually, this one was different. This season Weiss for some reason wasn't MoM even once. On the international side of things, I took over Saudi Arabia in December 2023 when their previous manager retired. We picked up 4 points from out last 2 games of the WC Qualifiers 2nd round and had to settle for qualifying for the Final Group stage as one of the better 2nd place teams, but it does mean that we have now qualified for the Asian Cup. It’s not a great squad, but some of the players are very good, and there’s lots of promising youngsters who may blossom in time for the Asian Cup in 3 years. Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 15/16 Unemployed n/a I have my standards and I'm sticking to them 16/17 Southend (England League 1) 13th Yawn 17/18 Southend 13th Wake me up when tomorrow comes 18/19 Southend 8th Missed out on playoffs in final game of the season 19/20 Southend 1st English league 1 Champions. League cup semi-finalists 20/21 Southend 4th Lost Playoff final in extra time. League cup semi-finalists again 21/22 Southend 1st Won league by a country mile. FA Cup semi-finalists. 22/23 Southend 15th Lost final 6 matches and achieved safety in final game of the season (if being thrashed by one of the other relegation contenders counts as an achievement). 23/24 Southend 15th Year Team Achievements 2019-22 South Africa 2020 CHAN Champions. Eliminated in group stage of 2021 African CoN Qualified for 2022 World Cup Eliminated in group stage of 2022 World Cup. Quit to manage a better team in Ghana. 2022-23 Ghana Lost in World Cup 2nd round in my first match in charge Sacked after losing in Q/F of ACON - to South Africa! 2023- Saudi Arabia Qualified for Final group Stage of WC Qualifiers
  10. jcricky - congrats on the domestic cup. Pity about the U23. Winning even minor competitions can give your rep a real boost. Incidentally, not only is it ok to manage a side in the final, youi don't even need to manage a side in both legs of a 2-legged final. My memory is a bit hazy, but I think (in my completed challenge) that I won the Copa Libertadores in only my second match. The first was a league match. The second match was the second leg of the final. Bear in mind that I had applied for the job quite a while before. I once took over a Mexican side on the actual day of the second leg of the Mexican league final (The league champs are decided on a knock out basis). I refer you to the fact that I recently managed 2 different nations in the same World Cup. Of course this is massively unrealistic, and you may take pleasure in the fact that the second team was elimiated from the next ACON by the first team. 3L1G - Commiserations on the sacking. When selecting an international job, one can take the world ranking as a possible indicator of quality in the team, but it's also an indicator of what the baord may expect of you. It's so frustrating when you know you stand a chance of winning a competition, but there's so many things that can go wrong. I spend the months before an international competition warily viewing my inbox for major injuries. Anyway, even if you'd kept your job, you'd have had to wait 4 years for the next Asian Cup. you can't have been the only manager to lose their job. Haven't there been other jobs to apply for? Of course, you've already got the ACON, so any jobs there won't be any use. I have re-enetered the international arena in Asia myself, but with less than 4 years to wait. Hope you can achieve success with Lazio next season. d1983 - That's the thing about Africa. Once you only need the Champions League, the climax of your season is in the middle. ap - Good luck finding a more suitable job. Anyway, congratulations on avoiding relegation. I'm not sure if anybody in this challenge has ever actually been relegated. I'm mean, I'm sure a few have, because first jobs often involve digging a side out of relegation problems, but I don't think anyone has reported it.
  11. jcricky - Sorry to hear that. Glad you're starting again though, because I don't think attribute masking is a grey area. I think it's essential to a level playing field in the challenge. I don't want to have lots of rules in the challenge. Frankly, unneccessary restrictions used to annoy me in other challenges, but I guess we've ended up with a lot. Good luck getting at least some League 2 club (or attractive equivalent) in your restart. d1983 - Congrats on your first trophy. Hopefully the cup will enable you to get a better job in S Africa. The issue is knowing whether to quit Black Leopards to better your chances of getting that better job. I honestly don't know the answer, or whether taking the international job improves ort hinders your chances in that regard. The job acquisition side of the game is a total mystery to me. fadedaf - Fantastic progress. Clyde success clearly wasn't a fluke. we'll have to keep an eye on you, young paduan.
  12. Yes, the cup they are all in counts, but you can only count 1 cup from each nation towards your total. Hope you're asking the questions because you've won it. Which side has the tycoon? jcricky - Welcome to the challenge. Since 16.3 update I don't think that it's possible to start off with a league 1 side. I did it in my save, but I started on 16.1 or 16.2. Accrington Stanley should be a challenge, but how is Josh Windass doing for you? if John Coleman didn't sell him. IRL they got to the playoffs, but I'm not sure the game reflects that potential.
  13. It would be an ACON and Confederations Cup by 2025 if I was never to be knocked out of a cup that I hadn't won yet, but I'm not as lucky as that.
  14. Lobster- It's difficult to say exactly what level you can get a first job at. When the challenge started with FM15, it was possible to get a job in the top flight of S Africa or China for instance, but I believe if you're using 16.3 that's nop longer possible. To save you time, I don't believe it's possible to get a first job in S America anywhere. Possibly in Peru or the bottom Brazilian division, but I'm not convinced. I'd load quite a few nations up with all available divisions, and don't be in a hurry to get that first job. I waited a year for my job with Southend, and even that (getting a first job with a L1 side) seems to be impossible with 16.3. Being patient can save you a lot of time instead of taking a job at too low a level and having to grind your way up. The frustrating thing is that my ability to get jobs has taken a big hit in the last year. Tottenham laughed off my application, whereas a year ago I'd have got an interview. My reputation is quite high, and hasn't gone down since leaving Ghana, but I'm going to have problems getting a job i want. The thing is that I'm fairly sure I could help Southend win the Premier League eventually, but I want to get to 'the top' as quickly as possible and it's a calculation whether moving club will get me there quicker. Not winning the ACON was a big blow to my hopes of completing the challenge the quickest. First time i just wanted to complete it, but unless I make progress real soon I'll probably start again with FM17, assuming I'm able to buy the game in China.
  15. Vikeologist's 2022/23 Southend Report It was a record breaking season for Southend in our first premier league season. Worst discipline, goals conceded. I had hoped that we would qualify for Europe, but losing our first 5 matches was a wakeup call. We soon made our way out of the relegation places, but were never close to the top 6 places. It was a really boring season, with no possibility of either qualifying for Europe or relegation, so once we had been knocked out of both cups (by Championship sides frustratingly) I took the opportunity to blood some of my youngsters. Then at the end of the season we lost 5 matches back to back, and suddenly by the final match our 10-point margin of safety had come down to just 3, and we went into the final match of the season needing a point to be safe. Admittedly for us to be relegated the 4 sides below us would have all had to win, one of which was our opponents. We lost once again, badly, but luckily enough of the teams below us sucked one last time and we were safe. It’s hard to stress enough how much smaller Southend is than all the other clubs in the premier league. Our capacity is less than 13k, and even though the board are now building a 25k capacity stadium, that’s going to take 2 years. Really though, the season went badly because of my poor signings, particularly in defence. Most goals – Rushian Hepburn- Murphy – 21 goals. Not a bad first season in the top flight for RHM, and after just 3 and a bit seasons with the club he became the all-time leading league scorer. Average-Rating – Nicola Weiss 7.43. Probably the only player who had a good season. He’d been on loan from Liverpool the previous 2 seasons, but I was planning on not having him anymore. The he became available for 3.5million, and even though I was stacked in central midfield, I couldn’t not buy him at that price. Man of the Match – Nicola Weiss – 6. I didn’t take a new international job, because I thought it would improve my chances of getting a better club job, but maybe, as usual, I’ve been aiming too high. I now have a lot of top leagues loaded, including 3 Scandinavian nations and Greece. I’m not sure if even a top job in one of these leagues would be a step backwards, but I didn’t even get an interview when the Everton job was available. Season Team Position Notes Challenge Landmarks 15/16 Unemployed n/a I have my standards and I'm sticking to them 16/17 Southend (England League 1) 13th Yawn 17/18 Southend 13th Wake me up when tomorrow comes 18/19 Southend 8th Missed out on playoffs in final game of the season 19/20 Southend 1st English league 1 Champions. League cup semi-finalists 20/21 Southend 4th Lost Playoff final in extra time. League cup semi-finalists again 21/22 Southend 1st Won league by a country mile. FA Cup semi-finalists. 22/23 Southend 15th Lost final 6 matches and achieved safety in final game of the season (if being thrashed by on of the other relegation contenders counts as an achievement). Year Team Achievements 2019-22 South Africa 2020 CHAN Champions. Eliminated in group stage of 2021 African CoN Qualified for 2022 World Cup Eliminated in group stage of 2022 World Cup. Quit to manage a better team in Ghana. 2022-23 Ghana Lost in World Cup 2nd round Sacked after losing in Q/F of ACON - to South Africa. Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 0/10 domestic cups 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments