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  1. Fancy giving this a go in France. Before I do just wanted to check, at the start of the game I can select National 2 but it doesn't seem playable, so I assume I'm ok to start in National?
  2. Training question - I've been able to double my coaching staff but am a bit confused with the Coaches display in Training. What does the overall rating at the bottom mean? I can put all of my coaches in the same category but the Overall rating doesn't change. Does having more than 1 coach covering the same area have an improved affect on the team. I assumed that it would but not sure.
  3. Been on holiday for a couple of weeks which is why this has been a while coming! Belated congratulations to Duffy for completing 2019-2020 Main Squad The thought of going into Ligue 1 without being allowed to strengthen was certainly a daunting one but one we were equally looking forward to. Pre-season was the same trusted routine of playing a number of small local sides to build up confidence and score plenty of goals. The pundits weren't impressed with either our players or our chances of staying up making us clear favourites for relegation. The plan was 40 points, that had meant safety for last 6 seasons, 10 wins and 10 draws would do it. The fixture list was reasonably kind to us playing mainly mid-table sides until the 1st of the big 3, PSG in the 8th game. We started with a solid 1-1 away at Rennais, only 39 points to go! But the struggle I'd anticipated didn't really materialise (at least at first). Our gung ho tactics and presumably the opposition underestimating saw us win 4 in a row the last of which was a 5-1 away win at Lille. Our first defeat disappointingly came in our next match against lowly Le Mans when we sitting in 2nd place. A win against Ajaccio put us back into 2nd place for our trip to PSG. We were well and truly brought back to earth, thumped 6-0. It knocked the wind out of us a little. We only won 1 of the next 11 games, including heartbreaking 3-2 defeats in a row against Nice, Marseille and Lyon who happened to be the top 3 at the time. At the winter break thanks to a few draws here and there we sat on 24 points and well on course for our target. The break actually did us good for once winning 3 on the spin. But this season was all about runs, good and bad. 4 straight defeats followed but we broke that with spirited 0-0 against eventual champions and earlier drubbers PSG. A further run of 3 wins followed, the first of which took us over the 40 point mark with 9 games remaining. A mixed bag in those remaining games eventually saw us finish in a very creditable 12th. Final League Position: 12th League Table League Results Player Stats Transfers Youth Candidates Poor show this year from the academy, only 2 players being worth tagging Clément Roche YP07a Jocelyn Martinez YP07b So a lot to live up to next season, we'll do well to avoid 2nd season syndrome! But we're moving back to our redeveloped stadium, I'm rebuilding our coaching team and the youngsters have really benefited from this season so fingers crossed!
  4. Not great to be honest! But then I'm generally pessimistic by nature! We have played against a number of the bottom half teams when they were in Ligue 2 and done ok, obviously they've been able to strengthen though whereas I haven't. Should be an interesting challenge
  5. 2018-2019 Main Squad What a season! Despite being hot favourites for relegation last season we managed a spirited 4th place missing out on promotion on the last day of the season. I was slightly worried that this season we'd struggle having lost a couple of players and the boards expectations increasing. Luckily we picked up where we'd left off. We started solidly winning 7, drawing 2 and losing 3 of the opening 12 games. Game 12 saw us hit the top of the league where we stayed until the penultimate game of the season. I'd felt previous seasons had been a little conservative seeing us draw too many games so we went for it. We were the divisions top scorers with 19 more goals than anyone else. Those goals coming mainly from 2 of my youth pulls. Christian Bernard has been involved in the 1st team pretty much since he arrived but this season he made a big step up scoring 16 league goals and chipping in with plenty of assists. His strike partner was the find of the season. Friedrich Bombele was thrown in at the deep end after my regular forward got injured and he never looked back. He scored 23 league goals in 26 games (breaking Mulhouse's record), picked up 2 player of the month awards and was named Overall Star of the Season. Despite this being a season of success it wasn't without it's challenges. A number of key players picked up lengthy injuries, suspensions and international call ups meant we were rarely able to name the same starting XI in consecutive games. The plus side of that meant there were plenty of opportunities for the youngsters to see 1st team action. Ultimately I think the disruption to the starting line up and the early promotion cost the championship and we tailed off towards the end of the season to finish a comfortable 3rd. Ligue 1 here we come!! Final League Position: 3rd League Table League Results Player Stats Transfers Youth Candidates Solid if unspectacular pull this year, though I'm not complaining given the state of my facilities and the boards lack of desire to do anything about it. An upgrade to facilities seems even less likely now after the board announced they were spending £6.2m upgrading the stadium so it complies with Ligue 1 standards. The upgrades mean I play the whole of next season in a different stadium. Hope we can stay up or I can see us being financially crippled! Richard Berger YP06a Adrien Poirier YP06b Jirés Nsingi YP06c Malick Diop YP06d
  6. 2017-2018 Main Squad Once again we were tipped for relegation however this season we made a big improvement. The young players who were kind of forced in last season are really starting to find their feet. I brought in a new formation for pre-season which we quickly took to and boosted by the big news that our young Centre Back Charles Essomba had agreed to extend his contract we made an excellent start to the season. Beaten just once in the first 12 games saw us well in the mix at the top of the table, particularly pleasing was the number of goals we were scoring and our away for which saw us win games 4-3, 5-3 and 6-3 on our travels. We did suffer a slight blip in form and I worried we'd maybe peaked too soon but a good run either side of Christmas meant we were still in the promotion places and for the pessimistic side of me, over the 40 point mark. The second half of the season was hampered by draws, a problem we'd had in my first season, and it was costing us in the league. As we moved into the final games of the season 1st and 2nd places had all but been tied up but we still had an outside chance of sneaking into 3rd and final slot. We went into the final game of the season 1 point behind 3rd place (and pre-season favourites) Evian. Vannes did what we needed them to do beating Evian 4-1, however we couldn't handle the occasion, we drew 0-0 to finish level on points but just outside the promotion places. Final League Position: 4th League Table League Results Player Stats Transfers Youth Candidates Good solid pull this year and in positions that fit my formation well Ali Renard YP05a Iosu Castresana YP05b Mame Diallo YP05c Christian Kudimbana YP05d Kevin Jung YP05e Quentin Boulanger YP05f
  7. 2016-2017 Main Squad While last season we flirted with the relegation zone this season saw our interest more at the top of the table. 5 wins in the opening 8 games left us 4th and we stayed in the top half for pretty much the entire campaign. Unfortunately we could never quite string a long enough run of wins together to break into the top 3. We were on course an impressive league finish but our form dropped away completely toward the end winning just 1 game in 8. A 9th place finish was only 2 places better than last season but it felt like a big step forward. After getting to the quarter finals of the French Cup last season we reverted to type this season with early exits in both competitions...mickey mouse tournaments anyway... Some of the youth players are also now starting to become regular starters, Charles Essomba and Lucas Bastide again had solid seasons after breaking in to the starting line-up last season. They were joined by William Mbala YP01b who has become our main Keeper, Christian Bernard YP02a and Nassim Lorentz YP01a seems to have grown out of his injury proneness and is also benefiting from a change in formation. Final Position: 9th League Table League Results Player Stats Transfers Previous Youth Pulls Nassim Lorentz YP01a William Mbala YP01b Bilal Petit YP01c Christian Bernard YP02a Kevin Steinmetz YP03a Nassim Roth YP03b Famara Dabo YP03c Friedrich Bombele YP03d Aaron Brown YP03e Jean Clement YP03f Youth Candidates Slim pickings this year and I fear I may have shot myself in the foot. After requesting the board upgrade our youth facilities they finally agreed but we've moved from Good(rented) to Minimal so will have to see what effect this has. They also finally agreed to improve the player surface which had been terrible. Hamza Benali YP04a Antonio Martin YP04b
  8. Interesting article on Crewe, always had a soft spot for them and Gradi, like their philosophy....probably why I'm trying this challenge! Anyway Mulhouse update to follow shortly....
  9. 2015-2016 Main Squad I'm always unsure on promotion in this challenge. Obviously you want it, but not being able to buy anyone has you looking at your existing squad seriously questioning whether they are going to be good enough. This was a tough season, we struggled to get going, picking up 3 points in the first 5 games, all from draws. Our first win at this level came against fellow new boys Amiens, this was immediately followed by a 7-2 win against Lens, my biggest win as a manager, to move us into mid table. We stayed largely around mid table for the majority of the season, which may give the impression this was a trouble free season, however the tightness of the league meant we were never more than 3 points away from the relegation zone. Our biggest issue was our away form, we picked up just 4 points from a possible 30, with no away win before the winter break. We eventually broke our away duck in style with a 2-4 win at Boulogne, this was the 2nd game in a 6 match unbeaten run, which included a second away win. Our run was abruptly ended by Lens who got a degree of revenge for their drubbing earlier in the season with a 4-1 win. We'd found our feet though and as the relegation battle took shape, we happily weren't in it. We steadily picked up points and were officially safe with 4 games to spare. It gave me an opportunity to bring in a few younger players who will be in the 1st team next season. A welcome distraction from the league this season, for a change, was the cup. In each of the previous seasons we'd gone out in the 7th round, this season we made the Quarter Finals! This was largely due to favourable which meant we played 4 non-league sides to set up an 11th round tie at Lyon. Lyon did field a weakened side, but tactically I think this has been my greatest triumph with Mulhouse. We cruised into a 3-0 lead, conceding a consolation deep into injury time to run out 3-1 winners to set up a tie with Toulouse. The Quarters would be the end of our road but not without a fight, having got to 90 minutes at 2-2 tiredness eventually led to the Ligue 1 side sneaking though 3-2. Final Position: 11th League Table League Results Player Stats Cup Run Transfers Youth Squad The Under 19s aren't doing great finishing 12th in their group but I think this is largely down to the better players being involved with the 1st team. Despite their league placing the players are progressing and with a few first teamers leaving in the summer there will be more opportunities coming up. Previous Youth Pulls Nassim Lorentz YP01a - His season was blighted by injuries but did get some 1st team action at the end of the season William Mbala YP01b - Will be our 1st team keeper next season when the current number 1's contract runs out Bilal Petit YP01c Christian Bernard YP02a - Looks very promising and bagged us a few goals Youth Candidates A good selection this season Kevin Steinmetz YP03a Nassim Roth YP03b Famara Dabo YP03c Friedrich Bombele YP03d Aaron Brown YP03e Jean Clement YP03f Aims for next season - Avoid relegation (again) - Improve attendances - Improve facilities.....still no joy
  10. Thanks for the tip Shakes didn't know about that bug, thought it was just my poor facilities!
  11. 2014-2015 Main Squad Pre-season was over-shadowed by a takeover that took an age to sort and inflicted a lengthy transfer embargo on us, not that that affected me! Unfortunately for me no additional funding was forthcoming but luckily they were happy for me to continue as manager. Any worries that last seasons 7th place was a fluke or that the takeover had distracted us were quickly allayed. A blistering start to the new campaign saw us win 5 on the spin with a 14-5 goal difference. Last season draws kept us from mounting any real promotion push, but as hoped we managed to turn them into wins this time round. A 12 game unbeaten run which included 9 wins meant that by Christmas we topped the table with a convincing 7 point gap to the team in 4th. I still haven't cracked how to get started again after the winter break, our worst run of the season saw us lose 2 in 3 games but the cushion we'd built up kept in pole position. A slight tactical modification got things moving again and we pulled further clear. Promotion was sealed when we beat our nearest rivals Metz 1-0 then followed it up with a 3-0 at Quevilly with 5 games to spare. We were champions a couple of games later with a routine victory over soon to be relegated Dunkerque. The season was also productive from a personal point of view when I picked up the Golden Scarves - Manager of the Year award. Ligue 2 beckons. Final Position: 1st League Table League Results Player Stats French Cup: 7th Round Transfers Youth Squad Some positive signs in the Under 19s. Charles Essomba and Lucas Bastide (who were already at the club when I arrived) both got 1st team action managing 17 appearances between them and are starting to look decent players. Essomba's rise was recognised by Cameroon and he, bizarrely for a Centre Back, marked his U20's debut with a hattrick. Of the players I've brought the youth system it was largely a season of training and reserve team action however after promotion was achieved I brought one of them into the 1st team and he did this in a 20 minute cameo to confirm us as Champions. Previous Youth Pulls Nassim Lorentz YP01a William Mbala YP01b Bilal Petit YP01c They should all feel the benefit of the extra training allowed having turned professional following our promotion. Youth Candidates Only 1 player of note this year, not quite sure what to do with him yet in terms of development but he gives me a few more options in an attacking sense. Christian Bernard YP02a Aims for next season - Avoid relegation - Better cup run - Improve attendances - Improve coaching - Improve facilities (still no joy with the board)
  12. 2013-14 Main Squad We were predicted to finish 17th at the start of the season, but having assessed the squad I was quietly confident that we could prove the doubters wrong and comfortably achieve the boards aim of survival, and so it proved. We were really solid all season, largely thanks to really tight defence. Following an opening day home defeat to hotly fancied Nimes, we went on a run of 5 clean sheets in a row, which ended with defeat against another promotion contender in Caen. Those were the league only defeats we suffered pre-winter break but a large percentage of draws were keeping us from mounting much of a challenge for promotion. But the main aim was all but achieved by Christmas, some pretty poor competition meant those fighting relegation were defined very early in the season. As is customary for me after the winter break in France we came back with a disappointing 4-1 defeat to eventual champions Dijon which took us into a period of 3 defeats in 5 games, our worst run. But the winter break had also seen changes to the starting XI. It became clear that a number of higher paid players weren't willing to sign for next season (or clear we couldn't afford them). So being safe I decided to bring in the players who would be around next year. After our slight blip they grabbed the opportunity. 4 straight wins gave us an outside chance at promotion which was ultimately ended by a series of draws. Positive signs for next season though, hopefully we can continue our form towards a more sustained promotion push. Final position: 7th French Cup: knocked out in 7th round by Strasbourg on penalties League Table League Results Player Stats Transfers Youth Despite numerous attempts at upgrading the youth setup the board refused to budge so no developments in that area yet. Of the existing youth players they were all pretty much restricted to the u19 squad. Oumar Ba, a young striker, was called upon a few times making 4 appearances for the first team and netting his first goal. The intake was better than I'd anticipated with 3 good prospects coming though, I also signed a couple of the others to bulk up the numbers a bit. Youth Intake Nassim LorrentzYP01a William Mbala YP01b Bilal Petit YP01c Aims for next season - Cut the wage bill - Turn the draws to wins - Consolidate league position - Try to improve facilities
  13. I attempted this challenge in FM 2012 and was still playing with AS Cannes until recently when my game corrupted. I had hoped to be able to play them again in '13 but they failed to get promoted, however I can't tear myself away from France so...... Football Club de Mulhouse Founded: 1893 Stadium: Stade de l'Ill (Capacity: 11303) Facilities: Youth facilities - Adequate, Junior Coaching - Basic, Youth Recruitment - Basic Not much in the way of history despite being 120 years old, they've never won anything except regional titles in France and Germany, based in Alsace they switched nations when that particular area was claimed and re-claimed during the World Wars. They've had a few stints in Ligue 1 but the last time was in the 1989-90, so not much history to live up to. Current Squad Despite the board only looking to survive relegation and a media prediction of 17th the squad isn't too bad. 5 or 6 players look pretty decent for this level, there's also a good young keeper (which I've found is a must in previous attempts at this!), the rest look like they should be able to provide decent support so I'm looking for a comfortable mid-table finish. Youth Again not bad, there are a few decent prospects coming through. A couple of AMC's and a promising striker. Staff and facilities aren't great but I'll be using my budget to try and improve that area. Here goes....
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