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  1. I'm someone who would like to have leagues from about 6-8 nations. I'm not bothered about the graphics as I've always played FM using the classic 2D view. I'd also like to add that apart from FM and a bit of internet browsing I don't use a laptop for anything else so storage space isn't an issue. I've seen this, any good? (No link available as private sale) HP Elitebook 2570p INTEL CORE i5-3360M @2.80GHz (Max turbo 3.5 GHz) 8GB RAM HDD 320GB 1600 MHz / PC3-12800 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  2. In my current save I'm managing Everton and I've no intention of going anywhere else. So for this I've gone with a set up of England (all) Spain, Germany, Italy, France (top division playable) Portugal, Holland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine (top division non-playable) Players from top clubs in Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Greece, Scotland, Switzerland, Poland, Serbia, Denmark, Belgium Also players from top clubs in the remaining continents. I find it a great set-up for saves where you intend to stay in one European country.
  3. SATURDAY DECEMBER 29TH 2012 - TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v EVERTON Tottenham Hotpur 4-1 Everton (Vertonghen 2, Defoe 21,58, Kaboul 69 / Anichebe 62) Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Anichebe subs: Gibson, Hitzlsperger A poor day all round for Everton and Martinez had three days to pick the side up ahead of the next game. The result also meant the Toffees would end the calendar year in third place, which at the start of the season would have been hard to believe for any Evertonian let alone Martinez, but after a great start expectations were now higher and that was something the Spaniard was well aware of. There were reports claiming that Martinez was on the trail of Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini although these claims were quickly rebuffed, The 27-year as Martinez stated was "Out of our price range" As the new year began there was an offer making it's way towards the Manager's table, Sunderland wanted Tony Hibbert, Everton wanted £1M, could a deal be agreed? It was obvious that Hibbert wasn't a part of the plans going forward and the full back himself had accepted a move away would be in the best interests of everyone. WEDNESDAY JANUARY 2ND 2013 - EVERTON v FULHAM Everton 2-0 Fulham (Neville 10, Anichebe 27) Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Hitzlsperger, Neville, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Anichebe subs: Stones, Garbutt The game against Fulham also saw a first team debut for left back Luke Garbutt. The 17-year entered the play during the second half, another of Everton's high hopes for the future. It was an old hand though who was the subject of some special praise from Martinez. Phil Neville, more than twice Garbutt's age had seen all and done all, but the Manager was still quick to recognize the former captain's contribution... Neville would again be called upon three days later as Fulham were the opposition again, this time in the FA Cup at Craven Cottage...
  4. WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26TH 2012 - EVERTON v SWANSEA CITY Everton 1-0 Swansea City (Mirallas 25) Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Coleman, Barkley, Pienaar, Mirallas subs: Anichebe, Hitzlsperger, Gibson The next game was only three days later, a tough trip to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur, who no doubt would be looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered at Goodison in August. Off the pitch it was revealed that Assistant Manager Steve Round had turned down an approach from Championship outfit Millwall to take over the vacant Manager's role. It was a huge relief for Martinez as Round had quickly become a trusty aide and good friend. Round was also a figure who was hugely popular among the players. Meanwhile there was further speculation over in Holland regarding the future of Nacer Chadli. It was believed that Kevin Mirallas, a big friend of Chadli was hoping his fellow Belgium team mate would join up with him at Goodison. It was a story that would rumble on, and one that wouldn't be decided until the end of the transfer window...
  5. SATURDAY DECEMBER 15TH 2012 - NEWCASTLE UNITED v EVERTON Newcastle United 0-1 Everton (Fellaini 90+1) Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Barkley, Mirallas, Pienaar, Jelavic subs: Heitinga, Naismith A good three points for Everton and they would be on the road again the following weekend with a trip to East Anglia to face lowly Norwich City. It was to be an afternoon of both highs and lows... SATURDAY DECEMBER 22ND 2012 - NORWICH CITY v EVERTON Norwich City 0-4 Everton (Barkley 9, Mirallas 18, Jelavic 40, Fellaini 45) Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osan, Fellaini, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Jelavic subs: Gibson, Naismith, Anichebe Jelavic had indeed suffered bruised ribs and Martinez confirmed he would almost certainly miss the busy festive period. Naismith had sprained an ankle which would keep him out for longer. It was a blow for the side, especially with a busy period of fixtures coming up. Meanwhile Martinez publicly praised the form of right winger Kevin Mirallas, the Belgian international had been in good form of late, a fact that hadn't gone unnoticed with the manager... Mirallas wasn't the only member of the squad earning praise, in Central America Bryan Oviedo was starring for Costa Rica as they reached the final of the Copa Centroamericana. Oviedo had featured for the Toffees briefly and had the problem of competing for a place with Leighton Baines. He was though a solid member of the squad and a player Martinez knew could be relied on when needed. As everyone opened up their Christmas presents the best gift for any Evertonian was surely the fact that the team were in second place, five points behind Manchester United, two ahead of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and more importantly for the fans, five ahead of Liverpool. Next up was Swansea City at Goodison on Boxing Day...
  6. SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND 2012 - EVERTON v ASTON VILLA Everton 1-1 Aston Villa (Baines 90 pen / Benteke 14) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines, Pienaar, Mirallas, Jelavic subs: Naismith So the perfect start at Goodison Park was over and it was now a case of starting over again with the opportunity coming in the next game when Reading would be the Goodison Park opposition. The Villa game also saw ex-manager David Moyes in the stands sparking fresh speculation over a move for Marouane Fellaini, Moyes when asked responded by saying "I was here as a guest of the Chairman". Whether Moyes had another agenda is anyone's guess, Fellaini had become box office attraction and the club knew that sooner or later a serious offer would be coming their way. The Nacer Chadli situation was still interesting the press, especially when Martinez was questioned about the subject... If Everton wanted to sign Chadli they'd face stiff opposition though, that's if FC Twente's coach Steve McClaren had anything to do with the issue... SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH 2012 - EVERTON v READING Everton 4-2 Reading (Fellaini 1, Mirallas 25, 90+2, Barkley 39 / Pearce 20, Le Fondre 65)Mucha, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Jelavic subs: Gibson, Naismith A victory to get things back on track, a special day for Ross Barkley and more game time for Steven Pienaar. Things were tight in the league but Martinez had guided the team firmly towards being serious Champions League contenders. The games were coming thick and fast, next up was a trip to Newcastle and whatever the outcome it was an exciting time to be an Everton supporter
  7. WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28TH 2012 - MANCHESTER UNITED v EVERTON Manchester United 2-0 Everton (Kagawa 10,17) Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Heitinga, Osman, Gibson, Mirallas, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Barkley, Anichebe The second defeat of the league campaign for Everton but Roberto Martinez was a realist and knew that whilst his team were more often than not good enough to compete on any given day, they weren't (as yet) good enough to sustain a title challenge over a 38-game season. For Martinez it was a work in progress, a slow evolution, a framework that would be adhered to, tweaked and strengthened over time. Steven Pienaar was a key part of that plan and Martinez revealed he would be fit to face Aston Villa at Goodison on Saturday. The South African had yet to play competitively this season. There was also speculation that Tony Hibbert was attracting the interest of Stoke City. Hibbert had been with the club since his youth but had found himself playing reserve team football since Martinez' arrival, and to that effect looked increasingly likely that his time was finally up on Merseyside. There were also reports eminating in Holland that winger Nacer Chadli was on Martinez' radar. The 23-year Belgian was having an excellent season with FC Twente under the coaching of Steve McClaren but was out of contract during the summer. When quizzed about a possible move the Everton boss neither admitted or denied an interest in Chadli, although it was widely accepted the player would the type of signing the club would be interested in, young but experienced, relatively low key but good enough to fit straight into the squad. The FA Cup third round draw was also made, Everton were to face fellow Premier League opposition in the shape of Fulham with the tie to be played at Craven Cottage at the turn of the new year. Next up though was Aston Villa at Goodison, could the Toffees maintain their perfect home record or would mid-table Villa spring a surprise...?
  8. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18TH 2012 - LIVERPOOL v EVERTON Liverpool 3-2 Everton (Gerrard 45+1, 50(pen), Suarez 74 / Mirallas 1, Jelavic 6) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Gibson, Baines, Mirallas, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Hitzlsperger, Oviedo The unbeaten run was finally over, the question now was how would the team react? The answer would come in spectacular fashion six days later when Chelsea visited Goodison Park... SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 2012 - EVERTON v CHELSEA Everton 5-0 Chelsea (Mirallas 41, Jelavic 61, Distin 71, Hitzlsperger 85, Coleman 90) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson, Baines, Naismith, Mirallas, Jelavic subs: Oviedo, Barkley, Anichebe The perfect response from Martinez' men and it was clear to see that this squad did have the staying power, the commitment and the skill to compete with the biggest clubs in the land. The next game was only four days later as former manager David Moyes welcomed his old side to Old Trafford. Moyes, like Martinez had made a great start in his new job, albeit the expectations being somewhat higher. Moyes has always, and always will be, a manager who respects his opponent, as was evident as he took the time to praise the impact Roberto Martinez had had on Everton...
  9. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD 2012 - EVERTON v STOKE CITY Everton 2-0 Stoke City (Distin 33, Jelavic 67) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Gibson, Baines, Mirallas, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Anichebe During the week Tony Hibbert returned from his loan spell at Leicester, the right back had made 5 appearances for the Foxes. There was also a reserve team appearance for Steven Pienaar as the South African continued with his comeback by playing the full 90 minutes against Norwich. The toffees were to suffer a blow though as it was revealed that Phil Neville would miss the next six weeks with a sports hernia. Whilst not being a regular starter Neville offered experience. It was a loss without question. There was now a run of fixtures which included the visits of Arsenal and Chelsea to Goodison Park and trips to Anfield and Old Trafford. Did Everton have the staying power under Martinez? The next month would offer big clues... SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH 2012 - EVERTON v ARSENAL Everton 2-1 Arsenal (Jelavic 66, 90+3 / Koscielny 20) Howard, Duffy, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Heitinga, Osman, Gibson, Baines, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Barkley, Hitzlsperger, Mirallas Another home game, another three points. The season was turning into something special for every Evertonian. The side were still unbeaten and headed to Anfield the following Sunday. Nikica Jelavic's stock was rising, the Croatian international who David Moyes had brought to the club from Rangers for £5M was the spearhead of the Everton attack and a popular figure amongst the supporters. It wasn't just the Everton fans who appreciated his talents though... Could Jelavic keep on scoring the goals? Could Everton maintain their unbelievable start to the season? All the attention was now on the next game, the Merseyside derby at Anfield. With results working out as they had done so far during the weekend, Everton knew a victory at the home of their greatest rivals would temporarily at least, put them on the top of the Premier League. The scene was set for what would prove to be a typical derby game with goals, drama and late tackles...
  10. MONDAY OCTOBER 29TH - WEST HAM UNITED v EVERTON West Ham United 1-1 Everton (Jarvis 4 / Baines 82) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines. Mirallas, Naismith, Jelavic, subs: Gibson, Barkley, Everton now sat second in the table, four points behind David Moyes' Manchester United. The injury to Fellaini though was a huge blow with the club confirming the following day that he had indeed fractured his arm and would be out of action for at least 5 weeks, and with 11 games in the next two months, which after the visit of Stoke saw fixtures against Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United the return of Steven Pienaar was needed more than ever if the side were to continue the fantastic start to the season...
  11. The perils of top flight Football management, something Martinez was all too aware of, and if results were to go by, had adapted to well. In the build up to the Southampton trip Martinez announced that young midfield prospect Gethin Jones had signed professional forms with the club. This was a youngster Martinez had high hopes for and fitted into the clubs idea of keeping their young talents and slowly introducing them to first team football, as had been seen with the emergence of Ross Barkley and Shane Duffy and a fleeting first team appearance for England Under-20 international John Lundstram. Martinez also took out the time to praise the form of left-back Leighton Baines. The England international had been instrumental in the sides excellent start to the season with both goals and assists. It was his consistency though impressed the manager the most... SUNDAY OCTOBER 21ST - SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON Southampton 0-1 Everton (Jelavic 39) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines, Mirallas, Naismith. Jelavic, subs: Neville, Gibson, Barkley How long could this form continue was anyone's guess, but one thing for certain was that the fans were enjoying themselves and whilst talk of a title challenge may be slightly premature one could forgive Evertonians for the new sense of optimism. The games were coming thick and fast and the next fixture was another trip south, this time to East London where West Ham United lay in wait...
  12. SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH - EVERTON v SUNDERLAND Everton 2-0 Sunderland (Naismith 40, Baines 55) Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Mirallas, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Oviedo, Gibson, Anichebe It was revealed after the game that long-serving full back Tony Hibbert had agreed to join Championship side Leicester Ciy on a month's loan. Hibbert hadn't been a part of Martinez' plans thus far and speculation over his future at the club had increased. Martinez did though praise the experienced defender for his attitude... The good start had continued into October and surely no Everton fan could have realistically have expected their side to be going into the second international break of the season second in the table to David Moyes' Manchester United? There was now a break before the team travelled to Southampton, but in that time more, yes more speculation regarding Marouane Fellaini emerged, this time Martinez had to come out and deny a bust-up with his star man... When quizzed by the press, Martinez was coy about the matter...
  13. TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH - CARDIFF CITY v EVERTON (CAPITAL ONE CUP THIRD ROUND) Cardiff City 3-0 Everton (Whittingham 22, Kiss 59, Turner 77) Mucha, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Stones, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Barkley, Mirallas, Anichebe subs: Baines, Naismith, Jelavic How would the side react to that first loss of the season? The answer would come four days later with a trip to The Hawthorns and a clash with West Bromwich Albion. One player who wouldn't be involved was Darron Gibson who was still short on fitness having returning to full training the following day. The only positive from the defeat at Cardiff was a first start for Leon Osman since the opening day of the season. Osman, who has spent his entire career with his hometown club personifies the traditional Everton spirit and Martinez was glad to have him back... SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH - WEST BROMWICH ALBION v EVERTON West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Everton Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines, Barkley, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Hitzlsperger, Mirallas, Anichebe Martinez had got the reaction he wanted to a certain degree at least and hopefully the Cardiff debacle was nothing more than a blip. The team now had one more game before the second international break of the season, but along with preparing for the visit of Sunderland there was a surprise announcement, which with hindsight would have spared Martinez from losing his captain for three months had Steven Pienaar decided to call time on his international career a few months previous. The news though was still good for his club if not his country... It was also a week when unsurprisingly the future of Marouane Fellaini was again questioned. This time though it was reported by the press that Paris Saint-Germain had made an official offer for the influential Belgian. The fee involved was believed to be around £20M. It was certainly a lively media conference the day before the Sunderland game... "
  14. Having to face further questions about the future of one of your star players is hardly ideal preparation the day before the champions arrive in town, but that's exactly the situation Roberto Martinez found himself in 24 hours before his team faced Manchester City... Martinez was indeed correct as over in Manchester Roberto Mancini spoke with high regard of the Spaniard and his team... SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND 2012 - EVERTON v MANCHESTER CITY Everton 2-1 Manchester City (Lescott og 20, Heitinga 58 / Sinclair 88) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Fellaini, Neville, Baines, Naismith, Barkey, Jelavic, subs: Oviedo, Osman, Mirallas, All dreams come to an end though, a fact that was hammered home three days later as the team travelled to South Wales for the Capital One Cup third round clash with Cardiff City...
  15. There was also good news regarding Leon Osman... SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST 2012 - EVERTON v WIGAN ATHLETIC Everton 3-1 Wigan Athletic (Jelavic 5, Mirallas 50, Distin 83, / Kone 55) Mucha, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Gibson, Fellaini, Baines, Mirallas, Barkley, Jelavic, subs: Stones, Hitzlsperger, Naismith, With a more than satisfactory points haul for the new manager going into the international break there was a real feeling around the club that this was just the start of what would be an exciting campaign. All Roberto Martinez could do now was hope and pray that his internationalists would return from playing for their respective countries in good health... As it turned out, they all did, although there was one injury to report back at the club as Darron Gibson had picked up a groin strain during training and faced three weeks on the sidelines. Leon Osman though was training well and Martinez confirmed he would travel to Queens Park Rangers in a game that was being shown by the television cameras... SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH 2012 - QUEENS PARK RANGERS v EVERTON Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Everton (Fellaini 44, Mbia og 45+2, Jelavic 47) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Fellaini, Neville, Baines, Barkley, Mirallas, Jelavic, subs: Osman, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe, It was now three straight victories in the league for the Toffees and next up was a home game against the champions, a game in which Everton could really lay down a sign of intent. In football though, and especially in the demanding league that is the Barclays Premier League there is always something else to discuss, again it was to be more speculation involving a certain Belgian international, only this time the attention was reported to be coming from oil rich owners in France's capital...
  16. TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH 2012 - CHARLTON ATHLETIC v EVERTON (CAPITAL ONE CUP 2ND ROUND) Charlton Athletic 1-1 Everton (Kermogant 90+2 / Barkley 58) Everton win 5-4 on pens Mucha, Jagielka, Duffy, Distin, Stones, Gibson, Neville, Oviedo, Barkley, Miralles, Anichebe subs: Lundstam, Naismith, Velios With a victory and a place in the third round, all eyes now focused back to the Premier League and the visit of Martinez' former employers Wigan Athletic to Goodison Park. There could be no time for sentiment though as the Toffees were looking to maintain their good start to the season...
  17. SATURDAY AUGUST 25TH - EVERTON v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Everton 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Baines 12, Jelavic 83) Howard, Duffy, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Gibson, Fellaini, Baines, Miralles, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Oviedo A great three points for Everton and the fans left Goodison Park in joyous mood. TV and media pundits were purring over the performance. David Moyes seemingly was already forgotten... Two games, four points. Next up was a trip to The Valley as the Blues turned their attentions towards the Capital One Cup...
  18. I've recently started an Everton save I'm making a story of my progress in the FM Stories thread if anyone's interested? http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/356548-No-sticky-toffee-on-Merseyside-An-Everton-story...
  19. The first home game of the season was drawing closer, Tottenham were the visitors and the anticipation was building ahead of what would be a good test for Martinez. Marouane Fellaini was indeed declared fit, a huge boost considering the loss of Leon Osman and the longer term absentee Steven Pienaar. The media gathered once again to quiz Martinez ahead of what was sure to be a special day...
  20. The media suite at Goodison Park was packed ahead of Roberto Martinez' final press conference before the new season... SATURDAY AUGUST 18TH 2012 - FULHAM v EVERTON Fulham 1-1 Everton (Baird 78 / Coleman 52) Howard, Duffy, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Gibson, Baines, Miralles, Naismith, Jelavic subs: Barkley It was later revealed that Leon Osman had suffered a groin strain and was expected to be out for three weeks, the blow was softened somewhat though with the news that Marouane Fellaini was expected to be fit an available for first home game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur. Elsewhere, the draw for the Second Round of the Capital One Cup had been made, Everton would travel to South London to face Championship side Charlton on August 28th.
  21. TUESDAY JULY 31ST 2012 Two days later the results were back, Heitinga had suffered a back strain and could expect to be out of action for around four weeks. A blow for Martinez' preparations but a chance for Shane Duffy... SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH 2012 - ATHLETIC BILBAO v EVERTON Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Everton (Pena 82 / Osman 90) Howard, Jagielka, Duffy, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines, Pienaar, Miralles, Jelavic subs: Gibson WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8TH 2012 - FLEETWOOD v EVERTON Fleetwood Town 0-1 Everton (Naismith pen 85) Mucha, Jagielka, Duffy, Distin, Coleman, Hitzlsperger, Fellaini, Oviedo, Naismith, Barkley, Anichebe subs: Stone, Neville, Osman All in all a solid enough pre-season campaign for the new manager and with everything now geared up towards the coming season the fans have shown their loyalty to the club once more as it's announced that just over 26,000 season tickets have been sold. A sure sign that Evertonians are happy with the appointment of Roberto Martinez... Away from the club though, sections of the media are reporting that one the clubs biggest names could be set for a January exit from Goodison Park... The first of many difficult questions, and to compound a tricky week before the start of the Premier League season there is further injury woe as both captain Steven Pienaar along with Fellaini sustain inuries whilst on international duty... So the scene was set, pre-season was done and dusted and Roberto Martinez was about to embark on his journey as manager of one of England's biggest clubs. Moderate success at Wigan is all good and well, but the responsibility of managing a team such as Everton and the pressure it naturally brings is a big step in terms of expectation. The signs were good though and despite losing his captain for three months before a ball had even been kicked, spirits were high within the squad...
  22. MONDAY JULY 16TH 2012 - ASK BAUMGARTEN v EVERTON ASK Baumgarten 1-1 Everton (Auer 11 / Distin 72) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines, Pienaar, Miralles, Jelavic subs: Oviedo, Gibson, Naismith, Barkley THURSDAY JULY 19TH 2012 - KAPFENBERGER v EVERTON Kapfenberger 1-2 Everton (Radi 46 / Miralles 16, Anichebe 73) Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Stones, Hitzlsperger, Fellaini, Baines, Pienaar, Miralles, Jelavic subs: Duffy, Barkley, Gibson, Neville, Anichebe So the Austrian tour comes to an end, a steady if unspectacular showing but signs of promise nonetheless. Next the team travel to the United States with games against D.C United and New England Revolution... WEDNESDAY JULY 25TH 2012 - D.C UNITED v EVERTON D.C United 0-3 Everton (Anichebe 25, 85, 90+2) Mucha, Duffy, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Neville, Oviedo, Naismith, Barkley, Anichebe subs: Baines, Gibson, Miralles SATURDAY JULY 28TH 2012 - NEW ENGLAND REVS v EVERTON New England Revs 0-0 Everton Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Baines, Pienaar, Miralles, Jelavic subs: Gibson The team flew back into Britain the following day to continue their preparations at the Finch Farm training complex ahead of the short trip to Northern Spain and the game against Manuel Bielsa's Athletic Bilbao. It was during the forthcoming week that the Toffees suffered the first of a series of injury blows...
  23. EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB - A NEW ERA This is the first time I've wrote anything like this so before we start I'd like to point out a few things. When I start a save I like to play as realistic as possible by creating an alter-ego with a profile and previous experience that's relevant to the side I choose to manage. In this save I've decided to go a step further and delete Roberto Martinez from the database and recreate a profile using the same name, age, nationality and playing experience. Along with this I've also made a few other changes such as Moyes, Ferguson, Mourinho, Ancelotti and Blanc. Unfortunately I forgot totally about Pellegrini, therefore Mancini is still in charge at Manchester City. No transfers have been added and the game is being played from the 13.3 update. I've also unticked the first transfer window. MARTINEZ IS THE MAN! Everton begin their pre-season preparations with a two game tour of Austria, followed by a further two games in America, a friendly in Bilbao before rounding off proceedings at Fleetwood, ten days before the opening league game at Fulham...
  24. After hitting a bit of a brick wall with FM where I couldn't really get into a save, I've started again as Sociedad and I'm enjoying myself so far. I've only played 4 games so far, defeats at Barcelona and Mallorca (both 0-2) and two home wins (Celta Vigo 3-0, Zaragoza 1-0). There seems to be a good balance amongst the first team squad and I'm playing a 4-1-2-2-1 balanced counter attacking system. PS- Just played the first Derby of the season and beat Athletic 3-1 at the Anoeta, my keeper Bravo saved a penalty when the score was 1-0. In 5th now after 6 games. Barcelona running away the league already with 6 straight wins and a goal difference of 17-0.
  25. It's stories like this that maintain my faith in Football Manager. I get a bit bored reading stories about people who finish 2nd with the likes of Swansea or Norwich in their first season, for me its not realistic and takes something away from the game, especially when the same signings come up in many peoples saves. In your game you've been unlucky, but with football being the way it is these days its also quite conceivable that it could have happened in real life. I know some people like the thought of racing through seasons and guiding their teams to instant success, but i much prefer the harsh end, building a team, managing finances tightly and not buying a whole new team every pre-season. Id much rather experience what you have than take over Man City and win everything straight away.
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