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  1. Club Olimpo Season Summary 2021 - 2022 Top four finish Our first season in the top flight was a good one. But since FM doesn't provide any information relating to continental qualification I have no idea if I have actually qualified for the Copa Libertadores or not. Would this happen in a Europen league on the game? We started the season really well, beating Velez in the 6th round of the cup a week before the start of the league season (yes, it's all a bit strange) and then following up with two straight wins in the opening games in the league. Two losses, two wins and two more losses followed and that set the tone for the season which was an unstable one! But we got better and better throughout the year and that was certainly helped by our team chemistry improving along the way! We went 11 games unbeaten at the end of the season and even though 6 of those games were draws it was still a great way to finish! We finished miles behind league winners Velez and I wasn't surprised to also find Boca and River ahead of us on the table, but other than that the difference between the Argentinian Premier Division and Second Division wasn't too big! We have some interesting talents coming up as well and I'm excited for next season. I am studying for my Continental C Licence, but we have not gotten facility or reqruitment upgrades. No wonder as we have absolutely no money. Season Summary Key Players Key Talents Season | League | Position | Cup | Continental -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Primera Nacional (2nd tier) | 1st | 6th round | N/A 2020/21 | Argentinian Premier League | 4th | 7th round | N/A
  2. Well done @dkouv! Been great following your posts! Will you be starting the challenge again in another league?
  3. Club Olimpo Youth Intake 2021 A good intake for us! Peralta seems like he could go far as a goalkeeper and Alderete surely has a great future as a ball winning midfielder. Our only gifted winger is Jonathan Gallini and its on the flanks that we are the weakest, but I can't complain!
  4. Club Olimpo Season Summary 2020 - 2021 Promotion to Primera Division! After completing the Youth Academy Challenge with South Shields I decided to quit the save. Once the challenge is over, the fun is over! I have previously completed it with Real Jean (Spain) on FM19 and failed in Croatia with NK Zadar on the current version. I decided to give it a try in South America, it doesn't see to be anyone else playing there? I chose Argentina for the simple reason that there is only two playable leagues in Argentina and three in Brazil. This means it's a bit tougher in the beginning as your low reputation as a manager upsets the squad confidence, but after climbing the lower leagues with South Shields I wanted to start closer to the top this time. I don't know the Argentinian leagues all too well, but I had heard of Olimpo before and the season preview placed us in the middle of the table so that was good. I started to read a bit about the clubs history and found lots of ups and downs over the last few seasons. They got relegated from the Argentinian Premier League in the 2017/2018 season, before getting relegated again the following the season to the 3rd tier!! The Argentinian league is a strange one, with a two month break in the middle, a promotion system that makes no sense at all, and the relegation system from the Premier Division is based on the average result over the last three seasons... This year Colon got relegated from the top tier, even though they finished 14th out of 23 teams... okey... The Argentinian 2nd tier is split into two 18 team groups and you play every team twice. The winning sides from each group face each other in a promotion final. The losing side face the teams placed from 2nd to 4th place in each of the two groups. I honestly still don't know how this system works.. A few cup rounds is also played way before the season starts, so you play something like 16 friendlies a year.. I took over what I would call a pretty good side, perfectly suited for a 4-2-3-1 high intensity tactic. The season started off well with three straight wins. We then lost a couple of games and all hell broke loose. A few key players had been placed on the bench and they were not happy. All of a sudden the managerial support fell so much that the players tried to get rid of me. Even though we played well over the next few months the board was constantly warning me that I had to turn around the lack of support from the players. I loaned out a couple of players in the January window and that helped a bit! Luckily for me the results were good and over time the players calmed down and seemed happy to keep me in charge. We stayed around the top with 4-5 other teams for a long time, but one by one they dropped out and it turned into a two horse race between us and Newell's Old Boys. We faced them in the 31st round away and that was in many ways a season final! A very even game all the way, but Newell's had some major chances in the second half. Then in stoppage time, we get a corner kick. Martin Ferreyra, our star CB, steps ut and hammers in a header and we were secured promotion! For about 45 seconds.. Newell's went straight to attack and got the equalizer in the 93rd minute!! Gutted and with three rounds to go only a single point separated us. We then drew our next game and Newell's won 1-0. I thought for sure the title was out of my hands at this point and had given into figuring out the strange promotion system. Luckily for us Newell's lost points against mid-table side All Boys in the following game and we manged to win our home game. This gave us the match ball at the end of the season and we finished the season of majestically with a 5-0 win! We were in the promotion final against Independiante Rivadia, and even though we had two key players out injured we safely won 3-0. Champions and promotion!! I'm excited to see what we can do next season. Our finances are in a shocking state, so even if we do well, will we see a third year? We are well within our wage budget but we are bleeding money! Note: the club had already signed Juan Garcia when I took over and it wasn't possible to cancel the transfer. He arrived in January with the combination og high salary and terrible skills. I loaned him out after one day, even without getting any of his salary covered. That's how bad he is. Season Summary Key Players Top Talent Season | League | Position | Cup | Continental -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Primera Nacional (2nd tier) | 1st | 6th round | N/A
  5. @vikeologist"As for suggestions, come back to the Ultimate Challenge. We miss you." Love to hear that! The Ultimate Challenge is fantastic, but I think I will give the Youth Academy Challenge one more go. Will have a think today for sure, as they are both great fun to play!
  6. I know, I have missed out on many potential funny references there! When you say all time stats, are you referring to historical stats, like most capped players, all time goalscorers etc? Over the last few years the Challenge-section has been what motivates me with playing FM. Of course I love playing the game itself for what it is, but I love the fact that the challenges are really hard and we are all cheering each other on. And so many people here write really good, funny and interesting updates (i'm not one of them). But when I complete a challenge I am done with the save! I completed this challenge on FM19 as well, with Real Jean FC in Spain. When I won the CL with them I quit the save straight away and thats what I think I will do this time as well. I want to try the challenge again, but in another country. Going all the way from Vanarama S/N to the Premier League is a big task and it takes such a long time. I've been thinking of trying the challenge in Holland, Belgium, France or Portugal. Any suggestions?
  7. South Shields FC Season Summary 2039 - 2040 Back-to-back Premier League championships & Champions League winners CHALLENGE COMPLETED What a season! After getting knocked out by Bayern Munich in the first knock out leg last year I expected this to be one more season of valuable experience in the Champions League. The goal in the league was a top-4 finish, but obviously aiming for the title. We had quite a lot of injuries this season which made rotation a bit difficult, considering the terrible quality of our backup players. Our ball winning midfielder Stuart Hunt only got 5 starts in the Premier League this year due to injuries, which gave 21 year old Colin Dillon the chance to shine. His only experience was being on loan in the Championship, but he stepped up to the challenge and did great! James Farmer broke into the first team last year and I had high hopes for him this year. Wow, did he deliver! 27 goals in 36 Premier League games and a 7,27 rating! He really led the line and he is so dangerous in the box! Darren Graham has been a great player for us over the last 5 seasons. Creative, hard working and quick, he was moved to an inside forward role this year, operating on the left wing. 7 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League is great, but 10 goals and 4 assists in 12 Champions League games is magic. Champions League Golden Boot winner from the wing is truly amazing. But the player of the season is Bob Dolan in defense. His CB partner Ryan Hughes is probably the better defender (and the best paid player in the world) but Bob Dolan combines great defense with a fantastic offensive threat. A 7,47 rating is extremely good. The Premier League has four CL spots and already early on it was obvious that those four spots would stand between South Shields, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool. I think all six teams were top of the table at one point, but unlike the others we avoided a really bad run of form. We struggled badly against the top teams away, but at home we were really solid. We had great attacking chemistry and were deadly on set pieces. Even though we only won the league with one point I was confident over the last 5 games that we would get the job done and we rotated quite a bit when we entered the latter stages of the Champions League. Our goalkeeper and all four defenders ended up making the Premier League Dream Team. In the Champions League we drew FC Porto, Lyon and Schalke 04. We finished on a solid 16 points and that included a 0-0 draw at home to Porto which we should have won easily! The first knock out round saw us face AC Milan. A tough draw, but we could have faced Juventus or Barcelona, so I guess it wasn't too bad. 0-0 away and a solid 2-0 win saw us through to the next round. The next opponent was PSG. A truly fantastic team with no real weaknesses. The first game was away in France, and we started great! We scored twice within the first 20 minutes and all of a sudden we were looking at a major upset. PSG turned the game around and ended up winning 3-2 but it was still a great performance. As was the case in the game against AC Milan we won 2-0 at home after goals from Bob Dolan and James Farmer. We faced FC Bayern in the semi final, with the first game at home. As against PSG we started great with goals in the 9th and 15th minute. We ended up winning 3-0 and that was enough to see us through, even with a 2-0 loss in Germany. We faced Valencia in the final which was quite an unexpected opponent. We were slight favorites going into the game, but the first 30 minutes were dominated by Valencia. We were lucky to take the lead in the 34th minute, and 1-0 was the score at half time. The second half was an even affair, but when Bob Dolan scored 2-0 in the 69th minute the game was over! We could raise the Champions League trophy and with back-to-back PL trophies that is the challenge completed for me!!! A fantastic journey, but I was extremely surprised that we won the CL so quickly! A little bit of luck for sure! Season Summary Top Performers Top Talents Season | League | Position | FA Cup | League Cup | Europe ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama Nat. League South | 1st | 1st round | 2nd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2021/22 | Vanarama Nat. League | 7th | 3rd round | 2nd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. League | 5th | 3rd round | 2nd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. League | 7th | 1st round | 4th Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. League | 1st | 2nd round | 3rd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2025/26 | Sky Bet League 2 | 7th | 1st round | 2nd round | N/A 2026/27 | Sky Bet League 2 | 3rd | 2nd round | 1st round | N/A 2027/28 | Sky Bet League 1 | 13th | 4th round | 1st round | N/A 2028/29 | Sky Bet League 1 | 1st | 1th round | 2nd round | N/A 2029/30 | Championship | 20th | 4th round | 1st round | N/A 2030/31 | Championship | 11th | 4th round | 3rd round | N/A 2031/32 | Championship | 2nd | Qtr final | 2nd round | N/A 2032/33 | Premier League | 16th | 4th round | 3rd round | N/A 2033/34 | Premier League | 14th | 3rd round | 2nd round | N/A 2034/35 | Premier League | 9th | 5th round | Qtr final | N/A 2035/36 | Premier League | 6th | Semi final | Semi final | N/A 2036/37 | Premier League | 5th | 5th round | 3rd round | N/A 2037/38 | Premier League | 4th | 3rd round | 3rd round | Europa League semi-final 2038/39 | Premier League | 1st | Runner-up | 4th round | First CL knock-out stage 2039/40 | Premier League | 1st | 5th round | 4th round | CL winners @dafuge, I guess this completes the "dafuge's FM20 Challenge" as well? Obviously I havent used any customised DB's and no editor.
  8. I completely agree. I still find it really tough against the very best teams when playing them away. Just faced Man Utd at Old Trafford. Lost 3-0 and my top striker/winger got injured for a month. Great afternoon! I feel the same way in the Champions League. We crushed the opposition in our CL group this season, 5 wins and a draw. We now face AC Milan in a couple of months in the first knockout stage. That will be a big test for us!
  9. Unlucky in the CL @dkouv! Really enjoy reading your updated and follow your progress. Hopefully we can both get that CL win!
  10. South Shields Season Summary 2038 - 2039 Premier League Champions!! This was our 7th season in the Premier League and every year we have managed to climb up the table. Last year we finished 4th and the goal this season was a medal. We did more than that and finished champions, just ahead of Man Utd! From February it was a two horse race between us and Man Utd. With a very tight fixture list Man Utd dropped points against Newcastle and Southapton at the end of the season which was surprising. We faced them at home in the second last game of the season, only needing a draw to secure the title. Of course we lost 1-2!! Gutted and I feared the worst. Luckily we had a fantastic game against Newcastle away on the final day, beating them 4-1. We finished on 87 points, one ahead of Man Utd. We had two players breaking into the first team this year, and I have massive hopes for them. James Farmer scored 11 goals in 13 (4) games and hopefully he can build on that next season. James Warren played great in the number 10 role at the end of the season when injuries forced me to promote him into the first team. 3 assists in 5 games is not bad for a 17 year old! He will keep his place for next year. The season ended on a low note when Man City crushed us 4-1 in the FA Cup Final. This was also our first season in the Champions League. Inter, Sevilla and Zenit in the group stage was an okey group. We managed to advance to the knockout stages with only 9 points and didn't impress anyone. We then faced Bayern Munchen in the first knock out stage. We drew them 0-0 at home and lost 1-2 in Germany. It was fair enough to get knocked out by such a good team, but we were a little bit unlucky not to score one or two goals against them at home. Hopefully we can improve next year! Season Summary Key Players Top Talents Season | League | Position | FA Cup | League Cup | Europe ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama Nat. League South | 1st | 1st round | 2nd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2021/22 | Vanarama Nat. League | 7th | 3rd round | 2nd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. League | 5th | 3rd round | 2nd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. League | 7th | 1st round | 4th Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. League | 1st | 2nd round | 3rd Round (FA Trophy) | N/A 2025/26 | Sky Bet League 2 | 7th | 1st round | 2nd round | N/A 2026/27 | Sky Bet League 2 | 3rd | 2nd round | 1st round | N/A 2027/28 | Sky Bet League 1 | 13th | 4th round | 1st round | N/A 2028/29 | Sky Bet League 1 | 1st | 1th round | 2nd round | N/A 2029/30 | Championship | 20th | 4th round | 1st round | N/A 2030/31 | Championship | 11th | 4th round | 3rd round | N/A 2031/32 | Championship | 2nd | Qtr final | 2nd round | N/A 2032/33 | Premier League | 16th | 4th round | 3rd round | N/A 2033/34 | Premier League | 14th | 3rd round | 2nd round | N/A 2034/35 | Premier League | 9th | 5th round | Qtr final | N/A 2035/36 | Premier League | 6th | Semi final | Semi final | N/A 2036/37 | Premier League | 5th | 5th round | 3rd round | N/A 2037/38 | Premier League | 4th | 3rd round | 3rd round | Europa League semi-final 2038/39 | Premier League | 1st | Runner-up | 4th round | First CL knock-out stage
  11. Ah, I see. So clubs with full time contracts cant just grad them? My bad then!
  12. Yeah, maybe they are right. You are not allowed to play in Eliteserien without a pro contract in real life though. It doesn't have to be full time, but it has to be a professional contract.
  13. Almost sounds like a bug? And if so, a game-breaking one.
  14. @SpS_Zen, imagine how many goals Danny Skillen could have scored for you if he didn't have 7 in finishing
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