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  1. Real Jean FC Season Update 2032-2033 A fantastic season, finishing 2nd behind Barcelona in La Liga. Last season we finished 4th and we lost Badr Senoussi on a free transfer, our best player by far. I thought that would be a massive setback, but even though he is a great player, it forced me to change tactics, and that worked really well. We went from a classic 4-3-3 with a DM to a more offensive 4-2-2-2 with two offensive wingers and two strikers, one pressing forward on defend and an advanced forward. Our main striker for the last few seasons, Santiago Sanchez, took the pressing forward role. Constantino Santos, a 21 year old striker who had spent the last two seasons on loan in the 2nd divison did really well up front, scoring 14 goals and making team of the year! Lolo Guillen was player of the year in the right winger role, a constant threat to the oppositon, finishing with 11 goals and 13 assist. A lot more pace and counter attacking focus really made us a lot better this year. Yes, we controlled games a lot more when we had Senoussi, but our team is overall a lot better and the future isnt looking too bad. We had another good Youth Intake, and with our facilities and 15 (!) affiliated clubs we really should have high demands in this department. Overall we have a really good generation of players coming up, and now its all about managing the development. We did our best in the Champions League, but with Manchester United, Inter and Zenit in our group it was okay finishing 3rd. In the Europa League we beat Hapoel comfortably 6-0 over two games, but then Chelsea became too strong, beating us 2-1 on aggregate. A 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge was great, but they were better over two games. Goals for next season: Quarter final in CL + top 3 in La Liga Posted April 27 Bilderesultat for real jaen club de futbol Real Jean FC Season Update 2031-2032 Another great season, but the last one in a while? We finished 4th place in La Liga, same as last year, and did great in the Champions League, advancing from the "group of death" with Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Basel. We had several players who took big steps quality wise this year and had a really good youth intake. All in all a great season. But... We lost our star man, our best player by far (!!!!), Badr Senoussi, on a free transfer... Senoussi, who finished the season with 17 assist in the league from central midfield and an average rating of 7,34, had refused to sign a new contract for the last couple of seasons. With his contract coming to and end this year there was no chance of getting it renewed. He finished 3rd in the player of the year award in La Liga, and will definitely get a big contract at a huge club. This is a massive blow for us and we will have to rethink our whole approach tactically. Everything evolved around him... To be quite honest it is also a motivational blow for me, I just dont see us finishing anywhere near Europe next year.. We have a couple of young talents, but they are far away from La Liga level at this point. Maybe a two-striker system and a more direct approach will be our solution, because now we have just lost all our midfield creativity.. But we did great this year, and we just have to move on, even without Senoussi. 106.thumb.jpg.801a946255f7d385596b82052d0dadbf.jpg107.thumb.jpg.1a49187f1867d6247b140f75abb96b1a.jpg108.thumb.jpg.99be0dfba59efc26a374bab9e9101666.jpg109.thumb.jpg.6d7110c60497da90189ac1a3cdd45cd3.jpg 110.thumb.jpg.8940c0478f3e70aab440fdb1f2f1a193.jpg111.thumb.jpg.de6cda140e74775a504313d400b0fdac.jpg112.thumb.jpg.0b1b504451bfc65d128ba03ce090e378.jpg113.thumb.jpg.8e1e59675a173c4a2257ec6747dc6f6d.jpg Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL 2028/29 | La Liga | 8th | 4th round | N/A | Decent progress, but unconsistent 2029/30 | La Liga | 7th | 4th round | N/A | A return to Europe! 2030/31 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | EL knock out 2nd round | Great year, finsihed 4th 2031/32 | La Liga | 4th | Qtr-final | CL knock out 1st round | Another great year, great run in CL 2032/33 | La Liga | 2nd | 5th round | Group Stage CL | Great season in La Liga, runners up
  2. Real Jean FC Season Update 2031-2032 Another great season, but the last one in a while? We finished 4th place in La Liga, same as last year, and did great in the Champions League, advancing from the "group of death" with Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Basel. We had several players who took big steps quality wise this year and had a really good youth intake. All in all a great season. But... We lost our star man, our best player by far (!!!!), Badr Senoussi, on a free transfer... Senoussi, who finished the season with 17 assist in the league from central midfield and an average rating of 7,34, had refused to sign a new contract for the last couple of seasons. With his contract coming to and end this year there was no chance of getting it renewed. He finished 3rd in the player of the year award in La Liga, and will definitely get a big contract at a huge club. This is a massive blow for us and we will have to rethink our whole approach tactically. Everything evolved around him... To be quite honest it is also a motivational blow for me, I just dont see us finishing anywhere near Europe next year.. We have a couple of young talents, but they are far away from La Liga level at this point. Maybe a two-striker system and a more direct approach will be our solution, because now we have just lost all our midfield creativity.. But we did great this year, and we just have to move on, even without Senoussi. Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL 2028/29 | La Liga | 8th | 4th round | N/A | Decent progress, but unconsistent 2029/30 | La Liga | 7th | 4th round | N/A | A return to Europe! 2030/31 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | EL knock out 2nd round | Great year, finsihed 4th 2031/32 | La Liga | 4th | Qtr-final | CL knock out 1st round | Another great year, great run in CL
  3. Real Jean FC Season update 2030-2031 After a 7th place finish last season we returned to Europe. Last time we saw European action we really struggled with the additional fixtures and I feared the same this year. But we had our best season yet! A really strong 4th place league finish will give us Champions League football next year. We also did really well in the Europa League. After beating Ajax 9-0 we faced Chelsea in the second knockout stage. That was unfortaunately our last stop, losing 5-3 over two games, but we gave everything we got. In the league we were overall stronger both in offense and defense. We were able to dominate games to a lot bigger extent than earlier, and it makes me optimistic about the future. But! There are problems lurking in the distance. Our by far (!!) best player, Badr Senoussi, is entering the last year of his contract. He seemes set on not renewing and that would be a massive blow to the overall quality of the team. Senoussi had 9 goals and 6 assists from central midfield, and he is our dynamo in every attack against an estabelished defense that we have. I am trying everything I can to renew his contract, but I fear that we are reaching a "post-Senoussi" era... Our youth intake was not good this year, but I cant complain really. We have been really lucky over the last few seasons. We have plenty of affiliated clubs that gives us some extra players in the youth intake, lets hope that gives us more talents next season! Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL 2028/29 | La Liga | 8th | 4th round | N/A | Decent progress, but unconsistent 2029/30 | La Liga | 7th | 4th round | N/A | A return to Europe! 2030/31 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | EL knock out 2nd round | Great year, finsihed 4th
  4. A bit of a bragging post I guess, but with all the hardship we go through on this challenge we have to treasure the highlights. Finished second in my group in Europa League, behind Liverpool. Drew Ajax in the first stage of the knock out stage, first game at home. Everything clicked! We were 3-0 up after 18 minutes, when my striker Santiago Sanchez chiped over the goalkeeper from 10 meters out... Our central defender Jose Manuel scored a hat-trick! His first goals of the season! With so many frustrating performances I've had over the last few seasons, what a joy this was!!
  5. My Real Jean team had professional status when I took over, so I can't be certain, but I would think this is the most pressing one? This gives you the opportunity to lock in the one or two talented players that might come through every year which certainly is key. Otherwise, if you for some strange reason find yourself with a really talented player you might lose him straight away. And I would guess that professional status also covers general improvements in the club and gives you a better chance of getting other improvements. Professional status also gives you full time contracts for coaches, which in turn, gives you better training for seniors and youth players.
  6. Real Jean FC Season update 2029-2030 After two consecutive years of finishing 8th place, we finally saw some progress. We finished 7th in the table, and even though that is just one place higher, this means a return to Europe. My two best players, Senoussi in midfield and my goalkeeper Naim, refuse to sign new contracts, so hopefully playing in Europe will make that happen. Playing wise we didn't really see big progress, but we have some decent talents coming through, and we need to start making changes. We have to many players with a first team spot that does not have any real quality, and I am now trying to phase them out. Our first "star" player, central defender Eugenio, had to start on the bench for the last 4 games, having to give way for 15 year old (!!) Hassan Maher, a very talented centre back that came through the youth intake. Very excited about him, and hopefully he can lead the way forward for a new generation? If I lose Senoussi or Naim I am in extremely big trouble, so time is of the essence. We have to step up and start contending (even though we have by far the weakest team in the league). I have been able to get farmer clubs in Europe, connecting with 1860 Munchen, FC Twente, Sochaux and CD Santa Clara (Portugal). This gives me some pretty decent talent in the youth intake, and can prove to be very important. I started to play a bit more offensive this year, and it paid off. We were able to control more home games than in previous years, and that was important in a year when star winger Jorge Vela didnt really play at his best. I am used to him scoring 10 goals from the wing, this year I think he got three. So moving the whole team more forward as a unit was key. Away we struggle more against the big teams than we used to, and sometimes I can just put the game on key highlights and maximum speed. If we go down early against a big team, there is no coming back... Goals for next season: Top 7 in the league and advance from the group stage in Europa League General info Key players and best player from youth intake Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL 2028/29 | La Liga | 8th | 4th round | N/A | Decent progress, but unconsistent 2029/30 | La Liga | 7th | 4th round | N/A | A return to Europe!
  7. Good points you mention here @dkouv, and I agree. I think I have been too focused on loaning out players, without getting anything in return in terms of improvement. I have state of the art training facilities both for seniors and juniors, as well as pretty good junior coaching. And I shouldnt be too greedy either probably, after all I am in La Liga, so shouldn't expect to get top class players every year from the academy. But will definitely look at keeping more players in my U19 team rather than loaning them out. But you can now add players from U19 to train with the first team. Any thoughts on that? It sounds like a really good idea, considering my first team coaches also have good attributes on junior coaching. But I expect there is a downside.
  8. Do you guys have any general guidelines you follow for player development? Is it better to keep players under the age of 18 at the club for best development?
  9. Player development: Are there any general guidelines for player development when it comes to loan vs. development in youth teams? I loan out players a lot, but I think it might not be beneficial for their development as the teams I loan them out to do not have great traning facilities and coaches.
  10. This save is great fun and is probably one of the most exciting challenges I've played. And really enjoyable (and often funny) to read about other peoples progress, This challenge really brings another dimension to FM, and depending on which country you start in the challenge is so different. But jesus, it tests my patience!! Our 9th season in La Liga, and its so difficult to make progress. The talents that our coming up are just not near good enough La Liga level. We are predicted 20th every year, even though we keep finishing on the upper half of the table. I need to take a couple of big steps forward soon, otherwise I might try the challenge somewhere else. But then again, its such a fun save!
  11. Real Jean FC Season Update 2028-2029 Our second 8th place finish in a row, and as last year, we are one point shy of Europe. But in many ways we played better, we were more solid and were able to control more games than we did last year and to be fair, this is probably the first season when I would say we were a little bit unlucky. We drew a lot of games we should have won. But considering that last year we were in the Champions League (where we had no business being in at all) we should have done better! Our last game, home to Real Madrid, we took the lead, but unfortunately ended up losing 1-2. But all in all, it was a pretty decent year, although I am getting a little bit impatient, there are not exactly tons of talent coming up. Maybe I am too focused on sending players out on loan? They get plenty of games, but dont end up with great progress. There were not any spesific stages of our campaign, we were decent overall without having any really good our really bad periods. We struggle away against most teams, and our lack of a really good central defensive midfielder is getting clearer each day. Unfortunately we did not get anything in that department in our youth intake, but a decent striker in 15 year old Diego (scored on his debut) as well as a dynamic all around midfielder in Samuel Jimenez. Our best player, Badr Senoussi, does not want to renew his contract. But he is not going anywhere, as his 6 week injury showed how essential he is for our creativity. Jorge Vela on the right wing keeps being our point/assist king, even after turing 32. He has been with me from the start, and is a club legend by now. We get another expansion of our stadium and training facilities. Our stadium, built a couple of years ago, will then reach 56 875 capacity. Goals for next season: Top 7 Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL 2028/29 | La Liga | 8th | 4th round | N/A | Decent progress, but unconsistent
  12. Real Jean FC Season Update 2027-2028 Our first year playing in Europe, and handling La Liga and the CL at the same time proved a great, but fun, challenge. We started really bad, only winning 2 out of our first 9 league games. For a long time we were floating around 12th to 17th place, and never finding any real form. At one stage the captain called a team meeting, not satisfies with my management. After I told them it was all their fault things started to get better. We did a few tactical changes, mostly individual instructions, and it paid off. We finished the season really strong and for the last remaining games we were fighting for a European spot. Unfortunately we finished the season with a dreadful 2-5 loss to Valencia, after being 2-0 up after 10 minutes... We finished 8th place, one single point from a European spot. But, to be fair, it its not Champions League, it doesnt matter that much. This gives me more time to rest players, and we have plenty of money. The Champions League was a tough experience for us, ending with 2 points and a knockout from the group stage. We got drawn against Bayern Munchen, Liverpool and Benfica, so not an easy group. In the first game we were down 0-3 to Bayern at home after 14 minutes... the game actually ended 3-4, Bayern scoring the winner in the 89th minute... All in all a pretty decent season. We managed to get a couple of points from a very tough CL group, and I cant be to unhappy with 8th place in the league. The media predictions had us again at 20th place, so what more can I ask really. Some of our young players took big steps this year, especially Senoussi and Tejero. Our stadium is being upgraded at the end of the season, and my training/youth facilities are once again being upgraded. Our youth intake was, as last year, quite dissapointing. No real stand out players, which is a shame! Goals for next season: Top 10 Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL
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