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  1. He looks class! Would love a defender like that to come through for me
  2. Sampedrense - 2035/36 Season Report Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 - Fixtures 3 - Transfers Transfers One out with Buczek, who had joined for £2.3m four years back, leaving for Real Madrid in a £90m deal. We want to get back to all Sampedrense players eventually and he was second choice left mid, so it's a great deal from that point of view. Nobody joins us and a number of other loans out. League We lost our unbeaten streak eventually, dropping 3-2 away at Sporting with Leite, keeper Moita and Rocha all out through injury. We were 2-0 up in spite of that, but our reserve keeper just wasn't up to it. The second loss came late on in the season to Guimaraes and a 91st minute goal with the title long since sewn up - it was just before the CL semis, so I was happy to rest just about everyone. So, our unbeaten league stretch went to 146 games. Pretty sure we won't get to that again! Won Manager of the Year again Cups Won both Taca de Liga and the Taca de Portugal. First time in a long while that we've done that! Europe Not an easy group this year - Chelsea, Leverkusen and Club Brugge. A phenomenal 3-0 win in London led to us winning the group with a solid 14 points. The first knockout round paired us with AC Milan and we made things difficult, going 3-1 down in the San Siro to a hat trick from their AML. We made it 3-2 before going 3-0 up at home, which was all we needed. In the QF, we had a grudge match against Barca, who knocked us out last year (we had crumbled in the first leg and just couldn't do enough at home). Needless to say, I was worried when we went 2-0 down, but we pulled it back to 2-2 before each side grabbed a late goal. At home, we did what we should have last year and just hammered them. Atletico are a side I haven't faced much, but were really tough on the way to our first CL title. We grabbed an early strike in Madrid to lead 1-0, but they were well on top and deservedly equalised, before getting a man sent off, which meant we could take the lead in the last ten minutes. At home, we again scored early and were comfortable in spite of their equaliser, before Trujillo put things beyond doubt. The final saw us face up to Real. Suffice to say, at 2-1 down at half time, I was concerned. Then Trujillo went wild in the best performance I can remember in any edition of FM.. Trujillo also went one better than Leite's 17 Champions League goals last season and set a new record. Player of the Season It'd be nice to give it to someone else, but Leite is still just head and shoulders above everyone. Special mention to Trujillo for his goalscoring exploits though (and still hasn't hit his potential!) Youth Intake Not bad and at least we have a position of need. Still after that CB or box-to-box CM. Luis Machado (YP18a) - A good looking LB that I'm hoping we can train up to eventually be our home-grown version of Feciuch at that CWB role Adriano Figueira (YP18b) - A decent CB prospect, who won't make it to Freixo's level, but might one day play alongside him. Facilities and Finances: Youth facilities needed an upgrade, but otherwise at max again. Most of the youngsters I'd targeted last year got some good game time, with Logan Long (YP13a) getting the most game time: Rocha watch: Now up to 601 games, but missed January through to the CL final with a hip injury, which was a real shame. It did allow Logan Long (above) to get his game time though, which was good news. Definitely not at his peak compared to a few years back. International: The European Championships were up this summer - we were drawn against Turkey, Scotland and Austria in a very friendly group, which we won comfortably. England were up in the 2nd round and a 3-1 victory was just reward for a good performance. Then we just sort of spluttered, needing penalties to get by a poor Poland side and then Spain in the semis. Germany were the other finalists and an early Vergine goal saw them off. A pretty boring win really! Progress: Season | League | Pos. | Cup | CL | EL | Top scorer | Top assists | Top rating | Notes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 | Prio | 2nd - lost in QF | 3rd rd | n/a | n/a | Mimba (30) | Mimba (16) | Mimba (7.65) | Squad of 11... 2019/20 | Prio | 1st - won league | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Mimba (35) | Mimba (22) | Mimba (7.70) | 2020/21 | Liga Pro | 7th | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (32)| Mimba (20) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (7.69) | Turned Professional 2021/22 | Liga Pro | 1st - champions | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (47)| Elton Abdul (21) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (8.07) | 2022/23 | Liga NOS | 10th | 3rd rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (27)| Abdul/Barros (11) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (7.37) | Elton Abdul won European Golden Boy 2023/24 | Liga NOS | 7th | 6th rd | n/a | n/a | Jorge Barros(YP03a) (23)| Barros (11) | Jorge Barros(YP03a) (7.31) | Made semi of Taca de Liga 2024/25 | Liga NOS | 3rd | 5th rd | n/a | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (16)| Tavares (12) | Michael Rocha (YP04a) (7.46)| Qualified for CL 3rd round 2025/26 | Liga NOS | 2nd | 6th rd | 3rd in group| last 16 | Emanuel Leite YP06a (30)| Leite (YP06a) (14) | Michael Rocha (YP04a) (7.39)| Taca da Liga runners up 2026/27 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 4th rd | 4th in group| n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (29)| Martinho (16) | André Tabaio (7.55) | 2027/28 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Winners! | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (66)| Tabaio (21) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.18)| 2028/29 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 4th rd | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (44)| Rocha (YP04a) (22) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.11)| 2029/30 | Liga NOS | 2nd | Winners! | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Leite (YP06a) (22) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.96)| 2030/31 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 6th rd | Winners! | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Oliveira (YP07b)(22)| Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.82)| 2031/32 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Runner up| Runner up | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Oliveira (YP07b)(24)| Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.84)| Won Club World Cup 2032/33 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | Winners! | Winners! | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (45)| Belo (YP11a) (19) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.64)| Invincible season 2033/34 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | Runner up| Winners! | n/a | Ángel Trujillo (54) | Leite (YP06a) (23) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.79)| Invincible season, won CWC 2034/35 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | 6th rd | Semi final | n/a | Ángel Trujillo (51) | Leite (YP06a) (27) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.93)| Invincible season, won CWC 2035/36 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Winners! | Winners! | n/a | Ángel Trujillo (60) | Leite (YP06a) (24) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.05)| Domestic sweep Season | Finances | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | £96k | Average | Basic | Good | Good | 3000 2018/19 | £480k | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Good | Good | 3000 2019/20 | £256k | Exceptional | Well Established | Good | Good | 3000 2020/21 | £559k | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 3000 2021/22 | -£400k | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 4000 - seriously, £1m for 1000 seats...? 2022/23 | £2.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 5250 2023/24 | £2.2m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Good | 5250 (planning a 16,898 stadium) 2024/25 | £20.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 5250 (building a 17,468 stadium) 2025/26 | £32.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 5250 (still building a 17,468 stadium) 2026/27 | £41.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 17468 2027/28 | £43.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 17468 2028/29 | £50.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Excellent | Superb | 17468 (expanding). No more debt. 2029/30 | £57.7m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 26202 2030/31 | £64.4m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 26202 (expanding to 32,656) 2031/32 | £54.4m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| Superb | 30697 (expanding to 32,656) 2032/33 | £79.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 2033/34 | £44.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 - think I did finances later on last time. From now on, finances as of end June. 2034/35 | £38.1m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 2035/36 | £75.3m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 International Management ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season | Nation | World Ranking at 1st July | Notable Success | 2034/35 | Italy | 3rd | Won Nations League | 2035/36 | Italy | 1st | Won European Championship |
  3. So this is a silly start to the season - 12 goals in 5 league games, with all five in the last game against Rio Ave! Trujillo has developed scarily well over the last four seasons...
  4. Great seasons there @Shakes and @Braumiller - good to see you both top the leagues
  5. Sampedrense - 2034/35 Season Report Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 - Fixtures 3 - Transfers Transfers One player in, in James Black - he'd been on my radar for ages, back before we switched to a back three. His contract was up, so I thought it was an easy free transfer to just make a bit of money from. He didn't play much, but I'm sure we can ship him on in the summer for a nice profit if we don't change our system. Cheap wages, too League The league has long since ceased to be an issue, with the two draws being a 1-1 away at Porto when down to 10 men early and a 0-0 at Maritimo when resting players for the CL semi - if it weren't for the ridiculous unbeaten streak that we're on, I wouldn't really pay it very much attention at all. Speaking of that streak... Won Manager of the Year this year Cups Won the Taca da Liga, but exited the Taca de Portugal in a poor performance at Benfica. Europe Won the group comfortably in spite of an opening day loss at Spurs. Had the first favourable draw in years giving us Ajax, before coming up against PSG and then Barca in the quarters and semis. We gave up poor first leg performances in both ties and whilst we thrashed PSG at home to turn that one around, we just couldn't do the same in the semi against Barca. Our great record of reaching four finals in a row is over . Atletico went on to beat Barca 1-0 at Old Trafford. In a fun note, Leite's 17 goals in the competition was pretty damn impressive. Player of the Season Just getting better and better. Currently on 465 goals in total for the club, which is simply awesome. Youth Intake Not bad and at least we have a position of need. Still after that CB or box-to-box CM. Alexandre Guedes (YP17a) - A good looking LB that I'm hoping we can train up to eventually be our home-grown version of Feciuch at that CWB role Facilities and Finances: Still at max --- Aims for next season. More game time for the youngsters. I've got my prospects to focus on and I will try to develop them more, possibly whilst selling off some of the non-youth players who are blocking them. The following had more game time this year and I think they are going to fit the formation in the following spots. Problem has always been that I just keep getting AMs and GKs through, so loads of cover there... CM: Logan Long (YP13a) AM: Alberto Djalo (YP16a) ML: Antonio Rodrigues (YP14c) AM/ST: Carlos Kapoco (YP15a) DM: Mussa Semedo (YP14a) ST: Andrei Timbur (YP14b) Hopefully get a CB prospect or a proper BBM in the intake. Remains a hope for next season... Rocha watch: As our captain's career comes closer to its end, we will keep an eye on how he does each season - would love to keep him around once he hangs up his boots, but there's plenty left in the tank yet! Not a stellar season by any means, but he's so often the pass before the assist - the stats don't really do him credit. He's at 578 games and counting. How I'd love to get him to 1000: International: In other news, for interest of managing a few different players, I took over as Italy manager post-WC exit. It's an ageing squad with not much coming through that's in win now mode to try to get me further up the Hall of Fame. We went and won the Nations League, beating England 2-1 in the semi final, before France 2-0 in the final. Woop woop! Progress: Season | League | Pos. | Cup | CL | EL | Top scorer | Top assists | Top rating | Notes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 | Prio | 2nd - lost in QF | 3rd rd | n/a | n/a | Mimba (30) | Mimba (16) | Mimba (7.65) | Squad of 11... 2019/20 | Prio | 1st - won league | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Mimba (35) | Mimba (22) | Mimba (7.70) | 2020/21 | Liga Pro | 7th | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (32)| Mimba (20) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (7.69) | Turned Professional 2021/22 | Liga Pro | 1st - champions | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (47)| Elton Abdul (21) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (8.07) | 2022/23 | Liga NOS | 10th | 3rd rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (27)| Abdul/Barros (11) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (7.37) | Elton Abdul won European Golden Boy 2023/24 | Liga NOS | 7th | 6th rd | n/a | n/a | Jorge Barros(YP03a) (23)| Barros (11) | Jorge Barros(YP03a) (7.31) | Made semi of Taca de Liga 2024/25 | Liga NOS | 3rd | 5th rd | n/a | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (16)| Tavares (12) | Michael Rocha (YP04a) (7.46)| Qualified for CL 3rd round 2025/26 | Liga NOS | 2nd | 6th rd | 3rd in group| last 16 | Emanuel Leite YP06a (30)| Leite (YP06a) (14) | Michael Rocha (YP04a) (7.39)| Taca da Liga runners up 2026/27 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 4th rd | 4th in group| n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (29)| Martinho (16) | André Tabaio (7.55) | 2027/28 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Winners! | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (66)| Tabaio (21) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.18)| 2028/29 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 4th rd | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (44)| Rocha (YP04a) (22) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.11)| 2029/30 | Liga NOS | 2nd | Winners! | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Leite (YP06a) (22) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.96)| 2030/31 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 6th rd | Winners! | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Oliveira (YP07b)(22)| Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.82)| 2031/32 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Runner up| Runner up | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Oliveira (YP07b)(24)| Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.84)| Won Club World Cup 2032/33 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | Winners! | Winners! | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (45)| Belo (YP11a) (19) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.64)| Invincible season 2033/34 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | Runner up| Winners! | n/a | Ángel Trujillo (54) | Leite (YP06a) (23) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.79)| Invincible season, won CWC 2034/35 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | 6th rd | Semi final | n/a | Ángel Trujillo (51) | Leite (YP06a) (27) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.93)| Invincible season, won CWC Season | Finances | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | £96k | Average | Basic | Good | Good | 3000 2018/19 | £480k | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Good | Good | 3000 2019/20 | £256k | Exceptional | Well Established | Good | Good | 3000 2020/21 | £559k | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 3000 2021/22 | -£400k | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 4000 - seriously, £1m for 1000 seats...? 2022/23 | £2.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 5250 2023/24 | £2.2m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Good | 5250 (planning a 16,898 stadium) 2024/25 | £20.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 5250 (building a 17,468 stadium) 2025/26 | £32.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 5250 (still building a 17,468 stadium) 2026/27 | £41.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 17468 2027/28 | £43.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 17468 2028/29 | £50.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Excellent | Superb | 17468 (expanding). No more debt. 2029/30 | £57.7m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 26202 2030/31 | £64.4m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 26202 (expanding to 32,656) 2031/32 | £54.4m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| Superb | 30697 (expanding to 32,656) 2032/33 | £79.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 2033/34 | £44.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 - think I did finances later on last time. From now on, finances as of end June. 2034/35 | £38.1m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 International Management ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season | Nation | World Ranking at 1st July | Notable Success | 2034/35 | Italy | 3rd | Won Nations League |
  6. Great work in Europe there, @Shakes - hopefully the wins against the bigger sides is a sign of things to come
  7. Sampedrense - 2033/34 Season Report Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 - Fixtures 3 - Transfers Transfers Sold a few players, nothing major this year though with a very settled squad. League Just a very, very good season. The one draw? Pacos Ferreira away... We were resting a fair few players for the Man Utd games, but still. Genuinely a frustration! We had the league sewn up by January, so everything else could get full focus. There were a few very close calls, with us 1-0 down numerous times in the last ten games, but this takes our unbeaten run to silly levels... Oh yes, obviously, I didn't win manager of the year. That went to Braga's manager. Who knows? Cups Won the Taca de Portugal, squeezing past Benfica in the final. In the Taca de Liga, we just decided not to turn up against Porto, seeing our only loss of the domestic season Europe A bit of a surprise here, as I didn't think it would be this easy - it really was, until the final. We topped the group with 18 points (Spurs, Monaco and Ajax) leading to a lovely tie with Real. Thankfully, they haven't really signed many top players recently, with their stars the wrong side of 30. Still, a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu was unexpected and whilst they took the lead in Sampedrense, we were clinical and thumped them. We then had a heart-attack moment when we conceded a penalty away to Bayern in the first leg, which CB Freixo was sent off for protesting. Thankfully, Moita made the stop, we held out for the clean sheet and a Leite/Trujillo combo at home was enough for the win. Man Utd were poor in the semis - they have a really unbalanced squad - and a 2-0 win away preceded an absolute rout at home. That left Man City, who have probably the best squad in the game. They were miles better than us for the first 45 minutes, but a Trujillo strike just on the verge of half time put us ahead. We were good value for the win in the second half after club legend Rocha finished from a Trujillo knockdown. Player of the Season Who else? Nice to see his valuation finally break £37m after all these years. Clearly we are now a big club Youth Intake A nice intake and good to get a decent left winger and yet another outstanding looking AMC. We have a bit of an embarrassment of riches at this position and will be interested to see who steps up to take over from Rocha when he finally hangs up his boots. Alberto Djaló (YP16a) - The latest in our AMC production line. Cool name and nice spread of attributes means it could be him. Bruno Ventura (YP16b) - Another good GK prospect for a position that we are well stocked in, but looks to have decent potential. Renato Peixoto (YP16c) - Literally the first decent looking LW we've had through. Not the highest in terms of potential, but good raw stats and a Professional personality give me hope! Facilities and Finances: Still at max. + £20m from the Pavlovic sale (a CB who was about on a par with two of our others) --- Aims for next season. More game time for the youngsters. Work out who is going to replace Leite, Rocha, Freixo (?) et al and develop them. Hopefully get a CB prospect or a proper BBM in the intake. Progress: Season | League | Pos. | Cup | CL | EL | Top scorer | Top assists | Top rating | Notes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 | Prio | 2nd - lost in QF | 3rd rd | n/a | n/a | Mimba (30) | Mimba (16) | Mimba (7.65) | Squad of 11... 2019/20 | Prio | 1st - won league | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Mimba (35) | Mimba (22) | Mimba (7.70) | 2020/21 | Liga Pro | 7th | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (32)| Mimba (20) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (7.69) | Turned Professional 2021/22 | Liga Pro | 1st - champions | 4th rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (47)| Elton Abdul (21) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (8.07) | 2022/23 | Liga NOS | 10th | 3rd rd | n/a | n/a | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (27)| Abdul/Barros (11) | Elton Abdul (YP02a) (7.37) | Elton Abdul won European Golden Boy 2023/24 | Liga NOS | 7th | 6th rd | n/a | n/a | Jorge Barros(YP03a) (23)| Barros (11) | Jorge Barros(YP03a) (7.31) | Made semi of Taca de Liga 2024/25 | Liga NOS | 3rd | 5th rd | n/a | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (16)| Tavares (12) | Michael Rocha (YP04a) (7.46)| Qualified for CL 3rd round 2025/26 | Liga NOS | 2nd | 6th rd | 3rd in group| last 16 | Emanuel Leite YP06a (30)| Leite (YP06a) (14) | Michael Rocha (YP04a) (7.39)| Taca da Liga runners up 2026/27 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 4th rd | 4th in group| n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (29)| Martinho (16) | André Tabaio (7.55) | 2027/28 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Winners! | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (66)| Tabaio (21) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.18)| 2028/29 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 4th rd | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (44)| Rocha (YP04a) (22) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (8.11)| 2029/30 | Liga NOS | 2nd | Winners! | Last 16 | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Leite (YP06a) (22) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.96)| 2030/31 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | 6th rd | Winners! | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Oliveira (YP07b)(22)| Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.82)| 2031/32 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS! | Runner up| Runner up | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (47)| Oliveira (YP07b)(24)| Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.84)| Won Club World Cup 2032/33 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | Winners! | Winners! | n/a | Emanuel Leite YP06a (45)| Belo (YP11a) (19) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.64)| Invincible season 2033/34 | Liga NOS | CHAMPIONS!* | Runner up| Winners! | n/a | Ángel Trujillo (54) | Leite (YP06a) (23) | Emanuel Leite (YP06a) (7.79)| Invincible season, won CWC Season | Finances | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | £96k | Average | Basic | Good | Good | 3000 2018/19 | £480k | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Good | Good | 3000 2019/20 | £256k | Exceptional | Well Established | Good | Good | 3000 2020/21 | £559k | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 3000 2021/22 | -£400k | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 4000 - seriously, £1m for 1000 seats...? 2022/23 | £2.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Good | Good | 5250 2023/24 | £2.2m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Good | 5250 (planning a 16,898 stadium) 2024/25 | £20.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 5250 (building a 17,468 stadium) 2025/26 | £32.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 5250 (still building a 17,468 stadium) 2026/27 | £41.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 17468 2027/28 | £43.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Great | Great | 17468 2028/29 | £50.6m | Exceptional | Extensive | Excellent | Superb | 17468 (expanding). No more debt. 2029/30 | £57.7m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 26202 2030/31 | £64.4m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 26202 (expanding to 32,656) 2031/32 | £54.4m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| Superb | 30697 (expanding to 32,656) 2032/33 | £79.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 2033/34 | £44.5m | Exceptional | Extensive | State of the Art| State of the Art | 34936 - think I did finances later on last time. From now on, finances as of end June.
  8. One of those reasons why I love this game. José Antonio (YP05b) is a fairly average player by our standards, albeit someone who has made the absolute most of everything he's got. In a different save, he'd have been moved on to a different club long ago. Put him in a CL semi final game against Man Utd though and you get this... Just a hero.
  9. Yep, can imagine that the new mentoring process takes this year's version to a whole new level of difficulty. I guess it's more important than ever to have a few top personalities in your starting squad. Managers-wise, Benfica tailed off massively once Abel Ferreira left and have now seemingly settled for mediocrity with Merlin Tandjigora, who hasn't won anything other than one Taca in four years. Add that to their transfer policy of just selling everyone good and we're in a good place in Portugal Great first season there @Fadedaf
  10. Thanks - it's been a fun journey and I definitely will repeat somewhere else with FM19 at some point. Oh yes, he is. More importantly, still turning down Real, Chelsea, Barca, City, PSG and United in every transfer window @Shakes, great work in Portugal. I remember with pain how hard it was to overturn the big three - it took simply ages to get a first win against them and then even longer to get one away from home. Benfica also went through a period of being insanely loaded with talent, making CL semis and a final three years running, which helped raise our coefficient, but definitely ruined my league chances for a while! Good luck overturning them and I feel your pain!
  11. Happy for you - a lot of people are finding otherwise though, not just me. It's been a nice excuse to get back to Sampedrense in any case!
  12. I also just haven't really got into a save properly. Won everything with Utd in a 'replace José' job, but that gets boring pretty quickly - I then tried to develop a 4-4-2 diamond with relatively little luck, due to AMs playing next to no through balls and the F9 not moving deep for them. Looking back at the ME from 18, there's a world of difference in terms of the variety of ways in which you can score - even with my success with Utd, it was all crosses, long shots or set pieces; never a through ball or well-worked passing move.
  13. Only started buying players last season after completing the challenge (without buying any players), just to keep it feeling fresh. I'm still pushing my own youth through as much as I can, but having won the CL, I decided to change it up a little bit. Even then, I've not bought many and set myself a few rules (age limit, must make a profit etc). Main reason was wanting to buy back my own CB, who I'd lost to a release clause a few years prior to winning the CL. I plan on eventually selling most of them and getting back to a side of all youth, but will see how it all works through. To be honest, the things that keep me coming back to the save are the two of my youth players I just adore and want to try to see through to the end of their careers. Rocha hit his peak a while back but just has a really nice spread of attributes and Leite is one of the best strikers I've ever owned in any FM. Rocha holds our appearance record with 346, whilst Leite is our record goalscorer on 268. I'll probably restart on FM19 in a different league once the next patch comes out, but just don't feel comfortable with the game at the moment due to the match engine issues.
  14. Should come up on the 'Season Preview' tab on the league page. If not, you have to just search manually. Just lost our first game in a long winning streak - had to come eventually, but still annoying in one of those games where we hit the post 3 times and missed a number of sitters, before getting stung on the counter .
  15. Definitely is and has been. The vast majority of the squad is youth products as you can tell from the names - post-completion, a number of people have done this in the past to keep it fresh.
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