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  1. I’m just wondering if your 72 year old manager is now far too experienced for lower league clubs being interested in you. Even though your applying for the job the game will presume that it’s gonna cost them a lot more than they are willing to pay you simply because of your reputation and standing in the game. I have had my manager who is only in his late 30s been turned down by some terrible clubs before like league 2 in England but then get offered the Napoli job. Even though I want the move they can’t see a way it would work out financially similar in a way to Messi in real life. A whole lot of clubs would have wanted him but nobody showed interest apart from PSG because the others assumed the finances wouldn’t work out for them.
  2. From my experience I believe it’s just badly worded. If you do sell a non EU player abroad it does give you another slot but upon the start of the next season.
  3. julius aghahowa Was unreal in a couple of editions
  4. I’m not 100% sure but yeah I believe it’s TV rights and Individual sponsorship income. Which can be seen from the league screen. Click overview drop down then sponsorship income.
  5. Transfers *Just like real life Lionel Messi decided to join PSG on a free transfer. Overall I am delighted with the players we managed to bring in and the prices we paid. Admittedly two of the players I know nothing about but they were rated highly by the scouts at the club in recommendation section so lets start with those. Alex Cardero 17 years of age cost £1.3m from Real Oviedo. Scouts say he has the potential to grow a lot in the future and with the small fee paid we can almost guarantee to make our money back or sell him on for a profit in the future if he doesn't make the grade. Will spend the season in the Spanish 3rd division playing for Bilbao Athletic and we will assess him once the season is over. Next up we have Diego Moreno 19 years of age cost £750k again I don't know much about the player but development says he has the potential to be a La Liga player he has some decent stats across the board and again will play for our B team and if he doesn't make the grade making a profit seems like a solid option. Carlos Alvarez age 17 cost £2m (release clause) this is one of the signings I was really happy to get over the line. Due to him not being Basque we had to finalise the deal before his 17th birthday which was the 1st of August this led to us having to pay slightly more than we would have liked in his Salary and Bonuses. But he is a player who can really develop going forward and make a name for himself at this football club. He also plays anywhere in the top third of the pitch so we have some decisions to make where he will be most needed going forward. Alejandro Iturbe 17 years old cost £1.2m. What a steal this guy was has a massive future ahead of him dubbed the next Oblak in real life he could cement himself as the number one at this club for the next 20 years. Still unsure what to do with him development wise but a decision will be made in the next few days. Despite how amazing this deal is its still only my second favourite one of the window........ Cristhian Mosquera 16 years old £7.5m upfront £6.5m over three years total £14m. Yes the outlay is a lot but this deal was an absolute no brainer. If we didn't move for him straight away his value would have rocketed and a deal would have been impossible. His stats mean he can already slip into the first team setup and play games for the B team when needed. One of the areas I wanted to strengthen was depth in the CB position and now that is sorted for the foreseeable future. Pre Season. Well our Pre Season was a bit hit and miss we struggled to find tactical consistency and received way too many injuries for the season start. First off we played our B team Bilbao Athletic and managed a convincing 6-1 victory. A few days later we played Swiss league champions Young Boys where a 90+2 minute penalty from Raul Garcia gave us a 2-1 win and made me feel slightly confident about our tactics. That was until the next game where we lost 2-0 at home to Ausburg without creating any major chances a tight 3-2 victory over Zurich followed before we tasted defeat again losing 3-2 to Fiorentina in all fairness it should have been much more. This was the kick up the backside I needed to go back to the drawing board and create a new tactic and boy has it paid off Lokeren-Temse were dispatched 2-0 before a 3-2 victory over fellow La Liga side Las Palmas then the game of the whole pre season Juventus at home. What a performance we put in, yes this wasn't there first team but they started Perin, De Sciglio, Lucas Leiva, Rabiot, Mckennie and Bernadeschi. The full time result 6-0 Bilbao and we didn't let them manage a shot on target all game and finished with 61% possession. La Liga. On paper we have a very favourable opening 6 games to the La Liga season Osasuna H Cadiz A Real Valladolid H Elche A Valencia A Eibar H The opener was against rivals Osasuna and we still had a slightly depleted squad from pre season an early goal from Berenguer calmed the nerves but we couldn't capitalise on it. Two disallowed goals from Inaki Williams meant we had to nervously wait for the full time whistle. The stats don't lie we dominated with 71% possession and 24 shots to there 1. I can only put it down to opening game nerves. A nine day break in between meant Iker Munain could return to the first team after injury to play Cadiz and again a fantastic performance by the team. The possession was a lot closer 54% to there 46% but as fat as XG and shots go we absolutely destroyed them. Stats alone don't win games though so we needed goals to go with it Asier Villalibre continued his fantastic pre season form to give us the opener before we again struggled to double our lead until the 89th minute when Unai Lopez sealed the 3 points. League Table This is the current league table after the first two rounds the big three all having fantastic starts with us joining them as the only other team currently with 100% records. Villareal not having a good start is a bonus for us looking to qualify for the Europa League . I haven't yet decided when the next update will be. It could be around game around game 13 which would be a third of the season or maybe the half way stage.
  6. On football manager I never usually manage in Spain but with this years game coming to an end and losing my Italian saves due to water damage now seemed the best time to jump in. As I said in my previous post this save is using Sortitoutsi.net data update which was accurate as of 07/07/21 which even includes Messi as a free agent. The team I have chosen for this challenge is Athletic Bilbao the main reason is I like to develop youth and with the transfer restrictions (sign only Basque players or Spanish players age 16 and under) at the club it would help make the challenge a little harder. As far as history goes the team has won La Liga 8 times which puts them 4th in the all time rankings but there most recent was way back in 1984. They also have won the Copa Del Rey an astonishing 24 times putting them behind only Barcelona in the all time list but again there last victory was in 1984. And finally one Supercopa De Espana won in 2015. This leaves a lot of room for more recent success in Spain as well as a first trophy in any European competition. The first thing I did upon joining the club was clear out any staff who wouldn't make the grade under my management. The wages some of these people were on was outrageous and only one member of staff remained at the club, the current HOYD Diego Gil De Gomez who has very good stats and at only 33 has room to improve. Then I assessed the squad and although there is certain areas we are lacking especially in decent depth im rather happy with what we have at our disposal. And the amount of young talent at the squad who can hopefully get some game time this season and step up into the first team in the coming years is unbelievable. As one of our teams Bilbao Athletic play in the Segunda Division a lot of the players will get decent game time there and hopefully help them get promoted to the La Liga Smartbank so they are getting better experience against better teams. These are the top 3 players currently at the club. Unai Simon a fantastic keeper and still only 23 years of age. The number 1 jersey is safe for the next few years he is leaps and bounds ahead of our next best keepers. Raul Garcia is approaching the back end of his career at 34 years of age but will be integral for the first couple of seasons at the club. The experience he brings to the team and the youngsters through mentoring will be priceless. His stats are also spread pretty evenly he doesn't really have a weak part to his game and he is versatile in a lot of positions if needed. And finally the star boy Iker Muniain 27 years old he is in his prime! He joined the clubs youth ranks when he was 12 year old an now lives the dream of any supporter playing for and captaining his club. The aim is to have him until the end of his career if possible. At the start of the save Real Madrid were declaring interest and im sure many other clubs will during my time here. Another player who is versatile in a lot of positions gives me many options tactically. Some other star players at the club are Yeray, Andrea Capa, Inaki Williams and Ingo Martinez. We also have £22million to spend on players if needed and around £90k spare in the wage budget. However the clubs bank balance currently sits at £18million so we will have to be shrewd with who we buy. The only ares of concern I can see at the minute is another CB and LB needed for cover but we are not desperate. And we can hopefully pick up some young players to develop for the future. The clubs vision for the season is Qualify for the Europa League so a top 7 finish is a must. I will update again at the end of the transfer window/start of the season.
  7. Im starting a Bilbao save with the latest Sortitoutsi.net transfer update accurate upto 07/08/21 I will give a proper update once I get the save setup. And @turgi there has been no prize money for as long as I can remember. In real life the fee is minimal its like Italy where its more to do with TV rights and sponsorship's for the top clubs.
  8. It’s a possibility Louis Tomlinson from one direction was in the game when a similar thing happened
  9. He will be picked up by a club before the data for the new game closes. We are in August and won't be expecting the new game until a similar time as the last one 10th November.
  10. I would like to suggest Arezzo. No trophies of interest, average age is only 25, in the lowest league, big squad to help you stamp your own style into them and Inter Milan and Fiorentina as affiliates which could help with moving through the divisions.
  11. if you can get it on offer now i would say get it massive upgrade from fm20 IMO and with this game being delayed because of covid theres a chance FM21 will be too. Its Currently only £19.99 on amazon and will probably cheaper from key websites. At that price its a steal if you only play 100 hours before FM21 releases its like £0.20p per hour or €0.23 per hour
  12. So we have just finished the January transfer window and once again there was some movement at the club, but lets first look at how the club is doing. The league is going pretty well for our first season considering the turnover of players we have had. Inter have a game in hand and could leapfrog us into the final Champions League place. Napoli have 2 games in hand where winning both would put them on the same points as us. As for Juventus they sit one point clear at the top with 2 games in hand and are in a very dominating position. The Europa League tie vs Porto isnt until mid february but we do have a second leg to play in the Coppa Italia semi final. We go into it level with Juventus after a 0-0 draw away from home. So lets look at the transfers another two non Italian players left the club Chris Smalling moved to Ajax for a fee of £7.5m and Jordan Veretout sealed a £20m move to Chelsea after being used as a bit part player during my reign. Now to the new arrivals as usual with my saves Gianluigi Buffon will be joining at the end of the season on a free transfer. He will mainly cover, play cup games and mentor the young goalkeepers coming through. Next up is Nicolo Rovella who again will join at the end of the season from Juventus after his loan deal with Genoa expires he cost the club £17m. And finally Pietro Pellegri returns to Italy after 4 seasons away from the league in a very cheap £8m deal from A.S Monaco. So thats another 3 Italian players added meaning upto now I have signed 11 Italian's so far with another 11 non Italian's leaving the club. Some more good news is Nicolo Zaniolo is only 2/5weeks away from returning to action after his pre game injury. Thankfully his stats dont seem to have been effected too badly. We have decent depth in the middle of the field so we wont rush him back into the first team. And im not sure if i mentioned it in another post but our youth intake isnt looking the best....... Apart from the central midfielder everyone else looks like a flop. And im sure I havent mentioned my Assistant manager since the start of the save has been none other than AS Roma legend Daniele De Rossi Lets hope we can end this season on a high and continue to rebuild into next season.
  13. We arrive at the winter break and the league couldn't be tighter. Juventus have a 3 point advantage and Inter/Atalanta still have a game to play but 4 teams sit on 29 points and 2nd-7th is only separated by 3 points. As for Roma we look in a lot better position than we deserve. Only a few games ago we sat in 10th place as some silly results have cost us our points. As far as our Europa League group goes I predicted Lille would be our toughest opponents. We topped the group and Sparta Praha followed us into the next round as Lille could only manage 3rd in the group. In the next round we have been drew against Porto which is a lot harder than I would have liked. As the January transfer window approaches I have been able to assess the squad in more depth and there may be a few players leaving the club. As far as editions go that will depend on the money we can generate as the pre-season window depleted both our transfer and wage budgets. I have to keep in mind that we have a lot of talent out on loan that could be potentially used or sold next season in particular Florenzi who is at PSG, Kluivert at RB Leipzig and Under who is at Leicester.
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