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  1. I've played a little way ahead and can confirm that commercial partnerships with feeder clubs does seem to have a fairly noticeable effect on merchandising income. I have signed partnerships with: FC Tokyo New York Cosmos LAFC Shanghai After around a year we are recording higher merchandising revenues in February/March than we have in earlier seasons after winning the Champions League. We have signed a new TV deal which is around £64m per year (up from 50something before) however no progress on sponsorships. I'll keep an eye on it and post some screen
  2. Interesting. Thank you for sharing It's more difficult than I thought to organically create a self-sustaining 'super club'. Even without major transfer fees, with (reasonably) modest wages and a massive stadium it's difficult not to rely on player sales in order to operate at a profit. It's very fun, but after a few seasons with PSG following the 'galactico' signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi that I don't think it would benefit my Benfica approach. The benefits are clear: The entertainment/sentimental value of playing Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi alongside each other a
  3. Excellent post!! Sorry for the delayed response, I have only just got strong enough internet to even load your screenshots. Are you playing the same way in the league? Interested to see how you're doing. Also let us know how you go against Toulouse! I do also intend to respond to your earlier question but need to find time (and a functioning connection) to do so. Particularly the part about players developing from National League to League One (spoiler: and above ) could probably be an entire thread of it's own. I have been amazed how players have continually been able to s
  4. Thank you for the comments I've now played one further season. Wifi connection isn't strong enough to provide an update so I will not give away any spoilers for those following. Dantas turns 31 this year - with no sign of deterioration - and the new stadium is one more year from completion. One thing that is interesting me somewhat is almost the opposite of the original premise of this thread. It's maintaining the ability of older players into their mid-30s. This is something I have never done before and actually failed quite badly with Cristiano Ronaldo at Paris Saint-Germain. I actuall
  5. At the moment I am a little more pre-occupied with my FC United save but this is still going. I'm in a very remote corner of East Africa for work at the moment. Although I'm having a fair amount of time to play, the internet isn't strong enough to load a screenshot let alone a GIF I'm open to ideas about how (/whether to) to progress the save. My objectives right now are: Overtake Real Madrid's 13 Champions League wins to become the most successful in Europe (on 12 right now). See the club into the new 100,000+ seater stadium (complete end of 2032 season). Play long enou
  6. Thank you for sharing? How did he get on? I am in a remote location right now on satelite wifi so might have to wait a few weeks to catch up. Always interested to follow how my FM prodigies go on in real life. Crazy he's just making his first start. Could have won a couple of Champions Leagues by now if they'd all stayed at Benfica
  7. You're certainly not alone. Playing a lower quality side, playing in England and playing more defensive football are always the most common questions/requests I receive. Regarding pressing, I prioritise compactness over the depth of our defensive line. Low block is commonly seen as a low risk strategy but it is still important to consider that: Playing lower block and deeper pressing invites more pressure which means withstanding long periods of pressure, which itself requires a certain degree of skill. Playing deeper means attacking players have further to go to score an
  8. Second post updated with the outcome of the Bournemouth game and the climax of the cup run. Enjoy!
  9. Ø-degaard to the Arsenal! doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Maybe Ö-zil to the Fenerbahçe! Maybe I do need an update, but I'm not sure it's possible on these forums. An out-of-date username does seem quite appropriate for my updates on an out-of-date version of the game I suppose Sorry for the delayed responses. I thought this thread had mostly gone the way of trying to adapt something for the more recent Tactics Creator and I couldn't contribute too much to that discussion. Yes - the main point to get across is that a huge combination of roles can work.
  10. Thank you for the kind words everybody Thank you for the recommendation. I don't see much French football. Hadn't even noted that Sampaoli was there! Nice effort I think it's extremely tough to go one behind but you seem to have done a good job staying in the game until right at the end
  11. Next on the hit list was AFC Bournemouth. By the time we faced Bournemouth, they had hit bottom of the Premier League and fired Eddie Howe. They line up in a 4-4-1-1 which meant our defensive strategy tweaked slightly, but overall remained similar. Our 4-1-4-1 naturally picks up Bournemouth's MC-MC-AM triangle but not longer has the man advantage we had at Manchester City. Logan and Donohue were again asked to stay tight on Bournemouth's fullbacks. Edwards didn't have an opposition DM to press so we actually asked him to close down less and ease of
  12. Boom! 4,096 travelling non-League FC United of Manchester fans celebrate a last minute winner over League 1 Coventry at the Ricoh Arena, coming from a goal behind in the 4th Round of the FA Cup. This unassuming goal set up the biggest mismatch I have ever been involved with. The story so far.. Enjoying underdog status, FC United of Manchester are comfortably out performing their predicted 19th place finish and expectation to avoid relegation in the Vanarama National League North. I think I may be using a dodgy update as Yeovil are suspiciusly in the Vanara
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