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    Leicester City

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    OFK Sindjelic Nis & Sfîntul Gheorghe Suruceni
  1. Another thing I've enjoyed about this thread is the variety of team's in the latter stages of the Champions League, a contrast to the stale tournament the real life version has become. It's also been nice to see fluctuations in the league rankings with Belgium and France rising significantly.
  2. I've eventually finished reading this whole thread, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. A great career, some randomly brilliant characters, and so many cliffhangers once I'd stopped reading this thread on a particular day. Well done!
  3. I'm with you on this one. This has been an issue in the game for years, perfectly good players retiring at young ages because they can't find a club. When managing a weaker international side it's a particular issue. I managed New Zealand way back on FM2006, and each year I'd add a manager temporarily to an A-League team to sign up free agent players in my international pool, to prevent them retiring. I wasn't managing a club side, so it didn't affect my save apart from keeping players in the database. That was one of my favourite ever FM saves, but it wouldn't have been had I not signed the free agent players to clubs.
  4. FM18 - Who will you manage?

    I'm thinking of managing Luch Vladivostok for the 4th time on FM. Why? There's nothing cooler than leading a team less than 100 miles from North Korea into European competition.
  5. Well done on CL qualification. Are you still signing players from the other San Marinese teams?
  6. Things like this make me think I should read the in game social media instead of completely ignoring it like I do. Nice progress in Europe too.
  7. [FM17] African't you see what I did there?

    Congratulations on the CWC! Do you see yourself going to Djibouti at some stage?
  8. I get orange injuries to goalkeepers sometimes, although rarely red injuries. I never see them sent off though.
  9. I'm glad to see this back and am interested to see how the changes affect the game. I don't blame you for editing youth recruitment as it's clearly broken for the human player, and you're just changing the situation to what it should be, rather than seeking to gain an advantage over the AI.
  10. I'm not surprised to read that. Like you I've subscribed to the theory that professionalism is the key personality attribute in development, but I've noticed players in my squad with low professionalism (According to my ass man's player report) and high determination who have progressed rapidly. I've also seen players with Professional as their personality struggle to develop. I've normally put that down to a low PA, but perhaps it isn't just that. According to the following thread (Out of date I know but I can't see changes being drastic) a player could have 1 for determination and ambition, yet still be Professional or Model Professional. Therefore it'd make sense if determination and ambition are far more important than first thought, that some very professional players don't develop as much as you'd think. Myself I do try to increase professionalism through tutoring, but I don't do it at the expense of determination (If it's just a drop of 1 point I'll accept it though). I've always liked having a determined group of players who never give up, but it may well be helping the development too.
  11. On FM2017 my board has upgraded youth recruitment 3 times in 8.5 years on my Serbian save (Started as Fairly Basic). On FM2016 I had to reach the CL final in Belarus before getting an upgrade though (Started as Average). The circumstances between the 2 clubs are different though so I don't think it necessarily shows a difference between the 2 games. I was selective though when doing my own youth only save on FM2017, making sure I chose a club with one of the highest youth recruitment ratings in the country because of concerns around the board's refusal to increase it.
  12. It'd have been the funniest thing if the AI managed to beat Dinamo... I think you should keep the original manager. And I think you've proven beyond any doubt that the youth recruitment thing is a bug. There's only been 2 changes to San Giovanni, the human manager leaving and them now signing players. Neither should mean a sudden change in policy when it comes to youth recruitment.
  13. It's a shame to see you leave San Giovanni because of what appears to be a bug with youth recruitment. I've felt that from other save games I've read about on here too. I'm glad you've reported it as a bug.
  14. Good luck with this. I'm in the process of reading @ManUtd1's thread (It's taking a long time!) and am enjoying the journey. Lokomotive Leipzig were in the East German league, and qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup via that. Like a lot of East German sides they've fallen down the German league system since reunification.