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  1. Yeah exactly. Feel like this is something that should be considered in the game. Anyway, I won the final 3-0 so no big issue!
  2. I'm just about to play the Champions League final and Bruno Fernandes has blisters and misses out! Obviously, this is a hammer blow (also lost Maguire in the week running up to the final). I have seen blisters pop up as an injury in previous versions and I've always thought it a bit odd. I have never heard of a professional footballer missing a game of football with blisters! Now I'm sure blisters can be very painful but there's no pain killing injection available either. Is it just me or this injury overstated? Just wear some compeed and get on with it!
  3. I just had a suggestion to sort out an issue for an opposition player - see screengrab, I'm Man Utd and it popped up to sort because Ricardo Pereira had picked up a knock. It may be relevant that he and Luke Shaw appeared to both pick up a knock at the same time (presumably they clashed) as they were both on the sideline receiving treatment at the same time so it perhaps confused things
  4. I use full screen mode. I tried zooming out to 85% and it works - will try 95% next.
  5. In the group stage I was able to make 5 subs and select 12 as should be the case but when I got to the knockout stages I am able to name 12 as usual in the first leg but every round it has only allowed 7 subs (and 3 to be made) in the second legs. I've reached the final so this has been for the first knockout, quarter and semi final where this has occurred.
  6. I've only noted this in the post match team talk but assume it is the same at half time but it seems you can only give one individual team talk. Once you give a talk to one player, all the boxes next to the players are not tickable to allow you to speak to another player.
  7. I have this issue too. It's always my AMR that is missing
  8. Agree - this is really annoying and unnecessary. Wasn't sure if it was a bug but definitely needs sorting.
  9. Not played much for some time but recently re-ignited my San Marino save... To recap: We got promoted from Serie D at the 3rd attempt after consecutive 2nd place finishes and playoff defeats We won Serie C in our 2nd season after a season of consolidation We finished 5th in Serie B in our first season and lost in the playoffs In our 2nd season, we finished 8th (although amassed the same points tally as last season) and again lost in the playoffs after a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat to Palermo in extra time. We scored a 92nd minute goal to surely progress 3-2 but Palermo scored a 95th minute equaliser - I was speechless (well, I might have used a few choice words). Palermo scored in ET to make it 4-3 before a 118th minute penalty made it 5-3 and then we scored in the 121st minute to make it 5-4. So, I went into my 3rd season in Serie B again hotly tipped as relegation fodder and with poor finances we again would focus on loans and free transfers, although I managed to sell my young CB for £600k to Bologna to help with finances and we also eventually had a takeover after an initial attempt collapsed. This cleared some debt and enabled a modest transfer budget so we managed to purchase a new CB. My previous 2 seasons included a Palermo loanee who didn't want to join us for a 3rd season but I managed to find another CB on a free transfer and promoted a half decent youth prospect. My striker was a loanee for the last 2 seasons but I decided to look for another option and plucked for a hot prospect from Roma. I loaned a RW from Fiorentina that was with us last season as well after a successful campaign but with just 2 loan signings, we were less reliant as I consciously looked to bring in more of our own players and recruit strong characters to lead the squad. One such character I brought in last season was a certain Antonio Valencia but he announced his retirement (now pushing 40) but he was doing so until October so I let him stay on a month to month given his strength of personality and determination. I managed to sign a great youth prospect on a free from Inter to provide competition up front and a central midfielder from Juventus u23s who was curiously listed with an asking price of £0...so i offered and they sold him to me! Anyway, our season was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. We started well winning our first 3 and losing only one of our opening 12 games before back to back defeats followed by a mixed December. However, it's a forgiving league and so it proved when we won 6 consecutive games scoring 21 times and conceding just 3, including beating promotion chasing Verona 5-2 in their own back yard. This was followed by a frustrating goalless draw and then edged out by eventual champions Bologna 2-1 away from home (having thrashed them 4-0 earlier in the season). Including this, we went on a miserable run of 4 straight defeats scoring just twice and sinking down to 5th having topped the league at one point. We put the poor run behind us with 2 frustrating games where we scored very late winners to win both 1-0 (96th and 94th minute goals). We won 3 of our remaining 5 fixtures with 1 draw and 1 loss too. The final league game was away at already relegated Bari and a team that came back from 2 down to claim a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture; we brushed them aside 4-1 even if they were briefly level in the match. With us cruising Frosinone who occupied 2nd were away to already relegated Spezia and fell a goal behind pushing us up into 2nd for much of the game, however, Verona finally broke the deadlock in their game and went on to score a 2nd a seal automatic promotion. Frosinone who sat in the top 3 all season ended up 4th as they fell to disappointing defeat so we claimed over £2m in prize funds which gave us a much needed financial boost however, we would have to face the playoffs, but at least we were seeded! We drew Carpi after they saw off Crotone - I wasn't overjoyed to face them since they often proved stubborn opposition but in the first leg we blew them away 3-1 setting up a comfortable position for the 2nd leg. We started well without scoring but then my left back decided a 2 footed lunge was in order and we were duly reduced to 10 men. Carpi then grabbed a goal 4 mins later whilst we were having to re-organise but still with the aggregate advantage. It wasn't a great day for left backs as my other left back gave away a stupid penalty in the 2nd half and we fell behind 2-0 with everything all level at 3-3! We managed to see out the game and in all honesty, I thought we would be going through on away goals but the higher seeding came into play and we progressed to the final, where we would face Frosinone! We fell behind early on away from home but managed to draw level 10 mins later and it finished 1-1 but we saw red once more when my midfielder picked up a 2nd booking late on. It might be worth noting that we failed to beat them in league campaign drawing away and losing at home. In the home leg, it started badly, falling behind in the 4th minute but we managed to level in the 16th minute to keep things on a knife edge but disaster struck in the 2nd half when Frosinone scored not once, but twice in the space of 3 mins to seemingly end our promotion chances but at least we had hugely improved on the previous season and pocketed a windfall to help with our finances. But wait, we weren't going to lie down just yet, my striker heading home to make it 3-2 gave us hope with just over 15 mins to go and with us pushing forward to get the equaliser, we worked the ball to my loanee right winger who smashed into the near top corner to level things up and we saw out the rest of the game. The higher seeding helped us again and we won promotion to Serie A!! I reflected on how had Frosinone just managed an equaliser in the final game of the season, they would have finished 3rd and it would be us facing disappointment... So what I thought would just be a season of improvement and building turned into a big success! Now just the simple matter of building a team for Serie A as I expect a long hard battle of staying up. We have £5m to spend and £110k/week wage budget which feels huge vs what we have been working with but it's not a lot in the context of Serie A. I'd be interested to know if many of you have just got up and stayed up or if you've had to yoyo between the divisions for a few years?
  10. I have heard about the 1 on 1s - that would do my head in! Hitting the woodwork annoys me but I heard that's finally sorted in FM20 but then there's always something! I think I was lucky then - we became professional as soon as we entered Serie C. Not sure what influences that decision but could be a difference between 19 and 20 also.
  11. Thanks - to be honest, I will give it a good go as the Serie A money would be huge but it will be tough. We are currently 3rd but 4 points behind 2nd; we're only 1 point ahead of 3rd so not much chance of breaking away and getting promoted in 3rd. You make a good point though, the promotion system from D and C is brutal - glad I managed to get through that fairly swiftly. Interested to know what the problem is with the ME on FM20?
  12. Great thread, I just wanted to post in here to see if I can join the discussion as I'm doing the challenge on FM19!? I tend to buy the new version every other year as I get attached to saves (plus I don't get as much time to play so can't get through as many saves as I used to). I'm not concerned with being tagged with achievements etc. but be good to share anecdotes and ask questions. I'm doing well in Serie B in my 6th season (spent 3 seasons in Serie D and 2 seasons in Serie C). Thought we would really struggle in Serie B but my loan signings have worked out well and we punch above our weight for the most part. We were as high as 2nd at one point! We are about 4th now almost half way through the season but I'm actually not sure I even want promotion so quickly as we'd get hammered in Serie A (although the money would be nice). I've not bothered with the national team yet, planning to pick them up later once I can start improving the coaching and youth facilities at club level and on that point, I wanted to see how soon people were able to stabilise or improve the finances? I can't do much on that side and our balance is reaching £1m in the red! After promotion to Serie B, we were at about £700k in the red and I thought the TV revenues would chip away at that, at least over the summer but we saw no improvement and now things continue to deteriorate. Despite that club finances are "ok" and we are well under our wage budget. I only make loan signings or sign free agents so I do my part. So as I say, I would be interested to know when you've been able to improve finances and start investing in youth development?
  13. Just wondering if anyone is still playing this on FM19? I tend to upgrade every other version, mainly because I get attached to saves and don't get as much time to play these days. Anyway, I'm in my 4th season of doing this challenge - never attempted it before but optimistic I can get the club to the top at the very least. 1st Season - Finished 2nd but lost play-off semi-final playing 4312 2nd Season - Poor start, struggled to score with many draws. Switched to my preferred 4231 and went on an epic run 2nd half of the season run to finish 2nd but then lost in the play-off semi-final again! 3rd Season - We just picked up where we left off and won the league at a canter. Won our play-off final to gain promotion (it's pretty brutal that you don't get automatic promotion although that might just be the database I use!). We won the Serie D Cup to add to that but fell short in the Serie D Scudetto. 4th Season - We are doing quite well in Serie C and sit 11th in January (or thereabouts), so in that strange niche between playoffs and playouts! We're still looking over our shoulder for relegation, especially with the media and opponent managers suggesting we don't stand a chance but we generally play quite well, even if we lack the quality sometimes. I have a Serie D level squad punching above their weight and have lost and drawn games we could easily have won with a bit more luck. We have edged some 1-0 victories lately to keep us in a relatively comfortable position even if current form is a bit suspect but some good form may even propel us into the playoffs. Feels like it is going to be hard to develop the squad to a Serie C level of player quickly but I have picked up a few good free agents and loan deals and will continue to trial players.
  14. And so to Spain duty! We had 3 warm up games before the World Cup, the first of which was against Ecuador in March which although we won 3-1, we trailed 1-0 and we were poor for large parts of the game. An own goal got us level around the hour and Saul finally gave us the lead in the 87th minute before Garcia sealed it in the 90th minute. South Korea followed a similar pattern with an own goal giving us an equaliser, although this equaliser came within a minute of falling behind. We completely dominated here and South Korea scored with their first chance. Mere and Oyarzabal scored the goals to give us the win in what was a more convincing victory than Ecuador. Finally we played Albania who allowed us a morale boosting 5-0 win with Steven Cherrez (newgen) scoring his first international goal. I had called him up to the World Cup squad over Morata and Alcacer, which was a bold move given his inexperience, so I was happy to see him score here. We began our World Cup campaign against Japan, which would surely prove the hardest opponent in our 3 team group. We absolutely hammered them, 7-0 with Cherrez grabbing 2 in the absence of Sanz who hadn't quite recovered from his injury. That setup a straightforward meeting with Curacao who we somewhat underwhelmingly beat 2-0 with Williams and Oyarzabal on target, flying the Basque flag after Iriondo and Garcia had done so against Japan. We qualified as group winners and faced one of the co-hosts Canada. Mikel Oyarzabal saved our blushes scoring in extra time to send us through 1-0 in a poor display. Our prize was Russia in the 3rd round, we didn't need extra time this time round as Sergio Gomez scored early in the second half to give us another 1-0 win and another unconvincing display. In the quarter final we faced Sweden who we had qualified against and dealt us our last defeat! Oyarzabal and Asensio fired us into an early 2 goal lead. Sweden fought back in the second half but an own goal restored our 2 goal lead before they pegged us back once more. I wasn't at all happy with our 2nd half display but we managed to get through to the semi final. The games were coming quicker and we faced another co-host in the semi-final, the USA. We had beaten them 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final a year earlier but they would prove more difficult here. Our 4231 had not been convincing and with first choice left back Grimaldo out injured, Aaron Martin was tired from playing so many games so I opted to change system and play Areso out of position at LB and go with my 4141. We completely starved the USA of the ball and ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Garcia and Gomez. Gomez would also spurn a chance from the penalty spot despite my best efforts to change the taker to Sanz who was still waiting for his first goal of the tournament. In fact, this was beginning to frustrate me; he had missed a couple of big chances earlier in the tournament but there was a similar story in the Confederations Cup where he failed to score despite some rather weak opposition. Could he just be struggling on the biggest stage? Nonetheless, he was superb in this game laying on both goals. Holland overcame Austria to setup a repeat of the 2010 final. I opted for the 4141 formation this time and welcomed back Martin to left back moving Areso back to right back whilst Asensio returned too. Sergio Gomez gave us the lead in the 50th minute to follow up his semi-final strike and what would you know it, Andoni Sanz popped up with a second 3 minutes from time to all but seal the World Cup with his first of the tournament. Not a bad game to score it in! We lifted the World Cup!
  15. Real went to Atletico and brushed them aside 3-0! So much for what looked like a tricky fixture. Meanwhile, our trip to Betis ended in disappointment with a drab performance and 0-0 to match. However, we quickly put that behind us by making light of Atletico ourselves, thumping them 6-1 at San Mames after Real won at Levante 3-0! We actually fell behind to Atletico in the 8th minute but we were level just 2 mins later through Iriondo and he struck again just before half-time to give us the lead. Sanz scored a second half hat-trick before Iriondo completed his hat-trick also to truly humiliate Atletico. Our fortunes improved when Real had their own goalless draw with Betis whilst we didn't play. Real then faced bottom of the table Villarreal and showed no mercy in an incredible 12-1 win (yes, twelve!) whilst we served up a 4-1 win in Girona with Sanz, Garcia, Goni and Estrada amongst the goals. The home 0-0 draw with Granada was frustrating to say the least - they are a team that defend stubbornly. Fortunately, Real did the same in a stalemate at Valladolid. They nicked a 1-0 win in Granada to put pressure on my match against Barcelona. Having beaten them away, we felt confident of doing the same again but like with Atletico, things started badly with Barcelona taking the lead after 17 mins. Just 2 mins later, Pogba earned himself an early bath and with the man advantage, we turned up the pressure and got our rewards when Sanz levelled on 32 mins, Inaki Garcia turned the game on his head just 2 mins later and we saw the game out to win 2-1. The trip to Malaga should have been more simple and so it seemed when we raced into a 3 goal lead but Malaga fought back 2nd half with 2 goals and I let the team know about my displeasure for this. Getafe away wasn't a performance to write home about but Sanz gave us a 1-0 win before rounding off March with a sloppy 2-2 away to Eibar. Meanwhile, Real also beat Barcelona 2-1 before a 3-1 defeat in Valencia and 1-1 draw away to Sevilla allowed us to take top spot. Amongst all of that, we played Liverpool in the Champions League and couldn't take our chances at home in a 0-0 draw. Pep Guardiola is now Liverpool manager after I turned down their advances when the job became available. Sadly, the return leg proved disappointing when Salah scored the only goal with 20 mins to go. To win the league we were going to have to be more consistent than in the last couple of months and we really stepped up to the plate by winning 7 straight matches in April! After a run of 4 away fixtures, we had a few home bankers and we made light work of Villarreal, Cordoba and Sevilla by putting 4 past each of them with Sevilla the only team to reply. I threw wonderkid AMC Patxi Rodriguez into the match with Villarreal, conscious that I needed to give him more opportunities to help him develop and he repaid me with his first goal for the club; in fact, he got his first hat-trick too! I brought back Inaki Garcia for Cordoba and he responded to the threat of Patxi by grabbing a brace here. Sanz was the hat-trick hero against Sevilla. Valladolid, Las Palmas and Levante were all 1-0 wins. Nothing comfortable about these 3 victories but we did what we needed to do, even if we should have done better. Valencia cancelled out Williams' 16 minute strike to take us to half time level but Garcia and Yeray gave us a 3-1 win in the second half. Unfortunately for us, Real won all 7 of their April games too and all with at least a 2 goal margin, including a 7-1 win over Getafe. So it was all down to May, 3 games to hold on and that started with relegation threatened Basque rivals Real Sociedad where we fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat last season. No such repeat was ever on the cards here with Yeray heading us into an early lead with Garcia and Sanz both striking in the first half to give us the 3-0 half time lead that would end up the full time result too. A nervy trip to Celta Vigo was made easier when we were gifted the lead on 12 mins thanks to an own goal from Joaquin. We managed to hold out in what was a poor game. Real won 4-0 at Cordoba and 2-0 home to Malaga to ensure the title would go down to the wire and moreover, the title decider would be contested head to head at San Mames! League table with 1 game to go: The final game would be a thriller. I was tempted to pull out my 4141 formation having proved successful in previous big games but we'd just won 9 on the bounce playing 4231 and we would be at home. A draw would of course be enough but it's a dangerous game playing for the draw. The third big game in a row at home started by falling behind. Asensio giving Real first blood with his 10th minute strike but Iriondo scored his 19th goal of the season on the half hour to draw us level. We went into half time at 1-1 but we lost star striker Sanz to injury. Santisteban, whose first season had been a frustrating one disrupted by injury had a chance to step up and get his first goal for the club. Cometh the hour, cometh the man....well we won a penalty and Ander Herrera, playing because Merino's excellent season was ended through injury ruling him out for the last game, converted to give us a priceless lead. 4 minutes later, Oyarzabal sent us into dreamland giving us a 2 goal cushion and coming up with a big goal as he so often does. Casaprima pulled one back for Real 7 mins from time to set up a tense finish but they still needed 2 goals to win the title and we were able to hold on to a massive 3-2 victory, our 10th on the bounce! The title is coming back to Bilbao! Final table: And Bilbao Athletic were crowned Segunda Division Champions for the first time! Bringing in the senior players to help improve the squad personality had an unexpected bonus! And to complete the clean sweep, my under 19s won their league but then again, they do so every season. They also landed the u19s cup for the 3rd time in succession (and 5th time during my reign)
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