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  1. I think this is the important thing tbh. I believe my kaiserslautern fm21 save in the career forum ended with my champions league winning squad having an average age of 23~ with as you say, no downside. Also there is the advantage of being able to shape the regens personalities. It doesn't seem to be a strategy that is countered at all by the ai having more experienced players, and it's been like this for many years now. In fm22 I'm going to limit myself utilising a squad of young regens as I think it's what has led to me not enjoying the game as much, even if youth development is by far my favourite part overall its just boring to exploit the system in the long run. At this stage I may as well just go all in and get one of those skins/layouts that disguises attributes to balance the game for myself. Also fwiw some people earlier in the thread were saying about how most people just play a few seasons, whereas my saves are usually one club 10+ season complete rebuilds.
  2. There are many from older versions that I loved, but for me it has to be Guarin. He was phenomenal in the DM role, and in 2003 or 2004 I switched from 4-4-2 to 4-3-2-1 (dm) because of Chelsea / makelele. Guarin maybe isn't the most fancy player ever but because of him I really have never gone back to a 4-4-2 at all. I've tried it but it has just never felt right since those magic days. He had a huge impact on the way I have played CM/FM ever since. I try to find my new guarin in every save, but he will always reign supreme! Special mentions to obafemi martins, okoronkwo, cavenaghi, araujo, fierro, taribo west, moukoko, francis jeffers, and of course the greatest right back of all time.. Billy Jones! Now I feel proper nostalgic for when I used to trawl the Internet/forums for wonderkids haha, I'm so disconnected from football nowadays 😅
  3. Great thread! Really enjoyed reading it. I have used 4-5-1 as my tactic in every CM/FM since 2004, almost entirely because of makelele, so it's nice to see him included! I have tried the 4-4-2 for some fun, but I always inevitably end up with some sort of 4-5-1 variation
  4. 2032/33 Season This save has been a great ride and I've really enjoyed it. Watching the downfall of Bayern & Dortmund for the past few seasons has been a joy. However all good things must come to an end and so too must this save. I've found myself un-motivated to play for a month or so, as the only competition worth competing for each season now is the Champions League. We won the league at a canter this season, and in recent seasons it has mainly been RB Leipzig who have somewhat kept pace with us. I'm not sure what happened to Dortmund or Bayerns transfer policy but they have been doing some exceptionally poor business despite their riches. Bayern still spend at least double our wages each season but haven't won the league since 2029 and even missed out on the CL one season. It took a little over 10 years but I think it's safe to say that the Bundesliga runs through Kaiserslautern. I won the one cup I needed to complete my domestic domination, with a handy 2-0 victory against Hertha Berlin in the DFB Pokal final. Funny how easy it was to win this cup when I actually played a full strength team for the final games. I'm not sure who will win the Champions League this season as it hasn't taken place yet, but the final will be a real classic, Real Madrid vs Man Utd. The Belgian wonderkid I sold many moons ago (Patrick Bardiro), has established himself in Real Madrid's first team which is fun to see. At least his talent didn't go to waste! It would have been nice to have him around during our glory days. It's nice to go out with a bang, winning everything except the Champions League. I'm also happy to report that I finally became a Kaiserslautern legend! I guess winning the DFB Pokal put me over the top. Players like Lugo, Sosa etc are all icons too. Best XI The final best XI still contains a youth prospect, surely the best youth player that I've had in many an FM, the young now capped Brazilian Thiego. Funnily enough the young Peruvian striker Claudio Principe gets in ahead of Benali in the striker role, possibly due to his very high average rating. A bit of a disappointing season from Da Silva this year, with only 8 assists, though he was rotated a fair amount. Omar Bojang (AML IW) has taken over on the left wing and did well in his first full season. The Sergio Lugo "Player of the Season" Award It wouldn't be fair to have anyone other than the man himself to win the final award. He barely played in the Champions League as I rotated a lot and he got injured for the final Man Utd game (probably one of the reasons we did so poorly against them) but he has been such a great player over the years. To think that he joined the club for £2.7 million when we were in mid table mediocrity and quickly rose to become one of the worlds best strikers, and then to even do a good job at AMR. Well it has been quite a time and I have no doubt that he would have averaged around 20 goals for the rest of his career. I'm not sure I've ever had a regen with such insane physicals tbh. You can see in the image that his attributes are even still rising! Important Players Ziani has definitely been one of the best keepers that I've helped to develop. He came as a young 18 year old on a free transfer and has established himself as France's numero uno. A great shot stopper, he has kept us in matches many a time and rarely misses a game. Special shoutout to the wonderful Great Dane who was his prededessor and helped us get into the Bundesliga in the first place. Sosa & Ibrahim have struck up quite the partnership in defence, and Sosa in particular has to be one of the best young defenders in world football as it stands. Ibrahim did my head in when he got in a sulk about moving to Chelsea but he has redeemed himself this season. Ragno has quietly become our dominant figure in central defence. Originally signed as a midfielder he does a great job. Apparently he is "only" 3 stars but his average ratings show that he is much more dependable than his scouting report suggests. Botsis does his job, he's the midfield enforcer so he doesn't get the best average ratings but I like him. I was worrying a bit when I laid out £24 million in 2029, but it turned out to be a good purchase. Would have been interesting to see just how much he would have grown with a few more years development time. Da Silva cost £15 million from Corinthians and was definitely a worthwhile investment. He's now apparently a "world class player". Great mentals in general, 19 decisions / 20 vision. Benali has taken over Lugo's mantle and is surely amongst the elite strikers. He has racked up nearly 90 goals since he joined from Zwolle (on a free transfer) three seasons ago. Kaiserslauterns Youth There have been many a young player come through the ranks over the years, but only a select few still have a role in the team to this day. To say that they even get game time is a testament to how remarkable they are, as I have brought in a lot of foreign players over the years. Despite this a few of them continue to feature in the first team. Where to begin with Thiego. He joined the club with by far the best "starting attributes" of a player I've had since one of the FM's in the 2000's or something. I struggle to remember because really the guy was an insane talent. His attributes barely grew over the years, and that is a bit of a shame as I was hoping he was a freak of nature or something, but he has turned out to be a reliable player at either DC or DR, so I guess I can't be too unhappy with that. He also has 2 caps from Brazil. A random regen from Kaiserslautern playing for the Brazilian national team.. brilliant. It would be unfair to have one without the other, seeing as they both joined the first team in the same season. Ludwig & Zefi are dependable full backs that have both played for Germany. Zefi has the most international caps, which is funny seeing as he is valued at a paltry £2.8 million (seriously I have no idea how they came to this calculation..). Ahh Stelios. I thought he was going to be the next Bardiro but sadly it never worked out that way. Still he has become a reliable bench player who can be deployed at AML/AMC where needed. And finally.. the man, the myth, "The Sultan". The lad has seen it all, he's the one player still at the club who joined us in the early days, indeed he was generated in the 2021/22 season. He must surely be Kazakhstans greatest ever player, and is their captain. Despite this as the years have gone on and with the rise of Lugo and Benali he has somewhat evaporated from my first team. The sad thing is that when he did play this season he was actually somewhat effective as AMR. 218 appearances, 66 league goals, 41 assists with an average rating just under 7. For a random Kazakh regen from the saves second season well.. he's been magnificent. I feel quite sad to be finishing with the save, but playing seasons just for what feels like the lottery of more Champions League medals is well, boring I accomplished my goal of taking Kaiserslautern to the summit of European football and really enjoyed it. The early years were frustrating as hell being stuck in Bundesliga 2, but really that was probably the most fun part of it now that I think back. Farewell Kaiserslautern, Lugo lives forever!
  5. Champions League Quarter Final We beat Chelsea in the previous round on away goals, it was 5-5 overall and luckily we got two goals in the second leg without conceding. We would have to face a very strong Man Utd team in the Quarter Final. Annnnd it's fair to say things didn't go so well We conceded I think 4 goals from corners over the two legs and played terribly. A real shame to lose in the way we did, if we managed to get past United then I think we could have won it once again. The league is going much better, we are eight points clear with five games to go, and we are also in the final of the German Cup (the one compeitition I didn't manage to win yet).
  6. Champions League group stage Quite a surprising group stage, as Porto were utterly horrendous! We drew against FC Midtylland & lost once against Celtic but still go through on top of the group. Champions League First Knockout round Draw A fairly tough draw against Chelsea, who are currently fourth place in the Prem. Good thing we finished first though as Celtic have been drawn against City. Looks like it will be a two horse race between us and Dortmund, who are having a good season. I doubt Bayern will mount a challenge. Awards Finally my players have got some recognition with a slew of awards! Lugo wins the big one! Atletico Madrid have two players in the top 3 voting so they could be a tough team if we face them in the Champions League this season. Benali & Lugo make it into the world XI. A Norwich player is included as well We also finally have a player win the Golden Boy award! my young centre midfielder Perez.
  7. 2032 Champions League Draw The FM gods have smiled upon me this year, handing me about the easiest group imaginable. Porto are a good team but I should be able to rotate my team a lot for the other games if needed. This is definitely the toughest group this year, I think RB Leipzig will do well if they can make it through against two titans of Europe. 2032 Transfers Sadly I haven't made many new signings as there don't seem to be a lot of good players available right now. I have however sent 17 young players out on loan to find their feet in the big leagues. Young Niklas was about the best under 17 (well he turned 17 just as he signed for us) that I could find. I don't even really need another CD right now but he seemed too good a prospect to let go to waste. He only has a 3 star potential (apparently) but I still think he could turn into a good defender, at least a quality backup. Need to work on his strength and jumping reach.
  8. Very interesting idea for a save! Looks like you're doing really well so far and the youth goalkeeper is great
  9. Cheers Robert! 2031/32 Competitions Finally the Champions League has been secured, though it is a shame we couldn't win every competition this year. I played a majorly rotated team for the semi-final in the cup vs Wolfsburg to our downfall. Best XI A familiar group of players now with the first team being established. My norwegian defender Ibrahim is missing however. He got annoyed that I turned down a £60 million bid from Chelsea so I turfed him out of the team (he only started 21 games this season). Da Silva has turned into a real assist machine and Benali & Lugo continue to be our leading scorers. Lugo has now taken up position in the AMR position, perfect for him as he is left footed. Season Performance Data Our average xG is excellent and the tactic seems to be working really well now that I have the players for it. The Sergio Lugo Player of the season Award Sergio returns to the summit of Kaiserslautern. It was a tight race between him and Benali but I think Lugo just edges it given his 3 goals in the Champions League final. I'm not sure how much room there is left in terms of player development for him as he will turn 23 later in the year but he's incredibly proficient being that he has "only" 15 finishing. I taught him the "likes to round keeper" PPM a few years ago and it seems to work well for him. Interesting Youth Diego has matured into a really good defender (especially since he was a free transfer from Defensor Sporting many moons ago). I think I had to offer him a 50k p/w wage when I first signed him but boy did that turn out to be a good decision. He can play all across the defensive line but I have mainly been using him as a central defender. I signed Gorka for £7.5 million from Sociedad, mainly because of his determination / teamwork / work rate. His determination and work rate should mean that he develops nicely in the coming years. He hasn't been playing well, but I think that's mainly due to how poorly this version of FM rates full backs performances (in direct contrast to last years game now that I come to think about it). I found Lennart available on a free from Austria Vienna and decided he'd be worth a chance in the youth academy (which has grown in recent years and now has a huge amount of talent within it). He's not the fastest player but then neither was Zefi and look how he turned out! Just a shame about his low determination and overall personality (which I'm trying to fix with mentoring). Claudio had a brilliant first Bundesliga season with St Pauli scoring 21 goals and literally single handedly keeping them in the top flight for next season (their next best player scored 4 goals..). Doesn't have the greatest attributes for his age, but he seems pretty well rounded in general. In a few years time I imagine he could be a good rotational striker for Benali. I wanted to try and develop a young goalkeeper to take up one of the "home grown" spots in the Champions League squad and Fabrice was the best youngster I could find. He was signed from Montpellier last season and has definitely developed well, even picking up a cap for the Cameroon team at age 17! I've been training his positiioning and it's slowly getting better so we should be safe if our star goalkeeper gets an injury. Next Season Goals I guess the only real goal left to achieve is to win all domestic competitions + Champions League in the same season, as well as the Club World Cup (if that still exists). I think that it is definitely achieveable given Bayern's decline. It would be nice to overtake them as being the most highly valued club in Bundesliga too. A special mention to my favourite "real player" of this save. Paolo is now held high as an Icon by the Kaiserslautern faithful and who can blame them! I even bought him on as a substitute in the Champions League final to make sure he got a medal (I couldn't remember if he'd played a game or not). He constantly badgers me about wanting to have a new challenge but come on Paolo you've got to stick around!
  10. VAR/offsides/etc needs to be randomised definitely, anytime I see the referee blow his whistle I know exactly what is going to happen
  11. This is basically what I would like to see too Great player examples btw. It just gets a bit boring trying to build up a good team (especially once you're competing for the Champions League etc) because you know exactly what sort of traits/attributes to target, and at what age. Maybe I should just get one of those "fog of war" skins that removes attributes and go purely by recruitment analyst data to make it more interesting for myself.
  12. Champions League Final (Second Attempt) Lugo goal one Lugo goal two Da Silva goal one Lugo hat trick We didn't have that much of the posession but our counter attacking football was sublime, Kaiserslautern finally get the big trophy! I brought on some of the oldschool players at the end of the match so that they could get their Champions League medal, including The Sultan and a 31 year old Paolo Gozzi. I'm now finally an icon of the club! (before the final I wasn't even on the favoured personnel list.. ) Nice to see myself join an esteemed list, though it might take a while to catch a 59 year old Zinedine Zidane.. The finances are in a great position, and the club has finally reached the £1 billion valuation. We're now the 4th highest valued Bundesliga club, behind Bayern, Dortmund & RB Leipzig. A special shout out to the now 37 year old Great Dane, who is plying his trade in the Danish second division. He was instrumental in getting the team up the leagues so I'm happy he's still enjoying some football
  13. Champions League Semi-final 2nd Leg What a moment!! 85 minutes in, down 2-3 and about to go out, we were handed a penalty by the glorious VAR Benali slotted it home and we hung on for the away goals win. I think we were more than lucky to beat Juventus.. they played far better than I thought they could. They have still got some non-regens playing for them including De Ligt, Aouar and a now 34 year old Enrico Chiesa Their team is very old now, they have many 30+ year olds, whereas we are the complete opposite with our youthful presence. We will play against Liverpool in the final, who we thumped last season in the semi-final.
  14. Champions League Semi-final 1st Leg A wonderful placed finish from our young left winger Bojang has salvaged a 2-2 draw at home. I do hope the away goals don't come back to bite us..
  15. I've gone gif crazy for our second Bundesliga win Lugo got a couple of great goals as we beat second place Dortmund 2-1 at their place to wrap up the division with four games to go.
  16. Champions League Quarter Final 1st Leg We went down 1-2 in the first half, but managed to come back get the win at home. Some beautiful play in the build up for Lugo's second goal. Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg Another second leg rearguard display secured the win. Juventus beat Atletico 4-2 on aggregate, so it shall be a German - Italian affair. It will be PSG vs Liverpool in the other semi-final.
  17. Champions League First Knockout Round 2nd Leg It was a good thing that we got that win at home, because the away leg was far too close for comfort. The goalkeeper Ziani let in a very stupid first goal.. lets hope he doesn't do it again in the next round. Champions League Quarter/Semi-final draws Some interesting draws, Chelsea have quite a good squad, but not on the same level as Man City so I will be disappointed if we don't beat them. Atletico in the semi final could be tricky though as they won La Liga in style last year. Juventus are currently fourth in Serie A so I don't expect them to put much up of a fight. At least we dodged PSG
  18. Champions League First Knockout Round 1st Leg A defensive effort if ever I saw one, Ziani the keeper was inspired pulling off some excellent saves, though he only got a 6.9 rating. Lugo got a nice finish for the 4th goal after yet another assists from Da Silva the Brazilian.
  19. Just got a very nice message, I didn't realise we'd done so well at home for quite such a long period
  20. Champions League Group I decided to rest most of the squad for our final match against Celtic, which turned out to not be a good decision as they beat us 3-1 Celtic did surprisingly well actually, and together we managed to knock Internazionale into the Europa League. The draw wasn't kind for us or Celtic. They got Liverpool and we have got a matchup against last seasons nemesis Man City! If we can manage to get the better of the Sky Blues then I think there's a real shot of us winning it this time around. It will be a big if though, they have an embarassment of riches and currently sit six points clear at the top of the Prem. Winter Break Table The team has been stellar so far. I'm very pleased that we aren't drawing games, and this has been achieved despite my new star striker Benali being injured for 3 months. I'm pretty sure we should walk a Champions League spot and I'll be pretty annoyed if the league isn't won convincingly. New Affiliate I've finally managed to get a "young player" affiliate, so we might get some players in our youth intake from the fabulous Brondby! I also made a commercial affiliate with FC Tokyo last season, but I'm not sure how much it helps our finances as we don't have any Japanese players. I just wanted to be affiliated with Tokyo really The Pan Piper I also wanted to mention my young Peruvian striker Claudio, who has been banging in the goals for bottom of the league St Pauli. Very impressive for the young chap. He will also be homegrown in nation by the time he is 21, as long as he stays in Germany until 2033. I think I might loan him out again next season as I can't give him the game time he needs right now, but nice to see him doing well and developing.
  21. I've never used the editor so I have no idea about my players CA/PA, but I do agree that it is a shame that age 23 seems to be the cap of sorts for player development. I don't think that Vardy is that good an example as he is such an outlier in terms of "late bloomer", but I do agree it would be nice to see players develop attributes if they have a sensational season etc. For as long as I can remember my strategy (once I get the club financially stable/good first team) is to start hoovering up players with a max age of 17 (18 if South American) as I can actually develop them to my liking with my great coaches & facilities. Many of them turn out not to be good enough for my team, but at least they develop to an acceptable level that they usually end up playing in one of the top divisions around the world. I just wish that the AI utilised their youth players better and sent them out on loan etc rather than letting really good players rot in the reserves, in fact that annoys me far more than youth development itself.
  22. Just so you know, I have been playing one save since the games release, and despite me having loads of players described as "wonderkids" (there's probably 7 or 8 at the club right now) they don't always develop into world beaters, infact many of them reach their peak at 19/20 and don't develop much more
  23. Cheers mate, and yes its a fun club to manage isn't it. Roser was a bit of a legend, but once I got that free dutch striker he fell out of the team, sadly I just couldn't get Spalvis to do that well for me. You must have made a great tactic to get that many goals out of him! Champions League Draw 2031 Finishing first in the Bundesliga last season put us into the first seed group, which is great! A much easier draw this year with Inter, Celtic, and a small Swedish team (who managed to qualify for the main draw by eliminating Shakhtar). Group F & G look like the most interesting, especially group F with three really good teams in it. Inter have some pretty damn good players, including this guy who looks like a great midfielder. I wouldn't mind him in my team actually There haven't been many new transfers at all, but the Sergio Lugo contract drama is finally over. He wanted £245k per week, but I managed to sway him over by offering an £8 million loyalty bonus and 10% sell on fee percentage. If it's down to me then he'll never be sold, so we now have four or five years to increase the wage limit enough that we can cover his next contract demand.
  24. Cheers Robert! Yes it sucks doesn't it. 2030/31 Competitions Pretty obvious how we did from my last posts Very pleased to win the league for the first time since 1998, but the Champions League FInal loss does leave a sour taste. Damn good on the season analysis front. Probably about as good as we're going to get (unless we score even more goals, our defending effort is brilliant already). Best XI A raft of fine performances, especially from Da Silva with a massive 23 assists. Benali was this seasons top scorer, although that might be because Lugo was rotated a lot and mainly played at AMR. The "Sergio Lugo" Player of the Season Sergio is finally displaced this season as MVP. Benali joined on a free and has been sensational, and is now worth a cool £68 million, I also got him tied into a new five year deal so he has to stick around a while Interesting Youth We had a real poor youth intake once again, so yet more foreigners to highlight. Not sure how much further Botsis can climb attribute wise, but he has developed into a nice central midfielder already. From rotational backup to a mainstay in the defence, Sosa has done very well and is likely one of the best young defenders in the world. Da Silva has grown quite nicely over the season and obviously contributed a lot of assists from AMC. The nice thing is he can play any of my three midfield positions so he's always around the team. Mr Bojangles is very much one for the future, but I think he will start getting a lot more first team game time as I need another AML badly. He did actually score a goal in the Champions League this season though! Next Season Objectives Obviously winning the league again would be nice, but I really want that damn Champions League trophy. If I need to sacrifice the league for a chance in it next season then I probably will. The board still only want Champions League qualification anyway, so it won't make them angry. I don't really need to sign anyone.. the big problem is trying to keep hold of the players I already have as I can only offer £145k p/w and some of the players want £175k+ , a few of them like Lugo also have minimum release clauses so hopefully I have the same team again by the time the transfer window shuts.
  25. Champions League Final A very demoralising result My young wonderkid Brazilian AMC and the star man Lugo both got injuries during the game and had to come off. Man City were by far the better team and deserved to win, they also won the Premier League with 92 points. Still we had a good run, and with all the main squad being under 24 I'm sure we will have another chance to lift the trophy.
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