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  1. It's been a busy 3 seasons since my last update, as I took over Wolves after Xmas in 14th and guided them to 7th place; the Premiership has in recent years been turned on its head with Leicester taken over by a tycoon and battling for honours each year across the board, and Wolves had recently been taken over by a tycoon too so Is aw this as a great project to get my teeth into, after spending some seasons jumping between jobs. My first full season went magnificently, as my new Brazilian striker tore apart the league in his first full season with 28 goals, and we won the league deservedly! We lost in the Europa League final, and the semi-final of the FA Cup, but I wasn't worried as I planned on defending my crown and adding the FA Cup alongside a Champions League challenge... Unfortunately, things didn't quite go to plan, and I finished the season in 6th (a point off 4th) and having to go to a board meeting to save my job! We just couldn't get nay kind of form going, and Zico, the aforementioned Brazilian striker, only had 11 goals by the end of the season. This signalled a summer of change required, and I'm rebuilding my squad to make an assault across the board on all trophies, and then hopefully the Champions League - I'm really enjoying being at a club longer term again after 7 seasons of a new club each summer. With the USA (waiting for the Gold Cup at the end of this coming season), I lost in the final of the Nations League, and got knocked out of the World Cup in the Qtr Final by England. 23/33, with 10 cups left to go....
  2. Struggling to get a new job because I've resigned from too many jobs 🤦🏻‍♂️
  3. Just to check - is it the AFC Asian Cup or the East Asian Cup I need to win? Just won the first one with South Korea, but not sure if I need to stay on for the East Asian Cup or not?
  4. Managed to get a bit of time to put into this over the last week or two which has been great fun. Since leaving Real Madrid I've gone on a 🏆 haul across the continents; racking up a league and copa libertadores at River Plater (but not the main domestic cup, which stung) - I did win the Club World Cup again, beating the Chelsea team that had beating me in the European Champions League Final the year before, so that was sweet revenge. I then left to join Orlando City, realised I still have absolutely no clue how the transfer system works and left after 34 days, and then at the end of the season picked up the Kaizer Chiefs job, in which I won everything except one cup, which I lost in the final of. Only one league defeat all season - so close to the unbeaten year Come March, I had agreed to take over as Ajax manager at the end of the season, as I still needed one more non-big 5 league cup competition, however I've realised that I will need to go to Mexico anyway to win the North American Continental Cup (can't remember the name right now), and so I might leave early doors. I turned down the Brazil job to take over a surprisingly talented South Korea team, as the continental tournaments box is my big gap atm. I make it currently 21 out of 33, though I don't expect the remaining leagues and domestic cups to present too many problems.... Challenge Progress Club 7/10 top domestic leagues - Singapore S-League 19/20 (Home Utd), K-League 2023,2024,2025 (Jeju), Portugal Liga NOS 26/27, 27/28 (Sporting Lisbon), Bundesliga 2029/30 (Bayern Munich), La Liga 2030/31 (Real Madrid), Argentinian Primera Division 2031/32 (River Plate), ABSA Premiership 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs) 6/10 domestic cups - RHB Singapore Cup 18/19 (Home Utd), KFA Cup 2025 (Jeju), Taca de Portugal Placard 27/28 (Sporting), DFB-Pokal 28/29 (Bayern Munich), Copa Del Rey 2030/31 (Real Madrid), Nedbank Cup (SA) 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs) 4/5 club continental championships - AFC Champions League 2025 (Jeju), European Champions League 2028/29 (Bayern Munich), Copa Libertadores 2031/32 (River Plate), Orange CAF Champions League 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs) 1/1 club world championship – 2029/2030 (Bayern Munich), 2031/32 (River Plate) International 1/5 continental tournaments – Euro 2028 (France) 2/2 world tournaments – Confederations Cup 2029 (France), World Cup 2030 (France) Other titles New Paper League Cup 18/19, 19/20 (Home United) AFC Cup 19/20 (Home United) Hyundai A-League (Regular Season) 2020/21 (Melbourne Victory) U23 Asian Games w/ South Korea 2022 U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2023 Taca de Liga Portugal 2027/28 (Sporting) Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 27/28 (Sporting) DFL Supercup 28/29 (Bayern Munich) Supercopa de Espana 30/31 (Real Madrid) Supercopa Argentina 2031/32 (River Plate) Recopa Santander Sudamericana 2031/32 (River Plate) Telkom Knockout 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs) Orange CAF Super Cup 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs) Be The Coach Challenge Cup 2033/34 (Kaizer Chiefs) Johan Cruijff Schaal 2034/35 (Ajax)
  5. I've not been playing fm for a few months as I've been playing real life FM and getting my coaching badges Just loaded game up for first time in a while and realised I hadn't updated my previous season at Madrid. To keep it very short, I ticked off the Spanish league and cup double, but lost in the Champs League final on penalties to Chelsea and devastatingly lost the AFCON final to Cameroon as Ivory Coast :'( Having resigned from them both, I've left Europe and taken over River Plate with a squad that should be winning the league, and is already in the Copa Libertadores Quarter Finals. Challenge Progress Club 5/10 top domestic leagues - Singapore S-League 19/20 (Home Utd), K-League 2023,2024,2025 (Jeju), Portugal Liga NOS 26/27, 27/28 (Sporting Lisbon), Bundesliga 2029/30 (Bayern Munich), La Liga 2030/31 (Real Madrid) 5/10 domestic cups - RHB Singapore Cup 18/19 (Home Utd), KFA Cup 2025 (Jeju), Taca de Portugal Placard 27/28 (Sporting), DFB-Pokal 28/29 (Bayern Munich), Copa Del Rey 2030/31 (Real Madrid) 2/5 club continental championships - AFC Champions League 2025 (Jeju), European Champions League 2028/29 (Bayern Munich) 1/1 club world championship – 2029/2030 (Bayern Munich) International 1/5 continental tournaments – Euro 2028 (France) 2/2 world tournaments – Confederations Cup 2029 (France), World Cup 2030 (France) Other titles New Paper League Cup 18/19, 19/20 (Home United) AFC Cup 19/20 (Home United) Hyundai A-League (Regular Season) 2020/21 (Melbourne Victory) U23 Asian Games w/ South Korea 2022 U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2023 Taca de Liga Portugal 2027/28 (Sporting) Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 27/28 (Sporting) DFL Supercup 28/29 (Bayern Munich) Supercopa de Espana 30/31 (Real Madrid)
  6. I'd recommend Korea. I found some of the smaller countries had really limiting caps on foreigners which just became more hassle than they were worth, but with Korea you do get some good quality coming through the youth teams as well. I'd never played there before and had three really fun seasons!
  7. NIce to see that this thread has exploded back into life! Welcome to the new players, and welcome back to those who are returning. After my most recent update I had just joined Bayern having just won the Euros with France, and just lost out in the Champions League semi final to Liverpool as Sporting. Unfortunately, I knew the inevitable was coming and my Sporting team got absolutely looted (although I did buy two of their midfielders for Bayern as well...) and they ended up selling near £700 million worth of talent that summer :O My first league season with Bayern was frustrating - the team kept drawing daft matches 0-0 in which we'd absolutely dominate, and in Europe we just scraped through the group stage. Although we stumbled into a 3rd place finish in the league that year, I believe I only kept my job due to a quite remarkable Champions League victory! In each knock out stage, I seemed to have the first leg at home, and would absolutely destroy my opponent at home (including a 6-0 win over Man City) before getting battered away from home and sneaking through. Somehow, this continued all the way to the final where I faced off against a Monaco team led by Pep himself. We snuck a hard fought victory, which along with the German Cup provided some recompense for a pretty dismal league campaign; that summer I also won the Confederations Cup as France. For the second season, the aim was clear - the league was everything and... we stumbled into victory thanks to a Dortmund draw in the penultimate game. We crashed out of the German Cup in the Semi Final and got decimated by Barcelona in the Champions League quarter final. Tbh, I couldn't wait to leave! With my resignation tendered to Bayern, I went into the World Cup with a France team containing my former Sporting striker (now of Liverpool), Mirko Esposito. This kid is absolute magic, and is rated 5 stars by the coaches - Mbappe is only rated 4 1/2! We just about triumphed, with the main point of note being a 119th minute World Cup Final win over Germany; I did NOT want penalties against the Germans! With all the dust settled, I departed from France and awaited new positions to arise. I turned down Monaco and Arsenal to take over Real Madrid - and my first point of call was buying my old wonder-kid, a 22 year old Mirko Esposito... I've also taken over the Ivory Coast, with an eye firmly on next summers AFCON! Final Thoughts: > I HATE the new World Cup set up with a passion. It's going to brutal when that takes place in real life > As I write this, a 31 year old Mbappe has 110 goals in 161 appearances for France. 8 of these were against Andorra though, so.... > It's the year 2030, and Real Madrid haven't won the Champions League since 2018.... > I think I will go to S.Africa after this. I prefer having clubs as a longer term project and building them up, but at the same time I love trying to achieve this challenge. > My favourite two clubs so far have been Jeju in Korea and Sporting Lisbon - the team I built there was quite phenomenal, and I regret not making a save of that team for online play! Thanks all!!! Challenge Progress Club 4/10 top domestic leagues - Singapore S-League 19/20 (Home Utd), K-League 2023,2024,2025 (Jeju), Portugal Liga NOS 26/27, 27/28 (Sporting Lisbon), Bundesliga 2029/30 (Bayern Munich) 4/10 domestic cups - RHB Singapore Cup 18/19 (Home Utd), KFA Cup 2025 (Jeju), Taca de Portugal Placard 27/28 (Sporting), DFB-Pokal 28/29 (Bayern Munich) 2/5 club continental championships - AFC Champions League 2025 (Jeju), European Champions League 2028/29 (Bayern Munich) 1/1 club world championship – 2029/2030 (Bayern Munich) International 1/5 continental tournaments – Euro 2028 (France) 1/2 world tournaments – Confederations Cup 2029 (France) Other titles New Paper League Cup 18/19, 19/20 (Home United) AFC Cup 19/20 (Home United) Hyundai A-League (Regular Season) 2020/21 (Melbourne Victory) U23 Asian Games w/ South Korea 2022 U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2023 Taca de Liga Portugal 2027/28 (Sporting) Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 27/28 (Sporting) DFL Supercup 28/29 (Bayern Munich) Supercopa de Espana 30/31 (Real Madrid)
  8. It's been a while since I've been able to get an update, as I've not played for a while, but what a couple of seasons for Sporting Lisbon! I took over with them having just won the Europa League, and I signed a young French striker who would fires Sporting to their first league title for over 40 years. I got through a tough CL group stage but lost on away goals to Man City in the first knock out round, whilst losing disappointingly in both domestic cups. Meanwhile for France, I won the Nations League B group to get promoted to the A groups. The previous battle with Man City was a source of inspiration, as they have dominated England and I took them to the brink with my group of young players, and the following season I led an all out assault on Portuguese football, completing the domestic quadruple whilst also taking a Kylian Mbappe inspired France to European Championship glory defeating holders England in the Semi Final, before dispatching Ukraine comfortably in the final 3-0. Having achieved all I can do at Sporting, and with a squad of players who should be playing at far bigger clubs, I resigned and was quickly snapped up by Bayern, who've been lagging behind Dortmund in recent years in the Bundesliga. Notable occurrences: > Man City won the league despite being docked 5 points for FFP > An English club has been in the Champs League final for 9 of the last 10 years. > Leicester have been taken over by a tycoon and in the 2 seasons since, have spent 300 million on players and won the Europa League. I'm hoping to do a one stop shop with Bayern and tick the league and cup off the list, before moving on to a club that can be more of a two or three year project like Sporting and Jeju have been. Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues - Singapore S-League 19/20 (Home Utd), K-League 2023,2024,2025 (Jeju), Portugal Liga NOS 26/27, 27/28 (Sporting Lisbon) 3/10 domestic cups - RHB Singapore Cup 18/19 (Home Utd), KFA Cup 2025 (Jeju), Taca de Portugal Placard 27/28 (Sporting) 1/5 club continental championships - AFC Champions League 2025 (Jeju) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments – Euro 2028 (France) 0/2 world tournaments Other titles New Paper League Cup 18/19, 19/20 (Home United) AFC Cup 19/20 (Home United) Hyundai A-League (Regular Season) 2020/21 (Melbourne Victory) U23 Asian Games w/ South Korea 2022 U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2023 Taca de Liga Portugal 2027/28 (Sporting) Supertaca Candido de Oliveira 27/28 (Sporting)
  9. Hi, I was running on a 2014 MacBook Air with no problems and suddenly my FM game was laggy as anything recently. I thought maybe it was because I was a few seasons in and the database was too big, but I was looking to upgrade anyway and am now on a MacBook Pro i5 quad core with 8gb RAM - and its still occasionally laggy?!? What is going on? Is this a known issue on Macs??
  10. @darren1983 - Good work on the Chinese league! Convenient tick box season at least aha. Been struggling to play recently, my 5 year old lil macbook air is struggling now - I'm a few seasons in and it's getting very clunky so it's convinced me I need to upgrade Had a successful season with Sporting and will update after my second season ends...
  11. I still can't work out how to do the code update.... screenshot table will have to do for now. Anyway, lots to update on the way. I finally cracked cup glory with Jeju!!! A successful 3rd title in a row (record setting 97pts), along with the domestic cup and AFC Champions League means I'm now looking to leave this continent for the foreseeable future, and I find myself at Monterrey in Mexico... for a few weeks anyway. I join Monterrey just as the deadline closes, and the squad is patchy at best, though there are a couple of good players, including Alphonso Davies( more on him shortly), but the squad registration rules mean I just can't play my best players as I need 9 homegrown Mexicans in my squad. I don't really 'feel it' with Monterrey, and after being knocked out of the cup, I resign and focus for now on Canada and the upcoming competitions. I surpassed expectations with the Canucks, and got to the Nations League semi final, where I best the USA on every stat except the one that counts - goals. A devastating elimination, but the country loves me. Onto the 2026 World Cup, joint hosted by my Canadian side, I again surpass expectations and charge through to the Third Round (There are FAR too many teams in this world cup...) but I lose to Belgium - again, despite seemingly having the better of them, our profligacy in front of goal costs us dear. I resign from Canada at this point, and with the Dutch and Portuguese leagues now loaded and entering the frey, I wait to see what teams will become available after the inevitable World Cup exodus (Brazil beat NIGERIA in the final!), and eventually accept the Sporting Lisbon and France positions (turning down Spain and Australia) France are in Nations League B, but it was too good a squad to refuse, with a 4 year plan to win the Euros and World Cup with this squad, by which point Mbappe will be 31. Sporting on the other hand, haven't won the league since 02 - 24 years, so this is the type of challenge I'd normally enjoy on a career save and I may end up holding back on other positions until this one is cracked with. I've signed a very exciting young French striker, who at 18 yrs old is leading my charge, and I've been drawn in a Champions League group with Liverpool, RB Salzberg, and Partizan, so there's a chance of qualification for me there. The squad has had a complete overhaul, with nearly 200 mil of outgoing (only keeping 48% for transfers though ) and 102 mil coming in, including the aforementioned Alphonso Davies after his heroic performances for Canada. We lost on penalties in the Portuguese version of the Charity Shield to Porto, and then lost to Man City in the Super Cup aet (Sporting won the Europa League), but got revenge on Porto in the league, winning 3-1 away from home. Enjoying this team so far so looking forward to seeing where they can be taken. Porto have won the last 9 leagues, so that's got to stop!
  12. Darren1983 - Welcome to the challenge! Only seems to be a couple of us still going atm at this but it's good fun. Think my game is starting to slow down now from the sheer number of players due to the leagues I've added and removed :/
  13. Season Team League Cup1 Cup2 Cont Int’l Awards/Notes 2018/19 Home Utd 5th Winners Winners N/A N/A 2019/20 Home Utd Winners Winners Semi Final Winners N/A Int – AFC Cup, MOTY 2020/21 Melbourne Vic Winners/RU Finalists N/A N/A N/A Lost Cup and Grand Final on pens, MOTY 2021/22 Gangwon/Jeju 7th Q. Final N/A N/A Winner U23 Asian Games Winner w/ S.Korea 2023 Jeju Winners Finalists N/A N/A Winner U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2024 Jeju Winners Q. Final N/A 2nd Rd N/A MOTY More cup frustration in 2024, as I lost to Ulsan on away goals in the AFC CL, and they beat me in the KFA Cup as well. Despite winning the league at a canter in the end, I feel it's a missed opportunity. There aren't any jobs going elsewhere atm so might stay one more season to try and crack my cup curse!
  14. Season Team League Cup1 Cup2 Cont Int’l Awards/Notes 2018/19 Home Utd 5th Winners Winners N/A N/A 2019/20 Home Utd Winners Winners Semi Final Winners N/A Int – AFC Cup, MOTY 2020/21 Melbourne Vic Winners/RU Finalists N/A N/A N/A Lost Cup and Grand Final on pens, MOTY 2021/22 Gangwon/Jeju 7th Q. Final N/A N/A Winner U23 Asian Games Winner w/ S.Korea 2023 Jeju Winners Finalists N/A N/A Winner U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand After joining Jeju midway through the 2022 season, it gave me time to build my squad and tactics in order to mount a challenge for the following year, and that turned out to be (just) the case, after pipping Suwon to the title by a point on the last day of the season. I actually played 2nd place Suwon in the penultimate game, only to find my whole back 4 and DM were on int'l duty... predictably I lost 3-0. Luckily, I scraped through to title glory with a tightly fought 2-1 victory on the final day. The cup final saw more farcical situations, wherein the second leg saw me without 5 players due to international call ups. I ended up losing 1-0 on aggregate. I've signed a new contract for another season, and will aim for cup and AFC Champions League glory, but am keeping an eye out for some big jobs in China. Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues - Singapore S-League 19/20 (Home Utd), K-League 2023 (Jeju), 1/10 domestic cups - RHB Singapore Cup 18/19 (Home Utd) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments Other titles New Paper League Cup 18/19, 19/20 (Home United) AFC CUP 19/20 (Home United) Hyundai A-League (Regular Season) 2020/21 (Melbourne Victory) U23 Asian Games w/ South Korea 2022 U23 Pacific Games w/ New Zealand 2023
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