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  1. Can't believe I got so much for one of my players! I suggested £2.5m with 50% of next sale as a joke, assuming they'd just cancel bid, but they negotiated, so I tried a non-negotiable at £2.6m and they accepted! I'll finally have a bit of money, I can't believe it. Time to upgrade some facilities I think.
  2. I've taken a break from my save for a few days now as I'm playing Cyberpunk and Assassin's Creed, but I will get back to the Aachen save eventually! Loving reading all the updates, especially congrats to @XaWfor getting to the Prem!
  3. Well I hate to see him go, but I can't really refuse that, not to mention that he was unlikely to sign another contract. The finances almost look healthy for once! (Although we're still projected to have a £1.3m loss at the end of the season.)
  4. So it turns out that the top 4 places in 3. Liga take part in the DFB Pokal, so finishing in the top 4 non-second teams means we are finally entering our first cup competition this season! EDIT: We play Bayer Leverkeusen - big game!
  5. Aachen 2025/26 Gutting... We lost to Madgeburg twice during the season, so honestly you can say they probably deserved it more than us. Just one of those being the other way round and we'd have been in the playoffs! If we can improve again next season, we should have a chance to make it! However, I'm also wary that we may lose key players in the transfer window. My defensive midfielder Tobias Formann wants to leave because apparently we didn't develop youth enough this season Brian Schmidt is well loved by a few 2. Bundesliga clubs too, so it might be a struggle to keep him, unfortunately. No one else is wanted yet, but I'm always wary in this save! Transfers Nothing at all this season. Finances Surprise, surprise, it's still bad. Best XI My goalkeeper has our best average rating, not sure how to feel about that! Honestly, this save is starting to feel a bit draining, I'd really like to get promoted next season... It would be nice to feel like we're going somewhere. I've not managed to get any improvements to our facilities, but at least I've got a couple of coaching badges now.
  6. Aachen Youth Intake 2025/26 Nothing special this year Samuel Addo looks fine: The physicals will improve with age, so he could end up being a decent playmaker! John Logan is another centre back, that I'm not sure we need He's not all the great to be honest, not got high hopes. Our first USA player though, so that's interesting. Yannick Roth is an attacking mid with a lot of flair: Unfortunately, he doesn't have too much else other than flair and determination. Passing and technique is fine, but again not expecting great things. Emanuel Bevilacqua - an inverted wingback? So he's a natural inverted wingback, which is nice, but I wonder if he'll ever be good enough for the team. Honestly that's about it! Not too impressed with this year's intake, and it's getting a bit samey year after year being top half/mid table, but not quite being able to make the playoffs. We're actually fairly close this season: 6 games to gain 5 points on both Madgeburg and Osnabruck, not impossible but Bayern and Dortmund 2nd teams will be quite difficult. Just having to hope that we can play well and that they slip up. And that's just to get the chance to be in the playoff. I'll give it my best shot! Would be a miracle if we could! EDIT: Well fu-- Not ideal to have our star winger out, don't think we'll make it.
  7. Dammit, we were one transfer too late. At least we got 200k here, but I wish we could have got £1.3m instead of £500k between the 2 sales
  8. This usually happens if they're in a different squad. It should say 'Discipline player for'. It might not be possible if they haven't had a 'bad game' (rating under 6.6)
  9. Aachen 2024/25 Normally I put most of my pictures in links, but I'm trying it out with with more just copy/pasted onto the post this time, let me know what you guys prefer. Another improvement this season, although only by 3 points and one place: We had a few youth prospects establish themselves as first team regulars this season: Thomas Ahrenhöfer (YI21a) He is our top scorer this season with 19 goals in the league. He's developed quite nicely, but at this rate, he'll probably leave us next season as a bigger club comes knocking. Hopefully we can hold onto him! Brian Schmidt (YI22a) I've never heard of a German called Brian, but I'm not going to stop this kid being called whatever he wants to be called. Been absolutely phenomenal this season, and is one of the first names on the teamsheet. Somehow he's only managed to put 7 goals and 4 assists to his name, and I don't really understand how as I always see him in game and he seems to play well. He's got blistering pace, and whilst his attributes suggest he's got no end product, I promise you that he does. Alexander Markert (YI22b) I may have taken the **** out of this guy when he came through the youth intake, saying how he could play in any position down the middle but his attributes suggested otherwise, but he's really grown up now! He's now my main attacking midfielder, but can also play at CM and if I'm desperate as a striker, but I'm sure I can find someone with more than 3 finishing. This guy could end up being a star for us, but there are definitely a few back up attacking mids in the youth teams if he does end up getting sold. Rune Holden (YI22e) Towards the end of the season, Rune has been my go to RB, playing as an inverted wingback. I had previously started training him as a LB as he's left footed, but then I started using IWBs and so stopped bothering with that. He's pretty well rounded, which I think suits the IWB quite well as they often can end up being a bit of DM as well as a winger. He had a couple of injuries so hasn't started as often as I would like, but next season he'll be first choice. Pierre Ebbers (YI22f) Pierre may end up being our future left winger, he's nice and quick which is a bonus, but I don't know why he's so angry all the time! He literally starts the game 'aggressive' according to the dugout UI. He still needs a bit of work if he's to become the finished article, but with Oğuzhan Aydoğan getting older and being plagued by injuries, it won't be long until we need someone there. The one that got away... Maximilian Billing (YI21b) This boy was playing very well as my centre back (avg rating of 7.11) until Union Berlin offered me £775k for him, which was too much to turn down. I look forward to him being sold for millions in the future and us getting half of it We're trying to replace him with Michael Jager (YI22c) but it's definitely a slow process. Transfers Nothing that hasn't been talked about already. Finances Not fantastic... I am now using instant result a lot more to try and speed through the seasons until we're either good enough to challenge for promotion, or we hit a nice jackpot with a sale which lets us upgrade the facilities a bit and helps jumpstart our journey up the leagues. Until then we're in a bit of limbo in mid table. Best XI Apparently this was my best team this season. The tactics we used were the one seen above - a 4-3-3DM - mostly used when our usual striker Vincent Boesen was out for 4 months, but when he was available we went with 2 strikers in this 4-4-2 Diamond. Personally, I prefer the diamond, but I haven't done the tactical analysis to tell you what is better when. Conclusion Next season, we go again! Hopefully some more of youth players can be blooded, and maybe we'll pull of a miracle and get promoted - who knows!
  10. Aachen Youth Intake 2024/25 Well I don't know if I'd call this a 'golden generation' but I guess it's probably better than previous intakes through depth, despite not having any 5 star potential players: With 7 players already at 1.5 star CA, we could have a few of them starting sooner than you might think. I'm not thrilled about the personalities, there are 3 at the bottom with fairly professional, but unfortunately they'll never be good enough for the main team! The Stand-Outs Our one resolute player is Labinot Idrizi, who is kind of just ok. Why have 14 heading if you're 5'6, and have 6 jumping reach? According to our HOYD, our best talent is Ingo Woitzyk, a defensive midfielder, who to be fair to him does look nicely suited to the role. Not very quick yet, but as he's only 15 he should be able to increase that. However, only 4 star PA (if you can believe anything my HOYD says. Going from the top, we have Fernando Meija, who is most certainly not a winger. Hopefully though, we'll be able to turn him into a nice central midfielder though, perhaps a box-to-box? The other interesting thing about him, is that his second nationality is Dominican Republic, which I don't think I've ever had before in any FM. Then we have Lukas Klein with his wonderful first touch. We're starting to get an overload of attacking mids, and I think we might be starting to lack in full backs, although our current ones are pretty young. Speaking of, we have another man who can play in attacking midfield in Joachim Wagner. He's got a few nice stats, but he's nothing special. Another area we are lacking in is strikers, so I was looking forward to our 'fine prospect' of striker, but I'm not sure how much Felix Burchert is actually delivering on that promise. He's 6'2" and has a bit of pace, but that's about it. What kind of striker has 6 finishing? Mirko Bardella is an unambitious goalkeeper, who I doubt is going to replace our current youth keeper, never mind our actual keeper. And honestly that's about everyone worth speaking about, but at least it will add some depth to the squad given most of the senior players will be retiring soon! I'll be back with an end of season update soon, including a couple of breakthrough prospects who have really delivered this season...
  11. We lose another fantastic first team player - our 6'7" centre-back: Hopefully, this one turns out more profitable than the last. We're sitting pretty comfortably mid-table, but I really hope losing our best centre back (and backup DM) doesn't hurt us too much. He will probably be replaced by Michael Jager, who is 6'5", but will have to phased in as he's not quite first team standard yet, although I'm not really convinced aging centre back Alexander Heinze is much better, he's a bit of a "has-bean" (ba-dum-tsh!)
  12. For anyone wondering, the only solution I could figure out was to move him to my under 19s, and then move him to the senior squad from there. No idea why that worked and the other way didn't.
  13. Hmm, I guess I'll keep trying, he's much too good for the II Team, and it doesn't matter too much because I can play him whenever I want, but when he's in the other team I can't praise him when he does well (like when he breaks the record for goals in a game for us, and gets a 10 rating) or fine him if he plays poorly.
  14. Do you guys know if there's a bug with moving players from your II Squad (maybe B squad in other leagues) to your main squad? I keep trying with one of my players, but he doesn't actually move squads. It doesn't come up with any error or anything, and I'm fairly sure I've tried it both inside and outside of transfer windows.
  15. First "golden generation" I've had with Aachen! Let's hope it's true.
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