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  1. 2024/25 International Recap 2025 Brazil Confederations Cup A competition full of shocks saw another new winner, 4 years after South Korea beat Brazil and Uruguay to lift the trophy, and it was Africa's turn this year in mind-boggling fashion. Neil Tovey's South Africa went unbeaten as they beat Copa América winners Brazil 3-0, European Champions Germany 2-1, then beat the world champions Scotland in a penalty shootout, after taking the lead in just 3 minutes. Kamil Chapula's wildcard entrants Poland (randomly taking a spot due to Brazil taking both the host spot and Copa América champion spot) also surprised, as draws against South Africa and Brazil meant they qualified from their group at the expense of Brazil. With the Confederations Cup now seen as an important test run for teams and managers, not just facilities, Germany's Euro-winning coach Uwe Rosler stepped down after losses to South Africa and Scotland and a draw with Iraq. His replacement is Frank Rost, who relegated midtable Nurnberg before bringing them back up a season later. 2025 CONCACAF Gold Cup Honduras became the 3rd first-time winner in 4 tournaments after beating 2019 winners Costa Rica in an epic penalty shootout that saw 24 penalties, but only 7 scored. Both goalkeepers saved each others' attempts before it looped back to the first penalty takers, and once more Honduras' scored and once more Costa Rica's missed. Haiti almost got their biggest result in decades, but a stoppage time goal gave USA an embarrassing 1-0 win against a team that had conceded 15 goals over two legs against the Cayman Islands in their last tie. Trinidad & Tobago sacked their manager Bertille St. Clair after a 4-2 loss to El Salvador in the quarters and 21 years in charge. He reached one World Cup in 2006 and one Gold Cup final in 2021. Jamaica sacked international veteran Ian Goodison after he took them to their lowest ever point. In just 2 years, they failed to get out of the first World Cup qualifying round for only the 2nd time ever (losing to Bermuda 7-1 on aggregate) and now failed to get out the group stage of the Gold Cup for the first time in 4 tournaments. Akeem Priestley's first job after retiring as a player in the MLS will be to replace him and lead his country. LA 2024 Olympics After I led Iran Under-23s to their first ever Olympics (as an Under-23 competition), they failed to qualify for the next 2 tournaments. But this year, Iran U23s WON the Olympics in Los Angeles. They were undefeated for the entire campaign, only conceding one goal in qualifying while beating Australia 2-0 and 4-0. In the Olympics themselves, they drew 1-1 with America before getting 4 more points, beating Cameroon and Chile with 2 clean sheets, then winning on penalties over Mexico in the final after a 2-2 draw in effectively another away game. A golden generation?
  2. 2024/25 International Recap 2025 Brazil Confederations Cup A competition full of shocks saw another new winner, 4 years after South Korea beat Brazil and Uruguay to lift the trophy, and it was Africa's turn this year in mind-boggling fashion. Neil Tovey's South Africa went unbeaten as they beat Copa América winners Brazil 3-0, European Champions Germany 2-1, then beat the world champions Scotland in a penalty shootout, after taking the lead in just 3 minutes. Kamil Chapula's wildcard entrants Poland (randomly taking a spot due to Brazil taking both the host spot and Copa América champion spot) also surprised, as draws against South Africa and Brazil meant they qualified from their group at the expense of Brazil. With the Confederations Cup now seen as an important test run for teams and managers, not just facilities, Germany's Euro-winning coach Uwe Rosler stepped down after losses to South Africa and Scotland and a draw with Iraq. His replacement is Frank Rost, who relegated midtable Nurnberg before bringing them back up a season later. 2025 CONCACAF Gold Cup Honduras became the 3rd first-time winner in 4 tournaments after beating 2019 winners Costa Rica in an epic penalty shootout that saw 24 penalties, but only 7 scored. Both goalkeepers saved each others' attempts before it looped back to the first penalty takers, and once more Honduras' scored and once more Costa Rica's missed. Haiti almost got their biggest result in decades, but a stoppage time goal gave USA an embarrassing 1-0 win against a team that had conceded 15 goals over two legs against the Cayman Islands in their last tie. Trinidad & Tobago sacked their manager Bertille St. Clair after a 4-2 loss to El Salvador in the quarters and 21 years in charge. He reached one World Cup in 2006 and one Gold Cup final in 2021. Jamaica sacked international veteran Ian Goodison after he took them to their lowest ever point. In just 2 years, they failed to get out of the first World Cup qualifying round for only the 2nd time ever (losing to Bermuda 7-1 on aggregate) and now failed to get out the group stage of the Gold Cup for the first time in 4 tournaments. Akeem Priestley's first job after retiring as a player in the MLS will be to replace him and lead his country. LA 2024 Olympics After I led Iran Under-23s to their first ever Olympics (as an Under-23 competition), they failed to qualify for the next 2 tournaments. But this year, Iran U23s WON the Olympics in Los Angeles. They were undefeated for the entire campaign, only conceding one goal in qualifying while beating Australia 2-0 and 4-0. In the Olympics themselves, they drew 1-1 with America before getting 4 more points, beating Cameroon and Chile with 2 clean sheets, then winning on penalties over Mexico in the final after a 2-2 draw in effectively another away game. A golden generation?
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    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Seoul 0 - 8 Busan in the 2nd leg of the K League 1 title playoff in 2024 turns out to be my biggest. But I'm sure I got double figures in previous games when I accidentally made friendlies with sides who were still on holiday and had to play greys.
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    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    Odd coincidence as I did kinda the same in FM 07. Managed Tottenham up to the 2030s, buying the first £50m, £75m and £100m players on the way to several leagues and a couple of Champions Leagues, then moved to Brighton in League Two.
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    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    It was only a couple of decades ago that Champions League was on ITV every Wednesday. Which meant Man Utd every Wednesday.
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    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    I paid £100m for a world class striker going into peak age from a rival, but that was in FM 2007 of course.
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    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    A post from 2009 seems to have saved my story. I got an error trying to save, but I went to the options and ticked to compress save games and it's saved. So a save of 2GB seems to be the cut-off point. If so, it should last a long while yet with compressed saves... it'll just take 10 minutes to save a game...
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    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    A post from 2009 seems to have saved my story. I got an error trying to save, but I went to the options and ticked to compress save games and it's saved. So a save of 2GB seems to be the cut-off point. If so, it should last a long while yet with compressed saves... it'll just take 10 minutes to save a game...
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    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    No, really, Billy Arce: https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/news/2018/august/albion-sign-ecuadorian-youngster/
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    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    1) Liverpool - Fine I'm calling it. They have a goalkeeper, fixing their big weakness. Arsene must be baffled. 2) City - City's lack of transfers is a big concern for defending champions, and Liverpool have their number. 3) Man Utd - Judging only on BBC article comments, Man Utd are back to having everyone in a rage. If people can't stop talking about you, you must've annoyed them. Probably by finishing above them easily. Not close to City yet though. 4) Arsenal - The Wenger holes being filled and everyone gelling now should see them win back the coveted Top 4 Trophy. 5) Chelsea - A relatively disastrous first few months with a system that hasn't been trained, especially if it's Willy in goal, a back 2 with Luiz, a striker who is more about getting the wingers goals, but the wingers themselves are going, before time and transfers fix it. 6) Spurs - So the sought-after manager says spend money and top 4 isn't good enough or I'm gone, then you sign no one except maybe 1 or 2 panic buys on deadline day. That'll end well. 7) Brighton - Because I'm unbiased. A manager with a mindblowing record in the market and should've always been a media-spouted contender for the England job (also Bielsa) above sodding Pardew, Shearer and Neville. 8) Everton - Stability and improved performances, but where's your top class striker already? 9) Burnley - Dyche to keep performing miracles despite a Spurs/Newcastle-calibre window. 10) Huddersfield - They seem to know what they're doing. 11) Palace - An unspectacular season for the team with 'he's a nice little player' players and a boring midtable manager. 12) West Ham - I'm guessing they'll do decent now. 13) Leicester - Them too 14) Wolves - Galacticos will see them safe but not enough to surpass the established teams like the few above. (Not that it went well for QPR.) 15) Cardiff - Only for Neil Warnock 16) Bournemouth - Reality is gradually setting in, as other clubs spend or improve or get out of last season's ruts. 17) Southampton - Seems a bit of a mess now. 18) Watford - And them. That they seemingly randomly sack managers at the end of each season and call it a 'plan', and probably believe it, annoys me. 19) Fulham - I hear they play open, attacking football and plan to stick with it, so I figure they're gonna get destroyed. How'd they get Schurrle though? 20) Newcastle United - Rafa must be going any time now. Right when the window closes? The moment form drops? When any nice job comes along? Just signed Billy Arce.
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    ***FMS Awards 2018 Preliminary Round Voting***

    Yes my chances of winning something in my whole life increases.
  12. 2024/25 Club Football Recap Biggest Transfers Elia Luciani (AMRL/MRL, Italian, 27) - Atlético to Chelsea - £32.5m *Juan Latorre (DMC/DR/MRC, Uruguayan, 28) - Juventus to Atlético - £15m + £14m-rated player *Ferdinando Citterio (ST, Italian, 27) - Atlético to Juventus - (See above) Richard Morris (DR, English, 26) - Man City to Newcastle Utd - £22.5m Ferenc Balogh (DM/MC, Hungarian, 27) - Barcelona to Real Madrid - £18.75m Colin Huckle (DR/C/L, English, 24) - Inter Milan to Man City - £18.25m FIFA World Player of the Year Paulo became the first ever winner to not play in Europe. The 26-year-old Brazilian striker has only won 3 caps and still plays in Brazil after moving from Fluminense to Corinthians the day after winning the end-of-year award. He scored an unspectacular 28 goals in 50 games. An Englishman was runner-up, so it was probably a conspiracy. UEFA Champions League 9 years after winning his first with the club, David Moyes finally won his 2nd Champions League with Bayern Munich by beating AC Milan 1-0 in Lisbon, after knocking out last year's winner Newcastle United and runner-up Arsenal along the way. Liverpool reached the furthest they ever had since winning the cup 20 years ago, reaching the semis. But Yury Vergeichik's team were undone by AC Milan in the second leg thanks to a first half elbow and red card. England Premier League It was expected that the retirement of Newcastle United's long-term manager and the greatest ever English manager in history, Sir Steve McClaren, would see Newcastle United in transition under new manager Sergio Bueno... but instead, they won the title in April and finished 18 points ahead of 2nd-placed Arsenal. Similarly, Chelsea were unaffected by long-term manager José Mourinho's move to Real Madrid last year. New manager Valter Bonacina guided the club to their third 4th-place finish in the last 4 seasons, as well as a Europa League final and FA Cup semi-final. Mike Newell experienced once again the lack of gratitude in football. His latest miracle work was at Sheffield Wednesday, where he took over a recently promoted Premier League side and won them their first FA Cup trophy in nearly a century, then took them to the Europa League semi-final. He was sacked in November with the club bottom of the table, but it proved to be the right choice short-term as new manager Mladen Krstajic immediately moved them up the table, finishing 11th, but 1 point less than 10th-placed Sheffield United. Meanwhile, Newell joined midtable Preston North End a few months later. Football League and Non-League Ipswich Town will return to the Premier League after 23 years away after Steve Pott's side won the Championship Playoffs. Lincoln City will be playing in the Championship for the first time in over 60 years after winning their playoffs. Long-time manager Grant Brown has been at the club for 36 years (except a few years in non-league at the end of his playing career) since 1989, and manager for 13 years. Crawley Town reached the Football League for the first time ever. Despite winning Conference North side Nuneaton their first FA trophy, as well as getting them promoted (but relegated a few seasons later), Jonathan Woodgate's first management job came to an end after 5-and-a-half seasons. Spain José Mourinho's first full season at Real Madrid saw them top the table and look on the way to retaining the La Liga title he and they won last season, but they faltered in the second half and Pep Guardiola's Real Betis emerged as challengers. Madrid returned to the top in the final week. But a surprise loss in Murcia meant Betis lifted the title on the final day, Pep's first and Betis' first since their shock win in 2019 under Gordon Strachan. After spending 12 years at Barcelona, and taking the 6-in-a-row title winners down the table until they were battling relegation, the shamed Hristo Stoichkov ended his time at Kansas City in the MLS to have another go in Spain, joining second-tier promotion challengers Real Oviedo, to their fans' dismay. But he kept their run going, and they won promotion in 3rd after just a season in the second tier. Ernesto Valverde's third spell in charge of second-tier Athletic Bilbao ended with the club no better off then when he arrived a few years ago. Scotland Les Ferdinand left Championship QPR after 9 years as their manager to join bottom SPL side Dundee. They enjoyed a big new manager bounce, but they soon dropped back to the bottom, relegated while failing to score in 15 of their last 19 league games and away fans not seeing a Dundee goal in 2025 so far. Craig Levein left Hearts again after a hugely successful 10-year second spell. He had taken charge of a club that had won their first SPL title in 50 years five years earlier, but had dropped to 5th the season before. He led them to 5 more titles, 2 doubles, and made them Champions League knockout regulars and had kept them top nearly the whole season before leaving for midtable Bundesliga side VfL Bochum this season. He was replaced with former Serbia, Man Utd and Juventus defender Nemanja Vidic, who was in his third year at his first managerial job at Linfield of Northern Ireland, and still retained their title by 7 points. Germany Moyes' Bayern won the Bundesliga in April and by 15 points. Thomas Doll, a member of the season before's big managerial merry-go-round, was sacked by Hamburger SV after just a year due to the twice-in-a-row runner-up floating around 4th/5th, and showing no loyalty to Doll despite him previously spending nearly a decade there as a player, coach and manager. The constantly moving man who dumped Barcelona, Olexiy Mikhailichenko, is his replacement. Italy The Scudetto went back to AC Milan as Milan's 2 clubs once again finished far ahead of everyone else. Fellow merry-go-rounder Patrick Collot lasted barely a year as well in the Juventus job and was replaced with former England manager and Genoa failure Lee Stallard.
  13. 2024/25 Club Football Recap Biggest Transfers Elia Luciani (AMRL/MRL, Italian, 27) - Atlético to Chelsea - £32.5m *Juan Latorre (DMC/DR/MRC, Uruguayan, 28) - Juventus to Atlético - £15m + £14m-rated player *Ferdinando Citterio (ST, Italian, 27) - Atlético to Juventus - (See above) Richard Morris (DR, English, 26) - Man City to Newcastle Utd - £22.5m Ferenc Balogh (DM/MC, Hungarian, 27) - Barcelona to Real Madrid - £18.75m Colin Huckle (DR/C/L, English, 24) - Inter Milan to Man City - £18.25m FIFA World Player of the Year Paulo became the first ever winner to not play in Europe. The 26-year-old Brazilian striker has only won 3 caps and still plays in Brazil after moving from Fluminense to Corinthians the day after winning the end-of-year award. He scored an unspectacular 28 goals in 50 games. An Englishman was runner-up, so it was probably a conspiracy. UEFA Champions League 9 years after winning his first with the club, David Moyes finally won his 2nd Champions League with Bayern Munich by beating AC Milan 1-0 in Lisbon, after knocking out last year's winner Newcastle United and runner-up Arsenal along the way. Liverpool reached the furthest they ever had since winning the cup 20 years ago, reaching the semis. But Yury Vergeichik's team were undone by AC Milan in the second leg thanks to a first half elbow and red card. England Premier League It was expected that the retirement of Newcastle United's long-term manager and the greatest ever English manager in history, Sir Steve McClaren, would see Newcastle United in transition under new manager Sergio Bueno... but instead, they won the title in April and finished 18 points ahead of 2nd-placed Arsenal. Similarly, Chelsea were unaffected by long-term manager José Mourinho's move to Real Madrid last year. New manager Valter Bonacina guided the club to their third 4th-place finish in the last 4 seasons, as well as a Europa League final and FA Cup semi-final. Mike Newell experienced once again the lack of gratitude in football. His latest miracle work was at Sheffield Wednesday, where he took over a recently promoted Premier League side and won them their first FA Cup trophy in nearly a century, then took them to the Europa League semi-final. He was sacked in November with the club bottom of the table, but it proved to be the right choice short-term as new manager Mladen Krstajic immediately moved them up the table, finishing 11th, but 1 point less than 10th-placed Sheffield United. Meanwhile, Newell joined midtable Preston North End a few months later. Football League and Non-League Ipswich Town will return to the Premier League after 23 years away after Steve Pott's side won the Championship Playoffs. Lincoln City will be playing in the Championship for the first time in over 60 years after winning their playoffs. Long-time manager Grant Brown has been at the club for 36 years (except a few years in non-league at the end of his playing career) since 1989, and manager for 13 years. Crawley Town reached the Football League for the first time ever. Despite winning Conference North side Nuneaton their first FA trophy, as well as getting them promoted (but relegated a few seasons later), Jonathan Woodgate's first management job came to an end after 5-and-a-half seasons. Spain José Mourinho's first full season at Real Madrid saw them top the table and look on the way to retaining the La Liga title he and they won last season, but they faltered in the second half and Pep Guardiola's Real Betis emerged as challengers. Madrid returned to the top in the final week. But a surprise loss in Murcia meant Betis lifted the title on the final day, Pep's first and Betis' first since their shock win in 2019 under Gordon Strachan. After spending 12 years at Barcelona, and taking the 6-in-a-row title winners down the table until they were battling relegation, the shamed Hristo Stoichkov ended his time at Kansas City in the MLS to have another go in Spain, joining second-tier promotion challengers Real Oviedo, to their fans' dismay. But he kept their run going, and they won promotion in 3rd after just a season in the second tier. Ernesto Valverde's third spell in charge of second-tier Athletic Bilbao ended with the club no better off then when he arrived a few years ago. Scotland Les Ferdinand left Championship QPR after 9 years as their manager to join bottom SPL side Dundee. They enjoyed a big new manager bounce, but they soon dropped back to the bottom, relegated while failing to score in 15 of their last 19 league games and away fans not seeing a Dundee goal in 2025 so far. Craig Levein left Hearts again after a hugely successful 10-year second spell. He had taken charge of a club that had won their first SPL title in 50 years five years earlier, but had dropped to 5th the season before. He led them to 5 more titles, 2 doubles, and made them Champions League knockout regulars and had kept them top nearly the whole season before leaving for midtable Bundesliga side VfL Bochum this season. He was replaced with former Serbia, Man Utd and Juventus defender Nemanja Vidic, who was in his third year at his first managerial job at Linfield of Northern Ireland, and still retained their title by 7 points. Germany Moyes' Bayern won the Bundesliga in April and by 15 points. Thomas Doll, a member of the season before's big managerial merry-go-round, was sacked by Hamburger SV after just a year due to the twice-in-a-row runner-up floating around 4th/5th, and showing no loyalty to Doll despite him previously spending nearly a decade there as a player, coach and manager. The constantly moving man who dumped Barcelona, Olexiy Mikhailichenko, is his replacement. Italy The Scudetto went back to AC Milan as Milan's 2 clubs once again finished far ahead of everyone else. Fellow merry-go-rounder Patrick Collot lasted barely a year as well in the Juventus job and was replaced with former England manager and Genoa failure Lee Stallard.
  14. git2thachoppa

    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    FM 07 Football Club Name of the Day: Ocean Boys (Nigeria of course) Their logo seems to be a bird using a tractor beam to steal the football of a fish that just wanted to play. https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2012/09/Ocean-Boys.jpg
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    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    FM 07 Football Club Name of the Day: Ocean Boys (Nigeria of course) Their logo seems to be a bird using a tractor beam to steal the football of a fish that just wanted to play. https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2012/09/Ocean-Boys.jpg
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