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  1. Man Utd 2029/30 - Pre-Season Budget and Transfers For the first time since spending £100m in my first season 4 years ago, I get a considerable starting transfer budget: £26m. To take us to the next step of being a challenger to the dominant Newcatle United, I'll have to get rid of players who are good, but just not top class game changers. Outgoing We're now making good money on sales due to youngsters I've bought coming of age. This season, other clubs flocked onto them, all wanting a piece. I've never seen so much rumour and interest, with several flitting in and out of official 'wonderkid' status. I must have a good eye for a player! I wonder what the team will look like in 4 years... We made the same amount in player sales as last season, around £50m, including from our English goalkeeping prospect Butler. He looked like a future England #1 when I arrived, but never achieved that potential and makes mistakes. It's time to try and do it elsewhere in a World Cup year, and maybe he can make the England squad for England 2030. He was set to move to Middlesbrough for around £5m, but it was cancelled due to Boro's lack of funds. This sparked a bidding war from several Premier League clubs plus Celtic and Rangers and, on deadline day, he moved to Norwich City for £20m! That's probably a Premier League record for a goalkeeper (can't be arsed to check in-game). There's also a rare move: one of our reserve defenders goes on loan to Liverpool. New Players The problem is overcoming Newcastle's incredible strength and technical ability. We also need to figure out how to stop teams stealing points at Old Trafford, now that they're putting 11 men in their box. I need a top striker that's strong, especially in the air with accurate heading. Unfortunately, none seem to exist. So a complete change in tactical approach is needed, and I have to look at playing the ball on the ground and having individuals perhaps dribble their way into the box while holding off the mass of defenders with their strength. Eventually I narrow it down to two: one attacker who only joined his club in January, so is far too much at £40m, the other I do sign. -------------------------------------------- Willian - ST - 25, Brazil (3 goals in 5 apps), £25m from Hertha BSC (Bundesliga) - Pace 17, Jumping 15, Strength 20, Finishing 20, Composure 14 His goal record is being ignored because, while he scored 43 goals and made 11 more in his first 2.5 seasons after moving from Brazil to Groningen, he didn't score any in his final 23(2) games. He moved to Hertha and only scored 2 and made 1 in 19(1) games. However, in the Confederations Cup, he scored all the goals in a 2-0 semi win over England and a 1-0 win in the final. His Dribbling in 20, decent First Touch and competent Technique means he can play on the ground, but he can win some balls in the air and direct them into goal, especially against lesser opposition. That's the plan, anyway. -------------------------------------------- Under the same policy, I get a technically incredible youngster for only £600k: -------------------------------------------- Hugo - ML/C, AML/C - 19, Brazil (U19), £600k from Feirense (Portuguese Second Division) - 20s all over the place! Profile Except for Headling, Marking and Tackling, his entire technical game is orange. As long as he physically grows, he could be scary. I'm going to keep him in the first team squad for now. -------------------------------------------- I also finally get a good, experienced backup keeper: -------------------------------------------- Charlie Whyte - GK - 31, Scotland (1 cap), free bosman from West Brom (Premier League) - Aerial Ability 17, Handling 16, Reflexes 19 Spent 12 years at WBA, usually getting 7.00 average rating or over, although he's been below 7 the last 2 seasons. -------------------------------------------- And a loan: -------------------------------------------- Domingos - DR/C - 34, Portugal (17 caps), loan from Lazio (Serie A) - Pace 12, Jumping 18, Strength 17, Tackling 20, Marking 13 Has spent the last 4 seasons in the Premier League with average ratings of 7.17, 7.18, 7.16, 7.07. ================================================= ================================================= Friendlies (3rd, Belgian top tier) Royal Antwerp 1 - 1 Man Utd (3rd, EPL) (17th, Ch.) Burnley 1 - 2 Man Utd (3rd, PL) (3rd, EPL) Man Utd 1 - 0 AC Milan (1st, A) Hugo doesn't endear himself to his new manager by publicly criticising my lack of team talk (I don't really give any for friendlies), especially as he was the only one who was bothered by it. He's warned. Reserves 1 - 1 First Team First Team win 5 - 4 on pens after 8 rounds (1-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-3, 3-3, 4-4, 4-5) In Butler's only game of pre-season, he makes a mistake in the final minutes. Not a good way to win back favour... But the shootout gives me a lot of penalty info. ================================================= ================================================= Expectations and Odds The board and fans are delighted with the progress and are in full support of my management. The board want a title challenge, the fans think this season is the season we win it. Premier League Odds 2/1 - Newcastle Utd 8/1 - Arsenal, Man Utd 16/1 - Chelsea 20/1 - Coventry 33/1 - Middlesbrough Pretty clear tiers, which I agree with. The only hope is that Newcastle's change in manager ruins them temporarily. Champions League Odds: 3/1 - AC Milan, Newcastle Utd 5/1 - Lazio 15/2 - Bayern Munich 8/1 - Arsenal 9/1 - Inter Perennial favourites Newcastle are joint-favourites with the defending champions. Bookies continue to be high on Europa League winners Lazio, despite their failure to get out of the group stage for 3 seasons in a row now. Our odds are unchanged at 10/1. Media-predicted 2029/30 Table (Last season's position in parentheses) 1 - Newcastle United (1) 2 - Arsenal (2) 3 - Manchester United (3) 4 - Chelsea (4) ------------------------------------------------------------ 5 - Coventry City (5) ------------------------------------------------------------ 6 - Middlesbrough (6) 7 - West Ham United (7) 8 - West Bromwich Albion (8) 9 - Liverpool (11) 10 - Norwich City (9) 11 - Manchester City (13) 12 - Preston North End (10) 13 - Leicester City (16th) 14 - Tottenham Hotspur (14) 15 - Blackburn Rovers (12) 16 - Sheffield Wednesday (15) 17 - Bolton Wanderers (1, Championship) ------------------------------------------------------------ 18 - Southampton (17th) 19 - Stoke City (2, Championship) 20 - Sunderland (5, Championship) Not much faith in any major improvements for teams this year.
  2. Man Utd 2029/30 - Pre-Season Budget and Transfers For the first time since spending £100m in my first season 4 years ago, I get a considerable starting transfer budget: £26m. To take us to the next step of being a challenger to the dominant Newcatle United, I'll have to get rid of players who are good, but just not top class game changers. Outgoing We're now making good money on sales due to youngsters I've bought coming of age. This season, other clubs flocked onto them, all wanting a piece. I've never seen so much rumour and interest, with several flitting in and out of official 'wonderkid' status. I must have a good eye for a player! I wonder what the team will look like in 4 years... We made the same amount in player sales as last season, around £50m, including from our English goalkeeping prospect Butler. He looked like a future England #1 when I arrived, but never achieved that potential and makes mistakes. It's time to try and do it elsewhere in a World Cup year, and maybe he can make the England squad for England 2030. He was set to move to Middlesbrough for around £5m, but it was cancelled due to Boro's lack of funds. This sparked a bidding war from several Premier League clubs plus Celtic and Rangers and, on deadline day, he moved to Norwich City for £20m! That's probably a Premier League record for a goalkeeper (can't be arsed to check in-game). There's also a rare move: one of our reserve defenders goes on loan to Liverpool. New Players The problem is overcoming Newcastle's incredible strength and technical ability. We also need to figure out how to stop teams stealing points at Old Trafford, now that they're putting 11 men in their box. I need a top striker that's strong, especially in the air with accurate heading. Unfortunately, none seem to exist. So a complete change in tactical approach is needed, and I have to look at playing the ball on the ground and having individuals perhaps dribble their way into the box while holding off the mass of defenders with their strength. Eventually I narrow it down to two: one attacker who only joined his club in January, so is far too much at £40m, the other I do sign. -------------------------------------------- Willian - ST - 25, Brazil (3 goals in 5 apps), £25m from Hertha BSC (Bundesliga) - Pace 17, Jumping 15, Strength 20, Finishing 20, Composure 14 His goal record is being ignored because, while he scored 43 goals and made 11 more in his first 2.5 seasons after moving from Brazil to Groningen, he didn't score any in his final 23(2) games. He moved to Hertha and only scored 2 and made 1 in 19(1) games. However, in the Confederations Cup, he scored all the goals in a 2-0 semi win over England and a 1-0 win in the final. His Dribbling in 20, decent First Touch and competent Technique means he can play on the ground, but he can win some balls in the air and direct them into goal, especially against lesser opposition. That's the plan, anyway. -------------------------------------------- Under the same policy, I get a technically incredible youngster for only £600k: -------------------------------------------- Hugo - ML/C, AML/C - 19, Brazil (U19), £600k from Feirense (Portuguese Second Division) - 20s all over the place! Except for Headling, Marking and Tackling, his entire technical game is orange. As long as he physically grows, he could be scary. I'm going to keep him in the first team squad for now. -------------------------------------------- I also finally get a good, experienced backup keeper: -------------------------------------------- Charlie Whyte - GK - 31, Scotland (1 cap), free bosman from West Brom (Premier League) - Aerial Ability 17, Handling 16, Reflexes 19 Spent 12 years at WBA, usually getting 7.00 average rating or over, although he's been below 7 the last 2 seasons. -------------------------------------------- And a loan: -------------------------------------------- Domingos - DR/C - 34, Portugal (17 caps), loan from Lazio (Serie A) - Pace 12, Jumping 18, Strength 17, Tackling 20, Marking 13 Has spent the last 4 seasons in the Premier League with average ratings of 7.17, 7.18, 7.16, 7.07. ================================================= ================================================= Friendlies (3rd, Belgian top tier) Royal Antwerp 1 - 1 Man Utd (3rd, EPL) (17th, Ch.) Burnley 1 - 2 Man Utd (3rd, PL) (3rd, EPL) Man Utd 1 - 0 AC Milan (1st, A) Hugo doesn't endear himself to his new manager by publicly criticising my lack of team talk (I don't really give any for friendlies), especially as he was the only one who was bothered by it. He's warned. Reserves 1 - 1 First Team First Team win 5 - 4 on pens after 8 rounds (1-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-3, 3-3, 4-4, 4-5) In Butler's only game of pre-season, he makes a mistake in the final minutes. Not a good way to win back favour... But the shootout gives me a lot of penalty info. ================================================= ================================================= Expectations and Odds The board and fans are delighted with the progress and are in full support of my management. The board want a title challenge, the fans think this season is the season we win it Premier League Odds 2/1 - Newcastle Utd 8/1 - Arsenal, Man Utd 16/1 - Chelsea 20/1 - Coventry 33/1 - Middlesbrough Pretty clear tiers, which I agree with. The only hope is that Newcastle's change in manager ruins them temporarily. Champions League Odds: 3/1 - AC Milan, Newcastle Utd 5/1 - Lazio 15/2 - Bayern Munich 8/1 - Arsenal 9/1 - Inter Perennial favourites Newcastle are joint-favourites with the defending champions. Bookies continue to be high on Europa League winners Lazio, despite their failure to get out of the group stage for 3 seasons in a row now. Our odds are unchanged at 10/1. Media-predicted 2029/30 Table (Last season's position in parentheses) 1 - Newcastle United (1) 2 - Arsenal (2) 3 - Manchester United (3) 4 - Chelsea (4) ------------------------------------------------------------ 5 - Coventry City (5) ------------------------------------------------------------ 6 - Middlesbrough (6) 7 - West Ham United (7) 8 - West Bromwich Albion (8) 9 - Liverpool (11) 10 - Norwich City (9) 11 - Manchester City (13) 12 - Preston North End (10) 13 - Leicester City (16th) 14 - Tottenham Hotspur (14) 15 - Blackburn Rovers (12) 16 - Sheffield Wednesday (15) 17 - Bolton Wanderers (1, Championship) ------------------------------------------------------------ 18 - Southampton (17th) 19 - Stoke City (2, Championship) 20 - Sunderland (5, Championship) Not much faith in any major improvements for teams this year.
  3. I'm yet another one. This seems a pretty widespread stance. Maybe SI forums' reputation can't be saved, but I'm wondering by now what the point of the off-topic forums are. It's where the 'community', having liked each other's company, get to talk with each other about other things. But what if the 'community' created is or becomes toxic or one people avoid? And how many people there with thousands of obnoxious soapbox statements of opinion under the guise of 'banter' even really post in the FM-related forums? Would they stay if SI got rid of all the off-topic forums and happily just talk FM and help people with problems, or protest loudly because they only log in every day or week to posture over politics or even real life football? I think CFuller's experience came from an FM-related forum anyway, but it's like VAR - it wouldn't eliminate the problem, but greatly reduce it to the point it's acceptable and more within the realms of fairness and integrity of most other sports (forums).
  4. Surely who people vote for is the entire matter of the thing!
  5. 2028/29 International Football Review England 2029 Confederations Cup (We all know what the theme will be.) The Confederations Cup has grown into an important competitive tournament. Managers have been sacked or stepped down based on it, and the stakes were highest for hosts England's manager, whose 'ok' record was combined with a great home record of 10 wins and 2 draws, plus a a couple of 4-0 wins at Euro 2028 before choking. This was his final chance to prove he should lead England next year. Unfortunately, he 'stepped down' by the end. A 0-0 draw with Algeria was followed by a draw with Argentina after going behind in 28 seconds. A routine win over Guatemala saved them, but Brazil easily beat them 2-0. A routine 3rd-place 1-0 win over World and European champions Scotland wasn't enough consolation. Of England's 4 goals, 2 came off the keeper and 2 were headered crosses. It wasn't a confident display. With English managers spread out across top clubs in Europe, but international football becoming unpopular with top managers and now more a proving ground for the young and inexperienced ones, it'll be interesting to see who will replace him. So Brazil lifted the trophy after they beat surprise finalists Algeria 1-0 with a stoppage time winner from Willian (not that one). South Korea sacked their manager despite beating New Zealand and drawing with the World champions. They only need a draw in Iraq to qualify for next year. Argentina have qualified for next year, but will hope to improve on 3 draws against Guatemala, England and Algeria. 2028 OFC Nations Cup New Caledonia were 6 minutes away from a shock underdog win, after taking a 1-0 lead away to Travis Medhurst's New Zealand in the 2nd leg of the final. But the Kiwis scored twice to lift their 4th trophy in a row. 2029 CONCACAF Gold Cup For the first time ever, neither Mexico nor USA reached the semis, and all the semi-finalists were hoping for their first trophy. In the end, Panama beat Anthony Streete's Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to make history. Guadeloupe made their debut and lost 2-0 away to USA but had an entertaining 3-2 loss to T&T.
  6. 2028/29 International Football Review England 2029 Confederations Cup The Confederations Cup has grown into an important competitive tournament. Managers have been sacked or stepped down based on it, and the stakes were highest for hosts England's manager, whose 'ok' record was combined with a great home record of 10 wins and 2 draws, plus a a couple of 4-0 wins at Euro 2028 before choking. This was his final chance to prove he should lead England next year. Unfortunately, he 'stepped down' by the end. A 0-0 draw with Algeria was followed by a draw with Argentina after going behind in 28 seconds. A routine win over Guatemala saved them, but Brazil easily beat them 2-0. A routine 3rd-place 1-0 win over World and European champions Scotland wasn't enough consolation. Of England's 4 goals, 2 came off the keeper and 2 were headered crosses. It wasn't a confident display. With English managers spread out across top clubs in Europe, but international football becoming unpopular with top managers and now more a proving ground for the young and inexperienced ones, it'll be interesting to see who will replace him. So Brazil lifted the trophy after they beat surprise finalists Algeria 1-0 with a stoppage time winner from Willian (not that one). South Korea sacked their manager despite beating New Zealand and drawing with the World champions. They only need a draw in Iraq to qualify for next year. Argentina have qualified for next year, but will hope to improve on 3 draws against Guatemala, England and Algeria. 2028 OFC Nations Cup New Caledonia were 6 minutes away from a shock underdog win, after taking a 1-0 lead away to Travis Medhurst's New Zealand in the 2nd leg of the final. But the Kiwis scored twice to lift their 4th trophy in a row. 2029 CONCACAF Gold Cup For the first time ever, neither Mexico nor USA reached the semis, and all the semi-finalists were hoping for their first trophy. In the end, Panama beat Anthony Streete's Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to make history. Guadeloupe made their debut and lost 2-0 away to USA but had an entertaining 3-2 loss to T&T.
  7. The most recent game always wins these polls, or any kind of poll really. It's an odd trend that doesn't make sense to me.
  8. FM 2007 Club Name of the Day: Pontlottyn Blast Furnace from Wales.
  9. FM 2007 Club Name of the Day: Pontlottyn Blast Furnace from Wales.
  10. Brighton score in every game this season except City and now at Newcastle, with 2 new strikers already opening their account, and a 3-0 walloping of Watford. BBC: "Brighton toothless once again. Same old story for Brighton this season... they struggle in front of goal." WTF?
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