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  1. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    I figured they wouldn't have time to implement the new 4-game rule. So in FM18 the only things implemented are Watford and the league winners sacking their manager by the end of next season.
  2. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Get ready for thousands of angry unfair sacking threads for FM19. I assume they'll accurately recreate that now across the sport on any level you can be sacked or rewarded a new (meaningless) contract depending only on your last 4 or so games. Always talk of why players don't stay in the game, particularly as managers, well what's the point if your job is this meaningless? Only thing you get out of it is money as compensation for all the long hours of work over the summer, and players have plenty of money for doing a leisure activity as a part-time job.
  3. 2017/18 Season Review - International Football WORLD PEACE ACHIEVED, COUNTRIES SIGN 'STATUS QUO' AGREEMENT It has been officially declared that the world is now a relatively wonderful place, with every country now having some form of democracy. Human rights offences are finally a thing of the past. An event a few years ago is believed to be the catalyst of this, when Israel qualified for the 2014 World and were drawn in a group with Iraq, forcing them to play each other. The Iraqi government relaxing their rule of not recognising Israel began a chain of events that led to the world realising it's far less hassle to NOT hate and maim each other. A few years later, there was a trend as elections worldwide saw anti-establishment figures (regardless of political ideology coming into power or becoming a powerful figure, from Rouhani to Donald Trump the guy off The Apprentice. Or perhaps it was all started earlier, with Iraq being 'democracised' with their players no longer playing in fear of torture, the Arab Spring with dictatorships overthrown, North Korean citizens being further exposed to East Asian and Western media and realising they've got it a bit **** in comparison and rising up, the overthrowing of the Ayatollah in Iran leading to the return of raunchy magazines and women in football stadiums (which at last led to Iran being the next country awarded the hosting rights for the Asian Cup). Tourism has spiked in many glamorous locations and workers are now free to move around anywhere without fear of despotism. With the end of war and the increase in general happiness, it has been agreed that no new countries will ever be made, we have enough now. Also money will no longer rise or fall in value, a dollar should be a dollar forever! So don't expect anything silly like a football player moving for 200 million Euros. *As we're now in 2018 and thus THE FUTURE, this is the best explanation as to why the state of the world stays exactly the same for the next few decades/centuries (other than a Matrix rip-off). We have no idea what the world will be like years from now, or even next year. Syria could become a tourist hotspot, Turkey a megapower, or aliens could invade and test their beauty products on us (it's ok, we're not as advanced as they are, so we don't feel pain). So perhaps one day in 2031, you'll see me in charge of Somalia. Because perhaps in real life, Somalia will be a great place to live in 2031. And in a world where Steve McClaren is an England and Newcastle legend, is Donald Trump really that unbelievable? Cameroon 2018 African Cup of Nations Despite a new manager, Ivory Coast yet again won the African Cup of Nations. They beat Mali 2-0 in a repeat of the 2014 final, winning their 5th tournament in the last 6. Hosts Cameroon lost to the winners in the semis, making do with a 3rd place playoff win over surprise package Gabon. Gabon lost out in the semis to Mali after extra time, which saw Mali have a sending off, a missed penalty and 2 goals all in the last 12 minutes of extra time. 2018 OFC Nations Cup New Caledonia made the two-legged final competitive, but New Zealand won again with a 3-2 win.
  4. 2017/18 Season Review - International Football WORLD PEACE ACHIEVED, COUNTRIES SIGN 'STATUS QUO' AGREEMENT It has been officially declared that the world is now a relatively wonderful place, with every country now having some form of democracy. Human rights offences are finally a thing of the past. An event a few years ago is believed to be the catalyst of this, when Israel qualified for the 2014 World and were drawn in a group with Iraq, forcing them to play each other. The Iraqi government relaxing their rule of not recognising Israel began a chain of events that led to the world realising it's far less hassle to NOT hate and maim each other. A few years later, there was a trend as elections worldwide saw anti-establishment figures (regardless of political ideology coming into power or becoming a powerful figure, from Rouhani to Donald Trump the guy off The Apprentice. Or perhaps it was all started earlier, with Iraq being 'democracised' with their players no longer playing in fear of torture, the Arab Spring with dictatorships overthrown, North Korean citizens being further exposed to East Asian and Western media and realising they've got it a bit **** in comparison and rising up, the overthrowing of the Ayatollah in Iran leading to the return of raunchy magazines and women in football stadiums (which at last led to Iran being the next country awarded the hosting rights for the Asian Cup). Tourism has spiked in many glamorous locations and workers are now free to move around anywhere without fear of despotism. With the end of war and the increase in general happiness, it has been agreed that no new countries will ever be made, we have enough now. Also money will no longer rise or fall in value, a dollar should be a dollar forever! So don't expect anything silly like a football player moving for 200 million Euros. *As we're now in 2018 and thus THE FUTURE, this is the best explanation as to why the state of the world stays exactly the same for the next few decades/centuries (other than a Matrix rip-off). We have no idea what the world will be like years from now, or even next year. Syria could become a tourist hotspot, Turkey a megapower, or aliens could invade and test their beauty products on us (it's ok, we're not as advanced as they are, so we don't feel pain). So perhaps one day in 2031, you'll see me in charge of Somalia. Because perhaps in real life, Somalia will be a great place to live in 2031. And in a world where Steve McClaren is an England and Newcastle legend, is Donald Trump really that unbelievable? Cameroon 2018 African Cup of Nations Despite a new manager, Ivory Coast yet again won the African Cup of Nations. They beat Mali 2-0 in a repeat of the 2014 final, winning their 5th tournament in the last 6. Hosts Cameroon lost to the winners in the semis, making do with a 3rd place playoff win over surprise package Gabon. Gabon lost out in the semis to Mali after extra time, which saw Mali have a sending off, a missed penalty and 2 goals all in the last 12 minutes of extra time. 2018 OFC Nations Cup New Caledonia made the two-legged final competitive, but New Zealand won again with a 3-2 win.
  5. 2017/18 Season Review - Club Football Selected Summer transfers - The 'Make Up Your ****ing Mind' Window Part I Leszek Szuta (27, Polish, MC) - Chelsea to Inter Milan - £32m Darren Cousins (26, English, MC) - Aston Villa to Chelsea - £26m Mxolisi Thorne (24, South African, ST) - PSV to Chelsea - £24m Milos Simic (27, Serbian, DC) - Roma to AC Milan - £22.5m Martin Gale (24, English, DM/MC) - Sevilla back to Chelsea - £21m Donato Tarquini (25, Italian, AMR/MR) - Inter Milan to Real Madrid - £22.5m Francisco Merida - AC Milan back to Liverpool - £20.5m Selected Winter Transfers - The 'Make Up Your ****ing Mind' Window Part II Kevin Brown (24, Scottish, AMR/MR) - Inter Milan back to Arsenal - £27.5m Basile Cueff (careful when reading that out loud) (22, French, MC) - Hertha Berlin to Arsenal - £24m Ante Jelavic (25, Croatian, DMC/MC) - Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea - £18.25m Francisco Merida - Liverpool (again, after only half a season) to Sevilla - £17m Jeffrey Imudia - Liverpool to Real Madrid - £16m 2017 Awards Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner became the first player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award two years in a row since... Arsenal's Thierry Henry in 2007. Henry won it an unprecedented third time in a row the next year, will Bendtner do the same? His partner in crime, Carlos Vela, came 3rd, with Bayern Munich's German striker Thomas Schweinsteiger runner-up. Inter Milan's striker Claudio Gamboa won his first Ballon d'Or European Footballer of the Year award in the year he scored his 50th goal for Mexico in only 54 appearances. New faces came 2nd and 3rd: Real Madrid's French striker Sekou Fofana and AC Milan's Saudi Arabian striker Mohammed Majrashi. European Cups It only took Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan 3 years to win the Champions League again, their and his 4th in 7 seasons, with a 1-0 win over Ajax. It was England striker John Atkinson that scored the only goal this time, a role usually reserved for the unusually quiet Gamboa, against Frank Yallop's surprise finalists. New Scottish champions Dundee United's Champions League debut ended at the group stage below Ajax and Real Madrid, but Paul Sturrock's team still had the UEFA Cup to go for, and they got all the way to the final before losing to José Mourinho's Chelsea 2-0. England Premier League Neutrals sadly sighed as Michael Laudrup's Arsenal retained the title with relative ease. Steve McClaren's 2016 champions, Newcastle United, finished runner-up for the 4th non-title-winning-season in a row. A late double from Klass-Jan Huntelaar saw Roy Keane's Man Utd lose 2-1 at home to Southampton and thus not even qualify for the UEFA Cup. So the last two UEFA Cup places were taken by Preston North End, suddenly making their European debut after Frank Lampard's first full season as a manager, and by Stuart Pearce's Coventry City. Mike Newell was sensationally sack at West Bromwich Albion. After achieving promotion back to the Premier League in his first few months, he took them to the top half of the Premier League for 3 straight seasons, as well as a UEFA Cup quarter-final and the semi-final the season after. But finishing 16th this season was deemed a sackable offence, despite comfortably avoiding relegation points-wise. He was replaced with Michael Skibbe, who guided Antwerp to their first Belgian title in 61 years. After 7 years finishing in the bottom half, Tottenham Hotspur were relegated in 19th, being bottom most of the season. As thrifty as ever, Spurs still managed to get a bit of cash rather than immediately sack Glen De Boeck, as he moved from the now-Championship club to Osasuna. The embarrassing news didn't end for fans, as they learned his replacement will be Steve Tilson, who has spend the last decade at Bournemouth keeping them a yo-yo club... between League One and League Two... when he arrived they were 20th in League One, he left after relegating them from League One for the 4th time. Domestic Cups Arsenal won the Domestic Treble by beating cup specialists Coventry City in both finals. Football League and Non-League Somehow I missed and failed to mention one event last season: Everton brought in the legendary Lothar Matthaus in December 2016, his first management job after nearly a decade serving as their assistant manager. Alas they sacked him after barely over a year, expecting promotion back to the Premier League immediately and nothing less. Ashley Cole's debut as a manager was less successful than Lampard's. He took Cardiff City from 5th in the Championship to bottom and relegated with only 7 wins and 39 points. He was sacked at the end of the season. Evidently hiring former Arsenal players isn't a good idea, as Alexander Hleb's first season at Colchester United saw them return to non-league football for the first time since 1992. Scotland Another record was broken regarding the Old Firm's waning dominance, as this was the first season since 1964/65 that neither Celtic nor Rangers finished in the top 2. Craig Levein's Hearts won their second title in 3 years, with defending champions Dundee United as runner-up 5 points behind 1st and ahead of 3rd. John Collins' Celtic finished 3rd, by one goal of goal difference, while Richard Gough's Rangers finished in 6th. Italy Inter Milan went back to the tradition of winning the league dominantly, retaining the title by 18 points in the end. Their 10th title in 13 years. Francesco Totti was sacked from his first job after 5 years at Serie C2 side Foggia, having not improved them at all. Spain Marcelino's Real Madrid destroyed La Liga, winning their 6th title in a row by 21 points.
  6. 2017/18 Season Review - Club Football Selected Summer transfers - The 'Make Up Your ****ing Mind' Window Part I Leszek Szuta (27, Polish, MC) - Chelsea to Inter Milan - £32m Darren Cousins (26, English, MC) - Aston Villa to Chelsea - £26m Mxolisi Thorne (24, South African, ST) - PSV to Chelsea - £24m Milos Simic (27, Serbian, DC) - Roma to AC Milan - £22.5m Martin Gale (24, English, DM/MC) - Sevilla back to Chelsea - £21m Donato Tarquini (25, Italian, AMR/MR) - Inter Milan to Real Madrid - £22.5m Francisco Merida - AC Milan back to Liverpool - £20.5m Selected Winter Transfers - The 'Make Up Your ****ing Mind' Window Part II Kevin Brown (24, Scottish, AMR/MR) - Inter Milan back to Arsenal - £27.5m Basile Cueff (careful when reading that out loud) (22, French, MC) - Hertha Berlin to Arsenal - £24m Ante Jelavic (25, Croatian, DMC/MC) - Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea - £18.25m Francisco Merida - Liverpool (again, after only half a season) to Sevilla - £17m Jeffrey Imudia - Liverpool to Real Madrid - £16m 2017 Awards Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner became the first player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award two years in a row since... Arsenal's Thierry Henry in 2007. Henry won it an unprecedented third time in a row the next year, will Bendtner do the same? His partner in crime, Carlos Vela, came 3rd, with Bayern Munich's German striker Thomas Schweinsteiger runner-up. Inter Milan's striker Claudio Gamboa won his first Ballon d'Or European Footballer of the Year award in the year he scored his 50th goal for Mexico in only 54 appearances. New faces came 2nd and 3rd: Real Madrid's French striker Sekou Fofana and AC Milan's Saudi Arabian striker Mohammed Majrashi. European Cups It only took Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan 3 years to win the Champions League again, their and his 4th in 7 seasons, with a 1-0 win over Ajax. It was England striker John Atkinson that scored the only goal this time, a role usually reserved for the unusually quiet Gamboa, against Frank Yallop's surprise finalists. New Scottish champions Dundee United's Champions League debut ended at the group stage below Ajax and Real Madrid, but Paul Sturrock's team still had the UEFA Cup to go for, and they got all the way to the final before losing to José Mourinho's Chelsea 2-0. England Premier League Neutrals sadly sighed as Michael Laudrup's Arsenal retained the title with relative ease. Steve McClaren's 2016 champions, Newcastle United, finished runner-up for the 4th non-title-winning-season in a row. A late double from Klass-Jan Huntelaar saw Roy Keane's Man Utd lose 2-1 at home to Southampton and thus not even qualify for the UEFA Cup. So the last two UEFA Cup places were taken by Preston North End, suddenly making their European debut after Frank Lampard's first full season as a manager, and by Stuart Pearce's Coventry City. Mike Newell was sensationally sack at West Bromwich Albion. After achieving promotion back to the Premier League in his first few months, he took them to the top half of the Premier League for 3 straight seasons, as well as a UEFA Cup quarter-final and the semi-final the season after. But finishing 16th this season was deemed a sackable offence, despite comfortably avoiding relegation points-wise. He was replaced with Michael Skibbe, who guided Antwerp to their first Belgian title in 61 years. After 7 years finishing in the bottom half, Tottenham Hotspur were relegated in 19th, being bottom most of the season. As thrifty as ever, Spurs still managed to get a bit of cash rather than immediately sack Glen De Boeck, as he moved from the now-Championship club to Osasuna. The embarrassing news didn't end for fans, as they learned his replacement will be Steve Tilson, who has spend the last decade at Bournemouth keeping them a yo-yo club... between League One and League Two... when he arrived they were 20th in League One, he left after relegating them from League One for the 4th time. Domestic Cups Arsenal won the Domestic Treble by beating cup specialists Coventry City in both finals. Football League and Non-League Somehow I missed and failed to mention one event last season: Everton brought in the legendary Lothar Matthaus in December 2016, his first management job after nearly a decade serving as their assistant manager. Alas they sacked him after barely over a year, expecting promotion back to the Premier League immediately and nothing less. Ashley Cole's debut as a manager was less successful than Lampard's. He took Cardiff City from 5th in the Championship to bottom and relegated with only 7 wins and 39 points. He was sacked at the end of the season. Evidently hiring former Arsenal players isn't a good idea, as Alexander Hleb's first season at Colchester United saw them return to non-league football for the first time since 1992. Scotland Another record was broken regarding the Old Firm's waning dominance, as this was the first season since 1964/65 that neither Celtic nor Rangers finished in the top 2. Craig Levein's Hearts won their second title in 3 years, with defending champions Dundee United as runner-up 5 points behind 1st and ahead of 3rd. John Collins' Celtic finished 3rd, by one goal of goal difference, while Richard Gough's Rangers finished in 6th. Italy Inter Milan went back to the tradition of winning the league dominantly, retaining the title by 18 points in the end. Their 10th title in 13 years. Francesco Totti was sacked from his first job after 5 years at Serie C2 side Foggia, having not improved them at all. Spain Marcelino's Real Madrid destroyed La Liga, winning their 6th title in a row by 21 points.
  7. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Can't win and can't vote if you dont read (well you could vote, but my allegiance is to the Republic, to DEMOCRASAY). I'll just pretend I won.
  8. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    I bet someone's hot sister that I don't win.
  9. 2017/18 End of Season Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes? You only learn so much watching video tapes, I needed this half season with the players to see who will play a part in my own squad, and who isn't good enough and should go. Although, given they're nearly all around 30, I suppose they'll need replacing sooner or later. Position - Number - Name - Age at start of next season - Value - Stats since my arrival - Stay or go? P = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, C = Conceded, CS = Clean Sheets, MM = Man of the Match, AR = Average Rating Goalkeepers 1 Christopher Toselli - GK - 30, Chilean (5 caps) - £1.3m - P 18, C 14, CS 6, MM 1, AR 6.89 - Stay if contract can be discussed I said this was very similar to Pep coming in at Man City (in the Earth-0 dimension), and therefore Toselli is Joe Hart: a long-term #1 of the club, a fan favourite, and usually good performer who's had iffy form recently. I gave him his first cap for Chile and he became my #1, but his contract expires next year, he's not interested in renewing, and he didn't have a great season. With a new keeper coming in, it looks like I'll have to make the unpopular choice of cashing in. 23 Marco Monterosso - GK - 30, Swiss/Italian - £90k - P 1, C 2, CS 0, AR 6.00 - Go Supposedly as good as Toselli, but has done little to give me faith, and thinks he should be the #1, so will likely leave. Both can go because, as mentioned, a better keeper is coming in when the summer transfer window opens. Defenders 13 Alexander Nadirov - DC/R/L - 23, Iranian (4 U21 caps) - £725k - P 14, MM 1, AR 7.29 - Stay 3 Daniel Gramatikov - DC/SW - 29, Bulgarian - £800k - P 17, MM 1, AR 6.94 - Stay (if contract signed) 5 Alen Mijic - DC - 31, Slovenian (7 caps) - 85k - P 14(1), AR 6.93 - Stay New signing Nadirov was a success, filling in anywhere he was needed and still being the best defender we have. Gramatikov and Mijic were my central pairing. Both their contracts expire next season and both are being watched. Mijic is worth more at the club than the £100k we'd get, and he should sign a new contract. Gramatikov is not open to discussion yet and I may be forced to cash in. 4 Aleksandar Lazevski - DC/SW - 31, Serbian - £220k - P 1(1), AR 7.00 - ? 19 Mihail Lyubenov - DC - 29, Bulgarian - £250k - P 4(3), AR 6.71 - ? Both haven't been bad, but could better be found with the cash they'd bring in? 20 Mirko Plantic - DR/C - 33, Croatian (1 cap) - £95k - P 13, AR 6.69 - Go Sometimes a solid defender, sometimes not. With a wage of £2.5k, and a year left on his contract (with no wish to extend), he's better off gone. 2 Vojislav Trajkovic - D/WBR - 30, Serbian - £75k - P 6(4), A 1, AR 6.70 - Stay Earned a 2-year contract as a squad player. 6 Petr Novak - D/WBL - 25, Czech (4 U21 caps) - £775k - P 12(2), A 1, AR 6.93 - Stay With 2 years left and at a good age, it's worth keeping him on for at least another season. He's being watched by a couple of good clubs though, and a big offer could change things. He somehow made the Swiss Super League Team of the Season. Midfielders 12 Tomas Borek - MC - 32, Czech (1 cap) - £700k - P 19, G 2, A 2, MM 2, AR 7.16 - Stay Played well in every game of my reign, getting in tackles and key passes every match. Likes to try a long range goal too. My choice as player of the season, he made the 'subs bench' for the Super League Team of the Season 18 Goran Cvijanovic - AMC - 31, Slovenian (1 goal in 4 caps) - £1.6m - P 17 (2), G 2, A 4, MM 3, AR 7.16 - Stay Like Borek, played every game and always did well. The Swiss seem confused by the concept of an attacking central midfielder, as he was allowed to frolic freely and make tonnes of key passes. In one match, he made 12. This led to him being voted the Fans' Player of the Season. 24 Catalin Barbu - MC/R/AMR/C - 29, Moldovan (25 caps) - £1.2m - P 10(3), A 2, AR 6.69 - Go (on a promise) I was forced to use him as an attacking midfielder due to injury and lack of depth, but looks to be decent in central midfield. But he wanted to move a few months ago to a bigger club, and I promised he could go at the end of the season. At least this means big money and some wages freed up. 21 Sándor Szepessy - ML/AMR/MR/AML - 25, Hungarian (3 U21 caps) - £600k - P 14(1), G 1, A 3, MM 3, AR 7.20 - Stay (but transfer requested) Rarely a bad game, I hope I can change his mind about leaving or at least hold it off for a year. 7 Georgi Gavrilov - M/AML - 28, Bulgarian - £1m - P 12, A 1, AR 6.92 - Stay (for now) Should be a backup player, but he's one of only two wingers in the current squad. Strikers 11 Miodrag Stanojevic - ST - 28, Montenegrin (1 U21 cap)/Croatian - £300k - P16(3), G 6, MM 1, AR 6.79 - Stay The player who was most happy for me to arrive. Before I came, he was frustrated at only making a few sub appearance, just as in his first season the year before. He played every game under me, though he was subbed off in 12 of them, signifying how hot and cold he could be. When on form, he was a match winner. 14 Meysam Rezapour - ST - 30, Iranian (5 goals in 6 caps) - £240k - P9(3), G 3, A 1, MM 1, AR 6.58 - Stay My other winter signing I signed after he went on a run of scoring in every game before injury when I was with Iran. He got off to a great start again for my Young Boys team, 3 goals in his first 5 starts after injury, but he has had trouble settling in Switzerland and his form dropped. 16 Furtado - ST - 35, Portuguese (1 U21 cap)/Cape Verdean - £14k - P4(5), G 2, A 1, AR 6.78 - Stay The club favourite forced his way into the team in the final month. 9 Genadijs Angels - ST - 31, Latvian (1 goal in 16 caps) - £1.2m - P 3(9), G 2, AR 6.50 - Go 10 Hrvoje Custic - ST - 34, Croatian - £3k - P 4(8), A 1, AR 6.50 - Stay Both old, unspectacular and with a year left, but one has low wages and value, the other very high. Conveniently, the less costly one is a club favourite. 25 Díego Rios - ST - 33, Colombian - £16k - P 2(4), AR 6.17 - Go (released) Didn't score after I arrived, despite a good record. He's one of the highest earners and his contract won't be renewed. Potential 2018/19 make-up GK: Incoming Signing (First XI) GK: Signing Required (Backup) DR: Nadirov (XI) DR: Trajkovic (Backup) DL: Nadirov (XI) DL: Novak (Backup) DC: Nadirov (XI) DC: Gramatikov (XI) DC: Mijic (XI) DC: Lyubenov/Lazevski (Backup) MR: Szepessy or Replacement Signing (XI) MR: Incoming Signing (XI) MR: Incoming Signing/Youth (Backup) ML: Szepessy or Replacement Signing (XI) ML: Gavrilov or Replacement Signing (XI) MC: Borek (XI) MC: Incoming Signing (XI) MC: Youth, New Signings (Backup) AMC: Cvijanovic (XI) AMC: Incoming Signing (XI) AMC: Incoming Signing (Backup) ST: Rezapour (XI) ST: Incoming Signing (XI) ST: Stanojevic (XI) ST: Furtado (Backup) ST: Incoming Signing (Backup) ST: Custic (Extra body) So new wingers, or central midfielders if I play a wingless formation, would be nice. Might be worth looking out for another keeper. However players must be sold before any more can be signed. I did my business incredibly early, so the wage bill needs a little lowering before being able to offer any other players anything.
  10. 2017/18 End of Season Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes? You only learn so much watching video tapes, I needed this half season with the players to see who will play a part in my own squad, and who isn't good enough and should go. Although, given they're nearly all around 30, I suppose they'll need replacing sooner or later. Position - Number - Name - Age at start of next season - Value - Stats since my arrival - Stay or go? P = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, C = Conceded, CS = Clean Sheets, MM = Man of the Match, AR = Average Rating Goalkeepers 1 Christopher Toselli - GK - 30, Chilean (5 caps) - £1.3m - P 18, C 14, CS 6, MM 1, AR 6.89 - Stay if contract can be discussed I said this was very similar to Pep coming in at Man City (in the Earth-0 dimension), and therefore Toselli is Joe Hart: a long-term #1 of the club, a fan favourite, and usually good performer who's had iffy form recently. I gave him his first cap for Chile and he became my #1, but his contract expires next year, he's not interested in renewing, and he didn't have a great season. With a new keeper coming in, it looks like I'll have to make the unpopular choice of cashing in. 23 Marco Monterosso - GK - 30, Swiss/Italian - £90k - P 1, C 2, CS 0, AR 6.00 - Go Supposedly as good as Toselli, but has done little to give me faith, and thinks he should be the #1, so will likely leave. Both can go because, as mentioned, a better keeper is coming in when the summer transfer window opens. Defenders 13 Alexander Nadirov - DC/R/L - 23, Iranian (4 U21 caps) - £725k - P 14, MM 1, AR 7.29 - Stay 3 Daniel Gramatikov - DC/SW - 29, Bulgarian - £800k - P 17, MM 1, AR 6.94 - Stay (if contract signed) 5 Alen Mijic - DC - 31, Slovenian (7 caps) - 85k - P 14(1), AR 6.93 - Stay New signing Nadirov was a success, filling in anywhere he was needed and still being the best defender we have. Gramatikov and Mijic were my central pairing. Both their contracts expire next season and both are being watched. Mijic is worth more at the club than the £100k we'd get, and he should sign a new contract. Gramatikov is not open to discussion yet and I may be forced to cash in. 4 Aleksandar Lazevski - DC/SW - 31, Serbian - £220k - P 1(1), AR 7.00 - ? 19 Mihail Lyubenov - DC - 29, Bulgarian - £250k - P 4(3), AR 6.71 - ? Both haven't been bad, but could better be found with the cash they'd bring in? 20 Mirko Plantic - DR/C - 33, Croatian (1 cap) - £95k - P 13, AR 6.69 - Go Sometimes a solid defender, sometimes not. With a wage of £2.5k, and a year left on his contract (with no wish to extend), he's better off gone. 2 Vojislav Trajkovic - D/WBR - 30, Serbian - £75k - P 6(4), A 1, AR 6.70 - Stay Earned a 2-year contract as a squad player. 6 Petr Novak - D/WBL - 25, Czech (4 U21 caps) - £775k - P 12(2), A 1, AR 6.93 - Stay With 2 years left and at a good age, it's worth keeping him on for at least another season. He's being watched by a couple of good clubs though, and a big offer could change things. He somehow made the Swiss Super League Team of the Season. Midfielders 12 Tomas Borek - MC - 32, Czech (1 cap) - £700k - P 19, G 2, A 2, MM 2, AR 7.16 - Stay Played well in every game of my reign, getting in tackles and key passes every match. Likes to try a long range goal too. My choice as player of the season, he made the 'subs bench' for the Super League Team of the Season 18 Goran Cvijanovic - AMC - 31, Slovenian (1 goal in 4 caps) - £1.6m - P 17 (2), G 2, A 4, MM 3, AR 7.16 - Stay Like Borek, played every game and always did well. The Swiss seem confused by the concept of an attacking central midfielder, as he was allowed to frolic freely and make tonnes of key passes. In one match, he made 12. This led to him being voted the Fans' Player of the Season. 24 Catalin Barbu - MC/R/AMR/C - 29, Moldovan (25 caps) - £1.2m - P 10(3), A 2, AR 6.69 - Go (on a promise) I was forced to use him as an attacking midfielder due to injury and lack of depth, but looks to be decent in central midfield. But he wanted to move a few months ago to a bigger club, and I promised he could go at the end of the season. At least this means big money and some wages freed up. 21 Sándor Szepessy - ML/AMR/MR/AML - 25, Hungarian (3 U21 caps) - £600k - P 14(1), G 1, A 3, MM 3, AR 7.20 - Stay (but transfer requested) Rarely a bad game, I hope I can change his mind about leaving or at least hold it off for a year. 7 Georgi Gavrilov - M/AML - 28, Bulgarian - £1m - P 12, A 1, AR 6.92 - Stay (for now) Should be a backup player, but he's one of only two wingers in the current squad. Strikers 11 Miodrag Stanojevic - ST - 28, Montenegrin (1 U21 cap)/Croatian - £300k - P16(3), G 6, MM 1, AR 6.79 - Stay The player who was most happy for me to arrive. Before I came, he was frustrated at only making a few sub appearance, just as in his first season the year before. He played every game under me, though he was subbed off in 12 of them, signifying how hot and cold he could be. When on form, he was a match winner. 14 Meysam Rezapour - ST - 30, Iranian (5 goals in 6 caps) - £240k - P9(3), G 3, A 1, MM 1, AR 6.58 - Stay My other winter signing I signed after he went on a run of scoring in every game before injury when I was with Iran. He got off to a great start again for my Young Boys team, 3 goals in his first 5 starts after injury, but he has had trouble settling in Switzerland and his form dropped. 16 Furtado - ST - 35, Portuguese (1 U21 cap)/Cape Verdean - £14k - P4(5), G 2, A 1, AR 6.78 - Stay The club favourite forced his way into the team in the final month. 9 Genadijs Angels - ST - 31, Latvian (1 goal in 16 caps) - £1.2m - P 3(9), G 2, AR 6.50 - Go 10 Hrvoje Custic - ST - 34, Croatian - £3k - P 4(8), A 1, AR 6.50 - Stay Both old, unspectacular and with a year left, but one has low wages and value, the other very high. Conveniently, the less costly one is a club favourite. 25 Díego Rios - ST - 33, Colombian - £16k - P 2(4), AR 6.17 - Go (released) Didn't score after I arrived, despite a good record. He's one of the highest earners and his contract won't be renewed. Potential 2018/19 make-up GK: Incoming Signing (First XI) GK: Signing Required (Backup) DR: Nadirov (XI) DR: Trajkovic (Backup) DL: Nadirov (XI) DL: Novak (Backup) DC: Nadirov (XI) DC: Gramatikov (XI) DC: Mijic (XI) DC: Lyubenov/Lazevski (Backup) MR: Szepessy or Replacement Signing (XI) MR: Incoming Signing (XI) MR: Incoming Signing/Youth (Backup) ML: Szepessy or Replacement Signing (XI) ML: Gavrilov or Replacement Signing (XI) MC: Borek (XI) MC: Incoming Signing (XI) MC: Youth, New Signings (Backup) AMC: Cvijanovic (XI) AMC: Incoming Signing (XI) AMC: Incoming Signing (Backup) ST: Rezapour (XI) ST: Incoming Signing (XI) ST: Stanojevic (XI) ST: Furtado (Backup) ST: Incoming Signing (Backup) ST: Custic (Extra body) So new wingers, or central midfielders if I play a wingless formation, would be nice. Might be worth looking out for another keeper. However players must be sold before any more can be signed. I did my business incredibly early, so the wage bill needs a little lowering before being able to offer any other players anything.
  11. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    I always considered Liverpool v Arsenal the We'll Come Good Next Season Derby. Or the We Won A Domestic Cup So Now We Can Kick On Derby. I remember when Liverpool were in poor form, but they won the League Cup final against Birmingham or something (or any time Arsenal won the F.A. Cup) then suddenly they were going to 'kick on' and go into incredible form. Like people forget a trophy is the result of previous, not something that affects future ability like it gives you +1000 EXP and a skill boost for the next 48 hours.
  12. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    This is why non-Arsenal fans wanted Wenger to say. Got a manager who isn't there to win trophies and who takes 5 years to fill a problem position, but wins just enough relatively meaningless domestic trophies and CL group games to get by, with squads where one half get injured and the other half you can bully off their game.
  13. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Bring back the 5-teams-per-group-play-each-other-once format. And the Cup Winners' Cup.
  14. April 2018 to May 2018 - Squeaky Bum Time For Young Boys Having failed to grasp the golden opportunity for relatively easy European qualification, losing the big semi-final on penalties, we must qualify via the league. An unbeaten run will get us there, a winless run will take us closer to the relegation area. The league is so tight, that one win will shoot you up several places. APRIL 2018 v Grasshopper (A) - RIVALS - Super League - 18/4/18 Since stealing a point thanks to us temporarily going down to 10 men, Grasshoppers won their next game but then went 7 games without a win. In fact, their last win was in October, 15 games ago. But they'll fancy their chances at home against a side that played 120 minutes a few days ago. The fact that, despite such an awful run, they're still 5th shows how tight the rest of the league is. If we win only half our games, we'll surely finish 3rd. I have to rotate players, not just because of the extra time, but every game will now have only 3 or 4 days apart. (5th) Grasshopper 1 - 0 Young Boys (7th) G Goal: (43) Same old story: had much of the game, nervy opponents resorting to long shots, dodgy ref (3 yellow cards in the first 20 minutes, all to us, the away team) and still lose out. It's clear a top keeper and a goalscorer will make us one of the big teams. ========================= v Basel (H) - RIVALS - Super League - 21/4/18 Basel have only lost 2 games all season. Oh how I'd love to be manager of Basel... (7th) Young Boys 0 - 1 Basel (1st) B Red Card: (34) B Goal: (85) Unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE. Dominated with 11 v 10. Yet, a few minutes after one of our usual close chances that go wide, one of their players dribbles through and scores. Because Basel. Because Young Boys. ======================== v Schaffhausen (A) - Super League - 25/4/18 Major squad rotation in effect now. I drop Toselli (GK), now it's Monterosso's (GK) chance to shine. A win here will at least turn the chances of Young Boys not getting relegated from 'not likely' to 'very unlikely', pushing our opponents further into the relegation/playoff zone in the process. Their last two matches saw them lose 7-0 away to second-placed Thun, then get a big 1-0 win at home to Grasshopper. (9th) Schaffhausen 2 - 0 Young Boys (8th) S Goals: (26), (57) Headline: MANAGER 'DISGUSTED' WITH TEAM Dominated from first to last. Disgusting. Pathetic. Now the players know that I know the French and German for 'you are all a bunch of ****ing nonces'. I use the press conference to lay into most of the players, and I tell the captain to get the team together and sort it out. Laughably, my assistant informs me Monterosso, the keeper I started today, is looking for more game time. More bench time after that performance, you twit. Toselli is immediately back in. ======================== v St. Gallen (H) - Super League - 28/4/18 If we do badly in this match, I'll look at making major tactical changes. (8th) Young Boys 1 - 1 St. Gallen (6th) SG Goal: (73) YB G: Gramatikov (85) Same old story. Dominating the whole match, their player just had a harmless shot on goal that simply went in. We were rescued by a centre-back's header from a set-piece. I can see it's not the tactics, it's just the players. No one is scoring with their shots, and the keepers aren't good enough to react to shots and stop them going in most of the time. Again: keeper and striker needed. ======================== CHAMPIONS Basel win their 7th title in a row with 5 games still to go, by a 16-point margin. ------------------------------------------ MAY 2018 v Zurich (A) - Super League - 2/5/18 I'm able to work up some players for this one. (5th) Zurich 2 - 2 Young Boys (8th) YB Goal: Cvijanovic (10) Z Goals: (34), (43) YB Red Card - Szepessy (76) YB Goal - Borek (90+3) Same old story. Taking an early lead gave us a slight chance of taking a point from the game. That's what happened, in the end. To neutrals, it was exciting. I was emotionless when the last-second equaliser was scored, however. ======================== v Delémont (A) - Super League - 5/5/18 (7th) Delémont 0 - 2 Young Boys (8th) YB Goals - Stanojevic (53, 71) At last, a win after 8 matches. The turning point was using the counter attack. Up to that point, they were getting scary chances and beating the defence. It hadn't struck me to try counter attacking football regularly before, as we should be dominating most teams (and generally have). Something to consider. With just that one win, we immediately move up the table to our highest position yet under my reign: 6th. Once again showing how tight the league is. But 4th place and 'Europe' looks very unlikely. Relegation is a bit more likely. ======================== v Luzern (H) - RIVALS - Super League - 9/5/18 They stole a near-guaranteed trophy and place in Europe, by beating us on penalties after they were otherwise destroyed, in the Swiss Cup semi-final. They've yet to beat us this season. (6th) Young Boys 1 - 1 Luzern (3rd) YB Goal: Stanojevic (2) L Goal: (43) Same old story. Take lead, dominate, defensive error and/or poor keeping leads to points dropped, opponents walk off at full time laughing. ======================== v Aarau (A) - Super League - 12/5/18 (10th) Aarau 1 - 1 Young Boys (7th) YB Goal: Furtado (22) A Goal: (57) Same old story. ======================== v Zurich (H) - Super League - 16/5/18 A win effectively guarantees safety. In our last match with Zurich (see above), even during our awful run, we managed to snatch a draw away from home with 10 men against them, so a win should be expected at home with 11. Szepessy returns from suspension against the same team he was sent off against. We will be a bit improved in attack now. (8th) Young Boys 2 - 0 Zurich (5th) YB Goal: Angels (16) Z Sending off: (21) YB Goal: Furtado (43) The tables are turned: Zurich suffer the early sending off this time. And who was Man of the Match? Szepessy. ======================== v Thun (H) - RIVALS - Super League - 20/5/18 The final game of the season. Once again, a win shot us up the table. The team above us are away to Basel and only one point ahead, so a win will likely see us finish 5th. It's a choice between trying to beat our rivals, finishing higher and getting a bit of extra prize money... or trying some other players. I decide to try a new formation, from 4-4-2 diamondish to 5-2-1-2, with a mostly full-strength side but a lesser-used strike force. (6th) Young Boys 1 - 0 Thun (3rd) YB Goal: Gramatikov (78) Young Boys nearly threw it away in the 5th and 6th of 4 minutes of stoppage time, thanks to leaving their striker completely free in the area one-on-one, but he hit wide the perfect goalscoring opportunity. Our centre-back's header from a free-kick gets the 3 points. ============================= Award News I come third in the Manager of the Month award thanks to 6 games unbeaten. ============================= CUP WINNERS Luzern and second-tier Chiasso produce a dire match that ends 0-0 after extra time. Luzern score all their penalties, Chiasso miss two. But lower-league Chiasso can still celebrate: they qualify for Europe as cup runner-up, due to Luzern finishing in the Euro spots in the league anyway. ---------------------------------------------------- Final League Table - Swiss Super League 1 - Basel - 82 2 - Luzern - 59 ------------------------------- 3 - Thun - 56 ------------------------------- 4 - Grasshopper - 51 ------------------------------- 5 - Young Boys - 45 6 - Zurich - 44 7 - Delémont - 43 8 - St. Gallen - 41 ------------------------------- 9 - Schaffhausen - 37 ------------------------------- 10 - Aarau - 31 League record for first half of season (before I arrived): P18 W5 D5 L8 PTS20 F23 A27 GD-4 CS2 League record for second half of season (since my arrival): P18 W6 D7 L6 PTS25 F19 A15 GD+4 CS6 Season Review A good start was derailed after somehow losing in the cup semi-final, and thus a near-guaranteed spot in Europe. We went on a run of 3 games without a goal and 7 without a clean sheet nor a win, but that turned into a closing run of 7 games unbeaten and scoring in every game. It was hugely frustrating, as the amount of close-cut chances not going in was heinous (woodwork, going across the face of goal, goal line clearances, the lot) and two keepers not quite up to standard meant easy goals conceded. Combined with some awful ref performances, results suffered. The silver lining is that this means, with a goalkeeper and a real goalscorer, Young Boys can get back in the Champions League (qualifying stages anyway), never mind the UEFA Cup. And I just so happen to have some really good free transfers coming in when the window opens, including said keeper and a forward or two.
  15. April 2018 to May 2018 - Squeaky Bum Time For Young Boys Having failed to grasp the golden opportunity for relatively easy European qualification, losing the big semi-final on penalties, we must qualify via the league. An unbeaten run will get us there, a winless run will take us closer to the relegation area. The league is so tight, that one win will shoot you up several places. APRIL 2018 v Grasshopper (A) - RIVALS - Super League - 18/4/18 Since stealing a point thanks to us temporarily going down to 10 men, Grasshoppers won their next game but then went 7 games without a win. In fact, their last win was in October, 15 games ago. But they'll fancy their chances at home against a side that played 120 minutes a few days ago. The fact that, despite such an awful run, they're still 5th shows how tight the rest of the league is. If we win only half our games, we'll surely finish 3rd. I have to rotate players, not just because of the extra time, but every game will now have only 3 or 4 days apart. (5th) Grasshopper 1 - 0 Young Boys (7th) G Goal: (43) Same old story: had much of the game, nervy opponents resorting to long shots, dodgy ref (3 yellow cards in the first 20 minutes, all to us, the away team) and still lose out. It's clear a top keeper and a goalscorer will make us one of the big teams. ========================= v Basel (H) - RIVALS - Super League - 21/4/18 Basel have only lost 2 games all season. Oh how I'd love to be manager of Basel... (7th) Young Boys 0 - 1 Basel (1st) B Red Card: (34) B Goal: (85) Unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE. Dominated with 11 v 10. Yet, a few minutes after one of our usual close chances that go wide, one of their players dribbles through and scores. Because Basel. Because Young Boys. ======================== v Schaffhausen (A) - Super League - 25/4/18 Major squad rotation in effect now. I drop Toselli (GK), now it's Monterosso's (GK) chance to shine. A win here will at least turn the chances of Young Boys not getting relegated from 'not likely' to 'very unlikely', pushing our opponents further into the relegation/playoff zone in the process. Their last two matches saw them lose 7-0 away to second-placed Thun, then get a big 1-0 win at home to Grasshopper. (9th) Schaffhausen 2 - 0 Young Boys (8th) S Goals: (26), (57) Headline: MANAGER 'DISGUSTED' WITH TEAM Dominated from first to last. Disgusting. Pathetic. Now the players know that I know the French and German for 'you are all a bunch of ****ing nonces'. I use the press conference to lay into most of the players, and I tell the captain to get the team together and sort it out. Laughably, my assistant informs me Monterosso, the keeper I started today, is looking for more game time. More bench time after that performance, you twit. Toselli is immediately back in. ======================== v St. Gallen (H) - Super League - 28/4/18 If we do badly in this match, I'll look at making major tactical changes. (8th) Young Boys 1 - 1 St. Gallen (6th) SG Goal: (73) YB G: Gramatikov (85) Same old story. Dominating the whole match, their player just had a harmless shot on goal that simply went in. We were rescued by a centre-back's header from a set-piece. I can see it's not the tactics, it's just the players. No one is scoring with their shots, and the keepers aren't good enough to react to shots and stop them going in most of the time. Again: keeper and striker needed. ======================== CHAMPIONS Basel win their 7th title in a row with 5 games still to go, by a 16-point margin. ------------------------------------------ MAY 2018 v Zurich (A) - Super League - 2/5/18 I'm able to work up some players for this one. (5th) Zurich 2 - 2 Young Boys (8th) YB Goal: Cvijanovic (10) Z Goals: (34), (43) YB Red Card - Szepessy (76) YB Goal - Borek (90+3) Same old story. Taking an early lead gave us a slight chance of taking a point from the game. That's what happened, in the end. To neutrals, it was exciting. I was emotionless when the last-second equaliser was scored, however. ======================== v Delémont (A) - Super League - 5/5/18 (7th) Delémont 0 - 2 Young Boys (8th) YB Goals - Stanojevic (53, 71) At last, a win after 8 matches. The turning point was using the counter attack. Up to that point, they were getting scary chances and beating the defence. It hadn't struck me to try counter attacking football regularly before, as we should be dominating most teams (and generally have). Something to consider. With just that one win, we immediately move up the table to our highest position yet under my reign: 6th. Once again showing how tight the league is. But 4th place and 'Europe' looks very unlikely. Relegation is a bit more likely. ======================== v Luzern (H) - RIVALS - Super League - 9/5/18 They stole a near-guaranteed trophy and place in Europe, by beating us on penalties after they were otherwise destroyed, in the Swiss Cup semi-final. They've yet to beat us this season. (6th) Young Boys 1 - 1 Luzern (3rd) YB Goal: Stanojevic (2) L Goal: (43) Same old story. Take lead, dominate, defensive error and/or poor keeping leads to points dropped, opponents walk off at full time laughing. ======================== v Aarau (A) - Super League - 12/5/18 (10th) Aarau 1 - 1 Young Boys (7th) YB Goal: Furtado (22) A Goal: (57) Same old story. ======================== v Zurich (H) - Super League - 16/5/18 A win effectively guarantees safety. In our last match with Zurich (see above), even during our awful run, we managed to snatch a draw away from home with 10 men against them, so a win should be expected at home with 11. Szepessy returns from suspension against the same team he was sent off against. We will be a bit improved in attack now. (8th) Young Boys 2 - 0 Zurich (5th) YB Goal: Angels (16) Z Sending off: (21) YB Goal: Furtado (43) The tables are turned: Zurich suffer the early sending off this time. And who was Man of the Match? Szepessy. ======================== v Thun (H) - RIVALS - Super League - 20/5/18 The final game of the season. Once again, a win shot us up the table. The team above us are away to Basel and only one point ahead, so a win will likely see us finish 5th. It's a choice between trying to beat our rivals, finishing higher and getting a bit of extra prize money... or trying some other players. I decide to try a new formation, from 4-4-2 diamondish to 5-2-1-2, with a mostly full-strength side but a lesser-used strike force. (6th) Young Boys 1 - 0 Thun (3rd) YB Goal: Gramatikov (78) Young Boys nearly threw it away in the 5th and 6th of 4 minutes of stoppage time, thanks to leaving their striker completely free in the area one-on-one, but he hit wide the perfect goalscoring opportunity. Our centre-back's header from a free-kick gets the 3 points. ============================= Award News I come third in the Manager of the Month award thanks to 6 games unbeaten. ============================= CUP WINNERS Luzern and second-tier Chiasso produce a dire match that ends 0-0 after extra time. Luzern score all their penalties, Chiasso miss two. But lower-league Chiasso can still celebrate: they qualify for Europe as cup runner-up, due to Luzern finishing in the Euro spots in the league anyway. ---------------------------------------------------- Final League Table - Swiss Super League 1 - Basel - 82 2 - Luzern - 59 ------------------------------- 3 - Thun - 56 ------------------------------- 4 - Grasshopper - 51 ------------------------------- 5 - Young Boys - 45 6 - Zurich - 44 7 - Delémont - 43 8 - St. Gallen - 41 ------------------------------- 9 - Schaffhausen - 37 ------------------------------- 10 - Aarau - 31 League record for first half of season (before I arrived): P18 W5 D5 L8 PTS20 F23 A27 GD-4 CS2 League record for second half of season (since my arrival): P18 W6 D7 L6 PTS25 F19 A15 GD+4 CS6 Season Review A good start was derailed after somehow losing in the cup semi-final, and thus a near-guaranteed spot in Europe. We went on a run of 3 games without a goal and 7 without a clean sheet nor a win, but that turned into a closing run of 7 games unbeaten and scoring in every game. It was hugely frustrating, as the amount of close-cut chances not going in was heinous (woodwork, going across the face of goal, goal line clearances, the lot) and two keepers not quite up to standard meant easy goals conceded. Combined with some awful ref performances, results suffered. The silver lining is that this means, with a goalkeeper and a real goalscorer, Young Boys can get back in the Champions League (qualifying stages anyway), never mind the UEFA Cup. And I just so happen to have some really good free transfers coming in when the window opens, including said keeper and a forward or two.
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