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    Completer of The ultimate Football Manager Challenge (first in history)

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  1. I think this would be as far away from the reality as you could possibly go. In my save which is with FM19 (probably slightly easier than FM20), after 5 seasons I couldn't get an interview with Bournemouth. If you count all kinds of trophies, I have 9 to my belt, and 3 of those count for this challenge. So I would call it a pretty good start, but Dortmund no way.....
  2. The previous census has been to only count one from each nation, although the initial maker of this challenge never mentioned anything like this. However you might choose which one you want to count (hence the one you win, in case you don't win both). You can see how I calculated Ireland in my latest update
  3. I forgot in my update to mention some of my goals for this challenge: - A player to play 500 matches under my management - A player to score 250 goals under my management - A player to win World Footballer of the Year, and European Golden Boot under my management, and preferably not at his "first club" under my management. So far obviously far away from these goals, but I want to bring players with me from club to club. So far no player has played for me in more than one club.
  4. Welcome to the task @ryanlion28, good luck for the future
  5. The Earls quest for Ultimate Football Manager Challenge Cork City FC 2021 The story: First I want to say, this attempt is not to make the fastest finish ever, but to enjoy every club and country I manage in. This means I might stay a bit longer than necessary in each place. The league: This time we didn't play as many draws as last season. We soon build up a huge lead, and to be honest our team was far better than any other in the league. I actually forgot to take a screenshot of the table, but we racked up the title already at the end of September. League Cup In the league cup, we hardly faced premiership opponents all season. In the end it was an easy win, in a competition I had already marked off my checklist in 2020. FA-Cup To top off the season with a nice treble, we also won the FA-Cup this season. Europa League I really felt the game had some bugs this season, and thats why I will leave Cork City immediately. We won far too easily (and too much) in Europa League. We beat opponents we really shouldn't beat, and by a far margin. We stormed into the Group Stage, and there we won 5 out of 6 matches. Another "bug" in my mind, was the schedule of matches. We played 15 games in 34 days. J.Klopp just shut up :P lol Internationals and going forward I took over Angola in 100th position on the World Rankings, right at the end of the year. Just had time for 1 friendly, beating Madagascar by 7-0. Going forward I left Cork, and hope to move to Scotland or England. Maybe taking the job in Angola will be a hindrance, but I hope not. The reason for not playing Europa League until the finish, is that I scream "cheater" to my self. Really we did too well there. I enjoyed my time at Cork, and hope I will do the same at the next club. HISTORY AND STATS Season - Team - Nation - League pos. - FA Cup - League Cup - Other Cups - Notes 2018/19 - Glentoran - N/A - 5th - NA - NA - NA - Took over in 8th 2019/20 - Glentoran - N/A - 1st - Finalist - Semi Final - Won 2 minor Cups - Left the club as champion 2020 - Cork City FC - N/A - 7th - NA - Winner - NA - Took over in 8th 2021 - Cork City FC - N/A - 3rd - Semi finalist - 2nd round - Won Munster Senior Cup - 2022 - Cork City FC - Angola - 1st - Winner - Winner - Won Munster Senior Cup - Left club as treble champions. Took over Angola in 100th place on World Rankings League wins: 2/10 - Northern Ireland 2019/20 (with Glentoran), 2022 Ireland (with Cork City FC) Cup wins: 1/10 - EA Sports Cup 2020 (and 2022) (with Cork City FC) (Also won FAI Ford Cup 2022 with Cork City FC) Continental cup wins: 0/5 Club World Cup: 0/1 International wins: 0/7 All time stats: Games - Won - Draw - Lost - Goals For - Goals against 215 - 135 - 45 - 34 - 492 - 231 All time highest goalscorer: Liam Nash 45 goals (Cork City FC) All time most assists: Shane Griffin 38 assists (Cork City FC) All time most appearances: Fraser Fyvie 93 apps (Cork City FC) All time Best XI Goalkeeper: Tadgh Ryan - Cork City FC Right Back: Gary Boylan - Cork City FC Centre Back: Calum Birney - Glentoran Centre Back: Dan Casey - Cork City FC Left Back: Shane Griffin - Cork City FC Central Midfielder: Conor Pepper - Glentoran Central Midfielder: Fionn Murphy - Cork City FC Central Midfielder: Fraser Fyvie - Cork City FC Striker: Peter McMahon - Glentoran Striker: Liam Nash - Cork City FC Striker: Benny Ashley-Seal - Cork City FC
  6. The Earls quest for Ultimate Football Manager Challenge Cork City FC 2021 This was really a season "in between". I used most of the season to build my team, and to develop some really great young players. This resulted in some inpatience from players and boards, but I kept my job. In the end we had a nice run, and climbed to 3rd. This gave us qualification to next years Europa League. The only win of the season came in the Munster Senior Cup, which doesn't count for anything in this challenge. The history and stats are somewhat short this time, but I will pick it up again at a later stage. HISTORY AND STATS Season - Team - Nation - League pos. - FA Cup - League Cup - Other Cups - Notes 2018/19 - Glentoran - N/A - 5th - NA - NA - NA - Took over in 8th 2019/20 - Glentoran - N/A - 1st - Finalist - Semi Final - Won 2 minor Cups - Left the club as champion 2020 - Cork City FC - N/A - 7th - Quarter finals- Winners - No wins - Took over in 8th 2021 - Cork City FC - N/A - 3rd - Semi finals - 2nd round - Won Munster Senior Cup League wins: 1/10 - Northern Ireland 2019/20 (with Glentoran) Cup wins: 1/10 - Ireland 2020 (League Cup with Cork City FC) Continental cup wins: 0/5 Club World Cup: 0/1 International wins: 0/7
  7. Nope Seems I can only edit posts that are less than a year old Might have to ask a moderator to help you out, if even that is possible...
  8. We never discussed things like this a few years ago, because there was only unofficial add ons to the game. Its not important for me and how I play, but adding SI-games leagues would for me be cool. This is something that anyone could do these days, and especially the Canadian league would add depth to a region with only 2 playable leagues....
  9. @Skogmus I feel your pain. @Homicidal_Jesus great progress there @Crowy good luck
  10. Sounds like a really unlucky season @LeoFM, better luck next season :)
  11. Nice start @Homicidal_Jesus :) Cool to see someone starting in lower rep leagues. Have you decided now whether to stay or go? The first moves in this challenge can be so crucial. @XuluBak how do you find Portugal? One of my all time favorite leagues of this challenge. :)
  12. The Earls quest for Ultimate Football Manager Challenge FM 2019 Season 2020 Cork City FC Ireland Airtricity Premier League I left Glentoran after the league win and took over Cork City FC in the Irish Premier League. The club was 8th when I took over, but I promised the board a top half finish. The remainder of this season was somewhat unusual for me. We didn't perform in the league at all from my start. Drawing too many matches, and also loosing some. But we often dominated, and I was sure I could be doing better. Well it almost went very wrong. 8 matches from the end, we where 9th and facing relegation. I was facing the sack, thats when we finally begun to win. FA-Cup was lost in the quarter final, but we won the League Cup. That probably saved my position as a manager. Together with a really good run in the Irn-Bru Cup. (As I write this, we are in the semi final to be played in 2021.) So another title for my achievements, one I didn't count on so soon with this club. Back to the league, we finally strung together some wins in a row. With one match to go, everything could happen. We could get relegated (although highly unlikely given our good goal difference), or we could get a place in Europe. None of those happened, as we drew our final game of the season. However we where in Europe, with 1,5 minute to go of the season, thats when Bohemian equalized. HISTORY AND STATS Season - Team - Nation - League pos. - FA Cup - League Cup - Other Cups - Notes 2018/19 - Glentoran - N/A - 5th - NA - NA - NA - Took over in 8th 2019/20 - Glentoran - N/A - 1st - Finalist - Semi Final - Won 2 minor Cups - Left the club as champion 2020 - Cork City FC - N/A - 7th - Quarter finals- Winners - No wins - Took over in 8th League wins: 1/10 - Northern Ireland 2019/20 (with Glentoran) Cup wins: 1/10 - Ireland 2020 (League Cup with Cork City FC) Continental cup wins: 0/5 Club World Cup: 0/1 International wins: 0/7 All time stats: Games - Won - Draw - Lost - Goals For - Goals against 104 - 64 - 22 - 18 - 209 - 115 All time highest goalscorer: Peter McMahon 34 goals (Glentoran) All time most assists: Nathan Kerr and Ross Redman 22 assists each (Glentoran) All time Best XI Goalkeeper: Tadgh Ryan - Cork City FC Right Back: Nathan Kerr - Glentoran Centre Back: Calum Birney - Glentoran Centre Back: Gavin Peers - Glentoran Left Back: Ross Redman - Glentoran Central Midfielder: Conor Pepper - Glentoran Central Midfielder: John McGuigan - Glentoran Central Midfielder: John Herron - Glentoran Striker: Peter McMahon - Glentoran Striker: Robbie McDaid - Glentoran Striker: Graham Cummins - Cork City FC
  13. The Earls quest for Ultimate Football Manager Challenge FM 2019 Season 2019/20 Glentoran Northern Ireland Danske Bank Premiership We started the season in a decent way, and it became clear early that only Larne and Crusaders could follow us. For me league seems to be the easiest of the competitions in this game, keeping a steady performance through the entire season. However the season opened with winning the Charity Shield competition. Soon we won another title, the County Antrim Shield, so both Northern Irish competitions that doesn't count in this challenge was in the box. However in the Irn-Bru cup we didn't stand a chance as soon as we faced too good opposition. The two cups that does matter was a different story. We did pretty well in the league cup, but lost in the semis against Larne. In the FA-Cup we went all the way to the final, but Cliftonville proved too strong on the day. As I mentioned the league seems for me the easiest way on many occasions. So this did season. Larne proved difficult on internal matches, but they could not keep a steady performance, an intact they finished third in the end. In the end a very successful season, with Manager of the month 3 times and Manager of the year awards. I have a National A-Licensce now, and a reputation of 30%. HISTORY AND STATS Season - Team - Nation - League pos. - FA Cup - League Cup - Other Cups - Notes 2018/19 - Glentoran - N/A - 5th - NA - NA - NA - Took over in 8th 2019/20 - Glentoran - N/A - 1st - Finalist - Semi Final - Won 2 minor Cups - Left the club as champion League wins: 1/10 - Northern Ireland 2019/20 (with Glentoran) Cup wins: 0/10 Continental cup wins: 0/5 Club World Cup: 0/1 International wins: 0/7 All time stats: Games - Won - Draw - Lost - Goals For - Goals against 80 - 52 - 15 - 13 - 165 - 85 All time highest goalscorer: Peter McMahon 34 goals (Glentoran) All time most assists: Nathan Kerr and Ross Redman 22 assists each (Glentoran) All time Best XI Goalkeeper: Brian Markey - Glentoran Right Back: Nathan Kerr - Glentoran Centre Back: Calum Birney - Glentoran Centre Back: Gavin Peers - Glentoran Left Back: Ross Redman - Glentoran Central Midfielder: Conor Pepper - Glentoran Central Midfielder: John McGuigan - Glentoran Central Midfielder: John Herron - Glentoran Striker: Peter McMahon - Glentoran Striker: Robbie McDaid - Glentoran Striker: Michael McCrudden - Glentoran
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