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  1. I've gone through 17 seasons with Holywell Town and really need to get some updates up :-( I have kept all the evidence though. Despite winning Euro Cup II a few seasons back and 10 straight league titles, I still haven't got past the last 16 in the Champions League. Looking forward to getting some updates up.
  2. I'm going to give this another go but I'm thinking of putting a twist on it. I'm only going to take the jobs at clubs who have never won their domestic league. I may look at the same sort of thing in the international competitions as well.
  3. So I posted some updates on my first 3 or 4 seasons with Chelyabinsk in Russia, then ended up just getting a little carried away with it and not keeping the updates up. I have saved all my images ready to be uploaded but I had to share this one. Finally, after a couple of quarter final appearances and a semi final tonking (by City) the year before we have done it. Ironically beating (my real life team) Liverpool in the Ataturk, Istanbul of all places!!! So it took 18 years overall but I have become addicted to this save and plan to carry on, still only using youth players. I will get my season updates up soon and I apologise in advance if they take over the thread.
  4. FC Chelyabinsk - FM Youth Challenge SEASON 3 - Russian Premier League League Table - Player Stats - Team Stats - Results 1 - Results 2 - Transfers Finances - Facilities - General - Club Profile - Manager Profile Season Overview Our first season in the Russian Premier. I was worried that this may have come too soon, especially given the 12-1 defeat to Zenit in the cup last season. The fixture list gave us a tough first game at home to Rubin Kazan but things couldn't of gone any better. A 7-1!!! win to give us our first 3 points in the top league in ephatic style. We followed this up with two more wins away at Rostov and Orenburg. We were top of the league after 3 games!!! A loss at home to Dinamo Moscow didn't really dampen things as we went another 6 games unbeaten after this including a credible 1-1 draw away to Zenit. We soon came back down to earth though, suffering 6 straight losses in the final games leading up to the winter break. This left us in respectable 9th position at the break. A 1-0 win away to Spartak Moscow in the cup was followed up with a disastrous 4-0 loss at home to see us crash out. After the break the league couldn't of gone any better. Of the remaining 10 league games, we won 8 and drew 2 finishing in 4th place. European qualification in our first season in the league. Star Players Andrey Biryukov - Carried straight on from last season and bagged 25 goals in 33 appearances. Finished top goalscorer in the league. Artem Markov - Still only 18 and stepped up to the plate in his first season in the top league with an av rating of 7.11 and 8 goals. Evgeny Ovchinnikov - What a season. Now first choice right back at just 18 and an average rating of 7.22. Ilja Kiselev - Just keeps going. Has been unsettled though and could prove difficult to keep hold of. Vladimir Kuznetzov - Another good season and doesn't look out of place. Has dropped hints at wanting to leave though. Ones To Look Out For Besik Bekradze - Made the left back spot his own already. Igor Kozaev - 4 goals in 9 appearences at just 16 years old. Premier League youngest goalscorer. Youth Intake A good intake providing a good back up keeper and centre back. On Field Progress Off Field Progress
  5. FC Chelyabinsk - FM Youth Challenge SEASON 2 - Russian First Division League Table - Player Stats - Team Stats - Results 1 - Results 2 - Transfers Finances - Facilities - General - Club Profile - Manager Profile Season Overview Despite still being massive outsiders at 600-1, I felt that we could puch on this year after our exploits in the previous season. The season started off in a fairly dissapointed manner, picking up just 4 points out of a possible 12. A couple of wins in the league was followed by 4 league defeats on the trot. This wasn't really going as we had planned. A change in formation before the Zenit game (in the cup) was meant to freshen things up, but it couldn't of gone any worse. An embarraing 12-1 defeat at home!! I stuck with the formation though and it brought us massive success. 11 wins out of our next 16 games before the winter break meant that we finished for the break sat in 6th place. We were now only 6 points of the top but more importantly we were 19 points clear of the relegation zone. After the break things carried on from where we had left off only losing 2 games between the break and end of season. A last dat win over Nizhniy Novogrod meant that we would finish the season in 2nd place and were automatically promoted!! After the success I was awarded with the manager of the year award. Off the field we had the first instance of the board accepting a bid for a player that we didn't want to leave, with Mukhametshin moving on to Ural for a fee of £220,000. Star Players Andrey Biryukov - Kicked on from last season and managed an impressive 34 goals in just 32 games. Finished top goalscorer in the league. Ilja Kiselev - Another good season for the young winger managing 10 goals and 7 assists. Mikhail Belov - Another good season for the central midfielder. Vadim Gorbunov - 17 Goalkeeper made the number 1 spot his own. A big future at the club. Ones To Look Out For Artem Markov - Came through last seasons youth intake and starting to be involved with the first team. Besik Bakradze - Georgian left back from this seasons intake. Already making an argument to start as first choice. Evgeniy Ovchinnikov - Right back from the intake already making the spot his own. Igor Kozaev - 15 year old striker with 2 goals already to his name. Youngest ever goalscorer in the Russian First Division. Yakov Bakulin - The 18 year old winger carried on from last year and won the young player of the year award. Youth Intake A decent intake with Igor Kozaev looking the pick of the bunch. On Field Progress Off Field Progress
  6. FC Chelyabinsk - FM Youth Challenge SEASON 1 - Russian First Division League Table - Player Stats - Team Stats - Results 1 - Results 2 - Results 3 - Transfers Finances - Facilities - General - Club Profile - Manager Profile Season Overview So I decided to start this challenge in the Russian league. I wanted a team that had the potential to become the biggest club in the country. After looking at my options I decided to go with FC Chelyabinsk. This was mainly due to the fact that they seem to be the only proffesional football team in a city with a population of over a million people. Hopefully plenty potential for large attendances!! The pre-season predictions had us down as 1000-1 to win the league, so my aim for the season was to simply stay in the division. The squad was decent and last seasons intake seemed to have given me a few younger players that I would already be able to work with. After an opening day defeat, we managed to pick 6 points up from our next 2 games and managed to keep on picking enough wins up to keep us away from the relegation zone. In April we managed to come away from Anji with an impressive 2-1 win, showing that we maybe had the potential to get somewhere this season. Following 2 poor results, an 8 game unbeaten run before the winter break had us sat in 4th place, just 5 points of the top as we went into the interval. It took 4 games for us to regain our form after the break and things were steady enough that with 3 games to go we were sat in 4th place in the play-off spot. A 2-2 draw at home to Zenit-2 on the last day of the season meant we snook into 4th place by a point and had reached the play-off. We would be playing Premier League Ufa for a place in the top league. A credible 1-1 draw away from home in the 1st leg had me feeling like we could do it. Despite going a goal behind in the 2nd leg, we found ourselves 3-1 up by the 56th minute and it looked like we were going up. However, it wasn't to be. A bit of a dissapointed collapse saw us eventually lose the game 5-3 and to lose 6-4 on aggregate. Overall though an outstanding season given that the odds were completely against us. Star Players Andrey Biryukov - Our main striker and main source of goals, finishing the season with 19 goals in 40 appearences. Ilja Kiselev - A young winger from last seasons intake. Mikhail Belov - Central midfielder who chipped in with 7 goals. Ones To Look Out For Yakov Bakulin - 17 year old right winger from the previous seasons intake. A solid start to proffesional football with 6 goals in 19 games. Vladimir Kuznetzov - Another one from the previous intake. The 18 year old centre back established himself as a first team player by the end of the season and finished with an average rating of 6.90 from 13 games. Vadim Gorbunov - Goalkeeper from my first intake, who ended the season as number 1 despite being only 16 years old. A goof 6.93 average rating despite conceding 20 goals in only 9 games. Georgey Mukhametshin - The third player on the list from last seasons intake. A solid start to life in the first team. Hopefully can kick on next season. Youth Intake A good start with the intake, with goalkeeper Gorbunov finding his way into the first team by the end of the season.
  7. I have got 5 seasons worth of uploads to put up today, so sorry in advance if I take over the thread today.
  8. Is there a reason why leagues like Ukraine, Uruguay and China aren't listed for the challenge? Also would it be ok to start in an added league such as Kazakhstan?
  9. Will 2019 be carrying on from here or will there be a new thread?
  10. What is the best way to get foreign players during the youth intake?
  11. I started this challenge again, this time in Iceland. After finishing the first season I've had no youth intake. I looked at the clubs facilities and noticed that they have no junior coaching and no youth recruitment. I take it this is the reason why I had no intake? To make matters worse, the board won't improve them either as we don't have the funds!
  12. I'm just about to start this in Northern Ireland. I have noticed that there is a transfer already arranged to come into my team. Is this ok, as I can't seem to find a way of cancelling it.
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