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The Art of Drowning

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    You can't put very attractive can you? it looks like arrogance. Put attractive... she'll see me.

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  1. 21/22 season. A lot of them have been getting games right from the start but at the end of last season I got rid of Leno, Holding, Kolasinac, Torreira and Aubameyang to get to this stage. Monreal, Welbeck, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Cech and Elneny all left in season 1 and the majority left season 2. Sitting 7th after 12 games at the moment so it's not running that smoothly but I think it'll pick up.
  2. Not going to be winning the league any time soon but phasing out the first teamers and giving as many opportunities as possible to the youth teamers has shown that there is a lot of talent there! This is without Smith-Rowe and Maitland-Niles who were injured.
  3. Anyone mentioned Stiven Plaza yet? Can be picked up pretty cheap from Ecuador, ended up selling him for about £30m after paying around £1m for him.
  4. Worth mentioning that a few of the Under 20's are well worth a go in the first team. I had a freak run in season 3 and managed to win the Champions League! Anyway pick of the Under 20's graduates: Dapo Mebude: Just had a real breakthrough year, been using him since season 1 when I gave him a lot of minutes off the bench. He regularly gets called up for the England squad but has yet to be capped. Glenn Middleton: Nothing special but I've retrained him to be a left wing back and rotated well with Declan John in my first season after I sold Lee Wallace Liam Burt: Again nothing special but gets good ratings when we play a rotated lineup in easier fixtures Jamie Barjonas Unbelievable talent, been part of our first team right away and is now a regular international Aidan Wilson: Also a class act, been our first choice centre back in a back 3 with McCrorie and Cardoso since season 1 and has never looked back. A regular Scotland international Ross McCrorie Another quality player, first choice centre back and fills in in defensive midfield every now and then. Regular Scotland international Robby McCrorie Like his brother he has made himself a fixture in the Scotland squad. Rotates the goalkeeper position and I give him as many minutes as I can
  5. FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Just had quite possibly the most ludicrous season I've ever had on any version of Football Manager At one stage I actually thought I was going to complete the challenge in season 4! I was amazed when we got through to the Champions League group stages, especially as we had to beat FC Porto and RB Salzburg to get there. Then we got a group with Real Madrid, Juventus and Leverkusen I thought that would be the end of it. Next thing I know I'm in the Champions League Semi Final and winning 2-0 (agg 3-1) against Arsenal, sadly they scored 3 goals to send them through but it was just madness to even be there in the first place. League Table Champions League Transfers Most annoying of those sales was Kolesnichenko as we were struggling to meet Russian player requirements as it was! Not a bad profit on £150k though Key Players Karim Hajji is the real star, wanted by a lot of huge sides now
  6. Thanks, 6 foreigners be in the starting 11 at any time. No restrictions on how many you can sign and have in your squad though.
  7. FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk What a year! continued our good form towards the end of last season and have managed to get into Europe! Financially set up nicely too with the sale of Nigerian Centre back Mohammed to Zenit for a fee that could reach over £12m. We then smashed our own transfer record to replace him with a very good young Uruguayan Centre Back. We still struggled against the very big sides and took a few hefty beatings along the way but we were able to get wins against the small teams in the league. League Table # Transfers Key Players Kolesnichenko was one of my first signings for about £150k, now fighting off offers of around £7m.
  8. Cheers. Yeah they tend to be available on pre contract for a compensation fee but can buy them much cheaper. PSG are now after our Nigerian centre back, would be their 3rd signing from us if they knick him.
  9. FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk So it was a tough year, we actually started off pretty well and good a couple of wins against some big sides. It all went down hill during a home game with Zenit, we were 1-0 up and our sub decides to commit a 2 footed lunge about a min after coming on, we end up losing 2-1 with 10 men and it's the start of the disastrous run I posted earlier. @rlipscombe you were right though, the winter break allowed us to recharge (and sign 4 or 5 new players from Africa) and we went on a nice little run, and although at one point we were 8 points adrift having played a game more we eventually did it. Just checked and our nice little run was only 4 games undefeated Felt more grand than that: : League Table Check out the goals against column! Transfers Some big sales here, had an ozzie attacking midfielder at the end of my first season who looked too good for the level but didn't play that great. PSG decided they wanted him so I replaced him with an identical Australian from the same academy club, PSG then took him for his minimum release clause too. Bit gutted Chernov has gone, he's Russian and only 17 so had him in mind to stay with us all the way. Key Players Guliev was signed to boost the Russian numbers, he actually played pretty good in midfield. Man City trialled Mehic when I first tried to Loan him, I just went back in and took him anyway and immediately extended his loan for the next season too.
  10. Currently 5 points adrift having played a game more. It's not looking good
  11. Thanks, yeah I tried the same challenge last year with the same team (didn't quite win the Champions League) and only just survived the first division in season one so this was a nice improvement.
  12. FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk We did it! and honestly continued to get dominated most games but somehow came out on top on a lot of them. Things did improve once we dropped one of our attackers and went with an attacking midfielder behind a lone striker instead. Relying on scouring academy clubs such as Aspire Academy, the Australian Centre of Excellence and the Russian side Akademia Togliati. Most of them aren't really ready but I managed to get them a decent amount of game time in the hope they fulfil their potential. The loan market was our best bet for first team ready players. As for the league, we were 2 points clear and drew our 2nd to last game away at closest rivals Tula. I thought a draw at home to Baltingrad would be enough to secure the title but we drew 3-3 and lost out on the title via head to head record despite having a better goal difference. League Table Transfers Best Players New Stadium
  13. No idea, seem to be getting battered every game but have been taking our chances. Really don't think the luck will last but it's fun while it lasts.
  14. Started again as Sakhalin in Russia, so far seem to have developed the art of getting points despite being battered. Can't see it lasting though
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