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  1. JULY 2019: 4 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Losses THOUGHTS Pretty happy with how the team has looked, played some tough friendlies, great win against Koln and totally out played Boavista in the division above despite a 3-1 loss. Only other loss was after going down to 10 men in the 10th minute. One competitive game, the first round of the league cup - a nice 3-0 home win against Varzim who are also in our division. You have to play 2 U20 players in this competition which was news to me, so a couple of 18yr old prospects were drafted in at the last minute. Happily they combined for the first goal and Simao Franca on the right wing grabbed a brace - forced to give youth a chance and they came through! FUTURE STAR??
  2. TACTICS I'll start things off pretty simple and adjust as I get to know the players better. Squad suits a 4-2-3-1 as I have two really good attacking mid / playmakers and harder to fit them into a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 and I generally don't like playing with 3 centre backs. Not settled on the striker role yet, might change to DLF for Almeida and could be totally different role for whichever other striker I might finally sign (tough going at the moment). Not too many team instructions to start with and a balanced mentality, I imagine this will be a base i tweak from as I go and a little bit in-game.
  3. THE SQUAD Squad has potential but a bunch of holes. Lots of loans which I'm not really a fan of, I don't like improving other people's players so they get the long term benefits, even if get the short-term gain. So i'll probably try and cancel as many of these as possible after the 28 day amnesty period which I guess is a new FM20 feature. STRENGTHS Good depth at centre half, 4 solid players with not a lot of drop off in quality across the 4. The star of this group being Ze Castro, brought up through the club ranks and went on to play for Athletico Madrid and Deportivo, now at 36 this season maybe his last - would be great to send him off with a promotion. 2 quality player makers, despite my preferences two loans I won't be cancelling is Felipe Chaby - he looks a great AMC at this level and Joao Mendes also looks very nice, I'll need to figure out how to get both of them in a tactic controlling our attacks. Great left back - our best player may well be Mauro Cerqueira and we actually own him!! Will definitely want to be using a marauding left back this season. WEAKNESSES We only have 2 full backs which is a big issue, I need to find some cover here. We only have one capable fit striker, Hugo Almeida who is 35 and probably not super durable, the other strikers being either injured for 10 mths or just not very good. We have 10k per week in Wage Budget room and a 50k war chest which more than I'd hoped for so i'll see what I can do in the market before deciding on a tactical approach, although first impression is i'll be playing a system with a Deep Striker/Target Man, an out and out right winger, and a couple of play makers
  4. To make things more challenging I have started with no coaching license and as a Sunday league footballer, usually I just use what is recommended for the club i choose so it will be interesting to see the difference this makes. As we can see, a fairly sparse trophy cabinet, hopefully we change that soon. One of the things that attracted to me to this challenge is that they have decent sized albeit very old stadium - if we can create a decent team, hopefully we can eventually fill Estadio Cidade de Coimbra on a weekly basis. No immediate requirement for promotion which is nice and reduces the pressure a little bit. Signing players under the ages of 20 i can live with, I always like to develop youth so this is fine by me.
  5. Coimbra is the fourth largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, Porto and Braga, a major cultural centre mainly due to oldest academic institution in the country, the University of Coimbra. While incubating young minds and safe guarding many cultural traditions they city has always been lacking one important Portuguese passion - a decent football team! Académica de Coimbra have a fairly inauspicious history with the exception of a runner up finish in the Primeira Liga once back in 1967, they now reside in LigaPro the Portuguese 2nd Tier. They do have a couple of trophies to their name two Taca de Portugal cup wins in 1939 and more recently 2012. This is my first career story although I am a long time FM player, my journey will be to see if I can turn this quiet town of boffin heads into sports crazy jocks as their football team returns rightfully to their place in the top tier and then attempts to wrestle power from the all too dominant Big 3: Benfica, Sporting and Porto. Can Académica de Coimbra win back to back Primeira Liga Championships and call itself the dominant force in Portuguese football, I guess we'll see and the attempt will be documented here.
  6. Also ended up with wins in the French Cup and the Ligue Cup for a Domestic Treble in the first season. The tactic used the combination of a FB(A), BBM(S) and AP(A) on the left to circulate possession then releasing Thauvin as a Trequartista from the RW position. I found the Trequartista role to have excellent movement for this purpose, it uses aggressive vertical runs but does not cut in as early as Inside Forwards, or stay as wide and isolated as a Winger. The full set-up is below. A really fun season, and I would say Thauvin is one of the best players I have managed on FM19, he is an absolute monster of a player and loyal also - not interested in Man U or Real's advances after his insane first season!
  7. With inspiration from this excellent thread (thanks crusadertsar) and a few others I created a 4-1-2-3 tactic for Marseille in order to try and consistently isolate opposition defenders our best player by a mile - Thauvin. As you can see from the screenshots below- it worked pretty well!!
  8. Across 5 seasons and two different saves, in terms of great value for money mine would be: Sandro Tonali Antonio Marin Fiete Arp Francisco Trincao Almamy Toure
  9. Great I look forward to it. I find it ironic that the goal (for me anyways) is always to build a great team, but the game is much more fun where everyone thinks we're rubbish ;-)
  10. Any updates on how your system is working in the lower leagues? I've been following and really enjoying this thread!
  11. After reading this thread i'd thought I'd give a defensive, possession based tactic a whirl. Results have been pretty good so far, possession and defense have been pleasing. I've never played with a half back before and wanted to try and get this role working, he seems to be doing a good job so far and i've yet to be caught out with the centre backs still being too far apart while he transitions from deep to a DM position. Still not sure I have the correct roles for the front three - there is bit of congestion at times and i'm unsure about the AP(S) with the MC(A) behind him, interplay can been neat at times but they can also be on top of each other. I'm also not sure about the poacher with 2 players in AMC positions, he can be an outlet but when the build up play slows outside of the opposition box his lack of movement means i'm not creating great chances for him. Anyhow it's been fun so far and looking forward to tweaking it further - all feedback very welcome!
  12. Just made the changes you advised. Dominated a tough game, was winning 1-0 missed a few clear chances to put it to bed. 85th minute, equalizer from a knock down corner, unbelievable!!
  13. Yes I do use Hassle Opponents actually - it's a pretty big part of my outfield style though which is a problem if I considered turning it off, I'd need to redesign the tactic a fair bit. Still I might give it a go. What are your marking instructions? I play with a 3-5-2 with CBs as well which makes it even more frustrating that i'm suffering so much!
  14. The game has become unplayable for me now due to this - in my latest season i'm conceding over one corner a game, and it's just so frustrating. I concede both a lot of knock downs and direct headers from an opposition player challenging my keeper. Despite dominating games and working really hard to score 1 or 2 outfield goals I then concede one or 2 very quickly from corners and lose or draw. Not enjoyable at all, it's completely ruined the game for me. I'm going to give up for now and wait for a patch before I throw my laptop across the room!
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