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  1. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Here are my Stage 3 Results: Really interesting challenge, it certainly helps that you start at one of the best teams in the league. It may be tough to bring in Viking players during the first season, but the current players should be good enough to get you promoted if you are struggling to find players. The best bit of advice from me is to try and bring in some Scandinavian staff asap. That really allows your scouting knowledge to increase, which in turns will show you more Viking players. Initial Setup: Leagues Loaded . Database Extras | Start Manager Profile . End of Season 1 Profile . End of Season 2 Profile | Results: Season 1 Competitions . Fixtures 1 Fixtures 2 | Season 2 Competitions . Fixtures 1 Fixtures 2 | Team: Transfer History Season 1 . Transfer History Season 2 | Squad View Season 1 . Squad View Season 2 | Goalkeeper: Marcus Engebresten History | Defenders: Adam Mansa History | Casper Abildgaard History | Frederik Nielsen History |Kristian Larsen History | Lukas Talbro History | Pal Fjelde History | Sebastian Lodahl History | Snorre Strand Nilsen History | Midfielders: Asgeir Snekvik History | Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka History | Kristoffer Iversen History | Saban Ozdogan History | Attackers: Adam Persson History | Henrik Johansson History | Isak Malvik History | Magnus Langseth History | Marco Hjorth History | Vetle Myhre History | Points: (Wasn't sure about Yellow Part 2 if we include substitute appearances or not, have added points for both. Also wasn't 100% sure on Stage Win points. Do we get + points for the amount we sell for or just players sold? Again I've added points for both!) Yellow Jersey: Part 1 = 1st in VNL 30 pts | Part 2 = 636 Starts (126 Subs - 21 Pts) = 106 Pts / 127 Pts | Grand Total = 136 Points or 157 Points Green Jersey: Winner x2 = 40 Points Polkadot Jersey: 4th Qual. Round = 2 pts & 3rd Round = 7 pts | Grand Total = 9 Points Stage Wins: + = £30.5k or 7 | - = 0 or -23 - - - - - I think that is everything. If I have missed something then please let me know. Something to add is that in the players history it only counts the league games played, so for the Yellow jersey points I have taken the games from the Squad Views as they include the competitive cup games played.
  2. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    How is everybody getting on? So far I have finished the first season and walked the league. Now it's all about trying to find another 7 Scandinavians to get this team ready for the new season.
  3. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    I have actually found something worse than the finances. Bloody players refusing to leave, even though they've asked to. Cant move 3 or 4 of them and have had offers accepted on all of them.
  4. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Has anybody else been struggling financially? Seem to be losing money at an alarming rate.
  5. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Looking forward to the new stage. I want my Yellow Jersey back @TheEarl so be warned!!!
  6. I have just started having this problem. I can load FM ok but the game never shows up. In the taskbar I can see that it is loaded, and when I hover over the icon I can also see that the game is on the main menu. The problem is that I can't get onto the game. I click on the taskbar nothing happens. I click on the pop up window after hovering on the taskbar icon, nothing happens. It's not hiding behind other programs either. I'm hoping that there is a very easy and quick fix, but I just don't know what it is. Can anybody help?
  7. Ok so how do I fix that issue?
  8. I can run the game now in full screen mode, but I cant change to windowed mode or start in windowed mode. I can run the game in windowed mode on a different user account. Any reason why I can't do it on my main account?
  9. Ok I have just sent the email. I hope that it gets to you ok, and everything that you need is in there.
  10. Ok, I have attached my dxdiag, I hope that it uploads ok. I have tried removing all custom graphics etc. and I am still having the same problem. I have the Norton Security anti-virus. I don't know what the exact program/name of it is, all I can seem to find is that it is called Norton Security. Hope that helps DxDiag.txt
  11. Yes the game disappears when I switch to windowed mode. When I try and start the game in windowed mode it disappears. It is loaded ok and waiting on the main menu but I can't get onto the game. I have updated all of the drivers on the graphics card.
  12. A bit more information. Using Nvidia GeForce Experience, I was able to get the game to start in Full Screen mode, but I don't like to play in full screen. I tried to switch to windowed mode but that is when the screen disappeared again. Any ideas what is happening?
  13. Supporters Shield | Western Conference Playoffs | MLS Cup Final | Results 1 Results 2 | Squad Stats 1 Squad Stats 2 | Transfer History Trade History | Finally I have managed to finish the season off and it turned out a lot better than I could have ever imagined. When I arrived the squad was in a mess with the club over spending on wages and no room for me to move and add some much needed players. I was able to save a lot of money by getting rid of Blanco and Mabiala. By trading them to other MLS teams it meant that I could bring in 4 foreign players on a free transfer, promote 2 youngsters from the academy and also recall and register the backup goalkeeper. After taking over I said that my initial aim for the season was to target the US Open Cup. That failed miserably as I rested a lot of my starters and stupidly thought that the players coming in could beat lower league team Cincinnati. Oh well, next season once I can bring in my own players and can add some much needed quality depth players. The league however was a different story. We would end up winning 16 out of the remaining 23 games, including a 10 game winning run which really moved us up the table. Towards the end of the season we had a couple of big injury's which looked like it was going to threaten all our good work, but thankfully the team rallied and we ended up winning it all. The 2 conference games were relatively easy, the 4-2 away leg against Colorado put us in a commanding position that we didn't let slip. The key to the Conference Final against Dallas was the 3-0 first leg. We didn't allow them a single shot at goal and thankfully we were able to score enough goals that would allow us to be comfortable in the 2nd leg despite a late scare. The MLS Cup final was all going fantastically well for 77 minutes. We were 2-0 up and cruising until Atlanta scored their goal. After that it was all one way traffic but thankfully we managed to score on the counter to finish off the game and be crowned MLS Cup Champions. We are now entered into the North American Champions League, with the 1st Round coming on the 1st February. I didn't realise that it happened so quickly but it will be very interesting to see how we get on. I would imagine that I would be here this time next season, but I really need to get the US Open Cup won this year. I wont be making the same mistake as last season, my best squad will be playing every game. Not long after the season, a few Asian international jobs opened up after the Asian Cup. I was offered the choice of Japan or South Korea. I chose South Korea and have therefore added their leagues to the game. They will join at the end of the season hopefully in time for the 2024 Olympics where I will be the manager. CLUB Season | Club | League pos. | Continental qual. | Cont. Achievements | Notes | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2017 | Solomon Warriors | 1st | Yes | Wasn't in it | Entered Oceanic Hall of Fame 2018 | Solomon Warriors | 1st | Yes | O-League Finalists | Won the Melanesian Cup, Left after League Season 2019/20 | Auckland City | 1st | Yes | O-League Winners | Won the Charity Cup, Left after O-League Win 2020/21 | Alajuelense | 1st | Yes | Wasn't in it | Won the Closing Stage, Qualified for Champions League 2021 | Suva | 1st | Yes | Already Eliminated | Won the Domestic Treble. Left after the Season 2022 | Portland Timbers | 3rd | Yes | Wasn't in it | Won the MLS Cup, Qualified for Champions League INTERNATIONAL Season | Team | Tourn. qual | World ranking | Trophies won | ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2018-19 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2019-20 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2020-21 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2021-22 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2022- | S. Korea | TROPHIES WON 5/25 League Titles (3/3 Oceania (Solomon Islands, Fiji & New Zealand)0/3 AFC, 0/3 CAF, 2/3 CONCACAF (Costa Rica, USA), 0/3 CONMBEBOL, 0/3 UEFA, 0/7 Other) 0/25 Domestic Cups 1/9 Continental Club Trophies (O-League) 0/1 Worldwide Club Trophies 0/7 Continental International Trophies 0/3 Worldwide International Trophies TROPHY LIST 2017: Telekom S-League (Solomon Warriors) 2018: Telekom S-League (Solomon Warriors) 2019-20 ASB Premiership (Auckland City) 2019-20 O-League (Auckland City) 2020-21 Closing Stage (Costa Rica) 2021: Galaxy Premier League (Fiji) 2022: MLS Cup (USA) MANAGER STATS Reputation: Fairly Good 60% License: Continental Pro Earnings: £250K Played: 148; Won: 115; Drawn: 20; Lost: 13; For: 522; Against: 193; Diff: +329; Win %: 77
  14. I'm still going with this but progress is very slow. I did the stupid thing a week ago of starting a random game to have a break from this save. As expected that random game has turned out quite well and has got me hooked! Hopefully I will be back playing this soon.
  15. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Hell of an effort there @TheEarl Not only do you smash my score, you make my 1-0 win over Real Madrid look pathetic!
  16. Squad Stats | League Table | Previous Fixtures So this is my new team. Somehow, I have managed to get a fantastic opportunity to finish off another part of North America, and also challenge for the Champions League if we can qualify. The current squad is in a massive mess, so I am not expecting a massive amount this season but I will be targeting the US Open Cup and then maybe we can scrape into the MLS Playoffs. (Out of interest what counts as a league win in the MLS? Is it Easter/Western Conference? Supporters Shield or the MLS Cup? (Winning the whole playoffs)) While I am at Portland I will also try and take my first step on the International ladder. I have played a lot in the MLS so I have quite a good idea of what it takes to be successful so I should be able to combine it with an International job. If I can find one!
  17. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Thanks, I'm looking forward to seeing how you're getting on. Don't want to give up any of my jersey's so don't do too well!!!
  18. FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    The way that I went about it is honestly forgetting about the points and just trying to score as many goals as possible. Due to the fact that you cant really afford to lose games, I didn't see the need to try and be too tactical and stop them scoring. I was very much a firm believer of we will score 2 or 3 more than you. As for the foreign strikers, I think that it depends on what tactic you play and if you want to quickly bring another foreigner in. I felt it was necessary to bring in a full back so I bought in a left back and a right back. With the squad rules only allowing 3 foreigners playing at the same time, I had either left back/right back, centre midfield and 1 striker. I played a 3-4-3 or 5-2-3 so with the squad rules this allowed me to play quite a few Chinese players who predominantly got the goals & assists. The other option you have is put Chinese players on free kicks and penalty's. I probably grabbed 5-7 goals early in the year through penalty's but then went on a run of missing 5-7 in a row, so just decided to let whoever take them. I think it's counter intuitive to focus on not playing foreign players, trying to score more points at the end especially if that results in you not winning the League or Champions League and losing games that you would have drawn/won if you had a better foreign player playing. I hope some of that makes sense!!
  19. I've had a little break from this for a couple of days. Finally got a new job after leaving Suva, my recommendation would probably be to finish Oceania first if you start there. Jumping back from Costa Rica seemed to have a bit of an impact on the jobs I applied for. For example, when I was still in Costa Rica I was getting interviews for any job in Asia no matter the reputation of the club. After going back to Fiji, I couldn't get an interview with a first division team in Saudi Arabia. It was a bit strange but it all seemed to work out for the best as I finally got a job back in North America. As for the problems in South America, I'm 99% sure that I didn't add any extra leagues from there so I am hoping that I will not need to restart this. I would honestly need a long break from this if I had to restart all over again.
  20. I think that I have found a possible problem with the Japan file. All the leagues have just finished their first season, and yet 90% of the teams don't have managers and aren't appointing any. I ran a trial and applied for the jobs, and was told it was unsuccessful as the interview process was over (appointment likely very soon) however, 6 months later and nothing had changed and no appointments had been made.
  21. League Table | Results | Squad Stats | End of Season Review So my 6 month contract is nearly up and I have done everything that I needed to do here. We should have won the league easier but a poor 2-2 draw early on against Lautoka, looked like my time here was going to be for nothing. Thankfully the scheduling gods were on our side as we played our nearest rivals Rewa & Ba in our last 3 games. Thankfully we beat them both which meant the league was ours. We won 2 of the 3 domestic cups that we were in, which was nice but ultimately didn't make a lot of difference. We should really have won all 3 of them but a poor lackadaisical performance against Ba meant we couldn't. It would be very easy to stay here and potentially win the O-League as these players are easily the best in the league, and a lot better than my earlier Solomon Warriors team that made it to the final. However, it is time to look for my next team which wont be in Japan. I have decided to remove the Japanese leagues. They have finished the league season, and not one team in any league has appointed a manager. It is far to unrealistic for me and it also slows the game every time I try to look on the Job Security page. To replace Japan I have decided to add China and also add Mexico and Panama in North America. CLUB Season | Club | League pos. | Continental qual. | Cont. Achievements | Notes | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2017 | Solomon Warriors | 1st | Yes | Wasn't in it | Entered Oceanic Hall of Fame 2018 | Solomon Warriors | 1st | Yes | O-League Finalists | Won the Melanesian Cup, Left after League Season 2019/20 | Auckland City | 1st | Yes | O-League Winners | Won the Charity Cup, Left after O-League Win 2020/21 | Alajuelense | 1st | Yes | Wasn't in it | Won the Closing Stage, Qualified for Champions League 2021 | Suva | 1st | Yes | Already Eliminated | Won the Domestic Treble. Left after the Season INTERNATIONAL Season | Team | Tourn. qual | World ranking | Trophies won | ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2018-19 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2019-20 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2020-21 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | TROPHIES WON 4/25 League Titles (3/3 Oceania (Solomon Islands, Fiji & New Zealand)0/3 AFC, 0/3 CAF, 1/3 CONCACAF (Costa Rica), 0/3 CONMBEBOL, 0/3 UEFA, 0/7 Other) 0/25 Domestic Cups 1/9 Continental Club Trophies (O-League) 0/1 Worldwide Club Trophies 0/7 Continental International Trophies 0/3 Worldwide International Trophies TROPHY LIST 2017: Telekom S-League (Solomon Warriors) 2018: Telekom S-League (Solomon Warriors) 2019-20 ASB Premiership (Auckland City) 2019-20 O-League (Auckland City) 2020-21 Closing Stage (Costa Rica) 2021: Galaxy Premier League (Fiji) MANAGER STATS Reputation: Decent (Don't know about %) License: Continental A - Studying Continental Pro Earnings: £89K Played: 117; Won: 93; Drawn: 17; Lost: 7; For: 421; Against: 143; Diff: +278; Win %: 79
  22. From what I can tell at the moment (might need to go back and check) but it seems that my reputation has stayed the same, although I have just won the Fijian FA Cup so that may have boosted the reputation a little. I really didn't plan to go back to Oceania, but I didn't get the job in UAE or USA, so when I saw this available then I thought why not!
  23. Competition Overview | Previous Results | League Table Okay, so there has been a change of plan! A day or 2 after writing the update for the last season I came across a job offer that I couldn't pass up. Suva in Fiji had an opening and it offered me the chance to go and complete Oceania. We are currently 3rd in the league after 8 games, and we are expected to win it. Suva is the team that I was hoping would have been open after Auckland but it wasn't to be. I've only got a 6 month contract and I am hoping that is all I will need to win the league. I am also finally managing a team that plays in domestic cup competitions! Unfortunately, there is only 8 teams involved so it makes no difference to the challenge. They wont be targeted over the league.
  24. Opening Stage Fixtures | Opening Stage Table | Closing Stage Fixtures | Closing Stage Table | Final Phase Table | League Table | Champions Table?? So this was initially very strange. After taking over and looking at the team I did see a bit of potential but I didn't expect to be able to do what we did. I actually think that taking over when I did was very beneficial. I played the 3 remaining games of the Opening Stage and then we had 2 months off while the playoffs were going on. During this time I was able to make a few transfers including getting a fantastic striker Borja Valdivia and a good young midfielder Antonio Blanco on loan from Real Madrid. These 2 really made the difference. Valdivia was a pretty reliable goal scorer which we didn't really have, while Blanco was able to be that link from defence to attack which we had also been missing. The other transfers included bringing in much needed bodies in defence and attack. The players that either weren't good enough or moaned about not playing. Haven't got time for that! After winning the Closing stage we were told that we had qualified for the Champions League. If this wasn't a massive challenge and was a normal save then I would love to have stayed for that and to really try and improve this team both on and off the field, but like I said earlier there isn't much point trying to win the Champions League with this team, it simply wont be good enough to beat teams from Mexico or USA. So having won the Closing Stage and with no domestic cup to participate in (again) it's time to move on. ( @TheEarl Winning the Closing Stage does count as a league win doesn't it? I think that's what you said a bit higher but just wanted to check again!) There is currently an opening in the USA and the UAE. I'm not going to resign from Alajuelense unless I the potential new club can't afford the compensation. There isn't a clause in my contract so that shouldn't be a problem. * On a side note, I have currently got all leagues in Japan running, but nobody is appointing managers despite being 14 games into their season. Is anybody else having this? Might end up removing them if this carries on. * CLUB Season | Club | League pos. | Continental qual. | Cont. Achievements | Notes | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2017 | Solomon Warriors | 1st | Yes | Wasn't in it | Entered Oceanic Hall of Fame 2018 | Solomon Warriors | 1st | Yes | O-League Finalists | Won the Melanesian Cup, Left after League Season 2019/20 | Auckland City | 1st | Yes | O-League Winners | Won the Charity Cup, Left after O-League Win 2020/21 | Alajuelense | 1st | Yes | Wasn't in it | Won the Closing Stage, Qualified for Champions League INTERNATIONAL Season | Team | Tourn. qual | World ranking | Trophies won | ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2018-19 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2019-20 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | 2020-21 | N/A | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | N/A (no team) | TROPHIES WON 3/25 League Titles (2/3 Oceania (Solomon Islands & New Zealand)0/3 AFC, 0/3 CAF, 1/3 CONCACAF (Costa Rica), 0/3 CONMBEBOL, 0/3 UEFA, 0/7 Other) 0/25 Domestic Cups 1/9 Continental Club Trophies (O-League) 0/1 Worldwide Club Trophies 0/7 Continental International Trophies 0/3 Worldwide International Trophies TROPHY LIST 2017: Telekom S-League (Solomon Warriors) 2018: Telekom S-League (Solomon Warriors) 2019-20 ASB Premiership (Auckland City) 2019-20 O-League (Auckland City) 2020-21 Closing Stage (Costa Rica)
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