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  1. 4 hours ago, baye said:

    @DrPoods in real life their youth teams actually play on the highest level, in the same competition with the eredivisie teams. 


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    Well isn't that interesting!

    I was thinking more of how (I believe) FM does youth recruitment/intakes.

    Would presume a better chance of a good player than in a small town somewhere if that makes sense.

    Mini update: Have gone on a run in the few matches before the winter break and it seems to be continuing. Up to 13th now, playing a 3-4-3/5-2-3 counter/structured tactic.

    Was trying to be a bit more attacking earlier and jeez we shipped a ton of goals in the last 10 minutes of games. Even when I would try and change the mentality to hold on.

    Counter working beautifully at present. So I will stick with it. Starting the arduous process of retraining players as depth in key positions is rather slim.

    Finally, the board have agreed to build new training AND youth facilities. Also, they have promised a feeder club I can send players on loan to. Obviously I can't bring any of their players in. But I think it could come in handy as time goes by.

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    I did a bit of reloading to get my preferred team and eventually there they were! Amsterdam Football Club (Amsterdamsche Football Club) were founded in 1895 and play at a lovely little ground shown above. I chose them because I like the colours and the fact that they are in Amsterdam. This should mean (I think) that once we increase our profile, we should have some pretty nice youth intakes. Should, of course, being the operative word. Anyways, it's a decently sized squad but our best defender is refusing to sign a professional contract at the moment. The evil man wants over £2k per week.

    Given that would be 10% of our budget, it isn't happening. Unusually for these sorts of challenges (in my experience) we actually have some players in the U19s already as well as a keeper in the reserve squad.

    First order of business is to get some staff in. Then we shall organise a ton of friendlies as the season start is only a month away. Given the makeup of the squad I think we shall go with a 4-2-3-1 to start with. What's the worst that could happen? Besides, we have some solid(ish) players in attacking positions so I think we can certainly score some goals.

    Wish me luck. We are pounding lesser teams in the first couple of friendlies, but I don't know how valid that will be once we start facing proper competition. Predicted dead last... Aim is 19th.


  3. Ok. Had a few false starts.

    Have decided on Holland. Holidaying now and will post up some screenie links when I have chosen a team.

    Depending on the horses, I think probably a 4-2-3-1 will be the tactical system I want to use (when possible). I do have a fondness for a diamond 4-4-2 as well which I find trickier. I dunno. It may be that I have 50 million strikers and need to use 3 up top.

    More than likely it will be something like a 4-1-4-1 to start with though. Unless I get lucky with players. Especially if the opposition tend towards 4-3-3 with DM and wingers.

    Anyone got some pointers for Holland? What do teams tend to use?

    Really looking forward to this.

  4. 6 hours ago, rlipscombe said:

    we have had people play with teams in Holland but i don't think we have ever had a completion in Holland.....

    Well. I have been looking to do a youth academy challenge throughout most iterations of FM.

    Perhaps combine the two? Holland used to be a bastion of youth development. Perhaps it may be again!

  5. Anyone have any suggestions for a league to start with? Germany was an utter pain as I recall with the u17 rule (played it a few versions ago) but I don't think I could take playing in one of the super lowly rated nations.

    I was considering a France/Spain possibly. I'm not against a mid range sort of a Scotland/Austria kind of thing but perhaps somewhere with a bit of financial backing would be nice. The big one is, much as England is a good challenge, 46 game seasons a just a tad too long.

    What do you guys reckon? I may well simply take on the first suggestion made. So have at it! 😃

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