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  1. Amazing work, good job. I set up that Luxembourg game I mentioned, using claassen's database off the steam workshop, but I'm a bit confused. When you start a save like this one, do you have to tick the box on setup which generates players to make sure every club can actually field a full team? Sorry to be a pain, I want to know how to set it up properly 😂
  2. That was my thought, I was even thinking of loading the German, French, Belgian and maybe even Dutch leagues alongside. But maybe it would be a bad idea actually, I can see it being difficult to develop the Luxembourg national team if all the best players have a second nationality they want to play for.
  3. Wow, really enjoying following this. Great work in Montenegro, hope your success in Europe continues! Must be frustrating having all that money but not being able to spend it, what sort of transfer budgets does your board give you? Also, with your average attendances growing each year and all that cash in the bank, do you think your board will build a new stadium soon, have you requested one at all? I've been thinking of starting a similar save, probably in Luxembourg. Never done youth only so might let myself take a couple players on trial each season or something to make it a little easier.
  4. I actually think this thread shows what's great about FM. It's not simple, many questions have many answers or no answer at all. Just like in real life it's about experimenting with different set ups and tactics and different players in different positions. It'd be a dull game if I know I could buy a player with high crossing and without doubt he'd find a player on the end each and every time he crossed it in. I like how fluid the game is, you might have the best team in the world and a great tactic but that doesn't mean your team will undoubtedly win every single match. That would be boring and unrealistic. (Okay I know some FM players out there can manage that but you get my point). It's also showed with how the assistant manager might give you advice you don't agree with. On my Doncaster save I just signed a left full back, but looking at his stats I play him a bit further forward as a wing back which he is supposedly uncomfortable with and my assistant always tells me to play him in a more familiar position but he actually puts in good performances as a wing back. It's not all black and white.
  5. Mine has to be my 2015 save with Reading, my home team. Got promoted first season to the premier league, thank god as another season in the championship would have made me bankrupt. Narrowly survived and gradually built up an amazing, young squad. Had some world class players come through my academy including Dayle Baxter. Reading born central defender who became a first team regular in his first full season with me, key player the next and was my captain by his low 20's. He went on to become England captain and one of if not the most capped England player. I still have the save, look at it occasionally but don't play it anymore. It's the late 2030's I believe. Baxter is coming to the end of his career having retired from international football a couple years ago and is mostly seen on the bench for my Reading side now. Tempted to carry it on and see if he'll make a world class coach or manager. I had other amazing talent come through my youth teams including Terry Grant (a late bloomer who I nearly sold for cheap until he suddenly started performing at his mid 20's). Grant was primarily an AMC but could also provide backup on the wings. I also had Roy Kennedy who was a word class AMR winger. Believe he may have won the ballon d'Or or come runner up. These 3 amazing players helped take my Reading team to champions league glory. All spent most their years at Reading. Think I might have let Kennedy go when he got old and slow and well past his prime. Grant I think plays from the bench, can't remember, haven't played the save in ages. But yeah, basically the combination of taking my home team to champions league wins and producing world class talent that went on to be key players in the England national team made that a very memorable save. Oh and Reading play in the 65,000 seater Robin Friday Arena. Robin Friday is well remembered for being violent, a drug addict and taking a dump in another players bag after being sent off. So a good player to name a stadium after 😂
  6. Hey, just caught up on this story over the last couple days I had a save in 2015 where I think I started at Peterborough then went to Vitesse then Hamburg. I remember Bayern being a pain, I'm not sure but I think I remember they did eventually and suddenly decline. I'll have to find the save, I still have it somewhere. You seem much more clued up on tactics and youth development than me so I'm sure you'll topple them soon 😁
  7. In my Doncaster save I had Jake Cooper on loan for about 4 seasons before buying him 😂 I assume Oxford, Mutch and Grabban are much better in FM than in real life if you're worried about losing them. 🙄
  8. I asked for more money in December ready for January and got an extra 17 million too. Still managing to get a healthy bank balance going and expand my stadium. Unfortunately it's likely I'm going to finish 20th, really struggling. 😂
  9. Reading local and fan here 😁 Though I haven't actually played as Reading in FM17. As Doncaster I went from league 2 up to winning the championship and was immediately given £19 million to spend after having something like 1 or 2 million the year before. But yeah, I suspect it varies a lot.
  10. There's already an option somewhere to find a similar player to someone you have in your squad. It does require you to have scouted them already though.
  11. Should I ask to buy stadium?

    So update: I miraculously managed to win the championship title on the last day of the season meaning I'll be joining the premier league for 2021/2022. Because of this I needed to immediately strengthen my squad (this was a back to back promotion, still using many of the same players I used in league 1...) which put me about £10million into the red but is fast recovering with TV money and season tickets starting to come in. As well as offers for a 16 year old goalkeeper coming in at about 6.5 mil, might keep him though, meant to be the next Joe Hart... But all this means I will have to wait before buying the stadium. The board did install under soil heating over summer at the cost of £2mil paid for by a loan, so looks like my board won't be giving me any large sums of money for the stadium. Also got a general sponsorship worth 50k a season. Bringing my total sponsor money to about 190k... For a premier league team 😂
  12. Should I ask to buy stadium?

    Hmmm, strange. I don't have the option to request an expansion but I'm not at the max capacity. I find for teams that don't have a stadium sponsorship at the start they don't suddenly get one unless something changes with the stadium. From what I've seen you do need to own the stadium to expand it, maybe there's some exceptions.
  13. Should I ask to buy stadium?

    I realise it'll cost more than that. It's only a 15,000 capacity stadium, in real life it cost something like £20 mil to build so I hope it wouldn't cost too much to buy. I should have some more money in the summer and if I'm lucky might get some director investment towards it too, or a good sponsorship. Are you saying the 20 year timer restarts if I buy it? Keepmoat was built in 2007 so as it is I have to wait until 2027 atleast. I don't want to have to wait til 2040, probably won't play this save for that long. I don't like doing it but I'm tempted to save scum it to see if buying it does get me a sponsorship and if it lands me with a massive high interest loan.
  14. I'm approaching the end of the 2020/2021 season with Doncaster in the Championship, it looks like I have a fair chance of winning promotion to the EPL. Now a few seasons back whilst I was still in league one or two, my board decided to sign an 11 year sponsorship deal for peanuts. It's something ridiculous like 60k a season. If I buy the stadium, will I get a stadium sponsorship deal? Is this likely to cover the maintenance costs and partially make up for the lack of sponsorship money? I've also been packing out my stadium all season and checking the editor it can be expanded by 10,000 seats so that would also be the aim if I do win promotion and have the cash to spend. But I'm wondering what people think if I don't get promoted. I have about 1.5mil in the bank as of march 2021 (should have much more in the summer from solidarity payments and such). The stadium rent is only £10k a year. But if I do get a sponsorship deal I think it might be worth it? I had a board takeover a few years back whilst in league two and the chairman put something around 2.5mil straight into the club so there might even be a chance he'll pay to buy the stadium? So do you think I should ask to buy it even if I don't get promoted, or is it too risky? That's if the board agree anyway. Sorry for the rambling post, just trying to give all the info so I can get people's views on this.