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  1. Shame the 3rd Liga in Germany is not an option this year - no SV Waldorf Mannheim this time then!
  2. FM19 All-European (Less England) Small Club to Big Club Challenge Introduction Welcome to a new season of the ‘Euro Nation’ Challenge, born out of the recent history of the highly successful Gundo’s Challenge and the Big Euro Nation Challenge that spawned out of it. After a steady start on FM18 hopefully with FM19 we will see a continuation of it's steady start and have another strong season. The premise of the challenge is simple, to start with a previously unplayable club and taking them all the way to a National Title and then on to winning the European Champions League. With a variety of leagues, styles of play, different rules, and many different locations for your clubs there can be a lot of variety throughout the thread, providing a great atmosphere and stories for our users to become immersed in. General Challenge Info Possible Countries · Austria · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Croatia · Czech Republic · Denmark · Finland · France · Germany · Greece · Holland * · Hungary · Iceland · Ireland * · Israel · Italy · N. Ireland · Norway · Poland · Portugal · Romania · Russia · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales * Holiday for two seasons not one. The Rules A) Game Set-up 1) Load One Nation Only (All Available Divisions within your nation) 2) Your choice of Database Size (Large Recommended) 3) NO Edited Databases of any kind 4) Customising Database You can add players to the database up to a limit of 100,000 in total in order to add more depth to your save and also add more difficulty down the line. Suggested Adds Players from Top Clubs/Top Divisions (Europe or All Continents) - This increases the challenge at Continental Level Players Based in your Nation - This can add up to 50% more players to your game Players Based in your Region (Central Europe/East Europe/UK & Ireland) - This can add extra players likely to join your club There will be a file correcting the club/competition names, I will advise use of this. NO other additional customising is allowed. 5) Attribute Masking should be Enabled 6) Disable Ingame Editor (Please do this) 7) Optional Ticks Add Key Staff (This will give you a Scout, Physio & Ass Man by generating them if your club is without) Add Players in Playable Nations (This will ensure all clubs have a minimum number of players, generating them if needed) The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference. B) Steps in the Game 1) Add an unemployed manager; you will not use this man to manage your club. I like "Unemployed Man or Holiday Man" 2) Go on holiday until the reset date of your chosen nation (Should take about an hour) TIP - Changing Detail Level to None will make it go faster. (Remember to change it back afterwards) TIP - Saving on the day before this date may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this. 3) Add a new manager - Use yourself, or a created character to help build a story line a) Personal Details - Your Choice b) Tracksuit vs. Trainer - Your Choice c) Past Experience lowest Possible (Generally Sunday League) d) Coaching Licenses lowest Possible (None) e) Other options are up to you TIP - If you add the language of your country of choice it will make it easier at the beginning TIP - Training now includes you at some level depending on your abilities. 4) Choose to take over any club which has been promoted to the bottom playable league of your nation. TIP - Easiest way in FM17 to see this is on the "Season Review" screen, showing the "Promoted Clubs" TIP - You can confirm your club by checking the Domestic History's page for not being at this level since start of game 5) Retire your unemployed manager. 6) Manage your club to National Title & European Champions League Victory 7) Completing the Challenge. C) Signing of Players 1) You must be able to scout them TIP - You don't actually have to scout them, just be able to TIP - You can check your scouting range on the Scouting page 2) Alternatively (If you can't scout them), you must bring them on a trial first 3) You are able to sign anyone sent to you via Agent Offer TIP - Make sure you screenshot the Agent offer 4) In later versions you can get your DoF to find players, he will bring in players not in Scouting Range, these are also allowed. TIP - Grab a screenshot of your DoF signing them D) Posting 1) Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) 2) Discussion of tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) Expected Updates We have minimum expectations when it comes to a first up post and also in the end of season updates. The Bold pages are necessary for everyone; the others are some suggestions that will get others interested in your posts and following your club. All other screenshots are welcome and encouraged, but we please ask that the majority are posted as links, because lots of pictures can make the page very slow to load. First Post: Domestic Leagues History (Club) Profile (Manager) Overview (Club) Squad (Club) End of Season Updates: Transfers (Club) - This is so we can see the ins & outs League Table (Competition) Squad (Club) Information (Manager) Profile (Manager) Information (Club) Profile (Players) Progress of your club should be documented using this thread; we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing badly. If you title your end of season report in bold this makes it easier to identify. Everyone will be supportive, and really get into your game if you give more detail. E) Other 1. If you are Sacked 1. You can Restart from the beginning or; 2. Continue your game and pick a new club (Under Same Rules) at the end of the next season or; 3. Add another Euro League/Remove Current League, holiday a whole season and continue 1. You can still only have one nation running at a time 2. Once the league becomes active you MUST holiday a full season 3. The club must be one of those unplayable from the beginning 2. No Restrictions on Parent or Feeder Clubs 3. International Management allowed from FM14 forwards (But you cannot start as an International Manager) The use of any external utilities and editors (Such as Genie Scout or FMM) are prohibited. As of FM14 there are also unlockables, these are also prohibited, please don't use them. It would be appreciated if you also ticked the box at the start which prevents the use of the ingame editor. How to Post a Screenshot 1) While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard). 2) Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image 3) Save the file as a JPEG or PNG 4) Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack 5) Post the direct URL to the image here. Alternatively using ALT + F9 in game saves a screenshot to your user data folder. (You can also edit this in the shortcuts options) The Euro Nation Motivational I would like to thank all of you who choose to participate in this thread this year, and to wish everyone taking on this challenge the best of luck on a long and hard journey to managerial success! I have personally had a number of hugely enjoyable saves over the years, first in Gundos challenge and then latterly in the Big Euro Nation Challenge. The atmosphere and support these threads have historically offered is key in making the thread, and your saves more enjoyable as I can testify to. I and some of the other regulars of these threads are here to help for the new challengers and hope everybody that participates contributes considerably to the thread. There is nothing better than getting immersed not only in your own game but providing the encouragement to other people's attempts too. Remember we are all fighting the same battle - to defeat the AI (and uncover fabulous newgens!) - Therefore it goes without saying that any form of cheating will be severely chastised. Don't do it! I know that it is painful to lose a European Final or to lose the title on the final day (I have been there myself on more than one occasion) but eventual success down the line is all the sweeter for those defeats. Good luck to all the participants – Here’s to a successful (and enjoyable) version!!
  3. great to hear!! i am dabling a little in the Beta as well as my club Sheffield Wednesday but will be back here i think for the new full release. Working on the FM19 thread now also. will be up in next few days - EDIT - put it up now and will tweak in next few days
  4. Como Serie B – Season 2020 - 21 Season Review Serie B - Predicted: 15th Final Position: 1st Graph Italian Cup - 3rd Qual Round Transfers 1 Transfers 2 Squad 1 Squad 2 Squad 3 Como Team of the Year: Team Serie B Team of the Year: Team Manager of the Year Managers' Manager of the Year Finances Club Details Key Players: GK: Mirco Miori: Miori was once more our main goalkeeper and did a great job protecting the goal DF: Lorenco Simic: Croatian formed a great partnership with Bonavita. DF: Aldo Bonavita: Great performances from the on-loan Italian U21 from AC Milan. M: Dejan Kulusevski: On-loan from Atalanta, the Swedish winger was great down the left side. M: Kevin Montaperto: Young Italian on loan from AC Milan, did a great job on the right. M: Simone Santoro: Highly talented young Italian who was great in the middle of the park. He has a promising future I think. Named Serie B Player of the Year M: Petar Briek - Croatian midfielder loaned from Genoa. AM: Caio - Brazilian attacking midfielder loaned from At. Madrid. Came in to the team towards the end of the season and did well. S: Antonino La Gumina: Did well in the first half of the year but then lost a bit of form which opened the door to… S: Besmir Shullani: Italian U21 spent the first half of the year as understudy to Lan Gumina but once he got his chance, the AC Milan loanee didn’t look back scoring nearly a goal a game. Youth Prospect: Meant to do this last season but forgot, here is the best of this years batch of new talent: Vito Bigioni: Young left-back with good potential. So a season which went better than I could have imagined at the start of the season. What next year will bring who knows but I will be delighted to survive. That is all that matters really. Ideally I would also want to rely less on loanees but I am not sure we are financially in a position to do that yet.
  5. @Tecmo - great job gaining promotion to the Championship. McConkey looks a decent prospect and you can't argue with MacLeoads' record - a great keeper is worth his weight in gold. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the step up. As for me, season 2020-21 is finished. I will write up a report and hopefully post it later today / tomorrow.
  6. wow you are a man in demand on the international stage! Jaap Stam is a slightly left-field appointment... Has he much pedigree as a manager before then?
  7. Time to catch up on the progress in the thread after a holiday… @Biscotti - wow – the offer of the Spanish job… Must be making waves across Europe. Unlucky in the league this season – I am sure you’ll be back next year. @XaW – Great first season in the top league and Europe to boot. Fantastic. Good luck next season. As for me I have reached February and the end of the transfer window. Time to push on to the end of the season…
  8. @XaW - fantastic work mate with back to back promotions! good luck in the 'big' league next season. Looking forward to seeing how you get on.
  9. @XaW - congratulations on the title and promotion. Hopefully promotion will help with the finances. You’ve got a few decent players who’ll hopefully help you next season. @Andrew Haines - some good progress there. You seem to be having to rebuild each year when the vultures circle but it doesn’t appear to be affecting you too much. Good luck next season.
  10. Been a little while since I posted last, mainly due to being immersed in my Como save and not having too much time recently to check on the forums. So… @Crispypaul - serious congratulations on being the first person to complete the challenge this year. @Andrew Haines – making some quick progress through the seasons. Was a shame to see you relegated but well done for bouncing back straight away. Seems like it was one step backwards for two steps forwards. @RocheBag - welcome back into the fold. FM18 certainly is a big step up since FM14. Good luck in Norway. @XaW - welcome back to the challenge – good luck in Belgium As for me I have made it to January. Started poorly and I have some work to do with my squad I think. In mid table but about 12 points off the top places with still plenty of games to go. Need to go on a good run after an important January transfer window.
  11. Como Serie B – Season 2019 – 2020 Season Review Serie B - Final Position: 8th Graph Italian Cup - Quarter Finals Competitions - Review Transfers 1 Transfers 2 Squad 1 Squad 2 Squad 3 Como Team of the Year: Team Finances Club Details Key Players: M: Roberto Biancu - On loan from Calgiari, he was a steady prescence in the centre of the park. M: Alessandro Gabrielloni - A steady prescence on the left side, he became the clubs record appearance maker. Not good enough though, he’ll likely not be around next season. M: Cristiano Lombardi - On loan from Lazio, he was great on the right and weighed in with goals and assists. We’ll miss him next season. ST: Simone Palombi - On loan from Lazio, he’d have been a revelation had it not been for La Gumina. Great understudy. ST: Antonino La Gumina - Signed on a permanent deal from Palermo, he took Serie B in his stride and scored another 20 goals. Led the line superbly. So a season of consolidation and a survival fight pre-season turned into something I could only have dreamt of. We had some great performances and we managed to get an 8th placed finish. Added to a run to the quarter finals of the Italian Cup, I couldn’t have asked for more. We relied overly on loanees again so I want to try and make the squad a bit more permanent, but I won’t be afraid to bring in the loanees again. Finances have been transformed too.
  12. @Andrew Haines making some good progress there. looking forward to a season of consolidation before another promotion as champions... @Jambo98 welcome to the challenge and a great first season in Belgium. N'diaye looks a handful upfront with his pace. good luck next season.
  13. @Andrew Haines - congratulations on the title and promotion. good luck next season. @Jambo98 - welcome to the challenge and good luck with Liege. I like a club with a good back story. As for me, i have just finished my second season. will try and put an update up in the next few days