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  1. Glasgow Rangers FM 2018

    First season with Rangers done, winter update database. Season 1 wrap: League - Runners up to Celtic, short stretch around Christmas where we were in 1st and doing well but they pulled away in the last few months as injuries & fatigue caught up with my squad and we started dropping silly points. Scottish Cup - Knocked out in the semi by Aberdeen in an appalling performance where they went a man down and we conceded 2 goals, then captain Wallace got himself sent off 10 seconds into the second half to kill the game. This coincided with an end of season dip in form with saw us lose 3 of our last 4, luckily the title was already well wrapped up. Betfred Cup - Penalty shootout win over Hibs, this trophy may of well saved my job this season. Schedule: Europe - Europa playoff defeat by Fenerbahce, never looked like going through. Transfers & First team/Tactics Andrija Balic was where all the money went, as I was planning on playing a 5-2-1-2 or 4-2-3-1. Both tactics gave me fairly average results early in the season & I ended up playing the 4-4-2 and 4-2-4 for 3/4 of the season so was a bit of an average signing. He still averaged just over a 7 playing mainly as the holding midfielder, occasionally going box to box, but only 1 goal and no assists. Others are youth prospects. Niko was sold to the MLS as he's terrible, Dodoo, Halliday & Holt were surplus & never going to get a game in my 4-4-2, rest were youngsters. Tactic: Worked fairly well, starting on standard and going to counter or attacking based on how much was progressing. Attack was excellent, Morelos was a real standout notching an incredible 48 goals in all comps with Kenny Miller managing to stay injury free & play almost every game at 38 providing plenty of assists and goals himself. Defence was the problem, leaking a huge amount of goals towards the end of the season. I will be looking to sell off: Halliday Holt Foderingham Kelly Alves Hodson Dodoo Herrera. A new top class goalkeeper & 3rd choice CB to rotate with Mcrorie/Cardoso, aswell as a more well rounded right back, should hopefully shore up the defence enough to snatch the title back from Celtic next season.
  2. Great survival story mate & enjoying your presentation. Followed
  3. Just read through the whole career thus far, amazing stuff man. Following
  4. As you can see from my post above, Valencia is a really fun club to control and they are the most recent "fallen giant" out of those 4 clubs having been one of the "big" 4 before Atletico's rise with Simeone. Toni Lato & Carlos Soler can both potentially be world class although neither quite got to that point on my save. They do have huge loan debts being paid until 2030 or so which does limit your transfer budgets quite a bit. I don't see many people playing Valencia this year despite their massive upturn IRL so I can't back them enough for a good long term save to get them back on top.
  5. Completed my 3rd season with Valencia just now, really enjoying this save! Have had a soft spot for them ever since Aussie NT goalkeeper Maty Ryan played for them. League Results over the last 3 seasons: Steady progression each season which I'm very happy with. First season I was miles off the big 3 & Sevilla who almost won the title & got knocked out of the cup by a second division team. 2nd season I went to the 2nd knockout round of the Europa league, quarters of the cup and finished in a comfortable 4th for CL. This season past was the biggest success yet with a Copa Del Rey win over Barcelona, although we were knocked out of Europe by Man City in the CL 1st knockout stage. As you can see from our against every season, we're one of the most defensively solid sides in the league, which makes up for our attack being so far behind Barca and Madrid. I feel like with a proper world class signing in the front third I can challenge for the title, as too many points were dropped due to being held to 0-1 goal due to my overly defensively solid tactic. Tactic: It originally started off with a DM(D), Carrilero & Dlp (s) in the centre with a WB(A) on the left & CF(S) which had us hovering in 10th christmas 2017 but with many small tweaks over the 3 seasons it has settled on this. We generally dominate possession against smaller and equal teams, though can struggle to control a game against the bigger boys which has led to me dropping it to a 4-1-4-1 away from home against the likes of Madrid. The whole team bar the Trequartista work as a very solid defensive unit and we very often limit lesser teams to 0-1 shots on target. Due to the defensive solidity the treq is freed up to run our attack with both Santi Mina & Alcacer having excellent off the ball stats & moves into channels ppm suited to drifting into space. Individual instructions are limited to goalkeeper distributing to the playmaker, Inside forward sitting narrower and winger shooting less. Best players: Andreas Pereira was brought in on a FREE from Manchester United after 2 successive loans! He's now worth 32 million and has made the Belgium squad for Euro 2020 so I'm very very happy with this. Runs my left wing and has a brilliant set piece on him. Current vice-captain, future captain and club legend Soler has been played as somewhat of a half winger IRL by Marcelino lining up on the right of a 4-4-2 but I've chosen to play in solely in the centre of midfield as my main playmaker. While not the most amazing of stats he plays well above them 90% of the time and I've already turned down 40m bids from Bayern and Man United. He is the heartbeat driving the team forward and making our attacking moves tick. His great form in the league for the last 3 seasons has been rewarded with a EURO 2020 callup where he could hopefully get his first senior international cap for Spain. Weston has been a revelation in my Ball winning "enforcer" role. After hounding Schalke the whole summer for him this season and making him my top transfer target to replace an aging Tomas Rincon as my first choice, he has not dissapointed. With his value approaching 50m and absolutely freakish physicals at 21, he's going to drive this team for a long time to come. Him & Pulisic will amass a huge number of caps for the states at this rate. Next season I hope to make a proper challenge for the league with a world class winger on the right. I have been rotating Rodrigo, Ferran Torres and Nacho Gil there currently and while they are all OK, they're no Messi, Griezmann or Ronaldo. Thankfully I have a lot of expendable players coming back from loan to sell to boost our transfer funds to make this happen.
  6. Would love an update to this! Same issue as above.
  7. Good thread, liking the presentation & I have a soft spot for Hertha as an Aussie due to Leckie playing for them!
  8. Playing as Valencia right now, sitting in 4th January 2018 with victories over Barca and Atletico being my highlights with Sevilla 3 points clear at the top! Transfers in so far have been; - Matheus Fernandes a Brazillian wonderkid for 5.5m who is doing a great job in the BBM position of my midfield. - Juan Bernat returns to the club in the summer after Bayern transfer listed him for 10m, too good an offer to pass up! - Erik-Palmer Brown in on loan due to an out which I'll move on to. Transfers out; - Garay to a Chinese team for 10m, he had just come back from a knee ligament injury and his physicals are starting to decline so I thought I'd move him on while I can recoup this much money on him as Paulista and Murillo were my first choices. - Parejo for 25m because he was destroying morale in the dressing room over a move to PSG because he wanted their big wage. Really didn't want to lose him because his wicked set piece ability and being at the club for so long but 25m is pretty good for someone unsettled I guess. - Orellana on loan to Everton with a future fee of 5.5m and wages covered, he wanted first team football and Rodrigo/Pereira plus the mestalla kids were always going to start ahead of him. Now looking to replace Parejo with a long term option as I opt to play Soler higher up in the BBM role of my 3 man midfield. Vuckevic from Braga is my current target. Star players have been Guedes & Parejo before he left, both carrying the team. Zaza has been disappointing having only scored 4 in the league & Mina has only scored 1! Rodrigo has bagged 7 mainly playing as an inside forward sometimes shifting into the centre so I am happy with him. Overall I think Valencia are a great long term save in La Liga as both IRL and in game they really seem to have sorted their s*** out finally. I would advise going for 1 up top over a 4-4-2 like they play IRL though as with 1 or 2 additions to midfield you have a very strong engine room indeed.
  9. This guy among 5 others played for me last season, after I released him he didn't appear in my outs and it doesn't say I released anyone in the transfer window tab. Happens in every save and at every club.
  10. Really enjoying this series mate, I managed Solihull as my first journeyman job myself & did a lot worse then you if it makes you feel any better. Lost 8 games on the trot, 1 goal for and 20 against, sitting in 22nd when I got the sack in December. the goals conceded aren't your tactics mate it's the defense, they're absolutely rubbish and both the young GK's just aren't up to par! Now at Wealdstone for season 2 after taking the rest of season 1 off and top of the league after 12 games so always a silver lining I guess!
  11. Exact same problem mate, just put up a thread also. Hopefully it is hotfixed soon as we literally can't start a game at the moment.
  12. Once I type my name, choose nationality and fill out everything else the button to choose appearance still remains greyed out and I can't progress. Literally game breaking. Anyone else having this and fixed it?
  13. [Australia] (Official) Data Issues

    The 2016/17 season is missing from many players, aswell as all of the clubs histories. The visual graph that shows recent league finishes on the club page skips straight from 2015/16 to 2017/18 when you finish the first season. Abraham Majok & Lachlan Scott, two youth player forwards for Western Sydney Wanderers last season who played in the Asian Champions League, both have very low PA & "way off first team" level CA. I would suggest they are slightly bumped up, more so Lachlan Scott as he has played for the Australian youth squads and scored in the champions league & domestic league last season. Western Sydney Wanderers also already play at their new stadium when it isn't due to be completed and usable by them until the beginning of the 2019/20 season. They currently play at Spotless Stadium, with ANZ Stadium used for derby matches.